Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift

So I’m sure there are a plethora of skeptics out there.  I was one myself. . .before my Clarisonic cleansing brush.  I still just use my hands to wash my face sometimes but I ALWAYS see a difference when I use my – rather expensive – brush device.  So yes…it’s worth it. 

A new advancement has come to light, however, in the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift ($349). The 2-in-1 cleansing and micro-firming device not only cleanses the skin, but purportedly targets 15 signs of aging (per Clarisonic.com):

Smart Profile Uplift targets 15 signs of aging on face, neck, and décolleté.

  • Provides next-level micro-firming massage.
  • Delivers skin-changing sonic cleansing.
  • Minimizes the look of pores.
  • Boosts the absorption of your daily skincare products.
  • See visible, cumulative results.

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I know sounds too good to be true, but home devices (the right ones) are an amazing way to keep up with results from dermatologic procedures, and to make the products you have at home work their best. Think of it as an investment.

It’s a new product so there aren’t many reviews (which I always invest in reading for pricier items), but I’d keep your eyes open because as with anything that promises these kinds of results…it’s SURE to catch on.  Especially from this brand, with known “cult” brushes (and cult for great reason – they WORK!)

Holiday 2016 – MAC Nutcracker Sweet

I’m a little bit partial to the Nutcracker because I grew up being classically trained – 10 years of ballet, and you’ll see ten years of the Nutcracker around the holidays…if not more (once a dancer, always a dancer.)  I desperately wanted to be in it, actually, and a friend and fellow dancer was – spectacular!

MAC is embracing the fun and festivities with a Holiday Nutcracker-inspired Collection – Sweet as can be.  For details, check out Chicprofile, who shares the full list of goodies, and a few more images. A little tricky to see all of the items clearly, given the bold pink patterning of dots and stripes but…anyway!  Personally, I love the Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink, a muted grey-purple hue.  I feel like it would add a barely-there depth (not a new shade, so much, but sometimes they aren’t!)

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Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

It goes without saying that we all want clear, even, smooth skin…and some days, our epidermis (apparently on strike) isn’t…AT ALL…in accord.  The market is over-saturated with products, many of which are indeed “HG’s (holy grails.)  You may remember Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea water-based fluid foundation from August, 2015…well…

This new Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer is a super hydrating, full coverage, anti-aging concealing serum formulated with pigments suspended in a water / conditioning serum hybrid base.  It is “4 times lighter” than like products out there, another lovely benefit for those of us who want clear radiance without heavy weight. I usually opt for a tinted moisturizer designed with athletes in mind, as I want sheer, skin tone evening, and water resistant…but this looks pretty amazing (and it comes with a brush, which is always nice!)

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At $29.50, it doesn’t seem “too much” given that it does rather a lot with just a tiny drop.  There’s a great video to go along with the description here, and worth watching for the before and afters.  

New from E.L.F.

Elf seems to keep the skincare coming!  

The brand has just rolled out five new products including:

  • Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser
  • Cleansing Duo Face Brush
  • Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool
  • Bubble Mask
  • Facial Massager

I can’t help but see the distinctly Asian influence here – frankly with all five products!  In my mind, that’s a wonderful thing – the Asian market is always innovating, bringing to market new and exciting ideas.

Prices here range from $4.00 to $24.00, so you are looking at more mass market pricing than the back-in-the-day-everything-for-$1.  That said, I wouldn’t necessarily trust a mask that cost only $1.00 so I’m not really complaining!  *LOL*

Thoughts on the new goodies?  Have you tried any of the other new skincare pieces?

 

Spring / Summer 2016 – NARS Hot Sand

More info about the Hot Sand Collection, thanks to ChicProfile! The Collection will be launching in January, 2016 – first in Japan, and then on the 15th internationally.

I can’t say I’m over the moon with these, feeling that they aren’t particularly “new and exciting.”  That said, Laguna and Orgasm are such hot sellers that it makes a lot of sense to pair them up with new shades to ensure more sales – can’t blame them there!  Part of it is that the “Hot Sand” shade feels like it’s too fair for many skin tones.  The Multiple might show up better of the blushes.

The Collection will include the following Limited Edition products:

NARS Illuminating Multiple

  • Hot Sand – shimmering peach champagne

NARS Blush Duo 

  • Hot Sand – a shimmering golden peach 
  • Orgasm – pink shimmering golden

NARS Blush Bronzer Duo

  • Hot Sand – a shimmering golden peach 
  • Laguna – brown matt

NARS Lip Gloss

  • Hot Sand – a shimmering golden sand

NARS Hanamachi Kabuki

  • Kabuki Brush

MAC Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact Foundation

MAC’s new Foundation is available on the MAC website, and will be rolling out shortly to stores (December 26th.)  Per the site, this product is intended to be imperceptible, and as real as an individual’s skin tone.  It looks a lot like the cushion foundations that have been emerging (taking a cue from Asian products still – love it! 🙂 ) 

“Its innovative cushion and sheer liquid formula lends true-to-life shade perfection and coverage, while letting your natural skin show through. A cutting-edge delivery system allows the formula to be released in a superfine layer, providing a natural finish and sheer to medium buildable coverage. Launching with a spectrum of 12 light to deep dark shades, and debuting with the new 197SH Duo Fibre Square Brush and Matchmaster Concealer.”

I’m not 100% sure if this comes with a sponge, but the duo-fiber brush (MAC 197SH) is available for $35 if you want the extra tool for the kit. It’s a nice, squared off shape that can navigate around the face for seamless coverage.

 

DAFNI Hair Straightening Hairbrush

The concept here sounds wonderful for those ladies who are a slave to high-heat tools on a far-too-frequent basis (and, based on its 53 million look-ups, it’s clearly in demand!)

The reviews – 30 in total, for a five-star rating  on Dermstore – certainly seem to back it up.  I can’t say the images are 100% persuasive, however, as the example hair photos don’t exactly appear smooth and silky.  That said, depending on how defiant these models’ hair truly is, and taking into account the photographers haven’t polished the style (no faking = a good thing!)…these might well be outstanding, REAL results.

The idea here is that a woman can brush her long locks and end up with silky, frizz-free, and straightened hair…no clamping, and no awkward straightening iron grabbing.  The ceramic DAFNI purportedly protects the hair from damage, though beyond that it heats to an “optimal 185°C/365°F,” I’m not totally clear on how it does so.

AT $300, this isn’t a minor purchase, but if you do struggle to straightening things out, it may be a worthwhile investment.  Here’s a quickie video – she seems pretty pleased!

ELF Strobing Kit

I honestly wasn’t keeping track of these but just saw this an e-mail – it’s quite a value. If you buy $25, you can get this multi-piece set for only $6…which is the cost of just the palette alone.  The Collection would be $19 so you are saving $13 – the palette is a great buy as it is!

MAC Dark Desires

This Collection has gotten lost of coverage already, but it is available beginning today if you are interested in snagging any of the items!  As far as I’m concerned, the inky, vamptastic, night-crawler coloring is DIVINE! ❤ So says the Goth in me!

Per the site:

Bathed in black, fuelled by desire, rich colours simmer in their darkest tones. As night falls, sinfully succulent lips, sultry stares and ebonized nails emerge from the evening’s depths. Uncover the shameless indulgence of Into The Well Eye Shadow’s pure matte pigments – a pressed powder eye shadow/eye liner that’s as sensuous as velvet. An indentation in the middle of the pan can hold a drop or two of water, creating an inky shade lasting well into the morning hours. Bad never felt so good.

How do you not love that?!  Soooo Edgar Allen Poe and late October… ❤

The Collection includes the following (thanks to ChicProfile for the full list):

Lipstick

  • Black Knight – Black with Red & Gold Pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Boyfriend Stealer – Blackened Plum (Cremesheen)
  • Heavy Petting – Burgundy (Cremesheen)
  • Ring My Bell – Pale Cool Neutral (Glaze)
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MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

Studio Nail Lacquer

  • 6 Inch Stilettos – Blackened blue
  • Unzipped – Blackened green
MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

Studio Eye Gloss

  • Pearl Varnish – White Gloss with pearl
  • Spank Me – Black with multi color glitter
  • Erogenous Zone – Violet with multi color glitter
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MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

Fluidline

  • Blitz & Glitz

Brush

  • 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush

Kohl Power Eye Pencil

  • Mystery
  • Raven
  • Orpheus
  • Feline (Repromote)

Into the Well Eye Shadow

  • Think Kink – Greyed Silver White
  • What’s Your Fantasy – Black with heavy multicolored pearl
  • Switch Me On – Dark Navy
  • Dark Desires – Blackened Eggplant
  • Beg For It – Black
  • Midnight Tryst – Chocolate Brown
MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

MAC Cosmetics Dark Desires 2015

Definitely not for the light…nor faint of…heart…

Tarte BB Full Coverage Concealer

A new full coverage concealer from Tarte, and a BB to boot! (I personally love BBs as they target several things at once – they aren’t for everyone, but if you do like the idea, check it out!)

You can find this smooth, good-for-you (and your skin!) newbie on QVC for $29.00 – it includes a concealer brush, which I love about other Tarte concealers in the past.

According to Tarte:

Why is it different:

This multitasking BB concealer offers full, buildable coverage to address the appearance of imperfections. The custom delivery system dispenses the ideal amount of velvety concealer that can be applied directly to problem areas on the face, such as under the eyes or areas in need of spot treatment for targeted coverage… 

Ingredients for all shades:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Talc, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 
Glycerin, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone/Vinyl 
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium 
Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Sodium 
Dehydroacetate, Mica, Benzoic Acid, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum 
Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Palmitoyl 
Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 
Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Diamond Powder, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 
77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).