Top 10 of 2013: Best Blushes

I went through all of the blushes I’ve reviewed in 2013, which was around 200 in total, and these were some of my very, very favorites. I could have given you a much longer list, so when there was just a really amazing formula, I limited myself to picking just one shade, but I’ve included a link to the formula itself where you can also check out other shades available! Naturally, as these are my personal favorites, you’ll likely notice a warmer tone to most, plus an inclination towards coral… I cannot tell a lie: I love coral blushes!

What were your favorite blushes this year? What makes your top ten? (Or top five!)

Top 10 of 2013: Best Highlighters & Finishing Powders

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

NARS Maldives The Multiple

NARS Maldives The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink champagne.” It’s a soft, muted pink-shimmered beige with a luminous finish. On the skin, it’s like a veil of lightly warmed-over champagne sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is a powder but similar in color. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is very comparable. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is somewhat warmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is more frosted. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $42.00) is also more frosted, powder. See comparison swatches.

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NARS Maldives The Multiple

NARS Loves Miami Gift Set for Holiday 2013


NARS Loves Miami Gift Set

For Holiday 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition gift set, based on the exciting, sensual city’s top-selling shades. Elevate any look with four evocative Eyeshadow hues, and the brand’s iconic Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder paired with cult favourite Nail Polish and Lip Gloss shades. The set retails for $75.00.

Eye & Cheek Palette

  • Orgasm (Blush) Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Fathom (Single Eyeshadow) Pink tulle with shimmer
  • Kalahari (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Sugared cocoa
  • Daphne (Single Eyeshadow) Matte deep violet
  • Cordura (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Shimmering sooty dark brown
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder) Brown with golden shimmer

Nail Polish & Lip Gloss

  • Orgasm (Nail Polish) Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Orgasm (Lipgloss) Peachy pink with shimmer

Availability: The NARS Hearts Miami Gift Set is currently available at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Nordstrom (West Palm Beach, Dadeland, Aventura Mall, Boca), Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.  $75, limited edition.

5 Shades of Bright, Metallic Silver

As someone with a warmer complexion, I always go gold during the holidays, but I would be remiss if I didn’t consider the opposite–silver–which can work well to brighten and reflect just as nicely as gold!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum — a bright, metallic silver
  2. NARS Interstellar — a frosted, metallic silver cream
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a brightened silver eyeliner–perfect for brightening up a smoky eye
  4. Inglot #447 — an extremely bright silver with a highly metallic finish in powder form
  5. Zoya Electra — silver tinsel with a holographic finish to make any nail color festive

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color & Gifting Collection Photos, Swatches + Commentary

Update:  I have added photos, swatches, and dupes for the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection.  The majority of the shades included in the Gifting collection are permanent to NARS’ color range. To ensure context, I’ve added them to the existing post, rather than make a separate post.  My goal is to raise awareness, open the channel for discussion (I highly recommend reading through readers’ comments and viewpoints), and to respect each reader’s autonomy and decision-making.  I strongly believe that we each must do our own research and come to the conclusion that feels right to us, whatever that may be.  Thank you for your continued support, respect, and understanding!

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NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection