Manicure Monday – Tart Deco

Hello hello, did you miss me?

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I was quite busy this weekend and slept all the way from Zürich to Munich because my phone had barely any battery and I had forgotten my charger at home, so I couldn’t start drafting a post from my phone 😦 .. problems of last-minute hectic packing…But at least I got to catch up on some Z’s!

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I luckily made it onto the train with minutes to spare, and had time to pick up some food for the journey – because you all know I cannot travel without food, especially my recent favourite: cherries! Yumm

Anyhoo, I have loads to tell you about my weekend, but I’m still editing the pictures so will hopefully have that post up later today. Until then, here’s Manicure Monday (finally) 🙂

IMG_1427An ode to Essie. Their names are getting more and more creative and unique with each new collection. I could barely contain my excitement when I read this polish’s name…

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Isn’t it fun?

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The colour is pretty swell too, dontcha think? Awesome name and colour? Yup, I was sold… almost immediately.

Essie definitely has the whole summer nail polish thing down to a “t”. I love all of their pastels, corals and bright colours. They match any summer outfit, event or even mood and are perfectly long-lasting – even without a proper top coat!

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Tart Deco. Maybe I should try to do something slightly wilder with this polish, like a pattern or something, so that the manicure can live up to the polish’s name 🙂

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I am, as always, very pleased. Also, with our weather being slightly more on the rainy side, a little pop of summery coral on my nails keeps me in a good mood  when the sun fails to shine 🙂 When all else fails, nail polish (and a really nice mascara, and ohhh also a pweeeetty eyeliner) always manages to brighten my day. It’s the little things…

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Have a beautiful, hopefully non-rainy day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday: LE SMOKING and LEADING LADY

IMG_1034Everyone enjoys a beautiful ruby-red from time to time.

IMG_1031I’ve always respected the colour red. It has always been a colour associated with being a grown up, and I never felt comfortable wearing it. Pink, coral, maybe even a dark magenta – but never red!

IMG_1033Even today, I can’t wear the classic colour without mixing it up in some funky way. This time, I went with two different shades on both hands – Estée Lauder Le Smoking on one, and a sparkly Essie number called Leading Lady on the other.

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The colours were selected primarily by shade, but looking at their names, they really do fit together. The gorgeous “Leading Lady” accompanied by a dashing “Le Smoking” is a match made in heaven. 😉 Imagine that…

IMG_1027One day, maybe, I’ll feel “grown-up” enough to wear just red. But until then I’ll leave the colour to my mom, who always chooses a nice, classical red over any other colour – in typical grown-up, ladylike fashion – and I’ll stick with the funky blues, greens and lilacs for the time being.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Favourite Products of 2013

2013 is nearly over. It’s been an interesting year, full of new beauty finds, interesting experiences and finding time to understand more about me, myself and I. To end the year, I thought I would highlight some of my favourite and most-used beauty purchases of the year. Let’s see if 2014 can top them (I’m sure I’ll be spending enough time in stores looking for better 😉 )!

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Holding the prestigious number 1 position is the GIVENCHY PHENOMEN EYES mascara.
IMG_1094It’s an amazing product and the only one I’ve found to date that really gives me the “fake lash effect” (I must confess that I use more than just this mascara, but more about that later 😉 )

IMG_1054Spot number 2 goes to the BRAZIL NUT BODY MIST by the Body Shop.

IMG_1097It leaves me smelling like caramel, which leaves me happy with every spritz. Also, it is not very expensive (unlike other delicious perfumes), so you don’t feel guilty when applying it liberally, frequently 🙂

Number 3 this year is this ORIGINS Charcoal MaskIMG_1102This was an impulse buy and I immediately went back to Sephora to purchase a second. The mask works wonders to my skin!

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IMG_1108The Body Shop’s Vanilla Shimmer Body Lotion has been a favourite for many years now, and it has not once disappointed me. It leaves a soft, lightly-lingering vanilla scent, which pairs well with the Brazil Nut Mist mentioned above. More importantly however, my skin is covered in glitter after using it. WIN/WIN 🙂

For number 5 I chose SEPHORA SCENTED NAIL POLISHIMG_1111The colour is a beautiful, barbie, bubblegum pink and stayed scratch free for much longer than most of my other polishes. This could very much have something to do with the fact that it is SCENTED and smells like STRAWBERRIES! 🙂 I also own the shade “Grapefruit”

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and also number 7 actually

IMG_1110I love the GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder for the reasons stated here and many many more. This paired with the oh so soft BRUSH that I bought at the Body Shop leaves me excited to apply, and let alone wear, makeup every day!

