NARS Sheer Glow Foundation | Review and Swatches

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This has been something on my shopping list for a while now, but i’m not going to lie, the price tag was the only thing putting me off, especially with my student budget. But during some late night online shopping I took the plunge and made a cheeky little order with Space NK. “Sheer Glow” is something that stood out to me with this foundation. Something that’s not going to be too heavy on my skin and at the same time giving me a ‘glow from within’ kind of complexion. I think this would defiantly be a winner for a few people, and I know now why there’s so much hype surrounding this product. The satiny finish leaves skin looking dewy, but not too shiny, perfect for those with more combination to dryer skin types.

Nars’ description of this product goes something a little like this; “Sheer Glow’s silky fluid delivers immediate hydration, evens skin tone and leaves the skin brighter and more radiant. Used daily, your skin’s texture improves over time, becoming softer, smoother and more luminous. Sheer Glow foundation provides weightless and buildable coverage, with a natural reliant finish”.

I think Nars hit the nail on the head, although i’m not completely convinced about the ‘softer skin over time’ statement, defiantly something i’ll have keep my eye on. I defiantly have noticed this is a buildable foundation, applied lightly giving you sheer to medium coverage yet layered up can leave skin with a fuller coverage. That’s what I love about this foundation, the fact that it’s great for all occasions. Perfect for an everyday lighter look, yet still ideal for more full coverage, occasion kind of look.


Summary//

My Shade – Mont Blanc (Light 2)
How I Apply – Real Techniques Bufing Brush
Lasting Power – On me, around 6-8 hours
Shade Range – 20 shades in total
Coverage – Medium to full
Skin types – Perfect for combination to dry
SPF? – No SPF (great for flash photography)
Finish – Satin

Down Sides//

The only down sides I would have to this foundation is 1. THERE’S NO PUMP – Why oh why Nars is there no pump. I mean yeah, you can buy a pump for around £3 at Space NK, but this foundation isn’t cheap, let alone additional cost of having to buy a pump. Just a little feature that I think would make a lot of people much happier. And 2. I would like to see maybe a few more shades in the range. Although 20 does seem like a fair few, but their mostly all yellow toned, not great if you have a naturally flusher looking complexion.

Overall this is a foundation that I am seriously in love with. Defiantly one I’m sure i’ll be using a loving for a while to come.

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The Weekend Post #1 | 5 Blogs Worth Giving a Read

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What’s better than a nice little read this Easter Weekend, apart from the obvious Netlix whilst stuffing yourself with as many Easter Eggs as you possibly can. If you opt for the first of those two options, then I have 5 fabulous blogs that are defiantly worth a read…

ViviannaDoesMakeup // I love this girl. I’m already obsessed with her Youtube videos, so when i’m up to date with all of her latest uploads, I love nothing more than a good old gander around her site. It’s defiantly the one-stop for any girl’s beauty needs. What’s more, I love her style, defiantly one to check out.

CoutureGirl // This blog popped up on my screen whilst I was browsing through Bloglovin’ one day. Not only are her posts great, but her photos are amazing. Seriously a blog that I find myself lusting over time and time again.

Lipssofacto // Yet another blog that I randomly came across. Meg is a British blogger whose blog has been recognised by the likes of Vouge and InStyle. Another great option if you’re wanting to know anything beauty related.

NouvelleDaily // This is a great blog for anything regarding beauty and style. If you’re looking for inspiration for not only your personal style as well as home interiors, then this one is for you. Her chic and modern style with a hint of retro thrown into the mix instantly catches my eye. Ghostparties is also another great option if you’re look for great interior posts.

CareerGirlDaily // Fitness, Fashion, Food, Beauty and Home. This blog has it all. Lifestyle blogs aren’t something that I tend to go for when it comes to reading blogs, only because Beauty is my passion. However, something about this blog makes me want to keep on reading. Any other great lifestyle blogs? I would love to get into a few more!

March Beauty Favourites

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Yet again, another month has flown by. (Seriously though, it felt like Christmas was last week!) So it’s March Beauty Favourites time, a round up of all my favourite products from the month of March, and boy have I got some crackers for you.

Starting off with my most recent purchase, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Like most things, I’m late on this one. I’ve never tended to wear a shadow primer in the past, probably why I always ended up with creased eyelids and non-existent shadow by the end of the day. So I was really excited to give this cult product a go. I really love it. It blurs out my eyelids, giving them a blank canvas to apply eyeshadow. Not only that, but I find my shadow looks the same hours later, something that is always a plus.

Next up are two products that I have recently reviewed here on my blog, so i’ll leave it short but sweet. The No7 Instant Radiance Cream Highlighter is something i’ve been using religiously this month. It leaves you with a gorgeous sheen to the areas where applied..I just love it. (I talk a little more about it here – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/the-cream-highlighter-that-beats-them-all/ )

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has also been a winner for me. It applies foundation like a dream, a great option if you’re wanting a really flawless looking base. (The review – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/real-techniques-miracle-complexion-sponge/ )

Now I’m a girl who likes a nude nail, I think it looks clean and chic, as well as going with any outfit you throw on. The Maybelline Super Stay polish in the shade 130 Rose Poudre is the perfect pinky nude. Not only does the colour look stunning, but the formula is so long-lasting, and the addition of the wide brush makes it so easy to apply.

