WHEN IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE.

Goodbyes are really tough, especially when it’s something you’ve cherished for years that you have to let go of. I like to think that I’m callous, but I seem to just be that way in all the wrong places. I can’t be too sentimental, can I? Sometimes, we just have to say it. Sometimes, we just have to say.. “Goodbye”.

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I’ve been thinking of lip colors lately. Of course, I had to take a cold hard look at my lipstick box and realized something– I’ve been keeping a tube of CLINIQUE Different Lipstick (Raspberry Glace) for over five years now. FIVE. If that isn’t expired make-up, I really don’t know what is. Keeping exaggeratedly expired makeup is unacceptable, seriously. There are too many risks with keeping old makeup.

Thankfully, I had just gotten a new Clinique Different Lipstick in the same shade, though in the same old green packaging, as it’s in its special size, as opposed to the full size new silver ribbed tube packaging.

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I put the two tubes together, and realized that my old tube has already turned into a deeper dark berry shade, which is indicative of some sort of a chemical change. It was only when I put the two tubes alongside each other that I realized the actual difference between the two. I also noticed that the old one has gotten too soft, indicating excess moisture where I didn’t want it to be.

I hate being so wasteful, but sometimes, makeup doesn’t get used up before it goes bad, and it’s really time to let go and toss! Of course, I can’t ever really completely let go of Raspberry Glace, as it’s one of the most goregeous lipstick colors I’ve ever had on! I just thank my stars for never keeping tubes of iconic lipstick never too far away.:)

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Oh, I also noticed something– my first Raspberry Glace, a tube handed to me by my mom, was also of the “Special Size”, as in Not for Individual Sale.

Coincidence, or do the gods of Raspberry Glace simply love me?

Eye Shadow AGAIN?

I know, I know.. I have to stop it with the eye shadows already. In fairness, this is my last joint one. After this, I’m moving on to blushes. I PROMISE.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a promo size of the CLINIQUE Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad. It came into my life just when I realized that I don’t have matte shadows yet, and was contemplating getting the similar-looking The Body Shop Holiday 2013 Eye Shadow Palette. Since Clinique is known for producing excellent skin care products, I definitely had no qualms about this palette.
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The palette comes with an applicator too. Foam on one end, and a fluffy brush on the other. I might not use it, because I have greater control with full-length brushes, but it’s nice to have a mini for those on-the-go touch-ups.
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The tiny palette houses two single shades each from the Blushing Nude Trio and the Pink Chocolate Quad, as well as Stone Violet and Chocolate Chip from Stay Matte.

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The shadows are so smooth and buttery, as expected from Clinique make-up. It’s of awesome pigmentation, though I did notice a slight (lower) difference with Stone Violet. I can’t really decide which one is my favorite shade, because all of them are just so pretty!
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Oh my, where’d my fingers go?
This is how the colors look on my melanin-lovin’ skin. I like the way Chocolate Chip and Stone Violet look right there! They go so well with sun-kissed skin, I feel. I’ve yet to come up with eye looks for them, but being that the colors compliment each other, I don’t think that would be difficult at all.

This isn’t much of the glittery shimmers, but I’m really glad I found this palette. Of course, we’re told to rise and shine, but sometimes it’s cool to be matte too so we can realize how beautiful it is to just watch everything else do the shining for us.:)

RANDOM SAMPLING: Clinique, Murad.

I’ve mentioned on several occasions how serious I’m trying to be about taking care of my skin, and the products I’m eyeing. I’m mentioned Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream on a previous post, and how hesitant my thrifty side of me is about actually investing in it. Of course, there were brands other than Clinique, and I wanted to keep an open mind. So, like a thrifty good girl, I decided to finally get lost in the beauty and cosmetics section at the department store.

I visited two Clinique counters today. The SA at the first counter let me have some of their BB cream to try out, and she said that she’d contact me in a few days to check up on how I like the product. The SA at the second counter gave me a free consultation about which products I should use, and gave me a few product brochures to help me through which products I should try according to my skin type. Yeah, I got samples of my coveted CC Cream in Natural Fair too.

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I went to a Murad counter too. Today was actually the first time I went up to any Murad counter, and it seems like a really interesting skincare brand, although it seems to be more focused on curative skincare, rather than preventive. I got samples of the Refreshing CleanserPore & Line Minimizing Hydrator, two sachets of Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and one sachet of Anti-Aging Moisturizer for blemish-prone skin. I had just tried the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, and I could really feel it getting absorbed into my skin!

Asking for samples is great way to get to know a product before purchasing it. I’m really stingy when it comes to things like this, that I’d like to make sure that a product suits me well, before I actually decide to purchase. It’s easy to go back to the store to purchase, while going back to complain isn’t.

Creamy Thoughts.

I’ve been thinking a lot about BB and CC creams.

I’m an avid BB cream user. My current favorite is The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX BB Cream, but I’m an occasional user of Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream as well. I’m happy with my Korean BB creams, but the drawback is that they come in only 1 or 2 shades. I’m aware that BB cream color oxidizes over time, and it settles in after a few minutes, but I was kind of hoping to get something a little bit closer to my skin shade

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Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream, but I was a bit ticked off by its claim that one shade fits all or something. I try not to expect too much from my makeup and cosmetics, but I think I generally enjoy cosmetics more when they’re fit to the consumers’ needs.

Now, I’m eyeing The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream. God knows how intimidated I used to be by The Body Shop cosmetics. Right now, they’re pretty much have a special place in my heart! 

 

I’ve read nice things about the All-In-One. I’ve learned that it has little color capsules that burst when applied to the skin. The All-In-One also comes in 3 shades, 1 being the lightest, and 3 being for darker skin tones, making me a little bit more at ease when it comes to shading. At least I don’t have to worry so much about looking ghastly. 

Another thing I’ve been giving a lot of thought into is CC cream. I’m currently looking into Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Colour Corrector. I like that it has so much skin-nourishing benefits. Of course, it’s also good that there are 9 shades available, though I’m not sure how many of those are available in the Philippines.

Clinique has 9 shades of this, but only 5 are available in the Philippines (and probably the rest of Asia Pacific). I’m kind of on the fence about whether I’m a Natural or a Light Natural, but I hear that CC cream blends well with the skin tone, so I guess it’s not something I should worry too much about. As long as it doesn’t make me look like a kabuki doll, I guess it’s good. I don’t know when I’d be gutsy enough to actually buy this, because it retails for about Php1,850.00—Oh Lord.

Nobody can question the importance of beauty; however, greater importance should be placed on skin care. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we should keep every aspect of it at its prime of health, but of course, beauty makes everything better.:)