Sneak Peek – NARS Final Cut Collection – The New Edge of Pink


NARS is delighting all us pink lovers with this exclusively pink limited edition collection. The Final Cut collection includes four matte (yay matte!) Blushes ($33 CAD ea), four Satin Lip Pencils ($30 CAD ea), and an Illuminator ($36 CAD). The Adelaide Illuminator is a gorgeous bright shimmering lavender pink.

There are four shade groupings for the blush and lip pencils:

Sex Fantasy Blush and Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil area pale lavender pink.

New Attitude Blush and Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil are cherry blossom pink.

Final Cut Blush and Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil are peach coral.

Love Blush and Descanso Satin Lip Pencil are tea rose.

Stay toned for more detailed photos, swatches, and a full review!

This collection will be available exclusively at Holt Renfrew NARS counters in January 2014.

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Make Up For Ever Summer 2013 Aqua Collection ~ Photos, Swatches, and Review

The instant I saw the promo images for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Summer 2013 Aqua Collection I was totally, irrevocably, smitten. The shades are just so beautiful and the Aqua products never let me down. I wish I had all the products to show you, (because I NEED them all), but for now I will tempt you with these three beautiful pieces from the collection. I hope to pick up the rest of the Aqua Creams and the Aqua Eye liners as well.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Summer 2013 Aqua Collection


The Make Up for Ever Aqua Creams ($28 CAD/$23 US) are one of my go to products. They are incredible eye shadow bases but also come in shades that are complex enough, and opaque enough, to wear all by themselves or in combo with other Aqua Creams for a budge proof look. The releases for summer are all breathtaking. The gorgeous mint #53 Pearly Pastel Green, the pretty lilac #54 Pearly Mauve, and the glorious #52 Pearly Green Lagoon (shown below).


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #52 Pearly Green Lagoon


The summer collection introduces five new shades of MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge ($29 CAD/$24 US). The five new shades bring a welcome injection of vibrancy to the Aqua Lip collection that it had been missing.

  • #16 Fuschia
  • #19 Pomegranate Pink
  • #20 Baby Pink
  • #17 Bright Coral
  • #18 Coral

Something else I found to be new is that some of the new shades include a very fine shimmer. None of the original shades released included any kind of shimmer that I am aware of (and I own eight of them). #18 Coral has a lovely subtle gold shimmer that just makes this already perfect shade of coral even more special. The MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge formula is something truly special. It offers colour that will not move, budge, fade in any way for hour upon hour. I literally scrubbed my lips with a baby wipe and not a speck came off. You simply reapply the glossy topcoat as needed to maintain the glossy finish but the colour will not come off. I find I prefer this formula for really deep or intense shades as you must have the product applied perfectly evenly, as once it’s applied there is no changing it. While Coral is opaque I still have found, amongst all the shades I have, that shades like #8 Iconic Red are still my favourite for this formula. It’s a little easier to just swipe on some more coral or pink gloss or lipstick than it is an intense fuschia or deep wine. If you are headed out for a night on the town and really don’t want to worry about your summer lip fading then you can’t go wrong with these new shades though!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip #18 Coral


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip #18 Coral


There are two new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip ($23 CAD/$19 US) lip liners as part of the Summer 2013 collection. They co-ordinate with their Aqua Rouge counterparts. #19C Pomegranate Pink, and #20C Baby Pink (shown below). Baby Pink is actually a perfect midtoned pink in my eyes. It isn’t the pastel pink the name infers. I think this would be an ideal lip liner for anyone that loves pink lips as it is a very  versatile shade and the Aqua Lip formula offers impeccable waterproof performance.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip #20C Baby Pink


Here are swatches of the three products. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #52 Pearly Green Lagoon, Aqua Lip #20C Baby Pink, and Aqua Rouge #18 Coral shown without and with the glossy topcoat.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #52 Pearly Green Lagoon, Aqua Lip #20C Baby Pink, and Aqua Rouge #18 Coral shown without and with glossy topcoat.


The collection also includes two new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eye ($23 CAD/$19 US) eye pencils as well, in #25L Matte Brown and #52L Pearly Green Lagoon.

Shop the collection:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Summer 2013 Aqua Collection is available now at Sephora stores,, and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.

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Do You Wear Lip Liner? Why You Should Consider It. It’s Not Only For Wearing Bold Lip Shades!

I went through many years of only wearing more opaque lipstick formulas like Chanel Rouge Coco and only wearing very pigmented lip glosses or wearing gloss over a lipstick. I didn’t care for sheer lip products at all. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the look of sheer lip products, it was that I didn’t care for the look of them on ME. I have quite uneven pigmentation on my lips with a strong mauve tone. Given that most of the discolouration is present on the top of my lip line I believe it is likely caused by sun damage. Whenever I tried to wear a sheer lip gloss or lipstick all I could see was how uneven and unattractive my lips looked and found it detracted from the lip colour  and altered the shade too much.

Amazingly enough, even though I wore so many more pigmented lip products, I always skipped lip liners. I just found it another unnecessary, extra step and cost. I always chose lip products with exceptional formulas that didn’t give me any trouble with migration and I was confident applying them without the aid of an outline from liner. Even with reds. I don’t remember how I first came to try a natural lip liner shade with a sheer lip product but I have not looked back. I don’t know why I didn’t start earlier, and maybe you are all out there saying “DUH really Christa? Everybody does this” but I thought I would share anyways just in case there are more of you out there that aren’t comfortable with sheer lip colours like I was and would find this tip valuable.

Just by lightly tracing over the discoloured areas on my lips with a colour close to my natural lip colour I can wear sheer glosses and lipsticks without my uneven canvas detracting from the beauty of the sheer colour or altering it’s shade. I even have a spot on my upper lip that appears to be a small broken blood vessel that I dot some lip liner on to camouflage. (For some reason it’s not evident in these photos. The discolouration is actually toned down quite a bit from the lighting). Sometimes I opt to use a concealer pencil instead to mask the discolouration but it has the effect of considerably nuding out my lips.


Products used were Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Liner in Vasco and Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss in Raspberry Meringue.

Another great reason to wear lip liner is to increase the longevity of your lipstick. Simply apply a light layer over your entire lip area and it will help extend the wear of the lipstick or lipgloss applied on top.

Do you wear lip liner?