Thursday, May 30, 2013

NARS And God Created the Woman Eye Kit

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If you read my birthday post, you might be wondering what was in my shinning Sephora bag.??? It was the new NARS And God Created the Woman palette. I've been secretly admiring this for a few months now, not sure how my mom knew. Maybe she checks my computer's search history, or maybe she just went to the my favorite stand in Sephora, picked up the most boring thing she could find, and thought "Sara would love this". Either way, she was spot on! 


I always thought that I liked NARS for their lipsticks and blushes. Personally I think NARS lipsticks are perfection; and who doesn't have (or desire) their own little collection of NARS' famous blushes. But I recently realized what I possibly love most about the brand. Apart from it's apparent mastery of makeup formulations, NARS has an eye for color. Every shade of blush, lipstick, and eye-shadow is true to the brands sophisticated aesthetic. Whether it be neutral, bright, or glittery, it's always just right for a woman of sophisticated taste. 

- I did wear a cone party hat and a costume bow-tie to my birthday party but I assure you, I'm a
  sophisticated woman! 



This palette does not stray from that aesthetic. I think the shades are all relatively neutral, and would look good on most skin-tones. And being my first ever NARS eye-shadows (yay), they have taught me that NARS does eyes just as skillfully as lips and cheeks. Of course they're smooth, pigmented, and the glitter isn't chunky; But most surprisingly to me, is that even the dark matte shades that swatch a little patchy somehow still blend out perfectly. 



This palette is surprisingly small, but that's not something im worried about because I've never even hit pan on any eye-shadow I own. They are around half the size of a single NARS eye-shadow, and one single NARS eye-shadow costs $24, so you are still getting your moneys worth actually. Not to mention the two extras actually hold their own weight. 

The mini bottle of Pro-Prime is also a decent size for me. I can't comment on if it's better than 'fill in the blank' - because my eyelids are not extremely oily. I can say it is silky smooth, and I like it better than Urban Decay Primer Potion.
As for the brush it's big fluffy and really soft! Nothing special but I think it's a really nice blending brush. Also way better than the brushes you get in the Naked Palettes and of course those disgusting sponge applicators. 


 The taupe colors Bellisima and Kalaharia, and the blackened brown Coconut Grove are already some of my favorite eye-shadows. 


I went into this thinking it was just going to be utilitarian and look pretty in my makeup drawer. And now I think im hooked on NARS eye-shadows. *sigh* another addiction I can't afford. Beware - you cannot just non-nonchalantly buy a NARS product, be prepared to fall in love.

Do You Need It??
From one beauty addict to another - forget need, this is a luxury after all, if you WANT it more than you want to keep your $59, then get it! Don't forget it is NARS' most popular shades all in one convenient palette with two fantastic extras, AND it's limited edition! No pressure...
Did I ever mention that I'm a bad influence?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Beauty Blogger's Birthday

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Lately I've been feeling a little strange about my blog. It's filled with my opinions and my products, yet somehow it's feeling less and less like an extension of me as time goes on. Almost as if it's becoming a creature in of itself, and im just it's means of conveyance. Which is not what I intended! So I thought I'd share a little bit about myself because I don't want to be a stranger to my own blog. 

I'm not just a blogger I'm a real person, and yesterday was my birthday.

My 21st birthday, to be exact. The one everyone is supposed to get excited about, but im not fussy. Im quite happy to quietly celebrate with a few friends and family, and of course cake!

A few weeks ago my mom joked that she would throw me a Doctor Who (it's my favorite =)) themed party. And I was very pleased (probably more excited than an adult should be) when she came home one day with Tardis blue party hats and red bow-ties. I donned this party attire all day, although the bow-tie was strangling me a bit. 





I woke up to a shinning Sephora bag filled with some exciting presents! Which, of course im going to show off soon! I got other presents too, but you can probably understand that this was just the highlight of my day. ...UNTIL....

