Tanned eyes

Hello sweeties,

It’s late May and it’s cold and rainy in Paris. Yes, it is. As the weather seems to want to go back to autumn, I decided to rebel. Yes, I did. With my eye make-up. With golden, bronze and other warm shades. We lead the revolution we can.

Tanned eyes 1 © Wina

Products used :
Eye Color Fix – Agnès b.
Total Lash Cover – Milani
Cameleon palette :
Cameleon x Tanned eyes © Wina

Brushes (all from E.L.F) :
Eyeshadow Brush
Eyeblending Brush
Studio Small Angled Brush

Tanned eyes set © Wina

The result is soft and discrete. Will I dare to say that it’s cozy? A cozy make-up, that doesn’t make much sense. But, I mean, it’s easy to wear. There’s no eyeliner required, you don’t need to be very precise about the application, as the eyeshadows shades are from the same family and as you blend as much as possible to create some kind of halo. Let’s say it’s cozy.
Oh and I wore some orangey lipstick with that. Ok, I didn’t take a lot of risk, but at least it matches.
Tanned eyes 2 © WinaTanned eyes 3 © WinaTanned eyes 4 © Wina

Rainbows and unicorns and cameleons and stop.

Hello sweeties,

I received my Sasa.com orders the other day and it looks like this :

Sasa © WinaChristmas in May. I am so excited. I can’t wait to try all that. But patience, patience, it will be done at the right time. I opened only 3 things : Sasatinnie Japanese Accessory Facial Cleansing, Naruko Rose & Snow Fungus Aqua Cubic Complex and Cameleon 36 Color Professional Eyeshadow Palette (God, that’s long names).

Cameleon 1 © Wina Cameleon 2 © Wina

First thing that I noticed when I opened it is that it smells like the old eyeshadows. You know, our mothers ones. It’s a powdery smell, almost reassuring, that I don’t really find in actual eyeshadows. The eyeshadows size is very small (it’s like the size of an average thumb nail) but the intensity of most of them is pretty good. With an eyeshadow base, it really is satisfying and resistance is nice, it doesn’t crease much, although I have greasy eyelids (yurk). The eyeshadows are very pearly and some shades are gorgeous. It cost me less than US$8, so it’s good value.

Bad news is that :

  • It’s a bit powdery, so beware of fall out when applying
  • the black eyeshadow pigmentation is so disappointing, more so as it’s the only matte of the palette
  • The “make up collection” is written in Comic sans MS, which should be forbidden
  • It seems that it’s not on the website anymore, but I guess you can find it elsewhere

[Sorry for the swatches quality, it was under natural light yet, but anyway]

Cameleon 3 © WinaCameleon 6 © Wina Cameleon 7 © Wina Cameleon 8 © Wina Cameleon 4 © WinaCameleon 9 © Wina Cameleon 10 © Wina Cameleon 11 © Wina Cameleon 5 © WinaCameleon 12 © Wina Cameleon 13 © Wina Cameleon 14 © WinaWondering what it looks like when on the eyes? Don’t worry, I did some make-ups with the palette. See you in the week for the tutorials!

Cameleon 15 © Wina

Favorite nude so far

Hello sweeties,

I have to show you my favorite nude lipstick so far. It’s from Agnès b., in the b. perfect line, in the Roses à porter collection (oh my, it’s never ending), and the shade is Rose Feutrée (phew).

b perfect Rose Feutrée 1 © Winab perfect Rose Feutrée 3 © Winab perfect Rose Feutrée 2 © WinaWhen I dyed my hair blonde, I discovered the beauty of nude lipsticks. Before that, I was like “nude lipstick? Bullshit, why not just keeping your lips natural then?”, but actually, nude lipsticks have their utility. The difference might be subtile, but that will be what makes your final look perfect. You just need a lip colour that is slightly pinkier, peachier ou beigier and it makes all the difference.

b perfect Rose Feutrée 4 © WinaThese last times I’m addicted to Agnès b. Rose Feutrée. It’s supposed to be a matte lipstick, but as you can see, the rendering isn’t so matte.

b perfect Rose Feutrée 5 © Wina

See how beautiful this is? That peachy pink delicately warms my lip colour up and it’s way much flattering for my skin colour than my natural lip colour. The colour isn’t too light, I just think it’s perfect for my skin tone.
This is clearly not a matte lipstick, rather a semi-matte maybe, but it’s perfect, the rendering is very natural.

This baby costs 18,50€, which I think is very very expensive, considering the size of the lipstick (it’s smaller than my thumb)(and my thumb is reasonable). But there are regular sales on the website (fr), so, just be aware and maybe you’ll get it for 5€ like I did.

