I love Spring Makeup Collections. I do. Seriously, they’re my favourite releases. I can’t STAND holiday with all the gold…When a brand finally does a holiday collection all in silver, then I’ll be happy…but it never happens. GOLD. And RED. Blecccccchhhh. And fall makeup is eh for me too. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t..it depends on what the IN colour is…HOW ABOUT NAVY PEOPLE? Why is navy never a thing? A navy smokey eye is like SO so SO beautiful to me…and no brand ever does it. Sigh.  And summer is ok, but again, it’s usually the same old-bronze, oranges, teals….gimme a break. Tracy is BORED.

And I don’t even LIKE spring as a season. Spring is DIRTY here. All the sand used on the winter icy roads makes everything dirty and ugly as the snow melts…and then your car gets all sloshy and dirty too..and your shoes are gross and dirty too…not a good time to wear anything you really like. No leaves on the trees…and the grass is not green yet…it’s not pretty at all. BLEAK in fact. Not until stuff starts to bloom, which around here lately isn’t until late May, and that is months away! In makeup talk May is summer releases…bordering on fall already LOL. #why

But spring makeup? Is like a hodge podge of YUM! You never know what’s going to be the ‘IN THING”-it’s all quite different from brand to brand, and I LIKE THAT. It’s like makeup bingo madness! If you don’t care for one brand’s version of spring, just walk on over to another counter and bingo! You might like that one better!

All the spring makeup was starting to come out when I was in California in January, which for me is nuts. January is the dead of WINTER. Talking about spring in January is jumping the SHARK I think, but ok.. make me look at spring when I’m shivering…except I wasn’t shivering in California this year, so I was in the mood for spring makeup for sure this time around. And when I saw the Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette from their Clarins Spring 2015 Collection, it was love at first swatch.

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

Swatchy Time!

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

 

And honestly, those are the BEST dry Clarins eyeshadow swatches I’ve ever done. Most of the time, their eyeshadows really fair better wet, as they are mineral-based.

Wet Swatchy Time!

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

 

A tad better in pigmentation, hey? But not really by much which is good news for those of you that hate using eyeshadows wet. Me? I don’t mind using wet eyeshadows. I kind of like it to be honest-less fall out, especially with mineral eyeshadows like these. Plus, I think using eyeshadows wet, is EASIER-yeah, you heard me- and just looks SO much better most of the time.

Here’s a simple look with the Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette($44) used dry.

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

 

But look how the Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette sings when used wet! Yup, you’ve seen these eye looks before in THIS POST.

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Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette

As much as the dry swatches were so much better this time around, I still find that Clarins eyeshadows perform way better when used wet. It’s really up to you though! And this Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette is a good one to actually find out for yourself. The colours are oh so perfect for spring! Let’s just put it this way: I’m not upset that I payed for my Clarins Limited Edition Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette in California, even though I was sent one by the lovely PR. Get it quick whilst you can!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil($23) was something I was REALLY excited to try out.

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

I have permanently parched lips living in Alberta. I have no idea what normal lips feel like, so when the promos for this Clarins Spring 2015 product came out I literally DROOLED…which made my lips feel better for a bit. 😛
There’s not a lot of pigment in these things, so if that’s what you’re looking for, look elsewhere. What this is, is nourishment for your lips. With Hazelnut oil, Organic jojoba oil, and other oils depending on the shade you pick-Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil nourishes, plumps and softens the lips. It’s a bit tacky, but not overly so like a MAC lipgloss(WOW, just tried one recently and DANG MAC, they are STICKY buggers-FIX THAT SHIZ). You can feel Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is tacky at first, but that seems to die down after a bit of time. My lips do feel protected and nourished that’s for sure! Good to put over top lipstick for some extra protection, but otherwise? It’s ok.  😛 But cool for sure! I like this idea of lip oils, so bring us more!

Are you a spring makeup fan or not? What’s your favourite season? Again, the idea of these lip oils I REALLY LOVE… now if they can make them a tad more pigmented? We’d all be lining up to get them!

 

To be honest, I’m not a huge foundation fan. Yeah, that’s right. I’m more of a BB Cream, tinted moisturizer kinda’ makeup junkie if I use a liquid. Or I go for powders. I think it’s because most foundations are just SO MUCH WORK. All that blending, blending, buffing-I’m much too lazy for all of that! So it took me a bit of time to try Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10($42).

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10

Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 is a light-reflecting, hydrating foundation that’s made with classic Clarins ingredients of mineral and plant active ingredients. It’s apparently suitable for all skin types, but I think it’s better suited for normal to dry skins, and combination skin if set with some powder. It’s much too hydrating for oilier skin types in my opinion.

Swatchy Time!

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 102.5 Porcelain

I don’t get how this shade is porcelain though? It’s a tad dark for the lightest shade don’t you think? Now, I haven’t seen the other shades, but I’m thinking another shade would have been better suited for me. Although, I was able to make it work as you’ll see in the pics later. It’s a thick creamy foundation, and does have a really light cucumber scent which I like. The scent does dissipate, but those of you with a sensitive nose and hate cucumbers(HI LARIE) probably won’t like that.

