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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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

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

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.

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Empties #3

Hey you! So, today I bring you, one again the products that I have completely used up. I will also be sharing with you my brief thoughts on each product. So, if you want to know, what those products are, just keep on reading!

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Avon Naturals Cranberry & Cinnamon Scented Spritz

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – I love this scent. It is such a cozy and warm scent that just reminds of winter. I love these perfumes. However, you need to reapply. Even though the scent lasts a while, by the end of the day, it is completely gone.

Nivea Gentle Toner 

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes, definitely!
  • My thoughts – I do really like this product and this is my second or third bottle that I’ve used up. It is such a nice toner that just cleanses and refreshes the skin without being too much. Highly recommended!

Garnier Ultimate Blends Revitalizing Dry Shampoo

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – This was ok. It did leave my hair smelling nice but, as far as refreshing it and absorbing oils, it did nothing. So, I’d not repurchase this one.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover

  • Rate – 2 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – I have talked several times about this product on my blog, but not for good reasons. This just burns my eyes like nothing else, what is a shame, because the product itself is amazing and it removes eye makeup like nothing else. It took me probably near to a year to finish it, just because it burned so bad. Such a shame.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Avocado and Shea Butter Hair Mask

  • Rate – 4 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Yes
  • My thoughts – This was a nice hair mask. It left my hair so soft and smooth. Plus, it does smell really nice. I’d definitely pick it up once again!

Natura Shampoo

  • Rate – 3 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – No
  • My thoughts – This was an ok shampoo. It smells very herbal and it did nothing special for my hair. I would not buy it again.

Avon Naturals Jasmin Scented Spritz

  • Rate – 5 out of 5
  • Repurchase? – Definitely
  • My thoughts – I love the scent of jasmin, so this is one of my favourite scents that Avon does in this formula. I’ll forever repurchase this one!

Have you tried any of these? What have you used up? NA

 

Lifestyle

Going on a Low-Buy

Hey you! So, I feel like these past posts were things that I usually do not post about. However, I feel like a change is needed and, even though my love and passion for beauty and makeup are very real, there are also other things that I do like to talk about. So, this time, I’ll be sharing my reasons why I’ll be going on a low-buy. And, if you want to know what those are, just keep on reading.

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The reasons: As must of you may know, if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, I’m getting married this year (you can read about my experience so far here). And, marrying is expensive. So, we do need to save some money, so that we do not end up broke! Plus, after the marriage, we’ll be getting our own apartment, and again, we need money to do so.

Why a low-buy and not a no-buy? I adore makeup, and even though my collection is a little bit smaller now, due to some decluttering of the products that I do not like, I still have a lot. However, I like experimenting and trying new products and I could never go without buying some new things to try. So, I feel like the low-buy suits me better, since this way I feel like I can still purchase some things, so I do not feel obligated to not spend money on makeup.

My expectations: I have not set a monthly limit for me, just because, I feel like I would be more tempted to go over that limit. However, I feel like I should be good with the rules that I have so far. Regarding the duration of this low-buy, I want it to go probably until September, which is 6 months. Once we get to September, I’ll decide, if I want to prolong the time until December or just stop.

Let me know if you have done a similar thing and what your experience was! NA

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Lookfantastic Beauty Box | March 2018

Hey you! I’m so sorry I have been MIA this past week. But, today I’ll be sharing what I got in my lookfantastic beauty box! If you want to know my opinion and whether I find it worth it, keep on reading.

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This is my first month getting this subscription box and I loved it. If I’m being honest, the reason why I decided to subscribe was just because of this one product (I’ll be telling you what it was), and so far, I love the box. It retails for €20, for every month renew (which is what I choose). It comes with 6 products, an Elle magazine and a brochure, talking about this months’ products. Now, into the products…

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Renu Advanced Anti-Ageing Flash Relax Mask (30 mL) This full-size product retails for €40.95. However, since this is a sample size, the retail price is €12.29. It is an anti-ageing mask with vitamin C&B5, which will help with skin’s radiance. Just leave it on for 10 min and then remove with water. I cannot wait to try this.

Skimono Foot Mask – This retails for €11.95. I’ve never heard of this brand, but I’m so intrigued with this product. It’s a foot mask, I cannot wait to see if it is any good!

Stylondon Oval Face Brush – This product retails for €11. I love oval brushes. I find that they apply makeup so fast and it looks so airbrushed. This one is quite soft, so I cannot wait to try it!

Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser – This product retails for €110. This was the product that made me subscribe to this beauty box. I’ve always wantd to try this, but it is quite expensive, so seeing it in this box was amazing. Plus, with my oily skin, I do think I’m gonna like it!

