We made it to Saturday, babe! Great job. 🙂 Wherever you are, I hope you have a nice weekend lined up.
I felt like switching up my makeup game today because I’ve been all about black eyeliner, beige and brown lids and nude lips lately. I love that look (it’s easy), but I felt like doing something different, hence the NARS Survival Kit 2 ($59), the second of two new limited edition sets coming soon from NARS (July 1 exclusively to NARS counters at Nordie’s). This one comes with two eyeshadows, two blushes, a mini gloss and a mini mascara.
This one incorporates color in a fresh way with everyday shades that aren’t intimidating, but also aren’t really typical of nude/neutral looks.
Beginning with Tokyo II Eyeshadow, a light satiny violet, which creates an absolutely gorgeous wash of color on the lids, ya know, if you don’t have a lot of time to get ready and you want to wear color, I think Tokyo II is a great way to go. Here I quickly buffed it on my lids with a domed brush and blended out the edges with a tapered brush.
Rich, warm reddish brown Galapagos, which is one of my absolute favorite NARS shadows, has tiny flecks of golden glitter. It also makes an appearance in the palette in this kit.
SO pretty and SO much hotness in smokey eyes, especially with a black base under it. Here, though, I decided to keep it simple, since I only gave myself 20 minutes to get ready this morning, so I used Galapagos as a liner by wetting an angled brush (the NARS #47, which I think is THE BEST angled brush for winged liner!), then applied Galapagos on my upper lash lines.
Wetting the brush intensifies the shadow and makes the brown richer and yummier and more milk chocolatey…and also makes the gold flecks really come through.
Of the two blushes in this kit, Modesty and Daydream, Daydream is a satiny mid-toned peachy pink kinda like NARS Orgasm, but without the golden shimmer running through it. Sometimes I like colors like Daydream a little more than Orgasm, to be honest, because they don’t come with the same shimmery gold drama.
I mean, Orgasm’s really pretty too, but if you’re having a “big pore day,” it’s not always easy to wear.
And Modesty works well as a warm golden beige highlighter. I only need to use a little because it’s pretty shimmery and intense.
The kit also comes with a juicy, plummy red gloss called Phantasia. It’s so pigmented that it’s almost like wearing a liquid lipstick, but the glossy aspect of the gloss subsides over a few hours, leaving behind a soft stain.
Of course you can wear the pieces in this palette separately, but I also like wearing them all together, because they’re colorful AND wearable, which is very much my style.
I think Connor likes it, too!
Oh! Here are a few interesting stories I came across this week that I thought you might also like…
- “Fast fashion” is kind of like fast food…except without the cheeseburgers and French fries and calories. Here’s a story on the origins of fast fashion by Fashionista. It’s part of their fascinating Fashion History Lesson series.
Oh, and if I had a kitten for every time I was tempted to buy a shirt at H&M…
- Fancy-schmancy! The new Oribe makeup line looks luxe.
- Now you can buy wine for your favorite feline. Tabs will have a glass of Pinot Meow!
- What it’s like to step inside the world’s most dangerous garden?
- See, this is why I carry Gypsy Water with me 24/7: “Grandmother uses perfume to thwart abduction.”
- Is Instagram makeup turning us all into beauty clones?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my sweet friend. 🙂 Let me know how you’re doing.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,