Friday, 21 July 2017

My favourite summer vegan perfume! 'Tahitian Gardenia' by Pacifica



The sense of smell is very underestimated. It clearly isn't as important in our life as vision or hearing are, but this sense can take us on a journey to a different world. I truly believe that scents can determine our mood and feelings. Some of them are uplifting, some relaxing. Some rather depressing 😃
I love perfumes and the magic they ooze around people.  I am extremely sensitive though! Most of the mainstream fragrances give me headaches or make me nauseous. Or both! A bad smell can really ruin my mood. Not to mention that a vast majority of perfumes is not cruelty-free!
Finding a delicious, unique cruelty-free or vegan scent very is tough. Luckily, Pacifica is ready to accommodate a client like me!



As Pacifica's products aren't very widely available in the UK, (except some online stores and selected Holland and Barett branches) I have purchased the Tahitian Gardenia perfume online. Without giving it a sniff before (what a risk 😁). As soon as the perfume arrived, I fell in love with it!
It is an exotic combination of Jasmine, Sweet Orange, Tea Leaves and Ylang Ylang. The first thing that comes to my mind, when I smell it, is a group of hippies dancing in Tahiti. Yes, Frankie is there, too! It is a scent of happiness, joy, relax, and freedom. Floral with a bit of citrusy zest to it, too. It's fun and elegance in one!
The bottle really represents the scent very well. It's pretty, it's fun and it is quite small so easy to store. The longevity of Tahitian Gardenia is decent (it lasts around 5h on me). I wish it was a bit more long-lasting, but for its price (£20 for 29 ml) is great.
This certainly is my new favourite summer fragrance!



I am excited to check out more Pacifica products in the future, especially their perfumes!
What is your favourite vegan or cruelty free fragrance? comment down below. Thanks for reading! x





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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

'Girls can do anything a boy can do and more'! 'Anne with an E' review

Amybeth McNulty in an opening of 'Anne with an E'. Photo credit: Netflix and CBC Television

I was lucky enough to discover the power of literature as a young girlOne of my favourite pieces of furniture in my family house was an old bookshelf in my bedroom. It was filled with books. Some of them were old, some new, but all so special to me. One of the novels I loved the most as a child was the 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I will never forget it's cover- a beautiful red-headed young girl sitting on a porch of a beautiful house, filled with plants and flowers. It was intriguing for a youngster like me. So magical. It looked like this pretty girl with plaits wangled her way into the Secret Garden. 'Anne of Green Gables' is one of those books which will always have a place in my heart. I was captivated by a story of an orphan with great imagination, great dreams and even greater personality. It was sometime in April I have read on one of the blogs that Netflix and CBC are coming out with a series based on one of my favourite books of all time. I was so excited!

Amybeth McNulty as Anne Shirley in 'Anne with an E'    Photo credit: Netflix and CBC Television

The first question that appeared in my mind after I've heard about the series was- who is going to play Anne? This character is so unique and quirky that bad choice of an actress would have ruined the series. But Amybeth McNulty is great! 
Her charisma and natural talent, along with great acting skills, helped her to create Anne I love. With her pride, garrulity, forgetfulness, flippancy, sublimity and her love for pathos.My heart grows with excitement when I see that the new generation of actors is just so good.
The cast of this series is fantastic. They all are just the way I imagined them. Marilla (Geraldine James) distinguished and cold. And always shy Matthew (R.H. Thomson). Diana, with her black curls and cute dimples in her cheeks (Dalila Bela). And Gilbert! Oh, Gilbert. Lucas Jade Zumann is a dream Gilbert. So intelligent, withdrawn, noble young gentleman. Do I need to mention that I had a crush on Gilbert growing up? The script of 'Anne with an E' is very well written. I liked some of the slight changes and additions to the original story. Some of them were a little bit incomprehensible to me. One thing I have to say, though, no other adaptation of 'Anne of Green Gables' is like this.

