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NARS Spring 2014 Color Collection

#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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#SeptemberMakeUpCrush (the French Edit): Dans ma trousse #Septembre13

Chose promise chose due, voici mon French Edit du mois de Septembre… le 2 Octobre… mais bon en heure ‘Dubai’ c’est tout a fait normal… ah oui parce qu’ici on est toujours en retard… ce qui est assez agacant surtout que tout le monde trouve tout a fait normal d’arriver 3hrs apres la bataille mais bon bref, on est ici pour parler de mes 2 sujets preferes: Maquillage et Beaute!

Je vous rapelle que mon clavier ne fait pas les accents et ne verifie pas l’orthographe en Francais :(!

Alors ce mois-ci, j’ai SUPER MEGA kiffe sur les produits de maquillage suivant:

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Complexion:

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Base Serum Matite – un base serum qu’on applique apres avant le fond de teint ou la BB pour un effet matte qui dure toute la journee. J’ai teste ici avec 39C et c’est super efficace!

Dior HydraLife BB Creme – Hydratant Sublimateur Beaute Immediate (Medium) – maintenant qu’on est passe en dessous des 45C (enfin!), j’ai ressorti ma BB preferee! La Dior HydraLife BB Creme est tout simplement extraordinaire! La texture n’est pas aussi legere que celle de L’Occitane ou Garnier et il donc preferable de la porter quand il fait un peu moins chaud. La tenue est excellente, la couleur parfaite (je prend la teinte ‘medium’)…. je n’ai vraiment rien a dire de negatif! Appliquez-la au pinceau plutot qu’a la main pour obtenir une couverture uniforme.

Josie Maran Gelee pour les joues (Pink Escape) – alors ce petit pot est mon produit chouchou du mois! On ne le trouve qu’aux Etats Unis malheureusement mais une SUPER COPINE a pense a m’en ramener et WOW! J’adore! C’est un blush mais en gelee… ca semble assez etrange je sais mais alors la tenue est superbe, la couleur tres discrete, la texture est super facile a appliquer… le gros kiff!

MAC Blush Mineral (Warm Soul) – un autre de mes blush preferes que je porte souvent le soir, le Blush Mineral de MAC est un peu plus ‘luxe’. Une texture poudree avec une pointe de brilliant pour donner un effet super ‘glowy’ et qui ressort vraiment bien sur les photos (au cas ou il y aurait des paps dans le coin… on sait jamais!)

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Maybelline New York Color Tattoo – Alors la aussi gros kiff! (promis je change de mot!) J’utilise des fards a paupieres creme depuis un petit moment parce que je les trouve beaucoup plus faciles a appliquer et surtout parce qu’ils durent beaucoup plus longtemps! Celui-la en l’occurence tient en general toute la journee (et j’ai des grosses journees) et a aussi resister a un match de foot par 35C! J’ai pas besoin d’en dire plus…

Bourjois Paris Fan-tastic Volume Mascara – Un des mascaras que j’ai achete en France et que je met depuis tous les jours! J’aime beaucoup la brosse en eventail qui accroche bien tous les cils et donne un effet volume. Bon rien de dramatique mais pour un maquillage leger, ce mascara fait tres bien l’affaire!

Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara – Je vous ai deja parler de celui-la le mois dernier! Encore une fois, c’est vraiment mon mascara prefere. Je le porte le soir ou pour les occasions speciales car il ajoute un volume TRES dramatique pour le coup!

Bourjois Paris Crayon Effet Smoky (71 – Smoked Brown) – Il y a quelques annees, une maquilleuse m’avait conseiller de ne pas porter du crayon noir car ca rendait mon regard beaucoup trop agressif. J’utilise donc depuis un crayon brun et ai recemment decouvert les Crayons Effet Smoky de Bourjois qui sont geniaux! La texture est douce et cremeuse, la tenue plutot pas mal et il y a meme un petit pinceau pour creer son effet smoky attache donc super pratique!

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Bourjois Paris Shine Edition lipstick (23) – non je ne suis pas sponsorisee par Bourjois (j’aimerai bien!) c’est juste que j’adore cette marque, tout particulierement leur derniers rouge a levre Shine Edition! Ils sont a la fois hydratant, glossy et super pigmentes donc la couleur dure assez longtemps. Le gros kiff quoi! (ah pardon j’avais dit que j’arrete avec mon ‘kiff’!)

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#MakeUpCrush: Marvelous Moxie by bareMinerals, exclusively at Sephora

Marvelous MoxieTM makes lips smart. Sexy. Sensational.

The promise of an irresistible pout with lush, vibrant color. Intense, long-lasting moisture. Voluptuous, dense, soft lips… Instantly. That’s Marvelous MoxieTM.

bareMinerals presents a brand new line for lips, featuring sixteen Lipsticks and twelve Lip glosses.

Marvelous MoxieTM Lipstick

Creamy and drenched with color, Marvelous Moxie lipsticks glide over lips, covering them with a rich texture and a silky finish. Lips are pumped up and curvaceous, instantly and lastingly.

