Winter over here has settled for good, which means my lips get dry not matter how much chapstick I use. That’s the time when lip scrubs come in handy. However, instead of buying them, I prefer to make them myself. It’s super easy, cheap and customizable. And you can make sure they’re made out of natural ingredients! If you’ve never tried it – time to give it a go!
Oh hi! I’m coming with a post that’s not a recipe, for once? Cannot be! A while ago (well, it’s almost been 2 years!) I wrote about my makeup favourites. I think it’s about time to update that list. 🙂 I decided to go for my top 5 products (listed in a random order).
A little throwback to January. Looks like all I did that month was eat and craft Hopefully February will bring more diversity, although the weather is still wintery (we got hit by a fresh supply of snow last night…) and doesn’t encourage leaving the warmth and coziness of my house. I do however have one exciting afternoon planned for next week and I can’t wait for it!
Hello, I hope everyone’s having a nice day 🙂
I popped into a drugstore yesterday and picked a few makeup&beauty items:
Rimmel Wake me up foundation
I usually use Rimmel foundations – mainly Lasting Finish, but this time I decided to pick the Wake me up one. I’ve had it before and it works well for me, especially on warmer days (I’ll keep it for spring, it’ll be perfect then).
Miss Sporty Studio Lash mascara
I’ve been using this mascara pretty much ever since I started using makeup, alternately with Maybelline Lash Sensational. It’s super cheap yet works perfectly fine, a lot better than many of the more pricey mascaras that I’ve tried.
Alterra hand cream
My absolute favourite hand cream ever! Smells great and is made from natural ingredients. Alterra is an own brand of a German chain of drugstores, Rossmann, which also has its stores in a few countries outside Germany – including mine. I’ve seen the brand on Amazon too though, so even if you don’t have Rossmann stores in your country, you should still be able to get this cream if you’d like to.
L’Oréal Casting Creme Gloss 412
I’ve been dying my hair for over 7 years now, always using Casting Créme Gloss by L’Oréal. I don’t always use the same dye, I just stick to cool toned brown shades – this time I picked number 412, Iced Cocoa.
Batiste dry shampoo
One of the products I can’t live without. I use Batiste every morning, so every time I pop into a drugstore I come out with at least one new dry shampoo. This time I picked a scent I haven’t had before so I’m excited to use it 😀
Farmona Green tea normalizing face cream
As I wrote in my New Year’s resolutions post, I promised to take better care of my skin, so I decided to treat myself with a new cream. I don’t really know this brand and I’ve never used this cream before, but I liked the ingredient list and it was on sale, so I decided to give it a go. I used it yesterday in the evening – so far, so good. I like its texture, it’s very thin, almost watery – I know that a lot of you would say it’s a disadvantage, but I really hate thick, heavy creams on my face. This one didn’t feel uncomfortable yet left my skin moisturized, and that’s all I really need.
So I wanted to write a post on my current makeup favourites but I realized that nothing has changed since my last makeup favourites post, so instead I decided to mention all kinds of things I enjoyed in the past year or so. Let’s get started!
Original source shower gels
Yep, I know, they’re known and loved by so many people and I joined that already overcrowded club. I fell in love with the lime scented one in summer and now in winter I’m loving the vanilla&raspberry one.
I Love Cosmetics bath & shower creams
I accidentally came across the I Love Cosmetics brand during a big sale in one of our drugstores and instantly fell in love. Their scents (marshmallow, chocolate fudge or ice cream) are sooo yummy! I wish they were edible 😦 I’m currently using a Minty Choc Chip scented one and trust me, the entire bathroom smells like After Eight chocolates when I’m taking a bath.
Wibo eyeshadow palette
Unfortunately, most likely not accessible in other countries. This eyeshadow palette by a Polish brand instantly became so popular that you need a miracle to come by it (still, after months since its release). I don’t know how, but my sister made that miracle happen and got me this palette for Christmas. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks (one of them was in 2017, so it qualifies for 2017 favourites! :D) but it’s enough to decide that it’s the best eyeshadow palette I’ve ever had. The packaging is absolutely amazing (the photo doesn’t do it justice), the colours are lovely and – thanks to some pink/red/orange-ish shades – very different to the most popular affordable palettes which are usually around nude browns. And most importantly, they stay on forever and don’t roll in the crease at all! And that’s incredibly hard to achieve with my oily eyelids. No eyeshadow primer needed!
