BURBERRY Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 7 – review

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You all know how much I love my Burberry makeup and that I own quite a lot of items it’s no surprise as well! 

I had my eyes on this particular blush from their regular line for quite some time, but to be honest the one thing that keept me away from it was exactly the fact that everybody in the beauty world uses it mainly as an excellent contouring shade… “How is that even possible!?”, I kept asking myself and left it aside.

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It was brought back to my attention when the international makeup artist Andy Rowe used it to create the main looks for the Burberry Spring 2015 Collection, The Birds and The Bees. I already did a blog post about this look with details about the products and the techniques she used, so if you want you can read more about it here. 

I was just fascinated about how natural it looked on the models, so bronzy and chic that I had to give it a go! Well, it’s still Burberry! What could’ve gone wrong, right!?

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NOTHING I’m telling you! In fact it was the only thing I wore on my cheeks lately, just to warm up my complexion and to give it a bit more definition. This combined with a bit of that gorgeous Tom Ford Pink Sand blush and sometimes a bit of the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial highlighter for an extra glow.

It definitely looks more like a contour shade but on the cheeks it comes off a little too warm for what I like my contours to be, especially in the colder months when my skin is paler. Now that I managed to put a bit of a tan on it looks effortlessly beautiful!

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Swatched, Earthy definitely looks like a beautiful neutral blush but like a decent contour shade as well – warm, brown, delicate shade. 

As you can see, the closest one in colour is the Sculpt shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo. The others are warmer and cooler variations! 

The formula is as expected, silky and highly pigmented in spite of the fact that it’s marketed as a Sheer Blush. I apply it in thin layers continuously buffing it, to control the intensity I want and build up the colour to a maximum that pleases me. 

My favourite face tool to do that with is the Tom Ford #06 Blush Brush, that’s soft and dense enough to pick up just the right amount of product and ro buff it evenly for a flawless look. It does come with its own brush encased in the iconic checked, gunmetal case, which is not bad at all… But I still prefer my Tom Ford brush! 

The versatility of Earthy sold me instantly!… I now can use it as a delicate everyday blush and it shows beautifully niw that I have a bit of a tan on! It only accentuates it, making everything look more natural and healthy than ever.

Which product is your favourite for contour this summer?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

STROBING… CLOWN CONTOURING… Makeup what?!?!??!?!?!

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Makeup never ceases to amaze me!

Every single day I discover new things… New products, new formulations, new terms and techniques!… Today I bring you two of the newest trends Strobing and Clown Contouring.

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The what has become today the #strobingphenomena is not something new in the beauty world, all renown makeup artists have been doing it for a while ( maybe you have already seen Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic doing it in some of his Instagram pictures or his tutorials! ).

What’s this STROBING thing anyway?

It’s the same thing as highlighting, the good old highlighting technique under another, fancier – if you ask me!, name.

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The technique is in fact the same with only two minor differences, the first being the finish of it! While what’s now becoming “the traditional highlighting” is meant to give a more natural look to the face, the today popular strobing comes like a more dramatic version of it, with a plus of dewiness in the finish, something close to a wet look – very fresh, very luminous, that in my opinion is the perfect look for the summer, looking excellent with a tan.

Another slight difference I discovered while doing my research online, is that strobing is preferred to be achieved more with cream products than powders.

I guess we all are familiar with MAC Strobe Cream! It has been around since the early ’90, the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a cult product out even longer than that… But it seems that today this trend is taking over and brands come out on the market more and more with amazing highlighting palettes and cream glowing products. So it would be a shame not to take advantage of them, right?!

Here you have some options according to your skin tone: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38; It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Illuminizer, $24; Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter, $26; NARS The Multiple in “South Beach,” $39.

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STROBING how-to step-by-step

Step 1:

Start by preparing the base like for any other makeup look, by hydrating it. In strobing, this is the step where you can add to your face cream a luminous liquid perfecting base like the Chanel Le Blanc Sheer Illuminating Base, the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer, the Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer SPF 30 – a bit of SPF is essential right?!, or the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow!

Step 2:

Add just the perfect amount of foundation making sure you’re not using a high coverage one, otherwise what would be the point of prepping your skin with an illuminating product, right?! And also make sure that you blend it with tapping motions – a beauty blender or a dense stippling brush, even your fingers would be just perfect for that! Make sure that everything is perfectly blended out and there are no harsh lines in sight!

