Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid

Correctors are one of THE most amazing products in the world of color cosmetics.  For moons, it was incredibly hard to track this kind of thing down – as a Ballroom dancer, spray tans were a prerequisite and matching one’s skin tone with any manner of product was a (*cough* pain in the rump!) challenge.  

Performance aside, being able to easily conceal things like excessive redness, sallowness, undereye circles from that late night college paper was SO much easier with the proper product...  But having to go to Halloween stores or places like Ricky’s NYC for stage makeup wasn’t always easy to do!  The products were out there, but often relegated to specific industries such as film and theater.

These days, color correcting palettes and concealers are a CINCH to find.  What I love is that companies are adding color correctors to their already existing, successful concealer lineups, as well as offering palettes, the latter of which is a DREAM to own when you are competing (all the colors right there in one, handy case! 🙂 ) 

Reallyree.com

Reallyree.com

Urban Decay is now offering five shades – the five most popular – for covering the most common perfect-complexion-hinderers, with their Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid: 

  1. Green – reduces redness. 
  2. Lavender – balances sallowness (think, too yellow. Very popular in Asian markets.) 
  3. Pink – brightens dark areas.
  4. Yellow – corrects dullness (also helps with redness and darkness.)
  5. Peach – masks circles/spots.
Sephora.com

Sephora.com

The product “features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright. Subtle pearlescent pigments diffuse light to perfect skin, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect.” It is formulated without Paragons, Sulfates, or Phthalates, and is incredibly easy to use and blend.

YSL also has a few versions of its cult Touch éclat out in corrective hues, which you may have seen already…  And they aren’t alone – there are rather a slew of correctors emerging, both at the mass market and high-end levels, some of which I will speak to soon!

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

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!)

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

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.  

L’Oreal Root Concealer

I haven’t seen a single post about this anywhere but snagged it in a Target recently!  I don’t have TONS of grays yet, but in areas where hair is thinner, root concealers work like a charm!  

I was SO excited to see a large-scale mass market brand come out with one!  It was only $6.99, which is in comparison to three to four times that for higher end brands (such as you might find in Ulta or Sephora.)

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There were several shades ranging from Blondes to Black – I want to say maybe four or five!  

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The product dries fast and doesn’t smudge, which is awesome.  It’s light-weight and last through one shampoo – I’m kind of excited to try it! 🙂  Keep your eyes open – it’s out there!

 

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

 

Spring / Summer 2016 – Benefit

So Benefit has a lot of fun stuff coming out in Marc, 2016.  Two of the goodies – boasting those fun and cheeky names we expect from the brand – are Zero Tanlines, and Dew The Hoola.  There isn’t a ton of info out just yet, but BritishBeautyBlogger shared some lovely photos and swatches.  I enjoy being pale myself but a no one ever looks worse with a slight sun-kissed glow!

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Zero Tanlines is a “skin tint “ – I’ve seen the new ones from L’oreal in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid already.  It washes off, so it isn’t a faux, self tan – it’s more like body makeup, if you will.  The cap of the product is apparently a hula skirt (which honestly I didn’t realize!)  Underneath it – how sassy, Benefit! – is a buffing application sponge for streak-free results.  Personally I’d look for “transfer resistant,” “water resistant” etc with a product like this.  I’m not totally sure if it is any of those things, but most like items in the marketplace are these days.

As for Dew The Hoola, it’s a lightweight, easily applied bronze tint – nothing too heavy, by the looks of it, and no glitter (hallelujah!  LOVE glitter, but not when “natural” is what we are aiming for.)

While they aren’t out until the dawn of Spring, they are fun to announce anyway – a little extra sun during the cold, wintery months to bask beneath!

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!  

The No Glitter Glow

I am all about glowing, clean skin…  Makeup Artistry is something I loved from childhood not only because of the ingenuity and creativity, but because of the passion and skills behind it.  That said, I am not a really girly girl – I’m athletic, and a little bit edgy…and my preferred look is totally natural.  I don’t want to cover my skin, so much as just not look tired!  So products that are more sheer, natural, double as skincare…those are my favorite ones!

I love that the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter is, according to reviews, lightweight, sheer and shimmerless.  That’s right…SHIMMERLESS!  

Shimmer is great for a party, for dancing, for performing… But I don’t want to catch sunlight with any sparkles beyond those on my nails!  The idea is an ethereal, barely-there glow…that looks like healthy, flushed skin.

allurabeauty.com

allurabeauty.com

I’ve never been crazy about the repetitive names in this collection, but I LOVE the idea of products that are so natural, no one would be the wiser.  For me, that’s the ideal product – it manages to disappear after brightening.

allurabeauty.com

allurabeauty.com

This highlighter boosts radiance with light-reflecting pearlized pigments and a dose of vitamin C, helping to diffuse imperfections and pamper skin.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

Burt’s Bees BB!

I just spotted this new BB cream with Noni extract from Burt’s Bees!  In comes in three shades, Light, Light/Medium, and Medium, and boasts nine benefits:

Burts Bees BB, drugstore.com photo

Burts Bees BB, drugstore.com photo

  1. Protects with SPF
  2. Moisturizes
  3. Smooths
  4. Visibly firms
  5. Illuminates
  6. Evens tone
  7. Conceals
  8. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  9. Perfects skin

It feels like some of those overlap, but anyway…!  Formulated with mineral pigments, coverage is lightweight, sheer and natural, with just enough to cover imperfections.

I use Garnier BB, which is an absolute favorite, so I’m not sure I’ll switch… But I am curious to hear reviews and thoughts!

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion

There are a few posts about this…and the suggestion it *might* come to the USA (that would be tremendous!  Not that I NEED anything else, but why not HAVE it! 😉 ) 

L’oreal’s Lumi Cushion is launching in Canada in January 2016 with a price tag – $29.99 CAN – that feels steep for their generally more affordably-priced color cosmetic products.

The word is that the Lumi Cushion aims for a “natural, luminous and air-light coverage” – barely-there is always a plus, provided whatever specialty particles (aren’t they always specialty particles!?) can cover and correct.  Most formulations these days manage to do both – give flawless coverage, with an extremely light feel.  

Lumi Cushion also boasts a purportedly high water content, which always gives a nod to the “hydration” direction (great for Autumn and Winter!)

So again…not sure about the USA, but it’s a possibility.  If it is well-received, I’d imagine we will be seeing it.  If not…eBay! 😉  Wait…did I say that?!

Batiste Style Me Texture

I remember when Batiste came to the US and I was TERRIBLY excited!  You folks in the UK (and overseas) get these goodies before we do!

The Batiste Style Me Texurizing Spray is infused with a combination of Keratin and Inca Inchi Oil, making for a styling and strengthening two-in-one!  It is non-sticky and lightweight, allowing for movement and a natural look.

Tousled hair is always in…I don’t care what era it is!  (The ONLY place I see it standing out is on the competitive Ballroom floor…where au naturale will ever be “in!”)  That said, texturing sprays are GREAT for adding some tack to hair for braids and updos!

The package is a bold fuchsia with lime and tonal hues, keeping in line with Batiste’s fun and whimsical designs.