If I had to pick one lipstick…

Here’s the thing. I never thought I’d care so much for a sheer nude lipstick. I used to be all about pigments back in the days because to me it felt like I had to have my money’s worth you know? Which I’m aware is not really relevant. Hear me out though. The first makeup items I owned when I was a kid were almost invisible on the skin. Well, I did had a super bright emerald green eyeshadow with quite intense pigment. I believe I wore it a few times actually, I was a bit braver as a child I guess! Otherwise all the eyeshadows I had in those little palettes for kids were just useless. Same for lipstick, they did nothing. It was almost like magic makeup : it looks good in the pan, you put it on the skin and it instantly disappears. So as an adult, when I started to spend money on makeup, I was looking for REAL pigments!

Then, I met Chanel Boy. It is not magic makeup BUT it’s definitely not a bright, flamboyant, extremely pigmented, opaque lipstick. It’s quite the opposite. I did not think much of it at first. It’s sheer, it’s a neutral shade, it has shimmers running through it. Not my thing on paper ! But I kept coming back to it, swatching it in Sephora, looking at reviews online, reading how so many beauty editors loved it…

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Well, this has not disappoint. It is the first ever lipstick I’ve finished. I used it almost everyday. It’s my handbag lipstick because it’s lovely in every situation, looks good with any makeup look, always brights up the face. I also love it because there’s no need of a mirror to apply it. It’s like my best friend in a lipstick. If I had to pick one, it’d be Chanel Boy for sure. It’s almost like a magic weapon. I’m not even sure people notice it on me, or you’d notice it on someone, but you’d sure think “d*** this person looked good today“. That’s what it does!

Face brushes 101

A few of my friends have asked me questions about brushes, and it seems like it can be a whole unknown world so I decided I’d tell you all about the ones I own and why ! I don’t tend to wear eye makeup, and when I do I usually apply products with my fingers. I might use one or two brushes but to be honest, I’m not at the stage where I feel I can’t you give advice on that yet. Today’s article is about complexion a.k.a bronzer, blusher, setting powders, concealer, that’s it.

First off I think – if you don’t own any brushes – to get a good base to work with, you should definitely check out Real Techniques. That’s what I did. Created by the makeup artists sisters Sam and Nic Chapman, they are great, well priced, soft, and super well made brushes. I got the “Core Collection” featuring all the essentials : contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush and a buffing brush. I only really use the contour brush to, well, contour but also to set concealer with a little powder and sometimes to blend concealer (works nicely). I also like the buffing brush to apply concealer all over the face, or blend a CC/BB cream, though I have to admit I truly prefer using a beauty blender to seamlessly blend the product. Real Techniques is simply the perfect entry point to your brushes collection.

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Now, let’s get more into this. Here are the only brushes I use day to day. Oh also, they have names and are meant to be used for this or that… I don’t really care for that.

Actually lots of makeup artists, Sam and Nic Chapman included, say that you should use them how you want to. Brushes are versatile, don’t be put off by the name and think “oh this is a foundation brush, I can’t use it for bronzer then”. Just give it a try and experiment !

Real Techniques Powder brush

I use this big powder brush to diffuse bronzer all over my face, or to set my makeup with a light powder with not much coverage. It’s a quick and easy brush, great for all over, not so much for precision.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

I would not necessarily use this brush for blusher, because it’s a bit too big for my cheeks. I love it for bronzer though, like the Nars Laguna, and I do use it for blusher that are super pigmented because the bristles on the brush diffuse pigments in a light way which is perfect if you don’t want to look like a clown with red cheeks.

Real Techniques Stippling brush

This one is amazing for cream and liquid blush. I put the product on the back of my hand, swirl the brush in it, and then gently dab on the cheeks for a super fast and gorgeous finish. I’ve recently discovered how good it is for foundation. Its super soft bristles really distribute the product evenly and it gives a soft finish, with good coverage because it does not drink up all the product. Perfect combination with Daniel Sandler’s watercolor liquid blushers and Glossier Cloud Paints.

Real Techniques Powder bleu Soft Finishing Brush

I LOVE this new addition to my brushes collection. It’s perfect for powder blush, AND bronzer if you want to be quite precise with your application and slightly contour. Extremely soft and amazingly gentle for my sensitive skin.

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Eco Tool Precision Blush brush

Again, good for powder blush, if you really want to go for it. Its bristles are densely packed so the brush does give a good amount of pigment, better to use with a blush or a bronzer that’s not too pigmented or too bright. I love it with the Max Factor Cream Puff Powder Blushers.

