BEAUTY,HAIR,SKINCARE

FRENCH PHARMACY TOP 10 BEAUTY BUYS: BEST IN SKINCARE AND HAIR

After living in France for almost 4 years I can say I have my all time French Pharmacy favourites! I’ve tested quite a few products all those years and here are the best ones that work for me:

Lierac Mesolift Serum: http://bit.ly/2ny4O3J
Avene Skin Recovery Cream: http://bit.ly/2n8qxhX
Avene Thermal Water: http://bit.ly/2mZOuHL
Sanoflore Gelee Magnifica: http://bit.ly/2mZNIKI
Caudalie Eau de Beauté: http://bit.ly/2ny0G3Q & http://bit.ly/2nPgUl7
Onagrine Huile Native: http://bit.ly/2mFIcdS
Lierac Hydra Chrono + Levres: http://bit.ly/2n8ouuk
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5: http://bit.ly/2n8ogmC
Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care: http://bit.ly/2n8q4Mt
Leonor Greyl L’Huile de Leonor Greyl: http://bit.ly/2mCv34m

I realised I left out such an important product!! I absolutely adore the Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baum, which was was the only body cream that ever saved my extra dry cracked skin!  http://bit.ly/2mCHGMF

 

Do you have any French Pharmacy favourite? Share your tips in the comments!

XX,

Ariella

FLAT LAYS,STYLE

4 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED IN YOUR WARDROBE

4 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED IN YOUR WARDROBE

SHIRT & BOOTS: H&M  |  TOP: Boohoo  |  SKIRT: Missguided

Last month I found three of the four items above on sale and couldn’t believe how good they were, especially considering the price I’ve paid. And they were just what I was looking for: key neutral pieces that I believe everyone needs on their wardrobe. They are versatile, inexpensive and you will get a lot of wear out of them.

 

    1. WHITE SHIRT

I already own a few white shirts, but this viscose one from H&M has the style and fabric I was looking for. It’s very soft and a bit sheer, it’s in between dressed up and dressed down. It’s lightweight enough for spring and even summer, and this one costs only £12.99.

    2.LACE CAMI TOP

I use cami tops a lot during spring and summer, and I have this white and black one from Asos. But I didn’t have a lace one, and I found the above at Boohoo for the bargain of £6! They also have this other model that is really pretty. Perfect to wear under a cardigan or that slouchy jumper, so you have a subtly sexy touch!

    3. CHELSEA BOOTS

This is something I learned to be very English! I am loving Chelsea boots, they are comfortable for being flat but are still very stylish, so my first pair was a black suede one from M&S. Now I found this one at H&M that looks crisp (if this is an adjective I can use for boots…) and paid £18.99! (currently retailing at £24.99). Love wearing with (skinny) denim, skirts, and dresses. It’s real leather version is here.

    4. LEATHER SKIRT

Leather or faux leather like this one from Missguided that I got with 25% off (currently £18), this is an item I’m eager to wear this spring. I wanted a clean cut, not too short to too long, and a fabric that looked chic. This can be dressed down with cotton shirts and trainers, and dressed up in many different ways!

 

What pieces do you think are essential to your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll also be sharing how I’d style these items!

XX,

Ariella

BEAUTY,THINGS I WANT

WISHLIST: NARS SOFT MATTE CONCEALER, ZOEVA PALETTE & MORE

WISHLIST: NARS SOFT MATTE CONCEALER, ZOEVA PALETTE & MORE

Let’s talk about what’s currently on my wishlist, including four makeup products, one skincare and one beauty device!

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer: The newly launched Nars matte concealer seems already to be a hit, as it has a creamy matte texture that promises full coverage with a natural finish. I’m also excited to try one of their new 6 shades which are also available for the Radiant Creamy Concealer.

RejuvaliteMD Red Light Therapy: After trying the TrophySkin MiniMD Microdermabrasion System and having a nice experience with it, I’m curious to try their at-home LED treatment. It’s a combination of red, yellow, amber and infrared bulbs to penetrate different skin levels and treat multiples signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, improve uneven skin tone and boost firmness. The device however is not easy to find in the UK, but there’s Lightstim, which is another interesting option and can be found here or here.

Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream: I’m not using any eye cream at the moment as I use my face products around my eyes, but this Olay eye cream seems to have all the good ingredients: niacinamide, antioxidants, and peptide, as well as mineral pigments, to instantly brighten the area. I also have my eyes on the Olay 3 Point Super Serum for the face!

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette: This is a palette with warm, truffle tones and a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. I find it can compliment all colours! And the quality and pigmentation of Zoeva is amazing.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in BE740: This is a lovely pinkish nude lipstick with radiant finish and hydrating properties. Next one I want to try and add to my nude list!

YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect: With a re-mastered formula, the sense of volume is guaranteed in this classic YSL mascara, with further care ingredients for the eyelashes.