Dalila Bela and Amybeth McNulty in 'Anne with an E'    Photo credit: Netflix and CBC Television

The cinematography and edit of 'Anne with an E' are just beautiful. I love the modern way of filming and the sublime game the light and the shadows play to portray Anne's feelings and emotions. So clever. 
The costumes and scenography are excellent and totally believable for the period. 
I can not stop to enthuse over the incredible opening of this series. It is breathtaking, poetic and symbolic! Thank you, Alan Williams and Brad Kunkle for bringing a bit of magic to my life! The beauty of their art, combined with an iconic song from 1996 ('Ahead by a Century' by the Tragically Hip), created an intro which certainly is ahead of a century!
I adore the powerful feminist message this series sends, as well as the fact that the series creators didn't remain indifferent to child abuse and bullying.
However, this is a very bleak adaptation of  'Anne of Green Gables'. What the series is lacking, in my opinion, is just a bit of humour. The novel is a lighthearted comedy, and to me, this is its best quality. This is what made me reread this book over and over. I laughed a lot reading the novel, but I only slightly smiled a few times, watching the series. In 'Anne with an E' Green Gables is not Anne's safe haven anymore. It is almost as dreary as her past life. As much as I understand the reason behind it, I wish the series was just a bit more colourful. 

Nonetheless, it was a great to see a modern take on my beloved story, and I am happy I got to spend a weekend with my long- time- no -see- friend.



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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Packing your baby swim bag


Hi there, if you're reading this post it means that I have convinced you to join the baby swimming lessons! Awesome! I am sure you will love it.

Here is a list of what to pack:

For your baby:

  • swimsuit,
  • towel,
  • swimming nappies,
  • dressing gown or a hooded towel,
  • nappies,
  • nappy cream,
  • wipes,
  • changing mat,
  • spare set of clothes (in case the clothes he/ she  came in get wet- extremely common in the swimming pool's changing room, right?)  :) 
  • cotton buds to clean and dry baby's ears after swimming (be careful when using them, though),
  • small, waterproof toy or a dummy (if you use one) to keep him/ her busy while you are getting dressed  
  • something to eat: a warm bottle of formula (if you are bottle-feeding your baby) or a snack (if he/she already started solids). I always breastfeed my son right after getting dressed;

For you:

  • swimsuit,
  • towel,
  • hairbrush,
  • hairband,
  • Flip Flops,
  • face cream and makeup (optional),
  • spare contact lenses or glasses (with the case),
  • change for the lockers and car park,
  • member card or any other proof of pre-payment for the course,
  • a bottle of water and a snack. Swimming stimulates appetite, and you may have no time/ opportunity to buy anything. Plus, ironically, gym cafes often offer only unhealthy food.


If you want to know how joining baby swimming lesson changed our family life, click here.


MY TOP TIPS:

pack all items in order of using them,
remember that most of the lockers are quite narrow, so try not to over pack,
→ if you are going to the swimming pool but not joining the classes, take a bath toy with you. It will make the experience a lot more fun for your baby.


For more tips on how to arrange a stress-free swimming lesson, click here.


Have you joined the baby swimming classes yet? What do you like about it the most? How is your baby finding it? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading! <3






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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Why are the baby swimming classes so much fun?



Hi, I am here today to share with you all my thoughts on baby swimming classes, which we have been attending for 3,5 months now. This has been one of the best experiences I got to share with my best little friend so far. 
I was so excited to take him to the swimming pool, yet so worried. The day before our first lesson I was unimaginably stressed and couldn't stop thinking about every possible accident that could have happened. I was afraid that my son hates swimming. Oh boy, I was so wrong! He loved it. He loved every second of it. 
After the lesson, he was equally happy and exhausted.That day he had four naps in total  (it only happened once before- on the day he was born!).


Positive impact on family life

Joining the swimming classes had a massive impact on our lives. First of all- my son sleeps much better. He has a never-ending energy and nothing makes him tired. Thanks to the swimming lessons, he started falling asleep earlier and sleeps more during the day.
He is very sociable and loves interacting with other kids. He is invariably happy to see them every week. Our swimming teacher is lovely, and she encourages learning through play.
Moreover, my son now enjoys taking baths even more than before. He blows bubbles, plays with the toys and loves to splash! (Guess who's the target?)
I love watching my son swimming and excercising in water. I am very proud of him and the progress he made. Joining the classes had a big influence on my mood.I love swimming and being in the water with my son really relaxes my body and my mind.


Stress-free swimming

This will be a new experience for both you and your baby, so you need to plan ahead and prepare everything well to avoid unnecessary stress. 

1. Before you book a class, phone the swimming pool and find out all the details. You need to know if the water is the right temperature (about 31-32degrees C), if there is an on-site car park available, if there are baby changing rooms and a separate room (or larger lockers) to store the pushchair. 

