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CLEANING RITUAL

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To be completely and utterly honest, I go to bed without taking my make up off every once in a while. I know, I know, it’s bad. Sue me. It is just that I sometimes wait until I am way too super tired to even bother starting the whole cleaning ritual. (And then the next day I wake up asking myself where I got that pimple from.) Now that I found a ritual that almost leaves me too fresh-faced to be true when done, it is a little easier to spent some extra minutes in the bathroom before jumping in my pj’s and diving into bed. Here’s what I do to get the cleanest face in the world. It all starts with a bit of raw undefined coconut oil that I bought at Wholefoods in LA – but can be bought at just about any hipster food store – which melts as soon as you touch it. I carefully rub the oil over my lids and lashes until I look like Kung Fu Panda. With a wet towel, I rinse the oil off my eyes. The hardest part is done. For my face, I use the Enzyme Cleansing Gel from Mario Badescu. Anything else gives me extremely dry skin. On heavy make up days (read: after a party or shoot), I also use A Perfect World Age-Defense Treatment Lotion With White Tea from Origins to remove the very last bits of dirt. Lastly I use Peptide Renewal Cream from Mario Badescu, a nice and thick cream to take on the night shift. There you go, an easy peasy 3 or 4 step cleaning ritual. Now tell me yours! Coconut Oil, Spectrum; Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Mario Badescu; Age-Defense Lotion, Origins; Peptide Renewal Cream, Mario Badescu.

CLEANING RITUAL

BEAUTY TALK WITH YARA

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There is just one person in the entire world that can make me want to fill my whole entire basket at Sephora and that is Yara. She does not work in beauty, but she sure knows her stuff. She taught me about this magic pink egg (article coming soon!), dragged a whole suitcase full of make-up to New York and easily creates the best subtle smoky eye for everyday wear. Time for a beauty talk! Your morning ritual? I would love to say I am that person that eats her healthy biological breakfast every morning, but as I am not a morning person, I usually take a run for the shower in slight panic. I regularly skip breakfast really (yes, I know it is the worst thing to do). Make-up wise, I kind of always create the same look, which – due to lots of practicing – I am able to do within 5 minutes. My mornings are all about trying to create some sort of decency in the littlest timeframe. Can you tell us about that look? I am a huge fan of French brands when it comes to skin care and I currently use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm before I put on my Make Up Forever HD Primer and Foundation. Some say one should put eyeshadow first to prevent fall-out, but I like to start with a proper base. I always put bronzer on my cheekbones and a bit of Wet ‘n Wild Pearlescent Pink 831E blush on my cheeks. It might be the oddest brand name in beauty history (it sounds sounds a little raunchy!), but it is one of my best budget tips. This blush is only 4 dollars and a pretty good dupe for Nars Orgasm. One of my other budget tips is Duane Reade in the US, where I regularly go shopping in my pj’s in the middle of the night to cure jetlag insomnia. For the eyes, my new discovery is a winged eyeliner in a rusty copper tone by M.A.C. My signature look is probably a subtle taupe shade from the Urban Decay Naked Palette #2 with a darker accent on the lash line. Matte eyeshadows are my favorite, a bit of shimmer is fine, but nothing glittery. Mascara is quite a defining part of my look and I am currently using Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells, which has a nice thin brush. For the lips, I use Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It is my ultimate favorite product on earth. Oh and eyebrows! I used to use a powder, but I recently switched to an Eyebrow Powder Gel from Helena Rubinstein in Taupe Blonde. Quite some products, haha. I just like playing around with it all, and only use a little bit of everything. Applying my make-up is one of my favorite moments of the day, maybe even better than getting dressed! It’s a peaceful little moment I have all to myself before I start a hectic day. Any changes from day to night? I already play around with eyeshadow for daytime, but I like to go a bit darker when I go out. I never take it off to start all over, instead I like to layer with for example a winged eyeliner, some black eyeshadow or a touch of gold. What about your hair? My holy grail of hair care is Sea Salt Texturizing Spray from Toni&Guy, which I use to create a bit of a wave with my hands. And my hair mask with pear oil from Christophe Robin that smells so good I would almost want to eat it! Also, I think dry shampoo is one of the best inventions. I just try to never use anything that makes my hair go flat, I like things fluffy. Favorite fragrance? Jean Paul Gaultier Classique. I would love to have something no one else wears, but I just really love this one. The ultimate product that still does not exist, would be… Something that makes hair grow like crazy, like an extra 20cm in the blink of an eye. And if you could use just one product for the rest of your life? Oh my, I knew you were going to ask me this one! I guess mascara, since it makes the biggest difference. I am doubting between mascara, a rosy blush or eyebrow gel, since they all make you look more fresh and awake. Eyebrow gel is probably the most original answer, and I like how a defined brow shapes the face. I’ll choose that one and then secretly put on mascara when you are not looking! Funniest beauty story? As a writer for Dutch ELLE magazine, I had to test drive all kinds of crazy catwalk looks for a week. I did a flamingo eye, pink and yellow, that was shown at Peter Som and had a tribal experiment on my forehead that made me look like I was on my way to a live action role play convention, plastic swords included! They even made me go to meetings looking like that. Anything else? I use glycolic acid by Etat Pur as an exfoliant instead of facial scrubs. Most people are not aware of the fact that scrubs make tiny little scratches on your skin – and I appreciate that this is all natural. PREVIOUS BEAUTY CONVERSATIONS Siddhartha – make-up artist. Titia – executive fashion editor at The […]

