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

Temperley for Twinings %

To celebrate the launch of their new and improved Earl Grey blend, iconic British tea brand Twinings has teamed up with another British icon, fashion designer Alice Temperley, to create an exclusive Temperley for Twinings print, which has been turned into a limited edition scarf!

Alice hand painted the beautiful design herself, representing the incredible journey of the original Earl Grey blend, created by Twinings in 1831, as it travelled across the oceans from China to the UK. 
This exclusive print will be featured across a range of products, starting with this gorgeous scarf! 
Below is a detail of Alice Temperley’s mood board which inspired the Temperley for Twinings Print:

The scarf is simply stunning; it’s huge (135cm x 135cm) it’s made of 100% silk and I love the soft yet striking combinations of different blues in the print. I feel it’s a very classic but modern scarf which goes with so many outfits. Plus it really seems to bring out the blue in my eyes :)

Here a recent outfit of the day with my Temperley for Twinings scarf:
Trousers: blue jeans by ZARA Basics 
Top: White Linen t-shirt by ZARA (available in different colours online)
Shoes: Metallic Ballerina’s by ZARA (available online)
Watch: Michael Kors (available at ASOS)

Only 1000 of these scarves have been made so if you want to get your hands on one of these iconic scarves; you better be quick! The Temperley for Twinings scarf retails at £115 and can be purchased through the Twinings or Temperley website now! 
What do you think girls? Do you like it – I know I do! :) xoxo

New MAC purchases: Warm Soul & Richer, Lusher

So when I was at MAC getting my makeup done for the Pre-Wimbledon party (see the post here) I ended up buying two new MAC products to cover my £25 fee for the ‘make-over’.

The first product I got was the MAC Mineralize blush in ‘Warm Soul’. The makeup artist used this in my look for that night and said it was his all time favourite blush. I normally tend to go for more pink or coral toned blushes (like MAC Well Dressed or NARS Orgasm) so this warmer more beige toned isn’t something I would have picked myself. However, once he applied it on my cheeks, I just loved the effect! 
Mineralize Blush is baked mineral refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. It enhances the cheekbones with a luminous pearlised shimmer.   MAC describes this blush as a ‘mid tone beige with gold pearl’.

Here is the blush swatched:
Natural Light                                                                    Flash

Really loving this blush. It gives me warmth and a subtle glow at the same time :) It has a lovely sheer pigmentation but you can easily build up the colour. I think Warm Soul would also look amazing on darker skinned girls or for people that are scared of using bronzers as it gives such a nice warm glow without the brown/orange undertone of some bronzers.

Warm Soul retails at MAC Cosmetics for £19.00/US$23.00/€23.00

The second product I got was MAC Cremesheen Glass in ‘Richer, Lusher’. For a while I have been looking for a sheer peach toned lipgloss and this gloss just caught my eye! 
Cremesheen Glass is a creamy, milkier gloss than say MAC Lipglass. Even though it’s very creamy, it’s not too sticky or thick on the lips. It’s vanilla-scented and has a nice colour/sheer effect on the lips.

Richer, Lusher is a creamy, peach coral. When you see the gloss in the tube or even on the swatched on your hand; you think the colour is going to be very in-your-face peach coral and very rich……
But once on my lips, it actually gives them a lovely soft peachy look! Great smooth, non sticky formula
Warm Soul retails at
MAC Cosmetics for £16.00/ US$18.50/€19.00
Have you bought any new MAC Goodies recently that you are loving? Please do share :) xoxo

Suffering from closet envy….

Good morning my lovelies,
I’m seriously drooling over these celeb’s AMAZING wardrobes at the moment causing  me severe closet envy! Especially now that my cheap freestanding wardrobe from Argos is pretty much broken, on a lean and feel it could collapse on me any day! However, has this stopped me from shopping…..??? Nah! ;)

Eva Longoria
Special Collections: Christian Louboutin espadrille wedges “a beautiful pain”,
50 pairs of jeans and more than one pair of Ugg boots.
Christina Aguilera
Has not one but two expansive closets. First stop: Shoes. “Everything on my shoe wall is grouped by designer—Louboutin, McQueen, YSL—all in their own little family,”
(how adorbs does her little son Max look in this pic!)

Olivia Wilde
Laurie Frank, a well-known L.A. gallerist and decorator, convinced her to construct a sophisticated cedar-lined closet—outfitted with translucent panels, a plush rug from Cantoni, and a black-glass chandelier from Lawson-Fenning. A perfect home for her many red-carpet dresses and favorite red shoes. The walk-in’s decadent centerpiece is a 19th-century mirrored vanity (flanked by two mirrored chests from Anthropologie). “It’s from the South of France and has never been restored,” she says
Paula Abdul
 All her outfits and coordinating accessories are numbered with tags so she can easily pack for trips and events. Her impressive shoe collection is made up mostly of high-heels—”I always wear heels unless I’m working out,”
Mariah Carey – one word….WOW!!!
Even this massive space can’t contain all of Mariah Carey’s shoes. “I have about 1,000 pairs of shoes. But lots are in storage,” she says. Mariah designed the sweeping space with gold-leaf and bleached-wood floors. “Like Louis Vuitton luggage,” she says, “it will only look better over time.” Few girls would be able to fill the closet, which is arranged by color and material, as well as in event-specific groupings!
Nicky Hilton
It boasts two “very organized” couture-filled walk-in closets. Her shoe collection, which isn’t raided by her friends or family because of her size 10.5 foot, is organized by designer.”My Manolos are together, Chanels are together, Louboutins together.” Besides the 200 or more handbags she owns, one of Hilton’s prized pieces is a Roberto Cavalli beaded butterfly minidress that the designer gave her for her 24th birthday. “I was in Milan and he told me to pick whatever I wanted from his showroom!” she says.
 “We knocked down the wall between two rooms and Josh named it Fergieland!” she says.
“I designed it myself, so there’s a boudoir-boutique feel.” The large room is just for Fergie’s things (organized by color and category of course), while Josh’s clothes are kept in his own closet in the master bedroom.
Kimora Lee Simmons
 “I wanted my closet to look like a boutique,” she says. It contains over 500 pairs of jeans, 35 custom-made Hermes Birkin bags and an extensive collection of jewelry. The closet, which is decorated with leopard-print carpet, marble columns, a mini-bar, and flat screen tvs, only holds some of her clothes—the overflow is stored in other bedroom closets. Everything in her closet is photographed and stored on her computer so she can easily put together outfits!
Oh Kimora, a computer system is just so ‘Clueless’ of you!
Ever since seeing that movie, isn’t that every girls dream?

And because it is Hump Day; here some funny quotes about shopping (one of my favourite hobbies)…
♥ “I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” – Carrie from Sex and the City

♥ “On the one hand, shopping is dependable: You can do it alone, if you lose your heart to something that is wrong for you, you can return it; it’s instant gratification and yet something you buy may well last for years.”
♥ “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”
♥ “Shopping is better than sex. If you’re not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like.”

♥ “When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.”
♥ “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”
♥ “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

Happy Hump Day Everyone :)
xoxo Roz