Swatches and FOTD: NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette

NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette caused a big splash about six months ago. So, naturally, I am writing about it now. You’re welcome.

nars dual intensity palette

This is by far the most expensive palette I own. I have never spent over $50 on a palette before, but when this released, I grabbed it without even hesitating. I had a 10% off VIB welcome code at the time, so I used that to help soften the blow.

Was it worth it?

nars dual intensity palette open

Well, for starters, this palette is all kinds of gorgeous. The sleek design, the mirrored front, the geometric lines embossed on each shadow… It looks sophisticated and edgy. Big points for packaging.

nars dual intensity palette swatches
Swatches L to R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax. Top swatched dry, bottom swatched wet with a bit of water.

The big hoopla over these is that you can use them wet or dry. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard this claim from pretty much every cosmetic company on the planet, so I don’t know why NARS marketed theirs to be so innovative. I’m not knocking them, but it’s like saying “Our lipsticks can be used as cream blushes too!” Not exactly groundbreaking.

That being said, I do think the colors are beautiful, and the palette is well-edited. The colors play with each other well, and there are a few jewel-toned shadows that keep this from being yet another neutral collection. In fact, I find it’s a rather all-inclusive palette, and whenever I use it, I don’t feel the need to reach for anything else.

nars dual intensity palette swatches 1
L to R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra

nars dual intensity palette swatches 2
L to R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

I’ve used it a fair number of times since I bought it, and I almost always use the shadows wet. They take on a metallic sheen that absolutely GLEAMS on the lids, and it’s quite unlike any other shadow I own.

The palette comes with a short handled NARS #49 wet/dry eyeshadow brush. It’s actually quite a good brush; it has just the right balance of density (to pack on color) and fluffiness (to blend out the edges). Usually brushes included in palettes are pretty crappy, and I’m happy to say this isn’t the case here. I like to use this brush with the shadows, although that’s more due to my laziness than anything else.

I finally took pictures of a look I did with this palette recently. It was before I dyed my hair red, but let’s not beat that dead horse about my timeliness, eh?

nars dual intensity fotd

I rarely bring my lower lash line eyeliner all the way in to the corner because it closes off my already small eyes, but with a bright blue like this, it kinda looks weird. Thoughts? Should I have brought the blue all the way in? Feedback welcome!!

nars dual intensity fotd 2

It was hard for me to capture the way the eyeshadows glow when applied wet. It was more metallic in person.

nars dual intensity fotd eyes

nars dual intensity palette fotd products used


Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle liquid foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach (not pictured)
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini (not pictured)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Flawless Face Powder – Adagio
NYX blush – Taupe
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush – Mood Exposure
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphonous


NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette (Himalia all over the lid, Subra in the outer corner, Giove on the lower lash line)
e.l.f. cream eyeliner in black
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Deviant
Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
Urban Decay Perversion mascara


NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Rikugien

Final thoughts: I really like this palette, and I’m glad to have it in my collection. However, I don’t think it’s a must-have. It’s a treat yo’self type of thing. You can still get it at Sephora, online and in stores.

NOTD: The Body Shop Peach Babe and Essie Beyond Cozy

I already posted this on my Instagram about a month ago, when I did this mani. I know, I know. Timeliness is NOT my forte.

While it feels lame to post something old here, I’m doing it anyway because I really liked this combination. And my Scrabble ring.

Also, I think only a handful of the handful of people who read this little blog, also follow me on Instagram anyway, where I post even less than I do here.

notd the body shop peach babe and essie beyond cozy


Products used
The Body Shop Colour Crush Peach Babe
Essie Beyond Cozy

A note about The Body Shop nail polish: the colors are fun and they apply easily. However, they chip almost immediately. Mind you, most nail polish chips on me within 24 hours, but these seem to hate my nails or something. Almost as soon as it’s dry, it’s peeling off. Why do I even try?

Things I did while I was gone

  • Dyed my hair a red ombré/balayage

Instagram red hair

Picture is from my Instagram, taken by my stylist, Mel. I LOVE HIM. He’s amazing and I’m so proud of him for opening his own salon!! Check out his work on his Instagram.

This is the first time in over a decade that I’ve done such serious coloring on my hair. I previously had a peekaboo red at the nape of my neck, but as it started to grow out, I wanted to go for a full-on red ombré. I love how it turned out!

  • Bought a pair of boots on impulse

donald j pliner diem boots

These are Donald J Pliner “Diem,” and I found them on clearance at Nordstrom Rack. They’re a half size too big, but it was the last pair. I wore them out with thick socks, and I think with an insert it’ll be fine.

  • Bought a curling iron

toni & guy curling iron

I’ve never used a curling iron before. I already own two curling wands (the ones without a clamp). However, since I cut my hair short (ish), it’s hard for me to curl the bottom layers without getting dangerously close to giving myself a burn hickey. So I wanted to try a clamp style iron.

There was quite a learning curve with this! The first time I tried it, I completely screwed it up and my hair looked awful. I had to put it up in a bun while I went to work, and when I got home, I rinsed the style out. I looked up a few tutorials on good ol’ YouTube and tried again.

It came out way better the second time around, but I still very much prefer the wand. It’s way easier to maneuver and it’s pretty much idiot proof. Just wrap your hair around the barrel, hold for a few seconds, and let it go.

curled with iron and wand

Here, I curled it with the iron and it was mostly okay. I went back in with my tapered wand to smooth out some wonky bits, and give some curls more definition.

curling wand vs curling iron

Top: My old faithful, ISO Beauty tapered barrel curling wand.

