NARS x Steven Klein Holiday 2015 Collection

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Legendary Make Up Artist Francois Nars collaborated with iconic A-list celebrity and Fashion Photographer, Steven Klein for the NARS x Steven Klein Holiday Collection 2015 – FANTASCENE. If you’re expecting the typical holiday scene of snowflakes and gingerbread, well, this isn’t the collection for you! However, if you’re looking for the amazing quality we’ve come to expect from NARS combined with the dark and sexy artistic Klein vibe, then you’ll love this collection. We both agree it is one of the most edgy, artistic, provocative and creative launches we’ve seen. The advertising images for the collection are completely captivating and pushes the boundary of fantasy.

The Collection uses photographs that Steven Klein has taken during his career. Everything from the make up colour choices, the names of each product and the packaging were created around Klein’s photos. Not the other way around which is typically the case.

“Steven is one of the most disruptive, fearless photographers of his time. I love his work – his ability to strip down and expose his subjects, to create shocking visual narratives that are never what they seem.” – François Nars

“There are few hands that could do what François has done. He has impeccable taste and stands strong by his work. His colors and his eye for imagery is unique and of the highest caliber.” – Steven Klein

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Limited Edition A WOMAN’S FACE LIP SET ($49)

This set is all about iconic nudes. Suitable for everyone and our personal fave!

The set contains 3 lip products: 
Dolce Vita Lipstick
Mini Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Mini Patong Beach Velvet Lip Liner

The Dolce Vita lipstick shade is a NARS cult favourite product and with good reason. It is the perfect dusty rose nude.

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New Limited Edition NARS Killer Shine Lip Gloss ($35)
Developed with a new vinyl formula, these Limited Edition Glosses provide intense high shine with high drama. A perfect lip gloss when you want to have your lips be the main focus, the star feature!

Available in 3 shades:
Fast Life – Iridescent Dusty Rose (Laura’s favourite)
Provoke – Deep Iris Purple
Special Force – Wild Strawberry (Natasha’s favourite)

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The Killer Shine Lip Glosses are really unlike any other gloss we’ve ever tried. They offer the extreme colour pigmentation of a lipstick but also provide a high gloss shine. You get the best of both worlds. The greatest part about these glosses? They are long-lasting & not sticky at all! 

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PROVOKE

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This beautiful dusty rose shade is definitely the most neutral & easiest to wear. Flattering on all skin tones, even practical to wear everyday. 

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Limited Edition DUAL-INTENSITY BLUSH in shade VENGEFUL ($55)

This duo blush is extremely pigmented with White Gold Highlight & Shimmering Brick Red. It can be applied wet or dry. Wet provides a translucent 2nd skin look and dry for a light healthy glow. NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allow for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

We are absolutely in love with this blush and how it looks on the cheeks. Gorgeous. Some may find the pigmented red a little shocking but applied with a light hand and blended with the Gold Highlight on the cheek bone is fabulous. Definitely my favourite product of the collection.

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A look at the complete NARS x Steven Klein Holiday 2015 Collection FANTASCENE:

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Where to buy:
NARS x Steven Klein FANTASCENE Color Collection is available online & at Sephora.

NARS Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

What pieces from NARS new Holiday Collection do you have your eye on? Let us know! 

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

Review: L’Oréal Professionnel Dual Stylers by TECNI.ART

dualstylers2L’Oréal Professionnel Paris recently launched their new haircare products, DUAL STYLERS*. A three-product addition to their popular Techni.Art line.

DUAL STYLERS combine cream & gel in one single product to create optimal, long-lasting style. They are designed to give you softness, style, texture and protection with just one product.

To achieve the perfect blowout or any kind of style to your hair, you generally have to use multiple products. L’Oréal Professionnel’s Dual Stylers introduce a new special technology where cream & gel are combined. It’s a 2-in-1, so there’s no need for multiple products. With Dual Stylers, you get a salon-quality blow-dry that lasts 72 hours without having to leave your home!

I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to hair and usually wear it straight/natural. Mostly because my hair is thick and also because I really don’t know how to curl my hair properly. ;) So these Dual Stylers are like a dream to me.

