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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (Review & Swatches)

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

This is the first time in a long while (or maybe ever??) that I’ve been genuinely excited about what is essentially a lip balm. Some of you may have seen my August favourites video in which I professed my love for the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey… well there’s a whole slew of other flavours to choose from now!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

Although the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil formula is not a new one, what is new is the four new flavours they released on June 1, 2017. Although I had only been familiar with the original (I think it’s the original one anyway) flavour in Honey, I was really excited to try out the newly released additions to the lineup.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

I initially started using a baby sample size I happened to have of the original Honey one because my lips were becoming extremely chapped from moving into our new condo and, for whatever reason, I get dry AF when we move. The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil was a total saviour – not only was it super hydrating, but it also helped to lock in moisture because the product is quite thick. Not so thick that you feel like it’s a goopy mess, but the good kind of thickness where you know it’s doing something good to your lips.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

The thing that’s really nice about these is that the formula is basically skincare that ends up looking like a luxurious lip gloss. They’re packed full with hazelnut and organic jojoba oils to help nourish and smooth your lips, while also providing an insanely glossy shine.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes with a really bulbous applicator tip
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes with a really bulbous applicator tip

There is one thing that makes me laugh about the product though, and that’s the bulbous applicator. It does do an excellent job of hugging the lips and delivering product, but it’s so enormous that you may actually fling some product on the walls or floor while you’re trying to pull out the applicator from the tube. Honestly, it’s more funny than anything else, but it IS something to be aware of! (Shawna of Spill the Beauty also noticed this in her recent review as well.)

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - swatches
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – swatches
  • Candy: They say the scent is based on cherry, raspberry and strawberry mixed together, which I find somewhat accurate, although I think I’d just label it as “fruity”. It comes across as a glossy pink on the lips.
  • Tangerine: Although I love the glossy orange sheen of this one, I find it so bizarre that they labelled it tangerine and then made the scent red currant. Like… what? Still really lovely though!
  • Honey Glam: Easily my favourite out of all the new shades. It has the same delicious scent as the original Honey, but this time it’s chockful of gold glitter particles. The gold glitter is very apparent on the lips and looks absolutely beautiful – this would make for a great lipstick topper.
  • Mint: I get a lot more peppermint flavour than I do straight mint out of this one, but I do prefer peppermint, so that makes me really happy. This one contains a little bit of menthol so you feel notice a slight cooling/tingling sensation on your lips which is intended to help plump them up.

Final Thoughts

The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are absolutely winners in my book and I’m so glad they’ve extended the range to include new flavours. This product was an absolute saviour to my lips during the past month and you can bet your butt I’m going to be travelling with these little tubs of goodness the next time I get on a plane, or taking it anywhere with me where I run the risk of getting super dehydrated lips.

Online availability is a little bit all over the place for these. For Canadians, you can get the original range of Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils on sephora.ca for $25 CAD each or you can get the new shades and the old shades on beautyboutique.ca for the same price tag. For those in the USA,  you can purchase all of the shades on sephora.com for $26 USD each.

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What’s On My Face – Volume 45

As I was putting together this roundup of looks, I started to realize just how much I’ve been using my Makeup Geek shadows lately. I mean, I use them a lot on a regular basis, but three out of the five looks are solely Makeup Geek in here!


Viseart Editorial Brights makeup look

I did this for a YouTube video tutorial but had to repost it here because I know not everyone has the time for videos (I’ll continue to repost my video tutorial looks on the blog as time goes on).

Viseart Editorial Brights makeup look

Eyes
(using the Viseart 08 Editorial Brights palette) I first covered my lid with NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk and then:

  1. MAC‘s Cork in the crease.
  2. The yellow shade from the palette on the inner third of the lid.
  3. The orange on the middle of the lid.
  4. The red on the outer half of the lid.
  5. The lime green on the inner corner of the lid.
  6. (also listed as 5) MAC‘s Blanc Type to highlighter the brow bone.

I applied the light blue to the middle of my lower lash line and the purple to the outer section of the lower lash line. I created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined my water lines with Marc Jacobs‘  Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I coated my lashes with Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara and applied House of Lashes Bombshell falsies.

Face

  • Primer: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever UltraHD in Y225
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Chocolate Milkshake with Sephora‘s lipgloss in Good Fairy

KAt Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix look

Although I love the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette, I’ve not been using it because I was trying to work through a bunch of other palettes. I said enough was enough, and went back to it for it this look!

