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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!

Beauty

New Skincare Finds

I am a skincare addict,i admit it.Although i am loyal to my all time favourites i try new products every day.I like discovering new trends and brands,playing with textures,scents,routines and of course watching the effects on my skin(not the allergic reaction ones).

Summer is near and i always change my skincare routine because here in Greece it’s very warm and sunny so i have to use the right products to protect and take care of my skin.

Sunscreen is necessary and the new La Roche Posay Athelios Spray with Spf 50 is my go-to product.It’s transparent so zero white marks, very easy to use and you can also apply it over your makeup during the day without ruining it.It’s also matte so my combination skin loves it.

Talking about my combination skin,it becomes a little bit oily during hot months but i found this Estée Lauder DayWear Matte moisturizer which keeps the shine away without drying it.I love the light cucumber scent, it feels so fresh when i apply it in the morning.

Masks are my thing.At the end of the day i love watching a new episode of Black Mirror(i’m obsessed) put a mask on and relax.REN is an amazing skincare brand and their masks are my top products.I tried the Invisible Pores Detox Mask and what i like about this product is that it goes deep down to the pores and smoothes the skin at the same time.

Sometimes i need a skincare boost so i use what i call “my special products”.A new addition to this category is the Darphin L’Institut Youth Resurfacing Peel.Once a week at bedtime i apply a small amount with a cotton pad on clean,dry skin.The next morning my face looks beautiful and i noticed that my imperfections look smoother.

One of my handbag staples is a face water spray as i like to refresh my skin especially when i run errands downton Athens.The Greek Mountain Tea Face water by Apivita has a herbal, fresh scent and a couple of sprays make me feel brand new.

My skin is the 80% of my makeup so i am trying to take a good care of it.I’ll keep searching about new products and of course i’ll let you know about my finds.Have you tried any new products?

Love Lou!

Beauty

Flawless and fresh Foundation routine

For a night-out makeup, a special occasion or when i’m filming and shooting I like a full coverage foundation routine.I can’t stand a cakey and heavy finish though,so i had to try different products, tools and techniques to achieve a fresh result but still having the coverage that i needed.

Foundation

I tried so many full coverage foundations but  Giorgio Armani Power Fabric is the best.It stays in place all day without feeling heavy or dry, the coverage is full but also natural and it contains spf25.If you like Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk but you need a long-lasting and more matte version then the Power Fabric is a great option.I am in the shade no4 and no4.5 in Luminous Silk and i need 1-2 pumps for my entire face.

Concealer 

I like the Lisa Eldridge Pinpoint Concealing Technique  where you apply a small amount of concealer only on spots,redness and imperfections.The Mac Pro Concealer and Correct Palette contains 6 high coverage concealer shades that you can mix and match to create a flawless look.

Powder

When i choose a powder for a full coverage foundation look it has to be super finely milled so it will set my makeup without adding texture.The Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder in translucent gives a light matte and smooth finish and it’s perfect for setting your under eye concealer too.

Tools

You can use brushes, sponges or your fingers but in my opinion nothing beats the BeautyBlender .This sponge is magical, it makes the heaviest products look natural so when you combine it with good quality ones the result is perfect.After every use i wash it with a tea tree bar soap and it looks brand new.

This is my full coverage but fresh looking foundation routine and i hope that you liked it.

Do you prefer full or light coverage?

Please share your favourite products and techniques!

Love Lou!