Balmain Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Again and for another season, style and couture recently had a meeting in the last Paris Fashion Week. And as always, one of the most commented and awaited collections arrived without disappointing anyone, including myself. The era of Olivier Rousteig as head designer for the Balmain house is consolidating itself as one of the most prominent in the history of the brand.

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The style that Rousteig brings to his designs are instantly recognizable, as he masterfully brings together his own aesthetics with the inspiration from contemporary trends in the couture world. Also, since he started his career at the front of Balmain, his collections seem to have been evolving one into another, following a creative direction that draws a fine and particular mind from one year to another and that drag us into his artistic world. As we commented in the latest Balmain fashion shows, his Fall 2018 collection seemed to evolve into his Spring 2019 one, as if this last one was a continuation of he creative process in the one before. And this time we can appreciate the same continuity in his Fall 2019, with which he has gifted the world in this last Paris Fashion Week.

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That is probably one of my favorite things about the work of Rousteig in Balmain, the continuity and the flowing artistry of his designs and collections. While other designers choose to pick very different inspirations and for each of their collections and follow completely different conceptual lines for each season (for example, Marc Jacobs comes to my mind in this aspect), Rousteig kindly guides us into the continuously evolving flow of style that is his work.

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The Fashion Show

As always first of all, let’s enjoy the show, which is as stunning as always with that particular music selection that can only be from Balmain!

The Collection

The fashion show starts with some creations based on what will be the center of the collection: black. It is true that Olivier Rousteig always uses black as a main pillar for his collections, but in the particular case he has raised it to the category of the clear protagonist of the show. The influence of this color isn’t dimmed as in his latest collection by neon or holographic effects. The elegance shines through a masterful use of this color all through the collection.

The show starts by presenting a few designs where the main vehicle to present this ‘queen of colors’ as Pierre-Auguste Renoir defined it, is leather or wool, always studded or paired with transparencies, that remark even more the visual weight of bold pieces like oversized jackets.

Creations that are based on a unique type of fabric besides being monochrome also populate this collection. As the show develops and evolves, denim, another of Rousteig usual pillars, and white will start to appear to complement the statement that black makes.

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Shoes in this collection are mainly based in that leather and studs relationship that we mentioned before. Though we can see mainly boots, there are also a few sandal pieces that also combine patent leather or black velvet with silver and metallic appliances.

Soon, the combinations with white that we have mentioned also gain prominence, being combined mainly also with leather and denim.

A very particular concept resource that Rousteig uses to support this collection is as we have said before, combining the visual weight of bold pieces with transparencies. A characteristic trademark that we will see repeatedly is the mid openings in the pieces that will leave the waist, elbows, and even more frequently, the shoulders, exposed. This will be achieved either with plastics, see-through fabrics or directly with naked openings, that will emphasize the structure of the pieces.

Tweed will also appear as a central pillar of the collection, accompanying wool, and combinations of materials and effects will be interleaved with block outfits, such as denim ones.

At this point of the show we will see appear another of the chracteristic features of this collection: fabrics that are worked in the shape of floral references, specially roses or carnations. This is a collection where Rousteig has left aside the majority of his recently most used ‘special effects’ such as iridescent and holographic finishes or bold colors, but this embellishment will appear through the collection in many designs and is an innovation in his resources that is introduced in this collection.

Fringes, on the other hand, are a very used and common resource in his creations, and also appears in this collection combined with a great variety of fabric and finishes, nearly always in black or white.

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The two pieces above are in my opinion one of the most gorgeous of the collection. The combination of two of his most characteristic features, transparent plastic fabrics and studs, are combined here masterfully over the naked body or elegant white pieces, giving a great deal of boldness to the accessories such as belts or shoes. It is amazing how he recreates the concept of leather without using it, just alluding to it using the structure of plastic and the character of the studs.

Half way into the show, a few glimpses of color, mainly under saturated ones, are presented through the textures and fabrics used before. The floral/carnations designs are once again seen, and then mint and pastel purple take the place of black being the center of a few designs.

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The colors are presented both in a uniformity of fabrics and also in combinations of them. I think this brief appearance of color is a small breath of fresh air into the collection. I doesn’t overshadow the importance of the elegance in the decision of keeping the collection mainly toned down, and still it adds a little lightness to it. We can observe how amazingly the effect of a design can change just changing the color of it: though the same resources are used, these pieces give a much more innocent and fresh appearance without losing any of the elegance.

In the final stretch of the show we are presented with some of the most stunning designs of the collection. Rousteig uses a few resources that he has prominently used through his work at the front of Balmain, such as lace, asymmetrical structured cuts and more transparencies.

Here are introduced the chest openings that are the center of quite a few of his final designs. Very bold pieces are often compensated with transparencies in the chest, which is a very distinctive characteristic of this particular collection in my opinion.

The effect achieved with this is frankly amazing and this last part of the show leaves us with a great sensation of couture raised to a higher level.

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At the end of the show we see all the artistic resources used through the collection interlinked one more time, going back to black to close the circle that Rousteig drew with his creations. The most chic designs are seen in this final part, and the show closes in the most elegant way.

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Sequins make an stellar appearance in these final creations, enhancing the chicness of the designs. Long capes are also prominent in this last pieces, as well as once again the openings in the waist area, asymmetries,combinations with patent leather, and white blouse fragments that are used as a complement for these stunning pieces.

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All in all, this collection deviates from his last ones in the sense that elegance here bears an even greater significance.

I can see a lot of influence of the work of for example Thierry Mugler, in this conception of elegance as an otherworldly feature that must be honored, but I also appreciate an evolution within his own work, and many references to his own creations.

Olivier Rousteig without a doubt consolidates himself as a true haute couture designer with this collection, leaving aside all of his usual ‘special effects’ to focus on the solidity of the pieces.

A collection to be taken seriously.

Beauty

As usual, the focus on Balmain shows is on the pieces and models wear a natural, almost no makeup look not to steal the light of the designs. In this case anyhow, we can see the use of very minimalist accessories, mainly this metallic chain headband that is repeated in quite a few of the looks.

Skin doesn’t look either too matte or too dewy but perfectly balanced and radiant, which is a basic characteristic of Balmain fashion shows: models look perfectly flawless without using makeup as a creative statement, just letting it enhance their features and letting their natural and individual beauty shine through.

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Another important feature of this show that is also an innovation in relation with the latest Balmain collection is the appearance of berets: these are used to emphasize the Parisian chicness of the pieces, using leather and studs to give boldness to the designs.

Overall, the look is like always fresh and polished.

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Details, Accessories and Shoes

Here I have made a selection of the most important and beautiful detail shots that were made during the show.

I love to observe the final designs (that encompass the designs, the shoes and the accessories) in a closer way so I can appreciate all the passion and care that were put into their creation.

Most of the features that we have talked about can be further appreciated in these shots of an indisputable beauty.

We can also appreciate that, as well as in the outfits, leather and studs are the leiv motif that bring all the creations together through their use in the accessories such as bags, belts and shoes.

Plastic transparencies can be better appreciated and we discover that even more resources than the ones we initially noticed are used, for example these nearly iridescent sequins that are paired with denim here down below.

The freshness of the very few colors used, mint and pastel purple as we said, is even more appreciable when the whole effect that they create in combination with the choice of fabrics is observed closely.

Patent leather makes truly a bold statement that is conveyed perfectly with all the different textures that are given to it through the collection.

 

And that is all!

As we mentioned before this is a collection that followed the path that Rousteig himself was tracing in his last collections for Balmain but at the same times breaks with it taking his creations a step further with this truly unforgettable elegance statement.

I hope that you enjoyed this collection as much as I did and I expect to see you all really soon!
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!

 

 

Versace Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear Collection and Fashion Show

Today I bring you the Versace Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear collection, where Donatella has done an outstanding work in reassuring her position as one of the greatest masters of fashion design. Versace is as you may know by now one of my most loved fashion houses, a surely one of the most iconic through the history of haute couture.

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As we talked about in the previous article about Versace, the previous collection that Versace launched (SS 2018) was a bomb was an outstanding work of art honoring the style and passion of the creator of the house, Gianni Versace. His sister Donatella, now vice president of Versace and chief designer or the brand, was the one that orchestrated this beautiful homage to one of the most creative and innovative brand in the history of fashion design. The show and the collection were a startling success, and we were all really expectant about Donatella’s next move after such an unique revelation.

And she sure impressed everyone when she went back to her purest style in a stunning new collection that honors her own creativity as much as the last one honored the one of her brother.

