Summer 2016 – CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops

Aaannd, more droppers from CoverFX suited for Summer 2016 – CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops.

Highlight, strobe, or beach-bronze yourself with one of six shimmering shades:

  • Moonlight
  • Candlelight
  • Celestial
  • Sunlight
  • Sunkissed
  • Sunset

As with the Company’s many dropper-ed lineup, these are simply added to whatever liquid product you own and want to pair them with.  So layer on your luminosity to your heart’s content – its Summer time, after all.  Time to go with the glow!

Other CoverFX product posts here!

Spring 2016 – Sephora Skin Boosters

This isn’t at all a new trend – bespoke skincare has been “a thing” for a while, adding an almost luxury feel to our quotidian regimes.  What’s nice, though, is that it has become mainstream enough that if you feel your regular products aren’t doing enough, you can easily get your hands on a booster!

Sephora is offering three new serums, each of which are intended to deliver visible benefits within two weeks.  You can apply them to the skin directly, or you can add to any foundation or base you use.  The three formulas are as follows:


I love serums, so I’m always curious to hear about newbies – these are concentrates, which I also love.  Sometimes you just need an extra jolt! 😉 




The Color Corrective Trend Continues…

I feel like there is a literal ONSLAUGHT of these products (not to mention posts, articles, newsletters etc…)  I’m not exactly complaining – I learned how to utilize such “correctors” early on as a performing athlete, and they WORK – but it is somewhat a sensory overload situation at this point!

In any case, if you are interested in further expanding your arsenal of perfectors, Sephora has a brilliant selection of items to choose from!  

Algenist has a new, concentrated liquid dropper formulation, which you can score a deluxe sample of at the moment…  (Dropper bottle foundations and serums are also (as no doubt you are aware) a major 2015 tail-end trend.)

Becca has four shades which appear more pigmented, and therefore much like the Kryolan or Ben Nye wheels I’d buy at Ricky’s New York back in my competitive dancing days…

Marc Jacobs has three swirled pop-up sticks, a fun take on the trend that I haven’t seen quite the likes of elsewhere.

Sephora has launched seven gel-serum correctors in a lip gloss style format, as has Urban Decay (who has five shades.)

YSL’s infamous Touch Eclat ALSO now comes in three corrective hues, which I have to say is pretty fabulous (the original is divine.)  

Smashbox is offering a pencil in four color-fixing shades, which is great for easy application.  In line with uber-ease, Cover-FX has their own new stick for brightening (LOVE brightening!), thought it does also come in five other colors! 

For those in love with powders, I adore the cute, loose pots from Besame, who have expanded one shade into five lovely tints…  Now if palettes are more your speed – having multiple colors in one place is often incredibly useful! – you might like Make Up Forever’s (which comes in five combinations), or the cheeky six-sampling from Benefit.

It’s rather a lot but I guess better to be able to choose from a larger variety depending on your own skin correcting needs!

For more…  

Twitter (A few reblogs on this topic!)


Spring 2016 – Stila

Stila is expanding its Aqua Glow lineup this Spring with a Serum Foundation and Serum Concealer, falling very much in line with the liquid, dropper bottle trend.  

Stila Spring 2016

Stila Spring 2016

The Foundation is a lightweight, moisturizing formula, offering weightless, radiant coverage.  The ionized water-base paired with hyaluronic acid, helps to “instantly blur, hydrate and perfect the look of skin with buildable to full coverage.”   “A generation of highly refractive, multi-reflective color pigments use light to” additionally smooth the surface of the skin, reducing all those imperfections we want to conceal!

The Concealer, also ionized water-based, offers a buildable, lightweight, and semi-matte coverage that conceals all of your pesky circles and blemishes.  The difference here is that it is more liquid in texture, a departure from traditionally creamy formulations.

And, for a fun Spring touch, Stila is also delivering two new Convertible Color Palettes – Sunrise Serenade and Sunrise Splendor.  The Convertibles are amazing, and so easy to use on the fly.  

Sunrise Serenade:

  • Petunia (warm pink)
  • Peach blossom (warm peach)
  • Gerbera (peachy nude)
  • Camellia (warm beige)
  • Twilight Rose (deep rose)
Stila Spring 2016

Stila Spring 2016

Sunrise Splendor:

  • English Rose (warm rose tone)
  • Lillium (pinky nude)
  • Cherry Blossom (pink)
  • Fuchsia (bright pink)
  • Tulip (deep plum)
Stila Spring 2016

Stila Spring 2016


Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion

The name is quite the mouthful but it seems to be worthy of whatever length Armani chooses, based on the word of mouth!  Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup Bi-Phase Elixir SPF30 is the newest to the Armani foundations, and will be launching in February, 2016 online.

Many thanks to ReallyRee for sharing more information about it, as well as her review, since there isn’t as much out there yet!  The benefits of this newbie – gorgeous glow aside – includes:

  • Nourishing bi-phase formula
  • Super light texture
  • Perfecting buildable coverage
  • Like original Maestro it is free from water
  • High concentration of nourishing oils
  • 3 oils released over time and composed like notes of a fragrance
  • Non-oily effect
  • NASA technology enables the absorption of excess oils
  • Leaves skin feeling supple
  • SPF30 for daily protection
  • 9 shades

Given the incredible, global success of the other formulations – AND their always-gracing-It-Lists status, I’d say this is worth checking out.  They aren’t inexpensive but a little does go a long way.  I haven’t tried them myself simply because I am active every day – while they are purportedly divine, I’d feel badly sweating it off so quickly…or getting it all over someone else’s gi!

