Autumn / Winter 2016 – MAC Studio Quicktrik Stick

These snappy Quick Trik Sticks showed up in a post I read a while back…but I hadn’t seen much more about them since. Runways are always a great place to snoop for new trends and products (clothing, cosmetics, and even skincare) – backstage photos often will offer a sneak peek or five!

These contouring, highlighting, blushing, bronzing duos are launching this July and August, so I am sure there will be more coverage in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, Chicprofile shared a more comprehensive list of shades, info and photos:

MAC Studio Quicktrik Stick

  • Softly Does It / Tight And Tawny – very light pink shimmer / light taupe
  • Bare End / Earthnut – light golden champagne shimmer / muted medium beige
  • A Late Sheen / Semi-Sweet – light copper with gold and silver shimmer / muted golden bronze
  • Ginger Spiked / Counterpoint – soft pink with fine-spun gold shimmer / mid-tone bluish pink
  • Miss Cupcake / Tomato – soft pinky peach with fine-spun golden shimmer / vivid bright coral
  • All Aflush / Here You Go – rose with copper sparkle / deep reddish burgundy

Brushes

  • 164 Duo Fibre Curved Sculpting
  • 130 Short Duo Fibre

There are a TON of sticks like this on the market so really it’s a take-your-pick scenario – these sound like they will have a gleaming finish with a touch of sparkle.  For those of you that want to stay more subdued, and less high-sheen, fear not…you have a plethora of options!

Summer 2016 – Tarte Skincare

A few interesting new items from Tarte this summer…  The overarching theme these days is leaning to as-easy-to-use-as-possible.  Streamlining is a wonderful thing!

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser – a twist-up, 3-in-1 cleansing stick that scrubs, polishes, and offers a lovely little detox when left on for a few minutes.  

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Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches – a set of 4 treatment patches for the undereye, that are designed to reduce the appearance of pesky lines and wrinkles (I think I need some!) These contain hyaluronic acid, algae and marine extracts to soothe and hydrate. Vegan friendly and hypoallergenic.

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Tarte Facial Lip Scrub another easy twist-up designed to resurface and condition the lips without causing a huge mess like pots and tubes can!

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Can’t say I disagree with the format here…  Fan?

Clinique Take The Day Off

This would have been INCREDIBLY useful during my ballroom days!  

While I can’t say I have a particular use for this now, since I’m not wearing anything on my eyes – really, like, ever – I think it’s a wonderful and ingenious idea.  In fact, I’m kind of aghast that it hasn’t been done before!

Super easy to use and totally practical, the Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick makes the end of the day (or look change) a piece of cake.  It’s akin to a cleansing balm, a bit more solidified, and in a much easier format – a quick twist of the stick, a nice little massage, and voila!  Well done, Clinique.

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.  

Spring / Summer 2016 – Revlon Insta-Fix Update

I posted about these duos already, but here’s an update with swatches from BudgetBeauty Blog if you are interested in seeing how they look on the skin, and hearing some comments about wear!

More photos in her post! 

Spring / Summer 2016 – Revlon Insta-Fix

I have to laugh… “Insta-fix.”  Wouldn’t THAT be nice!?  *LOL*

I haven’t actually seen this Photoready Duo elsewhere, so many thanks to BudgetBeautyBlog for sharing the spot.  I prefer to see things in advance of them coming out because then I have time to determine whether I really need it…or just that I love the idea (and my savings) more. 😉

Check out her link above for a photo-heavy post! 

Maybelline – New Summer Jazz

Just sharing – I’ve seen a few posts here and there, but in Nouveau Cheap’s, you can see all of them.  As from that second link, they are on Amazon if you want early dibs!