Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Get Sunkissed Without the Risk: Try Clinique

Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream 9$17.50 for 1.7 oz.) is a newly launched product by Clinique as part of their suncare line. It uses “SolarSmart” technology, which is meant to stabilize high-level protection against aging and burning effects from both UVA and UVB rays. There are solar-activated antioxidants to help prevent visible damage to the skin.

Okay, so sounds like there are some fancy schmancy ingredients in this product, right? I can’t really tell you about preventing aging or skin damage (how am I going to know? it’s usually on such a micro-level, you can’t see any visible damage for years!), but I do want to tell you about how it feels, applies, and works as a facial sunscreen, because that’s really why I wanted to try it! It’s a fairly thick cream, but you actually don’t use very much when you go to apply it. I do find that on normal to dry skin, you may want to use your normal moisturizer in conjunction, rather than instead of. With oilier skin, you may find that just this is perfect.

With SPF 30, this face cream is a good choice for everyday wear. You get good coverage for both UVA and UVB. It’s a blend of avobenzone (broad spectrum UVA), ethylhexylsalicylate and homosalate (UVB abosrbers), oxybenzone (broad spectrum UVA & UVB), and octrocrylene (UVB and short UVA). It is always a good idea to look for a sunscreen with ingredients that protect you from both the UVA and the UVB spectrums. (Check out our Sunscreen 101 post, so you know which ingredients do what!)

The packaging is sleek and fun–the yellow is perfect for summer–and the tube technology means less exposure to light and dirty fingers. The product itself feels lightweight when applied, and it doesn’t have any greasy or oily feel either (very important!). It takes makeup well, and it doesn’t leave a whitish cast when it’s dry. It didn’t cause me to breakout, and I seemed pretty sweat-resistant, too. I like the price tag, because I feel a tube should last me at least a month of daily wear, perhaps even a little longer.

Anyone else try out Clinique’s new Suncare line?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Clinique Upgrades Their Sun Care

Reader KaylaK told us how Clinique was revamping their sun care line, and I thought to myself, “Why? What’s wrong with it?!” Nordstrom.com is showing the newly re-done sun care line, and it all looks STUNNING! I have to give Clinique kudos on making it fun, summery, and just cool. The packaging is sleek and stands out without being wasteful. I haven’t heard if they’ve changed up formulations yet, but I’m diggin’ the new look. What about you?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Tiger Lily Fresh Bloom Eyeshadow

Clinique’s Fresh Bloom Spring 2009 Collection is really the epitome of spring colors and shades. The promotional images for the launch indicated so, and the products themselves don’t disappoint! I think the Fresh Bloom eyeshadows ($16.50) are darling; the colors are all universally wearable. They’re colorful, but not overly so; they’re not colors you couldn’t work into your office makeup (for most of you, at least!). All four have good color pigmentation, and most of the colors have fairly frosty finishes.

Tiger Lily is a duo of light peachy-pink and coppery-peach.

Maple Blossom is a duo of silvery-gray and brownish-silver (like MAC Club, but better).

Apple Blossom is a duo of soft, whitish-silver and subdued pale, pastel green.

Cherry Blossom is a duo of a whitish-pink and light raspberry-pink.

Clinique also launched four shades of their Long Last Glosswear ($14.00) in Air Kiss, First Blush, Honey Shimmer, and Whisper. I only had the chance to check out First Blush (sheer peachy-pink) and Honey Shimmer (sheer reddish-copper with pink shimmer). I love the Long Last Glosswear formula for its long-lasting power, and I would definitely love to see some really bold, opaque shades launched in the future, as the two I tried from this launch were sheer like others I have tried before. Honey Shimmer was less sheer than First Blush, though.

Temptalia Recommendations

Must-haves: Cherry Blossom (more for a blusher, though!)
Nice-to-haves: Maple Blossom, Long Last Glosswears
Skip: This collection if pastels aren’t your bag!

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Monday, December 29th, 2008

Clinique’s Spring 2009 launch looks exactly as I imagine spring — pastel pinks and lightly warmed up cheeks.

Collection includes:

Quick Blush

  • Hurry Honey
  • Peach in a Pinch
  • Berry On Time
  • In a Rush Blush

Fresh Bloom Eye Shadow

  • Maple Blossom
  • Tiger Lily
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Apple Blossom

Long Last Glosswear

  • First Blush
  • Air Kiss
  • Honey Shimmer
  • Whisper

Lash Power Curling Mascara

Cartridge Pencil for Lips

  • Earthy Rose
  • Mocha

Cartridge Pencil for Eyes

  • Jet Black
  • Charcoal Brown

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Clinique Pays It Forward This Holiday Season With Random Acts of Happiness
Coming Your Way December 12th, 13th and 14th

Starting tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday, Clinique is celebrating “Happy Weekend.” Their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters is always something I’ve admired with the brand, and it’s great to see them working together this holiday season.  I think it’s great that this year, the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters not only get donated gifts for themselves, but get a full year of skincare and makeup for their moms, too.

Clinique will reunite with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the country, to ensure that those less fortunate have many opportunities to smile this holiday season. Beyond donating monies, Clinique will give the children and their moms something to be happy about.

Random Acts of Happiness:  In key cities, Clinique will be spreading the holiday happiness by offering complimentary gift wrapping services on the streets, free hot chocolate, Happy candy canes and cookies for kids.  Some lucky customers will be getting free iPods from those entered to win.

CLINIQUE’S TOP TIPS TO MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

1. Smile a lot during the holidays.
2. Say thank you to people.
3. Perform a random act of kindness.
4. Talk about all the good things that are happening in the world.
5. Remind someone about all the reasons to be happy.
6. Give a child something to smile about.

Clinique Holiday Cards designed by children of Big Brothers Big Sisters are available on www.clinique.com while supplies last. Also log on to catch “The Ten Days of Happiness” where Clinique will share a happy thought daily – send to your friends and loved ones and create a virtual happy moment.

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Take the Day Off Makeup Removericon ($16.50) is a classic choice for a good makeup remover. It’s excellent for removing stubborn bits of makeup around the eyes and lips. There is also a cleansing milk and cleansing balm version of the same formula.

Moisture Surgeicon ($34.00) feels like a water-based moisturizer; it’s like a gel rather than a cream. It’s very good at moisturizing skin and keeping it moisturized throughout the day. It’s one of their more recent products, but it’s definitely worthy of representing the brand.

Almost Powder Makeup SPF15icon ($22.50) is one of my favorite powder foundations. This is something you can easily keep in your purse for touch-ups to existing foundation (because the powder itself is incredibly finely milled and lightweight) or to put on before going out.

All Over Colouricon ($29.50) is a gorgeous compact, both in the color range, effect, and the appearance. What I like about these compacts as they’re affordable, despite having the cute flower emblazoned into the product. I love the way these work as blushes and subtle highlighters simultaneously.