Sunday, 28 September 2014

Products to be used in October

Just as any other beauty blogger I am slightly addicted to buying make up/skin and body care products. The problem we all have is that we end up with so much… crap (I don’t mean that the products are no good but that there is a lot of them). Let’s be honest! NO ONE needs 10 face creams, 15 body lotions, 25 blushes, 8 eyeshadow pallets …and so on. I sometimes feel like I will never use this stuff up, it will go bad and I will have to throw it away. I hate waste and I hate to think that all those lovely products I have spent my money on will end up thrown away. I have therefore decided to go on a shopping ban. I am literally not allowed to buy any beauty stuff.  

But that’s not the end. I will be picking few makeup and skin care products at the beginning of each month to make an effort of using the stuff. There is no way I will actually use up a product in one month but at least it will be used and loved for a month. I will switch the products up every month just so I don't get bored. So this is kind of like a reversed version of Monthly Favourites.

I am pretty sure that I am doing an opposite to every other beauty blogger out there. But this is who I am. I don’t like to accumulate unnecessary things and I especially don’t like to stash unused items I have spent my hard earned cash on. Don’t get me wrong, I like to shop and buy new products. But I think it’s time for me to face reality – I don’t need so much stuff and the thought of having billions of blushes does not make me a happier person, even thou I do love a nice blush.

Above are skin/body care and makeup products for October. This will give me a good opportunity to truly try and test the products and do some reviews at the end of the month. I hope you will find my monthly updates on this somewhat interesting.

Sylwia x 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Random favourites - Donna Hay, Ray Ban, NYC, Pinterest and some music

  1. Donna Hay cook book – an amazing book with delicious healthy and light recipes. It’s ideal for people like me who don’t have much time for cooking but want to eat healthy and well. The recipes are QUICK and EASY. Each recipe is no longer than few sentences which is really convenient. Ingredients are simple and inexpensive. I love this book and I will definitely get more cook books from Donna Hay.
  2. Ray Ban sunglasses – I wouldn’t normally spend nearly $200 on a pair of sunglasses. But I was in New York and it was a holiday of my lifetime so I have decided to splurge. The sunglasses are psychedelic and I absolutely love them.
  3. New York City – I love this city. Me and Nick (the boy) have stayed there for 4 nights and had an amazing time. I hope I will be able to go back one day.
  4. Pinterest – If you are on there, you probably already love it. If you are not on there, you need to register. I am obsessed with this site, so many amazing ideas and inspirations.
  5. One Republic ‘Native’ and Lana Del Rey ‘Ultraviolence’ – I have been listening to these two albums nonstop for about 2 weeks now. ‘Native’ has such a positive vibe and listening to it instantly puts me in a good mood. ‘Ultraviolence’ on the other hand is something I listen to when I want to relax and sooth my soul.
Sylwia x

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Essie sparkly combo (Love and Acceptance + Set in Stones)

Hi everyone,

I wish I could elaborate a bit more about this post. But all I can think of is: I just felt like sparkles. What do you guys think? These photos are from Instagram so the lilac-y colour shows a bit paler than in real life. I think I can get away with wearing it in Autumn.

Sylwia x

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Body Scrub

Good body scrub should be simple enough item to find in the shops, right? Well, not for me. I have been looking for a good one for quite some time now. Yes, I have found some worth recommending over the course of time. But I am on a budget these days  and I simply can't afford £10 body scrub.
I have recently discovered St. Ives Body Scrub. I used to use their face scrubs and always thought they were nice. So I gave a body version a go and it definitely wasn't a waste of money.
To me this product is everything I am looking for in a body scrub :)
  • Good price - ranges from £3 to £5 (depending if on deal or not) for 300ml
  • Thick consistency
  • Lots and lots of little scrubbing granules - not too harsh but not too gentle either
  • Lovely apricot smell
  • Does not dry my skin out
  • Formulated without parabens

I have de-potted mine into a Yankee candle jar. I think it just looks little bit prettier in my bathroom. All in all I think it's a great product. Highly recommended :)

Sylwia x

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Empties #12

Batiste Tropical and Fresh
- defnitely my favourite dry shampoo. Works really well, smells lovely and gives volume. Unfortunately it leaves white powder on the hair so it worked great when I was a blond but I can't use it as a read head now :(

Lazyhead Dry shampoo - I got this from Home Bargains for 50p. I thought it was worth a try for that price... well ... it wasn't. It did absolutely nothing!

Loreal Preference shampoo - this came with a red hair colour I got a while back. It lasted for about 4 washes and my hair felt lovely after using it. Unfortunately red washed out super quick anyway.

Bioderma Sebium Matt Gel - I would highly recommend this product to the girls with oily skin. It definitely helped oils coming through during the day.

Radox Moisture Shower gel - this belonged in my gym bag and I used it in the shower after a gym session. It lathered well and didn't dry my skin out. I would re-purchase.

Tresemme Platinum Strenght Deep Conditioning Treatment - My hair has been going throught super dry faze for quite some time now and I used this treatment as a regular conditioner. It worked really well and decreased hair tangling.

Naked Volume shampoo - All time favourite. Not sure how many bottles of this I have already used up.

Organic Surge Daily Care face wash - I didn't really think much of this. Regular face wash, little bit drying. I wouldn't re-purchase it.

