Calyx Returns Under Clinique’s Label

In the late ’90s, I worked at a salad place at the mall. That was the first and last time I worked with food. My favorite part of the day was when the Macy’s beauty counter ladies came over for a salad and I would accost the =&0=& sales associates with questions–mostly about Calyx and the suite of color-inspired fragrances the brand sold then (I was yellow). Discussing beauty at my patently non-beauty focused jobs is a recurring theme in my lifestyle. Anywho, they were not interested in discussing the ins and outs of =&1=&with me away from the counter, but I was obsessed and later bought several Px perfumes on my lunch break. Calyx was one of my first fragrance favorites. =&2=& showed up at my apartment with a press release last night. It was much like that part in =&3=&in the alternate universe where we see a marquee for=&4=& in addition to a present-day shot of Manhattan with the twin towers in the skyline. It’s all very the Alternate 1985, to reference =&5=& (meta!). =&6=&

Clinique Gift With Purchase + Jenna Menard Appearance Macy’s Heralnd Square

=&0=& knows: The most wonderful time of the year is =&1=& time. Luckily, it’s NOW, and bonus— Global Colour Artist =&2=& will be making a special appearance at Macy’s Herald Square on November 7, 2013 to celebrate the introduction of Clinique’s new state-of-the-art counter.  Jenna Menard will be showcasing her All About Shadow Jenna’s Essentials eye shadow quad and teaching various techniques and tricks of the trade. Purchase of $32.50 worth of Clinique products and receive an exclusive gift containing All About Shadows Jenna’s Essentials and a full size High Impact Mascara in a sleek cosmetic bag (while supplies last). What’s your favorite Clinique item to purchase to qualify for a GWP?
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NEW: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

For me, the iconic Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (known as DDML to its cult members) is almost like a FRIEND of mine, like Sassy magazine, Judy Blume novels and My Two Dads. =&3=& with a 50% improvement in moisture for all-day hydration without a single drop fo oil and 54% improvement in skin’s barrier strength in 8 weeks without changing its famously silky texture. It now includes skin care MVP hyaluronic acid, in addition to glycerin and urea. =&4=&

New: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense

When I had to make the executive decision as to which lip color to rock in my driver’s license pic the other day, I thought long and hard. I mean, I have to live with that photo for FOUR YEARS. My choice? Clinique‘s Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, a muted light red that’s very Jess of The New Girl. Clinique’s upped the ante with their phenomenal balms that yield slightly sheer (halfway between sheer and opaque) color in a variety of bright shades that will punch up your MLK Day wardrobe of neutral wools in darker hues. Check out the shades below. 

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Clinique Partners With Tracy Reese On Limited Edition Cosmetics Bag

Everyone loves a gift with purchase–and Clinique‘s GWPs were for me, a total gateway drug into the world of cosmetic excess. The legendary brand has partnered with Tracy Reese for the third time on a limited edition Tracy Reese for Clinique cosmetics bag. 

This ultra-feminine cosmetics bag holds must-have beauty essentials to achieve healthy skin and a flawless, fall makeup look: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, 7 Day Scrub, Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15(choice from 4 shades), a compact featuring Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Like Mink and Blushing Blush in Cupid, Long Last Lipstick in Merlot, High Lengths Mascara and a perfectly portable size of Happy Fragrance.
The complimentary, Tracy Reese for Clinique cosmetics bag is available with any Clinique purchase of $28.00 or more and has an $80.00 value. It’s available exclusively at Nordstrom and from October 30 through November 11.
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Cool Products For Hades Climes

I just want my products to induce the same cool, calming effect as
Blanche Devereaux’s wallpaper. I’m a deeply tropical PERSON. Is that too much to ask?  
Minty Products

For a summer that’s felt like August the entire time, believe me when I say I’m nervous about the real August. I’m so HOT all the TIME that I’ve been stockpiling all my cooling bath, body and hair products like a heated hoarder. Here, my all-time faves of the bunch.

=&0=& ($20 for 1 oz) You may think that basil should be relegated to your Cosi TBM, but you’d be wrong. This fresh, verdant perfume acts as portable A/C in a non-cloying brisk way. Bring the rollerball with you in your purse when you’re on the subway and SEE. 

Clinique Even Better Eyes ($40) Got Beetlejuice undereye circles? Clinique’s got you covered with this new formula boasting a cooling tip applicator. It’s clinically proven to visibly reduce dark circles by 30% in 12 weeks and imparts a soft-focus finish thanks to its fleshtone iridescent formula.

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Coral Obligation: Three Vibrant Coral Lip Accoutrements For Spring

The REAL coral.

The shade you need to rock nonstop this spring? Vibrant CORAL. Coral is the best way to channel a retro lip moment when red is just too much for warmer weather. And you KNOW it’ll be migrating all over your cheek by end of day in steamy climes. Coral is fresh, coral is lighter, coral is giving me LIFE–in these three iterations. Here’s your spring Coral Obligation.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral This hot hue was created by Clinique Global Color Artist Jenna Menard and will launch (limited edition) in May for $15 at It boasts buttery texture and a hot coral hue–skewing more red than salmon. It’s so retro in a formerly thin Mad Men‘s Betty Francis way, that I feel as if we were to give it to her, she’d stop eating her feelings. It’s that good. Coral sex, if you will.

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Clinique Introduces SEVEN New Almost Lipstick Shades

Credit: Clinique

Clinique is truly like that ’80s band who introduces new hits all the time–but will always give the crowd what it wants–their original favorites in their original glory. Case in point? The brand’s EPIC Almost Lipstick franchise, slim lip hydrators boasting a bit of shine, a smidge of stain, a naughtily natural color–now available in seven new shades, each spun off of the original Black Honey.
It’s like BH is the “Three’s Company” to seven new “The Ropers” moments. I’m super into it. My fave is the Luscious Honey, a supremely wearable sheer pinked-off red. Here’s the full lineup of shades.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Merry Clinique Gift Sets

Sparkle, Neely, sparkle: This is the 2011 BBJ Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift-worthy items for everyone on your list, check out my other offerings.

Clinique has a special place in my heart because it was one of my original favorite beauty brands. Their GWPs got me through many a bad day in high school. You know how I feel about their Superbalms and their Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms (THEY ARE EVERYTHING).  And now, you can score little beauty poo poo platter samplers of both within Clinique’s Merry Clinique Gift Sets, each going for a wallet-friendly $39. Bright, gorge shades, incredibly luxe texture and fantastic variety–who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end?  Let’s take a little look at these gifts, mmkay?

Lips To Go Set
The lipsticks and lip glosses in this set can be mixed and matched to create the perfect pout for any occasions, be it dinner with friends or an office Christmas party.

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Don’t Call It A Comeback: Prescriptives Is Back

Remember way back in 2009 when Prescriptives sadly closed its counters? In a very The Vampire Diaries way (seriously, everyone gets stabbed on that show and no one ever dies), it’s back in action online only at And I couldn’t be more elated. Read on…
There’s a special place in my heart for the amazing range featuring custom blends (which you can get if you still have your formulas, by the by). Prescriptives was my first foray into department store brands after dipping my toe into Clinique after years and years of Bonne Bell. My first lipstick EVER was one of their purple ones for my semi-formal in 1995. It matched perfectly my hideous satin Zum Zum dress. I always loved starting conversations about my Prescriptives lipstick with “Medically speaking…” as I’d decided the word Prescriptives sounded too medical not to capitalize on that. I also knew it’d be the only time in my life I’d start any sentence with “medically speaking.”

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