Bite Obsession

Every year probably every other person in his new year resolutions says that he/she will eat healthier, drink more water and so on.

I’m actually good at my ‘diet’ – I don’t eat junk food, I hate soda and I love my veggies. I’m not saying it  to brag or say ‘look at me I eat healthy’ I’m saying it to inspire other people cause you definitely feel different when you eat better. I’m fond of snacking – there are so many healthy options – veggies, dips, dried foods and energy bars…my favs. They are easy and fast on the go. If you don’t have time for a proper meal it doesn’t mean to cannot eat healthy.

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WEEK HEROES #16

Again end of weekends and time for my weekly favorites. This week I made myself use some forgot beauty bits, the ones that were collecting dust at the back of my drawers. I think it’s interesting and necessary to change up the routine. Get out the comfort zone.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #51. This was bought back in May or something (Estee was raving about it even then and it made into her 2013 favs – big deal!) This is light to medium coverage, feels weightless on the skin, looks natural. Back them I didn’t like that – I thought they emphasized dry patches on my skin (apparently I had dehydrated skin then), but this week I’ve decided to give it another go and … I’m in love. It glides on smoothly – obviously my skin got better, yay!

Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera – full review here – this isn’t really ‘dusty’ thing, but I couldn’t NOT use it. Cream blushes are so great for winter – they sink into the skin and look very natural, glow from inside, like you spend whole day outside in the countryside playing / walking / having fun.

Essie nailpolish in Sand Tropez – you know m passion about Essie nail polishes. This is a stunning shade. It doesn’t look mannequin-ish, like some shades can do, it just adds chic look. Easy-to-wear shade. Compliments every outfit. This week I wore it non-stop.

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in #05 Rosy Brown. Such a gorgeous shade, just like a name suggests – not too brown, not too purple – something in between (more colors and swatches here). You can sheer them out for sparkly veil or you can build them up for intense color. They are creamy, build-able, blend-able – all positive –ables! And very affordable.

Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E – I’ve picked it up on iHerb months ago and kind go forgot about it, been using other oils and treatments. Recently pulled that out and started using and it is SO good. It really hydrates the skin, makes it smoother, works great on some blemishes or small break outs – overnight no signs. Will go on using and repurchasing!

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Do you have any products you’ve enjoyed using this week? Let’s share!

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Shopping therapy

What can be more uplifting than a new beauty bits to play with? I love new things. Unpacking / swatting / taking pictures / trying different combinations… you know the jazz, right?

So recently I’ve been naughty and went shopping and bought quite a few things – eyeshadow, some skincare staff and nails (I just couldn’t pass that category, could I?)

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Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer – I’ve hearing that most people adore that one, and even compare it to Smashbox ones which quite a deal… So when I’ve spotted that last (!) one in the store I thought it was faith. I just have to take it back home with me. Haven’t tried that one in action yet, but in the store I did test it out and liked the texture and feeling after applying it. We shall wait until a night out to test a primer, right?

Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Hand Cream – I was on a hunt for a new hand cream and Body Shop had a huge sale on all their bits and I couldn’t say NO. It hydrates the skin, absorb fast and easily, doesn’t leave greasy feeling – nothing, smells divine and… handbag friendly size. Some blind but lucky purchase.

Nails. For sure. Misa nail polish in Throw Me Something Purple Please – gorgeous shade. Pure periwinkle. Not too purple not too blue, just perfect shade. Looks very flattering and adds some sophisticated touch to the hands, it looks sleek and expensive, if you know what I mean…

100% Coconut Oil – this is becoming very-loved product among beauty bloggers. How and where to use is coming live soon, so keep your eyes peeled. It’s pretty affordable and can be used so differently. And since it is in a form of hard oil (it melts of your hands heat) it is travel friendly – no spills, no liquid in a bag and nice pot to carry around.

MAC eyeshadow in Cranberry – classic MAC’s shade. The one I always swatted but was hesitating to buy – common on, it’s pinky burgundy shade that you suppose to use on your eyelids. How cute is that? You know it is actually very beautiful. I didn’t have a lot of time playing with it, but I already love that shade. Great in the middle of eyelid over the browns for pop of color or all over the lid with heavy bronze-ish matte (!) crease blending. Planning to do a blog post on ‘How to use MAC’s Cranberry’. Would you be interested?

Have you bought something interesting lately? Share with me, let me be sneaky.

