All posts tagged: make up

London Approved Make Up

Yesterday was all about the skincare, today I’ll show you what make up will behopping across the Channel with me for this bachelorette trip. Gotta look good for all that shopping, laughing, fancy dinners and drinks! No elegant look without a good base, so my beloved Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base was the first to make the cut. The best BB Cream I’ve tried in yonks obviously has to come as well, so in went the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm, together with Sisley Phyto Cernes concealer. A great, no frills concealer with a cooling applicator, a double treat for my sore eyes. Sisley really has got the eyes covered, because the Sisley Mascara So Intense and the Sisley Eyeliner So Intense also made the cut! The  Diorblush Cheek Sticks has been my partner in crime for a little pop of subdued colour (think English Rose, not Jersey Shore), and the The Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite will serve as highlighter this weekend. A little hint of Burbery Rosewood is perfect throughout the day, and when night falls and I want to …

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles

Snow and a winter wonderland seem to be inspiring more than one Christmas Make Up Collection. After Givenchy’s Les Nuances Glacées, Guerlain also draws inspiration from gistening snowflakes twirling the night air, revealing an icy beauty. The Winter Fairy Tale Holiday 2015 Collection (Neiges et Merveilles) focuses on taking your skin fom dull to radiant, for that much desired lit-from-within glow. I got to play with some of the products from the collection, and well, let’s  just say I’ve got my Christmas Eve base covered! After a touch up with what is still my favourite foundation, the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchanté Skin-Perfecting Illuminating Matte Powder comes out to play. As contradictory as Illuminating Matte Powder might sound, this angelic white powder is billed as the perfect complexion in a compact. Resplendent in it’s weighty, shining silver enamel re-fillable compact, this  translucent matte white soft-focus pressed-powder blurs out fine lines and imperfections, so that no mater how heavy that Chistmas dinner, you’ll face will never show! Seen that porcelain isn’t exactly my colour, a soft touch of Guerlain’s …

Diorshow Mascara Gets a Makeover

I must have been one of the very few ladies out there that did not like the original Diorshow mascara. Somehow, my eyelashes and the original formula did not agree, so instead of long and luscious lashes, I was left with humpty and dumpty.  When it first launched in 2002, it was such a hit that retailers couldn’t keep it in stock, but after more than a decade of success, Dior Makeup’s creative director Peter Philips felt it was time for an update. Reformulations are always tricky, you risk changing that one ingredient or result that has everybody hooked on your product in the first place. Philips realized early on that one of the reasons the mascara is so loved is it’s big brush, so they did not touch that and focused on the formula itself. First up, the addition of fibers to the base, which adds richness to the lashes, instead of just length. It still takes a few coats to get a thick, full set of lashes, but whereas mine stayed short and stumpy …

The Sisley Love Affair Grows…

When Sisley does make up, it’s never just make up. Make up with benefits doesn’t even cover it, but it’s a great start. Both my skin and the luxury-loving kitten within loves the brand and all it comes up with, and their two latest releases aren’t any different. Enfusing a high dose of skincare into each of their make up launches, let’s see how their new eyeliner and finishing powder deliver in that department, and on my skin. I’ve always been a big fan  of Sisley make up, their Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Skincare Foundation in Sand still is my number one foundation, and Sisley Phyto-Poudre Libre* is supposed to be the perfect sidekick. An airy, almost feather-like powder, soft and silky to the touch, creates this nourishing veil on my skin, but in this way that makes you have a little re-look at yourself in the mirror. When used alone, it doesn’t do much, but when combined with a BB cream (especially the Filorga BB Cream) or a foundation, that’s when the magic happens! …

Face First With Givenchy

When Givenchy comes out with a new item, they usually come out swinging, with a buckload of of confidence and cool perfectly fitting their rock & roll heart! This time, will it  be a any different? Natural, glowing, lit-from-within skin still is one of the  hottest trends this year, and Givenchy is taking things up a notch with the recent release of the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm and the Teint Couture Concealer. Touted as the very first makeup-balm and a 2-in-1 “contouring” concealer, I couldn’t wait to dive in, face first! The texture of the Teint Couture Balm is the very first thing you notice, and honestly, it is hard to miss. A non greasy, creamy yet light liquid, that applies like a balm and almost feels like a touch of velvet to the skin. Big thumbs up for the texture and application, the balm almost seamlessly fuses with the skin, and their patented ‘Custom Correction’ starts to do it’s thing. Custom correction what?? Shortly put, the Teint Couture Balm contains the new Light & Blur complex made …