Maybelline Master Graphic eyeliner
A totally underrated product by Maybelline. Another item I came across during some gigantic sales, I think I got it for like £1.5. Tried it out at home and… returned to the store to get one more, just in case I couldn’t find it anywhere in the future 😀 I never had patience for eyeliners but somehow this marker makes it super easy to draw perfect lines. I’ve been wearing eyeliner literally every day for the last few months, let that speak for itself.
I’d tried dozens of eyebrow products but none seemed to fit my needs – they’d smudge, look awfully unnatural or simply behave super weird during application. And then I tried a pomade and my makeup life changed! I find them ridiculously easy to apply, they stay on – intact – forever, and one little jar lasts… well, I don’t know that yet, but by the look of it it’s gonna last a few years, unless it dries up before I reach the bottom.
Evree Magic Rose facial toner
I found myself really enjoying rose water; I never really liked the scent of artificial roses in makeup products or perfumes, but rose water smells different and I really, really love it! I don’t actually know if it benefits our skin as well as it’s described on products’ labels, but… it smells lovely and I almost feel like I’m slightly addicted to that fragrance.
Euphoria by Calvin Klein
After years of trying to find my fragrance I believe I finally did!
Ah… I don’t watch films or series too often. In fact, in the last few years I only watched 2 full series. Stranger Things is the perfect show for me. I have to admit I secretly wish I was born like 20 years earlier – not that I don’t love the bliss all the modern technology we have nowadays, but the 80s vibe is something I absolutely love. Obviously, as a person born in the 90s I don’t remember those times myself, but Stranger Things has everything I imagine the 80s to be. Combined with my love for spooky fantasy sci-fi stories… I binge-watched both seasons. No regrets.
In November I got to see one of my favourite music groups of all times live. The first row under the scene was mine! And despite going there with major back problems, I enjoyed every single second of that show. Definitely one of the best evenings. Not just in 2017, one of the best evenings of my life!
Salted caramel ice cream
To finish the list I wanna mention the one food I’ve been absolutely obsessed with since last summer – salted caramel. Mostly in an ice cream form, but I definitely don’t mind having it in other products. Has it always been a thing? I feel like salted caramel appeared a few months ago and since then it’s been everywhere. And I’m loving it!
Hello everybody! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.
I popped into a drugstore yesterday aaaand of course ended up buying a few bits and bobs.
First things first, the essentials: dry shampoo is something I use every single day and I just have to always have a good supply of it. I trust Batiste and never really try out other brands. Currently I’m using a tropical one, my next choice was an oriental scent.
A good old Carmex is something I need to have in every bag, in my desk at work, as well as in many random places at home. It’s the only chapstick that actually seems to work for me and I use it all year long. Also, for the first time ever, I recently actually managed to completely finish up one – usually I lose them before I get to the end. Yet another life achievement unlocked 🙂
Moving to makeup category. I remember having a matte Color Tattoo eyeshadow ages ago. It didn’t work for me – I don’t know if it was the colour or the texture, but I ended up using it maybe a couple of times. However, I decided to give CT another try, this time picking a shimmery, Pink Gold shade. I bought it to use it for my day makeup, so I’m glad that the colour is very light and not heavily pigmented. I had it on for a few hours yesterday (I just needed to test it immediately 😀 ) and it stayed in place without rolling in the crease. So far so good, I have high hopes for this one. Maybe me and Color Tattoo can be friends after all 🙂
I talked about this Paese bamboo powder in my favourites. I don’t use regular powders anymore, those rice/bamboo ones work wonders for me. Found this one on sale so decided to get it even though I already had an extra one at home.
Onto contouring! After a not entirely successful experience I had in the past, I decided to give it another try. Bought this lovely egg-shaped Hakuro H13 brush (it’s soooo soft) and another bronzing contour powder, this time by Kobo – I’m extremely happy with it, used it today in the morning and it seems like this can be me & contouring reunited. I love the shade which is quite ashy and not too dark or heavily pigmented (I’m pale white, most contour products are way too dark and orange for me). It also seems to blend very nicely. I’ll keep experimenting, but I’m really happy with this purchase so far.
Last but not least: a Bell lip tint. I’ve been obsessed with lip products recently, but unfortunately none of them, even the long-lasting ones, make it to the end of my long day – even after 8 hours at work I usually only have some pathetic remains of the product. And if it wears off nicely and evenly, that’s fine – I can just reapply it. But some of them (especially matte liquid lipsticks) create a hard layer which looks horrible after a few hours and even worse when you try to reapply the product before washing the old remains first.
