For Summer 2018, NARS collaborates once again with long time fashion design partner, Erdem Moralioglu. The designer brings his nostalgic romance and dreamlike narrative to beauty with the limited-edition Erdem for NARS Strange Flowers Collection.
Bold yet timeless, the color collection is a custom designed palette of demure and daring shades for eyes, lips and cheeks, with additional newness in the form of NARS’ first Lip Powder Palette and Mattifying Blotting Paper. The highly covetable 13-piece capsule collection is encased in sophisticated soft-touch packaging adorned with one of three original floral prints Erdem created for the collaboration.
“It was really interesting to explore my aesthetic in collaboration with NARS and see how far we could push different elements through color and product,” says Erdem. “It was fascinating to develop new pigments and palettes as well as the cosmetics themselves.”
Erdem For NARS – Collection
Six new shades, featuring a creamy, smooth formula, range from bare to bold, sheer to intense.
Featuring a silky-soft pearlescent finish that departs sheer, yet buildable color, the velvety formula gleams in two new shades.
Multi-Use Highlighting Pencil, $29
Illuminate intrigue with a multi-use highlighting pencil for eyes and cheeks. The new, ultra- smooth formula provides effortless blending and on-the-go radiance. Features an adjustable bottom component that advances and retracts for desired amount – no sharpening necessary.
Eyeshadow Palettes, $49
Two six-well palettes of highly pigmented, velvety-matte shades deliver light-reflecting color. The formula can be applied sheer or layered for more dramatic effects.
I can’t tell you the last time I wore lip gloss. It has been easily years. I just love the density and the pigmentation of a lipstick especially. One the most popular lip products in the beauty world for about a good 3-4 years are liquid lipsticks. These lip products start off as liquids and they dry down, usually to a matte texture and finish. More recently, some companies have added reflects, pearl and glitter which gives an interesting dimension to a sometimes flat finish. The biggest complaint about liquid lipsticks are that they are too drying. The lips don’t have pores so that there are no oils that naturally lubricate them therefore they are more susceptible to dryness. That dryness can lead to cracking of the lip and lip product, discomfort and ‘pooling’ of the product around corners or crevices of lips. Another complaint that I have is that many liquid lipsticks don’t have even pigmentation – they apply patchy. So when NARS debuted their new liquid lipstick, the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments, you know I had to try. I bought one of the colours that I have and the other one – the cute mini – was a 100 point perk from Sephora!
Here’s my video. See how they look on my dark skin. If you want to see a more detailed review with pictures, just keep scrolling.
The NARS Powematte Lip Pigment is described as being infused with liquefied pigments with infinite matte colour. It promises to be a full-coverage, smudge-resistant, flexible, lightweight product that is applied with a custom doe foot applicator. This product is very thin – very close to the viscosity/feel of water. It is so thin that you have to be careful when opening the product as it can very easily splash on you. There is no other product like this that I have found on the market. It is juuuuust different enough and it stands out. It comes in 18 shades with a mix of neutrals, berries and reds. I have the shades Rock With You and Starwoman. Rock With You is a deep mulberry – a rich purple/plum. Starwoman is a bright blue-red shade. There is a very faint scent to the product.
Mielle Organics has been on my long list of brands that I needed to try but I never got around to it. When I heard that they were coming out with the Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey collection that was specially made for people with kinky hair, or who need intense hydration, I was sold! I went to my local Sally’s Beauty to take a look. By the way, this particular collection is exclusive to Sally’s and also the Mielle Organics website.
Mielle Organics has been around since 2014 and it was founded by a woman of colour who was looking for products for her natural hair with quality, wholesome ingredients. There are other lines from this brand that are great for curly hair, but this was specifically made for folks like me! I picked up two products – the Leave-In Conditioner and the Twisting Souffle. Both products conditions, hydrates and seals the hair. As far as I can tell, all the ingredients are naturally based, and most of them are organic. There are no parabens, sulphates, paraffins, mineral oil, artificial colours, DEA and it is not tested on animals.
Mielle Organics – Pomegranate & Honey Review: Some of the Science
Pomegranate is a well-known ingredient that is used in many beauty products for its anti-aging/antioxidant properties as it is a natural source of Vitamin C. The oil also contains punicic acid which helps strengthen hair follicles and encourages healthy hair growth and aids in detangling. Honey is a humectant, which means it draws water into itself and helps maintain moisture levels in hair. It is also anti-bacterial and encourages healthy follicles and hair growth.
Mielle Organics – Pomegranate & Honey Review: The Video
Before I continue, if you just want to see what I thought about this line, check out my video! Otherwise keep scrollin 🙂
Top 5 Carnival makeup tips to remember before heading out on de road!
It is very easy to get caught up with all the activities surrounding the Carnival season, especially the week before Carnival. Various fetes, Panorama, costume distribution etc. You may not have put much thought into what you are wearing on your face for pretty mas on Carnival Tuesday. I have compiled 5 carnival makeup tips to remember that will make your life easier so you can spend your time having fun!
So, here are my tips. Check out the video below.
VIDEO: Top 5 Carnival makeup tips
Wear waterproof/water-resistant, longwear makeup. It is often hot, humid and you are out all day. You don’t want to have to touch up your makeup too often, especially if you are on de Savannah stage! See my posts here, here and here on my favourite waterproof makeup products.
At the very least, use a long wear setting spray, if you don’t want to buy an entire set of new makeup. And no…M.A.C. Fix+ is not a setting spray. I recommend using Skindinavia or Urban Decay.
Wear minimal foundation. Use concealer to spot conceal specific areas. I recommend using a sheer to light coverage foundation.
Must wear sunscreen. You should really be wearing this everyday anyway, but it is vital since you are going to be outside during the hours when the sun will be its hottest.Take you sunscreen with you and reapply at least every 2 hours.
Drink plenty water! And use those wee-wee trucks! Stay hydrated.
Do you have any carnival makeup tips to share? Put them in the comments below…
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We are in the throws of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2018! Fetes are ramping up and the debate over the Road March continues. Are you #TeamSavannah or #TeamKingdom?
There are hundreds of thousands of people playing mas this year, so I decided to finally film a Carnival makeup look. I have definitely done looks in the past on my blog, but I have never posted one on YouTube. I decided to get inspiration from the section “Virginia” from The Lost Tribe Carnival “7 Sisters” 2018 offering. A pretty light blue costume with gold accents. I also looked at the makeup looks done at the Lost Tribe launch done by global makeup artist for M.A.C. and one of my faves, Romero Jennings.