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October 14, 2016

TGIF everyone! I have a roundup of some items on my radar – some are new, others are just simply new to me. Several of you have kept asking for a foundation roundup – I hope to have it go up next week as I just finished testing a few more formulas. I ordered a few shades of MAC foundation even though my skin can’t handle it to swatch for you as a reference point so stay tuned!

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Laura Mercier launched new additions to her Candleglow Collection with the Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter (1) and Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (2). Both look promising and I will be testing them out next week. I have yet to see the colors in person but I am hoping I will have a good match. Will keep you posted!

Le Metier de Beaute just launched a new Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope 2016 Edition (3) for the eyes. I have high hopes for this one as well as I just ordered sight unseen. I will review it as soon as I receive it.

It’s been a while since I’ve shopped at Coach for myself but I stopped by the store to pick up a little anniversary present for my husband (this wallet). We decided on no presents this year but I still wanted to pick him up something small and practical. The Coach 1941 Collection Clutches (4) immediately caught my eye with the simple classic sleek look and soft leather. I’m the biggest sucker for flat pouches and these are calling my name. I haven’t bought one yet as some of the crossbody bags look like a great no-fuss option for weekends. If you’re a Coach fan let me know if you’ve had experiences with either!

Tom Ford Beauty launches are always exciting. There’s a new Waterproof Foundation and Concealer (5), Shimmer Shots (6) and Fiber Brow Gel (7). I just started testing and will have reviews soon but I will say now the Shimmer Shots are pure love.

Shopbop is having a mega sale that ends tonight (October 14th, 11:59 PM PST). Use code MAINEVENT16 at checkout for 25% off orders up to $500 and 30% off orders over $500. I need a pair of leather camel ankle boots and the ones from Madewell (8) look perfect. I’m still trying to pick out a pair. If you have any favorite camel/tan colored ankle booties or styles to recommend let me know.

A couple weeks ago I went to a Shu Uemura Art of Hair Event where they showed us a few new launches. The Urban Moisture Collection is new and designed specifically for dry hair. I was able to test in the salon and it wasn’t heavy at all. My favorite item is the Urban Moisture Hydro Nourishing Double Serum (9) which is a bi-phase spray. It helps add moisture to ends and prepare for heat styling. The stylist also used it in conjunction with the Wonder Worker and Ample Angora (both of which I love). My hair was surprisingly volumized, hydrated and soft all at the same time. There were no tangles and when it was being styled no tugging happened when the stylist worked the round brush through my hair (which rarely happens in salons for me).

In my last hair care styling roundup a number of you recommended the Oribe Signature Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray (10) so even though I have blow out products to last me months I bought it to try it. It is indeed amazing. Also new from Oribe is the Cote d’Azure Replenishing Body Wash (not shown) which is one of the most comforting and hydrating body washes I have ever tried. I still need to do more testing but it’s really really good. I’m really not happy about the price though.

By Terry has some gorgeous items for holiday that has my wallet crying a flood of tears. The Impearlious Baume De Rose Deluxe (11) comes with roses!

The holiday season is the season of sets. There are going to be a lot of tempting options whether you’re gifting yourself or others. Three on my radar include the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Trio (12), La Mer Discovery Collection Radiance Set and also the L’Occitane 2016 Advent Calendar (which sold out last year really fast).

What’s on your radar right now?

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  • That Royal Blowout spray is amazing but sooo expensive! Now I'm spoiled and don't want to use anything else!

  • hi sabrina, have you tried any of the new Truffle items? i was looking at either the new privacy clutch skinny or one of the duos, i need something to help keep all my stuff organized whilst traveling, but i can't decide!

    • Yup I'd be interested in hearing about the new Truffle pouches as well! Love the look of the skinny privacy clutches but hearing Sabrina's thoughts before would really help me make the decision whether to purchase.

    • Hi Lizzie and Emily – I have not tried the new Truffle items so sorry I can't give any tips or reviews on them. I would say look at the dimensions online – if you plan on carrying in your tote/purse see if they will suit your purse!

      I've really liked the small and large clarity clutches though.

  • I ordered the Spin Spin Sugar Shot and am looking forward to getting it seeing as I love a bit of highlight on the browbone and cheekbone. I'm not into anything garish or over-the-top like some of the exaggerated spotlighting we see. I'm a fan of a refined luminosity that plays with the light, looks good in real life, and makes the most of our features. That's something that TF just seems to always get right. On my radar are the TF holiday palettes. There are two: Warm and Cool. I've only seen a few swatches on Really Ree but they appear to be very promising. Of course, they cost an arm and a leg, but you're getting an eyeshadow quad, a blusher, and a highlighter in one well-edited, cohesive palette. And we all know how generous TF is when it comes to the amount of product.

    • Spin Spin Sugar is life. I love it! As for the holiday palettes I think those swatches you mentioned look so so promising!

  • amazing products!

    lu | coco & louis

  • The LMdB product looks great- such usable colors! I have one that has bright purples and blues which really don't work for me, so I'm happy to see a more neutral one.
    http://www.beautifulbeakers.com/

  • Love all of these! How do I create a similar collage, what did you use to make this?
    Sophia
    slsstyle.com

  • Deb

    I'm with you Sabrina on the Oribe body wash. That is just too much money for something that washes down the drain. I'll just continue to put that money towards the Cote d'Azure perfume. At least you get to enjoy it longer!

    • Yes, the perfume is amazing. But body wash is even more amazing. Part of me is like I can't believe I spent that much on it, but everytime I use it, it's pure love.

  • I really hate Oribe – I keep getting trial sizes and I end up liking everything – the texturizing spray (I'm almost out, oh no!), dry shampoo, beach waves…They all work on my hair that doesn't like to work with any styling product. lol I'm definitely interested in seeing your thoughts about the Tom Ford foundation and the Laura Mercier powder which looks especially nice. I'm also considering one of the new Dior quints which I think is called Precious Embroideries? It looks really pretty!

  • Love your blog…and I read it religiously! Thank you for taking the time to give us such in depth reviews!

  • Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love the "on my radar" and "round up posts". Thank you!
    Tanja

  • I completely echo your sentiments about the TF Shimmer Shots! I swatched them at my local Neiman's last weekend and absolutely died at the beautiful finish of Spin Spin. Totally on my holiday wish list. <3