NARS At First Sight Palette

At First Sight is a new, limited edition palette from NARS, housing two of their best selling complexion products – Deep Throat Blush, and Laguna Bronzer, and a quad of bestselling eyeshadows – All About Eve, Bellissima, Nouveau Monde and Cordura, all contained in a sleek, mirrored palette.

Deep Throat and Laguna are favourites of mine, and them being paired up for this palette ticks major boxes for me. Deepthroat is a coral with golden shimmer, and Laguna a not-too-bronzey bronzer with subtle golden shimmer in it.

The eyeshadows are all wearable shades – three neutrals – All About Eve; a flesh toned shade with a hint of shimmer, Bellissima; a perfect matt mushroomey taupe, and Cordura; a deep brown with flecks of golden glitter. Then, in case you fancy to take it up a notch and break through the neutral barrier, Nouveau Monde is in there too – a satin lilac colour, which is really pretty, and nice to use as an inner corner highlighter.

I’ve really enjoyed playing with this palette and creating different looks, it really is very versatile – you can get lots of different effects from the one palette and as there is a blusher and bronzer inside too, I have found my make up bag over the past two weeks has really slimmed down! This is ideal for travelling with for that very reason.

Here is one of the looks I created with the palette:

I started by adding All About Eve to the inner 1/3 of my eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush, then using a fluffy brush, added Bellissima onto the rest of my lid and into my socket. I then took a pencil brush and added Cordura into the crease of my eyelid, blending it across and downwards to meet my eyelashes. I used the end of my flat brush to add Cordura under my eye too.

I used a black eyeliner pencil to line my waterline, and used it very close to my eyelashes on my upper lids. I finished by adding some Nouveau Monde into the inner corners of my eye with a small brush, and then added mascara to my lashes.

For this look I applied Bellissima to the crease of my eye using a fluffy brush, then added All About Eve to my eyelid and blended the two together. I lined the my waterline with a black pencil, and used black gel liner on my upper lid, then finished with mascara.

You’ll have to excuse my eyebrows in this photo – I was testing out a new brow product and didn’t realise quite how dark they were until I saw this photo!!

For this look I used Nouveau World all over my lid, and under my lower lash line. I added Bellissima into the crease using a fluffy brush, and added eyeliner to my upper lid and waterline, then finished with mascara.

For reference, I am wearing Deep Throat as a blusher in each of these looks, with a little Laguna bronzer.

There are three totally different looks I have created, but the possibilities go on and on. I am definitely going to keep experimenting! The quality of NARS products has never let me down, and I continue to be impressed with At First Sight.

NARS At First Sight costs £45 and is available from HQ Hair

Bourjois Bronzing Make Up

As part of their new Summer on the Riviera collection, Bourjois have introduced a new bronzing range consisting of a BB bronzer, mattifying primer, a maxi bronzing powder and a body bronzer mousse for an instant tan with no self tan. I was sent the BB Bronzing Cream and Maxi Bronzer to try out.

The BB Bronzer is designed for people to wear alone, as a BB Cream, with a hint of bronze in it. It combines skincare and bronzing make up to give a healthy, sunkissed complexion, while containing SPF 15. It blends in really smoothly, leaving a lightweight, translucent bronze finish. You can see in the photo below where I rubbed it to on my wrist – so my advice would be to make sure that you blend this well at the edges, and if your neck and decollete are pale, bring the BB Bronzer down to there too.

Unfortunately I don’t have the skin to be able to wear this alone – so I have been using it as a primer – it feels really nice on the skin, and the smell is amazing. Chocolate orange yumminess! It doesn’t feel sticky or thick, just lovely and adds a little glow and sunshine to my face.

The Maxi Delight Bronzer has ‘Maxi’ in the title as it’s so large. It’s the same size as the palm of my hand and is the first maxi format bronzer Bourjois have released. It also has the same chocolatey, orangey smell, with perhaps a hint of coconut too – it oozes summer sun.

It comes in two shades – one for Light / Medium skinned people, and another for Olive / Tanned skin. I was sent the latter, which I probably wouldn’t have chosen myself as I am naturally fairly pale, but it didn’t seem too OTT when used with a soft brush it left a nice, natural bronzed finished and I didn’t notice my face sparkling either which was a bonus!

The bronzer contains golden shimmer – I usually go for matt bronzers, but in the summer I am much more open to them; it just adds to that fresh, radiant feeling. It also contains beta-carotene which will help to prolong your natural tan too.

I’m wearing the BB Bronzer under my foundation and down my neck, with the maxi bronzer swept under my cheekbones, along my temples and the sides of the top of my forehead, then down to my jawline in a ‘3’ shape. I added a touch of bronzer to my collar bone too to give a bit of highlight thanks to the golden pearl extract.

The BB Bronzing Cream is priced at £9.99 and Maxi Delight Bronzer is £8.99 – plus to celebrate the launch, Bourjois are offering a free pair of sunglasses in a polka dot case, along with 3 for 2 on all Bourjois products, until 13th August!

