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Make-up look | Touches Of Pink

Chocolate, cute animal pictures and pink make-up all have one thing in common: they’re the perfect mood boosters for me and they never fail to lift my spirits.

Belgian chocolates Neuhaus

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Cute funny animal meme

(more animal cuteness)

Review Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Pencil Pink About You swatch

Bourjois Pink About You 

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Discreet Eccentric review swatches

Estée Lauder Eccentric (bottom)

Feeling a bit stressed out? Devour a box of chocolates. Had a rough few days? Scroll through some funny animal memes. Feeling a bit bland? Add a few touches of pink to your make-up. Works every time! For today’s make-up look I decided to pair a shimmery bronze smokey eye with touches of pink on the waterline and lips. Check it out!

Eyes

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Pencil in Pink About You (lower waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (tightlining)
– bronze shade (2nd row, 2nd shade) from the Morphe Soul of Summer eyeshadow palette (eyelid)
– Rustic from the Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette (outer corner of the eye + crease)
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara
Urban Decay Brow Beater + Brow Tamer in Warm Brown

Skin

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Power Blush in Indecent
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Lips

– Lavera Soft Linliner in Rose
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Eccentric

Make-up look (Bronze smokey eyes pink eyeliner pink lipstick) (1)

Make-up look (Bronze smokey eyes pink eyeliner pink lipstick) (2)

What always helps to cheer you up? Do you often incorporate color into your make-up looks?

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Review | Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer + Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara

Last week the unthinkable happened: yours truly – the girl who normally doesn’t even take out the trash without her war paint on – went out wearing nothing on her mug but a little eye pencil, a lick of mascara and some under-eye concealer. The two miracles to thank for this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence? The new Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer and Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara. Check it out!

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer

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I’m a big fan of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear foundation formula, so I suspected from the start that the new Double Wear concealer and I were going to get along just fine. And indeed, after just a week we’re already besties! Just like the foundation the new Double Wear concealer is wonderfully long-lasting and buildable and wears pretty much flawlessly from AM to PM without fading, creasing or – and this is by far the worst one – settling into fine lines.

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The texture is surprisingly light and runny which makes the concealer easy to apply and blend, both with my fingers and a brush. Since 1C Light is a touch paler than my natural skin tone it’s perfect for brightening up my under-eye area and evening out my eye contour. Yep, total bestie material!

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara

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Lately my lashes have been looking a bit blah, so when I learned that the new Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara adds length and volume to the even the blahest shortest of lashes I could not wait to give it a whirl.

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Wearing no make-up except for eye pencil and the new Estée Lauder mascara and concealer. And no, that’s not sparkly eyeshadow on my lid, that’s just my natural eye grease. Yuck.

And yep, the new Sumptuous Knockout formula indeed coats my lashes in a beautiful true black veil while the special brush grabs on to every eyelash, even those pesky tiny baby lashes in the inner corner of my eyes. And the added bonus? There’s barely any clumping or crunchiness.

The new Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer and Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara are available now for respectively 38 and 39 CHF.

Have you tried Estée Lauder’s new concealer and/or mascara yet? Do you often leave the house wearing little or no make-up?

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Review | Covergirl Cotton Candy Twist Jumbo Gloss Balm Sheers

Back in the fall of 2013 I tried my very first Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm and now, almost two and half years later I’m feeling just as much in love with the new ‘Sheers’ version of the product. Take a look!

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Just like the original Jumbo Gloss Balm the new Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm Sheers contain shea butter to intensely hydrate the lips, plus a dose of vitamin E for extra protection. The formula is very smooth, light and lipbalmy and glides on like a dream, leaving my lips feeling pleasantly moisturized. Great!

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Cotton Candy Twist is a creamy pale pink that gives off just enough color and shine to prettify the lips but is still subtle enough to be appropriate for any occasion. The evenness does get compromised a little if you try to build the color too much though, so keeping it light and subtle is the key with this formula.

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All in all I’m glad that Covergirl decided to expand the Jumbo Gloss Balm range and I think they did a pretty good job with the new Sheers formula.

