If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!

We’ve all had those days where we get a text message from a friend at 5:00 to meet up for happy hour at 6:00 with no time to go home. Usually when this happens two thoughts cross my mind: Is … Continue reading

Product Review: NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer

Now that it has officially been a week since I purchased the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation (released August 2013) and Radiant Creamy Concealer (released March 2013), I can say I love them both. When I purchased these items, … Continue reading

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.

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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.

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.

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