Kiko Face Stippling Foundation Brush

This is my go-to for bronzer, because of the two levers of bristles on it : it gives a lovely light yet noticeable result. It has stayed really soft and is gorgeous to use if you want to build up a healthy glow with something like Chanel Les Beiges Powder.

Beauty Blender

This is my go-to to blend liquid or cream base products like Glossier’s stretch concealer, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream, the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I run it under water and keep it quite wet, so the product really melts into the skin. It gives a flawless finish and really ties the complexion together. It’s the one thing I would not dare to imagine myself without.

Do you guys use brushes ? What are you favorites ? I’d love to know !

What’s in my handbag : the makeup edition

I don’t walk around with a ton of makeup in my bag, but I do have a few items that I’m always glad to find when I’m out and about ! My take on this is : I only need products that would help me touch up, that’s it. Therefore, being “radiant skin” obsessed, here’s what I carry around with me.

First of, I have to tell you… I don’t have a red lipstick, because I’m not one of those people who say they always need a red in their handbag because they just slap it on if they have to go out for a dinner or something that was not planned. What I do is blusher. Correction : what I need is blusher.

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BLUSH My blusher of choice is Chanel Joues Contrastes in the color 72, Rose Initial. The powder is baked and the color itself is simply the perfect rose shade. It’s not crazy pigmented, it simply has the right amount so it works well to touch up, and stays on really well. The brush in the blush case is actually good which does not happen often enough to be honest. It diffuses the product nicely thanks to its natural bristles, which makes it extremely easy to use.

CONCEALER Rimmel Wake me Up in the shade Ivory is simply my best friend in a on-the-go situation. Cheap, not drying, good coverage, good for dark circles and spots, which is just exactly what you need in your handbag, isn’t it ?

LIP STUFF I only ever wear nude lipsticks, so I carry around my favorite lipgloss by Clarins in the shade 07 because it hydrates the lips and almost, temporarily may I add, erases fine lines and simply makes them look juicy. I also have the amazing – and as you can see in the pictures almost finished – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in the shade Boy. It’s a sheer nude shade with tiny shimmers which make the lips look fuller, plumped : the perfect color for me. Though it’s a lipstick, because of how sheer and smooth it is, it’s super easy to apply and wears off beautifully which, to me, is one of the most important thing in a lipstick. That way, you don’t have to bother. Just apply it straight from the bullet and you’re done !

BROWS I take this item in my bag because I believe it has the best spoolie I’ve ever tried. It is the Catrice Slim‘Matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil Waterproof in the shade dark. Now, I never use it at home – I should really  – because the packaging is really handy for a handbag item and the spoolie is the best to brush the brows, either if you’ve applied too much product in the morning and need to rectify that, or if you simply want to brush the hair up to put them back in place ! The color’s good, I’ve seen better, but the tip is extremely precise and the consistency is lovely. Also, did I mention it costs around 3 euros ? Now, we need more shades of this !

There you have it ! Do you carry makeup around with you ?

Foundation : A Story Of Denial

When I was younger, I was not into makeup. I must add, I was proudly not into makeup. Things have changed, I now am passionate about the beauty industry, and I strongly believe that it’s not frivolous and it actually means a lot to me. It’s how you present yourself to the world, it’s taking care of yourself and others, it gives power to know how to use them…  Anyway, there will be an article on this topic coming soon for sure because I have a lot to say about my beauty journey.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought BB and CC creams, concealers, skin tints, but never a product that is actually called foundation.

I’m telling you this because, the fact that I was so proudly not into beauty, meant that I eased my way into it slowly, and still to this day, have never purchased a foundation because, meh, I like a natural makeup, I never know what shade to choose…

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These are all lies. You know why ? I think it’s because I still can’t completely accept that I wear proper makeup. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought BB and CC creams, concealers, skin tints, but never a product that is actually called foundation. It feels like a big step. Buying foundation would definitely mean that I’m not wearing some sort of skincare item which improves the skin and color corrects it. It would definitely mean that I’m not pretending to wear minimal makeup. It would definitely mean that it does not have any benefit for the skin, it’s simply makeup.

