{Review: NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation}

I am an incredibly huge fan of beauty and makeup products, so it only made sense to me to make the transition from personal style blogging to beauty blogging and reviewing. So, just a little bit about my background; My complexion is quite dark, and it took me a very long time to come to terms with this. One might say that the media has a great deal to do with the influence and perception of “beauty” and I am most certainly a product of that. Couple the narrow view of beauty with an inability to find colors that actually matched my skin shade and undertone, I kind of just gave up on cosmetics and stuck primarily to mascara.

In the past two years however, and really with the onslaught of social media and widespread blogging, my views on what’s beautiful began to evolve and I gave cosmetics a chance. One of the first high-end brands I tried was NARS, and due to their vast range of colors I have been a complete devotee ever since.

So here’s to finding my niche in the beauty blogging world, and cheers to every type of beauty.

{Shade:Trinidad} The beauty advisor who helped me in-store matched me to Trinidad which is rather curious as I wear ‘Tortuga’ in NARS’s Sheer Glow formulation.

{Performance} The foundation blended beautifully and is very well pigmented and creamy, applies evenly to the skin, and feels very light-weight and hydrating, I found the finish to be very stunning, natural, and radiant. Unlike with matte products, your skin does not look made up, instead you wind up just looking naturally flawless.

 I applied with a damp, short-bristled stippling brush, and then evened it all out with a dense flat topped powder brush.

I have oily skin and found this to have held up really well, but if your skin is like mine, it would be well advised to use an oil controlling primer, and set with powder. This pairs quite well with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (I use Deep Dark).

This also blended seamlessly with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but I would recommend that if you’re concealing any blemishes or dark spots, to do that before apply the foundation, because I tried afterwards and it didn’t blend out very well.

I got a full 8 hours of wear, before touching up some oilier areas.

{Packaging}  The foundation and the compact are sold separately, at $38 and $10 respectively, and this makes no sense as to why NARS would do that. At this price point, one would expect from a high-end brand to house such a brilliant product in a container worthy of it. Instead, it comes in a very cheap and rather flimsy plastic container that’s more suitable for dispensing a sample. I tried several times to close the lid, only to find that it doesn’t seal completely, meaning that if you don’t purchase the accompanying compact, the foundation will likely dry out.

In addition to the cheap packaging, there’s the added frustration that width of the package cannot accommodate a wide brush, so I had to use a small stippling brush to apply, and a larger brush to even out the application.

My final grievance is the amount of product you receive, .42 oz/$38 (really $48 if you purchase the compact) is wildly expensive. For reference, NARS’ liquid foundations are 1 oz./$42.

*A note to my fellow ladies with dark complexions, not all Sephora stores carry the full range of colors, so in that instance I’d recommend stopping by a NARS counter in a department store such as Nordstrom.

{Purchased for review by StyleFrom9to5}


{Neutral with a Pop}

Monday’s are notoriously hard. I barely want to get out of bed, talk less of getting dressed. 

Okay. I’m being a little dramatic…

Still, I love to start the week off with a great outfit. Great look, great week…right?

Blazer: Cynthia Rowley

Skirt: Target

Shoes: Jessica Simpson


{RiRi Woo-ed}

Can I tell you how obsessed I am with this lipstick? Seriously. I planned this whole look around it. It’s insanely vibrant and just a stunning finish on a variety of skin tones. I wanted it to pop, so I wore all black. 

Blouse: c/o The Limited

Trousers: Gap

Shoes: Nine West

{Giveaway: Vintage Pittsburgh Fashion Show and Mixer}

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What: Style from {9to5} is co-hosting a giveaway for two tickets to attend the Pittsburgh Vintage Fashion Show and the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer which are going to be held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

When: The fashion show (7 p.m. 4/12) will feature pieces from local and national vintage and vintage-inspired retailers, while the mixer (3 p.m. 4/13) is a trade show featuring fashions, housewares, and collectibles. 

How to enter: I decided not to do the typical “giveaway” requesting that you ‘like’ certain pages or follow me on social media. Since these are ’60s inspired events, please submit your best ’60s themed, work appropriate look and I along with a ModStylist will review the entries and select 2 lucky winners.

Send: Entries to stylefrom9to5@gmail.com and the two winners will be selected on Tuesday, April 9th 2013.  

For more information please visit: Heinz History CenterPittsburgh Vintage MixerModCloth, and the ModStylists


{Monday Mourning}

Like that pun?

This past weekend reminded me that I’m not as young and resilient as I used to be, as I’m still healing from the effects of St. Patrick’s Day festivities. I needed something comfortable and chic to combat the work day, and opted for an intricate black skirt, simple black cardigan, and basic suede pumps.

Cardigan: No idea!

Skirt: Banana Republic

Shoes: Aldo


{Tangerine}

I got this swoon-worthy peplum jacket a few weeks ago in preparation for a business trip, and I’m completely smitten. It’s flirty, youthful, vibrant but still professional. I’ve worn it several ways since, but have paired it here with black cropped trousers and black booties. 

Jacket: New York and Co here

Trousers: GAP

Shoes: Jessica Simpson


{Karma}

I guess you could say that when I put this little ensemble on I was really ‘feeling myself’. I had a nice pep in my step and absolutely nothing could stop me. Right? 

Wrong. 

As I (perhaps a bit excessively) continued my self-admiration, I very embarrassingly tripped and very narrowly avoided some criminal indecent exposure…all in front of a train full of rush-hour commuters.

Well played, karma. 

Top: The Limited

Skirt: The Limited

Shoes: Aldo