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Contes de la beauté is a lifestyle blog by two girls in the age of 24 & 25 from Austria. We write about beauty stuff like makeup looks, product reviews, some fashion-related posts or stuff that won't leave our heads.

EOTD: Soft Valentine’s look

This year I decided to show you a simple Valentine's look, last years one was kinda vampy. As you can see it is a soft pink eye make up but nevertheless not too sweet. For the water line I've used a brown eye pencil so that it doesn't look too harsh. Below I will mention the products I've used to create this look.



1) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” (as a base)
2) Champagne color (whole lid) from the Coastal Scents “Ultra Shimmer Palette” 
3) “Cherry Blossom” (whole lid) from the Sigma “Crème de Couture Palette
4) Pink shade (half of the lid) also from the Coastal Scents one
5) A clean blending brush to create a soft crease
6) Eyeliner: Bourjois Liner Pinceau 16h in “#32 noir beaux-arts”
7) Lower Lid & Water line: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in "Twice Baked"
8) Mascara: Too Faced “Better than Sex”
9) Eyebrows: Benefit browzings in “light”


Foundation: Lancôme Teint Miracle #010 + #03 
Concealer: Maybelline FIT ME #15 
Bronzer: Bourjois Bronzing Powder #52
Lips: A hint of Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in “Fuchsia Flash”

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Wild Bluebell

When I went crazy for shopping in Milan I did not intend to buy any fragrances because honestly, the amount of perfumes, eau de toilettes, etc. that I own will last for the next five to six years – yeah, that’s no joke! But we all know that things never turn out the way you expect it. While I was spending my money on M.A.C. products at “la Rinascente” my mother tried out all fragrances at the Jo Malone counter that the shop assistant handled her. When I finally found her there, all I can remember is: me buying a new cologne.

Before we get started: just a quick reminder, that this is a cologne, so if you expect a strong, long lasting fragrance, than I have to disappoint you.

It's a floral but fresh scent, kinda reminds me of spring ... a walk in the park and you can smell the odor of the lily of the valley when they blossom out.
In my opinion it is the perfect fragrance for summer because of its easiness. After eleven hours of wearing the cologne I could still perceive the product, but not as intense as I did when I applied it.

If you are on the hunt for a unique fragrance then I would recommend this product to you (or any other cologne from Jo Malone). Even, if it was a little bit pricey, for me it was worth the money.

Jo Malone “Wild Bluebell Cologne” – € 48,- / 30 ml

Winter love: Annick Goutal Candle

The candle lover in me was very surprised and thrilled when I received the Annick Goutal candle as a Christmas present. I am very picky when it comes to scented candles because some smell delicious when you place them in some room without lighting them, but when you inflame it, the fragrance is gone - but this one is different.

Honestly, I was blown away when I opened the packaging because the scent was overwhelming, spicy but so unique. It quickly reminded me of a Christmas tree and resin. So, whenever I lit the candle I have to think of snowy winter nights and a decorated Christmas tree and that feels - to me - really homey. The candle has a burn time of appr. 18 hours.

So, if you want to catch the festive and wintery feeling: Get this candle before it's gone!

Annick Goutal Candle “Noël” – € 29,99 / 70 g

What’s new in Lush land?

So I guess the only thing I like about Valentine's Day is that Lush (inter alia) offers special products at the time around that "special day". I did not buy all of the Valentine's stuff, just the new products, besides Love Locket. But honestly I am a little bit disappointed that they don't sell "Close to you" this year! :-(

Love Locket – € 10,95 / piece

If you break this bath bomb into half, you will find a small bath bomb that contains little hearts which I find really cute and the best thing is that the product is big enough for using it twice. It contains Vanilla and Jasmine but don't worry, the scent isn't too intense.

Heart Throb Bubbleroon – € 5,95 / piece

If you like the scent of the "African paradise conditioner" you will adore this product plus it lasts for two baths also. It contains Shea butter to indulge your skin.

Floating Flower – € 5,95 / piece

This colourful baby smells amazingly of Jasmine but if you don't like a strong scent, then I would not recommend it to you.

Unicorn Horn - € 5,50 / piece

If I can't have a Unicorn, I am gonna buy me a Unicorn Horn, simple as it is! Lavender oil is one of the main ingredients of this product and I am curious to know in which color the water will turn to. Furthermore it is filled with sparkling lustre and candy stars.

Lonely Heart - € 5,95 / piece

The glitter junkie has struck again! The scent of this product reminds me of "star light star bright" with its fresh lime scent and here it is mixed with Rose Absolute and Bergamot oil.

Beauty Box December

I am not really an "on time payer" therefore I got my Beauty Box for December pretty late. But nevertheless I want to show you its content and maybe you will see a product that you'd like to try out.

My content:

1. Ananné “Amabilis Handcreme” – € 20,- / 30 ml

1. Ananné amabilis hand cream contains valuable algae extracts that moisturize intensely, nourish the skin and soothe sustainable.” I am not a huge fan of its scent but it soaks in quickly and you need just a tiny amount to get a moisturized feeling. It's a vegan product from Switzerland that will find its place on my bedside table.

