Normally I’m not a Starbucks advocate. But this is – I must say – well played on the part of the monstrous brand. They obviously know which holidays are most important! 🙂
I often see new skincare crop up overseas before it comes to the States, which means that I at least get enough time to read reviews and see if it’s worth tracking down (before our stores decide to give us the option!)
As a Martial Artist and athlete – not to mention, a fair-skinned woman who is as subject to time and the elements as we all are – skincare is a big deal. I’m pretty religious – and devoted – to my regimen and products, but I’m ever curious, as the skincare world is rapidly innovating (particularly with more and more exposure to other cultures and markets. I have a plethora of posts (and there are more!) about Asian skincare, a personal favorite topic.)
Anyway, the Garnier Skinactive Honey Flower range appears to be in the UK presently – you can check it out here on superdrug.com and a variety of other UK web retailers. I learned about the newbies via Reallyree.com, where you can also read what the products are like.
Why bother with this new collection? (Always the question I ask myself because I have a TON of products already. I am, essentially, my own store – but, ladies, the investment IS worth it. Trust me.) Per superdrug.com’s description:
Garnier’s first toner made of 96% ingredients of natural origin, enriched with Honey Flower, known for its nourishing properties.
These products, therefore, are designed to be gentle with your skin, and less filled with things you can’t pronounce – both are big pluses. They are also specifically helpful to dry or very dry skin – come the colder months, that might be really important for most of us!
That said, if you already use such products, and find that they work nicely for you, I don’t know whether these are totally necessary. But again, they’re out online at least, which means you can also snoop through the reviews and see if they make sense for you. More and more companies are going the more-natural-less-harsh route so you certainly have a fair share of options.
I’ve actually seen a lot more tattoo goos lately – in store and advertised on-line. And by “goos” I lovingly mean ointments, creams, lotions and potions to keep one’s skin art looking it’s best. A decade ago you’d need to take a trip to the shop to get something of the ilk, while everyone else looked at your cross-eyed.
Not anymore! CVS has one such tattoo protectant gracing the shelves (the one I noted being SkinFix Tattoo Balm.) While the formula isn’t necessarily novel, I love that a mass market retailer actually jumped on the tattoo bandwagon – talk about making the stuff more accessible!
Electric Ink is a new name to me, but I saw these new goodies by way of BritishBeautyBlogger this morning (April 10) and thought they were worth sharing.
Again, the formulas aren’t necessarily mind-bending as far as ingredients or what they can actually do – most of it is about hydration and keeping the skin looking it’s best (which makes for a healthier, glossy tattoo!) That said, I like that the ingredients are nourishing, and even take inflammation into account (which, yes, can last for a time after the initial inking.)
It’s pretty awesome that companies are embracing the idea that those with art often DO care about keeping things bright and beautiful as long as possible (why wouldn’t we?!) I think we’ve all seen those well-weathered, and sun-beaten ones, which the wearing is more than entitled to…but many of us hope to have ones that “age” a little more gracefully.
Well, companies and retailers are making it a lot easier for your to protect your investments so there’s no reason (or excuse) for you to end up looking too much like a pirate. Unless, of course, that’s your thing…then, more power to you and your mysteriously faded artwork!
I do my best to age as gracefully as possible – we are, of course, at the mercy of our genes to some extent, but there’s a lot to be said for being proactive.
I was fortunate that my mother always has a skincare “routine” – she never went to bed with makeup on, she always washed her face, she generally had more than one or two creams, serums, or oils that she’d apply. . . I not only watched her, and the various steps she took to care for her skin, but I often asked questions and snooped around her products.
I was interested in skincare at a really young age, so that helped too. It wasn’t about making myself “beautiful” per se, or thinking I could one day cheat the clock. It was more about doing for my skin what I did for my body. I exercised, I ate healthy foods, I tried to get a good amount of sleep… So why would I try to take care of all my organs and muscles and skip the outer layers?
My mother always said that there’s no sense trying to “cover up” – “starting with the right canvas,” she (rightly) advised, was vital. Exfoliation, for one, is a great way to prep and smooth that canvas – it has to be done thoughtfully, of course, and without too much aggression (no one needs red, burned, or damaged skin!) When done properly, you can revive and maintain a lit-from-within glow, and anything you care to put on top of it will both absorb better, and appear more seamless.
I recently read about Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray – traditionally peels are applied with pads, from droppers, by dermatologists etc… . But this is a little bit innovative in the sense that you can mist it on at home and have immediate results.
- Visibly resurfaces with gentle plant-derived skin exfoliant.
- Replenishes, restores and renews with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells which have been infused into an organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed base.
- Improves skin luminosity with Vitamin C.
- Visibly brightens with ascorbic acid and licorice root extract.
