My Makeup Bag: June 2013

I am currently away for two weeks, finally not for work, I can spend time with my family &  friends and relax. I did not want to take a lot of makeup with me (mostly because I have too many other things), and since a lot of you are always asking what products I take with me (and I love similar posts myself), I thought I’d show you.

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So here are very few products that I’ve packed for my personal use:

For face I have Clarins BB cream, YSL bronzer and BECCA’s Amaryllis blush.

For the eyes I’ve chosen my Lancome’s brown pencil, shu umura’s eye lash curlers, Ellis Faas mascara and what is left of my Benefit’s eye brow pencil.

As for lips, there are three products – L’Occitane’s lip balm, Clarins’ Instant Lip Perfector (not shown) and a juicy YSL’s Volupte Sheer Candy in 04 Succulent Pomegranate.

I don’t like taking full bottles of perfumes, so I have

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101 Ellis Red Review and Swatches. Rave

When I’ve realized that I never did a proper feature about Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101 Ellis Red, I knew that I had to change the situation as soon, as possible.

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This is such a great product and I don’t understand how could I miss the post about it. Not only it comes in an innovative and eye-catching signature Ellis Faas design but  the product inside is fantastic.

The formula is really lovely, it’s non-drying, feels comfortable on the lips, applies like a dream and stays on for a long time.  The finish it spot-on, too. It is not matte but not overly glossy or shiny, you get a beautiful satin finish. The colour payoff is excellent and you get a nice shade even with

Lipstick Week: Current Top 3 and a Wish List

To finish our Lipstick Week I’ve decided to feature my current top 3 lipsticks and share the top 3 that are on my wish list.

I’ve made myself choose lipsticks in different colour families, so here are: plum, red and pink. I don’t like orange, nude or any other shades that much.

Since I have already reviewed each lipstick, I have just included the links. I also have to mention that Clarins was recently reformulated, and the new version is even better!

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Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in 738 Royal Plum (Review and Lip Swatches)

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick  in 302 Hibiscus Exclusif (Review and Lip Swatches)

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in 160 Rouge Hypnose  (Review and Lip Swatches)

Honourable mentions go to

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!
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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).

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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

AW17 Beauty Must Haves: Ellis Faas, BECCA and Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder

To be honest, with so many new makeup releases, sometime it is hard to get excited about a new product but everything I have included in this post has that wow-effect. Let’s take a look!

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Ellis Faas is one of the coolest brands out there,  the formulas of their products are phenomenal, so are the textures and the colours. This is why I am excited to share that the brand just released three new shades of their incredible Lights. I have actually reviewed the Lights (here)…

The new colours are: E306 in Beige, E307 in Chocolate Brown and
E308 in Dark Metal.

You can buy Ellis Faas from Selfridges and Net-a-Porter.

BECCA brought out a palette with their 5 best-selling shades of