NARS Matte Multiples – Laos, Siam and Exumas

I practically skipped into my nearest Space NK today after reading that the new NARS Matte Multiples are now instore.  After repeatedly swatching, cleansing and then swatching again in a different order I decided on Laos, Siam and Exumas.  I couldn’t decide between Altai and Vientiane so I left with neither.  Both looked quite warm (much warmer than NARS Laguna and Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder) and unflattering on my pallid winter skin.  I vow to give them another try in summer as Altai was originally at the top of my list!

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Laos (right) is a rosy pink with a hint of plum.  I had a very light base on today and I found it brought out some of the redness in my face.  I’m not normally a fan on plum blushes for this reason but I will try it with a fuller coverage foundation next time.

Siam (middle) is a very pigmented hibiscus red and is my first foray into red blush.  It is very scary.  Especially that first swipe.  I’m not completely sold on it as blush on my warm light-medium skin but I suspect that it’s due to my lack on finesse with such a pigmented product.  Tapped onto lips as a stain however, Siam is as gorgeous as you would expect.  Not as striking as a bold matte lip but tapping a couple of layers will give you that pop of colour.  I will have to try it with a lip brush at some point!

Exumas (left) is a coral pink nude and is my pick out of the three.  It’s pigmented, blends nicely and brightens the face.  I can see myself wearing this as an everyday blush or dialled up by popping it on top of contoured cheeks.

Here is Exumas swatched with other coral pinks

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NARS Boys Don’t Cry blush/Chanel Rouge Allure in La Favorite/NARS Exumas/MAC Vegas Volt/MAC Watch Me Simmer/MAC Ablaze

Here is Siam swatched with other orange reds

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NARS Siam/MAC Dangerous/MAC Lady Danger/NARS Red Square/NARS Heatwave/Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Muse

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The empties that keep on giving – Diptyque

There must be something I’m missing because I can’t seem to see joy in empty shampoo or body lotion containers.  I buy them, use them, throw them out and buy the same if I loved it or buy another if I didn’t.

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Now a Diptyque candle is another case entirely.  They burn evenly down the bottom of the glass jar (not burning a hole in the centre like some candles do) leaving pretty much just a thin layer of wax and the base of the wick when the light goes out.

You would be wrong in thinking that using up a much loved candle would be a cause for dismay. For one it means that you now have an excuse to buy ANOTHER candle, or in my case I now have an excuse to light the Feuille de Lavande I had waiting in my stash (gorgeous by the way!).  Secondly, the jar becomes home to anything that takes my fancy.  In this case, my NARS Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils which have been rolling around in my drawer.

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I’ll leave it up to your imagination but take notes from the inspiring Sabrina’s The Beauty Look Book where she uses them to store anything from paperclips to cotton buds!

Heads up! Clinique Cheek Pops and NARS Matte Multiples

Heads up for those waiting for some spring goodies to drop in the UK!

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Is anyone else is stalking their Space NK for the new NARS matte multiples?  I’m itching to get my hands on Exumas, Siam and Altai.  They’re now available to pre-order from Space NK Online and will be available for dispatch on Tuesday 25 March. I’m guessing this means they’ll be in-store then too – the stalking continues…

And the Clinique Cheek Pops are now available on clinique.co.uk.

NARS Eye Paints in Snake Eyes and Iskandar

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With magazines and blogs awash with previews of upcoming holiday collections (I’m looking at you Chanel and NARS) it be wise to be prudent with the hauls in anticipation of a big spend in a couple of months time. But one could be forgiven for letting a collection slip through especially when it’s NARS coming out with a new range of eye paints – creamy colours of pigmented goodness that double as eye liner or cream eye shadow.

There are 10 colours available and the standouts for me were Black Valley and Mesopotamia (matte black and brown), Snake Eyes and Ubangi (black based shimmers in emerald and navy) and the shimmery gold Iskandar for the silly season. I went home with Snake Eyes and Iskandar but Ubangi and Mesopotamia are next on my list!

