Blush -NARS Cosmetics -Orgasm Blush

on 7/31/2018 11:34:00 PM

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I love the orgasm lipstick. it a really pretty peachy pink that looks pretty on my lips against my pale skin surprisingly so i thought I would love the blush. I didn't though. the peachy pink color isn't so pretty on my cheeks. it went on smoothly and was easy to blend and applied well like a high-end blush should. Its the only Nars blush I've tried but I would wear a Nars blush in a different shade. the other problem I had with the orgasm shade is that it not only didn't compliment my tone well, it also has this youthful tone to it that when applied to my almost 40 year old cheeks, looked out of place and as if I was trying to recapture my youth. I actually gave it to this teenager that works for me and it looked freaking adorable on her, so i bought it for my teenage daughter too and she loved it and it looked beautiful on her so I just feel it's suited for younger women more so.

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Eye Shadow -NARS Cosmetics -Bellissima Duo

on 7/30/2018 1:43:00 PM

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I had this eyeshadow duo on my wishlist for the longest time. I thought it would be a great go to, easy neutral eye with a little bit of interest in the lighter shade. There is fine glitter in the light shade that just gets everywhere. What I thought would be a quick eye look turns into a time consuming disaster for me. That combined with the steep price tag and the packaging I know will end up dirty and sticky, I'm very disappointed.

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Blush -NARS Cosmetics -Orgasm Blush

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Admittedly I don't use a blush on a daily basis, only on certain occasions and when I do this is always the one. I use a small to medium size stipple brush which works well for me as the bristles are not too densely packed, plus they differ in length, which means they're able to blend the product gently without building up color too quickly. I find that if the bristles are too tightly packed, I run the risk of applying too much product and it won’t diffuse quite as easily. Also the brush will keep imparting more and more blush color which can quickly become too much .
Simply tap the stipple brush onto the blush pan, then flick the stem of the brush so that you shake off any excess product (this is a good rule for anything you apply with a brush) lightly tap on your cheek, and then blend it in using soft, swirling motions.

Been using this since its launch all the way back in 1999. Enough said!


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Audacious Lipstick - Brigitte

on 7/30/2018 12:36:00 AM

Brigitte is the color that appealed to me the most from the Audacious line, such a pretty everyday pink/coral shade!

The creamy texture is really easy to apply and doesn't dry my lips out. Also lasts a really long time while never feeling uncomfortable. The packaging looks too industrial for my liking but it's very sturdy.

On the lips it becomes more matte a few hours after application and can accentuate texture issues. That along with the transfering keeps the formula from being great. I don't regret purchasing but I'm not convinced it's a staple yet.

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Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Radiant Creamy Concealer

on 7/29/2018 8:43:00 PM

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i bought this concealer in the shade vanilla the second lightest shade. i love the way that it blends out with a smooth matte finish. i use it under my eyes almost every day. looking at the shades now there definitely could be a lot more and the lack of chose is slightly disappointing. overall i do really like this concealer but there may not be the right shade for you.


Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Powermatte Lip Pigment

on 7/27/2018 3:25:00 PM

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Absolutely love this formula! Shade "walk this way" is super flattering. I have been looking for the perfect matte liquid lipstick for a few years and found this one to be the least drying on my lips. The colour lasts for most of the day even after working out and eating. If you're going out at night after a long day, a quick touch-up is all you need.

The only one thing is that the price is fairly high.

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Foundations -NARS Cosmetics -Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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I really wanted to like this product but unfortunately this does not work for me at all :(

The product comes in a nice, high quality glass bottle with a matte black lid. Looks quite expensive.
The pump will only dispense a small amount of product, but you really don't need much with this foundation. A litte really goes a long way. I used about 2 - 2,5 drops for my face.
I'd say the coverage is medium high to high, depending on how much product you use. You could either use a beauty blender or use your fingers, as Nars suggests. I found that this works better if I use my fingers and I will need less product.

So, when I first applied this it looked really beautiful. It felt lightweight and my skin was looking natural and glowy, all while still covering pretty well. I was super happy, because the shade (I used Gobi) did also match me really well, which is something I often struggle with.

However, after about two hours I noticed that my skin started to look really weird. The product started to settle into my pores, leaving little white dots all over my face. It also started to cake up in a really weird way and it got super oily.
I already have oily / combination skin but this was extremly bad. I have tried this with different primers and setting spray, with and without powder but nothing seems to help.

I can't really say how this lasts on your skin, because whenever I tried this I had to take it off after about 2 oder 3 hours and the few times that I did wear this for 8 hours or so I looked like a mess.

I guess it really depents on your skin type but I wouldn't repurchase this. I'd say if you're oily try to get a sample first.

Pro's and Con's

+ looks verry skin like and pretty when freshly applied
+ feels lightweight
+ nice packaging
+ might work for dry skin?


- looks patchy and cakey after only 2 hours
- gets very oily
- expensive

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Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Audacious Lipstick - Barbara

on 7/25/2018 10:13:00 PM

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This lipstick reminded me why I generally steer clear of Nars lippies.

Much like the acclaimed Dolce Vita shade years ago, Barbara pulls darker on me than expected, a lot warmer and very muddy. On top of that, although not labeled as a matte, this stuff has a very matte finish despite its creamy feel and therefore accentuates lines.

If you like your "nudes" a bit cool, a bit pink toned and not very dark, this is the wrong choice for you.

