Beauty, Lifestyle

Diaries of a Graphic Designer



I`m 23, I am a graphic designer and illustrator. Some may consider it quite a broad specialisation but for the time being I happen to do both. I am constantly experimenting, trying to broaden my horizons and combine the skills I have. I`m from Russia but I live in the UK and love both countries.

Where do you find your daily inspiration?

I believe that inspiration mustn`t be sought in only one thing. Every project needs its own style and a unique idea. But I will say one thing: look for inspiration in people. Everything that has ever been made by artists or desingers – all of it is for the people. If you are desinging a chair, take note of how people use it, draw it – think about what people actually miss.


What are your daily work & lifestyle essentials?


Designers are profound for their love of things like the iPAD or a Moleskin but I have neither. However, I have a number of fetishes which are must haves for me:

  • A4 sketchbook with a monochrome cover and blank ivory coloured sheets 
  • A set of waterproof calligraphy pens (0.2, 0.3, 0.7). I never normally add aqua colours on top of my artwork, nevertheless all pens must fit this criteria just in case I burst into tears and ruin my drawing for not reaching the level I had intended with my work. 🙂
  • Cateye glasses for working on the computer
  • Silver pen I sign my business cards with
  • Classic design watch with a modest face telling the exact time

What does your normal workday look like?

I live on British time no matter where I am. I always start my day with cereal and reading e-mails. I then work on my current projets till about lunchtime. For lunch I either make RAF coffee (a Moscow recipe for whisked coffee) or have a proper traditional English tea. This is the time I like to devote to reading specialised printed media and books. I finish my workday around 6 – 7 pm provided I don`t have any urgent projects. Occasionally I can be so consumed with a project I end up working till 4 am.

The Go-To List

5 cosmetic items you cannot live without

1. I cannot live without the perfume I created myself at It`s called Bitch by Marina Babitchova. It`s rather strong and more masculine than feminine.

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Balm

3. Clinique Bronzer

4. Black or Navy Liquid Eyeliner with a soft tip

5. Burgundy Lipstick (the shade means so much more than the brand)

Must Have Book

Manifestos and theoretical essays by Kazimir Malevich

Must See Film


3 places to go in MOSCOW


More Vnutri Cafe (because you don`t get told off for crumbs in bed)

Eliseevskiy Store (I go for modest shopping)

Russian State Library – Former Lenin Library (I`d really like to visit it)

 3 places to go in LONDON


Who was your biggest influence? 

My biggest influence was Van Goth. His art inspires me with its vibrant colour combinations and I think his way of drawing is simply perfect. I am also inspired by Russian native culture. As of now I am not quite sure what I`m going to do with this inspiration. I`m not currently using any Russian ornaments in my artwork but I`m planning on producing a Russia inspired art project. It would be ideal for showing my love to my culture. 




You can find out more about Marina and her work at





Essentials NO. 1 RED LIPSTICKS


TOM FORD 10 Cherry Lush

36 GBP at Selfridges 


At first sight is a Classic True Red but when applied it appears to be Pinky Red hence the name Cherry Lush with a Mousturising Formula


YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 Le Rouge

25 GBP at Selfridges


Bright Red with a Mousturising Formula



MAC Russian Red 

15 GBP at Selfridges


Classic Matte Dark Red Shade 



REVLON Really Red

7.50 GBP at Boots


Dark Deep Classic Red with a Matte Finish (great value for money)


An Ultimate Essential that goes with all of the above mentioned lipsticks


MAC Lip Pencil in Brick 

12 GBP at Selfridges

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

Winter Staples by AR & Co.


1. Metal Dispenser in Glossy Silver
A classy way to store and use a favourite moisturiser or shampoo/conditioner – a Must Have during the cold season

2. Tangle Teezer in Gold Rush
Forget about tangled and static hair not just this winter but forever

3. Simple Grey Crop Sweater
A mundane basic to be layered with a nude long sleeve top or a crisp white shirt

4. Lace Grey Bra by & other stories
Lace will turn any basic grey mouse bra into boudoir lingerie, especially with an infusion of red detail

5. Oval Brass Ring in Gold by & other stories
Flat oval piece of art is a new twist to a basic band

6. Heart Shaped Key Necklace by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Quirky way to accessorise

7. Chanel No. 5 Intense Bath Oil
Sheer delight for lovers of the iconic perfume. Turns having a bath into a high end experience leaving the skin nicely fragranced and smooth to the touch

8. Watch by Mondaine
Minimalist, sleek and versatile accessory


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Christmas Giveaway #1


#1 Vaseline Limited Edition Paint The Town Lip Tint

Spiced berry flavoured lip therapy with a slight hint of red tint

#2 Tangle Teezer

Compact version of the classic Tangle Teezer professional detangling brush

#3 Purdey’s Rejuvenate Drink

A formula of grape and apple juices, sparkling spring water, botanical extracts and B vitamins to give you a gentle lift and help you feel rejuvenated.
No artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours or preservatives
Caffeine free

#4 Campbell’s Andy Warhol Limited Edition Tomato Soup Can

Limited edition range of tomato soup cans inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic paintings

#5 REWM Limited Edition London Skyline Christmas Card

Share REWM this holiday season with a limited edition Skyline Series Christmas card

This holiday season I have decided to share some lifestyle items of my choice. Most of them are limited edition which makes it even more special.


1. Repost a picture of the giveaway on your Instagram page tagging @annarempel and #ARandCo

2. Leave a comment on the AR & Co. Blog with your personal favourite out of 5 items

The giveaway is valid to enter 17-22 December
The winner will be announced Sunday 22nd December

AR & Co.


Big Fat Curls Recipe ®


Heat up the curling iron.
Section your hair into 2-4 zones, depending on how much hair you have.
Choose one zone to start with & pin in the rest of the hair to one side, out of the way.
Start curling a section with the tip of the curler facing down (this way it would be easier for you to grasp the curl afterwards).
Curl each section for 10-15 sec then slowly release the hair off the iron by tugging on the end of your section.
Roll the curls up and pin into place with small hair clips.
When you’re done you should look somewhat like this


Hairspray all this big fat mess and let the curls cool down for ~10 mins
Release the curls and style to your own taste.


Beauty Wars Series: Giorgio Armani vs. L’Oréal


In this edition I am going to compare high end vs. drugstore foundation:

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup L’Oréal NUDE Magique EAU DE TINT.

In my case I came across G.A. first and instantly fell in love with it, well almost!

The story goes: I was on a business trip to Munich with a friend and as you do – we went on a shopping spree eventually stopping at a big Douglas store where I was nonchalantly browsing beauty products, walking around until I bumped into my friend being zombied by a lovely lady from the Giorgio Armani counter and eventually succeeding in making her buy this new ‘unbelievably fantastic foundation’. My initial reaction was: ha ha poor girl have been fooled into buying ~50 Euro foundation (as I haven`t heard about it previously having vast experience in trying out an endless list of high end foundations).

Coming back to a hotel next morning when my friend was playing around with her new pricey foundation, I decided to give it a go as well.

After that it all went black.

I could not believe it. The texture, the feeling. I decided to wear it out and see how it was going to last but the only outcome was that by the start of the next day I was buzzing to go and pick up a bottle for myself. Ironic eh?!

Coming back to the UK I picked up a beauty mag where I saw an ad for this L’Oréal and just could not resist picking it up. The next morning when I tried it I was truly amazed that it feels just like my Giorgio Armani one (mind you I had no idea that L’Oreal Group owns Giorgio Armani cosmetics so it is not so surprising after all).

After trying both out for long periods of time I have noticed only tiniest difference in consistency. At the end of the day they are pretty much the same. They feel like silk on your fingers and like nothing at all on your face. You need a tiny amount which does possess a reasonable amount of coverage.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup retails for 38 GBP


L’Oréal NUDE Magique EAU DE TINT retails for 9.99 GBP