Friday, April 20, 2012

Double Feature! Review + FOTD

Holy crap on a stick. It's been a month since my last post. I am so sorry you guys, things honestly got a little hectic and time just went, whoop, right out the window. Honestly, though, the main reason why I haven't done any EOTD/FOTD post is because my skin has just about lost it's mind. My eyes have really been my biggest issue. The skin on my lids and under eyes have been dry and itchy, my eyes have been watery. Pollen season is in full swing here in the South. And my skin has decided that it's a teenager again, and I've been having breakouts galore. But, I am happy to say that all of the these problems are just about behind me (thank the L-rd!) thanks to a changed up skin care routine and some awesome new (to me anyways) products. I plan on doing a big post about all of that on Monday, after I finish my experiment.

Moving on.

Since it's been so long since I've posted, I've decided that today is going to be a two for one special: A Review and a FOTD.

Still love me? Of course you do.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Though I haven't posted anything, I haven't been idle. I've been sampling foundations for the past month now try to find something lighter in coverage for the summer. Now, I still love my MAC Studio Fix Fluid, it's pretty much my baby, but with the heat and humidity down here in Alabama I really wanted something that was going to be light on my face but still evened out my skin tone.

So, I picked up 3 samples: 2 foundations from Clinique (I apologize for not listing their names, but I can't read the writing on their labels. I will edit that information in when I find it.) and the NARS Tinted Moisturizer. One of the Clinique I liked alright, but I was no way in love with it, and the other, though it was the lightest shade in its particular range, made me look like I had just slathered Nutella on my skin. It was horrifying, and yet very amusing.

After that particular experience, I be-bopped myself over to Sephora and picked up a NARS sample in 'Finland", which is their lightest shade. Let me just say, I loved it. Not only did I finish out my sample, I went out and purchased the full size.

So here is what NARS has to say about their product:

Your skin -  almost bare, but better. This advanced oil free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow. Skin is transported.

First off, I don't have dark spots or hyperpigmentation, so I honestly can't say if those claims are true. But, my skin does feel hydrated, and smoother, and softer. No joke. 

One of the biggest selling points for me was the sun protection in this product. Of all the tinted moisturizers at Sephora that I looked over, this one had the highest SPF: 30. But wait, there's more! This product is a broad range product, which means that it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. I thought that was pretty fan-freakin-tastic! 

Another selling point for me is that it is a neutral tone, as in it has a balance of pink and yellow undertones. As with any skin tone, not all fair skin is alike. Some pale girls have yellow (or warm) undertones in their skin, and therefore need a pink toned foundation to balance them out; others, like myself, have pink (or cool) undertones and need a yellow based foundation (Like my MAC NC15). This moisturizer is perfect for both. 

The product is oil free, synthetic fragrance free, and retails for $42.00 for 1.9oz of product.

Now to the nitty gritty.

  • 30SPF/PA +++
  • It gives good, even, light coverage
  • Lightweight, and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.
  • Though there are no synthetic fragrances, it does have a very light citrus scent that I absolutely adore
  • $42.00 a bottle is pricey, but honestly this product is worth it. So this isn't really a Con.

Now, we get to move on to the FOTD.

Since my skin has been acting like a brat, all I've been wearing is skin toned eyeshadows and no real color except for lipstick. Let me tell you, it's been driving me absolutely bonkers! So today I decided that I'd play with a little bit of color- I have a feeling that tomorrow I'll be incorporating even more color and getting back to my old self.


  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in 'Finland'
  • M.A.C. Prep + Prime Translucent Pressed Powder
  • Bourjois blush in 16 Rose Coup De Foudre
  • M.A.C. Paint Pot in 'Painterly'
  • 'Woodwinked' eyeshadow by M.A.C., all over the lid
  • Nameless Gray/Brown (s) eyeshadow (Colourizations Duo #3) by M.A.C., in the crease and concentrated in the outer 'v', and very lightly along the lower lashline
  • 'Tissueweight' eyeshadow by M.A.C., as the brow bone highlight
  • Pin-Up Tease mascara by NYX
  • 'Viva Glam Cyndi' lipstick by M.A.C.

There you have it guys! I do plan on doing a big post on Monday about my skincare routine and the little experiment I've been doing this week. Hopefully I can get an EOTD or two in this weekend.

Have a lovely weekend, my freaky darlings!

P.S. I dyed my hair again (surprise, surprise). It's now a super bright, vibrant shade of red and I friggin love it!


Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー said...

I love your hair too!! You look beautiful in these pics. I feel you with the skin woes. Mine has been horrible lately and it really is off-putting for doing makeup. :( I haven't found a foundation I really like, but I've never used any high-end brands. I got a free sample of the Nars stuff in the mail but the shade is too dark/yellow for me. Maybe Finland would be better, hmm..

Thanks for the review!

Aimee said...

Thank you! And no problem. Samples are the shiz, so next time you're at the mall or Sephora pick up a few. :)

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