My mom brought home the best birthday cake I will likely ever have. The life of the party - A custom Tardis cake! Which was also delicious, red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. Unfortunately for everyone, it wasn't bigger on the inside.

To go with my party bow-tie, I painted on a matching red lip (also one of my favorite things). 
For once I didn't reach for my beloved Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Not because I don't love it anymore, just because lately I've been really into my new Elf Matte Lip Color in Rich red. It's not the best formula, but it's a really pretty bright pink red. And I just wore some simple eye-shadow from the Naked Basics Palette

That concludes my exciting Birthday. Back to my regular beauty posts soon. Even if this didn't particularly interest you, Thanks to everyone who reads my blog! 





Monday, May 13, 2013

A Few of my Favorite Spring Nail Polishes

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Here's what has been on my nails this season. These five were just too pretty to put down.  Forewarning  this post has way too many photos.



Essie Buy me a Cameo Nail Polish


Essie Buy Me A Cameo- This color just makes me feel like a grown-up sophisticated lady. One of my all time favorite shades because it's just pretty. It's a frosted pink nude that's basically perfect because it's not too light, it's very flattering on my skin-tone. It's my go-to polish when I need to be fancy.


Chanel Pulsion nail polish


Chanel Pulsion -  Last month I dug this out of my stash, It was given to me a few years ago but it's still love it. It always just makes me so happy, it's so bright and pink and shiny. I have nothing else like it, im not a girl you'll usually catch wearing baby pink but I do like bright pink (because im fun!).




Avon Apricot Mystery - An accidental favorite, this is actually my moms nail polish and it does look like a very.... mature color in the bottle, but it's actually really pretty on the nails. It's a perfect spring color, peach (or apricot apparently..) Although I recently found out that peaches aren't even in season in spring haha. You'll have to ignore the glitter on the swatch, that photo is from a recent NOTD. 




OPI My Very First Knockwurst - I don't think I've found my 'perfect' nude yet, but this is the closest I've come. It's actually a strange color, putty-ish if you know what I mean. It's like a grey pink nude (the left picture is more accurate color representation) so not quite a nude. But it is a very interesting color, and when I wear it people always ask about it. 



OPI Bright Lights Big Color - The newest edition to my nail polish family, I was looking for a coral, there happened to be an entire section of corals at Ulta, and I picked the brightest glittery-est one (again, because im fun)! So, it's a very bright coral with a bit of pink and a gold frost. It's super pretty, looks like one of those fruity drinks you'd buy while on vacation. 


We've finally reached the end. Not the only polishes I've worn but I've been favoring the pinks, peaches, and corals recently. They're quite flattering, don't you think? 








Friday, May 3, 2013

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Review

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Happy May everyone! Not sure about you but im completely unsure where the time has gone. I turn a whole 'nother year older this month, scary. And I guess this means that summer is just around the corner. So sounds like a good time to share my new found summer essential, actually my new found life essential. Dont want to spoil the ending but this is holy grail material! 




Pros: 

  • Formula - It's pretty much the consistency of gel eyeliner. Very smooth product that glides with your brush strokes. 
  • Pigmentation - This product is highly pigmented, but can be sheered out as well. Making it extremely versatile.  
  • Staying Power - Once it sets, it stays! All day, in rain, in heat, and in water.  
  • Waterproof - Definitely water proof. No running, melting, or smearing. 
  • Easy to Remove - Unlike some water proof products, this is actually quite easy to remove with soap or makeup remover.  
  • Natural Looking - For a highly pigmented gel product, this can actually be sheered to a soft powder finish. 
  • Price - 20$ for this 7ml tube isnt a bad price because it'll last you a lifetime! 
  • Packaging - the squeezy tube is sanitary and no product gets wasted. 


You see that tiny little dot, It's enough to fill in both of my brows! Just that tiny amount goes a long way, it can spread to a lighter colored softer finish, you can get more precise lines, and you can build up color. 

