If you are a beauty addict I’m sure you’ve recognized this picture. Yes, it’s the beauty look from D&G’s last show. The makeup was flawless and exactly my favorite kind of beauty look. Juicy yet matte red lips and a good old elegant black cat eye. When I’m not slapping neutral shades all over my face, this is what I like to wear. But red lipstick is tricky. Oh yes. And I’m not talking about which shade suits you better (that problem has an easy solution: ask the girl in the counter). I’m talking about those tiny lines around your lips that insist on ruining your otherwise sophisticated and perfect bold lisptick. Those lines that your red lipstick decides to follow in an attempt to make you look like a granny. If you have 20 years you probably haven’t heard of them (unless you smoke) but beware! They are coming your way. Oh yes. I’ve been using antiageing creams since the day I turned 20, I haven’t smoked a cigarette in my whole life, I drink plenty of water and eat veggies like a maniac vegetarian. But still, they are there. Defiant.
Another palette? Yes, but this is different. Lancôme Absolu Nude Palette is the ultimate travel palette. It’s supposed to have everything you need for a no-makeup makeup in small sizes and with a compact packaging, therefore Lancôme claims it is perfect for travelling. So when two of my passions collide, beauty and travel, I have to see what comes out of it. The palette covers almost everything you need: you can conceal and highlight, you can choose from eight different eyeshadow that go from neutrals to black, you can groom your brows and you have two lip products to choose. But let’s see if it really is everything you need when travelling…
We have dark circles. Even more on Monday mornings. And if we have any important meeting, nice trip or super photographed event, then we will have a pimple or two. And some redness around the nose. That’s why you’ll always find some kind of concealer in our make up bag. We’ve put together a list of our favorite weapons against tired faces and small imperfections:
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: this has been the last addition to our concealer stock. After reading so many wonderful reviews about it we finally give in. The super creamy formula gives a medium to high coverage but a little bit goes a long way. With a tiny amount of product you’ll have a much brighter complexion and, as the name suggests, your face will look radiant. It’s very important, though, that you blend it really well. I like to apply it under my eyes drawing an inverted triangle and blend away to make my eyes look brighter and more awake. Just be careful and don’t overdo it!
YSL Touch Éclat: this is the only product we will take to a desert island. Apart from shower gel and SPF, that is. We’ve been using it for years now and while it’s not a proper concealer, we’ve decided to include it in this post because there’s no better product to look your best. It reflects light like no other and, therefore, helps reduce fine lines, improves your skin tone in just a click and makes fatigue disappear completely. Put it on the inside corners of your eyes, around the corners of your nose and mouth. Pat it gently into your skin and you will see how you instantly look like a million dollars.
Broad Spectrum SPF20 concealer by Bare Minerals: this was the first concealer we bought and, even though the application can be quite tricky, it’s a light way to get the no makeup feel. Its medium to full coverage is redness’ nemesis. We recommend it specially for those combination to dry skin types because, since it has SPF 20, it could be a little bit uncomfortable for oily complexions. Use a tiny amount and blend to avoid a cakey finish.
Boi-ing by Benefit: this gets the job done. If you have seriously dark circles, this is for you. The ultimate concealer. It’s really easy to work with and its peachy shade covers absolutely everything while still looking light. It’s also quite longlasting so it’s perfect for work days or long nights.
While we prefer applying concealer with our clean fingers to achieve a more natural look, we have added two concealer brushes to this list: the Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer brush and the Sephora Concealer brush (similar here). These brushes will give you more coverage so if you really need to hide something, they will be a great addition to your make up bag.
Any other concelaer we should know about? To be honest, we have our eyes (or should we say dark circles?) on Charlotte Tilbury’s Retoucher…
Winter in the North of Germany is hard and our skin has suffered a lot during the past four long (but really, really LONG) cold Winters. Even though we were quite happy with our bedtime skin care routine we felt there was something missing lately. That push that would take our faces from healthy to glowy and restore that comfortable feeling of nourished skin. We thought we could give Dr. Hauschka a try. This brand is really respected and appreciated in Germany because of its commitment to natural beauty. We wanted something light but effective so we bought the Renewing Night Conditioner, which claimed to support the skin’s natural processses of night-time renewal. Basically, it helps each skin type to be the best version of itself.
