Clinique Chubby Stick for Cheeks!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Despite my disappointment that Clinique's new launch isn't called Chubby Cheeks, I was excited to get my hands on these and give them a go. 

This is their the latest addition to the Chubby family and this time they're a travel friendly cream blush. The concept is the same as for the lips and eyes but on a slightly chunkier scale and with only 4 shades. 

Pretty much every brand is bringing out a cream blusher in this form but I wouldn't be surprised if Clinique were working on it first. I'm happy they held back and released them now so I can compare to the many I've already tried. 

With the Chubby Stick for Eyes I found the domed tip to be quite awkward but for the cheeks it's a perfect fit. It's really easy to apply the product with one swipe or dab. I found blending with my fingers required a bit too much work so I opted for my Real Techniques Contour Brush and it worked perfectly. You can apply it with just your fingers, but for some reason it's never my preferred method. The idea with these is that no mirror is required so therefore the formula is sheer and creamy. Saying that though, there is decent colour payoff and it's not too sheer. 

Robust Rhubarb is a pretty coral, Amp'd Up Apple is a natural rose, Plumped Up Peony is a deeper berry pink and Roly Poly Rosy is a brighter, floral pink. 

What I like about these is not just the pretty flush of colour they give but they give your cheeks moisture and a subtle glow that's really flattering. Also, there's no glitter involved - wahey!! 

I think Clinique Chubby fans won't be disappointed with this new launch. They're available online now for £19 each and in stores from 1st August. Will you be trying one? 

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

I've been asked since day 1 to do a video on my MAC palette(s) but I just hadn't found the inspiration to sit and talk through every shade. I thought it would be fun to do a snappy little video showing you all the shadows I own and some of my favourite looks using them. 

I hope you like it! Ooh and let me know what your favourite MAC eyeshadow is? 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Now first of all I really hope Rich isn't reading this. It's a ridiculous post as it is, but this particular topic really winds him up. So what's the topic? Work out clothes make the best loungewear. 

It's nothing new, we all knew that trainers were comfy but until recently I'd never felt comfortable working such casual wear into my everyday wardrobe. Now I love nothing more than skinny jeans and a pair of trainers. I had a pair of Puma's but they were quite heavy and my friend Gemma was raving about her Nike TR4s so I gave them a go. I prefer the shape of these to the 3.0 shield as they are slightly more narrow at the front. I chose the new grey and coral pair but changed the laces to black to make them more everyday wear and less sporty. They're seriously a dream to wear, I don't think I'm ever going to take them off. 

I also recently picked up a pair of discounted Nike dry-fit shorts from Sports Direct. These were actually for working out but... erm... that didn't happen. They are so comfortable though, I live in them every day. Rich comes home from work and it looks like I've been working out, I'm fine with that! If you do decide to wear these to actually work out, they're really good because they have a netting inside so you don't flash your knickers to anyone.

Finally, my last comfy loungewear love goes to the H&M tracksuit bottoms. They're soft, they're cheap and they do the job. When it's too cold for shorts I wear these... I call them my filming pants. 

So yes, I just wrote a post about the comfy clothes I like to slob around the house in but I just don't do uncomfortable! Comfort always comes first. 

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

I'm so excited to share this video with you today as a lot of hard work went in to the filming (thanks Anna!) and the editing. Four Summer looks you've probably seen me wear before but are my favourites for the current Summer-ish weather. 

I really hope you like it and if you're not already subscribed to my YouTube channel you can do so here

* This video was kindly sponsored by Starbucks.
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Soigné Spring Nail Collection

You guys know by now how I feel about pastel nail polishes, so when I saw this collection I literally "oooooohhhd" out loud. 

Soigné is a brand I've seen around but have never actually tried. I've always admired the sophisticated bottle shape and labelling, there's just something so appealing about it! 

The Spring 2014 collection was inspired by the pretty little French dessert, the Macaron. There are 5 French named shades in the set, but translated by moi they are caramel, lavender,  pistachio, passion fruit and rose petal.

There isn't one colour I don't like, they are all perfectly muted down so they're not too in your face and not too young feeling. If it's chic pastels you're into, you'll love these shades. 

The quality is really nice and I found the brush really easy to use. My favourite combination of colours is Pistachio on all nails and Lavender on the ring finger. 

The whole set is £38 and will be available from the Soigné Nails website at the end of the month. It would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loves nails. 

What do you think of the collection? 
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