By now I know a thing or two about moving. In the past five years,  I moved four times in total (and if you have done this as well - kudos to you!). An exhausting process of packing and unpacking always forces you to reevaluate and discard/donate the things that you don’t need. Some day I hope I will lead a more minimalist life, but I assure you, I’m making gentle progress. I digress.

During the process of moving to London, I packed a makeup bag full of current beauty essentials. On a daily basis, I don’t wear a tinted makeup base, but instead, use the Perricone MD Instant Blur, which helps to minimize pores and neutralize the skin redness. I also noticed that the lines under my eyes are less pronounced when I apply it. To be frank, if I had the chance, I would purchase everything from the Perricone MD’s No Makeup range. On the other hand, if I’m in the mood for a tad of something I’ll use the Erborian BB Cream in Nude. I love that it has natural buildable coverage and makes the skin look youthful and fresh.  In general, I’m super impressed with the Erborian products, and hopefully next time I’ll get the CC cream - one with less coverage but more illuminating properties. In terms of concealer, nothing can replace my reliable Urban Decay Naked Concealer in the shade Light Warm. It’s very brightening under the eyes. 
For a natural-looking highlight, I typically use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop on cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. To take it up a notch, I use the Fenty Beauty Killawatt highlighter duo in the shade Mean Money & Hustla Baby. Man, I’m obsessed with this shimmery peachy gold shade.

I use the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl in Bedroom Black to accentuate the eyes- it’s ultra long-lasting and jet black. Next time though, I would go for the brown shade as it looks a tad more natural. Next, to define the eyebrows, I’m back to using the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in the shade  Lingering- it's such a good match for my eyebrow colour and does a great job filling in the brows.  
My forever favourite face brush is the Tom Ford Bronzer brush. It's very versatile as you can use it for either bronzer, powder, or blush. Also, the Real Techniques highlighter brush is super soft and lovely to use with the Fenty Killowat highlighter. It actually reminds me of the Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlighter brush, but at half the price. 
For my graduation, I treated myself to a new eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury in the shade Exagger-Eyes. It’s a gorgeous rose-gold palette that is meant to accentuate and brighten up the eyes. The cool thing is that you can tailor it for both day and night looks. My everyday go-to lip is the Fenty Beauty in Fu$$y. It’s such a beautiful shimmery berry shade, and it makes my lips look super juicy. I also really enjoy using the Clinique gloss in Adore You. Finally, the perfume of choice as of late has been the Maison Louis Marie in 04, which I always get compliments on when I wear it. The funny thing is that I constantly struggle to recall the title when I get asked about it. It's a lovely fresh woody scent. 
Share your beauty-must haves in the comments section :) 

Current Beauty Must-Haves

By now I know a thing or two about moving. In the past five years,   I moved   four times in total (and if you have done this as we...
9.11.2019


On a typical day, I don't wear much makeup. A touch of lipstick, mascara and sunscreen will do. It’s interesting to observe my steady transition from a ‘makeup obsessive’ to a complete ’skincare devotee’. I’d partly attribute this transformation to a skincare brand called the Ordinary. I mean, if you’re into beauty, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.  The skincare brand has disrupted the beauty industry with its affordable, effective and wide selection of products. Plus, the majority of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. 

I’ll admit that I was at first put off by some unfamiliar chemical ingredients, but by doing some research I found the right products for my skin needs. As far as I can remember, the first thing I bought from the brand was the AHA + BHA serum, which helps to gently exfoliate the skin. Given that I have KP (keratosis pilaris) exfoliation is an integral part of my skincare routine. I use it religiously once a week and my skin is in the best shape because of it. It is important to highlight that if you're in your early to mid-twenties it is not necessary to exfoliate the skin on a daily basis. I made this mistake and have experienced extreme skin sensitivity due to a weakened skin barrier. Avene Skin Recovery Cream and Avene Soothing Moisture Mask helped to ameliorate my fragile skin condition.

One of my absolute favourites thus far is the Buffet serum. It’s known to be the best seller for anti-ageing. I’m a true believer in prevention rather than cure. So I use this every day and night for the past few months. Although I can’t say if it helps with wrinkles (I don’t have them yet), I can attest that my skin is more balanced, hydrated and plump when I use it. Recently I finished up the 30 ml bottle so I immediately repurchased the 60 ml bottle which hopefully will last me for a while. 

