Last year I resolved to use up all of the skincare and makeup I had been hoarding during the last few years. Some of it went in the garbage but most of it was used up to the point where my stash got pretty lean, something the old Carla would have hated. The current Carla is pretty happy with the size of her stash, there is plenty of room for new green additions.
I worked my way through quite a few cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. Along the way, I developed an interest in oil cleansing. I was reading everything I could on essential oils and carrier oils until I finally started using my own blends to remove my makeup and moisturize my skin. There was a period of adjustment but I found that I really preferred oil cleansing to how I use to cleanse my skin, it was relaxing and left my skin feeling better than ever. I was hooked but more on that later…
As for makeup, there are two things I have not purchased recently: foundation and concealer. I know a lot of you can relate to this, I had so many bottles of foundation and tubes of concealer that I forbid myself from buying any more. For the most part, I stayed the course. Small samples don’t count, right? I still have some foundation to work through but I’m almost at a point where I’m ready to scoop up some products I’ve been dying to try. I’m looking at you, Gressa and Kjaer Weis!
Do you know that feeling when you’ve gone for a long walk and you realize the end is in sight? That’s how I feel about this foundation/concealer “no buy” of mine, I’m glad it’s nearly over!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives unveiled earlier this month are almost coming to an end so I thought I should share my picks from the sale before it ends this weekend, the things I’m lusting over as we speak.
You probably know by now that Nordstrom does not have sales on beauty but what they do instead is offer fantastic values with sets from brands we all know and love. Some items are discounted (more on that below) but most are value priced, not to mention exclusive to Nordstrom for the time being.
NARS FALL 2014 COLOR COLLECTION NIGHT CALLER
A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour – NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.
Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.
The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.
Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35
(L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35
(L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate
Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25
focus item rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25
limited edition cranberry
Mauritanie Matte Multiple , $39
limited edition strawberry red
Night Flight Eyeliner , $24
black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner , $24
black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner, $24
black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner , $24
black with green pearl
Unlawful Blush, $30
amber pink with silver pearls
Available July 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com; Available August 1, 2014 at Sephora, Dept./Specialty Stores
Also out with a new nail polish formula is the NARS Nail Polish line up. The formula has been revamped and there’s a new brush as well as 19 new shades now part of their nail lineup. The revamped collection now features 43 shades, including 24 fan favorites like Orgasm for a full range of looks.
Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.
High up on my list of beauty lemmings is the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. For years now I’ve been all about powder foundations but as I get older and my skin needs a little more camouflage before I leave the house, I’ve started to admit that cream (or liquid) foundations are where it’s at for me right now. This new foundation is tempting because it claims to have the feel of a cream but with the buildable, lightweight coverage of a liquid.
Here’s what NARS has to say about Radiant Cream Compact Foundation:
Available in an extremely extensive collection of 20 shades, this lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream compact with the weightless coverage of a liquid foundation. It is portable, buildable, and sets in seconds; the formula also features our Advanced Emulsion Technology, allowing for a wet or dry application. Expanding its foundation lineup, NARS introduces Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.
Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing — all with the ease of a portable compact.
With so much newness, you would think NARS would be done surprising us for the season but low and behold, next month NARS is introducing their new Eye Paint.
Housed in a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment, this versatile product can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner. The innovative weightless gel formula delivers long-lasting color that glides on smooth and dries down quickly. When used as eyeliner, pair with the new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 for a perfectly defined eye.
Comes in 10 shades for a full range of artistry. Ophthalmologist Tested.
BLACK VALLEY: Black
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Turquoise blue
SNAKE EYES: Black with green shimmer
TATAR: Black with purple shimmer
UBANGI: Black with blue shimmer
The Eye Paints retail for $25 and will be available at Nordstrom and NARS boutiques on September 1st. This release also includes their new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 retailing for $26.
I can’t wait to see these little pots of pigment in person…
In a perfect world, every single lip product worth its salt would come in a chubby pencil. Wouldn’t that be great? You could fit more lip color in your makeup bag! NARS is helping make my dream one step closer to reality with its new Satin Lip Pencils.
These new pencils are rich in pigment and give lips a rich and creamy finish in 13 new shades:
Het Loo – cognac
Floralis – light apricot
Isola Bella – peach beige
Lodhi – vibrant coral
Biscayne Park – pink guava
Rikugien – rose pink
Golshan – spiced wine
Majella – garnet
Luxembourg – vivid watermelon
Hyde Park – cardinal red
Palais Royal – sangria
Yu – shocking pink
Jardin Des Plantes – fuchsia (exclusive to boutiques)
I am already drooling over these and can’t wait to get them into my hot, little hands. These new Satin Lip Pencils launch March 7th on narscosmetics.com but in the meantime, check out the Pinterest boards for a little lip inspiration.
The new NARS Skincare Travel sets have arrived on narscosmetics.com! NARS introduced their new skincare last summer and there are some great standout products in their new range. If you’ve haven’t had a change to mix things up with NARS and you’re skincare routine just yet, check out the new travel sets. You know we’re a sucker for travel sets…
Each set retails for $140 and includes a travel bag. There are two sets; the Luminous Aqua set and the Luminous Moisture set. The Moisture set is for the gals needing a little more moisture in their routine and the Aqua set is for those of us who like our skincare oil-free. Both sets contain full sized Optimal Brightening Concentrates and Total Replenishing Eye Creams then the rest is travel sized.
Here’s what’s in each set:
LUMINOUS AQUA SET
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
Purifying Foam Cleanser
Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Total Replenishing Eye Cream
LUMINOUS MOISTURE SET
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
Gentle Cream Cleanser
Luminous Moisture Cream
Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Total Replenishing Eye Cream
You can find each set on narscosmetics.com now. Stay tuned for product reviews from the NARS skincare line next week!
It’s time for a beauty year in review. Trust us, picking just 10 favorites for an entire year was no easy feat. We discovered a plethora of new brands and fell in love with so much. These 10 favorites are the products we use constantly. The ones that really stand out and we would buy over and over again!
Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.
Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.