Step 3:

Use a tiny amount of translucent powder, only in the areas where you get oilier during the day!

Step 4:

Dust a bit of extra-highlighter in strategic places like your eyes – inner corner, brow bone, enhance your cheek bone, sculpt your nose, and emphasis your pout… Basically all the places that are meant to catch the light!

And you’re pretty much done!

But remember, you’re aiming to get an angelic glow not to look like a disco ball/stroboscope – *hint strobing!, like this lady here:

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[ Read more on what common mistakes to avoid when you’re doing your makeup, in this 10 most common MAKEUP MISTAKES article I wrote a while back! ]

As for CLOWN CONTOURING

… It’s the next big thing you know!?…

Just when we thought that the Kim-K contouring technique was going to be taken over by strobing, here it is resurrected by the good old YouTube! This girl’s tutorial went viral for example!

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Like strobing, clown contouring isn’t a new discovery! It was very popular in the ’60 among makeup artists like Joe Blasco and many others! 

Clown contouring is – if you ask me, a clever technique of blending a circus-themed makeup, which consists in strategically applying layers of products in some key points of your face and a whole lot of skilled blending!

I am so not going to demonstrate that here, I’m going to leave that to the actual professionals! Enjoy this Clown Contouring tutorial by one of my favourite makeup artists, Wayne Goss!

The transformation is pretty amazing, don’t you think?! Although I definitely don’t think this is a look I’m going to be doing on my morning commute anytime soon, if you know what I’m saying!…

Got to love makeup, right?! It never gives you a dull moment! Haha!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS, TRICKS AND TIPS:

  • choose the highlighting shade that works best for your skin tone

  • avoid applying your highlighter in places like forehead and cheek areas where you have enlarged pores, acne scarring or other imperfections

  • if you’re going for the glowing look do use your highlighting products but make sure that you balance that by using all matte products ( blush, powder, eyeshadow )

 

 

 

 

*The photographic material used in this post was fount on Pinterest, or via Google and it’s not annie’s beauty… property, unless stated otherwise!

NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross – review

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F*** that little Mouse,

Cuz I’m an Albatraoz!…

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[ Pardon the nasty language lovelies, but this tune starts playing inside my head every time I see the NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross. Plus it’s such an amazing working out beat, don’t you think?! ]

Now, check out this highlighters reviewing spree I’ve been lately!? I did Tom Ford, BECCA Cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin and now this amazing NARS number here… Isn’t it gorgeous!?

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NARS Albatross is marketed as a highlighting blusher, but if you think “traditional “blushers ( like most of NARS blushers that in a single swipe pack on a lot of colour on your cheeks, for instance! ), please hold it right there!

Albatross is rather a highlighter than a blusher! More of an extra-step in your makeup routine, meant to add +glow to your face if you’re into that kind of look. Therefore I don’t think it should be considered or used by itself as a blusher only!

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No room for disappointments with this one though!… Because it is a highlighting powder with such a gorgeous golden sheen – the perfect balance between an almost translucent white base and the most glorious gold shimmers! When applied, the powder reveals cool-toned white undertones sprinkled with the most finely milled shimmers, that create such a beautiful radiance to the skin, instantly brightening your whole makeup!

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The powder is so finely milled that it feels so soft and feathery on the skin! It’s a real pleasure to apply and it blends flawlessly into your makeup! It doesn’t sit on top of your cream products and it doesn’t make them look heavy!

In fact I’ve used it several times on top of my favourite cream highlighter the Kevyn Aucoin Candelight to set it and, I kid you not, this combination lasted me all day! Plus the final result was mind blowing – it created nothing but a lightweight, “luminous glow”**.

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[ Don’t be put off by the glitters you see in the swatches above as Albatross transfers as such a natural colour on the cheeks! ]

Albatross is part of the Highlighting Blush series, NARS designed to help illuminate your complexion rather than to add colour.

Beside Albatross you also have:

Miss Liberty – a “soft shimmering peach”**

New Order – a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer”** and purple undertones

Satellite of Love – a “sparkling gold sand”**

Great product and so many options, right? What do you think about it lovelies?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACT:

– *AronChupa – I’m an Albatraoz

  • **description taken from NARS EU website, where these shades are also available for purchase!

