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    Review: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

    I remember encountering these for the first time at a Sephora in Singapore mid last year and getting a mini heart attack from excitement when I swatched them for the first time. Eyeshadow sticks really appealed to me because I’m a jetsetter and am always on the go, so I really like eyeshadows that don’t require much brush work and are creamy, pigmented and long-lasting.

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

    So I purchased four shades, they were:

    • 03 Fuller Fudge (bronze chocolate brown with gold sheen)
    • 06 Mighty Moss (frosted moss green)
    • 07 Pink & Plenty (pink with golden sheen)
    • 09 Lavish Lilac (medium lilac with metallic sheen)
    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

    To sum it up: Out of the four I purchased, my favorite has to be the Mighty Moss, and my least would definitely be the Pink & Plenty. There are so many better eyeshadow sticks like Fuller Fudge out there in the market, and Lavish Lilac, although it swatches beautifully, translates a bit too ashy and grey on to my warm/neutral skin tone.
    Read on to see the products in more detail! 🙂

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

    And the swatches…

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

    Individual Reviews

    03 Fuller Fudge

    This chocolate brown shade transfers quite smoothly on to the lids and is quite opaque at first swipe on the lids, so I was impressed. It did tug on my lids a bit but I didn’t mind. I liked using it on its own by applying it along the lash line and then using my ring finger to blend it outwards toward the crease, creating a subtle smokey look. But I also liked topping it off with a variety of bronze/brown powder eyeshadows, and it lasted throughout the day pretty well. It did crease a bit without eye primer, but its vibrance and longevity is definitely improved with the use of an eye primer (I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion).

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches fuller fudge
    I used this shade on top of a primer a couple of times when I was travelling through Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and I must say, its longevity pretty impressive as a base color. I forgot which powder eyeshadow I used on top of it to set it, but I remember it being quite vibrant throughout the whole day, fading only after the 8-hour mark, which is pretty impressive considering the crippling hot climate in the Middle East! (Should be noted that I don’t have oily lids, so I’m not quite sure how this would last on oily lids!)
    However, I just haven’t been reaching out for it too much for the past year, and I think it’s because there are so many other eyeshadow sticks/creams in this shade out there, and with much better quality. A current favorite of mine is the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze and its close second, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon, which isn’t a dupe because it’s much more pearlescent and shimmery, but it does have a brown base color and it lasts so much longer even without primer, which makes it a better option for when I’m travelling.
    I think it’s just that I have a preference towards eyeshadow stick shades that have much more dimension. Fuller Fudge seems to be rather flat compared to other brown eyeshadow sticks/creams out there and while it’s great when mixed with other eyeshadow products, I really prefer using one product that makes it seem like I have a number of eyeshaow shades on my lids.
    For a list of dupes for this shade, check out this list from Temptalia

    06 Mighty Moss

    As I mentioned earlier, this is my favorite out of all the shades I purchased (although I think 12 Massive Midnight would be my favorite – if only they had it in stock!).

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches mighty moss

    When I was travelling in the Middle East, this was definitely the shade that I used the most. First, it is just flattering against my skin tone. Secondly, when paired with a dark brown powder eyeshadow in the outer corners, it creates the most beautiful sculpted green-eyeshadow look. The “green” isn’t that bright either, so it’s not intimidating.
    It applies smoothly and does not tug on the skin too much, although it’s not superbly opaque. I definitely had to swipe a few times to get the right opacity.
    Longevity is remarkable. Again, as tested in the Middle Eastern climate. I even forgot to use primer one time, but this surprisingly did not budge or crease until about the 6th hour mark when its vibrancy started to fade a tad.
    Since I still haven’t been able to find a shade like this that I really gravitate to, this remains a staple in my stash! Definitely my go-to green shadow base when I’m feeling… green?!

    07 Pink & Plenty

    Words cannot describe how much I hate this thing. Yes, hate is a strong word. So, why the hate? It literally gave me a migraine. LOL. No joke.

