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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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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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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My everyday makeup routine – It is all lies

As much as I would love to tell you that my current everyday makeup routine was inspired by the crisp white snow against the red berries on the ilex in our garden, it would be a lie.

I started wearing this makeup in early December, when the holidays rekindled my love affair with red lipsticks. Which is technically the second lie, as my love affair with red lipsticks does never need rekindling.

 

My everyday makeup routine Winter 2017

 

Around the holidays there was no snow to be seen. Just grey clouds heavy with rain and brown, rotting leaves. Not the prettiest colors to use as makeup inspiration.

It still may be a seasonal thing though, because the colors I picked are less warm than what I usually go for, and as I learned on other blogs throughout the last weeks, many people tend to go for cooler shades in the cold (see Dagmaras beautiful winter look for example).

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Inspired by Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Spring 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!

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Spring 2017 (Image Source)

 

Now if I have one beauty weakness… Other than red lipsticks, I mean. You can totally have two. Or maybe three.

But I digress. If I have one beauty weakness, it is anything in crayon form. My love affair with big chunky sticks started with the Clinique Chubby series a long time ago when I purchased the shade Mega Melon as a reminder of my one month road trip to Chile with Mr. Loca, and ever since I have happily collected crayons for every area of my face.

So the Chanel Rouge Crayon de Couleur Spring 2017 Collection promo picture immediately grabbed my attention. I mean, a lip crayon and a big, happy smile, what else do you need to get into spring mode?

 

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Three different ways to wear glitter

I kind of started a mini series earlier this spring, trying to make a seasonal trend work by creating three different looks with it.

 

Three different ways to wear glitter
Three different ways to wear glitter

 

One very wearable even for the less adventurous makeup lover.

One bold enough to satisfy a makeup aficionados heart on a day to day basis.

And one that I would personally refrain from wearing to the office. Which says a lot, I tend to wear whatever I fancy.

And when I asked you lovely lot in my latest „Three looks“ video (watch here if you are curious) which trend I should try for the winter/holiday season, the voting was unanimous: Glitter!

 

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Inspired by Dior Splendor Holiday 2016

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 Splendor Holiday 2016
Dior Splendor Holiday 2016 (Source)

 

Quite honestly, the Dior Splendor Holiday 2016 makeup wasn´t much of a challenge, makeup wise. Nor was it super unique. But I have done the Dior Holiday look every year since starting the series (here and here), and I have a weakness for dark eyes and red lips, so I decided to stick with the tradition.

And recreating the makeup did prove a challenge after all: The black eyeshadow stick, the one I bought for my first ever „Inspired by“ blogpost, did not work like I had hoped it would. Even with lots of layers, it still looked a little patchy, and it did not stay put too well. So if you have any black eyeshadow recommendations, I am all ears.

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My everyday makeup routine – Fall 2016

Just to put it out there: I don’t believe in strictly following a seasonal color scheme or trends. I do believe in wearing whatever you enjoy, no matter if it is plum lips in spring or vibrant green in winter.

 

My everyday makeup routine - Fall 2016
My everyday makeup routine – Fall 2016

 

That bold disclaimer out of the way, I do realize that my makeup changes with the seasons. I guess the reasons are many. For one I am easily influenced, so when I see lots of dark lips and smokey eyes, I start doing, you guessed it, dark lips and smokey eyes. I am a victim of social media.

And second, I get bored quickly. So after wearing the same, or at least a similar look for a few weeks, I want change. And start experimenting again, reinventing myself through my everyday face.

Yes, makeup can be so deep…

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