Paris, Je T’aime

Over a year ago was the last time I set foot in my favourite city.

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Paris

IMG_0195For some inexplicable reason, I have always felt at home in this beautiful city, despite never actually having lived there… Must be a hopeless romantic thing..Paris is the “romantic” mecca after all so I’m probably just drawn to its aura and vibe 😉

IMG_0187The last two times I visited the city of luuuurv I started establishing traditions, of which the following first two were based on the trips I took with my mom:

  1. Spend the first few minutes driving into the city from the airport trying to spot La Tour EiffelIMG_0158
  2. Drink Hot chocolate at Hotel Côstes and people-watchIMG_0197IMG_0198
  3. Eat as many omelettes and frites as possibleIMG_0224IMG_0225
  4. Walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower (not necessarily a must, but I do love the view from the top)IMG_0159
  5. Discover the city on foot. IMG_0149
  6. Go to the 6 arrondissement for lunch at Café de Flore
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  7. Enjoy Paris’ beauty. I love majestic, royal cities, full of grand buildings, statues and gardens… again my inner-romantic speaking 😉 IMG_0160IMG_0173IMG_0168
  8. And last but not least: Go to la Champs Élysées, window shop at Guerlain and Louis Vuitton and ALWAYS visit Sephora, because we don’t have one in Switzerland 😉 IMG_0139IMG_0201

In three weeks I will be returning to Zürich to start University. I really hope I will get to visit Paris for a short weekend before though!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

I feel like I’m a VIP.

Invitations to product launches, lunches of delicious food at a table covered with makeup samples to test and take home, chilling on the rooftop of a hotel sipping cocktails while listening to the presentation about the release of a world-changing bracelet… I LOVE my job.

From the rooftop of Mandarin Oriental

From the rooftop of Mandarin Oriental Hotel

I started loving it even more when I was invited to the launch party of Urban Decay.

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Urban Decay was one of the first brands I fell in love with at Sephora all those many years ago. I loved the name, the colours and the eyeshadow palettes (I have yet to own their signature Naked palette, but adore my colourful, Ammo one). Whenever I stop by a store, I tend to pick up an eyeliner or bazillion two because I simply cannot resist their amazing choice of colours and you all know how much I appreciate a beautifully lined eye… especially if I am in the mood to coordinated my eye-makeup with my outfit. A splash of blue, purple or green is sometimes all you need when you want your eyes to really be a hit and are in no mood for extensive eyeshadow blending. (Funny enough, I actually applied my 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in the morning before realizing I had the event to attend later that day!)

So after hearing how excited I get about their selection, you can imagine my reaction to the event…

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I wanted ALL THE PRODUCTS.

And I tested ALL THE BEAUTIFUL EYELINERS (duh 😉 )

And I was STARSTUCK when I got to meet the founder of the brand! 😀

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I left for the office with my hand striped with ANYTHING that might suit my eyes: Blues, greens, purples and golds in various nuances – with or without glitter – definitely spruced up my outfit. I was not ashamed to be beauty-crazy and did not remove the eyeliner until before going to bed…. and I am glad I did because it gave me a chance to test the acclaimed “24/7 strength to last”  at the gym later on…

2 hours after sweat session

2 hours after sweat session

Before hitting the gym I attempted to rub the eyeliners off with my finger – they didn’t budge. I tried again after sweating (a terrible amount) for 2 hours – again, the lines looked just as pigmented and resisted the wipe!

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If that isn’t long-lasting I don’t know what is!

Same thing for my eye makeup that I applied in the morning:

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Still there after 2 hours…

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A definite WIN (with the only casualty being my extreme wing that wore down throughout the day…)

Verdict: YES! YES! YES! I cannot wait for Urban Decay to come to Germany so I can own all the colours and leave the gym with still fabulous eyes when my red, blotchy face might be letting me down… Oh the woes of a gym-junkie 😉

And fear not my dears: Even though sweat, blood and tears couldn’t get the liners to budge, a simple wipe of eye-makeup remover freed my hand from the stripyness immediately! Talk about AH-Mazing 🙂

Question of the day:

Have you tried Urban Decay? How did you like it?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Sephora Ban

Ugh.

It’s raining… I feel uninspired and can’t seem to concentrate on the article I need to write. I also just ate my last Quest bar. Depressing…

Of course my mind would thus unintentionally direct its thoughts to Sephora.. I mean, seriously it’s not like I have to work or anything..

So my mind drifts.. and I think about the eye cream that I’ve nearly finished.. maybe I should replenish it.. I don’t think the ones I have are night-time appropriate… I don’t want wrinkles.. Do I need anti-ageing?.. oh and look at all these lovely new Dior Addict lip glosses and mascaras.. and ohhhhhh Marc Jacobs you are a god I want all the lipstick (and I barely ever even wear lipstick).. Buy it all..

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Yes folks, it is a vicious circle. The longing of wanting what one doesn’t have – what one doesn’t really need, but wouldn’t hurt if we owned it. Mindless clicks, oohs and awwwwws have led to too many, frequent purchases.. I mean it’s on sale, so it’s ok, am I right?

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Hello, my name is Anoushé and I am a Sephora-holic. I’ve long graduated from conceal-a-holic and have entered mental asylum territory. Self help groups won’t cure the state that I am in. I have forever been a lost cause, longing for exfoliators and lipstains, mascaras and oils, and don’t get me started on nail polishes and eyeshadows…it has reached a peak of no return..

The insanity must end… if it isn’t too late

It’s time for an intervention!

I have decided to do what has thus far been an unattainable myth.. I will go where no beauty-freak beauty blogger has yet to go..

I will ban any new purchases until I’ve actually finished all that I already have! That’s right folks.. I am going to go cold turkey and resist the urge to purchase the newest body butters and face cleansers until I am really, really, REALLY in need of them. And to help keep myself accountable, I will mention all the empties and all the recently opened.. I will also make myself a mental list and write on here when the list states I must replenish (read: hoard) new products.

Let the fun begin – I guess! Wish me luck 🙂 #springcleaning #reinvented #Iamabeautyhamster

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Obsession Alert: Code Red!

You guys. It is murder working at a magazine. I am SURROUNDED by all the products I want to try and I can’t do more than just test out a little on my hand… so sad 😦

I’ve resorted to drowning my sorrows in spoonfuls of peanut butter and endless Sephora “loves”. Seriously, it is an issue. I just bought a 500 g jar two days ago and it is already half empty.

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I tend to spoon feed myself more upon utter excitement, like when I found this eye cream. If only it weren’t so expensive…. and nut butter so calorific…

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Also, I NEED this in my life. It would a) be “parfait” and b) my first Chanel makeup purchase… you have to start somewhere… the only thing is I can’t quite convince myself to spend the money on it because the colour is outrageously similar to this. But it’s Chanel so it should be ok.. right?

Have you guys watched Girl Code? It used to be on at the gym at SLC, and I found it ridiculous then – but after finding some relatively funny gifs and memes on Pinterest (that are sadly very accurate and applicable to me) I thought I would actually watch an episode without mute turned on. Now I am officially hooked. Goodbye social life… oh wait that’s gone anyways this weekend as I decided to stay here and know NOONE! I do have my eye on a cute barista though…..

Speaking of working out: I found an amazing gym here! I can’t wait to train more frequently…

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Oh I also wouldn’t mind a Lancôme lipstick or two… don’t blame me, blame Instagram like I do

Also, anyone want to take me to Paris sometime soon?

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Because Maison Guerlain has opened the mothership of all beauty heavens. It’s an oasis full of everything from makeup to an in-house spa to a restaurant… It’s number 68 – I can’t believe I was so close last time!

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That was outside Louis Vuitton, but I would have rather seen Guerlain

my problems people… seriously…;)

And can someone find me this lock?

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It’s currently my background on my phone!

Oh and on a completely non beauty/dance note, I love this song and this one, and this one

Actually maybe it is a slight dance note, as I can feel choreography-inspiration coming my way. You know I always seem to dance more after going to the gym? Weird…

Question of the day

What things are making your heart beat faster lately?

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

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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 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!

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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