Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Festive makeup look

I don't know about you but my idea of a festive/Christmas makeup look is golden eyes with a bit of sparkle and red lips. Kind of resembling always popular gold and red Christmas decorations :) As we're nearing Christmas Day I thought I will share with you my makeup look created for that occasion, I wore it to my Christmas parties and loved it. So if you need some inspirations or products recommendations this post is for you ;)
Festive makeup picks

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

PROVERB - skincare for the men in your life

If your husband/boyfriend/friend is anything like my hubby, chances are you've been trying for years to persuade him to use some decent facial skincare and stop cleansing his face with bar of soap, haha!
I feel your pain, girl! The shelves in our bathroom are filled with amazing skincare products yet my husband persistently keep buying bar of soap saying that it's the only way he feels like his face is clean. Of course honey, you're just stripping your skin from moisture, it does feel squeaky clean but it's not good in the long term!  
So when I was asked a few months ago if I'd like to review some facial skincare for men I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for my husband to break his bad habits. Just as I thought he felt the importance and responsibility of using sent products for a review purposes and he even has been enjoying them. I still have to remind him about his skincare routine every few days and I'm often responded to with 'do I use them every day?' LOL! But he's making progress :)
Proverb skincare for men

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Party makeup look with Bourjois

Few weeks ago I received a lovely box from Influenster filled with Bourjois goodies perfect to create a festive makeup look with. If you're a blogger/vlogger and haven't sign up for the Influenster program you definitely should as you can be picked for one of their many beauty campaigns meaning you receive some products in return of a review/social media coverage.
It was my second VoxBox since Influenster launched in UK last Summer and definitely one I was very excited about. I love many Bourjois products, some of them have been with me for years so it was my pleasure to re-discover old favourites and discover some new launches.
Before I share with you my makeup look created with all these products I'd like to let you know a little about their formula and performance if you're interested in getting any of them.
Influenster & Bourjois voxbox - kissmass


Friday, 1 December 2017

My Christmas gifts recommendations #3: for fragrance junkies

It's safe to say that perfumes are one of the most popular Christmas gifts, equally for women and men. I've been finding a bottle of a new scent under my Christmas tree for years and I'm always delighted with it, especially if it's one from my wish list. I am addicted to perfumes so getting me a bottle of something nice it's a safe bet too. There are thousands of fragrances to choose from and while it's an 'easy' gift it's also a tricky one because what smells nice to us might not be someone else's cup of tea. Fragrance is very personal so if you want to gift one to your loved one be sure to know what's on their wish list or what kind of scents they like.
Today I want to share with you 5 of my current favourite perfumes which would make beautiful Christmas gifts for the ladies in your life.
I'm not really good at describing scents so apologies in advance :) But I tried to help you understand them more by writing down all the top, heart and base notes of each of them.

Lancôme La Nuit Tresor

Monday, 27 November 2017

Three Vegan brands worth checking out

Today I want to move away from the Christmas or Black Friday themed posts (if you've missed out on my Christmas gifts guides they're here and here) and focus on three vegan brands that are worth checking out if you're vegan or buying some beauty bits for your vegan loved ones.
I am not vegan and can't see myself becoming one anytime soon due to my unconditional love for cheese, LOL!, but I respect people who are and seeing as November is World Vegan Month I thought I share some brands and products that are vegan friendly.
And if you're not vegan but like more natural, "green" beauty products then you may also find some products worth trying.
Vegan friendly beauty brands: Sukin, Ark, PHB Ethical Beauty

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Glo Skin Beauty- new brand to check out and best of Black Friday beauty deals

It's that crazy time of year again, with sales and offers of Black Friday, luring us into buying even more, but as I can't say 'no' to a good bargain I'm here today to share with you my favourite beauty deals which are already available.
To make things more interesting I have some gorgeous products to talk about, from a newly re-launched US brand Glo Skin Beauty, who counts celebrity fans in Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Dunst, and, surprise, surprise, also offers great Black Friday deal for all their beauty enthusiasts.
Their products are cruelty free and vegan friendly.
Glo Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub, Glo Skin Beauty Lip Crayon, Glo Skin Beauty Brow Kit

