I, a broke college kid, spent $70 on some makeup the other day. No, I'm not crying. That's just my eyes sweating. I purchased the Nars Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Palette, which is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora. Yeah, this palette is way expensive. But I just love Nars so freaking much, I couldn't help myself. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to have it. Ridiculous. I know.
There are 4 blushes in this palette, 2 limited edition, Robotic and Blasphemy, and 2 from the regular collection, Luster and Dolce Vita. Above that the palette has a contour and highlight shade, Paloma, which is the same as their Contour Duo in Paloma. Best of all, this palette has a huge Laguna bronzer.
The packaging on this feels substantial and durable, and I love the cool tones of the picture on the front. Nars made a great use of space with the organization of the palette, and there's a huge mirror that can be very helpful for on the go.
The quality of each shade 100% lives up to Nars' standards. Each blush has loads of pigment, but are easy to blend out if you apply too much. They last a really long time on your face and never look patchy or weird, plus you only need to apply a tiny bit, so this could last you forever.
The bronzer is one of my favorites (along with like, anyone else who's ever tried it), and I love how big of a pan it is. It's the perfect shade to give your face some dimension. I like applying this lightly to my temples, cheeks, and the bridge of my nose. The extra warmth is definitely needed for when my skin gets sickly pale in the winter.
I had never tried the contour/highlight shade before, but after a couple uses I'm really happy with them. The contour shade is fairly dark for me, but it blends down easily and really makes my cheekbones pop, especially with the compliment of the highlight shade. I do wish that the highlight was a little more yellow-toned, but I think the one they used is more universally flattering, and I still like the finish it gives. I use this to set my under-eye concealer, and the areas next to my nose, chin, and forehead. It gives a gorgeous, blurred effect to the skin.
As for the blushes, I really love mixing Blasphemy and Luster. Dolce Vita is a gorgeous berry which is perfect for the fall, and I'm hoping I'll get some use out of Robotic in the spring and summer. These all give such a beautiful flush to the cheeks and I can't wait to continue using them.
Overall I think the Steven Klein 'One Shocking Moment' palette is totally worth the hefty price tag. Regular blush from Nars is $30, bronzer is $40, and contour duos are $42. This combines the best of each, packages it up nicely, and throws in a mirror. It's the perfect travel palette for cheeks.
Would you buy this?
Would you buy this?
But like, are there really only two months left of 2015? October (just like every other month) went by unbelievably fast. I can't say I fell in love with too many things, so everything I've been talking about for the past few months are probably still in my list of favorites. As always, however, there are at least a few things that I can discuss.
The oldie but goodie...It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer
I used to use this religiously, but converted when I discovered the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. But recently, with my lack of sleep due to college, I've needed extra coverage. I really love how creamy and high coverage this is, and I love that it actually makes me look awake. My one issue with this is that it can get a little bunchy/emphasize lines and dryness, so make sure you've used a really hydrating eye cream underneath (my favorite is this one from Kiehl's).
The new find...Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Coconut Lotion
I recently discovered this stuff and completely fell in love with the scent. I even did a full review of it, and I never expected myself to love a lotion so much that I could actually write a whole post on it (you can read that here). But alas, this is a fantastic, non-sticky lotion that smells like a fresh coconut, and the scent lingers for a good few hours.
The blogger-inspired buy...Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
I showcased this in my Fall Beauty Bucketlist, and I've just been loving the shade. It's not as dark as I usually go for fall, but I think it suits me really well. The finish is very matte, so it sticks around all day, but still doesn't emphasize lines or dryness. I love how tiny it is because I can throw it in my purse and it hardly takes up any space.
The random one...Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I got this book a couple weeks ago and ended up reading it in about a day and a half. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors because she really understands the teenage/young adult voice without sounding cheesy. The story follows a girl in her freshman year of college, so that resonated with me, and it goes through her ups and downs with family, friends, and love. If you like anything along the lines of John Green, you have to read this.
What did you love in October?
What did you love in October?