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In Switzerland the new Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm Sheers come in six shades and have a suggested retail price of 11.50 CHF

Have you tried the new Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm Sheers yet? What do you think of Cotton Candy Twist?

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Traditional Valentine’s Day gift essentials

Clichés aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Going back to the roots of something can be really fun and upholding traditions is a beautiful thing. Today I want to share five of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women and share my personal favorites in each of the categories. Take a look!

Chocolates

You can never ever ever go wrong with chocolates on Valentine’s Day, especially not with Belgian chocolates, which are simply THE best chocolates in the world. And no, I am not just saying that because I was born and bred there. My personal favorite? Neuhaus of course!

Belgian chocolates Neuhaus chocolate

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Availability: from 23 euro in all Neuhaus stores and Neuhaus corners.

Jewelry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but if we can’t get the real deal most of us are more than happy to settle for Swarovski crystals. I personally think this gorgeous little rose gold infinity necklace would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift as it symbolizes eternity and never-ending love. T’awwww, so romantic…!

Swarovski Exist infinity pendant necklace Swarovski spring summer 2016 collection

Availability: 119 CHF at Swarovski and Swarovski jewellers.

Watch

Not only jewelry but also watches are a great Valentine’s Day present. For me there is no better think-of-me gift than a pretty watch, because every time you look at it – which is a lot – you’ll be reminded of the person you got it from. One of my most recent favorites is this gorgeous Daniel Wellington Classy St Mawes rose gold watch.

Daniel Wellington Classy St Mawes (1)

Availability: 165 CHF in the Daniel Wellington online store. Use promo code Kiss&MakeUp for a sitewide 15% discount until March 15.

Perfume

Another popular Valentine’s Day gift is perfume, with sexy seductive fragrances and sweet happy scents being the top picks. One of my absolute favorites for V-day this year is the brand new Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Rouge, a deliciously fruity fragrance with a youthful bubbly character.

Review (Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Rouge)

Availability: 55 CHF (30 ml), 78 CHF (50 ml) and 113 CHF (100 ml) at all Estée Lauder counters and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Massage oil

Why not buy a gift that the both of you can enjoy? There’s nothing more romantic than giving each other a nice long massage and nothing says foreplay more than a sexy backrub. Lately the hubby and I have been really enjoying the Rituals Tao Xiu Xi calming body and massage oil with white lotus and yi yi ren.

Review Rituals Tao Xiu Xi calming body massage oil

Availability: 17 CHF at Rituals.

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts? See anything in my top five that you’d like to get from your partner or get for yourself this V-day?

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Review | Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (08 Plum Shimmer)

Late last month Clarins launched its brand new Instant Glow make-up collection for the spring of 2016 here in Switzerland and today I’m reviewing one of two new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors from the collection for you. Take a look!

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The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is probably one of Clarin’s most-tauted products and there’s a good reason for that, because the formula is truly amazing. For the spring of 2016 the brand added two new shades to the existing Lip Perfector range of which I got one: 08 Plum Shimmer. Plum Shimmer is a pretty shimmery plum that – as you can tell by the natural brown line along my upper lip still shining through – offers sheer coverage and has a glossy finish.

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The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector comes in a 12 ml sponge-tipped squeeze tube and applies like a dream. And I’m talking a ‘being the cheese in an Alexander Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder sandwich’ dream here. Seriously girls, this gloss goes on so smoothly, so evenly and so flawlessly that you couldn’t mess up the application even if you wanted to. As I said: like a dream.

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And there’s more to rave about, because the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is also non-sticky, smells yummy, wears beautifully and keeps my lips pleasantly moisturized for a good couple of hours.

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In conclusion? The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector formula deserves a big thumbs up and I definitely don’t intend to wait until spring to wear Plum Shimmer. This kind of pretty needs to be showcased for all to see. Stat.

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The new Clarins Instant Glow Spring 2016 make-up collection is available now with the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector retailing for 26.50 CHF.

Are you a fan of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector formula? What do you think of Plum Shimmer?

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