NARS Loves Miami Gift Set

For Holiday 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition gift set, based on the exciting, sensual cities top selling shades.

You can elevate any look with four of their evocative hues (Fathom, Kalahari, Daphne, and Cordura duo), and the brands iconic Orgasm blush (my fav) and Laguna Bronzing Powder. All of this is paired with the cult favorite Orgasm nail polish and lip gloss shades. 

That matte deep violet “Daphne” single shadow is to die for! 

The gift set retails at $75 and is now available to my Miami babes at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Nordstrom (West Palm Beach, Dadeland, Aventura Mall, Boca), and Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

Make Me Blush: NARS New Exclusive Blush Palettes

We all know NARS Cosmetics has some of the best blush palettes on the shelves. Every woman should own “Orgasm” … it’s just a must. But let’s take it to the next level.

NARS recently teamed up with Sephora to announce the release of two limited edition blush palettes featuring exclusive shades combined to help sculpt, highlight, and define the face.

The new silky-textured formula allows shades to blend to a smooth, even finish.

The first palette is called, “Soulshine”. This hue has a combination of pinky pinks with gold shimmer and sheer golden apricot. 

The second limited edition palette is called, “Realm of the Senses”. Don’t you just love these fun names? This palette combines flirty, sheer peach, shimmering bronzed rose, and sparkling gold sand. 

I’m sure these palettes are probably beautiful on the skin. I appreciate the subtle shimmer opposed to the chunky glitter that’s in a couple of the blush palettes. Glitter is just not for me, but to each his own!

Both limited edition palettes will be available at Sephora and sephora.com beginning August 1st for $41 each. 

NARS Summer 2013 Color Collection

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I love color, especially when wearing a really bold lip! It’s funny because I used to wear really bright colored eyeshadows in college and once I graduated, my makeup routine became pretty minimal (mostly do a former job with strict makeup policies). 

Spring and summer are always perfect times to branch out and refresh your makeup routine. So when I saw NARS Cosmetics new Summer 2013 Color Collection, I regained my excitement. Buuut, I will also admit that as much as I love color, some of those NARS eyeshadow duos can be so intimidating! Most likely I would learn towards one color more than the other, and the duo never really gets used … as a duo at least. 

Watch this brief tutorial on how to get the NARS Summertime look created by their lead makeup artist.

I love the combination of mixing a soft yellow eye with a lilac, pink lip and soft cheeks. And for those that like a little drama, that clean cat eye is the finishing touch. It’s fresh, youthful, and fun!  Here are the products that were used to create this look:

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Fashion Rebel Duo Eyeshadow in Dandelion & African Violet; $34

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(L to R: Puerto Vallarta Multiple in Shimmering Tangerine, $39; Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Pink Flamingo, $26; Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iridescent Lilac (limited edition), $25) 

Check out the rest of the Summer 2013 Color Collection below:

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Euphrate Single Eyeshadow in Frosted Mint Steel, $24

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(L to R: Tolede Lipstick in Pink Rose, $24; Barrow Street Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Seafoam Green, $24;  Madness Nail Polish in Electric Orange (Limited Edition), $19)

**photos courtesy of NARS Cosmetics


The collection is available beginning April 15 on narscosmetics.com . What do you think? Do you see anything new that you would like to try? 

Travel In Style With NARSskin Travel Set

The stress of traveling is awful when it comes to packing my beauty products, mostly hair and skincare. 

NARS just came out with some sleek travel sets for their new skincare line, created by Mr. Nars himself. Check them out below:

The Luminous Aqua Set- $140 (Includes)

 

Optimal Brightening Concentrate (Full Size)
Total Replenishing Eye Cream (Full Size)
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner (Travel Size)
Purifying Foam Cleanser (Travel Size)
Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer (Travel Size)
Travel Cosmetics Bag 

The Luminous Moisture Set- $140 (Includes)

Optimal Brightening Concentrate (Full Size)
Total Replenishing Eye Cream (Full Size)
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner (Travel Size)
Gentle Cream Cleanser (Travel Size)
Luminous Moisture Cream (Travel Size)
Travel Cosmetics Bag 

**Both sets will be available January 1, 2013 on narscosmetics.com . 

I wish these sets were available before traveling for the holidays, because I was definitely in desperate need of some travel sized skin care. But hey, it’s never too late right?

photos courtesy of NARS cosmetics

Pamper Your Skin - Upgrade Edition

Don’t you just love a good at-home pamper session? You owe it to treat yourself to whatever spa-like experience you can muster up from time to time (or every week ::wink:: Why limit yourself?) 

I’ve switched up my skin-care pampering routine a little bit and added some must-have upgrades! Here’s what I’m using:

-NARS Gently Cream Cleanser
-PONDS Evening Soothe Makeup Wipes (this brand has like the best makeup remover wipes!)
-Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque *oldie but goodie*
-SK-II Facial Treatment Essence *added upgrade*
-SK-II Cellumination Cream EX *added upgrade* 

I start my routine by removing any makeup with the PONDs makeup wipes, then I use the NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser with my Clarisonic (not pictured, but definitely another skin care tool every woman should own!). After cleaning, I used a generous amount of the Mint Julep mask and left it on for about 10 minutes. Wipe it off using a warm towel or warm water and follow up with SK-II Facial Essence (I pressed it into my skin like a toner until it was dry) then followed up with the SK-II moisturizer and moisturized it into my skin and down my neck. 

Totally happy with the results, and my skin feels oh-so-clean :)

Forgive my expression, it was a long day. Sleepy and ready for bed lol!

What products do you use when you pamper yourself at home? Sharing is caring :)

NARS Cosmetics Opens Second Flagship Store in LA

Priority pit stop on my next visit to LA will be … the second flagship store for NARS Cosmetics! 

That’s right ladies, NARS opened their second freestanding store in Los Angeles on Melrose Ave between Orlando and Croft this past Saturday, October 20th. The first store is located in New York on Bleeker Street. 

Of course, Francois Nars, NARS Founder and Creative Director, made a special appearance during the exclusive and intimate celebration of the store opening. Other celebrities spotted supporting the event were Mandy Moore, Rachel Zoe, and Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio. 

The 1,500 square-foot free-standing boutique is located on famed Melrose Avenue and is nearly twice as big as the location in New York.

For you ladies who will make it there before I do, take pics and tell me about your experience! For now, check out pictures of the boutique below. I love the set up of the boutique, it’s so chic!

Francois Nars and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio

Francois Nars and actress/singer Mandy Moore

Francois Nars and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe

Check it out!

 8412 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 
Tel: 310-623-1730

Introducing NARSskin

I love me some NARS Cosmetics! I didn’t have a chance to try their skincare line in the past, but that is all out the window now because they’ve totally reinvented their line. 

NARS Founder and Creative Director, Francois Nars, uses light as a tool to transform the complexion. He’s created a new and improved line of products that captures the power of light in a unique anti-aging collection that helps illuminate skin like never before. According to NARS, “when applied on newly smooth, bright skin, makeup lasts longer than ever and simply glows. Uniquely prismatic, youthful and radiant … skin is illuminated.” Well I like those words! lol

Here is what’s in the 10 piece collection:

OPTIMAL BRIGHTENING CONCENTRATE, $72
Advanced radiance-boosting serum brightens skin and revitalizes the complexion.

GENTLE CREAM CLEANSER, $29
Gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining moisture balance.

PURIFYING FOAM CLEANSER, $29
Lifts away makeup and impurities, and refreshes the skin while gently soothing skin’s surface.

DOUBLE REFINING EXFOLIATOR, $34
Refines skin’s surface with mild citrus fruit acids and botanical exfoliating spheres.

MULTI-ACTION HYDRATING TONER, $32
Gently exfoliates skin with an alcohol-free formula for a smooth and even appearance.

TOTAL REPLENISHING EYE CREAM, $55
Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of dark circles.

LUMINOUS MOISTURE CREAM, $62
Replenishes skin with 24-hour intense hydration and restores luminosity that naturally diminishes over time.

AQUA GEL LUMINOUS OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER, $58
Hydrates, revitalizes, and fortifies the skin with a lightweight gel texture.

AQUA GEL LUMINOUS MASK, $39
Provides a surge of hydration to the skin. 

Where can you find the line? It is exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores August 1st and everywhere else on August 15th. 


I will definitely be giving this line a shot!