12 Dec 2011

Alessandro Nail Polish shade 12

I have recently discovered a new passion - nail polishes, so you can expect more of this topic in here :)
Today I want to show you really nice colour from Alessandro.



I am totally crazy about violet nail polishes. I love such colour types in every possible shade. Alessandro shade 12 is such a wonderful, amazing, pleasant colour. I love its raspberry finish, which transforms the colour in intense violet however, the colour keeps it warmth and simple elegance. The nail polish can be worn as a part of casual outfit but I can imagine wearing it also on some special occasion. 

Artificial light

The texture of the nail polish itself is sufficiently liquid and you can apply it easily even tough you are not professional or nail polish addict :) On these pictures I am wearing two layers - the first one was very thin and looked terribly. I was horrified but don't worry the second layer covers your nails perfectly and creates nice smooth, rich shade of colour. The drying time was ok - nothing special but it didn't take long to dry. The nail polish stayed really nice for three or four days without chipping and it is easy to remove.

Direct sun light

I really like this nail polish - especially the raspberry undertone, which makes it special (at least for me).  If you are interested in discovering more about this brand or nail polish colours, go and check the web page here.

Zu 

11 Dec 2011

MAC Lustre Lipstick

After hearing so much rumour about this brand - we were finally introduced and I was impressed. All was true - rich, amazing, pigmented colours, stylish packaging and good quality for quite affordable price. That day I fell in love with M A C. 
The lipstick I bought is in shade LADY BUG with lustre finish. I love the compact elegant packaging that will fit in every handbag.


I have to say, I was always afraid of red lipsticks. But this shade with warm undertone and fresh lusture finish is a colour I would recommend to start with. The texture is light, you can work with this lipstick really easily. I usually use my Sigma brush for layering or when I feel like I have lot of time and want the perfect look. But there is no need to be afraid of direct applying - the colour will nicely contour your lips and even when you make a mistake, it is easy to correct. I usually get more striking colour shade when applying directly. On pictures below you can see how the colour looks and changes its finish in artificial light and direct sun light. 


Maybe the lusture finish is too much for you, according to this picture. But absolutely the opposite is true - the colour looks perfectly natural and fresh. Big bonus I see in fact, that you don't feel it on your lips (not even slightly), it doesn't dry out your lips and also lip peeling before using is not necessary, because the lipstick will emphasize the natural and juicy look of your lips but will not point out imperfections. I always apply one layer of MAC Prep + Prime Lip, leave it dry and then start to layer the lipstick. It works perfectly together. 

If you are looking for some lipstick that will encourage you to wear more striking lipsticks - MAC Lustre Lipstick in shade LADY BUG, is the ONE for you.

xx

Zu

3 Dec 2011

Natural Deodorants


Antiperspirants should prevent you from sweating. Deodorants don't do this, but they are supposed to turn the stinky sweat into a non-stinky sweat.




It was seven years ago when I found out my Lady Speed Stick Gel Antiperspirant destroyed my cotton t-shirt. It bleached its colour. Since that time I had never been really content, because on one hand I wanted something that would really work and prevent any unpleasant smell, on the other hand I thought a deodorant would be a better, safer choice. But I never thought these two requierements could meet in one product.
So I tried a lot of different antiperspirants with creamy consistency, because it seemed better and less dangerous that gels. Then I settled for Radox Roll-On Antiperspirant for a couple of years. It was gentle and smelled nice. It worked quite well, but sometimes after a stressful day outside I came home in the evening, I felt like the antiperspirant wasn't that great. No, it wasn't something horrible, I didn't stink, but it just wasn't that good, and I sweat anyway. Last year after yet another stressful day I decided to look around and try some natural deodorants. Here are three of them and my experience with them. All of them are liquid roll-on deodorants.

Biologika Live It Up Deodorant







 Sadly, this deodorant isn't the one for me. After applying it, it itched and it hurt, so I had to rinse it off. I tried it once again, and nothing changed.  Because of that I can't even tell you how much it does its job. I'm really sad about this one, because its ingredients are amazing! It might just be my sensitive skin, and it can work for other people, not for me though.



Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant









Not a bad deodorant, works quite well (not perfect though), but after a month of using it made my skin dry and a bit flaky :/



Crystal Essence



This is a miracle! It's very gentle to my skin, and it works so well! I've been using this from early spring till today, and it didn't let me down at all.  
There are two types, Chamomile & Green Tea and Lavender & White Tea. The smell is light and fresh, not overwhelming at all. There used to be Pomegranate one, which I liked as well, but it was discontinued. You can also get them as sprays.
I love this deodorant and highly recommend it!




I hope this was helpful!

Petra xx

18 Nov 2011

Illamasqua Freak Fragrance

TOP NOTES
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna

HEART NOTES
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom

BASE NOTES
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh




If you read my previous post, you already know about the first Illamasqua fragrance Freak. I was very bold and purchased it without smelling it before, I was only relying on the ingredients list. Was it worth this risk? For me it was! But if you prefer really fresh and citrusy scents this is surely not for you.
Freak is a dark, warm, floral, and exotic. Also, if you like very sweet feminine perfumes this might not be the right thing as well, because it has a bit of androgyny to it.
At first it is very floral and definitely more on the feminine side, but after an hour or so it becomes more woody and smoky, and with that more unisex as well. However, it is still mainly a dark floral scent.
If you have the chance, go and try it. Now it's the right time, because for most people this would probably be more of an autumnal/wintry scent. Personally, I can imagine wearing it all year long!

I love the design of the bottle, I think it looks exactly how it smells! Or vice versa? :) And both, the fragrance and the bottle, are very Illamasqua!

It's 75ml Eau De Parfum for £59.00 and you can buy it here.


Enjoy,

Petra xx

3 Nov 2011

Lancome Le Crayon Khol


Le Crayon Kohl - the eye pencil from Lancome, is one of my favorites products from this brand. I have several reasons for this :-) I was never before a big fan on eye liners or pencils, but Le Crayon Khol pencils have changed my attitude - completely. 

02 BRUN
They are so easy to work with, so if you are a completely new to the world of cosmetics and make up this is right choice for you. It is like a magical wand from Harry Potter (yea, I am a big fan ;) ) - it does all on its own! If you press just a little bit  you will create thin line around your eye area, add a bit more power and here you go - perfect strong striking shade of colour. I bought shades 02 BRUN and 03 ULTRA LEVANDE. I love both, but BRUN is one of my regular choices. When you work with these it
03 ULTRA LEVANDE
is like putting liquid velvet on your skin. They last pretty long - again several work outs at gym, whirlpool, sauna - despite all of this Lancome eye pencil was on its place almost undamaged (just a small quick adjustment and you are ready to go). I had some eye pencils when you had to use lot of pressure and there was no colour, or the pencil was crumbly, but none of these I had ever experienced with Le Crayon Khol. I have two pictures for you (excuse the poor quality, but just for you to see different looks with both of these eye pencils).
I do prefere 02 BRUN, because the colour suits me better and you can create bright colour with just a little effort. Shade no. 03 is such an interesting colour so I simply couldn't help it and make mine :) Although I don't use it very often (on the picture in combination with YSL Pure Chromatics 6), it takes me a bit more time to create more intense colour.

I will for sure repurchase 02 BRUN from Lancome and I have in sight some eye pencils from Armani - looking forward to do some more eye pencil reviews for you.

Zu x


14 Oct 2011

Illusion d'Ombre Ebloui from the Chanel Autumn 2011 Collection


The new Chanel eye-shadows, Illusion d'Ombre, which I mentioned in a previous post, are special because of their texture. It's somewhere between cream and gel. There are six colours: Fantasme, Emerveillé, Mirifique, Epatant, Ebloui, and Illusoire. The last two caught my eye, and it took me some time to decide which one I wanted. And it was Ebloui, which is a browny crimson colour with golden mother of pearl/shimmer.


It comes with a lovely small brush, which is good for putting the product on your eyelid, but definitely not for blending. The brush is great when using the eye-shadow as eye-liner though.

In natural light

There's only one problem, it does crease without eye-primer on my eyelids, but they are quite oily.
However, I love this product a lot. The colour is amazing! The texture is nice, easy to blend when you want only a soft eye look. But it is easy to layer the product for more intense, dramatic look. And I think this colour goes rather well with my eye-colour.



