Naked Palette 1 — Beauty Throwback

a new series has arrived… and what a start. just a week after I filmed everything, Urban Decay announced that they’re discontinuing their iconic Naked Palette, which is precisely the first one to be featured on my little Post-Youtube Beauty Hall of Fame.

it’s a piece of makeup History, and has marked countless first steps of millions of people in makeup. it’s no small feat to be the responsible for the complete rethinking of the concept of a makeup palette that is “beginner-friendly” throughout the whole industry. plus, this palette alone launched dozens of talented at-home make up artists into stardom.

featuring a pretty nice assortment of neutral but versatile shades, I dusted it off and tried to see if it still lived up to its cult status — by doing 4 different looks.

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trend: summer-blue eyes

not everyone is comfortable with wearing a bright pop of blue on the eyes, but the fact of the matter is that colour is *everywhere*, nowadays.
if you’re feeling like today is the day — instead of casting that shade aside for a special occasion that may never come —, I’ve created a simple look that I think is subdued enough for many people to enjoy.

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Affordable and amazing hyaluronic love

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Stocking up and meeting new friends: One of the best purchases I have made this year was Hada Labo Hyaluronic lotion. It nourishes your skin with different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, it’s a liquid just slightly viscous that you pat onto the skin after cleansing and it leaves you feeling plump and fresh. In the long run, my wrinkles are slightly less deep (even around the eyes) and my breakout-prone skin is far more balanced than it ever was. Oh, and one bottle lasts me for months. The best hyaluronic anything I’ve tried, it’s great for AM and/or PM routines, after a resurfacing mask, to combat retinol and environmental dryness, doing the #sevenskinmethod, restoring nourishment on a plane… and you only need to choose the right version for your skin and environment (light or moist for oilier/humid, premium for dry skin or very dry environment – the premium being a tad more viscous and nourishing). It suits all ages, too. Of course I wanted to dabble deeper into the HL brand and I now bought their Hyaluronic Mist (needs no introduction, does it?), and the @pyunkangyul essence toner to dig deeper on this concept. Will let you know how it goes ;) I get all these goodies from @yesstyle #beautyreview #hadalabohyaluronic #hyaluronicacid #instabeautyreview #almost40 #beautyyoutuber #greatfinds #affordablebeauty #affordableskincare #skincare #skincareaddict #skincareover35 #hydrateyourskin #instaskincare

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Clinique Fresh Pressed

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Summer experiences and finds: This @cliniqueportugal Fresh Pressed system was on my radar because #CarolineHironsmademedoit and I decided 10 days away was the best moment to test it out. The cleanser is a powder in sachets (less liquids, yay!), and each sachet has enough for morning and evening second cleanse. It foams up beautifully but does not dry out the skin. You only need two drops of the serum mixed in with your hydrating serum, oil or moisturiser, so, again, very portable, the formula is not compromised because it’s sealed in the component, and lasts more than the 7 days. . My skin managed to be quite balanced and not get more hyperpigmentation despite being exposed to the mountain air and sun. It’s a beautiful vacation treat (pick it up at the airport!) or every once in a while intensive treatment (it can also be a staple for you, if you can afford the price tag). Mild enough to use even if your vacations are in the sun. . Vitamin C is the master anti-oxidant, prevents and diminishes discolouration and hyperpigmentation, and boosts collagen on your skin. . #skincare #vitaminc #cliniquefreshpressed #almost40 #combinationskin #acneproneskin #antioxidants #travelskincare #traveltoiletries #beautyover35 #skincareaddict

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in-flight skincare (and makeup)

spending several hours in an airport and then on an airplane sucks the life out of your skin. if you’re facing jet lag or if you’ve had and intense few days prior to flying, that takes it to a whole other level.

as much as doing your skincare before going into the airport is super important, I find that trying to maintain the hydration levels during the flight is super important.

these are the steps I’ve been taking on my flights, and if yours are longer, just repeat them every few hours and slather on some overnight mask like the one from Laneige on top.

also, I never do my makeup when I’m flying, but if you’re in a pinch and need to be all done up by the time you step out of the plane, I’ve added a simple makeup routine to inspire you.

plus, if in your liquids bag you just add your cleanser(s) and some vitamin C, you’re basically all prepped up for your skincare while away ;)

the product shots were absolutely inspired by gelcream travel, and the original Gelcream account is just a sight for sore eyes.

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Colour Pop Luxe Lipsticks

Some people ask me why, of all things overseas, I keep purchasing stuff from Colour Pop.

Well, even with the steep customs, each product comes out at around 8€. and the quality of almost every single item I bought is top notch.

Enter the Lux Lipsticks. I’ve mentioned so many products on my channel, now I’ve decided to make a dedicated video just to my little lip wardrobe. The formula is high-end equivalent, the packaging is not only cute but expensive-feeling. They have so many colours it’s easy to make a curated selection of lipsticks for any occasion.
They can be used sheered out or full-impact with one swipe, mixed for new colours and topped up with some cool glosses for extra shine. Despite my lips being quite dry, these lipsticks — especially the bolder colours — are quite forgiving.

All in all, I haven’t found anything like these within this price range. So let my addiction run free.

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Essence Fresh & Fit Up Close and Poresonal

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Up Close and Poresonal on an affordable foundation, and it sure has been quite a while since I’ve ventured into the luminous and glowy side of coverage.
The claims on Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup are simple: fresh, glowy complexion, high coverage without mask effect. If you’d like to see how I got along with it through a long day and take notes to see if it makes it into your to-buy list, just click away!

As you may know, Essence is available in drugstores and does not have (as far as I know) an online shop.