KAt Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix look

Eyes
(Using the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette) I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk to my lid, then:

  1. Misfit on the inner third of the lid.
  2. Synth on the middle of the lid.
  3. Dark Wave on the outer corner.
  4. (numbers are screwed up, sorry) Vinyl on the inner corner (to the right of 1).
  5. Ignore this one… I haven’t a clue if I put anything on my brow bone.

Echo is lining the outer half of my lower lash line. I coated my lashes with Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch mascara.

Face

  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: MAC Warm Soul
  • Lips: MAC Sweet Tooth

Makeup Geek look

Playing around with my new Makeup Geek duochromes!

Makeup Geek look

Eyes
(all Makeup Geek)

  1. Cupcake through the crease.
  2. Kaleidoscope on the lid.
  3. Pop Culture on the outer third of the lid.
  4. Duchess on the outer corner.
  5. Prism on the inner corner
  6. Vanilla Bean on my brow bone.

I used Blacklight on the lower lash line and created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline. I covered my lashes with Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in 200 Nude
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: MAC Life’s A Picnic
  • Lips: Sephora Good Fairy

Makeup Geek look

Before anyone says anything – I know the lips look weird. I was playing around with different shades and I *thought* this went together. It wasn’t till I saw the photos that I was like “ohhh….”. haha

Makeup Geek look

Eyes
(all Makeup Geek)

  1. Prism all over the lid.
  2. Typhoon through the crease.
  3. Dirty Martini on the outer third of the lid.
  4. Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and coated my lashes with Clarins’ Aquatic Green mascara.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in 200 Nude
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Tarte Blissful
  • Lips: Colour Pop Donut

Makeup Geek look

More Makeup Geek goodness!

Makeup Geek look

Eyes
(all Makeup Geek)

  1. Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.
  2. Poppy through the crease.
  3. Fortune Teller on the lid.
  4. Morocco on the outer third of the lid.
  5. Voltage on the inner corner.
  6. Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I created the wing with MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline and coated my lashes with Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch.

Face

  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand
  • Blush: Hourglass Incandescent Electra
  • Lips: Benefit Coralista gloss

Travel Makeup Bag: Holiday 2015

Travel Makeup Bag: Holiday 2015

Yesterday, on Christmas Eve, we traveled from Toronto all the way over to Wisconsin for the holidays. We drove (well, I’m writing this in advance and yet I’m referring to myself in the future… so this is weird) the 11 hours or so it took to get to Wisconsin and brought the cats along with us. By the time you’re reading this on Christmas Day, we’ve hopefully made it safe and sound and I don’t want to strangle Kolme (she’s a howler when we travel). We’ll be staying with my husband’s family near Madison for Christmas and New Year’s, and I *pray* they get snow because Toronto sure doesn’t have any!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

Two of the palettes I’m bringing are the brand new Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons and my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

The Too Faced Bon Bons is a bit of a risk because I’ve barely played with the palette yet so I don’t really know what kind of looks I can come up with. It’s quite neutral which at least makes it fairly easy to play with while on vacation. The Charlotte Tilbury duo is going to be my only highlighter and bronzer on this trip. I like bringing more expensive products to use around Christmas time because it makes me feel kind of fancy. 🙂

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp
Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp

The only other eyeshadows I’m bringing are in my Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp quad. If you saw my makeup tutorial on Wednesday, you’ll know that I love pairing these kind of darker cranberry shades on my lids throughout the holidays!

House of Lashes falsies in Noir Fairy and their lash glue
House of Lashes falsies in Noir Fairy and their lash glue

And of course, what’s the holidays without some dramatic lashes? I’m bringing along my Houses of Lashes lash glue and a pair of their lashes in Noir Fairy. They’re already cut down to size since I’ve worn them before so I needn’t worry about trimming them while on vacation.

Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I say this every time I bring foundation on vacation, but I’ll say it again regardless… I haven’t a clue if I’ll even wear these. I’m not generally in love with foundation as I find I just want to tear it off my face after about 8 hours or so (it has nothing to do with the foundations thesmelves, just the general feeling of having paint on my face). I like the Smashbox primer because it’s tiny and works well, and the Illamasqua Skin Base is lovely to wear but doesn’t get enough use in my collection so I thought I’d bring it along as well.

