September 20, 2014

Blush pink coat, black leather leggings, striped top and nude pumps

I love the transitional season's styling and when the temperatures start to drop then its all about the layering - no better way to keep warm and look stylish. Blush pink is one of my favorite colors at the moment - it was a huge trend last season and is here to stay this Autumn/Winter. It look fabulous styled with striped dresses and tops or  black leather leggings or skirts. I  love the quilted pink coat from Warehouse;  its so comfy -  it feels like lounging all day long under my duvet. And because its so over-sized I could put on few more pounds and no one would know - truly a coat with benefits, I am telling ya!  

Coat - Warehouse
Stripe Top  - New LookNew Look
White Blouse - Penneys
Faux Leather Leggings  - Penneys
Shoes - New Look
Bag - Penneys

Hope you liked the today's outfit! 

xxx Marina

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September 10, 2014

How to tame the morning frizz

Nobody wakes up in the morning looking glam and fabulous with perfect skin and hair - not even celebs  – there is a God after all! Even the best mattress can't ensure that you will wake up frizz free. The people at Casper Sleep are working hard to make the perfect mattress, yet they still haven't solved this problem! While they work on it, here are some tips on how to beat frizzy hair.

Its hard to believe but my hair has a life on its own - where do I begin! I was born with a baby fine, somewhat wavy hair that poofs up like a balloon when it's humid and wet outside.And if that was not a curse enough,   my hair is also oily at the roots and dry at the ends, mostly because of all the hair bleaching ( I do love my Ombre Hair though, so its worth it!)  And I also tend to sweat in the night like a horse, so that's not helping my case either (I know to much information... sorry!).  I try (emphasizes on try here) to blow-dry my hair thoroughly in the evenings, but still manage to wake up with frizzy head. Every. Single. Morning.  I suppose this is what they call frizz prone hair - I might offer myself as be a guinea pig for all the anti-frizz product companies out there – it would be kind of public service really - and I could make some serious money!! Jeez, this business plan is writing itself.

Now, in the mornings, I defiantly have no time to spend hours fixing and styling my hair, it has to be ready in seconds.

What a girl's gotta do?

Here are some of my first aid tips to combat frizz very last minute. 

Smooth it!

Apply small amount of hair serum into palms and distribute evenly through dry hair, concentrating on hair ends. My favorite hair serum is the Kerastase Elexir Ultime - its very light weight and doesn’t weigh my hair down at all and it also adds shine  without making it look greasy. 
If you don't have any serum at hand, you could also just some plain olive or coconut oil. Same thing. 
Then, spray some hairspray onto your palm and smooth over your hair too make the tiny hairs lay flat - you can't beat Redken Controll Addict 28 for that, best smoothing hair spray ever!
The combination of serum and hairspray leaves my hair looking much better-behaved and sleeker after a wild night of tossing and turning in my bed. 

Bun it! If everything else is not working put your hair in a top knot – this one never goes out of style. This will take you a minute and the frizz will be nowhere to be seen. I am rocking one just right now! ( Yes, you guessed it right - bad hair day!) 

Or just plait it!

If you don’t like the idea of the bun and it reminds you to much of your former primary school teacher, then you could also plait your hair, this will also hide the frizz and make you look so stylish. Perfect! And besides there so many plait combinations to choose from: French Plait, Fishtail Plait, Dutch Waterfall Braid...

Top Tips

Avoid heat-based styling tools like curling irons and straightens which create more frizz.

Always finish the hair wash with a final cold water rinse. 

Try to eat tons of fruits and veggies and drink loads of  liquids (yeah,no, coffee and fizzy drinks don't count - if anything, they will dehydrate your hair and skin even more, so cut them out!) Sorry, that was just a note to myself!

Is the frizz your biggest styling challenge too? 

Then please share your tips for taming the frizz sista!!!

xxx Marina

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September 08, 2014

Warehouse autumn/winter 2014 collection - Review

I'm impressed with the new Warehouse autumn/winter 14 collection - there are so many amazing things to choose from. This season is all about oversized coats, junky knits, jogger pants and layering clothing with different textures and colors.  I really love layering on the clothes, its defiantly the most stylish way to keep warm this winter.

Have a look what the A/W 14 collection is offering!

Faux Fur is having a huge comeback this season. I love faux fur - it injects instantly glamour to any outfit and it looks amazing with the little black dress or just with a black leather leggings and heeled ankle boots. The pastel pink crop faux fur jacket is one of my must-haves for the winter wardrobe.
Love the texture of the fluffy pastell coats.
Grey is the new black and it's clearly the star of the season - probably thanks to the 50 Shades of Grey mania! This fabolous neutral color looks amazing combined with black, white, red and powder pink. I like to wear grey head-to- toe; it looks really trendy when fabric textures like and different shades of grey are mixed and matched. Also love the mettalics trend at the moment, think it really looks cool combined with grey.

Mustard yellow and Khaki are also in the spotlight this season. To avoid the military effect, style khaki with blush pink instead of white, grey or black. Mustard yellow suits brunettes and dark haired beauties best; blondes should stick with accessories such as bags or wear mustard yellow skirts.

Aurora Red and Bright Cobalt Blue are the two colors that shouldn’t be missing in any wardrobe this autumn/winter.  Blue gives you a fresher look than black and goes quite well with any color. It also looks great combined with patterns and stripes. Head-to-toe red can be a tad too aggressive for the everyday outfit,  but it can work brilliantly (and is more wearable) combined with black, white or nude.

 There are defiantly few pieces going on my wish list from the  Warehouse Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection. The collection looks really expensive and can be easily mistaken for a high-end label.
 Its so designer.
 What do you think? Has anything caught your eye?

xxx Marina

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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                                                                     


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