Monday, September 16, 2013

How to cure the Monday blues

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- Change into comfy clothes or pyjamas, (I like to wear my bathrobe over it for maximum old-lady-appearance)
- Lie down,
- Watch a good movie / TV show / interesting documentaries, (Hell, make it a marathon!)
- Read a good book,
- Make a warm comfort drink, (cocoa, coffee, tea...)
- Cook comfort food, 
- Pamper yourself,
- Talk to a friend,
- Talk to your momma, (moms can truly be therapeutic)
- Take a long, warm shower or bath,
- Light a candle,
- Workout,
- Be positive, tomorrow's Tuesday! :)

  Love, 
N. xx
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Wishlist: Autumn outerwear essentials

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1. Michael Kors cape, 410€ | 2. AllSaints biker jacket, 475€ | 3. Burberry London mid-length wool cashmere blend trench coat, 975€ | 4. Barbour parka, 329€ | 5. Rag & Bone biker jacket, 450€

The last few days of me shivering at home, outside, everywhere made me realize summer is really, really gone for the year and it's time for autumn. Oh, the time of comfy sweaters over your favourite pair of jeans, boots, hats, soft scarves and warm coats! I'm a sucker for autumn/winter outerwear and it comes as no surprise that I'm all over classic pieces, which I would love to see wind up in my wardrobe (preferably not massively bruising my bank account along the way as the picks on the collage would).

What I've been literally dreaming about for the past few weeks is a sleek, sophisticated black coat with gold details. And maybe just a tad bit of leather even if I'm not a leather girl and I always think I can't pull it off. It surprised me to see this was on the top of my list, because for the past few years, I've had other pieces rading my mind: from classy capes, trenches and stylish biker jackets to olive-green military style parkas, burgundy coloured fluffy quilted parkas and what-not. When your fashion wishlist is all over the place, ridden with last year's trends you still kinda dig and upcoming trends you don't know yet if you love or hate, it's difficult to keep your cool, think over what you're going to invest in (because us, common peasants can't afford to buy 5 or 6 different autumn outerwear pieces for each occasion) and avoid an expensive impulse buy in the process.

What are your outerwear essentials for the upcoming season? :)

Love, 
N. xx



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wishlist: Beauty, haircare and make-up goodies

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I just realized the picture says August beauty wishlist, it's because I've been keeping this post hidden for way too long. Better late than never, right? :)

1. Acure Pure Mint and Echinacea Stem Cell Shampoo, 8,62$ at iHerb.com

I ran out of my Acure argan oil shampoo and I'm left with a nearly whole tube of the conditioner. Anyone else feel like matching shampoos and conditioners shouldn't come in same sized bottles? Whenever I buy a pair, I'm stuck with leftover conditioner. That's why I'll probably just buy this mint shampoo and won't bother with the conditioner. I remember once buying a Head&Shoulders mint shampoo and it cooled my whole scalp, it was so refreshing and soothing!

2. Origins Spot Remover Anti Blemish Treatment, 17€ at strawberry.net

For the past few days I've been using the Sensilab little anti blemish tube and it worked nicely, but I would love to try the Origins one as well, since I heard only good things about it on blogs and youtube channels. Plus it comes in such a lovely little bottle. :)

3. Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on for puffy eyes, 28,50€ at strawberry.net

Oh puffy eyes, you get on my nerves oh so much. Sometimes when I wake up (especially after a night out or sleeping waay too long), I literally scare myself in the mirror with my under-eye bags and puffiness on my eyes. Like it's not annoying enough to get the occasional comment I have eyes as small as a mole. Even if I don't necessarily feel like that, but others apparently do, so yeah. I've mentioned I really want the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten and depuff, but 36€ for 15ml sounds a bit crazy to me, so I guess I'll have to write Santa about it or wait until I catch a wealthy heir or something. Just kidding, obvi. I might try this roll-on, it seems like a good substitute.

4. Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, 26,50€ at strawberry.net

I heard about this on you tube of course, and everyone says they can't live without it anymore, because it freshens up and brightens the face when it needs it the most. Doesn't that sound amazing? I mean, who wouldn't want that on their skin? I have a giant crush on Origins products and I'm so annoyed I can't seem to find any store in Slovenia (online or other) that would stock or ship their products to my country. The only one I found is strawberry.net, but I'm kind of sceptic about it. I prefer online shops that look professional and well put together, this just looks a tad dodgy to me. Does anyone have any experience, especially my Slovene readers? Please let me know.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll mascara, 30,63€ at feelunique.com

I heard I probably won't be able to buy my L'Oréal Telescopic mascara anymore, which sucks, because it was/is(?) really good and it made the looongest lashes. I recently discovered this mascara and it is suitable for contact lens wearers, which is perfect for me. The only thing that bothers me is the price, but I guess a girl can splurge every once in a while, I bought a high end mascara twice and it was the Dior Diorshow mascara and it was really good and totally lived up to the hype and it's price. Nevertheless, if you have any mascara favourites, feel free to advise me on what to get! :)

6. Real Techniques stippling brush, 9,99$ on iHerb.com

In comparison to other beauty bloggers and youtubers, I have a shameful number of RT brushes. Just one. My expert face brush is doing magic with my Diorskin Nude BB creme, but the airbrushed effect the RT stippling brush promises just sounds so inviting. It can be used for foundation, blusher, bronzer, you name it. 

7. Real Techniques setting brush, 7,99$ on iHerb.com

I just started using a highlighter with my regular make-up routine and I usually apply it with my fingers, but to be honest, I really don't like messing with my make-up products with my fingers, I just prefer to use a brush. The RT setting brush would be lovely for highlighting and setting my under-eye concealer, which is desperately needed after a sleepless night and I hate it when it creases. Oh and remember the Pukka night time tea I mentioned in my previous post? It works wonders, I brewed one cup and I fell asleep almost instantly I got into my bed, haven't had not one nasty dream, slept like a baby until 5AM and woke up rested and ready for work.

These are my current beauty wishes, a few of them are probably going to wound up with the postman eventually and I would love to hear what's on your current beauty/skincare/make-up wishlist and if you have any recomendations where to get the Origins products.

Have a super nice day!

N. xx
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Haul: La Roche Posay, Bioderma and Pukka pharmacy goodies

A piece of advice: when you're having a few bad skin days and are desperate to try anything to make it better, always check the expiry date on any fancy creme/cleanser/toner/you-name-it you steal from your mom's cupboard. I'm hitting myself on the head with a pan right now (figuratively) because I did not follow this lovely and very smart advice and just grabbed a certain anti-imperfections night creme that was sitting in the back of my mom's cupboard in hopes it will clear my skin. Well, there was a reason it was sitting in the back. I had a terrible breakout a few days ago and I guess it's all thanks to this.

Lesson learned, I had to chin up, throw that nasty bugger in the trash (along with a few other products I figured out were expired) and wrote my mom a short pharmacy shopping list when she went out this morning. She brought me back everything I asked for and since I have only nice experience with La Roche Posay, I'm confident these products will help me.

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Before I start with skincare, let's talk tea! I'm a sucker for lovely teas and since I spent my home-made mix for our sleeping tea, I bought the Pukka night time tea, which contains organic oat flower, lavender, limeflower, licorice root, valerian root and tulsi leaf. I've never heard of tulsi leaf, so I looked it up and found out that it's also called holy basil (in Slovene: tulsi/sveta bazilika), but it's not to be confused with basil you put in caprese salad, for example, it has smaller leaves. The valerian root is said to have sedative and anxiolytic (meaning: preventing anxiety) effects and is used to treat insomnia, stress, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, etc. Lime flower (in Slovene: cvet lipe) was so popular back in the day at treating epilepsy that it was said a person could be cured just by sitting under the lime tree. Otherwise, it has similar effects as the valerian root. Licorice (in Slovene: sladki koren) reminds me of those black/white/red candy thingies we used to chew on when we were kids, and it's root helps cure a very long list of diseases and conditions. Just to name a few: asthma, chronic fatigue, depression, dandruff, tooth decay, tuberculosis, yeast infections and arthritis. My grandparents are tea-nutters and the excitement rubbed off on me as well. I can't wait to try one of these babies this evening. :)

Approximately 6€ for a box holding 20 tea bags.

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This physiological soothing toner (meant for sensitive skin) gently cleans and tones your skin. You can use it on its own or after the use of your make-up remover. What I learned in the past few years is that it is super important to clean all of your make-up as thouroughly as possible every single day and I try to stick to it. I applied it to my face with a cotton pad and it really left my sking smooth and not irritated. It contains the La Roche Posay thermal spring water and no alcohols or parabens. I already tried the LRP micellar water and loved it, my mom says the LRP products don't have any fragrances, but I swear I remember that micellar water having a nice scent. Am I crazy? Anyways, I've been wanting a toner for quite some time and I'm happy with my choice!

Price: 13,72€

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This is the product that will hopefully restore the balance in my skin after this silly mishap. It also doesn't contain parabens, but it holds the LRP thermal spring water, which reduces the irritation and redness on your face (a big plus for me!). The La Roche Posay website also says it can be used as a base for your foundation. I've heard a few bloggers rave about it and a few of my friends also recommended it to me, so I have high hopes for this. Effaclar Duo, don't let me down! Let's be an unstoppable pore-uclogging, anti-imperfections duo together!

Price: 13,62€

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For the last couple of months I've been having problems with redness on my face, particularly my cheeks and nose, while the area around my lips stays a neutral nude shade. I became so frustrated with this, I decided to invest in a LRP Rosaliac UV Legere anti-redness moisturizer, which helps reduce redness, protects the skin from UV lights (it has an SPF 15), brightens the skin, it doesn't contain parabens or fragrances and holds vitamin C and the La Roche Posay thermal spring water. The LRP website says it contains optical correctors that even the skintone, although I have to be frank I don't know what that means. It can also be used as a base for your foundation, you just have to avoid the eye area. 

Price: 20,74€

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These Bioderma testers were not bought in a pharmacy, but ordered online, for free. I haven't used any of them, because I'm saving all of them for my trip to Iceland. Aren't they just adorable and the perfect travel size? I'm particularly excited to try out the eye cream, because lately I've been waking up with puffy eyes and that's just a no-go for me. I'm still yearning for the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff, but I'll have to save up for that one.

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Lastly I just wanted to say I am not a skincare expert, this is just a blogger's attempt at doing a bit more research and I have to say, even if I spent almost all afternoon doing this, I like the result, let's just hope I'll be as happy with these products in two weeks time as I am now. If you have any recommendations, or if you want to tell about your experience with La Roche Posay and Bioderma products, I'll be happy to read your comments.

Have a lovely evening,

N. xx
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