Lip Gloss -Clinique - Glosswear for Lips HULA HOTTIE
Charma22 12/6/2006 8:28:00 PM
WOW! I love this color so much. This was my very first Clinique Glosswear that I actually finished in my entire life. This was the Glosswear that got me hooked on Glosswears. This came out with the summer 2006 Clinique Collection alongside 7 or 8 other colors. This is sheerly pigmented and comes out a sheer raspberry "just bitten" color. Absolutely flirtatous and georgeous. This is kind of what I wanted Glosswear for Lips in Juicy Apple to be, but this doesn't have that nasty smell! This is truly fragrance free. I will definately repurchase this shade. I have noticed that counters still sell it, so I hope that it's a permanent addition. Oh yeah, I had this color in July and it was finished by the end of August. So, I love this color that much! Plus I can reapply w/o a mirror and it has that nice light moisturizing texture. LOVE IT!
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Glosswear for Lips in Sweet Dream
Charma22 12/6/2006 8:18:00 PM
This is a georgeous nonshimmery light purple w/ slight blue tones. It's georgeous w/ a darker liner around the mouth (Clinique Neutrally). It's got a liquid lipstick texture and can sometimes be hard to blend b/c of that texture but the color is georgeous. I have semi-pigmented lips and this lightens them up just a little while imparting a light purple/nude shine. Like the other Glosswear for Lips it has that bad smell to it. I'm going to try and experiment w/ maybe peppermint oil or vanilla extract and put just a drop in this one and if that works well, then I'll do it to my other Glosswears (b/c I do actually love almost all of the colors, but the smell is just bad). Definately try this color, if you're into lilac nudes. I also like Grape Sorbet Impossibly Gloss (but this one is a little bit more sheer and has a slight non gritty shimmer---still georgeous).
What an uplifting bright floral! At times I think it's way too bright and sparkling for me. It is super flowery. But, it is growing on me. I used to loathe this scent b/c it reminded me of air refreshener. But the longer I become accustomed to it, the more and more I like it. It's definately a flirty having fun in the summer scent. I can see young women wearing it for their wedding as it envokes happiness and being feminine and togetherness. This is also a great "first" fragrance for a girl. To me, you can't get more girly than this scent. It has just a hint of citrus notes of the original Happy, but definately a lot more floral. It's worth of shot of you like uplifting flower fragrances.
I have my phases where I absolutely love Clinique and would never dream of using anything else, and then I have my phases where I loathe everything Clinique. Now, I've become very familiar w/ Clinique for the past 3 years and what I can say about the Airbrush Concealer is that this is actually a brilliant innovation. This concealer helps to blur imperfections with a quick light touch. No, this will not cover dark circles. The way I use this is I use Bobbie Brown's correcter in Light Peach first, which is a peachy shade to cover dark circles. Then I use Airbrush Concealer in Medium (i'm light to medium coloring) to blend and brighten. I also use this in the corners of the eyes to highlight. I'm also a fan of the Neutral Fair color (the middle shade-yellow brightener) to highlight as well. This is oil free, it works well at toning down acne redness, but it will not cover it since it's a sheer concealer. I don't experience any strange smell that others have had. I think application is key. I twist the brush, and then use my Clinique Concealer brush to dab a tiny bit under my eyes and blend, and it looks georgeous. You can't just dab the concealer under your eyes using the concealer pen b/c you'll be putting too much on, so an actually concealer brush is key.
Also, this is a great concealer for guys who want to brighten up their undereyes w/o looking like they have makeup on.
If you're just looking for a no makeup look concealer thats sheer and easy to use, plus don't forget the other uses for it (tones down redness, highlights), this is perfect. Plus the price is much better than other high end brands that basically do the same thing. I've tested YSL Touche Eclat, it is indeed much more watery in texture, I think people buy it just b/c of the stimga w/ it, but I don't find it superior especially at it's $36+ price. Clinique works just fine for me.
This is actually a really nice brush. My only other foundation brush purchase was a Sephora Professionals foundation brush, which, while I loved the brush design and the handle of the brush, it just streaked my foundation way too much. So I returned it. Then almost a year went by and I accumulated Chanel and Mac mini foundation brushes from gifts. I never used those because I'm really a collecter of all things makeup. Well, I always wanted to get another foundation brush, b/c the streaking turned me off (which I heard that a foundation brush isn't supposed to streak your foundation too much anyway, so it was prolly just the quality of the brush), plus the prices for this brush turned me off. Well, I just happened to be in a Bloomingdale's and was in the mood to purchase something Clinique b/c I had a return of their slightly overpriced lip plumper, full potential. So, I decided to give this brush a whirl. At first I was turned off by the clear lucite handles of the Clinique brushes, but now I've grown to love the style.
Well, now on to the brush. This brush applies foundation beautifully! Very smooth and even. Only slightly did I have to use a sponge to blend. I put just a dab of foundation on the back of my hand and used the brush. This allowed me to not overdo foundation on my face, which is a good thing :). The hairs of the brush were soft and I think that the way the brush is cut makes foundation apply smoothly.
I am definately impressed :) I'm so glad I decided to give this kind of brush another try. It retails for $28 which I guess isn't too crazy considering I do own a $55 Nars eyeshadow brush (I don't know what I was thinking :) ). Definately give this brush a try. It works well w/ cream to powder foundations as well.
First of all, some of you don't like this perfume b/c of the overuse of this in the world. I have heard that this is the number one selling perfume in the world, and I believe it. I'm not the hugest fan of this but can I tell you how many guys have complimented me on wearing this. And my reaction to them are, are you kidding me? do you know what this is? It's Clinique Happy!...I'm always shocked at this but I can see why guys find it so alluring. First of all, this sweet and citrusy. Guys go gaga for citrus scents. Plus it's fresh and has a light fruity musk note in the end. Yes, it is short lived on the skin, fades in about an hour to two (at the max). It would be nice if it had better staying power, but usually light fruity scents fade the fastest, and I guess the staying power quality could be helped with the body wash and body cream layering. I am using up my full size bottle I got in a swap and I put down that I would repurchase, even though I love other perfumes more (ones that are a little spicier (Prada mixed w/ Bvlgari Omnia), but if I dated a guy who absolutely loved Happy on me and I was out of my bottle, then yes, I would buy some more :) Very low price---$37.50 and $49.50.....plus if you get it duty free, you can get two 1 oz. bottles for only $34.
Blush -Clinique - Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Aglow
Charma22 11/25/2006 1:16:00 PM
Wow! What a great color. At first I thought that Aglow was a little drab. I was working for Clinique when the new Blushing Blushes came out and was quickly surprised when Aglow sold out. It looked nothing but a highlighter for the cheeks or a blush for super pale people. But then I got a tester of it and just kept it in my pile of unused makeup. Well, months went by, I left Clinique and began a new job and decided to just try this color b/c I was doing a bronzy look and didn't want to do Nars Orgasm yet again, plus I couldn't find a good bronzer that I liked. Well, I was pleasantly shocked when this color looked georgous on! I am about a Mac C35/40 and Wow, this color shows up like a healthy peachy glow on the cheeks and it can be layered to totally show up! I was totally shocked b/c it looked so light. I love this color. It's great for a soft peachy cheek. I'm so glad that I gave this color a shot. Plus it was minimal shimmer which is also nice. Retails for $18.50.
