Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate* – courtesy of Debemhams UK

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This particular skincare item has been on my wish list ever since I can’t even remember. So, when the lovely Alina from Debenhams UK contacted me via email, with the kind offer to send me a couple of skincare products to try, I was over the Moon as expected!

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But what is it?

The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is “a replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals, to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning. So it is an overnight treatment serum meant to give you a facelift by morning”.

Does it work?

Let me put it like this: even if you are skeptical about using serum oils on your skin yet your skin shows signs of dullness, enlarged pores and shows signs of aging, this is the perfect weapon for an overnight skin renewal.

You’ll instantly see signs of improvement on your skin thanks to the high concentration of essential oils, Squalane and Evening Primerose that are readily absorbed by the skin and work on it the entire night.

At night, I usually use a serum and a cream, but this concentrate serum is moisturising enough to use on its own and does not leave any oily residue. Love the calming lavender scent too, since I often have troubles sleeping.

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It comes in this elegant, apothecary-looking glass bottle provided with a pipette, which deposits in one drop the right amount of product. I use 3-4 drops depending on the needs of my skin that night.

I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for almost two months now and I barely made a dent in it! And I can say that my skin has never felt and looked better, rested, softer, plumper than it does now! I’m not ready to swear on the “reducing the lines” claim yet, but I will definitely use it all and absolutely repurchase it!

My man also loves it, especially after he shaves! He said that the serum made his skin feel soft without any irritation or undesirable ingrown hairs!

This “hard-working” 99,8% natural concentrate is intensely moisturizing and nourishing and it is the perfect step in your skincare routine to say “Good night!” to dull, dry, irritated skin and to minimize those pesky fine signs of aging!

Shop now your own Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate here.

Have you tried this product yet? What else would you recommend to get from Kiehl’s?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

*PR Sample

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACT:

Debenhams UK has occasionally 10% off this product so make sure you check www.debenhams.com periodically not to miss the offer and restock

– for more information about my skincare type and other questions related to that, you can find here.

Recent launches I absolutely couldn’t resist!… feat. Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Burberry and NARS

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They keep throwing new products on the beauty market casually, as if for them it’s just another day at the office!

Well, it definitely is… But for my poor-frail-beauty addict self resisting such amazing beauty goodies gets harder and harder every season, with every collection, with every smallest release!…

Here you have the makeup products that caught my eye and I had to have, that were released these past two months since the beginning of 2015…

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1. Chanel Rouge Coco #440 Arthur

My first high end lipstick was a Chanel one. Actually, I have a lovely review on that one here!

There was a time when the Chanel lipsticks were the only ones I used for my lips. I loved the Coco Shines and the Rouge Allures, but I was never drawn to their Rouge Coco’s.

When I’ve heard about the new, reformulated ones I immediately went on the selfridges.com website and got myself a gentlemen: #440 Arthur. He kept me company while in Milan, and we had such great time together.

“Monsieur Arthur” will have his own complete review soon! I’m sure you can’t wait to meet him as well…

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2. Dior Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation SPF 25 – PA++ #010 Ivory

I’ve been waiting for this one to be released for what it seems like forever. Actually when I first heard of it was when I actually blogged about its launching soon ( see post here )…

I love lightweight foundations and Dior did an amazing job with their foundations lately, so I couldn’t wait to be able to give this one a go too! Do I love it?! I guess you will find out in a post coming up soon!

Dior Vernis #244 Majesty

From the Dior Spring 2015 Kingdom of Colours nothing caught my eye, so I decided to go for Majesty. I adore the formula of their nail polishes as you might have seen from my previous posts ( here , here, here aaaand here ), and where there are no new launches in a collection that I’m particularly interested in, the nail polishes are my safe choice.

From this collection I wanted the Dior Diorblush #536 Peach Splendor ever since I blogged about it being used by Peter Philips in the Ready-to-Wear S/S 2015 Colection makeup looks, but that one was nowhere to be found.

I might also go back and get the nail polish in Glory and the Dior Rouge Dior Baume Belle de Printemps ( see post here ).

