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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beauty Bam! Battle of the Cleansing Balms

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It’s a battle to see which one is the best! Is it the one from Cailyn or Clinique? I discovered the Cailyn Cosmetics balm at the ISSE Show a few years ago when it was first launched and it became a fast favorite for removing makeup. Actually one of the best I’ve ever used! It cleans the skin and removes makeup lickety-split and it doesn’t sting the eyes.

And the Clinique balm just came out a few months ago. They have a version of this that’s in the liquid form that I wrote about a few years ago and really liked so I was curious how these two would do against each other since they seem so similar.

While each creamy balm looks like it would leave a greasy film behind, know that these don’t. They even  remove the toughest makeup like waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks. I know, they’re that good!

So let’s look at each product in detail as only one will be inducted into my Holy Grail list.

CLINIQUE Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm ($29/3.8oz @ clinique.com, ulta.com) – this white balm comes in a huge 3.8oz size and know that you don’t really need to use a lot to get your face of makeup off. Just rub a quarter-sized dollop in-between hands to warm it up and it turns into a milky liquid fast.

Here is the ingredient list for Clinique –

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, PEG-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.

CAILYN COSMETICS Dizzolv’It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm ($24/1.7oz @ cailyncosmetics.com) – pretty pink color of the balm though it too melts down into a milky liquid. This one has papaya enzymes in the formula to help dissolve dead skin cells, improve skin texture and elasticity as well as other fruit extracts. Like the Clinique one, this also melts in-between hands when rubbed together. This used to come in much bigger size but they seem to only sell the 1.7oz one now, which is still great.

Here are ingredients inside Cailyn’s. I bolded the ones that are also in the Clinque one, which is only one ingredient.

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Aqua, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Parfum, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Resveratrol, Yellow 6 [CI 15985], Red 33 [CI 17200]

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

April Beauty Favorites

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As we come to the close of April, I’ve been frantically testing out products I think are worthy of getting the favorite of the month tag. Here are a few I recommend. 

1. FRESH Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25 @ fresh.com, sephora.com) – Since it’s in a stick form, you can slide it in your purse and never worry about spillage. Now there’s no excuse for not wearing SPF, right?

2. IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe You Sculpted! #18 Contour & Highlight Brush ($34.50 @ itcosmetics.com) - So why don’t I have a brush like this in my collection? I didn’t realize how much I needed one in this shape until I saw this one! Isn’t that always the case? Love this one for (trying) to sculpt my cheeks and to brush under the jaw line. 

3. KISS USA Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick in Red Mangrove ($2.99 @ kissusa.com) – Wait, did you even know this brand made anything beside lashes and fake nails? I didn’t! I saw a few YouTube videos raving about their matte lipsticks so I had to try them and they are really all that. If you like a little moisture with your matte lippies then these are for you and how about that price?? I picked mine up at my local beauty supply store.

4. BENEFIT COSMETICS Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter ($26 @ benefitcosmetics.com) – This is such a nice matte pinky nude highlighter that can be use anywhere on the face. Lately it’s been ruling the tops of my cheeks.

5. CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50 @ clinique.com and sephora.com) – I’ve never needed an eye cream more than in the last few months for some reason. #aging. This one is light on the skin and on the purse strings. It hydrates, depuffs and really seems to wake me up.

6. ELIE SAAB ‘Le Parfum Rose Couture’ Eau de Toilette ($80/1.6oz, $108/3oz only @ nordstrom.com) – Anything rose always welcomes springtime for me and I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it. Orange flower, jasmine, rose nectar, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, mandarin tree blossom, gardenia and warm honey rose. Every note says feminine.

7. TARTE COSMETICS Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45 @ dermstore.comsephora.com) – You don’t need to suffer from any kind of discolorations on your skin anymore! Color-correcting is all the rage for a reason. It works! This one has 6 creams shades to get your skin on point.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Clinique Chubbs It Up with More Chubbie Makeup

CLINIQUE made one of my favorite on-the-go blushes a few years back that I so wish they’d put back in the line! I still have two of them that I keep in the car because they are just so convenient.

Anyway, the chubby … everything trend is not going away anytime soon and Clinique recently chubbed it up with their blushes and put out Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms. And they are probably the easiest to use ever product that can be blended in with your fingers or a sponge. And it’s hard to overdue it with these, believe me!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

2 Must-Have Beauty Oils

I guess you could say I’m pretty obsessed with beauty oils these days. And here are two more that really do the job nicely.