2. A few days in advance check if you have all the stuff you need (baby swimsuit, swimming nappies etc.). Don't leave the shopping for the last-minute


3. Pack your bag the night before the first lesson (click here for the 'what to pack' checklist).


4. Choose comfortable clothes for both you and your baby.


5. Remember that baby's health and safety comes first. Keep an eye on him and don't let him drink the water from the pool (very odd, but many kids love it). Wrap him up in a towel or robe right after you take him out of the water. If your baby seems unwell, do not take him to the swimming pool.



Enjoy it! Swimming with your baby will be so much fun! x






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Monday, 12 June 2017

Liquid lipsticks I did not like


Liquid lipsticks conquered the makeup world a while ago. As a huge fan of matte lips, I am always looking for new and exciting products. Some of them positively surprised me- like my beloved Golden Rose Longstay Liquid Matte Lipsticks. Today, though, I will write about those, who were a real let down.


HOURGLASS OPAQUE ROUGE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN 'BALLET'


This is probably the biggest disappointment in my makeup life. I had such a high hopes for this product. The luxurious packaging and beautiful shade of pink tempted me,
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst liquid lipsticks I have ever used. Not only it is uncomfortable and drying on the lips but also starts to flake as soon as it sets.
The wand picks up such a small amount of product which makes the application a real hassle. Sadly, I can not even do a proper lip swatch for you as the lipstick has dried out 3 months after opening.
A real let down.


MAKEUP REVOLUTION RETRO LUX KITS IN 'MAGNIFICENT' AND 'ROYAL'


I really wanted to love these liquid lipsticks! I ordered them as soon as they came out as I was obsessed with the swatches I saw online. Unfortunately, they are everything I dislike in liquid lipsticks. They have very thick consistency and apply patchily. They are very uncomfortable to wear and start to crumble immediately.
The lip pencils are way too creamy and they break easily. Again, the colours are amazing, but the quality is very poor. I have read a few positive reviews of the lighter colours, but I am not sure if I will give them a go. Worth to mention that the lip kits retail for £6 and they consist of a liquid lipstick and a matching lip pencil.



Have you discovered any exciting lip products lately? Or, perhaps, have any disappoint you?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading! 





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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

'Woman' stands for strength, creativity, intelligence and independence!

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the Netflix Original Series 'Grace and Frankie'    Photo: Netflix

Are you looking for something to lift you up? To cheer you up? Something to make you want to turn your life upside down and kick start a new, better existence? Look no longer! 'Grace and Frankie' is what you need! 
This is a story about two couples in their 70s (do not close the page yet!) facing the hurricane of their lifetimes! And it all starts with an announcement- the men decide to leave their wives and start a new life together. This could be a plot for an Oscar-winning drama/tearjerker. But it is an uplifting comedy!
Instead of spoiling the plot, I 'll tell you about all the reasons I love 'Grace and Frankie' and convince you to start watching it right now. 

First of all, the series has a fantastic cast! All of the actors got a chance to show off their impressive skills as the characters created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris are incredible. I love all of them, but my favourites are:

Sol (Sam Waterston)- he melts my heart. I love everything about him! The way he moves, the way he talks. I grin from ear to ear only when I look at him. What an exceptional performance by Sam Waterston! 

Frankie (Lily Tomlin) always stays true to herself. She is the sweetest woman on Earth. A free spirit, hippie and an artist. She is hilarious. 


Grace (Jane Fonda) makes me regret not having an exercise routine and dietary self-control. She is so chic and beautiful. Goals!

And Brianna (June Diane Raphael). Well, she is a bad ass. A likeable villain.

Another selling point of this series is its script. 
It is full of jokes and a dark sense of humour. It is witty and well-written. I'll bet people will be quoting 'Grace and Frankie' for decades.

Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in the Netflix Original series 'Grace and Frankie'.     Photo: Netfilx

'Grace and Frankie' shows gay love 
in an unusual, for mainstream productions, way.  The relationship between Sol and Robert is neither too romantic nor excessively sexual. It's real, and that's what makes it so special.

The series also focuses on empowering women, and this is what I love about it the most.
It proves that 'woman' stands for strength, creativity, intelligence and independence.  Not in an 'I burned my bra' way, but rather: ' I started living an exciting life in my 70s, right after my husband confessed being a gay and left me' way.

Thanks to this series I am not scared of getting old anymore! Grace, Frankie, Sol, Rob and Babe show that you can have an exciting life when you're over 30! And what is even more important, they prove that older adults can have a sexual life. It is not all reserved only for the youngsters. 




