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Friday
Aug232013

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

If you are a fan of the NARS complexion products, listen up. They have a beautiful new foundation and this is a good one. Meet NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

I am already a regular user of NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. The new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation takes the line in the direction of a more coverage product. It fills the gap in the radiant line. Who doesn't want more radiant skin and to get that with more coverage is like a dream.

The creamy foundation comes in a closeable compact of color that can pop into a larger compact, which is sold separately. It is very creamy looking, and creamy feeling as it is applied to the skin. It is very lightweight though and feels as if I am wearing a very lightweight, breathable liquid foundation offering the heavier coverage I need. I actually like to dampen the sponge and apply the color all over my face and I get a beautiful medium coverage. In areas like my forehead where I am showing a bit of hyperpigmentation, I use the sponge dry and get even more coverage. Using either wet or dry, the foundation sets to a beautiful finish in just seconds.

See also: 10 Cream Makeup Products

As I mentioned, the compact refill is closeable and it must stay snapped shut to keep the formula in tact. Even if it is popped into the larger compact, closing after use is vital.

I like that the range is full of 20 shades to match a variety of skintones. I am using Stromboli and that is the same shade that I use in the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

The shades from lightest to darkest:

  • Siberia - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc - light with pink undertone
  • Gobi - for Asian skin, light with yellow undertone
  • Deauville - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji - light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan - for Asian skin, light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab - medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris - medium with pink undertone (this is a new shade for NARS)
  • Santa Fe - medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli - medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona - deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse - medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe - medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz - medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao - Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea - Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad - dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans - dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares - dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum - dark with espresso undertone

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is available right now at NARS flagship boutiques and online at narscosmetics.com. The Foundation refills compact sells for $38.00 and the larger compact sells for $10.00. It will appear on department store counters September 1. I did see it in my local Sephora store already.

Shop NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

 

Thursday
Aug222013

5th Annual QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards Nominees & My Picks.

QVC has done such a great thing in celebrating beauty. They have been giving customers the chance to vote on their favorite beauty products in their QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards. Featuring 36 categories, from Best Mascara to Best Conditioner from the most highly sought after brands, customers can vote for their favorite product nominees in hopes of having them deemed Customer Choice Beauty Award Winner. What a great way to know if a product really works.

QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards 2013

The beauty polls open to everyone during QVC's Beauty’s Best, a 25-hour event kicking off Friday, August 23 at 11pm EST and continuing all day on August 24th.  But, because I know you all are such great beauty connoisseurs, I have a special link for you to start voting tonight, August 22 at midnight EST. You can begin voting early here: http://qvc.co/EveryVoteCounts.

Here is a list of the nominees, organized by category. I have starred my picks-- the products I will be voting for.

Best Shampoo

  • WEN Cleansing Conditioner*
  • Alterna Bamboo Volume Shampoo
  • Nick Chavez Advance Volume Shampoo
  • Living Proof Full Shampoo
  • Lea Journo Hydrating Shampoo

Best Conditioner

  • Alterna Bamboo Volume Conditioner
  • Alterna Caviar Moisture Conditioner
  • Nick Chavez Advance Volume Conditioner
  • Living Proof Full Conditioner*
  • Lea Journo Hydrating Conditioner

Best Hair Treatment

  • Josie Maran Hot Oil Hair Treatment
  • Lea Journo Hydrating Mask
  • WEN Remoist Hydrating Mask*
  • Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue
  • Living Proof Targeted Repair Cream

Best Volumizing Styling Product

  • Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer
  • Alterna Bamboo 48 hour Volume Spray
  • Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse*
  • Nick Chavez Soft Flocker
  • Living Proof Targeted Repair Cream

Best Smoothing Styling Product

  • Keratin Perfect Smoothing Treatment*
  • Living Proof Primer Style Extend
  • WEN Glossing Serum
  • Alterna Blowout Cream
  • drybar Cream Soda Smoothing Cream

Best Hairspray

  • Lea Journo Finishing Spray
  • Nick Chavez Thirst Quencher Hairspray
  • Alterna Caviar Working Hairspray
  • Calista Fix2 High Speed Hold Spray
  • Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray*

