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#MakeUpCrush: The new Nars Audacious Lipsticks

Who doesn’t love a good Nars launch?! Well this time they’ve really hit it with their new Audacious Lipsticks.

Yours truly was one of the lucky bloggers who attended a make-up masterclass by Anna Priadka where she demonstrated a couple of different looks using the new lippies. And let me tell you, they are just amazing! So pigmented, a dream to apply and play with, and the range of shades is fab! Also love the black, weighted, packaging which is just so chic & sleek!

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Founder and Creative Director François Nars chose renowned actress Charlotte Rampling as the face of the Audacious Lipstick Collection. Celebrated for her work in films like “Farewell, My Lovely,” “Angel Heart,” “Stardust Memories” and “The Verdict,” Charlotte’s bold choices and independent spirit have produced fascinating characters with indelible impact. For François, Charlotte’s individuality, daring style and natural elegance—on and off camera—captured the very essence of the Audacious Lipstick Collection.

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Talking of which, a shade was named after her and that shade is as bold as it gets! Anna showed us how it could be worn from a light wash of colour to a richer bolder look (for the most daring gals!).

The Nars Audacious Lipsticks will be available from Sephora very soon!

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#BeautyCrush: July GlamBox Review

It’s GlamBox o’clock again! Whoo-hoo!

I know my June GlamBox review wasn’t the most positive but they certainly made up for it with this month’s box! Look at all these goodies!!!

Onto to the testing & reviewing:

Maxfactor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara – I was super excited to find this one in the box! I love mascara, it’s my number 1 essential make-up item. I’ve now tried it a couple of time and I have mixed feelings about this one…. the 1st step brush isn’t the greatest I’m afraid. The 2nd one however is a little better and does kind of give you a bit more volume & length so I would just skip the 1st one all together and just use the 2nd.

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex – I haven’t used that one yet as I’m trying to not try too many skincare products at once so will have to get back to you on that!

Olay Total Effects Stretch-n-Fit Cloth  – I loved these!! Never ever tried something like that before so very happy to have found these in my box. You just stretch the cloth over your face, relax for 15 minutes, massage it all in and voila! Soft, refreshed, plumped up skin revealed! I even used one on the mister who liked it too!

Pantene Hair Rescue Ampoules – I don’t know what I was expecting from these but they certainly delivered beyond any expect ions! From the very first use, my hair felt instantly smoother and looked shinier/healthier! And 1 ampoule was enough to cover my very long locks! Will for sure re-purchase.

Especially Escada Elixir (EDT) – Lovely fragrance! A little rich & sweet as I like them…. didn’t last as long I would like in this heat but a very nice scent never the less! We were only given a small sample which I’ve already used up :( but I did enjoy wearing it!

Lacoste Sensuelle (EDT) – That’s quite a nice perfume actually! I never thought of Lacoste fragrances so this one is a new discovery for me and a good one at that! I’ve used it a few times but now keeping what’s left of the little sample bottle to keep in my handbag for when I’m going on holidays!! Really like it!

Right, well that’s it for this month’s GlamBox. I will be away in August so probably won’t be receiving my box until I get back end of the month so until then take care you guys! xo

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#MakeUpCrush: NARS is finally hitting our shores!

Be sure to mark 16th October in your calendars cos that is when the mother of all make-up brands will hit our sunny shores!

Yes you heard me right, NARS is re-launching in the Middle East and not a moment too soon if I may say.

Founded by François Nars, the brand is sophisticated, witty and effortlessly seductive! Bold and audacious, NARS makes its own rules and boldly goes where no other makeup brands have gone before; truly the lifestyle beauty brand for the modern independent woman (that’s us!)

I personally discovered NARS via one of my favourite youtubers, Lily Pebbles (here) who’s always raving about their products. I placed my first order for the Narssist Cheek Palette a few months ago and felt head over heels in love with the stuff!

