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Corporate favorites – minimal look for a day at the office

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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:-)

July empties

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Hello beauties!

The time has come for that post of the month to go through all that empties accumulated in July and see what’s worth buying again or trying some more.

Body

  • Jardin de France Brume de Fraicheur – in the midst of the summer, skin moisturizing and cleanness is a top priority. Using thermal water can definitely help and getting it at a 400 ml dosage seemed like a nice deal when I came across this nice bottle in a drugstore. To me it seemed mostly like tap water under a low pressure and in fact not even half of it it is used and shall never be used again. If you come across this brand choose Avene instead and save your money.
  • Honeymania shower gel from Body Shop (you can read my review here) – although we are two persons in this house, this shower gel was really a treat and I’ve used it accordingly. But I am always eager to try the amazing fragrances from Body Shop and be surprised.

 

Hair

  • Rainforest Radiance conditioner from Body Shop ( read my review of this product here) – it was a good conditioner but it didn’t wow me but I never expected them to.
  • Avon Nourishing Shampoo with nettle& burdock – I like the products from Avon Naturals Herbal gamma. Somehow, Avon reminds me about how it was like being a teenager: no money but their products made you feel so rich by diversity and accessibility. So out of sheer nostalgia sometimes I do acquire their products which reminds me why on some segments they are leaders of the market here. If you have no special expectations their products will not fail you. This shampoo is the same: does it’s job very neatly, does have a decent fragrance, does not irritate the scalp, does not improve the appearance of a brittle hair but at least the hair is clean and nice.
  • Batiste dry shampoo – (you can see the full review here) – see, it did last longer! If you haven’t tried it, maybe you should give it a go.

 

Skin

  • Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness care cream – this is fully part of my morning routine now as this bottle was replaced by a fresh one. In terms of moisturizing a redness prone skin undergoing treatment it is one of the best I’ve tried but you can read my full review here.
  • Ivatherm Una Anti-aging eye contour cream – as I’ve anticipated this cream was vanished before I could properly end the review for it (here). Considering this, I don’t understand why these products are charged so much as for seeing the real effects it probably takes a lot more than a bottle. Shame on you for trying to rip the consumer!

 

Nails

  • Yves Rocher shiny clear nail polish – I’ve been using this as top coat and actually it’s a decent one. But as the months went by and the red gamma in my nail polish stack diversified this started to become somehow dry and it was harder to apply it. I would not give a special recommendation for this product as I am not fully convinced about their quality – somehow it still feels like Yves Rocher is trying to play in the medium priced league but never got the chance to learn the game of quality yet.
  • Flormar Nail base coat hardener – it’s one of the cheap brands, their products are so and so. This base-coat has not improved the quality of my nails a bit but it has worked fine.

And yes, no makeup this month as I’ve been buying a lot of stuff lately and never got the chance to finish anything. But we’ll see what august brings for us.

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

Eyebrows make-up – the ugly, the good, the bad

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Hello, ladies!

I know this is not a new subject for some of you but I’ve noticed that this step in any kind of makeup is usually forgot or left behind although eyebrows can dramatically change the way you look. If you have naturally light or sparse eyebrows or you did too much tweezing,this would be a solution for a better eyebrow appearance.

First, I would recommend shaping your eyebrows. If you are not sure at what you are doing with the tweezers, better call for professional help.

Then, as far as the filling and drawing goes, there are many ways, but I will underline only the easiest and the ones that you can apply at home:

  • eyebrows powders – use shades close to your brow color and apply them using a brush (angled brush or you can even use a detailer brush). If you are a beginner you can use the Eyebrow Kit from ELF, which is a duo combination of eyebrow gel and powder.  The pigmented gel can be used to define the eyebrow and the powder will be used to set the color and fill the gaps.
  • eyebrows pencils – if the gel and the powder seems too complicated, or you are running out of time, you can always use the pencils. Look for pencils with smooth and soft texture and bear in mind that the pencils’ colors are always more powerful than the ones from eyebrow powders. As a starter, I’m currently using this pencil from Flormar as it does a decent job.
  • eyebrow gels – for a more nude / natural look you can apply this gels, that look like mascara. They  come in different shades and also can be clear. My favorite is this gel mascara from KIKO Cosmetics.

Tell me if you liked this kind of post by leaving your comment bellow.

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