Birthday Outfit and Makeup

It was my Birthday this weekend so I’ve decided to share with you what I wore and what makeup I’ve used. I don’t see Birthdays as a big deal (after a certain age, ha!) but it is always cool to dress up and spend time with friends and family.

Of course, I went for red with a touch of black, outfit wise. And here is the makeup I’ve used:

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Face

Vichy BB Cream, I need to buy a full size of it soon, it is an amazing light  base which gives some luminosity.  Rouge Bunny Rouge  Naked Disguise Glide Concealer which is brilliant for the under eye area. Inglot HD Sculpting Powder in 504 is my favourite for that natural looking shadow and theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer for some glow.

Lips and Nails

Surprisingly I’ve used a very affordable trio: NYX  Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania which I am obsessed with

Luxury Holiday Gift Guide: Chanel, Jo Malone, Diptyque and Smith & Cult

I personally do not think about the holidays yet but since the brands already released all their awesome seasonal collections, it seems like a good time to write about the best of the best. I will run my traditional “Holiday Gift Guide”  features starting today, so look out for those.

Each post will feature hand picked products which I personally think would make an amazing gift. And  I hope you enjoy reading these, as much, as I love picking the products from all the variety we have today.

Today’s edition is all about the luxury products. All four kits look absolutely divine, and although I already have everything I need and more, I would not say no to any of these myself!

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Smith And Cult Llc Nail Collection Deluxe $125  from Neiman Marcus  and Bergdorf Goodman

Smith & Cult nail polishes are so gorgeous that I can’t imagine any girl not liking them.  My precious!

The shades featured in this stylish set are:

SS17 Beauty Launches: Jo Malone and Kerastase

Here is a preview of some non-makeup new beauty launches that are worth our attention. And we are talking about Jo Malone and  Kerastase, all the good stuff.

Jo Malone launched a new collection of scents: The Bloomsbury collection.

“Inspired by the free spirited artists of the Bloomsbury set, a collection of scents capturing
the intoxicating essence of an unconventional life in their legendary country house in Sussex.”

  • Whisky & Cedarwood  is an Oriental Woody fragrance  with the notes of features whiskey, rose, pimento, cedar and beeswax.
  • Blue Hyacinth  is a Floral fragrance  with the notes of blue hyacinth, geranium and vetiver.
  • Garden Lilies  is a Floral Green fragrance with the notes of water lily, green notes, ylang-ylang, white musk and vanilla.
  • Leather & Artemsia  is a Leather fragrance  with the note of absinthe, cypriol oil or nagarmotha, orris root and leather.
  • Tobacco & Mandarin  is an Aromatic Fruity fragrance  with the notes of mandarin orange, sage, beeswax and tobacco.

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August 2017 Beauty Favourites

Here we are again, talking about the monthly favourites!

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Dove Nourishing Secrets Relaxing Ritual Shower Gel (Dove is available from Amazon and Amazon UK)

This shower product  with lavender and rosemary extract is pretty similar to L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel but just for a fraction of the price. It smells incredible, and does not feel drying on the skin. Being a huge lavender fan, I had to have it. Especially I loved using it during my holidays this month, very relaxing.

Nivea Intimo Wash Lotion Fresh

Had to get this mini while I was away on a holiday, as well, as I forgot mine, and it just reminded me how important a right gel for the intimate hygiene is. This Nivea one is gentle yet effective.

Jo Malone Colognes (You can buy Jo Malone from Selfridges,  Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.)

I am really into my Jo Malone colognes these days, especially the mini ones, they smell so incredible. I love mixing and matching them, too. I need new scents from the brand now.

ID Hair By The Sea Seawater Spray (as seen here)

January 2018 Beauty Favourites

While I am still trying to figure out what were my absolutely favourite products of 2017, here is a feature on my January 2018 favourites, and since I have missed the November and December 2017, there are quite a few products.

Makeup

Lips: Lanolips Lip Ointment in  Dark Honey  (review and swatches) and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty (Cult Beauty and Net A Porter.)

While the first product is a firm favourite which I have been using for years (they have a new packaging now) the CT lipstick is a new addition to the products I love. I actually created a Pinterest board about this lipstick for a competition when it just launched. This was a product from a friend who thought I’d like it, and she was right, it is incredible. Gorgeous colour, opaque and not flat, and comfortable but, at the same time, long-lasting formula.

For the eyes I have four products: Clarins Graphik Ink Liner (Selfridges,HarrodsEscentual.com,  Nordstorm,  Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman.) is  the best one I have used in a  very long time: it is intensely black and glossy, long-lasting, and very easy to use. A firm favourite, I highly recommend. As for the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict  Mascara in Black Brown (Amazon and Amazon UK)  long time readers will know that MF are the only high street mascaras that I use, I am a mascara snob, because, unfortunately, cheap mascaras do not work for me. And I did not plan on getting a Brown version I just did not look properly in the shop. Can’t believe this happened again. But I am loving the softer version of the dark brown.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy  in 16 Vain Violet Brilliant (Net a PorterSaks, and Nordstrom.)

I barely ever use anything from EL but I am absolutely in love with this eye shadow which was a present from the same friend who gave me the lipstick. This shade goes really well with my other all time favourites, my little duo which is always with me, and I love pairing it with my beloved Inglot Eye Shadows AMC Shine 37 (here).The colour and the sparkling finish are just dreamy.

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