If you’ve had a chance to take a peep at my Kylie Jenner Lip Combo post (here – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/the-kylie-jenner-lip-combo/ ) then you’ll know that I’ve been a super fan of the  Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in the shade Eastend Snob. However, over the last couple of weeks I’ve also been liking pairing it with a slightly lighter lipstick, in the form of Max Factor’s Stardust Pink. The liner is the perfect ‘your lips but better’ base, and the addition of the lipstick over the top looks so pretty and perfect for spring.

And last but not least is a product that I discovered a few months ago, and to be honest i’m surprised I haven’t mentioned before. It’s the Which Stick. This is a spot stick formulated with Which Hazel, targeted at treating spots and blemishes when they first appear. I love this stuff. I do think it makes my breakouts clear up a lot quicker than if I wasn’t using the product at all, and it’s so easy to use meaning it doesn’t take up a whole load of time during your skincare routine.

What are your favourite products this month? I would love to know:)
Thank you for reading – Emilia

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Beauty sponges aren’t something that have only just come about, in fact I’ve wanted to try the Beauty Blender for the longest time, however the idea of paying £16.00 for a sponge cringes me slightly. That’s why when I saw that Real Techniques have their own spin on the infamous blender, I obviously wanted to give it a go for myself.

Real Techniques isn’t a brand that’s failed me in the past, and it certainly hasn’t now. The sponge blends your foundation seamlessly into the skin and leaves your complexion looking flawless. Not only that, but the addition of the tapered end means that it fits into the contours of your face perfectly, great for blending around the nose and under the eyes.

However, I would say that washing the sponge can be a little tricky, though I do know of cleaners like the Beauty Blender cleaner which is made specifically to wash makeup sponges. Defiantly one that I need to give a go. Overall I would say that this is something that I would recommend, and something that I have been using a lot more recently compared to my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

The Kylie Jenner Lip Combo

I may be a little late on the band wagon for this trend (do I call it that?), but It’s taken me this long to see what all the hype is about when it comes to Kylie Jenner’s lips..which is weird as i’m the biggest fan of KUWTK.

I’ve recently been obsessed with this lip combo, as it instantly makes my lips look plumper and much fuller – oh and did I mention it’s from the drugstore?! Even better!

Starting off the lips I applied the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade Eastend Snob. This is the perfect ‘your lips but better shade’, which looks great on it’s own or even topped with a gloss. However, for this looked i’ve paired it with the Kate Moss lipstick (also by Rimmel) in the shade 08. Together they create a gorgeous mauve/pink/brown shade (i’m not the best at explaining as you can tell).

And what’s the best way to show off my new pout? A Kylie inspired selfie of course..

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THE CREAM HIGHLIGHTER THAT BEATS THEM ALL

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I’m not going to lie, I like to have a bit of highlighter action going on most days, especially if i’ve stuck to a more matte complexion. Though, I’ve found it hard to find a good powder highlighter that doesn’t apply chalky or that ends up making me look like a glitter ball (trust me, not a good look!). So that’s why when I came across this product, I was all on it. No7 is a brand that I have used a loved before, not only because they’re reasonably priced, but all the products i’ve tried are of great quality. And the same can be said for this – their Instant Radiance Highlighter.

First off, I love the packaging. The handy twist up bullet is convenient and non messy, making it super easy to apply straight onto the desired areas. I tend to keep it to a minimum – tops of my cheek bones, a little down the bridge of my nose and slightly under my brows for an added glow to the skin. The creamy consistency makes blending easy peasy, and it doesn’t end up looking patchy or streaky.

The colour is also perfect for my skin tone, off white with a hint of pink. They also come in a bronze shade, along with a series of cream blushes (next on my list to try). This is defiantly one i’ll be constantly using during the spring/summer months and one that I insist you pick up!

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Tips On Staying Motivated and Organised During Exams

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One thing that I tend to struggle with during the exam season how to stay motivated during revision. Whether you’re taking your GCSE’s or A Levels everyone’s the same. My main issue is retaining information. No matter how long I study for I can never seem to take it in. That was until I came across these handy tips, which I hope will keep you motivated to keep going!

1. Get a Cute Notebook // This may seem silly, but trust me it works. No one wants to study, especially when your books are dull and uninviting. That’s why having fun and girly books makes such a difference. It’s easier to begin revising when you know you have something cute and inspirational to learn from. I picked up mine from Home Sense, but places like Paperchase also make great alternatives.

2. Colour Code // This is probably the most important for me. I learn better visually, meaning when I have colours related to certain things, it helps me remember it more. (They also make your books look more colourful and pretty). Highlighting works just the same.

3. Get Those Tunes Blastin’ // You heard me. Shuffle your favourite Spotify playlist featuring some of your favourite upbeat songs or even make your own on youtube if you don’t want to make a Spotify account. Not only can you sing along making studying a little less boring, but it actually makes the time go by so much faster!

4. Take a Break // Don’t tire yourself out. You won’t learn anything when you get tired and fed up. I like to study in 30 – 45 minute sections, leaving myself with 5-10 intervals in-between. During this time you can watch a Youtube video, make a cup of tea or something quick to eat. It breaks it down a little more and makes it less boring.

Keep going, you’re nearly there!