My Christmas look will be different this year.I am a classic “red lips-golden eyes” girl but I can’t be bothered about my makeup anymore.This year my goal is to have fun, eat and drink whatever I want, dance all night and create memories so the only makeup that suits my party mood is glittery smokey eyes of course!I like reddish colours for a holiday makeup and as I won’t wear a red lip I chose copper, gold and burgundy eyeshadows paired with a nude sheer lipstick.
As I focused on the eyes I wanted a sheer base and the ideal product for an effortless result is my trusty Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville – I applied it all over my face with a stippling brush for a more natural finish.For my highlighter I prefered a subtle glow and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop created the perfect balance, fresh and luminous skin.Now let’s move to the fun part, the eye makeup!Glitter glitter and more glitter!This is a five minute look,super easy and glamorous but you have to follow these steps so it will last all night.I applied a mix of burgundy and orange matte eyeshadows from the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Palette in Warm Rust on my crease and bottom lash line with a Mac 217 brush which blends everything like a dream.Then I used a small amount of Glitter Glue by Too Faced on the centre and front part of my lids as I wanted to secure the glitter eyeshadows which are my next step.I mixed the copper glitter eyeshadow Work it and the gold one Oh,it’s on from the Too Faced Glitter Palette and carefully placed them over the glue.On my inner corners I used the Glitter Dust by The Body Shop to give an extra glittery glow and blended towards the eyeshadows.I finished the eye makeup with lots of black mascara, a peach blush and a sheer nude lipstick by NARS ,my beloved Dolce Vita.I love this look as it’s festive and easy ,you can create it with every colour that suits you and you won’t worry about it for the rest of the night!
If you are a skincare fan like moi then a French pharmacy is your happy place.I remember when I visited Paris and I didn’t care at all about the clothing and makeup stores,I wanted to visit a French pharmacy and the experience was unique.So many brands, minimal aesthetic and great quality options,I was mesmerized.Skincare is very important for me and I am always inspired by French women who take care of their skin in a minimal but effective way.My favorite brands are of course La Roche Posay-I was lucky enough to be the Greek ambassador for 2015-2016 which gave me the chance to try almost all the products for my skin type – Bioderma ,Caudalie,Avene,Nuxe and many more.As these brands offer plenty of products I gathered my must haves that I always have in my collection and it’s actually my morning and night skincare routine.
First of all my Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellaire water that I can’t live without.It removes my eye makeup and cleanses my sensitive face perfectly.There are so many micellaire waters in the market but nothing is as good as the Bioderma Sensibio.Then I use the La Roche Posay Serozinc which calms my face a lot and preps it for the next steps.Serozinc is a very effective soothing spray that’s perfect for sensitive skintypes and works great as a mist before your moisturiser.If I won’t wear makeup Caudalie Beauty Elixir is my next step , I use it as a lotion as it hydrates my skin and adds a healthy glow.I use it also at night and as a glowy spray over my makeup.Then I use my Avene Hydrance serum that hydrates my face but it’s not heavy at all.It’s my night time serum too as I don’t like heavy creams and this is so light and effective.If I am going to wear makeup I use Embryolisse Lait Crème Concenté as my moisturiser and primer and it’s perfect for that.It’s a little bit heavy so I don’t apply it at night.As a primer it creates a smooth canvas and my foundation glides over like a dream.Of course I take care of my lips with the best Nuxe Reve de Miel ,I use it before lipstick or on its own day and night and my lips are super smooth and hydrated.One of my favorite hand creams is again by Nuxe the Reve de Miel one,amazing formula which is perfect for my dry hands and nails and it’s one of my bag’s staples.The last must have product for my facial beauty routine is my SPF and nothing compares to the La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Spray with SPF 50 – it’s a unique product that you can apply before and after your makeup, it’s transparent so it won’t affect your base and it’s so lightweight that you can’t feel it on your face.Last but not least the one and only product for my body care the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ,an oil that you can use on your body, face and hair, it smells divine and it leaves my skin super soft .The scent lasts for ours, it gives a soft glow and I apply it after my shower while my skin is still wet -that’s my tip for body oils because they absorbed better this way.
I am a huge fan of French beauty and I am always trying to discover new products for my routine .I can’t wait to visit a French Pharmacy again so I need your skincare suggestions, which product is your must have?
If I had to wear one and only lipstick during Fall/Winter that would be the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey.It’s the perfect raspberry, burgundy red that suits my skin tone the best and looks great from day to night.
