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Folch Studio
This picture found on the beautiful tumblr coffee stained cashmere almost makes me want to base my decisions uniquely on the look of the product, so everything can fit together perfectly. Maybe this is going „a bit“ too far, and yet: from time to time I can’t help but think that making my bathroom visually as streamlined as this would be quite fantastic.
In case you were wondering: black q-tips are an actual thing, at least in Japan. And they say you can learn nothing from blogs.

Image: unknown

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Strong eyebrows. Once again. Quite recently I posted this editorial shot of  Bambi Northwood-Blyth who is famous for her „statement eyebrows“ (I also believe to have read the expression „power brow“ somewhere). And if there is any other model worth mentioning when it comes to this special feature, it must be Cara Delevingne.

Image: Burberry Prorsum fall 2012 

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Donna Karan fall 2012
A few years ago the sole mention of the word „nail art“ would have brought up nothing more than a cringe from anybody really. A flood of unwanted images would have inundated our minds like acrylic nails, neon light and rhinestones. Who would have thought that things could change so dramatically in a blink of an eye?
Well maybe not exactly as fast as that. But fast enough to let us wondering mouth agape about its current popularity or dare-I-say hype. I think that it is possible to pinpoint the moment  for this new kind of passion with the appearance of two particular nail polishes in fall 2009: Chanel’s Jade and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. At that time Alexa Chung adorned her nails with the minty colour when making a TV appearance and that was pretty much enough to send a trend on its way (by the way you might remember that the exact same thing happened simultaneously with the YSL arty oval ring). After  this, nothing stayed the same. Well, how could it have?
By now every cosmetic brand, whether high end or high street, is doing their best to come up with unseen shades each new season. At the same time they cultivate a love for the classics since a Chanel Rouge Noir has no less potential than the iconic N°5. Limited editions are rounding up the portfolio and are de rigeur today. Nothing sends more of a go-get-them-signal than the fear of impending disappearance from the market.

After seeing gold, glitter, neon and crackling finishes, you might have thought that you have seen it all, that „someone should draw the line here“. Well, things can always be pushed a little bit further and I guess that the joy of flirting with the abyss is to see how far you can go before things get nasty. Right now, we are not facing nail polish talk anymore, we see some serious stuff happening on those nails: all kind of shapes and symbols and whatnot.  „Nail art“ is pretty much everywhere. They say it has nothing to do with the above mentioned word and its tackiness. And it’s true. Whaaaaaat?

Yes, this is coming from someone who whould have never believed that her name and „nail art“ should be ever brought up in a sentence. Ever. But let me say this. As with anything in life, in fashion and in beauty, there are different degrees to anything. You can go crazy on that hair cut and choose a neon undercut. You could opt for a hello kitty nail thing, but you could also go with a nude base and a burgundy tip. A perfect reason to go a little bit overboard with one’s keep-it-simple-attitude…

Image: Donna Karan fall 2012 [Vogue Uk]

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Two days left until December and that means we are heading towards shorter days and freezing temperatures. I really don’t mind because that also means a lot of good stuff to look forward to: a good excuse for lighting a ridiculous amount of candles (and coming away with it), planing cosy dinners with friends at home (first point included, of course), planning my yearly Christmas visit to my family (never missed one, never will) and wearing darker lipstick (without passing for a Goth). And when I say darker lipstick, I do not mean black. That particular colour I will gladly relinquish to the runways and editorials, because frankly, no season will do the trick and make the innuendo of heavy depression disappear. When I say darker lipstick I mean darker plum or berry tones. Those look great with pretty much everything as seen above. Now, there are many options to choose from, a lot of different shades and a lot of different brands. Those four seem pretty interesting to me…

(1) Chanel Rouge Allure: Rouge Noir (2) mac: Cyber  (3) Tom Ford: Black Orchid (4) Nars Semi Matte Lipstick: Scarlet empress

(1) Rouge Noir is an iconic colour and a classic when it comes to my choice of nail polish. So it is easy to imagine this beautiful shade on the lips. (2) Cyber by mac is the lipstick worn by Columbine Smille in the picture above. It has a bluish undertone in opposition to the shade revel which I personally own, but I like this one just as much. (3) Tom Ford lipsticks are raved about (as seen chez Garance Doré) and although the pricing is extravagant, the packaging and the offered colours are brilliant. Here I would definitely suggest Black Orchid. (4) Nars in Scarlet Empress would probably would be my recommendation for beginners, just because it seems slightly less heavy than the other ones.

Images: (1) Columbine Smille (2) composition created by Definitely Golden

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