November 29, 2015

DIY Homemade Beauty Recipes

November 29, 2015

I am always on the hunt for natural alternatives when it comes to beauty products. They are cheaper, healthier and most of the time have incredible benefits. So why ruin yourself when you can find all you need in your kitchen? Here are some foolproof recipes that I have tried and grown to love!



- Olive oil, egg and honey mask
Best for: moisture, softness
People have been using olive oil for years, that's certainly for a good reason! This is probably the most popular natural hair mask there is and I have been using it for a very long time. It is perfect for dry and/or damaged hair because of its incredible properties! Olive oil is an emollient which nourishes the scalp, improves the manageability of your hair and helps prevent breakage. The protein present in the egg strengthens the hair shaft while honey provides softness and shine. 
How: 1 egg, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp honey. Mix together, apply, leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse with COLD water, otherwise you'll end up with a cooked egg on your hair (trust me, I've been there!). Wash and condition your hair as usual.

- Avocado and olive oil mask
Best for: moisture, shine and softness
This mask contains almost the same benefits as the previous one. Avocado is high in fat and full of nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and protein, all of which prevent hair loss, promote regular hair growth, moisturize and reduce dryness. Combined with olive oil, it does wonders. Both oils are able to penetrate deep into your scalp, which pushes the conditioning one step further! 
How: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 ripe avocado. Mash the avocado, add the olive oil, stir. Apply onto your hair (focusing on the ends), leave for 20 minutes and then wash your hair as usual.

- Castor oil + coconut oil scalp massage
Best for: hair growth and shine, moisture
Castor oil prevents split ends and stimulates hair growth, while coconut oil is remarkably popular for its miraculous properties. It helps retain moisture and prevents further damage by preventing protein loss. This mask is definitely something you should try on these cold days, because seasonal stress can really affect your hair and make it prone to breakage and dryness.
How: 5 tbsp of each, massage your scalp and then apply what's left on the rest of your hair, leave for 30 minutes, wash and condition as usual. 
Tip: Add a couple of drops of coconut oil in your conditioner for better results!

- Cocoa powder dry shampoo
Best for: oily/dirty hair
When you're in a hurry or just too lazy to wash your hair, this is a life-saver. Plus, it smells amazing!
How: 2 tbsp arrowroot/cornstach, 2 tbsp cocoa powder. Mix with a spoon and apply it to your roots with an old, unused makeup brush. If you don't have any, you can still apply it with your fingers but you'll need to comb your hair afterwards to make sure it spreads evenly. 

Honey + sugar face and lip scrub
Best for: glowing skin, soft lips
This is one of my favorites. It is no secret that sugar is an excellent exfoliator, however it can be a little too aggressive for your beloved lips. Honey balances everything out by making sure to keep your lips soft while the sugar does the job and removes all the dead skin cells on and around your lips. This can also be used on your face by adding 3-4 drops of lemon juice!
How: On the face : 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey, 3 drops of lemon juice. Apply and leave for 5-10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water, and admire your amazing glow à la J-Lo! // On the lips (no more than once a week) : 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp brown sugar. Mix in a small bowl, slowly massage your lips and rinse. 

- Banana, honey and lemon juice mask
Best for: glowing skin, moisture, anti-aging
This mask is perfect to soothe irritated skin and provide moisture. Bananas are astringent and contain vitamin A, B, E and potassium, all of which help hydrate the skin, get rid of dark spots and delay aging signs. Honey, on the other hand, helps nourish the skin while lemon juice reduces the appearance of acne scars. A perfect combo!
How: 1 mashed banana, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lemon juice. Mix them all together and apply them lovingly onto your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

- Rose water toner
Best for: all skin types and concerns
What's better than ending your skincare routine on the lovely floral note of rose water? It is the perfect ingredient to soothe your skin after a rough, long day. It adds a beautiful glow to the face, it's filled with antioxidants and it's also amazingly soothing and rejuvenating. Still doubtful? Know that rose water also tightens the pores, can help prevent aging signs and reduce puffiness. It can even be used as a setting spray. In other words, rose water truly is a miracle ingredient!
How: Apply a few drops on a cotton pad or a cotton ball, then rub it on your face immediately after cleansing it.

