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Mary Kay – VIP Beauty Session

30 Jul

Few weeks ago, my Irish friend Maeve and I went to a VIP Beauty Session organized by a lovely Mary Kay Consultant, Rebeca Poza, in Barcelona.

After a stressful day at work we deserved a relaxing evening, therefore we could not wait to see what the  Mary Kay VIP Beauty Session will offer us. I have heard about the brand Mary Kay once, but I have never tried their beauty products and since I only use natural cosmetic I was a little bit skeptical about whether it would be something for me or not.

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Finally arrived, we were welcomed by Rebeca Poza, who is an Independent Beauty Consultant, one of 3 million Independent Beauty Consultant at Mary Kay. She explained us a little bit about the company and the concept. The founder, Mary Kay Ash, turned her passion for beauty into reality and started her business in a tiny store in Dallas, Texas, with five cosmetic products and one big dream. That dream was to inspire women to transform their lives, and in doing so, help other women achieve success. Today, the brand Mary Kay offers more than 200 premium products in is presented in more than 35 countries worldwide. It offers cosmetic products like innovative skin care, makeup and fragrances.

I have to admit that I really liked the inspiring story of Mary Kay and the best was that through creating a worldwide network of Independent Beauty Consultants she helped many women from Dallas to Kazakhstan, to discover extra income. Besides the story, I liked the fact that she was from Texas. I was studying abroad in Texas and I left a piece of my heart in Texas. So, with all the facts the VIP Beauty Party could finally start.

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We took our places and first Rebeca wanted to know a little bit about our expectations of today’s beauty session. She gave us a paper where we should fill out information about the type of our skin and what kind of beauty routines we are using daily.

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Then, we started with a cleaning treatment. First step was to clean our hands, then our faces and lips. Therefore, we used the products of Mary Kay Collection Timewise: make-up remover, 3 in 1 cleanser, age-fighting moisturizer. Thanks to the peeling effect my skin felt really soft after the cleaning. After that, Rebeca introduced us the Mary Kay Microdermabrasion Set that consisted of two products and two steps: The first product refines the pores, the second product makes the skin soft. I think that those products made the miracle. I could see immediately the positive results. My skin felt nice and refreshed. We finished the cleaning treatment by applying a face day cream with sunscreen protection and a hand cream with a lovely  flavor of peaches.

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At the end of the beauty treatment,  we applied liquid make-up conditioner and brown mascara. I have to say, that I have never used brown mascara, but the effect of the brown color looks amazing. Depending on which type of skin you have and the color of your eyes, the brown mascara makes your lashes look more natural. So I decided to go ahead with the brown color in the future.

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At the end of the VIP beauty session, we were totally satisfied and relaxed and we could see the amazing beauty effects. If you would like to have such a VIP Mary Kay beauty session in Barcelona just email me directly or Rebeca Pozo Rebecca.mk@live.com.

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Samer Santiago from Two S – The man of the pearls

18 Jul

“El hombre de las perlas” – the man of the pearls, this is how I would describe the designer and founder of the jewelry brand Two S, Samer Santiago.

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The man of the pearls – Samer Santiago

A few months ago, I met the designer of Two S at the “ Inderum” showroom event in Barcelona as you can read in my previous post.

Later, I had a chance to visit him in his studio in Barcelona and talk to him a little bit more about his work. In his office he introduced me to the world of pearls and showed me his new designs and projects he is currently working on.

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This time we had a little bit more time to talk about his work and I got some interesting facts about the creator behind the brand Two S.

Before Samer started creating and selling his own jewelry designs, he worked for several years in different countries, such as Spain, Switzerland and Australia, offering exclusive pearls to his demanding customers. Having enjoyed enormous success in these kinds of fields, he still did not feel satisfied with his work, so in 2010 he decided to go one step further and start his own business with his exclusive jewelry brand Two S.

The designer gets his inspiration from the architecture of famous buildings and represents it in his creations. Every single piece of his jewelry collection is handmade and therefore unique. Some of the pieces are made by him personally.

In his office he showed me the raw materials that he is using for his new jewelry collection. They are made using only natural materials like tropical wood, pearls and diamonds. For the first time in my life I had more than a handful of real pearls around my neck valued at thousands of Euros. I have to admit that it was a nice feeling having the cold pearls on my skin. He also explained to me the quality differences between the pearls and their value. Depending on the purity of the pearls the prices can vary from 30 – 600 Euros for one single pearl.

