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My winter pamper routine

20 Jan 2017

What is the best thing to do when you are feeling stressed and tired and have been working non stop during the week? The answer is simple. Have some 'me' time and relax, unwind from all things that make us anxious and stressed and enjoy some free time.

I love to do this every Friday, I feel it's the best time after a stressful week and this is the routine I follow and the products I use.

Light candles
This is the first step to my routine. I always leave one light on and I light up many candles around the house. This helps me relax so much.

Have a hot bubble bath
I love bubble baths and I envy all of you that are able to shop Lush products, I wish I could purchase some bath bombs too and run them in the water. It would be a dream come true. But since I haven't got the chance to purchase anything from Lush, I run my favorite vanilla scented bubble bath and I love that it produces a thick foam. 

Use a body and a face scrub
I love to use a body scrub at least twice a week and also my favourite homemade face scrub, where I use honey and sugar. The thick consistency of the sugar combined with honey makes my skin feel super clean and give me a natural glow. If you haven't tried any natural scrub recipe, you should try this one, just use honey and sugar and apply to your face using circular motions.

Do a face mask
Is a pamper night complete without using a face mask? I believe not! A face mask is essential after the hot bath, since our skin is softer and pores are 'open' and using a face mask will ensure that your skin has received all great ingredients. I love to use a clay mask for extra cleansing and also I love to use the Tony Moly Sheet masks that I find to be excellent and I especially love the one with avocado that nourishes the skin.

Paint my nails
I love to paint my nails and I choose a different colour every week. I love bold colours for winter and I am currently loving the Essence nail gel polishes that come in amazing colours and these are probably the only polishes that stay on my nails more than 3-4 days, which is amazing since a normal nail polish normally lasts 1-2 days before chipping. If I have time, I like to do a simple design on my nails, like flowers or in winter I love to paint snowflakes.

Pour some wine and read a book
This combo relaxes me so much, I love reading and I always try to read some pages before going to sleep (if I am not watching my favorite youtubers). I want to start re-reading the Harry Potter books, seems the perfect time. I also have a glass of white wine or sometimes when it's extra cold, I make a cup of delicious hot chocolate.

So this is my pamper routine. As I said above, I usually do this every Friday and since today is Friday, this means one thing: run the hot water and pour me some wine!!!

Do you guys have a pamper routine? If yes, what do you love to do and what products you use?

Favourite product of the month - Rimmel Under My Spell lipstick

18 Jan 2017

I purchased this lipstick a month ago, and yes, I am in love. I thought this madness would be over and I would be able to enjoy the lipsticks I own and show them some love, but no, I had to ruin it and purchase some more. I always do things like that, but when it comes to lipstick, I can't say no to 'another one'. 

Lately, I am more into classic soft lipsticks since I am fed up with dry liquid lipsticks that feel uncomfortable on my lips and honestly, I prefer to use a lipstick that doesn't stay all day on my lips but feels comfortable, than having a lipstick that stays on for hours but feels horrible. Don't you agree?

There are 15 shades in the Rimmel 'The Only 1' lipsticks, most of them pink and red toned and one or two berry shades.

First of all, the packaging. I really like it. It's a black tube with the Rimmel logo all over the cap and the top is diamond shaped that makes it more special and unique. On the bottom, there is a purple sticker with the name and number of the lipstick.

The formula of this one is creamy and glides beautifully when applied.  I read a review before purchasing this lipstick that said this one has the driest formula of all 15 shades. My luck! But I fell in love with this shade, it is stunning! It feels nice on the lips, quite comfortable I would say and leaves a beautiful satin finish. 

And imagine if this one is the driest of all shades, how creamy and beautiful all other shades will be.

Under My Spell is a deep plum/berry shade.  It appears to be more reddish than it looks in the tube (it looks more vampy and darker but in real life it's a different shade).  Pigmentation is medium and needs to be applied several times to produce enough colour. But this is not by any means sheer. 

I love the fact that this lipstick is moisturising and gives a nice colour and a glossy finish. It has a staying power of a decent 4-5 hours without eating or drinking anything, since it transfers to almost anything that touches your lips (no kissing either!!!).

But the shade is perfect for fall and winter and I love the creamy formula and I have been wearing it for almost a month and I will make the most of it next fall.

Have you tried the Rimmel Under My Spell lipstick or any other shade from this range? 

Two blushes - Jordana Apple Cheeks & Kiko Colour Veil Blush 06

15 Jan 2017

Hello girls! How are we today? Are you having a lovely Sunday? I am relaxing and enjoying a sunny weather and I hope and pray it lasts for more than one day. 

