Loving Nudes #7 TOM FORD Lip Color Shine in #05 Bare

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How is is it possible for a shade of lipstick designed mainly to make your lips disappear to be so sensual and appealing at the same time?! This will be one of those paradoxes of the beauty world that I won’t be able to explain… Ever!

In today’s post I decided to take a break from all the bright, Spring appropriate lipsticks and go back to the basics with another nude… A nude with a twist this time… A sheer nude – the Tom Ford Lip Color Shine, in shade #05 Bare.

With Summer just around the corner and with this amazing selection of sheer lipsticks out there at the moment ( Dior, By Terry, Chanel, Lancôme… just to name a few big brands ), I find myself reaching more for this type of finish lately.

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Bare is definitely a true nude beige shade, a sheer nude with gold and neutral shimmer particles that help brighten your complexion and give your lips a fuller, plumped look.

It glides on really smoothly and since it’s such a neutral colour it can be easily applied on the go, without a mirror. Because this is such a forgiving shade and formulation, and although precision is always nice, with these type of lipsticks I think precision is not necessary. So this one has been living inside my bag lately and I always take it out for rapid touch ups.

This goes on my lips as a nude but because of its sheerness and the pigmentation of my lips, it tends to change to a gorgeous, gorgeous nude-y, rosy, fabulous, everyday colour…

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The Lip Color Shines by Tom Ford are by all means no new release. They came up at the beginning of 2013, in a selection of 10 lovely shades. I already owned, loved and used almost completely another Lip Shine, in #02 Smitten. And of course I already have a review on it here, with more details about its composition, colour range, and a lovely comparison with my other favourite sheer lipsticks, the Chanel Coco Shines.

With every Summer Collection Tom Ford changes the iconic packaging of these Lip Shines from mahogany and gold to a glorious and sensual ivory and gold, re-promoting old shades and adding new ones as well, in a Limited Edition to lust over… You will see a full review on this year’s Tom Ford Summer 2015 Soleil Collection Lip Color Shine Lipsticks later on my blog.

What about you lovelies? Do you change your lipsticks with the seasons as well?

See you  soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

The Exclusive Infographic*: Fashion’s New Wave – my first amazing collaboration with Farfetch London!!!

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I am beyond happy and honoured to team up with Farfetch London for this exciting project and and be one of the first bloggers to bring you, my beautiful readers, their first and exclusive Fashion’s New Wave Inforgraphic*.

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What is Farfetch‘s Fashion’s New Wave Inforgraphic?

It’s a work of art that takes a closer look at 10 emerging underground trends and translates them into the most beautiful illustrations, depicted with the funniest colours. It was carefully curated by fashion professionals at Farfetch London, the same “wizards” who create bespoke content for fashion and beauty bloggers.

This Infographic is based on serious ethnographic research and it is essentially an illustrated guide on how to do style differently… How to create stylish looks based on trends and how to be unique at the same time! It focuses on a niche of emerging trends and styles that have been quietly developing within the luxury fashion sector over the past couple of years. These styles have not yet “caught” on the mainstream, and they can be considered fashion-forward styling concepts that have been adopted by fashion leaders worldwide rather than mass followers.

The trends:

  1. Gender Neutral – Androgynous Silouette, men clothes are no longer exclusively for men
  2. The New Layering – Ways with Layering, play more with textures and colours to take out of the anonymous any outfit
  3. One Ear Rules – One earring Trend that will make the most visible, instant statement
  4. Flat-Out – Preference for Flat Shoes like trainers and flats to make an outfit count
  5. Chain Reaction – Sunglasses Chains for a more sophisticated look
  6. Bag It Up – Bag Layering, would you dare to be that different?!
  7. The Untamed – Shaggy Bob, a fun hair do to make you look effortlessly chic in every situation
  8. Warhol Wonders – Random Packaging Bag; Warhol is not one for the uninitiated… “His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s” ( source: Wikipedia ).
  9. Make-Up Minimalism – Minimal Makeup Flash of Colour. By the nature of my personality, that you already came to know and what my blog is about, you’ll know that I’m one for natural makeup with flashes of colour that enhance natural beauty. Nothing more beautiful than that!
  10. Laid-Back Luxe – Shirt Around the Waist to make you look younger and effortlessly chic

I’m sure you’re aware of most of these trends already! What do you think? Will they make it to the main stream? Which one is your favourite? Please share it in the comments below and have a nice chat about it!

