Sunday, February 19, 2017

Best Make-up Collections for Spring 2017

Although I might have mentioned that autumn make-up collections are usually the most interesting creations of every year, the spring ones are definitely most expected and usually very wearable, full of spring enthusiasm and fresh glow. This spring is no exception, so take a look at some of the most beautiful make-up collections for Spring 2017.

Chanel Coco Codes

Global creative make-up designer Lucia Pica gives tribute to icons of Chanel design with the new spring-summer color collection: white, beige, coral and gold. Each woman is allowed to create their own Chanel code. With a touch of personalized fairytale, Chanel has also reformulated a lip gloss favorite under a new name - Rouge Coco Gloss and Subtil just called my name. :)

YSL Street Art

Inspired by street art, spring YSL make-up collection introduces beautiful, vivid colors and combines pink and orange in Keep An Eye on Me and I Have a Blush On You palettes. Oh and I can not even look at Kiss & Blush Duo sticks, they are adorable.

Dior Color Gradation

Peter Philips’ new makeup collection for Dior Beauty, “Colour Gradation,” is an inspired take on the perpetual movement of nature, fueled by the ephemeral colors that blossom in spring. Philips’ carefully selected color palette features many playful shade variations—from fresh blues to juicy pinks—which can be worn alone or layered to softly structure the face. The rich history of the House of Dior is apparent throughout the spring 2017 “Colour Gradation” collection. From the iconic plissé pattern featured in the new blush and eye palettes, to the avant-garde shades of crisp lemon, deep turquoise, and intense pink of the new nail shades, each product is decidedly Dior. Cheeks glow with a soft flush, while eyes build in shade and color. Intense hues mix with subtle highlights for a perfect balance. The shades and textures seem to move across the face with the grace of a couture gown.

Lancôme Absolutely Rose

Roses and more roses. Nothing evokes spring like soft, fresh spring roses. Lancôme rose packaged in a glittering petal is actually a highlighter, that is applied with a kabuki brush for a beautiful glow. Lisa Eldridge found inspiration in Korean innovations once again and packaged new blushes as cute cushions. I mean, just take a look at the palette. Nothing evokes spring like La Palette La Rose.

Guerlain Happy Glow / Petite Robe Noire

Happy Glow collection for spring 2017 is celebrating 30 years of the cult Meteorites collection and is based on shimmering pigments and diffusion of light, which give the face a perfect look, all in beautiful pastel shades.
Happy Glow is not alone this spring, as Guerlain presented an additional collection called La Petite Robe Noire and launched a new La Petite Robe Noire Super Lash Style Mascara. The real stars of the collection are definitely La Petite Robe Noire Lip & Cheek Tints, that combine the texture of liquid gel with a nutrient, yet oil-free formula and give our cheeks and lips a touch of youthful color.

Givenchy Point D'Encrage

The newest Givenchy Point D’Encrage spring 2017 makeup collection is based on ink and watercolor paint, hence the name Point D’Encrage, which translates to “Point of Ink”. The collection was inspired by what ink symbolizes, as well as the look and feel of watercolor and how it can be translated into a makeup look. Givenchy Point D-Encrage Prisme Libre Travel both mattifies and highlights, and I guess that it will be a collection's favorite, just look at the adorable packaging.

Bobbi Brown Havana Brights

Inspired by the vibrant color palette and energy of Havana, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ Havana Brights Collection features a range of coral shades for lips, eyes and cheeks in all-new and best-selling formulas: New Dual-Ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Illuminating Cheek Palettes and Art Stick Liquid Lip, plus Bobbi’s best selling original Art Stick. These long-wear essentials are perfect for both day and night – because in Havana, the days are hot, but the nights can get even hotter.

Tom Ford Spring 2017

This spring, always classic and sexy Tom Ford brings us lovely duo blush and lip palettes. Blush is paired with a highlighter and Shade and Illuminate lip duos combine two shades, to create your own combinations and effects on the cheeks and lips.

