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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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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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Posted by 09.14.14

Scott Patric knows a thing or two about the power of fashion and beauty. As the lead, on-camera, makeup artist for Lifetime TV’s Primetime Emmy-nominated Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Project Runway Under The Gunn, he knows how to make women look stunning on the runway and off. A fave of Hollywood A-listers, Scott has made up some famous faces including Heidi Klum, Alyssa Milano, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, Salma Hayek, Gisele Bundchen, Madonna, Kate Moss, and Kerry Washington, to name a few. He has been a regular regular fixture on the global fashion circuit, and his signature looks have rocked shows for Chanel, Balenciaga, Armani, Donna Karan and Michael Kors.

Beautyinthebag asked Scott to give us the scoop on what’s trending this season and some of us his insider tips for how to look glam by day or by night.

What is it like working with all those designers and models on Project Runway?

It is fun, challenging, and exhilarating working with the models and designers on Project Runway. We are in a creative time crunch, so we use all our know-how and creativity to pull it all together and make a great look for the audience and judges to view.

What are your top 5 tips for keeping it real and getting a natural look with your makeup?
  1. Have a clear and simple direction before you start your makeup and you will get there faster and the look will be neater when you finish.
  2. Pick a feature to focus. If today the focus is a red lip, just define the eye and let the lip speak. If tomorrow it’s a smokey eye, then the lip steps back.
  3. “Sheer out” your foundations with moisturizer. Use foundation on problem spots from the bottle, and where your skin is great, let it show through by sheering out.
  4. Always us lots of mascara!! If you are in a rush, don’t skip the mascara, skip something else because the eyes are the window to your soul!!
  5. A white, shimmery highlight in the inner corner of your eye makes it look like you’ve had lots of rest. It brightens your whole face.
How should women change their makeup with they turn 40?
Women after 40 definitely need to moisturize. We need to be hydrated and do yoga. Find a foundation that is sheer but with a good amount of coverage. Try the Shu Uemura tinted SPF because you will look flawless and have sun protection. For lips, try Chanel Rouge Coco in Charme #40. It’s hydrating with a touch of soy pink mauve color. It’s awesome! Always highlight the great spots on your face. Lips always feel young with a light gloss. Keep it simple. A beautiful lip and a clean face goes a long way. Eye shadows with less shine work better for women over 40.

Can you share some of your personal all-time favorite products and what makes them so great?
My personal all-time favorite products are Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara for longer, fuller, more gorgeous lashes. Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani makes your skin look like you are fifteen! Nars Blush in Orgasm is the right blush shade for almost every skin color – the name says it all! Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in Tender #510 and Delicious #415 are citrus bright lipsticks perfect for the beach or an party after.

What is trending in makeup for the Fall season?
Fall makeup is about a berry lip. It feels so great after the summer brights to take it back to a more chic berry and a subtle, grey smoke around the eye.

What should every woman have in her makeup bag?

Every woman should have blotting papers, an eyelash curler, and Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm in her purse!

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