Matte yet moisturizing? Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks

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Wearing Joli Rouge Velvet lipstick in Deep Red.

Right now – I love glossy and sheer lips. But when you’re looking for something more long lasting, you should opt for matte lipsticks.

I recently got these new Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet matte lipsticks from Clarins as pr-samples. They came out with lots of new colors and I got four of them to try out. What’s promising about these lippies is that they promise to moisturize your lips, while being matte. That’s quite a promise and one of the reasons that got me excited about them.

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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Soft Berry
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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Pink Cranberry
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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Deep Red
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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Plum

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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet matte lipsticks review

The packaging of these is beautiful – as is expected from Clarins. I love their packaging and I think it makes the lipsticks feel luxurious. I like the colors I received. You can’t go wrong with nude, but I’m also a big fan of pink and red and both of those colors lean more to cool, making them perfect for my complexion. The plum color is also beautiful, but was a bit of an disappointment when it comes to consistency. Then again – I feel like these kind of plum colors always feel a bit patchy.  I have other lipsticks in  plum or purple color and they all are a bit tricky to apply on. Have you ever noticed that?

The lipsticks feel soft and velvety on the lips and they are definitely matte, but they don’t look dry on the lips. I don’t know if they feel moisturizing, but they feel comfortable and light on the lips. My lips don’t feel dry after using these. The color payoff is amazing – you definitely should line your lips before applying these, just to make the job easier, since they are very pigmented. These look so beautiful on the lips – there’s just something about matte lipsticks, which makes all the colors to really pop out.

They don’t transfer as much as ‘regular’ lipsticks and they are quite long lasting, but I did need to touch up my lips after eating (as usual). I would wear these to a party, if I wanted my lip makeup to look beautiful all evening. Or if I got bored of my glossy lipsticks, haha.

All in all I think these lipsticks are beautiful and they are a great addition to Clarins’ lipstick collection – I think they didn’t have matte lipsticks before.

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Wearing Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks in shades pink cranberry & plum. That pink color looks so bright, I love it.

Btw – In the photos there are five lipsticks – I accidentally got one of them in another formula. So that fifth lipstick is Joli Rouge Brilliant in shade Woodberry. Joli Rouge Brilliant lipsticks give shine and a sheer color, as opposed to these very pigmented and long lasting Joli Rouge Velvet ones. But I did some research and that same color is available in the matte formula as well! I love the color – it’s a cool nude color, which is definitely right up my alley.

Do you prefer matte or sheer lipsticks? Which color out of these is your favorite? 

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My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

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My daily skincare routine contains 12 different products. That might sound like a lot, but for a skincare enthusiastic it’s actually not that bad.

My skintype is combination and I’m still recovering from acne. I have acne scars, so that’s one of the things I try to take care of. I also try to be gentle with my skin, because even though it gets oily, it also gets dry and I want my products to balance my skin. Being a beauty blogger means trying out different products quite often, but from this post you get an idea of how I treat my skin.

But one of the things I wouldn’t change are my oils: argan oil and jojoba oil. And my serum!

my skincare routine

my pm skincare routine


First, I double cleanse. It is one of the most important things in my skincare routine. I first wash my face with an oil, because oil soaks off makeup and sunscreen from my face, after which I can use my actual face cleanser to clean my face from dirt and sebum. Washing your face with two different products might sound extreme, but it’s amazing, I promise you – and not drying at all, since the first product is an oil, anyway.

Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil
A great oil cleanser, that removes makeup really well and is quite long-lasting.

Dr. Organic Tea Tree Face Wash
I’m still searching for that perfect face wash and that is the one product, that I do change a bit, but this one I’ve been using the most. It’s inexpensive and very long lasting, so it’s great for a budget.

Chrissanthie eye lid cleanser (mixed with pure water to get a foam)
I use this daily to wash my lash extensions. If you want to know more about lash extensions, check out this post.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner
I love this toner. It balances my skin, while hydrating it. I think this is my favorite toner so far.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
This serum would deserve a party of it’s own and I dedicated this post to it. When my skin started to get very bad last Summer, I bought this and started to use it daily. It helped with inflammation, spots, skin texture and dryness. It balanced my skin and was the key factor in making it smoother.

Argan oil
Argan oil my skin’s saviour, when it comes to dryness, but it actually has some other benefits as well. It has anti-aging properties, so it’s great for keeping that youthful glow on. Argan oil is also great for scarring and as you may know, I have pretty bad acne scars. I’ve been using this consistently throughout my acne journey and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons my acne scars have been fading away quite nicely and my skin has stayed smooth. For anyone battling acne scars (or any scars), you might want to try argan oil.

EkoPharma Herukka Cream
This is one of the lotions I told you about in this post. Basically I got to make my own lotions! I’ve been using this one as a night cream. It soothes my skin, balances any redness I might have and nourishes super well, so that when I wake up in the morning my skin feels moisturized, but not oily or sticky.

Vichy AqualiaThermal Eye Balm
A lightweight and refreshing gel, that moisturizes well and suits my lash extensions. I also like the packaging!

my morning skincare routine


Before I put anything on my face, I wash my face with cold water. It’s essential for me, and not least, because it helps me to wake up. I need cold water under my eyes and all over my face in the morning, period. Then I go through these products.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose water
This facial spray offers nice lightweight moisture. I like to moisturize my skin using lighter products in the morning.

Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil seems to absorb in my skin better than argan oil, so I like to use jojoba in the morning. I apply oil either before lotion or I mix it with the lotion.

EkoPharma Vadelma Cream
EkoPharma’s Vadelma (Raspberry) line is made for normal to mixed skin and it’s great for my skin. This lotion is very moisturizing, but not heavy. It works well under my makeup as well.

Clarins Multi-Active Eye Cream
This eye cream actually has it’s own blog post! It has a metallic applicator tip, which makes it perfect for eye massage and therefore helps with puffiness.

+ Sunscreen
Usually, my makeup acts as my sunscreen, since my foundations almost always contain a SPF. It’s not that sunny here all year round, so wearing a full face of foundation is enough for my face in Fall and Winter. However, if I’m not wearing a foundation and I’m headed outside in that beautiful winter sun, I make sure to apply sunscreen. In spring and Summer I wear either a sunscreen (I like Eucerin’s Mattifying Sun Fluid) or mineral makeup.

That is it for my daily skincare routine and products. Besides these I exfoliate my skin once or twice per week and use a mask once or twice as well. But I change those products a lot, so I didn’t want to include all of them here. The exfoliator I use is amazing though, so I might give it it’s own post.

How many products do you use daily for your skincare routine?