Switching to Festive Mood – Welcome back Red Lipstick!


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One thing you’ll be seeing a lot in my upcoming blog posts is a red lip. Yes, I finally ditched my dark lipsticks in favour of the festive colours! But it’s THAT time of the year… and I can’t help it! 

The fact that I love a good red lip it’s not an actual surprise for anyone at this points and if you’ve been with me for at least one year, you definitely know that I absolutely love my reds all year round… But especially at this time of the year I do think that a gorgeous red lip can easily switch you into the festive mood. It happens to me, at least…

Well, the fact that I own quite a few red lipsticks, which I love to death sure ailments constantly my red lips obsession! It seems to enter into some sort of a hibernation state with the first signs of Spring but it makes a strong comeback at the beginning of December!…

I do feel that Christmas is the perfect time of the year to really done a red lip and it’s been a tradition of mine for the past couple of years to scout for “the perfect holiday red”… that I always end up wearing until the first signs of Spring! 

Here you have a couple of the reds I already own in my collection, some of which will be featured in an upcoming Blog Sale… a Blog Sale I’ve been “menacing” you with since last Summer ( ?!?!???!!!! ). Well, it will be up soon, I promise and I sure hope you will help me find new homes for some of my beloved lippies! 

In the meanwhile here they are! Some of my favourite reds of last festive season and some that I discovered this year too!…



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See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie



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Discover my beautiful country Romania & its traditions: St. Andrew’s Day


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I’m Romanian and I am proud of it! And today I will share with you some of the wonders of my beautiful country so that you’ll understand why!

HAPPY 1ST OF DECEMBER my Romanian lovelies, it’s our Country’s birthday again!

I live in Romania, Bucharest/București – the city known as Little Paris!… Many of you my lovelies might not know where that is and I won’t blame you at all! It’s a small country in the SE part of Europe, a country made famous mostly by legends – dead: Dracula, well Vlad Țepeș or the Impaler and alive Nadia Comăneci ( the gymnast with 1st and only perfect 10 in the history of gymnastics), and by “the best road in the world”, the Transfăgărășan ( Top Gear, 2009 )…


What is less known is that Petrache Poenaru, a humble Romanian invented the pen… Another Romanian discovered that microorganisms can inhibit the development of some pathogens long before Flemming talked about penicillin – his name was Victor Babeș… The founder of Geriatry as a science was a woman, the Romanian Ana Aslan, one of the precursors of the modern skin care treatments… Your often life-saving Pap test ladies, is an abbreviation from Babeș-Papanicolau Test because our Romanian Victor Babeș discovered its effects as well, independently from the Greek doctor that made it famous… Henri Coandă, inventor and aerodynamics pioneer created world’s first jet and the Coandă effect of fluid dynamics ( whatever that might be!… Haha! )… The Romanian writer Mircea Eliade was the first and only madman to write a History of Religions from the beginnings up to date… We have Constantin Brâncuși, we have Eugene Ionesco and so many more…

We have our mountains…

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We have our sea…


And everything inbetween… Every form of landscape known to man ( keeping a certain scale though! )

We have lakes and we have rivers…

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And one of the most beautiful and unique deltas on the planet – the Danube Delta

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But we also have some of the most hardworking and welcoming people on Earth… We laugh, we cry, we sing and dance like you will never see anywhere else… Our food is a work of art and our wine is the elixir of life…

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But above all, we have our traditions!

All Romanian traditions are beautiful – they’re mystical and strictly related to the fight between Good and Evil… The kind of stories to tell your children on one of those cold winter nights all cuddled in a cosy blanket with a hot drink in your hand, near the fire…

And since we’re celebrating Saint Andrew’s Day tomorrow, I would love to share some of our traditions with you! Saint Andrew’s is one of the oldest Romanian traditions! It was supposedly a pagan celebration which was assimilated by the Christian St. Andrew’s Day ( Saint Andrew is the saint that brought Christianism in our country ), but it’s still filled with all the pagan traditions we inherited from our Dacian ancestors.


