Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fall wish list!

Well, I'm sooo over summer, I mean, this heat has gotten on my nerves. I'm looking forward to cool evenings, a few (or more!) raindrops on my windshield, a chance to wear a light jacket or sweater and so on....

In the meantime I have gathered here a few items that I'm really looking forward to this fall. Let's get started!

No 1 YSL Pure Chromatics in Harmony #10.

I don't know if it will suit my eyes (what do you think, will this work for hazel eyes?) but I'm obsessed with this little treasure! Of course I'll have to swatch it in real life before deciding, but it looks lovely. Also, it still has the YSL logo on it (I've read that they're going to change the logo to SL or something like this, sacrilege!) so, In case I'm actually liking the colors, I'll definitely get it for this reason as well.

Photo by Beautezine

No 2 Nars American Dream eyeshadow palette.

I don't have any Nars products so I thought this palette is a good start. The color I'm most intrigued about is the dark brown shade but I find the other colors interesting as well.

Photo by thebeautylookbook

No 3 Chanel Rose Initialed blush

I 've been on the hunt for quite sometime now for a dupe of Stunner blush by Mac (I love it so much that I won't use it for fear to hit pan!) and I think that this might be it. Again, I'll swatch it IRL before deciding, but it looks quite close.

Photo by Temptalia

No 4 Mac Supercontinental blush

Well, you couldn't think for a moment that I would omit a Mac product (lol!). It's from the Styleseeker collection. Again, I have to see it IRL, but it looks very pretty.

Photo by Temptalia

No 5 Penny Talk by Essie Mirror Metallics collection

I've been disliking metallic nail polishes for ever but now I'm starting to like them. I don't have any Essie nailpolishes but this one seems quite interesting.

No 6 DS Indulgence by OPI

I'm really liking this color, and the description (berry red with gold shimmer) sounds exactly like what I 'm looking for for fall.

Photo by thepolishaholic

No 7 Schnapps out of it by OPI Germany collection

Obviously I'm into reds lately and this one seems very interesting.

Photo by thepolishaholic

No 8 Aroma Vaillance Enrichie by Nuxe

I've used a couple of samples of it and I really liked it! It's extremely moisturizing and I think that I saw a difference, my skin looked more plump and luminous, so I have to get the actual product.

Photo by Nuxe

As for non beauty related items, I 'm searching for a pair of grey casual shoes and this one by Asos caught my attention. The reason is that (apart from being cute!) there's a 7 cm hidden wedge! How cool is that?

Photo by Asos
This is my wish list, what are you looking forward to this fall?

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

What's in my makeup bag!

As of late I keep two makeup bags, in different sizes: a tiny one, for my small purses and a medium one for the rest of my handbags. This is the most convenient way for me because I don't have to bother with removing or adding things, I just put them in and go.

Here they are!

Tiny makeup bag.

The little zippered pouch is from H&M and i find the seethrough material very practical. Inside it I keep the following objects:

  • Mirror
  • Blotting paper
  • Mini nail file
  • Blush. This little thing deserves some elaboration, because it has three colors that to me are perfect for touch ups year-round: a peach, a pinky rose and a deeper, plummy color that can be used even for contouring. It also has its own little brush inside. BTW, it's 021 Summer Fever by Rimmel London
  • Blush brush (from a Benefit blush), its shape is ideal to use the shades of the blush separately.
  • Concealer sample
  • Band aid
  • Wet tissue paper
I also keep separately a small Mac fix+ and a lip product.

Medium makeup bag.

This one is a raspberry pink pouch from Tosca Blu, I love it because it is spacious without being bulky, well constructed, durable, easy to clean and prettttyyyy above all! In here I keep:

  • A 30ml Caudalie face mist that I'm currently trying
  • An Ecotools retractable kabuki brush (I just realized that I must remove it, I don't use it in the summer anyways because I don't touch up with powder, I use blotting paper instead)
  • A cute, old Mac palette, I removed the original eyeshadows and placed three others that I use as blush (what can I say, I like to have options!). It also has a mirror
  • Blotting paper
  • Concealer
  • A few lipglosses, I keep them always in this bag just in case, plus they don't melt during the hot as hell greek summer
  • Mascara sample
  • Small nail file
  • Hand cream
  • Mini perfume
  • Band aid
  • Wet tissue paper
I also have a third one that I permanently keep in my office at work, not strictly makeup oriented but more of pure necessities but that's another post!

