The Nars Christopher Kane Collection & a New Nars Outlet!

Hey guys, 

I realize I haven’t updated my blog in almost a month, and this is not typical of me. I usually get at least 5-10 posts up a month, but recently I’ve been slacking. I’ve got no excuses other than the fact that I’ve been constantly tired, busy, and lazy ūüė¶ ¬†Lets see if I can remember how to use this thing again ūüėĬ†

Well, updates on life? Not much other than enjoying the new job that has been keeping me busy, eating a lot of good food, working out to keep the food from turning into flab, and buying a lot of clothes & shoes. To be honest, I’ve not bought much makeup recently, and the only thing I’ve got my eye on at the moment is the Limited Edition Guerlain¬†Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015. That baby, I’m sure to buy soon!¬†

On to the post for today, remember the days where you had to trek our way thorough the horrendous KL traffic to get to Pavilion if you wanted anything at all from Nars Cosmetics? Well not anymore. Now you can make your way straight to Mid Valley Mall where the newest Nars store is located. Well to be honest, traffic in MV on the weekends are equally bad, but at least we have an option closer to home now. 

I had the opportunity to recently sneak ¬†preview into the store, and also to have a first look at the newly¬†launched LE Christopher Kane Collection. Looking at the new store,¬†The MV outlet is certainly much more spacious, and even has a secret private room at the back. ūüôā There is definitely more seating available for new customers to come in and try the Nars products available.¬†

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For Summer 2015, NARS introduces The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection ‚Äď NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them.

The collection, which showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

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There are 9 items in the collection comprising 4 lip glosses, 1 Nars Illuminating Multiple, 3 blushes & a single, and duo eyeshadow.

The Neoneutrals collection is certainly an oxymoron, since how does one combine Neon & Neutrals in makeup? But this collection captures Neon & Neutrals so well with it vibrant colours that apply to a beautiful neutral finish. 

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I gotta say, the blushes & eye shadows are the most beautiful things I’ve ever set¬†my eyes on. The single eye shadow in the shade Outer Layer was one of the items I planned to get my hands on, but it was sold out the second day the collection launched. I tell you, the Malaysian Nars fanbase are one dedicated bunch!

The blush that I fell in love with, and did manage to get was the bright pink Starscape. Now I realize that the blush look REALLY pink, but trust me when I say it is best applied with a light touch, even on tanned skin tones like mine, and it gives off the most beautiful glow!

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A close look at how bright the blush¬†is. ‚̧ Love love love! If you notice on the wee right, the Silent Nude blush sits silently, lol! The blush is a nude shade, which somewhat doesn’t apply well on me as a blush, but as an eye shadow, it’s just so beautiful. Who said makeup isn’t versatile?

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Swatches of Starscape & Silent Nude. The pigmentation is no joke, as it goes with all Nars products.

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Swatches of the lipglosses. From the top, Glow Pink, Nucleus, Nebulous, Mezmer.

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Price points for each of the items. The price range is your standard Nars pricing, and I love that the pricing doesn’t increase for LE collections. Guerlain, you guys better take note. :/

I didn’t manage to take a swatch of the eye shadows or the Multiple, but I can assure you that they are amazingly gorgeous as well.

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And I’ll end the post with a shot of gorgeous desserts. ‚̧
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All in all, the Christopher Kane collection is definitely one to look out for, and I suggest you head over to your nearest Nars store for a look! 

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The Nars store is located on the Mid Valley Mall, on the Ground Floor (G-058) next to Forever 21. For more information on the Christopher Kane Collection, useful links below:

https://www.facebook.com/narscosmetics
http://www.narscosmetics.com/

Talk to you guys soon! ‚̧

PS: I didn’t tell you this, but there might just be another Nars store hitting our KL malls soon, so look out for that!

xoxo,
Shashay

[Review] Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic

Namastey boys and girls!

