Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Anatomicals Headache Relief Balm

Anatomicals Headache Relief Balm

A while back I had my eye on Badger's Sleep Balm. I am one of those restless sleepers and I'm always up for a cool little sleep helper. I still haven't managed to get my hands on one of those, but I did impulsively buy a Headache Relief Balm by Anatomicals. Anatomicals is one of those cool brands with funny marketing, pretty graphic design and smart princess products you always nod to but never buy for some reason.One of these products is this little pot of headache relief balm. I don't have headaches often, but when I do, I quickly turn into one of those complainy-pants. So the other day I ordered this, just for fun, just to see whether it will actually help. 

This 20g pot contains extra virgin olive oil, golden yellow beeswax, peppermint oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, mandarin oil, sandalwood oil, rosehip extract and calendula extract. So, all the good stuff! Peppermint and eucalyptus are the most noticeable scents of the bunch. My mom found it too harsh, but I love a good fresh scent. All you have to do is dab some of it on your temples and after a while you'll feel a warm/cooling effect. Yes, it's weird, it feels both warm and cool at the same time. It feels kind of like an invisible force is gently pushing on your temples, as weird as it sounds. I have no idea how it works, but the essential oils help you relax a bit and forget about the throbbing pain in your head for a while. I usually took a headache pill with it, but I saw improvement even when I didn't take any pills for my headache. You can rub it on your other pulse points as well, but I tend to stick to my temples. I use it even when I don't have a headache, when I just want to relax a little bit.

It quickly turned into one my most loved products and I keep it on my night stand. It cost me approximately 5€ on ASOS and they have a bunch of other cool stuff. Seriously, I tip my hat to the marketing people at this brand, whoever comes up with all of these puns is a genius!

Check out their stuff here.

N. xx

Monday, May 26, 2014

New: Warehouse Clubmaster-Style Sunglasses

I made a sneaky little ASOS order the other day and while I wept over two items not fitting (very Murphy's Law-esque particularly the ones I liked most) I am happy to say I got a lovely new pair of Clubmaster-inspired sunglasses. They are by Warehouse, which does a bunch of other really cool sunglasses styles and I really recommend them if you're on a budget and don't feel like squeezing out for a pair of Ray Ban's Clubmasters. They cost approximately 20€ and I got them here.

In other news, I got two days off from work and I'll be spending them sighing with desperation behind my notebooks and Uni study books. Wish me luck!

N. xx

Sunday, May 25, 2014

10 Sitcoms to Cheer You Up

If you're feeling down, if you've had the worst day ever or if you just want to cheer yourself up, try watching a sitcom or two. There's really no need to mention I watch A LOT of TV shows and I've watched my fair share of sitcoms. There are some that I turned to when I had the blues or just enjoy watching whenever I need a laugh. It was a tough job, but I narrowed it down to 10 of my all time favourites (in no particular order). 

Okay I said 'in no particular order', but The Office is my absolute nr. 1. The mockumentary of all mockumentaries, it follows a group of Dunder Mifflin employees in a Scranton, Pennsylvania office. When you first watch it, it seems like a really weird TV show, especially if you're not used to mockumentaries. But you get to see over time that it has everything. The loveliest love story you've ever seen, a really inappropriate, but so genuinely heartfelt boss, etc, etc. I will always have a special place in my heart for The Office as it showed me everything works out one way or another. 

The other two mockumentaries I wanted to mention are Parks and Recreation and Modern Family. Parks & Rec follows Leslie, who runs a local Parks and Recreation department and her employees.  I spent hours laughing at Tom's silly need to be swag 24/7, Leslie's weird obsessions such as waffles and Madeleine Albright and Ron's stoicism. Modern Family on the other hand follows three families: Jay, his young Colombian wife Gloria and her son Manny, then Jay's daughter Claire, her husband Phil and their children, Luke, Haley and Alex and finally Jay's son Mitch, his boyfriend Cam and their adopted daughter Lily. What I love most are Gloria's accent, Cam's theatricality and Manny being weirdly and hillariously grown up for such a young child. If you give mockumentaries a chance, do not let these three out!

Then we have New Girl and The Big Bang Theory. You probably all know TBBT already, Sheldon has basically turned into an internet phenomenon and let's face it, this character deserves it. The other TBBT fella I love most is Harold, the needy Jewish guy with an impeccable talent for an Al Pacino impression and always underestimated for not having a PhD. A dream (I imagine) TV show for every nerd out there, you have to give this a watch. I stumbled upon New Girl last year, I think. Even if I wasn't a huge fan of Zooey Dechanel (relax, I changed sides by now), New Girl immediately jumped to the top of my list. One word - Schmidt. I could watch this guy ALL DAY, ERRDAY. I have a thing for white guys wannabe homeboys, okay. The struggle is real. 

