Current Craze: Kylie Jenner Lips

As much as I am convinced I am meant to be a princess, I am equally sure that I was meant to be a Kardashian. Only drawback: I would need to change my name to one starting with a K. Hmmm – anyone know any pretty Persian girl names with K? yeah no.. probably not going to happen then after all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be the queen of my own reality TV show, right? Goals, people.. we all need goals.

Now back to the Kardashians.

Being an active user of social media and a complete sucker for trends and what’s “in”, I soon became obsessed with Keeping up with the Ks. I mean, just take one look at the current makeup crazes: contouring, big lips and butts are all the rage, and yup, you guessed it, the Kardashians are the ones we can worship thank for that (whether you like it or not).

I wrote an article about their first trend (contouring) when I worked at MADAME. This was brought to life by Kim, the second oldest sister. I didn’t actually start contouring my own face until I got my hands on Benefit’s “HOOLA”. I’ll be posting my tips as soon as I’ve received the pictures my friend took for me 🙂

Today, we talk about big lips – a trend the youngest of the clan (Kylie Jenner) brought to life. Although there is still plenty of dispute over whether or not she actually had lip surgery done, we can’t deny the magic of overdrawing lips with lipliner before filling them in with lipstick.



With a bit of contouring

With a bit of contouring

Still trying to perfect the look myself, I don’t think I have enough tips and tricks to share with you just yet. Every single time I attempt an overdrawn lip, I end up redoing it over and over again thanks to feeling like I looked like a clown. So bear with me while I continue to practice, and I’ll be sure to post an actual tutorial ASAP 🙂 Until then, here are some of the times I actually was quite pleased with the look #lipspiration







For those of you who are feeling adventurous, here are the steps I’ve followed:

  1. Conceal on and around your lips and top with some powder -> this is to blur the outline of your actual lip
  2. Apply lip liner first above the cupid’s bow. Depending on how extreme a look you are going for, you can either apply your lip liner right around your actual outline or leave a bit of a gap. Make sure to return the liner to your actual outline before the transition to your lower lip (I aim to trace my actual lip for at least 1-2 cm)
  3. Same procedure goes for your lower lip; start in the middle and return back to your actual lip line.
  4. Fill in the gaps and your lips with the lip liner
  5. Trace over lip liner with lip stick in matching colour
  6. To complete the look, you might need to retrace your overdrawn lips with more lipliner, and then surround your lips with some more concealer and powder to set.

Enjoy your big lips 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Lipsticks: Mac, Chanel, Nars

Lipliners: Smashbox, Esteé Lauder, Makeup Forever




Current Craze – Foundation

Wake up in the morning – not feeling like P. Diddy. That’s what happens most days, no matter what Ke$ha might have told us. Lifeless skin, a red chin and nose, a few ugly blackheads making their big debut… our skin doesn’t always want to bless us with the feeling we look immaculate. Glowing, clear skin can of course be boosted with proper skin care, enough sleep and healthy eating, but sometimes it just might need a little more TLC…

IMG_1098..and a little extra coverage to give yourself that “I look and feel amazing” confidence boost, bright and early in the morning. I’ve spoken to you already about BB Creams and my favourite picks, and today I will brief you on foundations – a product that gives you slightly more coverage than the lighter BB cream that comes in a mega array of various options.

What is Foundation?

Foundation is usually a skin-colored product used to even out your complexion. Matching your skin tone, it covers flaws and blemishes, and creates a uniform skin-colouring.

What does it do?

As mentioned above, foundation is used primarily to leave your skin looking flawless. On the one hand it can cover up imperfections and blemishes, on the other it could even slightly alter your skin tone and decrease signs of ageing. Generally you select a colour that matches your skin. It is the simplest and least time-consuming way of finding the right amount of coverage. Makeup artists however, sometimes intentionally choose a mismatch for the desired result. As with concealers, using different coloured tones can help minimise the appearance of what you wish to cover; for example a complexion that is generally red can be minimised by using a clear, beige-toned foundation. This proves also that the colour in the bottle will look differently once applied to your face.

