Confessions of a Cosmetic Junkie

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MUSINGS: Winning an Invite to the Clinique Real Women Party @ Powerplant Mall, Rockwell November 6, 2011

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I have been a loyal follower of both local and foreign bloggers. They are my go-to resources when I want to try out new make-up. They make lives easier for careful make-up shoppers like me. They use the product, swatch the product, honestly tell you if a product is “the bomb” or it basically “sucks” big time. They painstakingly take the time to write detailed reviews of products in a manner which both educates you and at the same time entertain you.


One of my favorite blogs is Project Vanity. Why do I love reading her blogs? Liz (Lanuzo) is very honest with her opinion, gives useful swatches, suggestions and her manner of writing is very engaging. She emails her readers to warn them of a product which somehow had a delayed side effect on her (late break outs etc) which is the case for me, and I was thankful for her candid email which also gave me other brands to try instead.


Anyway, I recently transferred companies and that made me forget blogging as well as reading blogs since I am adjusting to my new work and concentrated more in getting settled. During the long holiday, having free time, I updated myself to reading blogs and saw Liz’s post on “My Clinique Experience”. Growing up to a mom who uses Clinique… I just had to comment (and join her contest! 🙂 )


Here is my comment (entry):

” I grew up to a mom who is very loyal to Clinique. I probably can pick out the clinique toner as a toddler or identify the clinique make-up from a stash based on packaging alone. The unique green packaging always intrigued me as I grew up… and eventually used until now that I have been working for x number of years.

My first make-up set was Clinique (given by my mom of course). I was fresh out of high school and trying to make a good impression at college. It was a set of 2 eyeshadows, a blush, and 2 lip colors… I was a loyal follower ever since.That set used together with my Clinique face powder always made me look “blooming” to friends and made me look “put together” as per a few of my admirers then hahaha.

A lot of girls would save up their allowance to buy clothes and shoes… I saved mine to be able to buy my clinique make-up. I tried to use cheaper face powders but I always ended up with my skin breaking out… so I saved up my allowance to be able to have a steady supply of my clinique face powder and continue my love with the clinique “Baby kiss” lip color then.

So my relationship with Clinique withstood the test of time. I have grown up with Clinique and would probably be recommending it to my future daughter the way my mom introduced me to Clinique.”


I commented not expecting to win. But… after a long day at work, I saw this on my mailbox:

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I panicked since the email was sent at 2pm and I was at work (we surrender our mobile phones to the guards so I was not able to read my personal emails until I got hold of my mobile after work) and was able to read the email around 2am… way past the 2-hour window to respond. But hoping against hope, I replied to the email stating that I just got out of work and saw the email… that I was hoping that I’m still the one going to the event…


I slept…


and woke up to Liz’s email that I am still going… yay!!! 🙂


So the event was at the Powerplant mall… Liz looked fabulous in her black and white bandage dress with her black leather motorcycle jacket… I was a bit embarrassed with my casual yellow top and jeans…


So off to the party…


I met the other bloggers that I follow (It had a starstruck effect on me… believe me hehehe). I got a skin consultation and a make over… It was an absolutely fun afternoon with Liz and the other bloggers like Shen, Nikki, and Lauren.


The gift from Clinique and the dinner was a huge cherry on top of this fun afternoon (to night).


Beauty Bloggers Unite!!!

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The products used…

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My make-up artist!

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Happy chit chat over dinner @Kulinarya

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My loot bag!!!

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Thank you again Liz and Clinique for choosing my entry… It was great meeting you at last… It was a fun day for me. 😉


REVIEW: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey July 19, 2011

Filed under: Lips,Tinted Lip Balm — karminaaguilar @ 7:02 pm
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When I was in college, my mom gave me my first make-up palette… A Clinique travel palette which had a cheek color, 2 shadows, a lip gloss and a lip color. I can never forget the lip color – “Baby Kiss” since it was the perfect lip color, in my opinion, at that time (a million years ago hahaha). I loved how moisturizing it is and how it nearly matches my lip color. Also, I adored the name – “Baby Kiss” it seemed so innocent and sweet… almost bordering on adorable. If I am not mistaken, i finished the lip color way ahead of the other products in that palette. I even had my mom buy me the lipstick after I finished the one on the palette. I loved it that much.

Fast forward to 2011, Baby Kiss now long forgotten, Clinique launches Chubby Stick – moisturizing lip colour balm. In short, a tinted lip balm in a unique packaging. 😀 The chubby sticks, at first glance, looks like a jumbo pencil with a snazzy silver pencil top. When I initially saw the pictures, I was already thinking if I still need a sharpener for that pencil size…BUT NO… It’s a twist up balm that looks like a pencil (Whew, I was glad it was a twist up balm and not a lip color pencil since lip color pencils of this size are usually a pain to sharpen as the product ends up making a mess of your sharpener making you waste product as well as effort in cleaning up your poor sharpener).


I wanted several of the colors from the collection. I’m so not good with the exact names but I wanted the watermelon, grape and strawberry. However, by the time I reached Rustan’s all the chubby sticks were already sold out. When I asked when they would be available, they were not sure when they would have more. So I just chalked up chubby sticks as something not meant to be mine (along with the MAC venomous villains collection.) So imagine my joy when I went to the duty-free mall and saw that they were available in all the colors I wanted. I swatched each color and ended up getting something that was not on my original short list – “Whole Lotta Honey”. The color on the tube looks dark – similar to NYX’s Hermes only darker, a cross between plum and old rose – definitely not attractive to me.


However, when swatched, it’s a sheer color which seems like dark beige with peachy pink undertones. It was “Baby Kiss” reincarnated… 🙂 My ultimate MLBB color.


On my lips, it was “Baby Kiss” reincarnated… 🙂

The formula is very moisturizing and as with most tinted lip balms, the color is sheer and staying power is not that long. It lasts 2-3 hours, shorter when you eat or drink as the color would wash off. Although this balm is said to be scent free, when I initially swatched the balm, it smelled old. When I opened my chubby stick, it was the initial smell – like a bad old lipstick. However, upon application, you really would not smell or taste anything and the “old lipstick” scent somehow disappears.

PROS: Handy packaging, twist up mechanism, moisturizing, I love the color, lots of product @ .10oz.

CONS: Initial smell, availability, though i love the twist up mechanism, I think it would be difficult to maintain the pencil-like tip as you use it. Having the rounded-out tips might make application less precise for some.

I loved Baby Kiss then, I am loving “Whole Lotta Honey” now. This is a perfect summer lip color which you could pair with a bit of bronzer on the cheeks for that fresh, summer and effortless look.


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