Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My "ex" colleagues



I am writing this post thanks to my dearest friend and now "ex"colleague - Milla.
Milla is one of a kind person, who I met in my previous work and when I mention her in any conversation with other people, I could not pass on without saying that she is the purest and nicest creature I have ever met.

She gave me the idea to write about this interesting event we had a couple of weeks ago. The event was a  meeting of all the people that work or once have worked  in the office of " Coris International", assistance company who is providing legal, medical and technical help for the clients of  Insurance companies.

It was very unusual for my friends and current colleagues to hear about our dinner party, because most of the times when people leave certain company, they stop communicating with their peers.
This was never the case with us, because, yes - we do not meet so often, we do not communicate with everyone who work there, but we still feel a part of that team - thanks to the long hours spent together in which we were feeling that we are saving the world (while performing our everyday tasks).

Another dear friend of mine, who is now working as a supervisor of the assistance department, took care of the organization - set the date, invited most of the people and made an inquiry about the place of the meeting. Everyone was  excited, we felt like we were from a special society "The Coris Sect", we chose the place, our outfits, the menu and time went by very fast during all that.

At the night of the event I arrived at the restaurant with colleague from Coris, who I love very much -Diana. When I saw her and all the other people there I felt that I never left, that I was working today with them and we are now continuing with dinner party. It felt like home.

We were all surprised to find that at the tables in front of every chair was a paper tag, not with the name of the person who is supposed to sit there, but only his famous character traits - we had to guess which one is our chair. This was not a very easy task, but after half an hour standing we decided that it is time to risk with something and sit somewhere!
From there, the evening went by so fast that I couldn't catch up with everyone I wanted, but I had the chance to tell them that I love all of them. I was feeling strange at one point, because physically I do not belong to this company anymore, but when I returned to the moment and I looked at the smiles of the faces of all past and present colleagues, when I saw how everyone is enjoying the reunion, I could not stop my very own smile.


Cheers to all my friends!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

NEW POST! NEW FACE MASKS!



Long time no see, guys, but since I was away for a while I was able to collect a lot of new product impressions which I would be more than happy to share!

I would like to start with this new (at least new for me) face mask which I found at the drugstore and couldn't keep my excitement for it!


The formula is a very interesting combination of charcoal and black sugar. After applying it all over your face and neck, it's necessary to leave it there for 5-7 minutes, then massage it gently for a minute before rinsing it off with warm water. For short time during the scrubbing action, my face turns red and I feel the warming produced by the charcoal which is actually very pleasant.

This mask is with great detoxifying effect from the charcoal which absorbs the toxins and impurities from the skin. The black sugar serves as a scrub and removes all death skin leaving you with clean and smooth face. A great advantage to it is that it does not dryout the skin and is with great fresh smell. 

For the best effect I recommend you prepare a facial steam bath before proceeding with the mask. This would intensify the effect because it opens the pores and improves the cleaning action! My facial steam bath is very simple one. I use some dried chamomile blossoms and a pinch of a baking soda in hot water.














In conclusion to this post, I would like to introduce you to another great face product - face mask from the Korean brand Purederm with pearl extract. I use this on clean skin once a week and the improvement is visible. The pearl extract seems like a big deal in Asia and as it says on the package since long time ago it was used to protect and beautify the skin. It helps with blemishes, minimizes pores (my favorite thing!), moisturises and rejuvenates the complexion. 


This product duo of face masks is simply the best one I've tried so far and I cannot wait for your impressions!
What are your most used facial mask and why do you love them so much?
Chamomile

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Spring Salad!

In my previous post I mentioned the reason I love the smell of fresh salad. This simple meal reminds me of the coming spring. Today is an absolute snow day outside, but when we went grocery shopping for the week, we decided to invite some vitamins in our home and stocked up with vegetables and fruits. 



I made this salad for less than 15 minutes: cucumber, spring onions, lettuce is all you need. I always tear the lettuce by hand and I add a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We have run out of the balsamic and I used regular vinegar this time, but it was still very yummy!


I hope, you guys, had a nice pleasant Sunday evening as well! I wish you a wonderful week and 'till next time ! :)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

February Favorites

February why you so short? I am a winter child, I was born in winter, I feel that magical things happen to me during that season and thus I love it so much. I live for the Christmas holidays and when they're finished my world is empty. Probably I will be a little sad when with this March yet another winter season is gone, but since there is something good in every day, I am beginning to look forward to the long spring evenings with the warm smell of flowers.

