Take Me With You: Fourth Ray Beauty First Impressions

Are you thinking of trying Colourpop sister brand Fourth Ray Beauty?

Give this article a go and know everything about it before making up your mind!

Hello everyone!

I bring you today a review of a brand that has had me craving over their products for such a long time. As you may know by now, I am a die hard Colourpop addict, and if you follow this brand you might know that earlier in 2018 they introduced a brand called ‘Fourth Ray Beauty‘ that was defined as their ‘sister’. And that’s pretty much everything you have to tell me to get me to try something. I really love skincare, I really love Colourpop, and as you may know I’ve been recently getting into the double cleanse method, and since this brand had a cleansing oil as part as their daily routine products, I decided to excitedly give it a go.

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Conveniently, Fourth Ray Beauty is also sold (at least the majority of the products) at the Colourpop website, so after controlling myself for a few months and always wanting to get it on my cart, I finally added it to my Colourpop order. Even more conveniently, they have curated kits with all the products you need for your routine or needs in a mini size, so you can get to try all the products and evaluate the results before buying a full size. I have to say that I love this idea because you get to experience the fullest of the brand without spending too much, which is ideal for getting into new skin care methods and routines. Sometimes products are meant to be great together and we can’t always purchase all of them at once, and for this matter Fourth Ray Beauty has the perfect solution.

Take Me With You Set

While already having my heart set on more of their kits and products, I ordered the ‘Take Me With You‘ kit before anything else, so I got to taste the full Fourth Ray Beauty experience while I figure out what I was going to do with all the other appealing kit options.

It finally arrived home and when I was in the right mood and had the right amount of free time and calmness, I got my kit out and began the ritual.

First off, let’s see what’s inside the kit and what these products promise us. I’m also going to include the ingredients because they can’t be found on the package and I first thought this was kind of strange, we all know that ingredients are important!

BFD Cleansing Oil

Instantly lifts and removes traces of makeup, dirt and pollution revealing healthy, clean skin. Formulated with Camellia, Juniper Berry, and Meadowfoam Seed oil providing skin with nutrient-rich antioxidants. BFD easily washes away surface debris without stripping natural moisture – leaving skin soft and cleansed!

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Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Juniperus Communis Berry Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Quartz.

AM to the PM Gel Cleanser

The ultimate daily face wash. Developed to gently and effectively dissolve and wash away dirt and makeup without over drying or stripping the skin of natural hydration. A complex of natural botanicals leave the skin clean, comfortable, and fresh.

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Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Lotus Corniculatus Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Quartz, Rose Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lanvender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocamide Mipa, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimoniuim Chloride, Trisodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730).

Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic

A concentrated, non-drying toner that clarifies and balances the skin. A blend of ingredients provide strong antioxidant and exfoliation properties resulting in a calm, clear complexion.

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Ingredients: Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract, Quartz, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Jania Rubens Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Carrageenan, Gluconolactone, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

The Lightweight Hydrator

Provides oil-free, refreshing hydration for healthy, balanced skin. The Lightweight is a fluid formula containing naturally derived Squalane. It absorbs quickly without the greasy residue, leaving skin soft, smooth, and makeup ready. Developed without dyes, harsh chemicals or fragrances that can cause irritation and breakouts.

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Water, Squalane, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Quartz, Sodium Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

The Review

I’ll now be reviewing each one of the products and they I’ll give my general opinion and conclusions about the set and its efficiency when used together.

BFD Cleansing Oil

The cleansing oil is one of my favorite products of the set, though not my absolute favorite. It has a nice natural  soft scent, which I like in my skincare products since I don’t like the feeling of strong scent that feels artificial (and that probably is).

The product is advised to be applied on your dry skin, massaging it in till all the dirt and makeup has been melted, and then adding a little bit of water to emulsify it before washing it out. In this point it was different than the cleansing oil that I usually use since it really turned of a milky consistency when you mixed it with the water before rinsing. I actually quite like this since it gives me the impression of a deeper cleanse, and then it’s easier to make sure you have rinsed it all due to the new consistency and appearance. I don’t really mind my other cleansing oils not turning into a milky consistency, but I have to admit that this was a nice point for this one.

AM to the PM Gel Cleanser

This probably is my least favorite of all the products I’ve tried from Fourth Ray Beauty. It gets the work done and it’s not bad at all, but it has a watermelon/sweet scent that I think makes it less desirable, and also I didn’t find it as special as the other products.

Anyway as I have said, it works properly and the scent is (leaving aside my personal preferences) quite nice. You use it like your regular face wash after the cleansing oil to make sure everything gets squeaky clean and to remove any trace of the oil, dirt or makeup. A very little amount is needed while you need almost three times the amount for the oil, which makes me think it’s weird that in he full size packages you actually get more gel cleanser than cleansing oil.

Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic

Now we get to the interesting part. This tonic might be my favorite Fourth Ray Beauty product and also probably my favorite tonic in the world. It has a strong scent of tea tree oil, which I like because I know that tea tree smells that strong naturally (and I also personally love the scent itself). This tonic does exactly what its name claims. I’ve never been a fan of typical astringent tonics and in fact I only started loving tonics when I started using the K-Beauty ones which are completely different of our Occidental regular tonics, so I didn’t even pay attention to this product at first. In fact I only got to try it when I decided to use the full set together to test its efficiency as a whole. And what a discovery. It is a traditional Occidental tonic but it works. Your skin turns brighter, clearer and of a much healthier appearance. My skin is sensitive and has been really problematic during my teenage years and a lot of time after that. This doesn’t irritate it or cause me to break out. At all.

I totally recommend this one, in fact it would be the first full size I’ll purchase if I get the opportunity. Also it pairs perfectly with The Lightweight Hydrator, which I always use with this tonic. In between I use always some kind of formula of serum (currently The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc solution), because I have noticed that the efficiency of the Fourth Ray Beauty pair doesn’t diminish this way.

The Lightweight Hydrator

As I said with the tonic as well, this Fourth Ray Beauty moisturizer does exactly what it claims: it is lightweight and it is a wonderful hydrator. My skin absolutely loves it, when it has actually always been (as well as with tonics) very picky about moisturizers. It might be the Squalane in it but this works wonders. You use it after the tonic and formulas/serums that you may use and it hydrates your skin perfectly. It leaves a nice feeling on the skin, absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave any residue or stickiness behind. It’s literally like skin drank it up. Also, and I find this very special, it can be layered to achieve the desired amount or hydration.

I recommend you all this one too, specially if your skin is sensitive, oily, or basically any skin type or condition except super dry – I imagine that in that case you might one to choose something less lightweight, but I still would recommend this before your heavier creams. It just leaves such a balanced and smooth complexion, and it doesn’t dry my skin out at all (though my skin is not dry itself, it has some incredibly dry patches).

Conclusion

I think that the set works perfectly together and it is very convenient if you want to get started on the brand or on the double cleansing method. The products are great but the first two could be interchangeable with any other double cleansing products, while the last two are really special in my opinion and really deserve that you try your hand with them because they can be really game changer if your skin likes them.

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All in all I would say this has been a great discovery, and that I was quite impressed with the products. The only downside that I’d have to point it would be the artificial scents in some of the products of the brand, which don’t go very well with my preferences or with the general concept that the brand is promoting. Besides from that, I can’t wait to keep trying more products because for the prize they have, they are of an amazing quality and have improved my skin a lot.

And that’s it! I hope that you enjoyed this review and that it made you made up your mind if you were consider trying it!
I absolutely recommend going for this set if you want to try the brand because it has a great value and you get to try the whole ‘routine’ which I think improves a lot when used together that if you just tried one product alone.

I’m very excited to keep trying and reviewing Fourth Ray Beauty so I’ll see you around here in my next review of the brand!

Have an amazing day and lots of love!

 

Vitamasques: K-Beauty Brand Masks Review Part 1

Hello! Today I’m going to review the Vitamasques masks that I got in my lovely batch that I told you about in my previous Vitamasques post.

I have really dived in with these reviews on each individual mask so I decided to break this post into two parts so you could easily access whichever mask you are interested about.

I really hope you like it and enjoy the read!

 

Citrine Face Mask

This was the first mask of the pack I used, since I was pretty excited with all the combination therapy claims, and also because I’m naturally drawn to minerals and colors so I was very curious about this one.

The fabric was different of the ones that had tried before, which were either soft and dense or like a more paper consistency, but this one was fibrous and soft at the same time. I did enjoy the smell and the application was really easy as it stayed on with no sliding or problems whatsoever. When I applied it, there was a lot of remaining serum on the packaging, which I like to use in my neck, hands etc.

After about 20 minutes I removed it, and most of the essence was absorbed into my skin. While other masks still are very damp when you retire them and others tend to dry up faster than they should, these worked perfectly in the prescribed time and the sheet mask was dry but not excessively when I retired it. While I was using it, it stung a little bit on my face, but my skin could have been sensitized due to the use of acids lately on my routine. Anyway it was bearable, just a little bit.

My skin looked brighter and felt great and revitalized, not much as hydrated and soft as evened up and energized. Would definitely want to try the other ones in the gemstones line to see the different effects they can achieve, so I’ll be really looking forward to get more of these.

Black Gold Mask

The next day I picked this mask because I’m always curious about products with gold in it (right as I write I’m spotting a gold speck in my left hand because I just used this one), and purifying masks have been my favorite for a long long time, though I now prefer brightening ones.

The mask fitted perfectly and was less soft than the first one and with more of a wipe consistence, fibrous and thin, with little gold specks all over it. The smell was pleasant though not very special for me, and I used the remaining essence on my neck and hands like always.

Charcoal masks have always been one of my most used ones, along with other charcoal products, since I have dealt with problematic skin and blemishes for the longest time, though that era seem to be over. Being accustomed to this ingredient, I knew it could be a little harsh on my skin but the mask didn’t feel uncomfortable at any time, though it was a little bit itchy, like the last one, in my driest areas like around the mouth.

After the initial occasional stinginess, the mask felt super fresh and relaxing while I had it on. I really felt in the mood of just enjoying the self care moment and peacefully wait til the alarm went off instead of keeping fiddling around with my computer.

In fact, I was so relaxed with this one that tried a technique that I had been looking to try for a while, and that is using a face roller over the sheet mask. I still need to investigate more about face rollers and maybe put up an article about those because they seem really interesting to me and I recently got my first one, an obsidian one from Fourth Ray Beauty. The more I rolled and the more I left the mask on, the more refreshing and amazing it felt on the skin, till I finally stopped and retired it. My skin felt cool and fresh and looked brighter than before using the mask

I have to say that my opinion on this one improved a lot after my first impression, which was good, but I grew to absolutely love its refreshing effect and the rolling experience! One very special mask to definitely try.

Multivitamin Sheet Mask

This one really caught my attention the day I chose to use it because with the spring starting and all, and though I always wear sunscreen, I had a little sunburn situation going on and my skin was really dry around the mouth. All in all I wanted a more nourishing/hydrating mask rather than a purifying one to let my skin recover a bit from the dehydration, so this mask seemed perfect with all the vitamins and nourishing power. It also claimed to have a brightening power which I’m always up for so I went ahead and picked it.

This one also had a lot of left over essence which I could use all over my neck, arms and hands, and it gave a very refreshing sensation from the beginning, kind of similar to the one I had at the end with the Black Gold mask, but this time there was no tingling or stinging.

I have to say that the face roller technique improved the mask experience immensely so this time I reached for it as soon as I was settled with the mask. I like to think that I make the most of the mask this way, since it is supposed to improve absorption of skin care products, and also the relaxing effect is boosted by the cooling quality of the mask so it was perfect. I think that from now on I’ll use my face roller on any mask that allows it!

When I removed the mask my skin felt really nice and comfortable, and it definitely added a beautiful glow to it!

Cosmic Pink Ruby Glitter Peel Off Mask

I picked this one as the first mask for a Friday Night skin care intensive. I was really curious about it because I had been hearing about and seeing glitter masks everywhere but I hadn’t had the opportunity to try one yet. I also had a Purifying one in my set, but since the good weather started my skin has turned a little more dry than usually, probably because of the action of the sun, so I picked this one since it claimed to be revitalizing. I usually prefer sheet masks to peel off ones, so I decided to leave the best for the end and use this one first and then end up the session with a sheet one.

I was advised to only use it in my T-zone because it could be a little painful to remove from the areas with peach fuzz and so I did, because I generally tend to have that kind of problems with peel off masks.

It had a really nice and fruity smell, and it was very refreshing when applied. I was afraid all the refreshment will turn into irritation, since I had just used a peeling cleanser before using the mask and I was scared that my skin might be too sensitive, but it didn’t. The refreshing sensation lasted as the mask dried and it did feel quite revitalizing indeed! I even felt more active and awake though it was late at night, nothing exaggerated but all the refreshment and nice fruity scent took my drowsiness away. I enjoyed the moment and left it on till it dried completely.

It was actually pretty difficult and a little painful to remove, but that has happened to me with every peel of mask that I have ever tried and I had already prepared myself to it so it wasn’t too annoying. My skin was all red when I finally took it all off but not in a bad and irritated way actually, more of that intense natural blush glow that you get when you have a fever. I would recommend using this before another more hydrating and deeply nourishing mask as I did, because your skin is left a little bit upset (though not upset looking) after the removal process and the sensation of a sheet mask after that doesn’t have a price!

Jeju Green Tea Mask

I had this one ready to use right after the Cosmic Glitter Pink one and I have to say that I couldn’t have made a better choice. I generally love green tea masks so I had been saving this one for I day that my skin really needed some love, and still it surprised me so much in a positive way.

The sheet was really soft and the essence had a texture that I really loved, kind of similar to real essence ampules and serums from Korean Beauty cosmetics. Usually the essence that sheet masks have tend to be a little too on the messy side for me, much more viscose than what I would wish for. But with this one it wasn’t the case, the mask was a delight to apply and after the peel off mask my skin felt instantly calmed and quenched. The left over essence on the package was a pleasure to use since it absorbed really quickly and had a very light weight but deeply hydrating formula.

Having it on was such a nice experience, my skin felt so so revitalized and cooled down since the moment I applied it, it was the perfect way to end my skin care intensive session.

