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On My Radar / New in Beauty

January 6, 2017

New Beauty Launches for Spring 2017 Diptyque Rosamundi, Chanel Le Rouge Crayon, Armani Powder Fabric, Tatcha Essence and more

Happy Friday! New beauty launches have started to trickle in and there are a few things on my radar this week. Most brands have yet to launch their spring color collections but I’m eager to see what everyone has in store for the season. Chanel launched theirs first with the Coco Codes and I’m loving everything so far.

  1. Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur ($37 each) just launched online at Chanel with eleven color options, these are jumbo crayons for the lips and are retractable, I will have a review and swatches on these in the upcoming weeks
  2. Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls ($74) and Happy Glow Blush ($54) just launched, I think there are a few additional items launching for spring but these are the only two I could find so far, they look so pretty!
  3. Giorgio Armani Powder Fabric Foundation ($64) is Armani’s latest in base launches, I’m really intrigued by this and have high hopes for it to work for my skin type, I’m not sure when it launches in stores but will be keeping my eye out to see if I can find a good color match
  4. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm ($18) comes in stick form now! I love the tube version formula in Smashed, so I ordered the stick, it arrived yesterday and the testing will start this weekend
  5. KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask ($24.99 for a 5 pack) from Violet Grey is something my bestie texted me asking, “have you tried this yet???” – I have not but the concept is intriguing so I had to order to test it out, I will definitely keep you posted! I don’t know how I feel about a sheet mask for the lips but I’m super curious!
  6. Tatcha just launched a new product called The Essence ($95) which is a resurfacing softener, when it comes to essence or softening lotions I have to say that I’m 100% confused about what they’re supposed to do, when to use them and what the difference is between the options, I’ve tried the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence which did help improve texture and softness of my skin (I got lazy and stopped using it after I used up my minis), alternatively one of my friends swears by the La Mer Treatment Lotion which is also another softener – if you have any insight on essences or lotions I would love some insight!
  7. Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets ($34) have launched in 14 shades online at Sephora and Nordstrom, I have five that I ordered and will be swatching and reviewing them as fast as I can for you
  8. beautyblender just launched their beautyblender bubble ($20) and micro.mini bubble ($18) as a Sephora exclusive to celebrate their 15th Anniversary, they sent a lovely package over the holiday and I can’t wait to use them!
  9. Diptyque launches a special-edition Rosamundi Candle ($35 to $68) for Spring 2017, review to follow soon on this beautiful launch
  10. Charlotte Tilbury launched four Quick N Easy Sets ($75 each) designed with an edited selection of beauty products to create a look in 5 minutes, I’ll have these reviewed next week and will be hosting a giveaway so stay tuned for the post and details!

Have a wonderful Friday! What’s on your beauty radar right now?

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  • I am loving everything on your list.

  • These all look so good and very luxurious indeed πŸ™‚ I bet the Chanel lip crayons are amazing!

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  • Lola

    You asked about essence water benefits. I have been using Boscia Sake Water and have found that it helps with pigmentation as well as softening the skin and allowing your follow up products to better penetrate. I hope this helps.

    • Thanks Lola! Yes I do know that the main benefit is to soften the skin – but thanks for clarifying on how it helps other items penetrate the skin better. Then that brings me to another question about essence versus serum as I thought serums do the same thing? Perhaps there are just different benefits for serums πŸ™‚

  • Ra

    Hey Sabrina,
    Over the years you’ve featured many Mac products on your blog. Can you do a post with your current and all time favourites from Mac? Thanks?

    • Hi Ra – I’ll definitely try! Unfortunately with all the LE items MAC has launched so many items have been discontinued! I’ll try to go through my stash and pick out ones you can still find and try to do a post this month on this πŸ™‚

  • I have mainly oily skin but it is sometimes dry on my cheeks. I got the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation around 6 months ago and I was surprised how well it worked on my skin. I am intrigued by this new one though!

    Emmy | http://www.EmmysBeautyCave.com

    • Wow that’s very surprising but I’m glad you found one that worked for you!!

  • Tanja

    Love this post with the variety of items. The Diptyque candle, MΓ©teorites and Chanel lip pencils are calling my name. Thank you, Sabrina!
    PS I always look forward to reading your posts when I get home from work.

    • Awww thank you Tanja, thanks for always stopping by xoxo

  • Emily

    Uh oh, I had no idea that Chanel was releasing lip crayons…those are definitely right up my alley. Can’t wait for the swatches and review!

