NARS gave me the hookup on how they did the makeup for Marc Jacobs AW14: 
LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director

LOOK: ”The makeup look was really inspired by the collection, which is very “matte.” There’s nothing too silky and I wanted that to translate to the makeup. The models look like mannequins. The eyelid is a pale neutral grey and we made it look bigger by foregoing mascara. The lips have a touch of frosted metallic silver. We used a lot of powder for a matte, porcelain finish.”
 
FACE
NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Loose Powder
 
CHEEKS
Zen Blush
Douceur Blush
Sex Appeal Blush

EYES
Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the silver side of Tokyo Duo Eyeshadow)
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Sugared cocoa side of Kalahari Duo Eyeshadow
Sophia Single Eyeshadow
 
LIPS
Striptease Lip Gloss
Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for not try the shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow) High-res

NARS gave me the hookup on how they did the makeup for Marc Jacobs AW14: 

LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director
LOOK: ”The makeup look was really inspired by the collection, which is very “matte.” There’s nothing too silky and I wanted that to translate to the makeup. The models look like mannequins. The eyelid is a pale neutral grey and we made it look bigger by foregoing mascara. The lips have a touch of frosted metallic silver. We used a lot of powder for a matte, porcelain finish.”
 
FACE
 
CHEEKS
EYES
Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the silver side of Tokyo Duo Eyeshadow)
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Sugared cocoa side of Kalahari Duo Eyeshadow
 
LIPS
Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for not try the shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow)

WoooOOOwwww an actual FOTD!!!! It’s only been… an embarrassingly long time. Anyway, this is the makeup I did for my graduation ceremony for a university program. I could have done a totally respectable neutral smokey eye, but I do that every day and I wanted to use makeup products I haven’t used in awhile. It ended up being yet another version of my Lady Vengeance obsession. 

*Means these products were not purchased by me, but sent for editorial consideration. This doesn’t impact how I feel about the products though — honesty first!

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After filming for a project at Milk Studios yesterday I walked over to Sephora because I haven’t been in ages and promptly spent forever swatching products and hoarding samples. I love Sephora. It’s my church.  I took photos of things I loved. 
Those are all the new Stila Color Lip Balm Lipsticks - $20 a pop. I luuvvvVVvvv these.I would say they are of similar formulation to the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colors, even though the packaging is similar to Revlon lip butters. My favorites are Gemma and Valentina, the purple and orange. Supremely glossy. 
I’ve been wearing Buxom lipstick in Menace (click) for awhile. I do love it so. It ends up drying into your liplines though which none of my other lipsticks do — this is without reapplying or touching up, though. The standouts in these swatches are Rouge (the orange / fiery coral) and Exhibitionist (bright fuschia). 
NARS eyeshadows: Mad mad world duo, Strada, night porter, night flight and outremer. 
The crown jewels, though, were the MUFE lip products. Definitely expect the Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Chrome Onyx (the black one) and perhaps the orange lipstick, too. 
I left with a bunch of samples of foundations and serums to test out for PD, too. WoOOooooOoOoOo. Have you tried these products? Thoughts? High-res

After filming for a project at Milk Studios yesterday I walked over to Sephora because I haven’t been in ages and promptly spent forever swatching products and hoarding samples. I love Sephora. It’s my church.  I took photos of things I loved. 

  1. Those are all the new Stila Color Lip Balm Lipsticks - $20 a pop. I luuvvvVVvvv these.I would say they are of similar formulation to the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colors, even though the packaging is similar to Revlon lip butters. My favorites are Gemma and Valentina, the purple and orange. Supremely glossy. 
  2. I’ve been wearing Buxom lipstick in Menace (click) for awhile. I do love it so. It ends up drying into your liplines though which none of my other lipsticks do — this is without reapplying or touching up, though. The standouts in these swatches are Rouge (the orange / fiery coral) and Exhibitionist (bright fuschia). 
  3. NARS eyeshadows: Mad mad world duo, Strada, night porter, night flight and outremer. 
  4. The crown jewels, though, were the MUFE lip products. Definitely expect the Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Chrome Onyx (the black one) and perhaps the orange lipstick, too. 