Monday, 20 November 2017

My Christmas gifts recommendations, #2: for makeup junkies

Today I keep sharing my Christmas gifts recommendations, this time focusing on makeup (check out my skincare gifts). Again I've picked just five sets to talk about, products I have bought for myself and I've been enjoying using. Either you'd like to treat yourself to something new this festive season or you want to buy for your beauty obsessed friend/family member I have some great ideas for you. And it's now the perfect time to shop with all the Black Friday deals appearing daily.
Christmas gift sets


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My Christmas gifts recommendations, #1: for skincare junkies

It's that time of year again, when I buy more gifts for myself then for others, haha!
Joking aside, we're half way through November and I'm sure many of us have started planning their Christmas and gathering gift ideas for your family and friends.
I love this time of year for all the Holidays new launches in the beauty world but also for all the great gift sets which are usually good value for money. I always buy a few for myself because they're the perfect way to try new products, explore new brands or just stock up on old favourites.
There will be plenty of gift guides on different blogs, there are tons of gift sets and gift ideas in shops and online retailers to help you pick something for yourself or for someone close to you. So I won't bore you with a lengthy post showing you what's available, instead I want to share with you 5 skincare sets which I have tried myself and I think they're great and will make a perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves beauty or you could put them on your Christmas wish list.
I won't be reviewing all these products in detail as that's not the point of this post but will give you my first impressions on them and tell you why I think they're worth buying amongst all the others.
Christmas skincare gift sets

Monday, 6 November 2017

My journey to healthy, strong nails

I had battled weak, brittle nails for years, had tried many different products, supplements, tips and tricks to strengthen them but the effects weren't impressive and not long lasting. Not only my nails wouldn't grow longer before breaking but also would peel easily meaning none of my nail polishes wouldn last longer then couple of days before chipping. I pay lots of attention to my hands and look after them on daily basis, use hand cream multiple times a day, wear gloves when doing housework etc. so having my nails being in a bad condition was very frustrating. About 4 months ago they reached the bottom line, would break and peel constantly and I knew it's time for a very intensive treatment.
I know many of you struggle with weak nails so I thought I would share with you how I managed to achieve healthy and strong nails and products which helped me with that.
Products for healthy, strong nails


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1 palette - 3 eye looks, Jaclyn Hill X Morphe palette

I'm back today with another instalment of my '1 palette - 3 eye looks' series, this time sharing 3 eye looks created with the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe palette (check here Too Faced Sweet Peach, ABH Modern Renaissance). As I mentioned in my 'recent beauty favourites' post I've been obsessed with this palette, I think the quality of the eyeshadows is really good, better then the other Morphe eyeshadows I've tried, and the shades selection is beautiful. I know some of you don't like large palettes but I personally love having plenty of choices in one palette so for me it's an advantage. I've heard the palette is coming back with new, more sleek packaging and with the names of eyeshadows written in the palette which is something my palette is missing but never mind, I still love it (the palette is currently available on BeautyBay).
With 35 eyeshadows there are tons of possibilities to create many different eye looks but, as usual, I will share today only 3. Let me know if you would be interested in seeing more as I could totally gather another 3 to show you in the future. I focus only on the eye makeup but will also tell you what I wore on my lips to complement the eyes.
Without further ado let's get to the looks.
jaclyn hill x morphe palette


Friday, 27 October 2017

Recent beauty favourites

I've not been talking about beauty favourites regularly on the blog but I have discovered pretty great products lately so decided to gather them into one post and let you know why I like them and why you might want to treat yourself to some of them :)
There's lots to talk about so let's get started!

Beauty favourites

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Microneedle Treatment at home with Swiss Clinic

I had heard of microneedle treatments done at beauty salons in the past but never paid much attention to them as I'm, in general, not a big fan of any invasive facial treatments if they're not absolutely necessary. Having said that I am all about aging beautifully and taking best care of my skin and body so I can look my best no matter at every age.
After being contacted by Swiss Clinic I made a little research on the products they were offering to send me for a review, to make sure if I'm fine with testing them out. I have found the concept of microneedle treatment quite intriguing and not as scary as it sounds so here I am, ready to share my thoughts on it.
Swiss Clinic Microneedle Treatment

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The '7 Skin Method' - what is it and how has it worked for me?

