Wednesday, 5 November 2014

NARS Haul #1

Forgive me, for I have sinned.

I said in my last post that I've been loving NARS right now and this payday boy, oh boy was that statement consolidated. After a few too many bad customer service experiences in MAC, I had a serious NARS moment and here's what I got. P.S. I hope you like pink polka dots...

1. Blush in Deep Throat

Having Deep throat or Orgasm is the obligatory beauty blogger thing to do and for ages I've been flitting between which one to get. Finally, I decided that Orgasm is rather similar to the Sleek blusher in Rose Gold that I wrote about here, so purchased Deep Throat. I think next up for me is Super Orgasm. Side note: NARS blush names are so hilarious, right?

2. Matte Multiple in Cappadoce

I am aware that these are a complete rip off considering the standard Multiples are bigger yet the same price but I have been lusting over them for months. There are three contour shades in the range: one lighter than this which was too peachy for me and two warmer/deeper ones which are very similar. I've only used it twice and my verdict thus far is that admittedly it's quite gimmicky and would be much better if it was a tad more grey. As it's so warm it doesn't quite create the shadow effect that is basically the whole point of contouring so is better for bronzing up the skin. However, two uses isn't a good enough representation of my final opinion and I think once I experiment a bit more by applying it wet etc. I will come to like it better.

3. Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

After seeing Lily Pebbles' post on her picks from this new 40 shade lipstick range and stalking this Temptalia post for like a week, I decided on the shade Audrey. I swatched it and fell in love even more so purchased it from Selfridges. It's a berry red that is also pinkish but also an everyday colour and that makes absolutely no sense. I'd describe this as the halfway house between MAC's Cosmo and Rimmel and Kate Moss' 107 lipstick. The sleek, silky black packaging shuts with the most satisfying magnetic clasp which was a major selling point for me. The only problem I have with the visual aspects of this lipstick is that I wouldn't want to go running to this with foundation covered hands/fingers as I can tell it isn't going to be very fingerprint resistant. 
The lipstick itself isn't majorly long-wearing because it's so creamy/hydrating and so far I've had trouble with it bleeding and transferring quite a bit. I'm used to touching my face and not having to worry about whether I have lipstick under my eye or on my cheek but this is already all up on my favourite coat and has got quite friendly with some of my clothes. It's quite annoying considering it's £24 a pop so if you're looking for a lipstick that doesn't budge this isn't for you but if you don't mind reapplying throughout the day this is your guy.

This is both the icing on the cake and the cake itself. I've been hunting down the Ita brush for what feels like forever and Laguna is my favourite bronzer so this is my definition of heaven on Earth. The hunt for the Ita brush is a struggle that is intensified by fact that in some department stores it's £43 and others £28. I was told by someone in Selfridges that they're not allowed to sell the brush in the UK for different prices but the Liberty's and John Lewis websites beg to differ. The fact that in all stores it is notoriously out of stock means that attaining one is a game of sheer luck. 
Anyway, this Limited Edition Holiday set features a version of the Ita that is the exact same size with just a mini/shorter handle. The Laguna seems bigger than the size that costs you £27 in a standard purchase and on top of all of this goodness, the container of it all has a stunning design. So for £39 for the set, even my mother (who constantly rebukes me for my frequent make up purchases) agrees that it's a bargain!
On a tiny bit of a negative note, the Ita brush is much more scratchy than I expected it to be, however this may be due to the fact that I recently placed an order on Zoeva and am currently floating about life on a cloud made of their soft brush bristles...

L-R: Cappadoce, Audrey, Deep Throat
Thanks for reading this and let me know in the comments what you love from NARS!
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Olivia xo


  1. This lipstick is gorgeous I want to try it!

  2. definitely gonna have to pick up that NARS lipstick!

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  3. It's so pretty isn't it!?
    Awesome, thanks for letting me know, I love your blog! That autumn coat edit is giving me so much outfit inspiration x

  4. You have got to love abit of makeup porn & a great haul from Nars. I love Nars & really want some of the new lipsticks but the problem is I wont be to just buy a couple I have no restraint x

    1. Thank you lovely! Tell me about it, now I have one I can't stop adding other colours to my list of beauty bits I want to get! I've decided to instead get addicted to their matte lip pencil things as they're a bit cheaper haha x