HAPPY NEW YEAR! It is finally 2017 and I’ve never been so filled with hope and at the same time scared for the way our world seem to function in. Many have asked me how we celebrate NYE here in Dubai and as I’ve already said: my husband and I likes to stay at home, alone or with friends depending on the year (this is the thing with being an Expat: our extended family here flies in and out of Dubai) but as we are very private persons, huge parties are simply not for us.
Last night though, was somewhat of a new experience for me as I got to celebrate at home with my hubby and cat but in the presence and company of you, dear friends and readers! Some might think that relationships behind a screen or over the internet are not the real ones, and I strongly disagree! As with old time’s pen-pals and the art of writing letters by hand, I’ve had the huge pleasure of getting to know you, men and women, from all corners of the world. We share the mutual interests of beauty and photography, science, history and art which has connected us in the first place.
Hovwever, during 2016 I’ve come to learn a lot of you closer. We have scraped the surface a lot and what is clear is that behind all our obvious similarities lies others. Those we don’t talk about on IG but we all have them: stress, anxiety, struggles with our outsides and our inside. Job-performance or University studies that takes the toll of us, children to raise or relatives that can be challenging. Loss of someone near to us and maybe most significantly: we seem to be quite introvert, shy or simply private. We have found each other via the internet but it is clear to me that in a large community like ours where we are lucky to get along well – we are all very much alike. No matter gender, race, age or ethnicity.
Rambling aside: this year I got to celebrate NYE together with so many friends who I share daily conversations with and whom I trust. People I’d never thought would be in my life! It is a true honour and privilege.
Even though we celebrated at home, of course I couldn’t help myself and apply some wonderful makeup. To me, makeup has never been about what others see me wearing but the sheer joy it brings to me when I get to play with textures, shadows, brushes and then layer fragrances. To not make a NYE face simply wouldn’t do!
For 2016 I decided to use the GIVENCHY Palette Ors Audacieux from the Holiday Audace de l’Or Collection. I’m very well aware that this collection is sold out internationally, but here in the Middle East I know some counters that still carries it.
So, I love GIVENCHY. The whole brand smells of luxury and the quality has really approved over the last couple of years. I can’t think of a single eyeshadow of theirs, that I don’t like to wear!? Yes, they play safe: nothing too daring or crazy, but they always manage to make something extra out of all launches. The key seems to be packaging.
GIVENCHY simply excels in limited edition packaging! 2016 Christmas collection didn’t disappoint and as I’m a lover of black and gold together, this small but beautiful launch made me happy.
The collection only held three items and I knew from the beginning that I needed to pick up the eyeshadow palette.
When I see shades like these, I secretly wish I had red hair and icy blue eyes. A collection that wants to mimic all different stages in which gold can be reflected certainly looks amazing on blue eyes. But to be fair, it works really well on my brown eyes as well!
The packaging with its golden leather-case is almost like a piece of art. I feels vintage, very mature and rich. Like something from a movie. You know I favours collections that focus on adding their LE-touch on the packaging rather then on the embossing. I want to be able to use all my beauty and still have a wonderful piece of makeup in my collection!
The Palette Ors Audacieux holds four shades (or alternatives) to gold:
- a warm yellow golden shade, classic for any party look.
- a dark metallic taupe shade that works amazingly well for the socket line or for deepening the whole eye-makeup. It is shimmery but in no way glittery.
- a golden warm pink. I must say I fell completely in love with this rare shade of pink and will be using it a lot for spring too!
- the star: an orange pinky-peach shade and as we all know that orange makeup is very popular right now, I believe GIVENCHY to have made an elegant and mature version of it.
All these four shades are extremely pigmented and rich, they are smooth like butter and blends beautifully with an #217 brush. The nice thing with these shadows is that they are make to be used both wet and dry. If the brush is dampened, the shades intensifies a lot and gives almost like an explosion of gold on your eyelids! I’m very very pleased with the result and love the quality of this beautiful quad.
It is now 2017 and even though the makeup has been washed off and the face tucked in with an overnight treatment, I still feel like the happiest girl alive: I get to read all your amazingly kind and warming comments on IG, I get to wake up to a new year with friends that are awesome and a passion for beauty that I know for sure will take me to wonderful places this year. I am so ready.
2017 – let’s do this! ♥