I’m drifting away. Lip tint. Decided to try it out hoping that it would last those 8 hours at work looking okay. Time will show, but the arm swatch test was promising. Bottom picture shows the tint directly after applying it, the top one was taken after around 2 hours. Looking good! I actually had a bath after taking that photo and the swatch didn’t completely wash off. Impressive! 🙂
I have long hair. I’ve always had long hair, but I started to actually give it the attention and care it deserves a few months ago. The journey continues, but I definitely can already say that my hair is in much better condition than it used to be. Here’s my current hair care routine 🙂
Washing & conditioning
I wash my hair every day in the evening (unless I don’t plan on going anywhere the next day). I know it’s not the best practice, but I’ve tried multiple times to change it, following tons of different tutorials, and none of them worked. To minimize bad effect of daily hair washing I try to use natural, gentle, SLS/SLES-free shampoos. My current absolute favourite is an aloe vera based shampoo by an Italian brand Equilibra.
As a conditioner I use Kallos hair masks. I’ve been obsessed with them for the last few months. Currently I use 3 different ones: Keratin (once a week), Silk (once a week) and my favourite one – Color – at all other times. I leave the conditioner for 5-10 minutes and then generously rinse it off with water.
After washing my hair I gently press it with a towel (no rubbing!) and then just let it dry naturally. When my hair is completely dry I detangle it with a good old Tangle Teezer. Wet hair is more susceptible to breaking and stretching damage, so that’s why we should never detangle it before it’s fully dry.
I never let my hair loose for the night – I usually make a braid or roll it up on foam rollers, if I have more time and want to have nice curls the next day.
Once or twice a week I like to oil my hair. I make a mixture of coconut, almond and grape oils and apply around 2 tablespoons on the length of my hair (avoiding contact with the scalp). I leave it on for around an hour and then wash my hair like I usually do. Oiling brings the best effects when done regularly – at least once a week. It prevents hair from frizzing and leaves it soft and shiny.
Quick morning routine
In the morning I’m usually in a rush, so doing my hair only takes a few seconds. I spray the front of my hair with dry shampoo to refresh it and give it some volume (I feel like it’s a better option for the hair than using strong hairspray, although probably still not the best). Then I protect the ends with a silicone-based serum. I still haven’t found my go to favourite one, I’m currently using the one from the photo. I don’t know that brand, I found the serum in a small drugstore, but it seems to do its job.
Because I sleep in a braid or hair rollers, I already have waves or curls done – no need to do anything more with the hair before going out 🙂
I’ve recently realised that I’ve never really talked about makeup on this blog. Well, today is the day! Like most of girls, I have some make-up favourites that I can’t live without and I’d like to show you that small collection.
Rimmel BB Cream / Rimmel Lasting Finish
Starting from the base – foundations. I have two favourite items, both from Rimmel: BB Cream and Lasting Finish foundation. My skin used to be problematic, so I mainly used the foundation to get better coverage. Nowadays I usually use the BB cream and only go for heavy coverage in winter or for bigger evening occasions. The main reason why I like those two products is that they have a perfect colour for my skin. It took me ages of trying out different foundations to find one in matching shade. Oh, the beauty of being as pale as a wall.
Because mascaras usually last only a month or two, I’m not a fan of spending too much on them. Those from Maybelline are both affordable and effective, I just tend to always go for different ones – I have a feeling that regardless of what the packaging says, all mascaras give pretty much the same results.
Bourjois Rose d’Or blusher
I used to be absolutely horrible with blushers. No matter how hard I tried, I’d always end up with patchy face. Until one day, when I was recommended this blusher. It literally changed my make-up life. I feel that its colour is perfect for all types of skin – it’s a rather cold pink shade, yet broken with a sprinkle of warm golden shimmer. Also, it’s not too heavily pigmented, so it’s rather hard to ruin your makeup with it – you’d have to apply very, very much. Properly applied small amount of blusher is something I can’t live without, even in my everyday makeup, which is rather natural – it just brightens the face and makes it look healthy.
Rimmel Stay Matte powder
This was my powder favourite for many, many years. Lasts decently long, has nice coverage and definitely isn’t pricey. I still use it sometimes, although the first place of my makeup favourites has recently been overtaken by…
I’ve had them from a few different brands, my favourite one is Paese, but I’m not sure if it’s available internationally. Those powders are transparent, so they’re probably not for you if you expect full coverage from your powders (that’s why it wouldn’t have been good for me back in the days when my skin was a lot more problematic). Also, they might not be right if your skin is dry – rice ans bamboo powders are strongly mattifying (the only powders that actually manage to keep my face matte for more than 2 hours). And the biggest advantage of the rice and bamboo powders I’ve tried: their ingredient list. Short and natural. See the comparison of Rimmel Stay Matte and my Paese rice powder.
Isn’t it amazing? The rule that generally applies to most cosmetics and food is that the shorter ingredient list, the better – and don’t you think there’s a slight difference between 5 ingredients and like… 30?
Again, something I started using very recently. To be honest, I completely refreshed my make-up habits a few months ago and as a part of the change list I started using stronger lipstick colours in shades I’d never used before. Instead of going for light pink colours, which didn’t seem to suit me well (only took a few years to realise that!), I started using red and neon pink. My most commonly used are (from the left): Manhattan Blogger’s Choice – Meet me at the district (I bought it online, I’ve never seen it in stores though, it seems to only be sold in chosen countries), Essence – On the catwalk and Rimmel by Kate 107.
The Manhattan one has an amazing colour that I absolutely love – unfortunately, on the downside, its consistency is very dry and if you have bits of dry skin on your lips, this lipstick will make them strongly visible (regular use of lip scrubs & balms is a must). One amazing fact about this lipstick though is that it works like a tint and the colour bites into your lips and stays there for literally the entire day – you can eat and drink as much as you want, it won’t affect the lipstick at all.
Rimmel by Kate lipsticks, on the contrary, have a lovely, creamy consistency. If the colour wasn’t so dark, I would most likely wear it all the time for my everyday makeup.
The Essence lipstick was an accidental discovery – I was in the process of finding the best lipstick colours for me and bought a bunch of rather cheap products in many different shades, this was one of them. I quite like its consistency, it doesn’t turn my lips into Sahara Desert. The colour isn’t too dark for a day makeup, so I can wear it every day. The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t last too long and I have to reapply it after every meal – it’s usually not a big problem though.
Do you use any of the above? What are you make-up favourites? Let me know! 🙂
Here’s my usual makeup. Also, mr Eeyore says hi 🙂
Finding an hour or two for myself once a week in the evening is one of the fundamental, sacred things I can’t live without – even in the busiest times I try not to skip that point of my routine. Here are my 3 steps to the perfect time during a pamper night. Let’s get started!
Well, I’ll actually start with an optional point that’s not a crucial part of the list – having a workout. I try to exercise every day, even if the most I can do in a day is like 15 minutes. However, before a pamper night, I like to have a proper at-home workout – that way I get physically tired and double enjoy my evening afterwards.
1. Preparing the atmosphere
Before I get in that lovely bath, I like to set a lovely, relaxing atmosphere – light up some candles, silently play calm music and make something to drink: usually herbal tea (my all time favourite is peppermint). Also, it’s good to make sure we won’t be interrupted during the bath. Double check that there are no reminders set on your phone that will soon go off and that there’s nothing in the oven/on the stove that might get burnt. Prepare all of the bath products you want to use in case they’re normally stored outside of your bathroom.
2. Aromatic, bubbly bath
When’s a better time to use the best bath bombs if not during a pamper night? Having a lovely, colourful, aromatic bath with tons of bubbles is one of the best things in the world. Just take that bath bomb you’ve been saving for ages and enjoy your time! Also, it’s a great opportunity to apply nice hair mask and actually keep it on for as long as suggested.
3. Afterbath skin/hair care
When you’re done with the bath, spend those extra minutes and moisturize your body. Before going to sleep, apply a face mask and continue relaxing in bed, reading a nice book or watching your favourite shows. I’m sure that after such an evening you’ll be perfectly relaxed and have the best night’s sleep.
I feel like even the most successful, hard-working person, focused on staying healthy both mentally and physically, will sometimes have a day or a week of not feeling good. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by large amounts of work to do. It’s easy to neglect our bodies and end up suffering from various physical issues. It’s also easy to forget about the importance of self-care, living in these fast-changing, constantly busy times. Here’s a short list of things that will help you construct a solid base for feeling good. A set of small changes to implement – small, but with great potential for sure!