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Started From A Sample Now We're Here: NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with samples. On the one hand they’re great for trying out products and if they suck you don’t have to live with buyer’s remorse. On the other hand if you love it you have to deal with the urge to run out and buy it. I ended up having to deal with the latter scenario because I was on a no-buy when I began to use my NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime
Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer $34 (photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

The Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer was a 100 point perk from Sephora I received in March when I ordered a couple of Nars Matte Multiples from Sephora.com. The full size is $34 dollars so it’s not cheap but I think it’s worth it. Obviously, I didn’t use it immediately because here it is nearly July and I’m just now talking about it. That’s another thing about samples, sometimes they’re easy to forget and they languish somewhere never to be seen again. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this primer.

“NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex captures light, instantly optimizing its reflection. Everyday dullness and signs of fatigue fade as skin is infused with vitality. Advanced Optical Technology optically elevates skin’s natural contours, adding shape and definition. Skin looks luminous all day, in any source of light. Light Optimizing Primer glides right on and absorbs instantly, smoothing and evening skin’s surface. ” (from Sephora.com)

The various times I wore this primer I found myself not needing to blot as much as I did with other primers. I think my skin is on the extreme end of oily and it’s pretty annoying.  I kept checking my face wondering if I was truly seeing what I was seeing, a face that wasn’t an oil slick, and I wasn’t mistaken.

Since this is billed as a light optimizing primer I wasn’t surprised to see some glitter on my face after rubbing the primer into my skin. The E.L.F. Radiant Glow primer(reviewed here) gave a similar finish, but the amount of Nars primer I squeezed it out was easier to control so I didn’t experience glitter overkill.  Another thing about the Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer vs the Radiant Glow is that this one readily absorbed into my skin while the e.l.f. one just sat on my face.

With a $34 price tag I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think this primer is going to replace the other ones I’ve been using. Sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge on the stuff that works.

I couldn’t resist. LOL

Have you tried the Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer?

Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer is available at Sephora, department stores, Nars Boutiques, and narscosmetics.com.

New and Improved! Nars Lip Gloss – Stella

Full Disclosure: Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella was sent to me. I was not obligated to review. All opinions/reviews about the product are my own.  

I was lucky enough to be a sent a few Nars Cosmetics products last week. One of them happened to be their reformulated lip gloss in Stella. This is my first experience with the new formula and I’m pretty impressed.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella $26
Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella. $26

One of the complaints about the old formula was its thickness and stickiness. It wasn’t ever anything that kept me from purchasing, but the new formula doesn’t have those problems. When I remove the wand from the gloss I can tell that there isn’t any resistance. With the old glosses that’s not the case.

Stella is described as a muted raspberry
Stella is described as a muted raspberry

It felt more moisturizing than the old formula. I tend to purse my lips or rub them together and I could tell that this gloss was much lighter than the old gloss. My lips moved past each other easily. I didn’t feel any tackiness that I’ve come to expect with most lip glosses.

The packaging has changed as well. The old tube was somewhat frosted which made the color look hazy while the new tube is clear so there’s no doubt about what color you’re purchasing.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss Packaging Comparison
I’m really not sure which packaging I like the best. What do you think?

A downside to the new formula and packaging is that you’re getting less product. The original formula’s net weight varied between .24oz and .28oz and this new formula is .18oz. If you’re big on these lip glosses you might feel cheated because you losing around 25% of the product but still paying the original price of $26.

I still think the glosses are worth it, especially if you’re looking for something to correspond with a Nars lip product you already have or want to buy. If you go to the Nars Cosmetics website and choose a product it will show other products that work well with it. I know there are cheaper dupes for a lot of products, but I’m also a fan of taking the guesswork out of make-up buying. I like having products that I feel were made to work together so I know that I’m going to replace my older Nars Lip Glosses with the new ones to go with lipsticks I already own.

Have you tried a new Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss? How do you think it compares to the old formula?

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss retails for $26 and is available at narscosmetics.com, and wherever Nars Cosmetics are sold.

"On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink" FOTD

Today is Day 3 of the No Bare Lips 30 Challenge and in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the release of Mean Girls, Keiko Kavari says “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” With all the Mean Girls nostalgia and No Bare Lips excitement, I decided to do a face of the day post.

