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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. 

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is one of my favorite products. I think it launched last year around this time, and I am on my second tube already. It is just one of those holy grail products that covers my skin and makes it look radiant - just as intended. Well, NARS has a new product that goes right along with it, the Radiant Creamy Concealer. I bet I'll be on my second or maybe even third tube of this one next year at this time too.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer is not just for undereye circles, it is designed to be used anywhere you need a little cover up or evening out too. It is very easy to blend and it's buildable to get custom coverage. Just a dab of the sponge-tipped wand under my eyes and a little blending is all I need for my dark circles. On age spots, I dab and blend and dab and blend, until get the exact coverage I need there.

My favorite thing about this concealer is that it is - like the name implies - very creamy. This means it never cakes or creases or settles into my lines and wrinkles around my eyes.

Another way that I like to use the Radiant Creamy Concealer is to apply it on the tops of my cheekbones as a creamy, no shimmer highlighter. The color that I am using is Vanilla, which is just a tad lighter than my foundation, with a little pink undertone to it. It just makes my cheeks look radiant and pop.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Vanilla

Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in ten shades:

  • CHANTILLY: True ivory shade for fairest complexions
  • VANILLA: Tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion 
  • HONEY: Warm peach tone for light to medium complexion
  • CUSTARD: Yellow tone for light to medium complexion
  • GINGER: Golden undertone for medium complexion
  • BISCUIT: Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones 
  • CARAMEL: Medium dark yellow and golden undertones
  • AMANDE: Medium dark with golden olive undertones
  • CAFÉ: Dark shade with warm red undertones
  • CACAO: Dark shade with deep gold-brown undertones

NARS Lead Stylist Jenny Smith has a how to video where she demonstrates how to perfect your complexion using new Radiant Creamy Concealer and my other new NARS fave, the Light Reflecting Setting Powder (she uses the Loose Powder).

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $28.00. Pick up it up at NARS counters, Sephora, Nordstrom or online at


Makeup Wars: Color of the Year Emerald Green.

Pantone officially declared Emerald Green as the color of the year. In case you wonder why you are seeing so many fashion items and accessories in green lately, this is why. While the makeup community might be a bit behind (except Sephora because they already have a Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Green Collection), many brands have quite a few green products in their regular line. These green products are quickly becoming popular; green nails and green smoky eye looks are popping up everywhere!


Emerald Green Makeup

While I tried to concentrate on emerald green for my picks, I just couldn't find many products that fit the emerald green description. I like to think of my picks as "emerald-ish" green. When searching my stash, I quickly discovered that I have no emerald green nail polish - or even anything close to it. What I do have though, are quite a few green eye liners and green eye shadows. These are my favorites.


Emerald Green Eye Liners

Emerald Green Eye Liners

1. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - 16L Green
This pencil glides on with a medium yellow green sheen. It's very smooth and lasts until you take it off. $18.00

2. NYX Slide On Pencil - Esmeralda
This silky soft pencil applies very easily making eye lining easy. It feels more like a shadow crayon than a liner, actually. The color is a lighter emerald green with a bit of shine to it. $8.00

3. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliiner Pencil - Jade
This intense waterproof liquid pencil is an easy to apply and smudge eyeliner that has a built in smudger. The color is an emerald-teal shade of green. $9.99

4. Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliner - Vert
This thin eyeliner is waterproof and pretty much budge-proof once you apply. Smudging is not really an option, so it has to be applied carefully. The color is a deep smoky moss green. $19.00

5. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense - Intense Ivy
This quickliner is a very precise eyeliner that applies well and smudges easily with the built-in smudger. The shade is a real darkly pigmented ivy green, almost like a black green. $15.00

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Covet
The pencil formula is one of my favorites as it does just what says; it glides on like butter and lasts all day. In face, you need to use an eye makeup remover to get this long-lasting liner off. The shade is a beautiful emerald green with a bit of silver sheen to it. $19.00

7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner - 4 Diamond Lagoon Green
This is a waterproof liquid liner that applies easily with the precision brush. Like all of the Aqua products, this one goes on and stays on. The shade is a sparkling bright blue-ish green. $23.00

8. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil - Antique Jade
This kohl pencil offers a thicker tip and was actually formulated for lining the inner rims of the eyes. I use it as a regular liner and have used this color for years. Antique Jade is a dark, almost khaki green shade. $20.00


Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

1. NARS Duo Eyeshadow - Misfit
As one of my favorite shadow formulas, this eye shadow is super silky, highly pigmented and very long wearing. The shades include an ecru shimmer and a true emerald green shimmer. $34.00

2. Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block - Bionic
This shadow trio contains three shades; a true emerald green and two complementary shades. The green actually looks beautiful with the white shimmer and bold blue, which I like to use as a liner. The formula is very silky and lasts all day. $26.00

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow - 168 Iridescent Lagoon Green
This truly emerald green shade has a bit of soft emerald green shimmer to it. It's a super soft powder that applies beautifully. $20.00

4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour - Jungle
This creamy eye shadow applies like a dream. It goes on so easily, lasts all day and never creases. I love the different smoky effect this dark olive green gives. $24.00

5. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow - Endless Sea
This super soft velvety formula glides onto lids and lasts through everything. Endless Sea is a pretty teal green with a jewel tone look to it. Not exactly emerald (they do have a golden emerald in the collection) but pretty enough and very wearable to be mentioned. $7.95

6. bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow - Racing Green
Made to be an eye shadow primer to intensify a loose powder shadow look, I like to wear it alone. The creamy formula applies with fingertips and leaves a soft wash of color that adheres to the lid. Racing Green is a shimmery emerald green/gold shade. $12.00

7. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer - Peacock
This highly pigmented, soft shadow contains beautiful, subtle shimmer in a great soft emerald green shade. I wore this shade or another very similar Clinique shade when I got married. I am sure there was no super shimmer formula then, but the color I remember well. $15.00

8. bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 - The Winner Is...
The mineral powder shadows are super silky and long lasting, not to mention good for you with the mineral infused formula. The duo contains Chart Topper, a shimmery gold and Hit Single, a shimmery light emerald green. $20.00

9. Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour - St. Germain
This luxurious sateen shadow looks like silk when applied, but feels almost creamy as it is applied. It is easy to blend as it wears well with no creasing all throughout the day. The shade is a light golden emerald green that looks different depending how the light catches it.

10. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint - Mighty Moss
One of my new favorite shadow formulas in an easy to apply stick comes in this great jeweled dark green shade. The color payoff is soft, hence the tint name, yet beautifully colored and very long-lasting. $16.00

11. bareMinerals Eye Color - Oz
This long lasting, loose mineral powder formula can be applied wet or dry, depending upon the look you want. Oz is a vibrant emerald green. $14.00

12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream - 22 Emerald Green
This super pigmented, long-lasting formula offers a very rich, full on waterproof color. This a golden emerald green shade. $23.00

Check my Makeup Wars blogger friends and their Emerald Greens.


Friday Finds: March 1, 2013.

Happy March! I am so happy that winter is almost over. I will be thrilled when the first day of spring rolls around on the 20th. My skin is so dry. I have discovered a few new products that are really helping my skin overcome that super dry feeling. Mix that up with a few new makeup products that are taking me into spring and you have this weeks Friday's Finds. Enjoy the weekend!

1. Garnier Fructis Triple NutritionMiracle Dry Oil - $5.99
One product and a ton of uses. This dry oil that sprays onto skin or hair is like a miracle worker - especially on my legs. The dry oil soothes and moisturizes my skin as it instantly absorbs. It leaves my skin soft and supple; hair shiny. Bonus: it has a light citrus scent that smells so good.

2. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids - $7.49
This shiny new lipstick leaves lips drenched in bright, vivid color and tons of shine. It almost looks vinyl. There are ten super saturated shades to chose from. I am loving Vivid Rose, a super bright shiny hot rosy pink.

3. Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment - $7.99
This ointment is just what the doctor ordered. And really, my dermatologist recommended it for my chapped hands. It targets extremely dry, chafed or cracked areas that require ointment for extra protection. I slather the ointment over my hands (spread the extra on my knees and elbows) just as I turn in at night. My hands are finally feeling 'back to normal' soft.

4. L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara - $9.95
Designed to give natural lashes a lash extension look, this new mascara is helping my lashes look the longest they have been - ever. Long lashes are easy as two coats, and they will last all day with no flaking or smudging. (Did you hear about the #GetNoticed challenge?)

5. Talika Instant Manicure - $33.00
My nails and cuticles are even dry this winter and this little treatment is really helping them to be not so brittle. Just one packet of this effervescent powder in a bowl of warm water is a spa like treat that I am doing once a week. It smells so good and is just what I needed to get my cuticles back to their soft, non-peeling ways.


The New and Improved Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy.

It's been over a year since I had my hair color disaster and decided to only go to a professional for my hair coloring now. I go to the salon every six weeks now and my hair is all the better for it. Sadly, I am seeing a lot of gray at my temples and cannot make it two weeks without needing a touch up. I know I am not the only woman with this problem and there is help available. Clairol Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy is my favorite at-home touch up product and it has been my savior for many years.


I was thirlled to hear that Root Touch-Up had a little makeover. Not in the coloring products itself, becasue it is perfect just the way it is. This makeover has to do with the bowl and brush that comes with the product. It is definitely a change for the better.

The new Root Touch-Up kit comes complete with the Permanent Color Creme, the Color Activating Lotion, instructions, gloves, a bowl (tray) and brush. The new rounded tray is a sturdy, rounded oblong shaped bowl; similar to what the professionals use in the salon. It is much smaller, but it the right size to mix the hair color in work with. It sits on my bathroom counter perfeclty and dooesn't want to tip over like the old model. The new expert control brush seems to be a bit wider and has a handle that is easy to hold. I love that the opposite end of the brush is pointed to make hair separation (to get into the grays) easier.

I told my professional how I need to touch-up in between my appointments and he said that he highly recommends Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy to many clients with the same problem. He even suggested the shade Medium Blonde to me, and that is what I have always used. It's great to know that I got that right! Actually this shade is designed to match a variety of medium blonde shades - both at-home and professional brands. All of the 18 shades in the line up contain a unique blend of tones guaranteed to match and blend in with other shades.

Here is the proof.

My grays are gone in ten minutes. It literally takes me about two minutes to mix the hair color and then three minutes to apply it. I rinse it out after ten minutes, making the entire process 15 minutes. It's so easy! My grays are gone and the color blends in perfectly with my hair.

Next time you need a little touch-up, look for Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer. The suggested retail price is $7.99, but I always seem to find it for $5.99, which seems to be the regular price at my local Target or the sale price at my CVS store. Can you tell I stock-up?

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