Beauty and the geek | An Alice in Wonderland-themed make-up look

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The last time Sylirael from The Painted Rogue and I posted a Beauty and the geek look was back in June, but after a well-deserved summer break my stealthy rogue friend and I are back! Today’s theme? Alice in Wonderland. Syl recently landed the lead role in the Alice in Wonderland ballet recital that her ballet school is organizing this year – congrats again, you bad-ass ballerina! – and so all credit goes to her for coming up with this month’s theme. Have a look!

My The Mad Hatter make-up look

With some help from Google – I never read or saw Alice in Wonderland, oops – I decided to create a look based on the most colorful character from Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter wears so much slap that you can barely see that it’s actually Johnny Depp who plays the character. Love it!

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I used the same bright eyeshadow colors and the same slightly questionable blush placement that they used on Mr. Depp for the movie and I made my eyebrows bright orange in order to create my own interpretation of the The Mad Hatter look. I know that it looks like I’ve done my make-up using Homer’s make-up shotgun and from a distance it kind of looks like I just got punched in the eye*, but I think/hope that you can see The Madder Hatter’s inspiration in my look.
* you should have seen the look on the mail man’s face when I opened the door wearing this look…

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Syl’s Alice make-up look

And Syl? She picked a make-up look based on the story’s main character Alice. Quickly visit The Painted Rogue to check out the look she created!

What do you think of our Alice in Wonderland looks? Have you read the book or seen the movie?

Review | Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner in Sapphire, Amethyst, Topaz & Jade

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The last set of eye pencils that I reviewed were a bit like white chocolate to me, which means as much as ‘they are okay but not exceptional’. The four eyeliners that I’m reviewing today, however, are like a bar of pure Belgian chocolate: absolutely divine! Let’s find out why.

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The Revlon ColorStay Eye Liners have been around for a while, but recently four new colors became available in Switzerland: Sapphire (blue), Amethyst (purple), Topaz (bronze) and Jade (green). All eye pencils now also come with a built-in smudger and sharpener. Neat!

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from left to right: Sapphire, Amethyst, Topaz & Jade

The Revlon ColorStay Eye Liners have a soft creamy texture and the application is quick, easy and tug-free. And the wear is fantastic: both against my lash line and on my waterline the colors stay put all day long. Two big fat chocolate-covered thumbs up for that!

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So! To summarize! Great colors, a pleasant texture and a long-wearing formula. I’d say that’s reason enough to give the Revlon ColorStay Eye Liners a spot in my make-up cabinet.

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Sapphire

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Amethyst

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Topaz

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Jade

The Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner in Sapphire, Amethyst, Topaz and Jade is available for 14.90 CHF.

Have you tried Revlon’s ColorStay Eye Liner yet? Which of the four new colors do you like best?

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Look Your Best This Autumn with the Season’s Top Makeup Trends

As the temperature drops, it’s time to tweak your look to settle into the crisp autumn air in style. This could mean picking up a new pair of must-have ankle boots to crunch your way through the leaves, or slipping into an oversized mohair sweater to relish this season’s 1960’s vibe. Cold weather looks can include more dramatic makeup than the fresh looks of summer. This season, try out deep, wine-stained lips and peacock eye makeup if you’re feeling bold. A new slick of lipstick or shimmer of eye shadow won’t break the bank, but it will help you get in the spirit of the season. The following are a few top trends to inspire you. Continue reading

Have a terrifyingly fun Halloween with Lush!

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When I showed you my Halloween look last Friday, I admitted that I never really understood the whole Halloween hype. But this year I’m ready for it! And thanks to Lush I’m already in full preparation mode. How? With four terrifyingly fun products from the Lush Halloween 2014 collection. Have a look!

Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

A light green bath bomb with pink and yellow spots and a lovely spicy aroma of patchouli and black pepper.

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I’m saving this delicious bath bomb until Halloween (as a reward for having to give away my entire candy stash to trick or treaters) but apparently this is what I can expect:

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Looks good, eh?

Price: 8.80 CHF, available in all Lush stores and in the Lush online store

Lush Fairy Ring Soap

A dark orange red soap with light orange and pink patches and a delicious aroma of jasmine, ylang ylang and vetiver.

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The Lush Fairy Ring soap has been my shower companion for a week now and it has been an absolute delight! Even in its solid form the soap is already quite soft and mushy and in the shower it really makes my skin feel silky soft. And the smell? Uh-mazing!

Price: 9 CHF for 100 grams, available in all Lush stores and in the Lush online store

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar & Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Two super cute bubble bars to crumble under running water, one in the shape of a little wizard and the other in the shape of a glitter-covered pumpkin. Don’t they just look adorable?

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The Wizard Bubble Bar contains tangerine oil, juniper oil and fennel oil and transforms your bath water into some sort of magical purple blue witch soup. Very cool!

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The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar contains grapefruit and lime, turns your bath water a beautiful golden yellow and gives off a bewitchingly delicious fruity smell. Love it!

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Price: 8.80 CHF and 8.50 CHF, available in all Lush stores and in the Lush online store

Did you get anything from Lush’s Halloween collection yet? Which of these four Lush Halloween products do you like best?

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Review | Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad Eyeshadow Palette

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Unless this is your first visit to the Kiss & Make-up blog (and in that case you have some serious explaining to do) you know that smokey eyes are totally my thing. They’ve been my signature look for years now, so you can imagine how I excited was when I heard that Bourjois is launching a series of smokey eyeshadow quads early next year. Today I’m reviewing the Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad for you in preview. Let’s have a look!

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From the eight Bourjois Smoky Stories quads that will be available next year I tried Rock This Khaki, a palette featuring four lovely khaki shades. The Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palettes all contain three colors, plus a special ‘light touch’ shade to use as a highlighter.

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The Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad contains a light beige, an olive khaki and a khaki brown shade, all with a lovely soft satin finish. And in the middle of the palette you have the special ‘light touch’ color that gives off mainly glitter for a bright and sparkly effect.

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The colors in the Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad all have a pleasant soft texture, are easy to apply with minimal fall-out, have great pigmentation and are easily blendable. The only shade to watch out for a bit is the light touch shade – glitter eyeshadow is often a bit ADD and tends to have trouble staying where it is – but if you apply it carefully the fall-out isn’t too bad.

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Bottom line? The Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad is a really lovely smoky eye quad and I think it will appeal especially to those who don’t want to go budget all the way but also don’t want to break the bank with high-end cosmetics.

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The Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palettes will be available mid-January for 23.90 CHF per palette.

Are you a fan of smokey eyes? What do you think of the colors in the Bourjois Smoky Stories Rock This Khaki Quad?

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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?