The Clans of Versace

No wonder about why the collection was called ‘The Clans of Versace’, because at this point, Versace is the royal family of couture and this was the time for the queen. A lot of the pillars of the Versace imaginery are present in this collection that combines classicism with modernity in a magnificent way. Classic lines and materials are contrasted with highly pigmented primary colors, patterns, plaid, accessories and a lot of trends of the moment.
The personal trademark met modernism. And it was astounding.

But let’s see the whole collection, enjoy the show!

Classicism

The classical line of this collection is expressed in muted downs nude brown colors, always so associated with fall and elegance. The use of leather, metal accessories (primary gold) and fine fabric remind us of the less excessive side of the concept. These colors and material will continue to appear in the collection as a leif motiv of classicism through Donatella’s different creations.

Plaid

These two will almost always will be accompanied by the star of the show: plaid in primary colors that will steal the light in designs where bright yellow is a form of gold.

Primary Colors

The primary colors derive are built into different designs and the plaid will even turn monochrome leaving yellow aside in some stunning pieces.

Black leather and Gold: the Belt

One of the main accessories and center of part of the collection is a Versace icon: the belt. Black leather and gold, the classical importance of this piece will be of high importance again, a pillar of the Versace imaginery.

Two of my favorite creations were these two belt-centered beauties of a design, two black dresses that speak Versace and couture so loud that it’s hard to resist. The elegance of these two looks is just sublime.

Silk, Patters, Satin and Corsets

Silk drapes also had a leading role in the collection. Colorful patterns full of pop art references and animal print are places over luxurious fabric with a great femininity to it. The corset, another pillar, makes its first appearance in a sultry skirt over a Versace white t-shirt. Plaid and corsets rule this fantasy of designs unified by the emblematic Versace belt.

Luxury and Sultryness: the Artistry

These classical luxurious designs give the welcome to the show a the most exquisite part of the collection. Sultriness is now a must.

All the show is transformed into an even more exquisite state. Every theme used in the collection till now is masterfully mix together to bring the most stunning looks of the show.

These last two looks are also one of my favorites of the whole collection, as they express they whole concept in an exquisite way. Primary colors in gorgeous fabrics and finishes are hugged by black and luxury. Belts and shoes. I have to say that this is the collection with which Donatella has made history for me. She already proved her amazing artistry and creative power in her last collection, which as you may know by now I considered art. But not only that, she has had the ability to change directions completely after that and still amaze us with the path she followed.

This whole collection is simply stunning and at the same time it has a unity spirit, a deep belief in the concepts over which it is built. It’s sultry, it’s exquisite, it’s Versace. It’s art. The title of the collection ‘The Clans of Versace’ implies to me that she honored and presented her brother before, and now she is presenting her side, the other part of Versace. All in all I find it a very intelligent twist after the last collection and an absolutely amazing work of art. Everything is just so classy and unique. It has the Versace signature written across every piece.

Accessories and Shoes

This has been one of the very few fashion shows / collections in which I also fall in love with a lot of the accessories, including (and specially) shoes of course. It was obvious that, being the belt one of the most iconic elements of the house, the accessories in Versace collections are always important, but these ones had my heart. A lot of leather, either in elegant high heels, platforms or heeled boots, with metallic attachments that speak of an aggressive femininity, power and control.

The details and the love put into the design of every accessory is as intricate and delicate as in the outfits. The shoes are just beyond elegance for me and I probably love every pair in the collection, which is not really usual.

And that’s it, the collection looked wonderful to me, it really makes me fall in love even harder with the house and when that happens you know it was a good collection.

Beauty

As usual, they use very natural looking makeup, something that make the models look flawless but that doesn’t distract the attention from the creations. The classical middle parting with the front pieces of hair tucked behind the ears or neck was also seen really often in this show, I hairstyle that now I love to call the ‘Versace’ because they use it so much and it looks so elegant and simple.

The makeup and hair all in all let the magic of the collection, including jewelry, shine through.

And that was all! I really hope you enjoyed this collection as much as me, I really wish I could sport even the cheaper pair of shoes of this collection but that is not happening any time soon. Even though, they were astounding!

I hope to see you around here soon, thank you for reading!

 

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!

Balmain Spring 2019 Ready To Wear Collection

We all remember the latest Balmain collection.

A dream of holographic neon dreams embodied into metallic elegance. It was one of my favorite fashion shows ever, along with the Spring Summer 2016 collection from Marc Jacobs or the legendary tribute that Versace made to its own creator in 2018. Olivier Rousteig channeled all of french glamour into a disco heaven and the illusion dazzled among us for months. The amazing trend breathed through funky music and synthesizers and started to evolve. And again for the new season, in the latest Paris Fashion week on September, he brought us a new show were his vision became alive again.

