Monday, 21 April 2014

Monday inspiration

Crush of the week 

The thing is, I really want to like mondays, so in order to be able to do that, at the beginning of every week, I will tell you about a blog post/idea/film/recipe, basically anything that could potentially be a great start for the week.

I've had a good start of the day, today, thanks to a blog post from A Beautiful Mess.

It's about changing dreams. This blog is owned by two amazing sisters, Elsie and Emma, from Springfield Missouri, both incredibly gifted, creative and positive.

This article, called On Changing Dreams, made me think about success, about my own goals, and it gave me a new vision on life and work. A glimpse of happiness!

Picture of Emma and Elsie from the website A Beautiful Mess.

In the article, Emma opens up about her past, and what she's been through to figure out what she wanted to do. 

Emma first tried to be an actress in L.A, didn't really work that well, so she eventually had to go back to her parent's house. Elsie had already created ABM blog, she also had a little shop, and she finally convinced Emma to join in the blogging adventure. 

But like Emma says, " I wanted to do something on my own. There was a little part of me that always felt like if I worked with Elsie I would forever be the "second shooter," if you know what I mean."

Emma eventually agreed to come back to Missouri, and help her sister Elsie. Emma started blogging about amazing recipes and more, she also started to handle the business side and as she says, made herself valuable. 

Now both Emma and Elsie work on A Beautiful Mess and millions of people read the blog everyday! They also have written a book and made an app. Anyway, Emma will tell you about her journey better than I do, go check it out! 


Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Fashion

My Basics #1

Long sleeved tee shirts are essential to me. 

I have a few, all from Gap, and I basically wear them all the time. Under a jumper, with a cardigan, on its own, in the summer, in the winter. 
All the time, with absolutely everything. 


It's casual, but with a nice belt and tucked in your trousers it can look "kind of"put together.


I love how textured it looks as well. It adds a little something to the outfit. 


I have them in grey, beige, black and white stripes and navy blue and white stripes.


My ideal style would be very simple, and chic/cool, with a twist. Well, for me, these shirts really are a wardrobe staple.

What are yours?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Beauty

The Amazing Clearcalm 3
Claryfing Clay Cleanser by REN



Again, listening to Caroline Hiron's advices, I decided to get the REN Clearcalm Clay Cleanser. 

My go to cleansers right now are the Clarins Anti Pollution cleansing cream that I usually use in the morning, and a cleansing oil by Cattier for the evening. 
I have normal to combination skin, but I wanted to have a cleanser that suits my skin when it gets a bit spotty, and also a cleanser that simply deeply cleanse. I do use clay masks, let's say once a week, but it really strips my skin sometimes, and you have to wait 10 minutes.
Whereas with this, I just massage it into my skin for one minute, apply some water, it then turns into a milky texture, I rinse it with warm water, and I'm done.

This REN cleanser is the best cleanser I've ever tried. Here, I said it.




Let me explain why.

-  It really deeply cleanse : my skin is way clearer when I use it, I would even say brighter.
- The texture is really creamy but you can definitely feel the clay work its magic.
-  It goes on so smooth! Sometimes I leave it on for a couple of minutes, and then rinse it. It's like an express clay/hydrating mask

- It feels calming on the skin. Instantly.
- I love how the pump distributes the product perfectly, one pump is the exact amount for your face.

All in all, a fabulous cleanser! What's your favorite one?


Friday, 14 March 2014

Beauty Heroes

Cream blushers



These are my two Bobbi Brown blusher's. 

I was never a big fan of powder blushers, most of the time I find that you can see the powder actually sitting on the skin. Whereas, for me, a cream blusher is supposed to melt into the skin, and make you achieve this "glowy look from within". You know like you've just been running outside for hours, even if you don't really run at all...

Anyway, it's also easy to use. I just dab some blusher on my cheeks, and blend it with my fingers, you could obviously use a brush, but I quite like to use it with my fingers: free and precise. They're quite long wearing, also you can easily put them in your bag, the packaging is classic and it's got a little mirror in it: very handy.

Also I sometimes draw kind of a triangle shape from under the eyes to the middle of my cheek and slightly go up to the bridge of my nose. Very lightly of course, I'm not trying to look like a clown, but if you apply it well, and make sure to blend and soften the edges, it creates a nice fresh look.

These blushers are really pigmented and give a creamy - but not sticky - finish.


Like I said, I have two of these blushers, Pale Pink and Calypso Coral.  Oh and by the way they're called Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks. I only really use them on my cheeks but I've tried them both on the lips (I should tell you, I'm not a lipstick kind of girl), and the Pale pink looks pretty good, not sure about the coral one though.

Pale Pink on the left and Calypso Coral on the right
Pale pink is my personal favorite. It is a cold pink, the texture is very sheer which is nice because you can't go wrong with this one. You can easily build up the color, but it never looks too dense, it's very transparent, and bright.

They're quite expensive but they last for ages. I've just hit pan on Calypso Coral, and I bought it over a year ago, and use it pretty much 4 times a week. (That's weirdly precise, isn't it?) Calypso Coral is more of a summery shade, the color is so dense that maybe you could go wrong with this one if you're heavy handed. The color is vibrant and might work on different skin tones.


