Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette
Price $59.00 for 0.08 oz. 2.5 g (x4)
Where To Purchase: Nars Cosmetics, Sephora

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette

Product Info
#Narsissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette work your angles with an all-in-one cheek palette. Highlighter, blush, and contouring tones double up with a dimensional, wet/dry formula. Universally flattering. Ultra-versatile. Set Features:
  • Soft Tulle- It's a soft iridescent silvery shade with a frosted finish.
  • Damask with Gold Sheen- It's a warm peachy shade with a gold sheen. Kind of reminds me of the famous Nars Orgasm blush.
  • Peony- It's a vibrant bright pink shade with a satin finish. 
  • Titian- It's a rosy brown shade and it's a satin finish, with a hint of shimmer. 

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette

A while back I purchased two Dual-Intensity blush duo called Frenzy and Jubilation, it was love at first sight. So needless to say I'm a big fan of Nars Dual-Intensity formula, it can be used wet/dry and it's very pigmented with a beautiful metallic/sheen finish. The mirrored case with Narsissist printed on the compact gives the packaging a very sleek look. Inside, there is a total of four shades:A highlighter, two blush, and a contouring shade. On my medium to tan skin, the contouring shade can be passed as a blush. I have large pores on my cheeks and I usually prefer matte blushes but these blushes despite having a sheen to it didn't emphasize on my pores. All four shades are perfect for all skin tone, however, the highlighter shade can be a little too frosty for deeper skin tone. Also, the highlighter lacks in pigmentation I had to go over it a few times to get it to show up on me. As for the other three shades they performed beautifully, these blushes are blendable and gives you a nice glow especially if you have a tan it just looks stunning! I personally like to use them dry but if you want intense pigmentation you can use them wet. I use my favorite Hakuhodo J210 and J4004 brush to apply the blush and the highlighter, both brushes fit perfectly in the pan. This palette is also perfect to travel with, it's so nice and compact it can fit in your makeup case without it taking up too much space. Let's take a closer look at the shades.

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Soft Tulle & Damask

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette 

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette
Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Ingredients

I totally adore this little palette it's a great multi-tasking palette since you can use the shades as an  eyeshadow as well. I've taken this palette with me while I traveled this summer and it served me well, it lasted about 8-9 hours even with all the hot and humid weather. This palette is Limited Edition so if you're interested, it's still available on Nars Cosmetics and Sephora website.

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KaplanMD Glow-Getters: Clarifying Toner & Hydrating Essence Review

FullSizeRenderbgjedittKaplanMD Hydrating Essence $95.00 for 1.0 oz
KaplanMD Clarifying Toner $35.00 for 3.4 oz
Where To Purchase: KaplanMD, Dermstore

KaplanMD is a luxury skincare brand created by Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Stuart Kaplan, M.D. He's a world-renowned anti-aging expert for both medical and cosmetic Dermatology. As I am getting closer to the big 30 I'm more open to skincare products that will help my skin in the long run. I've been testing out this Glow-Getters Set for a while now so keep reading to find out my thoughts on these products.

KaplanMD Clarifying Toner

KaplanMD Clarifying Toner- This refreshing mist spray is infused with Rosewater and 22 Certified Organic Extracts to tighten pores and refine skin texture. The water-based Salicylic Acid is gentle for even the most sensitive skin and combined with the Eucalyptus Extract, works to break down any oil residue for a soft, dewy complexion.

Key Ingredients:
  • 22 Organic Extracts- An exclusive complex of 22 potent plant extracts that provide exceptional skin nourishing, skin healing and skin soothing benefits.
  • Rosewater- Has astringent qualities to soothe and tone the skin for a balanced complexion, without dying the skin.
  • Eucalyptus Extract- Purifies the skin by breaking down oil and other residual impurities, it's healing, and soothing properties work to reduce inflammation and refine the texture.
  • Salicylic Acid- Its patent water based version and it has mild exfoliating properties to remove pore-clogging dead skin.
  • Biofusion-3S- An exclusive complex of plant stem cells obtained from the Alp Rose, Gamay Grape, and Swiss Apple to help increase the skin vitality, protect against environmental stress and regenerate new collagen.