I also watch a lot of comedy sketch shows, talk shows and the like and when I heard SNL's Andy Samberg has his own TV show, I jumped on the bandwagon right away. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a cop show, but it's a comedy cop show. Featuring the goofball of all goofballs - Samberg. What more do you really need? P.S.: I was dying while watching his SNL season finale, he was the perfect host and don't even get me started on all the celebrity and ex-SNL cast cameos.

The latest discovery is Happy Endings, which is like a mixture of New Girl and How I Met Your Mother (the reason for HIMYM not making the cut - it sorta lost it's flare in the last few season for me, no offense) but so much funnier. There's a group of  six friends, each connected to the other in a certain way and they have a bunch of hillarious problems. We have Coach from New Girl (I love that guy, okay) and an array of other awesome actors who play hillarious characters. I'm not 100% sure about Elisha Cuthbert, but I'll let that one slide. Verdict? If you're like me, you'll end up binge watching it from the moment you watch the pilot.

Now here's a sitcom everyone knows and everyone loves. Can you really say no to Friends? It is the ultimate sitcom and I am still obsessing over the boxed DVD set I still haven't managed to get my hands on. If there's one TV show you need to collect, it's this one. It is the perfect rainy day chillout watch or the perfect hideaway from all your problems and worries. Chandler is there to cheer you up. Could he BE any funnier?

Last, but not least, I wanted to mention some classics. Blackadder and Allo! Allo! are a must if you're into history. The first one follows Blackadder, portrayed by Rowan Atkinson, situated in four different chapters of history: the Middle Ages, the Tudor England, 19th Century Regency and World War 1. There are also Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, need I mention anything else? Allo! Allo! is probably the TV show your dad used to watch (I still remember my dad once casually pulling his woolen hat off his eyes, saying: "It is I, Leclerc!") and you're probably gonna love it too. The phrases "Good moaning!" and "I shall say zis only vance!" are forever set in stone. 

What is your favourite sitcom? :)

N. xx


Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Biotherm Skin Energetic Eye Cream

Biotherm Skin Energetic Eye Cream

When it comes to looking awake and refreshed, there are things that coffee just won't do. In the past few months I've been getting more and more into eye creams and energizing moisturizers, things I can include in my morning skincare routine. A new discovery is the brand Biotherm. I've tried their Biosource micellar water before and it was one of the best cleansing products I've ever tried. It took away all my make-up in a jiffy, it's not too expensive at approximately 20€ for a 200ml bottle and it has a lovely fresh scent.

Lately I've been having problems with dryness around my eyes. Particularly the right eye, for some reason. I noticed dry patches around my right eye that my beloved Origins GinZing eye cream just wouldn't fix. I was guessing it has a too light texture and I turned to the Biotherm Skin Energetic eye cream for remedy. It is an anti-fatigue eye cream that promises to reduce dark circles, bags and sagging eyelids. Now I don't have any problems with sagging eyelids (yet), but I do get the occasional under-eye bags. I turned to this eye cream particularly because of its thick consistency. I needed something extra rich to smoothe over the little lines and dryness around my eyes. In that aspect, this baby totally delivered. When I compared my eyes with or without the cream, the difference was noticeable - the fine lines around my eyes were less visible. I was also pretty happy with how it dealt with my main problem - the dry patches. It offered an instant soothing relief to the stiff tightness around my eyes. It also leaves a subtle sheen on the skin, not as strong and glitzy as the Origins eye cream, which contains tiny shimmer particles, but still visible enough to give the appearance of freshness and energy (and don't we all want that?). All in all, my eyes felt more relaxed and I can confidently say that I looked more awake after using it.

As far as diminishing dark circles under my eyes goes I rely solely on my concealers and correctors, because I've never found an eye cream that would actually help in that aspect. To be honest, I have little experience with eye creams, but all those I've tried promised to reduce the appearance of dark circles and didn't really deliver. The same thing goes for the Biotherm eye cream, I just didn't get the impression that my dark circles were less visible. I might have to use it more consistently to see if it reduces them in the long term, but I certainly haven't notice any instant result.

It comes in a practical, very sturdy 15ml tube, which is also very handy to carry around (and looks quite expensive if I might add). This cream is suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, which I, as an avid contact lens wearer, just love! Not particularly kind to the bank balance at around 33€, but oh-so-worth-it.

What is your favourite eye-cream? :)

N. xx

Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Krasna Tea Tree & Lavender Toner

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Krasna Tea Tree & Lavender Toner
Krasna is a Slovenian brand, specializing in lavender. They gather their ingredients in the Karst area in Slovenia and produce various skincare and bodycare items. They use natural ingredients such as lavender, clay, pumpkin, tea tree, various nourishing oils and several essential oils (orange, lemon,...). I already have one of their lavender soaps and a lavender lip balm and when I was in need of a new toner the other day I stumbled upon this beauty at the drugstore. Once again, I fell head over heals for the graphic design. I mean, just look at it! I don't mind having such a lovely piece in my collection at all. 

