Thursday, 27 March 2014

Life Through Instagram

"...but if you choose not to love her now you can't choose to love her later."

Hello guys. I am soooo sorry for being away for so long. It has been a crazy month (I warned you!) and I barely have time to sleep properly. While I was away I spent an awesome weekend with my sister in Germany, saw Beyonce live, had an awful week spent at uni including a crying session in the canteen (I've hit a new low). Told you it was busy... At least first signs of spring are here and on Monday I am flying home! The weather better be good! So I'm currently...

Loving - Having something to look forward to. On Saturday I am going to the Vogue Festival and on Monday I will be back home having dinner with the family. This is what keeps me kicking at the moment.

Hating - Injustice gets my blood boiling. It is not fair how some people do and give everything they have and then other people just come and take advantage of it. I can go on ranting about this for ages but I'm just going to say one thing ... KARMA's gonna get you, you horrible human beings who do that! 

Craving - Popcorn all the freakin' time! It's unreal, I swear. I think my friend started it by getting the low calorie flavoured ones and from then on it was over for me. And quite soon I stopped eating the healthy option and moved on to the real deal: microwave popcorn. Destroyed in seconds...

Listening to - Well I saw Beyonce so for the whole week Flawless has been on repeat. I've been channeling my inner feminist and boosting my ego with this song. I'm not ashamed at all, every girl should be doing the same.

Reading - Sorry, nothing new here. I am still on academic literature which is not very exciting.

Secretly hoping - That I will have the best two weeks at home ever. Going out every day/night and finally enjoying myself while at the same time revising for my exams because I absolutely have to. In reality the two things don't work together so it's gonna be either or. Or maybe neither.

Regretting - That I didn't organise my time in the best way possible. This is new for me because usually I am a time management freak.

This is it for now. I will do my best to be back on track with regular posts. I plan shooting a few pictures before and during the Vogue Festival for you guys. I still have no idea what to wear but I might make another "getting ready" post. Let me know if you'd like that.

Thanks for the patience, for reading and for coming back.  

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Friday, 14 March 2014

10 Little Secrets Tag

“I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”
 ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Hello, hello. Today I thought it'd be nice to do a tag for a change. I saw this one here and was kindly encouraged by the author to do it. Check her blog out, even if you're not Bulgarian I am sure you'll at least love the photos. The tag is really interesting and gives cool (and useful!) insights into someone else's life. So let's get started...

What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?

This is quite tough! I'd have to say red lipstick though. It's just a classic, sexy, feminine look which always makes me feel glamorous. I love it and I think every girl need to have a favourite red. I have about three and the one I use the most is the classic MAC Ruby Woo.

 What is your skincare secret? / A passed down skin care tip

When I was a kid, whenever a salad was due for dinner my grandmother used to gently rub the cucumber peel onto her face. She used to say that it hydrated the skin and made her look younger. Now when I think about it, it does make sense. I've received a few weird stares when I do it but I don't care. I think it is a great natural way to boost your skin. However, if your type is dry to normal like mine, you need to moisturise afterwards because of the water in the cucumber.  

 Share your hair care secret?

I have actually shared it in my Haircare Must-Haves. It's the Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment which saved me when I wanted to tear the scalp off of my skull. Pretty picture, no? 
It calms and moisturises the skin on my head and you know what they say: healthy scalp is healthy hair. I am also contemplating Coconut oil as a mask but it might be too much hassle. Any thoughts?

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Getting Ready | Ellie Goulding Concert

"But I wish I could feel it all for you
I wish I could be it all for you"

Hello, hello! On Sunday I had an awesome, warm and exciting day. The weather was wonderful and even though I had to work till late afternoon, it was not a burden at all. What kept me excited was the fact that I was about to go to the O2 Arena and listen to Ellie Goulding live... I am pretty sure my friends and I were among the first few hundreds who started listening to her back in time.

My day started too well. You know how when you wake up and the sun is shining you're instantly in a good mood? Well, this happened along with coffee and music to prep me for the day.

I needed to get to work and I didn't have much time so I put some makeup on and didn't even think about hair or outfit. It was really the first thing I had in mind - straight hair, printed tee and Converse sneakers. Looking back, I'd say it was a good choice. The makeup pretty much stayed on for 14 hours and the clothes were comfy enough to let me jump up and down and scream like crazy.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Hand Cream on the Face?!

“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside. ” 
 ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Today I decided to share something that I came across recently and found very interesting. While flicking through the Daily Mail last week I was surprised to see an article which made me read a whole page of that trashy newspaper (It was in my hands for work purposes, I wouldn't read it otherwise). The feature was dedicated to pros and cons of using hand cream on your face. What propelled the article is the fact that hand creams are generally less expensive, have the same ingredients (they say) and may end up having the same effect on your skin. 
The lady who was testing the creams claimed that for brands like Neutrogena, Lancome, Avon, Clarins and more, there is no difference whether you use the hand or the face cream. And often the price difference is quite significant. However, some of them were said to be suitable only as night creams because as a cosmetic chemist was quoted: ‘Hand cream can leave skin looking shiny and cause reactions or blocked pores on  the face.’ 

