Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation

Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation

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Today we are having a closer look at a not so new foundation, but one that I excited for nonetheless. I bought this last year just after it launched, but I hadn’t really given it a proper try just yet. So last month I committed to giving this a good try. It came with me to New York and I used it for a good 2 – 3 weeks straight. I wore it all day, had it on in a number of situations and feel I can now really give you a proper review of the Dior Backstage foundation.

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Dior Addict lipgloss & lipstick

Dior Addict lipgloss & lipstick

I’ve been massively into pink lips these past few weeks. This means that I’ve been busting out every shade of pink lipstick in my collection. Today I’d like to focus on some of my more high end products in this very particular category. Last year, Dior reformulated their Addict lip line and I decided to try some products when there was a discount on.

 photo Diorlipstickgloss1_zpsxjftltyf.jpgDior Addict Lipstick 976 Be Dior
Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss 765 Ultradior

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DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer (fall 2016 highlighter)

DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer (fall 2016 highlighter)

Dior has a new fall collection out in stores at the moment and am always excited when they do. When it comes to high end luxury make up, Dior is one of my favorite brands and their highlighters are usually amazing. I already own two: the 2014 spring and 2016 spring editions. So it will be no surprise to you, that when I spotted the Dior Fall 2016 collection in my local store I became the little magpie that I am and knew I had to had the Dior highlighter for fall 2016. Meet my newest beauty!

Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer Shimmering Sculpting Powder 001

Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer Shimmering Sculpting Powder 001 Skyline 2016

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Brand Bites | Dior

Brand Bites | Dior

Let me talk you through all of the different make up bits I own by Dior. I started this video series to slowly but surely take you through my make up collection. I will finish up with an overall overview of how I store things and where I keep it all. Today’s turn goes to my favorite high end make up brand: Christian Dior. It was one of the first high end brands I bought make up from and I collected quite a few bits over time. For a full list of products and the video, please click on through.

Video: Brand Bites Christian Dior Make Up

Oh and from now on, there will be a video every Sunday! So stay tuned for more!

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Chanel & Dior limited editions spring 2016

Chanel & Dior limited editions spring 2016

It’s that time of year: the sun has been peeping out more and the promise of spring is in the air. And with that promise come some new beauty launches of course. Where most people are completely enamored by Christmas limited editions, I usually prefer spring collections. The colors are fresher and thus much more up my pale skin street. This year I found two beautiful products from the Chanel and Dior Spring 2016 limited editions: LA Sunrise & Glowing Gardens.

Chanel Dior limited edition spring 2016 LA Sunrise Sunkiss Ribbon Glowing Gardens

Chanel LA Sunrise Limited Edition Blush Harmony Sunkiss Ribbon
Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder 001 Pink

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Dior lipstick round up

Dior lipstick round up

When it comes to the highest priced make up brands, my favorite would have to be Dior. I feel their overall collection is well-rounded, with plenty of classics (but not only) and the odd bright pop of color (yet nothing too crazy). One side of the brand I hadn’t really explored much yet were their lipsticks. I bought two red numbers what feels light light years ago and earlier this year I reviewed the limited edition lipgloss in Fastes. Time to get a feel for a few of their newer lip products.

My overall experience with Dior lip products up until trying these was a bit meh. For the amount of money they puppies cost, it was a bummer to have one of the best reds on the planet break on me after only swatching it (Dior 999). By now I depotted that and that’s been allowing me to use it. I kept the packaging because it was just too pretty. So I was pretty skeptical when I purchased these. Luckily, they now have changed my opinion for the better. Not only did these not break on me, but the colors are stunning and a tad different from most lipsticks that are around.

Dior Dior Addict Fluid Lipstick Fabulous Wear High Impact Glossy Colour Lip Hybrid 754 Pandore

Let’s start with a liquid lipstick. Just before the true hype hit the airwaves, Dior launched their version as part of the spring/ summer collection of 2014. I mainly wanted one of these because of the packaging. Not gonna lie. That clear tube with the brand name embossed onto the side showing what looks like a lipstick inside is just ingenious. The packaging is reminiscent of the regular Dior Addict line, but where those come with a creamy sheer lipstick, this comes with a doe foot applicator, much like a lipgloss would.

When I saw these in store, the color Pandore, which was the lead color for that collection I believe, was the one that captured my eye the most. This is a pretty glossy, coral shade that has a pleasant texture. It is not too sticky, but still tacky enough for it to last at least through a glass of water. It won’t last all day, but like a creamy lipstick this will wear for 3 – 4 hours. After a full meal you will have to reapply this and I find that unlike some  more fuller on version of this type of product this wears nicely as it doesn’t leave that disastrous ring around your lip line.

