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Things I Bought From NARS

I've only really dabbled in high end beauty before. Very few pricier brands are cruelty-free so that limits my options somewhat, and I couldn't afford it anyway until I taught myself how to budget properly.

Luckily, NARS have got my back: they're cruelty-free and they sell make up that caters for a wide variety of skintones, which means I've found a base that's pale enough but doesn't wash me out. So, when I successfully completed work experience I decided to treat myself. Quite a bit, actually, but I was proud of the fact I had pushed myself (plus it all worked out, budget-wise).

Treats from NARS

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia, £31
I have always resisted the temptation to invest in a high end foundation but really I've just been shooting myself in the foot because this is the best colour-match I have ever found for my pale skin  not too orange, not too pink, and not too white. As for the foundation itself, it evens out my skintone, minimizes redness (which has really helped to cover up my acne) and lasts all day, especially with a dusting of Soap and Glory's One Heck of a Blot powder. I'd say the coverage was medium to full, and buildable, and I like to apply it with a stipple brush for more of a buffed in, natural finish. One thing I have noticed with regular use is that it can cling to dry patches, but regardless, this is still the best foundation I've ever used. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, £22

You already know that I love this concealer, and fully encourage the hype surrounding it: full coverage, easy to blend, a range of shades... if you're willing to splurge, then it's worth it. My previous one is nearly empty so I thought it best to stock up in one big order, since there's no NARS counter in Kent (why?!) and the idea of paying £7 for postage makes me feel a little bit sick.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £19

I'm going to be dedicating an entire post to this beauty (it's proved divisive, to say the least) but basically: I love it. A pink-toned red, Dragon Girl is such a beautiful shade, and it's matte without drying out lips. You do have to be careful when eating or drinking, but the pencil shape makes reapplication easy; just keep a sharpener handy. 

NARS Illuminator in Orgasm (free sample)

A welcome freebie. At first glance I thought this bronze shade would be too dark and shimmery for me, but with a light touch and some careful blending it actually adds a really pretty, sunkissed highlight to the skin. I like to wear it along my cheekbones in the evening when the sun is still shining, paired with a red lip for some glamour or minimal make-up when I want glowy skin to take centre stage.

It's safe to say my love for NARS is growing steadily by the day; I cannot get enough of these products. I expect there'll be some goodies going on my Christmas list (oh yeah, I said it) and I may even save up for some more make up in the meantime. I feel an addiction developing...

Have you tried any of these products? Which NARS treats would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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