Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

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This product is available at Clinique counters and retailers such as for $24.50. You can view the product here.
In February I realized I was running out of my moisturizer and wanted to try something new. I read up on a few products, and this one seemed like the most bang for your buck out of the options I was considering.
I purchased this lotion for my dry - dry combination skin in the 4.2 FL OZ bottle. This size is the middle size. This lotion is also available in a 1.7 FL OZ tube and 6.7 FL OZ large bottle. The 4.2 OZ size is a good sized bottle and will last for quite a while.
Clinique claims this is a fragrance free lotion, which is only partly true. The scent is very light but it does have a generic cosmetic scent to it.
This lotion soaks into my skin quickly and moisturizes it well. I was told I should purchase the gel for my skin, but I strongly prefer the lotion. Gels have a weird consistency in my opinion and I do not like them. 
I use this product twice daily and my skin is doing quite well as a result.
« The price point. $24.50 for a 4.2 OZ bottle is not bad in my opinion.
« The packaging. I really like the square shaped bottle.
« The lightness of the scent.
« How quickly it absorbs into my skin.
« The pump becomes very messy very quick.
« Yea.. that's it.
« If the fragrance free claim was true, that would be a plus.
I truly enjoy this line of skincare products from Clinique. I highly recommend them and I will repurchase when I eventually run out!
« Overall: 5/5
« Packaging: 4/5
« Price: $$
« Repurchase? Yes.
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February Favorites


Today's post is my February Favorites. Interested? Keep reading :)

First up, We have lip products.

Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart: This is a sheer, true red with no shimmer to it. I find these lip butters to be mildly moisturizing on my lips, however I suffer from severely dry winter lips at the moment. The color is lovely, the staying power is not so great.

Mac Viva Glam Cyndi: This is a discontinued Viva Glam shade from Mac, Cyndi Lauper. Viva Glam Cyndi is a lovely sheer red with no shimmer that flatters most every skin tone I've seen it on. I do not find it to be drying and it has average lasting power.

Mac Ever Hip: This is a Limited Edition shade from Mac. Ever Hip has been repromoted and will likely be again. Ever Hip is a lovely coral shade with a sheen, perfect for spring and summer wear. It is flattering on lighter skin tones and I am sure it would look wonderful on darker ones as well.

C.O. Bigelow Rosebud Salve: This is a vaseline based, multi use salve. I use this on my lips nearly every day, I also use it on my cuticles and on very dry patches on my face. The smell is mild and easily tolerable. It does have a vaseline-like consistency. It has been a miracle worker for me. I adore it and I will repurchase it once I finish it.

Up next, eye products.

Too Faced LashGasm: I have used this mascara for around 2 years now. I have experienced no flaking or smudging with this product. It gives lovely long lashes, no volume. It is not too watery or too thick.

NYX HD Lid Primer: I have battled with primers for a while, none work well for me. I don't have overly oily lids but none of them work well. So far, this one works the best for me but I still experience creasing with this product.

BECCA Enigma Palette: This is a now discontinued palette from BECCA. It is my usual go-to palette because the neutral shades are easy to work with. I use the darkest shade as a liner and outer V color and one of the other two on the lid. Aside from the shimmer in one of the lighter shades, they look very similar on my lids so no point in using both.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner - Black: This is the third black gel/cream liner product I ever purchased and I feel that it is a winner. It is a virtual every day, HG status item for me. I tried WnW first, that was a disappointment. I also tried Physicians Formula, while that product works great it is more of a cream than a gel and I prefer the consistency of the gel liner.

ELF Studio Brow Kit: Before purchasing this, I purchased the Too Faced Brow Envy palette. It was huge and cumbersome so I looked for a smaller alternative. I considered Benefit and Urban Decay but went with this 3.00 gem first. The gel and powder both work well, the brush included is actually useable in a pinch.

Moving on to face products.

MAC MSFN: This is another product I have been using for a couple of years. This is my go-to foundation, it leaves a satin-natural finish on my skin and lasts very long for a powder foundation. MSFN provides a light coverage, but can be medium if applied wet. It has never irritated my skin or broken me out in the time I have been using it.

Urban Decay All Nighter: This is a product I started using this month and I am in love. When I spray this over my makeup it lasts for 10+ hours without fading. I originally purchased the travel size and went on to purchase a full sized bottle.

