So I recently stopped using my old acne clearing products because most products on the market developed to treat acne are filled with harmful chemicals. I’m currently trying a few natural remedies, and during the transition, my skin has been breaking out like crazy. I’ve been avoiding makeup on most days, but when I’m going out too an event, I like to cover my problem areas with this new Vanish Foundation stick by Hourglass Cosmetics. I got it for free along with the matching seamless foundation brush from Infuenster to test out. The coverage is amazing! It feels lightweight, even though it does some heavy-duty concealing. Plus the triangle shape of the stick makes it easy to get on the eye area to precisely cover dark circles. I don’t like to wear foundation all over my face, so I just use it as a spot concealer. Dark spots be gone!
Watch a video I posted on Instagram that shows the product in action so you can see how great it really is.
What’s Your Mood? If you’re a child of the 70s-90s, you probably remember mood rings, which let the world know if you were feeling anxious, excited, nervous, tense, calm, in love and a whole host of emotions. Now, a makeup brand, Sara Hill, wants you to wear these emotions on your face with the launch of a new campaign to celebrate how makeup can help alter your mood. For those of you who don’t want your blush to turn crimson red at the sight of your crush, not to worry. The makeup itself doesn’t actually change color with your mood, the brand is simply bringing awareness to the over 40 colors of eyeshadow it has that can portray a range of emotions from happy to angry. Learn more here.
Look like Angela Basset…OK, not really. Actress Angela Basset is jumping on the opportunity to enter beauty in collaboration with “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm.” The brand will feature skin care for deep complexions and includes two cleansers, two face creams and a serum, all of which will be available this month. The goal is to address the skin issues and concerns those with darker skin deal with so they can fell more confident when they look in the mirror.
As Jordin Sparks once put it, “You’re on my heart just like a tattoo.” Or, in this case on my lips. Make-up artist Violette Serat reviled a new lip art she worked on with MAC Cosmetics on Instagram in late June and it’s got the internet a-buzzing. The lip art features tiny tattoos of skulls, roses, lips, hearts, you name it, all over the lips. We can’t wait to see which bloggers jump on this trend (and who actually wears it out in public). View it here.
In the words of Soulja Boy, “Kiss Me Thru The Phone.” Beauty brand Shiseido recently launched its new Rouge Rouge Kiss Me digital app, which asks you to make out with your phone. Yes, you heard right, just give your phone a smooch and the app is triggered. Here’s how it works: one person visits the site and puts in who they want to kiss and the recipient receives a message. When both people arrive on the site, they are able to select a shade of Rouge Rouge they want their lips to appear in for the big moment. Once they kiss their screens, the two lipstick marks are captured together on-screen and a GIF can be created to share across social media, email or text messages. The app is a promotion in conjunction with the global launch of its 16-color Rouge Rouge lipstick. Interested visit rougerougekissme-shiseido.com to start kissing away.
Shazam for beauty. Make-up brand Rimmel launched its “Get The Look” app, providing users the ability to replicate the looks of just about anyone, from their favorite celebrity to the person they sat next to in the park, by simply using their cell phone. Forbes calls it a “Shazam for beauty.” It uses fancy tracking to detect the makeup on the faces of just about anyone and then color-matches it with makeup Rimmel offers. Once the look is captured the app created an augmented mirror that allows the individual to see what the makeup would look like on themselves before heading over to a website where they can purchase it themselves. The app is currently available in the U.K. as of July 1st and will be released in the U.S. this September.
Sephora is launching a new Virtual Artist app that uses facial recognition software to allow you to test lip products sold in their stores right on your face. The software is very similar to Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris, and acts like a virtual mirror that automatically moves with your lips so that it actually looks like you are wearing the color.
You’ll then receive information about the product including the name, brand and price, as well as the ability to purchase directly in the app.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I’m obsessed with the new limited-edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani makeup pallet. I created the above look using colors from the collection, which are absolutely gorgeous.
Here are the makeup details:
Eyes: blonde on the lid, danger on the crease and bathwater on inner corner
Lips: Rocksteady liner and lipstick
Cheeks: Easy from the blush palette
Eye shadow: I was surprised at how pigmented the colors are, especially since there are a lot of muted colors in the palette. The brightest colors are deep blue and gold. There is a lovely soft pink and some purple hues that are light, but the rest of the palette actually reminds me of Urban Decay’s Naked palette with black, white and brown tones. Regardless, they are easy to blend and so versatile.
Lipstick: Many of the lip colors in the line have a matching lip liner. The liner glides on effortlessly and so does the lip color. I tested a bunch of colors on the back of my hand the night before and woke up the next morning and still saw residual color, even after I showered! These lips colors definitely have some serious staying power.
Cheeks: The cheek palette is great if you like a light flush of color. I tried to contour with it, but the colors are not contrasting enough; however, there are fabulous if you want a glow and you can deepen the colors depending on the type of brush you use and how many times you apply the product.
At some point in time, even though I am surrounded with tons of free beauty loot, I became a beauty box junkie. From subscription boxes that host all-natural, organic products to boxes filled with “indies” aka the next big thing in beauty, I need them all. The box I am most excited about this month is Essence’s Beauty Box, which is loaded with everything you need to get holiday ready with a gorgeous red lipstick and gold sparking eyeshadow. It also includes a bodywash, all-purpose moisturizer and luxurious hair products. Watch the video below to see the magazine’s beauty editors Deena Campbell and Nykia Spradley ‘unbox’ the December BeautyBox.
International makeup artist Pat McGrath is officially launching Pat McGrath Labs with its first limited edition product, GOLD 001, which will be available to the public for the first time on Thursday, October 29th at 12pm.The product will retail for $40, but beauty addicts will have to sit with computer mouse in hand as only 1,000 units will be available when the it goes live on patmcgrath.com.
Gold 001 is a pigment which features a highly malleable formula, so users can use the product in however many creative ways they would like. The formula features intense color and shine so “the resulting look is liquid-like, a gilded glaze of intense color,” McGrath explains.
McGrath encourages experimentation and fun and advises on the packaging: USE WITHOUT CAUTION Requires unrestrained play and a reckless attitude.
Consumers who purchase GOLD 001, will receive a gold foil bag that contains the pigment and its tools which includes a spatula, mixing liquid, and a second life container, all packed in couture sequins.