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Nars Makeup Removing Water

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I stopped by the Nars boutique about a month ago to get some more tinted moisturizer and to check out the new collection and I got pampered with a full makeup. It was nice to have someone else do my make for once.

Anyhow. She showed me a lot of stuff but this stood out for me. I’ve seen, and love, the makeup removing oil to get all the makeup up off at the end of the night. But I’ve never seen a makeup removing water. She said it’s perfect for makeup artists if they need to do a quick change. My mind screamed, you need this exactly for that! Plus I was really intrigued because it’s not oily. So I thought I’d try it.

It’s really impressive because it removes my makeup and my skin feels refreshed and clean even though I hadn’t washed it. I have oily skin so I need to(like an obsession) wash my face if I need to change my makeup for whatever reason. But I used this and it didn’t feel the need to wash. So I think this is quite brilliant for those who wants to refresh their face and makeup and reapply after a long day for a night out. Like the sales associate said, it is great for a quick makeup change.

I really like this product. And I love it to clean up under the eyes from eye shadow fallout. I hate fallout with a passion. Because it’s not oily you can clean up and touch up your foundation or concealer under the eyes without a mess.

The ingredients are really nice too. Take a look:
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Overall It gets an A in my book! I love the way it feels and what it does.

How do you remove your makeup?

April Favorites

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My Favorite Things In April

April has come and gone and it proved to be a great month for me! I got a lot of things done and got to see some amazing things last month. Kind of sad to see it go but happy for what’s next to come. Here are some of my favorite things in April. I just couldn’t get enough of these last month.

Face Products
Nars Tinted Moisturizer– I wore this daily, day and night, and took it everywhere. Such a nice tinted moisturizer. See my review here

Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand– A nice edition to my personal collection. See my review here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder– I love this because it’s really fine and it doesn’t leave a white cast. It blends beautifully.

Lip Products
Mac Heroine Lipstick & Lip liner– So Sad these were limited(freaking Mac). I missed the initial launch date because I was in Ensenada on Vacation and I was so bummed but I accepted the fact that Mac is dumb with these L/E shades and chalked it up as a loss. LUCKILY, my pro store restocked on these for an event and I was able to get them. It was meant to be! It really is a lovely and original shade. I thought the Lip liner was a dupe for Mac Magenta but it’s really not. You can see the difference; Heroine lip liner is more purple.

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Wearing Mac Heroine Lipstick and liner

Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick– Loving this lipstick. It’s so bright and eye catching and I love the name! All my Greek mythology geeks know who she is. Pictures can be seen here

Eye Products
Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow– I loved this metallic purple eye shadow! See pictures here

Nars And God Created the Woman Palette– Pictures and review can be seen here

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner– Love, love this liner. It’s so easy and smooth. see my review and pictures here

Activities

I went to Ensenada with friends for a much needed, super fun and relaxing ladies weekend. It was a nice getaway filled with laughs,, drinking, cooking, wine tasting, delicious street food and more drinking. Here are a few pictures. If you’d like to see more I have tons of pictures on my instagram! Check em out! lady_d_makeup

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Winery in Ensenada

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My Beautiful Girls

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La Bufadora

I went to a few Mac Pro social events; One was the pre launch of the Baking Beauties and Extra Dimension party that was super fun. And the second was an installation for celebrity Makeup Artist Val Garland. Such beautiful work! More photos on my instagram.

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Mac Baking Beauties Event

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Val Garland Installation

Movies
Haven’t gone to the theaters much in a while and when I did, I saw crappy movies. But I have been watching Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion on cable all month. I have seen this movie numerous times but lately just couldn’t get enough of it! It’s a classic with great 80’s tunes and a sincere message about the bonds of friendship. It doesn’t matter who invented post-its or who’s the Mary. LOL

What were some of your favorite things In April?

I Am Woman

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I created this look using the Nars palette, And God Created the Woman. Love love love this palette. The shadows are so soft and pigmented. I like this look for a date night, subtle but eye catching. Hope you like it!

I used:
Alhambra on the lid and under the brow
Kalahari in the crease
Coconut Grove lightly to define the crease
Lise Waiter Feline Liquid Liner HD upper lash line
Urban decay Bourbon Eye Pencil on lower lash line
Kiss I-envy lashes
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg

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Nars And God Created the Woman palette

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Nars Eyeshadow Palette

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Eyeshadow Palette

I love a good range of neutral eyeshadows so when I saw this Limited Edition palette in Sephora and knew I had to have it. I didn’t get it right away because I have been trying to cut back on makeup buying but then I became obsessed with this palette. All I could think about was getting this palette Can you see why? It’s so lovely!  I’ve never tired Nars eyeshadows so I thought this set would be perfect for me. You get 6 shades of neutrals(2 mattes, 2 with shimmer and two with sheen), a mini brush and a mini smudgeproof primer; Not bad for $59, in my opinion. The eye shades are Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing. I bought it primarily for Galapagos and Coconut Grove but I love all the shades in the palette.

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L-R Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing

I love how compact this is. It’s so easy to travel with this; it fits perfectly in my travel bag when I’m going light and I can create easy looks for the day or evening.

I have only seen this at Sephora. It’s not on the Nars site so I think it’s a Sephora exclusive. It’s still available if you want a good solid eye palette. The shades are super pigmented and smooth. No dryness with these babies.

What’s your favorite Eyeshadow palette?

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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I was looking for something to use daily for SPF purposes. I thought I’d try this since I’ve read a lot of good reviews. I must say it delivers nicely. I’ve been using this tinted moisturizer for about 2 months now and I really like it. It’s the best tinted moisturizer I’ve tried. Laura Mercier gave me nice coverage but was too thick, and Mac broke me out. Nars Tinted moisturizer provides a natural, dewy finish. I really like the finish. Even with my oil skin, my skin doesn’t look oily or greasy. The consistency is pretty thin but provides really nice coverage and it feels nice on the skin. I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything. Sometimes I might add some concealer under my eyes or if I have blemishes since this is not a foundation. I use this daily and it lasts my full work day, 6 hours. I might need to touch up with some powder if I’m going out after work or something and It looks fresh again on me.

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It’s a broad spectrum SPF 3o tinted moisturizer so It’s ideal for good sun protection. The product is supposed to even out your skin tone and help with skin issues. It might help the skin but I don’t see any change in my skin. I have noticed that I sometimes breakout in the same area(around my nose) since I’ve been using this and I’m not sure if it’s the product or just my skin acting crazy. However I’m not breaking out all over which is why I’m still using it.

There are a nice variety of shades and I bet there is something for everyone. For Reference I am NC 45 in Mac, 175 in MUFE. This shade is Martinique med/dark 3. The med/dark 2 was pretty nice too but It would’ve been way too light when Summer hits. #3 had a bit more red to it.

Have you tried Nars tinted moisturizer? How do you like it?
If not, what do you wear daily?

Nars Satin Lip Pencil

Hello Beautiful people. I’ve been MIA for, crap almost 2 months? I just got busy with life stuff, school stuff and then I get hit with the flu…Just a lot going on over here! I have missed being online, reading and posting now I’m back! I missed everyone so much!

I went to the Makeup Show here in LA on Saturday and It was so much fun and informative! I Got some new stuff for my kit, got some goodies for my personal stash, got some good info on how to get more work. It was a good day to be with so many people with the same purpose and good energy. The makeup show is always so fun and such a positive experience.

I was SUPER excited to see that Nars was at the show this year! This was their first year here. AND I was excited to learn they now have a store in LA now! YAY! I have such a love hate relationship with Nars because I really do love most of their products but they are so expensive! You get what you pay for though. I’m rarely disappointed with their products!