I obviously had to use my face roller on it, but I waited for a bit so it had time to act on its own and when I felt like the main impact had already passed, I took out my roller and rolled and rolled over it while I finished watching a movie. I had had a very busy week so I hadn’t had time to use my face roller since the last time I used a sheet mask, so my face felt absolutely amazing while rolling over this mask. I know that I have said it quite a few times already but I highly encourage you to try and use a face roller over your favorite sheet masks since it is such an amazing experience and I think it really boosts the effect of the masks, and also it is as relaxing as ant other kind of massage – I’m always in pain so I’m a massage addict myself.

When I removed the mask my skin felt so amazing that I thought it just needed some oil to seal in the goodness (I picked argan oil in this occasion) and I could already get on my bed. Probably it was the combination of the hard to remove but effective peel off mask and the soothing properties of this one, but my skin felt perfectly smooth as I applied the oil, with zero roughness, impurities or dry patches. This was probably the most amazing my skin texture has been after a mask session! Will definitely use this one again.

 

And that is all!
I will be back very soon with the second part of this post where I review the remaining masks of the set and where I’ll also be giving some final thoughs and conclussions about them and the use of sheet masks or masks in general as a part of a self care routine.
I really hope you enjoyed it!
Lots of love.

Vitamasques: K-Beauty Brand and Products First Impressions

Hello everyone!
Today I bring you my first impressions about the English K-Beauty brand Vitamasques and a little bit of my opinion on skin care and how following a routine benefits both the physical condition of the skin and our mental well being.

The K-Beauty Philosophy

As I talked about in my last article, K-Beauty is all about enjoying the moment and making the most of your skin care routine. Skin care turns into the art of self care, where every second your spend going through your routine is a second you have for achieving inner peace and enjoy a pause away from the modern world.

I’m very happy to see that Western society is slowly taking these values as an example, and luckily now you can find European or American brands that are following the K-Beauty trend, and not only regarding the cute packaging and marketing. These brands are also encouraging the well being of their costumers, inspiring them to take this ‘self care’ routine seriously and offering products that allow them to sink into this routine in a conscious and motivational way.

I recently discovered the British brand Vitamasques, which is one of the above mentioned. Their products, which are mainly masks of diverse types, are designed following the lines of K-Beauty, not only regarding ingredients and packaging but also giving a lot of importance to that self care philosophy.
I have had the luck to be able to try this brand first hand and I want to share this little journey with you, so I’ll talk about my first impressions on the brand and products first and then I will try each one of them in a ‘skin care’ intensive when I will use one product per day and review all of them in another article, where I’ll give you my full opinion on the whole experience and the brand too, along with some conclusions on the importance and benefits of taking up the habit or transforming your skin care routine in an actual self care routine.

Vitamasques: The brand

Before my impressions I will let you know what Vitamasques has to say about itself as in their ‘About Us‘ section in their website:

“We’re a Korean-British brand pioneering affordable but effective skincare to the west. With our impeccable standards of production & design, we’re dedicated to ensuring our products are free-from as many things as possible, such as animal cruelty, parabens, mineral oils and sulphates.

We make our products with the latest innovations and technology straight from South Korea, with an emphasize of quality above all else. 

Our no.1 priority is making sure our customers skin care is easy to use and affordable, while remaining effective. 

The team is always pushing new formulations that are focused on getting rid of ‘negative’ ingredients and practices such as parabens, mineral oils, sulphates and animal cruelty . We’re also trying to make more products Vegan friendly too!”

I must say that besides being a shop, I find the Vitamasques website quite interesting and entertaining. You can clearly feel their passion for their brand and for what they offer. They have a ‘Skin Journal‘ section where articles about skin care and such can be found. For me, researching about what is good for your own skin is a very important step of taking up the K-Beauty philosophy, since each individual has their own necessities. Therefore, I’m always up for reading about skin care journeys, advice, reviews and what not, so having this section in their website is definitely a very positive point for me.

Also, they have another section called ‘Mask Finder‘ where they guide you through their products depending on what your skin concerns are and what you are looking for in a mask. Besides that, you can check out all of their products and recommendations in their shop section.

All in all the brand gives me a really positive vibe. As I have said before, the passion they have for K-Beauty is really noticeable and each product is designed with the greatest love. They want you enjoy using them as much as they did coming up with it and I think that’s simply great. Not many brands actually care about their costumers that much, and Vitamasques is definitely one of those.

It’s one of those brands that you feel good about supporting them, and that makes you rely on their products as much as in their passion.

Also mention that they have a physical store in London (you can find their exact location in their website), which I really wish I could visit, and that they have also a Youtube channel with tutorials, reviews and all kinds of useful and fun videos, along with other social media such a Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Masks Package: The products

I got a totally fantastic package where I could find a little bit of everything from the brand. It included a total of nine products, with sheet masks, sleep in masks, eye patches and much more among them, along with a super cute panda headband to make sure your hair is kept out of the way while you submerge yourself in the sacred time of the skin care routine.

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I will now show you each one of the Vitamasques products, using images and information  directly from their website so you can read the back of each one properly and know everything about them in case you are curious!

  • Citrine Face Mask


    Feeling down? Mindfulness not quite cutting it? Take time out for yourself and chill the heck out with this 4-in-1 Yuzu and Calendula mask. Gemstone + Aromatherapy + Skincare + Colour = 😊

    This yellow coloured mask contains Citrine stone extract and citrus essential oil to help you to uplift your mood, at the same time the yellow plant extracts such as Yuzu, Evening Primrose and Calendula help to nourish your skin.

    The Gemstone collection is also completely Free of Mineral Oil, Phthalates & Sulphates, Animal Cruelty and Vegan-Friendly.

  • Avocado Sleep In Mask


    It’s the Avocado golden age – smoothies, salads and even in beauty. Why? it can nourish, moisturise, relieve inflammation, prevent and assist in healing acne and give skin a much-needed lift and firm. 

    Our sleep masks are super luxurious and super easy. Just combine the mixture, apply to a cleansed face, pat into face and neck and sleep (easy, right)? No need to rinse!

    Wake up the right way, on both good sides of your face.

    Perfect for sharing between yourself and a friend, or store the excess in your fridge for another session.

     

  • Black Gold Mask


    This ultra-thin mask is made from two of our loves: Charcoal and gold!

    This mask is going to banish excess oil and tighten pores whilst detoxifying and getting rid of any nasties that you’ve come in contact with during the day. Perfect for if you live in a polluted city or have concerns about large pores or an oily t-zone.

    Vegan friendly and super luxe, we really think we’re on to a winner here.

     

  • Cosmic Blue Glitter Peel Off Mask


    Are you after some cheap thrills and cosmic peels? We gotchu’ – made with Hyaluronic acid, Sapphire and Bamboo powder with rice bran extract to help hydrate and purify the skin.

    Peel to reveal hydrated and purified skin, revitalising your complexion. Also, glitter. Lots, and lots of glitter… you’ll never feel so a-peel-in.

     

  • Cosmic Pink Ruby Glitter Peel Off Mask


    Are you after some cheap thrills and cosmic peels? We gotchu’ – infused with ruby &  diamond powder plus rosehip oil to revitalise dull and tired skin.

    Peel to reveal energised and firmer skin, revitalising your complexion. Also, glitter. Lots, and lots of glitter… you’ll never feel so a-peel-in.

     

  • Kiwi Slice Eye Mask

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    A convenient and luxurious soothing therapy for your tired eyes and face, they provide a cooling sensation and a natural aroma of freshly cut kiwi slices. 

    Its a simple no fuss, fun way to feel pampered. Just cut/tear open and place the aromatic kiwi fruit slices on your face, neck and eyes to instantly combat fatigue. Feel recharged for any occasion.

    • Made with real kiwi extract! 
    • Eight re-energising face pads
    • These mini slice masks are perfect for your eyes, face and neck.
    • Re-sealable pouch
    • Made in South Korea.
  • Multivitamin Sheet Mask


    Go straight to plan B. We’re obsessed with this multivitamin mask, packed full of B vitamins to soothe, hydrate and nourish your skin. This ultra-thin mask is perfect for daily use, a great balance of everything you need.

    Leaves your skin feeling extra soft with no nasty tacky residue. 

    Suitable for all skin types, this product is formulated to give your thirsty skin all it needs for some serious get up and glow!

     

  • Jeju Green Tea Sheet Face Mask

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    A deeply hydrating face mask infused with Jeju Green Tea extracts to cleanse, moisturise and clear skin.

    The green tea harvested on Jeju Island is rich in amino acids and minerals to keep skin moist and hydrated. The unique and gentle formula is designed to sink deeply into the skin leaving it juicy and supple.

    Use this mask for a little tender loving care for your skin.

     

  • Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Face Mask

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    Looking to do a cleanse and detox? Yes? Perfect! You’re looking in the right place, Charcoal is the purifier of choice for the last 10 years in beauty.

    It covers some essential skin care steps such as purification and cleansing so all the icky build-up and dirt is cleared away, tightens the pores again to stop that horrible stuff from getting back in there and removes oil so you don’t get excessive breakouts.

    We recommend using this mask during a detox week, to help draw out any impurities which you can then reduce and keep your skin squeaky clean and clear with your normal detox routine.

 

And that is all!
I’m pretty impressed with the variety of the package and the masks couldn’t have made a better first impression on me.
Most of them are from types that I’ve been wanting to try since forever, for example the glitter peel-off ones, the eye patches, the sleep in mask, and of course the one that has me more intrigued and excited is the Citrine one, which is supposed to combine aroma therapy, gemstone therapy, colour therapy and skin therapy.
The selection of masks as I’ve said is quite impressive and the customer care is great. They really manage to make you feel that you have put your skin’s health into good hands and that they take the subject as seriously as you, and with the same amount of love!

I can’t wait to start using them, I will be reviewing each one of them as I use them in my notes and when I’m done with the whole package I’ll post another article with all the reviews and my final impressions and conclusions.

I’m so excited to begin this journey into improving my self care routine through a more deep, conscious and kinder skin care routine and I’m very happy to do it by the hand of such an awesome brand as Vitamasques.

Will be back soon with those reviews so stay tuned for more!
Thank for reading and lots of love!

 

 

The Year Korea Kicked In: A Reflection on Korean Beauty

Today I bring you a quite different post.
Since I finally got into Korean beauty, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cosmetics and beauty industry and how it is perceived and used in society differently in the western and eastern cultures. So I wanted to share a few thoughts on it in this post, which is more on the reflection side than in the practical side.

Anyway, fear not, because I have an article about the Versace Fall 18 Fashion Show and a Sephora Haul coming soon for those of you who like a little more action!

And now let’s get into the subject.

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In a world and society dominated by media and social interactions, everything has been accelerated and made fit for consumption till the point that human beings are being literally objectified as one more product to keep the wheel of capitalism turning.

Beauty, in what we know as the first world, has left their complicated and rigid beauty standards to become directly one more packaging made of plastic that is sold to us through all our senses in everyday life, and we have to take and wear if we want to be a part of that fabulous and dazzling constellation that is the system. While minorities and collectives are fighting more than ever for the acceptance of every culture, appearance, mental disposition, sexual preference, nationality, identity and everything else, the media is responding in an way as extreme as they could have fought back. Humans, and therefore beauty, is no longer a product of nature but of the human race itself, and like always, those who have the money also have the power.

What I mean by all this is that cosmetics procedures, surgeries and looking all the same is ‘trending’ (kind of wishing that turning humans into dolls could never be a trend) more than ever. Surgery has always been there and has always been kind of addictive to those who submitted themselves to it, but now, the fever is as high as ever and we all know what the goal of every average woman (that fits into the profile of beauty standards victim and has the money to become one) is: to look as plasticky as they can till it no longer even feels right or healthy.
For me, I must say that it is really disheartening to see interesting (and not interesting) women reach the fame (or wanting to reach it) just to start filling their lips and faces just to make makeup look better.
Makeup is no longer used to enhance features, but features are ‘enhanced’ (or say better destroyed) to glorify makeup. High cheekbones to make that highlighter pop, lips filled like a balloon so liquid lipsticks appear smooth as they can, pointy noses to match those highlighted cheekbones, high and pointy eyebrows that are later filled and fixed, and spacious eyelids to show off those cut creased looks that advertise eye shadow palettes more than a billboard.

You may think it sounds too harsh but it’s just how reality is, though it is sad.

In the middle of all this western capitalist madness, I realized that Korean beauty has become such a kind and ‘viral’ trend to follow for one reason: it takes people back to thinking that their natural beauty should be treasured and taken care of instead of erasing it to implement a new one in place of the one they were born with.

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Korean beauty has that ritualistic nature that soothes our souls while also being part of the consumerism industry (it would be naive not to think so). What I mean is that this kind of industry is the nicer side of a coin that we are bored to try to resemble.

Faces and features are not used in Korean beauty to make the most of products, but on the other hand, products are used to preserve and take care of those, surely also in a highly addictive way that will also imply its own risks and that probably will end in cosmetic procedures too, but at least the philosophy is different. And I think that it has have such a tremendous success precisely because we are tired of the stress and the pressure of western trends. It is an industry too, of course, but one that changes the game we have been playing for so long.

Korean Beauty takes back that traditional feature of beauty where it was a ritual one followed to feel and look better. While in western beauty standards the individual no longer matters and three hours of hair, makeup and choosing outfits leave you feeling equally or more empty than before, Korean beauty uses that calmness that we are so desperate for to build their way to success. And if I have to choose, as many people have thought too, I prefer to give my time and my money to an industry that at least take the time to make it look (or to really do) like they care about the health and well being of each person.
What I mean is, if they make it look that way that well, I highly prefer it to what western industry is expecting from me.

Just in case there is some people that haven’t taken a look into what the Korean beauty madness is about, it is all about looking healthy, young, and preserving that health and youth as much as you can. The main concern is not makeup (though of course there is a use of it) but skin care, and self care in general since that ritual side of beauty is highly exploited in it. And it is a good exploitation, I mean, in beauty industry you are always going to find strict standards that are not really looking after your well being but after their benefits, but if I have to choose between the philosophy of glorifying makeup and silicone and fake nails and wigs and fake lashes and fake everything, and the one of spending more and more time taking care of myself in an endless routine of skin care products, I will surely choose the second one.

