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Knitted cami

December 05, 2017

Camisole tops are one of those items that make any outfit look casual and sophisticated at the same time. Yes, it's possible to have both in one look. πŸ˜‚ I like those camis with thin straps the most, but it turns out knitted ones fit even better. Knits are always fun to wear because they have texture. I find that when you have a piece with an unusual texture, it makes your outfit more interesting. Pairing the knitted top with a corduroy skirt like I did here is a great idea for winter and autumn outfits. This outfit here is obviously not warm enough for the weather right now, but it's the idea that counts. I'm sure I'll be wearing this skirt with some of my ticker sweaters soon. And over the knee boots, of course.

New Year's lookbook: floor length dresses

December 04, 2017

One of my favourite type of posts is New Year's lookbooks. Whether they are those super obvious holiday outfits where everything is red, gold and sparkly, or more elegant black tie looks, I love them equally. And the best thing is that this year I got to do my posts with Ana, which just makes everything much more fun. Last year we both did the usual red holiday look (you can check them here and here) and I also did a more formal version. So this time we thought we should go all out and wear floor length gowns. You don't get so many chances to wear them during the year, so why not take the New Year's eve as an opportunity to pull them off. I'm not gonna lie, floor length gowns are not the easiest to wear, you do need a pair of really high heels and someone to help you down the stairs πŸ˜‚, but they are so worth it!

Why I love a nice pair of high waisted jeans

November 25, 2017

If you survived an era of low waisted jeans you know what a real struggle is. No matter how pretty they are (where they actually pretty?), you can never make them comfortable. Or flattering, why on Earth would someone want to wear super low waisted jeans, when you can't even properly move or sit in them. This is probably a rhetorical question, because there are so many trends that are impractical, but I particularly like to question this one considering that I'm a huge fan of high waisted jeans. I remember getting a pair at GAP before they were super popular and went to school in them looking like someone's mom. But, they felt so great that I didn't even care. I still have that pair today and although the denim did fade a bit I love them.

Sephora Christmas 2017 gift guide

November 22, 2017

It's that time of the year again, when Sephora launches its Christmas collection. I've been a huge fan since 2011. and Sweet cake Christmas theme, if you remember that collection we can seriously be friends (no one seems to remember it except me πŸ˜‚). Back then they only did a couple of different Christmas themed products and collections have grown exponentially larger and better. This year especially, all the bloggers I've talked to agreed it's the best one so far. This year's theme is Winter wonderland. Although I'm a sucker for regular red&gold Christmas colours (khm, khm, I like traditional stuff) I liked this concept as well. The little fox you'll see on the products is this years mascot and the main smell is Sephora's Cotton flower, a nice powdery scent. Besides the Sephora collection gifts, they also feature other brands Christmas products and I find those are a lot of fun as well. So what exactly should you check out at Sephora this festive season?


Christmas crackers

I know, weird item to start with, but I'm always into the most Christmassy stuff first. And nothing beats Christmas crackers in this department. A lot of brands have them, but I was most impressed with holiday Pumpkin from TooCoolForSchool (which I'm not, I really loved school).  It contains a small (30 ml) version of their Pumpkin sleeping pack and this mask is amazing. I've been careful with sleeping masks since the 2014. Freeman sleeping mask fiasco, it had coconut oil which made my skin break out badly. That's all behind me and this mask is actually an enzyme peel. You just put it on, go to bed and wake up with the prefect skin. What's not to like? Also, I've been super excited about opening the Liquid Palisade cracker, it contains an Easy-peel Polish barrier, basically what I always wanted when I messed up my nail polish, a barrier to protect your fingers from all that glamorous nail art. Marble nails anyone?


La PiΓ±ata

Why not make things more fun and include a pinata in the mix? And what's more fun than full size candy bars in your pinata, well makeup, of course! Some beauty bits as well. Inside you'll find a Sephora mascara, Cream lip stain (possibly my favourite lip product ever), nail file, hair tie, Cotton Flower bath and shower goodies, lip mask, an eye mask, liquid eyeliner and a Lotus overnight face mask. This mask is seriously good, I have one more (from the advent calendar) and can't wait to use it again!




Bath and body stuff

An old tradition of many shower, bath and body options in Sephora Christmas collection continues. This years colours are as gentle as the Cotton Flower scent and bath lovers will enjoy all the bath bombs, salts, pearls, and even confetti! Bath confetti are my favourite! Shower gel is filled with glitter and it also smells amazing (like Cotton Flower, of course). They also have a hand set that features a hand mask, hand cream and a little thermophore you can use to warm yourself up in cold weather.



An advent calendar

Beauty advent calendars are the best, even better than chocolate ones we used to have as kids. Although I promised myself I will open it slowly, day by day before Christmas, I ended up opening it couple of days after I got it. That's why it looks like this, sorry for not waiting so it would look prettier in photos. In case you wanted to be surprised with the content of the calendar, I won't write it down, but if you want to see it, here's the photo with all the beauty goodies that are inside.





