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Lupita And Maison Lancôme

Just days ago it was revealed that the next spokesperson for French luxury cosmetics company Lancôme will be actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Personally, I am thrilled about the choice first and foremost, because Lupita has won over the hearts of millions not only because of her stunning performance in 12 Years A Slave, but also because she is already considered a major style icon and the epitome of beauty. She has simply taken the world by storm.

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And it is such a strong statement for Lancôme to choose a spokesperson with Kenyan roots and Mexican heritage even though Lancôme was among the other major cosmetics companies to introduce 'global skincare', which was created from the unifying notion that women all over the world - no matter ethnicity - share the same skin concerns. This also meant that Lancôme (along with Estee Lauder) was among the first to introduce marketing material featuring models of different ethnic backgrounds in the same ads.

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself,” Lupita said in the official press release.

Lupita Nyong'o will join Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz and the recently appointed young actress Lily Collins in the Lancôme line-up of beautiful women, and her campaign for the cosmetics and fragrance giant will be out in late summer.

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King Of The Road

I love to travel. Not just because of the obvious in experiencing new destinations, but also because I really enjoy how your life is suddenly simplified and re-seized to fit in a bag (or three). Which is why I also love travel sizes when it comes to skincare products.

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For this year's travels I might end up going for this King Of The Road luxury travel set by Jack Black because it contains everything yo would need - a facial cleanser, scrub, shave cream, moisturizer with SPF, hair & body cleanser and body lotion. Notice how some of the products multitask like the moisturizer which is also a sunscreen , the shampoo which can also be used on your body and the shave cream which doubles as a after shave treatment.

Simple, easy and perfect for a vacation!

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Super Shade Orange

Few colors pop and sizzle like orange. And right now it is one of the 'it' colors both in fashion and beauty. Just look at one of the current looks from MAC  coincidentally named All About Orange!

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Photo: MAC PR

You may think orange is not a color for makeup but actually it works really well. Most red nuances for lipstick have plenty yellow or orange pigment in them to deepen and balance the redness, which is why an entirely orange color actually works on the mouth.

The same goes for blush where a orange nuance will actually appear pinkish on skin with a natural red color tone. And when it comes to nail color there are no limits as to how popping orange it can get as nails are kinda like the playground for makeup.

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Photo: MAC PR

All About Orange  is available now online and in MAC stores.

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Sketchy Beauty

We have all been there: obsessing over a minor flaw that in our own minds have grown insurmountable, but in reality is not even noticed by others. Because of course we edit the way we view ourselves in the mirror (to look our best to ourselves), and of course that image is in most cases not an accurate projection of how you really look. To others that is.

The clip above (three minutes long and worth every second)  is a fairly simple experiment done by Dove, which displays the major discrepancies that create a virtual gap between how you view yourself and how others view you. A group of women were asked to describe how they looked to a professional sketch artist as honestly and accurately as possible. Successively, random people were asked to describe the same women to the same sketch artist - again as honestly and accurately as possible.

The result? The difference in how the women looked at themselves and how others viewed them was staggering. The women tended to focus on their flaws (large forehead, round face and wrinkles etc.) and neglected to include their best features (kind, blue eyes, beautiful hair and great smile etc.). So naturally, put next to each other the difference between the two sketches is immense. And touchingly so, because most of the 'self' image sketches look nothing like the person, while the portrait created from strangers does. See for yourself right here.

We are all our own worst critics - especially when it comes to how we look. But as this simple experiment shows, the way you look is much more about how you feel you look. And that image isn't always pretty. But with the words of Dove, who is committed to building self-esteem in women all over the world: You are more beautiful than you think.

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