Monday 30 December 2013

New Years Eve Chic Sparkly Black Smokey Eye!

Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Slik Gilding Highlighter, 
Chanel Powder Blush in 84 Accent,
Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black,
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline,
Cosmetics a la Carte Plump & Prime lip base,
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 8 Pink in Confidence
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 85 Marifique.

Hey Beauty Lovers! New Years Eve is almost there, just one day left and this is the look I came up with that I will be wearing. It's important to start with the outfit, depending on what you will be wearing you can then create a fitting beauty look that will be in tune with the style. I have decided to keep it chic and wear a black dress, but because it's a rather special night I have also gone for a bit of sparkle. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 85 Mirifique is the perfect match, as it's a black cream/mousse textured eyeshadow with lots and lots of black and silver fine glitters! It is a stunning shade, I'd highly recommend it!

So to create this rather stunning smokey eye I have first applied a base, I find the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows sit much better when applied over a base. In this case I used the MAC Paints in Sublime Nature [a neutral shade], over the top I layered a generous amount of Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Marifique. If you prefer a sheer look one layer will be enough, but I repeating this step twice as I was going for a more pigmented look, and it also makes the eyeshadow last much longer. Then for extra definition I have lined the lid with MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, which is a very intense black, blending it with the eyeshadow. And on the waterline and under the lower lashes I applied the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl  Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, which is a soft black and it's absolutely smudge-proof, it will last a whole night without transferring under the eyes.

Because the eyes are so intense I chose Chanel Powder Blush  in 84 Accent [a must-have], it's the most gorgeous bronzy shimmery shade, very natural and warm. And of course I wanted my skin to look fresh and glowy, so I added a touch of Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter, it can be used on the face and body, so I applied it on the top of my cheek-bones and also highlighted my collarbone! And as for the lip I wanted to keep it nude-ish with a touch of pink and quite light. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 8 Pink in Confidence, is perfect for this type of look as it is super moisturising and really lightweight and sheer. To make it also last longer I applied it over the Cosmetics a la Carte Plump & Prime lip base, which makes any lipstick look even better!


Saturday 28 December 2013

NYE Glam Glitter Nail Art with Nails Inc. and Kiko!

Kiko Digital Nail Lacquer in 32

Nails Inc. Gel Effect in Kensington High Street

Hey Beauty Lovers! This is a rather glam nail look which is very simple to create and it's perfect for nye! To begin with I applied two coats of Nails Inc. Gel Effect in Kensington High Street, it's a gorgeous burgundy shade, I'd highly recommend it! The formula of these Gel Effect nailpolish is amazing, currently obsessed with them! Then taking a thin artists brush I applied thin stripes lengthwise in the middle of the nail plate, using Kiko Digital Nail Lacquer in 32, which is a fuchsia and silver small glitter particles nailpolish with sheer fuchsia base. You can do just one stripe on all nails, or if you want to add an accent you can also apply more stripes, I did three on my ring and middle fingers. It's a great way of bringing a little bit of a sparkle to the New Years Eve party without going over-the-board!


Friday 27 December 2013

NYE Chic Violet and Sparkles Smokey Eye with Stila!

On the brows wearing Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Light

Blush: Stila Baked Cheek Duo in Pink Glow
Eyeshadows: All Stila in Kitten [shimmery pearl]; Rose Quartz [silvery taupy glitter]; Dahlia [matte violet]
Browliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Light

L to R: Stila Eyeshadow in Dahlia; Rose Quartz; Kitten

Stila Baked Cheek Duo in Pink Glow

L to R: Stila Baked Cheek Duo in Pink Glow the darker and the lighter shades.
Stila Eyeshadows in Dahlia, Rose Quartz, Kitten.

Hey Beauty Lovers! I think violet eyeshadows can look really chic when you use them as an accent rather than the main colour. To create this subtle violet smokey eye I applied the Stila Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz all over the lid [do use a primer!], it's a glittery sheer eyeshadow that creates that wet eyelids effect. Then taking the Dahlia, which is a matte deep violet shade, onto a flat eyeliner brush - I applied it right into the corner as if creating a light flick but then brushing the eyeshadow upwards a little so that it blends nicely into the sparkles. With the same brush I took Dahlia also into the socket, but keeping it quite light. For the smokey eye effect I also blended a touch of Dahlia under the lower lashes. 

Using a black eyeliner [MAC Kohl Power in Feline] I have then lined the eyes making sure to go over it with Dahlia to blend edges for a softer look. For the eyebrows I have used Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in Light, it's a perfect shade for blondes. I love it with my current hair colour! It has a fine brush, so you can literally draw in hairs for a natural brow look. 

And finally I have applied the darker shade of the Stila Baked Cheek Duo in Pink Glow where I usually apply blush, and then I followed up with the lighter shade applying it higher on the cheekbones and also right on the apples of the cheeks blending in the colours. The two shades blend in beautifully, giving you that super pretty glowy cheek! It seems to have a pearly shimmer, but not too excessive and rather flattering. And I love the metal rose-gold packaging!


Thursday 26 December 2013

NYE Luxury Beauty Look: Charlotte Tilbury's The Bombshell!

 Carpe Diem tat from the Skin Art Temporary Tattoos In Your Own Word set.
Absolutely loving these! Available at Boots! 
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 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita
Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn

  Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita

 Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn

Hey Beauty Lovers! Hope you had a lovely Christmas, lots of delicious guilt-free food and warming and rich mulled wine, and of course lots of cute presents! And now it's time to start thinking about the outfits and beauty looks we will be wearing for New Years Eve! I will be creating a few beauty looks, as this is when make-up can look rather special and we can spend extra 20 mins perfecting every brush stroke of beauty genius... This look is inspired by stunning The Bombshell beauty look that Charlotte Tilbury recreated in her latest vid. 

The Bombshell is that Tom Fordian sexy glammed up yet modern stunning beauty look that  makes you feel and look rather a-mazing. So here we go... First I applied the Prime shade of The Dolce Vita palette, then mixing the Prime and the lightest touch of Enhance, I defined the socket and smoked it out under the lower lashes. The main focus in this look are the luscious red lips so the eyes don't carry too much colour but for extra drama dab your finger gently into the sparkly Pop shade and just push it into the middle of the lid. 

Then using the Bedroom Black eyeliner, which is named fittingly as it's not an intense black but more of a slept-in type of black, and it stays put until you are ready to take it off, really great lasting power! I also applied it into my waterline, and it didn't smudge under my eyes whatsoever! As for the lip I also used the same lipstick shade as Charlotte did, the So Marilyn! It's absolutely gorgeous, an ├╝ber glamorous retro red! And finally I applied Charlotte's Bar of Gold on the top of my cheekbones and temples as well as on the bridge of the nose and also on my collarbone! It looks stunning on the collarbone, super glam!


Monday 23 December 2013

Festive Nails: Nails Inc. in Porchester Square + Essie Set In Stones!

L to R: Essie Luxeffects in Set In Stones + Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square

Hey Beauty Lovers! Here is another festive nail look. Essie Luxeffects glitter topcoats look great over other nailpolishes. I quite like this festive yet chic combo of greys and silvers. Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish has now joined my favourite nailpolishes, including Essie and Zoya. It's super pigmented, very glossy and lasts beautifully, so it's a great nailpolish to go for during the holidays as you won't need to worry about your nails the day after you paint them. I'm wearing two coats of Nails Inc. Gel Effect in Porchester Square and just one coat of Essie Luxeffects in Set In Stones on the accent nails.


Saturday 21 December 2013

Festive Nails: Essie Luxeffects Stroke of Brilliance + Blanc!

L to R: Essie Luxeffects Stroke of Brilliance + Essie Blanc

Hey Beauty Lovers! I finally had some time to play with the Essie Luxeffects and this is a simple glitter ombre nail look that looks pretty festive! Firstly I applied another new addition to my Essie Collection - Blanc! It's a very pigmented and super opaque true white. Two coats are more than enough. Then I applied one coat of Stroke of Brilliance [lilacy blue] all over the nail, and second coat I just took over the top half of the nail for the ombre effect. 


Friday 20 December 2013

Festive Nail Glitter Topcoats: Essie Luxeffects Collection!

L to R: Set In Stones; Pure Pearlfection; A Cut Above; Stroke Of Brilliance.

Hey Beauty Lovers! I've been so excited about these. They look super pretty just like Christmas ornaments, sparkling away! I believe there are couple more shades in this collection, which seems to differ between UK and US. The ones that were available at my local Essie nailpolish stand are the ones I eagerly snapped off! I also got Essie Blanc together with these because I quite like that opaque white nail look with glitter accents. 

All four of these Luxeffects have a clear base! Set In Stones is a silver glitter with large and small particles. Pure Pearlfection is a super fine pearly glitter. A Cut Above is the same as the silver but in a very pretty pink, which almost looks like rose-gold. Stroke Of Brilliance is also the same as the silver and pink but is a gorgeous lilacy blue.


Thursday 19 December 2013

Gift Idea: Smashbox Wondervision Brush Set!


Hey Beauty Lovers! Smashbox Wondervision Brush Set is from their Christmas 2013 Collection! There are many great gift sets in this collection but my personal pick is this wonderful Brush Set. Their signature brushes come dressed in this limited edition chrome design, specially for the festive holidays! You get five brushes, Duel-Ended Liner Brush; Blending Brush; Crease Brush; Powder Brush; and Shadow Liner Brush. And on top of that the brushes come with a rather swellegant silver brush case!


Wednesday 18 December 2013

Gift Idea: Charlotte Tilbury Red Lips Makeup Bag!

£15 - great value!!

Hey Beauty Lovers! How fantastic is this makeup bag?! It has become iconic ever since Charlotte Tilbury's beauty range was launched at Selfridges earlier this year, which of course I have fallen in love with immediately. It's the it makeup bag of the year if you ask me. Any fashionista or a girl with great sense of style or major love for beauty will absolutely love this red lips makeup bag! I'm planning next year to fill it up strictly with Charlotte Tilbury beauty products! Speaking of which I will be recreating one of her iconic beauty looks: The Bombshell, a fantastic party look for the festive season!


