NARS – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Wed, 04 May 2016 14:14:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 My Friday FOTD With the NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-summer-2016-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-summer-2016-collection/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:00:54 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=197903 I think everything from the NARS Summer 2016 Under Cover Collection — from the Lip Covers to the Dual-Intensity Blushes and the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows — is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I love how cohesive the overall collection is and how they included shades for neutral looks and bold looks, too. The makeup look I was wearing in my […]


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Going bold with NARS Deep End on my lids and lower lash line

I think everything from the NARS Summer 2016 Under Cover Collection — from the Lip Covers to the Dual-Intensity Blushes and the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows — is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I love how cohesive the overall collection is and how they included shades for neutral looks and bold looks, too. The makeup look I was wearing in my review of the eyeshadows was something closer to my normal neutral makeup looks, so I thought I’d try a bolder look outside my comfort zone today.

This look was actually really easy, but I think it definitely makes a statement. 

First I dampened my brush before applying Deep End all over my lids to intensify the color, and I also used a damp brush to apply Deep End all along my lower lash line. Then, to blend this out, I used a fluffy crease brush to lightly dust Tan Lines into my crease. If I’d wanted to do a smokey look, I could have applied this damp as well, but I just wanted to blend out Deep End, so I applied it dry.

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Closeup of my all-NARS FOTD

For my blush, I used the right side of the Liberation Dual-Intensity Blush, a really pretty terra-cotta shade. It’s a great everyday blush for me, and I love how there’s a slight sheen it.

I didn’t use any highlighter (which is sooo rare for me because I LOVE, LOVE highlighter), but I still had a soft glow from the blush. I was super impressed that this didn’t look flat on me at all.

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Totally ready for summer!

For my lips, I used nude Overheated Lip Cover. I wanted a nude lip because the eyeshadow was so bold, and Overheated was exactly what I had in mind. This is definitely going to be a staple for me!

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Another look at my NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection FOTD!

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The gorgeous NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

The NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection is available now at NARS Cosmetics. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows are $29 each, the Dual-Intensity Blushes are $45, and the Lip Covers are $28.

Here’s another shot swatches of the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows:

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Swatches of the NARS Under Cover Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (L to R): Topless, Tan Lines, Deep End and Pool Shark

(Note: These swatches are applied dry using a heavy hand.)

On my face, I’m wearing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Malaga (I just reviewed this on my blog) and Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel. My mascara is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, and my brows are the Dior Brow Styler (full review here).

So, have I convinced you that you NEED something from this collection? Yes? No? Let me know what you think!


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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The Incredible NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-cover-summer-2016-collection-dual-intensity-eyeshadows/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-cover-summer-2016-collection-dual-intensity-eyeshadows/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:05:20 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=197469 Have you seen the four new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in the NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection yet? They are incredible! I REALLY love the finish, because the shimmer is so soft, and they’re so crazy pigmented, that the fact that they’re also versatile and can be worn wet or dry is icing on the cake. […]


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I’m still in love with the packaging…

Have you seen the four new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in the NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection yet? They are incredible! I REALLY love the finish, because the shimmer is so soft, and they’re so crazy pigmented, that the fact that they’re also versatile and can be worn wet or dry is icing on the cake. You can use a fluffy brush to get just a wash of color, or you can dampen your brush and layer the colors to get more intensity.

Starting with Topless, a light seashell pink — I’m glad NARS included it, because it balances nicely with the bolder colors in the collection.

As for rich neutral brown Tan Lines, it’s neither too warm nor bronzey, but it doesn’t turn gray either, so I think it’s a great eyeshadow color, especially if you’re looking for a rich brown. The shimmer keeps it from being too plain.

And then there’s shimmering teal green Deep End — gorgeous! It reminds me of the waters off a tropical island! I mean, it’s not a color that I tend to wear…but it’s so beautiful.

Lastly, Pool Shark. It’s an iridescent blue with lots of purple shimmer, and it looks mostly blue in the pan, but as you can see in the pictures below, there’s also a lot of purple in it. It’s a really unique color, and I think you can get it to look more blue or purple, depending on how you wear it. I love colors like this because they always look a little different when you wear them!

Here’s a closer look at these stunning eyeshadows:

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Almost too pretty to use!

