Monday, February 23, 2015

NEW BEAUTY LAUNCHES: What’s on my wishlist (and there’s a lot)

new beauty launches

I’m sure your twitter and instagram feed has been blowing up with New York and now London fashion week buzz, but fashion isn’t the only thing launching new collections at the moment.  There have been some amazing new beauty launches to hit the market as of late, and I wanted to fill you guys in on what to watch for.  Now even though there have been some duds (Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette, I had such high hopes for you!) all the products featured in this post have been getting amazing reviews and the ones I have tried so far have left me impressed.  Now onto the products...

In the market for a new primer?  YouTube queen Jaclyn Hill has been raving about the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and it’s great for sensitive skin.  If you’re looking to invest in some brushes Real Techniques recently launched their Bold Metals collection sold exclusively at Ulta and the collection includes great quality face and eye brushes.  Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Sticks just launched at Nordstrom and look perfect for the girl on the go, being advertised as a convertible cheek and lip color.  

Next on my wishlist is Bare Mineral’s Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.  Advertised as “a versatile gel cream that combines skincare benefits and naturally radiant coverage” this face base has been making it’s way around the blogosphere and receiving rave reviews.  Another skincare item I have been smitten with is the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm.  I’m not exactly sure the correct way to use it and it’s hella expensive at $63, but my sample is about to run out and I can’t imagine my life without it.   This product kind of reminds me of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  It can be used as a primer, face cream, illuminator…all I know is Bobbi has dubbed it her “Cinderella cream” and this is magic in a bottle for your face.  Moving on to other magical products how cool are the Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powders?  The line has been killing it with their new launches, and this highlighting and contour duo testifies you will “appear as though you’re basking in perfectly-filtered light.”  So basically it’s an instagram filter for your face.  All I can say is, wish I had thought of it myself.  And next up is the Anastasia Liquid Lip.  Although the market has been saturated with liquid lipsticks recently this fresh take on the trend doesn’t disappoint.  Offering 20 gorgeous shades these liquid lipsticks are super opaque, long lasting and don’t dry out the lips. 

Now I don’t know if you tried the Marc Jacobs Le Crème Lipsticks when they first came out, but let’s call a spade a spade…they sucked.  Thankfully they have just re-launched their lipstick collection with a new formula and they are amazing.   Seriously amazing.  All named after women that have inspired Marc himself these lipsticks are moisturizing, long lasting and wear comfortably on the lips.  (Check out my personal fave Clara, the perfect pink for spring!)  And last but not least can we just talk about the launch of MAC Cosmetic’s Cinderella collection on February 26th?!  The packaging is insane and the collection is slanted to include lipsticks, highlighting powders, some pigments, but the standout for me is the Studio Eye Gloss in Lightly Tauped.  We can all feel like the belle of the ball with this one.  

Alright, so as you can see I will be foregoing groceries this week as I got some shopping to do.  What can I say...all in the name of beauty and fueling the shopping addiction.  Am I right ladies? So as I sign off to make my online purchases I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful week and thank you so much for your support and stopping by Brazen Brunette!
xoxo Nicole


  1. Nicole I love your blog. I've even bought some things to send to Gabriela. Keep up the good work! Mrs T☺️

    1. Thank you so much Mrs. Tremont, that makes me so happy to hear! I hope Gabriela loves what you send her and hope you guys are staying warm in NY!!

  2. I would love to try the CT beach sticks, they sound amazing (and have a fun name which et brownie points!)

    1. Haha I know! They look so adorable, definitely can't wait to get my hands on them.