As I wrote yesterday I had massive problems with choosing what to wear. There were several things to take in consideration as the event was taking place on a boat but the dresscode said cocktail and we were going for dinner afterwards. Flats or high heels, or both? And which dress to wear?? What to do with the hair? Oh yes, there are worse problems to have!
I ended up with the Alexander McQueen dress since black is always a safe bet and I really love the dress!
I chose to wear it with a black pair of YSL Tribtoos and a Chanel hand bag with flats inside to wear on the boat. On my nails I´m wearing OPI Quarter of a cent-cherry which is a gorgeous sophisticated deep red and is a perfect match to the little black dress..
The view from our balcony is amazing at the moment. There are about 50 big boats and crusiseships ankered outside and it looks so lovely but unfortunately my camera won´t pick it up so I´ll try to take a picture for you in sunlight today. I hope you all had a fantastic saturday!!
Now I´m off to another balcony to watch the race while sipping champagne and eating delicious food. Mmmmmm… Life is good :) Have an amazing sunday dolls!!!!
I just got a newsletter from my favorite online store for eyelashes, MadameMadeline.com, which I have forgotten to mention in The Big Online Shopping Guide!! The prices are really cheap and the more you buy the cheaper it gets, I normally do big orders once in a while to stock up. As they are having a discount coupon code sale at the moment I thought I´d share the code with you and I´ll add the store to The Big Shopping Guide as soon as possible. These are some of the products I just clicked home to me, got to love the names:
|Ardell InvisiBands Beauties
||Ardell InvisiBands Sweeties
|Ardell InvisiBands Demi Wispies in Black
||Ardell InvisiBands Demi Wispies in Brown
|Ardell InvisiBands Babies
||Ardell InvisiBands Fairies
|Ardell InvisiBands Luckies
||Ardell InvisiBands Sexies
|Ardell Accents Lashes 311
Each of these lashes costs $3.49 US which is a bargain compared to the lashes from other brands. Ardell lahses are my favorites because the band is nearly invisible, hence the name InvisiBands, which makes them a lot mare natural looking and easy to apply. The glue retails at $5.89 US which is less than half the price of the same glue from the Mac counter in the UK which is £10 (£10 equals about $16.45 US) BARGAIN!! :D
It´s a subscribers only code, but don´t worry they won´t terrorise you with newsletters all the time, hence me forgetting to put the store into The Big Shopping Guide. Go to MadameMadeline.com and subscribe, put some goodies into your basket and fill in the code GLAM15 at checkout. This gives you 15% off :) Offer expires on July 04, 2011.
I love falsies as they can do so much with your appearance, transforming tired and saggy looking eyes into eye gazing hotness :) In the pictures below I´m using Ardell Fashion Lashes #105.
Tonight I´m off to a Grand Prix event on a boat in the harbour and I can´t decide which dress to wear and what shoes to wear with it. I´m drawn between an Alexander McQueen dress and a Elise Ryan dress.. decisions decisions. I guess that´s what they call champagne problems ;)
Have you heard about Madame Madline and do you use false lashes?
I love the new Chanel LE Summer collection of 2011!! The products I’ve got from the collection are the three nail polishes 567 Beige Pétale, 557 Morning Rose and 577 Mimosa and the beautiful eyeshadow quad 32 Lilium.
567 Beige Pétale:
557 Morning Rose:
What do you think about the summer collection, have you got anything from it or what are you lusting for?
I´m home in my apartment in Norway trying to find tape, scissors and bubble wrap to get the prizes from the Dior contest sent to the very sweet and patient girls that won the contest (they are now finally on their way!!) when I come across a shoe box hidden in a corner of a desk – filled with makeup!! How is that possible?? I´ve been missing a couple of things but I had no idea that it was this much!! Some of it is even unopened with spare mascaras and favorite eyeshadows amongst them. Yes, I buy extra stuff of things I really love just in case they would get discontinued. A little bit of insanity gives you character I´ve been told ;)
So… Mascara tips anyone? ;) Maybe I should do a mascara test??
