Top 6 Amazing Beauty Launches We’re Super Excited About

From the moment I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized that the beauty industry goes along with the fashion industry at the fastest possible pace and sometimes it is so hard to follow the trend. Thanks to the social media, now we can easily stay in the know.

Here is our short-list of newly announced products we are thrilled about to try this month.

1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Dream Glow Kit

Another addition to the Glow Kit Collection. The Dream Glow Kit consists of 6 pastel highlighters. The configuration of the pallet resembles the iconic limited-edition Nicole Glow Kit, while the shade selection slightly reminds us of Aurora Glow Kit.

Most of the shades are iridescent which makes them even more wearable than they seem to look in the pan. We are especially excited about he Magic shade that has at least three colors in the reflect – lilac, yellow gold and turquoise.

 

The inspiration behind the creation of this glow kit is The Neverending Story.

It was officially announced today and will be available for a purchase on May 22nd at Anastasia Beverly Hills official website.

2. HUDA BEAUTY Rose Gold Palette Remastered

This is the redesigned edition of the original Rose Gold Palette that was launched back in 2016. The Remastered pallet is claimed to have a completely new formula. According to the swatches, they are super pigmented and smooth. It also features a large mirror.

Here is the side by side comparison to the original pallet.

🔔 COMPARISON 🔔 . 👉🏼 by @melcastaneda of @hudabeauty of the palettes original Rose Gold palette and the new Rose Gold Remastered eyeshadow Palette launching 5/22 SWIPE LEFT . 👉🏼 Shophudabeauty.com and retailers @sephora @harrods @cultbeauty . 👉🏼 What’s New: Mattes: Even more buttery and pigmented than before, our eight new mattes are talc-free and give MAJOR payoff that’s easy to put down, blend, and build. The shades: Risqué, Doll Face, Demure, Suede, Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood. Risqué is the new Bossy, with a richer plum red tone, Doll Face is a brighter red pink version of the old Flamingo shade, and Demure, the old Shy, is now a more muted coral pink. . . . Melted Metal: I’m so obsessed with this new addition! We’ve taken our unique foil formula and reinvented it in an even more lustrous finish, that can now be used with a brush, or for an extreme liquid metal finish, you can use your fingers. The shades: Dubai, Fling, Trust Fund, Rose Gold, Pink Diamond, a new soft metallic pink with a hint of silver, 24K, #Blessed, and Bubbly, a shimmering metallic champagne shade. . 👉🏼 Pressed-pearl: Similar to the shimmers in our previous palette, this pressed pearl gives stunning shimmer in a more buttery formula. I love using it for highlighting the inner corners and dusting across brow bones and cheekbones. The shade: Moon Dust. . . . 👉🏼 includes a mirror . . Pic #Huda @melcastaneda 📷♥️ . . . 💭 What do you think?? . . Follow me for more me information and to not miss the #makeupworldnews

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The launch is expected on May 22nd at Huda Beauty official website as well as at Sephora online and in stores on July 20th.

3. PUMA x MAC COSMETICS Collaboration

Not necessarily the beauty launch, but we are so obsessed with the idea of matching your favorite lipstick shade to your shoes! The collaboration of the makeup brand and the sport brand led to the creation of Special Edition Suede sneakers. They were exclusively released in honor of PUMA Suede’s 50th anniversary.

 

Now you can choose suedes in one of the legendary MAC cosmetics lipstick shades: Lady Danger, Créme d’Nude and Sin.

They are currently available at Nordstrom.

Which one would you pick?

4. NARS Orgasm Afterglow Balm

This season is all about the glow and shine! We are totally obsessed with just launched Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

As a part of the new Nars Orgasm Collection, this lip balm will be available at the Sephora online on May 20th, and in stores on May 21st.

5. GLAMGLOW INSTAMUD™ 60-Second Pore-Refining Treatment

INSTAMUD™ is another innovative release in skin care products. It’s a foaming treatment mask that works exactly in 60 seconds! It is said to refine pores, smooth and soften the skin and even the tone.

Active ingredients include bentonite and kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera and licorice root.

It was announced only 4h ago and is already available at Glam Glow official website.

6. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter Royal Glow

Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, Becca has added a new highlighter to its iconic highlighters collection. The center of the Royal Glow pressed powder is stamped with a crown which makes it stand out from the other highlighters in the collection.

