High-End Product Review: NARS Double-Refining Exfoilator

I’m always in search for something to just exfoliate the hell out of my skin without making me look like a leper. After a recent visit to the WeHo NARS store, I decided to get a little more fancy with my skin care for once.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love finding a good deal and I often shop at Target, CVS, WalMart, with the occasional Sephora and ULTA splurges. But sometimes, you need to treat your skin and see how it likes what you gave it.

Enter NARS skin care.

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I’m a huge fan of NARS products so I didn’t know they had a skincare line. I was anxious to try it as the risk of my wallet.

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I was taught this exfoliator works two ways – if you just put it on, and rub your face, it’s great. If you leave it on for a couple minutes while you bathe, it’ll work on your skin at a deeper level.

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It goes on very light and it has a very light scent. You don’t have to use too much and I only used it this a few times a week because I was afraid of overdrying my skin.

And of course, I’m sure you’re anxious to see me fresh-faced and everythang:

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Ta-da!

PROS:

  1. NARS is a strong brand.
  2. It’s nice and light, with very little fragrance
  3. It exfoliates your skin without overdrying.
  4. It’s best to use in the shower. You can put this on your face while you bathed and rinse off when you’re done.

CONS:

  1. It’s pricey, y’all. $34.00 Most exfoliators cost a fraction of that.
  2. It’s best to use in the shower. Yeah. I know I said that as a pro, but it’s also a con. Unless you want to sit with exfoliator on your face for 2-3 minutes, this is really best to use in the shower.

I do recommend because it’s good, but it’s expensive.

If you tried it, what do you think?

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Product Review – NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

I love NARS. I love NARS. I love NARS. I love NARS. I’m not entirely sure how it was I discovered NARS (I think a Sephora rep gave me their product to try and I was hooked, or at least that’s the urban legend I put together in my head), but it doesn’t matter.

I love NARS. It’s very rare I find a product from them I hate. Well, hate is a strong word. Let’s just say strongly dislike or not as in love with it as I would be. There, that’s better.

But when I find a product that I love?

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So, I’ve been on the hunt for a new concealer since I used the hell out of my old one. I wasn’t trying my luck with another brand too quickly (when I’m loyal to a brand, I’m loyal for lyfe!) but I wasn’t sure what I wanted.

Entered NARS. Le sigh. Even just typing the name gives me the warm fuzzies.

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So, they had a demo of one of their other concealers and I’m like, heyyy boo….let me put you on ma face.

I decided…hmm…let me try this.

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So, it’s pretty small! I mean it’s smaller than a sauce packet at McDonald’s. Pretty small. And pretty expensive – $30.

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It’s super creamy! Like, very velvety.

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So how does it look?

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I give good face.

Smooooooooth!

So let’s go over the review:

Pros:

  • NARS is a quality brand.
  • Available online and in Sephora.
  • It’s very smooth and covers very well.
  • You don’t have to use an applicator or sponge! You can simply use your fingertips (though, many have sworn on the Beauty Blender…which is the next review!)
  • A little goes a long way. It’ll last you a while.

Now for every good thing, there’s some bad…

Cons:

  • It’s fucking expensive, yo. There are no two ways about it. $30. I repeat, $30.
  • It’s quite small so unless you absolutely need to carry this on you, keep it at home.

I highly recommend this concealer! It’s my new favorite! So, give it a try! You won’t regret it!

Make-Up Trend Review: NARS Velvet Lip Guide

So, mattes and bold colors are trending this year. Kinda odd if you think about it? Two shades that are on the opposite spectrums are trending and in a big way!

Recently, I had the honor to have enough money to do some splurging (and believe me, both colors were splurges) to go drop some cash at the local Sephora. Let’s check out NARS first.

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I’m a huge NARS fan. I love their concealer, their tinted moisturizer, their bronzer…hell, I just love them. In my opinion, NARS can’t do any wrong. I noticed they came out with a few new nude shades and I was tempted.

You know how when you see the last of something, even if it’s something you weren’t originally trying to purchase, you’re compelled to get it because obviously it has to be good if it’s the last one? (Don’t act like I’m the only one that does that!)

So, as I stopped by the NARS section, I noticed they only had one box left of Area. Curious, I did the sample tester inside the Sephora store:

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Of course, everything looks amazing inside the store but how does it look outside?

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Not bad!

