Friday, May 18, 2018

Clinique Opens First Standalone Store in North Richmond!

Here on the West Coast, we are rarely treated to the first of anything. Toronto, if Canada at all, is usually the first to be treated to new store openings, product launches, and other excitement. But, it seems lately, things have changed! Clinique just opened their very first standalone store in North America...right here in Richmond! The brand new location is location in CF Richmond Centre, and it truly is one-of-a-kind. This store will have exclusive products, interactive technologies, expert services, special events and more. Not to mention, it's beautifully set up to display their cult-favourite products, and all ready to test!

I'll admit - it had been a long time since I've used Clinique products. (Way back in my high school days, I had a lipstick and a few other products - all in their signature Clinique green packaging.) So after coming home from the store's launch event with some brand new Clinique products...I was pretty excited to give them a try! Keep scrolling below for a peek at the ones that really caught my attention (and to learn an awesome highlighting trick!).

Clinique Cheek Pop in Rosy Pop

I love a gorgeous blush. If I'm being honest, I have a blush I bought from Ladurée in Paris that has the most stunning design on it...but I'm always too afraid of ruining it! Great news: I've actually used this Clinique Cheek Pop blush a few times now, and it doesn't look used at all! I was expecting the powder to go everywhere and for the flower to loose its clear shape, but it hasn't. So relieved! And the blush has just a slight shimmer to it that is so sweet.

Clinique Moisture Surge & Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

I am super excited to share an awesome highlighting trick with you, using these two products! I learned this from the Clinique experts who were on-hand at the Clinique CF Richmond launch, and I can't wait to rock this look all summer long!

Take a pea-sized amount of the Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and put in on the back of your hand. Then take the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and rub into the Moisture Surge. You'll end up creating a gel highlight that you can then dab along your cheekbones, for an extra dewy finish! Not to mention, it feels so moisturizing and refreshing on the skin. A great plus for the summertime.

Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss in Watermelon Pop

Bold, glossy lips are definitely back! I must say, I'm a big matte lipstick fan, so the whole lip gloss thing has never been a favourite of mine, but I was surprised how much I liked this one. The colour is really vibrant, and the gloss isn't as sticky as I expected (for a gloss).

Marimekko x Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss in Juicy Apple

Now, this lip gloss definitely surprised me. When I went to apply it, based on the bottle, I was definitely expecting a vibrant red gloss - similar to the boldness of the Watermelon Pop gloss you saw above. Nope! It was waaaay more transparent. BUT, I am absolutely in love with it. It has a naturally-enhanced-lips look that I can't get enough of, with just a hint of colour. Again, the formula isn't sticky, and actually feels quite moisturizing on the lips.

With a lipstick this creamy and comfortable, my matte lipstick days might just be over! I already fell in love with the adorably small lipstick cases, but then the formula really drove it home. This lipstick feels so comfortable and moisturizing on the lips, and actually stays that way all day long. NO drying out. Plus, this pink shade Sweet Pop is so pretty. I also tested a few other shades at the event that I really liked: especially Melon Pop. It was such a gorgeous orange shade for summer!

That's all for today, folks! Are you big fans of Clinique? What's your all-time favourite product?

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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