Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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LINKS// Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer | Chantilly | £23.00 | o.22oz

So I a couple of months ago I treated myself to a few Nars items. I picked up the Sheer Glow foundation, the Velvet Shadow Stick and the Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I will be reviewing today. I picked this up the lightest shade, Chantilly, which is basically a creamy white colour. I’m very fair skinned so as always I have to go for the lightest shade, which is normally still to dark for me, this being no exception. It really bugs me how the beauty mark is aimed towards tanned skinned, we need more for very pale and dark skinned girls and guys. We like makeup too.

Like the foundation, this concealer has a very light weight texture. It applies very easily, like a moisturizer and feels like you’re wearing nothing on your skin, whilst giving a good amount of coverage. It gives more coverage than the foundations and I find this really well under the eyes, as it gives a nice natural glow. It blends so easily and effortlessly, whether that be with a brush or a sponge. You can apply this over or under foundation, it works both ways, but I prefer putting it on after as it gives a really nice brightening under eye glow, which is also really nice on the tops of my cheekbones and along my nose bridge. As well as brightening I find it helps erase all signs of fatigue and hides skin blemishes and imperfections. The only problem I have with this is that I don’t find it works very well on spots, as it doesn’t cover them or help blend out the redness, even with a colour correct under it. I’ll use this for under my eyes or under my brown bone but for spots instead I go for my Collection Lasting Perfecting Concealer which in my opinion is the best Concealer in the world.

I’d give this Concealer a 7.4/10. Good for under eye and brown bone, not so good for spots and a little pricey for a concealer in my opinion.

The packaging is just the standard modern Nars packaging. A small tube with a black lid and the Nars logo on the side. Simple but Modern and decorative. It comes in a black cardboard box, which is good storage in the case the tube smashes, you’ll be able to save some of your makeup from being covered in concealer. This retails at £22.50 for 0.22 Oz. 6ml on the Nars website and pretty much every website. You can get it from Feelunique, house of Fraser, LookforFantastic and Asos.

If you’ve tried this concealer, let me know what you thought of it below, also let me know if there are any good drugstore dupes of this, because I’d love to try some.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

 

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A beginners guide to blush

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PRODUCTS PICTURED  // Revolution Single Sugar Blush| Revolution Cream Blush Palette | Real Techniques Tapered Blush Brush | Sleek Rose Gold Blush | Revolution Ultra Flawless Powder Blush | Max Factor Cream Lovely Pink Blusher | Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block

I’m trying out a new series on my blog where I try and explain makeup to someone who knows nothing about it. I was thinking back to when I first started makeup and how great it would’ve been to have had a proper guide telling me what’s what and decided to give it a shot. I’m probably not the best person to be talking about this as I’ve never studied beauty professionally or anything but this is just what I’ve learned over the years compiled into a series of blog posts.

Today we will be discussing blush. Blush or blusher, is a rogue beauty product that is applied onto the apples of the cheek, to give a youthful glow, the appearance of a rosy complexion and to empathize the cheekbones.

Blush, known as Rogue up until quite recently, was used as early as ancient Egypt, were both men and women wore it on their lips to make them pop. Of course it was far from the soft powders and light liquid’s we use today. Back then blush was a thick taste, made from crushed fruit and vegetables, like strawberries and red beets. I for one am thankful we’ve changed the way we make blush now, because rubbing crushed strawberries on my lips and cheeks just sounds sticky.

Blush was also popular in Greece, were wearing blush was a sign of being wealthy. As a result many women wore the cosmetic, which at the time was made of seeds and berries. In Victoria England however, cosmetics were seen as a sign of low morals, and so women resorted to pinching their cheeks to get that rosy glow. Luckily, rubbing crushed berries onto our cheeks seems to be a thing of the past, but I know some people, myself included at times, still use that pinching cheeks trick.

Today blush is staple in any women’s makeup bag. Blushes are mostly commonly pink, peach or red toned, but you can buy them in pretty much every colour, and I have actually seen quite a few purple and orange blushes. If you’re like me and you’ve got fair complexion, it’s probably best to stick to the more peachy colours. Reds and hot pinks can look quite clown like on the skin and if you want to keep your face looking more natural you want to look out for the peachy and light pink colours. If you’ve got dark skin you are fortunate enough that you can pretty much work any colour, however saying that I think really dark reds, hot pinks and even purples really pop on dark skin.

Powder –
The most common type of blush you will find is powder blush. It comes in a variety of colours and almost all bands have some sort of powder blush. It’s all usually in a pressed compact form although you can find loose powder blushes if you really look for them. Powder blush is the easiest type of blush to blend, especially if you’ve got oily skin, as they help absorb some of the oil. If you’ve got dry skin, you may find powder blushes take a lot longer to blend, or they may even just sit on top of the skin instead of really being stuck onto apples of your cheeks. There are many different powder blushes out there that are matte, shimmery and dewy.

Recommended Products: Nars Orgasm – £23.00, it’s a soft rose pink shade that gives a nice dewy glow to the skin. Sleek’s Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold – £4.99 is a nice cheaper alternative that gives the same look at a quarter of the price. For shimmery blush I would recommend, Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick – £34.00 or Collection Gorgeous Glow Block – £4.19. They are both basically the same product and I prefer the collection blush most of the time. I don’t really wear matte blush that often as I find it washes me out, but when I do I find Revolution Blushes are really nice, especially the Powder Blush in Sugar – £1.

Liquid –
Liquid blush, as you have probably guessed, is blush in liquid form. It’s one of the least popular types of blush, due to the fact it’s difficult to work with. It drys very quickly, so you need to get it from the bottle to your face as quickly as you can, otherwise it may dry, leaving two large red dots on your cheeks which never looks good unless your going for that clown look. They do, however tend to last a lot longer than powder blush. Another bonus of liquid blushes is they tend to come in rather large tubes or bottles with pumps, which means you get more product and therefore more for you money. Also if you happen to drop your liquid blush on the floor it wont smash like a power blush. Liquid blush works well with all skin types, but works best on dry skin. If you’re a first time blush user though, I wouldn’t recommend liquid blush.

Recommended Products: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush – £15.50 & Bourjois Aqua Blush – £8.99

Tint/Stain –
Cheek stain or sometimes called cheek tint is a gel mixture, that when applied to the apples of the cheeks gives the appearance of blush. They are often water-based, oil-free and alcohol free, meaning they work well with all skin types. Because cheek stains temporarily stains the skin, it lasts a lot longer than most other types of blush.  It’s also a lot lighter on the skins surface too, so it works well if you’ve got oily skin. You can blend them with a brush or makeup sponge, although a sponge tends to work best, in my opinion.

Recommended Products: Benefit Posietint – £24.50, The Body Shop lip & stain cheek – £8.00 & Stila Cruch Lip & Cheek Stain £16.00

Cream –
Cream blush is a lot thicker and heavier than other types of blush. It usually comes in pot, compact or stick form. Cream blush is more moisturizing than other types of blushes, so it’s amazing on dry skin. It is a little harder to blend, and like liquid blush it dries quickly so you have to work with this fast, but unlike powder blush it does last a lot longer, as it sticks to the skin properly instead of just resting on top of it. It also gives a nice natural glow, and looks a lot nicer on fair skin than other blushes.

Recommended Products: Barry M Cream Make Me Blush – £4.49, Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush – £7.99 & Rimmel London Royal Blush Blusher – £4.49

Mousse –
Mousse Blush, sometimes called whipped blush, is not as popularly used as cream, tint, liquid or powder blushes. The mixture is whipped to increase the amount of air inside the mixture, hence it’s name. It’s got the same texture as hair mousse and is often packed into a small jar. It’s good for dry skin, but should be avoided if you have oily skin as it may just slide off and not last very long.

Recommended Products: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Blusher – £6.49.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, hints, tips or recommend products feel free to post them below! I’d love to hear your recommendations and ideas.

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick Review

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LINKS // Nars Velvet Shadow Stick | Goddess | £21.00 | 0.05oz

I’ve wanted to try eye shadow sticks for a while now. Mostly because I wanted something small I could take with me in my bag when I go out in case I need touch ups, as carrying around a huge palette is not ideal. I’d heard a lot about these Nars Vvelt Shadow Sticks across various blogs and youtube videos and decided I would try them out. I treated myself to some Nars makeup is a small personal reward for doing well in my first year at Uni. Along with the Sheer Glow Foundation and Creamy Concealer I picked up the Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in the shade Goddess which is a shimmery pink champagne shade.

