Friday, September 19, 2014

NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Parfum

Narciso Rodriguez' newest fragrance, Narciso ($112 for 3.0oz;, is new for fall and comes as an Eau de Parfum, a Scented Body Lotion and Musc Oil Parfum.  Narciso is a beautiful, elegant composition, with notes of White Musk, Vetiver, Gardenia and Bulgarian Rose. The classy white bottle is a rather simple design, that is as sophisticated as the scent itself. The cap is quite heavy, but lends the bottle a clean, chic design that you just can't go wrong with.

Narciso opens up with slightly strong, heady notes of gardenia, with a touch of softness from the rose. I can definitely get the vetiver and the rose all through, although the dry down is definitely musky for the most part. Its definitely more suited for cooler fall/winter evenings and is somewhat of a grown up scent, in a very clean and sophisticated way. It is quite a strong scent though and lasted the whole day on me - just a spritz or two was enough to last through the day, without any sort of layering. Overall, quite a unique woody floral in a gorgeous bottle and something I'm reserving for when the weather cools down a little more.

What are your thoughts on NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez?

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Great Bargain Buy | Jane Cosmetics Shimmering Suede Eyeshadow Trio and Blushing Bronzing Duo

Jane Cosmetics has had a bit of a makeover recently, and the brand's fall collection features a new line of makeup in revamped packaging and colors. I got to try out a couple of products from the range - The Wet/Dry Shimmering Suede Eye Shadow Trio ($10) and the Blushing Bronze Duo ($12).

The packaging is really pretty - the blushes and shadows come packaged in colorful cardboard cases and the textures are of great quality for the price. The eye shadows can be used wet or dry and the pigmentation is great both ways. Berry Bliss is more of a neutral trio than berry and the colors come in three textures - shimmer, satin and matte - perfect alone or when paired with one another! The Blushing Bronze duo in Peony Pink Glow is a blush/bronzer duo with a satin matte blush and a shimmery bronzer, which works more like a highlight on my skintone. The color payoff is great and the textures are very blendable with hardly any fallout. I can't speak for other products from the range, but these are fabulous for the price, come in pretty packaging and do the job without breaking the bank!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nails Inc. Nailkale in Holland Walk and Alexa Leather

Nailkale ($14 Nailkale; $15 Fabric Effects;, is a new nail polish range from Nails Inc. that features kale extract to help strengthen and nourish nails. The Nailkale range also features nail treatments, top and base coats to go with the current range of polishes. Also new to Nails Inc. in collaboration with Alexa Chung are textured polishes that come in a variety of finishes with a different fabric effect each. What I have here is Alexa Leather, a slightly textured black with a matte, leather-y finish.

The packaging of these are really nice. They have removable outer caps, which by the way feel really heavy - almost the weight of the polish without them on! The brush is a fabulous little wide, curved brush that hugs the nail perfectly and helps with easy application around the cuticle area. Nailkale in Holland Walk is a gorgeous, plum creme. Its a rich color, very glossy and smooth. I needed two coats for complete opacity, but you can very well get away with just one. Alexa Leather on the other hand is more of a matte, leathery texture that looks good with one coat than two. The polish itself is really nice, but I'm not a big fan of textured polishes anymore, I prefer a smooth, shiny manicure any day, so of the two, Holland Walk is my favorite. Its also the perfect color for fall and definitely a formula that is worth checking out. I had average wear time with Holland Walk, about 2 days after which it started to chip. Overall, the cremes in the Nailkale range are pretty nice and the colors are classic nudes, pinks and plums, so very wearable. Some colors, Holland Walk included are limited edition.

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