If, like me, you have patchy eyebrows this is the product for you. I previously had to use two products on my brows - I'd fill in my brows with one color, then fill in the bald spots with a darker color just so they looked even. With this I can get two different colors with one product AND get precise strokes that look more like hair than pencil. 


Possible Cons: 

  • Color Selection -  
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow is available in seven shades -  #10 Light Blonde, #15 Blonde, #20 Light Brown, #25 Ash, #30 Dark Brown, #35 Taupe, #40 Brown Black.

However Sephora stores typically only carry three - #10 Light Blonde, #15 Blonde, and #25 Ash. I Suppose because they are the best selling shades.

My Shade is #25 Ash - My perfect shade would be in-between #20 and #25, since my dark brown hair is not "ashy" at all, it's quite red-toned. But #25 is still a workable color.

  • Brush not included - Not a problem for everyone but keep in mind that this product would be quite difficult to use without an angled brush. 

Originally I bought this just because it was waterproof , but this stuff is so great that that ended up being the least impressive thing about it!  I dont want to get to sentimental but, my eyebrows used to be an area of such stress and frustration and now that I found my perfect brow product that I can rely on in any situation, it's such a relief.  


In conclusion - I highly recommend this to victims of unfortunate brow genetics, tweezing accidents, and the like. Have a nice day... and May. 




Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG

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Here's something I'm way to familiar with, Procrastination. I dont do Tags very often but this one was just so fitting. I Found this tag thanks to Fee at MakeupSavy - http://www.makeupsavvy.co.uk


Rules:
1. You must copy and paste these 'rules' onto your post when you write it, it doesn't take long!.
2. You must state that this tag was created by 'The Beau Bow' and link www.thebeaubow.blogspot.com
3. You must thank the person who tagged you at the start of your post (link their blog as well) - follow them if you're feeling nice!, and then at the end of your post state who you tag, and then comment on their blog on their latest post to let them know you tagged them, and link your post so they can see what to do.
4. Title this post 'The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG' so everyone knows what it is about.
                                                                                                                 5. Have fun!


1.  Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?

- I rarely do anything to my hair. I wash it a few times a week and the rest is just left to fate. 

2.  Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

 - I sort of wash my concealer brush everyday, with that lazy brush cleaner that doesn't require water. Still counts right?? The rest of my brushes have to wait until im in a productive mood. Usually around every two weeks is when they get cleaned. 

3.  How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

- I absolutely HATE chipped nail polish! Even if the tips of my nails get chipped, I remove it.  So my nails usually last two or three days and I constantly repaint them. 

4.  How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

- Hygiene products like soap, shampoo, face wash get replaced as soon as I run out, sometimes sooner. But Makeup products I dont usually replace,  the only makeup product I've ever completely finished is foundation and I always move on to 'bigger and better' things. 

5.  What is your worst beauty habit? 

- I fall asleep with my makeup on, *shame*. Usually on weekends when I stay out late. I dont usually think about it when I get home, I just zombie walk to my bed on pure instinct.  The next day my skin is all dry and terrible looking  and I have to wash my makeup smeared sheets. But I guess that's not enough of a deterrent when my warm bed is calling at 4am. 

6.  Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

- My homework.  Eghhh It just ruins my whole day. I do work well under pressure but im not an extreme procrastinator yet haha. 

7.  When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

- Getting ready is one of my favorite parts of going out,  So no I do not put it off, BUT somehow im still always late! I'm never actually "finished" getting ready, I just run out of time.


8.  Can you commit to spending bans?

- Well Im a poor college student I dont really ever have money to spend, =( . But when I do, I tend to want to hang onto it - So I think that I could commit.


9.  How organised is your make-up and nail polish collections?

- Like a true collector, I take pride in my makeup and nail polish collections. Call me weird, but I enjoy organizing and cleaning it, sooo it's  very organized. Actually organizing and cleaning my makeup and brushes is something that I do to procrastinate haha.

Surprisingly, Im actually not procrastinating right now. I feel so free!