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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives & GWPs
2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives & GWPs

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014 is here for Nordstrom cardholders! Early access kicks off July 10th through July 17th. Sale opens to everyone July 18th.  You can flip through their sneak peek catalog of some of the items to be had during the sale here.  My hard copy has so many dog-eared pages right now, LOL!

  • ANTICA FARMACISTA: 33% off entire brand
  • BLOWPRO: Perfect Shower Cap for $10 ($18 value), two limited edition prints
  • BOBBI BROWN: Nude on Nude Color Set for $85 ($208 value) includes 12-pan eyeshadow palette, full-sized Pitch Black Gel Eyeliner, full size Smokey Eye Mascara; Nude on Nude Brush Set for $68 ($90.50 value) with four brushes + case
  • BOTTEGA VENETA: Anniversary set for $145 ($217 value) includes 2.5 oz. EDP, 6.7 oz. body lotion
  • BUTTER LONDON: 10-piece set for $49 ($104 value) includes Brick Lane, Macbeth, La Moss, Giddy Kipper, Petrol, Slapper, Yummy Mummy, Chimney Sweep, Nail Foundation, Hardwear
  • CLARINS: UV Plus HP Double Edition $57 ($82 value), Total Eye Double Edition $127 ($166 value), Moisture Rich Body Lotion Supersize 400ml $50 ($82 value)
  • CLARISONIC: Mia 2 set for $159 ($231 value), Capri or Parrot Bay or Fiji Set for $150 ($222 value)
  • CLINIQUE: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Plus Home & Away Set $38 ($55.50 value), 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube; Moisture Surge Home & Away Set $67 ($104 value) 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN: Color Trio for $29 ($36 value) includes You Got Me Started, Let’s Stay Together, Make Someone Happy
  • ESTEE LAUDER: Gift with $45 Purchase, includes cosmetic clutch, Advanced Night Repair, Sumptuous Mascara, Nutritious Cleanser, Choice of Moisturizer/Mini 10-Palette Eyeshadow/Lipstick
  • GUCCI: Made to Measure Set for $100 ($150 value) includes 3 oz. EDT, 1.6 oz. After Shave Balm, 1.6 oz. Shower Gel
  • JACK BLACK: Beard Lube Conditionimg Shave 33 oz. for $60 ($93.50 value); Epic Moisture Body Wash 33 oz. for $46 ($71.50 value)
  • JO MALONE: Cologne Collection for $88 ($110 value) includes Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Orange Blossom, Blackberry & Bay, Pomegranate Noir, Grapefruit
  • KATE SPADE: Live Colorfully Fragrance Anniversary Set for $75 ($195 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDP and rollerball
  • KIEHL’S:
    • Creme de Corps 32 oz. for $75.00 ($107 value)
    • Ultimate Hydration Set for $85 ($125 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, 0.47 oz. Creamy Avocado Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
    • Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Set for $105 ($165 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Cream, 0.47 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
    • Super Multi Corrective Set for $110 ($160 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Super Multi-Corrective Cream, 0.5 oz. Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • LA MER: The Refreshing Collection for $295 ($386 value) includes 1 oz. Soft Cream, 0.5 oz. Regenerating Serum, 0.17 oz. Eye Balm Intense, 1 Hydrating Facial Application
  • LANCOME: Gift with $39.50 purchase ($140 value); Lash Wardrobe Mascara Set for $39.50 ($94 value), deluxe sizes of Definicils, Hypnose, Hypnose Drama, 1.7 oz. Bi-Facil, full-size Noir Artliner, deluxe Cils Booster
  • LAURA MERCIER: Flawless Expressions for Eyes, Cheeks, Lips for $85 ($130 value) includes cheek/eye palette, mini Caviar in Rose Gold, full-size mascara and Gilded Rose Lip Glace; Mini Lip Glace Set for $50 ($83 value) includes Daiquiri, Bare Pink, Whisper, Sweetheart, Bonbon
  • MAC: Look in a Box Face Kit in All About Beige or All About Plum ($49.50 each, $101 value); Look in a Box in All About Pink, All About Coral, All About Nude ($39.50 each, $70 value); Basic or Advanced Brush Kit for $49.50 ($118 value)
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Daisy Exclusive Set for $82 ($137 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDT, 5 oz. body lotion
  • NARS: Cheek Palette for $49 ($72 value) includes Laguna, Mistinguette, Devotee, Orgasm; Dolce Vita Lip/Nail Set for $52 ($66 value), Shciap Lip/Nail Set for $52 ($66 value)
  • PHILOSOPHY:
    • Purity Home & Away Set for $52 ($93 value) includes 32 oz. Purity One Step Facial Cleanser and 8 oz. Travel Size
    • Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash Home & Away Set for $59.50 ($123 value) includes jumbo liter and 4 oz. travel size
    • Fragranced 3-in-1 Gel Home & Away Available in Amazing Grace or Pure Grace for $37 ($65 value), includes 32 oz. and 8 oz. version
    • Fragranced Body Emulsion Home & Away Available in Amazing Grace or Pure Grace for $54 ($94 value) includes a 32 oz. and 8 oz. version
  • SHISEIDO: Future Solution LX Set for $130 ($212 value)
  • SMASHBOX: Studio Pro Brush Set for $89 ($239 value) includes #10, #16, #5, #22, #10, #39, #21, #12, #6 and Full Exposure Brushes
  • TORY BURCH: Exclusive Fragrance Set for $115 ($172 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDP, 1 oz. EDP
  • TRISH MCEVOY: Anniversary Planner for $168 ($295 value); Skinscare Set for $185 ($408 value), Brush Set for $145 ($210 value)
  • VIKTOR & ROLF: Flowerbomb Set for $125 ($189 value) includes 1.7 oz. EDP, 6.7 oz. body lotion, 0.34 oz. rollerball
  • YSL: Must Haves Set for $76 ($125 value) includes full-size No. 2 Touche Eclat, No. 7 Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes, Mini Babydoll Mascara, Mini Black Eyeliner, Mini Makeup Remover
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014 Collection
NARS Fall 2014 Collection

The upcoming NARS Fall 2014 Collection features ten new shades, some limited and others new and permanent. Most of the collection was quite nice, with the exception of the Night Series Eyeliners, where the formula was a major miss in almost every way except for wear, as it really lacked “ultra-saturated color in a single swipe” and “glide.” The collection leans warm-toned with the exception of Jardin Perdu and the eyeliners.  The collection launches online at narscosmetics.com on July 15th, everywhere else on August 1st.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple
NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” It’s a brightened, copper-orange with warm, rusty red undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Liberte ($29.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. On lips, it looks even more matte and has a lighter, less reddish tone. If you’re trying to replicate the color, here are some comparison swatches.

The Matte Multiple formula can be used dry or wet (dry for more opaque color, wet for sheerer color) on lips and cheeks. Mauritanie is a new and limited edition shade from the fall collection. There’s certainly no shortage of pigment in this shade–it’s incredibly rich and yields one-stroke full color coverage. The consistency is smooth and velvety (feels like a silicone-based primer almost). I like to apply it with a stippling brush, so I can control the intensity better, as a little goes a long way. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. The color lasted for five hours on lips, but it’s uncomfortable to wear on lips, as it clings to the surface, which both highlighted imperfections as well as made lips look drying. It was also quite drying on lips when worn.

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