Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Secret To Good Sleep

"I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. My body loved. And my soul understood."

I don't think there is anything better than a great night of peaceful, undisturbed and unnecessarily prolonged sleep. Here enters the This Works Dream Team Duo which contains the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and the Deep Sleep Stress Less Oil

Both products are infused with lavender, vetivert and wild camomile essential oils and are meant to calm you down, make you fall asleep easily and wake up like a fresh tomato. Personally, I like the smell but I imagine not everyone would. When you use the products sparingly, they won't disturb you with strong smell and will do their job brilliantly. Every night before I go to sleep, I spray the pillow spray once or twice over my pillows and I apply the Stress Less Oil (it has a rollerball so it's quite easy) on my wrists and behind my ears (again, not too much oil). The result is falling asleep quickly and not having unpleasant dreams, which I find to be my biggest issue. I don't like waking up and already feeling stressed out because of something ridiculous I had dreamt about. If we had a dream on/off button mine would be permanently off. If you are an insomniac or have clinical sleep issues this obviously won't help but these two are awesome to use after a long day. I haven't ruled out the possibility of placebo effect but hey, in the end of the day I want results and I don't really care how they're achieved.

This travel size option is awesome for a Christmas stocking filler. It's affordable (£10 from Space NK), products are travel-sized i.e. perfect for travelling (I am definitely taking the Stress Less Oil with me when I meet the family for Christmas!) and if you're unsure about the full size, it's a great way to try them out. There is also a balm version of the oil which is worth checking out.
 Thanks for reading and stay tuned, guys! 

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Monday, 1 December 2014

New Love: Benefit They're Real Mascara

"Tried to keep you close to me,
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been"

- James Bay Hold Back The River

Hello, hello.
A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on Benefit's cult mascara. Who can pass the 20% off, right? 
Having read all the magazine awards in the world, it is safe to say this one has always been the winner of the "best mascara" category. Moreover, my closest friends (and the whole internet community, no biggie) kept raving about it and I had no choice but to try it myself. So in case  you haven't given in to peer pressure and haven't tried this yet, let me express my share of love for it.

Firstly, I ask you to excuse the icky close up of my tired (I was ill at the time), dry-skin, watery eyes. The only cool thing is that my eyes are quite dark. 

On to the important part. I don't normally like rubbery bristle mascara brushes. They don't do much for me and I find them a bit difficult to apply the product with. I have always preferred the fluffy ones and maybe this is one of the reasons why I tried They're Real mascara just now. However, this one is quite good because it separates the lashes beautifully. While the fluffy ones tend to leave my lashes a bit clumpy, this brush both separates and elongates my stubborn lashes. The product stays on for the whole day, it does not smudge and dries quickly on the lashes ( I have this habit of sneezing right after I've applied mascara and it's still wet... ). The downside is that it dries in a way that you can't easily go back and apply some more or touch it up afterwards. Also, you need to build it up quite a bit. It's not all perfect after two strokes with the brush, it takes a certain amount of dedication.

However, the results are indeed there and I do like this mascara very, very much. The brush is not annoying and useless as I expected it to be, quite the opposite, it does wonders to my lashes. 
At full retail price of around £20, it is not cheap. I recommend you try getting it from an airport duty free shop because they have amazing deals there. I have seen 2 x Benefit They're Real mascaras for around £13. So if you don't want to splash the cash, there are options if you're travelling. 

Thanks for reading guys and stay tuned! 

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Instagram (and Life) Lately

"I hate to say it, but shit really does happen. You just have to get over it. Beat the hell out of it by doing things that make you happy."

— J.A. Redmerski

Yes, I am still here! 
I thought that a good way to say "heeey" is to tell you what's been going on with me... Well, at the moment I am ill and trying to fight back a nasty cold (or maybe flu, who knows) by taking all the medicine in the world. On another note, I graduated! Yaaay! So what should I do with my life now? 

Also, the situation with the broken computer has been sorted by buying a new one. I won't lie that I've been eyeing the Apple Macbooks for ages but it was a very annoying situation and I do miss my old, filled with crap computer. And while I am fighting to understand how to do simple things like changing your desktop or deleting files, keep on reading the usual stuff from an Instagram post. 

A couple of days ago I snatched up the oh-so-famous Benefit They're Real! Mascara and I am really happy with it. I won't say much because I have planned a short review (in case you are like me i.e. the last person on Earth who doesn't have it). Oh, and I am also loving the blanket scarf/ poncho trend. Finally my time has come!

Dry skin. Something happens to me in the winter and my skin becomes dry and flaky and my face is all sorts of colours. For some reason my summer skin is tanned and beautiful and as soon as it gets cold it's back to horrible. I have read enough on the topic and I know it happens and it's normal but I can't help but feel like a weird snake.

