Product Review: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

For the past week I’ve been testing out the popular NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. This product was recommended to me by a friend, so I decided to head to Sephora and check it out.

I chose the shade Seychelles because my skin has yellow undertones so the medium dark with golden olive was a perfect fit. During the matching process, I discovered the shade Martinique was too red for my skin and Malaga was too light. I run into this problem quite often.


Product description from the NARS website: Your skin – almost bare, but better. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow. Skin is transported.

I agree with everything in this description except for it reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation because I didn’t wear it for four weeks to find out. My daily routine while using this product was: cleanse my face with the  Clarisonic Mia using Clinique’s 3 step system  Facial Soap in #4, next tone with the 3-step Clarifying lotion, and then apply the tinted moisturizer.

What I liked about this product after one week is:
•Has a SPF 30
•Gives great coverage for a tinted moisturizer
•Very lightweight – perfect for summer
•My skin really did appear more radiant

I did have two cons that are more personal than product:
• Even though the product is oil free, I felt like my skin was still getting oily.
• Not enough coverage for me. After day 2, I found myself putting on concealer then the tinted moisturizer.

Overall, I think this is a great tinted moisturizer. If I were a tinted moisturizer girl I would definitely purchase the full size product.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer retails for $42.

Beauty on a Budget

I was inspired to write this post while cruising the cosmetic aisles in Walmart.

Here are MY 6  favorite drugstore products that are under $10:

1. Milani Baked Bronzer
This is my absolute favorite bronzer. It gives me the perfect bronze/golden glow. The Baked Bronzer comes in three colors: Glow, Soleil and Golden( my fav!) Not all drugstores sell this product, but I can usually find it at CVS for $8.99. Please let me know if you have tried their Baked Blushes. The colors are so pretty.

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2. COVERGIRL Queen Collection by Queen Latifah
I love this collection because it’s made for women of color so the shades fit my skin tone better than other drugstore brands. I have used the liquid foundation, foundation compact and pressed powder in the shade Golden Honey and they worked great for me.


3. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor
This was my random find this weekend at Walmart. The bright colors drew me in, but I went with a red called Very Cherry. This was the best $5.50 I have ever spent on lipstick. The colors are very vivid like the label says and they last a long time too (Put it on around 5pm and it was still on at 11pm). I can’t wait until I can purchase more colors. Quick tip, check the lipstick before you buy to make sure no one has tried it on. I’ll upload pics of the shade in another post.


4. NYX Concealer Wand- HD Photogenic
I purchased this on a whim from Ulta because it was $4(I think) and its actually a good product in my opinion. The color I purchased is CW08 for deep tan color with yellow undertones. It applies easily and didn’t crease under my eyes and covered my dark spots all day. I would purchase this product again.


5. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
This is my favorite mascara and it’s only $5. (May even be less if you have a coupon.) I wear this mascara in Blackest Black and it gives my lashes the perfect POP. This is definitely a makeup bag staple for me.


6. E.l.f Studio Brushes
These are my go to everyday brushes for my powder and foundation. I use the complexion brush, stippling brush and powder brush. You can visit to purchase the full professional set for $30. I also use higher end brushes, but for $3 they’re pretty good for basic makeup application.

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HD Foundation Update & Mini Haul..

Yesterday I posted about wearing my Make Up For Ever HD Foundations again. Well, thankfully my face didn’t turn into an oil slick, but my t-zone did get a little shiny and I didn’t get as much coverage as I would like. I will continue to work with these two and try a primer and building more coverage.


Now onto my exciting haul…
After calling multiple MAC counters looking for Candy Yum Yum, I finally found it!! *insert happy& excited face here* I was so thirsty for this lipstick that I picked it up on my lunch break. Again, I love the color of this lipstick and the best part is I got it for free! I returned 6 Back 2 MAC products, so yesterday was a win. (The lipstick retails for $15)
Below are pics of the lipstick in the tube, no flash and flash.
In the pic with the four lips, the top pic is the color with no flash, second is a flash, third is with MAC Magenta liner and the fourth is with MAC Dazzleglass Funtabulou on top on the lipstick and liner.

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Tips: This is a very Matte lipstick so make sure your lips are moisturized or do a lip scrub. The chapped lips with the matte lipstick is not a good look!

Also while in the MAC store, I picked up a Cremesheen lipstick in Saigon Summer and Cremesheen glass in Rising Sun. I was drawn to the gloss because of the pretty orange color, but once I put it on there wasn’t as much orange as I would have liked, so the sales associate showed me the lipstick with the gloss and I loved it.

What I love about this Cremesheen gloss is that it’s not sticky to me like MAC’s lipglasses and doesn’t leave that white line either. The lipstick retails for $15 and the gloss is $18.

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The top pic is just the lipstick with no flash, second is with flash, third is lipstick with gloss on top no flash and fourth is with flash.

I also purchased 3 nail polishes from Target and I wore the hot pink today to match my skirt.

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Oh Make Up For Ever HD how do I love thee… Or do I?

While attending The MakeUp Show in Chicago last summer everyone was raving about Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, so of course I had to check it out. I first purchased shade 173 but it was a tad too light, so Iwent back and got shade 177. When I mix the two I get the perfect shade.

It’s been a while since I’ve used these two shades together. For the last two months or so I’ve been mixing the HD 173 with my MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC 50, but this morning I decided to go back to my HD. I can’t remember why I stopped using the two HD foundations, but today I will find out. I have oily skin so I’m hoping I don’t turn into an oil slick by 1:00. I posted a pic below and just looking at it, I think I need more coverage but that’s probably just the Studio Fix side of me.

I hope I fall in live with these two again…

On top of the foundation I used MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark and on my lips is Tom Ford’s lipstick in Sable Smoke with NARS gloss Supervixxen.