Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthday Haul

Hey everyone! I have a birthday haul to share. My birthday was earlier this month and I received some Sephora Gift Cards, so here are the items I chose.



I think my new favorite brand is NARS. Been obsessed with their stuff lately & have a wish list is a mile long ><>

NARS PRIMER - I chose the one w/o SPF

I chose the one w/o SPF because I already wear SPF underneath my make up. I heard too much makes make up slide off? So I got this one. I had heard that the NARS Sheer Glow foundation
(which I love) lasts longer and applies more evenly with this used underneath. Currently I use my Paul and Joe primer and the foundation lasts about 10 hours? So I want to see if this helps. I have not tried it yet.

It was sooooooooooooooo hard to get this. I went to FIVE Sephora's in 1 day, did I mention it was 92 degrees in NY that day? Hope this product lives up the challenge of trying to find it.
Last one in the Times Sq location!

Exhibit A Blush

I've wanted this for over a year but never got the guts to get it. It is a pretty hefty price tag for something you are scared about...seemed less scary with a gift card. This is really pretty! You just have to apply it right. I use a stippling brush and just one DAB, tap away excess and start blushing a beautiful red

Abatrosse Highlighter

Still in my highlighter stage. This looks white/off white in the store. When swatched it has a definite gold tone, I like it! Wish listed for a while.

Albatrosse ( can you see it??) Exhibit A, Lush Nectarine

NARS Lipsticks in Dolce Vita and Beautiful Liar (L-R)

These are so moisturizing. I think I need a few more of these for my collection!

Dolce Vita
Listed on the NARS website as one of their best selling products. When I went to the store I was like THAT'S it?? It looks more pink in the picture, in real life it looks brown..brown with a tinge of pink. If I had not read so many good reviews I would have never picked it up. It swatches very sheer and you have to apply a few layers.
I tried it on, and decided I was definitely not leaving the store without this.
Now I need the matching lipgloss!!

When you try a lipstick and change your mind and wipe with a tissue, and try another lippie, and wipe again, the plumped flushed lip color=dolce vita on myself <3 div="div">

Beautiful Liar
More orange toned with shimmer. Great for daytime, 100% non offensive and subtly perfect on the lips

Both shades look slightly similar but I couldn't decide so I got both!

Dolce Vita on top, Beautiful Liar below


Laura Mercier

Tined Moisturizer-Oil Free

My latest BB cream broke me out! so I got this. I don't really like foundation, unless they are quite thin and light but a tinted moisturizer is also preferred. I hate to look cakey.
I bought oil free because my skin has been becoming more oily in the new weather =(
I am in the shade n*de.

I really want to try her mineral foundation for super hot/oily days



Lush Nectarine Blush


One of her newest colors for the season. Originally I was going to buy "Lotus Pink" but when swatched it looked kinda like MAC's Pink Swoon so bought this. Really pretty peach, darker than MAC Peaches. More deep and luscious

I was pretty mad at this when I got home. First the case is kinda hard to open...also it's SMALL
3.6 Grams...I bought a few benefit eye shadows and they were 3.0 grams! my cheek is a lot larger than my eyelid. I wish LM would add a little more product.

Check out the size comparison


I own a LM shimmer bloc, the Gilded Garden which I *LOVE* soooooooooooooooo glowy, I know the shimmer blocs and the cheek colors are different products on her line but I wish they were closer in size


Benefit
I got two of their velvet shadows
Benefit for me has never been a brand I have had the greatest experiences with, but I am always willing to give them another shot.

Fawn over me (left), Rich Beach (Right)


They have a gorgeous green shade called Mermaid which I wanted but I will never wear green =( but these are so pretty too! With a eyelid primer they lasted about 10 hours but there was slight creasing.

These are also hard to open for me! Is everyone coming out with new packaging? I use a bobby pin to open these...




This is Fawn over Me, compared with MAC's All that Glitters
All that Glitters definitely has more of a pink tone
Rich Beach compared to MAC's Mulch. After this photo I knew I should have taken it with Tempting instead. Rich Beach is about 1 shade darker in the brown family than tempting while Tempting is more Gold


Hope you all have a great long weekend!




13 comments:

  1. I hope you had a great birthday last month :D These are definitely some awesome purchases. Wow, that NARS blush you've been looking everywhere for looks so beautiful!!! I'm tempted to go to Sephora now to check it out myself. It reminds me of the Rock & Republic blushes... they are very pigmented too (from what I've read through reviews!). I love how it's so much product in one place. The highlighter is also very nice. Highlighters are absolutely MUSTS :D

    I hope that NARS primer works good on you! :) And let us know how you like the LM tinted moisturizer. I remember being at the store playing around with it and I really loved it but the price was really hefty :/

    Anyhow, I loved seeing everything you bought. Makes me feel like I have a good experience with it too :D LOL

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  2. OMG HUGE HAUL!!! i'm going crazy reading this. I love hauls :D especially when it involves nars. nars is quite addictive, isn't it? I still don't get the huge rave about dolce vita...not yet interested in it...hope i won't be either, if you know why. hahaha

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  3. Wow everything is so pretty!! I love the Nars lipstick and Lush Nectarine Blush! So pretty =)

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  4. Oh you got some gorgeous products!! That Lush Nectraine Blush and Nars Highlighter look great! I wanna try that Laura Mercier Tinter Moisturizer!! :)

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  5. Happy belated birthday! Love your haul, all the stuffs look awesome :D

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  6. Gorgeous items you chose! Happy VERY LATE birthday, i hope you had a wonderful day ~

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  7. What an amazing haul!! Happy belated!

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  8. What a great haul! You got so many things on my wishlist, happy belated birthday darling! xoxxo

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  9. What an amazing haul!! Happy belated!

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  10. I hope you had a great birthday last month :D These are definitely some awesome purchases. Wow, that NARS blush you've been looking everywhere for looks so beautiful!!! I'm tempted to go to Sephora now to check it out myself. It reminds me of the Rock & Republic blushes... they are very pigmented too (from what I've read through reviews!). I love how it's so much product in one place. The highlighter is also very nice. Highlighters are absolutely MUSTS :D

    I hope that NARS primer works good on you! :) And let us know how you like the LM tinted moisturizer. I remember being at the store playing around with it and I really loved it but the price was really hefty :/

    Anyhow, I loved seeing everything you bought. Makes me feel like I have a good experience with it too :D LOL

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  11. OMG HUGE HAUL!!! i'm going crazy reading this. I love hauls :D especially when it involves nars. nars is quite addictive, isn't it? I still don't get the huge rave about dolce vita...not yet interested in it...hope i won't be either, if you know why. hahaha

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  12. Oh you got some gorgeous products!! That Lush Nectraine Blush and Nars Highlighter look great! I wanna try that Laura Mercier Tinter Moisturizer!! :)

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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