DIOR – Transitional nail polishes for Autumn 2014

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Last year Dior celebrated 60 years of the iconic Rouge Dior lipstick and have revamped the formula, the packaging and even the shade line-up of some of their best sellers, nail polish included. The newly reformulated polish now goes by the name Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer and it is thicker, glossier and fast-drying.

The techno-polymers transform each coat of polish into a film as smooth and as shiny as glass and creates a seamless bond between the nail and the polish. The organic silicon strengthens the nail surface for extremely long staying power.

Provided with a smart brush applicator which is softer, longer, less dense and flat with a rounded tip, the user-friendly design of the new Dior Vernis brush ensures flawless application – even for beginners.

Also, the new formula is toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor FREE.

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The lightest, more summery of the shades is Dior #108 Muguet. Part of the Dior Backstage Essentials Collection, Muguet is one those timeless basic colours every woman should have in her nail polish stash. On the Dior website Muguet is proposed for what they called The Nude Manicure, applied in just one sheer layer over the Dior Base Coat, for a subtle result. The translucent colour, enriched with subtle shimmers, enhances the healthy aspect of your nails. Clean, healthy-looking nails – that is what you will get with Muguet!

Now let’s easily translate into a more Autumn shade with Dior #338 Mirage. Mirage is a violet, purple berry bottle of loveliness. This creamy smooth perfection, goes opaque in just two coats, delivering the same shiny as glass gel effect finish without the fine shimmers, on Muguet.

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Dior Nuit 1947 is from the Autumn 2013 Collection called Rouge Dior. There are 4 nail polishes in this collection: #999 Rouge, #657 Trafalgar, #653 Darling and #970 Nuit 1947.

There is only one way to get somewhat close to an accurate description for this amazing nail polish: vampy, autumn/winter, perfection.An intensely vampy, purple red, jelly/crelly nail polish. The first coat goes on much brighter and patchy but the second coat evens out everything perfectly. Dior Nuit 1947 is extremely close to Chanel Rouge Noir, in person you cannot really tell the difference but that is another post.

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OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:

The first coat of these nail polishes goes on streaky, as all jellies, but the second coat works its magic. Being a crelly/jelly is of course a little less pigmented than your usual nail polishes, but nothing that can actually bother you. You can always layer it as much as you wish without transforming your nails in a gloopy mess!

The brush changed its design too so there is no need to press too hard, especially when you apply the first layer. Be gentle with the brush in order to avoid streaks forming!

I do recommend, as with all jelly/crelly polishes, that you wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat to avoid dragging.

The new formula wears incredibly! Even without a top or base coat they last up to 5 days with hardly any tip wear!

image – Here you have #108 Muguet after a good 8 days of wearing!

What do you think about luxury nail polishes on your nails? They make you feel special too, or is it just me?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

BURBERRY – Colours Made in England for Autumn 2014: The Complete Eye Palette in #12 Nude Blush

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“You stack your jewellery, I stack my Burberry!”, remember this one?! Haha! It’s Burberry review time again and the absolute star of the post is the Complete Eye Palette in #12 Nude Blush.

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#12 Nude Blush is one of the two eye shadow palettes Burberry released with the A/W 2014 Collection, called The Bloomsbury Girls. It’s the one closer to the warm nudes I prefere, since the other palette #20 Slate Blue is a cooler-toned blue and grey combination, gorgeous but way out of my comfort zone.

It’s like no other eye shadow palette I have ever seen or owned in my collection. Is the perfect balance of warm and cool shades and finishes ( mattes and satins, with one soft shimmery shade ) which makes it very versatile.

The formulation of each shadow has been customised to give a targeted texture for a specific use: luminising base highlighter ( Shade #1 ), two medium colours to add shape ( Shades #2 and #3 ), and an intense liner ( Shade #4 ).

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Shade #1 is a light to mid toned beige, with natural pink-toned undertones with a light satin finish. In some lights it appears more matte than satin, which makes it an amazing highlighting colour.

Shade #2 is a light to medium, a warm bronze copper which does not look orange on the skin, with the ever so subtle shimmers. Amazing all over the lid light colour, with a rather warm, luminous finish than frosty. I often use just this one colour and a deeper one to define my crease and I’m good to go!

Shade #3 is a mid-toned, dusty mauve with a matte finish. It’s somewhere in between Burberry #10 Antique Rose and #11 Tea Rose. It also reminds me of MAC’s Haux eye shadow.

Shade #4 is a dark brownish, deep eggplant colour with a satin finish and gorgeous pink-purple-brown shimmer, not exaggerated at all.