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Onwards to the next product!IMG_1100Number 8 is another oldie but goodie. CLARINS Gel Contour des Yeux has been part of my morning routine for a while now, and I’m not planning on betraying it any time soon 🙂 It definitely leaves my eyes feeling “de-puffed” in the morning, lending me the “fresh and awake” look I am constantly striving for.

It works even better when paired with number 9 CLARINS Wake Up Booster

IMG_1096It’s name says it all.

Number 10 is the newest addition to my makeup repertoire

IMG_1095This SMASHBOX BROWTECH TO GO was a bit of an impulse buy at Sephora in Paris, where I was suckered into believing making my eyebrows darker was easier and less time-consuming than plucking them every few days.. hmm interesting theory. Needless to say, I use the “wax” part of it much more now than the “pencil” part. I learned my “brow-drawing lesson” the hard way (super dark eyebrows.. scary times)… but it’s still a great, all-round product!

With all this mascara I’ve been wearing lately, number 11 has become even more important than usual.

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I decided to try the Body Shop’s CAMOMILE Waterproof Makeup Remover after reading about their more “gentle” line. I’ve always found eye makeup removers to be very irritating (also extremely natural ones, like the one by LUSH!) and wasn’t expecting this one to be any better, but was positively astonished by the results!

Number 12 is what I put on after a long night, or after removing really tricky, waterproof eye makeup.

IMG_1104It’s another oldie but goodie, but I haven’t researched a possible replacement enough yet to give up the BOBBY BROWN HYDRATING EYE CREAMI must admit, it does sting slightly when applying it after removing tough makeup, but other than that it definitely helps me look fresher the morning after a party night!

When I don’t have much eye makeup to remove, I stick with number 13: FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER

IMG_1107It gets the job done. I’ve only been using this interchangeably with my other products for a short while now, but so far I’m preferring this one to my usual suspects..I also love other products by FRESH and hope to try more some day!

Number 14 is another evening product

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Pantene Pro V Intensive Night Spray Care is great on days where you didn’t have time to deeply condition your hair. Simply spray a bit into your mane before going to bed, and you wake up with a head of soft, luscious hair!

Lancome Teint Miracle holds place 15. I’ve been using this for over 2 years now, and have not found any other colour that really matches my complexion.

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I’m thinking about trying out their Teint Idole Ultra 24 h next, as this bottle is nearly empty and I sometimes want a bit more cover than this gives.

Number 16 absolutely had to be this face mask.

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KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP POR CLEANSING MASQUE won my heart the second I tested it. It cools my skin and clears it perfectly enough, so that I don’t feel a need to pick around at the “barely there pores” on my nose.

And finally, number 17 and 18. Both are used more when I go out to parties and want to highlight aspects of my face, or just feel the need to shine a bit more than usual 😉

IMG_1099The Body Shop’s SPARKLER  is used primarily to glitz up my hair and décolleté, and BENEFIT’S HIGH BEAM is painted onto my cheekbones when I wish to highlight the contours of my face, or don’t feel like using a powder blush.

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And there you have it. My top picks for the year 2013. Some have been in use for more than just this year, others only made the cut a few weeks ago, but all in all, I love each and every one of these products, as they enhance each other perfectly and help me take the utmost care of myself, whether by cleansing my face properly or by making me happy, simply by enjoying the scent.

It’s been a good year. I’ve really learned what works for my skin and where I still need to work a little more on figuring out the know-how. 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday: FEATHERS

IMG_1086Feathers. Very “I believe I can fly” or “Gone with the Wind”.. or, well, actually they are just feathers. Painted on to my nails. Wings not included.

IMG_1087This is yet another Nails Inc. special effect polish that I picked up while roaming the aisles of Sephora in Manhattan. I chose to wear it without a solid colour underneath, and the feathers definitely stuck out more that way.

IMG_1082A quick top coat and my nails were ready to dazzle… but I wasn’t too impressed. The manicure I was left with looked like that of a primary school child’s. Not too stylish, sadly. Next time I will pair it with a base colour and see if it is more pleasing.

