Monday 9 June 2014

SUMMER SHADES: Kate Moss Spring Lipstick by Rimmel in #16

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Hello guys! I seriously don’t know how to start this post. I hope you’ve been doing well. I know I’ve taken a BIG break from the blogosphere, but that’s due to having two jobs that have kept me busy from early in the morning ‘till late at night. But I’m not gonna sit here and apologise now am I? I’d better make a separate post about it. Now, HELLOOOO summer! The temperature’s rising, summer clothes are out and of course, what a better way to switch your mood than to put on lighter, brighter make up? I’m all for the magenta, fuchsia, bright pinks, corals and all those summery shades, but there’s one particular product that works perfect for me during day and night. The award goes to Rimmel’s Long Lasting Lipstick by Kate Moss in no16!

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The Good 
First of all, the packaging, while pretty standard, looks very chic and has Kate’s signature on the lid. The lipstick was a gift from my friend, as it’s incredibly difficult to get my hand on Rimmel in Greece. The first thing I noticed about it is (well, I was gonna say the pigmentation, but mind you,) the smell. I understand that it may not appeal to everyone but I actually kind of like it. It’s got that old, I-stole-it-from-my-mom kind of smell, but it fades after a few minutes. The second thing is probably the pigmentation. It goes opaque in one application, which I thought was quite strange, considering it’s not from the matte collection, but has a glossy finish. Its texture is very creamy and smooth and almost glides on to your lips. The colour itself is truly beautiful and oh so summery. It’s describes by most people as a bright, but not neon bright, corally pink. Due to my lips light pigmentation, it shows up more coral on me, which I think I like more.

The Bad 
Unfortunately, there are two negative things I had to include in this post about the lipstick. The first one (and probably what pisses me the most) is that it accentuates any dry or flaky areas you may have and as it’s a light shade, it may not look as appealing. The other negative thing is that, while I do find it very smooth on application, the formula itself can be quite drying after a while. Having quite dry lips ‘by nature’ I wasn’t very fond of the results. But that can be fixed by applying a clear lip balm before the lipstick for better results.

This is an incredible product to have, as it’s quite affordable, and its negatives can be fixed just by priming your lips before applying the lipstick. The colour very summer appropriate and can be worn during the day, or as a nice nude to accompany your smokey eyes during the night. The range has so many colour and I’m tempted to order more.

That was my take on the lipstick lovelies. Have you tried any of the Kate Moss lipsticks? What do you think of them? Let me know!

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Sunday 26 January 2014

Weekend FOTD #6

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Hola gorgeous people!
It's finally snowing in Greece! Hip Hop Hurray! Let the childness begin!
So since I'm in such a great mood, I thought I'd make another FOTD post, 'cause it's been a long, long time since I posted the last one. Without further ado, here is the name up break-down:

Glow by Dr. Brandt ruby crystal retinol hydracrèm on top of moisturiser
Oriflame Adaptive Foundation in Light Ivory Vicky Dermablend Concealer MAC Select Sheer/Loose powder in NW20

MAC Patina on the lid
MAC Tet-a-Tint in the crease
MAC Honey Lust on top of patina as a wash of colour
MAC Vanilla as a brow bone highlight
MAC Phloof! on the inner corner
Essence Kajal Pencil in Teddy on the lower waterline
Rainbow Priorities Glitter eye pencil in N508 on upper lashline
Essence Maximum Definition Volume Mascara in Black

MAC blush in Harmony to contour
MAC blush in Coygirl
MAC Soft & Gentle to highlight

MAC Snob
Sephora Glossy Gloss in Tangy Bite

And because I'm such a poser(sigh), here you go:

What do you guys think of this look? Do you like it?
I hope you're doing great!

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Saturday 25 January 2014

Best of 2013: Books

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Hello everyone!
I am determined to finish the series (2013 faves) before January ends. Things have been happening in my personal life and blogging wasn’t my top priority. I’m sure I don’t need to apologize everytime, as I know you guys do appreciate more a good post that a ‘forced’ one.