 


 

And since Farfetch‘s philosophy is based on originality, the creativity of the individual and his ability of taking something that’s mass accepted and filter it through his own personality rather than taking it in as it comes, then make it his own – here you have the

#UNFOLLOW Campaign…

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Why going on with the flow when you can outshine your personality, whether if your playground is fashion, beauty, healthy living, real life… You name it!

Become THE Influencer!

Turn your back on the crowd and join the #unfollowers!

[ you can start by taking a backward selfie, hashtag it #unfollow for a chance of a live feature on Farfetch‘s hub ]

Are you with me in this adventure?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

Thank you Laurren for this amazing opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS…

About Farfetch London:

  • as a luxury fashion website, Farfetch is

a global community of over 300 visionary fashion boutiques offering an inspirational shopping experience to fashion-forward consumers.

The independent boutiques within our community have been carefully selected for their forward-thinking attitude, unique approach to merchandising and diversity of brands.

They are located everywhere from Paris, New York and Milan to Bucharest, Riyadh and Seattle, but united in one e-commerce website. When you order through Farfetch, your order is delivered directly from the boutique to your door.

Founded in 2008, with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Porto, Farfetch showcases over 1000 labels and is dedicated to supporting independent fashion and to the cultural diversity that comes from uniting the perspectives of hundreds of different buyers, each with their own unique style and vision.

 As seen on Farfetch website.

 

 

 

*The photographic material featured in this post is property of Farfetch London and it is under the British Laws of Copyright! annie’s beauty… has received written consent to use it!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Light2 Vanilla – review

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Finally! The time to write down my two-thoughts on the infamous NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has arrived!

I have it in shade Light2 Vanilla, a shade that matches perfectly my skin tone. But you also have 10 more shades to choose from, if your skin tone is different than mine!

I love this concealer because it gives me such a flawless finish and it’s probably my most favourite concealer I own in terms of consistency as well! And if applied correctly, this won’t crease up and it will definitely hold in place for quite a long time!

It is truly opaque for the light consistency it has, which automatically means a higher coverage! And it is so creamy and easy to blend.

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How I apply it:

I use it mainly on my face to cover up my redness, spots or disolouration – if I have any. For spots I use the pin-point concealing technique, as seen on Lisa Eldridge‘s countless makeup tutorials. I apply it with a smaller, more precise brush, the Hakuhodo G 5513 then blend it out with one of the eye blending brushes also from my Hakuhodo collection, the J 5533.

I prefer this type of application for under the eyes as well! I look into the mirror straightforward, identify the dark areas, then apply a tiny amount of concealer with a smaller brush and blend it out with one of my eye blending brushes! If I need more coverage, which usually doesn’t happen too often since I also have a layer or foundation that I applied previously ( lately my foundation of choice has been another NARS favourite, the All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in shade #03 Gobi), I add again a small amount and blend it!

A little goes a long way and there’s absolutely no need to pile up “industrial” amounts of product which would probably crease and slide all-over anyway and accentuate your tired features! ( read more about that in my previous post: 10 common Makeup Mistakes ).

The under-eye area is not my favourite place to apply the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer though! Because if I apply it without thoroughly moisturising that area, it would crease in a matter of hours and settle in whatever fine lines I might have there! On covering anything else on my face, it is the best!

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: light consistency with a surprisingly high coverage, creamy, blends effortlessly, matches my skin tone to perfection, more than decent staying power! 100% potential to become my holy grail concealer!

It made it to so many of my FOTDs on Instagram ( the pic below is the most recent post, from Sunday ) and here on the blog that I can’t but recommend it!

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See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

And remember!

Makeup should never hide the complexion, it should reveal who you are!

François Nars

My BURBERRY Sheer Eyeshadows. Part II: Earthy Browns – #06 Almond and #23 Dark Sable – review, swatches, comparisons and dupes

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Today I’m bringing you the second part of my Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows mini-series, one where I present you two amazing earthy-brown shades, unique and of exceptional quality, as all things Burberry.

Here you have the Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in #02 Almond and #23 Dark Sable.

And if you missed out on the first part of this collection, here you have the link to some gorgeous nudes.

