The packaging is standard (black, matte & with that rubbery feel) but in addition to the NARS name on the front it also touts the 413 BLKR name.
413 BLKR is described as a rosebud color. It’s an extremely pigmented raspberry pink shade that has a wonderful, smooth formula – making it easy to blend. All you have to do with this one is lightly tap your blush brush on the powder, dot the brush on your face and blend. I’ve found that if I lightly blow the excess powder off of the brush before I apply the shade is absolutely perfect for my skin tone and minimal blending is needed.
Below in addition to NARS 413 BLKR Blush I’m also wearing some awesome NARS Summer 2014 items on my eye balls and NARS Salamanca Lip Gloss (to be reviewed) on my lips.
Are you BLKR crazed like me? You should be.
NARS 413 BLKR Blush retails for $30.00 and can be purchased now at NARS Boutiques and on narscosmetics.com.
Too Faced has launched two must-have palettes. Or rather, two MORE must-have palettes (because you know so many of them are on the must-have level). Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Shadow Palette & Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe are hot weather essentials to incorporate into your Summer beauty regime both for day and night.
The packaging for both of these palettes is in a parisian/nautical inspired tin that keeps the product safe during travel and is just 100% all-around adorable. Both also feature a good sized mirror and guides for getting the look.
To start off I’d like to focus on the photos, looks and review of the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Eye Shadow Collection.
This palette comes with a handy, folded set of Get the Look ideas, just in case you need some inspiration:
There are nine shades within three looks – Day, Classic and Fashion.
For Day the three shades are St. Tropez, Cannes and Soleil. St. Tropez is a pretty sheer gold with a lot of noticeable glitter, Cannes is a warm copper pearl and Soleil is a plummy brown pearl.
For Classic the three shades are Riviera, Jardin and Cote d’Azur. Riviera is a pearly beige (my personal fave highlighter shade of the bunch!), Jardin is a peachy gold pearl.. almost duochrome looking on the eye and Cote d’Azur is a chocolate brown with a hint of bronze.
For Fashion the three shades are La Croisette, Monaco and De La Mer. La Croisette is a very pigmented frosty white, Monaco is a cool, vibrant pink and De La Mer is a navy satin.
As with almost all Too Faced Eye Shadow shades the pigment and functionality of the shadows are impeccable. They applied well, blended easily and wore all day. The one shade I really wasn’t impressed with was St. Tropez. I thought on it’s own it was really just a glitter, but it does layer nicely over the other shades, giving you the opportunity to change them up a bit.
For the eye looks below I veered away from using the Get the Look cards and did my own thing. Since the blonde has all but left my hair I’ve been into putting a dark shade all over the lid then a lighter coordinating shade in the crease. In all of the eye looks below the shades are tiered from darkest to lightest.
This eye palette retails for $36.00 and is available at Ulta. Also, at Sephora, there is a set called Pardon My French which includes this palette and some other goodies in an adorable bag for only $49.00. Is it weird I want a second palette so I can have this set?
Now for the Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe. This trio is fantastic because it’s three of Too Faced’s amazing bronzers in one place.
Included are the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer and Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer. Sun Bunny has long been a favorite of mine since a friend introduced me to it back in my swapping days. You also get an incredibly soft Flatbuki brush.
Chocolate Soleil is a perfect contour shade for me but it’s very easy to over-do it with this one. Tread lightly, build up as needed. I usually still blend it a bit with my face powder because I can get way too excited when I apply. Sun Bunny has been reviewed by me several times throughout the life of this blog. It’s basically what would be created if Chocolate Soleil and Snow Bunny had a baby. One of the best bronzers there is in terms of blending, wear and look. Snow Bunny is really more of a highlighter to me. When you’re doing an all over bronze look to your face this makes a wonderful golden glow when used lightly. I don’t like to use this one heavily or alone because it can get a little frosty when you try to build up the pigment.
This set also contains a How-To Glamour Guide…
But, again, I just did my own thing and applied Chocolate Soleil to the hallows of the cheeks, Sun Bunny is above that but staying away from the apples of the cheeks and then Snow Bunny at the apples of the cheeks and to blend Sun Bunny at the tip of the cheek bones.
The Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe retails for $44.00 and is available at Sephora & Ulta.
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I can’t believe it’s finally April! I thought March would never end! Because I have better weather and a good time on the mind I decided to try a look I’ve always been interested in that is again wildly popular – mod. When I think of a mod beauty look I immediately think of Rimmel for #BeautyInspiration. Because of their recent Retro Glam campaign I wanted to Go Big. Go Bold. Go Over the Top. I had a few of the items I needed at home, and I went to Walmart and purchased the others – including a new tube of one of my personal favorite drugstore mascaras. (In honor of this month being RIMMEL’s 180 year anniversary there will be a $1 off coupon in the Sunday newspaper for each of the the Retro Glam Mascara and Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation!)
