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Monday, July 30, 2012

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS claims "A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day.

This smudge-proof eye shadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eye shadow application.

This fragrance-free product is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested."

I agree with their claims!

This is my new holy grail eyeshadow base.
My eyelids are super oily!
This is the only product that I can use that actually keeps the oil at bay, lets eyeshadow adhere and makes colors pop. I have gotten 10 hours of wear without creasing using this product! It is a bit pricey at $24 for just .26oz. I bought mine from the NARS website, however, it is available on Sephora's website as well as Although the product is white coming out of the tube, it goes on clear. Very little product is needed to achieve favorable results.

It has a doe foot applicator. The packaging is not ideal. Urban Decay listened to it's consumers by making their primer available in a tube. Aside from the high price, I would say this is the only drawback to this product. A little goes a long way and I have not finished the product.

I found it to be compatible with both drugstore and high end eyeshadows. I have used it as a primary base as well as alone just to keep the oil from greasing up my lids while wearing just eyeliner. Yes, I would definitely purchase this product again and highly recommend it to others.

Have you ever tried this product?
What is your Holy Grail eyeshadow base?


Blackberry pic
Full Sunlight
I love NARS Blush! I simply had to purchase this Foreplay palette from my local Sephora.
It retails for $49. Essentially, it is a deconstructed ORGASM palette. ORGASM is their most popular shade of blush. I must say I was at first a bit reluctant to purchase it, as many brown girls have said that it just does not show up on their skin. The idea of a deconstructed palette works for me because I can add more pink or peach to make it pop for my deep skin tone.

Blackberry pic - Swatches

The largest color in the palette is ORGASM, a soft peachy pink with fine gold shimmer.
On my skin, the color is a bit washed out.
I added more peach to amp it up.

There are both a soft blue based pink as well as a peach blush in this palette. Both are matte.
The three blushes in this palette are not available for purchase singularly. However, I suspect that there are other blushes in the NARS line that closely resemble them.

The real appeal for me in this palette is the gold color. While NARS ALBATROSS is my all time favorite highlight, I wanted to try this warmer yellow gold.
Just as I suspected, it is as finely milled as is ALABATROSS.

Blackberry pic

This palette is limited edition. If you are a fan of NARS BLUSH or a beginner who would like to try it, I highly recommend it. I think it would be terrific for travel because of it's compact size.

Have you any plans on purchasing this item?

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) - Sinful Colors - ISLAND CORAL

I was delighted when I saw this shade at my local Walgreens.
I have been scouring the shelves for months for a color called Scandal.
This was as close as I could get.

This is a beautiful feminine pinky, peachy coral cream.
Base - China Glaze Strong Adhesion
Color - Sinful Colors ISLAND CORAL
Top - Seche Vite

This manicure is about a week old.

Full Sunlight No Flash

This definitely reads more peach than pink without the flash in full sun. I am enjoying this color. Summer is almost over.

I cannot get enough of Sinful Colors nail polish.
Do you own this color?
Do you like corals?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) - China Glaze - FOUR LEAF CLOVER

This is a vibrant Kelly Green Cream,
athough this is reading more teal in the photographs.
I tried to correct this by shooting in my Olympus 720SW's "Cuisine mode" and adjusting the White Balance.

I have a weakeness for greens.

There was a time in my life when I would have never touched a green or blue nail polish.
One needs to have confidence to rock such bold colors.
It seems as if these are the main colors for which I have been reaching as of late. Although I wore this today with my Enamel Green t-shirt and staple leopard print scarf, I prefer not to be so matchy matchy with my outfits.
I like for the nail polish to compliment the outfit instead.

This was a dream to apply.

I was impatient about allowing each coat to dry before adding the next one.
It was opaque with just two coats.
I am just used to applying three.
It was hastily applied before running errands today.

Base: China Glaze Strong Adhesion

Color: China Glaze FOUR LEAF CLOVER
Top Coat: Seche Vite

Blackberry Pic
 Do you wear green nail polish?


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