A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Beauty | Nars Dual Intensity Eye Shadows - Phoebe & Castillo.

I don't own a great deal of high end make up, over the years I've found some cracking budget based cosmetics that I've really enjoyed using, but every so often I think I deserve a little treat. Something I treated myself to a little while ago are the Nars dual intensity eyeshadows.

Last year (how bad does that sound) I picked up the shade Phoebe (left) & Castillo (right), two beautifully intense lilac shimmer shades. I chose the two colours because purple tones really really bring out my green eyes - I once heard only 3% of people have green eyes, I don't know how true this is though? I'm pretty sure I know quite a few people who have green eyes.
The dual intensity range comprises of 12 shimmery pearl tones which can be applied either wet of dry (hence the name) depending on the look you want to achieve. For a sheer finish you'd apply the product as normal with a dry brush, however if you're wanting a more intense finish, dampen your brush before loading the product and you'll be set for a more high impact look. I find this works particularly well with a Mac 266 small angle brush and applying as an eye liner. 

These are the first high end eye shadows I've actually purchased so safe to say, my expectations were high, especially at £21.00 per piece! 
The formula of this product is brilliant & there's barely any fallout when applying which is really surprising with it being such a shimmery tone. I love the application process of these shadows, they're such intense & highly pigmented tones they apply like a dream! The formula blend really well too, both wet and dry & I found that the two colours work perfectly together - Phoebe works insanely well on the crease. The shadows staying power is brilliant, whether you're wearing them during the day or on a night out, you won't need to worry about them fading. They keep that intense punch of colour for a good eight hours, so an absolutely brilliant result in my books! 
Packaging wise, would you expect anything less than perfection with Nars? The square box contains a miniature mirror and fastens shut with a reliable magnetic strip, it screams Nars & I absolutely love how it looks on my dressing table! 
Reading this you may think I've fallen head over heels with these shadows, and I have to a certain extent, but these just one iddy biddy thing that keeps niggling away at me... And it's the price! I paid £42.00 for these two products, where a few weeks ago I paid £4.00 for a full palette from Makeup Revolution. I love them, but would I buy them again... I'm not so sure. 

If you know of any dupes for for any Nars product then I'd love to hear them. I don't disgruntle them as a brand, I just wish they were more affordable. 


Beauty | Mac Boldly bare lip pencil & Syrup lustre lipstick.

I’ve found it! The dreamiest combination of lip products that when worn together make me feel like I can take on the world!

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who completely lusts for payday, then when it eventually arrives end up wandering into my local MAC store and spending a small fortune leaving me with just enough money for bills & rent… You know, the important stuff.  Inevitably this happened & on this occasion I walked out (quite happily might I add) with a new lip liner in boldly bare & a new lipstick from their lustre range in syrup.

I’m terrible for lip colours, I’ve got what seems to be a rainbow of lipsticks in my cosmetics draw at the moment, anything from rosie reds, deep plums & simplistic nudes. Now,  I enjoy a nude lip as much as the next person, but for me having a nude with a pinky purple undertone really excites me, I feel it’s much more warming and defines my lips just that bit better in order to suit my skin tone. This is what first attracted me to syrup… Buying the liner was just an indulgence, but to my surprise they work superbly together!

Boldly bare is the first lip liner I’ve ever owned, I’ve always been a bit dubious of how well they work, and in fairness if they actually worked at all. How wrong I was! Adding this product before syrup has been genious! As this is the first liner I’ve owned I applied the product slowly and carefully – It wasn’t scratchy in the slightest, in fact it was actually pretty easy to apply. I can definitely see myself getting faster at doing it as time goes on. As with all MAC lipsticks the formula of syrup is phenomenal, I don’t know how they do it, but they do it so well! The product glides across the lips and the longevity is fab – Even better with boldly bare underneath!

This colour combination is so easy to wear and will see me right through Spring/Summer – I’m glad I picked something other than velvet teddy & soar. Even though I own velvet teddy (and love it) I think the hype around having Kylie Jenner lips has reached it’s peak now…. Everyone’s talking about syrup & boldly bare… Or at least I am anyway!