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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mummy, please don't leave me alone!




'I am anxious.'
'I am depressed.'
'I can not count on my parents.'
'I had a panic attack yesterday.'
'Why do I feel anxious and panicky?'
'I want to kill myself because nobody loves me.'

How many times have you heard that? How many times have you said that? Scientists proved that letting your baby cry out develops anxiety, depression and antisocial personality disorder. It lowers his IQ and causes an extreme stress. Sadly, this is still a very commonly used way of putting babies to sleep.
What is the infamous 'cry it out' method about? Well, this is a sleeping training. You can torture- train your child to 'soothe' himself to sleep. Some parents are exceptionally proud that their babies have mastered this skill. But do they know that they have killed their babies' trust and sense of security?

I dedicate this post to all parents who let their babies cry out. Read it, if you're one of them

Imagine yourself and the person you love and trust the most travel somewhere together.
You feel excited to visit a new place, meet people you've heard amazing things about. You have been waiting for this trip for months!
The flight was long, stressful and tiring. You are not so excited about this whole thing anymore. You are in a totally new place. Somewhere you have never been before. People are strange. They are not as cool as you thought they would be. They speak a bizarre language you have never heard beforeYou don't understand them, and they don't understand you. Nothing looks familiar. You are scared. But, hey- your Love is with you. He speaks their language, and he has been here before, so you trust him more than you ever did.
After you have checked in to the hotel and ate your lunch, you decided to go for a walk. He wanted to show you his favourite spot in the town to help you relax and de-stress. He took you to the forrest. Gosh, this forest is enormous, dark and horrifying.  You walk hand in hand, you kiss, and hug. Thanks God, he's with you! His touch makes you feel so safe! You forgot all about the scary darkness of this forest, about long flight and bizarre people. 
You are so happy! You feel like you are having the time of your life. You never loved and trusted anyone like this before. Nobody has ever loved you like this. The sunbeams softly touch your skin. You laugh a lot. He says you look like a Queen of the Forest. He wants to capture this moment, so he steps away for a minute to pick up some flowers for his Queen. Then, out of the blue, the nastiest looking guy appears in front of you. He has the most petrifying face you have seen in your life. This ugly guy is pointing a gun at you. At first, you think it is a joke. Life couldn't be any more ironic! You were just having the time of your life. But after a few seconds, it gets to you. He wants to kill you. You paralyze. But then you remind that your loved one is right behind the rock. He definitely sees the guy. You know he is watching. You know that your Love can help you and he will! He said he would give his life for you. Where is he?
The killers face goes redder. He is breathing deeply. His fingers are on the trigger. You know he may pull it anytime. You start to sweat, your legs are shaking. You feel you will fall. You want to scream, but you can't. Your voice got stuck in your throat.
You are painting heavily and watching guy's face. He is pointing the gun right at your chest. He won't miss this shot. You inhale the deepest you can and start to shout. You shout louder and louder. He is watching you and laughing. Where is your Love? Where is he? You started to lose your hope. Nobody responds to your desperate call. You scream at the top of your lungs. Why can't he hear you?
And then something unexpected happens. The guy just walks away. You think he may want to shoot you in the back of your head. You turn around rapidly, but he just walks away. You are shocked. You fall on the ground and cry. These are the worst moments of your life.
And then your Love returns. He smiles to you and tries to hug you. You yell at him. He doesn't want to explain where he was. On the one hand, you want somebody to hug you on the other you don't want to see his face. A face of a coward.

And now imagine that this happens to you a few times a day. The only person you know and trust betrays you. But your love is so deep and the fear so great that you can not separate from him. Without him, you'll die. 

Your baby cries, because he needs you. Only your touch, your voice, and your smell can soothe him. He only trusts his parents. If you brought him to his world- you are responsible for him.
Do not let him down! Do not destroy his mentality at this young age!

Think about the worse moment in your life, and how much you needed somebody to listen to you and to hug you. You can speak. You can read. You can write. A newborn is only able to cry. Do not break his heart. Do not torture him. Go and hug him. Take him into your shoulders, sing a quiet lullaby. Prove him that his mother cares. Prove him that his mother loves. Prove him he can count on his parents. Prove him his parents are human.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

My favourite Zoeva brushes


Zoeva rules the brush 'division' in the makeup world these days. I am not surprised whyThey do medium-priced, high-quality brushes. I love their design and perfect execution.

I haven't seen any of them losing even a single bristle. The handles are of a perfect size, which makes Zoeva brushes easy to work with. Single brushes come in nicely looking pouches, and the sets come in stylish makeup bags.

128 Cream Cheek Brush


This is one of the most used brushes in my collection. it was designed to apply blush (cream and powder) however I use it for contouring. It fits perfectly to the hollows of my cheeks and applies my bronzer/ contouring powder evenly and effortlessly. Sooner or later I will have to repurchase it as the bristles started to bend. 
It is a hero though, as I have used it over 900 times!


227v Vegan Soft Definer Brush



I use it to blend my eyeshadows with (well, obviously). It is much flatter than the typical blending brushes, and it is oval shaped.
I wasnt so sure about it at first, but now I love it. It blends my eyeshadow beautifully and effortlessly
The vegan taklon bristles are so soft!

223 Petit Eye blender



Another hit! I used it almost every single day. It is perfect for smudging the eyeliner on the top lid and the eyeshadow on the bottom lid. Amazing to apply the beige shadow under the brow. I use it in so many ways. This brush is ideal for small/ medium-sized eyes, 


122 Petit Stippling Brush


I prefer powders over creams. But if I do use cream products, I always apply them with this brush.  It is perfectly designed. It picks up just the right amount of product and applies it seamlessly. It fits right into the hollows of my cheeks and applies contour cream precisely. 
It can also be used to apply foundation, concealer, blush or highlighter with. 


Zoeva brushes are the bomb! Have you tried them? Which ones are your favourites? Let me know in the comments! x




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Choosing a Birth Partner


There are moments in life when you want to be alone. You don't want people to watch you devour a bowl of pasta after a long drive home. You don't want them to see you furtively bleaching your moustache in the bathroom.


Why would you invite somebody to a labour ward then?

Well, he can be helpful. You will need an extra pair of hands when looking for that hair band which WAS in your makeup bag, he can help you change into a t-shirt for the labour. He can serve you water when you need it. He can listen to your complaints. He can massage you. Finally, you may want to share the most precious moments with him.


Who to invite?

Pick a responsible, strong and cool-headed person. Somebody who can handle stress well and is OK with high temperatures. Somebody who can deal with a sleepless night.
Select a person who knows when to talk and what to say and when to stay quiet. Somebody you trust and feel comfortable with. This person will see everything. You need to be confident that he/ she will not broadcast your labour on Snapchat. A person who is scared of blood and needles may not be an ideal candidate.

Remember, do not invite a drama queen or crazy attention seeker. You can not worry about your partner during labour. They are in a delivery room to help you.

Does he/ she want to be your birth partner? 

Let's be honest. Nobody wants to see his loved ones racked with pain, bleeding, ugly, sweaty and screaming their heads off. Especially when  he can not take their pain away. Do not force anybody to share this experience with you. Kindly offer it to the chosen person, but let them decide.
Some will find the labour the most beautiful scene ever, but for some, it will be off-putting or even traumatic. 

I invited my partner to a labour room. He was very helpful. He laughed a lot when I felt drunk with Gas & Air. He was very calm and brave. I felt supported in the worse moments. I saw the pride in his eyes. He made me stronger
Baby, this post is for you- thank you for being there with me! I love you x



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Friday, 31 March 2017

Get a subtle glow!

I have been in love with highlighters for many years now. I adore the way they make me look. They beautifully transform my face from a rather large, matte potato into a decent looking human being. But enough rumble about the power of highlighters, we all know the drill.

There are two major groups of glow lovers. The first group loves a subtle highlight, adding just a bit life to their cheekbones. People, who like looking classy and elegant.
And then there is us- mothers of sparkle, whose brushes are swimming in a highlighter pod. Queens of glitter, who never blind others enough.

I once (?) went a bit over the limit and applied my beloved Mary Lou too heavily. I didn't like what I saw in the mirror. And this is when I thought about buying a less insane highlighter. A breakthrough moment in my makeup life. I have heard good reviews about  Makeup Revolution highlighters, and I thought that I would give them a go.




As first I picked up the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights. OMG. Why did I order it so late? Where have I been? This highlighter looks like a heaven on the cheeks. It is so subtle, so elegant, romantic and girly. it gives me the desired glow from within.
It is a genius product for its price (£3). It is quite powdery, you will get a lot of kick up with it.  I wouldn't worry about going through the product too quickly, though.

This product is also versatile- you can use it as a highlighter, light blush or blush topper. It has a light, neutral pink colour, which will suit both cool-toned and warm-toned fans of glow. The consistency kind of transforms on the cheeks and doesn't look powdery anymore. The Moon Glow Lights is also perfect for those of you, who want to begin the highlighting adventure.

The only con of this products is its packaging.  Mine has already broke, and I can not close it. It is also quite bulky and not easy to store. The letters rubbed off too. But hey, this is a massive highlighter and it retails for £3. I really can not expect more than I got.








So, when I was shopping for The Moon Glow Lights, I added one more highlighter to my basket. It was the beautiful 'Breathe' from the Radiant Lights range. At first, I wasn't 100% sold on this because I wasn't sure if this light peach shade will suit me. But when I swatched it and saw how subtle it is, I immediately thought about applying it all over my face. I use a large, not dense brush to apply it on the top of my setting powder. I do it always when I want to achieve a glowy, healthy looking skin and add an extra dimension to my face. It looks beautiful as a standard highlight on the top of the cheekbones. It would work wonders for those of you with pale, warm toned skin. It is very elegant and glitter-free. It is easy to work with and long lasting (min 7h of wear).

I really like the packaging of this highlighter. It is easy to store and to travel with. It is very sturdy and has a lovely mirror inside. Overall, I think this is a fantastic product!



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Monday, 13 March 2017

My favourite Zoeva palette



Zoeva has a few amazing warm-toned palettes, but, as much as I would love to give them a go - I look scary in warm-toned eyeshadows. Fortunately, I found one which I love and which screams cool tones! It is the beautiful 'En Taupe' palette.

There are 10 eyeshadows in this palette. They come in a bunch of different finishes.

My favourites are:

- 'Stitch by Stitch'- a perfect matte, cool-toned ivory,
- 'Gallery' matte, ashy bronze,
- 'Old Master'- matte, greyish purple with glitter
- 'Handmade'- light pink with golden frost.

These eye shadows are really good quality, except two which sadly are poorly pigmented and hard to work with (Hour By Hour and Sheers& Voiles).
They are easy to apply and very blendable. They last on my eyes for 8-12h (the more pigmented shades last longer).




These shadows are not overly pigmented so you won't get much fallout. And they are very easy to work with.







When it comes to the packaging, 'En Taupe' has it all. It's compact, it's light, it's beautiful, and it's classy!

 This palette may seem to be a bit boring for those of you, who love strong colours but trust me, you can create really beautiful looks with it. It is beginners friendly!



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Monday, 6 March 2017

What to pack in your hospital bag

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One of the most common questions you'll get as mum-to-be is: 'Have you packed your hospital bag yet'? Don't let it become a big deal. Plan ahead, what you need to prepare, do proper research, pack your bag and relax. I hope that this post will be helpful. Happy reading!


WHAT TO PACK:


DOCUMENTS:
- Labour Plan,
- Maternity Notes aka Green Notes

FOR LABOUR:
-slippers
-nightdress or an old t-shirt to give birth in
-dressing gown (I would suggest getting one in a dark colour)
-lip balm
-2 hair ties
-carrier bag to put dirty clothes in
-drinks and snacks

POST LABOUR:
- nursing bras
-socks
-nursing PJ's or nightdress
-comfy tracksuit bottoms or leggins (again, dark colours are the best)
-going home outfit
-disposable or old knickers (yes, you will ruin them :))
-breast pads
-maternity pads
-toiletries
-towel
-some makeup
-antibacterial hand gel
-antiseptic wipes (they might come in handy if you would be concern about the cleanliness in the hospital)

FOR YOUR BABY:
-4-5 vests
-4-5 sleepsuits
-socks
-booties (helpful in late autumn/ winter time)
-2 hats
-mittens
-outfit for going home
-jacket or overall
-nappies
-2 muslin squares
-nappy cream/ coconut oil
-baby blanket
-car seat
-special outfit if you want to take some cute photos in the hospital (remember though that you may have no time/ not feel well enough to take them in the hospital)

FOR YOUR PARTNER:
-comfy slippers/ flip flops
-change of clothes (it is very hot in the delivery and postnatal wards, so a cotton T-shirt would be a good choice)
-toothpaste and toothbrush
-drinks and snacks
-towel


OTHER STUFF:
-phones and phone charges
-notebook and a pen if you like to note the memories down
-camera and charger (optional)
-tens machine if you are planning on using one
-book/ MP3 player/ iPod
-change for vending machines



MY TOP TIPS:


1. Going on a hospital tour will help you to visualise a successful delivery as well as help you to pack the right stuff.