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BIKINI SOFT Smooth Shave Oil ($7.99/4oz @ bikinisoft.com) – shaving cream is fine but oil seems to give me better traction and thus a closer shave. This one is made with oils like safflower, avocado, sandalwood, aloe and vitamin E, among others. They also have a sample .5oz size available, which is shown in the picture, but it didn’t have a price next to it. 

CLINIQUE Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil ($27/6.7oz @ sephora.com) – the way the formulas turned from a clear oil into a thin milky mixture reminded me of this one. And it worked just as well to remove the day’s dirt and makeup without and tugging or harsh rubbing.  

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review+Swatches - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Like BB Creams, it seems that every line has gotten into the chubby lip balm but ain’t complaining! CLINIQUE’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17 @ clinique.com and sephora.com) are big on moisture (Shea and mango butter) and have a better color payoff then most of these thick balms with color that I’ve tried. 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Review+Swatches - Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes

Are face primers part of your routine now? They certainly are part of mine - both face primer and eye shadow primer. CLINIQUE put out All About Shadow Primer for Eyes ($19.50 @ ulta.comclinique.com) last fall and for some reason I just missed when they launched! Better late than never.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Calyx Is Back!

Some classics never go away but when the Prescriptives line did, I thought their iconic Calyx Fragrance would too so I used it very sparingly, until I found out that CLINIQUE picked it up. Yeah! It came out in 1986 and it’s really unlike anything I have smelled before. I can’t even think of one that is close! It’s a fruity floral that light and crisp with notes of grapefruit and mandarin and then freesia, rose and jasmine, among others. Then, bubbling under are the greens that come through like sandalwood, vetiver and oakmoss. $52/1.7oz, $69/3oz @ ulta.comsephora.com

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Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Clinique Adds Some CC to Their SP

File this next one under, if your face can dream it up, CLINIQUE’s new Superprimer Face Primers can handle it. The brand just came out with 6 new oil-free ones that are made just for perking your skin up to be its best.

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They are:

Universal Face Primer (no color), Colour Corrects Dullness, Colour Corrects Redness, Colour Corrects Sallowness, Colour Corrects Discolourations, Colour Corrects Dullness in Deeper Skins.

I’ve been alternating between the one made for Dullness and Sallowness. Not only does it create a nice canvas for my foundation to go onto but it seemed to lessen the dullness my skin has been experiencing lately. Did it make it go away? Not quite but it helped my skin look a little more vibrant than it's been.

I bet these kind of correction primers will become quite mainstream like tinted moisturizers have.

Is this something up your alley? $27/1oz @ ulta.comsephora.com

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Skin Must Haves

Spring-Skin-Must-HavesCLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35  @ ulta.com) – when their Moisture Surge products speak, I listen. Out this month is the next letter in the alphabets do-it-all product (for a breakdown of BB, CC and soon to be DD creams, click here). In a nutshell this one is Colour Correction, Hydration and Protection. Available in 6 shades.

BLISS “Fuzz Off” ($24/.5oz @ dermstore.com) – This is a “super-fast fresh-scented facial hair remover” and as we get older, who can’t use one? I admit, I can in certain areas of my face and this one is non-messy and contains aloe, willowherb and vitamin E and it works in 3 minutes.

KIEHL’S Skin Rescuer ($40/2.5oz @ neimanmarcus.com) – loving this latest release from Kiehl’s. It addresses all your skin’s short term and long term concerns in one bottle. It ups the hydration, improves fatigue and contains Rosa Gallica Botanical Extracts and Mannose, which they found helps with the skin’s reaction to stress and to help it bounce back.

BIOELEMENTS Oil Control Mattifier ($36/1oz @ dermstore.com) – oil ain’t sexy! Think of this cream as the blotting sheets you would have to use in a few hours should you not applied this one. And with the heat, your makeup is sure to slid off without it. If you’re a matte girl, this is your matte wish!

WHISH Hair Inhibiting Swipes in Pomegranate ($8/8pack, $20/20pack @ dermstore.com) – not sure how these work but I’ve been testing them on my left arm and I must say, they seem to be making the hair less noticeable. And this has some great ingredients in the wipes – Chaparral Extract (an anti-oxidant), hyaluronic acid, aloe and Shea Butter, among others.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 Holiday Pick - Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Set

What it is: CLINIQUE Whole Lotta Colour Set

Why I like it: lip balms are just lip balms unless they have a kick o’ color like these do. And this set is perfect for the beauty lover on your list. She may own one but with this set you get 5 of their best sellers. Colors include: Oversized Orange, Curvy Candy, Richer Raisin (my personal fave), Chunky Cherry, Super Strawberry.

Price: $34.50 @ sephora.com.

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