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NARS Summer 2012 Collection feels like a vacation…

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…. somewhere warm and relaxing, and these earthy tones would pair perfectly with the bold, punchy colours of spring and summer!

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Summer brings with it a cocktail of warm earth tones and brazen shimmers. Eyes glisten in icy peach and matte apricot, or shine in iridescent orchid and blue. Lips are subtle in a glossy nude beige pink, or bold in matte strawberry red. A delicate seashell pink lends nails a flattering hue for an overall look that’s sizzling, sophisticated and—like so many summery moments—simply unforgettable. summer brings with it a cocktail of warm earth tones and brazen shimmers. Eyes glisten in icy peach and matte apricot, or shine in iridescent orchid and blue. Lips are subtle in a glossy nude beige pink, or bold in matte strawberry red. A delicate seashell pink lends nails a flattering hue for an overall look that’s sizzling, sophisticated and—like so many summery moments—simply unforgettable.

THE COLLECTION

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Which red do I wear? Red lip swatches for women of colour

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One of the hardest things to do is to find the perfect red.  A lot of women of colour avoid the most coveted lip colour of all time.  Red is the colour of the season and sultry glamour is back!  Various textures and finishes, it doesn’t matter.  Red is it!!! Truth be told, I had to make a conscious decision to start buying reds.  It is really a matter of trial and error to find reds that work with your skintone and personality and the engineer in me loves this!!!

So here are some the reds that I have collected recently.  And for the record, I don’t know where I have been but M.A.C.’s Ruby Woo bessssssss!!!!! I don’t know what they sprinkle on that lipstick, and it’s a matte too!! It is a gorgeous, stunning true red and the finish/texture of the lipstick also makes it unique!  No one looks bad in this one.  I think this is as close to a sure bet as you can get!  If you would like more detailed swatches/info on a particular colour, let me know.  I will be doing a review on the NARS items.  Check out my review on the NYX Lip Cremes here.  I’m NW45 with red undertones but my arm is a little lighter.

Swatches (L to R): Succubus, Strutter, Chaos, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Fiery, Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Moulin Rouge, Vesuvio, Dragon Girl

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Matte is back! NYX Matte Lipstick review

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Having spent years in the shadow of the gooey lipgloss, lipsticks have roared back to the forefront and matte lipsticks have been at the centre of the trend!  This year, bright, bold matte lips were all over the runway and in every magazine and the trend continues into the autumn/winter.  Years ago, dark, vampy, matte lips were routine but they got a bad reputation because they were often very drying, accentuated any cracks in your lips and generally not comfortable.  Fast forward to now and the formulas have been revamped.  Conditioners have been added to these densely pigmented lip products to make them a lot more wearable.

NYX just recently launched a new line of matte lipsticks in 22 colours.  I ordered 2 of them to start wih from beautyjoint.com and I paid $4.99 each.

NYX Matte Lipsticks in Maison and Merlot

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Summer makeup!

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Hey!!!

It’s hot in NYC and I love it!!! When the weather gets hot and humid, you need to keep your makeup simple and long lasting.

Here are a few of my favourite items that I think are important and can withstand the summer heat!

Sunscreen

Image courtesy of La Roche-Posey

You really should wear sunscreen everyday of the year, but during the summer months when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, you need something to protect your skin from premature aging and sun damage.  Also, don’t forget to reapply often if you are going to be outdoors for long periods or perspiring.  I switch between a regular moisturizer with SPF and a tinted moisturizer with SPF.  Doesn’t matter what you use, just protect your skin!!!

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