St. Andrew’s Day is also called “the day of the Wolf“. The wolf played an important part in our pagan history being a magical animal for our Dacian ancestors. It was so important and respected that it was present even on their battle flags which embodied a dragon with the head of a wolf. It is believed, even today in certain parts of the country, that on this very day ( November, the 30th ) the wolf becomes even more agile… It can even flex its otherwise stiff neck… We have a saying about that, that goes like that: “it will happen the day the wolf will see its tail”, about something that’s slightly possible to happen anytime soon. It’s the day when all the wolves gather in large packs for the upcoming Winter and start hunting…

On this day nobody should work and focus on protection their animals instead, which are supposed to be the most vulnerable on this day! Humans aren’t less vulnerable though and they shouldn’t do certain actions that could attract “evil”… To protect their animals and themselves our ancestors used to rub some garlic on all the ways in and out from their homes and the stables of their animals… Later they used Holy Water too!…

The night before Saint Andrew’s the Skies open and the animals start talking. But whoever listens to what they say shall die soon! It’s also the most powerful night for spells and magical incantations… That’s why young women have some rituals to find out who will be the man they’ll marry… It is said that if a girl wants to marry soon she should put 41 grains of wheat under her pillow, say some incantations and that same night she’d supposedly dream her future husband and she’d get married soon!

Your’s trully, the younger, modern and still unmarried at that time version, tried the trick as well… Aaand the man who appeared in my dream was… my uncle! “Your faith was weak!”, they said… Ha! Really!?…

This night is also called “the night of the undead” or “strigoi“. What’s strigoi? They are the spirits of the dead that didn’t managed or refused to pass after their funeral and they come back to hunt their living relatives bringing disease, suffering and sometimes even death. They travel on earth and water shouting and howling in barrels and on brooms…

Therefore you should remember that garlic is the magical weapon for protection!

On this night, we should sow wheat in a small recipient, place it by the window, take good care of it and if the wheat grows tall and healthy, the one who took care of it will have luck and good health the following year!

On this same night, our elders were able to make some empirical meteorologic predictions for the upcoming Winter season… They said that if the sky was clear, with a full moon the Winter was going to be warm and gentle. But if the sky would be dark or raining, the Winter will be rough with heavy snow, snow storms and very cold.

Another tradition says that weaving or spinning are forbidden until Christmas so that we won’t upset the Virgin Mary, who in our traditions appears like a beautiful young women who sits at a weaving machine/loop or with a skewer in her hands, spinning.

Here you have a couple of our traditions and superstitions you probably weren’t able to easily discover elsewhere… Sadly nowadays they are dismissed and classified as traditions and nobody really cares about them! But years and years ago they were the ways and the rules our grand-grand-grand-fathers lived by…

I wish I was born back then and lived those magical times as well!

I hope you liked my beautiful Romania and some of our strange but interesting ( I hope ) traditions!

See you soon, Beautiful! I’m off to celebrate my Country and the Andrews in my life!

Have an awesome weekend!

xx, Annie



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Dark Lips – How to wear Autumn’s most beautiful makeup trend


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Dark lips is not a trend we’ll find on the catwalks this Autumn/Winter season in particular, but I do feel that we cannot help but admire the use of dark lipstick throughout the Fashion Weeks. It is a trend that always returns around this time of the year and makes us secretly crave for this statement look – a look that brings the vibes the witches of East and West to mind…

It has been constantly used in fashion shows throughout the years: in 2014 by Helmut Lang – a look given to the models by Hannah Murray, makeup artist with NARS who used the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Deborah for both the eyes and the lips, backstage at Rodarte Autumn 2014 runway – look created by James Kaliardos again for NARS Cosmetics ( I recreated myself one of the Rodarte looks in this blog post from last year! ).


