NARS Unsung Heroes: Cyprus Eyeshadow

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Things of which one can never have enough…

  • Good friends
  • Cozy sweaters
  • See’s Candies (well…)
  • Come-hither jeans
  • Kitty hugs
  • Black shoes
  • Love notes
  • Power-nap eyeshadows

Power-nap eyeshadows are like soft white lightbulbs for your eyes — shades that instantly brighten up tired peepers after a late night or an insomnia attack.


Some people yearn to scale Mount Everest; I yearn to amass a collection of power-nap eyeshadows so vast that it would scare the hosts of Hoarders!

My latest power-nap love, NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow ($23), is a shimmery bronze with a golden whisper. The morning after a rough night, I apply one layer over my lids and mellow out the edges with a finger.

“Ah!” Instant relief. πŸ™‚ And quicker than a shower and mani.

I’m also fond of using Cyprus as a base for bronzy looks using colors like the dark bronze shadow from NARS Star Sailor, a combo I could happily wear every day for weeks.

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And if you happen to be friends with MAC Sweet Satisfaction, you and Cyprus should really get along. I think the two colors are similar, but Cyprus seems a little more golden to me and a smidgen less peach. I like ’em both a lot and don’t think you could go wrong with either.

Did you hair that?

Yes! Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. I finally have an appointment to get my hair did!

You know how it goes. New year, fresh roots. πŸ™‚

‘Course, I still haven’t decided what to do with the cut. Do I go with something shorter, leave Lloyd Christmas alone, or let it grow out? I’ll probably decide at the last minute, as usual.

To cut or not to cut; that is the question. Bob haircut pic on the left from Refinery 29


How do you usually decide what to do with your hair? Do you plan before you arrive at the salon, or just go with your gut?

And in NARS news…

They recently posted a few pics of their spring collection on their Facebook page. A shimmery blue eye pencil, a bronze eyeshadow duo and a bright pink blush — looks like a possible stunner (stay tuned!).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kristina says:

    I love the name – I used to live on the island of Cyprus πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Oh, that’s super cool! Did you like living there?

      • Chrissy says:

        I lived there for a bit, too It’s absolutely gorgeous. I would say that if you ever want to travel, Cyprus is a beautiful place to visit. I honestly have to say that I bought the shadow because of the name, but I have no regrets. I’m so in love with it!

  2. Eee, <3 that curled bob! I'm months (months, eugh) overdue for a haircut, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s not even a matter of planning or deciding at the last minute, for me, it’s a matter of not doing it at all! >.<

    Anyhow. Cyprus looks lovely (hurrah for finely-milled shimmer!), & I can't wait to see what you do with your hair. Heck, maybe it'll encourage me to finally drag myself into a salon πŸ˜›
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … Clarins Passion collection review, photos, swatches

  3. Shushu says:

    I love a cute bob ! But, I got a bob last year and it didn’t suit me unless i curled my hair.. too much work for my lazy booty

  4. Tracy says:

    Do it! Cut it! I cut my hair off too a few months ago-just got it cut again and am rocking a mohawk at the moment. πŸ™‚ It’s so liberating to cut it off!
    Cypress looks lovely on you!! My power nap shadow is probably Stila Kitten.I look so awake when I wear it.
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  5. Sunny says:

    Ahhhh Cyprus looks so nice on you! It’s true that one can never have enough power-nap shades!

    Psst I think the curly bob would look way nice on you! Looking forward to seeing your new haircut!
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  6. Elin LLB says:

    Could you please post a list of your power-nap eyeshadows? I remember a couple of reviews but it’s hard to keep track. And it would also be wonderful if you could throw some drugstore options in the mix. Thanks Karen!

  7. Karo says:

    Cyprus is so wonderful πŸ™‚

  8. Fieran says:

    I cut my hair off in March – from way more than shoulder length to a mid-neck tousled bob. I have natural waves and had been relaxing or flat ironing my hair so much that it was taking way too much time. I’d have it relaxed back in Malaysia and iron it in Norway as it grew out (and I had half straight, half wavy hair). It got too much and I told a hairstylist at a new hair salon I had never been to – cut it off, please. She did a wonderful job and I’m so in love with this tousled look. The only downside is that it requires frequent trims as my hair grows very quickly. Now I get a haircut every 8 weeks without fail otherwise I look like Little Miss Mushroom Head πŸ™‚

  9. Vonvon says:

    That blue liner kind of remind me of MAC Industrial Pearlglide some how.

    I love those power nap eyeshadows too!
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  10. berries says:

    Cyprus is the perfect neutral eyeshadow! I love it just by itself.
    *is excited for the NARS spring collection*

  11. peach_ says:

    Power nap eyeshadows! πŸ˜€ I love that. I’m eager to see your new hairstyle!
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  12. Kaf says:

    Go the chop. I did yesterday and am loving the curly / wavy bob (I have crazy curly hair though). I reckon you can rock it.
    I am loving your NARS unsung heroes, how awesome is Cyprus. Blondie is another one (I call it the matte blondie and so often overlooked as a brow color but on the lid, it’s awesome. I digress…)

  13. Priya says:

    Your blog is amazing, found one of ur videos on youtube which brought me here and I love it!

  14. Kim says:

    You look so well-rested! πŸ™‚

    My long hair hasn’t been cooperating lately so I’m temped to chop it off, too. I usually think about it for months in advance until I finally reach the point where I can’t stand it anymore and say “cut it short”. It’s only hair, after all. It grows back. That said, I don’t like to look like the Little Dutch Boy until it does. πŸ™‚ Your hair always looks cute. I vote for the bob – just because it’s a change.

    Speaking of hoarders, one of the boys told me that he wants to be an American Picker when he grows up. I’m horrified by some of the piles of “trash” people have all over their property, and he aspires to be a junk dealer. HAHA!

  15. Naomi says:

    OOoooooo, the blue eye pencil from nars looks awesome. Loving the short bob!

  16. PinkGlitter says:

    I love the look of the NARS blue eyeliner and blush. I’m not too adventurous when it comes to haircuts. I usually just get a trim as I’ve been growing out my hair. However, if I do decide to change it up slightly, I usually plan ahead and bring a picture of what I’d like.
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  17. Chris25 says:

    I don’t know why I waited so long to buy Cyprus. It’s a real beauty, and a must-have for me now. Here’s a look I did using it:

  18. Nina says:

    i read through a bunch of your NARS Unsung Heroes posts … and I still cannot decide what to get! πŸ™‚

    Cyprus is gorgeous … now im leaning towards eyeshadow singles again!

  19. Megan says:

    Go for the bob! Very cute.

    I usually get the change bug and then decide on the day I go to the salon. I search for different looks and take a picture to my stylist. It’s usually very impulsive, but it’s just hair. It’ll grow back!
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  20. Marian says:

    I’ve got an appointment for a cut tomorrow too. I have to cut mine every 6 weeks now but I really love it.
    That bob is awfully cute, Karen.

  21. Mary says:

    Looks like a very pretty colour indeed! I should check this out after all I do live in Cyprus.

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