 

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3. Guerlain Météorites Compact Light-Revealing Powder #4 Doré

I’m very much aware of the hype around the Guerlain Météorites Perles. They look so pretty, they smell amazing but for practical reasons, I just couldn’t justify buying them.

But when I saw these new colours, in compact form from the Spring 2015 Les Teindres Collection, I was instantly sold! I love my Guerlain mainly for their bronzers, which I kind of have a few… and love them all ( read about my Guerlain  mini-collection of bronzers here, here and here ). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I went for the darkest shade with the powders too, #4 Doré, which I intend to use as a flush of colour on my cheeks or as a light bronzer.

I’m highly tempted by #2 Fair, but I’m still debating on getting that one.

And weird enough I’m not attracted by their new Guerlain Météorites Perles de Blush Angelic Radiance

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4. Burberry Eye Colour Silk Wet & Dry Eyeshadows #200 Tea Rose and #201 Rose Pink

Burberry does the most amazing eyeshadows! They are so pigmented, they are buttery-soft but they apply and blend in with minimal-to-no fall out, and the colour selection is gorgeous! I have a few and I adore them! ( read post here ).

The new Eye Colour Silk Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are no exception… But I already raved about them in this post here.

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5. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation shade Light 3 Gobi

is another lightweight foundation which caught me completely off-guard! I didn’t expected it to match my complexion so well, to be so high-coverage and to really live up to what it claims to do… To resist on the face basically the entire day! Definitely recommend this one too! A full review with application details and swatches will be up soon!

What are your picks until now lovelies?

Wishing you an amazing Spring!

xx, Annie

#anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway series! Happy Anniversary with… Sarah Chapman and Odacité! WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

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I’m beyond happy to announce you that the faith, in this case random.org, decided that the winner of my last giveaway from the #anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway series to be another one of my best friends here on WordPress.

It’s ma belle Jacquie - * insert a nasal French accent pronunciation obviously *, the lovely lady behind A Vibrant Day blog… The one who I always gives me the most entertaining conversations… The one who’s always so positive and charming… The one I’m so proud of and she knows why… Thank you so much ma belle chèrie!

I can’t see a better winner for this last anniversary giveaway and it seems like faith agrees with me this time!

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Now ma belle, please make sure you contact me until Friday, 6 March 2015 midnight, EET to establish all the details I need to send you your prize as soon as possible!

If not, another winner will be picked via random.org!

Also, a huuuge thank you to everyone else who entered this and all my previous giveaways!

A huuuge thank you to all of you who showed me your support throughout this past year by subscribing to annie’s beauty…, by liking my blog posts, by leaving a comment or simply say hello, by liking my pictures on my Instagram account and following me there as well, by listening to all the nonsense I post on Twitter and Facebook, by following me on Google+ and Bloglovin

You are the reason why annie’s beauty… has grown so much in a single year, and for this reason I am, and always will be forever grateful to you all!

Let’s have another amazing year together!

Wishing you an amazing Spring and God bless you all!

xx, Annie

 

 

UPDATE :

Giveaway winner confirmed by comment on this very post on Tuesday, March the 3rd 2015!

 

This Winter’s Lip Saviours: Omorovicza, By Terry and Dior

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This month was all about some amazing lip products here on annie’s beauty… The Tom Ford Lips&Boys, the Charlotte Tilbury MATTE Revolution Lipsticks, another of my Perfect Nudes discoveries also from Charlotte Tilbury, my favourite lip liners at the moment… And some new ones that are yet to be published, which I’m so excited about!

As you’ll might anticipate, a lot of lip swatches were envolved in the process so my lips kind of had to suffer too! That corroborated with “the Mother of all Colds” => my lips were almost an absolute mess!

What I used to put them back on track were: my holy grail lip treatment By Terry Baume de Rose, in pot form and foe when I’m on the go I also used the By Terry Baume de Rose Crystal. When I didn’t used those, I turned to my second best the lip treatment of choice the Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm, an amazing product I recently discovered. The last but not the least was my Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm and the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active, which are permanent “inhabitants” of my bag and I take them with me wherever I go. How many lip products do I currently have in my bag?! You don’t wanna know!

