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Skincare routine for dry skin plus few make up favourites

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It’s been a while since I did a beauty post, but in the last few months I have discovered products that I really love and wanted to share them with you.

I am 36, work in air-conditioned environment and have very dry sensitive skin. I have to always use SPF (I tend to use it as part of my foundation as it is the last layer). I have recently discovered primer and am hooked already. Because my skin is dry, it has no natural shine to it and sometimes feel quite flat. That’s why my number one product is a blusher to add dimension to my face (I’m loving the new palette from Tom Ford but more about that later.)

My friend who is a make up artist convinced my that I needed a primer and after a bit of research and trying it on couple of times I went for the Tom Ford Illuminating primer and I haven’t looked back. It is moisturising and feels amazing on the skin. I feel my make up definitely lasts better since I’ve been using it and my skin overall looks fresher. I am hooked and would definitely recommend this product.

Another Tom Ford product I’ve only discovered recently is the Contouring compact. It’s amazing! The colours are perfect. It has a bronzer, highlighter and brusher all in one which is handy and it was one of the few products I took on my holiday recently. I really love the shades and the packaging and it lasts really well. I am a very low maintenance girl when it comes to make up and rarely touch up during the day and with this I don’t have to and it stays on until the evening. It’s highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. The downs are that it’s quite pricey (so far I think it’s worth the pennies) and it’s a limited edition. I’m already worried about the time when I finish it. What if I can’t get the same?! Can you tell I love it?

If you have dry skin like me you must try the Chanel Hydra range. I can’t get enough! I use the Micro serum and after that the Hydra Micro cream. It’s helped me so much. They both feel really nice on the skin and smell lovely. I have used other hydrating ranges before but this one is definitely my favourite.

I also use Chanel Sublimage eye cream. The range is for older skin which I don’t think I need that anywhere else, but the eye cream is amazing! I have been using it for quite some time now and even though it’s super pricey in this case I think it’s totally worth it. Not only I’ve been told by skincare specialists and beauty therapists that my eye area is in a very good condition, it helped me lighten my pigmentation spots. (Like I said I have sensitive skin and must use SPF daily and if I don’t I get sun spots straight away and use this eye cream on those as well – it really helps!)

And last but not least when it comes to dry skin is a good hydrating mask. I’ve used quite a few different ones and like to alternate them. The Lancôme Hydra intense mask  is one I go back to. Skin feels soft after it and smells amazing. I also love Sisley Black Rose mask which I may review next time. I use a hydrating mask every 2 to 3 days and it has definitely made a difference. I use them instead of a night cream and leave overnight.

Last product I want to mention is Charlotte Tilbury eyebrow pencil. It’s not a product I used to invest in (I used Rimmel for years) but I bought it once just to try something new and just repurchased because I really like it. It has a brush on one side to tame your brows and the pencil on the other side.  It doesn’t need a sharpener (a plus), it glides on really well and comes in 5 shades. I’m using Brooke S and I think it looks quite natural. I don’t think I’ll be changing any time soon..

What are your favourite beauty products? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to know what you think.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

beauty · hair care · hair mask · Miss Pink · Old Wives Tail · organice

Old wives tales /hair mask review/

Few weeks ago I got contacted by the lovely Lily about organic hair care products Old Wives Tail and whether I’d be interested in testing it. As my hair was in desperate need of some TLC I jumped at the chance. I picked the Rosemary & Argan Organic Oil treatment which is aimed at very dry damaged hair (like mine).
I tried it the very same day I received it and have been using it quite regularly since. My hair felt instantly silkier and moisturised. Don’t expect miracles – these things take time, but every time I use it I feel a little difference and definitely want to continue.
It has added organic rosemary oil to stimulate scalp and encourage healthy hair growth which sounds great to me!
There are different ways to use it. I put it on overnight as my hair really is in bad condition, but thanks to this it has been improving.
It contains no chemicals or additives and the company gives 10% of their profits to charities.
What’s not to like?
Have a stylish day.
Adela
Barry M · beauty · Clarins · Nars · NARS Cosmetics · summer

Summer beauty

Summer is in full swing so I thought I’d share with you few of my must haves I couldn’t currently be without.  In the Summer months I always wear minimal make up, switching my foundation to tinted moisturizer. I’ve been using Chanel for years but this year I decided to try the new one from Clarins. I swear by their skincare and this did not disappoint.
White and gold are my favourite colours to wear during the hot months, so I just added these Barry M nail polishes to my collection (treasure chest and coconut). They last well and are such a bargain I love them.
The Multiple by Nars is a godsend. I can’t get enough and plan to get loads of different colours. This Riviera one is a dusky pink and  I’ve been putting it on my eyelids and lips as well (it’s not call Multiple for nothing..). The consistency is amazing, it feels great on the skin, lasts well and it’s soft and dewy – perfect for Summer.
Now on the least glamorous – a deodorant. Let’s face it – we all sweat in the summer and this one by Dove is the best deodorant I’ve tried in a while.
What are you Summer beauty must haves?
 
