NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette ♡ First Impression + Swatches

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette

I picked up a few beauty items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year and one of the item that got me most excited for is the NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette.

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette contains four cheek blushes, one highlighting blush and one bronzing powder. To be honest, there was no point of me buying this palette because it contains a majority of cheek shades that I have already owned and tried, plus, I already have a few other NARS palette that I rarely reach for (I have this habit of buying something because it is Limited Edition).

My motive of buying the NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette was: 1) it is Limited Edition and 2) it comes packaged in the NARS' OG rubber casing. The packaging got me really excited because I wasn't a fan of those bulky plastic packaging that NARS has bought out in recent years, I mostly dislike that the plastic ones are too hard to open, and when the clock is ticking in the morning, I get too frustrated and end up never reaching for the NARS blushes.

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette:

 ORGASM - peachy pink with golden shimmer

I first tried the NARS Orgasm Blush when I bought the travel sized Orgasm Blush / Laguna Duo, I like that the color is sheer and buildable and it is shown as a glowing peachy pink shade on my skin. 

 DEEP THROAT - soft pink with golden sheen

Deep Throat is such a gorgeous color and it appears as a peachy shade on me, the opacity is semi-sheer and buildable, and I first tried this blush when I bought the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette.

 ALBATROSS - opalescent gold highlight

Albatross looks like a translucent pressed powder in the pan, but when applied on the skin it tells a total different story. I love that Albatross gives a subtle glow with only a few swipe, you definitely don't need to apply too much, but you're welcome to build up the highlight for an even more glowing effect.

 LUSTER - sheer golden apricot

NARS Luster Blush, I haven't read or seen this color, I am a total newbie here!

 DESIRE - matte bright pink

I have read a lot of amazing reviews of Desire and it's been on my wishlist for a long time so I was super excited that it is included in this palette. A majority of photos I have seen, Desire is shown as a full opaque bright pink, but when I did an arm swatch, the formula seems quite sheer.

 LAGUNA - diffused brown powder with golden shimmer

Laguna bronzer is a NARS cult favourite and when NARS brings out Limited Edition cheek palette, Laguna is always included; so by now I already owned a couple of NARS Laguna in my collection.

NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette

FIRST IMPRESSION:

So far I love this palette and I am so glad that I got my hands on it before it was sold out. The NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette was USD $65.00 with a value of USD $124.00 and it is worth every penny, especially love that NARS bought back the rubber packaging.


did you buy anything from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
what is your favourite NARS product?

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Mint Julips Lip Scrub, Cupcake Face Mask & A Few Glittery & Fun Bathbombs

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Cupcake Fresh Face Mask, Mint Julips Lip Scrub & Bath Bombs

I have recently used up the LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub that I bought during the 2014 Christmas period, and I could not be more happier as I really didn't like the smell of that lip scrub, but at the same time I didn't want to waste products so I forced myself to finish it before I can buy another.

FINALLY I was able to celebrate the end of LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub after nearly two years of using and recently I have treated myself to a mini LUSH haul which I have picked up my favourite Mint Julips Lip Scrub, a fresh mask and few other bath bombs.

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Lush Haul 2016 ft. Mint Julips Lip Scrub

 LUSH MINT JULIPS LIP SCRUB is my all time favourite and this is my second time buying this product. I love that the sugar scrub leaves my lips feeling ultra smooth and soft and the minty taste is so refreshing. I usually scrub my lips in the morning before I apply lipstick for the day, and I find that Mint Julips really wakes me up! No words described how much I love this product. Although, I find that LUSH's lip scrubs tends to be really damp as if the sugar has been soaked in water, but it still does the trick in removing flaky and chapped lips.

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

 LUSH CUPCAKE FRESH FACE MASK is described as a chocolate heaven for oily and teenage skin. I am way pass the teenage skin stage, but I do still get pimples here and there and after reading so many amazing reviews of this face mask, I have decided to try it. As I am writing this post, I have already tried the Cupcake Fresh Face Mask twice and both times I have been so impressed. This face mask doesn't fully remove the pimples but it does minimize the size of a pimple and clear swollen area around the pimple. I love that the LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask really helps with breakouts and it shows signs of obvious improvement after used.

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Twilight Bath Bomb

 LUSH TWILIGHT BATH BOMB looks nothing like as it shown on the website, it is described as a tremendously relaxing lavender bath bomb. I like that it made my skin feeling soft after used and at the same time I was feeling quite relaxed. I like how it has surprises in the middle of the bath bomb, so twilight is a purple-ish pink, then as it frizz, the middle turns into a blue and the whole bath tub turns into a lavender shade. This is perfect for those that loves all things glittery, girly and sparkly, as twilight bath bomb is literally, GLITTER!

