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Coral is for Summer

1 Jul


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I’m sure that if all the beauty addicts in the world had to choose just one color for Summer, 99% would choose coral. And I’m one of them. I’m that original! However, finding the perfect coral shade it’s not easy (#firstworldproblems). Most of the so called coral shades in the market are too orange, eventually turn into a sort of tomato red and others are almost neon and make your hands look dirty… After a whole morning interrogating all the experts in the beauty counters of my local department store, here you have the results of my field study. Dior has the perfect, bright, coral shade. And yes, I went for nails and lips because once you find it you have to stock up, am I right?

For the lips I bought the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Adventure. It’s gorgeous and pretty longlasting. It’s quite poweful when applied directly on the lips, but if you blend it a little bit you can have a more subtle color. You can have a bold lip or you can blend it away until you have a sheer coverage.  With this lipstick you have your vacations covered, both day and night looks.

And let me tell you that I’ve found the Holy Grail of nails. This nail polish does not chip. Ever. Two coats and I had my nails sorted out for a week. A week? That’s the equivalent of 100 years in beauty time. The formula is smooth and applies heavenly. And well, my toes just love that shade. It even makes you hands and feet look a little bit tanned.  Gorgeous.

So even though we still have a month until our Summer holidays, we’ve been feeling the vacation vibes . Everyone knows that if you wear coral, you’re almost on holidays!

PS. Vintage straw bag bought in Venice, vintage silver bracelet bought in Madrid and turquoise bracelet bought in Positano.

 

Better skin

2 Jun

Clarins_Masvelt_Biotherm_BBMilk_1-2See that picture? I will never have that body. Partly because I hate working out, partly because I have no will power when it comes to chocolate and partly because I have a full time corporate job, plus I have a blog, plus I write for a couple of magazines. That means I don’t have a lot of free time and when I do have it, I prefer spending it on the sofa with a good book or one of my favorite TV series.  The only sport I’ve been practicing lately has been the long walks in London and Copenhagen. My favorite kind of sport, if you ask me. So, now that we got that out of the way, let me tell you that when the temperatures are warmer I do panic and I do care about how I’ll look with no huge coat to cover everything. Like every other woman on the planet. Do I start working out like crazy? No. Do I quit chocolate? Of course not. I turn to cosmetics and beauty treatments. Obviously, they are not as effective as exercise and a strict diet, but they help a little bit. And that’s fine by me.

I’ve tried different treatments during the last years (clic, clic) but I’ve finally found something that works. Again, with this I don’t pretend to get a #BodybyIza (be careful if you look up that hashtag on Instagram!), but I do achieve a toner, enhanced skin. And that makes showing my legs a little less scary. If you are in your early twenties, don’t bother. Your skin is fine and you don’t need to tone or redefine. Enjoy your skin as it is, you’ll have plenty of time for beauty treatments later.

But back to women in their 30’s with sedentary jobs: First I apply the absolutely wonderful Clarins Body Shaping Cream. With its heavenly texture and subtle scent, this cream makes every morning lighter. But the secret is the Self-Massage Body Shaping Method that comes with it. It takes just five minutes but makes a huge difference. This method encourages drainage so you will notice that your legs, waist and arms are smoothed after a week. I swear. Do you know that ugly inner part of the knees? Well, maybe yours is not ugly. Mine is. But no so much lately, thanks to this cream and those massages.

After that, I apply the new Biotherm BB Milk. It smells like lemons, so it feels really Summery. It basically acts like a face BB cream. It magically adapts to your skin and unifies the general tone. If you don’t like bronzers, like me, this product is for you. It will make your skin look better: not tanner, not shinier. Just better. I let it dry for a couple of minutes before dressing and I’m done. My skin looks smoother, nicer and smells amazing!

Clarins Double Serum: the game changer

20 May

Clarins_double_serum Do you know those products that promise radical and almost immediate changes in your skin? I never trust them. So many disappointments… That’s why the first time I applied the Clarins double serum I was shocked. But I waited. Trust issues. However, after five weeks using this multi-award winning serum twice a day I can finally confirm it: this product really changes your skin. I’m even a little bit afraid of how much I love it because I know that from now on I won’t be able to live without it (#firstworldproblems, I know). And I can tell you that because last weekend, while we were in Copenhagen, I didn’t take it with me and oh, I’ve suffered. Suddenly my moisturizer didn’t seem enough.

