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Hello everyone, and happy 2018! I thought I’d start this year off with an honest, in-depth review of a brand new foundation from NARS. To start, I truly love NARS’ complexion products. Their Sheer Glow Foundation is one of my all time favorites, so I was super excited when I first heard a couple of months ago that this new foundation was launching.

I’m going to start this review first by telling you a little bit about my skin and what I look for in a foundation. Typically, I’m more on the oily side- but since its been a little drier here in Phoenix, my skin has been more of a dry-combination type. I love full coverage, so I like foundations that are a true full or a medium buildable. Currently, I prefer more of a natural-radiant finish-something that isn’t going to enhance my dry areas or my areas with fine lines. However, I still tend to get a shiny t-zone at the end of the day and that’s where foundations tend to separate a little on my skin. I also typically have longer work days, and I work in the cosmetic industry- SO, I need something that is truly going to last all day.

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Here is the full description on Sephora.com on the foundation:

NARS’ first 16-hour foundation has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula and features medium-to-full, buildable coverage in 33 skin-matching shades to fit all skin tones and undertones. The transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant formula stays color-true all day, and continues to look fresh and vibrant, as if it was just applied. This formula features superior blendability for an imperceptible effect that looks natural, like skin. It doesn’t look or feel cakey, heavy, drying, or masking. A unique combination of translucent base with micronized amino acid-coated pigments and mineral tone-balancing powders mimic skin’s tone, fusing with it for the closest match. NARS’ Skin Optimizing Complex—a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts—helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth and improve skin’s appearance over time for optimal radiance.

Other important things to know:

  • paraben-free
  • oil-free
  • fragrance-free
  • non-drying
  • dermatologist-tested
  • non-comedeogenic

That description literally sounds like a foundation-junkie’s dream come true. I purchased a bottle in the shade Punjab, the same shade I wear in Sheer Glow.

How I applied it: So I know NARS has always suggested fingers when applying his complexion products, but its just so hard for me to get used to that. So what I did was I took the advice of warming it up with my fingers first, applied it to my skin- then blended it out with a damp beauty sponge. (I’ve been obsessed with the Morphe one lately)

Now I must warn you, a little goes a very long way! So over applying will not make the foundation last as long and I learned that the first time I wore it. The way it applies and blends out though really reminds me of a “second-skin” like formula. It doesn’t feel like you’re applying a heavy mask-like foundation at all. That’s one of the things I love the most about it.

So I applied my concealer, the foundation and then I set as always with my favorite translucent powder, the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder.

Hours 1-3: Foundation looks absolutely flawless. Since I do like a lot of setting powder, I definitely look more on the semi-matte side, but only because I know throughout the day- my natural oils will start to produce and will make me not look as matte.

Hours 4-6: Now that it has truly set on my skin, I actually love the way it looks even more. It has a beautiful natural finish to where it just looks like my skin but enhanced.

Hours 7-9: Foundation still looks great, I do have to touch up my t-zone with a little bit of powder and it looks pretty much back to how it looked when I first applied it. No matter what, my chin and nose area starts to break up foundation, but it definitely isn’t as bad as other ones I’ve tried.


Overall, I would definitely recommend this foundation to everyone- except those who are extremely oily, or if you prefer a matte finish all day. If you do decide to try this foundation, just remember to warm it up with your fingers first, and that less is more. One of the things I also really like about this foundation, is that it is a skincare based product so it will actually nourish your skin at the same time which is always a plus. Here is an un-edited selfie from when I first applied it too- you can see how natural and full coverage it is:

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You can purchase the foundation at Ulta or Sephora and it retails for $49. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful! I also finally purchased a MacBook for myself, so I plan on blogging much more, as it will be much easier with a faster computer 🙂

Thanks for reading,






I’m at my boyfriends house this weekend and wanted to share what is in my travel makeup bag! These are kind of my essentials as well, the things I usually gravitate towards on a daily basis. I realized I forgot my favorite mascara primer at home that I use when doing my mascara, which is the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. My lashes will not look the same without the primer. Anyways, here it goes!

heartLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder– $38

I’m sure you’ve heard many people talk about this and how amazing it is- because it’s true. I’ve tried other, less expensive setting powders and there’s really nothing comparable to this one. I use it to “bake” underneath my eyes, my t-zone, and underneath my contour. This truly makes my concealer not crease underneath my eyes all day. It also helps just brighten up the areas I placed it. It has a nice soft matte finish, and will really help to set any liquid makeup placed underneath flawlessly. Must have.

heartbareMinerals Blemish Ready Mattifying Prep Gel– $25

My skin is very oily, so I gravitate towards anything I can put on my skin before my foundation to help keep my skin matte throughout the day. This one isn’t my all time favorite, but I just grabbed it when packing. It definitely does help me not get oily. I like it because it has ingredients to help clear your skin as well. (Tea tree oil, aspen bark, and a peptide complex). I apply it all over my skin after my moisturizer and before foundation. bareMinerals is a more natural brand as well, so it would be good if you have sensitive skin.

