I’m so incredibly delighted to announce a special project that comes out of my love for Club Clio USA and their brands Clio Professional, Peripera, and Goodal. If you’ve been following the blog for a bit you’ll remember that I first visited Club Clio in October and attended the Union Square Flagship Grand Opening in January. Along the way I met Janice Kang, Director of Marketing, and Club Clio’s staff in both Queens and Manhattan. We got a friendship thing going and now we’re ready to make our gooey affection thing official: we’re doing a kbeauty box together!
I’ve always said that I doubt I could do a beauty box. The main issue is that it seems like so many collaboration box curation decisions are driven less by selecting the very best products, but rather by economics. I mean, I think we’ve all seen CutiePieMarzia’s wipeout of a second Memebox collaboration video. That was my nightmare and I didn’t think that I’d ever have enough clout to convince a company to give me the sort of control over a box to make it truly my own.
Sometimes dreams do come true: Club Clio offered me total control and then backed that up at every step of the way as I fine-tuned the boxes (yes, we’ve planned more than one!). Club Clio handles pricing, stock, shipping and all of that, but what’s inside the box is truly mine.
For our first box I decided to pick out some summer essentials. These picks will keep you cool, protected, and tinted all summer.
Shipping for this box is limited to US addresses only on account of logistics including one of the items I picked, but I’m told that international shipping should be ready by the time we release the second box. Woo!
What’s Inside the Box
1. Ostia Cucumber Soothing Gel 255ml
From the moment I saw this cucumber in the Union Square flagship store I knew I needed to have it. I mean, it’s a giant cucumber-shaped soothing gel–you can’t get more skincaretainment than that. Although I picked this for the wild skincaretainment value, it is actually a good thing to have for summer–I keep this in my skincare fridge and slather it all over myself when I come home from a hot commute. It’s cooling and has this fresh but fermented cucumber scent that I dig. There are some interesting extracts. But, I mean, it’s in here because it’s a giant cooling cucumber. ahahah
How to use: slather this on your skin wherever you’d like some cool, soothing relief. For extra chill keep this in the fridge and apply cold.
2. Clio Sunbelievable All Kill Sun Spray SPF50+ PA+++
As summer approaches I’ve been seeing a lot of concern about maintaining sun protection throughout the day without destroying one’s makeup. Sunscreen protection doesn’t last forever and we know that cushion reapplication doesn’t offer enough of the SPF formula to adequately protect skin, so what to do?
Boom: makeup-friendly SPF spray. This Clio spray offers SPF50+ PA+++ sun protection and it’s transparent–that means no white cast in your picnic photos. The formula is water-, oil-, and sweat-proof and cooling on your skin. The spray also sets makeup.
The Sunbelievable spray actually placed second in Get It Beauty’s blind test of sun sprays from 25 June 2014, beating out sprays from Su:m37 and Banila Co. I like this spray not only because it solves a huge problem–reapplying sun protection post-makeup application–but also does the job well. The aerosol micro mist helps to dispense the product smoothly and evenly.
I suspect that these mists haven’t become super popular simply because aerosol products are a bit tricky to import. Otherwise…why is this not in every summer handbag everywhere??!
How to use: shake the bottle and hold it at a distance of 20 cm (8 inches) and spray it where you need sun protection.
3. & 4. Peripera Peri’s Tint House: Peri’s Tint Water in #1 Cherry Juice and Peri’s Tint Water Balm in #1 Cherry
One of the things I love about visiting Club Clio USA is seeing all of the new products. Peri’s Tint House is an adorable new addition: it includes both a Tint Water in #1 Cherry Juice and a Tint Water Balm in #1 Cherry. I love bright tints that look like one just stopped sucking on a popsicle for summer–there’s a time for nudes and muted colors, but picnics and beaches seem like a good place to let loose and go with a more carefree, youthful look. I named candy tints one of the trends everyone should try this summer and I stand by that call 1000%–cherry juice heaven yasss!
Peripera just launched at Birchbox (WAAAH! I signed up when I heard the news) and I noticed that a few reviewers found the tint water a bit drying or at least not moisturizing–Pony mentioned the same thing in her haul video with Das. I love the tint water and don’t find it to be a problem for my lips, but it doesn’t exactly add moisture either.
The Tint Water Balm solves this problem. It’s tinted cherry-color balm that adds moisture and color. I pair them together to get a vibrant, watery red lip that doesn’t have hard lines. I wear mine watery by blending both formulas with my finger to keep the color like a wash–that prevents it from veering into formal va-va-voom red and the color will still look pretty even if it fades due to munching on picnic snacks.
How to use: apply it on your lips, blend with a finger, and start practicing your pout
5. Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack in Aqua
This Donkey Milk mask really spoke to me due to the DONKEY MILKNESS. Hot damn, yes, skincaretainment, hello! Donkey milk was supposedly used by Cleopatra in her beauty routine. I don’t know what sort of sources we have for that, but it doesn’t sound implausible given the range of things people used as skincare in the past.
This mask is kind of a sheet mask-gel hybrid. It’s a one-piece mask that I liked due to the comfortable fit and the thin but hydrating essence. I’m not even a sheet mask junkie, but this was really pleasant to wear and I loved what it did for my skin.
How to use: unfold the mask and apply it on your face for about 30 minutes. For a bit of summer cooling throw this in the fridge for 30 minutes before applying it.
2 Samples: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil
Included with the box will be two samples of the fabulous original Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil, which I love to bits and reviewed here.
3-sample set: Goodal Oil Plus Skin Mist, Oil Plus Moist Emulsion, and Creamy Plus Hydrating Cream
You’ll also receive a set of three Goodal samples that show the hydrating power of the seven super seeds that provide the signature oil blend for the line.
How to Buy It
Visit Club Clio USA’s shopping site for all shopping details. The box costs $50 and includes shipping. There’s a limited number of boxes available (since this is a new thing for both of us and we aren’t sure what the response will be).
My [super awkward] video explaining the box
BAHHHHHH! Thank you everyone for your interest and support for this project. Tag me on social media if you get this and happen to take photos–I’d love to see them. EEE!!!!
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