This post has been sitting in my draft folder for the longest time, so I finally decided to get off my lazy behind and pen down some of my personal thoughts on the Nars Dual Intensity blush. We all know how popular the regular Nars blushes are, so lets take a look at how these new ones fare, shall we?
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I only picked up the shade Panic out of the 6 shades available, and I’ll tell you why in a bit.¬†

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[Review] Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel

I’ve been doing some soul-searching in regards¬†to this¬†blog. One fine morning, I decided to read through my previous posts, dating back to the first post I wrote in August 2013, just on a whim. I feel that over the past year and a half, I’ve lost the¬†touch and real-ness to my writing. I feel that my older writings used to be the actual me, speaking to you guys, but now, its like I’ve changed. I don’t see myself reflected in my words anymore, and I haven’t the faintest idea as to¬†why. Maybe I’ve changed as a person, maybe my passion for blogging has just took a downward spiral, or possibly, I’m just going through a rough patch in life atm.¬†

Anyway, past my jumbled, messy thoughts, and onto something radiant!

I picked up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer a while ago, and to be very honest, I only bought¬†it since I couldn’t stand the amazing¬†raves on it no more, and curiosity was killing me. I got colour matched to Caramel, which is a medium dark yellow with¬†golden undertones. I initially thought I could be in the shade Amande based off online swatches, but turns out that was too dark on me, and Biscuit was just a shade lighter than I needed. If you need a proper colour match, please do try this on in store.

PS: Have I mentioned that I like how all their shades for the Radiant Creamy Concealers are in food or drink names?

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Product Description: Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skin care benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue. Long wearing and crease-proof. Paraben-free, alcohol free, synthetic fragrance free & non comedogenic.

NARS has shades in 3 intensities, Light, Medium and Dark and the numbers on the shades indicate the intensity, so like mine, which is in Med/Dark 2.

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Packaging wise, it comes in a sleek, slim tube, & the tip of the cap is in the typical Nars rubber. The applicator is your doe foot tip, which makes product application a breeze. Though be sure to not to pick up too much product, as the tip sometimes tends to pick up a big dollop of concealer, so what I do is I scrape it off the sides. You get 6ml of product in this, so if you’re a heavy concealer user, this will last you, say 2-3 months?

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The ingredient list ūüôā

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Product swatches. As you can see, once blended out, Caramel gives off a very nice, smooth finish. Its medium to slightly full coverage, and is easily buildable should you need to.

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In case you needed to know what the other 9 shades look, like, here you go! I love Nars, just because they cover every single shade in the skin spectrum, from the fairest to the tannest of us.
Pic sourced via Cafe Makeup

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Personal Thoughts: I cannot stop using this concealer, really. I’ve used a few concealers in my time, and this one tops the list! First of all, it’s so creamy & blend able, and it just melts onto my skin, providing the coverage that I need. Creamy, but not thick and cakey. As you can see in the pictures below, I usually dot them under my eyes, making a sort of Y shape, and blend with my middle finger. I find that this concealer works much better when blended using my fingers, rather than a brush, & I suspect its due to the warmth of my hands that makes easier. I just dot, tap away till it’s all smooth & blended!

You can see my before & after pics, so you tell me if this concealer isn’t just marvelous? Not only does it covers what needs to be covered, it also makes my skin look much more radiant. Love! It dries off to a velvety powdery finish, and I don’t even have to set it with powder to make it last all day.¬†It really doesn’t budge. And an added bonus? It never¬†settles into any fine lines. Not that I have that many yet, (touch wood!) but it doesn’t crease nor cake on me.

Though this concealer was meant for the eye area, I find that I use it almost all over my face, and it works just dandy.It literally may be the one concealer to rule them all. ūüėÄ

Pardon me bushy brows. :/

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I can’t rave about this product any more than I have, but I just love it! The raves are spot on, because this is one product that you just have to try, and voila, true love forever! I will say this though, it’s definitely pricey for a concealer at RM106, but I think it’s worth my every penny. And yes, I bought this meself, so this is not a sponsored post in case you were wondering. So yes, go forth and purchase this before the price increase hits post¬†GST! ‚̧ I know I personally bought a butt load of makeup, and I’m still buying more today ūüôā That and groceries for the next decade, lol!

For more information, useful links as per below:

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https://www.facebook.com/narscosmetics

www.narscosmetics.com

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in 10 shades & retails for RM 106/6ml at the Nars flagship store in Pavilion Mall.
xoxo,
Shashay

Review & FOTD : Nars Adult Swim Collection

Harooo awesomesauces!