Other brands

If you thought Sephora Collection is pretty, wait until you see what other brands have in store. My favourite is Too Faced Christmas version of their Melted matte lipsticks, it smells like Christmas cookies and happiness! The colour is called Gingerbread Man. Frank Body also has some nice goodies, like their Lip Scrub, which is the best sugar lip scrub I've ever tried. And it smells like coffee (which is one of the ingredients), a huge plus in my book. This Works Sleep stars was the biggest surprise to me, because I thought it contains a bath bomb, but then I realized it's actually a trio of their best sleep products. It contains a Sleep balm, Sleep plus pillow spray and Deep sleep pillow spray. They all come in mini versions, but big enough to test them out and decide if you want to buy a bigger product. I liked them a lot, especially the Sleep balm. Another brand I just discovered is Lanolips, but I'll do a separate post on them. So far I'll just tell you that Lemonaid Lip Treatment is amazing! 


Makeup

Makeup collection is solid like every year, with everything from eye and face palettes to brushes. One of the best purchases you can get from Sephora's Christmas collection is definitely a big palette with eyeshadows, lipglosses, eyeliners, brow powders, face powders, blushes and correctors. They have one every year, and this time it's Into The Stars Palette. I tried the Winter Queen Palette, it contains two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. Bronzer is nice and light and the highlighter is one of the best highlighters I've ever tried. It's so smooth and creamy and gives me a pretty subtle glow. 



Wrap dress a day

November 21, 2017

Once upon a time the whole Internet was sharing a story about a woman who decided to create her own work uniform, aka wear the same shirt and a pair of pants everyday. Ok, maybe it wasn't once upon a time, more likely two or three years ago, still she made us all wonder if it is really easier to dress like that and not think about all the blouses, dresses and pants. Too many options is sometimes also a bad thing. The idea seemed appealing to me until I remembered I did this, although subconsciously, in high school. There was a time when I would wear a pair of jeans and a plain black or white blouse everyday. It wasn't hard for me to get used to this, I'm truly a creature of habits (a lovely trait I inherited from my Dad) and when I am comfortable with something it takes me a lot of effort to break the habit. One thing I remembered from my period of uniform dressing is how boring it was! The moment I recall that, I knew uniform thing is indeed not for me. Me of today who can recognize the reasons for why I'm doing certain things, not the teenage me who did things spontaneously.

Why vitamin C is your new best friend

November 08, 2017


On the top of the list of more shocking things I've recently found out is the fact that sugar causes wrinkles. Well I actually (kind of) knew this but I: a) refused to believe it and b) wasn't exactly sure how it happens. I didn't per se find this out, it's more that I just leaned about the mechanism itself. Luckily for me, I'm more into salty junk food than into sweets and candy, but one just has to be curious about how this happens. In a process called glycation sugar binds to the collagen and makes it stiff and tough. It then resists being broken down and replaced by fresh collagen. Yikes. On the bright side, glycation can be prevented by ingredients like vitamin C. This is just one of many benefits of vitamin C so it might be the time to start using a vitamin C serum, if you already don't. For about a year I've been using vitamin C serums, even though I just recently found out about glycation (through an Instagram account called chemist.confessions, check them out they are great). My two recommendations for vitamin C serums are Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum and Serumpidity Vitamin C Facial Serum from Madre Labs. I'm planing to try The Ordinary serum with vitamin C as well (my post with goodies from this brand is coming soon as well).



While I was exploring all those serums one new vitamin C product hit the shelves. Vichy's LIFTACTIV Fresh shoot treatment. I'm a sucker for innovation and love trying out new products, so I was obviously super excited about this one. It contains 15% pure vitamin C along with other great ingredients like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. The idea behind this serum is to use it as a short term treatment when you need to add the instant boost of glow and freshens to your skin. You are supposed to use it for ten days, although I did use it a bit longer, for the sake of testing of course. πŸ˜‰ I have to say my skin is not sensitive at all, so if you have sensitive skin I'll advise you to stick to recommended ten days. As soon as you apply the serum you'll see the results. Skin is more glowy from day one. In the couple of days you might experience some dryness, but don't worry, it's only temporary. After I finished the treatment my skin looked gorgeous! Even now, a week later I can still see my skin is fresher and more radiant. I think this serum is excellent for those special occasions when you want your skin to look amazing. 


It's recommended to use it in the morning, which I did and it was super handy for me, I'm used to using my vitamin C products in the morning. You should use SPF 15 (or higher) after the treatment, like you should do with any treatment and serum with active ingredients. This 10 ml bottle will last you for about a month and you are supposed to use the whole bottle in 30 days after you open it. I'm not sure how this works, keep in mind that the treatment should last for 10 days. The best thing you can do is to apply it on the chest as well, at least until they come up with a 3 ml bottle. It's definitely not a bad idea to treat your skin with this serum once in a while, for the sake of preventing that glycation I mentioned before and to make your skin super glowy and radiant. Who doesn't love glowing skin? It's the new blowout.




Military blazer

November 07, 2017

Remember two seasons ago when Balmain was a guest designer for H&M? The collection caused a lot of hype and somehow I was far from it all. Only after it was sold out I realized how good it was. I think it's my favourite H&M collaboration so far. And the item I liked the most was a black military blazer. If you've seen  it you'll know which one. It was so gorgeous that I still think about it sometimes. πŸ˜‚ Because it was too late for me to get it I started searching for a similar model. Now after two years I've finally found it (not that I was searching all the time, obviously). It's a Shawl Neck Work Peacoat from Zaful, but it's sold out so I'll put some similar ones at the end of the post. I don't know why I think military blazers are so pretty, I think mainly because you can wear them with almost anything. Dresses, jeans, skirts, you name it. They are just so much fun.

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