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Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Highlight: Before and After

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The two new Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour in Curvy Contour, and Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight ($21 each)

First of all, Happy Earth Day! :)

Speaking of objects with curvy contours…have you seen these new Clinique Chubby Sticks?

To quote Mary J. Blige, “What’s the 411, hon?”

Here’s the scoop: there are two, one for sculpting and contouring, and another one for highlighting, and both are available now at Clinique counters and online.

So…what are they?

No matter how hard you try, guuuurl, right now in the world of makeup, you can’t completely escape highlighting and contouring. They’re both having a moment right now, and these two new creamy chubby pencils from Clinique are in that same highlighting/contouring vein. Dark brown matte Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour in Curvy Contour ($21) adds structure and definition to cheekbones (and wherever else you choose to use it), while satiny beige Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight ($21) helps you draw attention to areas you might want to highlight, like perhaps your upper cheekbones. You can use them together or individually.

How do you use ‘em?

All you do is draw a few dot on your face wherever you want to highlight and/or contour, and then blend those dots with your fingers or a brush. I use like to use a synthetic brush with these, because the bristles aren’t as absorbent as most natural fibers, so they tend to work better with creams.

OK, but how well do they work?

Pretty well! — as a highlight/contouring combo. They do the trick. I’m glad the contour shade is a cool-toned matte and not a shimmer (better for creating illusionary shadows). I also like that the highlighter is more satiny than full-on shimmery, because it’s not as visibly harsh.

I do think that the chubby shape of the pencils makes them a little tough to maneuver around certain areas because it’s so darned big, but it’s workable.

Who would probably really like these?

Gals/guys with normal or dry skin who are looking for soft, natural highlights and contouring and aren’t super concerned about precision. Oily skin may not take to the cream formulas as readily.

Also, if you tend to touch your face a lot throughout the day, stop that. :) Because these creams will scoot if you futz with them.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour in Curvy Contour, $21

clinique chubby stick sculpting

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight, $21

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour in Curvy Contour

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight

Before

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Before applying the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

After

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With the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour underneath the apples of my cheeks and down the sides of my nose, and Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight applied to the upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose

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Pacifica Natural Deodorant Wipes: Wiping Out Odor One Swipe at a Time

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With Wednesday being Earth Day, the big thing out here in California is water.

(Bottom line, we don’t have enough of it.)

I’ve been trying to use less, and I read somewhere that you can save 5-10 gallons — which is a lot! — by turning off the shower while you’re in there shampooing your hair, shaving and doing your thing.

I got to thinking about my shower habits…

Most days, I hop in the shower to quickly rinse off after my morning run, and then I take a real-deal shower at night (which is when I wash the pollen out of my hair, shave, and do stuff like that) before bed.

But to save a little water, for whatever it’s worth, I’ve started skipping my morning shower and just using these wipes by Pacifica instead.

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When I’m done with my run, I wipe down with these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 for a pack of 30).

They’re pretty cool. Not quite a “shower in a pack” cool, but still…

First and foremost, they’re billed as an underarm deodorant (but not an antiperspirant, so if you’re looking for something to actually stop you from sweating, these won’t do that). The biodegradable wipes are moistened with a blend of essential oils and coconut milk to keep you from getting stinky.

Ingredients
water, alcohol, zeolites, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, crambe abyssinica seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cocos nucifera (coconut) milk, hydrogenated castor oil, limonene, glycerin, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, parfum (all natural with essential oils

They aren’t aluminum-based like most over-the-counter antiperspirants, and aren’t made with any animal products (or tested on animals), mineral oils, parabens, pthalates, petroleums or SLS. All you do is swipe one under yo’ pits as needed, or whenever you feel like it, throughout the day.

The wipes leave behind a subtle coconut scent (which I think smells great!).

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The Bobbi Brown Summer 2015 Sandy Nudes Collection

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A look at some lovelies from the new Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes collection, coming this May

Under normal circumstances, I adhere to a very strict no-nudity policy when it comes to sand.

In other words, I do not like being nude on or around sand; or, conversely, sandy and nude. Because I don’t like spending 20 minutes trying to get all of the sand out of the places where the sun doesn’t/don’t shine.

However, seeing as Bobbi Brown’s new 2015 summer collection, despite being called Sandy Nudes, doesn’t actually have anything to do with being naked or covered in sand, my no-nudity sand policy doesn’t apply. :)

Yup, it’s another beach-themed collection from Bobbi, to which this wanna-be surf bum says, “Cowabunga, dude!” As you probably guessed from the name, Sandy Nudes features a lot of nude shades — bronzes, beiges and browns. Not a ton of crazy colors.

The collection contains a limited edition neutral eye palette with 12 powder eyeshadows (not shown here in these pictures). I’m really looking forward to seeing that one because all of the shades are new (YES!). Also, since Bobbi loves bronzers, of course there are two face and body bronzing duos (also limited edition) in the release, as well as two LE nail polishes.