Foundation, to me – and I can’t stress this enough, in my opinion – used to be something you’d put on to hide your skin, and let’s be honest, it took a turn a few years ago but I grew up thinking it was simply not good for the skin, and definitely not looking good either ! It sure has changed : now it’s all about the dewy, natural, healthy look. But back in my days, when a friend or someone on the tube wore foundation, it’d be looking dry, somehow orange, and would accentuate fine lines, pores, blemishes… I thought it was terrible !

This feeling stuck with me for years. Now it’s time for a change. I still love BB creams, but with the rise of glowy/light coverage foundation, I’m sure there’s something in the market that would suit me. As a matter of fact, the other day I really wanted to buy my first ever foundation, which I’ve decided is going to be the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, because it’s so cult and sounds right up my street, but they did not have the shade I wanted (B10), so I’ll have to try again soon !

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In the meantime, here are all the bases I wear at the moment :

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme CC Cream : This is a funny one. I like it because it gives the most insane glow. It feels really luxurious, has a gorgeous smell and is super hydrating. Unfortunately, having quite fair skin, it is a tad too warm for me at the moment. It’s a cream that changes color when you rub it into the skin, and because winter’s been dragging on, I feel like it might work better when I’ll have a bit more color on my face. But if you have dry, dehydrated skin and desperately want glow, this product is for you ! It’s lovely in lieu of a moisturizer. The item provides a super sheer tint, has SPF 10 and claims to improve your skin. I don’t wear it often enough to confirm it does but it certainly feels like skincare.

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Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 31 Ivory : I like this drugstore CC Cream because it’s a light coverage base that you can easily build up. I apply it with a beauty blender if I want more of a sophisticated look a.k.a, full face of makeup. I recommend you watch this tutorial by Lisa Eldridge. That’s how I discovered it because it looked gorgeous in the video which is all about fresh, well slept beauty makeup. Who would not want that ? It did not disappoint when I first got it. This is my second bottle ! I just spread it with my fingers for a more natural finish. It’s not expensive, lasts for ages and I enjoy how versatile it is.

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Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory : Sometimes, when my skin’s being good, I apply concealer where needed and blend it with a brush or a beauty blender. This one is not good for spots because it looks dewy and really brings light to where you apply it. Does exactly what the name suggests !

Glossier Skin Tint in Light and Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light : I use these two together because the Skin Tint really does not have much coverage, and having quite dark circles under my eyes, I often find that I need some kind of light otherwise I really look super tired. The concealer is my favorite at the moment. I just bought a new one and completely finished the previous pot. Hydrating, illuminating, great to apply on the go. Full review of these products here, but I thought I’d mention them in this article, because I use them all the time !

Do you wear foundation ? Or, are you in denial ?

Lip Liner Darling!

Lip liners are a thing now. They’re not brown lines around your lips anymore, they’re changing the game. As it happens, the makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is changing the game with her lip liners. And, I think it’s fair to say, one of them has changed my life a little bit.

I’ll tell you why in a sec… Now, even though I have been lusting over Charlotte Tilbury’s products for quite some time now, I’ve only ever bought one product. Firstly because, it’s not easy to get hold of in France, and also because, it’s quite pricey, and when I invest money into makeup, I always have an other product in mind that I’m dying to try out which I can easily buy in my town. That said, I totally get the price : the products have gorgeous packaging and have some serious reputation. So, I’m planning on getting a few other items, because I feel like Charlotte Tilbury has so many cool products now, I have to try more ! Also, she’s an extremely inspiring woman, I highly recommend you watch this series she did with Sali Hughes, fascinating ! Now, the product !

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When Charlotte Tilbury released lip liners, my attention was immediately drawn to it because she came out with quite a few nude shades. As you may now know, I’m really into nude lipsticks. My issue with them is that I don’t tend to wear matte lipsticks, I like a satin, balmy finish which looks great but does mean that the application is not as precise. Therefore, I always feel like I need a bit more definition around the lips. That’s exactly what Pillow Talk, one of CT’s bestsellers, does. It’s a browny-pink-nude, perfect for overlining the lips, making them look fuller, perkier and simply very defined. To me, it’s a very sexy product  because it gives me the ability to perfect the shape of my lips without it being too noticeable.

It’s matte, but I always apply something else on top : I really use it like a base. The range is called  Lip Cheats, I could not have said it better myself.

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Pillow Talk + Dior Lip Glow

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Pillow Talk + Chanel Adrienne
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Pillow Talk on its own

Here are my three favorite combinations :

It’s the only lip liner I own, and though I’m tempted to get other shades in the same range, I’d be happy to only have this product with me forever ! It’s that good.

To powder or not to powder

Powders have always felt quite mysterious and chic to me. Though I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mum or a friend for that matter, actually use one. The first memory I have about powders is the Stay Matte from Rimmel, that I got at Monoprix, the equivalent of M&S in France I’d say. I used so much product on my brush and it was so damned matte that I simply decided to stay away from powders.

Back in the days, in high school for instance, some girls would wear powder foundation, but it was never the right shade nor the right finish because, well… it was before the internet and Youtube were really a thing so I guess it was harder to get good/personalized advices. If you’re wondering how old this sentence makes me feel, well, very…

I looked at powders thinking it looked lovely to have one in your bag, but I had no idea what I could do with it.

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Anyways, back to a few years ago. I had since discovered beauty blogs, and Youtube. At some point, everyone would talk about Hourglass illuminating powders, and because I had discovered online beauty content, I had also discovered the notion of glow. I’m realizing this as I’m writing : I don’t think glow was ever something I had in mind when I thought about makeup before that. I did enjoy blusher, but highlight and/or glow all over the face ? I did not even know what it was, and why I’d use a product to highlight some parts of my face or set my makeup with. I’m quite new to the concept of highlighting still. However when the Hourglass launched and took the internet/beauty world by storm, I suddenly became obsessed with the idea of giving this glow thing a try.

One night, after countless hours of looking at swatches online, reading reviews, trying to find less expensive dupes… I typed Net a Porter into my search bar, got on the Hourglass page, and ordered the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light. First Net a Porter order, first time I had bought a makeup item that costed more than 20 euros, I kind of closed my eyes when I clicked on “approve the payment”…

I do not regret buying this powder at all, I believe it is one of the best I ever bought. Actually, let me tell you about my four favorites powders. That’s what you’re here for, isn’t it ?

If you don’t know how to use yours, or if you should or should not buy one, here’s why I think they’re useful : I use powders to mattify the T-zone, to set the makeup and light up the face and to bronze, sometimes contour-ish, and give it some GLOW !

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Matify –  Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in the shade 53 – Beige Clair

This powder does what it says on the tin. It’s mattifying but keeps the natural glow of the skin. Let me explain : I use it on my T-zone or sometimes all over the face during summer. It looks quite natural and not cakey which I find really important. I like makeup that you can’t see, complexion wise. A lovely, glowy complexion’s my favorite makeup look, so matte powders could by definition, take away all the glow, and if the powder’s not fine enough, simply look too powdery. Not this one ! Also, it’s cheap (around 10 euros) !

Glow – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

This, even though it’s the first luxurious powder I ever bought, I liked but would not repurchase. Not because it’s bad. In my opinion, this powder is simply gorgeous. Super fine, lovely luminous finish, lasted me ages… I would not because I don’t regularly reach for it to finish off my makeup look. It’s the kind of powder that you’d use to set your makeup, so on your entire face, or to set concealer under the eyes without taking away luminosity, or you could if you’re quite fair, use it as a light contour/bronzer. But the powder I tend to get the most use out of is generally bronzer. I did love it but I simply don’t need a powder like that. I like quite dewy finish, that I get from my base, and to set I’d use something like Chanel Les Beiges, or a light bronzer. Which reminds me, I’d love to try their bronzer !

Bronzer – Nars Laguna

Especially great for summer, because it’s a tad too dark for me. I actually love it in winter because it gives some more than welcomed warmth to my face, without looking orange or too powdery. I choose to apply it with a Kiko Stippling brush, which is perfect to distribute a subtle amount of product. It has a slight shimmer running through it, not really noticeable at all. What’s noticeable however, is the satiny finish. This stuff’s glowy.

Bronze & Glow – Chanel Les Beiges – Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in shade 30 and 40

This is probably my favorite powder ever. It is extremely fine, the colors are perfect, not too warm, not too cold, and the concept is easy : giving glow. Which it absolutely does, without making the actual powder noticeable on the skin. If you had to buy one powder, and like subtle glow from within, try this one !

I had it in the shade 30, which probably suits me better than the 40 I now own, and I completely used it up. 30 was perfect because, I could simply use it to set my makeup, and add a touch of warmth to my face. In that case, I’m quite light-handed. OR, I could go to town with it, and really add almost a sun-kissed effect to my skin, if applied with a big brush, on my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of the nose and neck. The shade 40’s good to really bronze-up the face with, but to just add a healthy glow, it might be too dark if you’re quite fair. Still, I use it all the time as you can see !

