CLINIQUE BEYONE PERFECTING FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Clinique’s new foundation is a 2 in 1, full coverage, long lasting foundation which eliminates the need for a separate concealer and it is targeted at the thirty something with oily skin. Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer sounds like it’s exactly what I am looking for. I had read a few positive reviews of it and I was sold. It was supposed to land on counters this weekend, however, I spotted it on sale at my local Clinique counter last weekend and I was definitely buying it until I was told that they were already sold out of the shade the sales assistant matched me to. She applied Fair all over my face and then told me I needed a bit of bronzer on my neck “to warm it up a bit”. They were also out of the lighter shade, Alabaster, but she gave me a decent sized sample of it and assured me it would definitely be in stock next weekend when I returned and I had fully intended to return to purchase it. (Note: she poured this from a large squeezey bottle into a little jar, so don’t be fobbed off if you want a sample before purchasing).

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It seems it was never meant to be for me and Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. I have tried this every which way I can think of and I still can’t get it to work for me. Now this foundation comes with its own “magic” wand applicator which Clinique say holds the perfect amount for the full face because a little goes a long way. Now I don’t have this applicator so I am left guessing but I have tried this every day since I got it and every day I try to use less and less and I still seem to be using too much. I thought I wanted full coverage because I often have to add more of a medium coverage foundation to the tops of my cheeks and around my nose but I find this full coverage foundation makes my face look flat. The problem isn’t how much I am using it’s that I don’t like the look of the full coverage. I definitely wouldn’t be leaving the house without contouring and highlighting when using it. I usually use MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural to set my foundation but it adds a little more coverage and that would be way too much with this so I have mostly been using my NARS Translucent Pressed Powder instead.

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Another problem I am having with this is the way it wears throughout the day. It looks flawlessly smooth when first applied but the picture below is about the four hour mark. This foundation really settles into my pores, it clings to dry patches that I didn’t know were dry patches, and it settles into fine lines and creases. I’m not sure you can see it in the picture but it also looks a bit pulpy. It makes my skin look both oily and dry all at once. Thanks to the likes of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour, and Este Lauder Double Wear Light I’ve come to expect a good eight hours (without primer) from a long lasting foundation. I’ve even tried setting it with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural and it still doesn’t wear any better.

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So it’s not the one for me, but as I said I have read some really positive reviews of it, so if you are interested you should ask for a sample or at the least let the sales assistant apply it and leave without buying it. If it still looks great later, you can always go back and get it another day because I wouldn’t be too happy if I had spent €33 on a foundation I don’t like.
Have you tired this yet and how did you get on with it? Were you ever really disappointed with a foundation that you thought would be perfect for you?

TOP TEN TAG: TEN OF MY FAVOURITES

I was tagged to do this top ten post by everyday unicorn. I had mixed feelings about it because I love seeing other bloggers’ top picks but I find it hard to pick favourites. With so many products to try and new ones hitting the shelves every day, I tend to have a new favourite until something better comes along and then that becomes my new favourite. There are however a few products that I keep repurchasing either because I think they are the best products for me or because I have some sentimental affection for them. So here they are:
Foundation:

Lancome
I loved MAC Studio Fix for ages until there was a load of hype when Lancôme released Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour and I had to try it. It was instant love. Teint Idole Ultra is bullet proof, its lasts and lasts. It works well for my combo oily skin. It keeps my skin looking naturally matte without being cakey or heavy.
Concealer:

NARS Creamy Radian Concealer
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is my pick here. I am still on my first tube of this but I know I will be repurchasing this over and over. It conceals the dark lines under my eyes and brightens the area. It lasts all day without getting creepy and settling in my fine lines. It’s pricey but a little goes a long way so a tube will last a long time.
Powder:

MAC MSFN
This is a no brainer, MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural. I have this in light for everyday and in medium for when I am wearing tan. I have repurchased this so many times. I use it mostly as a finishing or setting powder to keep foundation in place and stop oily shine. It can also be used on its own as a mineral powder foundation.
Blush:

MAC Peaches
I have a strong affection for MAC Peaches. It was my first MAC blush and it was the first blush that I tried that made me instantly feel prettier. It’s just perfect for my colouring; it really brightens and lifts my complexion. MAC powder blushes are great quality and they last all day without needing touch-ups.
Bronzer:

MAC MSFN MD
Again it’s MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural but this time it’s the shade medium deep. There is no shimmer so it’s perfect for contouring and it can also be used as an all over bronzer if I get a spray tan.
Highlighter:

MAC Phloof
This is a tough one. I use highlighter in a C shape from under my outer brow bone to the top of the outer cheek bone everyday but I generally just use a light shade pearlescent eye shadow. MAC Phloof tends to be the one I use most often.
Mascara:

Lancome Grandiose Mascara
This is a new favourite but I have always been a fan of Lancôme mascaras so it no surprise that the new Lancôme Grandiose is becoming a firm favourite.
Eyeshadow:

MAC Satin Taupe
If I had to pick a favourite eyeshadow it would be MAC Satin Taupe. It’s a brilliant shade that can be used in so many looks but is also great all on its own. A sheer sweep across the lid is perfect for day time but you can also pack it on for a glam night look.
Brows:

MAC Omega
I always fill my brows in with MAC Omega eyeshadow. It’s the perfect ash tone for me and I think a powder shadow looks more natural on me than liquid or pencil formulas.
Lip Products:

Clinique Chubby Stick
Clinique Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy is my go to lip product of choice. I love the colour, its perfect for day and night. The Chubby Stick formula is quick and easy to apply or reapply and they are nice and hydrating on the lips.
So there you have it, I know it’s MAC heavy and all premium brands but I like to apply makeup in the morning and not have to do any touch-ups throughout the day. For some reason my handbag is heavy enough so I don’t want to add extra weight with a makeup bag in there as well; the only makeup in my handbag is the Chubby Stick and a Max Factor Colour Elixir gloss  ( I would say second favourite lip product).

What are your favourites? Do we share any of the same ones?

CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURISING LOTION+: REVIEW

After I finished college and got my first grown up job, I was still living at home and thought I was rich. It was the first time in my life that I could afford the high end brands of skincare and makeup. Like most women in their early twenties at that time all I was interested in was MAC and Clinique. I was a solid devotee to the Clinique 3 step program for years. Back then Clinique wasn’t as accessible so anytime anyone went through duty free they were given my list. It was with great nostalgia that I rooted through the Glamour magazines when I spotted there was a free Clinique product attached. I wanted to try the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +.

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The Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion is one of Clinique’s best sellers so it got a revamp and a + last year and this is the first chance that I have gotten to try the new formula. The original was a light weight but really moisturising lotion that absorbed into the skin quickly. The new formula promises to be even more moisturising with a boost in ingredients including Hyaluronic acid and Glycerine. It also contains a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract, and cucumber extract to help strengthen the skins barrier and give it more resilience against environmental stresses.

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I have really enjoyed using this sample over the last few weeks. I find that this really hydrates the skin well and provides lasting hydration throughout the day. The lightweight formula sinks in quickly with no greasy residue. It makes a great base for my makeup. The texture feels lovely as it’s applied to my face and even though my skin is combo to oily it seems to just drink this up. Also it doesn’t add any extra oiliness to my face but instead it seems to be fairly balanced at the moment.

Have you tried this or the original?

CURRENT SKIN CARE ROUTINE

I haven’t done a post on my skincare routine in a while and since I think my skin is in pretty good condition at the moment I figured I would tell you about what I am currently using. There are a few new products to tell you about but if you have seen my previous skincare posts you will recognise a few old reliables. As much as I love trying new products, when I find something that does everything that I need it to do I will repurchase it over and over again. I may be fickle with makeup but when it comes to my skin and finding a product that does my skin good, then I am faithful. Here is a look at what I am using:
Cleansers:
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar SolutionL’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – Instead of washing my face in the mornings this is what I use to remove any residue left from the products I applied the night before. It’s a quick and easy way to cleanse my face in the mornings when I am rushing and still groggy.