This limited-edition bronzed opal shade is infused with shimmering gold pearl which makes it a perfect match for any complexion.

It is now available at Becca Cosmetics official website.

 

Which of these launches are you excited about the most? Let us know in the comments down below!


Featured image: Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills

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Empties April 2018

I really like the idea of sharing empties and all these basket/pan projects where you actually use the whole product to understand if it really works for you and is worth repurchasing or not, as in some cases, some products don’t give an instant result and you have to be patient. So here is my first time sharing my empties.

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. I got a sample for points at Sephora and plan to purchase the full size. As an option, there is also SK-II Pitera Welcome Set that has an Essence and a Toner for less.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm is the product I have been using for years and haven’t really found anything better so far! I also have devoted a detailed blog post about this product and its active ingredient.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 is a nice sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores or give a strange bitter taste in your mouth after applying it on your face (some sunscreens do that and I don’t know why yet). However, I couldn’t use the tube completely as the cream gone bad – it smells like a bad fish now. There is also a new Ultra Repair® Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that I plan to try this year. I believe the best shade for me is Light.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Travel Duo seemed like a nice idea as a face mist, since it’s only clean water in a bottle, but after finishing the first bottle ( it comes in a pack of 2), I can’t say I’m really excited about the purchase. I’m still longing to Caudalie Facial Mist as it smells like an expensive spa treatment.

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Living Proof Full Shampoo is my another staple! it actually replaced the Morrocanoil Extra Volume Shampoo that I’ve been using for a couple of years. Here is a separate post about the Living Proof Shampoo and why I really love it so much.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash is indeed a nice body wash for dry skin, but I prefer more natural ingredients (and aromatherapy!) so that I’m not sure if I repurchase it.

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment is a must-have hair care mask. I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews, and it is so good that I’ll keep repurchasing it.

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It Cosmetics Brush Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner is exclusively sold at Ulta. It’s a nice solution for cleaning between washing the brushes and has a natural ingredient list. For some reason, it works better with synthetic brushes. I’m exploring other products at the moment so that I don’t plan to repurchase it in the nearest future.

CURAPROX Black Is White Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste Set is another amazing product that is in my vanity for at least couple of years. So far, it’s the best whitening toothpaste I’ve tried so far! It has activated charcoal as the active ingredient. Plus, Curaprox toothpastes keep my teeth cavity free and my dentist appointments to check-ups – before, I had to pop into dentist’s office at least every 2 months.

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite perfume, it reminds me of sunny lazy days on a beach. It works for me throughout the year, it makes me feel so “sun-kissed” all the time. The Soleil Blanc collection now also has a 30ML version as well as new Eau De Soleil.

Honestly, these “empties” and “pan/basket” projects give such a satisfaction and enjoyment of using any of the particular product you like since you are actually using it instead of letting it sit on a shelf “for a special occasion”.

What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Trending Sunglasses: Luxurious Picks and Their Affordable Matches

Every year, there is at least one trending eyewear shape that you can see all over the internet. This year, cat-eye is dominating the market in a variety of sizes, color and styles. This makes it so hard to pick just one trending pair and each of the shades is so expensive! Luckily, there are different brands that make similar trending eyewear for less. Here are our top 7 picks.

1.

SAINT LAURENT LouLou 55mm Heart Shaped Sunglasses ($490, Buy Now)

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This playful heart-shaped silhouette is a must-have pair for those, who want to make a statement this season. Luckily, you can find a similar one at Amazon.

Clout Goggle Heart Sunglasses Vintage Cat Eye Mod Style Retro Kurt Cobain Glasses ($9.99, Buy Now)

 

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2.

SAINT LAURENT Lily 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

 ($350, Buy Now)

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A pair of red pointy cat-eye sunglasses is a MUST have accessory for this season.

ASOS Small Pointy Cat Eye Sunglasses

($23, Buy Now)

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3.

TOM FORD Anoushka 57mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses ($445, Buy Now)

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 These classic oversized cat-eyes give us a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibes

ASOS Basic Cat Eye Sunglasses ($19, Buy Now)

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4.

