Nars Boutique Grand Opening in Atlanta

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My wish has finally been granted. Nars is opening a boutique right here in Atlanta! I was invited to go check it out, and let me tell you, its the most gorgeous makeup boutique I have ever seen! In true Nars style, everything about the store is well thought out, minimalistic, chic, and well put together. I always Continue reading

Beauty and Bubbly at The Cosmetic Market

I was invited to a fun blogger beauty event at The Avalon a few weeks ago, and just had to share my experience with you! The event was by The Cosmetic Market (full service beauty bar with high end makeup retailers within), and they promised champagne- this obviously meant a good time. 

From the second I walked in, I  could see and feel a stir and buzz in the air, and I loved that! Champagne, white wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and cheese greeted you at the door, and thereafter you could walk around and get acquainted. Various different stations had been set up with complimentary sessions of brow waxing, hair styling, hand exfoliation, and of course, makeup application. 

I chose to try out the hand exfoliation as well as hair styling. Mario from Mario’s Hair Designers gave me a lioness do’ and I have to say I’m obsessed. Stay tuned for a blog post in which he will do my hair again for all of you! My friend Natasha from Toto’s Life and Style accompanied me, and we had so much fun! Besides all of the above things I have mentioned, The Cosmetic Market also does facials. All of this while you shop for your favorite beauty products in one place! This is such a cool and novel concept, be sure to check it out in Johns Creek, GA!

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Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

Hi everyone!

I was anticipating the arrival of the new Nars foundation for quite some time, and when I finally had the chance to try it out, I jumped all in. I wasn’t expecting a miracle due to the fact that the sheer glow (also by Nars) no longer works on me and I had pretty much given up on the possibility of any foundation being a holy grail after the MUFE mat velvet due to my oily skin woes. However, this foundation is a game changer. I wear the shade Syracuse for reference.

Reasons…?

It is the THINNEST consistency FOUNDATION I have ever used, and it still has an insane amount of coverage. I would say its medium/full to full coverage. You only need one pump for your entire face- and this pump only dispenses a small amount, not the amount most pumps dispense! Not only that, it has the most gorgeous, luxurious velvet texture to it that makes it photograph really well, and looks like real skin. Once you apply it, it doesn’t look slippery or “wet” or “sticky” and therefore does not have to be powdered- thats a personal preference. 

Also, its been wearing really well on my oily skin. I get about 5 hours of wear without any shine at all, and when it does start to shine, its the good, non oily kind. I find myself having to blot only after 7-8 hours, and thats only because I like it to be 100%..but honestly, its not a must. I do wear a translucent powder over it regardless. 

And lastly, it photographs beautifully!!

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They are $48/piece, and have a frosted glass, thin shaped rectangular bottle with a matte cover

Luminous Foundation Photographed in Yellow Light

Artificial, yellow light indoors

Luminous Foundation Photgraphed Under Soft Lighting

 Picture taken under a soft light (lighting equipment)

Luminous Foundation in Natural Light Photography

This picture is taken with natural light streaming in from the window

Luminous Foundation in Flash Photography

This picture was taken outdoors with flash photography

Pros:

– Need a very small amount for full face (bottle will last for a long time)

– Looks and feels luxurious

– Absolutely weightless

– Does not separate on oily skin

– No oxidization

– Color range

– Photographs very well

– Luminous finish that is wearable on oily skin

Cons:

– Price

Overall Grade: A+

Don’t forget to leave all your comments and feedback below! And take a look at my video review of the Luminous Weightless Foundation! =)



Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

I was in NYC last week to attend a makeup workshop by renowned makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic aka Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist. I suffered some burns on my face after using a personal microdermabrasion system and wanted to find a foundation/concealer with the heaviest coverage I could find to cover up the scabs. Mario mentioned at his workshop that Kevyn Aucoin has the best foundations around- and being that I haven’t seen this brand in Atlanta, I decided to splurge and get it from Henri Bendel in New York.

First Impressions:
– Looks like a creamy, whipped concealer
– Great shade range
– Cute packaging
– Smells great

After Swatching:
– OMG you only need the TINIEST and I mean TINY amount to get flawless coverage
– Dried matte
– My skin breathed through

After Using For a Week:
– Best foundation/concealer I have ever used
– I used this as a foundation all over my skin and got the best coverage I have ever gotten, while still looking natural
– Great oil control
– This jar will last me forever!
– Great concealer for under eye area to brighten

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PROS:
– Great coverage
– Makes skin still look like skin
– Great at brightening under the eye
– Great oil control properties
– Great color range for most people
– Creamy

CONS:
– I have to mix 11 and 13 to get my foundation shade
– Creased under my eyes

Overall Rating: A