I´m still working intensively behind the scenes with the new fresh content for the blog but when I came over these exclusive preview pictures of the new makeup line from Sigma Beauty I just lost complete focus on what I was doing and just had to share it with you my fellow makeup junkies!! I don´t know about you but I´m very excited about the new makeup line from Sigma!!! As you know I´m a big fan of the brushes from Sigma much because of the high quality with affordable prices and I hope that the makeup line will be of good quality as well!! The previous makeup line was taken off the market short time after they were launched. It wasn´t anything specifically bad about the makeup, the problem was rather the fact that it lacked something special. A few years has gone by and Sigma as a company has grown a lot since last time so hopefully they´ve spent time on developing high quality makeup this time around. The pictures looks promising.
The palette will retail for $35 (USD) which is a nice deal because the retail value of the duo brush alone is $18 and I am completely in love with the duo brushes!! Finally a makeup brand that gets how important brushes are and actually give one away for free with the palette. Love it! I think this will make it so much easier to apply makeup correctly for all the girls out there that struggle with getting the result they want! I used to think that it was a waste of money to spend money on brushes untill I actually experienced it for my self and my first professional brush was from Sigma. Suddenly all the pieces came together and I understood the secret techniques behind getting a perfect makeup result.
If you haven´t tried to apply makeup with a professional brush before I recommend getting a brush to actually experience the difference for yourself. The one you should buy is the blending brush E25 which can be used to apply both powder and cream shadows as well as blending out harsh edges and it simply cost you $9 US. Bargain!!
My initial thought was that the packaging reminds me a lot of the much raved about Naked palette from Urban Decay and some of the colours look very similar to some of the shadows from Urban Decay (hm..). The line hasn´t been launced yet but I´ve heard rumours about launching date in may ;) At the first glance it is the last palette, Bare, that catches my eye.
Which one is your favorite and what do you think about Sigma launching a new makeup line that is very similar to the Naked palette from Urban Decay?
Ps! As always I´m not paid to write anything for Sigma, I simply really am this pathetically excited about the makeup line! All pictures belong to Sigma published for bloggers to use.
I know it looks like I´ve left the blog completely seeing as there hasn´t been much blogging lately but this isn´t true! I´m working my buttom off to improve the site to make it easier to find what you are looking for as well as adding some new cool features. I´m also adding a bunch of new content which will end up in the menu above the blog and in the sidebar so keep your eyes open for this ;)
I got a very pleasant surprise from my love the other day.. a brand new gorgeous imac 27¨!! Hence the sudden urge to change, organise and improve everything there is! I can´t wait to have everything nicely organised and start working on tutorials again, maybe I will do a tutorial before everything behind the scenes are done :) I have so much many ideas that my head is just spinning around with my eyes popping out in excitement of all the new cool features, yes, I am a geek when it comes to computers as well.
Now I´m going to jump straight back to my favorite thing in the world – editing codes and raving about makeup. I´m going to Norway tomorrow which was completely not in the plans but maybe I can get my macbook fixed so that I can really get busy! I hope you´re all well and that you will be a little bit patient because the site will be much better soon! xx
Some of you have asked me which products are my favourites for everyday makeup and these are the products I keep finding myself reaching for!
- Kanebo Sensai Smoothing Water Makeup Base (a ridiculously long name for a primer don’t you think?)
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude which is a little bit too light now so I’m on the hunt for a darker shade
- Shiseido mattifying powder in 10 Light Ivory which I suspect is also a little bit too light now so I just use it on the center of my face
- Guerlain 4 seasons terracotta matte bronzer in brunettes 02
- Mac blush in Gingerly
- Nars blush in Deep Throat
- Mac paint pot in Painterly
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Mac fluidline in Blacktrack
- Chanel eyeshadow quad Lilium – I love the green!!
- Mac Omega eyeshadow for brows
- Benefit Speed Brows to set brows
- It’s very new still but I am incredibly intrigued by the new rotating mascara from Dior
- A clean mascara brush from the Dior Blackout mascara
A couple of things I’ve forgotten in the picture because they live in my handbag hehe ;)
- YSL Touche Eclát
- Mac liptint
- Chanel glossimer in Super
- Mac Studio Sculpt concealer in NC20
The trick I’ve come to love is to slap on some gel liner along the upper lash line in a quite thick line which doesn’t need to be perfect. I then take the 239 brush with an eyeshadow I like and smudge the gel line. This creates a perfect soft line with a subtle sheen of colour. I do the same in the outer corner of the lower lash line as well and then drag the lines slightly outwards to give an illusion of bigger eyes. This is really easy and done in just a few minutes.