These somewhat “forbidden lips”, with all their dark secrets were given to the models on the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 fashion shows as well, in presentations for brands like Marchesa and Marc Jacobs. The models walked with luscious deep eggplant lipstick shades beautifully complimented by “Twiggy lashes” only – for Ermanno Scervino, in matte dark lip pencils at Train Bleu, and with a mélange of burgundy and blackcurrant on Ungaro catwalks. Deep burgundies mixed with true blacks made up the look for Giles, while deep chocolate-browns made a clear statement at the Trussardi shows. Dashes of plums were also used paired with golden lids, reminiscing of an early* glamorous Halloween ( Luisa Beccaria fashion shows ).

[ *keep in mind that A/W fashion shows are held usually sometime early Spring ]

Next, I have a few tricks and tips for once you decided to ditch all those glossy, bright Summer lip colours and opt for the bordeaux, vine, vampy shades that are basically in the opposite side of the colour spectrum. I must admit that they are rather difficult to wear, but you can definitely still work with them. They can look quite refined and sophisticated if paired with the right look. You can wear them in full force to make  a statement ( the infamous goth look ) but you can also wear them slightly dabbed on the lips as well ( more of a stain than everything else ) for a more approachable, healthy flush of colour, that freshly-looking “Jane Austen-novel-come-to-life” kind of look…

  1. flawless skin: no redness, no visible spots, no dark circles for as much as your skin allows it! If not use your trusty/heavy duty concealer
  2. pair it with a subtle, neutral eye makeup for a more sophisticated look; your bold lips are statement enough!… Unless you’re attending a Halloween party and you’re planning to look like one of the characters of the Witches of the East End!
  3. put your dark lipstick on before the rest of your makeup! Like this you will have an overall idea of what you’re going for and it will be easier for you to balance the other colours on your face – eyes, cheeks, bronzer and highlight if needed…
  4. brows! DON’T go overboard with grooming them! They will frame your face and will actually be the ones in balance with your lips, so a medium brow it’s highly recommended!
  5. make sure you take care of your lips before applying your dark lipstick – a scrub and a lip balm is mandatory
  6. make sure you line your lips before the application of your lipstick – it’s easier like that to obtain a beautifully defined pout, not to mention that your lipstick will last longer, without moving everywhere on your face
  7. choose carefully your lipstick! And I’m not talking only about your colour but about the formulation and finish as well! Go for matte or creamy-matte, long-lasting formulations that apply evenly and fade in a decent manner throughout the day! Any imperfection, flakiness or patchiness will be more than obvious

In the picture below I’m wearing a lipstick* with a creamy formulation that was a pain to apply in order to make it look somewhat decent, and was also a pain to wear since it went all-over the place in a matter of minutes!…

[ *if you care for a good read, make sure you click on the actual pictures to be automatically redirected to the full blog posts about these lovely dark lipsticks ]

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And here you have a couple of my favourite dark lipsticks I proudly wore almost every day this Autumn:

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So, these are a couple of my handy tricks and tips on how to wear dark lipsticks! If you have more, please feel free to share them in the Comment section below!

As always, thank you so much for reading Beautiful…

And see you soon!

xx, Annie




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NARS Audacious Lipstick Deborah


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I really don’t want to be rude or offensive in any way but NARS’ Deborah is definitely a bada** shade!

I clearly remember myself saying in some of my previous posts that I couln’t see myself wearing such a brown, ’90 shade – idea that made me instantly dismiss Deborah from the swatches I first saw online… I was reserved indeed whenever I ran across brown lipstick in general, to be completely honest, thinking that it would be too much!

But here I am shamelessly talking about it!

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The NARS Audacious Deborah is acknowledged as a “chestnut” on their website. And I couldn’t agree more… I will describe it as a milk chocolate colour, a medium brown with warm, orange-red undertones that makes me think of misty Autumn days and hot chocolate with spices ( cinnamon and nutmeg especially! ).

