TARTE Shape Tape concealer review

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First of all, sorry for not posting for a while! I’ve been really busy so I didn’t have plenty of time 😉

I’ve recently add this concealer to my makeup collection and I don’t regret it at all! In my life I’ve tried loads of concealers and brands: Nars, Kat von D, Too faced… but this one worth the hype!

First let me talk about the packaging: it came into a super cool box, you can see that Tarte people know how to treat their clients, as they take care of small details.

The concealer size is great and the wand with which you apply it is just HUGE! as it says it is thought to be a contour product as well. That’s the reason why, after using it for a month, I realised I don’t need a lot of product. Once you apply three spots of this concealer the ideal is to blend it out by tapping it with a mini beauty blender. Afterwards I could see that is much better if you set it with a setting powder, as it helps to keep creasing effect away and to last all day. I always use my beloved Laura Mercier Translucent Loose setting powder.

To me it has been one of the best recent discoveries! It worth the 24 euros by far.

My tone is medium honey, I’m brunette with a cool undertone so I thought it would match me. After being almost twenty years searching for the best concealer I think I’ve finally found it! 😍

Lily Collins Golden Globes makeup inspo with a twist

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I think Lily Collins has the perfect face for any type of look but this year has been really astonishing in the Golden Globes red carpet: everything was great, her makeup, her dress and her hair matched with perfection, looking like a real modern princess.

Last Sunday she wore a Lâncome total look in rosy matte eyeshadows and matte red lips created by her makeup artist Fiona Stiles. What surprised me was that Stiles created the eyeshadow tone using pale blushed color lip liner as a base and a petal blush to intesify the color! For the perfect matte lipstick shade that would match Lily’s dress she chose Lâncome l’Absolu Rouge in Souvenir, after trying several shades together with the artist.

I was so in love with this look that inspired me to create a similar look but with a daily twist. Instead I decided to use more neutral colors such as brownish pink tones. Here you have the result:

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 Obviously it is quite different as I don’t attend to red carpet events, maybe I go to the movies once per week! To me would be strange to wear very dramatic makeup on a Sunday afternoon so I prefer this natural approach for my look. For the eyeshadow I’ve mixed  and blended Strawberry and Caramel tone with a little bit of Cherry from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. For my cheeks I decided to use Sleek blush in Flushed (a shade that I totally love), and for the lips I picked Kat von D Everlasting lipstick in Double Dare, a brownish pink tone perfect for a day makeup. These days I’ve been having problems with some spots so I chose Fit me matte foundation in Buff Beige by Maybelline applied with my beige Beuty blender. I concealed my under eyes with Nars Radiant Concealer in Vanilla and Laura Mercier Loose Setting powder. For the final touch, as usual, I’ve used my Better than Sex Too Faced mascara. Hope you like it!

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FROG PRINCE by Lipstick Queen

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Recently I’ve fallen in love with this Australian brand: Lipstick Queen. I purchased one of their best products by far which is Frog Prince lipstick and blush. First of all I have to mention the packaging of the box that is like the cover of a story book  full of amazing drawings such as a medieval castle.

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The funny part comes when you open the box and you see a green emerald lipstick and blush. Like a fairytale, the green transforms into a nice glossy pink as soon as it touches your lips and skin. Depending on your skin PH it can vary in color from pomegranate to rose.

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It is very hydrating, enriched with Vitamin E and Shea butter, which keeps lips moisturized and soft, with a subtle juicy effect. The blush is also special, it comes with a little mirror. I recommend to apply a little amount first as the color can be strong on your skin depending on its reaction with the formula.

To me that’s a perfect combination for an everyday look, when you are in a rush and you need to look nice and healthy. You can also be sure that the shade will suit you as it is different in each skin, so is a unique formula for everybody. I would totally recommend it!

Holidays look in silver and wine

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I’ve based today’s look on winter colors: silver eyeshadows and wine matte lipstick. This is a great combination for dark cool undertones like mine which also match perfectly with silver jewellery and gray tops.

Knowing your skin tone and what colors suit best, for both clothes and makeup, can make a difference to your entire look. To get it I’ve been faithful to Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay, its Pistol and Verve cool tones. Verve is an amazing pearl shade with shinny finish and highly pigmented. Pistol is a brownish gray tone with also a shimmer finish, one of my  favorites for an evening look or a special occasion.

I think silver tones provide a beautiful contrast to warm brown eyes, and fit very well with wine or plum lipsticks. Here I leave some swatches so that you can get the idea.

For this look I’ve used the following products:

Bareminerals Matte foundation in Medium tan.

Kat von D concealer in Cool.

Bareminerals powder concealer in Summer Bisque.

Laura Mercier loose setting powder to set the concealer and foundation.

Kat von D Shade and Light contouring palette.

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette Pistol and Verve tones.

Too faced blush in Your love is King.

MeMeMe Beat the Blues liquid highlighter.

Sephora M11 Matte lipstick and lip liner.

Kat von D Trooper Tatoo liner.

Too faced Better than sex mascara.

Christmas makeup 🎅🌲

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Now that holidays start I want to write a post about the makeup I use for these days. I always try to change but I have in mind that there’s a difference between makeup for family meetings and makeup to go out to parties. I normally keep it simple for dinners such as Christmas, with classical tones: my favorite are golden eyeshadow and red lips.

