Friday, July 3, 2015

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration


NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration review

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration review

I feel like a million beauty bloggers are going to disown me right now but I am about to say I hate this NARS Dual Intensity Blush in the shade Adoration

When I first saw them online I was like all the heart eyed emojis then when they launched I was a bit like I'm not that wowed but then the make up addict in me got the better of me and I ordered one from Nordstrom.

It's pretty to look at-I like the packaging, I like the pretty embossing and I like the concept.  But the blush itself is just doing nothing for me.

The problem lies in the texture for me-they have the exact same hard texture as the Dual Intensity eyeshadows.  Don't get me wrong, the singles I have of them I love.  As for the Dual Intensity palette-the shades are a bit meh for me but the formula I like.  I use them wet and dry no issues.  But I don't think that concept works for a blush.  There is no way in hell I am putting a damp blusher brush on my cheeks, messing up my foundation after I have spent an age blending it in.

As I can't even contemplate the thought, I have not tried these blushes wet.

My normal MAC 168 blush brush is far too fluffy for this formula and barely picks up any pigment no matter how hard I dig in.  I had to chose a much stiffer brush but even then on the cheeks there wasn't that much pigmentation and it felt uneven and patchy.  And Adoration has a frost finish which is overkill for daytime.  The raspberry pink shade kind of makes me look like I have metallic rosacea and the angel delight pink shade is presumably supposed to be used as a highlight but it's too pink and too frosty for me to pull it off.


As a final insult, the lasting power is awful and it doesn't last on me more than a couple of hours.

I am unsure how NARS got the eyeshadow version formula so right yet the blusher so wrong.  Off the top of my head I can literally name 10 blush formulas that are better than this one and I'll definitely be sending it to a nice new home in my next blogsale.

I would love to know your thoughts on these if you've tried them!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Undecideds #2



This post is dedicated to three products I just can't make my mind up about.

First up, and I know this will be a controversial choice but it's the NARS Dual Intensity palette.  As you can see mine is barely touched.  It's not that I don't like these eyeshadows, infact I have four singular shades that I really love, but the colour combination in this palette doesn't really do it for me.  The three shades from the right on the top row are really the only ones I have touched.  I expected to love this but I'm just not.  Formula wise, it's pretty spot on-pigmented, smooth and long lasting yet the palette remains pretty much unloved.


NARS dual intensity palette swatches

NARS dual intensity palette swatches

Next up is the Guerlain Les Voilettes Mattifying Translucent Loose Powder.  When I first got this I swooned over the golden dome packaging but actually it is the worst packaged powder I have ever used.   Exhibit A below shows just how messy it is and how it gathers at the edges of the compact every time you open it, destined to go all over your black suit.  The powder really is nothing special either and doesn't keep my (albeit oily) skin matte for any decent length of time.  In contrast though, I absolutely loved the compact pressed version of this powder, it's one of the best mattifying touch up powders out there.  I am pretty sure I am nearly finished this loose powder but the neat freak in me alone wouldn't let me repurchase.

Guerlain les voilettes loose powder review

Another controversial one as I haven't seen a bad review of this but I really don't rate the Lancome Grandiose mascara.  I am a big fan of Lancome mascaras in general but everything about this mascara annoys me.  First up the packaging is bulky.  Yes yes, I appreciate the perspex 'floating rose' but the bottom of the mascara tube is bulbous.  I suppose it's to house the ridiculous 'swan neck' wand.  I find this wand really cumbersome to use and don't personally find it any easier to coat my lashes with, in fact I probably find it harder.  The wand is short and I feel like it scratches my lashes a little.  In terms of the formula it's ok-it doesn't smudge or flake at all but it doesn't really do anything for my lashes-it doesn't seem to lengthen or add volume.  It's a no from me.

lancome grandiose mascara review

Are you using anything you're on the fence about?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lip Six


Happy Monday!  Here is another all MAC lip six following on from my 50th lip six. Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win six lipsticks of your choice from MAC here.

Currently I am somewhere in the States between Chicago and Vegas -check out my instagram and twitter for more accurate updates!