Of course, I can’t leave this post without the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • NARS is a trusted brand.
  • It glides on smooth.
  • No funky smell.
  • It lasts a long time without the need to reapply. (I say a couple of hours.)
  • Really compliments my skin tone.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive; NARS is an expensive brand.

I do recommend if you have some cash to drop! The Velvet Lip Guide is around $26.00 so this is definitely a splurge!

 

How Giving Fantastic Lip Will Change Your Life!

This past weekend, I decided to play with my makeup a tad. So let’s start off with the first product review, which is the Raizin blush by MAC.

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Now, I’ve never really been partial to blushes. Not that I love or hate them, but I’ve been been pretty indifferent to them. It’s one of those things I don’t have to have in my makeup harmony. But it’s okay. I can’t miss what I normally don’t have, right?

How naive I was.

On the advice and curiosity of a fabulous sister blog, I decided to try this out for myself.

Amazeballs.

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For starters, it’s very rich so you don’t have to use a whole lot. I can say in comparison to a similar brand and price range to NARS, the MAC blushes are definitely worth the money ($22). Yes, you read that right. The blush is in the double digits. However, you’re paying for quality here. And this quality will last a long time. Keep in mind, this is something everyone is seeing on your face so it will matter in the long run.

 

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I took this picture in natural light so you can see how it looks in a realistic setting. I’m wearing MAC lip glass in Shockolate as the base and Oh Baby! on top.

Speaking of lip color and the purpose of this post…

I wanted to experiment with my lips more. As I stated in a previous post, instead of trying to take the focus away from my lips, I began to embrace them more. (When you’re teased as child for your full lips, it takes a while to appreciate them.)

So, I decided to play with my lips creating a day/night look. Now, I’m wearing NARS tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Natural Eyes makeup, the lovely MAC Raizin blush, and Maybelline mascara. Yes, Maybelline. (I don’t like fake eyelashes on me so you probably won’t ever see me review them.)

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For context, the pic on the left was taken sometime in the early afternoon. The picture on the right was taken in late afternoon/early evening. I’m wearing NYX’s Black Cherry Tart.

Amazing how one simple look can make such a huge impact? Insanity.

Thank you for stopping by! The next review will be of Camille Rose’s Curl Milk!

If there are any products you want me to review, please drop a suggestion! I would love to try!

 

It’s All About Me

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since becoming a (rainbow) mother is self-care. And I don’t mean just mentally but all around – physically, spiritually, emotionally. As a mom, we’re often stretched then – we’re chauffeurs, chefs, accountants, maids, small business owners, creatives, lovers, wives, etc. It also mean we tend to neglect one area of our lives to focus more on the bigger picture.

I have to say my journey started back in 2013 when I was pregnant and off work. Working for the state and also in the private sector meant I couldn’t really play around with my appearance very much. So naturally, when I was off work I decided this was going to be the time to have some fun. I started small with nail polish (if you’re a bit conservative with your appearance and want a change, I do suggest start small and work your way up). The biggest change came when I chopped off all of my hair. I did mention I’m working on a sleeve on my right arm.

Now it’s time to play with makeup.

Growing up, my mother was not a fan of makeup other than a little foundation and maybe some lipstick. So as I became older and wanted to experiment with makeup, while my mother wasn’t against it, she wasn’t for it. Eventually, she did purchase my first Iman compact and lip gloss when I was about 16.

I have to say due to that, I never really been comfortable with makeup, despite having friends do my face. I did glam it up on my wedding day and that’s what’s important. But for everyday use? Not really. I decided I need to stop playing so safe. We only have one life to live, right? Why not go for it?

So last week, I decided to experiment with different looks. I’m wearing the same base (NARS) and eye makeup (Too Faced) but I’ve noticed that people don’t really pay attention to my eyes very much. And for a while I wanted them to until a makeup artist asked me why when my lips were my best feature.

Heh. So let’s present my experimentation in lip colors, shall we?

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I went for the soft look here. Lip color is Rikugien in NARS.

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Out and about on Saturday. Lip color is Rebel by MAC.

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Monday park date. Lip colors are Shockolate (base) and Oh Baby! (top) in MAC.

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I finally discovered Nyx after hearing so many of my IG friends rave about it. This is Praline.

I want to go for bolder looks so I’ll be featuring some deeper colors and more reds. This is fun. I wish I did this years ago!

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No reason for this pic. I just really like it. 🙂