Erdem for NARS Strange Flowers Collection

Monday, May 7, 2018 0 0

Nars x Erdem Full Collection

 

When I first heard that Erdem was collaborating with NARS, I was beyond excited. Erdem’s fashion pieces are dreamy and romantic, and I was hoping he’d bring his love of floral to this collection. WOW, Erdem and NARS did not disappoint! I always love NARS’ collaborations, and this is one of my faves.

 

The Erdem for NARS Strange Flowers Collection is a 13-piece limited edition collection, that will no doubt sell out very quickly. The colors are bold yet timeless, with a mix of demure and daring shades for eyes, lips and cheeks. The 3 floral designs on the front of the palettes are original floral prints created by Erdem specifically for this collaboration.

 

Here are all the details of the pieces from the collection, which launched on May 3:

 

Eyeshadow Palettes x 2

The collection has 2 stunning eyeshadow palettes of highly pigmented, velvety-matte shades that deliver longwearing, crease-resistant color. The top-right palette is called Night Garden, and the bottom left palette is Fleur Fatale.

 

Nars x Erdem Eyeshadow Palettes Fleur Fatale and Night Garden

 

 

Lip Powder Palette

This Erdem for NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette is so cool and innovative! The color on the left is a creamy primer and the 4 matte and metallic powders on the right can be layered with or without the balm. It also comes with a travel lip brush.

 

Nars x Erdem Lip Powder Palette Swatches

 

 

Lipsticks x 6

These beautiful Erdem for NARS Lipsticks include 6 new shades, featuring a creamy, smooth formula that range from bare to bold, sheer to intense. The shades are (clockwise): Moon Orchid (sheer light pink), Voodoo Lily (sheer muted lavender), Carnal Carnation (sheer raspberry red), Wild Flower (deep plum purple), Larkspur (sheer orchid), and BloodFlower (bright cherry red).

 

Nars for Erdem Lipstick Swatches

 

 

Blushes x 2

These beautiful Erdem for NARS blushes come in 2 of the prettiest shades ever: Loves Me (strawberry pink with golden shimmer), and Loves Me Not (soft lavender pink). They have a silky-soft pearlescent finish that is sheer yet buildable.

 

Nars x Erdem Loves Me Blush and Loves Me Not Blush

 

 

Blotting Paper and Highlighting Pencil

I have oily skin, and never leave the house without blotting papers. I am so excited to pop these stunning Erdem for NARS Blotting Papers in my purse! I’m also really loving the multi-use Highlighting Pencil in White Phox (opalescent lavender). It can be used on your eyes and cheeks, and is ultra-smooth and easily blendable.

 

Nars x Erdem Highlighting Stick

 

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do! This collaboration is super limited edition. Once it sells out, it won’t be restocked. Run, don’t walk! Which pieces are you running to buy??

 

NARS x Erdem Full Collection Swatches

 

 

 

Please note, this post was NOT sponsored. I received these items as a press send, and loved them so much that I wanted to share them with you. Thanks!

Food For Your Eyes

Thursday, December 14, 2017 0 0

The Best Foods for Healthy Eyes

Tom Ford eye glasses via IRIS (c/o)

 

The older I get, the more I realize that I’m not getting any younger. 😉  Seriously though, as I age, I become more and more concerned with preventative aging measures such as good skincare, sunscreen, exercise, etc. I’ve seen the peeking through of a few wrinkles, I may or may not have some gray hairs, and my vision seems to be getting slightly more blurry with each passing year. Thankfully, I’m not alone. Justin has also felt the wrath of Father Time. He was fitted with his first pair of eye glasses this past Summer.

 

As you may know, I’ve been working with IRIS for the last several years to promote the importance of eye health and protection. I was recently chatting with their team, and I mentioned (only half kidding) that I should be eating a lot more carrots to improve my vision. They told me that there are actually many foods that you can eat to promote healthy eyes. I didn’t realize the list was so extensive. I thought it was really interesting and helpful, so I wanted to share this here with you too. Cheers to eating your way to better vision!

 

The Best Foods for Better Eye Health

Leafy Greens: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Romaine Lettuce, Radicchio

Green Veggies: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Peas, Green Beans

Orange Vegetables: Sweet Potato, Carrots, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Orange Peppers

Eggs

Fruits: Kiwi, Cantaloup, Avocado, Apricots (dried or fresh), Berries, Citrus

Lean Protein: Turkey breast, Lean Cuts of Beef

Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, Flax Seed

Whole Grains: Oatmeal, Bran Cereals

Beans & Lentils: Black Beans, Romano Beans, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, White Beans, Lentils, Edamame

Oils: Olive Oil, Canola Oil

 

 

A big thank you to IRIS Visual Group for sponsoring this post, and for teaching me so much about eye care!

 

Best of Holiday Beauty 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2 0

Best Holiday Beauty Kits

 

You may have already heard me say this a few times, but I’ve been completely beauty obsessed lately. I can’t stop buying the latest and greatest makeup and skincare! The holiday season is truly a beauty lover’s dream come true. So many brands create stunning, collectable limited edition holiday products and kits, and many of them are value driven too (who doesn’t love a good deal?!).

 

I’m obsessed with so many of the holiday collections that have come out this season, but 4 really stood out as my favourites. I just had to share all of this holiday beauty goodness with you! Not only did I purchase most of this for myself, I also purchased several of these items for Christmas gifts. All my girlfriends are getting beauty gifts this year! You get a lipstick, and you get a lipstick, and you get a lipstick…

 

1.  MAC Snowball Holiday Collection 2017

MAC definitely wins the award this season for the most festive, sparkly, girly holiday packaging. I wanted the entire collection! I showed some restraint, and only purchased the cult-fave Whisper of Gilt highlighter, and the mini brush set. The collection is huge, but here are some of my fave kits:

  • MAC Snow Ball Face Bag (shown below): This kit includes cult favourite “Whisper of Gilt” Extra Dimension Skinfinish (ie. a stunning pale gold highlighter), a beautiful rose-gold handled fan brush, and a sparkly makeup bag. One of my co-workers bought this on launch day, and I immediately ran to the store to buy it too.
  • MAC Snow Ball Mini Brush Kit: I also purchased this 3-piece mini rose-gold brush kit, as it’s the perfect size for travelling!
  • MAC Snow Ball Eye Compact: A gorgeous 6-shade eye shadow palette that comes in 2 colour combinations.
  • MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag: An adorable trio of a Lipstick, Lipglass and Lip Pencil, all packaged in a beautiful makeup bag.
  • MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit: Truly a collector’s favourite, this kit includes 12 mini lipsticks, in beautiful colour-matched packaging. I really wanted this kit, but held back because I’ve been buying so many lipsticks lately. We’ll see if I cave, and purchase it. 😉

MAC holiday beauty kits

 

 

2.  NARS x Man Ray Holiday Collection

Definitely one of the most robust collections this season, NARS Cosmetics partnered with modern artist Man Ray to create a stunning limited edition holiday collection, full of palettes, glosses, and mini sets. This is one of my favourite NARS collaborations to date. The packaging is creative, beautiful and collectable. The kits include best selling colours, like Orgasm and Laguna, but also a ton of new limited edition colours that are just as gorgeous. Here is a selection from the collection:

  • The Veil Cheek Palette: By far, my favourite piece from the collection. This cheek trio includes a bronzer (iconic Laguna), a blush and a highlighter. This is the perfect palette for travelling!
  • Love Game Eyeshadow Palette: This stunning palette includes 12 new, eye-catching shades, inspired by Man Ray’s muse Ady Fidelin, the first African American model to be featured in a fashion magazine.
  • The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set: I already purchased this beautiful set for a friend for Christmas. It includes 4 shades of the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, packaged in the most gorgeous glossy gold cosmetic bag.
  • Love Triangles: These are the perfect stocking stuffers! Available in 5 colour combos, these triangles include a mini blush and mini lipstick. I purchased the “Orgasm Love Triangle” for a friend who loves Orgasm blush, and wanted a travel size.
  • Photogloss Lip Lacquer: Four shades of a new limited edition formula, these are saturated with a high-shine finish. My favourite colour is Red Hazelnut.

 

NARS x MAN RAY Holiday Kits

 

 

 

3. Viktor & Rolf BonBon Limited Edition 

I’m a fragrance collector (I have a pretty large collection), but I’m really particular about the ones I wear every day. I only wear a handful of scents consistently, and two of them happen to be created by Viktor & Rolf, BonBon and Flowerbomb. With a sequin bow, the Viktor & Rolf BonBon Limited Edition bottle for holiday 2017 couldn’t be any cuter. I just had to have it! It also makes for the sweetest gift!

 

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Limited Edition Bow Bottle

 

4. YSL Dazzling Lights Holiday Collection

Year after year, Yves Saint Laurent consistently creates the most covetable holiday collections, and this year isn’t any different. Adorned with the prettiest pink fireworks, these are truly dazzling collectibles of some of their classic, best-selling products. I purchase the Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 70 Le Nu each year in it’s limited edition packaging to add to my collection.

 

YSL Beauty Holiday 2017