Earlier this year I heard about this new skincare trend from Korea called '7 Skin Method' which got me really intrigued. Basically you apply up to 7 layers of your hydrating toner (skin stands for toner in Korean language), one after the other, waiting for each of them to get absorbed, to deeply hydrate the skin without overloading it with heavier lotions, creams or oils. The '7 Skin Method' was at first tested by people with oily, combination skin types but since then many people tried it and it seems all skin types benefit from this routine. The key is to use the right toner/essence which contain hydrating ingredients and avoid anything with alcohol or very active ingredients like acids or fruit enzymes.
Klairs Facial Tonner, 7 Skin Method

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Celebrating Merumaya's 5th birthday with free gift with purchase

If you're a regular reader of my blog then I'm sure you know that I am a big fan of Merumaya's products and have featured them on my blog several times. Most recently I have reviewed the Retinol Resurfacing Treatment, perfect for even sensitive skin and those starting their journey with retinol, one of the best anti-aging skincare ingredients. I also talked about the Mud Marvel Mask which is like a facial in a tube because it gently exfoliates, deeply cleanses and detoxifies the skin without stripping it from moisture. And their Melting Cleansing Balm is one of my all time favourite cleansers which I have repurchased a few times.
On 15th October the brand will be celebrating their 5th birthday and I've decided to join in for the celebration and to help spread the word about the brand because if you still haven't heard of it or haven't tried any of their products then you're missing out :)
Merumaya skincare

Monday, 9 October 2017

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation - your perfect Winter foundation

Testing out new foundations is one of my favourite things when it comes to makeup, the excitement of trying a new formula with a hope of finding the absolute best for my skin. More often then not the initial excitement is quickly followed by disappointment due to either the shade not matching me perfectly, the foundation not blending seamlessly or not lasting well throughout the day.
Even though I have some brilliant foundations in my stash like Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation (review) there's always some un-ticked box that makes me want to keep looking for the perfect holy grail.
So have I found one yet? No, not yet, but I have a pretty great foundation to talk about today :)
No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation


Thursday, 5 October 2017

New skincare products I've been enjoying using lately

If it wasn't for blogging I wouldn't have discovered so many brands, fantastic products and online beauty retailers, which would have made my husband and bank balance happy but it would have been such a shame for me and my skin. Ever since I've started blogging over three years ago I've discovered so many amazing skincare products and have learnt so much more about what's good for my skin so even though I'm not getting any younger my skin just looks its best.
And today I want to share with you my recent skincare discoveries, products I'm enjoying using currently and hopefully you'll find something interesting for yourself too.
New skincare on trial, Bio-essence, Proaura, Clarol

Monday, 2 October 2017

CoverFX Prime & Set sets, perfect way to try out the brand's products

Don't you just love when brands bring out mini products or sets of minis available to purchase so we can try different products without breaking the bank or committing to full size before knowing if we'd love them? I'm all about the minis! Especially as being a beauty blogger and beauty junkie means I have an extensive makeup and skincare collection and love trying out new products hence rarely finishing off a full size product, especially makeup.
A few months ago one day I was browsing SpaceNK website, as you do, and these two CoverFX sets caught my attention. I had not tried anything from the brand but heard good things about their products so decided to get both sets and see if I find any new favourites within them.
They're also currently available on BeautyBay.
CoverFX Prime & Set sets

Thursday, 28 September 2017

New makeup products on trial

As a beauty junkie I love trialling new makeup, it's one of my favourite things to do, hence the excess makeup in my collection, oops! And even though I definitely buy less products these days then I used to, there are still a few treats every month to keep my excitement levels high :) Due to having less time for blogging this year I've found that many products get easily forgotten/replaced by something new and never get to be featured on the blog so I've decided to do more often those collective posts when I talk about new products I'm currently trialling. Some may deserve a separate post, some may end up in favourites and others will be talked about in this kind of posts.
New makeup products on trial, Charlotte Tilbury, Iconic London, Pixi, GWA

Monday, 25 September 2017

K-beauty haul and first impressions on products

I've been intrigued by Korean skincare for a while now and have tried some products here and there (check out this post)  always being quite impressed with them, so when Karolina from Skinsider contacted me to ask if I want to try some products from their new online shop which stocks some Korean skincare brands, I agreed without hesitation.
Karolina says:
"As someone who has experience skincare issues caused by allergies in the past, I always strived to use effective and functional cosmetic products. My passionate journey in obtaining healthy, smooth skin was full of ups and downs; I was experimenting with a vast range of products, from medicines purchased in pharmacies to cosmetics containing only natural ingredients.
As a passionate traveller, I had the chance to visit parts of Asia. One of the most intriguing things I discovered was the amazing skin Asian women have, which inspired me to start my adventure with South Korean cosmetics and the K-Beauty routine.
Research, testing, and an increasing knowledge of the K-Beauty skincare routine resulted in an idea to create Skinsider Cosmetics. A vision to create the very best beauty rituals through skincare products and helping people to improve their skin was the incentive to bring this idea to life."
Korean beauty haul from Skinsider UK