As for the face I like to create some contours using the light powder on the center of my face and the matte bronzer along the outer corners and underneath the cheek bones. To get that healthy flush I like to use two blushes – first an orangy toned on the apples and then a splash of a pinky peach on the cheekbone. I add some Touche Eclát underneath the eyes to brighten the under eye area and apply concealer wherever it’s needed. Sometimes I add a little bit of highlighter to cheekbones, browbone ++ depending on where I’m going ;) Because I am always running late I apply liptint and lipgloss in the elevator – very effective in terms of time and there’s nothing else to do in there anyway ;)
This is more than I would use on the beach in Monaco or Dubai but it’s perfect for the city life in London or for going shopping in Nice! I like it because it’s very easy and only takes a few minutes which is always a good thing in the morning ;) I also like the illusion of bigger eyes… who doesn’t? ;)
I will do a tutorial on how to contour the face but is the rest of the look something you want a tutorial for as well or do you cupcakes have any other ideas? I haven’t done a tutorial for a really long time and I can’t wait to get going again so please tell me what you want sweeties! :) xx
Even though I didnt plan on buying anything at the airport in Dubai (due to the high prices) I found a few things that I just couldn’t let pass me by. The body lotion and deodorant (both from Biotherm) are long time favorites of mine and I actually really needed both of them. My YSL faux cils, which is also a long time favorite, had dried out so it was a brilliant opportunity for me to convince James that I really needed the new and fancy rotating mascara star from Dior so I bought that one as well. Since I couldn’t find a perfume before the holiday I was thrilled when I saw the new limited edition Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose by Viktor & Rolf so that came along for my travels as well. I will do a proper review of the mascara after I have tried it out for a while but so far it’s brilliant!!
As you all know I’m a big sucker for Flowerbomb so when I saw this I knew I would love it. The fragrance is described as a ‘tangy’ scent that “narrates the beautiful adventure of a floral outburst on a glorious day in enchanting essences” which is the perfect scent to remind me of Dubai!! The fragrance opens with bergamot and tangerine, with a heart of rose, lily-of-the-valley and pink peppercorns, ending with amber and woody cashmere and patchouli.
Sunglasses are also very important for summer and because I have a very square shaped face I have a huge problem finding sunglasses that are nice and actually suit me so when I tried on these at Harvey Nichols in London yesterday I was absolutely thrilled and just had to have them! These are from D&G. I now have four new pairs of sunglasses for the summer which should be enough – two pairs from Marc Jacobs, one pair from Gucci and these lovlies! :)
Two cute shorts from the concious collection from h&m which I can imagine will be perfect for the all white trend this summer! Now I just need to find a nice white blazer…. any ideas?
Skirt and two shorts from Kooples. Love!!
This summer I think there are so many cool trends going on. I love the lace trend, the all white trend, the colour trend and the 70s trend!!!
What are your must buys every summer and which trends are you loving this summer?
I’m sorry it’s been quiet here the past couple of days but we decided to stay in Dubai for a little bit longer while sitting and waiting for the driver to take us to the airport. 2 minutes before British Airways closed their lines we got our tickets changed and jumped into a taxi to get to a new hotel, the meridien. The hotel had an amazing beach :)
Remember I told you that we went to Abu Dhabi? We went first and foremost because James had some meetings but we managed to squeeze in some time for the famous Ferrari world as well where you can find the worlds fastest rollercoaster - click the link to see a video :)
Now we’re in London and it’s extremely difficult not to throw myself into the shoppers paradise of sales and new summer collections!! Wherever I turn I see pretty lace detailed summery pieces, new fresh summer scents, lipsticks, shorts and skirts of all the colours of the rainbow, elegant flowy summer dresses and shoes and bags as far as the eye can see. I’ve promised James to not go completely nuts but I have found some great things I will show you guys later. How have you been?? :)