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I’ll go ahead and admit it; I’m a foundation hoarder. I’m constantly searching for my new favourite and have tried tons of different variations. A few new options have landed on my desk recently (including one that I’m obsessed with – more on this to come) and I’ve been spending some time diving in and testing them to find out what works. One of the newest additions to my collection is the NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation, NARS’ first foray into stick foundation.

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This new foundation, available in a range of 20 shades, promises “instantly smooth, soft-matte perfection” allowing for full control of its use. It’s a double ended product, with the stick foundation on one end and a removable Touch-Up Blender on the other.

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Application is really easy with this foundation. I actually haven’t used very many stick foundations in the past, maybe 1 or 2, so this is still relatively new territory for me. I suggest starting off a bit light with this foundation, applying a few swipes over the face (try the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose) before blending in and building up from there. I found that applying less of this foundation was better, as it seemed to sit on the skin and didn’t blend in very well when I added a bit more for extra coverage. The blending tool included is great for quick touch ups on the go but I prefer to use a brush to really blend this foundation in properly. It has a nice velvety texture once it’s been applied and blended in to the skin.

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In terms of coverage, I find that this has a medium finish. It helps to even out my skin tone, cover redness and hide imperfections though I needed to use a bit of concealer afterwards to really cover the spots. It’s nice for daytime wear since it isn’t very heavy and blends in nicely. The finish for me isn’t completely matte; it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but I like to finish off with setting powder anyways so this isn’t a big issue for me.

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Before and after NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation application – wearing Mont Blanc with a bit of Barcelona

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IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND! I get so excited by the time Thursday rolls around – I really think of it as Fake Friday.  Anyways, I’m taking off to Niagara Falls for the weekend with the BF, which makes me SO ready for 5:00 tomorrow roll around.

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But besides that, I have another reason to be excited for Fake Friday.  I’ve teamed up with 13 other fab bloggers (Big thank you to Michelle from Teach In Fashion for putting this all together) to bring you what we believe is the Ultimate Girls Giveaway – if I could enter this one I would!  This prize contains several amazing must-haves:

1. Kate Spade Wesley Park Natalie Bag
2. Tory Burch Fit Bit Bangle
3. Kate Spade Bow Bangle in Gold
4. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita
5.  Heart Printed Black and White Scarf
6. Stella and Dot Trellis Necklace (brand new!)
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NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection 2013

To me, nothing is more exciting than big, bold, beautiful colour. Throw a pigmented eye shadow down in front of my and I will be all over it.  So, naturally, I was unbelievably excited when an e-mail showing off the new NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday 2013 Collection popped up in my inbox.  NARS is known for being unafraid to play with colour, and this collection lends more credibility to that.  With an array of Cinematic Eyeshadows, Cinematic Lipsticks, Blushes and Nail Polishes in high-fashion colours (not to mention a few amazing gifting sets), this collection is ideal for those who want to play around with their look and aren’t afraid to experiment.  I’ve gotten my hands on a few pieces from this collection and have showcased them for you below.

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NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour and Rage

NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour and Rage ($29 ea) – This collection comes with a little excitement – new formulation of the Cinematic Eyeshadow for a result that is smooth and sleek.  These two shades are gorgeous, and I can’t wait to play with them together.  Bad Behaviour is a dark pewter with a hint of silver shimmer, while Rage is a gorgeous bold purple with a lighter purple shimmer that gives it a lot of dimension.  These shadows are so pigmented, you really don’t need to use a lot for perfect colour, but you can easily build them both up for a more intense look.

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NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour and Rage Swatches

 

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NARS One Night Stand Cheek Palette
Top row: Devotee, Mistinguette, Goulue
Bottom row: Laguna, Orgasm, Deep Throat

NARS One Night Stand Cheek Palette ($72) – Oh em gee.  If you’re a blush lover, or a NARS lover, or a makeup lover in general, you are going to want to put this on your Christmas list.  I repeat – put this on your Christmas list.  Right at the top.  I’ll give you a minute, go ahead.

