Monday, 14 July 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color Review

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm Review in Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

Hi lovelies! Today I'm doing a review on Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms. There is also a Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color in the bunch, but I didn't want to add that in the title, because it's already a mouthful as is!

I really like Clinique products. If you are familiar with me and my blog you'll also know that I am abnormally picky about lip color products, because I won't use anything with too many chemicals. I actually try to avoid chemicals entirely when it comes to lip products, but that is not always possible. I got these lip colors because although they are not advertised as being natural or better for you, they are actually made with pretty much all natural ingredients. This is what drew me in! I also loved the color selection and wanted something that wasn't quite a lipstick, but had lots of pigment.

Here's what I think of my Chubby Sticks!

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms

There are 16 shades in total of the Chubby Stick colors. And there are 8 shades in total of the Chubby Stick Intense colors.

I got four shades. Curviest Caramel (which is the Intense one), Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms in Super Strawberry, Heaping Hazelnut, Mighty Mimosa and Curviest Caramel

The difference between the regular Chubby Sticks and the Intense Chubby Sticks, is that the Intense ones are a little more rich and pigmented. Since they are still considered a "balm" they are somewhere in the middle between being sheer and opaque. The regular ones are described as being more of a "tinted balm". I however think they have great color payoff.

These look like big fat crayons, and I just love it. I think they are so cute. The packaging is great. And they are so easy to use, and also quick. When they start getting used up you just twist the bottom and more product comes through.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms in Super Strawberry, Heaping Hazelnut, Mighty Mimosa and Curviest Caramel

These balms are infused with Jojoba Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to moisturize and nourish lips. I love lip colors that help to soften and hydrate my lips. I do find these very moisturizing and they also give a nice shine.

I chose a nice assortment of colors. My favorite shades for lips are pinks and nudes. I got those and also a berry-like shade. I just love every color. They are beautiful. All of the shades in this line are gorgeous and also very natural looking.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms

I'm very happy with these (which is why I got four of them!). They go on creamy and smooth. They are wonderfully pigmented for a balm. In fact, if I am going for a really sheer lip I sometimes don't use these because of the fact that they are so pigmented. To me, they are more like a buttery sheer lipstick. I have some tinted balms by other brands, and I barely get any color from them. That's certainly not the case with these. I also don't have to reapply very often.

Here are all 4 shades with some swatches at the end. I will start with the Intense Curviest Caramel.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Curviest Caramel

I admit I noticed a little difference in the formula of the Chubby Stick Intense vs the original. You do get more pigment, but I find that it's not quite as moisturizing as the other Chubby Sticks. 

Curviest Caramel is described as a "nude pink". I however see it as more of a rich brown-nude with a little touch of pink when on. It's gorgeous. It's a little darker actually than I thought it would be, but I love it. I oftentimes mix a light pink shade in with it to tone it down a little (but that's just me).

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mighty Mimosa

Mighty Mimosa is my very favorite of the bunch. It's described as a "sheer natural pink". To me it's kind of a bright (but not too bright) punchy sweet pink. I just love it. It goes with so many eye looks and it's one of those colors that I just grab when I don't know what I'm gonna use or what I'm in the mood for, because it always makes me happy no matter what look I'm going for. Love love love.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Heaping Hazelnut

Heaping Hazelnut is described as a "sheer nude" and that is exactly what it is. It's more sheer than the others, and it's your perfect nude. This is a color that I also grab for all the time (it would be my second favorite of them all). It is quite a browny nude, no pink, and I prefer some pink in my nudes, but yet I still love this. It adds just a nice hint of color to the lips and it also goes perfectly with anything I'm wearing on my eyes. I love the shade and love the sheen and shine it gives. It's so pretty.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Super Strawberry

Super Strawberry is gorgeous. It's described as a "sheer berry pink". It's definitely a berry-hued shade. Very pretty. It's darker than Mighty Mimosa and there is less pink and more berry. I love berry shades but I don't wear them as often as my pinks and nudes. I love having this color for when I'm in that mood for a bright berry lip. This shade is quite rich and deep so I tend to use it when my eye makeup is not as dramatic.

Swatches: Curviest Caramel, Mighty Mimosa, Heaping Hazelnut and Super Strawberry

As you can see, the Curviest Caramel really is more intense, as the title implies! 