The Caffeine Solution 5 % has quickly become my staple as it helps with diminishing eye puffiness. Frankly, I’ve been on a long journey to find a suitable product for my under-eye bags and was pretty happy with the Clinique Pep-Start. However, this serum produces more visible results and will most likely last much longer as it contains 30 ml of product. I also love the serum consistency which helps to quickly absorb into the skin. 

The Niacinamide + Zinc is another of the Ordinary’s bestsellers and it’s targeted towards blemish-prone and redness-prone skin. Ingredients such as niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and zinc helps to regulate sebum production. I like that it’s a lightweight serum which comes in handy when I have breakouts or skin sensitivity issues. And finally, the  Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% solution which helped me to brighten my upper lip pigmentation within a 4-6 weeks time. I also sometimes use it in combination with my sunscreen as it is known to provide a protective barrier and limits the skin sun damage. 


Are you familiar with the Ordinary skincare products? What would you recommend to a friend? 







     
        

The Ordinary: My Top 5

On a typical day, I don't wear much makeup. A touch of lipstick, mascara and sunscreen will do. It’s interesting t...
9.10.2019

In terms of skincare, my philosophy is to personalise it to your specific needs and implement a routine that works for you. For instance, recently I've been dealing with occasional breakouts, uneven skin tone and texture. As such, I simplified my skincare routine by incorporating products that target my skin concerns. So far, they have worked well for me and I’d want to share them with you as well. Of course, it is also vital to acknowledge some internal and environmental factors that affect skin appearance and well-being. For me, it is important to get at least 7-8 hour nights sleep, eat clean and nutrient-dense food, meditate and unwind to deal with stress. However, I will devote a separate post dedicated to this topic in the future. In the meantime, I filmed a weekly vlog featuring my trip to London and my evening skincare routine.

Morning
Every morning I just splash lukewarm water on my face and dry my skin with a clean towel. After I’m done with that, I use The Ordinary's Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution (Vitamin C) to brighten and even out the skin tone. Then follow it up by Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (green colour cartridge- targeted for irritation) to hydrate and soothe skin. Finally, I  apply La Roche-Posay's Anthelios SPF to protect skin from the sun.


Evening
I treat my evening skincare routine as a relaxing ritual and always put on calming music to unwind. Depending on how much makeup I wore during the daytime, I cleanse with Garnier Micellar Water followed by Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear Micro Foam Cleanserwhich despite its foaming features, gently and effectively removes impurities without stripping the skin. I realised that whenever I use this cleanser, I get fewer breakouts. I tone my face with Pixi Glow Tonic and use Clinique’s Pep-Start eye cream to hydrate and remove puffiness under my eyes. Then, once my skin is dry, I apply the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, which I really love. I’ve seen the most dramatic difference in skin texture, tone and firmness after using it consistently for about two weeks. The serum delivers a time-released dose of retinol, which reduces the possibility of skin irritation and also includes antioxidant ingredients such as ferulic acid and niacinamide to repair and stimulate cell renewal. I think it is definitely one of my best purchases of this year!Then I follow it up with a moisturizer  Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (with a green cartridge). Finally, I apply Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask on my lips, and that’s it.
Let me know your most loved skincare products in the comments section below!


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Skincare Routine

In terms of  skincare , my philosophy is to  personalise  it to your specific needs and implement a routine that works for  you . For in...
6.15.2019
From left to right: Sex Bomb, Rose Bombshell,  The Comforter, Butterball


Taking a good soak in a hot bath infused with essential oils is one of life's simple pleasures. When stress levels are high and energy levels are low, there's no better way to relax and unwind at the end of a busy and stressful day than having a bit of 'me' time. So with that in mind, I popped into Lush the other day and stocked up on a few bath goodies I've been meaning to get for quite a while.

So here's what I purchased:
  • Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb: the formula is infused with soya milk, turkish rose oil; disperses a gorgeous trail of rose petals;
  • The Comforter Bubble Bar: a fruity blend of bergamot oil, cypress oil and blackcurrants; makes a tub full of luxurious bubbles; 
  • Butterball Bath Bomb: a decadent mix of cocoa butter, vanilla musk, ylang ylang; great choice for dry skin;
  • Sex Bomb Bath Bomba delightful blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage; wonderful to use in the evening before bedtime as it is very relaxing;
Have you tried any Lush bath bombs? If so, what is your favorite one? 

Bath Goodies from Lush

From left to right: Sex Bomb, Rose Bombshell,  The Comforter, Butterball Taking a good soak in a hot bath infused with essential ...
7.12.2015

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