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Olivier and Balmain

Olivier Rousteig has that ability that not everybody will consider something positive but that is actually quite effective in the crafting of a fashion concept. He knows what to capture from each trend that is brought on by every creator and collective, and makes his on tribute to it in his collections.

Also I think that if the previous Spring Summer collection and the Fall Winter 2018 one were a little bit more disconnected between them, this one is a perfect follow up of the latest collection. You can clearly see that holographic disco dream evolving into more light textures, softer colors and more translucent or transparent crystal like creations. He manages to almost fit both collection into one unique season-evolving work of art, the year of the glam.
Since this is I think a really remarkable characteristic of this collection – its deep relation with the previous one – I’m going to pose this article a little bit differently. Not only this collection seems like an evolution of the previous one, but within it the different concepts seem a lot more related to each other, and you can see the contrasting inspirations blend into each other in a carousel of perfectly matching influences.

But first of all and as always, let’s appreciate the show itself in its full glory and then we’ll proceed to discuss the more iconic pieces of this astounding collection.
Enjoy!

The Fashion Show

The 28th of September 2018 at 11:30 a.m. local time, took place the presentation of the Balmain Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019 collection during the Paris Fashion Week.

As always, the elegant and minimalist staging, in that beautiful and already known to all lounge that breathes of Versailles influence with its mirrors, columns and chandeliers, was the key to presenting this collection in a perfect way, where each item is a work of art itself from which you can’t take your eyes off.

Let’s dive into the Parisian chic magic of this incredible show.

The Looks and Inspirations

The show opens up with a fierce entrance by Cara Delevingne, who I must say it’s not of my favorite models but does an amazing job here at starting the show lip syncing to the amazing ‘When Doves Cry‘ by Prince, that started before the show in its cover version by Quindon Tarver . I’m not a big fan of hers but I’m definitely a fan of spectacle and attitude and this moment set ups the mood for the whole show majestically. Her outfit its the pure embodiment of her attitude, an armored metallic top that we’ll see different versions of during the show and man suit cut dream of white satin that flows behind her as a royal cape. The outrageous femininity of the Balmain army is at its peak from the moment the show starts.

Iridescence and White

The first row of creations are an ode to white in all its possible textures and shapes. We see flowing satin, transparencies, and geometric constructions and patterns that either fit the body’s figure or create and entire different volume itself. Where we had a bold and dark holographic statement in the last collection, we have here the luminosity of iridescence.

Metallic finishes are also present in accessories and garments, always in silvery or cold shades that compliment perfectly the purity and versatility of white. Also we can see some asymmetric designs that combine the impression of more than one cut or texture at the same time.

Egypt and Paris

Then the show develops into a tribute to the Egyptian civilization. This will come in the form of marbled patterns, over black and white grays that remind of the stones used for their monumental constructions, also using different finishes to embellish the pieces. Later on, this influence will become as clear as hieroglyphics patterns over more classic textures like cotton or wool, may I say I guess even linen to carry the tribute to the next level, as ‘Another One Bites the Dust‘ by Queen starts playing.

Here we may quote what Olivier Rousteig himself said about this collection:

“It’s Paris meets Egypt, because every morning when I wake up I see the Obélisque on La Concorde, and the Pyramide du Louvre… I think it’s really important to mention that so much of the beauty of Paris is in its history, and its history is not only what we call French.”

Denim Armor

Denim makes it first appearance on the show accompanied by more of these iconic armors that also remind of a Cleopatra inspired aesthetic. The pointy shoulder pads keep plaguing the designs, making a bold statement of power and elegance.

The denim appears washed out, torn and worn out, combining it with some polished pieces of a meticulously treated finish, like gauze or sequins. I’m particularly fond of the use of super light, almost white denim that appears strategically bleached, specially in a jacket that you can see below and that is one of my favorite pieces of the whole collection.

Nudes and Pastels

After a brief interlude of white, the nude colors start to appear with different textures and effects. The shades chosen are much more powdery and blushed that the ones of the last collection, giving a more appropriate feeling for spring. Reflecting garments and soft finishes like velvety textures and leather are all over these pieces, playing with gradients of tones and fabrics to put together the most elegant looks of the collection.