There are three basic tones in the cosmetic world: Warm (yellowish), Cool (Blueish) and Neutral (Redish). I found a few sites online that help determine what your skin tone is. Knowing this is crucial for selecting the correct coloured foundation.

Lovelyish: Extensive information about warm/cool skin tones

Quiz: Popsugar created a quiz to find out what skin tone you are

Video: How to determine neutral/warm/cool

When selecting your foundation, it is also important to know what kind of coverage you wish to have. There are four different kinds:

  • Sheer: very transparent, contains least amount of pigment. It won’t hide discolorations but it will minimise the appearance
  • Light: enough coverage to conceal blotchiness and unevenness, but not freckles
  • Medium: covers most things like freckles, pimples, redness and blotchiness
  • Full: most opaque; conceals things like birthmarks and scars. Also known as camouflage “makeup”

After you have the coverage and tint figured out, you also have to know what type of foundation suits you the most.

There are various different kinds on the market, like oil/emollient based, powder based, silicone based, water based and mineral makeup. I will speak about my favourites and the advantages/disadvantages in my next Beauty to the Pointe post.

How do I use it?

Using a sponge (powder based), brush (liquid) or fingers, apply your foundation beginning at the nose and spreading all over your face. Don’t forget to cover areas like under your chin for a flawless transition! Seal the makeup with a (slightly tinted) loose or compact powder and a big powder brush.


Even looking skin with the desired result of reduced redness, less wrinkles or more freshness!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Current Craze: Glitter

Tis the season for all things alight, sparkly and glittery!

IMG_0887And I’m not just speaking about the holiday lights and Christmas decorations! “All that glitters is gold”  also goes for makeup! From shimmering eyeshadow to glittery eyeliner, shiny lip gloss and luminous highlighters – it’s time to sparkle and shine and give the beautiful Christmas lights a run for their money 😉

I currently have a few favourites that I use regularly when I go out or need a glittery pick me up (sparkles make me feel all princessy ;)). I’ve also noticed a general increase in my use of glitter during the holiday season…

I mix this product by Becca into my foundation to add a little oomph.

IMG_0901It is a highlighter and gives off a hint of shimmer on my face. I chose to mix it in to my basic foundation, but you can also use it on its own as a skin brightener when you don’t want to wear any makeup, or as a highlighter on your cheekbones to add a shimmering accent instead of blush or bronzer. It gives a nice gleam to a Vitamin D lacking face, making you look awake and fresh whenever light hits it – perfect for the Winter!

Next I have a few products that I have already been using for many, many years. Some are more suited for holidays and others are, like the Becca shimmering skin perfector above, great additions to my daily routine.



I have always been a fan of the Body Shop. Their Body Butters, lotions and shower gels have always been staples on my bathroom shelf, especially after my 13th birthday when no one knew what to get me and The Body Shop was the easiest and most enjoyable present they could think of. I got so many products, that some are still unopened and on my shelf! Crazy..

Anyhow, the one product I always make sure to stock up on in the winter is the shimmering body lotion. I mix it with regular body butter to add some sparkle to any exposed skin. My favourite scent is Vanilla, which is probably obvious as it’s the only one that is nearly empty (I’ve had these bottles for over a year now..)


The Body Shop truly understands my passion and craving for sparkly glitter this time of year. Why else would they release a shimmering product for the face, and a glitter spritzer exactly a month or so before Christmas?

IMG_0912These shimmer pearls are beautiful and add a hint of colour and shimmer with each brush stroke. I purchased this after falling in love with my absolute favourite Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder, but not in love with its price tag.



Whenever I open up the pretty, princess case, I enjoy the light, flowery scent and the beauty of the pearls. The various colours make for an even, lightly blushing shimmer, and the powder never gets stuck on the brush, read: no cake-y look! C’est magnifique! To save this glorious product though, I’ve been dialling back the use and replaced it with the less expensive, more shimmering version by the Body Shop – which is a win/win as more glitter is perfect right now 🙂

IMG_0911Once you have your basic shimmer covered, you sometimes need a bit more glitter. I often like to spray a bit in my hair for a bit of a va-va-voom effect when I go out.

