My Nars Blush Collection 2012 (Swatches)

November 10, 2012 § 4 Comments

Nars Blush and Bronzer

Blushers are very important aspect of makeup because they instantly bring life back to your face. If I had to choose only 1 colour product I can wear on my face (excluding foundation), I will choose a blush over eye shadow or lip stick any day. So as you can expect, I own a lot of blushers from drug store brands to high end brands. Among all the blushers I own, I always find myself reaching for Nars blushers, because they simply has best colour pay off and texture. So today, I would like to share my Nars Blush collection. This post is picture heavy!

Nars Blush 01

Clockwise from top left (Colour description from official website)

  • Orgasm: Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Desire: Cotton candy pink
  • Gina: A true tangerine
  • Zen: Neutral beige
  • Madly: Warm soft-focus seashell pink

Nars Blush 02

From left to right (Colour description from official website)

  • Limited Edition Blush Duo
    Albatross (Highlighting Blush): Luminous glow
    Lovejoy (Blush): Shimmering bronzed rose
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder): Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer


Nars Blush Swatch 01

Desire, Gina and Zen are matte colours, and Lovejoy, Orgasm, and Madly have very delicate shimmer in them. As you can see, Desire and Gina are a lot more pigmented than some of the other colours because they are matte. Obviously I would not wear them so dark on my cheeks but those are the colour that I need to be more careful when I apply. You may think Lovejoy, Madly and Zen look very much alike but they are quite different in person. Lovejoy is more rosey and it is more red than the other 2. Madly has nice soft pink undertone. Zen is more like a bronzer to me. I use Zen in stead of Laguna when I really don’t want any shimmer on my face.

Nars Blush Bronzer Swatch

Laguna is definitely my favourite bronzer and I use it quite often. It just gives my face really nice golden glow but not too shimmery. It’s probably really hard to see Albatross in the photo, but it is a very nice almost colourless highlight colour. It has slightly yellowish champagne undertone which just give you a beautiful glow. I tend to use it when I’m wearing matte blush.

During the spring and summer, my favourite blush to wear is Gina. Although it looks quite orange in the photo, it shows up a little more apricot on my cheeks and it makes me look really healthy and youthful. During the winter, my favourites are Lovejoy and Madly. They both look very sophisticated and stylish.

Although Nars blushes are expensive (CA$32 + tax), I really think they are worth the money. I just feel like I will never hit pan on these blushes because I only use so little every time. I definitely plan on buying more in the future.

So what do you think of Nars Blushes? What is your favourite blush (Nars or other)? Let me know in the comment section!


Mini Haul from US

September 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I went to the States last Thursday, hoping to find the stroller that my husband and I had been looking for. We did not find it 😦 so we did some grocery shopping. Naturally, I picked up a couple of drug store make-up that I’ve been wanting to try.

Hard Candy – Fox in a Box (Spicy & Sweet)

Hard Candy Fox in A Box Spicy & Sweet

I always wanted to try Hard Candy products because they are not available in Vancouver. Their packaging is super cute and reminds me of Japanese make-up products. I wanted to pick more items up but we were running out of time so I just bought this lovely blush. It definitely reminds me of Benefit Box o’ Powder. This particular shade “Spicy & Sweet” is a pinky peach colour that looks nice on pretty much any skin tone. You can find plenty of swatches on google (click here to see). The pigmentation is great but it is very powdery, meaning when I use it the powder kind of gets everywhere. Benefit Box o’ Powder has a little bit more creamy (or moist) texture. Also, the brush that comes with this is useless… It is thin and flat. Nevertheless, I paid US$6 for this blush instead of US$28 for the Box o’ Powder so I am pretty happy with it and will be interested in buying more shades in the future.

Maybelline – One by One Volume Express Mascara (Satin Black)

maybelline One By One mascara Satin Black

I wanted to buy a new mascara for a while and I was planning on repurchase the Maybelline Falsies, but I saw this mascara on YouTube (Here) and decided to give this one a try. I loved Maybelline Define-a-Lash mascara and I read this one has the same separating effect. So how bad can it be right? Also, I know Maybelline’s water-proof mascaras always work for my short-stiff-straight Asian lashes so I didn’t hesitate. I paid US$5.96 for this at Walmart but I found the same thing at Target for US$5.04. Darn it! Still, it is way cheaper that the regular price in Vancouver so my mind is at peace 😀 I used it onece and so far I am loving it. I will post a individual review soon.

So that is all I bought this time. Some of the products I wanted to repurchase was sold out so I couldn’t buy them. I might go down to the States again sometime next month. Hopefully they restock them!

Mini Haul – NARS Blush in Desire & Madly

April 3, 2012 § 2 Comments


Official Website Description

  • Desire (left) : Delicate bright pink [visit]
  • Madly (right): Warm soft-focus seashell pink [visit]

Hi guys, I haven’t been blogging for a little because I was traveling and super tired. I don’t have too many makeup products with me right now so that it one of the reason too. But I purchased these 2 Nars blushes from one of my friend for only CA$20 approx. because she apparently owns too many blushes. Anyways, I’m super excited to try these blushes because Nars blushes are my absolute favorite.

I haven’t tried them on my face yet (mainly because I don’t have anything to wear them with) but when I swatched them on my hand, Desire seemed much more wearable than it looks but Madly seemed bit too dark for my skin. I will review them when I get back to Canada.

See you all,

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