Summer 2017 – Garnier Skinactive Honey Flower

I often see new skincare crop up overseas before it comes to the States, which means that I at least get enough time to read reviews and see if it’s worth tracking down (before our stores decide to give us the option!)

As a Martial Artist and athlete – not to mention, a fair-skinned woman who is as subject to time and the elements as we all are – skincare is a big deal.  I’m pretty religious – and devoted – to my regimen and products, but I’m ever curious, as the skincare world is rapidly innovating (particularly with more and more exposure to other cultures and markets.  I have a plethora of posts (and there are more!) about Asian skincare, a personal favorite topic.)

Anyway, the Garnier Skinactive Honey Flower range appears to be in the UK presently – you can check it out here on and a variety of other UK web retailers. I learned about the newbies via, where you can also read what the products are like.

Why bother with this new collection?  (Always the question I ask myself because I have a TON of products already. I am, essentially, my own store – but, ladies, the investment IS worth it.  Trust me.) Per’s description:

Garnier’s first toner made of 96% ingredients of natural origin, enriched with Honey Flower, known for its nourishing properties.

These products, therefore, are designed to be gentle with your skin, and less filled with things you can’t pronounce – both are big pluses. They are also specifically helpful to dry or very dry skin – come the colder months, that might be really important for most of us!

That said, if you already use such products, and find that they work nicely for you, I don’t know whether these are totally necessary.  But again, they’re out online at least, which means you can also snoop through the reviews and see if they make sense for you.  More and more companies are going the more-natural-less-harsh route so you certainly have a fair share of options.

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.  

Summer 2016 – Maybelline Bricks

I’ve only seen this new Bronzer here, and here, so I’m guessing it isn’t coming to the USA right away (usually we have a lag!)  That said, it is very much a summer offering, so we shall see.

I can’t say I’m incredibly surprised by a palette bronzer, per say…or by the “bricks” concept, which Bobbi Brown and others have done for both bronzing and highlighting products.  But it is kind of a new format for Maybelline, so it’s fun to see.

The bronzer pairs matte and shimmer “bricks” for a tan that doesn’t go flat.  Britishbeautyblogger has posted her comments and more images, including swatches, so definitely take a peek.

L’Oreal Cushion De Soleil

Not here in the USA but happy to see this L’Oreal Glam Cushion De Soleil all the same (thanks to msqueenbee617 for posting.)

 This would have been a benefit when ballroom dancing for sure – bronze was the way to be, and maintaining the self tan on my face (while also being a skincare nazi!) meant that I had to have products to replenish the “glow” I often (by default) vigorously washed off!

Cushions have been trending like nobody’s business so I do expect we will see this in the USA at some point in future.

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.

Revolution at Ulta

British brand, Makeup Revolution, is now at Ulta!  I love when overseas brands make it to the States (and would be thrilled for the reverse if I lived THERE. Naturally! 🙂 )  It’s always cool to get something new and out of the ordinary! photo photo

The products are incredibly affordable – you can get a lot of bang for your buck with the palettes, for one!  I wish this was here when I was competing in Ballroom, because the more shades you could pack withOUT the bulk…the WAY better! photo photo photo photo

A bunch of folks have posted swatches online – it has been out in the UK so you are certain to find reviews if you are interested in something specific! 🙂 photo photo photo photo

Tremendous fun! 

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss

Once again, our friends overseas get a goodie that isn’t in the States just yet – but I love that Boots UK does have it (link below), because then I know it might come this way shortly.  Or, as I’ve mentioned before, eBay UK can always stand to have another visit!

Boots UK photo

Boots UK photo

Boots UK photo

Boots UK photo

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss is “…is enriched with hyaluronic acid and shine color pigments,” delivering hydration, glossiness, and no added stickiness.  I will say, the ingredient list looks terribly frightening…but I do believe (I could be mistaken) that all shades are accounted for.  Typically an ingredient list will end with the [+ / – May Contain…] jazz, so it appears to be more than one item.  If any one gloss boasted a brew that long, I’d run the other way! *lol*) 

As per, shades include the following (thank you to the site for the below image): 

Reallyree offers a review, and more images here

And Britishbeautyblogger, who I adore, has more neat images and comments (photos below are also hers):

If you are a gloss girl, definitely check out the ladies who have tried it have to say! 🙂


No 7 Glow

I love checking blogs from overseas because inevitably I’ll see a product that I’ll adore…and hope it comes stateside.  If it doesn’t hit our shores, I will defer to eBay UK, or whatever other country I might have to!  I love Asian skincare so I’m ever doing just that.

There is an abundance of chubby sticks these days, whether for contouring, highlighting, or adding color…and personally, I love it.  It makes life a heck of a lot easier, and the whole “I-had-a-great-nights-sleep-of-course-I’m-not-tired-or-aging” bright-eyed look PORTABLE.


The brand No 7 is indeed here in the US, and can be found in Ulta, Wallgreens, Target, and online at… But it does so happen that some of the product overseas are a bit different – that’s often the case, whether from full-fledged formulations to packaging differences.  I’m sharing for the reason that you may decide you want to look for the others, wherever you may be!  

The No 7 Pop & Glow is not only adorable…but it kind of looks edible.  DON’T eat it…but you know what I mean?!  They actually do remind me of Spring and Summer sorbets, so the mango one is aptly named.  Watermelon works too, and evokes the image of uber-sweet jolly ranchers.  Reallyree has some comments and swatches here.


The Pop & Glow DUO appears to not be here (at least as yet) but it’s is especially delicious looking, and you can find it at Boots online.  It comes in Sunrise Glow (pictured) and Sunset Glow.  The Imperfect Beauty Queen posts a review with swatches here.