What I really like about Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation is how radiant it makes my skin look. Glowing in fact! And that’s thanks to the light optimizing complex and pink opal in the foundation. It really does a fantastic job of capturing and diffusing the light, making imperfections less noticeable. It has a light to medium coverage, and really melts into the skin leaving it looking quite natural and skin-like. Guess that’s why it’s called Skin Illusion!

Ok, enough talk! Here’s my skin before in all it’s red, patchy glory, and sized smaller so it doesn’t scare you all too much. 😛

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And here’s what Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 102.5 Porcelain looks like applied on my face.

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10

I’m also wearing some mascara and brow powder in that after, but that’s it! I think you can see the glow that Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation gives! It does a pretty good job at covering redness too, but I could use a bit of concealer to help with some of the stubborn red parts. I use a Beauty Blender to apply it, as I do find that it can catch on some dry bits otherwise. I’ve been using a retinol product once a week now that it’s fall, and it’s such a good one that my skin is flaky for quite a few days after. The foundation can settle into pores, so if you have ’em like I do, you might want to use a primer to make sure that doesn’t happen. Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation lasts pretty well on me too, but not much past 8 hours. It lasts longer when set with some powder though, but for me that kind of takes away from the lovely glow it gives. Also why bother with SPF 10 Clarins? I’d rather there wasn’t any SPF in there, because 10 is not going to do anyone any good. It doesn’t matter to me as I always wear a separate sunscreen anyways, but there are some people that still don’t and might think that’s good enough protection.

You can find Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF10 at all Clarins counters right now and online as well. It’s quite a lovely foundation actually, and worth a try now that the weather is cooling. It would be a great foundation for fall and winter that’s for sure!

What do you look for in a foundation once the weather cools? More coverage? Hydration? Light Diffusing? Or do you keep using your old faithful? 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts and redness are mine! And I’m even redder now that the weather is getting cold dang it. 😛

I think it’s time for me to start showing you all The Clarins Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection, hey? And doesn’t the whole ‘ladylike’ theme sound kind of chic and effortlessly beautiful?

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones($42) from The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection is a new and permanent addition to the line. It’s a gorgeous neutral palette that will make any neutral shadow lover’s heart beat faster.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is a typical Clarins mineral eye shadow palette. They are wet/dry eyeshadows. Use them dry and they are light in pigment and very natural. I personally don’t like using their mineral eyeshadows dry all that much to be honest. I find them a little hard to work with and rather disappointing in texture sometimes. I much prefer using them wet, as they work so much better that way. And especially with a neutral-toned palette like this. Used dry, there’s not a lot of difference in tone when you apply the shadows, but wet? Pure neutral shadow JOY.

Swatchy Time! I actually did swatch the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones dry over a primer, so you can see that they do have decent pigmentation used dry. And if you do use them dry, a stickier eye primer like a MAC Paint Pot works better fyi.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

A ladylike, natural eyeshadow look is really easy to do with the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones. And I did do a simple one for you, using the eyeshadows dry. Very ladylike and great for every day use.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

But I’m Tracy. And I don’t really do ladylike looks all that much. Give me a neutral palette, and I tend to go in the opposite direction of ladylike and look like I’m a grungy Nirvana video extra. Oh, and I did use the eyeshadows wet, because I think that adds to the grunge look. And man, that taupe just shines when you use it wet! Look at how amazing it looks blown out on my bottom lash line.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

The Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is available right now from Clarins counters all over the country.

 Whaddaya’ think? Does this neutral eye palette offering appeal to you? Or is it just another neutral palette lost in the sea of Nakeds and Neutrals that have flooded the market thanks to Urban Decay?

*product sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is what I’m talking about today! And if you are a self-tanning lover, you might really like this product!

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

This is by no means a huge bottle. It’s about as big as my ‘the bird” finger. A little longer maybe, but not by much. My bird-she’s LONG AND PROUD. [emoji face with stuck-out tongue]  And only used on the most JERKIEST of drivers in the city of Edmonton, of which there are quite a few I have to say. As you get older you just really have to wonder how some people get their drivers license. SERIOUSLY.  HAHAHA. Ok. back to the product! It’s an oil. And what you do is push the end of this tiny bottle and COOL it disperses as many drops as you like into whatever moisturizer you like to make your own, customized self-tanner. Neat, hey?

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Ok, so I HATE HATE HATE self tanning things/products with a VENGEANCE. I can’t STAND that self-tanning smell. You know what I mean. It’s like warm, sweaty skin with a hint of burn? BLECHHHHHH. I avoid self tanners like I avoid…oysters. And most seafood actually. I like tuna and salmon in a can. CAN. I like scallops and shrimp. And tilapia in a taco. But that’s it. FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD.  [emoji grinning face]

 

According to the directions, one drop of the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is recommended for fair skin. I put 3 drops in my moisturizer of choice, which lately happens to be the Clarins HydraQuench Cream. GOOD STUFF. And, what can I say, I like to live on the edge when it comes to testing beauty products. I’ll take THE MAX please.

