MY FAVOURITES FROM CLINIQUE

It has been a year that I started working with Clinique so I thought it would be a fun idea after all of the things I have tried and tested, tell you what my 10 favourite are. The products that I have tried then gone and re-purchased. 

 

Let's start with skin..

Moisture Surge 

For those who follow not only my Instagram, but also watch my stories you won't be surprised by this first one. Moisture surge is probably my number 1 Clinique product if I had to pick favourites. If you are only going to pick one product from the range, go the Extended Thirst Relief. It gives you a hit of moisture without leaving your skin feeling tacky or greasy. I am onto my fourth jar that's how much I love it. 

Pep Start

My main lover from this range is the 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Once again, I think I am onto my 4th or 5th tube of this. I use it day and night and feel like it really cleanses and wakes up the skin. Also a great tip for the Eye Cream in this range is to pop it in the fringe and use it cold to decrease puffiness. 

 

Now to the make up.. 

Superbalanced Silk

I know I spoke about this in my recent 'Finding The Perfect Base' post but this truly is my favourite product to use as my base. It is not too matte but not too dewy either, it has the perfect silky finish with moderate coverage. 


Cheek Pop

If you are on the search for the perfect soft peachy/pink blush - the shade 08 Melon Pop is for you. If I am not wearing the Chubby Blush in Amp'd Up Apple then I am wearing this on my cheeks. 


Just Browsing

I am all about just enhancing your natural brows and this product helps me do that. It is like a mini mascara for your brows that adds definition to each of your brow hairs and keeps them in place. I use the colour Deep Brown 

Chubby Contour

This is the product that made me fall in love with Clinique before our partnership even began. The easiest product to quickly bronze or contour your face. I personally also love to use it on my eye lids for an easy shadow. 


Sweet Pots

I feel like these are the most underrated Clinique Product but they are absolutely one of my favourites. They come in the sweetest shades and on one side of the jar it is your lip balm and on the other side there is a sugar lip scrub. They are genius and I can not get enough. 


Lash Power Flutter to Full Mascara

To be honest, Clinique has hands down some of my favourite mascaras I have ever used. Even writing this I had to toss up between the High Impact Mascara and The Lash Power Flutter to Full, but because I have been using the Lash Power the most over the last few months, it had to win. I feel it does a great job at lengthening with volume without causing clumps in my lashes. 10 out of 10. 

 

A huge thank you to my Clinique family for making this year happen. I had so much fun trying and testing out all the new releases and you have definitely taken over my holy grails for multiple categories. 

jasmine x

This post was supported by my partnership with Clinique Australia.

HER GARDEN

 

When the most recent collaboration from Max & Co and Swarovski landed on my doorstep I was instantly inspired. Not only to wear these crystal critters with all my basics but to also have some fun & create imagery. 

There are the obvious beetles and butterfly inspired pieces but also the not-so-obvious like the crystal droplet pieces. They remind me of the condensation on a crisp morning in the garden, reflecting the light. 

 

Pictured.
Bracelet with Butterfly Charm

 

 
 
 

Instantly I was drawn to blooms for creating
these images, because when am I not needing another excuse to buy flowers?

I was also inspired by the moment when the light hits each of the Swarovski crystals in these pieces. I knew it was time to put away the diffuser and play with the light & shadows when shooting the orchids wearing each piece. 

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Butterfly Earrings

 

 

jasmine x

 

This post was created in collaboration with Max & Co. 

INSPIRATION VS. IMITATION

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Last week I was a part of The Design Conference Brisbane, speaking about my experiences with Copyright Infringement. While preparing for my talk I realised that there was a lot that I hadn't spoken about previously so I thought it was about time I published some of it here. 

Most of the Copyright Infringement cases I fight are against corporations, manufacturers or other design teams but nearly every week one of my followers will send me an account of someone who has imitated multiple areas of my business. It isn't infringing my copyright but it definitely crosses my ethical line between Inspiration and Imitation. And that is what this is, it's a moral/ethical grey area. A grey area that as designers or creatives, we have the responsibility to keep ourselves on the right side of it. I get it, as a young designer especially you are trying to find your voice or your aesthetic. You may be experimenting with what other's have done before you but does that mean your creating imitations of other designers work rather than creating your own?

So how can we be inspired while not imitating or plagiarising someone else's creativity?


WATCH WHAT YOU ARE CONSUMING

Before we had technology in our pockets at all times, creatives would have to consciously seek out inspiration. Whether it was going to a gallery, finding a book of their favourite designers, look up encyclopaedia (?!) You would have been very aware of what material you are consuming and that is where it gets tricky today. Today we are consuming media without even paying attention. I think this can be dangerous if you are consuming a lot of someone else's art, thoughts, opinions, inspirations even because you can be doing so subconsciously then regurgitating them as your own a week later without realising they aren't originally yours. 


DON'T FOLLOW THOSE IN THE SAME FIELD AS YOU

Now I would probably lose at least 25% of my audience if people did this. When you are consuming a lot of media from those you aspire to be like, or whose work is close to your own, that can be a dangerous mix. It doesn't mean that I don't support other's work or think their work is amazing to look at, but I know it really isn't productive for me to do so. Follow people in other fields. If you are looking for inspiration in your feed you're more likely to be able to take inspiration from something in another field, rather than imitating something that was from the same field as you. 