    Love the Diptyque Valentine’s candle – it’s just a relief to see a tasteful design after that awful Christmas kitsch collection. Space NK doesn’t appear to have it in stock yet (I order from the UK website) but I will def be grabbing one (or two) once it’s up!

    I pre-ordered the Tatcha essence a few days ago and it’s on its way to me now! I’m a sucker for Tatcha products – they’re really lovely in general, not too heavy and oh my god, the packaging. Hopefully this one doesn’t disappoint! Like you, Sabrina, I side eyed the essence thing for a while and wondered if it was really any different from a serum. In a way, I think that is true – they’re like lighter, more watery serums but generally targeted at hydrating and prepping the skin for other products rather than delivering active ingredients (like a serum would typically do). I actually have grown to love essences though. It’s so uncomplicated – with serums, you have to worry if other products are going to negate the effects, whether the pH is right, etc – but essences are easy peasy. Plus where I live is extremely hot and humid and lighter products are more practical, especially when I get home after work and wash my makeup off but don’t want to do the whole nighttime skincare routine yet. An essence followed by a light serum tides me over till after dinner.

    The CT sets are lovely but I can’t justify getting any of them since I have most of the products individually…I would love if she did another LE collection again like the Norman Parkinson one!

    Are you planning to review the new Guerlain meteorites and blush? I really want/need them (my wallet disagrees) but would love to hear your take first!

    Have a lovely weekend, Sabrina!

    • I really can’t wait to see what Chanel has in store for the year. The launches so far have me excited about beauty again.

      Glad to hear you ordered the Tatcha Essence – if you don’t mind shooting me an email about your thoughts I’d love to hear what you think! I still haven’t ordered one, debating whether to go for the Tatcha or La Mer. Decisions decisions! Also Kate Somerville just launched a product called Wrinkle Warrior. My skin can only handle so many new products at a time so I’m trying to plan my testing carefully.

      I am ordering the Guerlain. I think I am one of the few who isn’t 100% enamored with the line. I do think they have great products but I just never end up obsessed or 100% over the top in love with the items like I am from other lines. I can’t help collecting the Meteorites and should really stop because I rarely use them!

  • Gail

    Looking forward to your review & swatches of the Chanel lip crayons. I tried several of the lighter/nude shades of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets and for the most part was pretty disappointed in them. Fawn Rose, which I was excited about, looked really chalky on my pigmented lips. I’ll be curious to see how it looks on yours.

    • Hi Gail, I can’t wait to see the Chanel crayons too! Still waiting for them to arrive. Quick take on Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets is that I feel the exact same as you. Hope to have the review up mid week (Tues/Wednesday).

  • Eileen

    I have used an essence for over fifteen years and wouldn’t be without one. These are nothing like the old-fashioned toners that were prevelent in the Western Hemisphere back in the day (remember I’m 73 so consider this a “living history” lesson. LOL)

    Makeup used to all be oil based and powders were quite heavy. If you look at pictures from the 50’s and 60’s, you’ll see models with totally flawless, velvety faces (complements of heavy foundation and powder; not photoshop) and richly pigmented eye shadows and lipsticks. Believe you me, it took an industrial strength cleanser to remove all the makeup and then a toner was needed to remove what was left of the cleanser. Makeup formulations and cleansers improved exponentially over the next couple of decades; giving us easy to remove coverage and rich pigmentation without all the heaviness. Dermatologists and the beauty world started saying toners–especially ones laden with alcohol–were no longer necessary unless you were a teen or young woman who needed something to control excess oil and de-gunk pores–in which case they were referred to as astringents and not toners. But, even that application lost some traction as better products for acne and oil control evolved. To be blunt, toners were considered basically useless and were viewed as just another product for a company to push onto the consumer. Did all women totally abandon toners? Of course not. There were many women who found them to be a useful addition to their routine and so toners never totally disappeared from the shelves although they were no longer as widely used.

    Flash forward to the new century. We have become fascinated by Asian beauty products and especially about this thing called beauty water or essence. Unlike western style toners, these are watery hydration/calming serums. Good ones contain skin nutrients, anti-inflammatories, anti-oxidants, hydrators, etc. and their purpose is to prep the skin for serums so that they penetrate better. These are nothing, nothing like the old style toners which were mainly designed to cleanse the face. Essence is easy to use: Cleanse your face, pour a very small amount into the palm of your hands and then pat all over your face, neck, and dΓ©colletage. Apply your serum and seal everything in with a good moisturizer. Simple, yes?

