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.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Boyfriend /Husband

Picking presents...enjoyment or agony?
 
It is not an easy task to choose a gift for a man which would impress him. Many of my female friends find it very difficult deciding on the right present and when they find something amazing in the store which they love, the hard reality hits when they bring it at home and their husband/boyfriend would say: “I told you not to pick up presents for me. This is not my taste. I prefer to choose by myself”. 

Choosing a gift for someone, not only a man, but also a woman is always risky. You spent lots of time and money walking around shops and in the end, this person may not share your love and excitement for the item you bought. Therefore, more and more of my friends decide to collect money instead of buying present in order to avoid disappointment. 

But I am a person who loves buying gifts and I enjoy doing it more than shopping for myself. When you buy the smallest gift for someone, it shows that you care and appreciate him/her. Giving presents is a tradition in the celebrating of a holiday, it connects you with the other person and this small gift turns into a symbol of your love. It shows that you are willing to take the risk to invest your time and effort and you could fail miserably, but you may happen to create the most enjoyable memory of this experience.
In this post I would show you some small affordable gifts which I gave to my boyfriend and he really liked them.

 Azzaro Decibel Perfume 


My boyfriend is a drummer in a band, he also enjoys singing and music takes a great part in his life. This is why when I saw the Azzaro Decibel Perfume, it immediately caught my attention. The fragrance was launched in 2011 and it is described in the reviews as oriental and electric. The bottle is from dark glass with metallic top in the form of elegant microphone. The scent remains throughout the whole day which is a big plus.

Traditional Shaving Suplies 


The second option is a gift I ordered from shaving.ie - online shopping website for traditional shaving supplies. In my humble opinion traditional shaving is becoming again very popular and in conversations between men, they often share information and tips for better shaving.  I made a research in YouTube and Google and came across the brand “Proraso” which is highly recommended and with "five star" reviews. “Proraso” is an Italian brand, they use age old formulations in their products which makes them world famous. The products from this range are made mostly from natural ingredients; chemicals are removed and only some preservatives are left which are important to retain the quality of the product.

I was very lucky to find this website because it offers great variety of shaving tools and everything necessary for the shaving process from "A" to "Z". The review section is helpful and the delivery was done in less than a week in December.

 Zippo Lighter


My last gift idea is for those of us who have a boyfriend/ husband who is a smoker and he loves it! After many years of fighting over this habit I have to confess that I bought him a Zippo lighter and there is something good about it. Zippo lighters have lifetime guarantee, they have to be refueled from a special zippo lighter fluid can and if you smoke more often, guess what happens, the lighter has to be refueled more often too. This certainly rings a bell that you have to slow down the tempo! This is a present which made him very happy, because the lighter is fancy, the flame creates very nice and warm smell and most importantly - it’s windproof and during winter when all smokers are expelled from the warm spaces and sent off to the cold Siberian weather, your guy would have the comfort of eternal fire!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

L'Oréal Makeup Impressions ( Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara, Color Riche Nail Polish, Color Riche Le Kohl)


I have a sentiment for L'Oréal because from this brand were the first beauty products I tried when I was experimenting with makeup in high school. My savings were not enough to try all the products I dreamed about, but I could afford a foundation or a mascara now and then. I was always very pleased with the quality of their makeup and especially with the mascaras.

My friends and I have a tradition, every year for my birthday they give me new L'Oréal mascara.

This time I received a gift box which includes the Volume Million Lashes mascara, nail polish in 404 Scarlet Vamp and eye pencil in black.



Volume Million Lashes Excess

This mascara makes my lashes very long and voluminous. One coat is enough for natural look, but you can put a lot of coats on without getting clumps, if you want more dramatic eyes for nights out. Another advantage is that it does not cause irritation and does not smudge. It literally lasts all day long, but in the evening you do not need special equipment to remove it. I use only micellar water. 

      

Color Riche Scarlet Vamp 404

I usually encounter some difficulties when applying red color on my nails, for most parts my nails look like they are bleeding...very dirty job...but with this nail polish the application is easy and painless! The color is magical red with something special in it. In the sunlight you could see violet sparkles in the bottle. And last but not least, it dries very quickly!


Color Riche Le Kohl Black

I tried the pencil today and I am glad that again - it did not irritate my eyes and stayed in its place all day long. I do not like to reapply my makeup during the day. I want to apply it once in the morning and forget about it. I have to say that the pencil and the mascara from this gift box are certainly the way to go for someone like me.


Saturday, 3 January 2015

SEPHORA 4 EYE LOOK BOOKS


General Overview

These four cute pallets were a Christmas present from my sister. The first thought in my mind when I saw them was that I should do a tutorial with the looks, because the colors are easy to wear, great sellection and quality and we all have to admit -  the packaging is lovely. While I am still trying the combinations and experimenting with the wonderful colors, let's  get a close look at the pages of the magical books.



They come in beautiful and sleek packages which are great for traveling because it would not take a lot of space in your bag. They have a good magnet close that makes it impossible for the pallet to open in your purse.


"The Smokey Eye Look"

The smokey eye I thought would be least suiting for me. I have dark eyes, dark hair and I rarely use dark eye shadows. But one day I tried combining together shade 4 and shade 2 and applied them both all over the eyelid. I chose to wear a white pullover this same day and it turned out very good silvery wintry look.




"The Nude Eye Look"

I have to say that I am a big fan of this look. These shadows go with everything and you do not need to put a lot of effort in the morning while applying them, thus it is a good look for everyday at the office. The shadows in this pallet create very soft, very clean and warm and surprise surprise – natural look which I am always fond of.



"The Party Eye Look"

My first try was the party look, because it is a festive season and I have been going out a little more often. Another reason I grabbed this one is that the colors suit my party dress, which I bought for the office party and successfully wore for a few more occasions after that… Yey! Shades 5 and 3 have a tint of sparkle which looks very magical on the eye at night!



"The Metallic Eye Look"

Another shadows I could use regularly in the morning when in a rush for work. Shade 1 is champagne like color which I found suits my complexion. I apply it all over the eyelid and proceed with shade number 3 - toffee brown which reminds me of autumn. I apply it as the instruction says – into the crease and at the outer corner of the eye, sometimes I apply it below the lower lashes for extra shimmer

As a whole I love the quality of the pallet and the rich combination of colors from which you could choose. My absolute favorite shades are number 4 from the Nude look, number 3 and 5 from the Party look and number 1 and 3 from the Metallic. They are very complementing for my eyes and I will certainly use them in many different combinations.