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!

9 August 2016

Pokémon Go is taking over my life

I was in my late twenties when the Pokémon TV series were aired. Although most friends my age wouldn't dream of watching anime or cartoons unless their own kids made them watch, I've always enjoyed them. I remember being in Uni and setting my alarm to 8:00 on Sundays just to watch X-Men and go back to sleep afterwards.

When Pokémon Go was released I was thrilled. I've never played any Pokémon game before because I was born a generation too late but hey, I'm catching up!

This is a short post to tell y'all how this game has affected my life so far:
These are my strongest Pokémon so far. They're not exciting by any means but I'm waiting to pass level 20 and catch some higher value friends so they can evolve into powerful buddies.
I have a PokéStop just in front of my apartment and I can load up on PokéBalls from the bedroom if the GPS is feeling generous. Last Sunday, the hubby and I went down to the beach and I actually picked a spot within range of the PokéStop so I could fill up my bag every 5 minutes. I even used the countdown option from my phone so it would ring every 6 minutes (for good measure).
I didn't enter any gyms until late in the game as I was still finding out how things worked and how I was supposed to combat much higher CP Pokémons. I've recently found a gym near my office that I can take down every day during my coffee break. So far I've only been 6 times, that's 60 gold coins that I will exchange for an incubator once I've saved up enough of them.
Later today I'm going to head out with the hubby and try out the improved sightings feature that is supposed to be working now. My goal is to catch a few more MagiKarps in order to evolve one into a mighty Gyarados, only 50 left to go... wish me luck!

My favourite Pokémon from the TV series besides Pikachu was Charizard. He'd crack me up when he refused to fight, that's so like me, disobedient and lazy.

I also liked Vulpix and Eevie because they're sooo cute and fluffy. I've managed to capture a few Eevies but not enough yet to make a Vaporeon although I like Flareon better, but he's not near as good as his water counterpart in combat.

What about you? Are you playing Pokémon Go? What level are you at?

5 August 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Last Wednesday I turned 44, that's loads of ducks y'all: 22 + 22, lol.

As a birthday present to myself I took the day off from work yesterday. On the day itself I had lunch with my mom, her boyfriend (he's the one on my right) and my dear friend Tania.

They had a very nice and sweet surprise prepared for me: a delicious chocolate cake. I wish I had taken some pics of the view from the restaurant but as I live so close to the seaside I tend to forget that it really is something special.
My mom had given me some money that I put to good use. I was in need of some new sunglasses (I wear prescription glasses as I'm a bit nearsighted) and I chose these by Prada, you can see them better in the picture below.  
The lighting was awful in the store but hey, I'm all for keeping things real...
And last, but certainly not least, the hubby gave me the best present of all: an iPhone 5s. My old one had been stolen from my car back in February and I was making do with my old iPhone 4s. When I downloaded Pokémon Go it wouldn't work properly so he took pity on me.

On the day itself I finally got to catch my first Pikachu, yay!

2 August 2016

July Yays & Nays

I think I'm the only person rooting for the summer to end. Don't get me wrong, I love the heat, going to the beach and the longer days. What I can't stand are the crowds of tourists taking my parking space, filling up the beaches and walking around town in their swimwear, yuk!
July Yays
For my monthly empties I have a few Yays to share with you:

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: I only used this to take off my eye make up as it easily dissolves mascara and liner. It's pretty gentle unless you leave it on for too long, then it starts to sting the eyes. 

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Sorbet: I love the scent and the refreshing gel type formula but I feel like it doesn't hydrate as much as a regular lotion.

Soap & Glory Hand Food: It's my forth tube already, I like that it dries fairly quick despite the thick consistency. I tend to go for fresh scents but this one's just the right amount of sweet.

Bióre UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50: My go to daily sunscreen. It's extremely lightweight and doesn't make me any oilier unlike European SPF brands.

Douglas nail polish removal pen: It's very helpful in getting rid of unwanted nail polish that has somehow transferred to the skin.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging eye cream: It's very creamy and hydrating but feels lightweight at the same time. I haven't had any issue with any brand concealer creasing on me when I'm wearing this underneath so it's definitely something that I'm going to repurchase in the future.

The Body Shop Vitamin C serum: I love the silicone consistency, one pump is enough and sometimes I feel like my oily skin doesn't need a moisturizer on top. I'm already going through my 4th bottle.
July Mehs
As for my Nays, I don't have any this month. The two products above are more like Meh! 

Lancôme Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser: This came in my Glamour Beauty Festival goodie bag otherwise I wouldn't have purchased it. I don't usually like these kind of two-phased cleansers. They work ok but I don't like how sticky the skin feels afterwards.

Hema Quick Dry Top Coat: I use more affordable top coats on my toes as the polish last me for ages. I can't get in Spain, though so I'll have to ask my Dutch friend Myrthe to bring me some next time she comes this way. Last time she brought me this nail strengthener so I suppose I do have a big Nay after all: never going to use that ever again!

Sorry my post didn't go up on Monday as usual but: no Wifi, you know #firstworldproblems. Although, does Spain even categorize as a first world country? You got me! Just kidding, not kidding.