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NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow for spring 2016 – Tarvos & Cressida

The NARS spring 2016 collection is called Nouvelle Vogue and features a bunch of soft rosy neutrals with contrasting icy mint and bright blue. Those are the shades that we’re looking at today! The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow is a powder shadow that you can apply both wet and dry, let’s take a look at two of the three new colours.

Tarvos is a icy mint colour, almost a bit duochrome as it shifts in aqua when applied. I thought this shadow would be easy to dupe, hard to use and end up at the back of a drawer, but I was sooo wrong. The extreme shine makes it the perfect inner corner highlighter, also when layered over other shadows it turns all different colours. I have worn this both with brights (like the blue below) and also with neutrals, works just fine both ways. It’s almost as intense applied dry as wet!

Cressida is a bright blue with a soft pink/aqua sheen that gives it dimension. It’s not quite as bright as the in-your-face 80′s blue, it’s a bit hazier and softer which makes it less scary to wear day to day. The formula of this one is not as good, it is drier and is a bit hard to layer to a full coverage without a damp brush or pressing it on with a finger. It can be a good thing though as it’s great for sandwiching colours in a dark smokey eye, it would bring depth instead of just covering everything else up. But with looks like this it needs a little extra lovin’.

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tarvos cressida

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Tarvos and Cressida. I love the pattern on these shadows!

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tarvos cressida swatch

Tarvos dry & wet, Cressida dry & wet.

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tarvos cressida swatch

Cressida applied on the outer 2/3 of the lids, Tarvos applied all over the inner corner and blended out towards the middle of the lids. The colour you get when blending these shadows together is so fantastic!

nars spring 2016 nouvelle vogue dual intensity eyeshadow tavros cressida swatch

Face:

  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 0 Light Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush – I Will Always Love You
  • Make Up Store Wonder Powder – Sahara

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 12
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow – Tarvos, Cressida
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • TheBalm Pretty Smart/Read My Lips Lip Gloss – SNAP!
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Q&A: Makeup, skincare and perfume

You asked a bunch of questions on Instagram (@killercolours) a while ago, and here are some of my answers! Some questions are translated to english and/or shortened down just so you know. Let’s start with the makeup, skincare and perfume related ones!

 

What’s your favourite long lasting lip colour?

The Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks are so. damn. GOOD. They stay on like champs and are so intense that your lips look like a cartoon. Will write a post about them very soon!

Best makeup purchase during 2015?

Definitely my neutral Viseart palette! I use it all the time. Few eyeshadows are easy to layer, you know how a shadow can just slide around and not grab on when you try defining the eyelid for example? These never have that problem, so apart from using it on my brows daily and for easy everyday looks I also reach for it when other shadows fail.

viseart neutral matte eye palette 01

Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01. Blog post about it here.

Which products would you recommend for covering up blemish prone, oily, hyper-pigmented skin that is newly recovering from cystic acne?

I would say mineral foundations! The crap-free powder kind. You buff a small amount into the skin and it’s left smooth, oil absorbing and best of all – it isn’t irritating or clogging on the skin. Look Meow Cosmetics up, the one with the highest amount of coverage looks like a dream on the skin. The structure of bumps and/or scars is impossible to cover but you will get an even colour and the satin matte finish (opposed to a luminous creamy one) helps dim the appearance of texture.

What are your favourite perfumes?

My spontaneous answers would be Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady, Versace Crystal Noir and Comme des Garçons Wonderoud. All of them have a lovely presence and are still wearable at all situations when perfume is considered okay. They all have that soft velvety feeling in common which many people seem to enjoy.

comme des garcons wonderoud

Comme des Garçons Wonderoud. Link to blog post here.

A cruelty free dupe for MAC’s Fix+ spray?

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist! I use it every single day that I wear makeup to take down the powderiness.

Any good makeup products or brands that are underestimated/people don’t seem to know about?

I feel so weird about people giving up all the incredible indie brands that create loose eyeshadow pigments?! They were hyped in the makeup community like 10 years ago but those are still the most multidimensional and gorgeous eyeshadows available. Period. Check out Femme Fatale Cosmetics for example and be amazed.

femme fatale cosmetics eyeshadow

Femme Fatale Cosmetics eyeshadows. Blog post about these here.

