Thursday, 18 December 2014

Kiko Haul

I recently discovered that a Kiko store hap opened not too far away from where I live. So naturally I had to go there and make a few purchases to celebrate! Kiko is a brand that I had ordered from online a few times and I have always been pleasantly surprised by the quality of their products and by their reasonable prices. The store itself was pretty cool and it was nice to be able to swatch products as the color descriptions online are not always very accurate.

Here is what I picked up:

200 eyeshadow brush: a soft, fluffy blending brush. Quite similar to a MAC 217 but bigger.

Water eyeshadow in 202: a silvery mauve. I already owned one of these and their are great quality shadows that can be used wet or dry.

Long Lasting stick eyeshadow in 01: a shimmery white that will be perfect for inner corner highlights or all over the lid as a base.

3D Instant Volume lip gloss in 218: As mentioned in my last post, this is a beautiful rosy pink. The texture is quite thick and feels very cushiony and comfortable on the lips. 

Lip Set in 01 Distinct rose (from Luscious Punk collection): First of all, I just love the idea and the convenience of a matching liner/lipstick duo and I think more brands should sell them. Plus, I find this dusty rose color very pretty and universally flattering. Too bad it is limited edition.

Have you ever tried Kiko products? Do you have any favorites? 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Currently loving: Lip glosses

I've never been a lip gloss lover as I tend to find them too sticky or too slippery on the lips. I've always favored a matte lipstick over a lip lacquer when I want a blood lip and when I want a hint of color I usually go for a tinted lip balm or a sheer lipstick. But recently I've been getting more into glosses. They're a nice alternative for when I want to add a little something to my lips without going all out. Here are my most recent glossy purchases:

Kiko 3D instant volume lip gloss in 218: A gorgeous rosy pink, perfect for the colder months. I haven't tried it out so I can't say much about the formula, but I love the color.

Tanya Burr's lip glosses in Afternoon Tea, Aphrodite and Exotic Island: The first one is a pretty pinky nude. Aphrodite is a beautiful coral and Exotic Island is a bright berry pink. My first pick from the line was First Date which was too light for me. Now hat I've found these pretty shades I can't wait to pick a few others. 

Marc Jacobs Lust for lacquer in Kissability: I saw this on Sarah's blog an it instantly caught my eyes. A mauve pink with a golden shimmer that gives a fresh minty, slightly tingly, sensation on the lips. Great for everyday!

Next on my list is this Bare Minerals set. I've never tried this formula, but I've heard some pretty good reviews.

What are your favorite lip glosses? :-)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Winter Coat

I haven't had a lot of time to blog lately between writing my bachelor dissertation and doing researches for an oral presentation, so I'm going to keep it short. Here's an outfit post showing you my favorite winter coat. I like to think of it as a hybrid between a parka and a duffle coat: it's warm and comfy, but the buttons and the "toggles" (?) make it a bit more more formal.

Coat - Aigle
Shirt - H&M
Skirt - H&M
Necklace - H&M
Boots - Tamaris
Ring - H by Rose

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Autumn Views

Autumn is such a beautiful season. Although I hate when the night falls at five in the afternoon. It sometimes make me feel kind of depressed and lowers my motivation. But I still love all the gorgeous colors that this season has to offer.
So here is my two cents to the autumn appreciation ritual that I seem to see everywhere on the web lately.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Fallen Angel Palette

Charlotte Tilbury is a brand that I've been eyeing for such a long time. I recently treated myself to one of her matte lipstick and I immediately knew I wouldn't stop there. The eyeshadow quads were next on my list, but I could decide myself for one. I really liked the Dolce Vita palette, but it seemed too warm for me. The Golden Goddess looked nice too, but I wasn't completely sold and, for the price, I wanted it to be four shades that I could all wear everyday. Then the Christmas collection launched and I saw something that REALLY tickled my fancy: The Fallen Angel Palette. It contains everything that I need to create my perfect everyday look: a nice champagne highlight, a taupe, a bronze (perfect for a quick, one-shadow smokey eyes) and a dark grey to use as a liner or add drama. Score! I've used the 3 lightest shades for the look below. It gave me a pretty wash of color, but next time I'll use them wet to get more intensity. And let's just give a shout out to the packaging. Not only the palette itself is absolutely gorgeous, but even the parcel is decorated with Charlotte's signature color and logo. Enough ramble, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Literary Discoveries: Jules Verne