The nude shades then blend into pastel colors that still say ‘Balmain’ with every inch of its geometry. Where we had neons over black for the past fall, we have now a delightful combination of minty greens, pale pinks, salmons and washed out blues, that once again are combined with denim and with the metallic accessories that are always the leif motiv of Olivier Rousteig collections.

For me, this metallic obsession becomes specially appealing when it’s in the form wonderfully reflecting and dazzling shattered mirror form, sometimes achieving the category of angelic disco ball armor. The beauty of these pieces is simply astonishing.

Geometric Classicism

After that the collection arrives to a point where it retrieves the most classical lines of fashion. Pieces in fabrics that remind those of the most classic Chanel designs, in simple but elegant black and white. Anyhow, in spite of this classical inspiration, the shapes and cuts of the pieces adopt one more time the characteristic geometry of Olivier Rousteig designs, going back from time to time to this ethereal concept of asymmetry.

The most remarkable designs of this row are for me these two below, where we can see the now almost traditional Balmain dress cut in intricate patterns that remind of empty 3D spaces and models.

Structure and Texture

To end the show, the black and white line of creation keeps being expanded and developed into multiple different designs and pieces that use the combination of textures and finishes to achieve an elegant but transgressive visual impact.

Playing around with this concepts, always faithful to his style, the collection and the show is finished impeccably.

Bravo!

Details

Here we can see the details of the designs more closely.

Plastic garments such as the original handbags and high heeled shoes are present all through the collection, often combined with metallic finishes, crystals and synthetic transparencies.

Beauty

To draw attention to the impressive creations, the beauty department behind Balmain’s show chose once again a very clean and polished makeup for the models. The idea is to achieve a perfectly flawless and natural looking skin full of youth and health, with very subtle colors that create almost a no-makeup makeup look that let the outfits shine through.

The same concept is applied to the hair, were you can see it is almost always polished pulled back or left to naturally flow around in a side parting, not to steal the thunder from the collection.

All our attention is drawn to the fashion creations in a masterfully way.

And that is all for now!

I really hope you enjoyed this collection and that you can take some inspiration from it for next spring. I personally enjoy a lot that Olivier Rousteig chose to expand the disco inspiration that he followed in his last collection with a lighter and brighter twist in this one. I expect

Stay tuned for more articles 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!

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!

Met Gala 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Top Looks of the Night

Met Gala 2018

Last night we could attend to the biggest night of the year for the fashion industry: the Met Gala.

The theme of this year was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, so we knew beforehand that it was going to be a night to be remembered. Fashion designers and celebrities sometimes spend weeks or even months designing and preparing their creations for the red carpet of this famous night, and having that theme in mind, we knew that the looks were going to be resounding.

There were sure some Lady Gaga moments, though they were sadly not starred by herself since she didn’t attend, like the Pope inspired dress and headpiece that Rihanna wore, but for me there were also some seriously stylish and beautiful looks that deserved some attention.

Some of my favorite designers worked in the dresses that paraded the red carpet last night and I’m here to share with you the most iconic looks of the night!

Though there were some that practically broke the internet as they made their appearance, there were also that, leaving the hype aside, spoke loudly of the true love for fashion. Let’s see them.

Top Looks Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies

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Blake Lively in Versace

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Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

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Amber Heard in Carolina Herrera

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Jennifer Lopez in Balmain

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Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany’s jewelry

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Zendaya in Versace

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Rihanna in Maison Margiela

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Zoë Kravitz in Yves Saint Laurent

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Cardi B in Moschino

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Amanda Seyfried in Prada

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Bella Hadid in Chrome Hearts

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Katy Perry in Versace

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Lily Collins in Givenchy

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Rita Ora in Prada

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Kim Kardashian in Gianni Versace

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Cara Delevingne in Dior

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Ralph Lauren

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Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell

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Gigi Hadid in Versace

 

And that’s all for now!
Obviously, since Donatella was one of the hosts, Versace was a house that shone brightly all through the night and that dressed a high number of the attendants. And they did that masterfully!

Some of the most resonated looks didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but others, like this last one from Versace for Gigi Hadid, the one from Dior that Cara Delevigne wore, or the Joan of Arc inspired design from Versace that Zendaya rocked, were for me truly beautiful and spoke really highly of the houses that confectionated them.

Also a great respect for Kim Kardashian for choosing a design of Gianni Versace!
If you want to read about (and watch!) the Tribute collection Donatella made to her brother Gianni in last fall’s Milan Fashion Week, check this article.

