Holiday 2016 – Lime Crime Diamond Crushers

Wait…WHaAaaAT!?  Where were THESE when I was competitively Ballroom Dancing, dang it?!  

These are the PERFECT, iridescent light catchers (and I’m highly irritated that they’ve come out now…several years too late!)  The names are as sassy as the shades, and I love that they (along with many other companies) are following suit of such brands as Colour Pop and showing swatches on a variety of skin tones.  *LOVE*

Trip

STRIP

FLUKE. . .

I can’t well wear them to the dojo (lest my partner’s gi light up like a Christmas ball) but…I hope other people indulge in the high-wattage glow! 

The Diamond Crushers are meant to layer over lip color, but I’m sure you could use them on your own.  You could also very likely get creative (because…why not?) and use them to reflect light to / from other areas.  Eye gloss, anyone?  

Autumn / Winter 2016 – Dior Skyline

Another as-always-thourough post from ChicProfile on the newest from Dior (lost of photos!)  

As a tip…The backstage scene during runway shows are guaranteed to reveal some newness so I generally will check out those photos specifically when reviewing catwalk coverage.

I love Dior generally, and have always appreciated the quality of their products (cosmetic and otherwise.)  There is something to be said for flawlessness… 

Maybelline Gone Goth?

I’ve yet to see one of the major mass market brands go this severe (as a Goth chick at heart, I’m not complaining.  I don’t exactly wear black lipstick but I’ll love it from the sidelines 4ever!)

Soon enough, a black shade will be gracing Maybelline’s shelves…as will a gloss (it isn’t totally clear whether the latter will be as boldly Night-hued.)

It’s very runway, very punk…definitely more an Autumnal / Wintery than the timing warrants, but I’m curious all the same.

If it is too much for you for any wear beyond the confines of your house, but you’re secretly wearing a cloak and patent leather boots…by all means, indulge.  You can always take a selfie of your lips and revel in the sassiness of the look later…  No one will have to know, and I won’t tell if you don’t! 😉 

Kinetics Solar Gel – Goldy and Jet Black

I passed by this review on ChicProfile and loved the look of these two polishes!  Off course I adore black but some don’t come out quite as beautifully as this one!  

Kinetics Jet Black has a gorgeous, glossy opacity and is a true, non-blue black.  L ❤ VE.  It’s inky and divine on its own, though (as ChicProfile shows) it can also be fun with a glittering topcoat.

I happen to love Goldy because it really concentrated – there is nothing more annoying than buying a glitter lacquer that has nary a speck on the brush when you go to use it! (I’m exaggerating, but you know what I mean – some “glitters” are totally watered down, making for a very sparse coat…or a multitude of them in effort to get the effect!)  Goldy is nicely packed with a solid dose of large hexagonal glitter, and teeny, tiny spots.  

On the two polishes are beautiful.  A little bit punk, definitely fashion forward, and fun for winter!

Spring 2016 – Smashbox Matte Transformer

Thrilled to see this product!  Why?  You have a favorite lippie and the brand hasn’t jumped on the matte train…but you want to try the trend! 🙂

Smashbox’s Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer is an easy-to-use gel that takes your pout from satin or shine to matte and velvety.  Instantly.

sephora.com photo

sephora.com photo

While it isn’t necessarily the first of its kind, it is a wonderful tool for anyone wanting to try something new, or alter texture for whatever reason.   This particular item was created to minimize the number of lipsticks Smashbox’s pro makeup artists had to haul around (double the products, or a tube of gel!?  Hmmm…) The formula is non-chalky, and also improves the wear of your lip product without feathering. 

sephora.com photo

sephora.com photo

Check out the video on Sephora.com for more details. 🙂

 

Bloody Gorgeous

No sense in denying I clicked immediately to see what this was about – “Bloody Gorgeous!” it read… Slave to the vampy side, I confess! 🙂

I absolutely LOVE the shades in this collection – equally as divine for fair or deep skin (though one need have a light hand if the former!) 

Beautylish.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

This box set, by the late, and amazing, Kevyn Aucoin is a Collection of “iconic products in Kevyn’s favorite shade Bloodroses.”  The set is priced at $125 and includes:

The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses – looks beautiful on all skintones (3.5 g) 
The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses – rich nourishing gloss. Shiny, not sticky! (5 g) 
The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses – nourishes and conditions with vitamin E and jojoba seed oil (1.0 g) 
The Creamy Glow Duo in #1 Nuelle/Bloodroses – adds a healthy, youthful glow. Doubles as a lip color (4.5 g) 
The Eyeshadow Single #109 – matte shadow with creamy smooth texture (3.5 g) 
The Volume Mascara – ultra black, long wearing. No flaking, dripping, smudging, or clumping! (5 g) 
Bloody Gorgeous Tote Bag

The set it sold out, not only at Beautylish, but also Barneys, and Beauty.com…but somehow Beautybay has it, and for a few dollars less!

Beautylish.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

Beautybay.com photo

Beautybay.com photo

Barneys.com photo

Barneys.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

Beautylish.com photo

 

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush

So I remember writing about the Maybelline Bay Skin Instant Flush, and these Balm & Blush pops, launching in January 2016, don’t actually appear to be much of a departure.  I actually liked the lil’ Flush-ies, and they could very well be used on the lips as well I suppose.  In that case, I sort of feel like this is the same thing, only being marketed as something new, and with a dual use.  

I like the Baby Lips balm as it is and hope they don’t move away from the traditional, twist up packaging – while these packages are intended to ergonomically jam with your hands, I still feel they are bulky and awkward.  

I also feel like they are so sheer and glossy that the color won’t adhere very long (dewy is great, but I don’t have the impression these are long wear.)

So…all that said, I’m curious if these are vastly different and worth the buy or, tiny they may be, too cumbersome to bother with.  For someone who stores hers in her sports bra, I’m not sure these are suited for me!