You Can Always Count on Cat Butts…and Something Casual and Summery From Clarins, Like Their New Lip Balm Crayons

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Clarins Lip Balm Crayons

The new Clarins Lip Balm Crayons, $20 each

There are some things we can always count on, like…

  1. That cats will stick their kitty butts in our face, often at inopportune moments
  2. That Clarins will knock out a new line of lovely lip products for summer


Clarins is just so good about the whole glossy, effortless lip look thing — the kind of makeup where it looks like you were summoned by the gods and washed up on a tropical shore solely for the purpose of looking seductively pouty, with your luxuriously wavy hair (seaweed artfully woven into it); bronzed, glistening skin and your lips that shine bright like a diamond (Shine bright like a diamond).

Clarins Lip Balm Crayons from the left: 01 My Pink, 02 Tender Pink, 03 Tender Coral, 04 Sweet Cherry, 05 Delicious Plum and 06 Soft Coffee

From the left: 01 My Pink, 02 Tender Pink, 03 Tender Coral, 04 Sweet Cherry, 05 Delicious Plum and 06 Soft Coffee

Their new line of limited edition moisturizing Lip Balm Crayons (which taste and smell like vanilla milkshake, OMG, YUM!) totally nails that summery lip look. Each retractable pencil lavishes lips with sheer color and glossy shine, while a moisturizing, lightweight mix of mango, apricot and shea butter hydrates your parched pout.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in My Pink

01 My Pink

You might find yourself craving all six shades, but you may only need one (or two), because at some point, I think they all start to look the same, especially if your lips are quite pigmented like mine.

I suppose you could blank out the natural color of your lips first using something like OCC’s Tarred + Feathered Lip Balm Duo, and then layer a Clarins Crayon on top to coax out more of its color (you makeup overachiever, you!), but, you know, it’s a lip balm… I don’t think it’s supposed to be that complicated.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Creamy Pink

02 Creamy Pink

If you do decide to get just one, I vote for 01 My Pink. It’s the one designed to react to your pH level, creating a personalized lip color unique to you.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Tender Coral

03 Tender Coral

All six of these crayons are pretty sheer, so if you’re looking for a summery lip product packed with pigment, you may want to look elsewhere.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Sweet Cherry

04 Sweet Cherry

These are more for makeup lovers who want a straight-up moisturizing lip balm with a hint of color, but lots of shine.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Delicious Plum

05 Delicious Plum

Compared to the new Benefit Lip Balms, I think these are slightly shinier, glossier and smoother.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Soft Coffee

06 Soft Coffee

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon

Each pencil has packaging that matches the shade inside

Keep an eye out for ’em next time you visit a Clarins counter (and they’re available now online for $20 each).

Weekend plans?

I can’t believe it’s already Friday, WOW!

No weekend plans yet for me, but El Hub keeps hinting that he wants to go fishing.

Hmm… I think that man has a selective memory. I keep telling him that the reason I don’t want to go fishing is because every single time I’ve gone before (not to fish, just to watch someone else fishing), I’ve been bored out of my mind. There’s been a lot of sitting and thumb-twiddling.

He keeps trying to sell me on the relaxing aspects (“You could read a book!”), but I’m like, “The couch is waaaaaaay more comfortable than sitting on a pile of rocks.”

If my past fishing experiences taught me anything, it’s that I will always, ALWAYS end up sitting on a pile of rocks, most of them sharp, in direct sunlight, for hours and hours.

Now, if we could just find a cool fishing spot next door to a spa, that would be somethin’ right there… 🙂


You doing anything fun this weekend? I’m thinking about maybe doing some hiking.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Elena says:

    I am so bummed these are limited edition. I picked up soft coffee and love the formula and color. So moisturizing!

    That’s so funny about the fishing…I just got my license so me and my bf can go….last year we didn’t catch anything lol

    • Karen says:

      Yeah it is! Have you ever tried their Instant Light Lip Perfector? If you haven’t, you need it in your life ASAP. It’s really hydrating. I use it all the time.

      Where do you and BF go fishing? A river, a lake?

      • Elena says:

        I used up all 2 or 3 of my instant light lip perfectors! I am a Clarins junkie because my friend used to work at the Clarins counter. I can’t get enough!

        We go fishing up north on a few different rivers. It was fun the few times we went. Just kicked back, listened to music…..and watched the people on the other side of the river catch everything lol (it was so frustrating they were getting big fish left and right!!). There is a lake by our house that we can fish at too, my BF went but I haven’t yet.

        • Karen says:

          Oh nice. I always have an Instant Light in my purse and one on my nightstand. I seriously can’t live without them. Do you use any of their skin care? I love their face lotions. Right now I’m also trying their Double Serum and Neck Cream.

