July 31, 2010

July Favorites



I've never been so sad at the end of a month, and that's because it also means the end of my vacations *sigh*.
And vacations are nice not only because they're, well, vacations but also because they allow you to wear different looks and use different makeup products!

So here are my favorites for July!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
I never thought I'd love a TM so much! But I've been using it every day during my vacation, with only a bit of concealer on strategic areas. I'm not totally sure I could get along with just that for a long day at work but on any other day, it does the job pretty well!
Oh and the shade I wear is Nude.

Givenchy Prisme Again Visage in Sun Mango applied with Ecotools Powder Brush.


This is a magic combination! I absolutely love this bronzer, which gives a nice summery peachy glow that is perfect for fair skin. Not too warm, certainly not orange, just perfect. The big fluffy Ecotools brush picks the right amount and mixes the 4 shades well, it's the best brush I have used to apply this bronzer. (note that there's a large flat bronzer brush included in the powder compact, in case of emergency)

Illamasqua Brow Powder in Motto.
I've tried a lot of brow products, and there are others that I like, but I always come back to this one. It's easy to apply, looks perfectly natural and lasts all day.
Motto is a kaki shade that works for blondes or light brunettes. Yes - kaki, that's actually what looks the most natural with that hair color, no greenish shade is showing, I swear.

Yves Saint-Laurent Faux-Cils mascara.
For some reason, YSL Singulier has been really irritating my eyes lately, which makes me really sad. Luckily, the ingredients in Singulier and Faux-Cils are different, and this one still works perfectly for me. I have tried a couple of other mascaras recently, which I will tell you about later, but haven't found anything yet that compares with the YSL ones.

Mac Mineralize Eyeshadow trio in Soften the Mood.


Isn't this the loveliest eyeshadow combination? I've been really loving it, even more as I've always been a fan of Mac mineralize eyeshadows. I'm pretty sure this one would transition into Winter very well.

What were your favorites for this month?

July 29, 2010

A bit of color theory (for skintones, that is)


I have been doing research on skintones and, more generally, color theory. I kept on seeing explanations on how to identify your skintones, mostly cool versus warm and what that means in terms of colors that suit you or not for makeup, clothes, accessories etc...

The thing is, I couldn't figure out my own skintone. Or more exactly, I did know what my skintone is, but the "looks good/looks bad" reccomendations made for my shade did not work. Which is why I started investigating.
Along the way, I got some great help from a fellow blogger, Musicalhouses, who really studied the matter in depth. She also recommended some readings that are not accessible from here, but they were all so interesting I thought I'd share a summary.
All in all, we can divide color analysis in 3 parts:

High Contrast or Low Contrast?
That's the easiest aspect to determine, as it's about the level of contrast between your skin, hair and eyes. If you have pale skin and black hair, you're obviously high contrast. On the other hand, pale skin with pale blue eyes and light blond hair - or dark brown skin, eyes and hair would be low contrast. Just think about what your face would look like on a black and white picture, you'll immediately perceive the contrast or the absence of it.

Muted or Clear?
This aspect is relatively easy to understand.
Muted colors are colors that have a lot of brown or grey in them, while clear colors appear as bright, and include black and white. Muted skintones have a lot of brown or beige undertones, and they usually look bad in clear colors. They'll look better wearing burgundy or slate grey or any brownish greyish color.
Clear skintones are just not brown/beige - they can be pink, yellow or peach, and they look great in very bright colors like fushia, red, bright orange etc...

Warm or Cool?
Here comes the tricky part. Usually, people will tell you that you're cool if you have pink undertones and warm if you have yellow undertones.
Excepted it doesn't work that way, and that's because yellow can be cool. A pale yellow lemon, compared to a yellow schoolbus, will look cooler. And olive, which is a somewhat greenish shade of yellow, is mostly cool although it can become a tad bit warmer when it's darker.
That changes the whole deal, of course, because it means someone with very fair olive skin (example: me, since I have Mediterranean origins but am ghostly pale) can have cool undertones even though they're yellow. And so they will look better in bright cool colors than in very warm shades like burnt orange or amber.

