Clinique High Impact Mascara – Review

High Impact Mascara

Recently I got a sample of the High Impact mascara from Clinique, this is an extremely well reviewed mascara so I was interested to see how it’d hold up. Taken from the Clinique website: “High Impact Mascara is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length. Specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while separating.”

The full size of this mascara retails for £17.50 so I had high expectations for it. It has a thin brush wand that is easy to maneuver and work into the lashes. I found the formula to be extremely smooth and didn’t experience any clumping after two coats, the colour is also very dark. As with all Clinique products it doesn’t contain any fragrance making it suitable for sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers.

Unfortunately I didn’t find that this mascara lifted my lashes to give it the curl I’m used to. There wasn’t much volume or length either. It gave very natural looking lashes but honestly that’s not what I’m looking for in a mascara and it definitely isn’t “high-impact”. I have very oily lids so it’s important for a mascara to be able to withstand that. Unfortunately after 4 hours or so I experienced a lot of smudging on the outer corner of my eyes.

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I’m really disappointed with this mascara, it is in no way better than any of the drug store mascaras I’ve tried and considering its price point I think it’s worse. I’m not sure why this was so highly rated, I suppose different products work differently for everyone. I myself will not be purchasing the full version.

Have you tried this mascara before? Did it work for you or did you have the same experience as me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Review

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If any of you remember seeing my previous wishlist you’ll know that I was looking for a night time moisturiser for my combination/oily skin. An ever so popular choice that kept cropping up during my research was Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I’m a big Clinique fan so I thought to give this moisturiser a go. I bought a 50ml tube of this for £17.50 from Feel Unique

Taken from the Clinique website “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable”. This moisturiser is specifically for combination or oily skin.

The moisturiser has some decent ingredients including my favourite sodium hyaluronate which is very hydrating, caffeine (invigorating), cucumber extract (soothing) and a couple of antioxidants, which wouldn’t remain stable in this packaging anyway.. The yellow tint (colouring has been added to give the tint) gel has a very slippery, silicone texture that absorbs very quickly into the skin providing some immediate moisture that doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. There is a natural fragrance with this product but no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin. With this having no SPF in it I wouldn’t find it suitable for daytime use.

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For the first 2 weeks of using this product my skin didn’t experience any amazing benefits from this product. I mean, it did the job of moisturising the drier parts of my face whilst not aggravating the oily parts, but I certainly didn’t see a “dramatic difference” in the texture of my skin. It seemed to be working just like any old moisturiser that I can buy from the drug store and didn’t give me the glow I expected.

I continued to use this at night and by week 3-4 I noticed LOTS of whiteheads around my nose. It was really gross to be honest, I had to steam my face and scoop all the gunk out with a blackhead extractor tool. I continued to use the moisturiser and noticed the bumps reappeared around my nose. When I stopped using this the bumps reduced therefore I’m pretty confident this product is responsible for the clogged pores around my nose. I did find that this makes a really good make-up base however so I’ll continue to use it for that purpose.

From reading other reviews I know this product is either a hit or miss with people and unfortunately it was a bit of a miss for me. I would say if you don’t have very oily skin that is prone to clogging then this could potentially work for you.

Hope you found this post useful, comment below if you found this product worked for you or not.

Jay x

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX11) – Review

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This product is the most expensive make-up item I have ever purchased, at £38 a pot it is something that I bought in the hopes that it would be a miracle product.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used in a number of ways, as a foundation, concealer, highlighter or tinted moisturiser when mixed with your day cream. I bought this product from Space NK solely for the purpose of concealing my under eye circles. The colour SX11 is a nice match for my NC44 skin. It is a bit lighter than my skin so it gives the highlighted effect and it has a very yellow undertone. For £38 you get a lot of product (18g) compared to other concealers. For example my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer is just 1.4g and costs £19. Therefore this jar will outlive its 18 month shelf life.