Today, I thought I would do something a little bit different and non-beauty related and talk to you about one of my favorite authors: Jules Verne. My interest for this french 19th century novelist sprouted when my boyfriend followed a seminar on him at uni. He had read Journey to the Center of the Earth and came back home singing its praise. I had heard about Jules Verne since I was a kid. I remember watching the cartoon version of Michel Strogoff on TV, but I had never read anything from him. Before my boyfriend mentioned him I thought the stories he wrote were mainly intended for children, but boy I was wrong! Actually, I think that if I had read some of his works when I was a child, I wouldn't have had the maturity to enjoy them properly and would have found them boring.

I started by reading Twenty Leagues under the Sea last summer and, although it took me a while to get into it, I ended up enjoying it a lot! Warning: if you're looking for a very intense and intricate plot this might not be for you. The plot itself could be summarized in just a few lines. This novel is, in my opinion, more about atmospheres and the (mental) contemplation of landscapes, which is made easier by the beautiful drawings added to the story. Twenty Leagues under the Sea is actually more structured like a travel journal than like an adventure novel. If you are sometimes intrigued by unexplainable phenomenons I strongly recommend reading this book, as Jules Verne addresses many mysteries of the seas, skillfully mixing science and fantasy. 

Journey to the Center of the Earth is another novel in which Jules Verne amazed me by his talented association of scientific facts with epic adventures. A must read, in any language!

Lastly, Around the World in Eighty Days delighted me by being a very light and funny, but yet thrilling, novel. This one, I would say, is suitable for any audience of any age. I easily got carried away by the characters' journey that is full or twists and turns. This novel actually made me feel like I was travelling myself without leaving the comfort of my sofa. I virtually explored remote countries and leaned a few cultural fact on the way. A great source of distraction and education, which seemed to be Jules Verne's aim with most of his works: combining science with fiction to make the acquiring of knowledge more pleasant. 
Next on my reading list are: From the Earth to the Moon, Around the Moon and A Winter Amid the Ice.
Happy reading everyone!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Parka love

I'm not really pleased with how these pictures came out. It's clearly visible how uncomfortable I am taking pictures outside, especially in open spaces. Being in the forrest alone is quite a scary thought for me (I've watched way too many horror movies), but it does give some intimacy while shooting pictures. Anyway, they still fulfill their aim which is to show my outfit. Just like in my previous outfit posts: typical comfort-zone outfit for me. I love this shirt (no cat print!) and I adore the skirt. Dark green is one of my favorite colors. All is left to do is to throw a parka on my back and a vintage scarf around my neck and I'm out the door.

Skirt-Urban Outfitters
Boots-Pepe Jeans
Lipstick-Rimmel Color Rush in On Fire

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Matte Collection

Nouvelle Vogue on the left and La Vie En Rouge on the right. 

I don't tend to keep up with MAC's limited edition collections. I usually contemplate them from afar and when I fancy getting something, most of the time it's already sold out. But when MAC launched their Matte Collection a few weeks ago I did spot a few colors that I really liked and a splurge happened. 
Two shades made it to my basket:
Nouvelle Vogue which is a mauvy/rosy pink that is perfect for autumn (see last picture) and La Vie En Rouge, a bright pinky red that I haven't worn yet but that will certainly get used a lot come Christmas time.

Have a nice week, see you on Thursday for a new post!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A summer outfit

I thought we'd have an indian summer after the rainy summer that we had, but no! Autumn has made its way to where I live so here are a few pictures taken at the beginning of summer, just for the sake of remembering the few sunny days that we had!
Thus outfit is everything I love to wear for spring/summer weather: a comfy t-shirt, a skater skirt, comfy oxford shoes and a light cover up. I've had this jacket for years and it is the perfect balance between a biker jacket and more relaxed canvas jacket. The shoes are getting really worse for wear, but again they're just so damn comfortable and go with everything!
So there you go, the one and only outfit post of summer 2014. I hope you enjoyed it...
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