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March Favorites

Writing about my monthly top picks is my favorite! I look back at the best moments of the month, what made me feel beautiful, happy and I share all these with you hoping that you will find something new to try. March was a great month with lots of new launches, Spring collections and colourful makeup. It’s the time of the year that I change my beauty routine, I add more cream products to my makeup, pastel colours to my nails and everything that’s labeled with the words glow, dewy or fresh ends up to my shopping cart.

My makeup becomes lighter during Spring – I avoid a heavy, full coverage base by using concealer where I need it the most and by setting with powder only my T-zone. My favorite concealer this month is the Omorovicza Mineral Touch in Beige. It has a velvety, light texture, it’s full coverage and it blends beautifully. I use it under my eyes, on spots and mostly on the centre of my face where I have hyperpigmentation. Then I blend it with my fingers or a sponge and it looks very natural. It comes only in two shade though.

As I have combination skin I have to set every base product that I use with a powder and the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder became my top choice during March. It’s a cult makeup product and I totally understand why – it’s super fine, it doesn’t make my face look cakey and it lasts all day. 

I love a healthy, glowy makeup look and I finally had the chance to try the most hyped highlighter, the Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. It’s a cream highlighter that gives you a natural, glow from within look. It has a very light texture and I prefer applying it with my fingers on the high points of my face. I love this effortless base, paired with some mascara, a cream blush and a gloss. I have to spend more time on my brows though as I have lots of sparse areas so I start with a brow powder then a pencil and I set them with a brow mascara. Korres launched new brow products this season and I really liked the Tinted Brow Mascara in Medium as it has a very practical brush and a light shade that works like highlights for my brows. It’s not as strong as the Benefit one that I love, so I use it when I want my brows to look natural – It’s a good drugstore choice.

As my makeup and my wardrobe is very minimal and neutral I add pop of colours with my accessories and my nail polishes. Mint green is one of my favorite Spring colours and I loved the Essie Bon Boyage nail polish. It has a creamy, pastel shade that looks great with white outfits and cute sundresses.

My perfume is also something that changes during Spring and I rediscovered an old favorite of mine, the Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea salt. It’s such a fresh,neutral perfume that reminds me of sunny days and I wear every-single-day.

An new skincare discovery that I absolutely adore is the Avène Tolérance Extreme Cleansing Lotion. I became a huge double cleansing fan, this method leaves my face 100% makeup free and my skin texture improved a lot. Oil based cleansers don’t suit my skin type so this gentle, creamy lotion became my go-to product. I apply it on dry skin, massage it to break the makeup and you can remove it with a cleansing cloth but I prefer a gel cleanser as my next step. It leaves my skin very smooth, clean and glowy and I will definitely repurchase it.

From makeup to skincare, that’s all I loved this March and I can’t wait to discover new ones this month. Please let my know, which product changed your beauty routine?

Happy April everyone!

Love Lou!

Beauty

5 simple steps for Juicy Lips

Juicy,full lips are the ultimate trend and the beauty industry knows – always knows. There is no reason to try every “fuller lips in 5 secs” product or get injections or fillers when all you need is in your beauty bag.

With the right lip treatment and only 3 makeup products you can create a chic , full pout avoiding all the pain and of course spending less money.

Lip care is as important as makeup

If your lips are dry and dehydrated then no amount of makeup will make them look good. Remove any dead skin by gently brushing your lips with a toothbrush or use a lip scrub 1-2 times a week. Then apply your favorite lip balm or a lip butter for extra moisture – my top product is the Avène Cold cream-and you are ready for the next step – makeup .

 

Lip pencil-Lipstick-Lipgloss – That’s all you need

Lip plumpers,35 different lipstick and lip pencil shades for ombre effects, who has time for that?I use only 3 products , I just choose the texture and the shades that help me to create a juicy look .

  1. Nude Lip pencil . I line my lips following my natural shape and this nude-brownish tone creates a shadow that gives me more volume – in other words Lip Contouring . Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil no701
  2. Light(but not “concealer looking” light) Lipstick . Darker lipsticks make your lips look smaller so choose light,nude ones close to your natural lip colour . I prefer peachy-pinks as they look great with every makeup look. NARS Audacious Lipstick Brigitte
  3. Lipgloss . The magic product that creates the 3D effect as it catches the light perfectly and your lips look healthy and moisturized.Clear or coloured, apply a small amount on the centre of your lips and blend the lip pencil and lipstick together.Hourglass Lipgloss Reflect

Keeping up with the trends is great but you should adapt them to your own style and personality . Just be the best version of yourself and not another clone of some celebrity or influencer.

Please no more duck lips!

Love Lou!

