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Monday, 30 October 2017

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood)

Every girl dreams of being and feeling like a Hollywood diva at least once in her life... hopefully some old makeup can make it! Here am I with this quick Hollywood-inspired look that's perfect for any costume party, Halloween or Carnival event...

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood) by Valentina Chirico
Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood) by Valentina Chirico

A bit 20's flapper with that sparkly headband and pointy lips, a bit 30's femme fatale with long and luscious lashes. A retro look that's all about the glitz and the glamour of the Golden age of Hollywood.

These are the key features and products for this makeup look:

1) a pale an luminous complexion with a pearlescent foundation and silver highlighter (I used Pupa Active Light light activating foundation in #002 Ivory and Pupa Luminys Touch face illuminator #01Luminous Ivory),
2) nude eyelids and a well-set face (for this I used just one product: Pupa Like a Doll Compact Powder #3 Natural Beige),
3) long, black and endless doe deer lashes (I used Revlon Beyond Lashes Long Volumising) with a touch of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to blend them,
4) a.... red pout!

Women on screen, stages and real life have been loving and showing their red lips from 20's to 50's. 
A red lipstick I'm totally in love is RealHer Moisturizing lipstick in Be Yourself Be RealHer...

RealHer Moisturizing Lipsticks with cocoa butter

Why? This lipstick glides easily and keeps my lips very moisturized with a vivid shine. I've previously drawn my lips with Pupa Made To Last Definition Lips lip liner in #301 Terra di Siena, in a quite matching red, to prep and help set the lipstick.

But, with my not so great surprise, I've found that Be Yourself Be RealHer is so pigmented that becomes the perfect blusher
A savvy and smart makeup tips: a very pigmented red lipstick, smudged onto the apples of the cheeks, creates a healthy rosy glow.

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood, the Great Gatsby inspired)

At the end, with my eyebrows, I think more about Katharine Hepburn...
What else for this Hollywood makeup look? A sparkly headband (essence), waves, and a red nail lacquer. Freckles are an option from Mother Nature I decided to keep.
Try it and go grab your Oscar!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Friday, 27 October 2017

Indie creations: Lorena Balea-Raitz and her Romania with a bit of Ink & Lace

Colourful treads "draw" stories and recall family memories but need a storyteller like Lorena Balea-Raitz to do it! Ink & Lace is her novelbold structured jewels made with an Eastern and mysterious country in mind, bearers of ancient traditions.

I like thinking about Lorena like the child I was once, with my little hands all tangled in cotton and woollen yarns while my grandmas were able to sew whatever they liked and created endless scarves and detailed crochet laces...

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by LorenaBalea Raitz, One Neon Yellow crochet necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, sculptural crochet necklace

There's something more running through Lorena's hands: her past, her culture, her heritage. That's something making her closer to a colleague archaeologist.

How and when was your shop born?My shop was born actually late, two years ago. I started to teach Romanian Point Lace here in Brisbane and people were interested in book workshops. 
This is how my journey started. In the meantime, I designed jewellery using the same technique that I teach for workshops. 

Could you tell us something about your background? Where are you from?
I come from Transylvania, Romania but being half German I grew up in Germany almost all my life. After I finished school I lived in Los Angeles where my fashion career started. I went to College there and moved back to Romania where I studied fashion and worked as a designer.

When have you met your passion for creations?
I guess you can make my mum responsible for that as well as my grandma. LOL They were always making clothes for us because back then when Romania was under the communist regime, there was not much available. 
Fabrics..... no way, but we had threads galore! So that is how I fell in love with cottons, linen threads and learned different techniques to create lace, ancient designs, old crochet, etc....

 Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet bracelet made in Australia
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, multiways crochet long necklace

What's your goal?
My goal is to make my brand known to make Ink & Lace a to go company when it comes to unique statement jewellery
, learning Romanian Point Lace - a technique that I try desperately to keep alive and a brand that is known for unique bold, and feminine fashion art and fashion style branding.

How do you imagine your typical customer?
My typical customer is a woman who knows what she wants, a woman who dares to be original and wants to make a statement with her jewellery.
My typical customer is not defined by social status or age. My customer is an interesting person who shows style and personality via its outfit.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Lorena Balea-Raitz interview

What inspires you the most?
I get inspired by cultures, but the places I have been and sometimes by the trends, colours, and of course threads :)

Do you have an inspiring place, where do you create or sketch the product?
I do have a little office where the magic happens, sometimes early in the morning where you can hear only the kookaburra or late at night when the bats fly near the window. You find me almost all day at my desk testing out threads, blogging about them, teaching lace or sketching fashion. 

Do you have a project for the near future?Yes, I am working on a few projects at the same time- madness galore! LOLI have a book cover illustration to finish and I am working on some new prints! That said about art and the other projects involve two new lines one about custom necklaces introducing gemstones and the other a fashion collection - an accessory line inspired by Cubas National Flower La Mariposa.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, statement necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet body chain

And so, I've met Lorena for a virtual coffee and discovered a wearable way to keep the past alive with something feminine like bright colours, elegance and also a bit of beach style. 
But intricated patterns and fragile flowers aren't her solely proposals: customizable accessories for the fanatics, workshops and knitting kits for those who instead want to play like us as little girls, illustrations for those how would love a Miranda Priestly-worth livingroom.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real, review, swatches & look

When I wear essence liquid lipstick in the shade 03 Almost Real, a frequent thing for real, it’s like jumping back to the glossy early 2000's but with less mess!

What’s hot in this product? Essence Cosmetics states that: “the innovative formula of the liquid lipstick unites the best of two lip pros by combining the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. The packaging also underlines its duo-characteristics...”.
That’s right, the packaging explains the product, now it’s my turn...

The product: packaging

Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real comes in a particular packaging that’s really captivating: a crystal tube where, for an optical trick, the product inside looks like a lipstick from the outside. 
The tube contains 4 ml of lip colour and the cap details recall the shade itself.
The applicator is a tiny sponge with a spear like silhouette and reaches every corner of the mouth. The pack concept reminds me of ice cubes...

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real, review and swatches
Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real

Formula & texture
What makes this essence liquid lipstick a sort of hybrid is its texture: thick and sticky like a lip gloss, that’s intense and long-lasting as a lipstick.
Its formula is dense but spreads effortlessly.

Shade & finish
Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real is a nude shade, a caramel nuance with a delicate touch of pink and a predominant peachy warm tone.
The overall pigmentation is very rich, to be a nude shade, with a final effect that can be build up.
Its finish is creamy and shiny and it’s similar to 2000’s vinyl lip gloss.
This watery shine makes lips instantly looking plumped and when the hours pass by, it becomes more natural enhancing lips’ volume!

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real

This essence liquid lipstick has a delicious vanilla aroma that lasts for a while and tempts you to apply it over and over again... you could but it’s easy to overdo and mess everything as this liquid lipstick could tend to go directly outlining your lips.
Thanks to its thick formula, this essence liquid lipstick lasts for almost 4 hours even if you drink.
It doesn’t dry my lips and leaves them well hydrated throughout the day and after its removal.
This nude shade leaves a subtle tint while fading.

compact packaging
handy applicator
wearable shade
hydrating formula
pleasant scent
optical plumping effect

easily runs toward the outlines

For most of you, essence liquid lipsticks’ dense consistency could represent a con but it allows this liquid lipstick to last for hours and hours, coffees after coffees.
The shade 03 Almost Real is very natural and can be used day and night, it’s natural option in the case of stronger makeup looks; its flavour lets people fall in love.

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real. Long-lasting, budget lipstick. Swatch
Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real.
Valentina Chirico wearing essence cosmetics liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real
Makeup details
Face base: Pupa Professional Primer 02 Green + essence cosmetics concealer pen #2 Sand + Pupa Like a Doll compact powder 003  Natural Beige + Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in #508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff
Eyes: essence cosmetics eyebrows stylist set in #01 natural brunette style + Viva La Diva Move Me Jungle eyeshadow kit (Tahiti, Fiji, Tobago) + Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in #41 Earth(quake) #43 Brown(ie) + Avril Le Mascara Bio
Lips: essence cosmetics liquid lipstick 03 Almost Real

Do I recommend it? What a silly question: yes, absolutely!
Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real is definitely worth my hype and worth a try for its price: 2.45€ for a long-lasting lip colour that unintentionally, or without the help of harsh chemicals, plumps up your lips is a dream.
One side note: do not listen to the little devil: don’t apply too much, despite it’s a real delight.
Go for it, go nude ... it’s (almost) real!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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