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.
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!)
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!)
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!)
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.
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?
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
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.
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!