Urban Decay Prime Time For Holiday

Newness from Urban Decay *possibly* in time for the Holiday (supposedly available from Belk.com, but I don’t see any of these listed as yet.)  Otherwise, they are launching on urbandecay.com January 1st. 

It isn’t just one product, though, or one kind of product.  UD is releasing five new primers. Yes, five. (Once again, my inner ballroom-dance-competitor-self is wondering why they’ve arrived so long after I stopped competing!) 

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The five, which will retail for $34 each, include:

1. Optical Illusion – Designed to blur flaws, reduce fine lines, minimize pores, smooth skin
2. Bright & Tight – Aims to provide brighter, firmer skin
3. De-Slick – As with their other De-Slicks, designed to absorb and minimize shine, and to make your makeup last loner
4. Self-Adjusting– A color-correcting formulation with encapsulated pigments that adjust to your personal skin tone
5. Urban Defense – A translucent, SPF 30 sunscreen base

They do already have quite a lineup of setting sprays, as well as eyeshadow primer – all which seem to manage rave reviews – but I think these will do rather well as a natural expansion for them.  Thoughts?

What Christmas ISN’T

I saw this posted today, and I smiled for two reasons…

For one thing, I’ve always been a HUGE Grinch fan – anything of the monster-ish ilk was up my alley even early on.  I insisted we watch this each Christmas, and never seemed to tire even of the “fahoo forays, yahoo dorays.” 

As for second part, the Suess-ie blurb speaks to something that I really believe in – a reminder I want to shout from the Grinch-inhabited hilltops whenever December rolls around. Or maybe just in overcrowded, emotionally-charged retail parking lots. . .

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I’m a “giver” so I get the idea of wanting to share with others – it’s a wonderful feeling to give something that we know a person wants or. . .better!…truly needs.

At the same time, though…it is not NOT NoT about the gifts.  Everyone gets CRAZY around Christmastime.  WHY?! People have this immense pressure to buy, buy more, buy again…to wrap and deliver.  But that’s not what it’s is about…  I feel like I’m always left so baffled.

There are of course layers of religious meanings and importance surrounding mid-December (through to early January) depending on the culture and beliefs.  But I’m not even talking about THAT (far too great a topic, far too weighty!)

I just mean that this time of year isn’t about throwing material things around, so much as true, sincere giving.  I’m not saying I didn’t get gifts as a kid…or that I still don’t.  For children, especially, it’s exciting.  There are generally rituals built around Christmas morning, and I love seeing happy faces.  But there really DOES have to be a point at which it goes overboard.  

My favorite gift – the one I looked forward to every year – was my red snow shovel.  My parents didn’t know that for a long time, but it was the ONE THING I absolutely LOVED getting.  I would use it to help my father shovel the driveway…and to me, it therefore well transcended the “material.”  It was such a fun event, despite the work involved – the “shovel” represented time we’d spend together, outside, enjoying the snow and fresh air. 

As we got older there were years where my parents would have us all choose a charity and give to each one instead of getting each other things we wouldn’t use.  (I think the whole “wouldn’t use” part tends to happens far too often as we pass into teen and adulthood. And frankly, I don’t think there’s anything I CAN get my family and loved ones that they really want – we all kind of get what we want and need anyway!)

I don’t think gifts are a “bad” thing, don’t get me wrong.  It means a lot to some people to give, and in that way denouncing the whole thing would be denying them something that makes them feel great.  What I think is important, though, is that people don’t feel obligated and pressured to buy things.  Certainly not “BIG” things.  

The “holiday spirit” is more about the thoughtfulness above and beyond anything else.  And I’ve gotten to a point where time and connection with loved ones, HAPPY loved ones, and health for all of us, is – * yes, really * – all I want.  Those things are far more precious to me. The little things, like a random “I love you,” lights up my world with a brilliance no material item could.  Life is precious.

So even if gifts are part of the holiday “thing”…just remember that you don’t have to stress out about getting the latest and greatest.  There are ways to give, to share, to receive, without having to go crazy (no one needs an extra car accident, or angry retail exchange!) 

Enjoy the essence of the holidays while they are here – the gathering of those we love, and the blessings we already have.   Generally speaking, those in your circle will be happy no matter what. . .and if you want to reach out to those in need (people, animals alike!), there’s plenty room there too. ❤

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Update

Jerrod Blandino of Too Faced Cosmetics finally posted a pix of the Sweet Peach shenanigans – long awaited for many.  For me, the more natural, the better – I don’t mind sheen, so long as it isn’t glittery.  Much that I adore the later, when you reach a certain point in life, you don’t want the “glow” to be as obvious…

The newbie is available in December, meaning you can stave off a frosty, icy gleam with something a tad more Spring-like.  Nothing wrong with a little warmth amidst the snow.

Spring 2017 – Too Faced Peach

I’m one of those need-to-be-natural types, so anything that falls into that category works for me.  I don’t actually have the luxury of being incredibly girly-girl to begin with, given my propensity for all things Martial Arts and sporty.  But having been in the Fashion Business for many years, I appreciate those who can.

There’s a TON of hubbub about Two Faced’s Spring 2017 Peach Collection (launching November and December of this year – Merry Christmas?!)  Having seen multiple posts, I thought I’d share the one that had the most images (or at least ones no one else has) – from ChicProfile.

I’ll let you click the link above for more images – sometimes a surprise makes it more fun! 😉

Spring 2016 – Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow

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.  

Bobbi Brown and http://chicprofile.com

Bobbi Brown and http://chicprofile.com

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.”

Bobbi Brown and http://chicprofile.com

Bobbi Brown and http://chicprofile.com

The finish is soft matte, and skin is left soothes and moisturized – that’s a lovely combination, if you ask me!  

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

Cher Cupidon…?  This feels so Valentines to me.  Am I crazy?

Holiday 2015 - MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

Per MAC: 

M·A·C Huggable Lipcolour is now in more shades than ever and here to stay. Cuddle up with this comforting, creamy formula in 15 hues that remain luminous for up to six hours. Best of all, we’re also introducing Huggable Glass, caressing lips with smooth colour and shine thanks to a new dual-phase formula.

The Lipcolor, launching December 26th, is a “Gel-like lipstick with rich, glossy shine and a feather-light finish that lasts up to six hours.”  It sounds like a cross between a lollipop and a popstar photo shoot.  Colors will include: 

  • What a Feeling! Mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Extra-Sweet Soft pink cream
  • Love Beam Mid-tone warm pink cream
  • Touche Light beige cream
  • Sweet Creation Soft yellow peach
  • Commotion Deep cool plum cream
  • Red Necessity Deep warm wine cream
  • Feeling Amorous? Mid-tone fuchsia cream
  • Rich Marron Mid-tone nude cream
  • Out for Passion Soft warm rose cream
  • Cherry Glaze Orange red cream
  • Bare Hug Creamy soft peach-orange
  • Glamorized Creamy vibrant pink
  • Flaming Lips Deep creamy red
  • Fashion Force Soft tangerine orange
Holiday 2015 - MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

The Huggable Glass is described as “…a comforting hug of colour with immediate shine that wears for hours. The dual-phase formula glides on effortlessly for a smoothing, creamy color.”  Colors here include:

  • Snuggle Up Bright pink-lilac
  • Mega-Hug Creamy deep raspberry
  • Never Say Never Intense mid-tone coral
  • Love Buzz Fuchsia pink
  • Marvel-lush Bubblegum pink
  • Kind Kiss Pale melon
  • Embraceable Me Pale baby pink
  • Pleasure First Warm blush pink
  • Such a Sweetheart Intense bright watermelon
  • Sweet Persuasion Mid-tone warm mauve
  • Cool & Cute light salmon
  • Keep It Light warm nude
Holiday 2015 - MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 - MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

I really like the range of shades, feeling that they’ve covered a solid gamut.  The Huggable Glasses are a bit more upbeat, lighthearted and Spring in flavor, while the Lipcolor has a more sophisticated-but-fun overtone (in my opinion.)

Holiday 2015 - MAC Hugs & Kisses

Holiday 2015 – MAC Hugs & Kisses

Elf Clay and Positivity

e.l.f. has a new Clay Eyeshadow coming out soon…December, 2015!  This image features Necessary Nudes, which appears to stay in a neutral shade range, with a touch of shimmer (in which case, better for events or evening, I’d say.)

While on their page, I saw all sorts of positive messages…and I love that.  There is ALWAYS more room for goodness, kindness and optimism in the World.  Love that they take a moment to lift others up. ❤

 

Winter 2015 – MAC Maximized

Launching on December 1st, 2015, this small Winter 2015 “Collection” from MAC promises to give you fuller, longer, and more lush lashes – that’s a nice Xmas present!

MAC Maximized Winter Ad image

MAC Maximized Winter Ad image

The False Lashes Maximizer, the first of two products, is a priming treatment meant to be put on before mascara to wrap and nourish lashes prior to color.  It acts as a primer as much here as one would for shadow, keeping the black rich and intense all day.  

MAC Maximized Winter Ad image

MAC Maximized Winter Ad image

The second product is the False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara, a glossy black coat to emphasize and enhance your already-gorgeous eyes… 

Chicprofile.com image

Chicprofile.com image

Just two products but enough to wow! 😉

MAC x Dita Von Teese

Now this is a collaboration I’m head over heels for…

Dita, the Queen of Burlesque, is positively spectacular – not only for her porcelain, milky complexion and fiery red pout…but for who she is, and what she has accomplished.  She is the absolute epitome of glamour, sophistication, seduction and ladylike mien.  

MAC x Dita Von Teese image

MAC x Dita Von Teese image

Per MAC and Ms. Teese:

“I’ve always loved M·A·C and we’ve remained close after working together almost 10 years ago for the M·A·C Viva Glam campaign. M·A·C Cosmetics celebrates individuality and supports people who dare to be different. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to create my signature red lipstick. My M·A·C Von Teese shade evokes glamour and confidence.”

– Dita Von Teese”

The vibrant tomato-hued matte lipstick was inspired by the launch of her new book, Your Beauty Mark.  But anyway, it’s always a good time to have a Dita-infused shade – it is sure to showstop and you can get your paws on it in December, 2015. 

X ❤