Monday, March 24th, 2008

If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down.  But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer ($24.00) looks very much like a the famous MAC mineralize skinfinishes, so if that’s your bag… you should definitely get your butt to your nearest Sephora to check this out! What I like about the Baked bronzer is that you can use it either wet or dry, and using it wet won’t ruin your product or leave a wet stain/spot behind. I actually tried a coming-soon shade in Gilded, which will is part of Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 launch. Original shades Baked and Toasted are fairly uniform in color throughout the product, but Gilded has gold spun through it (very much reminiscent of MSFs!).

Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($23.50) is an ultra lightweight powder compact that goes on so smoothly and lasts awhile. I like that it comes in four shades, which gives possibilities to different shades to go for subtle bronzing or deeper color as they please. The compact is sleek and transportable, which is great for doing makeup on the run as I know many of us will be spending plenty o’ time outdoors once weather permits.

Xen-Tan Perfect Bronze Perfect Bronze ($28.00) is a velvety smooth bronzing powder that is designed to “never look orangey or pink, even on fair skins.” Unfortunately, as I’m nowhere near fair, I can’t report on the accuracy of that statement, but it does give me hope for those who have been hesitant about getting into bronzer because of the orange-effect.

Guerlain Terracotta ($42.00) is a luxurious bronzer (hello, it’s Guerlain) that is moisturizing and lasts all day. The powder is also supposed to help protect your skin against free radicals. According to Guerlain, “neutral bronze” is suitable for all skin colors, though the product does come in four shades. If you’re a fan of this brand and have extra cash in your wallet, this isn’t a bad item to splurge on. Though I personally find that for bronzing, since I rarely use straight bronzers by themselves, that I do not need a product like this (then again – it would last me eternity!).

Stay tuned for part two, with even more bronzers to choose from!

Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

CLINIQUE | This Summer the Bronze Keeps Going and Going — Introducing Long-Last Bronze.

No one ever wants the summer to end, yet somehow the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day just flies by. Well, Clinique can’t promise a longer summer, but we can promise that your makeup will stay put throughout the day from the beach to a BBQ. Traditional summer makeup is light and airy, but because of the heat and humidity it also tends to melt off the minute you set foot outside. Clinique remedies the warm weather makeup conundrum by introducing Long-Last Bronze. Summer 2008 | CLINIQUE, a beautiful bronze makeup collection for the gal who hates to re-apply but loves to look her best.

Stay tuned for a detailed review of Clinique’s latest launch!

But to tease you, check out what to expect and some images… Continue reading →

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

While I was in New York for Fashion Week, Megan over at Clinique made sure I had a sample of Clinique’s Almost Powder, a new foundation, that also comes with build-in SPF 15.  This product utilizes new technology in pressing and processing that ends up making production take twice as long as a normal powder would.  It’s even produced exclusively in Japan!

I’ve been wearing Almost Powder for the past week or so, and I have to say, I do like it.  I don’t think it is going to replace my holy grail Studio Fix Fluid (liquid), mostly because I like liquid foundation and the coverage.  However, there are many days where SFF is just a tad too heavy, or I’m not really needing a foundation of that nature.  I find Almost Powder perfect for everyday, incredibly natural-looking skin.  The powder is incredibly silky, and it feels lightweight.  The compact includes a sponge, but I also tried Clinique’s powder brush ($30.00) with it.  I found the sponge was better at reducing any “powdery” spots, and it was a lot faster.  I’m personally not a fan of sponge technology (just seems like it is a bacterial growth zone!), so I tend to opt for the brush method.  The brush was SO soft, and I liked it for initial application and buffing later with a buffer brush.

The coverage you get is lightweight to light-medium coverage.  It basically gave me natural coverage, so I didn’t look cakey or really like I was wearing any foundation–which is always a plus.  I would definitely need to look into concealers if I wanted to wear this on more acne-prone days, though, since it covers, but not quite enough (though not many lightweight foundations do this, so it’s not really a negative).

What sells this foundation is how soft it is and how nicely it settles into the skin.  If you’re looking for a more polished look, without looking like you’re wearing makeup, this is right up your alley.  This is perfect for those on-the-go, and anyone who wants to keep foundation light, minimal, but something that works and really evens out skin tone.

Availability: March 2008 at counters and www.clinique.com, but currently available for preview at QVC.

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I just heard about Clinique launching on QVC, which I think is great for some of you who don’t order online, prefer to see someone speak to you on a product before purchasing, and don’t live near a Clinique counter.  I am a huge advocate of Clinique products, especially their skincare range, and especially since there are numerous users with skin issues, I urge you to check this brand out!

Clinique, the original dermatologist-created cosmetics brand, is scheduled to debut on QVC Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 6 PM (ET). During the two-hour broadcast, Clinique will offer QVC shoppers a selection of product favorites in various sizes and configurations as well as special pricing. Custom fit for every skin type, each beautifully crafted Clinique skincare and makeup product is Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free.

Product Highlights

  • QVC to launch the Clinique Almost Powder Make-Up SPF 15, a lightweight powder makeup that provides a sheer, no make-up look.  (Can I just say, this stuff is amazing? Review is forthcoming…)
  • Clinique The Three-Step Deluxe Set — Clinique’s iconic three-step system, custom fit by skin type to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize, revolutionized the beauty industry and will now be offered in deluxe sizes on QVC.
  • Collections created especially for QVC will be available including the Clinique Six-Piece Discovery Kit, the Clinique All About Eyes Three-Piece Collection and the Clinique Black Honey Three-Piece Set.

Additional Clinique products to be featured on QVC include:

  • Clinique Turnaround Two-Piece Collection
  • Clinique Superdefense Triple-Action Moisturizer SPF 25
  • Clinique Repairwear Duo Intensive Eye and Night Cream
  • Clinique Superbalanced Makeup 1 oz Foundation
  • Clinique The Three-Minute Eye Three-Piece Collection
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel
  • Clinique Repairwear Deep Wrinkle Concentrate

ABOUT THE EXPERT: JANET PARDO | Clinique’s Senior Vice President of Product Development Janet Pardo will appear on QVC as Clinique’s resident expert. An innovator in the beauty industry, Pardo has played a key role in creating some of Clinique’s top-selling products.

The Clinique products will be available through QVC at 800.345.1515 or www.QVC.com.

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Reality TV Star, Whitney Port Celebrated December 14th,”Happy Day” with Clinique
By Spreading Holiday Cheer with Random Acts of Happiness in New York!

This year Clinique recruited Whitney Port as our “Happy Ambassador.”  On December 14th, she hit the streets of NYC to spread cheer through “Random Acts of Happiness.”  To kick-off the day she took children from Big Brothers Big Sisters skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Clinique Happy Day is a day in which all Clinique employees, from the top down, work in-store to make our Clients holiday shopping experience more, well, “Happy.” Below please find suggested captions.

Learn more about this event that occurred earlier today, plus see more photos! Continue reading →

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

CLINIQUE LONG PRETTY MASCARA ($14.00)

Long, lush, soft to the touch lashes.Take lashes to new lengths for the softest, prettiest look imaginable. An exclusive new formula extends lashes up to 30%-without flaking or clumping. For full, feathery, natural-looking lashes that go on forever.

  • Applicator: Medium-sized brush with a rounded square shape to it.
  • Clumping: Not too much clumping, but my lashes are a bit wonky, so sometimes they’d get crossed and stick.
  • Curl: This isn’t a curling mascara, but it does hold a curl when you’ve used a lash curler.
  • Ease: Quite easy to apply given the nature of the wand, which allows for more precision to get to harder to reach lashes on the inner area and the lower lashes.
  • Length: Length that comes out is moderate; it’s not nearly as long as I’d like, but it gives you a decent au natural length.
  • Thickening: I was definitely able to extract some thickening out of this mascara, especially on my outer lashes, but not so much on my inner lashes.
  • Volume: The mascara gave me fairly decent volume–it looked like I had more lashes than I naturally do–and my lashes looked fuller and more voluminous.
  • Best: I think my lashes looked fairly good in the end; although they could definitely be longer, I really liked the overall fullness. I also liked the price of this mascara, because it’s not so high that it makes it a hard purchase to make.
  • Worst: If you’re looking for more length, try Clinique’s High Impact mascara instead, which we loved!