NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow – review


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NARS Cordura – an eyeshadow duo you’d be rushed to judge as a rather difficult product to work with… I know I did, the first time I saw it! And that’s been the main reason it sat for almost a year in the back of my drawer, waiting patiently for me to grow up and finally show it some love!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing in this post!

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Cordura is a beautiful Duo Eyeshadow made of a medium golden-brown shade, with warm undertones and a complimentary cooler-toned, rich, chocolate-brown, both with golden shimmers in them – visible when swatched, but when applied on the lids the shimmer only gives dimension to the whole look, stopping it from looking flat and average.

The texture of these eyeshadows is soft enough to allow them to be blended out to the intensity you want your look to have, but you need to be careful when you apply them because the pigmentation and depth of both shades is simply insanely rich!

You also might want to take into consideration the fact that with both shades I’ve experienced enough fall out to make me use the the tissue “trick” when applying/blending them, which might be a minus for many of you as well.

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The “lighter” side of the Duo is a shade that, for as much as I tried, I wasn’t able to find dupes for in my entire collection. And in all honesty, this was the shade that kind of put me off in the first place! But to my surprise it’s more wearable than I would’ve expected it to be, especially at this time of the year when earthy tones are my absolute favourites… Maybe because my eye sees a bit of copper in it too!?… I don’t know! Maybe it’s just me!…

Anyway, I find this shade a bit too dramatic for daytime on me and I’m kind of limited to use it for a smokey eye, evening look! Not that I complain much!… But I definitely think that it would make a fantastic all over the lid colour for any of you medium to darker skin-toned ladies out there, at any time of the day and all year round!

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In comparison with Cordura‘s lighter counterpart, the “deeper” shade is more versatile and easier to work with! It can be used for a sultry, smokey brown eye – as an accent… Plus, it makes an excellent eyeshadow to be used wet for lining your upper lids instead of your usual liquid liner! It’s beautiful used for the “I’m-in-a-hurry-one-shadow-eye-look”, those mornings when you overslept… You know what I mean! 

This Duo plays well with other eyeshadows I already have in my collection… And we all know by now how many nude and earthy-toned eyeshadows I already own! So the possibilities are countless! 

Did I talked you into Cordura just yet? What do you think about it?

Thank you for reading and as always…

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie




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Side note:

Please forgive the lack of swatches for this one – the lighting was awful, to say the least! But I will make up to you for this little inconvenient with a FOTD soon! 

So expect to see more Autumn colours on my following posts!


The many uses of COCONUT OIL…* an infographic for Holland&Barett


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That I’m a big lover of coconut oil it’s no surprise for anyone, anymore!

I use it to cook but I also use it in face masks, as a cleanser, as a makeup remover ( and I recently recommended it to one of my girls, she uses it and simply loves it as well! ), as a bath oil, as a hair ( mostly in masks as it tends to weigh down the hair if used otherwise, because it’s so rich ) and body oil…

One of my first articles here on annie’s beauty… was precisely on coconut oil, with detailed benefits and how I use it. So for more “technical” details you might want to check out that post as well!

What about you, my lovelies? Do you like coconut oil? How many of its uses above were you aware of and how many are you using yourself?

Let’s talk about it!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie

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Switching to Autumn colours… The 2015 Edit


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In terms of beauty, Autumn for me means only two things: colours and scents!

I will have to leave behind last Summer’s glowing skin, the bold, orange-reds and neon-pinks and replace them with earthy-toned blushers, copper, brown and purple eyeshadows and lips to vary from deep reds to vampy plums!

A true delight for the eyes nonetheless!

Here is the colour scheme that will guide me through this season, completed by an Edit of products that will definitely stand out to me… And of course you will be seeing them a lot in my upcoming posts!

Earthy Browns:

  • GIVENCHY Le Rouge Brun Createur, a new CHANEL Coco Shine from Les Autumnales 2015 Collection, BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil Sand, DIOR Vintage and Grège – for the lips, BURBERRY Earthy for the cheeks and an array of brown eyeshadows from BURBERRY, BY TERRY, CHANEL, CHARLOTTE TILBURY and NARS ( check them out with all the swatches here ). 