I left with a bunch of samples of foundations and serums to test out for PD, too. WoOOooooOoOoOo. Have you tried these products? Thoughts?

Featured in many shows during Fashion Week, the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

"Available in ten shades, this new complexion product is designed to be buildable, blendable and provide skincare benefits with long-lasting results. Designed to compliment the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Foundations." This will be available on the NARS website and flagship stores starting on February 20th and everywhere else on March 1st

Interested in trying this out, and I’m wondering what ingredients this concealer has to create ‘long-lasting’ skincare benefits. What do you think?


Arabelle’s January Favorites 

Lots of products to review, so here are some new ones by way of a monthly favorites post. (Here’s the last monthly favorites one — you’ll see some old faces). 
Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Powder Finishing Powder* ($68) - It’s probably the best setting powder I’ve ever used, it really blends in any imperfections and smooths, I’ve been using it for a few weeks and it has delivered all it promises for me. I don’t have to touch up throughout the day either. Packaging is kind of bulky but I guess that is also ‘luxurious’. I’d rather have something travel appropriate, personally. 
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* ($27) - I have been waiting for this product ever since the Naked came out because I love matte shadows and personally, for my super fair skin, this is great, compact, and so worth the price. The colors blend out well, are pigmented and not as chalky as some UD shadows can sometimes be. Love. These would look chalky and unnatural on medium to dark skin though. Also, the palette is kind of hard to open but maybe that is just me. 
Benefit High Beam ($26) - Previously reviewed here.
Zoya Nail Polish in Song ($8) - Swatch and discussion to be posted a few posts before this, go check it out.
NARS Danmari Palette (LE/DC) - I love orgasms and also Orgasm. (this is my blog i’ll be inappropriate if I wanna)
Urban Decay Setting Spray* ($29) - I have been using the Cooling/Hydrating formulation the most because I have dry skin and I think it does help, but the Long-Lasting formulation is definitely the best and practically cements my makeup into place. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Fair/Light ($39) - Best under-eye concealer I’ve tried. It’s heavy enough to use on acne and scarring too, and doesn’t get wrinkly or cakey or whatever. You need very little of it as well. 
K- Palette Real Lasting Waterproof 24h Eyeliner ($15.70) - This has the thinnest brush. The thinnest. It’s also super super black and does not budge. 
MAC Violetta ($15) - On me, this is like a ‘natural’ lip color because it perfectly, and I mean perfectly, matches my hair color. I’ve grown bored of my usual purples (Belladonna, Kontrol) but this breathes new life into the color for me. 
INGLOT 545 AMC Lip Gloss ($16) - Paraben free & not tested on animals if you didn’t know (and if you care). I don’t really wear lip gloss very often but this is soooo pretty and you can actually see the duo on your lips, it’s really pigmented and strange and lovely. 
Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer ($23) - I actually ran out of the tube I had of this. Like I ended up scraping the very last bits of it out. I have never hit pan so thoroughly on a product before and before I even hit pan I ordered 2 more backups because this is my Holy Grail Concealer. If I could only limit my makeup collection to like 3 things this would be one of them. 
Disclaimer: * = provided for editorial consideration by the brand. This doesn’t mean I was obligated to blog about them & certainly doesn’t mean I am obligated to be nice and fawn over these products! Check out our disclosure policy here. High-res

Arabelle’s January Favorites 

Lots of products to review, so here are some new ones by way of a monthly favorites post. (Here’s the last monthly favorites one — you’ll see some old faces). 