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches pink & plenty

    So, when I swatched this shade on top of my hand at Sephora, I did have to layer it up a bit to get the color to show up, but I didn’t mind because the gold sheen was so pretty amongst the pink pigment, I knew it would add a great dimension to my eyelids.
    However, little did I know, when trying to apply this to the lids (which I did the day after I purchased it) it isn’t that easy. Swipe after swipe, no color showed up on my lids. I pushed the stick against my eyelids even harder, and harder, and harder – and still no color, just bits of gold shimmer here and there, even after warming up the stick on top of my hand. After about 15 swipes I finally managed to get a little bit of color on my lids, but it was so sheer I decided to top it off with a light pink eyeshadow to match it.
    Minutes later I started getting a thumping headache, coming from my eyes. I immediately knew it was because I applied the shadow with too much pressure against my eyeballs!
    Never will I use this again. Terrible. Just. Terrible.

    09 Lavish Lilac

    This is just a “meh” one for me. Didn’t really tickle my fancy. When swatched on my hand, the mildness of the lilac made it very wearable and I really liked purple on my lids so of course I wanted to give this a try. 

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches lavish lilac

    However, after a few uses, I’ve just never really been satisfied. For some reason the tone of the lilac shade translates a bit greyish against my skin tone. I had to play around with various eyeshadow powders to help counteract the greyness in the shade. If you have a cool-toned light skin, this might work really well for you. Unfortunately it just looks way too ashy on neautral/warm skin tones.

    Final Thoughts

    Overall, I really like the shades Fuller Fudge and Mighty MossPink & Plenty is simply rubbish. Lavish Lilac is a beautiful shade, but would only work on cooler skin tones.
    But before I wrap this up I just want to point out a major flaw that I really didn’t like from these sticks: the packaging is terrible. I’m not sure if this only happens to the ones I have, which I purchased in Singapore, but the sticks would somehow detach from its base from time to time, causing it to slide out uncontrollably from the tube when I pop open the lid. See below:

    clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

    This happened merely 2 months after purchase. And it’s not because I’ve been travelling with it because I’ve only travelled with two of the shades, yet all of them have at one point detached from its base.

    So, the product itself is great (except Pink & Plenty) but I’m just not too sure about the packaging.
    Have you ever tried these sticks? Would love to hear what your thoughts are!



    Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set in 310 Shock Wave

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave

    Was so excited when I saw this at Priceline the other day, I immediately had to get one for myself!

    It’s basically a gel polish that does not require light, and it can also be removed with a normal nail polish remover. LOVE!
    And of course I had to get the pink one. By now I’ve lost count on how many pink polishes I have. I seriously can’t help it!

    Read on to see my first impression (and update) on the product.

    In the following image, I’ve only applied two thin coats on my fingernails, except my thumbnail – I’ve actually done four coats and one thick layer of top coat on my thumbnail so you can see the difference.
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    The polish itself does apply a bit streaky if used lightly. It’s better to apply one coat in one thick glob to avoid getting the streaks.
    Oh, and I love the brush applicator! It has a slight oval shape to it so it follows the shape of fingernails, which makes it so much easier to apply.
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    With four light coats, or two thick coats, of the pink polish and one coat of the top coat – my nails look so opaque and shiny! I love the glossy finish.
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
    Here’s the final look, up close.
    Will update you on how long they last in a few days!

    Final Verdict

    Update: 18 August 2014

    It’s been exactly two weeks since I first applied this, and here’s a picture of my nails:
    Can you believe those were the only chipping/signs of wear I had?!
    I’m an active person so nail polishes will usually only last about 4-5 days on my nails before they start to show signs of wear. 
    With this one, THAT was how it looked like after two weeks! I’m not sure how much longer it would last if I hadn’t removed it, I’m guessing it would still be able to last another two weeks. No kidding.
    The only reason I decided to remove the polish was because I had to review another nail polish.
    So, all in all, this set is definitely a 5/5 product for me, and I will be purchasing more shades for sure!
    Favorites, Makeup, Skincare

    July 2014 Beauty Favorites

    As we creep towards the end of July, it’s time for me to reflect on what I’ve loved using/wearing the most over the past month! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by, I’m 3 months away from giving birth – I can hardly wait!