¬†You see it right, another Nars post your way! I can’t help it, they have the loveliest products and I’m just a sucker for them ūüėÄ

Their latest¬†Summer 2014 Color Collection, aptly named the Adult Swim Collection, because hey, lets face it, summer time is a time to party by the pool side in your sexiest stilettos & bikinis isn’t it ‚̧

Shall we dive into the  sexy poolside setting with the NARS Summer 2014 Collection?

Pic via Temptalia

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The Nars Adult Swim Collection Features 12 drool worthy products.
Available from May 2014 onwards at NARS Cosmetics, Pavilion KL.

  • Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow, RM 120 (Limited Edition)
  • Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow, RM 120¬†(Limited Edition)
  • Malacca Single Eyeshadow, RM 90
  • Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, RM 90
  • Baalbek Eye Paint, RM 95
  • Hot Sand Illuminator, RM 110
  • Libertango Nail Polish, RM 60¬†(Limited Edition)
  • Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • 1671lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Wonder Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Salamanca Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Priscilla Lip Gloss, RM 85

I’ve got three items to feature today. I can’t afford the whole collection you see, lest I be broke by the end of the month ūüôā

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Nars Baalbek Eye Paint

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Baalbek is one of the first items I swatched, and boy, am I glad I did! Baalbek is described as an intense shimmery bronze eye paint, which basically means that they can double up as either a gel eye liner or a base for your eye shadow. ¬†I personally prefer using it as a base for my shadows since I like my liners to be a matte black, but that’s just my personal preference. For your reference though, I have used it as a gel liner in the pic below so that you can see how it looks on ūüôā

Nars Iraklion Soft Touch Pencil

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Iraklion was one of my favourite items in the lot, which is very surprising considering the reviews out there for Iraklion weren’t too kind to it. It appears as a ¬†beautiful tan brown with a pink undertone which is reminiscent of a champagne sheen (no glitter there!). Iraklion can double up as either your eye shadow base or a simple cream shadow. I use it as an eyeshadow and then feather it out¬†&¬†it gives me such a beautiful looking colour. I was initially worried that it will look too fair on my olive-y skin tone, but my worries was dissipated the moment I applied it!

The texture is great, its soft, but not too soft that you apply way to much of it (which sometimes happens to me and cream shadows), and it blends easily. The con of the Iraklion that gets so many reviewers out there booing it? It doesn’t last very long, and it creases within hours which is exactly what I faced as well. Too bad about that considering its a great product in all other aspects.

Nars Hot Sand Illuminator

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THIS. IS. DA. BOMB.

Nars have hit all my right spots with this soft peachy, rose quartz, champagne coloured liquid highlighter. The moment I applied this onto my cheekbones, I was like, woahhh ‚̧ I can haz cheekbones! The effect is so subtle, but definitely noticeable. It gives off that dewy glow that one always can appreciate in the hot summertime.

Swatches for your kind perusal ūüôā

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This is a quick look I pulled off with the 3 products above, and topped of my lips with the Bourjois Rouge Edition in No 18. I realize that the lip colour is an autumn shade in a summer time post, but forgive me, I only own vampy, autumny or red lippies. What do you think though? Can you see how Hot Sand illuminates my nose bridge and cheekbones?

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A quick close up of Iraklion & Baalbek ‚̧ Not very noticeable, but I prefer the natural, sun-kissed,¬†glowy look.

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Do you like any of the items from the Nars Summer Collection 2014? Have you purchased any yourself?

Let me know in the comments! 

xoxo,
Shashay

Nars Made My Lashes Look Larger Than Life!

I remember breathing a huge sigh of relief when NARS’s first ever store opened up in Malaysia, and I even did a fan-girl worthy post to celebrate their launch! ¬†You can read that post here. I’m actually also really looking forward to their Narcissist Palette which is due to launch in April, so fingers crossed for me to get my greedy hands on it ūüôā

Despite my publicly professed love for NARS, I haven’t reviewed a NARS item to date now have I? ¬†I guess its our lucky day today because I have not¬†one, but two NARS products to talk to you guys about! Shall we?