IMG_0913I bought the one on the left a few years ago and use it sparingly. The one on the right was a present. I absolutely adore the vintage-glam feel of the bottle – they’re perfect bathroom decoration! I’ve only ever used them on their own, but wonder what they would look like mixed. Both colours work well with my dark brown hair, and add a bit of extra twinkle when I want to feel extra special 🙂


Question of the Day: Do you add in more glittery products around the holiday season?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo





Beauty to the Pointe

Concealer picks for this month’s current craze are:

Bumbum…bum bum…bumbum bumbum bum bumbum bum (did you just hum that in your head too?)

Watch out, it’s the number one pick: BB Cream Concealer by GARNIER!

Yes, I did mention this one in the BB Cream post. Yes, I am aware that this is a current craze about concealers, and not BB creams. No, I have not yet found my lost marbles, but I am not being crazy here! Cause let’s be real; if a concealer can double as a BB cream then it’s a win-win! There is some reasoning to my nuttiness!


Coming in second is the liquid concealer by Lancome. The other day I wasn’t wearing any make up because I was enjoying a lazy day, but when we decided to go out for dinner I applied a little bit of this under my eyes and on red spots instead of going for the full shebang with foundation , shadow and liner…

A really good concealer by Lancome

A really good concealer by Lancome

Mac studio finish concealer with SPF 35 is a close third. I use this as a touch up as it is lighter than the Garnier BB cream Concealer and can also help cover up a short night 😉 It lasts very long and you can apply it with either your finger or a concealer brush.

MAC Concealer

MAC Concealer

Technically not a concealer: Benefit, Stay don’t stray is a great base for a flawless complexion. It is also usable for a primer to eye-shadow (that is what it is being marketed as..)

Benefit, Stay don't Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Benefit, Stay don’t Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Finally, I absolutely must mention another Benefit product..Confessions of a conceal-a-holic. It’s a concealing and brightening kit – a great travel along for when you don’t know what product to take with you. It contains two shades of concealers (Boi-ing, 1 + 2), erase paste (also concealing), eyelid primer, eye brightener and face brightening primer.



Not (yet) part of my collection, but equally tested and loved are; Clinique: All About Eyes Concealer and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat. The latter is great for minimal makeup days when you just need a little bit of extra brightening.  Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer could also offer more coverage when the Touche Éclat isn’t enough. Also recommendable is Bobby Brown: Creamy Concealer Kit, because it comes with a great powder as well for an ultimately even finish (I bought myself the powder in large because it is also useful for the rest of the face..perfect, flawless cover!)

Bobby Brown Concealer

Bobby Brown Concealer

Question of the day:

Do you have a favorite concealer you religiously use?

Mine , obviously, is the Garnier one, but sometimes, like last Sunday, I mix things up a little. Don’t want this collection to go to waste 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Current Craze: Concealers

I’m a conceal- a – holic. Not in the white-lie telling kind of way. More like the meeting up in a group, standing up and saying: “Hi my name is Anoushé and I am a conceal – a – holic”, kind of way. I believe my addiction started in my first year of high school, where a friend gave me some of her Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer to try (sadly it has since been discontinued 😦 ). It was right around the time when girls start becoming conscious of how they look.. not getting enough sleep every night because of the sudden stress of exams did NOT help this transition either.

My current, most-used concealers

My current, most-used concealers

I was curious to try the weird moussy texture of the concealer. It was so soft to the touch and easily applicable that I soon became hooked! This became the only product I would use. No foundation, no primer, no nothing! I was much less complicated back then.. I didn’t know squat about skin care! Oh how I wish I could forget all this mumbo jumbo I’ve learned on skin care. It would save hours of prep and shopping time, let alone money 😉 But I can’t. Boo hoo..
I was very sparse when it came to applying the mousse. It was used solely for undereye converage and when I had the unpredictable zit outbreak – I did not want this little glass of conceal perfection to leave me!