If you don’t know what eyeshadow sticks are, they are just a cream eye shadow in stick form. This one is a nice size, about the length of a pencil. It’s in a plain black tube with a kind of nude peachy tone on the end. It’s not the shade of the shadow but I guess it’s a sort of similar version. I think these very easy to use. I generally just swipe them across my eyelid and blend them out, sometimes adding another colour into the crease or sometimes just leaving it. I will say if you’re in a rush, this is your best friend, because you just draw it on, blend and your done.

The shadow lasts pretty much the whole day, without a problem. There are two downsides to the product, first of it tends to crease when put over eye shadow primer. I’m not sure why, I’ve tested this theory both with high end primers, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion and drugstore primers and I’ve just found whenever I’ve used a primer with it, it has creased like crazy. I skip primer whenever using this now, because it just works so much better without it. The second downside is that I find it can be a bit chalky if you layer it to much and because of this I tend to only do one quick sweep over a clean base to avoid chalkiness and creasing.

This eye shadow has amazing staying power. I swatched some on my hand, rubbed it with my finger and a wet cloth and it didn’t budge at all. In fact it looked no different. And that’s really the sort of staying power you want if you’re too lazy to touch your makeup up during the day like me. Although it does mean when removing your makeup you can’t just use a makeup wipe, you have to get all in with your cleanser and toner to get this baby off your eyelids.

This retails at £21.00 for 0.05 Oz on the Nars website, although other websites do sell it cheaper. John Lewis and Look Fantastic sell it for £20 and Feel Unique, which is where I got it from, sells it for £16.80, at a 20% discount. I would say that is worth the price. A lot of high end shadow sticks range in the £30-40 range so £20 I think is pretty good, especially for something of this quality. I’m definitely repurchase this, and actually looking at the others colours Nars offers, I really want to try Hollywoodland, Oaxaca and Aigle Noir, which are all shimmery colours. They also have a matte version of the stick, which I really want to try in Dark Angel, which is a beautiful dark chocolate brown.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know. I’d love to know if you liked it or hated it and if it did the annoying creasing over primer thing with you too. Maybe my issue is I’m not using the Nars Primer. I don’t know, if I ever buy it I’ll use them together and post an update. But apart from the annoying creasing and the chalkiness issue this is a solid 7/10 for me.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review

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LINKS // Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Everyone and their pet goldfish and their postman raves about this foundation. It’s The Sheer Glow foundation by Nars. It’s been featured on millions of blogs and youtube videos and almost everyone loves it. Including me.

A few months ago I treated myself to some Nars stuff as a reward for doing well in my first year of uni. I picked up this, a Creamy Concealer and a Velvet Shadow Stick (reviews going up soon). I try and research the hell out of high end products before I purchase them. I don’t have £40 to just throw away on anything, so if I’m buying something high end I’ve got to make sure I really really want it and intend to use it.

Drugstore foundations, at least out of the one’s I have tried, just don’t work very well on my skin. I have combination skin and find some of my skin can be dry some days and oily others. I find foundations go flaky on my skin not long after applying. I’d tried many different ways to prevent this, from changing brushes, trying makeup sponges and beauty blenders, to exfoliating daily, to changing my skincare routine. But nothing worked. So I had to step up my game and try out a high end foundation.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this foundation online. Some say it’s great for dry skin, other say it clings to dry patches and is only good for oily skin. As someone with both, I decided to give it a shot. This a silicone based natural finish foundation. It’s Dermatological tested, fragrance free and feels very light weight. Unlike a lot of foundations I’ve tried, this feels more like a moisturizer than a foundation. It goes on so smoothly and effortlessly, blending nicely, whether that be with a sponge or a brush, with or without primer. I got this is in the shade Siberia, which, as you can imagine by the name, is the lightest shade, because I’m a white ass Caspar the ghost bitch. I have to say it’s one of the only foundations that’s been anywhere close to my skin tone. 80% of the time with foundations the lightest shade is still way to dark, but I find with this it matches my skin perfectly. It gives good coverage, whilst giving me a nice natural glow, but without giving the appearance of accidental blackface. It’s definitely a foundation you have to build up, and gives I’d say a nice medium amount of coverage, so if you’re someone who doesn’t have terrible skin, but needs a little help giving herself a glowy complexion (and not that of a corpse), I’d recommend this, because it works great hiding that never-goes-outside skin.

The bottle is a small acrylic bottle with the Nars logo up the side and a black lid. It’s Nar, all it’s packaging is standard, plane but modern and stylish. It also came in the standard black cardboard box that all Nars products come in. I usually keep it inside the box, so in the case the bottle accidentally breaks I may be able to save my other makeup from being covered in foundation. My only problem with this damn bottle is that it doesn’t have a pump. The amount of times I’ve accidentally poured to much on my hand is stupid really. This retails at £31.00 for 1  Fl. Oz. 30ml on the Nars website, but on Feel Unique, which is where I got it from I brought it retails for £29.50. So only £1.50 less than every other website, but hey I got a free gift, free delivery and that £1.50 can go towards a dib dab and a bottle of pink lemonade lucozade (my favs).

Overall I really like this foundation. I know people say to avoid this if you’ve got any sort of dry skin, but I really like it. It’s goes on so easily, gives a nice finish and feels really nice on the skin. My only quarrel is the fact the bottle doesn’t have a pump, which means having to pour it out. But really that’s something I can live with, and hey if it bothers me that much I can always buy the £3.00 pump they sell on the website.

But apart from that this product is great, it’s a solid 9/10 for me and it’s just amazing. If you’ve tried this product, let me know what you thought of it below, especially if you’ve got combination skin, as I’d love to know how it worked on you.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day

The Body Shop Seaweed Night Treatment Review

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LINKS // SEAWEED NIGHT TREATMENT | 30ML | £13.00 | THE BODY SHOP

I picked up this Night Treatment a few months ago as I’d decided to throw away my old night serum because I didn’t like it. It was too tight on my skin and made it feel dry and just rough and gross. This was the first night serum I’d ever used however so I was kinda worried serums were supposed to make your skin dry and tight, in which case I knew they definitely weren’t for me.

I adore The Body Shop, all their products are amazing and I always head straight to them when it comes to skin care. So when I tossed my old serum into the trash I replaced it with the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment. It comes in a small 30ml bottle with bright blue labels whereas the serum itself is a murky white colour but comes out clear. Now the bottle obviously isn’t the prettiest thing, but you should never buy a product just because of the pretty packaging. (Although I’ll admit I have, hello candles). I’ve tried the toner in the TBS Seaweed range before I love it and use it almost daily so I thought its sister product had to be good.

The serum itself is very light weight and silky. It almost feels like an oil, but thicker but not quite as thick as a moisturizer. I apply this most nights after applying cleanser and toner. I apply it with my fingers and generally do 4-5 pumps at a time, one for each cheek, one for my nose/eyes area, one for my forehead and one for around my chin/neck area. Now that may seem like a lot to you but the pumps give out very little serum each time, so I do quite a lot of pumps in an attempt to completely cover my face.

This serum feels so nice and smooth on my face. It isn’t dry or tight and makes my feel soft and loved. It does, a while after use make my skin feel a little sticky, but of course that goes away once moisturizer is applied. I’ve always had quite clear skin so I can’t say I’ve witnessed a psychical difference in whether it helps with acne or not. It has made my skin feel softer and smoother however and I always notice a difference when I don’t use this vs when I used it in the morning.

I always want to just note I’ve been using this for over a year now and the bottle isn’t even half empty. And I use 5 pumps of this at a time, at least 4 nights a week. And for £13.00 that’s not a bad price in my opinion.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day <3

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Perfect Brows Review

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Before I start this post I have a bit of a confession to make. Before buying this product I had never used any product on my eyebrows. Nope not ever. I’ve been getting them threaded for the last 2 or 3 years but I usually just leave them to grow out and never do I actually put anything on them. I always wanted to but I never really knew how or what kind of product to use.

So I recently picked up this Perfect Brows Palette from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. Like all of Tanya Burr Cosmetic palettes this comes in very pretty purple and silver stripped packaging with hot pink scallop edging. I always find the palette edges to be way to thick, which results in them taking up a lot of unnecessary room in my makeup bag. The product itself comes with a pair of hot pink tweezers, a small angled eyebrow brush and 4 colours. One is a white shimmery highlighter called Fairy Cake, great for lining under the eyebrow. The second is a called Pebble and it’s a sort of Taupe Brown. The third is a warm brown colour called Chestnut and the last is a dark brown colour called Hot Cocoa.

I started off just using Chesnut because I was scared to use Hot Cocoa in case it was too dark on my brows. I found Chestnut to be a lot lighter on the skin and blended perfectly with my eyebrows. I’ve also used Hot Cocoa on my browns and found although it made my eyebrows somewhat darker it wasn’t so dark that it made my eyebrows look fake and drawn on. I tend to switch between Chesnut and Hot Cocoa, depending on how I do the rest of my makeup. I also often put Fairy Cake under my brows as highlighter. It’s a nice shimmery white colour that’s quite light on the skin and lifts the brow without making my brows look too glittery.

I find the staying power of the eyeshadow shades is quite good and lasts all day, however I do find the highlighter doesn’t have that great of a staying power and does need to be topped up throughout the day if you want it to last. The pigmentation of all of the colours is very good however and I do love the packaging and names of the colours.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day <3

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

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I recently took the expensive plunge and brought the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I don’t normally spend this much money on a single piece of makeup but it was my birthday in January and I’ve been wanting this for a while, so I brought it as a sort of birthday present to myself.

Out of the three Naked Palettes I decided to pick this one up because it has a lot more pink and copper shades. I like to wear a sort of smokey rose gold eye with a little bit of brown on it. This palette has a lot of pink, copper, gold and brown shades so it’s the perfect palette for me. It comes with 8 shimmery shades and 4 matte shades. My favourite shades are definitely Buzz,  Trick, Mugshot, Factory and Liar, but really I love all shades in this palette. All the colours are really pretty and pigmented. They apply really easily and they have a very long staying power. This palette came with a sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion which I’ve been wearing with this palette pretty much everyday. Both work amazing together to give a really nice look.

Overall this palette is really nice, and it’s definitely one of my all time favourite makeup products/eye shadow palettes. I was a bit worried after buying that it wasn’t going to be worth the money but I can now say it definitely is.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

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Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette Review

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So another sleek palette review here, this time for the storm palette. Out of the Oh so Special Palette and this one I probably prefer this one, simply because I just like the colours a lot more. I tend to like a little bit of pink shimmer on my eyes and this palette offers a lot better pink shades than the other palette.

My favourites shades from this palette are Perfect Storm, Firestorm, Snow Storm and Sand Storm. As you can see every colour has a name that somehow is related to storms which is why it’s named the storm palette. There’s 9 shimmery shades and 3 matte shades in this palette, all of which look beautiful on and are really pigmented.

Like I said in my last sleek review as much as I love the pay off and how pigmented Sleek’s eyeshadows are I’ve found that they don’t have a very long staying power. I’d say that they maybe last 4-5 hours, which is pretty good if you’ve got a short day but when you have a full work day it’s not really what you want.

I’d give this a 7/10. Great colours but bad staying power.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Storm Palette Swatches

Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette Review

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I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this palette for a while now, mostly because it has so many amazing colours in it. It has 32 shades, 27 are shimmer and 5 are matte. I love how it has so many different shades, mostly neutral with a few corals and greys thrown in there. I feel like you do just about every look with this palette as it has colours for every occasion. My favourite colours are probably Bare Pink, Zorba, Pug, Cookie Dough, Autumn and Whole Meal. I really love all the different colour names even if Cookie Dough does always make me hungry.

These are all really pigmented and really easy to reply. I will say however their staying power doesn’t seem to be that especially without any sort of eye primer. They last for a few hours but not really a full working day, so I really only tend to wear these if I’m only going to be makeup for a few hours or if I’m going to take it with me to update my makeup throughout the day.

I should also mentioned I love that this palette comes with a huge mirror, which should honestly be a standard for any palette. Also I did plan to do some swatches of the entire palette and then the memory card those pictures were on got corrupted, but when it’s fixed I’ll try and upload the swatches.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)