MAC Lightscapade MSF: There was a lot of hype around this particular product and before its repromote it was highly sought after. After the hype died, a lot of people said it was really just a "meh" product. I, on the other hand, find this to be my HG highlighter. That may be because I am fair-skinned but I use this on my cheekbones, down my nose and as a brow highlight. I adore it.

NYX Blush Sticks: I have a full review of these blush sticks here: Blush Sticks. The one pictured is Orchid, which is a very close dupe of Nars Orgasm. These are great, they blend easily and last for a long time.

Laura Mercier Oil Free TM: I have been using this product for a little over six months now. The shade I have is nude, which is technically too dark for me. However, this TM is so sheer that it truly doesn't matter. It blends seamlessly into my skin and provides a light coverage. I do get greasy when using this product but it has not broken me out or irritated my skin.

MAC Creamblend Blush in Ladyblush: I got this product only recently, but have used it a few times this month and will continue to do so I am sure. It is a lovely neutral color on my skin and looks very natural on. It blends easily and lasts well. The Mac creamblend blushes work well for me on the lips as well.

Skincare products and tools.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: I was told that for my combo/normal skin I would prefer the DDM Gel. I purchased the lotion and I really like it. I use this in the morning and at night and my skin is nice and moisturized now in this winter weather.

Bath and Body Works PocketBac in tangerine: I love, love, love B&BW PocketBacs. The one I am currently loving is Tangerine. It smells wonderful.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear spot treatment: I have purchased this product several times over the last couple of years. It really does improve acne blemishes within a few hours.

Yes to Carrots body butter: This body butter works great for dry winter skin. It is very thick and does not smell overpowering.

Burt's Bees eye cream: A lot of people dislike this product because of the use of lanolin, this fact does not bother me. It tightens my undereye area and I do see improvement in my undereye circles after use.

Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush: This brush I acquired this month, but it has replaced my other gel liner brushes. It is angled nicely and thin enough to provide a very nice line with my gel liner. It holds its shape well when washed, does not shed and remains soft. It is a synthetic brush so it does not absorb the product like natural hair brushes.

Sigma E05 Liner Brush: This is the best pointed liner brush I have come across. It is very fine-tipped and it holds the point when being washed. It works great for tightlining.

Purse Atomizer with Clinique Happy Heart in it: I found these little purse atomizers at my local PX on sale for 20 cents. I filled them with two of my favorite perfumes, Clinique Happy Heart and Kat Von D Adora. Currently I'm loving Happy Heart, its a nice light scent and has been a favorite for a while now.

Alright, that's it for my February Favorites. Hope you enjoyed!

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Review: Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you a review of the Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit. Want to know more? Keep reading -->

This product is available for purchase at Sally's Beauty Supply and on their website for $9.99. You can view the product here. I purchased mine in store, it was found on the front displays as it is a new product they just started stocking.

The back of the package gives general directions for use and a small instruction booklet is included inside.

In the kit you get: The stamper, scraper, holding tray and five design discs. The discs come with a blue plastic film over them to protect them, this will need to be removed before use.

The discs you get include designs such as zebra print, stars, a seahorse, flowers, hearts, a turtle and several more.

I decided to try it out before posting this, I used OPI Tickle my France-y as a base and China Glaze Ruby Pumps for my design. I chose the zebra design because, well.. I liked it. The design polish does not always stick fully to your base and will have to be pressed down with a finger.

« The price, its an excellent price for what you get.
« The amount of design discs.
« Easy of use.

« The packaging, I hate these plastic things you have to cut open.
« Cleaning. It is not the easiest tool to keep clean.
« The little holding tray for the discs, I never use it.
 I feel this kit is definitely worth the price and works very well for its price point. You get everything you essentially need to use the kit aside from polishes.

Overall: 4/5
Price: $
Use: 3/5
Repurchase? Eh, probably not.
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Review: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you a review of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Want to know more? Keep reading -->

This is a very popular product from the Too Faced permanent line. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer has gotten many raves across the internet and comes recommended in stores.

First off, I have to mention that this bronzer smells AMAZING. It is chocolate scented, so those chocolate lovers out there (like myself) would likely really enjoy this.

Chocolate Soleil is a matte bronzer. It is a light, warm-toned shade, so not really fit for those cool toned ladies such as myself. The pigmentation is wonderful, it blends easily and looks nice on. You can apply this lightly with a stippling brush, or heavier with a powder/contour/bronzer brush. It seems to be finely milled and it does kick up a fair share of powder when you dip your brush into it and swirl it around. Its not too bad, but it is noticeable.

