Clinique & InStyle StartBetter Event at Belk Southpark

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Head to Belk at Southpark Mall from 4pm – 7pm this Friday for the Clinique #StartBetter event. Complimentary makeup consultations, juice bar, photo booth, treats and a one-on-one style session with Tai Beauchamp.

And Clinique has offered to giveaway a gift bag full of products like the Chubby Stick, Oil-Control Mask and tons of other makeup and skincare goodies. Just follow @mjonesclt on Twitter or Instagram and I’ll choose a winner on Friday!

StyleBeauty: Precriptives Custom Blend Foundation


If you’ve been reading PinQue from the beginning then you’ve undoubtedly seen me confess my love for Prescriptives cosmetics. I was so disappointed a few years back when they decided to shut down operations (see my post about that here). Well, as you can imagine, I was ecstatic that they recently increased their online presence and brought back some of my favorite products. Along with their new site comes a team of online beauty advisors, the Px Beauty Geniuses, who will help you to find your perfect match exactly as they would at the traditional makeup counter!


I recently had the opportunity to try out the service for myself and found it much more convenient than traveling to the store. Right in the comfort of my kitchen I was able to video chat with Erica, a Px Beauty Genius who has been with the brand for over 10 years. After a quick consultation about my skincare needs, I uploaded a few photos so she could analyze my skin tone, texture, and needs. The whole process only took about 15 minutes and shortly thereafter Erica emailed me my custom blend foundation “recipe.”

From there I was able to enter my custom blend recipe in my account and order my foundation. I have been using the foundation for a few weeks now and I am more than happy with my experience. The shade blends into my skin tone and the formula I received both controls oil and clarifies. They even send along a travel size bottle perfect for on the go gals. If liquid foundation isn’t your thing, they also offer custom blend loose powder. That’s definitely next on my list to try!


Overall, I would highly suggest using both the Prescriptives video chat service (did I mention it’s free!?) as well as the custom blend foundation. Especially if, like myself, you have a hard time finding the shade that is just right for your difficult skin. It will probably take me 6 months or longer to use up my bottle (it’s HUGE!), but I will definitely be reordering when I do.

Not sure if Custom Blend is right for you?

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Have you tried Prescriptives new video chat? If you do, tell me about your experience!

{I was provided a gift card for the cost of the foundation, but as always these opinions are all my own. I wouldn’t let you ladies buy anything that I didn’t love myself!}

StyleBeauty: Shine Free Face

Whether it’s attributed to overactive hormones or bad genes, I was not blessed with good skin. Most days my face is so oily it rivals the Exxon Valdez spill. What’s a girl to do? Find the right products to manage my uncontrollable pores! While the right foundation can certainly help, I can’t stress enough the importance of prepping your canvas with the perfect primer. Once you’re primed and ready, try one of these oil free foundations perfect for creating a flawless face.

Clinique Even Better Makeup – My introduction to makeup in middle school included a trip to the Clinique counter with my mom and today the brand remains a staple in my product arsenal. This foundation provides medium coverage while also working to even your skin tone. What more could you ask for?

Prescriptives Virtual Matte Powder – Another staple since my teenage years, the Prescriptives brand is back with a vengeance. Wear alone for light to medium coverage or layer over liquid foundation for full coverage that stays shine free all day long.

MAC Studio Fix Powder – As someone who struggles with a multitude of skin problems, I love the full coverage that comes with MAC products. Studio Fix is my every day go-to and much like the Energizer Bunny it keeps going strong all day long.

Benefit Hello Flawless Brightening Makeup – A new discovery in my quest for oil-free foundation, the Hello Flawless is just that, flawless. I received a sample of this amazing product with my latest Sephora order and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with both its coverage and oil-controlling properties.

Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup – Can Neutrogena do no wrong? This oil-free foundation offers medium coverage without weighing you down.

Precriptives Virtual Matte Oil Control Makeup – Have I said how thrilled I am to have Prescriptives back in my life (for those that don’t know, it went off the market for a few years during the economic downturn)? Virtual Matte was my go-to through both high-school and college and might be the ultimate solution to oily skin. I can’t sing the praises of this little miracle bottle enough.

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation – Looking for a lighter coverage to control oil during the day? Look no further than Bare Minerals Matte. This one is great for the gal who doesn’t like a lot of makeup but still desires the oil controlling properties of a powder.