Hair care – April 2013

Hello sweeties,

I should have post this article earlier, because we’re already mid-May, but anyway. April (and March and February) was get-my-hair-back-to-life style, since I stopped bleaching and dying my hair.

hair routine april 2013 1 © Wina

  • Daddy-O shampoo – Lush

hair routine april 2013 2 © WinaA friend of mine gave it to me for my birthday last winter and even if I’m not platinum blonde anymore, I still use it. Because I don’t like waste. But also because I love the smell. It dries my hair a bit, but so much for that. I’m weak.

  • American Cream conditioner – Lush

hair routine april 2013 3 © WinaI’m in love with the smell and it’s a nice conditioner. One of my favourite Lush products. I ended my last bottle 2 weeks ago and I was super sad, of course, but also super excited because I eventually could use my new Korres Almond & Linseed conditioner (I’ll talk about it next month yeah yeah).

  • Marilyn hair treatment – Lush

hair routine april 2013 4 © Winahair routine april 2013 5 © WinaSame thing than Daddy-O : I’m not blonde anymore, but I don’t want to waste it, so I keep applying it. It’s ok, but not as awesome as René Furterer Carthame treatment.

  • Carthame hair mask – René Furterer

hair routine april 2013 6 © Winahair routine april 2013 7 © Wina

Best mask for dry hair ever. It literally brought my hair back to life after the bleaching and the dying. It’s very efficient. I love the custard texture and the kind of reassuring smell. It’s a bit sweet and creamy. You almost want to eat it haha. Plus, it’s silicone free.

  • Castoroil – Aromazone

hair routine april 2013 8 © WinaI want my hair to be long again and I’ve read that castor oil might be helpful for the growth. So, once to twice a month, I do hair masks with it : I apply the oil on my hair, massage the scalp, leave it for the night and wash it off in the morning. It’s easier to wash off if you mix the oil with some aloe vera gel. I don’t know if it works much, but for the moment, it’s not bad.
For the record, you can also use castor oil on the eyelashes and eyebrows. That’s what I did for a month and I could see a difference. My eyebrows grew faster, but not more unfortunately. My eyelashes became a little longer (or maybe it was in my mind haha), but mainly much stronger, they stopped to break and fall down with the eyelash curler
. A great investment!

3D flowers

Hello sweeties,

So, last month I bought a polymer flower nail wheel (for those interested, I took these ones). I was basically looking for the fruit one, but didn’t find it. Anyway, I was really excited about trying it and then I realized that it was pretty thick, I was like “man, how am I going to put those stuff on my nails?”.

3D flowers 1 © WinaFor the colour block thing, I did the tape technique. First, you apply the base colour, then you use tape to delimitate the zones to fill in other colours. Make sure that each previous coat is dry before applying the following. I don’t know if what I’m saying is clear so here’s a pic :

3D flowers 3 © WinaI used H&M scented nail polish in Green Apple (I’ll review it soon), Gold by Gilles Blue Lagoon (I think it’s discontinued?) and H&M Yellow of the nail polish set. Then I drew the gold lines with H&M Golden Treasure. I eventually *glued* the flowers with my Essie All In One Base. And I top coated all that with Essie Good To Go, as usual.

3D flowers 2 © Wina

I couldn’t keep it for more than 2 days. The feeling was just too weird when my fingers were touching my nails, I always wanted to scratch it off ha. The result is pretty fun though.

Almost summer

Hello sweeties, 

Swatches, swatches, swatches! I bought this cute H&M nail polishes set the other day. Glitters and bright colours, how could I resist? It makes me feel like we were in summer… *daydreaming*

H&M nail polishes set 1 © Wina

 

H&M nail polishes set 2 © WinaLet’s start with the glitters. The first bottle has tiny-tiny purple ones and hologram slices. I usually don’t like slices, but those are small so it’s ok (look at me talking about that like it was a big deal ha)(it is).

H&M nail polishes set 3 © Wina

I’m quite disappointed by the green glitters. I applied 2 coats (like for all the set) and I wasn’t satisfied by the result. I’d have liked more glitters, it’s not dense enough for me.

H&M nail polishes set 4 © WinaThere’s also a mint nail polish in the set. But once applied, it looks a bit like a pale turquoise or something. It’s very pretty anyway.

H&M nail polishes set 5 © Wina

The yellow was the most complicated to apply. I don’t know if it’s me, if I’m cursed by the malediction of yellow nail polishes or whatever, but I struggled to have an opaque result. I love this warm, a bit mustard yellow though.

H&M nail polishes set 6 © Wina

And now, serious business. The tangerine is by far my favorite of the set. The colour is so intense, it’s beautiful. I’m absolutely thrilled by the jelly rendering and the fine glitters. Total winner.

