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Review: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

I love Nars, especially their blushes and lipsticks. Simple as that. I haven’t had any luck with their foundations but that is okay. Here I want to share one of their newest line of lipsticks – the Nars Audacious Lipsticks. These are not totally matte and they aren’t shiny either. I would describe them as a creamy, semi-matte lipstick. And they really lasts. Yes.

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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

Here is how Nars described the Audacious lipsticks:

Dramatic Depth. Unstoppable Character.

Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious. Unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across skin with single-stroke coverage. A spectrum of 40 shades for unstoppable impact.

  • One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
  • Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips
  • Long-lasting

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Top: 3 swipes Bottom: 1 swipe

I think so too. The shade I ended up picking is Brigitte, described as a “nude rose”. On me, it is more of a soft muted pink. It is such a pretty everyday color. It is not too bright which I didn’t want. It is very creamy and 1 swipe gives great coverage. It never fell dry as the day progressed and I love how long lasting it is. I like to swipe it on and blend using a lip brush and adding as necessary to get a light even layer. It does fade a bit after eating but I still like the look enough to not have to re-apply. It leaves a nice natural touch of color on the lips.

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Worn on the lips. 3rd photo: lips blotted twice with tissue.

Compare to the Nars matte lipsticks and the velvet matte lip pencils, the formula of the Audacious line is my favorite formula yet. It is not as drying as the matte lipsticks but lasts a lot longer than the lip pencils. It also provides more coverage per swipe.

Love it!

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Testing: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

I’m a big big fan of base makeup, especially liquid foundations. I think a great base makes your skin look really even and flawless. I am comfortable stepping out with just my base foundation and a pretty lipstick. Yeah, the most effortless look is what I go for.

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation

A foundation I’m currently testing is Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in Macadamia. I’ve tried a few of Laura Mercier’s foundations but none made an impression and the shades were always off somehow. I just gave up. Then last week, I was at Sephora and saw the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation and wanted to give it a go. I was matched to the shade Macadamia, which is described as “light with warm underones”. I wore it for 2 days and I am loving it! There is enough for at least 2 more wear sessions and it will go on my Wishlist.

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Swatch on back of hand – shade Macadamia

I will describe the formula as a bit running, light to medium coverage and works very well for my dry, combination skin. It is lovely and comfortable to wear and lasts all day on me. I have tried applying it with a beauty blender and a stippling brush and both way works well though I prefer the stippling brush just a tad more. It is very easy to blend using the brush though if you dot it all over your face first, you’ll have to work fast or it will start to dry up. I apply a light layer all over and add another layer to my upper checks where I have brown spots.

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Left: Bare face with sunscreen. Right: With foundation only. 

The shade, Macadamia, is a great match for my skin at this time. I prefer foundations that even out the skin tone more than trying to cover up every imperfection on my face. This would be an everyday wear foundation as it is light, as opposed to the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation I also love (will review soon) and is heavier. I also prefer this to the Givenchy Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance. The Givenchy offers lighter coverage and the shade match isn’t as good as Laura Mercier’s.

I definitely recommend trying this foundation as it is very comfortable to wear and is buildable.

Have you try Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation yet?

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Review: Shopping at TesterKorea.com

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This is my 2nd time shopping at TesterKorea.com and I find it enjoyable both times so I thought I’ll do a quick review.

I found TesterKorea by searching for samples of Korean’s skincare brands. The site is easy to navigate, easy to sign up and very easy to find what I want. I just love browsing through everything! The samples are very reasonably priced and shipping depends on weight but is inexpensive. If an item is out of stock, there is the option to request stock and get notify when it is added. They also provide discussion forums that you can participate in. I used it once to request stock of the SUM:37 Cleansing stick and was notify with a few days that it’s in stock. Super fast! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to order it before it went out of again.

After signing up, I placed my first order last September for some skincare I wanted to try, such as the 3M Blemish clear covers (~$6), 2 x Sulwhasoo Time Treasure Eye cream (10 packs of .6ML for ~$5.4), Sulwhasoo Overnight revitalizing mask (10 packs of 3ml for ~$6), SUM:37 Water-full skin refresher (full size ~$36), SUM:37 White Award Detox mask (10 packs 4.5ml ~$9), 2 x Whoo Hya Hyun Essence (10 packs 1ml ~$6) and 2 x Whoo Whitening Intensive (10 packs .5ml ~$4.50). All of these cost me about $9 in shipping fees. At that time, if you pay with Paypal, you get back 30% of your total order which was a great deal in my opinion.

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My first TesterKorea.com order and Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening serum and Brightening Spot Serum from Ebay.

I probably received my package in about 2 weeks – give or take a few days. There were 2 sample packs with my order and everything was packaged so neatly. I am still using my samples, on and off, and some will definitely go on the repurchase list. I love how these samples provide a cost effective way to try out all these awesome brands. :)

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Missha’s Time Revolution Giftset and samples

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Missha Time Revolution giftset – 2 full size and 2 minis

Fast forward to late last month and there was another sale, 30% off selected brands. One of them was Missha and the special 4pc giftset that includes 2 full size and 2 minis of the awesome Time Revolution First Essence Treatment and Time Revolution Night Repair Activator Ampoule. I still had my credit from the first order and that made this deal even better! I received this 2 days ago and was no less impressed than the first time. Love the packaging and there were 2 sample packets tucked inside. Simple and awesome!

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Each bag contains a generous 5 piece samples.

I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from them again and totally recommends shopping at TesterKorea. :)

If you have shopped there before, let me know your experience.

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Book: The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (Kindle Edition)

Once in a while you find a book that is so much better than you think. And it was free. Even better right? Amazon always has a selection of free kindle books and that was how I found this gem, The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town, by Gregory Miller. It is now $0.99 but still a great price.

Originally, I thought it was a kid’s book and got it for my daughter. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I was way more engrossed than I thought possible. I got goosebumps reading the notes from the author at the end of the book. So don’t skip that part. It is a short read, just 141 pages and comprised of 33 letters / stories from the citizens of Uncanny Valley. Some stories stood out more than others and are enough to get the little hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up. There were a few that made me chuckled and laugh out loud. LOL They were that good. Those stories probably weren’t meant to be funny but I couldn’t help it.

Here is the description:

The Uncanny Valley…

“…is a macabre serenade to a small town that may or may not exist, peopled with alive and dead denizens who wander about the hills and houses with creepy fluidity. Told by individual inhabitants, the stories recount tales of disappearing dead deer, enchanted gardens, invisible killer dogs, and rattlesnakes that fall from the sky; each contribution adds to a composite portrait that skitters between eerie, ghoulish, and poignant. Miller is a master storyteller, clearly delighting in his mischievous creations.”

Thirty-Three Tales.
Thirty-Three Tellers.
One Lost Town.

If you want to read a great short book that will wake you up, try this. Two thumbs up!

If you get a chance to read this, let me know what you think.