BEAUTY TALK WITH YARA

IN THIS MONTHS BEAUTY BAG

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This month’s beauty bag is filled with nude nail polishes and a minimal look with a minimum amount of products. It is just too humid to paint the face, no? Nail polishes in all kinds of nudes I used to experiment with all kinds of colors on my nails, but I recently threw out the bright ones. Nude, more natural colors look great with a sun kissed skin and are therefor perfect for summer. From now on, I will only use those, plus a fire-y red, burgundy or black. Eye treatment by Origins You all know by now that I am a huge Origins fan and even though this eye treatment is meant to create a younger-looking me (I surely do not need that, as I still have to show my id when I go buy wine…), I like to use it too. Random hair elastics With the humid weather we are currently dealing with – hey, I am not complaining because at least we have sun! – I like to wear my hair in a simple ponytail. Just to keep it out of my neck and face. Eyelash curler by Chanel During summer, I like to wear as little make-up as possible and usually stick to a maximum of three or four products. Before I apply my mascara, I always use this friend. Black mascara I know maybe a dark brown mascara might look better on me, but I just can not let the pitch-black one go. I always pick a random mascara – which is whatever I can find in my make-up drawer – and then use it for a month or so before I pick the next random one. I like the Lancôme ones a lot though. Ruby Woo by MAC The color that looks good on all… Step Right Up!, Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? and Suzi Takes The Wheel, OPI; Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment, Origins; Eyelash Curler, Chanel; Hypnôse Drama Mascara, Lancôme; Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC.

IN THIS MONTHS BEAUTY BAG

BEAUTY TALK WITH SIDDHARTHA

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I currently seem to be in constant travel mode this month and speaking of travelling all the time, Siddhartha travels all over the world for her job as a make-up artist. Apart from working for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Glamour and doing campaigns for brands such as Sisley, Mexx and Tommy Hilfiger, she – as you can see from her badges (including Alexander Wang, Chloé, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Vanessa Bruno) – regularly works her magic backstage during Fashion Week being part of the key team of make-up guru Diane Kendal. Your morning ritual? It totally depends on what my day looks like, but I always start with coffee, water and fruit. After my morning shower and cleaning my face and based on my mood and schedule, I choose my look for that day. For example when I am a bit tired, I like to use Ruby Woo from MAC to give me an instant fresh look. That lipstick is one of my absolute favorite products and I feel like all women should have one in their bag. It looks great on just about anyone and is the opposite of tacky, because it is matte. Other favorite products are Origins Anti-Aging Cleanser, Oil Free Cream and Treatment Lotion and Aesop Fabulous Face Oil. What about your hair? After washing it, I use Moroccanoil Treatment and put Lush R&B in the ends. And I am a huge fan of Balmain Texturizing Salt Spray and Silk Perfume as well, it smells amazing! Most recent beauty buy? Wild roses douche gel and oil from Weleda. Your make-up look in a word or two? Je ne sais quoi. Favorite fragrance? Beach Walk by Margiela, it really does smell like vacation. The ultimate product that still does not exist, would be… Some sort of cream to make eyebrows grow back, for women that went a little crazy with their tweezers. Oh, and nail polish that dries quicker than quick, because the current ones still take ages. And if you could use just one product for the rest of your life? Just one?! I can’t live without my lash curler, but a descent moisturizer is just as important. Ok, lash curler. Biggest beauty secret? Sleep as much as you can and drink as much water possible, it is the best medicine for when you travel loads or have long working hours. And smile a LOT, no cream or moisturizer can beat that! PREVIOUS BEAUTY CONVERSATIONS Titia – executive fashion editor at The Collector. Anna – co-founder at NSMBL.

