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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: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence

I have never been much of a toner person. Oh I have tried a bunch of them but I did not see any benefit that made me want to continue using them. Also, being the dry, combo skin person I am, most of the ones I tried only made my skin dryer. I even tried a sample of the much raved about SKII Treatment essence. I did not feel it made a difference and therefore left toner alone for a long while.

In July, I got interested in the Korean Skincare routine and was reading this article at Into The Gloss when to my surprised, toner is considered the most important step by the author! I had to be doing something wrong. Her example of a toner is the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which is compared to the much more expensive SKII. It is made of fermented yeast and here is how Missha describes it:

The very FIRST step to your skin care regimen.

Back to the Basics, a Stepping Stone to a Healthier and New Skin.
Contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, which absorbs into skin instantly to energize your skin. Also contains Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin barrier function, and revive skin tone and texture. DN-Aid, made from Cassia-Alata Extract, provides vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays, and promotes restoration of damaged DNA.

THE FIRST TREATMENT ESSENCE improves fine lines and skin tone. The miracle water hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion.

Do you know what YEAST is?
YEAST is a naturally fortified Vitamin B Group. Vitamin B supports and increases the rate of metabolism and maintains healthy skin.
Recently, more and more researches prove fermented yeast extract to be a good source for skin care products.

That was it. I was ready to venture into another toner trial and I want to try the Missha. I found it for less than retail on Amazon and ordered a bottle. In about 2 weeks, it was in my hands. Boy, this bottle is really beautiful. It is heavy and made of clear glass. I like that. You can see exactly how much product is in the bottle and no guessing when you’re running low.

I tried it that night, on damp skin and I love the way it felt. There is no noticeable scent, is clear just like water and seems to help hydrate my skin. I don’t use a cotton ball and instead use my hands. I pour a bit into the middle of my palm, rub both palms together and apply straight to my face. I feel this doesn’t waste any of the product. A week passed by and I am still loving it. It doesn’t break me out which is a big big plus. I feel it helps prevent the dry and tight feeling I sometimes get from cleansing or exfoliating. It is now December and it has made Holy Grail status for me. Totally. Awesome.

I am on my second bottle of this awesome goodness and have just placed an order for the 3rd bottle 5 days ago as part of a set from TesterKorea. Have you try this or a similar toner? How did it work for you?

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LOTD – 12.29.2014

I hoped everyone had an awesome Holiday with their families and love ones! I can’t believe 2014 is almost over! Literally!

Life has been crazy and busy but I love it. Today, I want to share a LOTD with you. I am loving shopping in my own stash and rediscovering a bunch of products that I am liking better than my first impressions.

Base and Checks:

Hourglass N28 Primer

Face Atelier Ultra foundation in #5 Sepia

Sheseido UV Protective Compact Foundation in Light Ochre

Laneige Skin Veil Base SPF26 in Light Peach for highlight

MAC powder blush in Dollymix

Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond

Eyes and Brow:

CK Onne Brow Pencil + Gel Duo in 400 Crafty Raven

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Demolition

Lips:

Milani Anti-Feathering lipliner in 01 Transparent

Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in #356 Cherie Bow