Here's an older version of what's in my makeup bag.

What is the most necessary thing, the one you always have in your on the go makeup bag?


Sunday, 5 August 2012

July favorites!

Most of my favorites for July can be seen in the June favorites post, but here are a few more things that I really enjoyed using this month!

Garnier new BB cream: I was contemplating whether I should buy a darker foundation, being a little tanned and all, but i couldn't justify the expense for a product I will use for a month or so. Meanwhile, I had seen online swatches of the Garnier BB cream and I thought it had a decent opacity, so when I saw it at the supermarket, with a price tag of €7, I decided to buy this instead of a foundation.

At first try I got scared because of the slight orange tint and I also did't like the fact that it oxidized on me. So I buried it in a drawer but after a few days I thought to mix it with my Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I'm happy to say that the combination is perfect colorwise and it lasts a long time without oxidizing.

Inglot 4SS brush: some time ago I purchased its little sister, the 6SS and it has become my favorite brush for applying highlights and sheer wash of color on my lids. So, I thought to get the bigger one solely for applying highlight on the cheekbones etc and it works like a dream.

Inglot blotting paper: I had never tried blotting papers before because my skin is not oily but in the summer I sweat on the face, so I though that blotting paper would be the answer and it is because it does the job without affecting my makeup. Now I never leave the house without this little packet in my purse!

Clarins Instant Light blush in Coral Tonic: love it. It spent all month in my purse for touch ups on the go because it doesn't require a brush, just my fingertips!

Mac blush in Flower Fantasy: I used quite a bit this one not only because of the lovely color but also because it has a coordinating highlight in the pan. The only downside, as with a few other Mac powders, is that it is so fine that it can acquire a film on top that makes the product useless. I tried sweeping it with a paper towel and I even scraped the surface a bit but nothing worked out until one day that I thought to use a Korres face brush that is a little coarse and it worked!

Mac blush in Sunbasque: this blush scream summer to me! I had neglected it for a while but it was well loved all month.

Clarins Coral Tonic, Mac Flower Fantasy, Mac Sunbasque
Maybelline Color Tatoo in On and On Bronze: a swipe on each eyelid, blending out the edges, ready and bronze-y in a minute!
Wet 'n Wild Shadow Pencil in Pixie: lovely color with poor durability but it's a perfect shimmering and brightening base for the lids, under powder eyeshadow.
Mac Prunella eye kohl: I used this one a lot on my tightline because it's not harsh like black but it's a bit more intense than brown.
Inglot brow pencil: again in the hunt for the perfect brow product, I decided to try this one by Inglot. I've used it all month and I really like it because the color is light so the result is natural and it also comes with a handy little brush.
On and On Bronze, Pixie, Prunella, Inglot brow pencil

Inglot #181 nail polish: I hadn't worn metallics in a long while and I really enjoyed this coppery-pink, bronze shade by Inglot.

Orly Rage: love it! It's pink and cool golden and a little beige, precious in a word!

L'Oreal #208 So Chic Pink: it's a bold and beautiful, vibrant coral red. It lived on my toes almost all month!

These are my favorites but there are a couple of things that disappointed me.

Bourjois 2step Volumizer mascara: so far I don't remember having a mascara that flacked, but this one is like I've worked in a coal mine! At midday, my under eye area and the tops of my cheeks become "adorned" with itsy tiny little bits of mascara. I really like the color though...

While preparing the shoot I discovered that the bigger wand broke and got stuck inside the tube, that's a first!

Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes in #5, Vintage Bronze: this one was another experiment in the quest for the perfect brown mascara. I saw it in a local outlet, I had read all the raves about the brush and the name of the shade "Vintage Bronze" was very alluring. Now, the wand is not bad at all, it's just that it takes a looot of time to coat my lashes because it's small, think of an eternity and a day, lol!

The main problem is that the color is not bronze, at all. In fact it is a charcoal grey/black. Well, as a color description maybe it doesn't sound that bad but on the eyes, it's like I've applied a grey eyeshadow while the mascara is still wet and it catches the fallout on the lashes. It 's so weird that I'm really considering to toss it in the garbage.

So, these are my July favorites spiced up with a couple of misses.

I hope you're all well and thriving!

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