Eventually however, I used the last swipe of color…I felt empty inside; incomplete; it was my trusted sidekick always there when I needed a little boost..and it was gone. Knowing I needed to purchase a new pot, I asked my friend where to find it. “America”. Great. Don’t they sell it here? “I dunno…”
That was before my addiction..before I could spend hours on end looking for new products..Before I knew where each product was sold.

A really good concealer by Lancome

A really good concealer by Lancome

I did find the dream matte mousse eventually, but it wasn’t exactly the was more a foundation than a concealer, much darker than I needed. I bought it anyways, because it was a good thing to carry in your purse (I always have one on me, even now, because they are great for emergency touch ups!)


Not having actually found the product I was still very much missing, I took to the department stores in search of something similar. I bought concealers from Essence, Catrice and Cover Girl, later graduating to MAC, Body Shop and even considering Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat (not cheap; click on the body shop link for the knock-off version ;)) as my obsession continued.

Benefit, Stay don't Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Benefit, Stay don’t Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

On a class trip to Oxford I bought more from Boots and other little make up stores, all to try to fill the void that finishing my first concealer had created. It was then that my friends told me I had a problem. I grabbed any concealer I could find..sometimes without testing them! I became the conceal – a – holic…

For my birthday that year I received this:


The ironic part of this whole story is that I don’t even use that much concealer! Mainly for under my eyes and that’s pretty much it! Arent’ I weird..


So I had a shelf full of concealers, some great, some bad, many untouched, and I still wasn’t happy..I had even found some moussy counterparts, one even by Maybelline, but it just didn’t work. I was officially in a concealer-depression… day..I tried this (Garnier Concealer).


I had found it on one of my many scavenger hunts/impulse buys in Oxford, but hadn’t gotten round to trying it yet. As soon as I did, I knew it was the one! It was perfect! It blended into my skin and made me look fresh and awake! It was the color I was looking for all these years..I haven’t replaced it since. Until now, 3 years later, when I upgraded to Garnier’s new creation, their BB cream under eye roll on..


So enough about my memoires..let’s get in to the nitty-gritty about the actual product:

What is Concealer?

A concealer is a type of makeup used to mask imperfections. There are three main types of concealers available: solid (looks like a lipstick), powder and liquid.

What does it do?

Concealers do exactly what their name embodies: they conceal! Dark circles, age spots, large pores or any other blemish visible on the skin can all be blended away with some of this skin tone makeup. But wait..if this is what a concealer does, then why am I using foundation?! Well, a foundation’s job is mainly to even the skin tone all over the face. It’s coverage therefore might not be enough to hide dark blemishes. Concealers are also thicker than foundation which is more ideal for spot treatment, and they shouldn’t be applied all over the face. When you team the two together however, it should be the right equation for a flawless, polished look, just remember that the concealer should be one shade lighter than the liquid foundation used.

Bobby Brown Concealer

Bobby Brown Concealer

As mentioned before, there are three types of concealers. Each of them, surprise surprise, have their own use:
The solid, lipstick types are not easily blendable, and are best used for scars and blemishes. It is not recommended to be used on sensitive skin, especially the area around the eyes. They also come in little pots, as seen in the picture above and below.
Liquid cover up is great for large areas of the face. It covers acne, dark circle and blemishes. While it might not be as strongly tinted as a stick, it offers enough for a natural coloring; plus it is very easy to blend.
Powder provides the least amount of coverage. It blends well into the skin with a brush and comes in handy when you need to cover light blemishes.
Concealers come in various colors in order for them to match your skin tone. Sometimes, even a concealer wont be able to cover enough..and that’s when you need a color stick underneath. Depending on what you wish to cover, you might need a different shade:

White: under-eye dark cirlses or a bruise, can brighten dull skin
Green or blue: cover red blemishes. Helos to hide acne or roacea
Purple: helps make the complexion look brighter

Luciana Couto over at My Sweet Diary has a picture describing what is what too. Check it out!

How do I use it?

