Online Holliday Shopping

My Picks For Christmas 2012

Christmas, along with all its celebrations and gift-giving, is around the corner. Which means that most makeup brands are now advertising their Holiday specials. I’ve tried my best to stay away from their luring adds, but still, as always, I find myself devoting a lot of time to dream-shopping. Here are a few of the items that come up recurrently on my mind. Most of them are actually not Christmas specials, but they are gorgeous all the same:

 

1. At the top of my list is Burberry Makeup and accessories. All of this comes from spending a lot of time mystified in front of the Burberry Youtube Channel watching and re-watching their makeup tutorials. It all looks so clean and simple and the result is always spectacular. Of course, it helps that they take one of the most fashionable models out there to have their makeup done. But still, it looks so luxurious and professional. My personal picks are first the new Complete Eye Palette, and more specifically # 01 Smokey Grey, then there is their “Fresh Glow” Luminous Fluid Base which looks fantastic (by the way, on one of the videos posted on their Youtube channel, the makeup artist uses it over eyeshadow to give a sheen to a normally matte eye. A must-try!). While I’m not a fan of dark lips, their “Lip Mist” Natural Sheer Lipstick in # 06 Blueberry is featured in one of the videos and, once again, I’m totally smitten. Finally, their # 09 Socket Line Brush seems to be a good staple to own for sheer, easy eye makeup.

2. Even though I’ve been using less nail polish lately, and kept my nails more or less au naturel, I still believe that no-one can ever own too many polishes. And it is especially true when it comes to polished loaded with sparkles! Now, some sparkly polished disappoint because they just don’t have enough shimmer/sparkles/base color in them. The Deborah Lippman ones, on the other hand, always look perfect on pictures. I’ve never owned any, and they don’t sell over here, but I’ve always been curious to try them. Who know, maybe after I’ve received some money at Christmas I’ll order one. The tricky part will be to choose between all the different colors. I’ve done my best to restrained myself and I’ve come up with 5 picks: “Let’s Go Crazy” (the purple one), “I Love the Nightlife” (the white one), “Boom Boom Pow” (the gold one), “Today Was a Fairytale” (the silver one), and “Cleopatra in New York” (the gold and black one).

Oh, and there is also the new Chanel nail polish 637 Malice in my picks. As you’ve seen before, I really love Chanel nail polishes in classic colors, because they apply really well and last a long time. This dark red is perfect for fall and winter and it is a color that never goes out of trend!

3. Last year, I went crazy for eyeshadow palettes. I got the Naked 2 palette, the Stilla Christmas palette and the Bobbi Brown shimmer block Christmas palette. This year, however, I don’t seem to find as many interesting ones as back then. When it comes strictly to Christmas, or at least winter collection palettes, I find myself luring on the new Dior Night Golds  (the one on the left). If I think about it, I probably already own similar colors, though… Then, there is another palette which is not new at all and which is not Christmassy-wintery either: the Estee Lauder Island Oasis Palette which dates back from a year and a half ago. It was a summer special, but it’s still available on some websites.

I can’t decide if I had too much last year, or if 2012 is just not a good year for Christmas palettes…

What about you, what’s on your list??

 

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Etsy Shop On A Stick

A Life Without Etsy Is Like A Life Without Sun

I must confess something: I spend way too much time on Internet shopping websites… Mostly to dream shop. But still…

And one of my favorite websites to browse is Etsy. You can find all types of objects there. It is the best place to find unique objects that no-one else you know will own. It is also a great place to buy custom made items such as clothes to your measurements, spice blends to fit your tastes or soaps that will have the wacky smell you always dreamt about. I have already bought jewelry, clothes, craft supplies, wall art and makeup there. There is just so much choice. Most items are either handmade or vintage. Some of the handmade items look very amateurish, but other look perfect to every detail, with the quality of something you’d buy in an expensive shop.

Because I love Etsy so much, I’ve decided to spill my secrets and let you know about my best finds and my favorite shops. Stay tuned, some beautiful shops will be revealed soon.

What about you, do you shop at Etsy? And do you have favorite shops or items there?

Tip of the Stick

Shop Your Beauty Bag!

 

Today, a very quick and easy tip, yet very effective also:

Do you, just like me and other women, pile makeup products up and forget about the ones you used to love just as soon as you’ve gotten some new goodies? Do your staple products change just about every week, or every couple weeks, depending on how often you go to the beauty shop (and come back with a bagful)?

Well, I have a challenge for you : STOP doing it for 2 WEEKS and, instead of buying anything new, just SHOP YOUR BAG! 

To make this experience even more interesting, try to mix things up and change products every couple days, so that you don’t get stuck in a routine. And try to use products in an unexpected way. Lately, I’ve used lipsticks and balms as blush and I’ve used eye pencil as a base all over my eyelid. The results are really cool!

Let me know if you’re up to the challenge! Good Luck!

P.-S: I was going to challenge you, and myself, to do this for 1 MONTH, but then I thought it was just too cruel, and not realistic at all!