Nars Holiday Collection

The Nars Holiday Collection this year has a modern kabuki theme. The collection of  luxury beauty items were personally curated by François Nars himself, who had this to say about the collection:

“I am completely fascinated by Kabuki theatre; the makeup and costumes are especially beautiful. My attraction to this art form led to the creation of this Collection.  The shades and products used in the NARS Kabuki Collection range from bright, intense shades to deep saturated hues.” –FrançoisNars

The collection includes the following gorgeous items:

The Hanamichi Eye Shadow Palette with brush.


NARS Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

A sleek and pretty Kudoki Kabuki Lip set with brush.

NARS Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Set.

NARS Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Mie Mini Soft Touch Eye Pencil Sets.

NARS Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Shop the Nars holiday collection


Tarte True Blood Lip Tint Swatch

The limited edition Tarte TrueBlood Collection at Sephora is pretty impressive. It includes a rocking palette with 17 eye shadow shades that I just love, along with a cheek stain and a great Tarte True Blood Lip Tint. I purchased the lip tint and had not previously tried a Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Lip Tint before. I really do love it! The tint is a nice thick crayon type tint, but it has a bit firmer tip than most of the true lip crayons. The effect is that it goes on much like a stain, but feels a bit closer to a sheer lipstick. It wears very well. It doesn’t last quite as long as a stain would, but it definitely lasted longer for me than many lipsticks do.

Here is a swatch of the Tarte True Blood Lip Tint:

Tarte True Blood Lip Tint Swatch

The shade is a very versatile berry/rose that is sheer, yet shows up quite well. You can also build it some for a more opaque look. I love this shade and suspect that I will totally wear it out this summer! I’m looking forward to trying it over a regular stain too for some super long wear. I also think that further Tarte Natural Lip Tint purchases are likely in my future.

The Tarte for True Blood Collection is limited edition and I think it is going to be quite popular. You can see more True Blood swatches, including all of the eye shadow shades in the True Blood Glamour Me kit here on Beauty and Fashion Tech: Tarte True Blood Glamour Me Swatches.

Buy Tarte True Blood Lip Tint


Nivea Tinted Lip Balm

At some point in time I purchased a Nivea A Kiss of Flavor Passion Fruit Tinted Lip Care balm. Then I promptly forgot about it only to discover it the other day. Now, how I could overlook something as lovely as a passion fruit flavor balm, I’ll never know. That is a favorite flavor of mine, and it isn’t very common. On top of it, I like lightly tinted balms.


The Nivea tinted lip balm did not disappoint. The flavor is light, yet tasty, and the tint is quite nice. this one have a bright enough tint with a fair amount of pigment, so you can actually get some decent sheer color form it—something that many tinted balms fail at. Moisturization from the balm is decent. It isn’t best balm I have had and I had to reapply a bit more often than I prefer, but for the trade off of getting a nice tint and a favorite flavor, I really don’t mind.

Nivea tends to run between $2-3 and can be found at most drugstores.

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