Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Clinique Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream ($17.50 for 2.5 fl. oz.) is a rich (and thick!) cream designed to keep hands hydrated for up to twelve-hours and is touted as a “restorative cream” that’s fit for hands and cuticles.

Clinique has created a rich and creamy hand cream that sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave behind any greasy residue. These are pretty much must-have characteristics in any daytime hand cream I keep on my desk (which is where I must keep them, or else I’d never remember to use them ever!). It’s a hand cream that does exactly what it should and without any fuss. It’s scent-free, takes about an oversized pea-sized dollop to get an even application on both hands, and it lasts for hours.

I couldn’t tell you if it lasts twelve hours, but I’d say my hands are significantly less dry throughout the day, and I usually apply it once in the morning and once in the afternoon (if I’m good!). In terms of overall positioning in my hand cream favorites, Clinique comes in as a new favorite, but it’s still edged out of first by Ellen Sirot’s Hand Perfection. However, Hand Perfection is pricier and less accessible, whereas Clinique is more affordable and readily available.

Bottom Line: While Clinique’s new hand cream for the wintertime does seem a bit on the pricier side, but so far the tube has lasted me a month now, and I imagine it’ll take me to February, so three to four months of usage is good enough to justify the price to me. When I come across a hand cream that’s rich in moisture but zero on the grease-factor, I’m all over it, and Clinique wins on both counts!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For long-lasting moisturized hands, Clinique’s new Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream works well without any frills.

Availability: Clinique, Nordstrom

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Clinique for Spring 2010

Clinique Juiced Up Colour Collection for Spring 2010

Inspired by the fresh, healthy feel of spring, NEW Juiced Up Colour. Spring 2010 collection offers a scrumptious selection of “good-for-you” eye, lip and cheek shades for a season of delectably modern and extraordinarily wearable looks. Drawing inspiration from Clinique’s latest lip innovation, Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour, the lineup is fruit-inspired, juicy and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

The focus of the collection is the limited edition Fresh Picked Allover Colour shimmering blush and the Fresh Picked Eye Shadow palettes featuring “fresh picked” shades for cheeks and eyes. And for an extra bit of fun, each individual blush palette and eye shadow palette is beautifully pressed with a yummy berry or pear pattern and packaged in a sleek, contemporary compact. The collection offers a balanced, full-face look: a soft wash of colour on the eyelid, accented by a defined lash line and dressed up brow, rosy cheeks and a glossy, juiced-up lip.

Fresh Picked Allover Colour

This limited edition multi-toned palette is the vibrant highlight of NEW JUICED UP COLOUR collection. Three complimentary fresh-picked shades of softly shimmering blush create sheer, subtle radiance and an allover glow. pressed together beautifully in a delicious fruit-inspired pattern and offered in a modern silvery and white compact.

  • Mixed Berries

Fresh Picked Eye Shadow

Two delicious pairings of softly shimmering eye shadow duos include complimentary hues that offer effortless sheen and subtle luminosity to eyes. Each compact, delicately pressed into a fresh berry or pear design, includes a soft shimmer base shade, along with an accent shade to highlight and contour for a burst of healthy looking, wearable colour.

  • Fresh Picked Berry
  • Fresh Picked Pear

Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour

This gorgeous, colourful lip product is bursting with “good-for-you” ingredients to provide treatment benefits, along with luscious colour to your lips. Six juicy, antioxidant rich shades help improve the appearance of lips instantly. The non-sticky, highly moisturising formula provides stay-true colour, buildable coverage and complete comfort. And the convenient, portable flow-through brush applicator delivers just the right amount of coverage with every use.

  • Pink Me Up
  • Goodness Grapecious
  • Nude-tritious
  • Fig-a-licious
  • Raisin the Bar
  • Rhubarbie

High Lengths Mascara

This lengthening and lifting mascara stretches each and every lash to new lengths, while a unique curved “willow” wand applicator beautifully separates and defines. This curved fine-toothed comb finds the tiniest lashes and brings them out of hiding. Thanks to an infusion of lash-loving ingredients, lashes are kept soft, supple, beautifully conditioned and allover healthy looking. Eyes are left looking noticeably wider and fully energised. NEW High Lengths Mascara is also ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for sensitive eyes.

  • Black

Instant Lift for Brows

Perfect brows and an instant “eye lift” all in one dual-ended applicator. This multi-functional beauty tool provides an easy way to groom eyebrows while simultaneously creating a more eye-opening, youthful appearance. The dual-ended pencil contains a brow filler and one end to fill-in, even-out and create perfectly defined, natural-looking brows. The brow bone highlighter gives brows a lifted look – opening up and brightening the face instantly. packed full of vitamins and natural botanicals, NEW Instant Lift for Brows is a simple way to look years younger without the fuss.

  • Soft Blonde
  • Soft Brown
  • Deep Brown

Eye Defining Liquid Liner

An ultra-comfortable, luxurious, easy-to-apply gel eyeliner provides true high itensity colour in just one stroke. Featuring a precision pin-point tip for controlled application to create a thin or thick line around the eye, so you can go natural or dramatic – the choice is yours.

  • Black

Powder Brush

This luxurious brush made of natural hair is the ideal tool for applying this season’s Fresh Picked Allover Colour. The large dome allows for easy application of powder for a smooth, flawless look. Unique antibacterial technology protects brush from mold, fungus and bacteria.

Eye Shadow Brush

This natural hair brush is essential for quick and easy eye shadow application with unique antibacterial technology to protect the brush from mold, fungus and bacteria. The perfect partner for Clinique’s Fresh Picked Eye Shadow.

Availability: February 2010

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Clinique Black Tie Violet Collection for Winter 2009

Chic and sophisticated, Clinique’s has it!