Burnt Oranges and Coppers:

  • MAC Eyeshadow in Coppering and as blushers BURBERRY Tangerine and HOURGLASS’ Dim Infusion, plus a certain CHANEL blush from the same Les Automnales 2015 Collection

Deep Reds and Wines:

  • will be my lips with TOM FORD Crimson Noir, CHARLOTTE TILBURY Walk of Shame, BURBERRY Oxblood, CHARLOTTE TILBURY So Marylin and NARS and again, a CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine from the same Les Automnales Collection 
  • the eyes will look glamorous with the CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Dolce Vita reddish-browns

Plums and Taupes:

  • the BURBERRY Sheer Eyeshadows ( the old formula ), BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar and Chanel will be my first choices ( see the actual products with swatches here ), plus a gorgeous NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Mélusine that’s been waiting to be properly used for quite some time now
  • lips TOM FORD Alasdhair and Pussycat, some NARS Audacious Lipsticks that are yet to arrive and of course, the ESTÈE LAUDER Insolent Plum. Cheeks: the reduced to pieces HOURGLASS Mood Exposure.

As for Scents, the fresh, zesty, Summer florals will have to step aside for now and make room for those deeper, smokier, sensual and sultry notes of oud, amber, incense, figs, blackcurrants – the accords of which will combine deliciously into a whole that will compliment perfectly the smell of the falling leaves, in the misty Autumn mornings.

For that I will recur to my beloved Maison Francis Kurkgjian Oud ( the perfume I’ve been waiting to explore my whole life ), my trusty Escentric Molecules 01 – the one I usually layer with other perfumes in my collection because I simply adore the gorgeous smokiness and depth it adds to the most average scent and my most recent discovery, which I’m clearly obsessed with – the Terry de Gunzburg Haute Parfumerie, Parti Pris. ( Yes, By Terry does perfume as well as makeup and skincare! )

DIPTYQUE will take over my Home Scents this year with Baies ( of course! ) and the new acquisition the 34 BLVD Saint Germain ( their iconic scent ), but my favourites from BYREDO aren’t too far behind… Bibliothèque and this year’s exclusivist release 1996 will also play their part!


Final recap: gorgeous colours and cozy atmosphere will be the coordinates of my Autumn 2015!


What will your Autumn look like?

Thank you for reading and as always…

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie


Loving Nudes #8: a FOTD feat. CHARLOTTE TILBURY Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus & BURBERRY Lip Glow No.9 Nude Beige – The best nude lip combo I wore all Summer long


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Confession time: I miss Summer already!…

… But I can’t wait to wear those gorgeous Autumnal colours at once!

With that thought in mind, I recreated for you my go-to Summer 2015 look that revolves around glowing skin, peachy-nude lips, cheeks and lids and lots of mascara!


Products used for this FOTD:

  • BURBERRY Fresh Glow BB Cream, shade Fair No.1 ( review )
  • NARS Ragiand Creamy Concealer, shade Light 2 Vanilla ( review )
  • KEVYN AUCOIN Creamy Glow Duo #4 Sculpting Medium/Candelight, shade used Candelight ( review )
  • HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Power Palette, shades Incandescent Light used to highlight and Dim Light and for contour and bronzing Radiant Light ( review )
  • HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush in shade Dim Infusion ( review )
  • TOM FORD Cream and Powder Eye Color #3 Golden Peach ( review )
  • DIOR Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow #001 Lune ( review )
  • CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara Black ( 3 coats )
  • BURBERRY Effortless Eyebrow Definer, No.2 Sepia ( review )

Tools used:

  • NARS Yachio Kabuki Brush
  • HAKUHODO J242G brush ( review )
  • TOM FORD #13 blending brush ( review )
  • SHU UEMURA S Lash Curler


My lips of choice for this look was a combination of 2 products you might have seen already if you’re a long-time follower of annie’s beauty… .

After applying my lip conditioner ( my favourite at the moment is by Hampton Sun ), I used the CHARLOTTE TILBURY Lip Cheat in Pink Venus ( full review here ) to define my lips following their natural shape, and to fill them in. What I liked to do was to work really well the product into my lips with my fingers and reapply it! I found out that by doing so, the colour lasted longer on my lips, even with a lip gloss on top.