JIMMY CHOO ‘Vivy’ 51mm Sunglasses

 ($605, Buy Now)

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The rose-gold shade with crystal embellishment will add a romantic touch to your look

LEITH 52mm Crystal Embellished Round Sunglasses

 ($24, Buy Now)

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5.

FENDI 53mm Sunglasses ($520, Buy Now)

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If you prefer a more minimalist style, this pick is for you!

ASOS DESIGN Almond Multi Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses ($23, Buy Now)

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6.

Adam Selman x Le Specs Luxe The Last Lolita Pink Sunglasses ($119, Buy Now)

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Colored cat-eye in the transparent frame is another Cult-Fav of this season. And the pink color is just for those who like to see “la vie en rose“.

55mm Transparent Pastel Cat Eye Sunglasses

GLANCE EYEWEAR ($14.00, Buy Now)

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 7.

Illesteva Marianne 48MM Cat Eye Sunglasses

($190, Buy Now)

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And finally, the small cat-eye sunglasses you probably came across all over the instagram. We are totally obsessed with the white-frames!

ASOS Small Cat Eye Fashion Glasses($23, Buy Now)

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This post gives an opportunity to stay in the trend without really breaking the bank and having more than one pairs for the season. I already got myself the heart-shaped and the pink translucent shades!

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Amika: Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

After so many makeovers and color treatments (because life is too short to have just one hair color!) and changing 3 countries within the last 3 years, my hair is no longer straight from roots to ends. There is a part that I love about my hair now since volume is now present in my roots ( thanks to Living Proof Full Shampoo), however, the ends are not flattering at all. And while I can justify that “I woke up like this” hairstyle look is still in trend, it doesn’t always look good, at least, not the way it makes me feel beautiful #badhairday. And I’m too lazy to blow dry with a round brush every time I wash my hair.

I always avoided flat irons, because I didn’t need them in the first place and they are can cause damage to my hair. I’ve never had hair this long as I do right now, but flat irons are still not an option. Thanks for the existence of straightening brushes.

After watching several Instagram videos, I came to a decision that I need a straightening brush. And my research led me to Polished Perfection from Amika. It was featured in Allure magazine several times and it has become one of the best selling items at Sephora for the last year. After reading the description of technologies used and how user-friendly their brush is, I decided to give it a try.

Here is my unboxing and review video, where you can see how to operate the brush and why I think it’s the best one on the market.

 

What do you think about straightening brushes? Are you using a brush or still prefer a flat iron? Let me know in the comments down below!


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7 Gift Ideas for Mom from Nordstrom

Our countdown shows it’s 7 days left until the Mother’s Day which falls on May 13th this year. This means you still have time to shop for a present! Here are our top picks from Nordstrom on Mother’s day.

1. GUCCI Petite Marmont Leather Card Case (Buy Now)

I’ll start with this beautiful Hibiscus Red card case from Gucci. It is lightweight, small and has several compartments for cards, cash and even coins. And the red wallet is always easier to find in her purse.

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2. Skinny Dip Dominica Cosmetics Case (Buy Now)

This beautiful cometic bag with palm leaves will add summer vibes and put a smile on her face.

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3. DAVID YURMAN ‘X Crossover’ Ring (Buy Now)

Such a beautiful stacked ring will look perfect on every hand! And the combination of sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold will match pretty much every jewelry._8762104

4. LONGCHAMP ‘Large Le Pliage’ Nylon Tote (Buy Now)

This is a very convenient travel bag every woman must have. It folds perfectly for storage and we especially like this Bilberry shade.

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5. SOLE SOCIETY Floral Print Silk Neck Scarf (Buy Now)

Neck Scarves are making a major comeback this season. I especially like this coral silk scarf, as I can picture every hair color looking good with this one._103115189.jpg

6. PAPINELLE Cotton Waffle Knit Robe (Buy Now)

This soft waffle knit robe is perfect for both cold and hot days. 

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7. SK-II Pitera Welcome Set (Buy Now)

I tried to keep this post with non-beauty ideas, but I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this set. I have tried the essence and the cream on myself, and it is so good, as it replenishes hydration which is the key to keeping your skin youthful and glowing.

The best part – the set is on sale right now!

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What is your favorite pick from the list? Let us know in the comments down below!