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The designer prefers to keep direct contact with his exclusive clients and therefore you can buy his collection only by contacting him directly. If you are interested in his exclusive pieces, you can contact him via his website.

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La Kukita at the 080 Barcelona Fashion Show – Josep Abril and Celia Vela

11 Jul

Last week, from the 30th of June until the 4th of July 2014, the city of Barcelona had Fashion Fever yet again.

The 14th bi-annual 080 Barcelona Fashion Show took place in the famous Sant Pau building of Barcelona, where 21 designers and 14 brands were present and showed their Spring – Summer 2015 collection.

For this special occasion I wanted to wear something that only I possessed. So I decided three weeks before the Fashion Event to design my own dress. My grandpa who is a professional tailor helped me to fulfill my dream of a long classy red dress.

I hope you like the result as much as I do!

 

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A few days before the 080 Barcelona Fashion Show my dress was ready and so was I!

At this year’s 080 Barcelona Fashion Week Spring – Summer 2015, I had the opportunity to see the latest collection of two famous Spanish designers Josep Abril and Celia Vela.

 

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The Catalan Designer Josep Abril is one of the Spain’s leading men’s fashion designers. His unconventional suits are a mainstay on Spanish catwalks in Barcelona and Madrid. Apart from his collection for men, he also creates costumes for shows, theater and opera. In his latest collection he mainly used the colors black, grey, blue and green.

Have a look at Josep Abril Spring – Summer 2015 080 Barcelona Full Fashion Show

Pictures of the Josep Abril Spring – Summer 2015 080 Barcelona Fashion Show

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Celia Vela

The Spanish designer Celia Vela, who studied at the International Fashion School FD Moda in Barcelona, designs and produces exclusive lines for women. In her current collection she pays a lot of attention to detail and used the most technologically-advanced fabrics and handmade lace to offer a new form of exclusivity. No wonder, that women around the globe adore her breathtaking collections.

Have a look at Celia Vela Spring – Summer 2015 080 Barcelona Full Fashion Show

 Pictures of Celia Vela Spring – Summer 2015 080 Barcelona Fashion Show

(Source: 080barcelonafashion)


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FD Moda Fashion Event 2014

3 Jun

Last Saturday, the 24th of May, the FD Moda Fashion Event organized by the international School of Fashion, FD Moda Barcelona, took place in Sala Barts.

This year’s Fashion Event was dedicated to the international photographer Daniel Riera, who received an FD Moda Award for his work and achievements in the Fashion Industry.

The guests had a chance to meet Daniel Riera personally and have a look at the projects that he completed for magazines like Vogue, GQ Germany, Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine as well as fashion companies Lacoste, Triumph, bimba & lola and Canali. He showed his best shoots and explained to the audience how he implemented his ideas to make the shoot as good as possible.

Some facts about Daniel Riera:

–          He enjoys taking pictures of people with no modeling experience

–          He prefers colorful clothes rather than just black and white

–          He loves to do fashion shoots in the middle of the street, not in a studio because there is more life and action on the streets

–          He is fascinated by taking pictures of objects, like a simple wine bottle with a glass and putting it into a nice shape

 

To see more about the FD Moda Fashion Event, have a look at my video:

 La Kukita at the FD Moda Fashion Event

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Showroom Event By Iconic Barcelona

29 May

A few weeks ago I wrote about Iconic Barcelona, dresses made in Barcelona.

Last Thursday,  Iconic Barcelona organized a showroom event with the tagline “Show me your dressdie” to present a new limited dress collection to their audience.

The event took place in Barcelona Activa, on the street Carrer de la Llacuna 162 in Barcelona and was visited by all dress lovers in Barcelona.

The owners of Iconic Barcelona welcomed all their guests with a glass of cava. That way you could have a little chat with them and get to know the two lovely sisters personally.

At the event you could not only shop the new spring\summer collection 2014 with special discounts but also get your make – up done with Mary Kay products.

As a highlight, you could pick your favorite dress from the new collection, take a picture with it and share it on social media. That way you would be automatically entered  into a contest for one of the unique dresses by Iconic Barcelona.

Everyone who missed their event, needn’t worry; they will have more showroom events coming in the future.

Follow them on their Facebook or Twitter page to stay up to date.

