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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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Currently Coveting

August 15, 2015

Happy Saturday! It’s the middle of the month already?! Crazy! But as much as I love summer, I’m ready for fall and layering tops with jackets and scarfs! This Free People bralette crop top is an ideal transitioning piece to use under any top or dress to cover it up a bit more or wear it because its simple gorgeous {I want one in every color!!}. Get ready for Labor Day weekend, and pick up a dress like this beautiful LWD from Tularosa, especially if you already have an invite for a fab “White clothing only” Party. This Gianvito Rossi shoes are totally splurge worthy, great for transitioning into fall and super sexy if you ask me. A product that I can not live without, especially for this extra hot months, is sunscreen, and one of my favorites for all day touch ups is this one from Brush on Block Mineral Sunscreen, since it’s so humid in Florida that I feel like I’m always melting, makeup included!! I finally got the opportunity to try a few pieces from Stella & Dot thanks to a bloggers event, and I loved their jewelry, this statement ring and this more basic one are the perfect combination. Until next time!

Love,

Paola

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Feliz Sábado! Es la mitad del mes ya?! que locura como pasa el tiempo! Pero así como amo el verano, ya estoy lista para el otoño y poder ponerme tops con jackets y bufandas! Este top bralette de Free People es ideal para la transición de temporadas, porque lo puedes usar dentro de otras blusas y que te ayuda a cubrir mas para el cambio de clima { y yo lo quiero en todos los colores!!} Get ready para el dia del trabajo con un vestido blanco como este LWD de Tularosa, especialmente si ya tienes alguna invitación para las clásicas fiestas de “solo se permite ropa blanca”. Estos zapatos de Gianvito Rossi valen la pena la inversion, están perfectos para el cambio de temporada y la verdad me parecen super sexy. Un producto que no me puede faltar, especialmente en estos meses tan calientes, es el protector solar y uno de mis favoritos para retocarme todo el día es este de Brush on Block mineral sunscreen, porque es tan húmedo aqui en la Florida que siento que me derrito, maquillaje incluido! Finalmente tube la oportunidad de probarme algunas piezas de la joyería de Stella & Dot, y me encantaron,  este anillo full statement  y este mas básico son la combinación perfecta. Hasta la próxima.

Love,

Paola

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My August Must Haves

August 1, 2015

Summer its almost over! Where does time goes I don’t know but now I’m looking for pieces that will help with the transition to fall. Since its been raining non stop here in South Florida, rain boots are fantastic for me right now, and if I have to wear rain boots might as well do it in style with some cute pink Hunter boots and some skinny jeans, which are a all year round fave, I know the trend is coming for other styles but we still need them right!?  I just love this J Brand distressed skinny ones, the color is perfect for any season. I’m really into hats right now, {and my hubby says I look good in them so works for me!} this Rag & Bone Fedora is perfect for now and fall, love the color and style.

I love stripes, if there is a top on a solid color or stripes, I’m going for the stripes! Also they are a must during summer and this T by Alexander Wang linen one is so beautiful and comfy. For me statement necklaces are a necessity in my wardrobe and perfect pick me up for any outfit, Forever 21 has tons for such a good price point! this Beaded Bib Necklace is super cute!! { love this one too!}, and you can wear them to a beach party, on top of a sweater or on any outfit. With my tan skin I need some color for my lips, the new lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Matte Red is a great color, for the day add a touch on your lips with some lip treatment {like this one} to make you own lip stain and at night go full on! do you like my picks? Which ones are yours? Until next time.

Love,

Paola.

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El verano ya esta casi terminando! a donde se va el tiempo ni idea pero yo este mes estoy buscando piezas que me van a servir no solo ahorita sino que también en la temporada que viene. Ha pasado lloviendo aquí en el sur de la Florida, así que unas botas para la lluvia son fantásticas para este mes, y si tengo que ponerme botas de plástico para la lluvia por lo menos tiene que ser lindas no? estas botas Hunter en rosado estan lindas y con unos skinny jeans perfecto, yo se que la tendencia de los jeans trae diferentes estilos pero siempre los skinny jeans son necesarios, y estos de J Brand distressed skinny jeans tienen el color perfecto para cualquier temporada. Estoy full enamorada de usar sombreros {y mi esposo dice que se me ven muy bien así que para mi mejor ;)} este Rag & Bone Fedora es perfecto para el verano y las próximas temporadas, ademas el color y estilo me gusta muchísimo.

Yo amo la ropa con rayas, si hay un top de color solido o con rayas, seguro quiero comprar el de rayas! Ademas las rayas azules son básicas para el verano y este top de lino de T by Alexander Wang es bellísimo y super comodo. Para mi los collares grandes son necesarios todo el año, son el accesorio perfecto para cualquier vestuario, Forever 21 tiene muchos y a super buen precio! este Beaded Bib Necklace esta super lindo {también me gusta mucho este!}, y se pueden para desde un accesorio para una fiesta de playa, con un sweater o con cualquier outfit. Con mi piel bronceada me gusta usar mas color en los labios, el nuevo lápiz de labio de Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Rojo Matte es el color perfecto, para el día esta lindo para usar un poquito con un tratamiento para los labios {como este!}  así haces tu propio color de labios y en la noche vas con todo y el color da con cual tipo de piel! Te gustan mis picks? cuales son los tuyos? hasta la próxima…

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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My June 2015 Fashion Picks

June 1, 2015

Happy Monday! lets just say I don’t know where time has gone to! It’s already June and summer is on full swing, so I picked a few things as my must haves for this month. I guess being a Floridian for most of my life makes me have a strong love for Summer, even though it’s crazy hot, I just love the Fashion options and the colors… So I picked a few things that I really like to covet for this month.

Yellow is one of the biggest trends for this season, and how cute is this dress !? Perfect for day or night, also you need a LWD in your wardrobe, and there are so many options right now but I really like this one because it goes beyond the simple white and has some embroidery.

Now shoes, limit myself for this post was hard but I’m obsessed with tassels in anyway, I love them on jewelry, accessories and of course shoes!! These gray ones from Schutz are perfect for any color dress because it’s not as strong as black but can be worn with a white dress, color or black for that matters. Espadrilles are a must have for spring and summer and this Aquazzura ones are in my shopping list {just don’t tell my husband, shhh! ;)}. Handbags ahhh my other weakness, can we have a moment to see how cute his little clutch is!!! I need it, like now!! The bag is perfect for a beach day, farmers market or pretty much anything you want. I had to add something beauty, and specially a multitasker like this lip and cheek product of Bobbi Brown, I have a few of them and I love them! They are perfect for the beach, school or wherever you don’t have much time for a touch up but still want to look fabulous.

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