We were both very impressed with these products and use them regularly. Especially the Sleek & Swing which is designed to add shine and movement to straight hair. (Read more about each individual product below).

IMG_1157gHow To Use: Dual Stylers are extremely simple to use. You just apply a small amount to clean, towel-dried hair after showering. Than blow-dry and style to get your desired look.

IMG_1081gIMG_108gHow it works: Dual Stylers’ cream & gel Intra-cylane blend at the very last minute thanks to the dual tube, allowing each formula to preserve its benefits.

Elasto curl cream: hydratation, smoothness, shine, definition.
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Intra-Cylane gel: body and heat protection.

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I love how you can actually see the divided gel & cream formulas (as pictured above) when the product comes out of the bottle. 

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  SLEEK & SWING (Duo rich cream + gel Intra-cylane)

What it does: Provides 72 hour volume control with natural movement. Drastically devolumizes hair while providing fluid movement.

When to Use: When you want perfectly smooth, straight hair. *For best results, after blow drying your hair completely, use a straightener to finish off the look.

Sleek & Swing creates:

– Less Volume
– Adds shine
– Sleek, flexible strands
– Easy combing & brushing
– Long-lasting malleability
– Frizz & heat protection

Review:

This was the first Dual Stylers that I tried so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was worried that it may leave hair looking greasy, but it did the complete opposite and didn’t weigh my hair down at all!

Sleek & Swing really does all that it claims to. It added shine, smoothness and made my hair look less frizzy & straighter with just blow drying. I didn’t even have to straighten my hair with a straightener after drying because Sleek & Swing already made my hair very straight! I love this product and have been using it after every shower lately. It conditions and leaves hair feeling super soft and flowy. It also smells reallllly good. ;)

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LISS & PUMP-UP (Duo bodifying cream + gel Intra-cylane)

What it does: Up to 72 hours of dramatic volume with a velvetly smooth blow dry

When to use: When you want to achieve beautiful voluminous, bouncy hair.

Liss & Pump-Up creates:

– 2x more volume
– adds body
– makes styling easier
– antistatic protection
– adds shine
– heat & humidity protection

Review: I didn’t love the Liss & Pump-Up as much as Sleek & Swing. I found that it didn’t add any volume to my hair which it claims. However it did add shine and made my hair very soft. 

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BOUNCY & TENDER (Duo elastin cream + gel Intra-cylane)

What it does: Provides 72 hour defined curls with a soft touch

Bouncy & Tender creates:

– defined curls
– adds softness & shine
– hydration and definition
– elasticity
– frizz & heat protection
– humidity protection

IMG_1153g2IMG_1067ggDual-Stylers-blog-imagePriceL’Oréal Professionnel DUAL STYLERS by Techni.Art retail at $26 (170ml) each.

Available exclusively in salons.
Click here to find a salon near you that carries L’Oréal Professionnel Dual Stylers.

L’Oréal Professionnel Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Have you tried DUAL STYLERS? Let us know! 
Natasha & Laura xo

Review: MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix

IMG_0404MAKE UP FOR EVER recently re-launched one of their top-selling, cult favourite products Mist & Fix*. A finishing spray designed to set makeup and create a long-lasting hold. Mist & Fix acts as an invisible shield to help protect your skin from all of the harmful and damaging environmental factors. We love that this product has all of these amazing properties but most importantly it actually does its intended job! It keeps your make up colours vibrant and lasts all day/night. 

The new O2 formula has many benefits:

– light weight
– colourless
– hydrating
– alcohol-free
– resistant to rubbing and sweating
– non-sticky
– dermatologist-tested and safe for sensitive skin

How to Use (Pro Application Tip from Make Up For Ever):

After your makeup application, hold Mist & Fix 15 inches (40 cm) away from the face and mist continuously for a few seconds. Let dry or blot with a thick tissue to speed up the drying process.

IMG_0858gBeing a Make Up Artist, I am always searching for the best products in the Cosmetic industry. This is definitely one of those must have products! You don’t have to be a Make Up Artist to use this fixative. Every woman that wears make up and wants it to last all day should invest in this. – Laura

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Price:
Mist & Fix 125ml – $34.00
Mist & Fix 30ml – $14.00

Available exclusively at Sephora stores, Sephora.ca and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.