I associate these spring evenings also with the smell of fresh salad and grilled chicken! During that time the markets are filled with lettuce, radishes and spring onion. When I leave work I usually stop by the local grocery shop to buy some of these lovely greens and serve them with the chicken. Good times!


Ok, it is now time to continue with my February favorites: 
One great purchase from the local drugstore was  Rubella's Hollywood Star Body Scrub. It's very gentle and in the beginning I was disappointed because I am used to more scrubbing action, but when you spend some time and massage it on your rough bits it will transform your skin into smooth, soft and silky. It has a nice sugary smell to it which is a plus for all the sweet smell lovers like me.


I gravitated towards to this product a lot the past month and in the end naturally it had to be included in my February faves. This is  MUA - Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder. There is a lot of shimmer in it but when applied on your face it is very subtle and transparent. The slight pink shade gives live to my complexion and as a whole it's a great highlighter which would complement your look in every occasion - for business work day or for night time party.


I am also very happy with my Essence Lash and Brow Mascara which is not expensive at all, but does a great job. I use it for my brows and apply it in the end, after I am done with the rest of my makeup. It sets very fast on the brows and helps to style them, but also keeps the look natural and young.

Favorite perfume this month which I believe I would use throughout spring and summer is the Bvlgari Omnia Coral. This is the perfect fresh flowery scent, not too sweet which I would use for everyday in the office. It is very light, delicate and enchanting!
I received it as a gift with another bottle of perfume and I love the compact size because it's great for travelling or just to carry it around in your purse.


And last but not least is my favorite necklace this month which is a gift from my mother. Silver and nacre is my all-time favorite combo and it could be styled with almost everything!

Do you guys have a favorite necklace which goes well with every piece of clothing?

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Yves Rocher Aluminium Free Deodorant


Overview

I was reading the other day articles about the use of conventional deodorants and how they could be all toxic and evil. The role of an anti-perspirant is to clog the pores and that way to prevent (or more likely to reduce) the sweat. This is done by the help of aluminum. The drawback to that? -  It blocks the purge of toxins and they remain in our body 


Therefore, ever more people are searching for aluminum free deodorants that would be as effective as the conventional once. In my opinion this is hardly possible since the natural product could not fight with the sweat, it only neutralizes the smell from the bacteria which was produced by it.
Nevertheless, being the hypochondriac I am, I decided to risk beauty in the name of my health!
I was looking for non-commercial, aluminum free deodorant and I was pleased to find one by Yves Rocher at  Debenhams store. This deodorant is with more natural ingredients, like extract from almond and aloe vera, the formula is gentle to the skin, it is free of alcohol, aluminum salts, parabens and is vegan friendly because it does not contain any animal ingredients in it.


My Impressions

I love the smell of it because it is fresh and sweet at the same time, you can definitely feel the almonds in there...yummy!  It doesn't take much time to absorb, just apply it on your skin, wait a few seconds and you are ready to put your clothes on. For the record: I am testing this deodorant during winter time, when the temperature is below zero and I rarely sweat for this reason, but I made everything possible to receive real results here. I walked all day by foot doing shopping and I used the public transport to get back home. The heat in the bus was enormous and I was smashed between other people in my big chunky sweater and my coat on. This product I must say passed the test. I do not know how Yves Rocher did it, but they made a great aluminum free deodorant which is with long lasting scent (even longer than my conventional one) and I do not feel sweaty after the busy day! This surprised me a lot and I am aluminum-free convert.

I recommend this product to anyone who is looking for more natural deodorant and I would be happy to hear your impressions on it :)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ziaja Goat's Milk Body Lotion and Day Cream Review

Ziaja is relatively new brand on the Bulgarian market and I think I first came across their products in a local drugstore one year ago. I was attracted by the clear and minimal packaging and I especially liked the Goat's milk line. Since I'm Capricorn, the picture of the silver goat on them was my favorite and in my head these products were meant for me.

After using the Goat's milk body lotion for a while I am ready to share my impressions on it.
It is with medium thick consistency and for best results it needs to be massaged for a minute or two before it absorbs, but it is very effective for winter time, when my skin is dry and irritated. This product does a great job smoothing it and even healing it. After I apply it in the morning my skin feels soft and protected from the cold weather the whole day till the moment I wash it away. I like the smell, because it is very standard clean smell, it reminds me of fresh soap, Dove-like smell.


My favorite is the Goat's Milk day cream. It leaves the same delicate smell as the lotion on you and moisturizes your face like nothing else. Another plus is that it absorbs immediately and I apply the foundation very easy after that. It says that it is good for dry and wrinkle prone skin, which is a big advantage on the anti-wrinkle front. I definitely recommend trying this cream, because it is a very good basic cream which would surpise you with its effectiveness.