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Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Radiant Creamy Concealer

on 7/25/2018 4:53:00 PM

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Great for under eyes, terrible for acne (since, you know, it's "radiant" and therefore basically a highlighter. Don't be like katedogg and highlight your zits, kids.) It applies nicely with fingers and doesn't crease, but throughout the day it does sort of clump up as it dries out if you put it over any kind of rough or textured area (like a zit, sigh.)

My main criticisms are that the doe foot applicator is gross and I think the shade range could use expanding. The colors sort of alternate between cool and warm as they get darker, so half of us are always going to have to choose between a value match and an undertone match. For example, I have to choose between Chantilly (too light), Vanilla (way too pink for anything but the under eye area) and Custard (too dark).

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Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Soft Matte Complete Concealer

on 7/25/2018 1:42:00 PM

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This is my favorite concealer. I use it under my eyes. I have it in the color Custard. I do not find it drying or cakey. I just use a tiny bit too. It covers beautifully all day long. What I really love about it is that it doesn't cause or contribute any transfer issues with my liner and or mascara. I have oily skin, watery eyes, and finicky skin.

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Blush -NARS Cosmetics -Liquid Blush

on 7/23/2018 4:54:00 PM

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It took me forever and a day to try these out – but when I finally did, WOW!

I never thought I would elevate a liquid/creamy blush to HG status, so what a surprise how much I love these. I first purchased Orgasm and fell in makeup love so hard, I ran out the next day and grabbed Dolce Vida. These glide on smoothly over or under powder (major plus!) – they blend and sheer easily and can also be built up. The shades are super opaque, and they wear easy 6-8 hrs on me, if not more. These do not emphasize texture at all, and are basically liquid to powder in formulation, yet never look drab and dry, nor do they end up a greasy mess. The formulation is a bit hard to describe – it almost looks (prior to shaking the bottle) as if there is oil in this. I find these to be interesting, unique, innovative, and beautiful in color and performance.
I loathe the powder form of Orgasm – nothing like this shade IMO as this one isn’t a full on glittery mess and the shade of pink doesn’t seem the same either. I can apply this with fingers easily (again, under or over makeup) and get a flawless finish, or a beauty blender. Dolce Vida is a bit darker and sort of a dusty rose shade, so I prefer to use a beauty blender and/or stippling brush.

There are indeed some cons to this product though… #1: Price. I do find these are way overpriced at $30 each. I also find the pump dispenses far too much product, and a lot of this goes to waste. On the other hand, it would prob. take ages to get through this bottle (or equivalent to hitting pan). That’s another con I suppose: this stuff will likely turn/go bad before its even close to used up.

These are great to try if you have dry skin and are on the hunt for “healthy glow” blushers. Shade wise, Orgasm is the most unique, as even though Dolce Vida is lovely, it can be easily duped in shade (not formulation though!). I say try one, as these are pricey – and grab the shade that’s more unique/less dupeable.

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Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Radiant Creamy Concealer

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It's pretty rare for me to come across a concealer that agrees with me and gives good coverage too. Like Mac it's fairly easy for me to find a good match for my skin tone and helps to cover under eye area without any creasing. I have this on stand by during colder weather as it's quite hydrating, but during warmer months stick to my trusty Mac Studio Finish Concealer which works out well seeing as that one contains the SPF whilst the Nars one doesn't. I don't use daily, only use from time to time as it's a silicone-heavy formula which would break me out if I used every day, unfortunately.

Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled hundreds of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Orgasm

on 7/16/2018 4:19:00 PM

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NARS orgasm lipstick is a very pretty rose/gold sheer shimmer wash of color for your lips. a beautiful summer color for us brown-skinned beauties! i use a brown lipliner. only 'con' to this is that the color doesn't apply as evenly as i would like and am used to, so they need to improve the formula in that regard. it sort of reminds me of the lipglass 'pinkarat' from MAC.
overall, a pretty color that looks great on brown (and deeper) complexions.

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Liquid -NARS Cosmetics -All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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I have NC20-25 combination skin and though at almost $50 this is pricey Im very pleased with this foundation. Light 3 Gobi is the most perfect shade match Ive found yet and this foundation in very pigmented Id compare it to the Juice Beauty foundation in that sense also has a very nice matte soft focus finish (no lumination I can see but im not complaining) and while im usually pretty oil after a few hours I had this on the other day for about nine hours and was still holding up well and looked great.
Only downsides to this was that I do have to use a hydrating primer with this or itll cling to dryness around my jawline and under my nose also application takes some patience as this is stubborn to blend out with my sponge definitely not for days im short on time to do my makeup but still worth it will repurchase

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Blush -NARS Cosmetics -Blush - Torrid

on 7/14/2018 2:00:00 AM

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I'd initially gone to Sephora to try out the much talked-about Orgasm blush. But I quickly realized that it wasn't the best shade for my skintone and I wasn't crazy about the added shimmer.  Instead, the sales clerk had me try on Torrid and it was love at first sight (well, lust since this is Nars we're talking about! ;)) The peachy pink is perfectly suited to my tawny complexion  and gives me a fresh look when applied on the apples of my cheeks. Plus it's totally buildable so I can use it to emphasize my cheekbones (or in my case, my non-cheekbones) for an evening look. When worn that way, its staying power is improved as well although even when dusted lightly for daytime, i can still see it a bit by the end of my work day. While it's a crazy expensive product, this will also last me years and years and I'm also a lover of high-end cosmetics so I'm not too upset about that! 

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