Clinique Dewy Smooth AntiAging Makeup is truly amazing. This past summer I went from being super oily as in just using their DDMGel and Turnaround to using their Superdefense and Repairwear Night for Very Dry Skin. So, I needed a moisturizing foundation that would help my skin. I knew that they carried Dewy Smooth and Repairwear. Dewy Smooth at first never even crossed my mind b/c I knew that it was an older foundation and I remember that when I used to work Clinique I used to steer customers away from this one and have them get Soft Finish or Repairwear. Well, I knew that Repairwear Liquid (which is oil free)was way too heavy for me, but I didn't have a really problem with it b/c I could mix it with my yellow gel. But each time I tried it, I always had a few more zits. Soft Finish (oil free) was not even something I considered for myself b/c all the colors are too pink for me. So, on to Dewy Smooth. So, the colors offered in the US were too pinky or neutral for me (I am super yellow), but when I decided to work for Duty Free, I was offered a Dewy Smooth tester in a darker yellow shade, which ended up being an excellent color for me. This foundation feels very luxerious and creamy. It gives me moderate to full coverage, has a titanium dioxide based sunscreen and is very easy to blend. This actually wears almost all day for me, which is a big plus and major improvement considering I'm used to foundations lasting only 4-5 hours tops because of my then oily skin.
I do wish that the packaging was a little more elegant, i mean, i understand that Clinique and their packaging is more "clinical", hence all the "boring" packaging, but what's inside is definately better and worth it. Plus, there is some confusion from other posters, but this foundation is truly oil free. I have not experienced any breakouts from this. If you can find a good color match, and need at least moderate coverage with a moisturizing finish, then try this foundation. A major plus also is that I haven't experienced any major oxidation of the color. A+++. An HG foundation for when my skin is very dry to normal dry. Retails for $21.50.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Intensive Night Cream-Very Dry Skin Formula
Charma22 11/20/2006 3:49:00 PM
WOW is all I can say. For some reason my skin who used to be so extremely oily in the summer to the point where no matter what foundation I tried, it wouuld still disappear off my skin in the matter of hours, has suddenly become very dry this past month. I began using the Superdefense SPF 25 for Very Dry Skin to help alleviate it, plus the antioxidants couldn't hurt :). So, I was using it day and night. And then I got a tester of Rep. VERY DRY night cream. I was skeptical, as with using Superd. for V. Dry b/c I am extremely acne prone as well. But, guess what? My skin did not break out from either formula AND the dryness has been alleviated. I'm not use if my skin is very dry right now, but this cream sure feels good on. I love that i'm helping to repair the damage that my skin has as well as giving it vitamins and antioxidants. Plus the night cream has the perfect creamy texture. This one actually feels luxerious as I rub it in. I actually didn't think I would like this one, but I already have a back up ready. Plus a little goes a long way with this one. This is the perfect winter night cream.
Masks -Clinique - Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask [DISCONTINUED]
Charma22 11/20/2006 3:43:00 PM
This mask is soooo good. When I first purchased this 3 years ago, I heard that it helps to purge the skin of all the gunk. And when I used it, I knew that you had to put it on for 10-15 min. and then rinse off. Well I rinsed it off and wasn't impressed. But this was also the time of the Biore Pore Strip where I wanted to see exactly what was being pulled out. So I put the mask away. But then i was going through periods of having breakouts all the time and began to use the mask again. Fast forward 3 years and 3 masks later, and I am LOVING IT!!!! I do this once a week and this helps to keep my skin breakout free. Plus it helps to control oil so that my skin is less oily. I even have a back up just in case. This isn't for sensitive skin or for dry skin cause this will make your face tight. But if you're combination to oily skin this is a great treatment mask for your skin to help keep it clear and shine free. A+.
Powder -Clinique - Perfectly Real Compact Powder Foundation
Charma22 11/20/2006 3:35:00 PM
While this is one of Clinique's better powders, it's just not for me. I am a GGG w/ super oily skin at times and this one just doesn't hold up. However, if you are Combination dry or Combination oily, then this is just about as good as it gets. This is smooth and applies like a dream. Plus, there is a huge color selection (pink, neutral and yellow shades) I actually have used the 108, 116 and 126 before deciding that this wasn't for me, so in all actuality I did love this for a while. Plus, I love that Clinique is starting to get better packaging. Granted I wish that the compact was maybe more silver (but not that super glossy shiny silver they're doing now), or even dare I say it pink :), but that shouldn't deter anyone from drying this. It is truly oil-free and does provide a sheer to moderate coverage. The price is actually pretty decent at I think $22.50? Still pretty reasonable. This is worth a shot if you have normal to combination skin looking for a powder with slighter more coverage.
