Beautiful Beginnings with Clinique

Beautiful Beginnings with Clinique

What was the first Clinique product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Clinique product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I remember my mom buying me Clinique’s 3-step system when I was a teenager (it was closest I ever came to beauty as a young teen!), which I don’t remember liking, but really who knows–I probably wasn’t even using it right, LOL! I actually am a fan of Clinique’s skincare range. I find a lot of it just works; not too many claims, nothing over-the-top, and it does the job I need it to do. I also love how affordable it is.

Share your first time experiences with Clinique in the comments! :)

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm — 8 New Shades


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm — 8 New Shades

Clinique has extended their range of Chubby Sticks with the launch of eight new (and permanent) shades!

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($16.00)

Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. Sixteen natural-looking lip tints in all, each with a subtle sheen.

  • Mega Melon Muted mauve
  • Oversized Orange Orange (New)
  • Curvy Candy Dark pink (New)
  • Mighty Mimosa Dirty pink (New)
  • Two Ton Tomato Orange-red (New)
  • Woppin’ Watermelon Pink
  • Super Strawberry Strawberry pink
  • Pudgy Peony Fuchsia (New)
  • Voluptuous Violet Plum (New)
  • Graped-up Brown plum
  • Heaping Hazelnut Soft beige brown (New)
  • Whole Lotta Honey Plum brown
  • Bountfiul Blush Brown pink (New)
  • Fuller Fig Dark brown
  • Richer Raisin Plummy brown

Availability: Now @ Clinique

Clinique Almost Lipstick for Spring 2012


Clinique Almost Lipstick for Spring 2012

Inspired by Black Honey’s signature colour statement, Clinique introduces seven new, ultra-flattering, sheer shades to the Almost Lipstick line-up. The hues range from natural nudes to pretty pinks to violets and reds. All shades are completely wearable and provide a sheer colour payoff. So go ahead. Wear red, or pink, or violet, or nude. Now it’s possible with Almost Lipstick.

The sheer, smooth formula allows the natural lip colour to come through, creating a custom-fit shade that is unique to each woman. A colour thumbprint, per se.

The soft formula delivers a hint of colour and the sheer payoff allows for fool-proof application. And, a pretty pout is the focus this Spring season. Starting in February, Almost Lipstick highlights the Almost Spring 2012 colour trend, which includes Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 to achieve a natural, dewy glow, Blushwear Cream Stick for a flushed cheek, and Naturally Glossy Mascara to top the look off with flirty lashes. This soft colour palette will give a fresh-faced, almost makeup look.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Dermatologist Tested.

Almost Lipstick ($15.00) (Permanent)

  • Black Honey
  • Shy Honey
  • Tender Honey
  • Spice Honey
  • Luscious Honey
  • Chic Honey
  • Lovely Honey
  • Flirty Honey

availability: January 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Totally Holiday, Totally Gift-Worthy and Under $50


Holiday Gift Guide: Totally Holiday, Totally Gift-Worthy and Under $50

This part of the holiday gift guide shares my favorite just-for-the-holidays palettes and kits over $30 but $50 or less–not over-the-top indulgent gifts but we’re getting there. If you missed it, I already posted the under $30 guide! :)

Eyes: Long-time readers know I’m a huge fan of Aqua Eyes, and the Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Eyes Collection ($36.00) contains five travel-sized (I’m guessing 0.02 to 0.03 oz.) and one full-size (0.04 oz.) eyeliner; for the price of two full-sized eyeliners, you’re getting six shades to try of a fantastic formula. Urban Decay also has two Eyeliner Sets ($32.00 each) that contain five travel-sized 24/7 Eyeliners; there is also a Shadow Pencil Stash ($34.00). At this price point, you can find some excellent palettes that came out just in time for the holidays, like Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00) and Bare Escentuals Ready 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00).

Cheeks/Face: Too Faced In Your Dreams Makeup Collection ($39.00) is an eye, cheek, and lip palette that’s great for someone new to makeup; I like it because everything is presented in an easy-to-digest manner, and the colors coordinate with each other, so there is no guessing. Benefit Project Flawless ($32.00) is a cutely packaged set that contains a highlighter (Girl Meets Pearl), mascara, lipgloss (Foxy Lady), and blush (Bella Bamba). If that’s not quite to your taste, you could check out Romancing the Mirror ($39.00), which contains That Gal, Sugarbomb, and BADgal Lash.

Lips: I’ve been really digging Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lip Gloss Trio ($38.00); they’re fairly sheer, but they had so much dazzle and shine without feeling gritty–I’ve been reaching for these (because I need to do lip swatches for them!) to layer on top of other lipsticks. Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Gloss to Go Set ($32.50) comes in a cute red faux leather zipper cylinder case with six holiday-appropriate glosses, and I like that it’s ready to give (there’s also a lipstick version).

Skin/Body: I love the way Estee Lauder set-up their skincare gift sets this year; they categorize them based on theme, like even skin tone or anti-wrinkle. Clinique has an excellent set for dry skin (Moisture Surge has saved my skin before!) called Total Moisture ($44.00). Consider giving a decadent, luxurious body cream in the form of this Laura Mercier Souffle Body Creme Sampler Set ($50.00 for 4×3 oz.).

Fragrance: Elegantly packaged, convenient to use, and full-sized, Tocca Beauty Rollerball Trio ($48.00 for 3×0.33 oz.) contains three different scents (Florence, Cleopatra, and Colette), which can be gifted as a set or easily broken up. Juicy Couture ($35.00 for 3×0.33 oz.) also has a trio of fragrance sprays of their signature scents. Fresh Sugar Obsessions Rollerball Trio ($35.00 for 3×0.34 oz.) contains popular Fresh scents, and if you have a foodie friend, this might be a good one for them. What’s really great about rollerballs is they’re easy to give, and they can be re-gifted, too–if you give your friend a kit, and they dislike one scent, it’s so easy for them to pass along to a friend/family member.

Do you have any suggestions for readers on the prowl for holiday gifts this year that came out just in time for holiday gift-giving?

Clinique Black Honey Collection for Fall 2011


Clinique Black Honey Collection for Fall 2011

Black Honey, a colour collection inspired by a cult classic. What began in 1971 as simply a new Clinique lip gloss shade, the Black Honey colour instantly became a success. In 1989 when Black Honey – originally packaged in a pot – was later launched as an Almost Lipstick, no one realised the incredible impact it would have. During the decades that followed, Black Honey has changed formulas but the iconic berry shade remains. Legions of devoted women have turned it into a serious cult favorite and it has quickly evolved into a modern classic.

Today, a single lip colour has inspired an entire collection featuring violet and berry hues for the eyes, lips and cheeks; The New Black is flattering on all skin tones and ultra- wearable for a completely feminine look.

Color Surge Eyeshadow Quad ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

Four coordinating shades of velvety color in a limited-edition Black Honey-inspired palette. Create the look you want, from natural to dramatic. Creamy, intense shadows build quickly, blend easily for lasting color. Available in Black Honey.

Gradient Powder Blusher ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

This ultra-wearable limited edition palette leaves a soft, perfected finish. Blending flawlessly with the skin, this perfect palette compliments a wide range of skin tones.

Dual-Ended Almost Lipstick & Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 ($21.00) (Limited Edition)

A dual-ended lip component that delivers two doses of the flattering shade – Almost Lipstick for a more classic Black Honey look with a soft dewy finish or, Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 for a sensational look with a high shine finish.

Almost Lipstick ($14.50)

  • Black Honey

Brush-On Cream Liner ($15.00)

  • Black Honey

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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