Thursday, 20 June 2019

Budget beauty products worth trying: Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serums

I am definitely not a skincare snob, I buy many things in the drugstore and I think there are great products at affordable prices. But having tried lots of products, at lower and higher price point, I realised that more expensive ones tend to be more effective and better suited to my 40-years old skin. Yet, every now and then I come across a really affordable skincare that is very good and worth talking about.
I've seen many people on Instagram, within the skincare community, praising the very affordable hydrating serums from Superdrug and, of course, I was intrigued and wanted to try them. I used some Superdrug skincare in the past (see my post) and was pleasantly surprised by it so when I found these two serums as a part of my birthday present from my blogging friends (Siobhan, Dorota and Leanne) I have started using them straight away.
 
Superdrug simply pure hydrating serums
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Friday, 24 May 2019

Apothaka - vegan, cruelty free skincare brand you need to know about

(Post contains gifted product)

I've said it many times and I will do it again, discovering new, small brands thanks to my blog and social media channels has been the highlight of my blogging journey. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have discovered half of the awesome brands and products I have if I didn't join the beauty blogging community years ago. Even without having a blog but being interested in beauty and reading beauty blogs or following beauty communities on Instagram can be eye opening at how many small amazing brands are out there, brands you might not find in stationary shops or/and never hear about it otherwise.
And today I want to talk to you about Apothaka, small skincare brand which offers cruelty free, vegan, uniquely formulated, based on plant oils products.
 
Apothaka skincare products
 
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Friday, 17 May 2019

Trialling Dermalogica products

(Post contains gifted products)
Dermalogica is a brand I've seen around for years but, somehow, never got around to trying it. So when I was contacted to become part of their #skinfluencer campaign I didn't hesitate to agree. Dermalogica offers professional grade skincare developed by the International Dermal Institute, they have skin centres where they do professional skin treatments and offer advice . The packaging of the products is sleek and simple as the brand focuses on innovative, effective formulas as opposed to pretty packaging. I like their aesthetics as reminds me of professional beauty therapist salon.
I have been kindly sent few products tailored to my skin's needs and I've been using them for over 6 weeks and would love to share my thoughts on them with you.
 
Dermalogica skincare, Dermalogica Precleanse
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

M&S Formula Skin Solutions face masks for all the skin's needs

(Post contains gifted products)
 
Isn't taking your makeup off and cleansing your face at the end of the day one of the best feelings ever? Plus giving your skin a bit of a pamper with a face mask or three :)
I absolutely love having pamper sessions at home which may include almost a facial-like experience with different treatments one after another. I would love to have professionally done facials on regular basis but they're expensive so having a face mask every few days at home is the next best thing for me :)
Few weeks ago I was kindly sent three new face masks by M&S Beauty and have been using them regularly to see how effective they are and if less expensive formulas can rival those that cost 2, 3 times as much.
I am already a big fan of the M&S own brand Formula (check out this post) so I was excited to give these three face masks a go.
 
M&S Formula Skin Solutions face masks
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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera palette - review + some eye looks created with it.

It's been a long while since I've reviewed a newly launched eyeshadow palette! There was a time that I would be lusting over every new eyeshadow palette and buying most of them, LOL! I know, totally unnecessary but hey ho, you live once :)
My makeup drawers are over-saturated with eyeshadow palettes, I certainly have all the shades I will ever need and not many new palettes spark my interest these days. But as soon as I saw the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera palette I knew I will add it to my collection.
It just screams 'holidays', from the nautical packaging to the shades selection and their names, and I'm living for my Summer holidays :) And it's a palette that will challenge you to create different looks and step away from your usual comfort zone and that's what I needed as I've been stuck in a rut with my makeup. I have several other ABH eyeshadow palettes so I knew what kind of quality to expect from these eyeshadows, have they delivered though?
 
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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Skincare ingredients demystified, part 2: Vitamin C

(Post contains gifted products)
 
In today's instalments of  'skincare ingredients demystified' series (see part 1 here) we're talking about Vitamin C. I'm pretty sure most of you are very familiar with this vitamin, we all have heard/been told to eat fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C or take supplements containing it to keep colds/flus away. But what about using Vitamin C topically, in our skincare? Do you know all the benefits this powerful ingredient can offer your skin?
You probably know that Vitamin C is very effective at brightening the skin, lightening dark spots and it's an amazing anti-oxidant. But what else can this vitamin do for our skin?
 
Pixi Vitamin C tonic, Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Rå Oils - the Nordic cruelty free, vegan brand worth checking out

Post contains gifted products

I've said it already many times but I will say once again that one of the greatest perks of blogging for me has been the opportunity to discover smaller or/and less known brands and try their products which I wouldn't have probably otherwise. And today I want to talk to you about two products from Rå Oils (translated as raw oils), Iceland brand born in 2013 when Frida (daughter) had finally had enough of searching for a solution to her acne and Elin (mother), a beauty therapist and later an aroma therapist, decided to take matter into her own hands. Seeing amazing results with her first facial oil, as Frida's skin improved amazingly, Elin has created more products for different skin concerns. All of them are handmade in small batches which ensures you're always getting fresh product, are based on pure, high quality oils, don't contain any 'fillers' or preservatives and are packaged in environment friendly bottles/jars made to protect essential oils from harmful light.
I had the chance to test the Radiance Clay Mask and Eternal Radiance facial oil and I'd love to share with you my thoughts on them.
 