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Swatches of the Summer 2016 Under Cover NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (L to R): Topless, Tan Lines, Deep End and Pool Shark (taken with flash)

These swatches are using a flash so that you can see how pretty the shimmer is in these eyeshadows!  I love how there are two bold shades and then two more neutral shades, so the collection is really balanced.  There’s definitely something for everyone.

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Wearing the NARS Under Cover Collection (details below)

For the look I’m wearing here, I dampened my brush before applying Topless all over my lid. This helped build up the color so that I could get a nice pinky shade. Then I used a fluffy crease brush to lightly blend Tan Lines into my crease before dampening a pencil brush to apply Pool Shark along my lower lash line.

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Wearing NARS Topless, Tan Lines and Pool Shark on my eyes

In the picture above, can see the purple tones in Pool Shark? It’s such a unique color!

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Another look at the NARS Under Cover Dual-Intensity eyeshadows

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Would it be too much if I framed the packaging and kept it forever??

Here I’m wearing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Malaga (I’ll have a full review on my blog soon, but I really like this) // NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel // NARS Sexual Content blush (left side, applied with a damp brush). When I first reviewed this blush, I thought the left side would be too light for me, but I really like the soft glow that I got when I applied it with a damp brush. // NARS Get Dirty Lip Cover (LOVE this) // ColourPop Brow Pencil in Black N’ Brown // Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.

After seeing everything in the NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection, what are your favorite things? I definitely pick the Lip Covers, but I think it’s all amazing!

Don’t forget, the collection is limited edition. The eyeshadows are available now for $29.


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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The NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection Dual-Intensity Blushes http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-summer-2016-collection-dual-intensity-blush-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-summer-2016-collection-dual-intensity-blush-review/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:43:19 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=197471 As part of the NARS Summer 2016 Under Cover collection, NARS released two Dual-Intensity Blushes — Sexual Content and Liberation ($45 each) — and they are, in a word, gorgeous! I love how NARS collections are always wearable but never boring. The NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes have a very pigmented, soft formula that can be used […]


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NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection Blushes

This packaging makes me so happy!

As part of the NARS Summer 2016 Under Cover collection, NARS released two Dual-Intensity Blushes — Sexual Content and Liberation ($45 each) — and they are, in a word, gorgeous! I love how NARS collections are always wearable but never boring.

The NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes have a very pigmented, soft formula that can be used wet or dry. When used dry, they’re softly luminous, but if you use them with a dampened brush, the shine is more intense.

These two blush duos are incredibly versatile and would work for a wide range of skin tones, and I love that both of the colors in each duo can work layered or alone.

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NARS Dual Intensity Blushes in Liberation (L) and Sexual Content (R)

Sexual Content has a soft peach on the left and a medium pink on the right, and both shades are so pretty! I think the left color would be a great everyday blush for lighter skin tones and a nice sheen/highlighter for darker skin tones. The color on the right is even more universal. The swatches below are with a heavy hand so that you can really see the color, but these can just as easily be applied lightly for a wash of shimmery color.

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Swatches of NARS Sexual Content Dual-Intensity Blush

Liberation has a cool-toned baby pink on the left and a warm rosy/terracota shade on the right. I think the shade on the right is very unique and gives a lovely natural flush. On lighter skin tones, it may also work as a bronzer. Either way, both shades are super pretty and wearable.

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Swatches of NARS Liberation Dual-Intensity Blush

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NARS Liberation Dual-Intensity Blush

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Closeup of NARS Sexual Content Dual-Intensity Blush

Both of these blush duos are stunning, and I see myself reaching for them often. I really can’t pick a favorite because I think they’re both beautiful in their own way, but I’d say that Sexual Content is probably better for lighter tones, and Liberation would work better for darker skin tones.

But to be honest…since these colors are so very layerable, I’ll be wearing both!

In this picture I’m wearing the right shade of Sexual Content dusted over my cheeks, and I think it totally works!

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Wearing NARS Sexual Content Dual-Intensity Blush

These blushes are limited edition and available now for $45 each.

What do you think? Will you be picking anything up from the NARS Under Cover collection?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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NARS Finally Makes Liquid Lipsticks…and Nails It!! Introducing the NARS Lip Covers From the Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-collection-liquid-lipsticks/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nars-3/nars-under-cover-collection-liquid-lipsticks/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=197461 I am about the new NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection and the brand’s first foray into the liquid lipstick market. Their new Lip Covers are incredible! They’re vibrant and long-lasting like a liquid lipstick, but with none of the dryness and discomfort, so basically exactly what you’d expect from NARS. I have to admit […]


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How gorgeous is the packaging for the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection?

I am super-excited about the new NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection and the brand’s first foray into the liquid lipstick market.

Their new Lip Covers are incredible! They’re vibrant and long-lasting like a liquid lipstick, but with none of the dryness and discomfort, so basically exactly what you’d expect from NARS.

I have to admit that I am totally biased when it comes to NARS (here’s another post with my favorite NARS products), but even so, I really do feel these are awesome.

The Under Cover summer 2016 collection includes four of these new Lip Covers, four Dual Intensity Eye Shadows (I LOVE this formula!) and two Dual Intensity Blushes. This post is all about the Lip Covers, but stay tuned for reviews of everything else. For now, I’ll just say that the whole collection is gorgeous. If anything looks irresistably interesting, snatch it up! The collection is limited edition, and the products are available now at the NARS website (and coming soon to other retailers).

So, the Lip Covers — Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated — I really like this formula, and I hope they add more colors in the future (fingers crossed!).

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The NARS Lip Covers

I think the shades NARS chose to release with the collection are pretty interesting. There are two nude shades (Get Dirty and Overheated) and two red shades (Do Not Disturb and Members Only).

On the one hand, I appreciate that they’re giving us two variations on each color family, especially since it’s so hard to find a good nude, but on the other hand, I want even more variety, because the formula is that great.

Here are swatches of the Lip Covers, and I did these with a heavier hand so that you could see the texture and finish.

They look glossy in the pics, but once they dry down on your lips (which takes just a couple minutes), the finish looks more satin than glossy.

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Swatches of the NARS Lip Covers (L to R) in Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated

And here’s another shot with different lighting:

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NARS Lip Covers (L to R) in Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated

I think orangey red Do Not Disturb looks very similar to Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Orange Shot (which I reviewed a couple weeks ago).

Wearing Do Not Disturb from the NARS Under Cover collection.

Wearing NARS Do Not Disturb from the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection

Nude pink Get Dirty has slightly peachy undertones, and it reminds me of Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush, but with just a tad more peach.

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Wearing Get Dirty from the NARS Under Cover collection.

And then there’s berry red Members Only. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Berry Boost almost passes for a dupe (in terms of color, not formula), except that it’s a little less pink.

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Wearing NARS Members Only from the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection on my lips and Essie Fiji on my nails

Overheated is what I like to call “a dirty nude.” For comparison, it’s much more brown than the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Thrill. It’s closer to Maybelline Truffle Tease and MAC Among the Fireflies.

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Wearing NARS Overheated from the Under Cover summer 2016 collection

Despite having colors that are similar to the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick collection, the NARS Lip Covers feel totally different.  These NARS Lip Covers are thinner and feel much more like a traditional lipstick on my lips (the Maybelline liquid lipsticks have more of a mousse-y texture).

The Lip Covers also dry down to a semi-matte finish, whereas the Maybelline liquid lipsticks are more glossy.

And then there’s the scent. These Lip Covers have a very slightly, hardly noticeable floral scent, while the Maybelline liquid lipsticks have a much stronger floral fragrance.

I think NARS totally nailed it with this Lip Cover formula, because these liquid lipsticks are intensely pigmented, long-lasting, and so much more forgiving (and less drying) than most other liquid lipstick formulas.

They aren’t transfer-resistant, though, but they will last through light snacking and drinking.

My only complaint is that I want more colors! But these four are available now for $28.

In case you’re curious about what else I’m wearing in these pics, that’s Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation in 8 (LOVE how light and glowy this is; I have a full review on my blog) // NARS Sexual Content blush (also from the Under Cover collection.  Swatches coming soon!) // Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Caroube (Chanel recently released more shades of this formula, and here are swatches and reviews of prior colors) // Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara // Glossier Boy Brow in Black // Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray (full review upcoming!).

