Monthly Archives: July 2011

M.A.C Autumn/Winter 2011 Trends Recap

MAC has just released a their Autumn/Winter 2011 trends recap.
In the recap they provide summaries and images on the key beauty trends that emerged from the AW11 season, details of the key products were used to create these looks, quotes from key makeup artists on inspiration and more! 

Here are two of my favourite trends from the recap:
The ‘Mod-Ernist’ Trend is the sixties look through modern eyes. Think beige, think lashes, think a little bit mod and feline. Flawless featherlight foundation, highlighters, super sheer powders and gloss, gloss gloss (looking lovely and luminous all-over) Love the lip shade from the Chloe show, the combination of glossy orange eyes with bubblegum pink lips in Donna Karan and the sexy mod flicks on the Behnaz Sarafpour models.

Amber to grey (and every shade of rust, rose, sand, bark, lavender and burnt gold in between). It’s all about a palette of twilight shades, applied in stains and washes. Softer-edged makeup but still cool and contemporary. Bold lips and bold brow combo for Hakaan is stunning and love the rust and purple smokey eye on the Norman Ambrose model.

I love reading about the lastest makeup trends from the world of fashion to find inspiration for my daily make up looks! Do you? Check out the full recap by MAC here! xoxo

Be Liptastik with Eyeko

Right on trend with the bold lips ‘hype’ this summer, Eyeko has released a selection of Liptastik Glossy Lip pens. Basically they are a liner, colour and gloss in one; perfect for girls on the go! The lippy is easy to apply, direct from the chunky pencil.The Liptastik Glossy pens come in three trendy shades: 
♥ Lip Lover – a sexy red
♥ Loud Mouth – a bright rosy pink (right)
♥ Hot Lips – a fuchsia pink (left)

Swatched here are Hot Lips (top) and Loud Mouth (bottom). This is just the pens on their own, no gloss!

I think these are lovely lip pencils. Super smooth glossy texture, long lasting, moisturizing and they provide an intense colour at a bargain price! The Liptastic pencils retail at £6.50 each. Eyeko actually has them on sale at the moment with an offer to get 3 for the price of 2. Available online here.
Also use my ambassador code E15072 to receive a free gift with all purchases over £15/€18/$20! xoxo

Bourjois – Delice de Soleil Bronzing Collection

This month Bourjois launched their 2011 Bronzing Collection, perfect to create that gorgeous sun-kissed look for summer (without having to leave the country)! So let me introduce you to the Délice de Soleil Bronzing Collection. The range consists of a bronzer, bronzing foundation, bronzing mist and two effet 3D summer collection lip-glosses.

First up, Bourjois has designed this cool made-to-measure mineral powder foundation. Using a super clever two-in-one system it comes with two different shades of mineral powder so you can custom blend your own perfect colour. Each shade can be used separately or blended together. It has a movable flap to  allow you to dispense the exact quantity needed.
The mineral foundation has a formula of cocoa beans for radiance, orange blossom extract for moisturizing plus your skin is protected by the SPF 15 sunscreen. The powder gives you a light to medium coverage that feels soft and fresh, blends smoothly and gives your skin a lovely natural glow. I have used this as a foundation (on top of tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation as I prefer a slightly heavier coverage) but I also really liked using the darker shade on its own as a bronzer. This product is definitely one of my favourites from the collection. The foundation comes in two shades ‘Fair/Medium’ & ‘Olive/Tanned’ skin and is priced at £9.99/€14.99.

Next up,  is the Bronzing Powder (spray) for face and body. This spray allows you to deposit a light coating of bronzing powder onto your skin, without the need to blend! The powder is super fine, smells delicious and can be applied to face, chest and even arms & legs.

This product is perfect to get that last minute sun-kissed ‘boost’ all over, for when you have no time to ‘fake tan’. You just spray it on, without minimal need to blend it in, and run out of the door. It gives you a natural bronzed glow (non shimmery) without rubbing off on your clothes and it washes off again easily when needed. The spray comes in two shades ‘Fair/Medium’ (12) & ‘Olive/Tanned’ (14) skin and is priced at £7.99/€11.99.

If, like me, you already are a huge fan of Bourjois’ Délice de Poudre bronzing powder (with its yum chocolatey smell and look) then you are bound to also love the their latest bronzing compact!
This is the Délice de Soleil Bronzing Powder:
The new bronzing powder now comes in a sophisticated and modern compact, complete with brush, panoramic mirror and a pivoting hinge which means the mirror can swivel 360 degrees. I’m personally not a huge fan of these kind of thin bronzer brushes so I tend not to use my contour or bronzer brushes instead but it’s handy to have it there for moments on-the-go. The powder has a highly pigmented ultra-fine texture, the same addictive cocoa smell and is excellent to use all over the face bronzing or as a contour because its matte finish (with a very subtle hint of gold shimmer). The Délice de Soleil bronzing powder comes in two shades; ‘Fair/Medium’ (12) & ‘Olive/Tanned’ (14) and is priced at £8.99/€12.49

Last but not least are the two Effet 3D Summer Collection lip-glosses:

For this collection Bourjois have released two glistening new shades (with speckles of gold) that do not only look great, but also protect your lips (SPF 15) and they have the Effet 3D’s lovely non-sticky moisturising balm formula. Best of all is that they smell so summery – the tropical coconut fragrance transports my mind directly to a scene of sun bathing on the beach sipping pina coladas!:)
The two new shades are: Rose Pacific (49); my favourite, a STUNNING sheer coral gloss & Brun Exotic (50). Brun Exotic looks quite dark in the tube but once applied it’s a lovely sheer, bronzed shimmery gloss. Both glosses are priced at £6.99/€10.49.

So what do you think of the new Bourjois Summer Bronzing Collection? Any products you have your little eye on or have already purchased? I really like how even though they are a cheaper drug store brand, Bourjois, still launches new collections for different seasons and trends. This one is perfect for summer. Bring on the hot sunny weather I say and thanks to Bourjois I am ready for it! ;) The collection is available now at most local drugstores or for more stockist information visit the Bourjois website. xoxo

Happy Hump Day

Sorry that I have been a little M.I.A. (missing in action) the last few days! This was because I was away for a long weekend at home (The Netherlands) spending some quality time with my friends and family there. I had planned a few days away with my parents by a lake in Friesland, enjoying the sun, some sailing, biking etc however the weather gods didn’t agree with that plan – it rained almost the entire time!! But, I have to say, I still feel like I’ve had a mini-holiday; relaxing indoors (by the lake) watching movies, catching up with family and eating lots of yummy food. I got back yesterday morning and had to head straight to work from the airport. I’m still feeling a little tired so am glad it’s hump day already :)

Today’s Happy Hump day message isn’t that ‘happy’ but more reflective…..because when something terrible happens to someone you know, it definitely puts your worries and regrets in perspective! My thoughts are with a friend of mine at the moment. Sometimes life can be so unfair, especially when it throws you a massive painful curve ball. Plus it’s horrible that in those times, there is nothing you can really do for that friend, besides letting them know that you care and are thinking of them :(

Therefore my message today is – live your life with no regrets, love, laugh and enjoy every single day… you never know when it can suddenly be taken away from you! Happy Hump day x