NARS Spring 2010: Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00) is a newly-released eyeshadow duo from NARS Spring 2010 Collection.

On one side, it’s a melon-y peach kind of shade with a shimmery, slightly frosted finish–it would appear that this is just one of those shades for the spring season (like Benefit Nice Melons, MAC Flip, Urban Decay Muchness; or even MAC Melon Pigment).  The other side is a reddened burgundy with a softer frost finish and sheen.

I don’t love this eyeshadow duo, and I really thought I’d be all over it, given the way it looks.  However, this is an eyeshadow duo one really needs to use wet, because the color pay off is not up to my expectations for a brand like NARS when they’re used dry.  When used dry, particularly on the lid, they tend to look incredibly sheer and have a good deal of fall out (primarily of the shimmer).  I didn’t expect to have any fall out troubles with this, considering they’re pressed powder shadows with shimmer, rather than glittery bits!

The texture of Kuala Lumpur is very soft–the shadows are smooth and soft to the touch but powdery, and when swatched, they look nicer than it was when I attempted to use the colors dry in a look.  In order to make the look come together better, I ended up using the colors wet, which definitely helped quite a bit.  I didn’t love it even wet, though, because once it dries, it does fade back a bit.  It’s like, when you use the eyeshadow wet, it doesn’t remain looking like it does when wet, but it doesn’t completely become how it looks when dry.  Instead, it settles somewhere in between.  (You can see me wearing this duo in this look.)  I also found that when used dry, it just didn’t seem to apply evenly and I really had to pack on the color to get an even (though sheer) application.

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Valentine’s Day Makeup: Soft Peach & Plum

Valentine’s Day Makeup: Soft Peach & Plum

I thought I’d do a look using NARS Kuala Lumpur, a new eyeshadow duo for spring–review coming soon–which went okay. I had to use this duo wet in order to get the intensity I wanted. The cheeks and lips are still goin’ strong with MAC Spring Colour Forecast, so never fear!

Oh, man, I really wanted to add more to the crease.  I wanted some more depth, more darkness… just MORE!  But I held myself back.  I told myself, “Go softer, let’s try it!”

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (neutral beige base), NARS Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo (soft melon/plum burgundy), NARS Mediteranee Eyeshadow Duo (soft gold), Urban Decay 1999 24/7 Liner (burgundy), MAC Plushlash Mascara (black)
  • Face: Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer (Medium)
  • Cheeks: MAC Vintage Grape Blush Ombre (dirty plum)
  • Lips: MAC Radicchio Lipstick (pinky plum), MAC Almondine Lipglass (frosty white-gold) (sheer gold)
  • Brushes: 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes:  Try MAC Motif, MAC Cranberry, MAC Ricepaper

For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using a dampened 239, apply Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the peach side) all over the lid. Next, apply Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the plum side) on the outer third of the eyelid and lightly blend into the outer crease. Lightly tap and brush Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the peach side) directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Meditaranee eyeshadow (the golden side) as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying 1999 eyeliner on the lower lash line and sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Vintage Grape blush ombre to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Radicchio lipstick first, and then layer Almondine lipglass for a complementing lip.

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The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a petal pink with yellow undertones and soft pink shimmer. This is a gently warmed up pink, which isn’t always the easiest kind of pink to find, and it looks glossy and pretty-in-pink on the lips. Extra Silky Lipsticks are creamy, smooth, glossy, and decently pigmented (I haven’t tried the full range, but the ones I’ve tried have good pigmentation).

Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks really have an exceptional formula–check out my first post on them here for my full rave review–with an exceptional price tag, of course.  I will also have to reiterate that I really think and wish they would give you a little bit more (say 0.12 oz.) for your money as well–at least to stay in line with the average lipstick size.

I’m a firm believer in that, for some, Extra Silky Lipsticks are worth every penny of the $52 (which is a recent price increase of $2, by the by). Often, this is the kind of lipstick you may find your holy grail color in.  I have heard from so many who aren’t lipstick lovers but have fallen in love with the feel and texture of these. Certainly extravagant, but if you can afford it, no shame in that game!