H&M nail polishes set 7 © Wina

Pretty cool set thus for 5,95€. Also practical, as the bottles are small. I’d definitely take them with me on holidays (if I take holidays meh).

Face care routine – April 2013

Hello sweeties,

Well yes, the post title is boring. But the content is less (hopefully).

For a few years now, I do layering skin care. Layering is a japanese technique that I  discovered through Sonia’s blog and, intrigued, I started to follow this routine. The principle is to superimpose layers (whence “layering”) of products. The 3 basic gestures are cleansing, tonering, moisturizing. Then you can add specific care products and stuff. It’s not that much time taking than the usual washing-face-with-soap-and-barely-moisturizing-it and it’s a real pleasure ritual.

I’m under the impression that I know my skin better thanks to that. I have a dehydrated and sensitive combination skin. Meh. It’s super oily on the nose and as dry as desert on the cheeks. I have small imperfections, blackheads and sudden redness (in particular on the cheeks). But I’m ok with that. I never had acne, I rarely have spots and my priority is rather to have a comfortable skin than a flawless one and this is how I choose my face care products. I first want moisturizing and appeasement.

Speaking about how I choose my products, I try to favor bio. My make-up products are full of bullshit, so I try to rebalance my chakras (wut) with a healthier skin care. And when not bio, I tend to use pharmacy products (because they’re supposed to be safe for sensitive skins and not very expensive) or asian brands (because they’re great value and more adapted to my asian skin, surprise). Enough with the life talking, let’s get into the heart of the matter. face care routine 1 © WinaMorning :

  • Detoxifying cleansing foam – Etat Pur

face care routine 2 © Winaface care routine 3 © WinaIn the morning, I wake up (thank God) and after the obligatory sacred cup of tea, I wash my face with Etat Pur Detoxifying Cleansing Foam. I love cleansing foams because they’re gentle and last veeery long (I’m using this bottle since… Since… Well I can’t even tell. Probably December). In early April, it was very cold in Paris and my skin was so dry that nothing could be done about it I guess, even the Detoxifying Cleansing Foam was *aggressive* for me (I could see my skin start to peel off after each wash, ugh). In the second part of April, it did its usual perfect job.

[French readers, I already talked about it here yup yup]

  • Thermal Water – Avène

face care routine 4 © WinaObligatory step for me since I discovered that I have a dehydrated skin. It helped me a lot with the cold weather. I spray it all over my face and also on my neck, I wait that it dries a bit (but not completely), just before applying the toner. I also use it each time I spot some random redness on my face, it really calms my skin. It’s a good investment, I have the 300 mL spray and it cost me something like 8€.

  • Anduze Region Bamboo Hydrolate – Aromazone

face care routine 5 © WinaA hydrolate is a product of plants distillation.
I use that as a toner, applied with a cotton pad when my face still have some Thermal Water on it. It takes the last impurities off and start the moisturize step. I like the light smell of this hydrolate. I bought mine on Aromazone, but I guess you can find it elsewhere. It also is supposed to regulate sebum, but I didn’t see that mush difference. I guess it’s ok.

  • Sensitive skin moisturizer – Mixa

face care routine 6 © Wina Cheap, efficient, non greasy. Really nice. It was my best friend this winter, but in March and early April, it wasn’t enough anymore because the cold weather has last too long and my skin couldn’t handle it anymore. But now it’s good again!

Night :

Same routine, but with my homemade bio cleansing oil in addition.

face care routine 7 © Wina

face care routine 8 © Wina

Tiny washed brain ha

In layering, cleansing oil is recommended for removing make-up. Or any rich make-up remover (like the cream ones), because that’s what works the best. Forget the cleansing milk, micellar water and even more the cleansing wipes. First, it’s more aggressive. Second, it’s less efficient. Third, it’s cotton pads waste. You really see the difference when you switch to cleansing oil. Oh and try to use those that don’t have mineral oils in it (= come from petrol, yummy), favor vegetal oils.
My experimented cleansing oil is made of argan oil and water melon (not watermelon) oil. I added Babassu foam, so that it emulsifies with water (= change into a kind of milk) and drops of E vitamin to make sure that I’ll conserve it for a while. But I think I messed up with the quantity of Babassu because it’s all thick (like custard), hard to massage. Or maybe is it because I shaked the bottle too much. Anyway, it does the job though, as well as the cleansing oils that I bought before, and maybe better. And it’s total safe, no itchy eyes, yeepee!

Phew! Finally, this is the end of the post. Hope you’re still alive and that it interested you (a bit)(a tiny tiny bit).