This is such an innovative mascara!-half brush, half comb. This has temporarily replaced my HG mascara of all time, High Impact, also by Clinique. I love them both. They are water resistant (meaning that with normal wear they won't smudge or flake), but they can still easily be removed with eye makeup remover. The difference between this and High Impact is that High Definition creates a full lash look. It fans my lashes more by adding natural thickness and then using the comb creates super long length and also ensures that my clumps are gone. This is my mascara when I want to look pretty. Of course I keep my tube of High Impact when I really want my lashes to stand out, but High Definition is fabulous when I want a clean, pretty every day look.
LOVE THIS! This is my HG Scrub. I love the grainyness of it. The cooling, tingling feeling brought on by the menthol. This is the absolutely scrub of all scrubs. I do have slightly oily/acne prone skin, so my skin is pretty strong, this is not for sensitive/dry skin types. Whenever I use this, my skin has a super georgeous glow.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Glosswear for Lips-Sheer Shimmers
Charma22 11/19/2006 3:44:00 PM
This is my favorite version of the Glosswears b/c they are smooth, light, shiny and they have a very silky shimmer that you can't even feel (no grittiness at all). Plus they are sheer with just the right amount of color and sort of tints your lips in whichever shade you choose. I have and love Sunset, Whisper, KissKiss (travel exclusive), Ginger Blossom (travel exclusive), and Crystal. I have tried so many glosses and at first was not impressed w/ Clinique's just b/c of the stigma some people have for it. I fell for whatever they said. But then I noticed that all the glosses that I owned pretty much required a mirror to apply them b/c of their heavy or full on color texture. That's when I rediscovered glosswear for lips in sheer shimmers. Also, my favorite thing about these are the doe tipped applicator ( I have many in the tubes, and I much prefer the wand), plus these don't have the weird smell that most of the regular Glosswear for lips have. Plus, you can't beat the price. Only $13.50. Definately will repurchase these if I ever run out.
Wow, is all I can say. I've been using Clinique for the past 3 years and began the 3-step system on Clarifying 3. And of course, I've stopped using it here and there to try other products, but I'm back on it. I stopped using it after maybe 3 months in the beginning b/c I was tired of the 3-step bar soap and doing all these steps, not thinking that no matter what skin care system you use, there is usually 3 steps anyway (cleanser, toner, moisturizer). Then I got back on it, but didn't like it for one reason or another. Then I moved to Los Angeles (from WI) and didn't use it. My skin was horrible, some days better than others, but I always had one huge zit on my face. Fast forward to 1 later and I looked like pizza face. I began the Rodan and Field's regimen of Unblemish, which totally dried me out, but i stuck w/ it b/c the brochure said that at first your skin is going to get dry, and I'm glad that I did b/c it totally improved my skin. I only did one full system of their cleanser, toner and moisturizer and I rebought that moisturizer once, but it was too pricy to keep up so then began the experimentations w/ acne free which is carried at drugstores. Which was good, but I didn't find the toner more effective than others. Then I remembered that I had clarifying lotion left from way back in the beginning and decided to give it another go with it. Well, at first I wasn't liking it, b/c I felt that if i was concerned w/ acne, then i'd want to go with a toner specified for acne. But you know what? I have fallen in love with this toner again! It is amazing. I love the tingling feeling i get. I know that it's also helping w/ exfoliating. And you know what? B/c it was salacylic acid in it, it is also helping w/ my acne and oily skin issues. For now, I am super happy with this toner and glad that I rediscovered it. Plus the price, which may seem steep at first, but considering what I've paid for toners in the past ($40 for Rodan and Fields and $28 for DDF)the size and price can't be beat. Retails for $19 in US.