Thursday, 4 February 2016

Dior Spring '16: Glowing Pink

Dior Spring Highlighter 3
Even though the weather is horrible outside & I'd much rather crawl into bed and hold a long wintersleep for multiple days in a row (so srsly tired!), the Spring makeup collections have already arrived in parfumeries across the globe. Inspired by a Dior garden, the new Dior spring collection is a colourful party full of colour - some I find very wearable, some less so. Creative director Peter Philips was inspired by the beauty of Granville, where Christian Dior spent his childhood. The Glowing Gardens collection is inspired by spring and represents the lively charm & radiant glow of a spring garden in full bloom. Star pieces of the collection? The beautiful highlighters, of which I got the pink version to play with.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Favourite Looks of 2015

Favourite Looks Of 2015
Last year was the year I've started experimenting a little more with photographing full makeup looks. I am still learning about the best ways to photograph these every time (it's so hard to take decent photographs of yourself!), but I have been very happy with those changes here. While swatches are useful when you're looking to understand how a product looks on your skin as opposed to in the pan, they don't quite give you an idea of how they look in action. I created a bunch of looks in the past year, but some I loved way more than others. I am a bit of a neutral shades type of gal, as you'll probably notice with the looks I picked out as my favourites of the year 2015.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

K-Beauty Haul

Korean Beauty Haul (eBay)
If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I am a huge K-Beauty fan (I'm talking about Korean cosmetics - so nothing Kardashians themed). When I was in Japan I could hardly contain myself - all the drugstores there are packed with the cutest South Korean & Japanese makeup brands. It was definitely the walhalla of kawaii. And not only is the packaging cute, but the products are always innovative and super effective. While Estée Lauder is just now coming out with a sheet mask, drugstore brands from Japan and South Korea have been doing this since forever. K-Beauty is sadly very not easy to find where I live in Belgium or pretty much anywhere else in Europe or the USA. You'll have better luck in big cities (you'll find a section in Harrods & Selfridges when you're in London, for example) or Asian malls, but I usually just turn to eBay for my kawaii fix. With the right seller & knowledge about import taxes, you'll find the best prices and good service. I should warn you though: it might become a little addictive.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Plump & Radiant Skin: Estée Lauder New Dimension

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum Review
I've been meaning to write about these for a long time now, but I just couldn't seem to catch up with time during the last months of 2015. Happily blogging a little more again now (I hope I can keep it up!) I'd like to talk about Estée Lauder's New Dimension range that released last year shortly after summer. Estée Lauder does serums really well (yes I am looking at you, ANR), so I was definitely intrigued when I heard that they were releasing a new serum within a brand new line focused on shaping. Shaping is all the buzz right now: from heavy contouring to strobing, everybody wants a chiseled face. So what if not only makeup could help you achieve that look, but skin care too?

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Meet Dior's new Diorskin Forever

Diorskin Forever Foundation Cover
"Another foundation, Isabelle?" Yep. Another one. When Chanel and Dior release a new high coverage foundation just days apart, I feel like I gotta step it up and show you both as close as possible to the day they release. I know how important good skin is (or the impression of good skin), trust me! Peter Philips decided to reformulate their iconic Diorskin Forever foundation. While it's always a bit of a gamble to reformulate a well loved product, it's great to see that brands want to continuously improve their product formulas. Matte high coverage foundation lovers, pay attention..