NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow

Friday, 1 August 2014

There are no words.  How beautiful is this?  Angels may have sung or if not, I definitely squealed!  And I don't even get excited by eye shadow, it's just not my thing.  Skincare, coffee and lip products HELL YES but eye shadow? No, not so much.  If the new NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Dione is not a thing of eye shadow beauty, then I don't know what is.  NARS take a bow.

This is a gorgeous beige/golden/champagne metallic shade.  This is creamy and very pigmented colour. Even though it is quite shimmery, I don't get any fall out and it doesn't even crease on my oily lids.  So far I have just been wearing this dry, thrown on my lids and blended out and then applying mascara for work and it lasts all day.  The texture is velvety smooth and blends effortlessly.  I need to play around with applying it wet some more but oh my, it appears almost foil like.

I really want to buy another, I am thinking this shade along with Himilia would be the perfect neutral combo. Have any of you tried these?

By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri Couleur

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri Couleur in #3 Cherry Bomb has been on my wish list since I heard they were to launch.  The original is my HG lip balm and believe me, I have tried ALL of the lip products.  A quick glance through past posts on LLA and you'll see rave reviews aplenty.  Honestly, I shudder to think of the number of times I have repurchased it now and always have at least two on the go at any one time, one in my handbag and one at home.  So I was super, I mean ridiculously excited to try one of the new(ish) tinted versions.  I am now utterly addicted to this.  

I went for the shade Cherry Bomb which is gorgeous, an almost red toned pink.  It is not quite opaque but it is not half as sheer as I thought it would be. This imparts a nice wash of colour, lasts well on the lips and then fades nicely to a stain.  Like the original, the formula is amazing.  It still has the same thick texture but not sticky in the slightest.  Unlike other lip balms, this feels really nourishing and hydrating, like it is actually doing something and not just sitting on your lips.  

A lip balm like no other.  Thankfully, because at €42, they are not cheap!  These leaves my lips feeling silky soft and so has earned its place in my heart and in my lip product stash, you hear that purse? Although I have slight buyer regret and kinda wish I picked up Mandarina Pulp because you know, I need more peach toned lip products...

Newest In, Nude Nails

Monday, 28 July 2014

Now it's well known that I can justify almost any purchase but I don't know how this happened.  I blinked and I shopped?  But I appear to have purchased my second nail polish from Tom Ford.  I bought Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish.

In comparison to the shade Sugar Dune which is just slightly lighter and has more pink undertones. This is a warm, creamy, more caramel-y nude with peach undertones.  This applies smoothly and is opaque in two coats.   I like the longevity of Tom Ford polishes too. Up to five days with minimal tip wear.  Neutrals will always hold a special place in my heart. I just think that this looks so clean and classic, especially to wear to work.  

My only gripe is that the square lid makes the brush slightly more awkward to use.  Pricey yes and I'm sure it is dupe-able but I think this is an absolutely gorgeous shade and nude nails are always a winner with me.  Although oh my, have you seen the shade Coral Beach?

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Friday, 25 July 2014

Maybe not the timeliest of posts with it being Summer!  As the weather is warmer and more humid and my skin is typically oilier I've been loving lighter barely-there bases and have even been skipping makeup completely! But I thought that these are perfect conditions to put the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation to the test.

I'm very fair (yes, even in Summer) and so was colour matched with the shade Porcelain which has yellow undertones.  It has a thick consistency but it is not as thick as Estée Lauder Double Wear.  It glides on smoothly, blends really well and drys to a powder like, velvet finish.  It is comfortable to wear and doesn't feel heavy or cake-y on my skin unlike some other fuller coverage foundations.  As it's oil free, I don't have to worry about it aggravating my acne prone skin.

As for longevity?  This is ridiculously long lasting.  Even after long days in work in an office with broken air-con - 12 hours later and this still looks the same coverage wise.  I can get through the entire day without the need for touch ups and don't need to set this with powder.  I've been using this with a sample I have of the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer but I'm curious to see how it will work with my Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer.

I don't think this would work for those with drier skin types.  I find that it "sets" quickly so I have to work fast to blend this in fully.  I was hesitant to buy this at first but I'm glad I finally caved as I think this will be my new go-to for those long days or occasions when I need fuller coverage foundation.