Now I only wonder how long it'll take me to go and buy Illusoire as well :)


Petra

10 Oct 2011

Alessandro Coco Mango Nail Butter

I recently discovered an interesting brand specialized in nail polishes and hand care. Maybe it was the little peacock in the logo what caught my eye or the wonderful colours of nail polishes.  The brand is called Alessandro and more detailed info you can find here. I don't like this website much, because they totally underestimated the presentation of such a wide scale of interesting colours - seeing this page I would never go even for one nail polish. But in today's post I want to introduce you one of Alessandro's hand & nail care. It is  Coco Mango Nail Butter.


This butter should help you deliver fast and intensive care for your nails and cuticles also. Although Coca Mango is rich nourishing cream, it soaks in  really nicely and fast where applied. Right now I used it - few moments afterwards typing on my keyboard with no problems. I adore the light coconut smell.  Consistency is also not too greasy or solid, ideal for easy application (massage with your fingers in nail area). Just a little amount is sufficient. Don't worry this 15 ml packaging will last for a loooong time.


Once I had a similar product (I guess it was form Avon) and I was not happy with it at all, because there were no visible results. Coco Mango Nail Butter protects my cuticles from dryness. After each application my nails feel so hydrated. I enjoy using this product very much so far and will 100% repurchase. 

Stay tuned for more about Alessandro - an interesting & affordable brand though.

Zu



9 Oct 2011

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

When I heard that Clinique is launching a new product - Bottom Lash Mascara - I was so excited! Finally somebody is thinking about people, who weren't gifted with naturally thick (bottom) lashes. It is everyday fight for me to create distinct bottom lashes without black smudges from mascara under my eyes.


As it is visible on the picture below the brush is noticeably smaller than on normal mascaras and so is also the packaging. It got my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara from Garden Pharmacy for 10 £ (direct link here) service was perfect, delivery fast. I am a regular returning customer.


This mascara is available in two colours - black and black/brown. I personally prefer black mascaras, so I have the black one. The colour is really rich and dark - no shades of grey. The application was in the beginning a bit tricky but as soon as you learn how to work with the micro-mini brush you will achieve an interesting outcome. I always struggle to work with new mascaras without smudges under eyes (maybe because of so much mascara in the tube, I don't know) so I had to wipe the brush a bit from the superfluous mascara, and then it worked perfectly with no make up disruption. 
Those who expect a miracle to happen, there is none :-) From the beginning I myself was a bit disappointed/annoyed from the results after applying. But one day when I was passing by a mirror I had to stop and said out laud "wow what a nice bottom lashes" - and from that day I am finally happy I invested in Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. It delicately defines your bottom lashes at the very corner of the eye. Each of the lashes is separated and there are no lumps nor glued lashes. 
The effect and richness of the black colour last pretty long on its place. I again did quality test (hour or more sweating at gym, shower afterwards without renewing the look till the evening) and my lashes looked perfectly, the colour was sitting in the place. I am more than happy with the enhancing of my bottom lashes. I however tried the mascara on my upper lashes and I will stick with my other mascaras and even in the very corner of the eye the result was not much different or noticeably different than by using a regular mascara. But one day I took with me only Clinique Bottom Lashes Mascara and was forced to used it all over the eyes - it was a bit adrenaline experience with high focus, but I did it - the result was OK with finely looking lashes but with not much definition. I will stick with it for its original purpose. 

Don't expect miracles from this product and you will be perfectly happy with it :) 

Your happy Zu with nicely defined bottom lashes! 






6 Oct 2011

Illamasqua Freak

Illamasqua, the make-up brand for your alter-ego, just introduced their very first fragrance.


Freak








It took me like an hour to absolutely fall for this fragrance, and I'm seriously thinking about pre-ordering it. The official launch date is 20th Oct 2011.






There are also three other new products, they are all limited edition. First is nail polish in Hemlock, then pure pigment in Queen of the Night. The last is the sheer lipgloss in Datura, which is only available in the Freak Limited Edition Gift Set.






The ingredients of the perfume:

TOP NOTES
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion. 

