Sunday, 1 March 2015

Ski Trip Beauty Essentials

Ski Trip Beauty Essentials

Hello everyone and Happy March 1st! It might be *almost* spring but I am currently away on a ski trip, exhausting myself to death on the slopes and loving every minute of it. Since this trip was quite the short notice (my boyfriend literally surprised me with it less than 24 hour before we took off) I didn’t have much time to think what to take with me, so I decided to play it safe and pack only a few of my fave beauty essentials that I knew will help me look half-decent for those après-ski fun activities. Let’s discuss…

If you are an avid winter sport lover, I’m sure you know how vital the post-ski skin hydration actually is. To help me inject some moisture back into my skin and make it look healthy and glowy again I like to slather on the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer* (here). It is a super rich cream but still feels super lightweight and absorbs instantly. It is really soothing and instantly plumps up the skin. This beauty looks gorgeous under foundation too, so I like to pair it with my latest love – the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation* (here). I’ve raved about it here but it basically leaves the skin look luminous and radiant and adds moisture to it as well. The medium coverage is the very thing I need after skiing all day and the foundation manages to cover all redness and dark circles – love!

Since I like to keep things dewy I give the powder a miss and just gently dust some of my favorite Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer (here / review) on my cheeks and up my temples to add some warmth and definition to my face. It is a dream to apply (even with my uncoordinated, shaky post-ski hands), blends beautifully and I even like to dab some on my lids to serve as eyeshadow. Love how quick and easy this step is but makes all the difference! Being on a winter holiday I’d always go for that ‘I just got back from the cold outside’ flush of color on my cheeks and this is where my trusty YSL Cream Blush in Baby Doll (here / review) comes in. This frosty light baby pink is blended just on the apples of my cheeks and it instantly livens up my complexion. The cream-to-powder formula of Baby Doll is spot on but just make sure you use a light hand because this is pigmented!

I cleverly forgot to include the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara (here / review) in the picture but it’s been keeping me the best company on this little trip. I’ve been hitting the slopes with it on (yes, I am one of those people who don’t like leaving the house with bare lashes) and I am in love with its easy-to-remove water-resistant formula that does not budge and makes the hairs look long, thick and jet-black. After seven hours of skiing the last thing I have nerves for is to sit there and fill in my eyebrows like a pro. Nahh. Instead, I just rely on the Benefit Gimme Brow* (here / review) brow-volumising fibre gel to get the job done for me and I love how in two swipes my brows are thicker, fuller and beautifully shaped with no sparse areas in sight – simples.

Dry, chapped après-ski lips are unfortunately a thing and the only thing that helps me condition them is the NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm (here / review). It not only smells divine (honey anyone?) but its rich formula really soothes and moisturises the thirsty lips as well. This gem really restores and plumps them and I love how much softer they feel once the balm is absorbed. And here ladies and gentlemen is the moment you give me a reward for light packing: I left the house with one, I repeat one colored lip product and this will come as no surprise if you are a regular reader of RosyChicc but it is MAC Soar (here). I just had to channel my inner Kylie Jenner and Soar has been glued to my lips for the past few days. And you know what? I don’t miss my huge lipstick drawer back home – this sophisticated beauty is all I need and you can see it in action here.

We gotta paint those nails and I since greige (here) seems to be my nail shade of choice recently the Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Almond (here) was packed. I love its beautiful blend of beige and gray and it looks so classy and feminine. Oh and the gel-like, long lasting formula really tickles my fancy and makes the polish the perfect ski-activity companion.

Have you tried any of these products? Which are your favorite après-ski pick-me-up products?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Greige Love Affair With YSL

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in Beige Gallery

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 39 Beige Gallery

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 39 Beige Gallery

‘Greige’ tips… I never thought I’d say that but the oh-so-sophisticated blend of gray and beige has completely captured my heart this season! It’s the perfect twist of the more mainstream nudes and it instantly adds that classy and chic vibe to any outfit I am sporting. I already had a few beige polishes in my collection and just when I didn’t need any more shades I spotted this YSL La Laqua Couture in #39 Beige Gallery (here) and it needed to be popped in my shopping basket. I went home, put my hair up in a bun and applied this gorgeous neutral and a new love relationship started. It was a love of first sight and the warm ‘concrete beige’ shade with strong gray undertones left me absolutely smitten. Even though I am pale as a ghost and my skintone is rather cool, this high-gloss beauty looks stunning and doesn’t wash me out, which is normally an issue with nudes. Beige Gallery is the epitome of sophistication and not only compliments any outfit but being a YSL creation it is the perfect way to add some luxurious touch to your everyday life.

