To be honest, when I saw the press release for the new Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water, I thought, ‘hmm sure’, even though I have professed my undying love for the it’s sister serum several times before both on this site and verbally to people (I’m an Aqualia evangelist). Continue reading VICHY // AQUALIA THERMAL BOOSTING ESSENCE WATER
One of the best things about hitting up the City Pharma in Paris is getting the ludicrous deals on Vichy sunscreen. On our honeymoon two years ago in Paris, we were only just starting what would be our three weeks of roasting in the July sun from the city of love right down to Positano, in the south of Italy. Continue reading VICHY // IDÉAL SOLEIL SUNSCREEN
Summer is going to be here before we know it! Time stock up on essentials now so when beach/cottage weather arrives, we are well prepped. Continue reading SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
I am finally allowed to talk to you about this new mask from Vichy! Continue reading VICHY // IDEALIA SKIN SLEEP MASK
Well, if you had asked me not too long ago what I had been using for skincare, the list would have been super long. Continue reading MY SKINCARE // SPRING 2015
Looking back at all of the posts from this year, I realized just how many products we’ve actually reviewed–and there are a ton!
Originally, I was going to do a top 10 list, but there are so many great products old and new that I’ve loved.
To me, Vichy was kind of the skincare underdog of 2014. With their awesome new Aqualia Power Serum and gorgeous Aqualia Thermal Night Spa, they really created some standout products this year. So…why not share amazing skin with the people you love?
Protect your face at any price.
Lots of new releases from Vichy at the moment–these aren’t even all of them! (Stay tuned for a review of their new hydrating serum) Continue reading VICHY // IDEALIA BB CREAM, EYE CREAM & NIGHT DETOX
This past fall, I was sorta obsessed with my abundant and ever-growing collection of lipstick. That’s why when summer rolled around and I had no desire to do any more than lip balm, it was a bit of a sad moment. Even my summer corals and pinks had no appeal to me. Why? Well, makeup in the summertime is already a hassle as it is– I feel like I’m already blotting and powdering by the hour, why add another step in my touch-up regime? That’s why on my recent trip to Paris, I packed one lone red lipstick, knowing that it was probably just wishful thinking.
Red lips are kind of a toughie for me. I always feel way overdone when I pair it with my everyday eye-makeup (liner and mascara), but I still want a little definition on the eyes! Plus I hate to cake on the base products because I just feel like it’s sooo not-chic. Anyways, determined as I was to wear out a red lip, and very inspired by the lack of makeup French girls wear, I think i figured out a modern, light and easy way to wear a red lip for this summer weather.
Starting off with correcting any red tones in my skin (the only red on your face should be on your lips with this look), I do a thin layer of a thin, light-coverage foundation (preferably water-based–I use Maestro from Armani) on my cheeks, nose and chin. I then touch on any blemishes using a high coverage creamy concealer–the Dermablend foundation stick is awesome. I use my fingers to really melt it into the skin and blend onto the rest of the face so it’s undetectable. Then for my violet-hued undereye circles, I dab on a tiny bit of a very orange-toned concealer, which for me is the matching Maestro Eraser. I finish with a thin layer of translucent powder (to beat the heat!)–Dermablend makes an industrial strength one that is literally suitable for everyone.
Onto the eyes, I really went for less is more with this one. I simply did a wash of MAC’s Camel Coat, but any tone slightly darker than your skintone will do. This will add some subtle definition and really give you that Parisienne-cool look. No mascara, no liner, keep calm.
In my opinion, there is literally no occasion in which a strong brow isn’t needed– I fill my in with a slightly darker matte eye-shadow then comb into place with a little hairspray on a spoolie.
Now for the lip. Nothing new here; I start off with a crimson pencil, first outlining the ideal shape of my natural lips, then filling in. Smack your lips together, blot, then onto the lipstick. The key for this look is to create a really long-lasting, worn in red lip that doesn’t really scream “look at me!” but more like “I have my life put together” (this look does not, however, put your life together). I personally think a matte red is my favourite look right now, so I used Military Red by Burberry. Two coats, blotting after each.
All written out like that, this look doesn’t seem as effortless as it initally felt, but trust me, this really takes five minutes before you’re out the door. And with matte lipsticks, touch up’s are only necessary after eating/drinking (or excessive kissing). So put your neglected lipsticks to use!