My 15 Minutes at Sephora...



Traveling with friends who have zero interest in makeup can be quite a challenge when it comes to makeup shopping on a weekend trip.

As you all know, I went to Paris for the weekend and of course I had to go to Sephora!
There is a huge Sephora conveniently located on the Champs-Élysées and I knew that we would pass it and I would get a chance to go in there!

So I saw the Sephora sign and piloted everyone towards it :-)
We entered the store, me getting all excited, everyone else looking pretty... shall we say... bored? :-)

My boyfriend (who knew this could end with him carrying a ton of shopping bags) said: "You know what, we'll come and pick you up in... say... 15 minutes?"

15 minutes?!?
Are you kidding me?!?
That will make for quite a challenge!

But I didn't want to keep them waiting, so I plunged into the shopping adventure.

I headed down the main aisle and noticed a Philosophy display on the right. I stopped short, but quickly realized, that I didn't have the time to read all the labels to figure out the perfect product. Also, with only hand luggage and an allowance of a 1 litre bag worth of liquids and creams, I didn't want to "waste" it on skincare.

So I walked on.

A Sephora lady stopped me and asked if I wanted to get my makeup done.

YES, OR YOU COULD JUST SHOOT ME!!!


I managed to cruise around her and went straight to the back of the store, toward the MAC counter. I dragged out my "Back to MAC" stuff (post about it coming soon) and talked to the MAC lady for 3 minutes. I gotta give credit to her, because she actually did manage to understand my French!!

I went back to look for Nars and Urban Decay - lucky me - the displays were next to each other, facing each other. I swatched Nars stuff, then I turned around and swatched Urban Decay stuff, then I turned around and swatched Nars stuff, then... (you get the idea...)

I remembered I wanted to check out Too Faced as well.

I ran around like a mad cow and finally located Too Faced, swatched some eyeshadows, and went back to Nars and Urban Decay.

After my hands were irrecognizable from swatching all over them, this is what I finally settled on:

Nars Eyeshadow Ondine





... and Nars Kalahari Duo




I went to the checkout and paid.

I already saw my boyfriend coming back to the store.

I knew then it was

GAME OVER!!!

;-)

xoxo
Blusherine




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Back from Paris


Hi everyone!

I've spent the weekend in Paris with my boyfriend and friends, we had a great time, we had booked a cheep Ryanair flight from Bratislava (Slovakia) to Paris Beauvais and spent two days walking around the beautiful city of Paris.

I will post a couple of pictures, so you can be on my weekend getaway as well! :-)

We spent the first day walking down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, through the Jardins de Tuileries to the Louvre:




Then we walked over to Île de la Cité, past the street vendors:



and visited Notre Dame:



... and also he bookstore Shakespeare & Co.:



We then walked over to the Hôtel de Ville, from there to Centre Pompidou. We had a coffee at Les Halles, then we took the metro to the Moulin Rouge:


We walked up the stairs of Montmartre, where there is a buzzing crowd of artists and street vendors:



...and plenty of cute cafés and restaurants:



We visited the basilica of Sacre Coeur and finallytook the bus to the Tour Eiffel, where we stopped our sightseeing on the first day.



We took it easy on day two: We visited La Défense and the Jardin du Luxembourg, it was really hot and we were happy sipping cool drinks in the shade :-)



I did go to Sephora on the Camps-Élysées, which I will write about soon!


Hope you liked my little visual tour of Paris!

Take care!
Blusherine






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I Love Lipsticks...


The lovely Martha tagged me to show my lipstick collection and my favorite lipsticks, so here we go!


1) How many lipsticks do you have?Awwwwwww, I'm not gonna tell you! :o)) I am a lipstick victim and I have way too many!!
I wouldn't want to convey that it's perfectly normal to have so many lipsticks because it's not!


To take a picture, I took my prettiest tubes and stuck them into a box:




2. First lipstick that you ever bought
Was a L'Oréal lipstick, for sure. I don't remember the shade, but up to a certain age my whole makeup collection consisted of L'Oréal only, because I always liked their products and because it was one of the few brands readily available in my hometown.

3. Which is your newest lipstick?
MAC Hibiscus

4. What is your favorite lipstick brand?
MAC, definitely MAC, because of the huge selection of colors and the variety of finishes.

5. Favorite Pink?
MAC Lazy Day



6. Favorite Nude?

MAC Viva Glam II



7. Favorite Peach/Coral?
MAC Cute-ster



8. Favorite Red?

I don't wear red a whole lot, so I really don't have a favorite, but I think MAC Cockney is a gorgeous red!



9. Favorite Hot Pink?

I don't really wear hot pink too often either, I have an old Sephora lipstick that I really like which is kind of hot pink... :-)



10. Favorite Brown?
L'Oréal Color Riche "Aishwarya Rai"



11. Favorite Rosewood?
Anna Sui Rouge G 304



12. Favorite Plum?

MAC Sweet & Single
(probably not a true plum, but the closest it gets to a favorite plum...)


13. Other Favorite Lipsticks?
(from left, all MAC):
Blooming Lovely
Intricate
Sunsational
Dressmaker, Dressmaker
Ever Hip
Hug Me
Viva Glam V



14. Favorite Lipglasses
MAC Dazzleglasses and MAC Lipglasses




I am tagging Lilly, because I'd really be curious about her lipstick collection! :-)


All the best
Blusherine



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MAC Milan Mode Lipstick



MAC's Milan Mode is what I'm wearing on my lips today.

It's a permanent color in the MAC range and it has a Lustre finish. Colorwise it's a sheer pink, a deep sheer pink, reminding me of a grape or a berry color.

In the past, MAC also released it with the Euristocrats II Collection, featuring lipsticks named after other cities next to Milan: London Life and Naked Paris.

Have a great day everyone!

xoxo
Blusherine








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I'm N... - like Naked...

So now it's mine...

finally!

I got the Urban Decay Naked Palette a couple of weeks ago.
I had ordered it on HQhair when they had received stock (months ago). Even though my order went through then, they weren't able to ship it, because, apparently, they had sold more than they had in stock. They didn't charge me, though! So after weeks and weeks of waiting I finally received it (and they did charge me now :-))





What can I say...

Expectations were high! REALLY REALLY high and probably too high!

Are you gonna hate me if I tell you that it's not my favorite nude palette? *g*
Too many shimmery and frosty colors for my taste, I would have loved some more mattes.

But I sure like the palette and wouldn't trade it!

After playing around with the colors for a couple of days, I came up with this eye makeup:




Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in shade Sin
Colors from the palette:
Toasted (on lid and on lower lashline)
Hustle (on outer lid)
Naked (crease)
Creep (outer v)
Virgin (highlight)
MAC Plush Lash Mascara
b.pretty transparent eyebrow gel


Here is how I placed the shades:





With one million Naked Palette makeup looks circulating on blogger and youtube, I hope this one hasn't been done yet...

:o))

xoxo
Blusherine






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Essence "A Hint of Mint" Nail Polish


Hi everybody,

this is one of the Essence Nail Polishes that came out with the Blossoms etc... Collection, it's called A Hint of Mint.

The bottle contains 7ml and is tall but thin. I had to be careful not to knock it over when I dipped the brush, because, due to the thinness, it isn't really standing stable on the table (that rhymes! :o))

So I would say the bottle is very elegant but a bit impractical (really getting to the details here... ;-))

Anyway, I used one base coat (Seche Clear), two coats of green polish and one layer of top coat (Seche Vite).


Have a great week everyone!

Blusherine





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