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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | The Daily Concealer That Does It All

As of the moment THIS is my perfect concealer for personal use.  I’m proud ‘coz I got this for just Php550 when I made very good use of my Php1000 Rustan’s Gift Certificate, otherwise it would’ve been too pricy for me at Php1550.  I bought it after my high favorite for under-eyes Clinique Airbrush pen concealer ran completely empty.  However, I can truly see why this concealer is worth that for someone who could get it at full price.  In this case, unlike the last thing I posted about, I’m convinced all the raves about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer are valid.  The ladies I read and watch weren’t raving due to marketing hype this time.  It’s creamy enough to blend, it dries down to a tender matte finish, and it covers like no other moist doe-foot concealer I’ve tried.

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This nearly eliminates the need to use liquid concealer for under the eyes and have a separate stick or cake concealer for spots, because it works for both areas.  The only local drawback is they only brought it here in 4 shades,  2 levels of pinkish cool tones, and 2 levels of warm.  It truly irritates me that I have to tell you again that the shade I got, “Ginger” is if I’m not mistaken the deepest shade they have which will suit girls on the deeper end of MAC NC30 (in between NC30 and NC35), if you’re on the lighter side of MAC NC30 then the shade “Custard” is for you.

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The number and choice of shades brought in for this item is SUPER silly if it’s here for the Filipina market because if you look at this image from Karen’s blog they have a whole range of shades abroad, what the hey, right?  It all boils down to what they think will be volume sales I guess.  Honestly speaking it is not the most affordable concealer one can get, but if you get a Rustan’s GC and you’re my shade or lighter, get this, you should really get this if you’re on the market for an everyday concealer.  By the way sorry if I look slightly awful in these shots (puffy eyes, a few more spots)…you are bearing witness to PMS me.  These are the areas I use this concealer for and what it looks like before being blended.

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It’s the best concealer for everyday use that I’ve tried, I’m grateful that they have my shade.  I had actually found my perfect under-eye concealer in Clinique’s Airbrush pen concealer.  Like this one it was perfect under the eyes and around the nose nooks and mouth corners but the the thing about that one by Clinique was it couldn’t really be used on spots because coverage was light to medium and it is minimally light reflective, this has some undetectable radiance but it isn’t as light reflective.  The thing about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is, it’s a liquid concealer with some heft in the formula so it has medium to absolutely full coverage.

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In my before and after shots I’ve applied it over a bare face no foundation.  It’s nice because I can use it without foundation sometimes like on weekends.  It dries softly matte but you can feel that once it sets, it’s not going anywhere like MAC’s Pro longwear concealer.  Closest description would be is it’s like someone took the mass favorite Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer fixed any flaws it had.

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So you see it’s like the NARS team took the best thing about several holy grail concealers and put it into one user-friendly product.  It’s a multi-purpose concealer in a tube with a doe-foot applicator which makes it perfect for everyday use.  I’m completely raving, this product is well worth the praise.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | Straightforward, No Bells and Whistles

There was and is still so much hype around the product that came prior to this which was the Hourglass Lighting Powders.  Based on before and after photos of those, I wasn’t particularly seeking those out because they looked just like Hourglass’ version of MAC’s MSF Natural powders.  It’s possible that I might have a better shade match in those compared to MAC’s range, but I wasn’t prepared to spend money on something you guys wouldn’t be able to see so much on camera anyway.  So I decided to go with their Ambient Lighting Blush, again something bloggers went ballistic for.  This was part of the stuff my niece brought home from the US for me, but I’m kind of wishing now considering $36 that I didn’t go for this and that I asked for Real Techniques brushes from Ulta instead.  Now to tell you the truth, it’s a great blush that does exactly what it says on the box but nothing other than that.  To be honest there’s nothing STANDOUT about it other than the fact that it’s by Hourglass and it’s very pretty to look at.  The shade I have is Luminous Flush, a vibrant coral pink swirled with champagne beige colored ambient lighting powder.

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A truly multi-dimensional blush that enhances cheeks with seamless soft-focus color, and a natural radiant finish. $36 from SEPHORA

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I’m not ranting but neither am I over-the-hill raving.  One level up it has over MAC’s mineralize skin finishes is that it comes in a more interesting shaped compact and it has a mirror, always a necessity, but you see what I mean right?  The effect is like well-blended blush with less fallout or patchiness.  There’s no increased value or promise even of better longevity.  It’s just a pretty straightforward range of blushes that provide a satin finish without annoying sparkle.  It even reminds me of the Milani Baked Blushes.  It’s as simple as that.  I’m still happy to own one, just not to the point that I’d say “thrilled”.