The large mirror in the compact is a huge plus. The packaging is nice and travel friendly as well.

Unfortunately for me, it pulls very red on my cool toned skin, so I will be returning this product today.

I do love this bronzer, and I so wish it worked for my skin tone. If it was cooler toned, it would be a 100% winner for me. I recommend this product, but I also suggest trying it in the store first to make sure it does not pull red on you as it did for me.

« OMG that smell. I love it.
« The compact packaging.
« Its matte.

« Very skin tone specific product.

« The price.

If this product worked for my skin tone, it would probably be holy grail status. Good pigmentation, wonderful smell, blends easily. I'm very sad that this is too red for me. For darker, more warmed tone gals.. I highly recommend this!

Overall: 4/5
USE: 4/5
Price: $$
Repurchase? Sadly, no.
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Review: Nars Gaiety + Small FOTD


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you a review of the new Nars blush, Gaiety. Plus! A bonus small FOTD using it. Want to know more? Keep reading -->

This blush is available at Nars counters and retailers for $28.00. You can view the product on here. I ordered mine from

This blush shade from Nars is a very light pink with no shimmer. Pictures do not do this shade justice.

This blush is buttery, smooth and has lovely pigmentation. These are swatches of it applied lighty and heavily. It blends well as do most of Nars' blushes.

This is what the blush looks like applied to fair skin on the face.

Products used: Mac Matchmaster 1.0, KvD lipstick in Lolita, Maybelline color tattoo in Tough as Taupe,   Lined/tightlined with a matte black from a Kat Von D palette, Maybelline One by One mascara, Mac Lightscapade as a brow highlight and cheek highlight, Nars Gaiety blush, and the Elf studio brow kit.

« Pigmentation
« Lack of strong scent
« Packaging

« Won't really show well on darker skin tones.
« Package gets dirty easy.
« Price point.
 This blush lives up to the Nars standard and is a wonderful product. I would recommend this for many medium to light skintones and just about everyone I know.

Overall: 5/5
Price: 3/5
Use: 5/5
Repurchase? Yes.

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Review: Beauty Blender


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you a more in-depth review of the famous Beauty Blender Sponge. Want to know more? Keep reading -->

I actually purchased my Beauty Blender at a Veda Spa here in town. You can purchase this product at a Sephora store or on here. I paid $19.95 plus tax at the spa, and for the single beauty blender the price is the same on
So, my first impressions of this little tool were not so great. After using it a few times my opinions have changed.

I've had different results with different products on this tool. The first time I tried this sponge I used it with a cream foundation. The results with the cream foundation were not so great. The foundation went on too thick, cakey and splotchy. I was not pleased with this. The second time I tried using it for concealer. The smaller end is still a bit too big to apply concealer around my eyes, but it went on ok. I prefer my fingers for this. Now, I used this little pink egg with my matchmaster foundation and it went on beautifully. Not too thick, not cakey and it did not accentuate any dry patches. I much prefer the finish of that foundation with the Beauty Blender to a standard foundation brush.

As far as cleaning goes... my Beauty Blender is still bleeding pink when I wash it and I do have a hard time getting all of the soap out when I rinse it out. I also have a hard time removing -all- of the foundation from the sponge when cleansing it.

With all of that said, I truly do enjoy this tool for my regular foundation. I will stick to a foundation brush for my cream foundation, but as far as the matchmaster goes... this is the only thing I will apply it with. The Beauty Blender is definitely worth the price. There's a little hassle with it at times, but it does work wonderfully. I would recommend this little pink egg to anyone with a standard liquid foundation.

« When it works, it WORKS.
« Small and compact.
« Cleaning this thing is a bit more difficult than I like.
« The price. A bit high for a pink sponge, if you ask me.
« The amount of foundation it soaks up.
« The fact that it bleeds pink for a long time.

« Ease of use.
I like this sponge, and I like the finish it can give with certain types of foundation. Do I feel this is a necessary tool? No. Do I recommend it? Sure, if you like this sort of thing.
Overall: 3/5
Price: $$
Use: 3/5
Repurchase? Probably not.