This toner sounds like a dream for those who have sensitive skin like mine. The second ingredient on this toner is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice, which helps soothe skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory. Sometimes my skin flares up and during those time this Clarifying Toner really came in handy it really helped soothe my skin, it works like a charm. This is a very gentle toner and it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and glowy, the best part is the smell of this toner is not overpowering it's a pleasant scent. You can use this directly onto the face which is what I do or you can spray onto a cotton pad, this toner can also be used as to set your makeup. I've used it to set my makeup and it did give a natural dewy look, as the colder seasons are approaching this will be an ideal setting spray or a midday perk me up spray. 

KaplanMD Clarifying Toner Ingredients

KaplanMD Hydrating Essence

Hydrating Essence- A nourishing complex of 8 essential oils to promote firmness and elasticity while preventing dryness. It's formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Gluten, Petrolatum and Castor Oil.  
Key Ingredients:

  • Acai Oil- Heals and nourishes the skin with its abundance of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Vitamin C, and E. 
  • Argan Oil- Fights free radical damage, while soothing and hydrating the skin by restoring the skin's hydro-lipid layer. Argan oil also contains rare plant sterols, which have anti-inflammatory properties to help heal and calm skin.
  • Kukui Oil- Harvested from the Hawaiian Kukui Nut, which has been used for centuries by native Hawaiians to protect and heal skin exposed to harsh sun, drying winds, and salt water. It was also used as a natural remedy for skin conditions such as sunburn and dry, patchy skin caused by eczema. Absorbs quickly and easily without blocking pores.
  • Grapeseed OilContains essential fatty acids and potent antioxidants that fight free radicals, and helps diminish the sun’s damaging effects on the skin.
  • Borage Oil- Harvested from the Starflower, it helps reduce skin redness and inflammation, while restoring the skin’s moisture content.
  • Passion Flower Oil- Superior emollient rich in vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus. Contains a high content of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to nourish and hydrate the skin.
  • Soybean Oil- Bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids that aid in healing, maintaining and restoring the health and the balance of the skin. In addition, Soybean oil is very instrumental in helping to control and prevent the development and appearance of wrinkles.
  • Lavender Essential Oil-  Aids in skin healing, soothing, and calming.  Provides wonderful aromatherapy benefits to calm and relax the senses.
  • Vitamin E- Known  for its antioxidant properties, it relieves dryness and promotes healing of the skin. 

This Essence helps hydrate and repair dry skin and the wind damaged skin, you can use this on your hair, skin, hands and feet. You can also mix this with your foundation to add hydration and a dewy finish, however, if you have oily skin that might not be the best way to use this Essence so I suggest this method for very dry skin. I use this Essence with my night time routine and you only need a little bit of this since the consistency is quite thick so a little goes a long way. Also, I would like to point out this essence didn't cause any breakouts and my favorite way of using this is, mixing it with my night cream and hand cream. I use 1-2 drops of this mix it with my night cream and hand cream (right before bed) and I wake up with ultra soft skin. This Essence smells quite nice just like the Clarifying Toner. When it comes to skincare products, I hate when they smell like perfume so I'm quite impressed with both, the packaging and the soft aromatic scent of the KaplanMD products.

KaplanMD Hydrating Essence

Argan (Argania Spinosa) Oil, Grapeseed (Vitis Vinidera) Oil, Kukui Oil, (Euterpe Oleracea) Oil, Passion Flower (Passiflora Edulis) Oil, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Oil, Borage (Borage Officinalis) Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

This Glow-Getters set is quite impressive, both products quickly became my favorite over the past few weeks. I must admit these are a little bit on the pricey side and if I had to pick one out of the two, I would definitely recommend the Clarifying toner. As for me, I personally love them both and I will continue incorporating this amazing Glow-Getters set into my daily skincare routine.

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Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette 
Price $58.00 for 5 x 0.95g 0.035 oz each
Where To Purchase: Barneys, Net-a-porter, Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

Fall is the absolute favorite season of mine cause along with the Pumpkin Spice Latte (basic!) and sweater weather I get to enjoy all the fun new fall makeup collections. Kevyn Aucoin's brand new Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette is just what I needed this fall. I always had my eyes on the Bloodroses eyeshadow duo so when I saw a 5 pan palette was being launched I didn't think twice before hitting that order button. Let's start with the packaging, it's simply stunning I love the ombre effect with the gold trimming and inside the compact, there is a pretty decent size mirror. The eyeshadow palette is also perfect for traveling since it's very lightweight and compact.

