Just Charlie G
Clinique Even Better Eyes

I have to say I’m loving all the Clinique Even Better products. I’m actually not using this product at the moment because I’ve had a sample of something else I’m currently trialling but I have had this one for quite some time and used it twice daily.

As a rule I don’t actually suffer with dark circles at all, but what I do have is these to dark marks on the outer corners of my eyes… they look like my lower lash eyeliner has smeared outwards, or indeed bruised…either way, I struggle with them a bit as they look a lot like I am pretty bad at applying make up (which I am of course, but not in that way!).

Even Better Eyes is a dark circle corrector. Lots of things can lead to dark circles, age, dehydration, poor circulation and numerous other things and as the skin is so thin there, it can make these circles look even darker.

So then, Even Better Eyes deals with the dark circles by lightening the area of over time with Vitamin C and Mulberry Root. It also protects against irritation and environmental assaults with caffeine and green tea. Then finally it improves structural support.

If that isn’t enough for you then there’s some instant brightening effects with “optic technology”. Oh and lastly, the applicator is designed to fit under the eye and deliver a massage as you apply your product which in turn helps improve microcirculation and break up congestion.

It’s a great product, as I would expect. My dark marks didn’t disappear altogether, but they certainly diminished quite a lot while using this product. I was impressed. It also is worth mentioning the texture, it’s very lightweight and absorbs quickly, oh and it’s oil free too.

I personally probably wouldn’t keep using this, as I feel dark circles isn’t really one of my many concerns, but I know it is an incredibly common concern, if it’s one of yours, I’d highly recommend this product. Available now and priced at £28, this stuff really works.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

It’s a constant battle with me. Spots. I’m never without at least one big one going on and things come to a head (ha ha) usually the week before I’m due on. And it really varies how many I might get, but they do tend to stick around for a while, at least a week, maybe two.

Seriously it’s an ongoing battle. Am currently in the process of tackling my skincare ritual (anti spot regimes just don’t suit me because I don’t have teenage or oily skin) and I have been relying on Origins Super Spot Remover on actual blemishes which I previously loved, but as time goes on it seems to be less and less effective for me where once it did seem to be super powered…

Step forward Clinique.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel

In particular I’m talking about the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (£13.50) and the Anti-Blemish Solutions Post Blemish Formula (£12).

The Spot Treatment gel really is incredibly super powered, so far, the best spot product I’ve ever tried. Now I’m not actually supposed to use spot products that work by drying out the spot (as I have dehydrated skin), but honestly, I’d rather put up with a tiny patch of flaky dry skin that a spot. And this zaps spots super fast. Now like most spot treatments (over the counter ones at least), it doesn’t get rid of big cystic type spots, I don’t believe anything but medication really can, but I swear to god this seems to reduce them slightly faster. You know how long those buggers stick around for, they do seem to last less time with a dab of this stuff morning and night. It is a gel and it dries very quickly and I’ve had no issues with putting make up on over the top, the make up just looks as good as it does without the gel.

It’s a great price and you only need such a minute amount it will last a very very long time. So for me, it’s bye bye Origins and hello Clinique.

So you know when a spot heals and it can leave a little mark or a little patch of discolouration? Well then the next step is The Post Blemish Formula. It’s a little twist up pen type product with a thin cream. You apply it to the marks and they reduce, quite significantly. I’ve found that it works very well on new blemishes, fading them very quickly, it does also work with old marks, but they take much longer to fade the scars. There is one gripe with this product. Whilst it’s reasonably priced at £12, there’s only 1.8g of product there, if you suffer with a lot of spots, this isn’t going to last you long at all. If you just have the odd one now and then, it’ll last you a long time if you’re careful. I’m neither extreme, and I’m using only the tiniest amount having been prewarned (by reviews on the Clinique website) and so far so good.

Both of these will be staples for me I think. Brilliant products, reasonably priced.

Both available from your local Clinique Counter, or www.clinique.co.uk. Both highly recommended.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

It’s a constant battle with me. Spots. I’m never without at least one big one going on and things come to a head (ha ha) usually the week before I’m due on. And it really varies how many I might get, but they do tend to stick around for a while, at least a week, maybe two.

Seriously it’s an ongoing battle. Am currently in the process of tackling my skincare ritual (anti spot regimes just don’t suit me because I don’t have teenage or oily skin) and I have been relying on Origins Super Spot Remover on actual blemishes which I previously loved, but as time goes on it seems to be less and less effective for me where once it did seem to be super powered…

Step forward Clinique.

Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Review

In particular I’m talking about the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (£13.50) and the Anti-Blemish Solutions Post Blemish Formula (£12).