Colour Surge Eye Shadow

  • Frosted Blossom
  • Purple Pixie
  • Black Orchid

Cream Shaper for Eyes

  • Starry Plum

Long Last Lipstick

  • Pinkberry

Long Last Glosswear SPF 15

  • Clearly Pink

Quickliner For Lips

  • Raspberry

Blushing Blush Powder Blush

  • Smoldering Plum
  • Iced Lotus

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Parched Skin? Clinique’s Maximum Hydrator to the Rescue!

Clinique Maximum Hydrator ($27.00) is a moisturizer designed as part of their men’s skincare line. Gender aside, this is a fantastic moisturizer, and it’s actually one I’ve repurchased–for myself, not the boyfriend! This is an excellent moisturizer for those with normal to dry skin, because it is incredibly hydrating, and if you have oily skin, it may be too much for you. It is a gel-based formula, though, so it doesn’t feel heavy.

Maximum Hydrator is a multi-purpose product that is supposed to be used both in the morning and the evening. For men, it is touted as a post-shave product to help soften and plump up the skin. Here are the ingredients Clinique wants us to know about:

  • Aloe Leaf Water helps restore optimal moisture levels within skin while soothing dehydrated skin.
  • Moisture-binding polysaccarides (sugars) Trehalose and Sorbitol work along with Sodium Hyaluronate to help skin retain moisture and maintain important natural performances.
  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide signals skin to stimulate the natural development of collagen.
  • Glycerin, a powerful humectant, helps attract and secure moisture to skin’s surface for immediate comfort.
  • Green Tea Extract and Sea Whip help soothe and protect delicate skin from potential damage from daily irritants.
  • Vitamin E helps fight damage caused by free radicals while Cucumber Extract soothes and de-puffs eye area skin.
  • Caffeine works as an anti-irritant to help soothe and calm easily distressed skin.
  • A blend of 3 different weights of Dimethicone provides improved slip, cushion, and a comfortable end-feel to the product while helping skin retain surface hydration.
  • PhytofixTM , a specially formulated blend of Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley, and Cucumber Fruit Extract, supplies skin with a powerful capacity for barrier repair for improved long-term hydration.

Whether you’re a woman or a man or a woman shopping for your hubby, this is a slam-dunk moisturizing choice. It helped soothe my painfully dry skin from my trip to New York back in February. It was gentle enough not to aggravate my existing breakouts nor cause additional ones. It was hydrating, fragrance-free, and absorbed quickly. You get a good amount for your money, and each jar lasts me about two months if I use it just once a day (I usually use mine at night, though sometimes I use it in the morning, too).

The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t come with any SPF, which is something I think would be a nice addition, because most men in my life aren’t going to be vigilant enough to use a separate moisturizer and SPF–they are too lazy and need an all-in-one kind of product.  The packaging isn’t phenomenal, and I do prefer creams/moisturizers in airless pump containers, but the packaging is simple and no-fuss, so it’s functional.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 9/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: Dry skin? Sensitive skin? Definitely give this a shot–try asking for a sample next time you’re near a Clinique counter. This is one of my favorite moisturizers, and it is one that I’ve gone back to when other moisturizers aren’t working for me. This is a definite must-have for me during the winter, too, when my skin gets quite parched.

Availability: Nordstrom, Clinique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora.com

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Clinique’s newly revamped Suncare line is definitely a product that’s going to make it into my beach bag this summer. The line includes a SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 50 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50), SPF 15 Face/Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 30 Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 50 Body Cream ($20.00), After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe ($20.00), and SPF 25 Body Spray ($20.00).

I absolutely love the new packaging Clinique went with for their suncare line, because it stands out, is definitely “sunny,” and it’s fun. All of the new Sun products use avobenzone, ethylhexylsalicylate, homosalate, oxybenzone, and octocrylene as ingredients for UVA/UVB protection and stabilization. For those curious, these are chemical sunscreens, not natural ones, so if you’re allergic, you’ll have to opt for another line.

The SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50) is fairly thick, comes out white, and it does have a bit of the sunscreen scent. The scent fades after application, as does the whitish cast once you’ve blended the product in. I find it dries down quite a bit leaving a non-greasy finish. I actually find myself still reaching for a moisturizer (a lightweight one) most of the time. I find the SPF 30 Body Cream is very similar to the Face Cream, perhaps it is a bit thicker, though. I love the SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50) for quick touch-ups, additional coverage (like on nose, ears, etc.), and just having something that’s extremely portable and travel friendly.

I can’t say I’ve truly road-tested the After Sun Rescue Balm ($20.00) yet, because the face and body creams are keeping me so well protected, I’m not burning whatsoever. (Plus, I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never burned before.) However, I did slather it on my boyfriend’s neck, because he plays tennis regularly so the sun would beat down on the back of his neck. He said it felt soothing, a bit cooling, and just overall made it feel less burnt.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Clinique Bamboo Pink for Summer 2009

  • Bamboo Pink Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad ($25.00)
  • Fresh Bloom – Bamboo Pink Allover Colour ($29.50)
  • Bamboo Pink Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick ($14.00)

Available: Nordstrom.com

Plus, with your $25 Clinique purchase, get a Trina Turk cosmetics bag with samples. One per person, while supply lasts. Gift can only be shipped to the same destination as your order. Includes Take the Day Off Makeup Remover (1.7 oz.), Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (1 oz.), Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Sun Burst, Lash Doubling Mascara in Black (0.14 oz.), Different Lipstick in Tenderheart, and Superfit Makeup (0.5 oz.) Online only. One per person, while supply lasts. Gift will be added automatically in Checkout and can only be shipped to the same destination as your order.

NORDSTROM.com - Free gift with $25 Clinique purchase

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