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!)

Chicprofile.com

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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…