There’s also something called a Face Mist ($32, this one headed to the permanent line). It’s a finishing spray and contains green tea, chamomile and cucumber. I just started using it, and I like it so far. It has a lovely light lavender and geranium scent, and my skin just inhales the moisturizing formula.

Here are some quick pics of the Bronzer/Blush duos and nail polishes…

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Bronzer/Blush Compact Duo with Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder and Golden Light Bronzing Powder, $38

I’m all about the Bronzer/Blush Compact Duo with Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder and Golden Light Bronzing Powder. It’s angling to become my new favorite bronzer/blush combo.

I like how the matte Golden Tan Bronzing Powder warms up my skin tone all nice and toasty (but without any orange, yay!), and it’s delightfully easy to blend.

Peachy pink Blush Antigua looks kinda like a NARS Orgasm with muted golden shimmer. It reminds me a lot of the NARS Laguna and Orgasm duo, but I think it’s much easier to wear (especially if you have pore issues like I do!), because the bronzer’s matte, and the blush isn’t super shimmery.

You can also mix the two together, by the way. I’ve done it, and I think it looks quite natural.
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Try These $21 Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipsticks for an Updated ’90s Metallic Lip

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The Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipsticks, $21 each

Did somebody accidentally turn on my hot tub time machine? ‘Cause, dude! — these Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks are taking me back to 1996…

I was wearing big hoop earrings almost every single day while wearing out my Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly CD (I still remember the first time I heard The Rain; boom, mind blown), and I never left the house without metallic violet lipstick on my lips either.

Yes, I wore a dark plum lip liner with ‘em. I’d trace around the edges of my lips with the liner, and I NEVER BLENDED IT INTO THE LIPSTICK.

So tragic.

All I have to say is thank goodness selfies weren’t a thing back then. :)

These Too Faced Melted Metals ($21 each) are liquid lipsticks with a metallic finish and a wear time of 2-3 hours. They came out earlier this spring in eight shades and are now part of the permanent collection. Just squeeze the tube, and liquid lipstick comes out of the angled sponge tip. Then apply directly to lips.

These actually feel like thin, non-sticky glosses to me, because they’re so lightweight, smooth and “wet.” You know how with some liquid lipsticks, after you’ve been wearing then for a few minutes, they take on sort of a dry finish? Well, these don’t. They stay slick the whole time.

They also taste and smell a little like buttery sugar (or sugary butter), but when I smack my lips together, I also detect faint notes of plastic…

It’s not strong, though, and as long as I don’t overthink it, I don’t mind. Plus, with tastes and scents, one gal’s plastic is another girl’s Dulce de Leche.
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Urban Outfitters Beauty Haul: Tony Moly, Hair Therapy and The Gnarly Whale

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Me, Tabs and the Kocostar Hair Therapy cap ($8)

I’m really hoping that including Tabs in this picture is enough to distract you from the fact that 1) I’m in my pajamas, 2) I’m not wearing any makeup, and 3) I’m wearing this totally weird hair treatment cap by Kocostar Hair Therapy.

If it isn’t, here’s a T. rex claw for good measure…

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I’m not purposefully going for milkmaid chic in this look. :) The hair cap is one of the things I picked up at Urban Outfitters a few weeks back.

Dude! If you haven’t been there lately, you have to go. There’s a lot of cool sh*t and neat brands in their beauty section.

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Kocostar Hair Therapy, $8

Like this cap by Kocostar Hair Therapy ($8). It’s pre-moistened with conditioner. After shampooing and towel drying, you stick your hair inside the cap, seal it shut with the sticker on the back, and wait 15 minutes for your hair to absorb the product (I’m thinking/guessing that the heat from your head is some kind of activator).

Then rinse it all out.

Now, OK. First of all, it was really hard to get all of my hair up into this cap. I tried putting it into a loose bun at the top of my head, and then sticking the cap over it, but my hair kept falling out, so I ended up holding the cap upside-down and diving into it.

Of course, then I couldn’t get the sticker thingy to stay stuck…

Eventually, I figured it out (but it wasn’t incredibly easy).

After letting my hair sit inside the cap for 15 minutes, I removed the cap and rinsed my hair. It felt coated with a thick, heavy goo, which took a really long time to rinse out, but I do think my hair looked a little shinier than it did before…

I dunno. At least my head smelled good (like Gummy Bears).

About some of the other things I picked up…

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The Gnarly Whale Thai Coconut Beach Waves, $14

The Gnarly Whale Thai Coconut Beach Waves ($14) — Wow, this is really lovely! I get soft, beachy waves without stickiness or crunchiness. Totally like a softer hold version of Kerastase Spray a Porter. Smells great, too (like coconuts).
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