Best Hair Tool

  • Calista Tools Perfecter Round Brush
  • Calista Tools Hot Rollers
  • Chi Volumizing Styling Iron
  • Sarah Potempa Beachwaver
  • t3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer
  • drybar Blowout Hair Dryer*

Best Skin Care Cleanser

  • Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
  • Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser
  • Space NK Eve Lom Deep Cleansing Treatment
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple*

Best Exfoliator

  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate*
  • Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Peeling Gel
  • Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub
  • Josie Maran Argan Gentle Exfoliating Powder

Best Peel

  • Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Anti-Aging Peel Pads
  • Dr. Denese Firming Facial Pads
  • Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel
  • Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads
  • Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads
  • Philosophy Microdelivery Vitamin C Peel*

Best Face Moisturizer

  • Algenist Firming Moisturizer*
  • Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar
  • Dr. Denese Hydroshield Dream Cream

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Thursday
Aug222013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 4.

Before I tell you if this week was successful on my getting healthy with Nutrisystem plan, I want to talk to you about something that is very important. I want to talk about support. When it comes to making a major life change like this, support is critical.

Support is super important when on a weight loss program!

I was worried that my husband what not be supportive of the change I was making. I told him that I am doing it this time. At first there was some skepticism. My husband is very supportive of me and everything I do. He loves me for me and always tells me I am beautiful. He likes the extra "chunk" I have. He would yell at me if I was eating light when eating out. If I would pass on an ice cream when taking the kids out, he would get me one anyway. He didn't like to see me deprived. But he understands that I need to do this for myself. He wants me to be more confident and happy with myself. He has really been very supportive. He is helping me come up with ways to get in my ever important PowerFuels that I have not been eating as much as I should. He came up with a great recipe for my protein shake and now I want more than one each day. (More on that in another post.) He asks me how I am doing all the time. He asks me every few days how much weight I have lost and is very encouraging when I have nothing to report. He also reminded me that I should only be weighing myself once a week.

See also: Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem Introduction

My kids have been very supportive too. While I got a few eye rolls when I showed them how loose my shorts were, they are constantly asking me what I am eating. They help me find the healthiest items on the menu when we go out for dinner. I know they secretly go out for donuts without me, but they are very thoughtful and supportive to not bring any back to the house. Nutrisystem has a chocolate covered donut on the plan along with a huge array of sweet breakfast items and that is what I need to stick with!

I have also found a lot of support from Nutrisystem. I have been quietly looking around the message boards and have found a lot of information. While I have been quiet, the members are very supportive of each other.

I also had to get support from the dietician at Nutrisystem, in which I had a response within an hour. From that email, we exchanged a few where I learned that I was doing a few things wrong on the plan. I left the conversation better understanding the "system" and exactly what these specialized PowerFuels and SmartCarbs were and when to eat them. I could read as much as I could in the very useful Resource Guide, but somehow having someone tell me in their own word what these were, was very beneficial to me. Most importantly, I learned that to be successful, I do need to eat them at certain times of the day and that I need to eat more of them when exercising a lot. Overall, I learned that I have not been eating as much as I should, and I noticed that when my calorie count was less than what it was supposed to be. I was told, "1250 calories per day on the women’s plan is typically an average, the meal plan can vary by 100 calories (+/-) depending on your selection of Nutrisystem entrees and or grocery additions. If you are counting calories your goal is to be roughly somewhere between 1150-1350 calories per day. However, Nutrisystem is designed so that as long as you are following the meal plan correctly you should be falling within those numbers without having to count out your total daily calories." I am glad that my Nutrisystem app counts out the calories because I knew I should be around 1250 per day, and most days I was barely getting 1,000 calories. I knew something was wrong because I wasn't feeling quite myself and I have been starting to feel hungry.

Thank goodness for all of the support because I really do need it to keep me on track. It is very easy to get off track and fast, and I do not want to do that.

This week was another success. I should add that I am not looking for much for a week to be a success. Nutrisystem recommends slow and steady weightloss-- 1-2 pounds per week. I'll take a .5 pound loss as a success, because I am one that has always followed that rule of slow and steady. With that said, this week, I lost 2.5 pounds, making my total weight loss so far 10.5 pounds. I reached my one month goal of losing 10 pounds! I am excited and pretty proud of myself. 

 

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me with the Nustrisystem program, free of charge, which includes food and support, in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts are my own.