Lifestyle

Long Time No See

Hey you! This post is a more different one since I’ll be doing a life update, why I haven’t been around and what has happened since my last post

If you’ve followed my blogging journey, you might have noticed that I had stopped writing and even considered shutting down my blog. My last post was 4 months ago, that is just crazy! So, what has happened ever since we last spoke? I got married! Yes, that did happen, on the 20th of October. Went on my honeymoon a few weeks later, moved and now here we are! Live has been good, and hopefully, I will have some more exciting news soon!

So, what to expect from now on? We’re back into the business. I will be returning to my blog and keeping the posting schedule (if you want to know more, click here). And you should expect two new posts every week.

Hope to see you here next time!

Love, NA

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Beauty

Empties #6

Hey you! It is that time again to talk about all the empties of the last month! If you want to know what were the products that I’ve used up this past January, just keep on reading!

Schwarzkopf Gliss Dry Shampoo

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? -Yes
  • My thoughts – Lately I’ve been using dry shampoo a lot more, and this one is quite nice. It has a fresh scent and does not leave too much of a white cast. Definitely going to repurchase

Avon Care Royal Jelly Body Butter

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Maybe
  • My thoughts – This is a very thick body butter and it had a really nice smell to it. It left my skin so soft and if you have dry skin, you might love this!

Concealer

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – I do not know where did I get this concealer from and I don’t really care. It was an ok product, not high coverage but very creamy and easily blendable.

Dove DermaSpa Hand Cream

  • Rated – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – This hand cream had a lovely smell to it, but a very velvety touch to it and I did not like that.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – This had a very strange smell to it, almost like a rubbery scent. It was an ok face cleanser, but I have others that I like more than this.

Avon Naturals Pear and Peony Shower Gel

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Definitely
  • My thoughts – I absolutely adored this product. The scent is my favorite from Avon, so far, and I will be getting this one again!

Mio Boob Tube

  • Rated – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Maybe
  • My thoughts – This product was one that I got in my subscription box and I was not expecting a lot from it, but I actually did see a difference while using it.

Ahava Mineral Body Lotion

  • Rated – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – This was such a good product. With a nice smell, it left my skin so soft and hydrated. I will be getting this again!

Dove Shower Mousse

  • Rated – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – This was such a lovely product to help with depilation. It smelled nice and left my skin so soft.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant

  • Rated – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – If you know me, you know that I adore this deodorant and I will always buy more!

YSL Touch Éclat

  • Rated – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – I did not like this product as a concealer, but I was loving it as an eyeshadow primer. However, there are better and cheaper eye primers out there!

Avon Scent Essence in Velvet Ambar

  • Rated – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – This smelled like winter and it was lovely to wear. Loved the scent and will be getting more!

These are all the products that I have used up. What did you used uo in the past month ?

Lifestyle

How to Successfully Declutter

Hey you! Lately, I’ve been watching so much declutter videos, and let me tell you, those are my absolute favourite along with “shop my stash”, and let me tell you, it has changed my life! I’ve been so inspired by them to start decluttering my life, including, makeup and clothes (I haven’t tacked my shoe collection yet, so send help my way!). Plus, I’m moving in 18 months (give or take a couple of months), so I desperately need to condense my possessions.

So, I thought it would be a nice idea to share some tips on how you can declutter stuff out of your life and hopefully, you’ll feel inspired by this and go declutter!

Step 1: Lay everything out – This may seem like a logical step to take, but it’s the one that makes all the difference! By taking everything out and laying it in front of you can you truly see all the how much stuff you have. It may astonish you!

Step 2: Pick what you love – Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but by choosing the items that you absolutely love and use all the time, you will see that you don’t actually need the other ones.

Step 3: Declutter the dupes – While on this decluttering adventure, you will find that you do have some dupes of the exact same thing. And, if you are not using it, you might as well declutter it, because let’s face it, it is just creating clutter!

Step 4: Reorganize and store everything that you kept – Now that everything is decluttered it is time to store and organize everything. You will find that a lot less space is needed for you to keep everything that you truly use! No more clutter!

I find this is the best approach to decluttering things, and you can apply these rules to whatever you want! Let me know how your declutter session went! NA

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?

 

 

Beauty

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