Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Marula Facial Oil - the latest anti-aging skincare hero

Facial oils have become a big thing in skincare in recent years. Every month you hear of a new, best yet, facial oil. I admit that I was quite hesitant to use oils on my combination/oily skin but after reading lots of positive reviews I finally gave in to a facial oil some time last year and I was impressed with it. It didn't make my skin oilier but it helped with dehydration and dry patches I had at the time. I've been using on and off some oil for my face and with the cold season upon us it's almost a must for me to keep my skin nicely hydrated. My latest best friend in the 'facial oil' category is the Marula Facial Oil by John Paul Selects* (£37.50).

Marula Facial Oil
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Subtle smokey grey eyes with SEVENTEEN Cosmetics

SEVENTEEN is a budget friendly brand that often gets overlooked, especially by women over 20s as it seems like it's a brand for teenagers with its name suggesting it and the general look of their products. But the truth is, that there are some brilliant makeup items that can be used by a person at any age and what's even better, everything is very affordable.
I have tried some SEVENTEEN products in the past, like their Stay Time foundation which I really liked, Skin Wow Primer, great alternative to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector or Phwoarr Paint Under Eye Concealer which is fantastic, although a bit too drying under the eyes for a woman my age but amazing to conceal any blemishes etc.
When people behind the Boots Team (SEVENTEEN is Boots own brand) asked if I want to try some SEVENTEEN products I didn't hesitate.
 
Seventeen Cosmetics
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Friday, 25 September 2015

Makeup look #29 Autumnal burgundy eyes and lips

Today I'm back with an Autumnal makeup look as the season is well and truly upon us and I just love deep red, burgundy and berry tones on my eyes and lips. To create the eye makeup I used the latest Makeup Revolution palette New-Trals vs Neutrals* (review) which is just perfect for this time of the year, and for my lips - deep red shade. The overall look is quite glamorous and evening appropriate but could be easily toned down by switching to a nude lipstick and leaving out the winged eye liner.

MUR New-Trals vs Neutrals palette makeup look
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Looking after the eye area with Ole Henriksen eye creams

I have used eye creams since my early twenties as I 've always thought that preventing wrinkles and looking after the very delicate area is the best approach. My first eye creams were just light hydrating gels/creams but as I got older I started looking for more nourishing formulas. I've tried lots, some were better then others but strangely, it was always hard to see any difference in my under eye area. My latest eye creams are the ones that I feel they actually are working, they were recommended to me by Ole Henriksen as a part of the #RealUsersRealResults campaign (check my skincare routine posts here and here). While I'm yet to have deep wrinkles, fine, dehydration lines were quite visible but lately my skin has looked much more hydrated, smoother and younger.

Ole Henriksen eye creams
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Monday, 21 September 2015

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick 'After Dark'

Every now and then I treat myself to a lipstick that needs to be talk about in its own blog post because it's a love from the first swatch ( check my posts here and here). Today's the day to introduce you to my newest lipstick obsession, the Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade After Dark.
One day I was casually browsing beauty websites (as you do) and came across Urban Decay lipsticks, my attention got the new matte range, and particularly that one shade, perfect for Autumn which is right upon us. And before I knew it my order was confirmed and the new lipstick was on the way. I love dark, vampy lips for this time of the year!

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick 'After Dark'
 
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Friday, 18 September 2015

Makeup through the decades #2 1930s

Today I'm excited to share with you another post in my 'Makeup through the decades' series, the 1930s makeup (check the 1920s makeup post). I have so much fun researching makeup trends from the decade and trying to recreate the look and I hope you'll enjoy the post.
Makeup became very popular in 1930s and was highly influenced by Hollywood with fabulous Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers or Marlene Dietrich as an example. Gone were the days of the intensive 1920s black eye makeup and boy-ish, rebellious flapper style. Instead, more feminine look was popular, softer, romantic makeup and hair style.

Pictures source: Glamour Daze
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

HoMedics NEWA - Skin Rejuvenation Treatment, first impressions

Being in my mid thirties means that good skincare routine is more important to me now then ever before, (check my current skincare routine), obviously, who doesn't want to stay looking younger for longer? And while I take all the anti-aging 'miracles' with a pinch of salt, I'm sure looking after your skin from outside and inside makes a big difference in its appearance. When I was offered to test the NEWA Skin Rejuvenation Treatment by HoMedics I hesitated a bit as, even though I'm not against facial procedures like Botox or Fillers, I'm not willing to do any of this invasive treatments at the moment. But a quick Google search assured me that NEWA is a non invasive, clinically proven system that works by delivering energy (heat) 3 layers deep into the skin, reactivating the natural collagen producing process. Considering that no cream/serum/mask can do this I was sold :)
 
HoMedics NEWA - Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
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Monday, 14 September 2015

Discovering Glo & Ray makeup

One of the things that I love about blogging is discovering new beauty brands, either through reading other blogs or getting opportunities to try new products. When I was offered to try some Glo & Ray products I quickly agreed as I have seen the brand featured on some blogs I read and I was curious about it.
Glo & Ray is a British company which made its debut in September 2012. Its inspiration is the natural wonder of light which led to a collection of makeup designed to illuminate each woman's natural beauty.

Glo & Ray makeup
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Friday, 11 September 2015

Makeup Makeover #2 Subtle smokey eyes

Today I'm bringing you another makeup makeover (check my first one here), this time done on my beautiful cousin Agnieszka. While being on our holidays we spent a few days with my family and as my cousin wanted me to do her makeup we thought it would be nice to share it with you guys. Agnieszka wanted an evening look but considering it was a VERY hot Summer day ( I was sweating while sitting, glamorous, I know!) I didn't want to go very heavy with the makeup but still wanted to make it look a bit smokey and sultry. So I went with some bronze and gold shades for her eyes and kept the rest of the face very subtle and neutral. I love how her blue eyes popped with this look, so beautiful!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette makeup look
 
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Makeup Revolution 'New-Trals vs Neutrals' palette - review and swatches

Eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup and I have collected a lot of them in the last couple of years but I have reached a point when not every single palette excites me which is a big statement, believe me :) But every now and then a new palette is released and if it's a bit more different from what I have already I will be all over it. That was the case with the new palette from Makeup Revolution 'New-Trals vs Neutrals'. While being on holidays I saw on Instagram that the brand has released this palette and I knew that I will add it to my collection as soon as I'm back in UK. So imagine how pleased I was when after arriving home I saw that Makeup Revolution kindly sent me this palette for a review :)
And just look at it! Isn't it the perfect Autumnal palette? So pretty!

Makeup Revolution 'New-Trals vs Neutrals' palette
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Monday, 7 September 2015

Inglot Cosmetics haul - swatches and first impressions

Hello all! I'm back from my little break and while I thoroughly enjoyed our holidays it's good to start blogging again :)
As I feel tiny bit rusty after two weeks of staying away from the internet (apart from Instagram, you need to do something while lounging on the beach, don't you?) I thought I would just ease myself in with a quick post about my beauty purchases done while being in Poland and specifically my Inglot haul. I didn't get crazy to be honest, I think I'm at the point when I have realised how much makeup I already own which need to be actually used and I control my beauty shopping a bit more. Having said that, I could not missed the opportunity to visit Inglot shop which are hard to come by in UK and also prices here are about 30%-40% higher then in Poland, crazy, I know. Surprisingly I didn't buy any eyeshadows, just couple of pigments, as I wanted to try different products from the brand and I already have tons of eyeshadows to use. I had a little makeup makeover done by a lovely lady at the counter and most of the products I bought were the ones she used doing my makeup.
Let me share with you all the beauty bits I got.

Inglot Cosmetics haul
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