Here is my look and my fave products for tonight. Later on I’m going to write a step-by-step tutorial…but by now I’ve used:

Galenic Aqua Infini moisturizer.

Strivectin eye concentrate.

Clinique pep-start:used as a primer.

Nars Sheer Matte foundation in Santa Fe Medium 2.

Kat von D Shade and Light contouring palette.

Kat von D lock-it concealer in Cool tone.

The Balm creamy concealer in Light.

Too faced Insurance eyeshadow primer.

Bareminerals powder concealer in Summer bisque.

Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder.

Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette.

Too faced Love Flush blush palette: Your love is King.

Beter Look expert brow gel.

Shu Uemura curler.

Too faced Better than sex mascara.

Nabla matte lipstick in Alter Ego.

Deborah tranparent universal lip pencil.

Nars brown pencil eyeliner in Mambo.

Kat von D trooper eyeliner.

I hope you like the look! MERRY CHRISTMAS my beloved readers!!!

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Bobbi Brown leaving her brand

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I’ve always been a big fan of simplicity and naturality when it comes to makeup and this is something that I learned years ago from my guru: Bobbi Brown. Some days ago I heard she is leaving her makeup brand by the end of 2016.

She is a professional makeup artist who became well known for her natural approach in contrast with the bright colors used during 80’s and 90’s. She was an example of an enterpreneur woman: released her own brand together with a chemist and was successful.

I can remember the first time I went to her makeup store: I was seventeen and had some clues on makeup, but wanted to learn more of this amazing world full of possibilities. That was when I found out that her lipsticks  and foundations would be part of my whole life. She has used real women as models since she started her career, something that caught my attention from the very beginning, as she was showing the inner beauty and strong points of each women: this is the aim of makeup.

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Here is a list of my favorite products:

-Stick foundation and compact foundation: I love their natural coverage and texture. They hide imperfections without looking heavy on my face and last the whole day.

-All her lipsticks: really creamy and smooth.

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Blushes: their texture is smooth and blend perfectly. They are really pigmented and last all day and night.

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Shimmer Brick: I’ve loved it for years! I apply it on top of my cheekbones to give a nice glow.

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Eyeshadow in Charcoal and eyeliner brush: I mix it with some water and create my own eyeliner with a natural twist for every day.

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-Long-wear gel eyeliner: highly pigmented and waterproof.

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Corrector and concealers: creamy and moisted. With different neutral shades and perfect coverage.

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Skincare line.

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My fave nail polish!

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Today I’m sharing with you my top 1 nail polish brand: X Formula. I purchased it for the first time in Sephora and once I started I couldn’t stop getting more colors!

The best is the coverage, two coats are enough for me. Also the dry time is great, very quick!

Finally I must say I’m deeply in love with one of its red tones: Pirotechnics. I’m not into reds, but this specific shade is unique, bright and crazy as its name!

NOVEX Bamboo Sprout Shampoo

Hi guys! A week ago I had the opportunity to try out Novex Bamboo Sprout Shampoo. It has been in the right time as the last few months I had trouble managing my hair. It’s always been soft, straight and smooth, so I wanted it back as it used to be! I don’t really know the reasons why but these months I’ve been feeling it messy, weaker and more rebel in the mornings.

After trying other products (even lotions) with failure, I decided to give a chance to this one and it was a great decision! After using it for a week I fell in love with the way my hair looked like, healthy and full of shine. Now I also feel it stronger and easer to manage than before.

I’m looking forward to try all the products of the Bamboo Sprout line which I think I’m going to purchase and also the Keratin line, as I’ve heard very good reviews.

I really notice a difference in my hair so I think it worth a full post on the blog. I would recommend it to all if you without a doubt!

MeMeMe Beat the Blues and Cupid’s Kiss

 

 

I came across this brand some years ago, when I was into Benefit products. I found out that for 5 euros, each little bottle, I got the same results!

Lip and cheek tint: it is very subtle and leaves a juicy look. It is versatile and handy, to take into your handbag and for multiple uses.

Highlighter in Sunbeam: I like to apply it for a natural non glittery look. It is a champagne tone that blends out easily.

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Hair Tips: my products

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One of my strong points is my hair, but I must say that it isn’t always easy to manage. People give you hundreds of recommendations but I end up finding my favourite products testing and testing. So here they are:

MOROCCAN OIL‘s product is one of my favs as it gives a gentle touch to my ends (I never apply it on my roots as they tend to become greasy).

KLORANE: is a French chemist brand quite affordable. I can’t survive without its Dry Shampoo…it feels so fresh and great!

TIGI: I love EVERYTHING of this brand. When I moved to England I found out my top 1 product which is their HEADRUSH SHINE ADRENALINE with a superfine mist. I use it when I go out as it gives a wonderful glow!

In autumn we always deal with hair lose: these days I’ve been trying ISDIN LAMBDAPIL monodoses. Now my hair feels stronger 😍

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Finally let me recommend you a basic product of all times: REVLON EQUAVE 2PHASE. It moisturises my hair kickly as it is a spray conditioner.

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