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#06 Almond is another subtle amazing colour from the Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow range that it is the most appropriate for those who are looking for a natural, no fuss, everyday makeup look.

It is a lovely medium brown shade, with some warm golden undertones and the most discreet, finest sheen ever that doesn’t even translate to the eyelid.

It is one of the most versatile eyeshadows in my collection! I used it by itself,   all-over the lid for a quick look, blended out, layered for a deeper look… and as a bronzer! Yes, my fair skin allowed me to use it to define and warm up my face a little, without overreacting though because I was afraid it might turn too orange on me! I wore it the most as it is meant to be used, as an eyeshadow, paired with #02 Trench, from the same Burberry Sheer range, for a soft neutral look.

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As you can see it is really pigmented, but it can be easily sheered out. In the picture above you have it swatched heavily to see it at its best next to a couple more shades from my collection that I think they look really similar!

A you can see the colour #2 Enhance from the Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate Palette is a bit warmer than Almond. MAC‘s Cork is the closest in colour and finish if you ask me, because I can sense the same warmth and a bit of sheen in both. And there is Wedge which is a bit colder, with ever so slightly taupe-ish undertones, but pretty close to Almond as well.

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Next I have another gorgeous earthy-toned eyeshadow, #23 Dark Sable.

Dark Sable is a gorgeous dark cool brown shade, and compared to Almond this one has, without any doubt a matte finish. It might don’t look like too much in the pan, but this is one of those colours that blends so beautifully and effortlessly, and I sure hope you can also detect the slight khaki and olive-green undertones of this eyeshadow, that makes it so different from all the browns I own in my collection. It is the perfect colour to add some depth to any look and to transform it from day to night.

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And as you can easily see, I have quite a few browns to compare it with!

From all the shades here I find it to be the closest in colour and finish to Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate #3 Smoke and MAC‘s Espresso, only that Espresso has more warm undertones to it! When blended, By Terry Brown Perfection turns out to be pretty similar in colour, but the shimmering finish of that one will blow you away for sure. That’s not the case with Dark Sable though. NARS Cordura Eyeshadow Duo has a deep brown pretty similar when it transfers on the lids to Dark Sable, but with little specs of gorgeous, holographic glitters. And another option would be the deep brown colour from the Dior 5 Colours Palette #609 Earth Reflexion, which is basically the same colour in a satin finish.

As I said in my previous post, My BURBERRY Sheer Eyeshadows. Part I: Pretty Nudes – #02 Trench and #22 Pale Barley – review, swatches, comparisons and dupes these eyeshadows are made of a soft, finely mild powder that literally adheres to the lid with just one touch of the brush! I definitely advise you to tap the excess when using darker colours, like Dark Sable though!

What do you think about these two shades beautiful? Have you used any Burberry Sheers until now, or those new formula eyeshadows they came up with at the beginning of this year ( see review on those new ones I own this far here )?

What dupes would you recommend for Almond and Dark Sable?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 most common MAKEUP MISTAKES

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Today I am in the mood for a different blog post, a more rambly one!

So relax, grab a cup of tea and some macaroons and enjoy today’s 10 most common MAKEUP MISTAKES article!

First of all, a little disclaimer… I’m not a makeup artist and most of these mistakes were “thoroughly tested” by myself as well… Nobody’s perfect! But we can always improve ourselves, right? 

But if any of the things I consider “mistakes” work wonders for you, by all means do whatever works best for you! To each their own! After all makeup is such a versatile and personal field… Nothing is set in stone!

This being said, let’s move on to the “lovely”… 

MAKEUP MISTAKE #1: YOU DON’T WET YOUR BEAUTY BLENDER/SPONGE APPLICATOR BEFORE USING IT

Sponge applicators are a common thing in the beauty world for quite a while now! They’re no longer one of the well kept secrets of professional makeup artists! The beauty community seems to love them… But everybody is using them wrong!

You HAVE TO USE your beauty sponge WET when you apply your makeup, beauties!

With a wet sponge the application is the closest to flawless and the liquid already absorbed by the sponge will prevent it from taking in all the product you’re using. So you won’t feel like you’re wasting your foundation anymore.

