August 21, 2014

How to curl your hair like a PRO

I love the Beach Babe Wavy Hair - this one of my favorite hair styles, and together with the belayage colour it has been my signature look now for more than three years.  My hair is naturally wavy, which helps hold the curl longer, but I also use the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother to create a smooth surface -  that way the curling wand glides better and also protects my hair from the heat, and the result is always soft, frizz-free curls. My favorite curling wand is Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand, but you can really use any curling wand.
This is how I curl my hair - for the best results I  recommend you always start with a clean and blow dryed hair.

Divide your hair into two sections; bottom and top layer.
Start with the bottom layer, take a two cm hair strand and wrap it tightly around the barrel, while holding it in a vertical position - make sure to leave the ends out. And also wear a protective glove, it usually comes with the curling wand, although I am always too lazy to wear one, I rather keep burning my fingers.
Hold the iron in this position for about 5 second, but never longer than that.
Release the hair and pull the curling iron out and repeat the same procedure with the rest of the hair.
On the top layer, start curling your hair from the ear level down for a  modern look.

Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand
And voila, sexy wavy salon hair made in the comfort of your home. Don't over do it though as the heat can demage your hair. If you hair is already heat demaged, one and cheap and cheerful but very effective deep hair treatment is just to heat two tea spoons of coconut or olive oil and aply it to your end and leave it in as long as possible.  Happy curling girlies!

xxx Marina

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August 18, 2014

Love cobalt blue mascara for summer!

Coloured mascara is quite trendy this summer, and if you are bored with your black mascara, why not pep up your look by adding  a bit of colour to your lashes. I love blue mascaras and eyeliners -  they really add contrst and intensify your eyes no matter what color.  

For this summer look I used the following products:
Smashbox Camara Ready BB Cream in light/medium ( no powder used as I was going to the beach!)
Laura Mercier Gel Eyeliner in Canard ( applied with the MAC 266 angled brush )
Inglot Colour Play Mascara in Blue (two coats)
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink ( applied with my fingers to both cheeks and lips)

Have you tried ever tried a blue mascara? What is your favorite look for this summer?

xxx Marina

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August 14, 2014

Mature skin? Get back your youthful glow!

Mature skin lacks collagen and elastin that gives the plumpness that younger skin has. I don't really like using the word "mature" because  it tends to make ladies over a certain age feel old and not as beautiful as they should feel, but it’s only a word after all!  The main thing about skin - at any age - is to keep the makeup look simple and fresh.  For ladies over fifty, in particular, less is really more. With my tips and tricks you can bring some of your youthful glow back and be the belle of the ball, no matter what age you are.

One of my happy clients - can you believe  this gorgeous lady is 58! A stunner!

August 11, 2014

YSL Le Teint Encru de Peau aka YSL Fusion Ink Foundation - Review

According to the magazine Baazar, there are 25 000 women on the list waiting for the new YSL foundation... you heard me right...25 000 on the waiting list!! Now, that's exciting news - surely this must be the best thing since sliced bread so. Or since YSL Touche Eclat.  Let's have a look first what Yves Saint Laurent has to say about the most anticipated wonder product in 2014. 

August 08, 2014

The Brow Factor - How to define your eyebrows perfectly in 5 steps

I’ve seen lately loads of different variation of brows these days, or if you could even call them brow…, one particular variation has emerged  - the angry bird brow - , that’s what I call them …, Its suffice to say that I’m not a fan of over-sized and over-drawn brows, which are so hip and trendy at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I do like strong brows, but only if it suits the rest of the face. Now, there are brows that you don’t need to touch (I am looking at you in envy Cara Delavigne!)  And then there brown that you need to correct and groom – not naming any names here now…!

This is my approach to the perfect brow:

August 04, 2014

Catrice Lash Extension Volume Mascara - Review

Look...there is new drugstore mascara in town! I honestly think that many drugstore brands have stepped up their game in terms of quality of their products. One of the drugstore brands that always makes me coming back for more is Catrice - their products are always so innovative and on trend. 

They recently released their newest Lash Extension Volume Mascara with integrated fibres to enhance the lengthening effect. I am really impressed with this newbie, and I don't use this word loosely. The mascara made my lashes look defined, thick and pleasingly long. Longer and thicker lashes will make you look wide awake and glamorous, just in case you didn't know this beauty trick! Also my lashes felt soft to the touch, almost like dolly lashes. 

      Left eye no mascara -right eye one coat                               Picture right: Full makeup look wearing two coats of mascara                                                                     

July 31, 2014

Charlotte's Magic Cream - Review

As a skincare junkie I have tried tons of “miracle” creams the second they came out, so I was excited when Charlotte's Magic Treat and Transform Moisturizer hit the market. Charlotte Tilbury is an international makeup artist and she has been mixing her own age-defying skincare for 20 years. The magic cream  promises to transform tired skin into radiant and perfectly hydrated complexion in an instant. It contains anti-age ingredients such as rose hip oil, camellia oil, shea butter and has also added some new age technology such as the BioNymph Peptide Complex and SPF 15.  

July 29, 2014

How to choose best Eyeshadow for your Eye Color

With so many eyeshadow colors on the market how do you choose one that looks good on you. To make your eyes pop, you must select a color that's the opposite of your own eye color.  If you are a lucky brown eyed girl as myself, you can wear any eyeshadow since brown is neutral color.  To define your eyes choose neutral shades of eyeliner such as taupe, brown or black no matter what your eye color is. One thing though, matching eyeshadow to your clothing is an absolute big NO NO. Why?... I hear you say - well, let's be honest here, it just looks bit tacky and on top of that it can really wash you out! Of course makeup is an art and anything goes that looks good, but here are my "rules" and color recommendations for your eye color.

golden brown
First Row: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows - Black Plum, Velvet Plus, Midnight
Second Row: Inglot Eyeshadows -MATTE 320, PEARL 439,MATTE 321 PEARL 428
Third Row: Inglot Eyeshadows PEARL 423, PEARL 422, PEARL 419, PEARL 433
Last Row: MAC Eyeshadows - Bronze, Tempting, Woodwinked, Couqette, Sumptous Olive

July 23, 2014

Wear Pink Lipstick This Summer

Hot pink lips never seem to go out in fashion in summer time. One thing I love about bright pink lips is that they're ultra-feminine and so bold at the same time. I love pairing hot pink lip with neutral or rose eye shadow and glowing skin. This look is on my favs for a hot summer party.



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