NARS is my favourite makeup brand , I love their Velvet Lip Pencils (you can find my entire collection here) but recently I tried the Audacious Lipstick range and I am impressed by the formula and the colour range.These lipstick are so pigmented and smooth ,very long-lasting and their packaging is very luxurious – Couldn’t ask for more!
If you are looking for an Autumnal ,sophisticated lipstick then I truly recommend you the Audrey by Nars.It became one of my most reached lipstick and I cannot wait to try more from this range.Which shade should me mine next?
Dry,chapped lips are not my thing and as Winter is coming (said with John Snow’s voice) I add extra products to my routine to avoid that.Smooth,hydrated lips are essential for “no makeup” days but also you can’t apply lipstick on dry lips, it will look flaky and ruin your entire makeup.
First step-I use a scrub to remove any dry skin.I apply a generous amount of product and with gentle, circular moves I exfoliate my lips.I often make a DIY scrub with coconut oil and sugar(you can use olive oil too, I just prefer the coconut oil texture) but recently I tried the Frank Body Coffee Lip Scrub and I am obsessed.It smells amazing and it does such a great job, my lips are super smooth after every use.I also like the branding of the product,it’s cruelty free and on the packaging they added “only tested on babes” it makes me laugh everytime and the directions “Scrub,brush,rince,lick” are so true, you will do this too trust me!
Now let’s talk about lip balms.After the exfoliation I use a super hydrating product like the Lanolips 101 ointment which is very rich -I also apply it at night(it’s heavy for the day) and the next morning my lips look more healthy and full.My everyday lip balm is my trusty old The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter.It’s a rich but not heavy balm so I can use it all day and it’s a great base before my matte lipsticks.I avoid strong scented or colored balms as they irritate my lips so those two are everything I need.
So with only 3 product you will enjoy your smooth and juicy lips all year long-Bye Bye chapped lips!
My holy grail foundation is the classic Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup by Estée Lauder in the shade Fresco.If you have combination/oily skin this foundation is a must have as it’s full coverage and super long-lasting.I prefer it when I have to wear makeup all day and I don’t want to worry about touch-ups.
When I found out that Estée Lauder released a new edition- The Double Wear Nude water fresh makeup – I had to try it.It’s a light-to-medium coverage foundation with SPF 30,it has a lightweight but long-lasting formula that feels like your skin.The finish is not as matte as the Stay-in-place,it’s satin with a subtle glow which looks so natural,like you have nothing on.
I have the shade Fresco which has more cool undertones than the Stay-in-place Fresco but it blends beautifully so the difference it’s not noticeable when it’s on.
I really like this foundation because it’s very comfortable on the skin,it doesn’t look oily during the day but it offers a youthful glow which is perfect for my ‘no-makeup makeup’ looks.It blurs fine lines and pores so I apply powder only on my T-zone and a full coverage concealer where I need it as it doesn’t cover blemishes or dark spots.It became an everyday staple and it will be fantastic during Winter where the fresh,glowy finish will be necessary.
Eyebrows are extremely important to me as during the 00’s I was a teenager which means over plucked, super thin brows that never turned back to normal.
So my motto is fake it until you make it.Of course is not that easy to create a natural looking brow and I’ve made so so so many mistakes all those “growing them back” years but now I am finally happy with my routine and I think that I start to love my brows again.
Step 1 | I stopped plucking my eyebrows all the time.I use my Tweezerman tweezers once a month and I also trim the front part a little bit so that I can create a feathered look.
Step 2 | The first makeup product that I use is the Anastasia Powder Duo in Dark brown which gives a natural, fuller look to the brows.I use the lighter shade on the front part and a mix of both shades for the rest of the brow.
Step 3 | As I have a lot of bald areas the powder is not enough,I need something more pigmented, so I use the Benefit Precisely,my Brow Pencil in no04 and I create small hair like strokes that mimic the natural hair texture.I apply it only on those specific parts of my eyebrows and I leave the rest only with the powders as I don’t want to create an overdrawn,Instagram look.
Step 4 | Brow gel to seal my hard work.The Benefit Ready,Set,Brow 24h setting gel is like a hairspray for your brows.It’s clear and as it dries it sets my brows – they stay in place all day.
That’s how I achieve a more natural, feathered eyebrow shape that suits my features and make me feel better about the over plucking phase of my teenage years.
Do you have any good recommendations that you would like to share?Techniques,products,brow artist, whatever you feel like!