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Think Pink Bath Bomb
Lush Haul 2016 ft. Think Pink Bath Bomb

 LUSH THINK PINK BATH BOMB is described as the sweetness of vanilla absolute, it is sweet, but not overbearing. I haven't tried this yet, but I love the look of this bath bomb, especially the flowers on top, it's so pretty!

Lush Haul 2016 ft. Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

 LUSH DRAGON'S EGG BATH BOMB seems like such an interesting bath bomb from all the reviews I have read. A lot of people says that this bath bomb has glitter surprise in the middle which I am super excited for, I love all things sparkly! and LUSH has described Dragon's Egg as "firework, frizz, froth and fruity fragrance".

I absolutely love Dragon's Egg bath bomb ♥ It turns my bathtub into a glittery yellow pool party and it has a delicious fruity scent! Here I attached a video I took last weekend:


Lush Haul 2016 ft. Space Girl Bath Bomb

 LUSH SPACE GIRL BATH BOMB is shaped like Saturn with added space dust, the colors of this bath bomb is what caught my attention in the first place and it is even prettier in person! LUSH has described the scent of Space Girl as blackcurrant sweeties, I can't remember smelling blackcurrant, but the scent was nice though and the bath bomb turned my bath tub into a deep purple, also after using Space Girl, my skin feels very soft.


have you tried the products mentioned?
what is your favourite product from Lush?

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection ♡ Swatches + First Impression

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection

Colourpop collaborated with YouTuber Jenn Im and together they have created such a cute and affordable makeup collection that I had to get my hands on every single item that is available!

To be honest, I had no idea who Jenn Im was and I have only started watching her videos online after I bought the Jenn Im x Colourpop collection.

Anyway, the collection consist of three lip products and one eyeshadow quad and it has a summery theme which includes mostly bronze and orange / coral shades.

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad

 JENN NE SAIS QUAD 

Jenn Ne Sais Quad contains four super shock shadows in three finishes. I am a huge fan of Colourpop super shock shadows, whatever the finish is, I love that they are super pigmented and the texture is smooth and soft to apply, as well as long wearing.

Jenn Ne Sais Quad is USD $20.00 for four super shock shadows, or you can choose to buy the eyeshadow individually at USD $5.00 each. 

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad

QUATRE  A blackened brown in a Matte finish

TROIS  A brownish brick red in Satin finish

UN  A soft champagne sprinkled with silver multidimentional glitter in a Metallic finish

DEUX  A mid tone warm brown in Satin finish

When I was doing some research on the Jenn Im x Colourpop collection, I have read that Jenn Im has named her super shock shadows in French; and of course I was so curious to know what are the meaning of the names in English, that I did a Google translate to find the names are just simple: one (Un), two (Deux), three (Trois), four (Quatre).

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad "Quatre"
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad "Trois"
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad "Un"
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad "Deux"
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Jenn Ne Sais Quad "Deux"
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection also includes three lip products in orange / coral shades.

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Ultra Satin Lip "Dohee"

COLOURPOP ULTRA SATIN LIP (USD $6.00) is a type of liquid lipstick that doesn't dry completely matte. This formula reminds me of the Chi Chi Creamy Matte Liquid Lipsticks, except that the texture is a lot thinner and watery. These are not transfer-proof or kiss-proof, but they are less drying and wears much more comfortable than the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips. DOHEE is described as a bright warm coral, the color is totally summer and pretty!

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Matte X "Jenneration X"

COLOURPOP MATTE X LIPPIE STIX (USD $5.00) is my absolute favourite lip formula from Colourpop, I have recently blogged and did a lip swatched of 13 shades from this collection (click here to see the post), and I love that the formula is SO CREAMY! and so comfortable to wear despite the matte finish. JENNERATION X is described as a bright true orange with a hint of red.

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection - Lippie Pencil "Dohee"

COLOURPOP LIPPIE PENCIL (USD $5.00) is my least favourite product from Colourpop. I find that the formula is too creamy to use as a lip pencil as they would just smear around the edges as I apply, but I still wanted to get this product just so I could complete my Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection. DOHEE is described as a bright warm coral, it is a lot more neon compared to the Ultra Satin Lip color.

Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection

Colourpop has recently announced that they now ships to all countries worldwide excludes China and Turkey, but their international shipping prices are still as expensive as they shipping prices goes by weight. Colourpop offers free shipping for orders over USD $30.00 to any USA addresses and I have always ordered via YouShop and when compared the shipping prices, YouShop is a lot more affordable.


did you pick up anything from the
Jenn Im x Colourpop Collection?