First apply your foundation, your base. You can either use a makeup brush or your fingers. If you prefer only using powder instead of liquid foundation, than you may use that, but I tend to go for a foundation/powder combo when I need long-lasting coverage. Once the foundation is applied, you may move on to concealers. I use my Garnier under eye concealer and let it sink in before gently patting it in to blend into the skin. If you have more blemishes to cover, use either a stick or liquid concealer with a color underneath if needed (I use my MAC concealer or Dream Matte Mousse if I have any marks needing cover-up). Finish with a dusting of powder to fix it in and your base for make-up prep is done.

MAC Concealer

MAC Concealer

The result?

Even, blemish free, flawless complexion 🙂

What are you waiting for? Go out there and conceal ( I mean spots, don’t conceal the truth by lying!)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Beauty to the Pointe

After some deliberation, I can finally present to you my picks for this month’s Current Craze – BB Cream! I dubbed this monthly buy this/not that segment Beauty to the Pointe. These posts will be follow ups to the Current Craze product presented earlier in the month, and offer you my personal recommendation on what product I think is worth buying and what is worth chucking!

Drum roll pleeeeeeease….

My number one recommendation for BB cream is..


Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream

Kiehl’s doesn’t always work for my sensitive skin, but this soothing BB Cream proves that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. It has been allergy tested and is being advertised as safe for sensitive skin, so I thought I’d give it a try. Offering SPF 50 while concealing imperfections –  I couldn’t believe my eyes! What’s more, Kiehl’s skincare is apparently “scientifically formulated to respect, restore and strengthen the skin barrier for healthier, more radiant, younger-looking skin.” In a nutshell, their products should act to correct and treat specific skin needs. The BB cream should thus not only conceal but also correct skin tone irregularities with regular use.

I’ve been using this for a week now and, while I don’t have much to correct (thanks to an extensive beauty regimen), I have  actually started to notice a more radiant complexion – even after the most stressful days. There is a catch: this product is more on the pricy side ($ 37)…

It may currently be the best option out there for high SPF skin protection, correction, and concealing, but if you have close to no skin problems, I wouldn’t use this product all too often – but I would still invest in it ;). Using it once every few days during the Summer should more than suffice for people with clear skin. Even this sporadic use can help your skin benefit from the correcting and light-weight concealing attributes. Simply apply a small dollop when you feel your skin requires more care, and retire the product during the Winter to save it’s precious content.

A slightly less expensive option you could use daily – and not have to save for special needs only – is the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB . It is an 8 in 1 Skin perfector, with all the benefits a BB cream should offer. I feel, however, that the skin care factor lacks a lot of what Kiehl’s – the scientific skin care mecca – offers, as Maybelline is better known for its make-up, not so much for facial treatments. Nevertheless, the color is fantastic and really matches my skin, and what’s more, the reasonable price suited my bank account balance too! 😉 I’ve always liked Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, so I was happy that I wasn’t disappointed with their BB cream, and look forward to testing more of their products…! They are definitely not 1 hit wonders!


Runner up to the afore-mentioned full-face BB creams is the Garnier under eye BB concealer! I raved about Garnier’s under eye concealer in one of my first posts, and will do nothing less for the BB Eye Cream Roll on Miracle skin Perfector! The color is similar, if not better, to that of the original concealer, and blends perfectly into my skin. In addition to great color, the product lasts all day – even surviving sweaty, two-hour dance classes in the evening! It’s a must buy!


I also tested the Nivea BB cream, which I hated! It felt like a cakey, über-masking tinted moisturizer and the color was completely off!

Also on my ‘meeeh’ list is L’oréal Nude Magique; a great idea in theory, but not good enough in practice.


I understand that BB cream should be light on the skin, which this definitely is, but BB’s should also offer some sort of cover, which this definitely doesn’t! I enjoy the fact that the cream is white and contains mini bubble-like particles that contain color – it’s really fun! But either these bubbles don’t burst on my skin or are simply lacking adequate amounts of coverage; I don’t think my my skin looks any different after application…

White and cool

White and cool


smooth but no cover..

