Another polka dot nail art with the new Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection

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Last month I made my very first polka dot nail art – with a toothpick for crying out loud – and because I received so many great comments about my cute dotted mani I decided to do another one. This time I went for a full-on polka dot manicure – so with dots on every nail – using no less than six different colors, all from the new Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection. Have a look!

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  • Tilda: fresh apple green with a cream finish
  • Ling: bright sky blue with a cream finish
  • Rooney: flashy magenta pink with a cream finish
  • Kitridge: sweet candy pink with a cream finish
  • Wendy: juicy melon pink with a cream finish (I am so crushing on this one! <3)
  • Rocha: fiery reddish orange with a hint of sparkle

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These six new Zoya Tickled nail lacquers are just as amazing in terms of application, coverage, finish and wear as their older siblings from the Awaken Collection and the Natural Collection from earlier this year. They’re quick and easy to apply, provide flawless even coverage often in just one coat and they easily last a couple of days without chipping. And they’re completely ‘Big5Free’ which means that they’re free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, tuolene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor. Using a toothpick – no need for a dotting tool – I dotted tiny polka dots on my nails, et voilà:

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Cute huh, all those happy summery colors together? I get all cheerful just looking at them!

All nail lacquers from the Zoya Tickled Summer 2014 Collection are available for 21 CHF in the Zoya online store. Using the code KISSMAKEUP_FAN will give you a 20% discount on four orders at www.zoyacolorfashion.ch until the end of 2014!

Do you like dotted nail art? What do you think of the new Zoya Tickled nail polish collection?


Make-up look | Another dark smokey eye with glossy lips

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During my two-week holiday in Greece I kept my make-up fairly subtle. By noon half of it would melt off anyway, and after a long hot day I never really felt like redoing my make-up just for dinner or going out. But after two weeks of make-up detox I am now ready to bust out my colorful and dark eyeshadow again! Today I’m showing you a look that I’ve shown several times before here on the blog, but some combinations just never get old. Get ready for another smokey eye with glossy lips!

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Eyes

- Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx
- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
- MAC eyeshadow in Embark
- Smashbox Wonder Vision Cosmic eyeshadow palette (Smoke)
- MAC eyeshadow in Carbon
- Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara

Huid

- Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
- Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Berry Pop
- Vichy Dermablend Compact Stick

Lippen

- Smashbox O-Gloss lipgloss

Are you a fan of smokey eyes with glossy lips? What is your signature look?

Review | Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex

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If you read my blog post from June 27 you know that I’m not exactly thrilled about being a year older again. Call it a side effect of beauty blogging, perfectionism or just vanity, but the thought of getting older really freaks me out and I’d give my soul to the devil to stop the whole aging process. But alas. Satan isn’t interested in my soul and is keeping the location of the fountain of youth a secret. I’m pretty sure he took Pharrel Williams’ soul though. Seriously, that guy doesn’t seem to age at all.

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Not fair. Either way, I am officially 27 years old now and therefore also officially even more obsessed with keeping wrinkles away and fighting the first signs of aging. The newest recruit in my anti-aging army? The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is a two-in-one anti-wrinkle moisturizer that claims to instantly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also promises to actually treat them in the long term. The formula contains optical micro-fillers (read: silicones) that fill in and blur out lines and wrinkles as well as an impressive cocktail of active skin-loving ingredients like peptides, niacinamide, vitamin E and B, and several hydrating agents.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex comes in a chunky silver pump bottle with a red cap, is milky white and has a smooth soft texture. It really has that typical velvety soft gel-like silicone texture that a lot of face primers have. Not everyone likes that, but I personally really enjoy that super smooth soft feeling.

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The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is labeled by Olaz as a day and night moisturizer, but I only use it in the morning right after I apply my moisturizer and before I do my make-up. So it’s basically an extra step in my skin care routine as well as the first step in my make-up routine. And Olaz was right: the complex really has an instant wrinkle-erasing effect. It makes the lines under my eyes less visible, fills in my large pores and just makes my whole face look softer and smoother. Woop woop! The effect reminds me of the blurring effect of the Nanoblur. The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is noticeably lighter and less sticky than the Nanoblur though, and it actually makes applying my foundation easier, which is not exactly the case with the Nanoblur. So as a smoothing and perfecting face primer the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex really works very well.

