Colours of Spring

I decided to treat my make-up bag to a few new additions this weekend, and NARS blusher was a must. Since warmer weather is upon us, I thought a nice pink shade would work well. I use NARS ‘Orgasm’ which is lovely but has a wee bit too much shimmer for the day. The ‘Deep Throat’ shade is sheer and pretty pink, though these names are enough to make a Catholic girl blush! 

Being a big fan of Chanel beauty products and keeping summer tones in mind, I opted for Chanel lèvres scintillantes glossimer in ‘Giggle’ (46). Lip gloss is a tricky one – all too often there’s barely any colour intensity and the gloss completely transfers after a mere two sips of champagne, which as I’m sure you know is the official way to check the quality a lip gloss. Loving this colour! 

I’ve never been a big fan of MAC due to an allergic reaction I had to one of their primers. I find it quite difficult to find foundation for my skin tone as most of the colour matches have red undertones whereas my skin has yellow. Throw in oily, problem-prone and über sensitive skin and you’ve got a make-up mission on your hands. However, given MAC’s ridiculously amazing colour range, I thought I’d give them a try so I faced one of my biggest fears: the beauty counter assistant/make-up artist… My worries were unfounded as the lovely make-up artist drew my attention to the Studio Fix Fluid. She tried out a couple of shades and once we found one I was happy with – NC 43.5 – she asked if I wanted to continue my shopping, see how it worked on my skin and come back and buy later. Very appreciative of her consideration, that’s exactly what I did et voilà, new foundation!

Colours of Spring

I decided to treat my make-up bag to a few new additions this weekend, and NARS blusher was a must. Since warmer weather is upon us, I thought a nice pink shade would work well. I use NARS ‘Orgasm’ which is lovely but has a wee bit too much shimmer for the day. The ‘Deep Throat’ shade is sheer and pretty pink, though these names are enough to make a Catholic girl blush! 

Being a big fan of Chanel beauty products and keeping summer tones in mind, I opted for Chanel lèvres scintillantes glossimer in ‘Giggle’ (46). Lip gloss is a tricky one – all too often there’s barely any colour intensity and the gloss completely transfers after a mere two sips of champagne, which as I’m sure you know is the official way to check the quality a lip gloss. Loving this colour! 

I’ve never been a big fan of MAC due to an allergic reaction I had to one of their primers. I find it quite difficult to find foundation for my skin tone as most of the colour matches have red undertones whereas my skin has yellow. Throw in oily, problem-prone and über sensitive skin and you’ve got a make-up mission on your hands. However, given MAC’s ridiculously amazing colour range, I thought I’d give them a try so I faced one of my biggest fears: the beauty counter assistant/make-up artist… My worries were unfounded as the lovely make-up artist drew my attention to the Studio Fix Fluid. She tried out a couple of shades and once we found one I was happy with – NC 43.5 – she asked if I wanted to continue my shopping, see how it worked on my skin and come back and buy later. Very appreciative of her consideration, that’s exactly what I did et voilà, new foundation!

November’s Beauty Buys

Living in Paris for another 40 days or so (yikes!) and not wearing red lipstick simply wouldn’t do. I tried so many different shades of red and, with the help of a friend, finally chose Pure Matte Lipstick in ‘Mascate’ from NARS. People, I am addicted! I cannot get over how gorgeous is it. My skin is seriously stressed out now with all the changes, lack of sleep and cold weather, and I happen to the think that bold lip colour looks best with flawless skin, so it is chilling in the ole make-up bag for a while. I cannot wait to get it out again. I was in London a couple of weeks ago, and I noticed how people stared at me when had red lips. My fellow countrymen still haven’t grasped that wearing a bright colour doesn’t mean “scarlet woman”.

I should reserve judgement until I’ve used a product more than once, but thus far, I’m not impressed with Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes. With it comes to nail polish and mascara, I’m usually a Chanel girl all the way. Why I chose to waste my money on this product is beyond me. Gooey, clumpy and well, I don’t like it. I already used it so I cannot give it away, so I will try a couple more times.

I have been wearing NARS blusher in ‘Super Orgasm’ for a while now and so decided to try something a little more suitable for the season. I went with ‘Gina’, which is peachy/orange without any shimmer. Love it! Do you adjust your colours by season?

How about you, any make-up purchases this month?  

October’s Beauty Buys

Gentle pinkish tones match so well with my skin tone so when I saw this Chanel nail varnish in ‘Rose Caché’, I had to get it. Plus, it works for all four seasons.