The whole purpose of a makeup blender is to help your foundation, concealer/whatever makeup product you’re applying with it, mimic a natural layer of skin with a makeup application. By using it dry you’ll only limit the surface the sponge is touching your face with – because when wet, a beauty sponge will almost double its size, which saves you time! Without any moisture in the sponge the application will be patchy, your foundation will look heavy, everything won’t be buffed into your skin as it should and you won’t have that fresh, natural, I’m-not-wearing-makeup look.

MAKEUP MISTAKE #2: CONCEALER BEFORE FOUNDATION

Why don’t you just apply foundation first and when you did that take a step back, look into the mirror and see if you still need more coverage!? If you do, then use your trusty concealer… But please, use it only where you need it! Pinpoint concealing, Lisa Eldrige… Does that ring a bell anyone!? 

Point is: why cake up your face with countless layers of products you often don’t even need!? Try to hide your imperfections by using thin layers of products only where you need it, and most important IF you really need it!

Also keep in mind that is no such thing as flawless skin! What you call imperfections make yourself look like… well, yourself?!

Related to that here is

MAKEUP MISTAKE #3: SLAPPING ON TOO MUCH CONCEALER

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– the Kardashian way of doing your makeup that is! I bet you know what I’m talking about! If you’re doing your makeup like this on a daily basis, you should know that this is a technique used mostly by drags, who let’s get serious, do have a lot to hide! NO OFFENSE there anyone! 

I really find that with this technique you’re wasting product, cake your face, because everybody will definitely notice that you have too much going on under your eyes, and it’s so likely to get the opposite effect by looking even more tired and walk around all day with a “lovely”, accentuated pair of bags and dark circles!

[ I definitely agree on the bag thing, but only if they’re Chanel! ]

Again, use concealer where and if you need it! And remember, a little goes a long way!

Maybe this is MAKEUP MISTAKE #4: USING TOO MUCH PRODUCT

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– too much product would only cake up your face, make you look unnatural and probably somewhere in the middle of the day your makeup will crease and slide all-over… So yeah! Use only the amount of makeup to serve your needs! And apply it by building it up in thin layers!

And here since we’re talking about the “Kardashian makeup”…

MAKEUP MISTAKE #5: OVER-CONTOURING YOUR FACE

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… on a daily basis. Unless you’re shooting a pictorial or you’re filming something I don’t see why you should use a heavy contour. Especially if your face is already harmoniously sculpted… Why ruin Nature’s work of art by taking a contour product in a striking colour, from the hollows of your cheeks all the way down to the corners of your mouth?! And most of all, why draw a harsh line without even blending it out and make it look as natural as possible?

[ I plan on doing a whole post on natural contouring soon. What do you think? Would you be interested in reading that? ]

MAKEUP MISTAKE #6: OVER-REACTING WITH POWDER

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Everybody is preaching how setting your makeup with a good powder – mandatory a matte one – is. But why even do that when our skin is naturally dewy anyway?! Why slap a powder all-over your face to make it unnaturally matte… and here comes the silly part – then to come again with another product, the highlighter, to bring that glow back in!?

Do powder, by all means! And especially if you’re having oily skin, but do that by dusting it strategically, in the places you know tend to get oilier during the day: t-zone, chin, forehead…

[ *hint*hint* Hourglass does a glorious one! ]

MAKEUP MISTAKE #7: EXAGGERATED HIGHLIGHTING

I love my highlighters, but I do think that they are the trickiest makeup products to use… Ever! You must be careful how much you apply and where you apply it, unless you don’t want to look like a disco ball in action!

If you have large pores on your face, or visible scarring avoid very pigmented highlighters with lots of shine to them! Go for a highlighting/finishing powder instead, it has the right amount of “light” and applied only in the high points of your cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupid bow will make you look naturally amazing… It won’t accentuate any of your flaws!

MAKEUP MISTAKE #8: CURLING YOUR LASHES AFTER APPLYING YOUR MASCARA

NEVER EVER do that because you’re so highly at risk of pulling your poor and innocent lashes off and end up with some “glorious” bald patches… Is this the only way you know to make your lashes stay curled and flare out!? I definitely don’t believe you! DO invest in a good eyelash curler and a waterproof mascara, and read the how-to in a post I already wrote, here.

