Clinique Haul

Clinique have currently got some great products on the go, some new and some classic. After a recent splurge there, I thought I’d share with you some of the great products I copped that I’m really excited about. 

Firstly, their High Impact Curling Mascara in Black

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After a recent post about my favourite mascaras a friend told me Clinique mascara was her favourite. I had never tried any Clinique makeup before, but now I have tried this mascara I think I am a convert. I just tried it without curling my eyelashes and the specially designed wand really gripped the natural curve of my lash line so they looked great after one coat. 

The most exciting product of this haul is the Almost Lipstick

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It looks scary but it doesn’t actually appear on the lips as that colour. It is very sheer and is designed to enhance your natural lip colour. To quote clinique “When pure pigment merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips, you’ve met your match” . This product looks different on everyone, so it really gives you your own unique colour. 

photo 1(Top: Clinique Curling Mascara. Bottom: Almost Lipstick)

I also got a powder blush in the colour ‘aglow’. It is peach toned so now that my tan is fading it won’t look so good, but the product itself is highly pigmented with a shimmer.

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The pictures do not do justice to the glow. 

If you buy any two Clinique products right now you get all these free, plus some more face goos. Or you can buy them individually at retail price (Mascara: £18, Lipstick: £17.50, Blush: £22) 




Guide to Vamp Lips

A really big trend right now in fashion makeup is the deep berry lip. It is an unforgiving colour that favours the fuller lipped girl but can look fabulous.

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I’ve gone for Mac’s Matte Diva lipstick (£15) with Mac Lipliner in Currant (£12). The lipstick has a burgany/brown-ish look to it in the tube but has a more purpley tinge when applied.

photo 1 (2)Currant on top, Diva on the bottom.

For a luxury buy, Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale is gorgeous, but at the top of the range at £36. In my personal opinion, what you are paying for is the name. Once you get over £25 with lipsticks you are not buying quality, you are buying the name. However, having said that, if I could I would buy this in a second.

10 tom ford private blend lipstick in violet fataleTom Ford Violet Fatale (£36)


Another new trend in the world of lip colour is the CC cream for lips. It is a colour that nourishes as well as looking good. If that is what you are after, Mac have a great option for you. Their new Huggable Lip Colour.



For the vamp look go for Commotion (£17.50). You are paying more than you would just for a lipstick, but this isn’t just a lipstick.

commotionCommotion available at Mac £17.50

Some of these options are quite pricey, so if you are on a budget and want to achieve the look for less, I cannot recommend OCC Lip Tar enough. They are fantastic tubes of gloss that you apply with a complimentary brush and it dries like a lipstick. They are also 100% vegan. I recommend Black Dahlia for that devilish look.

Black_Dahlia_black_small_grandeOCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia £11.50

For a more glam rock look, OCC have released the same colour in metallic, called Black Metal Dahlia. OCC are available at Selfridges, one of the few UK stockists of this product.

So get vamping! ‘Tis the season.