Are Lip Scrubs The New Black?

I like observing those micro-trends in beauty, they are quite fascinating.  Do you remember that craze about the lip oils a while ago (I have a Clarins one)? It seems like now scrubs are the new “It” thing lips-cosmetics-wise.

While Lush and  Sara Happ  lip scrubs have been around for years, a lot of brands are releasing their option. And while some people say that mixing olive, or any oil of your choice, with sugar will give you the same effect, lip scrubs are popular as ever.

They come in a convenient stick formula; from such brands as Dior, Sephora, Tarte and Ciate, among others.

Or you can

SS17 Eye Shadows Palettes: Stila, Tarte, Viseart, LORAC, Kat Von D, Smashbox

Back in the days I was buying eye shadow palettes like there is no tomorrow but in the last several years I have stopped, and now I prefer quads, or even duos. I rarely use more than two shades on my eye lids anyway. But if you are, like my friend,  palette-crazy, I have selected some brand new releases for SS17.

Enjoy, and happy shopping!

Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette, $49 from   Feel Unique and Sephora.

Featuring six matte and six mega metallic shades: Vintage (Matte Pale Neutral Pink), Velvet (Matte Pale Pink), Feathered (Matte Pale Sand), Fringe (Matte Light Taupe), Suede (Matte Mid-Tone Mauve Pink), Velour (Matte Mid-Tone Warm Tan), Bohemian (Metallic Light Pewter), Retro (Metallic Rose Gold), Sequin (Metallic Gold), Smolder (Metallic Smoky Gunmetal), Sizzle (Metallic Rosy Copper) and Flare (Metallic Cool Bronze)

Lorac California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette, $30 from Ulta.

Just like the Stila palette, this one features 12 shades, matte and shimmer, each is inspired by LA: Button, Starfish, Cozy, Bonfire, Overcast, Bonfire, Hot Toddy, Cable Knit, Seaside, Sand Castle, Boots, Kitty Cat and 65 Degrees

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette, $38 from Sephora

Top 16 Features of 2016

I remember when I have just launched Makeup4all [almost] 8 years ago now, I  would check the analytics every day, sometimes even more than once. As Metallica’s song goes “Sad But True”.  But lately I check the analytics maybe once a month just to see what features you loved the most to make some conclusions for the upcoming posts.

And here are actually 16 most viewed posts of 2016, and I have included only the features about the products that are still available. I was actually surprised to see the most popular review of 2016 was of a  Rouge Bunny Rouge eye pencil. They have recently launched a new shade, so I better write up about it soon.

I was also a bit surprised to see that Max Factor  reviews got a ridiculous amount of views, and I really did not expect that.  But, to be honest, I am happy, as I have a very special love for Max Factor, not only it was the brand I used to buy as a teenager with my first earned money but also, it was the first brand I have ever worked with for Makeup4all, not to mention the history of the brand, so I am happy that the reviews of their products get so many views, I genuinely love so many of them.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyes Wide Open Brightening Liner Duo (review and swatches)

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes Review and Swatches (review and swatches)

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush  (review and swatches)

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 725 Simply Nude (review and swatches)

Daniel Sandler Bronze And Glow Watercolour Blushers (review and swatches)

Clarins

SS16 Nude Eye Palettes: Illamasqua, tarte and Laura Mercier

New nude palettes, anyone?

SS16 Nude Eye Palettes Illamasqua, tarte and Laura Mercier

Illamasqua  Rose Gold Palette,  £44

It comes in a rose gold cardboard packaging and includes the following shades: Slink (Champagne), Stealth (Buttermilk), Servant (Eggshell), Vernau (Yellow Ochre), Bronx(Bronze Gold), Wolf (Chocolate Brown), Forgiveness (Chocolate Plum), Fist (Deep Plum), Rim (Black Coffee), Tango (Rich Copper Bronze), Terra (Earth Clay Red), Obsidian (Rich Black).

Illamasqua is available from Selfridges and ASOS.

Laura Mercier Flawless

AW16 New Cheek Products: Marc Jacobs, YSL and tarte

There are so many new products  for the face, lips and eyes, so let’s take a look at them all, we will start with the new cheek items from YSL, Marc Jacobs and tarte.

AW16 New Cheek Products Marc Jacobs, YSL

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, $42 from Sephora

Features two shades that merge together so you can customize your colour; ultra-lightweight formula and  a radiant finish.

FYI “Air Blush is created using a process called soufflage (French for “air-whipped”) for a silky-soft, cream-like texture that blends effortlessly with the complexion.”

Shades: 508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff – cherry/ deep plum, 506 Flesh & Fantasy – ivory shimmer/ goddess bronze, 504 Kink & Kisses – pale petal/ peachy rose, 502 Lines & Last Night – creamsicle/ deep tangerine and  500 Lush & Libido – petal pink/ orchid pink.

YSL Couture Contouring Palette, $47 from Neiman Marcus

A duo with a matte shade for contouring and a highlighter to illuminate. “Use the