Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On my nails today : Suzy Says Da ♥

As said in my previous post on my most worn nail polishes, OPI is my favourite brand when it comes to dark shades. Such a wide range with so many choices and the amazing quality that we all know. I always wear dark nails when I don't wanna go wrong or I just want a sophisticated look. I bought Suzy Says Da after seeing one of my classmate using it. It was love at first sight. Exactly the kinda shade I was looking for. Something dark but a bit different than the regular dark purple or dark red. 

After only two coats, I got this super impressive opacity that really reveals the true colour of this little gem.
I own no colour similar so far, it is a marvelous mix of dark brown with some red undertones.

 The gorgeous Suzy Says Da is from the Russian Collection, which isn't the latest IT collection but nevertheless, the colour is worth the detour.

With natural light, the colour really goes deep black
(Gorgeousness alert)

And the flash reveals the true colour of this baby.
I'm in awe with my nails, it has definitely made it to my top 3 favourite dark nail polishes shades.

Suzy Says Da : 13,95€ chez Planet Parfum

What do we think ladies? 


VO5 Miracle concentrate

Hope you all had a lovely christmas weekend with your family and friends :) 

I wanted to write a little post on the VO5 Miracle concentrate as it is one of the most exciting hair product I have been using this year. Mostly because it is a brand you only can get in the UK ( hence the extra excitement ) and after reading all these good reviews I was really looking forward to try this "magical elixir".
 This product is actually really affordable and it claims to contain argain oil although argan oil is one of the most expensive oil out there at the moment. (a bit confusing but...) Anyways, it is really affordable and have the most amazing smell ever. I swear to god I am so addicted to the smell, I like to open it just to sniffle it. I really feel a difference in my hair after using this. I'm not sure it has a real effect on them on the long term but more of a day to day effect. I would call it more of a hair enhancer of the day!

It is said to be a leave-in treatment, which can be tricky as you might feel like the product is getting to oily and makes your hair look greasy. You really need to apply a ridiculous amount of this on the ends of your hair (or by the middle) but I would avoid the top! The pump makes it easier to proportion the right amount wanted. As you can see, the bottle is more than half empty. I have been using this for a good 3 months now and I still have lots in the bottle ! Very convenient, this is going to last forever!

I really love using this product if I didn't use a hair mask before, I feel like it disciplines them a bit :)
I'm looking forward to trying more of the VO5 range in the shampoo and mask category.

Have you tried this ? 


Saturday, December 24, 2011

10 favourite products of 2011

Time to select my 10 favourite products of 2011.

The best of the best from this year in my opinion.
I've been loving, using and abusing of :
♥Maybelline - eye studio cream liner 
♥Urban Decay - Naked Palette
♥Embryolisse - moisturizer lait crème concentré
♥Estée Lauder - Double Wear
♥Mac - Fleshpot lipstick
♥Sigma - flat kabuki brush
♥St Moriz - self tanner mousse
♥L'Oreal -Volume Millions Cils
♥Nars - Laguna Bronzer
♥Liz Earle  - Cleanse and Polish

Overall, nothing really original but I've been so pleased with these products.
I'm so looking forward to discover new products in 2012.

What have been your fav products this year?

XO, Marilou 

Friday, December 23, 2011

My most worn nail polishes

While trying to sort my nail polish stash out I noticed that some of the bottles were really empty or half full due to my excessive use of them, so I decided to make a little "most worn nail polishes" post. It seem like I'm such a classic girl with classic tastes when I see that most of them are black, red and nude. I do love a good crazy colour but on a daily basis I always go for something that goes easily with anything.

You can't go wrong with dark shades. Ever. I always go for OPI nail polishes to pick them as they have such a wide range with the amazing quality that follows. 

On the OPI side. My most worn nail polishes are :
Give me moor / Suzi skies in the Pyrenees / Lincoln park after dark /  Time Less is More / Sweet Heart

On the China Glaze side :
VIII / Flip flop fantasy /  Seduce Me / Heli-Yum

And randomly : 
Orly - Pure porcelain / Essie - Haute as Hello / Models Own - Purple Grey.

What are YOUR most worn nail polishes? (Go check your bottles) :-) 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On repeat

Lana Del Rey - Born to die.

I die over her makeup all the video long. - Absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring.

XO, Marilou

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On my nails today : School of Hard Rocks

I HAD to get some of the colours from the latest winter collection of Essie now that it is available on a famous drugstore in Brussels! My first pick was School of hard rock. I just couldn't not buy this colour. I own nothing similar and it is the perfect wintery colour...Such a good alternative to a dark purple or a black! 

