March 10, 2014

Hot orange lips for Spring/Summer 2014

Orange lips are so on trend for Spring/Summer 2014. Orange is a hot and vibrant colour, it promotes energy and focus. For me its the colour of happiness, every time I wear something orange it makes me bit more enthusiastic about life.  So if you want to stand out this season you need this color on your lips and in your wardrobe.  May favorite orange lipstick of all times is MAC Morange followed by Makeup Forever Lipstick No. 40.

MAC Lipstick in Morange

Will you be rocking orange lips this summer? Any drug store recommendations on orange lipstick? Please let me know in the comments!

xxx Marina
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February 09, 2014

Valentines Day Make-up Inspiration

Oh dear, its that time of the year again,Valentines Day. Some love it, some hate it, personally  I am not crazy about it as it seems to be way to commercial these days and I think it puts unnecessary pressure on many relationships and on to of that it makes single feel inadequate.
Non-the-less, if you are planning to head out for the Valentines Day, here is a makeup inspiration that you could try on  the most romantic day of the year. 

December 28, 2013

New Year's Makeup Look

I was so busy getting my outfit for the New Year' Eve, that I didn't get a chance to plan my makeup look. I know, what was I thinking.
For the New Year's Eve makeup look,  I opted for a modern metallic smoky eye. I wanted to keep the eyes bright and yet smoky. I finished the look with glowy pink cheeks and nude lip. So it's all glitz and glam this New Year's Eve.
And here is the finished look, hope you like it ladies!

December 22, 2013

Christmas Day Makeup Tutorial - Step-by-Step

Can't believe it's Christmas already. I have been really busy this year. Being a makeup artist, beauty blogger and also working full-time in the office it didn't leave me much spare time for my friends and family this year. This is all about to change next year. Hopefully.
Anyways, enough of sentimentality, if you are still looking for Christmas Day makeup ideas, here is one for you.

December 07, 2013

Lush Creme Eyeshadow in Sophisticated

Sophisticated is a shimmery metallic light taupe with pink undertones cream eyeshadow. It’s very pigmented, so you have the choice to apply the eyeshdow thicker for more dramatic evening look or you can sheer it out for a more subtle daytime look. I also found that it makes a perfect base for a metallic smokey eye look. You have to work fast with the products as it sets pretty quickly and there is not much time for blending.

November 24, 2013

Bridal Makeup: Best lipstick for the Bride

How to choose a lipstick for your wedding
As a general rule your lipstick should coordinate with your dress, wedding theme and of course with the rest of the make-up.
I always recommend soft pink-beiges, light or coral pinks, and also the classic red to the brides. I think these shades are timeless and also photograph best. The consistency of the lipstick should be creamy and smooth. Avoid matte lipstick as they can be bit drying.  If you want to your lipstick to last long, then you must use and lip pencil. Choose a lip pencil shade lighter or the same as the actual lipstick color.
I would not recommend using lip-gloss on your wedding day; firstly because it just doesn't look good in photographs and secondly it makes the lipstick less lasting.  And if you must apply lip-gloss then concentrate the lip-gloss on the center of your bottom lip for a plumping effect. 

Here are some of my favorite Wedding lipsticks that I recommend you try:

October 27, 2013

Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher - Review

Inspired by the "magic" retoucher pen of the professional photographer, Charlotte Tilbury has created a breakthrough concealer that makes imperfections disappear with the click of a button and she desribes the benefits of this concealer on her website as :

* A hydrating complex keeps skin plumped up and moisturised for a natural, luminous finish

* A black tea derivative, rich in vitamins, fills in hollowed out skin grooves, creating a smooth, seamless surface

* A breakthrough Lipo-Siliconic compound and special elastomer pearls create an invisible plaster over the imperfections, creating a natural, traceless finish.

October 18, 2013


Burgundy and Oxford blood red are the trend colors for the season autumn/winter 2013/14 and if you are getting tired of the summer pastels and corals then this is a nice change for your nails. I think both shades are great autumn colors, very expensive and classy looking and they suit all skin tones.
Here are some of my favorite burgundy and dark red OPI nail polishes to try.

OPI Nail Polish in Romeo & Joliet
OPI Nail Polish in Romeo & Joliet

October 11, 2013

High-street fashion favorites - Autumn/Winter 2013

Last September, we created a fashion editorial inspired by the autumnal colors of the Autumn/Winter 2014 season.

Stylist Sandra Pawlowska-Nahlik used solely affordable High-street fashion favorites like coats, pencil skirts, chunky knits and jumpsuits.
Sandra combined the vibrant tones like purple, plums, mykonos blue, burgundy and samba red with soft pastels like dusty pinks and creams. The colors are bold and yet ultra-feminine and wearable to most occasions, including the office.

The makeup I did for the photo shoot was inspired by the tones of the falling leafs, so for Danielle I choose dark red lipstick combined with soft brown crème eyeshadow with orange undertones. Aisling is rocking a seventies inspired Smokey Eye in metallic grey mixed with silver glitter and black creme eyeshadow together. As her eyes are quite strong, I only used a nude lipstick and added some contour to the cheeks. On Sara I used oxford blood red lipstick paired with a faint of a warn pink blush on the apple of the cheeks. I lined the waterline with a black kohl eyeliner and then I applied ultra-thin black liquid eyeliner to the lids.

The very talented fashion photographer Antonina Zharko choose the Bolands Mill old factory in Dublin as the backdrop for the shoot.
Antonina wanted the location to look very 1940's and we decorated the set according the theme. We used vintage crockery, tablecloths, books and the ground was covered with wood pieces, leafs, dark red apples and goose feathers. As the shoot was outdoors, the wind helped us creating the autumnal atmosphere by whirling the feathers and the leafs on set.

Sara (left): Miss Selfridge Jumper 65  New Look Wafle Skirt 17.99  
New Look Deep Red Metal High Heel Vamp Peeptoe  39.99
Danielle(middle): Ax Paris Longsleeve Tube Dress @ Guna Dubh in Bray  35 , 
New Look Lace Back Cardigan  22.99 
New Look Limited Red Tassel Peeptoe Shoe Boots  59.99  
Aisling (right)  : New Look Waffle Midi Pencil Skirt  17.99 
New Look Cute Mandy Jumper  29.99 


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