If you’ve ever tried an YSL nail polish you’d know that the quality is pure perfection (as it should be considering the £18.50 price tag #ouch). Even my beloved Essies can’t really compare! But let’s gush about the brush for a moment: It’s the perfect wide brush, that’s slightly curved at the end and which covers the entire nail in just one swipe with no streaks involved. It dispenses the right amount of product and magically keeps the cuticles nice and clean. The formula itself is brilliant as it’s neither too thick, nor too watery and the polish just goes on beautifully. With Beige Gallery I find that two coats are needed to get the color fully opaque and even but since the drying time is minimal it fine by me. Plus, any excuse I have to admire the incredible YSL packaging is welcomed! The longevity of this gorgeous greige is decent and I find that without top coat is hangs around for four days with minor chipping and tip wear. If you fancy rocking Beige Gallery from Sunday to Sunday though just pop on some top coat (my fave here) and just admire Beige Gallery in all its glory for a whole week.

Have you tried Beige Gallery before? Which is your favorite ‘greige’ nail polish?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession Swatches
L-R: Eastend Snob, Obsession
Confession time! Lipsticks are no longer my one true love and they have been replaced by lip liners. There, I said it. But there is just something that they do to my confidence that no lipstick could ever do and over the past few months I’ve accumulated quite a few new shades with all sorts of formulas. The Essence ones (here) are fab, Mac Soar (here) is blommin’ marvelous but the ones that I am having a love affair as of late have been these Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners in Eastend Snob (here) and Obsession (here). And oh boy, they are nice! Allow me to explain…

These little gems are not only wallet-friendly but they definitely measure up to my high-end MAC and MUFE bad boys. Formula wise, they do tick all the boxes. Soft and creamy formula that just glides on? Check. Amazing pigmentation that goes opaque in just one swipe. Check. No drying out the lips and leaving them feel comfortable? Double check. With The Rimmel Exaggerate lip liners you don’t have to worry much about them settling into fine lines or imperfections, although I’d still advise you to give your lips a quick scrub before you swipe these on. Oh and when you do – be prepared for at least five hours of picture perfect and even wash of color. These babies know how to stay on and not budge! The twist-up applicator actually floats my boat as well, as I hate everything that I need to sharpen – love.

The Rimmel Exaggerate lip liners come in various stunning shades but the ones that I picked up are Eastend Snob and Obsession. If you are after a more affordable Kylie Jenner lip then you are in for a treat with Eastend Snob. Even though it’s not an exact dupe of her signature brownish pout, this beauty still has that KJ vibe with its gorgeous soft mauve pink shade and fully matte finish. It makes the lips look 10x fuller and plumper and it’s my not-so-secret confidence booster partner in crime. You can slightly overdraw you lips if that’s something you favor or you could just follow their natural line but either way – the results are fab and your lips will look bigger and better! It’s my new favorite nude, that’s for sure! Obsession on the other hand is a lovely deep brick red shade, which looks especially beautiful paired with a vampy red (Rimmel Kate 107 (here), I am looking at you!). I am a bit over the darker shades and I’m ready to embrace the spring / summer corals and pinks but I’m sure that when autumn roll around this baby will be twisted up and swiped on daily. I am head over heels in love with its matte finish and its complexion-warming benefits and even though I expected Obsession to be more purple we actually formed a good friendship! So I guess now it’s the time I urge you to go and pick up a few shades of these godsend lip miracles, right? Well, you really need to – they simply rock!

Have you tried the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners before? Which shade is your favorite?

Lots of love,
Andrea