Elizabeth Arden – New York In Bloom Collection

When I saw the packaging of the new Elizabeth Arden, New York in Bloom Collection, I did an inside squeal – it’s sooo pretty! Covered with floral motivs – it seems a step in the funky direction for a brand I normally consider to be quite classic.

The collection is made up of two bronzing powders – soft and warm, two nail duos – a teal and purple shade with a top coat at one end, three eye pencils – teal, platinum and brown, and two eyeshadow trios – one based on the teal palette, another on golden tones. It’s a really pretty range – both packaging and product wise. 
I have the Pure Finish bronzing powder in Warm. There are flowers embossed onto the powder in bronzey and pink shades – but it looks very frosted and on seeing the product in the palette, I was a little worried at how frosty it would be on the skin. 
The Eye Pencil comes with a sharpener in the box, which I think is a nice touch. The colour of Iridescent Teal is very bold and pigmented – and is exactly that – iridescent teal with beautiful golden tones running through the teal.
As you can see from the swatch photo above, the bronzer isn’t frosty at all, although it does have a slight shimmer to it – it gives a radiance to the skin rather than a glitterbomb effect. It has a flattering yellow-bronze colour to it which is the kind of colour I like in a bronzer.  
The Elizabeth Arden website gives the tip of wearing the eye pencil under the lower lash line – so that’s how I decided to wear it. It was very easy to apply but you do need to wear a primer under it and powder over it as I found it can transfer down your eye a little without. 
I am wearing both the products in the photos above, teamed with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Luminous Lip Gloss in Precious Petal. 
It’s a yummy, toffee flavoured gloss that glides on and feels really moisturising – it contains mango butter and shea butter. When the gloss eventually fades, you are left with a pretty shimmer on the lips. It’s another well designed product – with a mirror on the side of the bottle so you can touch-up on the go with ease – the applicator is flattened which makes it so easy to apply too.
The last product I have from the New York in Bloom Colour Collection is the nail laquer in Teal Blossom. While I had it on I had lots of compliments on the colour. It’s a true, greeny-blue-petrol teal shade which, when used with the top coat, leaves a nice glossy finish to the nails. 
This is my first foray into Elizabeth Arden’s make up range – I always considered it to be for women a bit older than me, but I am definitely, 100% proved wrong! Let me know if you’ve tried anything and have any recommendations. 

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Urban Decay really are taking their NAKED range to all areas – now they have released NAKED Flushed, a gorgeous, multipurpose face palette.

In the mirrored compact, which is about the size of an iPhone, there is a bronzer, highlighter and blush. 

 

The three products can be used separately – the bronzer is matt which can be used for bronzing or contouring, the highlight is perfect for the cheekbones, under the brows, inner eyes or along the nose, and the blush is a satin finish deep rose colour. I think it’s great that all the products are quite large, and spaced out from one another making it simple to use them alone.

I have been wearing the three mixed together to create a pretty cheek colour which leaves a very slight frosted finish which accentuates my cheekbones while giving my cheeks some colour. I’ve then used the bronzer with a different brush as a contour. I really love the colour of the bronze on me, but most of all, I love the three colours blended together.

The powder is super soft and velvety and goes onto the skin easily. It doesn’t require any hard work to get a good finish on the skin – I just sweep my brush from one side to the other and hey presto! 
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed is available from HQ Hair for £20 – another great value piece, hurrah for NAKED! 

Liz Earle ‘Nectar’ Blusher & ‘Natural Glow’ Bronzer

Following on from my post introducing Liz Earle’s ‘Colour’ make up range last week, I now bring you some of their face / cheek products which I have fallen in love with. One of their powder blushers, ‘Nectar’ (06) and the Natural Glow Bronzer.

As with the rest of the make up range, the packaging has been kept minimal and fuss free, with the Liz Earle logo stamped into their powder products, each housed in a mirrored compact. I think it looks rather chic.
There are only seven shades in the blusher collection – and each shade has both a powder and cream variation which I think is a great idea. Some people are cream blusher people, some are powder. Some may like to increase staying power by layering powder over cream blush – whatever the preference, this covers all bases without there being too many products to choose from – kind of like in a posh restaurant that has a very small and select menu.
I’ve swatched the Nectar powder blusher below, alongside the bronzer, which is the only bronzer in the range.

Below, I’ve swatched the bronzer alongside some other popular bronzers that I had to hand. MAC Golden, and NARS Laguna contain a lot more shimmery glitter particles – the Liz Earle bronzer does have a slight sheen, but the particles are no where near as visible as those two. Benefit’s Hoola is much more matt, and more yellow based than the Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer.
The blusher looks quite pink in the pan, but is actually very soft and pretty on the skin. It can be built up to be much pinker for darker skin tones or for a pop of colour.

