Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Pep Start Pout Perfecting Balm 

My guilty pleasure is definitely buying lip products. I think I already have more than one person can even use up during one lifetime, yet I continue to buy more. Recently, I’ve been wanting a more tinted balm look with a generous pop of color, and I found a really great one: the Clinique Pep Start Pout Perfecting Balm. These are $17.50 a piece at Sephora and similar retailers. I got this adorable tin with three mini versions for just $18. It contains 3 of the 4 shades they make: clear, guava, and cherry. The one I don’t have is tangerine, but that’s definitely for the best since I could never ever pull off tangerine.

I am in love with these balms! They are so moisturizing, and they do not require much reapplication throughout the day. With a tinted balm, you can usually expect a little bit of color that fades quickly, but that’s not really the case here. The pigment packs quite the punch, and a subtle tint does remain even as the balm fades away. I was super impressed with this product. They seem to have a slight plumping effect on the lips, and they perform really well. If you’re looking for a great tinted balm, I highly recommend this one!

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Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Pretty Easy Eyeliner 

I love a dramatic eye look, and what better way to top it off than with liquid eyeliner? There are so many good ones on the market, but I recently tried the Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen which retails for $21 at Sephora and similar retailers.

With a name like “Pretty Easy” the expectations become high, especially since applying liquid eyeliner can be a time consuming challenge. I’m pleased to say that this one really lived up to its name though. One swipe on each eye resulted in a pretty even lining on both eyes, plus the pen tip is narrow enough to get really close to the lash line. The tip allows for a lot of control, and it is perfect for a cat eye too. Overall, I was really impressed by how easy this one was to apply. It was a cinch and the product also lasted all night.

My one complaint is that you have to be careful not to touch your eye because it never dries down completely and will transfer. I wore this when I had dinner with a friend, and we ended up laughing so hard about something that my eyes started watering. When I wiped my eye, a whole lot of liner came off on my finger. However, it didn’t looked smeared around my eye nor did it migrate anywhere, so that’s good.

Overall, I really recommend this product, especially for those who struggle with eyeliner application. The pen tip on this product makes it very easy to apply.

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite liquid eyeliner? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Almost Lipstick 

I love bold lipsticks, but I know that not everyone does. I’m sure there are lots of people out there who are maybe afraid of too much color on the lips. I’ve had some friends ask me for a good starter lipstick that has a sheer but noticeable amount of color, and I typically recommend that these friends try Clinique’s Almost Lipstick. This lipstick retails at Sephora and similar retailers for $17.50.

Once upon a time, Clinique sold tons of shades in their Almost Lipstick line, but a few years ago they discontinued all but two universally-flattering shades: Pink Honey and Black Honey (which is more of a berry tone). It is pretty impressive how true the “universally-flattering” claim is. Every person I’ve recommended it to has found that it suited their skin tone. I’m sure there are exceptions out there, but they seem to be few and far between.

One reason that I think this is a good starter lipstick (besides it taking the guesswork out of what shade will flatter you) is the buildable color. You can swipe once for a sheer wash of color, or you can add more layers for more color. With this lipstick, you’re in total control. It also is very nourishing and will not dry out your lips (although, as a result, it’s also not very long-lasting).

Overall, I really love this lipstick. I use it on minimal makeup days, and I’m always happy with the result. If you’re looking for a lipstick but you’re a bit scared of trying one, I would highly recommend this lipstick.

Have you had any experiences with this product? If so, please let me know how it worked for you in the comments section.

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Makeup

Clinique Chubby Sticks 

I feel like crayon-esque products are all over the beauty market right now, but it all started with Clinique Chubby Sticks.

This simple-to-use product is truly the easiest thing in the world to apply, and Clinique has expanded it’s chubby stick lines to include tinted lip products, intense lip products, moisturizing lip products, foundations, eye shadows, blushes, and even contour sticks. The lip and eye products start at about $17 and the face products are around $24. This is truly some of the most affordable but still high-end makeup out there. I think Clinique is just an amazing brand, and these are very innovative products that are sure to save you time when you get ready in the morning. I have four of the lip products, one eye shadow, the foundation (which I use as a perfect concealer), a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter. This is my go-to five-minute face, and I recommend these products to all. Also, Clinique is pretty good for sensitive skin as it contains fewer harsh products than other brands.

Beauty, lips, Makeup

Clinique Almost Lipstick

I feel like I talk a lot about vibrant, long-wearing lipsticks, but I know that’s just not what everyone is looking for. There are often times when people just want a very sheer bit of color – something demure but noticeable. One product I really like when I want just a little color is Clinique Almost Lipstick. It is available from Sephora for $17.

This shade has been discontinued! 

 Clinique has undergone many product changes over the past two years, and there are now only two shades of this currently available, but they are nearly universally flattering in berry and pink. The picture I posted above is one of the discontinued shades, but I wanted to include it so you could see how light the color appears on my hand. It is a very sheer product!

So, should you buy it?

Pros: This has a nice hint of color for those looking for something sheer. It has a shiny, glossy finish. The tube is incredibly skinny and should fit in literally any tiny handbag or pocket without looking bulky. Also, it is very moisturizing.

Cons: It only comes in two shades at this point – berry and pink. This is pretty limiting. Also, the coverage is not buildable, so it is not very versatile. It can only produce a sheer finish.

Overall, I like this product. It’s a pretty good price and the tube will last a very long time. This is a great addition to a natural-looking makeup day or a low-maintenance routing, but stay tuned to this blog for more suggestions for tinted balms with more available shades.