NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Hey everyone, it bought a new foundation recently and had to buy another shade to mix! I only got the second shade a couple of weeks ago and have been testing it out! The foundation I’m talking about is, of course, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation!

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($68 AUD $44 USD) has 30 ml of product, like most foundations. This foundation comes in a square, glass bottle with a square, matte black plastic lid. A pump is available to purchase (unless it is constantly sold out) which would make it easier to access the right amount of foundation. Once you have applied the NARS pump, you can’t use the lid! Although pumps are more convenient, I like to give my foundation a good shake before use! I love the packaging – NARS packaging usually does appeal to me!

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For me, it is hard to find a match with a foundation… To much pink, too much yellow… Too orange, oxidises. Too thick, too thin… I could go on and on!!! With NARS Sheer Glow, there is no oxidising, it really is the perfect consistency too! It blends amazing and looks natural enough to wear full converge! I bought two different shades, mostly because I fluctuate in colour! Summer – tan, winter – pale! Also, I have a more neutral skin tone, not more pink or yellow/orange. The two shades I purchased are Mont Blanc (light 2 pink undertones) and Punjab (medium 1 peach/orange undertones).

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NARS Sheer Glow feels light and creamy and not at all tacky. It feels and applies like a light coverage foundation but it is medium coverage! I like to apply Sheer Glow all over my face (either with a brush or my fingers) then let it dry and apply again where I want fuller coverage! The end result is a sort of satin finish and completely dries without a setting powder! I found that if I had any dry areas they were more obvious but I don’t usually have dry skin so it doesn’t bother me! I do find that my nose does become oily, so make sure to put on a pressed powder if you have this problem too!

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I compared NARS Sheer Glow Foundation with some similar coloured foundations:
REVLON Colorstay (normal/dry skin) in 150 Buff compared to Mont Blanc – Buff is a lot more yellow toned and thicker and tackier in consistency.
MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind in 130 Buff Beige is so similar in consistency, texture and finish. I’d say this could possibly be a dupe! I’ll have to investigate! Colour wise, Buff Beige is a bit more pink toned.
MAYBELLINE Super Stay Makeup in Nude is waaaay thicker, it is also very orange and oxidises pretty bad! This is reserved for my super fake tan days!

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I think NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the best foundation I have ever used, I like a medium coverage but lightweight foundation and this is exactly what I am looking for, I don’t mind having to mix shades because I know these two shades will match me no matter what season, it’s great if you are a fake tan wearer or, like me, you have more of a neutral skin tone!
I think NARS Sheer Glow is my new holy grail foundation!
xx Amanda

Benefit SUGARBOMB! Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone! I got Sugarbomb by Benefit last month and I have been using it like crazy! Benefit says this Box o’ Powder “is your sugar rush flush” which is adorable! This blush has four different colours – peach, pink, plum & rose – and is described as “sweet sugary peach pink” which is pretty spot on!

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I have been wearing this blush with Rockateur almost every day! I first apply Sugarbomb all over my cheek and where I would usually use a cheek highlight, I next add a layer of Rockateur and I apply this just above my contour!

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My favourite thing about this blush combination is how beautiful and glowing it looks! I have been quite tan lately and this is just stunning, it gives a glowing, healthy sunkissed look

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One thing that I really don’t understand about Sugarbomb is that on the product (the bottom half of the box) the image is chocolate, it’s shaved chocolate with chocolate pieces! I really don’t get it haha, it doesn’t smell like chocolate… It doesn’t look like chocolate…

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This blush is definitely going into my favourites! I can’t imagine this blush not looking good on anyone! I would definitely repurchase this blush – if I ever get through it!
x Amanda

Orange Lips Alert! Innoxa Matte Lipstick in Tangerine & Invisible Lip Liner!

Hey everyone! If you already have Instagram you will already know how many competitions are held on there! So I entered an Innoxa competition, all you have to do is repost a picture to have a chance of winning, and I won!

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For anyone who doesn’t know, Innoxa was created in France in 1920. The brand prides itself by being hypo-allergenic and good for your face! The products are also paraben free & not tested on animals, yay! Innoxa is stocked in Myer, Priceline and various pharmacies in Australia and also in New Zealand.

