Tuesday, 25 February 2014


This is only the second post on my blog, but I've already leaned something: taking outfit pictures is definitely not something easy. My first intuition was to try taking them in front of the "traditional" white wall background, but nothing good came out of it. How is somebody supposed to know how to pose without anything to hold or to inspire a posture. It resulted in awkward looks, clenched hands and no smile to be seen. My boyfriend and I then browsed my favorite blogs in search for inspiration (I'm really glad there are such amazing bloggers out there that you can turn to when in need of ideas). By analyzing  the composition of a few pictures we managed to figure out how most outfit pictures where put together. Strong force lines, few but clearly delimited color zones in the background and "accessories" to avoid the unwanted I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-my-hands position. The pictures we came up with are far from being perfect, but they look way better than our original white background attempt. My boyfriend used the word blogable to describe them and I though it was quite accurate. By no mean do they look professional, but they are good enough to be posted on a blog in my opinion. 
The outfit itself is not something I put a lot of thoughts in. It's a simple casual weekend outfit. I do really like the association of the monochrome dress with the oxblood tights though. The dress is from H&M and its purchase was enabled by Lily Pebbles (although the cat print was certainly my main motivation for buying it!). Another blogger enabled purchase is the orangey red lipstick I'm sporting in the pictures (In love with Ginger by Rimmel), which was a Vivianna Does Make up inspired buy (I do sometimes buy stuff without spotting it on somebody else beforehand, I swear! :-) ). The boots are my go-to, comfortable-as-sleepers boots which are from the french brand Jonak.
Have a nice day!


Dress: H&M
Tights: H&M
Boots: Jonak
Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture renew in In love with Ginger

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Where it all began

I thought that, instead of talking about random new make up releases, I would start this blog by going back to where it all started. That is when the first installment of my make up collection was purchased. Even when I didn't have much interest in beauty, lipstick was something that attracted me, probably because I saw it more as a fashion accessory than as an additional step to a make up routine. Today, this  interest is still strong and my interest for make up has grown widely. So has my make up collection. There are, however, amidst my ever-expanding lipstick stash, a few oldies that have served me faithfully during my years as a make up rookie. Although they may not all be part of my current favorite shades or brands, these I have all used a lot in the past and, overall, by judging from their battered state, these are definitely my most used lipsticks of all time.

From left to right:

  • Lancôme Rouge in Love in the shade 159B Rouge in Love: This sheer cherry red was my first high end red lipstick purchase and I still love it. Easy to apply, perfect for every day wear, it was my red of choice during my first year at uni. It has since been pushed back to the back of the drawer because of its tendency to bleed a little and the fact that it migrates on the lips a bit too much compared to other sheer reds that I have since discovered. But, all in all, its sheer but bold formula still has my heart and I happily crack out the invisible liner to sport this beauty every now and then!
  • Maybelline Color Sensational in the shade 180 Crazy pink: This lipstick wins the trophy for being the oldest in my collection. I bought it during my last high-school year and, although I was never brave enough to sport this in class, I often wore it in the privacy of my room or, on days I was feeling particularly courageous, I wore it outside during weekends. Crazy pink is a blue-toned bright berry pink (not at all coral as in the picture). I haven't worn it in a while, but I definitely should wear it more, as it is such a beautiful shade.
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew in the shade 500 Berry Rose: This one holds a special place in my collection as I bought it while in New York during summer 2011. This was my one and only time there so far and I can remember quickly applying this shimmery berry lipstick before rushing out of my hotel room to enjoy the city. The Moisture Renew range from Rimmel is far from being my favorite as I find that their overly creamy and slippery consistency never stays nice on my lips for more than 10 minutes. Nevertheless, the shade is pretty and reminds me of summer days in NY. What else can I ask for?
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in the shade 112 Rouge de Venise: Last but not least, this lipstick wins the award for being the lip product that I have carried around the most in my purse (hence the decayed state of the packaging). This burgundy red with subtle golden shimmers running through it is absolutely perfect for on the go applications as it is really sheer and low maintenance. There's nothing wrong to say about it and it is certainly part of my all-time favorites. Bonus: the smell is divine.
So these were my most used lipsticks. If you have stumbled across this post and have made it to the end of my ramble feel free to leave a comment telling me your most worn lipsticks. I am always curious about these things!
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