Just Charlie G

I hope you’ll forgive me because today I’m blogging about a product that you can no longer buy, anywhere, as far as I can tell. Before you click away though, you can buy most of the products in this palette individually so the post still has value yes? Jolly good!

The Nars Skin Deep Palette is a few years old now but I picked mine up recently in a blog sale and I’m very pleased because this is the perfect every day palette which contains all you need for a natural look.

Nars Skin Deep Palette

Down the Left hand side  there are three eye shadows, the top two are the All About Eve Duo the bottom shade is Blondie which is available as a single matte shadow.

Then in the centre are two nude hued blushers in Zen and Ninotchka. Zen is the top shade and available currently, Ninotchka I think is a discontinued shade. I use both colours at once, the darker shade as a very light contour and the lighter one on the apples of my cheeks.

Then finally there are Bambi and Manhattan Lipsticks and Viva Las Vegas Sheer Lipstick. Unfortunately Bambi and Manhattan don’t seem to be available but Viva Las Vegas is available in a full size product still.

Anyway, these are all fantastic products and especially good for work life. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them. Not great pictures but they should give you an idea at least! Oh and while I think about it, there’s something trapped inside my camera so if you spot random dark splodges on my photos it’s that and I don’t know how to get them out. There’s one on the side of my nose in the first pic here 🙁

Nars Skin Deep Palette
Nars Skin Deep Palette

Anyway, That’s the Skin Deep palette which I’m so pleased to own, but as I say, you can find many of the products individually if they take your fancy!

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising. I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long! I was given this by a friend a few months ago and this is absolutely my go to lipstick of choice. I wear it all the time.

The reason it’s taken me so long to blog about is purely that it does need quite frequent reapplication and I’m terrible for just putting lippie on in the morning and not reapplying at all… hence by the time I’ve thought about taking a photograph, it’s all but gone.

But this has become such a staple for me that I have found I am reapplying this throughout the day. It’s just the most easy to wear colour. It’s nude, but not too nude, it’s beige, but there’s enough pink to avoid the concealer lips look, it’s just perfect. In terms of wear, well I’ve already said it doesn’t wear for too long, I get maybe a couple of hours out of this, with a drink and something to eat, but I don’t really mind that. It’s also very moisturising.

There’s not a whole lot more I can say about this, it’s just perfection.

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising

The Sheer Lipsticks are £17.50 and available from from Narscosmetics.co.uk. Looks like the site has had a make over recently, it looks good.

As a blogger, I try to not review my products until I’ve given them a really good trial, but sometimes with the best intentions I blog about a product and then later change my mind. I might start off disliking something only to discover a couple of months down the line I actually rather like it, or I might start off liking something only to find over time it rapidly falls out of favour.

So here’s a blog post updating you on a couple of those things I changed my mind about.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre. I first blogged about this here and I loved it.

I don’t know what I was thinking. I loathe this. It’s unfortunate there’s so bloody much of it because I’m having to really force myself to finish it. I find it looks powdery and although it does indeed keep me shine free all day, for me personally, it’s nowhere near worth the money I spent on it, it has almost a chalky feel. Talk about seeing things through rose tinted glasses!

Probably my most famous about turn… Nars Orgasm blusher. I first wrote about it here.

Over time though, I changed my mind, it became the blush I reached for whenever I didn’t know which blush to wear….which is often. So I had to do another post about how it had become invaluable, you can find that post here.

I’ve got a few more to share with you, but I’ll do a part 2 at some point in the not too distant future!

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Glosses promise brilliant shine, intense colour, long wear as well as protection and moisture. Also there’s a promise not to feather…important when you get to my ripe old age 😉

I was sent the shade Born This Way and at first examination I thought there was no way  I was going to be able to wear the colour.

Before talking about the wear and colour though, I just want to mention the brush.

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

It’s teeny weeny, very short and pointy which makes it perfect for precise application.

The shade itself is a pale milky pink and as I say, at first glance not a shade I would choose. Turns out I love it though!

