Two shades of obsession

imageHello beauties,

Valentines Day is long gone and so is the excitement of Fifty shades of Grey (both the movie and the book) but both aspects have raised a legit question in my mind: over the last two months I’ve been stuck in my own obsession, this time regarding lipsticks – am I so comfortable in my circle of trust made of red and fuchsia?

Times teaches that you don’t have to know it all and mastering makeup does not necessarily end with the perfect smokey eye or a la carte Kardashian contouring. It’s the chic element that comes into play, a natural luminous makeup and a perfect applied lipstick and lipliner, all of it to soften the cold outside and to make things easy-going.

  • Red – I’ve been using a red lipgloss from Essence, XXXL Longlasting, a matt effect lipgloss in shade 07 Silky Red. It’s a bright red, intensely pigmented product that doesn’t look really dry on the lipsticks. Because it has the tendency to fade after three or four hours (which involve some drinking, eating and other cultural activities) I’ve been hooking this product with Rimmel Lasting Finish lip contouring pencil in shade 021 Red Dynamite which is somehow dry and increases the duration of the lipstick on the lips. The overall effect leads to somehow a pin-up makeup look.
  • Fuchsia – It is my go-to color and somehow it became my trademark over the years. recently I’ve bought the amazing Aqua Lip from Make Up For Ever in shade 16C, a genius product in my favorite color. This is a creamy non-transferable lipliner, easy to apply long lasting and fairly pigmented that can be used standalone or as an outline for lipsticks. If used alone, the effect is somehow drying over the hours but you can tap a little gloss from time to time to increase lip hydration. For a softer effect I’ve been applying the pencil all over my lips being careful at the outlining and afterward applying the Bourjois Color Boost chubby stick (read more about it here) for a lustrous effect.

Everything, from newspapers to Internet tell us that we should feel like stars (probably just to sell us a product or two). And maybe it’s time we did.

By the way, happy b-day to all of us as this blog has been online for 1 year now thanks to all of yoy, my dear and beautiful readers outthere.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)


Corporate favorites – minimal look for a day at the office


Hello beauties,

2015 has started quickly. Against all trends, I refuse to make the new year’s objectives list as it is far from me the discipline of following such directions. Priorities change as our lives change with a faster pace than we have ever seen, and what we consider mundane is swifted accordingly.

These being said, my first week started in a high speed. And for a corporate girl like me some mornings only need a quick fix so I’m sharing my products of choice list with you for a 10 minute makeup look with a minimal effort.

After moisturizing my face and applying a primer, I reach either for the CC cream either for a foundation that doesn’t need much of blending – this would be MaxFactor Facefinity All Day Flawless foundation (you can read the full review here). For the eyelids I would use a nude matte shadow in a neutral color like the mono from NYX (Blame It On Midnight). Instead of eyeliner, I would use a bronze or brown pencil (like this chocolate brown from Bourjois) and if I want a more dramatic effect (like for a day to night transition look) I will use a black pencil along the (upper) waterline like the waterproof black kohl from Flormar.

For highlighting I would use the lovely mosaic powder from Melkior (for a full review, click here) but also for a discreet and matte effect I use a white pencil (this one is from Avon, Color Trend collection – which I might recommend for you as it has a fair ratio of price – quality). To add a little colour in the cheeks I always go for NARS Orgasm, my all times favorite blush – I really love the pink golden effect this product has.

The final stroke will come with a touch of mascara – I am currently using this one from Rimmel Scandaleyes (you can read the full review here) but as this is not the best money can buy, any mascara for volume that you have will do and with this I am ready for another day at the office.

What about you, what products do you choose when you are in a hurry? Leave a small comment with your 10 minutes makeup of choice.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

May empties


I can’t believe we are almost done with May and summer will be officially here.

