Learn it from the Pros! MAC Masterclass A/W 12 Trends

Hey everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! A little while ago I was invited to the MAC Masterclass to find out about the trends for A/W 12. Masterclass normally targets MAC artists, but this year they thought it would be fun to include a small handful of bloggers, and I had the great pleasure of attending this class and seeing how things are done by the real pros!

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The Body Shop Event + Guest Post on Makeupwithdrawal!

Hey everyone,

last week I was invited to The Body Shop event. There were several things going on, including signing the cruelty-free petition, repackaging of their body butter, and meeting their internationally-renowned makeup artist Chase Aston in person! The slogan is look good, feel good, do good.

Here are some pictures so you get a sneak peek, and the rest are on Facebook so feel free to go over there and enjoy the whole deal!

Community fair trade ingredients. The honey smelled sooo good!

New packaging of the body butter:

Chase Aston doing a demonstration:

All the yummy scents:

Annnd I wrote a guest post for Mimi at Makeupwithdrawal so that she could chill a bit with her fiance somewhere nice and warm 🙂

The post is about my 5 must-have French pharmaceutical skincare products. If you click here you’ll see it!

I also feel obliged to show you a picture of Mimi’s dog Kuma. This dog has to be one of the MOST adorable ones I’ve ever seen. He’s so big, and he seems SO nice! This is him taking a bath :p

He looks so miserable yet meek I just want to kiss him 100 times!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and the guest post! I’ve been running around a lot these days, and that’s why I’d be a bit slow in replying to your comments, but I WILL catch up with them tomorrow so comment away!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Comma Store Opening, OOTD, + Dior Summer Mix Sneak Peek!

Dear readers, please indulge me, for this is a pseudo fashion post! It probably won’t happen too often. While I do consider myself properly-dressed most of the time, I wear dresses/skirts 365 days a year. Besides telling you where to find nice dresses if my I-want-to-know-how-many-colors-I-can-get-away-with style interests you, I’m completely useless when it comes to “putting an outfit together.” However, since I was invited to the Comma store opening in Antwerp a while back, and I did manage to make the pieces I picked look halfway decent on me, I’ve decided to show you the store with something like an OOTD (outfit of the day)!

Also, stay tuned till the end for a sneak preview of the Dior Summer Mix collection!

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MAC Hey, Sailor! Avant-première ENTIRE COLLECTION Swatches & Demonstration!

Hey everybody!

Tonight I was invited to the opening of the first temporary MAC store of Benelux in Brussels, and I got to see Hey, Sailor! which is coming out in Belgium tomorrow (5th of May) and apparently on the 24th in the US. This is the FIRST TIME EVER in my memory that Belgium is getting a collection before the US, and I really can’t wait to share with you all the swatches and the demonstration by the mega talented and VERY nice senior artist Elke!

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Brussels PR Day: New from Bumble and Bumble, Deborah Lippmann, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, & More!

Hey everyone!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I went to several PR agencies in Brussels last week to check out the new releases, and here I am with the report!

First of all, our old friend Senteur d’Ailleurs is presenting new releases from several brands they carry.

Do you see Deborah Lippmann? Ray of Light and the Nails Of Steel Magnetic Wave Nail Lacquer Set were on display.

I was most intrigued by Ray of Light, but as I had nail polish on and there was no remover, I couldn’t swatch it for you (bummer). I did take a close-up picture though. Opinions on this nail polish are quite diverse. Most people say the consistency is thick but doesn’t cause problems. However, for some the beauty of this complex shade is lost in translation on their nails. You might want to swatch it before you purchase.

Bumble and Bumble came out with a new line called Color Minded for color-treated hair. I might not be the best person to judge whether it works (because my hair is not color-treated). Has anyone heard anything about this?

Oh, and Dermalogica launched a new Night Repair Serum. I heard the consistency is very thick, but you only need a tiny bit each time.

I saw some Tom Ford lipsticks too, and this time I remembered to swatch them for you! This one is True Coral.

Here I swatched True Coral, Sable Smoke, and Pink Adobe. Is anything calling your name?

Decleor is a French brand that focuses on a holistic approach to beauty. Besides scientists and cosmetic experts, they have their own feng-shui teacher! Now that doesn’t happen very often!

Sampar is a French brand that is designed to young girls who just started working. Their bestsellers are Glamour Shot (there is also a Glamour Shot for the eyes), because apparently in one swipe it erases fine lines and other kinds of imperfections! One of the PRs dabbed some on his face, and holy moly it was as if he just had some real-life Photoshop done! I am definitely intrigued!

Naturelle d’Orient is a French brand that uses a high percentage of pure Argan oil in their products. The packaging might seem humble but apparently the stuff is good!

Bobbi Brown is launching its own version of BB cream later this year (seems like EVERYBODY is doing it)! I got a Brow Shaper to try, and I will for sure review it soon! My first impression is very positive, though I do have to use a VERY light hand. However, it is also possible that the shade I got is a bit dark for me (Mahogany).

La Mer is launching a lighter version of their famous cream. It is supposed to have the same effect, just lighter so that those with oily skin or prefer a lighter cream would be able to get into it. They also launched an anti-aging body cream, so that the skin on your body can stay just as young!

Jo Malone is adding new scents to their grand existing range. I discovered Pomegranate Noir this time. It’s sweet and spicy, nothing juvenile or fake!

That’s the end of the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it! I will probably receive more information later, and I will definitely keep all of you posted! In the meantime, I also took a bunch of non-beauty-related pictures that I thought would be entertaining. If you’re interested in taking a look, please click on this link to go to Mostly Sunny’s Facebook page. Like it if you haven’t already! I think it’s better to separate the just-for-fun photos from beauty-related news. That way it doesn’t get overwhelming.

I hope your week is off to a good start! I have a lot of things to review and share with you, so stayed tuned! Also, for those of you who haven’t joined my grand birthday giveaway, please do so here. If you live in Belgium, please remember you can also participate in the Miss Dior Eau Fraiche giveaway here.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx