NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

Today I have another review for you all and this time it’s for NARS concealers. I recently reviewed the NARS Lip Pencils, but I also picked up some NARS concealers at the same time and wanted to share them with all my wonderful Muggies!

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These are the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers. They come in a wand type packaging much like the Maybelline Fit Me Concealers. They are very similar in size with the Maybelline being .23 ounces and the NARS being .22 ounces. I really like the packaging on these. They have a  sleek see through container that allows you to see the product and a matte finish handle on the wand. The matte finish not only looks great but is easy to clean as well. The wand inside is a flat doe-foot wand which I really like a lot. When you apply the concealer the flat part of the wand allows you to put it on the skin effortlessly.

The formula is very creamy and very pigmented so you don’t have to apply a lot to get the desired amount of coverage. This means a little will go a long way. I like the way it feels as it is super silky, smooth and it has no odor to it. These concealers would be best for under the eyes or for light touch-ups. If you have blemishes the concealers that come with this type of wand are to thin, you want this for more for delicate areas and that’s why under the eyes is best.

The best way to apply it is to sweep it on under the eye and take a fluffy dome brush like the Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush and gently blend it into the skin. This hides the eye bags and brightens the area a little as well. The price on these is $28.00 which I think is far to expensive for what they are. They are good products if you want a good concealer and don’t mind spending the money or just want a high-end product.

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These come in 10 different shades so there is a good range of colors for everyone. These do run on the warm side with the only cooler toned one being “Honey”. The lightest color here will be great for you porcelain skinned gals, it’s “Chantilly” and the darkest shade is “Cacao”. For reference my shade is “Biscuit”.

  1. Chantilly – True Ivory for Fair Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  2. Vanilla – Tiny Cast of Pink for Fair Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  3. Honey – Warm Peach Toned for Light to Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  4. Custard – Yellow Toned for Light to Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  5. Ginger – Golden Undertone for Medium Complexions (Amazon) (Sephora)
  6. Biscuit – Medium Dark Natural Balance of Pink and Yellow Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  7. Carmel – Medium Dark Yellow and Golden Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  8. Amande – Medium Dark with Golden Olive Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  9. Cafe – Dark with Warm Red Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)
  10. Cacao – Dark with Deep Gold to Brown Undertones (Amazon) (Sephora)

These claim to be “Long wearing and crease-proof. Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non commedogenic” which means it’s great for those of you with sensitive skin.

ADVANTAGES

  • Smooth
  • Covers Great
  • Great Color Range
  • Good Packaging
  • Highly Pigmented

DISADVANTAGES

  • Price

These are good products if you are willing to pay the price but for me personally, I am going to stick with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it is pretty much the same product at a fraction of the cost.

So I hope that help you all out and gives you and idea of what you will be getting if you have one of these or are planning to pick one up. Be sure let me know in the comments what you all think. :-) And I really do hope you all are staying both happy and healthy!

XOXO,

Marlena

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Ulta Haul & Review

Hello Makeup Geeks! I have a fun haul video to share with you today. Recently, Ulta was kind enough to send me some products and I wanted to review them for you. As always, I will only give fair and honest reviews about the products regardless of whether they were sent to me or I purchased them myself.

So let’s get started on this review. 🙂

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Cargo Vintage Escape Fall Eyeshadow Palette

I love the packaging on this. It has a sleek brown faux leather design reminiscent of a distressed leather journal and is embossed with the Cargo name. I love this as it makes it easy to clean and great for travel.  This has 12 shades which are all fall inspired. All the colors are creamy and smooth and really nicely pigmented. The palette also comes with a dual ended brush, one side an angled eyeliner brush and the other a small flat brush.

  • Harvest Moon – Light Cream Satin
  • Cuddle – Soft Pink Satin
  • Frolic – Taupe Shimmer
  • Cinnamon – Brown/Copper with Copper Shimmer
  • Twigs – Blue/Grey Metallic
  • Black Crow – Black Matte
  • Crisp – Soft Gold Shimmer
  • Hot Cocoa – Neutral Milk Chocolate Matte
  • Autumn – Peach Matte
  • Withered Leaves – Muted Brown/Green with Green Shimmer
  • Rustic – Copper Metallic
  • Chestnut – Dark Matte Brown

Price: $55.70

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Cargo

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StriVectin Tightening Neck Cream

This is non-comedogenic, oil-free and paraben-free which makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin like myself, but also works on any skin type. This is extremely smooth and glides on the skin and neck for a luxurious feel that isn’t oily or greasy. This also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like other creams. The only downside to this is the price tag that accompanies it.

Price: $89.00 for 1.7 ounces

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

StriVectin Youthful Skin Trio or The Great Wrinkle Escape

This comes with 3 travel friendly products; Replenishing Cleanser, Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles and the Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles. I have used the Eye Concentrate before and loved it. It’s ideal for anyone who gets dry under their eyes as it is very moisturizing without being oily. I currently use the Intensive Concentrate on my face because it is oil-free and is very moisturizing on the dry parts of my face.

Price: Varies

Where to Buy: eBay

Clarisonic

I know these have been on the market for a while, but for those of you who don’t already own one it’s a great product! This cleans your skin deep into the pores and makes it feel amazing. This is no way abrasive to your skin or do you need harsh cleaners that can damage your face. It removes 6 times the dirt, oil and makeup than traditional methods.

Price: $150.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

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Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

The trend has moved from BB Creams to CC Creams for this season and Pur Minerals has their version. This is an upgrade from the BB and is basically a tinted moisturizer that “color corrects”. This is a multitasking moisturizer, brightener, primer, concealer and SPF foundation all in one.  I did test this earlier but I can’t wear it as it contains Titanium Oxide which I am allergic to. It’s very smooth and silky and for it not being a full on foundation gives a good amount of coverage.

Price: $38.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

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Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm

From CC Creams to BB Creams, these are all the rage. This BB Cream from Stila is oil and paraben free which is great for your skin. It glides on smoothly to a slight powdery finish. This is perfect for those who prefer a very light or natural finish to their skin. The only thing I dislike about this is the odor, it had a slight medicine smell attached to it that was noticeable.

Price: $38.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I tried this over the weekend and really liked it. I love the brush that comes with it as it really separates and thickens the lashes for a full voluminous effect.

Price: $19.50

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

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Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lip Gloss

This has been out for a while but it has such a great effect to it. Infused with hints of glitter, this adds a multidimensional aspect to your lips. Ideal for a night out on the town this would look stunning for an added pop of fun or drama. The only downside is it’s only available in one shade.

Price: $19.00

Where to Buy: eBay, Urban Decay

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Butter London Nail Polish

I have to be honest I have never tried their polishes before however I have heard about their remarkable quality. This is the shade “Pillar Box Red” which is a stunning candy apple red shade. The only downside is the price which is expensive for a nail polish. If you have tried these let me know what you think. 🙂

Price: $15.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

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Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet 3-In-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

The fruity raspberry scent of this is very light and feminine. I love the fact it is a 3-in-1 product so you feel like you are getting more for your money. This really does have a true raspberry scent!

Price: $16.50 for 16 ounces

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Ulta

I really hope you all are having a great fall so far and are getting ready for the holiday season. 🙂 Have fun with your shopping and I will see you soon.

XOXO,

Marlena

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Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I got to tape this video in my new house- as you can tell, it’s totally girly! (can you tell I’m a girly girl? 😉 ) I wanted to review the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush as everyone has been talking about them.  My reviews are always 100% honest and I did actually buy these myself!

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Packaging

These blushes come in a sleek rose gold case that includes a mirror and the blush itself.  I love how classy and “high end” these look, while being unique with the rose gold finish.  The compact is sturdy and is excellent quality.

Quality

The quality of these blushes is amazing.  I love how smooth and silky they feel while still remaining fairly pigmented.  My only complaint with these is the three pink colors are fairly similar.  There could have been a little bit more variation in color as well as matte finish instead of all just shimmery.

Here’s my recommendations for what colors to get for different skin colors!

  • Fair Skin:  Dim Infusion and Ethereal Glow
  • Medium Skin:  Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure
  • Dark Skin:  Radient Magenta and Diffused Heat

Blush Colors

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  • Dim Infusion:   Subdued Coral
  • Ethereal Glow:   Cool Pink
  • Luminous Flush:  Champagne Rose
  • Radient Magenta:   Golden Fuchsia
  • Diffused Heat:  Vibrant Poppy
  • Mood Exposure:   Soft Plum

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Price: $35

Where to Buy:   Amazon,    Ebay,    Sephora

Overall I give these blushes a 5 star as the quality and packaging is amazing!  It’s definitely worth investing in one or two colors.  I hope you all have fun with your makeup shopping!
Much love,
Marlena

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MASSIVE Holiday Makeup Palettes Smackdown: 2013

Hi Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes released by the big cosmetics companies, then I review each of them individually for you and at the end pick my favorite one of the year. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…:-)

In this video I am going to briefly show you all the palettes  I purchased this year and some quick pros and cons of each one, then at the end of the video I will let you know which one of these I chose as the best holiday palette for 2013.

Urban Decay “Vice 2″

The packaging on this is top quality. It is very sturdy and has a top that opens once you press the black button on the front. The lid of the palette has a large mirror and unlike other palettes, the top stays open so it’s great for sitting on your desk and applying your makeup. The palette contains 20 eye shadows with a mixture shimmers finishes along with a few matte. As always, the quality of the Urban Decay eye shadows is amazing. The only downside is that there is a lot of brighter shades in here so it makes it hard to do a complete look without adding extra shades. I also feel the brighter shades are best suited for a much younger crowd. I also wish there were some more matte shades in here that you could use for blending and as transition colors. It also comes with a dual ended brush that I feel is to soft for actually blending or adding shades. (Check out my full review of this palette here)

Price: $59.00

Where to Buy: Sephora, Ulta, eBay

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Hot New Makeup Products of 2013 (Haul and Review)

OK Makeup Geeks, I have a super fun video of some hot new products that I really wanted to share with you. I recently went to Sephora and got some new goodies and I wanted to show them to you and let you know what I think of them and if they are worth trying.

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation

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I have been wearing this for over a week now and I can’t tell you how much I love this foundation. This foundation is paraben free, mineral oil free and talc free. This is great for me because my skin breaks out easily. This comes in a convenient squeeze tube and retails for $40.00 for 1 ounce of product. I wear the color G40. This will last a while though as a little goes a long way. The feeling is very silicon like and it feels amazing on the skin as it doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. This comes in a wide range of colors (24 to be exact). The water-resistant formula has Vitamins C and E which soothe inflammation and reduce redness.

Price: $40.00

Where To Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Cover FX Cream Concealer

This concealer comes in a squeeze tube and is easy to access. Mine is the color medium/deep simply because I need something darker for under my eyes to cover the dark circles. This has the ideal silky consistency for under the eyes. It glides on smoothly and evenly and doesn’t get cakey like many under eye concealers do. You get 0.33 ounces for $27.00 which will last a while as a little goes a long way. This also does not contain gluten, mineral oil or talc. This comes in 12 shades so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Price: $27.00

Where to Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Cover FX Blotting Powder

I really wanted to check out this brand since are really trying hard not to use bad ingredients. This is their powder in the color Light, which I got for use under my eyes to brighten up the area. It also is available in medium and deep. The formula is very smooth and silky and doesn’t feel heavy at all. I love the sleek compact as it’s convenient for putting in your purse and taking it with you for touch-ups wherever you go. You get 0.4 ounces of mineral, paraben and talc free product which is great for the skin.

Price: $24.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Concealer

This is a lot like the Cover FX concealer, this is the color tan which great for under my eyes. This has a gel like consistency and doesn’t cake up, crease or get into the fine lines under my eyes which can make you look older. This aids and protects the skin around the eye and contains the natural antioxidants, Quercetin & Oak, which aids in minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This comes in four shades; fair, light, medium beige and medium tan.

Price: $22.00

Where to Buy:  Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Kat Von D Everlasting Blushes

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These blushes are perfection! What I love about them is they are completely talc free but they are so smooth. I am very impressed by these. I love the packaging on these. They have a sleek black design with textured flowers on the front, perfect for a blush compact. I do feel like there could have been a wider range of colors but for the ones she did have they were really nice.

  • Shady Business 1 – Pearlized brown with a slight gold shimmer. This will be great for light to medium skin, if you have darker skin you might be able to use this as a highlight. They also make a #2 which is better for darker skintones. This is a nice tan color that isn’t to orange and won’t make you look like an Oompa-Loompa.
  • Truth – A natural flush pink shade with a matte finish. Very creamy and smooth.
  • Wish – Nude peach with a subtle shimmer to it. This is ideal for light to medium skin; you dark skin girls can use this as a beautiful highlight. I got it because I am trying to incorporate more peach colors for the spring and summer.
  • Essex – This is a cool rose shade that will look best or medium skin tones.

Price: $25.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Illamasqua Gleam Cream

This lightweight cream adds lifts and adds highlights to wherever you apply it. This has a creamy consistency that is perfect since my skin can be dry sometimes; this gives a dewy finish to the skin. It’s very smooth and non-greasy and non-glittery, which I love.

  • Aurora – This has a golden under-base which won’t make me look pink at all it will just add a nice warm glow to the skin. Perfect for the summer.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy:  Sephora

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick

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These are pricey but I absolutely love these! I love the packaging with the bamboo at the bottom and the colored designed top; it’s amazing. These have amazing pigmentation and glide on smoothly for a stunning finish. These are long-lasting, creamy and don’t feel drying on the lips.

  • Foxy – A true deep pink, fuchsia shade. This is great for all skintones but you darker skinned girls will look absolutely stunning in this color.
  • Playful – This is a cool tones purple/rose shade that will look great on everyone.
  • Whimsy – A bright medium cool pink color that will look amazing on every skin color. This is a fun, girly color to have for the summer.
  • Fierce – This red has orange undertones that will look best on medium to dark skintones. I prefer cool toned reds for fair skin.
  • Wild – This is a cool red that is almost a berry color. This color will look great on every skintone whether it’s light, medium or dark.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Nars Lipstick in Scarlett Empress

This is a stunning plum shade that will be perfect for the fall months. This would be ideal on those days when you want to do minimal eye makeup and have stunning plum colored lipst to play up. This color will work for every skintone.

Price: $26.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Bare Escentuals in Swinger

This is a vivid magenta/purple shade with a satin finish.

Price: $21.00

Where to Buy: Amazon, Sephora

And that’s it for my Sephora haul. I hope you found something in here you are going to try and if you do leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.

XOXO,

Marlena

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