I had the great pleasure of being invited to discover this year’s Jo Malone Christmas collection by my favorite Jo Malone store in Barcelona (Ramblas de Cataluña) 2 weeks ago! I know, I know! I hear you! I should have posted this sooner, however when life gets in your way there isn’t much you can do, so this time around let’s just say that it’s better late than never ;)
Without further ado let’s talk about the experience!
The store is small yet welcoming so the event didn’t have a massive affluence but, to be honest, for me that is quite a good thing! There were enough people to make it feel nice and social without being overwhelming.
We had a beautiful yet simple display of rose and citrus macaroons as well as Veuve Cliquot champagne that were inspired by the collection, however we’ll get into that later on ;)
Last but definitely not least, the staff was incredibly welcoming as always and made everyone feel special and enchanted by the products!
I’ll make a special mention of my longest term sales associate Mireia as well as Josean Perez who was there to introduce the collection to us! You can find him on Instagram so go and say hi :) @josean_p
We also had the privilege of having a engraver present, should we want to personalize our purchases or gifts which I always enjoy doing!
He was really nice and patient in addition to being quite talented :)
See for yourselves below ;)
Now without further ado let’s talk about the collection!
This year’s inspiration was drawn from magic and Victorian times which translated into a gold, blue and green themed packaging that conveys luxury and elegance.
The ambiance of the whole collection is a great combination of tradition and innovation which I hope to convey while presenting it to you.
Let’s look at the packaging first:
anyone who knows me would quickly understand why the royal blue and gold vibes would attract me , therefore saying that I find it pretty wouldn’t be of much help!
However if you look into the overall look, I’d say I find the vertical green, blue and gold stripes are quite bold yet elegant which is totally in keeping with the Christmas esthetic without falling into the classic and stereotypical green/red/gold color palette. As far as I am concerned I appreciate the fact it doesn’t scream Christmas either, since I tend to like using the Christmas specials all year round!
I may or may not have bought 3 White Moss and Snowdrop candles last year and may or may not have used them all year long... please do bring it back !! I love it!! Good thing I bought the perfume too ;D
Jo Malone Christmas classics such as Pine and Eucalyptus and Orange Bitters have of course been included and given a golden makeover for the occasion!
This year’s Christmas scent is Rose and Magnolia and to be perfectly clear I absolutely love it! It’s floral yet fresh and so not Christmasy yet perfect for it regardless! It’s quite surprising and enticing!
The house describes it as “A sensual floral with a mysterious character. Some may even describe it as magic. Luminous magnolia and a duet of roses, blooming and enchanting. Alive under inky skies and the moon’s silver glow. A decadent heart of sweet and petaly Rose de Mai, warmed by the spicy opulence of Rose Damascena. Draped in sensuous patchouli and warm amber.”
I agree! The fragrance is sensuous and magic! You definitely smell the sweetness with a fresh and floral yet spicy profile that is quite puzzling in the best way possible! The genius comes from the combination of the Damascene Rose and the Rose de Mai which while being two torse are worlds appart from each other when it comes to their smell! As fast as I am concerned Jo Malone has done it again: creating an elevated and curated Rose perfume that seduces and entices without falling into the overused and vulgar rose scented profiles you may find elsewhere! In my experience only 2 houses have pulled the hat trick of making me love their rose based perfumes when I typically dislike them with a passion and that’s Jo Malone as well as the Maison Christian Dior.
One last comment before leaving you to have a look at the collection by yourselves and build your own opinions on it.
I am delighted to have been able to purchase my favorite Jo Malone fragrance in this beautiful French navy blue attire and that is English Pear and Freesia. It so happens my wedding bouquet was made of blue and white freesias which means i am reminded of that day each time I spray it and having it in a beautiful packaging just makes it that bit more special to me!
Hello everyone! My latest video is up :) I am still working on the idea of 1 day, 1 palette, 1 look, in order to give some much deserved love to my extensive collection.
Today I had a play with a limited edition palette from Nars that I really use despite its gorgeous colour story. I´m going smokier and pretty much more into cool tones that are rarely invited to the party!
I hope you´ll enjoy it :)
Have a look below to find a list of products used as well as the link to the video ^.^
VDL Satin veil & Lumilayer Primers both from Beautylish.com
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation from Sephora
MAC Studio Fix powder foundation in NC25 from MAC Cosmetics
Real techniques Buffing brush
Chicuhodo X Beautylish brush
Nars Man Ray eyeshadow palette
Jaclyn Hill X Morphe brush sets from Morphe
Kat Von D & Zoeva brushes can be bought at Sephora
Kat Von D ink Liner at Sephora
Nars Climax Mascara at Sephora
Dior Nude Skin Highlight at Sephora
Marc Jacobs liner in Fine wine at Sephora
Nars blush in Sin at Sephora
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer at Sephora
MAC Matte Lipstick in Love you back from MAC Cosmetics
Ultra Matte Liquid lipstick in @me from the Zoella X ColourPop collection from ColourPop
Hello friends :)
I'm here to share my last video with you: a new try at the 1 palette, 1 day, 1 look series we started a little while ago! You can find it here!
This time we're playing with the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette to create a smoky Purple and Pink look.
To be fair I have not given enough love to this palette, which was an actual surprise for me from the start.
I only bought it because I was invited to a launch masterclass at Sephora but it ended up being way more fun and versatile than I expected.
First of all because the quality is probably one of the best I have tried from Too Faced and I tried most of their palettes in the last few years!
The formula is creamy and really pigmented: a real pleasure to use, plus the colour is quite interesting and surprisingly versatile, despite the unexpected pops of colour :)
Please find below the products I mentioned :)
Kat Von D Lock it foundation in shade 48
Dior Nude Air Serum de teint in shade 30
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
RCMA No-color powder
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette
Chikuhodo X Beautylish Cobla blue brush collection
Morphe Brushes: from both Jaclyn Hill X Morphe and the Jeffrey Star X Morphe collections
Kat Von D number 75 brush for my brows
Urban Decay Afterglow blush in shade Fireball
Colourpop Supershock Perlized in Lunch Money
Hourglass Ambient Light Edit Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencil in shade Perversion
Nars Climax mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Nyx Lip oil
Mac Fix+ setting spray
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Hello again, today’s look is my birthday look :) I hope you enjoy getting ready with me !
For your information, please find the products I used below; still following my conscious effort to use my makeup collection more!
Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole
Powder: RCMA no-color powder
Concealer: NARS Creamy concealer & NARS Soft Matte
Eyeshadow palette: Born to Run by Urban Decay
Mascara: Dior Pump & Volume
Eye pencil: Urban Decay 24/7 in LSD
Lip liner: Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil 606 Whatever Walnut
Clarins Instant Lip Comfort oil
Highlighter NARS Albatros
Blush: Love Flush blush by Too Faced in I will always love you
Bronzer: Soleil Tan de Chanel
Face spray: MAC Fix Plus
Brows: Benefit Give me Brow shade number 5
Today I have a video for you, that is quite well rounded : it's the result of several inspirations I have been pondering on lately.
The first one is an easy one, or should I say circumstantial: we are in September... Shhh! I can hear you thinking: "thank you, Captain Obvious!"
Fair enough, it´s no ground breaking news or concept for that matter, but in my defence, September has really hit me hard this year! I'm kinda shocked that my birthday is already around the corner and my 39th at that! It´s my last year before hitting the big 40! How is that even possible? Oh well... 1st world problems!
The fact I mentioned the fact its September already is mainly because it means Fall/autumn is around the corner hence I wanted to try and incorporate fall in a look without forcing me to leave summer totally behind.
The second inspiration is my own makeup collection. I have an extensive collection compared to most people which is great when you love makeup as much as I do, but at the same time it inevitably means some items don't get as much attention as they deserve. So I have been doing a conscious effort to rekindle my love for palettes and products I don't often use.
Lastly but definitely not least, the last inspiration is a little idea I have been wanting to put into practice on my YouTube channel, which is to make a look with a different palette in each video. I have been calling it informally: 1 day, 1 palette, 1 look and I am kinda liking the idea! It actually ties in with my will to revisit my makeup stash too so I guess it´s a win!
So this time around we are playing with the Libertine Palette from Viseart.
Have a look at the video and if you want to know which products I used, I am also listen them below a spermatozoon usual!
Products mentioned and used:
The Libertine Palette from Viseart: here
Teint Idôle Ultra wear in 01 Beige Albâtre : here
Mac Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger : here
Cheekathlon Palette from Benefit Cosmetics, this was a limited edition but they have one that I am liking a lot and dare I say prefer to the one I have... I may or may not be tempted lol :D Its the Cheekleaders Bronze Squad palette : here
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill brushes : here
RCMA No Color Powder : here
Today I'm sharing with you my 2019 Summer Favorites: I am covering my skincare and makeup favorites as well as a couple of random favorites at the end :)
Product links :)
Kosé Medicated Sekkisei Line
To find your own website or stockist please check their own website:
The products I mentioned:
Sekkisei Herbal Gel:
Sekkisei White Washing foam:
Sekkisei Cleansing cream:
Kosé Cell Radiance Konjac Refining Sponge:
Again please check their website to link to your own country's website or stockist
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Retinol 1 % in Squalane
Please find your stockist on their website: https://www.diptyqueparis.com/en_eu/
Do San Eau de Parfum
Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum
Again please check their website to find the right website for your country or your stockist:
Myrrh and Tonka Cologne Intense
English Pear and Freesia Cologne
Black Cederwood and Juniper
Lino del Vento Linen Spray
Once more I am using Spanish/Europe links, please feel free to check your own stockists: some of the most reliable are: SpaceNK, Beautylish and feelunique to name only a few.
Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona
Natural Radiant Longer Foundation in Barcelona
Diorskin Nude Air Serum de teint in 030
Rouge Dior Ultra Care in 999
Soleil Tan de Chanel
Vitalumière Acqua in 030 ( I said the name wrong in the video I meant this one :P)
Warm Edit eyeshadow palette
Petit Pro 04 Apricotine & Petit Pro 05 Soleil eyeshadow palettes
Libertine eyeshadow palette
Jeffrey Star Cosmetics
Thirsty eyeshadow palette
Velour Liquid Lipsticks
Unfortunately the blush and the Highlight I mentioned for the Zoella Collection do not seem to be available anymore :( These seem to be the only products left:
Lunch money Supershock Highlighter
Make Up For Ever
Pro-Bronze Fusion in 25I
Too Faced Cosmetics
Peach My Cheeks Blush
Better Than Sex Mascara
Matte Revolution Lipsticks:
Dazzle Shadow in I like 2 Watch
Lisa Eldridge Lipsticks
Shades mentioned: Velvet Ribbon & Velvet Morning but all are just goals !! *-*
I have brushes from the Vermillion Collection:
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Brushes
Goebel Artis Orbis Collections
Zara Home Coasters
The ones I show are not available anymore but these mother of pearl ones are gorgeous! I might have to grab them at some point :P
Moleskine Dotted Journal
All his books to date : I mentioned The last of the Stanfields
It’s been a minute since I posted anything over here and there is no reason why that should be the case so we’re getting back into it!
I’ve never posted anything bullet journal related, but hey there is a first for everything, right?!
I have started to bullet journal at the end of last year and it has been a learning curve with a really fun and creative twist! Before you start thinking “oh dear! I can’t draw” here is a confession neither can I 🤣 I just have fun with it : there is no competition this is just for my own selfish enjoyment!
I am not religious about bullet journaling at all and some weeks, if I’m honest, the spreads go a bit to waste when it comes to planning but the whole idea of bullet journaling for me is that the journal adapts to me and not the other way around.
I wanted to have something that would allow me to be creative on a regular basis and bullet journaling was one of the things I tried out to see if it suited me. What I knew for a fact was that a regular agenda just didn’t work for me I ended up always wasting most of it and it wouldn’t inspire me due to the fact most of them where stuck in a certain style or theme.
Almost a year down the line, it turns out bullet journaling did work for me! It’s neutral and flexible enough for me to just do what I want when I want with it.
Some weeks I really focus on planning something and some other weeks I just fancy the drawing part of it which is totally ok!
I use a Moleskine dotted journal just because I am very attached to the brand (Van Gogh used them and since I am a kid I enjoy using them because of that, regardless of how childish that may be!).
The pages do transfer quite a lot so I took a thicker one in order to be able to glue them together whenever needed.
I am not precious with it at all: I personalized it with washi tape and just throw it in my bag if I am moving around!
I hope you found this short post useful in some way :)
Ok, I hear you already: « what kind of a title is that?! »
Today we're going to go out of our comfort zone! Those who know me are fully aware of my dislike of the colour green almost as much as my love of blue.
Well, my dear sister decided it was time to challenge me and get me to use green in my makeup and I took on the challenge!
Let's see how I did on my YouTube Channel: video here!
Products I used
CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE AQUA in shade 10
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Liquid Highlighter in Champagne Pop
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop
MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber And Green Tea
TOO FACED Shadow Insurance
CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
NARS Bronzing powder in Laguna
BENEFIT COSMETICS Hoola Matte Bronzer
TARTE COSMETICS Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Travelled (unavailable)
KAT VON D 10th Anniversary palette (unavailable) used shade Leafar (green)
KAT VON D INK LINER in Bukowski - hunter green
TOO FACED Better than sex Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye pencil in Perversion (matte black)
Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Train Bleu
THE GORGEOUS BUT SADLY UNAVAILABLE KVD 10TH ANNIVERSARY PALETTE
KVD 10TH ANNIVERSARY PALETTE : THE SHADE NAMES:
THE VERY BEAUTIFUL AND POLYVALENT JACLYN HILL PALETTE BY MORPHE
JACLYN HILL PALETTE BY MORPHE: THE SHADES
The time has come: my new video is up on YouTube guys! Go and check it out!
Products I used or mentioned in the video!
Foundation: Dior Forever Undercover 24h full coverage foundation in shade number 010
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12H Blush in Exposed
Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love
Mascara: Diorshow Pump‘N’Volume Mascara
Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 5
Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in EXORCISM
Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Saint & Sinner palette (discontinued)
Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Out of the Blue
Kat Von D
10 Lock-it Edge Foundation Brush
Brushes S103, S113, S142, S134, S162 from the vermillion range.
The tribulations of a makeup, beauty and lifestyle enthusiast. Enjoy your stay!