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Lipstick devotees of the world, if I may, I’d like to introduce you to the autumn collection that will win an extra special place in your heart. NARS has released an assemblage of 40 lip shades, dubbed the Audacious Lipstick Collection, for autumn ’14, and they may be the most gorgeous things I’ve ever laid my eyes on. To make this lot even better, NARS tapped Charlotte Rampling to be the face of the launch – her first campaign in  10 years!

The Audacious Lipstick Collection pays homage to founder and creative director François Nars’ first-ever collection — a set of 12 lipsticks — which hit shelves 20 years ago. This new assortment of 40 (yes, 40) hues ranges from dusty lavender to moody merlot to bubblegum pink. Unlike typical fall collections, NARS didn’t play favorites when it came to seasons — there are tubes in this collection that you can wear in the winter or spring. They’re pigment-rich, full-coverage, and moisturizing, housed in sophisticated black cases.

Although it’s more like a lipstick treasure hunt with these – some shades will only be available in certain shops and many are online exclusives! So keep your eyes peeled!

Check out the NARS website to see the full line up, but trust me… You’re going to have a hard time picking a favourite!

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PENDING RELEASE: NARS Limited Edition Smokey Eye Kit

For Autumn 2014, NARS Cosmetics introduces the NARSissist’s most coveted essentials for eyes with the Smokey Eye Kit.

The limited-edition kit features a compact with three must-have shadows for captivating, compelling eyes, a mini Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go.

(L-R)

– Madrague I

– Bali

– Mekong

– Wide Contour Brush #43 Travel-sized

– Via Veneto Mini

 

When… July 15th at NARS online, August 1st at boutiques and department stores

 

The date’s in my diary… is it in yours?

Wimbledon Wears

Im heading off to Wimbledon on Saturday night with the boy to join ‘The Queue’ for the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament tickets, and I’m so excited.

The 2014 Wimbledon Championships is a tennis tournament that is played on outdoor grass courts, it is the 128th edition of the Wimbledon Championships and the third Grand Slam event of the year. The boy is an avid tennis fan, and goes to Wimbledon nearly every year, so this time I can’t wait to join in with the fun and embrace the british tradition that is Wimbledon.

True to form, I’ve even planned my outfits for the two days.

Saturday night – Arrive late and set up camp!

Sunday –  Spend the day in ‘The Queue’ queuing  for tickets…

This calls for comfort, in the form of a LBD – this ASOS Skater dress with Wrap front is made from a lightweight stretch fabric and was a bargain at £25, great for the warmer weather we’ve been having, but also good for if it turns a bit cold. Paired with my & Other Stories Sunglasses and ASOS leather flat sandals this is a perfect lounge around outfit in fitting with the occasion.

To jazz this up a bit, I’ll be opting for an orangey peach lip courtesy of NARS Satin Lipstick in Casablanca.

Monday – Spend the day watching tennis and eating strawberries…

This is the day of the tennis we’ve queued up to get tickets for. Now I know many people will go a bit more casual, but my fashion sense is kind of far from casual. I like to dress up, and look sophisticated… so I’ll be opting for this T-Shirt Dress with Sheer Sleeve and Tuck Detail from ASOS teamed with my ZARA Long Blazer, ASOS Red Leather Flat Shoes, & Other Stopes glasses and the NARS lipstick again. Keeping the accessories simple.

I’m really looking forward to going to Wimbledon as it’s my first time attending the tournament, and experiencing ‘the queue‘ – pictures to follow!

Get The Glow

It’s time for all other glow-inducing products in town to bow down because there’s a new skin perfecting dewifying trio in town.

OSKIA Get Up & Glow – This is the first step to achieving a fabulous glow! A lightweight revitalising and energising serum that brightens and enlivens skin. The serum has a pearlescent appearance and looks stunning on the skin. It’s hard to describe, but this is a definite staple in my everyday makeup routine now which means it’s got to be good.

If this is a bit too pricey for you then try the…

DIOR Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer – This little tube houses the most luminous looking liquid I’ve ever seen, it claims to brighten the complexion and create a radiance-enhanced base for the rest of your makeup menu. The pearl liquid creates a luminous finish that foundations sit beautifully on top of or get mixed in with for an oomph-ed up finish. Beautiful.

NARS Sheer Glow –  This stuff vanishes into the skin tocreate a really, really flawless looking complexion. It lasts well, and the shade Santa Fe is a perfect match for me and it just looks natural, letting my natural sheen peek through amping up the glow, while keeping the coverage in place. A glowing, natural radiant finish foundation that evens skin tone and brings the glow.

A glowing look is perfect for the summer and looks good on everyone. If you’re giving the glow a go, try these three to start the ball rolling.

Golden Eye Edit

From Day-to-Day

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No. 22 Pale Barley – This is a complex, hard to describe shade that seems to look different on everyone. On me, it’s a light to medium, warm brown that pulls slightly golden, with a lovely sheen and very, very fine iridescent shimmer which is almost imperceptible.

The formula is something to shout about – smooth, creamy, buttery, silky. Everything you’ve come to expect from a Burberry eyeshadow. It has incredible colour payoff and is fully opaque in just one sweep. The perfect subtle shadow for daily golden sheen. This was a tricky one to find, but it’s well worth the search.

From Day-to-Night
MAC Mulch – My go to shade, a one wash wonder if you will. It’s a medium-dark, red toned brown with a golden warm undertone. The pearly finish can be blended out to a subtle sheen and it’s a beauty. A similar colour can be found with the MAC Paint Pot in Eclair and MAC Lie Low.

This is one of my favourite eyeshadows as it intensifies my green peepers and adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to any outfit.

All Night Long…
NARS Kalahari Duo – marked as a Gold confection and a Sugared cocoa, these two are beautiful. Kalahari appears in one of my favourite palettes ‘And God Created the Woman’ and here is where my love affair began. Swept all over the lid this shadow imparts a subtle shimmer and a warm hue, but packed on with a flat brush and buffed out – this can create a show stopping bronzed smokey eye like no other. Top marks.

The tiny palette is composed of one bright yet old bronze shade that is not all that dissimilar from MAC Woodwinked and the other segment is a cool toned taupe that it equally as beautiful.This will take you all through the night with a show-stopping gold wash that won’t disappoint.

 

Have you got any more golden shadow suggestions? I love a good enabler!

THE BEAUTY BAG – JUNE

Here’s a brief introduction to the concept of the beauty bag – a collection of all things beauty to get you through the month. Well the things I reach for anyway… This one’s weather dependant.

June’s edit is a bronzed, glowing, beach babe line up that will get you prepared for the impending summer – if this torrential rain ever eases up! So sit back and enjoy some red hot weather worthy products that I’ll be donning this month…
Now, one thing I should point out – I’m totally one to rally behind the ‘healthy sun kissed and bronzed’ thing all year round, but June is where it’s at… I open my doors to all things summer and I get my glow on.
Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer lends a helping hand with this one *please don’t look at the price!* – it’s good enough to use as a base and its a corker for warming up the complexion. You can smudge it just over cheekbones too, and due to its gel texture it’s got the glowing thing down.
But prior to that I usually break out the Clarins Liquid Bronze Face Tanner a milk that applied as the last step of your skincare routine pre-or-post slumber all over the face soaked onto a cotton pad or with fingers just takes the edge off a sun starved complexion and leaves you looking a little bit bronzier a few hours later. Nice.
For when a dust of powdered sun is on the cards, I’ll be reaching for NARS Laguna Bronzer. Its not too orangey, reddish or brown – it tops up my tan whatever time of the year and I find the bigger the brush the better when it comes to application. All over, any time.
A good bronzey eye is about as adventurous as I get, so I’ve got the bronzey coloured lid thing down. MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Eclair, a warm metallic brown, is a one stop shop for blended out smokiness. The formula’s on point too; blendable but not too creamy and not too bad in the longevity stakes either and I find the rusty shade to pair rather nicely with my green peepers.
Seeing as things are getting a little bit sexy on the eyes, I’m planning on keeping lips simple; I predict MAC’s Naked Bud will be coming into play.
Tan topped-up, lids sufficiently bronzed and lips sorted with a slick of nude, come on sun – I’m ready for ya.

NARS PALETTE PONDERING

NARSissit eyeshadow palette – A palette of 15 NARS signature eye shadow shades for creating unlimited artistic effects. Ready to wear every day, every way. This set contains shades – All About Eve I (flesh toned neutrals), Madrague II (matte caramel), Fez (velvety cocoa), Bali (neutral), Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections), Madrague I (matte cream), Nepal (soft sheer rose), Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown), Brousse II (black violet), Mekong (espresso infused with gold), Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter), Lhasa (lavender grey), Bad Behavior (deep pewter), Dogon II (charcoal black), Pandora II (matte black). This gorgeous little palette is jam packed full with every shade I could ever need and for that reason, it gets the thumbs up from me! See a full review for this one here.

NARS And God Created the Woman – My favourite! An eye shadow kit with six sultry shades, a travel-size Eye Shader Brush, and a medium Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base. This palette is captivating and compelling and unleashes the inner goddess in all of us.

This set contains shades – Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing a Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and a #3 Eyeshadow Brush

Alhambra, a champagne shimmer which isn’t dissimilar to MAC All That Glitters, Bellisima, a matte grey-toned taupe, Kalahari, a warm-toned shimmer laden taupe, Galapagos, a rich brown with golden flecks, Coconut Grove, a deep chocolate matte brown and Night Clubbing a golden shimmer laced black.

My top picks from the line-up? Kalahari – the sort of shade I could sweep over my lids on a daily basis and feel fantastic with and Alhambra, which looks great as an inner corner highlight.

NARS Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir palette – A covetable, provocative palette features two iconic blushes and a foursome of sophisticated signature shadows.

This set contains shades – Deep Throat blusher, Dolce Vita blusher, Molokai eyeshadow, Antananarivo eyeshadow, Lhasa eyeshadow, Ragoun eyeshadow

Deep Throat – Sheer peach with slight golden shimmer. Think NARS Orgasm, but minus all of that golden shimmer – which imparts a gorgeous natural flush on the cheeks.

Dolce Vita – Matte dusty rose. Although it is “matte”, it has a slight silver sheen to it, but it’s not noticeable until you look very closely. I love this blush! This looks like it would be a perfect blush year round and complimentary for all skin tones!

Molokai – Shimmery nude champagne. This is a shade that is shown a lot in palettes from many brands. With smooth application and high pigmentation, this is a one wash wonder which certainly gets my seal of approval! Thumbs up!

Antananarivo – Warm matte soft brown. This is a perfect defining shade for the lid, perfect in the crease to add subtle definition

Lhasa – Smokey taupe. This is perhaps my least favourite of the bunch and the one I’ll get the least wear out of. Unfortunately I’m just not a blue gal, but for those that are, this one looks like it’d be great!

Ragoun – Brown with slight glitter. The glitter laced through this shadow is very subtle, although I did experience a bit of fall out from this shade which was a little disappointing, but the colour is great for lash line shading and adding depth and definition to your whole looks.

This is the perfect palette for travelling as it houses both blushes and eyeshadows which is always a bonus.

As with every NARS product, the quality of these palettes is impeccable and the colour range is divine. My love for NARS grows with every new release which certainly doesn’t help the size of my makeup stash.

What do you think? Have any of you got these palettes too?