I am back with a review on two lovely blushes, the Jordana Powder Blush in Apple Cheeks and the Kiko Colour Veil Blush 06. I purchased the Jordana blush from Beauty Joint, which is a website that sells cosmetics from U.S. and I love ordering from them cause I get to try brands we don't have here and are not available for selling in Europe. Basically, this website makes my life so much easier. I ordered the Kiko blush from the Kiko website.

Jordana is a brand I tried two years ago and it is so affordable. There are some hits and misses from this brand and this blush is definitely a hit.

This blush is very pigmented and you only need a small amount to apply to your cheeks. If you overdo it, it would look awkward and too much, so you must be careful when you apply it since it gets too much product on the brush. This is an unusual shade for me, I have never tried a bright shade on my cheeks before but I loved the swatches so much I thought I will give it a go and try something different.

This is a warm bright pink colour, and this colour reminds me so much of Snow White with her lovely pale skin and pink cheeks that made the prince fall in love with her! The blush appears exactly like this on the cheeks which is incredible and so beautiful.

The shade is wonderful and would look nice on every skin tone, fair, medium or even darker skin. This blush however is not longlasting, you cannot expect to wear it from 7am till the afternoon because it fades during the day. 

The packaging is nothing special, just a typical plastic packaging. I purchased this for $2.99.

The Kiko Colour Velour Veil Blush 06 is a first for me, I haven't tried a Kiko blush before so I thought I would give this a try. This blush is incredibly pigmented and it's a warm pinkish brown shade. It is not a mauve shade as the name states, it is a dark pinkish/brown shade which I really like. 

As I said above, it is incredibly pigmented and you only need a small amount and a light hand to apply this blush. This one is said to be a dupe for Tom Ford 05 Ravish blush. I don't own the Tom Ford blush and I cannot say for sure but I looked it up and they are definitely quite similar. This blush lasts about 8 hours on my cheeks which is awesome for an affordable blush like this one.

Have you tried these two blushes? If yes, what are your thoughts?

Youth Lab Cosmetics*

13 Jan 2017

I was introduced to the Youth Lab cosmetics* a few months ago and after using their products for the last couple of months, I decided this is the best time to write my review.  I received a bag full of amazing products, including the Daily cleanser and CC cream in full size but also, I received lots of samples of face masks, serums and day & night cream, all of them have been used and truly loved!

Youth Lab cosmetics is a fairly new company from Greece and their philosophy is to offer a range of advanced skincare products aiming to enhance skin's metabolism for a healthier look.

Youth Lab states that through age and exposure to constant environmental hazards, (such as smog, smoke and sun), our systems start to perform below average, resulting in slower cell communication and the well known skin disfigurations, such as dullness, dark spots and of course wrinkles.

By selecting the right skin products for us, we can keep our skin’s metabolism in high levels and thus, restore a youthful and healthy look for our skin.  Each product targets a different skin metabolism function and is enriched with active ingredients, especially designed to balance the specific function.

So it's all about how metabolism functions and what factors make this process slower. 

The Youth Lab CC Cream* is one of those products that you get excited to use. Do you ever get that feeling? I always get excited to apply a lipstick and to choose which one will compliment my makeup but I never felt this way with a skincare product.

This cream has the thickest texture that I ever tried in a BB or CC cream and I love the fact that I only need a small amount. This cream moisturises my skin, gives medium coverage and regulates sebum. After a few minutes of application, this cream is completely matte on my skin which I really like, since I almost never use a setting powder. It leaves skin feeling fresh and the medium coverage is perfect for every day use.

It has a pleasant scent that disappears during the day. Don't worry, the scent is nothing intense and totally bearable on the skin, it is a mix of fruits and powder that fades after a few minutes.

The Youth Lab Daily Cleanser* is especially designed for combination to oily skin and it is gentle enough to cleanse the whole face, even to use on the eyes. It creates a rich foam and I love to use the cleansing brush that came with it to make sure every inch of makeup, impurities or oil are removed from my face. It leaves my face feeling fresh and you can honestly feel your face extra clean, which is really important and I believe they did an amazing job with this product. 

This cleanser is half empty now and I tried to use only this one in the last couple of months since I wanted to have a complete and right judgement as per how this product works and what it does for my skin. And I like it a lot and I will re-purchase it for sure. A cleanser that leaves my skin clean and fresh is a winner!

I also received these lovely sachets that I can proudly say I used them all up and enjoyed every single one. My favourite is the Youth Lab Thirst Relief Mask. It is a rich creamy mask that hydrates skin to the fullest, repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing. I am definitely buying this face mask in full size, I really loved using it and it felt really great on my skin. I want to continue using it so I will buy this one next. It is also paraben and gluten free. 

