Clinique has launched a new product that is all about a new way to wear matte on the lips, called Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder. That is a long name for a product, but I assure you that when you see the picture of the packaging below, you will know how beautiful and sleek design it is. The whole idea behind this product is based on the pro tick where the makeup artists dab pressed powder on top of the lipstick to create a unique velvet-like matte lip look.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder (CAD $25) is described as to deliver a vibrant burst of plush matte color in a transformative textural experience. The supersaturated creamy pigment glides on effortlessly and transforms into a weightless, powdery finish, giving lips a bright pop of show-stopping color. The sponge tip applicator is anti-bacterial which makes it easy to build the intensity. To use the product, the applicator is untwisted and swept directly onto the lips or over the lip balm. To load more color onto the sponge, the applicator is replaced and twisted closed. It can be either blurred out for a soft wash of color or the whole process can be repeated to create the more intense look.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

I have used this product few times and had no issue with the design to apply and to load more product to the sponge applicator. Actually, I have not used anything like this before, like applying lipstick with a sponge. I have used my pressed powder over my lipstick to create that matte kind of lip but not used a lip powder. I thought the sponge applicator won’t be a good way to apply and how it can be good for precise application. After using it few times, I feel the application is easy and the product does apply nicely on the lips. The sponge applicator is very soft and the tip can be used to apply the most product as the tip is dipped into the product side and the most product is on the tip. It feels very light, like powder kind of texture on the lips, like nothing is applied.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

The color on single swipe gives a good tint and for intensity, two or maximum three coats were enough. I did use it without lip balm on the lips and with lip balm on the lips. Both ways, it was comfortable to wear. The staying power would be more if used with a lip liner. The shades are nice and bright, look great as tints when applied over the lip balm.

The formula did not bleed and scatter around the lips, it stayed in the place and it was noticeable on my lips for over three hours until I felt the need to reply. The sleek packaging looks nice to keep it in your bag and taking it out to reapply. It did not make my lips drier or irritated. If you are matte lover which is light and love the nice packaging, and do not mind twisting up and using the sponge applicator (which is actually fun), then you should give this lip shadow a try.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow is available at Clinique.ca, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, Beautyboutique.ca and Hudson’s Bay

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Being the world full of beauty products, we usually focus on our face and the skin on our face. Buying makeup and skincare products is part of the routine. You might have experienced confusion and sometimes you reach out to friends and family to get advice and to know what is working from them. But when it comes to body care, we tend to forget about the options and just go on with the same old body lotion which we had a few years back. With time, it is not just the skin on your face but also your body that needs extra care. After two kids and going through hormonal changes, stretch marks, and what not, I have felt the skin on my body is not the same anymore unless I care for it. The things that used to work for my face and body don’t work the same way they used to anymore. And as you might know by now, I do believe in caring and maintaining, I have found a new favorite for body care, Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream is described as an intensely restorative and moisturizing skin care to maintain optimal hydration and soothe sensations of discomfort. Restorative Body Cream includes a complex of active ingredients capable of strengthening hydration mechanisms by retaining water in the epidermis and by limiting water loss, for intensely repaired and lastingly hydrated the skin. The three main points that distinguish this body cream from the others are:

Immediate and long-lasting hydration – Jioh and Carrot extracts, with hydrating properties, have been combined with a unique complex of highly “quenching” active ingredients to continuously capture and retain water.

Strengthening of the barrier function – Acts on several levels to fight against water loss and maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance. It also consolidates the lipid barrier and strengthens the corneum layer to limit the loss of Natural Moisturizing Factors.

Repair, nutrition, protection and soothing effect – It is combined with Andiroba oil, Allantoin, and Phytosqualane, with emollient and soothing properties to repair, nourish, and bring comfort to the skin.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream

I have been using it every day and my dry itchy skin on the body is all soothed, calmed, and hydrated. I do use body oils and rick body creams for my dry body skin, which gets even more drier and tends to get itchy in fall and winter. Few body lotion keeps the skin hydrated for few hours and the time I am home or almost near the bedtime, skin feels dry and itchy, the causing factor might be the dry indoor’s or anything but the body cream should be able enough to keep the skin hydrated for at least 24 hours. So my main concerns are hydration, hydration, and full day hydration and when it comes with extra repair and nourishing properties, I am all in.

The skin has been feeling healthy, supple, and hydrated. The body cream has fresh, silky, and light non-sticky texture which instantly absorbs without leaving any residue. the scent is very fresh yet subtle and does make it a pleasure every morning I apply it. This would be a nice cream for all seasons due to its texture and feel, does not feels heavy.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream is available at Holt Renfrew, Net-A-Porter, Sisley Paris Website, and Nordstrom.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Nest Fragrances have been around since 2005 and have some beautiful luxurious bath, body, and home fragrances. It was founded by Laura Slatkin in New York City and today they produce more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles in different sizes, reed diffusers, liquid soap, and hand lotion, and the newest exclusive Liquidless diffuser. Nest fine fragrances collection was launched in 2013 with eight fragrances available in Eau de Parfum sprays, roller balls, and luxury body creams. I have been loving the Sugar Cookie Candle and the Holiday Reed Diffuser from the Nest Fragrances Holiday 2017 collection for my home fragrances.

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Sugar Cookie Candle

The holiday season is incomplete without the holiday scents and home fragrances. You have a different excitement and vibe in the house when you have that exclusive candle for holidays burning near you. What could be better than the sugar cookie and sugar cookie scent for the holidays. The fragrance family of the Sugar Cookie Candle from the Nest Home Fragrance 2017 seasonal collection is Gourmand. It has the notes of Tahitian Vanilla bean, bourbon-infused caramel, and sugarcane crystals are blended with the rich essence of golden amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $16), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $40), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $64), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $44). It is available at Sephora.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Holiday Reed Diffuser

The holiday reed diffuser has the fragrance family of festive-spice and Celebratory mood. The aroma of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $23), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $56), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $90), New Liquidless Diffuser ( 5 scented sticks, 1 metal base, lasts up to 90 days, CAD $84), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $62). The holiday fragrance collection 2017 is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sephora.ca, and Nordstrom.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

These are amazing to add the sparkle and excitement to the holiday season, to create the perfect memories and have the best time with your family and friends. The packaging of the Nest Fragrances Holiday Collection will add a bright and beautiful color to the house and will be the perfect gift for the fragrance lovers. I would recommend you to check these out for your home or for gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.



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