Azza

IMG_0341-582x387
Speaking of beauty, I just wanted to share this Top Shelf with Vogue Hommes International fashion editor Azza Yousif. I really like the way she talks about beauty and she is so lovely herself.

“…You put little drops wherever you want to highlight—and if you’re not wearing eye shadow, you could put a little bit in the middle of your lid and then let it sink in and it just gives a tiny bit of shine. It makes you glow. If I’m going out and my shirt is open, I even put it on my collarbone.

(…)

Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s more chic to not wear nail polish. I’ve also wanted to feel healthier, so that may have something to do with it—I feel like it’s more chic to be able to take care of your nails and for them to be clean and not hide them behind something….”

I find these beauty interviews so nice. Just the idea of girls sharing these (sometimes even intimate) secrets.

(image: Into The Gloss)

Advertisements

products

bb
I’m probably a bit late to the party, but one of my recent discoveries is Clinique BB cream. I don’t like foundations, but this really evens out the skin tone without feeling like I’m wearing a mask. Years ago I used Clinique City Block but it made my skin look a bit pasty in the summer when I got a tan, so I switched to using just a moisturizer with SPF, some concealer and a bit of loose powder to even out and mattify everything.

I use BB over my La Roche-Posay moisturizer and it blends really well with my skin tone. It doesn’t feel like make-up at all and it has SPF! Perfect.

chubby
Another new favourite is Clinique Chubby Stick. I’ve been searching for a good berry tinted lip balm for a while now and a friend recommended this fun looking product that immediated appealed to me. I love a dramatic lipcolour, especially in winter, but usually I have other things on my mind and don’t feel like making a lot of effort. This is quick and virtually fool-proof. The colour (nr. 16) looks pretty dramatic but it goes on sheer with just the right amount of shine.

shimmers
Burt’s Bees lip shimmers are another personal favourite. I buy these in bulk so there are always some in the bag and make-up cabinet.

clarinseye
I rarely use eye pencil, because I realized it tends to look harsh on me, even when blended properly. These Mineral eyeshadows by Clarins are great for days when I want a bit more polish. I use no. 8 (taupe) to add a bit more depth to the crease and outer corner of the eye, as well as underneath the bottom lashes. No. 9 (lavender tea) is interesting because it’s a very subtle violet taupe. I was initially hesitant, but the handful of times that I’ve had my make-up done professionally, I learned that violet tones such as these compliment my eye colour (grey).

cliniqueeye
Another Clinique product! Like Mink (I really enjoy this name) is a bit more dramatic brown and usually reserved for the evening. The lighter pigment on the left also matches really well with the Clarins colours above, when used in the inner corner of the eye to brighten up.

***

I don’t like severe product and namedropping on blogs, it usually feels kind of cheesy and Home Shopping Network-ish, but I really like these products and wanted to share them. Also, I love reading IntoTheGloss and I always end up wanting to make my own versions of Top Shelf. =)

(All images are my own.)

Glow

I’ve always preferred naturally pale skin to (obvious) fake tans all year round. This year, however, the sun has apparently decided to skip the country of Netherlands, which means I’m still as pale as I was back in february and I must say that I miss that elusive sun-kissed glow that usually happens in the summer and which I have apparently taken for granted all these years.

Thanks to Into The Gloss, I have recently discovered the joy of bronzing, contouring and highlighting (it sounds like a lot of work but it basically comes down to a couple of quick swoops with the brush). I’m still a bit squeemish about using it too much, but I love the way it looks when used correctly. My current favourite compact is Givenchy’s Le Prismissime. I use it over my moisturizer and that way it’s subtle enough to look natural (but better). 

(image above: Jacqueline Bisset, via venus provocateuse)