Packaging: Packaging is fit for purpose. The small jar allows easy application of the product but I wish there was a mirror in the lid.

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Formula: When reading the ingredients list of this product I wasn’t impressed. Not only does it contain Mineral Oil, it also contains Fragrance! Fragrance is not supposed to be used on the sensitive eye area as it is pro-ageing and pro-sensitising. It also contains Talc which I try avoid in my beauty products.

Texture: The best way to use this product is with a buffing concealer brush. The texture of this product is extremely thick and paste-like like therefore it needs the heat from your face to really blend into the skin. It sets very quickly and catches onto any dry patches so it is important to make sure the skin is very hydrated.

Appearance: Now I will say this much, this product is so incredibly pigmented it will cover everything and your sins. It literally camouflages your skin so you can’t see your real skin, I would go as far as saying this could probably cover up a tattoo. You need to use the tiniest amount of it as well. It is the one stop shop for undereye concealing, you do not need to layer any other products with it but it cannot be used on your eyelids. In the picture below I used a tiny bit of the product to blocked out my veins and freckles on the back of my hand.

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 Sensual skin enhancer buffed into the right hand

Longevity: The longevity of this product is most disappointing. Even after setting the product it creased on me and set into fine lines. Furthermore it faded a lot over the course of the day. Not what I would expect from such a high-end product. There was no oxidising of the colour on me.

Overall this has been a really disappointing product for me, whilst it looks wonderful when it is first applied, I do not enjoy the creasing, fading and mostly the ingredients. My undereye area is on the dryer side and this product catches onto the skin making it look worse than it is, also it creases heavily into my expression lines. I will probably use it for any skin blemishes or if I need to clean up around my eyebrows or lips. Personally if you’re skin is like mine you’re much better off avoiding this product and using a liquid concealer and corrector together.

Jay x

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 (NC44) – Review

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Once in a blue moon I like to wear full coverage make-up. This is my favourite MAC foundation and for a good reason too. It makes my face look flawless without looking cakey and is perfect for photography. I chose the colour NC44 which is slightly warmer than my face but it matches my neck and chest.

Taken from the MAC website, Studio Sculpt is “a creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant.”

Packaging and price: This foundation comes in a 40ml frosted tube and costs £25. I prefer tubes for foundation as this stops oxidising and is more hygienic.

Formula: This formula contains both chemical and physical sunscreen: Octinoxate 7%; Titanium Dioxide 2%. The sunscreen you get from this is not sufficient on it’s own and you will have to wear SPF underneath if worn during the daytime. I’ve also noticed that this formula feels less oily doesn’t give me comedogenic breakouts like a lot of other MAC foundations do.

Fragrance: This has no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Texture: When squeezed out of the tube this product is very thick. It is a gel based foundation which becomes easier to work with once it warms up. I find it almost impossible to blend with a beauty blender, so opt for a face buffing brush or stippling brush. It buffs out to a powdery finish.

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Look: Studio Sculpt gives medium to full coverage depending on how much you use. I am obsessed with the satin matte finish this gives me, it is perfect for combination skin. It also looks awesome in flash photography as it doesn’t give any flashback/ashyness (brown girls rejoice!).

The only negative about this foundation is that when you first apply it you can feel it on your skin, it takes about an hour for the foundation to “settle” and allow some oil to come through.

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Longevity: The longevity of this foundation is really impressive. It lasts around 12 hours on me and doesn’t oxidise nor fade. Over the course of the day I probably need to powder my T-zone once at most.

Removal: This product requires an oil-based make-up remover. I usually have to double cleanse after wearing this.

I personally rate Studio Sculpt above Studio Fix which oxidises and gives me breakouts. This product is perfect for those with normal-combination or combination-oily skin who want a full coverage natural looking foundation.

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By the way I’m rocking 100% heat free curls in this review. I will be doing a tutorial soon! If you found this review useful or interesting hit that like button 🙂 Until next time loves.

Jay x