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Product Review: NARS Pressed Finishing Powder

Today’s product is the NARS Pressed Finishing Powder! NARS is a company that doesn’t disappoint – they have a wide array of products and are up on the latest trends – but not shoving them in your face. NARS provides a nice blend of classy and stylish makeup. And they are cruelty free which is extremely important to me.

The NARS pressed finishing powder will set your makeup and add a luminous sheen to your face – giving it an airbrushed look. It lasts a long time and sets your makeup beautifully. Upon first glance this white powder may be intimidating to some (not me since I’m super pale haha) but it truly does melt into your makeup and lock it in with a gently glowy (not JLo glowy!) look so I’d recommend it no matter what your skin tone is. If your skin is dry it can look slightly cakey – but if you use a finishing spray as well that will help it settle into that no-makeup look.

The first few times I picked up this product I grabbed the loose version – I liked it but found it a wee bit messy (as loose powders can be!), then one time I went to pick some up and my local Sephora was out of the loose, so I picked up the pressed. At first I found the pressed a wee bit harder to work with, since I was used to the loose, but actually found myself re-buying the pressed on my last trip since it is a bit more convenient to work with. It’s easier to travel with as it comes in a smaller container, and is easy to use on-the-go if you need to.

NARS has a wide range of colored pressed powders to match your skin tone, and they are great products, but I prefer this white pressed finishing powder. I find it easier to work with and happier with the results on my skin.

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Product Review: Hard Candy Glamoflauge

I have some friends who are professional makeup artists and their kits are loaded up with products from the higher end brands that they work for/prefer…but recently two of them admitted to me that they carry a special, extra low priced secret weapon in their stash…

The secret is Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge! It’s a light, yet heavy duty concealer which can be used to conceal, well, just about anything! I picked up a tube a few months ago and have been quite impressed. I dab just a little on my red areas, and any small breakouts, and it covers surprisingly well, lasts a long time, and most importantly, doesn’t go super cakey – even at the end of a very long day! I’ve also used it on top of a few more serious pimples I battled about a month ago and it covers those well too. Dark circles are a wee bit of a challenge for this product – if yours are light this may be worth a try, but mine are super duper so I need to use a different product.

Glamoflauge is a good sized tube and a steal of a deal – I believe it’s about $6 a tube. This product REALLY holds up to a lot of the fancier, much more expensive brands.

Product Review: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar Lip Gloss

Those who know me well – or actually even a little – know how much of a makeup junkie I am! Lipsticks and glosses in particular. My lip collection had grown to 66 shades at last count and I may or may not have picked up a few more this summer. But while it is nice to have many options to grab from I find myself wearing the same shade for weeks at a time, before I move on to another.

This summer my go-to lip gloss was the Body Shop honey bronze lip nectar moisturizing lip gloss. I lost track of how many times I was asked ‘what lip gloss are you wearing?!’.  It’s nothing fancy – it just adds a hint of color, and wears fairly well.

I have a love-hate relationship with the Body Shop. Let me explain – I do like their practices, I always go for cruelty free, their prices are quite reasonable, and I’m surprisingly impressed with most of the makeup products I’ve tried from them. Over the last few years I’ve moved away from their body care products for my own pursuit in using more natural products, but if that’s not something you care about, their soaps foam and rinse well and their body butters do their job to moisturize without being overly greasy.  Here’s where the issue comes in – they discontinue SO many products! Every time I find a product I truly love from them it’s discontinued shortly after. It all started years ago after a teenage love affair with fuzzy peaches and dewberry (although they do offer these products occasionally as re-promotes) then moved to the colored mascaras of the early 2000’s, a leave in conditioner I was quite fond of, the amazing hair brush they once had, the original rose lotion, then the major one I’ve still not been able to get over – the cream eye makeup remover in the bottle (reformulated to the tin, which is not nearly as good of a product IMO). And now here we go again – after buying this lip gloss twice, loving it, and recommending it, it seems to have disappeared from their lineup!

They do have a similar product in actual lip balm (egg shaped) form, which I tried in store. This one seems to be creamier and healthier for the lips while adding a similar sheen to the lips so I may look into this further. However a friend recently told me she saw the original product I’m referring to at her local (Vancouver) store and she picked up 2 tubes, so I’m really not sure if it’s still out there or not.

If you can find it pick it up! It’s a great price, a quick, easy, inexpensive color to add a wee bit of sheen to your lips – and gain a lot of compliments!