My lip gloss of choice was the BURBERRY Lip Glow No.9 Nude Beige ( full review here ) that comes in one of the most amazing formulas. Not too sticky and with the perfect intensity of shine! Not to mention that they come in an array of shades ( check them out on the Burberry website ).

The final result – a gorgeous peachy-nude shade that went so well with so many different looks I wore this past Summer, from going out for a brunch with the girls to a lovely dinner out with Mr. G.

I hope you found your read enjoyable and as always…

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie

MADISON Luxury Perfumery Bucharest LAVENDER CULTURE Summer 2015 Event


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The Lavender Culture 2015 Event was definitely one of the highlights of my Summer 2015. It took place in one of my favourite places in Town to shop for beauty, Madison Luxury Perfumery Bucharest.

The lovely Alexandra and her colleagues waited for us with some amazing lavender scented surprises, in a rustic Provence-inspired decor – the perfect location for one last relaxing cocktail, to mark the end of this hot Summer.

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With a glass of bubbly champagne in hand I was able to revisit the stands of my favourite brands in the store and catch up with all the new and amazing releases…

By Terry –  brand that holds a special place in my heart and it’s entirely “because of” Alexandra who kindly invited me to a By Terry event early last year. I was at the very beginnings of my blogging adventure, I was scared s**tless *pardon my “French”!?!? and utterly excited at the same time. Read all about my Madison experience with By Terry, here and here.


Aesop – one of my favourite skincare brands… That infamous Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque is beyond amazing and deserves all the hype around it! I will talk about it more in an upcoming blog post.


Byredo – ahhh, Byredo! My newest obsession in terms of perfumes and home scents! I was tempted to get me another backup for my Bibliothèque candle, but what’s the point of a backup on a backup, right?! Same story with 1996 but I can survive this Winter with just one of these candles, since I also have the perfume to “keep me warm”! But I really, really want Accord Oud now!… And Mojave Ghost for the upcoming warmer seasons!

image – here you have Alexandra and one of her lovely clients

My perfume-exploring little quest continued with Creed, Annick Goutal, Atelier Cologne, Roja, Artisan Parfumeur, Terry de Gunzburg – which is actually By Terry ( good gracious, I adore Parti Pris and I’m using a sample of that as we speak and it’s nearly gone! Have you tried By Terry perfumes yet? Which one is your favourite? Any suggestions? ).

These lavender treats were scattered all-over the place and let me tell you this: those mini-eclairs were out of this world amazing!

imageimage – image courtesy of Madison Luxury Perfumery Facebook page image – check out those colourful cigarettes! Too bad I’m not a smoker, right?!

The atmosphere was relaxed and informal… As if a group of friends agreed on a night out in one of the best locations in town, and now they have an amazing quality time together.


Same cozy atmosphere was outside the store as well…


Children were also welcomed to this event. We have to cultivate beauty from early ages, haven’t we?!

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Now this is me next to the glowing Alexandra, trying my best to hide the busy day I had at work before the event…

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… which I wasn’t very successful at because I had to leave relatively early! Sad times!

But before I left, my amazing host offered me this amazing bundle of Hampton Sun products, which I wanted to try ever since I’ve seen them online, on the net-a-porter website and this magical fresh lavender bouquet!

Thank you Alexandra for this amazing invitation! I’ve lived intensely every second of it… Just like all my experiences I had with you and Madison Perfumery Bucharest!


Until next time…

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie

His & Hers Time Keepers – Our Daniel Wellington Watches*


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Because He’s the Sun and I am the Moon… Because we’re different but we complete each other on other levels, deliberately hidden to those around us… Because we find beauty in different things yet we share the same heart beat… Because we’re holding hands, laugh and cry together… Because we’re not always matching but we’re always in time… For everything!

And because we chose Daniel Wellington to guard our most glorious moments together… 

These are the Time Keepers that witness our history together!


