Valentine’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

I used to be very anti-VDay when I was younger with all my nonconformism and all, but now I am more tolerant, and by that I mean that I would not necessarily do all the “traditional” things that you should do  but I would not say no to a nice gesture. While I do think that you do not need a specific day to show love to your partner, I do not see why you can’t get a little (or a luxury; like moon magic) something for your loved one?

And this feature is not an ode to consumerism, I do not want to promote getting things for the sake of it. It took me a while to make the list. All of the products I am listing are the things that I personally really love, and would recommend. I’ve picked 14 products, very symbolic.

But before we get to that part I want to be selfish, and list the three (I kind of count eye liners as one) products that I personally would love to get. Are you reading, husband, ahem?

Personal Wish List

  • LE LABO Rose 31 – Eau De Parfum (from Cult BeautyNet a Porter, Nordstrom, Selfridges,Harrods,Saks Liberty London).This is the scent I wore for my wedding day ( I had a little sample), and would love a bottle now.  Please, and thank you. And I just think that fragrance is the best gift (as long as you know which one to get).
  • SARAH CHAPMAN Skin Insurance SPF 30 (£49 from Cult Beauty and Net a Porter). I am not a big foundation wearer, so I usually wear some slightly tinted glowing primer and an SPF, so this product sounds like a dream. It is a slightly tinted and radiance enhancing SPF cream. And this being Skinesis, I’d expect exceptional quality.
  • While I do not need a  new eye liner now [I have a rule now where I do not get new products before I run out of at least one], but I have  Pat McGrath Labs
    Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner (£26) and CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Feline Flick (£22) waiting for their turn.

The Reds

  • Dior Nail polish in Pandore (review). This is my red nail varnish of choice, gorgeous vibrant fiery red. And the Dior formula is insane, opaque, glossy and long lasting. Thumbs up!
  • Red lipstick.  There are so many to choose from, I would suggest  one which comes in red packaging, too. So hot.  I have a Chanel one, and I can’t get enough of it.

The Indie/Niche Heroes

I am always happy to support brands that are

SS19 Foundations: Chanel, Hourglass, Dior, Guerlain, Estee Lauder

There are always new foundations out for Spring, and SS19 is not an exception,  there are at least 10 new launches I can think of, on top of my head. So I’ve decided to choose a few different ones just to give you an idea of what is coming out. All foundations are available in many different colours, except Chanel.

I haven’t tried any of these  so I am providing the official descriptions.

Guerlain L’ESSENTIEL NATURAL GLOW FOUNDATION 16H WEAR

“Naturalness & make-up performance come together for the first time at Guerlain. A foundation made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients with a natural glow finish that lasts for 16 hours. The complexion is perfect, luminous and fresh. The comfortable texture becomes one with the skin, making it ideal for buildable coverage (light to medium)”

Not sure what I think of the quirky bottle but it definitely stands out, and the foundation sounds like something I personally would love.

Guelian is available  from Escentual,  Harrods, Saks,  Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanSelfridges and   Nordstrom.

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation (£56/$51)

“Weightless, instant full coverage is delivered through the formula’s innovative coated pigments – allowing for seamless application and long-wearing,second-skin adherence. A natural finish is delivered through light-refracting microspheres, blurring and

Makeup4all Recommends: HOURGLASS Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

It is not so often that I come across an absolutely fantastic mascara. The one I loved the most in 2018 was Smith & Cult Lash Dance but I have recently discovered another incredibly good one. And it is Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara. I remember being very impressed with their Film Noir mascara back in 2011, and this one is brilliant, as well!

It comes in a beautiful golden tube but I have a mini/travel version hence it looks different.

As I always say, I want my eye lashes to be dramatic, I do not want a “natural” effect, and this mascara delivers. I find that the formula is very buildable, as promised, but it is clump free, you do not get those spidery lashes as with some other mascaras. Instead, your lashes are lusciously voluminous, ultra black and oh-so-long. I can’t say anything

Bridal Beauty: The Products I’ve Used On My Wedding Day

Long time readers will know how I do not really share personal things, however, this month I’ve got married, and I wanted to share the products I’ve used on the big day. Of course, I did my own makeup.

Face

I’ve tried many products and product combos but, in the end, I’ve just decided to use my beloved  Rouge Bunny Rouge SERENE LIGHT Skin Perfector  (here). This is a slightly tinted primer which leaves your skin glowing and luminous. For my very dry skin it is perfect. It is a primer so barely gives any coverage but is great for adding radiance and creating that “healthy” polished look.  I’ve covered all the little imperfections I’ve had with the MAC Pro Concealer and Corrector Palette in Light ( Amazon and Amazon UK) slightly powdered the t-zone  with the Rouge Bunny Rouge Flawless Face Powder Precious Velvet (review). It it the only powder I use, not a fan of powder on myself. I’ve added some Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea Of Tranquility (review) , also by RBR, where I wanted to have more glow.  I’ve chosen a cool-toned highlighter to go well with my cool toned lipstick and nail varnish. To add some warmth to my face I’ve used two of my absolute favourites – theBalm Balm Desert (review) and Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Golden Glow (review). I’ve mentioned both products so many times that I won’t go into much details again, I just bloody love both. And I always use Daniel’s blushers on brides so used my favourite shade on myself, as well.  Besides the old favourites I’ve decided to try a new product for me (used it only twice before) –Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift (Nordstrom and Liberty ) and it did not disappoint.  It is a

AW18 Highlighters Guide

Who does not want a beautiful and gorgeous highlighter for the holidays season? The next few months will be mental for me in every area of life so I am really looking forward to the holidays, and the glow.

I’ve created a list of some of the highlighters that are on sale now, all of these are limited edition so don’t miss your chance to get them.

The High End Eye Candies

Chanel Le Lion De Chanel Illuminating Powder, $70  from NordstormSaks, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges and  Harrods.

Subtle golden shimmer and  Gabrielle Chanel’s personal emblem – a lion.

Dior Rouge Blush Midnight Wish, £34 from Selfridges

Beautiful glow and lots of little starts embossed.

Givenchy Mystic Glow Powder, $47 from Barneys

Ultra-fine mother-of-pearl with golden nuances.   Can be used both wet and dry. And how cool is that star? I am still a big fan of the Givenchy highlighter I’ve got a few years ago.

YSL FACE HIGHLIGHTER, $42 Barneys, Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanHarrods, Selfridges and Nordstrom.

A cream in stick highlighter with two shades which is easy and quick to use.

Lancome STARLIGHT SPARKLE LA ROSE A POUDRER, $60 from Macys

It comes in a a 50’s French-inspired Bijou box – traditionally meant to house loose powders. Can be used dry for a subtle highlight, or  damp for