I’m wearing both the bronzer and blush in the photos above and I am really impressed with both products. They glide onto the skin perfectly and stay put all day. The bronzer is definitely going to be a new staple in my make up bag, it’s just the right tone and finish!

Have you tried any of the Liz Earle make up? I have my eye on the coral blush next!

The Colour range is available at Liz Earle counters and the Liz Earle website.

The powder blush costs £16.50 for 6g and bronzer is £19.50 for 10g.

MAC Surf, Baby! Haul

As soon as I saw the product pictures for MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection, I fell in love with the Cheek Blush, ‘My Paradise’. Strangely, the collection was available to buy in the UK before the USA, so I didn’t have many swatch pics or YouTube videos to go by, and I didn’t want to make the mistake of ordering without swatching again (yes Viva Glam Gaga 2,  I’m talking about you!) I waited until Thursday, the day it was launched in stores in the UK, and was literally the first person in store – it had sold out online and I wanted to make sure if I liked it, I got it! I am particularly fond of coral colours at the moment, and I love the gold overspray on the pan.

With My Paradise, you get 12g of product, compared with the usual 6g you get in a standard MAC blush. Even the Mineralize Skinfinish’s are only 10g, so for £19 you really are getting a lot of product for your money. The main blusher is a coral peach colour, which is buildable depending on how much impact you want to make. The gold hibiscus overspray is very gold and shimmery. If you are careful with your brush you can use them both separately, or the easiest way seems to me to swirl your brush over both. The gold doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom of the pan – I have photographed so you can see how thick the gold layer is (I’m thinking this might be where the additional 2g of weight comes from!)

Here it is swatched on my hand (both colours swirled together):

The only lipstick I bought from the collection was Hibiscus. I had been tempted by Naturally Eccentric online, it looked like a lovely nude – and I do love a lovely nude, but in real life it was rather white. I did um and ahh over it for a bit, but as soon as I put Hibiscus on my lips, all thoughts of Naturally Eccentric flew out the window!

I love this colour – the texture of it, as a Cremesheen, is really moisturising – it glides on the lips effortlessly (although this is such a bold colour, a lip brush is recommended!), and is such a beautiful colour. The website describes it as a “bright orange coral” which I would tend to disagree with. I would still call it coral, but not orange – essentially, it’s an orange toned red. When you look closely at the lipstick it has teeny tiny bits of shimmer in it, making it look really pretty on the lips. I also find it looks completely different inside and out – I had it on in the shop and thought it looked rather orangey, then once I was back in my car it looked rather red. Whatevs, love it. This one will definitely be coming to Ibiza with me, it looks great now, but it’s going to look even better with a tan.

Although one of my favourite bronzers is a cheapy Natural Collection one which is shimmery, I have been on the lookout for a matte bronzer as my Benefit Hoola is wearing very thin. I really liked the Give Me Sun bronzer which was used in my MAC make up lesson but when I saw that the two bronzers in the Surf, Baby! Collection were embossed with the MAC logo, I was swayed! I’m such a sucker for a gimmick like this, I think it’s totally cute!

There are two bronzers in the collection – the other, Gold-go Lightly, is suited to more olivey skin tones, which I definitely am not, and not wanting to look like an Oompa Loompa I went with Lushlight Bronze. It is a Stufio Careblend/Pressed powder, which apparently means that it’s “Creamy, blend-able, no-streak bronzing powder that provides a naturally matte, lightly luminous finish. Antioxidant formula ups the care factor.” It tends to live up to that claim!

Strange Potion lipglass is a repromotion, I bought it last year when it was released with the Disney Venomous Villains collection, hence it saying Disney on the packaging of the one I have photographed. At the time I wasn’t too keen on it, but now I’m in coral-mode I really love it and wear it quite a lot during the day. Perhaps I just see it as more of a summer colour, rather than Autum/Winter when it originally came out.

It is a soft, coral-peach colour, with a slightly frosty finish to it. The colour lasts quite some time on the lips and is really opaque compared to some other of the lipglasses I have tried. It works well on top of lipstick – ontop of Hue is pretty, as it would be over any other nude lipstick I imagine. If you wanted to be really bold, you could wear it over Hibiscus for a double-coral punch of POW!

This is the swatch pic I took of it last time round:

I had also hoped to try out the Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigments, but there was a delay in them coming in and were unable to tell me when they would get them. I love the purpley shades and have seen gorgeous swatches on Temptalia’s site. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that my purse will thank me for.

Overall I am really happy with the products I got. Although the off-white casing is meant to give that summer surf-dude feel,  I do think it cheapens the look and they are bound to get grubby – even in my swatch pics of the casing I can see marks, and I hadn’t even owned them for a day at that point!

Here is a photo I took which included My Paradise, Lushlight Bronze and Hibiscus. Think I went a bit OTT with the bronzer on my forehead, a light hand is definitley required with this one!

What do you think? Have you bought anything from the collection? Have I missed out on anything?!