So today my little package arrived with a letter stating what I have won and some pretty, colorful pictures, so many pretty colours… Back to what I was saying…

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The first product I have here is the Invisible Lip Shaper. According to the Innoxa website the Invisible Lip Shaper softens and contours the lips and can also be used as a lip primer. I’m super happy about this product because I don’t own a lip primer! I also like that this can be worn under any shade I like! The Invisible Lip Shaper has a baby pink pearlescent tube, the packaging is really pretty!

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The Invisible Lip Primer makes the lips appear matte, the texture is like a combination of soft wax and a balm! I really like the way it makes my lips look! I can’t really capture that in a photo since it is invisible, of course.

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And now for the best bit, new lipstick! I’m a serious lipstick hoarder and this lipstick is the reason I entered the competition! So here I have the Summer Matte Lipstick in the shade Tangerine! Innoxa Summer Matte Lipsticks contain Jojoba oil and vitamins C & E which will be great for my lips!

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The colour is no joke, it is seriously Tangerine, it’s like an explosion of orange and it makes my teeth look awesomely white! This is definitely not a “grandma orange” (unless you have a really awesome grandma)! The lipstick is housed in a square silver tube with Innoxa printed on the lid. There is a colour window at the bottom that shows the colour of the lipstick inside!

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If you live in Australia or New Zealand, I recommend checking out Innoxa! Both of these products retail for $14.95. The lipstick formula is so creamy and moisturizing! If you are from elsewhere in the world then I guess you’re just going to have to go without… Or wait for my awesome giveaway hint hint!

xx Amanda

* The products discussed In this post were won by me from the brand Innoxa (yay). The opinions are my own and this is not sponsored in any way!

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in Pebble, Review & Swatches!

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One of the top selling lip products by Yves Saint Laurent is the Golden Gloss, last year Golden Pebble was released amongst three other shades for Summer. I received Golden Pebble for my birthday and although this was a Summer collection this particular shade screams Winter.

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The packaging is absolutely gorgeous as you would expect from YSL. The gloss sits in a thick transparent plastic square tube, the tube twists open and closed. The lid is a golden mirrored plastic with the Yves Saint Laurent logo on the front. The plastic tube is transparent revealing the actual product inside.

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YSL describes the Golden Gloss as “Worth its weight in gold, this gorgeous gloss dresses lips in a sophisticated, high-shine shimmer that’s truly precious. Sparkling 24 carat gold flecks (0.2%) create a mirror-like effect for guaranteed glamour, while a complex of nourishing oils protect and hydrate for optimal comfort. Scented with a subtle hint of Mango that’s utterly irresistible.”

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The scent is a little overwhelming to me, it definitely isn’t mango… Maybe peach? It reminds me a bit of the smell of Rimmel lip products.

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When first applied the gloss sits on the lips and seems to slowly melt in. You can definitely feel it on your lips but it isn’t sticky or tacky, you won’t feel the glitter at all.

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This gloss can be worn sheer or heavy, when sheer the Golden Pebble gives a gorgeous fresh out of the cold look. I prefer to wear Golden Pebble sheer. The colour is described as ‘burgundy plum’ which is quite accurate. The gloss in the tube appears overly glittery but it definitely isn’t on the lips, purple is the predominant colour shown in the glitter.

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If you have constant dry lips I think another shade might suit you better, Golden Pebble can sink into fine lines and cracks.

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I haven’t tried any of the other shades, I am liking this product! If you have a Yves Saint Laurent counter available you should have a look at the Golden Gloss selection, they are a best-seller for a reason!

x Amanda

Is NARS Orgasm worth the hype? Dupes and swatches!

If you’re into beauty you have probably heard about or read about a certain blush by NARS. I feel like everybody raves about NARS Orgasm blush! If you don’t know, Orgasm is a peachy pink colour with gold shimmer and in the pan it looks stunning. When swatched, I get very little colour pay off, it mostly sticks to my finger which is really disappointing. To get a decent swatch I have to dig my fingernail into the blush! I found that most blush brushes also won’t show much colour payoff. The only brushes that worked well with this blush were goat hair brushes.