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Clarins HydraQuench Cream

After a couple of hours, I can smell the “tan” developing on my face. I’m REALLY sensitive to that SMELL. So if anyone tells you that this Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster DOESN’T smell-they LIE. [emoji grimacing face] It’s not strong, but it’s there! Subtle, sweaty tan smell. Also, the tan takes a long time to develop.  Even though I can smell it, I don’t see the colour until well into the next day.

But it sure does last well! The colour that Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster gives is quite believable and real, and lasts at least 4 days before fading. No orange tan! But like I said, I use 3 drops. If you use less, you’ll probably get less colour, and less lasting power of course.

All in all, I kind of like Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster! Even though I can smell it, it’s still not so strong as other self tanners I’ve tried in the past. I can deal with it. Some self tanners I can smell for DAYS and DAYS. This one isn’t like that so YAY! And I like the whole idea of being able to customize your tan. It’s quite innovative! To keep up my colour, I just add a drop or 2 of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster every couple of days and I’m good to glow. [emoji sun with face]

Get Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster wherever Clarins is sold! It’s available pretty much everywhere right now, and I think it’s worth trying for sure!

Do you self tan? Or do you actually TAN. You know what I notice? As I’ve aged, it doesn’t take much time out in the sun to get a bit of colour now. Even when diligently wearing sunscreen. A couple of days spent at Disneyland in 35C weather, and I’ve got a tan now. And I wore sunscreen in EVERY product I used on my face. SIGH. And you know what else? The tan lasts SO MUCH LONGER now too. The joys of aging NEVER END. 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine!

Last week I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to replenish my Vichy Serum 10 Eye sand Lashes, and the SA gave me a cute little sample of the new Clarins Be Long Mascara. A SAMPLE. Of a MASCARA. You know how RARE that is? It’s pretty much UNHEARD of in my makeup jungles-a legend that I’ve heard, but just never thought was true because I’ve never gotten one. IT’S TRUE you guys. And I didn’t have to beg, plead, or give my left kidney for said sample.

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Clarins Be Long Mascara Sample-shhh!!!! Don’t frighten it as it may get scared and run away!

You gotta get this mascara sample! This is going to be my next high end mascara purchase for sure, after I finally use up all the open mascaras lying around my house right now-which’ll be SUMMER 2014 I think… [emoji winking face]

 

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Clarins Be Long Mascara($27 CDN) promises instantly longer, curled lashes thanks to a new brush design with an angle that lets you get at every last lash you have. Plus the formula is supposed to stimulate lash growth. I can’t tell you about the claims about lash growth, but I can show you what I can get my lashes to look like when I use it! Take a look!

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Clarins Be Long Mascara

The brush is the key to Clarins Be Long Mascara. I LOVE this brush! For one thing it’s smaller-I’m really not a huge fan of the big HUGE mascara brushes to be honest. Tracy isn’t as coordinated as she leads you to believe and has poked her eye MANY times with huge mascara brushes. Phew-that feels good to get that off my chest! I don’t know WHO they’re making those big ass mascara brushes for to be honest. In 10,ooo years through evolution our eyes are supposed to get bigger [emoji extraterrestrial alien] , but LORDY let’s make brushes for the 21 Century please and thank you? Sigh.

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Clarins Be Long Mascara

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Clarins Be Long Mascara Brush size

I think a smaller brush does a much better job at mascara application because you can really get into the roots of your lashes to get great volume and length. Clarins Be Long Mascara has a supple, flexible elastomer brush that was specially designed in a turbine shape to grasp lashes one at a time, coat them from the root to the tip then gently curve them while also promoting visibly longer lashes.

The Clarins Be Long Mascara formula includes carnauba wax and filmogenic polymers that not only set the mascara’s really black (or brown) colour, but they also coat each lash for instant, visibly longer looking results and lashes that are perfectly shaped. I gotta say YUP! I love the definition this mascara gives, and I feel like it makes me look like I have 1000 eyelashes on each eye! Theres also a combination of two active ingredients: Matrikine, a peptide that enhances lash growth day after day and Panthenol, which helps strengthen lashes. Time will tell if my lashes will get longer and stronger, but honestly the Vichy Serum has already been doing a great job of that!

It’s not too dry and not to0 wet of a formula-just the way I like it! It does seem to take awhile to dry though, so be careful of that. I experienced no smudging, but a tiny bit of flaking while wearing it. Yeah, it’s a bit pricy [emoji money bag] -but I say go ask your local Shoppers Drug Mart SA for a sample. I KNOW THEY HAVE THEM.

I swear to god SAs hold out on samples. From now on, I am asking if there’s a sample when I’m interested in trying out anything. I mean, seriously-the point of the samples is to hand them out to the public, not HORDE them-right? RIGHT. And it’s kind of been proven that a customer who was given a sample USUALLY comes back to buy the full-sized product. So loosen up  those sample cupboards SAs!

Do you always get a sample of something before trying it? Or do you take your chances and just buy?  [emoji white smiling face]