How does this translate into color coordination?
Don't worry, it's quite simple: the colors that will look best on you (be it for makeup, for clothes, for hair color, nails etc...) are the ones that match the 3 aspects of you skin!
So for me, the colors that are cool, clear and very contrasted are the ones that work the best: bright blues or purples, black, fushia...

Colors that match 2 aspects out of the 3 will probably work as well. For example I can wear some warm colors if they're bright and highly contrasted, like a bright orange.
I can't wear gold jewelry (warm, not contrasted, muted) while silver looks great (greyish, but cool and more contrasted towards my skintone) so shades that match 1 or zero aspects should be avoided because they wash you out.

This made me reassess the content of my wardrobe (and of my makeup bag) and realize that I always get compliments when I wear certain colors and look totally washed out in some others. I can still make zero-matching items work, on condition that I mix them with totally matching ones. Ultimately, everybody needs to experiment a bit and figure out what works best for them. You can also decide that, depending on circumstances, you want to wear shades that won't make you stand out - we're all free after all.
But I thought this might be helpful to some of you like it has been for me!

July 28, 2010

And the Giveaway Winner is..



... CAROLEEN D! Congrats Caroleen!

Please leave me an email address where I can contact you in the comments below! (I'll delete it afterwards, but this way I can check it's really you)

July 27, 2010

Updated skincare routine

When you will be reading this, I will have turned 33. Perfect timing to give you an update of my skincare routine, I believe.

I previously posted about it last Winter and re-reading it now, I realize the staples have stayed pretty much the same. But I have made a few additions to my routine, and a few changes to the way I use the staples.

First of all, I have stopped using moisturizer during the day quite a while ago. Between the fact that I use moisturizing foundations and/or some kind of SPF or primer under it, I get enough hydration and adding a cream makes me look oily.
What I do now is use the Advanced Night Repair serum for daytime, under the Idealist one. This trick was given to me by an Estee Lauder sales associate, and since my skin likes the Night Repair so much, why not?

My evening routine, though, has changed quite a bit. I have declared war to blackheads and pores (that's my current obsession, come back in a few weeks for a different one as per usual).
Also I have been reading a lot about how to prevent wrinkles etc... this also made me get a few new products.

I have replaced mechanical exfoliation by chemical one: I now use Avene Cleanance Mask, which contains AHA, BHA and kaolin. Why? Because only AHA will actually sink into the skin deeply enough to remove the dirt into your pores, also known as blackheads.
You apply it to dry or wet skin, wait for 5 minutes, then massage and rinse off. You can do that once or twice a week, and the kaolin helps keeping your skin less oily.
AHA and BHA can be drying, so I sometimes do this on the T-zone only and skip the cheeks so I won't make them dry.

I have also started using the Avene Cleanance K moisturizing gel with AHA and BHA. Now you have to be careful with this product: not all skin tolerate AHA and/or BHA very well. The best thing to do is to start by using them once every 3 days, then gradually increase frequency. This will help tightening the pores and keeping the skin clear. Again, I use this only on the T-zone, every 2 or 3 days, and NOT right after the mask to limit the risks.

Lastly, to even out the skin surface and prevent wrinkles, nothing better than retinoids and glycolic acid - I find these in Avene Diacneal. That's actually the highest retinoid concentration you can get without prescription. I don't use this every day, and I don't use it everywhere. This is something to put on zits, even cystic ones, and it really speeds up the healing process. I also put it all over my t-zone and cheeks when my skin surface looks uneven. This also works 'diluted' if you use it on top of your regular moisturizer, which minimizes the drying effects. No need to mention I don't use this on the same days I use Cleanance products.

(Note: Avene also have a retinoid product without glycolic acid, called Ystheal +, and that's safer to use if you have dry skin but want the anti-aging effects of retinoids).

Now for my morning routine I have also added a toner (again, trying to tighten pores), and that's La Roche Posay Effaclar toner - but it's very drying so I only use it on the nose area where I have the most visible pores.

A warning, though: when starting such a treatment, you may have to go through a purging phase (which means your skin issues get worse for a little while, more blackheads and whiteheads etc...) and you must pay attention to that and not confuse that with allergic reactions to the products - that can be tricky.
I need to tell, too, that Avene and LRP products are the same price level as drugstore ones in my country, but they're much more expensive in the US. So for me that's a very reasonable price to pay for that kind of routine but it might be much more expensive depending on where you live.

I don't know how long I will keep up with this new, quite complicated routine. It's a bit of a trial and error process, too, since reactions to those products are really common and I'm trying to avoid them by not really doing the same thing two days in a row.
I have good skin right now, I'm determine to get it clearer on the t-zone during this Summer, but I already know I'll have to give up on that routine for Winter as my skin gets really dry then and that would make it worse.

Do you have any miracle product range to keep your skin clear and flawless?

July 26, 2010

A little reminder...

My 100th subscribers giveaway is almost over, you still have a little bit more than 24 hours to participate if you're interested!
Make sure you enter in the giveaway thread, not here!

Foundation review #20: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

I know, I know: not so long ago I told you that a tinted moisturizer would never be sufficient for me because I need a bit more coverage. But maybe I hadn't found the right one yet? Plus, I haven't reviewed a foundation in a month... all very good reasons to try out THE stars of all tinted moisturizers: the Laura Mercier one.

There are 3 formulas available: regular, oil-free and illuminating. Since I wanted a slightly dewy finish, I thought the oil-free would probably be too matte and the illuminating would be overkill, so I went for the regular one. I have been using it quite a bit now, including on very hot days, and here are my thoughts.

PROS:
- now this stuff does give some coverage! Not enough to make concealer useless, you will still need some for your dark circles and blemishes. But this blurs and hides minor imperfections such as pores or small scars, which is all I need.
- long lasting; while with the Estee Lauder, I feel like most of the product disappears through the day, this one stays on really well
- SPF 20, always a bonus, although in Summer I would wear a higher SPF underneath anyway
- 7 shades available, including Porcelain for the very fair among us (I picked Sand)
- it is truly moisturizing and gives a luminous finish

CONS:
- well it is truly moisturizing, which means it can make you look shiny; if you are oily or hate dewy finishes, definitely go for the oil-free one!
- expensive! with a price tag over 40€ (I think 42-44 but it could even be more), it's more expensive than a Chanel foundation, even though you get 40ml here
- since it gives more coverage than an average tinted moisturizer, it's also thicker and a bit harder to apply; I found this works best on top of a primer (or your sunscreen of choice) and you need to remove it properly at night.

So, all in all, an excellent product. I can totally see why people love it and use it daily instead of foundation. For me, I think it's worth the investment only if you plan on wearing TM all Summer long or more, because it's clearly too expensive for something you'd use once in a while. But if TM's have disappointed you so far, in particular because of their poor coverage, this is definitely the next one you should try.

July 22, 2010

Haul: Nars Fall 2010!


My Nars order just arrived, after only 48 hours, so I wasn't expecting it and am totally thrilled!

Here's what I got:


We have: Douceur blush (L/E), Rajhasthan duo and Daphne single eyeshadow.
At first I was determined to get the duo and pass on the blush, but then I saw it on Christina Hendricks and thought it was lovely and unique enough for me to get it.

Christina Hendricks at the Mad Men premiere, makeup by Nars.

Here's the result on me - excuse the messy face, it's the end of the day and I couldn't wait to try it on but didn't touch up the rest of my face.


I kind of had to apply a lot for it to show on the picture (in direct daylight) but you can make it very subtle if you want to.

Daphne is a gorgeous matte purple and since I didn't have anything similar (no, not even MUFE 92), I decided to get it as well.

Finally, some quick and dirty swatches:


Are you getting anything from that collection?

And now ladies and gents (?) I am officially on a no-buy for eyeshadows and blushes for the next 2 months at least.

July 21, 2010

Tag: Would you rather... Beauty Edition

I've seen quite a few videos with this tag and really enjoyed it, so I thought I would do it on here as well!

1.Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice make-up, or nice hair and no make-up?
Although my hair is not perfect, I feel really bad when I can't style it (since it's wavy, straightener is a must for the bangs at least) I think nice make-up would be pointless if my hair makes me look like a crazy person so I'd pick the nice hair.

2.Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?
Shave the eyebrows, because I could draw them in, and my eyebrows are very scarce already so I can deal with that.

3.Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora for the rest of your life?
That's the most difficult question because both have products that are staples for me. I think I'd pick Mac (despite the current controversy and their ovious bad taste in this matter) because I notice I always find something I like there, while I often come out of Sephora empty-handed. Plus I like my MAC SA's a lot while the Sephora ones can be annoying (at my Sephora's, at least).

4.Would you rather wear lipgloss/lipliner look or 80's perm?
I actually did the 80's perm when I was in my early teens, and there's no way I'm going back there, so definitely the lipgloss/lipliner.

5.Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?
Overdone blush. It probably already happens on occasions anyway :)

6.Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?
Tough one, but probably biker shorts, I'd think of it as a short legging :)

7.Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can't be covered?
Weird tan lines. I can't tan because of sun allergy, I have to rely on spray tan, which can be tricky sometimes, so I think I'd be glad to be able to have tan lines!

8.Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair color?
Bad color, definitely, because I could have that fixed one way or another - bad haircuts make me want to cry.

9.Would you rather have youtube or twitter taken away forever?
As much as I love twitter because I can keep up with friends really quickly and conveniently, I'd keep YouTube. Watching makeup vids is something I enjoy too much. I'd keep in touch with friends through e-mails.

10. Would you rather give up using makeup brushes or mascara?
Brushes, I guess, since I know how to make a basic full face using only my fingers. Mascara makes such a big difference that I couldn't give it up.

July 19, 2010

100 subscribers giveaway!


As I previously told you, I'd like to have a giveaway to thank my subscribers for their support and comments, and for just reading my beauty musing.
I am not sponsored by any brand for this giveaway, this product will be purchased with my own money.

So here's what the 'winner' will get:

Lancôme Ombre Absolue eyeshadow in Erika F.

This eyeshadow is exclusive to the European market, and I know it's popular everywhere in the world, but of course hard to get.
So I'll be giving away one eyeshadow, and it will of course be brand new in box.

What you have to do:
- you must be at least 18 or have your parents or tutor's permission
- you must leave a comment under this post and tell us what very rare/exclusive/discontinued product you wish you could get.
- you have until July 27th, midnight GMT (London) time to enter.
- winner will be selected with randomize.org

You don't need to be a subscriber although I would appreciate it, but I know not everybody read blogs through Google Reader and I don't want to be unfair to readers who use another aggregator.

Good luck everyone, and thanks again for being a reader!

July 18, 2010

A little rave about Ecotools Powder Brush



I got this brush a week ago and have been using it every day since, I am absolutely loving it, so of course I had to tell you.

I was on the hunt for a big fluffy brush with which I could apply bronzer - I was using an Elf Studio Complexion Brush but not really liking it.
For that kind of big brush, Mac, Mufe and other pro brands are very expensive; so when I stumbled upon an Ecotools display, I thought it was worth a try - especially as I had read good reviews about these all over the web.

The Ecotools brushes are 100% vegan the hair is tacklon and the handle is made of bamboo. Other recycled materials are used, like the metal part. They are very reasonably priced: I paid €9,90 for this one and I know it's even way cheaper in the US.
The hair is extremely soft, probably softer than a lot of my natural hair brushes. It washes easily and I haven't experienced any odd smell (nor before nor after washing), shedding nor bleeding.

Ecotools has a wide range of brushes, that you can even buy on Amazon.com so they're available to everybody. I am definitely recommending them and I'll be getting a few more face brushes next time I can get my hands on them!

