Peace Be Upon You
Several of weeks ago, I purchased the following two items off of Space NK and I couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised!
NARS || Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set – £29 – 1.7G
NARS || Tahiti Laguna Bronzing Powder – £39 – 10g
Warning in true YazmiinAktar fashion this is a very picture heavy post – Enjoy!
I was in the market for a new bronzer, as I was coming to an end with my current Sleek Face Contour Kit – which is the second time that I’ve purchased it, and takes me forever to use up; so I’ve decided to opt for a new one just to try something different. I opted for the Tahiti Laguna bronzing powder because I was sold by the brush! shameful, I know! I’ve read so many articles on how the Kabuki Artisan Ita brush is amazing and the ONE for a perfect contour, and I love myself a good contour, however I couldn’t depart with £43 for a brush, it just didn’t feel right.
Whilst browsing the Space NK website I found this bronzer, which is an online exclusive and was surprised to receive 10g of product (for some reason I was expecting a small amount of product, like the sleek contour kit) plus the infamous miniature Ita Kabuki brush, which works wonders by the way, so you can imagine my delight when I received this package! It’s so soft and blends the product well, picking up the perfect amount of product. The bronzer is the perfect colour for my skin tone, and doesn’t have that ridiculous orange undertone either – So far I’m loving it, and I’ve been using it for the past two weeks religiously. A negative is the packaging, it’s casing is in some weak plastic which I’m a bit cautious about, especially because I intend to take it on my travels in January, so fingers crossed it survives the journey.
Warning, it has the finest golden shimmer to it which I wasn’t aware of but I’m not put off by it, as it adds a youthful glow!
On my hunt for the next perfect bronzer, I came across this delightful set. The lipsticks were curated for the Steven Klein collection for Nars. Whereby you receive five miniature lipsticks for £29 making it £5.80 per lipstick which ain’t bad considering their full priced lipsticks are £24. They’re so cute and tiny making it adorable to use.
Swatches left-to-right and top-to-bottom (facial images)
Little Darling | Mayflower | Joyous Red | Jungle Red | Fire Down Below
So from the picture available online, I was expecting more earthy brown autumnal red lipsticks however in various lightings, with and without flash, they all have a pink hue to it, which isn’t really what I wanted as I already own too many pink and mauve based lipsticks and wanted to venture out a little, hence I bought mini lipsticks, which is a perfect way of trying out different colours without wasting a tonne of money. I highly recommend buying miniature makeup gift sets that come out during these festive periods especially if you want to try out a variety of makeup/ colours without spending too much, that way you can assess what you like and what suits you comfortably without having a guilty conscience for wasting too much money on something that’s hardly touched. Plus once you realise you like it you can re-direct your money to purchase a full sized item at a later date.
Clearly, the deeper the colour gets the more I’m in love! The lipstick itself are very nice not the typical consistency I tend to gravitate towards (matte lipsticks) but lovely to use nonetheless, I found them really shiny, creamy and moisturising. I knew ‘Little Darling’ wasn’t going to suit me, however I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Mayflower’ which gives my lips a pinched pink look, and ‘Jungle red’ a pink hued red lipstick, honestly didn’t think that shade of red would suit me. As for ‘Joyous Red’, that’s on the peachier side of red which is lovely on but I know it’s one I won’t gravitate to anytime soon, perhaps more for summer time use. ‘Fire Down Below’ was always a clear winner for me! A deep red lippie which I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it, and one I know I will definitely use up too quickly, out of the whole set this is the only one which is truly matte and opaque and sits on tight on the lips; the rest of them have small amount of shimmer to it adding to the sheen, except ‘Little Darling’ that’s just a shiny, translucent lipstick.
Once again the packaging is a let down, Nars need to switch it up because they get dirty so quickly when thrown around in my bag and starts making their products look incredibly cheap. One thing to realise is that because they are miniatures the lipstick tends to wobble when applying them on because there is very little product available in the tube. Aside from that I’m happy with the money spent because the colours are gorgeous on, I didn’t think they would all suit me but was definitely surprised and happy them. It is a shame that the Space NK pictures didn’t do the lipsticks justice, they looked more earth-tone and greige which is what I would have preferred but nonetheless these colours are equally lovely and I know I’ll use them well.