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My Miami Sephora Haul

February 24, 2016

Hi loves! So I went to Miami for a couple of days this month, super happy to see my family and friends, and I was more then ready to get some shopping done! I had a long list for Sephora, that I had to edit otherwise my husband would’ve not been a happy camper haha! There where a few things I had to get, like the Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder, which I have been using and its really nice, I’m really loving it! I also got the First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 eye cream, the verdict is still out for that one since it has only been a couple of days using it but it does feels nice and not heavy to wear under makeup at all. I purchased the latest HD concealer from Makeup Forever and I love it! Is not as hydrating as the Nars concealer, that is my holy grail {see blog post here about it}, but it does cover the under eye dark circles amazingly! I got a super cute nail polish color from the Sephora line named Trilling, it’s a must have, perfect white-grayish color, give it a try if you can.

I got a 100 points reward right away because, I didn’t want to save them until next time, and I picked the pink gel coat for the nails that I had always wanted to try, so perfect timing. I got my Sephora Birthday present and this year is a set from Fresh {Face cleanser and Rose mask, that I already tried and it left my skin super soft and nice}  so quite happy about that too! At Heathrow airport before heading to Miami, I got a few duty free items, that honestly next time I will get more stuff! They had everything there! There was a Jo Malone store where I purchased my fave scent from them, English Pear and Freesia and also I got the Lip maximizer from Dior… What should I get next? My list is starting for my next trip to Sephora! P.S. Stay tune for my pharmacy makeup haul next 😉

Until next time!

Love,

Paola

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L’occitane Creme Perfectrice

November 22, 2015

As promised, Lets talk about the Creme Perfectrice de L’occitane, I got a 7 day deluxe sample a couple of weeks ago after signing up for it online { I personally feel its a great way to test a product, not that I expect a miracle within days but just to see how superficially it would feel on the skin}, and I have to say this moisturizer is being so lovely on my combination skin. With my move to London and its weather, my skin is all over the place sometimes I have dry patches, which is a first for my normally oily skin, then I would go back to oily and I could feel like it need it to be hydrated, after using the moisturizer for a week morning and night, my skin feels plump and bright no more dry patches, It really gives it a glow and it has help to improve the texture of it, I’m really loving it.

The moisturizer promises to leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and velvety and to reduce your pores, fine lines and imperfections, although I do think is too soon for me to say something about helping with fine lines and pore reduction, I do think is does the work with making your skin feeling soft and velvety.  The Creme Perfectrice does have a scent, I really like it but I do love rose and peony scents so if that’s a problem for you this might not be the one for you to try. In the morning I just wash my skin and then I put the moisturizer before my SPF and makeup and at night I use it every other nigh combining it with my Artemis oil by Sunday Riley {Another fave! read my review about it if you haven’t}.
I would definitely give it a shoot if you are looking for a new moisturizer, it’s really a fantastic formula! Until next time…

Love,

Paola

 

 

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Sephora VIB SALE – Skin & Hair Picks

November 13, 2015

I’m back with more picks from the Sephora VIB Sale! Now lets talk about skincare and hair products, there are so many options is not even funny, I literally start making my list a month or so before because 20% off in some of this products is almost imposible otherwise, don’t forget the VIB Sale ends November 16th, 2015 and if you are not close to a store order online at www.sephora.com and use code VIB20… Oh and they even have great stocking stuffers like this and this from Deborah Lippmann , get your presents ready for your family, friends and of course yourself!

1.First Aid Beauty Skin rescue deep clean cleanser– I’ve been wanting to try this for a while!

2. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Good Genes + Luna– If you read my previous blog about Artemis you know I love this brand, and I’m sooo excited to try both of this!!!!

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir– One of the best facial mist, the one I keep buying every year, smells so good.

4. Almond Deluxe Duo from L’occitane – Love this shower oil and great present idea too!

5. Philosophy Amazing Grace Jumbo Gift Set– My mom’s favorite scent and I also love it.

6. Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream for Hair– One of the best hair treatments ever! I got a sample that last me for a while and it was amazing, I want more!

7. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo– I keep seeing the beauty vloggers say is fantastic so obvi I want it now haha

8.Glamglow Giftsexy Dazzling Hydration Set– Really love the mask so I think its a great deal to try more than one.

9. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream– One of my favorites eye creams, super light and it works!

10.Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze-Bronzer Brush No. 12– A very popular brush that cost $78 so if you want it, this is your moment to get it.

11.L’occitane Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream– as seen in my November picks, I’m loving this hand cream!

12. Bobbi Brown Beach Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Body Scrub– I Love this perfume, if you like the beach and that coconut, sunscreen scent this if for you.

13.Fresh Sugar Lychee Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Bath & Shower Gel– Another one of my faves, and I really like rollerballs because they are perfect to take with me everywhere!

There are so many more things to pick, but this are definitely things that I love, that I have try before or that I would love to try and keep hearing great things about! Until next time and happy shopping!

Love,

Paola

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Sephora VIB SALE – Beauty Edition

November 12, 2015

Hi! Are you ready for the Sephora VIB sale? 20% on everything at Sephora? Yes please! You read it right, it is 20% off Everything!! Its your moment to buy brands that never go on sale, Like YSL, Dior, Bobbi Brown… For me the sale is the perfect opportunity to buy things that you would eventually buy or things that I been wanting but didn’t want to pay full price and also great time to buy all those presents for friends and family. For all the VIB members the sale starts November 13th, 2015 and ends November 16th, 2015, the code to purchase online is VIB20, And without further due, here is my list of picks from the beauty section and tomorrow I’ll post my picks for the hair and skin products… ready? lets go.

1.Sephora Favorites Superstars – Perfect present and great value for your money.

2. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip – Great price and also perfect way to sample different brands.

3. Laura Mercier Invisible loose setting powder – Its really one of the best!

4. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder– I keep seeing the beauty vloggers mentioning like the best so I would love to try it.

5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Foundation– I got a sample to test and I loved it!

6. Giorgio Armani eyes to kill shadow– I keep reading fantastic reviews about it.

7. Bobbi Brown Patina Ink long wear gel eyeliner– one of the best.

8. Nars radiant creamy concealer – you know I LOVE it! And if you don’t, here is my review about it.

9. Anastasia Brow wiz in soft brown– I keep buying the same product because I just love it.

10. Urban Decay Weightless complete coverage concealer – another one I want to try!

11. Dior Diorskin Nude BB creme– its one of my fave, along with the Tarte one, its almost like a light foundation.

12. Becca Champagne Glow Palette– I could get the champagne pop highlighter so this is my opportunity.

13. Cite London Olivia Palermo Lipstick collection– Because I love Olivia Palermo! hahaha! No really, I read some reviews about them and they seam to be pretty nice.

14. Fresh Nude lip lovers mini kissing trio – perfect stocking stuffer, one of my fave lip balms.

15. Nail Inc Gel effect nail polish and the Victoria Beckham one – I been eyeing the Victoria Beckham for a while so 20% off, this is my chance!

And last but no least,

16. Christian Louboutin Lip colour and Nail polish– a complete splurge that if you have been eyeing them, this is your moment to buy!

Until Next time…

Love,

Paola

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Artemis by Sunday Riley

October 2, 2015

Hi there!! So you guys probably have an idea of how much I love beauty oils, and this one by Sunday Riley caught my eye a while ago. Before moving to London I went to my local Sephora and got a sample of it, because let’s be honest I do think it is pricey, but I really believe that if it does what it promises {Most of them don’t!} then its worth the investment and with all of the pain of my wallet, after a week of using the sample, I can say that it is amazing!!!! Totally worth it!!!I have combination skin, so using oils in my face always scares me, but the Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley works brilliantly, and its specially formulated for combination/oily skin.

All the traveling that I have done lately, was showing in my skin, I had some dry patches and was breaking out a lot, I only used it at nights after cleansing my skin and I personally didn’t use any other moisturizing just the oil, and after a week my skin clear a lot, and it felt so nice and plump, I felt in love, gave my skin a lot of luminosity, it says it helps against premature ageing {yesss please!!} and it has toxin-fighting enzymes to keep your skin blemish-free and beautiful. I purchased the full size bottle before leaving Miami {currency conversion issues lol}, and I’m using it every night and sometimes even in the morning when I don’t need to wear makeup, but the good thing is it will last you for a while, I’ve been using the one I purchased for over two weeks and looks like new. So my advise is if you are not ready to commit, get a sample in a store like Sephora or SpaceNK and test if it works for you, but since I’m sure you will love it, just get the idea that you will end up buying it… sorry wallet and you welcome face 😉 Until next time!

Love,

Paola

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Hola!! Bueno como ustedes ya se habran dado cuenta a mi me encantan los aceites de belleza, y desde hace ratitos que vengo escuchando este aceite Artemis para la cara de Sunday Riley. Antes de venirme a Londres fui a Sephora y pedi una muestra, para probar si de verdad era tan bueno como decían, y por que siendo honesta no esta tan barato, pero igual lo quería probar porque yo soy de las que cree que si el producto hace lo que promete {porque la mayoría no es así!} entonces  vale la pena la inversion y con todo el dolor de mi cartera, después de usar la muestra toda la semana, lo prometido es cierto, este aceite es fabuloso!!! Totalmente vale la pena! Yo tengo piel mixta, por lo que a veces usar aceites en la cara me da miedo, pero este Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley trabaja perfecto, y es especialmente formulado para pieles mixtas or grasas.

Todos los viajes que he hecho últimamente se estaban notando en mi piel, tenia unos parchesitos de piel seca en la cara y me estaban saliendo muchas espinillas (pimples), yo solo use el aceite en las noches después de limpiarme la cara y no use mas crema hidratante encima, y después de una semana mi piel se limpio bastante, y la sentía super suave y con elasticidad, y con estos resultados me enamore de este producto, y ademas dice que ayuda con los primeros signos de envejecimiento {si porfavor!!} y tiene enzimas que ayudan a mantener tu piel libre de espinillas y linda. Yo compre el producto en su paquete completo antes de irme de Miami {por eso de la conversion de la moneda lol }, y lo estoy usando todas las noches y a veces en la mañana cuando no me voy a poner maquillaje, pero lo bueno es que te va a durar, yo he usado el que compre por dos semanas y parece como nuevo. Mi consejo es que si no están listas para comprometerse a usar la botella completa, vayan a una tienda como Sephora, SpaceNK y pidan una muestra pero como yo se que les va a encantar, vayan haciéndose la idea que lo van a terminar comprando… sorry cartera y de nada piel 😉 Hasta la próxima!

Love,

Paola

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My French Pharmacy Must Have

September 13, 2015

Happy Weekend to all of you! Time management when you don’t have WIFI {a blogger nightmare} or an actual flat/apartment is a struggle, hotel living is not my thing! But lets talk about beauty, shall we? French beauty products are some of the best in the world, and living in Monaco gave me opportunity to try tons of things from the pharmacy which is a must if you ask me, there are so many options that its actually very dangerous for your wallet! Here are my must haves, the ones that now I can’t live without, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is an all around amazing oil {read my blog post here about it}, also from Nuxe is the Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm that doesn’t have any shine so is the perfect base for any lippie, especially those super trendy dry matte ones, leaves your lips so hydrated, is perfect!

French ladies swear by their water sprays and I love the Avene one because is specially good for sensitive skin like mine and the super popular Serozinc by La Roche Posay, this one honestly is great when you have acne prone skin! What can I say about Bioderma Micellier water that has not being said? Its just the best micellier water in the market for most people, and make up artists around the world, I haven’t tried many but I love it and I get the one for oily skin. Last but not least, an all around must have product, Homeoplasmine, has a funny name very medicine like but its the perfect ointment for dry patches, dry lips, even as a moisturizer if you have really dry skin. These are my favorite French pharmacy products, what are yours?? Let me know because I always want to try more!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Feliz fin de semana!! Debo admitir que manejar mi tiempo estas semanas que llevo en Londres sin WIFI y sin apartamento han sido super difícil, esto de vivir en un Hotel no es lo mío! Pero bueno mejor hablemos de belleza, no? Los productos de belleza hechos en Francia son de los mejores del mundo, y cuando estuve viviendo en Monaco tube la oportunidad de probar muchas cosas y es que hay tantas opciones que es hasta peligroso para tu cartera! Pero lo bueno que probar todos estos productos me dio la oportunidad de tener mis favoritos, mis “must haves”, y uno es el Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, que es un aceite seco espectacular { lee mi review aquí }, y también de la marca Nuxe es el Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm que es mate en los labios, y te los hidrata muchísimo, perfecto para usarlo bajo lapis de labios secos.

Las chicas Francesas juran con sus aguas en spray para la cara, creo que cada marca tiene una diferente, me encanto la de Avene que es para piel sensible y mi favorita es Serozinc de La Roche Posay, que es perfecta para cuando tienes la piel propensa a tener acne. Que puedo decir del agua limpiadora de Bioderma que no se haiga dicho? no mucho, porque es la mejor del mercado de acuerdo con muchos, yo no he probado muchas diferentes pero si me encanta, y compro la especial para piel grasa. Por ultimo, un producto full versátil, Homeoplasmine es un oitment que sirve para los labios secos, para esos parches secos que se nos hacen y hasta como hidratante para la piel super seca. Estos son mis productos favoritos de las farmacias francesas, cuales son los tuyos? cuéntame que siempre quiero mas!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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The Best Concealers!

July 15, 2015

If there is one makeup item I can not live without is concealer. I have had dark circles since I can remember, and because of that I have tried so many, I can definitely show you my top 5 holy grail concealers. Lest start with the MAC “Pro Longwear” concealer, it is smooth and doesn’t crease {much} but do use a setting power, I use NW25 to get a bit of highlight with the concealer too. I love this Maybeline concealer and it’s so affordable, so it’s a good one to try for a decent price. I purchase this set from Bobbi Brown mostly because of the “corrector” and I really like it although I’m not that big fan of so many steps, but sometimes you just have to do it!

One brand that’s quite popular in France is Clarins, and I keep hearing it from the British YouTubers about it so I had to try it, I have to say it is great and really full coverage too so it a fantastic one when you need a full face of makeup. Lastly my favorite ahhhh, the Nars creamy concealer, I tried it a while a go, and then I used some other ones because I always want to try what’s new, but I recently went to get it again because honestly it’s really that good! It’s smooth with a brightning effect and covers everything but doesn’t feel thick or over the top. What is your favorite concealer?? A must have that I should try!!?? Until next time

Love,

Paola

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Si hay un producto de maquillaje con el que yo no puedo vivir sin el son los correctores. yo he tenido ojeras desde que yo me acuerdo, y porque yo he probado tantos, es que yo les puedo dar los que son para mi gusto los 5 correctores mejores, conste hasta la fecha!. Y empiezo con MAC “pro longwear” concealer, es super liquido y no se asienta en las lineas de los ojos {mucho} pero eso si tienes que ponerte polvos translucidos encima para sellarlo, yo uso el NW25 para que me de un poquito de iluminación con el corrector. Yo amo este corrector de Maybeline esta super bien de precio y es muy bueno, así que es uno que puedes probar por un precio mas barato. Yo compre este set de Bobbi Brown sobretodo por el “corrector de color” y si me gusta mucho, lo único que no me encanta es usar tantos pasos, pero a veces no te queda de otra!

Una marca que super popular en Francia es Clarins, yo la escuche mucho de las YouTubers inglesas y tenia que probarla estando allí, y de verdad es super buen corrector, y the cubre todo, este es el perfecto para usar cuando necesitas un maquillaje completo y que te dure. Por ultimo mi favorito de favoritos, Nars creamy concealer, yo lo probe hace un buen rato y me gusto pero como siempre quiero probar lo nuevo que sale cuando termine el tubo compre algo nuevo, pero lo acabo de comprar de nuevo porque de verdad es buenísimo!! es super suave con un efecto iluminador y cubre todo pero no se siente grueso encima como le dicen “cake”. Cual es tu corrector favorito? alguno que tenga que probar?? Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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The Charlotte Tilbury Makeup collection

June 15, 2015

Hello!! Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend! This is the makeup line I have been waiting to try for a while, the Charlotte Tilbury makeup collection! Ahhh my excitement is real!! My husband was in London this week for a couple of days so I knew this was my chance to get me a few things. It is a premium brand so I decided to try a few products before going crazy on it. I got the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree in the color Bitch Perfect {can we talk about the name? hahaha too funny} and the color is AH-mazing!! Its a beautiful peachy pink nude, to me the perfect color for day or night, the formula is so smooth and smells like vanilla, yummy! The other thing I wanted was the Lip pencil or as Charlotte named it, the ‘Lip Cheat’ re-size & re-shape lip liner in Iconic Nude but wasn’t available {I also wanted this and I forgot to ask him for it, but I read this is good dupe for it}. The star of my mini makeup haul, and probably the most popular product of her line is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight, its the most perfect and smooth contour/highlight combo. I’m a medium-tan and it looks fantastic, its more on the subtle side, since I’m already tan but it shows enough to make a stand out, and if you want the color to be stronger I would use it on top of a deeper contour color.