I’m obsessed with dark, bold, grungy lips at the moment ( no surprise for anyone anymore, right!? ) and before getting Deborah the one I wore a lot was the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Matte in Desirous ( review here )… Compared to that, Deborah has more orange-red undertones, while Desirous has more reddish undertones – which I think make it a bit darker as well. Deborah has a creamy sheen to it, one of those “modern matte” finishes. Both are equally creamy, opaque in one swipe and long lasting, but I find that Desirous lasts a bit longer – as expected, since it’s a true matte formulation.

[ Read a round-up of my favourite NARS Audacious Lipsticks – the Spring colour Edit here and about my favourite dark lipstick of all time, Ingrid here ]

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Here, in these swatches I’m not wearing Deborah with anything underneath since I didn’t wanted to influence its actual colour in any way, but if I wanted to make it last longer I ‘d wear it with my Charlotte Tilbury Lip-Cheat Lip Liner in Hollywood Honey and it was equally beautiful except a bit darker! ( review on the lip liner coming up soon!!! )

With or without lip liner, Deborah is a beautiful and unique shade! Definitely not everyone’s cup of cake! And if you think that this might be a bit too much, please bare in mind that the warm undertones make it extremely wearable.

So give it a go! Try it in person at your NARS counter!… Who knows, you might actually end up loving it as much as I do!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie




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THE BODY SHOP Oils Of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion


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With the new Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion, The Body Shop definitely upped their skincare game. The Essence Lotion* they recently launched alongside with a full new, extremely luxurious line of products called Oils Of Life™ ( pictured above ), is a refreshing fusion of oils and water – a nod to the highly coveted Korean skincare, known in particular for these miraculous infused waters that work wonders on the skin.

It’s an essence containing an infusion of 3 cold-pressed oils and pure water that together work beautifully to give your complexion a boost of instant hydration, leaving it velvety-soft and smooth.

The three oils The Body Shop used for this infusion are:

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil – known for its high concentration of antioxidants, from the exotic, ancient Nile Valley in Egipt
  • Camellia Seed Oil – rich in extremely nourishing oleic acids*, from the evergreen trees in China
  • Rosehip Seed Oil from the root of the Andes, in Chile – rich in Omega 3 and 6

Cold pressed oils are the most beneficial for your skin because of the process they’re obtained in. Oils obtained from cold pressed seeds will keep their natural properties unaltered, guaranteeing a closer affinity to our own skin oils which obviously makes them lighter in molecule, therefore easier to assimilate by our skin.

The Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion is a bi-phasic product ( Note: you have to shake it well before every application! ) that combines the freshness of pure water and the amazing properties of these natural oils.

It’s a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula, that melts into your skin effortlessly leaving a velvety-soft finish, without any trace of tackiness or greasiness whatsoever! It easily became an essential step in my skincare routine; I’m using it on a cotton pad, with gentle circular motions, I distribute it all over my cleansed face, wait until it dries and absorbs completely, then I go on with my serum and moisturiser of choice. I use it after cleansing instead or over my toner, as an extra-hydrating step for a velvet feel and natural glow.

I had no allergic reaction, my sensitive skin gave no signs of stress or discomfort!

As always, The Body Shop uses 99% natural ingredients and NO nasties!

In case you didn’t know, the brand is cruelty free and it is involved in so many humanitarian campaigns. Read more about their ethic “values” here!

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Bottom line: I was very excited to try this product and I had high expectations from it. The one I compared it to was the Facial Treatment Essence from SK II, which is the epitome of the luxury beauty waters/essences and the most effective I have used until now. Compared to that, the Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion performed unexpectedly well – I did obtained the results they promised in their marketing campaigns. Definitely not a waste of my money and a strong recommendation for those of you in love with face essences, that you’re not keen on spending your rent money on crazy expensive skincare…

What’s your favourite face essence/face mist/water infusion, Beautiful?

As always thank you so much for reading…

And see you soon!

xx, Annie





*Now, let’s make the difference between a tonic lotion and an essence. The two are ever-so-often mistaken one by the other when in fact, they couldn’t be more different.

