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Artistry studio – NYC edition

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Recently I was lucky enough to get invited to a launch party of a very exciting make up range from Artistry Studio – NYC edition. As you probably know I love make up and I love NYC so I couldn’t wait to see it all.

Not only we were given delicious food, countless drinks and a goodie bag with the whole make up range, we were treated with a demonstration by an international make up artist who showed us how to use these products. For models they used an English rose girl and a black skinned girl and they were both gorgeous and the collection worked on both of them beautifully.

This make up range is so easy to use and it’s so versatile it really is a pleasure to work with. I’ve been especially loving all the lipstick and lipglosses (I may be biased I know) but the highlighter is amazing too and the palettes are so good. They really have everything you need and are easy to just put into your handbag for touch ups. I’m loving their names too all inspired by NYC. You have Liberty Light (my favourite), Midtown Medium and Downtown Deep. The shades are beautiful and they stay on really well.

But back to the lipglosses. Again cool names: City Coral (I’ll keep this for next spring), 212 Pink (love this!!) and NYC Berry (so perfect for this time of the year). They are very moisturising and feel so nice on the lips and last really well. And then there’s 2in1 lip sticks which create cool ombre effect. I especially love the Fifth Avenue Fuchsia (are you surprised?).

They also have really good mascara and eyeshadow sticks and I feel like I don’t have to buy any make up for years! I’m so grateful for all of this. You know I am a bit of a make up snob and I can tell you this range is amazing. I love all the products and I would definitely recommend them. And how cool is the packaging? I wonder what city will the next collaboration be inspired by!

Have you tried any of these products? Which is your favourite?

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My two favourite products. They are both amazing.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Autumn lipstick shades

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In last week’s beauty post’s I promised to show you some of my favourite lipstick shades for autumn so here it is.

I still love pink lips in the fall I just go for deeper shades and choose more raspberry colours and even go for Burgundy. I don’t like anything too dark though as it doesn’t suit my skin tone. If you’re pale like me I’d say avoid dark colour of lipsticks. If you still however want to wear Burgundy this Tom Ford shade is perfect for you. It’s the one I’m wearing in the photo below (and top one on my hand). It’s quite sheer to start with but you can layer it for a stronger shade. I really love it.

Another one I really love and have been wearing a lot is Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker. It’s a gorgeous shade, has a really nice texture and feels nice on the lips.

If you prefer matte lips you will love the YSL stain. It’s got amazing staying power and I love the colour. It’s more purple but not too daring and looks really nice on. The only reason why I don’t wear it more often is that it feels very dry (like most matte lipsticks do) and I prefer moisturising ones.

Last but definitely not least is a Dior lipstick. I love their make up and this lipstick is no exception. I’ve already spoke about it last week but here’s the link again. It’s a gorgeous colour and lasts really well.

What are your favourite lipsticks for autumn?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

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Lipstick lover

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Today’s post is just a very quick one because it has been a super crazy busy week but next week I will be showing you my favourite lipstick colours for fall.

Lipsticks are my favourite beauty item, I am slightly obsessed with them and would definitely call myself a collector and a lipstick lover. I did a post earlier this year about some of my favourite lipsticks for summer (read it again here) but now it’s slowly starting to feel like fall I’m switching to darker colours and more raspberry pinks and burgundies. I will do a post next Friday (so don’t miss it!) about some of my favourite colours for this time of the year but for now I wanted to share with you two that I’ve been using nonstop last couple of days. The first one is from the latest Dior lipstick collection and the colour I’m loving is 755 Ultra Daring.(btw the colour looks different in the picture). It’s like a raspberry pink – perfect for this time of the year. And the other one pictured above is also from Dior and it’s more like a stain perfect for every day pictured above.

What’s your favourite lipstick? What are your favourite beauty products?

Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Extreme beauty measures

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In today’s beauty post I want to talk about more than just skincare or make up but something rather more radical. How far would you go for beauty?

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my videos talking about an operation I had done whilst on holiday in Czech Republic. I had a closed rhinoplasty or so called nose job without any scars and I also had two moles removed from my lip and forehead.

Above is a picture with before, during and 12 days after the operation, below is a photo from 16 days after the operation. I really wanted to show you everything with no make up and very real so you can really get sense of what it looks like. My nose was bothering me quite some time and for about year and a half to two years I was seriously thinking about getting it done. Why I hadn’t done it earlier I don’t know but it’s the best decision ever.

My main concern was the width of my bridge. I kind of liked the point of my nose and I asked the doctor not to touch that part but mostly wanted it to narrow down. Apart from awkward shape I really struggled with sunglasses – they never fitted properly at the bridge (and yes I’ve been trying loads since my operation and can’t wait to buy some new ones).

My operation took about 1,5 hrs under full anaesthetic and I had to stay in the hospital overnight. I was in no pain whatsoever except for a headache straight after the operation. I had to wear a cast for 9 days and my eyes were bruised and swollen. But I couldn’t believe how quickly all the swelling went down! I was back to work just before the two week mark and even though you could tell I was still a bit swollen it was fine a and I had lots of compliments from people about the result so far.