The lipstick is easy to apply and since this doesn’t set matte like many of the liquid lipsticks out there, you have some time to work with it when you apply it. The glossy finish is subtle but noticeable. The color may look straight up coral in the tube, but on my lips it pulls more pink or orange depending on how the light hits it. It is a bright shade without being too in your face. I find this is a great every day brighter lip option for work.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care 757 Souveraine

Souveraine is a lipstick from Dior’s regular lipstick line. It is a creamy lipstick in a pretty pink shade (see below). It is one of my favorite lipstick colors for spring and looks very healthy on the lips. The regular lipstick line by Dior comes in some of the most stunning packaging ever. The dark blue set off with the silver iconic cannage print band is classy and sophisticated looking.

I picked up this lipstick when there was a discount at one of my local high end beauty stores. I mainly bought it because I wanted to try another Dior lipstick after the fiasco with one of the first ones I tried. I checked and rechecked this for cracks and mistakes before I took it home. Out of all the colors on offer, this one was love at first swatch.

The reason for that is because this isn’t an ordinary pink lipstick. It is a very bright pink in the tube, but on the lips it looks a lot more muted and natural. You can see that the lipstick contains some silver shimmer, but this shimmer is not visible on the lips. In some weird way the reflects (which were very off putting to me at first) are what makes this lipstick. One the lips this leads to fuller, more luscious looking lips without it being overdone. If I had to make a blog post on my favorite high end lipsticks, this would be part of that list. Well done, Dior!

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care 988 Rialto

Finally there is Rialto. Another spur of the moment decision which I made when a beauty store in town was closing down. I had never heard of or seen this color anywhere else before, but when I saw its pretty deep red shade I knew it had to come home with me. It is from the same regular line as Souveraine, but I have a feeling this may have been part of a limited edition collection due to the high number this has.

It has the same gorgeous packaging as Souveraine and just feel super luxurious and chique. Since these are creamy lipstick the wear time of these aren’t the best, but with shades this pretty I don’t mind whipping out the lipstick halfway through the day to reapply. These wear around 3 – 4 hours, which for a creamy lipstick isn’t too bad.

The color on this is like a darker raspberry red. It has a hint of pink to it which makes this more wearable, but it is still a darker red which makes this a great lipstick for a vampy red lip if you’re not that daring. Like Souveraine, this lipstick has some miniscule reflects to it. In this one they are more reddish gold toned, rather than silver. On the lips these reflects are invisible yet again, but rather gives the lips a more plump and saturated look.

Pandore – Souveraine – Rialto

Pigmentation of all three lipsticks is spot on. These glide onto the lips so easily, it is insane. They are some of the easiest lipsticks to apply and because the colors aren’t too crazy it isn’t too big of a problem if your lipline isn’t 100% perfect. So these are great for a quick application whether it is because you are rushing out the door, or reapplying your lipstick in between meals.


On the lips, my natural lip color does alter the shades a bit. This is the most noticeable with Pandore which looks more orange or pink rather than a full on coral depending on how the lighting hits my lips. Souveraine and Rialto most look like their swatches, but since Souveraine is a bit lighter it is a bit less bright on my lips than in the swatch.




In these pictures you can perfectly see what I mean. Pandore looks a lot more pink on me and Souveraine is a tad darker on my lips than in the swatch. I personally love Rialto the best from how it looks on me, but that is also influenced by the stunning eye look I am wearing in these pictures. That lipstick goes so perfectly with Dior’s Trafalgar eyeshadow palette, it is insane. Overall, Souveraine gives me the freshest look of the three, whereas Souveraine serves more as a subtle pop of color for spring and summer.

I think it’s safe to conclude that I absolutely adore all three products. They may cost half a limb, but I find they are well worth it. Despite the fact that these may look like run of the mill shades at first glance I really think the formula and look of these on the lips is something else and worth the money. If you are looking for a great every day lip color and you’re willing to splurge, then go ahead and take the plunge, because Dior lip products are amazing. I can now vouch for that.

When it comes to high end lipsticks, which is your favorite?

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

For this rendition of the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, I decided to think outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pile on the make up and even though this may not be very extreme for some people, it is for me. I often only have 15 minutes, if that, when I do my make up when I go to work. So to submerge myself into make up for an afternoon is always a nice and welcome change. To create this look I decided to combine a few make up techniques I see many youtubers and instagrammers use, but which it just way too much for me on the daily. So this is my ‘extreme’ make up look.

The first thing I needed was a good dose of color. I mostly opt for ‘safe’ neutral make up looks when I go to work. I sometimes add a pop of color by adding a bit of colored liner or color on my lid, but I usually leave it at that. I also stick by the rule of not pairing bold lips with bold eyes when I go to work. No need to overstimulate my students and having them spend the first 10 minutes of a lesson deciding where to look. I used blue and purples on the eyes and reddish tints on the cheeks and lipst. I feel they sort of go together, but then again, not really at the same time. I had a reason for this pairing though and that mostly had to do with the make up techniques I wanted to try out.

On to the make up techniques I used. I tried to do a 5 in one here: flawless glowy skin, that is contoured and bronzed up, with a strong brow and ombre lips. Pfff that is quite a lot to work with. I also used a chuckload of products to create it and spend over 30 minutes, maybe even close to 45 minutes to create this make up look. That is at least double the amount of time I get to spend on my make up on a regular basis. When I do my make up in the mornings, I do create a full face of make up, but it’s not as ‘perfect’ and full on as this. I apply foundation, concealer and powder. I also try to create some sort of eyelook, but I usually keep that fairly simple and use no more that 2 – 3 shadows, but mostly I go for 1 shade looks. I apply just blush to my cheeks and a lipstick to my lips and that’s about it. I also do my brows, but I just fill them in a bit. You can see my more every day make up look in this video.

For the eyes I mostly went with some bold colors, but I didn’t go int with any crazy techniques. I don’t have that much eyelid space, so I have limited room to work with. If I make looks like these, a winged liner is also no option for me as I need to draw such a thick line to make that work that it would mostly cover up the amazing colors of the eye shadows. So I kept it simple: a bright purple all over the lid, a darker purple shade in the crease, highlight on the browbone and a bright ocean blue in the inner corner. I personally love this combination and feel it truly makes my eyes pop. Read below for a complete low down of how I created this entire make up look.

I used a blend of both drugstore as well as high end make up. Basically I ransacked my make up collection to put this look together.

Products used:


  • Primer: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
  • Foundation: Catrice Velvet Finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet
  • Concealer: Catrice Velvet Finish concealer in 020 Velvet Rose
  • Powder: Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.
  • Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge 03 Pink Grapefruit
  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in 201 Blonde Harmony
  • Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Dermacol Sheer Face Illuminator in Fresh Rose


  • Base: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin  & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Omen & MUA shade 9 pearl
  • Crease: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Half Truth
  • Inner corner:  Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Deep End
  • Outer V: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (purple shade)
  • Brow bone: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (highlight shade)
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
  • Tight line: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in Onyx
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara


  • Pen: Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer 020 flASHy Brows
  • Powder: Catrice eyebrow set
  • Gel: Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow


  • Pencil: LA Girl lipliner in Currant & MAC lipliner in Cherry
  • Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999

How did I use all these? I started with my brows. I first ‘drew’ my brows with Catrice’s brow definer. I focused mainly on the first part of my brows with this. Then, I evened it all out with some brow powder and set it with a brow gel. Secondly, I did skin. I primed my face with a glowing primer, and primed my lids using the Kat von D eyeshadow base. I then used a matte and high coverage foundation and concealer and set all that into place with a matte powder. Finally I added Painterly by MAC, to even out my eyelid color.

For cheeks I first applied a contour and blush. Then I bronzed up my face with a shimmering bronzer and I also took that down my neck. However, I did forget to take in the sides of my neck, so you can see that in these pics I’m about 2 shades darker than I normally am. I went in with blush and a liquid highlight and for extra effect, I topped that up with some powder highlight as well.

For the eyes I didn’t go crazy with techinques. I applied a darker shade in my crease first. Then I originally added Omen by Urban Decay, but once everything was done I topped that off with the purple eyeshadow by MUA. It brightened everything up and really amped up the look. For a fun detail I added a bright blue in my inner corners. I used a darker purple shade on my lower lashline and also defined my Outer V with this. I used a highlighter on my brow bone, a nude eyeliner on my waterline and I tightlined with a black eyeliner. As a final touch I topped up my lashes with mascara.

Lips wise I decided to try an ombre lip. I applied a dark red lip liner on the outer edges of my lips and then filled in my lip with a brighter red. I topped it up with a bright red, glossy lipstick which I applied with a lipliner to not get a very full on effect, but that still nicely covered the liner and evened everything out.

Yep, this, in my book, is an extreme make up look. So much make up, so full on is great for a shoot or when you’re being filmed I’m sure. It is not suitable for an every day make up look, but it was definitely fun to do and to play around with my make up again.

What would you do for an extreme make up look?