Fake Fur

This is my article in the November Issue of miniguide.es

Fake Fur

November 1, 2013
Real fur coats belong in the Stone Age. These days the fashion industry invests a great deal in producing synthetic fur that looks and feels exact­ly like real fur. And while we’ve had some winters when fur was out, this season fur is definitely back among the top items to wear: fur coats as well as fur accents such as on cuffs, gloves and hoods. My favorite item for the season is a fur cap shaped like a riding helmet.
Unfortunately many pieces lack a descriptive label, so when you’re not sure what you’re holding, try this little test: pluck out a few strands (of course, make sure no one sees you doing this) and burn the sample. If it’s real, it will singe and smell like burnt hair. If it’s fake, it will smell like melted plastic and curl up into little balls as it melts. With this method you can be sure your fur pieces are cruelty-free.


Discover: Kyle Thompson

I have been following this new photographer for a while now and I think it's high time you get to know him: Kyle Thompson, 19 years old, from Chicago, is taking us on a surreal trip through his photographs. He dropped out of college to pursue his dream of creating a surreal world. Unnecessary to say, that as soon as his work hit the media he became quite popular and I think he has enough job offers for a while now...
Love to work with him one day. Have a look yourself.


10 Tips For Perfect Skin

With summer having ended some time ago and cold times ahead, a lot of woman complain about their skin getting bad. We are missing the sun, wrap ourselves in big scarves and put on more make-up for the festive season, no wonder our skin shows imperfection.
However it is not really complicated to follow some basic rules for a clear and radiant complexion! This is not an article recommending you to buy expensive products and tinctures, but some simple tips to make your skin better without spending too much time or money.

1. Never Touch Your Face 
My first and cardinal rule for a perfect skin! It is underrated but if you stop touching your face during the day, your skin will undergo a transformation you will never have expected. Simple, yet effective; you should make the conscious choice of not touching your face at all after your beauty routine. This means no rubbing your eyes, no scratching your nose, no leaning your chin on your hand palm! It will take some time to get used to, but the amount of bacteria getting to your face will decrease significantly which will lead to a clearer skin in a matter of days.

2. Remove Make-Up Before Sleeping
I thought this was common knowledge but apparently it isn't... During sleep your body is renewing all cells including skin cells, that's why enough sleep is so important. But even more important is a daily beauty routine at the end of the day. Clean your face (there is a ton of cleansing products to chose from, even whipes for the lazy ones), refresh it with a lotion and apply moisturizer. And this counts no matter what time of the day it is. Before you go to sleep, you take off your make-up. Point.

3. Keep Everything Clean
This means not only should you wash your make-up tools regularly, but also should you sanitize your phone, change your cushion covers and towels weekly and keep scarves and collars away from your chin (or wash them as well).

4. Use A Spatula For Your Creams
You can get them in drug-stores or beauty-departments in packages of 10 or so. It helps your products last longer and won't get bacteria from your fingers in them, which is essential.

5. Make Peelings On A Regular Basis 
Certainly, our skin renews itself naturally but peelings only improve this effect. They remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores, which makes your complexion more radiant in a matter of minutes. Soft peelings are recommended 1-2 a week, acid peelings only 1 or 2 times a year. Be sure to seek a professional for facial treatments!

6. Moisturize
Giving your skin moisture is a cardinal rule for a beautiful and even looking face. Every skin has different needs, but in general you should apply a refreshing gel in the morning and a soothing cream for the night. Also make sure to use a contour balm for your eyes, it will reduce wrinkles in the long run.

7. Have Mercy On Your Skin 
Be kind to your face. Don't squeeze and pull on your skin every day, give it some rest. If you have a lot of impurities and pimples allow yourself to pop them once a week, with clean fingers and tissues. Afterwards desinfect your skin and let it recover for the rest of the week. Put healing cream on little wounds and don't scratch them, because you don't want scars in your pretty face, do you?

8. Clear Out Your Beauty Case
The less you use, the better for your skin. Throw out all beauty products that you haven't used in a year. This counts for skin care as well as for make-up. Incidentally, beauty products also have an expiration date. It is indicated by a little sign of an open pot and a number, for example 24M, 12M or 6M, meaning the months the product is durable after breaking the seal of the package.

9. Invest In Good Tools
Once you start caring about your skin, maybe you want to put some money aside and invest in high quality products. You can start small with a professional foundation brush, then slowly build up your beauty case with long-lasting make-up and finish with high-class skin care. Always choose products with natural ingredients and as less silicones as possible.

10. Be A Good Girl 
Don't smoke, don't drink and don't go in the sun. Yes I know, sounds like a fun killer and I agree, but if you keep in mind that these are the three main factors of skin-aging, you should reduce them to a minimum. At least make the effort to drink plenty of water, eat healthy and as always I am preaching the use of daily sun protection. 
 all pictures found on totalbeauty.com 


Color Story

This is my article in the October Issue of miniguide.es

October 1, 2013
What we saw at the 2013 fall/winter edition of New York Fashion Week is finally ready to hit the streets. After a summer full of neon colors and overwhelming patterns, we are thankfully returning to muted colors to soothe our over-saturated eyes. The colorful summer influence, however, has not disappeared entirely. This winter we’ll be sporting fair colors accented by burgundy red or emerald green; an occasional deep orange or royal blue makes a refreshing eye-catcher. The forms too are returning to a more classical silhouette with an athletic touch.
What I like most about this season is the combination of elegant trends. Non-colors, the preppy look and tone-in-tone outfits can be combined perfectly to create a sleek, understated yet avant-garde look. Non-colors range from shades of white to beige or gray, perhaps with touches of red, blue or green. The preppy look’s comeback is a response to our sometimes too obvious attempts to look seductive. You don’t need to show it all in order to appeal; we’ve seen it all anyways. Tone-in-tone outfits are known for their futuristic look but also their sober ap­propriateness for work.
During the NYFW, labels like Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Lacoste sent their models down the catwalk in head-to-toe muted colors. Minimal differences in shades are like the bot­tom notes of a perfume: restrained but essential in bringing out the wearer’s personality. You can keep this look as pure and simple as you want, but it will never fail to make a statement since a tone-in-tone outfit is like poetry – a color story waiting to be told.