NARS Holiday 2014

I love this time of the year.  Tons of great releases.  Holiday collections are rolling out all over the place.  Sometimes there are particular trends that you see over and over again in the different collections, but I am happy to say that I didn’t notice that this year.  Each line has a distinctive look, and my favorite of all is the NARS Holiday 2014 Collection.  I have two pieces from these new releases to share with you today and they have me written all over it.  I mean, who would I be without a smoky eye and a shimmering nude glossy lip?

NARS Holiday 2014

Am I dramatic?  Of course, what fun would I be if I wasn’t?  The two products I have to show you today are the Hardwired Eyeshadow in Gabon and the Soleil d’ Orient lip gloss.  The NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection is comprised of neutrals with a pop of metallics.  Very festive and bold.  Mr. Francois himself even said, “The collection has this energy and mystery about it, which I love!”  I love it, too!

NARS Holiday 2014

The first product I am going to show you is the Hardwired Eyeshadow by the name of Gabon.  I googled Gabon to see if I could see where the name translates from and I was immediately immersed in a ton of pictures of a jungle.  I realized that Gabon is a country on the continent of Africa and I immediacy saw the connection.

NARS Holiday 2014

This eyeshadow is a rich, molten, blacked jungle green that has almost golden olive highlights throughout.  I am completely mesmerized by this beauty.

NARS Holiday 2014

It is soft and creamy and when it shifts under the sun you can see that beautiful olive shine through.  The opacity and pigmentation on this eyeshadow is breath-taking.

NARS Holiday 2014

The other piece from the collection that I have to show you is the Gloss in Soleil d’ Orient.  I didn’t even have to google this one to see the translation.  This smooth lip gloss shines and glistens with the beams of 100 suns.  The formula isn’t extremely sticky, just the perfect amount that it has lasting power.

NARS Holiday 2014

And for the swatches…

NARS Holiday 2014

Gabon is a shifter…  You can see a deep green, almost black background with an explosion of gorgeous reflective shimmer.  It doesn’t have any fallout, at least none that I experienced.  And when you blend it out you can also get that really diffused look.  All of those qualities make it the perfect candidate for a single-shadow-smoky-eye!

NARS Holiday 2014

And here are the two NARS Holiday 2014 products paired together.  I promise you I didn’t pick them with intentions of creating a seamless look, but they work together amazingly well.  I really shouldn’t expect any less from the mastermind behind the brand!

NARS Holiday 2014

I was playing with this makeup on a super casual day.  I was out running errands and feeling a little sassy so I added texture to my hair with a little sea salt spray and smoked out my eyes.  Love the look really.  You can probably catch me wearing the NARS Holiday 2014 products together time and time again.

NARS Holiday 2014

For more information you can visit narscosmetics.com.  So tell me in the comments below:  What are your favorite looks to rock no matter the season.  For me, a smoky eye is always the answer.  Pair it with a nude lip and that is my favorite!


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Quick and Easy Ombre Lip Look

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fall is here and the trends are changing. The easiest way to add a touch of glam to your makeup routine is by playing up your lips. Today I am going to show you a Quick and Easy Ombre Lip Look using two Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons. I am using a nude and a berry shade because that happens to be two of my favorites for Fall, but the shades aren’t important. As long as you use two shades that aren’t extremely similar but do compliment each other well you should wind up with a beautiful ombre.

The new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon comes in six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip color in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip color. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It’s color that truly cares for your lips!

Now, on to the tutorial…  I am making my ombre fade out from the center of my lip, meaning darkest shade in the center, but you can absolutely do it the opposite way.  I think it is most commonly seem with the darker shades on the outer portion of the lips, but this “reverse” effect is quite popular in Korea right now and I can see it spreading.  It has a nice, fresh look to it.  Like you just bit into a berry.

{one} Outline your lips with the nude shade. I am using Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands. Fill in the majority of the lips while leaving the center untouched.

{two} Dab the deeper shade into the inner most center of the top and bottom lip. The shade I used is Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard.

{three} Blend the deeper shade into the nude shade. Don’t try and blend too much or you will ruin the effect.

I love Burt’s Bees and I have been using the brand ever since I can remember finding them in stores. I was perusing the Burt’s Bees site a couple days ago and I learned hey have a lip shade finder, incase you needed help figuring out which shades suit you best. They also have a ton of lip tips as well!

So tell me in the comments below: What do you do to step up your lip game? Bright, bold, shimmer? Anything goes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.


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The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

In my second installment of OcTAUPEr 2014 I am showing you The Best Individual TAUPE Eyeshadows.  These are the best in my collection.  The ones that I reach for over and over again.  Some are on the high end side and a few are VERY affordable.  So let us get right into it, shall we?

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

Jane Cosmetics Polished Pewter was originally reviewed and swatched these in my Jane Cosmetics post.  It is a beautiful cream eyeshadow that isn’t drying and allows for plenty of blend time.  I like it on its own or as a base for another shadow. Can be found at Ulta.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Caress of Mink is a gorgeous pigment that is a medium taupe brown with pewter & plum highlights.  I also reviewed this previously as well.

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

NARS Cosmetics Iraklion is a smoky rose quartz.  It is a chubby cream eyeshadow stick.  It makes it super easy to apply.  It is so easy to apply right to the lid.  The shade is subtle, yet complex enough to be one of those one shade eye colors.  This was originally reviewed in my NARS Summer 2014 review.  It can be found at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Twilight is another amazing cream shadow stick.  It is in a gorgeous deep smoky pewter taupe.  Caviar Sticks are known for their phenomenal staying power.  In fact, every time I do swatches of this shade I have to wash my arm like 5 times just to get this shade off.  LONG LASTING.  Again, it has been reviewed previously in my Laura Mercier White Magic Collection. Can be found at Nordstrom.

