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Autumn inspired makeup look

An easy makeup look inspired by Autumn colors,burnt orange, reds and golds.Shimmery,light defined eyes combined with matte lips.You have to try it!

FACE

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation  Fresco

Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette Shadowplay,Lyric

YSL Touche Éclat no02

BROWS

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Duo Dark Brown

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil no04

EYES

Inglot AMC Eyeshadow no606

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil Demolition

Benefit Roller Lash

LIPS

Shiseido Lipstick noRD620 Curious Cassis

NAILS

Essie Gel Couture no 345 Bubbles Only

 

Love Lou!

 

Beauty

New beauty stuff that changed my routine

I always mention that I am loyal to my trusty beauty products but sometimes a new entry can be a game changer.From haircare to makeup I discovered some great stuff that replaced products that I was using for years or others that I believed that there would be nothing better out there – surprise here they are!

The Kat Von D Shade and Light palette is all I need for my base makeup.It contains three matte light powders with neutral, yellow and peach undertones that sets my foundation and concealer beautifully and three matte dark powders with warm and cool undertones for contouring and bronzing.

 

I have nothing negative to say about this palette,the formula is sooo good, they blend like a dream without looking cakey, they have amazing pigmentation and they last all day.It replaced all my powders, bronzers and blushes as I use the middle dark shade as an overall cheek colour.Absolutely love it!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Duo in Dark Brown is the best product to achieve the most natural looking brows.It comes with a light and a darker brow shadow so that you can blend them and have the perfect match for you or apply the lighter shade on the front and the darker on the outer part of your brows and create a fresh,”non Instagram” look.The powders work great if you don’t have lots of sparse areas(if you have you can combine them with a brow pencil) and they make the brows look thicker in the most natural way.I love the pigmentation and how they blend together so this Duo became my brows best friend.

The Caudalie Divine Oil is my favorite moisturising product, it smells absolutely divine , my skin looks glowy and refreshed after every use and this Summer I tried the Divine Scrub as I wanted my tan to last longer (the tip is to combine a body oil and a scrub so that the skin remains smooth and moisturised while it gets tanner) .I fell in love with the matching scent and with how gentle but effective it scrubs my skin at the shame time.I own the perfume too but it’s a little heavy for my taste so this combination is all I need for my body care routine.

The Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is my new favorite skincare product.I use it once a week and it’s the most gentle deep cleansing mask that I’ve ever tried.It’s so comfortable while it’s on as it doesn’t dry like all the others, it leaves my skin glowy,hydrated and fresh so I can’t stop using it.

Now let’s talk about nail polish top coat.If you don’t know I was a huge fan of the Seche Vite top coat for years but I was looking for something new and then the Essie Gel setter came to my life.It has a gel like finish, it dries fast and my manicure is on point for at least 5 days.

The last product is a new haircare discovery from a favorite brand of mine Macadamia Professional and it’s the Blow Dry Lotion.I also use the Deep Nourishing masque and the Healing Oil but I wanted a heat protector so I gave this one a go.It’s so lightweight and in combination with the other products of this range my hair is smooth and shiny and I went from brunette to blonde to brunette again during Summer without any damage – I have to thank my hairstylist Joannis Marmaras first for that but a good haircare routine is also super important.

I am so happy that I changed my beauty routine by adding some new products.I’m looking forward to trying more as Fall is here and a new season means new colour palettes, new textures and looks so I can’t wait.

So which product changed your routine?

Love Lou!

Beauty

Au Naturel

Heavy makeup is a big no-no for me during Summer . I can’t stand layers of foundation or lots of eyeshadow so I use a few products to create the most simple looks .

Today I ‘ll show you my typical “no-makeup makeup” look which makes me feel polished and effortless at the same time.

I skip foundation and concealer when I have good skin days and I use only the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner moisturiser that makes my pores and fine lines appear smoother and leaves my face fresh and matte – all I need during warmer months.

Recently I tried the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel blushes and I fell in love ! Flushed is my favourite shade , a fresh red with the most natural finish which lasts all day . A few dots blended with my fingers et voilà!

My eye makeup is always minimal so I use my beloved Too Faced Better that Sex mascara that offers volume and length at the same time paired with the Supermodel cream eyeshadow by ColourPop ,a light golden-champagne shade which works great as a highlighter too.

Eyebrows are super important for me as I have lots of sparse areas but if I am bored to fill them with an eyebrow pencil or powder I use the Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter – I pull the brush upwards and through my brows so that I can cover those patches and they stay in place all day .

A “my lips but better” lipstick shade is a must for a natural look and NARS Damage is the one . It’s sheer and moisturising ,a beautiful pink colour with plum undertones that you can wear day to night.

It’s my most simple and minimal makeup but I wear it all the time so I wanted to share these lovely products that I use to create it and I can’t wait to read about your favourites.

Love Lou!

 

 

 

Beauty

Top Nail Care Products

I love nail care , it’s a “me time” routine staple and I rarely prefer a professional manicure/pedicure . Doing my own nails feels so relaxing  , I make a big cup of cinnamon tea while watching an episode of a girly show and I am in my happy place .

I tried lots of products , formulas , shades and I ended up to these seven that I am absolutely in love with .

The most important product is the base coat as it takes care of my nails while they are painted , it prevents colour transfer and makes my polish last longer . The new KORRES Gel Effect Chip Free Base Coat is amazing because it doesn’t contain chemicals like Silicone, acetone, phthalate, formaldehyde, camphor or toluene and the result is still professional .

