Saturday, 15 August 2015

Let's Talk Fringe

May the bridges I burn light my way.

Hello, hello.
As you may have seen, I cut my fringe about a week ago. It was completely on a whim, inspired by Alexa Chung's nonchalant bangs (refer to Google for inspiration). I also thought it would be a nice change, even tough it's not really a change for me because I have had a fringe for the first 18 years of my life. I don't particularly remember if I used to style it or just go with the flow (what.a.mistake.) but I had it and I loved it. That's why when I decided a change was needed and dying my hair pink is just not appropriate when you're 23 and have an office job, my options were either to cut it all off or give it a fringe. As a friend kindly noted: "Don't cut your hair now, you'll have short hair when you're old". Mind you, he is a guy and he sounded strangely rational while saying it. So I had this lightbulb moment and a few hours later I was sitting in a salon chair very, very excited. And now is the time for me to give you my 18+ years of fringe wisdom.

1. Don't let the hairdresser tell you what you want.
Mine was very insistent that a fringe will not look good on me because I have a cowlick. I tried to explain that I have had that cowlick and a fairly decent fringe for about 18 years but she just wouldn't have any of it. After a 20 minute discussion she cut my hair, I was very unhappy, left the salon and walked straight into another one hissing "cut the fringe now." The lady was awesome and given that she was eastern-european, she had no clue what a cowlick was; hence, no opinion on it. Sweet. Just don't let that happen to you. If you are sure of something, just go for it no matter what somebody tells you. 

2. "Waking up is the hardest part."
Okay, that's actually a line of a song but waking up really is the hardest part (which I had totally forgotten about). The fringe is just everywhere and you have to put ridiculous effort into taming it. Same applies to the gym. Sweaty fringe is not a good look, I can tell you. Thank God, I don't care how I wake up or look in the gym. Which leads me to number 3...

3. Styling your fringe is a must!
If you are going to speak to people and actually have to look like a normal human being (which is not expected of you when you wake up or sweat at the gym), you need to style it. This is a great nudge for me because my hair needs styling anyway and now that I have a fringe, there is no excuse because if I skip that part, I will look like a mushroom. I am not too good at using the hair dryer to blow dry so I'd use my GHD straighteners pretty much every time I go out (a pain in the neck but has to be done) or you can buy a paddle brush and make do with the dryer. Maybe it's wrong but I always go for the straighteners.  

All in all, I really like it. I needed a change and this was a good one. People who knew be back in the old days could not quite believe I went back to it and people who didn't, said I looked dramatically different. Which is a good thing, no? If you're wondering if you should do it, go for it.  

Change is a good thing.

 Thanks for reading, guys. Hope you like the blog's new design! 
Simple but significant ;)

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

They Call Me Dorothy / Red Shoes Look

"Компромисът е добър чадър, но лош покрив."

Get it? Wizard of Oz, red shoes, Dorothy? I hope it's not just me here. 

A few days ago I went to a very nice, fun and surprisingly laid-back wedding and the question of what to wear started to worry me the moment the invitation came. As always, I almost completely improvised and wore stuff that I already had. For some reason I can never bring myself to buying fancy, occasionwear. The investment never seems justified. So this is how it went down: good old white Karen Millen, Zara top, Ruby Woo on the lips and the new, quite inexpensive (let's not use the word "cheap", okay?) red heels (which I forgot at the wedding venue, by the way, no biggie).

Excuse the crappy iPhone photos, this is all I had and I really wanted to do something for the blog.   

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Going Out Makeup Look

“You’re allowed to miss the people who were bullets to you, but you’re not allowed to let them shoot you again.”

I want to start with a big fat disclaimer that I am not a pro and whatever I do is completely self taught, in other words, I do what I can with whatever I've got.

This morning I woke up feeling very bad both physically and mentally. It was one of those moments when you just want to curl up in a foetal position and stay like this for the whole nasty day. Obviously, I couldn't allow myself to do that so instead I took my camera out and decided to do something for the blog. In the last week or so, two things have been popping up on my YouTube constantly: Kylie Jenner makeup tutorials and The Power of Makeup videos which essentially show how it empowers women to feel better about themselves. And that's all I needed, really. Started off with my bare, ill-looking face and ended up halfway Kylie Jenner (you can judge later, her looks are amazing).

Here is a quick video, which I do realize is not very helpful but it can be used as basic guidelines of what I did. What I learned today is how to use iMovie and that I pull ridiculous faces while doing my makeup, please tell me it's not just me? Plus, I'm rapping most of the time... All in all, it's a very cringe-y video but at least I stepped out of my comfort zone.

  The look is very matte, I only used matte eyeshadows except for a bit of white shimmer on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. The most difficult part to do was the eyeliner but I managed quite well, I'd say. A bit of bronzer and nude lip and you're pretty much a Kylie doppelganger (okay, not really, but who wants that anyway?!). Wearing this much makeup is not typical for me at all but the truth is, I felt amazing. It really brought back my confidence and made me feel so good about myself the whole day. I cannot give you a logical explanation as to why but trust me, if you feel down, grab that brush and be whoever you want to be.

The products I used (in order) : 
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Diorskin Compact Powder
Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 Eyeshadow Palette
L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose
L'Oreal Brow Artist Shaper Pencil
L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner
Benefit They're Real Mascara
MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush
MAC Matte Bronzing Powder
EOS Lip Balm
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

Brushes: MAC 217, Real Techniques Face, Revlon Blusher, Zoeva Contour, Zoeva Crease, Real Techniques Blending, Sephora Smudge Brush (under the eye to smoke it up a bit)

Thanks for reading, guys. I want to do some fashion-y and summery stuff so stay tuned.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

3 New Beauty Faves

Anyone who dismisses beauty and makeup as frippery pursued by the vain, frankly, knows nothing about women. One isn't less of a feminist if she holds a love of lipstick and literature in equal measure...
- Sali Hughes

Let me start with the fact that I've completely forgotten how to take photos with my camera. Yes, the concept of focus seems to be non-existent for me; therefore, I had to use the picture I took for Instagram with my phone... sorry about that. Moving on now.

I decided to start with a post about my current faves and by faves I mean "eureka!" type of products. These 3 absolutely changed the way my face looks and what's best, they're on the cheap side. 
The Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows (£4.99) have been quite popular for awhile now but given that I'm always late for the party, it's no surprise I've only started loving them now. The thing is, I've never trusted cream eyeshadow and powder has always been my first choice despite its bad staying power. However, these two little pots completely changed my opinion. They do not crease at all and stay throughout the whole day. I'm talking about 12hrs + here. They're shimmery but in a very nice and subtle way and if you really don't like that, the colour can be built up easily. I use these as a base and then usually put a darker colour in my crease. The mere fact that I've bought two shades of the same thing already says a lot about how I feel. (I've got On & On Bronze and Pink Gold, which is very similar to MAC's All That Glitters in a cream shadow version).

Talking about crease... I am also late for the Zoeva brushes craze. In all fairness, I am not late, it's just that they're not readily available in the UK yet (I think?) and it made it a bit more difficult for me to choose the brushes I want and actually buy them. I patiently waited to go to Germany and got two Zoeva brushes form Douglas. I love both of them but I use the 228 Crease Brush (around £7) It kind of took over from my MAC 217. Okay, I still have to blend the situation with the 217 but applying the eyeshadow has become way easier and enjoyable for a makeup noob like me. I used to be really lazy with eyeshadow but now I actually enjoy experimenting with it. The quality of the brush is very good and it's very soft, it goes without saying.

Last but not least is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.99).  Both versions of the foundation were massively popular but somehow the concealer was left in their shadow (at least for me). I swear, I just came across it in the drugstore one day, without even realising that such concealer existed. This is very unusual for me because I need to research the substances I put on my face. However, when I swatched this one, it seemed like a perfect match and I was not wrong at all. Awhile ago Lisa Eldridge was raving about it and you can imagine how happy I was. You can build up for higher coverage but it does perfectly fine with my blue/purple/yellow eyes and just a pinch on product. This is my second tube (again a testimony of its awesomeness) and I will buy a darker shade for the summer months ahead. 

Maybe that was a bit longer than I anticipated. All in all, these three deserve applause and you should definitely check them out if you haven't yet. I also stumbled upon some disappointments recently, like the L'Oreal La Palette Nude, but I will probably write about them at one point.

Thanks for reading. 

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Life Lately


Hello, hello and thank you guys for occasionally coming back to my small internet space, only to find that nothing new has been up since forever. One reason or another, I ditched Wonderland only to realise this is one of the few things which make me truly happy. 

So let's catch up quickly:
People came and left, I became an auntie *yaaaay!*, started going to the gym regularly (even I am shocked, I think it's because I subscribed and money goes out of my account every month, so I might as well go, right?), got over my fear of doctors in the UK, went to Amsterdam with my clique and turned 23 two days ago. Generally speaking, stuff happened and keeps happening (sometimes it's good stuff and sometimes not so much). The point here is that I really missed blogging and felt a bit *soppiness alert* lost without doing something that I love. In this huge turmoil of a life, like every other 20-something out there, I need safe harbour. Furthermore, I have bought all the clothes and beauty stuff in the world and you need to see it. I promise, there's some gooood stuff in my humble stash and wardrobe.

I will start writing in here again for sure. Can't promise that it will be as regular as I'd like it to be but it's definitely happening. Maybe a blog makeover is in order too?

Thanks for reading and sticking around.

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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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