MAKEUP MISTAKE #9: DRAWING “THE PERFECT” EYEBROW

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I die when I see all-over the Internet those specific types of brows done again, with a technique borrowed from the drag makeup. A VERY defined brow, that takes 5 minutes to realise, usually in a darker colour that it should be, “seasoned”  with concealer and highlighter, and with a shape that draws so much attention that you don’t even see the if there’s even other makeup on that face or not ( unfortunately there is, and usually as obvious as it can be I’m afraid! )…

That won’t be a winner in my books! And I mean NEVER!

MAKEUP MISTAKE #10: NOT USING A LIP SCRUB AND A MOISTURISER BEFORE APPLYING YOUR LIPSTICK

This is a common mistake and I already talked about it in this previous blog post: Red Lips, Dark Lips – DO’s and DON’Ts. So make sure you click on the link to read why to stop doing Mistake #10 and what you should do instead!

So here you have 10 Makeup Mistakes I could think of right now, my lovelies!

Is it just me who thinks of these as mistakes or you’re on the same page as me?  

Oh, and is there something else that you consider a MAKEUP MISTAKE and I didn’t mentioned it here? Please let me know! 

Also let me know if you like these chatty posts and if I should do them more often! Your feedback is most welcomed and deeply appreciated!

As always thanks for reading and…

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

*The photographic material used in this post does not belong to annies beauty…, was found on Pinterest.

 

TOM FORD Soleil 2015 Summer Collection and a Sneak Preview of… The Inevitable

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Mid April, Tom Ford finally launched his long-awaited and most coveted beauty collection of the year, the Summer 2015 Soleil Collection.

It comes once more in the most classy and phenomenal white lacquer and gold packaging with mostly limited edition items and a few repromoted shades that I will telly you more about later. Now scroll down and take a good look at how amazing these beauty items are!

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The Tom Ford Summer 2015 Soleil Collection consists of:

– the Lip Color Sheer in Sweet Spot ( R ), Paradiso ( R ), Rose Soleil and Skinnydip ( both new and LE )

– the Cream and Powder Eye Color duos in Naked Bronze, Golden Peach, Midnight Sea, Black Oyster

– the Eye & Cheek Compact in Pink Glow ( new and LE )

– the Bronzing Powders: Gold Dust and Terra ( new in affordable and convenient LE mini-sizes, also in permanent, regular sizes )

Cream Cheek Colour in Pink Sand ( new and LE )

Shimmering Body Oil ( new and LE ), that smells like one of the Tom Ford Private Blend Cologne, Champaca Absolute

Fleur de Portofino ( new and permanent )

Available for purchase worldwide on Tom Ford website, Selfridges, Harrods, Nordstrom.

Another fabulous collection right? What did you get and what is on your wish list? I kind of splurged myself on a few items I absolutely couldn’t resist to, but you will see more on those in another post coming up soon. You may as well guess what I got… It’s not like I’m unpredictable or something! Haha!

Meanwhile…

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… The social media platform I’m always present on, besides my dearest WordPress, is Instagram. My account is annie0ne, here you have the direct link to it:

http://www.instagram.com/annie0ne

So make sure that you follow me there to be the first to know what’s going on in annie’s beauty… “kitchen”! I post new pictures daily, with mini-reviews and a lot on nonsesnses too! Haha!…

This below is a sneak peek of you you can find there and at the same time, the first picture I took when I received my new Tom Ford toys! Enjoy it and stay tuned for more loveliness coming soon!

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See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

INTERESTING FACT:

  • this is a sneak preview clip from the ad camaign, starring Daphne Groeneveld for Tom Ford 2015 Soleil Collection by Inez & Vinoodh

*All the photographic material used in this post is courtesy of Tom Ford; video seen on Vimeo, on Fashion Copious.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lip Stick Tree in Coachella Coral, Velvet Underground and So Marilyn

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I’m here today with a new post on the amazing Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks. They are Coachella Coral, Velvet Underground and So Marilyn and you have to admit that there is a colour for everyone.

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They are part of Charlotte Tilbury‘s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lip Stick Tree signature lipstick range inspired by modern icons like Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Adriana Lima etc.

The Fallen From The Lip Stick Tree lipstick collection contains an innovative anti-oxidant from The Lipstick Tree* that naturally protects lips from sun radiations and external pollution factors and leaves your lips cashmere soft and irresistible. Created with a blend of special waxes they allow a smooth application over the contours of your lips. The light-diffusing pigments will impact an amazing luminosity, to your lips capturing the light and reflecting it back in such a clever manner that your lips will be “pert”, full-bodied” and “ultra-brilliant”.