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Industries are never kind, but I think that the success of Korean beauty in the western society as well, is based on that people have finally found a trend in which they feel good about themselves and where they can finally rest of trying to look completely different that themselves. An endless skin care routine at least allows you to take that time for yourself and think and enjoy the moment freely, without worrying about the end result, because it is probably going to be going to bed and have a good night sleep, not having to worry about looking perfectly fake for whatever hours you have to face social interactions as it is in the western world.

I think that this is mainly what I wanted to share, though I could sure go on writing about it for much longer, but my conclusion is:
Korean beauty and Asian beauty trends in general have succeeded so much, and I foresee an even greater success, in the western society because they are an escape from the beauty standards of the western industry that we are so tired to try to fit it. They are a change. They allow us time to breathe and reconnect with ourselves. And sure they are an industry too, and as it is happening already, one that western society will swallow and turn into a money making machine for their own benefit too, but at least their philosophy was different. At least, allow me to think even if it’s too innocent an idea, they intentions were good. And probably nothing is going to make me think that the intentions behind lip fillers were good too.

And that’s why this past year, it finally kicked in for me too, probably because it was also the time that even I needed to escape, and I finally gave into the Korean beauty trend because, opposite of what we are accustomed to, it felt right.

I hope this served both as a reflection and as an introduction for the Korean beauty posts to come from this point on, and, also I hope, for a greater concern in general about self care.

For a New Year when we matter more than what is meant to embellish us.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Shiny Pretty Things Collection: Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Holidays 2018

Let’s know which MAC Cosmetics products are the stars of this holidays!

If you read the summer version of this post, you might have been wondering what of this year’s holiday collection products from MAC Cosmetics are the ones that you urgently need to purchase before they are gone. MAC Cosmetics is well known for their amazing seasonal collections and collaborations and this year they have definitely rocked our jingle bells with the Shiny Pretty Things collection.

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This collection has been a delight to see all over media and in their stores, a wonderful combination of disco, technicolor and frosted snowflakes wrapped in bright metallic shades. The concept has been ‘Shine like a Disco Ball’ a not without a reason!

I myself have fallen pretty hard for this collection and this top ten is not just the most beautiful and unique products of their collection but my actual recommendations after having tried and loved this collection that will make history for me as the first one that conquered my heart all the way through and not just from outside.

That means, that in this occasion I will also share some of my own pictures and looks that you can find in my Instagram.

Are you ready to see the ten best products of this collection? Don’t let the holidays end without getting yourself your little stash of Christmas lights and sparkly nights till next holidays!

1. Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Snowflushed or Oh Darling

Highlighter has been one of the strong points this holidays. Shiny Pretty Things are shiny and pretty and that says it all. The collection had two amazing highlighters with different hues and finishes that came both in an amazing packaging and with an embossed gift bow that made the delight of the Christmas lovers.

 

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The rosy one, Snowflushed, was a shade particularly created for this collection, an incredibly beautiful duochrome champagne pink that turned gold and copper with some amazing magenta undertones depending on the lightning. For me, this highlighter was truly unique and this is one of the products that I needed to get. The finish is simply awesome and I would say that if you are only going to get one single product from the whole collection, this is the one you are looking for.

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Oh Darling is a soft gold with a much more fluid finish, giving you an almost wet appearance. It is a gorgeous highlighter and this one is part of their regular line, so I wouldn’t stress too much about getting this one unless it is already one of your favorites and you need it in the special packaging. Anyway, if you don’t have a budget and can spend all that you want or if you want it for a gift, it is indeed a beautiful soft gold shade and a wonderful highlighter that will turn heads.

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🌟 Oh Darling or Snowflushed? 🌟 The most lovely highlighters from @maccosmetics #ShinyPrettyThings collection! I thought I was going to love only Snowflushed since it’s more pinky hued and duochromatic, but after seeing the festive super metallic fine shimmer of the golden Oh Darling up close I think I will have to get it too! Which one is your favorite? I wish you all a happy Thursday! . . . . . . . @macvelazquez @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmeticsrussia @maccosmeticsaustralia @maccosmeticsfrance #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #macobsessed #macshinyprettythings #snowflushed #ohdarling #macmakeup #macmakeupaddict #highlighterjunkie #highlighteraddict #makeupvideos #maccosmeticsrussia #maccosmeticsuk #makeupvids #holidaymakeup #holidays2018 #blackfridaymakeup #blackfriday2018 #kirakiramakeup #instamakeupartist #sparklymakeup #holidaysmakeup #festivemakeup #christmasmakeup #holidays2018 #shinymakeup #deathlessvogue

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2. Face Compact Palette

This one is not only beautiful but also really practical. This collection came with two face palettes, in lighter and darker versions, with highlighter, blush and bronzer. You get to try three amazing products in one and you also get to enjoy the festive packaging and embossing. Definitely a must to carry in your handbag at parties or to give as a present to your best friend. There’s little more that you can need than this!

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3. Pink Glow Getter Set

Her comes another of my favorites. I still haven’t got it but if I can find it I definitely will. In this amazing set you get an embossed highlighter in a travel size version (can it be any cuter?), a matching Strobe Cream and (the best part for me) a MAC cheek brush in a wonderful portable size that will make you get the perfect glow in two simple steps.

This set came in both a pink and a gold version, so you can choose your favorite undertone to go with.  I always tend to pink ones so this is the one of my wish list, but I repeat it, the brush makes this set a perfect gift and you need to get it if you are into the glow trend. MAC Cosmetics is not only know for the quality of their makeup but also for the great efficiency of their tools and brushes. If you are like me and you have never been able to afford a MAC brush, let this one be your first and glow to the infinite!

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I also have to say that though they come with the embossing, these highlighter shades are both of their regular line, so if you fall in love don’t worry! You’ll be able to restock them if you need to keep glowing.

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4. Shiny Pretty Lipglass in Rosebuddy

If I had to name a MAC product that is amazingly shiny and amazingly pretty besides highlighters, it would have to be the lipglasses. If you have never tried a lipglass, they are MAC versions of your regular gloss, but taken to the maximum expression. MAC lipglasses have a shine like you have never seen before, and the amount of shimmer, glitter and everything is all you ever needed in a gloss. Say goodbye to regular lip glosses, welcome to Wonderland.

The Shiny Pretty Things collection undoubtedly had to have some special shades for this Christmas, and if I had to pick just one it would be Rosebuddy. There’s no color like red for Christmas and though all the lipglasses in the collection were stunning, this was the most unique and different from the others one. Sure there were some pink and champagne ones that were absolutely gorgeous (like the bright pink Tudor Rose), but you could find shades similar to those in the regular line. On the other hand, you definitely couldn’t find such a perfectly elegant glittery and glossy red lip.

 

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With this one I fell too, just because the reasons I just mentioned. It was too unique a shade to let it pass and I’m a crazy fan of glitter and gloss (because they are shiny and they are pretty). I couldn’t be happier with my decision of going with this shade. The multidimensional gold glitter and the red tint give your lips a look that once you see it on you, you won’t be able to let go.

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🥀🌹 Roses 🌹🥀 Happy #MACMonday!!! These two are for me the most stunning glosses of the @maccosmetics #ShinyPrettyThings collection, and they are indeed shiny and pretty! They are Rosebuddy (top) and Tudor Rose (bottom), from which I only got the red one after negotiating a bit with myself because the pink one, though it is clearly stunning, is very similar to the shade Funtabulous which I already own! Tomorrow I have a break from my exams so I hope to find time to do some looks and spend some time here with you ✨ Hope you all have had an amazing Monday! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsrussia @macvelazquez @maccosmeticsaustralia @macjunkies #macmondays #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #macshinyprettythings #maclipglass #maccollection #maclipgloss #macjunkies #limitededitionmakeup #pinklipgloss #makeuppost #makeupphotography #instamakeuplovers #macobsessed #macaddict #macmakeup #macmakeupaddict #macobsession #slave2makeup #instamakeupblogger #makeupjunkies #glittermakeup #christmasmakeup #maccosmeticsrussia #lipglass #maclips #maclipslipslips #deathlessvogue

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🎁 Christmas Eve 🎁 Rosebuddy Lipglass from @maccosmetics #ShinyPrettyThings collection! Swipe for more magic! I hope you all have a happy Christmas Eve and a wonderful evening/night/day tomorrow ♥️ Lots of love! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmeticsrussia @maccosmeticsaustralia @maccosmeticsitalia #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #makeupvids #makeupvideos #lipglass #maclipglass #glosslips #glossylook #glitterlips #glittervideo #glittermakeup #macshinyprettythings #lipswatch #lipartist #lipartvideo #lipartistry #instamakeupartist #instamakeupblogger #instamakeuplovers #maclips #maclipslipslips #lipart #glitterlook #glitterwhore #glitteraddict #lipswatches #glitteraddiction #lipswatchvideo #deathlessvogue

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5. Shiny Pretty Lipstick in Straight Fire

Metallics are in and the frost finish is the new trend. If you have any doubts about it, check all the latest makeup launches of the holidays, take for example the Marc Jacobs Beauty Leopard Frost collection. The name says it all.

MAC obviously was not going to be less and the Shiny Pretty Things collection included five different shades of lipstick, which from them two were Frost and one was Metallic. Guess which one was my pick for this top ten.

As I said with the lipglass, nothing says Christmas like a good red and nothing says I’m ready to start 2019 like a good metallic. Straight Fire gives you everything you need of a lipstick bullet for this holidays and the year to come.

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Though I was able to try and use this one to create some lovely lip looks, I sadly didn’t purchase it, but if I find it still available I sure will!

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✨🔥Baby I’m a house on fire, And I wanna keep burning🔥✨ Happy #MACMonday! Today I’ve finally been able to see and try the #ShinyPrettyThings collection and oooh my. It is gorgeous. I would have taken every single item with me if I could afford that. The eyeshadows are a DREAM and some of the glosses OMG I just can’t even describe them, you’ll have to see them here soon. And the highlighters. I’m dead, literally dead. From today on, for me it’s officially Christmas. I did this lip art at the store using the ‘Straight Fire’ Lipstick topped with the Extra Dimension Skinfinish in ‘Snowflushed’ and some ‘Major Win’ Eye Shadow, all from the holiday collection. I ABSOLUTELY recommend to you all to go to a store as soon as you can and swatch everything because no matter how many pictures I can take, it still won’t make the collection justice. Anyhow you know I’ll be posting about it like crazy so I really hope you like it! ✨ . Y como siempre muchísimas gracias al personal de @macvelazquez por ser el más profesional y agradable que he conocido, por dejarme ir alli a trastear y por hacerme sentir siempre como en casa, sois los mejores ♥️♥️♥️ . . . . . . . @maccosmetics @maccosmetics_es #macshinyprettythings #snowflushed #majorwin #macholiday2018 #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #straightfire #maclips #macgirls #macjunkies #machighlighter #editorialmakeup #avantgardemakeup #lipswatch #lipart #instamakeupartist #instamakeuplovers #macaddict #slave2makeup #deathlessvogue

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✨❄️It’s cold outside❄️✨ These are some of the wonderful products that I tried yesterday from @maccosmetics #ShinyPrettyThings collection, and particularly are the ones I mostly used for yesterday’s lip art. I am completely in love with the Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter in ‘Snowflushed’ from this collection, which I already had my on, but I must say that the ‘Straight Fire’ Lipstick was a lovely surprise. The color is an absolutely festive shade of crimson, with cold undertones and a metallic finish that leaves your lips as lovely as a a red Christmas bow. Though I used it for the lip arts I did (there are more coming!) I didn’t buy it at the end (for now) because I wanted to control my festive spending euphoria. I obviously got the Snowflushed Highlighter because I fell for it the first time I saw it on Instagram and it was love a first sight, so yeah, I got that one so you’ll see more of it soon ✨ All in all, I’ll post what I exactly bought pretty soon but I just wanted to show you how pretty this pair looked! Are you going to pick something from this collection? I hope you all had a great Sunday and see you soon with more! ✨ . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @macvelazquez @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmeticsrussia @macjunkies @maccosmeticsjapan @maccosmeticsfrance @maccosmeticscanada @maccosmeticsaustralia @maccosmeticsdeutschland @maccosmeticsitalia @maccosmeticsnl @maccosmeticsbelgium #macshinyprettythings #macsnowflushed #snowflushed #machighlighter #maclips #maclipstick #macstore #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #macmakeup #instamakeupartist #instamakeuplovers #highlighterjunkie #highlighteronfleek #highlighteronpoint #redlipstick #straightfire #slave2makeup #maclipsticks #deathlessvogue

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6. Rose Eye Palette

Two palettes were released for this collection, one with blue shades and one with pink shades. Like I have said before, I always tend to go for pink shades though I’m aware that as much as I tend to avoid it, blue is a stunning color that suits most of the people, so I can say that both palettes were absolutely gorgeous and a good product to get if you want to achieve a dazzling party-ready look with just one product (since they also include a double ended brush). But for me, if you had to pick only one of the palettes, the pink one had to be that one. Reds and burgundy are the post party drama suitable colors, and the soft and deep browns ensure you end up achieving a show stopping smokey eye or a monochromatic technicolor look: you choose!

The versatility of this palette makes it a must that you would be able to keep using and loving far past the holidays and all throughout the year.

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7. Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow in Major Win or Make a

Wish

MAC hit the jackpot with these eyeshadows and if you have seen them swatched or someone wearing them, you know what I am talking about. The sparkle effect is so amazing that the finish looks wet. It’s like fairy dust made eyeshadow.

All of the shades of this collection have that stunning effect, but if I had to pick the most unique ones, I would say Major Win and Make a Wish.

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Major Win has a duochrome effect similar to the one in Snowflushed, in fact I would say that they are a perfect pain. It is like a copper/rose shade that turns more marron glacé or more silver depending on the lightning. If you are only going to pick one, this is it, you won’t regret it.

I belong to that probably not small group of people who fell under the spell or Major Win, and though I have used it to create a few looks, the one that I purchase still remains untouched because it is so pretty that it would actually take some time for me to bring myself to start using it (Snowflushed had the same effect on me!).