Friday, 15 September 2017

1 palette - 3 eye looks, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette

It's been a while since I've published some makeup looks on my blog, in fact, the last one, 3 eye looks with Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, was done in March! You can tell I've started a job and not had time to play with makeup as much as I used to. But in the last few months I managed to find some time to create a few looks with the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, take the pictures, etc. and finally today I want to share them with you.
I'm very late to that palette's party, it was hyped up last year but I resisted the temptation to buy it as I wasn't sure if I really wanted it. But after many months of thinking about it I've decided to finally get it, right in a middle of a massive hype caused by Urban Decay Heat palette which to me it's just not unique enough to justify the purchase, I mean how many more warm toned eyeshadows do I need? LOL!
Eye makeup looks with Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tips on keeping your neck looking younger for longer

 I remember reading somewhere that nothing betrays a woman's age then a sagging, crepey neck and how important it is to look after it. That was about 20 years ago and I still have those words in my head and try to do my best to avoid the wrinkly neck for as long as possible. Don't get me wrong, there's no shame in getting older and showing signs of our age but I'm all for preserving the youthful look and trying to look my best at every age because that's what makes me feel happy and confident.
While many of us take good care of the skin on the face I can bet my bottom dollar that neck is usually a bit neglected. Considering skin on our neck is thinner and more delicate, with less sebaceous glands to protect it by secreting oil, is one of few body parts exposed to sunshine and UVA/UVB rays daily, it starts showing off the signs of aging quicker then any other part of our body. But we can help it look its best for longer following some simple steps.
how to keep your neck looking younger for longer


Friday, 8 September 2017

Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment - the retinol treatment even for the most sensitive skin

I have talked about Super Facialist Retinol range not long ago on my blog and how good the products were for my skin. But being a beauty blogger and beauty junkie means that there are many products in my skincare stash waiting for their turn, so after testing new products for 4-6 weeks I usually move onto something else, often returning to those half used up lotions and potions at a later date.
This time I could not wait to start testing out another retinol product, the Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment*, so I passed the Super Facialist range onto my mum, who is thoroughly enjoying using it and I have started trialling the Merumaya offering.
I've been using the Retinol Resurfacing Treatment for a little over 4 weeks and I'm excited to share with you my thoughts on it.
Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Healthy, shiny hair with Grow Gorgeous

I said before many times on my blog that taking a good care of my hair is not my strong side but in the last several months I've been kindly sent some fantastic hair care products which made me want to try different things and, more importantly, I've noticed a difference in how my hair looks and behaves (read my post here) so I'm motivated to look after it better then before.
Grow Gorgeous is a brand who has developed a range of products to activate, protect, cleanse and nourish your hair. They don’t believe in simply giving the appearance of healthy hair, their products work with your hair to unlock its full potential, and to enable hair to grow at optimum speed. I've been trialling some of their bestselling and newly launched products and I want to share with you my thoughts on them.
Grow Gorgeous hair products

Friday, 1 September 2017

Two fabulous overnight face masks

Firstly, welcome back, guys! It's been a while :)
I had the longest blogging break, over 3 weeks, since I started blogging 3 years ago but I really needed it and I'm not going to lie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I might get some posts ready during the break so I will be ahead when I come back but it didn't happen, I just needed to switch off and forget about blogging and all the work that comes with it. Instead I had a great time with my family, relaxing, exploring and just having fun without spending hours in front of my laptop. But it's time to get back to work as, even though I didn't miss blogging during my break, I wouldn't want to give it up as I have put too much love and effort into it during all those years and I have met some amazingly supportive and lovely people, my readers and followers, many of whom have become my friends.
So I'm back, and I have some fantastic products to share with you today.
 Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Good Night Deep Nourishing Sleep Mask and Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask


Friday, 4 August 2017

Super Facialist Retinol range - review

Retinol (more commonly known as vitamin A) is one of the best skin transforming and rejuvenating ingredients. Its effects include minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores, improving uneven skin tone, it helps the skin look firmer and more glowy thanks to boosting collagen production, speeding up cell turnover and unclogging pores. Retinol is basically best friend of aging skin.
Retinol also can be broken down into other forms of vitamin A, such as retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl retinoate, and retinyl proprionate, which are often found in skincare products. They're not as powerful as pure retinol but gentler to use on regular basis yet they still work their magic on the skin, just a bit slower.
I've tried couple of products with Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) and liked how they worked for my skin so I was very excited to start testing the whole Retinol + range from Super Facialist. I've tried a few products from the brand before (post) and really liked them so I had high hopes for the new range.
Super Facialist Retinol range

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

For every budget: facial mists

If you had a look through my beauty stash you would see a good mix of expensive and very affordable products, from skincare to makeup. I'm not a makeup/skincare snob, I think there are fantastic products in a drugstore and there are high end products not worth their price tag. And while usually more expensive products, especially skincare, are higher quality, with better ingredients list, it doesn't mean you can't get good products on a smaller budget.
With all these in mind I thought I'll start a new series on the blog where I'll share with you three products in one category, each at different price range, all good quality, which I enjoy using and would repurchase them. They're not 'dupes' but great alternatives to suit different budgets. And today we're talking facial mists.
Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Face Mist , Superdrug Vitamin E Face Mist, Grounded Body Scrub Facial Mist

Friday, 28 July 2017

Trialling... Klorane hair care products

I've gone from rarely talking about hair products on my blog to having new ones every month :) I'm guessing my hair might be in a disastrous state so people keep trying to rescue it giving me a chance to try their fabulous products, haha!
Jokes aside, I've been testing for the last few weeks some products from Klorane and today I want to talk to you about them.
Klorane hair care products  

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Faking that sun-kissed look, my favourite bronzers for Summer

I can't believe I didn't use bronzers up until 3, 4 years ago, basically when I discovered beauty blogs, yet now I can't do my makeup without reaching for one.
They transform my makeup, from looking flat and pasty to that lovely sun-kissed look, within seconds. I rarely contour my face but I always bronze it up when I do my makeup. A bit of bronzer adds some dimension to the face, healthy looking glow and some colour.
I have many bronzers in my stash, some of them I like to use in Winter, some of them are great all year round and some are perfect for Summer to help me create that bronzed, glow-y complexion like I would just come back from exotic holidays :)
And today I want to share with you my current favourites.
Best bronzers for Summer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Too Faced Sun Bunny

Friday, 21 July 2017

My way to unwind after a busy/stressful day

Taking the time to unwind and relax after a busy or stressful day is very important and, in my books, essential. I make sure I have some time to myself most evenings when there's no more work and the kids are asleep so I can really zone out and recharge my batteries for the next day. I feel really sorry for people who can't stop working till the moment they just fall asleep from exhaustion. Our mental health is as important as anything else so taking even half an hour in the evening to completely relax should be one of our priorities.
Everyone is different though and everyone relax in their own way but for me is all about peaceful moments, awaking my senses with beautiful scents and giving my body a bit of a pamper.

Living Sea Therapy body wash and hand lotion

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Filorga NCTF-Essence, review

Asian skincare has been influencing the western market for the last several years and many brands have brought out products inspired by Asian routines. Hence we started seeing essences appearing in many brands' ranges.
Essence is usually a very lightweight lotion which is to be applied after cleansing the skin and before serum and/or moisturiser. Essence adds a layer of hydration to the skin and makes it ready for the next steps helping other products work more effectively.  
Last month I was kindly sent the Filorga NCTF-Essence* (£50 for 150ml) which I've been using twice daily for over 3 weeks and today I want to share with you my thoughts on it.  

Filorga NCTF Essence

Friday, 14 July 2017

Trialling... some Eyeko products

Eyeko is a brand that has been around for some time and I've seen people talk about some of their products but, apart from their eye liner, I had not tried anything. So when their PR got in touch with me asking if I'd love to try some of their products I agreed without hesitation.
I've been trialling all these products for the past several weeks and I'm ready to share my thoughts on them.

Eyeko products

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

5 facial cleansers I will definitely repurchase

As much as I love playing with and applying makeup I think cleansing off my face in the evening is my favourite part of my beauty routines. Long gone are days when I just used a foaming facial wash without paying much attention to the cleansing process, for years it's been almost a ritual of double cleanse every evening. And today I want to share with 5 fabulous facial cleansers which not only are great quality, work well for my skin but also are very reasonably priced.
I have tried some more expensive cleansers which I loved but I do prefer to invest my money in facial serum or oil, maybe even face mask but not as much in my cleanser which doesn't have a lot of time to work its magic on the skin before is washed off. Having said that I still want amazing products but I will much more likely repurchase cleansers with budget friendly price tag and these 5 are just that!
Best affordable facial cleansers

Friday, 7 July 2017

Skintifique - skincare for the most sensitive skin

Today I'm really excited to tell you, guys, about this new skincare brand I've discovered only a few weeks ago. Skintifique, born in Paris and Boston, develops and distributes extremely pure and efficient dermatological skin care products for people whose skin is sensitive, allergic or suffer from dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis. Their products are eco-friendly, vegan, hypoallergenic and animal cruelty free.
My skin is not overly sensitive but my older son has eczema so when I saw that many of their products are suitable even for babies I wanted to try them, on myself and my boys.
I was kindly sent some products and after testing them out for a while I want to share my thoughts on them.

Skintifique products for sensitive skin


Monday, 3 July 2017

Testing out new makeup tools from BrushWorks and new beauty website to check out

If you're a beauty junkie like me, chances are that you spend majority of your free time browsing beauty websites and what's better then discovering new ones that offer you a good selection of beauty products with free delivery on every order! ( I hate delivery charges, haha!)
Face. is a new website worth checking out if you want to get some new makeup tools from brands like Real Techniques, So Eco, Beauty Blender, false lashes from brands like Eylure, Koko Lashes, House Of Lashes, or explore products from brands like Violet Voss which aren't widely available in UK.
I was kindly sent a few product, which you can find on the website, and after giving them  a good test I'm ready to share my thoughts on them with you.
makeup brushes and sponges from BrushWorks

Thursday, 29 June 2017

My current haircare routine

 Haircare is a topic rarely talked about on my blog, mostly because my routine is always very simple, shampoo, conditioner, heat protecting/styling products, that's it. As much as I do take good care of my skin I'm a bit neglecting my hair, thankfully I'm quite lucky with it so haven't felt the need to do more then the basics.
But I've noticed lately that my hair has become quite dull, un-manageable, feels a bit dry yet gets greasy as quick as always. I used to wash my hair every day for years which is not exactly the best practice but I just can't stand greasy hair and never found any dry shampoo worth the efforts.
So when I was offered to try a new range of hair products from MatrixBiolage R.A.W., formulated with up to 97% of natural ingredients, free from sulphates, silicones and parabens, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to up my hair game.
R.A.W. stands for Real. Authentic. Wholeseome. and it's a collection of natural haircare housed in packaging made up of post-consumer recycled plastic which can be used again and again.
Haircare routine for shiny hair

Monday, 26 June 2017

Loving lately

So this post was supposed to be published a week ago but I didn't manage to write it on time, I was very busy and with the heat wave last week in UK I just couldn't motivate myself to sit down and blog. So the impromptu blogging break happened. Anyway, with a little delay, I'm here today to tell you what I've been loving lately.

latest beauty and lifestyle favourites

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Perfect mid-week 'pick-me-up' face masks

Last week I shared with you details of my at home facial session which I tend to do once a week, I take the time in the evening to pamper myself. But apart from that I like to use a face mask more often and on busy week days I like to reach for something that will do a bit of everything for my skin leaving it perked up and in good condition throughout the week. Depending on how my skin feels I may apply a different face mask on my face every other day or even everyday but on an average week I pick a Tuesday or Wednesday evening for a little 'pick-me-up' treatment and these 4 face masks have been in my rotation for many weeks and although I have talked about most of them already I've decided to dedicate to them the place on my blog once again.
Oskia Renaissance Mask, Palmer's Purifying Enzyme Mask, Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Firming Foam Mask, Emma Hardie Age Support Instant Radiance Mask