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Now let’s get to the fun part!

Coachella Coral is an amazing soft coral, lovely for Spring and for those who are a bit scared of wearing them! This one has to be one of my favourites colours for this Spring and I’m enjoying it more than everything else lately!

Looks kind of similar with one of the Charlotte Tilbury MATTE Revolution Lipsticks I also love and wear a lot, for the same reasons! I’m talking about Amazing Grace!

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Velvet Underground is another colour I enjoy wearing lately! It’s the brightest and the”naughty” one from all the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. shades I own! Oh, and I love it so! It reminds me of my fairly recent and well loved NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo. It’s pretty close to that, just a bit more muted and less fuchsia though.

Velvet Underground is definitely a bright fuchsia pink; what tempers it are the cold blue undertones that give it a more soft and “serious” look! Great, unique colour!

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And of course, I had to have the gorgeous red So Marilyn! Such an amazing name!

So Marilyn is such a timeless, classy and universal shade! You were looking for a retro red, THE red to have in your collection… Search no more because this is it! This classic cool-toned red colour is everything you were looking for! You know my #obsession with reds, so I definitely had to add it to my ever-growing lipstick collection! Plus, it wears the name of one of the most beautiful women on the planet, Marilyn Monroe!

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The quality is the same Charlotte Tilbury had us used with already: rich pigmentation, opaque colour coverage in just one swipe, it goes on evenly and smoothly dressing the lips with the most beautiful satin finish. And the packaging is absolutely fabulous! ( scroll up to have another look at them! )

A real pleasure to wear these lipsticks and even to just stare at them, in an uncontrollable awe!

Have you tried them lovely? Which colours you loved the most?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACT:

-*The Lipstick Tree it’s an actual plant which can be found in the subtropical climates of the Amazonian rainforest.

– “this plant’s vibrantly coloured seeds have traditionally been used by indigenous people to make body paint – giving it the name ‘lipstick tree’ in English. But, in Brazil, it’s more often called urucum, after the indigenous name given by the Tupi-Guarani people. Also used to dye clothes and to add flavour to food, the fruit of the lipstick tree is still widely-used in the Americas today.” ( Source: sky.com )

 

The affordable goodies from my skincare routine Part 1: the FIRST AID BEAUTY Face Cleanser and the Facial Radiance Pads

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I already took you step by step throughout my PM Skincare routine ( see picture above ) in last week’s blog post, but now I want to talk to you about two lovely First Aid Beauty products, that make taking care of my face very enjoyable, no matter how tired I am. So here you have the Face Cleanser and the infamous Facial Radiance Pads.

I would like to start by saying that First Aid Beauty products are really affordable and they can also be found in convenient sets. I got mine from feelunique.com, where you can find them periodically discounted too, with free shipping worldwide for orders over 10£.

That aside, let’s get to the actual review!

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The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is a basic foaming cleanser good to remove any excess oils on your face or even traces of makeup. I love it because it leaves my skin clean without stripping all those “good” face oils off.

How I use it:

– by itself, daily, as a second cleanse and I only need a tiny amount of product to do that. I apply it on my damp face, massage it in – moment that it actually foams up, and more you massage it in, more it transforms into a soft, creamy paste. Then I either rinse everything off with lukewarm water or I clean everything with a muslin cloth.

– every other day – I use it combined with the Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder for a deeper cleanse, also as a second cleanse, only at night

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– once or twice a week according to the needs of my skin, I also use it with my Foreo Luna Mini, a cleansing device that I will write an in-depth review on soon.

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All in all, the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is a decent, gentle cleanser that really has the job done at any time, morning and night.

The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are “the thing” when it comes to skincare nowadays. Everybody uses them and raves about them all-over the Internet. But what are they anyway?

They are round cotton pads ( made with one of the softest cotton to touch! ) pre-soaked in a mix of lactic and glycolactic acid to use all-over your face as a chemical exfoliator. I have sensitive skin so physical exfoliators aren’t my favourites to use on my face, unless they’re really gentle – like this Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator, which I carefully only use once or twice a week at most, anyway.

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The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are an awesome introductory exfoliator, so if you’ve just started using exfoliating acids I highly recommend these. They’re mild and gentle enough to be used daily ( although I find that a bit too much to handle for my sensitive skin! ) but efficient enough to free your complexion from that superficial layer of dead skin cells, brightening everything up and allowing your skin to easily regenerate and breath again.

You simply take one pad, swipe it all-over your face ( no pressure or rubbing needed ), you turn it the other way around and go on your face once more. I use this before using my toners or face mists, or even instead of those, in the evenings mostly ( they are really also very comfortable to sleep in without the fear of getting irritations or redness ), every other day.

Will I repurchase them? Probably not, but only because next I want to try the more expensive ( crazy expensive that is! ) version of these, the Zelens PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads.

First Aid Beauty products are also great because they don’t have any added fragrance to them, so they are really good for sensitive skins, even though I have to say that the Radiance Pads do have a faint chemical scent to them, nothing that would bother you too much though, or for too long.

As they say on their website:

FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, including parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. Select products also boast FDA-approved over-the-counter formulations that target specific skin issues such as eczema and acne. The result is true first aid beauty and a collection of products that may be used safely by even the most sensitive skin types.

I definitely recommend First Aid Beauty products for being simple, effective and affordable!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS & TIPS:

– make sure you know the difference between a face wash and a makeup remover, so that when you’re tempted to use your face wash only when you take your makeup off and you don’t see the results you’re expecting, not to blame the product and use a makeup remover/makeup wipes as a first step in your cleansing routine, as you should!

ALWAYS double, triple cleanse ( check how I currently triple cleanse in this post here ), because a clean skin is a healthier skin and a smoother canvas for your makeup application… Not to mention that you also use less makeup -> those “good days skin” everybody’s talking about, and some are only wishing for… unfortunately!

NEVER sleep with your makeup on!

IF you can, cleanse your face and reapply your makeup as many times a day as possible!

– make sure you keep your most expensive/most packed with nutrients/effective face cleansers the closest to your skin, and use them as the last step in your cleansing routine! Like this you can benefit from all those nutritious ingredients longer and you don’t wash them away completely… and with those, all your sweet money!

Currently burning: the DIPTYQUE Candles of the moment…

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Probably one of the most luxurious indulgences all-across our beauty community, the Diptyque candles are the perfect balance between the most beautiful white-clean wax and the most original scents, categorized according to undertones such as floral, herbal/woody, or fruity which are all inspired by nature, memory or journeys of their creators.

They come in a large variety of shapes and forms like this convenient set of 3 scented seasonal candles: Baies, Figuier and Roses ( 3X70g ), which can easily make a great gift for a special someone or even to yourself, or at least to add a little visual and sensorial character to any room…

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BAIES

Family: Fruity

Notes: rose and black currant leaves, black currant fruits and ambregris

Olfactory Description:

The scent of this candle can be described best as the most beautiful English Garden, where the sound of the soft wind through the petals is combined – to the ultimate stage of perfection – with the flavours of the delicious berries.

A natural combination of scents, wild, original, rarely encountered in the world of the perfumiers… Yes, a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves!… The irresistible freshness of recently picked roses, sweetened with blackcurrant leaves…

This is Baies – the most sophisticate Diptyque scent.

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FIGUIER

Family: Fruity

Notes: fig wood, leaves, and sap

Olfactory Description:

The warmth of fig wood, the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap… Close your eyes and you’ll discover that this candle is everything you’d imagine Fig to be and more!…

Wooded and racy, the nourishing accents from its bark and luxuriant foliage envelop the whole scent making out of Figuier a souvenir from a holiday spent on the Pelion Mountain, from Thessaly, in the sunny Greece.

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ROSES

Family: Floral

Notes: roses

Olfactory Description:

An armful of tender, mood-changing roses that lightly evoke world’s most universally loved flowers, in a sophisticate olfactory ambiance. Not overpowering feminine and floral, enriched with grown up, musky, sophisticate, manly, elegant notes this is a candle meant to be tolerated by both men and women.

It represents the perfect balance between the all mighty roses, the tasty lychee, woody notes and the balmy notes of honey, everything spiced up with a tinge of fiery pepper.

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And since we’re taking small, shy steps into the long-awaited Spring season, I’ve tried my best at least to mimic the scent of Spring with the precious help of this Seasonal Diptyque Candle Set.

What home scents spice up your days and nights this Spring? Please share!

