Lifestyle

Why Is It Okay To Take Some Time Off?

Hey you! So today, I bring you a very different kind of post. As you may have noticed, it has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything here, and as much as I love blogging, I had to take some time away from it. Today, I’ll be sharing with you why is okay to take time off and why you should. So, if you want to know more, just keep on reading!
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First things first, this is the time that I’m writing my master thesis, which is a very long history to tell and a lot of details to keep on the mind (without too much detail, I’m a graduated Biochemist, and my Master is about cancer and nanomaterials, which I love!). So, that takes a lot of time and effort to write it.

Secondly, I’m planning my wedding (while writing my Master thesis) and it can be a hand full. There are always things to do and, now, a month away from it, I can start to feel the anxiety.

Lastly, there was a time that I was not feeling too inspired and actually considered changing my uploading schedule to once a week, which seems so little time. I’ve decided that I’m keeping my uploading schedule and I’m so happy about it.

Now, why do I feel like taking some time away from blogging was important? It did allow me to see thing clearly and to fully acknowledge that I love blogging and I do want to keep doing it. And, even though we live in an era where there are a lot of blogs out there and keeping one up is a lot of work, if you love it, just keep doing it. Mental health is also such a huge topic and, being online sharing your thoughts, hope, and dreams, might be overwhelming but, keeping a positive mind, and when needed taking some breaks from all, might also be a good strategy.

Finally, without no more rambling, I’m back and I’m here to stay. Plus, after my Master is done, I’m planning to start a Youtube channel (big adventure, I know). I know that some great things are coming my way and I cannot wait to be sharing all of it!

How have you been feeling lately?

 

 

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LookFantastic Beauty Box | August2018

Hey you! It is time to open my LookFantastic Beauty Box and seeing all the different products. So, if you want to know all about this month’s products, just keep on reading!

LookFantastic is a €20 subscription box, if you choose a monthly renew, which is what I do. This month’s theme is Feel, Be, Look Fantastich which is all about having confidence in your beauty regime and being the best you can be. So, just jump right into it!

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Nails Inc. Inc.redible Glazin Over Lipgloss – This product is a full-size that retails for around €8.91. This is a well-known brand and I cannot wait to use this. It is so pigmented for a lipgloss. Plus, the shade is a beautiful mauve, perfect for Autumn and Winter!

Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €3.75. I’ve heard of this brand, but never tried anything. It smells really nice and I cannot wait to use it!

Blink Brow Bar Mini Brow Build in Indian Chocolate This product is a sample-size that retails for around €5.80. This is a well-known brand for their brow products. I cannot wait to try this! Even though this shade is a little too light for me, I can still use it.

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash – This product is a sample-size product that retails for around €5.71. I have never heard of this brand, but I’ll try it. Plus, face washes is something that is always in the box!

Mio Boob Tube + Multi Action Bust Firmer – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €9.86. This is a stranger product for me, but I’d try it. It has a very strong smell of Orange, but it is pleasant.

Molton Brown Bath and Shower Gel in Gingerlily and Pink Pepperpod This product is a sample-size that retails for around €7.40. I’ve never heard of this brand and the product itself has a distinct smell, quite strong and it is not my favourite scent. However, I’ll still try this product and see what I think of it. 

Have you tried any of these products? NA

 

 

Beauty

Kiko Green Me Eyeshadow Palette in Feisty Saffron | Review

Hey you! So, lately I’ve bought some new things (expect a haul coming your way as soon as I get them), and even though most was online (my first time ordering from Kiko online), this product was one that I could not find online. But I wanted it. So, after going to a few different Kiko shops, I finally found it! So, if you want to know what my thoughts are, just keep on reading!

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The packaging: It comes in a cardboard cover, which is made of 30% recycled post-consumer organic residue with 100% green energy. This recycled cardboard falls within the lines of a “greener” collection. As for the palette itself it’s a beautiful pale green, with an almost matte touch to it. However, it is smaller than what I expected.

The price: This palette retails at full price for €12.95, which I do find a little expensive for the size of the palette, but Kiko makeup is usually good quality. However, I got it on sale, for €3.85. Such a bargain!

