NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai

February 28, 2014 | Beauty, NARS | No Comments »


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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai

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Swatches: NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai

I have quite a few NARS goodies in my collection now, but not many NARS eyeshadows. Quite a few duos have caught my eye in the past, but I always felt I had similar shades already and couldn’t justify the purchase. Kauai on the other hand has my name written all over it! Gold and purple? Yes please! This little eyeshadow duo is so pretty I can barely keep my eyes off it. The eyeshadows are incredibly soft. They feel like silk almost. They have a nice creamy texture and are very pigmented. I didn’t have to build up all that much and my look lasted the entire day with very little to no creasing or fading. I absolutely LOVE this duo!

Here’s a look I created with the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai. I applied the gold shade on my lid and the purple shade on my lower lash line.

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NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

February 14, 2014 | Beauty, NARS | 4 Comments »


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NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Vallauris

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Swatches: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Vallauris

I finally got my new camera! It was a gift from my husband for Valentine’s Day! When I first took Jack 2.0 (How original, eh?) out to play, I realized that my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer just wouldn’t do the trick anymore. I may have gotten away with such little coverage with my point and shoot, but Jack 2.0 picks up on every little imperfection! Hello, pores/fine lines/wrinkles/acne scars! Yikes! But hey, I did want better quality. And now I have it.

After hearing so many good things about the NARS Sheer Matte/Sheer Glow Foundations, I decided to give one of them a try. I went to Sephora and had them do that fancy Color IQ thingy to get an ‘exact’ match. Looking at the swatch above I wouldn’t really say that’s an exact match, but that’s what they suggested. I decided to go with the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation since my skin is usually quite oily. I took this bad boy home and tried it immediately. I wanted to love it so bad, but it’s just… well, it’s not good! For me anyway.

I’ve read lots of mixed reviews. So many people seem to have problems blending this foundation into their skin. I used my BeautyBlender and it blended in effortlessly! But that’s where the perfection ended. Within an HOUR I was already shiny. And um… it’s Winter! For something claiming to be a matte I would assume I wouldn’t start shining away within the first hour. I’m not expecting miracles here, but an hour is a bit of a let down. It also felt VERY heavy on my face. It felt like I had a plastic film over my face and even looked like it at some point. After a few hours I washed it off since it was patchy and fading. In the end I was left with a few pimples on my cheek and near my lips.

I’m not one to send makeup back. In fact I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually returned makeup. This foundation went right back to Sephora! Sorry, but I just could not make this work for me.

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The photo above was taken immediately after application. I know the quality still isn’t that great. I’m still getting the hang of my new camera. I took over a hundred photos that day hence the bored look on my face. I’m getting there!

Also, remember when I said I’d share a few looks of me wearing stuff from the MAC A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection? Well, I’m wearing Stereo Rose on my cheeks and Fleur d’Coral on my lips. I told y’all I meant it this time!

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MAC A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection

February 7, 2014 | Beauty, MAC | No Comments »


Sometimes I hate to admit it, but the truth is I’m a bit of a MAC whore. Yes, I said whore. My love for makeup and all things pretty isn’t limited to specific brands, but I do tend to gravitate more towards MAC than anything else. I’m not sure what it is, but their new collection launches probably excite me way more than they should. I can’t even begin to tell you about the amount of sleep I lost over The Archie’s Girls Collection (my all time favorite collection). A Fantasy Of Flowers is far from being a favorite of mine, but I was still pretty excited about it and love the items I purchased. Mostly.

I say mostly because it appears the Mineralize Skinfinishes are different this time around. I was lucky enough to purchase Stereo Rose in 2012, but I’m a tad bummed about the 2014 release of Perfect Topping. This isn’t at all what I was hoping to get. They’re obviously two very different Skinfinishes than the ones from previous releases. Would it be Skinfinishes? Or is the plural term still Skinfinish? Anyway, the Perfect Topping Skinfinish might not be what I was expecting, but I suppose it’s not a total loss either. I’m sure that I’ll get some use of it. Now for some pictures and swatches!

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MAC Fluidline in Sassy Moss

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MAC Fluidline in Phlox Garden

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Swatches (Left to Right): Sassy Moss, Phlox Garden

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose (2012 release)

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Swatches: Stereo Rose (2012 release)

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping

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Swatches: Perfect Topping

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MAC Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia

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MAC Lipstick in Fleur d’Coral

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MAC Lipstick in Naked Bud

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MAC Lipstick in Snapdragon

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Swatches (Left to Right): Dreaming Dahlia, Fleur d’Coral, Naked Bud, Snapdragon

I didn’t post a swatch of the 2014 Stereo Rose because this one isn’t mine to swatch. It’s strictly for a client. Sorry about that!

The lipsticks are all wonderful! I don’t care much for lustres, but I do love these and think they’ll be great for Spring! The fluidlines are both unique colors in my collection as I typically go for blacks and grays. That’s about all that caught my eye from MAC’s A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection. I might go back for the Petal Power Blush, but I’m still undecided. Overall it’s a decent looking collection and the only item that didn’t live up to my expectations was the Skinfinish. Skinfinishes? Seriously, what is it???

I don’t want this post to be so photo heavy, so check back soon for some looks that I’m planning to create with this collection. I know. I know. I’m full of broken promises. But this time I mean it!

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