 Do you have a favorite day cream? Let me know which one you would recommend me. :)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Good For The Skin Products: Bioderma Sensibio, Freeman Facial Mask and Health Cream Review


My skin care routine has always been very simple with easy to follow steps and a few products to use.
In this post I would like to share with you some tested and trusted goodies which you can always find on my shelf.




Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask from FREEMAN

Once a week I treat myself to a good face mask which  helps me deep clean those pores! Right now I am using the Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask from Freeman. It was suggested to me by a close friend a couple of years ago and since then I use it regularly and I am very happy with the results. Thanks to it my skin feels very clean and it is not too dry after I wash it off. The consistency is tick, green, without any particular smell, it sets very fast on your face and I keep it on there for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. I use it once a week, often on Sundays. I am with very oily t-zone and my skin suffers a lot of blackheads, but since I started using it, these problems have really diminished.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

The micellar water I use is Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and I feel that it doesn't need me reviewing it, because this water is so well recognized and its effectiveness and quality have worldwide approval. For me there is no better product for cleaning eye makeup. Bioderma micellar water is very gentle and removes mascara so quickly without a lot of rubbing around the eye area. The feeling after using it is very refreshing, there is no artificial smell in it and it doesn't dry up my skin.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel

I recently repurchased the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Countur Gel and I must say that this is my favorite eye cream/gel, because of the light formula, it absorbs in your skin almost immediately which is big plus and makes it a good base for your concealer. If your eye area is dry and puffy this is very useful product, because it is moisturizing and soothing, and reduces puffiness.



Cream Zdrave from Aroma

Cream "Zdrave" ("Health") is special cream sold in Bulgaria by the brand Aroma. The uniquenеss of this product is that it helps with most of the skin problems: blemishes, sores, irritations and this is my best weapon against the evil herpes which I often get after a cold. I was curious to know more about the formula in this miracle blue box and as I read about it I was impressed and decided to share it with you (Information source here). There are no allergens, parabens or chemicals included, it contains zinc oxide (which has a soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory and skin drying effect), UV filter (protects the skin from the sun), vaseline and lanolin (for nourishing impact), bee wax (improves blood circulation), antibiotic and antimicrobial action (they have regenerative effect on diseased cells). Health cream saved me so many times, that I always need to have it in my home, at the office and even in my purse. Our relationship is so strong that if I have to choose between this cream and any other product, I would probably end up with my Health cream.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Favorite Winter Blushes


Who doesn't want to have beautiful rosy cheeks in winter (and always), they make your face youthful and healthier looking. For many they are just the natural reaction to the chill outside, but if you are not one of those people and you are not blessed with natural healthy glow, same effect could be created with the help of make up. Thanks to the blushes below, I do not look like a zombie, because they bring live to my complexion.


My first favorite is the Bourjois blush in 32 - Golden Amber. It has a nice bronzing effect and was my "summer blush" until recently. One day I woke up feeling bolder and decided to give it a go for the cold months.I thought it would look orange, because my skin is paler now in comparison with the summer, but  it created  again a very natural look, with glowy and fresh finish.
I love the packaging of this blush, this is the cutest little box with mirror, with good lock which prevents it from opening in your purse.


Another favorite is the Fuschia blush which I received as a present (yes, you guessed it) from my sister!I have no idea where she bought it from, but the color is so perfect and it lasts so much more than any other blush that I have to find is asap and stock up with it! The packaging is beautiful and sleek with mirror inside and good magnet close. The color is my favorite peachy pink and it has very light shimmer in it. Sometimes, when I want a little more shimmer and gold in my life, I would combine it with the Bourjois blush and this creates very sophisticated glow.
 

I could not pass up one of my most favorite blushes from Rimmel, the Lasting Finish Soft Color Blush in 150 - Live Pink. This is a very natural looking pink color, which is more appropriate for fair complexion, but I like how it sets on my skin, it is very pigmented and stays for quite a long time. I put a little on the cheeks and nose and this creates the "kissed from the snow" look I love!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Book Review: Frogs Into Princes


Books are something that gives me energy and feeds my imagination. Whenever I have a miserable day at work or my mind is preoccupied with "problems" to solve, I prefer to leave all that behind, take a break for a moment and enjoy a book...this often happens to lead me to the answers.
Here, from time to time, I would share my impressions on a book, hoping you do not mind those "trying to make a book club" attempts.


