The Cult Collection: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

One of the world’s most popular moisturizers, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML) is my favourite moisturizer ever and the only one I use.  They say that a bottle of this distinctively yellow face hydrator is sold every four seconds and I truly believe it.  One, because they offer it in basically all of their Gift with Purchases and two, it just works so damn well.

I have known about this product for as long as I can remember (I would come across the little sample jars in my mom’s vanity drawer) but I first started using this product when I was 16 or so when I had an allergic reaction on my face which I thought at the time was acne.  Like any other teenager, I freaked out, so my mom took me to the Clinique counter and the sales associate recommended their famous three-step system, which I still use to this day.  I don’t use any other face moisturizer and when I do, it’s just not the same as DDML.

So is it cult-worthy?  Yes, yes it totally is.  And Clinique knows it, so much so that there is an abundance of different sizes and versions you can buy it in.  You can get the lotion or the gel (for oily skin types) in either a travel size tube or a jar or a jar with a pump.  And the best part?  It’s affordable (well relatively, this is not going to be the same price as an Olay cream, but for department store, it’s pretty good); the prices range from about $15-31 CAD.

So why is it so good?  Well, according to Clinique’s website:

Hydrated skin doesn’t just look smoother and healthier-it’s better able to function as a barrier against external aggressors. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the moisture “drink” developed by Clinique dermatologists to maintain skin’s optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Custom-fit to skin type in Very Dry to Dry Combination skin formula.

How To Use
Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed. For best results use after Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion.

I think they nailed it on the head when they said it’s a moisture drink for your skin.  A few weeks ago I ran out of the product but I wanted to wait to repurchase it because Sears was having bonus time in a week or so.  Well, I couldn’t stand it; my face felt so dry and tight, it needed something to drink.  So I cracked and bought a bottle (the small one) and man it made such a huge difference. My face felt so moisturized and fresh after I put some on, and I basically vowed then and there that I wouldn’t go a day without it.  I have tried other lotions from Clinique and they have some others that are great as well (like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief), but for the price, DDML can’t be beat.

Have you tried Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?  What were your thoughts? Do you think it’s cult worthy?

April 2011 Favourites!

It’s a new month so that means a new favourites post!  There was tons of stuff that I loved this month, and a lot of it I have featured on here already, but nonetheless, they are so good, I’ll feature them again!

So let’s get started!

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

I absolutely love this colour!  I picked this up the day that Quite Cute came out and I am so glad that I did because it sold out fast both in store and online.  The colour is so vibrant and bold that it can be a bit tough to pull off, I personally have always worn it with a high fashion bun so the focus always went to my lips.  It’s a matte finish so there is no shine to it, but you can easily add a lipgloss over top or even a nude lipliner underneath to really make this colour pop even more.

For a lot of limited edition colours, I am often kicking myself that I didn’t get a back up, I don’t think I’ll have a problem with this gem because since I got it I have maybe worn it twice (the collection came out on April 7).  This one lipstick will last me a very long time, I can tell already.

MAC Pro Longwear and Bare Minerals Original Mineral Foundation

Okay so for the longest time I would only wear liquid foundation because I found that it gave me more coverage.  I don’t have bad skin at all, heck I hardly have blemishes, but I want my skin to look flawless.  Around Christmastime I needed a new foundation because the one I had was my summer shade and it made my face look darker than the rest of my body.  I went to Sephora and managed to narrow my choices down to the Laura Mercier one and the Bare Minerals one.  Laura Mercier’s foundations are extremely expensive for such a little tube (I think they retail for $55 CDN), and although it gave me great coverage I opted to go with Bare Minerals because a) the Sephora SA said that it was a good product and b) it came as a gift set with the foundation, mineral veil, bronzing powder, and three brushes.  I’m not a big fan of powder foundations, but this one I can make an exception for.  This product is fantastic.  It goes on so nicely and your skin looks so great after.

Now fast forward to about a month ago when I watched many YouTube beauty gurus rave about MAC’s Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation.  I figured I had to try it, so when I got a coupon from The Bay in my email I went straight to the MAC counter.  Okay, so do I love this foundation?  It’s okay, I don’t think it lasts 10 hours, or however many hours it promises, and it delivers medium coverage I would say.  Also, if you have dry skin I would stay far away from this product because it can give your skin a cake-y look to it.

So why is it on my favourites list?  Well I love the two products together.  I use the MAC one as my foundation and then use the Bare Minerals one over top as a setting powder, and voila! Perfect skin!  I also use NC 15 in the MAC one, which is very light, and I find that the Bare Minerals foundation over top adds a bit of colour.  Both work great by themselves, and if I am short of time in the morning I will just stick with my Bare Minerals. If you have both products, give them a go together, they complement each other very nicely.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Naked, Sin, and Virgin

I have to be honest here, I have not used all the colours in my Naked Palette as of yet.  However, with that being said, that’s because I have my daytime look down-pat with three of the colours from the set.  I use Sin on my lids, Naked in my crease, and Virgin as a highlight.  This is a perfect daytime look, great for the office, school, or wherever.  It’s just so basic and neutral and pretty!  It’s usually the combo I use everyday of the week.

