My Summer 2016 Must-Haves

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As the summer (or rather the absence of summer we’ve been having this year) is coming to an end (crying face), I’ve decided to summarise a couple of all-round beauty bits that were accompanying me on a daily basis throughout the season of sunflowers and music festivals, sea breeze and Aperol spritzes…

A good ole’ dry shampoo is a must in summer. No matter how sweaty the summer is. Since 2009, I’ve been pretty loyal to the affordable, yet amazingly efficient Batiste. I adore the brand for the limited editions and various scents they come up with from time to time. In my opinion, the Floral Essences with colourful packaging is a quintessence of summer. I used it on my “third-day-hair”, as well as on freshly washed locks for extra volume and texture. Cannot go wrong with this one!

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It is no secret that I don’t like to fuss when it comes to hair. My favourite summer hairstyle is messy beachy waves. Having naturally wavy hair, I only need a couple of spritzes of salt spray after the wash to create the every day nonchalante hair look. This summer I’ve got to try the TRESemmé Perfectly (UN)Done Sea Salt Spray that I picked up in the US last year. The name says it all – messy “bed hair” is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel that it’s what suits me the most.

If you are a fan of Bronze Goddess scents from Estee Lauder, or Beach fragrance from Bobby Brown, you could definitely appreciate the more affordable version of the most summery scent ever: coconuts, sand and light florals. Monoi from Yves Rocher has been my “go to” scent for a couple of summers already. Lower percentage of alcohol in this Hydrating spray turns it into a perfect companion for those days when your favourite longer-wearing perfumes make you feel dizzy. What’s more – apply it directly onto your skin, and you’ll get an extra portion of moisture alongside the heavenly scent.

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My least used product this summer was my last summer’s favourite. Fruity Sorbet from The Body Shop (in the most summery of ’em all Satsuma scent) is incredibly refreshing for those hot and humid days when you don’t want to fuss with a moisturiser. Keeping the product in a fridge definitely serves for the best result – I adore the feeling of cooling juicy sorbet on my skin just after the cold shower. This year, however, due to the limited amount of sunny hot days in my part of the world, this guy spent most of its summer in the fridge.

When  it comes to make up, I go with the summer flow: the last thing I want is the struggle of the melting full-make up face. Hence, BB or CC creams are my every day companions. This summer, I’ve discovered the Aquasource CC Gel from Biotherm. It has minimal coverage, but serves amazingly well as a moisturiser and skin tone equaliser. I love the lightweight gel texture, which is also extremely refreshing in comparison with heavier cream consistency.

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Another summer trick is to go for the “multi-use” creamy products. I’ve tried out the novelty from Maybelline – the latest addition to their Baby Lips range. Baby Lips & Cheeks has a funky cute packaging – which is already a plus, but not the only one. It comes in four bright shades that look incredible on both lips and cheeks. Considering how affordable this range is, I love the effect of fresh and glowy skin it provides. I own three out of the four shades, but I found Flirty Pink works best for my complexion. Simply put, it’s yet another “no fuss” make up product that is easy to re-apply on the go (and what’s more – the scent is just yummy!).

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A crucial step in my summer make up routine is refreshing my face with thermal water. This year I discovered the Vitality Splash from the German brand Be:Yu that has amazing nourishing as well as refreshing properties. If you are new to this whole “thermal water” game, trust me: nothing feels better than spraying your face with a cooling citrus-scented mist. Hence, recommended to keep in the fridge.

How has your summer 2016 been so far? Have you had the chance to enjoy a summer vacation? What were your go-to city or holiday essentials this season?

Let me know!

x

 

Best Spring Blushes: Corals, Pinks and Magic

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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed these almost 2 weeks of meteorological spring (I know, I know, the weather outside says otherwise). To put myself in a perfectly springy mood, I always raid through my drawers, in search of inspiration. Pastels, bright pinks and corals, maybe a bit of shimmer – this is the direction I’m heading as soon as my soul starts longing for spring.

The best (and easiest, I believe) way to open your heart to spring is to incorporate some of the bright and radiant colours into your make-up routine. And is there an easier way to do it than by using a blusher? Not only does it immediately bring life to a pale wintery face, but it also acts as perhaps the fastest and the simplest way to experiment without any extra fuss.

In the following paragraphs I will present you my all-time favourite spring blushers that I withdrew from the drawers for this season while shopping my stash.

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Too Faced, the love of my life. In my last beauty post I was all about the newest edition to their range – the Love Flush blushes. Now, I’m coming back to basics and selecting a star of spring/summer 2014. I am typically not the biggest fan of shimmer, but this blush makes me love it. So subtle and finely melt, the Too Faced Sweethearts blush is the only one out of my selection I present here that could also be used as a highlighter. Swipe over all three shades, or apply one of the stripes – this blush is a recipe for a perfectly fresh glowy look in peachy nuances. And the name of the shade is pretty darn appropriate – Peach Beach.

My second “suspect” is the trio from Sephora. Technically, it’s not a blush, but a palette that combines bronzer, highlighter and a blush. But it definitely comes in handy, doesn’t it? I like using the blusher for its gorgeous flashy effect and warm-toned coral shade (whereas bronzer is a bit too dark for me, and highlighter is a tad too pink). MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio is, indeed, extremely smooth and easy too apply. What’s more, it’s very affordable, compact and versatile. I went for the shade 02 Medium.

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Cha Cha Tint from Benefit is my favourite from the Tints range. Benefit describes it as “mango-tinted” (thank you, otherwise I would’ve gone with an obligatory “peachy”, but mango sounds just so much better… and juicier). I know it’s not up of everyone’s alley – first of all, due to the application. It’s not the easiest on Earth, and you definitely need to be as speedy as it gets with it. Secondly, the shade: orange (even mango orange) is simply not everyone’s cup of tea. But for me this product is a miracle! When blended into the skin, it stays put for hours. It also provides you with this beautiful dewiness and glow no powder blush is capable of. And an added benefit: you can also smear it over your lips!

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Next beauty is the only limited edition I present you here. I have many gorgeous shades from spring collections of various brands, but I believe it’s a little unfair to include them into the selection. This, however, I cannot omit. The concept itself is quite ground-breaking. Released in last year’s limited edition Fancy Beauty Tales, this blush from the German brand P2 is one of a kind (if not, please widen my horizons!). Cream blush that comes out completely white (strange!) and turns into subtle rose colour as you blend it into your skin (magic!). I’ve always had this strange weakness for all kinds of gimmicks, but this one seems to work. The blusher applies quite well, and in comparison with some other products that come invisible and adapt to your skin tone with time, this one would not surprise you neither with an intense flush of colour, nor with streaky application. Shoutout for the team of developers who decided to name it “Unexpected magic blush“! Mine is in the shade 02 Catch the Glow.

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Alongside this unpredictable beauty, the very predictable, and I even dare to say, expected blusher is coming to the light. It’s a classic. NYX’s High Definition Blush. I believe everyone and their dog know about this range – they are affordable, compact, great value for the price and… decorated with a cute bow 🙂 The shade I selected – Baby Doll – looks like the most “typical” spring tone. Bright pink with iridescent shimmer works like magic (not as magical as its predecessor though :-P)! So flattering, yet so seasonal. I would never wear this shade in winter, but it was certainly made for spring.

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Last, but not least is Rimmel’s Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint in 002 Touch of Berry. It is quite similar to the P2 blusher mentioned above, but good news is that it’s widely available all over the world. Bad news is that it’s not magical 🙂 It’s a great one though – it comes as a lightweight gel-cream and applies quite evenly. It wears off beautifully, however I didn’t find it too long-wearing, Cha Cha Tint from Benefit is a definite winner, longevity-wise. Other than that, I cannot complain: it’s cheap as chips and comes in a handy little packaging that is so easy to use on the go.