Just a general break from everything. I guess I had a small one but an extended version of it, on a remote island would be perfect, thanks.

Listening to: 
Taylor Swift - Blank Space but then again who isn't? 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I guess there is no need to sell you this classic but it is truly something else and the truth is, I don't even know what. The book is not even something I would typically enjoy but for some reason I cannot put it down. A must read, indeed.

Plus a couple of extra pictures...

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

My Little Box | DvF Edition

Hello, hello!
Yet again, this post is long overdue but I still haven't come up with a solution for my crappy computer situation. Hopefully, in the next 7 to 10 days this whole thing will be behind me and I will no longer have to beg for someone's PC to watch a movie or edit my blog pictures.

On the day that my computer passed away *sob*, the My Little Box October arrived at my door. And it is no other than the Diane Von Furstenberg collab with the coolest box ever! I found out about it around the end of September and was beyond excited; however, as you can imagine, I was completely devastated that my computer died along with all stored information. So I was not that excited when it actually arrived. I am pretty sure the postman didn't ring the doorbell because he could sense the mixture of anger, despair and helplessness radiating from me and the whole apartment that day.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn is for Dark Red

"едно тук и сега
е повече от всяко
Августин Господинов

As you may know, my computer completely died a few days ago and my life has become significantly harder. It sucks how dependent we are on one machine and Internet connection. This outfit post was due probably a week ago but I couldn't really do anything, so apologies for that.

As for the look, it is my idea of casual autumn Sunday. Recently, I've been obsessed with all things burgundy/ dark red, including lips. When I bought the sweater (mainly because of the colour, of course) I thought it'd be a nice combination to wear it with similar nail polish and lipstick.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Dior Diorskin Forever Pressed Powder Quick Review

“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.”
— Dave Grohl

I might have told you recently that I've been on the hunt for a good powder to tame my occasionally oily T-Zone. I have never really had such problems because my skin is definitely on the dry side, but strange things happen in winter and now I can add a shiny forehead to the list of skin issues to tackle. Plus, my makeup was not exactly long lasting and a powder to set things in place was necessary.

Dry skin means such products have never been a must-have for me. I have only ever used a powder when I was at school. I ordered it from Avon and I am pretty sure I didn't even know why I was wearing it... it just seemed like a grown up thing to do *note to self: make sure if you have a daughter one day she is enlightened about stuff like this*.

I was sure I needed a pressed powder compact rather than a loose one. I want something easy to carry around and deal with in the mornings when I'm late. Frankly, there are many good offers from the drugstore but I think high-end powder compacts are the dream.

I decided to splurge this time (£32.50 and I got a feelunique. com voucher for £5 off) and invest in a compact which will simply make me feel good. Because high end brands mainly do that. The product inside this Dior compact is quite nice though. It's an almost transparent setting powder, very light on the face and definitely does the job. I was scared it might clog my pores or break me out but if you cleanse your face properly this shouldn't be a problem. Of course, the beauty is in the packaging. Even the sponge, which I wouldn't normally use, is so soft and pretty. The compact comes in a velvet pouch with CD initials on it. 

Overall, I'd say this is a good powder to treat yourself with. However, if you're on a budget, I am convinced you can find a product to do the same job perfectly well. But you know what people say .. some things don't have a price. Sometimes it's nice to make yourself feel special with purchases like this.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!  

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Leopard, Art and Bad Weather

They say right when they flood the house and they tear it to shreds that... destruction is a form of creation," so the fact that they burn the money is ironic. They just want to see what happens when they tear the world apart.
- Donnie Darko
Millenium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral 

Hello, hello.
In London you'd be quite lucky to witness a full day of sunshine so it came as no surprise when Monday was as crappy as it gets. However, it was already decided that a visit to Tate Modern should happen. It was quite the journey and a bit disappointing too because even though I am a person who loves art, most of the stuff there was a bit.. difficult to comprehend. Despite that, I loved the surrealist gallery (and the Tate building itself) and it was very cool to see kids sitting in front of Picasso paintings and recreating them incredibly well. Kudos to such talent.

As for what I was wearing, I wanted it to be comfy but pretty. For awhile now I've been obsessed with pony tails with bows. A beautiful, sleek, long pony tail with a pretty ribbon tied around it is the dream. So I went to every shop trying to find a decent bow. I couldn't find anything good enough so in the end I went to Tiger and got satin ribbon for one quid. Well, it did the job (plus a couple of other jobs) quite well. When I left the house it looked great but after all the rain and wind the situation was different. A good tip I got from a magazine is to spray your brush with hairspray and then comb your hair. This gets rid of frizz and stray hairs.

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