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The formula of these eye shadows is made with skin protecting, glide-on ingredients, blended with satin smooth silicones and enriching conditioners. The result being a silky-soft formula easy to apply, which remain vibrant throughout the day.

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Since this is my first ever Burberry eye shadow review, let me tell you some things about the packaging too. The Burberry Complete Eye Palette compact gives away the feeling of a very sleek and high quality packaing in its gunmetal finish, with the Burberry iconic check print embossed on the lid, and the Burberry logo written on one side. The magnetic closure is very secure and the closing click is so satisfying! Underneath the lid there is a large, handy mirror. Also, the pouch folds open to reveal in a secret pocket three little applicators, which are actually pretty good ( especially the little blending brush and the angled brush ).

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Bottom line, I absolutely love Burberry eye shadows: quality, packaging… Everything as a whole!

Have you ever tried Burberry eye shadows? What do you think about them?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie 

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisurizer with Retinol review

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Paula’s Choice is a brand I never had access to until recently. But the reviews I got the chance to see and read online were amazing!

A natural, organic skin care line suitable for all skin types and able to gently take care of every skin problem, well… I had to try it! My skin is pretty good at the moment, no major break ups, a bit of irritation and redness and the dullness characteristic to the transitional season period, was something I learnt to live with throughout the years… I just switch my skin care routine to a more nourishing one and I’m good!

So when I discovered that Paula’s Choice was available for purchase in my country, I thought I should give it a try! And I was not disappointed!

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I was on a hunt for a good moisturizer for the colder seasons, so I ordered the Resist Barrier Repair Moisurizer with Retinol.

This moisturizer contains a specialized complex of ingredients proven to remodel aging skin, bringing it to a healthier, more youthful state-really. The formula is packed with ingredients that work to build and preserve collagen ( you know aging is not the funniest of processes ), prevent moisture loss ( which I completely needed ), restore essential ingredients to protect skin’s barrier function, and reduce inflammation with potent antioxidants. It suitable for all skin types and targeted towards aging and Rosacea.

More points from me because this moisturizer also doubles as an eye cream. So, one step minus in my skin care routine? Yes, please!

It is a light moisturizer which absorbs extremely well, leaving the skin extremely soft, fresher and the aspect of the fine lines around my eyes seem diminished. Even if people shy away from products containing retinol, the retinol in it is not irritating my sensitive skin at all. I use it as a part of my daily skin care routine, under my usual SPF, and because it absorbs in a couple of seconds it acts as a great primer too, and makes makeup application easier.

Here you have the complete list of Ingredients:

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Overall, I am pleased of how this product makes my skin feel and I will definitely keep using it!

Have you tried any Paula’s Choice product? What else should I try next?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

Crazy Innovative Makeup for S/S 2015 Spring from Dior

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And my obsession with the work of art Peter Philips creates every season continues!

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For the Ready-to-Wear S/S 2015 Colection, Peter Philips has designed a pure and modern beauty look to reflect the visionary designs of Raf Simons the Creative Director of the House of Dior. The makeup has a haute-couture feel, but at the same time looks fresh and it has a springtime vibe to it. A delicate look with only one edgy accessory – the fabric applied on the eyes instead of the classic eyeliner. For that they found a satin material and they laser-cut it in the shape of the eyeliner.

Face

The face makeup is natural, the features beautifully enhanced. The products used were: Diorskin Star Concealer, Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation for a good coverage and a bright skin ( review ), Dior Skinflash Highligting Pen for highlight and more coverage, the Poudre Libre Diorskin to set everything in place and on the cheeks Diorblush #536 Peach Splendor, a peachy-pink highlighting blush I will definitely purchase when it will be available this spring at my Dior counters.

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Eyes

With this look the focus is on the eyes. And not necessarily because it is a dramatic look. Peter Philips decided to continue on the same natural note and not to use any eye eyeshadow at all. He chose instead to prime the eye with the Dior Backstage Eye Primer and to apply the pastel-coloured satin fabric glued with the usual lash glue. They are available in four shaded and they are called the Pastelise Kingdom of Colours, Spring 2015 Collection. Another must-buy for me! The brows were naturally defined with the Dior Sourcils Poudre Pencil.

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The other particularity of this eye makeup is that it was conceived as a free-mascara look! It’s the look Dior went for for the presentation. But it can also be worn with mascara if one chooses to.

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As you can remember from my previous posts ( here and here ), it’s not the first time we see a free-mascara look on a Dior catwalk. Do you remember the A/W 2014 Dior Collection with the mirrored liner?! Peter Philips continued that trend making it more wearable for Spring but keeping the same edgy notes with the innovative liner.