What do you think? Would you give these a try, or are you over the liquid lipstick trend?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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My Most-Used Makeup Products at the Moment http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/favorite-makeup-products/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/favorite-makeup-products/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=196609 I’m always trying new products, but I thought it would be fun to share what have been my most-used makeup products lately. For me, these are the products that “just work,” and they’re the things I reach for when I want to throw something on my face without having to give it any thought. The colors are […]


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I’m always trying new products, but I thought it would be fun to share what have been my most-used makeup products lately. For me, these are the products that “just work,” and they’re the things I reach for when I want to throw something on my face without having to give it any thought. The colors are just right, and they help me achieve my signature look — glowy skin and pinky/nude lips. :)

Foundations

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I am a sucker for glowy, lightweight bases, and I’ve been constantly reaching for PUR Minerals HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation in Tan and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Annapurna, which may be a tad too light for me, but it’s sheer enough that it still works.

The PUR Minerals foundation is amazing, by the way. Here are swatches and a full review. It’s available now at PUR Minerals for $39.  

No brand matches my skin as well as NARS, and I love that NARS Pure Radiant has SPF 30. This was one of my first high-end foundations, and I’ve repurchased it time and again and will probably continue to do so because it’s a great everyday foundation. It’s available now at NARS Cosmetics for $44.

And, just to make sure my face is seriously glowy, I also like to use Pixi by Petra Glow Mist.  It adds glow and helps my makeup last a bit longer. It’s definitely one of my favorite facial mists, and it’s available now at Target for $15.

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L to R: Swatches of PUR Minerals HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation in Tan and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Annapurna

Brow & lash products

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L to R: Glossier Boy Brow in Black, Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel in Brown and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’ve been devoted to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for years, but for the past month or so I’ve been reaching for brow gel instead.  One reason is that I think my brows have been looking pretty good, and I don’t have any missing patches.

Another reason is that brow gel is just faster, and I like the softer look, too. Glossier Boy Brow in Black has a tiny little wand that makes it easy to add some color and definition to my brows. And then the formula has a stiff, waxy texture, but it’s still really easy to blend.

For an even softer look, Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel in Brunette is a bit less opaque, and it’s brown, so it’s great for low-key days when I just want to add a little polish to my face without too much fuss.

It has a more liquid texture than the Glossier one, but both are amazing.

Boy Brow is available now at glossier.com for $16, and you can find Diorshow Brow Styler Gel at Nordstrom for $29.

When it comes to my lashes, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is one of my all-time favorite mascaras ever. It makes my lashes super full and dark, but it doesn’t clump at all. I plan to keep repurchasing it over and over!  

It’s available at Sephora for $23.

Face and lip products
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ColorPop Cosmetics Highlighters in Most Necessary and Butterfly Beach

I am a HUGE ColourPop fan, and I probably wear something from the brand every single day. I use Most Necessary as a blush to add a little color and sheen to my face, and Butterfly Beach is great for adding a natural shine.

Butterfly Beach is also something that I use in my quick post-gym makeup routine.

Plus, both are available at ColourPop for $8!

most used lipsticks

most used lipsticks

I’m most comfortable with either a nude or a pink on my lips because I think they’re great for wearing to work, and I also know they’ll look good with whatever else I’m wearing on my face or body.  

These two are constantly in my purse: In a Nutshell and Frick N’Frack.

In a Nutshell is my new favorite nude lipstick, and it’s only $10 at H&M.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be available online right now, but similar shades are linked here.

For something with a bit more color, I’ve been reaching for Frick N’ Frack by ColourPop. It’s from their new Ultra Satin Lip launch, and I love the finish. I think the color is perfect for everyday. It’s available at ColourPop for $6.

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L to R: cheek color swatches of Most Necessary and Butterfly Beach; lipstick swatches of In A Nutshell and Frick N’ Frack

Eyeshadows

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I usually don’t find time for eyeshadow on most days, but when I go out at night, I LIVE for smokey eyes.

These NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks make it so easy to get a good smokey eye. I’ve had Aigle Noir (black with green and gold shimmer) since the summer, but I just bought Nunavut (deep purple) when I got my makeup done at the NARS San Francisco boutique a couple weeks ago.

I’ll typically smudge it all over the lid, then blend out the edges with my fingers. Add mascara, and my eyes are done!

The NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks are available at Sephora for $28.

L to R: NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut and Aigle Noir

L to R: NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut and Aigle Noir

What particular products have you been loving lately? You know the drill. Let me know in the comments! :)


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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