Instant Confidence Stick

So there were a couple of posts about this out there – I hadn’t really internalized that this could be potentially offensive to some, but it seems that it was.  For some, naming the product “Instant Confidence Stick” was not only not expected from Bobbi Brown (generally known to embrace our natural beauty – aging and otherwise), but also because it suggested that we need a product to give us confidence (focusing primarily on our superficial appearance, as it were.)

I didn’t take anything negative, nor controversial, from it so much – they way it reads to me is that if I am having a day that I feel I look as though I need a pick me up (my personal opinion about myself) then this might offer some help.  It doesn’t suggest to me that I am lacking in some way, no beautiful enough, or that without a product(s), I’m somehow sub-par.  

I understand – and agree – with the notion that we should love ourselves the way we are.  We should – we are fabulous, damnit!  But that doesn’t mean that if we want to pull ourselves together and present a cleaned-up version of ourselves – all the time, or occasionally – that there is anything wrong with that!

Per Bobbi’s UK site (where it is available):

Bobbi’s magic eraser—instantly blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, more lineless look. The colourless, breathable and ultra-lightweight formula glides on easily and feels weightless, making it comfortable for all-day wear. Use it to prep skin for seamless makeup application, or to touch up and control shine throughout the day.

Infused with a powerful peptide, the formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as soon as you apply. A unique triple suspension complex creates an effective yet breathable blurring layer that helps to smooth and perfect skin’s texture. Plus, it works over time to absorb excess oil and control shine.

So it smooths out those pesky lines I sometimes focus too much on (yes, I’m sure they ONLY bother ME.)  AND it helps over time to tame shine…which also sometimes aggravates me.  I rather appreciate that there’s a lil’ easy-to-use stick out there that might assist me in achieving those things since – let’s be honest – I DON’T always wake up flawless.

In my opinion it is totally okay to recruit a little help because it will make me feel a bit better on the days something to perk me up.  And trust me, my confidence hasn’t taken a dive, nor my spirt been wounded, by the name…or the offering.  

John Frieda 10 Day Tamer

10!?  I mean…I’ve heard of three…  I’ve even heard claims of up to 7 days.  But 10?  I’m impressed!

John Frieda is the frizz-kill king, as it were, having birthed some heavy hitters in the world of tress-taming products over the years.  His newest to the lineup, Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer, is a pre-wash treatment designed to keep your locks under control for over a week solid.  It is applied to dry hair, left on for ten minutes, and washed as your normal routine dictates.

Treatments at the salon with Keratin can be lengthy, a bit high maintenance (you have to wait a day to sweat at all – for an athlete?  NO GOOD!), AND they can be costly.  So I love that companies are devising ways to bring us smoother strands (especially as the humid heat of summer approaches) that won’t cause us to break the bank.

Britishbeautyblogger.com

Britishbeautyblogger.com

Britishbeautyblogger gave it a whirl, so here is her review, for one!  The reviews online haven’t been stellar (or, in fairness, let’s say they range the gamut of great to poor)…but reviews are also few in number, as this is a recent launch.  Curious to hear more about it as time moves on, and it is available in-store as well. 

 

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

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

It goes without saying that we all want clear, even, smooth skin…and some days, our epidermis (apparently on strike) isn’t…AT ALL…in accord.  The market is over-saturated with products, many of which are indeed “HG’s (holy grails.)  You may remember Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea water-based fluid foundation from August, 2015…well…

This new Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer is a super hydrating, full coverage, anti-aging concealing serum formulated with pigments suspended in a water / conditioning serum hybrid base.  It is “4 times lighter” than like products out there, another lovely benefit for those of us who want clear radiance without heavy weight. I usually opt for a tinted moisturizer designed with athletes in mind, as I want sheer, skin tone evening, and water resistant…but this looks pretty amazing (and it comes with a brush, which is always nice!)

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

At $29.50, it doesn’t seem “too much” given that it does rather a lot with just a tiny drop.  There’s a great video to go along with the description here, and worth watching for the before and afters.  

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.

DAFNI Hair Straightening Hairbrush

The concept here sounds wonderful for those ladies who are a slave to high-heat tools on a far-too-frequent basis (and, based on its 53 million look-ups, it’s clearly in demand!)

The reviews – 30 in total, for a five-star rating  on Dermstore – certainly seem to back it up.  I can’t say the images are 100% persuasive, however, as the example hair photos don’t exactly appear smooth and silky.  That said, depending on how defiant these models’ hair truly is, and taking into account the photographers haven’t polished the style (no faking = a good thing!)…these might well be outstanding, REAL results.

The idea here is that a woman can brush her long locks and end up with silky, frizz-free, and straightened hair…no clamping, and no awkward straightening iron grabbing.  The ceramic DAFNI purportedly protects the hair from damage, though beyond that it heats to an “optimal 185°C/365°F,” I’m not totally clear on how it does so.