Monday, 12 June 2017

My favourite highlighters

I have said many times before and will say it again, I'm not the biggest fan of highlighters, especially those very metallic looking, simply because my skin used to be quite oily and even though it's much more balanced out nowadays I still get glowy/shiny in my T-Zone during the day. So if I apply too much highlighter it can quickly make my skin change from looking dewy and healthy to greasy and gross, haha!
Having said that I still managed to collect quite a few highlighters and I do use them on my face most days, I just apply them sparingly, only on the tops of my cheeks for a subtle effect of luminous skin.
I always set my foundation with powder to ensure it lasts well throughout the day and to help control my oils, but it means my skin may look a bit flat so adding a bit of glow is a perfect way to cheat the healthy, radiant look.
Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight, Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant, Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Becca Champagne Pop, Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Peach Glow, Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Diamond Dust

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Time for a facial pamper session

 I don't know about you but I do love a good facial at home/pamper session and have been doing them regularly for years. In fact the last time I had professional facials at beauty salon was before I got married over 8 years ago! That's what being a wife and mummy does to you, girls, just warning you... haha! I'm joking!
But truth is that professional facials can be very expensive, especially if you want them to be done on regular basis, so spending one evening at home with your favourite face masks/treatments will be as beneficial to you but much cheaper. I usually pick Friday night to do all my pampering so I feel fabulous for the weekend and week ahead :)
products for facial pamper session

Monday, 5 June 2017

My current favourite under eye setting powders

Following the post about my favourite under eye concealers I've decided to share with you my favourite under eye setting powders. If your skin is dry or, like me, you're in your 30s or older, you probably know the struggle to find a powder that will set your concealer, so it stays on all day without creasing and gathering in fine lines, but also it won't make your under eyes look like you're 100 years old, haha! It took me a while to find powders that look good under my eyes while doing a great job at keeping my concealer in place all day but finally I have a few that I'm happy with.
best under eye setting powders

Thursday, 1 June 2017

One brand makeup look: Maybelline

First of all, how is it June already?? This year is certainly flying by!
Anyway, I'm here today to share with you quite an exciting post, one brand makeup look/tutorial focused on Maybelline :)
One day I was sorting out my makeup collection, as you do if your makeup junkie like I am, and realised that there are some brands I own quite a lot of products from and would probably be able to create a full look using just one brand's products. And that's how I've decided to start this new series on my blog. It won't be very regular but every time I will have enough products from one brand to create a full face of makeup then I will share that with you.  
One brand makeup look: Maybelline

Thursday, 25 May 2017

My current night time skincare routine

Even though I consider myself a skincare enthusiast and someone who loves trying new products I don't talk very often about it on my blog. Reason being I like to stick to certain routines for at least 4, 5 weeks before changing something up or swapping to new products, as this way I know exactly how my skin reacts to everything and if the products are working well for me. I also don't like to use too many products at once for the same reason.
For over a month I tested Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy range which I used morning and evening, after that time I decided to use these products only in the morning as they're absolutely perfect for that thanks to their lightweight formulas and have introduced some new products into my evening skincare routine. I started slowly testing new products just to be sure I don't have any bad reaction to any of them and at this moment I have completely swapped to these ones for my evening regime.
Night time skincare routine fo rmature skin

Monday, 22 May 2017

Zoeva Basic Moment Collection

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you know that I am a big fan of Zoeva eyeshadow palettes and even though I resisted buying one of their latest palette Sweet Glamour because I knew I wouldn't use the pastel shades often enough to justify adding another palette to my ridiculously big collection, I couldn't resist getting the newest Zoeva Basic Moment palettes.
Both of them look just beautiful with neutral shades, perfect for everyday and the aesthetic packaging definitely sucked me in. So one day casually browsing Beauty Bay website, as you do when you're a beauty junkie, these palettes fell into my online basket and with a blink of my eye the checkout was completed, haha!
And here I am today to share with you my thoughts on these palettes.
Zoeva Basic Moment Collection

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tarte Maneater Makeup Collection from QVC, the set you don't want to miss

Tarte is a brand that all the beauty junkies from this side of The Atlantic had to admire from afar for the longest time. But finally we're able to get our hands on most of their products because not only Tarte website ships internationally but also QVC website stocks a wide selection of their products.
I've tried a few bits from the brand over the last couple of years but of course I've been tempted to try more, not that I actually need any new piece of makeup, LOL!
When QVC had the TSV offer (Today's Special Value) on the Tarte Maneater Makeup Collection a  few weeks ago I just couldn't resist a little treat to myself.
I wasn't planning on reviewing the set on my blog, mostly because it sold out within a few days but recently I noticed that it went back in stock on the website and I just needed to tell you about it because, in my opinion, it's brilliant.
(Update: unfortunately on the day of publishing the post most of the available shades of the foundations are out of stock again, but keep an eyes on the website as they should be restocking the set).
Tarte Maneater Makeup Collection from QVC

