29 May 2014

May empties


Dear readers,

Another month has flown by and it's time for my monthly empties.

My beloved Nivea in shower body milk, perfect for a quick wash and go, I have a full review here.


I'm still using the bicarb + vinegar combo for washing my hair but in between I give my hair a nurturing not so old-fashioned shampoo cleanse. This is the Redken Nature's rescue refreshing detox shampoo and it's silicone/paraben/sulfate free. It doesn't lather up much for those of you who might not like that, I've gotten used to it so it doesn't bother me that much anymore.


Sample sized (10ml = 0.33 fl.oz) Caudalie Vinexpert day and night cream. 

My lovely friend Ester takes good care of me and brings me Caudalie products when she comes visit. The hotel where she works at has a Caudalie spa so she can get their products at a reduced price, yay!


This is the only regret product of the month: Batiste dry shampoo in dark & deep brown.

It works just as good as the regular one although it stains a lot I have to say so I'll keep to the original or the cherry scented one that I'm trying out right now.


Lush Celebrate body lotion.

This came in my Wow box, it smells great like all Lush products, it is very thick and a bit difficult to apply so I used it at night before bed. I've switched over to The Body Shop Satsuma body butter in the meantime and I like it better as it absorbs quicker and is nice and strongly scented.



This Roc Multi Correction anti-age moisturizer was blah, not really bad but I didn't like the smell, it has a distinct cream smell that reminds me of old powdered ladies so I used this mainly in the weekends when I stayed home. Not that the scent lingers as it goes away almost immediately but I have to like the scent when I'm applying a product, otherwise I won't like it at all even if it's being great for my skin.


Aromatherapy Associates Little Bell Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil:

I purchased this after watching a Youtube video where Lisa Eldridge was giving ideas on Christmas presents. I loved it, especially the fact that you don't need a bathtub to use it, you can use it in the shower, you just need to smooth it over your body before jumping in and wash as usual. The oil in the skin mixes with the hot water and releases a wonderful herbal aroma and leaves your skin feeling super soft. You get 3 uses out of the little bottle (7.5ml = 0.25 fl.oz) but I stretched it out to 5.


Nivea good-by cellulite: nothing to comment here, you all know how it works, at least I hope it does. I haven't found any miracle anti-cellulite product yet so I keep it affordable, they work as good as the more pricey ones, believe me. This one cost me 10€ for a 200ml tube.


Lancôme Teint Miracle in 03 Beige diaphane.

I got 3 sample size tubes (5ml) by cutting coupons from a magazine, that's half a regular size tube! I've had them for quite a while now and was afraid they'd go bad so I included them in my daily make up routine as it matches my skin tone perfectly. It doesn't smell funny so I suppose they are still usable, you know how I hate wasting products.


I'm a huge sample hoarder, I keep them all in my travel beauty bag as they are so convenient when traveling but I have so many of them I cannot possibly use them all up if I don't start using them on a more regular basis, or I could just travel more... sigh

For the love of samples,

26 May 2014

My weekend in photos: Formentera


Dear readers,

I spent the weekend in Formentera, a small island near Ibiza.

If there were an award for the worst blogger ever I'm sure I'd win it, I left my camera at home and had to borrow the following pictures from my friends:


photography and editing by Marta Villen

This island has the most beautiful beaches:

 photography by Marta Villen

View from our hotel room balcony - taken with my iPad :(


We had an amazing breakfast at the Gecko Beach Club Boutique Hotel:


Me and my coworkers/friends. Paco was celebrating because Real Madrid won the Champions league for the 10th time the night before and he wouldn't take his shirt off. He told us he'd showered with it on.

picture taken by @13mgg 

Beautiful lighthouse in el Pilar de la Mola:

 photography by Marta Villen
Bit windy:

 picture taken by Paco

Typical Mediterranean fishermen's boats:

 photography by Marta Villen

Time for refreshments:

photography by Marta Villen

Thanks to my friends for a wonderful weekend and also for letting me steal some of their pics to include in this post.

Now I need to unpack my bags to repack them for my next destination, can you guess where I'm going?

For the love of traveling,

23 May 2014

Very inspiring blogger award


Dear diary,

I was feeling a bit down for the last couple of weeks as I felt I wasn't posting anything interesting enough for readers to stop by and leave me some much needed feedback.

I'm not much of a writer and I don't feel I have anything special that could set me apart from the rest of the beauty bloggers out there, but I put a lot of love and effort in making my blog appealing to my few and loyal followers.



This award came with the best of timing and it really means a lot to me, I feel supported by the blogger community and it has given me renewed energy to keep going and try to improve both my blog and my bloggins skills.

Dear Emily Eairheart from Pumpkin Emily Smiles I cannot thank you enough for thinking of me for this award, I feel truly honoured and happy to be counted among such inspiring bloggers.

Having said that I give you the boring part.

Rules:
  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 inspiring blogs
My personal facts aka TMI?
  1. I cry a lot, I mean a lot... sad movies and even books make me cry
  2. I talk to myself, sometimes I become aware that I'm on the street talking to myself and I switch over to singing so that people won't think I'm a weirdo
  3. I'm addicted to popcorn, although this has become a recent addiction
  4. I only have a highschool diploma, I started Uni but never finished
  5. I once won a lottery ticket for over 2000 euro, yay!
  6. I have a huge fear of snakes, hairy spiders and scorpions
  7. I drink at least 2 litres of water and 1 litre of tea per day
My nominees are:
  1. Hannah Heartss
  2. Zoe Georgina
  3. EmsSays
  4. Eesha's Glam
  5. Milly Day Dream
  6. aleelily
  7. Pretty Thoughts
  8. Lipstick-Affair
  9. Delicate Teeth, Tiny Bones
  10. what katy did
  11. Sophie SAID
  12. THEBLOSSOMCART
  13. FAYE D JONES
  14. Lady Marielle
  15. emilyatsunset
A big congratulations to y'all.

19 May 2014

#Bloggersdoitbetter: Trends


Dear diary,

I'm somewhat late to jump on the bandwagon but I've recently gotten into the midi-ring trend that has been going on for sometime now. 

I've purchased some cheap Forever 21 alternatives but they rub off of the golden layer pretty quickly so I've decided to invest in a real gold one. 

This is my inspiration board for midi rings at polyvore.com:


Midi ring wish list

Mid finger ring
dailylook.com




River Island mid finger ring
$5.04 - riverisland.com


Zoë Chicco gold infinity ring
$235 - austique.co.uk


Jeweliq mid knuckle ring
jeweliq.com




I'll post a picture on Twitter and Facebook as soon as I've purchased the ring so you
can tell me what you think of my choice.

Thanks for your support and don't forget to join our twitter chat and visit Gemma's
post for a full list and link to all the bloggers do trends better-related posts.


15 May 2014

#2014BloggerChallenge - Hair tools


Dear diary,

Here we are again, beauty lovers, ready for another installment of the 2014 Blogger Challenge and this time we are all writing about anything hair related.

In my case I have already written about my favourite hair care range, my hair care routine and my no-poo challenge so I've decided it was time to write about my hair tools.


The hubby gave me this awesome GHD hair straightener set for Christmas a few years back, I think he was sick of my constant babbling about it. I hadn't purchased it myself as I thought it was crazy expensive. This limited edition set came with a travel sized blow dryer, two individual heat resistant pouches and a bigger heat resistant bag to carry the two tools inside.


 It does only have an on/off switch and a little light that turns orange when the straightener is turned on. It takes about 10 seconds to warm up and it beeps 3 times to tell you it's ready for use.

I'm not much of a fan of using hair straighteners on a daily basis simply because I have very fine, very sparse and very oily hair, so I'm against anything that could damage it. I only blow dry my hair during the winter time and avoid it every chance I get. In the summer I normally leave it to dry naturally and don't bother with styling it in any way, I can live with that.

I always use a heat protectant spray before I use hot tools on my hair, except for the blow drier as I tend to leave my hair slightly damp.

                       

This BaByliss easy curl hair wand has been a recent purchase of mine. I've tried several times to curl my hair with my GHD but I'm such a klutz and I don't seem to be able to follow even the easiest hair tutorial's instructions. 

