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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Nail Polish Picks - 2014 Edition

Miss Kitty the Pumpkin Queen

It's time once again for my annual Halloween polish post. I've always been a fan of Halloween--it's such a fun holiday and the perfect excuse to get creative and try on a new persona for a night.

Below are thirteen nail colors--some old and some new, some high-end and some drugstore--that I thought would complement a number of Halloween costumes. My favorites are OPI's amazing silver chrome, Push and Shove (photos do not do it justice--it is literally like wearing liquid metal on the nails) and OPI's red glitter in a black base, Today I Accomplished Zero--ideal for any vampire or similar spooky character.

I also like Sally Hansen's Pumpkin Queen--a traditional Halloween orange with a nice formula at a very affordable price. And, of course, no Halloween polish post would be complete without a purple or two. I am in love with Nails Inc's new Nail Kale formula and wide, tapered brush. Their vibrant purple shade, Gloucester Walk, might just be my new favorite purple!

  1. NARS - Night Breed 
  2. Sally Hansen - Scaredy Matte 
  3. OPI - Today I Accomplished Zero 
  4. Milani - Silver Dazzle 
  5. OPI - Push and Shove 
  6. Deborah Lippmann - Let's Go Crazy 
  7. Zoya - Suri 
  8. Nails Inc - Gloucester Walk 
  9. Julep - Jane
  10. Sally Hansen - Pumpkin Queen 
  11. MAC - Mean & Green 
  12. SephoraX - Radioactive
  13. OPI - Green on the Runway

Top Row: NARS Night Breed, Sally Hansen Scaredy Matte, OPI Today I Accomplished Zero, Milani Silver Dazzle, OPI Push and Shove

Middle Row: Lippmann Let's Go Crazy, Zoya Suri, Nails Inc Gloucester Walk, Julep Jane

Bottom Row: Sally Hansen Pumpkin Queen, MAC Mean & Green, SephoraX Radioactive, OPI Green on the Runway 

I hope you are inspired to get creative with color this Halloween. Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday. Enjoy!