It has to be my favourite make-up item EVER! It includes the very famous Laguna bronzer and of course, the Orgasm blush. These 2 are probably what made NARS so popular…. the colour, the texture, the finish on your skin are just… incredible! The highlighter is also beautiful… my only regret? To not have bought another 2 of these!! I got mine from the SpaceNK website.

What I also love about NARS is the packaging! Matt black, sleek, chic and just so sophisticated. They do tend to get a little dirty but they just look so cool on your make-up stand!

The press kit included a few bits & pieces for us to try out and here’s my feedback on those:

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Nars Hot Sand Illuminator – A gorgeous light-reflecting liquid that glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. This fab little number can be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter or you can mix it with your foundation for added sheerness.

NARS The Multiple in Copacabana – a really lovely highlighter/blusher/Eye shadow that comes in a super hand stick form. Not too shiny but enough that it captures the light and bring your best features forwards. A sweep of this creamy formal over your cheek bones and below the brow gives you that instant ‘glow’. Can also be used as an eyeshadow and on the lips! Hence the name…

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu – I’m not one to usually wear such bold colours on the lips but I’ve gotta admit to really liking this one! Paired with a simply cost of black mascara, it’s instant chic in under a minute! Perfect for those lazy days!

NARS Lip Gloss in Pricilla – WOW! And I mean WOW! This has got to the the most pigmented lipgloss I have ever tried. Such a rich colour and beautiful formula. Doesn’t stick, stays put for hours, makes your lips look delish… a keeper!

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NARS Du0 Eye Shadow in Kauai– Again, WOW! Seriously guys, these eyeshadows are buttery smooth when you apply them and they stay put for hours on end!! They have a kind of wet-to-dry finish which looks amazing. Again, never thought I’d use these colours but I have been reaching for them almost everyday recently! You can apply a light layer of it or built them up to a more full-on smokey look for an evening out!

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NARS Eye Paint in Baalbek – A super intense & rich gel-type formula which can be used to line, highlight, shade or define the eyes. A wicked 18-hour wear makes it a long day (or night)’s perfect companion. Probably the one I won’t be using so much as the colour is a little too dark for me and I’m actually pretty scared of using it! I will however try it out as an eye liner and report back to you gals!

So when can you gals get your hands on NARS products? Well, you’re going to have a little while as they will officially launch in Sephora at The Dubai Mall on 16th October.

And if you really cannot wait until then, check out SpaceNK‘s website or for my French ladies, Sephora.fr or Sephora.com!

I promise you it is well worth the wait!

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See you there :)

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#NailCrush: Formula X is (finally) hitting our shores!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have heard about Sephora‘s latest launch in the nail care department!

I’m of course talking about the new Formula X polishes!!! And guess what? They are now launching in our neck of the wood! YES you’ve heard me right, Formula X products will land in our UAE stores this very month!

I recently attended the press launch and got to try the products first hand… the colour selection is pretty amazing with over 140 different shades & effects!

The actual texture of the polishes is gel-like and just stays on forever (mine lasted 4 days which is a miracle since I can’t seem to even keep a mani intact for more than 24hrs!)

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What I was most impressed with is the new Formula X ‘The System’. A 3-step nail care pack which includes a nail cleanser, a base coat and a shine top coat. Throw in  your favourite polish and you’re on your way to a professional looking, long-lasting manicure in the comfort of your own home! The kit retails for AED120.

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I’m actually pretty impressed with the packaging and choice of colours! I mean they have them all, the nudes, the neons, the sparky ones, metallics, the special effects ones… you name it, I bet you they have it! The brush is also pretty easy to use.

And from about AEd50 a pop, they’re super inexpensive too! All the more reason to stock up for the Summer.

I promise you’ll love them! Now be sure to tune in to my Twitter account @theglamcrusher as I will be sure to let you all know the exact date these will be in Sephora at The Dubai Mall.

Can’t wait xo!

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