ESTÉE LAUDER Pure Color Envy Lipsticks – an overdue review and swatches

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I’ve been enjoying these Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks for quite a while now, but I somehow never thought to write a proper review on them! Why?! – I have no idea! But here I am now, correcting that mistake!

These were launched somewhere at the beginning of last year ( February – March, I can’t remember clearly! ), in 21 shades that include various shades from beiges to pinks to corals and plums. I only(?!) have them in five shades, that much I love them: #130 Intense Nude, #210 Implusive, #240 Tumultous Pink, #330 Impassioned and #450 Insolent Plum – my favorite name and shade.

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Formulation:

These lipsticks are one of the creamiest I have ever tried on, therefore they glide on effortlessly, covering evenly every part of your lip. They feel so soft and smooth though, like velvet: sensual and luxuriously comfortable. They saturate your lips with high-intensity colour in just one pass. The final result will be lips that look beautifully shaped, sculpted, curvaceous thanks to the multi-faceted pigments in their formulation, that coat your lips in the most beautiful pigmented colours. They also keep your lips continuously hydrated throughout the day, with a patented Time-released Moisture Complex that helps capture and seal-in hydration, adding the softest glossiness finish to the whole look. They wear for a couple of hours without feathering or settling into the creases of your lips, and tend to fade evenly as well.

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Colour description and swatches:

#130 Intense Nude was along with Impulsive one of my first picks ( no surprise there, right!? ) but I’ve never had the chance to wear any of them yet ( Nope! Don’t ask!… ). It’s that lovely brownish-nude Kylie Jenner-like colour, that made everybody go nuts a couple of months back!

#210 Implusive is also a beautiful nude, lighter than Intense Nude!…

But, with your permission, I will leave the rest of the review on these two nudes for another post ( keep your eyes on this little blog for updates! ), another one for the Loving Nudes Series, and move on and focus on…

#240 Tumultous Pink. This is the perfect colour for those with really pigmented lips, to pair with a relaxed, everyday outfit – the jeans, white tee and a pair of heels kind of look! It’s in a way similar to Insolent Plum but lighter and rosier, and the pink in it leans more bright, more of a proper fuchsia. But the cooler, blue undertones in it are similar to those in Insolent Plum for sure.

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# 330 Impassioned is one of the reds I really loved wearing at this winter’s parties. It’s a gorgeous bright orange-red, with warm undertones and a soft shine. Not the most unique colour, as I have another 6(?!?!?!)  red lipsticks that are really similar to it. Umm… Yeah! See for yourself in this post here.

I wore Impassioned in this post here.

#450 Insolent Plum is – as I already told you, my favourite of them all. And my most worn! It’s a fabulous deep, rich, purple berry shade, with cool undertone – intense and and gloriously plummy! An excellent option to wear in the colder months!

You can see swatches of Insolent Plum in this post here.

Packaging:

They come in this beautiful, signature packaging, a lacquered deep blue and gold case, with the name of the brand embossed on the top of the lid and on the inside as well! It closes with one of those satisfactory, luxurious, magnetic clicks…

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Overall thoughts:

I absolutely adore the formulation of these! They’re so, so easy to apply and not drying on the lips, and the color pay-off is also amazing! So is the lasting power! Definitely recommend them!

Lusting after

… that new and Limited Edition Kendall Jenner x Estée Lauder Matte Red they came out with last month! It’s called Restless and it’s the perfect balance between a poppy red and orange. Excellent for the hot Summer nights! Too bad it’s an online available only!

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Have you tried any of these Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks yet? How do you find them?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil – review*

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I’ve been pretty selective with my skincare lately ( hence the lack of reviews ), as I was testing this: the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

I’ve been curious to test this product and its “miraculously effects” on my skin, ever since I first saw it online. So, when Addison from Sunday Riley contacted me and told me that I was selected to receive a full size of it, I was beyond excited, as you can tell!

It wasn’t long after that that I became a #LUNAtic!

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But before we head onto to the actual review, let’s have a look at this luxurious packaging – a cell of cardboard, with the inside made of a spongy material all to protect this graceful bottle of miraculous oil! Just beautiful! First point taken Sunday Riley!

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Among the ingredients you can find the famous blue tansy, avocado oil, grape seed oil and German Chamomile. A truly impressive list of ingredients and beneficial oils! Point two taken as well!