Monday, 15 May 2017

My current favourite concealers, recomendations for dry/dehydrated/mature skin

Starting with a funny story, concealers were the reason this blog was born :) It was almost 4 years ago, I had a small baby and a two year old, good night sleep was a distant memory and my eyes looked less then perfect. I was using foundation and some other makeup at that time but because I never had much issue with breakouts I never used concealers so I turned to uncle Google to find out 'how to cover dark circles' and that's how I discovered the whole world of beauty blogging and YouTube videos. Some months later, after spending endless hours of reading other people's blogs, I decided to create my own. And the rest is history, as they say :)

Best under eye concealers for dry/mature skin

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Trialling... some drugstore liquid lipsticks

I don't know about you but I want my lipsticks to be very pigmented, opaque and ideally long lasting. I don't really enjoy sheer finishes which don't survive even my morning coffee. So liquid lipsticks are one of my favourite formulas as they're usually pretty long wearing. But they also can be quite drying, especially those with true matte finish, and these are a big 'no-no' from me too. Not too much to please me, is there? LOL!
Today I want to share with you some liquid lipsticks from 3 different drugstore brands which not only are well pigmented and fairly long lasting but also comfortable on the lips.
GOSH Liquid Matte Lips, The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick, Bourjois Rouge Laque

Monday, 8 May 2017

New makeup releases from Maybelline

Testing out new makeup products is one of my favourite things to do (alongside skincare) and I guess that's the reason why my collection is so out of control :) Trying out new makeup with the hope it will be the next best thing, seeing how it compares to other products from the same category is exciting and fun so, although I don't need anything new I can't help but keep getting some new products every month.
I bought a few things over the last weeks and I want to share with you my thoughts on them so you can decide if they're worth your money. Today I will focus on some new releases from Maybelline because there have been quite  a few new additions to their range lately.
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation, Maybelline Super Stay Primer, Maybelline The Eraser Eye Brightener, Maybelline Master Color Bronze and Highlighting palette


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Collection - the perfect drink for your thirsty skin

Perricone MD is a luxurious skincare brand, with also a small makeup range in their offer (their No Foundation Foundation is one of my favourite light coverage with high SPF base products) which I've had the pleasure to discover last year and try their OVM Day Treatment.
Recently I was kindly sent to review their newest range of products, the H2 Elemental Energy Collection. I've been using all the products for the last month and I'm ready to report on how I got on with them.
PerriconeMD H2 Elemental Energy range

Monday, 1 May 2017

Latest beauty favourites

Not every month I have a handful of well loved, new products to share with you but April, my birthday month, brought me some new things to play with (check my birthday haul) which have quickly become some of my favourites, so here I am today talking about my latest most loved products. It was very hard to narrow them down as I've been trying quite a few skincare and makeup products and most of them have impressed me (keep an eye on my Thursday post when I will be sharing my new skincare routine) but at the end I've made the picks.
April beauty favourites

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Whiter teeth with WhiteWash Nano Whitening Regime kit

Having beautiful, pearly white teeth is a dream most of us probably have, I know I certainly do. I wasn't lucky to get a perfect set of teeth and while I accepted those imperfection I want to keep my teeth healthy and as white as possible. I've never had any professional teeth whitening treatments as didn't feel the need to do it but always try to pick whitening toothpastes just to keep the teeth staining to a minimum. And that's a hard job as I've been a big fan of coffee and red wine for years which, we all know, stain the teeth very badly.
When I was offered to try the Nano Whitening Regime kit from WhiteWash Laboratories* I jumped at the chance for testing these products.

Whitewash Nano Whitening Kit

Monday, 24 April 2017

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, review with 'before and after' photos

Smashbox is a brand that has been on my radar for a long time but somehow I never got around to trying anything from them until recently. I think they're pretty underrated, especially in UK and you don't see a lot of talk about their products around the blogosphere. I knew they're well known for their Photo Finish Primer but I wasn't aware they have a good foundation in their offer until I read about it on Emmy's blog (Emmy's Beauty Cave). After that I searched YouTube for reviews on the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation and have found many people who raved about it.
So it ended up on my wish list and finally, a month ago, I bought it.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, Smashbox Studio Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer
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