BEAUTY TALK WITH SIDDHARTHA

IN THIS MONTHS BEAUTY BAG

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Woah, this weather! I do not know about you, but I am officially hot today (it is 34°C outside!!) and hot weather calls for sunny make-up stuff. Sun screen for my face by Chanel Even when the sun is not all out, it is super important to protect your skin at all times. The BB cream I am usually wearing has UV protection, but for when I do not feel like wearing anything at all, I use this bag-sized Chanel. Body mist from Rituals Sometimes perfume just feels a bit too heavy during summer and that when this body mist comes in handy. Sun protection oil spray, Biodermal SPF 10, for the non sunny days. Origins moisturizer You all know by now that I am a huge Origins fan and this moisturizer smells delicious. The perfect energy booster for AM and PM. Sea salt spray by Toni&Guy Amsterdam is not too far from the beach and I love to go every now and then, but sometimes with a busy schedule it is impossible. I often use this sea salt spray to fool myself and others and pretend I spend my days at the beach. UV Essential Daily UV Care Multi-Protection, Chanel; Blossom Water Cherry Blossom Relaxing Body Mist, Rituals; Sun Tan & Protect Oil Spray, Biodermal; GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, Origins; Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, Toni&Guy.

IN THIS MONTHS BEAUTY BAG

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

BEAUTY TALK WITH ANNA

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Meet Anna Nooshin, my traveling partner during all Fashion Weeks abroad, the brains (co-founder) behind NSMBL and above all my gorgeous friend who puts her left shoe on her right foot and her right on her left foot every now and then. Having traveled together for three seasons now taught me Anna is not only a huge Chanel addict – this is not a Chanel ad -, she also has some good beauty secrets up her sleeve, time for some beauty talk. Your morning ritual? After my morning shower, I start of with Eau Efficace from Sisley, which I think is meant to be used as make-up, but I use it as a tonic. Then some day cream, always random, but I am currently using Aquamilk from Lancaster. My make-up routine starts with BB Cream from Green Tea Nude, even though I like the one from Origins a bit better. Depending on if I have events to attend or not, I use Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I always use Chanel Vitalumière Éclat (in Beige Ambré – Desert) and Etos concealer (number 1). For the eyes, I use my Chanel eyelash curler and Sisley So Intense in Deep Black, which is the best mascara ever. 99 percent of the days I create a winged eyeliner, with the first random pencil I can find. My blush is a combination of three, Nars Orgasm, MAC Copper Tone and Chanel highlighter. I finish off with some lip balm. Your last beauty purchase? Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense (eye make-up remover), I always remove my make-up and clean my face before I go to bed. Best product ever made? Etos Brightening Concealer*, if I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would be this. I have literally tried everything for my dark circles and this is the best one so far. Other favorites are Origins BB Cream, Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector and highlighter from Chanel. I like a good J.Lo glow, no shame in my game honey. Signature scent? Chanel Coco Noir, anything Chanel really. The ultimate product that still does not exist, would be… A product that completely covers dark circles, the Etos one is good, but I would kill for something that covers everything. Anything you wish you would dare to try, but you never did? Yes, I would love to get an icy blonde shaved/pixie cut! And I wish ‘nude’ would work on me, I love a nude lip on others, but it just does not look good on me. Tell me about your hair, what do you use to tame those beautiful locks? Nothing, I would advice anyone to wash their hair just once a week. I never use any products, nor do I use my blowdryer, straightener or curling iron. No dry shampoo either! This might sound gross to others, but it works for me. Biggest beauty failure? I used to have super thin eyebrows and tried blue mascara, not good. Also, I am not a huge fan of a tanned look. I once got a huge tan on vacation and trust me when I say it looked absolutely horrible on me. Beauty motto? Never overdo it, stick to what you know and keep it natural. Never follow trends! *Unfortunately Etos is not available abroad, it is a Dutch drugstore.

BEAUTY TALK WITH ANNA

FASHION WEEK ESSENTIALS /2

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Apart from bringing notebooks and a pen to write everything you see down and all, there is one thing that is super important during Fashion Week and that is keeping your skin moisturized. Since I do not live in one of the Fashion Week capitals, Fashion Week season to me is also travelling season. Tons of travelling means dry skin (read; airco!) if you do not take extra care of it. Kiehl’s lip balm #1, Mario Badescu A.H.A. & ceramide moisturizer, Origins A Perfect World for eyes, Origins Ginger Souffle whipped body cream.

FASHION WEEK ESSENTIALS /2

ESSENTIALS

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One of the most often asked questions I get is probably what beauty products I am currently using. Of course I am no expert in this area, but I would say I am quite particular choosing my products. Let me introduce to you a monthly overview of my current favorites, starting with: L’eau de Chloé perfumed bubbles Origins ginger souffle whipped body cream Yves Saint Laurent (or is it Saint Laurent Paris?) Touche Éclat 2 Chanel Le Vernis in April, May and June

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