Spring 2017 – YSL Touche Eclat Le Cushion

Ever building on the Touche Eclat empire, YSL will be launching the coveted glow-getting formula in a new format for Spring 2017. ¬†Yep, you guessed it…a cushion. ¬†LE Cushion, to be exact. ūüėȬ†The product will be offered in 7 shades designed to enhance radiance with natural coverage.¬†



In addition to that exciting news, the Company is also brining in three Touch Eclat Glow Shots, a highlighter boasting the hefty promise of a 10-hour strobe effect AND ultra hydration, via hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and Ruscus.  Glow Shots will come in 3 shades:

  • No.1 Daylight ‚Äď Create a reflective, mirror effect (light skin tones)
  • No.2 Sunrise ‚Äď Create a rosy glow (light skin tones)
  • No.3 Sunset ‚Äď ¬†Create a healthy glow (medium to dark skin tones)


And…one more dashing add…the YSL Touche Eclat White, Limited Edition. ¬†I’m already chomping at the bit for this one because a “porcelain effect” is like music to my goth-y ears… It can be used for adding a beautiful sheen, or for more extreme strobe and contour effects.¬†



Holiday 2016 – MAC Nutcracker Sweet

I’m a little bit partial to the Nutcracker because I grew up being classically trained – 10 years of ballet, and you’ll see ten years of the Nutcracker around the holidays…if not more (once a dancer, always a dancer.) ¬†I desperately wanted to be in it, actually, and a friend and fellow dancer was – spectacular!

MAC is embracing the fun and festivities with a Holiday Nutcracker-inspired Collection – Sweet as can be. ¬†For details, check out Chicprofile, who shares the full list of goodies, and a few more images. A little tricky to see all of the items clearly, given the bold pink patterning of dots and stripes but…anyway! ¬†Personally, I love the¬†Pro Longwear Paint Pot¬†in¬†Stormy Pink, a muted grey-purple hue. ¬†I feel like it would add a barely-there depth (not a new shade, so much, but sometimes they aren’t!)


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Halloween – ‘Tis The Season. . .!

To be crreeeeeppyyy….!

You have to love the fun packaging that comes out at this time of year (or if you don’t, I will on your behalf because I’m all for monsters and silliness.) ¬†


I definitely see it more with the unhealthy options, but whatever. ¬†I mean…the baby spinach doesn’t have a witch on a broom on the package (though personally I think they should explore that marketing tack – what about kids thinking it’s cool!?)

I’ve not even heard of these (Herr’s!?) but I can safely say that this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I’d have gone “mooOooommm, can we get THESEEEeee!? ¬†Wings and Webs!?! ¬†TOTALLY made for creepy kids like I was.


As for the Oreos, Nabisco is always doing something rad. ¬†I’d have been ALL¬†over these. . . ¬†They aren’t any different that regular Oreos as far as the taste,¬†but thanks to the seasonal marketing, the orange center, and the jack o-lantern face…I’d eat them just because. ¬†Way to go, Nabisco packaging people.


Then there are these… I don’t know if they’re even legit (though it appears that way.) ¬†Dang.


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It¬†doesn’t stop with the¬†packaging, though – there’s all sorts of fun,¬†Halloween-ie, Autumnal flavors that crop up too, come September. ¬†Take these Pumpkin Spice bars

Rockgirlmaxim84 on Instagram has a PLETHORA of holiday-inspired, limited edition finds (I think it’s absolutely fascinating how many she comes across, and / or tracks down!) ¬†It’s like Caramel, Apple and Pumpkin Spice central…!




I’m so in my element once that 10th month rolls around… ¬†I’m a Spring baby with and Autumnal heart, what can I say…

Halloween – Lip Smacker

I’m a total balm girl – I don’t wear lipstick (save for when I was performing in Ballroom Dancing or Figure Skating) and I love flavor! I also – no grand surprise – adore Halloween. ¬†

When Halloween items crop up in stores,¬†suddenly I want to buy everything…including limited edition Lip Smackers, designed with the holiday AND Disney Villains in mind. ¬†As the kind of girl who prefers to be Maleficent at five years-old and NOT the Princess, no shocker here!

Lip Smacker has a bunch of fun Fall flavors but¬†I hope I find the same setup Musingsofamuse did! I’ll snatch up all of them¬†as fast as Jack Skellington did Christmas!

Pat McGrath Phantom 002

I wrote about Pat McGrath’s first “Gold” Collection a while back. ¬†Well she has come out with the second Collection, Phantom 002…and that too has already sold out. ¬†

At $240, that’s impressive…though it was also produced in a limited 1,200 units.

Per her site: 

“A defiantly decadent 8-piece kit to create underground looks that¬†span the decades. One¬†illegally black liner and a multiuse¬†eye gloss for the ultimate hardcore glamour. Four self-indulgent shades to metallicize your smokey eye. Give black¬†a new life and blitz into the darkness.”

I keep thinking regal birds of paradise – peacock, firebird, golden eagle…

It feels to me like a cross between Studio 54 sequins and heavy metal…!¬†

The kit contains:

  • Gold 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Blue 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Copper 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Fuchsia 002 eye blush 0.14 oz
  • Black 002 eye gloss 0.14 oz
  • Black Caviar gel liner 0.018 oz
  • Blender brush 002
  • Flat brush 002

It’s bold color with smoked edges, so prepare to party…and stun!

