Category Archives: Beauty Crushes

Summer Fragrance Edit

#PerfumeCrush: The Summer Fragrance Edit

Since I’ve moved to the Middle East I’ve become obsessed with smelling good! Must have something to do with the way the Emiratis always smell so so good with oud-packed lingering scents… I just love it!

And so my personal tastes in perfumes has kind of changed towards deeper, stronger and more ‘oud-y’ ones as you can tell from my top 5 fragrances for this Summer!

Splash Love for Her

Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss

Valentino Oud Assoluto

Elie Saab L’Eau Couture

Chanel Coco Noir

If you’ve recently been loving a particular perfume, please do tell as I’m always looking for new ones!

Top 5 Lip Products

#MakeUpCrush: My (new) Top 5 Lip Products

So this post kinda of started off with an Instagram challenge where I was tagged by the beautiful beauty blogger Jamie from Its Just Me (check her youtube channel here!)

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I thought the tag was a really cool one and one that would allow me to update all of my followers on my new favourite lip products!

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 4.24.19 PM– Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levre in #31 (here)

– Glam Gals Lip Gloss  Matte in #LIM21 (here)

– Kiko 3D Intense Volume Lip Gloss in #213 (here)

– Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in #09CherryPie (here)

– Dior Rouge Balm in #468Spring (here)

Can’t wait to check out your top 5. Do tag me in your post!

 

 

 

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#BeautyCrush: Current star products

For my first skincare post in what seems like ages, I thought I’d share my current favourite skincare bits. I’ve been using these for over 3 months now and absolutely love them!

Here we go:

Sephora Liquid Moisturizing Skin Concentrate – a toner/serum/concentrate all in one?! Love the concept. Applied with a cotton pad, easy peasy lemon squeazy. Moisturised and glowy looking skin in no time!

Sephora Radiance Cleansing Foam – Does a great job cleasing my skin without over drying it. You do need to use an oil-based cleanser to remove heavy make-up first though but as a morning cleanser, it’s a great product and a total bargain!

Le Jour De Chanel – I did splurge a bit on this one. I kind of liked the idea of treating my skin to something a little special. I bought it back in December, have used it every single morning since and I still have loads left! Besides, it does somehow make my skin look good! Hefty price but worth every $$$!!

The Body Shop Vitamine E Overniight Serum-in-Oil – Believe I’ve tried quite a few overnight oils, mainly because I’m lazy and really like the idea of applying just one product before hitting my pillow. And from all of those I’ve tried, this one is by far my favourite one! And it helps that it is one of the cheapest ;). Not too greasy, smells really good and I usually wake up to really really good skin. Like seriously. Try it!

Elizabeth Arden Visible Different Moiturising Eye Cream – I recently went through a bit of a phase where i wasn’t getting as much sleep as I would have liked which left me with nasty little lines under the eyes so I went on the internet, got googling and opted to try this one out! A fab product! Love love it. No more lines, no puffiness and no shadows. BAM!

Right, I hope I’ve inspired you to try one or a few of these amazing products. If I have, please do tell! Would love to hear your thoughts!

Shall we talk make-up next?! For real.

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#MakeUpCrush: Put your best face forward

Us beauty/make-up/fashion bloggers live to try out different things be it skincare products, outfit styles but also make up looks! That’s just want we thrive on. However there are times when ‘experimenting’ with something new is just out of question. This could be an important work meeting/event, a night out with your bestie, a date etc… and on these occasions you wanna make sure you look your absolute BEST!

Well, I, too have my ‘perfect face kit’ and that’s the one I bring on when I need to be 100% confident that I look good.

So what’s in the kit? Let’s dive in:

– To make sure my foundation stays put all day/night, I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer

– I find the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet gives me the best coverage yet looks so natural. I love love love it! Applied with my Inglot Pro Blending Sponge, it’s quick, easy and fool-proof

– To conver/brighten the under eye area, I like to apply a little Maybelline FitME Concealer

– I did prep my eyelids to make sure my shadow stays on and here I’ve used a sample of the Urban Decay Long-lasting Eyeshadow Primer and it is fab!

– Onto brows: Of course, it has got to be the Mac Eye Brows Pencil in ‘Spike’. This one I only use in the evening and I find it isn’t ‘natural-looking’ enough for daytime.

– On the eyes, I made up a quick smoky-look using my beloved Urban Decay Naked 2 palette: 1. Foxy all over the lid to prep and unify the base shade 2. YDK on the mobile part of the lid 3. Busted in the crease to give the eye definition and 4. Half Baked in the inner tear duck to brighten everything up

– Lashes were of course curled with my MAC Full Lash Curler and I applied 2 x coats of the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara in black. I also like to apply a tiny bit of the Dior Addict It-Lash mascara in 872 (the flashy pink one!) at the end of the lashes to give the whole look a little ‘funky’ twist and add a touch of fun!

– I contoured my face (slightly!) with the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette. I especially love the blush

– Since I went for a bit of a dramatic eye look, I kept the lips natural and just carried my clear Labello Hydra Care balm.

And voila! The ‘perfect’ face kit, Carine’s way! The whole thing took me about 20 mins so not too bad!!

What are your fail-proof make-up items?!

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#BeautyCrush: Wake up to beautiful skin!

We all know our skin is at its most reception when it’s asleep. Well brands know it too and were quick to introduce products that promise smooth & even skin by the time you open your eyes the next day!

I, too, jumped on that bandwagon and decided to give moisturising overnight masks a test run. I picked 2 of them. The first one, the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask which seems to be the most blogged about and then, The FaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack. Here are my thoughts! Read on:

Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask, GBP23

As mentioned, the Origins mask is one of the most famous ones when it comes to overnight moisturising masks. I read tons of review on it and for the most part they were really good ones!  To have tried it over a few months, I can say that I really like it! It makes your skin sooo soft and radiant. It is however super rich and it does leave you with a shiny sticky face. It’s not so much of an issue though but just saying!

TheFaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack

A recent discovery this mask is my favourite of the two. A light gel-like texture that does not leave me shining like a disco ball, it still deeply hydrates my skin and I usually wake up to evened, smoothed out tone! A cheaper alternative too!

Have you tried any overnight masks? Which ones! Tell me all :)