Beauty flashback: Clarins Barocco, Holiday 2010

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I have a not-so-secret weakness for Clarins Holiday collections.

Does anyone else remember the Barocco collection from 2010? Easily my favourite Holiday release in the five years I’ve been blogging (and dear lord, five years?!)

I rarely use the products themselves anymore, but I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be able to give these ones up. From the weighting, to the gorgeous black swirls, to the intricate pattern on the face palette itself… the entire aesthetic is just so beautifully thought-out.

I was reminded of the Barocco collection while photographing this incredible brush set today, but honestly, no one does it quite like Clarins. 

Do you have a collection that you always go back to & reminisce about? »

Go on a Lust Quest with FaceFront Cyber Gels

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The product: FaceFront Cyber Gel gel liner/cream shadow duos

The texture: These are really, really soft – softer than any other gel liner or potted cream shadow I’ve ever tried before. I’d go so far as to say that these are practically whipped; the consistency is definitely unique and interesting to work with! These set quite quickly, though, giving you a working time of under ten seconds before the product sort of “locks down,” which makes using them a bit difficult.

The wear: It varies from shade to shade (and I’ll add detail in the individual shade reviews,) but I’m impressed! While these are hard to get on to begin with, once they’re on, they’re pretty much good to go. Perhaps because of their strange texture, they wear really well on my waterline in particular – not perfect, but so far, better than anything else I’ve tried!

The ingredients:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Copolymer, Orchid Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil. +/- some micas and oxides and such; full list here.

A few more thoughts…

These have a seriously weird scent to them – it reminds me almost exactly of the synthetic orange of e.l.f.’s lipglosses. I’m guessing it’s the “orchid oil,” but I’m seriously not a fan! It sort of squicks me out to be putting something so scented in my eye area, and while the scent does fade quite quickly… it’s just weird.

I also like the format of these: $9.50 for 2.2g is a great deal, and (unlike most potted creams,) they’re really lightweight, so I don’t feel guilty throwing one onto my handbag.

L-R: swatches of Visionary Violet, Black Jax, and Magnetica (under two different lighting conditions)

The verdict?

These are weird enough that I don’t want to give a set-in-stone verdict quite yet… but I will say that I really like these so far! All three shades are just gorgeous, the packaging’s cute, and I’m already considering buying backups based solely on how well they hold up on my waterline (which says a lot; I almost never buy backups.)

I’d love to see a slight reformulation to give us a little more working time and take out the scent, but aside from that? Awesome stuff :)

NOTE: Shade descriptions, variances on the formulas, and final “verdicts” will be covered in upcoming (short) individual shade reviews, so stay tuned!


Grab this before it’s gone: Clarins Rouge Prodige in Barocco

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Clarins‘ gorgeous Holiday Rouge Prodige, Barocco, will be disappearing fast from counters – that is, if there are any left as it is! My apologies for getting these swatches up so late; I thought we had covered this with the rest of the collection, but somehow, I managed to miss it.

The Rouge Prodige formula is laced with an addictive, light, berry scent which I actually quite like. I usually hate scented lip products, but this one smells fresh instead of synthetic, and I find it pretty enjoyable! While the actual lip colour lasts a fair amount of ime for something so glossy (about three hours, plus another two as a stain), the scent lasts the perfect amount of time, for me – that is, it fades within five minutes. The only problem I have with the formula is that it’s a little too smooth for me; I press my lips together (nervous habit!) and this formula can slide around a bit if I apply straight from the tube.

Barocco is a rich red interspersed with fine gold shimmer. It’s a fantastic and strange chameleon, pulling more berry on cool skintones and more brick on warm ones, from what I’ve seen of it so far. The only reasoning I have for this? It could be because the glitter is gold (warm) but the base itself is neutral leaning cool… or it could just be magic.

(I hope it’s the latter, because magic is cool.)

What do you think? I’m not bold enough to wear Barocco around town, but I still think it’s breathtaking! If you did miss out on it, though, don’t fret – the Clarins Spring collection is equally lovely, and I’ll try to have some swatches and reviews up next week. xx

From this post. Barocco is third from the right.

Boxing Day beauty shopping

Sunday, December 26, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale and Stylishly Yours are now online at! Thought I’d give you the heads up right now, but I’ll see if I can’t update this post later today (or tomorrow) to add some Boxing Day beauty deals :) Updated!

A few codes:

  • e.l.f. has a “buy one get one 50% off” sale now through the 3rd of January; code is BCGDEAL50. Max discount is $100. {e.l.f.}
  • Free Canadian shipping at the online MAC site with BOX {MAC}
  • An extra 20% off online sale items at Sephora (US only; Canucks can head in-store to pick up some sale items, though! Code is EXTRA. {Sephora}
  • Rotating deals today at; the deal changes every few hours but you can keep an eye on their Twitter for updates. {}

And, finally, some Steals and Deals:

P.S. The Clinique Chubby Sticks post from earlier this week has been updated as well!

Clarins Barocco Eye Trio

Haven’t actually given this one a thorough test yet (so no review), but my lord is she ever gorgeous! For all of you out there who didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, perhaps you could console yourselves with this shadow trio ;) I bet the gold would make a gorgeous New Year’s lid colour…

But alas! Ladies and gents, please prepare yourselves for the upcoming photo onslaught.


Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are back, and better than ever

Friday, December 24, 2010

What it is: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry

The background: Feeling a bit of deja vu? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one — Chubby Sticks existed until a few years ago, when they were discontinued. By the sounds of it, I believe Clinique has fine-tuned the product and decided it was time to bring ’em back!

The product: Despite the pencil format, these really do act like lip balm. Packed with shea butter, mango seed butter, and jojoba seed oil, these fragrance-free sticks feel moisturizing and smooth, and are neither too tacky nor too slippery (as many jumbo lip pencils can be). Super Strawberry is a fantastic MLBB shade (“my lips but better”) on me; it’s about a shade darker than my natural lip colour, and a bit brighter. It’s great for applying in a rush or without a mirror, and looks really natural when on. The satiny finish looks and feels awesome, and the pigmentation’s good — Clinique calls it sheer, but I’d place it more at medium-sheer.

swatched heavily / swatched lightly and blended

The packaging: The cute, playful packaging’s been revamped too, which I think is going to be a big hit! Chubby Sticks now have  a twistable base, so you won’t have to find an enormous sharpener (or deal with a stubby little Chubby.) (And yes, I’ve been waiting the whole review to say that.)

The ingredients:

Castor seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, ozokerite, shea butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol, mango seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, sunflower seed oil. [+/- pigments, which are a bit of a wordy mess so I’m not going to list them all!]

The verdict? Colour these approved! I like the formula, the packaging’s awesome, and Super Strawberry is a really lovely shade. The only thing I’m not huge on is the price up here in Canada ($15USD/$19CAD per stick), but I think I’d be able to justify it by waiting for a GWP.

Availability: these will be released on Boxing Day, so keep an eye out for them when you go deal hunting! I’ll be sure to update this post with availability links then. Clinique, Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s.


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