The Body Shop - Shimmer Spray in Silver
The Body Shop – Shimmer Spray in Silver

And what’s the holidays without a little bit of shimmer spray?? Smells like vanilla and spews out silver shimmer… I loooove it!

Clarins Rosy Nude, MAC Russian Red, Too Faced Melted Berry and Bite Beauty's Maple Agave Lip Mask
Clarins Rosy Nude, MAC Russian Red, Too Faced Melted Berry and Bite Beauty’s Maple Agave Lip Mask

I never ever feel like I bring enough lip products when I travel because I swear I’ll get there and wish I brought different items! My Clarins Rosy Nude is a perfect neutral shade for every day wear, MAC Russian Red is a holiday staple for me, as is my Too Faced Melted Berry. The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Maple is along for the ride to keep my lips hydrated and because the scent is so stinking delicious!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, H&M Beauty lip primer, Make Up For Ever Glitter (25), MAC Brick lip liner, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel crayon in Blacquer and Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, H&M Beauty lip primer, Make Up For Ever Glitter (25), MAC Brick lip liner, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel crayon in Blacquer and Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch

Random assortment of items here… My Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is a surefire liquid liner for all my travel purposes. I’ve got an H&M Beauty lip primer in there, a Make Up For Ever glitter (hello New Year’s!), MAC Brick lipliner, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer and my favourite Make Up for Ever Smoky Stretch mascara.

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Another bit of a risk here… two medium to deep-toned blushes and no basic pink! Tarte Exposed has gotten a lot of love from me over the years (I’ve even hit pan on it!) and it a foolproof shade to match with the neutral eyeshadows I’ve packed. And of course, there’s my beloved Clinique Cola Pop. I can’t believe I haven’t worn the flower embossing down a bit more, I wear it constantly!

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And all of that is crammed into a medium sized Sephora makeup bag. Merry Christmas everyone!

What’s On My Face – Volume 42

Another roundup! You’ll notice these sets of look go from bright and vibrant eye makeup to darker plums and red pretty quickly. It wasn’t done intentionally, but you can definitely see fall creeping into my looks slowly!


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I had received the NARS Rated R duo in a swap a while ago and wanted to try it out. So I wore it out to brunch!

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Eyes

  1. MAC Cork through the crease.
  2. NARS Rated R – green side all over the lid.
  3. NARS Rated R – blue side on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Too Faced White Chocolate on the brow bone.

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Garnier BB Cream in Light to Medium
  • Bronzer: Revlon Bronzed & Chic
  • Blush: Milani Luminoso
  • Highlighter: Becca Champage Pop

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I *loved* this one. I wore it to my cousin’s engagement party and fell in love with the final look so much that I’ve now used it everywhere for my social media profile shot. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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Eyes

  1. MAC Cork through the top of the crease.
  2. Inglot AMC Shine 33 all over the lid.
  3. Inglot Matte 338 on the half of the lid and through the crease.
  4. MAC Print to deepen the outer corner.
  5. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.
  6. Naked Cosmetics IV05 (green reflect) on the inner corner of the eye.

I used Catrice‘s Dating Joe Black to create the wing and tightlined my upper and lower water lines with Marc JacobsBlacquer. I also popped on a pair of House of Lashes Bombshell falsies.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Bite Beauty Fig

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I did this to match my JORD watch a few weeks ago and it reminded me just how much I love that L’Oreal eyeshadow.

Eyes

  • Eyeshadow: L’Oreal Infallible shadow in Golden Mahogany (seriously, that’s the only thing I’m wearing on my lids).
  • Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever UltraHD stick foundation in Y225
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush:  Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Clarins Nude Beige lip liner

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Ohhh yes. So much yes to this one.  I was playing around with my Makeup Geek shadows and loved how this gold worked out with that darker rusty red. You can ever go wrong with MUG‘s Bitten!

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Fortune Teller all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Bitten on the outer corner and through the crease. Apparently I blended it out with Peach Smoothie, but forgot to identify that on the chart above.
  3. Makeup Geek Corrupt on the outer corner to deepen it up.
  4. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I coated my lashes with Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 30M
  • Blush: Kryolan Glossy Rosewood
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft Plum

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I can tell the outdoor natural lighting is starting to get fucked up in my pictures – definitely going to be investing in some studio lighting this fall and winter that’s for sure. I wanted to play more with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes – I love them, but I feel like I’m always reaching for the newest thing that’s been released. However, I still very, very much love these palettes.

