Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shopping: Sephora VIB Rouge Sale

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing great--it's been a while! I'm a bit late with this post, but I always enjoy seeing what other people have picked up during Sephora's sales so thought I would share the items I chose during this year's VIB Rouge sale, which ran from November 6-10. 

Initially I had intended to get only Guerlain's Petrouchka holiday palette, as I always love Guerlain's holiday palettes and have collected them for the last three years. But my resolve quickly weakened and after much time spent browsing the Sephora website, I ended up ordering some other products that have been on my wishlist for a long time, such as Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Palette and Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. I've also wanted a Guerlain Meteorites brush for a year or so--even though it has had mixed reviews I felt like it would be a nice complement to the powder and it just matches the pretty Meteorites tin so well--I couldn't resist!  

Unlike in years past, this year I did all of my shopping online so that I could take advantage of my Ebates discount. I spent way more than I should have, but the allure of 20% off gets me every time! Ah well, I have promised myself that I will make up for it by being more frugal in the new year (spoken like a true makeup addict!). 

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
2. Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo - Nude No. 1 (plan to use this to lighten darker lip colors)
3. Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
4. Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2
5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

6. Guerlain Holiday 2014 Nail Lacquer - Coque D'Or (pretty shade of gold for the holidays) 
7. Guerlain Meteorites - Dore 04 (makes a lovely, natural-looking, sheer blush shade) 
8. Guerlain Holiday 2014 Petrouchka Eye & Cheek Palette  
9. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder - Blondes 02
10. Guerlain Meteorites Brush 

11. Josie Maran Bear Naked Facial Wipes (basic wipe that doesn't make my face burn like some do)
12. Bare Minerals - The Magic Act Palette (great selection of neutral shadows and blush shades) 
13. Lancome Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara (have wanted to try this for a while) 
14. Urban Decay - Urban Obsessions set (Sephora 500-point reward item) 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick "Julie" Casual Look of the Day

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick look from last week, in which I used NARS' new Audacious lipstick shade Julie ($32) for the first time. I had been on the hunt for this particular shade a few weeks ago, as it was for a long time out of stock at NARS' website and was also unavailable at my usual NARS source, Nordstrom. But I was eventually able to find it at Barney's. However, if you are interested in this shade, it is currently available at

Of all the shades in the Audacious range Julie is so far my favorite because as much as I would like to, I am unable to pull off cool-toned, mauve or vampy shades very well. (The only other shade I purchased is Raquel, which is cooler toned and slightly lighter.) Julie is a medium-light peachy-coral without any shimmer. It is too colorful to be considered a nude on my skintone, but still manages to be the type of shade that will complement rather than compete with a stronger eye look. 

NARS Audacious Lipstick - Julie

Other products used: 

MAC French Cuff, Carbon, Soft Brown, and Twinks, Lorac Front of the Line Pro liner and MAC Power Surge Eye Kohl

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher - Flirtatious

Left to right: MAC Carbon, French Cuff, Twinks, Soft BrownPower Surge Eye Kohl, Lorac Front of the Line Pro in Black, Illamasqua Flirtatious, and NARS Julie

I'm afraid you can't really see this subtle eye look very well in photographs, but I was really more intent on showing you how Julie looks in action. I hope this is helpful to anyone who may be considering this shade. I really love the new packaging, lasting power, creamy texture, and opacity of the NARS Audacious Lipstick formula and recommend that everyone give at least one shade a try! 

By the way, I am also loving Illamasqua's Flirtatious cream blush. The texture and performance reminds me a bit of Chanel's cream blushes. It blends out to a lovely, velvety finish and is long lasting. I sure miss having easy access to the Illamasqua brand, which was phased out of my local Sephora earlier this year. I had to order this shade to be delivered to the U.S. from across the pond! 

Thank you for visiting, and have a great week! xo