Second favourite product – top coat . Seche Vite is amazing , it dries so so so quickly , it gives a “gel like” finish BUT it contains all the chemicals that the Korres products don’t and I want to replace it . I haven’t found anything as good as this one yet so if you tried a better top coat that contains less chemicals please let me know.

Let’s talk about my top shades . I tried many nude polishes but the OPI Tiramisu for Two is the one that matches my skin colour the best and creates the “mannequin hand effect” that makes my fingers look longer . I like the OPI brushes as I am really bad at painting my nails and they are very helpful .

A bright orange-red shade is the exact opposite of the Tiramisu for Two and I prefer it when I want to add a pop of colour to my look in a subtle way . Chanel Espadrilles is vivid , playful  and it cheers me up every time I look at my mani .

A shade that I always have in my collection is a black one and I can confirm that the Essie Licorice is the best . Apply two coats and you are good to go with a solid , blackest-black result . I love the Essie formula , their small brush fits my nail shape but I want to try their bigger brush that you have in the U.S . Which one do you prefer?

You can tell by my choices that I like basic shades and a white polish is also one of my staples . Sometimes I like a solid bright white especially during Summer months but recently I fell in love with the KORRES Gel Effect Nail Colour in Porcelain White no02 . It has the same 10free formula as the base coat , a great large rounded brush and the milky white shade is perfect – I like the fact that while it’s a muted white colour it has zero beige undertones . Such a chic shade .

Last but not least a hand cream as my hands are so dry all the time . I love the L’Occitane Amande with almond milk that smells amazing and has the best non greasy , hydrating formula  . It has a sophisticated almond scent and the light but soothing texture makes my hands super smooth without the heavy hand cream feeling . Also a big thumps up for the aesthetically pleasing but at the same time practical packaging .

These are my top products that I use all the time and I would love to know about yours!

Love Lou!

 

Beauty

All Time Favorites | Skincare

A few weeks ago I wrote you about my new skincare finds as I love trying new products but at the same time I am very loyal to my favorites .

I’m using the Avene Cleanance Gel for 10 years now (wow that’s a lot ) and nothing compares to this product . I love the fact that it doesn’t contain soap but it sweeps away all the dirt, oil and makeup without stripping the skin.

The only product that I trust for my eye makeup removal is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O as it’s the most gentle and effective micellaire water . I had Lasik surgery a couple of years ago so my eyes are very sensitive and this product is a game changer . It cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes , even waterproof and it’s suitable for sensitive to intolerant skin . I carry the 100ml small bottles on my professional makeup kit too .

I found out about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir from Lisa Eldridge and I’ve finished so many bottles since then . It’s my favorite hydrating face spray , I love the scent and how fresh and glowy I feel my skin after every use .

My top moisturiser is the Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-creme , it has a light formula that hydrates my combination skin without making it oily . I love the pump as it makes the product super hygienic and travel friendly .

The eye cream that I use daily is the Darphin Anti-dark circles Illuminator as it makes my under eye area super smooth , the light beige shade helps with the darkness and the applicator reduce puffiness – all I need in one product .

Masks are a big part of my “me time” routine . I use the Aesop Parsley Seed as a deep-cleansing treatment at the end of the week . It’s very gentle and my skin feels smooth and refreshed . Another favorite mask is the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal which brightens the skin and improves fine lines and hyperpigmetation , it also smells like citrus jam !

A good quality lip balm is one of my handbag and bedside table essentials and EOS offers a great variety . The mint scented one is lovely , it softly plumps my lips while hydrating them . I adore the sleek , mint green packaging .

I can’t replace those products , they are my all time favorites and I would love to know about yours. Which ones do you trust for your skincare routine and you buy again and again?

Love Lou!

 

Beauty

April Beauty Favorites

Being a beauty blogger means that I try lots of products every day and some of them end up to my favourites category. Each month I have different needs , for example April was a crazy month , I had zero time to get ready so I had to be quick and flexible .

So April started with Athens X-clusive Designers Week where I participated not only as a blogger but as a makeup artist too with Makeup Lab by Yiannis Marketakis and Max Factor . We were training for weeks before the show,the result was amazing but my schedule was mad .

 

My makeup had to be easy and long-lasting and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation was all I needed for my base . It has a natural-matte finish , great coverage and it stays in place all day without looking cakey or dry .

My under eye area needed a little boost and the Ooh la lift by Benefit became an everyday staple . It preps , primes but also brightens the under eyes so I looked like I slept for 10 hours( I wish) and I needed less concealer to cover my circles .

My favourite lip products was the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte . The formula is amazing , smooth , pigmented and long-lasting and the natural peachy-pink shade is perfect from day to night .

I always have the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Spray spf50 in my handbag as I like to renew my sunscreen during the day . This one doesn’t affect my makeup at all,it’s transparent and matte so I can apply it before or after my foundation .

As the weather gets warmer my perfume choices are lighter and I really like the new White Musk L’eau by The Body shop . It has a fresh , gentle scent and I love the minimal packaging .

Nail polish is like an accessory for me that completes my look . As my makeup was minimal I wanted a pop of colour and Le Vernis Espadrilles by Chanel was all I needed . A vivid orange red that makes me happy every time I look at my mani . Can’t wait to wear it all Summer when I’ll have a little bit of a tan .

These were my April favourites and I can’t wait to read about yours !

Love Lou!