Beauty Routine: Clinique, La Mer and More

May 23, 2016
clinique 3 step beauty routine
If I told you that I've always been a beauty addict, I'd be lying. I've been wearing foundation since my teens but I've only had a complete make-up/beauty routine for a few years. You see, I have big eyes and full lips so I spent my teens and early twenties believing that if I wore make-up on my eyes and lips I'd look like a clown. Then the digital era arrived with its blogs and YouTube tutorials and I started learning things. After some trial and error I found out what the colors that best compliment my features are and what my skin tells me it needs. Since I'm no beauty expert I can't tell you what you should use. Nonetheless, I'm going to review the products that work for me and that I've been using for years. Hopefully, this will be useful for you in case you are thinking of purchasing any of them. First of all I should tell you that my skin is combination: slightly oily forehead and nose and the rest is more on the dry side. Because of that, my make-up lasts all day. I may have to retouch the oily parts at the end of the day but that's it.
even better clinique beauty routine
Even Better
These products are designed to reduce skin imperfections: acne scars, sun spots, wrinkles, etc. I've been using the serum for 7 years. After the first couple of months the sun spots that I had on my nose had vanished. The rest of skin issues won't magically disappear but there's an improvement. The skin peels off but no irritation occurs. After I apply the serum I wait one minute and then I apply the moisturizer. Its effect is not as strong as the serum's but they are perfect partners in crime.Then comes the concealer. There's an Even Better concealer which is really creamy, I loved the texture. Unfortunately, they discontinued my shade so I'm still on the hunt for the best concealer. Finally, I apply the Even Better foundation.

clinique make-up superbalanced even better beyond perfecting
The Foundations
Superbalanced Makeup. This foundation provides moderate coverage. It's your best choice if you already have beautiful skin. Even Better. It provides moderate to full coverage and helps with those imperfections. SPF 15 also helps protect against future darkening. Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. If your aim is flawless skin this is your make-up. The mixture of concealer and foundation provides full coverage and is like a second skin. It looks natural and stays all day.
clinique scrub make up remover
Make-up removers
I always start with Take the Day-off make-up remover for lids, lashes and lips. I think it's essential if you want to remove your eye make-up properly. It doesn't irritate your eyes. Then I use the Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser on the rest of my face. To remove any remaining dirt I use the exfoliating scrub. After rinsing it leaves a fresh minty feeling on your face. It feels so good! I use it only once a week. Clinique also has a 7 day scrub that is milder and can be used every day.

clinique 3 step beauty routine

The 3-step routine by Clinique is a classic. I use the 3 products every morning and the first two every night.
Step 1: Cleanse
I wash my face with the facial soap twice a day. It cleans gently and rinses easily. It helps remove the stress of pollution.
Step 2: Exfoliate

To gently exfoliate twice a day I use Clarifying Lotion 2. It sweeps away remaining dirt.
Step 3: Moisturize

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients.

clinique lipstick gloss

clinique make-up

Lips and Eyes

I've tried many lipsticks by Clinique but my favorite is Butter Shine Lipstick, it's creamy and shiny but not sticky. The shade on the photo is pink-a-boo but I also love raspberry rush which is more fuchsia. Long Last Glosswear looks beautiful, you need to apply very little and lasts even after having a meal. The problem is that it's sticky and on windy days your hair sticks to it which is quite annoying. The best alternative for that is the Superbalm Moisturizing GlossChubby Sticks come in beautiful shades but I find they are not as moisturizing as the previous ones. They are also matte. When I use them I need to reapply often. If you like to define your lips, the Quickliner is a great option. It can also be used as a base to put the lipstick on top.

As for the eyes my favorite eyeliner is Cream Shaper (shade: egyptian). I like it so much that I refuse to try anything else. This shade is a blackened green with gold pearl. On my lashes I apply two coats of High Impact mascara. There's a primer for lids that prevents them from getting oily and should be applied under your eye shadow. Unfortunately, it makes my eyes dry so I had to stop using it. At night I use a lash serum by Dior. I already did a review of this product which you can read here.

creme soyeuse la mer

Crème Soyeuse de La Mer

This is the newest addition to my routine. I had been wanting to try it for years since I've always read positive reviews about it. However, the price has put me off for a long time. Last February my boyfriend went on a ski trip to Andorra and I asked him to get it for me since it's way cheaper there because Andorra is a tax haven. There are many things I like about this cream. First, the package. It comes in a protective box and has a little spatula to apply it. The jar is made of ceramic instead of plastic. I think it's meant to keep the cream cool since the jar always feels quite cold. Second, the texture. It feels soft and leaves the skin looking dewy. Since I always wear make-up, I don't want to mix it with other products, so I prefer to use it just once a day and not put anything on top of it. So I use it as a night cream. Is it a miracle cream? I don't know yet. When I finish the jar I'll decide if it's worth buying it again.

la roche posay eau thermale

Eau Thermale La Roche-Posay

It is a natural anti-oxidant that soothes sensible skin. You have to spray it on you face. It leaves your skin soft and radiant.

What are your favorite beauty products? Have you tried any of these? Let me know on the comments.
Cristina xo


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  3. Estupendas imágenes. Muy bonitos los bodegones.

  4. I've always wanted to try La mer products. I remember my mom using them and swearing by how amazing they are.


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  5. so nice :) have a nice day:)

  6. I have always wanted to try that La Mer cream! Cute photos

  7. I also use these Clinique products for my skincare and as a beautician I am pretty picky what I put on my face and I am super happy with the results!:)

  8. I have used La Mer off and on for awhile now. I had the same thoughts about the price. It was difficult to come to grasps with but the jar does go a long way if applied correctly (they have an excellent instructional video on their site), and I love the way it works on my skin. Definitely worth the investment in my view. Great choices!


  9. I love learning about new beauty products! :)

  10. Unos productos fantásticos!!!

  11. la mer and clinique are two of my favorites as well!

    xo SideSmile,
    SideSmile Style

  12. La Mer is my favourite and I am currently using it. Was never a fan of Clinique as it felt too dry on my skin and the toner felt a bit too harsh. But if it works for you awesome :)

  13. Thank you for this post!

  14. Me encantan los productos de Clinique. Tengo que probar las barras de labios. Besos

  15. Great post. I love Clinique as well. They make some pretty amazing products. I need to try more of their make-up products, though. I tend to just buy the skin care products. I do have an eye shadow though and I absolutely love it so I am sure I'll love the rest too. Thanks for the recommendations :)

  16. Wow, wonderful pictures and so many great products! You have a great blog, would you like to follow each other?

  17. I must admit I haven't really tried any of Cliniques makeup products, I'll take a closer look at them next time I get a chance. Thanks for your review :)

  18. Waouw these pics are really pretty!
    I will try some Clinique products too :-)

  19. I love Clinique face care soooo much, but I also like one by Lancôme!


  20. Creme De La Mer Dupes is without so natural. I always every all to use those products:

  21. So great beauty tips. I know almost wont to make there face out look beauty so i appreciate your blog:


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