NARS Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

When I got these babies the other day, I was like GASPPPP!! *insert fan-girl scream here*

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The two products I have today are the NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara & Volumizing Mascara!

I am a fan of big fluttery lashes, but I don’t fancy wearing fake lashes because they feel a tad heavy, and I don’t want to worry about my lashes falling out, so mascara has always been my go to product for more prominent lashes. I have tried and tested quite a bit of mascaras in my beauty loving life, but I have never tried a higher end one like NARS, so I’m pretty excited to see how it compares to the drugstore mascaras that I usually use.

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Lengthening Mascara Product Description:¬†¬†This mascara delivers length and separation with its high-performance formula. The high-tech bristles on the conical brush allows for maximum lengthening capabilities and precise lash definition that lasts all day. Nylon fibers cling to lashes for extra length, while macadamia nut oil and vitamin E help enhance their suppleness. You’ll be left with impossibly long and impossibly sexy lashes.

Volumizing Mascara Product Description: ¬†This lush, vitamin-enriched mascara boosts volume and curl with every stroke. The signature “honeycomb” fibers of the brush are designed for maximum product pickup and smooth, even distribution that coats every lash without smudging or flaking. The rich, deep pigment magnifies the effect, creating a thick fringe that’s high-definition, high drama, and bigger than ever.¬†Every lash is coated with a velvety finish; no clumping, smudging or flaking.¬†Lush. Lavish. Dramatically full lashes for high-drama lashes that are bigger than ever.¬†

Each mascara is 6g and comes in NARS’s signature rubber packaging. Now I’ve heard a few complaints previously about the rubber packaging melting and becoming tacky, but NARS seemed to have modified the packaging in recent years, so I trust that the packaging is no longer an issue.

Also, the mascara has no scent to it, just in case anyone was wondering. ūüėČ

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Looking at the wand of both mascaras, its obvious to see that they are designed differently, whereby the lengthening one has a conical wand, and the volumizing one has NARS’s signature honeycomb wand. The conical wand apparently allows lengthening effects and also separates lashes more effectively, while the honeycomb wand is designed to pick up maximum product for that va va voom volume!!

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If you read the product description closely, you may have noticed that both the mascaras contain Vitamin E and macadamia oil. You may ask why, so lemme explain. Macadamia oil is known for containing essential fatty acids that protect hair from the elements and whilst Vitamin E is very widely known for its hair growth properties as well as preserving the lustre, strength and shine of hair.

Testing 1…2….3…. in progress.

Here is a before and after picture of me wearing the NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

As you can clearly see, my lashes look extra long, I felt like I was Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street! No clumping, lashes separated perfectly, and no smudging after wearing it for more than 12 hours.

Application wise, the lengthening wand is quite thin, so it manages to coat all the lashes and get into any nook and crannies to give you amazing length.

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Being born Indian, I’m already blessed with relatively thick lashes, but who doesn’t want thicker lashes?

Have a look at what the NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara does for me.

After using the volumizing mascara, my lashes look much thicker, and as it promises, no clumping. I was wearing this mascara for about 12 hours with zero smudging or flaking!

Application is pretty straightforward, but since the volumizing wand is comparatively bigger than the lengthening wand, you have to be a little careful during application.

PS: If you were wondering, yes, I was walking around for 12 hours with the lengthening mascara on one eye and the volumizing mascara on the other eye. I hope no one noticed!

Oh the joys of being a beauty blogger ūüėČ

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And I decided to combine both mascaras, using the lengthening mascara first, and the volumizing one second, and this was my awesomesauce results! Look at that length and volume after just one coat! I think these mascaras work best as a set, don’t you? The mascara is buildable, and if you wish to have more dramatic lashes, try 2-3 coats.

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Personally, I loved the combination of the mascaras as they provided me with the best results compared to using them separately. It looks as if I’m wearing fake lashes, sans the heaviness. The mascara does not move one bit in our Malaysian weather, and it takes quite a bit of make-up remover to get rid of completely as it is waterproof. On top of that, the mascaras dries quite quickly, so if you accidentally stabbed your eyes (please don’t) with the mascara wand, have a Q tip handy to clean it up.