  • the toning lotion makes sure that you have cleared your face completely and the last traces of makeup and dirt you might have left on your face after removing your makeup and cleansing are gone for sure. It balances your complexion as well!
  • the essence lotion has a much more concentrated formulation in the first place. It is meant to be used as an extra-step in your skincare routine after cleansing of course, but after toning as well… Because what it actually does is adding an extra-boost of hydration and nourishing elements to your skin.

*More on oleic acids, here.



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Loving Nudes #9: Discovering BITE Beauty’s High Pigment Pencil in Sablé


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BITE Beauty is one of those brands that I’ve always heard so much about and always placed it high on my wish list…

Unfortunately, BITE Beauty products are not readily available here in my country, but thank goodness I was able to make some wonderful friends through my blogging experience that were kind enough to help me get my hands on some products from this brand! Janet and Josie, it’s you I’m talking about ladies! Thank you for the thoughtful gift you sent me last Summer! You are the best!

[ Make sure that before you leave this page you check their lovely blog, Beautiful! ]

Janet knows me so well, so when I saw the nude choice she made for me I instantly knew I had to feature it in my “Loving Nudes” series. So here it is BITE Beauty‘s High Pigment Pencil, in shade Sablé.

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Sablé is one of the nudes that suit my complexion the most – a light beige on a rosy “background”, with a hint of warm undertones in it. It is made with “a double dose of premium micronised pigments” which translates in a surprisingly pigmented finish for how creamy its texture is, and and with “super antioxidant Resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent anti-aging benefits”.

So, you have a product that not only delivers a “modern matte look” ( quite opaque in finish but with a bit of a sheen at the same time ), but also a lip treatment that feels very hydrating on the lips. 

Being a creamy product don’t expect it to be an extremely long-lasting one! You do need to reapply during the day but when it fades, it fades evenly and it doesn’t gather in any fine lines or slip and slide all over the place! 

It’s one of the most forgiving lipsticks I own in terms of application, as you can apply it when you’re on the go without any obvious mistakes or the aid of a lip liner underneath. And the fact that it comes in one of those modern twist-up pencils, makes everything even easier!

I do wear it with a lip liner when I feel like prolonging its lasting power, and my lip liners of choice are Charlotte Tilbury‘s Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude, or the Dior Universal Lip Liner that goes with everything!

Loving Nudes #9 Bite Beauty anniesbeautyblog3– as you can see from the picture, Jan and Jot sent me this adorable mini BITE for VIB Rouge red lipstick too and I can’t wait to wear it these upcoming holidays. I think it’s one of those perfect festive reds… And the formula promises to be as good as the one in the lip pencil: luminous, creamy and pigmented. You should check your local Sephora, maybe you’re lucky enough to find it too!

So what’s your favourite nude at the moment?

As always, thank you so much for reading and see you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie






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Trending #grunge lipstick for Autumn 2015


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The grunge lipstick was so trendy in the ’90 but I was way too little back then to wear it… Actually, to wear lipstick in general! And to be honest, I would’ve definitely lacked the courage to wear it anyway! Even as a grown up! Haha!…

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If you followed my blog for a while, you’re aware that I have a little obsession with dark lipsticks at the moment, and to discover now that it’s an actual trend sure makes me feel ahead of times! Anyway, I’m happy I can wear all of them now.

There are so many lipstick options to create a grunge lip. The majority of them are dark, with brown or deep purple undertones, or even with grey undertones for the most audacious/badass of us. Here you have some of the lipsticks in my collection that fit into this description, more or less… And I’ll be starting with the more dramatic ones and slowly go for the most wearable that still give away that grunge vibe.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Alasdhair was one of the best selling lipsticks in this collection! It’s such a particular colour, a deep purple with grey-ish undertones! See swatches and read more about it and all my “Boys” here.