November 22, 2015

Winter Beauty Wishlist

November 22, 2015

With December being close, winter is just around the corner. I feel like it's a reasonably good excuse to get new stuff, especially with all the amazing holiday collections being released. So here are some products that are definitely on my to-buy list this season!

1. Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection - I feel like the Chapman sisters did a really good job with these brushes, aesthetically speaking. This new design takes them to a whole other level, and since the quality is already amazing on the regular ones, I can already tell this new collection will be just as good!

2. Prada Candy Perfume - I have been wanting to buy this perfume as well as YSL Manifesto. The second one being off my checklist, I desperately need to get this one. I am a sweet perfume kinda gal, and I love the fact that this one smells like vanilla sugar and caramel without being too overwhelming. 

3. NARS + Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette - NARS blushes are one the most long-wearing and flattering blushes there is on the market, which is one of the main reasons I want to give this palette a try. It offers so much versatility, with one highlight shade, two contour shades and four blushes, the price tag seems more than justified. Besides, one can never own too many blushes - at least that's the motto I tend to live by!

4. Erborian CC Crème HD - I have tried this a couple of months ago and I fell in love with it. It leaves my face looking very healthy and glowing, and gives the perfect amount of coverage as well. This would prove to be really useful on those days when you don't feel like wearing any foundation but still want to look decent!

5. Jo Malone Honey Nectarine Blossom Candle - Because of the high price tag, I haven't bought anything from this brand yet, but the nice florally, fruity scent of this candle might just be the push I needed to finally indulge. 

6. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil - Being half Moroccan, Argan Oil is one of my holy grails for haircare and has always been. The only thing I don't like about it is that it feels a little heavy to use on my combination skin. This product is apparently very lightweight and gets praises all over the blogosphere for its moisturizing power. I would really like to see if it is worth the hype!

7. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub - I've been pretty content with my DIY honey and sugar lip scrub so far, but this one tastes amazing and I'd really like to give it a try, especially considering I wear a lot of matte lipsticks during winter.

8. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - I have been lusting after this powder for such a long time because of how much it has been raved about. I am curious to find out whether or not it would pass the test on my oily T-Zone.

9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Holiday 2015 Edition - Do I really need to get started on this? I mean, it is Hourglass, the quality of their products is phenomenal. This palette contains six exquisite shades, including plum, warm pink and bronze colors, making it perfect for winter time. Plus, I don't own any of the other Ambient Lighting Palettes!

What about you, fellow beauty addicts? Anything on your wishlist for winter/Christmas? 

November 1, 2015

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush - Something About Berry

November 1, 2015

Recently, I was browsing through Sephora's website and found this beauty on sale for 16€ instead of 28€, in the shade "Something About Berry". I've actually always wanted to try it out so I decided to dive in once and for all!

Too Faced is known for its eye-catchingly cute and girly packaging, but also for its excellent quality, which is why it's one of my all-time favorite makeup brands. Needless to say I had very high expectations when first trying out this product.

This blush comes in a lovely heart-shaped box and is made of three colors - mauve, coral, and a warm, deep magenta - which can either be swirled together or applied separately. I have tried both methods, and I prefer the first. It gives a more natural glow to the skin, but if you're feeling a more dramatic look, you will appreciate using the magenta shade on its own.

Since it is a baked blush, it is extremely pigmented (more than I expected it to be!), so fairer skin tones would probably appreciate applying it sparingly. The silky soft finish gives a warm pink flush to the cheeks and the luminous sheen isn't glittery or over-the-top. 

Finally, the lasting power of this blush is quite good and I did not experience a lot of fading after wearing it for six hours (without any primer or setting spray). Overall, I think it would look flattering on anyone and I am really looking forward to using this, especially during winter time!

Lasting power 

May 13, 2015

How to overcome writer's block : 5 tips

May 13, 2015

It's easy to get stuck in a rut and lack inspiration when you're a blogger. It's okay, because we've all been there! I've been through this so many times, and I think I finally found a way to overcome this, so I thought sharing these few tips & tricks could be useful to some of you!

1. Lists : the best thing you could do when you run out of ideas is to write down a list of ideas as they come along in the most random places. Sometimes you're just sitting in the subway, in a restaurant, or with friends and BOOM! An idea comes to your head. Write it down, you might need it later. The best thing is to keep a little notebook with you so that when you feel stuck, you have a few topics ready.

2. Reading other blogs/watch YouTube videos : this one is a classic. Sometimes watching videos or reading other people's blogs can give you a few ideas, and scrolling through the Twitter beauty hashtags can help as well. Of course, don't copy, but try to get inspired instead! There are also some amazing posts out there giving some writing tips and ideas, for example, this one.

3. Thinking outside the box : if you've spent hours trying to churn out a blog post but nothing comes to your mind, it's time to be bold. Think about a subject that you've never written about, that is out of your comfort zone. And then do it. It's always nice to cover different topics. You've been doing reviews for a while? Switch it up. 

4. Getting some air : going out is the best way to clear your head and stop yourself from feeling frustrated. You usually feel refreshed afterwards and it could help with your writing.

5. If all fails... don't force it! It's okay. Sometimes we just don't feel like it, we don't want to write, and it's totally fine. It's better to write at a time when you feel good about it than forcing yourself to do it. Blogging should always be a pleasure and not a chore! 

I hope these tips were in some way helpful to any of you and I wish you all a happy blogging!

May 11, 2015

New In : The Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlight & Cabana Boy blush

May 11, 2015

Hey guys! I just went a little crazy lately in the makeup department, but hey, treat yo self, right? So I've been wanting to test out some more TheBalm products, but as always, it's quite hard to get your hand on this brand around here. But the Internet can be an amazing place sometimes - well, not for my wallet though! I got the Mary-Lou Manizer highlight and the Cabana Boy blush.

First of all, can we talk about PIGMENTATION ? The highlighter is insanely pigmented, so much that I always have to be careful with it and tap off the excess. It's crazy, but in a good way. It leaves a nice golden, champagne glow to the skin and can definitely be built up for a more dramatic look. I don't have that many highlighters to begin with, so I'm glad to count this one in my tiny collection.

The blush is out of my comfort zone, to be honest. I am very used to coral tones like NARS Orgasm and Milani Luminoso, but I decided to change it up a bit by trying out this one. It's a true, deep rose-toned blush with very warm undertones, so it might not be suitable for everyone. It's a little bit shimmery, but nothing over-the-top, and again, the pigmentation is extraordinary.

Here are the swatches :

Overall i'm really happy with these two and I'm looking forward to splurging on other products from theBalm! I'd especially recommend the blush to people with warmer skin tones, but the highlight would look flattering on anyone.

May 3, 2015

How running changed my life

May 3, 2015
When I was younger, I used to despise running. I really hated it. Mainly because I wasn't a really fast runner, and as a perfectionist, I would get discouraged and tell myself that maybe it wasn't for me. I also was suuuuper lazy.

Then, around the age of 13, I developed an eating disorder which had a dramatic impact on my entire life. And exercising excessively goes hand in hand with disordered eating patterns, so I started running for all the wrong reasons at the beginning. I developed a severe exercise addiction, and working out was hardly a pleasure. It was more a way to punish myself and make up for whatever I had eaten that day. A few years later, I made the decision to start recovering. This is where running probably saved my life. With all the ups and downs that come with recovery, running became my escape, my way out. For a brief moment, I wasn't thinking about anything. I shifted the focus from the physical to the mental, and I slowly started to let go of calorie-counting to focus on the way I really felt in the moment. 

As I was getting better, I decided to sign up for a half-marathon, and surprisingly, this was an extremely helpful step to my recovery. I realized that not eating enough was really affecting my running abilities, that it was making me weak, and that if I truly wanted to make the best out of this experience, I had to invest even more in my recovery. So yes, running helped me recover from an eating disorder and depression

Now that I'm fully recovered, I usually run four times a week, and running has become my best friend. Why ?
  1. It's the partner that never leaves your side : whenever you feel like everything's going in the wrong direction in your life, you just tie your shoe laces and run. You don't need anything else, just you and your body (don't mind the dumbbells on the picture above, I was working out that day haha).
  2. Your body becomes your best friendbecause you learn to listen to it  and to push your limits each time. 
  3. It makes you happy : when running, you learn to relax, to let go, to feel truly free. It's amazing how great a simple run can make you feel, how it can truly brighten your day with that endorphin-kick.
  4. It helps you sleep better : I have terrible sleeping habits, and i also tend to overthink at night. But after a long run, you feel so exhausted that you fall asleep right away, and sleep like a baby all night.
  5. You get to meet adorable people : the running-community is seriously one of the best communities on this planet. People you meet on casual runs, at races, etc come in all shapes and sizes, all ages, and are very supportive, which only makes you love the sport even more. It's actually less competitive than you probably think, which is very encouraging! 
  6. It teaches you to always look ahead of you instead of behind you : as stupid as it may sound, when you run, you look at where you're going, you don't turn back, and I think it's a really valuable life-lesson.
  7. You feel accomplished : I've never regretted stepping out of the door for a run. No matter how long you run, you feel really proud of yourself afterwards.
  8. You get to connect with nature : I cannot stress this out enough. Sure, I sometimes run on a treadmill when I have no other choice, but nothing compares to running outside, enjoying some fresh air and being in touch with nature. It boosts your mood and makes you feel refreshed.
  9. And finally, it's good for your health. But that, you already knew, right?
Sure, it's an individual sport, but it's perfect for people who are introverted like me and enjoy spending time alone. If you run, then you're a runner. Doesn't matter how fast, how long, doesn't matter what your body looks like, you're a runner. Why not get started ? It's either a love or hate relationship, but you can grow fond of it!

What about you? What's your thoughts on running ? I'd love to hear your opinion :) 

April 26, 2015

Everyday Makeup Products

April 26, 2015
Today I wanted to show you what I usually wear on day-to-day basis, when I don't feel like doing anything over the top. I will say this, though, my routine changes a lot. If I want to wear bold plum lipstick, blue eyeliner or yellow eyeshadow, even to college, then so be it. This is just what I use when I want something more simple/discrete.

First, I start by applying NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab for foundation. I love this one, ever since I got it last year it has become my favorite foundation ever. The staying power is insane, it has incredible coverage while looking natural at the same time. The only downside is that my skin does tend to get oily quite quickly with this, which is why I make sure to powder my T-zone with Soap & Glory One Heck of A Blot after applying NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer. I could also go on and on about this but I don't want to ruin the purpose of this post, so maybe I'll do a comparison with MAC Pro Longwear in another post.

Moving on to cheeks, I usually apply Benefit Hoola Bronzer, I've actually hit pan with that one because it's so flattering! I have quite medium/olive skin but it suits everyone. I then reach for NARS Blush in 'Orgasm' which gives a perfect blush and highlight at the same time. 

For eyes, I usually start by using the Urban Decay Primer Potion which makes my eyeshadow basically stay on all day! As you can see it's almost empty now, but I've had this since last year so it's really worth the price. I then use my Urban Decay Naked Palette to create a warm nude/neutral eyeshadow look. I then thinly line my eyes in a cat-eye shape with Essence 2 in 1 double-tip eyeliner, before putting on mascara on by top and bottom lashes. For top lashes, I use Elizabeth Arden 'Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment' Mascara, which - as the name suggests - contains a treatment to care for your lashes and make them longer. I really love how long and full my lashes look while using this. For bottom lashes, it's also perfect, but I prefer to reach for Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara which does a great job at separating the lashes one by one.

Finally, I finish up with brows, and lips. For brows, my all-time favorite product is Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in the shade Dark Brown. If you don't know that yet, I'm a brow obsessed girl, and this is the part of my makeup that I usually end up loving or hating, there's no in between! To make sure they stay in place for the whole day, I use Essence 'Make me Brow' Gel. I then finish the look with a nude lipstick or lip pencil. Lately, it has been this Revlon Colorbust Lipstick in the shade Peach, but I also switch it up with NYX 'Natural' lip pencil.

That's it! I actually haven't been wearing that much makeup lately because I don't have class that much, and I'm either at home or working out. But that's pretty much what I would usually go for. I hope you enjoyed this post :)

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