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.
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.
The benefits of charcoal as a detoxifier are by no means new, but there has been rather a surge in charcoal based skincare over the last few years, and I’ve more recently seen it for haircare as well!
And, while there are a plethora of products out there, it is worth mentioning Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Mask, which appears to be a heavier hitter in the epidermal detox than many others. The mask is formulated with Binchotan Charcoal, derived from the Japanese Ubame Oak Tree – in addition to adsorbing up to 1,000x its own weight in impurities (environmental toxins, sebum etc…), it has also been used to deodorize, purify water, and whiten your pearly teeth. Impressive!
In addition, Dermalogica uses Sulfur in the formulation, known to treat various conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, sebaceous dermatitis, and to promote cell turnover. Brilliant! Add to that “Volcanic ash, sea silt, bamboo extract and alpha hydroxy acids“ to “further accelerate skin brightening with dual-action exfoliation.” AND…Niacinamide, and Chilean Wild Mint, which ” helps reduce congestion and calm the skin” and refine pores, respectively.
If you have problematic skin at all…this sounds like a serious holy grail (HG) treatment mask – at $46, I know it’s a lot, but I’ve never had a bad experience with Dermalogica’s products. EVER.