This may or may not be an accurate representation of me shopping…
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!)
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.
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 – as 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.
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 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!) 😉
These look utterly divine…