AT $300, this isn’t a minor purchase, but if you do struggle to straightening things out, it may be a worthwhile investment.  Here’s a quickie video – she seems pretty pleased!

Winter 2016 – MUFE Ultra HD Concealer

The Make Up Forever HD Collection has indeed been growing, though I suspect many have been wondering “why not a concealer?”  I feel like foundations almost shouldn’t launch without a sidekick hide-it-all, so I was delighted to hear about this one.

The formula is designed to plump and hydrate by way of hyaluronic acid, as well as glide weightlessly on skin, smoothing creases as it goes.  It’s Ultra HD status, I am sure, also means it ought to be undetectable – always the goal!  I’m curious to see and hear more

britishbeautyblogger.com photo

britishbeautyblogger.com photo

as word of it makes mainstream.  Excited for it to launch?

Before and After

I love Before & Afters!  It is so important for people to know that the bulk of images we seen in magazines, ads, even on-screen have been retouched.  

And it isn’t only in an age of Insta-filters and photoshoping apps – when I was a kid, photos were being retouched.  So much so that the supermodels in magazines seemed like an alien race, void of marks, clogged pores, greasy hair…

But because technology has enabled the average person (without a stitch of technology in his or her background!) to adjust with total abandon (not to mention ~gasp!~ for FREE!) …it is far more commonplace to see an altered photo than a real one.  

In a largely-virtual social landscape, we are presented with perfection at every turn.  

Seeming perfection, that is…

I love when I see women bare it all.  No, not in the full body sense… I’m talking the visage (vee-z-ah-juh in French.)  Traditionally boasting perfect porcelain or choco skin, smoothly lined lips, batting lashes, glowing cheeks and nary a wrinkle nor blemish to be seen…those faces. 

To see a woman without her “war paint” (an affectionate term from my Ballroom days!) is a lovely reminder for ALL of us.  It isn’t that the image represents something less than perfect, so much as it says that imperfection IS perfect.  

Imperfection is beauty.  

Imperfections always exist…and that’s okay!

You don’t have to hide…

And you ALSO don’t have to worry that you aren’t as “seamless” as what you see…because that isn’t always the reality.

We are still amazing underneath! Our natural lines and curves and colors are BEAUTIFUL.

Bravo to Makeup Artist @kristytheodoremua and ALL participating ladies for her awesome posts.  Way to inspire and bring us all down to Earth. ❤

 

Soap & Glory Speed Plump

Oh my!  Speed Plump Overnight Moisture Mousse sounds like a cross between a super spa treatment and a frothy, cake-batter-scented concoction from a kitchen preparing for a birthday party!

It is not, alas, edible, but…it is apparently promising miracles enough to make up for that.  It is a “Super-light, yet astonishingly potent” cream created for dry, dehydrated, or dull skin. The texture is a soft, “uniquely bubbly” mouse that contains a variety of active boosters promising to rehydrate and smooth (er…plump!) your fine lines by morning.  

Hmmmm… It sounds pretty fabulous, so I am keeping my eyes peeled for reviews!

If you were down and out that this product was for overnight, and desperately wanted a daytime version…well…meet the All-Day Super Moisture.

A light-weigh, fast-absorbing fluid for dehydrated skin, made up of “oxygenators, a super-hydrating watermelon extract, a wrinkle-smoothing marine plant and elasticity-promoting raspberry stem cells.”  

Per the site:

WHAT DOES IT DO?
– Gives skin a miracle moisture makeover 

– Instantly plumps up moisture from within 
– Smoothes fine lines & wrinkles 
– Energises & refreshes skin 
– Locks in moisture for 24hrs 
– Gives skin a youthful dewy healthy glow

So you have two options…or two to combine for a double-punch to dry, winter skin!  Perfect for the colder months coming up, I’d say! 😉

Crème de la Mer The Renewal Oil

Creme de la Mer has a relatively longstanding cult, it’s fair to say.  Not without good reason.  I recall purchasing a jar of their cream for my mother when I was in college and how big of a deal it was – the moisturizing cream was over $100 (now it’s $170 to start.) For 1 ounce.  Yes, just one…  

But…it was amazing…!

Crème de la Mer The Renewal Oil is new to the scene, priced at $240 for 1 ounce.  Per the site:

This dual-phase elixir blends Miracle Broth™ and sea-sourced actives, unleashing a wave of activity to infuse skin with youth. Collagen production improves, helping soften the look of emerging lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin. Day by day, skin’s natural barrier becomes more resilient. Miracle Broth energizes skin’s repair process. Soft and ultra-smooth, skin glows with new vitality. Aromatic and soothing, the Renewal Oil enriches everywhere it is applied, creating the possibility of infinite bespoke skincare rituals.

I’m not sure just how much a woman (or man!) is willing to spend on skincare at the end of the day…but the promise of ageless, smooth and glowing skin is so much a temptation that these cult goodies sell at an alarming rate.

Willing to indulge, or just too over the top…?