It feels like the year virtually flew by doesn’t it? It’s been a great year for makeup that’s for sure! My year end favorite post is upcoming shortly but I thought we could reflect on a few things first!
Some of the questions I asked myself as I was reflecting were the following:
The Muse will place her answers here and you can answer, if you like, in the comment field below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this!
I think I have to take myself all the way back to Spring 2008 to get a good idea of my very favorite collection of the year. The Etude House My Lovely Face Collection (aka Peach Collection) was my absolute favorite of the year! And it’s no wonder with it’s great packaging, fresh peachy shades, and incredible Pore Erasing Peach Base! This was by far my fav of the year! Etude House Spring 2009 I Can’t Help Smiling is simply adorably but in the Muse’s opinion it isn’t nearly as kawaii as last year’s collection!
In reflecting on my tastes and whether they have changed or not from last year I’d have to say a loud YES! I embraced more natural looks this year, got really excited about nudes and neutrals, and just dramatically altered my normal bold looks to include some very mature ones! So yes indeed my tastes have changed a tad bit. This doesn’t mean I don’t still adore bold looks but I have to say I’ve surprised myself with the amount of natural makeup I’ve taken on lately!
Unquestionably my greatest cosmetic find of the year was NARS Blush in Super Orgasm! I’ve heard rants and I’ve heard hate but I simply adored it. For me it was pure perfection! Not that it tops Super Orgasm but discovering that Urban Decay Primer has a SLEW of product left in the bottle after slicing it open is definitely a highlight of my year as well!
I can’t say so much if I embraced any trends this year. I kinda march to the beat of my own drum and I’m not one for embracing a trend but more along the lines of doing my own thing! One trend I definitely couldn’t get a handle on, no mater how hard I tried, was the vampy lip! I tried with MAC Binge and tried again with the Lancome Piha Collection but it just didn’t work on this Muse!
I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t somewhat excited about the MAC Hello Kitty Collection! Although I made up my own little ideas about how this collection should look, I do find myself getting more and more antsy for it’s release as I am eager to see it in person for myself. Yes, I know I’ll be disappointed but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it’ll be great! I’m also excited to see what the Summer has in store for us! Summer releases are a great time to stock up on bold shades so of course I look forward to what MAC, Urban Decay, and other brands have on the menu for the warmer weather!
Now it’s your turn…..
Tell the Muse all about what you loved and hated in 2008?
What your greatest find was?
What trends you embraced?
The Muse’s heart was thumping rather loudly after she seen the new NARS Holiday Collection 2008! She was particularly thrilled with the introduction of the two newest shades of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and Silent Night. Have you seen them yet? Oh my gosh gorgeous!
Today I’ll be reviewing NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and later this week I’ll bring you a second review of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Silent Night. Excited? The Muse is!
I’m unsure which I love more but I must say that both shadows are outstanding. I used Night Life this morning for simple look and you can honestly get any number of looks using the shadow alone or together with other items in your stash. Night Life is a sparkling metallic silver which is absolute shimmer overload! If you love your shadows full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter, Night Life should appeal! The texture may be a little bit of a let down considering that this causes major fall out woes. Upon applying you’ll end up with sparkles just about everywhere which is because the formula feels much like a pressed pigment would. Once you swipe your brush across the shadow it kicks up a huge cloud of chunky pieces of sparkle and glitter which in turn cause a major ordeal for application but honestly, when have you ever not run into a problem when applying a shimmering shadow?
Aside from fall out problems I loved the finish of the shadow and highly recommend nabbing it for yourself. The shadow can be used alone to create a metallic, foiled silver eye which pairs up nicely with a black liner (this is how I used it this morning!). Or, better yet, Night Life will be an ideal shadow for creating a smoked eye sparkling eye look that should grab attention this Holiday Season! The silver would be a fantastic base or as a crease shade followed up closely with a matte black shadow to create a rather outstanding smoky eye! Honestly, the possibilities of using this shadow are endless and it’s fast becoming a favorite for the season ahead for me!
If you simply adore sparkling shadows you’ll want to grab NARS Night Life for yourself! The Muse Approves it for purchase and says it’s well worth picking up to add to your NARS Collection!
To create my look this morning I simply used NARS Night Life all over my eye and followed up with liner! Simple, sparkling, gorgeous!
What I used to create my look:
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Life
Tony & Tiny Glitter Eyeliner in Black/Silver
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
MAC Eyeliner in Black Funk
KATE Gel Mascara
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Bare Escentuals Gossamer Diamond Powder
NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave
How about you?
Anything catch your eye from NARS Holiday Collection?
Tell the Muse!
NARS Holiday Collection 2008
NARS Super Orgasm Review
NARS Revolt Lipgloss Review
NARS Roundup Review
NARS has two videos on their site which I thought were interesting so I thought I’d share them here with you!
The first video is entitled “A Healthy, Radiant Complextion” and this features the NARS Senior Stylist James Boehmer giving tips and tricks on using foundation and concealer!
You can view that video by clicking here.
As I was watching the video I realized that I never tried NARS concealer before! Must add that onto my list for review!
Update: Ah ha now I know why I never purchased NARS concealer, it comes in a lipstick style tube! The Muse no likey that style of concealer! Ack!
The second video is entitled “A Beautiful Cheek” and shows a detailed guide for ahcieving contoured cheeks.
You can view that video here.
While I was watching this video I realized that my blush is “WOW” in your face! I never apply to the lower cheek area, I normally apply to the apples of my cheek! I’m wondering if I choose to apply this way if it would give the illusion of a slimmer face hmmmm!
All in all a rather fun way to procrastinate at work today! Happy viewing!
Stop back and tell me whatcha think of the videos!
NARS Dolce Vita Set Review
NARS Holiday Collection 2008
NARS Super Orgasm Review
NARS Lipgloss in Revolt Review
Is it seriously all that hard to fall madly, deeply and truly in love with the NARS Holiday Collection for 2008?
Come on…seriously now…who doesn’t want to indulge?
The collection is stunning and includes, you guessed it, Super Orgasm! That alone must have you wriggling around in your desk chair in utter excitement!
The Muse has already indulged and reviewed NARS Super Orgasm however this hasn’t lessened her excitement about the other goodies included in NARS Holiday Collection 2008!
Ummm hello? I’m pretty sure I absolutely have to have NARS Single Eyeshadows in Night Life and Silent Night! I’m particularly thrilled since these are two new shadows as I originally thought these might be something I already have from the NARS Night Series Palette I purchased last year! However, good news, they are both brand new shades! Definitely on my wishy list! Santa, baby filled my stocking with NARS eyeshadow and I’ll love you forevers and ever!
Also released is a new duo shadow in Jolie Poupee which contains a vibrant violet and a stunning purple!
Get your pout ready for the holiday with NARS Lipstick in Canaille and NARS Lipgloss in All Night Long!
And complete your look with a bit of NARS Nail Polish in Orgasm!
Truly a great Holiday Season with NARS!
You can get your NARS Holiday on right now by visiting Sephora or NARS Cosmetics!
Review Coming Soon………!
Want any of this collection?
What are your favorite pieces?
Simply gagging to hear your thoughts!
NARS Orgasm is something you either really, really love or something you just didn’t like and felt like the hype didn’t quite live up to the actual product.
The fact is I happen to fall into the really, really love category when discussing NARS Orgasm however if you happen to fall into the “meh I didn’t like it all that much” category I’m about to convince you that NARS Super Orgasm is an absolute must have.
NARS Super Orgasm is currently available exclusively from Sephora as Beauty Exclusive item online and will later be released worldwide with the NARS Holiday Collection soon. NARS Super Orgasm comes with my highest seal of approval and recommendation for purchase. You needs it, pure and simple.
NARS Orgasm is a great blush however when compared with NARS Super Orgasm no question remains which version is the better option and now a favorite of mine.
NARS Orgasm has a slightly iridescent finish which I’m not particularly fond of however NARS Super Orgasm fulfills the hype that surrounds NARS Orgasm and offers a gorgeous, silky finish that’s simply gorgeous.
Sporting NARS Orgasm
Sporting NARS Super Orgasm
Although both shades appear similiar the finishes are absolutely different. NARS Orgasm is a sheer, pinky peach shade where as NARS Super Orgasm is a very pigmented pinky peach shade without the iridescent finish of it’s previous release. The color is considerably deeper and the finishes are vastly different. I notice a glow to my face when I’m using Orgasm but when I use Super Orgasm I get a blushing cheek and what looks like I applied a highlighter on top. Super Orgasm has a good deal of a better color payoff than the regular Orgasm as well and offers buildable color where as Orgasm was considered to sheer by some, Super Orgasm offers popping color to cheeks this time around. NARS Super Orgasm does have a good deal of gold glitter in the formula however it doesn’t show up on skin and once applied you’re just left with perfectly peachy pink cheeks that are both natural looking and gorgeous.
Out of the two shades I must say NARS Super Orgasm definately makes it onto my favorite list. The color is versatile enough to suit every single season be it Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall. The pay off is considerably deeper and shimmery when compared to regular Orgasm. The irritating iridescent finish from Orgasm is replaced with a smoother, more natural finish. The large pieces of glitter in the blush turn into a beautiful shimmery look on the cheeks that’s not over done but just perfect.
Yes, yes indeed this is Holy Grail material.
The Muse is loving NARS Super Orgasm! Get yourself to Sephora and order yourself some! For the lovers of NARS Orgasm you’ll want to experience and fall in love all over again when you purchase Super Orgasm, for those of you who weren’t originally impressed with NARS Orgasm be prepared to fall in love for the first time with this amazing blush, and for those new to NARS Orgasm…you need to indulge in Super Orgasm it’s the most universally flattering shade of blush you’ll ever come across!
The Muse recommends, approves it, and says go get it now!
Got it already?
Are you an Orgasm fan?
Tell the Muse!
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NARS Orgasm Lipgloss and Nail Polish Set Review
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