I hope you have time to take a look at the Met Gala 2018 designs and make your own selection of your favorite looks.

Lots of love, and hoping to see you around soon!

Versace Tribute Collection: Spring Ready-To-Wear 2018

An article about the Tribute collection from Versace on last fall’s Fashion week has been on my drafts since September. Now that I’m watching the American Crime Story season about the assassination of Gianni Versace, this has all come back to me along with a huge intensification of my crush on Versace.

Writing about collections has been a recurring idea on my mind since I wrote the article about the Balmain Ready To Wear Fall 2018 collection and fashion show. I just love watching the shows and understanding the collections as the work of art they are, and this one from Versace specially honors that idea.

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Let’s talk a bit about the tribute collection and the brand first.

The tribute

Gianni Versace last collection was presented on July 1997, just before his murder. After that, the management of the company passed along to their siblings, the famous icon Donatella and his brother Santo. Though actually the half of the company was inherited according to his will by his niece Allegra Beck, Donatella’s daughter, she has never been really fond of being associated with the place that Versace occupies among the greatest fashion houses of all time.

On last fall’s Fashion Week at Milan, Versace presented a tribute collection that Donatella specially meant to honor his brother on the 20th anniversary of his passing away.

When I saw the collection, I was in one word, astounded. At the moment I didn’t know how much it was actually a deeply inspired in Gianni’s vision and designs, but after researching a bit I was amazed beyond words. You know that I have a thing for the 90s, 80s, 70s and probably every decade that I didn’t get the chance to live in. But the love and the dedication with which this collection honored those times and the concept of fashion that was held then, is one that I truly never saw before.

The vision

Gianni Versace’s vision of clothes was that they had to make the person who was wearing them feel happy. Fashion was his passion and he designed every item with a love and dedication that reflected his tender craftsman heart. He started out with a little boutique and he grew his company from scratch, basing everything in this idea he had that women were goddesses and their looks should reflect that nature to make them justice because they were born to shine. The first time he designed a dress, it was for his sister Donatella, who he loved with all his heart, and on one occasion he said that probably he still designed every item with her in his mind. Family was the most important thing for him, and his love for fashion came probably since he was born from his mother Francesca, who owned a tiny workshop where her son help her sew and sketch patterns.

Versace was not only a man, but a family of traditions and love, which now makes perfect sense with the will of Donatella of honoring his lost brother now, twenty years after. The man who was vogue.

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Let’s dive deep into this collection now, one of my favorites of the last year, and certainly the most touching and were I can see more passion. Donatella has consecrated herself as one of the greatest here, in the fashion history and in my heart as well.

Fashion is about love, that was his brother’s vision, and that she channeled in an impeccable way.

The show

If you haven’t watched this show, I’m not recommending it to you, I’m saying you MUST watch it right now if you love fashion and you consider it an art. Furthermore, if you consider that life and love is a thing to be celebrated, this show is something that won’t leave you indifferent even if you don’t like this house style.

Just dim the lights, grab your headphones, set the video to 1080p and get ready for the greatest tribute ever made to a fashion designer, to a creator, and an artist.

 

What can I say after that.
You have heard her talked about him and you have seen the mastery with which she captured a whole era and a soul in a collection. His passion, his vision, her love for him, the love of the world for him, his place in history, his role in fashion, his muses, the woman. His spirit. Everything was there. She made history.

Hats off.

The looks

Now let’s see some of my favorite looks, ones that will stay in my heart forever and that in my opinion, will last forever in fashion history.

And these two, which are the best looks in my opinion and that were both worn by Grace Hartzel:

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The inspiration

Finally, the greatest part of this tribute collection: the way it honored the past. Let’s see how Gianni’s designs inspired many of the looks in this collection, and let’s just be amazed at the love with which this was made. Tribute is a word that came alive with this collection.

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And this is all for today!

I hope you loved this collection as much as me.

I will probably be writing about other one soon so tell me if you like the idea!
Lots of love.

MOSCHINO x H&M Collaboration: Exclusive! 8 Nov 2018

Is your dream to add some Moschino to your closet but the price is out of your budget? Fear not! In the last hour we have known which is the next collaboration of H&M – and that’s right, Jeremy Scott is here to the rescue!
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H&M Collaborations

H&M collaborations have brought to us great designers and brands to a more economic environment.

