Vintage Glam Make-up & M.A.C. Marilyn Monroe Collection

One of my complete favourite make-up looks is, without any shadow of a doubt, old-school glam with deep red lips, winged eyeliner, loads of false lashes and a well-defined crease. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when a friend of mine requested this particular type of make-up for an event she attended a few weeks ago.

This particular shade of lipstick was obtained by mixing reds with purples and corals. As I haven’t found a lipstick on the market that looks as rich and intense as this, I decided to make it myself. One can always get new and exciting colours by mixing the good old products one has in their make-up kit.

Being this excited about this type of make-up, I was over the moon with the Marilyn Monroe collection M.A.C. has recently launched. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this Temptalia video below – she always makes the best presentation videos with swatches and everything!

This is what I ended up with so far, I’m still considering a few items. It is, after all, a collector’s edition.. :)

Do you like vintage glamour? Are you a red-lip kind of girl or do you admire it from afar? :)

Cateva trucuri pentru hairstyling acasa..

La indemnul catorva fete care citesc blogul, am zis sa va povestesc cate ceva despre cum imi aranjez parul, cu toate ca nu sunt experta in domeniu.Nu am abordat niciodata acest subiect tocmai pentru ca nu consider ca m-as pricepe cine stie ce, insa cu putin exercitiu am gasit cat de cat o solutie care sa ma scoata din impas in caz de nevoie.

De-a lungul timpului, tot citind despre acest subiect, testand produse si intreband hairstilisti, am adunat cateva tips&tricks despre cum sa-mi aranjez singura parul pentru ca nu putem merge la coafor o data la 3 zile, nu? Sau, cel putin eu nu pot :) Daca va aflati si voi in aceeasi situatie, sper sa va ajute sfaturile.

Pentru inceput, mentionez ca am un par ondulat natural, cu suficient volum incat sa stea umflat imediat dupa spalare si cu tendinta spre electrizare atunci cand e umiditate in aer. (sunt sigura ca daca nu spun asta, ma veti intreba) Motiv pentru care samponul si balsamul folosite sunt foarte importante pentru mine. In prezent folosesc Redken – gama Smooth Down pentru par uscat/rebel. Eu le comand pe pentru ca la noi nu se gaseste firma aceasta, de altfel de acolo cumpar majoritatea produselor de par, cu mici exceptii. Sunt foarte multumita de aceste produse, imi rezolva problema cu electrizarea parului si netezesc firisoarele mai rebele.

Dupa ce spal parul si las balsamul aprox 10 minute in par, il clatesc si il infasor intr-un prosop timp de 15 minute pentru a se absorbi toata apa timp in care ma dau cu crema sau ma machiez repede. Dupa aceea, daca timpul imi permite, il usuc cu feonul doar la radacini, iar lungimile le las sa se usuce natural. Dupa ce parul este 100% uscat, folosesc bigudiuri electrice Remington – setul meu este de Jumbo&Super Jumbo Curls, il gasiti aici.

Cu alte cuvinte, folosesc bigudiurile cele mai mari, pentru bucle lejere. Nu imi plac buclele prea stranse si nici nu ma avantajeaza. Pentru a obtine aceste bucle naturale, las bigudiurile 5 minute in par. Nu este nevoie de mai mult! :)

Pe cele mai mari – Super Jumbo Curls, cu diametru de 43mm – le folosesc pe calota, iar pe cele putin mai micute – Jumbo Curls, cu diametru de 38mm – in restul parului. In felul acesta, suvitele care incadreaza fata sunt intotdeauna usor in valuri, nu le pot numi ondulate.

Bigudiurile acestea sunt mult mai putin daunatoare firului de par decat alte produse de styling intrucat, dupa cum mi-a explicat un hair stylist, se incalzesc la 70-75 de grade Celsius, comparativ cu 200-250 de grade Celsius la cat ajunge un ondulator normal de par. Au o suprafata catifelata care ajuta la aderarea suvitei de par, iar setul contine si clipsurile necesare pentru a fixa bigudiurile. Daca vreti sa cititi toate caracteristicile acestui produs, mergeti aici - – recomand cu tot dragul acest site, de la ei le-am comandat si sunt foarte multumita de produs! Livrarea a fost foarte rapida si departamentul de customer service foarte amabil.

Dupa ondularea rapida cu bigudiurile electrice, folosesc un ser pe lungimi pentru stralucirea parului – Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum si un ser pentru varfuri – Fudge Ends Miracle Smoothing Treatment for Soft SIlky Ends. Acestea doua sunt singurele produse de styling utilizate, nu-mi place sa incarc parul cu fixativ sau sa-l tapez.

Alte game de haircare/styling folosite in anii trecuti si pe care le recomand cu incredere sunt Morrocanoil – acum disponibil la noi in tara prin TopLine si de asemenea pe strawberrynet pentru persoanele care nu locuiesc in Bucuresti si nu au acces direct la TopLine, John Frieda Brilliant Brunette – pentru satene si brunete (au si gama pentru par blond) si MacadamiaOil.

Uleiul tratament de par de la MacadamiaOil il cumpar tot de pe si este absolut genial! Revitalizeaza parul deteriorat, hraneste si catifeleaza iar mirosul este extrem de placut! Gasiti aici toata gama de produse disponibile.

Produsele Fudge sunt disponibile in saloanele GETT’S. Tot aici gasiti si singurul fixativ care imi place pentru ca este light si buildable – Skyscraper – si un spray pentru shine care miroase superb, dulce si fructat.

Cam aceasta ar fi “reteta” pe care o folosesc eu, cu mentiunea ca nu trebuie sa folositi exact aceleasi produse. Este foarte important sa stabiliti, impreuna cu un specialist in domeniu, ce tip de scalp aveti si ce tip de par. In functie de aceste coordonate, continuati in a alege produsele potrivite voua. Ce pot spune, insa, cu mana pe inima este ca produsele de calitate, chiar daca vi se par mai scumpe decat cele pe care luati din comert, va vor tine mai mult timp si vor schimba in bine aspectul parului. Pe mine m-au ajutat sa salvez un par extrem de deteriorat de vopsiri repetate, care isi pierduse luciul si cadea foarte mult. N-am mai folosit vopsea de par 2 ani si ceva si tot de atunci am trecut si la acest “regim” de hranire care a dat primele rezultate dupa numai cateva luni de folosire.

Succes! :)



Beau Monde Romania October 2012

Photography: Barna Nemethi

Model: Tavitha/ Mandarina Models

Stylist: Amir Dobos

Make-up Artist: Anca Buzea

Hair Stylist: Alex Caraman/Beauty District

All About Eyebrows

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is about eyebrows, in general, and the way I do my eyebrows, in particular. Being as I already wrote about tools&techniques here and here, it’s about time I talk about my favourite brow products – the ones I use most of the time and I couldn’t be without. These are the ones I have in my professional kit and the ones I work with whether it’s on photoshoots or on clients.

M.A.C. Eye Brows – must be the best eyebrow pencil I’ve used so far & the one I always return to, no matter what. I recommend it for more natural looks, when you’re not looking for extremely precise definition. The shades are warm-toned and complement hair colours beautifully. Lingering is for light to medium brown-haired women, Spiked is for dark brown and brunettes, while Fling is best used on light to medium blondes, even redheads.

Bourjois Sourcil Precision – I think this is one of the best brow pencils in the lower-priced category. My favourite shade is 03 – Chatain, it goes so well with the majority of hair and skin colors. Do try the rest of the range as well.

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector – this product is great for filling gaps in eyebrows & constructing a new shape. It is highly resistant, has a gel-like texture that is easy to work with and requires a precision eyebrow brush to work with. I recommend using it with a brush such as M.A.C. 208 or Make Up For Ever Eyebrow Brush. I mostly use no 3 and 0 on my clients, I find the darkest one best suits women of colour, while no2 is great for redheads.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes – this is a complete eyebrow kit that I presented here. I use it mostly on unruly brows as the brow wax is one of the best taming products if you’re having a “bad-brow” day! I like the fact that it has everything handy, highlighters and all. It is extremely good for travel!

Hope you find this useful & have a great brow day, everyday! ;)

P.S.: If you’re liking other brow products, let me know in the comment section below! I’m always curious to learn about new products&ways to use them!

GQ Magazine September-November 2012 – Home Alone

Photographer: Dan Carabas

Model: Anca Tiribeja

Styling: Ovidiu Buta & Ana Maria Morodan

Make-up Artist: Anca Buzea

Hair Stylist: Ioana Anton/ GETT’S Artistic Team

For the rest of the pictures, pick up the magazine in newsstands, it is out now!

Red Lips for Everyday Make-up – Yay or Nay?

The epitome of chic is, without any doubt and, of course, in my humble opinion, red lipstick. Any shade of red, if you ask me – blood red, orange red, camden red, burgundy red, ruby red, drive-me-mad red.. you name it, I already wore it. Yes, in daytime. And yes, people stare. But they also open doors for you, serve your coffee faster and always with a smile!

How is red lipstick wearable during the day, you ask? Fresh-faced & chignon-coiffed, really. But smooth, loose waves work just as fine as a hairstyle.

My all-time favourite red must be M.A.C. Lady Danger, it is a vibrant orange red, enjoyably matte and long-lasting. I always pair it with Redd Lip Pencil and dab a bit of matte eyeshadow/pigment in the center of the lip for a cool, ombre effect. It’s nice to have a bit of lip dimension, isn’t it?

With it, I wore my basic foundation, concealer and face powder, but as winter approaches and my skin is getting a bit dryer, I might even skip the powder next time. A few coats of black mascara and a whirl of brow pencil for a bit of definition in the eye area and you’re all set!

And if you’re still not all aboard the red lipstick train, check out all these references from fashions shows & music videos: