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NARS Contour Blush Can be Your Best-Kept Secret

NARS Contour Blush review

A few days ago I forgot to contour my face. I didn’t notice until later in the day, but once I did, it was remarkable how much of a difference I saw. Contouring is an art that depends on subtlety in creating that ideal illusion of shadow and light so using just the right products matters.

I was really excited about the newly released NARS Contour Blush ($42 US), which comes in three colors, since NARS makes such excellent cheek products. Of course, after testing them out for a few weeks, do I even have to say it? They’re must-haves for anyone serious about creating beautiful definition on the face.

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Dressing up a Classic: the Tarte Cheek Stain

Tarte cheek stains review

I just bought a dress for an upcoming event in two colors: red and black. I still can’t decide which one I like better, though I should soon so I can return the one I’m not keeping. My dilemma? The red is gorgeously sultrier, but the black is wonderfully versatile.

Same dress, different colors. It’s really all about the packaging, because my body and the dress are identical in both colors. Along the same lines, Tarte Cosmetics, one of my favorite brands recently gave their best-selling, award-winning cheek stains an adorable face lift.

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Channeling My Inner Artist at Valley Nails NYC

Valley Nails

The past two times I’ve been in New York City I was really drawn to lower Manhattan. I explored SoHo and Greenwich Village while I was there last week. It feels a bit more personal and calmer than say, Midtown or the Upper West Side, which I really liked as I explored the streets by foot.

Since I was in NYC already, I really wanted to get my nails done with another design. I looked to Valley Nails, which I had read great things about and booked an appointment with Ayumi Motegi for gel nail art.

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Update Your Cleansing Routine with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

There was a point when I was willing to try anything and everything on my skin in the hopes that some magical product, or a combination of ones, would give me the perfect skin I wanted.

Retrospectively, I realize that I was probably doing my skin a lot more harm than good. Sometimes being as streamlined and simple as possible pays off. Now I have a skincare routine that I’m very happy with, so I’m a little weary about trying new products.

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Blooming this Spring with Milani Rose Powder Blush

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove

On Instagram, I’m a sucker for foodie shots, #armcandy photos and snaps of gorgeous, colorful flowers. Since I moved to Massachusetts for school, I haven’t bought myself any flowers. I know they definitely would have cheered me up this Winter though.

It’s Spring now, so things are looking a little brighter on the weather side. I’ve been using the limited edition Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove ($7.99 US) as well. The oh-so pretty raised pattern injects a pop of Spring on my vanity and my cheeks.

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