I’ve been very open about the whole thing and want to share it with people because it can be a scary decision but it’s so worth it. I was mainly excited but on the day I got very very scared and nearly didn’t go into the hospital (what forced me was the amount of people that knew about it) but I’m so glad I did it. I already feel so much better even though I still have at least five more weeks before my nose will  start taking the shape it’s meant to be.

I wanted to look like me but better and I think that’s what we achieved. I think it opened my eyes as well and my face overall looks brighter and that’s what lot of people have been saying so I’m very pleased.

Like I said I’ve been in no pain and I would totally do it again. My only concern since the operation has been my skin. To keep the cast on they put a glue on your skin and when they take it off they used something quite strong to remove the glue. As my skin is quite sensitive already it’s been coming up with spots and my nose has been peeling and it’s overall not great. But I feel like it’s a little price to pay and I’m sure it will get better again. I’ve been giving it extra love and hopefully it’ll get back to normal soon.

If you’re thinking about a nose job and have any questions feel free to ask. I’d be happy to answer any and if it helps with anyone’s decision than I’m happy.

We were not all born perfect and I totally understand that some people can have something they’re not happy about and want to change and I say do it. Some people go to extremes and have done too much and than they don’t look like themselves any more but little bits are ok in my opinion. Now I just need to get my individual eyelashes again (that’s my biggest indulgence and I love them and miss them) but other than that I’m happy.

I’m also having my hair done soon as I haven’t had it done for ages. I’m going for both baliage and a fresh cut. I’m excited for my new look.

Have you had any plastic surgery? Are you against it? What would you have done?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Get the glow – highlighters and blushers

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After lipsticks, highlighters and blushers are my favourite make up product and something I buy quite a lot too. They can make such a big difference to your face and if I could use only one make up product it would be probably a blusher.

That’s not to say I like a very sculpted overly done face contouring. I’m talking about subtle glow that makes a big difference. A bit of highlighter high on your cheekbones and a touch a blusher brightens your face and makes you look healthier and more awake. One thing I’ve learned about these things: it’s all about blending. Blend, blend, blend.

I love all of these products shown here and I have been playing around with combining them , mixing and matching and achieving different looks. I’ve started sharing on Instastories more of my daily make up and want to do more of that so if you’re not already following me on Instagram, make sure you do.

In these products you have a combination of different textures which give different effect and to decide which I’m going to use depends on my mood, what I’m wearing and what look I want to achieve.

I’m starting with the Tom Ford palette which I absolutely adore! All the colours are so pretty (I don’t use eyeshadows a lot but when I do these are definitely great) but I use this palette a lot and always take it with me when I’m travelling. You have the blusher on the left and highlighter on the right. It’s hard to say which highlighter I use the most but this one is probably it. I just love the shade and can I tell you Tom Ford make up has an amazing staying power! Put this on in the morning and it’ll still be there when you get home in the evening. It’s very highly pigmented and it’s just so good. The only bad thing I can say about it  is that it’s a limited edition palette from last year! Unfortunately you can’t get the exact one but I need to find out if they do these shades individually because they really are good. I also love the blusher – it’s not too pink and it’s perfect for everyday. It’s powder so a bit more matte compared to some of the other ones I use definitely a good shade to have in your make up bag.

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I love the Nars multiple sticks (again they’re great for travelling), I use them a lot especially in the summer. They have a great texture, they’re quite creamy and glide on really well. I did a proper review here.

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This Nars Orgasm liquid blusher I only bought recently but I’m already obsessed. It’s their best selling shade and I can tell why. It’s such a great colour. It’s kind of pinky with a golden shimmer and it literally suits everyone. I love the liquid texture it gives such a nice glow. You only need tiniest of amount but you can build it up for a more intense look. It’s seriously good.

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I wore this Chanel blush colour a lot in the Spring, in the summer I go for more natural and more of a glow rather than this (it’s quite a bright pink) but I really love it. It gives a really nice colour in my face especially when I’m feeling very pale. When my face needs brightening up this is the one I go for. It’s called Pink explosion for a reason and if you’re new to blushers it may be a bit too much but there’s never too much pink for me (unless I’m wearing all pink outfit then I wouldn’t use it). It’s baked powder meaning even if you drop it it won’t break but it also means it doesn’t always give a lot of colour. You have to scrape it a bit but it’s a great product and lasts well.

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Tom Ford Sheer highlighting duo. Again a new product for me but I’ve been wearing it every day this week. You can use the  colours separately or mix them both together which works really well. I can imagine the gold will be amazing around Christmas time too. Now I add a bit more of the rose gold but it gives an amazing glow. I’ve been trying it with all of the blushers above and I’m loving the effects. It’s very highly pigmented, has an amazing staying power and you can use it as eyeshadows too. It’s a bit pricey but definitely worth the pennies. I think this will be my favourite for summer.

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Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite blushers/highlighters?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Morning and evening skincare routine

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I’ve changed my skincare routine completely this year after feeling whatever I was using wasn’t working anymore and my skin is the best it’s been. For me skincare is more important than make up and I am doing all I can to achieve a glowing skin and then let it shine and only enhance it rather than painting a face on.

