Nov 062014
 

Today begins the Sephora 20% off sale for VIB customers with the code GIFTVIB, and for Rouge VIB customers with the code GIFTROUGE. Here’s some suggestions to get you thinking….

I can’t think of a better time to test out Christian Louboutin nail polish for yourself. Can you?

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Have you invested in a premium bronzer? This 20% off discount gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in something Guerlain….

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Seriously, this Marc Jacobs eyeliner set becomes a steal with the discount… don’t miss out!

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I typically stock up on hair and skin care during this 20% off event.  Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Formula pads are an awesome buy for a lovely glow that wakes up tired winter skin. Come February, when you are wishing for a lovely glow, you’ll thank me (I promise!).

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Hair tools are another good buy, like this T3 curler that has captured my heart… I’m also dreaming about this Drybar Big Hair, Don’t Care Holiday set with the Buttercup dryer.

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In addition to all the fabulous holiday sets, don’t forget to stock up on nail care items as well. My favorites are the Guerlain Gel polishes (including the rich and glossy topcoat).

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Guerlain Vega Nail Polish

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One more item that I’ve fallen in love with this the Nars Digital World set–so many awesome lip pencils–this one is all sorts of awesome.

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And don’t forget to check out this Nars Virtual Domination Holiday Blush palette….

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Happy Sephora VIB’ing!!

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Oct 312014
 

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose, isn’t it? Nars makes such beautiful and versatile lip pencils, and they’re all such amazing colors. Which to invest in? Holiday sets solve this dilemma beautiful. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret ($49) is ideal for those locking for a little range of colors at a lovely, usable size, without too much commitment to any single color. This set gives five different colors (two different textures) at a modest $49 price point. This is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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The set three satin pencils, including NARS Descanto–a Cafe Makeup favorite! Seriously, both Liz and I have plenty of these between us. A perfect nude.

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You can see both Descanto and Torres del Plaine reviewed here.

Nars Holiday Pencil Set09 copyNars Yu is a beautiful, rich pink.

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In addition, there are two matte velvet shades–Iberico and Cruella. Beautiful! Here are swathes:

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One more set:

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This is one of my favorite holiday sets this entire season. Definitely worth picking up!!Nars Holiday Pencil Set10 copyBeautiful colors, great-reusable, modern packaging, a perfect range of shades. Love. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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Oct 312014
 

MAC Holiday goodies07 copyI love pigments, and MAC seems to do some of my favorites. Over the past few years, I’ve gifted away or sold many of my full-sized jars. I couldn’t resist picking up three of the sets from the MAC Objects of Affection collection ($35 each). Because of their small size and variety, these sets are a great way to collect a wide variety of colors and textures (including glitters for nail accents) without investing too heavily. These sets are currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s (except for the Bronze set, which is a MAC exclusive). All swatches here are made with a wet brush.

MAC Holiday goodies02 copyThe Gold + Beige Pigments + Gilitter are a beautiful choice for those looking for a little shimmer and shine in warm neutrals. The golds in this set are dramatic, subtle and beautiful–especially English Gilt, a bright champagne (the second swatch from the left).

MAC Holiday goodies11 copyThese jars are small–they work best when using the back of my hand as a palette to mix with water or mixing medium. The Deep Brown is really well pigmented. I sometimes forget how beautifully these apply–the colors are amazing.

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Each of these sets has a glitter, which is fun for nails.

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The Bronze Pigments + Glitter set is a set of dramatic, warm bronzy neutrals.

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Each of these little bottles is rated at about 0.09 oz. each. Fortunately, you need so very little to get a dramatic look that it is inconceivable to me that you would ever use on these up. All three sets have little covers under the caps to guard against massive loss in case of a spill.

MAC Holiday goodies09 copySwatches of the Bronze Pigments + Glitters:

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The Blue + Silver Pigments are Glitters are a cool toned set with remarkably good formulations. These seemed particularly smooth and easy to work with.

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These all seem to be shades of cream, gray and black, although Deep Blue Green has a bit of deep blue in its mix.

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MAC Holiday pigments blue2 copyFinally, I ordered this MAC Heirloom Mix Nude Lip Bag. I didn’t expect to love this, but I did.

MAC Holiday goodies21 copyI remember a few years ago that I would find the concept of laying so many lip products slightly puzzling. It’s so much easier to swipe and go with one product!  Since then, I’ve realized the value of layering products–they tend to have more complexity, they tend to last longer and they tend to have a pretty mix of textures and colors. This particular combination layers beautifully–the pencil, the lipstick, then topped with the creamy gloss gave me a good two hours. Once the product warmed and mixed on my lips, the effects was really pretty. Here are individual swatches:

MAC Holiday goodies26 copyOverall, I loved these picks from MAC Holiday 2014. The one addition product that you might not wish to mix is MAC Salon Rouge lipstick–it’s a pretty deep red (sorry, no pictures but I thought I’d mention it in case you are in a MAC mood).  The bag for the Nude set is not bad, but I’m not sure who long it will last in my current rough-and-tumble travel life.

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Inside, no pockets–just a simple bag, thank you very much.

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These sets are currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s (except for the Bronze set, which is a MAC exclusive). Here are the boxes for the pigment sets, below.

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Oct 302014
 

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting1Nars Modern Future Set ($49) includes three coordinated products based on the ultra feminine, universal pink, classic Roman Holiday. The set is housed in a modern, transparent triangular box embossed with a lacy pattern inspired by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting3This beautiful presentation gives the illusion that the products are floating in the box, which is a very fun and sort of cool effect. Inside are:

  • Roman Holiday Lipstick
  • Mini Roman Holiday Blush (Limited Edition)
  • Roman Holiday Nail Polish (Limited Edition)

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting4 copy copy copyThe nail polish and lipstick are full size, and the blush is a mini (the size is rated at 0.12 oz., while a typical Nars blush are marked at 0.16 oz.). The blush size is roughly the same as a Nars eyshadow single.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting5These colors are outstandingly beautiful, universally flattering pinks.

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How pretty are these?  The NARS Modern Future set is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st. I can think of two or three friends that would love this.
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Oct 292014
 

NARS Holiday Brush Set01 copyNars has outdone itself this year for its Holiday gifting offerings. This is a look at the Nars Kabuki Brush Set ($125), a beautifully packaged, modern, and wonderfully made set that would be an amazing gift to give or receive. This is currently available at NARS online, and will come available at other Nars locations on November 1st.

NARS Holiday Brush Set03The three included artisan brushes appear to be magically suspended in a modern clear crystal lace pattern is adapted from architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This cube is reusable for storing other items throughout the rest of the year.

NARS Holiday Brush Set06 copyInside are three brushes that have amazing performance, elegant design, and are a pleasure to use. These are:

  • MIE KABUKI BRUSH Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly.
  • MIZUBAKE KABUKI BRUSH Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition.
  • KABUKI EYE BRUSH Blend and diffuse eyeshadows for a soft-focus, seamless effect with this limited edition domed eyeshadow brush.

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With the brush protectors taken off:

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I love the eye brush–it’s perfect for a lovely wash of color.

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Here is the amazing Mie Kabuki brush, which is a wonderful brush for all-over powders or the soft application of bronzer. Also the Mizubaki brush, which has a smaller head for contouring or precise highlight placement.

 

NARS Holiday Brush Set19 copyOverall, this is an amazing, well-priced and high quality brush set that is beautifully packaged and ready for gifting (or using for own makeup application).  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! It’s already up for sale on Nars online, and will be available at other locations soon.

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