Bottom: New kid on the block, Toni & Guy 1″ curling iron. I WILL master you, damnit!!

  • Got attacked by bugs.

The building I live in is pretty tall (40 stories), and pretty old (30+ years). This summer, they’re doing a massive resurfacing project for all the lanais (balconies), and they’ve removed our screen door. Now, all kinds of lovely bugs are flying right in our apartment, including a giant roach (it semi-attacked my sister in the bathroom and now we’re both suffering from mild anxiety that another one is lurking about).

But mainly, my sister and I were being eaten alive by mosquitoes. We’d wake up in the morning with 2-3 new bites each day. It’s just awful. I’ve tried spraying a lavender sleep mist around our sleeping area, but it wasn’t working.

One night, while unable to sleep because I couldn’t stop scratching three new bites on my legs, I got fed up and looked up solutions on Amazon. I settled on this essential oil blend by Plant Therapy called “Insect Shield.” It’s a mix of citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood, lemongrass, lavender, may chang, tea tree, patchouli, and catnip. Basically, all the things that bugs supposedly hate.

plant therapy insect shield essential oil

I followed this recipe found on Wellness Mama for a homemade bug spray, and I used about 15 drops of this, and 5 drops of lavender. I didn’t have distilled water, so I just used boiled water. First impression: it smells really nice!

We’ve used it for two nights, and so far, no new bites. I hesitate to call it a success just yet, because it might be a fluke. But I’m hopeful. I also bought this little pod essential oil diffuser, and when it comes in, I’ll try it overnight as well. Cross your fingers for me!

  • Wore purple blush.

detrivore cosmetics blush endearment

I picked this little sample baggie of blush the last time I made an order from Shiro Cosmetics. I also bought a sample of the blue blush, Bluebeard, but I haven’t tried that one yet. I figured I could make purple work more easily than blue, ha.

Endearment is described as a matte greyed lavender.

fotd detrivore blush endearment

Like most loose powders, it’s messy to work with, especially out of a little plastic baggie. However, it’s surprisingly VERY flattering. I have a bit of natural redness in my cheeks, so it turned it a bit pinky. I was only wearing powder foundation in this picture. I want to try it again with a more full coverage foundation, to see if it’ll be more “greyed lavender.”

I’d be tempted to pick up a full sized jar, if my blush collection hadn’t already reached critical mass.

And there you have it. Shenanigans that I’ve been up to/got into/I actually don’t know how to use this phrase correctly – while I wasn’t here. Anything new to report on your end of the keyboard?

NOTD: Grey, mint, and metallic Sharpies

I wish I were witty enough to come up with a better title, but oh well. Here we are.

This is another backlogged post. A thousand months ago, I bought a pack of metallic Sharpies to use for easy nail art. I’m terrible with nail brushes. Can’t figure them out for the life of me. Sharpies, on the other hand, are pretty foolproof.

For this mani, I did something a little different for my left and right hand, so there are two versions:

notd grey mint sharpie left

Left hand had the thumb and ring finger as mint accent nails, and a gold metallic Sharpie heart.

notd grey mint sharpie right

Right hand had the pointer and pinky as accent nails, and a silver metallic Sharpie heart.

A few notes:

  • Taking pictures with my non-dominant hand was really hard.
  • I should have taken a “nice” claw picture, minus the nail polish bottles and Sharpie. This is useful to see exactly what I used, but aesthetically, it looks weird. I won’t be getting those Pinterest repins! :P
  • Now that I’ve seen this mani, I’m inspired to try Sharpie nail art again.

Products used:
The Body Shop Colour Crush in 710 Big Smoke
Essie in Mint Candy Apple
Metallic Sharpies in Gold and Silver (they also come in a three-pack with a bronze/copper color, and I wish I had seen that pack first! I bought a pack with two gold and two silver, and I definitely don’t need the second set.)

FOTD: I Tried

I’ve decided to finally go through all of my backlogged pictures and get these damn posts up already. Some of them have been sitting in folders, waiting to be edited, for MONTHS.

Case in point: when I went through these FOTD pictures, I could see our mini Christmas tree in the background. Timely, I am not.

fotd i tried

I’m a little horrified that I’m posting a picture of my face this close up, and this large. I’m sorry.

fotd i tried eyes

And since these pictures are from December, this is my best guess at what I actually used:


Shiro Cosmetics – I Tried
Urban Decay loose eyeshadow – X
Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose – Browbone
theBalm Nude ‘Tude palette – Silly? Sleek? Both? I can’t remember
Smashbox Muse palette – Biscuit

I also assume that I used an eyeliner of sorts, and obviously mascara, but since I didn’t include it in the product picture, I have no idea which ones. Blehhh.

Lips and Cheeks

Korres Zea Mays blush – Natural
Make Up For Ever Rogue Artist Natural – N9

fotd i tried eyes product

fotd i tried lip and cheek

This was the first time I used Shiro Cosmetics’ I Tried. It’s a lovely rose gold shade, but the real reason I bought it is its hilarious backstory. It was their February Color of the Month: “A color for February’s broken resolutions. Tasty, tasty broken resolutions…” The lid sticker is a bitten donut.

It was so popular, it made it to their High Scores page, and you can still get it!

Also, since I’m so shitty at blogging regularly, I thought it’d be an accurate post title. Womp womp.