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These Are A Few of My Favourite Things: Ed Sheeran’s Multiply, Lupita’s Face and Chaotic Lingerie Sales

Published June 26, 2014 by The Feminist

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“Some things are better left unsaid.” It’s a phrase that is often used by wannabe philosophers, big-headed people managers and women obsessed with Adele songs. And although there is some truth to be found in this statement – hell, I definitely don’t want to get in a fight with Adele fans! – I honestly believe that in most cases, the entire notion of keeping quiet is utter bullshit.

Why would you ever want to keep quiet, when you have so many brilliant things to say? Right?

Right???

So in order to illustrate how therapeutic it can be to say what is on your mind, here is a list of my favourite things that happened this week!

 

1)      Ed Sheeran’s X

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I know I have said this plenty of times before, and I will keep repeating myself until everyone on this earth agrees with me, but I simply adore Ed Sheeran. He is the Man. He is my Man. And unless you’re an emotionless, grumpy guttersnipe, I really don’t understand why you wouldn’t want Ed to become your Man as well. His new album X, as in multiply, came out this week and it is –surprise!- a piece of heartfelt, genuine, musical poetry. He is able to multiply styles, genres and melodies like a true musical Einstein and shifts from acoustic ballads, to rhythmic, rocky tunes to edgy British rap. No matter what genre it is, each song sounds like a personal page from his own diary and I’m sure every listener will find a personal favourite among his wide variety of emotional songs. My personal favourites are I’m a Mess (Go figure, me too!), One (tissue!), Thinking Out Loud (more tissues!) and Take it Back (Singalong!)

Take it from me, this album will simply sweep you off your feet. In short, X does not just stand for Multiply, it also stands for Ed’s X factor.

 

2)      Lupita for Lancome

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As you may already have heard, Lupita Nyong’o (yes, probably the most gorgeous woman on the planet) was named the new face of Lancome a couple of months ago, and now (finally!) the first picture of the campaign has arrived.

Be still my beating heart!

Needless to say, Lupita looks as flawless as can be. Even Beyoncé – the Queen of Flawlessness-  suddenly seems a wilted flower compared to Lupita’s beautiful face. Lupita personally shared the image on her Instagram page and called it “ the secret I never intended to keep”, since the images for the campaign were originally to become public as late as September. So thank God for Lupita.

Thank God for Lupita!

3)      Lingerie. What else?

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You might have been wondering why I have been such an irregular blogger all of a sudden. Well, let me tell you a little secret: I am no longer part of the “young crowd”. I am no longer a university student. I am now officially a grown-up.

I have a job.

I.Have. A. Job.

A serious, adult, going-to-the-office, 9-to-5 job.

Needless to say, at first I was completely terrified (As in: “OMG, I have to pay taxes!”) and got home every night exhausted. Hence the lack of blog posts.

However, my job also has its benefits! I work for a lingerie company and today we all were invited to go to the company’s enormous lingerie sale. There was chaos everywhere: women throwing around bras and taking off their trousers in the middle of the hall, but it was by far the most awesome event of the week. I was so high on adrenaline, I thought I was going to bite someone! (Now  I know what that guy Suarez must have felt like…) I ended up buying two amazing lingerie sets, which are ridiculously expensive in store, but was able to buy for next to nothing! To avoid envious looks, I will not tell how much they actually cost or how much I paid for them, but let me just say this: Working for a lingerie company definitely has its perks!

PS: Is it weird to post pics of my newly bought lingerie, dear readers? I sincerely hope not. But if so, too bad, because with brilliant bras comes brilliant bragging!

The Revival We Have All Been Waiting For? The Return of Coloured Mascara

Published June 18, 2014 by The Feminist

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When I was sixteen years old, I went to London for the very first time. We were staying in a large hotel in the buzzing center of town and when we were on our way up to our room, a woman stepped into our elevator. She was clearly going to/ or coming back from a party, considering her rather extravagant (mind you, “extravagant” in this case is my euphemistic way of saying “slutty”) outfit.

Apart from her R-Rated outfit, there was something else that was entirely shocking: her fluorescently blue mascara.

Honestly, dear readers. I think those astronauts up in the ISS space station were able to see her lashes!

When she stepped out of the elevator, my mom whispered in my ear: “somebody clearly is stuck in the 80s!

I giggled.

Surely, why would anyone want to wear mascara like that?

