Archive for the ‘Clinique’ Category
While we take a short break at Just Nice Things, I thought I’d share a list of personal favourite beauty products of 2012.
In no particular order, here are my most loved ones…
- Urban Decay Smoked palette
Super rich jewel colours and neutrals for the ultimate smoky eye palette. Urban Decay is second to none with their highly pigmented and easy-to-blemd eyeshadows. This is my most go-to palette at the moment.
- Area H20 shampoo and conditioner
Now that I’ve discovered this I don’t think you will be able to drag me to another shampoo and conditioner. My hair is so sensitive to products laden with rich ingredients and Area H20 deals with this problem amazingly.
- Bourjois’s Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal
No need to sharpen and easy to slip into my make-up purse, this beauty from Bourjois is a must-have.
- Witch Anti-blemishing Skin Clearing Primer
Primers are mandatory if you value your make-up and Witch’s offering has 2 in 1 properties – preps the skin and keeps blemishes at bay.
- Clarisonic Mia 2
An electric toothbrush for the face, this gadget has gently buffed my face for a clearer complexion and make-up blends and looks so much better. I wonder how I managed without it!
- Balance Me Rose Otto hand cream
Made in Britain with organic ingredients, this hand cream has tended to my dry hands throughout winter, keeping them moisturised and conditioned for hours. I keep a tube of this on my desk at work.
- Dr Lewinn’s Line Smoothing Complex S8 Super Hydrator
Does exactly what it says on the tin. My skin feels so smooth with a couple of drops of this.
- 17 Lacquer Liquid Liner
I hadn’t used a liquid liner since I first started wearing make-up and to be honest, I was nervous but this one from 17 is brilliant. So easy to use, gives a vinyl finish and even make-up artist Daniel Sandler was wowed by it.
- Clinique High Impact Volume Mascara
The BEST mascara! Big volume for luscious lashes.
- Collection Primed & Ready Smoothing Make-Up Primer
Another top primer and at a budget price – you don’t have to splash out for a decent primer.
- Illamasqua’s Neutrals Palette
I used to think a neutral palette of eyeshadows had limitations but you can create a variety of looks for day and night with just a few colours, and you don’t have to spend hours of confusion deciding what shades to choose. Only four shades with Illamasqua’s offering and probably the tamest from them but sure to become a permanent fixture.
- Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
This pot of magic is brilliant for removing stubborn nail polish and conditioning your nails at the same time and you don’t have to deal with cotton pads clogging up your bin.
Do any of these feature in your favourites of 2012? Perhaps you have discovered something else wonderful. If so, let us know by posting below.
Clinique can do no wrong in my eyes. Their High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara has knocked my once-favourite mascara into second place and now their winning Chubby Sticks have been taken to the next level – they are more intense! In colour! Like lipsticks yet stuffed to the gills with moisturising properties to keep your lips lusciously schmooove.
Upon first glance, the Intense version looks identical to its big sister, the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, in that it’s packaged in the same crayon-like retractable barrels without the need of a sharpener but that’s where the similarity stops.
I was sent a few shades to try, though I wasn’t too sure one or two would compliment my skin tone. Thankfully I was wrong thus proving these colours will just about suit most.
The original is very much geared towards being a balm with a hint of colour but these Intense bad boys are more my style as I like my lips to look like they’ve got some colour yet at the same time they hydrate and protect.
Roomiest Rose (second from the left) is my favourite – I have numerous rose shades in various forms of glosses, stains and sticks and like a magnet, I keep getting drawn to more.
Chunkiest Chili is a browny brick red, Plushest Punch is a gorgeous fuschia pink and Mightiest Maraschino (‘Maraschino’ always reminds me of Marty in Grease!) is a pop-out red.
There are a total of 8 shades to choose from, ranging from bright and playful to neutral to warm, and like the other Chubby Sticks, these can be mixed and layered limitlessly.
If you like something with a kick, go for Intense. If you’re a wallflower, the classic Chubby Stick will tick all the boxes.
Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moiturizing Lip Colour Balm cost £16 and will be available at selected Clinique counters nationwide from mid November. To buy the originals online, go to www.clinique.co.uk.
Hello, ladies! I’d like to draw your attention to a matter very close to all of our hearts. Quite literally. The lovely folk at Clinique are gearing up for Breast Cancer Awareness next month with a limited edition Pink With A Purpose Chubby Stick Moisturisng Lip Colour Balm.
Plumped Up Pink will be available during October from Clinique counters at Selfridges and Boots nationwide priced at £16, and £2 from each Chubby Stick sold will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (£1 from Clinique and £1 from Boots/Selfridges) to aid research in preventing and hopefully finding a cure.
It’s a cause that has most likely touched all of us in some way or another. I personally know 4 strong women who have been affected by this horrible disease and I’m sure countless numbers would say the same. Clinique’s Chubby Stick is their number one selling lip product and this colour is a one-off so if you’re passing a Clinique counter, don’t forget to pick one up and show your support to a worthy cause.
Oh and check your breasts too, ladies.
For more on Clinique, visit www.clinique.co.uk.
Clinique has a new mascara on the block. It’s not out till 1st August so I’m giving you the quick heads up on it as you may want to scurry along to your nearest Clinique counter.
The new mascara promises to give dramatic, voluminous lashes. It’s what every woman craves and never gives up on the quest, and neither do cosmetic companies!
I like a couple of things about this mascara. Firstly its distinctive looking over-sized brush. In one swoop I can cover the lashes rather than a make few attempts to get overall coverage like with most other mascaras. I find the smaller lashes in the inner corners the trickiest to get to and the dome at the end of the brush deals with this predicament pretty well.
Secondly the design of the brush is impressive, helping to effectively distribute product and at the same time separate and lift the lashes without clumping. As you can see, it’s not your typical chubby mascara wand with thick bristles but evenly short and sharp. Also I am rather lazy at curling them so every little lift a mascara can do to my lashes is not to be sniffed at.
Another thing I noticed is the consistency of the product. It feels light and effortless to use on the lashes and in one application gives a very full appearance. The science bit is that the formula contains polymers that help give lashes that va-va-voom thick coating. Suitable for contact lens wearers like myself and those with sensitive eyes, there are two shades available – Black and Extreme Black (the latter is what I’ve been using).
Any way below is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ of how this mascara looks:
What do you think?
Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara can be found at Clinique counters nationwide or online at www.clinique.co.uk from 1st August priced at £17.
Disclosure: I didn’t intend for my eyes to look ‘sad’, I think I was just tired. Also my brows might look a bit unkempt as they were at the awkward in-between stage. You know what I mean. You’ll be pleased to know they’ve been tidied. Good. I’m glad we got that bit cleared up.