Happy New Year to all! I love this time of year. Each new year I'm filled with hope and excitement - it feels like we all get a fresh new start. Beauty-wise, Café Makeup has a lovely list of what she's looking forward to this year. For me, here are 5 things I'm looking forward to:
No. 1 Burberry Beauty and Tom Ford
Both Burberry Beauty and Tom Ford Beauty are among the newer luxury brands to enter the market. I can't wait to see what they have in store for the new year. Burberry Beauty has released a number of consistently amazing products, all with high quality and naturally flattering shades. They ended the year with the release of some new beautiful quads. Recent changes between the Burberry Beauty and Interparfums relationship has me wondering what will be in store for the future. I hope they continue to release more beautiful items as they transition (keeps fingers crossed for their brushes).
There are mixed feelings among beauty fans about the Tom Ford Beauty line. His lipsticks and blushes are among the best in the market, but the rest of the line didn't match the quality or pigment (in my opinion). However, the Tom Ford Beauty brand significantly improved the quality of his nail polishes and eyeshadows with the fall 2012 collection. I hope they continue this trend.
No. 2 Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscopes
Le Métier de Beauté's eyeshadows are breathtakingly beautiful. I know I'm not alone when I say the quality and texture is among the best of all luxury brands. I do hope 2013 brings us more eye kaleidoscopes, but ones that are more widely available to all Le Métier counters or online. There were at least 3 kaleidoscopes plus a number of glosses released this year that I wanted, however they were released in very limited quantities to a few select stores. I did not have the time to call around to track them down. I love that the brand encourages their artists' creativity to design beautiful creations. I also understand that Le Metier is a smaller brand focused on quality. Yet at the same time, as an avid fan, it can be a bit frustrating to have items so challenging to find.
No. 3 More try-before-you-buy sampler sets for foundations and fragrances
I feel brands should be more creative and generous with their samples. I feel samples are scarce these days but they are essential to assist us with testing, in particular with foundations and fragrances. Both items require longer testing time than testing out a lipstick or eyeshadow at the counter. For foundations, we need to see how it wears throughout the day, make sure the color matches well, and also check that our skin doesn't react with the formula. For fragrances, we definitely need to wear a sample for an extended period to see how it reacts with our body chemistry. I thought the Frédéric Malle Fragrance Coffret collection at Barneys was genius (although I did not purchase). I wish perfume companies would release mini versions at affordable prices. I love that Le Labo allows purchase of samples directly from the company online. I hope more brands offer these sampling options.
No. 4 Transitioning from PC to MAC
For Christmas, I received a MacBook Air. I've had so much fun transitioning but have so much to learn. I look forward to learning more!
No. 5 More artist features, how-to's, videos, tutorials
Tutorials are invaluable for all of us. Clear, concise, well-edited videos such as those from Lisa Eldridge for Chanel and Uzo from NARS are easy to follow, inspirational and actually ones we can replicate (as in they aren't edited too much). Professional videos from brand artists are immensely helpful. I hope Chanel and NARS release more and that others follow. As brands increase their social media efforts, I feel these video tutorials are a way to help connect with consumers like us. I personally would like them linked on the brand website rather than having to search through YouTube or magazine websites.
What are you looking forward to this year?