29 August 2014

Summer heroes: Face masks

Dear readers,

Summer is coming rapidly to an end but I just wanted to share my current favourite face masks with you as a part of my summer heroes series.

I try to remember using them once a week but I sometimes forget. This combination of face masks has really been working out for me. I have noticed quite an improvement after each use.

First I take my make up off and cleanse my face with a water based cleanser. Sometimes I use my Dermanew microdermabrasion system to really give my face a deep clean although I'm not very fond of using this too often. After my face is fresh and clean I apply my first mask:

I love this fresh face mask by LUSH, it's the BB seaweed one and it has helped me to fight off any excess oils. I have oily skin all year round but my shyniness increases during the summer and I really hate looking like a disco ball just a few hours after I have put on my make up. I like that you need to keep this in the fridge so it will give you a nice cooling effect when you apply it. I leave it for 10-15 minutes and then I take it off with a wet cloth.

This mask retails for 9,25€ and comes in a 75ml pot.

Next I like to use a moisturizing mask, this one contains Hyaluronic acid and some tiny 24 kt gold specks. I like leaving it for a longer time, I sometimes even leave it overnight and take it off by rinsing my face with cold water.

I got this Natur Núa mask at a beauty fair. I wasn't familiar with this brand but it called out to me because of the gold content. I can't remember it's exact price but I don't recall it being overly expensive, at least not more than 12€ for a 250ml bottle. I just need 3 pumps each time I use it so it will last me forever.

After only one use I could clearly see a difference in my skin's texture. I'd love to try out more of their products but I visited their web site and they don't have an online store :)

For those of you who like using DIY masks I leave you with my favourite recipe:

- split an egg and separate the yolk from the white
- beat the egg white with a fork until some bubbles are formed
- spoon up some of these bubbles and apply it evenly on your face
- let this completely dry until you feel your skin goes completely tight
- take it off using a damp cloth or just rinse it off with water
- gently pat your face dry, I like using paper tissues instead of a towel
- take a bit of the egg yolk and spread this evenly on your face
- let this completely dry like with the egg white
- rinse it off
- pat your face dry
- apply your favourite serum
- take an ice cube made out of green tea and vitamin E and run it over your face
- let your skin air dry and apply moisturizer as you normally would

This routine I came up with by combining two YouTube tutorials by Michelle Phan:

For the love of smooth and bright skin,

25 August 2014

Midi ring trend

Dear readers,

I've been lusting over a real gold midi ring for some time now, I even posted an entry about this featuring a few designs I liked.

Last January I purchased the Free Spirit midi ring set by Forever 21 for 2.73€. A real bargain yes, until the gold starts wearing off...

Last month I went to the nearest jewelry store to get me a gold midi ring for my birthday, but it wasn't meant to be. They didn't have nice designs in small sizes so I went home empty handed.

One day I woke up with a bright idea, I went to my jewelry box and took out some old gold rings I didn't wear any more. Some of them were not fit for what I had in mind but two of them seemed nice enough to give it a try.

I took them to the jeweler's and had them trimmed, one could be cut to a size 5 and the second was only safe to cut a size down to a size 12 as there was chance the stone could fall off as a result of bending the band too much.

So it turned out fine and the emerald green stone survived the resizing and I can wear it on my middle finger. The smaller one with the tiny pearl fits on my ring finger although it feels a bit too snug, but I think it'll get more comfortable to wear in the winter when my fingers are not so bloated by this heat that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon :(

So this is how it looks on my fingers, pretty nice for only 10 turkeys* huh?

*Don't ask me why but in Spain instead of $bucks we call it €turkeys... is it weird this makes me hungry?

What do you think about midi rings, yay or nay?

For the love of cute accessories,

21 August 2014

Summer heroes: Quick & go

Dear readers,

Next on my summer heroes agenda is my quick & go make up routine.

After I was showing up from 3 to 7 minutes late at work for over a week I knew I had to change something in my make up routine so I could be ready in a whiff and get to work on time.

First step: I skip foundation. I do have some big ugly sun spots around my forehead, on the sides of my cheeks, on my chin and as a not so cute mustache on my upper lip :(

But, hell who cares? If I've been brave enough not to wear any make up until I turned 38 so why worry now?

Although, when I have an extra minute I do cover up my dark spots with some random concealer.

So, after applying my serum, eye cream and moisturizer I put on some SPF and go straight to my Age Rewind concealer by Maybelline in light. I'm so happy to have purchased this recently, it doesn't crease or set in my fine lines, it blends perfectly and it's affordable, so what more can you ask for?

