• Illamasqua brow gel & Starlaisa palette

    Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel & Starlaisa Basics Collection Palette

    I’ve heard it said before by makeup artists and tastemakers that it’s preferable to enhance either the eye area or the lips, but not all at once; in theory, there’s something about this type of style rules, and their whiff of snootiness and pretentious bleh that sits wrong with me… but in practice I adhere to it: I like to paint my eyes to kill, and the rest just isn’t as important to me. In fact, when I don’t have as much time to do a full makeup application the way I like, I just focus on the eye area (this annoyed my mother’s 70’s and 80’s aesthetic so… my…

  • Max Factor beauty micrometer
    Makeup,  Musings

    Friday Musings: The New and The Old in the World of Beauty

    Mine beauties: today I’m posting no reviews, but thoughts that have been buzzing round my head, regarding things new and old in the world of beauty, and somehow I just had write about it all… reviews to be resumed next week. The hype of the week that set me thinking Well, that was unexpected… at first, there was nothing that interested me about THE celebrity makeup launch of the week, and possibly of the summer/fall… all the bombast surrounding Fenty Beauty by Rihanna kinda made me want to avoid it, which is how I tend to feel about most things whose letter of presentation is over-the-top media attention; however, contrary…

  • Sephora Coconut Milk Body Lotion
    Bath and body care

    Coco-binge: coconut body care from Sephora and Marnys

    Last time I was in Sephora I was eyeing the Color Line they launched a little while ago, especially the coconut lipbalm and micellar water… in the end I decided not to bite, though the temptation was strong… I ADORE most things coconut-scented, but I’m afraid of coconut oil because it’s known to be highly comedogenic, so I avoid any and all facial products that have it, and stick to coconut body care. Since my curiosity was piqued, when I got home I snooped Sephora’s web to have a look at the products’ INCI before buying… Sephora’s Spain site doesn’t bother to list anything resembling a proper list of ingredients…

  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Sofia d'Souza

    Fluff Friday: the B’wood edition

    I’m not a big Bollywood watcher, but I watched Guzaarish again, which I like to do when I’m ready for winter to end, or when it’s rainy. I love this film. I also want to visit Goa so bad. A look If I had to pinpoint a visual element in this movie I especially loved (and there is a lot to choose from… it’s such a pleasure to watch from an aesthetic standpoint) I’d say Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s styling as Sofia, the leading lady. I want two of everything she wears in this film, down to the hipster specs. Well, the clompy-stompy shoes maybe not so much. Besides, I think…

  • Narciso eau de parfum

    Friday Musings: on fragrance and fluffy red hair

    A product I have to admit, I’m not the best person to write about perfumes: that is an art requiring skills and talents that go way beyond what’s needed to evaluate typical cosmetics… there’s so much I don’t understand about olfactory notes, sillage and other subtleties, much as I’d like to. Even so, I still feel the need to post a mini-review of my beloved Narciso by Narciso Rodríguez, which I’ve been using all winter. I actually began using it mid-spring, stopped for the summer (this would be death by perfume during warm weather), then tried to run back to it by October, but something with this much wood and…

  • Nessies Beauty Blog

    Lazy Friday post: a cream, a listen, a look, a tune

    Today’s Friday! And I don’t feel like lifting a finger to publish a proper review or post or anything… still, I have things flitting round inside my head and I must get them out:   A product In memoriam of my beloved Enzymion from Lush, that reached its end some weeks ago. There was still some left in the jar, but since it looked a little strange, at first a bit like curdled cream with some liquid on top, then runny, then sort of congealed like in the photo, it made me suspicious. It didn’t smell off, and its due date is next year (I got it last year), but…