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Product Review: Nars Concealer

Apr
19

narsI have major dark circles around my eyes…it’s really discolored and sunken in. ¬†I have been on the hunt for a concealer to cover my dark circles for a while because, well no one wants to look like they haven’t slept in a month! ūüôā ¬†I tried several different types, including MAC and Makeup Forever–which did cover the discoloration but it didn’t take away that sunken in look. ¬†I looked tired in photos when I used those concealers. ¬†I heard about Nars’ radiant creamy concealer and decided to try it out.

I hurried to Sephora and bought it in Shade 4 (called “Ginger”) and tried it on–immediate coverage! ¬†It makes me look rested, bright eyed and no dark circles! ¬†It took away that sunken look and lasted all day. ¬†I learned that I had to, using the wand, “paint” the concealer under each eye and then let it sit there for about 5-7 minutes without blending yet. ¬†I usually apply¬†it, let it sit to dry a bit and then do my contouring and blush. ¬†Once it’s semi-dry, I use a concealer brush to blend it in. ¬†By leaving it to set for a few minutes, it makes the product more likely to stay on and not just get swiped away when you brush it in. ¬†I used¬†Sephora’s eye concealer brush to blend it in.

Before concealer

Before Nars concealer (lighting is not perfect sorry–no filters)

 

Once I blend, I go again a second time to make sure I have complete coverage. ¬†I add in a little tiny swipe more on the lower portion of my eye socket once more for safe measure. ¬†I leave it on again for about 5-7 minutes and then blend with my blush. ¬†I have noticed that as the day goes on, sometimes it starts to “wrinkle” a bit and I just have to smooth it out with a finger. ¬†Once I do that, it still looks great! ¬†I am currently looking for a good setting powder for my concealer so if you have have recommendations, please let me know!

This is pretty pricey for a small bottle–I bought it for $29 from Sephora and it lasts about 2-3 months. ¬†The concealer photographs really well and beautifully bounces off light, making your face look pretty darn flawless. ¬†It really brightens the eye area and just makes you look really refreshed.

After putting on the Nars concealer in natural light (no filters, no editing)

After putting on the Nars concealer in natural light (no filters)

Bottom Line:

I would absolutely recommend the Nars radiant creamy concealer, a definite must have!  Use a good concealer brush or a beauty blender to effectively blend in the product, but make sure to leave it on the skin for a few minutes to set before blending.

You can find the product at many stores, but I purchased it from Sephora. ¬†It’s also available on Nascosmetics.com and Nordstrom.

 

4 Beauty Items You Need This September

Sep
09

I love September, because it means fall is coming soon.  The leaves fall and the weather changes (well it changes a little here in LA).  September also means new beginnings and what better way to start the month than by purchasing some new beauty items!

1) Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

This is a beautiful fragrance. ¬†It has a musky, earthy but clean scent. ¬†The wood sage is so subtle–it’s probably one of my favorites. ¬†This is not a floral scent so keep that in mind. ¬†I will definitely be adding this to my perfume collection. ¬†A 1 ounce bottle can be purchased for $60 and a 3.4 ounce bottle for $120. ¬†It can be purchased here.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne The Lifestyle Reporter

2) Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Sand Eye Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is beautiful–it has eight shades, four that are shimmery and four that are matte. ¬†Some days I’m all about the glitter and others, I like to keep it simple. ¬†It’s quite pricey at $65 but to me it’s a collector’s item. ¬†It can be purchased here.

Bobbi Brown Sand Eye Palette The Lifestyle Reporter

3) Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo

This shampoo is sulfate free and makes hair soft and silky. ¬†It also protects the hair from UV radiation and heat–which is something I need! ¬†This is a must have! ¬†It is $30 for an 8.5 ounce and can be purchased here.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil The Lifestyle Reporter

4) Nars Satin Lip Pencil

These lip pencils are really pigmented and leave lips with a gorgeous shine.  I normally wear matte lipsticks or just a matte lip pencil but I love the texture and feel of these Nars lip pencils!  I love all the colors but I think I need to add either Biscayne Park or Isola Bella, both in the pink family.  Each pencil is $25 and can be purchased here.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil The Lifestyle Reporter

 

Which one is your favorite?