I believe the products I was using before were good, but you need to change your lotions and potions regularly otherwise your skin gets used to the products and same ingredients. I’ve discovered Kiehl’s which I’m really loving at the moment and definitely want to try more products but overall I decided to try things from different brands rather than getting everything from one.

Other than doing the routine that I’m going to tell you about, I exfoliate once or twice a week (I use St. Ives Apricot scrub which is great and not expensive) and about twice a week (when I remember) I put on a hydrating masque overnight instead of anything else. I’ve been testing these from Peter Thomas Roth and so far I’ve been quite impressed.

I use a Thermal cleansing balm from Omorovicza which is oil based and very good for dry skin.

In the morning after I’ve cleaned my face, I use serum from Kiehl’s (review here) and then depending on what I’m doing that day and what my face needs I either use the Kiehl’s  Glow Formula skin hydrator  (which gives a really nice glow) or if I’m going to be spending a lot of time outside I use the Avene SPF 50. I always always wear SPF 25 minimum. After that I use eye cream and then apply make up. The Avene cream makes your skin quite white so leave some time to soak it in, but I really like it and the protection it gives me, especially during this heatwave.

In the evening after cleansing my face I alternate between the Dior serum and Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate (review of  both here). I seriously love both. With the Midnight recovery you only need a tiny bit. I got this sample ages ago and have been using it regularly and still haven’t had to buy the big size but I definitely will. I use a moisturiser after the Dior serum or before the Midnight recovery. I usually do one evening one thing and alternate the next evening. Once every few days I use a hydrating masque instead. At the moment I’m using the This Works night cream which seem really nice on the skin but I think the serums are the most important .

Have you tried any of these? How do you find them?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

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Latest beauty buys

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Today I want to share with you few of my latest beauty discoveries. By now you probably know that I am beauty obsessed in the sense that I love buying and trying new beauty products and I recently started series on my instastories every Sunday, where I share my finds and products I love. And this is an extension of that and more in depth reviews.

I don’t often share hair products and I guess that’s because I haven’t really found my holy grail yet. I must say I usually love all Kerastase products but overall I’m still looking for the one and keep trying new things. The one thing I love though is L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. It’s used a lot by professionals and I can see why. It really is good and such a good price too.

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So first up today is the Dry Shampoo Foam by Ouai. I’ve tried this after watching it on someone’s Instastories and I loved what it did for them. After trying this I was not disappointed.  I love the fact that it’s a mousse so it makes your hair quite wet when you put it in your roots and it feels like it actually gives it a wash rather than just masking it with a powder. It’s such a genius idea! I love it. It doesn’t have a strong smell and I prefer it because some dry shampoos have an overpowering scent and you can tell when someone used them and it can be off putting. You only need very little and I will definitely buy this again.

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Another one by Ouai. These are the only two products I’ve tried by the brand so far but I’m quite impressed with both so will probably try more. I’m not big on oil especially for hair because I’m worried they will make my hair greasy. But this Rose Hair and body Oil is quite a dry oil and when I’ve used it on my ends it gives them a bit of shine without being too much. And it smells amazing! I must say the fragrance sold it to me.. I’ve been using it on my body too and don’t judge me on my heels and it really softened them! I don’t know how about you but my feet get so dry in summer and I get hard skin and this is indulgent but my feet deserve it!

 

I’m sure you know how obsessed I am with lipsticks and glosses. A month doesn’t go by without me buying a few. You may have also noticed I’ve been really into Dior beauty recently and I couldn’t resist buying this Dior Addict lip Tattoo . It’s a lip tint rather than a full on lipstick and perfect for every day. You can layer it as much as you want and it lasts quite well. It gives a nice colour but it’s quite discreet. You can just tell you lips were stung by a bee!

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After lipsticks, blushers and highlighters are my favourite make up products. I think they make such a big difference to your face. I’m not really into strong contouring but a sweep of highlighter and a bit of blusher makes me feel so much nicer. I have a few I use regularly but I was excited to try this liquid blush by Nars in one of their best selling shade Orgasm. It’s like a peachy pink and I believe it suits everyone. The colour is just gorgeous.  A little goes a long way so be very careful when you’re using it. First time I used way too much. The application is really easy, it gives you a nice glow and it lasts all day. I’m impressed.

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Last but not least another lipstick, this time by Tom Ford. I love their lipsticks as they are very moisturising and last very well. Surprisingly this is the first one I bought in ages (possibly because they discontinued my favourite shade Lilac Nymp but also possibly because I’ve been so obsessed with Dior). The colour 87 Playgirl is quite a strong pink but it’s so pretty for summer. I will be wearing it a lot. I have few make up bits from Tom Ford and I love the quality I’ve reviewed some here. It’s a bit pricey but they really are good. Everything lasts really well, they are well pigmented and the packaging is nice too. If you want to buy yourself a little treat TF lipstick is definitely worth it.

Have you used any of these products? What are your latest beauty discoveries?

Have a stylish day.

Adela