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I have good news and bad news for you. The good news? I’m in love with Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte. The bad news? I’m in love with Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte.
Nars Audacious lipsticks have been on my ever-expanding wishlist ever since they were unleashed upon the beauty world several months ago. They’ve received nothing but positive reviews and I can enthusiastically add to the love – these lipsticks are so, so, so, so good.
Housed in a sleek metallic square container, the Nars Audacious lipsticks exude luxury.
Not only is the packaging something to write home about, the lipstick itself is gorgeousness all the way around. See that imprinted Nars logo on the lipstick bullet? Fab!
What I really love about the current state of lipstick technology is the fact that lipsticks feel so lightweight these days. The shea butter-enhanced Nars Audacious lipstick is smooth beyond smooth. Creamy beyond creamy. Long wearing beyond long wearing.
And Brigitte is that perfect neutral pink that lives up to every promise of working with a variety of skin tones. Your lips will immediately feel the difference between this lipstick and any other.
So, why is my love for Nars Audacious such a bad thing? The price tag, yo. It’s $32, which is the equivalent of 6 ColourPop Lippie Stix which are a whopping $5. While I’m an equal opportunity beauty brand lover, my preferences lean toward value. However, lipsticks this good are completely irresistible. I’m hooked!
What’s a luxe lipstick lover to do? I’m starting a dedicated savings account for future lipstick purchases, especially since I have my eyes on lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford, both are within the $30 range.
My Final Thoughts: Many wonderful things have been said about the new Nars Audacious lipsticks, and I have to chip in to the love with yet another well-deserved positive review. This is a luxe lipstick worth lusting for.
If there’s one thing you need to know about me it’s that I am of very little resistance when it comes to collecting eyeshadow palettes. I love collections of shadows and was really excited to welcome the Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette into my makeup kit recently.
This neutral matte shadow palette is great for creating a wide variety of eyeshadow looks. From basic to dramatic, you can come up with many different looks based on these colors and I think these colors are some that everyone needs in their makeup collection.
Here’s a look at the colors close up:
I love the flat brush that comes with the palette – it’s actually a great brush for laying color on your lids and for blending out the darker colors.
I have to be completely honest and tell you this isn’t the be all, end all of basic smoky shadow palettes. It’s a nice palette, but I find the consistency of the shadows to vary across the board. While most of the colors are buttery smooth and highly pigmented, I had issues with a couple of the darker shades, finding them patchy and a bit difficult to blend. Also, I think for the price ($40) the cardboard packaging could be a little more impressive.
My Final Thoughts: It’s a given that every makeup user needs a basic smoky eyeshadow palette in their makeup collection. While I wouldn’t say the quality of the Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette is the best basic smoky eyeshadow palette I’ve ever used, it’s a solid option with shadows that are universally appealing.
The studded lipstick container is just plain gorgeous. This is a lipstick you want to have on display!
The attention to detail on the packaging is lovely, with the KVD logo on the lipstick case and on the lipstick itself, as well.
As much as I love beautiful makeup packaging, I love it even more when the actual makeup is a winner. That’s the case with Countess, a matte red-orange which is heavily pigmented, long-wearing, and entirely comfortable.
We are currently reaping the benefits of advanced lipstick technology and it is very good news for your lips.
I had to layer the lipstick to get maximum coverage, but when this lipstick is on, it stays ON and it does not flake off. We have all had those bad experiences with flaky lipsticks, so I’m glad to report Countess passes the non-flaky lipstick test.
My Final Thoughts: With a sweet scent of creme brulee and enhanced with vitamins A, C, and E, the long-wearing Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Countess has officially become a favorite. I’m on the hunt for the next Studded Kiss to add to my collection!
Dear Skin: We need to chat. Yes, it’s about the Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask I’ve been using recently.
Year 36 is here to stay and you’re holding up pretty darned great. We’ve had our rough patches. Oh, how we’ve had our rough patches. Literally! There’s that month and a half period in the Winter months when you freak out and go on strike. Why, skin? Why? While you’re normally on the oily side, you dry up completely, and that’s why this has to happen:
Now that those scary couple of months are behind us, I’ve made a commitment to take better care of you which is why Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask came into the picture at just the right time. And now, dear skin? After some much needed TLC you’re much smoother, softer, and vibrant. I can get with that!
Thanks for holding up so well through all the different skin care products I’ve been using lately – I appreciate it!
Love, Your BFF,
P.S. Thanks for not breaking out so often anymore, but chill on the blackheads! #kthanksbye!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years as a beauty industry obsessed individual, it’s that good skincare products are worth the investment and then some. At $85, the Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask is a bit on the pricey side but it’s packed with skin nourishing ingredients such as Squalane, Carrot Seed, Meadowfoam Seed, Argan Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid. Plus, the sleek design is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
At first I was a bit confused by the jar and thought you had to open it every time, but I quickly realized that by simply pressing the top it releases a bit of the mask. What a fabulous idea!
Based on 40 years of stem cell research, Stemology products use an active ingredient called the StemCore-3 formulation. It’s been shown that Stem Cells work to rejuvenate the body as a whole and make for a great anti-aging skin care system when combined with peptides, antioxidants, and plant stem cells.
This mask does not irritate my skin whatsoever and it’s really easy to rinse off after 20 minutes. I’ve been using the Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask about 3 times per week at night, right after I remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. After using the Stemology Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask my skin feels hydrated, smooth, and looks more vibrant and lifted. If your skin is in need of some attention and you’d like a lifted, more vibrant appearance, I think you’ll like it, too.
My Final Thoughts: What I really love the most about Stemology is that it does not irritate my skin whatsoever and I have noticeably visible glowing and smooth skin that lasts for days after use. Gentle and effective, who can beat that? If you’re interested in trying Stemology, use code COUNCIL25 for 25% discount with FREE shipping on all orders over $100.
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As a woman with an entirely full schedule, I appreciate and wholeheartedly embrace the benefits of using wipes throughout the day to make ones life a little easier. From face to body, I typically rely on a pack of baby wipes to get me through certain situations. It’s nice to know other options exist, like the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes and Essential Makeup Removing Wipes.
I’ve been using these Ulta exclusive wipes lately and love the fact that both are targeted to specific needs and also cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, Vegan, and naturally biodegradable.
Can I fill you in on a secret? I haven’t used any kind of deodorant or antiperspirant since I was pregnant, over 8 years ago. Back then I developed an aversion to anything scented and I haven’t looked back since. I always shower after the gym and make sure to use a baby wipe when needed, so I think the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 for 30) are a work of sheer genius.
Necessity was the mother of invention with Pacifica’s founder developed the wipes, which don’t replace an antiperspirant, but help to keep you refreshed during the day. These deodorant wipes are scented with essential oil, enhanced with coconut water and shea butter, and do not include aluminum or other harsh chemicals. I absolutely love the convenience factor and think they’re a fantastic idea.
The Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes ($7 for 30) are a step up from those wipes and definitely work much better to remove the layers of eyeshadow, liner, and mascara I love so much. Formulated with jojoba oil and aloe vera, these wipes are extremely gentle and easy to use.
I have two sets of these lovely wipes to giveaway to two very lucky Painted Ladies readers. Enter to win using the Gleam widget below. This giveaway ends 4/24/2015 at 11:59 pm, PST, and is open to residents of the USA.