Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noir Jewel Lipstick Compact For Spring 2011 Swatches

It is my Birthday this Sunday so I though I’d get myself something nice. By something nice I usually mean luxury makeup.

I also wanted to try Shellac (better late than never right?) so I did get a manicure. A red one! I will write a post about it in 2 weeks.  Now the only thing that is left – get my hair done but I can’t think of what I want. I don’t want any huge changes…

But back to the makeup. I wanted to get some Chanel and Guerlain but guess what? ALL products that I’ve wanted to get were out of stock!!! Unbelievable.

Most of all I wanted to get 2 shades from the Guerlain Spring range but the 2 shades that I wanted were sold out!

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The shades are swatched in this order:

Summer 2011 Makeup Collections: Pupa and Make Up Factory

Summer is often all about bronze and  teal colours and shades when it comes to makeup. Two European makeup brands created  summer collections that fit this category perfectly!

So here is a preview of the Bronzing Attraction by a German brand Make Up Factory.

Complexion:Magnum Sun Powder No. 1 Light Terracotta.

Eyes: Luxury Glitter Cream No. 6 Sun Light Cooper, Luxury Metallic Eye Shadow No. 32 Brown Bronze, Luxury Metallic Eye Shadow No. 64 Green laggon, Metallic Eyeliner No. 18 South Blue, Metallic Eyeliner No. 26 Brown Bronze, All in One Mascara No. 1 (black), All in One Mascara No. 4 (brown),

Nails: Nail Color No. 103 Shimmer top Coat, Nail Color No. 190 Smokey Brown, Nail Color No. 535 Azulejo Blue.

Lips: Long Lasting Lip Gloss No. 05 Bronzing Lights, Long Lasting Lip Gloss No. 20 Sandy Peach.

And here is the Italian  brand Pupa summer 2011 makeup collection which is called  Blue Paradise

“A whole world in the shades of light blue and blue or sand and coral, reminiscent of those colours that mean sea, summer, peacefulness and holidays in the sun. All in a make-up that gets inspiration from “THE BLUE LAGOON”, exotic and

Current Beauty Favourites

Last time I wrote about my favourites was in February so it is time a for an update.

I’ve collected some of the things I have been loving the most in the last several months, so since there are quite a few items I’ve divided this feature in two parts, and we’ll start with beauty.

Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum and Illuminating Moisturiser from   Cult BeautyNet a Porter, Neiman MarcusNordstrom.

I am a huge fan of the brand, and their products really work for me. While they are quite expensive, I think it is worth the investment, as you only have one face, and you can definitely see the difference with Omorovicza. I have been using both products since March and the serum is practically gone, while there is still at least half of the bottle of the cream. I have dry and sensitive skin, and I am in my early 30s, and I can tell that the skin is smooth and glowing (there is an instant effect straight after the application), it also helped battling the tight, grey and flaky post-winter skin. On top of it, I personally love the scent, sensation and the design. And, yes, when you are paying this much every detail matters. I am now eyeing one of their cleansers. By the way, I have also been loving this cream skincare wise a lot in the last several months.

Speaking of cleansers,  I’ve almost used up Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm  (from Look Fantastic, Nordstrom, House Of Fraser) which is a cult product in the industry already. And let me tell you – rightly so. First of all, as the name suggests, it smells absolutely incredible, there is something soothing and relaxing about using it at the end of the day, it is like a well deserved “me time”. I also love the cleansing properties and how soft it makes my skin feel. While I never remove my eye makeup with this type of cleansers, I find that it does the job of removing face makeup really well, and it is a great product for a facial massage. In fact, in April we had some quality time with my girlfriends and we were all doing a 20 minute facial massage with this gem, and I can testify that they all were hooked as well.

OPI Nail Envy (Amazon and Amazon UK)

I’ve been

Pupa Lasting Color Glossy Nail Polish # 704. Review and Swatches

I love black nail polish, I really do.  I remember when I wore it for the first time to school and how some people thought that it was too much but I loved it.  (These days a teen with black nails is nothing to be surprised about but back then it was not  a very common thing; at least in my school).

Now that I have a lot of nail polishes in rotation, I’ve realized that it’s been a while since I had a black manicure. So here we go.

I am wearing Pupa Lasting Color Glossy Nail Polish # 704 and I am very impressed with the quality actually. It doesn’t look stripy at all. I also like the application and the brush.

On the photo I am wearing a thick (but one) layer of nail polish and no top coat. It looks even better with two coats and Seche Vite.

This is my first Pupa nail polish and I’ve got it for ~ €6. I am definitely getting more shades.

Make Up Factory and Pupa Spring 2011 Makeup Collections

Today I want to tell you about the Spring 2011 collections of 2 European brands – Make Up Factory from Germany and Pupa from Italy.

So here is the preview of the Make Up Factory’s Spring and as you can see they have a lot of nude and mint green colours, so if you like the concept you should check out their website for more details.

As for Pupa, their collection is