Annie is wearing:

  • the Classy Sheffield watch with a timeless rose gold case of 34mm, in eggshell white which creates a perfect harmony with the exclusive Swarovski crystal index. This is Her most elegant companion for every occasion.

Mr. G is wearing:

  • the Classic Sheffield watch is different than the glamorous Classy Sheffield She adores, a minimalistic piece that proves that simple does not necessarily mean boring. And “boring” is definitely not the best description for Him.

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What are your Guardians of Time, my lovelies?

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie






  • both watches are available for purchase on with a 15% discount code until September, 30th 2015. The discount code is anniesbeautyblog and can be used for any item of your choice from their website. FREE shipping worldwide when purchasing any watch!
  • more details on Mr. G’s Classic Sheffield watch adorned with a gorgeous NATO strap, in my previous post, here
  • *this is a sponsored post – the lovely Karina and Daniel Wellington were kind enough to send over Annie’s Classy Sheffield watch, an extra black leather strap and the 15% discount code for you, my beautiful readers. Thank you once more Daniel Wellington for another amazing collaboration!
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Seasonal Favourites Summer 2015


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Summer 2015 is gone now so here you have the items that made it memorable!

I want to keep it short and sweet and I will stick to “what” those were and “why” I loved them.



  • natural lipsticks with a bit of an oomph: the easiest to wear lip product ever the Tom Ford Seer in Smitten, plus Skinnydip and Rose Soleil from the Tom Ford 2015 Summer Collection, because Tom Ford makeup should be called “art” – period, Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral lipstick paired with the most amazing lip liner in Pink Venus or the infamous Pillow Talk for a more neutral look
  • bold lips made possible with a gorgeous NARS Audacious “girl” named Michiyo
  • and the ultimate fiery-red, bold, gloriously sexy and my latest obsession in terms of red lips: the Kendall Jenner X Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Matte, in Restless ( yes, that little treasure came in my possession… But more about that story soon, my lovelies! )
  • cream eyeshadows ruled my mornings and again, Tom Ford stole the show with this gorgeous Golden Peach shade, and a glorious come back of my favourite cream eyeshadow sticks – the By Terry Ombre Blackstars in 3 golden-brown variations: Blond Opal, Golden Brown and Brown Perfection ( I need to write a decent review on these as well, don’t you think my lovelies? )


  • sticking up to the “cream products” theme, they definitely were the main attraction of this Summer for me. From amazing blushers – like this gorgeous Tom Ford Pink Sand ( a Limited Edition item unfortunately! ), to cream highlighters and easy-to-use contours like the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duo, everything worked its magic to achieve my perfect bronzed and glowy / healthy-looking Summer skin.



  • the one product that gave me amazing skin unconditionally was the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil… And of course, sunscreen with the highest protection factor. You did wore your sunscreen as well Beautiful, didn’t you!?


Perfume this year was the easiest of choices for me

  • if the new Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil came into my life with its sensual, sexy summer scent I hardly wore my other perfumes
  • but when I did I revisited two old favourites: my Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien – the fragrance that brings me on an imaginary olfactorial trip to the Southern Italy every time I wear it
  • and one of my old time favourites: my Chanel No. 5 Eau Première


Tools I couldn’t put down, beside my regular Tom Ford and Hakuhodo army of brushes… the NARS Yachyio Kabuki Brush one item that had waited on the top of my wish list for way too long! Still available on the NARS European website

Fashion favourites:

Here they are, my fantastic collection of Summer 2015 Favourites

Now please, share yours!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie

OOTD #01 “I have this thing with hats!”


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“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” (Martha Sliter)


Sign of class and style, in the past hats were some of the most adored accessories and no one left their home without wearing one! It wouldn’t have been polite! 

I simply love the classic shape, the simplicity of the lines and how versatile a hat can be! It can give personality and class to any outfit, and can tell a lot about the person who wears it! Don’t you agree?


I am wearing:

ZARA Narrow Brim Hat ( similar here )

Mango Long Boyfriend Gilet ( available here )

H&M Top ( old )

Zara Suit Pants ( old, similar here )

Smiling Shoes ( available here )

Daniel Wellington Classy Sheffield Watch available for purchase on with 15% off, only if you enter the discount code anniesbeautyblog before check out. Offer available until 30 September 2015.