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

The gloss itself feels thick and it feels like great quality and it’s true it stays put for hours. What it does do is lose the shine, but you know what, I love it when it’s been worn for a few hours. That’s when I think it looks best!

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

Trust me to take a photo when I’ve got my glasses on wonky, but just so you can see how it looks on.

Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way

In all the above pictures it is freshly applied and glossy, but as it wears throughout the day it forms a sort of satin version of the same colour and it looks great.

The Larger Than Life Lip Glosses are a quite steep £19 each but in terms of wear, for a lipgloss, these are really quite impressive. I’ve got my eye on a few more of the shades, Norma, Piree and 413 BLKR all look gorgeous.

Available from all the usual Nars stockists and of course http://www.narscosmetics.co.uk/

Nars Deep Throat. We’re just going to gloss over the repellent name. I grabbed this recently when it appeared on Buyapowa as I knew it was a much loved blush by many.

Nars Deep Throat Blusher Review

Nars Deep Throat Blusher Review

It looks to be a pale orange with a small amount of gold shimmer, not quite peach, but there is also a dollop of pink in there for good measure. The packaging is the usual rubberised compact, looks smart for about five minutes before it’s covered in dirt and finger prints, but otherwise a great design.
Nars Deep Throat Blusher Review
For me, this is very much in the same family as Orgasm, it’s similar in hue but paler and marginally less pink I think. On the cheeks this is a very natural shade.

 Nars Deep Throat Blusher Review

I have to say I do regret buying this one. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, it is I suppose even quite pretty, but for me, it’s just a bit….meh. I like my blushers to have a bit of something about them, and despite my one time moaning about Orgasm, I do actually prefer it.

As I say, this looks nice enough, and it performs very well indeed, it’s just not something I needed in my rather extensive collection of blushers.

Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

Nars Mandchourie Eye Shadow Duo is a release from the Nars Holiday collection and whilst it may look nice enough, I’m not sure I’d have bought it if it wasn’t for  it being a co-buy on www.buyapowa.com, Buyapower is a great site that offers products (at the moment mostly cosmetic), the more people that purchase an item, the lower the price, meaning that this duo cost me a fantastic £15 instead of the usual £23.50. This isn’t a sponsored post or anything but I do highly recommend you keep tabs on that site if you want cosmetic bargains!

So back to the duo in question. A lovely navy blue, matte and what appears to be a grey with metallic gold through it.

Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

Actually the goldy-grey on the left has a touch of blue to it as well.

I found the swatches a bit disappointing if I’m honest, they looked a bit wishy-washy and were decidedly…meh… have a look, but read on!

Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

The swatches are nice, but not amazing…so that lulled me into a terrible false sense of security when it came to putting these on my eyes. The swatches are not at all representative of how these appeared on my eyelids. I loaded my brush and dabbed it on only to find that they were incredibly pigmented and indeed gorgeous! I had to do some serious blending out to undo the damage I’d done with my first brush strokes.  Loving my new eyeshadow duo. Definitely not for the faint hearted but a definite hit for this smokey eye lover.

There’s not really much more I can say about this, other than I love it, so I leave you with the usual photo’s of me looking ridiculous with my eyes closed 🙂 Oh and you can see a tiny bit of my new hair colour and style… I should do a post on that at some point I think!

Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo
Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo
Nars Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

This duo was bought with my own money.

Three iconic Nars  products, one compact, Orgasm blusher, Albatross Highlighter and Laguna Bronzer. This was a Limited Edition Product for Summer I think and is out of stock on the Nars site at the moment, it might be available elsewhere if you hunt around a bit!

I grabbed mine in a blog sale much to my deep joy. I already have Orgasm Blush but at the price I got it for it was more than worth the price just for the highlighter and bronzer.