So, books have become something like my best friend this and last year. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep well at night, if I haven’t read a single page of a book. 2013 was the year of FANTASY. I do seriously believe it’s become of my favourite genres out there. And so I thought I’d do something a little bit different this time and show you my favorite books tht I read in 2013.
Without further ado, let’s get cracking:

1.”Name of the Wind”/”Wise Man’s Fear” – Patrick Rothfuss

Well, my biggest discovery and along with that my favourite discovery has to be Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve only read two of his books(and still impatiently waiting for the third one), but I guess I’m pretty hooked. I like his style, his characters, his world. Pretty much everything.
So, basically these two books are part of the ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ trilogy. The main character, Kvothe, I fell in love with. He is heroic, he is smart, he is a rebel, he is legendary, but he is also human. The books describe the life of Kvothe and how stories about him and how the stuff he did, made him the legend he is now. I absolutely love it. It is fantasy, but it’s not ‘in your face’ No magic as we know it, no dragons, no pixie dust. It might as well be real.(*sigh).
Not to ramble, you NEED to read these. It’s vital. I am currently ‘dying’ while waiting for the third and final installment of the series(what a drama queen). Thank god it’s coming out this year! You can see my full and detailed review on Goodreads here

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2. Rage of a Demon King - Raymond E. Feist
First of all, I have to say that I am a huge fan of Mr Feist. I’m sure most of you know him, but if you don’t hey, you do now! Along with Rothfuss I declare them two favourite authors of 2013. So basically his stories are set in another medieval-magician-kings-queen world called Midkemia. In 2013 I finished the second series/saga which is called ‘The Serpentwar Saga’. To be honest, I was quite disappointed with the series as a whole, compared to the previous one, ‘The Riftwar Saga’.
BUT, one book had to make the cut and that is the third out of the four, ‘Rage of a Demon King’. It’s got action, mystery, magic, wars, love and friendship all in one. It’s the book that I enjoyed the most as it actually gave several answers and was the most entertaining. I’m not gonna tell you to go buy and read it as it wouldn’t make sense as a book on its own so instead, I am telling you to go check out Feist as an author. He is the first author that actually shocked me while reading his books. As in, eyes and mouth-open-wow look.

3. Inferno - Dan Brown

Yep, that’s right. I caved and bought the Infamous ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown. First of all I was super excited because it is set in the ever so beautiful Florence. I’m sure you all know him but now, Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Not to say much, along with a doctor named Sienna Brooks they basically try to save the world from a malicious thread.
The story is quite nice and a bit shocking at the end. Plus there’s a whole lotta Dante’s Inferno! Hurray! Dan Brown is not my kind of style when it comes to reading, but this book was seriously entertaining.

4. Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell
This book made me realize how much I love mystery/crime. With all the fantasy, I had completely forgotten about it and didn’t buy any books of that genre. The is part of a series as well, the ‘Kurt Wallander’, where basically the reader follows the cases of Inspector Kurt Wallander, but contrary to the other series I’ve mentioned, they are stand-alone books. When the book is finished, the case is solved. This particular one has to do with a brutal murder in a Swedish village. Mr Mankell did an exceptional job here.
The book is full of mystery, is quite easy to read and very enjoyable. The thing I like the most is that you really do connect to the characters. I really shouldn’t give too much on the books without spoilers so I shall end my rambling here.

5. The elephants dance – Sophia Nikolaikou
Politics, journalism, skepticism, all are perfectly bonded in this book. It is my first book of this author and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The elephants dance is a greek saying depicting that the higher classes or people with power(politicians etc) can step on the lower ones(normal people) and they can very much twist the truth, hide it and stitch it to their own measures. I wasn’t particularly fond of the ending but I finished the book very soon, compared to the other ones. I am afraid that if you cannot read greek, you won’t be able to read it but hey! I has worth to mention! You can read my full review on this(in greek) here.

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6. The Time of My Life - Cecelia Ahern
Of course, the list couldn’t be complete without chick-lit, which is my guilty pleasure. The award goes to Cecelia Ahern, which is one of the best chick-lit authors out there in my opinion. I read this book for the second time. It centers around Lucy Silchester, who is unemployed, has recelty broken up and she’s basically a mess and can’t move on.
The first time I was actually surprised that it make my cry so hard, as I’ve never cried while reading a book. I thought it was because I was going through a break-up. But no. I read it again and still cried. And still laughed. This is my favourite book of hers. I like it even more that P.S. I love you.(what?) The humour is astonishing as well. It’s so witty that I was actually teary eyed. It’s light hearted so I think most people could read this. Not to mention the GORGEOUS cover.

So that is my list of favourite book I read in 2013. I hope you guys like it.

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning to? Let me know!

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Tuesday 31 December 2013

Best of 2013: Skincare, bodycare, haircare etc

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Ok ok, I know I'm a little bit late on this but hey! Prolonged holiday cheer!
I've decided that this here I'm going to split my favourite to at least three parts (skincare etc, make up, book and lifesyle maybe?), so tonight I'm going to show you my favourite skincare products of 2013! There have been lots of discoveries, but to me, the biggest discovery of all was to actually rediscover products I had forgotten I even had and loved, which are bigger and better than any other innovative product that's coming out! So, let's begin!