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The By Terry Baume de Rose is until now the best lip treatment I have ever used. It’s a thick, rose scented lip balm that I use mainly as an overnight treatment!

Of course, like all very hyped products the Baume de Rose has both positive and negative reviews… That it’s too thick ( what would you expect from a lip treatment though!? ), that the rose scent is overpovering… I really love it and I feel that after using it at night, the following day my lips feel amazing! Plus it’s such a versatile product! It can be used on your nails and cuticles, on your elbows or any dry patches! Be careful with how much you sladder on because it’s not the cheapest thing ever! But the 10g little jar lasts me for a good couple of months! I’m On my 3rd one already!

Last year By Terry launched her iconic Baume de Rose in 6 tinted versions ( read more about that here ).

The one in lip gloss form, the By Terry Baume de Rose Crystal comes with me in my bag, everywhere. It’s more of a day-use friendly product, easy to apply when you’re on the go and your lips need a bit of a pick me up!

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The Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm is the most recent lip care product I got! I got it with this amazing offer. But don’t worry! Omorovicza periodically comes up with amazing offers and discounts! You only need a subscription to their website to be the first to know… Or, you can keep reading or subscribe to annie’s beauty…! Haha!

This lip treatment is the perfect  product to revive and nourish dry lips. With shea butter, eucalyptus and hyaluronic spheres, the gently tingling balm leaves lips fuller, softer and smoother. It has as main ingredients: hyaluronic filling spheres, omega 6 ceramide, virgin plum oil. It’s minty and delicious, and highly effective! Already a favourite of mine!

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The Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm is another long time love of mine, but I’m sure everybody knows and loves it as well! This is a  sensationally sheer lip balm that responds to the color chemistry of your own lips to create a shade uniquely yours by enhancing your own natural lip color. It also makes your lips look more plumped, moisturized, and most important because I mainly use it during the day due to the easy application, adds in a bit of a sun protection factor!

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active is a revolutionary lip treatment that stimulates collagen synthesis and restructures lips within 15 days. The incredible volume effect due to the key ingredient in its formula – the collagen, can be easily seen from the first application though, and gives a long-term freshness to the lips.

That’s why the Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm and the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active are the backstage essential beauty secret for the sensual lips, the Dior models rocked in the presentations where Peter Philips- the creative and image director of Christian Dior Makeup worked his magic ( see here, here ).

Recently Charlotte Tilbury launched two lip care products too, a lip scrub ( the Lip Love Lip Renewing Honeybee Scrub ) and a lip treatment ( the Lip Magic Rejuvenating, Smoothing Propolis Balm ) which I’m dying to try! Definitely will be on my order summary of my next purchase!

What are your lip saviours for the colder months, or in general?

Lots of xx,

Annie

Burberry Prorsum A/W 2015-2016 Ready-to-wear Makeup Look and NEW exciting Makeup Launches

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Milan, 25th February 2015

Actually I’m writing this post while I’m in Milan for my business trip, which luckily this time coincided with Milan Fashion Week. And I’m telling you this: it is a real pleasure to be surrounded by so many fashionable people and to experience at least from afar, the amazing roller coaster of sensations a fasion week gives you!

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But that’s the subject of another post!

As always the one collection I’m most interested to see every season during Fashion Weeks is the one that happened in London Fashion Week, a few days ago – the glorious Burberry Prorsum Fall 2015 Ready-to-wear fashion show. I love the traditional British style the Creative Designer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey always manages to bring in his shows and the fresh, modern twist he always imprints into his creattions! 

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This time the Collection is very bohemian and 1970s inspired, with English fringed suede, Durham quilts and sheer English printed lace as materials, patchwork prints, mirrored textiles and whipstitched suede in colours of indigo, red, burgundy, teal and ochre. As for accessories, the fringed bucket bags stole the show!

But the shearling coats and the burgundy fringed suede bucket bags aren’t the only ones to covet next season!

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Inspired by the main characteristics of this collection “patchwork, pattern and prints”, Andy Rowe – the Beauty Colsultant and the person “responsible” for the last Burberry looks, created this amazing runway makeup look with an earthy, sun-kissed palette of smoky colours, matte nude lips and warm skin.

The look was centered on this amazing and easy to achieve, wearable, modern smokey eye, with a sheer lid and very defined defined lashline… “Don’t be afraid to go a bit overboard with your smudged black liner…”, Andy Rowe said, as long as it’s very well blended, I shall add.

She came up with this look a just couple of hours before an event that always takes place at the Burberry HQ in London on the day before the actual fashion show in Kensington Garden, where a few selected beauty bloggers were lucky enough to preview the new look! How amazing was that!?

Here are the products she used to create this look; some new exciting launches and some old goodies as well:

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EYES:

- Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black NO. 01 and Storm Grey NO. 03

Burberry Effortless Kohl Poppy Black NO. 01

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- these were the new cream eyeshadows Andy Rowe used for the presentation and they will be launched at the end of April – the beginning of May. But because they were only for the presentation she gave those present to the makeup preview an amazing tip on how to obtain them: by mixing a bit of the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid in Golden Radiance NO. 02 with something like the Eye Colour Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Eye Colour Silk Jet Black NO. 308, for a sultry, smokey eye look.

- the Burberry Bold Lash Mascara in Ebony NO.1 ( review here )

- the Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Sepia NO.02 ( review here )

FACE:

- Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid in Golden Radiance NO. 02

- Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid

- a mix of the Burberry Sheer Concealer in Soft Beige NO.02 and Rosy Beige NO. 03

- Burberry Light Glow Blush Earthy NO. 07

LIPS:

- Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Beige NO.01 ( launches in March )

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NAILS:

- Cadet Green* from the AW 2015 Collection.

* Cadet Green, Khaki Green and Poppy Black from the A/W 15 range doesn’t launch until August 2015, but there’s good news: the three-piece set is available to order exclusively online until 9 March. So hurry up!

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This is such a wearable look, minimal I dare to say, that I will definitely wear this upcoming Autumn/Winter.

How about you? Did you liked it?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

See the entire show here – Burberry Prorsum A/W 2015 Women Fashion Show

See the show with testimonials

 

The entire photographic and video material is property of Burberry and Style.com.

 

#anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway series! Happy Anniversary with… Sarah Chapman and Odacité!

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So, this is it! The final giveaway of annie’s beauty… 1 year anniversary series it’s finally here! It’s been a lovely month and a lovely year and that’s because you made it possible my lovelies!

But enough with the soppy stuff; let’s get down to my last giveaway!

I did a Chanel makeup giveaway, I did a Diptyque body care giveaway, so I think it was only normal to squeeze in a skincare giveaway too!

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Now… This was the most difficult one, because this past year it’s been like an amazing journey for my skin, where I got to try so many amazing skincare products! And if you’re curious to see what I mean, simply check out my first photos here on annie’s beauty… and you’ll notice the dramatic difference!

I had to chose the absolute best products that made a significant change in the aspect of my skin! Luckily, I managed to narrow it down to two serums!…

So here is YOUR PRIZE:

- one Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial Serum

- one Odacité Jo+L Jojoba Lavender Facial Serum Concentrate

The first one is maybe the best face serum I’ve tried this far that it will completely revolutionize whatever you might be thinking about serums! It’s one of the most famous Sarah Chapman skincare products – the Skinesis Morning Facial. Still using it, still loving it! But more about this precious serum here.

The Odacité Jo+L Jojoba Lavender Facial Serum Concentrate is more of a nighttime serum that aims to combat sebum blockages and clean skin impurities, helping me clean those unaesthetic clogged and enlarged pores and combat redness at the same time. It’s one of those underrated products that actually do what they claim. A review on this product will be up soon!

Then you have MY GIVEAWAY RULES:

- the giveaway starts the moment this post will be up, which is Tuesday, 24 February 2015 midnight, EET and it will end on Sunday, 1st March 2015, EET.

- you can enter this giveaway if you’re a subscriber of annie’s beauty… blog ( if not you can subscribe by clicking the Follow button on my main page or via email ) and write me a comment about whatever you like, as long as it’s decent. Also by following annie0ne on Instagram and by re-posting the giveaway official image and tag it with the #anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway. Or if you follow me on Bloglovin but make sure you like this post! Or if you like my Facebook page, like and share the official giveaway photo with the official tag. Or if you follow my Twitter account and also re-post the same giveaway image under the same hashtag, #anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway

- strictly ONE ( 1 ) entry per person will count

- NO business accounts, NO private profiles, NO fake accounts or giveaway accounts, PLEASE! Such entries will be immediately disqualified. This is only for personal, active accounts!

- giveaway opened internationally

- strictly ONE ( 1 ) Winner will be picked using random.org and announced no later than Monday, 2nd March 2015 .

- MY decision will be final. MY giveaway, MY rules!

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GIVEAWAY RULES IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR IT

Good luck, beautiful and see you soon!

xx, Annie

 

#anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway series! Happy Anniversary with… Diptyque! WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

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It’s with extreme pleasure that I’m announcing the winner of my second anniversary giveaway of the series! Congratulations to my lovely Katie from Plus+ Beauty here on WordPress!

You, my lovely are one of my bestest friends in this blogging world who brought so many like us together! You always manage to comfort me with your lovely comments and your support! So for that I will be forever thankful!

Now, please make sure you contact me until Friday, 28 February 2015 midnight, EET to establish all the details I need to send you your prize as soon as possible!

If not, another winner will be picked via random.org!

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Also, a huuuge thank you to everyone else who entered this and my previous giveaway!

And remember all! Tomorrow is the day of my last anniversary giveaway series, where you can win some amazing products which have easily became staples in my daily routine!

So, let’s party on!

 

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

UPDATE :

Giveaway winner confirmed by email Monday, 23 February 2015, at 18.34 EET!

Currently favourite lip liners: CHARLOTTE TILBURY Pillow Talk and Pink Venus, BURBERRY #02 Dusty Rose and DIOR Universal Lip Liner

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For such a long time I’ve considered using a lip liner before applying the lipstick an extra, useless and rather annoying step in my makeup routine. For sheer laziness, to be honest!

That’s why having your makeup done by a professional it’s the best thing to do! You discover that the minimal step you always underrate makes a whole lot of a difference in how your makeup looks and how long it lasts on your face.

Now that I’ve found some amazing lip liners that are truly staples in my makeup routine I want to share them with you.

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For me a good lip liner has to be the perfect balance between a creamy consistency and a “hard” one, to glide on the contour of your lips, to have enough pigmentation to be worn under a lipstick without altering its colour but also to be worn easily by itself and to be long lasting for the lipstick to also last longer on the lips.

I was lucky enough to find quite a few lip liners that respond to all the criteria and those are: the Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillow Talk and Pink Venus, the Burberry Lip Definer #02 Dusty Rose and the one that goes with everything, at any time – the Dior Universal Lip Liner.

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I will start with my most recent discoveries the Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillow Talk and Pink Venus, because these are fairly recent launches in the beauty world and they still have a lot of hype around them. And for such good reasons!

They are Charlotte Tilbury‘s most appreciated “cheating” backstage weapons. Velvety and rich, they glide on well without tugging your lips and you can create an amazing long wearing base for other lip products. There are five colours in the range Pillow Talk ( pink nude ), Pink Venus ( peachy nude ), Iconic Nude ( true nude ), Savage Rose ( rosy red ) and Kiss ‘n’ Tell ( true red ).

I only own these two, for now…

Pillow Talk – a beautiful neutral pink colour that would work for so many lips. Great for retouching uneven lips ( hence the name Re-Shape & Re-Size ), amazing to create a true nude lip look. It’s not the most unique of colours but the long lasting formula and the pigmentation are amazing! There is a drugstore dupe for it, the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob, which is pretty close but obviously not the same!

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Pink Venus – a nude pinky peach and less pink than the name suggests. This will definitely be “the one” I’ll be using on my lips in the warmer months when I will wear more coraly, bright lipsticks.

Like all the lip liners I’ve tried these aren’t too moisturizing so keep in mind to prepare you lips before the application, as I advised you to do in my previous post Red Lips, Dark Lips – DO’s and DONT’S…

annie's beauty... CHARLOTTE TILBURY POLLOW TALK – wearing Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner Pillow Talk on it’s own

annie's beauty... FOTD NARS – wearing Pillow Talk under the Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Stoned Rose ( see post here )

The Burberry Lip Definer in #02 Dusty Rose is pretty similar to Pillow Talk, only that it’s a bit rosier and the formula is a bit dryer, I find. This was the lip liner that changed my whole lipstick game, when a makeup artist used it to do my makeup on a Burberry counter in Milan, a few years ago. I went through a couple of these already and I have a few more shades, but I picked this one because this is still a favourite after all this time!

I already used it in a post, in a summery lip combination with the Burberry Lip Glow in #19 Mallow Pink ( see full post here ).

In the picture below you can see swatches of all my favourite lip liners including…

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… the Dior Universal Lip Liner. I saved “the best for last” as they say!

This is a creamy, soft, colourless lip liner which truly goes with everything you want to wear on your lips. It’s my favourite to use with red and dark lipsticks, because applying a richly coloured lip liner can be as tricky as applying the lipstick itself! To avoid all that struggle you take this one, you go swish! swish! and your contour is done flawlessly! This lip liner is the one I used in my every single red, bright or dark lipstick swatch I did this far on annie’s beauty….

annie's beauty... TF Lips&Boys Xavier - wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under Tom Ford’s Lips&Boys Patrick ( see post here )

annie's beauty... TOM FORD - wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under the Tom Ford Crimson Noir ( see post here )

photo 4 – wearing the Dior Universal Lip Liner under the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore ( see post here and here )

You’ll see no traces of bleeding or a wrong application… And I already told you I’m not a pro! It “behaves” so well with all the different formulas of lipstick I’ve tried it with! This is my most used lip liner and I go through these as if they were Maltesers Mini Chocolate Bunnies. I hope you can see it in the swatches too even though there’s no much to see!

Are you using lip liners? Please share your favourites!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

Remember that you still have today and tomorrow to enter my Diptyque anniesbeauty1yeargiveaway! Good luck lovelies!

 

 

Red Lips, Dark Lips – DO’s and DONT’S…

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As many of you might know by now, I am a self-acknowledged and confessed lipstick addict. Who’s with me on this one too?

The obvious pattern when it comes to getting a new lip product – either I go for the reds or the nudes, with slight variations of darks and peachy pinks! Way to go Annie! Such original colour choices!

So today I decided again, to go for a different post than the usual reviews! Still a lip/lipstick related kind of post, since little by little this month is turning into a lip dedicated month, here on annie’s beauty… . And if you’re curious to verify that, simply take a look at my previous posts and you’ll see Tom Ford Lips&Boys lipsticks reviews, Charlotte Tilbury MATTE Revolution lipsticks… We’re only halfway through this month and I still have quite a few lip-related posts scheduled!

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annie's beauty... DANIEL WELLINGTON – wearing Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick #450 Insolent Plum ( review here )

annie's beauty... TOM FORD – wearing Tom Ford lipstick in #11 Crimson Noir ( review here )

annie's beauty... FOTD BURBERRY – wearing Burberry Lip Cover #18 Ruby ( review here )

image – wearing Charlotte Tilbury MATTE Revolution Walk of Shame ( review here )

Getting back to today’s post ( finally! ), let me add just one more thing I firmly believe in… The time to wear bold and bright reds or deep dark lip colours is… well, whenever you feel like! They say wear bright, glossy lips in summertime, dark plummy tones in autumn and “virgin”-like pinks in spring! I say wear your reds, and brights, and plums and pinks whenever your heart desires, if not for anything else just to break “the rules”! Ha!

