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6 SPRING BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

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Ahh, Spring. The time of blooming cherry trees and crocus. The soft escape from winter. The season of rebirth and regrowth. And…an endless indecisiveness. If anything makes me nervous, it’s being in a constant state of ‘in between’. Yes, this whishy-washy sister of summer puts us in dilemmas. It’s often too cold for a skirt, but too warm for a long thick coat (there goes a classic). Even our shoe game is put at stake. Embrace the peep toe or safely buckle up in something boot-like? But the biggest challenge of all remains my make up bag. Sudden changes of weather conditions ask for options, especially in terms of beauty. I over pack and over stack everything in my life. Shoes, crunchy cookies, sticky notes but most of all lipsticks. They say the content your bag often represents your lifestyle. If you are like me, your bag probably looks like a whirlwind of surprises. A bit like spring, ironically. In order to make peace with my bag – and life a bit easier – I came up with a little formula. Nothing mathematical, it’s all practical. Better yet, a tool kit of 6 Spring beauty essentials (Sabrina already made a Winter version HERE). 1. A versatile, long wearing foundation stick. For instance this one from Bobbi Brown. This pocketsize bad boy feels weightless and has a firm, creamy texture that blends in perfectly with your skin color. 2. A nourishing, covering concealer. Unfortunately, we can’t buy sleep. But we can cover dark circles. This creamy and pressed powder combo, again from Bobbi, does it like no other. How can she be so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed despite having been up all night? 3. A multifaceted lip palette. Don’t let the Barbie connotation of this product scare you. They are not exclusively for six year olds. The Pro Lip Palette in Editorial Oranges from MAC contains six (what’s in a number?) colors in vibrant, orange hues. Yay, options! Names include Sheen Supreme, Sandy B and Look At Her. That alone is reason enough to equip oneself with this palette, isn’t it? 4. An all-purpose blush. Some beauty looks work great with sun kissed cheeks. Others call for a rosier glow, or even a combination of both. The Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer from Guerlain gives the possibility to work with bronze and pink shades separately, as well as together. A huge plus! 5. A multidimensional eye shadow palette. A perfect neutral matte or a bold smokey eye? The great thing about this more compact version of the Naked Palette by Urban Decay is the way it allows to build. Rich in pigment, with just a hint of satin. 6. A high precision mascara. What opens up your eyes more than mascara? Le Volume de Chanel helps to achieve instant volume in a single stroke. Whether you prefer full or subtle, separated lashes, the short bristles of this mascara allows enough play. Brows, lips, cheeks and eyes, this setup provides the ingredients to a menu of fresh looks. From a self-respected ‘barely there’ style to a dramatic party look, it’s all covered in this little mix. But, wait a minute. You need proof? This post calls for a cliffhanger… Skin Foundation Stick, Bobbi Brown; Concealer Kit, Bobbi Brown; Pro Lip Palette [Editorial Oranges], MAC; Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer [00], Guerlain; Naked Basic Palette, Urban Decay; Le Volume Mascara [Vert Grisé], Chanel.

6 SPRING BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

ILLUMINATORS

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It’s been a while since I last talked about making my skin look as radiant as it gets. And even though that routine is still pretty much the same, here is some tips for that extra glow. Now you could say using a highlighter is cheating, but adding a little something never really hurt anyone, did it? The best highlighters I am currently switching between are: Lustre Drops by MAC My most recent acquisition. These tiny little bottles (they only contain 18ml.) of magic notably showed up in every backstage corner during Fashion Week. They were to be found in every make-up artists bag of necessities and that made me want to have it, badly. I got it probably the first week I arrived in LA and what I like about it is that it is very (read: véry) subtle. It can be mixed with foundation/day cream/BB cream too, but I am yet to test that out since I mainly use it as just a highlighter after I applied the rest of my make-up. Just the smallest drop of lustre is enough for a tad bit on the bridge of my nose and cheekbones. Terracotta by Guerlain This is probably a more extreme version of the Lustre Drops. It’s a powder and definitely asks for the less is more formula. Kind of like a bronzer – but lighter – and that is exactly how I use it. Super little amounts, with a huge *ss brush. Touche Éclat by YSL Touche Éclat is mostly known for hiding pimples, blackheads, lumps and bumps, which it doesn’t do very well, since it was never meant to be used as a concealer in the first place. As I am fairly blessed with my skin and rarely have one pimple to hide, nor do I get dark circles – let alone bags under my eyes (* knocks on wood) – I liked to use this as a highlighter from the moment I got it. My very favorite way to use any of these is to dab a little on the inner-corners of my eyes. Make me look instantly awake. Shine on, crazy diamond! Lustre Drops [Sun Rush], MAC; Terracotta [Sweep of Sunlight], Guerlain (this one is so old I don’t even think it is available any longer); Touche Éclat [2, Luminous Ivory], YSL.

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RADIANT SKIN

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Getting radiant skin is not something that can be achieved by only smudging things on the outside, but it sure helps. I have never had super complicated skin, until I used a tonic cleanser that caused a severe allergic reaction that seriously looked – and felt – like I had burning marks. At first I thought it was my day cream and so I threw out that 80 euro costing jar that I got as a gift and cursed the gifter. After a few weeks of giving my skin some well deserved rest and using a hormone cream (which you do not want to use unless you really have to, it damages your skin to the max!), I started using a bit of make-up again and got the same allergic reaction. I quickly figured it was my tonic, instead of that day cream. After going through that whole process twice, I decided I would never randomly put something on my face ever again and so I went back to my old trusted goodie goodies, which I now officially declare my holy grail of skincare. I first got introduced to Origins about a year ago in New York during Fashion Week, when I went for a quick facial pitstop in between shows. Ever since then I became a huge (read: huge!) fan of their VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. “Slip it on first thing tomorrow – you’ll look like you eat right, sleep tight & don’t have a worry in sight”, says the description of the product on their website and that is exactly what it does. For an extra bit of ‘shine’, I put a tiny little of Guerlain Terracotta Summer in the City Poudre Éclat Metal Attrape Soleil (yes, that is a mouth full) on my nasal bone, in the inner corners of my eyes and right above my upper lip. This might sound super weird, but with the right amount it looks super fresh. Before I go to bed, I wash everything off with Origins A Perfect World™ Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea and their Age Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea. Some Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer, et voilà! My skin never felt or looked as healthy as it does now.

RADIANT SKIN

MAKE-UP FAVS

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Ok, I am in NO way a make-up expert and I like things very very natural, but every now and then I discover this new product that I then super overuse until the bottle/package is more than empty. My beauty favs at the moment are Garnier BB Cream – that cream is like a miracle in a bottle, ever since I started using this back in June, I stopped using foundation and got so many people asking me if I just came back from a holiday. MAC Mineralize Blush in Early Morning – I used to use Blush Baby, but replaced it with this limited edition color (I have a weakness for l.e. stuff). And Guerlain Terracotta in A Sweep of Sunlight, – I can tell you it literally is ‘a sweep of sunlight’ on your face.

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GUERLAIN SHALIMAR INITIAL

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advertorial – One of my main criteria when choosing a perfume is that – apart from the fact that ofcourse it has to smell good – is that it has to be fresh, with a little bit of an edge so it fits my style. Guerlain’s Shalimar Initial is a fresher and more youthful edition of the original Shalimar, with hints of toasted vanilla sugar, centifolia rose, tonka beans and velvety iris. Yummm!

GUERLAIN SHALIMAR INITIAL