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Lips

The lips were kept natural as well, prepped with some Dior Addict Lip Maximizer and on top of that was used the new Rouge Dior Baume in colour #448 Belle de Printemps, for a soft peachy wash of colour.

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Nails

The nails were primed with the Dior Base Coat Abricot and over that they applied two coats of the Dior Vernis #294 in Lady ( another must-buy for me ), a grey-pink gorgeous varnish. And for the final touch a layer of the Dior Gel Coat.

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What do you think about this look? Is there anything that caught your eyes? I already have my favourites!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

The photographic material is courtesy of Dior.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial – review

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Aaand the skincare obsession continues with a new life changing product, the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial

As I discovered browsing through the good ol’ faithful WWW, Sarah Chapman is an amazing facialist based in London, which can find effective solutions to pretty much any skin issue. ( Another one to add to my Bucket List, next to getting my makeup done by Peter Philips – to get a facial from Sarah Chapman! ).

She is a firm believer in incorporating oils in your skincare routine. And so I’m I! The thing with oils is as simple as it gets! Our skin has a certain amount of oils in its structure, so it is easier for it to recognize oils as beneficial ingredients and to allow them to penetrate deeply into its layers covering all the nourishing, repairing… or whatever issues there might be!

Now, when I first heard of this oil-based product I was a bit skeptical about the idea of using it in the morning. I was already using an oil in the evening and I knew how much time it needed to absorb, and I had to massage it really well, blah blah!… What I had no idea about was that this is the most lightweight blend of oils I ever used which instantly absorbs into the skin!

It is basically a potent silky elixir, a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, anti-inflammatory omega oils, firming dermaxyl peptide, and brighteners. This silky serum-oil will lift, firm, smooth lines and uneven textures, while helping to repair daily damage and imparting a healthy, dewy glow. The concentrated active ingredients ( Collageneer®, Kalpariane®, Juvinity™, Timecode™ ) and anti-ageing vitamin A help to calm stressed skin along with an innovative essential oil blend of passion flower, jasmine, frangipani, argan, baobab, borage, rosehip and tuberose to cover all your skin needs in one shot! 

It is also PARABEN FREE.

Coming back from the holiday and with the changing of the seasons, your skin can be a bit dry, patchy and basically malnourished. Seems like the right definition for my skin before I started to take good care of it again! By incorporating the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial into my morning routine along with other amazing products like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Mask and the Cap Cosmetics Micellair Water with Hyaluronic Acid, my skin is now at its best again! 

Thank you for sticking with me again, beautiful and I hope this is somewhat helpful for you too!

See you soon!

xx, Annie

 

Loving Nudes #2 TOM FORD Lip Colours #07 Pink Dusk and #13 Blush Nude – All kind of gorgeous nudes…

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Episode #2 of Loving Nudes coming your way!

This time we’re talking about one of the most luxurious brands in my entire makeup collection: Tom Ford. Need I say more?! Sorry, I have to!

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Tom Ford lipsticks have one of the most comfortable formulas on your lips. They wear amazingly in all seasons, wether is cold or hot… The pigmentation is unbelievable and the application so easy that it isn’t a problem to retouch your lipstick in your car waiting for the green light… like the Lady you are, of course!

Plus, just have a look at that amazingly luxurious packaging! That beautiful mahogany and gold TF iconic packaging which gives you confidence only by looking at it!…

Can you tell I love Tom Ford, can’t you?!

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As you may already discovered from reading my posts, the first colours I pick from a new ( to me ) lipstick brand are the nudes then the reds. I think a nude lipstick is the most difficult one to make it work, to make it last, to make you feel good wearing it… And if a good nude does the job… Then that is a win!

My two nudes picks from Tom Ford are from the Lip Colours range and they are the #07 Pink Dusk and a glorious #13 Blush Nude. Two different types of nudes but equally amazing!

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In the picture above you can see #07 Pink Dusk. In my opinion Pink dusk is a toned-down pink with a tinge of nude/beige to it. Very subtle on my lips, it does not wash me out like most nudes do. It is not quite the stereotypical pink-ish nude you would expect but more of a pale pink.

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While Pink Dusk is the pink lipstick with nude/beige undertones, the #13 Blush Nude is the opposite. Closer to what I can describe as a proper nude, what makes this lipstick wearable is the amount of warm, pink undertones in it. It is not that kind of ” in-your-face-nude “, and there are less chances to wash you out.