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Usually I would just move on to a new product but In Australia NARS is so expensive. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! I have found 2 dupes! The first dupe is a Face Of Australia powder blush in O Peachy! This blush is what I imagined Orgasm to be like! The only deference is that it is a tiny bit more pink. The second dupe I have is also Face Of Australia and it is the Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Flame, I would compare this to the Orgasm Illuminator but I don’t own it! I think this is a perfect match in liquid form!

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NARS Orgasm is $45 AUD for 4.5g from Mecca Cosmetica, Face Of Australia powder blushes are $9.45 AUD for 5.g and Illuminators are $14.95 AUD for 50mL! I have owned this blush for about half a year and it kind of gets pushed to the back of my collection to be honest… I don’t think that it’s worth the hype at all which sucks because I really want to like it more! Although i love NARS I would definitely choose the Face Of Australia products, more product, waaaaay cheaper and better colour payoff!

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NARS Multiple Review & Swatches – Puerto Vallarta & Angelika

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Every woman has her favourite products and a lot of the time a NARS product will be on that list. I love reading product reviews and NARS blushes are often rated pretty high! A product that has always visually appealed to me are the Multiples. Over time I have read some seriously mixed reviews about the Multiple, extremely bad, extremely good and everywhere in between. So what do I do in this kind of situation? I buy one, of course!

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In case you haven’t encountered a NARS Multiple, they are a multipurpose product that can be used anywhere, specifically cheeks, eyes & lips. I currently own two Multiples (hopefully three after my birthday) and they are in my top ten products, definitely.

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The two Multiples that I own are Puerto Vallarta & Angelika. Puerto Vallarta is a new shade and was realeased for Summer 2013. Angelika was a part of the Tainted Love set and also comes in blush and lipgloss form, Angelika is quite popular in powder blush form! Both of my NARS Multiples have the same texture, they have a creamy mousse feel that dries to a powder finish.

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Unlike the Angelika powder blush and gloss, the Angelika Multiple has iridescent shimmers, the traditional Angelika has silver shimmers. NARS did a fantastic job at keeping the colour, though. All of my Angelikas are the same shade and beautifully pigmented! Puerto Vallarta has gold shimmers and is more frosty than Angelika, I can’t wait to wear it with a bronze summer look! The multiples last about 6 hours on me a bit more some days a bit less some days, depending on other products I use as well.

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I think Puerto Vallarta will be amazing in Spring and Summer! I just couldn’t resist the Multiple, I love everything about them. They can be worn sheer or built up, they can be worn on the lips although they’re a but giant for a lipstick! I am pro Multiple and I prefer a dewy finish foundation so these work for me! I think all you can do is make your own opinion when it comes to whether you’re going to like something or not which I’m SO glad I figured out! xx Amanda

The Perfect Red Lipstick

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I am definitely a lipstick collector (hoarder) but I tend to avoid red lipsticks! I pretty much avoided everything but pink lipstick until the last year or so. I have just never really enjoyed the red/orange colour family… I don’t know! I have a few orange shades already so I decided to put on my big girl pants and get a red lipstick! To my surprise, I love it!

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The lipstick I purchased is Avon Ultra Color Rich Brilliance Lipstick in the shade Brilliant Ruby! They had an awesome deal where I spent $22 and I got 3 lipsticks and a free lipstick, gloss & makeup bag! I have to admit, the main reason I wanted these lipsticks is because the packaging is so pretty, it’s chrome pink!

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The red I chose is a sheer but buildable pink based true red. The finish is super glossy which I love, I am SO prone to dry lips its insane. The lipstick has iridescent shimmers that stay on your lips even when the lipstick is gone, some people may not like that but I think it’s cute! The formula is super soft but you can definitely feel the glitter, it could put some people off but it didn’t bother me. The lipstick is long wearing and didn’t stain.

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(A little bit of Brilliant Ruby over a lip balm)

I think this lipstick is great especially with a promotion! It is the perfect colour and formula for a red lipstick beginner like myself! I got to try a heap of new colours! I really like Avon lipsticks, I have 4 now and I really like all of them! If you see an Avon catalogue around, have a flip through, you might find a new favourite lipstick too!

xx Amanda

Not sponsored, not paid, not free products!