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

This five pan palette is perfectly put together, it's a mix of mattes and shimmers which provide endless combinations to highlight, contour and define the eyes and it can transition easily from day to night. It's formulated with micronized powder pigments and pearls for a smooth application. You may use these eyeshadows as a sheer wash of color or use it with a damp brush to intensify the colors. The texture of these eyeshadows is ultra smooth and buttery which makes it very easy to blend, It's also very long lasting without any creasing or fading. All five eyeshadows are very pigmented but the shade Deep Plum was a little patchy, Garnet and Iced Chestnut was the easiest to work with. The matte shades are a little bit powdery which can cause fall outs but patting down the eyeshadow on the lids will help avoid the fall outs.

  1. Cream- It's a matte vanilla shade, perfect for brow bone highlight. 
  2. Iced Chestnut- It's a shimmery taupe shade with a satin finish.
  3. Dusty Rose- It's a beautiful soft pink shade with a matte finish. 
  4. Garnet- It's a gorgeous burgundy shade with a satin finish. This one is my favorite one out of all five eyeshadows.
  5. Deep Plum- It's a deep rich plummy shade with a matte finish. I love the flecks of glitter in this shadow, even though you loose some of the shimmers during application it's not completely gone.
 Now let's take a close look at all five eyeshadows and swatches! 

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette 


If you own the Bloodroses eyeshadow duo or any other KA eyeshadows then you already know how amazing KA eyeshadows are. I truly love Kevyn Aucoin products and use them on a daily basis so for me this palette was totally worth purchasing. The brilliant combinations of rosy burgundy shades were screaming must have to me. Let's be honest there is always room for another reddish burgundy eyeshadow palette to give you all the right fall vibes. If you are planning on heading to a KA counter soon be sure to check out this palette, also the new foundation they're launching which I have to get my hands on asap! Hope this review will help you make a decision. happy shopping!


Pixi Beauty 2-in-1 Multibalm Review & Swatches

Pixi Beauty 2-in-1 MultiBalm
Price $12.00 for 0.23 oz.
Where To Purchase: PixiBeauty, Target

Pixi Beauty 2-in-1 MultiBalm

This multiuse, stay-on crème-powder formula awakens by adding a quick touch of colour to the face. Infused with aloe vera, shea butter, and rose hip oil to protect. Try one shade on cheeks & lips to look pulled-together instantly!

Pixi Beauty 2-in-1 MultiBalm

Pixi Beauty recently launched a new collection called 2-in1 MultiBalm, There's a total of Five shades: Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose, Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt and Soft Strawberry. As some of you might already know, I'm a huge fan of Pixi Glow Tonic (Review here) so I was very excited to try out products from their makeup line. Let's start with the packaging, its really sturdy which made it very easy to travel with. These MultiBalms are infused with Aloe Vera, Shea butter and Rose Hip Oil that helps protect and nourish the skin.These balms are very pigmented and the texture is soft and buttery with a satin finish. It glides on very easily without it tugging on the skin. I use these Multibalms both on my cheeks and lips, I use my finger to blend out the product, I find that's the best way to work with this product. You can build up the coverage or use it as a light flush of color. I think all five shades are perfect for all skin tones except for Sheer Sculpt which can be a little light for deeper skin tones. These Multibalms are also very long lasting, I noticed it performed better as a blush (6-7 hours) than on the lips (2-3 hours).

Pixi Beauty 2-in-1 MultiBalm

  1. Watermelon Veil- A bright pink.
  2. Wild Rose- A beautiful mauve rose.
  3. Baby Petal- A light peachy petal. 
  4. Soft Strawberry- A bright berry red.
  5. Sheer Sculpt- A cool toned cocoa. 

If you're into multi-tasking products you will definitely enjoy these balms. All five shades are quite lovely but my personal favorites are Watermelon Veil and Wild Rose. I really love the hydrating formula of these balms, Pixi beauty line definitely lived up to my expectation and I can't wait to try out more products from this brand.