Oh well, you can’t have it all!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday

Finally I’m back on schedule with my Manicure Monday Posts!

IMG_0989This was my nail look for my birthday.

IMG_0996I decided to embellish my nails even more, graduating from leathery nails to beaded nails in under 24 hours. Reasons? Hmmm..

I’m still asking myself why I now have over 4 layers of polish on my nails. Maybe my constant nail polish application is a reflection of my character? Or maybe more of my character flaws… 😉

IMG_0992Whatever the reason (how about laziness?) I now have beaded nails! They’re fun to touch, but not too appealing to the eye

IMG_1014I paired them with a pink, fluffy, sparkly dress, clunky shoes and a shoulder-padded jeans jacket

IMG_1018Nothing screams “I’m no longer a teenager” like a bright pink dress and beaded nails. Nothing.

IMG_1016Looks different without the accessories. Almost fit for a little girl’s princess-themed birthday party. Almost.

I’ll always be a little girl running around in a fluffy dress and a tiara at heart.

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I’m luckily not too old for decorated birthday cakes

IMG_1019..with a warm welcome from the dogs in my life 🙂

IMG_1021In case you were wondering, decorated cakes are kind of a thing at my birthday.

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My parents get super creative 🙂

This year, I went out to a restaurant that specialises in molecular cuisine. After that I went to drinks and dancing with my friends

IMG_1003Glass of Prosecco

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My makeup-highlight for the night was mascara

IMG_1017..and lots and lots of glitter 🙂

IMG_1015I also received a little gift from Sephora!

After getting home late and sleeping very little, my mom and I went out for some final shopping and roasted chestnuts

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And later on we decorated the tree

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Here’s to the Roaring Twenties 😉

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Birthday Manicure Touch Up

As you may have read here, I got my nails done in Bronxville last week. The colour was IMG_0897

and I’ve really been enjoying it! It’s a refreshing, minty blue that brings a bit of pastel into the dark and gloomy rainy days of Zurich.

IMG_0873Since this was a week ago, and I generally pick at my nails too much (a habit that I must stop!), my manicure has begun to chip in some places. Overall it still looks nice, but there are some spaces that could use some refilling..

IMG_0876Now, tomorrow is my birthday (ahhh FREAK OUT)  and I did not want to remove a perfectly good manicure to then apply polish half-heartedly, and imperfectly, myself.

Good thing I’m obsessed with polish and have nearly the exact same colour by Nails Inc.! 😉

IMG_0972This nail polish is meant to give off a “leathery effect” which in other words is very… forgiving. Yes, my nails might look like I did them right before sleeping and the polish has now been squished ever so slightly by my endless tossing and turning during the night (which oftentimes is really the case), but feel the polish. Go on, feel it! It’s leathery… ouuuuuuuuuuu nice

IMG_0976This is my first Nails Inc. purchase. The polishes don’t carry spectacular names or fluffy brushes, but the selection of colours is endless AND they have super cool effects that I haven’t seen very many other polish makers create!

Me = dazzled! (and sold..they’re not very expensive!)

IMG_0978Here you can see the little “touch up”. Not too shabby, eh?

IMG_0984Light Leathery Blue

IMG_0982Manicure… Friday? I promise to become a bit more consistent again! Let me settle in a little 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicure Friday and a Winter Formal

I don’t even know where to start anymore.. It has been way too long.

So let’s start with a much-anticipated nails post!

Specifically: Grapefruit scented nails!!

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I didn’t ever think scented nail polish existed until I cam across this magnificent polish by Sephora a few weeks ago. I thought the colour would be a perfect match for the upcoming Winter Formal a few Friday’s ago.

IMG_0402The scent wasn’t quite as strong as the strawberry one, but the colour was just as beautiful and easy to apply!

IMG_0412Plus it matched my dress to the T

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Speaking of Formal..

1459872_10153490059090245_1615466293_nI adore these people! There are a few key favourites missing, but I was happy to get at least some of us all together on a professional picture!

555951_10153489184365245_2004302384_nAnd these two princesses make sure every moment is the time of my life!

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1393021_547780268630832_1456560023_nAn extremely delayed, much-needed photo-blast! 🙂

IMG_0401With attitude and nail polish and many delayed posts, Anoushé xoxo