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The product: Made with 94% ingredients derived from natural raw materials, the palette offers 9 different shades, of 1g each. The colour scheme reminds me of the naked heat (which I was never interested in), but shades, that I actually would get a lot of wear in the winter time. It was a very interesting smell to it, mostly like natural products, but I cannot put my finger on what exactly. The formula is nice and smooth, and the shades are really pigmented and easy to blend. It is overall a good quality product!

Have you tried this product? NA

Beauty

Empties #5

Hey you! Long time, no see. It’s been so long since my latest post and I cannot believe how long it was. I had a lot of work, at university and I’m now writing my thesis, which is a process on it own. Plus, some more wedding plan. However, now, since things are stable, I should be back! I’m so sorry for how long it was been!

So, in today’s post I’ll be sharing all of my empty products and share my thoughts about them. So, if you want to know what those products are, just keep on reading!

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Renu Skin Advanced Anti-Ageing Flash Relax Mask 

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – This product had a very distinct scent and a was actually strange and not very pleasant. As for the mask itself, I did not find that it did much for my skin.

Avon Naturals Super Straight Treatment Mask

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Maybe
  • My thoughts – This one smelled amazing and even though it was a more liquid formula than most hair masks, it did leave my hair feeling nice and smelling good. I did enjoy it.

ELF Makeup Mist & Set 

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No.
  • My thoughts – I love most of ELF products, however, this one was not my favourite. Even though I mainly used it for wetting my brushes and sponge, I found that I could do it with my usual setting spray (which is actually plain rose water and it works wonders). This had a chemical scent. Although it is affordable, it  is not the best.

Avon Planet Spa Relaxing Provence Spa Bath Milk

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes!
  • My thoughts – I don’t usually like the scent of lavender but, in this product, it was not too overpowering. It left my skin feeling very smooth and soft. I actually did enjoy this product.

Nike Sensaction Purple Delight Eau de Toilette

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – I love this product. Even though it is an eau de toilette, it was a very strong and mature scent, and I love it in the winter time. Plus, it does last all day.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – By now, this is always in my empties and you may know that this is my holy-grail deodorant. It smells amazing and it keeps the smell all day long. I’ll forever purchase it.

Have you tried any of these products? NA

 

 

 

Beauty

LookFantastic Beauty Box | July 2018

Hey you! It is that time again, the time to open my LookFantastic Beauty Box and seeing all the new and different products. So, if you want to know all about this month’s products, just keep on reading!

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LookFantastic is a €20 subscription box, if you choose a monthly renew, which is what I do. This month’s theme is Golden Goddess, which is all about embracing the inner goddess, with the best summer products. So, just jump right into it!

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Filorga UV Bronze After Sun – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €6.73. I have never heard of this brand, but I’d love to try this product. Plus, it does smell amazing. And, since I’ve been into tanning products lately, I cannot wait to see if I enjoy this one!

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €3.58. I’ve always wanted to try this brand and especially this face cleanser! I hope it is as good as people say!

Doucce Freematic Highlighter Mono in Sparked Ray – This product is a full-size that retails for around €10. This is a brand that has been in this box before and I’ve been loving their products. This highlighter is such a nice shade. It is almost a duochrome shade: a gold that pulls pink. I cannot wait to use it!

Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil – This product is a sample-size product that retails for around €12.5. Even though this product does not have a scent, it is not a bad thing. I love face oils, and I cannot wait to try it!

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €3.60. I’ve tried this brand before and it’s really good. I cannot wait to try this one!

SVR Laboratoires Sebiaclear Gel Moussant Cleanser – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €0.30. I’ve never heard of this brand and the product itself has a distinct smell, but I’d love to try this one. 

Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €6.40. This seems to be a gift, since it does not appear in the little magazine, but I cannot wait to try it.

Have you tried any of these products? NA

 

 

Lifestyle

Why Doesn’t Our Makeup Look Like Their Makeup?

Hey you! So today we’ll be changing things up. I love watching tutorials or GRWM on Youtube and apart from decluttering and collection videos, those are also, one of my favourites. However, if you do try to recreate that look, you end up with a result that is different from the look which that person created. So, here I share the many reasons I attribute to that, and if you want to know what those reasons are, just keep on reading!