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

Cargo Cosmetics Yukon is a high shine taupe with a semi-metallic finish.  It is soft and creamy and it lasts for ages on your eyelid.  I reviewed this shade before in my Taupe-Tastic Tuesday series!  (pssstt… ask me if you want me to continue that).  Can be found on Amazon.

NARS Cosmetics Lhasa is a plummy taupe.  It was used in the Alexander Wang Fall 2013 show.  And it is gorgeous! Can be found on Sephora.

L’Oreal Cosmetics Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe is one of my all time favorite drugstore eyeshadows.  I reviewed them back when they first started hitting the market.  They are these packed loose eyeshadows that are so smooth and creamy and are HIGHLY metallic.  I am kind of in love with them.  Can be found on drugstore.com.

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

Chanel Safari was my very first eyeshadow from Chanel.  It definitely doesn’t disappoint either.  It is less shiny and metallic than others I own of this particular color family.  However, that makes it PERFECT for any occasion.  I really like using this as an all over wash of color.  I did a few posts a while back with Chanel Safari and Taupe Grise (the next one) so definitely check them out.  Can be found at Nordstrom.

Chanel Taupe Grise is another pewtery-plummy taupe.  It, like Chanel Safari is much less shimmery than the rest of my selection.  That makes it perfect for adding depth to the eye.  I love deepening the outer corners of the eye and adding a touch to the crease.  Can be found at Nordstrom.

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

And now for the selection of shades that you cannot buy any longer unless you get seriously lucky on eBay or a blogsale of some kind.  I WARN YOU.  Go no further if you do not want to be tempted.

Shu Uemura ME 850 is a shade that was discontinued even when I got my hands on it.  I think I bought it from eBay from a reputable seller, so definitely look at feedback before jumping in on purchasing cosmetics from eBay.  Anyway, going back to the current topic… They now make new versions of this shade.  I actually compared and contrasted ME850 and ME856 in this post.  And please excuse the typo in the swatches below.  I accidentally call ME850 the other shade, ME856.

MAC Cosmetics Sweet Sienna Pigment is another long discontinued shade.  I am gaga over this color and I think that it is so sad that they don’t make it anymore.  It is indeed gorgeous.  I have actually pressed this pigment several times and I still have so much product left.  Amazing how much they used to put in the old packaging.

MAC Cosmetics Coco Pigment is one of those unicorns that is IMPOSSIBLE to find.  I bought it from a very awesome MakeupAlley friend at cost.  WHAT!  COST!  That is insane.  I have actually seen this particular eyeshadow go for upwards of $100 on eBay.   But it is amazing, so you can see why.  I discuss how amazing MAC Coco pigment is before, so go read that!

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

So here are all of these shadows swatched side by side.  Absolutely amazing shades.  I didn’t want to wash my arm, but had to.

The Best Individual Taupe Eyeshadows

So, I hope you are as obsessed with Taupe as I am, because it is indeed the best shade int he world!  Tell me in the comments below what shade you consider to be the best individual taupe eyeshadow.


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IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

I love with IT Cosmetics and QVC come together to have a 24 hour Today’s Special Value.  A special value is always what it turns out to be, too!  You typically get a lot of great pieces for one low price.  I also love watching the demonstrations on QVC during that day, they usually do 2-4 on-air appearances.  On October 14th the Today’s Special Value (TSV) will be IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You.

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

The five-piece collection includes Celebration Foundation Illumination and the brand new CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush to help you achieve your most luminous skin. Be one of the first to experience the worldwide launch of Hello Lashes Extensions that will give your lashes a reason to wink! It comes paired with the No-Tug Gel Eyeliner to give your eyes the attention they deserve. Help transform your complexion and eyes with makeup that looks and feels like your skin but better for your most radiant you!

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

BRAND NEW! CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is the perfect balance of color and luminosity, blending from matte to pearlized radiance – it‘s a blush and highlighter in one compact. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, this anti-aging, color correcting formula in the perfect pink shade of Je Ne Sais Quoi® is beautiful on all skin tones.

No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is clinically proven to remain waterproof for up to 12 hours without tugging the delicate eyelids. Highly pigmented and anti-aging in both its application and its ingredients, this eyeliner is formulated with skin-loving hydrolyzed collagen, silk, rose and antioxidants.

Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush features dual fiber brush hairs that flawlessly work to blend foundation onto your skin and help blur away imperfections. You don’t need to be an expert – IT does the work for you!

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

Celebration Foundation® Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation provides full coverage and illumination to your skin. Infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients to nourish your skin and to help skin appear younger-looking, Celebration Foundation Illumination will never crease or crack and is also infused with Drops of Light Technology®.

BRAND NEW! Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara helps you achieve the look of false lashes. This five-in-one, clinically proven 24-hour wear mascara features the blackest black melted nylon fibers infused into our volumizing and lash-loving Hello Lashes Mascara to help you achieve long, thick and dramatic lashes in one quick coat application! Infused with lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients, including vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea.

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

This is a really exciting kit if you ask me!  You can get the It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You on October 14th at QVC!  I love everything in the kit.  I have been wearing that foundation since the last TSV it came in and that brush is just fabulous.  The blush is sooo nice.  I love the convenience of having a highlight in the same pan as the blush.  The liner is really everything.  I am happy to have a brown to match the black one I already owned!  I am over the moon about it!


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