#pixipretties – Review, tutorial and swatches

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I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright…

Are you familiar with West Side Story? It is, I have to admit, one of the few musicals I care about. This and Lion King. Everything else, think Starlight Express or Cats, are totally lost on me.

But back to the song. I heard it when I was 13 and never was able to get it out of my mind. Not because it is a masterpiece in tune and lyrics (I wouldn´t be able to judge that anyway), but because the feeling it describes is one that I wanted for myself.

 

#pixipretties
#pixipretties Review, Tutorial and Swatches

 

I want to dance the streets, pitying every girl that isn´t me. I want to feel so confident in my own skin that I shout from the rooftops how perfect I am.

Not that I have yet achieved it, which may be a good thing given my singing skills, but 13 or 38, the quest continues. And anything that reminds me of that song is very welcome.

Like the #pixipretties collection that landed at my doorstep recently.

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Indian Summer and some Guerlain goodies

They say anticipation is sometimes better than the actual event.

I find that to be especially true regarding anything weather dependent. How many times have you looked forward to summer barbecues outside and ended up inside because of hail and storm? How many times have you dreamt about snow ball fights in a winter wonderland only to shuffle through muddy pools in constant rain?

 

Indian Summer Makeup
Indian Summer Makeup

 

I know I have been disappointed numerous times, so when Flanconi (an online beauty store) reached out to me and asked for an Indian summer look, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It may be wet and cold outside, but here on the blog we´ll have all the gold and orange we long for.

And what can I say, after I finished filming the sun decided to make an appearance and I was able to actually shoot outdoors! I am not going to jinx it, but if we get a prolonged period of beautiful weather here in Germany now, I will claim magical makeup skills.

If not, this Indian Summer look will see me through the disappointment.

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Inspired by Givenchy L´Autre Noir Fall 2017

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

 

Givenchy L´Autre Noir Fall 2017
Givenchy L´Autre Noir Fall 2017 (Source)

 

This installment, my recreation of the Givenchy L´Autre Noir Fall 2017 makeup, looks amazing on the model. But what really drew me in was the name „L`autre noir“. The other black.

Now I am a huge fan of black, but variations of black, like deep purple, blackened red or even the deepest, darkest green feel so mysterious. Perfect for the upcoming season, when the darkness slowly creeps in and the fog is covering the mountains in front of my window.

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Beachy, Glowy, Bronzed makeup – Summer Vacation 2017

I don´t know about you, but I always have big plans for my upcoming summer holiday. Read at least three new books, exercise a lot, sleep ten hours a day and take time to experiment with makeup.

Because, let´s face it: The creativity I do develop at 6 am right before work is only directed towards developing the skill to brush my teeth half asleep without falling over. Adventurous and exotic makeup looks do take the back seat.

 

Beachy, Glowy, Bronzed makeup
Beachy, Glowy, Bronzed makeup

 

But, truth be told, despite packing half a suitcase full of products I don´t really spend much time on my makeup anyway. I prefer to invest my free time into people watching from a café while eating a croissant. Or two.

And in an attempt to pack streamlined (I will have a video up on what I bring so you can have a good laugh. Streamlined, ha!) I sat down and decided beforehand which look I wanted to give a go this time.

Beachy, glowy, bronzed. Out of my matte base comfort zone. But hey, it is a beach holiday after all!

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Inspired by Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

I guess we all have a picture of ourselves in our head that not necessarily matches reality. For me, that is the Boho chick I want to be every summer. The one that wears maxi skirts, turquoise bracelets and tousled waves with random braids.

 

Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection
Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection

 

For many summers I was determined to make it happen, to match my outer appearance to my inner portrait, and every summer I was left disappointed. I just can´t be effortlessly chic, carelessly beautiful and look like I woke up this way. It is just not who I am. I either look like I really woke up this way, which is a look no one wants to see, or like I tried very hard.

Thankfully Lancome came to my rescue and the Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection gave me the perfect template to recreate a Boho look that I am actually very happy with.

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Inspired by YSL Solar Pop Collection Summer 2017

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

The look that made the cut this time is effortless, summery, and (quite an exception this season) not featuring blue eyeshadow and orange lips. Not that I have any issues with that combo, I quite surprisingly really like it, but I have shown it here already and was up for some diversity.

 

YSL Solar Pop Collection
YSL Solar Pop Collection

 

According to Yves Saint Laurent, the YSL Solar Pop Collection is inspired by the vibrant colors and exotic adventure of a jungle safari, which took me by surprise. I did attribute solar pop to space adventures and Sci-Fi settings, but maybe that is just me? The promo picture though, a model casually leaning against a giant stone, palm leaves in the frame, does fit into the safari picture.

At least the kind of safari that you do in elegant clothes, wearing a full face of makeup. Probably the Glamping version of a safari, without the sweating and the dust and other things that inevitably would ruin your white silken blouse.

But enough with profane reality, let´s dive into the world of makeup, where anything is possible and wearable.

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My everyday makeup routine – Spring 2017

In my very early makeup days, colorful eyeliner dragged out to an exaggerated wing was the only look I would ever leave the house with. The colors were bright blue, turquoise or green, all colors I had seen my mother wear. To be fair, she never tried to pull off an Egyptian inspired wing in turquoise and repeatedly tried to talk me out of doing it on my eyes.

 

Everyday Makeup Spring 2017

 

Of course I knew better and didn´t listen, and I am forever grateful that no one in my family was into taking pictures, so there is no evidence I need to destroy.

 

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Inspired by… Dior Diorshow Pump´n´Volume

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

 

Dior Diorshow Pump ´n´ Volume (Image Source)

 

The „Inspired by“ series has been featured on this blog for almost two years now, and there have been a few changes to the format. Some noticeable (like doing a video instead of a written tutorial) and some probably unnoticed, but very important nonetheless. One of the latter has been the fact that about six months ago Mr. Loca kindly agreed to take my pictures (only the Inspired by ones, he still refuses to carefully arrange lipsticks). And so it was only natural that he had more of a saying in which looks we would shoot.

Out of curiosity I asked him what made him pick certain ads. Was it lighting, pose, artistic expression?

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New in for Spring – Fashion and beauty haul

One thing that is very important in a relationship is sharing a passion and goals. And keeping my marriage a happy one is among my top priorities.

My husband was thrilled when I announced that recently, but somehow his enthusiasm dwindled considerably when I made him sit down and watch lookbooks on You Tube.

 

 

All for the greater good, I might add. For the purpose of helping me film my latest haul, which, surprisingly, consists of fashion as well as beauty stuff.

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Inspired by Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 Collection

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

And this months installment is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 collection, and it is all down to you guys!

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 (Source)

 

You may not have known what you were voting for, but you recently got to decide on Twitter whether I was going to do the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 or the MAC Work It Out look.

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