 

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✨🌟Major Win🌟✨ Happy #MACMonday lovely people! Here you have one of the stunning eyeshadows of the #ShinyPrettyThings collection from @maccosmetics. They have an incredible finish far more dazzling than the Dazzleshadows or than anything I’ve ever seen. They are so sparkly and the particles are so fine that it looks almost wet. You’ll see what I’m talking about when I post a look with this one!!! I think it will be perfect for a glossy look ✨ Also this and the green one (which I didn’t get yet) are my favorite shades of the collection, though all of them are really pretty, Major Win is the one that has a most chromatic feel to it. What do you think about this collection? Any particular item that caught your attention? I hope you all are having a fantastic Monday! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmeticscanada @maccosmeticsrussia @maccosmeticsaustralia @maccosmeticsjapan @maccosmeticsnl @maccosmeticsitalia @maccosmeticsfrance @maccosmeticsdeutschland @maccosmeticsbrasil @maccosmeticsturkiye @maccosmeticsindia @macjunkies @macvelazquez @macjunkies #maccosmetics #majorwin #mac217 #maccosmetics_es #maceyeshadow #limitededitionmakeup #majorwineyeshadow #holidays2018makeup #holidays2018 #makeupvideo #kirakiramakeup #makeuppost #instamakeupartist #makeupproducts #macobsession #makeupvideos #instamakeuplovers #instamakeupblogger #instavideos #macmondays #maccosmeticsrussia #maccosmeticsitalia #maccosmeticsuk #deathlessvogue

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If I had to pick another eyeshadow shade after Major Win, it would definitely be Make a Wish. This is probably the most directly Christmassy since it is of a beautiful pine green shade but with a great metallic finish and a silver sparkle that will make you fall in love. The amazing that this would look paired with Straight Fire or Rosebuddy on the lips is what made me choose this one as a must. Green and red are always a winning combination, but this one is just better!

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8. Mini Glitter and Pigments Pink Set

If you are a lover of glitter, bold looks and disco, this set was made for you. And it was for sure made for me. Fuchsia, purple, glitter, holographic effects, iridescence… this set has it all. Though this set also came in a gold version with shades more on the nude side, I had to pick this pink version for obvious reasons.

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As I know that my preferences are not the ones of everybody, I can’t say it objectively, but for me, this is the best product in the whole collection.

MAC glitter and pigments are one of the best products of the brand in my opinion and this selection is just beyond stunning. Also the size of the containers is actually bigger than the usual travel sizes, which was a really pleasant surprise!

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https://www.instagram.com/p/Brff1jDhxtu/TOP 10 MAC HOLIDAYS 2018 DEATHLESSVOGUEIf you are a fan of glitter, you can’t let this set pass or you’ll regret it forever.

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🌌🎆Eta Carinea 🎆🌌 (AKA The Grand Nebula or Carina Nebula) -> Swipe . I was about to post other look but I thought that I would better post these first since you all wanted to see them! Look done using the @maccosmetics Party Favors Mini Glitter and Pigment Kit in Pink from the #MACShinyPrettyThings collection. I just used both pigments (Bright Fuchsia and Pink Opal), both pigments (Pink Hologram Micron and Heliotrope) and clear gloss. I did this one yesterday along with a matching lip look so stay tuned for that one! Hope this gives you a little inspiration! Please tell me what you think and happy Saturday lovely people! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @macvelazquez #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #maclook #macpartyfavors #shinyprettythings #macglitter #macpigment #pinkhologram #heliotrope #brightfuchsia #pinkopal #glossylids #glossyeyes #glossylook #glossymakeup #glossbomb #instamakeuplovers #instamakeupartist #instamakeupblogger #glitterlids #glittereyes #glitterlook #glitteraddict #glitterwhore #editorialmakeup #avantgardemakeup #galaxymakeup #editorialmakeupartist #deathlessvogue

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💿 Shine like a Disco Ball 💿 I swear this @maccosmetics Party Favors Kit was made for me and you know it. Stunning Mini Glitter and Pigment Kit in Pink from the #MACShinyPrettyThings collection, including the pigments Pink Opal and Bright Fuchsia and the glitters Heliotrope and Pink Hologram Micron. The pigments are a DELIGHT and the glitter were a lot finer that the ones I already owned, so they are perfect for new experiments! Also thank you so much to the staff at @macvelazquez for the MAC wrapping paper to make these look even more stunning! TOTALLY recommend this one to you, RUN FOR YOU LIFE y it disappears! Do it in my honor you won’t regret it! ✨ Stay tuned for the lip look done with these later today! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsrussia @maccosmeticsgreece @maccosmeticsaustralia @maccosmeticsuk #macjunkies #glitterjunkie #macglitter #macpigment #maccosmetics #shinyprettythings #pinkopal #pinkhologram #heliotrope #brightfuchsia #macaddict #macobsession #instamakeuplovers #instamakeupartist #glittermakeup #instamakeuplovers #instamakeupblogger #macgirls #macglitters #glitterlook #maccosmeticsaddict #macaddicts #macholidays #makeuppost #glitterbomb #discomakeup #discoball #slave2makeup #deathlessvogue

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🎆 Fashion is Danger 🎆 Swipe for more magic -> Happy Sunday lovely people! It’s never too late on the week for some disco! Here I bring you some disco ball inspiration. I left you both a blurry but unedited and an edited one. Let me know which one you like better! Lip look done exclusively with @maccosmetics Party Favors Mini Glitter and Pigment Kit from thr #MACShinyPrettyThings collection: pigments in Pink Opal and Bright Fuchsia and glitters in Heliotrope and Pink Hologram Micron. I really need to do a look based on the set of the Marc Jacobs SS16 Fashion show. Please tell me what you think of this one! Lovely night! . . . . . . . @maccosmetics_es @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmeticsrussia @maccosmeticsgreece @maccosmeticsaustralia @macvelazquez #maccosmetics #avantgardemakeup #editorialmakeup #editorialmakeupartist #discomakeup #shinyprettythings #maccollection #macmakeup #maclips #maclipslipslips #macgirls #lipartistry #lipartist #glitterlip #glittermakeup #glitterlooks #macglitter #macpigment #maccosmetics_es #macglitters #macpigments #makeuppost #slave2makeup #instamakeuplovers #instamakeupartist #instamakeupblogger #glitterlips #highfashionmakeup #deathlessvogue

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9. Black Cherry Sweet Scrub Set

For me, no top ten is complete without a dark lip. And if you have a set that includes a lip scrub, a lip primer, and a dark matte liquid lipstick, I’m all in. The collection came with a lot of sets with combinations of products that were more than convenient to have, but this one is just indispensable.

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With this set, you can actually make a bold statement without wearing anything else but this. The lipstick shade is stunning enough to not need anything else to be the center of attention, and the scrub and primer will leave you lips feeling and looking so good that the lipstick will be just the cherry on top of the cake.

The shade that they chose for this kit is gorgeous, and that deserved a separate note.

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10. Lip Kit

If you were waiting for the collector’s item, this is it.

This set was so good last year that they had to bring it back, and I support that decision. It had such a success that though I’ve spent the whole year drooling over this kit on Instagram, when I went to actually purchase it, it was sold out.

Not only you get ten different lipstick shades that can cover your needs for the whole holidays and the whole year, but you can carry them home in the most stunning packaging ever, a metallic rainbow of pinks, mauves, reds, nudes and purple that fantastically match each shade.

So pretty that you won’t be able to just take one to the party, you’ll need to carry all of them!

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And this is it!

I hope that you enjoyed this top ten and that you feel inspired to get some of these beauties before they are gone.

Take a little bit of this holidays with you till the next ones with this amazing collection and never regret spending your money on it!

I really hope that you all had a holiday as dazzling and amazing as this collection.

Lots of love and see you around here soon!

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation from MAC Review

Hello once again! I bring you today the review of the Studio Fix Fluid foundation from MAC Cosmetics!

Last Friday I was really thinking about getting this super famous MAC foundation that everybody seem to love, since I love the way my skin looks when they do my makeup at the store and let me try new things. However, from ones of this visits I still had a little sample of this foundation. So, I finally decided to do a full test and review using the sample I had (which was very very generous), evaluating the Studio Fix Fluid foundation fully before deciding to buy one.

Also, as you might already know for my Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Summer 2018 article, Mac is one of my favorite makeup brands ever.

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The Product

The Studio Fix Fluid foundation is, along with the Face and Body foundation, one of the most popular ones from MAC Cosmetics. It claims to have a medium to high buildable coverage foundation, that helps control excess oil with a matte finish. It also has SPF 15 which is something I really like in case I forget my daily protection.

This foundation also reduces the appearance of pores, has a long wear finish for 24 hours, and also claims to be “perfect for photographies’. The Studio Fix Fluid foundation is also famous for its 57 shades, among which you can find a tone that adjusts perfectly to your skin. It is specially recommended for oily skin though it really is suitable for all skin types.

The Review

I had been matched with the shade 20NW and received a generous sample to test it out. The first time I tried it, I applied it in the morning, having washed my face with Coalface soap from Lush Cosmetics and moisturized my skin with some Million Dollar Moustuzier (a really great one that I wish they would bring back) that I had left. I applied it as it is advised, placing small dots of product in the checks, forehead, nose and chin, and then blending them out with a wet Beauty Blender.

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The finish is really amazing, and applying it this way you boost the natural and dewy finish that will dry up to be a perfectly fitting matte shade. I usually would finish off spraying some Fix Plus over my makeup, but since I wanted to test the foundation and see it real finish and the Fix Pluses that I had were of a particular finish (Pinklite and Matte), I skipped this step.

Since I don’t usually wear makeup on my everyday, I just wore the foundation and didn’t add any other product on top (I will usually go for blush as a first chance), to see how it worked on its own.

The shade, as I already knew, seemed a little bit darker or warmer than what I actually needed, but it blended really well with the rest of my body. The finish application and blending were really comfortable and easy. I absolutely love the way the Studio Fix Fluid foundation smells, it has a scent that really reminds me of some Clinique products. It it is a subtle but intense perfume, and it all kind of forms the whole ‘Studio Fix Fluid’ experience. The coverage is really nice, high but without looking unnatural, perfectly adapted to my skin shade and complexion.

The results

Even though I didn’t set it with any sprays, it still stayed transfer-proof and even for the whole day, approximately 12 hours between when I applied it and when I removed it. It wears out a little if you spend your day forgetting that you had any makeup on and putting sweaters on and off. I sincerely think that this foundation would be as unmovable as it can get if you too it with some good fixing spray. I would definitely go for the Fix Plus in Matte finish, and then use some highlighter where I thought I needed to ‘glow’.

It also stayed matte and with a nice finish even when it started wearing off, evenly and naturally, not with patches. It all made me really get my right shade figured out and buy one as soon as possible.

Though it’s quite pricy, it is not as much as the Face and Body Foundation (but also maybe because of the product quantity) which is 44 euros, the Studio Fix Fluid foundation is only 33’50 euros.

*In fact, the Face and Body foundation container has 120 ml and the Studio Fix Fluid foundation one has 30 ml, so the second one is actually much more expensive than the other one, probably due to its lower coverage and more natural finish.*

Conclusion

My goal is to set this one as my usual foundation since it feels so nice and professional, the coverage is perfectly buildable and the finish is really natural and matte but not flat.

I think this this foundation is one of the real deals, or possibly all MAC foundations are since they leave your skin looking so amazingly.

I will go with my instincts and order a NW15 or have my shade picked again and purchase the proper one as soon as possible.Also, I need to throw away some old foundations and this is perfect from bringing the ‘new era’ feeling to this autumn winter.

I’m so happy with so many makeup trends and collections, stay tuned for an insight into the holidays releases and season trends really soon!

Lots of love!

Peach Gold: Orange, the Color for this Summer 2018

Fortunately, summer is here again, full of color, velvety textures and shimmer. The makeup industry is bubbling up with new ranges, products and collections to spice up (wink at the Moroccan Spice palette from Fenty Beauty) our summer days and nights. In fact we already talked about the 10 MAC products perfect for this summer!

Among all those releases and exciting new trends, I’ve noticed that there’s one that seems to be the star of this summer 2018. And I personally love it!

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🌅✨ Beach Please! ✨🌅 Happy Saturday lovely people! Here you have my favorite collection of the summer! The Brach Please collection from @fentybeauty is everything I needed for this summer. The freestyle highlighters and really freestyle and amazingly pigmented and metallic, perfect for getting creative by the ocean. The summer Daze lip trio is also so inspiring and makes me dream of evil mermaids and starry nights and the shore. It is all simply so stunning! I’ve been able to bring myself to use the freestyle highlighters almost every day to create some looks but I still have some respect for the lip trio since I have only wore them once and I’m still having that ‘new makeup, don’t spoil’ feeling. I’ll try to use them today now that I feel determined! Do you have a favorite collection of the summer? . . . . . . . @sephora_spain @sephora #fentybeauty #beachplease #beachpleasecollection #fentybeautyhighlighter #freestylehighlighter #summerdaze #fentybeautyliptrio #slaytheflatlay #slaythegram #makeuppost #makeupposts #fentybeautybrush #sangriasunset #mintdmojito #kirakira #slave2makeup #fentybeautycollection #sephora #glossbomb #deathlessvogue

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Summer Vibes

If you have been following the beauty news and the social media of the giants of cosmetics and makeup trends, you may have notice that this summer everything is (as it could’t be other way) glow, bright colors, rich shades, blinding highlighting and bronzers worthy of a Mediterranean or Caribbean goddess.

It’s summer and it’s the season to be ready to look naturally bronzed and glowy at the beach with some perfectly tousled waves and then be the fiercest looking at the night club. I love summer (and it is the only thing that I love about it) because the opportunities to rock a huge variety of looks and trends are enormous. And you can only get so creative in summer.

Anyhow, after this little ode to the summer that I have indulge myself in writing, what I wanted to bring you today is a theory that I’ve been quietly observing and testing as I saw release after release and campaign after campaign all over the internet, the stores and the social media of the typically iconic makeup brands.

The thing is this: orange gold is the color of this summer 2018.

