NARSskin. Illuminated.

A visionary in the world of makeup artistry and photography, Francois Nars routinely uses light as a tool to transform the complexion. Now, NARS captures the power of light in a unique anti-aging collection that helps skin reflect light as never before, unveiling a world of luminosity. Found in every NARSskin product is the beauty brand's unique Light Reflecting Complex, utilizing pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform the skin and boost its translucency. Light-Active Micro-Prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optically enhance light reflection, promote natural cellular turnover, and infuse skin with moisture.
When applied on newly smooth, bright skin, makeup lasts longer than ever and simply glows. Uniquely prismatic, youthful and radiant. Skin is illuminated.

Purifying Foam Cleanser $29
Lifts away makeup and impurities, and refreshes the skin while gently soothing skin's surface.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 1 week with 30 panelists:
100% agree the cleanser helped control excess surface oil after cleansing
97% agree the skin felt purified
97% agree the cleanser gently cleansed pores
90% agree the skin looked brighter and more radiant

Gentle Cream Cleanser $29
Gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining moisture balance.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 1 week with 30 panelists:
97% agree the skin feels soft
90% agree the cleanser left the skin feeling conditioned
93% agree the cleanser comforted and soothed the skin

Multi-Action Hydrating Toner $32
Gently exfoliates skin with an alcohol-free formula for a smooth and even appearance.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 1 week with 30 panelists:
94% agree the product left the skin feeling hydrated
94% agree the product left the skin feeling soft
94% agree the product left the skin feeling instantly toned
90% agree the product smoothed out skin surface

Double Refining Exfoliator $34
Refines skin's surface with mild citrus fruit acids and botanical exfoliating spheres.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 1 week with 30 panelists:
100% agree the product left the skin feeling soft
97% agree the product was gentle and non irritating
97% agree the product left the skin healthy looking
97% agree the product left the skin feeling conditioned
94% agree the product smoothed out skin surface
90% agree pores appeared less visible after using the product

Optimal Brightening Concentrate $72
Advanced radiance-boosting serum brightens skin and revitalizes the complexion.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 3 weeks with 60 panelists:
92% agree the skin looked revived after applying the product
98% agree the product sooths and comforts the skin
90% agree the product left the skin feeling soft

Total Replenishing Eye Cream $55
Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of dark circles.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 4 weeks with 60 panelists:
97% agree the product left the eye area feeling moisturized
94% agree the product smoothed out the surface of the skin around the eye area
94% agree the product was absorbed instantly
98% agree it is easy to apply concealer on top of this eye cream

Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer $58
Hydrates, revitalizes, and fortifies the skin with a lightweight gel texture.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 4 weeks with 60 panelists:
97% agree the skin looked more revitalized
97% agree the skin felt supple and more resilient
97% agree the skin felt soft
94% agree the product smoothed out skin surface
92% agree the product gave the skin a more radiant appearance
92% agree the skin felt hydrated all day
97% agree it was easy to apply foundation on top of this product

Luminous Moisture Cream $62
Replenishes skin with 24-hour intense hydration and restores luminosity that naturally diminishes over time.
Final Sensory Clinical Results after 4 weeks with 60 panelists:
92% agree the product soothed the skin
98% agree the skin felt soft
93% agree it was easy to apply foundation on top of the product
Final hydration test results:
Within 1 hour, test proved skin moisture level jumped +88%
Clinically proven to deliver 24 hour hydration
Availability: August 1, 2012 at Saks and on saksfifthavenue.com


MAC Heavenly Creatures Haul

A little late showing you guys my MAC Heavenly Creatures haul. But I guess it's better late than never!

Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser
"A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo-Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe- no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean"

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
"A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water."

Strobe Liquid Lotion
"Blending soft-focus diffusers with iridescent pigments, this ultra-fluid strobe formula produces a soft, radiant light on the skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections by providing a natural-looking flow. Refreshing. Spreads on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant. A lighter-weight addition to the popular Strobe cream."

Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25
"A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Colour-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations."

Mineralize SkinFinish
"A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluve polish to the face"

Light Year Mineralize SkinFinish
Peachy-Pink with Gold Shimmer

Center of the Universe Mineralize SkinFinish
Coral with Gold Shimmer

Star Wonder Mineralize SkinFinish
Plumy Pink with Multi-Dimensional Pearl

Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush
"Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer."
Terracotta and Gold Melange.


Clinique Summer Glow Must Haves

I happen to fall in love with most everything I review from Clinique.
It's been years since my last Clinique feature so I hope you all enjoy this one and find the information useful. 
These are all products I feel would help one achieve that "Summer Glow" by using everything from Clinique skincare to lip products. Enjoy!
Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer
To simply put it, this is an overnight moisturizer that tones, retexturizes and plumps the skin.
It retexturizes while you sleep by optimizing new cell turnover to help the best and brightest emerge. I believe it will take a couple of weeks to really see a difference. It plumps the skin by pumping in moisture and toning the skin, working at deeper levels of the dermis layer, from the inside out.

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
$73 Buy it here
This is a clinical proven serum that visibly reduces dark spots, acne scarring and age spots.
Dermatologist formulated it to be effect yet safe and comfortable. According to clinical trials, this product delivered the same results compared to a leading prescription ingrediant. They do not say which ingredient this is, but I am guessing they compared it to Hydroquinone. They claim that results will be noticed in as little as 4 weeks! And at 12 weeks, you will see a visible reduction in dark spots, age spots and traces of acne damage. For best results, make sure you wear a sunscreen!

Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator
$37 Buy it here
I LOVE this product! It's an oil-free hydrator that instantly refines pores and controls excess oil.
This oil-free and non-acnegenic formula supplies needed hydration while curbing excess oil and shine for up to eight hours. While instantly refining the look of pores with unique light-scattering optics and controlling unwanted luster, the hydrator keeps T-zones feeling fresh and staying comfortably matte. Skin feels refreshed and renewed. The best part is that they claim that over time your pores will become smaller!

Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$27 Buy it here
This is a dermatologist-developed liquid foundation that immediately brightens and evens out the skintone with naturally luminous minerals.
This is what the claim:
Wear this oil-free Even Better Makeup SPF15 and something amazing happens... Without any makeup, you will see improved clarity, a more even skintone and visibly diminished age spots. These results can be witnessed by all ethnicities in just 4 to 6 weeks. The long-wearing formula provides moderate-to-full coverage and also helps prevent new discolorations with SPF- plus antioxidants.
For best results, partner it with Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.

Superbalanced Powder Bronzer
$34.50 Buy it here
This bronzer is oil-free and has added benefits for the skin. I love the grating powder because you get a fresh batch for your face each time you twist the dial. The shade is so neutral! It has NO orange in it at all. It is PERFECT for even the fairest/palest skintones.
This lightweight, long-wear formula helps absorb oil and maintain skin’s moisture balance so skin looks healthy and lit with a subtle radiance. Mineral and antioxidant-rich bronzer transforms from pressed to loose powder at the turn of a dial.

Blushwear Cream Stick
$21 Buy it here
This is a cream-to-powder touch-on blusher.
This portable cheek color glides over the skin very smoothly. You can use your fingertips to blend it in. The claim it to be a long-lasting blush that remains sheer even as it builds color. It's color-true, transfer/water-resistant and non-drying

Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-hour Eye Colour
$19.50 Buy them here
Creamy, crease-resistant eye colour wears for 8 hours. Instantly cools thanks to a unique applicator. Nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness. Antioxidants help protect eye-area skin.
Tip: A little goes a long way—start with a small amount and build with additional colour as desired.
Left is Salt and Pepper and Right is Ginger-ly

Quickliner for Eyes Intense
$15 Buy it here
This richly pigmented eyeliner gives intense color in an instant. It is so smooth and glides on without dragging or tugging.
This long-wearing eyeliner glides on effortlessly and smudges to a smooth blur of color. With the convenient smudge tool on opposite end of the applicator, this automatic pencil never needs sharpening. Its silky formula can be used alone or over eye shadow and is always ready to line and define with ease.
Shade is in Intense Midnight which is a beautiful deep navy.

High Impact Mascara
$16.50 Buy it here
This richly pigmented mascara kicks up the volume of each individual lash.
Get instant drama! Pump up the volume and length of each lash for a look that's lusher, plusher, and bolder. Dress your lashes in pure, deep color—wear it once and you'll feel naked without it.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
$16 Buy them here
These super-nourishing tinted lip balms are so hydrating and they add a sheer hint of gorgeous color to my lips.
This gorgeous lip color treats lips to mouthwatering moisture and a hint of soft shine. It never needs sharpening—simply swivel up to reveal more of the balm. These are fragrance-free and allergy tested.
Left to right:
Woppin Watermelon (sheer pink), Curvy Candy (sheer bubblegum pink) and Oversized Orange (sheer peach).

press samples were provided to Pretty Me Up for review


NARS Summer Glow Feature + New Foreplay Palette

"With names like Orgasm, Sin, Baby Doll, and Casino, it sounds more like a scandalous romance novel than a stylish, successful makeup line. But true to the NARS brand, their product names, like their makeup, are edgy, innovative, and empowering. With blushes, bronzers, and body shimmers coveted by celebrities and beauty insiders alike, to eyeshadows, artist palettes, lipsticks, and liners loved by legions of loyalists, NARS is makeup for the modern woman. The brands full spectrum of classic and fashion-forward colors encourages women to experiment and express their individual beauty."
Nars continues to impress me, season by season. The quality of their products are so nice and I continue craving more and more with each new item that releases. What are your favorite NARS products?

Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer (Oil-Free)
This oil-free gel primer refines the look of pores, regulates shine and creates a matte surface to the skin for smooth and long-wearing makeup application. Mineral Powders manage oil in the T-zone while blurring the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It is alcohol-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, synthetic and fragrance free.
Research Results: 87% felt that the surface of their skin was smoothed, 78% thought the product controlled shine all day long, 97% felt that this product left their skin feeling soft, 94% felt that their skin was soothed and comforted, 87% thought the product made powder, blush, and bronzer application easier
LOVE this primer, it smells so good (like natural essential oils). It makes my makeup glide on smoothly to create a flawless complexion. The consistency is very lightweight and thin, however it helps control shine, yet hydrates where it needs to.

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Shade: Alaska
Infused with lush, naturally derived ingredients, this lightweight tinted moisturizer immediately helps thirsty skin feel hydrated. It has been proven to help reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation for a clearer and brighter complexion in just four weeks. Oil-free and luxurious, it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. SPF30 adds a translucent veil of protection. 
Natural polysaccharides from Moorea island in French Polynesia hydrate, condition, and help encourage natural cell renewal. Mineral-rich seawater uniquely revitalizes and adds key minerals back into the skin. Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 helps improve skin’s overall condition. Soft and smooth to the touch, skin looks natural and glowing. This dermatologist-tested product is free of oil, synthetic fragrances and is non-comedogenic.
Research Results: 84% felt their skin was more radiant and luminous, 81% felt the product smoothed out the surface of their skin, 81% felt the product gave them immediate hydration
This is one of my favorite tinted moisturizers that I have ever tried. It has a great coverage for a tinted moisturizer. My skin feels hydrated and super smooth! The shade is perfect for me, not too pink and not too yellow. Mix this with Laguna Illuminator to darken for your summer complexion.

Copacabana (glistening pearl)
This is a multifunctional face product that gives skin a refreshed luminosity. This light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary. Size: 1.2 oz
This is beautiful above your cheekbones or mixed in with your foundation. It literally gives you a beautiful, gorgeous glow!

Super Orgasm
peachy pink with gold glitter
I use this one as a blush and it is gorgeous! You can also mix it in with your foundation for a peachy glow!

Below are items I picked up recently that are no longer available, but I thought you still might want to see what I hauled...
Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio
This trio is so beautiful, I want to do a tutorial using this for a sultry smoky eye.

Sea of Love Set
Mini Bush in Super Orgasm (peachy pink with shimmer)
Mini Multiple in Orgasm (peachy pink shimmer)
Illuminator in Laguna (brown with gold shimmer)
So happy with these products. There was a Turkish Delight lipgloss included that I gave away. I use the Laguna Illuminator as my bronzer, or mix it in with a foundation that is too light for my complexion (to darken it a bit for summer). The multiple is so great, I need to start collecting these! I love my mini Super Orgasm blush, I keep it in my handbag for touch-ups.

New and Exclusive to Sephora
Foreplay Palette
NARS introduces the Foreplay Palette, created exclusively for Sephora. Even the most insatiable beauty appetite will be satisfied by this sleek quad, housing all the shade elements of the iconic Orgasm Blush. 
Create your own personalized Orgasm with the chic, limited edition palette. Combine the gold highlighter, pink matte blush, peach matte blush and- of course- Orgasm Blush, for a beautiful range of cheek shades. Depending on your mood, make your ORGASM matte, highlighted, or even more intense.
Shades include:
(clockwise from top left)
Peach matte blush
Gold highlighter blush
Orgasm- Peachy pink with golden shimmer
Pink matte blush
Price: $49
Availability: August 1 at Sephora and sephora.com