HEART NOTES
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.

BASE NOTES
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.

Sounds pretty good to me!

Petra

3 Oct 2011

Chanel Autumn 2011 Collection & Chanel Le Vernis Quartz



Autumn is my favourite part of the year, one of the reasons is the beautiful colours. That's why I'm so excited about the Chanel Autumn 2011 Collection. It introduces new eye-shadows, their texture is somewhere between gel and cream, and the colours are amazing! A post about them will follow in a week or so.
Today I'd like to show you another Chanel lacquer! This one is, surprise surprise, from the Autumn Collection. It's Quartz 525. The colour is hard to describe, it is a taupy champagne-brown with high gloss. It dries very quickly! Again, I applied two layers. The nail polish gets off easily.

In the morning sun





Hope you like it,

Petra



25 Sep 2011

Chanel Le Vernis Black Pearl

Natural light

There is no need to introduce Chanel lacquers, they are famous! New colour is out, suddenly everyone talks about it, everybody needs it. The last time it was Péridot from the spring collection. Is this just sheer craziness, and is it all about the brand, or is it justifiable? Well, the brand does play its role, because come on, it's Chanel! But to be honest, Chanel nail polishes are of a very high quality, and even though they are pricey, they are worth it.
I was eying Péridot as well, but then Black Pearl caught my eye, and it was decided. Its name describes the colour quite precisely, because it really does resemble black pearls. I could be even more poetic and say that to me it looks like sea just before storm. It is a mix of teal, black, silver, and green with metallic finish. And it changes with light, so below are some more pictures under different light. I applied two layers. First just very thin and not perfect one. Then second one much thicker, so it is really opaque. I found out this is the best application of this nail polish. It stays untouched for a couple of days. And when it's time to remove it, it gets off easily.

Artificial light
Artificial light vs natural light



Enjoy,

Petra

24 Sep 2011

Unique Notebooks & Diaries by DeafMessAnger


Approximately one year ago I was waiting at my hairdresser, reading some magazines and there he was - DeafMessAnger. Story of this guy and about what his work - it took my breath away. I made a note to do some research about this artist. Here is the direct link to his web, check it on your own.
When I saw his work, I totally fell in love with it. But I am not that kind of person, who writes poetry or diary - this kind of notebooks would be only lying somewhere in bookcase at my house. I couldn't help it so I bookmarked his web. It was a pleasant surprise when he launched Diaries for year 2011. In that moment I knew I want one. I made an order and right afterwards he wrote me an email how long approx. it will take to create one for me. All went smooth and after two weeks IT arrived! I was so excited when I opened the package. I love my diary and people always ask me where it is from. I adore his project, when people are taking pictures of notebooks/diaries, which were purchased at his shop. You can see pictures all over the world.


When I was traveling in India, I unfortunately forgot my diary at home. My indian diary pictures would be remarkable and suitable for project, which you can see here. I cannot wait till new collection of diaries will be launched. I guess there could be also individual conversation and for some amount of money I hope he will be willing to create one diary on individual demand. Fingers crossed he does because  I want Asia inspired one sooo badly. 



This might not be the famous Moleskine diaries, but there is this unique vibe of energy every time I open it. For me DeafMessAnger is must-have for upcoming year 2012.


Wish all of you to find your best diary!

Zu

20 Sep 2011

Sisley Cosmetics

After some time of shy peeking at Sisley cosmetics, I gained enough courage and money to try some Sisley products. Some of them I have and use them everyday without regrets. There are also others that I will never recommend to you or buy myself. But everything is individual and it is up to you to try it, make your own opinion. 
Phytocosmetology (the key Sisley technology) involves using only natural plant extracts in beauty products. Thank to these natural extracts the Sisley products are guarantee of high quality and effectiveness. That at least is written on the official Sisley web. Good thing about phytocosmetology is that most of the product are based on natural ingredients. Hugh amount of resources are obtained to researches of allergies, long term consequences on your skin, tests of real effectiveness accomplished by independent expert institutions. Sisley does not test their products on animals. 
One thing I can summarize about all Sisley products - because of using only natural ingredients and herbs, you can smell this herby aroma mostly in creams but also in other products. You may love it or hate it. 


