I'm not wearing any other makeup on my face, so all the focus should go to the eyes. I started with a white eyeliner (by Bourjois) and set that with a white eye shadow (from the Eye Shadow Duo Twilight by Smashbox), and then used a cream black eyeliner (by Clinique) with a very, very thin brush (by Sephora) to line really only the base of the lashes. I then used a black waterproof eyeliner (by Urban Decay) on my top waterline (try not to blink until it's dry), and then I used a black mascara (by YSL) on my top lashes only.
In yesterday's Link Time, you might recall that I featured an InStyle post about the most requested hairstyles throughout the country, but what about makeup? As luck would have it, research firm The NPD Group recently announced the best-selling makeup products throughout different regions of the country. What part of the nation is swooning for violet blushes, and which segment of the population is loving their Orgasm? While the list doesn't feature every region of the US, it does give a nice glimpse of what's happening throughout this fine country of ours. Get the complete list of the most popular eye, cheek, and lip products when you read more.
"Color plays center stage in my collections," says Michelle Smith, and now, the designer of Milly has something playful, chic, and bright to offer up for her second collaboration with Clinique.
The Milly For Clinique 8-Piece Gift is full of skin and makeup favorites, all packaged up in Milly's floral foldover clutch bag, which to me has somewhat of a retro, Miami-glamour kind of vibe. Free with any Clinique purchase of $25 or more, the vividly-hued bag of goodies is available at Bloomingdales exclusively from Feb. 7-21. So while it may be a while before we see real flowers outside, consider this clutch a harbinger of blooms to come.
I'm pretty suspicious of skin-tone-evening agents, especially since they tend to be nothing more than traditional skin bleachers like hydroquinone that may have harmful side effects. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting SPF 20 Moisturizer ($42), however, substitutes acids, caffeine, and yeast extract for the usual suspects. Huzzah!
This product is definitely a tone evener, not a lightener, so I haven't gotten any of the blotchiness that can sometimes occur with skin bleach. I can also say that after using it on my arms and hands every day for the past five weeks, the skin is genuinely more even-toned, with my freckles and other pigmentation faded, though certainly not invisible. It's also lightweight and absorbs nicely, and I do appreciate the wide-spectrum SPF — although I think it needs to be higher than 20 to provide long-term protection.
I was afraid to use this on my face since it has sensitizing (but effective) hyaluronic and salicylic acids in it, so I'd suggest you patch-test before you give it a go. Overall, though, a nice product for the money if you have issues with light hyperpigmentation or patchiness and don't want to go under the laser.
Are you in the market for a new body wash — especially one that's great for both seasonally and naturally dry skin? Perhaps you should take a piece of advice from reader stef42678, who recently reviewed ($20). Here's what she has to say about this new product:
I really love this cleanser. It foams up well with a great creamy lather, and it really moisturizes my skin. It doesn't leave a thick residue or oily skin and it makes my skin relaxed and hydrated.
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Clinique is endlessly coming out with new products, many of them seasonal. That's why I'm always glad when readers write in to review new releases they've just tried, like this Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie ($17.50). I liked it, but did reader Laratf feel the same way? Here's what she had to say:
I am in love! Absolute Acai is amazing. It's almost like liquid Black Honey (which Clinique attempted with their Superbalm, but executed poorly in my opinion). This gloss beats Stila Lip Glaze in its staying power, plus the pigments are too gorgeous. Every color is wearable and just stays on the lips beautifully. I am a big fan, and definitely see this becoming one of my new beauty staples that sticks throughout the seasons.
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For the price and the sheer amount that is in the jar, you cannot go wrong with this powder. I find that during Summer, like most girls, my face gets super oily. This powder soaks everything up and leaves a nice dewy look, but not oily. . . I have red undertones so the Transparency 2 shade is beyond perfect for me. Plus, I feel with Clinique, that this product is actually helping my skin rather than hurting.
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Creamy eyeliners are perfect for soft, smudgy looks, and Clinique’s Cream Shaper For Eyes ($14.50) would be just the ticket for creating that highly sought-after smoked-out effect. Reader Fashion_doll24 calls this product the “best eyeliner so far.” Here’s the scoop:
I have this one in Deep Cobalt, Black Diamond, and a duo in Cocoa Shimmer and Chocolate Luster. I'm a huge fan of them. You can use them for making a very clear-cut line or just dab them on for a more subtle look. Either way, they stay throughout most of the day while being easy to remove. Love them!
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I know a few of you hardcore athletes might scoff at the idea of lip gloss being gear, but this gloss offers sun protection along with color, and that is why I am ranking it as gear. Lips should be treated like skin and protected from the sun's rays. Most shiny lip gloss actually attracts the sun, making it easier for harmful rays to penetrate the delicate flesh and causing skin cancer on your kisser.
That is where Clinique's Long Last Glosswear ($14) with SPF 15 comes in handy. It coats and protects your lips, and it really does last. It is flavorless too, which I think is great, and the texture is so thin you forget you have it on. On my way out the door for a midday run, I couldn't find my chapstick with SPF, so I wore this lip gloss. It was great. It kept my lips moist and protected. It comes in many shades and is available online at the Clinique website.
Summer is a great time for a little shadow play. It's a great time of the year to do some experimenting with bolder color choices and shimmery finishes. I've got you covered on a simple tip for applying shadow, and I've provided the basics of choosing the right shades. So now that you're off to a good start, go forth and check out eleven of the most popularly reviewed shadows for $20 or less on the Product Reviews website. Good times.