    So, this month’s been a lot of fun – probably the best month I’ve had so far this year because I finally got to travel! After months of confinement due to pregnancy, which was literally eating my soul (you jetsetters out there will understand), I finally had an excuse to hop on a plane!

    I spent the first week of July in Sydney for the annual Hillsong conference (which was a blast!), and the second week at Mount Hotham. So some of the things I’ve been loving lately are those that I used while travelling, or new discoveries as I did some shopping with my mom when I got back to Melbourne!

    1. Eve Lom Cleanser

    This is currently my favorite nighttime cleanser, but because of its steep price I only use it when I’m wearing heavy makeup. On days when I’m not wearing makeup, I would cleanse using my morning cleanser (La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet with a Clarisonic if I’m washing my face in the shower, or Fresh Soy Face Cleanser if I’m washing my face in the bathroom sink).
    eve lom cleansing balm
    Eve Lom Cleanser
    I’ve only ever tried a handful of cleansing balms before, namely the Clinique Take The Day Off, The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser and the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel – but for me, none of them have been able to excel in both makeup removal and skin cleansing, they’re only good in one or the other. The Clinique one is a great makeup remover, but I still need to use a proper night cleanser afterwards. The Organic Pharmacy and SK-II are great cleansers, but doesn’t remove eye makeup as well as the Eve Lom.
    This Eve Lom cleanser is insanely good IMO because it:
    1. Removes and dissolves makeup, including the most stubborn mascara residue on the roots of the lashes
    2. Cleanses and nourishes the skin (does not leave skin feeling tight and dry afterwards)
    3. Exfoliates the skin (balm contains soft, little exfoliating granules)
    4. Hydrates the skin, and preps it well for skin care regimen 
    I love that this cleanser eliminates the need for double cleansing at night! So this is perfect for me as I’m super lazy when it comes to skincare these days.

    eve lom cleansing balm
    Eve Lom Cleanser

    Will do an in-depth review really soon, and plan to purchase the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm once I run out so I can do a comparison!

    Eve Lom Muslin Cloth

    I’d also like to acknowledge the muslin cloth for being so remarkable – it is unlike any other muslin cloths I’ve had.

    First, makeup is easily washed away from the cloth, compared to my Organic Pharmacy muslin cloth. Took forever for me to get rid of eyeliner and mascara stains from my Organic Pharmacy muslin cloth, but with the Eve Lom one, I just simply have to run it under hot/warm water, wash it for a bit, and everything’s gone! I don’t even need to use soap or detergent!

    Secondly, it exfoliates the skin really well without being too abrasive or harsh. It’s actually really, really soft. Major love!

    2. By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

    I am constantly on the hunt for a great moisturizer, and am glad I finally found this cream!
    By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream
    By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

    This is my current go-to nighttime moisturizer (night cream). The cold and dry weather is taking a toll on my skin, especially my chin area (where all of my breakouts are) which is super dehydrated and dry because of my acne treatment. I started using Cetaphil in late April/early May but the finish is somehow rather oily and greasy – it somehow doesn’t get absorbed into the skin and sort of just sits there on top of the skin.

    I started using this mid-June and haven’t stopped since! It’s the only moisturizer that’s been working well for me – it normalizes and hydrates my chin area really well but doesn’t over-hydrate the other areas of my face.

    It also doesn’t clog pores, I’ve never broken out from this product and I’ve been using this nightly for the past month and a half. My skin is very sensitive to products that clog pores – if a product is pore-clogging, next morning I will end up with clogged pores around the nose, and after a day or two, will break out around chin and cheeks. Didn’t happen with this one!

    The thick texture reminds me of Creme de La Mer, except this smells like a field of roses. Ooh la la! However, it doesn’t feel thick upon application because the cream has to be warmed up between fingers first to melt the product, similar to Creme de La Mer, and it has a very smooth finish – absorbs quickly, no greasiness or tackiness, but skin feels nourished and hydrated.