I completely fell in love with this milk. It suits all skin types. It gently removes all make-up, impurities and excess sebum. Few seconds after applying skin looks so relaxed, the texture provides instant feeling of well-being. There is no sign of grease. I used it mostly for the eye area with not even slightest sense of pain, itching or tears in my eyes yet the result was perfectly removed mascara, liquid eyeliner. The smell is almost neutral with light sage aroma. I was completely satisfied with this product, it did everything as promised. I will for 100% buy myself one of these. The formula is soap-free with 100% natural active ingredients. 


Gel Nettyoant can be a strong reinforcement in your daily morning waking up ritual. If you accept its help you will achieve perfectly clean skin and fresh, glowing expression every morning. Natural herbal extract with essential oils gently clean and also remove surface dead cells and impurities, which cause the weary look. The application is simple wash your face with water, right after on yet wet face apply small amount of gel and in circular movements massage gel all over your face and also neck. Be careful and avoid the eye area. Some products take really time to wash out of face, but with Sisley gel only one splash of water is needed and gel is removed. Afterwards you will experience oil-free, glowing, fresh, perfectly smooth skin. There is some light scent, but it vanishes right after using a cream or your fragrance. I really enjoyed using this product and can only recommend it to you. 


This delicate foam make up remover became my favorite Sisley product and necessary part of my everyday life. I have to say that after regular Mousse Cleaner using in combination with Phyto-Pate Moussant my oily skin undergone BIG changes - smaller pores, less oily, almost spotless. This is a miracle to me! Little pump (bit visible on the picture) transforms the liquid soap-free texture in smooth foam. Apply on wet face and rinse off with water. It will completely remove your make up and other impurities. Your skin feels soooooo soft with hydrolipidic film. I adore this cleanser, but vanishes a bit faster than I would expect (it worries me a bit because I will certainly need a new one, I am addicted to the freshness).


The foaming cleanser can be used for all skin types, but I can recommend it specially for oily skin. It really transformed my skin and reduced typical oily skin attributes. Apply on wet skin. Sisley recommends to use a small brush (purchase is not included in product price), but I am perfectly happy with using the sponge included in packing. The sponge is able to create thick lather and when you loose or damage it, I think it can be easily replaced by sponges used for make up applications. I was surprised by the fact that this cleanser is suitable for men and women. After using the only impression I have is fresh cleanness without any sign of dryness. Besides all the positives this product have, there is even one thing which will shadow almost all of above mentioned - it does everything what is promised and after one month of frequent usage it looks like I just bought it and open the box. I was stunned with combination of effective product which will last for really long time. And when it is finished (have no idea in which century this will happen :) ) I will repurchase! 

Have a nice sunny autumn! 

More about Sisley soon 

Zu



16 Sep 2011

Natural Face Primers

Primers can change your whole attitude towards make-up, and foundation especially, as you could see in the previous post by Zu. The Lancome La Base Pro is really great, but if you are more into healthier make-up, this is for you!
So far I've tried these two, Inika Pure Primer, and Youthful Trends, Caffeinated Makeup Primer.

Youthful Trends, Caffeinated Makeup Primer
  
This is supposed to be for all powder and liquid foundations, it should reduce sweating, and extend make-up. It says it is for all skin types.
It contains only 100% natural ingredients. For more info have a look here, you can also purchase it there if you are interested.
I was so excited when this arrived, and the bigger was my disappointment, because it feels really greasy on my skin. And would I ever apply foundation on greasy skin? Never! I tried all different angles for applications, different lengths from which I applied it, and different amounts of product. Nothing, it still felt greasy! I was very sad, then I checked the packaging, and it said you can also use this as a treatment for your skin over night. I tried that, and my skin felt soft the following morning. Which is good, because now I have a way how to use this, and I don't have to throw it away, which would be a waste. 
All in all, for me this is not a good primer, but quite a good treatment for my skin. I won't buy this again.