We’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and while P. is happy but not really amazed, I am completely mesmerized. My dry patches have disappeared completely and my skin feels juicy. I’m in my 30s and my skin doesn’t look any younger (this is not a miracle treatment) but it looks better than it has looked for a while and I’ve felt a huge difference. It’s really watery, non sticky and has a lovely subtle scent. Since this treatment mirrors the natural skin cell renewall rhythm (every 28 days) it should be used for 28 days straight. They recommend one cycle of Renewing Night Conditioner per year for each decade of life, which means I should have it 3 times a year. And I can assure you I will.
It’s been helping me a lot improve my skin in spite of cold temperatures and heating, but I know it will be equally helpful to recover from any sun exposure after Summer. This treatment is also a great way to take care of your skin if you are under stress or having a difficult time. You know your skin suffers just as you do.
So, in my opinion, if you have dry skin these tiny ampoules will be perfect for you. They will help you retain the natural skin oils and thy will soothe and comfort your skin. Just wat you need to survive Winter!
I might be the last person on the planet to purchase the famous Naked Palette by Urban Decay, but remember this Sephora clearance? Well, I that’s when I thought now or never! I wanted it for a long time but I always doubted about which one would be the best for me. I know, I know, #firstworldproblems.
Chocolate and Clarins are my biggest addictions, so when I saw that the Sephora next to my mum’s house was having a clearance I run. Fast. I’ve had my eye in these two items for a while. Did I need them? No. That’s why I only got them when the price was pretty reduced.
I chose the Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour in the shade Soft Peach. While the name suggests coral undertones and reminds you of a Summery colour, the truth is quite different. It’s a sheer pink that gives you subtle healthy rosy cheeks, which in my opinion is the epitome of Wintery makeup. This small blush palette has different shades that combine perfectly to achieve a really natural yet radiant result.
The lipstick it’s not so natural. In fact it’s a pretty bright red. It’s from the Clarins’ Rouge Eclat collection, which we discovered last Autumn. If you read this post, you’ll now that the shade Strawberry sorbet has become our absolute favourite. It’s ridiculously nourishing and looks beautiful on the lips. Well, back then I spotted the shade Red Fuchsia and I loved it but decided not to buy it. Now I’m very happy with my purchase: it’s the perfect mix between red and burgundy. Again, the name it’s not very accurate…
These two products are my Winter staples. I just add this CC Cream, YSL Touch Éclat and a good layer of Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes mascara to my the mix and I’m ready to face these icy temperatures!
So these three brushes have been with me for 12 years. It seems incredible, right? Well, I bought them with one of my firts paychecks. After a terrible night in a lonely office frantically translating a report that had to be ready in the morning I got a juicy paycheck that didn’t last long. On my way back home I headed to a famous department store and bought presents for my mum and my grandparents. Then, with the money I got left, I went to the MAC counter and bought two absolutely flashy eyeshadows, individual eye lashes (some of them golden!) and these three brushes. Continue reading
Maybe it’s a little too late for this post (bearing in mind that this morning we were already talking about our Spring wardrobe wishlist) but I love this Nars palette so much that I can’t help myself. This was a special Christmas edition and I didn’t expect to find it under the tree but there it was! The Laser Cut eye, cheek and lip palette. Compact, beautiful and full of possibilities. What intrigued me the most was the famous Laguna bronzing powder. It was finally mine to try…
I have no cheeckbones. Well, I guess I must have them, otherwise my face would be like a round ameba, but you can’t really notice. My face is round like a plate. The kind of round face that can’t pull off a short bob, the kind of round face that doesn’t fit in a selfie. Anyway, I had tried to contour before but it was impossible to make my cheekbones stand out, at least not with my limited make up artist skills. But! A little bit of that Laguna bronzer and voilà! A barely but definitely there cheekbone! It really is miraculous. All those reviews I had read were absolutely truthful. It is magic.
The palette also has a beautiful lip gloss called Dolce Vita which feels and looks super natural and a subtle blush called Day Dream. Pair that blush with the bronzer, add a touch of highlighter and you will not recognize your face. In a good way, that is.
The eye shadows are limited edition as well and oddly enough the colour that has made me fall in love has been the shimmery golden brown that you can see in the middle. It’s just perfect to highlight the inner corner of my eyes. The matte light beige is a good base and the matte army green is surprisingly easy to combine. Not a colour that I would have chosen but definitely a nice option for a different smoky eye.
So my advice today: if you still find it, buy it.
The search is over. Thanks to a friend of mine that travelled to the States a few weeks ago I’m finally the proud owner of a Lorac Pro Eye Shadow Palette. And I can’t be happier. It’s absolutely beautiful: eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows that make me wonder if I ‘ll ever buy any other eye shadow again. Let’s have a closer look…