Make Up For Ever Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Natasha & Laura xo

MAKE UP FOR EVER x Fifty Shades of Grey – Give In To Me

IMG_0823ffFifty Shades Of Grey (the hugely popular book series-turned-movie) was released in theatres on February 14th. Mr. Grey, the dreamy lead character, had women all over the world swarming to theaters contributing to the almost $500 million dollars made at the Box Office so far! 

To celebrate the Fifty Shades of Grey movie release, MAKE UP FOR EVER created 4 limited edition makeup sets containing products and colours inspired by the movie. This is the first movie collaboration that the French cosmetics brand has ever released so you know it’s going to be extra special.

The GIVE IN TO ME Makeup Kit contains 5 neutral eye & lip products in an exclusive keepsake box. The products were inspired by Ana’s makeup looks in the movie – natural, sultry & sophisticated. With this kit, you too can transform from soft & innocent to daring & alluring, just like Ana!

Retailing at $79, this set is well worth the money. You get 8 (including the 4 shadows) full-sized Make Up For Ever products at a $204 Cdn value! Like most all of Make Up For Ever’s products, each item in this set is high-quality. Even if you are not a huge fan of the series, we would still recommend picking this set up for the amazing products. It’s a classic neutral set and perfect addition to any makeup collection. Besides the black and pink case with quotes from the movie on it, there is no mention of Fifty Shades of Grey on the actual products. 

IMG_06382IMG_0643gIMG_0647gThe luxurious keepsake box features various quotes & phrases from the Fifty Shades of Grey books.

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Products included:

4 Artist Shadow Palette in shades I-514, S-556, ME-612, I-628 – 0.03 oz
  Graphic Liner (NEW) – 0.16 oz
Smoky Extravagant Mascara0.12oz
  Rouge Artist Natural N4 Lipstick0.09 oz
  Lab Shine Lip Gloss D-14

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IMG_0700g4 Artist Shadow Palette  – This palette contains 4 cult-favourite Artist Shadows. The shadows are all neutral earthy shades that are flattering on any skin tone. They are perfect for everyday wear but can easily transition into a darker, night-out look.

Make Up For Ever’s shadows contain a breakthrough gel-powder formula to deliver vivid colour & superior blendability. They are extremely pigmented and apply smoothly.

I adore this eyeshadow palette as these are the kind of colours I wear daily. The bottom right shadow in this palette is my favourite. It’s a beautiful rich browny/green that really makes light eyes pop.

IMG_0707ggIMG_0711yWe have never actually tried any of Make Up For Ever’s lip products before so we were excited to try this Lab Shine Diamond Collection Lip Gloss in shade D-14. We both really loved it! It smells so good & is not sticky at all which is the most important thing to us when it comes to glosses. Nothing’s worse than a super sticky gloss…

The colour itself is a really pretty sheer, light pink with gold shimmer. It’s a natural, universally-appealing colour that everyone can wear. The gloss paired on top of the lipstick in this set is such a beautiful combo.

We were so impressed with Make Up For Ever’s gloss & lipstick that we will definitely be purchasing more colours in the future.

IMG_0718uIMG_0740hGraphic Eyeliner – The extremely fine felt tip gives you precision to create the perfect cat-eye. It creates a super clean line and is very easy to apply. I’ve been using this liner daily since we got it. Long-lasting, no mess, no smudging. Love it.

Smoky Extravagant Mascara – I tried this mascara last year when I received a sample from Sephora’s annual Birthday gift and really like it. The formula is light and doesn’t clump at all even after applying multiple coats. I also like that the brush is nice and large which makes it easy to reach all of your lashes.

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Graphic Eyeliner, Lab Shine Lip Gloss D-14, Rouge Artist Natural N4 Lipstick

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The Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration was released on December 26, 2014. All the sets are limited edition and won’t be in stores much longer. Be sure to pick up the collection while you still can!

Available only at Sephora stores & Sephora.com

Make Up For Ever Online: Official Site, Facebook, TwitterInstagram.

What’s your favourite Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades Of Grey set? Let us know!

Laters, Beauties… 😉
Natasha & Laura xo (written by & photos by Natasha)