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Sep 23, 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

It has been over 10 days! since my last post. I really feel bad about it. I've been swamped with work again and had been feeling down and tired all week long. You know that feeling when you've worked for a company for so long but your salary is just not getting any better, then you start asking questions to yourself if you should just move on to another company? Uhggg... sorry for my useless blabbing again. hehe Anyway, I've missed everyone so I'm back with another lippie review.


I received this as a gift from fellow beauty blogger Phoebe last May, when we met for the first time here in Cebu. I know, she's so generous ^_^

Anyway, I have always wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks ever since they came out. Simply because I've seen and read a lot of good reviews about it in blogsphere and on youtube.  I've been using this for some time now and I have to say it's not bad at all, but not amazing either. Here's why.

(photo taken under natural light)

I got the shade "Bountiful Blush" and from the looks of it, I would have guessed that it has excellent color payoff.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  I was already expecting for this lippie to be sheer like a lip balm but a bit more pigmentation would have been awesome.  They already addressed this issue when Clinique released the Chubby Stick Intense version.

I like that the packaging looks chic and classy with the silver coated ends. It doesn't look cheap in my opinion (though it is still made of plastic).  There is no need to sharpen this since, you can easily twist the bottom to get the product out.


I did not notice any scent from the Chubby Stick, which is a really good thing.  I had to swipe the product several times to actually get the swatch on my hand to show.  The shade Bountiful Blush is really pretty for everyday use. I find it to be a good MLBB (My Lips But Better) lip color.

(I applied 3 layers of Bountiful Blush for the lip swatch to show)

I honestly like how moist and hydrated my lips feel with the Clinique Chubby Stick. Clinique says it is a "Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth". It actually does what it is supposed to do.

What I like about it...
* very moisturizing
* keeps my lips well hydrated for over 4 hours without retouch
* fragrance-free
* does not feel sticky at all
* twist type packaging

What I don't like...
* can be expensive at $17 each, I can buy a high quality tinted lip balm for half the price

My verdict? Well, it's a good product because it does what it is meant to do, but if you want the same moisture feeling but with better pigmentation, I would suggest you try the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm.

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Sep 12, 2014

What's in my Travel Beauty Kit

Good Day ladies! As the titles suggests, I will be showing you my choice of travel beauty essentials which I brought with me during my 3-day trip to Manila last month. It's a mix of makeup and skin care products which I've been using most of the time.

Since it's just a short trip, I only brought one medium sized backpack from Deuter Sport and a small sling bag from Parfois. (I forgot to take photos of those...hehe) Which means I really had to pack light. And I had to fit my son's and my own clothes in one backpack, but I did it! (feeling proud ^_^)

 

I brought a tiny amount of Mac Brush Cleanser which I transferred in that small atomizer, two small makeup bags, (the pink one is from Clinique while the gray one is from Estee Lauder) and a small Clinique tin can which was from their bonus kit. You won't believe how many skin care products actually fit in that tiny can.



Those who already own this Clinique bonus kit, would know what I'm talking about. It's practically just about the same size as your palm and I have to say this thing served me well.


These are the skin care products that I brought with me during the trip. All of which are travel sized. I will name them from left to right. First is the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base (it's sample size that I got from sampleroom last year), Loccitane Hand Cream (travel size which was a gift from fellow beauty blogger Phoebe), Mary Kay TimeWise Target-Action Eye Revitalizer (will review this soon), Clinique Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser Mousse, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray (all from the Clinique bonus kit), VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturizing Protective Lip Balm 60, VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 70 (bought at ZaloraPH) and Lastly, the Snoe Star Night Star Bright Nigh Perfecting Toner. (bought at the Snoe Beauty Stall at Metro Ayala Cebu)

I knew that it would be hot and humid in Manila, so I thought about the weather and my current skin condition when I decided to pick these to bring with me. This means, that I might bring something different on my next trip this coming October depending on my skin issues at the time.