"Frogs Into Princes" is my first book about NLP. It describes 3 days of a seminar held by the authors Bandler and Grinder and is written in a transcript form. At first it was not easy for me to follow the constant dialogues between therapist and patient, but after a few pages I got used to that and I was intrigued. The authors demonstrate how words can have different meaning and it is important to listen to the "words" which people use, but it is also more important to carefully observe their reactions and expressions.
Same words may be connected to different experiences for different people and that's why they may trigger different responses. If we want to invest some time and effort we could understand a lot about the people in our life and we can improve our communication. 

The book amazed me with its simple truth - we always have a choice to react and do differently if the current situation does not satisfy us. Our unconscious self has the answers, variety of choices and possibilities, but we need to teach ourselves to reach for this "qualified self" in times of crisis and the authors demonstrate some techniques to do that . This is a good book for anyone who is interested in self-help and self-improvement, it is not a very light read, but it challenges your mind and gives you good advices and food for thought.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

January Favorites


January is nearly over. Acutually, I am writing this post on the last day of the month and since this is also the astrology period of Mercury's retrograde, I decided to take the time and reflect back on the past year. Some of the goals I managed to accomplish were to change my job and finish master's degree. On the list was also to get a driving license, but I would do my best and start the course in 2015. Another goal of mine for 2015 is to read more books and write reviews, because this is really something I enjoy doing. Even if you find the time to read only one page a day from your book, when you are exhausted in the evenings, this immediately inspires you and makes difference in your life.
Mercury's retrograde is not a good time to start new inventions or to spend your money on new purchases, so I decided to stick for a few weeks with my old, but most trusted products. This month's most used  (therefore most favorite) products are easy to apply in the morning when you do not have time to experiment and instead want to use something quick which would never disappoint you.


My first favorite is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation. This is very good quality liquid foundation, easy to apply on your skin, blends very well and has a good coverage. It leaves the face looking very healthy and glowy.





The second product is the Loreal Million Lashes Excess Mascara which I reviewed here. This mascara served me well through the whole month of January and I am very satisfied that it never smudges, even on days when my eyes are super watery, because of the chill outside, it stays on the lashes.


My go to eyeliner this winter month was the Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Waterproof. I find the pencil very easy to draw with and it lasts on your eyelids one whole 8-hour work day.


The winner on the cleansing front is the Gentle Exfoliating Daily Face Wash from Himalaya. This light scrub cleans your face without drying it too much. The goal of the apricot granules in it is to remove death skin and excess oils, aloe vera soothes your skin and hydrates it. It is also free of parabens and other additives.

This month I tried using under eye concealer for a first time. I was planning on buying one for a very long time until one day I just stopped by the local drug store and picked the Loreal True Match Concealer. It is described as super blendable and really is - easy to apply, matches the skin perfectly, overall a good product.

Favourite eye shadows - the colors from the Mettalic book (more detailed post here). I gravitated towards these warm golden shades the most. They save me time in the morning, because I just pick a little bit from the light color and a little bit darker brown and voila!

"Most used powder" price wins Manhattan Clear Face Compact Powder. I use this powder ever since from high school and it changed its package through the years, but the quality stays the same and it still has antibacterial features.


Rose water has many favorable qualities for the skin. One recent tip I saw from Gossmakeupartist  was to spray it on your face from a distance after applying the foundation and powder. It transforms your look, making it immediately more natural and the make up is longer lasting.


My eye cream at the moment is Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro. The bowl has  two sides which contain a different product - cream for under eye area and gel for the eyelids. I use both of them and I am satisfied for the moment, because it's gentle, does not irritate my skin and absorbs very well too.


Best product and this month hero is Alterna Caviar Volume Shampoo. I wrote a detailed review in my previous post (link here) This shampoo transforms the way your hair looks and the result is visible after the first wash.








Sunday, 25 January 2015

Alterna: Review of Caviar Volume Shampoo


First Impressions
 
My first encounter with  Alterna was in a hair salon in Sofia where a great hairdresser recommended me the products. She explained that the shampoo makes her work 10 times easier.  After washing any hair with it, the quality of that hair was visibly improved, then the styling was  faster and the overall result better. I was also impressed with the Alterna shampoo, because my hair is thin and I always use volume mouse after the wash. This time my hair was voluminous without any efforts or additional products, it gave body and texture to my hair, made it shiny and silky. The effect was visible even the next day and I regretted I did not buy the shampoo immediately from the salon.

