Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Bourjois Color Boost - worth the hype!

Bourjois Color Boost Plum

 I am a bit late on the bandwagon with this one, but here it is - the Bourjois Color Boost in the colour Plum Russian. Everyone and their brother's dog has raved about this baby, and it was about time I laid my hands on it. The color Plum Russian was just released in my country, so I just couldn't resist the temptation.

... And it is as amazing as they say. Let's get crackin on the review.

Excuse the tiny scar on my lip :D

Packaging & price tag: The packaging isn't something extremely luxurious or innovative, but it is amazingly appealing. The colors are so vibrant and they caught my eye right away. I got this on sale (yes, lucky me) and it was about 6$, which is a total bargain.
Colour & how long it lasts: The colour is a-mazing. I must admit, I never wear plums or anything darker than a rosy nude, so this was a bit of a venture for me. It totaly paid out. The color is a gorgeous almost sheer plum, but it can be built up for a more dramatic effect. But here, see for yourselves.
I can't say it last very long, as it has a gossy texture. They promise 10 hours, but come on - who can live up to that. Still it lasts reasonably long for what it is.
I must say, my favourite thing about it is the smell. It smells like violets, but it's a very sweet, almost candy-like smell. Amazing.
Overall verdict: I am in love. The glossy finish, the colour, the smell, and the price tag are all satisfactory, and the more expencive equivalents like the Clinique Chubby Sticks.. well, I don't think they're worth it. This is perfect not just if you're on a budget, as it has that "expencive product" feel.

I know most of you have tried this, but still I can't help but recommend it. I'll be getting another color soon, hope it's as good as this one!

What d you guys think of this product, have you tried it (I'm sure you have, but still), and would you buy it again?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sensitive eyes?! Which make up removers prevent redness & itchyness

A while back I used to wear contact lenses. That was a huge problem for me as I would rarely apply any eye make up on, as my micellar water used to sting my eyes, and, it's also a danger to the lense itself.
I stopped wearing lenses, but yet another problem appeared - the skin just at the outer corners of my eyes was red and itchy whenever I decided to use a harsher make up remover for waterproof eyeliner/mascara. So, my suffery had to come to an end. I found a great make up removal regime which I'll share with you guys today. Plus, the perfect type of make up remover for sensitive eyes!

Eye make up removal regime & the perfect eye make up remover:
First, I take off the bulk of my make up (if any) with any micellar water at hand. Right now I'm using my L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution. I leave the hardest part - the eyes - for last. 
I've come to the conclusion that cleansing milks are THE stuff when it comes to itchyness, redness and overall irritation around the eyes. My favourite cleansing milk is by far the L'Oreal Tripple active. I bought mine 2-3 months ago, that's why it's in the old packaging, but they've changed it now, and it's extremely similar to the micellar water.
Back to the point. I use a cotton pad and gently tap around the eyelid with it. This dissolves the make up without irritating the eye, because of the cleansing milk's consistency. Micellar waters are a bit rougher on the eye as there is more friction between the pad and the skin.
Then, I take a clean cotton pad, put the tiniest amount of cleansing milk on it and wipe the make up off. Repeat if needed
I then splash my face with some cool water, and I'm good to go. No irritation around my eyes whatsoever. 

This might seem really simple, but before I discovered that cleansing milks are perfect for sensitive eyes, I struggled with numerous micellar waters, specialised eye makeup removers, but nothing worked for me. To sum up - micellar water for my face, cleansing milk for my eyes!

This regime works for me, I hope it will work for you too! What's your holy grail eye make up remover?

Friday, 20 December 2013

O.P.I. Oy-Another Polish Joke - the perfect glittery polish!

o.p.i oy-another polish joke

So, it's Christmas time. And what's more perfect for a Christmas dinner or a New year's Eve party than glitter? Yes. Glitter is all around us in December, so I decided to go with it and bought an O.P.I glittery nail polish in the colur "Oy-Another Polish Joke" (wierd name, I know). It's my first golden glittery nailpolish/topcoat, as I'm not a fan of gold - it can be too tacky at times.
BUT. I must say this is the most amazing nailpolish I've ever bought. It was on sale, so I got it on 30% off - for 7$ it's a total bargain.
The colour ispurely gorgeous, a shimmering gold, with metalic notes. In some lights it looks slightly yellowish, but in a good way. If you do just one coat of it, it is just a slight shimmer and will work great as a top coat.
If you generously apply two coats, it looks opaque but still it's extremely sparkly. Perfect to spice up an outfit for New Year's Eve. It would look great combined with a little black dress - very classy, and not too out there.
Now to mention how awesome the brush is. It applies evenly, it's big enough but not too big, so it works great even on my smallish nails. Here it is, beware of the sparkle!

This nailpolish lasts for ages. And when I say ages, I mean it. Nothing lasts well on my nails, because I'm one of those people who bite their nails a bit when they're nervous. I have a huge problem with that, but this O.P.I polish lasted for a whole week straight. I must say I am SO impressed with this.

Overall, this is by far my holy grail nailpolish - it can be used as a top coat, as a regular polish, lasts forever and on half-price it's just a total win. I'm wearing it on Christmas and New year's eve - so that's saying something. My adivice - buy this! It's the best investment I've made for years haha.

What's your favourite O.P.I. nailpolish? Have you used this one?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Zara Floral EDT - a great Flora by Gucci dupe?

Zara floral edt

Zara Floral Perfume
This week I went autumn/winter shopping. I got loads of things, but the jewel in my crown seems to be the Zara Floral perfume. I'm a huge fan of Zara - their products have always lived up to my expectations, and sometimes you can stumble upon some quite affordable items. But I'll stop rambling on about how great Zara is - I believe we all agree on that. Now on to the point - the Zara Floral perfume, in my opinion, is a great Flora by Gucci dupe!

If you're a fan of Flora, I'd totally recommend this, as the smells are almost identical - floraly and fresh with notes of citrus. You get a 100ml spray bottle (the packaging totally appealed to me - minimalistic and expencive-looking), it's an "Eau De Toilette", which means that it's quite light and refreshing and won't last as long as an "Eau De Parfume". This, however, makes it great for daily use, and as it's a really compact bottle, that you can easily carry around in your bag.

The best part, I think, is that I  got an almost identical Flora dupe for $17. It's such a reasonable price, I just couldn't resist! I like changing my perfumes quite often, and this is a great alternative to more expencive pefumes, especially if you're on a budget. It's a great find, and next time you stop by a Zara store, make sure you check their perfume section, as their other fragrances are great too, I loved the Apple Juice one. Everyone seems to be raving about it, but I prefer floral scents for winter (I think that's just me).
Overall I'm in love with Zara Floral - it's the perfect scent for me, especially for autumn and winter, as it makes me feel energized (we're all a bit weary in winter, right?) and it's quite the bargain for $17! It also comes in a travel-size bottle, which is great if you're planning a winter vacation.

Have you tried any perfumes from Zara? Which one is your fave, and what do you think of Flora if you've used it?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

What I've been up to, and a project idea

Birthday present, painted especially for me!

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Let's start with the simple "'I've been busy", because I have. It was my 18th birthday this month, and as I failed to do a birthayd presents post, I'm showing you perhaps the most personal present I got - a picture, which a very tallented friend of mine painted especially for me. 
As you can see, it has a little version of Big Ben on it *faints* and the British flag, which takes me to another thing I've been up to - applying for universities in the UK. As moving to the UK has been my dream for as long as I can remember, this is reaaally important for me, almost as important as it is timetaking. Also, I have been trying healthy living - I'm doing some Chinese Tzi Gun excercies, and trying t eat less junk food (and failing miserably at this).
So, naturally, I have almost no time for blogging. But I promice I'll make up for it, lots of posts coming up. Both fashion and beauty related
And also I have a question for you guys, what do you think about a university-related post - applying, choosing a course (this was particularly tough for me as I was really torn between 2 things, so I'd gladly give some tips) tips for a personal statement, tips for organising your moving etc., as right now this is a hot topic for me, and I need to let it out. And also, as I'm having kind of a hard time at it, I'd really like to help at least some of you guys/girls going through the same thing!

So would you find a University Help series interesting, and what have you guys been up to!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

L'Oreal Micellar Solution - The Bioderma alternative

So, I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with this, but, I, like everybody else feel the need to rave about the L'Oreal Micellar Solution. Having used the Bioderma Micellar water, I felt like no drugstore brand would be able to replace it. However, as I recently ran out of it, an awesome friend of mine bought me the L'Oreal Micellar Solution for my birthday. And it has lived up to every promice. It's my go-to cleanser at the moment, being way better whan my ROC cleansing foam.

It does pretty much as good a job as Bioderma, and as it's way cheaper than any high-end product it's great when you're on a budget. For £3.33, it's the perfect Bioderma drugstore dupe - removes even waterproof mascara after a few scrubs, leaves my skin feeling squaky clean, and is also hypo-allergenic. I wear contact lenses (and even when I don't my eyes are extremely easily irritated) and this does a pretty decent job for me, as it's quite gentle, yet effective. 

This is a great product if you're in a rush in the morning and don't have time for your cleansing routine. Fast, fast, fast. You just take a cotton pad, pat it all over your face, and you're good to go. And in the evening, it does a great job removing your make up. A far beter job than any cleansing wipes in my opinion, and just as quick and easy. If you're a micellar solution person, go for this, as it's no doubt the best drugstore one.

And now the one thing that I don't like. When I'm wearing too much make up - eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara for example (I rarely do that, but still), it sort of irritates my eyes, leaving them a bit itchy, BUT I think this is not just the solution itself - it's me rubbing a bit too hard on my eyes. However, this is just me perhaps, as my eyes are reaaally a pain.

Overall, I'm in love with this product. It's a great purchase when you-re on a spending ban and you want to sneak something useful. It's the best alternative to Bioderma, it might just be the new holy grail of drugstore cleansers. When I have the money, I will buy Bioderma again, as I think switching between cleansers is alwas a good thing. But I'll be repurchasing this one over and over, too!

Which is your go-to micellar water right now? What do you think of the L'Oreal Micellar Solution? 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm Review

cartice pure shine colour lip balm
Lip crayons are a huge thing. Pretty much every other brand has one. And for me, the fuss began with the Bourjois Colour Boost. But today, our focus is on the Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm. It's reasonably priced, comes in great packaging, and its color range is amazing. What a lovely friend of mine gave me for my birthday is the shade 070 - I Don't Red It, and that's what I'm reviewing today!

catrice pure shine lip balm

Like any other lip crayon, it doesn't need sharpening. You just twist its back part and the crayon comes out. Like so: 

Twist mechanism
1. Color,  fragrance and how long it lasts: The color is fantastic, really sheer, but still noticeable. Great if you're going for a more subtle effect. After all, it's a lip balm, so I didn't expect it to be extra pigmented anyway. It's extremely moisturising and feels sort of velvety on your lips, which is really nice. And this feeling lasts for about two hours if you apply it generously, which I think is a very reasonable amout of time! I forgot to mention the smell.. vanilla. It smells so delicious I'm tempted to try and eat it every time!

2. Price: Oh. So. Reasonable. For about 5$ (depending on your local store) you get a really great product. I presonally prefer it to the Bourjois Color Boost, for example, as the Bourjous one is sooo pigmented and doesn't compliment my skin tone at all. What's more, almost all the other lip crayons out there are overpriced, unlike the Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm.

3. Verdict: If you haven't treid a lip crayon before (which I doubt, but still) and you're afraid to go for a more pricy one like a Revlon or Bourjois one, go for this! Great quality, great colour, fantastic range of shades, suitable for every skin tone - from brighter reds like mine to more autumnish plum and rose colours. 
Overall I'm really satisifed with this lip crayon, and will purchase some of the other colours! 

Which is your favourite lip crayon, and have you tried this one?

Thursday, 10 October 2013

L-Lysine against cold sores!

l lysine coldsores

Anyone who knows me can tell you that cold sores have been a probelm for me almost my entire life. I get them on my nose and it gets awful. Blah. Aaand it so happens that I stumbled upon L-Lysine, which so far has proven to be the best cure for the cold sores ever.

So L-Lysine is an alpha amino acid, which the human body can not produce itself. And with a poor diet (like mine, and I think like most young people's) you don't get enough L-Lysine. And that's bad. Why? Because L-Lysine fights the herpes virus, speeds up the healing processes of the body etc. And cold sores are caused by the herpes virus... Nasty little things.

L-Lysine is available in a food supplement form. I reccomend all you girls/guys suffering like me to run to the next drugstore and buy this. Now. I bought it after I had two huge breakouts on my nose, just 2 weeks apart. I was so desperate and went for this, thinking "what the hell, it won't do any harm". But all it did was good. I've taken my third tablet today and my cold sore is no longer red and painful, it's just formed a crust a lot faster than usual. It works wonders in my oppinion, and many other people on forums (thank god for forums.. ) think it's the best, too. L-lysine is a great immune system booster, too, so here's to another perk!

If I can helped just a single person with this, I'll be a happy girl, because I've suffered from this long enough. So, do try this if you're like me!

Do any of you have the same problem and what are your best remedies?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Maybelline Colorama Polka Dots vs. L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti

maybelline colorama polka dots
So, it's been hard for me to keep up with blogging these days, and I've been telling you this in every single post this month. But I'm back, and I've got some really good stuff coming up for you guys, includinga birthday presents post, and some reviews - let's start with this one!
Who doesn't love their polka dot top coat these days? So many brands have made these in every colour possible, wither glittery or non-glittlery. My personal faves, however are the black and white ones, as I am quite a sucker for minimalistic things. I find that this sort of nail polish goes well with almost any matte color, or just worn by itself. But, as so many brands have introduced their version of this it's really hard to find the best and most reasonable one price-wise. So, I've decided to make this little post to help sort things out - I'll try and compare the two polishes most raved about - the Maybelline Colorama Polka Dots amd L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti.

1. Application and consistency: When it comes to brushes, I prefer a flat, wide one, simply because it's so darn easy to work with. Especially for this sort of nailpolishes, as the little particles are rather hard to spread evely, and a normal brush makes it even harder. So for me, the winner here is the L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti. But see for yourselves!

Maybelline Colorama Polka Dots

The Maybelline aplicator is long and thin, which makes it a litle bit harder to apply the little dots evely onto your nails.

loreal top coat confetti
 L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti

The L'Oreal one's applicator is wider and the cap is smaller which is better, I think, as it gives you more control of what your doing, if for example you want to da a French manicure and you have to be really precise.
2. How long does it last? Actually, they both last pretty long, I haven't really noticed any difference, they don't chip, just the occasional little dot falls off sometimes. But what makes me sad is how fast the L'Oreal Confetti dried out.. I've had it for just like 2-3 months, I've been using in quite regularly, and yet, it's almost dried out and unusable now... The Maybelline one seems to be more watery somehow and it seens like it's going to last longer than that. So far it hasn't dried out one bit, so the winner is.. wait for it... Maybelline!

3. Price: Well, I think it's obvious that the Maybelline one is quite cheaper - for 2,99$ you get 7ml of great quality nail polish, whereas for the L'Oreal one you give 6$ and get a 5ml bottle. Quite unfair I think. 

4. Verdict: For me, the Maybelline Colorama Polka Dots is much more reasonable - it's bigger in size, much cheaper (yes, don't judge me, those 3$ matter!) and I think it dries out much slower. I'd purchase it again, and I'll definitely try the other colours, they look fabulous!

I hope you liked it, and I really really hope I helped you choose a polka dotted polish. Which one is your favourite?

Friday, 13 September 2013

Bourjois Twist Up the Volume Mascara

Bourjois Twist me up

So, it has been a long time since I last did a beauty post (or any post at all for that matter) and I figured a great product to review would be a Bourjois mascara. I'm a huge fan of Bourjois, and frankly, they are my favourite drugstore brand (don't judge me much). So, here it is, my new Twist Me Up mascara.

1. Application: This mascara comes with a pretty unusual applicator. As we all know, Bourjois are quite fond of nifty applicators (Volume Fast&Perfect mascara with the rotating motorizd brush) This brush however is controlled manually, haha. It has a twist mechanism installed in the cap and two brush positions. Here they are.

Step 1

Position number one separates your lashes, and gives you defined legth (as promised in the description).

Step 2

Position number two gives you oversized volume (also, as promised in the description).

2. Clumping, definition, and how long it lasted: I was so pleased with my lashes after applying this mascara. I honestly never thought they could look so long. But what I'm most satisfied with is how long it lasts. Most drugstore brands promise 12-24h. and a waterproof effect, and well, correct me if I'm wrong but that's just a load of poo (and I'm really trying to sugar-coat it here..). The Bourjois Twist Up the Volume Mascara made no such promises and nevertheless lasted me the whole day, no smuges or anything. I made a little experiment and splashed some water over my eyes - it didn't run all over my face. So overall I'm so pleased with it.

Verdict: I'll be buying it again. And again. And then hm, I hope I don't get bored of it, but still. It's absolutely worth every penny. For the price of 9 pounds it's an absolute bargain! I'd definitely recommend this if you're looking for a drugstore mascara. It's definitely better than the Maybelline one I had, and also, I like the pretty packaging. I'll be uploading a picture in a few hours, for you to see how it works :)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Street style: Get the Miranda Kerr look

miranda kerr street style
So, we all amire Miranda Kerr's style. She's always sophisticated, even in her everyday life she looks effortlessly beautiful and stylish. Of course, her iconic pencil skirts and dresses are what she's most famous for, but that's not what makes her a style-role model. Every single outfit of hers is divine, seriously, I would die to be able to copy at least one of her outfits. But unfortunately, I don't have the money for a Prada bag. 

And as I've stumbled upon so many Miranda pins on Pinterest, I've decided to show you guys some items on the more affordable end that are really similar to what she wears. I really hope you find this as exciting as I do, as Miranda Kerr is one of my idols, I've seen every single one of ther interview, I adore her Aussie accent, and most of all, her one-of-a-kind style. Here we go!

Pencil skirt - H&M/ Sequin Silver Dress - yoox.xom/ Timeless Nile Over Knee Boot - ASOS / Polka Dot Chiffon shirt - Mango/ Sheer Chiffon Blouse - H&M/ Soft Bowling Bag - Zara/ High-waisted Pensil Skirt - Oasis/

Combining a few of these items will surely help you get that look you admire - effortless, classy, chic. Hope you enjoyed! Do you love Miranda Kerr as much as I do?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

High-tech fashion #5: Earmuff headphones

Oh, the things people come up with these days! I haven't done a hig-tech fashion post in a while, so here's one for you guys! You may have seen my "Headband headphones" post, and the lovely Kristina Wright left me a link in her comment for earmuff headphones! What might this be, you ask? Well, there they are!

They look so comfy! As it's almost winter time, earmuffs are a must-have. And the people ar PowerMuff have created these awesome ear muff headphones. It's such an interesting invention - bluetooth headphones, that come in the form of earmuffs! What's not to like? The product description promises high sound quality, and if they live up to that promise, this is the greatest girly gadget ever!
They come in all shapes - as you can see in the picture, furry ones, and not so furry ones. They also have leopard prints and black, red and greay plain ones! I've linked you to their site above - they come for the reasonable price of 15$, which for headphones, I must say is pretty much nothing.

Hope you enjoyed the earmuff post! Have you found any weird fashiony gadgets? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Coats and Biker Jackets

So, I recently did a "Fall classics" post, and now I've decided that it's just not enough, as fall is my favourite season, and fall trends this eyar are just amazing. They give you so much freedom to experiment with patterns, colors, and shapes. I've selected for you some gordeous coats and biker jackets I've stumbled upon this fall. Here we go!

1. Coats: All the coats are from Zara, I just couldn't help myself because this season they have such a nice collection of coats and blazers. Wool coats, parkas, anoraks, fluff jackets, trenchcoats... It was so hard to chose just three. I've always worn short coats (because I'm too shor for long ones), but all my picks are long ones, I'm just so fascinated with them!

2. Biker Jackets: Biker jackets are my one true love in autumn time. Even faux leather ones. Mainly because there are so many variations. Cropped ones, ones with detatchable sleevs, zippers on the side etc. If you are a rock chick or if you just like the biker jacket look - you are gonna love these!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Fall/Winter Fragrances

So, as Winter is coming (Game of thrones refference much?), it's time to change not only our warderobe, but the perfumes we're using. Fall-winter time calls for woody, spicy scents with richer base notes: cinammon, musk, vanilla, caramel, chocolate etc because these scents actually make us feel warmer. Of course, it's a matter of personal preferrence, but here are my picks!

1. Coco Noir: Notes of Indonesian patchouli and sandalwood add the warmth to this scent. If you're a fan of floral orientals, this is the one for you!
2.Gucci Premiere: Warm, woody, musky scent with top notes of bergamot and  orange blossom. Delicate and sophisticated, perfect for nights-out.
3.L'air de Nina Ricci: A spicier, but very light fragrance, perfect for the daytime.  The floral-spicy note of the carnation is in centre of its composition, violet and iris give a powdery nuance, so if you're a fan of more powdery finishes, this is the perfume for you.
4. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille: On the pricier end, the unisex fragrance by Tom Ford. It's perhaps the most wintery of my picks, as it combines all the warm notes mentioned above: tobacco, cacao, vanilla an woody notes. For the price of about $260, I still think it's worth it, as it would make any woman (or even man) feel extra special!

Don't forget to layer your perfume, as in the winter, the long sleeves and thick sweaters will cover the scent. Or, look for edp versions of perfumes you already wear (or not, you can always try out new ones!), as they have a stronger concentration, and therefore will last longer in winter, with all those layers of clothes!

Hope you like my fall/winter fragrance picks! What are yours?

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fall classics with a twist!

So, it's almost fall time and everybody is raving about this transition, and I decided to list what I think are the fall "classics", that every woman should own, but with a little twist and the latest trends.

1. Knitted dress: It's one of the most important items for the fall, as it can be combined with a denim jacket, a trench coat, high heels , boots, well with pretty much anything. And the one I've chosen is kind of a color-block one from Mango.
2. Slim fit trousers: What are we without a pair of skinny jeans or stretchy trousers? It's just a thing I can't live without, and I think I'm not the only one! The ones I've chosen are from Mango, again. I'm crazy about Mango these days.
3. Sweater: Another classic, but with a bit ot a twist, as it's a little cropped. Crop tops are a big thing this year, and it's only natural I include one i my list! This one's from H&M.
4. Ted Baker bag. Enough said. I love Ted Baker, and when I go to the UK nex year, I swear, my lunch money goes into a Ted Baker fund, I'll buy this!
5. Court shoes: I'm obsessed with court shoes at the moment, especially nude ones. Again, I've chosen a color-block combo, from Karen Millen.
6. Check dress: There's something about checked items that seems autumn-ish to me, maybe it's because of Burberry, maybe it's just me. So, this checked chiffon dress is from Mango, yet again!

Hope you enjoyed my fall classics, what are your own favourites?

My Summer Sum-up!

So, this happens to be my summer sum-up, in a few quite awesome pictures, for one quite awesome summer!

I've been quite busy this summer, with trying to figure out what to do with my life and which UK university to choose, but I had quite the extraordinary time with my friends and family this summer! First, my vacation in Sozopol with my girls and my boyfriend(you can see in the pictures my boyfriend trying to eat me up, he's failing though). We spent the most amazing 5 days there, and I must say I ahve once again rediscovered my love for the seaside. Can you honestly think of something better than burying your toes in the sand and listening to the whisper of the waves? I know I can't.
Next, was my vacation with my parents in a little picturesque SPA resort. It's a place where you can be alone with your thoughts and everything, but it's not really my thing. Anyhow, on our way back we saw some paragliders (second picture), they were flying so low we could hear them talking! It was quite the exciting experience. I've become really fascinated with paragliding, and I'm considering trying it next year, as there's a paragliding school right outside the resort!
I decided to write this little post to keep you up to date with what I've been doin this summer, hope you enjoyed! What have you been up to? If you have a similar post, send me some links :)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Say 'yes' to truly organic beauty!

So, tons of brands are now offering organic cosmetics series, it has become somewhat of a trend in recent years. However, some of them are not purely organic at all, they still put some perservants in them, most of which are bad for your skin. People who have extremely sensitive skin will know what I'm talking about - redness, rashes, itches and such, even after buying the so-called "organics". I'm not saying everything out there labeled "organic" is not, but quite frequently, that's the case.

So, I've come to the conclusion that it is better to make at least some of the skincare/haircare things you use, because you'll be sure of their origins. And for those of you who are a bit lazy, like me, I've found a great Italian organic brand I recently used! I'll do some research and find some more if you're interested. But for now, here are my suggestions for purely organic products!

1. Coconut oil: I'm a huge fan of coconut oil. You can use it for pretty much anything - skincare, haricare, even cooking (only unrefined oil, though), but in my opinion it works best as a hair mask. For long hair, use a tablespoon/teaspoon of it, melt it, then apply it to your hair. Leave it in for an hour or so, you can even sleep with it in your hair for an even deeper repair therapy. It does wonders, I swear. Especially if you have split ends. Also if you have stretch marks, don't spend a ridiculour amount of money on products, treat them with coconut oil twice a day, and they'll be gone in a month or so!
2. Sugar scrubs: These are probably the easiest DIY things ever. This one is an all-natural detoxifying coffee sugar scrub, and it's on sale at Maria's Self store, so you can buy one if you're lazy like me. If not, she has the recepie right here, it's really easy to make, all you need is coffer, brown sugar, cocoa butter, cinnamon and corn starch!
3. L'erbolario: As sceptical as I am towards organic brands, I've tired this one and it's amazing. Everything of theirs smells so good, I've tried their mint shampoo, the whole bathroom smelled like mint for a day! You should try them, I'm linking their UK site!

I hope you enjoyed, if you guys like organic stuff, I'll make another post for essential oils, as I'm crazy about them at the moment! xx

Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Cat Trend. Meow!

So, as I was going through H&M's website, I came across an awesome cat sweatshirt. So, I thought to myself "Is this a thing?". Well, for catlovers it's a thing anyway, but apparently it has been a trend recently as I've discovered loads and loads of cat-related stuff ever since. I wasn't much of a catlover before, but my boyfriend has made me into somewhat of a cat-ish person - I'm buying cat sweatshirts, dear god! Anyway, I'm rambling like way too much, so, here's my collection of Cats!

Here I have an awesome collection of kitty sweatshirts, t-shirts etc. And also, some weird stuff I discovered, like a "Cats in space" collection which is as awesome as it is weird! Let's get started!

  1. The first awesome cat items are the ModCloth striped flats. Firts, they are unbelievably cute, and second they look so comfy, that I want to put them on right now. I love the design, it's unique, and I guarantee you won't be seeing anyone with flats like yours.
  2. The second thing is a baggy sweatshirt from H&M with a huuuge cat print. It needs no explanation.
  3. I'll combine the "Cats in space" things in one. They are from a Cropp Town collection, and I must admit those are the weirdest, most extraordinary prins ever. They have a whole range of space stuff, T-shirts, scarves, purses, bags etc. I'm linkng you to their facebook page, because I coulnd't find it on their website.
  4. Another pair of cat flats. These are a bit on the expensive side, but as they are  creaticely designed, I couldn't help but put them in here. They have little cat ears, aww.
  5. And for the last pick - you might be wondering why I chose cateye sunglasses. Well, because the cat trend is so wide in its variety. Those glasses are from Stella McCartney, and for me, they are the most distinguished and loved item of the bunch. 
So, I hope there are some crazy cat ladies among you, girls, who will enjoy this post! Are you fans of the cat trend, and would you buy any of these items?

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Catrice Infinite Shine Lip Gloss Review

So, yesterday I purchased Catrice's Infinite Shine Gloss as I wanted to shift from the matte lipglosses I've been using recently. I switched from an Avon Colortrend matte gloss in the color Bliss, but I found it so boring and dull. And I stumbled upon this really shiny gloss and I bought it in an instant. And now, I'm gonna share with you what I think about it!

Price: Extremely reasonable. It was about $4 (as I'm converting it from BGN, I can't be quite sure), which for a lipgloss is surprisingly cheap. Also, I'm satisfied with the size of 6.0 ml. It looks like it's going to last me a long time.
Application: The aplicator is very soft and precise, it's extremely easy to apply evenly, and even if you make a mistake you can easily remove it from around your lips.
Color and texture: I bought mine in "Peach on the beach" (I think they copied that from Bourjois, but still it's a very cute name for a color!) It's not bright at all, just gives your lips a slight tint. The texture is not sticky at all, just like they promise in the description. The "Infinite Shine" part, however is not entirely true, as the shine lasts for about an hour.
Overall results: I'm very satisfied with the quality of this product, as it is rather cheap for a lipgloss, but still, it lasts longer than I expected, the texture is very pleasant and not annoyingly sticky at all. And I forgot to mention that it smells incredible - a bit like a vanilla cupcake, haha. So to sum up I'll be buying it again!

Hope you found it helpful! xx Do you prefet matte of shiny lipglosses? What's your favourite gloss at the moment?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The best vacation ever, in pictures!

Hey again! As you probably already know from previous posts, I recently went on holiday, and now I have decided to share some of the awesomeness with you guys. I love photography, but unfortunately I don't have a professional camera, so the pictures are from my lovely friend Deni's Canon EOS 70D. Enjoy, they are really brathtaking!

Sunrise, captured from the train. Pretty!
Sunset on Golden Fish beach
A flock of seagulls, awesome!
Us, having some beach fun xD

Unfortunately, we had a terrible start to our journey - the worst train-ride ever. Thirteen hours in the crappiest train imaginable, such bad luck :/. Anyhow, it was worth it, because the seaside is sooo astonishingly beautiful, it's the greatest feeling to just stand there and stare at the horizon, arr! xD Besides, Bulgarian seaside resorts are a great destination, a mixture of culture, history, clear water and hot sand... Dreamy! Especially Sozopol,(the resort where we stayed) particularly because there's so much to do - we went to some rock clubs, bars, pubs, even a Chinese restaurant and really had a blast! Overall, best vacation. Ever.

To any of you who don't know anything about Bulgaira , check this out, it's definitely worth it :).

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! xx

Monday, 12 August 2013

Vintage envelope purse and handmade earrings!

So, recently I went to Sozopol, a beautiful Bulgarian seaside resort, and of course, I spent some money (a lot, really, but I like things that are on of a kind) on some vintage/handmade things I'd like to share with you!

If you, like me, are extremely fond of uniquie, one-of-a-kind stuff, then you will like these:

The little envelope purse I got from a gallery called Cat&Cat, it has very intriguing prints on the outside, and the inside pattern is checked in blue and white like the tiny little lable on the side. The minute I saw it, I fell in love with it. It has a cute dedications "To only you, feel free to fly", and "Wings of desire" and as I like things that send a message, this is what made me buy it in the first place. It can be use as a phone case, because its fluffy on the inside, and that's how I'll be using it!
I looked thoroughly all over the internet to find a similar purse, and I did, for you guys!

The handmade earrings were a gift from my boyfriend, yey, and they are form a handmade/vintage  shop called Munisto. Munisto is a Bulgarian thing, but I believe they ship internationally, so check them out, they have really complex and original designs. If I could, I'd buy their entire collection, but I'll have to live with just these earrings. I really like dangling earrinngs, and this desingn in particular is great because the earrings have that brassy finish, which makes them look old and vintagy.

I really hope you' enjoyed this post, guys! xx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Great Gatsby looks - in love with the past

It was only yesterday that I saw, The Great Gatsby. I know, I'm a little late, haha. But that is not important - the important thing is the ideas and the style-inspiration the film brings about.

 The sequinted flapper dresses describe the 1920s fashionwise. When you move, the dress moves with you, and since they did a lot of dancing, it was a really spectacular thing to see. This all screams "Glamour!", and that's what the era is all about. Glamour. Sparkling headbands, sparkling dresses and shoes, luxe, and the desire to have it all. 
The dresses I've chosen, are in my opinion, the contemporary version of Dasy Buchanan's warderobe. The film has inspired so many young women to bring back the freedom, glamour and the entire spirit of the era just by putting on a dress. So here are my choises.
1. A flapper dress with a dropped waist. In a way, it expresses the femininity - the colours and the silhouette are both very girly, and not too bold.
2. Nude sequin embellished dress from Dorothy Perkins. This one is a little more extravagant and sparkly, but still feminine enough.
3. And the boldest of them all - the ultimate flapper dress - ever so glamorous, sparkling, with the typical 1920s flapper style patters - the Jigsaw Sequin Flapper Dress.

I hope this Great Gatsby trend inspired you to experiment, and buy some 1920's-like items! What do you think of the trend?

HOTD: Gorgeous, loose French braid

You guessed it, it's another HOTD post! This time, it's a loose French braid! The pictures were taken at 1:00 in the morning, so excuse the darkness all around her, haha.

Photo by Damyana

Photo by Damyana
This is a great messy, beachy look (we were on vacation at the seaside, expect some pictures soon!). It can be worn on one side, and it looks just as great. If you have sideswept bangs like Damyana , you have two options:
1: You can leave it (like in the first picture), for a more casual, laid-back look.
2. You can pin back it to create a more formalish look, or gently backcomb it and then pin it for a more voluminous finish.
The French braid is perhaps the most popular type of braid, but if any of you girls struggle with it, this awesome youtube video explains it all. Remember, practice makes perfect! To create "the loose effect" just pull lightly at the braid, or just start braiding more loosely wherever you consider you need to.

Hope you liked it! Which type of braid is your favourite and which one do you find is the easiest to do?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The "20 random facts about me" tag!

I recently got inspired by another fellow blogger to do the "20 facts about me" tag. As I have been blogging for almost a month now, it seems only natural that you get to know me a little bit. Let's get started!

  1. I'm short. Like, really short. I'm 1.55m, but I like my size, petit girls all the way!
  2. My name is Hristina, but I got nicknamed Misty like forever ago, and it stuck until now. I got used to it, so I decided to include it in my blog name!
  3. I got inspired by Zoella (I suppose you already know who she is, but here's a link to her blog) to start blogging. 
  4. I'm a dog person. I loooove beagles and corgis. Send me a cute picture of one and I'll love you forever.
  5. I first got on an airplane (a military one, not an AirBus or something) at the age of six. Scary.
  6. I hate long walks and hikes. It sounds silly but for me, it's like torture, especially if it takes more than an hour or two.
  7. I like high heels. I know it's bad for my feet, but I do.
  8. I used to hate short hair, but my hairdresser cut my hair really short. Now, I'm forced to love it, haha.
  9. I laugh in my sleep.
  10. I've never worked in my life (except for the time when me & my friend got paid to sit around in caffees all day, litterally)
  11. I hate my nose. I think it's too big for my face.
  12. I hate cigarettes, I have never smoked, and I have a "no smoking" propaganda. Yep.
  13. My dream is to go to university in England (Leeds, or Bath, probably), to study French.
  14. I f-ing HATE trains. Don't ask xD.
  15. I like Assassin's creed, I have played the entire Assassin's creed II, started the first one and I love them.
  16. I am now addicted to Twitter, and I am ashamed of this :/.
  17. When I'm sad, discouraged, or just Monday, I watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uUlOAyQsn4
  18. I can start crying really easily. It's almost like in the movies, haha.
  19. I can ramble on and on, and on.. But you have to get to know me first. 
  20.  I was crazy about the "Don't starve" game and have reached day 25! Success!

I hope I didn't bore you to death, but that's me! If you have such posts, send them over! Enjoy xx.

HOTD: Bright, bright red; Dyed hair tips and tricks.

I don't know about you, but I have never dyed my hair (except for some highlights a looong time ago). I have a very irrational fear of doing so. Cowardly, I know :/. However, as I am crazy about redheads, and I haven't done a HOTD post in a long time, thanks to my friend Polly, I'll be introducing you to Garnier's Color Sensation hairdye a HOTD, and some at-home hairdying tips and tricks!

Photo by Polly

The Garnier Color Sensation series are not ammonia free, which promises a longer-lasting color, and better coverage. They does a good job even for very fair hair - the Intense Ruby one was applied onto light blonde hair, and the results were a very bright red and excellent coverage. However, if you have damaged hair, I'd reccomend ammonia-free hairdye for less damage.

Photo by Polly

 These are the bright, bright red results! Shiny and healthy looking dyed hair like this, however, requires a lot of care and pamperig, if you will. I've done some research and asked around my girls who dye their hair and here are some useful tips and tricks:

1. Use haircare products for dyed hair, many people neglect that, but they do make a difference. If you're blonde, using purple shampoo is great for toning the haircolor and knocking out the brassy tones. The Lee Stafford one is great!
2. If you're dying your hair at home and not at a salon, make sure you apply some vaseline around your forehead and ears to avoid dye-stains on your face! Pretty handy trick.
3. If you get split ends, or dry straw-like hair use coconut oil masks, they work wonders! Or, buy a jar of unrefined coconut oil, melt some and leave it in for 15-20 minutes. I hear Nutiva's coconut oil is of pretty nice quality, give it a try.
4. Use masks that preserve the color of your dyed hair. This way, it lasts much longer and you get the "salon" look. Garnier have a great range of dyed hair masks and conditioners!

I hope you found this useful, and if you have any tips and tricks, or favorite hairdye brands, feel free to share! xx

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Liebster award!

  So, I'm very proud to say that the wonderful creator of Beauty chokes has nominated me for the Liebster award. As you probably know it's a way for bloggers with less than 200 followers to connect, get more follows, sort of "spread the word" and feel like a part of this lovely little blogging world!

So, I've been nominated another three times for the award! I can't say how extremely flattered I am. So spread the love to my lovely nominators - Bambi's Journal, Lola's Patchwork, and Nadine Heather! A BIG thank you, girls, it means the world to me!

The rules are: 
  1. You have to answer the 10 questions that your nominator gave you 
  2. You then have to nominate 10 bloggers who have under 200 followers and link them in the post 
  3. Come up with 10 new questions for the nominees to answer 
  4. Finally, inform the nominees so they can do their responses 

So, here are the answers to Beauty chokes's questions:
  1. What\who made you get into blogging? - I got inspired by Zoella, afer reading her blog for ages I finally decided to do this!
  2. What would you consider to be your most worn beauty product of all time? - I'd have to say Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer.
  3. Do you have a morning beauty regimen? If yes, do you stick to the same routine & products, or do you like to switch it up? - Currently I'm using RoC Energizing Cleansing Mousse, then a L'Oreal moisturiser, but I make changes sometimes.
  4. Any fashion or beauty pet peeves that you'd like to vent about?Not really, everyone can wear what they want to, except for leopard print outfits (like the whole outfit - shirt, leggings, glasses etc), yuck!
  5. What is your favorite designer brand and why? Well, if I had the chance I'd wear Louis Vuitton all the time, or Chanel. Can't quite decide between the two. And, it really is obvious why, haha.
  6. Do your friends or family know about your blog\channel? Well, my family does, and most of my freinds do, but I don't have it linked to facebook.
  7. Would you consider yourself to be rather an introvert or more of an extrovert? Weeell, it's king of hard to say, but I'd have to say introvert.
  8. If you could only wear one makeup product , such as foundation, mascara, lipstick,etc...what would it be? Concealer. As I don't feel confident enough without it. I'd do without lipstic very easily, however, haha.
  9. Are you an impulsive or a careful shopper? Impulsive. Crazy impulsive. I like somathing in the firts 0.4 seconds of seeing it, and buy it, straight away. Sometimes, I regret it.
  10. For how long have you been blogging? For almost a month now. Yey
Now, to Lola's questions:
  1. What’s the best bargain item you’ve ever had? - An "I love London" t-shirt, I bargained for it at Campden Market, haha.
  2. Are you careful with your pennies or an impulsive shopper? - Impulsive.
  3. What’s your pride and joy product/clothing/accessorie? - My envelope-print purse.
  4. What’s your morning Beauty regimen? - Already answered that one :D
  5. If you could only have 3 beauty products what would they be? - BB cream, lipgloss, mascara.
  6. What’s in your hand bag? - Too many things, it's a handbag after all, I've stuffed it with everything you can imagine.
  7. What’s your pet peeve when it comes to beauty/fashion? - Already answered that one :D
  8. What/who made you start blogging ? - Already answered that one :D
  9. What do you have on your desk when you’re blogging? - The normal stuff, I don't use a notebook or sth. like that.
  10. What’s your advice to fellow bloggers? - Be creative and original. Never copy ideas.
  11. What’s your day job? - I don't sahve one, still at school.
Shannon's qeustions:

If you had to listen to one of these types of music all day, what would you rather listen to, rap, one direction or Metallica? - Metallica all the way
Cats or dogs?- Dogs
What made you want to start blogging?- Already answered that one :D
What type of blog do you run? - Fashion/Lifestyle
Your favourite type of shoes? - Heels
If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go? - London, again and again.
Your favourite animal? - Beagle.
Favourite TV programme? - I don't watch Tv that much.
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Some fashion company CEO.
If you could have any superpower what would it be and how would you use it? Timetravel.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Working in England or traveling the world.

Nadine's qeustions:

My 10 nominees are:
  1. Stylishly Sierra
  2. Love From Angelic
  3. Talking about M
  4. Celia's Antics
  5. The Brunette Beauty Blogger
  6. Wake up to make up
  7. Make up moo
  8. Pineapple Dazzle
  9. Hai there Chloe
  10. LikeAFleur  
Spread the love, ladies! My questions for you are:
  1. If you could live in a city of your choice, where would that be?
  2. If you had to choose one song to listen to on replay, for a month, what would it be?
  3. What inspired you to start blogging, and who's your favourite blogger?
  4. Long hair or short hair?
  5. You're the only person left alive on Earth, what do you do?
  6. Do you have a lifelong dream that you have already accomplished?
  7. If you won $1000, what would be the first thing you buy?
  8. What are your travel make up essentials?
  9. One book you would read over and over?
  10. If you had the chance, which blogger/celebrity would you meet up with?
Hope you take part, and hope you enjoy! Send me links with your answers!

Friday, 2 August 2013

High-tech fashion? #4: Neon-glow leggings

    This fashion finding is not as high-tech as the other ones I've presented to you guys, but still, I think it's worth the attention we're about to give it!

    Nice leggings, huh? Great, extra-creative and eye-cathing bone print. But it's not just that. Wait 'till you see them under a black light!

    Boom. Bright neon-colored bones we got there! So, these leggings by BlackMilk incorporate a special neon-ink technology that allows you to basically glow in the dark! How cool is that? They come in yellow, orange and pink, so you can glow in any color, haha. "We love this print so much we made it yellow and printed it using a neon ink that goes absolutely ballistic under a black light. We felt it was a logical step.", say the creators ar BlackMilk. They are apparently made of some extremely stretchy polyester that fits yor body perfectly, which would encourage you to stay fit if you buy these, so here's to another pro of the glowing leggings. Unfortunately, they seem to be out of stock at the moment, but I'd wait for them to com back!
    Like every other high-techy fashion find, it might not be everybody's cup of tea. However, how cool would this look on the dancefloor! Hope you like it, guys! xx

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

High-tech fashion? #3: Headband headphones

Now, here's a thing about me - I like bows and ribbons. Ridiculously big ones, and I have bow headbands (which I never wear in public, haha), so this high-tech gadjet I discovered really appealed to me.

     Awesome-looking sparkly headbands, right? Well, it's not just that. These are actually headphones from iHip, designed by Snooki (since I'm not from the UK, I know pretty much nothing about her, sorry about that). They are really reasonably priced at $39.99. I mean, I would give a lot more for some nice-quality headphones, but that's just me. 
    iHip claim that the headband headphones have professional sound quality and high performance audio, and also adjustable & swivel earcups. The headband is detatchable and you can use your headphones without it, but I don't really see the point in buying them if you're going to remove it. You can also connect them to any mobile device - smartohones, tablets etc.
    I think that the headphones look great, they would make a stylish accessory, but i'm not really sure if this would be comfortable enough to wear in public. However, if I had an extra $40, I'd probably try these headphones. And if iHip's promises for good audio quality turn out to be true, I'd maybe recommend the product to any girly music lover.
    What do you think and would you buy such an accessory?


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