Goth Humor – Pastels

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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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Summer 2016 – Maybelline Glow Balm

So I bought something almost exactly like this…from Maybelline…on Sasa.com about three of four years ago. ¬†Yep. That long. I’m a little surprised it has taken SO long to get this over here in the USA but…I guess finally is better than never?

I’m a huge Dior Balm fan – it’s the most ¬†beautiful, perfect, pH transforming balm around. ¬†But it’s also pretty steep in price – around $32 for one. ¬†The fact that more versions are cropping up, especially at the mass market price points, is awesome.

BudgetBeautyBlog posted a bunch of Maybelline Summer photos here – definitely take a look – along with the closeup of this newbie, as above. ¬†She plans to give it a whirl and post a review, so keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in this kind of thing. ¬†If I spot it anywhere, I’ll snag one myself – a¬†subtle, personalized pink tint is always super flattering…and, in a natural way.

 

Illamasqua Nail Veil

Nail “polishes” are no longer strictly about color – for a long time color cosmetics have been edging towards giving “more” than just a tint. ¬†It is not a new concept that makeup doubles as skincare…but that nail polishes double as treatment hasn’t really been around as long. ¬†It isn’t wholly novel, necessarily, but it hasn’t been as mainstream as it is these days.

I didn’t totally expect this from Illamasqua, but as off beat as they are, I guess I shouldn’t be bowled over! ¬†I like that they are considering the impact of their products, and that they take them to another level entirely, not only giving a beautiful look, but also something body-loving (er…nail-loving, anyway!)

The Neil Veils are “water and oxygen permeable,” providing “anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties” in a super glossy, sheerly-tinted pastel polish. ¬†Nice. ¬†Colors include Bamboo and Breathe, pastel Orange and Pink, respectively.

These are subtle, offering a refined, pull-together look while also caring for your nails Рas the warmer Spring and Summer months are upon us and we find our fingers and toes full-on exposed, this is a nice way to stay natural, but also groomed. 

 

L’Oreal Cushion Glow!

The number of brands joining the cushion party is astounding…although I can’t say surprising! ¬†I’ve written countless posts about the influence of Asian skincare¬†(here, here, here, aaaand here, as a few examples)¬†and color cosmetics, and the trend(s) just keep forging ahead.

L’Oreal is taking a step beyond just foundations and color correction (two areas that are becoming increasingly more saturated.) ¬†Their Instagram page showed a sneak peak of six sassy, Spring-infused blush shades, suggesting that they will be rolling out worldwide shortly:

  • P1 Pink Fantasy
  • P2 Pink Romance
  • P3 Rose Affair
  • C1 Sunkissed Coral
  • C2 Sunset Coral
  • F1 Fuchsia Flush

The word is that they are less creamy than they are “watery,” but I think with any cushion product, you do get a lighter, sheerer texture in general. ¬†For me, that’s a nice thing because I don’t like to be heavy-handed – buildable is always a nice thing, as with such control, you can fully create the intensity you are looking for. ¬†It’s nice to have a natural, lit-from-within glow…isn’t it?

Lorac Light Source

Lorac is following on the tails of a massive highlighting…er…strobing…trend with their Light Source Illuminating Highlighters. ¬†There’s really nothing quite like having an ethereal glow – when I workout it’s a glow for sure, but I’m not sure it qualifies as ethereal exactly!

These beauties appear to come in four gorgeous, pale pink shades, though details are yet to be announced.  

I try my best to steer clear of glitter and shimmer these days because I prefer to be as natural and bare as I can manage. ¬†Still, a gentle swipe¬†of highlighter strategically placed can not only brighten and give you a rested appearance, but it also lends that youthful, baby glow that we all aim to maintain (or achieve when it’s nowhere to be found!) ūüėȬ†

These look utterly divine…

 

Dandelion Dew

Nothing can wake you up faster that a flush on your cheeks – if you are fair-skinner like I am, that’s especially true!

I was excited to see Benefit’s new Dandelion Dew, a matte liquid blush in Dandelion’s signature soft pinky-peach hue. ¬†Matte it may be, it claims to leave a lit-from-within “delicate gleam” – I like the idea that it can add that kind of youthful radiance¬†withOUT shimmer (something I have very much outgrown over the years.) ¬†

The formula is lightweight, bendable, and adds a glow to any skin tone. ¬†I am eager to check it out in store…not that I need it, necessarily (but has that stopped any of us, really?)

Lime Crime True Love

Right in time for those who celebrate Cher Cupidon’s Day…

Lime Crime is introducing three new shades in the True Love Collection inspired by…but of course…the luscious petals of roses:

  • Cupid – soft petal pink
  • True Love – vibrant pinky red
  • Saint – deep cranberry red

The set is on sale for $44.00, currently (usually $60.00.) ¬†Personally, I think the colors are right on – vibrant, richly pigmented, and noteworthy. ¬†Happy, Happy to those with bold hearts! ‚̧¬†

 

Wild Iridescence

This acrylic set – KeeNail Nail Art Pre-design Fake Acrylic Nails – is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen – there’s something so ethereal about that glow, and I just don’t know any polish that can match the effect.

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Glamorable

The photo above was a viral post on Pinterest, no surprise, supporting just ow much other ladies love this look too!  These are as much a fashion statement, in my mind, as lucite heels! The 24 Nail Sets come in:

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Per Amazon’s description – where you can buy all three colors:

KeeNail acrylic fake nail can lengthen short nails, strengthen nails, and make your fingers look longer and more slender. If you break an KeeNail acrylic nail you can almost always fix it yourself at home. The removal process is simple and straightforward when performed by a professional. The nails can be soaked rather than filed off. Acrylics are very strong. When done correctly and with proper nail care, they can last a long time and are very robust.

I kind of wish these would fit on top of my uv gel because they are positively divine and perfect to herald Spring.