I always love the spring/summer collections the most! I am more into the nartural look with maybe a few brights thrown in! This collection looks like its going to be amazing! It will be available online April 15th!
This is what Nars had to say about the collection,
"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 a 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."
This collection includes: Blush, $27 - Liberté Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil, $24 -Buenos Aires Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $24 -Never Say Never Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24 -Calabria Nail Polish, $17 -Trouville Lipstick, $24 -Vendanges Pure Matte Lipstick,$25 -Moscow Trio Eyeshadow, $45 -Ramatuelle Duo Eyeshadow, $33 -Marie Galante
I will definitely be picking up the eyeshadows, nail polish, and the velvet gloss pencils (love them!)
What are you interested in?
Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!
Sorry I've been MIA lately! Ive just been so busy I havent been doing anything exciting with my makeup so I havent had much to share. Today I went to the Burberry counter today after seeing Sandra's post about Pale Barley eyeshadow. Oh boy did I end up getting more than that! I had one of those great makeup artists, that is so talented and knows exactly what you want! I had asked about Pale Barley and she put this look together with the following items.
(pardon my unruly brows)
Sheer Foundation in Trench No06
Fresh Glow illuminator- on eyelids and cheekbones
Blossom #5 blush
Pale Barley eyeshadow No22
Rosewood eyeshadow No09
Midnight Brown eyeshadow (in outer corners) No21
Golden Brown eyeliner no 6 (she used this under my eye and in my waterline)
Midnight Brown eyeliner No02
Tulip Pink No27 lipstick
I LOVED the golden eyeliner on my waterline! I have tried white and beige eyeliners and always thought it looked a little odd. The golden color takes away from any redness I have and just looks nice and soft and smokey! I bought all the eye products, the lipstick, and another brighter lipstick. The MUA was nice enough to give me samples of the foundation and fresh glow, which I may go back and get!
If anyone lives near Paramus definitely check out Araceli at the Burberry Counter!
I just read online that Urban Decay will be coming out with a NEW naked palette! I have the first one (I was one of the lucky people that got it online before it sold out) and while I like it, I don't LOVE it. The shades are a little too glittery for me. I have to say thought, that even though I do not use it all that much, I still think its worth it for the money. You get a lot of eye shadows, all together in one convenient palette. I will definitely be checking out the new version when it comes out in February! How about you?
I'm sure many of you have heard of the well known Alpha Beta Daily FacePeel by Dr. Dennis, a gentle exfoliant that promises enhanced radiance and skin clarity, and it delivers! Well the "summer" version has just been released - the Alpha Beta Glow Pad!
What it is:
An exfoliating self-tanner with antiaging properties and vitamin D.
What it is formulated to do:
Alpha Beta Glow Pads provide a radiant, sun kissed glow year-round, without exposure to the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with the sun vitamin, Active Vitamin D, these pads give the face believable, natural color.
Whats in it:
-Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids: Exfoliate dull dry skin and help minimize the appearance of dark spots and pores.
-Vitamin D: Helps relieve dry skin, itching and flaking; makes other vitamins work better.
-Soy Protein: Kick-starts collagen production and ensures a more natural hue for rich, long-lasting color.
-Encapsulated DHA: Provides time-released color.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Dyes
What else you need to know:
Microencapsulated DHA and soy proteins deliver odorless, streak free color deep into skin to prevent fading through surface exfoliation. Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids penetrate the skin to exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, and help fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow. Vitamin D is known for enhancing the benefits of other vitamins and antioxidants found in the formula. This product is gentle enough for all skin types, vegan, and cruelty-free
My Experience -
I heard it was coming out and went to Sephora looking for it, unfortunately its an online exclusive right now, so its not in stores. I am lucky enought to also live near a Blue Mercury, so I made my way there to pick it up! I also noticed it at Nordstrom (while purchasing a Chantecaille Sea Turtle Eyeshadow Palette! i have issues! review coming soon!)
Anyway! The first time I used it was when I got home from work on Thursday, which wasn't really such a great idea considering I then went to the gym, and took a shower when i got home. Had i really thought that one through, I probably should have waited til I got home, but turns out, my stupidity just proved how great the product is! I had a nice tan when I woke up the next morning, which was totally even and streak free, and not at all orange! The fact that I washed my face AFTER applying made me nervous that the next time I may be too dark or orange if I actually left it on all night, which is how I intended to use it! but no worries, I put it on at night last night, and today, i am just slightly tanner than last time. I got three separate comments at work today, asking what I had done differently today (two of the people seemed to think I had lightened my hair, I assume since in comparison to my new glowing tan, it looked lighter) but they all said i looked great, but couldn't put their finger on it! My skin also seems more even, and some leftover red marks from blemishes look faded.
I also love this product, because as someone with sensitive/combo/occasional breakout skin, I am generally nervous self tanners will break me out. The Alpa Beta Pads I know would be great for my skin since they exfoliate as well, and wont clog pores.
Where its available - sephora.com (not in stores yet)
Blue Mercury, Nordstrom, or anywhere that carries Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare!
Price: $32 for 20, which is pricey, but I used one wipe Thursday, and then one today, and have maintained the nice tan glow. So I would use AT MOST two a week, probably closer to once a week, so the product will definitely last me a long time.
I like it so much I'm thinking of surprising my sister by sending her some!
So most of my life, my weight has never been an issue at all. I generally ate what I wanted, and worked out if I felt like it. I actually did some swimwear modeling when I was around 21-22. I am now, dun dun dun...... 29 years old! Things do not work the same anymore!
for example, at my physical "prime" I looked like this....and survived on a diet of bagels, Auntie Anne's pretzels, ramen, pizza, and lots of beer.... and I didn't work out. If I ate that way now, I would be well over 200 lbs! A few years after this picture, I got into running, and ran about 15 miles a week. I think that counter acted any possible age related metabolism changes.
That brings me to current day. Ive had knee problems since last summer, which limits my running. I also have a newish boyfriend, who enjoys indulging my sweet tooth by bringing me desserts regularly (hes gotten better lately, bringing one or two things as opposed to a whole dessert tray)
Ive been very frustrated about my knee problems and limited running, mostly because I love running, but also because it allowed me to eat whatever I wanted. Now that I can only run about a mile at a time, I've had to start watching what I eat much more. Since I hurt my knee, and have been eating more desserts, I have definitely noticed that I have put on a few pounds. Since i cant increase my exercise (I am limited to what my physical therapist allows) I obviously need to adjust my diet.
And here is where My Fitness Pal comes in. I actually downloaded this app on my phone long ago, and never used it. A few weeks ago i figured I would check it out. You can use My Fitness Pal on your phone, or by visiting their website, myfitnesspal.com.
This app has nutritional information for EVERY food there is! Its all entered by other users. I searched for the McDonald's southwest salad, which is one of my favorites, and someone had already entered the nutritional information, for my modified version, which is without the tortilla strips, and half the dressing!
Ive been entering what I eat, and you can also enter your workouts, so for example if you aim to eat 1200 calories a day, but burn 300 at the gym, it shows that you can actually eat 1500 calories. Below I added a screen shot of my food for today.
I have steadily lost weight since doing this. Not tons, but about 1-2 lbs a week which puts me on track to be back to "fighting shape" by bikini season!