Pink lips for Mean Girls and No Bare Lips 30
Pink lips for Mean Girls and No Bare Lips 30

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 177

Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 0 Neutral

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

Cheeks

Nars Cosmetics Matte Multiple in Laos (reviewed here)

Eyes

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion(waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ebony

Lips

Nars Cosmetics Matte Multiple in Laos

Philosophy Lip Shine in Bubbly

 

I think I’m going to do this once a week. If you have any questions about any the products I used feel free to ask. <3

Love, Love, Love: Exumas Matte Multiple Review

The Nars Matte Multiples are turning into one of my favorite products. I picked it up Exumas last week but held off on testing it because I’ve been in a funk lately. Since that little cloud has passed I decided to check it out. BTW it feels good to be wearing some make-up.

NARS Matte Multiple - Exumas
Exumas Matte Multiple

Exumas is described as a pink apricot. I currently have Siam and Laos(Review and swatches) and this one is just as pretty. The Matte Mulitple can be used wet or dry and on the lips or cheeks. It’s easy to work with and you don’t need a lot to get the job done.

Exumas Swatch
Exumas Matte Multiple Swatch
Exumas blended
Exumas blended out
Exumas cheeks/lips
I put Exumas on my cheeks and with a lip gloss on top.
Nars Exumas Matte Multiple and Urban Decay Ultraviolet 24/7 Pencil
My eyeliner is Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Ultraviolet

There are 6 other Matte Multiples available and they retail for $39. They can be found at Sephora, narscosmetics.com and other retailers.

Are any of the Matte Multiples on your wish list? Leave a comment below.

Beauty Q&A: Do You Care How The Face of A Brand Presents Itself?

The internet is full of conflict. While some people thrive on it to the point of seeking it out, I tend to avoid it. There are positives and negatives to this type of mentality I won’t get into because this post isn’t about me but about you and what you think.

Within the last couple of days these things have been posted on Doe Deere’s Instagram page. Doe Deere is the creator of independent make-up brand Lime Crime.

doe deere screenshot 1
This obviously a screenshot but you can see it here.

 

Doe Deere reposted an IG post of Kat Von D's response to a commenter and praised her for it.
Doe Deere reposted an IG post of Kat Von D’s response to a commenter and praised her for it.

Some comments on the posts felt the response was justified while others felt it was unprofessional. I’m not exactly sure where I stand with this. I’m not the insulting type. Like I said, I tend to avoid conflict, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for people to try you on a regular basis. We all know some people suddenly become brave because they’re behind a computer screen and not in your face. However, another part of me wonders since the owner/face of a brand possibly has more to lose than some commenter why acknowledge them with vitriol and blemish your brand or persona?

While I like Lime Crime I’m not emotionally invested in the brand. It wouldn’t hurt me to stop using the products because I’ve only purchased one product from them. However, if François Nars(my patronus) did something like this regularly I would be conflicted about continuing to support that brand.

I bring all this up to ask, where do you stand when it comes to these issues? Do you think the face of a brand should always practice a certain level of decorum even in the face of (possibly unfair) criticism/insults or do you think he/she is allowed to defend his/herself without it affecting the brand?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so please leave a comment below.

NARS Cosmetics Laos Matte Multiple Review

Nars Cosmetics Laos Matte Multiple Review

Francois Nars is my patronus. Ok, seriously, Nars Cosmetics is one my holy grail brands. I haven’t tried everything, but what I have tried I love. So after seeing swatches and reviews of their new Matte Multiple I knew I had to have at least one or two. I snagged a couple a day ago, tried them on, and I’m in love.

Nars Matte Multiple
Nars Matte Multiple

The Multiple is a multi-purpose cream product that you can put it on your lips or cheeks. There are already 18 Multiples that have a shimmer finish and now 7 Matte Multiples. I chose Siam, a gorgeous poppy red and Laos, an equally gorgeous rose coral. For the purpose of this post though I’m only going to talk about Laos.

Laos Matte Multiple
Laos Matte Multiple
Laos swiped directly from the tube.
Laos swiped directly from the tube.
Laos blended out.
Laos blended out.

The Matte Multiple is easy to use. I used my fingers to apply and it blended easily. I may have blended it out too much at first because what I saw in the mirror wasn’t necessarily transferring to my photos. So keep that in mind. I also used it on my lips. I didn’t have any problems with the product itself but my bottom lip’s natural color is pretty close to the color of Laos so it wasn’t that drastic of a change. I ended up putting lip gloss on top of it and it looked better.

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This retails for $39 but I think it’s worth it because a little goes a long way. I think if I hadn’t blended it so much I might have got the look I wanted with a couple of fingertip swipes on the top.

So have you tried the Nars Matte Multiple? What color do you have your eye on?