1. L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil
The reason why I tried this is because I was either reading rave reviews or bad one. There was nothing in between. So I thought, what the heck, let's try it for myself! I was also super chuffed that my local HC had 20% off all L'Oreal skincare, so it was meant to be. Not to ramble more, 'cause I'm planning on reviewing this, this is AMAZEBALLS! It melts your makeup right off, cleanses your skin like hell, and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. Compared to other cleansing oils in the market, this is definitely one of the best options that also comes in a quarter of the price! I will definitely picking more of this over the next months!

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2. Bioten cleansing gel-cream with Cotton Extract
Seriously, what can I say about this. I am in my third tube and when it runs out, I will buy more. It's inexpensive, organic, moisturising, smells DIVINE and can also be used as a make up remover as well as a cleanser. Read my full review on this here

3. Sunsilk Leave-in Conditioner for dry-damaged hair

I don't often use Sunsilk products, but for some reason, this little baby could not NOT be in this list. It smells amazing and moisturises my dry ends like no other. I wasn't really impressed by the other products in the range except for this, which I'm already finishing the fourth bottle. A little goes a long way and it's quite inexpensive too. Seriously, check this out if you haven't already.

4. Garnier Hydra Match moistiriser for normal skin(blue)
Despite me having dry skin, I have found that this baby moisturises it like hell. Don't get me wrong, I'm no weirdo, the moisturiser for dry skin in the range didn't do a thing to my thirsty skin. I'm always on the look out for new things to est out and maybe find the 'perfect' moisturiser, but until then, this little guy stays on my vanuty! Read my full review here

5. Balea body scrub in Indian Chai

I have tried several body scrubs over the last few months and I only keep getting back to this. It exfoliates well, leaves my skin incredibly soft and smells like heaven. Cherry on the top: It's so freaking affordable, but so hard to find. As this particular one is limited edition, I'm gonna ask my dear best friend to fetch me some more to try from Germany! Read my full review here

6. Garnier Beauty Oil
One thing: If this ever came out in perfume, I would buy it. It's so fruity and feminine! It is the perfect thing for summer, but you can also wear it during winter. It doesn't crease, doesn't stain clothes and absorbs immediately. Definitely one of the best products Garnier's released this year.

7. Nail Polish Remover Sponges

This is only photographed, because it's the only one I got right now, but seriously, nail polish remover sponges have been huge this year. I have tried the most I've spotted here. From the more pricey to the more affordable. And they all do the job. No fuss. Shimmer nail polish? Off. Glitter? Off. This little boy here cost me 1.50 from Jumbo(how embarassing) and it's actually pretty good! All hail to polish remover sponges!

8.Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser

I am so stupid I forgot to even photograph this, but seriously... it is AMAZEBALLS! I have the ones that's aimed at normal skin, just because I find the typical blue nivea creme scent the one aimed at dry skin has, appalling. It's soooo good. No fuss. Get in the shower, wash, then put this one, then rinse off and voila! Full review is coming soon. Promise.

9. Schwarzkopf Gliss Heat Protectant Spray

I don't particularly have any big problems with my hair except for dry end, thus I don't need to use alota products. But I regularly use hair straighteners, whether that is to straighten or curl my hair. This products, I've been using for almost 2 years and it keeps my hair in better condition, plus it prevent my ends from splitting this often! a must-have!

10. Kings & Queens Queen Elizabeth Sugar Body Butter

Oh my. I actually discovered this in December but it was so good not to mention it. I use it daily. Day and night. The scent is quite sweet and sugary, thus the name, and it is incredible moisturising. The thing that love about this is that it feels quite luxurious really and such a pamper for your skin. I am now eager to try more of their stuff. They all smell amazing!

11. Noxema Memories Deodorant

OK. The most random thing someone could fit in their list is probably deodorant. But hey, I always keep coming back to this. Whatever new deodorant I try, is not nearly as good as this. I'm sure most of you are familiar with this, but if you're not, then please do try it! The scent is lovely too!

That's it boys and girls, for my skincare, bodycare, etc favourited of 2013! I hope you're having a wonderfull New Years Eve with your loved ones and an even better New Years!
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Wednesday 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

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Just a quick post to wish you all lovely people Happy Christmas and a wonderful holiday season! I am having a lovely time with family and dear ones thus far. Tomorrow a new post has been scheduled to come up so watch out for that!
Now go have tons of fun with your dear ones, eat lots of food and have no regrets!

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