Kiko Milano Fusion Serums

Kiko Milano is rolling out three new, limited edition facial serums promising to hydrate, firm and brighten your peau:

  • Crystal Fusion
  • Nutri Fusion
  • Energy Fusion

I love the look of the bottles – since I have an arsenal of products, I often have several on my bathroom countertop.  These are picturesque enough to keep out! 🙂

I also love serums, though the texture isn’t for everyone.  The formulas contain such ingredients as hyaluronic acid, plant sugars and vitamin C and retail for $19 each.

Body Shop Fresh Nude

While there isn’t a ton of information out about this foundation, Body Shop Fresh Nude, as yet, a few bloggers have shared what they know…as well as images (which are, indeed, equally as important!)  BritishBeautyBlogger understands the shades to be quite extensive, and the fun part is the two Shade Adjusting Drops.

I’ve written about the various dropper foundations of 2015, and this is very much in line with that idea – not only is coverage customizable, but also the tone.  

As any competitive dancers can tell you – at least those of us in the Ballroom! – matching to a self tan can be a nightmare!  Sounds silly but if you need to match for a few days, you need the kind of solution these Adjusting Drops provide!  (A self tan WILL streak…so you can’t forego the foundation.  Just won’t work!)

But dancing aside, these allow more flexibility for ANYONE – maybe you just want to add a darkening drop to your moisturizer.  Why not?!  

Personally, I’d go for lightening…and I hope more brands come out WITH contour-esque lightening and darkening…  I can’t imagine they WON’T – trendy may be too “conformist” for some of us, but the benefit is that we get more of a selection when something DOES hit main stream. I’m definitely okay with that!


No7 Airbrush Away Foundation

Boots site has been a wee bit frustrating today so I’m hoping this link works… (It appears to, but just in case!)

I saw a review from ReallyRee about the new No7 Airbrush Away Foundation, which reminds me so much of the dropper foundations of the last few months: Custom Cover Drops, MAC Water, Smashbox BB Water

The formula is designed to smooth fine lines and pores by way of optical blurring powders. laving a soft-focus finish, velvet texture and overall radiance.  Airbrush Away contains “Berryflux Vita” (sounds like a smoothie to me!) to hydrate skin, and maintains that it is non-comedogenic (which is always a sticking point for me!)

Ingredients are as follows:

Myristyl trisiloxane , Dimethicone, Ethyl trisiloxane, Dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Silica, Phenyl trimethicone, Talc, Stearylkonium hectorite, Alcohol denat., Laureth-4, Mica, Caprylic / capric triglyceride, Tocopherol, Dicalcium phosphate, Rubus Idaeus leaf cell culture, Aqua (Water), [+/ – (May contain) CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides)].

Check out ReallyRee’s review – there aren’t many out as yet, so I was happy to see some swatches and read a few thoughts.  I think it’s fair to say I have ENOUGH products already.  But I never really stick to that, now do I!?  These dropper formulations feel like a fun art class…or fancy chem.  😀

Custom Infusion

Cover FX, following on a successful launch of Custom Cover Drops, has just introduced Custom Infusion Drops – four specialty formulas for extra skin loving, and complete customization. 

  • Vitamin A plus Jasmine for anti aging
  • Vitamin E plus Chamomile for a calming effect
  • Vitamin C plus Lemongrass for extra radiance
  • Vitamin F plus Neroli for added hydration

I always loved dropper bottles – they have an old-world apothecary feel to them.  But I also love that companies are not only taking a nod from overseas, but fully embracing some new ideas, allowing us to pick and choose according to personal skin needs (which can vary as easily as (or with!) the weather!), and create in the comfort of our own homes.  Yay for that! 🙂

Just a Drop

There are several water-like, dropper foundations coming out these days… I feel there is a lot of Asian inspiration in these, call me crazy.

CoverFX came out with their CoverFX Custom Color Drops and you just KNEW that other companies were going to follow suit (the fun is, that always happens!  Yay for consumers! 😉 ) Incidentally, Physicians Formula came out with dropper foundations quite a bit earlier…though we all know Armani was one of the first to the party years ago!

Sephora photo

Sephora photo

Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Water touts an spf of 30, which I’m fond of.  It’s lightweight, but purportedly covers imperfections like a pro, keeping you demi-matte and hydrated.  I do have the 24 concealer and I have to say…it’s amazing.

Smashbox photo

Smashbox photo

MAC has ALSO come out with a liquid (available in September, 2015), MAC Studio Waterweight, used backstage at the Autumn/Winter 2015/16 Shows (such as Donna Karan and Marni.)  Makeup artists were LOVING it, so don’t be surprised if you get bombarded with images and reviews!

Chic Profile photo

Chic Profile photo

They all sound great to me – love lightweight heavy-hitters! ❤