Hi from my workstation at the Delta Lounge in the Minneapolis airport… I’m finally on my way back home sweet home after two wonderful weeks in Austin for SXSW. In semi-related news, I had Ghostface Killah in front of me in first class out of Austin! Also, my seatmate ordered a bloody mary so I started drinking wine at like 11am today. It’s fine. I’m all over the place today and even get to travel back in time two hours… But I digress, which must either be the wine or maybe the fact that I haven’t taken my ADD meds today.
Let’s talk about new makeup – I’m calling this Swatch & Tell, k? I bought all of this at an event I covered so I’m just going to share what I liked about each rather than write a traditional (boring) review. I went to Clinique’s #StartBetter beauty event recently to learn more about their latest products and get a new look for the spring season.
I sat down with Amy to talk all things beauty and for new tips. Application and beauty tips from expert makeup artists = serious pearls of wisdom. This is what I picked up from my consultation:
- Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector SPF 30 ($37)
- All About Shadow Quad: Jenna’s Essentials ($28)
- Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes: Whopping Willow ($17)
- Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm: Broadest Berry ($17)
The eye palette is a perfect range of neutral tones that go together, so it’s a 1-2-3 and done quad that I immediately loved. I love beauty products that can multitask or know will match well together, so this was a no brainer. This would be complimentary with any eye color or skin tone.
I know I’ve hyped up the NARS lip pencils and shadow sticks in the past, but I definitely prefer this new shadow stick to theirs – it’s smoother, and a better texture to work with for me. I really dig the pearlescent look and how it’s not too gel-like, it sets just like a powder shadow. The lip pencil is a wearable sheer but well pigmented… I amped up the amount in the swatch, so just imagine a sheer version if you’re wearing a single coat.
My favorite part about both of the sticks it they’re auto-sharpening – just crank from the bottom and have a perpetually sharp pencil to use. Why isn’t everything easy like that? Good looks, Clinique. As a pencil fiend, I seriouslyyyy appreciate those details.
PS. Don’t forget to check out my recap and interview with Ariana, who I interviewed at the event, for her health and fitness tips!
Event Photos: Vivian Hsu for Team Photogenic © 2015