          Your fishing trips with your BF sound like fun. I think I’d like it more if I was more comfortable during the kicking back part. Like, if I had comfy chair and an umbrella. I just don’t want to carry all that stuff, LOL!

  2. Agata says:

    These do look glossy but I feel like they all look pretty much the same on your lips.

    I don’t have any weekend plans. When I was in NC I went hiking with my friends and we hiked to High Shoals Falls and it was beautiful!
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  3. Claudia Fox says:

    Haha my cats do that at the worst times too! I like the look of these lip balms, if they had a little more pigment then I’d probably buy a few but at least three of the shades look pretty much the same on the lips.
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  4. Divya says:

    The 4th pic with tabs is such a cute shot! I think these crayons are everything I wanted Benefit balms to be! and they are LE so there is no way ill get to pick any! I feel like crying! :'( 😛
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  5. I like the sheerness of these! Especially in summer I like sheerer lip colors.
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  6. Ruchita says:

    These lippies are pretty! Sometimes I like having just a hint of color on my lips, especially in the summer.

    Those pics of Tabs are hilarious! I read somewhere that a cat turning around and putting their butt in your face can be vunerable for them and shows that they trust you. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m constantly seeing a furry behind in my line of sight. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Me too. It’s nice to be able to just swipe on a little bit of lip color and forget about it, especially in the summer when there’s so much fun to be had!

      I think I read the same article online about cat communication. 🙂 Showing off the bum is one way they say hi, apparently.

      What are your plans for the weekend? Doing any baking?

      • Ruchita says:

        Nina and Ella like to show their affection by licking me. Sometimes it tickles, but other times it starts to hurt if they do it too long!

        No exciting plans this weekend – just errands like grocery shopping. Although I might try and pop into DSW! Hope you and the family have a great weekend!

        • Karen says:

          Too cute! Tabs is an occasional licker. It’s a once in a blue moon kind of thing.

          I loved your pic of Mingy by the way for your 100 days post on Instagram!

          Hope you find some cute things at DSW. I was there last weekend and saw some really cute bright pink flats by Sperry on sale but unfortunately the stars were aligned against me because the back heel was scuffed. Oh, and how crazy is this…the DSW near my house carries Coach! And Cole Haan.

          • Ruchita says:

            Aww, thanks! I realized Mingy looked rather large in that picture, but I think it was just the angle.

            The only bad thing about shopping in store at DSW is they don’t always have my size (6). But there’s also a Nordstrom Rack right next to DSW, so I might have to do some clothes shopping too. 🙂

  7. Shannon says:

    ooh… I feel like this would be amazing right now, since my lips are all dried up from this weird weather (and honestly, probably also from the allergy meds I’m taking. Foo on pollen!). Miiiiight need to find a Clarins counter…

    Tomorrow is my (6th!!!) anniversary with my hubs! So we’re going to just chill and do “whatever we want.” 🙂 Totally looking forward to it. Last year we had the whole weekend planned, and this year is kind of the opposite. I love it. 🙂

  8. Ann says:

    Karen, follow me on Instagram! My handle is dreamboatannie816. And thanks for the info about #100happydays!

  9. gio says:

    These are very pretty and perfect for summer. 🙂
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  10. Fancie says:

    LOL my dog is always pushing his little rump in my face! It drives me crazy sometimes lol. These balms sound really nice but they all kind of look alike on you. The formula seems really nice though!
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  11. Sarah says:

    Pretty colors but I like the matte look more. I think because I can’t seem to keep lip color on me for very long! Do I pull a LL Cool J and lick them off all the time? Who knows.

    That is so funny how you captured Tabs giving you his 3rd eye lovin’.

    • Karen says:

      That thing is always up in my grill, LOL! I read somewhere that in cat communication it’s a compliment to have a kitty put their bum in your face. Something about it being a sign of trust.

      How are you kitties doing?

  12. These all look pretty much the same on lips but going by the description and ur prettyy pout picks these sounds like a must have for soft shiny lips.. 🙂

    and those cat butt click on ur face… lollzzz..!!
    No plans for weekend but a little shopping never hurts!! 😀
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  13. Erin says:

    I love the first pink one but with my dark lip color I don’t think any of these would show up.
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  14. Sylirael says:

    Hehe, Tabs is hilarious 🙂

    These lip pincils make your lips look *so* soft and smooth! Gorgeous! I hear what you say about not needing more than one or two, though, LOL! I think I like Delicious Plum best!
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  15. ericca says:

    The balms are very summer appropriate. So, now Tabs is abusing his assistant. LOL. My cat hit my face with his tale when i caught him on my bed while i was waking up. I didnt know that tail could hurt. Talk about a wake up call.

    • Karen says:

      LOL, assistant abuse is just one of the many hobbies he does during his free time. How long have you been with your kitty? Tabs and I have been together for 8 years.

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