NARS Summer 2008: Exotica

exotica NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Last month, NARS introduced its summer 2008 color collection: Exotica.

Encapsulating the wildness of sensuality, Exotica features a sultry palette of edgy neutrals that evoke intense carnal desire. Nude pigments in luscious textures impart sinful mystique, capturing the essence of the elegant seductress. Shades of matte ecru and bitter chocolate with golden accents enliven eyes with mesmerizing intrigue, while hues of sparkling mauve, succulent cherry red and sheer brandy give lips intense passion.

portobello NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
As the name implies, Portobello Duo Eyeshadow is comprised of two mushroomy shades. The first is a matte ecru and the other, a soft matte mushroom. Neither of these shades showed up well on my tan skin, but they would be gorgeous everyday shadows for lighter ladies.

unconditional+love NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Unconditional Love Duo Cream Eyeshadow is a matte seafoam paired with a soft shimmering copper. These creams tend to crease, so prep the eyelid with a primer before applying (here’s one I recommend).

suprvixen NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Supervixen Lip Gloss is a sheer sparkling mauve – a great universal nude color.

misbehave NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Misbehave Lip Gloss is a sheer cherry red with gold glitter flecks. The glitter is a little bit bigger than what you’re probably used to, so be sure to try before you buy.

mindgame NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Mindgame Lipstick is a sheer brandy. It’s moisturizing, and a great choice for when you decide to play up your eyes and keep the mouth understated, but polished.

dolce+vita NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil combines the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design. If you love the dusty mauve color, but aren’t thrilled with the matte texture, this bestselling shade is also available as a lipstick and a gloss.

roman+holliday NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is a delicate pastel pink. This shade is feminine and pretty, but how many people can pull off pastel pink without looking like a blast from the past (namely, the 80s)? Not many is my guess.

galapagos NARS Summer 2008: Exotica
Last, but not least, is my favorite product from Exotica – one that I know you’ll love a lot-ica. Galapagos Single Eyeshadow is the most divine shadow I’ve seen all year. If I could dream up my ideal eyeshadow, it wouldn’t come close to Galapagos’ bitter chocolate infused with gold. I’m just not that creative. Dust it all over the lid, or apply with a fine brush to line the eye. Galapagos is so hot that you’ll want to buy more than one, just in case.

Spoiled Pretty Featured in The Nest Magazine!

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More exciting news…

Spoiled Pretty is featured in the Summer 2008 issue of The Nest magazine!!!

On page 114, the mag lists the “Nesties'” favorite blogs. There are nine categories and four blogs in each category.

So apparently, Spoiled Pretty is where it’s at?!? But you already knew that.

Smooches,
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Lil Kim, BIG Problem

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Allow me to digress for a second…

Lil Kim walked the pink carpet at the NYC premiere of Sex And The City: The Movie.

More shocking than the fact that she was fully clothed was the condition of her face. Look at Lil Kim’s face, people! She looks like the lost member of The Chipettes.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Makeup is for a moment. This hot mess is forever.

My "Best Content" Award

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I was just over at TotalBeauty.com and reading the Editor’s Blog. Guess what they had posted? My Best Content Award. Couldn’t keep it to myself. It’s your award too…you motivate me, inspire me, and fuel my creativity. And I love making you laugh. Thanks, y’all!

And I’d like to give a shout-out to the other award winners. Check them out:

A Mom in Red High Heels
All About the Pretty
All Lacquered Up
Beauty Blogging Junkie
Makeup For Life

Sex And The City Beauty: Carrie

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Makeup artist Judy Chin, who worked with Sarah Jessica Parker on the last four seasons of SATC and on several films, is responsible for SJP’s big-screen beauty.

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“Sarah had many looks for this film but one thing that I always wanted to be present for her was a natural beauty that didn’t look like makeup,” Judy says.

“I tried to keep her eyes the focus by creating a strong yet natural lash line and I always framed her eyes with beautiful lashes. Also important: a healthy rosy flush to her cheeks, a soft mouth, and clean, healthy skin that had a natural glow and shine to it. I used blot film to remove excess shine and powdered only if I needed to.”

carrie3 Sex And The City Beauty: CarrieTo give SJP’s skin a light, dewy finish, Judy applied tinted moisturizer with a brush, which gives a more even blend than fingers. Then she smoothed it out with a cosmetic sponge to work the color into the skin, making it more natural. She used concealer only where necessary, and gave SJP a slight rosy cheek using cream blush. By layering and blending it into the skin, it more closely mimics a natural flush.

“I worked the eye pencil into her lashline by applying it in between her lashes and smudged it very softly to blend it,” Judy says. “I was careful to coat her lashes from the root and brushed them out – and we always curled them.”

To steal the look, get carrie-d away with the following products:

Face
Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20: Liquid Foundation
TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Cheeks
Shiseido Accentuating Color Stick in Rosy Flush
NARS Multiples in Cannes, Copacabana, and Palm Beach

Eyes
MAC Paint Pots in Constructivist, Bare Study, and Moss Scape
Paula Dorf Eye Colors in Hussy, Twilight, and Hypnotic
MAC Fluidline Gel Liner
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Kohl Pencils

Brows
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil
Paula Dorf Brow Tint

Lips
Laura Mercier Lip Balm

Image source: newline.com/sexandthecity

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