Nars is celebrating its 25 years! And to celebrate the brand reintroduced their entire Iconic Lipstick Collection line with 60 captivating shades in Matte, Satin and Sheer (C$34.00 for 0.12 oz./ 3.5 g). I have been a true lover for the Nars Lipstick line especially their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and Velvet Lip Glides are my favorite formulas. They come in their signature black and white tubes with a soft velvet finish. I was really excited to try out these new reformulated lipsticks in four beautiful shades:
- Belle De Jour which is a beautiful nude beige in Sheer
- Pour Toujours is a gorgeous nice warm dusty pink in Matte
- Jolie Mome is a perfect red plum in Matte
- Soul Train is a nice deep purple in Matte
I have had tried couple of other shades from the brand which were limited edition and I have loved the formula. The new formula seems to be a bit different from the originals with new finishes. They’re infused with Passion Fruit Seed Oil which is keeps the lips hydrated. The collection comes in three finishes Sheer, Matte and Satin. The four shades I received three are in matte and one in sheer. I already had Orgasm shade which is in Satin. I was able to take a look all over the collection over their finishes. The pigment is medium with all textures yet buildable to full coverage. Matte texture ones have a better coverage over the Sheers but overall the formulas seems pretty consistent across each finish.
Sheer ones caries a nice glossy finish and feels comfortable on lips. Satin one have a very classic lipstick finish with a good coverage but not too heavy yet it feels a bit thick on the lips. Mattes ones are lightweight, full coverage and carries a feather like feel with a soft finish that doesn’t look dry on the lips. It also glides quite nicely on the lips than most of other matte finish lipsticks.
I have been a long time lover for the Orgasm shade and it looks really nice when wear it with a nice coral pink lip liner. The wide color selection is impressive yet definitely overwhelming to look through all of them at once. I find its easier if you set your mind on its texture and color range before you go over the whole collection, that way you get to find your perfect shade your looking for and believe me there is some thing for every one.
There is a slight twist or change in the packaging. The packaging looks sleek with a stream line and the brans log appears in the bottom part of the lipstick.
Overall the collection is Impressive! I loved how it stays nice and comfortable on the lips while I truly appreciate the wide range of color selection of 60. Its really hard to chose a favorite ones but I think the shades I received are truly wearable and perfect for Fall season. I can really see myself wearing them all for the next couple of months without giving a second thought. You can find the new collection available in Sephora.
Press sample provided and courtesy of Nars Cosmetics.
La prairie just introduced a two new skin care products which includes Supreme Balm Cleanser and Crystal Micellar Water. I have used quite some of the skin care products from the brand including the Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion and Skin Caviar Luxe Cream which was very recent launches and indeed every time I get blown out with their quality and performance. Soft and clean skin is one of the most important part of skin care routine and it’s really important to pay a close attention on what we’re using for the cleansing. I was really excited to try out these new additions to their skin care lines. As many of you already know, I love trying wide range of skin care to help with different issues as I age! I’m really particular about what I use and how I use it. La Prairie’s philosophy has something that has really impressed me for the past couple of years. They really pay attention on what they introduce as well as their formulas are quite gentle. After testing these new products for several weeks now I can share my thoughts here.
Up first is the new Supreme Balm Cleanser (C$217.15 for 3.4 oz. made in Switzerland) is a gentle yet powerful melting balm cleanser that removes makeup and impurities. It’s a solid balm that melts into the skin once you massage it. The texture is supper silky and carries a very rich feel into it. It feels like a creamy oil once you start working it into the skin and immediately removes all traces of face makeup after you rinse with warm water. The cleanser really works into the skin and improves hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Packing is quite amazing and comes in cream or jar like packaging that makes it easy to scoop out the product.
La Prairie really pays attention to small details and presents its products to its finest. The balm comes with a nice full detail spatula and two facial white cotton cloth.
Closer look at the packaging and product itself.
As much as I really love traditional cleansing oils I find solid cleanser balms are a lot easier to use with less mess. There’s no drip from your hands as well as it doesn’t run into your eye accidently like oil cleansers. I love how it really removes the makeup at once and at all. The packaging is designed to hold the spatula which makes it perfect for me. I always misplace my spatulas! At the same time these white face cloths are quite soft and soaks up the extra water from the complexion.
Up next is the Crystal Micellar Water (C$189.13 for 5.1 oz. made in Switzerland) is gentle one-gesture cleansing formula that effectively cleanse the skin removing makeup, pollutants and other impurities that remains essential for maintaining for a youthful looking and clean skin. Its formulated with Liquid Crystal technology with the indulgence of pure, clear Swiss glacier water that soothe the skin and leaves skin glowing. It removes all face makeup, except for the water-proof and stubborn eye makeup. Usually cleansing waters don’t removes long wear eye makeup or mascara – you’ll need separate bi-phase remover for the eyes. I didn’t really had an issue, it pretty much removed all my daily eye makeup by holding the cotton pad for few more seconds to allow the formula to begin dissolving the eye makeup, and gently sweep it away. You may want to repeat the process in order to really remove all eye makeup. I’m really picky when it comes to cleansing water – with most of them I see my skin turns red but this one have been working great without drying the skin. I can see my skin start glowing once I’m done with the process.
At the end I’m Impressed! Both products performed so well on my skin that they have become an essential to my cleansing routine. I’m trying to use less (which works great) so I can extent the use of the products. In general I’m a huge lover for cleansing balms but through out my blogging life I hadn’t tried any thing like this. The Supreme Balm Cleanser is luxuries! it’s quite expensive compare to any other cleansing balm but a little goes a long time while you get a super smooth skin you have always desired.
It’s not easy to find your favorite Micellar Waters, this one is gentle and leaves skin glowing. I can literally use this product as an all in one cleansing step for the nights that I don’t want to wash my face.
You can find these available at Nordstrom
and Saks Fifth Avenue
Press samples provided and courtesy of La Prairie.
Lancôme just introduced a new fragrance Idôle Eau de Parfum (C$126.00 for 1.7 oz/50 mL) for the season. Lancôme’s fragrances are very dear to me, I have had tried the La Vie Est Belle line before and I loved it. I was thrilled for a chance to try out the new Idôle Eau de Parfum. This was created by three female perfumers which makes it ideal for all women. Idôle comes in the world’s thinnest fragrance bottle. The structure of the bottle really makes this fragrance very unique and interesting. Its detailed with a rose gold-hued structure and a dynamic horizontal silhouette.Adriana Medina who’s one of the three female perfumers who created describes the Idôle as an “It’s a soul-connecting fragrance which leads a woman to believe she can conquer anything she desires”. I feel if you’re a floral fragrance lover like me, you’ll love it the most and the notes are classic:
- Spotless Jasmine Absolute
- Radical Rose Essence
- Clean Chypre Accord
I smell rose, jasmine and a hint of Chypre Accord. Its ultra feminine and a perfume that I don’t mind reapply all the time. It comes in three different sizes including a rollerball which makes it so easy to carry it around in your on the go bag. Although the full sizes are sleek enough to fit in any kind of bag. I love to layer my fragrance and this one layers beautifully with any citrus scents. It’s a classic floral fragrance for sure. You can find this new scent from Lancôme at Sephora and all Lancôme counters.
Press Sample provided and curtesy of Lancôme.