Look: NARS Essential Eyes Palette

This is a great palette if for no other reason than it has Galapagos and Thunderball :-) LOVE those colors!!! When I told the lady at the NARS counter that I wanted Galapagos, she said she didn’t have it and I must have shown visible signs of disappointment because she immediately said “but wait, I have THIS” and pulled out the Essential palette. Since I didn’t have any of the colors in it already and it had the color I wanted so badly, I thought SCORE! Has that ever happened to you?

I must have run out of space on my camera the day I did this look because there aren’t a lot of pictures…sorry about that.

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), NARS Essential  Eye Palette: Nepal (inner lid), Ondine (middle lid), Thunderball + Galapagos (outer lid & crease), Night Star (highlight), Bobbi Brown Black Ink (liner), Feline Kohl Power (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit mineralized blush
  • Lips: Shu Uemura BG 956 + Lip Fusion Summer l/g

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Look: Matching with Orange

Orange can be a difficult color to match with. Since I got the NARS Mediteranee e/s duo, I wanted to wear it. So I chose a nice outfit with brown and decided to pair it with some brown shadows with gold highlights. I really like the end results. I know that orange eyeshadow can be a very bright color for some people to pull off, but if you can do it, I think you should!

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Yaby Pearl Paints in orange (base), NARS Mediteranee (whole lid), NARS Mekong (outer lid & crease), Smashbox Oyster (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), Plushlas mascara
  • Cheeks: NARS Love Joy + NARS Albatross highlight
  • Lips: Pink Grapefruit lipglass

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Look: Bright…Like Sunshine!

This was a look I did using NARS Mekong and Galapogos…and it disturbs me that I cannot find my Mekong after the move :-( I’ll keep looking for it though. With all of the overcast spitting of rain we’ve been having, it’s nice to do a post that reminds me of the SoCal sunshine!

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Cash Flow PP (base), Yaby Yellow Matte e/s (inner lid), NARS Galapagos (middle & outer lid), NARS Mekong (crease), NARS Night Star (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), Orpheus Kohl Power (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Enough Said BPB
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Beige Gold + Chanel #118 Glossimer

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Look: Simple Basic

Really simple colors create a basic look that’s quick and easy! I don’t have a lot of pictures from this one…I guess I was in a hurry, but you get the idea! :-)

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), Retrospeck (inner lid), Style Snob (middle lid), Satin Taupe (outer lid & crease), Vanilla (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: NARS LoveJoy + NARS Albatross
  • Lips: NARS Nouba lipstick

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Look: 3 is Enough

Pretty much, I used just 3 shadows for this look. Simple!

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Yaby Pearl Paints in browns & pink, NARS Mekong (whole lid), NARS Galapagos (crease and above), NARS Napal (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (upper lashline), Brownborder Technakohl (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Love Joy mineralized blush
  • Lips: Soft Illusion + Baby Blooms lipglass

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Look: Colors of the Sun

Ok, well they’re not that bright. I don’t know why, but orange eyeshadow totally intrigues me! I’m so fascinated with it, and I am determined to make every color eyeshadow work somehow. Can’t say the same for lip colors unfortunately – bright pinks, severly dark, or bright opaque colors on my lips just looks wrong, and I can’t get over it enough to wear it out. Eyeshadow, on the other hand, usually has me blending anywhere from 4-10 colors together, so I can make any color work (they all play nice together). I really wanted to use some flame-like colors with this look, as well as incorporate my new NARS goodies (Mekong = pure love btw!). You’ll be seeing some more orange-inspired looks soon too. Thoughts?

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Yaby Pearl Paints oranges (base), Smashbox Flamingo (inner lid), Smashbox Torch (middle lid), NARS Galapagos (outer lid), NARS Mekong (crease), Smashbox Oyster (highlight), Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink (liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Springsheen blush
  • Lips: Smashbox Candid lipgloss

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Look: Browns

Man, I’m already running out of clever names to title my posts…it’s sad :-/ LOL Oh, and my shirt says “There’s STRENGTH in numbers!” and has lots of numbers on it. I’m a total math nerd, what can I say?! :-)

Browns Look

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Yaby browns, Engaging MES (inner lid), Laura Geller Devil’s Food (middle lid), Buckwheat (outer lid & crease), Creme de Miel (highlight), Laura Geller Dutch Chocolate baked eyeliner, Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Eversun BPB
  • Lips: Garden Bed lipstick + Summer Crop lipglass

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Look: Kat Von D Ludwig Bronzes

Here’s a look using the Kat Von D Ludwig Palette. It’s not perfect, and it didn’t wow me, but it was alright. I like the look of the Peacock eyeliner, but it was too thin on the outer corner. I should have made it thicker – but of course I didn’t see that before taking the pictures. I swear, pictures are totally unforgiving! :-) So do we like the bronzes? If you like more browns and earthy tones, I definitely recommend this palette!!!

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Bare Study PP (base), Kat Von D Ludwig Palette: Downtown (inner), Baroque (middle), Leather (outer & crease), Clay (highlight), Kat Von D Proud Peacock liquid liner (upper lashline), Jealous Kohl Power (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Earth to Earth Mineralized blush duo
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Beige Gold metalic lip color + Oh Baby lipglass

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Look & Review: Dior Amber Design Quint

I’m not a huge fan of Dior quints only because their pigmentation is usually too weak for my taste. The quality is great, but most of the time the colors muddy together on my lid.

That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this particular “quint” which I wouldn’t even say is a quint because it only has 4 eyeshadow colors, and one of those is only a “shine” color. In place of the 5th color is a brown gel (I think) liner. To be honest, I felt jipped! I have a ton of brown eyeliners! Ah well, I do see the value in having everything all together in one place I suppose, and to give it credit, the liner was very nice and dark, so it worked well with the palette.

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The shadow colors themselves, are pretty nice. They’re not incredibly unique, but they’re very pretty. I love golds and coral colors and browns. It creates a nice soft look, which is great, but not what I’m all about, you know? The shadows are soft and go on smoothly. And on a side note…I’m really liking this lip combo! :-)

What are your thoughts?

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), Dior Amber Design quint (as suggested – including liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Cheek & Cheerful mineralized blush
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Brown Metalic lip color + Nice Mix Up tri-color lipgloss

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Look: Matte Browns

I had a HUGE presentation to do at work, and I was up until past 1am the night before. Of course you know I had to get up at 5am to get ready. Wow was I exhausted…so here’s a very simple look!

Oh, and BTW: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNY!!! :-)

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Groundwork PP (base), Era (inner lid), Saddle (middle lid), Handwritten (outer lid & crease), Daisychain (highlight), Teddy Kohl liner, Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit blush
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Brown Metalic Lip Color

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