Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nars // Radiant Creamy Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - $29

I think my second year of college was a couple years too late to find a concealer that covers up the evidence that I get barely any sleep. I was never overly concerned about disguising the dark circles under my eyes until I realized how well this particular concealer does the job. I had primarily bought it to cover up spots (which it does!) and now I do not know if I will ever be able to use another concealer. As the name suggests, the concealer is very creamy and this makes it stay in place. I am in the shade 'Vanilla' which I believe is their most sought after shade because the woman who helped me at Sephora was quite doubtful that she would be able to find one last tube of this concealer. The concealer has a stiff doe foot applicator which makes application simple. I have been using this daily and have even stopped wearing foundation because this creamy concealer covers my imperfections and stays in place all day. I am dreading the day I run out! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Deliplus Haul // Makeup From Spain

This past winter break, my family and I spent a week and a half traveling around the South of Spain. Since one of the majors I am pursuing is Spanish, it was so lovely to use the language on a daily basis and experience the culture firsthand. Of course, I could not leave the country without picking up a few beauty bits native to Spain. 

As I discovered, makeup is not typically sold in pharmacies but in department stores (El Corte Ingl├ęs) and shops specific to beauty (Bodybell, Sephora). It was actually quite difficult for me to find brands such as Kiko and Flormar outside of Madrid. Most of the brands that kept reappearing were British. I had done some research before the trip and was determined to find brands that I could not buy on and that I would cherish as a reminder of my adventures in Spain. It was not until we went grocery shopping at Mercadonas (big supermarket chain) that I stumbled upon their makeup brand, Deliplus. I had read that it was worth trying out and it sure was! Here is a little summary of what I was lucky enough to try out: 

Fruit Fusion Body Cream:
This sells like those little jelly cups that you can buy at Asian supermarkets. However, the true scent is that of gardenias and passion fruit. The smell is overpowering so I do not wear perfume after using this cream. It absorbs well and is quite moisturizing. 

Eyeshadow Sticks:
Very pigmented but they do crease on me if I do not apply a primer. Adore the colors! 

Longitud Xtrem Mascara:
Lengthens the eyelashes a lot! Not big on volume. This version is not waterproof and very black.

Seco & Mojado: 
Again, like the eyeshadow sticks, super pigmented! I wanted all the eyeshadows... I can't wait to wear this golden one on a night out. 

Brush Colorete:
The brushes came highly recommended and I have to say I may like them more than the Real Techniques brushes... They are extremely soft, wash easily, and apply product ideally. I only picked up this one because I needed a new blush brush but all of them are the same amazing quality. 

Mate Lipstick n.16: 
I have finally found a pink that suits me! Lovely formula, stays on for a long time. It has a hint of mauve which makes the color very flattering. 

Stick Corrector: 
I discovered that I am too pale for Spanish foundations and concealers. I got this concealer in the lightest shade and I must admit that it is still a bit too dark for me. If it is blended in well it does get the job done! 

My mom spotted the makeup bag and it is officially my favorite and I cannot leave the house without it. Sorry for the long post I probably should have broken it down into two parts. Hopefully you made it to the end! I recommend Deliplus and love everything I was fortunate enough to try out!