About Alterna

I searched for the brand online and found some interesting facts in their official website. Alterna are pioneer in luxury hair care since 1997 and their mission is to create products which are salon quality, but with natural and pure ingredients. All Alterna products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, sodium chloride and gluten. The company developed the Enzymetherapy®, which is a special enzyme delivery system that improves the absorption of essential ingredients for superior keratin production (well...that sounds fasinating). It is also good to know that they do not test on animals and use eco-friendly packaging (go Alterna!). Their main collections are named after the unique ingridients which are used: Babmoo, Caviar and Hemp.



Caviar Bodybuilding Volume Shampoo

I came across the facebook page of Alterna Bulgaria from a blog post (link here) and decided to order the product online. I was trying to choose between their Bamboo Abundant Volume shampoo and Caviar Bodybuilding volume shampoo. Alterna Bulgaria were so nice to find the time and help me pick the best product.
They explained me that the Bamboo line is strengthening and is  suitable for healthier hair. If your hair is dry, damaged or porous, the best choice is the Caviar line, because the Caviar is recovering ingredient and it helps make your hair more elastic, nourished, stronger and resistant to damage. My decision was the Caviar shampoo, because it sounded like the best fit and it was the one I already tried in the salon. I have no regrets, because this is the first product which is changing the condition of my hair after the first application. The shampoo will serve you well for a long period of time, because you really need a very small amount of it.  The product should be emulsified in your hands until it creates light foam, then massage it on clean and wet hair for a few seconds before rinsing it off. This way the ingredients will be activated by the heat and will create the best results. Alterna deliberately avoids mixing them in advance in order to deliver its customers fresh products without the toxic preservatives.


Conclusion

This product promises to build volume, protect the color and improve the overall appearance of fine, thin hair, restoring it to a healthy, youthful state. After I've used it, I agree that it delivers all these things and it is a good investment. For someone like me who was always looking at magazines and blogs, admiring the glamorous hair of other girls, this is the dream come true product.
 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Winter Staples

In winter it is cold and dark when you get out of the office, your day starts and finishes with the tasks at work and nothing interesting happens before or after that. You feel tired due to the lack of vitamins, the cold weather also serves an excuse to escape the social meetings and to stay all evening wrapped up in bed. Maybe this is the reason I do not have many interesting winter outfits. This season's goal was to incorporate more colorful items in my style and I would share with you the first steps to having a decent somehow winter wardrobe. 

Long Wool Coat



The coat is a gift from my sister who ordered it from Asos a few seasons ago. It's very long and warm and plays the role of a blanket. When I feel sleepy and grumpy in the early morning rush for work, I would just put on this warm coat on my way out the door and immediately feel better, like it protects me from the stressful city buzz outside.

Casual Boots/Shoulder Bag




These shoes and the bag are my best finds from winter sales. The bag is  the quilted bag with flap from Bershka and it is only for 9.99 BGN (5 EURO). This is the perfect size bag for everyday. It looks very stylish and I think it would be a good accessory for the spring too. The boots are the casual boots from Bata with hidden platforms, they are the most comfortable and soft shoes I have ever worn in winter. You can easily dress them up (with a skirt, dress, etc.) or dress them down (jeans, leggings).


 White Shirt/ Colorful Sweaters


I found many great ways to wear this long white shirt from H&M. I usually throw on a knit sweater like the one in the photo, but the combinations could be endless.

I hope you enjoyed this small preview of my winter wardrobe and If you did I would be happy to share more of my winter staple pieces with you! Wish you all exciting winter days!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

BIOTHERM AQUASOURCE Gel



 The Formula
Biotherm Aquasource gel is with thermal plankton cellular water  and  promises up to 48 hours intensive hydration. It also contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids, without parabens and mineral oil free. It can be used in the mornings but as well in the evenings. Sample size of the product came with one of my favorite beauty and style magazines – GRAZIA.  After the first application I could see the results on my skin and I could not wait to share my excitement for this product. 

My Impressions 





The texture of Biotherm  Aquasource is very light gel which absorbs immediately, providing incredible hydration. My skin was so refreshed after using this product and the feeling was like after washing your face with pure water. It leaves very delicate smell which in the mornings awakens you and helps to start the day with a smile. The scent is of something clean, fresh and citrusy. My skin was suffering the cold weather here lately. It is below zero °C in the mornings and my skin which is usually very oily started to look dull, dry and dehydrated. This product returned the glow and brightness to my face. It is a good base for your foundations and powder. I would definitely try using it in summer because this very light texture is suitable for warmer weather as well.




Conlcusion

I give it 10/10, because it is really a remarkable high quality face product which successfully delivers what it promises! In one sentence: If you want a product that would leave your skin refreshed, hydrated and beautiful - Biotherm  Aquasource gel is just the right one for you.