2. Ingrid Millet “Caviaressence Relaxing Anti-Wrinkle Serum” – € 125,- / 15 ml

2. “... highly concentrated, regenerating anti-aging serum with lifting effect for the effective prevention and control of expression lines.” - The serum is suitable for all skin types for women above the age of 30, that's why I am gonna give it to my mum. I just hope that I have a low vision because over 100 bucks for this amount is really pricey (and a little bit insane).

3. O’RIGHT “Purple Rose Oil” (10 ml) – € 29,50 / 100 ml

3. “It repairs the cuticle of the hair to restore elasticity and luster, improves the effectiveness of care and ensures smooth, soft and supple hair.” - I am curious to try the hair oil and it's great that it comes in a travel size. It is suitable for color treated and damaged hair (just like mine after years of dyeing and bleaching).

4. Thierry Mugler “Alien Eau Extraordinaire” (6 ml) – € 109,98 / 100 ml

4. “The delicate, cheerful notes of bergamot, neroli, tiare and heliotrope create a positive atmosphere.” - As some of you may know, “Alien” by Thierry Mugler is one of my all-time favorite perfume and I like this version too because it is not so intensive and can be worn at the day time.

5. Weleda “Sanddorn Reichhaltige Pflegelotion” (20 ml) – € 7,98 / 100 ml
Hafer Aufbau-Shampoo” (18 ml) – € 5,24 / 100 ml

5. “The lotion provides the skin with nutrients, supports the moisture balance and vitalizes the structure of the skin. Dry skin is visibly and permanently maintained..” – I have heard some great stuff about the products from Weleda, so I am looking forward to try them. The scent is very bloomy but not too intense and who doesn’t need an extra portion of moisturise in Winter?

"The shampoo with organic jojoba oil and organic sage leaf extract smoothes the surface.” -  The shampoo is made for dry, damaged hair and reduces hair breakage and split ends, so I will test it soon.

6. Ligne St Barth “Avocado Oil” – € 8,50 / 25 ml

6. “The cold-pressed avocado oil is suitable for skin and hair care or as a bath oil. Avocado oil can also help to relieve skin irritations such as psoriasis and eczema.” –  I’ve used the Aloe Vera Gel of the brand before and it was amazing, especially for my sun burn, so I think the Avocado Oil will also be great.

7. Vichy “Liftactive Supreme” (15 ml) – € 40,50 / 100 ml

7. “The lifting care smoothes the skin immediately, leaving the facial expression until evening look fresh and youthful and tightens long lasting and deep wrinkles.” – This one is suitable for dry to very dry skin. Unfortunately my skin doesn’t like the Winter, that’s why I have dry patches around my nose and chin so I must use a creme for dry skin too and the ones from Vichy always did a good job.

8. Sensai “Cellular Performance Mask” (20 ml) – € 85,95 / 100 ml

8. ”The rich anti-aging mask with instant effect is suitable for every skin type.” – You can use it as a refreshing morning or night regenerating mask (just leave it on overnight).

9. Princess “Skincare Daily Youth” – € 39,- / 30 ml

9. “The refreshing Princess Skincare Daily Moisturizing Gel Youth pampers the skin lasting moisture, improves elasticity and provides the cells with the necessary energy for a radiantly beautiful complexion.”  – I’ve never heard of this brand but it is available at the pharmacy. I like that the gel is provided with a pump dispenser and it absorbs quickly, it can be used before applying make-up.

10. Guerlain “L’Homme Ideal” (1 ml) – € 127,98 / 100 ml

10. “The strong woody base note with Indian vetiver, cedar and leather gives the fragrance still more masculinity.– This perfume is - in my opinion - a very masculine one, even though you can smell the almonds, but the scent is very unique.

11. Chloé “Love Story” – € 186,63 / 100 ml

11. “The sensuality of orange blossom, the poignant femininity of stephanotis, the flower of happiness, makes the fragrance irresistible.” – I like the perfumes by Chloé because their scent is always fresh or flowery but never smells too heavy or intrusively. This one is also bloomy with a slightly hint of orange.

12. Ermenegildo Zegna “UOMO Hair & Body Wash” (50 ml) – € 17,- / 100 ml
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12. “The natural Zegna bergamot represents Italian quality and lends an air of exuberance. Violettyne Captive increases the touch of violet fragrance many times.” – If you are a man and want to seduce me: Just use this body wash and I am all yours! Just kidding, but I hope that the scent of the perfume is similar to the one from the body wash because honestly, I really like it. It smells very fresh and masculine, exactly what I like about a men's perfume.

Conclusion: I purchased this issue, because of the amount of creams. I own enough perfumes (even the sample size ones) and hair product but a good skin care treatment, in a travel size is hard to find. Last but not least, this time it contains a few brands I am not familiar with, so I just wanted to give it a try!

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