Saturday, October 17, 2015

Clinique Dream Team

Welcome back lovely readers!

I really hope you've been enjoying welcoming Autumn back into our lives; what a glorious time of year. The skies are beautiful and bright, the trees and colourful and happy, our homes are starting to get cosy with candles and delicious spicy smells and our minds are brimming with festive plans and styling up our favourite chunky knits.

My make-up bag usually gets a bit of a clear out at the beginning of September to make way for all the lovely new goodies that adorn the beauty counters in autumn. One of my favourite brands, Clinique, seem to be having a bit of a beauty moment right now,
and every new product they release is prettier and more exciting than the last! They've really sleeked up their packaging and modernised the way they name and market their goods, which makes it more accessible to a much wider customer base and cooler than ever to be seen on your dressing table.

My most recent purchases include:

Just Browsing Brush On Styling Mousse
Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer 

Clinique Chubby Lash, Just Browsing and Clinique Pop
Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet, Just Browsing Brush On Styling Mousse in Deep Brown, Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Melon Pop
I'd actually been lusting after Melon Pop for ages after treating myself to Love Pop on an earlier trip to the shops, but when I went to get it these gorgeous new eye makeup goodies caught my attention and I just couldn't say no!

Just Browsing is a brush on tinted mousse for eyebrows, very similar to Benefit's Gimme Brow, but with a different texture. It's like a tiny little mascara that you use to simply shape and colour at the same time. It kind of sets when you're done, and lasts all day long even if you rub your face or eyes. The small brush allows you to build texture and colour where you desire, whilst keeping the whole brow neat and tidy and with no big brown smudges on your skin. I have very dark but rather thin brows, so the Deep Brown is ideal.

Clinique Just Browsing
Clinique Just Browsing Brush On Styling Mousse

Here is my 'done' brow on the left, versus an 'undone' on the right. You can really see the difference! The brow on the left looks fuller, neater and a lovely warm shade that suits my skin tone.

Clinique Just Browsing - resultUndone Brow

Now for lashes, and my firm new favourite that is Chubby Lash. It's described in the name as a 'fattening mascara' which is pretty much exactly what it does! Volume, texture, length and intense colour all in one from a satisfyingly fat tube and delicate applicator. The brush has hundreds of tiny little teeth that catch every single lash and bring them all together in a thick sweep and curl. The brush even has teeth all over the tip which is perfect for catching those tricky little lashes in the corners or on your lower lid.

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

I find applying some mascaras to be somewhat of a battle in the morning, but this one is quick and easy with great results. Together with Just Browsing, I have a total dream team for every day eyes!

When it comes to lips, I'm not normally a lipstick kind of girl, but Clinique Pop is not a normal lipstick. Described as a 'lip colour and primer', these lippies deliver cool colours with staying power, that are semi-matte and not as drying as you might expect. Straight from the bullet, the colour glides on easily leaving lips soft and smooth. They're build-able and versatile, and you can get a variety of different finishes depending on how you apply. I prefer a more natural look so go for a slick of my favourite balm, followed by a quick swipe of lippy and I'm good to go. For a more polished look, skip the balm, line lips with a liner that totally matches your lip colour and then apply the lipstick using a lip brush, following the outline of your lips and then filling in the fuller parts. Blot with a tissue, do a quick touch up then gently dust with a touch of translucent powder and voila; super chic lips that will last for up to 8 hours. 

After getting used to my pink hair and feeling a little bold, I eventually went for Melon Pop - a sweet, pale coral that is completely different to anything I've ever used. From the 'orange' colour group, I was worried about the shade clashing with my pale skin, but it has turned out to be my absolute favourite go-to natural shade for every day:

Clinique Pop - Melon Pop
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Melon Pop

Clinique Pop - Melon Pop
Clinique Pop - Melon Pop

On the rest of my face I have used my favourite Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, Rimmel Clear Complexion Translucent Powder and MAC Mineralise Blush in Azalea in the Afternoon. Together with my new Clinique goodies I have a sleek, natural look that is perfect for my weekend adventures.

Col Holvast

Have any of you tried these new Clinique products? Do you have any other Clinique recommendations? I'd love to hear from you!

Til next time, CH x