12.14.2012

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Review and Swatches

Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Review and Swatches
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon

I use Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon ($16) almost every day. I adore the glossy pencil format, which makes it an uber-convenient way for me to slap on some color and moisture when I'm on the go. Who doesn't love products that you can apply without a mirror?

Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Review and Swatches
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Swatch

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon is an extremely wearable shade. It's not super bright but still deposits a healthy-looking dose of pigment that turns your lips the color of a ripe peach. It has a smooth, slightly glossy finish to make things look extra juicy. Yum!

Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Review and SwatchesClinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon Review and Swatches
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon

I get about 2-3 hours of wear from Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon. Not incredible, but my wear time expectations are a little lower for lip balms than lipsticks, which I want to have better staying power.

Certainly, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon isn't the best lip balm in the world. It's texture is a little waxy and I doubt that it's emollient enough for super chapped lips. My lips are usually in fairly good condition though, so Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon is a great way for me to maintain their softness with very little effort.

Clinique Chubby Stick is one of those products that get tons of attention in the beauty world. Have you tried it? Do you think it deserve so much hype?


12.12.2012

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Review and Swatches

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set

[UPDATE 12/13: Turns out the Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set isn't discontinued! It's currently back at Sephora!]

Just my luck: I've been testing and photographing the recently-released Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set ($14) for awhile now, but after a quick visit to Sephora.com I've discovered that it's already been discontinued! This came as a big surprise to me because it just came out around November. I guess it was just a limited edition item with low stock? 

I'm disappointed that Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set has been discontinued because I think it's a great product. Each of the 5 glosses are fun shades with great pigmentation and a soft, absolutely non-sticky finish that feels great. At $14, I thought the set was a pretty good deal too, and I was hoping that my readers would get a chance to check it out.

If you (understandably) have no interest in discontinued products, please feel free to browse elsewhere. Otherwise, let's just gaze upon the photographs and dream about what might have been :)

Like the Sephora Collection Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette that I previously reviewed, the Mini Lip Gloss Set is adorned in the whimsical illustrations of French artist Izak Zenou (Oddly enough, the Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette is still available even though I reviewed that way back in June). Check out that adorable packaging! 

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set

The first gloss (covered by the illustration on the far left of the box), Candy Floss, is a neutral pink with gold shimmer. Candy Floss is a nice, casual pretty shade:

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Candy Floss Swatch
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set -- Candy Floss

The second gloss, Sunset, is a coral pink with gold shimmer. I'm a big coral fan and I love layering this on top of lipstick for a lively and radiant finish.

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Sunset Swatch
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set -- Sunset

The third gloss, Tea Rose, is a lovely berry cream. There's no shimmer in this shade, and I think it is perfect if you want your makeup to look polished and demure. I seriously love it.

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Tea Rose Swatch
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set -- Tea Rose

The fourth gloss, Fiesta Red, is a bold red cream. A single coat veers a little pinky-red while two coats will give you something warmer and more fiery.

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Fiesta Red Swatch
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set -- Fiesta Red

The fifth gloss, Berrylicious, is my least favorite of the bunch. It's a grape-plum shade that may work better on ladies who can pull of dramatic, vampy shades better than I can. It's similar to Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color in Panache, but Berrylicious is darker and more purple.

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set in Berrylicious Swatch
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set -- Berrylicious

Here's the glosses swatched all together: 

Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Candy Floss, Sunset, Tea Rose, Fiesta Red, Berrylicious Swatches
Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set Swatches
L-to-R:  Candy Floss, Sunset, Tea Rose, Fiesta Red, Berrylicious

Again, I really like the Sephora Collection Izak Mini Lip Gloss Set so I'm sad that it's discontinued! Since the other Izak products are still around, I'm crossing my fingers that Sephora will bring back something similar in the not too distant future.


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12.10.2012

Merry Mario Badescu Giveaway!

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The friendly folks at Mario Badescu are offering one Nicole Reviews Beauty reader the fantastic opportunity to receive their own customized skin care regimen! The winner will work with an expert at Mario Badescu to design a set of products including a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask, eye cream and exfoliant.

Previously, I shared my skin concerns with a specialist at Mario Badescu and received a set of 6 products to address my individual complexion needs. It was a fun and interesting experience, and I am so excited to now offer that opportunity to one of my lovely readers!

Here's some background on the brand:

"Mario Badescu Skin Care is dedicated to providing personalized service and customized skin care for all of our clients, including regular folks and major celebrities. With a tradition that began in Romania over 40 years ago, our skin care products use soothing botanicals, fruit extracts, seaweed, high quality vitamin oils, aloe, chamomile, and caviar to provide the highest quality skin care products available. Let Mario Badescu Skin Care help you discover your own personal skin care regimen for glowing skin!"

Additionally, Mario Badescu is currently giving away a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card on their Facebook page! The contest runs through Saturday, December 15th. Check it out here:

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Here's how to enter my giveaway for a customized product regimen. Best of luck! This contest is open to U.S. residents only and will run until midnight on Friday, December 15th:

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