Anastasia Beverly Hills – Prism Palette Review

Hello my lovelies,

I didn’t make a beauty post in a while and when I ordered this palette my first though was to make a review for it and share my opinion with you.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Prism,  it’s a holiday limited edition palette. I have to say that I was pretty skeptical at first to order it, after all the Subculture drama this summer, but I decided to give it a try because those metallics were calling my name and to be honest, I have other ABH palettes that I completely love.

Prism (42$) has 14 pans x 0,7g each and it’s another velvet case palette. I have to say that it’s not my favorite type of packaging, because if you don’t take care of them, they can get really dirty.

The 14 shades are designed for holidays and they are a mix of mattes, metallics and duo-chromes.

I have been playing with it for the last 2 weeks and I have formed a solid opinion wether I like this palette or not.

Let’s go into more details about each and every shadow in this palette and I’ll break it in 2 parts:

  1. First row:

(left to right: Lucid, Eden, Unity, Sphinx, Osiris, Sphere, Obsidian)

LUCID: is one of the duo-chrome colors in this palette and it’s a light gold with a hint of pink. It is one of my favorite colors and I have used it in a daytime look by applying just a tiny bit all over the lid and blend it really well. As all the duo-chrome and metallics in this palette, works great if you apply it with your fingertips or a wet brush. (my personal preference is to apply it with my fingertips).

EDEN: it’s a matte coral-ish shade. This was one of the biggest surprises for me, because when I saw it for the first time, i thought that is totally out of my comfort zone. One day I tried it as a transition color in the crease and I loved the way my makeup turned out.

UNITY: It is a neutral matte shade that I use it to set out my eyelid primer or blend out other shades.

SPHINX: It’s a metallic bronzy shade, super pigmented.

OSIRIS: It is a metallic royal blue with some purple sparkle in it and I think it looks gorgeous used in a smokey eye.

SPHERE: It’s a matte neon yellow, that to be honest, I don’t see myself using it.

OBSIDIAN: it is a matte black, but requires some building. I already own “Noir” by ABH which is my all time favorite matte black and it’s way more pigmented than Obsidian. I prefer using that if I need a matte black in my makeup look

Second Row:

(left to right: Dimension, Parallel, Pyramid, Throne, Saturn, Eternal, Lure)

DIMENSION: It’s a duo-chrome and I was really excited to try this siver-lilac shade. I used it all over the lid and it look beautifully. I think is one of the most interesting shades in this palette.

PARALLEL: It is that perfect brown matte, that is super buttery and blends like a dream.

PYRAMID: It’s a super rich, bold metallic yellow gold that will make your Christmas party look to pop.

THRONE: It’s a metallic dark green, I feel it is more of a black with green sparkles in it, but either way it’s stunning. I think I know who will be the star of the show in my New Year’s Eve make look.

SATURN: This beautiful brick shade has a great formula that I found it really easy to work with, but it is also pretty similar with “Realgar” from Modern Renaissance palette.

ETERNAL: Since I got the palette, I reached for this metallic copper shade really often. It’s also true that I have a thing for coppery shades, but it just looks gorgeous in any fall makeup.

LURE: This is one of my go to transition and outer corner shades that I use almost everyday. It is in the same color scheme as “Buon Fresco” from Modern Renaissance, just slightly darker.

As a conclusion I would give it a 8 out of 10, because they are some shades that I would not use (3 out of 14 I think it’s pretty decent in a palette), but also because some of the colors need a little finesse with the application and some knowledge about different finishes and how to work with them.

I’m happy that this palette didn’t disappoint me at all, and not only that but it became one of my favorite palettes I own (and trust me I have “a few”).

I would love to know if you tried this palette or if it’s on your wish list for holidays.

XoXo, OD.

 

 

 

 

Back to school – outfit ideas

Hello my lovelies,

August means that summer is almost gone and even if it seemed too short, summer break is over and it’s time for “Back To School”.

I remember that for me, going back to school it was always a great reason to go shopping and renew my wardrobe for the new season.

Even if it’s a long time since I graduated college (we are not even talking about high school because I’ll start to feel old haha), for today`s post I was thinking what I would wear if I had to go back to school now. With that being said, I created some outfit ideas that are school appropriate, comfortable but still stylish.

Look no. 1:

Dress: Old

Shirt: Ross

Backpack: Aeropostale

Shoes: Converse

Hat: H&M

Look no 2:

Top: H&M

Skirt: Bershka

Backpack: BCBG

Shoes: Converse

Look no.3:

Top: American Eagle

Jeans: Ross

Shoes: Converse

Bag: BCBG

Cardigan: H&M

Look no.4:

T-shirt: American Apparel

Jeans: Zara

Jacket: Gap

Pins: Aldo

Shoes: Sam Edelman

 

 

 

 

My nighttime skincare routine

Hello my lovelies,

Being a makeup artist for so many years, I must say that skincare is way more important than makeup application. Even the best products in the world, will not look as good and will not perform at their highest, if not applied on a skin that has been taking care of.

In today’s post I will share with you my nighttime skincare routine, so this is basically what I’m doing every single night (no exception) before I’m going to bed.  These are the products, that over the years, I discovered that they work the best for my skin. It will be a long post, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

I would like to say in the beginning that I have combination skin: oily in my T-zone, with enlarged pores on the apples of my cheeks and my forehead. That’s why I introduced in my routine products that are targeting these problems.

First step in my skincare routine is removing my makeup… and this should be the most important thing that you do before you go to bed. Not removing your makeup at night, can create so much damage for your skin that you can’t even imagine (I’m planning on writing a post only about this, soon).

I start by removing my eye makeup using Clinique “Take the day off – for eyes and lips” and after I take a Neutrogena makeup towelette and wipe the day away.

Step 2: To wash my face I’m using Shiseido – “Perfect cleansing oil” together with my Clarisonic brush. Even if you are, or not wearing makeup, it is impetuously needed to wash your face and remove all the dirt and oils before you are moving to the next steps.

Step 3: Toner.

The one that I’m using right now is “Pores no more” by Dr. Brandt and I saw really good results for my enlarged pores.

Step 4: Serums and Acids

My go to serum is The Ordinary “Niacinamide 10% , Zinc 1%” . For those of you, that don’t know anything about Niacinamide, is basically known as a combination of vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. It’s improving the appearance of enlarged pores, fines lines, dulness, and offers as well multiple benefits for aging skin. After using this for a while, I fell that my skin has more balance and it is not that oily anymore.

After applying the Niacinamide serum, I’m using also from The Ordinary, their “Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%”. This fights texture and keeps blemishes away, being in the same time really gentle on the skin. For me, these two together, have done miracles for my skin.

Step 5: Moisturizer. You can already tell that I love The Ordinary products, so the moisturizer that I’m currently using is also from them. I like it because it is light-weight but really hydrating in the same time, it absorbs quickly and just leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

This is pretty much it, the only thing that I do extra, once or twice a week is applying a mask and right now I enjoy using The Rubber mask by Dr. Jart… You have to try it!

If you have any question about any of the products or my regimen, please write  them in the comment section down below.

Have a magical day!

 

 

 

The perfect pair of pants for this summer

Hello my lovelies,

It’s summer, baby! As you can see, cropped flowy wide-legs pants are on the racks of every store in different silhouettes, colors, lengths, patterns. I think that they are the perfect pair of pants for the summer because they are extremely comfortable and light-weight in the heat.

When I was thinking before at a pair of wide-legs pants, I didn’t believe that I would enjoy wearing this ankle length style. All of my flare pants were, either covering my shoes completely, or just a few inches above my knee (culottes). Now I felt in love with them and I have a lot of fun creating new outfits for different occasions.

It takes no effort to throw them on and their biggest attribute is that provide endless styling options. Add a T-shirt and sneakers (which I did as well) when you are out for a walk or running errands, or a button-down and some high-heels for a summer dinner on a nice patio. It doesn’t matter which way you choose to style them, the look is flattering and really chic.

 

Pants: Zara

T-shirt: Zara

Sneakers: Nordstrom (Creative Recreation)

Bag: Aldo

Accessories: Guess

 

 

 

 

Skater girl

Hello my lovelies,

I think all of us have days, when we want to put away the “Vogue” look and just let our inner tomboy come out and play.

The key in rocking a tomboy style outfit, is to add a feminine touch to it.

I wanted to go practice my skateboard skills (which btw are not that great), so I thought that was the perfect moment to choose more a tomboy look.

For my skater girl look I chose to wear my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans, a sports bra and layer it with a see-through T-shirt.

You don’t need to be always a tomboy, but when you want to dress like one, just be confident and remember that we don’t need just high heels and body con dresses to be and feel sexy.

Jeans: American Eagle

Shoes: Converse

Belt: 686

T-shirt: H&M

Fishnet fever

Hello my lovelies,

Fishnet stockings… who would believe that in every other Instagram post we will see one? I couldn’t believe what a huge comeback they had at the beginning of this year: from the big catwalks to street style.

I think that there are 2 ways you can approach fishnet stockings: one is to wear them as an accessory and let them peak out from under your distressed jeans, or wearing low-waisted pants, show a few inches of fishnet above your pants’ waistline. The second way is to let them be the main focus of your outfit: show them off with miniskirts and heavy boots or dresses and high heels.

I usually wear mine just as an accessory and let them be seen through the holes of my ripped jeans and pair them with some sneakers.

They look cool, and punk-ish and really really trendy… is there any downside to it? Unfortunately the answer is yes. Because fishnet stockings are a really tricky piece, if you want to mix them with a miniskirt or a dress, a good styling is important. Believe it or not, is pretty easy to go for that trendy high-fashion look and get that 90’s style stripper look. I’m sorry but I couldn’t find a nicer way to say it.

I still think that they are a fun piece to have in your closet and mix them as you desire.

 

Hat: BCBG

Off the shoulder shirt: Bershka

Denim jacket: Gap

Jeans: Local store

Bag: Forever XXI

Sneakers: Bershka

 

Black and White

Hello my lovelies,

When you think about a white shirt and some black jeans the first thing that pops into your mind is: simple and tedious. I know, but in the same time there`s nothing chicer, or easier than to style an outfit that is mainly black and white.

If you want to keep this chromatic zone, and simultaneously stand out from the crowd, what about taking that shirt and wear it backwards, tie a colorful scarf around your neck and add those glittery Cinderella shoes… Doesn’t sound that common anymore, right?

Don`t be afraid to wear something in a different manner than was created, it just means that you added that personal touch, it is your signature to the entire look.

Experiment my dear… play, have fun, find your unique style and wear it with confidence.

Shirt: BeBe

Jeans: Local Store

Jacket: Bershka

Shoes: H&M