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And the long-term results? Well, so far I don’t see any real changes. Then again, I don’t have real wrinkles yet – thank god – and my main goal is to prevent rather than treat skin aging. And since the active ingredients in the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex are very well researched and have a clinically proven efficiency, this little complex should be perfect for that. So fingers crossed for the future!

The Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex retails at 42 CHF.

Have you tried the Olaz Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex yet? What do you do to turn back the clock and to slow down the aging process?

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Hi everyone!

I finally took the plunge and opened a Twitter account for the Kiss & Make-up beauty blog! I was probably one of the few people left without one and since I’m a modern age girl I figured it was time to change that. So here I am, live and on Twitter, tweeting away my thoughts! I don’t have any followers yet to tweet to though, so if you’re on Twitter and you want to stay posted, feel free to start following!

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Your support means the world to me, so thank you. Thank you so so much.

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Melissa

Review | Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil

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When a few of weeks ago I had the honor of testing the brand new Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil I actually wasn’t sure if I was the right person for the job. This new anti-aging oil with black rose was developed for women after thirty with dry to very dry skin, women with normal but dehydrated skin, and women with mature skin. Whoop dee doo for all those women, but I’m not one of them. I’m not in my thirties yet – let alone ‘mature’ – and my skin is anything but dry. But because I just couldn’t resist trying such a beautiful product – anti-aging products are my weakness – I decided to give the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil a chance. Time to find out how that went!

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The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a deeply nourishing dry oil that promises to hydrate, nourish and soften the skin and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The formula contains several natural oils and plant extracts that not only help the skin to absorb and retain moisture but also have an intensely nourishing, softening and toning effect. And the delicate blend of black rose, magnolia and geranium is there to soothe and relax the senses.

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The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil comes in a stunningly gorgeous dark violet metallic bottle with a dropper. The oil itself is very runny and feels a bit greasy. Which makes sense. I mean, it’s an oil. But that greasy feeling disappears when you massage the product into your skin and once the oil is absorbed all that’s left is a lovely smooth velvety soft veil. And the smell? Divine.

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According to the instructions you can use 3 to 7 drops of the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil alone or as the first step in your skin care routine, both AM and PM. Like I said in the intro my skin is anything but dry, and when I tried using the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil twice a day on my whole face my skin immediately protested. It was just too much. I do have some dry patches here and there though, and some areas of my skin can really use a moisture boost. Especially the area under and around my eyes and around my mouth looks a bit parched at times and has these annoying flakey bits and fine lines. So I decided to use the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil twice a day on just those areas, and I could immediately tell that that was a good move. My skin instantly looked more supple and fuller and my fine lines were less noticeable. Win!

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Two drops of the oil, naughtily trying to escape from the back of my hand

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The oil right after spreading it out on my skin, before being absorbed

So how about the anti-aging properties of the oil? I hate to say it, but the oil lacks a good dose of antioxidants, lipids and active agents like retinol to qualify as a real anti-aging product. What the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil mainly does is soften and nourish the skin and keep the skin’s moisture levels up, making it look smoother, more toned and healthier in the process and protecting it better against harmful external influences. So can the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil turn back the clock? Probably not. But it can definitely help keep your skin supple, healthy and more youthful-looking. And since the oil works so well on the dehydrated parts of my skin, I think that ladies with dry, mature or very dehydrated skin (and some money to spare) will find a wonderful skin saver in the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil.

The Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil will be in stores in September and will cost 210 CHF.

Do you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin? Could the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil be something for you?

Personal | Crete recap

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Earlier this month my brother and I went on a two-week round trip through Crete by jeep, and today I’d like to show you some pictures from our Greek getaway. Our trip in three words? Exhausting, adventurous but most importantly unforgettable. Have a look!

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Our starting point: the bay of Agios Nikolaos

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Spinalonga, the abandoned leper island

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My brother doesn’t like standing in front of things or next to things. He prefers standing on them.

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No access to the top of the island? We’ll just climb to it then.

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The Hersonissos harbor

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Chatting up the locals. ‘So… what brings you here?’

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Vai, the far northeastern side of Crete

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Sarakina Canyon

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Sarakina Canyon

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Sarakina Canyon

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Taking a break from all the climbing and crawling

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The Valley of the Dead in Zakros Canyon. We got hopelessly lost and had a standoff with an ibex. I nearly sh*t my pants. But we won.

