I am no fortune teller.
No way, no how. I’ve never picked the winning lottery numbers, haven’t foreseen any major historical events, and I did not divine my evolution into a cat lady…although really, in hindsight, that one I should have seen comin’.
I can’t tell you if that guy/gal you’re dating is THE one (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!), but I can tell you this: if you plan to spend any time with these Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms this summer, you’ll be spending much of it swiping these balms back and forth across your lips. Back, back, forth and forth, as the song goes.
Yeah, these four new limited edition tinted lip balms require some serious swiping. A LOT of swiping. I think it has to do with the tinted inner core.
Released with the Clarins Splendours Colour Collection for summer, Crystal Rose, Crystal Mandarin, Crystal Gold Plum and Crystal Berry ($26 each) each have a yummy-looking tinted inner core surrounded by a transparent balm.
Don’t they look cool and almost good enough to eat?
Mmm… Like lipstick gummies.
I’ve been wearing and liking three of the four shades this week. Like a fancier, more pigmented species of Burt’s Bees lip balm, they have a lightweight but heavy-duty moisturizing formula that also packs a peck of shine. Non-sticky, they last around 2-3 hours for me.
Thing is, they also take a bit of work to wield. Lots of that swiping I mentioned, as in swiping the lipstick across my lips at least 5-6 times to evenly apply the colors.
I think there’s something up with that tinted inner core, like it’s a different texture than the softer outer balm. With the first pass across my lower lip, the swipe ends up patchy and uneven…
…but bringing the tip back and forth a few times smooths things out.
I don’t mind the swiping, though. Even with it, I think these are still pretty casual and cool.
Like, if the MAC RiRi lipsticks were five-inch heels, these Clarins Instant Smooth Balms would be like Tory Burch flip-flops. Laid back but still kinda fancy.
I think it would be cool to just wake up with lips that looked like this every morning.
Best for: Gals/guys who love laid-back lip looks and moisturizing, pigmented balms.
PRICE: $26 each
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available in four shades now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
My new neighbors…
About a month ago I started paying attention to a couple of finches that I kept seeing and hearing around my upstairs deck at home and one of the oak trees outside.
Turns out the reason I kept seeing them was because they made their nest…inside the deck!
I haven’t actually seen the nest itself because it’s safely tucked under some planks in the corner, but I know it’s there; I hear the baby birds chirping for food every couple of hours and see the mommy and daddy birds guarding the nook.
Tabs is now banned from the deck, at least for the time being. It is now the official home of a family of finches, who are lovely neighbors, by the way. They keep me company while I work.
I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of the baby birds as they take their maiden flight. Fingers crossed.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,