Best of NARS

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.

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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!

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Eyes:

Palette:

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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.

Pencil:

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.

Face:

Foundation:

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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.

Powder: Loose/Pressed:

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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.

Cheeks:

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Blush/Bronzer:

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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.

Highlight:

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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.

Lips:

Lipstick:

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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!).

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Pencil:

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.

Brushes:

Contour:

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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.

Eyes:

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.

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If there are any other products that you would recommend, please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love some new suggestions.

Nx

My Week On Instagram ❤

Last week, Manhattanhenge took NYC by storm. It’s that magical time of year when the sun set
is aligned with the east–west streets of the main grid. This year I’ve been lucky enough to travel to NYC twice and I snapped some amazing shots just like my first photo. I took it when I was in Bryant Park and the sun was slowly setting, it was my Manhattanhenge moment.

Other than my New York snap, my week on Instagram has been filled with the usual style, beauty and lifestyle goodness. It’s all kinds of girly and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve also managed to get back into the swing of taking some outfit shots to share with all of you lovelies (more OOTD posts are coming soon).

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I don’t know about all of you but I’m still waiting (and hoping) for a nice little heatwave. The Irish “summer” is not working out for me, I need some Vitamin D.

Nx

Inspirational Blogger || LC’s Closet

It feels so good to share a fellow Irish girl with all of you on this week’s inspirational blogger feature. The lovely Lorna Ruane from LC’s Closet is a doctor of marketing living it up in NYC. I can only dream of having a PHD and celebrating it by moving your life to the Big Apple. Pretty impressive.

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When I see the words fashion and New York City on any blog or social media bio, I’m instantly attracted. What makes Lorna all the more appealing is how sweet and down to earth she is.

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When it comes to Lorna’s style, she channels a variety of looks from girl next store to layered prep. Believe it or not, being able to wear different looks can be challenging. I only suit certain looks as my body shape likes to annoy me when I want to try something new. Skirts don’t really do anything for my figure, I’m more of a peg leg trouser and jeans kind of girl. As you can see, the lucky Lorna can pretty much rock any style.

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What I admire most about her is that she is a true Irish gal at heart. Not only does she look like an Irish beauty, but she incorporates the classic cliché shots into her blog and Instagram which I love. The classic ’99’ and Wispa Gold treats are a favourite amongst us natives of the green isle.

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As much as I adore a good dose of fashion and beauty, I’m such a tom boy at heart. A few year’s ago, I completed a Sky Dive for charity and to squash my fear of heights. I was instantly drawn to Lorna when I came across her Instagram shots of her doing the same. Only different is she had a magnificent ocean view and I looked down to cows and the River Bann. With that said, Lorna can style the perfect girl next door while taking her adventures to new heights.

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I’m an absolute sucker for all things photography and I was in absolute awe when I saw her breathtaking images of famous NYC landmarks. How unbelievable is Lorna’s shot of the fountain at Bryant Park frozen?!?! And the Gramercy Park picture makes me feel like I’m looking through to Narnia. You feel like you’re in New York with her.

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Have I mentioned that she met the iconic, Alexa Chung at Bergdorf Goodman’s? To say I was feeling a little envious was a bit of an understatement!

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Don’t forget to check out Lorna’s Instagram to see all of her daily shots.

Hope you all had a fab weekend. See you Wednesday!

Nx

Best of 2014: Holiday – Part One: NYC

So my amazing adventure has come to end. I got to spend precious time with my man friend in his new place in Boston and I spent some fabulous days in NYC. I’m currently sitting bored in London Heathrow dreaming of being back in the states, the luxurious side of travelling!  😉

I’m hoping to go back out to the States in October though so let the countdown commence! For now, I’m going to share some snaps from my trip to the Big Apple with all of you lovelies! ♥

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Apologies for the brief blog posts, I’m so exhausted from travelling. I’ll be back to blogging as normal on Monday! 🙂

Nx

My Week on Instagram ♥

I have been all about sleeping this week, I often find getting back into a routine after a trip to the States a challenge. I find it hard to ‘fight the sleep’ until a suitable hour. Do any of you have any tips or tricks for jet lag? If so, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.

How has all of you been keeping? It’s sooo strange just how fast this year has been, hard to believe it’s Christmas next month. I seen the Coca Cola advert last night so the countdown has officially started for me. My Instagram has pretty much consisted of things I bought while away, things I wish I had, and the obligatory ‘Instagram quote’, you all know the drill. Anywho, back to business, hope you all enjoy today’s post.

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(Photo credit – In order of appearance:)
5 Inch and Up || Unknown quote ||Megan Hess illustration || Elie Saab Couture || Honestly Healthy || Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall Collection || Itzah C Kret quote || Sabine Pieper illustration.

Also, if there is any particular post/topic you would like to see me feature on my blog, please feel free to leave a comment or get in contact with me.

Happy Hump Day and all that!

Nx