Now that I think about it….
Newness from Urban Decay *possibly* in time for the Holiday (supposedly available from Belk.com, but I don’t see any of these listed as yet.) Otherwise, they are launching on urbandecay.com January 1st.
It isn’t just one product, though, or one kind of product. UD is releasing five new primers. Yes, five. (Once again, my inner ballroom-dance-competitor-self is wondering why they’ve arrived so long after I stopped competing!)
The five, which will retail for $34 each, include:
1. Optical Illusion – Designed to blur flaws, reduce fine lines, minimize pores, smooth skin
2. Bright & Tight – Aims to provide brighter, firmer skin
3. De-Slick – As with their other De-Slicks, designed to absorb and minimize shine, and to make your makeup last loner
4. Self-Adjusting– A color-correcting formulation with encapsulated pigments that adjust to your personal skin tone
5. Urban Defense – A translucent, SPF 30 sunscreen base
They do already have quite a lineup of setting sprays, as well as eyeshadow primer – all which seem to manage rave reviews – but I think these will do rather well as a natural expansion for them. Thoughts?
Word of a new Pirelli project came my way recently, and I love that for it, these “elite” ladies are being photographed au natural. Yes, part of me knows that they probably had facials, and undoubtedly have their own selection of skincare and preventative aging measures (in general, but also in preparation!) BUT. . . I still appreciate that they are being photographed withOUT the layers of makeup they usually are seen wearing. Refreshing.
Why would I bother mentioning it, especially given that I don’t follow celebrity media? Because a lot of ladies look up to the “stars.” Young ones, in particular… The faces in the spotlight matter – right or wrong (whatever your opinion) – to many. So it’s great to see them taking it all off to encourage people to love the skin they are in – no one should have to hide, and it is OKAY to be bare-faced.
Per photographer Peter Lindbergh and New Beauty:
“I wanted to use the 2017 calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” said Lindbergh at a press launch in Paris. “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”
While I wish this kind of encouragement was more prevalent, I am thankful for any of it at all – it’s important, in a world of false pretense and facades (grazie, social media!) that people realize a pretty face often has a lot more going on to make it APPEAR that way. Let’s remember that we are human beings – we have dynamic wrinkles because we are alive and laughing! Our skin sometimes has little spots because we see the sun from time to time. We aren’t plastic, and flawless…and there’s nothing wrong with that. We don’t have to live up to “perfect” (someone else’s term and standard, probably!) all the time…or even, how about this…? EVER.
Thank you, Pirelli, for the calendar…and for supporting “us” as we are.
So Cushions have become a major thing in the US – maybe not quite as massive as the impact from their originating countries, but they’ve definitely taken off in the last couple of years. The formulations cover the gamut of beauty and color cosmetics, to skincare, so you can bet at least a few of your favorite products can be found in this format.
Take UV protection for example… How adorable is this Etude House Sun Blind Cushion? It’s nod-to-nautical stripes and bright white base make the compact itself something you wouldn’t mind pulling out. What I love is that this precious little package packs an SPF 50+ / PA +++ punch.
In case you aren’t sure of the designations (let me say first, I am not a dermatologist, but this may help at least explain the terminology!):
- SPF refers to the protection from the sun’s UVB rays
- The PA rating refers to the UVA protection level
- UVA = Long wave Ultraviolet A rays. These can penetrate deeply into the dermis (our skin’s thickest layer.) UVA therefore can lead to photo aging – premature wrinkling and aging of your skin – as well as immune system suppression. No thanks!
- UVB = Short Wave Ultraviolet B rays. These can burn the surface of the skin (superficial), potentially contributing to conditions like skin cancer
The PA is not regulated by the FDA, and is a Japanese and Korean designation. These days the best way to be sure you have both covered is a “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” on the label. Still, it does indicate that the product offers at least some UVA protection – PA +++ is the highest grade of UVA protection available, with a Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) rating of more than 8.)
In any case, the Etude House packaging makes taking care of your skin – in Summer or any other season – a cinch. It’s incredibly easy to tote around, making for quick and easy reapplication. With skincare, ease of use always helps makes applying the proper amount more a habit, and less of a chore. NICE.
I don’t know if I can keep up with the facial and skin masks out there – it’s kind f overwhelming! That said, I tend – no matter the hype and hullabaloo – to dismiss sheet masks because I just don’t have the wherewithal to lie down for 20 minutes with a sheet on my face! Not my thing. Cream masks, however, I can handle.
This newbie – Dr. Brandt Skincare’s MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier – is designed to age-defy with the power of “attraction.” Yep, that’s what it says. The formula is made with iron, whose magnetic properties help to (so they say) “reduce signs of aging skin and reduce the appearance of stressed skin.” Hmm.
The mask has all skin types in mind, but especially those looking to target fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, and dulness and uneven texture. I feel like I could use help – current AND proactive – in those departments, but I’m not sure the description satisfies my need to hear more about how it actually works. Curious to hear reviews…
Interested in masks? Or this one?!
Superoxiwhat?! I know…that’s a mouthful… But NIOD has some really awesome products and this one is worth a mention.