These are my faves for the upcoming season, and as you can see, I “served” them with some Peeps I got from the United States. Peeps are definitely a sign of spring for me! Especially considering it’s so hard to get a hold of them where I live.

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What are your favourite spring blushers? What colours and shades do you gravitate towards as it gets warmer? What is you preferred texture: cream or powder? Let me know!

x

Valentine’s Day Nails: 4 (+1) Nailpolishes You Absolutely Need

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Yet again, it feels like last February was only a week ago, but a calendar doesn’t lie: Valentine’s day is around the corner!!! I’m sure your outfit, make-up and hair have been properly thought-through for some weeks already (be it for a date or for an “under a blanket, watching TV shows” kind of day :)). But what about your manicure? Have you made a choice of a nail polish that would have the honour to decorate your nails?

In the upcoming paragraphs, I am going to present you my choice for Valentine’s Day 2016: from red to magenta, from festive glitter to refreshing pastels. Let’s dive into it!

  1. Classic Red. It had to be Sally Hansen‘s Heart to Heart (350). A deep tomato-red nailpolish is a must not only in your collection, but for a special event, be it Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve or your cat’s birthday. You can never go wrong with the classy red – it is bright, yet inoffensive. It’s a definite eye catcher without being “too much”. Go for it if you’re a fan of good ole’ classics and want to play it safe. After all, could there be a better choice for Valentine’s Day than the colour that has been representing the quintessence of love for centuries?DSC_0210.JPG
  2. If you are of an experimenter’s nature, bright magenta would be your polish of choice. I went for the Sephora polish in the shade Dinner for 2 (alternatively, Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 09 Lucky could work as well, even though the Sephora‘s formula proves to be longer-wearing). Bright flashy pink will not leave your nails unnoticed. In my opinion, this shade is as universal as the classic red: it suits all skin tones and does not turn you into the “Legally Blonde” by definition. 🙂DSC_0221
  3. For those who cannot wait for spring to arrive, there is Essie‘s Tart Deco. One of my all-time favourites, this polish is fresh and girly, but at the same time very elegant on your nails. The shade is something between apricot pink, rose and pastel orange, depending on the number of layers and lighting. To me, this is a perfect nail polish if you feel like something different: very easy to wear, but also so unusual.DSC_0212
  4. Of course, glitter is a must. If you feel a bit more festive than simple coloured manicure, you could top it off with a glitter polish. My recommendation is L’Oréal Color Riche top coat in the shade 910 Gold Carat. Golden glitter goes with everything, but it looks especially beautiful paired with Sally Hanssen’s Heart to Heart. You can accentuate only one nail, or if you’re an “everything or nothing” type of person, there’s no reason to hesitate – just go for all ten!

Feel especially playful? Why not mix and match all these polishes, creating a unique pattern of colours? Or even try something out of your comfort zone and perfect your artistic skills by attempting an ombre effect manicure: just apply the polishes one by one from darkest to lightest shade on a sponge and dab this colourful pattern over your nails!

Curious what shade was a winner for my Valentine’s day celebration? Check out my instagram and find out!

I love considering painting nails as my little pampering routine, me-time, zen session – that’s why I usually like to relax with a cup of tea. I would recommend light green tea with vanilla by a brand King’s Crown – tender flavour to comfort your senses. I recently wrote a review post on it, since it has been my tea of choice during these colder months. And of course – chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate that would activate your endorphins and evoke the “in-love” state of mind, even if you are happily single.

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What are you plans for Valentine’s day? Are you going out or staying at home? Since this year’s Valentine’s day is on Sunday, do you plan to start with “festivities” on a Valentine’s day eve? What is your nailpolish of choice for this special occasion?

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and savour it wherever you are, whatever you’re up to! Even if your only plan for this day is painting your nails – enjoy it to the fullest! 🙂

x