These lip colors are so beautiful and so pigmented, I couldn't be happier with them. I love how buttery they glide on. The formula is just perfect. They have a sheen, but not too much, like a gloss would be. They are not heavy on the lips at all. They last for many hours on me without having to reapply. I don't find that the colors bleed at all, they stay put. You could even get away with applying these without a mirror (as long as you don't go too heavy since they are quite rich). The packaging couldn't be any cuter and I just LOVE the shades. Aren't they gorgeous?

I definitely recommend these lip colors.

You can these HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE

Ingredients: castor seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, candelilla wax, beeswax\cera alba, ozokerite, shea butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol, mango seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, sunflower seed oil.

Do you have any Clinique Chubby Sticks? If so, what is your favorite shade? What Clinique products do you love? Let me know in the comments below!
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Friday, 20 June 2014

Get The Look: Leighton Meester

Get The Look: Leighton Meester

Hi ladies! For this edition of Get The Look, I have picked the lovely Leighton Meester, best known for her role as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. 

Leighton always looks amazing in my opinion. Her skin is always glowing and her eye makeup always looks so beautiful and perfect. She tends to wear a lot of dark liner for most of her looks, which beautifully accentuates her pretty brown eyes.

This photo is from the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. A little while ago, I know, but I found this picture and I loved her makeup for this event. I think she looks stunning.

If you want to know what products you could use to get this makeup look, just keep on reading!

1. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

Leighton's skin has the most impeccable glow and radiance with this look. For a look that is luminous like hers, L'Oreal's True Match Lumi Foundation would be perfect. It comes in 14 shades. Not only is it long wearing and natural looking, but it contains a Light Liquid Technology that instantly makes your skin look more radiant and luminous. A nice bonus is this foundation actually improves your skin over time.

2. Benefit Gimme Brow

Leighton's eyebrows have not been too done up for this makeup look. Rather than using an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder, Benefit's Gimme Brow is a little more subtle. This comes in two shades (Light/Medium and Medium/Deep) and can just be brushed through your eyebrows. It's a fiber-gel which builds up your brows and helps to shape them. There is also a tint of color to help fill them in. This is a beautiful product!

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Baked

The main focus for Leighton's eyes is her dramatic liner. She only has just a little light wash of color on her eyelids. Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Baked would be perfect for all over the lid. Just apply this rich bronze eyeshadow all over the lid and through the crease as well, being sure to blend out any harsh edges. You will also be using this color a little bit on your lower lash line with a pencil brush or your favorite angle brush, and just buff it out.

4. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Cream Pencil in Midnight Master

This look is all about the bold liner. Leighton is wearing a really dramatic black smokey liner. The Maybelline Eye Studio Cream Pencils are perfect for making rich, smokey lines. It is also very pigmented and long lasting. Use this in the shade Midnight Master (which is a really dark jet-black) and generously line your top lid, getting thicker near the outer lid and create a small wing, without any worries of it being perfect because you'll be blending it out after. Then smoke it out using a pencil brush or stiff blending brush or whatever type of brush you prefer, blending it upwards, creating a smoked-out effect. When you are done, then also line your lower waterline, and because the entire eye is lined for this look, line the tear duct as well. It really brings everything together in a gorgeous way!

5. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

For thick, voluminous lashes like Leighton's, use Tarte's beautiful Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. This mascara is conditioning, lengthening, volumizing and curling. It makes lashes super thick. It also stays on all day without smudging. The shade is really black and rich (there is just the one shade) and looks amazing. This mascara performs really well and makes your lashes look gorgeous.

6. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

For Leighton's gorgeous bronzed look, dust a bronzer, like Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, all over the outer planes of the face, along the nose and under/over the cheekbones. This will bring a gorgeous tanned color to the skin. This bronzer is richly pigmented and has real cocoa powder in it, which is both good for your skin and also smells delicious.

7. Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Color in Peony Blend

For some subtle color to the cheeks like Leighton's, just add this stunning Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Color in the shade Peony Blend. It's the perfect bronze-pink shade and adds the most beautiful hint of color to the cheeks. It blends wonderfully and adds a nice highlighted look to the cheeks. This is one of my favorite blushes of all time and it goes beautifully with this look.