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Review: Sugarpill Burning Heart Quad


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you a little review of the Sugarpill Burning Heart quad. Want to know more? Keep reading -->

This palette is available for purchase from a couple of online etailers and from Sugarpill's shop. You can view this palette here. It sells online for $34.00 plus shipping.

At first sight, this palette is <3. The colors are bright and vibrant. The packaging is nice, the mirror is a good size and the magnet is strong. The colors blend well with slight exception of the red shade, Love +. It was slightly harder to blend. Actually, when I received this palette the red was severely lacking in pigmentation compared to the others and I had to switch it out with a single Love + I'd purchased around a year ago. The yellow shade, Buttercup Cake, is also a little lacking in pigmentation, but it is workable.

A huge plus about this palette is the fact you can easily depot it without ruining the palette. Underneath the label on the back are little holes in the palette. You can easily put a pin through the hole and the shadows pop right out. They are magnetized instead of glued in. Wonderful idea on Sugarpill's part!

Swatched dry, no primer: Flamepoint, Buttercup Cake, Love +(the one that came in the quad) and Poison Plum.

No issues with Flamepoint and Poison Plum in the pigmentation department. With that said, these shadows are a little on the chalky side and they do kick up a lot of powder when you put your brush into the shadow. They apply well, and blend out very well.

I've used this quad once so far and was very pleased with its performance. That is, after replacing the defective red shadow.

Overall, I enjoy Sugarpill products and will likely be purchasing more in the future.

« The packaging. Its wonderful.
« The easy way you can depot this palette. 

« The apparent inconsistency in pigmentation/quality of some palettes produced.

« The size. The pans are large, which could be good and could be bad. You may never finish it. The palette is a decent, travel-friendly size, but I would prefer it be a bit smaller.

I do love these shadows, and I want more. I can easily understand the raves about this product and I would recommend it to anyone who loves bright colors.

Overall: 4/5
Price: $$
Quality: 4/5
Repurchase? Undecided.     

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What's in the Box: Collective Mail Haul Pt. 2


This is Part Two of the biggest haul I've ever done. It may not be a huge haul to some people, but to me it is pretty big and I am excited to share it with you. If you are curious, keep reading -->

This is a quick overview of what I received from Sephora. I got the Urban Decay all nighter spray, Clinique Liquid face soap, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Caudaile Cleansing Water, Clinique Good Skin, Good Deal set, Illamasqua Panic blush, Nars Gaiety blush and a 100pt perk Korres Mascara.

This is the Clinique liquid soap. So far, I am liking this.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I also like this a lot so far, it does smell a bit odd though.

Good deal, Good skin kit. This really is a good deal. It cost 12.50 on and you get a full sized clarifying lotion plus travel sizes of the liquid soap and lotion.

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. Cannot express how much I love this product. I originally had the travel size to try it, fell in love and ordered the full sized bottle.

Caudalie cleansing water. I got this in the smaller size (3.4 oz) to try it out as my Lancome one is running out.

Illamasqua Panic. A Sephora exclusive shade, and oh my word is it RED.

The newest Nars blush, Gaiety. This is a very light blush, but it is very lovely on.

100pt perk Korres mascara.

As always, reviews to come for all of these products in the future as well as FOTDs using the color items. Any requests for a specific review to be first or a specific FOTD, please let me know :)

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What's in the Box: Collective Haul


Today on The Lovely Nerds I am bringing you part one of the biggest haul I've ever done. If you want to know what was inside these boxes, keep reading -->

In the first box I got a little something from Sugarpill. Along with my product is the usual Sugarpill swag; a sticker, business card and small sample of loose pigment.

I picked up one of the famous Sugarpill quads.

This is the back of the Burning Heart quad, listing the names of the eyeshadow colors inside the palette.

Inside of this wonderful little palette.

In the second box, I got something from Sigma Beauty.

I picked up the Mr. Bunny Essentials vegan brush kit. Also, the free travel sized blending brush as a gift.

How the brushes are packaged for shipping.

All 12 brushes in their little brush guards and plastic wrap.

The face brushes: F30, F50, F60, F40 and F70.

The eye brushes: E60, E40, E65, E30, E55, E70 and E05.

Then I went to a local Veda Spa and Salon and picked up a beauty blender (finally).

In all of its pink, egg-shaped glory.

Reviews of these products to come, along with a FOTD using the Sugarpill quad. I will post the second half of this haul soon as well.

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