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation– $35

Let me just say… I used to HATE this foundation. I never recommended it, never wore it. I always thought it was SOOO thick, and it is thick- but you have to apply it the right way and with the right tool. It’s one of my favorites now and was my holy grail for a while. The coverage is super full- which is what I personally prefer. And it’s one of the few foundations that I don’t get oily through at the end of the day. It doesn’t separate on my oilier parts of my skin, it stays the same all day! I’m in the shade Medium 54 which is also one of the best color matches for me. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender, which helps it really melt into the skin and look natural. People either love or hate this foundation, and I was definitely a hater before, but I absolutely adore it now. Because it is thicker, I would not recommend it if you have a lot of texture on your skin because the texture will show right through.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder– $22

I’m soo in love with this powder! Because I use a full coverage liquid foundation- I like to use a translucent or a very sheer powder on top to set my makeup. After I bake my face with the Laura Mercier translucent powder, I will dust of the extra with this powder on my brush to set the rest of my skin. This powder is very comparable to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, in the sense that it is baked and very sheer. It has a soft glow and shimmer to it, to mimic how our skin would naturally glow. And powders like that are my absolute favorite! Tip: you don’t want to layer a full coverage powder on top of a full coverage liquid- that’s when you will look cakey. 

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in “Honey Heat”– $19

I bought this because I had been eyeing the Too Faced Sweet Tea bronzer, then I realized that this one is almost an exact dupe and at a lower price point. I love using this after I contour lightly all over my face to warm up my skin. It gives the perfect bronze glow, without looking orange. Sometimes if I don’t feel like wearing contour or blush, I will just apply this on the high points of my face with highlighter and it looks so soft and natural.

heartNARS Blush in “Orgasm”– $30

This is a blush I feel like everyone should have in their collection. It is a universally flattering shade and looks good on all skin tones. It is just a perfect pinky peach tone with a hint of gold shimmer when the light catches it. Its a great every day blush, and is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. NARS has a whole Orgasm collection with lips, cheeks, and even nail polish. It’s such a beautiful color!

heartChristian Dior Backstage Eye Prime– $28

Before I discovered this one, I only had one eyeshadow primer that I could use. My eyelids get SO oily that my eyeshadow would crease after a couple of hours, especially when I did a smokey eye. I had always grabbed and used this primer on my clients because I loved that it had a beige tone to it so it conceals the eyelid and primes for shadow. When I got it I was so excited because I hoped it would work for me. And it does! It’s super fast and easy to use- I just use my finger and swipe it on from lash line to brow bone and boom my eye is concealed and ready for shadow. For some odd reason though, it was pulled from Sephora. I don’t know why, and now I have to find a new one to use on my clients. But I’m glad I was able to get one before it exited.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in “Soft Brown”– $18

I love dipbrow. I use it to really shape the tail ends of my brows and I can create a perfectly defined arch with this product. It seems intimidating at first,but as long as you use the right brush (I use this one) and use the spooley to blend the product throughout, you can truly create a natural defined brow. For the price, you get a lot of product. Just make sure to always keep the jar tightly closed so it doesn’t dry out, it should last you a while.

heartMAKEUP FOREVER Pro Sculpting Brow in “20”– $27

I use this pencil after I use dipbrow on my ends, but I use this one towards the front of my brows going into the center. It’s a lighter color than the dipbrow, and I do that to make it appear more as an ombre brow. The pencil is angled so it makes it super easy to get the right shape. It’s super soft and blends well. One thing I recently discovered about it too, is that you can twist off half of it off and there is a brow highlighter in it! So I use that to sculpt out underneath and on top of my brow. It has lasted me a while too, I’m pretty impressed since retractable pencils seem to run out fast.

heartLancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50– $47

This is Lancome’s latest addition to their Teint Idole family. I’m typically not a huge fan of cushion foundations because they are usually extremely sheer and have a radiant finish. But not this one! It has a soft matte finish, and it has great buildable coverage. I love this for a quick, out the door medium to full coverage foundation. I’m in the color 260 Bisque (N) which is a great match for my skin.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner– $12

This is one of my favorite, super basic, retractable black eyeliner. It is super waterproof and it just glides on without tugging. I like it in my waterline, and that’s mainly where I use it. Awesome liner for a great price, I have a couple of these as back ups.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer– $24

I’m sure you’ve seen YouTuber’s rave about this concealer recently, and they have every right to! This is one of the best concealers I’ve ever used. It’s soooo full coverage, you need just one swipe for full pigment. The smell is fresh and lovely as well. It’s not cakey, and it’s not oily. It really is the perfect texture. I LOVE how big the bottle is too! I feel like this will last me forever. 10/10 would recommend.

COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer– $25

I love using this concealer on top of blemishes. It has 1% salicylic acid in it, to help treat your breakout while delivering a full coverage.I don’t really feel like it helps clear my pimples, but I feel better putting this on top of my acne rather than regular makeup.

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24hr Wear– $12

Winged eyeliner is one of my staples, so I go through A LOT of liquid eyeliner. This is one of my favorites, it has a nice matte finish that truly does last all day. No smudging, or if my eyes water it doesn’t come right off. I also love the precise little brush on this, it makes it super easy for me to get that sharp wing.

heartLancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara– $27.50

I love this mascara sooo much!! If you want full volume without having to keep on adding layers- this mascara is for you. It also isn’t super clumpy which is nice! I love the “S” shaped brush, it makes it really just glide through your lashes.

heartTarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara– $23

Right after I use the Hypnose Drama, I go in with this mascara because its more of a plastic stiff brush, so it helps to really separate my lashes. It helps to add additional volume as well, I’m super impressed with this mascara and have been using it every day.

Tarte Eyelash Curler– $20

To be honest, this is a pretty basic eyelash curler. It curls my lashes, but not super well. I’ve used better ones before. But I bough it cause it’s sooo pretty, and it does the job. I bought this limited edition one last holiday season, so I linked this years which is even prettier! I honestly wear false lashes a lot so I don’t use it too often.


And that’s it! I also brought some Z-Palette’s with blush/contour in it, as well as an eyeshadow palette and my glow kit. I know this was a long one, but I hope some of you enjoyed it and found it helpful/useful.