Life’s Little Correctors

There’s an absolute onslaught of “correctors” in the marketplace right now…and I’m definitely not complaining.  The reality is that some days we aren’t going to be quite as tip-top as we’d like, but these little goodies can conceal some of it so we look better than we are feeling!

Benefit’s Life’s Little Correctors Color Correcting Kit palette is a fun way to not only try a variety of Benefit’s best-selling concealers, but you get all of them in one place – ahhhh, multi-use products. ❤  The $20 kit contains:


  • 0.05 oz Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light
  • 0.05 oz Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light/Medium
  • 0.04 oz Erase Paste Brightening Concealer in Medium
  • 0.04 oz Eye Bright Instant Eye Brightener
  • 0.04 oz Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Prime

I have WAY too many products as it is, but this one is super affordable, and filled with very-useable, wearable products… Tempting!  (The front packaging is so cute and cheeky too, isn’t it?! 🙂 ) 



Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue

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.” ANDNiacinamide, 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. 



Winter 2015 / 2016 – Garnier

There are TONS of new products hitting mass market stores right now – I have seen some of these myself already.  In addition to the below, I also saw new haircare from Garnier – strengthening shampoo and conditioner, as well as a color treatment which I saw a photo of recently.  So more is definitely coming!

The below photos are all from BudgetBeautyBlog, so I am attributing them there – I always seem to forget my camera so many thanks for sharing your images online!  As I mentioned, I have only seen some of these products (such as the Micellar Water) so far, but they are rolling in steadily.  Some of what I am seeing reminds me of existing products in the existing Garner lineups, so I’m curious about how these are different.

The newbies, under the SkinActive umbrella, are:

  • Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-On Peel
  • Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector
  • Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion 
  • Micella Cleansing Water (2 formulas)
  • Clean Purifying Cleansing Wipes
  • Clean Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser and Mask
  • Clean Shine Control Cleansing Gel
  • Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra-Gel Moisturizer
  • Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream
  • Miracle Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel Cream

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Olay Snow Mushroom

Growing up I always heard how amazing Olay was – nearly everyone, it seemed, used the Active Hydrating Fluid!  I have had a few of their products over the years, and while they haven’t remained my absolute go-tos, I have never been terribly disappointed, finding that the formulas are good overall.

The newest Olay Active Botanicals Collection being offered features the Snow Mushroom, a natural source of hydration (as in, a single one can hold up to 500x its weight in water – wow!)

The Collection will feature:

I love masks and hydrating toners so I look forward to seeing these in store! 🙂

Ulta Is Taking Over

I swear Ulta has been growing a mile a minute, adding snazzier, several European, and now Asian brands.  It’s awesome, frankly – makes it a heck of a lot easier to get our paws on our favorite need-(but-hard)-to-track-down goodies!  

Eye masks, check.  

Snail creams, yes…

Super fun packaging, and skin-pampering fabulousness?  CHECK.

Tony Moly is one of the more recent adds (and there I was excited I could get it at Urban Outfitters!)  

I’m just so thrilled – eBay has been a terrific resource over the years for such things, but the prospect that we *might* have the opportunity to try or at least pick up in our hands, is a truly wonderful thing.

Korean Kraze

Well this is all very exciting! Seeing as I have, many times over, professed my adoration for Asian skincare and color, I am elated by all the accessible newness!

Sephora is once again giving a solid shout-out to the influence of overseas skincare and makeup, highlighting some of the new and exciting products from brands on both sides of the globe.

Belif’s True Cream Aqua Bomb offers “floods” the skin with hydration, making it a nice purchase for parched skin…and based on the reviews, it sounds like it does a nice job of it.  I’m kind of tempted!  

Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin has come out with a tinted balm, which I am certain will be flying off shelves after the successes of the other products in this Collection.

Erborian, actually a newer brand pick-up for Sephora, has an “aquagel” mask featured…a trend that has already hit the likes of Olay and Neutrogena, making a less-than-bashful-about-borrowing mass market debut. As with the “Aqua Bomb,” there’s that allusion to the refreshing and hydrating nature of good ol’ H2O!

While I think the US is seriously late to the party with this, I am T H R I L L E D to see the influx of innovative products, many taking their cues from overseas.  Better late than never for sure! 🙂 

Perfect Hair Day (er…Night)

I was incredibly excited back when Living Proof made an entrance onto the scene because…OOoOo…MIT scientists were involved! 😀  Some of the people I adore most in my Life went to MIT so it’s *possible* I have an  underlying allegiance on those distant grounds.  *LOL* photo photo

I know some people live and die by the Living Proof products.  Despite high hopes, I unfortunately had less success personally.  I have long, layered hair that is generally straight, but can wave is wet and left up.  It’s also quite fine, so it has slip, though it isn’t oily or dry per se, even though I’m extremely active.

I think their first items were in the No Frizz lineup – I wanted it to work well but they left kind of a coating on my hair, leaving it flat and feeling filmy.  I don’t even dry my hair all the time because I want to keep it clean and healthy, so the feeling bothered me.

The one product I really loved was a several week Restore treatment, which I’m not actually sure they do anymore (the product came in several, individually portioned tubes, one per week for for weeks or so, and my hair felt amazing afterwards.)

I have heard a lot of good reviews about Perfect Hair Day, but the “Night Cap” is new to the lineup, touting a slew of impressive overnight benefits.  It is, as shown here, available on Sephora, and it appears to have a lot of great reviews already.  I have FAR too many products to begin with, honestly, but then I’m always tempted by the newest this-will-baby-your-mane promises – I am CRAZY about what I use in my hair and on my skin. 😀 photo photo photo photo

So I haven’t tried it myself, but it sounds like it does rather a lot to nourish tresses as we nourish ourselves at Night…and that’s always a nice promise.  Lofty, I know, but I’m always up for reading reviews…and sometimes buying the thing before I finish them because…can’t help it!  Product JUNKIE. 😉 *LOL*