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The “Ultimate NARS” Lip Pencil Set Shifts Lips Into Neutral

Published in: Kits and Sets, Lips, Makeup, NARS

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The $49 “Ultimate NARS” lip pencil set

Yo, whose hoopty is this? Yes, the red ’95 Civic in the driveway. Will somebody please get this thing out of neutral and drive us to the Nordstrom NARS counter so we can play with the new “Ultimate NARS” lip pencil set ($49)?

Wait — what? What do you mean there’s nobody here who can drive a stick? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? NOT ONE PERSON HERE CAN DRIVE A STICK!?

OK…well, I can’t drive one either. :) So I guess we’ll all just have to sit here and admire it on the interwebz.

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From the left: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park and Satin Lip Pencil in Stourhead

LOL! You don’t actually have to know how to shift a hoopty out of neutral to roll with the three full-size pencils in the Ultimate NARS lip pencil set, but a healthy appreciation for neutral lips colors would probably help. This trio of pale, pink lip pencils is all about ze neutrals.
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Peek-a-Boo! I See Yu Wearing the New NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set This Summer

Published in: Kits and Sets, Lips, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

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Wearing the NARS True NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu

Oh, Yu!

Yu! You know I’ve got nothing but mad love for Yu. I’m so happy to see Yu again! :)

Yaaaas, queen, Yu is one of my favorite NARS Satin Lip Pencils of all freakin’ time, and it just so happens to be one of the three full-size pencils in the new $49 NARS True NARS summer gift set.

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This year there are three limited edition NARS summer gift sets — two lip sets and one blush palette — and True NARS is the boldest of the two summer lip sets.

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Do you feel like the world is a kinder, gentler place when you’re wearing bronzer? Or is the pursuit of toasty, tanned skin one of your ongoing life goals? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then True NARS is the lip set for you, because its vivid pink Satin Lip Pencil in Yu, vivid watermelon Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg and matte berry red Velvet Matte Li pencil in Provocative Red were picked and put together for the way they pop when worn with bronzed skin. Wear any of them separately like I’m doing in the swatches here, or combine them to create your own custom splash of spectacular sorry-not-sorry color.

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From the left: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Provocative Red, Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg and Satin Lip Pencil in Yu


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Mirror, Mirror on…These Eyeshadow Palettes: The NARS Fall 2015 NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette and Hardwired Eye Kit

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup, NARS, Palettes

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I see you, Tabs!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the most beautiful NARSissist of them all?!

I think you already know Tabby’s answer. :)

The new limited edition NARSissist fall 2015 eye palettes have mirrors on the packaging so that you may admire yo’ fine self, or so that your kitty cat can admire his floof.

I think it’s pretty convenient and cool, even though it makes these things pick up a sh*t-ton of paw prints whenever I open them.

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NARS Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette


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7 Things You Should Know About the $54 Nicky Hilton + Smashbox Cosmetics NY Classic Cat Eye Kit

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup, Product Reviews, Smashbox

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Wearing the new Nicky Hilton + Smashbox NY Classic Cat Eye Kit ($54), available now exclusively online at smashbox.com

7 Things You Should Know About the $54 Nicky Hilton + Smashbox Cosmetics NY Classic Cat Eye Kit

  1. You don’t have to be a cat lady to appreciate it (although you may appreciate it more if you like the look of classic black cat eyeliner)
  2. Wearing all of your cat lady accoutrements (your shirts, jewelry, cat ears, etc.) with the kit’s eyeshadow, liner and mascara qualifies as a strong “do”
  3. When you open the bag that comes with the kit, you may catch a whiff of something that smells like fish-flavored cat treats (I do with mine, which is weird!).

    I, myself, am unsure if this is a good thing, but Tabs seems perfectly OK with it.

  4. Cat eyes aren’t the only thing you can do with the kit’s eyeshadow trio, gel pen liner and mascara (although they are the obvious choice, right?). You could also use ’em for smokey eyes.
  5. Be prepared. Due to this kit, your cat may experience severe jealousy when he sees you rocking thick, fatty-bo-batty cat eye liner, meow!
  6. While wearing these pieces, you may find yourself spontaneously purring.
  7. While carrying this kit, you may also start carrying cat treats in your purse. (Oh, wait. I already do that.)
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Pretty Kitty Bag

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From the left: Full Exposure Mascara, Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner in Jet Black and Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Litho


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On June 8, It’s All About You (and It Cosmetics), Thanks to QVC

Published in: It Cosmetics, Kits and Sets

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The four-piece It’s All About You Customer Favorites Collection, by It Cosmetics ($59.95, a $72.50 value)

Who is it all about? That’s the question.

It’s not about Kanye (although he’d probably beg to differ), and it’s not about ewes, either.

Right now, at this very moment, it’s all about you. And It Cosmetics. And QVC.

Fans of It Cosmetics and/or limited edition fiends, guide your mouse over to QVC.com because there’s a limited edition, limited time four-piece makeup collection available now with not one, but two brand new (!) It Cosmetics products and two additional fan faves.

The collection is available for one day only, June 8, 2015, starting at midnight Eastern Time (also known as 9 p.m. Pacific on June 7).

The $59.95 It’s All About You Customer Favorites Collection includes…

  • The new Celebration Foundation SPF 50 powder foundation. Medium to full coverage, with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. My two cents? It has a major matte finish, so if you like matte skin, this could be your jam.
  • The new Naturally Pretty Face Palette. This palette has a few customer faves, like Hello Light Creme highlighter, Vitality Matte Bronzer, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder and the brand new Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush.

    I was pretty impressed by how long the blush and bronzer lasted when I wore them yesterday.

  • Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. This is a crazy creamy full-coverage under-eye concealer, and it will cover dark circles…but it also really needs to be set with a powder.
  • Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush. I quite like this dual-ended face brush. It’s super soft and evenly lays down powder.

If you’re interested, the set is available now for $59.95, and you can find it exclusively one day only at QVC.com.

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The Naturally Pretty Face Palette by It Cosmetics

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Swatches of the It’s Your Beauty Palette from the left: Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush, Vitality Matte Bronzer, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder and Hello Light Creme Radiance by It Cosmetics

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Celebration Foundation SPF 50 in Tan (left) and Bye Bye Under Eye in Tan (right)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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