Sample Sunday: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (vs. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer)

Source: Sephora

When NARS first announced their Soft Matte Complete Concealer, I was initially only half excited: Excited for the “complete coverage” part, but not so jazzed about the “matte” part. My skin tends to lean on the drier side, so matte products usually make those pesky dry patches emerge out of their hiding place.

But, because I’m a sucker for NARS products, i decided to give this one a try anyway and headed to get some samples.


Much to my surprise, the counter at my local Nordstrom had prepackaged samples ready, with four different shades to boot! Wouldn’t it be great if all samples were like this and you could try out the entire spectrum of colors in the comfort of your own home? Continue reading “Sample Sunday: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (vs. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer)”


Eye Makeup Remover: Bioderma vs. Caudalie

Before discovering the brand Bioderma, I hated taking off eye makeup. It seemed like every brand I tried was skin-drying and/or stung my eyes. I think I actively resisted wearing eye makeup for years solely to avoid the ordeal of taking it off.

Source: L’Observatoire des Cosmetiques

I found a miracle product in Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water (named “Sensibio” in English countries), which I picked up in my travels to Paris. Bioderma is all the rage over there, and for good reason: it is effective, gentle on the skin, and won’t break the bank. It worked like a dream, and I was suddenly able to load up layers of shadow, liner, and mascara without having to scrub it off at the end of the night.

The only caveat? Bioderma is much more expensive in the US than in France. A 250ml bottle cost about 3-4 euros there. Although it’s not currently available through Amazon, on the link above (Beautylish) it goes for $17 ($12 + $5 shipping) for a 250ml bottle.

Although this isn’t a bad price, I so hoped there was an alternative for whenever I ran out of my now-precious drops of micellar water. Continue reading “Eye Makeup Remover: Bioderma vs. Caudalie”