I must say this is one of my favorite to-go brands, it always has edgy designs, cool T-Shirt and trendy outfits in every style you can imagine, besides from the great range of make-up and accessories. I would be lying if I didn’t say that most of my non-expensive part of my wardrobe is H&M. Another great thing (for me) about them and that is the main reason I love them is that they always has a great supply of metallic, sequins and holographic  items, which for me (yes I’m that 80s disco slave) is the base of any happy fashionista.

Going back to the collaborations, I can recall some of my most favorite ones, though most of them happened when I still didn’t have the fashion fever! Here are some of them:

 

  • Comme des Garçons x H&M, 2008

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  • Jimmy Choo x H&M, 2009

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  • Lanvin x H&M, 2010

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  • Versace x H&M, 2011, 2012

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  • Balmain x H&M, 2015

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By the way if you didn’t read the article about the last Balmain fashion show, have a look here because it was an astounding collection!

MOSCHINO

The high luxury fashion house was founded in 1983 by Franco Moschino, and has set itself aside since then with its characteristic use of leather accessories and shoes. From the beginning, Franco Moschino and his brand became famous for its innovative, eccentric and colorful designs (of which I must say I’m a real fan!). He was also known for his criticism about the fashion industry, his social awareness campaigns and his love for fairies!

The current art director of Moschino, the wonderful Jeremy Scott, has already dazzled us this year with his impressive collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. If you didn’t get to take a look at this collection, check it out now!

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From this amazing creations by Jeremy Scott and one of my favorite makeup brands, all I have for the collaboration with H&M is excitement and impatience! I just can’t wait for it to be launched.

Also here you have the Spring Summer 2018 collection Jeremy Scott presented for Moschino in the Milan Fashion Week if you want to peek at what may be coming!

Immerse yourself in this wonderful fashion show!

I must say I totally love that collection, very Madonna in the 80s and 90s inspired but with a millennial ‘wow’ twist. It is definitely a collection I could write a whole article about, if you want me to just let me know!

 

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The collaboration was announced today and the date set for it is 8 Nov. 2018. 
Mark it in your calendar if you don’t want to lose this opportunity to grab a piece of the Moschino magic for prices that will be ranging between 25$ and 300$.

For all my fashionistas, see you in November!

Balmain Ready To Wear Fall 2018 Collection

Balmain: the new king of the Paris Fashion Week. This fall be ready to fall under the disco spell that Olivier Rousteing has casted upon the fashion industry.

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Today we’ll see of one of the collections that has made me fall in love the hardest these last Fashion Weeks since that Marc Jacobs collection that I still dream of. I’m talking about the dazzling, the wonderful, the absolutely stunning Balmain Fall Ready To Wear 2018 collection.

The Show

Olivier Rousteing, currently the creative designer of this fashion house, left us all astounded when he presented his collection in the last Paris Fashion Week. First of all, I leave you here the full show if you still haven’t seen it!

The Idea

Some people has talk about futuristic inspiration in this collection. I personally can’t help think of the 70s and the 80s. It’s true, and more and more people can’t deny me this, disco is coming back.

I’m talking about fashion, make-up, music, just everything in the industry is retrieving (wisely) that dazzling vibe that has the power to catch our eye and our heart in way that only a disco ball can! The collection is also elegant.

Beside the silvery holographic siren soldiers, we can also see some nude and black designs that speak of silent glam and Marcel Duchamp, some Pop Art inspired creations and a lot of Yves Klein blue. Art is very present on this collection, and the fact that disco is treated as one more art (maybe the art of the 20s?) pleases me beyond what I can express with words. Arts and the disco era speak to me on so many levels that the idea of this fashion trend coming back with so many artistic references is just a dream come true.

The music

The music at the show just confirms all this with a radiant combination of disco classics remixes, like for example Yazoo’s “Don’t Go,” A-ha’s “Take On Me,” and Kim Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. And also the inmortal ‘Heart of Glass’ from Blondie in a version that seems out of a Baz Luhrmann movie and that will take your own heart. It was simply a beautiful show that simply can’t be described with enough justice.

The show can even be used as a playlist for totally glamorous inspiration and productivity. This is no lie, some friends of mine has actually done this and, no doubt, I’m hearing it right now as I write. I totally encourage you to do the same!

 

The looks

The Balmain collection had 92 amazing designs. For what I’ve understood from the collection, I can group the looks in four main categories:

 

Holographs and Sequins

Most of the looks had this disco glam feel that was the one that made me fall in love.