I cover my under eye circles, which btw I don't think exist but anyway I look more awake with a tad of highlight under my eyes...

And then I use my MAC Studio Fix powder in NW30 for the center of my face and NW35 as a contour and to warm up my face a bit so it matches my body. I do this carefully so my concealer doesn't rub off using a fluffy kabuki brush. As I have very oily skin this works for me perfectly and it gives me a nice enough coverage. What I love the most about the Studio Fix is that it makes my pores appear much smaller.


After my eye primer I sometimes use a cream eye shadow as it's the quickest way to wear a bit of eye colour without worrying about applying it perfectly. I just lightly dab my ring finger in the pot and extend it on my eyelids. It's very long wearing so I don't have to worry about it creasing. 

This step I never skip as my eyebrows are very sparse and need filling in even when I'm not wearing any make up. I'm currently using the eyebrow powder from the Brow Zings kit by Benefit as it's a tad too light for me in the winter but found out it looks nice enough for use during the summer.

This is my favourite mascara at the moment, the Tarte lights, camera, lashes! It's not too dry and not too wet, it separates my lashes and doesn't smudge. The only downside: it isn't sold in Spain. Hopefully I'll find someone to get it for me before I run out. This is a sample size version but it has lasted me for quite a long time and it hasn't gone dry yet.

For lips I just wrote a post the other day on my summer lip products.

Enjoy the summer while it lasts,

18 August 2014

#2014BloggerChallenge: Perfect pairs

Dear readers,

I wasn't much of a lippy kind of gal but I've embraced the bright lips trend as of lately.

These are my perfect summer pairs at the moment.

I'm featuring 6 lip products, but I have to say that I do not own many more that this.

Bright Fucsia: I'm loving this shade for a pop of colour when my clothing is more dull and neutral. I can wear the NYX matte lipstick (right) in Shocking pink on its own or toned down with the Lasting finish Rimmel lipstick (left) by Kate in Rosetto

From left to right: NYX, Rimmel and both.

The same applies to a beautiful coral-y-orange tone by NYX (right): lip smacking fun color in 643 Femme is gorgeous on its own or toned down with my only high end lipstick by Dior Addict (left) in 433 Délice.

From left to right: Dior, NYX and both.

And finally my favourite nude lip combo: it's not exactly nude, you may think, but it is for me as my lips are kind of pigmented and more mauvy-toned so this is my go-to lip combination when I'm going for a more subtle or everyday look.

From left to right: CK cream lipstick in 31119 Rose berry, NYX butter gloss in Tiramisu and both.

These are the shades I'm going for this summer but I can't wait to try out some different tones I have reserved for autumn and winter.

Have a look at Gaby's post on this topic and scroll down to find the links to all the other participant's entries.

Good reading to y'all,

15 August 2014

Happy blogiversary!

image taken from pusheen.com

Dear readers,

It's been a great blogging year, and I owe this all to you. Thank you :)

A special thank you to Koller Media for providing for the new background pattern for my blog, to Carrie from Carrie Loves for the social media icons and to Emily M for her video tutorial on how to install them.

And last but not least, thanks to the hubby for inserting the starred background pattern for my blogiversary, I loved it!

Huge blogger hugs to y'all,

14 August 2014

Unboxing: Ole Henriksen, Nuxe, Caudalie and Macadamia

Dear readers,

As my blog reached 500 Bloglovin followers I wanted to host a small giveaway for my Twitter followers but I got no reaction whatsoever, yes a few favourited my tweet but no one, except for the loyal @FemaleBloggerRT and @TheBlogGuideRT, retweeted my original tweet in order to enter. So I just sat down and had a look at my followers and chose one that always interacts a great deal: Sarah aka TheBlossomCart aka @sazbomb in Twitter.

As I had placed her order for the Ole Henriksen grease relief cleansing cloths I thought to myself: I want to try them out myself, so I went back to my Look Fantastic account and added them to my basket.

It normally takes from 10-15 days for the parcel to arrive but surprise, surprise. This morning the postman delivered our letters, as usual and he gave me this huge box as well. It's only been 6 days since I placed my order, yay for Look Fantastic! That was quick!

The moment I went back to my account to place my own order I was delighted to see this offer (it hadn't been there earlier): for a 55£ purchase you would get a Macadamia travel kit valued at 35.75£. This time it only came with a 30ml Deep Repair Masque but I still have a lot left from my previous purchase which I featured in this blog post.

This is the culprit of me spending just over 55£57.45£ to be more exact: the Ole Henriksen face wipes. I was tired of hearing continuous talk about them so I decided to get a huge pack (100) of the regular ones (Truth to Go) and a 30-pack of the Grease Relief. I got them with a 15% discount so they were 21.25£ and 10.20£ instead of 25£ and 12£.       

As I needed to get to the 55£ I decided that the hubby could do a guest blog post on his skincare routine or something like that and I got him this Nuxe Men moisturizing gel for 18£.

I still was a few £ short so I got 2 mini 30ml hand cream by Caudalie as I like to have small gifts at hand in case of an unexpected invite or for no particular reason. They were 4£ each.

Overall I'm extremely happy with this purchase: I got the Ole Henriksen with a 15% discount and the Macadamia kit for free, plus the hubby is very much in love with me right now because he got something too.

For the love of finding great deals,

11 August 2014

Summer heroes: Primers

Dear readers,

Continuing with my summer heroes series I've decided to talk about a real must-have, if you have a very annoying oily skin, like me. Especially around the eye-area, I still haven't found an eyeliner that holds on my waterline for more than ten minutes, yes you heard me right: ten as in one-zero.

After trying many, many, many eye primers I decided to give the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion a try as I heard and read so many good things about it. If I had known how good it worked I would have gotten it sooner but I already had invested in the MAC prep + prime eye and it turned out to be a let down so I was a bit wary to try out another high end primer. I decided to compromise: I liked the Urban Decay Smoked palette and it came with a tiny sample size tube of the PP, so I purchased it and tried out the sample. Miracle worker, that's what it is. After a few months the Anti-Aging formula came out and I didn't think twice and got it immediately. Now I use it every day even when I'm not wearing any eye shadow at all. You need all the help you can get if you have oily and hooded eyelids added to the fact that you have past the 40's barrier some time ago... I paid 14.81 pounds at Lookfantastic.com

Even though some MAC products don't work for me (eyeshadows and the prep + prime for eyes), I still wanted to try their paint pots and I'm glad I purchased one in Soft Ochre a few months ago. It doesn't work as good as the UDPP but good enough and I like that it covers any discoloration and veins so it creates a perfect canvas to layer eyeshadows on top. When I need my eye make up to last an extra long time I use it on top of the UDPP which gives me like 12 hours of crease-free bliss. It retails for about 19€.

As I also won the lottery on the biggest pores in the history I sometimes use a face primer. I like this one by Bioderma, it's lightweight and more of a lotion texture than a silicone one. I don't use a primer on a daily basis (who has the time to layer all this stuff) but I like to make an extra effort if I'm going out for lunch after work. This mini size tube came in a monthly Glossybox some time ago so I was lucky to get it among a few other items for only 10€.

Can you recommend a real waterproof eyeliner? I've already tried with the UD 24/7, the Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes, the Rimmel Scandaleyes and the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place but none of them seem to work on my watery waterline, not even tightlining works. I've also tried wiping the area dry with a cotton bud and packing on eye shadow on top but even that doesn't work for more than maybe half an hour.

Thanks a lot :)

8 August 2014

The Sunshine Award

Dear readers,

I feel very fortunate having made some blogger friends over this past year and more so when they care to mention you in their blog posts or even be so kind as to nominate you for a blogger award.

For this award I have to thank a beautiful Italian lady: Barbs LeCupcake of 300 days of England.

As per usual the rules are pretty simple:

  1. Publish your entry posting the Sunshine award picture
  2. Tell 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who has nominated you
  4. Nominate 11 awesome bloggers
  5. Ask them 11 questions
  6. Let them know they are nominated

My random facts:

  1. I'm only 5'3'' but I wear size EU39/US8/UK5'5 shoes :(
  2. My eye colour changes from green to grey depending on my mood
  3. I've never broken a bone in my body, although I used to fall a lot when growing up
  4. I love driving motorbikes but I hate wearing a helmet = helmet hair blah!
  5. I wear glasses only because I'm afraid to touch my eyelids, so no contacts for me
  6. My handwriting changes depending on how fast I'm writing or how tired I'm feeling
  7. I'm an only child and I used to hate that but now I feel pretty lucky
  8. My favourite city in Europe is London, although Rome is a close second
  9. I love glitter, shimmer and anything that sparkles
  10. I hate picking at my lips but I can't help it
  11. I'm an extremely lazy person: don't have kids, that's how lazy I am...
And now to the answers to Babs' questions:

1. Do you have any recurrent dream?
Not anymore, I used to dream that I was falling from the 9th floor when I was little

2. Something that reminds you of your childhood?
The moldy smell in the basement of my granny's apartment building

3. Favourite pizza topping?

4. Lipstick or nail polish?
Nail polish

5. Most hated food?
Beef tongue, yikes!

6. Do you still listen to the bands/singers you liked when you were younger?

7. A piece of art that describes you
Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

8. What's the next place you will visit on holiday?
London, probably in early December

9. Celebrity crush?
Keanu Reeves

10. Do you miss anyone right now?
My granny

11. Tell us a joke ;)
I will spare you from bad jokes, sorry but I'm the worst at telling jokes and I can't even recall any

My nominees are:

Congrats! The questions for you to answer are:

  1. Recommend a good book
  2. Favourite vacation destination?
  3. Do you speak a foreign language?
  4. Winter or summer?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. Favourite pastime?
  7. Cinema or dvd at home?
  8. Popcorn, sweet or salted? P.S. I like mixing them
  9. DIY or buy?
  10. Would you spend 400 pounds/dollars/euros in a pair of shoes instead of buying a new oven when yours has broken down?
  11. Glitter, yay or nay?

For the love of blogging and blogger friends,

5 August 2014

#2014BloggerChallenge: Guess the film.

Dear readers,

Sorry I'm a bit on the late side this time, I wanted this to go up yesterday but between my shitty internet connection and my worse handwriting I didn't get my nail art done until a few minutes ago.

Can you guess which movie I'd like to see? I loved the book so much I've started reading it again this morning and I can't wait to post this entry and go back to my book.

It took some time to arrive to Spain but I think it was released about a month ago. It's been ages since I've last been to the cinema and I don't intend to change that. I find it's gotten very expensive so I'm just patiently waiting for it to be available on video streaming. 

If you haven't guessed the movie by now just click here to head over to Gaby's post where she mentions this film as well. Below her post you'll find links to the other same topic related posts, enjoy your reading!

Okay to y'all,

2 August 2014

July empties

Dear readers,

We are away for the weekend, celebrating my birthday so I'll keep it very short.

I've been going through a bunch of samples, testers, mini sizes and such as I'd hoarded too many of them. I featured them all in a previous post.

My favorite find has been the SkinClinic range. It's only sold at specialized beauty clinics but I have a friend who gifted me a huge load full of these samples and I'm very grateful to her because they are amazing. I also liked the Clarins HydraQuench cream gel. I went through several other samples but I'd be here all weekend if I went over them one by one.

As for in shower and after shower products I absolutely loved the Rose Jam shower gel by Lush and the Satsuma body pure by The Body Shop. The Cotton Flower shower gel is by Yves Rocher and it's just a regular one with a sweet scent that didn't appeal to me that much.

I went through another Batiste dry shampoo, this time the cherry flavoured and it has become my favourite. The Macadamia healing oil treatment smells amazing, doesn't weigh down your hair and nourishes the ends of your hair without leaving a greasy feeling, I've already repurchased it. And a random hair dye in brunette, I don't stick to any particular brand, I just get the one that's on offer.

Vasenol hand lotion, as it's very lightweight I kept it at the office as I don't like to have sticky hands when I'm typing away all day long. At home I prefer a more thicker formula.

A random antibacterial hand soap which I actually use to give my make up brushes a deep cleanse once a week, usually on Sundays.

The Maybelline The Colossal Volum'Express waterproof mascara: I didn't like the formula very much. I thought it was too dry and clumpy for my taste, I prefer my lashes to be separated.

A bunch of random nail polishes I've gotten rid of because I don't like the formula: a few from Sephora, some Colorama by Maybelline (I actually had 3 more but I gave them away to a friend) and two cheaper polishes that were really awful.

And finally the Alqvimia Ylang-Ylang cleansing emulsion. Alqvimia is a Spanish brand that only uses natural ingredients and that translates into €€€, at least in my opinion. I was lucky to get this at more than half price at a beauty fair but even so, to spend more than 20€ on a 100ml make up remover is way to much for my taste.

Now I'm going to have a shower and dress up to have an amazing early birthday dinner with the hubby.

Greetings to y'all from the most beautiful city in Spain: Granada.