Inika Pure Primer

This is a certified organic blend that is supposed to offer your skin hydration and protection. It contains amazing ingredients, here. It should calm you skin and prepare it for your foundation application. And does it? It does! Now if you are a fan of silicone based primers, you might not like this one, because it is the silicone that creates the super soft and smooth feeling. This is silicone free, but still it feels great on my skin. Just a small pump will do for the whole face! I love this one so much. I bought it at mypure.co.uk, which is an amazing e-shop, I highly recommend it!
The only con here can be the price, because yes, it is incredibly expensive. But it is 50ml, and for me it is worth every penny! I will buy this again without doubt.



I hope this was helpful. I'm still on my search for other great primers, even though I love the Inika one. If I stumble into something worth sharing, I'll let you know!

Have a great weekend,

Petra

9 Sep 2011

Lancome La Base Pro - absolutely gorgeous skin

If you, like I do, have a bit complicated skin, which tends to sabotage your effort to create perfect make up, Lancome La Base Pro might be a solution for you.
This transparent primer gives your skin flawless silk appearance and increases the effects plus coverage of make up. The oil-free texture creates elastic, greaseless, matte layer on the top of your skin. Thank to this "miracle" layer all the smaller (or bigger :-) ) skin imperfections (visibly pores, wrinkles, tiredness, a lot of other difficulties) will bother you no more. La Base Pro not only covers but also helps your make up to last longer and not to struggle so much when you are in a hurry trying to create perfect make up and something (dry skin on your nose) is disturbing your glamour look. This was a BIG problem for me. I even avoided using make up because every time there was dry skin on my nose no matter what. Now with Lancome La Base Pro it is gone (thank God!) and I am able to achieve the picture-perfect make up like a pro with satiny-soft finish.

used for three months already

To be honest with you I have to point out that Lancome primer is based on silicone, so if you are not a big fan of silicone texture, you will not like this one. I don't mind, there is no disturbing feeling or unexpected reactions on the skin. I would say this technology is nothing new or groundbreaking, but it helped me to solve my biggest problem and I am still completely in love with it. One small little drop goes a long way.
On this product I mostly appreciate the ability to control shine but there is absolutely no dryness. The skin is so fresh and when you touch it - trust me you will wonder how unbelievable silk and perfect your skin can be. Don't worry about the silicone mentioned above, I use the primer almost everyday and my skin can be veeeeery tricky but no side affects are visible. You can use a little drop only on you problematics areas (I usually apply it on my nose, forehead and chin, but sometimes all over the face) before putting foundation or only powder (time pressure + Lancome La Base Pro + powder = ready to go and look stunning). 
This product is available in elegant glass packaging (25ml) with a small pump, which helps you to dose accurate amount of primer. 

I will definitely repurchase!

Say "Hello" to perfect skin :-)

Zu


8 Sep 2011

Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara by Tarte





Tarte Cosmetics, that is the name of my current obsession. It is an American natural cosmetics brand that has a lot to offer, their products contain amazing natural ingredients, and all of their goods are cruelty free, vegan and formulated without parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances etc. For more details look here.
As it usually is with the objects of obsession, they aren't available for you, or at least they aren't easy to get. And indeed, if you're not an American, you're out of luck, because they don't deliver worldwide :(  So eBay it is.

The very first product I bought was this mascara, and there is a plenty of them on eBay. Don't worry about the different packaging, it is the same product, but it was a part of a special Tarte kit for QVC.
If you like to have soft and very natural looking lashes, this is probably not for you. But if you like full and dramatic lashes as I do, well, you're in the right place. I've been using this mascara for a few weeks now, and I can honestly say it's amazing! On Tarte website it is said that this mascara increases your lash volume by 424%. I'm not sure about the number, but it really does increase the volume of my lashes a lot, and they are also curled and lengthened. There is a waterproof version called Lights, Camera, Splashes!, but unless you're about to spend a day on the beach I would suggest to stick with the Lights, Camera, Lashes. It stays on pretty well. Even after a non-stop hysterical crying while watching the last Harry Potter, you wouldn't look like a panda, and after a few small touch-ups you would look presentable again.

Two thumbs and all the lashes up for this mascara!

Enjoy,

Petra


5 Sep 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet

There is one simple rule - if you don't want to buy Chanel, don't try it ... If I followed this simple rule, I wouldn't have bought the Best lipstick I ever tried!

