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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fashion Bits and Pieces

from L up to R down: gold collar (H&M) and blue jumper (Mango), bag (Zara), gold bracelets (H&M) / scarf  (Lindex), black and gold necklace (H&M), gold watch (ck) / boots (Hunter), nail polishes (Essie - Stylenomics, Recessionista), coral and gold necklace (Lindex)

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Interbeauty and Peggy Sage Cosmetics

As I was adding some pictures to this old post, (they were accidentally deleted, because I was messing with the Picasa Album), I somehow managed to publish it as a new post. Sorry, dear readers - it was 2010 back then :-).

A couple of days ago, there was this cosmetics exposition in my city called Interbeauty. Since I started to somehow „obsess“ about beauty products only about a year ago :-P, I have only been to this exposition twice so far. This time I was not very much in a mood to wander among all the stands with hundreds of beauty products (maybe because it was Friday and I was exhausted from the whole workweek) and I regret a bit now, that I did not spend more time exploring new make-up possibilities. But nevertheless, I focused on the cosmetic brands, that I remembered from the last time I’ve been to this affair.

The last year I have discovered this (for me) new French cosmetic brand Peggy Sage. The brand is not available in the stores here yet, which I think is a pity, since I really like the quality of the wide range of their products so far. And as a bonus, the products are not very pricey either. So, without any further ado, let’s have a look at what I’ve got.

I purchased three of their mosaic powders - Été Indien (Indian Summer), Soleil d’Hiver (Winter Sun) and Désert Rose (Desert Rose). The names themselves make me want to buy them - I am an easy prey for the cosmetic industry :-). The colours are really beautiful and I had a hard time choosing from the six colours available. The marble structure of these colours let you use the lighter and darker parts of the powders separately, so for example, the lighter parts of Soleil d’Hiver are perfect as an eyebrow bone highligter. These powders are fine and very soft, so they are easy to work with and you only need to touch them with a brush very lightly to get a beautiful shimmery colour on your cheekbones.

From left to right: Été Indien, Soleil d’Hiver and Désert Rose, photographed in a daylight/direct sun:

Then I couldn’t resist their shimmering illuminating powders either. Now let me tell you, that I was not very much interested in highlighters until a couple of weeks ago. But I’ve been to London lately and I wanted to get my mits on the Boots No.7 highlighter, which I heard was a perfect dupe for one of the Benefit highlighters (High Beam, Moon Beam). Only there I found out, that there were two shades available and since there also was a great deal offer – 3 products for the price of 2 – I couldn’t help myself and purchased both of them (shame on me :-)). Now, these are liquid highlighters (Pink and Peach) and I find liquid highlighters a bit tricky to work with. IMO the best way to use them is probably to mix them with a foundation. On the other hand, it is easier to use powder highlighters, since you can easily use them after applying the foundation and powder, regulating the amout on shimmer and light on your cheeks. The Peggy Sage illuminating powders are nicely soft and pigmented and it is a pleasure to work with them. I purchased two of four shades available, but I can’t wait to get the other two as well (a boohoo for my greed :-)).

Caramel, a great golden tone on the left, Abricot, a nice peachy shade on the right: 
Peggy Sage cosmetics has a great choice of eyeshadows. Since I already had 5 powders in my shopping cart :-), I tried to focus on eyeshadow colours, that would be an added value to what I already had at home. I chose 4 really great colours, which I found somehow unique. Gris Vert (Grey-Green), Vert Bronze (Green-Bronze), Violet Magic and Cuivre Egyptien (Egypian Copper). I have to say, I am always weak when I see a beautiful purple colour, be it aubergine, bordeaux or cranberry. The two purplish colours I picked up are just beautiful, each of them from a different purple-colour family. Violet Magic is a purple-black colour full of fine purple glitters and Cuivre Egyptien is a great pinkish-bronzy shimmery colour.

Photographed with flash the colours are shown most accurately (Violet Magic, Cuivre Egyptien):

The other two shades are harder to describe, but they both could be labelled as grey. Gris Vert (left) is a shimmery metallic colour with a hint of green and Vert Bronze (right) could be described as a lightly shimmery grey with a hint of silver (I wouldn’s say bronze as in the name of the colour). 

The last but not least to mention is their matifying base (Base matifiante visage), which is really great, very much comparable to Smashbox Photo Finish primer and for 11,80 Euro (30 ml) just a perfect purchase. I bought it on the Interbeauty exposition a year ago and it sure is worth repurchasing. It leaves my face perfectly smooth and gives a great base for any foundation.

To finish this (already long enough) post, I would like to mention yet another product which I purchased on the expo. It caught my eye, I didn’t think about it profoundly and I just bought it. It is a Teracotta Blush-on from Flormar, a brand that I saw in some shopping centers here, planned to stop by and have a look, but didn’t until now. This colour probably has no name, it is a number 45 and it‘s a shimmery pink-burgundy-golden shade. This blush is not so finely milled and soft as the Peggy Sage ones, so  I feel as if the shimmery parts are harder to keep on the face while applying. On the other hand, I found the color to be nicely intensive and unique enough to purchase it.

I plan to have a look at other of their products, maybe even some more of the teracotta blush-ons and surely eyeshadows (looks like I can never have enough of those :-)).

