Whenever NARS releases a blush palette, I’m always slightly disappointed. Although the brand is women of color friendly, for some reason their blush palettes are almost always too light. This NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette (Sephora exclusive) is almost on the right track. Of all the shades, I would say there are two here that I absolutely cannot use.
NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette
This is a multitasking palette that allows you to highlight, contour, and apply blush all in one. It’s super travel friendly and if you’re actually using all of the shades, a definite must-have.

SHADE BREAKDOWN

  • Contour Blush in Paloma I (pink beige), Paloma II (deep rose)
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer)
  • I Blush in Icy Lilac
  • II Blush in Sausalito Sunset
  • III Blush in Shimmering Rose Peach
  • IV Blush in Fleshy Pink

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette review
I love the packaging. It’s super sleek and not the typical NARS rubberized packaging (which gets totally dirty after a while).

The NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette is available at Sephora now.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this palette from the brand.

Another day, another Shopbop Friends and Family!
shopbop friends and family 2016
If you missed out on the last opportunity to save some dinero, now’s your chance.
shopbop f&f 2016
It seems I’m going to be doing a bit of traveling this year and while I love my current carry on, I’m itching for one that has swivel wheels. It’s truly the little things! It’s a lot easier to go through the airport and you won’t have to deal with your carry on tumbling over. I’ve got my eye on this Herschel Supply Co. Trade Suitcase as it’s affordable but there’s also the sleek options by Tumi (here and here).

On the accessories front, I’ll always recommend the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel and I’d be a liar if I didn’t tell you I’m considering getting it in black 🙈. This Miansai Screw Cuff has been in my cart for a long time and I think it’s time to bite the bullet. So chic, no?

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats are so cute! I’m not even a cat person. I live for a good Moschino iPhone Cover and how dope are these?? Lastly, I’m in the springtime mood and these floral Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps are so seasonally appropriate.

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The Urban Decay Summer 2016 collection has hit stores and I am smitten. SMITTEN!! I received samples from the brand and after playing around for a bit I can tell you, you have to pick up a few things.
urban decay naked skin one and done
Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector $34
Available in six shades, the new Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector is an oil-free, hybrid complexion cream that promises to blur imperfections and even out skintone for a result that looks natural. It gives you sheer coverage and it’s a great lightweight tinted moisturizer that’s ideal for warm weather wear.
Urban Decay Summer 2016 Collection
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Heartless $20
The ever popular 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil gets a new shade addition with Heartless, a light frosted pink shade that can be used to highlight the inner corner for fairer skin.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter$26
THIS IS A MUST HAVE ITEM! The powders are so finely milled that they apply like straight up butter. Available in three shades, these can either be used as highlighters or blushes depending on your skin tone. Only two are pictured above but see swatches are below
urban decay afterglow highlighter swatches

  • Aura (iridescent light pink)
  • Sin (champagne)
  • Fireball (peach with pink shift)

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer $28
Yes, the powder is super-soft. Yes, they are matte. Yes, they’re gorgeous. But “universally wearable?” Maybe if the universe didn’t have dark skin women 😒. As a woman with deep skin (I’m usually either a NW45 or NW50 in MAC for reference) this wasn’t truly a bronzer, rather a setting powder. They do run a bit warm so be warned if you have fair skin as it can seem a bit orange.

Urban Decay Walk of Shame 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil $20
Another new shade being added to a permanent product! Walk of Shame is a nude hue that can be worn on the waterline to create a brighter more wide awake appearance.

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The Urban Decay Summer 2016 Collection is available now!

Wee! I’m back with a video (finally). Work has been CRAZY (I started working for The Estée Edit) (I’ve gone corporate). Needless to say there are quite a few Edit products here but it’s not a sponsored video. This is the makeup I do every day. A little smoky action. Bold lip.

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Disclosure: Some links above are affiliate links. I work for The Estée Edit but that does not impact what products I choose to feature. I only recommend products I love and I’m not rewarded financially by my employer to promote products on my channel.

As much as I love make up (and y’all know I do), skincare has always been my first love. Ever since my first taste of doing research for Lancôme’s Genifique range in the corporate world, I became interested in the ingredients that go into each skincare product created. There are so many cool technologies being developed in the skincare world that it’s exciting but hard to keep up with what is cool and what is…not. When the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ($65) landed on my doorstep, I was excited because I love Sunday Riley skincare.
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is a lightweight, oil-free formula that promises to brighten and illuminate while providing up to 24 hours of moisture for a youthful, plump appearance. The best part is that they promise it’s for ALL skin types. Call me a skeptic but HOW, SWAY?

Well, Tidal offers two forms of hyaluronic acid for a more youthful, hydrated look as well as papaya enzymes to smooth and exfoliate. Also part of the formula are alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts that work to brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion.

I’m excited to try this as well as their Luna Sleeping Night Oil once my ANR serum is over. If Claire likes it, I need it 😉

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is available at Sephora now.

Disclosure: I received this as a sample for editorial consideration. Will report back on my experience in a few weeks.