  1. Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Powder Finishing Powder* ($68) - It’s probably the best setting powder I’ve ever used, it really blends in any imperfections and smooths, I’ve been using it for a few weeks and it has delivered all it promises for me. I don’t have to touch up throughout the day either. Packaging is kind of bulky but I guess that is also ‘luxurious’. I’d rather have something travel appropriate, personally. 
  2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* ($27) - I have been waiting for this product ever since the Naked came out because I love matte shadows and personally, for my super fair skin, this is great, compact, and so worth the price. The colors blend out well, are pigmented and not as chalky as some UD shadows can sometimes be. Love. These would look chalky and unnatural on medium to dark skin though. Also, the palette is kind of hard to open but maybe that is just me. 
  3. Benefit High Beam ($26) - Previously reviewed here.
  4. Zoya Nail Polish in Song ($8) - Swatch and discussion to be posted a few posts before this, go check it out.
  5. NARS Danmari Palette (LE/DC) - I love orgasms and also Orgasm. (this is my blog i’ll be inappropriate if I wanna)
  6. Urban Decay Setting Spray* ($29) - I have been using the Cooling/Hydrating formulation the most because I have dry skin and I think it does help, but the Long-Lasting formulation is definitely the best and practically cements my makeup into place. 
  7. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Fair/Light ($39) - Best under-eye concealer I’ve tried. It’s heavy enough to use on acne and scarring too, and doesn’t get wrinkly or cakey or whatever. You need very little of it as well. 
  8. K- Palette Real Lasting Waterproof 24h Eyeliner ($15.70) - This has the thinnest brush. The thinnest. It’s also super super black and does not budge. 
  9. MAC Violetta ($15) - On me, this is like a ‘natural’ lip color because it perfectly, and I mean perfectly, matches my hair color. I’ve grown bored of my usual purples (Belladonna, Kontrol) but this breathes new life into the color for me. 
  10. INGLOT 545 AMC Lip Gloss ($16) - Paraben free & not tested on animals if you didn’t know (and if you care). I don’t really wear lip gloss very often but this is soooo pretty and you can actually see the duo on your lips, it’s really pigmented and strange and lovely. 
  11. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer ($23) - I actually ran out of the tube I had of this. Like I ended up scraping the very last bits of it out. I have never hit pan so thoroughly on a product before and before I even hit pan I ordered 2 more backups because this is my Holy Grail Concealer. If I could only limit my makeup collection to like 3 things this would be one of them. 

Disclaimer: * = provided for editorial consideration by the brand. This doesn’t mean I was obligated to blog about them & certainly doesn’t mean I am obligated to be nice and fawn over these products! Check out our disclosure policy here.

federov:

NARS New Wave
I bought this palette for working with eyeliner and that’s how I usually use it - I can set the line, enhance it with color and/or add a soft, smudgy effect.
Both the black and white shades - also sold as the Pandora duo - are satiny. This is not evident from looking at them in the pan, but it’s a nice surprise because it makes them more wearable and less like chalk/charcoal. The bright blue (Outremer), dusty violet (Jolie Poupée) and royal purple (Daphne) are all matte and the lime green (Rated R) has a bit of shimmer. Where to start with these colors. 
Even though it’s soooo pretty in the pan, I’ve never figured out how to use Rated R because it gives my skin a sickly yellow tone. Maybe someday? Meanwhile, Daphne is difficult to work with. Will not blend without dissolving, will not build evenly. It works best in tandem with eyeliner, patted down over a very small area. It makes a fantastic smudgy purple lash line, though, so I actually use it all the time. 
Jolie Poupée and Outremer are easier to love. The versatile gray-purple is definitely a color and not a neutral, but it wouldn’t be difficult to wear if you’re used to neutrals. Outremer, on the other hand, is not even remotely neutral. It applies completely true-to-pan electric blue.
New Wave is counterintuitively versatile. The black and white are good basic shadows for all your smudgy, smokey eye needs and they pair very well with the bright accent colors. 
(part 4 of 6)
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federov:

NARS New Wave

I bought this palette for working with eyeliner and that’s how I usually use it - I can set the line, enhance it with color and/or add a soft, smudgy effect.

Both the black and white shades - also sold as the Pandora duo - are satiny. This is not evident from looking at them in the pan, but it’s a nice surprise because it makes them more wearable and less like chalk/charcoal. The bright blue (Outremer), dusty violet (Jolie Poupée) and royal purple (Daphne) are all matte and the lime green (Rated R) has a bit of shimmer. Where to start with these colors. 