- Soothes with cucumber extract & organic aloe.
If you are using retinoid acid of any kind, or other AHAs or BHAs, you might want to avoid combining (as the review above, it can be a little (or a lot!) irritating.) The spray does feature soothing additives in the way of aloe and cucumber, but it’s still possible to overdo.
I love the ease of this application of this skin-smoothing peel, and have heard a lot of great things about Juice Beauty over the years. Eager to try it? Sounds like a wonderful addition to a skincare routine. and one I might check out myself!
MAC Strobe Cream is definitely one of those cult, “must-have,” go to products in the beauty world – it’s been used backstage at Runway shows religiously since it’s launch, and very likely will continue to be one of those fail-safe, backup glow-getters ad infinitum.
It took a while but MAC finally decided to expand on the product – there were posts about it months ago, but given that it is set to launch this November (for Autumn / Winter 2016/17, and indeed when this post is scheduled for), we’ve got more to say about it now.
The one I was always most interested in was Redlite – maybe it’s the vamp in me, maybe it’s that the red lends itself to flushing cheeks. Either way, I was psyched to see a review that focused on this shade in particular. There will be others, not to worry if red is not your hue. It total, the selection will be:
- Pinklite (a rename of the original)
These definitely are shade shifters, and that’s one of the reasons I love them. They don’t appear to be glittery or garish, they just add a cool (or warm!) sheen to the skin, giving you a hyped-up highlight instead of the same old, same old.
One of the most important things about color cosmetics for me – as an athlete (and once performing athlete in dance and figure skating – is the lasting power. I don’t wear much because fresh-faced and natural is so much more appealing to me. But when it is required to pull myself together, I still want something that will hold up – to humidity, sweat, heat, rain…whatever. Being a porcelain doll is lovely – but for me personally, having to worry about my face melting off is just not something I am willing to deal with.
I’m not sure this is a USA release, or whether it will be – no word of it ’round here. But thanks to ReallyRee, I caught wind of it, and felt the need to share for those of you who have also not seen it – in store or online. (There are other blog posts for sure, if you feel like snooping.)
This actually reminds me of a pot that L’Oreal had back in the early 90’s – I can’t remember the name of it but it felt like skincare, which totally appealed to me (even at an incredibly young, and non-makeup-wearing age.)
The Fresher Skin formula is humidity and sweat resistant, starts as water-gel, and transforms into a “refreshing cream,” a la many Japanese products before it. It doesn’t clog pores – another HUGE point for me, absorbs shine, and doesn’t settle into lines. It happens to look really nice on her skin – and she has other photos, so definitely check it out.
I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like. But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.
I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters. My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!) I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.
Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal. In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite. But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.
No. No, thank you. I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner. But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way. When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.
Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%. But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario. I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though! Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere. Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!
Interestingly, I haven’t heard much about Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream – I saw a ton of ads flash by, and a whole slew of posts, but I feel like none of it was really noteworthy (as in, the product kind of fell flat.)
I just saw a post about this new moisturizer that’s being added to the “Pep-Start” lineup – Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur. The claim for this guy is that it both hydrates and acts as an imperfection blurring primer of sorts, smoothing skin and keeping oil at bay. The finish is matte, softening pores, but apparently it is also designed to hydrate throughout the day. With “Pep-Start” in the name, I thought maybe it would be eye-opening…but then I guess the eye cream should be doing that.
I’m curious to see how this one does. Much that I love the idea of “blurring,” I generally steer clear – I feel like too many formulas have pore clogging ingredients that can even affect the skin around the eyes. Not a fan!
Who knows…maybe it will surprise. The company says it will work on all skin types – oily to sensitive to dry and beyond. We shall see!
I am a huge fan of Asian skincare (a topic I am sure I have exhausted at this point.) I personally love the approach that the Asian cultures have taken towards their skincare, and love how the brands are always ever innovating to keep up.
Back in the day I had to rely on the DutyFree shops at the airport in Honk Kong to buy up my stash of goodies. When I left the Fashion industry and stopped heading to China all the time, I had to resort to eBay scouring… Nowadays, you can find more of these brands in our own USA retail shops – thank you for making Life easier!
Bobbi Brown’s Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation will be launching during the end of 2015, and in the first two months of 2016 – in December, it rolls out to Japan. In January, the USA, and in February, Europe.
The product is a “hybrid cream foundation” designed for dry and normal skin types – it is both emollient and lightweight, and promises to diminish lines and wrinkles, as well as leave you luminous.
Apparently it also manages to give a firmer, lifted look, and promote natural collagen by way of “six unique peptides technology.”
The finish is soft matte, and skin is left soothes and moisturized – that’s a lovely combination, if you ask me!