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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When is Makeup Too Old?

When does your makeup expire

Although most people consciously think about throwing away or eating food before it expires or goes bad, rarely do we consider tossing our makeup, or at least I don’t. Why would I want to toss an amazing product that I spent my hard earned money on just to have to re-purchase it again in the future? That’s right guys – I don’t want to throw my makeup away… ever. Unless a product was horrible, I have trouble parting with any of my makeup, I would consider this hoarding. But I had recently been organizing my stash of beauty products and realized I’ve had some makeup compacts for over 5 years… I went to put them with the other pile of eyeshadows, and really thought, ‘are these even good to put on my skin anymore?’ The answer to that question is a simple ‘no’. Although some makeup does not specifically list an expiration date, or a ‘how long this product is good once opened’ label, it does have a shelf life, like any other thing we put on or in our bodies. I know, I know, I wanted to keep my makeup forever too…

But before you go rummaging through all of your stuff ready to toss it out, take a look at what you have, see if there are actual dates on it, and keep reading for a helpful guideline of how long you should keep certain products!

Mascara: Toss after 2 to 3 months, or if you’re product is getting clumpy

Liquid Foundation: Toss after about 1 year, or if you notice the consistency or color change (check the labels first, I have a few foundations listed to be good for up to 24 months once opened)

Lipstick: Toss after about 2 years, or when you notice it’s drying out

Lipgloss: Toss after 1 year, or when the gloss becomes sticky(-er than it should be)

Powder anything (Eyeshadow, Blush, Face Powder): Toss after 2 years, or when you notice the powders are drying out (aka crumbling, flaking, less blendable). Eyeshadows should probably be tossed sooner (unfortunately). Because they are applied by your eyes, they are more likely to promote bacterial spread faster, and could cause you to get an eye infection or stye.

Fragrances: Toss after 10 years (Thank goodness, too expensive to toss!!!!!), or when your fragrance changes color

Nail Polish: Toss after about 2 years, or when the color is clumpy and won’t separate with shaking

Lotions: Toss after 2 years, or when the color/scent changes

When I honestly started investigating and saw some of these dates, I was so shocked. However, if you are purchasing more high end makeup, I would honestly test the product out first, and really look for the expiration label. Or if you are like me, you’ll keep it because it’s a special thing to you (even if you know you shouldn’t or won’t use it anymore – it’s part of your collection).
Some helpful tips for makeup lovers:

Just make sure you are cleaning your brushes on a regular basis to stop or prevent the growth and transfer of bacteria – we don’t want to be putting that on our faces.

Keep your makeup stored in a cool dry place. Moisture in the air or excessive heat can break down a product, and help the spread/growth of bacteria.

Try to keep your products out of excessive light. Fragrances can oxidize in the light, changing the scent quicker. UV light can also break down certain preservatives in your products, like foundation, that help them last longer.


Makeup expiration dates

The little open jars on the back of your packaging will tell you how long your product is good for once opened (12M = 12 Months)

Look for the dates on your bottles! Although most of my drugstore makeup did not list expiration dates, almost all of my high end products had a shelf life listing on them. Look for the little symbol of an open bottle, it should say 6M (6 months), 12M (12 months), or something along those lines meaning that that product is good for 6, 12, or however long listed once the bottle is actually opened.

I know learning more about this stuff is really helping me organize my collection, and it’s showing me what to keep and toss after all of these years. But hey, on the bright side, there’s more room for new goodies!!

I hope this was helpful to you guys! Does anyone have any helpful tips on their makeup products and how long they decide to keep something? Until next time, thanks for reading!!


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