Jewellery ( old )

Until next time, chapeau bas mes beauties! 

See you soon!

xx, Annie


Autumn report: My 2015 Must-Haves


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Even if I’m beyond happy that we’re having a long Summer here in Romania, I can’t help myself but wearing those gorgeous Autumn colours… Deep browns, burnt oranges and all the reds of the spectrum have already replaced the bronzy, golden shades of this past Summer.

Here you have some of my Autumn 2015 must-haves!

Of course the first change you’ll notice will be my lipstick choice! From bold, neon-y Summer reds or glossy pinks and oranges, my picks will gravitate towards brown-ish nudes, deep reds and earthy oranges. Some of my picks are: my Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine in #05 Bare – the perfect transitional shade since it is a brown nude shade with some sparkles, the Burberry Lip Glow Nude Beige No.9 – can you tell I don’t want to let go Summer yet?!, an old favourite of mine the Givenchy Le Rouge in #103 Brun Createur, the Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame a gorgeous Autumn colour with one the most comfortable matte formulation I have ever tried, another Burberry option – the Lip Cover Ruby No.18 because I can’t live without my reds, the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in #450 Insolent Plum another favourite from last year and a new discovery thanks to my lovely Janet, who was kind enough to send it over from across the Ocean – the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Sable.

Deeper and darker nail polish colours are must-haves for Autumn. My two favourites are Dior Nuit 1947 ( #970 ) and Mirage (#338 ), previously reviewed here.

Another must have is perfume. I’ll transition from fresh, zesty, floral perfumes like my Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien and my Chanel No.5 Eau Première to the deeper, dusty floral oriental notes of the Diptyque 34 BVLD Saint-Germain or the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Forte.

This Autumn I have a thing with hats! I love this Zara Narrow Brim Wool Hat that goes with everything and makes every outfit look classy and chic. More options here.

I won’t let go my favourite sunnies just yet, so I will always have with me my Ray Ban Aviators. A cult favourite piece.


Another must-have is a classic, timeless watch and my choice is my Daniel Wellington Classy Sheffield watch, which you can get for yourself with a 15% off, just by entering anniesbeautyblog discount code before check out! Available until 30 September 2015 – so hurry up! More details here!

Another fashion must-have is funky shoes! Whenever I have the chance, I give up on my heels gladly just to wear this Lust of Creation crazy orange coloured oxfords, that are extremely comfortable and unique.

These are a few things I will definitely wear a lot this season! What are your must-haves, my lovelies?

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie




PS: Thank you so much for the warmest welcome back! Thank you for sticking with me until now! Thank you for being the most amazing friends one can ask for! Thank you for your constant support and nicest words! You are my strength, my rock and my source of energy! And I’m grateful for that and to have met each and every one of you here on WordPress!


Because I owe you everything…*


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Hi again, Beautiful!
I find it rather strange to be writing to you after such a long break!
But I really needed these two months away simply to make peace with myself and Life, to grow up and become a better and wiser human!

I was away but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I was completely absent, if that makes any sense at all!!! I just chose to keep my blogging activity under a “dim light” and play the part of the spectator most of the time. And by the way, I loved so many of your blog posts! They were delicious and a real treat!
Also there were some projects I simply wasn’t able to say no to…


So here I am partnering for the second year in a row with my favourite brand of watches – Daniel Wellington, and offer you another amazing deal…

15% off of any of their timeless, classy and classic watches or accessories you might want to get from their website,! You can benefit from this offer until Tuesday, 30 September 2015 by entering the discount code anniesbeautyblog at check out!

This is my special way to thank you for your surprising and constant support these past couple of months…

I owe you this!…

Thank you for being my amazing readers – because my statuses are almost intact after two months of inactivity – fact that brought me to tears and gave me the confidence I needed to be back doing what I love, and restart building up my dreams!

Forgive me for this long absence and lack of replies and please, stay assured that I will make up to you in no time!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx as always,


*this is a sponsored post ( thanks to Daniel Wellington and the lovely Karina! )
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