La Roche
La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – this is one of my reliables that I have repurchased over and over again. I have reviewed it here so I won’t say much about it now except that it is a brilliant cleanser that quickly and gently removes all makeup. I keep one in my bathroom and one in my gym bag.
Serum:

The Body Shop Vitamine E Ovenight Serum-In-Oil
The body Shop Vitamin E – I only review this last week so no need to go on about it now again. It is a really good hydrating serum that seems to be keeping my usually oily skin in check so I use it both morning and night.
Eye Cream:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Eye Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Swirl – I’ve only been using this for just over two weeks now so I will review it properly in a few more weeks. I will say that first impressions are good; it’s a nice hydrating eye cream with light reflecting pigments, which brighten my dark circles.
Moisturiser:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream – again I have only been using this for just over two week and I will review it properly when I have been using it for a good five or six weeks. First impressions are good here also. I am really enjoying using this moisturiser. It’s really hydrating but also leaves a matte finish to my skin creating a perfect base for my foundation.
Masks:

Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask
Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask – I haven’t actually needed this in a while but this is the mask I turn to when my skin looks a bit spotty. I find it helps the spots that are already there heel quickly and generally clears my skin up so it stops breaking out.

Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask – this is just a lovely mask to use as a treat for my skin. It’s really hydrating and just really lovely to use when my skin is already in good condition. What I love about it thought is the way it sooths my skin when it is irritated, like from sun or (more likely) wind burn.
There you have it. There have been times when I have got carried away and ended up with loads of products like day cream, night cream, day eye cream, night eye cream, a hydrating serum, an anti-aging serum, lots of different cleansers… but for the moment I am trying to keep it simple and use as few products as possible. I look for products that can be used both morning and night time, along with cleansers that can clean my whole face including removing stubborn eye makeup while being gentle.
Do you use any of these products? What are your old reliable?

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK IN CURVY CANDY: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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Clinique’s Chubby Sticks have been around for a long time now but this is the first one I have ever purchased. Shocking, I know! Described by many bloggers as a hybrid between lipstick and lip balm, I was afraid that they wouldn’t do either well. I don’t mind paying €20 for a lipstick although that price is a bit steep for a lip balm so I was concerned with paying out for something that is a bit of both but not fully either one. I should be ashamed of myself for ever doubting Clinique since their products are always top quality and have never let me down before. Their three step skincare routine got me through my late teens and early twenties with minimal acne.

Clinique Chubby Stick

Clinique Chubby Stick
Clinique describe Chubby Sticks as “moisturising lip colour balm” and that is exactly what they are. Curvy Candy is lovely to wear; it’s hydrating and comfortable to wear all day. It wouldn’t heel chapped lips, but it may well prevent them from getting chapped in the first place. The colour of Curvy Candy is a really pretty pink, which I am really loving. While it is sheer, the colour is a lot more pigmented than any other tinted balms I’ve tried before. The colour is enough to look more polished but subtle enough to not look like I’ve a pile of slap on. Here are the pictures of it in action:

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Have you tried any Chubby Sticks? Are there any colours you think I should try?

CLINIQUE BLUSHWEAR CREAMSTICK IN 02 PEACHY BLUSH: REVIEW & PICTURES

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I have combo to oily skin and so I usually prefer a powder blush. I feel safer with powder as I am afraid that a cream blush will look greasy and slide off my face halfway through the day. However, we all need to face our fears and step outside our comfort zone. Yea ok, so trying new blush isn’t exactly sky diving but no harm in trying to sex up a post with a li’l drama.
So on to the Clinique Blushwear Creamstick. The reason I first purchased this is because it was recommended to me as extremely long wearing, waterproof and sweat proof, which would make it ideal for the Irish summer, one minute it’s muggy and the next it pouring. Plus, while I don’t actually put makeup on to exercise, if I head to the gym after work, I don’t always bother to take my makeup off either so it’s nice to have something that won’t slide down my face. The Blushwear Creamstick totally lives up to the promise. It doesn’t budge without cleanser, and it doesn’t look greasy on either as the formula is cream-to-powder. It adds a nice sheen of colour on the skin. I usually swipe this across my cheeks and then blend with a stippling brush. It’s easy enough to blend out to a subtle wash of colour. If I was wearing this with fake tan or on a night out, I would swipe and blend a second time for a slightly more pigmented look.

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(No blush in the first pic and Peachy Blush in the rest)

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The colour is 02 Peachy Blush and I do love a peachy blush! With blush, I want an immediate “I feel prettier effect” and I always get that with a peach tone and I definitely get it with this blush. There is a shimmer through the stick but when applied the shimmer is subtle and gives a flattering sheen to the skin.
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I ordered this from the House of Fraser web site for £21(sterling). A quick Google search tells me they are €28 here. The packaging makes it perfect for travelling and convenient to pop into your handbag. Overall I really like this blush and use it a lot.