Top row (L) Satin lipstick in Faux  (R) Amplified lipstick in Craving

Middle row (L) Satin lipstick in Retro (R) Cremesheen lipstick in Speak Louder

Bottom row (L) Mineralize rich lipstick in Lush Life (R) Dazzleglass gloss in Steppin Out

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

US Sephora wishlist

US Sephora wishlist

For some reason, Mike got upset when people asked us where we were going on holiday and I said Sephora!  Now I am in the States here are some of the products high up on my Sephora wishlist!

Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Obscura and Incandescent Light blush:

The reviews of the new Modernist palettes have been somewhat lukewarm but I just can't help wanting to try one!  Obscura is the one that is saying 'buy me'.  Incandescent Light is the newest Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher and the one I don't own.  It shall be mine.

Sunday Riley Luna:

My desire for this is sky high and it's been on my wishlist for months.  Not available in Dubai, I will pick this up the moment I see it.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM:

I had a sample of this night treatment from PTR and it was a game changer for my skin.  Definitely need a full size bottle.  This stuff is amazing on hormonal acne, especially around the jawline.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Night Cream:

My retinol obsession continues and I want to pick this cream up in particular.  I also want to have a good look at the whole range-my wishlist for the US is quite skincare heavy.

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation:

Long lasting heavy duty foundations are right up my street.  I was recently reading all the comments on Lauras instagram post about Estee Lauder Double Wear and this foundation got a couple of mentions.  Obviously I have been out and bought Double Wear after Laura raved about it too!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rollerball:

Who doesn't love a good rollerball?  I feel like picking up a couple, this Elizabeth and James one and I am sure I'll be spoiled for choice for the second!

Marc Jacobs Mod Noir:

Marc Jacobs newest launch is touted as being gardenia heavy and as a gardenia lover I will be sniffing this one out.

Glamglow PowerCleanser

I am a big fan of GlamGlow masks and I am tempted by their new cleanser range.  Power Cleanse is the one I am most likely to splurge on but I'll be checking out the other two in the range.

Make Up For Ever Nude Palette

I haven't seen this at the Make Up For Ever here in Dubai but this nude palette is being raved about.  I really really like Make Up For Ever single eyeshadows so to have a compact palette would make me very happy!

**There may be other things on my Sephora wishlist but I don't want to look greedy

Friday, June 26, 2015

Disappointing Products #6



Yey, it's that time again when I get to be a moaning Minnie!  These products just are not doing anything for me.

DCL Oily Skin Solution:  This exfoliating toner was recommended to me by a dermatologist here in Dubai but it was far far too harsh for my skin.  My skin is very tolerant to acid-I used salicylic and glycolic daily, but this literally made me want to scratch my own face off it.  I had to stop using it after a week.  I know AHA's can cause the skin to tingle but burning is not my cup of tea.

NARS Sheer Matte foundation: I haven't been very impressed with the Sheer Matte formula from NARS.  I get on with the Sheer Glow and like it but I find the Sheer Matte to be much sheerer and not offer a huge amount of coverage.  The finish is also very flat.  I've been mixing it with another foundation to use it up but I wouldn't recommend or repurchase.  Also, this foundation bottle is pants without a pump, it's basically impossible to get out. And it took me months to source a pump.  Not cool.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation: I wanted to love this so so much but sadly I cannot get this to sit nicely on my skin at all.  I've tried all sorts; primer, no primer, fingers, brush and every time it just settles into pores on me.  I had the exact same problem with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation and they are similar formulas.  So if you like that you'll probably like this.  But it's not for me.

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Enjouee:  I love the colour of this lipstick-you can see me wearing it here.  Luckily it's pretty dupeable because the formula is really drying.  My lips were peeling by the end of the day.  This is the only formula I have an issue with from Chanel-even the Rouge Allure Velvet doesn't do this to my lips which is the 'matte' version. 

YSL Full Metal Shadow: Another disappointing new release from YSL.  I had such high hopes for these liquid eyeshadows, I thought they were going to rival the Armani Eye Tints which I really love.  They swatch beautifully but on the eyes they blend out to literally nothing, there is no pigmentation at all in the two shades I have and they apply unevenly.  They're also quite difficult to work with and are very glittery.  I didn't know you could get so much fallout from a cream eyeshadow.





Let me know if you agree/disagree with me on any of these and what you have found disappointing recently.