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✨🍑 Peach Gold 🍑✨ Orange is the new black! A little full face look to back up my orange being the color of this summer 2018 theory! I really hope you like it! What do you think? . Products: Face: @benefitcosmetics Porefessional Primer @maccosmetics Fix Fluid Foundation @benefitcosmetics Hoola Bronzer @maccosmetics Strobe Cream @maybelline The Eraser Concealer @maccosmetics Extra Dimension Skinfinish in ‘Show Gold’ @maccosmetics Fix Plus Pinklite Freckles: @benefitcosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Eyes: @focallurebeauty Twilight Palette @benefitcosmetics They’re Real Mascara in brown Brows: @benefitcosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil @bobbibrown Natural Brow Shaper Lips: @benefitcosmetics ChaCha Tint @katvondbeauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita II’ . Happy Sunday lovely people! 🧡 I’m loving freckles so much that I’m thinking of tattooing them in with henna ✨ . . . . . . . @benefitspain @maccosmetics_es @bobbibrownes @thekatvond #twilightpalette #everlastingliquidlipstick #fullfacemakeup #benebabe #preciselymybrowpencil #benefitcosmetics #katvondbeauty #maccosmetics #maccosmetics_es #theyrerealmascara #hoolabronzer #extradimensionskinfinish #showgold #lolitaII #fauxfreckles #deathlessvogue #makeup4glam #discoverunder10k

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Peach Gold

I am talking about these few shades that vary among the bright orange, frost gold peach, strawberry bronze, rich copper, but most of all, this orange gold that appears to be in every single makeup release this summer, and though this articles is about that shade as an eyeshadow and the new palettes that contain them, it surely doesn’t end there. Lots of other products, packagings and full makeup lines have already ditched the rose gold in awe to the new queen: orange gold. Or peach gold if you think that sounds fancier, just remember, a deep, bright peach gold.

The Palettes

Now to dive right into this theory, I have three different palettes from very different makeup brands that perfectly represent and support this theory. After talking about them and remarking which shades (the star orange gold shade that we are talking about is by the way in EVERY palette) are the ones that support this whole chromatic trend, we can try and add a few more examples out of the eyeshadow palette world.

So, without further ado and hoping to have time to talk about everything I had in mind, here I bring you the palettes!

Lemonade Craze Platte by Maybelline

Of the three palettes that I’m going to talk about, this is the only one that I’ve actually managed to put my hands on. Also, maybe it was he first to break through this trend this year, since it was one of the first to be released. The shades speak clearly of summer vibes and all kinds of lemonade. Let’s have a look a it!

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As you can see, the palette was released in two different formats, one squared and one rectangular, depending on the country of the release. Anyhow, the shades were the same, and the color scheme behind it really fits this family of colors that has become so so popular this summer.

Since I own this one, I can talk a little more about this one. All the shades are very pigmented, which I didn’t expect from a palette from Maybelline. I must say that the quality of drugstore makeup has improved these last years a lot. My favorite shades are ‘Ice Pop‘ (a stunning deep magenta), ‘Lemonade Craze‘ (bright warm yellow), ‘Coral Punch‘ (pure soft orange) and ‘Sugar Coated‘, which will be the ‘peach gold’ shade of this palette an amazingly shimmery deep orange with gold iridescence.

As I said, the quality of the shadows was really good, slightly buttery, soft, and easy to work with and blend. The amount of looks you can create with this one is amazing.

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I’ll also leave you here some of my own pictures from Instagram featuring this palette. One of them got resposted by @maybelline itself and it made me really really happy! This was you can get a closer and more personal look to the palette.

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🍋 Lemonade Craze 🍋 Happy Friday night lovely people!!! Say hello to my new favorite palette from @maybelline! This Friday night, no lemonade no party! 🍋 . I’ve been after this one since it started appearing on IG and it has taken so long to arrive to my country, but it was worth the wait! My absolute favorite shade is Sugar Coated, which is mainly the shade of this summer for me, followed by Icepop, Coral Punch and Lemonade Craze. This palette also totally backs up my theory of orange gold being the color for this summer 2018 so expect to see it included in my blog post! Sugar Coated and this whole palette represents this trend perfectly, like the new @kyliecosmetics palette and the @marcbeauty Fantascene palette! . And you, what do you think about this palette? Which is your favorite shade from it? . This edit was one of my favorite, so let me know what do you think! . . . . . . . @maybelline_es #maybelline #maybellineespaña #lemonadecraze #mnyitlook #mny #mnymakeup #maybellineeyeshadowpalette #maybellineeyeshadow #maybellinesummer #lemonadecrazepalette #lemonadecrazeeyeshadowpalette #maybellinepalette #makeupedit #lemonademakeup #summermakeup #summer2018makeup #eyeshadowpalette #makeupmess #makeupjunkies #slave2makeup #makeupphotography #makeuppornphotography #deathlessvogue

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All of the @maybelline Lemonade Craze palette shades close and personal! 🍋 . I really love this palette, the shades are really pigmented and easy to work with, powdery but not too much, and the colors of it are so perfect for summer! 🍋 I substituted Mac Monday for Maybelline Monday today since I only have my Pinklite and Show Gold here with me on vacation, but I made an order yesterday for Lipstick Day and I’ll show it to you as soon as it arrives! . I hope you all have a wonderful Monday! 🍋 . . . . . . . #eyeshadowpalette #maybelline #maybellinepalette #lemonadecraze #lemonadecrazepalette #summerpalette #summereyeshadowpalette #sparklyeyeshadow #makeupvideo #maybellineespaña #mnyitlook #mny #mnymakeup #maybellinepalette #eyeshadowcloseup #makeuppalette #pinklemonade #peachlemonade #kirakiramakeup #slave2makeup #beautyaddicts #honestreview #maybellinereview #honestreviews #maybellinemakeup #deathlessvogue

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Summer Palette by Kylie Cosmetics

This can be the boldest palettes of all the ones we are going to see. The blood orange shade is definitely one of the most gorgeous of this summer, and dark shades that includes even black, allow you to create deeper and more dramatic looks. It also has some shimmer and metallic golds and coppers to compliment the orange  and red shades.

I have never tried Kylie Cosmetics but this one sure sounds like one I would love to play with!

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Also I must say that the looks that Kylie wears in the promotional pictures of the palette is simply stunning and the lip shade pairs perfectly with the eye look. In love!

 

Eye-Conic palette by Marc Jacobs

The Eye-Conic palette was part of the wonderful Coconut Collection by Marc Jacobs, which included a new shade of their famous Dew Drops, and that sadly I haven’t had the opportunity to try (yet). The whole concept behind the collection and the design of the packagings caught my eye since the beginning, but sadly I still hadn’t bought anything from it.

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All the shades in the palette looked perfect for me, specially the orange gold shade, called ‘Meet Ya‘ which was screaming my name. I’ve been a Marc Jacobs fan since forever and this time it was really hard not to get this particular palette. It is  the most elegant of all the ones that have been released with this color scheme and the packaging is just perfect.

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The other shades were more toned down than in other palettes, so maybe this one isn’t the one for you if you a looking to create more fun, bright looks.

BONUS: Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter duo in ‘Mimosa Sunrise’ and ‘Sangria Sunset’ by Fenty Beauty

Directly from my personal collection, I couldn’t help but remember that one of my favorite products for this summer 2018 had that ‘peach gold’ shade in it and I had to include it!
It is the absolutely stunning Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter duo from Fenty Beauty, and the particular shade is called ‘Mimosa Sunrise’. I have to say that these highlighters are a delight and perform greatly from a subtle wash of colors for your cheeks and lids to blinding noticeable-from-space impact and metallic pay off.
I totally recommend these to creative makeup artists or people who want to experiment with makeup and have fun.

Take a look at that gorgeous color!

And that is it for now, stay tuned because the Fashion Weeks are over and the autumn trends are here and there are a thousand things I want to write about!
Lots of love!

Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub L’Óreal Review

Today I bring to you the Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub from L’Óreal review! Since I shared with you my latest skin care routine and now there have been some changes, I thought I might as well share them with you, specially when the results are so good!

For the past week I have been trying a new face care routine, or at least I have implemented some new products, and now that I’ve formed an opinion I wanted to share my experience with you.

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Introduction

A few months ago, some new face care products by L’Oreal Paris were released, following their Pure-Clay line. I had already tried and love one of these masks, specifically the black one, which really seemed to help bringing more light to my face and evening out my skin tone. Anyhow, though I liked it, it took me forever to use it up and I didn’t think or repurchasing it.

This was months ago, so when they released the two new masks (yellow and blue) and added them to their Pure-Clay line, I wasn’t really willing to buy them all in a rush. Also I read somewhere (I haven’t contrasted this information still) that all the masks of the line had basically the same ingredients but different colors. Though I didn’t confirmed that, it was a bit discouraging so I postponed trying the new ones for when I was feeling in a more ‘clay mask’ mood.

A few more months passed and then L’Oreal Paris released two more lines of products following these original line: the Pure Clay cleansing gels and the Pure Sugar face scrubs. The second ones really caught my attention and I kept seeing both lines in adverts and posts all over the internet, so at one point that I had some store credit in the skin care department, I thought it was time to give these two new lines a try even if it was only to confirm that they weren’t for me.

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

The products

I bought the Pure Clay Charcoal Detoxifying gel wash and the Purify and Unclog Sugar Scrub with kiwi seeds.

Here is what L’Óreal website says about them:

PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER

Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Charcoal. Detoxes & Brightens Dull, Tired Skin. Removes everyday impurities.

“L’Oréal Paris Skin Experts created our 1st range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 different clays in their pure form and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Detox-Brighten goes beyond daily cleansing to clarify and detoxify for skin that can breathe better. Immediately skin is purified of dirt, oil and pollution, and is left with a clean, clear healthy look. Skin looks revitalized with a fresh glow. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved. Dull skin appears more radiant and luminous. Skin looks more beautiful.”

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PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB

Deeply yet gently exfoliates for soft, smooth skin. Purifies & unclogs pores. 3 Pure Sugars + Kiwi.

“This Pure Sugar Scrub is made of three naturally derived sugars (brown, blonde & white) and enhanced with real Kiwi Seeds. This light, gel-like sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. Because the scrubbing particles are made of sugars and eventually melt, harsh exfoliation is prevented. Purify and unclog pores for soft, smooth skin. See effective results immediately. With this exfoliating sugar scrub skin feels purified and clean. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Pores look tighter, unclogged and less visible. Skin looks less shiny and rebalanced. Skin looks healthier, smoother, glowing. Can also be used to smooth and refine lips.

My first impressions were positive, I loved the packaging, and the gel seemed really easy to use, which I always appreciate since I’m accustomed to more natural and organic skin care that usually tends to be a little messier. Both products looked great and got your expectations high with some fancy how to use instructions and sweet promises about a better skin.

I must say that the Kiwi Sugar Scrub smells DELICIOUS. Like, really amazing. And the Pure Clay Charcoal gel smells exactly the same as its mask version (the black one).

I’ll list the ingredients of both products down here so everyone can know beforehand if this is a product that they might be willing to try or not.

Ingredients

  • PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER: AQUA/WATER, KAOLIN, GLYCERIN, COCO,BETAINE, PROPANEDIOL, SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, POTASSIUM LAURATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, SODIUM, CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRA- GRANCE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CI, 77499/IRON OXIDES, MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY, MONTMORILLONITE,, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHARCOAL POWDER, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, SODIUM, BENZOATE, POLYGLYC- ERIN-10, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, POLYGLYCER- YL-10 STEARATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, TOCOPHEROL. F.I.L.
  • PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB: 782791 35 GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SUCROSE, CYMBOPOGON, SCHOENANTHUS OIL, ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) SEED, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, ACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, TRIDECETH-6, TRIETHANOLAMINE, MENTHA PIPERITA OIL/PEPPERMINT OIL, ACRYLATES/C10-30, ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 61570/GREEN 5, CARAMEL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE. F.I.L. # B210673/1

The review

Both products work amazingly. It really was a surprise to find that they worked so well for me, a wonderful surprise I must say! I’ve been looking for some ‘easy’ skin care products that I can use whenever I don’t have that much time but that still do their job and don’t upset my sensitive skin. With these, I’ve found them where I least expected them. Let’s dive in each one of them!

Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser with Charcoal

I use this now everyday, mainly at nights after I’ve removed my makeup or in the shower. The consistency is really great, it has a deep grey color and a fragrance that is the same of the Pure Clay mask of the same color. It foams up really quickly and after you have used it you feel your skin clean and smooth, almost as the same feeling you get with micropeeling products.

I’ve really grown to love it just through the start of my first tube. The packaging also is great for taking it anywhere you plan to sleep, or to the gym, the sink or the shower. It does an amazing job at reducing redness, pimples and blackheads. My skin hasn’t look smoother in a long time, and I must say that it is thank to this little gem. I’m really really happy I found it.

Also, you new very little product for each ‘wash’ so it really lasts a long time. If your skin is sensitive but on the oily/combination/acne prone zone, you have to give this a try!

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi

This face scrub is really special due to two things. First of all, it is really dense and rich, and as much as it exfoliates your skin perfectly well, it also leaves your skin nourished, smooth and full of life. And second of all, the smell. The smell is so good that when I couldn’t decide which one of the three Pure Sugar face scrubs I wanted to try, I just had to buy this one for he smell (and the kiwi seeds too, that really pleased me). Luckily I can say that I didn’t make a mistake!

The sugar in this makes a perfect exfoliation, not harsh at all, the sugar almost seems partially melted into a rich creamy honey texture that replenishes your skin with shine and vitality at the same time that it gets rid of dullness and dead cells. It is all in all a delight to apply and have on. What I usually do is apply in the shower and leave it on for a minute before scrubbing it all and then rinse it of. This way I think I can get better advantage of this nourishing quality of it.

If you are looking for a good face scrub that leaves your skin amazing and smelling divine, this is the Pure Sugar scrub for you!

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

Other products

This line has other probably amazing products that I still haven’t tried.  I’ll leave you with all the information about them directly from the L’Oreal website in case you are curious about them!

