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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Nothing says HOLIDAYS! like a red lipstick (or ten…)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I attempted all day to finish a review for you lovely ladies, but I just couldn’t do it. I have been so wiped all day, and I guess my mental functions were just not up to thinking about products!

Instead, I figure now’s a good time to share some red lipstick and gloss swatches with you. These aren’t all the reds in my collection (ack, I have way too many reds) but they’re some of the ones I reach for the most often. Which shade’s your favourite? :o) Oh, and don’t forget that you can enlarge all our photos by clicking on ‘em!

From left to right, these lovely reds are: Annabelle Volumelip in Cherryoké, MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Plum Perfect, Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten, Ellis Faas 201, Marcelle Rouge Vitality in Vintage Red, Clarins Rouge Prodige in Barocco, MAC Lipstick in Dubonnet, and Annabelle Rouge Velours in Adrenaline.

I’ve tried to arrange them in terms of opacity, so the swatches start with the more sheer glosses/balms, then the more pigmented glosses, and finally, the lipsticks. My favourite? Um… if I could pick one, do you really think I’d have this many? :P

It’s still obscenely early, but I think I might try to turn in for the night… or watch some more Fringe. Ugh, let’s hope I’m feeling better tomorrow — I still have so much that I want to share with you before the new year! In the meantime, a question: what do you do when you’re really tired (but can’t sleep)?

Crazy prices, Holiday 2010 edition (part 2!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Here’s part two of the $100-and-up items! (Check out part one here.) These ones are the sets and kits, so yah, they’re a little more reasonable… but just a little :P

Oh! Here’s some more Holiday stuff if you’re still trying to figure out what to buy your friends and family interested:

  • The Gift Guide {here},
  • The Lazy Lady’s Guide to the Holidays {here},
  • And ALL of our Holiday 2010 coverage {here}!

Crazy prices, Holiday 2010 edition

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I indulged my (unhealthy) fascination for exorbitant prices last year, and you ladies seemed to really like it…. so I figured, why not do it again this year?

Here’s a list of gorgeous $100-and-up beauty items that you can lust after this year! Anything catch your eye?

UPDATE: I had this scheduled from about a week ago. Y’know what freaks me out a little? How many of these are sold out!

Annabelle brings us mineral eyeliner, minus the fuss.

Friday, December 17, 2010

What they are: Annabelle Mineral Powder Eyeliners in Hex and Jinx, both part of the Holiday “etheREAL” collection.

Why the product’s really cool: Annabelle’s new liners have a unique sponge-tip applicator, and an interesting formula to back it up. Simply put, it’s mineral eyeliner without the fuss — that is, without the fuss of loose powders, finicky brushes, and foiling mediums. There’s dimethicone worked right into the formula, and while I’m no ingredients god, I’m guessing that’s what makes the product apply smoothly with a lot of pigment (and minimal fallout). Make sure to blend, though; I’ve found these work best as soft, smudgy eyeliner or as shadow!

Mineral Powder Eyeliners are a bit pricy at $9.95CAD for 0.6g, but Annabelle goes on sale often enough that I’m not too concerned with the price. I think it’s awesome that Annabelle’s bringing the innovative new applicator to the Canadian market; it seems like we always have to wait aaaages before getting to try out new stuff! To top it off, the shades are gorgeous, and these are a perfect dupe for high-end loose liners, like Smashbox’s $22USD In Bloom Soft Focus Powder Eye Liners (check out our full post on that later today here!)

P.S. Have you checked out Annabelle’s Gotta Give A Gift yet? If not, you definitely should :)

P.P.S. Sorry for the slightly funky colour tint — I know it’s a poor excuse, but we’ve been getting no proper sunlight recently! Artificial it is…

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