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The New Clinique StoryChangers Program: My Smile Lines Tell the Story of My Life…and So Far It’s a Pretty Good Story

Published in: Clinique, Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by Clinique and the new StoryChangers program. “We Are Story Changers. Watch and read stories from women like you who prove that when you change your story, you change your outlook.” For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

I was looking through some old pictures the other day when I came across one of me and my best friend, Jen, on the day we graduated from high school (20 years ago!).

In the pic, we’re standing in my living room in our graduation caps and gowns, all excited and hopeful, and truth be told a little clueless, LOL!

karen high school yikes 2

Of course I had to snap a pic with my phone (I feel like I’m always doing this, taking pics of other pics). I texted it to Jen with a note, “Recognize these two youngins?”

She wrote back, “WOW. Just look at our faces. We were babies.”

And yeah, I guess we were. Although at the time, I remember thinking that I was all grown up because I was off to college in a few months.

Little did I realize then the challenges ahead, and when I look at the pic now, at my smooth, unlined skin and my squishy baby-faced cheeks, I see a young girl who has no idea of the hills she’ll have to climb, the obstacles she’ll eventually conquer, the missteps she’ll make, and make again, and again, the wonderful people she’ll meet along the way and the lessons she’ll learn.

And when I look in the mirror now, these many years later, I see proof of those lessons in my lines.

Sure, my pores are more visible, and my under-eye area isn’t as bright as it once was (ah…to be 18 again and able to get away with not wearing under-eye concealer!), but those smile lines around my eyes that show up when I’m happy, and those lines that show up around my mouth when I’m laughing, are reminders of the good times I’ve had along the way.

We all have our stories to tell and our paths to take. The decisions we make — both big and small — chart the course of our lives, and the beauty of it is, we can change that course. It’s kind of powerful, really, if you think about it. I don’t know where I’d be now (maybe still working at a job I didn’t like) if I hadn’t listened to that nagging voice in my head seven years ago that kept bugging me to start a blog. I’m grateful I listened to it.

This idea that we have the power to change our own story is the backbone of Clinique’s new StoryChangers program, a new multimedia platform on with videos, stories and vlogs from bloggers (including yours truly!) that celebrate the different ways women change their own stories, while introducing Clinique’s line of Acne solution products.

Hopefully one of their stories inspires you (and maybe your skin, too!), one decision at a time.

Every day of my life, my skin is changing, and so am I. As are you. We can’t stop things from changing, but we can alter course along the way. :)

If you have any questions at all about Clinique Acne solutions and you want answers straight from the source, they have a live chat available on their website where you can talk to a Clinique consultant about a regimen that’s right for your needs.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




Clinique Welcomes Spring With a Customizable Gift With Purchase Blooming With Cheer and Choice Pieces

Published in: Clinique, Makeup, News

Clinique Gift With Purchase Spring 2013

Head to Macy’s between March 25 and April 14 and snag a sweet, springy 9-piece gift with purchase from Clinique

There I stood at my bathroom counter this morning, coaxing the last few precious drops out of my bottle of Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (a mild miracle-working exfoliator that keeps my zits in check), and marveling at a phenomenon I call, “the mustache effect.”

The mustache effect describes the mysterious appearance of upper lip hair during a particular phase of life known as, “the wonder years.”

LOL! But seriously, I actually have no idea when my ‘stach grew in. One morning it was just there, like a hungry caterpillar straight chillin’ above my lips.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how I missed something so obvious, with all of the hours I logged as a teenage girl in front of the mirror trying to defy gravity with my bangs. I mean, literally, it was right under my nose!

Now, when something seemingly appears or disappears without warning, like the contents of my bottle of Clinique Clarifying Lotion (I didn’t even know it was running low), I say, “Ah! The mustache effect.”

I do have a point with this, and here it is: don’t become a victim of the mustache effect. Visit a Clinique counter (or wherever else you need to go) before it’s too late.

Check your bottles! And if any of them are running low, restock.

For what it’s worth, Clinique counters at Macy’s are doing a pretty sweet nine-piece gift with purchase deal from March 25 through April 14, free with any purchase of $25 or more in Clinique products at Macy’s.

Clinique Gift With Purchase Spring 2013 all

The nine-piece gift with purchase includes two bags, two brushes, a palette, a lipstick, a small High Impact Mascara in Black, a travel-sized tube of Dramatically Different Moisturizer Lotion (also works as a makeup remover in a pinch) and Clinique’s 7-Day Scrub Cream

“But Karen!” I think I can hear you saying, “If I get one more tube of Bamboo Pink Lipstick, I’m gonna have to kick someone with my Chuck Taylor high-tops.”

Don’t bust a move just yet, ninja girl, because Clinique lets you customize this set. You can pick your own palette and lipstick.

Prefer pink? Pick the pink pairings palette, which comes with a Pink Slate Eye Shadow Duo, Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover and a True Bronze Pressed Powder in Sunkissed.

Or if you’re partial to purple, grab the violet pairings palette instead, which features the Twilight Mauve Eye Shadow Duo, Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Pink Blush and the True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed.

Clinique Gift With Purchase Spring 2013 violet palette

The violet pairings palette! Clockwise, from the pan on the left: Pink Blush Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher, Twilight Mauve Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo, Sunkissed True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer and Brandied Plum Colour Surge Eye Shadow

As for the lipsticks, you can choose between violet Shy, and good ol’ reliable Bamboo Pink.

Different Lipstick in Shy

Different Lipstick in Shy

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