The Spot Treatment gel really is incredibly super powered, so far, the best spot product I’ve ever tried. Now I’m not actually supposed to use spot products that work by drying out the spot (as I have dehydrated skin), but honestly, I’d rather put up with a tiny patch of flaky dry skin that a spot. And this zaps spots super fast. Now like most spot treatments (over the counter ones at least), it doesn’t get rid of big cystic type spots, I don’t believe anything but medication really can, but I swear to god this seems to reduce them slightly faster. You know how long those buggers stick around for, they do seem to last less time with a dab of this stuff morning and night. It is a gel and it dries very quickly and I’ve had no issues with putting make up on over the top, the make up just looks as good as it does without the gel.

It’s a great price and you only need such a minute amount it will last a very very long time. So for me, it’s bye bye Origins and hello Clinique.

So you know when a spot heals and it can leave a little mark or a little patch of discolouration? Well then the next step is The Post Blemish Formula. It’s a little twist up pen type product with a thin cream. You apply it to the marks and they reduce, quite significantly. I’ve found that it works very well on new blemishes, fading them very quickly, it does also work with old marks, but they take much longer to fade the scars. There is one gripe with this product. Whilst it’s reasonably priced at £12, there’s only 1.8g of product there, if you suffer with a lot of spots, this isn’t going to last you long at all. If you just have the odd one now and then, it’ll last you a long time if you’re careful. I’m neither extreme, and I’m using only the tiniest amount having been prewarned (by reviews on the Clinique website) and so far so good.

Both of these will be staples for me I think. Brilliant products, reasonably priced.

Both available from your local Clinique Counter, or www.clinique.co.uk. Both highly recommended.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Clinique do great mascaras. I have pretty much tried them all and here’s the latest to be added to the range. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

It doesn’t disappoint. It’s a large wand but it’s not loo brush sized like the Max Factor ones which I always manage to stab myself in the eye with, it’s just on the right side of large for me. I could tell you a lot about the formula and how it contains Acrylates Copolymer, polymeric wetting agents and conditioning agents, but really it’s not necessary.

It looks great and I swear to god this doesn’t budge throughout the day. When I remove my mascara at the end of the day it looks exactly as it did when I applied it that morning. It’s my new favourite black mascara. Above any I’ve previously reviewed. I might pick another for a night out maybe, but for day to day wear, this baby is it.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Out now, this retails at £17.00 and I highly recommend.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Clinique Chubby Sticks

I blimmin well love my chubby sticks. I’ve reviewed them in detail in the past here and they are my go to lip products for days when I just want a quick slick of colour that’s light in texture. I’m so lucky to have all the previous shades but now I’ve a new one added to my collection. Pudgy Peony.

A recap on what chubby sticks are. A little stick of gorgeous coloured balm that twists up and is full of lovely ingredients such as shea butter, mango seed butter and jojoba seed oil.

This Summer sees the launch of 8 new shades. Yay.  There’s heaping Hazlenut, Two Ton Tomato, Curvy Candy, Bountiful Blush, Oversized Orange, Might Mimosa, Voluptuous Violet and the one I have, Pudgy Peony. Apologies for the dark swatch, weather issues again.

Clinique Chubby Sticks

 

Clinique Chubby Sticks

 

Clinique Chubby Sticks

 

Clinique Chubby Sticks

There’s not heaps to say about these. I love them, I’ve written about my love of them before, I’m delighted there are more colours being added to the range and as soon as they are released I’ll be heading to the counter to check out the other shades. They are due for release on 1st June, will be £16 and available from Clinique counters and of course www.clinique.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Clinique All About Age Defense BB Cream SPF30

I don’t get BB Creams! I really don’t get them. I’ve read about them, I’ve seen lots of them on blogs. I read brand descriptions of them but I’ve yet to understand why I would want to use one instead of foundation or tinted moisturiser in the Summer.

It’s not that I don’t want to understand, I really do, but I think the problem is that they all do different things. In short though here’s what I do know. BB stands for Blemish Balm, but it’s not a spot cream. It provides a small amount of coverage but it’s not a foundation. Some, like this Clinique offering, have anti-aging properties. They have primer properties but can be worn alone and have healing properties to help banish blemishes and they nearly all offer SPF.

Clinique’s offering provides a fantastic SPF of 30 which is great.

The Age Defense BB Cream is suitable for all skin types and is easy to apply. You use it after moisturising and over your entire face.

It’s available in two shades, 01 and 02. I’ve tried both and 02 was completely wrong for me, far too orange, so I was sent 01 to try out. My initial impression was that it was far too pale…and don’t get me wrong it is incredibly pale, but then I am pale and it works perfectly well on my skin, colour wise.

Clinique All About Age Defense BB Cream SPF30
Clinique All About Age Defense BB Cream SPF30
Clinique All About Age Defense BB Cream SPF30

I’ve heard tell of it having a grey tint and I have to say that when I was blending this into my face I did get a flash of grey which alarmed me at first, once fully applied and settled into my skin I couldn’t spot the grey at all.

In terms of coverage, at this time of year this isn’t enough coverage for me, never mind my hormones seem to be playing havoc with my skin, more than usual of late, so I’m happier with more coverage, this will however be perfect in the Summer for me, so long as it then isn’t too pale. I can’t see I’ll ever match a shade 02, not unless I fake tan and I don’t fake tan.

Here’s how my face looks with the Clinique BB cream. I’ve kept the rest of my make up to an absolute minimum so the focus is on how my skin looks.

Clinique All About Age Defense BB Cream SPF30

It’s very natural. All my freckles are showing through and in fact I’d go so far as to say it looks as though I’m not really wearing anything on my skin, which is actually a good thing, well on good skin days it’s a good thing.  It is SO pale that I could really benefit from some extra blusher, but otherwise it’s good.

I do find that my fine lines and wrinkles are less obvious and my skin feels very smooth. I have tried this as a primer also, but since I favour heavy foundations, it’s all a little much for my spot prone skin. No, I’ll be keeping mine to wear alone on good skin days, particularly in Spring and Summer if they ever come.

Really I don’t have many grumbles about this, it’s nice, but the main problem is the colours. Having tried both of the available shades I can guarantee that many people will be unable to find a match. Although sheer, they do still impart colour I’m not convinced two shades will fit all.

The All About Age Defense BB Cream is £25 for 40mls and lets hope that more shades will be added in future!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Clinique Blushwear Cream Sticks are the most beautiful textures and finishes.  I have two to show you today, Glow Blush and Rosy Blush. I think there are five shades in total with Black Honey being a limited edition for Spring’s collection.

The blushers are oil free but really silky, and certainly the colours I have are very natural shades. Lovely packaging on these too.

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick
Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick
Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Swatches, Glow Blush and Rosy Glow.

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

You can see the shades in the swatches  are nicely pigmented but you can make them as pigmented as you like on your cheeks as they are fully buildable. I personally err on the side of caution although it has to be said I really struggle to take photos of blusher on my cheek, they are always considerably more obvious in real life than in photos so I’m not sure how helpful these will be, but here goes anyway. First up, Glow Blush.

 Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

And then Rosy Glow.

 Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Both beautiful, gorgeous textures and lovely consistencies make these a must have for understated every day make up looks. Beautiful. £20 each and available all year round except for Black Honey which is Limited Edition.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*
clinique almost lipstick

This spring Clinique are going for a natural look with a variety of products that compliment each other. There are a selection of new products in the Almost Spring collection and a few not so new products. The re-promotes are the Naturally Glossy Mascara which I’ve talked about here, the Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser, which I talked about here, There are the Blushwear Cream Sticks, which I’ve not tried, three of which are permanent shades and there’s a Black Honey variant which is a new Limited Edition. Then there are the things that I have to show you today.

Almost Lipstick. These are new according to the press release I have but are they? I have a vague memory of these existing in the past?  There are 8 shades available, I reviewed Black Honey here and I have five more to show you. These lie somewhere between a lipstick and a lipgloss… not quite as glossy as a lipgloss, but sheer, smooth and intended to be sheer so they’ll look different on everyone. I’ve done a few hand swatches here but they aren’t terribly useful because of the sheerness but just in case they are useful to anyone here you go.

L-R – Lovely Honey, Shy Honey, Luscious Honey, Chic Honey and Tender Honey. (The same order as the photo at the top there).

clinique almost lipstick

What will be moderately more useful are the following lip swatches…but of course, since they are sheer and since they we all have different coloured lips… it’s only going to be a guide. Here goes anyway.

Clinique The New Black Fall Trend 2011
Clinique The New Black Fall Trend 2011
Clinique The New Black Fall Trend 2011
Clinique The New Black Fall Trend 2011
Clinique The New Black Fall Trend 2011

These are lovely. Really lovely. I find them to be very moisturising and I must say the wear is exceptional. Chic Honey lasted me through two slices of Tiger Bread, a yum yum and two cups of coffee without needing a top up. I was truly amazed. Of all the shades, my favourites are Luscious and Black Honey.

I find them not altogether unlike the Chubby sticks but the Chubby Sticks have more pigment, the finish is similar though. £16 each and lovely. Having just had a horrible cold my lips are v. dry, but these are really helping so they are all I wear at the moment.

Finally are the Quickliner for Eyes Intense. These aren’t new, and I’ve reviewed two of them here.  In total there are six shades and I was sent Intense Black. £13.50

If black black liner is your thing then you need to check this out. I love these liners. They don’t budge. I don’t like heavy black liner around my eye, but I do like it on my waterline and these last well and really pack a punch. They don’t smudge or budge one in place which makes then really impressive. The following pics show the liner drawn, and then smudged the best I could with the smudger on the end of the pencil.

Clinique quickliner intense

You can see that although the line is faded, it’s not actually smudged really, and this works well for me as this is my preferred way to wear it. Of course, if you want a true true black, this is perfect. Below, it’s on my lid, and “smudged”.

Clinique quickliner intense

So there are some lovely things in this collection. The liners are highly recommended. I love Intense Plum and it’s regularly used by me and the black is great.

According to the press release I have this is due out on 1st February but I have heard tell that people have been able to purchase already.

It’s a topic that’s been much discussed by beauty bloggers over the years. Counter staff. You know that thing where you go to a counter and you want to buy a particular product and you end up being asked if you want demo’s of this, and that, and then this….all with a sales spiel that you don’t have the time or inclination to hear. Or the opposite, you go to a counter and no one approaches you and asks if you need any help at all? And you walk off feeling most put out and vowing you’ll never shop there again (until the next time you need a certain product).

Clinique are taking steps to improve the shopping experience at their counters using a coloured wrist band system.

You grab one of the bands, and the colour you choose tells the Consultant what kind of shopper you are.  Green means you have time, you want to talk, you’re up for a consultation in other words, from daily skin care routines to make up application tips, this is a full service consultation with product recommendations as well as application tips and techniques.. White means time is of the essence. A Skin diagnostic tool allows consumers to browse alone but offers one on one service on demand. With Guided Self-service, customers use a tool that takes 90 seconds and prints  a receipt providing a list of product recommendations and a Consultant is available for support and to help locate the items. Lastly, there’s pink, for browsing and happy. Self explanatory really!

I think this is a fabulous idea and really helps to tackle the issues so many customers have when visiting counters…now you can signal immediately what kind of assistance you are looking for easily. I have my reservations about the practicality of how it will work… will a customer who wanted to quickly get in and out have time to listen to a spiel about the wristbands and how they work? Will they be visible if people have long sleeves on? Will people actually want to wear a band around their wrist when visiting a counter? I don’t know and time will tell, but I do applaud Clinique for actually trying to do something positive to help the customer get the service THEY want. It’s something new and innovative at least! A great idea I think.

At the moment the bands are on counters in Selfridges Oxford Street, House of Fraser Meadowhall, House of Fraser Glasgow, Debenhams Leeds and Fenwick Newcastle. If I was closer I’d definitely be heading over to have  look, least of all because I want a go on the state of the art skin diagnostic tool!

Clinique Aromatics Elixir Reserve

It’s hard to believe that Clinique Aromatics Elixir is older than me. I know it’s not the only fragrance on the market that’s stood the test of time, but it is one I love. Aromatics Elixir isn’t for everyone, I’m a patchouli lover so I love it but I know it’s certainly not for everyone. For those who kind of like it but find it just too heavy, read on!

To celebrate the Aromatics Elixir 40th Anniversary Clinique commissioned a limited edition tributeto the original which promises a fresher, smoother, and more modern interpretation, Aromatics Elixir Reserve.

Rose, jasmine, myrrh and patchouli notes are cleaner, lighter and with a “contemporary transparency”, orange flower absolute and peach notes have been added and it is apparently subtler.

As a lover as the “shouty” original I’m really interested to try this out. It sounds beautiful, but I’m a strong fragrance lover and find subtle usually gets lost on me in no time…but you know, it’s Clinique Aromatics Elixir, of course I want to try it!

But it’s not just the scent that appeals, it’s the packaging. You have the choice of amber tinted, brown glass bottles embossed with a sculpture of the Aromatics Elixir flower with a decanter style stopper or there’s a solid version which comes as a pendant, which you could of course just pop in your bag!

Clinique Aromatics Elixir Reserve
Clinique Aromatics Elixir Reserve

In addition to the two Ltd Edition Reserve products there will also be a Ltd Edition bottle housing the original fragrance.

Alas, much as I’d love to get my hands on the Aromatics Elixir Reserve, it’s out of my price range at this current time so I will have to just look at the pretty pictures, but for anyone interested in buying, you can buy all three products in Harrods now. The Reserve items at selected counters from the 7th October, and the Ltd Edition bottle of the original fragrance nationwide also from the 7th.

Oh and the prices?

Aromatics Elixir Perfume Spray, 100ml, RRP £60.00 €81.00
Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve, 25ml, RRP £80.00 €100.00
Aromatics Elixir Solid Perfume Necklace, 1.4g, RRP £50.00 €65.00