Nail art | A colorful French Manicure in eggplant purple and pale gray

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You can never go wrong with a traditional French Manicure. But what’s also fun is a colorful French Mani, and that is exactly what I chose for today’s NOTD. I used purple for my base color and gray for my tips. Have a look!

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Sin (left) & Cloud (right)

First I applied the BE Creative Make Up Nail Lacquer in Sin, a dark eggplant purple with micro shimmer. And on the tips of my nails I used Cloud, a glossy pale gray.

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Sin (left) & Cloud (right)

I still need to practise my free-handing a bit – I’m still learning when it comes to nail art – but the result looks pretty cute, don’t you think? And as far as the colors go I think it’s the perfect French Manicure for fall!

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In Switzerland, the BE Creative Make Up Nail Lacquer in Sin and Cloud are available exclusively at Marionnaud for 9.80 CHF.

Do you like colorful French Manis? What do you think of this particular color combination?


My top ten fashion picks for winter from Scoop NYC

Recently I was introduced to Scoop NYC, an American high-end fashion retailer with 17 stores spread out over 9 states across the country. Scoop NYC carries over a hundred luxury designer brands for both men and women. Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen and Stella McCartney are just a few of the names on the list.

In my current situation (read: being poor and pretty much broke) stepping into a store like Scoop NYC and shopping to my heart’s content is nothing but a fantasy, but a girl can dream, right? And who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll discover I have some long-lost billionaire uncle who’s willing to donate half of his fortune to me. Or maybe I’ll finally pick the right lottery numbers. And in the meantime I’ll just keep daydreaming and making wish lists. Let’s have a look at my top ten fashion picks for winter from Scoop NYC!

Fit & flare strip leather dress – Scoop – $425

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Sequined fitted ‘Taryn’ dress – Alice + Olivia – $495

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Cream-colored cashmere peplum sweater – Scoop – $248

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Black leather stretch leggings – Helmut Lang – $920

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Leopard print sweater – Diane Von Furstenberg – $298

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Black leather biker jacket – Valentina Shah – $1490

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Black jumpsuit – Diane Von Furstenberg – $375

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Black leather biker boots – Rag & Bone – $595

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Gray leather satchel bag – Phillip Lim – $825

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Rose gold cuff – Alexis Bittar – $275

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Did you know Scoop NYC yet? Which of my fashion picks do you like best?

This article was written in collaboration with Scoop NYC

Make-up look | Another fall look with BE Creative Make Up

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Fall may be my least favorite time of the year, but I do really like the typical colors of the season and I just love using fall colors in my make-up. Today I’m showing you another fall look that I created with five products from BE Creative Make Up. Have a look!

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BE Creative Make Up Eyeshadow in Satin, Gold & Taupe

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from left to right: Satin, Gold, Taupe

Three beautiful eyeshadow monos in gorgeous fall colors: Satin is a light cream shade with a semi-pearl finish, Gold is a copper golden shade with shimmer and Taupe is a lovely matte purplish taupe.

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from left to right: Satin, Gold, Taupe

BE Creative Make Up Blush in Flirty

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A silky soft matte pink blush with a lovely blendable texture, buildable color and fantastic pigmentation.

BE Creative Make Up Brilliant Shine Lipstick in Jazzy

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A gorgeous reddish pink lipstick with SPF15, lots of shine and a lovely creamy texture. This lipstick is so smooth and moisturizing that it feels like lip balm on my lips, truly a winning formula!

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Flirty blush (left) & Jazzy lipstick (right)

Now let’s move on to the look!

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In Switzerland, the BE Creative Make Up Eyeshadow in Satin, Gold & Taupe, the BE Creative Make Up Blush in Flirty and the BE Creative Make Up Brilliant Shine Lipstick in Jazzy are available exclusively at Marionnaud for respectively 12.90 CHF, 17.90 CHF and 19.90 CHF.

What do you think of the look? Do you like the colors?

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Review | LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté + Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids

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Last month I wrote a report on the LIERAC Liftissime press event that I attended on September 23 and though I’m not exactly part of the Liftissime target group I still decided to try and review two of the Liftissime products: the LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté and the LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids. Let’s find out how that went!

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LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté

The LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté is a firming cream for neck and décolleté that contains 4.6% cell junction complex (more information about that here), 5% hyaluronic acid and restructuring biomimetic lips that mimic the skin’s own lipids. The LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté promises to instantly tighten the skin on your neck and décolleté and claims to have a smoothing, replumping and toning effect in the long term.

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The LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté comes in a beautiful heavy pink jar, is pale pink, smells deliciously of jasmine and freesia and has a smooth gel-cream texture. And that texture is exactly what separates the LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté from regular face creams: the gel-cream texture is light, gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any residue. The formula is also adapted to the thicker skin on our neck and décolleté and doesn’t stain clothes. LIERAC clearly put a lot of thought in formulating this cream.

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And the results? After three weeks I can’t say that I see much difference and I don’t think I have less lines on my neck. Maybe my neck lines are just not deep enough yet to see results? What I do see is that the LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté makes the skin on my neck and décolleté very smooth and supple. And it makes it look more radiant as well. So while the LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté doesn’t exactly ‘redensify’ my skin, it definitely beautifies it.

LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids

The LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids is a tightening serum for the eyes and eyelids that contains 4.6% cell junction complex, 5% hyaluronic acid and 4% decongesting botanical extract. The serum promises to tighten and lift the eyelids, reduce puffiness and dark circles, fill in wrinkles and widen the eyes. Pretty big claims if you ask me!

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The LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids comes in a pen-like container with – as you can see in the first picture – a rather peculiar-looking pump applicator. Looks cool, but I personally prefer to dab my eye cream on with my fingers, so I don’t use the applicator. The serum is white, light and runny. The formula gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. And that typical jasmine and freesia fragrance that LIERAC chose for its Liftissime products? It’s not present in the LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids. Good move I think, especially for an eye cream.

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So how about the results? Well, this time I definitely got some! The LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids really does wonders for my eye contour. My skin has been really parched lately and that results in unsightly dry lines around my eyes. But thanks to the LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids those lines are now a lot less visible. So the serum definitely hydrates my eye contour, which really doesn’t surprise me looking at the percentage of hyaluronic acid in the formula. The LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids makes my whole eye contour look a bit fresher and more youthful. I’m definitely convinced!

The LIERAC Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté and the LIERAC Liftissime Re-Lifting Serum Eyes & Eyelids are available at LIERAC retailers for 89.50 CHF and 69.50 CHF.

Have you tried anything from the new LIERAC Liftissime line yet? Could these two products be something for you?

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Halloween make-up look | Melissiti, the evil Egyptian Pumpkin Princess

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When I was a kid, no one I knew celebrated Halloween. But over the years the holiday has gradually become more popular on the European continent and the Halloween Craze just seems to get bigger and bigger every year. I’m personally still a bit behind on the whole Halloween hype, though. Decorations, costumes, pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that, I’m just not that into it. Last year I didn’t even have any candy in the house when I got an unexpected visit from a bunch of Trick Or Treaters. Oops. How was I supposed to know that trick or treating is a thing here now…

But this year I’m prepared. I already bought chocolate cookies, lollipops and ginger biscuits and I even came up with a Halloween look: on October 31 I’ll be handing out candy as Melissiti, the evil Egyptian Pumpkin Princess. I still have to decide on the outfit and the accessories, but I’ve already worked out my make-up look: pumpkin orange eyeshadow and lipstick with Cleopatra-like cat eyeliner.

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Eyes

BE Creative Make Up Khôl Kajal
Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner
– MAC eyeshadow in Orange (eyelid)
– NARS Exhibit A (eyelid)
– Oxidize from the Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette (lower lash line)
– MAC Vanilla Pigment (inner corner of the eye)
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara

Skin

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes
BE Creative Sunrise Bronzer
– MAC Pro Set Powder

Lips

Estée Lauder Pure Color LipShine in Mandarin

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What do you think of the look? Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

Innéov Densilogy supplements for healthier hair, stronger nails and better skin

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If I found a magical lamp and received three wishes, one of those wishes would probably be to have stronger, thicker and fuller hair. But since I haven’t found my genie in a bottle yet, I’m trying to make my wish come true with the new Innéov Densilogy supplements. I started the Densilogy treatment on October 8, so if all goes well I should head into 2015 with healthier hair, stronger nails and better skin!

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The Innéov Densilogy supplements contain zinc, essential omega 3 fatty acids, lycopene and vitamin C, D and E that contribute to healthy hair, strong nails and good skin.

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One box of Innéov Densilogy supplements contains 60 capsules and will last you one month. The daily dosage is set at two capsules, so I take one capsule at breakfast and one at dinner. For the best results, Innéov recommends following the Densilogy treatment for at least three – preferably six – months, which means that you need at least three boxes.

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You can find the Innéov Densilogy supplements at the pharmacy for 42 CHF per box of 60 capsules. A three-month supply is a bit more cost-effective and will set you back 100 CHF. Not cheap, but beauty has no price, so let’s hope that the results are up to par. I’ll get back to you with the results in early January. Fingers crossed!

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Do you use supplements for your skin, hair and nails?

Review | BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencil collection

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Eye pencil is like water and oxygen and chocolate for me: I simply can’t survive without. That’s why I was very excited to try six eye pencils from the BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencil range. Time to share my thoughts!

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The BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencil range consist of eight colors of which I got to try six: Black, Brown, Grey, Blue, Green and Aubergine. Blue, Green and Aubergine are a bit glossier than Black, Grey and Blue and contain a tiny bit of micro shimmer.

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from left to right: Black, Grey, Brown, Blue, Green, Aubergine

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from left to right: Black, Grey, Brown, Blue, Green, Aubergine

The BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils have a soft and fairly creamy formula, are nicely pigmented and provide very decent color payoff. And the colors are all quite dark which I really like. It makes them perfect for the intense eye looks that I like to create. Black, Grey and Brown are great basic colors, while Blue, Green and Aubergine are a bit edgier and perfect for adding a pop of color to your make-up.