The colour is a fabulous medley of blue and grey with some green undertones. Totally gorgeous.
It gives that little sophisticated touch to any outfit.

This is the first time I get an Essie varnish with their new bottles/new formula/new brushes (which are much wider). I was really impressed with the opacity of this nail varnish. Only two coats were necessary to get an even finish.

This varnish brought me back to the Essie world as I had been a bit disappointed with the opacity lately.
Now I'm so excited about the fact that it is available in Brussels and I want more and more colours!
I have this deep feeling that my Essie family is just gonna grow and grow in a near future!

What do we think ladies ?

XO, Marilou 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Nouveaux arrivages chez DI

Je ne suis que joie et émotion. 
DI, le drugstore bruxellois, se renouvèle un tantinet 
dans son offre de produits de makeup et nous propose maintenant 3 nouvelles marques. 

RIMMEL London. La marque londonienne fait son apparition chez DI mais on pouvait déjà se la procurer chez Kruidvat. Le rayon est ceci dit plus up to date et plus propre ! Must have : les rouges à lèvres Kate Moss et le mascara lash accelerator.

La marque MAXFACTOR que je connais beaucoup moins.. à tester ! 

Et last but not least, les fameux vernis Essie sont maintenant dispo. A-may-zing
La dernière collection était déjà limite sold out. La gamme proposée est plutôt vaste niveau couleur. Ca fait plaiz ! Prix : 10,99€

Il était temps, enfin du neuf niveau makeup, qui rafraîchit un peu les rayons!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wish list #1

Chanel Timeless Jumbo gold chain / Nars Danmari Palette / House of Harlow statement necklace 
Chanel Soleil de Tan bronzer / Topshop scallop purse/ Louboutins Bibi 140 Black pumps
Zara plaited shopper (but I want it in Black) / Sigma brush sets / Chanel Black Pearl nail polish

Yes, one girl can dream for the Jumbo Timeless Chanel Bag. But I will get it one day, I MUST :)

XO, Marilou 

On my nails today : Circus confetti

Bring on the festive nails!
This is one of my first Essence nail polish. Essence is a reallyyy cheap brand (that you can find at Kruidvat for those living in Belgium) that sells mostly nail polishes and makeup. Wee hee ! When I say really cheap...I mean it. This nail polish was 1,79€ and it was one of the most expensive one , as the little one were 1,29€. Bargain! 

When I saw this multi glittery chunky bottle, I immediately thought of a dupe for "Happy Birthday" by Lippmann and "Rainbow Connection" by OPI.

 It has a clear base coat so it's majorly chunky glitter from all kind of colors!

Without the flash, you can see that after 3 massive coats it was hard covering the entire nail.
I do like the finish though and in real life you don't focus on the fact that it isn't covering the entire nail as it is soooo shiny and blingy! 

With the flash this time. It is definitely a dupe for Lippmann "Happy Birthday" after looking at swatches online and such a great alternative for only 1,79€!

I also got my hands on other nail polishes from ESSENCE. The makeup also was looking pretty good but I didn't really know what to go for , what were the must have but I'll definitely try some in a very near future!

What do we think over this chunky gem ladies ?

Happy sunday! 
XO, Marilou 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sleek vixen lipstick

Believe it or not, I do not own a lot of red lipsticks. Actually I think this is only my first or second.
I always used to thought that red lips were not for me. Red or bright pink.
I was more used to wearing nude and pale pinky colours. But when aging , I felt more like a woman (LOL) and therefore felt the need to wear something more ladylike and daring.
Every girl should own one, you just have to find that red tone that is going to suit you.
I've heard of Sleek lipsticks sooo much and by already using their eyeshadow palettes I know I wouldn't be disappointed with the quality!
I went for the shade Vixen which is said to be "sheer".

It's a very bright "light" red. Now that I have use this, I feel more like going on a more medium or even dark red. It's pretty and bright but it feels like it clashes too much with my skin tone when I'm pale.

The texture is incredible. Super smooth and creamy with a slight glossy finish that goes the distance.
Even when removing it, my lips are a bit red stained!

Here's the swatch. I wore it on my 23rd birthday this year 

Cherry and Mulberry are the next one on my wishlist! 
What's your favourite Sleek shade?

XO, Marilou

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Topshop cream blush in Head Over Heels

Last september I finally got my chubby hands on some Topshop makeup. I went for the Cream Blushes.
How cute is the packaging? I want the whole range, it would look sooooo great in my makeup drawer, I'm telling you :) 

Head over Heels was my first pick. 

It was super hard to capture the true colour of this little gem. How to describe it? Well, it's a creamy peachy-pink blush. More pink or more peach depending on the light.

It comes out reaaaaally bright in the picture, but don't be scare, it isn't THAT bright.
Totally wearable if well blended. I find the texture to be quite good, not really sticky but it does lack a bit of a dewy finish in my opinion.  I was really pleasently surprised with the quality of the Topshop cream blushes, at first I thought it was going to be so crap because they bet everything on the cute packaging.
But no, you actually get both here. Quality AND cutest packaging on earth. 

The swatch. You can definitely get more of an idea of the colour of this blush here. 
How gorgeous? 

What's your favourite topshop makeup item ? Do you like the range? 
What's a MUST HAVE ?

XO, Marilou

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up becuase if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” 

― Marilyn Monroe.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wavy hair obsession

Lately I've been obsessed with wavy hair. I have naturally rather straight hair and I've always dreamed of   having wavy hair. It's such a glamorous look. 

My ultimate inspiration has been Lauren Conrad. Queen of the wavy hair do.
Unfortunately, I do not look like her and I do not have her hair. She does have extension which makes it easier for the waves to stay put all day long. My hair are so thin that the waves don't stay long :(

To achieve this look, I use my Remington hair straightener and I find it to work much better than a curling iron. You just have to find the right way to create curls. At first, the curls look a bit overdone and so I brush my hair right after to get that more natural wavy look then I spray my hair with hairspray.

And voila :)

I'm considering getting hair extensions as I really find that my hair are lacking volume and thickness.
I'm a major fail  at hair extensions and stuff so any recommandations would be more than welcome!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BREAKING NEWS/ Avis aux nailista belges

Les fameux vernis DEBORAH LIPPMANN seront disponibles dès décembre chez SENTEURS D'AILLEURS (place Stéphanie à Bruxelles)
Toutes ensembles : Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii.
Je sais pas vous, mais perso je rêvais de ces vernis depuis belle lurette.
Mon premier achat sera probablement le fameux Happy Birthday! (le premier sur l'image) 

XO, Marilou 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bourjois flower perfection translucent smoothing primer

Wee hee! I'm back from a week off from blogging. I'm glad some of you did enjoy my first video, very heartwarming, I got great feedbacks :) Today was the worst day, the one when it's cold, gloomy, you don't wanna get up and just stay in bed with a cup of tea. But no, I had to go to uni and freeze my bum waiting for the bus. On my way back , I knew I had to treat myself for being so devoted and brave. This Bourjois perfection translucent smoothing primer caught my eyes while spending hours swatching the new Rimmel collection ( nowavailable at DI for the Brusseleers!). Bourjois came up with this new flower collection, they also were some lipgloss+whitening product but the primer was winking at me.
You never have enough primer, I mean I have try some that are good but I wasn't truly satisfied on the smoothing part. 

The texture is extreeeeemely soft and has a powdery finish. It has a bit of a "flower" smell, which is not that bad but without it,  it would have been even better.

 It is translucent and really smoothing. It does give an "airbrush" finish and because good pictures are worth a million words...

 let me introduce you...TO THE SWATCHES. 

Before the application.

And right after.

I mean... the product is pure magic. It has such a big difference in the before/after. 
Can you see that all the "hand wrinkles" have disappeared. SWEET LORD THIS IS AMAZING.
I'm not sure it does help the makeup lasts longer but it does smooth, that's for sure.
The only downer in my opinion is that it has tiny tiny sparkles in it. SO NOT necessary for a primer.

That was my little cosmetic discovery of the week :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

On my nails a lot lately : Give me moor

Dark nails are my favourites. Summer, winter... it doesn't matter, it's always on the top of my "most worn varnish list". (Yes, I do mentally write list for my fav varnishes. Who is gonna enter the top 3 next week? It creates a little bit of suspense in my life). I'm a huge Lincoln park after dark kinda girl. For those of you reading this and thinking..whaaaaat? It's of Lauren Conrad's favorite color of nail polish from OPI. It's a gorgeous deep , really deep dark plum. It doesn't have that harsh black goth finish and it is so chic (obviously if worn by LC) . I started to be low on Lincoln park after dark and I couldn't find it anywhere. It was sold out so I had to act quick and act smart. 

So, this how I got my hands on Give me moor by OPI. My life saver dupe ! 

As said, it is a deep dark plum shade.
Three coats were necessary to reach this level of intense plumpness and opacity.
Good application and it lasts well, thanks to the fab OPI quality.

FYI, it's the only kind of colour that I don't get bored of. I can wear this over and over again, It will never disappoint and goes with pretty much everything (because yes I do also pay attention to match my varnish with my clothes....OCD much?) and you can't go wrong with dark shades. 

Definitely a must have shade in your nail polish stash for those days when you feel like your nail polish closet is empty and you have nothing to wear. Just like the the Little Black Dress, the Little Dark Varnish won't let you down! 

XO, Marilou 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mon petit guide des pinceaux

Suite à un commentaire d'une lectrice francophone (oui je lis tous les commentaires même si je ne réponds pas touuuujours) sur le ou-quoi -comment-pourquoi des pinceaux à maquillage, je me suis dit que c'était le moment propice d'écrire un article en français.

Je dois avouer que je me tape parfois des maux de têtes à écrire des articles en anglais avec tout ce vocabulaire technique ultra élaboré de beautista du genre blending, outter lid corner et compagnie. It's not always easy OKAY. Soit...donc je disais, je suis loin de posséder une gamme extraordinaire de pinceaux et je dois dire que je reviens de loin. Je me souviens encore très bien de l'époque ou j'appliquais mon fard à paupières avec les doigts. Sans base bien sur (Quitte à être totalement inconsciente autant y aller à fond) Puis avec les années, j'ai découvert qu'il y avait une quantité folle de pinceaux différents. Bon je sais que ce serait bien plaisant de tous les posséder pour se la jouer makeup artist en backstage de défilé de mode, mais perso je suis pas sure que ce soit vraiment nécessaire pour un makeup de base. (Genre le pinceaux spécial creux des joues..heu ouais, on s'en passera) Niveau prix et marques, j'ai un peu été piocher à gauche à droite et étonnamemnt parfois le moins cher, le plus efficace et le plus apprécié. COMME QUOI !
Pinceaux fond de teint :

Au début, il est vrai que j'étais une adepte du j'applique mon fond de teint avec les doigts. Cette technique n'est pas mauvaise, elle permet de mieux "faire fondre" le fond de teint dans la peau et donne une couvrance assez naturelle selon le dosage. N'aimant pas trop avoir les mains recouvertes de fond de teint, j'ai dit STOP et j'ai testé le pinceau plat. J'avais acheté un kit  de pinceaux The Bodyshop, Sympa pour découvrir un peu le monde du pinceau mais sans plus. Kit de la grosse noob du pinceau quoi. Le pinceau plat du kit n'étant pas vraiment top, je ne serais trop vous conseiller ce modèle (à gauche). Ceci dit je sais qu'il en existe (chez mac par exemple) de bien meilleure qualité et qui donne un fini plutôt sympa. 
Mon méga coup de coeur niveau pinceau à fond de teint, se trouve à droite de la photo, et il s'agit du pinceau Sigma Flat Kabuki = Poil synthétique, prix abordable, qualité de dingue, application de rêve, douceur incomparable, densité, efficacité...bref... le top du top. 
On peut se le procurer en ligne. (http://www.sigmabeauty.com) Attention il existe plusieurs sortes de Kabuki chez Sigma. Le plus adapté pour l'application du fond de teint est le "FLAT".
Je l'utilise tous les jours, c'est véritablement mon pinceau fétiche pour me créer un teint irréprochable de poupée russe.

Le Kabuki pinceau visage:
Oui, oui, encore un kabuki. Celui ci est court et sa fonction est l'application de la poudre. Poudre bronzante, poudre matifiante, poudre libre, poudre compacte, poudre illuminatrice...N'importe.
Il se veut dense. Très dense et doux. Malheureusement ce n'est pas toujours le cas. Je me souviens encore de mon tout premier kabuki. Un bourjois couleur marron, qui au bout de 2 mois d'utilisation avait viré poil d'hérisson et m'irritait la peau. Je me voyais mal casquer 50 euros pour un kabuki Dior mais en même temps je me voyais mal continuer à me torturer le visage. Je suis tombée sur le Kabuki ELF (la marque so cheap dont tout le monde raffole) Je vous avoue j'étais un peu dubitative à l'idée qu'un pinceau à 5 euros allait combler mes attentes, mais j'étais aussi un peu désesperée. BINGO, ce fut les 5 euros les mieux dépensés de toute ma vie. Ce kabuki est juste ridiculement fabuleux. Cela doit faire un an que je l'utilise, tous les jours, que je le lave, il est toujours comme neuf. Il est d'une douceur folle, il n'a pas perdu de poils et donc est toujours aussi dense. Avec lui, l'application de ma poudre bronzante est un vrai plaisir. Je me surprends même à me faire des doudouces avec dans le cou. SO DESPERATE I KNOW. Donc voilà, si toi aussi, tu es à la recherche d'un kabuki par cher et vraiment vraiment efficace, le elf studio est pour toi ! En plus le kabuki visage c'est un peu THE pinceau basique à avoir dans sa trousse.

Pinceaux fard à joues / blush :

Must have dans sa trousse : Le pinceau blush. Il est en effet assez difficile d'appliquer du blush avec les doigts (à part le blush crème). J'utilise le Sigma Angled Kabuki (à gauche). Traduction pour les plus nulles en anglais, le pinceau biseauté qui est censé épousé la forme de votre délicate joue bien dodue.
Tout comme le pinceau Sigma à fond de teint, il est doux, il est efficace. Je trouve ceci dit que les poils manquent de fermeté et cela rend l'application moins extra top qu'esperé. Mais bon, cela reste un très bon pinceau!
 J'utilise aussi un pinceau "normal" à blush de la marque Clinique (à droite) qui à bien vécu. Le poil n'est pas très soyeux mais cela reste un pinceau décent.

Le pinceau un peu inutile mais qu'on aime quand même :

J'avais reçu un kit trio de pinceaux SIGMA Kabuki, et celui ci était le troisième.
Il ressemble aux autres mais je vous jure il est différent. Il est plus petit, ses poils sont plus fermes et il a un bout arrondi. Je ne suis pas trop sure de son utilisation première donc je l'utilise un peu en freestyle quand je me sens inspirée. Un jour pour le blush, un jour pour le correcteur, un jour pour me caresser la main. Je pense qu'il est plus avantageux d'acheter le trio pinceaux que de les acheter séparemment. Maintenant tout dépend de votre swag de pinceaux actuel. Si vous n'en avez pas un seul, ca pourrait être un bon début.

Les pinceaux must have pour fard à paupières :

Niveau fard à paupières, je sais que le choix d'un premier pinceau peut être cornélien.
Perso, je pense qu'il est bien d'avoir un pinceau plat mais dense et bien condensé. Cela permet une meilleure maitrise de l'eyeshadow qui s'avère parfois bien volatile.

J'utilise le pinceau ELF  et le pinceau MAC #239 (le blanc).
Les deux sont vraiment très bons, la seule différence sera au niveau du prix. 1 euro pour le pinceau elf, plus de 20 euros pour le pinceau mac. Là, tout dépend de votre envie d'investir ou pas dans un pinceau.

Les pinceaux eyeliner :
Là aussi, le choix est large. Perso j'utilise depuis un petit temps le pinceau MAC biseauté #263 qui est à la base un pinceau à sourcil. C'est vrai qu'il n'est pas ce qu'il y a de mieux pour appliquer de l'eyeliner mais bon j'ai réussi à le dompter et à le manier avec l'âge. Sa forme biseauté facilite réellement l'application du liner sur la paupière mobile. Au plus ferme sera le pinceau, au plus facile sera l'application de l'eye liner. SACHEZ-LE. Sinon vous pouvez aussi utiliser un pinceau à poil court et droit. Je trouve l'application plus difficile par sa forme mais il n'est pas mal pour l'intérieur de l'oeil. LA MUQUEUSE INTERNE . (Berk ce mot me dégoute).

Les pinceaux "on-sait-vivre-sans" mais ca l'fait de les avoir :

Bon alors je vous avoue que je ne connais pas tous les noms exacts de ces pinceaux. Je sais comment les utiliser, certes, mais après..... ALORS LA. De gauche à droite :
1) Le pinceau qui permet d'appliquer le fard à paupières dans le creux de la paupière mobile. Il permet de donner un effet plus intense.  2) Le pinceau correcteur. Pour appliquer le correcteur sur des zones ciblées un peu dures d'accès du genre creux du nez et de camoufler toutes nos vilaines imperfections. 3) Le pinceau touffu. Ouais, quel joli surnom. En gros je l'utilise pour un effet eyeshadow moins intense. Il permet une meilleure diffusion du fard à paupières par sa touffosité. 
4) Un peu le même genre de que le numéro 3.  Dense et vaporeux, il permet un fini plus naturel.
5) Le pinceau tout plat pour fard à paupières. Il est assez fin et trop "lisse". Je le trouve horrible pour appliquer mes fard à paup' (YEAH). Je me devais de terminer cet article sur une mauvaise note. Mouhihi.

Voilà, après bon ben il reste évidemment des tonnes d'autres pinceaux, pour les lèvres, pour les sourcils etc. Je n'en vois pas toujours l'utilité. Trève de blabla, j'espère que cet article à intéresser quelqu'un parce que ca fait une heure que je planche dessus. Mais c'est pour la bonne cause! ;-)

XO, Marilou