Beauty Roundup: Color Of The Year, the silicone sponge, Glossier's expansion, and a Lip Lab

The year is almost over, but the onslaught of developments in the beauty industry is not slowing down. Here's what's been happening in the past week!

Greenery for new beginnings (and fresher vanities)

Brace for a brighter year ahead as Pantone has called it in: Greenery is the color for 2017. The yellow-green shade symbolizes new life and a fresh start. It has a vibe that’s uplifting and energizing, and the vibrant nature-inspired shade reminds to relax, take a deep breath, and not let stress take over. It’s only fitting that Leaders Teatree Relaxing Skin Renewal Mask and the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel (P245 at Nature Republic) sport this refreshing color as they treat your skin to plant-derived goodness!

If you’re a little more daring and want to incorporate Greenery into your makeup look, check out Colourpop's Telepathy Eyeshadow Pigment ($5 at Colourpop) or cover up redness with the green corrector in Catrice Allround Concealer (P379 at SM Beauty).

Full story on Pantone

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Image via teenvogue.com

The “Boobie” Blender

Cheekily called the “boobie” blender for its similarity to the material used for bra inserts, the Silisponge is the latest product that beauty lovers are raving about. The $9 tool was developed by Molly Cosmetics (from Hong Kong), and is made from silicone and thermoplastic polyurethane. The clear, gel-like sponge is deemed to be better than a regular beauty sponge because it doesn’t absorb the product (so you save makeup) while blending your makeup into a smooth and flawless finish. Cleaning is such a breeze, too, as it only needs be rinsed and patted dry to make it less susceptible to damage.

If you’re unable to get yourself one, vloggers have come up with a rather strange-looking alternative: actual silicone bra inserts, which are cheaper and easier to get compared to the Silisponge. While these bra pads are usually much larger and may require cutting and shaping to perform like a beauty sponge, they supposedly work just as well!

Full story on Cosmopolitan

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Image via wwd.com

Victoria’s Firsts

For the very first time since the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debuted, fashion’s favorite Angels landed (and strutted their stuff) on the catwalk of Paris! Themed “A Very Private Affair,” the girls donned Victorian-inspired glittered and bedazzled lingerie (among other themes), and completed the ensembles with a dramatically different beauty look. Also for the first time entirely, the Angels traded their lush lashes and bronzed skin for over-the-top gray cat eyes with a hint of bronze. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux took inspiration from the signature Angel wings and used Max Factor products to pair the heavy eye makeup with dewy skin and glossed full lips.

Full story on Teen Vogue

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Image via Teen Vogue

Round 3 for Glossier Funding

In 2013, beauty brand Glossier began a funding venture to build retail stores and to boost their international introduction. They’ve since come out with several great skin care products, and they show no signs of slowing down. Recently, Glossier’s founder and CEO Emily Weiss took to the blog to talk about how investments have played an important role in allowing her to build her “Crazy Idea”. The latest round of funding will be going to two new product category launches, their own physical store, and (finally) Glossier going international! We’re definitely excited to see more growth from this brand, and look forward to finally being able to try their products! 

Full story on Glossier

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Image via theodysseyonline.com

Lip Lab Love

As Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab’s video circulated on social media, I was one of the many who wished for a ticket to New York just to visit the lipstick haven and have a go at making my very own customized lippie! I mean, what beauty addict wouldn’t? The Lip Lab is the answer for all who have had trouble finding the perfect shade to match their personality or just the ideal shade to wear.

Image via Huffington Post

Image via Huffington Post

The process requires booking an appointment at the Lab (at least two weeks in advance!), consulting with the lab artist, then choosing the color, pigments, finish, and scent with their assistance. The whole thing actually takes just about 10 minutes, and the experience is completely free. Each lippie costs around $36 and you can have as many customized lippies as you want! If you’re heading to the East Coast any time soon, you now know where you need to make a stopover.

Full story on Huffington Post