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- first swatch is #07 Blush Nude and the second is #13 Pink Dusk

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- first lip swatch is #07 Pink Dusk and the second is #13 Blush Nude

Look how different these two nudes swatch on my arm and on my lips! Pay attention especially at Blush Nude. It’s definitely more nude on my lips than on my arm! And let me tell you that my lips are really pigmented! Good thing these lipsticks are so opaque that their colour is not altered!

Please don’t leave before letting me know what are the best nudes for you!

I’m sorry if this post is a bit chatty and less “informative/professional” but, after all, today was a great day for me! And I hope you had a great one too!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

OMOROVICZA amazing discounts and special offers!

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Hi there, Omorovicza lovers!

This autumn Omorovicza, a skin care and makeup brand I personally love and use on a daily basis came out with some amazing offers!

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The first one is called 10 SPECIAL DAYS, where you get 10% off EVERYTHING for 10 days in the 10th month of the year.

My apologies on the fact that I have not put this post up until today but you still have time to get your favourites until October 10th.

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And the second one is a BUY 1 GET 1 FREE, where you if you buy two of the same Omorovicza products and get the second FREE.

Simply enter the code 2NDFREE on the ckeckout page and click to apply. Discount applies when you add two of the same product in your basket.

Hurry this offer will expire on October 15th!

More details on Omorovicza website.

And if you want to read about my favourites, click here.

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

CAP Cosmetics – BIO skincare made in France with Hyaluronic Acid for a younger-looking skin

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CAP Cosmetics is a small family business established in 2008 in SV of France, in the small city of Montauban, 50 km away from Toulouse, by a young dreamer called Paul Epinette. The brand stands out throughout the quality of their products, ethic and the respect for the ingredients they use, most of which come from Fair Trade Market ( like the beurre de Karite, a BIO product originated from Mali ).

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They offer a complete range of skincare BIO certified by ECOCERT for us to take care in the best and healthiest way possible of our skin, eyes and body!

My two picks are the makeup remover: Lait Démaquillant Bio à l’Acide Hyaluronique and the micellar water: Eau Micellaire Bio à l’Acide Hyaluronique.

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The Lait Démaquillant Bio à l’Acide Hyaluronique is a makeup remover which gently takes away all your makeup without rinsing. It can be used morning and/or evening on a cotton pad for a fresh and glowy skin.

99,3% of its ingredients have natural origins and 27% of its ingredients come from biological agriculture. Those are: Argan Oil, Sweet Almond oil, Calendula ( marigold ), Aloe Vera, Karite, Hyaluronic Acid. The alliance between the benefits of the Sweet Almond oil and the replenishing and hydrating virtues of the Hyaluronic Acid give you an amazing experience and a complection which is clear, soft and bright. The other ingrediens work together to help your skin regenerate and to correct any imperfections.

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At a first look the Eau Micellaire Bio à l’Acide Hyaluronique might seem to you just an average cleansing water/toner. But at a closer look you will discover a concentration of floral waters BIO rich in Hyaluronic Acid which softly purifies and hydrates your skin. Contains Hamamelis, Calendula, Oat, Imortelle, Cornflower, Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. The Aloe Vera and the Hyaluronic Acid are excellent hydrating agents, the Cornflower is amazing at decongesting puffed, tired eyes and calms “angry” skin and the mix of Calendula, Imortelle and Hamamelis work together to heal redness by stimulating the periferic microcirculation, and they are also great antioxidants. Lastly, the oat infused water helps your skin by giving that fresh and healty-looking aspect to your complexion. 

The ingredients in the Micellar Water are also in 99% of natural origins and 30,4% obtained from biological agriculture. 

My experience:

With the changing of the seasons my skin “developed” a certain “bada*s personality” which made me immediately reconsider my skincare routine. Now, with the help of these two Cap Cosmetics products ( …and a few other amazing ones! ) my skin is happier. The process of removing my makeup is not that annoying anymore because it’s faster and the scent of thse two products is so recomforting and natural, seems like I am having a SPA treatment at home everyday. By using the micellar water morning and evening on a cotton pad, as recommended, I noticed that my complexion wasn’t dull anymore, my pores aren’t that obvious and the blackheads that I hate so much cleared up noticeably. The skin is hydrated thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid which makes the makeup application a lot more esier. Good bye dry patches!

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You can order yours directly on Cap Cosmetics website and for my lovely Romanian readers from Petite Provence. Also, petite Provence has amazing offers and gifts-with-purchase for their CLUB Members, plus FREE Shipping! Oh, and an excellent Customer Service! Monsieur Ovidiu will answer your every question with so many amazing details and the patience of a saint! 

I hope you enjoy my new skincare discoveries because I have quite a few more to share with you! 

See you soon, beautiful! 

xx, Annie

 

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Renaissance Mask – review

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 Now there is no need tho choose between something that’s natural and something that works!

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Until recently I did not payed too much attention to what I used to call “cleansing”. Don’t get me worng! I did cleanse on a daily basis but I used to think “I have to do it!” because I had to take off my makeup anyway! So I used to use cleansing products instead of makeup removers! And it worked just fine!

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But starting last year, when I bought my first Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel I wanted it to last me longer – first of all because it is truly amazing, and second because it is not the cheapest cleanser out there. So I started to use it after I took my makeup off with my makeup remover!

The result?! Not only my skin looked cleaner/clearer and nourished, but the imperfections I was dealing with were visibly diminished.

My advice: ladies, let’s use our skincare for the purpose it was made for!

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Back to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Illuminating Vitamin Facial Cleanser now! It is a facial cleansing gel enriched with Vitamins A, C and E, Omega 6, Pumpkin Enzymes, Chamomile and Rose extracts formulated by a team doctors, nutritionists and cosmetic scientists to provide the best cleansing process according to your skin needs.

In the morning I take one pump of this directly on my hand, massage it onto my dry face and here is where the magic happens! It transforms from a gel into an oil which is quite a nice feeling, and when I add water it transforms into a smooth lotion. Then I take my muslin cloth and clean everything, massaging my face with circular motions to make sure all the oils and impurities my face accumulated over night come off. 

The reason why I like this cleanser in the morning is because it leaves my skin feeling nourished. It does not feel stripped of its oils at all but very clean at the same time; the right balance between the two actions.

The 100 ml bottle lasts me for a good 4 to 5 months of daily usage.

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The Oskia Renaissance Mask Nutri-Active Brightening & Resurfacing Mask is the face mask my face needs in this transitional weather.

Enriched with MSM’s, Passion Fruit AHA’s, Papaya Enzymes, Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, Ribose and Butterbur to mention just a few ingredients, this luxuriously-textured exfoliating mask leaves the complexion feeling smoother, more refined and illuminated. It has major anti-ageing benefits, with a blend of ingredients naturally certified.

The tired cells from the superior layers of the epidermis are gently removed stimulating skin regeneration through it’s own moisturizing processes; smoothes, softens, reduces the appearance of fine lines, imperfections and refines complexion and increases radiance through increased cell respiration. Deep cleanses, reduces pore size, blockages and spot formation.

Not sure about the “improving appearance of fine lines” claim but I have to agree with ALL the other ones. My skin never felt better!

Oh, and the scent! 50 ml of delicious goodness smelling like roses, passion fruit and chamomile!

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Originally peachy-pink in the pan, when massaged into the skin, in contact with your skin temperature it turns white. That is when you will know your mask is applied correctly!

I use it once a week, applied onto dry, freshly cleansed skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then gently wash it off with warm water.

Both products are recommended for all skin types and I have to say that my sensitive skin enjoyes them very much!

And when my skin is happy, so I’m I!

See you soon, beautiful! But before You go, please share with us your magical skincare products! 

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

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- some of the awards Oskia products received this past years

Hello, October! FOTD

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Hello, October!

Long time no MOTD/FOTD’s, right beautiful?!

But since my makeup changed with the changing of the seasons, and I also had the chance to play with some new makeup items which I simply adore at the moment, I thought why not put together a MOTD/FOTD post?!

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This is the makeup that I used almost everyday at work and sometimes even when I went out with my friends for dinner. 

And, yes, that IS a wool scarf because here is freezing cold already! 

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Base:

- Dior Diorskin Star Foundation, in #010 Ivory –  read review here

- powder By Terry Hyaluronic-Hydra Powder, review here

- bronzer Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons review here

- blush Burberry Light Glow #06 Tangerine – review here

- highlighter Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, shade Incandescent Light – review here

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Eyes:

- eye shadows Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in #02 Trench all-over the lid and to define the crease #06 Almond

- Burberry Eye Definer #03 Midnight Brown to line my mobile lid and, smudged really well and in the waterline the Burberry Effortless Kohl in #03 Stone

- mascara lots of Burberry Effortless Mascara #01 Midnight Black

- eyebrows Guerlain Eyebrow Kit 4 Long-Lasting Tailor Made Shades #00 Universel

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Lips:

- Dior Universal Contour Lipliner Pencil

- Burberry Lip Glow #09 Nude Beige most of the times, if not applied over Burberry Lip Cover #24 Romantic Rose or the Givenchy Le Rouge in #103 Brun Createur, not featured in the pictures but reviewed here

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I hope you enjoyed this unusually short post! Please tell me what is your go-to makeup for the colder seasons? What changed?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

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