Over the past few year’s, NARS has fast become one of my favourite brands. The shades, pigmentation and packaging is enough to give me butterflies and I have managed to build up a pretty nice collection of products. I purchased my very first NARS product a few years ago when I was in New York City. It was my first time popping my Sephora cherry and I treated myself to a gorgeous lipstick. Since then, particularly with being a blogger, I have spent my well earned pennies snapping up the best that NARS has to offer.
I have a nice little niche of products to run through with all of you today so lets get down to business. From pretty palettes to sheer gold heaven, they have become essential products within my daily make up routine. By the way, this is a lengthy post so go grab a cup of tea to sip over!
I’m going to kick start things with my gorgeous eyeshadow palette that I got when I was in Boston. It’s their ‘And God Created The Woman’ collection that I always find myself reaching for time and time again. The palette consists of six shades that are perfect for creating a simple everyday look or bold dramatic smoky eye for nighttime. What I love most about this product is how convenient it is for travelling with. It is such a small and compact little palette with the essential shades for creating multiple looks. If I want to add a strong pop of colour and incorporate a metallic effect, I simply spray some of my MAC Fix + onto a flat brush (I use the MAC 242 style) and load it onto my lid. It’s an amazing tip for really transforming your make up.
A few week’s ago I also picked up my first ever cream shadow pencil. It’s from their latest collection and they are incredibly dreamy and creamy. I opted for the shade, Iraklion and it is a magnificent mauve colour (I’m not the best at describing things and due to the lighting, it makes it look more of a champagne shade that a mauve purple), that makes a great everyday shadow, highlighter or you can add it as a transition shade as part of a smoky eye. Again, just like the palette it is excellent for carrying in your bag when you’re on the go. I actually tend to use this type of pencil and colour as a base coat for applying a more vibrant shade like a rusted gold foil eyeshadow. You can use it as you like, that’s what makes it all the more appealing.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I didn’t jump on the Sheer Glow band wagon until two week’s ago. Over the past few years of blogging, I have seen numerous beauty bloggers and You Tubers swear by it. It definitely took me a while to actually go out and get matched up, I don’t know about any of you but I absolutely hate shopping for foundation. I find the entire process so stressful as I can’t find my perfect match or the correct coverage. I like a soft glow shade and medium to full coverage when it comes to my foundations however I’m hoping that once certain areas of my skin improve, to go for a more natural and sheer product. Yes, the foundation is called Sheer Glow but it actually is a medium coverage that looks beautifully natural and so lightweight it is an absolute dream to wear. My previous foundations have always felt so caked on and congested my skin so I really enjoy wearing the Sheer Glow. I will say that if you have any pigmentation or blemishes on your skin, you will need to prime and conceal those areas as the foundation is not enough to cover them.
I was very lucky to spend an afternoon at Space NK as part of their NARS masterclass with international MUA, Benoit Dumont. I learnt so many tips and tricks regarding make up, the actual application (not as simple as it sounds) and even how your skincare can effect the entire make up process. It was after the class that Benoit recommended some products for my skin type and gave me some personal tips on how to contour and highlight my face (I was dying to know the correct way) as I have often questioned the best way to work with my face shape, the good old oval style. One product that I got was the ever popular Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder – a cult classic within the beauty industry. I have the loose version of this but I much prefer the pressed powder because I personally think it works a lot better with my skin type. It doesn’t cake my make up or gather in certain areas which is a major bonus for me. I’ve seen and heard of various bloggers and people swear by it as an undereye setting powder for their concealer but unfortunately I have to avoid that as it ages my eyes so bad. For those of you who find their concealer creasing or make up moving, I would definitely suggest this little beauty.
I can be real funny when it comes to wearing blusher, I have my bible blushes that I swear by that are pretty much from the same colour palette but I don’t often branch out. During the year I was very kindly gifted the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette (It was a limited edition product so I’m not sure if it is still available) that includes five shades Laguna Bronzing Powder, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, Deep Throat Blush, Sex Fantasy Blush- limited edition and Final Cut Blush – limited edition. For those of you beauty bloggers who love a good NARS product, I’m sure you’re all aware that the Laguna Bronzer is an iconic product that is an essential part of your make up collection.
If there is one product that I could never live without it is the breathtaking highlighter. It is in my opinion thee best invention that has continued to be a cult classic within my make up collection. I have a massive collection (even if I do say so myself) that I swear by and this NARS beauty that is an absolute must have. The bold name and liquid base of Orgasm is a great way to highlight the high points of your face and even your body if you want to branch out. I tend to use this product more when I’m on holiday, I find it really compliments my tan and gives me that beautiful sun kissed glow. You can even mix it with your foundation and apply it with a stippling brush for a dewy and illuminating finish.
I do love a good nude lipstick and when I was in Sephora I stocked up on my favourite shade, Brigitte. It is a beautiful creamy product with a gorgeous satin finish that I paid with a similar coloured lip pencil or on its own if I want something more natural. The detailing on NARS products are so personal, it also makes me not want to use the lipstick for worry of ruining it. It is pretty long lasting although I find myself reaching for a touch up just because I love re-applying lipsticks (It’s one of my weird qualities!).
I first saw this lipstick pencil on Vivianna Does Make Up and her You Tube channel. It is my ultimate shade for the autumn/winter season and I absolutely adore it. The texture is a dream to wear and it is pretty long lasting. Plus it makes my teeth look whiter which is an added bonus. It is their Satin Lip Pencil in the shade, Palais Royal. It’s quite a deep burgundy colour that is just stunning. With the satin finish it glides on beautifully and doesn’t require much prep regarding lip liners. I do always wear a lip primer before applying any products however with this pencil I can simply wear it with my primer and still have full coverage look.
For those of you who love a good contoured look, this brush is a must have for you. The iconic Ita Kabuki scultped brush is another essential item for your make up collection. It is the best for chiseling your face and creating some fabulous cheekbones. It is quite a pricey product but worth every penny in my opinion. I have seen You Tube wonders, Jaclyn Hill and Beauty Life Michelle use it religiously in their videos and the brush has helped them to create a bold and beautiful contour look. I have only used it a handful of times but this was recommended to me by, Benoit. If it is a personal favourite of his then it will certainly become a personal favourite of mine. I’ve only used it a little to practice with but on mg next night out I really want to work it into my look.
When I purchased the eyeshadow palette, it also included a mini brush for applying and blending product. It is a sort of multipurpose brush that is great it you are creating a simple look or you can use it clean to help blend out a dramatic eye. It’s so soft to use and is a dream to use. Again, if you travel then this little baby will become your best friend for packing light. To be honest, for a brush that is free with a palette the quality is pretty impressive. There’s nothing worse than getting a harsh brush that sheds with a palette, it’s a nightmare.
I also have this adorable mini set that consists of three samples of their tinted moisturiser, sheer glow foundation and the most adorable miniature blush in the shade, Orgasm. This set is absolutely perfect for when I’m travelling.
If there are any other products that you would recommend, please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love some new suggestions.
I think one of the most important beauty essentials is taking good care of your lips. Not only for kissing (you know it’s true) but I always think that they are the first thing people look at. When your face to face with people they will concentrate on your lips and it’s vitally important that you keep them moist. Cracked lips are not a good look for anyone! Lip balms are a required process on a daily basis, but they don’t have to be the regular clear colour. Clarins have a selection of beautifully scented, magnificently moist and delightfully delicious Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors to play with this Summer. (Can we take a moment to appreciate my alliteration! Haha)
I have to admit, the application of applying a gloss type product makes me really nervous. I hate the stick applicators as they hurt my lips and just leave it feeling messy in my opinion. Another reason why I’m enjoying using these perfectors is the fluffy soft top head. It helps to smooth on the gel easily but holds onto any extra product without overloading your lips.
It’s not your traditional lip balm formula but it is more of a gel texture. I’ve been wearing each of these shades for a few week’s now and they are so handy for adding a little colour to your daytime look or for perfecting that perfect natural glossy lip on a night out. The tint is strong enough to be noticed but soft enough to wear as a lip treatment. It is quite a thick formula but I personally prefer that kind of product. They smell and taste absolutely delicious! I could spend my days eating them more so than wearing them! Haha
If you’re looking for a soft and subtle sunkissed look a tinted lip perfector is definitely the way forward. Do you lovelies have any recommendations for summer lip products? I’d love to hear your favourites.
The latest addiction (and replacement of Margaret Zhang) to Fashion Bloggers TV has made quite an impact to the blogger scene with her boyish charms and impeccable style. Nadia Fairfax from Fairfax Journal is a petite gymnast who has turned her love of the sport into a career by combining her personal style into the mix. Her elegant manner shines through her photographs throughout her blog and social media accounts. Not only does she have the opportunity to rub shoulders with Australia’s finest but she has now made a name for herself across the pond.
Like I’ve previously mentioned, she is part of the hit TV show and my personal favourite, Fashion Bloggers. She filled the space of another blogging phenomenon, Margaret Zhang when she left the show to focus on her career. I’m not one for change, even when it comes to my essential programmes! After her first feature I quickly grew to adore her.
She has quite a laid back style with a feisty personality. Her look is fresh with a hint of playful prints and beautifully structured pieces. Nadia does love the basis, as do we all and her effortless beauty make her all the more appealing as a person. Of course, finding that perfect backdrop and working with a professional photographer will be sure to make your blog appealing to every woman with a heartbeat.
Any girl who enjoys a good cocktail or two certainly deserves a mention on the blog. I think it is essential as a woman to indulge in the odd ‘sampling’ of delicious, refreshing and often strong drinks. My excuse is that these kind of beverages make for a good photo/Instagram opportunity!
Just like her co-star Sara Donaldson, Ms. Fairfax is a fellow shoe addict with an impressive collection. Every girl needs a selection of strong styles that can carry you through each season from fairy sandals to colour block beauties. I particularly adore Nadia’s magnificent tan wired pair of fabulous peep toe sandals. The thick wrap around lace makes them the perfect shoe for each season, hell I would wear these beauties to bed if I owned them.
I hope you’re all enjoying my ‘Inspirational Blogger’ series as much as I am. If there are any fashion, beauty or lifestyle bloggers you would like to see featured on my blog feel free to let me know.
There is no better way to kick start your Summer holidays than being pampered with a fresh manicure. On Friday I spent my morning at Nails Inc in the House of Fraser, Belfast checking out their new gel polishes that are due to launch later this season. Each shade is named after an iconic location around London and my choice was,‘The Knightsbridge’. The classic nude shade is the perfect look for Summer, it’s fresh, clean and simplistic which is what the brighter months should be all about. I’ve had a gelish manicure before so I was excited to get some much needed TLC for my nails.
With so many adorable shades to work with it was hard to decide what to wear but I was definitely all about the nude. I have so many events, meetings and festivals coming up over the next few week’s and it’s always lady etiquette to look freshly polished (that’s my excuse, anyway!).
Before the lovely Laura applied the nude shade, she prepped my nails by working on my cuticles (which were in dire need of attention) and filing my nails into a lovely natural shape. My nails have been quite weak and poorly looked after over the past few months if I’m honest so she started to process of a new treatment. NailKale is a new nail care range formulated with Kale to help create stronger and healthier nails.
The range includes six different treatments; a Superfood base coat, a highlighter and four colours. Each one has some Kale extract which is perfect for injecting some Vitamin A, C and K to stimulate the Keratin production within your nail and gives them plenty of hydration and nourishment. Personally, my nails grow pretty well, it’s just the condition of them that I need to focus on.
The manicure itself was the perfect pamper session. I have to admit that I genuinely prefer a gel polish as it is kinder to your nails and doesn’t leave them badly damaged when they’ve been removed. Myself and Laura had a lovely girly catch up throughout my treatment which made it all the more enjoyable. I opted for some Swarovski crystals to each nail to add a touch of sparkle to them for Summer. I love how it gives them a delicate and pretty effect against the gorgeous Knightsbridge nude.
After consulting with the girls (the very helpful Laura and Seanine), I invested in some nails treatments as I really need to start to looking after them. I got the 45 second base coat to lock in my new colour and nourish my actual nail, Cuticle oil pen to help fight the dehydration and dryness of my cuticles and SOS nail pen for some on the go emergency treatments.
Thanks again to Laura and Seanine for making me feel very welcome and looking after my nails. I’m looking forward to pampering them with some much needed TLC each month.