    By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream moisturizer

    By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream moisturizer
    By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

    I’m currently about halfway way through the whole pot (I’ve actually started using this in April, but stopped for a while when I had an allergic reaction to a medication and my skin got irritated – I had to use Cetaphil for a while) because I sometimes use this in the morning only in my chin area. As much as I love this, it hurts me that I don’t think I would repurchase this any time soon since it’s so expensive! I actually didn’t purchase this myself, I received this from a swap.
    By the time I finish this product it’d probably be Summer here, so I don’t think I would need a moisturizer this thick, will probably repurchase close to Winter. I’m currently eyeing the Murad Essential-C Night Moisture and Origins GinZing for Summertime! 

    3. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze

    Simple, easy and perfect on-the-go makeup item. 
    Just swipe, blend, and voila!

    Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze
    Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze

    This is perfect for travelling or when you’re in a rush. Just swipe this all over the lids (focusing on lower lash line) and blend upwards and outwards with finger. Makes it seem like a bit more effort was put into my eye makeup, although it was just one swipe of this!
    The product dries out pretty fast, so have to work with it pretty quick. It stays put all day and doesn’t budge or crease even without eyelid primer. However, you may need to prime your lids first if you have oilier lids.
    I featured this in my simple travel makeup bag post. I love pairing this with the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten!

    Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze stila kitten
    Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze and Stila Kitten
    I’ve also been liking By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon but it’s too shimmery for everyday use. This one doesn’t have too much shimmer (or glitter) so it’s the perfect neutral, everyday bronze/brown base.

    4. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten

    I raved about this product here! So I’m not going to go into much detail with this one.

    stila kitten
    Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten

    stila kitten
    Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten – Close Up

    I simply love it, and it’s currently a makeup staple!

    5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 13 Sand Beige

    This is simply the best highlighter I’ve ever encountered thus far. The quality of this product really does justify its price.

    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

    First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the packaging? Ooh! 

    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

    It comes with a beautiful, cream velvet pouch.

    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige – Velvet Pouch

    Inspired by the way a seashell radiates light, this powder adds a natural luminosity wherever it’s applied. Cle de Peau claims that it uses “innovative light-diffusing technology to define contours and illuminate your complexion“, and it really does live up to its claims. 

    The powder is made up of a prism of warm colors, namely pinks, creams, reddish bronze and taupe. When blended together it creates the most amazing luminosity on the skin.

    I seriously hate (and hate is a strong word) highlighters that appear streaky, chalky and too apparent! So I really appreciate the quality of this powder for being so finely milled that even the “glitters” are not too apparent when they melt onto the skin.

    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
    Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

    I usually apply this on the tops of my cheekbones before blush, and on the bridge of my nose and my chin. My flat and dull-looking face immediately looks so much more radiant and awake.

    The best thing is, it never looks streaky and it won’t look like I’ve applied a highlighter in purpose. With some highlighters, you can definitely see where the line between the skin and the line where the highlighter starts is drawn. However, this highlighter is able to blend seamlessly with the skin, it’s very subtle and people won’t notice you have a conventional “cheek highlighter” on your skin, it radiates a lit-from-within glow. Unlike most highlighters, this does not sit on the skin and slip around, spreading glitter all over the face, throughout the day. This nicely melts into the skin, thus creating the dubbed “lit-from-within” luminescent glow.
    It comes in four shades, and mine is in the shade 13 Sand Beige and it is the warmest out of four shades.

    Runner-ups are for my favorite, most natural looking highlighters are Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight and Soap & Glory Glow All Out!

    6. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

    I no longer bring a powder foundation in my makeup bag, this is the only powder I bring wherever I travel. I also don’t bring huge powder brushes anymore, a slim Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush is all I bring to apply this product only on areas I’ve used concealer on. So I basically use this powder to set my all my concealing and it makes it stay put all day, and smooths out the tackiness/greasiness of the concealer or foundation.
    On minimal-makeup days I just use Cle de Peau concealer on areas that need to be concealed and this setting powder.

    NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

    NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

    The finishing feel on the skin is very akin to Make Up For Ever HD Powder and Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator, but this one has tiny micro shimmers in it to help luminize the skin, which makes it amazing for the undereye area. I really like those ones too, but prefer this one because it’s pressed, and the packaging is very slim and travel friendly. It comes with a pouch and a slim puff.
    So sleek and beautiful!

    Hope you all had a fun July! Can’t believe we’re halfway through 2014! XO 🙂