 

I honestly had a hard time choosing which makeup products I should bring especially when I was picking out lippies. (I know you would be confused too if you had more than 20 lipsticks in your stash. hahaha)

So, let's break it down. First off are my lipstick picks.

Lip Products
Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss in Sunset Kiss
Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous
Mac Satin Lipstick in Rebel

Face Products
Mary Kay Concealer in Beige 2
Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35 (forgot to include in photo)
Mac Powder Blush in Harmony
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
The Balm Frat Boy

Eye Products
Happy Skin Eye Am Here To Stay Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Chic Brown
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (sample size)
Mac Mineralize Eye Shadow in This &That

Brow Products
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown
Mac Brow Set in Beguile

Now, that I'm looking at the makeup products I packed for the trip, I honestly feel relieved that I didn't bring so much stuff.


These are the makeup brushes I brought with me and yes, they are travel friendly too. I was honestly thinking of bringing the Sigma Make Me Cool Travel Kit, but I changed my mind, since I felt like my current choices would be so much lighter compared to the latter.


Makeup Brushes (from top to bottom)
Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki in Gold
BYS Angled Brow Brush
Marionnaud N°38 Eye (angled and spoolie dual brush)
Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
Elf Mineral Bamboo Complexion Brush (travel size)
Generic Eye Detail Brush
Generic Dome type Crease Brush
Sigma E25 Blending Brush (travel size)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in Gold (forgot to include in photo)

There are certainly a couple of products here that I could do without. I will have to improve my travel beauty essential picks on my next trip.

What are your must have makeup and skin care picks for traveling?

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Sep 9, 2014

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascasra Review

Has any of you found your Holy Grail mascara yet? I know that's a rather hard question to answer. There are a lot of brands to choose from, all of which comes with different formulations. So, that's primarily the reason why I keep hopping from one mascara to another.

I've been using the Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Very Black for about five months and so far, I could say it is above average and I like it.



Product Info from CoverGirl
Get a blast of bold, volumizing mascaras! LashBlast's patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. Now in waterproof, too!

Retail Price: around $7.99 in the US
retails around Php600 pesos in our local CoverGirl counters


I bought this off ebay.ph last December 2013, but didn't open it till early this year. (around March I think). When I used up my Bobbi Brown Extreme Pary Mascara, this is the next mascara I opened. I always make it a point to use up my already opened mascaras, so as not to waste any of it. Unless, if it's really bad and does not do anything to my lashes, I toss it out. hehe


I honestly really like the huge ass applicator of the CG lashblast mascara. It separates and coats my lashes really well and it holds up the curl. I also appreciate how the plastic bristles gets smaller on the tip, so it helps with coating mascara near the inner corner of my eye.

I'm the type to skip eyeliner on most days, and just apply mascara right away. So, I usually prefer those mascaras that can really add volume to my lashes make it appear like I have a line in my upper lash line. This mascara does that for me.


Look at how the the Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara makes a lot of difference on my lashes. I also coats my lower lashes really well.


This mascara has excellent staying power on most days. However, I have experienced that it smudged when I was crying while watching a movie. LOL

What I like about it...
* inexpensive, bought it at ebay.ph
* holds up the curl on my lashes really well
* defines and adds a lot of volume to my lashes
* lengthens my lashes
* separates my lashes and does not clump even with more than two coats
* the consistency is just right, not too thick nor too thin
* stays all day on me
* no irritation experienced

What I don't like...
* I got the waterproof variant, but tends to smudge a bit when wet
* stubborn to remove even with a two-phase makeup remover, so I end up pulling my lashes.

My rating: 4 / 5

If only this wasn't so hard to remove, it would have been great. Also, when I make mascara mistakes, it's hard to clean up the mess since it leaves a stain. Unlike, other mascaras I've tried, when I make a mistake, I just let it dry then easily sweep it with a clean brush. Overall, it's an awesome mascara. It definitely adds a lot of volume without clumping.  You just need a really good makeup remover so you won't have any trouble with removing this mascara.

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

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