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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Monday, 29 September 2014

Life Through Instagram

"The person you think of when you stand in front of the ocean."
- Colleen Michele


Hello, hello.
These are the highlights of the last couple of weeks - Thorpe Park (which was beyond awesome!), London at night, Harrods, a new shorter haircut and a bit of exercise.

Loving: I know I've talked about it (post here) and instagrammed it a lot but I loved the first edition of My Little Box UK. It's a really cute concept and I hope they continue surprising us with great stuff like this box. Fashion-wise I have been loving my black skinny Topshop Leigh jeans. Even though they didn't really stand the test of the washing machine (which I am a bit angry about), I've been wearing them all.the.time and with everything. You'll see soon.

Hating: I know I'll be only person to say that but I haven't been a big fan of autumn so far. Yes, I like all the cozy socks and hot chocolate business but I am a summer child who needs the sun! And frankly, I hate it when I have to start layering clothes. I am just not inspired at that time of the year.

Craving: Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Pressed Powder. I will own it, it's a matter of time now. The thing is, even though my skin has always been dry, recently I have been experiencing annoying oily patches on my T-zone. I need to find a good solution to the issue and Dior's option is quite good. Plus, it looks and feels so luxurious and I am a sucker for things like that. I also have a voucher for 5 pounds off at which makes it a total score! Waiting for pay day now...

 Listening to: That's a tough one at the moment. I'd say I've been listening to Maroon 5's new album a lot but not all songs are my cup of tea, to be honest. I've also been enjoying Johnny Cash quite a lot recently.

Secretly Hoping: To be a bit more inspired for everyday things like going to work or having dinners with friends etc. At the moment I am a bit apathetic to things like that. I don't put much effort and I am not very interested. I haven't even painted my nails in more than two weeks! That says a lot.

Eating: I have been loving a simple salad with avocado, tomatoes, spring onion, olive oil and squeezed lemon. It's basically guacamole but in a salad form and I love it! I can eat industrial quantities of this with no problem. 

Thanks for reading guys! Right after posting this I will be doing a DIY at home which I have been postponing for awhile now. I know the crappy DIYs I've posted on the blog have been quite popular so I will document this one for sure. Stay tuned!  

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

My Little Box | Parisienne

"You’re a necessity and a luxury."
— Zelda to Scott, 1920

Hello, hello.
The hype for certain things rarely gets to me but this was inevitable. To be honest, it was not even that hyped - just mentioned in 2 or 3 magazines I happened to read at work. I am not particularly a fan of the 'beauty box' craze. Why would I want to piled with more useless beauty products every month and pay for it? 

However, My Little Box seemed so much different. First of all, it comes straight from Paris (I was half sold)! And then I saw the beautiful illustrations and gorgeous design of this small wonder. It is just so well-thought from the beginning till the end! Beautiful, girly, detailed and french is just what I needed...

I subscribed (you can always cancel) around the 5th and 10 days later I was anticipating a surprise. It arrived on time, no scratch on it. Every box contains a fashion accessory, inspiration in the form of a postcard-like quote and a picture, cute stickers and products from well-known and loved brands as well as one from My Little Box's own range of cosmetics. Each box has a theme and the first one in the UK comes as the Parisienne Edition hence everything inside is connected to Paris.

I got a very pretty Notebook with a theme-related illustration. Its first few pages present the My Little Box concept and tell you what to expect. There were some pretty stickers and inspirational quote, as I mentioned. The products inside were Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Nuxe Dry Oil for Hair, Face and Body and My Little Box's Illuminating Pen. I am not too sure how I will test the primer given that I rarely wear full face of foundation these days but it said in the box that girls in Paris wear it with no foundation to help brighten and even out complexion (I don't care if it's complete crap, I want to be Parisienne, ok?). I quite like the oil and I am sure you ladies know it's good. It's a cult product and I'm happy I finally got to try it out. Still haven't made up my mind about the illuminating pen just yet but I will let you know how it goes. What I love most is the small pouch with mini ribbons and My Little Box all over it. It's new home is definitely going to be my bag, I just need to figure out what exactly to put inside. Last but not least (okay, maybe least at the moment) is a computer case which I am pretty sure is meant to be for a small Mac. I was not too impressed but that's because it's too small to put any other type of computer inside and not everyone owns a Mac. Of course, my first thought was "another reason to finally get that ridiculously expensive gadget!" but my consumerist voice aside - it's not so practical. 

All together, I just love it! I was going to cancel my subscription after the first month but I can't bring myself to it, it's just the prettiest little thing to surprise me every month!  

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Monday, 15 September 2014

New Bits and Pieces

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

Hello, hello. 
Some new things have been added to my stash so I thought it'd be nice to write a mini review about them or just give you sneak peek of what to expect.

As you guys may already know, I have a very complicated relationship with shoes. I rarely buy shoes because I generally don't warm up to them as easily as it happens with clothes. I must be wearing a pair for ages before actually saying: "ok, these are not so horrible and I kinda like them". (This doesn't apply to Converse sneakers, of course.)

 For awhile now I've had my eye on slip-ons (aka plimsolls), particularly the ones from Asos. Price-wise they're awesome, and there is a good variety of patterns, colours and textures. The problem was that every week I changed my opinion about which pair I wanted. 

But then on a bright and happy (pay) day, I ordered the Asos Dockland Plimsolls in Grey Leopard. I really wanted a  basic black pair but decided that a bit of leopard always adds the edge to an outfit. Plus, they are grey so I can wear them with everything. I can't say whether they're comfy or not because I haven't worn them properly yet but my feet are always destroyed by new shoes anyway. I bet that even if I wore Uggs I'd still have gigantic blisters. *Epiphany* On a second thought, maybe that's why I hate buying shoes so much.

Next up is & Other Stories Mediterraneen Body Scrub. Brace yourselves for some serious raving. This scrub is nothing like anything I've ever used before. It seems more like a concoction you'd put together at home rather than your typical exfoliator from The Body Shop. It is a gooey, divine smelling sugar scrub which made me - the 10-minute shower person, enjoy extra 15 minutes just applying this and sniffing it. Maybe I come from Mars, but I have never seen or used a scrub like this before. Excellent stuff.

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