... From the Essie Fall 2012 Collection

If you still don´t feel like Fall is definitely here, with these nail polishes you will. Essie´s Stylenomics and Recessionista are the perfect shades for Fall - toad-like green and aubergine, one to two coats are enough to get a pretty opaque finish. 
Not that I am a green-nail-polish-kinda-woman, but this very dark shade of green doesn´t scream "green-on-your-nails!" and is therefore very wearable, even if you are not willing the world to see you as an extravagant girl.

Stylenomics on my ring finger, Recessionista on the rest

Now I am on the market for more Essie polishes. I´d love to get Penny Talk and Sure Shot

For starters :-).

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Black and Gold for Fall

Here - a couple of fashion accessories I´ve acquired for the upcoming Fall season. I think that in spite of their classic color combination, the right portion of added metal can turn a classic black accessory into an edgy one.

Hunter Belsize boots
I lived in these the whole last Winter and Spring and took them off only as it was too awkward to wear a rubber boot in 20°C. 
This new pair in the leather look is pretty elegant - as far as you can describe a rubber product as "elegant" :-).

pic source

I couldn´t wait to wear the new pair, so I did not wait for rain and took them out for Saturday morning grocery shopping.


Here are some more black and gold accessories, which found their way home with me.

 MANGO half moon earrings
 (find it here)
 MANGO double chain bracelet
(find it here)
 H&M two gold bracelets in a pack

Next on my wish list:
Hunter Original Glossy Boots in stone / Hunter Belsize Boots in bitter chocolate / NARS Foreplay blush / MANGO leather effect cuff
 Yes, Hunter boots on my radar again. I can´t help it - we are just meant to be ;-).

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Garnier Skin-perfecting Products

I am not a big fan of tinted moisturizers. Or maybe I should say I wasn´t, because I am officially a convert now. Maybe not a fan of every tinted moisturizer out there, but the ones I can recommend so far - BB Creams from Garnier.

As Garnier came out with these, I didn´t even bother to swatch/test one. I tried out some tinted moisturizers in my past, but never really liked any of them. Maybe they are generally a good choice for girls with faultless skin, but mine is not like that, so except of giving me some (often orange-y) color, they were not much of a contribution to my beauty routine.

I know, BB creams are not “just tinted moisturizers”, so maybe I am comparing pears with apples here, but for me, they are in the same category. They are supposed to substitute a foundation on a good-skin-day or for someone who just doesn´t need a foundation altogether (no, I am not one of these unearthly creatures. Damn. :-))

Now to what I actually have to say…

I´ve got two Garnier BB Creams - one in the color 02 light (the only other available - dark version, was just too dark for me at the time of my purchase) and one in the color medium suitable for combination to oily skin which is supposed to matify a rather oily (and shiny) skin.

I first owned the version for normal skin and I pretty much liked it a lot. It gives me a hint of color (no orange undertones) and it really does what it promises - moisturizes the skin and gives it a more even look. I often use it under my foundation, especially if I use one with less coverage, so the BB Cream - Miracle Skin Perfector (Daily All-in-one B.B. Cream) makes up for what the foundation wouldn´t be able to do. I probably wouldn´t use this without a proper foundation on top of it, because this doesn´t cover well enough for my taste. It doesn´t fight shine on the places that I need it and because it has a more oily consistence than the matifying version, my skin absorbs it and it doesn´t "stay around" long enough to fulfill the covering function too.

On the other hand, I can picture myself wearing the matifying version of the Garnier BB Cream - Miracle Skin Perfector without any foundation on top of it. The medium color version gives my skin the right amount of color, it evens out my skin tone, makes the skin smoother and definitely matifies is. I can use it under a foundation, but as I previously said, this one would be suitable as a foundation substitute on a good-skin-day for me. And I never really leave home without wearing one, so this alone says something about this BB Cream ;-). 

The third Garnier product worth mentioning here is Garnier Anti Dark Circles Tinted Eye Roll-on. As with the creams mentioned above, I didn´t even threw a second look on this after seeing it in a TV commercial. I had the non-tinted version at home and I couldn´t imagine how efficient this product could be given its probably runny consistence. After seeing Tiffany D´s video on YT, where she was swearing by this product, I decided to give it a try. And I am really happy I did, ´cause I love it.

The stick has a steel roller ball tip which feels quite cooling in the under-eye area. If kept in the fridge, it can help fight swollen eyes in the mornings (just a quick tip of mine). The product itself is more on a liquid-y side (no cream) and it spreads easily. I use to apply it under my eyes with the roller ball and then spread it/work it into the area with a small brush (preferable with synthetic bristles (so the product doesn´t get absorbed into the bristles)). Of course it is just my opinion and experience, but I find this product quite great and I use it at least as often as the YSL Touche Éclat which has been a long-term staple of my beauty routine. Of course, as every liquid-y product, this needs to be set with a light layer of powder. Since we are talking about the under-eye area here, the powder needs to be very finely milled not to set into possible under-eye lines. I use one of these:  Chanel Poudre Cristalline Loose Powder, Benefit Camouflage, Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder or MUFE HD Powder. All these are very fine in texture and don´t get trapped into the lines around my eyes. 

There is a great variety of BB creams out there right now and I am tempted to try out more. Would you recommend any of them :-)?

CU soon! 
(No, really ;-))