July 16, 2010

Bronze Goddess In The Groove


I know, I know, that was an easy cheesy title to use, but I couldn't help it :-)

So I've been trying out some of the products I got last week-end, and I must say I am thrilled!

I started with the Estee Lauder waterproof eyeshadows, and let me tell you, this stuff doesn't budge at all, even after 12 hours, even under hot temperatures!

I am wearing Mac Happy Together blush and I really love it as it gives a perfectly neutral contour with a very soft sheen. You just need to add a pop of colour on the apples of the cheeks, I used Mac Dainty.

The eye look is inspired by Lisa Eldridge and the hair by Pixiwoo.

I did another look using the same blush and applying Mac Soften The Mood eyeshadow trio on the eyes. I really really love the soft brown and how the light baby blue brings light to the inner corner.


The lighting in these makes me look like I went a bit happy with the blush. Oh well...

For both looks I used my Biguine Khol in brown and I really like the intensity it gives to the eyes without being overly dramatic.

Any looks you've been trying this week?

July 14, 2010

Book Review: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual


I mentioned recently that I had been interested in the Bobbi Brown line and in the makeup techniques Bobbi uses, as they're very specific.

This is why I got her book, Makeup Manual. It claims to be for everyone, from beginner to pro, and I must say that it really is!

Contrary to a lot of makeup books, this one does contain quite a lot of text, which means you are getting a lot of information and explanations on absolutely everything. From the real basics like picking a foundation and a concealer that are right for your skintone, to a mini-guide on how to make a career as a makeup artist, every subject is touched.

I particularly like that a chapter is dedicated to every part of the face, and that within this chapter, techniques are explained for different skins and shapes. For example, lining Asian eyes or Caucasian eyes can't be done the same way, and I find it very interesting to see what techniques work for faces that don't look like mine.
There are also techniques, as well as "do's and don'ts", for different looks and occasions like bridal, photography...

I really think this is an interesting book for anybody interested in makeup; whatever the knowledge you already have, there is something useful for everybody in this book.
I would only advise against getting it if you're looking for techniques on doing very bright looks with lots of colors (let us be honest, the Bobbi Brown range isn't really known for rainbow colors) or extremely artistic/editorial looks.
Other than that, definitely a great book to have on your bookshelf!

July 12, 2010

The Haul of Plenty



Once in a while I drive a good 100km and cross the border to go makeup shopping in France, where Sephora and Mac are at the corner of every street (at least, compared to my place).
A few weeks ago we had planned with 2 makeup addict friends that we would meet this Saturday for some makeup shopping. Even with the unbearable heat, I was really excited about that day!

Now I must warn you: I got a lot. A lot of these products aren't available in my country and when they are, some are much more expensive where I live - which is why I get skincare backups when I'm there, too.

Drum roll please:


I already showed the mac stuff yesterday, so let's move on to the other stuff:

My favorite foam cleanser and lipbalm, plus Embryolisse that I am going to try.

Bobbi Brown eyeshadows in Black Plum (metallic) and Velvet Plum (shimmer)
Not sure I really see the Plum, though.
I also got an empty 6-pan palette.

Two eyeshadows and a gloss from this year's Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection.
A full size bottle of Advanced Night Repair, which does miracles for my skin!

I got this great Gift With Purchase at Estee Lauder's!


3 Gosh liners

I'm hearing a lot of good things on Ecotools brushes, so I'll be trying these.

Two kajals from Biguine, a sweet gift from one of my 2 friends

And I notice I didn't take a picture of it, but I also got Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, that I have been wanting to try for so long.

That's all folks! If you have any question, let me know in the comment, and do expect reviews on those babies in the coming weeks!


July 11, 2010

A little Mac In The Groove haul



Yes, I know, you must have seen a thousand of these already. Mine has a particularity, though: I didn't get any MSF's :-)

Actually, I almost didn't get anything at all: I'm so used to us getting the collections way after the US that I wasn't expecting it to be released before a couple of weeks. I randomly discovered last week-end that it was already available, and some of the items were already out of stock on the Mac french website (which I can't use for order but I do use for reference).

So, I knew I had to do a quick move - the Summer mineralize products always being my favorite Mac collection of the year, I didn't want to miss it.
I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine who lives in Paris, I knew she was going to haul for herself as well, and she kindly agreed to take care of my wish-list.

We met yesterday in France for some serious makeup shopping (other post coming on that) and she brought my stuff; here's what I got:


(the items on the left are Blackberry eyeshadow and a B2M lipstick)

Since I had to pick the items without having seen them in real life, I actually found inspiration in Lollipop26's haul.
I got I like it like that lipstick, Happy Together blush and 2 eyeshadow trios, In the Groove and Soften the Mood. Here's a close-up of the powder products, for your eyes only:


Although all the eyeshadows and blushes looked very pretty, I feel like I got the ones that are the most unique in regards to my collection. I didn't pick any MSF because I have several already, as well as other similar products, and I find I don't use them enough to justify the purchase of a new one.

So, what did you guys get from this collection? Or did you pass on this one?





July 9, 2010

Beauty, the Bobbi Brown way



I already mentioned the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer as my holy grail product for hiding dark undereye circles, and the last couple of months I've been exploring the range a bit more in depth.

I had stayed away from it before because in my mind, Bobbi Brown meant neutral hence boring. Using some of the their eyeshadows helped me forming a different opinion, as well as viewing the videos on the Pretty Powerful website. Bobbi Brown is about looking like yourself but better. No brigh colors, no excentric shapes - only pretty polished looks that are perfect for everyday, for work, and even for date nights with a bit of added drama.

So I've been investigating the particularities of the Bobbi Brown technique, which I knew were a bit different from what others makeup artists do. Here are the basics I learned:

  • Start with corrector and/or corrector to hide any flaw, then use a foundation - one that will still let your skin see through, but if you really need a lot of coverage you can apply with a brush (otherwise, sponge or fingers work best) and layer.
  • Powder where you used concealer, to set it, and if necessary do the whole T-zone.
  • Use a neutral blush right on the cheeks and blend it towards hairline and down to give depth to the face, then add a brighter blush on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Wear a lipstick shade close to your own lips tone, similar or slightly darker. For more sophistication, use lipliner first.
  • Fill in your brows, brows frame your eyes and face and you should never neglect them.
  • Eyeshadows: Bobbi Brown has a particular way of using them:no lid/crease/browbone schema here.
  • First, apply a color similar to your skintone to the whole lid, up to the browbone. Then, apply a middle-toned eyeshadow on the lid, up to the crease, and blend lightly up to right above the crease. Finally, use a darker eyeshadow to line the upper lashline. If you want a more intense liner, use the eyeshadow wet or a gel liner instead to add some drama. You can also replace the powder eyeshadows by a long-wear cream one.
  • Curl your lashes if you want to, then, apply a lot of black mascara.
I followed the recipe, and voilà:




What I used:
Estee Lauder Tinted Moisturizer in 01 Light
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Ivory
Diorskin Nude Fresh Glow mineral foundation in 30 Medium Beige
Illamasqua blush in Excite, and Mac Marine Life on the apples of the cheek
Illamasqua brow powder in Motto
UDPP
Bobbi Brown long wear cream eyeshadow in Galaxy
Bobbi Brown ink gel liner in Sepia
YSL Singulier mascara in black
The BodyShop Vitamin E face mist sprayed to set the makeup

On the lips (not shown on pics): Guerlain KissKiss Baby in Rosewood Nude.

I do love intense eyes, but I also loved how fresh this looked and I'll definitely be sporting this face again!

July 8, 2010

Thank You.

I opened the blog this morning and found out I now have 100 followers. Yay!

I really want to thank all of you for reading my blog, commenting and supporting me, it really means a lot to me and I truly appreaciate it.

Although I don't plan on doing this on a regular basis, I will be holding a giveaway soon to thank you. This blog is a hobby, I'm not sponsored by any brand, I do not make any revenue out of it and I don't really want to attract people who subscribe only so they can win free stuff - that's why I will not be holding give aways regularly.
But thanking my 100 first followers properly is a good reason to make an exception :-)

I will announce it some time this month, because I need to figure out what I'm going to do, so just stay tuned.

Mariella.

July 6, 2010

I have become one of them...


... you know, these women who obsess about one eyeshadow color, and get every possible variation of it? I think I've joined them recently.

But unlike many of them, I don't obsess about Taupe. My obsession is pewter to khaki smoky colors.


See?

Do you also obsess about one color? For eyeshadow, or blush, or lipstick?


July 4, 2010

FOTD's of the past week



This is remarkable enough for me: I wore the same look day after day the whole past week. That never happens. But for some reason I find a combination that resisted the heat and made me happy.



Breakdown:
Face:
  • Estee Lauder Daywear Tinted Moisturizer in 01 Light
  • Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup (SPF 10) in shade 30, Medium Beige
  • Cargo Blue Ray bronzer in medium
  • Mac Marine Life as a blush
Eyes:
  • UDPP
  • Shiseido Hydropowder cream shadow in #9 all over the lid
  • Mac Coral Crepe Paintpot on the outer corner
  • Mac Sweet Chestnut (LE) in the crease
  • YSL Singulier mascara in black

The lovely Rocaille asked in the comments of a previous post how I style my hair when it's wavy/curly - which it has often been lately since it's too warm to use a blowdryer!
Well, the answer is: I hardly style it, as the picture below proves it.


And when I do, I just grab the hair in a kind of ponytail, twist it and pin it up. It's a bit lose, easy to wear and cute. I always straighten my bangs, though, or they're unmanageable.


If I use anything to enhance the curls, it's my GHD Sea Spray.

Last pic: this is a Catrice nailpolish that cost less than €2.50, and this is just one coat, I think it's gorgeous!


Anything you have been wearing a lot, lately?

July 1, 2010

June Favorites



The temperatures have finally gone up and quite high, which means I spent the whole month using products that wouldn't slide off my face despite the heat.

  • Estee Lauder DayWear tinted moisturizer and Diorskin Nude mineral powder foundation: this is a fantastic combination for a matte but natural and light skin, I can't say it enough!
  • The BodyShop Vitamin E face mist: I spritz this on my face to set my makeup in the morning, and it doesn't move. I know this is really working because on days where I forget it, my blush tends to disappear through the day. This product is a fantastic sealing spray!
  • Mac Marine Life: yes, this has been exaggeratedly hyped, sold out quickly, and the pretty gold on top is just an overspray that disappears after the first brush swipe. But... I swapped for a brand new one and I am so happy I did, this color is absolutely gorgeous. Pink blushes usually don't suit me as good as peach ones, but this pink coral is an exception and I've been wearing it every day since I got it!
  • Coral Crepe paintpot and Shiseido hydropowder cream shadow #H1 (champagne): my favourite eye combo of the moment! I just slap some UDPP on the lid, the Coral Crepe on the outer corner and the Shiseido all over the rest of the lid. I blend a tiny bit of matte brown in the crease, and that's it! Luminous, pretty, great on blue eyes, and so easy to do!
  • Guerlain KissKiss Baby 241 Rosewood Nude: this is my favorite "my lip but better" color and of course, Guerlain has just discontinued it and I wasn't able to find a backup. This is exactly the color of my lips, just a tad bit darker, and I love the moisturizing texture and the fruity smell. Great summer lipstick, as it's so easy to wear.



  • GHD Sea Spray for matte waves: my hair is naturally wavy/curly but I wear it straight most of the time, and always blowdry it. But with this weather, I must say I can't find the courage to use heat tools! So I just let my hair airdry, which often results in a wavy mess, and then to style it I just spray some of this spray. It does give more definition to the curls without making the hair crunchy (which I hate). I also love the smell which really makes me thing of the sea and the salt. Then I gather the hair in a messy kind of ponytail, and I'm done. It's Summery, kind of sexy, and so easy to do!

What were your favorites for this month?