They gave my husband some samples of the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, I haven’t try it but if I love it, I will keep you posted on my Instagram. I really want to try more of the Charlotte Tilbury products now, like some of the blushes and the Goddess skin clay mask, so they are in my “next to buy list”. If you can, definitely give this brand a try, the products are very well made, and the contour duo gives your skin beautiful glow look, also the packaging its lovely! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Hola! Feliz Lunes! espero que haigan tenido un lindo fin de semana! He querido pobrar esta linea de maquillaje de Charlotte Tilbury makeup collection por un buen rato, y estoy super emocionada de por fin poder usar algunos de sus productos. My esposo estuvo en Londres por unos días la semana pasada, y yo sabia que este era my oportunidad para comprar unas cositas. La linea es considerada de nivel premiun, por lo que no quise comprar muchas cosas y gastar demasiado si no me gustaba. Compre  el Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree en el color Bitch Perfect {que tal el nombre? hahah} y el color es lindo!! Es un color rosado-beige-con un poquito de naranja {peachy pink nude}, para mi el color perfecto, la formula es super suave y tiene un olor a vainilla super rico!! Quería comprar el delineador de labios ‘Lip Cheat’ re-size & re-shape lip liner en Iconic Nude pero no había disponible. {tambien quería esto y se me olvido pero lei que este es un buen reemplazo} El producto estrella para mi es el Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight, es un duo de bronceador con iluminador con un acabado perfecto. Yo soy color mediano bronceado y el color se ve fantástico, no es tan fuerte en mi porque yo ya estoy bronceada pero igual se ve bello, pero si quieres que se vea mas pronunciado usa un bronceador mas profundo abajo de este y se va a ver lindo!

Le dieron a mi esposo algunas muestras del Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, no lo he probado, pero si me gusta les cuento en mi Instagram. Quiero pobrar otros productos de la marca, como unos blushes y el Goddess skin clay mask, ya los puse en mi lista de próximas compras. De verdad si puedes prueba esta linea de maquillaje, los productos están muy bien hechos y este duo de bronceador con iluminador te deja la piel luciendo super saludable, y ademas el empaque esta diseñado super lindo. Hasta la próxima.

Love,

Paola

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Nuxe Oil: The Prodigious One

June 8, 2015

One of the first things I did when I confirmed my move to Monaco/France for school was research about the French beauty products, I will dedicate a whole post about that later this month, but in the meanwhile I want to talk about the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®… and yes the hype is real! I really love this dry oil, it’s such a multitasker, I use it on my hair after I wash it, on my nails after a mani, on my skin instead of lotion when I just took a shower or when my skin is dry for a dewy effect, which looks beautiful on your skin on a day out, and even though I haven’t done it, you can use it on your face as a moisturizer. There is a version of the same dry oil with gold particles that would be fantastic to wear on your skin for a day/night out but I prefer the basic one.

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Birchbox France May 2015

May 30, 2015

Hi Guys!! I’m totally a beauty junkie, I accept it, but there are so many options in the market that it’s hard not to want to try it all, or it’s just me!?? So with that in mind I decided to get the Birchbox while I’m in school here in Monaco, since I’m a college student and I live on a budget 100% of the time. I already did Ipsy back in the USA and really liked it, also I thought it would be a great way to try new products and ideally I wanted to try French products…and mission accomplished!! I kinda really love my Birchbox boxes, and talking about boxes they are perfect for storage!! and the designs are super cute!! This is my fourth one and every month has been surprisingly really great! every month you get five products based on your first questionnaire, you fill this out when you sign up for the subscription, and I have to say so far so good, you even get a little flyer with information about each product you get.

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