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the eye pencils come with a built-in smudger

And the longevity? Against my lash line they last just fine, but on my waterline the BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils don’t exactly impress. They just don’t give off any color, no matter how often I go back and forth along my waterline. Such a shame, because I really like outlining my waterline. But like I said, on my skin the BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils stay put very well. For the best results I like to smudge them between my lashes and across my lash line.

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Black

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Aubergine

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Green

Bottom line? The BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils aren’t exactly holy grail material, but they’re great for adding a bit of color to my eye looks. I guess they’re a bit like tap water, city air and white chocolate: there’s nothing wrong with them per se, but there’s definitely better out there.

In Switzerland, the BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils are available exclusively at Marionnaud for 12.90 CHF.

Have you tried the BE Creative Make Up Eye Pencils yet? Which of these six colors do you like best?

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Try out any make-up look you want with the L’Oreal Makeup Genius app

Most of us practically live around our smartphones, and when we’re not posting our latest looks on Instagram, we’re scanning our Facbook feeds for the next hot look we want to emulate. But what many of us don’t realize is that our phones also present a great way to learn to do our makeup better, and see just what works for us! Continue reading

Review | Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo, Conditioner & Mask

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A hair care line free from sulfates, parabens and artificial colorants? Yes please! My hair is a real drama queen and responds to even the slightest aggression by throwing a serious tantrum (read: it starts to fall out). That’s why gentle and clean hair care lines can always count on my support and interest. Like the new Wella Professionals Elements line for example. Have a look.

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The products from the Wella Elements line are 100% free from sulfates, parabens and artificial colorants and contain a special natural tree extract that strengthens and renews the hair. The Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo (Stärkendes Shampoo in German) claims to reinforce brittle, dry and damaged hair and promises to give it extra moisture. The Wella Elements Renewing Conditioner (Sanfter Stärkender Conditioner in German) promises to do the same and to also add softness and shine without weighing the hair down. And the Wella Elements Renewing Mask (Stärkende Maske in German) finally is a super creamy mask that claims to deeply nourish and strengthen dry, damaged and fragile hair.

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What I immediately noticed is how well the Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo (Stärkendes Shampoo in German) lathers despite the lack of sulfates in the formula. It does contain silicones though, but my hair doesn’t have an issue with silicones, so I’m not bothered by that. On the contrary even, I actually quite like how smooth silicones make my hair feel. So ‘sall good.

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And the Wella Elements Renewing Conditioner (Sanfter Stärkender Conditioner in German) is also pretty great. The formula is indeed very light, and yet it manages to make my hair really soft, smooth and easy to comb through.

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And the Wella Elements Renewing Mask (Stärkende Maske in German)? Also a success. More even, from all three products the mask is probably my favorite. And yes, its deliciously thick and creamy texture has a lot to do with that. Definitely a keeper, this one.

In conclusion? I’ve been using the Wella Elements products for almost three weeks now and it’s hard to say if they really renew and strengthen my hair. How do you measure something like that? But what I can say is that the shampoo, the conditioner and the mask combined make my hair really light, shiny and soft. And the fact that they do this in such a clean way without sulfates, parabens or colorants is of course a great bonus.

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My inner druid approves of the Wella Elements products! (source: photo.blog.sina.com.cn/yaorenwo)

The Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask are available now at official Wella hair salons for respectively 21 CHF, 29.50 CHF and 28.50 CHF.

Have you tried anything from Wella’s new Elements line yet? What is your impression of these three products?

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Review | Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Warm Ivory

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Those of you who read the blog regularly know that lately I’ve been going foundation-free more and more. And on the days that I do wear foundation I want my skin to still look as naked and natural as possible. My new secret weapon for that ultra natural look? The new Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation!

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The Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation looks like normal powder foundation, but ‘normal’ is definitely not the word I’d use to describe it. When I first swatched it I immediately noticed how incredibly soft and light this foundation is. Bobbi Brown describes the texture of the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation as ‘creamy’ and ‘like cashmere’ and that description couldn’t be more spot on. The powder is just so feathery light and so silky soft, it’s amazing!

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And also the finish of the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation is anything but powdery. You can apply the foundation using whatever tool or technique you want, but I personally like to apply it with a powder brush for a finish that’s as light and natural as possible. The powder is so fine that it’s pretty much invisible to the eye, and yet it makes my skin just that little bit smoother and more even. Just the way I like it!

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And the wear is alright too. Because I apply the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation so lightly and because my oily skin starts to eat the powder after a couple of hours I don’t get the promised 15 hours’ wear out of it, but the formula is so light that touching up during the day really isn’t a problem. Yep, you can consider me a happy beauty blogger. Another winning foundation from Bobbi Brown, the brand is well on its way to becoming my go-to brand for foundation!

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Wearing Warm Ivory. See how natural that looks? It looks so natural that showing a swatch is pretty much useless!

The Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation comes in 20 shades and will be available from October 23 for a retail price of 65 CHF.

What type of foundation do you prefer? Could the new Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation be something for you?

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