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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

 

Tuesday
Aug202013

The Best Self-Tanner EVER: Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse. 

The Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is the best self-tanner I have used, ever. Am I overstating this remark? No. It is that good.

The BEST Self-Tanner: Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

This self-tanner was created with the brands pHenO2 technology. I don't really know what that is, but whatever it is, it is developed so this self-tanning mouse is completely odorless, light, airy and super long-lasting. It dries within a minute. Literally. I can get dressed immediately after applying. 

When I say Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal is super long-lasting, it really is. The brand claims that it lasts 2-3 weeks, but you have to apply it as they suggest. They suggest three applications, within 3 - 24 hours each. I applied it one night and then again the next morning and had a really dark, but believable self-tan. I noticed some fading around ten days, but still had traces of it on my legs after two weeks. I suppose if I wanted to be really dark and need it to last longer, I would apply the three applications as instructed. Though I didn't, this was more than good enough for me. I previously had a consistent self-tanning routine where I applied twice a week. I never thought I could have a self-tanner last this long and only applying every two weeks is a dream come true.

See also: 10 New Self-Tanners

Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal is super easy to apply with their tanning mitt that I highly recommend you purchase. For only $6.50, this mitt will help you to apply this mouse seamlessly and evenly. I use one pump of mousse for each section of my body, meaning each leg, arm, back, chest and neck. I haven't applied this to my face yet, but for those of you that are daring or want a darker self-tanned face, I would say go for it.

Don't miss this self-tanner. You can choose from Fair, Medium or Dark. I use Medium. It is expensive at $54.00, but it is so worth it. I have used Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal three times since I received it almost two months ago and I still have 3/4 of the bottle left.

Purchase Vita Liberata
 pHenomenal at Sephora.

Monday
Aug192013

Makeup Wars: My Must Have Hair Tools.

I am obsessed with a great blowout. If I could have a professional blowout everyday, I would be one happy gal - with great hair. Seriously? Don't you feel better when you're rocking a beautiful bouncy blowout? Luckily, I have learned to do my own blowout at home. The key to the perfect blowout is the right tools and products.

For products, I like a product that initially smoothes my hair, as in defrizz and seals the cuticle to prevent it from fizzing in the first place. I use the original Moroccanoil Treatment for that. I also like a volumizing mousse, because I like a lot of volume and need the extra hold it gives. My current mousse of choice is Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse. Finally, I need a hairspray to hold my style in place, and I only use L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray (unscented) for this finishing touch.

For tools, I need a great hair dryer and brush. The best hair dryer I have ever tried is from the famed blow dry bar, Drybar. They only do blowouts, so I trust that their tools are the best.

Must Have Hair Tools and How to Get the Perfect DIY Blowout

I use the bright yellow Buttercup Blow Dryer. This professional hair dryer has a powerful 1875 watts of power that is surprisingly quiet. It delivers a powerful airflow while being gentle on hair. It has three temperature settings, two speed settings, a self-locking Cool Shot button, and a narrow concentrator for fast styling. It is super lightweight, so my arms never get tired. My hair is dry faster with this dryer than any I have ever tested as well.

See also: My At-Home Hair Color Disaster

Along with the dryer, I depend on the Full Pint Medium Round Brush. This helps to smooth my hair while adding in big soft curls.

To aid in drying my hair in sections, I use the Drybars Hold Me Clips. These have a self-locking system that allows for large sectioning. They grip the hair gently, so I never experience pulling.

To do a great blowout at home, work in small sections. This is where the clips are essential. I usually work with seven or eight sections, but only clip off four sections at a time, on each side of my head. I dry each section at a time. I hold my hair taut with the brush making sure I point the dryer nozzle down toward the hair to seal in the cuticle. Once the section is dried, I wrap the ends around the round brush and again, pointing the nozzle down, add extra heat to the the section I am curling for about 10 seconds and then hit the cool button for about 30 seconds to lock in the curl. I move to the next section until my hair is completely dry. After all the clips are out, I curl back a few of the pieces that need more curl, again using the round brush and a quick heat/cool blow. When finished, I usually flip my head over and spray with my favorite hair spray and then flip back upright. I then just use my hands to separate some pieces and then make sure every hair is in place before I give it another mist of hairspray.

This is me after about a ten minute DIY blow out session with the Buttercup, Full Pint Brush and Hair Clips.

The hair dryer and clips can be purchased from QVC in their Drybar Blowout In-a-Box kit for $169.00. It also contains two different nozzles and an extra filter.

The Full Pint Medium Round Brush can be purchased at Sephora for $40.00.

Check out my Makeup Wars blogger friends to see their must have hair tools.

Tuesday
Aug132013

Top 10 Gold Makeup Products.

Gold really catches the eye, doesn't it? I'm not talking gold watches and chains or a hot gold pair of shoes. I am takling beautiful makeup. Gold is one of my most favorite makeup shades for fall. Gold makeup, worn properly, can totally warm up your beautiful makeup look. I like to add a gold gloss on top of a lot of different lip colors, especially red or hot pink. It is the most gorgeous shade to highlight the cheeks with, and I wear it as an eye shadow base quite often.

Gold is a perfect shade as we make the transition from summer to fall. Here are my top ten favorite gold makeup products.

1. NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss - Gold Digger

2. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact - Beige

3. COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil - Gold Flame

4. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit

5. L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow - Eternal Sunshine

See also: Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Collection

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Goldmine

7. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow - Sunlight

8. bareMinerals Eyecolor - True Gold

9. YSL Golden Gloss - Golden Sand

10. Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio - The Illuminators

Be sure to take a look at what my blogger friends have in their top ten.