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Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

I’m a huge fan of the lip exfoliating trend. Three years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a lip scrub was. Did they even exist? Who cares: they’re the perfect fix for a chapped lip girl like me. I’ve sampled a few different lip exfoliation products, most recently the Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm.

The Clinique Sweet pots are dual sided: it’s a two-in-one product. There is a scrub side and a lip balm side. The lip balm is slightly tinted, though only slightly (I find that the Black Honey lip balm is not quite as pigmented as the actual Black Honey lipstick, even though it’s similar in texture).

Clinique Sugar Scrub Pots and Lip Balm

I love how moisturizing and thick the balm is, and that it looks pretty and glossy (perfect for daytime wear). The lip scrub has fine particles, which is really nice; I like how fine sugar pieces exfoliate more than thick pieces. However, the formula itself isn’t quite as nice as I would like. I used to use an Arbonne lip scrub that I preferred. Part of the issue is that the Clinique Sweet Pots are slightly pigmented, including the scrub side. I find that they leave a little color around my lips, which can sometimes look messy.

I got my lip scrubs in a sale set, but I probably wouldn’t buy them if they were sold individually; $19.50 is a little steep for a product that is good but not great.

What are your favorite lip scrubs? I’m always looking to try more! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram.

Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Stick eyeshadows are a like cream eyeshadows, but better. Most cream eyeshadows come in a pot, but instead these stick shadows come in a handy pen-like container. The eyeshadows themselves lie between an eyeliner and a cream shadow: the packaging makes them more like an […]

Summer Fragrance Guide

Summer Fragrance Guide

I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with perfume, but the summer of 2016 has brought me not one but two ideal fragrances. Both fragrances are perfect for summer (but I am looking forward to wearing them year round). Shopping for perfume these past few months has […]