review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

For darker tanned, olive and Asian complexions with golden yellow undertones” – if this is not a direct message to me from NARS, then I don’t know what is. I swatched this foundation in store, liked it, bought it and I’ve been using it for a few months now.
Time to review!

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review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

chanel vitalumiere aqua cream compact (BA50)
chanel vitalumiere aqua compact

If you’ve read my post on the liquid version of this foundation, you’ll know I’m a fan. A couple of years ago, I was travelling a fair bit for work so I wanted a purse friendly version. A quick trip to Myer and I walked away with this baby. I’m nearing the end of the compact so this one is from the stash.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

nars radiant creamy concealer
nars radiant creamy concealer

My eye sockets have a natural tendency to be dark. No matter how much I sleep, hydrate or religiously apply cucumber slices, without concealer, I look like I need more (I don’t actually do the last one but it illustrates the point). In fact, sometimes, even with concealer, I look exhausted because of the dark circles.

I am forever looking for a concealer that is not only the right shade (hello, difficult if you’re a person of colour) but is blendable and stays in place. I can’t deal with thick pastes that are like cold peanut butter being smeared on dry toast.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has had rave reviews by nearly every blogger and their dog so natch, I had to give it a whirl.

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review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

review, pics & swatches: mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation in #nc40

Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation
Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation

Did I need another foundation? No.

Was I at the airport and was everything duty-free? Yes.

Foundation purchased . . . . .

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review, pics & swatches: mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation in #nc40

review, pics & swatches: klara kiss proof lips in #16 sexy marsala

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klara kiss proof lips in sexy marsala

Do you have a certain dress or perfume that’s your go to? You know, the one that will always fit, the one that will always get you compliments, the one that will turn heads? Well, I have a lipstick like that . . . .

#fromthestash

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review, pics & swatches: klara kiss proof lips in #16 sexy marsala

review, pics & swatches: dior diorskin nude foundation compact in #040 honey beige

diorskin nude
diorskin nude

Summer has been and gone in this part of the world and as I changed up my makeup drawer in preparation for the cooler months, I realised I had this foundation kicking around and hadn’t gotten around to reviewing it. Here goes.

By the way, this is the first in a series of reviews I’ll be doing from my existing stash #fromthestash

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review, pics & swatches: dior diorskin nude foundation compact in #040 honey beige

review, pics & swatches: lakmé absolute face stylist concealer in #5 honey

lakme absolute face stylist concealer
lakme absolute face stylist concealer

An old Hyundai ad aired in Kenya comes to mind when I come across the word Lakmé. No association with the car manufacturer, just they used the hauntingly beautiful Lakmé Viens, Malliká: Duo Des Fleurs by Léo Delibes as the theme for the advert (seriously, have a listen here).

But Lakmé is also a big Indian cosmetics and skin care brand. I recall in the 90s, as I leafed through my mother’s lady magazines and encountered the indescribably beautiful Aishwarya Rai proclaiming Lakmé the secret of her looks. I wonder how many women bought tubes of lipstick to emulate the same.

All this time, my exposure to the brand was limited to print adverts until I chanced upon it in Malaysia last year. Access to beauty products designed specifically for my skin type? Had to buy!

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review, pics & swatches: lakmé absolute face stylist concealer in #5 honey