Revlon Va Va Violet is the only high-street lipstick in this post! Surprised, right?! I was drawn by the colour of it and the cream finish! But, unfortunately it was a pain to apply and to wear as well! It was all patchy and went all-over the place ( fine lines, teeth, I found some even on my tongue!… ).

Next is NARS Ingrid, that I just wrote a review on last week so make sure you check it out ( link here )! Again a deep, dark, bold lipstick perfect for this kind of look.

Another NARS Audacious option would be Deborah, a true dark chocolate brown you’ll see on my blog soon! It’s not exactly a proper grunge shade, but for me it just does the job! Can’t wait for you to see it and share your opinions on it!

And the most wearable of them all and the most versatile at he same time is another one from Tom Ford, a Matte this time, Pussycat ( review ) – a purple, lavender shade with grey undertones!

If for the other options I’ve mentioned above I’d keep the rest of my makeup rather simple – soft colours on the eyes, a beautiful feline flick and obviously lots of mascara, with Pussycat I’s go straight for a deep smokey eye on an evening out. For a day look with Pussycat on my lips, a soft smokey eye works the best though!

As you can see, my dark lipstick obsession went to another level! Here I’m wearing the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick #663 Va Va Violet, close to a true grunge but not close enough for me!

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But let me tell you how grunge I would love my lipstick to be… I would want a mix of dark purple and grey, ashy undertones on a brown base!

Do you know a lipstick that looks like that? Please let me know!

Thank you so much for reading and as always see you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie



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Home Scents: BURBERRY Smokey Embers Fragranced Candle


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Today, as you can see, I decided to take a break from reviewing all those magnificent dark, bold, sultry lipsticks… And since Miss Winter is just around the corner, I thought what better time than now to talk about one of my favourite home scents. It comes in the form of a fragranced candle, it’s from Burberry and it’s called Smokey Embers.

*Yes! Besides those iconic trenches, shawls, makeup and perfume, Burberry does home scents as well! And you have no idea what you’ve missed on!*

My absolute favourite candle to burn around the holidays has been for the past couple of years was Bibliothèque from Byredo, which I can’t wait to burn this year as well. It smells like smoke and old books and old, used leather… Delicious!

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I discovered Smoked Embers last year while I was writing my “Last minute gift guide for Christmas”. Of course I was blindly ordering it from their website as I usually do! But I wasn’t disappointed this time either…

It’s perfect candle to recreate “the mood of an English fireside afternoon”, filled with relaxation and quality time spent with the family. The warm cozy notes of patchouli, birch tar and guiac wood compliment each other in the most harmonious way and they’ll fill your whole house with the most peaceful atmosphere.

This is a single wicked candle, with a white beeswax base, presented in a transparent glass holder “with honey-coloured twill paper inspired by the unique gabardine texture of the Burberry Heritage Trench. The candle’s label references the inner label of the iconic coat.”

To prolong it’s freshness you can top it with this gold metal lid it comes with. It contains 200g of product which is set to burn for 40-50 hours. Since I had several other options, I still have a generous amout to burn this year as well.


The presentation is amazing, as Burberry had us used with! So this would make an excellent, luxurious gift.

This particular scent is not available on their website at the moment, but I’m sure they will restock it soon. But if you’re on a hunt for a woody, cosy, warm scented candle there is another option – the Fire Embers Fragranced Candle.


I’m still waiting for another candle in the mail, from a brand I’ve always wanted to try, NEOM. Fingers crossed it will be as awesome as all m candle picks this far!

What’s your favourite candle to burn in the Winter time? Please let me know in the comments below! I’m taking notes, as always!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie



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NARS Audacious Lipstick Ingrid – How dark will I go?!…


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I keep surprising myself how irremediably fascinated I am lately by the look of a dark lip!

