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19 Dec 2014

High-end beauty haul!

How's this for logic? I cleaned out my makeup collection so I could add to it....with yet more makeup.

So yes, there have been a few new things added to the stash. Here goes...

I missed out on the blush palette last time and that was not going to happen again. HELL NO. I pre-ordered it via Space NK and finally got it last week, c/o mother dearest and her suitcase full of my online deliveries. 

The blushes are smaller than I expected - no doubt about that - but the quality seems to be the same as the singles (I sort of own most of these colours already :O) and I do like that Laguna is a large slab as opposed to a little square because at least then I can work my giant bronzer brush in it. 

It will be useful for travel (not that I have done much of that lately but you know, in the future!) and I can see why this featured so prevalently within the ubiquitous seasonal gift guides - its such a nice little Xmas present and the packaging is refreshingly non-rubberized. I am SO OVER having to wipe my mucky fingerprints off of NARS casing. 

NARS blusher in Satellite of Love

I saw this at a recent NARS lipstick event and it piqued my interest. It's of the same tonal ilk as Douceur and Madly - shades you know I absolutely love. I ordered it on the NARS website because it wasn't to be found in Sephora and also because I needed to round up my order for free shipping....literally, ANY excuse!

It's a very pretty highlighter that, in theory, gives a golden tan sheen to the skin. That "in theory" is important because I apply it on my skin and see NOTHING in the mirror. Absolutely nothing. Apply it again and still nada. 

I think my skin is a little too light in tone - either that or I need to adopt a heavier hand when slapping it on. It's one of those highlighter blushes that imparts a subtle glow and I think those with olive and darker skin tones will probably find it a better investment. Pass.

YouTube made me do it. I saw this in a few videos and thought that little old me definitely needed a professional contour kit in my collection. Let's try and ignore the fact that whenever I contour I look like I have a beard or that, in reality I rarely actually bother contouring at all on a daily basis. 

I went on the Cult Beauty waiting list and eventually got the email notification that it was in stock. Ordered, shipped and after a couple of weeks, sampled. 

I will say this, the highlighters are really rather lovely. I find they all show up on my skin and translate well. None of them are too frosty or too chalky - they all blend well. I would probably also say the same about the contour shades (of which the middle one is the most relevant) and they all have that Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder grey/taupe tone that I personally think a contour should be made up of. 

Contour kits sound scary to me but when used this gives a believable amount of definition - not so pigmented that it's frightening to use but enough to very gently tone the face. 

Would I recommend it? I haven't used it enough to give a definite YES but at this point I don't regret buying it and I haven't given myself a contour beard once since getting it! Win. 

Frigg me! This is such a great product. Now that's not to say it's perfect. If I apply this on a very dewy base, like Chantecaille Just Skin, it's a royal nightmare. It will slip, slide, fade and ruin your base, giving that blotchy finish. So don't do that. 

I apply this over a lightly powdered face (which is almost certainly not what they tell you to do) and it gives that golden tan look. I slap this on my cheeks, a little bit on my chin, forehead and near the bridge of my nose. It's a warm golden bronze, thanks to the gold sparkles (that thankfully don't translate once applied) and as soon as I apply it I feel transformed. I'm serious. I look in the mirror and know that I look 100% better. 

The NARS Multiples are often cited as a similar product and yes, the concept is similar in that both the CT and NARS can be worn on face and eyes, but the CT texture wins, hands down. There is no tugging on the skin and although nicely pigmented they feel weightless and non-greasy. In typical hoarder fashion I want to collect them all. 

Oh God. I did it again. And the price has been increased since the last time I splurged. 

I got this after I wasted my money trying the By Terry Sheer Expert in the hope that it would imitate the Just Skin. FYI: it doesn't and actually only really imitates the By Terry Cover Expert, albeit in a slightly weaker finish. And so I realised that sometimes you have to stop trying to find a dupe and just buy the bloody original. So I bloody well did. 

Now I don't have a picture of the Just Skin but I do have a picture of the Chantecaille bronzer in Capri that was ordered at the same time. 

Can you tell I am on a bronzer kick at the moment? 

I need to play around with this a bit more because it's not one of those conventional bronzer shades. There's a rosy tone to it (think a lighter Benefit Dallas) that makes it great for lighter skins but also difficult for me to apply - too much and it seems to look like I have smeared my face in blusher, too little and there is absolutely no impact. Let's hope I can master it soon ;)

There is one other high end beauty item that I am in a rush to talk to you about. I got sent the new NARS foundation yesterday and so this weekend is mainly about slapping it on my face and seeing how it holds up. If the actual name of the product doesn't get you excited then I don't know what will. Meet the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. 16 hour wear time and supposedly capable of covering your face in a single drop. Oh my gawww.

I'll share my thoughts tomorrow... ;) 


  1. Oh MY GOD really! I'd have killed to get my hands on every damn thing here! :D Wow for the Nars base! CANNOT.WAIT!


  2. Always will be a fan of your blog! Your vlog on mac brushes made me buy the whole collection.

    I'm scared of contour kits the bronzer is always 'too' dark maybe a purchase of this one is what I need! x


  3. All the products look so good. I can't wait to start getting my hands on some of these :)
    Makeup, Skin Care, and Hair Care

  4. I love the By Terry cover expert - is it worth trying out Just Skin? I'm curious. Also the CT seems awesome, may need to invest! Looking forward to your NARS review tmw x


  5. aah everything looks gorgeous! your makeup looks flawless :)

    Rachel // Style Soup

  6. I really want to try some nars products...especially the foundation! X


  7. Oh my, you do know how to proper restock your stash haha. I've got the Virtual Domination palette too (still gutted I missed the Guy Bourdin one) and love the limited edition blushes in there. Must try the new NARS foundation, sounds like something I'd like. The pressed powder variant has been a handbag staple since its launch!

    find me on 9outoften.com

  8. I'm such a NARS addict, and I'm curious to see what your thoughts will be on those products!

  9. That nars foundation sounds like perfection!! Can't wait to hear what you think!!

  10. Such lovely things! That Nars foundation sounds amazing! x


  11. I need one of those beach sticks in my life & love the look of the NARS palette. Defo interested in your thoughts on the NARS foundation. Although I'm so into my Diorskin Star at the mo it would be hard to sway me!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  12. I have that Nars present for Christmas and i just cannot wait!! I'd love to try out the count our kit, I've seen it in a lot of blog posts lately and it sounds amazing x


  13. Soo many lovely products, love the look of the first NARS palette!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  14. I start to drool every time I see the NARS Virtual Domination Palette, but haven't convinced myself quite yet. Still trying to figure out how I will be able to close my blush drawer after buying it...
    Sorting out makeup might be a solution.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  15. Cleaning out makeup/clothes/books/mugs to add to it is PERFECT logic. And I'm not just saying that because I do the same thing. . No. It's definitely logic.


    rebekahkoontzsite.com / / US Lifestyle Blog

  16. A great little roundup here. I like the look of the NARS palette and I've checked under the tree, but there is nothing that looks like it would be this... *places online order immediately*
    Ting | www.thetingthing.com

  17. I pre-ordered the NARS cheek palette too and I'm so glad I did. The lip pencil set is amazing too!! x


  18. Such gorgeous products! I really want the first palette x

  19. Great post and beautiful photo of yourself! I'll have one of everything please! xxx


  20. Great post, it really makes me want to buy everything you have listed!
    Cannot wait until the NARS foundation comes out, I'm going to get it straight away it sounds gorgeous! I have the Virtual Domination palette an it is amazing, so glad I was able to pick it up. I've also been really wanting the Anastasia palette!


  21. I've been eyeing the Anastasia Contour Kit for sometime now :)

    Maggie A

  22. thanks for sharing some of your most recent purchases. I just bought that anastasia contour kit as well and there are some really nice shades there. I don't love the highlighter all the way to the right though in comparison to come of my other cult favs. either way it was a great buy! and of course youtube made me do it too lol xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  23. Hi Laura just stopped by the blog to show my friend ur review of the NARS foundation but see it has been removed??

    1. Hi Melissa - ah yes, I had to hide it this morning as the PR agency that sent me the foundation were not aware it was embargo'd until January and although they told me I could talk about it, NARS don't want any coverage until next year. They got in a bit of trouble but bit late now :) Whoops!

  24. Could you please do an in-depth review of the Charlotte Tilbury beach stick with more photos? Thanks

  25. These look like great picks :)

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