  • Pure Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub

    Coconut oil sugar scrub. 3 Pure Sugars Plus Cocoa. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “Naturally derived blend of 3 Pure Sugars are paired with finely crushed Cocoa, luxurious coconut oil and rich cocoa butter. This buttery-soft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. This scrub with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals, melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Experience more supple, nourished skin on both face and lips with this exfoliating sugar scrub. See effective results immediately. Skin looks more refined, feels softer and smoother. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. Skin feels smooth and comforted. In 1 week: Skin feels nourished, softer, more supple. Dry skin is smoothed. Skin looks heathier, smoother, glowing.”

  • Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub

    Smooth and Glow. 3 Pure Sugars plus Grapeseed. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “L’Oréal’s Pure Sugar Scrubs are a naturally derived blend of 3 pure sugars paired with finely ground Acai, nutrient-rich Grapeseed and Monoi Oils. This ultrasoft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. It is made with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals and melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. This L’Oréal face scrub can leave skin smooth and glow for both face and lips. See effective results immediately. This grapeseed oil sugar scrub leaves skin feeling fresher and rejuvenated. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Skin looks rebalanced, healthier, smoother and glowing.”

  • Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Red Algae. Exfoliates & Refines Rough, Clogged Pores. Pores appear tightened.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliate-Refine with Red Algae goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate, unclog and minimize pores. After using this exfoliating facial cleanser, skin feels smoother and looks healthier with refined texture. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved and pores are tightened.”

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  • Pure Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Eucalyptus. Purifies & Mattifies Oily, Shiny Skin. Refreshes and Cleanses Skin.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Purify-Mattify with Eucalyptus goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately after using this Eucalyptus facial cleanser, skin feels purer with a matte finish. Use after use, this cleanser for oily skin improves skin’s overall quality. It leaves skin with a clean, clear look”

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    And this is it! I really hope you enjoyed this review.

    Don’t forget to let me know if you use any of the recommended products or the other ones in the line!
    Thank you so much for another day, and back very soon!

Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Summer 2018

Summer is pretty much around the corner even though the weather keeps insisting in proving the opposite.

In no time we will be in a lounge at the beach with a glamorous cocktail in one hand watching the sun go down on our gorgeous tan, or under an umbrella freshly out of the ocean water enjoying the sunlight and the new bikini trends, or in a club at night ready to party in our most favorite dress and our ride waiting at the door. Or at least that’s what we wish for.

Anyhow, if you are either spending this summer in the city or the ocean, we all need that extra boost of glow that makes us feel that it’s summer wherever we are going or whatever we do.

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On the other hand, you know by now that I love MAC Cosmetics products, and when it comes to make you feel like a diva, this brand has always the last word. As every summer, they have also released a great limited edition collection called ‘Mirage Noir‘. I must say that since I assisted to that event when I was able to try it before it came out to the markets, I’ve fallen completely in love with it. But I will talk about that stunning collection in another article dedicated exclusive to it, so if you like Mirage Noir collection, stay tuned!

Going back to the need for a summer boost of glow and confidence and the basics of feeling a diva when the sun starts shinning, we all agree that that is a need with which we are familiar with, and that is the doom (and also the bless!) of every summer. We want to look fabulous but struggle to know how to achieve that ‘too glam to care’ vibe.

And for that special purpose, today I bring you a selection of 10 products from MAC that I choose specially with that idea in mind: what would you need this summer to glow day and night?

  1. MAC PREP + PRIME FIX+ (SHIMMER) IN ‘GOLDLITE’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEThe first of all if that if you are ever in a hurry is making sure you are going to end up looking splendorous enough no matter how much time you put into the rest of your make up. There has to be that one magical product that ensures that you leave feeling and looking perfect and that the rest or makeup process and the whole day is a full success. For that, there’s nothing better than the new Fix Plus with shimmer that comes in two versions, Pinklite (with pink shimmer) and Goldlite (with gold shimmer).

    Though I have the Pinklite one, I’ve tried both and for the purpose of this list, the Goldlite is this key product. The golden shimmer is perfect for summer and for giving you a fresh glow appearance in just a couple of spritzes. Also, it serves both as a primer for your make and as a fixer. It is just the wonder bottle. The Fix Plus has always been a top product but with this new twist, there’s no way you can resist the need to bathe yourself in this magical mist to glow and feel fresh all through the summer.

  2. MAC STROBE CREAM IN ‘PEACHLITE’

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    This moisturizer is a total must for this summer. While hydrating your skin, it gives an amazing glow and fresh look due to the pearly particles in it. Strobing in a bottle! This strobe cream comes in different tones but the Peachlite, with its pink peach pearly shade is the perfect one for this summer. The pink/peach tones boost the youth and freshness of every skintone, and the mix of silvery and golden undertones makes any skin seem full of light and life. The perfect highlighter and the perfect color correction for dull skins or for those who want to add a special ‘healthy glow’ finish to their skins.

    Also, MAC has a body version of this strobing magic, that you can get and pair up with your favorite Strobe Cream and be the girl with the best looking tan in all the beach. Even if you are in the office.

  3. MAC EXTRA DIMENSION HIGHLIGHTER IN ‘SHOW GOLD’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEWe all know that MAC highlighters are one of the best ones out there. Not only they highlight as if you were hit by the light of heavens, but it feel luxurious. The texture, the smell, the fine satin-like powder, the iridescence… The magic. They are the highlighter you need if you feel is lacking that extra glam that you need to accomplish everything in life.

    This is one personal opinion, you have never felt as good with a highlighter on that with the ones from MAC. And now, leaving my obsessions aside, I can say this shade, which I own of course because it’s gorgeous, is the perfect match for the Peachlite Strobe Cream. This shade, ‘Show Gold‘, is a rose gold peachy color with heaps and heaps of warm and cold iridescent shimmer.

    The consistency of this one is just perfect. So smooth you can hardly feel it’s a powder. A delight to be applied. And as we have said before, perfect, as the Peachlite Strobe Cream, for all skin tones to boost their natural glow and take it through the roof. What can be better for summer than ‘Show Gold‘?

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  4. MAC PEARLMATTE FACE POWDER: MOTHER O’ PEARL

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    The  jewel of the crown.
    As you might know, MAC launches limited editions every summer, and let me say that  the collection of this year is plainly amazing. Since I was able to try the products before they went out in the market in an event at my MAC store, I have had the opportunity to know this collection in depth and I can just say that I’m in love. But we’ll see all that in the article about the collection.
    The thing is, if MAC already has a collection for the summer, how could I not pick some of these products into my summer list.

    This one here is simply the best product in the collection. It is gorgeously design, beside from the amazing duochromatic packaging all the products from the collection have, it smells pure and luxurious, and the shades just have me crazy. You can use these powder all over your face using all the shades to give you a special tan/fuchsia/illuminated instant good looking face. But you can also use it as a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter, choosing which shades of the pattern you want to take with your brush, either if you want to use them separately, all together or in combination, this face powder is just the best.

    In addition, it gives a glorious pearly but matte finish, and only comes in this divine combination of perfectly chosen shades, called Mother O`Pearl.
    I own this one too and I can only say that it’s sold out for a reason.

  5. M·A·C STUDIO FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘LIGHT PEARL’

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    If you are already familiar with the Face and Body Foundation form MAC, prepare  yourself for the summer twist in this one. In the Mirage Noir collection we can find two Face and Body shades that are specially formulated to bronze and shimmer our skin like we have just arrived to a party after a long day at the beach.

    The pearly glow in this one is gorgeous and though there are only two shades, they are really translucent and blend perfectly with all the skin tones. If you are already in your most tan version, use the Medium Deep Pearl shade, but for every day use and to look perfectly sunny at all occasions, I recommend the Light Pearl one! If you have time and a MAC store where you live, go and swatch this because its bronzing magic is amazing.

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  6. MAC LIPGLASS / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘MIDNIGHT DIP’

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    The last product in this list from the Mirage Noir collection couldn’t be other than one of the luscious Lipglasses designed specially by MAC for this summer. This one here, ‘Midnight Dip‘, is the perfect combination of a gloss and a dark lip. The shimmery particles in it makes it a gorgeous color that can turn any look into a success in seconds. If you pair it with Treasure Beach (bright pink), as I did in one look for Instagram, the dimension you can achieve is simply stunning. This is by far my most favorite gloss of the summer and though I still don’t own it, it’s definitely on my wishlist.

    This color is ten times more beautiful when you actually try it than here in the pictures, so as I usually recommend with everything, if you have a store anywhere near, go and try this because I couldn’t have fallen in love harder when I did.

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  7. MAC IN EXTREME DIMENSION WATERPROOF MASCARA IN ‘DIMENSIONAL BLACK’

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    Because who doesn’t love a great waterproof mascara for the season of heat, pools and beach. MAC Extreme Dimension Waterproof mascara ensures that your glamorous looking lashes are going to stay volumized, lengthened, pitch black and in place all through your pool party, your day at the beach or your clubbing night.

    A waterproof mascara is a must for every summer and this one will just exceed your expectations. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging with the neon effect teal letters all over it?

    Don’t leave anyone indifferent to your look and apply two coats of this mascara to have that killer queen gaze that make heads turn!

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  8. MAC LIQUIDLAST LINER IN ‘WET ROAD’

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    Yes, an eyeliner seems to be always a must. But it’s summer and the party has started. Ditch your regular black eyeliner for when the holidays are over and head to this wonderful pearly silver shade of the MAC Liquidlast Liner, ‘Wet Road‘.

    Get creative with it or just do your usual winged eyeliner, I assure you that with this awesome liner you won’t leave anyone indifferent.

    Even if you wear it alone or you use it as the cherry on the top a dark glossy lips and full lashes look, this will make you look and feel as if you are ready to slay the night. Disco ball and everything.

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  9. MAC GRAND ILLUSION LIQUID LIPCOLOUR IN ‘SPACE BUBBLE’
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    If you have already seen this line of lipcolours, you understand why it is in this list. The Grand Illusion lipcolours combine iridescence, a metallic finish and almost like a duochrome effect full of multidimensional shimmery particles that will take you out of space. This particular color, ‘Space Bubble‘ is a double deep reed bright pink  with golden shimmer gorgeousness potion that will be perfect for the days you want to be the center of attention.

    The holographic effect in this one is amazing too, is its really comfortable to apply, hydrating, and as a plus it has a refreshing effect that will plump your lips to even further galaxies. If you like special effects lipcolours, you have to try this line! I have and I just can say that it’s twice as marvelous as you imagine it at the very least.
    This close up doesn’t do justice to how stunning it is but if you search for swatches you’ll become a believer!

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  10. MAC DAZZLEGLASS IN ‘DATE NIGHT’

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    Finally, this list couldn’t be completed without one of the Dazzleglasses. If you haven’t seen this everywhere you are the lucky person that lives in a cave or under a rock that I aspire to be. But MAC Dazzleglasses are really a thing. They took the concept of the lip gloss, made the Lipglasses, and now the next level are the stunning Dazzleglasses, a lip gloss infused with glitter, shimmer, and every kind of iridescence, pearly and holographic particles you can imagine.

    Date Night‘ is a gorgeous color well, for date nights and for every night. The deep magenta shade in this pairs perfectly with the fuchsia concept of the Mirage Noir collection, or what is the same, the idea of MAC of this summer 2018. For me, I could hardly leave aside more than one or two Dazzleglasses since they all seem gorgeous to me, but this is clearly the most special for me. When deep and rich shades and amazing finishes are combined, I’m all in.

    If I manage to get one of these, I’ll probably wear it every single night of the summer. Who needs spotlights when you can shine so bright on your own! Just look at that, isn’t that the prettiest thing you have ever seen?

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoy my selection and that you can get yourself one of these to make your summer as divine as you. Don’t forget to share your own MAC Cosmetics favorites for summer!
Lots of love!

Focallure 18 Eyeshadows Bright Lux Palette Review

You all know by now that I have a weakness for warm toned palettes.

If you remember my article about them, warm toned palettes are not only a trend that doesn’t seem to grow old since it boomed last year, but also a blessing for me, who already wore dark red lip liner as an eyeliner in high school (dark times, dark places). In that article I presented some of the most popular palettes that followed this trend in the moment and a general overview on my opinion on the trend.
Anyhow, warm palettes are a marvelous gift from the heavens and today I bring to you the review of one of the most exquisite ones I have tried. I’m talking about the Focallure 18 Shades Full Function Palette, in the shade Bright Lux.
First of all here you can see some of the pictures from the company.

 

Does the shade selection looks familiar?

That’s probably is because it’s the most magnificent dupe (probably the best dupe of anything I’ve found in my whole life) of the famous Rose Gold palette from Huda Beauty.

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What do I mean with a dupe?
I mean that the the quality of the Focallure palette is so fantastically amazing and I’m so impressed with it that I am actually quite shocked that it is so stunningly similar in quality. But let’s take things slowly and begin this review!

 

The Company

About a month ago I discover a fantastic online shop called Womental. I had been seeing their products over Instagram and I decided to take a look at their web.
In the makeup section the sell mainly Focallure products, of which I have never heard before this. The Bright Lux palette’s shades were too beautiful for me to resist it and after searching for some reviews online (all good, truth be told) I decided to get that one. They also have a Neutrals one version, that seemed more practical for everyday looks, but if you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m not that much intro practicality and that I can’t help falling in love with everything that shines, sparkles or has glitter. And also holographic stuff but that’s a subject for another day.

Returning to the palette,  after a lot of debate and scrolling up and down the site, I set my mind on that one and hoped for the results to be as good as they seemed on the internet. Obviously, I had my doubts, but this was probably the time that I learned to be open minded about makeup.

 

The brand

While my package was on its way, I did a bit of research about Focallure. They are a cruelty free brand (GOOD) that apparently is only available online through their own website or through resellers, and that specializes in makeup and beauty. They have a hue variety of products at amazing prices, and the fact that they sell to resellers too really pleases me, since they help and support growing business like the wonderful website where I discovered this brand, Womental. More point to them for that.

 

The package

The time passed and my very excitedly expected packaged finally arrived. First of all I must say a really big thank you to Womental. What was my surprise when I opened it that not only my palette was there in a perfect state (and it arrived pretty quickly from far far away, I must say) but also three lip products that were a complete bliss and that were sent as a gift.

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Womental can have their five golden stars for this amazing service and customer care!

The palette

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Now to the core of the question. The Focallure palette was in my hands and all I had to do was open it and swatch it and the truth will be revealed. I did. And guess what?

It was as amazing as the one from Huda. No, I’m not kidding. This is some serious business. Really serious.

Even if you are not searching for a Huda Rose Gold dupe but just for an amazingly pigmented and beautiful warm toned palette that can battle Modern Renaissance and win, this is the palette for you.

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Concerning the packaging, I loved the overall feeling of it. The Focallure palette looks luxurious but elegant, shiny black with the right dosage of gold/rose gold details and a magnetic lock. Just perfect.

 

The shadows

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There are seven foiled shadows, one shimmery shadow and ten matte shadows. I first swatched the foiled ones (obviously) and I was so so surprised. The pigmentation is like one I’ve never seen before. You can swatch them with your fingers and then swatch them in your arms and they’ll still look as if you had put eyeshadow primer under them. Perfect. Just perfect. The colors were perfect too.

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At first I thought that the matte ones weren’t as pigmented but this was only that it took more than one finger swatch to get the surface of the shadow out of their ‘baked’ state. After this, oh my, the pigmentation on those too. The reds, pinks and burgundies look so so beautiful on the eyes. Just wait and see.

For the shimmery white shadow, the same thing happened as with the matte ones.

So, all of them were the perfect quality. And I’m saying perfect, which is not something I say that easily. The shadows are as I’ve said amazingly pigmented, the texture is buttery just to the right amount and they are still so easy to work with and blend. They are also long lasting and water resistant. You will need a good set of brushes for this palette because well, it is what you call a professional palette. No kidding.

Here you have a bonus video if you want to see that shimmering action!

As soon as I ended the swatching phase, I went straight to creating some looks to see how the Focallure eyeshadows worked on the eyes and with actual brushes. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

The looks

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✨🌷 Bright Lux 🌷✨ . This is the first look I made with the amazing #focallure palette that I got from @womental. . I also thought it was already time for it so here you can see my first attempt ever at a cut crease! I wanted to keep it simple too. . Products used: @focallure 18 Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Bright Lux @lorealmakeup Lash Paradise Mascara. . I really really hope you enjoy this one! I’ll probably post in on the blog explaining which shades I used. If you like it let me know so I’ll post the other one. Hint: it has glitter. . Lovely Tuesday to you all! And tag me if you recreate this so I can see it! . . . . . . . @focallurebeauty #focallure #cutcreasemakeup #makeupartistry #mua_army #mua_world #focallureeyeshadowpalette #focallureeyeshadow #crueltyfreemakeup #lorealmascara #lashparadise #lashparadisemascara #mua #makeupartist #pinkmakeuplook #pinkeyelook #boldbrow #hudabeautydupe #hudarosegolddupe #cutcreasedmakeup #deathlessvogue

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This look was a more or bright look where I gave a try at the cut creased trend. I mainly used Wine, Terracota, Toffee, Indian Red as a transition color and Moonlight and Garnet to highlight the lid, the corner of the eye and the browbone. Also I used extra Toffe and some Carbon on the outer corner of the eye to polish it up! I used a little of Lash Paradise mascara from L’Óreal and that’s it!

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✨Night Lux✨ . And here’s the other look I made with the #focallure palette from @womental! . The colors are really similar but this is more of like a bold version, there’s more contrast and the brow bone isn’t highlighted. I also add some glitter and eyeliner and blended the cut crease so it will be more subtle! . Products used: @focallure 18 Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Bright Lux @lorealmakeup Lash Paradise Mascara @catrice.cosmetics Eyeliner Pen Waterproof version in black @wetnwildbeauty Color Icon Glitter in ‘Bleached’ . I really hope you enjoyed this one too. And have a happy Thursday! . . . . . . . @wetnwildspain @focallurebeauty #focallure #focallureeyeshadow #focallurelook #lashparadise #lorealmakeup #focalluremakeup #catricecosmetics #catriceeyeliner #glittermakeup #cutcrease #slave2makeup #mua_army #mua_world #mua #mualife #makeupartist #makeupartistry #undiscovered_muas #brightlux #hudabeautydupe #eyelookmakeup #muasfeaturing #deathlessvogue

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In this one I tried to give a date nigh twist on the first look. It is more dark since it has more of the Wine color the outer color is a lighter mix of this one and Toffee. The cut crease is blended with someof this too, and the color Terracota goes up to the brow without highlighting. For the inner corner, I used Garnet, Moonlight, Bisque and some Wet n Wild Color Icon glitter in the shade ‘Bleached’. This time, I added a winged eyeliner with Catrice Eye Liner Pen in waterproof black and again the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Óreal.

I know that both of the looks are really similar regarding the color choice but that was totally my fault. It was my first ever warm palette and I wanted to play with those reds and pinks like crazy. Also, I must say that it was my first time trying a cut crease and I always thought the best colors for that technique are burgundies.

This palette is really versatile and in the next round I take at it I’ll sure be looking to create something quite different with the more gold/brown/orange section of the palette.
If you want to see how those turn out, stay tuned!

Conclusion

I just want to thank Womental for their fantastic service, their kindness and for introducing me to such an amazing makeup brand. I couldn’t be happier with this, and though this is mainly a review of the palette, I must say that the lip products they sent me were fantastic too (and smelled divine), so you will probably see a review about those around here soon, as well as some pictures in my Instagram (which I already took!).
You have to check out their shop, they also sell accessories, hair items, jewelry and what not!

This has been a very positive experience and I encourage you all to go out there and try and search and to look always beyond.

And of course I recommend this palette to all of you who can’t afford Anastasia Beverly Hills or Huda Beauty and still want to feel like a Hollywood starlet, because you deserve it!

I really hope you enjoyed this and lots of love!

Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

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I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!

The Blonde Issue

This post was originally thought for the beginning of the summer when the bleaching madness started but I’ve been so disconnected that it never got to see the light. They say it’s better late than never so here you have it!

Also this is kind of a different post (more of a personal/ranting approach), just in case!

With the summer I start to overthink again about getting a box of hair dye in the nearer  shop and give the lightening process a try… one more time.

This made me thinking, is bleached blonde a thing that you have to do earlier or later in your life?

A good platinum blonde shade not only gives you the most polished look you can ever imagine but a certain iconic image we always have wanted to recreate. The term ‘blonde bombshell’ is so deep inside our minds and society: a platinum blonde mane means elegance, style, luxury, but also glamour and rock and roll. Is as versatile as a good hair color can be.

The key to this look is keeping a perfect face, even if it is just basic make-up or a BB cream, this style surely gets its best when paired with some bold eyes or lips. Black and red are is allies, and you can play all around with the rest of the colors depending on if you want a grunge look, a vintage glamorous one or a runway one. It can be played all the ways you want it to!

Blonde hair has the power to make you completely addicted to it. Even when you have swore that you’ll never destroy your hair that much again in your life, one day you realize that you are buying a box of bleach or a highlights kit or a progressive lightening spray and then the dream (nightmare) starts again. Opposite of what most people may think, hair is really delicate and too much lightening can cause serious damage to it.

And then of course, there’s also your worst enemy if you are blonde: brassiness.

There you have one if the main reasons that make people, and also myself, quit trying to achieve the perfect blonde. Also don’t forget its side kick, green hair, which can appear after too much processing and dying and toning trying to get rid of the orange tones. Too much ashy tones mixed up with bleached hair can cause some green hues in your hair, which in my experience never get out unless you cut it. All in all, bleach blonde is as suitable as difficult to achieve, specially if you are one of those people that have to do everything themselves (like me). Then this might be your pending subject for a long time!

Palette Trend: Warm-Eyed Craze

This is another post about this palette trend that I had ready before the summer and that I wanted to post before I started the new year! I also updated it a bit so I could include some recent discoveries, enjoy!

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Kaia Gerber wearing Scandalust palette for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

 

The Trend

Warm toned eye looks are a big thing right now.

Personally this make-up trend is one of the most flattering in the last times. Specially suitable for brown eyes and autumn colors hair, it can actually fit any eye color or complexion. The beauty of this look is that, even when it’s perfectly worked and detailed to any glamour level you want, it still looks kind of natural. Earthy tones speak to us about falling leaves, deep forests, fireplaces and candles. Even with bright hues or the use of glitter, these tones guarantee you a soft appearance, warm and magical, ethereal like the evening sunlight.

The thing is, actual autumn is just around the corner and this trend seem to be preparing its greatest act. Pretty much every cosmetic line has been launching their own version of the ‘perfect warm tones palette’ for the past months. Let’s say for example Lime Crime, Anastasia, and most recently even Urban Decay jumped on the bandwagon with their Naked Heat palette. So, if autumn is always a season for earthy tones, this year is going to be as big as it can get.

 

Venus II by Lime Crime and Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

The Colors

What colors do these palette actually contain? The most popular options are oranges, deep burgundy reds, soft browns and sparkly peachy tones. The selection allows you to create for the most simple and subtle/shy looks to the most glamorous one using glitter and a perfectly defined and sharp black eyeliner. These hues are also very favorable to recreate the trendy halo eyes look that has been going around so much lately. For me, all these colors give away a sensation of a naturally edgy-grunge-couldn’t care less look, along with some innocent and even fairy-like look.

 

Naked Heat by Urban Decay and Matte Palette by Zoeva.

 

The Possibilities

From my point of view, the perfect choices to complete this look is a warm toned hair color like a gingery red, a chocolate brown, a strawberry blonde – all in all anything with a warm under tone (imagine the colors of autumn leaves!), and some fake freckles if you don’t already sport some real ones! Some of us are not that lucky.

You can achieve these in multiple ways and if you have doubts you sure can search for a thousand tutorials, but my favorite techniques, and the ones that I think that are the easiest are these. Use a brown mascara that goes well with your complexion and use the brush lightly (or other brush you may wish) to create natural and uneven looking freckles, or if you want to have more control over the size and distribution of the freckles, use a matte long lasting eyeliner pencil or gel. Marc Jacobs Beauty used this last technique on Selena Gomez for her latest video, Fetish. Remember to pair all this with a flawless complexion that doesn’t look to heavy, go for a good coverage but of a dewy/natural finish. You even may be good to go with some concealer and mattifying powder.

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Scandalust by Marc Jacobs. My favorite!

If you are willing to try this trend, you can start practicing this look all through the summer, starting with softer and simpler look, just combining a few shadows to enhance your bronzed beach style.

Did you fall for this trend too? What is your favorite warm-toned palettte?
Share some of your best looks!

Elvive Low Shampoo Analyzed

Elvive Low Shampoo has arrived in the best moment for our hair!

With the holidays so near our manes have to face the damage of the brushing and the heat of party season. The hottest way to protect it are the new washing creams, the new hair trend that you need to try.

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Low shampoos are a softer, and more respectful with our hair, alternative to traditional shampoos. With their base without sulfates, they cleanse without drying, and their cream properties with oils strengthen and nourish our tresses. Their moisturizing power is great and they are meant for dry and damaged hair.

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Sulfates are a chemicals generally added to cleansing products to maximize their power. In many cases this is a blessing since we can take advantage of this but in others it can be a little too harsh. Fragile hair, which need a rest after being periodically exposed to dyes and heat or that is naturally prone to this, may need something gentler than a shampoo with sulfates. After all, you can also find them in washing liquid, which may be a little discouraging to people who already fear for the well being of their tresses.

Collection

Elvive has launched three different low shampoos is this line to meet with every girl needs.

Dry: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo

For manes on the edge! Rocking pastel tresses? You can’t remember how many times you have bleached your hair? Shedding is more than a problem now? Style it everyday? This is the low shampoo for you! It contains a blend of six extraordinary flower oils that helps to revive your hair and replenish its health!

Dyed: Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo

If you dye your hair regularly but you don’t use and abuse the bleach, this one is perfect for you. It protects your color and retains its shine so you can space up the re-touches. It also contains a UV filter that acts as a shield and prevents your color from fading under the sun.

Curly: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Low Shampoo

For really curly or afro hair, this one fits perfectly the needs of heads that need a little extra love and that are naturally dry and fragile. Its detangling power is amazing and it helps you achieve perfectly defined and nourished curls!

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Why a washing cream?

These products are mainly meant for people with fragile hair. For some of you, lucky ones, this might be a term which doesn’t apply to you, but most of us have had some experiences with it. Maybe because you are a dye addict or a straightener fan, you know that some times you hair seems to be unable to take it up. Frizzy, unruly hair that has lost its health is a nightmare, and in those situations even washing it can look scary. Then fear no more! Washing creams don’t foam, they nourish your hair and leave it ready to be untangled. They don’t strip your color or your natural moisture, and they are far way gentler chemically speaking. Their cream texture makes them easier to apply and distribute, and also transforms your shower into a ritual!

How to use?

This is where the experience may differ from what you are accustomed to. Washing creams have different properties and therefore different characteristics, so pay attention to this!

1. Apply 10 to 15 pumps of the product to wet hair.

2. Massage well into the hair from scalp to ends and leave it in for three minutes.

3. Rinse carefully with water, untangling the hair with your fingers.

Gold Obsession: L’Óreal Lipstick Review

 

Gold is here to shine in your winter nights. As we all know, L’Óreal, if not other things, takes the fashion industry and the trends it embraces very seriously. With all the metallic fever, it was almost mandatory that they launched a special edition make-up line to go with this luxurious obsession. And the result was baptized very accurately precisely this way.

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The Gold Obsession lipstick are a must facing the winter, making the dazzling look that we all want for the Christmas parties easy to achieve in just one stroke. Let’s hear more about them!

Characteristics

What makes them so special and different form the other Color Riche shades? A new and exciting improved formula with 24K gold infusion, that features:

  • Rich, deep color.
  • Creaminess without compare.
  • Exquisite, subtle fragrance.
  • Pure 24K gold particles.

Shades

47. Pure Gold: The star of the collection, a pure gold lipstick full of shimmer and sparkle that can make any make-up look go from good to glamorous by just applying a layer over your regular lipstick. Wear it alone if you want to be the center of a attention or the queen of the party!

 

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49. Plum Gold: The darker shade, a perfect autumn purple that reminds of French elegance in the Paris night. A cool tone for dark and mysterious girls that want to be the stranger to be remembered.