I would love to try the Youth Lab Oxygen Cleansing Milk too, however, I am not very font of using cleansing milks but only the name of it intrigues me so much and also, I would love to try the Youth Lab Restoring Serum that is suitable for all skin types and has anti-wrinkling and firming action, what is better to use at the age of 36?

I am really pleased with these products, it's nice when I discover a new brand that offers amazing products suitable for my skin and the people in Youth Lab Cosmetics did a great job. I totally recommend this brand and you can find more information and their products here

Have you ever heard of Youthlab Cosmetics before? Have you recently discovered a new skincare brand that you love? 

*I received these products for free, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

W7 Angel Eyes Silky Eye Shadow Palette - Out On The Town

9 Jan 2017

Aren't you just happy that it's the beginning of 2017? I am soooo happy! 2016 was not the best year for me and I must say, I am glad it is over and I am ready for better days, happy moments and new beginnings.

I recently did a haul to celebrate the beginning of the new year (oops!) and I found some great deals and products on sale, and this W7 Angel Eyes Silky Eye Shadow Palette is one of them. I haven't seen this one before nor I read a review on it but the shades looked lovely and nothing like the palettes I already own, so yes, this baby came home with me. W7 is a brand I discovered this year and I am very fond of since they have really great and affordable products, and I especially love their lipsticks.

This palette has 7 shades, 4 mattes and 3 shimmery shades. The formula is silky, soft and powdery and blends nicely without any major fallout. All shades are perfect except the darker shimmery one, I don't know if I ever use this one (maybe on a formal/black tie/red carpet event, but then again, I am not famous so I don't attend these events haha). But neutral shades? Yes! I love these and they are perfect for every day use and despite the fact that there are only 7 shades, I was able to create different looks and the perfect every-day smokey eye too.

The darker shades have great pigmentation, whilst the lighter ones are not so great and need to build them up which is a little disappointing but nothing major. I just had to dedicate a few more minutes to build the colour up. 

The packaging is a simple but a good quality black case that is travel friendly and has a large mirror in it, so it makes it easier to carry with you and apply the eyeshadows anytime or to transform your makeup from day to night and go and have drinks with your friends. It has also a double end foam applicator but I never use these, I always use a proper eyeshadow brush to make sure I apply it right.

My two favourite shades are the second, a lovely nude shade that I use as a base all over my lid and the third one which is a shimmery taupe shade that looks fantastic when applied all over the eyelid. I wasn't expecting to love this palette but the shades are awesome, have great pigmentation, blend nicely and are easy to work with and last for a few hours before fading, which is great for an every day look. I also noticed they do not crease or smudge, which is really great for an affordable palette. I am very pleased with this one and I am so glad I picked it up, I will definitely wear it a lot and create several looks from it.

Have you tried recently an affordable palette you loved and was perfect for every day looks? Do tell me below and give me some ideas!

My new obsession - Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder

5 Jan 2017

Did it ever happen to you to go shopping for some basic things like cotton pads, shampoo and makeup wipes and end up purchasing half the store because they have amazing deals? Oh yes, this happened a week ago and I got some amazing products I am excited to share with you. On top of that list, is the Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder I scored for €2 and I couldn't be more happier about it, I also did a happy dance in my car right after I left the store.

I tried the Technic products before and last year, I bought two great eyeshadow palettes that I am still using and loving. They are perfect for every day use and I also bought some lip products, not amazing but ok. But the one thing I am truly amazed with, is this highlighter. I don't own many highlighters in my makeup collection and I wanted to invest in a nice one I would use frequently, so when I swatched this one at the back of my hand, my reaction was something like: OMG OMG OMG I need this!!!!! 

There are two shades of this highlighter and I chose the lighter one, I wouldn't be able to use the darker one as my complexion is not as tanned as it used to be a month ago (yes, I am tanned till November, it's crazy) so the lighter shade is perfect.

Best thing about this highlighter? Pigmentation. This powder is insanely pigmented and you get so much product with just a swipe. It has a velvety/powdery texture that I really love and the packaging is not anything major, just a simple plastic tube but honestly, I don't really care since the actual product is amazing! Applying this highlighter is not difficult and you need a light hand and a great brush and the result is a nice shimmer and glow on the cheeks. I also love the fact that it does not have glitter in it hence it can be used daily.

You get a lot of product in the compact of 12g and I would also use it as a base for my eyes. Imagine having this nice shimmer on your eyes before or after applying your eyeshadow, wouldn't that be great?

Overall, this is a great product and value for money. If you see this highlighter, grab it and hold it closely cause you are going to love it. It is the most beautiful highlighter I have ever seen.

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