Friday, September 28, 2012

Barbie is a plastic doll, remember?

This is Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukrainian girl who looks just like...a childhood memory...Barbie. I wonder how far can female vanity drug us women? Why do we always have to look like someone else? In this case not even like a real person but rather one of Mattel's greatest marketing inventions. This is probably the best and most succesful human replica of a doll, I trully have to congratulate the doctors for mastering the art of plastic surgery and changing the human nature.

 I chose these photos of her past and present because her pose and posture are most similar. As it is apparent in her early days, she was definately an above average beauty- or let me just re-phrase the "early days" part because afterall she is just 21 years old.

It is said that she has had many cosmetic surgeries in order to achieve this result like: rhinoplasty, botox, filler injections, breast implants, liposuction and fat transfer to the hips. It is even said that she has removed a few ribs to make her waist tiny. It is important to mention that in order to capture this "synthetic look" she uses the art of makeup and styling. Makeup wise, a combination of heavy coverage foundation and powder, false eyelashes and lots of contouring especially around the nose area.

Valeria Lukyanova does not admit she has had any plastic surgeries! Well, I guess that the conclusions are all yours......

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kim Kardashian: In the name of Plastic Surgery

Who can doubt Kim Kardashian's beauty?
Her features, lovely hair, stunning makeup, combined with the latest fashion trends and most known reality shows have turned her into one of the most famous divas around the World! The strange thing in her case is is that she does not even have a real profession -well, in the sense that would award her with such publicity.
I believe that some people have a "star" (whatever they do, makes them successful) where as others have to work very hard in order to succeed, she definately falls in the first category -without this meaning that she hasnt worked to get the things she wanted.
After Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian was among the first to change the stereotype of beauty in the U.S, she was dark, curvy and had a typical middle eastern beauty, yet so, in a State filled with skinny blonde girls she made a difference. And sometimes, this -along with some luck- is all it takes..
Kim Kardashian has always been pretty, we have all seen photos of her early days, the truth is though that even this beauty has undergone some plastic surgeries. In the pictures below it is apparent that some of her features have been "refined" like her nose, jawline, lip volume and cheekbones.

Kim looks awesome throughout the years, but I strongly believe that too many refinements often cause people to look alike and sometimes can even add years. Of course I can totally understand that the pressure forced upon all these celebrities is immense, but at the end of the day being unique is still the most important. Although the photos above show the refinements through time, there are less forgiving photos from various sites that definately reveal sharper differences. No words...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Naked Palette 2 review

Eventually in my hands...
What a lovely "warm neutral "eyeshadow palette, one that is filled with nude colors and a fair balance of light and dark colors as well as shiny and matte consistencies. The pigmentation is very good and the eyeshadows are of great quality. In my opinion, this is a palette that can create a number of different eye looks and matches all skincolors, hair and eye colors. Moreover, the double ended brush that comes with, is great for both the application and the blending of the shadows. 
I personally recommend this palette to all of you that are in search of good quality nude eyeshadows. At 43 euros you get 12 eyeshadows, one double ended brush and a small neutral Urban Decay lipgloss, to me that is a pretty good deal.

-Use Halfbaked, bootycall and verve as a highligherlitte
-Use the application side of the brush as a glitter applicator after you wet it, or spray it with MAC fix+

Matte: Foxy (pale beige), Tease (taupe), blackout (black)
Shiny: Halfbaked (gold), bootycall (shiny pale beige), snakebite (golden olive brown), suspect (cool gold), pistol (warm grey), verve (warm silver), busted (chocolate brown)
Glittery: Chopper (bronze), YDK (high shine bronze/brown)
Below are some swatches both indoor (no flash) and outdoor without any eyeshadow base or primer.

Indoor swatches


Outdoor swatches

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sisley Express Flowel Gel

Hello everyone,
I am back with another review, this time of a quite expensive face mask that I purchased during the sales a while back. If you have a look around the internet at the reviews on the particular product  you will discover that a striking percentage of them are positive, exalting I would say! 
I guess this is the reason why I spend 70 euros -yeap you heard right- (and this is the final price after a 25% sale) on it, so as you can imagine my expectations were more than high to begin with.

Sisley is a high end French skincare and cosmetics brand -do not mix it up with the clothing firm- that was among the first to introduce the use of botanical active ingredients and essential oils in beauty products. Enough said, back to business..
In order to make the review I have already used the mask twice, within a week, and imagine that I wasted some product without any particular reason, meaning I didn’t really have any special place to go to –but oh, well- I couldn’t wait to review it for you guys. To be honest I currently have it on….and does it stand up to my expectations? I am really sorry to admit, but IT DOES.
This mask is supposed to “chase away the visible signs of fatigue and stress, moisturize and tone the skin and create a feeling of significantly firmer skin” and all that in just 3 minutes. Did I use it for such a short time? NO! I mean, I spend half a fortune on this mask so I might just get the best of it. I applied a thin layer and about 15 minutes later I removed the excess with some paper, guess what, this mask continues to work miracles on the skin. The smell of the mask is very natural and herbal, kinda reminds me of some organic creams like Organic Pharmacy, Lavera, Neal’s yard etc, the truth is that you won’t fall in love with it but at least bare in mind that it is not synthetic. What can I say, my skin feels and looks firm and has this gorgeous glow to it –without appearing oily. One more thing, if you have combination or oily skin or even acne prone, do not be afraid cause this mask will totally hydrate your skin without appearing oily or breaking it out. Finally, another great thing about this mask is that it can even be applied close to the eyes –gives you an idea of how gentle this is- oh, and you could even sleep in it if you wanted and wake up with the best skin ever. So, to conclude, I do recommend this product (although I wish it was more affordable) for all skintypes and ages - as long as you use it on special occasions....

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Naked Palette is finally here!

Once again, this post will mainly make my Greek friends happy.
After such a long wait I am happy to tell you that the Urban Decay naked palette#2 can be found in Greece. On Friday, I went to Sephora Mall to grab a few exclusive Sephora products since I had a 40% off through a great coupon I found in Vogue magazine. After buying a few goodies I saw a lovely TOO Faced lipstick that was out of stock - so the next day I visited the Sephora near my house to receive my Estee Lauder card and to see whether they had the gorgeous lipstick....But unfortunately they didn't... Waiting for the lady to bring my card,  my eyes fell on a tiny rack near the cashiers where a few palettes were (UN) uneatly stashed the one on top of each other... Was I really seeing the word NAKED on the front?! As I got closer and -to my big surprise- I realized that the naked palette#2 was actually in front of me, looked around to see whether the naked palette#1 was nearby -how greedy- was that!!!
Anyway, the palette's price is 43 euros and at this price you will get 12 gorgeous eyeshadows (3matte and 9shimmer eyeshadows) ranging from light beiges, bronzes, grays all the way to dark browns and blacks! You will also get a shadow/crease brush which is of relatively good quality! What a bummer, if they only had it one day earlier at the mall I would have purchased it with 26 euros...OMG
Oh, well next time :)