IMITATION IS NOT FLATTERING

I don't know what the fuck Oscar Wilde was talking about. I actually feel it is one of the most disrespectful things you can do to another creative. From my point of view, when someone imitates or uses my work without permission they take a part of me. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is true. We give ourselves to our work and when someone takes that from us it is very hard to maintain that connection with what we create. When it was at its worst last year with two major legal battles and multiple small cases happening at once, I briefly lost all connection with my work. That is a place that I wouldn't wish on anyone and one that I never want to be in again.


As always, I would love to hear your opinions or thoughts on this topic below in the comments. It adds so much value to the discussion hearing from you guys, getting your input and talking about it more. 

jasmine x 

FOCUS ON CREATING, NOT THE RESULT

Why do I think so many creatives imitate rather than be inspired? Because we see the final result from someones creativity. We see it appear instantly without any knowledge of the time, edits, full trash cans and tears that went into creating it. We see it without the back and forth between you and the client and concepts that got turned down. But we see a result, that result may gain the artist likes, follows, larger clients, perceived success. Isn't that what all creatives should want? To be 'successful' off their art. So we imitate that result, hoping that we too could be successful artists to prove that our passion can also be a legitimate job. 

Imitating someone else's work is the easy route, I get that. But you can't imitate someone else's creativity, you can only imitate the result and by doing so you don't get to truly create at all. The fun part is all the stuff in between. For me it has always been natural to share my work online, it is just something I have done since day one. Take away social media though and I would still be creating because that is how I love to spend my time. 

As creatives, we need to spend more focus and give more value to the process rather than the result. 


IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, STOP. 

It is our responsibility as creators to keep ourselves in check throughout our design process. We should constantly be asking ourselves if we have seen it before, if we have done this before and how we can put our own voice into the work. 


GET YOUR INSPIRATION & SPEND ANOTHER 30 HOURS ON IT.

Give yourself and your work time to separate from the original piece of inspiration. Inject your own opinion, cut it up, put it back together. Make it you, not them. 


HOW TO. WAVY HAIR

Today I realised that I am scared of having a permanent video of myself on the internet. But after getting the same questions daily and filming multiple Stories/Live Streams of me doing my hair, this was my only choice. 

So please be kind, I am only facing my fears to help everyone who has & will ask.

Products Used.
Hair brush & Nume Curling Wand with the 25mm attached. I used the 25mm from my a long bob until now. As my hair gets longer I will be switching to the 30mm. 

Most days this full routine takes around 8 minutes.

If you have any questions let me know below and I can get back to you there.

jasmine x 

FINDING YOUR PERFECT BASE

Foundation can be a tricky beast, but one you must tame. The base is everything in my opinion so I thought I would go through my beauty cupboard, pick out my collection of Clinique foundations that I have been switching between this year, run you through my opinions of them, when I use each of them and why.  

 

First up is the Chubby in the Nude Foundation stick. As you saw a few months back, I am obsessed with the chubby face range. I use the Chubby Contour and Chubby Blush on the daily so I picked up a Chubby Foundation not that long ago to try out. 

For on the go. This stick is a dream for anyone who travels or is constantly running around through the day. It is super compact, you can blend it out with your fingers, and layers easily throughout the day. 

Light Coverage. Out of the three Clinique Foundations I have this definitely has the lightest coverage. I use this to cover up redness or dark circles if I am popping out for an errand.

Just where you need it. I love to use this foundation if I am just covering up any blemishes first with concealer, than adding this for an even complexion. It keeps my skin looking really natural. 

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The Superbalanced Silk is my current holy grail foundation. I have been using this non-stop since its updated release late last year.

My ideal coverage. One of the main reasons I love this foundation is its the ideal coverage for me. Moderate, not heavy but covers more than the Chubby stick. 

Silky Finish. They were not lying when they named this beauty. Since discovering this foundation I have ditched face powders for good. It leaves the skin looking hydrated but not too dewy either. It is a great base for applying your Chubby face products over the top also.

I can't feel it.  You know what I am talking about. That feeling. The foundation sitting on your face. I don't have that feeling anymore. 

 
 

Next up is the Beyond Perfecting Foundation, the crowd favourite.   

The Multi-tasker. This foundation also doubles as a concealer. After applying your foundation, take the doe-foot applicator and use a small amount to conceal any blemishes.

Oil Free. For those who need a long lasting foundation & have an oily skin type, this is the foundation for you. 

Flawless coverage. Big event or just feel like having a flawless face for the day/night? This is the one for you.

Applicator. One of my favourite things about this foundation has got to be the applicator. It is a giant doe-foot applicator and I am in love. It makes application super quick and easy. 

Throws Shade. It comes in a large range of 21 shades. Would always recommend getting some samples at a Clinique Counter to find your perfect shade match.  

I'd love to know if you have tried any of the above or what your favourite foundation for the perfect base is?

jasmine x

 

This post was created in collaboration with Clinique Australia.