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Eyes
(all Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. Salted Caramel through the top of the crease.
  2. Creme Brulee all over the lid.
  3. Cherry Cordial on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Triple Fudge in the outer corner to deepen it up.
  5. White Chocolate on the brow bone.

On my lashes is Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in 200 Nude and 220 Sand Beige mixed together
  • Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Light 2
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Clinique Cola Pop
  • Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Too Faced Jelly Bean

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks (Review + Swatches)

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Launching this month, Clarins Joli Rouge lipsticks have experienced a face lift. They’ve been enhanced with a moisture-rich formula and come in brand new gold packaging. The range boast 25 shades that offer plenty of variety – from nudes and typical pinks; to vibrant reds and fiery oranges with the occasional dark vampy shade thrown in for good measure.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks

The new Clarins Joli Rouge come in a solid gold tube with a small indent and etched C on the lid. The tube feels light, but not cheap. It’s sleek and compact, so it definitely looks and feels like high end makeup.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks in Soft Plum and Rosy Nude
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks in Soft Plum and Rosy Nude

The Joli Rouge formula is smooth and easy to wear. They glide on to your lips with ease and stay glossy for ages. They also have an interesting fruity, sweet scent. I would consider myself very sensitive to scents in lipsticks but these do not bother me. (For those who are familiar with essence lipsticks, they smell similar to those, but less artificial and slightly more fruity.)

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks in Soft Plum and Rosy Nude - Swatches
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks in Soft Plum and Rosy Nude – Swatches

The shades I tried out are not shades I would have picked for myself, but sometimes that’s the best part about being sent PR samples! Left to my own devices I’d only choose bright red-pinks or something of that ilk, and not gotten to experience these shades.

Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft Plum
Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft Plum

Soft Plum is a gorgeous purple-red berry colour that one can’t help but associate with fall. I basically want to throw on a long comfy sweater and pull on some knee high boots while wearing this shade! If you’re not especially comfortable with colours like this, rest assured that the sheen in the formula helps to diffuse the colour so that it doesn’t appear quite as stark. If the formula were matte, it’d be a completely different story and a lot more in your face.

Wearing Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft Plum
Wearing Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft Plum

In the look above, I matched Soft Plum with a golden lid shade (Makeup Geek Fortune Teller) and a deep cranberry crease shade (Makeup Geek Bitten).

Clarins Joli Rouge in Rosy Nude
Clarins Joli Rouge in Rosy Nude

Rosy Nude is the shade that took me by surprise. Even a friend of mine took one look at the bullet in the tube and was like “whoa, that’s light”. And I suppose it does look rather pale in the tube – I certainly wasn’t expecting it to look good on me in the slightest. But holy cow was I ever wrong. Rosy Nude is a *stunning* peachy-pink shade that matches every eye look I throw at it (although I apparently never caught any of them on camera, much to my displeasure). It’s currently rivaling my combination of Wet n Wild’s 903C with NYX’s Butter Gloss in Tiramisu on top for most flattering lip look on camera. Total winner.

Final Thoughts

In a beauty world where everyone has become obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks, it’s rather nice to try something new for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I am still very much in love with matte lips, but it’s been really pleasurable discovering a product that doesn’t make your lips feel like the Sahara. Having never tried Clarins‘ lipsticks before, I have to say I’m impressed with the Joli Rouge lineup. They’re soft, creamy, hydrating and easy to wear. They stay shiny the entire length of time I’ve worn them (which is around three hours, then I usually end up wiping off my lips to eat or drink) and they claim to last six hours. I’ve not tried them for that length of time because it’s just not in my nature to wear lipstick for that long, but at the three hour mark they showed no signs of giving up the ghost. Since they don’t dry down at all, you need to be aware that they will transfer to anything you touch your lips to, but that’s not expected for a formula that stays shiny for so long.

Of the colours I tried, Soft Plum was the more “typical” fall shade, whereas Rosy Nude knocked it out of the park for me in terms of the colour. Both colours wore well and I experienced no difference in the formula between them.

Let me know what you’ve tried from Clarins because I’m going to need recommendations! So far they’ve knocked it out of the park with their Aquatic Treasures collection and now this Joli Rouge lipstick lineup!

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