 

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We love the new dresses from Iconic Barcelona!

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Two Market BCN – second hand and vintage market

10 Apr

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Last Sunday the famous second hand market, Two Market, took place.

It began as a second hand market but over the last three years, it has developed into a cult event in Barcelona.

According to the motto “reuse is the best way to recycle” the market offers a wide range of second hand and vintage fashion.

The Two Market usually takes place on a Sunday evening between 4 – 9pm.

Vintage lovers can enjoy free entrance and can search for unique pieces in a nice and calm atmosphere. The monthly market takes place in the street Calle Carders 12, Principal, Barcelona.

If you want to check out when the next Two Market will take place, check out their website and Facebook page.

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Other markets that are organized by the Two Market are “On the Garage” and “Garage Sagrada Familia”.

The market “On the Garage” will take place on  April 12 and 13  from 11am – 8pm in the street Calle Zamora 78,  Barcelona.

Check out their Facebook page for more information.

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The market “Garage Sagrada Familia” will take place on April 26  from 11am – 7pm in Plaza Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

Check out their Facebook page.

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Inderum – The new concept of pop-up stores

1 Apr

Inderum – the new concept of pop up stores 

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Last weekend, from 21 – 23 March 2014, a special event took place in one of the luxurious apartments of Barcelona, at Sixtyfour Apartments in Passeig the Gracia.

This new concept of pop up stores combines art, fashion, design and culture. The idea is to give emerging designers the opportunity to present their products to a wide audience and support locally – produced products. Therefore, the organizers of the Inderum event, Maribel Casado and Cristina Blasquiz, carefully selected 40 exclusive local brands and designers to present their unique products to the guests.

The visitors were entertained with activities and promotion of all kinds. There, you could have your nails done, discover the latest fashion trends from local designers, get inspired by artists and taste local food specialties.

I had the perfect chance to meet different type of people, get to know each brand and talk with the designers in person.

Here are some of my favorites:

Unique Jewelry made by Two S Barcelona

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 After spending a long period of his life in Jordan, the designer and founder of the jewelry brand Two S, Samer Santiago decided to move and live in Barcelona.

Inspired by his beloved country and the magical city Barcelona, he started to create jewelry that represented his feelings. The brand Two S was born with the goal to offer jewelry with a mix of Western modernity and the traditional world of the East.

The philosophy is to merge modern and traditional world and combine it into one. The designer gets his inspirations from the architecture of famous buildings and represents it in his creations.

The name Two S comes from the 2 “S”’s in his initials Samer Santiago, but the letter “S” stands also for sensation, sensitivity, sense and survival…

The designer is using new and alternative materials as well as diamonds in his creations. Each piece is carefully handcrafted and therefore exclusive and unique. In his new collection he includes tropical wood materials like cocobolo and kingwood.

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Source:  Two S

“Multi” Collection:

For the collection “Multi”,  the shapes of the famous building of Gaudi in Barcelona la Casa Milla (“La Pedrera”) was used as inspiration.

The set of earrings, ring and the necklace are a mix of colors: black, grey and pink, and come with a small diamond.

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“Roseta” Collection:

Inspired by the little rose window of Gothic architecture in Paris, the Sainte Chappelle, the “Roseta” collection was created.

It is a set of diamond earrings and ring in black and grey.
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“Rock” Collection:

One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge in England, was the inspiration for the collection “Rock”.

The pendant (pen-drive) has the shape of a rock and you can use it as a USB stick since it comes with an integrated chip with total space of 4GB.

 

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Are you curious to see more of Two S collection? Check out the webpage.

 

Dresses made by Iconic Barcelona

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Their concept is amazing like the dresses themselves. They are continually looking for new designers out there by running design contests. Iconic customers and followers can vote for their favorite designs and decide which dress will win.

Iconic will create and sell the dress of the designer that wins the contest. In that way, Iconic is helping new upcoming designers to get visibility in the fashion world. Currently they are running an ethnic contest until 30 April. If you would like to vote check it out on ICONIC Barcelona.

The clothes are all made based on conscious, ethical and ecological criteria in Barcelona using high – quality fabrics. The collection is very limited, so you can be sure that you probably won’t see someone on the street wearing the same dress as you!

If you get a dress from ICONIC, the designer team is more than curious to know how it will look on you. Therefore, you are welcome to post a photo of you and your dress on their Facebook Page  or send it directly to them via email info@iconicbarcelona.com.

