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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Back to NARS

My love for NARS is a strange beast. It comes and goes quite suddenly, almost as though it's a short-lived virus that must run its course... and by running its course I mean I buy a ton of NARS products in a short period of time. But that's not to say I don't actually enjoy the products I buy, or NARS in general, because that would be very far from the truth. I love NARS. Quite a lot. But I just find it strange that I go on NARS binges, then manage to not buy anything for months on end. It's as though those binges give me my fix... until I'm suddenly craving more. 

Does this mean I'm a NARS addict? Do I need to look up my local chapter of NARS Anonymous? To be fair, this most recent binge - if you can call it that - is quite small, and I'm very proud of myself for restricting my urges to two items. I also had a $20 Sephora gift card to spend (holla, VIB Rouge!) so I definitely got a great deal. I think this is progress. 

NARS Haul smudgeproof base velvet matte damned

NARS Haul smudgeproof base velvet matte damned

This is the damage: the Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned. I had been planning on purchasing a full size of the eye primer for quite some time, probably a year now, but had told myself that I needed to finish my tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion first, which has proven to be nearly an impossible task. UDPP has pretty much stopped working on me, so it was a struggle to keep using it. So, I caved. The second I opened that Sephora email with the gift card, I knew that this was finally going to be mine! 

As for the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, this is my first from this range. I have a lipstick by NARS which I love dearly (Cruising), so I was very curious to try these out. Adding to that, I had read a glowing review on this particular shade, Damned, maybe 2 days prior to shopping, so it was fresh in my mind. So far I'm really liking the vampy colour, and how easily it applies. It's slightly drying, so I like to add a bit of balm on top, but it leaves a nice stain on my lips, making the colour last for hours. Overall I'm very pleased with it and am enjoying having something a bit different to look at in the mirror :) 

NARS velvet matte lip damned

Damned and a smile :)

So here's to another NARS success. To be honest, I think I can count on one hand, or even one or two fingers, the number of duds I've purchased from NARS. The saddest dud, if you can call it that, was their Sheer Glow foundation, which was a wonderful colour and finish but broke me out like crazy. I was devastated. Part of me still is. The other dud, and again, this is more of a "doesn't work for me" sort of thing, is their eyeshadow duo in Cordura. Beautiful colours, but I can't seem to make them work. Ah, such is life! 

What beauty brands do you find yourself bingeing on? What are some of your favourite NARS products? 

xo Chloë

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pondering the Warby Parker Mallory

The idea to get new glasses - or rather, a second, "back-up" pair - came to me rather suddenly and with quite a sense of urgency. Before Wednesday, it hadn't really occurred to me to get a second pair, especially since my prescription is the same and I'm not particularly clumsy or forgetful in terms of my specs. That's not to say I'm not clumsy and forgetful in general, because to be honest I think I'm much more of both than I'd really like to admit. However, since that fateful day when I was 15 - the day I got my first pair of glasses because I could not see the blackboard properly at school - I have neither misplaced nor broken a pair of glasses. This remains the case. Which means, my luck has to run out sometime, right?

So, after some online browsing and agonizing over whether this frame or that frame would actually look good on my face, I believe I've settled on a pair from Warby Parker. I had almost gone for a pair of Christian Dior frames from Clearly Contacts, but they are significantly more expensive than Warby Parker, and what can I say, I like to be thrifty (if you can call $120 "thrifty"). And there's something about these frames that just... speak to me. These are the Mallory.

Mallory - Blue Marblewood

Mallory - Gimlet Tortoise

It's kind of ironic that I'm most likely going with these, as I had never even heard of Warby Parker prior to early November, when one of their communications reps contacted me about doing a blog post on the launch of the Warby Parker x Leith Clark (whom I also had never heard of!) collection in December. Obviously I declined, as I was completely unfamiliar with them, but it got me looking on their website... and loving what I saw! What I love even more: the price! I know I questioned before whether $120, the cost of the frames AND the lenses, can be considered thrifty, but in the case of eyeglasses, the answer to that would be YES! I think I paid nearly $300 for my current pair of Ray-Bans, plus the cost of the eye exam. So, $120 is indeed a steal!

So the photos below are from the incredibly useful "try-on" tool, with which you can upload a photo of your beautiful face and essentially "try on" the frames. It was tough to find a photo of myself looking straight ahead, looking half-normal, and not already wearing glasses - so no laughing at these, please! I think I've settled on the Blue Marblewood, which is the frame shown in these pictures. I like the darker contrast against my skin. I feel like the Gimlet Tortoise is just too yellow and distracting for me. I'm going for a different look, but not that different. 

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of myself with my most recent hairstyle - full bangs - as the ones I tried to use kept getting rejected by the tool. I'm quite confident that my face won't be overwhelmed by both the bangs and the larger hipster-esque frames - it's a big enough face for the both of them! And in the case that bangs do not mesh, well... I'm not averse to growing out my bangs to suit my glasses. It's just hair after all! 

So, what's the hold up? I'm currently waiting on my most recent prescription to be mailed to me (yes, mailed!) from my optometrist. So once that arrives through the snail mail, it's on. On a side note, this is my first time even considering buying glasses online. I had no idea it would be this difficult and overwhelming! Obviously the low cost and convenience of not having to go get an eye exam outweigh this, but it's still stressful, as there is so much selection to sift through. 

I'd love to know what you think of my pick of frames! Obviously this is just a "ballpark" tool - they will not look exactly like this on my face in real life. From my research/Googling, it seems that the frames are slightly larger than they look here. I mean, heck, they look like two different sizes in both of these photos (check out where they end in relation to my nose in each pic!) so who even knows. All I do know is that I'm excited for some variety! I'll keep you all updated! 

xo Chloë
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