EVENING MAKEUP

After seeing this post from Alix from I Covet Thee I was inspired to scribble down exactly what I reach for when I’m in preparation for a night out. Now.. let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, I’m not a wild party gal and a complete night owl. I couldn’t be more opposite. In fact I’ve often been known to say “I actually enjoy getting ready for night’s out, more than the night out itself”. Not a true student I know! But.. on the odd occasion I slip on my heels and sip on a few ‘Gin Jams’ with the girls, this is what I reach for…

Now much like Alix, my black uniform is adhered to on nights out, unless I’m feeling brave and crack out a coloured cami and blazer combo *how brave*, And I slip on my Whistles French 65 black pointed courts and grab my Statement Clutch Bag from Zara which is years old, and I love it. Job done.
Makeup wise, my foundation of choice is a toss up between Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish and NARS Sheer Glow (reviews of both can be found here) both imitate perfect skin and the NARS one is particularly good for photo situations as there’s no pesky SPF that might cause flash back and make me look like I have a ghost face. Teamed with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  and Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light the base is good to go.
For special occasions I am partial to sculpting myself out some cheekbones – and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is the one for the job, along with its sister the Celestial Powder for highlighting. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is dusted lightly on my cheeks to pep things up a bit before I move on to eyes.
Depending on what look I’m going for the eyes are either played up or down. If my black outfit is in play then I usually opt for a killer red lip, and will reach for something like the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Red Square, or my old favourite Cruella – with this look I’ll dust some of the KA Celestial Powder all over my eyelids and the Sculpting powder in the crease, curl my lashes and then add a copious amount of the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes mascara to seal the deal.
If I’m not feeling the red lip, I’ll opt for something bronzed and beautiful all over the lid like MAC Mulch with Espresso through the crease. Teamed also with lots of the aforementioned mascara and a wash of MAC Patisserie on the lips.All that’s left is a quick spritz of Diptyque Vetyverio, a deep musky scent with a hint of freshness which I will always be seen sporting in the evening and I’m ready to go!

What are your night out make up staples?

Are you a NARSissist?

A NARSissist is “someone who lives by their own rules, isn’t afraid to express themselves in every look, mood, or attitude, and has a bottomless makeup bag” – at least according to NARS anyway!

A NARSissist has become more than a little twitter handle for these limited edition palettes… it now represents everything the founder Francois Nars stands for with regards to experimenting with colour and taking makeup risks whilst identifying your true signature style. This limited-edition NARSissist eyeshadow palette fits this philosophy.

Now first… please take a few minutes to soak in the absolute beauty of this 15 shades strong palette all of which easily turn from day to night. It’s just small enough to be travel friendly and has a huuuge mirror. The shade range includes nudes, browns, greys and blacks, all of which are fantastically pigmented, blendable and don’t crease. Some of the darker shades can be used as eyeliners or crease shades too and they’re all complimentary for every eye colour.

There is limited fallout with these shades which is hard to find with powder shadows. It’s an all-round winner, bringing together the highlights of the range in their kick-ass, drop-out free, creamy formula. The best bit? At £50, it’s just under the price of three NARS Single Eyeshadows. It’s all gooood.

And guess what? If you follow each row from left to right you get a 5 strong ready made, beautifully coordinated smokey eye look. But on the whole, there are no limitations to this palette. As a true NARSissist you should all be willing to experiment with the different shade combinations this palette has to offer.

The stand-out shades for me? Ashes to Ashes, a shimmery lilac taupe, Bali, a mid-tone matte brown, Nepal, a shimmery All That Glitters-type shade and Mekong, a gold flecked deep brown. The only drawback is the smallness of the actual shadow pans; not so good for big blending brushes but.. it’s bareable.

So what do you think? A pricey offering, but a good one none the less!

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Beautiful enough to be framed? I think so.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Hold. The. Phone.

These lip pencils are the monkeys nuts. Any bold lip-phobe needs to give these a go before they completely rule out the look. Long-lasting, quick and easy to draw on and in a matte formula, I’ve even been brave enough to wear these in the day (and to work!).

My two favourites? Well lets have a look…

The Orange Red: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square (R) – This is the pencil-formed product that stands out from the crowd for me. It imparts the most gorgeous orange-toned red on the lips that I’ve found and boy does it hang around!

The Red Red: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (L) – A cool-toned, medium-dark red, possibly my favourite one of the bunch. This is a beauty, the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon. This super pigmented shade is a gorgeous complimentary red that is really chic and I love it!

So.. are there any other shades from this range I should try?