Alexa Chung’s Cat Eye Demo | Revisiting Vogue’s Monday Makeover

This was posted by Vogue on YouTube last December but I believe it’s well worth the revisit considering that many of you may not have seen this yet.  Alexa Chung is a British model, “it” Girl, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue.  Her laid back but astute sense of style often catches people’s attention.

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She’s one of those trendsetters who doesn’t strive to be one which is indicative of someone with natural style.  She’s also particularly fond of the quintessential and perfectly done sixties cat eye.  Watch this simple video demo of how Alexa likes her cat eyeliner done using Eyeko products, a brand which she collaborated with for a collection.

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Makeup Palette | Amazonian Colored Clay Collector’s Edition

I haven’t tried anything huge from Tarte – high performance naturals, besides one of their Amazonian Clay blushes.  The successful mid-range American cosmetics brand founded by Maureen Kelly continues to impress with its unique formulas, on point colors, and standout payoff and longevity.  Her story here is pretty amazing given that she started with no professional makeup-artistry or business background.  The range has a look that stands out, a quirky balance between feminine chic and mod ethnic.  In terms of general pricing it’s pretty comparable to Benefit Cosmetics.  A niece of mine (only 3 years younger than me) was coming home from the US and she sweetly asked if I’d like to buy anything she could bring home for me.  One huge thing loomed in my mind ever since Jane Cunningham featured it.  It was none other than Tarte’s New “Be MATTEnificent” makeup palette, a lavender/ taupe symphony of a palette, and one other item also by them which you’ll see soon.

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PRICE: $36.00 from Sephora (currently sold out, check other sources)

Top row: Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up  Second Row: Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe Bottom Row: Dream in Chocolate, Stand Out Black Blush: Elevated

TARTE’s first ever matte eye & cheek palette includes: 8 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows, 1 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay blush (“Elevated”), and a double-ended eyeshadow brush

Formulated without: parabens, mineral oil, pthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten…

What I picked up instantly was how smooth and silky the eyeshadow  is and how despite some fallout the payoff of the medium to lighter shades totally impressed me.  What also makes the palette so worthwhile is that they included 2 extremely essential eyeshadow shades you can use to deepen the look or line your eyes (dry or wet most likely), dream in chocolate (dark brown) and stand out black.  A bit of View From the Taupe and Dream in Chocolate can be blended together for use on brows.  Read more to see more photos and a complete look applied on myself.

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Ever Bilena Matte “Hot Summer” Lipstick & “Orange” Lipliner

Ever since Lisa Eldridge did that essentially orange-y red Keira Knightley tutorial I’ve been looking to phenomenally set my lips on fire.  It was quite risque in thought, orange on my yellow Asian skin?  Would it work?  The thought of orange-ish red lips made me gag, it looked good on other people but I was quite curious to see if it would work on me, though doubtful. I remember MAC Morange being an epic fail test and Lady Danger well might’ve been good but MAC is not in the budget at the moment.  Then shortly after I was at Metro Mall in Alabang for my passport renewal duties I came across a dynamic duo, Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in “Hot Summer” (Php165) and their nearly identical lipliner shade in “Orange” (Php100).

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What resounded in my head when I spotted “Orange” was that fabulous Lord & Berry orange lipliner Lisa used on Keira, Ever Bilena’s “Orange” Lipliner is a very good dupe.  That lipliner together with Ever Bilena’s matte “Hot Summer” lipstick hit the sweet spot when blotted once, the results I tell you were off the charts.

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L’Oreal True Match BB Cream in G2, Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop, Ever Bilena Matte Hot Summer lipstick and Orange Lipliner, COTTON ON Shades

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What impressed me is how great it looked still after one meal and provided that you properly exfoliated/scrubbed your lips clean of any dry skin both the lip liner and the lipstick will glide on beautifully and stay on properly when blotted once with tissue.  The lipliner is creamy but dry enough to last (perfect in texture in my opinion, not too hard, not too soft).  I applied the EB Orange lipliner all around and almost all over the lip before adding the lipstick right smack in the center outwards direct from the bullet.  I did not make the lipstick reach the edge of the lips so that the lipliner could do the job of preserving the edge.  Do you think my Php265 (in total) drugstore orange red lip is a success story?

 

 

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