    I started out with the legendary SKII, moved on to Missha Time Revolution (very similar to SKII), and then moved on tonLa Mer The Treatment which is excellent for dry skin and is my favorite of the three. Now, my beloved Tatcha has entered the market with their version of an essence. I ordered it as soon as I learned it was available and expect it today or tomorrow. I can hardly wait to try it as Tatcha is perfectly suited to my old, bone dry, sensitive skin πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Eileen – I knew I could rely on your expertise about essence! I think I need to be more diligent in using things like this. I go back and forth between having a complex vs simple skincare routine. As I’m not getting any younger I think using one would benefit my skin a lot. Thanks for your thoughts and input!

      • Eileen

        Hi Sabrina,

        If your skin is dry and keeping it hydrated is becoming a concern, then I’d recommend you get a sample of La Mer The Treatment. The counter has samples that will easily give you a week’s worth of applications. Of all the essences I’ve tried throughout the many years, it is the most hydrating. It also contains all the standard La Mer ingredients, so if your skin responds well to La Mer, it will love The Treatment.

        You’re still a youngster in my book πŸ˜‰ but you’ll find as you get older and your skin becomes thinner that layering compatible essences and serums is the key to keeping your skin well hydrated. Of course, you’ll still want a good cream or lotion to seal in the moisture, but more fluid layers really get the moisture into your skin where it belongs.

        • Thanks Eileen – I’m not dry but I do have some samples of the La Mer so I’ll give those a try for a week to see πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    Ohhh Armani is coming out with a new foundation?! Exciting. Just looked it up and the Armani website and from their description it sounds like Luminous Silk but with a matte finish and slightly higher coverage. I love the finish of Luminous Silk and don’t know if this can replace it but maybe for summer when I could use something a bit more matte!

    Also excited to see your review of the Burberry lip velvets. Have you ever considered doing swatches/reviews of the Natasha Denona lip glazes? I always trust your photos and there are very few lip swatches online (and no physical store that carries them). I just picked up 2 from Beautylish last week on a whim and they are fantastic. They have several nude and pinky-nude shades that you would probably like. I’d like to buy a few more, just wish I could find more photos.

    • You’re right about the Armani, I have high hopes for it!

      I’ve tried some of the Natasha Denona lip glazes but none of the colors I ordered worked for me so I gifted them to a friend who is lighter/paler than me. Glad you found some that you love!

  • Oh you will LOVE the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm!! I’ve been a fan of the Smashed and Clear Agave Lip Mask for years and really love that they came out with a balm version. Great blog post! <3

    • Thanks Kristin! I’m really excited about this one πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t found a lip balm that has worked better for me than Bite’s Agave Mask, so I ordered the new stick Lip Balm right away. I have high hopes for it, so we’ll see how well it works. I am very curious about the new Giorgio Armani Foundation since I have oily skin. So far I have yet to find a velvet or matte finish foundation that actually works well for me. I currently use Maybeline’s Fit me and and the Dream Velvet which isn’t bad, but it’s definitely not a homerun. The high end that I fell in love with is Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau, but I’ve been curious about Dior’s Forever foundation. As for Essences, I LOVED SK-II. I got a small sample of it and there was a noticeable difference in my skin in terms of softness, I would definitely splurge and buy the full size at $99.

  • Joni

    I’m really anxious to hear what you think about that tatcha essence even tho I know it will be awhile… that guerlain stuff is intriguing, I hadn’t seen it yet… I just saw the chanel crayons yesterday, but I’m not sure how I feel about them…

    oh, and I picked up that Bite agave balm… I like it and I don’t! Ahh, but I feel the same way about the lip mask, which I also have in Smashed, (even tho I never wear it anytime except to bed! lol). I love what the mask does for my lips, but it’s SO THICK and sticky and smells (to me) like weird play-doh!! So with the balm, I like that it’s portable and easier to wear in the day; it’s still really thick as it goes on, and drags across the lips a bunch, but I’ve found that if I do small dabs instead of one full swipe it tends to work better at covering without going overboard… and then it does melt into your lips pretty well after a few minutes! I still hate the smell/taste, though… it’s more the scent, but that’s enough to make me feel like I taste it!
    I grabbed a lanolips the same day, bye, and I love that, tho I have been reaching for the bite balm more often just because it’s easier to apply. Can’t wait to hear what you think! πŸ™‚ xx