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Patsos Canyon (yes, we like canyons)

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A typically Greek (and oh-so-cute) sign in a tiny mountain village. The Greek are so kind and welcoming, it’s impossible not to love them.

This is just a small part of the many things we did and saw in Crete, but hopefully the pictures give you a bit of an idea of what our trip was like. I hope you enjoyed my little recap!

What are your vacation plans this summer? Do you like adventurous holidays?

Review | Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 & Multi Brightening Serum

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Every year it’s the same old story. As soon as the first spring sun shows herself I start getting dark hyperpigmentation spots in my face. The dermatologist says I suffer from melasma, which means that strong UV rays cause certain areas of my skin to produce too much melanin which results in dark pigmentation spots that make my face look dirty and blotchy. I have two big spots on my cheeks, one large spot on my forehead – lovingly referred to by my boyfriend as my ‘Mark of Satan’ due to its perfect upside down triangular shape – and a very embarrassing ‘moustache’ mark above my upper lip. Very frustrating.

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Using sunscreen helps to slow down the speed at which the dark spots return every year, but eventually the sun always wins the annual Melissa versus Melasma battle. Sun protection alone just isn’t enough to prevent my melasma spots from darkening, so I was very worried when I left for a two-week sun-soaked holiday in Crete earlier this month. But lucky for me right before I left I received a package from Radical Skincare containing a sunscreen and a brightening anti-spot serum. Armed with my two new Radical Skincare products I literally faced the burning Cretan sun and today I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

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Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30

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The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The formula contains diamond powder that reflects the light for a perfecting soft focus effect and a healthy glow. And Radical Skincare’s new trylacel technology also claims to help protect, nourish and soothe the skin.

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The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 comes in a sleek white squeeze tube, is pale iridescent pink and has a lightweight runny texture. Despite the very liberal amount of product that I use – a whole teaspoon for my face and neck – the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 gets absorbed fast without leaving a sticky feeling or a visible shiny veil on my skin.

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I used the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 every day for two weeks straight without any face make-up whatsoever – help! – despite feeling very insecure about my less-than-perfect skin. But thanks to the soft focus effect of the sunscreen my skin looked just a tad better than normal, and this made me feel confident enough to step out without foundation and concealer.

Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum

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The Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum is a brightening serum that promises to tackle seven causes of dark spots. The formula contains vitamin C that can stop melanin production, lighten existing dark spots, reduce sun damage and boost collagen production. And the algae extract in the formula tightens the skin while sea lily slows down and regulates the transport of melanin in the cells.

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The Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum comes in a chic-looking bottle with a twist-up pump. The serum is milky white, feels very light and runny, and gets absorbed easily. I use the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum twice a day before I apply my moisturizer or night cream. Vitamin C is the active brightening ingredient in the serum and the formula doesn’t contain any aggressive bleaching agents like hydroquinone. So Radical Skincare opted for a safer and more natural solution compared to many other dark spot treatments.

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But does this safer and more natural solution work? My hyperpigmentation spots started coming back in May and when I left for Crete earlier this month they were slightly visible through my make-up. When I got back two weeks later they hadn’t worsened. Phew. But they hadn’t disappeared either. So the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum wasn’t able to magically make my dark spots go away, but it did prevent them from getting darker.

Bottom line? The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 and the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum are both great products that – especially when used together – can help prevent skin damage and premature skin aging. They can’t undo damage that’s already been done – at least not for now – but they definitely prevent further damage and darkening of pigmentation spots, and that’s already pretty great.

The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 and the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum are available for respectively 55 and 120 euro.

Do you suffer from dark spots? What do you do to protect your skin from the sun and prevent dark spots from forming?

Review | Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur & Huile Sublimante

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Hi everyone, I’m back! Monday night I got back from two amaaaazing weeks in Crete with my brother – a detailed photo recap will follow later this week – and to hold on to the holiday vibe a bit longer I decided to get back into beauty blogging with a review on two hair protection products that I used during my holiday. I’ve always protected my skin from the sun very well, but this year I decided to also protect my hair from the damaging side effects of a sun-soaked holiday. I took two hair protection products from Phyto’s Phytoplage line with me to Greece, and after two weeks of intensive testing I’m ready to pass my judgement. Have a look!