 

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41. Ruby Gold: The deeper shade of red of the line, the one that you need if you want to go for a ‘siren of the silver screen’ look. No one would be left indifferent if you let this shade shine through a simple but polished make-up. Perfect for winged eyeliners and glowy skin.

 

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36. Nude Gold: The everlastingly loved nudes couldn’t be left aside of this trend. Choose this shade if you want to catch some eyes while you still look elegant; also this shades allows you to put the focus of your make-up in your eyes! Pair it with an awesome smokey look and shine bright!

 

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40. Rouge Gold: A purer red, warmer toned, similar to Ruby Gold but even more classic. This one suits better paler complexions but can also be used to add special effects to any look! For example, you can combine the two shades of red to achieve a beautiful ombré lip featuring pure gold.

 

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46. Beige Gold: Another nude shade to wear when you don’t want your lips to be directly on the spot but still you want to feel and look divine. This one looks slightly warmer and is more noticeable, so try wearing it alone to lets its simplicity conquer the flashes of the cameras!

 

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44. Rose Gold: For rosy girls, if you can’t live without your pink lips, this is the one you are looking for! The pink shade is not too bright and its neutral color fits all complexions and skin tones. A look to go; don’t forget how unavoidable rose gold has been in the past seasons for fashion, jewelry, accessories and even hair! So don’t leave your lips unattended and if you want to try this line, start for this shade. Definitely a must!
One awesome characteristic of all shades is that the color is buildable. Apply just one layer for a subtle effect and build to the infinity for bold rocker lips!

 

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A tip on how to wear them? Try pairing them either with a metallic look or with colors like black, white, or matte versions of the shade, just as we stated in our Metallic Obsession post! Regarding the rest of your make-up, try keeping it simple in the variety of colors if they are bright. Nudes, smokeys or polished eyeliners are what suit this lipsticks the best, but if you are daring enough, pop some color in!

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A personal trick? Don’t use them just in your lips, they add awesome effects to your look as blush, highlighter, and my favorite, cream eyeshadow! Specially the Pure Gold one can do wonders if applied as a base for your eye look, or wear it alone well blended outwards for a runway appearance!

I’ll leave you some inspiration of the kind of looks you can achieve with these products, create your own version, reinvent your make-up and be the star of the holidays!

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If you have tried them share your opinion or looks here!

You can also use the #deathlessvogue tag in Instagram for us to check your look and feature it in our profile.

Go for it, gold-diggers!

Purple Rain: New Regal Hue

Purple is the new black.
Step aside, blue, red and green, the new basic color for elegance is this iconic and unique blend.

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Autumn and winter are all about elegance and luxury.

No matter what your style is, the cold always suits our looks since it allows all of us to mix and match beyond our greatest fantasies. Deep hues, rich textures, precious metals and stones, black leather, polished make-up and perfect haircuts are some of the basic features of the beauty of autumn and winter fashion.
And today one of those deep hues is the star: purple.

Purple is conquering the world of fashion. Not just in street fashion or couture, but also make-up, cosmetics, arts and design. It is the perfect union of fantasy and royalty, the naive vibe of dreams and folktales and the sultry elegance of the old continent. Its versatility also covers the new century and its neon glow: techno, glam rock and the holographic wave all over. Purple is like a sci-fi fairy tale, classicism meets disco. Welcome to the purple reign.

The connection of purple color with luxury comes from far back in history.

Traditionally, it was only worn by royalty, aristocracy and members of the Church, due to the cost of purple dyes and therefore, clothing of this color. In the nineteenth century the shade mauve was created while a chemistry student tried to make synthetic quinine, which became fashionable after Queen Victoria wore a gown of this color. Shortly after this, the industrial production of some purple dyes finally settled its place among arts and fashion, managing to reach all social classes. At the end of the century, this color became then really popular among painters, like Pre-Raphaelites and later, Gustav Klimt.

Finally, in the 20th century, the oneiric quality of the color was achieved during the 60s, 70s and 80s.
During the first two decades, it became associated with psychedelics and musicians, as well as with counterculture. Some examples are Jimi Hendrix, with his song Purple Haze from 1967, or Deep Purple, the popular English rock band which formed in 1968. In the 80s, the color appeared in the song and album by Prince, Purple Rain (1984). In pop culture, it soon was one of the favorite colors for video games, still nowadays.

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  • This particular hue was in Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

Couture

Winter is almost upon us and with its regal trend the use of purple in fashion collections is reaching a peak. It is being seen specially in rich textures like brocades, suede, lace, patterns and precious metals embroideries.

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Make-up and hair have also jumped into the bandwagon. Special effects are the key to this trend, metallic finishes and glitter rule over minimalist or matte looks. Holographic hues that turn to blue, pink or teal are also really popular.

Arts

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  • Production Stills from ESU, by Be Steadwell (2013), Janelle Bowe

The union between magenta and cyan, the two colors most used in artistic direction of movies right now, purple symbolizes uniqueness and infinite possibilities. It contains everything and at the same time can mean emptiness. The alpha and the omega.

Ballets Russes

Forever dancing. Ballet, the art that most perfectly represents the beauty and exquisiteness of fashion, floods this season’s trends.

Couture has always been in love with the Russians vibes, from royalty to folktales, and ballet is a crush that never gets old.

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Russia is the perfect combination of magical, cold and regal and it breathes luxury and classicism.

This autumn and winter, it comes back to us in ballet inspired fashion, from accessories to shoes, decoration, clothing, jewelery or even furniture. The looks shine with delicacy, every piece seem exclusively design and made to fit you, preserving the richness of the concept. Gold, silver, precious stones, soft earth tones, white and black are the bases of this inspirarion, along with rich deep dark colors such as green, blue or red, in shades that reminds of royal gowns.

Dream of snow and palaces with these runway looks:

 

  • Beauty

Equally, make-up trends follow the same pattern to fit the exquisite cold touch of this fashion. A dark bold lip combined with pale and flawless skin is the key to this look. The make-up has to be perfectly applied, no smudges though the eye shadows had to be well blended out. The new make-up trend fever, the strobing, pairs perfectly with what you want to achieve – use one with a frosted finish to enhance the cold feeling of the look. Aim for cool tones, soft pinks, silvery finishes and rich appearances. Good worked lashes are also a must, deep black, with volume and length, polished and with the mascara perfectly applied. Berry and earthy tones, always deep, for eyes and lips are the choice for this look.

Sort your favorites out of these and replicate the high fashion feeling:

  • Jewelry

Think of the Romanov and you have your answer: crowns, diamonds, necklaces, earrings, all things sultry and fine. Delicacy and elegance is the key to achieve this looks without looking ordinary or faux.

BeautyBlender: Iconic Basic

Sponges which are intended to apply make-up are more and more successful each day, and that is undoubtedly because of the BeautyBlender, the first of these accessories that reached the heaven of iconic products. Its secret is the beautiful finish it leaves on the skin, similar to the effect we could achieve with an airbrush, with no wrinkles or marks and with a very natural and uniform appearance.

But this sponges are not only useful with foundations but also with cream blush or concealers, which become much more easy to apply and leave astonishing results.

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The original BeautyBlender

Its anatomic design makes it perfect for all face shapes, and its material, latex free, is smoother than the ones we are accustomed to in other sponges.

ORIGIN

Rea Ann Silva was a veteran professional make-up artist working in Hollywood who, tired of the sharp sponges that were usually sold, invented in 2007 the iconic BeautyBlender, an elliptical sponge that offers a flawless coverage without wasting any product. Since then, BeautyBlender has gained an infinity of adepts and followers and has become a must-have brand in any shooting, runway or make-up bag.

IMPACT

The best example of the tremendous success that this item has achieved, and the proof to its efficacy and handiness is the millions of versions other brands had launched inspired by the BeautyBlender. From QVS, to Vanity Tools, there is maybe not a single make-up brand that hasn’t its own variation of the famous sponge.

Here we can see some of them.

Not only other brands has benefited from the success of the original BeautyBlender, this same brand has launched several versions of its miracle sponge: different colors, sizes and purpose to fit your needs and aesthetics. They all follow the same principle: the egg shape of the sponge combines a pointy end to keep the details under control (and to reach difficult areas like under the eyes, around the nostrils and the corners of the mouth) with a rounded end to blend out the make-up with that “most wanted” airbrush effect.

The different colors indicate different purposes or limited editions. An easy guide to them is:

  • Purple. Royal purple limited edition. Use as original one for foundation.
  • Gray. BeautyBlusher. To apply blush.
  • Blotterazzi. To blot excess oils for touch ups on the go.
  • Red. Red carpet limited edition. Use as original one for foundation.
  • Black. The Pro one. Multipurpose, to apply foundation, bronzer, self-tanners, blushers and concealers.
  • White. BeautyBlender Pure to change your moisturizing routine, apply your creams and lotions.
  • Green. Micro Mini. Precisely apply concealers.
  • BodyBlender. Flatter and bigger shape to be perfect all over! For body use.

HOW TO USE

  1. The sponge should be submerged underwater to let it be completely soaked. To help the process we can squeeze it several times under the water to allow it to be fully saturated.
  2. We should then squeeze it gently with our hand till it drains. Let the maximum water out.
  3. Remove excess humidity with a towel.
  4. Pour some foundation or product in the back of our hand and soak the part of the sponge that we will be using in it.
  5. Tap gently into the face using different ends of the sponge to achieve different finishes and reach all corners.

It should be washed carefully after each use to prevent make-up to clog it up and leave residues on our face.

If this has been enough to convince you of how indispensable the BeautyBlender is, don’t hesitate to shop now here! http://deathlessvogue.com/product/beautyblender-original/

Dior Skyline Fall 2016 Collection

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Inspired by the Iron Maiden (La Dame de Fer in French), also called Eiffel Tower, Dior Skyline Fall 2016 aspires to transform you into the ultimate seductress this next season. A wintry make-up collection that includes fascinating eyeshadow, cheeks and lips palettes, which can already be found in Nordstrom, Sephora, Harrods and other department stores.

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  • Dior Skyline 5 Couleurs Palette. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the maison launches two limited editions of their emblematic 5 eyeshadows palette, offering deep, luminous, richly contrasted colors. The high couture effects and color palette is presented either in a pure blues and fresh beiges harmony that irradiate  a steel grey hue, or in a combination of warm and luminous browns developed around pink. Hues: 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light.
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Dior Skyline 5 Coleurs Palette 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light, $63.00

 

  • Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow. This season, new smoky eyeshadows dress the lids in a rich autumnal palette. Improved with a lustrous finish that provides a shine beyond imagination, the six highly pigmented and deeply intense shades go from a sensual brown to an hypnotic coral hue or to a dazzling purple, illuminating the eyes in just a gesture. Hues: 094 Gravity, 184 Temptation, 564 Fire, 684 Reflection, 764 Fusion y 794 Fever.

 

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoke Eyeshadow 184 Temptation – 764 Fusion – 684 Reflection, $29.50

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow 094 Gravity – 564 Fire – 794 Fever, $29.50

 

  • Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk. All make-up artists agree that well structured eyebrows define the eyes. Combining the color intensity of a pencil with the resistance of wax, this liner thickens and fill in eyebrows in an instinctive, quick and easy way. Hues: 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown y 003 Dark Brown.
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Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown and 003 Dark Brown, $27.44

  • Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo. Exclusively for this season, the brand launches the ultimate accessory to achieve a perfectly sculpted face. Inspired by the contouring (giving shape with shades) and the strobing (sculpting with light), techniques used by professional make-up artists, its formula enhances the contours of the face, covering it with an harmonic glow. Hues: 001 Soft, 002 Medium y 003 Intense.
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Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo 001 Soft, 002 Medium and 003 Intense, $44.00

  • Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer. The final touch. This impressive compact powder keeps the illusion of a fresh and radiant complexion. Loose and not occlusive, it allows skin to breathe freely, creating an authentic shield that limits the absorption of pollution particles. Skin preserves its natural beauty with each application. Enriched with translucent pigments, this formula contains aired out powder, invisible to the naked eye, that provides the perfect shade without altering your natural skin tone. Hues: 10, 20 and 30.
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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 10, 20 and 30, $49.38

  • Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips. Inspired by the make-up techniques used in the backstage of fashion shows, Dior releases its first color multi-purpose concealer: Fix It Color. With two outstanding textures in a concealer stick that works to neutralize imperfections in the skin tone, around the lips and eyes with all the precision and efficiency of a real make-up artist. Hues: 100 Bleu, 200 Abricot, 300 Jaune and 400 Vert.
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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 100 Bleu and 200 Abricot, $36.00

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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 300 Jaune and 400 Vert, $36.00

  • Dior Flash Luminizer. Updating your make-up routine with this highlighter, inspired by the techniques used by professionals offstage, will help you improve your complexion with just a click. White light pigments catch it and redistribute it in every direction to increase luminosity, while the Complex ™ Beautyfier, enriched with micro spheres of hyaluronic acid, helps filling in winkles and fine lines to achieve a perfectly smooth skin. Hues: Pearly Vanilla, Pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory y Pink.
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Dior Flash Luminizer Pearly Vanilla, pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory and Pink, $38.00

  • Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine. The maison starts a new age of lips make-up with the creation of an advanced lipstick that includes an hydra-gel core with quilt effect to give a sensational mirror shine. Hues: 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated y 777 Sensational.
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Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated and 777 Sensational, $35.00

  • Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss. More than a lip gloss, this product is a lip filler and shine, all in one. Moisturizing and thickening, this gloss has an instant effect of natural volume and day after day. Filled with hyaluronic acid spheres that capture and retain water, its formula calms lips, leaving them completely and long-lastingly hydrated. Hues: 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous y 929 Scandalous.
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Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous and 929 Scandalous, $30.00

  • Dior Le Vernis. Discover the new generation of Dior nail polishes and its genius high couture color formula, long lasting and with an ultra shining effect gel. Hues: 112 Minimal, 522 Abstract, 818 Obscure y 848 Skyline.
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Dior Le Vernis 112 Minimal and 522 Abstract, $27.00

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Dior Le Vernis 818 Obscure and 848 Skyline, $27.00