So drugstore vs high-end? Compared to my regular Maybelline Falsies that I’m using at the moment, the NARS mascaras surely win, hands down! There is reason these products are pricey, and you definitely get your money back in quality and results. I think I’ll stick with Nars for a while, but as you all know, I get distracted with new items very easily!¬†

Wearing the mascara the whole day made me feel like this, LOL!
My, my, what lovely lashes I have!
Larger than life? Oh yeah ūüôā

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The NARS mascara retails for RM95 and is available at the one and only NARS Malaysia store at Pavilion.

What do you guys think? Is this something on your wish list now? 

xoxo,
Shashay

2014 Wishlists

Hello awesomesauces!

Now this is just a random blog post by moi, highlighting some of the products I really wanna try out in 2014, as well as random hopes and dreams scattered in my brain. Maybe this post can serve as a gift guide for the boyf too! He better be reading this!  Anyway here we go!

Too Faced Coconut Oil Body Bronzer: Tried this out in Sephora recently, and I love it! Need to get it, since it makes my skin looks amazing, and gives that J-Lo GLow! And not to mention, it smells scrumptious! 

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Too Faced Natural At Night Neutral Eye Shadow Collection: For someone who loves earthy shades, this palette is perfect for me! It swatches amazingly too! 

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Anna Sui La Vie De Boheme: GAHHHH this smells f****** amazing! I love this scent! If only perfumes were not so pricey! Tested it out just ONCE, and I was hooked! 

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Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator: This is such a beautiful highlight for my tanned skin, and its not pricey either. I may just get this by end of this year since I’ve been thinking about it ever since I swatched it in Sephora.

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Nars Creamy Concealer: Do I really have to say why I need this? Its Nars, and its concealer. I need these two things in my life.

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Benefit Rose Lip and Cheek Stain: Was never really a fan of tints before this, but I am absolutely in love with Benetint! 

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Paco Rabbane 1 milion: This isn’t for me, but for my other half, whom I know has been wanting this since forever. Been broke for a while now, but that’s about to change, and hopefully I can get him something he absolutely loves.

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Things that I cant buy but looking forward to in 2014?

Moving to a new place, and hopefully together with my awesome other half! Its time to take the next step into the relationship.

A new career path. 

A shiny, swanky, new car? I really am so sick of public transportation already. Thinking of getting a cute little Perodua Viva, what do you guys think?

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Spending more time with the family,my girls, and not letting my job dictate my life, or my social life. hmpphh.

Saving more money for the future?

And finally taking that overseas trip I’ve been needing.

What are your hopes, dreams, and things that you’re looking forward to in 2014? Let me know!

xoxo,
Shashay

Launching tomorrow! Nars Cosmetics Malaysia!

Hello awesomepeoples!!

If you haven’t noticed, I love make up. Duh. I watch a ton of videos from beauty gurus on Youtube, ¬†constantly stalk Sephora for the latest items, and I always keep abreast of the latest make up happenings, and guess what’s happening soon, like tomorrow?

The First Nars boutique is going to be opened in Malaysia!!!!!!! GAHHH IM SO EXCITED LOOK AT THE CAPS LOCK! 

It will be located at lot 3.06.01, Level 3 right next to Topshop at Pavilion KL, and its opening on November the 15th! Holy mother of make up, I cant wait! The muchly anticipated make up line is finally here! After watching beauty gurus from all over the world rave about Nars, I finally will be able to get my hands on their products.

Some of their popular bestsellers include: 

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From left: Orgasm Blush, Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, Roman Holiday Sheer Lipstick, Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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From left: Laguna Bronzing Powder,Schiap Lipstick,Chelsea Girls Lip Laquer,Via Veneto

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From left: Copacabana Multiple,Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil,Exhibit A Blush,Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

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From left:  Light Reflecting Pressed Powder,Radiant Creamy Concealer,Rated R Duo Eyeshadow

Seen enough? Head to Nars TOMORROW and check out what Nars has in store for you! 

For more info do log on to www.narscosmetics.com and check out whats happening in the amazing world of Nars.

PS: Tarte Cosmetics just hit Sephora Malaysia yesterday. Go on and shop till you ‘re broke. *sshh I wont tell*¬†

xoxo,
Shashay