Pantone Universe and Sephora – 2016 Colors Of The Year

As you may have seen, Sephora and Pantone have collectively announced the new Color(s) Of The Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity will be offered in a range of finishes beginning in December for a limited time.

The colors read height of Spring to me, but then one could always go for the wintery-pastel-snow-bunny look too! It is always okay to lighten the mood, as far as I am concerned, and these two hues are about as bright and happy as they get!

Per Sephora:


Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

The shades in this exclusive 15-shade pan palette are all about pleasing the eye. The shimmer and matte formulas are infused with Vitamin E to nurture lids, while the pastel and bright hues can be worn together in a variety of ways to create a visual masterpiece.


Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set

In line with its rule-breaking mantra, the six pastel hues in this lip gloss set are anything but understated. A swipe of the melt-on-your-mouth formula instantly delivers rich color and a dose of conditioning hydration. Your lips will look contemporary, smooth, and unexpected.


Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in Rose Quartz

In 2016, sweet hues take on a bold attitude and these matte lipsticks deliver the drama with full-color payoff. Swipe on the velvety matte texture in Rose Quartz for a femme look that’s not afraid of being unconventional.

Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in Serenity

While this lipstick comes in the same texture and finish as Rose Quartz, this version of the lipstick is even more daring, yet delicate thanks to its Serenity hue. Color it on your lips for a futuristic effect that wows the present.


I am looking forward to seeing swatches (curious about pigmentation!) but I think these hues are such fun. ¬†I also LOVE the¬†ombre¬†packaging – I’m not quite girlie-girl, and I rarely wear such pale shades…but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the colors of a morning May sky… Spring baby, after all! ūüôā¬†

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

I have to be honest here…I had NO idea who this was! ¬†But I LOVE MAC and I love their ever-interesting collaborations. After having read the below, it made perfect sense that I didn’t know who this was – I’m admittedly far out of reach of the celebrity scene.

‚ÄúSince the 1980s, famed nightlife icon Susanne Bartsch has been known for her elaborate, outlandish and extraordinary f√™tes for designers, celebrities and partygoers alike. Three decades later, her events continue to attract New York‚Äôs beautiful, strange and eccentric. Now, a collaboration that harnesses the unique world of Bartsch into two fantastical false lashes.‚ÄĚ

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

Falsies and extensions have DEFINITELY picked up steam over the last decade – certainly they were out there but having been a competitive Ballroom dancer for many years during the last decade…it’s fair to say they were not as easy to come by in stores!

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

There is nothing really mild-mannered about these¬†–¬†those who do buy them are likely among the fearless stand-out types (which doesn’t mean if you aren’t that way, there is anything wrong with that! ¬†I’m not sure I could manage these even ON the Ballroom floor where false lashes are so common they are almost a pre-req!) ¬†Given who these are in collaboration with, though, I’d expect nothing less!

The two limited edition lashes are as follows:

MAC Curlicue Lash¬†‚Äď $75.00:¬†Swirling and “girly” retro lashes.¬†

MAC On Top Lash ¬†‚Äď $75.00:¬†“Wispy waterfall”-look lashes.

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

Feeling sassy???


Holiday 2015 – Pony Effect

Pony Effect’s Holiday Collection, “That Girl,” has come to the USA by way of Memebox. ¬†

I personally LOVE the add images –¬†there is no question that there are tons of enhancements and light adjustments, so I’m not suggesting it represents reality. ¬†

What I love about it are the colors – it’s vibrant and fun, with a good does of youthful sass – case in point, her GORGEOUS¬†ombre hair! ¬†Note also the color-shifting rainbow fonts – it’s energetic all around!

In any case, the Collection is composed of five items:

  • Outfit Lipstick
  • Illusion Nail Lacquer¬†
  • Fever Shadow Palette

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  • Luminous Contouring Palette
  • Holiday Limited Collection Set

There’s nothing humdrum about this Collection at all, but it is also wearable – if you are feeling blue with the darker, colder months, this looks like a fun pick-me-up without being too over the top.

Holiday 2015 – China Glaze Star Hopping

Star Hopping sounds like loads of fun, honestly! ¬†And I’m kind of excited that there might be a Chanel Ciel Du Nuit dupe-ish¬†(it’s not quite the same, but it has the celestial flavor) from my college days…a good 17 years ago!

chicprofile.com China Glaze photo

chicprofile.com China Glaze photo

The Collection includes eight glittering, limited edition hues, which retail for $5.00:

  • You‚Äôre Too Sweet ‚Äď Pale pink with holographic glitter
  • Turn Up The Heat ‚Äď Berry glitter
  • Pick Me Up Purple ‚Äď Pale lilac with holographic¬†glitter
  • Counting Carats ‚Äď Multi size gold glitter
  • Silver Of Sorts ‚Äď Multi size silver glitter
  • Star Hopping ‚Äď Holographic dark blue
  • Can You Sea Me?¬†‚Äď Silver and blue holographic¬†glitter
  • Give Me The Green Light!¬†‚Äď Blue-green glitter




The glitter¬†appears to be¬†pretty concentrated, which I personally love – nothing worse than a clear, watery base with sparse flecks of glitter! The CherylFlavor has some good swatches, including the few below, to check out!…



It’s definitely the time of year to jazz things up, so even if you don’t normally do glitter, you’ll be in great company if you try it out…¬†