Although I already spent far too much on beauty products this month, I think I won't be able to resist at least one of those gradient Dior beauties. What are your favorites from spring collections?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

5 Best & 5 Worst Beauty Products in 2016

Athough it seems that 2017 started a long time ago, it is never too late to mention a few beauty products that surprised me in 2016. Although I already have developed methods of buying beauty products, mistakes happen even to the best of us! :) Take a look at the top and flop 5 beauty products in 2016!

Top 5 2016

1. Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin

I got seriously hooked on Foreo Luna 2: it reduces unwanted pimples and pores, changes your skin's appearance and improves its firmness. Although expensive, it really pays off to save money for it. Once you try the sonic anti-aging massage and feel how this gadget made out of finest medical silicone deep cleans your skin, you won't be able to stop using it. No worries about germs and water-resistance either, as Luna 2 is resistant to both. After 4 months of using this baby, I still haven't had to charge it. Expect visible improvement after app. 45-60 days and be patient, it pays off.

2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

My liners need to be waterproof, as only those survive heat and tears. Also, the pen tip needs to be thin and precise and they shouldn't get dry after only 2 weeks. Only this, you say? :) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is the best pen-tip eyeliner I have ever tried. I read great things about Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, but since I don't have access to it, I will definitely be using Stila permanently.

3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I'll be honest, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate was not love at first sight. When I received the my first sample, my skin was already in a poor state from trying out various products, and the Midnight Recovery was the main suspect for a couple of unwanted acne. When I got the full-size for my birthday, I simply had to give it another chance. In short, I can no longer be without it and I don't understand how I ever could. My face absorbs it instantly, makes my skin soft and radiant the following morning.

4. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation

I wrote a thorough review of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion powder (you can translate it from here), and I still have not changed my mind that this is the best cushion powder I have ever tried. It is so good that I am considering a refill.

5. MAC Strobe Cream

For years I had been avoiding MAC Strobe cream, because I never knew what Strobe Cream actually did. First off, we need to forget that in most reviews say that this is a highlighter. When we stop thinking of it as just another liquid highlighter, it opens up a whole new range of options. Since I am not a fan of liquid highlighter, I bought a travel size of Strobe Cream and hoped for the best. Not only that it that suited my skin perfectly, but it won me completely. Long story short, if your face looks tired, if your complexion is gray and lifeless, just apply Strobe Cream after serum, as a day cream. Then, apply a powder or BB / CC cream on top of it. This will delight all lovers of healthy and glowy skin. Additionally, Strobe Cream contains antioxidants and nourishes the skin. If you are too shy for a full-on glow, just apply it under your foundation, after a day cream, to the prominent parts of the face (cheekbones, nose, below the eyebrows), for a discreet and natural glow.

Flop 5 2016

1. Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen and Catrice Waterproof Eyeliner

As much as I love Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, that much I hate both of these waterproof eyeliners. I threw out both of them almost immediately, as no one wants to look like a racoon. Serves me right for wanting to save money on things you're not supposed to be saving on.

2. Phyto Phytocyane Shampoo

Since I am almost always experimenting with hair products, Phyto seemed like a nice option. It claims that it helps with hair density and prevents it from falling out, but all I got was a messy, unruly hair that couldn't be combed, no matter how much conditioner and hair oil I used over it.

3. Toning hair lotion (ehoton)

I have no idea if you remember those old-school hair toning lotions that our grannies used to use? In any case, if you think that it will keep your hair grey, it won't. In fact, it won't do a single thing. Obviously, there is a reason why hairstylist use regular toners and dyes. :)

4. Diorshow Extase mascara

I never knew what to think when bloggers write that with some products have love-hate relationship, but it is this expression of what best describes my use of Dior Extase mascara. On some days my eyelashes look wonderful, long and voluminous, but most days mascara does not do anything, and even with it, and mapping to the upper eyelid. Sometimes you need to know to give up the time.

5. Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask

Maybe I've been spoiled by Korean sheet masks, but I simply hated Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask. It was uncomfortable, dried on my face after less than 10 minutes and didn't give my skin any hydration. To the bin it went.

Have you tried any of these beauty products and what are your tops and flops of 2016?