-S 

WEEK HEROES #14

I’m so excited – this is the latest Sunday before Christmas and one more Sunday till New Year. The Christmas tree is set and decorated, the presents are bought / wrapped and place under the tree. I cannot wait till holiday dinners, presents exchange, festive mood.

This week was pretty intense – that menu planning, last-minute shopping, wrapping business – I barely had time and mood to wear makeup, but I still managed to throw some beauty bobs and bits.

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MAC eyeshadow in Patina – browny goldfish – (swatch here). You can apply it light-handed and have pretty gold wash of color or you may go heavier and pile it on you get that brown, grey-ish tone to show up. Wore both ways, love both ways.

Seche Vite top coat. I’m sure you all heard about that legendary topcoat. It dries your nails super fast, leaves them with unbelievable shine and makes the nail polish last longer. I’ve used it a lot in the past but didn’t end up repurchasing. Recently saw one in the store and felt back in love. It’s just incredible and I can forgive its strong scent and it has some super strong one, trust me…

Korres lip butter in Jasmine. Slightly tinted lip balm that not only revives you lips and helps with chapped lips and it also gives a pink-ish shine. You can wear it as a lip gloss with smokey eyes or just on a no-makeup makeup days and you don’t have to worry about moisturizing lips constantly. The only down side is pot packaging – not the most convenient and hygienic staff to use on the go.

Desperate Housewives – my all-time favorite TV show ( they are battling with Sex and the City for the 1st place). I’ve watched it already several times. It also comes so handy while wrapping the presents – episode after episode and the pile of presents is getting smaller. Pleasant + effective! Me likey.

Last but not least – song favorite. The Christmas season isn’t complete without a festive song, right? Beautiful Christmas by Big Time Rush. I have that on repeat everyone – on my computer, in  my car, in the speakers…I just keeps me going and energies me – like batteries (or coffee a.k.a my weakness)

How prepared are you guys for Christmas? Hope you are all doing great – happy Sunday!

-S

Natura Siberica Sea-buckthorn Hair Mask

Natura Siberica is a Russian brand which claims to be organic and uses organic products found in Siberia’s ecologically clean region. It’s an organic brand, the products contains natural oils, essential oils, flower and tree extracts.

I’m currently using the shampoo and conditioner from this brans as well, but will talk about those bits later – today is the mask’s day.

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Firstly let’s talk about my hair condition. My hair is a bit frizzy and curly and sometimes I have to straight the front part, so my hair is on the drier side, and I have some splitter ends. So the treatment I usually go for is nourishing shampoos, extra-moisturing conditioners, oils, hydrating masks.  So when I’ve spotted this new release I did’t doubt a minute, paid the check and tried it the same evening.

This mask promises to make your hair silky smooth and hydrated and yes, it does it all. It really nourishes the hair, acts as a de-tangler – you don’t put any effort brushing you hair and it leaves your hair softer and shinier. I’ve also noticed that more manageable.

It should be applied after the shampooing the hair for 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I put it for more (smth like 30min) and them you rinse it off with a water and here you have it – new hair. The texture is pretty thick, but it spreads easily and evenly over all length.

This is a new range from the brand, so it’s not widely sold online, especially this mask. Other products from this range oils, serums can be bought (which I’m planning to try next) on Amazon. If you’re interested in this mask, try to watch the item – I’m sure it should pop-up soon.

Do you have some interesting hair mask I should try?

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EYES=SOUL

Time to talk about make-up. I’m truly 100% eye-shadow junkie. So eye make-up girl. If I was to choose between lip product and eye product – definitely eyes!

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Speaking about experiments with the shades, of course I’m more a neutral follower, but sometimes I can go “crazy” (not much of course and not on a night out).

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If you want to go out of your comfort zone (yes, we are still talking about the eye-shadows), just go ahead and choose your “crazy” color and make it work the way you want it. On the crease, on the lash line, under the eye, inner corner – whatever you feel. The tip is not to experiment when you have plans during the day. Perhaps you have a day off and you are planning to spend it watching your favorite TV show or doing laundry and cleaning the house – *blink*  this is THE moment.

I’m not saying I have a tone of eye-shadow, probably not (or not YET) but I’m cannot stop myself from exploring the ocean,

I have several CHANEL ones (my lowest reached ones btw), 2Inglot pallets, around 10 MAC depots, of course individual ones, and yes, I placed an order on Urban Decay Naked one, it took me soo long denying I need it, and justifying the splurge, but I finally didn’t it and cannot wait when it arrives!

Experiment. Don’t be afraid of colors.

-S