A Cosmopolite Autumn, Thanks To Peter Philips And Dior

Peter Philips‘ first complete collection for Dior is here, and it is a stunner! After having bid his farewell to Chanel, Belgian make up maestro Peter Philips joined the ranks at Dior in March ’14 as Creative and Image Director, and finally we get to lay eyes (and lips and nails) on his vision for this Autumn! Drawing inspiration from the modern woman, in all her facets and ways, Mr Philips lets her play with colours and textures, allowing her to be strong and graceful at the same time. Dramatic when she wants to be, and light and bright the next day if she feels like it.  Aptly named Cosmopolite, the collection makes me want to be this cosmopolitan, elegant woman of the world! As always, the eyes have it, and in this case, our eyes are spoiled by a new creation, straight from Mr Philips’ hands! New in are the Dior Addict Fluid Shadows, a hybrid, liquid formula that, once applied, dries into a magnetic finish with an enamel look. A gorgeous mono that lasts …

An Office Worthy Make Up Menu

A day at the office might not be the best time to try that new gold eyeliner or show off those killer smokey eyes tricks you’ve got, but not wearing any make up when at work? That’s a no go! Secret is keeping it fresh enough so you’ll look awake and refreshed all day long, even after back to back meetings, but at the same time soft enough so that your colleagues can focus on what you’re saying, and not the warpaint on your face. Step one, the new Avène Hydrance Optimale Skin Tone Perfector Rich. After all the BB, CC, DD cream fails of the past year, this one takes it back to basics or me. Hydration, an SPF 30, light reflecting  and soft focus particles for that summer-y hint of colour, I like! A little touch of the Dior Diorskin Nude Air loose powder sets everything in place, and the NARS Douceur blush is the blush numero une for an invisible perk-me-up boost. Next up, the eyes. My Dior quintet in Amber Design is …

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Collection Rules My Autumn

Make up’s special collections and limited editions are usually all my inner magpie would ever need, flittering from one shiny colour to another deep hue. Disco ball or kohl smeared rock chick, there are more than enough options out there, but truth be told, I just cannot make them look good on me, it always ends up looking like I gave myself a black eye. Because of this, I tend to obsess over taupes, bronzes, greys and chocolates, and it is no wonder that it was love at first sight between the Guerlain Bloom of Rose Autumn 2015 Collection and myself! The soft- and freshness of roses might evoke a more spring-like kind of feeling, but gently cocooning and covering myself and my skin is all things soft and caring sounds perfect to me at the moment. The summer has been quite brutal on my skin this year, and all the things (skincare and make up) that worked for me before, now turn me into a scarecrow. Tme to try some new things, dive in head …

Guerlain Terracotta Terre D’Éte

I was discussing my ridiculous stash with one of my lesser-beauty-crazed friends, and she asked me one simple question: “Would I be able to survive without my entire cabinet, and just tone it down to only a handful of products, like her. And if so, what items would remain?” Mmmmm tough one. I ordered another drink, and throughout the rest of the afternoon, I mulled over that question. In the end, the answer was surprisingly simple. If need be, all I could not do without are a great mascara, a multifunctional concealer, and a killer bronzer. And when you say bronzer, you say Guerlain. Bronzer is one of those things where bigger is better, so when I first laid eyes in my latest bronzer addition, the Terracottta Terre D’Eté Tan Enhancing Bronzer*, hidden in it’s enormous white compact, I drew in a sharp breath. Giddy like a little child in a candy shop, I could not wait to get my hands on it! Guerlain are renowed for their bronzers (Have you ever tried their Terracotta …

Summerproof

Summer and a full face of make up don’t really match. Sweat streaked foundation, blotchy bronzer, runny mascara, been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I hardly wear any make up in the summer, my collection just gets to gather dust in my vanity during these months, but on days where I need a little touch up before a meeeting, here’s what I go for. Philosophy’s No Reason To Hide still is my light base of choice. All in one go, it evens out my skin, adds a touch of radiance and adds in the SPF50 I need. A little dab of Giorgio Armani Eraser Concealer covers those traces of a long night, with the Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in Black Satin to take my eyes from “just awake” to “here’s where the magic’s at!” Jane Iredale’s Golden Shimmer is the ideal highlighter on days like today. I gently appply some on the apples of my cheeks, and the soft golden sheen scumpts them a little, without being too orange. Not a chunk of glitter in …