Ok, so this palette is a collection of 6 unbelievably gorgeous cheek shades: Devotee Highlighting Blush (New shade, alabaster glow), Mistinguette Blush (New shade, bright pink), Goulue Blush (New shade, fleshy pink), Laguna Bronzer (Deep brown with golden shimmer), Orgasm Blush (as if you don’t know what this one is – peachy pink with golden shimmer) and Deep Throat Blush (sheer peach).  This palette really has all of your blush-loving bases covered and man, these are all SO amazing.  Devotee was automatically one of my favourites – it’s a really fair-toned highlighter with just the right amount of shimmer that I can’t wait to use.  And of course, any palette with Orgasm included is going to be a hit.  Smooth textures and great colour make these blushes some of my favourites.

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NARS One Night Stand Cheek Palette Swatches (L-R) Devotee, Mistinguette, Goulue, Laguna, Orgasm, Deep Throat

 

What are your thoughts on this collection?  Will you be adding the One Night Stand palette to your wish list?

 

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

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NARS Eye Paint in (clockwise from top) Iskandar, Mesopotamia and Tatar

NARS Eye Paint in (clockwise from top) Iskandar, Mesopotamia and Tatar

This fall, NARS has introduced an amazing double threat with staying power that really packs a punch.  NARS Eye Paint, available in a range of 10 shades, can be worn as liner or shadow depending on your mood and the look that you are going for.  These eye paint pots come in a lightweight gel formula for easy and precise application.  When applying as an eyeshadow I suggest using your fingers for maximum coverage, while liner application is made easier with the new #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush.

NARS #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush

NARS #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush

I love the pigmentation of these Eye Paints – the colour is so bold and rich.  You know exactly what you’re going to get once you see the colour.  Not only that, but these babies last and last.  Once applied, you do have a brief window of time to play with them and smudge them as you’d like, but once they’ve set they aren’t going anywhere.  Seriously, they aren’t going to budge or smudge, which really makes them ideal as liners.  They do take a little bit of work and makeup remover to remove but they won’t stain your skin.  It just means you are going to have a solid makeup look all night long.

The Eye Paints are available in 10 shades:

  • Black Valley (black)
  • Mesopotamia (brown)
  • Transvaal (grey)
  • Solomon Islands (turquoise blue)
  • Mozambique (olive)
  • Snake Eyes (black with green shimmer)
  • Tatar (black with purple shimmer)
  • Ubangi (black with blue shimmer)
  • Interstellar (silver)
  • Iskandar (gold)
NARS Eye Paint in Tatar

NARS Eye Paint in Tatar

NARS Eye Paint in Iskandar

NARS Eye Paint in Iskandar

NARS Eye Paint in Mesopotamia

NARS Eye Paint in Mesopotamia

NARS Eye Paint in (L-R) Tatar, Iskandar, Mesopotamia Swatches

NARS Eye Paint in (L-R) Tatar, Iskandar, Mesopotamia

Bottom line – they apply beautifully and give excellent results.  If you’re looking for a liner/shadow with serious staying power, I highly recommend them.  NARS has also shared some how-to videos using these Eye Paints which you can view on their YouTube channel – the Smoldering Chocolate Eye and the Rich, Green Eye.

 

Price: Eye Paint – $29.00, #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush – $30

Availability: Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Sephora and Murale locations and www.narscosmetics.ca

 

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

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NARS AW13 Thakoon beauty look 4 - lo res

I am so in love with the looks that NARS makeup artist Diane Kendal created for Thakoon’s fall 2013 runway show at NYFW.  The combination of blue shadow and gold glitter is so glam – regal with a bit of an edge.

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 Thakoon’s winter collection is inspired by summer,” said Kendal. “So it was a combination of rich fabrics with short-sleeved dresses and heavy stoles with dragonflies. We wanted to reflect that in the makeup, so we did a very dark midnight blue shadow, but to get that summer feel we added glitter on top. It created the perfect juxtaposition between winter and summer.”

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Products used to create this look:

FACE

  • Radiant Cream Compact Foundation (New for Fall 2013)
  • Sex Appeal Blush

 EYES

  • Marie Galante Duo Eyeshadow
  • Ubangi Eye Paint (New for Fall 2013)
  • Outremer Single Eyeshadow
  • Black Valley Eye Paint (New for Fall 2013)

 BROWS

  • Brow Perfector (New for Fall 2013)
  • Brow Gel (New for Fall 2013)

 

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What do you think of this look?  Would you give it a try?  Would you like to see me recreate it?

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