I have used brow pencils for what seems to be ages and now that I finished my final bit of my last one, I felt the need to try something new. Something different.
Who knew brow gel would quickly become the new holy grail of my morning routine? Leaving the house without the littlest dash of blush used to be my big no-no. No mascara, no nothing else. Few weeks later, it is all about the brows.
I need my brows!
After applying some of the darkest hue of taupe from my eyeshadow (for dummies) palette, I comb the part of my brows closest to my nose up with some gel for a natural full look. Then from the point of the arch, I just go with the flow. It is like a mascara, but for brows.
Makes a huge big difference if you ask me.
How about you? Do you really do your brows or do you leave them the way they are? And what is the one product you need to apply before you walk out the door?
Brow Gel [Oural], Nars.
Tags: Brows, Nars
Posted on February 22nd, 2014, in
A quick snap of what is currently on my night stand, which is not an actual night stand. A stack of designer shoe boxes filled with jewelry that I do not wear on a daily basis, my collection of sunglasses and some other randomness functions as my bed side table until I find a proper solution.
I just realized that when you look at my night stand, I come across as someone who is either afraid of getting wrinkles or just started getting some. Now my busy schedule in the past few (ánd upcoming) weeks might just supply with my very first, but I just generally like these products. If it can make matured women look like teenagers, I guess it can make me look like a baby.
Paper Weight, Vintage (via The Recollection in Antwerp); Notebook, Anna + Nina; Lucky Clover Earring, Zag (Gifted from Nicole); Loveless Scented Candle, Byredo; Regenessence Youth Regenerator, Giorgio Armani; Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment, Origins; Lait-Crème Concentré, Embryolisse.
Posted on February 8th, 2014, in
Yes, eyeshadow is back! It has only recently found it’s way back into my beauty cabinet – preferably filled with a very limited amount of products – and I have been using it almost everyday since.
I always thought people who know how to work their eyeshadows were pretty intriguing. But now that I have this palette filled with neutral mattes and subtle shimmers, my routine (of simply skipping eyeshadow) has changed. It is kind of like Eyeshadow For Dummies, as it comes with suggestions on how to manage different eye shapes.
The thing with eyeshadow is that I used to buy just one color and then didn’t really know what to do with it. Those all ended up either being gifted to friends or in my gigantic box of unused beauty products.
Now back to this palette.
For a natural everyday look, I apply the lightest matte all over my lids since it matches my skin color quite perfectly. Then, a little dab of the lightest shimmer on the inner corner or my eyes. A little trick I learned from my beauty guru friend Yara, which makes one look as if they slept for 14 hours. In a row! When I wake up on time (= extra mirror time) I use a bit of the darker mattes on the outer corner to make the whole thing feel less plain.
Also, the dark taupe is perfect for my brows! I know it wasn’t meant to be used that way, but I finished my brow pencil last week and I wasn’t sure what kind of product I wanted to try next.
It looks so natural it is almost invisible.
Full Exposure Palette, Smashbox.
This post was created in collaboration with Smashbox.
Tags: eyeshadow, Smashbox
Posted on February 7th, 2014, in
Yes, my winter beauty bag contains more than just skin care products. We need make-up too! I don’t change my make-up products for the winter season as much as I do with moisturizers and such, but I do have a few blush favorites up my sleeve. Currently on rotation are (pictured from left to right):
NARS Powder Blush in Amour. I could have opted for the award winning Orgasm – I am talking about their most famous blush here, not the between the sheets equivalent – but I am all down for Amour. Shimmer and light peachy pink is more of a summer thing to me any way. This though is a coral with slight red undertones and is probably the most natural looking blush I have ever flushed on my cheeks. The only thing is that you have to be very super gentle when applying this love story, since it is so pigmented. Just a tap will do.
MAC Mineralize Blush in Early Morning. Limited edition is fun and all, but if something ends up being your ultimate favorite, you are screwed. Which is exactly what happened to this warm-toned friend that I pretty much love for all seasons. Unfortunately not available anymore – the color on my cheeks made two of my friends go on an unsatisfying hunt for this particular blush – but still a favorite.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon. My blush line up wouldn’t be complete without at least one cream based, now would it (#firstworldproblems)? Even though I have a whole army of dry winter skin fighters on working shifts between my bathroom cabinet and handbag, the cold and pouring rain sometimes win a battle. That’s when my melon-colored cream blush comes in. Keeps my cheeks looking their very dewiest and the fact that it is easy to apply with my finger tips makes me want to keep it around at all times. The only downside is that it needs re-application throughout the day.
Turns out I am into coral peachy tones that all sounds like they were meant for spring/summer.
What’s your favorite blush? Does anyone have any experience with a 100% natural/organic blush?
Powder Blush [Amour], NARS; Mineralize Blush [Early Morning], MAC; Pot Rouge [Fresh Melon], Bobbi Brown.
Tags: Blush, Bobbi Brown, Mac, Nars
Posted on January 17th, 2014, in
Like rag socks, tucked-in hair is a super quick and easy styling trick that looks instantly chic. It is easiest with a turtle neck (like I am unintentionally intentionally doing here) or high collar something, but works just as well with basically anything with a neckline as long as your hair is long enough to stay shoved in.
Chanel demonstrated the look with heavy chain chokers on its fall/winter 2013 runway and Mulberry and Hermès were doing the faux bob too.
There is a whole theory to be found on the internet about how to create a perfectly tousled tucked-in hair look, but I believe the key is to not even try. Just put in some sturdy hair product, throw on a sweater and leave your hair in. Wait for some fly-aways et voilà, nonchalance and effortlessness in a jiffy.
What do you think?
Turtle Neck, Céline.
Tags: Céline, Mini Trend, Turtle Neck
Posted on January 13th, 2014, in