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Here’s Snake Eyes swatched with other shimmery emeralds (L-R):

  • MAC Powerglide Intense liner in Black Line (this has more black and less blue)
  • Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy Shimmer (darker and less shimmer)

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And if you’re wondering, no that black smudge is not dirt and smog from the London underground – it’s actually NARS Night Clubbing eye shadow.  As you can see it’s quite rubbish on its own but worn over a black base the green shimmer does make an appearance.

They’re out now exclusive to Selfridges at £18.50 each.  They should be available on the NARS website soon but in the meantime check out their Get the Look video for Mesopotamia and Mozambique.

NARS Fairy’s Kiss Palette and 413 BLKR Lipstick

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Okay so it’s August and officially it’s still summer – but the new collections are too hard to resist! NARS have two 6-pan eyeshadow palettes out: Fairy’s Kiss and Ride Up to the Moon. These come in the new smaller size like the And God Created Woman palette. I’m a fan of lavender, grey and purple combinations so I went with Fairy’s Kiss:

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Manosque (top left) is a shimmery pink beige and exclusive to this palette, but the standout shade for me is definitely Brousse III (top right) – a rich shimmery violet. Deep and buttery enough not to need a black base to bring out the colour.

The new 413 BLKR lipstick (available exclusively on the NARS website in the UK) is a creamy matte brown rose. It hardly has any red so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! Here is a swatch sandwiched between YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #206 Grenat Satisfaction (left) and Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid (right). Black Orchid is plummier and Grenat Satisfaction is deeper.

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These almost make me look forward to Autumn… almost!

Bright Matte Lip – MAC Fashion Sets

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A side effect of being a makeup addict is that most of the time I walk out of the house with a full face of makeup, carefully coordinated eye, lip and blush shades…. but worn with a lazy ponytail and a haphazard outfit thrown on as a second thought (usually anything that requires little to no ironing).  It’s not surprising that the only mirror I have in the room is a small one on my dressing table.

And so since today was the start of the sales for most of the stores here in London I was resolved to buy clothes, shoes and accessories instead of makeup for once!  And I succeeded for the most part.  Everything I bought in the sales were either clothes or accessories.  Sort of.  Ok so I bought 2 MAC lip liners from the Fashion Sets collection too BUT they technically weren’t part of the sales =P

I picked up Ablaze (bright coral) to go with the lipstick and Embrace Me (bright neon pink).  I decided to give the Embrace Me lipstick a miss as it would be too similar to my go to bright pink NARS Schiap.  I think it’s a pretty close match!  But as you can see in the swach the Ablaze lipstick has more red than the lip liner.

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(L-R) MAC Embrace Me lip liner, NARS Schiap lipstick, MAC Ablaze lip liner, MAC Ablaze lip stick

Too bright to wear in the office but I will definitely be wearing these on the weekend even if London decides to rain the whole time!

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB and Fard Metal Iridescent Eye shadow

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After reading good reviews on Guerlain’s BB offering, I rushed to get my hands on it as soon as I found out it’s available in the UK.  Having only 15 minutes before I had to meet someone for dinner, I hurriedly asked for it in Medium and on impulse decided to get the Fard Metal Iridescent Eyeshadow in No 2 Bronze as well.  BIG MISTAKE!  Was a perfect foundation shade ever found in 10 minutes?  Of course not.  Classic school girl mistake.  In MAC terms I’m an NC30 and I think the Medium shade would suit someone who is NC35 better.

The finish is very natural, more satin than matte and I would say the coverage is medium.  It evens out the skin tone nicely and might work better for me if the London summer ever steps up to give me some kind of tan this year.

See swatches below compared to other tinted moisturisers (L-R):
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude, Guerlain LDP BB in Medium, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque, NARS Tinted Moisturiser in St Moritz

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