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Nars Summer Solstice Eyeshadow + Cheek Duo, Air Matte Lip Color Review + Swatches

Summer Solstice Palette review


Hello there, sunny weather! How are you all? The weather is giving us some good vibes lately, and I cannot wait to take a short summer vacay. I do not know yet where I am going, but I am going on a vacay. Worst case scenario, I can always have a vacay in my backyard while watching Run BTS all day and all night long (hello Chim Chim, lol).


Nars Summer Solstice review


I have a quick review to share in this post. Nars has released some exciting makeup lately for us beauty junkies. I am excited about their Summer Solstice palettes and Air Matte Lip Colors. Do not even get me started on the Orgasm On The Beach Cheek Palette. It is fabulous, right? I have it and will review it soon.


Nars Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette


Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette – Beautiful palette filled with warm rusty copper tones. It is so pretty to look at and to apply. All the textures of all the shades are creamy, including the glittery ones. There is minimal fallout, but overall, this is a solid palette. I would say that this could be even more perfect for Fall and sort of slightly similar to the Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction eyeshadow.


Nars Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette swatch


Nars Summer Solstice Cheek Duo


Summer Solstice Cheek Duo – One of the best highlighter and bronzer duo I have ever tried. Both shades appear to be subtle on my skin, but I like it that way. I am not a big fan of highly pigmented bronzers on my face. I like the ones that are medium in tone and intensity yet good enough to be used as contouring as well. The texture of this is soft, and it does not move the foundation away.


Nars Summer Solstice Cheek Duo Swatches


Nars Air Matte Lip Color review


Air Matte Lip Color –  A limited edition matte liquid lipstick from Nars. I love this a lot, and I wish this will stay permanent. This is a lot like the Powermatte Lip Pigment in terms of color saturation, but the texture is more cushiony, more comfortable, and definitely less drying. See the shades below.


Nars Air Matte Lip Color


  • All Yours – light to medium nude. Too nude for my taste.
  • Joyride – peachy coral. Such a cute shade for the summer.
  • Shag – rose. My ideal lip color.
  • Chaser – mauve. Perfect dramatic shade for Fall.


Nars Air Matte Lip Color review

There goes my short and quick review of the Nars Summer Solstice Palettes and the Air Matte Lip Colors. Have you tried any of these palettes already? What are your favorite Nars Lipsticks or Liquid Lip Colors?






Loving Right Now. Spring 2021 Favorites

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Neutral


Hello, my friends. I have finally gathered some of my Spring faves in beauty, home, and skincare. Stay tuned for my Summer faves soon.


Clio Pro Eye Shadow Palette in Botanic Mauve SKZ makeup


Clio Pro Eye Shadow Palette in Botanic Mauve – For all of us SKZ fans out there, I can tell you that this is truly a pretty palette with pretty matte mauve tones. I like the packaging. However, this only comes with a narrow horizontal mirror. The brush that comes with this is not much of a good use because it does not pick up enough product. Therefore, I recommend that you try this with a different brush or with your little finger. You can also apply this wet on the lids


Gucci Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel Setting Powder


Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Neutral – Described as a soft neutral pink, according to Rare Beauty. This blush’s presentation and gorgeous packaging are giving me life. I wish I took this with me to the hospital, lol. I love the nearly neutral shade because it is not extreme in pigment yet noticeable enough for daily use. It gives a slight flush on the cheeks, but it will not make you look like a Pokémonster, hahaha.


Gucci Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel Setting Powder


  •       Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel Setting Powder – a matte setting powder with exquisite packaging. I really like the way this sets on my skin. This sets lightly and gives a natural look. Absorbing excess oil and did not give me any breakouts. I also use this as a mattifying powder, and the effect is naturally glowy.
  •       Poudre De Beauté Bronzing Powder – I am not a bronzer fan, but I am a sucker for this, and again because of the packaging. This is my second Gucci bronzing powder because the first one was overused and abused so soon. I use this for contouring and for faking a healthy glow, lol. I also use this to hide some redness, and this does not make my face orange or red.


Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40


Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil – I’m not usually a big fan of hair oils, but this one? I can tolerate, and the scent is so fabulous. I really like how this hair oil relaxes the frizz on my hair. This makes my hair look shiny and tamed without looking greasy or feeling heavy.


Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40


Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 – Apart from the cute packaging, I am in love with this product because this is an answer to my wish of having sunscreen and vitamin C in one. We all know that Vitamin C helps lighten the skin naturally and will help with the dark spots, but when added with SPF, everything becomes perfect. The skin is protected from harmful UV rays and will look lit from within. The texture of this product is so light and very fluid. I love that this does not feel sticky and has no weird smell. I can use this on my face without any breakouts.


Dior Jardin D’orangers candle



 Jardin D’orangers candle – A pricey candle with very elegant packaging. I thought the charm of it would stop right there, but I am so wrong. Every time I get close to it, it is like I am in some undiscovered paradise whose name is about to be placed on the map, lol. The scent is like a garden full of fresh oranges. It is not a very in-your-face type of scent, but more of a mysterious one. It will keep you guessing and will keep you wanting for more. I also have the Figue Méditerranée candle, the purple one, and it is a fabulous, mysterious Mediterranean scent. The kind that smells familiar, but you just do not know where you have smelled it before, but you know there is something that draws you to it. Ya gets? 😀

J’adore Body Milk – I keep this one close to my desk. This is a fabulous, heavy, sexy, floral (jasmine) scent. A very mature scent fit for a grown woman. The texture is on the lighter side and has a milky feel. I tend to use this as a hand cream whenever I could not find my hand creams, and this works just fine. I love love love this a lot.


Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers


Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers – My favorite oil blotting paper of all time. I have packs of this on my desk because I love this so much. I use this for midday retouch or during Zoom breaks to get rid of excess oil, which makes my face look so virtually shiny, lol. There are not many sheets in each pack, especially given the price, but this is still the best oil blotting paper I have tried out there.

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Pat McGrath Divine Rose Luxe Quad + Divine Nude Liquilust Review + Swatches

pat mcgrath divine nude liquilust, divine rose liquilust, divine rose matte trance


Hello everyone! I am back from my stint at the hospital. What an experience that was. All is well that ends well (insert Sia: Reaper). So, I am back in full swing (hopefully).

Spring is pretty warm from where I am. Most of the time, I find myself overloading on sunscreen because the heat can be too much, and my forehead is getting burned. So, please, don’t forget to apply your favorite sunscreen around this time.

The pandemic has eased some of the restrictions here. I walk around maskless, but I wear my mask indoors. I got my full shots, and most people I know had been vaccinated as well. Yet, somehow, people are still wary of the virus, and it is going to take some time to fully get back to normal, especially mentally.

I am starting to wear some full-face makeup again. I did not realize how much I miss it until I started testing this Pat McGrath Divine Rose Quad. Which, by the way, is such a beautiful quad filled with beautiful Spring-ready shades. I was kind of hesitant to try it at first, because it may not look good on my skintone, but it ended up working really well. It did not make me look like I had an allergic reaction, lol.


pat mcgrath divine nude lipstick collection

Divine Rose

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Luxe Quad Eternal Eden Eye shadow review


pat mcgrath divine rose luxe quad eternal eden swatches


Luxe Quad: in Eternal Eden – The quad feels so creamy, and you can create several looks with it. I really like the Earthy Delight shade (brownish mauve, bottom left) because it is perfect for contouring the eye socket. The shimmery shades are so fine, and there is no fallout. The matte pink and peachy shades are not very in-your-face kind of shades. So, anybody at any age can wear them. I wear these eyeshadows without any primer, and they stay on my lids for a long time.


pat mcgrath divine rose liquilust


LiquiLUST: I like this liquid lipstick a lot. The shade may be a bit too rosy for me, but it complements my skintone very well. It does emphasize the lip lines, but it does not feel very dry. And, of course, no amount of transfer happened.


pat mcgrath divine rose matte trance liquilust swatch


MatteTrance: This is supposed to be the matte lipstick version of the same divine rose shade above. However, I am astonished by the shade of this lipstick. I look like I’ve been semi-embalmed in this shade (knock on wood, lol). The color just looks totally different from being rosy. It looks more nude, and it made me look washed out. I do like the comfortable matte texture, though.


Divine Nude

LiquiLUST: This liquid lipstick’s shade looks more like the Divine Rose in MatteTrance. Still too washed out and too nude for me. This shade would be ideal for those with fair to light skintones.

Pat McGrath divine nude divine rose liquilast lip swatches

Overall, I like this PMG Divine Rose collection, even though two of the lipstick shades do not match my skintone very well. The quad got me sold, and I highly recommend it.


Until next time, darlings. Take good care.







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