Even though it’s soooo pretty in the pan, I’ve never figured out how to use Rated R because it gives my skin a sickly yellow tone. Maybe someday? Meanwhile, Daphne is difficult to work with. Will not blend without dissolving, will not build evenly. It works best in tandem with eyeliner, patted down over a very small area. It makes a fantastic smudgy purple lash line, though, so I actually use it all the time. 

Jolie Poupée and Outremer are easier to love. The versatile gray-purple is definitely a color and not a neutral, but it wouldn’t be difficult to wear if you’re used to neutrals. Outremer, on the other hand, is not even remotely neutral. It applies completely true-to-pan electric blue.

New Wave is counterintuitively versatile. The black and white are good basic shadows for all your smudgy, smokey eye needs and they pair very well with the bright accent colors. 

(part 4 of 6)

Arabelle’s Current Makeup Favorites
I seldom do monthly favorites because as we all know, I’m incredibly boring and use the same things on my face all the time. HOWEVER! I HAVE BEEN FEELING EXPERIMENTAL. Anyway, what I mean to say is  I’ve been shopping my makeup stash and using things I’ve had for awhile but have just been staring at. 
NARS DANMARI PALETTE (LE, Not available) - I feel bad posting about this but like, I’m soooo glad I bought it when I had the chance. It was my real introduction to NARS blushes which I really didn’t want to like because $$, but I’m quite smitten and it’s definitely changed my makeup routine. I use Casino as contour and it’s great. A+ would buy again. I’m contemplating purchasing one of the current LE holiday palettes NARS has out right now — Foreplay looks like a great deal. 
OCC Glitter in Mirrorball ($12.50) - I already did a post specifically about how much I like this glitter here. Technically this is not to be used on the eye area, you’re supposed to mix it with other things, but I use it on my eyes as shadow applied with Too Faced Glitter Primer and it stays on forever. It’s gritty — not like the Loose Colour Concentrates, which are OCC’s loose shadows — but it’s fabulous and looks like unicorn tears. 
Benefit High Beam ($26) - I am all about looking like a luminous elvin bride who bathes in the blood of those who wrong her, and this totally makes me look like Galadriel — albiet purple haired and short and like… well you get the point. Right? I mean. Anyway it works well. 
Hourglass Siren ($28) - Mad about the price but in love with the lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss. Ever. It’s just… everything about it is great. I have zero criticisms besides the price tag. It’s utterly unique and beautiful, smooth, and the packaging is great.
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Arabelle’s Current Makeup Favorites

I seldom do monthly favorites because as we all know, I’m incredibly boring and use the same things on my face all the time. HOWEVER! I HAVE BEEN FEELING EXPERIMENTAL. Anyway, what I mean to say is  I’ve been shopping my makeup stash and using things I’ve had for awhile but have just been staring at. 

  1. NARS DANMARI PALETTE (LE, Not available) - I feel bad posting about this but like, I’m soooo glad I bought it when I had the chance. It was my real introduction to NARS blushes which I really didn’t want to like because $$, but I’m quite smitten and it’s definitely changed my makeup routine. I use Casino as contour and it’s great. A+ would buy again. I’m contemplating purchasing one of the current LE holiday palettes NARS has out right now — Foreplay looks like a great deal. 
  2. OCC Glitter in Mirrorball ($12.50) - I already did a post specifically about how much I like this glitter here. Technically this is not to be used on the eye area, you’re supposed to mix it with other things, but I use it on my eyes as shadow applied with Too Faced Glitter Primer and it stays on forever. It’s gritty — not like the Loose Colour Concentrates, which are OCC’s loose shadows — but it’s fabulous and looks like unicorn tears. 
  3. Benefit High Beam ($26) - I am all about looking like a luminous elvin bride who bathes in the blood of those who wrong her, and this totally makes me look like Galadriel — albiet purple haired and short and like… well you get the point. Right? I mean. Anyway it works well. 
  4. Hourglass Siren ($28) - Mad about the price but in love with the lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss. Ever. It’s just… everything about it is great. I have zero criticisms besides the price tag. It’s utterly unique and beautiful, smooth, and the packaging is great.