If you ask me some of the products from this month’s empties list  I’m really glad that I’m done with. So:

Makeup – it’s a short list as I have been quite lazy in this aspect, buying more than using:
Peggy Sage concealer – I never got to review this concealer and maybe it’s better I did not. The color was not a perfect match and the consistency was a little bit watery. It didn’t really conceal anything, it only gave a funky coloration to the skin. I don’t want to repeat this experience again.
Bourjois Volume Glamor Max Definition mascara – at first I liked this mascara. But then it got flacky after a couple of hours of wearing it. And after three months it got a funky smell and I refused to wear it any longer. And this mascara is also surprisingly difficult to remove. For me, it was a fail.

Face products – the list is a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly:
Galenic micellar water (review: here) – I am determined to try some more Galenic products an their micellar water remains for me one of the most effective currently on the market.
Avene Antirougeurs Jour – I’ve used this product in seeking complementary products for my rosaceea. Also was approved by my dermathologist. I’m sorry to say that it didn’t have a visible effect on my condition and as a moisturizer, this is a poor product. After finishing this, I tried Rosaliac ( not the whole product but one week sample received at the local pharmacy) but also I was not convinced by the texture and efficiency.
KIKO Purifying Mask (review: here) – if you haven’t already tried their products just go get some as they are amazingly well formulated.
Farmec Aslavital Instant Lift intense repair serum – I’m a big fan of this local cosmetics brand as they are up to their promises and this product it is no different nonetheless. Applied each evening before the night cream, it makes your fine lines go away or diminish. The effects are quite long-lasting and I would buy this again when I will get the chance.

Klorane dry shampoo (review: here) – it is without any doubt one of the best and currently my favorite.
Dove purely pampering (review: here) – I’m so glad this product is over as it was the first time in my life when I was trying to take a shower holding my breath. Literally. Instead I’ve bought a soap bar also from Dove that has been quite pleasant.
Eucerin PH5 Hand Cream – here, the travel-size version: nice hand-cream, very effective, pleasant smell. I think you should give it a try.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast (review: here) – very good cream; doe make a small difference in the scars appearance. And no, it’s not a substitute for laser.
Natura Ekos Pitanga perfume – if you travel to South America you might want to try Natura’s products, which is one of the local leading cosmetics companies. This perfume smells very exotic, very fresh and sexy and impressively long lasting.
– Other products: Tania shampoo (this is a cheap shampoo that I’ve been using in the last couple of weeks for thorough makeup brushes cleaning), polish remover (bought from Auchan, quite ok), Herbosophy intimate washing lotion,

What were your May empties?

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Bourjois blush

Bourjois blush

Hello ladies! I hope that those of you celebrating Easter have a wonderful weekend among your loved ones. For those who don’t, just have fun anyway:-)

Today I’ve decided that I’m being lazy and you know that laziness brings a special health shimmer on your face. Talk about shimmer: Bourjois is one of the brands that I have a special affection for. One day I’ve decided to be bold: I had to buy a blush. So this was the moment when shade 37 came into my life. Rose Pompon.

Rose Pompon is a soft shimmery peachy rose shade which I figured will be perfect for day wear. Yes, I know it’s not that bold as I’ve imagined but my inner self was quite joyous with this blush. Future was to prove me the opposite.

– very nice package, comes also with a cute little brush
– very nice color
– low pigmentation ( for me it’s a plus as I wanted a subtle blush)

– funky fragrance (it smells like old people aftershave)
– the product is developing a protective coat in time and at a point you have to scrape it.

My rating: 6/10. Would I buy it again? No.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Bourjois Color Boost


There’s been a lot of hype about the chubby sticks lipsticks in the last year. First it was Clinique, then Revlon but Bourjois.

Color Boost Lipstick in shade Fuschia Libre has recently entered in my makeup bag but I believe this is only the beginning of a long love affair.

– This chubby stick is gorgeous: full, sexy, rich pigmented colour, non-sticky texture, SPF 15.
– quite cheap compared to the high-end pioneer-product from Clinique that every self-respecting beauty blogger has reviewed.

– for a more defined look you need a separate lip pencil.
– formula is not a long-lasting one.

Overall, I would rate this product 7 /10 and can clearly state that I would buy this product again.

Until next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)