HIT OR MISS FOUNDATION

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I have been using my Nars Sheer Matte foundation for a month and I haven’t make up my mind on this yet. I got this with the 20% off from Sephora VIB sales. It comes in a luxurious packaging but it doesn’t actually come with a pump. If you want you can purchase the pump separately at Sephora or at Nars stands for 5 Euros. I think that for the price point, which is 47 Euros, it should come with a pump to make the application easier.

Nars claims that the oil-free formula delivers sheer, buildable coverage with shine control while also claiming to be long-lasting and evening out skin tone. This is a light to medium coverage foundation and definitely you need to get a colour match because it’s not something that you can really easily pick up your shade.

It does tend to dry quickly, so you need to work in sections on your face. That is because is a dry formula. You have to bear in mind that applying too much product can make it look heavy and cakey. I have seen lot of people using Real Techniques Buffing Brush for applying it but I prefer to use my fingers, which is what the girl at the Nars stand recommended to me.

I suggest you to apply some moisturizer and primer underneath this foundation if you want to avoid dry patches. It does give a matt finish but is still so beautiful on the skin, even though it tends to oxidize.

My main problem with this foundation is that I am not impressed at all. It is true that it helps to control the oil but it doesn’t prevent the shiny-face effect. It’s weird because I see the shine in my T-zone but it doesn’t feel greasy at all. For that reason I would recommend to get a tester before buying it.

Sin base de maquillaje, sólo crema hidratante.

Without foundation, just moisturized.

Con la base de Nars aplicada. Sólo se aprecia una ligera unificación del tono de piel.

With foundation. 

Has anyone else used Nars Sheer Matte foundation? How did you find it?

EYE SHADOW PRIMER BATTLE

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Lately I’ve been trying out two well-known eye shadow primers: Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden.

I’ve been using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance for years. It was my first eye shadow and it became an absolutely essential product in my makeup routine because of my oily eyelids. It comes in a little tube and the formula is very creamy, so you really have to blend it out with your fingers before applying any eye shadow. I give it a minute to fully absorb and then it creates a smooth and even canvas to facilitate eye makeup application. My eye shadows stay on for much longer and the colours apply gorgeously vibrant.

When I finished my Too Faced Shadow Insurance tube I decided to try out the popular Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Eden is a nude-matte eye shadow primer potion for oily eyelids or matte eye shadow looks. My main problem is that every now and then a strange liquid comes out from the tube. Moreover, sometimes the eye shadows don’t blend well and it also fades in about one hour and my shadows start to crease or wear off. For some reason, it just doesn’t work well for me.

Personally, Too Faced Shadow Insurance works better for me because it really does last me all day. Have you tried these products? What do you think about them?

BODY CARE

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I recently got into body scrubs when I get my first one as a present. The Rituals Wai Wang exfoliating body scrub from the Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren line is beyond perfection and, as you may see, it has been very well loved by me. It’s like a white cream full of ultrafine bits of organic Bamboo that remove dead skin cells. As you can tell that I’m a huge fan of Rituals and I absolutely adore this product. The scent is also amazing and the smell lingers on your skin four hours. It’s very appealing and calming, which makes this body scrub perfect for using before going to sleep.

I have also been using the Rituals Mai Dao body cream from the Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren line, which is a fantastic moisturizer and the size is also perfect for when you’re going away. It smells really pleasant, just like the body scrub; it’s really hydrating and feels lovely on the skin. It feels really velvety too. The only thing that annoys me is that you can’t get all the product from the tube.

I’m also a big fan of The Body Shop Glazed Apple body butter because it gets your skin so moisturized. The scent is quite light but it feels so fresh and there is something about this scent that makes me happy. It’s true that Body Shop body butters are quite thick but they’re also so rich. If you have really dry skin I would go for it!

Which are your favourite body care products?

WINTER NAILS

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From shiny red to deep purple. I have chosen which I expect to be the most reached nail polishes for this season.

  1. Essie Aperitif nº59
  2. Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy Wildfire nº158
  3. Kiko Nail Lacquer nº286
  4. Rojo Intenso nº36
  5. Kiko Nail Lacquer nº378
  6. Rimmel London 60 Seconds Purple Reign nº605
  7. Rojo Intenso nº39

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MINI SEPHORA HAUL

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Last week I went a bit crazy at Sephora. But hey no regrets! The Sephora VIB sale happened to fall on the same day I went for Christmas presents shopping and I was so happy to take advantage of it. I managed to get some new things that have been on my wish list for so long and I am really enjoying them.

I’m really excited to try out this Nars Sheer Matte foundation because I’ve hears great things about it. For now it works perfect for my combination skin type and the shade Fiji is my perfect colour match.

I also picked up the Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, which is limited edition, with three blushes (Sex fantasy, Deep Throat and Final Cut), one highlighter (Miss Liberty) and one bronzer (Laguna). Despite I have heard that the pigmentation is not as good as Nars single blushes, they are still better than the average. This palette costs 55 Euros (44 Euros with the Sephora VIB discount), which is an important investment. However, Nars single blushes, highlighters or bronzers cost around 30 Euros. So I thought it would be a good option to have five products in one for 44 Euros instead of five single products for 150 Euros.

Another product I picked up from Nars counter is their Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte. It has been in my wish list for months and I finally got it. I use this product for brightening my eyes and get a fresh makeup look.

Lastly, I wanted to try out the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion because some days ago I run out of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer and I wanted to try something new. There are four types of primer potions (Original, Anti-Aging, Eden and Sin) and I chose Eden, which is supposed to avoid shimmer and provide the ultimate prep for creaseless. But for now I’m not very happy with it and I really miss my old Too Faced primer.

#BIENVENIDOINVIERNO | MAQUILLAJE DIARIO

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¡Feliz Navidad! En este vídeo empiezo la serie #BienvenidoInvierno. El invierno ya está aquí y, para celebrarlo, os traigo este vídeo con mi maquillaje favorito para esta temporada. El próximo martes, en el segundo vídeo de #BienvenidoInvierno os enseñaré cuáles son mis prendas imprescindibles para la estación.

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