What’s on My Face: Current Make-up Routine

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Long time no see! I don’t have any surprising justification for my absence, apart from the overwhelming preoccupation with both my job and preparation for my post-grad finals. But it’s not what we are here for, is it?

Since I haven’t really got into playing with new make-up items nor into trying new trends recently, I felt like sharing my current make-up routine will do it justice: after all, it’s what I’ve been on for a couple of recent months and what served me well.

The recent acquisition was the cushion foundation from Yves Rocher. I know, I know, it’s a trend. Yes, they are indeed everywhere, but you know – I actually like it. This type of foundation is a perfect match for my skin: it’s somewhere between the BB cream (that I prefer anyways for my daily make-up) and a very dewy medium-coverage foundation. Since I got several questions about application, I need to make it clear here: my skin is normal to combination and I haven’t had any troubles with coverage, nor longevity of wear. To me, this foundation provides the coverage I usually go for anyways. I might need to re-apply it in the afternoon or powder over it just a bit, but the thin consistency makes it all possible, without looking cakey. And just by the way: at first, I was super sceptical about the soft fabric applicator that comes with it, but now I’m completely converted – it just does the trick! My shade is in 200 Rosé.


I like to proceed with the cream blush from Clarins that I re-discovered while shopping my stash: it’s a weightless consistency cream to liquid Instant Light blush in the shade 02 Coral Tonic. Not the most handy product if you are not used to thinner formulas, but definitely a convenient one. It’s super easy to apply with a doe foot applicator, and that’s what I like the most about it. The effect it provides is a natural touch of colour with slight shimmer, so I cannot but recommend it.

The star of my routine is definitely the eyeshadow palette from Nars, which was acquired in late 2015. So versatile, yet so unique. The Narsissist Dual Intensity Shadows palette is everything and more you could wish for: I tend to combine shades HIMALIA and URSA MAJOR for a daytime look, but thanks to darker tones, like SUBRA or SYCORAX it’s extremely easy to create a more sultry, evening look as well, or even to upgrade your daytime make-up. I first noticed these shadows about a year ago, fell in love with them immediately, and never regretted purchasing this palette, regardless the high price point. NARS’s Dual Intensity shadows can be used wet or dry, and the palette combines both shimmery and satin shades. And, it comes with a brush, which is always amazing!


I like to finish my look up with the new(ish) L’Oreal Paris lipstick from the Bold Pinks (La Vie en Rose) collection. The shade Blake appealed the most to me – bright, almost fuchsia pink is very complementary to my skin tone and always does the trick of making me look more awake, in an instant.

As an extra step, I started using the Givenchy Mister Radiant Made-To-Measure Glow Totally Weightless primer (what a mouthful of a name!) that I also re-discovered while shopping my stash. Remember all the hype about this “magical” primer a couple of years ago? Well, I definitely do. It’s a but tricky to use, but if you manage to master the application, you will be rewarded with the most natural looking bronzy glow ever. Sounds like a dream for the summer months, right? Just start with a thin layer, let the bronzing particles dissolve and apply on the face parts where you’d normally apply a bronzer – at least it’s how I rock it.


A final step – even though not connected with make-up – is a couple spritzes of the summer edition La Vie en Rose (yes, again) of Victor&Rolf‘s Flowerbomb. La Vie en Rose is an annual summer version of the favourite fragrance – keep your eyes open for this year’s bottle!  I got it last spring by mistake, but now can’t really live without. The combination of roses, juicy mandarine, grapefruit and notes of jasmine is a quintessence of summer to me. Aaaaand… you are ready to go and rock the heated city!


What does your summer make-up routine consist of? Do you have any recent favourites that you cannot imagine your routine without? Let me know!


Valentine’s Day Nails: 4 (+1) Nailpolishes You Absolutely Need

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Yet again, it feels like last February was only a week ago, but a calendar doesn’t lie: Valentine’s day is around the corner!!! I’m sure your outfit, make-up and hair have been properly thought-through for some weeks already (be it for a date or for an “under a blanket, watching TV shows” kind of day :)). But what about your manicure? Have you made a choice of a nail polish that would have the honour to decorate your nails?

In the upcoming paragraphs, I am going to present you my choice for Valentine’s Day 2016: from red to magenta, from festive glitter to refreshing pastels. Let’s dive into it!

  1. Classic Red. It had to be Sally Hansen‘s Heart to Heart (350). A deep tomato-red nailpolish is a must not only in your collection, but for a special event, be it Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve or your cat’s birthday. You can never go wrong with the classy red – it is bright, yet inoffensive. It’s a definite eye catcher without being “too much”. Go for it if you’re a fan of good ole’ classics and want to play it safe. After all, could there be a better choice for Valentine’s Day than the colour that has been representing the quintessence of love for centuries?DSC_0210.JPG
  2. If you are of an experimenter’s nature, bright magenta would be your polish of choice. I went for the Sephora polish in the shade Dinner for 2 (alternatively, Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 09 Lucky could work as well, even though the Sephora‘s formula proves to be longer-wearing). Bright flashy pink will not leave your nails unnoticed. In my opinion, this shade is as universal as the classic red: it suits all skin tones and does not turn you into the “Legally Blonde” by definition. 🙂DSC_0221
  3. For those who cannot wait for spring to arrive, there is Essie‘s Tart Deco. One of my all-time favourites, this polish is fresh and girly, but at the same time very elegant on your nails. The shade is something between apricot pink, rose and pastel orange, depending on the number of layers and lighting. To me, this is a perfect nail polish if you feel like something different: very easy to wear, but also so unusual.DSC_0212
  4. Of course, glitter is a must. If you feel a bit more festive than simple coloured manicure, you could top it off with a glitter polish. My recommendation is L’Oréal Color Riche top coat in the shade 910 Gold Carat. Golden glitter goes with everything, but it looks especially beautiful paired with Sally Hanssen’s Heart to Heart. You can accentuate only one nail, or if you’re an “everything or nothing” type of person, there’s no reason to hesitate – just go for all ten!

Feel especially playful? Why not mix and match all these polishes, creating a unique pattern of colours? Or even try something out of your comfort zone and perfect your artistic skills by attempting an ombre effect manicure: just apply the polishes one by one from darkest to lightest shade on a sponge and dab this colourful pattern over your nails!

Curious what shade was a winner for my Valentine’s day celebration? Check out my instagram and find out!

I love considering painting nails as my little pampering routine, me-time, zen session – that’s why I usually like to relax with a cup of tea. I would recommend light green tea with vanilla by a brand King’s Crown – tender flavour to comfort your senses. I recently wrote a review post on it, since it has been my tea of choice during these colder months. And of course – chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate that would activate your endorphins and evoke the “in-love” state of mind, even if you are happily single.


What are you plans for Valentine’s day? Are you going out or staying at home? Since this year’s Valentine’s day is on Sunday, do you plan to start with “festivities” on a Valentine’s day eve? What is your nailpolish of choice for this special occasion?

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and savour it wherever you are, whatever you’re up to! Even if your only plan for this day is painting your nails – enjoy it to the fullest! 🙂