Exclusive Interview with Ellis Faas, Make-Up Artist

I think Ellis Faas is one of the best makeup brands, and it is definitely in my top 5.  And Ellis herself is definitely one of my favourite make-up artists, her creativity knows no boundaries, the images she creates are mind-blowing.

I have actually interviewed Ellis some time ago, but never featured the interview itself, so here it is!

1. Can you please tell us something about yourself? How did you discover your love for beauty and makeup?

Initially I wanted to be a photographer, so when I was still in high-school, I did a professional makeup course. A lot of the time I was my own model, and in order to look different each time, I used makeup. I had always liked makeup, so when the photography became to technical, my love for makeup took over. So then I did a makeup course in Amsterdam and a “real” study in Paris.

2. What was your career breakthrough and highlights?

My big international break came when Mario Testino came to Amsterdam to do a shoot for l’Uomo Vogue. He wanted something extra, saw all the books and seeing my special effects portfolio, he picked me. We hit it off and then he started to take me all over the world. There are many highlights, so many great photographers, stylists, models, hair stylists – impossible to choose… But especially all “firsts” made an impression: my first show (Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld), my first big campaign (Gucci with Mario), my first shoot for Vogue Italia (with Paolo Roversi).

3. What advice would you give to those who want to be a part of a beauty/makeup industry? What are the basics they should know?

The biggest thing is that there is no mystery. People in the

Pantone Colour of 2017: Greenery

I have actually posted this on Facebook and Twitter already but why not mentioning it here, as well?

Check out the Pantone colour of the year – Greenery. What do you think of it?  Expect to see a lot of beauty products this shade of pistachio green, like the shown below butter LONDON nail varnish.

 

Speaking of nail polishes, back in 2012 a very similar but a bit more pastel pistachio was the hottest shade for manicure, every brand would bring out a shade like that, and this one was my personal favourite. I remember how I’ve created a whole list with over 20

Clarins Multi-Active Jour Cream Review

Considering that I have already written about Clarins twice this week, and the fact that they are adding an eye cream to the Multi-Active line, it seemed like a good idea to publish the feature which was in my drafts for several months already. And we are talking about Clarins  New Multi-Active Day cream for all skin types.

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I am a big fan of Clarins creams, especially the HydraQuench (I’ve been buying that range for years), and also the Daily Energizer which I’ve had more than once, as well, so I was happy to get a sample of the latest launch, 46 weeks ago (according to my Instagram, ahem). But it is better late than never, right? Plus, now I have a better impression, as I have already used the cream up, as you can tell from the photos.

According to the brand, Multi-Active Day cream  “prevents and visibly corrects the appearance of fine lines thanks to new Myrothamnus extract. The new extract minimises the impact of daily stress to help keep skin smooth and radiant. With technology powered by plant extracts and the latest breakthroughs in botanical research, these treatments visibly diminish the first signs of ageing, restore radiance, hydrate and maintain younger looking skin.”

My first impression is that it is a

SS17 Face Products: NARS, Clarins and theBalm

Here are some exciting new products for Spring 2017: primers from NARS, blushes from Clarins and contouring palette from theBalm.

theBalm Highlite ‘N Con Tour Highlight & Contour Palette, $36 from Nordstrom and ASOS.

Highlite ‘N Con Tour palette contains  8 contours and highlighters.

NARS Primers Radiance Primer SPF 35 Sunscreen, $36 Nordstorm, Selfridges,  Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora

“Energizing. Revitalizing. Oil free. Radiance Boosting Complex works to

Clarins Face Contouring Palette & Brush Review and Swatches

I have already posted a preview of the Clarins Face Contouring Palette & Brush on the website and on Instagram, so here is a full review.

As you can tell, contouring is not going anywhere soon, and I was personally excited to try what Clarins have to offer, as they never go wrong with their launches.

It comes in a signature light gold slick packaging, contains three colours: matte beige, bronze and rose to create definition. There is also a brush and a card with useful illustrations on how you could use each shade.

I am personally a huge fan of the brush, it allows a precise application and hugs the curves of the face perfectly. I love applying the products with this brush and then, if needed, blend it out a bit with a fluffier one.

As for the product itself, the formula is plant-enriched, so, as always with Clarins, you get the skincare benefits. The texture is