Nars has some gorgeous offerings for winter, These new lip pencils and shadow duos have become staples in my kit of late. The Satin Lip Pencils in Mandore and Bansar are beyond gorgeous. Bansar is a perfect dark nude for winter and Mandore is a bricky, neutral style red. Without being too "red". I'm using these all the time at work.
The two new shadow duos are beyond gorgeous. The one I'm using the most is Dolomites (the pink combo). I'm dying to play more with the silvery blue tones of the Jardin Perdu duo. It's a gorgeous colour combination for Christmas parties.
Speaking of party perfect makeup, you'll probably be mega excited about the Night Clubbing Night Series of Eyeliners. These shadows are a Nars cult classic. I'm so excited that they're now in a mega long wearing eyeliner. Before I get into the gorgeous shades, just a note on how these work. They're an automatic, wind up pencil. Please don't sharpen these like a normal pencil! The customised sharpener is discreetly hidden at the top of the pencil. Clever, eh!? I've witnessed far too many long wearing eyeliners needlessly killed because no one knew about the in built sharpener.
Anyhoo, there are five gorgeous shades. One is a gold flecked black and the other four are discreetly shot through with a colour as well as the sparkle. They're perfect for a base underneath a shadow or as a stand alone liner. Work quickly with these as they set within moments and won't budge for hours.
Get yourself to www.narscosmetics.co.uk or a Nars outlet as soon as you possibly can. My kit is Narsarrifically fabulous with all my amazing new additions.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is being aired on 4Music tonight!!! I'm at a Christmas do but will definitely be hoping to see it later online. I was lucky enough to work on the show and it was such an amazing day. We had to be there *very* early. Pre 7am, in fact. Yikes. You can tell from the photo taken for my pass that I was still trying to wake up!
Everything backstage was very, very pink. Even the carpet was pink! All the angels spent the day wearing pink robes and the lip colour was a pink stain to boot.
There were two shows, one at 4 and one at 8. The gang were all starting to flag a little by the time the first show happened. A bunch of us got to watch it on the big screen backstage and we suddenly woke up when we saw how incredible the girls looked on the catwalk. Wowsers!!! It was definitely an exciting day at work and one I'll be pinching myself about for a long time to come.
You can see some backstage videos and pics here. Yes, those are photos of me doing an Angel's makeup. No, it's not optimal to have your photo taken when you're standing next to a specimen of physical perfection. Let's just pretend it never happened, okay??
I do love a good fragrance but I'm not the type of girl to keep a bunch on the go at the same time. Like with most things, I prefer to have just one until it's all used up then replace it with something new. So it is with fragrance and La Perla Divina is my latest. As with my last few fragrances, it's a bit different to my usual style but gives it a little nod. This is a very floral fragrance with lots of rose, strawberry and jasmine. Ordinarily I'd steer clear of citrus scents but this has a few flying through the top but they blend with the musk, amber and vanilla I love using a wash of champagne. Who wouldn't love that?!
This isn't exactly a bottle you'd throw in your handbag to carry with you in the day. It's quite solid with a lovely, heavy lid on it. I really like the Art Deco inspired shapes with a simplistically modern edge. It looks really lovely sitting on my dresser with my dishes of jewellery.
What a week! It's been a bit crazy and there aren't any signs of it getting any slower over the coming week either. This hasn't been great for my training situation. Monday was the best run I've had in forever. I covered nearly 8 miles over the course of an hour and it just felt brilliantly strong and steady. I almost wish I could have stayed out longer. However, seeing as my alarm was going off at 4:30 the following morning, I needed to get to bed early. That's right, 4:30. I was only off to Earl's Court to do makeup on the angels for the Victoria's Secret show!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! It was one of the longest days at work ever, but so amazing!!!!!! If you're in the UK, you can watch it on 4music on Wednesday night. I'll be at a Christmas do but hoping it will be online as well.
After being in a room with 47 models sporting the most *ridiculous* bodies then being put in the Daily Mail standing next to them, I've been drinking a lot of stuff that looks like this...
So Tuesday wiped me out and I had an earlyish call time on Wednesday. Obviously, I went straight home, sat on my couch and stared out the window after that. Not great for training. Thursday, I couldn't face the awful weather so I did strength training at home. That meant 10ks on Friday afternoon before going out then getting up at 5:30 pre shoot on Saturday for another 10ks. I was a zombie by the time I made it to my friend's birthday party. I need to get back to four runs a week asap but I'm struggling to fit it in.
The weather has also really turned this week. Luckily I've had a warm headband, a long sleeved top and a couple pairs of winter running bottoms pitch up in the post. Hopefully they'll keep the wind and rain out so I don't get hypothermia!!!
Okay, best dash. More Christmas get togethers to attend this afternoon and a strength workout to do before I go!! If you'd like to donate to my running cause, Rethink, you can do it via my Virgin Money Giving page.
I managed to get my mitts on one of the British Beauty Blogger's Latest In Beauty Dream Boxes. Lucky me! Look at all these gorgeous goodies! Some of these I have tried and loved. Some of these are things that I've been wanting to give a go. Plus, the Ardell Demi Wispies are my all time favourite lash to use at work. Yay!
Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm
Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Essie Nail Polish
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream
Ardell Demi Wispie Lashes
Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil
Sleek Mini Pout Polish
Eylure Brow Crayon
Kerastase Bain Satin 1
Kerastase Lait Vital
Mio Double Buff Dual Action Exfoliant
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Duo
Le Courvent des Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer
Agent Provocateur Fatale
Obviously, I'll report back with all my faves!! Definitely keep your eyes peeled for next time lovely British Beauty Blogger does another one of these. They're awesome.
Everywhere I look, there are nude eyeshadow palettes. It's seems to be a "thing". For me, a winning palette of nudes is one that doesn't lean towards the warmer side of life. It can be so unflattering to see someone wearing a "nude" shade of eyeshadow but it just looks kind of yellow and weird. This is why I love the Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette. It goes from the palest pales to super dark with some matte and shimmer in between shades to create all the neutral eye looks you could want. The best part is, they're all going to be flattering. I also love the size. Six shades that will be versatile, let you get creative, yet still fit in your handbag. Awesome! This also makes a brilliant gift or stocking filler.