That first pic shows quite a bit of product. But it all plays a necessary part in going Mod. Don’t worry, I’ll break it down so that it all makes sense
To begin the Mod look you’ll want to start with the eyes (in case there is shadow fall-out or you mess up and need to start over you won’t have to mess up your gorgeous face that you spent all that time on!). Prep the lids with a primer of some sort. For this look I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Witness White.
Next, take your shadow brush of choice (I prefer a firm paddle type shadow brush for this) and apply the vintage lilac shade from the Rimmel Smokey Purple Glam’eyes Quad Eye Shadow (on the left of the compact in the pic above) all over the lid. Then, taking the Rimmel Smokey Noir Glam’eyes Quad Eye Shadow use the applicator provided and apply the matte black shade deeply above the crease. Use a blending brush with more of the matte black shadow to blend out the edges.
Now my favorite part! Use the Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner in Black to get way into the inner corners of the upper lid of the eye. Take the line the whole way out to the end. Follow up with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner to thicken the outer part of the eye and create a wing at the end. Finally, go back to the Precision Micro Eyeliner and touch-up that inner-corner and also go below the lower lid and do up some Twiggy-esque lines. This is a great way to enlarge the eyes and add to the lower lashes without using falsies.
Next I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe to line the lower inner rim of the eyes. On top of that I added Rimmel Soft Kohl in Pure White. Finish off your eye look by filling in your brows and adding a mascara with some KAPOW. I added three coats of Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Carbon Black to the top and bottom lashes.
For the face I reached for Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in my shade (which is True Ivory) and applied all over the face for full, matte coverage. Next I took Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial and dabbed it lightly on the cheeks, blending quickly for just a slight hint of nude color on the cheekbones.
For the lips I lined all around the edges with Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Innocent. I topped off the lips with Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 113.
For this look I ventured towards the extremely smoky side of “Mod”. It might be too deep for some, or just right for others. It’s simple to tone it down by using less of the black shadow and not blending it up as high.
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For Spring 2014Milani has released four limited edition Rose Powder Blushes in Coral Cove, Lady Rouge, Tea Rose and today’s post of Love Potion.
Love Potion is a medium, cool-toned magenta blush with a matte finish. This blush has a beautiful rose design in the powder housed in a simple gold and clear case.
The pigment on this blush is incredible. In the look below I didn’t even use that much and I still had to use some face powder to tone it down and blend around the edges. Love Potion was difficult to blend to create a seamless look, so the face powder also helped with that.
I recommend using a stippling brush or a light hand for a natural effect. AKA rather than swirling or digging your brush into the powder (which is going to cause powder fall-out and a mess anyway) tap the brush lightly on top of the blush and apply. You can build up the pigment as needed, but I doubt you’ll have to.
I’m pretty sure I need the other three. The design just makes me smile from ear to ear and I’m loving the pigment! Hopefully I’ll be able to find them! Which Rose Powder Blush have you picked up or which one are you lusting over?
Milani Rose Powder Blush retails for $7.99 and they are available for a limited time at select Walgreens.
One of my favorite designer brands has now branched out to include cosmetics! This year Tory Burch has launched a small line of makeup and the product I’m sharing with you today was the number one item I needed to get my hands on – the Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette in Divine!
What Nordstrom says about the Tory Burch Divine Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette:
Tory Burch brings you the benefits of bronzer, blush and highlighter in one convenient palette. The three skin-brightening shades are pressed together so with a single sweep you can get the perfect healthy, sun-kissed glow. It’s lightly scented with hints of Tory’s signature fragrance, featuring notes of mandarin, tuberose and vetiver.
The box is a lovely burnt orange shade and subtly embossed.
The little burnt orange velvet pouch that houses this palette just may be one of my favorite things. The color isn’t your usual shade of black or navy, it stands out and folds over to snap with a button that is decorated with a gold Tory Burch emblem.
The casing is orange and gold with an intricate design around the palette that you may recognize from her fragrance. The palette itself isn’t big enough to allow the shades to be the size they’d need to be for you to get your cheek brush in there to use the separately. IMO it’s best all swirled together and blended.
Divine has five shades ranging from four varying shades of nude up to a pretty peach in the center. Below the shades are swatched dry over bare skin very heavily to show the color. I used my finger to swatch and as you can see the color starts out heavily at the top then sheers out rather quickly.
Below I have Divine on my cheeks, more heavily in the hollows. To get it to show up I really had to layer, but I like the demure & luminous effect it created. There is a slight shimmer to the powder but I don’t feel it’s too over the top. The formula did feel a little dry and for the price tag I’d like to see it be a little smoother with more pigment.
Those with my skin tone (MAC NW20-25/neutral) or lighter will love this as an uplifting everyday blush. Anyone with a darker skin tone is probably only going to be happy with this as a highlighter. As a bronzer I think you’d have to be very fair to see any results.
(FYI: Eye Shadow is the Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Eyeshadow Palette in Nude, lips are MAC Carnal Instinct Lipstick with MAC Hell Bound Lipglass on top. Reviews coming soon).
Tell me how you feel about fashion designers dabbling in beauty in the comments below!
The Tory Burch Divine Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette retails for $48.00 and is a Nordstrom exclusive.