Tuesday 17 December 2013

Luxury Gift Idea: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair!

30ml £48

Hey Beauty Lovers! Now this is a bit of a special splurge skincare gift idea! Advanced Night Repair works overnight promoting the natural skin cell renewal, reducing the signs of ageing skin. It's a powerful serum that helps to smooth lines and wrinkles by intensively hydrating and plumping up the skin with Hyaluronic Acid, making you wake up to a visibly younger looking skin. While it helps to reduce the environmental damage caused to the skin, it also continues working throughout the day by protecting the skin against further damage. This little miracle serum has won the Elle Beauty Awards 2013 + Red Magazine Reader Awards 2013!


Monday 16 December 2013

Stocking Fillers: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish!

£14 each

Hey Beauty Lovers! Another great stocking filler which involves nailpolish! Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish is a great little treat, and it comes in four on-trend shades. Gel Effect was launched this year in August, it's a new texture, which makes the manicure look like a glossy gel but without the need for a UV lamp! These are super pigmented and long-lasting. Porchester Square -bestselling chic muted mushroom; St James - bestselling pillar box red; Bond Street - limited edition rich violet; Kensington High Street - limited edition deep mulberry.


Saturday 14 December 2013

Gift Idea: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse!

100ml £28

Hey Beauty Lovers! Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is another great gift idea. The packaging is quite impressive, a chic heavy glass spray bottle, which looks great on a vanity table. This dry oil can be used on face, body and hair. It's one of the most iconic Nuxe skincare products, which has also won the Tatler Beauty Award 2013! This oil gets immediately absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy film and makes the skin feel super soft and nourished. It's also great to apply into the ends of dehydrated hair, making it look shiny and healthy! And the scent is just divine!


Friday 13 December 2013

Stocking Fillers: Maybelline Pure Enhancement Set!

Hey Beauty Lovers! Maybelline Pure Enhancement set would be a great gift idea for a teenage girl who loves makeup, or it could be just separated into cute little stocking fillers. This box is filled with five products worth £25 and you get it for only £19.99, so that would save you a few quid. In this set you get Baby Lips Lip Balm in Hydrate [a clear]; Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Brown; Mega Plush Mascara in Very Black; Color Show Nail Lacquer in 77 Nebline [cream pink]; and Dream Touch Blush in 06 Berry [pretty shimmery berry shade].


Thursday 12 December 2013

Gift Idea: Caudalie Divine Indulgence Set!


Hey Beauty Lovers! Here is another great Caudalie gift set. Divine Indulgence Set has three classic skincare products which are also some of their best-sellers. You get a stylish glass bottle with a wooden lid of Divine Oil 100ml, which is a luxurious dry oil for body, face and hair. Divine Oil is beautifully moisturising and nourishing. Divine Legs 25ml is a tinted body lotion for legs for a natural looking tan without sun or self-tanner, it simply rinses off with water. And of course Divine Scrub 50g, a body scrub that gently exfoliates skin. When it comes in contact with water it transforms into a silky milk leaving skin super soft and delicately scented. 


Wednesday 11 December 2013

Gift Idea: Percy & Reed Haircare Travel Set!

Hey Beauty Lovers! I have really enjoyed using Percy & Reed haircare products through out the year and would recommend their pretty awesome gift sets. This particular one Simply Sumptuous Shine is my travel kit from last year, which is super convenient to take with you as it comes in this plastic make-up bag. I don't think this exact one is available this year but they do loads of similar gift sets, which are always brilliant. A fab way to introduce Percy & Reed to a friend who hasn't tried their lovely haircare products yet, or of course treat yourself to a cute little travel set. Percy & Reed packaging is always super stylish!


Tuesday 10 December 2013

Gift Idea: Nails Inc. Monogram Manicure Collection!


Hey Beauty Lovers! Here is another fun Nails Inc. gift idea for the nailpolish-junkies! Nails Inc. Monogram Manicure Collection was launched right before LFW this AW. It's a fun way to personalise your mani and super easy to use. In the box you get 4 sheets of monogram nail letters [2 sheets in white and 2 sheets in black], a cuticle wood stick + three minis: The Southbank - cool grey, Mayfair Place - deep plum, and Kensington Caviar - 45 second top coat.


Monday 9 December 2013

Festive Beauty Look: With Chanel Nuit Infinie Collection!

 On the Eyes I'm wearing also a Chanel product but it's not from this collection, nonetheless I highly recommend it: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 85 Mirifique, a stunning glittery black cream eyeshadow with a mousse texture. J'adore!!

Hey Beauty Lovers! This year Chanel came out with the beautiful Nuit Infinie Collection to celebrate the holiday season in style. Here are a few things from this collection, which I have also used when creating this chic and elegant beauty look. On the cheeks I'm wearing the Powder Blush in 84 Accent, which is a gorgeous shimmery bronzy natural shade. On the lips I'm wearing the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 217 Radieuse, it's a super pretty nude-ish pink, which looks great with a strong smokey eye. And on the nails I'm wearing Nail Colour in 677 Rouge Rubis, a stunning creamy red, really bright and super shiny. The perfect festive red!