Neal's Yard Remedies Orange Flower facial wash - I adore Neal's Yard products and this wash is not exeption. It hardly lathers but that's not a problem for me. I used it in the mornings to re-fresh and cleanse the skin after the night. It always made my face look looking brighter and more awake.

Naked Hydrating Shampoo - I like this just as much as the volume shampoo. This one is more hydrating but I can't use it too often as it does weigh don my hair (they are super thin). It works great as a shower gel too, very moisturising.

Nivea Invisible anti-perspirant - works good and true to the label doesn't leave any white marks.

Clarins Daily Energizer Cream - I have to admit that this cream did feel more luxourious than a high street brand. It did smell lovely too but I didn't think it actually energized my skin. I didn't really notice any difference in my skin's appearance.

Clinique superfit foundation - I wouldn't say it was long wearing, bit dry formula. Not bad but not great.

Sanctuary Body Souffle - nice texture but not moisturizing enough for my dry skin.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cleansing with Boots Botanics

As usual I got lured into buying my first Botanics products by little red 'Offer' label in Boots. I have tried quite a few products from this range since then. Overall I really like this affordable natural range. Products are formulated without parabens and packaging is often made using recycled materials.

Three products I've been especially enjoying are from cleansing category.

Gentle Cleansing Cream All Bright - I got this little guy when my skin was going through dry phase. It will go through it again now that Autumn is here and Winter is getting closer.
Creamy formula of this feels lovely on the skin and removes make up pretty well. To remove everything it needs two applications but it can be used as a good make up 'melting' stage before deep cleansing.

Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm - This stuff is very different to previous hot cloth cleansers I owned (Liz Earle and Superdrug). It's not a thick cream but it has a super thick, almost a paste type formula. It comes with one muslin cloth which is little bit thicker than the ones from Liz Earle but still gentle enough.
This cleanser works really well. It deeply cleanses and smooths the skin just like the packaging says. My skin always feels really nice after using it and my black heads seem to be reduced. It's a very efficient product. I've been using it for quite some time now and it's hardly got a little dent in it.

Microdermabrasion Polish - I would say that this basically is a face scrub. But a really nice one. It's got loads of tiny tiny particles that very gently but effectively remove dead skin. This is an extra step in a cleansing routine and I wouldn't use it more than twice a week. I'm not sure about the whole radiant youth effect but it definitely cleanses very well and makes my skin looks very clean and fresh.

Any fans of Batanics out there? I would love to hear your recommendations :)

Sylwia x

Friday, 20 September 2013

Braun Silk-├ępil Xpressive Pro 7681 Epilator Review

I have been using an epilator for many years now. I have never gone back to shaving since I bought my first Philips Ice Epilator about 6 years go. It had a detachable part which sat in the freezer. I had to attach it before epilating and it gave a lovely cooling effect. Eventually however I got used to epilating so much that I didn't use the part at all. After many years of use the epilator itself was still going strong but the wire snapped and that was the end of it's life.

I did some research and went for Braun Silk-epil. This is much of an upgrade from my good old Philips. It's chargeable, it can be used dry or wet and it has quite a few different heads and caps. It has two different speeds but I always use faster speed as I am used to it. It has a bright light which comes very handy when epilating.

I have read some opinions saying this is the least painful epilator out there. Perhaps that's true but I didn't really experience massive difference from my Philips one (that's without the frozen cap). It have always felt little pinching but nothing that I would call a pain. Hair have to be fairly short thou, the longer they are the more you're going to feel it.
Althou I'm all tough when it comes to legs I can't work up my courage to epilate my underarms. I just can't do it... maybe one day... There is a cap with a lot smaller epilating surface provided for that purpose.

My epilating advice:
  • Don't epilate long hair
  • Pull the skin taught. It will be less painful but it will also help the epilator to grab the hair
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly to avoid in-grown hair
  • You could use it while in the shower but I find that it doesn't slide on as easily as on dry skin
  • If your hair grow fast, epilate approximately once a week. Thanks to this you will catch hair that grow at different stages

I also use Braun Silk-Epil for shaving my underarms. I have to admit it is not my favourite way of shaving. I do prefer good old razor. But it is convenient and it saves me some pennies. The only razor that doesn't irritate my underarm skin is Wilkinson Intuition with soap attached to it. But replacement pads are quite expensive and the razor tends to get rusty pretty quick if not dried properly (can't really wipe it cause it has soap around it :/). So I switched to the Braun electric shaver. There is one thing that frustrates me about this method of shaving. It is only possible to do a good job if underarms are fully dry. Even drying them very well after shower isn't good enough. It's hard to explain but if there is any kind of moisture on the skin it just won't slide/glide on the skin and won't shave. Other than that I have no problems with it.

Another handy tool Silk -Epil has is a trimmer. It is attached to the shaving cap and has lock/unlock button. I like to use it on my bikini area. As we know skin around there can be very delicate and sensitive. Therefore I avoid shaving or epilating it altogether as those horrible red rash looking like spots come out after. Trimming is a great alternative. Trimmed hairs are so tiny that they're practically invisible. Skin is happy and not irritated.

One last thing to add is that Silk-Epil comes with those wipes that are supposed to be used before epilating. I have never used them so can't say much but I need to check them out to see if they help/make any difference.

Sylwia x
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