         
This is very easy to use, it has a heat setting from 1 to 10, I have it on 6 and find it curls my type of hair perfectly. It has and on and an off button and a small light when it's on. It warms up very quickly and it came with two sets of mini gloves (to cover only your thumb and pointer finger), but I haven't used those.

I ordered this online at Maquillalia as they were giving out free shipping and it only cost me 29,90€. It usually retails for 42,50€ according to them. 

I've only used this twice as I just got it last week but I'm glad I finally decided to purchase it, I'm such a late bloomer with anything beauty related. Who would wait to have their first hair curler at 41?

I've left you a link at the top to Gaby's main post on this topic where you can find the links to all the other bloggers' posts. 

Thanks for reading,

12 May 2014

Out of order - The Maze Runner series


Dear diary,

I had something in mind for today's post but I don't seem to be able to put my book aside so I've decided to keep this short and tell you why I'm not my usual beauty chatty self.


image taken from www.goodreads.com

I started reading this a couple weeks ago and I didn't like it at all, I found it very boring and childish (sorry guys, you'll have to excuse me as I'm not in my teens anymore, my thirties also gone forever...) but I was committed to reading the whole series to get the overall picture of what this story was about.

I loved reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and I looked up more dystopian books until I found a few and decided to make 2014 a dystopian themed reading year. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth kind of let me down a bit, they are ok but I feel they are targeted to a younger readership. After this I read the Eve trilogy by Anna Carey and liked it better and then I got to The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

I've seen the two Hunger Games movies and I liked the second best, I'll have to wait for the third to come out and watch them in a row to see if they are better that way. 

Although I haven't seen the Divergent movie yet, and didn't like the books, I have the feeling I will like it more than The Hunger Games.

And keeping it weird I liked The Scorch Trials better than The Maze Runner.

image taken from www.goodreads.com

All the silly dialogue with amnesia is kept more natural and the story itself is more entertaining than the first book.

I just started reading The Death Cure this morning during my lunch break at work and the moment I got home and had finished making dinner I sat down at the table, switched on my E-book and continued reading where I had left off while eating my pasta dish.

image taken from www.goodreads.com

I hadn't prepared any posts over the weekend but I already had an idea of what I wanted to write about this week. And then, my plans changed when, for the first time since I started blogging in August last year, I seriously thought about skipping posting today so I could continue reading.

So this is the reason why I'm currently out of order until my next post. I hope y'all are still following me on Thursday!

For the love of a good read,

8 May 2014

My recent citrus obsession


Dear diary,

Without being aware I've been gravitating towards citrus scented products, more specifically mandarin and orange. I feel both relaxed as well as recharged whenever I use them and I have soon replaced my boring and cheap shower gel and body lotion for the Satsuma range from The Body Shop.


This has been my first contact with The Body Shop. We had a store nearby but I'd never purchased anything as I was happy with my 1€ shower gel and the rest of the products didn't appeal to me that much. If I had gotten some sample back then I would have been addicted from the beginning like the rest of the world.

Meanwhile the store has disappeared and I decided to purchase some goodies in my all time favourite store: online.



I first got the Satsuma body butter (12€), shower gel (6,75€) and body spray (7,50€). I think they must add some addictive ingredient to their products because I can't stop craving for them, if I could I'd shower 5 times per day instead of just 2. They just smell amaze balls.

And more recently I ordered the body puree (7€) that is more like a lotion and the body, room and linen spritz (7€) so I can just spray it around the house whenever I get withdrawal syndrom.

I love the body butter as it has an overpowering scent but as it has a thick formula I also wanted to have something more lightweight to use in the mornings when I'm in a rush to get to work.


Alqvimia Orange Blossom Water mist 200ml.

This is my first product from this brand. It is a Spanish brand that claims to use 100% natural ingredients. I've always wanted to try out their products as a good friend of mine always raves about them but I couldn't get myself over their prices.


At a beauty fair held last April I came across their stand. I asked for some prices and decided I was ready to splurge as I had just ended a self-induced spending ban. Immediately when I got home I googled the brand to see how much I had saved and I almost fainted. This mist retails for 54€ for just plain water!!! Luckily I only paid less than 20€ but still... I've only been using it for one or two weeks and it's down to 2/3.