This serum makes my skin feel absolutely nourished. It doesn’t eliminate wrinkles or pores completely (it’s not surgery!) but the skin looks brighter, glowy… alive! If you are in your twenties, don’t even think about it. Your skin is fine. Don’t worry. In ten years you’ll miss how firm, juicy and fresh you look now. But if you are in your 30’s, you work long hours, you’ve started noticing that your skin looks duller, drier and more tired… Run and buy this serum! It feels extremely soothing and comforting and from the moment you apply it you can feel it taking care of your skin. It’s brilliant!

Off to Copenhagen!

14 May

heck yesWe’re off to Copenhagen! Even though this time of the year we usually head to the beach, we are travelling to our beloved Copenhagen to improve our slow-paced guide. Since we know you are here to read nice content, not to read us brag about our next destination, we’ve compiled some old posts that you may have missed!

– A fun, colourful Peruvian restaurant in London

– Clara closed her blog, but we still follow her on Instagram. Best style ever.

– An afternoon in an Italian farmer’s market

– The best hair treatment for frizzy hair.

– Dreamy Moroccan spas

– The coolest backpacks for Summer

– Our favourite area in Amsterdam

– We are crazy about this collection!

– Looking for an off the beaten track destination?

– Have you ever done this?

– Last year’s beauty favourites that are still going strong

– The best recipe for barbacue season.

Tips to discover a different Ibiza

– My Venice.

Nude nails

5 May

Nude_NailsThis Spring I’m changing a little bit my nail game. While I always gravitate towards bright pinks and corals during these (slightly) warmer months, I can’t get enough of nude shades lately. In my mind nudes used to equal classic French Manicure, which I’m not a fan of. But now I believe that a nice matte nude can be quite a statement.
It all started with Essie Marshmallow, a warm white with pink undertones, and Essie Sugar Daddy, the ultimate ballerina pink. I just love how they make my hands look clean and polish.
After that I wanted to try a soft light brown/ caramel -ish nude and I found Maybelline Color Show in Latte. I have to confess that I went for Maybelline because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a color I didn’t know I’d like, but to be honest, the quality of the formula is pretty good and I love the shade, so I repurchased it instead of looking for a more expensive brand, though the packaging could use some improvement.
Finally, during a recent trip to Hamburg I found UNE C01. This brand claims that 82% of the ingredients used in their nail polishes are natural. That sounds appealing, right? I doubted about its quality, though. But I was wrong: it’s really (but really) longlasting and the color is perfection. I need three coats to achieve that perfection actually, but apart from that, I can’t recommend it enough.
So here’s my tip for Spring: nude nails and dainty jewellery. Subtle but beautiful.

More makeup gurus

28 Apr

lipstickLast year we talked about my Your Tube make up gurus. Since then, my obsession with beauty and makeup Your Tube channels has increased (maybe alarmingly, ehem). I’ll admit it: I spend a fair amount of time watching makeup tutorials, hauls and reviews. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s pretty relaxing!  So I thought I’ll share with you my new favourites! You know, sharing is caring and all that jazz…

Lily Pebbles: if you have brown eyes, you’ll love her channel… Lots of ideas for (otherwise boring) brown eyes. You’ll love it too if you love eating, you are not a fan of exercising and if you need inspiration for your monochrome, casual wardrobe.

Shameless fripperies: I discovered Karima’s channel thanks to Lily and I loooooooooooooove it. She has a fantastic Australian accent and she does foundation like I’ve never seen before. Check this video! And this could be my favourite tutorial ever.

I covet thee: Alix is a sweet girl who makes really nice videos that include makeup, Nutella cookies and lots of stripe tees. Her signature look is a shimmery minimal make up with bold lips. Just my cup of tea.

Any other You Tube addict out there? Which are your favourite channels?

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Everyday beauty

21 Apr

Spring_FaceLately I’ve been using a few beauty products in rotation and I’ve realized they are really affordable. All of them were recommendations of my favorite makeup gurus and they are really, really good. I have sensitive dry skin and I’m quite picky when it comes to textures and finishes, so I was surprised to discover such a fantastic quality for such a small price tag. Continue reading

Red lipstick

7 Apr

red lipstick 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.

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Au Naturel

31 Mar

Lancome_Palette_2Another 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…

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The most helpful concealers

10 Mar

Concealers 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

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