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OH BABY – CLINIQUE’S NEW CHUBBY STICKS

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Posted by 09.19.14

With the launch of Clinique‘s original 8-shade Chubby Stick (immensely popular, but predominantly darker and berry-toned shades), portable makeup never had it so good. They were balmy, dewy, and functional as a lighter veil than chapstick.

Since then, Clinique has put out several versions of the Chubby Stick launch, including the latest Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17) which comes in four delicious crayon-like barrels: Budding Blossom, Poppin’ Poppy, Coming Up Rosy, and Flowering Freesia.

Chubby Baby Tint

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These are some of the sheerest shades I’ve seen on the market, especially in an age where every woman wants to wear something loud on her lips. The formulation is feather soft: vitamin C, shea butter, mango seed butter, and jojoba seed oil. The lip balms have a very jelly bean quality to them, in that they’re colorful — hence the use of jelly beans in the promo image that came with the sticks.

I’d be lying through my eyes if I said that these childlike beauties give pops of color: they give whisper-y tints that will remind you of buds in bloom, rather than fully mature flowers. But this is exactly why they’re called “Chubby Stick Baby Tint.” The idea is to bring out the lips’ natural tone and not look as though anything unnatural has been applied on them.

Clinique Chubby Cheek Balm

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To complement the Baby Tint comes the new Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($21), which gives you rosy cheeks with the swipe of a stick. Its dome-shaped head glides so easily on the cheek and gives a great rosiness for all skin tones; shades include: Robust Rhubarb, Amp’d Up Apple, Roly Poly Rosy, and Plumped Up Peony.

 

 


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3 NEW FRAGRANCES TO FALL FOR

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Posted by 09.17.14

The best accessory for fall is one you can’t even see…a beautiful new fragrance that brings out your inner vixen. With the subtle to sultry new launches this season, you’ll surely want to expand your horizons.  So step up to the nearest perfume counter, spray your scent of choice on an unscented spot on your arm or wrist, wait until it dries, and take a long whiff. These are three of our favorite new scents that have us thankful for crisper, cooler days.

Agent Provocateur Fatale

Agent Provocateur Fatale

Agent Provacateur Fatale ($72) captures the essence of the modern femme fatale–she’s strong, confident, and seductive! From the faceted bottle with its sharp angles and planes, to the enticing juice with notes of spicy pink pepper, mango, blackcurrant, Indonesian patchouli, vanilla orchid aphrodisiac, and chocolate gourmand addiction, everything about this floriental tempts and attracts.

Anna Sui test

Anna Sui La Nuit de Boheme

Anna Sui La Nuit de Bohème ($65) embodies the magical sensuality of the free-spirited woman. This fruity-floral-woody concoction features sparkling citruses, blackberry zest, lotus, and rose petals as well as cedar, Haitian, vanilla orchid, and Indonesian patchouli. The gorgeous gold filigree bottle, inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, will be just as beautiful on your vanity as it is on your skin.

My Burberry

My Burberry

My Burberry ($72) is a grand floral fragrance with an edge that was inspired by a London garden after the rain. Sweet pea, bergamot, golden quince, rain-tipped damask, and centifiola roses combine to create a compelling scent, but you’ll be just as excited by the fact that you can personalize your 90ML bottle ($125) with up to three initials, through a monogramming service available on Burberry.com and at select Burberry locations. Through smart phone technology, you can also interact with the campaign on digital billboards at selective sites from London to New York, to personalize and project a giant My Burberry bottle with your initials.


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CVS/PHARMACY MAKEUP ACADEMY

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Posted by 09.16.14

Makeup Academy is an exclusive beauty collection that CVS/pharmacy stores launched nationwide in August. Makeup professionals and beauty experts developed the products.

The three types of products–lip, false eyelashes, and makeup brushes–are the focus of this test launch, which features many a shade in distinct black machines along the stores’ walls, with the words “Makeup Academy” on top of them in bold letters.

The reason for these categories is based on research surrounding 35 million CVS/pharmacy weekly consumers, 80% of whom are women. The research showed that lip products were the most impulse purchase done by women, and with this in mind, Makeup Academy has more than 100 lip products in its inventory, including a Color Infused Balm ($8.00) which delivers hydration and sheer pigment, a Lip Color Crayon ($7.00) with a no-mess color application and the Liquid Lipstick ($9.00) which has a rich, saturated color and a velvet matte finish.

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There are other companies who have gone the makeup academy route by offering signature-named items in stores, most notably Duane Reade’s LOOK Boutique, which has product island displays, makeup counters, and also retouching services.

The star item of the three major SKUs offered is definitely the eyelashes, which include the Natural Fine Ultra Lashes ($5.00) for a subtle flutter, the Glamour Volume Boosting Lashes ($5.00) for mega volume and fanned-out fibers, and the Individual Lash Starter Kit ($10.00) that allows you to mix and match to create your own signature look and channel your own inner Barbie.

Not all products cost latte-money. Some, like the Pro BB/CC Cream Brush ($18.00) and the Pro Travel Set ($20.00) are more pricey, but practical items.

If these makeup products seem daunting to you, don’t fret. Makeup Advisors are on standby to help you figure out your perfect shade, just like good beauty sentinels.


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