March 18, 2017

FASHION | CITNP PARIS

I'm very pleased to announce that my friend Aurelien Violet recently launched his very own streetwear brand. A rather logical choice in design since he is the very talented photographer behind the street style blog Chic Is The New Punk. His photographs are a mix of street style and street shooting which with no doubt inspired his collection.

I like the simplicity of the line which makes it easy to combine with any eclectic piece or accessories. From Paris to Tokyo his designs have already gained popularity amongst his impressive circle of fashion enthusiasts friends.

+ The brand is available at Enchantée 14 rue Monsieur Le Prince 75006 in Paris and www.citnpparis.com +

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+ Pictures courtesy of Aurelien: Wilfred Wong by Tse We / Rei Shito +
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March 5, 2017

MAKEUP | TOM FORD MAKEUP BRUSHES REVIEW



 THE DECISION : BUYING NEW MAKEUP BRUSHES 

About a week ago, as I was washing my makeup brushes, I realized how damaged and unsatisfying most of them were. I always made sure to spend my money on quality beauty products but for some reason I totally skipped out on makeup brushes. I keep on throwing my brushes and buying cheap ones resulting in a big waste of my money. I usually also just used whatever brush came in the packaging of my makeup products. So I decided it was about time that I start applying my purchasing philosophy: "buy less but better". And spend more money on makeup brushes which I know I will be keeping for a longer time.

After a quick google search, I stumbled upon several lists of must have makeup brushes and TOM FORD's brushes were practically always mentioned. Afterwards I went on YouTube and did a little research on Wayne Goss's channel to see if he made a review on them. Wayne Goss is by far my go to makeup artist whenever I'm looking for honest and professional advice. So after listening to his feedback I pretty much made up my mind.

I purchased my brushes at Magasin Du Nord a very popular department store here in Copenhagen where I buy 95% of my makeup and purchased 3 brushes (number 01, 05 & 06) at the TOM FORD department. I hope to get my hands on the Cream Foundation #02, Concealer brush #03, Shade and Illuminate brush #04, Eyeshadow brush #11, and Eyeshadow blend brush #13 in the near future.

 THE REVIEW: TOM FORD MAKEUP BRUSHES  

+ QUALITY + The brushes not only look but feel very luxurious. They're the softest brushes I've ever touched. I believe that most of them are made with natural hair (goat) and manufactured by the world’s leading brush maker in Japan (which is also rumored to make the very popular Hakuhodo brushes, which I would also love to test in the future). The handles are moderately heavy and give a good control. The brushes heads are rather dense, super soft and so far they haven't shed.

+ AESTHETICS + The packaging really made a difference for me. I love gold details and aesthetics. These brushes really look amazing on my vanity table and match the rest of my decor.

+ PRICE + There's no denying that these brushes are very expensive. They're definitely the most expensive items in my makeup bag now. It is understandable since you're not only buying quality brushes but also a brand which is none other than the embodiment of luxury: TOM FORD. If you're interested in purchasing them, I would advise you to only purchase the brushes you will need and use. I'm personally buying one or two brushes at the time each month and I'm not planning on acquiring the whole set. At the end of the day it all depends on your buying philosophy. I usually save up and buy things according to my priority list.

+ WASHING + The brushes are all protected with a small plastic brush guard that covers the bristles which is really helpful if you want to keep them away from dust and maintain their shapes. I've washed them once since I got them (I usually wash my brushes once a week). I would recommend washing them with a baby shampoo as they are made with natural hair. They instantly went back to their initial color, they kept their shape and they also didn't shed. I do like that the bristles are white because it makes it easier to know when it's time to start cleaning them. They do take a bit more time to dry compared to synthetic brushes, so make sure you wash them on a day where you're not going to use them.



+ THE BRONZER BRUSH #05 + It's a very big brush so it really only took me about 10 seconds to apply, spread and blend my bronzing powder on my face. I use it for contouring for a natural finish in no time.

+ THE BLUSH BRUSH #06 + I love this round dense blush brush because it picks up pigment very well. I love a flushed effect on the apple of my cheeks and this brush is amazing since I only needed to pick a tiny bit of powder in order to have the effect that I want. I have to be careful thought not to pick up too much product because a little really goes a long the way.

+ THE FOUNDATION BRUSH #01 + This is my favorite brush amongst the 3. I never thought I would say this because I usually don't like flat foundation brushes but this one glides so well and makes the application very enjoyable! I only had to use a little bit of product to cover all my face (3 pumps with my beauty blender and only 1 pump with this one), it didn't leave any strike marks (I did make sure to apply the foundation in the same direction going from the middle and working my way out) and was incredibly soft and gentle on my skin. Perfect for a very natural and seamless finish.