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils in Majella and Luxembourg

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils in Majella and Luxembourg

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Nars have these new Satin Lip Pencils coming out later this week, that I was able to test and grab some at the makeup show before they were released and I absolutely LOVE these! I love bright lip shades, especially reds, because my go to look is usually something soft and neutral on the eyes, so these shades caught my eyes. This product has the ease and control of a lip pencil with the feel of a lipstick. It’s basically a lipstick pencil. It’s so amazing. The colors are vibrant, the texture is super soft and the product glides on effortlessly. When applying, the pencil didn’t tug at my lips and I ran the pencil over my lips twice on top and twice on the bottom(back and forth) to get full coverage.

When I applied the color, it went on really smooth and felt and looked like a gloss but after about 20 minutes or so the color turned to a satin finish. It actually looked almost matte. The product isn’t drying at all and it didn’t emphasize lines on the lips. The product also felt a bit moisturizing to my lips.

The shade Luxembourg, a beautiful pinky red that wore for at least 5 hours. The color was still strong after hours of drinking from my water bottle and there was a strong tint/stain of color after eating. Luxembourg is so gorgeous, words and pictures doesn’t do it justice. I got so many compliments wearing this. And It’s just so vibrant and in your face. PERFECT for Spring and Summer. This shade actually reminded me of one the Mac Marilyn lipsticks, the Pinkish red shade- I think It was Charmed, I’m Sure? Maybe Love Goddess? Anyhow I don’t own the MAC lipstick because it sold out in like 10 minutes(I’m still a little sore about that) but from what I tested in the store and from memory I’d say the two are similar.

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Luxembourg; Freshly applied

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Luxembourg; After about an hour of wear

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Majella

The Shade Majella is a darker red, like a wine color. This shade also left a nice stain after the real color faded away. I applied this on a friend and she loved it! This is a nice going out red. It’s a very bold color, vibrant but not too dark. It’s not a dark red. Those who feel they can’t wear red lipstick or are not too confident to try one, I always recommend trying a wine color because they aren’t too bright. This would be a nice beginning red for someone who wants to try a red lip color.

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Majella

 

There are other shades from the Satin Lip Pencil range and these are a nice edition to the Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils(I have not tried those yet so I can’t compare them). I am so excited to try the other Satin Pencils and I will definitely be trying more. I Highly Recommend these if you love colorful lips.

What’s your favorite Lip color and brand? Have you tried any of the Nars lip Pencils?

Nars Wonder Lip Gloss

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Nars Wonder Lip Gloss

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Wonder In Natural Light

Company Description: “Serious shine and sexy color in sheer, semi-sheer and creamy formulas. Extremely wearable and versatile shades may be worn alone or over other lip formulas for added dimension. The portable tube and sponge wand make applying these beautiful glosses, in an array of shades, a snap.”

Product: This gloss is a sheer mandarin orange color with some golden shimmer. It looks great on all skin tones and it’s perfect for spring, summer and if you follow trends since orange lips are the trend this season. The color is really sheer, like most Lip Glosses by Nars, but it adds a nice tint of orange to the lips. It’s subtle so if you are not sure about wearing orange lip colors I think this would be a good starter product. Of course you can make it more bold by adding a liner or lipstick similar in color. The formula is really smooth and light. I love that Nars glosses are not sticky or thick even though I am not a fan of the scent, but I have learned to tolerate the smell some. I can wear this for about 5 hours without eating or drinking before the color is gone. 

Packaging: Plastic tube with a doe foot sponge, easy storage and travel friendly.

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With Flash

Price: $24 for 0.28oz of product. If you’ve read my past Nars reviews you know I think Nars is a great brand but definitely over hyped and a bit over priced. It is considered a luxury brand so you’re gonna pay for luxury. If you’re a makeup addict you will love the brand and won’t be disappointed however if you’re just starting your makeup obsession, there are lots of cheaper alternatives that are just as good. I’m usually on the fence about the price of Nars products which is why I usually buy them when I have discount codes 😉

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In Natural Light

Final Grade: A

Product 4/5

Packaging 5/5

Price 3/5

So, are you with the orange lip trend or can you do without it?