Cheap & Chic: French Fashion & Beauty Sales

Now that spring is here, online shopping just got a little more exciting.

I’m a self-confessed online shopping “expert” (more like addict) so in a new feature on the blog, I’ll bring you the latest sales, deals and cool things I find only in beauty and fashion; especially when it comes to all things chic.

(All links and shops have international shipping.)

1. Shopbop – The Big Event 15-25% off Spring Sale

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Shopbop is my favorite online destination after being introduced to be by a fellow beauty blogger. They have the best sales – I’ve gotten some amazing deals – and their BIG SPRING SALE is here! It goes from today, until Sunday, March 8, at 4am Eastern Time (New York City); that is GMT -5.

  • Save 15% with purchase over $250
  • Save 20% with purchase over $500
  • Save 25% with purchase over $1000

To get you in the mood, here are some very chic, French girl picks from Shopbop (remember to enter BIGEVENT15 at the checkout to get the discounts):

Shopbop sale

2. Escentual – 1/3 off French pharmacy products

Is anybody SCREAMING yet?! (I can’t be the only one?) French pharmacy products are known to be the BEST in the world, and I have shopped at Escentual and can tell you they are great. The French Pharmacy sale goes all through March, so now’s your chance to try out some of the best French drugstore products without a hefty price tag (and a plane ticket).

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My picks you gotta try:

Want more? Shop the rest of the French Pharmacy sale here.

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How to… Get More Volume in Hair

As someone with very naturally flat and fine hair, I’ve tried literally everything over the years to get some volume in hair. In fact – I can honestly say this article has been at least 10 years in the making, so I’m really glad to be able to share this with you!

Image: Kristen Stewart W Magazine

Image: Kristen Stewart W Magazine

But first, before going on, you gotta check out if “volume” really suits your face shape first. I know – what?! Doesn’t everyone look good with volume? Funnily enough, no.

Having tons of volume won’t do well for certain face shapes, in fact it might make it look worse! So check out How to: Find Your Face Shape and “What Hairstyle Suits Me?” before reading on.

Anyway, here are my tried-and-tested, blood, sweat and tears tricks to getting thick, full volume in hair.

1. Ditch the layers.

Oh, layers. The big haircut lie. The first thing everyone tells you to get more volume in hair is “get layers cut.” Don’t believe them! I used to get them done at the salon, and they’d “layer” my hair out so much, my hair looked even more thin. Instead keep the ends of your cut very blunt and ask your hairdresser to cut straight across, which will give the illusion of thicker hair – this has made the biggest difference in my hair in terms of how much thicker it looks now.

Oh, and another thing – if you tend to have very thin, flat hair, avoid super long, straight haircuts. Keep the length around your collarbone or slightly longer. The weight of the long hair can pull your hair down, making your crown area look even more flat.

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“Steele” Her Look: Fifty Shades of Grey Makeup

If you think that this is a sad, obvious excuse to write about Fifty Shades of Grey on the blog, you would be right.

I’ve never read the books, but I decided to watch the movie last week, and… well, I kinda loved it. I think. I’m still processing, but it was definitely better than Twilight. And while there was plenty to look at in the film (ahem), I was busy staring at main girl Anastasia Steele thorough-out, because I have major bang envy.

(Get your mind outta the gutter. Not that kinda bang!)

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey movie

But it’s true – I thought her bangs (or fringe, whatever you call it) were so pretty and made her whole character look even a little more innocent, and I also thought her makeup was beautiful. Thankfully, we too can recreate Ana’s makeup look with the “Give In To Me” Fifty Shades of Grey limited edition makeup collection.

Fifty Shades of Grey makeupReleased by Make Up For Ever, which is a French brand (I never knew this until recently!), the collection looks really simple and pretty; quite “French beauty”, actually, as the colors are sophisticated, natural and chic.

The barely there shades of taupe, shimmer nudes and a rusty brown eye shadows would flatter any eye color; with an inky black liquid liner and mascara to finish off the look. The lip shades is probably my favorite of the bunch – it’s a slightly-muted red-coral that will make your lips looks as juicy as possible, and will hopefully stay put with all that lip biting action.

As you can imagine, this collection is VERY hard to find (especially after the movie release) but I managed to find it on Amazon.com, which ships internationally.

The only thing missing from this set is blusher to keep you looking all glow-y and flushed, but maybe your inner goddess can take care of that?

Ooh la la… A Blog Makeover + Giveaway!

Happy weekend! Beautifille has gotten a chic little makeover, and I hope you like it.

I would like to thank the wonderful, talented people who helped me bring out my vision – Becky for creating the beautiful logo, Mia for the icon illustrations throughout, and Davinder who developed the blog exactly how I designed it. I have many plans for this blog (now that I’m officially back!) that I’m excited to share with you.

beautifille-1st-giveawayTo celebrate the new, official “branding” and reaching our first 1,000 email subscribers a couple of weeks ago, here’s the first giveaway… a little “merci beaucoup” gift bag of some very French beauty products, of course!

  • Stila One Step Illuminate Illuminater – Get a glowing, luminous complexion with this cute serum
  • YSL Rebel Nude Glossy Stain in Reckless Pink – One of the best lip stains – super glossy and pigmented with color that lasts.
  • Lancome Khol Hypnose Eye Liner Pencil – Creamy, intense color that is smudge resistant and waterproof.
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette in Frost Bloom – Dior eyeshadow palettes are known to be some of the best. These pastel colors are perfect for Spring!
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Action mascara – With a 360 degrees vole-flex brush, this mascara promises +752% volume (huge claims, so you gotta try this!)

To enter, just make sure you’re an email subscriber. That’s it! If you’re already a subscriber, all I ask is to please share this giveaway with your friends.

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DIY Natural Lip Scrub

beauty tipsLip scrubs are big selling products these days (like this popular one from LUSH, pictured).

I wrote a post, Lip Scrubs 101 where I talk more about why lip scrubs are a “must-have”, including some of my personal favourites. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive, on-the-spot lip scrub, you can do it right now with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

I first learnt this trick sometime back, which is so funny to think I had been doing it all along as a child, pretending the colored candy I bought was lipstick.

For your at-home, DIY natural lip scrub, all you have to do is mix an oil of your choice (olive and coconut oil works best) with some brown sugar, apply onto your ring finger, and gently rub it against your lips.

How to… Contour & Highlight Cheekbones Pt. 2

So, now that you’ve got all the tools needed (check out How to… Contour & Highlight Cheekbones, Part 1 for more info), here are all the steps you need for gorgeous contouring.

Keep in mind that the best way to always apply makeup is with a mirror that is titled ever-so-slightly upwards so you can see exactly what you’re doing.

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  1. Grab your angled contour brush and bronzer. Swirl the brush around in the bronzer powder, say 5 times, and then “tap” the brush on the back of your hand to let any excess powder fall off.
  2. Look straight into the mirror, and suck your cheeks in, Zoolander style (as shown on the right). See those two shadowed lines that are forming? That’s where your bronzer is going. Point your brush on that shadow and gently sweep some color there, and then up in a crescent shape up towards the top of your ear.
  3. Step back and check your work. Suck your cheeks in again; is that line that natural shadow-y area now filled with bronzer? Success! If it’s too light, go over a few more times. And if you’ve overdone it, take some tissue, scrunch it up in a ball, and gently, in circular motions, wipe off the extra bronzer.
  4. Repeat on your other cheek.
  5. Next, grab your highlighter. If it’s a liquid highlighter, squeeze a few drops onto the back of your hand and pat your index and middle finger into it. Make sure to wipe off any excess. If it’s a powder highlighter, grab another blush brush (any is fine) and pat in some product.
  6. Look straight onto the mirror again and apply your highlighter above your bronzer “line”. If you’re using a liquid highlighter, dap a few drops of the product and blend into your skin, if you’re using powder, apply it as you normally would powder products. The point of the highlighter is to “bring out” the cheekbone; while the bronzer was to create some depth. If you don’t know which area I’m talking about, it’s the space that’s right under your eye area, right before your cheeks. Start from the center of your eye and blend until the end of it.

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How to… Contour & Highlight Cheekbones

How to: Contour and Highlight Cheekbones Using Makeup

Contouring and highlighting is a Hollywood-beauty secret that have gained popularity with the masses.

And sure, it is “extra” work in our makeup routine, but how gorgeous is the end result? One of my friends emailed me awhile back about it, and it gave me an idea to write a general post on contouring and how to bring out your sexy supermodel cheekbones; because we all have them, and all it takes is a little makeup technique called “contouring” to bring them out, which can make you look a little more glow-y, healthy and sculpted. I know that I’m personally a fan of this makeup trick, which is surprisingly easy to do.

For this post, I’ll first walk you through the tools you need (as well as my product recommendations, because I’ve tried many and a lot of them don’t really deliver the proper end result) and then after that, the application steps as well as a diagram to help you out in How to… Contour & Highlight Cheekbones, Part 2.

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The Very Best Overnight Treat, For Super Soft Feet

beauty tips… Look at me trying to free style at 4 in the morning! But as the title says, this week’s beauty tip is one of those old-school, everybody-gotta-try beauty trick.

In fact, this trick is so popular that they are actually making products out of it, but you don’t have to spend your monty on that, because the original is the better.

So here it is: For super smooth feet (for cracked or rough heels, or a long tiring night in uncomfortable shoes) rub on a thick layer of your favorite body lotion on your feet, put on a pair of socks, and go to bed.

In the morning, your feet will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom – seriously. I’ve done this trick a million times and would highly recommend it! The socks allow your skin to really ‘drink’ in the moisture. Also a great tip to accompany my other post, How to: Make High Heels More Comfortable.

And so some beauty math: Moisturizer + socks + beauty sleep = Super soft feet!

Are BB Creams Bad For Your Skin?

Are BB Creams bad for skin? Find out the truth here.There’s no denying that BB Creams have changed the way (and paved the way) for more products that is both a makeup and skincare product – I mean, after the BB Creams came the CC creams, DD creams and now we have the EE Creams!

BB Creams (short for “Blemish Balm”) came into the beauty industry after a plastic surgeon concocted it for a patient who just underwent plastic surgery; the idea behind it is that it’s not only a makeup product to make your skin look great, but also a skincare item so it helps heal the skin.

Safe to say that they are a very big deal in cosmetics today, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been asked time and time again about BB creams and your skin. Many of you also mentioned that you heard it was “very bad” for your skin, and honestly… I think it must be the foundation companies who started that rumour, ha!Read More »

My Top 10 Best French Perfumes for Women

Top 10 Best French Perfumes for WomenAs mentioned in my last fragrance post, not only do the French make some of the best beauty products in the world, but also some of the most iconic perfumes of all time.

Here are my picks of the top 10 best French perfumes for women, in no particular order – I’m positive you’ll find your next favorite here!

1. Lolita Lempicka Le Premier Parfum. I start with one of the most loved fragrances in France that I too am obsessed with – this is the most unique fragrance I’ve ever tried. There is something so strange, unique, quirky about this one, and if you’re a quirky girl – or love all things Tim Burton – run, don’t walk, to this perfume. Buy internationally on FragranceNet and Amazon.com and Amazon UK.Read More »