Garnier Sheet Masks

I’ve seen zero word of these until this am – I was resistant to sheet masks forever, thinking they fall right off my face while I did other things around the house, took a bath, whatever.  They DON’T, and they’re FABULOUS.  And, you have to wear a lot less on your skin, or zero makeup at all, when your “canvas” is in great shape.

I haven’t – obviously – tried these, but I do have the Garnier Aqua Bomb moisturizer, which I love.  I like Garnier as a brand as well, and hope that we see these in the USA…soon.  The moisture sheet masks are typically the ones I go for – they not only hydrate, but soothe and plump the skin.  At almost 39…I like it! 😉 

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Clinique Pep-Start

So I’m not sure if I totally buy that you can look more wide awake in three seconds (I love that it says three, as opposed to five, or two, or fifteen, by the way.)  But…Clinique is a long-standing and well-backed brand, with many cult products among the ranks, so perhaps this Pep Start Eye Cream will hold up to it’s claims…

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This newbie aims to hydrate, refresh, brighten, and all around add some “pep” to your peepers.  The tip is a pop-up, cool-touch, de-puffing ball designed to be swiped in circular motions around the eyes.  Very wax-on / wax-off (if you get the Karate Kid reference. 😉 ) 

Interestingly, the five reviews on the site currently have averaged three of five stars – it sounds like consumers are not keen on the packaging (preferring a steel ball for real “cooling”), but others thought it worked well and quickly.  

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MUFE HD Concealer

If any of you are big fans of Makeup Forever’s HD updated products, you will be thrilled to know the concealer is online at Sephora!

Per Sephora and MUFE:

This newbie features “an Anti-Dark Circle Complex with Radiance Booster” designed to “support collagen to refresh and awaken the undereye area. A long with filling and smoothing fine lines, its lightweight formula is infused with Pure Focus Pigments that reflect light to erase shadows, while the hylauronic spheres prevents moisture loss.”

The formula is, as with the other Ultra HD items, “designed for 4k technology. With 4k technology, the next generation of digital devices will display images with unbelievable detail, stunning clarity, and heightened color than existing HD technology. Completely invisible under the latest, ultra-magnified resolution, these innovative formulas look completely natural on camera—and to the naked eye.”

There are 10 shades in all:

Color Correct: neutralize dark circles with a peach shade: 
R20: Light 
R22: Light to Medium 
R30: Medium 
R32: Medium to Tan 
R40: Tan 

Conceal: brighten and awaken undereye area: 
Y21: Light 
Y23: Light to Medium 
Y31: Medium 
Y33: Medium to Tan 
Y41: Tan 


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

Bobbi Brown and

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

Bobbi Brown and

The finish is soft matte, and skin is left soothes and moisturized – that’s a lovely combination, if you ask me!  

Spring 2016 – Neutrogena

I was excited to see some of the new Neutrogena Spring 2016 products on Ulta!  The first of these is the SkinClearng Complexion Perfector (probably the product I was most excited about personally.)

Per the site, the Perfector:

  • Fights acne and provides even coverage to help correct skin’s complexion
  • Blends naturally with your skin to instantly blur the look of acne and minimize appearance of pores
  • Matte finish controls shine
  • Won’t clog pores, hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested photo photo

I love products with Salicylic acid because as an athlete, sweat is a sure thing!  Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate the skin, keeping it clear – for me, just a wash isn’t enough (I actually  use a body wash as well since rolling on mats in a heavy gi is bad news for skin and pores!)

Next up is the Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector.  This “moisturizing retinol treatment with sunscreen” offers sheer coverage and an easy blend.  Per the site:

  • Instantly erases the look of imperfections
  • Smooths out skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Gives skin a natural, dewy finish
  • Dermatologist tested photo photo

To round of the newbies is the Spring 2016 MoistureSmooth Color Stick.  The colors include:


  • Classic Nude
  • Pink Nude 
  • Almond Nude 
  • Berry Brown
  • Wine Berry
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Cherry Pink
  • Deep Plum

And benefits include:

  • Twist-up color; no sharpener needed
  • Lips feel moisturized for hours
  • Dermatologist tested photo photo


Spring 2016 – CoverGirl

I actually saw these in store yesterday and didn’t have my camera…but the display looks identical to the one I saw (Thanks to @hhardydawson on Instagram for these images.)  The Spring products are definitely trickling in so keep your eyes peeled!

@hhardydawson on Instagram

@hhardydawson on Instagram

@hhardydawson on Instagram

@hhardydawson on Instagram

@hhardydawson on Instagram

@hhardydawson on Instagram

I also saw some TruBLEND BLUSH…which I don’t see photos of.  It was displayed with a few new primers, so those are something to look out for!

Per Procter & Gamble and CoverGirl…

Oh Sugar Lipstick:
COVERGIRL will have you saying Oh Sugar! with a fresh, new vitamin-infused lip balm that provides a pampering, sensorial experience at a better-than-fresh price. And what’s even sweeter than the citrus scent, decadent shade palette and delicious sugary taste? The price! Soft, naturally-moisturized lips never looked (or tasted) so sweet.   
• With grapeseed oil, avocado butter & Vitamins C & E, this reparative luxe lip treatment nourishes, protects and smoothes lips so you feel naturally renewed from the inside out
• Thin oils absorb quickly into lips while a thin protective layer locks in moisture – no thick, greasy film-feel you can get from other balms
• Tinted formula glides on smooth for the perfect pop of Colorlicious payout – we dare you to compare to a $20 balm!
• 10 SKUs: Cupcake, Candy, Caramel, Taffy, Spice, Punch, Soda, Sprinkle, Jelly & Gumdrop
COVERGIRL truNAKED Shadow Palettes  and Waterproof Eyeliner Duo:

Colour has moved from the lips to the lids, with graphic liners looks, nudes, golds and shimmer dominating the Spring/Autumn Fashion Shows. Just in time to capitalize on those trends without a heavy price tag, COVERGIRL introduces truNAKED Shadow Palettes and Waterproof Eyeliner Duo

The new truNAKED Shadow Palettes deliver colour payout and shades comparable to a leading $50 eye shadow palette. Each palette includes eight intensely-pigmented, uber-blendable shadows to deliver a smooth, silky feel and prestige-worthy payout at a fraction of the cost. 

The truNAKED Waterproof eyeliner duo features two versatile eyeliner shades to deliver rich, blendable colour that shades like a prestige-double ended liner. 

• Eyeshadow Palette shades like a leading $50 eyeshadow
• Three prestige-inspired shade palettes — Nude, Roses, Golden
•Each palette features perfectly combined pale-to deep-neutral shades to contour your eyes in endless combinations (from nude to smokey) and offers a range of textures (from matte to shimmer)
Plumpify Blast Pro:
Women want volume and are constantly trying new mascaras in search of the Holy Grail that delivers on that. Yet volume is only half the battle, COVERGIRL did the research and uncovered the best way to take volume to new heights – and it all starts with a LIFT. Insert new Plumpify Mascara by blastPRO. For lashes that seem darker, fuller and more visible, you need to lift them from the root. Our new Plumpify mascara features our biggest brush ever, with a mix of conical bristles plus specially-designed fins, exclusive to us, that physically grab and lift the lashes. This brush, in combination with our texturizing formula, help create 50x the volume. Mile-high lashes are yours for half the price! 
• Double-action brush plumps and lifts from the base of the lash for extreme volume
• Texturing formula helps build volume and separation
• 4 Shades 3 regular (very black, black, black brown) and 1 waterproof (very black)
• Easy, Breezy Tip: Use rounded tip of brush for hard to reach lashes. Pair with truNAKED Waterproof Eyeliner Duo for a more dramatic look

Update: Swatches from BudgetBeautyBlogger!

Soap & Glory Speed Plump

Oh my!  Speed Plump Overnight Moisture Mousse sounds like a cross between a super spa treatment and a frothy, cake-batter-scented concoction from a kitchen preparing for a birthday party!

It is not, alas, edible, but…it is apparently promising miracles enough to make up for that.  It is a “Super-light, yet astonishingly potent” cream created for dry, dehydrated, or dull skin. The texture is a soft, “uniquely bubbly” mouse that contains a variety of active boosters promising to rehydrate and smooth (er…plump!) your fine lines by morning.  

Hmmmm… It sounds pretty fabulous, so I am keeping my eyes peeled for reviews!

If you were down and out that this product was for overnight, and desperately wanted a daytime version…well…meet the All-Day Super Moisture.

A light-weigh, fast-absorbing fluid for dehydrated skin, made up of “oxygenators, a super-hydrating watermelon extract, a wrinkle-smoothing marine plant and elasticity-promoting raspberry stem cells.”  

Per the site:

– Gives skin a miracle moisture makeover 

– Instantly plumps up moisture from within 
– Smoothes fine lines & wrinkles 
– Energises & refreshes skin 
– Locks in moisture for 24hrs 
– Gives skin a youthful dewy healthy glow

So you have two options…or two to combine for a double-punch to dry, winter skin!  Perfect for the colder months coming up, I’d say! 😉

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, photo

Burts Bees BB, 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!

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Oil Limited Tint

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Oil gathered an incredibly following…rapidly…for living up to its claims as a high-powered conditioner made with “essential oils, vitamins and three powerful active ingredients.”  Now I am not 100% sure about the anti-aging part of the pitch, but protecting from the environment helps in that area by default.

The product has thus far only been offered in a clear version but there is now a pinky-red shade being offered as a limited edition – “Icon” is Hourglass’s signature shade, imparting the lips with “a flush of healthy color.”

The tinted version can be purchased at Sephora or Nordstrom. 🙂

Fall 2015 – MAC K Beautiful Face

Another Fall Collection from MAC for 2015!  The K- Beautiful Face products (permanent, so I understand) are designed to be used in three steps:

  • Step 1: Prime
  • Step 2: Perfect
  • Step 3: Finish

Per MAC:

Get gorgeous soft radiance with K-Beautiful Face – perfectly balanced, perfectly you. Start with our hydrating base, Prep + Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Pink. Use the 191 Square Foundation Brush with Mineralize Moisture Fluid SPF 15 to achieve lightweight coverage, accented with Mineralize Skinfinish. For a luminous finishing touch, try Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose.

The lineup of five products are as follows:

  • MAC Prep + Prime in Natural Radiance (Radiant Pink) – $41.00
  • Mineralize Moisture Foundation – $36.00
  • Mineralize Skin Finish (Soft and Gentle, a gilded peach bronze)) – $32.00
  • Prep + Prime Highlighter (Radiant Rose, a light shell pink) – $26.00
  • 191 Square Foundation Brush

You can purchase the goodies now online, using the MAC link above! 🙂