Beauty | January Releases

If your new year’s resolutions contained “not buying as much makeup” this year, you might want to look away because the new Spring 2013 collections are packed with must-haves. Think you can take it? Then by all means read on! 

You might’ve guessed it already; I’m trying to cut back on my spendings on make-up this year. ‘Buy less, use more’ is my new motto. Then the press releases for Spring 2013 came in and slapped me in the face..hard. Below I posted 6 collections that are hitting the stands this month and each one has some product that makes me want to run to the stores without any second thought. Luckily I received some Ici Paris XL vouchers for Christmas.


If there’s anything that can get my attention it’s marbled shimmer eye shadows, and MAC does them oh so well. I’d buy them in every colour if I could. (Catrice has some great dupes with their Intensif’ eye Wet & Dry shadows btw.) The biggest must-haves of this collection are the two drop dead gorgeous MSF’s, of which Stereo Rose is my personal favourite. You can simply never go wrong with a MAC MSF. Shop them now at .

MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW € 20  Fireside — Frost at Midnight — Ice — Silver Birch — Winter Pursuit  MINERALIZE BLUSH € 24 Amber Glow — Alpine Bronze — Gentle LIPSTICK € 18 Warm Companion — Cozy Up — Haute Altitude — Après Chic — Hot Chocolate


MINERALIZE TINTED LIP BALM € 20 Nice & Simple — Pure & Tender — Rosy Romance — Slightly Nude — Stay Warm!  NAIL LACQUER € 14 Dangerously Fun — Hangin’ Loose  MINERALIZE SKINFINISH € 27,50 Porcelain Pink — Stereo Rose  PRO LONGWEAR EYE LINER €20 Mountain Air — Snow Shadow — Rich Experience — Night Trail — Black Ice   MASCARA € 17 Zoom Waterfast Lash – Black  BRUSHES  € 34 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow — 187 Duo Fibre Face € 48,00


Dior has everything it takes to turn us into princesses with their extremely girly & cute Chérie Bow collection. Like last Spring this collection brings us 2 grand eye & lip palettes, this time in the shape of – what else- a cute bow. My personal favourites include the Chérie Bow palette in Rose Poudre, the 5 Couleurs Palette in Rose Ballerine, the Twin Set eye shadow pens (so curious about those!) and the Rosy Bow nail polish. Chérie Bow will be available by the end of the month at all Dior counters. Dior is also releasing their first BB Cream, which has received good reviews so far. As a BB cream fanatic I can’t wait to try it out myself. The Dior Nude products will be available from January 9th.


CHERIE BOW PALETTE € 85 Rose Poudre 001 — Rose Perle 002  5 COULEURS € 59,5 724 Rose Charmeuse — 854 Rose Ballerine  TWIN SET EYESHADOW € 34  Gris soupir —  Noir résille — Beige ruban — Rose cache-coeur 3 COULEURS € 48 731 Smoky Rose


DIORBLUSH € 45 729 Rose Bonheur — 659 Corail Tendre  DIOR ADDICT LIPSTICK € 35 437 Charmante — 457 Candide — 467 Bow — 687 Espiègle  DIOR ADDICT LIP GLOW  € 32,5  DIOR VERNIS € 25 155 Tutu — 306 Gris trianon — 355 Rosy bow  NAIL GLOW € 25 DIORSKIN NUDE BB CREME (30 ml)  € 44  DIORSKIN NUDE ROSE POWDER € 45 BLUSH € 48 Rosy Glow


It’s been a while since I made my last Chanel purchase. Somehow the previous collection(s) didn’t appeal to me that much. And the whole US product comparison thing didn’t help much either. I mean, price differences because of currencies is one thing, paying more for less product is something different entirely. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this YT video.) Anyway, that was until now. I love the Raffinement eye shadow palette, the Fracas nail polish, the La Favorite lipstick and of course the star product of the collection: the facial powder. Like ermahgerd how pretty is that?! It’s almost too pretty to actually use.


POUDRE SIGNEE DE CHANEL € 55  LES 4 OMBRES € 49,5 39 Raffinement OMBRES CONTRASTE DUO € 39 37 Sableémouvrant STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF €23,5 89 Ore rose — 100 Santal — 102 Béryl  JOUES CONTRASTE €38,5 76 Frivole  ROUGE ALLURE LIPSTICK € 32 112 Fantastique — 114 Précieuse — 116 Envoûtante — 119 Captivante  ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LIPSTICK € 32  42 L’Eclantante — 43 La favorite  ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS € 32 69 Merveille — 70 Attirance  LE CRAYON DES LEVRES € 22 58 Rubellite — 59 Pallisandre  LE VERNIS € 23 569 Emprise — 571 Fracas — 573 Accessoire


Guerlain never fails to amaze me with their Perles Météorites (this time in an limited XXL edition) and gorgeous creamy lipsticks. This collection however revolves around the new Cils d’Enfer mascara which is said to be flattering and very easy in use.


Cils d’enfer/Maxi lash in 01 Noir & 02 Violet € 32 01 Noir — 02 Violet  METEORITES PERLES DU PARADIS € 61   ECRIN 4 COULEURS € 52,5 501 Attrape-coeur — 502 Coup de Foudre  PINCEAU METEORITES € 29,5  ROUGE AUTOMATIQUE and SHINE AUTOMATIQUE € 33,5 Romance — Ballade — Rendez-Vous — Flirt  KISSKISS GLOSS € 28 849 Frizzy Mango — 870 Cherry Pink


Bobbi Brown is known for her natural makeup, and the limited editions are no exception. The sparkly eye shadows are not very pigmented (and they’re not intended to be), but they’re designed in a way to create a subtle nude look with a bling bling touch. Another product that caught my eye is the brightening finishing powder. I can only imagine the gorgeous glow this will put on the face. (Bobbi Brown has a store in Brussels and a counter at Parfuma in Antwerp.)


SPARKLE EYE SHADOW € 31  Silver Moon — Mica — Gold Star — Black Chocolate — Ballet Pink — Cement BRIGHTENING FINISHING POWDER € 49 Porcelain Pearl — Brightening Nudes  RETOUCHING POWDER € 36,5  SHEER POWDER BRUSH € 42  FULL COVERAGE FACE BRUSH € 42  TINTED EYE BRIGHTENER € 27,5


The smallest of the bunch is the collection by Givenchy, but they will be releasing another mini collection in February (more about that later). It also comes with some additional products (not featured here) that are in the permanent collection. My favorites are the sheer eye shadow palette with it’s shiny studded packaging and the Private Rose lipgloss. The Hôtel Privé collection will be available by the end of the month at Ici Paris XL.


ECRIN PRIVE PALETTE € 65,5 ROUGE INTERDIT € 30 59 Private Beach  GLOSS INTERDIT € 28  35 Private Rose — 36 Private Fuchsia  VERNIS PLEASE € 17,5 183 Private Grey — 184 Private Taupe

What are your favorites?

*Prices may vary for each country/store. For info on where the brand is sold in your country, check out their website.



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