So yes, these are - some of - my beauty heroes. 

I'd say I would go out without everything but blush, it instantly makes me feel good. It lights up the face. And again, anything that can fake the "healthy lifestyle, running every day - or even every week (!) - spirit " is right up my alley!

Are you more into cream or powder blushers?

This is not a sponsored blog post. I bought the products myself.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Things I should not tell you but ...


Promotional picture of The Wire

I've recently finished the series The Wire.

Some say it is the best show ever, I personally think it is a masterpiece. David Simon, the creator, is a journalist who worked in a paper in Baltimore for many years, the series is based on what he used to witness at that time.

Basically, it takes place in Baltimore, you get to "observe" drug dealers, police work, politics, corruption, the education system and just everyday citizen's problems and concerns. It goes on for 5 seasons, I've learned so much about all these topics while watching it.

Each season has a proper generic, it's the same song called Way down in the hole, but played by different artists.

Anyway, I've been watching all the episodes, and since the final one has ended, I really miss it. Like really. Like I play the songs of the generic on my iphone all the time, and even dream about the characters.

Yep, I told you, this is a new rubric "Things I should not tell you but..."

Here's a sneak peak of all the songs... Enjoy.





Saturday, 14 December 2013

Lists

All I want for Christmas #2

To carry on with first episode of the Christmas wish list, here are five other items that I'd love to get or simply dream of.

n°6. The perfect (tartan) scarf

I've discovered this scarf  from Johnstons of Elgin on the great blog Park and Cube, I would not want such an expensive scarf, even if this one has a perfect tartan, and it is cashmere, the dream.
Something similar still is, in my opinion, a wardrobe's essentiel.


n°7. Cleansing cream by Dr Hauschka

This cleansing cream has been on my list for a month now. (Yes I sort of have a real wish list, on paper and everything. That way, I can test my desire, and see if I really want to buy this or that item, if it does stay on the list, then it's worth it.) 
Anyways. 
Natural ingredients, sweet almond oil, and a classic packaging = love it. I've nearly finished my Clarins smoothing cream: that, I think, could be next.


n°8. The ring

This ring from Lunaticart on Etsy is so delicate, thin and subtle. The shop has other great rings, and all the jewelry is in the same mood as this ring.


n°9. A huge tea mug

I haven't find the one yet. But I guess it could be in that spirit... You can find this polar bear mug here.


n°10. The perfect boots

No pictures because I'm still trying to find them! I'd like them to be made of black leather, with a small heel, chelsea or ankle, classic but long lasting, chic but easy to wear. These, from Garance Doré's blog are close to my dreamy shoes.

Picture taken by Garance Doré

End of the christmas list my dear fellows.

The next #list episode might be about wardrobe basics... yes, big plans!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Lists

All I want for Christmas

It is time for Christmas wish lists.

I've always thought that the idea of sending a wish list to my family for my birthday or Christmas is so not spontaneous. 
But then I realised that it could be way easier for everyone, because let's face it, very often sometimes finding a great gift is hard. The key is to make a long list, and then you don't know what your family's gonna pick out of it. Surprise!

Today, I'm going to share with you 5 items that I really like/dream of. Here's a sneak peek into my list in no particular orders, well let's say, as it crosses my mind.

n°1. Pyjamas

A pyjama shirt like this COS one. Or just classic, old fashioned, grey or navy blue pyjamas with a pocket. The pocket has its role in my love for these kind of Pjs.
























n°2. A film

Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach. Good reviews, the trailer already made me laugh, and I love the way the main character and co-writer of the film, Greta Gerwig, dances and falls all the time.





n°3 Christmas socks

Every year I ask for Christmas socks to my little brother. I just really like to have pretty socks on, who does doesn't right?

Usually I find nice ones in Gap, but this year I've been looking on the online shop, couldn't find anything. To give you an idea, here's a picture I found on Pinterest, (that makes me laugh because I imagine people puting their breakfast on the floor and pose in the middle to create an atmosphere.)
These are classic, but I also like socks with deers, snowflakes and even a santa claus. When I was living in London, Primark was great for that kind of purchase.


n°4. Ren products

I've never tried anything from Ren. I've recently discovered the french website ohmycream.com - their online magazine is also really interesting, well documented and they also go into inspiring people's bathrooms like designers, makeup artists, etc - ohmycream sells some brands that are difficult to find in France and their online shop has nice gift sets for Christmas. 

This gift set features the Glycolic radiance renewal mask mask that I've been willing to try for a few months but have never decided myself to buy it because of the price. 




In this set of the Radiance range you get the Glycolic mask full size+ 25 ml of the Micro polish cleanser + 10 ml of the Radiance perfection serum and two 2 ml samples of the Resurfacing AHA concentrate. The entire set could be yours for 39€. 

Considering that on the website the mask only usually costs 46,60€, it's a bargain.

n°5. Muji Candles

To be honest, I really want to buy myself a Feu de bois Dyptique candle one day. 
But for now, I might go for this muji candle which is, according to the lovely Anna from viviannadoesmakeup, very similar to the Dyptique one, and actually has the exact same name.


That's it for today, but it is just the beginning of my wish list, so stay tuned!