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Victoria’s Secret Beauty: Spring 2010 Preview

Victoria's Secret Spring 2010 Preview

Victoria’s Secret Beauty: Spring 2010 Preview

One of the fun parts about blogging is when a beauty brand puts on an event and invites bloggers to it–and being on the west coast, it doesn’t happen with great frequency (everything is in NYC, boo!), so it is always a real thrill to attend one! Last Thursday, I attended Victoria’s Secret Beauty’s Spring 2010 Press Preview event in San Francisco, held at the Four Seasons.  They had displays set up of their current and upcoming spring collections/products along with promotional posters with coordinating collection imagery.

From playing with some of the products from the VS Makeup line, I have to tell you, the Sparkling Lipsticks seem amazing. I only swatched them on my hand, but they’re wickedly glittery–and in a good way–with good pigmentation. They actually reminded me a lot of Guerlain’s new Kiss Kiss Strass Lipsticks (but they’re half the price–just $14 a pop). Their Lip Glosses ($12) also seemed really fun and sparkly. I’m definitely going to have to start paying more attention to their recently revamped VS Makeup collection!

Beyond the makeup, the event covered many of their upcoming scent-related releases. Lots and lots of scents–so many, my nose was all scented-out by the time I left!

One of the launches I liked were the new scents for the Victoria’s Secret Pink — the Life is Pink Collection. It includes three scents: Wish Pink, Live Pink, and Hope Pink. Each scent is available in eau de parfum ($32), body lotion ($12), sheer fragrance mist ($15), and rollerball ($10). I personally liked the rollerball form, and I’m currently digging Hope Pink. It’s lightly sweetened floral, easy to wear, and very subtle. It lasted a good eight hours on me before fading away. I haven’t had much experience with rollerball perfumes, but now I understand the hype–so convenient.

For Valentine’s Day, there’s the Love Rocks collection, which includes the Love Rocks scent (a sweetened vanilla with violet and amber) available in eau de parfum, scented lotion, scented mist, and bath & shower cream. There’s also a black tote bag with “Love Rocks” sprawled across if you’re in need for a kind of edgy earth-friendly bag. Also for Valentine’s Day, there’s Tease for Two, which is a line of edible body treats, ranging from whipped body creme to massage oil.

The Very Sexy Now eau de parfum ($49), sheer sexy mist ($24), and shimmering body lotion ($20) were recently released for the spring. The packaging has leopard print on it, which is kind of cute. Next to Very Sexy Now was a new scent for the Parfums Intimes collection titled Chiffon (peony freesia), due to launch in April, available in eau de parfum ($45), fragrance mist ($28), and fragrance lotion ($24). Parfums Intimes is a collection of scents inspired by the different fabrics of Victoria’s Secret (I dig back stories!).

Also in April, we’ll see the debut of Secret Moments, which is a collection of scents created from five different secret moments. The scents include: Girls’ Night (pink peony and waterlily), Island Escape (coconut and sugarcane), At First Sight (romantic violet and bergamot), Room 504 (amber and passionfruit), and Good Day Sunshine (peach and blue freesia). I’m all over Room 504 (I love amber), and Island Escape definitely reminded me of the beach. Each scent is available in a body lotion ($10), sheer fragrance mist ($12), body wash ($10), and body cream ($12).

Finally, just in time for Mother’s Day, the Heavenly Flowers Collection will debut. It’s a new scent available between April and June. The top notes are juicy mandarin, watermelon sorbet, sparkling pear, and guava; the middle notes are blooming gardenia, lily of the valley; and the dry-down notes are creamy musk and blonde woods. it’s available in eau de parfum ($49), sheer fragrance mist ($22), softening body lotion ($20), and solid fragrance bracelet ($20).

The event was fun to attend!  Lots of pretty spring-y scents coming ‘atcha from VS Beauty this year.

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