I love mists and facial sprays – not only in summer when the heat index is driving upwards, but also after workouts, after washing my face, even just after a bath. Mists can offer a little extra hydration, element protection, oil control, calming effects, you name it. The NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist is, however, a super-charged skin-saver…
This unique “dermal treatment” is designed to protect your precious peau (skin!) from “many forms of oxidative stress, dermal water loss and inflammation, all of which contribute to loss of visible skin quality over time.” In other words, this is meant to be used OFTEN as a preventative protection, maintaining the beauty of your skin now, and staving off nasty age-causing aggressors.
Deciem, the parent Company, always goes well above and beyond with explanations – sometimes it is a bit much to read but I would rather err on the side of knowing more, than less. The key technologies used include the below (and please do reference the link above for a full description of each):
- Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
- Purified North American Four O’ Clock Flower
- Marine Exopolysaccharides
The potent stuff is at the top of the ingredient list, which is always a wonderful thing…though again, I’m not surprised – this Company’s products are no-nonsense and definitely deliver. (PS: My OWN reviews – I have used some of their products and really felt they did what they intended – no one asked me to say that, nor would I boost a brand I didn’t really like!)
The bottle is apparently quite large, so you do get a lot for the money. Personally, I LOVE the ease of use of mists, and anything that might help ward off unseasonably early wrinkles and skin damage is GREAT by me! Healthy, happy skin! 🙂
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.
Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world. And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)
These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:
- Apricot (great for dark circles)
- Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
- Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
- Green (tones down redness)
The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.) The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will. She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)
These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!
Boots has recruited the beautiful Alessandra Ferri to promote their newest serum, No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum. As a long time dancer, I LOVE seeing this beautiful athlete back in the limelight (not only on stage!) well beyond what the traditional path (as a professional athlete, ballerina etc…) allows. Refreshing and inspiring!
Ferri was the youngest dancer at the Royal Ballet back when she was just 19 years-old. Now, at 52, with the rank of Prima Ballerina Absolute, she is still performing…and showing us that we actually can age gracefully. ❤
I love that the Company chose her to represent a product designed for our aging skin – nothing frustrates me more than seeing a 20 year-old as the face of an age-defying cream! I mean really?
The Company claims, thanks to Matrixyl 3000 Plus (TM), that this is the most effective of their anti wrinkle technologies. From the sound of it, this newbie is getting awesome reviews already, living up to claims of reducing wrinkles, firming skin, and evening out skin tone.
I was really excited to see this post because…Ohhhh, how true this is!
I grew up during the reign of ladies like Christy Burlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valetta, Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova, and Shalom Harlow – most of whom are in their mid to later 40s now. At the time..they were all young and spritely, nary a wrinkle to be found (naturally no editor would have entertained THAT idea!)
These days, those Fashion icons still look stunning…but they are no longer gracing covers, and haven’t for a long time. Those who are anything older than teens, for crying out loud, seem to be airbrushed to oblivion – scarcely a realistic picture for the younger generations. (I say younger because sometimes it isn’t as obvious to them just how much goes INTO creating a flawless image – no, your favorite celebrity did NOT show up to the shoot that way. Once you have had any stretch of time in Fashion, you know just how MUCH is poured into the final images presented in your glossy. *It’s A LOT.)
As the above article mentions, “It isn’t uncommon for models in their 20s to serve as spokeswomen for anti-aging creams…” Having taken Marketing as one of my college double majors, I fully recognize the angle cosmetic companies are aiming to take in order to make their products enticing. But at the end of the day, no topical will have the more dramatic effect a filler or other injectable might. They might help, absolutely, but the immense fine-tuning that’s often presented (once again, thank you, airbrush) is not likely the outcome of dutiful application twice daily.
So in my own my…a 20 year-old posing for a wrinkle serum? Doesn’t make sense. Should we start our skincare early? YES! But is it entirely fair to have these ultra-smooth faces sell us our anti-aging products? Not so sure… We are certainly intelligent enough to make educated, adult decisions, but how about being presented with something a bit more REAL?
I’m happy to see that the conversation includes Runway as much as it does other aspects of Fashion as a whole. Back in the day, touting youthfulness was the thing – I get it. But it IS 2016. I feel like society should have – yes, I said “should have” – matured beyond these parameters. I don’t really proselytize – I don’t feel pushing my opinions onto others is the right thing to do. I’m not shouting from rooftops that this is “an outrage!”
But. . .what I AM saying is…it is important to represent the wider array of beauty that exists in the World. It’s helpful, particularly in a time overrun by social media, enhancement apps (that double as Adobe!), and the “flawless,” Insta-presentation of our “best selves” at all times…that we SEE, and learn to APPRECIATE, aging. If…let me say…for no other reason than we aren’t broadsided one morning looking in the mirror in our 30’s thinking “wait! What are these!? This doesn’t happen! All those ads for these products…those ladies are so young and fresh and line-free!”
I’d kind of like to know I’m not alone, and have beautiful ladies decades other than myself to look up to. Comparing our older selves to teens – even if subconsciously as we pass the magazine stand – simply isn’t healthy. Hallelujah that some aren’t afraid to out the topic!