clinique 2016 februaryI always get excited about Clinique new launches, actually new launches in general and Clinique seem to be on fire with lots of new products launching over the next few months.

Earlier this month they launched their new Sweet Pot Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm sets, which look adorable and were apparently inspired by macaroons. One half has a sugary exfoliator designed to buff away dryness and the other has a lip balm to soothe and moisturise lips. I’ve tried out the shades that I have (Pink Framboise and Orange Blossom) and I think they’re nice but nothing overly exciting; the scrub is fairly gentle and the balm is a nice everyday one as it doesn’t offer too much colour, I can barely tell the difference between the two shades once on the lips. I’d probably pass on these just because you could get a Lush Scrub (with lots more product) and a lip balm for cheaper but they are really cute and I can totally see their appeal.

Onto February 1st launches… (exclusively at Harrods, nationwide 18th March)

They will be adding two new lip products to their Pop range the Clinique Pop Glaze sheer Lip Colour + Primer and Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer. I’m not too sure what the ‘primer’ addition is all about but I can’t see them being any different because of the added ‘Primer’. The Sheer Lip Colours comes in six shades and are an effortless, sheerer version of their original colour pop lip colours. I’m not usually a huge fan of sheer lip colours but I think these are really comfortable on the lips and would all look beautiful in the summer. The Pop Lacquers come in 10 colours but I personally much prefer the nude shades as I find bolder colours in gloss are too high maintenance and can often look dated. I have the shade Nude Pop  and it’s a really beautiful colour but a little drier than I would like, application seems to pull a bit and there are better lip glosses out there.

My favourite from the new pop range are the Clinique Lid Pops, which are available in 8 shades. I think these are particularly perfect for anyone that doesn’t wear too much makeup or is a little scared of shadow as they aren’t overly pigmented which means that they are very easy to use. Most the colours are beautiful although they do have two silly blues which I think are fairly unwearable to an average makeup wearer. I wouldn’t say they’re for an eyeshadow expert as the pigmentation is on the sheer side (especially compared to MAC which are £2 cheaper!) but still really beautiful, the shade Cream Pop is a soft, pretty, everyday shade.

In April there will also be a New Chubby Nude Foundation Stick, which apparently offers a smooth, natural finish with the flexibility to build from sheer to moderate coverage throughout the day- available in 10 shades. I haven’t tried this so I can’t comment but just something else to look forward to! To coincide they’re also releasing a new Buff Brush designed to blend flawlessly.

If I get my hands on any more shades I’ll report back with swatches but until then I’ll be hoping that they announce some matte Colour Pops soon.

 

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Liquid lipsticks seem to be everywhere recently and I have really been enjoying trying them which is why I was super excited for the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor to come through the door.

Sadly they’re only available to purchase in March so theres a little while to go still but I have been road testing them and wanted to share my thoughts.

Overall I really love them and I can’t wait to check out the other three colours from the seven colour range. The video below includes swatches, my thoughts and the overall wear throughout the day.

Available from March, RRP £8.99 at Boots, Superdrugs and Amazon

Everyone seems to be talking about the Revlon Colorstay Moisture stains so naturally I was excited to finally get a chance to try them. Revlon is one of my favourite high-street makeup brands as they always manage to make products inspired by high end brands which are good but at a fraction of the price.  These are fairly similar to the high end YSL Glossy Stains and more affordable Maybeline Color Elixir.

There are 12 colours which are named and have been inspired by famous cities. For example I have La Exclusive, Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush and London Posh. They all apply as a gloss but fade to a stain which means they aren’t high maintenance.

I find these to be surprisingly comfortable on the lips even throughout the day. However they are a little hard to apply at first and come colours need particular perseverance as I feel the applicator and the thick texture means the colour doesn’t always apply evenly.

Out of the four colours I own I love Rio Rush and Barcelona nights although LA exclusive is also stunning. London Posh however isn’t really to my taste as it has a gold shimmer which I don’t find to be flattering at all. There are also a handful of other colours I have my eye on from the range although they only launch at the end of the month and will retail for £7.99. Really great for the summer and I can’t wait to wear them more!

What lip stains are your favourite? 
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This post is a little later than I had hoped but June is one of those months, it gets very busy! This weekend I’ve been to Wireless Festival (which was amazing!) and Brussels but more on that soon.

Macadamia Volumizing Dry Shampoo, £15
I don’t really love this as a dry shampoo, it’s okay but it doesn’t soak up as much grease (nice!) as the Batiste however it’s the best I’ve tried for adding texture but doesn’t leave the hair feeling too heavy.

Clinique Soft Matte Lipsticks, £18
It has taken a while for me to find matte lipstick that are comfortable for me to wear daily so I haven’t put these down. The colours are wearable and the finish is beautiful but for a full review check out this post.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer, £21.15
I must be the only person on earth not to have tried this blusher until recently but I’ve really been enjoying it. I use it as a normal bronzer but also as a cheek or even eye contour as the matte shade works perfectly.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump in Pink Out Loud £10
Don’t take the word extreme lightly, although it’s not so much the plumping that is extreme but more the tingling sensation. I don’t believe lipgloss can really make a huge difference to the size of your lips although they may look slightly fuller. This shade is stunning for any sort of occasion and I personally love the feeling it gives my lips.

He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Tan, £22.50
I feel like I have spoken about this tan endlessly recently but it’s just that good. The colour is perfect and how quick it is has really been ideal!

Juicy Couture Couture Lala Malibu, £31.50
Juicy perfumes are always a good idea in summer and this is the one I have been reaching for, worth checking out if you need a new summer scent.

What products have you loved this month?

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YSL is potentially my favourite beauty brand therefore I always get very excited for their launches and so far this year they’ve had some great one. Most recently they launched the beautiful limited edition Touche Eclat in a leopard print tube which I blogged about here, a range of Colour Correcting CC creams and their Baby Doll Kiss and Blush’s.

The Forever Light CC Cremes are colour correcting CC Creams which can be used along or as primers. They come in Apricot, Lavender and Rose each designed to correct imperfections and add a glow to the skin but they are far more tinted than I expected. They also have SPF35 which is particularly important now that spring has come about and claims to provide long term complexion improvements. However I think due to the colour correcting shades they come in I wouldn’t be able to use them on their own and I think darker skintones may also struggle with these.

I have been using Apricot for about a week now and really like it under my foundations and tinted moisturisers. I also gave the rose one a try today and was quite impressed although I did find it made my skin a little more pale which I wasn’t too keen on. Out of the two I would have to chose Apricot as my favourite as it adds a perfect glow to the skin and I’m sure I’ll carry on using it throughout the coming months. If you are interested in seeing what it looks like under a foundation check out my everyday makeup post here. After swatching the Lavender one on my hand I am a little more sceptical as it seem to really lighten the skin but I will keep you updated once I have tried it.

YSL have also realised Baby Doll Kiss & Blush which is a hybrid lip and cheek colour with a soft matte finish, comes in an impressive 12 shades. They are a great on-the-go product, just apply a dot or two on the cheek and blend out using your finger. You can do the same on the lips or simply apply it using the applicator for a more opaque colour. I found that on the lips it actually wasn’t very matte which I like and applies with quite a thin consistency. One the cheek it’s quite sheer on the cheek but very buildable. Below is a photo of me wearing the Baby Doll Kiss and Blush on my lips in 2 Rose Frivole.

The Baby Doll Kiss and Blush is available online only until the end of next month where it will be available on all YSL counters and the CC Creme’s are currently available on YSL Counters and online

What product has caught your eye?

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