Dec 082014
 

Nars lipgloss1 copyJust a quick post tonight to take a quick look at the beautiful little NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Coffret ($39). This is perfect for those gloss-a-holics in your life (or to treat yourself). This is limited edition and currently available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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This pretty little set of four mini’s uses Nars reformulated glosses. The shades are a light peach, pretty sheer red, deep burgundy, and shimmery nude.

Nars lipgloss5 copy As with all of the new Nars glosses, these use a doe-foot. Swatches:

Nars Laced with Edge LipglossOverall, this is a lovely set with a wide range of widely-flattering, sheer and flattering colors. Highly recommended.

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These are now available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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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 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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Oct 092014
 

Guerlain Perles D'Etoiles1Guerlain Holiday 2014 is starting to arrive. My Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Etoiles ($60) have just arrived, so I thought that I would post some quick pictures for those interested.

Guerlain Perles D'Etoiles2The red ribbon theme of the piece is echoed in the adorable puff.

Guerlain Perles D'Etoiles3Inside, the perles are shades of bronze, pink, mauve, and touch of red.

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Guerlain Perles D'Etoiles6Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Etoiles is available today at Sephora, but can be expected at other retailers soon.

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Oct 042014
 

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NARS’ exclusive Laced with Edge Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection exposes a world of color, where technology is seduced by fashion and femininity smolders in a disruptive new dimension. Swathed in digital lace, the keepsake collection brings fashion to the forefront with abstract white webs and hints of sleek red foil popping through. Translucent outer packaging creates futuristic illusions, seducing the eye in to a paradigm of color and pattern.

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The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace. Slip into something transfixing—undress the part. The algorithmically generated pattern of the Nebula explores the formation and organization of the cosmos.

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Algorithm Laguna Bronzer ($89)  Golden ratio redux. The iconic NARS bronzer, Laguna, recoded into a geometric fantasy—logically aligned with a mobile take on the classic Ita brush. Here is the compact:

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Laser Cut ($59)  A futuristic vision for eyes, cheeks, and lips in a tech-chic double layer compact. Enter a continuum of cutting-edge color, coded for endless beauty.

  • EYESHADOW I Perfect neutral vanilla
  • EYESHADOW II Shimmering café au lait
  • EYESHADOW III Matte army green
  • DAY DREAM BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • DOLCE VITA LIPGLOSS Sheer dustry rose

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Modern Future ($49)  The apex of femininity: NARS’ iconic pink tone, Roman Holiday, cloned into a prism of pigments for cheeks, lips, and nails.

  • ROMAN HOLIDAY LIPSTICK Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY BLUSH Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY NAIL POLISH Shimmery begonia pink

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TECH FASHIONA ($49) seductive shift into a realm of cutting-edge color. Four megawatt miniatures of Larger Than Life® Lipgloss multiply future chic into polished possibilities.

  • LIPGLOSS I Shimmering peach sorbet
  • LIPGLOSS II Shimmering sheer fig
  • LIPGLOSS III Shimmering sheer raspberry
  • LIPGLOSS IV Sheer ruby

 

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KABUKI BRUSH SET ($149) Transcend. Transform. Transfix. Face your future femme with three iconic NARS Kabuki brushes to sculpt, contour, define—and defy color conventions.

  • 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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VIRTUAL DOMINATION ($65) (available at Sephora)  Submit to an altered state of seduction with this high-density powdered blush and bronzer palette, decoded into a laser-chic rush for cheeks.

  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer
  • MISS LIBERTY BLUSH Soft shimmering peach
  • DEEP THROAT BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • SEX FANTASY BLUSH Pale lavender pink
  • FINAL CUT BLUSH Peach coral

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DIGITAL WORLD ($49) (available at Sephora) Abandon protocol. Pencil-in a new code of sensuality by dressing lips with a circuit of rich, multidimensional color.

  • CRUELLA passionate scarlet red
  • IBERICO Intense coral
  • YU Shocking pink
  • DESCANSO Tea rose
  • TORRES DEL PAINE Peach coral

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Available November 1, 2014

 

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NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection Preview: Laced with Edge

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Oct 042014
 

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Cutting-edge color—anything but straightlaced. For Holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. Decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace.

NARS Hardwired lipsticks (new formula) ($26 each).  This newly formulated lipstick fuses cutting-edge pigments with rich texture. Three seductive shades deliver brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.

  • DEADLY CATCH Crimson
  • FEMME FLEUR Shimmering brick red with gold pearl
  • ADRIATIC Glistening soft cream

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (new formula) ($25) A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS Laced with Edge Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for new feminine dimension in three captivating colors.

  • CANBERRA Shimmering lavender
  • OPAL COAST Iridescent white
  • GABON Bronzed green

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NARS Holiday 2014 Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow -jpegNARS Lipgloss ($26 each) NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips with futuristic sheen. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Create the perfect pair by layering over Hardwired Lipstick or wear on its own for sheer shine.

  • BURNING LOVE Bright Ruby with subtle shimmer
  • CORSICA Shimmering pink raspberry
  • SOLEIL D’ORIENT Shimmering pink champagne

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NARS Nail Polish $20  Complete your look with three must-have metallic shades for nails. NARS Nail Polish boasts a high-gloss, flexible finish that delivers a freshly-painted look that’s lasts. The upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

  • BARENTS SEA Sparkling deep blue
  • ALGONQUIN Sparkling lilac
  • SHERWOOD Shimmering violet rose

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NARS Almeria Blush ($30) (tan rose)  This limited edition formula delivers a combination of extreme comfort and color purity for the ultimate in powder perfection. The micro-fine pressed powder in tan rose blush brings an electrifying wash of color to cheeks for the winter months.

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GET THE LOOK in the promotional picture:

Created and developed by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Holiday 2014 Collection heralds a season of modern seduction with riveting reds, neo-neutrals and molten metallics. The campaign—photographed by François Nars—features model Daria Strokous in an image that fuses futurism, design and beauty.

To achieve the campaign look from the NARS Holiday 2014 Collection, prepare skin with Light Optimizing Primer SPF15 to create a seamless canvas. For a luminous complexion, gently press Siberia All Day Luminous Powder Foundation into skin. Dust away excess powder with the Loose Powder Brush #10. Apply Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under eyes or where needed to blur imperfections, blend using the Cream Blending Brush #12 to even out skin tone. Using the Blush Brush #20, lightly sweep Almería Blush in the hollows of the cheeks to warm the complexion. Press Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow over the eyelids, blending up toward the browbones for an iridescent white base. Apply Interstellar Eye Paint to the inner corners of the eyes using the Cream Blending Brush #12. Dab the excess eye paint along the lower lash lines. Define the upper lash lines with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner. Finish the eyes with two coats of Larger than Life® Volumizing Mascara. Line and fill the lips with Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner for a rich base. Outline and coat lips with Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick, blend using the Precision Lip Brush #30.

This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

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