Jul 162015

Audacious Mascara - open

From a NARS Press Release (note that Francois Nars identified this as a product that he was most excited about in this interview on Refinery 29):

NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Audacious Mascara for Fall 2015. Audacious Mascara lets you go to extremes—the eye’s the limit. Always layers to your desired intensity with clean precision. The unique combination of NARS’ exclusive lash-catching brush and buildable formula allows you to reapply throughout the day to magnify lashes on command. Eyes on. Game on.

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Jul 112015

In addition to the surprisingly lovely Nars + Christopher Kane Quantum and Violet Atom (reviewed here), there are a few more items that you shouldn’t miss considering.

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Jul 092015

NORDSTROM -  Shop Women's Beauty and Fragrance Exclusives
Here are some suggestions to explore at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As you know, Nordstrom cardholders get early access starting now. Prices go up August 9th.

Chanel Travel Makeup Set ($95) I wish that I had this with me today! This set contains all the essentials to create a complete and flawless makeup look. It offers a variety of shade combinations, helping to create different looks that will suit every occasion. The palette is matched with a travel-size Inimitable Mascara in Noir.

chanel setWhile you’re at it, you might want to look at Chanel’s Perle items which have also just arrived at Nordstrom.

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Set ($96).  I had a feeling we hadn’t seen the last of the Boys. This includes the lovely Flynn, Giacomo and Alejandro.

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Guerlain Meteorites for Summer ($62). These will be exclusive to Nordstrom for a bit.

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Dior Eye Reviver in Rosy Palette ($62). According to the description box, this is a slightly different set of shades than the neutral brown one that we’ve previously seen.Dior

Yves Saint Laurent is providing early access to some Fall ’15 items here. The Glossy Stain set at $72 looks like a nice choice.

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If you don’t already have these Giorgio Armani Beauty Essentials ($72) please treat yourself. I really love their base products, and this looks like a wonderful way to get started. This set includes the Fluid Master Primer (1 oz.), the Fluid Sheer #2 (1 oz.), and a Mini Travel Brush for application of both/either._10874167Butter London The New Neutrals Set ($24):

butter londonThis set includes at a rather attractive price point:

  • Fashion-size Nail Lacquer in Early Grey (0.2 oz.)
  • Fashion-size Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy (0.2 oz.)
  • Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Tea with the Queen (0.1 oz.)
  •  Pencil Sharpener

‘Blame it on NARS’ Cheek Palette ($59).

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This palette includes ncludes:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love
  • Blush in Day Dream
  • Blush in New Attitude
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Bobbi Brown Secret to Standout Eyes ($85)


This set includes an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades: Cream, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Nude Glow Metallic, Moonstar Sparkle, Malted, Oyster Sparkle, Taupe Stonewash Shimmer Wash, Mica Shimmer Wash, Chocolate Caviar, Chocolate Bronze Sparkle, and Rich Navy.

Also, there is a Smokey Eye Mascara in Black (I’m assuming this is a mini), Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (always useful!) and a Mini Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

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Burberry Nude Glow Set ($78) is a classic addition that can be used daily. This set includes:
– Full-size Fresh Glow Nude Radiance (1 oz.)(yes, full size!)
– Full-size Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink (0.12 oz.)
– Full-size Bold Lash Mascara in Black (0.24 oz.)
– My Burberry Fragrance Sample (0.07 oz.)
– Burberry Pouch (looks rather huge and usable)

mac look in a boxIn addition to some lip and brush sets, there are two quiet surprises in the MAC Look in a Box – Sophisticate Face Kit ($49). This little beauty has two former limited edition blushes that sold out rather quickly and became highly sought-after:  Linda and Cream Soda. I’m using up my Linda blush, and although I can’t tell whether the colors in this palette will be identical to the full-sized version, the palette looks like a great one to pick up for travel.  Here’s the full description:

– Powder Blush in Cream Soda (light neutral coral) (0.14 oz.)
– Powder Blush in Linda (peachy tan shimmer) (0.14 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Hey (nude shimmer) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Sun Tweaked (burnt copper) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Wedge (soft muted beige taupe) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in With Flair (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in limited-edition Beautifully Charred (deep brown with pearl) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Dance in the Dark (deep blackened plum) (0.01 oz.)
– Lipstick in limited-edition Love Happens (warm light nude) (0.02 oz.)
– Lipstick Pan in True Red (vivid bright coral red) (0.02 oz.)
– 213 Fluff Brush/316 Lip Brush

Don’t forget to pick up your basics as well, including lingerie, the Zella Live-in Leggings, those boots that you’ll be greatful for next February, and a little something something to start your holiday shopping early so it doesn’t seem so intimidating come Thanksgiving.

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Jul 082015

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection Stylized Image - low res

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red.