Luna is marketed as a retinoid treatment oil that will help with sign of ageing, size of pores and the appearance of damaged skin, while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. I’ve been using it for over a month now so I can definitely agree that it lives up to all these brave claims above! And now you got all the points available!

But what makes Luna this effective and in such short time?

I did a bit of a research and what I found out was that the Retinol Luna uses is not the usual Retinol/Retinoid that easily oxidizes in the presence of Oxigen!

Luna uses a Retinol called Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate that is the Trans-Retinol Ester of all retinoic acids – if you like. This is the active ingredient that fights the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity in your skin!

Also Luna is a water free formula which reduces the oxidation process a lot! Therefore this oil has to be massaged in as gently as possible to keep the potential risk of oxidization to a minimum. Other water-free formulas had silicones or alcohols among their ingredients – which increased the risk of dryness and irritation associated with vitamin A products. This Retinol is encapsulated with Dimethyl Isosorbide, a solvent which increases the solubility of many different active ingredients and increases their penetration into the skin, keeping the hydration levels of the skin in decent parameters.

Here’s when the other oils come in hand: Blue Tansy – heals damaged skin and contains strong anti-redness properties, also helps with eczema and dermatitis, Avocado Seed Oil: Plumps the look of fine lines and contains anti-redness properties; rich in vitamins B, C, D, E, and A, Chia and Concord grape further reduce the risk of irritation, and German Chamomile treats inflamed, irritated skin.

This is the “academic” part of this product that maybe you want to know, maybe not! What you DO need to know is that you go to bed at night to wake up to firmer, clearer skin by morning!

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The first week, I was using it every night on freshly cleansed face to test it and see how my skin reacted! No painful irritations, no break-outs, no redness! My skin got brighter, clearer and more even instead! It also made the application of foundation faster and a real pleasure in the mornings!

I now use a couple of drops every other day and massage it gently into my skin, until the initial blue colour fades into… nothing, basically! This is the signal you need to know the oil works anyway!

I’ve tested it combined with the other products in my evening skincare routine as well, but I have to say that I liked it a lot more by itself! I saw better results like that!

It smells a little earthy, like wild flowers and hay and I can definitely get the smell of the chamomile oil. It’s unmistakable! But not disturbing at all!

Definitely recommend this oil even for those with sensitive skins!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

  • Sunday Riley formulates all her products WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates

  • this product is made with organic, cold pressed oils

  • it’s cruelty-free

  • because it’s a retinol-based treatment, the use of a sunscreen during the day is MANDATORY

  • NOT RECOMMENDED during pregnancies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seasonal Favourites Spring 2015

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We’re almost mid summer already and it’s just about the right moment to bring you my most loved/modt used items, this past season. So here you have my Spring 2015 Favourites!

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My most loved makeup products were my lipsticks, this season as well! No surprise there, right!

The ones that had the most impact on me were the NARS Audacious Lipsticks which I adore and I wore almost every day for the past couple of months! My favourites were Juliette, Natalie and Michyio!

[ Well, I loved them this much that I had a marathon week of posts featuring a NARS Audacious Lipstick, every day of the week! Start reading about that here, with Monday of course! ]

When I wasn’t wearing any of these, the one I had on my lips was the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Coachella Coral, a lovely Spring colour, amazing all by itself or over another Charlotte Tilbury favourite of mine – the Lip-Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus!

My base of choice was another one from NARS! The new and gorgeous All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, a surprising discovery that has become a staple in my makeup routine in the shortest time!

Another makeup item and one I came back to this Spring as well was the Dolce and Gabbana blush in #33 Rosebud! This is such a lovely natural flush of colour, excellent for a natural, fresh look!

To take care of my skin I really enjoyed the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and the combination of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate as a serum and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

My perfume of choice was Rancé’s Rose de Rose, a “mature” rose scented perfume.

My makeup tools I enjoyed the most were, another no surprise, my Hakuhodo Eye Brushes especially my J5523 and J142.

This is it for this post lovelies! Make sure you check my other Seasonal Favourites here and here!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

Gilded Summer: TOM FORD Summer 2015 Soleil Collection: the New and Limited Edition Shimmering Body Oil

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This weekend’s post is not going to be about makeup, but it will bring you such a luxurious item that has the given power to make anyone look fabulous! This is the Tom Ford, Limited Edition, Shimmering Body Oil, from the Summer 2015 Soleil Makeup Collection.

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This is just another body oil brands always come out during Summer!“,

some might say. And you might think they’re right until you get to try this for the first time!

The smell is so nice and the texture is beyond amazing! I’m not the biggest fan of body oils and I haven’t found too many to suit my demands. But unlike all the oils I have tried, this one is by far the best and the most luxurious feeling!

It absorbs instantly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, no matter how much you apply! It makes your skin feel smooth and silky and thanks to these playful gold and platinum leaf shimmering particles you’ll be wearing the diffused glow of an angel!

Make sure you shake it well before you apply it, because it separates!

It is the most beautiful final touch to a sun-kissed summer skin! Plus it is really hydrating and emollient thanks to the lightweight oils in its composition, that will feel amazing on your sun drenched skin, after a full day on the beach enjoying the sun and the waves.

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Its captivating fragrance wraps a bouquet of white florals in a golden, amber-sandalwood embrace

– this is a description I found online about the scent of this body oil and I think this is the closest to the truth it can get! I for instance, wasn’t able to come out with a better description for it than: a tropical garden, coconutty, delicious goodness that lingers on my skin throughout the whole day.

Scents are personal, but this is how I feel it smells combined with the chemistry of my own skin!

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Another particularity of the Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil is its consistency! This is not one of those oils that can be sprayed on the skin as it comes out as a concentrated, dense, almost jelly-like oil that I warm up between my hands before I use it and then apply it wherever I want!

I’ve been wearing it a lot as a perfume lately, so I mainly apply a tiny bit on my neck, shoulders and hands! It is a powerful scent and if you’re familiar with the fragrances from the Tom Ford Private Blend Collection, it’s something along those lines… Powerful, seductive and long-lasting!

Plus, the packaging is pure perfection and I think it would look amazing on any vanity!

I hope you enjoyed this post and make sure you check out the reviews on my other picks from the Tom Ford Summer 2015 Collection: Pink Sand – cream blush, Golden Peach – cream eyeshadow duo, Skinnydip and Rose Soleil – sheer lipsticks.

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

Summer Essentials: KEVYN AUCOIN the Creamy Glow Duo

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With the Season of the Highlighters in its full force, there’s nothing more chic than a double-duty, dainty, beauty to-go essential product! This is the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duo, a beautiful little compact containing the cult favourite, powerful pair of the Candlelight highlighter and the Sculpting powder in shade #4 Medium, both in cream form this time!

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#4 Medium is made with brown, grey and red pigments that create the look of a natural medium shade shadow, excellent to use on medium and fair skin tones like mine! Now I have a bit of a tan on and it works just fine as well!

It looks like this medium earthy brown with a subtle grey in it, but dark enough when layered ( as you can see in the swatches below! ), an ashy brown that translates more of a subtle shadow. It blends so well and its almost impossible to go wrong with because it gives such a natural look! And doesn’t lean orange no matter how much you apply, as the shade Sculpt from my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow tends to do!

Candelight, the highlighting shade is an absolutely glorious champagne colour with a luminous golden sheen to it given by such finely milled particles of shimmer, that don’t translate as obvious on the cheeks but this gorgeous pearl shimmer without being sparkly or glittery. Just that angelic/hallo effect/glow-from-within look everybody’s talking about!

It’s pretty similar but a tiny bit more golden than my other all-time favourite highlighter the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light – which is a powder, less obvious and golden than the Highlight shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and the most similar with a recent discovery of mine in terms of highlighters – the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone.

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Now a few words on the formulation!

This is one of the most amazing cream formulas I have ever tried! Rubbed for a couple of seconds between your fingers, it transforms into this thin, velvety-soft, extraordinary emollient consistency that is so easy to apply on bare skin, on foundations and even over powder! It won’t cause any slipping and sliding or accentuate imperfections!

I used my fingers most of the times and I loved the final result! But with a small, synthetic, stippling brush it works just as well…

Why have I underlined the word “small”?! Well because this duo comes in the smallest pans I saw a contour or a highlight product to come in! You might have troubles using your regular size/usual contour and highlight brush, but with a bit of an effort you can make that one work as well! 