Why the hell was it ever popular to begin with?

I was utterly gobsmacked by her glow-in-the-dark presence and swore never ever (not in a million years!) to wear coloured mascara…

not ever…

not in my entire life!

Flash forward to 2014:

Surprise! What used to be a beauty trend linked with eighties teenage punk heads, has now become a statement signature make-up trend for avant-garde fashionistas, new wave hipsters and in-style ladies. Coloured mascara is hot.

I had never thought I would ever say it, but it is true.

Fashion world has gone colour-obsessed again.

And since I am already busy stating things I would have never thought I would say, here is another mind-blowing confession: I absolutely love it.

No, scratch that.

I am blown away/ crazy in love/ creepily obsessed with coloured mascara, the 2014 edition.

Sue me, but it is just so damn fab.

Because when used correctly, it is incredibly alluring and a sneaky tool to boost your natural eye colour. If you’re still not so sure about this whole coloured mascara thing, I advise you to start with darker colours such as emerald green or burgundy. They are very subtle, but still quirkier than the traditional black. If you’re ready to go all out, there is the traditional blue (in all its different shades), but do try some of the more “hipper” colours, such as purple, orange, or –my personal favourite- hot pink!

The summer collection for Chanel is worth spending your money on.

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But my personal favourite is the Dior Addict It Lash Mascara. Not only does the campaign pictures looks sooooo coooool, they also have a flashy eye –liner collection (called It Line)!

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Seriously, dear readers. Give me one solid reason why you wouldn’t want to wear this?

PS: if you’re still in doubt (wussy!) you can always apply one coat of black mascara first and then use a colored mascara to highlight your lash tips!

“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford”

Published October 12, 2013 by The Feminist

When Jay-Z starts writing musical odes about your clothes, you just know you’re doing something right. I can only imagine how flattered Tom Ford must have been after hearing Jay-Z’s praise in a song dedicated to the designer, but on the other hand, it cannot have come as a total surprise since everything Tom Ford touches turns to gold. No scratch that. It turns into a magical world of fashionable extravaganza, in which the only rule is that there are none.

Those of you who regularly visit my little blog here, will know that I have a huge soft spot for Tom Ford Suits. Yes that’s right: Suits with a capital S, because Ford’s creations make every other suit look like a pile of garbage. He is the fashion icon par excellence; groundbreaking on every possible fashion level. Just when I thought he couldn’t get any more brilliant, he launched his FW13 campaign and needless to say… it is THE BOMB!

It is glamourous, cool, visually perfect and completely out of control. I love how he created a whole ‘cross cultural multi ethnic’ theme for his womenswear collection with a trinity of ethnicities: a black, white and Asian model. The hot pink make-up is explosive, the prints are bold and beautiful and the eyewear is drool-worthy.

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And those bags! I want those bags!

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Tom Ford, of course, wouldn’t be Tom Ford if he didn’t have an explosive menswear collection as well, with an even more explosive campaign! The male models are super duper sexy (woohoo!), the campaign with the guys wearing black clothes in front of a stark white background is super duper mesmerizing ( double woohoo!) and the models are wearing super duper outfits (triple woohoo!)

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I hereby hope Tom Ford’s campaign will inspire all of you men (yeah, you there!) to wear a crazy-ass stylish black fur jacket this winter. Come on! You know you want to!

10 (very good!) reasons why I’m looking forward to fall

Published September 22, 2013 by The Feminist

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Many people find the end of summer incredibly depressing: No more wearing flirty dresses (unless it’s your goal in life to be the next Marilyn Monroe with your skirt blowing up even when it’s actually minus three outside), no more drinking sangria (unless you want to look like a totally alienated ivory-tower-sticking twat)and no more eating gelato while sitting on the beach wearing a polka dot bikini (unless the combination of freezing gelato, a freezing wind and sand in many awkward places sounds appealing to you)

 
If you’re one of those pessimists, the months ahead of us can indeed seem quite gloomy…
But let me tell you something, dear my-glass-is-always-half-empty readers: your preconceived depressing idea of the bleakness of fall could be no further from the truth!
There are many things to look forward to. Yes, fall equals colder and gloomier weather but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! On the contrary, there are many many advantages!
Here are my 10 very subjective reasons why I’m looking forward to fall and the accompanying cold weather:

 
1. You can drink hot chocolate without looking like a total doofus
Just like there is an unspoken rule that dictates you can’t drink sangria in the winter, there is an unspoken rule you can’t drink hot chocolate in the summer. To me, not being allowed to drink hot chocolate was complete and utter torture! I love hot chocolate and I could drink it every single day, regardless of which season I’m in. Lucky for me, I will no longer be stared at by people who think drinking hot chocolate when it’s warm outside is absurd. I’m no longer the oddity. I’m the rule!
2. It’s time for a well-deserved Bublé-bath!
It is by far the best form of relaxation (ask my friend Mr. Jack Whitehall): A long, hot bath, you’re favourite cinnamon-scented bath bubbles, candles everywhere, a glass of champagne and last but definitely not least Michael Bublé’s soft and soothing voice bursting out of the stereo, bringing you in a mood of utter tranquility and bliss…
3. All the best TV-series are back on air!
Although the end of summer marks the end of admiring Suits’ Harvey Specter, his razor-sharp comments and his divinely gorgeous behind, we shouldn’t get ourselves down. There are plenty of incredibly good TV-series to look forward to next TV season! (and almost all of them have cast drool-worthy actors!)

e.g.: Glee ( with Darren Criss, aka the actor with the highest swoon-factor), White Collar (with Matt-why didn’t he get the role of Christian Grey?-Bomer), The Vampire Diaries (With Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino and many others sexy guys who are likely to take their shirts off at least once), Grey’s Anatomy (with the almost God-like Jesse Williams), Homeland (with Damian-is or isn’t he a terrorist?-Lewis)and Scandal (which may not have a drop-dead gorgeous actor, unless you’re into US presidents, but has Kerry Washington)
4. You can use a fuzzy TV blanket without looking like an Inuit-wannabe
I love TV blankets. I really really really do. Somehow I believe they enhance the incredibly relaxing activity of watching TV. TV blankets, however, are often frowned upon when the temperatures outside don’t reflect your inner need to tuck yourself in and enjoy a good fuzzy warmth of a woolen blanket. I would use TV blankets all year round if I could. Yes, even during heat waves. My brother often sarcastically remarks that I look like an Eskimo, covered in so much wool, but I never really cared about that. So I’m not gonna start now. Let’s all be blanket-lovin’ Inuit wannabees together!
5. It’s the time of pumpkin pies and carrot cakes!
I still have to meet the first person who doesn’t love carrot cake or pumpkin pie. I guess we’re all genetically programmed to be completely smitten by that spicy waft of cinnamon and nutmeg, that palate-clinging smoothness of the pumpkin filling, that sweet and earthy flavour of carrot and walnut in a cake batter… Carrot cakes and pumpkin pies epitomize what the fall is all about: comfort, warmth and love. Who wouldn’t adore that?
6. Fall fashion is way more exciting than summer fashion
When the weather gets cooler you obviously cannot keep wearing your boring old summer clothes. You need an entire new wardrobe! Although this fact may seem daunting to most men, to women it’s the perfect excuse for going on a guilt-free shopping spree.
7. You can leave your hat on…
Forget bad hair days! From now on you can simply wear a hat and no one will ever notice your hair looks like a Cruella Devil impersonation. Moreover, hats are by far the most fashionable accessory for this fall and can turn an ordinary fall-look into a showstopping outfit!
8. No more sweating!
Cooler weather may sound dreadful to some of you, but you simply cannot deny that you will all secretly be happy about the prospect of not having to check your armpits every half an hour. (Admit it!)Now we can all go on dates without having to worry about make-up sliding off our faces and hold hands without being totally embarrassed about sweaty palms. (I told you cold weather was a good thing!)
9. You can go on a date to Starbucks and look each other in the eyes over a giant cup of Pumpkin Spiced Latte
The return of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte is one the main reasons everyone should be looking forward to autumn. What could possible be better than indulging yourself with the delectable heavenly taste of spices and sweet pumpkin? Drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte while getting to know a mysterious guy you’ve just met? Consider it done!
10. Fall is beautiful!
The leaves are changing into vibrant colours. Amber, golden and scarlet hues turn autumn into a feast for the eyes and it seems as if –overnight- the country has changed into a gallery of autumnal beauty. Seriously, what’s not to love?

In Defense of Yellow Lipstick: embrace the J.LO in you!

Published June 7, 2013 by The Feminist

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Although I consider myself a fashionista, there are some fashion and beauty trends that I would never ever wear.
a) Because it’s a ghastly/ ridiculous/stupid/ ugly trend
b) Because I’m simply not brave enough to wear it

 
Yellow lipstick falls under the latter category. We’ve seen a lot of bright lipsticks on the runway this season. Apart from yellow, there was bright green (oh my!), blue (jeez!), orange(beauty!) and fuchsia (hell yeah!). They all look absolutely fabulous and oh-so cool, but still I’ve only dared to put on fuchsia lipstick so far. (Correction: I am IN LOVE with my fuchsia lipstick!)

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Why is that? I mean, just look at J.LO in her new Video “ Live It Up“. She looks so beautiful and diva-ish with her yellow lipstick!

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Why then can’t I give this colour a go? My subconscious keeps telling me I would look like a fool and that people would stare at me and think I’m an idiotic wannabe…I am just not brave enough to face my insecurities. I am not brave enough to take a fashion-leap forward. Which is a total shame, since yellow lipstick is breathtakingly gorgeous!

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Maybe we all just have to face the truth: not all fashion and beauty trends are made to be worn outside fashion shows and photo shoots. It’s a sad thing. But it is the truth.
Still, one question remains: is yellow lipstick one of them? What do you think? 😉

Kiss me Quick: Kissable Lips with Clinique

Published March 28, 2013 by The Feminist

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I don’t usually write product reviews. Especially not about beauty products, since I don’t consider myself a true expert, merely a sincere beauty product lover. Times are changing, however, because I recently purchased the most wonderful beauty product on the planet. I haven’t been that excited about a make-up product since my former BFF gave me a Chanel duo eyeshadow kit for my 18th birthday. (which is a very long time ago)

I’m talking about the ‘Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm’. The very cute crayon-like lip balms are very simple to apply, which is a very good thing for people with early signs of Parkinson’s every time they want to apply lipstick. (I’m not talking about myself, though, because I happen to have an surgeon’s steady hand, that would even make Doctor McDreamy blush!)

The colours are indeed very intense. The colour of the crayon is what you will get on your lips and that is a very rare thing! I mean, when was the last time the colour of a lipstick actually delivered the same degree of intensity on your lips?

Although the colour is really intense, I still believe you could wear these on a day to day basis. (Your trip to the grocery store was never so classy!) I bought the shade “Plushest Punch” to reflect this spring’s biggest make-up trend: fuchsia lips! What do you think of the colour?

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On top of that, these chubby sticks really hydrate your lips! (hence the term “lip balm” 😉 ) and it gives your lips a creamy feel .

Sigh.

I think I’ll never get enough of this chubby stick.

What about you, do you have one in your beauty kit?

Very Bold and Very Beautiful: Spring 2013 make-up trends

Published March 5, 2013 by The Feminist

Birds are chirping, buds are blossoming and spring romance is in the air. I feel overly excited and I constantly have this urge to start whistling. Which can only mean one thing: it’s time to buy new spring make-up!

Stop recycling your last year’s boring make up, because – as the weather heats up- it’s time for a bolder and braver you! Turn yourself into the superwoman of beauty tricks and make adventurous make up choices! This spring’s make up is all about standing out and wowing everyone around you!

Sounds fun, right? Here are the spring 2013 make up trends that will make you feel happy and self-confident.

1. Think pink!
Pink was by far the biggest make-up trend on the spring/summer catwalks. From fuchsia to bubblegum pink: anything goes, really! Donna Karan even opted for pink eye shadow and lashes! But my personal favourite were the fuchsia pink lips at Giles. Vibrant, young and oh so pretty!

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2. Silver Lining’s Playbook:
Metallic eyes were a big hit on the runway this season. Chanel went for plenty of eyeliner and shimmering silver eye shadow. Opt for nude lips to balance out the in-your-face brightness of the look.

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3. Welcome to the sixties!
Marc Jacobs and Moschino went a couple of decades back in time and gave their models full brows, nude lips, lots of eyeliner and ultra-long lashes. Yes, it’s time to embrace your inner Twiggy!

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4. Under the sea
I’m guessing designers like Stella McCartney and Michael Kors were dreaming of a Mediterranean holiday when they chose the colour of their make-up. McCartney opted for an elegant thin streak of green eyeliner, while Kors chose a very futuristic turquoise line above the eyelid. Very bold and very Beautiful!

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