Also a favorite but NOT a BB cream is Benefit’s Porefessional. It is great for pore minimization and smooth skin, but that’s all it if you are looking for the benefits of a BB cream, then opt for an actual BB cream (I still love the product though, and sometimes even use it under BB cream for an extra smoothing oompf )


I hope one of these is to your liking! Summer is now, despite the rain making it feel like Winter…so you’re going to need a light, BB alternative to your usual foundation!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.s. I am not affiliated with any of the companies, I simply tested these products for future reference and purchased my favorites by myself… much to my bank accounts dismay 😉

Current Craze – BB Cream

Welcome to the first of many regular posts on beauty product must-haves. Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing you to various products I currently enjoy using, what benefits those products bring, and how you should be using them. Parallel to these posts, I will be making better use of my obsessive occasional visits at department stores, to analyze and test each brand offering the current product of discussion. This way, I can recommend the prefered product I’m currently using, but also offer you various other great options. The results will be found in the recurring Buy this/ not that blog post.

Today we will be looking at BB Cream

Various BB creams

Various BB creams

What is BB Cream?

BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm. It was initially created to help heal skin redness after peeling treatments. It was later introduced to and made famous in Asia. It became incredibly popular due to its ability to transform skin.

What does it do?

BB Cream is being promoted as an all-in one cosmetic product for your face. It is said to be a simple replacement for all skin care and cover-up products to date. In other words, its maaaaagic! Good-bye expensive serums, so long pore minimizing moisturizers and primers. Sun screen? Who needs it, when you’ve got a tube of BB Cream. With its mineral-based coverage, including ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (to promote moisture), this miracle in a bottle will both cover AND treat various blemishes at the same time (in case you were wondering, yes I am being completely biased)! Today, a BB cream can do so much; it smooths, moisturizes, protects, firms, primes, softens lines, brightens and conceals, while being light on the skin (unlike most foundations…) and easy to use!

More BB Creams

More BB Creams

How do I use it?

Although it is being marketed as a replacement for all products used after applying toner and under eye cream, I tend to still use either a dollop of serum or a squirt of moisturizer on days where my skin needs more treatment. But if you are running short on time, please feel free to solely wash your face prior to applying the BB cream. Depending on the brand, one might offer more cover up than another, so you might need to mix in some foundation or lightly dust your face with powder (same goes for tinted moisturizers, e.g. moisturizers with some colour, but more about those some other time).

The result?

BB creams leave your skin feeling soft and your pores barely visible. With the addition of a relatively high SPF, your face will be protected from the sun, giving your brain space to think about things other than sun cream. Overall it is a great product to have on hand, either for daily-, travel- or sporadic use!

Garnier BB on my try out list! Maybe it will be in the Buy this/not that segment? Stay tuned!

Garnier BB on my try out list! Maybe it will be in the Buy this/not that segment? Stay tuned!

Currently in my Cabinet:

I am in looooooooove with Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream (even my mom – the make-up and product minimalist – approves! 🙂 ) It comes in various shades, is safe for sensitive skin (like mine!), is SPF 50, contains high levels of vitamin C and provides all day hydration.

Equally ranked on my “in love with..” list is Garnier’s BB cream under eye roll-on. I know I was promoting their under-eye concealer (which I still very much support!), but if you haven’t noticed, I am a conceal-a-holic, and remain fickle with my favorites. Therefore, in keeping with my addiction, I will not stop buying and testing concealers (and no, I will not consider attending concealers-anonymous, because who doesn’t ever need a great concealer?! I’m doing you guys a good deed 🙂 ). Like the concealer, the BB cream reduces swellings and dark circles, while simultaneously covering them up, but its BB cream attributes help it blend miraculously with your skin, hydrate the under-eye area and smooth/prevent wrinkles.

So in celebration of the Summer months (although it seems much more like Winter at the moment..yuck), give BB cream a try, and profit from its many wonderful advantages 🙂

Stay tuned for my up-coming BB Cream Buy this/Not that blog post for more product recommendations!

Until then, with attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo