October 21, 2016

The Mexican Superman

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Happy Friday everyone!

 I can't believe the weekend is finally here, not that I have fantastic plans up ahead, but I can't wait to walk around all day long and take a visit to this month's vintage and antique fair. If the weather will be as sunny and warm as in the last two days, then everything will be perfect! I just love this season when it's warm and I can walk around in the fallen leaves - just look at my satisfied face in picture seven.

 I am wearing here a poncho, a thing I have never done before as I always thought that ponchos are for old ladies and they are basically like a blanket. But it's funny how you grow out of certain ideas and you change. I don't know how I came about to buy myself a poncho, I guess I tried one in a store for a chance and I realized that they really do keep you warm. Plus, they are quite versatile; I wore mine in three different ways, I can let it loose, I can wrap it around my body with a belt or I can partially use a belt just to gather the front part of it, like you can see in these pictures.

 I guess they are a bit funny in a way, a certain someone said I looked like a Mexican Superman (or rather a Supergirl). I am still debating whether I was complimented or not..
All that is missing in this outfit is a sombrero - I guess I have to go to Mexico to purchase the real deal!

What do you think about ponchos?

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Wearing: C&A poncho and earrings, vintage bag, Zara skirt, no name boots

October 16, 2016

Beauty products I'm into recently

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I am not much of a beauty hoarder, although I do have sometime impulses to buy 7 types of face cleansers or 10 eyeshadow palettes just because there no such thing as too many colors right? But I cool down thinking that I do not need that many cosmetics, I just need to find the perfect formula, or makeup color that is right for me, no matter if it is a lipstick or blush.
Recently I've discovered some great products in Sephora, such as the Wonderful Cushion Illuminator, which from what I could see it's recently launched, then there's the Cleansing Oil and the Beauty Amplifier, which is a face primer.
The rest of the pictured products are bought after an extensive research and I am pleased to say that I really love them!

Let's begin!

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I ordered about 7 or 8 Coastal Scents brushes  but pictured here are my favorite ones I am using pretty much every time I am doing my makeup. I wanted to try this brand because I heard many good things about it and because I don't have to give away half of my paycheck for a makeup brush!

I have the Bionic Flat Top Buffer (these names are killing me..) aka BR-110 which is a very dense foundation brush, it really applies my foundation very well without consuming the product extensively, so that is awesome.
Next there is the Classic Blender Natural (BR-C-N09)  - it is an eye shadow brush, made from natural hairs, they are so soft and amazing to use. It's recommended especially for the crease, it blends out the eyeshadow amazingly in that area, I was really impressed by it, I don't think I could ever let this one go.

Then, there is the Classic Detail Round brush (BR-C-S12) - a little synthetic brush that really controls any smokey-eye makeup, it's perfect to add color under the eye and to blend out any little mistakes that can appear.

Last but not least is the Pro Blending Fluff (BR-250) -  a natural hair brush, used for, as you might have guessed by now, blending! I telly you, it's wonderful, it picks up the product so well and it really concentrates it where you need it without scattering it chaotically everywhere, which is why it's more rigid than the synthetic version, but it works better in my opinion!

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In the above image I pictured the Body Sorbet Gel from SABON , I don't know how familiar you are with these products, but I absolutely adore their scents, their packaging and their discounts especially! I chose the gel texture for this body cream, because my skin absorbs it more rapidly and I just dislike that greasy texture a body butter leaves for example, so this is just perfect for me! I have the Patchouli Lavender and Vanilla scent and it just smells... like a cake made of flowers, I don't know how else to describe it, it's just delicious!

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This is the Triple Baked blush from Makeup Revolution in Peach Keen Hearts shade, which as you beauty experts might now, it's a perfect  dupe for the  much more expensive Too Faced blush - I swatched both products in Sephora and the formula is identical, I could even say the Makeup Revolution one is even more pigmented, but I guess it depends on the shade. I totally recommend it, it's wonderful! The packaging really was the one that convinced me, haha.

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Here is the Sephora Cushion Illuminator which I talked about at the beginning of this long post; it has a liquid formula, it is not silvery or white, but not a true gold either, it's a shade somewhere in between but it's simply lovely on the skin, you can apply it with your fingers with tapping motions and it just instantly creates a beautiful glowing skin.

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Next up are some face cleansers I am very excited about and happy to share with you - I am very picky when it comes to a face cleansers. I have a quite sensitive skin, prone to acne, so what I am looking for is a gentle cleanser with a soft formula that does not leave my skin dry or irritated.
I tried the Bioderma Sebium cleansing gel which I use in the morning and I think I will be sticking with it for a long time now because my skin really feels great after each time I use it so hooray for that!

When I want to remove my makeup I am currently using the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water mainly because it's recommended for sensitive skin and because it has a few hydrating ingredients as well. I was reluctant at first to try it, because I used micellar waters before and I was totally not impressed. I had trouble removing my eyeliner and mascara, it created a hot mess around my eyes and I just hated that. But the Bioderma one works like magic! Everything goes away beautifully, it has no fragrance which is great and also I don't feel my skin irritated or still dirty as I used to feel it while using makeup remover wipes for example.

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Last but not least, I recently bought the Sephora Supreme Cleansing oil to give it a try because I wanted to try a cleansing oil for a veeeeery long time. I thinking about the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing oil, but I searched for that product like crazy and it appears it is not available in my country, so instead I took the Take the Day off Balm , which was great but what I didn't like was the fact that it was packed in a jar and I had to dig in it with my fingers every time I used it and that is not exactly hygienic, all sorts of bacteria can gather in there over time.

So the Sephora version is for me a great replacement for the Clinique version, I tried it about three times and it does wonders! I love it because it turns into a soft lotion in contact with water and you only need one pump, rub it on your face and then clean it off with warm water. It's that simple and it leaves suuuuch a soft, happy skin! It does not leave a greasy finish whatsoever, but rather a velvety touch and you don't have to use cotton pads like with the micellar waters, so you get to spend less money on it.

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I saved these two last because they are both silicone based products, although one is used in makeup and the other one is a skin treatment.

I have been using Paula's Choice for many years now and even though I am trying new skin care products just of pure curiosity, I always go back to this brand and reach the conclusion that they are simply the best! And Clinique. So if  were to recommend a skin care brand, I would shove these two brands in anyone's face, I am aware they are not for every budget, but unlike other luxury brands, they are really worth the money; just look at their ingredients list and you will see all sorts of state-of-the-art ingredients that are really doing good for your skin!

So I have now the Resists Super Antioxidant Concentrare Serum which I use every morning and night before my main moisturizer and this particular product is great for people with mixed or oily skin and for those who are also concerned with wrinkles - the fine lines, not the big bad wrinkles you get when you're over 60, you know what I mean.

Next to it is the Sephora face primer, to be honest, I have nothing to compare it to yet, I never used a proper face primer before so I decided to start with this one and see how it goes.

So far I am quite happy with it, the makeup does apply more smoothly and it stays on fresh for a longer period of time, I don't know what magic it has in it, but it's just great!

Do you have any recommendations when it comes with face primers?
And tell me what do you think about these products, if you tried them yet, I am curious to know your opinions!

Until later..have a gorgeous Sunday!

October 12, 2016

Looks for Autumn

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I am hoping you are all doing well and you are keeping yourselves warm wherever you are. 
Here it's currently raining and it's simply horrible, but at least we had good weather during this past weekend, which is why I was able to dress lightly in this chiffon dress which is actually more suited for Spring, but we can adjust right? It's all about styling. 
With a pair of ankle boots and a suede jacket, that is older than myself, and I think a neck scarf would've been nice too, you can't go wrong, right? This jacket almost did not make it in this photo shoot, because I thought I lost it last week, or rather it was stolen from me, but I managed to take it back without too much effort, thank goodness! 
Picture that you're traveling dead tired from one city to another by bus and you wake up even more dead tired at the destination without your favorite, 35 year old vintage jacket that belonged to your mother. I wanted to set everything on fire at that point, I was so angry and sad at the same time, but it took a few phone calls, two days and a whole lot of hysteria and I was reunited with my beloved jacket! You can imagine that I will treasure it even more after this experience.

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Wearing: Dress from HERE, no name boots, vintage jacket, belt and earrings