Aug 252015
 

Nars Luxenbourg Satellite of Love Casino

Liz created this beautiful late-summer look with Nars Casino Bronzer and Satellite of Love highlighting blush to sculpt her cheeks. She placed a bit of the Casino bronzer in the hollows of her cheek, then topped Satellite of Love highlighting blush on her upper cheek.

She completed the look with  Nars Luxembourg lip pencil.

Such a simple look.  So simply beautiful.

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Nars Casino bronzer is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

Nars Satellite of Love highlighting blush is available at Nordstrom, and Nars online,

Nars Luxembourg Satin lip pencil is available at Nordstrom,  Nars online, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Selfridges, and Neiman Marcus.

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Aug 192015
 

Do you ever want something and then miss out? I was in Paris during most the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I thought it would be best to pick the Blame It On Nars palette as a gift for a friend. To my delight, I’ve found it. In case you missed out too, the item restocks here. I’ve seen it for the past few days, hopefully it stays around. It’s a beautiful combination of these:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
  •  Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Here’s the original Nars Day Dream on Liz:

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Aug 032015
 

NARS Garden State Plaza Boutique - Store Front Rendering

NARS Cosmetics is excited to announce the opening of its seventh boutique, located at the luxurious Westfield Garden State Plaza mall. The 700 square-foot boutique features sharp lines and modern amenities with a luxuriously sleek design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars in conjunction with Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Features:

  • 700-square-foot retail space featuring stark white walls with accents and fixtures which are reminiscent of the brand’s signature packaging
  • Full height illuminated visual showcases the latest campaign images (shot by François Nars)
  • The sales area features 4 permanent makeup stations with full height mirrors and integrated lighting, and 4 large screens featuring rotating short films created by NARS
  • Boutique cash wrap in a red, high-gloss lacquer – the same shade as the brand’s iconic Jungle Red Lipstick (!)
  • Linear lighting details accentuate the architectural elements of the space
  • Boutique makeup artists personally trained by François Nars (!)
  • Music mix created for the boutique by renowned French DJs Les Jumeaux
  • Unique 413 BLKR products –named for the first NARS boutique– to be sold at this location as well as narscosmetics.com

NARS Garden State Plaza Boutique - Interior RenderingGRAND OPENING: August 14, 2015

LOCATION: One Garden State Plaza, Paramus

TELEPHONE: 201-851-4795

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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 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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Nars Dual Intensity Blush: Swatches of Craving, Jubilation, Adoration, Frenzy, Fervor and Panic

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May 042015
 

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Here they are! As you know, genius Francois Nars has a line of wonderful, complex, pressed powder blushes. Those are the gold standard for so many shades. Still, never shy of looking at the world through fresh eyes, the Nars Dual Intensive Blushes ($45 each) use a unique formula for those of us that love to shake things up a bit. Who doesn’t?  These are currently available from Nars online, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

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These blush duos can be worn wet or dry. Generally, dry application gives the highest pigment level. A dampened brush gives a pretty watercolor effect that melts into the skin with a really pretty stain. Like the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, these duo-blushes have a magical texture and formula that gives a beautiful glow and dimension.

Nars Dual Intensity Blush swatches

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