So there you have it, I hope it was useful.

Do you use powders ? What are your favorites ?

Three makeup items to cheer me up !

You know how sometimes you have a crappy day ? You had stuff planned, and did not do it. You wanted to go out and did not. You said to yourself, I’m going to be productive, do this and that, and bake, and clean my office and… When you basically have scrolled down Instagram too much and feel like you too could should have that kind of life ? (more on that later, what kind of life is that ?)

Anyway, that’s the kind of day I had today.

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First, what I do, is put on Franck Sinatra on my Spotify app. Either “Young at heart”, or “I’ve got the world on a string”. Joy. And if I have any, I light a candle, and make myself a tea.

Then, what I find I do all the time, but actually only realized it today, is, I put on a bit more makeup as I sigh looking at myself in the mirror. You know when the night’s falling, but it’s not time for diner yet, but your workday is over and you don’t know what to do with yourself ? Well, I often end up in my bathroom, and look for stuff that could potentially help to lighten up my mood. Makeup.

Not like a red lip or anything because I don’t often wear that much makeup. But I often end up using these three products :

Glossier Stretch Concealer in light

It’s amazing. It is actually stretchy, and is great to reapply on top of makeup. It’s very moisturizing so it does not amplify the lines around the eyes or make your face caked up in product. It’s soft, smart and sweet. Instant pick-me-up in a jar.

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Chanel Adrienne

I don’t know why, but I reach for this nude with a satin finish all the time. Especially after a hard day, it makes me feel put together and chic, though it’s quite subtle and does not have an amazing lasting power. I love the color, a really well balanced nudy-pink, and it goes well with my fair complexion. Also, I sometimes use it on my cheeks. Just dab my finger on my lips and blend it on my cheeks. It helps with my mood for sure !

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Brush my brows

I’ve had the same spoolie for years. It’s from Hema, random, and it was so cheap. But you know what ? It’s actually the best. It has the perfect angle, and I’m just so used to it, I even prefer it to the ones you can find on double-ended brow products.

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So yes, I brush my brows. To beef them up a little. I also sometimes add a bit of Glossier Boy Brow or even pencil them in a bit more with the Fleur de Force Eyelure Brow Define in medium. And that is the final touch to lift my spirit.

What do you do to cheer you up ? Is it related to makeup in any way or not at all ?

A story about le pink blush

I believe it was Christmas. I got a Sephora Gift Card. And even if it should be quite cool (big important problems I know), it felt like I had to really think through what I would buy. Let me explain : I could either just buy my regular serum and be wise in a way. OR I could just get myself THE THING(SSSS) I’d never usually buy with my own money because I’m quite cautious like that.

Because it was Christmas I thought «  I would love to own a lovely Chanel something ».

Because I have to say, in terms of luxury and super chic packaging, Chanel is an inspiration.

And, I love blusher. Blusher would be THE thing I take away with me if I only have to use one product for the rest of my life. 

My tip is that I always put a touch of blush in the center of my face, down my nose, to make it look like I’ve been running or something. Which is, of course, something I would actually never do.

I had watched Sali Hughes in the Bathroom with Mary Greenwell which to me is basically the best series on makeup on youtube. It definitely made me fall in love with beauty. I remember Mary Greenwell saying with her fabulous voice « Chanel of course, my darling Chanel. I love Chanel Blushers, they’re so good ! »

I knew it was what I should get.

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I love pink blusher. It somehow seems to be less popular online that apricot, coral, peachy colored blush. But to me pink is a classic. I would be the girl with a gorgeous Chanel Pink Blush in her handbag. Tellement chic.

After I don’t know how many Chanel swatches online and in real life, I decided to get the Joues Contrastes in the color 72, Rose Initial. To be honest, the name really helped me to choose… It’s a true pink with the softest golden sheen. Nothing like Nars Orgasm. It’s very subtle and looks natural. The brush which comes with it actually does a decent job.

I put it quite high on the cheeks and on the apples. Also, my tip is that I always put a touch of blush in the center down my nose, to make it look like I’ve been running or something. Which is, of course, something I would actually never do. Run ? NON. 

It simply gives the loveliest glow to the cheeks.

Oh and also it smells like actual roses.

And the packaging itself is a little work of art.

Ok I’m gonna stop now. It’s parfait.