8. L'Oreal Color Riche Made For Me Naturals Lipstick in Taffeta

The L'Oreal Color Riche Made For Me Naturals line has shades that are nude and more natural looking. For Leighton's beautiful lip color in this look, apply the shade Taffeta, which is a nude coral-brown shade. This lipstick applies very smoothly and makes your lips feel really supple. It contains Omega 3 as well as Vitamin E.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Hope you all have a fantastic and wonderful day, and feel free to comment below!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sephora Bronzer Review

Sephora Collection Bronzer Review in Los Cabos

Hi lovelies! Today I am reviewing a Sephora Collection item. I love Sephora products. I think they are quite a bit more affordable than the higher-end brands and most of the time I have been very happy with the quality.

I have been using this bronzer for a while now. At the time I was going to get the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, but I seen this, which was a very, very similar color (I'd say it's a very good dupe) and I liked the price a lot more, not to mention there is a little more product inside (no offense Benefit, I do love you).

So here is what I think of this bronzer!

Sephora Collection Bronzer in Los Cabos

There are 4 colors in total of the Sephora Bronzers. They are all named after beautiful, sunny locations, which I found charming. The shades are:

Los Cabos
Bora Bora

Aruba and Maui are both shimmery bronzers. So they may not be best for contouring, but more for an all-over glow wherever you'd like (you can still use shimmery bronzers if you really want to for contouring though, I don't like rules). Los Cabos (the one I got) and Bora Bora both have a matte finish. Bora Bora is darker than Los Cabos and would suit darker complexions a little better. However, Los Cabos is a universal shade which would look great on most skintones.

 Sephora Collection Bronzer in Los Cabos

A lot of beauty gurus have said that they actually like this bronzer more than the more expensive NARS and Too Faced bronzers. I haven't tried those as of yet (but soon going to try Too Faced's).

The texture of this is so silky and soft. It also doesn't give that orangey look like many bronzers do. It's this perfect warm light brown shade. I like using this for contouring. It can be used all over the face as well. 

Because my skin is really light, this lighter brown shade works perfectly for me. I personally love contouring because I find once you have your foundation and powder on, you can look a little washed out. The bronzer helps to put some color back into your skin. I like using it in the typical contouring areas, like the outer planes of my face and right under my cheek bones. A smaller brush will give a more precise contour and a bigger one will give more of an all-over color to the face. I like doing both depending on my mood. This can also be used to fake a bit of a tan, by applying to the high points of the face, like on the forehead, and top of the nose and cheekbones.

Sephora Collection Bronzer in Los Cabos

I admit there is a slight funny odor to this bronzer. I hate to say anything bad about it because I do love it. Maybe it's just me, but I have noticed this with some other powder Sephora products as well, so I am assuming it's the same ingredient throughout some of the products. Not sure if it's the Argan Oil in this or what. It's not overbearing or strong, I just notice it ever so slightly and only sometimes. That's the only downfall of this product. It doesn't really bother me either. 

Besides this containing nourishing Argan Oil and peptides for the skin, it also is: 

Oil free
Fragrance free
Paraben free
Mineral Oil free

The name of the peptide complex in this is Matrixyl 3000. It smooths the skin's texture and appearance.

Sephora Collection Bronzer in Los Cabos

I like the packaging. It's sturdy and there is a great little mirror inside.

I don't have any issues with this fading off. It looks great all day. I also find it looks very natural. And another great thing about this is that it blends effortlessly. I never get those patchy muddy blotches that you can sometimes get with a bronzer. I just swipe it on, blend it out a little with the same brush, and done. Very quick and easy. Also because it's not very dark, there is less blending to do, and despite the fact that it's pretty light it still provides a beautiful contour. I love the color.

The formula is made with micronized pigments, which give more color payoff.

Swatch: Los Cabos

I really love this bronzer! It is the only one I am using at the moment for contouring. I have been very happy with it. 

The shade is perfect, I love the beautiful soft texture and how long lasting it is. Not to mention the easy blending. If you are looking for a new bronzer, I highly recommend trying out the Sephora Bronzers. They are beautiful! The shimmer finishes are also lovely as well if that is what you are looking for. Los Cabos is a lighter bronzer, but will still look amazing on darker skin. You can save a little money with this if you're not willing to fork out the extra money for the more expensive ones.

You can get this bronzer HERE

Ingredients: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Argania Spinosa (Kernel) Oil, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Diisostearyl Malate, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

Have you tried the Sephora Bronzers yet? What is your all time favorite bronzer that you can't live without? I'd love to know! Comment below!
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