So anyway this is a little zip up compact, fabric, so not easy to keep clean and inside, three pans of varying sizes.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

Here are swatches of the above:

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

I’m not the first person to notice this but that swatch of Orgasm blush and the actual pan looks different to my single blusher… so here are the two together…the trio swatch on the left and my old Orgasm on the right.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

They are different but only very slightly, the version of Orgasm in the trio is slightly brighter, on the cheeks though and blended out it’s all the same really. For the uninitiated, Orgasm is a peachy pink blush with a gold shimmer, I never understood why it’s a cult classic, until I found myself reaching for it every time I didn’t know which blush to wear… which is pretty often. It’s a great suits-all blusher and it goes with most looks. Which makes it versatile which is why it’s so popular I guess. And it’s pretty.

The Albatross Highlighter, also v. pretty. It’s white looking in the pan but on the skin is more ivory with gold and I love it as much as I hoped I would.

Laguna bronzer is not orange, it appears to buildable and as I’m petrified of bronzers this is important to me, I like to build it up slowly… and I don’t like too much colour, I’m very very pale, last thing I want is a brown face and white chest thanks. It has a small amount of shimmer in, but nothing noticeable on my skin. I love it! I  haven’t decided how it compares to my beloved Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzer, but its brilliant.

This kit is just perfect for anyone who wants to try out some top selling Nars products…alas, as I’ve already mentioned it’s not for sale any more so you may have to watch blog sales or hunt around for it, but for me this is an absolutely diamond of a product. Love it. I’ll leave you with a selection of photos of my face with all the products in use and as I couldn’t choose which pics to use, unfortunately you get them all.  Very happy indeed with this blogsalebargain 🙂

 Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

I love love love Nars and back along, when the Summer collection was launched, the PR’s told me that I’d love the Fall collection and I’ve been patiently waiting ever since!

Well, they were and weren’t right. The bits I like, I REALLY like, but I wasn’t tempted by everything this season like I have been by the last two collections. So normally, I might receive a couple of things from the PR’s and then I’ll buy the rest of the collection or as much as I can afford…this time however I didn’t purchase anything outside of what I was sent. Although I love the look of some of the other bits, but I knew they wouldn’t suit me.

Nars Fall 2011

Anyway, I’m waffling now. Lets have a closer look at these three items. You can find hand swatches of all at the bottom of this post.

First up Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick (£18.50)

nars Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick
nars Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick
nars Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick

Gorgeous. I love Matte lips, I know I’m always banging on about how it’s my favourite finish and I find Nars Matte products to be inconsistent, not in a bad way, they just vary in how matte they are, and this is on the creamier side, compared to say Madere. It’s also a gorgeous colour. It’s described as a rose pink, but I’d say it was more of a muted coral. It’s not too muted though. I’m wearing it in all the following pictures, to give you a better idea of how it looks in relation to my whole face!

Next,  (£23.50). I’m really sorry about the full face pictures.

Nars Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo
Nars Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo
Nars Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo
Nars Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo

Described as Silver Taupe and Dusty Rose and I have to say I wasn’t at all sure how the pink shade was going to work on me.  But I love it! The pink is matte and the gorgeous taupe is a shimmer and the two work really well together. The wear on these is as always great and this is no exception. Long wearing and no creasing and good pigmentation. Love this.

But here’s my favourite. The Delphes Eyeshadow Trio (£33) (You might need to enlarge some of these pics)

Nars Delphes Eyeshadow Trio
Nars Delphes Eyeshadow Trio
Nars Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

A shimmery peachy pink, a shimmery green and a matte grey. Such a pretty combination of colours and I’m always drawn to a shimmery pale green.  I LOVE this trio. I went for grey in and above the crease, the pink in the inner corner of the lid and the green on the outer 2/3 of the lid. I found they blended well and although subtle, it’s a really pretty selection of colours. It’s a great way of wearing some colour if you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. I know that this hasn’t had great reviews across the board, so I approached it with some trepidation but can honestly say this works really well for me.