And trust my words, that’s a lot of pay off from that little extra-effort you put in as these two are absolutely worth every penny you pay for them!

And like all things Kevyn Aucoin I mostly saw online, as this is the first item I have ever tried but definitely not the last!, the decadent garnet packaging gives away the air of an incredibly glamorous makeup item, making makeup application an absolute pleasure!

Have you tried anything from Kevyn Aucoin, lovelies? What’s your favourite product?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

Re(a)d – My lips! feat. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana

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Whoever said that only porcelain skins can pull off a bold, bright, red lip was terribly wrong!!!

I, myself, was one to think that the “Marylin Monroe look” suited pale skins better! But now that I have gained some ( unusual for me! ) tan and I finally managed to work with it in terms of makeup, I’m absolutely mesmerised by how well a bright red lipstick looks on paired with a simple, summery eye and a bit of a black liner! 

So here you have it! THE red lipstick that will always be on my lips this Summer: the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana!

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Now, I won’t bother you with all those technical details as I had a “marathon week” of blog posts dedicated exclusively to all the NARS Audacious Lipsticks I own ( and I only own 7?!, one for ebery day of the week! ), plus a resume with overall thoughts which I will link here for you to check out.

I will do tell you that Lana is the most beautiful “vivid orange red”*, the excellent bright orange-red lipstick with warm undertones and a satin finish, as you can hopefully see in these pictures.

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And I’m thankful to my lovely friend Michelle for being so kind and generous and getting this one for me! See lovely?! I’m rocking it! Haha! 

What’s your favourite red to wear in Summer?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie





*description taken from NARS website

Totally addicted to TOM FORD Summer 2015 Soleil Collection: the New and Limited Edition Lip Color Sheers in Skinnydip & Rose Soleil

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Another week, another update on the Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2015 Collection!

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These lipsticks were my favourite lately but they aren’t everyone’s favourite formula! Most people who like the really pigmented, saturated with colour and highly opaque Tom Ford Lip Color original lipsticks, might be a little disappointed after trying these because they are, as their name suggests, a sheer product.

To be completely honest with you, it took me quite a long time as well to justify splurging on these… Until I got my first one that is! My first pick was #02 Smitten, followed closely by the beautiful, everyday nude #05 Bare, both previously reviewed on this little blog.

And with new colours incased in the beautiful ivory and gold special, limited edition, they come with every summer, I knew I couldn’t say no to them anymore and grabbed whatewer shades I found available online.

So, here you have the Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in #09 Skinnydip and #10 Rose Soleil!

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#09 Skinnydip is more if a peachy colour with pink undertones to it. You can clearly see how the gold shimmers in it transfer on the lips… There’s no need of a close up because they’re obvious! This was the only colour out of the four that came up with this collection that I had second thoughts about! And it was precisely because of these glitters that give your lips more of a metallic sheen rather than a touch of colour.

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But the more I wore it, the more I liked it! And with a bit of a tan on, this looks absolutely, effortlessly fabulous, even with a semi-sheer coverage and the actual product that feels a little “thin” in consistency than any other Tom Ford Sheer that I own!

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#10 Rose Soleil can be described as a semi-sheer, soft plummy colour with warm brown undertones and holographic glitters, not as obvious on the lips as the ones in Skinnydip though. They are easily seizable on the bullet due to the deepness of the colour and in certain lights appear more of a muted gold and more pink. I love them as a  final touch as they give your lips a diffused, ethereal shine.

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On my pigmented lips it translates as this beautiful rosy colour with an extra-something added by the soft, shiny finish I mentioned earlier.

These two new shades are simply amazing for the Summer, even Rose Soleil that I initially thought it is more of an Autumn shade! But no, it works as well this time of the year too due to those magical shiny particles in it!

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They both create a lovely luminous look, they brighten up your complexion, they make your lips look fuller and plumped. They are also a little bit more moisturising than the other Tom Ford lipsticks I own ( see some of them here, here and here ) and they are definitely the most low maintenance ones from their entire lipstick range, excellent for an on-the-go application! 

I definitely recommend them both, although I’m aware that they’re not for everyone!

What do you think about them lovely? Have you tried them yet?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

 

INTERSTING FACT:

  • Rose Soleil was the shade worn by the model Daphne Groeneveld in all the ad campaign posters and videos
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