Clinique Holiday Helpers

So, hopefully like most of you, while I was holiday shopping this year I was also browsing the sales for myself… not so much as an intentional thing, but if anything jumped out saying TRY ME!… I had to. Any who, I ended up purchasing a Clinique Holiday Helpers gift set from Sephora this year, which I don’t believe is still available, but they do have these products selling individually.

I honestly bought this whole set just for the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel, because I was running out of my sample sized pot from a 100 point reward. This stuff is amazing!!! It goes on so smooth and sheer, dries quickly, doesn’t have a scent or tacky feeling, and it keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I usually use this under a FAB cream before bed, and it’s the moisturizer I put on before my makeup in the morning… I will for sure be purchasing a full size of this soon!

The kit also includes an All About the Eyes cream, which I had never tried, and I pleasantly like. This cream is THICK, but its easily blended and stays put on my skin all night long. All I’ve noticed is extra hydration when I use it, but other than that I really am enjoying the product. I probably should be more excited about it, but I still have yet to dabble in to eye creams at all.

Next on the list is their High Impact mascara, as well as their Skinny Stick Eyeliner. Both of these products are really nice, and I like that they’re travel size, so I’ve been popping them in my purse for touch ups.

A Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm was also included in this set, and it was in the shade Heaping Hazelnut (a light and pretty brownish nude). I really like this, and I figured I would from other reviews, and the fact that it won an award from Allure Best of Beauty 2015. This truly is a balm, where it goes on sheer and smooth, keeps your lips moisturized, and has a hint of subtle color. It’s not overpowering, which I like, so I can put it on without worrying about checking a mirror. In the future I’m definitely going to get this in a darker color, probably something with more of a purple or mauve-ish tone (I’m thinking Richer Raisin or Graped Up), because the lighter colors probably won’t even show up on my lips.

Lastly in this gift set included their Take Off the Day Makeup Remover, Foaming Sonic Facial Soap, and the Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil. I’ve used the makeup remover a few times, and it works wonders, but I hate the greasy feel of an oil, and I prefer my makeup removing wipes. I will be honest, I have not tried the facial wash, because I have a set skincare routine, and I was on edge about changing it up and risking the irritation to my sensitive skin. I have tried the treatment oil, which is really nice to apply at bedtime. I mostly use this with my CoverFx foundation to sheer it out and make it even more hydrating. I add about one or two drops, mix, and apply it all to my face with a brush… works wonders!

Okay well I feel like this was a super long rant, but their are some seriously noteworthy products in here! I really love the creams, mascara, and chubby stick so far, and I will continue to get use out of the whole thing. Clinique really has some good products, but I definitely would suggest investing in a kit like this one where you can try things before buying full sized products – they’re expensive! If anyone else has had luck with these, let me know, as well as if anyone has tried that face wash!

Until next time, thanks for reading!



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Clay Volcano


I don’t know about you lovelies, but I like being pampered. I love taking the extra 10 minutes a day and doing something nice for myself, because really… your physical and mental health are important. Pampering yourself can relax you, make you happier, give you a moment to reflect on your day, and overall just put you in a better mental health state. But sometimes that period of time that you require is hard to get… so quick fixes are amazing.

I went to the Lush store FOREVER ago and purchased a couple of things.. their minty lip scrub (yummy) and the Volcano foot mask. For some reason it has taken me 2 months to use this mask… I just never took the time out of my day to sit down and relax my feet. And let me tell you, standing all day at work and running around like a mad-woman makes my feet very tired and sore by the end of the day, which is why I’ve purchased this product.volcano3


This candle smells amazing FYI. It’s Season’s Blessings (Yankee Candle)

The mask states that it will soften the soles of your feet… when I talked to the woman at Lush, she said if you use this after a long day your feet will feel cool, calm, and relaxed; I thought I needed this in my life, naturally; so I bought a small jar. I have finally used the product multiple times and feel I can write this review. The contents include china clay, pumice, papaya, and tomato… sounds delish. :/

Anyways, after slathering this stuff on my feet, wrapping them in plastic (I had to use a Ziploc bag), and waiting 10 minutes I was able to wash this off. The results were literally as the woman told me. My feet were cold, like… if I blew an ounce of air on them they would be freezing; and the soles of my feet were sooooo soft… no longer tense and course feeling. I topped this product off with a body scrub from Lush… their salt scrub, just to add an extra layer of exfoliation. Plus the salt scrub smells like margaritas and that just makes any day better. 


I talked about this scrub in a previous post… check it out!

The only cons to this Volcano scrub are that it does not smell appealing (however this gets better once you are rubbing it off of your feet), and that you have to wrap your feet in plastic. If you don’t wrap your feet up once you slather on the clay mask, it’ll dry out and not moisturize them the way it’s supposed to. But don’t worry… learn from my mistakes; if they clay starts turning white or a lighter color, that means it’s drying… cover those areas more, and be generous when applying the product; it’s seriously worth it.

All in all the small tub only is good for like 2-3 uses…. so it’s not the greatest investment for long-term use, but it’s so nice to try and I think I’ll be purchasing it again. I really love trying all new things, and knowing what’s good and what’s not, so give me some new products to go after! When people ask me why I’m blogging I always tell them… it’s so nice to connect with other people about things that you enjoy. Its therapeutic. (And so are foot scrubs like this one from Lush…)    Let me know if you have any that you cannot live without! Long days at the pharmacy kill me, and I really want to find something new. 🙂