Here are hand swatches of all of the above, hopefully self explanatory…

So the three things I was sent to review, I love. There are other things in the collection I ummed and ahhed about buying, the stunning blue single eyeshadow Outremer, but reality check, I don’t go out… where am I going to wear it! I also like the look of the Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but again, I would never have the chance to wear it and I’m fairly sure it wouldn’t suit me. Then there’s the Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick – it looks absolutely stunning but I have so many red lipsticks I can’t justify buying another. The only other things I am fancying the look of is the Pago Pago lipstick and the Oasis gloss…maybe I might just get those…but if I get Oasis gloss, I simply must have the blush too…decisions decisions!

Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed look at these products. Maybe I’ll be back with an updated post when I buy (sorry – I mean if I buy) the gloss and lipstick (and blush).

Does anything from this season’s collection take your fancy?

More blog sale shopping! People please keep selling your Nars in blog sales, I love it! I’ve been so lucky in the last few months with grabbing great bargains in people’s blog sales and my two latest additions were Nars Eyeshadow Duos in Eurydice and Melusine.

Lets have a look at Eurydice first. This a permanent product.

Nars Eurydice
Nars Eurydice
 A dark grey/pale black with a slight shimmer and burgundy shade with an amazing purple flash. Very pretty but this is one duo you have to apply very carefully and I’m not at all sure I’ve cracked it. One wrong move and you’re sporting the ultimate in black eyes, the bruised kind…. they are just those kinds of colours. I’m going to have to practice a lot more with this, but for now here’s a quick look at them in action.
Nars Eurydice
Nars Eurydice
 What do you think of that grey hair around my ear by the way? Actually it’s not grey, its foundation but I do get a lot of grey around my hair line… I’m toying with the idea of going grey naturally… Anyway, I like this duo, it’s very pretty and that purple flash is very subtle but there, just adding a touch of dimension to an otherwise fairly flat duo (not that thats a bad thing!).
So on to Melusine. I believe this was a Holiday 2010 duo, but it’s still available on the Nars site so I’m not sure if it’s been made permanent.
nars Melusine
nars Melusine
 A shimmery silvery taup with a hint of lilac (which is a beautiful colour) and matte purple. The purple is quite chalky and I have to admit I found the duo quite hard to apply as you will see in the following pictures, the purple is quite patchy. It’s a nice duo and worth it for the shimmer alone and I’ve literally only tried it once so I’ll have to play a bit more when I have some more time and see if I can get the matte shade to perform a bit better! Anyway, take a look.
nars Melusine

On the whole pretty pleased with both of these duos but neither are foolproof and both take a bit of work and at the prices I paid for them you really mustn’t grumble!

I’ve spoken before about my unwillingness to purchase Nars Multiples at their full retail price. I like them well enough but I know I wouldn’t use them often enough to warrant the £29 price tag…

Nars Multiple Tint Beverly Hills Review
Last year, last Summer I believe Nars released three new Multiples, the Tints in sweetie bright colours but that actually applied sheer and I wanted them all…but I just couldn’t spend the money on them. Generally speaking they are not still available although there are a few stores that have one or two dotted around if you search hard enough.

I was lucky enough to grab Beverly Hills in a blog sale not so long ago. I do mean grab too, my little fingers have never typed so fast when I saw it listed.

Beverly Hills might be terrifying to some given that it looks bright bright red in it’s tube. Not me though, I embrace the red!

Nars Multiple Tint Beverly Hills Review

These have a different feel to the normal multiples, feeling wetter and more balm-y, and as such they work best on top of a cream foundation or bare skin. They do work fine on powder, but they are at their dewy best without. Essentially these have a similar look when applied to a stain, rather than an opaque colour and is buildable…up to a point.

Here it is lightly applied:

Nars Multiple Tint Beverly Hills Review

What is really nice about this product is that you can get a glowy, dewy look without having to have iridescence or shimmer. This just lightly shines on your skin.

I’m actually a bit sad these haven’t made the permanent line as I’d love to have the Orange one… although I may just have spied it on the Selfridges site….