22 December 2016

Easy to store Christmas decorations

I can't take credit for any of the affordable Christmas decorations that I've tried to recreate in our home as they have all been found on Pinterest, but I wanted to share them with you anyway.

We used to decorate only our living room for the 10 years that we have been living in our 3 bedroom apartment (one actually, the others have been transformed, one into a walk-in-closet and the other into an office/make up station). As we don't have much storage space we tried to keep it to a minimum: a small artificial tree that I actually adore, tiny, tiny tree decorations and lots of fairy lights.
Last year I made an effort to include more decorations and decided on a few easy DIY. This year I've upgraded to better quality paper for the printables I found on Pinterest so I can reuse them next year as I haven't found any that I loved more than the ones I printed out last year.
I ordered 3 christmasy cushion covers from H&M, unfortunately a 4th (in red) was sold out and I had to leave the green and white in the back. They were pretty affordable but I used a Black Friday discount code to save the extra €.
The new winner this year has to be wash tape: no need for storage once the holidays are over! I already had a small but unused collection so when I saw these patterns on Pinterest I finally put them to good use. My fave is the reindeer, I've been obsessed over reindeers for the last 2 to 3 years and I love, love, love how this one turned out.
I think I did a pretty good job with the snowy mountains, they aren't perfectly symmetrical by any means but they are 1.5m wide so it wasn't an easy job to get them right all by myself. We have a bare wall in our bedroom just in front of our bed and it makes me extra happy when they greet me in the morning.
This is what the rest of the bedroom looks like: the lamp I got from my in laws, they brought it back from their recent trip to Myanmar and is just stunning, it's made of paper with real flowers embedded in it. The star is from Primark, I have a Christmas Garland Yankee Candle on my bedside table and the duvet cover I got this year from La Redoute. The printables are from Pinterest and the throw in the corner I got in Carrefour for only 14€ and it's super soft and fluffy.
This silver wire tree has been with me for ages and has a special place in my heart. The copper fairy lights are from Primark and the berries I can't remember where I got them but I've had them for a couple of years. The pine cones I just found in the wild and gave them a festive look by using discarded nail polish on them. Not sure I'd recommend it though, it takes ages to paint them and the final product is just not worth it, better to spray paint them!
And finally and example of my doorknob decorations, they are all different. This is the one for our bedroom, isn't he just adorable? They don't take up much space, I only keep one medium sized plastic storage box full of Christmas related things and a small box for my Yankee Candle holders.
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas to y'all!


31 August 2016

August Yays & Nays

I've really been enjoying the extra free time from not blogging regularly but empties posts are one of my fave to read and watch on YouTube and I've always enjoyed talking about the products that I've loved or not so much.
First, the Nays or Meh! products:

Macadamia Weightless Moisture shampoo

It says it's supposed to give texture to baby fine hair (such as mine) and lift, bodily and volumize it. Well, I can't truly say it doesn't exactly do that, the downside is that it makes my hair greasy a lot faster and that's definitely not what I'm going for as I already have very oily hair as it is.

Yves Rocher Protectyl Végétal after sun lotion

Although I loved it last summer my skin's not as dry as it was back then so I haven't enjoyed the texture as much as I used to.

Alterna Bamboo Color Hold hair conditioner

I enjoyed the shampoo from this range but the conditioner would leave my hair feeling very coarse and frizzy so I ended up using it as a shaving cream.

Refan deodorant

I 'd never heard of this brand before. It doesn't contain aluminum and it has a nice manly scent which I enjoyed very much. It's the first non aluminum deodorant that I've been able to use consistently without falling back to the anti-perspirant ones. It worked great in the winter time but during the warmer months I had to switch to another brand that didn't make me sweat as much as this one did. 
As for my Yays, most of them are my ride or die products:

The Body Shop Grapefruit shower gel

I've been switching between this scent and the Satsuma for a while now and I've never looked back. I also enjoy the Orangeasm by Soap & Glory but it's harder to get here in Spain.

Garnier PureActive Fruit Energy gel cleanser

This is my third? bottle already, it's very affordable and does a great job of removing leftover make up. I love using citrus scented products when I'm showering in the morning, they really help in waking me up.

Garnier Delial Golden Protect SPF 30

I've been in love with this formula for as long as I've been blogging but sadly it's time to say goodbye as it has been discontinued, whyyyyy???

EX1 Invisiwear liquid foundation

I've been switching foundations looking for the best formula and when I recently went back to this one, I fell in love. It's weird as I didn't enjoy it that much the first time around but compared to the L'Óreal Infallible Pro Mat or the Forever by Dior it lasts a lot longer and looks more flawless on my super oily skin.

15 August 2016

3 Year Blogiversary

image taken from pusheen.com

It's been quite an adventure and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world but lately I've been feeling like this stage in my life is coming to an end.

I feel like I've learned all I intended to and then some and it's time to move on and leave room for my newest hobbies.

Thanks for reading and see you around!