Have a stylish day.
 
Adela
beauty · Clinique · make-up · makeup · Miss Pink · Nars · NARS Cosmetics

The ultimate guide to pink lips II.

It is no secret I love pink lips (well most pink things…). I would even say it’s my signature look. I occasionally wear red or nude but very rarely. I did my first guide to pink lips last year here,
but since then discovered new pink beauties which I fell in love with, so I thought I’d do an updated guide. Starting with my current favourite:
1. Nars  Satin lip pencil in YU

It’s very bright pink. It’s the first lip pencil I’ve tried from Nars and I fell in love with it and am thinking about buying more. It’s super moisturising and has a nice shiny texture and feels nice on. Perfect for every day (if like me you like bright lips). It’s very similar colour to Nars Schiap.

2. Nars Schiap

Again very bright (neon like) colour. Before purchasing the pencil, it was one lipstick I wore most but sometime feels too bright. It’s down to the matte effect I think because even though it’s similar shade, the pencil is not so in your face. Still one of my faves though. Perfect if you need to add a colour to your outfit.

3. Nars Funny face

This is a fuchsia shade (according to them) and it’s quite dark. I prefer wearing this in the autumn but still other times too. It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect if you want something not so bright. Like the other Nars lipstick it lasts well but feels a bit dry as it’s from the matte collection.

4. Clinique Chubby stick in Watermelon

Very very light, more like a gloss. It’s moisturizing and feels nice but doesn’t last long. It’s perfect when you’re wearing heavy eye make up or if you prefect very natural look. Also nice layering over lipstick to give it a nice glow.
Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite pink lipsticks?
Have a stylish day.
Adela
beauty · skincare

Lush mask – review

 
 They say: Relaxing, reviving, mineral-rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify. Fresh nutritious seaweed, cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose absolute makes this a great mask for everyone.

I have to admit this is the first Lush product I’ve tried. I’m not sure why but I just never bought anything from them. But that will now probably change. I was given this mask and love it!  After using it my skin feel super soft and moisturised. I’d nearly say you don’t have to use moisturiser afterwards, but moisturiser is my holy grail of skin care so I do use it. I’ve been using this mask for about a month now and can feel and see the difference, so it is something I would definitely recommend.
Let me know what are your favourite Lush products.

 Have a stylish day.
 
Adela

Bare Escentuals · beauty · Clarins · Clinique · Nars · NARS Cosmetics · Salvatore Ferragamo · YSL · Yves Saint Laurent

Spring beauty

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Clarins Double serum, Clinique City block, Bare Minerals Never say never lipstick, Nars eye shadow palette, Salvatore Ferragamo perfume, YSL nail polishes, YSL lipstick, Nars Illuminator

Spring is officially here! I couldn’t be happier and all I think about is getting my wardrobe and make-up bag ready. I’m definitely re-purchasing Clarins double serum as I’m about to run out and it made a huge difference to my skin. I want to add the Clinique City block, because of my sensitive skin. You can never protect against sun too much. New polishes and lipsticks are always on my list and a new perfume for Spring is a must. Looking for a lighter scent.
What’s on your make up wishlist for Spring?

Have a stylish day.

Adela
beauty · Clarins · Nars · NARS Cosmetics · YSL · Yves Saint Laurent

Skincare and makeup update

Skincare and makeup update
 
I don’t blog about beauty as much as I’d like. This is partially due to the fact that I’m quite low-maintenance when it comes to skincare and make up. But since reading loads of beauty blogs and becoming somewhat a lipstick addict I thought I’d do an update on few favourite things. You can read about my skincare routine here and my make-up must haves here, these product have now become important part of my routine too and need to be mentioned!
By now you may know I’m a big Clarins fan..
Clarins Double serum – I tried quite a few testers before buying it, but knew very soon that I’d be purchasing. Changed my skin for better (it was becoming very dry especially at forehead and nothing else was helping) and now I can’t imagine not using it. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny.
Clarins Eye contour gelI am a bad sleeper. This covers it a bit 😉
Followed by YSL Touche eclate – (no woman should be without it).
Clarins Hydra-quench maskagain I had a tester first and loved it. Smells amazing and hydrates beautifully.
Nars Schiap and Funny face – have become my favourite lipsticks. Schiap (pictured) is very bright pink and is perfect finishing touch to a dull outfit. Funny face is darker pink and I love it for every day. They are very moisturizing and feel nice on and I will be definitely buying more.
Have you discovered any beauty must-haves lately?
 
Have a stylish day.
 
Adela