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New In Beauty / On My Radar

April 9, 2015

Today I have another roundup of new beauty items on my radar. This time of year is my favorite because all the pretty spring-summery colors and fragrances start coming out. The Sephora Beauty Insider sale starts soon (the 12th for VIB Rouge) so if you’re a beauty addict like me, you’ve probably started a wish list and have been moving things in and out of your online shipping cart.

1 / Last week I was lucky to get an early sneak peek at the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers ($50 each). You can see a little preview here and here. I’m hoping to have the review up this weekend but I can say right now they are amazing. They are currently available exclusively at for VIB/VIB Rouge Members, launch for everyone on 4/15 online at Sephora and Hourglass Cosmetics and hit stores in May.

2 / To celebrate the opening of the Diptyque Beverly Hills Boutique, the store has released a limited-edition Beverly Hills Candle ($70) exclusive to the store that has lemon + mint essential oils,  orchid and freesia accord. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to LA> a leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles supporting artistic and curatorial freedom. The candle is exclusive to the boutique, you can order one by calling the Beverly Hills store at (310) 385-5941.

3 / Also new from Diptyque is the Florabellio Eau de Toilette (in a 50 ml is $90 and 100 ml is $125). It’s available starting this month and is supposed to be a mix of sweet, salty, apple blossom and apricot-scented osmanthus mist. The Diptyque South Coast Plaza Boutique has a promo going on if you pre-order the fragrance they will include a 12 ml mini of Florabellio as a gift with purchase. You can reach the store at (714) 850-9995, ask for Raven.

4 / Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection features some stunning beauty pieces. It launches online at and Boutiques on April 15th, everywhere else May 1st. 

5 / Jo Malone has three newly packaged colognes that are special-edition versions of some previously released scents ($125 each for 3.4 oz). Plum Blossom comes in a purple cap and label, Osmanthus Blossom comes with a spring green packaging, Sakura Cherry Blossom comes with the pink packaging.

6 / Laura Mercier has released eight new shades of the Creme Lip Color Smooth Formula ($27 each). The new shades include a mix of nudes and rose and plum: Lychee Parfait, Biscotti, Milky Way, Crushed Pecan, Praline Cream, Rose, Audrey and Dry Rose. Some of the names look familiar to me from her older formulas. I think a trip to the counter is in order for me soon.

7 / Tarte has a new Showstopper Clay Palette ($38) which looks perfect for summer. It has six warm-toned shadows, blush, bronzer and highlighter all in one. It’s in my Sephora shopping cart right now since the store locator function shows it’s online only right at this moment.

8 / Caudalie has four new masks. I ordered all four on Monday since I’m on the verge of running out of my Glamglow and Aesop masks. I have high hopes for these and will review once I put them to the test. I like the concept of different masks for different needs. The four options include the Purifying Mask, the Instant Detox Mask, the Moisturizing Mask and the Glycolic Peel Mask ($39 each).

What’s on your beauty radar this week? Are you planning your Sephora haul like me?
What’s in your shopping cart?

Tarte Discoveries: Cheek Tint & Cheek Stains

February 15, 2010

I found some beauty buzz online about a new Flower Child palette and went to the Tarte website to investigate. I didn’t end up getting the palette, but a few other things caught my eye so I took advantage of the recent 40% code and got:

The Perfect Pink Cheek Tint – sheer baby pink cream
Dollface Cheek Stain – sheer cool baby pink shimmer
Flower Child Cheek Stain – rosy reddish brown shimmer

The Cheek Tint comes in one shade called “The Perfect Pink” and retails for $30. It comes in a mirrored compact and is supposed to contain a wrinkle-reverse technology. Even though I don’t have wrinkles or fine lines on my cheeks, the color looked pretty online so I decided to give it a try.

The texture is very creamy and easily blendable and non-sticky. The finish is a sheer natural pink which is great for a no-blush but natural pink look on the cheeks. If you’re looking for a lot of pigment – then this probably isn’t the blush for you. I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin since this is more on the moist side. I have normal skin and I can definitely feel it on the face after it’s applied.

For the Cheek Stains, both are easily blendable and have a sweet scent. Both are on the moist side, but not too sticky. It does feel moist and slightly dewy on the face. I’ve been wearing one on each side of my face all day alone, over powder/foundation and I didn’t get oily or greasy – but today’s activity level was on the low side so I’ll have to play around with these more to see how long they last etc. Like the Cheek Tint, I can also feel this on the face after I apply/blend it.

Dollface is a pretty cool-toned light pink shimmer that gives a natural pink glow. It’s not too light for me right now and I think it will definitely be wearable in summer months for slightly tanned skin.

Flower Child is described as a “deep golden rose” – to me it’s a deeper rosey brownish shade. It’s different from what I normally pick, but it’s a pretty warm rosey color. When I swatched it I was worried it would be too warm, but on the cheeks, it gives a natural rosey flush.

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

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