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Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur

The Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur is a protective hair spray with sun flower extract that protects the hair from sea salt, chlorine and UV rays. The product comes in a plastic spray bottle – light enough to throw in your bag and very practical to use – and has a sheer sunny yellow color. The texture is light and non-greasy – phew – and it doesn’t make my hair feel sticky or crunchy – double phew. And the subtle smell of the product is really lovely and smells nice and warm. It reminds me a bit of a more subtle version of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.

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For two weeks I applied the Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur every morning all over my dry hair, and then again once or twice during the day by directly spraying it onto my ponytail or braid. As a result my hair felt soft and hydrated every day and looked healthy and shiny all holiday long.

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I don’t know what state my hair would have been in without the Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur, but after two weeks in Crete my locks look just as healthy as they did before. So no dry dull straw-like hair for me this summer, thanks Phyto!

Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante

The Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante is a nourishing after sun oil for hair and body. The product comes in a lovely luxurious glass spray bottle and has a gorgeous golden orange glow. The oil contains a blend of perilla, buriti and annatto oil and has an intensely hydrating and softening effect on both the hair and skin. The texture of the Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante is noticeably heavier and oilier than that of the Voile Protecteur, but the smell is just as light and pleasant.

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You can use the Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante on your hair as well as on your skin, but I just used it on my hair. Every night I applied a generous amount of Huile Sublimante on my hair and let it work its magic for about then minutes before stepping in the shower and shampooing it out. According to the instructions I could have also used the oil on dry hair as a finishing oil, but with my fine hair that probably wouldn’t have been a good idea. The oil is quite heavy and oily, and as a leave-in product it would have only weighed down my hair.

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Again, I don’t know what condition my hair would have been in without the Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante, but what I do know is that after two weeks in Greece I returned home with healthy shiny happy hair, and that’s exactly what I had hoped for.

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a lil’ sneak preview from our trip

The Phyto Phytoplage Voile Protecteur and the Phyto Phytoplage Huile Sublimante are available for respectively 21.70 CHF and 34.90 at Phyto pharmacies and Phyto retailers.

How do you protect your hair when you’re on holiday? Could these two Phytoplage products be something for you?

Personal | Going to Crete for two weeks!

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While you’re reading this I’m probably getting ready to leave for my holiday in Greece. That’s right, I’m going to Crete for two weeks with my brother! I am so excited! *starts dancing the sirtaki* I just know that we’ll have a blast. In 2011 my brother and I already went on holiday to Greece together – we went to Rhodes that time – and it was just such a fun trip. This time we’re going a bit bigger and we’re going to explore the whole island of Crete. During my absence I won’t be posting any new blog articles – sowwy – but before I say goodbye I want to share some of my favorite pictures from our last Greece holiday. Enjoy, and see you in two weeks!

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Visiting an archaeological site

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The Butterfly Valley

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This restaurant owner insisted on taking a picture with ‘Shakira from Belgium’. Uhm…sure?

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Lindos

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Along the walls of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Rhodes City

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Fire house, Rhodes city

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Discovering a hidden ruin

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A recurring theme: Rhodes is way too freakin’ warm for t-shirt or tops

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Yep, way too warm

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Look at how short my hair is! :-O And also: warm.

XoXo
Melissa (and also Kenny a little bit)

A Zoe Hart-inspired make-up look with wearable black smokey eyes and a soft natural lip

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I’m a serial killer. Seriously. I devour TV series like they’re chocolate chip cookies and as soon as I’m done with one show I’m already hooked on a new one. After season two of Orange Is The New Black and season four of Pretty Little Liars I am now binge-watching Hart of Dixie, a show in which Rachel Bilson plays the part of New York doctor Zoe Hart who ends up in the small town of Bluebell, Alabama.

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I already adored Rachel Bilson as Summer in The O.C. and I love her just as much as Zoe Hart in Hart of Dixie. I’m also a huge fan of Rachel’s look – the girl’s just got it all – and for today’s make-up look I was inspired by her signature look in Hart of Dixie: subtle wearable smokey eyes with a soft natural lip. Have a look!

In Havoc and IN Heat

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Eyes

- Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx
- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
- Smashbox Fade In eyeshadow palette (taupe)
- MAC eyeshadow in Carbon
- Revlon Lash Potion Mascara

Skin

- Estée Lauder Clear Difference BB Cream
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
- Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Warm Glow

Lips

- Smashbox Megatint Lonwear Lipcolor in Whirl (blotted)

Are you a Rachel Bilson fan too? What do you think of her (and my) Zoe Hart look?