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

 

 INTERESTING FACTS:

– all Diptyque scents are created to compliment eachother in the most beautiful way possible. Baies makes a perfect companion for Diptyque Eau de Toilette L’Ombre dans l’Eau, Figuier prolongs the pleasure of Philosykos Eau de Toilette and so on… The amazing combinations are countless!…

– the perfumes can be layered as well as the candle scents. So feel free to light up all the Diptyque candles you like at once! I guarantee you the final result is mesmerising!

Baies is Diptyque’s best selling candle

Two Spring Blushes DOLCE & GABBANA #10 Nude and #33 Rosebud

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Maybe it’s because I can finally enjoy the most welcomed Spring weather ( hello May! ), but lately I’ve been trying to do less of a “heavy” makeup. And with the weather changing and getting warmer, I finally ditched the bold, dark, plummy, wine lip and the festive reds ( well, that’s not entirely true! ) for softer pink colours. I also reached more for my BB Creams and my lightweight formula foundations from NARS and Dior, instead of a heavy-duty base, like the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.

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My blush preferences also changed inevitably! Not only the colours I wanted were more pink and peachy, but I didn’t wanted my blushes to be obvious, to sit on my skin, if that makes any sense…

I couldn’t wait to use the Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour, since I purchased them last autumn and they’ve been waiting in their drawer as impatiently as myself, for the first signs of Spring!

These two blushes are exactly what I’m looking for at the moment! They do an amazing job at just “melting” into your makeup base, giving you that partially translucent look, yet “enough” amount of colour for a fresh-looking face appropriate for the Spring season.

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Last year in Spring, I focused myself mainly on “obvious” pinks choosing blushes like Dior Rosy Glow #001 Petal, Chanel Joue Contraste #72 Rose Initiale or #86 Discrétion. This year I went for a more neutral look, starting with this Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour, in #10 Nude.

You’d be tempted to say that Nude is definitely a peach shade from the way it appears in its chic, gold-metal case compact. But this slightly peachy, soft powder goes definitely nude on the skin, as its name suggests –  maybe with the slightest tinge of peach…

It’s one of those neutral blush shades that is great for contouring as well ( of course, for certain skin tones ) or for adding just a hint of discreet warmth to your cheeks. I used it both ways and the result was lovely! Even if it’s an absolutely gorgeous colour, I think it works the best for fair to medium skin tones… I’m afraid it may be too light to show up on complexions darker than that.

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On the other hand, the Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour, in #33 Rosebud would be a safer choice for almost all skin tones; perfect for all those seeking for a “natural glow”, with a healthy pop of colour.

Of course, I still couldn’t resist this little pink treasure here!

Even if you can notice some peachy undertones in it, Rosebud gives away the most beautiful, soft pink, healthy flush on my cheeks. I love how fresh makes my complexion look, and goes so well with different lipsticks – both with soft pink colours, and with bright pinks to bold fuchsias, as well.

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Here you have the swatches:

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Both blushers are finely milled and feel soft to the touch, very blendable and last well on the cheeks. I recon, Nude and Rosebud are not terribly unique shades, but they definitely are very natural and flattering on the skin. And I think that precisely for not being that intensely pigmented colours, they make an excellent choice for these warm Spring days!

What are your blush options this Spring? Please share!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie

 

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

– here’s a video on how the fabulous Pat McGrath used these blushers ( not these particular two, but other amazing colours that might also interest you! Just saying! ) to create a gorgeous summer makeup look, for the Dolce&Gabbana SS13 Fashion Show. Mood: Sicilian summer. If you miss summer, you have to watch this!

Source: Dolce & Gabbana on You Tube.

– also, here you have another look created by the same amazingly talented Pat McGrath at Dolce & Gabbana’s sneak preview of their recently released first-ever matte lipstick, the Dolce Matte Lipstick.

matte-lipstick-dolce-gabbana – photo credits: Michele Morosi / Indigitalimages.com

– the look for the actual campaign is the work of Makeup Artist Tom Pecheux, another talented MUA. See the behind the scenes of the whole campaign, here and a few more pictures down below.

dolce-and-gabbana-makeup-dolce-matte-lipstick-ad-campaign-backstage-3 dolce-and-gabbana-makeup-dolce-matte-lipstick-ad-campaign-backstage-5 – as seen on www.dolcegabbana.com

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