jeudi 27 novembre 2014

Autumn Views

Autumn is such a beautiful season. Although I hate when the night falls at five in the afternoon. It sometimes make me feel kind of depressed and lowers my motivation. But I still love all the gorgeous colors that this season has to offer.
So here is my two cents to the autumn appreciation ritual that I seem to see everywhere on the web lately.

lundi 24 novembre 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Fallen Angel Palette

Charlotte Tilbury is a brand that I've been eyeing for such a long time. I recently treated myself to one of her matte lipstick and I immediately knew I wouldn't stop there. The eyeshadow quads were next on my list, but I could decide myself for one. I really liked the Dolce Vita palette, but it seemed too warm for me. The Golden Goddess looked nice too, but I wasn't completely sold and, for the price, I wanted it to be four shades that I could all wear everyday. Then the Christmas collection launched and I saw something that REALLY tickled my fancy: The Fallen Angel Palette. It contains everything that I need to create my perfect everyday look: a nice champagne highlight, a taupe, a bronze (perfect for a quick, one-shadow smokey eyes) and a dark grey to use as a liner or add drama. Score! I've used the 3 lightest shades for the look below. It gave me a pretty wash of color, but next time I'll use them wet to get more intensity. And let's just give a shout out to the packaging. Not only the palette itself is absolutely gorgeous, but even the parcel is decorated with Charlotte's signature color and logo. Enough ramble, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

jeudi 20 novembre 2014

Literary Discoveries: Jules Verne

Today, I thought I would do something a little bit different and non-beauty related and talk to you about one of my favorite authors: Jules Verne. My interest for this french 19th century novelist sprouted when my boyfriend followed a seminar on him at uni. He had read Journey to the Center of the Earth and came back home singing its praise. I had heard about Jules Verne since I was a kid. I remember watching the cartoon version of Michel Strogoff on TV, but I had never read anything from him. Before my boyfriend mentioned him I thought the stories he wrote were mainly intended for children, but boy I was wrong! Actually, I think that if I had read some of his works when I was a child, I wouldn't have had the maturity to enjoy them properly and would have found them boring.

I started by reading Twenty Leagues under the Sea last summer and, although it took me a while to get into it, I ended up enjoying it a lot! Warning: if you're looking for a very intense and intricate plot this might not be for you. The plot itself could be summarized in just a few lines. This novel is, in my opinion, more about atmospheres and the (mental) contemplation of landscapes, which is made easier by the beautiful drawings added to the story. Twenty Leagues under the Sea is actually more structured like a travel journal than like an adventure novel. If you are sometimes intrigued by unexplainable phenomenons I strongly recommend reading this book, as Jules Verne addresses many mysteries of the seas, skillfully mixing science and fantasy. 

Journey to the Center of the Earth is another novel in which Jules Verne amazed me by his talented association of scientific facts with epic adventures. A must read, in any language!

Lastly, Around the World in Eighty Days delighted me by being a very light and funny, but yet thrilling, novel. This one, I would say, is suitable for any audience of any age. I easily got carried away by the characters' journey that is full or twists and turns. This novel actually made me feel like I was travelling myself without leaving the comfort of my sofa. I virtually explored remote countries and leaned a few cultural fact on the way. A great source of distraction and education, which seemed to be Jules Verne's aim with most of his works: combining science with fiction to make the acquiring of knowledge more pleasant. 
Next on my reading list are: From the Earth to the Moon, Around the Moon and A Winter Amid the Ice.
Happy reading everyone!

lundi 17 novembre 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

I have a thing for Urban Decay palette. The first palette I ever bought was the original Naked which I've used on countless occasions. The quality of their shadows is never disappointing and the packaging always looks on point. I also have a thing for limited edition make up products. So the combination of these two facts naturally made purchase a palette that I certainly did not need, but really wanted: The Vice 3 Palette. I think what sold me was the combination of the two external "columns", that constitute perfect neutral looks, with the colorful middle shades that you can use to spice up your eye make up. 
In the pictures below, you will find three looks that I created with the palette ranging from a very subtle everyday look to a full-on colorful smokey eye. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I had fun playing with these shadows!

Look 1: the "classic" smokey eye

For this look I used Angel allover the lid, Sonic on the outer half of the lid and Bondage to darken the outer corner. Then I used Truth on the brow bone and added a mix of Bondage and Angel on the lower lash line. That is my Christmas party look sorted out!

Look 2: the neutral look
(I had an awfully hard time trying to capture this look on screen. It looks really patchy in the photos, but it is actually very pretty and perfect to wear with a red lip)

For this loom I used Undone all over the lid, DTF in the crease, Reign as a liner (works best when used wet) and Last Sin on the lower lash line.

Look 3: the colorful smokey eye

For this dramatic look I started by applying Vanity into the crease, then put Freeze all over the lid. I used Defy mixed with Revolver to darken up the outer corner and Truth on my brow bone. On my lower lash line I applied Reign and Vanity and added Last Sin in my inner corner to bring light to the eyes. This is definitely not something I would wear every day, but I could be quite fun for a party, paired with a simply outfit. Plus I love how Last Sin looks in the inner corner! It's such a beautiful muted gold, definitely one of my faves from this palette.

P.S: If there is one thing I learned from this, it was that eye photography is freaking hard, so please do not pay too much attention to the quality of the pictures (especially for the second look!) :-)

jeudi 13 novembre 2014

Parka love

I'm not really pleased with how these pictures came out. It's clearly visible how uncomfortable I am taking pictures outside, especially in open spaces. Being in the forrest alone is quite a scary thought for me (I've watched way too many horror movies), but it does give some intimacy while shooting pictures. Anyway, they still fulfill their aim which is to show my outfit. Just like in my previous outfit posts: typical comfort-zone outfit for me. I love this shirt (no cat print!) and I adore the skirt. Dark green is one of my favorite colors. All is left to do is to throw a parka on my back and a vintage scarf around my neck and I'm out the door.

Skirt-Urban Outfitters
Boots-Pepe Jeans
Lipstick-Rimmel Color Rush in On Fire

lundi 10 novembre 2014

The Matte Collection

Nouvelle Vogue on the left and La Vie En Rouge on the right. 

Wearing Nouvelle Vogue.

I don't tend to keep up with MAC's limited edition collections. I usually contemplate them from afar and when I fancy getting something, most of the time it's already sold out. But when MAC launched their Matte Collection a few weeks ago I did spot a few colors that I really liked and a splurge happened. 
Two shades made it to my basket:
Nouvelle Vogue which is a mauvy/rosy pink that is perfect for autumn (see last picture) and La Vie En Rouge, a bright pinky red that I haven't worn yet but that will certainly get used a lot come Christmas time.

Have a nice week, see you on Thursday for a new post!

jeudi 6 novembre 2014

The Uniform

These pictures document my every day uniform. If you've seen my last outfit posts on this blog (a girl can dream right?) you may have noticed a recurrent pattern in the way I dress. While some people find themselves to be more comfortable in jeans and t-shirts, skater skirts are the most cozy and flattering bottoms for me. I own several in different colors, prints and fabric to avoid too much repetition. Add a nice t-shirt or blouse to the mix, a pair of ankle boots or oxford shoes and you've got my go-to everyday outfit. A printed tote bag and a necklace make it a bit more interesting and a leather jacket or a light parka keep me warm throughout autumn. 
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