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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

I’m very picky when it comes to eye creams. My main concern with this part of my face is the dark circles, and since I started my blog, my second concern has become hydration. Hydration is very important for such a delicate area. The makeup that you use can easily irritate and dehydrate the skin under your eyes, contributing to even darker circles and deeper fine lines.

I tried The Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s for the first time as a part of my Samples Challenge on Instagram. And to my surprise, I liked it!

Ingredients

This eye cream is packed with vitamins and ingredients that are so good for your skin. Starting with the main ingredient, Avocado Oil that is the source of amino acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E and Potassium. Besides, it also contains beta-Carotene – a naturally-derived antioxidant that is used in Vitamin A production and Shea butter, known for its skin beneficial properties such as maintaining hydration and improving skin appearance.

Formula

Because of the avocado oil extract, this cream is very rich and moisturizing. The best part of it – it absorbs very fast and it is ophthalmologist- and dermatologist-tested. And it is very lightweight.

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As the cream absorbs pretty fast, it doesn’t migrate to your eyes and creates a perfectly smooth base for the eye makeup. The cream is now a part of my morning routine and I always apply it before concealers.

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This cream is now a part of my morning routine

Application Tips

The texture of the cream is very thick, but it melts when you start to dab the product under your eye. For an even smoother application, it is recommended to warm up the product between your fingers before applying it to your face. It even changes the color from green to translucent when being warmed up by your skin and simply sinks under your skin.

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Warming up the product between your fingers will make the cream absorb faster

Final Words

Hydration smoothes the fine lines and for a second I had a feeling that it also works with my dark circles. The result may be not that prominent as after eye creams from La Mer or Onsen, however, it supports that fact that hydration is the key to keeping your skin youthful and beautiful.

What is your favorite eye cream? Let me know in the comments down below!

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References:

Kiehl’s – How-to Use Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – YouTube

Creamy Under Eye Treatment With Avocado Oil – Kiehl’s


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Must Have Drugstore Concealer

Many years ago, in my childhood, I remember my mom’s friend saying that you can’t go cheap with skin care and makeup, it has to be a high-end product. And this has become my philosophy especially after I stumbled with some drugstore products several times while growing up.

However, this statement is not always true.

The product that has just become my Holy Grail is sold at every drugstores and groceries. It’s Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer.

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I tried at least a dozen of expensive concealers so far, including Tarte, YSL, Chanel and etc, you name it. However, neither of them can beat this one in many aspects. To name a few, it’s lightweightness, hydrating properties, and crease-free finish.

Active Ingredients

The formula is infused with goji berry extracts and Haloxyl. Goji Berry is known for its skin benefits, such as improving hydration, brightening, lighting and toning effect  – thanks to vitamin C inside – without causing irritation.

Haloxyl is another active ingredient, widely used in the beauty industry today, as it combats the look of dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. Together, they contribute to a more radiant, youthful eye contour area.

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Wearing nothing more but the Maybelline Concealer and Dior DreamSkin Perfect Skin Cushion

Formula & Coverage

The concealer has a medium coverage and once my skin absorbs it, the color seems to adjust better to my complexion. It has more of a natural matte finish and doesn’t crease or overload my under-eye area. It is very lightweight and covers my dark circles without any dryness because of the ingredients listed above. And it doesn’t melt away during the day!

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Applicator

I would argue the applicator since such applicators are usually impossible to clean and they are in direct contact with skin and the product can easily get contaminated and contribute to bacteria breeding. Fortunately, this one is anti-microbial.

Pro Tips

Whenever I’m having a good sleep and my dark circles are not that bad I’m using this product alone. In other cases, I use a peach corrector underneath to cancel the darkness and this concealer on top for more of a awaken effect.

I usually use my fingers to blend out the edges of the product.

The product comes 12 shades, including Neutralizer (works the same as orange/peach concealer) and Brightener, that you can use to add luminosity to the inner corner of your eyes, brow bones, cheek, bridge of the nose. The best matching shade for me is Light.

 

Overall, indeed it’s a product everyone must have. The beauty of it, that you don’t need to break the bank to own a good product like this. And yes, beauty can be affordable.

Have you ever tried this product? If yes, share your opinion in the comments down below!

References:

Haloxyl Skin-lightener | Target Under-eye Dark Circles

Goji Berry for Skin, the Long-Lived Anti-Aging Fruit – Annmarie Gianni


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