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NARS Holiday 2011 Collection

NARS Holiday 2011 Collection

Created and photographed by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars, the NARS 2011 Holiday Collection features model Mariacarla Boscono as the face of the season.

Mariacarla’s skin was prepared with PRO-PRIME™ Pore Refining Primer, evened with Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation, and set with Snow Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion.

G-Spot Multiple was swiped onto the cheeks and blended toward the temples. To impart a fresh glow, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush was swept softly across the cheeks and hairline, and down the bridge of the nose.

A light wash of Zardoz Cream Eyeshadow was dabbed across the lid, from lash to brow, and blended to a fresh finish. Next, the black with gunmetal shimmer of Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow was swept over the lid from lash to brow and along the lower lash line. The black with red pearls shade was blended into the outer corner, and the black with purple pearls hue was brushed across the lid and into the inner corner of the eye. The silver shimmer of Paris Duo Eyeshadow was applied to the brow bone and softly blended into where it met Arabian Nights. Lashes were curled with an Eyelash Curler and enhanced with two coats of Larger Than Life™ Volumizing Mascara. Eyebrows were bleached for a modern, dramatic effect.

Finally, Mariacarla’s lips were lined and filled in with Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil and blended with a fingertip to soften the color. The look was finished with Joyous Red Lipstick, applied to the lips directly from the tube.

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00)

  • Arabian Nights Black with gunmetal shimmer, black with purple pearls, black with red pearls (Limited Edition)

Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00)

  • Ponderosa Mink brown (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00)

  • Manchourie Golden-infused denim with rich navy (New, Permanent)

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23.00)

  • Campo de Fiori Antique brass (New, Permanent)
  • St. Mark’s Place Bright violet (New, Permanent)

Blush ($27.00)

  • Miss Liberty Soft, shimmery peach highlighting blush (New, Permanent)

The Multiple ($39.00)

  • G-Spot Rich, gold-infused rose tone (New, Permanent)

Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Albatross Luminous glow (Permanent)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Joyous Red Perfect, party-ready amber red (Semi-Matte) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($17.00)

  • Space Odyssey Metallic aluminum (Limited Edition)
  • Endless Night Black-grape (Limited Edition)

availability: October 15th, 2011 @ NARS Cosmetics

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MAC Brush Rolls for Winter 2011

MAC Brush Rolls for Winter 2011

Looks like MAC has just released updated brush rolls! I have one from eons ago, which I like and use for traveling, though I haven’t seen these so I don’t know how the two compare.

Brush Roll (Large) ($50.00)

Durable, easy-to-clean black nylon brush roll with a silky reflective interior and black faux-patent handles and straps. Features 18 brush pockets, one zipper pouch and two small open pouches on the other side.

Brush Roll (Small) ($40.00)

Durable, easy-to-clean black nylon brush roll with a silky reflective interior and contrasting black faux-patent handles and straps. Features 10 brush pockets and one zipper pouch.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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5 Glitter Nail Polishes Worth the Hassle

5 Glitter Nail Polishes Worth the Hassle

So many of us love the way glittery polishes look but loathe the effort and patience required in the removal process–these are five of my favorites that are worth the extra time! Let me tell you, there are a ton of shades I find worth it… so if you see a part two… or part eight of this one, don’t be surprised 🙂

Do you have any glittery polish favorites?

MAC Matchmaster Foundation

MAC Matchmaster Foundation
MAC Matchmaster Foundation

MAC Matchmaster Foundation

MAC Matchmaster Foundation ($32.50 for 1.18 fl. oz.) is a buildable, medium-coverage liquid foundation with a “moisturizing demi-matte finish.” It’s supposed to have “line-reducing soft-focus powders” and “translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone.”

It carries a SPF 15 rating, and the active ingredients are octinoxate (3.4%) and titanium dioxide (1.0%). With the low amount of titanium dioxide, you should be able to get away with it in photographs, though for really big, special occasions (e.g. weddings, graduations, etc.) you might opt for a more photography-appropriate formula. I didn’t notice sufficient change when I took numerous photos wearing it.

I tested shade 3.0 initially, which is supposed to suit NC30s, but it was a third to half a shade too dark and yellower than I needed. I think 2.0 is a better match, especially as we get into winter, but in some lighting, it seems a touch too light. Usually, if a foundation runs light, I’ll opt for the slightly too-light variation and use a setting powder in a shade that’s a closer match–because then it tends to come together as a solid match all around. From what I’ve heard from other readers, 1.0 may match those who are lighter than the traditional NC/NW15 shades.

I was testing this when my skin felt drier than normal (it’s typically normal-to-dry but closer to normal), and I felt like it emphasized the visible pores on my cheeks and had clingy feeling. If you have drier patches (I sometimes get them around my temples), it is not forgiving at all. The result was not entirely unexpected, given the demi-matte finish–the rule of thumb has always been dewier finishes for drier skin, matter finishes for oilier skin. I wanted to wait until my skin normalized to try it again, which is why the review took longer than normal, and I liked it better when my skin was at its usual normal-to-dry character.

The coverage is light to medium, but medium coverage takes a little more product to achieve, so it is less comfortable and heavier to wear if you need medium coverage. It has a good consistency where it doesn’t feel thick, but it’s not watery or loose. I used about a pump to pump and a half for total application. I tried various applicators, from sponges to brushes (109, 130, 187, 193), and I preferred the 109 or 193 (really like how it gets into the nooks and crannies so well!).

I get around eight hours of wear with this foundation, which is solid. I wore it longer, and by the tenth hour, it was a little faded and had moved around a touch, but it was still mostly intact (a little powder would have brought it back up to par). There is a faint chemical scent that I noticed when I first applied the product to my skin, but I did not detect it as I wore it throughout the day. I’d recommend this foundation more for those with normal, combination, or oily skin types. If you have dry skin but not patches or flakes, then you might like this one still–but I’d say it’s not a good match if you do suffer from drier patches/flaking.

While it’s not appropriate for me when my skin is on the drier side, I didn’t have those issues when I tested it for a second run with normal skin.  I liked it, but I didn’t love it; it wasn’t my holy grail formula.  It’s worth checking out, and overall, a welcomed addition to MAC’s foundation line-up.

MAC Matchmaster Foundation