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Cosmetic Surgery/Procedure – Now, a lot of youtubers do not hide the fact that they had cosmetic procedures done, either being fillers, a nose job, laser hair removal or whatever. And, it is one of the main differences. Most people cannot afford cosmetic procedures, and a foundation does look a lot different if you do not have any fine lines or hair on your face.

Brushes – Trust me, I was one of those you did not think that brushes were the thing that was going to make a lot of a difference on applying my makeup, but, trust me, it does. Investing on some good brushes can go a long way, and the same goes for a beauty blender/sponge. Plus, they do have a lot of the same brushes, so theirs are always clean and ready to use, which does not happen to most people.

Technique – Most people are trained makeup artists, which do know the way around the products and, know very well their face. Plus, they have a lot of years of learning and training!

Editing – Keep in mind that the final product (video) that gets to us, most of the time does not correspond to all the work that happened behind the scenes. It does not mean that they did not have to do the same thing several times and perfect it.

Take Away Message – We’re all different and just because some things work for some people it does not mean it will work for all people. Plus, we all have different face shapes, different skin types and skin problems that we need and like to address. Plus, keep in mind that no one knows you face and skin better than you

What is your opinion? Let me know! NA

Beauty

Inside My Travel Makeup Bag

Hey you! I’ve been MIA this past week, due to a lot of work, it was a lot. But now, most of it is all done and now, things are getting back into normal. So, if you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you have to), you’d know that last weekend was the christening of my niece. So, just keep on reading!

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Firstly, the makeup bag. It’s from Primark and it is originally not supposed to be a mekup bag. But, everythings fit in so well, that now I just keep it as a makeup bag. also, it was a gift from my boyfriend, last year, maybe you can still find it in some stores, but online, I cannot find. Now, into the makeup that I took with me!

ELF Hydrating Under Eye Primer – Clearly this is an undereye primer, but I’ve been using it all over my face and I find that it does work a lot better than most primers. It is moisturizing and absorbs really quickly into the skin. And, even though it does not fill the pores I cannot say enough good things about it.

Avon Stick Concealer in Medium and Tarte Shape Tape in Light Sand If you know me, I do not wear foundation that much but I adore concealer and I’ve been mixing these two for the past month and I’ve been loving the look. You’ll definitely see them in an upcoming favourites post.

Avon ColorTrend Oil Control Pressed Powder in Light This is such a finely mild powder! Although this is not my actually shade, I find that once on the skin, you cannot tell that the colour is too light. Plus, it does keep me matte.

Revolution Duo Face Sculpt – This is quite a red-based bronzer and I haven’t got anything like it in my collection. Don’t be scared that it is a red-toned, once on the skin, it does look very natural.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette – I have been using this guy for the last two months now and I haven’t put it down yet. For eyeshadows, I’ve been loving the shade Coconut Cream to set my hole lid and highlight the brow bone. Then I mix Mousse and Peanut Butter together and use them through the crease and lid and that’s it. I also have been using this palette for my face highlighter and for this I mix Butter Pecan with a little bit of Pink Sugar and apply it to the cheeks. It is such a beautiful combination!

Have you tried any of these? What do you take with you? NA

Beauty

LookFantastic Beauty Box | June 2018

Hey you! It is that time again! One of my favourite things is getting to open my LookFantastic Beauty Box and seeing all the new and different products that the month reserves, and this one is a good one. So, if you want to know all about this month’s products, just keep on reading!

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LookFantastic is a €20 subscription box, if you choose a monthly renew, which is what I do. This month’s theme is Into the Blue, which is all about springing into the Summer season, with a focus on hydration, luminosity and products to leave you feeling all-round rejuvenated! So, just jump right into it!

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Mádara SOS Hydra Moisture + Radiance Mask – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €16.90. I have never heard of this brand but getting a face mask is always exciting. Plus, my skin is clearly having some problems lately and it is getting dry. So, this product will be a nice one to try.

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €5.90. This is such a nice brand and their products are always so nice. I cannot wait to try this cleanser.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Past with Pure Clay and Rose Extracts – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €8. Again, I’ve never heard of this brand and I do not need any more volume in my hair. Plus, I’m not crazy about the scent, but I think I’ll still try it.

Studio 10 Liquid Foil I-Radiance – This product is a full-size that retails for around €8. It is a crazy eyeshadow. It is exactly what is says, a liquid foil. Cannot wait to rock the glittery look!

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €11.48. I’ve been getting into self-tanners lately (expect a post all about it soon) and this brand I’ve always wanted to try, because everyone loves them. Getting this product was amazing and I cannot wait to use it!

Rituals the Ritual of Dao Body Cream – This product is a full-size that retails for around €6. It smells so good, like all Rituals products. And once you open the box, it’s all you can smell. l. I cannot wait to use it.

Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream – This product is a sample-size that retails for around €6.40. This seems to be a gift, since it does not appear in the little magazine, but I cannot wait to try it.

Have you tried any of these products? NA

 

 

Beauty

Empties #4

Hey you! It’s time for another empties post. This is one of my favourite posts., just because you can learn a lot by looking at other people’s empties. There is always a review of the product! So, if you want to know what I’ve used up and my thought in all these products, just keep on reading!
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Avon Naturals Strand Strength Detangling Spray 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – I wasn’t expecting much when I picked this up and I definitely did not think it would work as good as it did. It detangles the hair so easily, while leaving it smelling really nice.

Avon Planet Spa Revitalising Harmony Cooling Face Mask 

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No.
  • My thoughts – I picked this mask just because it was on sale and I thought it would be more moisturising. However, it is just a cooling gel, just exactly what it claims to be. However, as a face mask, apart from a cooling effect on the skin, I did not find it did anything else for my skin. It is just an okay product.

Bioten Biosource Foaming Cleansing Gel 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – I love this cleansing gel and if you’ve been following me for a while now, you probably heard me talk about it several times. It is super gentle. Cleanses the skin without drying or stripping it down. Just amazing.

Avant RNA Radical Firmness Anti-Ageing Serum 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, if it wasn’t that expensive!
  • My thoughts – I love this product like I have never loved a skincare product. This was in May’s LookFantastic Beauty Box and it is the best thing. It moisturises the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated and plumped. Plus, it has a very barely-there scent that is so fresh. In my opinion, completely worth every penny.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – This is my holy-grail deodorant. It smells amazing and it keeps the smell all day long. I’ll forever purchase it.

Avon Senses Winter Treasure Shower Gel 

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – Again, this was an okay product. Good for a shower gel but nothing extraordinary. The scent didn’t hold through a lot of time, and it did not really kept my skin that hydrated.

Have you tried any of these products? NA

Lifestyle

One Year Later | My Blogging Experience

Hey you! So today we’ll change things up and talk about blogging! So, last Saturday, June the 2nd, my blog, Pink Coma, turned 1 year. One year, that is just crazy how time goes by so fast. So, I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you all about my experience with blogging! So, if you want to know what my thoughts and experiences are, just keep on reading!

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Why did I start blogging

I started blogging because I was spending a lot of time at home, with nothing to do. So, I felt like blogging would be a nice hobby. I love makeup, beauty and testing new products. So, blogging was a nice way to keep me busy and also, to keep sharing my thoughts on products. It sounded like the best of both worlds.

My expectations

I thought blogging was going to be the most amazing thing. I did not though it would give me a lot of work, and I did think that I was going to have a lot of opportunities being a blogger and all.

The reality

Man, was I wrong. Blogging takes a lot of time and commitment, especially if you’re a small blog, like me, and you have to do everything on your own. There are photos that need to be taken, posts that need to be written, scheduled and published. A lot, to do. The opportunities did not come as easily as I first thought and life can also get in the way. I started by publishing three post a week, because I had the time, but after getting back into University for my Master, I quickly realized it was not possible ( I wrote a post going into detail about that). Plus, do not think that you’ll be able to do it all alone. You need to be kind and active on other blogs as well. Keeping up with the community is all very important. So, one year and 570 followers later, I do think that it was all worth it. Let me tell you, I love blogging and sharing my thoughts, but I also love hearing what other people have to say.

What has changed in my life

Nothing. Zero. It is still all the same. And, even though blogging has given me some opportunities (small), there were no changes. And I’m not mad about it. You’ve learned thing and changed them, even if there were no big changes, and no big money. If you love it, go for it.