I keep posting and posting, one after another reviews featuring the most amazing bold, vampy, dark shades of lipstick… But don’t fool yourself! I’ve never been the “audacious” type… I was always that lipstick wearer that cited Tom Ford Pink Dusk as my most worn-down product ( well, it still is! ) and it took me a good couple of years to even muster up the courage to don a red lip during the day…

But no! Oh, no! Not anymore! Now the darker the lipstick, the better I feel…

As Mister François Nars said, it seems like…

I have a real love affair with lipstick. It gives me more power!

Until now “my power” came from: a wine colour: the YSL Rouge Pure Couture #206 Grenat Satisfaction, a dark chocolate-brown Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte 130 Desirous but then I went even darker with Charlotte Tilbury’s Glastonberry MATTE Revolution Lipstick

Now the only reasonable question that I can hear in the back of my mind is:

How far will I go? How close to black I’m I going to choose my lipstick shades and still feel comfortable wearing them?!…

Today, the answer to this question comes again from NARS, with another Audacious Lipstick called Ingrid, the most “audacious” of all the girls that I own ( check them all here! ), the most true grunge lipstick shade in my collection!

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Ingrid is best described as a “merlot”. What’s lovely about this shade is that if you look  – at it in the tube – and I hope you can actually see it as well – it looks like a very deep-toned, almost black, berry. But when you go on and apply it on the lips, it shows a beautiful burgundy-red base with some interesting warm undertones. Such a complex colour!

As all the lipsticks in this line, Ingrid is intensely pigmented, seriously creamy and ridiculously opaque! Just one swipe straight from the tube it’s enough for a full coverage, well defined pout! Being a creamy-matte formula ( can you see that beautiful glossy-shine finish?! ) it’s not an absolute necessity the usage of a lip pencil with it, but pre-defining the lips with a lip liner in the same colour, should help it stay longer on the lips, fade evenly and not slipping and sliding all-over. My recommendation: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Berry Naughty.

Here you have a close-up too!

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Now over to you, Beautiful! How dark would you allow yourself to go with your lipstick choices?

See you soon!

xx, Annie



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NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Mélusine – review


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Confession time. I think I just grew some sort of attachement towards NARS Eyeshadow Duos.

Everything started with Alhambra, probably my most used NARS eyeshadow and one of my absolute favourites in my collection, then it switched a while ago to an exquisite Autumnal Duo – Cordura and now I’m really enjoying Mélusine.

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Mélusine came out on the market for the first time in 2010, with their Christmas Collection with a L.E. status. Luckily now it’s still part of the permanent line, therefore at your discretion! 

Two gorgeous colours define Mélusine: a frosted silvered lilac with grey metallic undertones and a deep purple with a matte finish. It looks almost similar to the colour of the eggplants, just a bit brighter than that!

The shimmer-y shade has that distinctive NARS texture with the same bit of a fallout I was telling you about when I reviewed Cordura. Nothing too bad again, but I just wanted to remind you that! Otherwise, great colour payoff, very butter-y and with more of a metallic sheen than an actual sparkle.

The darker colour is the one that had me dreaming about Mélusine in the first place! A very deep purple with a true matte, it’s the perfect shade to use to smoke out any eye look. 

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But as with some true matte, this darker shade in Mélusine can be rather difficult to work with. You might find it patchy and uneven at a first application, but if you take your time to pat the colour on, placing it basically where you need it with a flat fluffy brush, then put some more effort into blending everything with a good blending brush, then everything will look flawless. 

My favourite brushes to use with it: Hakuhodo J5523, Tom Ford #11 Eyeshadow Brush and the Sephora #22 All Over Shadow Brush. For blending… well, I have A LOT of blending brushes here


As all NARS eyeshadows, these are no exception to the uasual description: very pigmented, butter-y soft texture, blendable, they have multiple uses: shading, lining and highlighting and can be used wet or dry according to the intensity you want to give your eye look.

But, as all NARS eyeshadows, they’re also no exception to that bit of a fallout and with this one – the little extra-effort you need to put into properly blending it.

This is it for now! As always thank you so much for reading!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie



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