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 – 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. 

 

Spring / Summer 2016 – Maybelline Baby Lips Pop Art

I’m a balm kind of girl and Baby Lips in Cherry is one of my go-tos.  I’ve sort of stuck with that flavor (and tint), but it’s always fun to see new ones come out!

Maybelline Pop Art Image

Maybelline Pop Art Image

The most recent are the Pop Art Collection – three shades, and so far I only see them overseas (I’m in the USA.)  Flavors include:

Superdrug UK image

Superdrug UK image

As with all Baby Lips, these offer 8 hours of hydration and a barely-there hint of color.  I haven’t found the flavor to be overwhelmingly noticeable – or sweet (which actually, I love about Smackers! 🙂 ) – but it isn’t unpleasant at all.  I’m curious to hear whether these are more pronounced…

Maybelline Pop Art Image

Maybelline Pop Art Image

Baby Lips fan?

Summer 2016 – Estee Lauder Genuine Glow

More glow-getters on the horizon, this time from cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder.  Genuine Glow Summer 2016 Collection includes five super-star, radiance-delivering products:

What I love about these products is that they are ageless – they can work beautifully for someone in their 20’s as much as someone in her 50’s – they are designed to give a natural illumination to the complexion with subtle, flushed color.  

There’s no over-doing here, no mask-like finish, or real ability to be too heavy-handed in the first place.  Hallelujah! 

In my own mind the goal of any color cosmetic (shy of ballroom / skating / theater performance (etc) OR your wedding (mine’s soon! ❤ ) / night out (etc)) is to enhance.  Not hide.  

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Yes, you ARE gorgeous enough to go without makeup!  But for days when you might need an extra boost – just enough to give your bright eyes the spotlight (as opposed to sleepless undeyes or lackluster skin!) – these hydrating, priming, and brightening products can help.  

Chicprofile shares more details here (haven’t seen all online as yet, but those with links are above. 🙂 ) 

Summer 2016 – Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio

Hourglass seems to be full steam ahead, taking no time to revel in the successes of the various Ambient products (powders and new primers)…

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

The newest goody, now available on Sephora’s site, is called the Illume Sheer Color Trio.  This multitasking product is designed to “define, brighten, and highlight your face.”  It combines a bronzer, a highlighter, and a just-flushed blush, all in cream-to-satin formulas.

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

The highlighter claims to add a “luminous glow without heavy glitter or shimmer.”  For me, that’a s HUGE plus – I don’t want to sparkle in the sun…I just want to glow.

All three shades are sheer and buildable, allowing you to achieve youthful, fresh radiance with a completely natural look.

It sounds pretty awesome – $62 is a lot, but if it becomes a holy grail for you, it’s worth it.  Personally, I’d love to snag just the blush shade! 

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?

Maybelline Baby Skin Blur

There have been a few variants of this product, I feel like, though only one that I recall in the USA., Instant Pore Eraser.  

Instant Fatigue Blur, a water-based, hydrating primer, has launched overseas (can be found at Boots online, for one!)   I swore that I posted about Maybelline Baby Skin Pink Transformer a good while ago, which feels similar, but I can’t seem to find the post!

This item comes in Apricot and Rose, which offer some minor color correction – I’m guessing, though, that these are sheer, so if you need coverage, this may just be a primer step to blur pores, with something applied over it.

Spring 2016 – Lorac

New sightings of the new Spring 2016 from Lorac on Instagram!

One note about the Porefection Foundation – which, incidentally, others also agree with – it seems like there aren’t many deep shades.  Personally, I find that disappointing – I like to see brands at least offer fair, light, medium and deep…and if there are more skus (which, often with a foundation there will be), a good selection in between.

Blushes from Lorac are usually really well-pigmented, so curious to see how these colors compare to what they have existing.

Adding Ambient

You may have heard…Hourglass is adding four new Ambient Powders – The original Ambient Light Powders became a major player in the land of Highlighting and Strobing.  I almost want to say they had something to do with the technique becoming mainstream.

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Powder

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Powder

Well, if the six weren’t enough for you, Hourglass has launched four more, designed specifically to “strobe.”  Included in the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders:

  • Incandescent Strobe Light (opalescent pearl for a celestial highlight)
  • Iridescent Strobe Light (illuminating pink for a soft highlight)
  • Euphoric Strobe Light (pearlescent beige for a natural highlight)
  • Brilliant Strobe Light (shimmering gold for a lustrous highlight)

The trend has become enormous enough that mass market brands have jumped on the bandwagon, and are launching their own versions (Nyx for one.)  To help you get your glow on, the company is also offering a new Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor.  Is it worth $22?  I can’t totally say, but I do like that it takes an applicator sponge one step further by adding a velvet pad on the bottom to blend – neat “add.”

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Sculptor

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Sculptor

I love barely-there, natural-looking (even under light) highlighters so I like that the originals were soft-focus.  That said, they still had shimmer, which I try to avoid – in daylight it is more obvious, and I’d rather be noticed for my skin, not my added shimmer.  So I’m not 100% sure how these look on the skin just yet but I’m eager to see!  I have found some great alternatives, ps, including from Hard Candy, which is substantially less costly if you aren’t sure!

 

 

Spring 2016 – Bobbie Glow

You may have seen some coverage of this already – as with her Collections in general, Bobbi Brown‘s “Glow” is a very natural and radiant selection of products.  I find that Bobbie never ventures too far out of that scope, which I have always really loved about her – the Collections are extremely easy to wear and translate incredibly well for daytime, as much as elements can be used to further enhance for evening.  “Enhance” is a word I like to use for the brand because I have always felt like her color schemes do just that – never over the top, just us with a little boost!

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

The Glow Collection for Spring 2016 is in department stores this month, and can be found on her site already.  

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

Products include:

Long-Wear Gel Sparkle 

Sheer, multi-dimensional sparkle plus all day wear make this creamy formula the ultimate eye-opening shadow. Lighter shades are perfect for highlighting under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eye—wherever you want a touch of luminosity.

  • Brown Metal – light grey brown with a beautiful blend of sparkle and pearl
  • Goldstone – gold shade with a beautiful blend of sparkle and pearl
  • Opal – white highlighter shade with beautiful sparkle and pearls
  • Pink Oyster – pink shade with a beautiful blend of sparkle and pearl
  • Silver Heather – light lilac shade with beautiful sparkle and pearls
bobbibrowncosmetics photo

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

Highlighting Powder 

You asked, we listened—our cult-favorite Highlighting Powder is back. This high-impact, light-reflective powder gives skin shimmering pink highlights and is ideal for strobing. Plus, it’s housed in a sleek, mirrored compact, so you can take your glow to go.

  • Pink Glow – bronze and silver
  • Bronze Glow – golden bronze
bobbibrowncosmetics photo

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

Extra Lip Tint 

Lightweight, sheer and ultra-moisturizing, our Extra Lip Tint has all the benefits of your go-to balm, plus a just-bitten pink stain that brings out the best in lips. Our favorite part? The subtle stain blends in with your natural lip color, so it’s instantly your perfect shade (and everyone else’s, too).

bobbibrowncosmetics photo

bobbibrowncosmetics photo