+ MY FINAL THOUGHTS + 

So far I'm 100% satisfied with these makeup brushes. I will edit this article when I'll purchase the rest. Now I know that there are other slightly cheaper brushes out there with similar quality like the Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo or Sigma makeup brushes but keep in mind that the reason behind my choice is not only quality but also the packaging and the easy availability of these brushes. Not having to order online, pay shipping fees and all sorts of extra charges (that ended up making some of these brushes equally as expensive) was definitely a plus for me.

I'm also curious about what makeup brushes you use, your thoughts on these brushes and your purchasing philosophy. So please feel free to share them with me!
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January 25, 2017

BEAUTY | 10-STEP KOREAN SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR OILY ACNE-PRONE SKIN TYPE


10-STEP KOREAN SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR OILY ACNE-PRONE SKIN TYPE

Happy belated New Year! One of my resolutions for 2017 is to take care of my health. 2015 and 2016 left me exhausted and damaged so I decided to start taking care of my skin, diet and body a little bit more. Knowing your skin and what works on it might take some time, but online reviews and articles have made it so much easier for everyone in search of their holy grail beauty products. So without further do, here's my 10-step Korean skin care routine!

NOTE: My routine currently includes 8 steps. I haven't included the exfoliating cream and essence as I haven't found satisfactory ones yet (feel free to share if you have any recommendations). But I will make sure to update this article as soon as I can recommend something.

+My skin type+

I have oily acne-prone skin, which means that I have excess sebum, and have occasional break outs. I'm also blemish-prone and since I'm a North African girl living in Scandinavia, my skin is also in terribly need of glow! Here's a breakdown of what I'm currently using:

+ Banila co Clean it Zero 

This is just what I needed to take off my makeup. All other previous makeup removers were not as efficient at removing all the makeup but were also very harsh on my skin. This leaves my face soft, bright and smooth! This lovely pink jar is the classic version and there are other available version for all skin types.

+ Peter Thomas Roth - Rose Stem Cell Cleanser

I was attracted to the amazing list of rose stem cells that are included in this cleanser. The formula helps improve signs of fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture while it cleanses the skin of impurities and dead skin cells. It leaves my skin with a fresh and clean rose glow.

+ Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener

I used this as a toner to nourish my skin after cleansing it. It leaves a pleasant fresh tickling feeling but also helps improve the texture of my skin.

+ About me - Massage cream

This is the final step in my cleansing routine before I go into hydrating my skin. I gently massage my face with this cream, once it turns into oil I leave it for 2-3 minutes before whipping it off with a cotton pad and washing my face with water. This tones up my face and really go into my pores and purifies my skin (you can literally see the toxines left on the cotton pad after whipping the cream off!) It has a wonderful lemon scent and leaves my skin firm, soft, glowing and hydrated.

+ Dr. Jart+ Sheet mask

I try to use a sheet mask every night but I'm guilty of sometimes being too lazy and skipping this step. It really does make a difference as it makes my face brighter and amazingly hydrated. I especially like Dr Jart+ Brighting solution as it gives back glow to my dull skin that's in desperate need of sun!

+ Shiseido - Pureness gel cream

If you have oily skin type you should always aim for moisturizing gel creams as they are much lighter on the skin and don't clog your pores. You might think that because you have oily skin you don't need a moisturizing cream but if you leave it dehydrated it will end up drying up and producing excess sebum in return! It's all about finding a good balance. I highly recommend the pureness line from Shiseido if you have oily skin type.

+ Shiseido - White Lucent Anti-dark circle Eye Cream

If I could change anything about myself it would be my dark circles! I've always had terrible panda eye rings and sadly they ain't cute. My dark circles are hereditary, I got them from my mom who got them from her mom. There's no efficient treatment so far that can totally eliminate dark circles, they can only be reduced. This cream has worked extremely well for that purpose! I didn't have high expectations and even thought I still have visible dark circles, they have significantly diminished. Even my mom and sister have noticed a difference when I went to visit them in France (which obviously made me really happy). Do I still look like a person who needs a little nap? Yes. Do I look like someone who's DESPERATELY in need of sleep? Not anymore. The jar is small but a little goes a long way.

+ Heimish - Artless glow base 

I use this as a SPF and face primer before applying my makeup or even when I'm not wearing any makeup at all. It gives my skin an amazing ethereal glow by reflecting the light and gives amazing protection. The ozone layer is worryingly depleting and our bodies and faces need shielding from harmful rays. Sunscreen slows down the development of wrinkled, blemishing aging skin and it's important to include it in our beauty regiment. The Heimish art glow base is incredibly light weight and doesn't feel heavy or sticky after application.









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