Rouge Allure Velvet is new lipstick launched by Chanel with new innovative formula. Thanks to this innovation there is a lipstick, which is matte but it seems fresh and luminous. The velvet formula is enriched with jojoba oil and silicon micro-pearls to perfectly moisturize your lips. The lipstick gives perfect coverage, naturally highlights shape and colour of your lips.

34 La Raffinee

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet is available in eight shades, which are divided in four groups:

  • Beige Troublant (beige): 32 La Ravissante, 33 La Distinguee
  • Rose Insolent (pink): 34 La Raffinee, 37 L'Exuberante
  • Rouge Magnetique (red): 38 La Fascinante, 39 La Somptueuse, 40 La Sensuelle
  • Brun Envoutant (brown): 41 L'Exquise

Closed

You will not be able to resist these wonderful colours but also the classical black & gold packaging typical for Chanel. Because YES design DOES matter :-) Rouge Allure Velvet has super refined "click" opening - by pressing down, the lipstick pops out!


Opened

I bought the shade no. 34 La Raffinee - I love it! It looks all natural, highlights and shades my lips perfectly. When applied it feels like liquid velvet, the coverage is perfect and you feel like there is NOTHING on your lips at all - so if you are one of those people who has tendency to touch or lick lips when lipstick/lipgloss is applied, from now on you will be able wear lipsticks happily with hours lasting perfect look. Lips look and feel matte, but the colour will catch eyes and there is not even slight feeling of dry lips. Today I wore my 34 La Raffinee to an 80 minutes work out and it did last all the time (not perfectly like when you finish your make up) but yet my lips looked fuller, hydrated, juicy with healthy natural lips impression.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet is ideal for upcoming autumn or winter season.

Happy and colourful autumn (with Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet? ;-) ) ,

Zu

2 Sep 2011

Nakate

I was thinking for a long time how to introduce Nakate Project, because when it comes to charity people react in different ways. So I decided a picture of my second necklace that arrived yesterday, and the link would be enough. I just think that treating yourself with a lovely handmade jewellery, AND by doing so supporting other women and girls, would bring a little bit of colour into the upcoming autumn.


Love,

Petra

24 Aug 2011

For Strange Women



I'm one of those people who could spend hours and hours searching for new things on Etsy. Just the very idea of Etsy, a place for handmade goods and vintage stuff, makes me jump in excitement. We all do shop at malls and in big chain stores, and some of us do it with pleasure, some of us don't really care, and some of us do it because there is no other possibility. Honestly, I could be in any of those three groups, it just depends on my mood. But no matter what my mood is, I would always shop on Etsy with the greatest pleasure. I love handmade goods, it feels to me like there is a story behind every thing, and it's more about quality than quantity (not always, unfortunately!). But most of all, the things are usually one of a kind, it's not something every other person you meet on the street would wear or use.
So far I've had only good experience with different Etsy sellers, and I thought why not to tell you about my favourite ones? Today it's going to be:

For Strange Women


As the owner herself says, For Strange Women "is a collection of 100% natural artisan perfume and other concoctions fragranced with pure botanical essences." All her goodies are inspired by nature, especially forest, and by Victorian era. As you can see on the picture above, I have a small collection of tree perfumes and some lip embellishments, and I'm most certainly going to buy some more in the future. Why? I'll give you three good reasons:

1) I haven't been disappointed with anything I purchased, quite the opposite!

2) It's very different from everything you can buy in regular stores. Everything is completely natural and vegan. There are no nasty chemicals and it's cruelty free! The perfumes contain essential oils and plant absolutes extracted from leaves, petals, woods etc. The smell is much deeper and fuller than the one of synthetic perfumes. I love to watch how every perfume works with my body chemistry and how it changes over hours. I can mix the perfumes as well and they work amazingly together! And as a plus, wherever you use the perfume your skin not only smells divine, but it gets softer as well.
The lip embellishments are simply amazing and highly nourishing.

3) The packaging is just adorable! But also very environment conscious as all the boxes are made from 100% recycled materials.



If you are still not convinced, you can go and buy a few testers as I did the first time, and believe me, you'll discover a new passion! ;)

Here are the important links:
Etsy Shop
Website

Happy discovering,

Petra
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