If you want to know more about ICONIC Barcelona check out their webpage.

 

Handmade Swimsuits by Santa Maria Design

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 Two sisters and two souls with a passion for swimwear united as one brand, called Santa Maria Design.

The swimwear of Santa Maria Design is designed for a woman who is looking for a comfortable piece without sacrificing  elegance and uniqueness. A woman who wants to express her natural beauty and still feel comfortable while bathing on a sunny day.

The cute swimwear is available either in cotton or lycra and is handmade in Barcelona. They offer their unique and limited items in selected stores in Barcelona and in Menorca and Mallorca.

I fell in love with their new swim collection. If I see their new swimsuit in yellow I won’t be able to wait for the summer to come!

You can find their new collection on their website or on Facebook.

 

Customized shoes made by Custom & Chic

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 Have you ever dreamed about to design your own shoe, choose the shape and the color you like and make it so unique so only you will wear it?

Then you should read carefully my next words… That perfect design inside your head will become a reality. With the motto “create your own shoes and Spanish artisans will bring life to your creations” Custom & Chic is revolutionizing the online shoe market. You get the right tools to design your dreamed shoes so your dreams come true.

The Custom & Chic website allows its users to become designers allowing them to create their own shoes according to their likings and preferences. In this way, the website offers an extensive range of possibilities: You can choose different leathers and textures, accessories and ornaments, and a wide range of models: peep toes, pumps, ankle boots, ballerinas, etc. combining them with different heels, straps and openings. You can create every type of shoe that you wish, simple and easy.

To get some shoes design inspirations you can check the column “Inspirations by customers who designed their shoes”. To give you a help in the designing shoe process you can check out the helpful videos or you can just get a pair of shoes created by the celebrities.

Everything in regards of creating the dream shoe is possible in the world of Custom & Chic. Check out their Facebook Page.

The rising star in sneakers made by BCN Brand

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 BNC Brand has the concept “Think global, be local” and the ambitious goal to make BCN Brand sneakers the next sneaker star around the world!

These sneakers are made out of authentic natural leather and individually hand-dyed. The exclusive footwear is produced locally in Spain and is being distributed around the world. Fresh and casual, but elegant at the same time, this brand aims to evoke eternal colorful summers and also add a heritage touch without being retro.

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 Step into those sneakers and let the shoe party begin!

If you want to wear the same sneakers celebrities like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Reese Witherspoon and others, check out their webpage and Facebook page.

 

Handmade recycled accessories by Alexia Grustan

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I just love her creations, her colorful bags and her accessories. Currently, she has started to recycle clothes by bringing them back to life.

If you want to know more, check out my previous post about Alexia Grustan where I met her at the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week

 

Carefully selected cosmetic products by My Nice Shop

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My Nice Shop is a small online shop that was founded by Fátima Carrión.

Her mission is to provide organic products exclusively selected from all over the world. Small companies that provide products by taking care of the sustainability of the planet are more than welcome to become suppliers. In the section “marcas” they explain why they fell in love with each of the brands that they offer for their clients.

There you can find for example organic tooth paste from Italy or perfume from the U.S.

They only ship their products to Spain and Europe, but if you live in another country and you like to order you can contact them personally via email and they can arrange something for you.

If you have any questions in regards to beauty you are always welcome to contact them via email at hola@myniceshop.com

Follow them on Facebook to stay informed about their special promotions or check out their online shop.

 

Creative nails by Montserrat Ruiz Ligero 

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If you want to get your nails done in Barcelona, there are only a few places that provide special services; one of them is Creative Nails. Montserrat Ruiz Ligero provides nail parties at your home.  You can book her for a home nails party and enjoy your manicure in a nice atmosphere together with your friends. You don’t have to worry about anything since she will bring all the tools directly to your place.

She offers in her portfolio all kind of services, starting with a simple manicure and pedicure until getting your nails done with offering the new nail trend by Vinylux. The prices start from 15 Euros on and if you get more than three things done you and your friends will receive a bottle of wine and chocolate, so the nail party will continue with a lot fun!

You can contact her via Facebook.

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If you want to know more about this new concept of pop-up stores, Inderum and the upcoming events here you go:

Check out the official webpage of Inderum, their Facebook page or Twitter .

 

 

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