Summer 2016 – L’Oreal True Match Highlight

I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like.  But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.

I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters.  My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.  

Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal.  In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite.  But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.  

No.  No, thank you.  I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner.  But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way.  When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.

Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%.  But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario.  I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though!  Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere.  Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Correcting Primer – Update

I wrote about this branch-off product from Hourglass, the Ambient Correcting Primers, but we hadn’t seen too much detail at the time…  

Beautizine posted a lovely review for those who have been awaiting swatches.

They should be available soon from Sephora (middle of April) so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Correcting Primer

So just when everyone on the planet is catching up to Hourglass and their HUGE success with their Ambient Lighting Powders (which, honestly, came at the forefront of the strobing trend), the Company is running up ahead once again.  Were they responsible for highlighters’ spotlight strobe phenomenon?  Not necessarily.  But they were definitely one of the first players to make the longtime performance makeup trend more mainstream.

So about that leap ahead…  

While I don’t have a date for these, they are very much a Spring-time product, so I’d not be surprised if these launch in the coming weeks.  I don’t know that they will…but once some demand is generated (and I am sure it already has been), I’d imagine Hourglass will roll these out.

@trendmood1 on Instagram for photo credit

@trendmood1 on Instagram for photo credit

Shades will include (at least for now!):

  • Luminous Light
  • Mood Light
  • Dim Light

The way I see it, a “glow” is never a bad thing – it helps us achieve a youthful radiance not only when sleep is harder to come by, but equally when our years increase!  I’m eagerly awaiting swatches and sincerely hope they have a shimmerless, pearlescent gleam – for me personally, that’s the ultimate.  Natural and oh-s0-angelic.

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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

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Maharajah 506

That’s quite a name for a lip gloss!  Giorgio Armani’s Ecstasy Lacquer in Maharajah 506 is a luscious pink cherry hue with iridescent violet micro glitter.  

The shades, featuring ten intense lacquered and eight “pearlescent metallic“s, apparently stay put even though meals and drinks.  Once it does fade  – anywhere from 6 to 8 hours later – it leaves a lovely stain behind…or at least a little bit of the glitter!  

ChicProfile – many thanks for these photos! – shares her wonderful review about the color, the lasting factor, and application.  I think the packaging is pretty divine, pairing the black gloss and the color for an bold degrade.

I used to be a glitter MANIC – I’d wear it to class in college, just because.  (Who’s Foreign Financial Markets class couldn’t use it?!) But these days, I leave the glitter to my finger tips and toes…so while I LOVE the beautiful hue of Maharaja, it may be a skip for me.

Spring / Summer 2016 – Chanel Le Blanc

Thanks to iVoce for the images of this up and coming Chanel Collection!  It will be launching in Japan on February 19, 2016, in Asia during February…and will be coming to the USA for Nordstrom in Summer 2016.

While I don’t have names of everything specifically, the Collection will include:

  • Chanel Perle et Fantasy Compact Powder (the pink and white pearl embossed powder)
  • Chanel Le Blanc Quattro Eyeshadow Palette
  • Lip glosses (these look bright and fun!)
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick (in “intense” shades)
  • Cream blush (looks like a medium bright pink)
  • Chanel Le Blanc L’Extrait (20 ml – a whitening skincare product with a pearlescent shine)
  • Coco Mademoiselle Touche de Parfum (released March 18, 2016.  The product is a concentrated gel formulation and housed in a lip gloss-like container for easier application.)
  • Looks like a few other items as well…eager to update…!

The pearlized powered looks divine…and anything that whitens and brightens is awesome in my book! ❤ 

Holiday 2015 – Armani Luxe Is More

I love the ad image for the Holiday 2015 Luxe Is More Collection from Armani – it evokes precisely what the  Company was aiming for with these products, all of which are meant to pay tribute to the film sirens of the 1930s and 1940s. 

Armani Holiday 2015

Armani Holiday 2015

Lips are the most focused-on area of this inherently glamorous look. Eyes are second with sultry definition…but not overpowering… And the canvas, of course, is clear, flawless, polished skin.  

The Collection includes:

Lip Maestro:

  • N° 405 Orient
  • N° 406 Sultan
  • N° 414 Pure Red
  • N° 507 Boudoir
  • N° 508 Pearly nude
  • N° 509 Ruby Nude

Eye Tint:

  • N°16 Rose Platinum
  • N°17 Hollywood
  • N°18 Silver Mirage

The Hollywood Palette:

  • First Tier: Ten matte and pearlescent eyeshadows
  • Second Tier: Luminescent compact powder (for all skin color, combats shine)

Holidays are THE perfect time to channel your inner silver-screen-starlet-ness…so why not go luxe with it?!