XX,

Ariella

BEAUTY,SKINCARE

ALL MY SKINCARE: THE ORDINARY, DR ORGANIC & MORE

I have been trying so many skincare products this past year and it’s time to share my thoughts on them! Everything from The Ordinary and Dr Organic brands, vitamin C and SPF products, see what I’m liking and what’s working well for me. I have a very nice post on the benefits of vitamin C, how to introduce retinol into your skincare routine, and all about my favourite face oil.

Don’t forget to subscribe and rate this video positively if you’ve enjoyed it!

XX,

Ariella

LOOKS,STYLE

VALENTINE’S DATE: THE OUTFIT

VALENTINE'S DATE: THE OUTFIT

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Jumpsuit: Principles by Ben de Lisi

It’s February and it’s snowing!! I might have flown out to the sun for the week, but this weekend I had an early Valentine’s date night with my hubby. We really enjoyed ourselves and the weather and  I could use my front tie cropped jumpsuit from Principles by Ben de Lisi, paired with heels and (of course) a wool coat.

Nothing boring about this jumpsuit that features a front bow, pockets and 3/4 sleeves. The robust fabric did not allow me to get cold, and it was perfect for inside. Debenhams has great gift ideas for this Valentine’s and this jumpsuit could be one of them, as they also do it in petite sizes.

A full black outfit can always be complimented with bold colours, and I decided to go for bright red lips with the Illamasqua Anti-Matter lipstick. I kept simple with accessories, using a black ear cuff and two round bracelets, and I felt it was just right for my date night. I if you want to see everything I used to get ready for my night out, make sure to check my previous post!

What are your plans for this Valentine’s day?

XX,

Ariella

 in collaboration with Debenhams

BEAUTY,LOOKS,MAKEUP,STYLE

GET READY WITH ME FOR VALENTINE’S DATE NIGHT

GET READY WITH ME FOR VALENTINE'S DATE NIGHT

I love Valentine’s day! Even after getting married it’s a great excuse to dress up and get ready for a date night, put that perfume I love and remember why we are together after all.

Valentine’s is that special occasion to celebrate love, be romantic, seductive, feel attractive and powerful, and I have selected a few of my favourites items from Debenhams so you can get ready with me. And, of course, have some great ideas for your own special night!

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After showering and getting cosy in my robe, I’ll prep my skin for makeup. That step will normally include a moisturiser and primer, but Urban Decay stepped up the game with their new Naked Skin One and Done Tinted Moisturiser.  It blurs imperfections, hydrates the skin, contains peptides and vitamins and lasts for hours. I love how it has a light to buildable coverage, semi-matte finish and doesn’t make me oily throughout the day. My colour is light-medium.

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Next I’ll do my eyes, and I’m kind of obsessed with palettes right now. I chose the Bobbi Brown ‘Sultry Nude’ Eye and Cheek Palette for this look as I can make nude smoky eyes to go with bold lips. I always start by smudging the medium colour on my crease, then build it up with the darkest shade. The lightest colour will go on the inner corners of the eyes and highlight the brow bones, and the golden glittery colour will go on the centre of my eyes.

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Mascara is the final step to the eyes, and I am currently using the new Guerlain “La Petite Robe Noir”. The 4 in 1 formula offers length, volume, curl and definition, so you can tailor it the way you want. The packaging is just adorable and, if I can tell a secret, it smells divine! (No surprise as all Guerlain’s makeup smell like heaven!)
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On to cheeks, Bobbi Brown Sultry Nude Eye and Cheek Palette comes again handy, with a silky powder blush in a flattering pink tone. Will this palette travel with me yes or for sure?!? Not to mention the golden luxurious packaging that will dress your table!

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Not too surprising that I picked a red bold lip colour for my Valentine’s date night. This bright red is the Illamasqua Anti-Matter Lipstick,  which glides on super smooth, with a semi-matte finish and comfortable, continuous wear. The Midnight shade was the perfect addition to my other deep red hues.

Finally, I will set all my makeup with the Kat Von D “Lock It” Makeup Mist. It will make it all stay in place for up to 24 hours and it’s undetectable. I like how it gives the skin an instant boost with a refreshing cucumber scent, and I don’t have to worry about checking my face all the time.

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My fragrance for the night is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Debenhams exclusive, that comes with this amazing rose gold flower to compliment the bottle. It’s my newest scent obsession and the eau the parfum that was missing in my collection. It’s opulent with flower notes, but not too strong or too sweet either. I find it delicate and sexy at the same time, definitely not saving it for special occasions only!

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Before dressing up for Valentine’s night, I carefully chose this Reger by Janet Reger Dark Pink lace body. It’s elegant and effortlessly feminine, flattering with delicate lace finish. I’m also loving body lately, and how they can be worn under certain clothes for that peak through lingerie detail.

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Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum | Naked Skin One and Done | Illamasqua Anti-Matter Lipstick | Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir MascaraBobbi Brown Sultry Nude Palette

I’ll be posting my chosen outfit for Valentine’s date night very soon, so stay tuned! You can find more Valentine’s gifts for her and him here.

XX,

Ariella

This post is in collaboration with Debenhams.
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