It's the most! Wonderful! Time! Of the year! This December, we're looking forward to giving gifts to everyone we love (and, OK, giving ourselves a gift or two, too). Read on to see what beauty items we're most excited about this month. We have a feeling you'll find a few things to put on your own list.
I really like the texture; it's like a more emollient version of aloe gel, so it doesn't give your skin that unctuous feel that heavy moisturizers often do, and you can layer on as much as you feel inclined to. Gel cream formulas also work on both oily and dry skin types, so most people will be able to use it without incident, and it'd be a good one-shot moisturizer for combination skin. Claims the ads make about plumping up skin and filling fine lines are a stretch, though — it's a really nice product, but there's nothing antiaging about it. My suggestion would be to keep Moisture Surge around for daily use, and buy something else with retinol in it for fine lines.
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.
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.
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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