Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the first Nars foundation I’ve tried. I have used the tinted moisturizer(I like it) and I’ve used the Radiant Creamy Concealer(I like it) but I can’t compare it to Sheer Matte or Sheer Glow. Continue reading Thumbs Up: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
I am an unabashed NARSissist. It is my holy grail brand. If I had the chance to meet François Nars I’d probably pass out. However, that opportunity probably won’t present itself anytime soon so I have to be satisfied with cool products. This is Cruella and Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.
Every once in awhile Sephora has a 500pt perk that makes me say “Yasssssss!” and a few days ago I saw it.
There comes a time in every beauty lover’s life that they hit the jackpot with a product or brand. The skies open up, the seas part and harps play for your discovery. Some of us call it the holy grail or HG for short. This is 5 reasons a brand/product is considered holy grail. Continue reading 5 Ways to Know It’s Holy Grail
FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.
I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:
In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.
I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.
Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with samples. On the one hand they’re great for trying out products and if they suck you don’t have to live with buyer’s remorse. On the other hand if you love it you have to deal with the urge to run out and buy it. I ended up having to deal with the latter scenario because I was on a no-buy when I began to use my NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer.
The Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer was a 100 point perk from Sephora I received in March when I ordered a couple of Nars Matte Multiples from Sephora.com. The full size is $34 dollars so it’s not cheap but I think it’s worth it. Obviously, I didn’t use it immediately because here it is nearly July and I’m just now talking about it. That’s another thing about samples, sometimes they’re easy to forget and they languish somewhere never to be seen again. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this primer.
“NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex captures light, instantly optimizing its reflection. Everyday dullness and signs of fatigue fade as skin is infused with vitality. Advanced Optical Technology optically elevates skin’s natural contours, adding shape and definition. Skin looks luminous all day, in any source of light. Light Optimizing Primer glides right on and absorbs instantly, smoothing and evening skin’s surface. ” (from Sephora.com)
The various times I wore this primer I found myself not needing to blot as much as I did with other primers. I think my skin is on the extreme end of oily and it’s pretty annoying. I kept checking my face wondering if I was truly seeing what I was seeing, a face that wasn’t an oil slick, and I wasn’t mistaken.
Since this is billed as a light optimizing primer I wasn’t surprised to see some glitter on my face after rubbing the primer into my skin. The E.L.F. Radiant Glow primer(reviewed here) gave a similar finish, but the amount of Nars primer I squeezed it out was easier to control so I didn’t experience glitter overkill. Another thing about the Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer vs the Radiant Glow is that this one readily absorbed into my skin while the e.l.f. one just sat on my face.
With a $34 price tag I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think this primer is going to replace the other ones I’ve been using. Sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge on the stuff that works.
Have you tried the Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer?
Full Disclosure: Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella was sent to me. I was not obligated to review. All opinions/reviews about the product are my own.
I was lucky enough to be a sent a few Nars Cosmetics products last week. One of them happened to be their reformulated lip gloss in Stella. This is my first experience with the new formula and I’m pretty impressed.
One of the complaints about the old formula was its thickness and stickiness. It wasn’t ever anything that kept me from purchasing, but the new formula doesn’t have those problems. When I remove the wand from the gloss I can tell that there isn’t any resistance. With the old glosses that’s not the case.
It felt more moisturizing than the old formula. I tend to purse my lips or rub them together and I could tell that this gloss was much lighter than the old gloss. My lips moved past each other easily. I didn’t feel any tackiness that I’ve come to expect with most lip glosses.
The packaging has changed as well. The old tube was somewhat frosted which made the color look hazy while the new tube is clear so there’s no doubt about what color you’re purchasing.
A downside to the new formula and packaging is that you’re getting less product. The original formula’s net weight varied between .24oz and .28oz and this new formula is .18oz. If you’re big on these lip glosses you might feel cheated because you losing around 25% of the product but still paying the original price of $26.
I still think the glosses are worth it, especially if you’re looking for something to correspond with a Nars lip product you already have or want to buy. If you go to the Nars Cosmetics website and choose a product it will show other products that work well with it. I know there are cheaper dupes for a lot of products, but I’m also a fan of taking the guesswork out of make-up buying. I like having products that I feel were made to work together so I know that I’m going to replace my older Nars Lip Glosses with the new ones to go with lipsticks I already own.
Have you tried a new Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss? How do you think it compares to the old formula?
Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss retails for $26 and is available at narscosmetics.com, and wherever Nars Cosmetics are sold.
Today is Day 3 of the No Bare Lips 30 Challenge and in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the release of Mean Girls, Keiko Kavari says “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” With all the Mean Girls nostalgia and No Bare Lips excitement, I decided to do a face of the day post.
Nars Cosmetics Matte Multiple in Laos (reviewed here)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion(waterline)
Philosophy Lip Shine in Bubbly
I think I’m going to do this once a week. If you have any questions about any the products I used feel free to ask. ❤
The Nars Matte Multiples are turning into one of my favorite products. I picked it up Exumas last week but held off on testing it because I’ve been in a funk lately. Since that little cloud has passed I decided to check it out. BTW it feels good to be wearing some make-up.
Exumas is described as a pink apricot. I currently have Siam and Laos(Review and swatches) and this one is just as pretty. The Matte Mulitple can be used wet or dry and on the lips or cheeks. It’s easy to work with and you don’t need a lot to get the job done.
Are any of the Matte Multiples on your wish list? Leave a comment below.
The internet is full of conflict. While some people thrive on it to the point of seeking it out, I tend to avoid it. There are positives and negatives to this type of mentality I won’t get into because this post isn’t about me but about you and what you think.
Within the last couple of days these things have been posted on Doe Deere’s Instagram page. Doe Deere is the creator of independent make-up brand Lime Crime.
Some comments on the posts felt the response was justified while others felt it was unprofessional. I’m not exactly sure where I stand with this. I’m not the insulting type. Like I said, I tend to avoid conflict, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for people to try you on a regular basis. We all know some people suddenly become brave because they’re behind a computer screen and not in your face. However, another part of me wonders since the owner/face of a brand possibly has more to lose than some commenter why acknowledge them with vitriol and blemish your brand or persona?
While I like Lime Crime I’m not emotionally invested in the brand. It wouldn’t hurt me to stop using the products because I’ve only purchased one product from them. However, if François Nars(my patronus) did something like this regularly I would be conflicted about continuing to support that brand.
I bring all this up to ask, where do you stand when it comes to these issues? Do you think the face of a brand should always practice a certain level of decorum even in the face of (possibly unfair) criticism/insults or do you think he/she is allowed to defend his/herself without it affecting the brand?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so please leave a comment below.