On my wishlist this week #15

agosto 19, 2013

Le Blush Crème De Chanel Cream Blush // Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera and Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo // SEPHORA The Weekender // Estee Lauder Cheek Rush Gel Blush // Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Candle

001 I'm all over cream blushes at the moment and of course the latest Chanel release had me weak at the knees in a handful of seconds. Le Blush Crème De Chanel (27£) come in 6 gorgeous shades and I'm having a seriusly hard time picking up the prettiest one. Of course I don't need another blush, but since when has Chanel got anything to do with need anyways?

002 And of course when I've finally made up my mind about the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera (23£) and slipped it in my cart for a future purchase, here comes another amazing release: a range of six nudes available in different intensities and undertones for perfect fit for everyone.
I love me some bright lips of course, but the fact I've never been able to find the right shade of nude to make me look sophisticated as opposite of dead, has been bugging me for years. So, excuse me, but I'll file the need to try at least one of the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo (30$) under 'for science purposes'.

003 I've been lusting over the Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio Home and Away (65£) for months now but I'm still a little unsure about it - shiny snake skin isn't really my thing and it looks a bit tacky to be honest -. I've been looking for a nice dupe and The Weekender by Sephora (38$) is the best alternative so far. It looks quite amazing actually and the quilted black case is a lot more professional. I'm afraid it might be a US exclusive but I'm absolutely determined to put my paws on it.

004 Wait, another blush? What a shocker! I understand I'm a little late on the Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush Gel Blushes (24£) bandwagon but the description reminds me a lot of the Clarins Eclat Minute ones - that where limited edition for Summer 2012 -, which by the way I'm still loving to pieces and rationing like a crazy person. Half jelly blush half stain sounds great for this time of the year when I'm all about natural flush and thin, long lasting textures.

005 My sweet tooth is showing I'm afraid. I've almost burned my way through my candle stash and it's nearly time to stock up again. Yankee's fall/winter scents are always so good and I can't wait to put my hands on this one in particular: can you imagine the gooey sweetness of burnt caramel with a whiff of sea salt to give it an edge? Better stop right here before the keyboard gets all sticky with drool.

What's on your wishlist this week?


Tag: My Top 5 Va Va Voom! Products

agosto 12, 2013

MAC Eyeshadows Retrospect - Bronze - Romp - Club // MAC #33 Lashes // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused // MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush // NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Any self-respecting makeup lover's stash is packed with little gems and dozens of beauty favourites. However we can count the products we really rely on when we want to feel special and glamorous on the fingers of one hand. For instance, to recreate my signature look I like to wear for nights out or special events, when I don't want to worry about flash-backs and ghost faces or touch ups, I only need a few trusty products.

Skin is my favourite feature, so of course I like to take my time to perfect it and make it look flawless. NARS Sheer Glow (30.50£) is the foundation I rely on when I need my base to stay put all night and look glowy and natural, despite the great coverage. It's more of an autumn-winter foundation but it resist well to summer heat as well. I take my time to buff it into the skin and blend it well for it's much pigmented and a little goes a long way. It has no spf in it so it's perfect for night time and it photographs really well. Usually I wouldn't feel the need to set it with powder because it lasts quite well on my dry skin but I can't say no to a thin veil of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused (38£). The latest addition to my powders stash doesn't add any coverage or sit on the skin like traditional powders, but diffuses and softens light in an uber flattering way. It's not an oil-control powder but sets the base and due to its soft yellow hues, Diffused subtly corrects redness and minimizes imperfections. It's like a fairy godmother in compact form and it's perfect for touch-ups because, no matter how many layers you apply, it never looks cakey. For the night I tend to put my beloved cream blushes to the side and turn toward powder formulas instead. MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush (20£) it's the perfect burnt peach to define and sculpt the cheeks, while the soft gold flecks give a gorgeous Victoria Secrets glow. It's such an underrated blush; it deserves so much more love in my opinion. It complements pretty much every look, from bold lips to smokey eyes.

For the day I gravitate towards soft smokey eyes or simple liners and bright lips. However in the evening I prefer to draw attention to the eyes and I tend to go for sultry smokey looks. I purposely created this eyeshadow quad with MAC Pro Palette Refills Pans (10£) in the shades Retrospect, Bronze, Romp and Club to create a beautiful bronze-ish gradient. I finish off the look with a fine line of black liner, a generous coat of mascara and of course a pair of my favourite lashes. MAC #33 Lashes (10£) are super comfortable and look so natural, especially when cut in half and worn as accent lashes. They are the kind of lashes that make people wonder if you're actually wearing falsies or you've finally found the best mascara.

These are the products I wear when I want to feel extra special and picture perfect. What are your va va voom! essentials?


July Favourites

agosto 01, 2013

REN Omega 3 Night Repair Serum // Diptyque Philosykos EDT // REVLON Colorstay Lip pencil in Nude // Jouer matte Moisture Tint in Porcelain // Pupa Like A Doll Cream Blush #201 // Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer // And Other Stories Nail Polish in Madras Lime & Sarzil Mango
Heat waves and busy days made me strip my routine to its bare-bones and keep it simple in the last few weeks. Here are the essentials that made it to the top list during the month of July.

The REN Omega 3 Night Repair Serum (34£) is not just one of my favourite products of the month but it might actually be my favourite serum ever. I thought nothing could take Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair's place in my heart but this truly blew me away. My skin looks plumper, softer and more hydrated every time I use it. It's like a full night of beauty sleep in liquid form and the fruit salad scent is to die for. I doubt anything will ever match this serum. I'm so pleased with everything REN I've tried so far, I want to try out the whole range now.

Lately I've been seriously obsessed with fig scents and Dyptique Philosykos EDT (50£) has quickly become my signature fragrance for summer. It's sweet and slightly musky, and smells exactly like ripe figs under the sun. In the past I tended to skip fragrances when it was too hot outside, but Philosykos isn't too overwhelming and is so light and fresh it feels almost like a body spray.

As for makeup, foundation can be a little tricky in the summer months but I managed to find an amazing pair for my easy days, when I can get away with a lighter coverage but I still want everything to stay put till night time. The Chantecaille Just Skin Moisturizer (57£) is a favourite of many bloggers but unfortunately never did it for me. I like the light formula and the coverage, but the dewy finish somehow, instead of giving a radiant appearance to my skin, makes tiny bumps and pores look worse. However when I mix it with the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (29£) - kind of a tinted moisturizer version of my beloved Laura Mercier Silk crème - I get a flawless, demi-matte base that stays perfect for hours and doesn't feel too heavy. I've also been using the Pupa Like A Doll Cream Blush #201 (10£) non-stop since I bought it. This cream-to-powder coral blush is terribly flattering for my porcelain complexion and lasts really well throughout the hottest days. I simply buff it on my cheeks with my foundation brush, building the color slightly on the apples for a natural flush.

A couple of new additions to my nail polish collection include Madras Lime and Sarzil Mango from the And Other Stories Nail Color (6£) range. I'm loving wearing these two shades at the moment. The price is decent, the formula very good and the brush is the same amazing one featured by Dior and Essie Diffusion polishes. I wasn't overly impressed by the rest of the makeup range but these are definitely worth a look.
Finally, I had the chance to try the REVLON Colorstay Lip pencil in Nude (6.29£) on a job and I loved it so much I added it to my collection right away. It's the perfect mix of pink, brown and mauve therefore works well on many different skin tones. I'm actually seriously impressed by the Colorstay formula: it's opaque, long-lasting and doesn't feel drying on the lips.

What have you been loving lately?