2. Practice fitting the car seat securely in your car well before your due date.

3. Prepare an extra bag with yours & baby's clothes and leave it at home. Let your partner know where is it. It will come in handy if you need to stay in the hospital for a bit longer. You don't have to invest in an additional bag or a suitcase. It can be an actual large carrier bag.

4. Take at least two packs of maternity pads to the hospital and have a great backup at home. You may be bleeding for up to 6 weeks after delivery and you will specifically need large pads for the first two weeks

5.  You may want to pack a water spray however, it is not a necessity.

6. It is handy to pack sleepsuits in at least two sizes ('Tiny Baby' and 'Newborn' or 'Newborn' and '0-3'). Especially if you are expecting smaller/ larger than an average size baby.

7. Postnatal wards are usually quite noisy at night. I have had ear plugs with me, but I have never used them. I was scared that I won't hear my baby crying.
If they aren't a necessity for you, skip them.

8. I have had a book with me, but I had no time to open it. Remember that you may be discharged home few hours after delivery. Do not overpack.

9. Be well organised- talk your partner through the bag and show him where things are.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Detoxify your skin with Sukin


When I asked a few of my friends what do they think about natural skincare, they all had similar associations. 'Boring. These products look bad, smell bad and do nothing'. Well, I promised them all to prove that natural skincare is the best option one can choose! 
I decided to begin the skincare series with two of my favourite products from Sukin.



Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub


In a late autumn/ winter time, my skin gets very dry. I have to exfoliate at least twice a week to scrub this lizard face off. I have tried many face scrubs before but after the fist use of Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub, I knew I found THE ONE. It is very gentle, yet effective.It has a rich, creamy consistency which leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. It has a perfect amount of very fine, Jojoba peeling bids.

It's packed with goodness (Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella, Parsley, Pineapple, Licorice, Lime peel, Bamboo and Jojoba). It smells delicious and makes my complexion super radiant and supple.




Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque


This is a very pleasant masque. It comes in a plastic jar, which is light and convenient to travel with.It has a lovely light grey colour (my life may be sad but yes, grey is one of my favourite colours).I like to apply a semi-thick layer over a damp face and leave it on for 15-20min. It's comfortable to wear- thick enough so it will not slide off the face. It doesn't feel like a concrete like some clay masks do.I use it once a week and apply it only onto the centre of my face. It leaves my skin feeling tight, fresh and smooth. Washing it off is a long process but, trust me, it's worth it.



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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Neither Sheer, Nor Glow- NARS Sheer Glow




Finding a neutral shade of foundation for a super fair person ain't easy. We all have been through the super pink or the super orange face phase. Luckily I found a perfect shade for my skin tone at the Nars counter back in 2015, and I have been faithful to 'Sheer Glow' ever since.

What is great about this foundation- it looks flawless yet natural on the skin. It's also really comfortable to wear and feels moisturising. I am a big fan of the shade 'Siberia'.
It is fair, neutral colour. And- what is most important- it doesn't oxidise.

'Sheer Glow' comes in a wide range of shades so most of the people would find something suitable for their skin tone. There is nothing more frustrating than a foundation that comes in 4 shades.




The application process is super easy and quick. I like to apply this foundation with my fingers. It blends out nicely, and sets immediately, however, I always apply powder on the top of it. It has a lovely satin finish.


This foundation lasts on my skin for the whole day (my 'days' are super long). It rubs off my nose and Cupid's bow on hot days, and to me, that is the only serious con of this foundation. It is a very good product for those with dry or normal skin. Skip it if you're combination or oily.
It has a medium coverage so it won't cover the blemishes or scars on the face.

The packaging is pretty nevertheless, it is a nightmare to travel with.
It comes without a pump (you can buy it separately for £3) however, you can't put the cap back on when you use the pump! Also, mine broke when I was going through the second bottle of sheer glow.

Taking everything into account, I would recommend this product for those with dry or normal skin. I would suggest asking for a sample at the Nars counter because it is a very pricey foundation.

Is this the best foundation I have ever used? Shade wise- yes. This is the main reason I stick to this product. I wish the pump situation was solved and price tag different, though.



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