Nars Sheer Glow Review

Hello My Dears,

As you know a few weeks ago I bought a new foundation to try out, Nars Sheer Glow. I bought it from Sephora in Cadiz for $45.00. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I’ve had a chance to really use it and gain an opinion on the product.
Packaging
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The packaging is very classic and to-the-point, which I like. The size of it is appropriate; it can easily fit into my makeup bag. The only thing I don’t like is the dispensing method. It’s a screw-off top that’s just an open bottle. In Sephora the displays have a pump dispenser; however the beauty advisor let me know that the bottles do not come with the dispenser and the store did not carry them for sale.
Application
Nars Application

Top: The amount of product I used on my face; Bottom: my Sephora beauty blender and my Nars shade Cadiz

I really like about the product is the look & feel of it. You only need a small amount to cover your entire face and while it evens your skin like a full coverage foundation would, it doesn’t have that heavy, made-up feel on your face. After trying a few different methods of applying the product, I found that my beauty blender gave the best application (I just have a Sephora Brand blender). I wet & wring out my beauty blender, use it to dot the foundation on each cheek, my forehead, nose send chin, and blend it out.
The finish is a natural-glow; while it does even out my skin, but doesn’t completely mattify. I love that it gives me an even but natural canvas to work with.
For the sake of this review these pictures are with the foundation alone, but normally I’d conceal with my MAC Studio Finish and follow that with MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium-Dark.
Nars Before and After

Left: Me sans makeup Right: Me with Nars foundation

Longevity
This is just my opinion, but this is the bottom line of any review: does it last or not? By the end of my work day, church, etc., I still have the same even finish. If you live in a warmer climate or have spent time outdoors, you just may need to blot by the evening.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I’m very happy with the purchase; the product definitely lives up to the expectations. Prior to this I was using Lancome Teint Idole, which does have a little more of a matte finish, so this is a pleasant change.
What’s your go-to foundation? Let me know in a comment below!
XOXO
Brittani
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Makeup for Glasses

Hello Lovelies,

 

I feel like glasses have gotten a bad rep as far as makeup is concerned. They can be quite cute along with a great makeup look, you just have to change up your technique a little.  As a fellow visually impaired person, I’m here to help.

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EYES:

The first thing you’ll want to focus on is your brows. Because your glasses are also framing your face, it becomes more important that your eyebrows are neat & clean. As far as eyeshadows, with glasses it’s best to keep it simple. You don’t want to have your makeup fighting through the frames, so it’s best to let another portion of your face be the focal point. I would recommend brightening neutrals. Lining your eyes is perfectly fine, just once again, keep it simple. One trick that I love to do to keep my eyes looking large and bright is to line my waterline with a highlight color. Mascara is always a yes here as well, as it will also help your eyes to wide & bright.

 

eye brows

For my brows I used the Cover Girl Brow & Eye Makers, and lined them using MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW 30 with the Lancome 18 brush

eye color

Naked 3 in Dust (all over lid), Limit (in the crease) and Strange (brow bone)

 

FACE:

There really aren’t any major changes that glasses pose to your foundation/face routine. Highlighting and contouring your face with glasses can be a fun thing to play with; your glasses frames are providing some cool angles you can work with on your face.

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LIPS:

You can allow your face/cheek color to be the focal point of your face, but I personally love using color on my lips when I’m wearing glasses. A bold red or pink color is always works well with this, especially since everything else is pretty muted.

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Any fellow glasses-weareres have tips & tricks you want to share? Let me know in a comment below!

 

XOXO

Brittani

Losing the Winter Layer

Hello Lovelies,

Now that Spring is finally springing it’s time to start thinking about getting swimsuit-ready. I have a friend on Facebook who has been posting her weight loss/healthy habit progress; she along with my own winter layer getting on my nerves (lol) have really inspired me. So, with that being said as of Tuesday, (April 8) I’ve kicked off my own “Lose the Winter Layer” regimen. I’ve started eating healthier, and working out at least 3 times a week. I downloaded the Nike + Training app to help me; it has individual workouts and workout plans to help you reach your goals. I’m on the “Get Lean” Program.

 

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Me, Post Run, he he.

I know I can’t be the only one looking to get health & lean for 2014…so let’s share our ideas, successes & support each other along the way! I won’t flood my blog with posts on this (maybe 1 or 2 per month) but I will give more of a play-by-play of my progress on Facebook (search for Be Amazing B) and Twitter(@BeAmazingB).  If you’re doing the same, come follow me on either we can support each other in the cause!

XOXO

Brittani

Pinterest Recipe: Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

I know I’m not the only one in the world who’s completely enamored with Pinterest. I spend WAY too much  time looking at random pins! While perusing I found an awesome recipe for Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake via InspiredDreamer.com.

I’ll copy the recipe below from InspiredDreamer.com:

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Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces dry pasta (I used a combination of rotini, farfalle and penne. Any similar size would work.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup whole milk, heavy cream or half-and-half (I used half-and-half)
  • 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (cubed or shredded)
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, cut into large chunks (I used grape tomatoes sliced in half)
  • Fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat a medium casserole dish with non-stick spray. (Mine was a 10″ round, but a 9 x 13 would work fine.)
  3. Cook pasta in salted, boiling water to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. While pasta is cooking, heat butter in a medium saute pan set to medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes to slightly soften veggies. Do not brown.
  5. Add in cream cheese and stir to melt. Reduce heat to low. Stir in sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir until everything is well-combined and melted. Turn off heat.
  6. Combine the pasta, chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a large bowl.
  7. Add in the sauce and gently stir to coat.
  8. Pour into the prepared baking dish. (I drizzled in a little more half-and-half over the mixture once it was in the baking dish because it looked a little dry to me.)
  9. Top with the remaining mozzarella.
  10. Bake uncovered for about 20 -25 minutes … or until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown. Top with basil or parsley for garnish

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I wish I would’ve thought to take a picture of mine (sorry guys!), but after following the instructions I was thoroughly impressed! At first bite my boyfriend immediately asked that I put more on his plate!

I added sautéed shrimp to mine, however, which was a great addition. The only thing that I will omit next time will be the tomatoes.

Try this one out & let me know how it turns out!

XOXO

Brittani