L’oreal x kristina bazan
It almost feels like years have gone by since my last article. I miss writing and sharing here so much! Thank god I get to talk a bit with you everyday through social media, otherwise you’d all think I’ve completely disappeared. Well, if you do follow and read my entries then you might know that I’ve been super concentrated on many things lately, developing side projects and doings lots of news things that I am deeply passionate about. It is so nice and refreshing to take some distance from everything and to dive into creativity in other ways. I realize that creativity does never come in one format, it comes in so many and it’s so important in one’s life to truly seek the full potential out of it and use it to create new things constantly by challenging ourselves to see things differently.
In one of my latest posts, I’ve admitted to have recently been in an ongoing reflective state, questioning a lot in my life, my career, myself and putting my priorities in other places than the ones I previously used to. Simplicity, love and honesty have come to the core of my interests and I am really on a road of self exploration as I realize how young I am, how much I’ve lived and how much I still have to learn and experience. I get saddened by the idea that some people might think that all I ought to do with my life is confined within a small bubble of virtual reality when I’ve expressed such a will for Creativity with a big C throughout my whole life. My dreams definitely run big and for them to eventually become a reality isn’t a matter of likes on Instagram or how many shows I’ll get to attend in one season, it’s honestly all very much a matter of vision.
It’s been a very interesting period for me. Almost diving back into my truest, purest form. Trying to stop lying to myself, trying to be as bluntly honest with everyone as much as I am with my own self too. And it isn’t easy, but it is also so highly awakening. Happiness is such an interesting concept. As we all consider happiness to be a state, I think happiness lies within moments and that it cannot be perpetual as our human nature challenges any constant and confronts any comfort. Without pain ain’t no happiness and without happiness ain’t no pain either if that makes sense. I’ve been deliberately putting myself in a position of playing the devil’s advocate against my own self, questioning the nature of each of my intentions and actions. The thing is, I know for a fact that I’ve always had an old creative soul and always been so sensitive, to everything… Whether it’s people, places, flavors, scents, color, sounds. Anything can inspire me and engage me on a whirl of ideas.
So why block it off? If anything I ought to myself and to you all as my dear readers, is pure honesty. And if I don’t feel like writing an article, I certainly won’t. What is the purpose of this blog but to put out real, raw, honesty out there and share with you a bit of my soul? The pressures of the game of course sometimes force me to think that I should feel bad about my lack of consistence but I guess that when you have sudden fresh artistic waves within you, it’s hard to restrict yourself to format, routine and definitely not consistency. You all know how much I love anti-conformism by nature.
When I say developing side projects, I definitely mean music but not only. It goes through all sorts of projects, through research by reading books, watching movies, getting inspired online or even in real life. I’ve been on a quest for raw material to fill my heart with and it has been the most enlightening journey ever which I gladly notice is influencing all other aspects of my life. I’ve become more analytical of things, more observant and appreciative to take in good and bad as long as it can inspire and draw in new questions. I suppose I’ve also been more quiet as I am currently more curious to observe then to do, to think than to rush. It feels to me like there are moments in life where you have to just go for it, and I’ve definitely went for it so many times. But in order to move on further with certain endeavors, a step back to fully get a grasp of the whole image and move on with confidence is a certain necessity.
Needless to say, I’ve also been working on some great projects linked to fashion as you guys might have noticed! We just wrapped up Paris fashion week which was quite intense, that’s the least to say. No matter how much we do, I always need 3 days to just sleep afterwards as my feet can’t even stand after all the partying, lips can’t smile from all the smiling and greetings, stomach can’t handle a single more glass of champagne and heart just wants to escape into a good book and bubble bath. But we definitely kicked off some amazing projects and I am so proud of the latest accomplishments and especially, one of the biggest ones which has been to launch my new make up collection for L’Oréal! It has been a dream of mine since I’m a little baby girl to launch my own line of products and I am pinching myself witnessing it now becoming a reality. I had the pleasure to work on it for about a year, since I got signed with the whole L’Oréal make-up team to come up with the kits and conceptualize the whole idea. The collection involves :
1. The Eye Shadow Palette “Smoking Nudes”
It is the perfect everyday eye make-up palette which transitions perfectly from day to night and adapts to any skin tone. The colors are inspired by my favorite everyday shade that can fit to any outfit. When I travel, I don’t like carrying too many colors with me and this palette does fully the job as it’s an all in one with colors imitating the natural skin shading. It has several highlight shades which can be used even as a regular highlighter on cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow and brow arch, and deep dark shades that can even serve as brow filler. This palette is definitely my must have.
2. The Lip Kit
Contains a lip stick and a matching lip pencil in a beautiful rosy nude shade which creates the sexiest plump ever. It is my everyday color which I love wearing from day to night. I also love wearing simply the lip pencil with some lip balm if I feel like going for a more transparent pout.
3. The Eye Kit
Is all about creating that femme fatale killer cat eye. And you know how much I love a good cat eye… I wanted to offer you guys the best eye liner possible to draw the perfect eye line. And the mascara million the cils will help you punctuate your eye look all in elegance. Here’s an extra tip, because the eyeliner is so easy to use, try creating a black lip for a bold fashion move by using the eye liner as a lipstick, or why not if you’re going to a music concert or party using the eye liner to draw a few little symbols under the eyes such as little starts or small lines to add some detail to your look.
4. The Nail Kit
Finally the whole collection ends with three shades of nail polish that are in my opinion three classics any women should have. The perfect nude which has a beautiful peach shade to it and is truly perfect with an all nude look, the perfect Parisian gray for the big city girls and finally the white which I personally love on the toes with black open toe heels.
Et voilà! The whole collection is my baby, I am so proud of it and hope you guys will love it as much as I do. It’s truly an incredible accomplishment for me and I am so honored and happy to be able to share it with you all. Needless to say, the products are truly in-cre-dible and I highly, highly recommend them to you guys. It’s so easy to use, so versatile. The goal isn’t to copy my make-up but to create your own by using the different shades and accessories of the collection to make it unique. You can purchase the collection on ASOS, Boots, Amazon and of course in the new L’Oréal shop on 62 Rue Caumartin! Send me your pictures by using the hashtag #KristinaxLOreal, I want to see your interpretation of the collection and will be reposting my favorite ones. xxx
Photography by Cibelle Levi