The Nars Matte Multiple is available where Nars Cosmetics are sold and online

A Few More Game Of Thrones Inspired Eyeshadow Looks

Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday April 6 on HBO in case you didn’t already know. I’m terribly excited for its return. I’m so excited that I decided to create three more eyeshadows looks inspired by the house sigils of House Martell, House Tyrell, and House Greyjoy. I created four others in a previous post so be sure to check that out.

And here we go.

House Martell  Their words are: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
House Martell
Their words are: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
House Tyrell There words are: Growing Strong
House Tyrell
There words are: Growing Strong
House Greyjoy Their words are: We Do Not Sow
House Greyjoy
Their words are: We Do Not Sow

Are you excited as I am that Game of Thrones is coming back? If you watch let know who’s your favorite/least favorite character/storyline in the comments.

As Spring Approaches: NARS Cosmetics Funny Face and Easy Lover

So if you didn’t already know I got nominated for a Liebster Award by Funky Makeup Junkie. I had a good time answering her questions and coming up with my own. You can find that post here.

One of the questions I had to answer for the Liebster Award was whether I prefer a dramatic look or a natural look when it comes to make-up. I prefer dramatic. Now I know there’s a time and place for everything. Dramatic looks don’t fly in most workplaces nor are they for all occasions, but I still love them all the same.

With that being said let me introduce you to Funny Face and Easy Lover by Nars Cosmetics. Funny Face is a semi-matte fuchsia lipstick while Easy Lover is a lip gloss described as a sheer hot pink. Neither of these products is subtle so they’re right up my dramatic make-up alley.

Easy Lover Lip Gloss
NARS Cosmetics Easy Lover Lip Gloss
NARS Cosmetics Funny Face Lipstick
NARS Cosmetics Funny Face Lipstick

With Spring around the corner this is a great bright lip to experiment with. I paired Funny Face and Easy Lover together because I wanted to amplify the brightness with some shine. Obviously you don’t have to go that route if you prefer a more matte look.

Funny Face Easy Lover Nars
Top: Easy Lover Lip Gloss Bottom: Funny Face Semi-Matte Lipstick

Nars Funny Face and Easy Lover

So will you be using some brights once the weather finally turns warm?

Funny Face retails for $26 and Easy Lover retails for $25 and sold where Nars Cosmetics are sold.

Wishing For Spring: NARS Heat Wave and Wonder

I am officially over Winter. I’ve seen more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life. Okay. That’s probably an exaggeration, but my being over it is not. I wish I could control the weather. Since I can’t, I decided to add a little Spring to my face with NARS Cosmetics Heat Wave and Wonder Lip Gloss.

Heat Wave Nars
NARS Cosmetics Heat Wave
Wonder Lip Gloss
NARS Cosmetics Wonder Lip Gloss

Heat Wave is a semi-matte orange-red while Wonder is a sparkly mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer. One or both is perfect for a bright Spring lip. I’m definitely going to have them in rotation once it starts to warm up.

Wonder Gloss Heat Wave Lipstick
Top: Wonder(Lip Gloss) Bottom: Heat Wave(Lipstick)

So are you looking forward to Spring? What are you planning on pulling out once we can pack our winter coats away?

Nars Heat Wave with Wonder on top
NARS Heat Wave Lipstick with NARS Wonder Lip Gloss on top to add shine.

Heat Wave retails for $26 and Wonder retails $25. Both can be found at NARScosmetics.com, Sephora.com, and wherever NARS Cosmetics are sold.

Game of Thrones: 4 Eyeshadows Looks for 4 Houses

Earlier this week Season 3 of Game of Thrones was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. This is one of my favorite shows. It’s a compelling story with complicated characters set in the fictional kingdom of Westeros and I love it more than I can say.

I decided to pay homage to my favorite show with some eyeshadow looks using the colors of the house sigils of 4 important houses in the land of Westeros. I chose Baratheon, Lannister, Stark and Targaryen.

House Baratheon

House Baratheon Game of Thrones
The Motto for House Baratheon is “Ours Is The Fury” Their colors are black and gold

House Lannister

House Lannister Game of Thrones
The Motto for House Lannister is “Hear Me Roar. Their colors are red and gold.

House Stark

The Motto for House Stark is "Winter Is Coming. Their colors are silver and black.
The Motto for House Stark is “Winter Is Coming. Their colors are silver and black.

House Targaryen

House Targaryen Game Of Thrones
The Motto for House Targaryen is Fire and Blood. Their colors are red and black.

Season 4 of Game of Thrones starts April 6. Will you be watching?