Beauty

It’s a haul | KIKO Milano

I discovered KIKO when I visited Italy but the stores where always overcrowded and wasting my time trying to shop was a holiday no-no.Recently we found a more quiet store in Germany so I decided to give them a try.I asked you on Instagram about your favorite KIKO products and I bought most of them minus the blushes and the lipsticks as I own way too many.

First of all you recommended the Long lasting Twist Eyeshadows so I did a good research and they seem to be Laura Mercier and Βy Terry dupes so I had to buy them.I chose the shades that suit me more and they are actually their best sellers.I bought the shades Rosy Brown no05,Golden Brown no06 and no38 Golden taupe.Their formula is amazing, they glide on smoothly and you have plenty of time to blend them before they dry.When they dry they stay in place all day and they are very comfortable on my lids.The shades are beautiful, they compliment my eye colour but they have a little bit extra shimmer for my taste that comes through more when you blend them.If you like a sparkling finish then go for it but I am a satin or matte eyeshadow fan so I prefer using them more as an eyeliner.They cost 7E each and for a drugstore product their quality and their packaging is great.

Then you recommended the Water Eyeshadows so I bought the shade that catched my eye, the no200 Champagne.It’s a lovely light golden beige with lots of shimmer and I like it for the inner eye corner.The texture is buttery,the pigment is great and you can apply it wet or dry.I will definitely buy more shades like the coppery and burgundy.I love this one!

Last but not least the Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara  which was a must buy in every message of yours.It has an interesting wand which offers a voluminous effect and it actually works.The formula is bit heavy though so I don’t know if it’s suitable for girls with straighter lashes than mine,maybe the waterproof one will hold the curl better.Also it became flaky and dry after a few hours so I think that it didn’t suit me well.It’s a best seller thought so it might work for you.It costs 9E.

L-R | Water E/s no200,Stick E/s no05,no06,no38

KIKO is an affordable brand with lots of products and an amazing shade range so you will definitely find something new for your makeup bag.Ciao!

 

Beauty

January Favorites

I love January as it’s my birthday month and festive season is still on for us.It’s the colder month of the year and I tend to try lots of new hydrating products, I do my makeup a little bit stronger and my wardrobe is total black (ok with hints of grey and navy blue) . During Winter my hair and body are so dry and I have to use balms and oils everyday.Those gems became my go-to products and I know that I will keep using them all year round.

Avène released a new body range, I tried the Body Moisturizing Melt-in Balm and I am in love .It’s suitable for sensitive, dry skin like mine and the formula is fantastic – it’s lightweight, super hydrating and it absorbs in second leaving my skin smooth and moisturized.It has the signature,clean Avène scent which is sophisticated and gentle (my favorite kind) and it became a staple of my me-time routine.
I have to take care of my coloured hair so I try lots of oils but sometimes they are a bit heavy for my hair type.The Kérastase Elixir Ultime  is my monthly favorite as it’s lightweight yet moisturizing and the pump makes it very easy to use.Also big thumbs up for the soft pink and gold packaging, love it!
I like a good,smudged black eyeliner during Winter because it softly defines my eyes and it’s wearable day to night.All you need is a good eye pencil and a smudge brush or a q-tip to make it softer.The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Eye pencil in Onyx is long-lasting and pigmented , you can easily create a wing but it’s great for the waterline too.I love wearing it with mascara only on my top lashes and a pinky-nude lipgloss for a fresh,girly look.The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer is my top beauty discovery – well it’s not actually a discovery as every blogger and Youtuber talks about it so it would be impossible not to try it and it’s definitely worth the hype.It’s a multitasking concealer, great for both under my eyes and for the rest of my face (red spots and imperfections). It has a velvet finish and medium coverage that make it the perfect concealer.I have the shade Vanilla which is a bit light for me so I will try the Crème brûlée and the Custard one asap.
This month I have also a fashion favorite – of course it would be a bag.I love minimal bags without a crazy, in your face logo and French brands suit me the best.A recent purchase that I’ve been wearing all the time is the A.P.C Demi Lune ,a cross-body bag in my favorite black colour (it comes in so many colours) and textured leather as I can’t stand scratches or colour transferring from my clothes.It’s a bloggers’ favorite and I can definitely see why – it’s a very chic and effortless bag, it costs less that the high fashion designers pieces and it fits so many things like a big wallet,sunglasses,a small makeup bag, keys etc.
It compliments all my outfits casual and formal ones and I know that I will wear it for years.A good bag is an investment for my wardrobe and I do lot of research before every purchase.My next one is going to be a backpack so please let my know about your favorite.
 These are my January Favorites,the crème de la crème of the products that I tried so feel free to share yours,I really want to know what you loved the past month.
Love Lou! <3
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Beauty

My Christmas Makeup

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!

Merry Christmas!

Love Lou!

Beauty

NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK AUDREY

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?

Love Lou!