Their energizing mineral complex, composed of sodium chloride, zinc and copper, makes lips firmer. Their formula, featuring Abyssinie and Omega acids, moisturizes and nourishes. The A, C and E vitamins encapsulated in the formula work as strong antioxidants, protecting lips from outside aggressions, while peptides bring volume and make lips more voluptuous.

The result: a succulent mouth and lips that are shapely, moisturized and nourished, instantly and lastingly. Available in 16 colours. Price: AED 104 / QAR 106 / SAR 110 / KD 8.25 / BD 11.0

Marvelous MoxieTM Gloss

The glossy version of the MARVELOUS MOXIE lipstick: MARVELOUS MOXIE lip glosses melt on the lips for an irresistibly juicy result. Lips are fresh, vibrant and voluptuous, instantly and lastingly.

MARVELOUS MOXIE lip glosses use an energizing mineral complex, composed of sodium chloride, zinc and copper, to make lips firmer. Their formula, based on avocado butter, shea butter and murumuru butter moisturizes and nourishes lips. The A, C and E vitamins encapsulated in the formula work as strong antioxidants, protecting lips from outside aggressions, while peptides stimulate the production of collagen to bring volume and make lips more voluptuous. Available in 12 colours. Price: AED 104 / QAR 106 / SAR 110 / KD 8.25 / BD 11.0

The new bareMinerals products will be exclusively available at Sephora from end of September 2013 for UAE and Qatar, October for Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi. I can’t wait!

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#Make-UpCrush: My “Summer Holidays Capsule Make-up” bag

Only a  few days to go and I shall be jetting off to the South of France for a few weeks! I don’t about you but I look forward to going home, catching up with the family and friends, enjoying lovely food AND go beauty shopping!!

But first up, I need to pack! And with only 23kgs to play with, you gotta be smart about it! I’ve lived abroad for so long now that I have become a ‘master of the suitcase’ thing!

Every thing is meticulously planned from outfits to accessories and of course, beauty products & make-up!

So here is a glimpse inside my make-up bag and what I will be taking away with me to guarantee I look fab & glam without having to leg my whole bathroom!

1. Let’s start with the most important bit: the Make-Up Bag!

This one came highly recommended by one of my favorite blogger, Viviannadoesmakeup! As she puts it, if make-up and Filofax were to have a baby, THIS is what it would look like!

I ordered this Paul & Joe cute little pouch from Selfridges.com for 23 Pounds and 5 days later, it landed on my door step! You gotta love ‘Shop & Ship’!

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2. Complexion

As much as I need a break, my skin needs one even more! A break from wearing a lot of make-up, foundation etc… so this Summer, I’m all about THE BB Cream! I have tried a few and just discovered this one from L’Occitane which is just amazing!! It boasts moisturizing agents, gives the complexion a fresh, natural and even look, visibly reduces the look of pores & redness and (bonus) has an SPF 30 built-in.

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As a primer, I’ll be packing my genius POREfessional from Benefit of course! I posted a review not so long ago so check it out here.

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I’ve also packed my Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector which I’ll use as a concealer and/or highlighter.

My Summer blush will be from Bourjois Paris in Lilas d’Or which is this gorgeous deep pink with gold shimmer.

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For Bronzer, I’ve chosen the Body Shop Honey Bronzer, as (again) highly recommended by another favourite blogger of mine, LianaBeauty.

I’ve also packed my Cha Cha Tint and Sun Beam from Benefit just cos they look so pretty and give a beautiful glow to your skin! These will be used for V special occasions!

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3. Eyes

Obviously I can’t quite live without my Bassam Fattouh Fork Eyeliner! Find out why here.

Next up, eye pencils! I packed a black one (DiorShow), a brown one (L’Oreal Paris) & a gold one from Sephora.

Mascara-wise, I went with the Outrageous Volume from Sephora which I adore! I also bought my waterproof DiorShow Blackout Mascara for when I’m on the beach or by the pool.

And as for eye shadows, well it had to be my newly purchased Urban Decay Naked 2 palette!! Another bloggers’ favourite and I can totally see why now! All the colours you need to create natural to dramatic smokey eyes! Thumbs up!

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Last but not least, my amazing MAC Brow Pen!

4. Lips

I don’t wear much lipsticks and generally go for my Figs & Rouge Lip Balm! BUT if I do want to glam up a little I will be reaching for my 2 adorable

Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede sticks in  070 – Preview for daytime and 50 – Couture for evenings out!

I managed to squize in a couple of Sephora blending brushing and my Body Shop big fluffy brush for blending in bronzer & applying my blush!

And here is what the whole thing looks like! (please forgive the shabby picture my camera is broken and I only had my blackberry to snap it!)

My 'Summer Capsule Make-Up' Collection

My ‘Summer Capsule Make-Up’ Collection

Since a few have requested it, I shall blog my ‘Summer Essentials – Beauty Bits & Bobs‘ in the next few days :)

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