What have I learned from this? No more spending bans for me, they make me eager to do some credit card damage and I end up purchasing the first thing that pops up regardless of its price #impulsebuy.


This Kinetics Hand & Soul mandarin & bergamot hand lotion I got at the beauty fair as well. It smells amazing, more like mandarin leaves, and is so lightweight that it absorbs in seconds leaving no residue at all. Your hands feel silky soft and completely dry afterwards. I got a reduction for buying 3 bottles and ended up paying 8€ for each.

The orange bar is the Lush Karma soap I got with my January sales purchase, it contains sweet orange oil among other ingredients but I haven't used it yet so I've no further comments at this time.

image taken from www.yankee.co.uk

This candle is on my wish list, I failed to complete my order in time the other day (Mayday) so I couldn't get it with a 15% discount. Now I'm waiting for another offer to pop up and grab it ipso facto (that's Latin for asap you guys, I can do very fancy if I put my mind to it, lol).

I wish you could smell the products from their pictures, I'm sure you'd be sold.

For the love of orangitis,

5 May 2014

#Bloggersdoitbetter: NYX Nude vs Bright


Dear diary,

I've been wanting to try out NYX lip glosses for the longest time but I always found it difficult to choose the perfect shade from an online store as well as having it shipped home.

Finally I came across a drugstore nearby that had a NYX display so I went there last Friday and got these two shades to try out first and see if I liked the formula before committing to buying some more. They are quite affordable, retailing for less than 7€ but even so, I don't like ending up with lots and lots of make up items I don't like.


I'm not much of a lippy kind of person but I'm slowly building up my collection and I really wanted to have a bold and bright shade in it so I chose this bright pink-almost red Xtreme lip cream in 03 spicy. As I tend to like lip glosses over lipsticks I found that this was perfect for me. It applies like a gloss although it's thicker and therefore more opaque. It has a common lipstick scent although it feels more hydrating but don't hold me to that as I haven't worn it yet.


I intended to purchase the butter gloss in créme brulée that so many bloggers rave about but I didn't notice that someone had mistakenly placed 07 Tiramisu in it's place. I'm very happy how that turned out as I think this shade suits me better. It has a caramel scent to it and it doesn't feel sticky. It's the perfect nude gloss that you can wear on its own, although it's a bit sheer, or layer on top of your favourite nude lipstick, which is how I'm going to use it.


I wanted to show you how they wore on my lips but you'll have to excuse me, the photos were just awful quality, here I leave you the swatches on my arm:


So this has been my take on this fortnight's #Bloggersdoitbetter topic, you can link to all the other related posts clicking on the hashtag or by joining in the conversation on Twitter: Mondays from 19:00 to 20:00 GMT and Fridays from 20:00 to 21:00 GMT.

For the love of a gorgeous pout,

1 May 2014

#2014BloggerChallenge: Music


Dear diary,

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) or Eurovision is an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.

As a little girl I loved watching Eurovision with my parents. We sat down on the couch with a pen and a large note pad where I would write down the contestants in order of performance. Each of us would give each song a score between 0-10 and try to guess which country was more likely to win that year. My father always used to give very low scores until he found one song he really liked. My mom and I, however even used half scores, we were that serious and professional, feeling like real judges.


As I grew older I always come up with excuses to tell my friends in order to stay home on that particular Saturday night so I could watch the song contest with my parents. I felt I had to hide the fact that I loved watching it as it was considered lame among teenagers.


I left home at the age of 18 but I kept the tradition of sitting down with pen and paper while watching Eurovision. My father passed away a few years later and as an only child I treasure the moments I spent with both my parents in those years where teenagers would normally prefer to go out with friends than staying home watching TV with the old folks.

Unfortunately, since televoting and SMS voting were introduced I lost a bit of interest in the contest as I felt voters would support their country regardless of the song being actually good.


To end this topic for the #2014BloggerChallenge I leave you a Youtube link to my personal favourite of the year 2012; and before you ask me: no, she didn't win :(

Nina Zilli - L'amore è femmina


For the love of music,