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Nars Eyelashes: Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

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Jun 302015

NARS has recently introduced eight lashes. I know that it’s “all about brows,” “the perfect red” or “year of the contour.” I get it, true, these are all huge. But honestly, does anything look as lush and glamorous as fabulous lashes? Whenever see lashes that are amped up, I feel like “she’s the girl with the most cake. She wins.” These are currently available at Nars online and at his boutiques ($20 each).

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According to Nars, these lashes: “named for the order in which the models walk the runway in a fashion show lineup, these faux lashes are perfect for enhancing your everyday look or adding drama and intensity for bold appeal. From full and thick to whimsical and feminine, these lashes are an artistry essential, make eyes pop while adding length and volume. Versatile, reusable, and made with natural fibers.” As you will see from the close-ups that follow, these lashes are set on an invisible strip.  

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Jun 062015

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The Nars Christopher Kane collection is based on the concept of neon neutrals. There are a few surprising, never-seen-before colors and textures in this collection that you shouldn’t miss. A little background on fashion designer Christopher Kane:

The designer has always been acknowledged as both a precocious and truly gifted talent. Christopher Kane has quickly matured and grown to become one of the powerhouse labels of British fashion with one of the biggest international profiles. The catwalk shows, held during London Fashion Week, are a widely acknowledged highlight of the international fashion calendar. Developing his highly creative and playful signatures of constant innovation, rebellious femininity and extraordinary skill, his clothes continue to surprise and seduce with their ineffable sense of chic.

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Two truly unique, over-the-moon items that I’ve never seen before from any line Nars Multiples in Violet Atom and Quantum ($39 each). Please be very, very careful about missing these. We aren’t likely to see something this special in a high-end line very often–these are well-executed special edition items. Quantum is exclusive to Nars online (and Nars boutiques), which has the full collection. Violet Atom is currently available at Nordstrom, BarneysNeiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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I’ve been reaching for Quantum as a summer blush nearly every day. It’s gorgeous applied, although it may look a little intimidating in the tube. Before I say more, here are too-heavy swatches of each:

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Here’s the surprise– Quantum sheers out to the prettiest duo-chrome pink/violet that looks stunning on both warm and cool skin. It’s amazing over a bronzer–it gives that perfect summer pink that looks heaven-sent. There’s a glow and luminosity to it that I’ve never been able to obtain from any other cool pink blush:

Nars Violet Chris Kane - 1aViolet Atom is a must for anyone that loves unusual highlighters and/or has cool skin. There’s a violet undertone to it that’s very unusual. I would think it’s going to look amazing on deeper skin tones. Here’s a video featuring Violet Atom so you can see it (applied heavily) on lighter skin:

Of the two, Quantum is the one not to miss. If you can, both are well worth a look. Quantum is exclusive to Nars online (and Nars boutiques), which has the full collection. Violet Atom is currently available at Nordstrom, BarneysNeiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Jun 012015

Nars Carmen 2aLiz had a great time working with Nars Audacious lipsticks, including Nars Audacious in Carmen ($32). Producer/director and digital genius @JaredFrazer took these images and made the accompanying video.

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I think Liz’s skin looks great here–she’s been using Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme as well as Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation (shade: Ivoire). Also, she’s lined her eyes with Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax ($29) applied with with the Nars #47 Angled Eyeshadow Brush ($28).

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Liz chose Nars Audacious Carmen because it’s amazing (original review and swatches are here).
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A preview of the shade:

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The video is here:

Where to buy:

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen ($32) is available at Nars online and Barneys New York (free ship with all purchases, no code required). It’s also in the Nars Vault sold at Sephora ($500).

Other products used:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme Hydration is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Nars Dual Intensity in Sycorax ($29) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman. Sycorax is also featured in the Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette (why don’t you already own this?)

Nars Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Sephora.

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May 152015

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The Nars St. Lucia Multiple ($39) is all about peachy-bronze illumination. I’m loving this color these days over bronzer (or lightly bronzed skin).  Catching my reflection in a mirror confirms that this color gives a healthy, intriguing softly glowing cheek. Gorgeous!

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A quiet little classic, Nars St. Lucia is one of those colors that you can be fooled into thinking exist everywhere, when in fact it’s a very complex shade that is difficult to just this right. I never know what to say when people seek duplicates for shades that are formulated with the exactly right combination of sheen, texture, color, and reflectivity. I think duplicates are almost impossible find, because someone has to be really, really knowledgeable about skin, light, and color to get a multiple done this perfectly. On my fair skin this is a blush. On deeper skintones, this is going to be a beautiful illuminating highlighter.

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It’s rare to find a bronze-peach that doesn’t get weighted down with an extra hint of brown, or one that doesn’t get too bright and shrill.  There isn’t a hint of brown or gold that weighs it down. If there were such a thing as a cool silvery peach, St. Lucia Multiple is it. Perfect for Spring or Summer, this is also the perfect cool neutral that’s going to look modern in winter too. Lovely, and highly recommended–you can even say it glows.  Available at Nars online.

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