Prior to moving to Paris, I never wore lipstick – I glossed it all the way. Chanel Coco Rouge in ‘Mademoiselle’ is creamy, pink and very chic. Now all I need to do is find the perfect red lipstick and I’ll be on my way to the perfect Parisian make-up bag.

Do you have one piece of make-up you never leave home without?  

August’s Beauty Buys

Back when SATC started, a magazine ran an article with Sarah-Jessica Parker’s hands splashed all over the page with an unflattering headline to match. Her hands were all wrinkled, and I completely freaked out. Since then I have used Clarins Crème Jeunesse des Mains, and always have a tube in my handbag. When visiting London last week, my dear friend Rach, gave me this lovely hand cream straight from Australia. Made from Rosella, which is a relative of the hibiscus (delish tea!), it smells divine and absorbs well. I’ve been coating my hands in the stuff before going to bed. 

Make Up For Ever gets a gold star. Seriously, I cannot get enough of this brand. I picked up their conceler this month and like the foundation, it is hypoallergenic for those with sensitive skin, hygienic with a plastic applicator rather than a brush and easy to use. 

I am strongly against cosmetic surgery and believe in ageing gracefully. Since I don’t smoke, eat a varied diet and consume a moderate amount of alcohol, the effects of ageing shouldn’t be too severe, but a little help never hurt. This help comes in the form of Vitage SPF 30, which I’ve used for a few years. With super oily skin, this is the only brand I’ve found to absorb the excess oil rather than adding to it, and it comes full of antioxidants.  I’m shocked to discover that many people with fairer skin than me don’t wear any sun protection at all. I wear SPF 30 all year round. How about you, is sun protection a priority?

 I’ve learnt so much about skin care and beauty since I moved to France. Seriously, all those magazines and programmes taught me nothing in comparison. Kibio is another organic, natural brand I’ve discovered here and I am in love! I have so many products from this brand. I’m not sure that I believe in these toning creams but this one was reasonably priced (approx. 13€) and is all natural so nothing to lose. The tingle of the green tea and those cute little liquid beads have me believing it’s doing the job right. What are your feelings about toning creams? Do you share my husband’s view that they’re just a way to get women to waste their money?

July’s Beauty Buys

Bright red toe nails look lovely, polished and as sexy as can be year-round, so I decided to go with Chanel’s ‘Fire’ shade. Chanel nail varnish is by far my favourite – the consistency, the pigmentation and the gorgeous packaging. YSL is my least favourite as it too thin and you need about 3-4 coats. Do you have a favourite nail polish? 

I’m simply in love with NARS. There is no other way to explain it. This is my go-to brand and when it come to colour, they have something for all skin tones and types. Despite the sometimes scandalous shade names, it is so sophisticated and well, this woman cannot turn down gorgeously packaged anything! I opted for a neutral eye-shadow shade named “Cyprus” and discovered that NARS products are made in Canada! You learn something new every day!

Yes darling readers, I’m old! As I mentioned in my birthday post, I’ve used anti-ageing cream for many years. Some people were surprised but you should know that there are many lotions and potions on the market for people my age with the first signs of ageing. I’ve used Chanel Beauté Initiale for a while now, and it’s a great product. It comes in a cream form or a light gel for people like me with oily skin. Since I’m trying to use more natural products these days, I decided to try NUXE’s Crème Nirvanesque which lists blue lotus seeds, poppy seeds and althea root as its active components. The only downside is that it’s very rich, so I use it as a night cream. I can rarely use fragranced products on my face, but this smells divine and thank the heavens, works well with my skin. NUXE is one of those brands I discovered in France when I bought their lip moisturiser and trust me, they have a new fan! Amazingly, the cream only cost me 26€, which is considerably less expensive than the Chanel version and as I mentioned, natural. Most probably I will continue to use both – Beauté Initiale in the day and the Crème Nirvaneque as a night cream solely because the latter is too heavy for day wear. Do you incorporate ageing products into your skincare routine?

Another one of my beauty discoveries in France has been the Sanoflore brand (sorry, not English-language website). The products are not just natural but 100% organic. I use a variety of their products, which I’ll feature at some point, but this month I discovered their lemon and peppermint mattifying lotion. Can I go on the record as saying that this is one of the best products I have ever used! It completely absorbs excess oil without making you look too matt, works well with foundation and is very comfortable to wear. If you have oily skin and can get your hands on this product, do!

Do you consider the origins of your beauty products? Are natural and organic products of interest to you?