Skinchemists Rose Quartz Lip Plump – This product retails for €47.95. Again, I’m so excited for this product. I cannot wait to see if it does plump my lips. Plus, they ensure you will not feel that needle-like feeling. I’ll definitely givve it a go!

Douce Freematic Eye Shadow Duo in 78 Kate and 81 Tenley This product retails for €37. Again, another brand that I’ve never heard of. Both colours are quite shimmery but, they are also everyday brown shades, which are my favourites. I cannot wait to see what they look like on!

Do I believe this box is worth it? Yes. It is like every month getting a little gift on the mail! Do you subscribe to this? What do you think?

Lifestyle

Wedding Plan Friday #1

Hey you! So today I bring you a different kind of post. As you may know, I’m getting married this year. Yes, we already have a date, it’s 20th of October of 2018. And we’re having around 70 guests. I’m so excited!

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What to know when planning a wedding?

You’re going to spend money. Like, a lot. Just go into it with an open mind. And if you want to save some here and there, you have do DIY somethings. At least, that is what I find worked for me. So, what am I DIY? My box for all the money offers (that is a tradition where I live) and my wedding ring box (again, it is tradition for a little boy and a little girl deliver the rings). Plus, it is a lot of work! You need to have the time to plan, organize and talk to all of the people.

How to find the best?

Research, research and research! There are so many options out there and, if you want to find the best quality to cost ratio, you need to investigate everyone! That is just needed!

What do I have so far?

I’ve got my photographer sorted. We’re doing an engagement shoot, and I’ll be sharing the photos over in my Instagram! I’ve also got our wedding rings and the flowers for the restaurant taken care of.

What needs to be done? 

Anything and everything. The dress, the rings, the flowers, the church, the cake, the restaurant. Everything. There is so much that you need to think about and to start booking. Plus, let me tell you, the sooner the better!

There will be a few more post about the wedding, the dress and the final one on this series, will be the wedding itself! Cannot wait to share that!

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Staying True to Your Readers | Blogging Pet Peeves

Hey you! First things first. The next blog post, will probably be a health update, because, some crazy things have happened, and they’re just not the best news, but that’s a different blog post. And, secondly, there will also be a wedding organization update, so that you can know what’s been going on, and maybe share some tips with you!

So, today, I bring you a little different kind of a post. Let’s talk about pet peeves. I know, random, but, most of them are true and are worth looking into it, just to make sure you’re not getting into your readers’ nerves.

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Posting only positive reviews – I have nothing against reviewing products, I love it too, but there has to be something that you try and will not love it, it’s inevitable. Just be honest and tell whatever you might think, your readers will appreciate!

No pictures or pictures taken from the brand’s website – I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to take pictures of the product that you’re reviewing. I just feel like I cannot trust that review just because, I’m not confident that you do have this product.

Poor writing – You might think that this goes without saying, but if you’re a blogger, you need to master the way you write. I mean, that is how you’ll talk with your followers and this is how you’ll present yourself and your content. Just taking a little bit longer writing a post, can make wonders!

Follow/Unfollow social media – This is something that has touched me personally, and it just drives me crazy! You should follow the people that you love their content. There is no point in following and then just unfollowing.

Not being respectful – Just like other blogs, comment on other posts. You have to build your own reputation. Just kill them with kindness!

What are your pet peeves? NA

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle

How to Keep up With Posting Schedule While in School

Hey you! So, today I bring a different kind of post, that I hope it will be helpful to some of you that might be in a similar situation as myself.

Let’s start from the top. As some of you may know, I started my blog in the beginning of Summer 2017, and at that time, I was a full-time blogger, and I loved it. However, university started, and I had to write my master thesis (which is no easy thing, but that’s a different post), so I no longer had time to be a full time blogger. So, what changed? If you want to know, keep on reading.

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What to do?

Find a posting schedule that works for you – You don’t have to post every single day in order to have a successful blog, you just have to find what works for you and post high quality content! This was something that I had to change. because I was not able to keep up with my previous schedule. I used to post 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) but now, that is no longer possible, so now I post 2 days a week (Tuesday and Friday, go read the full post here).

Schedule posts – I cannot stress how important this is! I used to be a believer that I could do all. I could take photos, write the post al in the same day as I would post it. It worked when I was a full-time blogger, now, not so well.

Take advantage of your photo sessions – And take as many as you can for future posts! Trust me, when you’re writing the post and scheduling them on your blog, it will come on handy!

So, these were the advices that I found were very helpful to me and I hope that it will be for you too! NA

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