For such a long time I used to be one of those women that thought they couldn’t wear a richly pigmented lip without looking ridiculous, but as long as you know what you’re doing these kind of lipsticks can look remarkably chic and be really empowering! So I’m not shy anymore when it comes to colour and I hope this post will be your guidance and inspiration to embrace the statement-making side of the beauty. Because a beautifully depicted lip can really make a statement!

Here is what to do to achieve such gorgeous lips!

DO make sure you prepare your lips before the application. As you take care of your skin before you apply your makeup, you have to make sure the canvas for your lipsticks is as well taken care of. Like this the colour will go on smoothly and it will last longer. So remember! Exfoliate and moisturize your lips before application!

DON’T by any mean, apply a beautiful red or a dark lipstick on a dry, chapped, peeling off lip! The color will “crack”/gather anaesthetically in all your lip lines and flake off, which will only accentuate the poor condition your lips are in.

DO use a lip liner to draw the contour of your lips. The pencil helps hold the lipstick colour in place, stopping it from “bleeding”.

DON’T go for a darker contour than your lipstick! It will make you look cheap! Keep in mind that we’re not in the ’90 anymore! So use a lip pencil similar in color to your lipstick or use an universal lip colour like this one from Dior I’m loving!

DON’T apply your lipstick directly from the bullet! Not even Pat McGrath, Andy Rowe, Charlotte Tilbury or Peter Philips do that, so why should you?! Invest in a good lip brush which will definitely make easier to apply the trickiest lipstick colour. Read about my favourite Tom Ford lip brush here.

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DO retouch any mistakes with a bit of concealer! You’re not a pro remember!? And any smearing on such lip colours tend to ruin the dramatic effect these impact on a look!

DON’T exaggerate with the makeup on the rest of your face and keep the focus on your lips! Keep your eyeshadows subtle, pair them with a winged liner and lots of mascara! Don’t forget to also define your brows! This will confer symmetry to the entire look.

DON’T leave the house without checking your teeth… You know what I’m talking about, right?!

And DO always use the shade of lipstick you love!

Here you have it, my/everyone’s DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to wearing a bold lip… Be it a classy red or a daring dark lip!

If you have other tricks you want to share, please feel free to do it in the comments below!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

Don’t forget that this month I’m celebrating One Year of annie’s beauty…, so I’m having a giveaway every Tuesday; the current one is with Diptyque. So check it out here!

#anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway series! Happy Anniversary with… Diptyque!

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And the celebrations continue as promised, this time with two of my favourite Diptyque skin care gems I discovered on my first year of blogging.

I guess you already realized that all my giveaway prizes contain and will always contain my favourite products… These Diptyque ones are no exception!

Actually, if you need more convincing material, I already reviewed this enchanting hand cream on a blog post and you can read more about it, by clicking here.

First of all here is YOUR PRIZE:

- one Diptyque Eau Rose Hand Lotion

- one Diptyque Eau Rose Body Lotion

Then you have MY GIVEAWAY RULES:

- the giveaway starts the moment this post will be up, which is Tuesday, 17 February 2015 midnight, EET and it will end on Sunday, 22 Ferbruary 2015, EET.

- you can enter this giveaway if you’re a subscriber of annie’s beauty… blog ( if not you can subscribe by clicking the Follow button on my main page or via email ) and write me a comment about whatever you like, as long as it’s decent. Also by following annie0ne on Instagram and by re-posting the giveaway official image and tag it with the #anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway. Or if you follow me on Bloglovin but make sure you like this post! Or if you like my Facebook page, like and share the official giveaway photo with the official tag. Or if you follow my Twitter account and also re-post the same giveaway image under the same hashtag, #anniesbeauty1yearanniversarygiveaway.

- strictly ONE ( 1 ) entry per person will count

- NO business accounts, NO private profiles, NO fake accounts or giveaway accounts, PLEASE! Such entries will be immediately disqualified. This is only for personal, active accounts!

- giveaway opened internationally

- strictly ONE ( 1 ) Winner will be picked using random.org and announced no later than Monday, 23 February 2015 .

- MY decision will be final. MY giveaway, MY rules!

Good luck, beautiful and let’s go on with the celebrations until the end of the month!

See you soon!

xx, Annie

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