To be honest, the thought has passed my mind but it never materialized for a few reasons. Firstly, we all know that the skin on the face is different from the one on the hands and I am still hoping that people who develop those creams realize it too. However, the ingredients in hand creams were said to be almost the same if not better than face creams. Here comes my doubt for The Daily Mail in general. I checked the ingredients of both my face and hand cream and I don't find that many similarities or particularly nasty things in any of them. 

This is when I recalled my personal experience on the topic. I have very dry skin and when I go out without properly moisturizing, the situation can get tricky. There have been a few times when I needed a cream to ease the dryness and all I had on me was a hand cream. So you can imagine what I'd do in such situation. I don't know if my skin was shiny but it certainly blocked my pores. I was freaking out the whole time that I need to get home asap and take care of the HAND cream on my FACE because it just didn't feel right. Consequently, I had a mini breakout. Since the two or three times this happened, I either moisturise properly or carry a mini Nivea on me. 

Yes, it could have been some kind of a mind trick. After all, the hand cream packaging does explicitly say: "Do not apply on the face." And if it's not meant to be on my face, I just don't want it there, ok?! 

So what's your opinion? I am still on the fence whether to believe it or not but I'd rather trust my cynical self and stick to face cream for face and hand cream for hands... 

If you'd like to read an extract of the article click here.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! 

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Life Through Instagram

"But I’d rather look back and regret something I did when I was young and crazy, than look back and regret something I never had the courage to do and realize it’s too late."
 - Cherrie Lynn, Rock Me

Hello, hello. I thought a catch up with what I've been up to is in order. As I mentioned in the previous post, life is quite hectic at the moment so please bear with me if I am not posting as regularly as I wish. So straight to the point of life lately...

Loving - Any free moment I get really. And the fact that winter is going away and warmer weather is around the corner, finally!

Hating - The pressure of deadlines and peoples' demands. Everyone wants something from you but no one cares what YOU want. 

Craving - Home-made food. I think I've overindulged on junk food in the last few weeks (very bad, I know) and now whenever I see a ready meal I can't even look at it. It's time to start cooking properly...

Listening to - Quite a lot of Bulgarian music like Ice Cream - Захир

Reading - Well frankly... Strategic Brand Management, Keller K. Very exciting!

Secretly Hoping - That if I start sharing my blog with more people they won't judge me but encourage me. Oh, and that when get to see Valentino in the end of this month he'll notice me and say: "Bella!" Ok, it's a bit too much but a girl can dream!

Regretting - Losing so much time to worry over stupid things. 

Well that was it for now. I do have some ideas for future posts and I will do my best to post asap. 
Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

February Bits and Pieces

"If you’re not scared, you’re not taking a chance. And if you’re not taking a chance, then what the hell are you doing?"
 - Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

February passed quickly and it's time for the most stressful and exciting month of the year for me. Last lectures and too many assignments at university, 2 concerts (one of which in Germany), Vogue festival where I'll attend a talk with Valentino *beyond excited* and my best friend's birthday which she hates... oh, and working in the meantime and going back home in the end of the month too. It won't be exactly a laid back month and I need to be freakishly organised to handle everything properly.

Enough moaning, I just wanted to share the worry and excitement of all that has been going on. On to the actual bits and pieces now.

 Last month I decided to splurge on foundation because I experienced really weird skin colours in the last few weeks. My face is red in places, then yellow around my eyes and blue beneath them. I needed a proper foundation and after all the review reading in the world it came down to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. I wanted something light enough so that I don't feel it on my skin. This one does the job and has light to medium coverage. The only downside (except the price obviously!) is that it does not treat dry patches well. It actually makes them stand out and because I have dry skin it's a problem for me. However, I just have to moisturise well before applying it and it seems to fix this issue. Other than that, it has good staying power and doesn't seem to clog pores which is my biggest nightmare.  

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Casual Monday

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough"
- Mae West

Mondays are quite tedious for me. I usually always work and then I go to Slug & Lettuce (50% off is the best). However, this Monday was a bit different because the boy is visiting me and I had to take the time off. We spent a lovely day with acceptable weather, drinking coffee by the river and then stuffing our faces with food at the previously mentioned restaurant. It ended with a movie at home and a package of Cadbury Mini Eggs *yum*!  Honestly, days like this are what I live for.

The clothes I wore were the most casual thing I could come up with. This is how I look on everyday basis, really. Without putting too much effort into how I look or what I wear. I just throw on the boyfriend jeans, leather jacket and RayBans and I feel as good as it gets. I'd say it's a properly lazy but not exactly "sweatpants and Uggs" kind of outfit. I wish all my Mondays looked like this ...


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