The main ingredients of this toner are lavender flower water and tea tree extract. The tea tree extract is often used to treat problematic, acne-prone skin due to its antiseptic properties. I usually use it after cleansing my skin with micellar water and a cleansing foam, just to make sure all my make up is gone. I realized toners are a great way not only to refresh and cleanse your skin, but to soothe it after cleansing and to make sure your face is free of all remains of the day. I used to find them redundant, but now I can't picture my morning and evening skincare without them. The tea tree fragrance is quite strong and might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I've grown to like it, precisely because its fresh scent makes me feel as if it's really thorough and good for my skin.

I'm not praising this product solely because of its lovely packaging, I am truly happy with it. I liked the LRP Soothing Physiological Toner I was using before this, because it soothed my skin, and I like this Krasna toner in majority for its effective cleansing characteristics.

Moji slovenski bralci lahko Krasno najdete v trgovinah DM, Tuš Drogerija, Kompas Shop in v Iliriji ali pa izdelke naročite preko njihove spletne strani.

Do you use a toner?
N. xx

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel + GIVEAWAY!

Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel

You are looking at a brand new Korres convert. I heard about this brand first on Hello October YT channel, where Suzie talked about their lip butters. I stumbled upon the brand on ASOS a few weeks ago and when I saw their awesome 1+1 offer on their shower gels, I just had to try them out for myself. I opted for the Japanese Rose version as I have a thing for rose-scented skincare and bodycare items lately and it comes as no surprise I fell in sweet, sweet love with this as soon as I opened the package.

Korres is a natural Greek brand, offering various make up, skincare, suncare, haircare and bodycare items. They use almost all natural ingredients. They steer clear from alcohols, parabens, silicone, mineral oil, etc. and they don't test on animals. Their packaging is not only super cool looking, but also 100% recyclable. 

What intrigued me most about the brand are the gorgeous graphic design, the selection of ingredients and their whole philosophy. I can picture myself chilling on a Greek island, taking a cold shower after a long, hot day, and refreshing myself with the lovely scents of japanese rose and the likes. I've said this once and I'll say it again: the fragrance of this shower gel is B-E-A-utiful! It's probably just my flower-craze talking, but when I stepped out of the shower, I felt like a Japanese princess in a temple underneath mount Fiji. Okay, I heard myself, I'mma kick it down a notch. In a nutshell, it left my skin feeling very nourished and soft and the scent lingered around for quite some time.

The main ingredients in this shower gel that nourish your body are wheat and aloe vera. The wheat proteins form a film on your skin that protects it and keeps the moisture from getting out, while the aloe vera takes care of it as only aloe vera can. According to the Korres website: "It has significant antioxidant, skin softening and soothing properties." It comes in a sturdy plastic 250 ml bottle with an easy to use plastic cap.

ASOS for some reason doesn't stock the Japanese Rose shower gels anymore, and I want to share my excitement, so I'm giving away the second bottle I got to one of my lovely readers! It is open internationally and it will be open until the 20th of May. I announce the winner on my Facebook page, so make sure to follow! The first 4 entries are obligatory and the last 2 will give you extra chances to win. I'll also send an e-mail to the winner and I'll wait 48 hours for them to write back, otherwise I'll choose another winner. Wow, so much technical jibber-jabber! If you want to try out the awesomeness that is Korres, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

N. xx

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

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 Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

Since I moved back home for a year, my mom and I realized two women in one bathroom make one hell of a crowd. So we decided to share some of our most used products. One of which would be micellar solution/make-up remover. I buy one, then she buys one, etc. I was recently chosen as one of the winners in a photo competition held by La Roche Posay Slovenia on their FB site and as a reward I was promised a 400 ml bottle of their célèbre micellar solution (one of my all time favourites, by the way). I am still waiting for that to arrive, so I decided to do a review of the one we just used up.

This 3 in 1 micellar solution is part of Vichy's Normaderm line, which is destined for people with sensitive, acne-prone skin and promises to cleanse & soothe the skin and remove your make-up. It doesn't contain any parabens and is alcohol free. What it does contain (and lots, according to their website) is zinc. Zinc is an ingredient you'll find in many skincare products as it is very effective in battling acne, removing excess sebum and repairing the damaged skin around the acne. I have even read that in certain cases, acne can develop due to lack of zinc in your diet. 

I usually applied this solution on two cotton pads, then gently swiped them all over my face, turned them around and used them to remove my eye make-up. I learned not to rub them over my eyelids like there was no tomorrow, instead I just gently tapped the cotton pads on my eyelids and waited for the make-up to dissolve on its own. I was quite happy with it as it didn't sting my eyes and the packaging is much friendlier than the last micellar solution I used - the L'Oréal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. That little bugger spilled all over my bathroom.

If you have acne prone skin, there's another profuct from Vichy's Normaderm line I'd recommend and it's the Hyaluspot Gel Acne Treatment, which I reviewed here.

Have you tried anything from the Normaderm line? :)

I hope you've had a lovely weekend!
N. xx
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