Essie Sand Tropez nail polish and Spa Ritual Knowledge is Power nail polish

Okay so I reviewed these polishes before in my Spring Nails post, but I am actually obsessed.  Right now, as I’m typing this I’m actually wearing Sand Tropez with OPI’s Black Shatter over top.  It’s like one of those “you nails but better” shades.

As for Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power, oh my gosh, I am obsessed with this shade.  It’s just such a gorgeous pink.  It reminds me of Hello Kitty to be honest (does that even make sense?).  It’s so vibrant, so girly, and so summery!  This is a must-have!

E.L.F. Angled Contour Brush

Alright, I loved the e.l.f. C Brush so much that when I was at Target last month I wanted to pick up a few other e.l.f. brushes.  I didn’t need a lot of the ones they had at the store because I already had similar ones but I thought I would give this one a try.  I use this for my crease and although it may look kind of awkward, it’s so perfect.  It fits right in there and gives you a flawless application.  And the best part?  It was $3 USD, can’t get a better price than that.

I recently just discovered e.l.f. and I really like the brand.  I also picked up their makeup wipes and they also work fantastic as well.  I wish they sold individual e.l.f. products in Canada.

Bare Escentuals Retractable Kabuki Brush

I picked this up in Las Vegas at the Bare Escentuals outlet and I love it!  I really wanted a kabuki brush but they are often super expensive.  I think I paid like $14.99 USD for this and it came with a gold shimmer powder as well (it was actually cheaper to get the set then to buy the brush by itself).

This brush is so soft and it works like a charm.  It’s not the largest kabuki I have seen but it gets the job done.  And the best part?  It’s retractable so you can keep it nice and clean and it makes for easy travel too.

I have a few brushes from Bare Minerals/Escentuals and I found one of them, the Flawless Face Brush (I believe) to be a bit scratchy and shed a bit, but this one is nice and soft with minimal shedding.

Forever 21 Gold Chain Necklace I had been looking for a gold chain necklace for a long time and then I stumbled across this beauty the last time I was at Forever 21.  I also featured this necklace in my gold jewellery post, but I actually have bee wearing it close to everyday.  Some days I even have to stop myself from wearing it because I’m like, “hey, I wore this yesterday.”  I know a few other places make similar pieces, but with Forever 21’s prices, you can’t get better than this (I think this cost me like $9.80 CDN).

Candles

Okay so totally unrelated to fashion and beauty, but I have been loving candles this month!  I never have been into candles too much, but lately I like having one going beside my bed.  They smell so nice and are so soothing.  Now I just want to go out and haul a bunch of them, but they are so darn pricey!  However, I got two little ones from Bath and Body Works for $5, so I was pretty excited about that, and they have awesome scents!

So that’s all!  Whew, long post!  What were some of your favourites for April?

Kardashian Konfidential: A Review

So for the past month I have been putting all my other books on hold to read this little gem, Kardashian Konfidential by Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian, which is an inside look at their lives.  Ever since we got E! in Canada I have been obsessed with them.  My Sunday night line up of Desperate Housewives got a new buddy, whether it’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, or the newest series in the franchise, Khloe and Lamar.  Like so many others out there, I became obsessed.

So I finally caved and bought Kardashian Konfidential.  They did have this at my local library and I did request it because there was a list, but I figured I wanted to buy it because truth be told, the book is so pretty (and of course the library calls me the weekend after I buy it to say they have it for me, oh well).  It’s more of a coffee table book than anything.  The font is rather large, there are tons of sidebars and conversations and best of all, photos!  It’s no War and Peace, but hey, what do you expect?  It’s girly, it’s fun, and it’s pretty juicy.

Like for instance did you know that Khloe Kardashian lost her virginity at age 14?  Or that she also has an artificial cartilage in one of her knees because of a car accident?  Yeah, neither did I.  And that’s not all, there are tons of juicy little details about the sisters’ lives that prove that they are regular people, just like you and I, who live pretty glamourous lives (a little bit of an oxymoron I know).

The book is broken up into different chapters and it is distinguished who is speaking (or writing) when.  They cover everything from their childhood, their family, the OJ Simpson trial (their dad was one of OJ’s attorneys), Kim’s marriage, Kourtney’s college experience, and much more.   They also give little tips in sidebars and list some of their favourite things, like beauty, movies, songs, etc.

If you are looking for some serious reading, this isn’t it.  But if you want something fun (and if you like the Kardashians) I would pick this up.  If I had a coffee table this would be on it right now (the cover is super cute with a hot pink jacket and lipstick marks on it).  It’s just such a juicy, fun read, perfect for the upcoming summer season.  And if you don’t like reading (who doesn’t?) pick it up for the photos, there are tons of them.

Have you read Kardashian Konfidential?  What were your thoughts?

Kardashian Konfidential by Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian is published by St. Martin’s Press.  It retails for $25.99 USD and $29.99 CDN in hardcover.

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