Ra Oils Radiance Clay Mask, Ra Oils Eternal Radiance
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Easy smokey eye look created with The Balm Nude Beach palette

Another month, another makeup for the blog :) It is something I really enjoy doing and it also pushes me to play a bit more with my makeup stash, even if it's only couple of times a month and then I mostly stick to super quick, neutral, work-appropriate or very minimal, eye looks. Today I'm bringing you easy smokey eyes created with The Balm Nude Beach palette (only £19.95 at the moment) which hasn't been in my collection for too long but it's quickly become one of the 'go to', it's a beautiful palette with great quality eyeshadows and the packaging with it's graphics always makes me smile and think of holidays :)
Just as last time, I will focus on the eye makeup and explain you step by step how I created it.
 
The Balm Nude Beach palette
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Skincare ingredients demystified: Alpha Lipoic Acid - what is it and if you need it in your skincare routine

I'm starting a new series on my blog where I will talk in more details about single skincare ingredient which might be popular in skincare products or less known but worth giving it a closer look either way. While working at a beauty counter in a store I have realised that not everyone knows a lot about skincare ingredients and what they should look for in products they buy to benefit their skin in the best way. So what for us, beauty enthusiasts. might be clear and obvious, it doesn't have to be to others. I hope to make my readers more curious and knowledgeable about skincare ingredients. I am not by any means an expert in skincare, but I have a degree in chemistry and I like to do my research when it comes to different ingredients, so together with my personal experience I might be able to share with you some key info. I will also let you know which product/s containing that ingredient I am currently using and how they work for me. Feel free to add comments, information regarding the ingredients I talk about in the comments section because I certainly don't know everything :)
 
I'm starting today with Alpha Lipoic Acid which was actually the reason behind the idea of this new blog series as it was something very new to me and I needed to do quite a bit of reading to get to know this ingredient.

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

No7 HydraLuminous Foundation and Concealer - review

What your dream foundation would be like?
Mine would have high coverage but very lightweight formula with naturally luminous finish, would last all day long without getting patchy or disappearing and would keep my oils at bay so I wouldn't have to touch it up with powder during the day. And, of course, would match my complexion perfectly. Not much to ask for, is there? Haha!
While I have some foundations I really do love, I'm yet to try one that would tick off every single of my requests.
But I feel like the foundations formulas are getting better and better so maybe one day I will come across something utterly perfect.
In the meantime let me tell you a bit more about new foundation from No7 that has recently launched.
 
No7 HydraLuminous Foundation and Concealer
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Blue Radiance Enzymatic Serum by Freshly Cosmetics - magic potion you need in your skincare routine

I don't think I will ever get tired of trying new beauty products, especially skincare. There's just something so exciting about discovering new brand and their products, reading all the claims, checking out the ingredients and hoping for amazing results. Not always every product might work for our skin but I still find the process very thrilling.
By the end of last year I came across brand Freshly Cosmetics thanks to Zarrine whom I follow on Instagram, and absolutely loved the sound of their Blue Radiance Serum, so when they had Black Friday discount code I bought it and have been using it all this time. The brand is cruelty free and produces natural products, without the addition of: parabens, mineral oils and silicones, sulphates, formaldehyde precursors, synthetic fragrances and dyes, aluminium salts and some other compounds that might not be the best for our skin.

Freshly Cosmetics Blue Radiance Enzymatic Serum
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Date night eye look created with ABH Modern Renaissance palette

My first beauty post of 2019 and it's a makeup look with step by step eye look tutorial. I had some more free time last week so decided to play with makeup to enjoy the process of creating it as opposed to applying it quickly before rushing to work/run errands :) It was fun and I definitely want to do it more often.
Seeing as Valentine's Day is just around the corner and many of you might be going out with your partners or friends I thought I will create an eye look that is a bit more romantic, sultry and perfect for a date or night out.
 
Date night eye look created with ABH Modern Renaissance palette
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

I'm back! What kind of content to expect from my blog this year?

Welcome back all! I hope you're still around here!
It's been the longest blogging break I've had since my first post 5 years ago and one I wasn't sure how long it would be. I just needed some time off to regain my love for blogging. Last year I reached a point when I didn't enjoy blogging anymore and it felt more like a chore then a hobby which what it should be. So instead of struggling every week to come up with a new post I've made the decision to take a break as long as needed.
I'm finally feeling like I'm ready to jump back in. I'm not going to lie and say that I missed blogging so much, it was actually the opposite, I enjoyed the time off, but I did miss being part of the blogging community, Instagram is just not the same, although I am enjoying it, even with the annoying algorithm changes and poor engagement.
 
Blogging setup
 
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