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.  

The cream is very thick and feels very moisturizing on my face. Some other moisturizers I’ve tried would feel good on the skin at first when applied only to leave it feeling dry again few minutes later. The cream has a classic feminine rose scent that I like and the luxurious rose gold jar packaging reminds me of glam Hollywood,  it looks so decorative on a dressing table.
The  cream comes with instructions for an at- home- facial massage and should be applied with a specific technique: You put it on your fingertips and rub a bit to warm it up before applying it to your face. As it is very thick, it needs to be warmed up a bit otherwise you'll be stretching your skin. Then, gently pat the cream all  over your  face, eyes, décolleté and neck. Don't forget to moisturize your entire neck, not just the front! Moisturizing the back of  the neck keeps the front nice and taut!
The magic cream has a similar consistency to cult favorites Creme de la Mer and Nivea Crème; I’ve used both creams for quite long time and I honestly can’t see much difference between the two. Also Nivea Crème is a fabulous  multi-purpose product and I have successfully used it as a make-up remover as well as for cracked heels, dry elbows, around cuticles, a rich moisturizing facial mask, leave-in hair treatment and even as a cheek highlighter.

Anyways, back to the Charlotte's Magic Cream! It retails for Euro 90.00 for 50 ml of product and is available at Brown Thomas in Dublin, Selfridges  and on Charlotte Tilbury's website. 

It is expensive, but I used the cream for two months on a daily basis, so I feel the price is justified. If this is a kind of money you would spend on skincare, then I would  suggest you try it, you surely won't be disappointed. Yeah, as for me, wrinkle-free for now, I'll stick with good ol' Nivea, thanks very much!  

Have you tried the Charlotte’s Magic Cream yet?

xxx Marina

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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.


July 10, 2014

Festival Makeup - Step-by-step

The festival season is in full swings and it is only understandable that you want to rock all day and night long and still look fabulous. But don’t despair, here is a tutorial for you how to apply festival make up that will last all day long and look fantastic. As you’re not going to have the time to touch up, your best bet would be to use waterproof and long-lasting products that do a double duty. Sunscreen is mandatory and I would recommend at least SPF 30, face paint on the other hand is optional and adds bit of fun to the look.


June 26, 2014

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner - Review

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that the sultry look is my signature look and hardly ever wear eyeliner. I just prefer the softer Smokey eye to a sophisticated winged liner, but I know that lot of you are a lover of a Cat Eye. In all fairness it is not an easy look to achieve, you need a steady hand to draw a straight line and also it proves quite a challenge to get the wings equally on both sides, Don’t you just hate it it when one flick is perfect and you just can’t get the other eye to match!  But when I heard that Benefit came up with a new product, the They’re Real Push-Up Liner, the first ever lash-hugging gel liner pen, I was excited.  And it is a really genius idea that they came up with, or you could say revolutionary, as there is nothing similar on the market. It’s basically a pen that you twist at the bottom to dispense product through a flat tip applicator. It also has included a makeup lesson how to apply the liner.

June 17, 2014

My favourite lip-glosses for the summer

In summer, I prefer to use a lip-gloss to a heavy lipstick. I suppose it’s like wearing lighter clothes.  These are the top three lip-glosses that never leave my makeup bag and they also would suit most skin tones:

Wearing Rimmel Vinyl Gloos in Be Famous 

June 09, 2014

How To Properly Cleanse Your Skin

Most women think that the moisturizer is the most important step in their skin care regime, but they are wrong, it’s actually the cleanser.  Of course there are no creams or cleansers in the world that can make you look you are 18 through all you your life, but a good skin care can delay the ageing process considerably.  As you get older your skin gets dull-looking and one of the reasons for that is that when the cell turnover slows down, dead skin on the surface doesn't reflect light nicely. A good cleanser will remove dead skin cells, stimulate circulation to the skin and make you look brighter and younger.  Also if your skin is not cleansed properly, it will not absorb the serums and the moisturizer properly.
I am shocked how many of my friends and clients use facial wipes for cleansing.  Girls, these are emergency wipes, and emergency is if you are being stranded on a deserted island without running water. The facial wipes will just move the dirt around your face and push it deeper into your pores.
To properly cleanse your skin you should always use the double cleanse technique, which is used in beauty salons; first cleanse is to remove the makeup and the second is to deeply clean the pores.
The first cleanser should be essential oil or a milk type cleanser. Apply small amount of the cleanser to dry face and massage it in circular motions for about one minute and then remove with facial sponges and warm water.

I use these sponges to remove the cleanser, they are quite inexpensive and also double up mild exfoliator.  You can buy them in  beauty salon  wholesale shops. 

May 30, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara - Review

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara promises to "Dress the eye with powerful, plush, voluminous lashes" and I think it really does what it says on the tin. I don't usually get too excited for mascara because I do not find there to be much difference from mascara to mascara but this one is definitely on its way to become my holy grail product, a product I can’t live without, a desert island must have! I would even go so far and say that this is best performing mascara I have purchased and trust me I have tried tons over the past fifteen years. Ok, enough raved, think you get the picture!

May 24, 2014

Bridal Makeup: Best Blush for the Bride

How to choose the best blush for your wedding day? As a general rule your blush should compliment your skin tone and  the rest of the wedding make-up.  My favorite blushes for the bride are soft pinks, corals and  creamy peaches, you really can't go wrong these hues. To make the blush stay on all day long, apply first creme blush over the foundation,  set with powder and then apply the powder blush. 
 Here is selection of some of my favorite blushes that I have used on recent photo shoots I recommend you try:


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