Which decade is your favourite makeup wise?

I can’t decide! The 60′s for its fantastic colours shapes and textures, the 40′s for laying the foundation for what we today call classic glam. Two key elements that I love incorporating into my looks.

If you could only wear one kind of look, what would it be?

I would say shimmery smokey eyes and neutral lips. They are easy to apply as they don’t need a lot of precision, they only look better as the day goes on and there’s no need for touch ups like with statement lips (I can’t believe I just said no thanks to a classic red lip, AAHHHH).

blue shimmery smokey eye

Blue shimmery smokey eye. Blog post and video tutorial here.

Most essential skincare product?

There’s a draw between Pixi Glow Tonic and the LUSH Cup O’ Coffee mask. Without those two used regularly (toner once or twice a day, mask twice a week) my skin does not look the same.

Favourite YouTube channels?

Karima McKimmie and Lisa Eldridge do exactly what fascinates me the most, they apply makeup in the most effortless way and don’t go too hard on the Instagram makeup trends (those sculpted full coverage faces with heavily lined brown lips and huge false lashes just don’t do it for me!). If you have any recommendations on more people along those lines please leave a comment below!

What’s the one makeup product you can’t live without?

Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous! It’s the most wonderful finely milled powder that has a plumping, smoothing effect on the skin without mattifying too much. It’s very different from the classic HD powders which just make my skin tight and weird, this one sets makeup well and blurs the skin without making it feel or look dry at all. Magic!

rouge bunny rouge impalpable finishing powder diaphanous

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder in Diaphanous. Blog post mentioning it here.

Are there any expensive (or cheap for that matter) skincare and/or makeup products that you feel outshine all other alternatives?

The Viseart neutral palette mentioned at the top of the post, that’s just an essential to me. Nothing I’ve ever tried compares to it. Skincare wise I find the Pixi Glow Tonic hard to beat, it has a great price tag for what it is and it works wonders on most faces.

Any tips on makeup shopping in London?

Harrods for Charlotte Tilbury and that PERFUME FLOOR, oh lords! Right next to Harrods you have Space NK with Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin, Diptyque and Emma Hardie as a small example of their fantastic range. You have a Illamasqua store on Beak Street where you also have the pretty little Pixi store nearby and not a too long walk to the big LUSH flagship store on Oxford Street. And of course the million Boots and Superdrug you find everywhere for a serious drugstore fix. Those are a few tips. Happy shopping!

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Almond Truffle

After finding a pale pink lipstick that actually suits my natural colouring a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me, creating monochrome pink looks like this one for example. Almond Truffle from the Too Faced Bon Bons palette is such a gem for fair skinned peeps with blue/green eyes, the rosiness of this eyeshadow is so damn flattering. They really make the perfect combo.

almond truffle

almond truffle

almond truffle

Face:

  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 0 Light Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • ColourPop Super Shock Cheek – Birthday Suit
  • Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 12
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette – Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips – Nude Rose
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Mary-Lou

Yesterday I went out for a beer with friends, and I got completely carried away with the glow before leaving home. I seem to have a thing for over-highlighted skin at the moment. Haha. When I’m going somewhere with dull soft lighting nothing can stop me!!

mary-lou

Face:

  • Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque – Buttermilk
  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 0 Light Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Lace
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 8

Lips:

  • Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour – Audrey
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Totally Fetch

Today I got carried away with the pink shades from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette (review here!). Of course paired with a pink lip and pink cheeks. Pink pink pink. For some reason I’m really feeling the valentines day colour scheme this year!

totally fetch

Face:

  • Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque – Buttermilk
  • Lumene Matt Control Oil-Free Foundation – Light Ivory (0)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 03
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Lace
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette - Satin Sheets (as a highlighter)

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 8
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel

Eyes:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette – Totally Fetch, Sprinkles, Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets
  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 9
  • Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner – Ultra Black
  • KIKO Cosmetics Colour Definition Eyeliner And Kajal – Darling Butter (01)
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:

  • ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix – Heart On
too faced chocolate bon bons eyeshadow palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for critical thinking. Beauty blogger from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!