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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.

Green dress

November 06, 2017

If bell sleeves are over, someone please send me a memo. Until then I guess I will be wearing them. I like this dress mostly because of the colour. How pretty is this shade of green? 😍 Honestly I'm not the biggest fan of green clothing, I think no one actually is. Except for the green lady, if you don't know who she is google her. Basically a lady who wears green clothes, dyes her hair green and lives in a house full of green furniture. Even a door to her house is green. Now where was I? Yes, the dress. It's not the exact screaming green the green lady wears (dear brain, please stop remembering the green lady) it's more that kid off green that's close to blue. Is there such thing as a blue lady. Excuse me while I google the blue lady. I did, don't do it, it's pretty scary. And also a name of  a perfume I've never heard about. Anyways, the colour is pretty, but I'm not so sure about the cut.

Eyeliner and mascara for sensitive eyes

November 05, 2017

The search for the perfect eyeliner and mascara never ends. If you wear them daily then you know all the things they have to go through to be approved for everyday wear. First of all you'll need an eyeliner that gives you that perfect flick. Even the expression on flick came from impeccably applied eyeliner (probably, I just made it up): The flick of your liquid liner needs to look like it can cut through glass. So basically as sharp as it gets. Next, liquid eyeliner can't crack. If I find one thing about makeup annoying, that's cracked eyeliner. And maybe caky foundation, but that's a whole other story. When I see the eyeliner is cracking, no way I'll keep it, no matter how good it preforms in other areas. That's why I didn't like Essence eyeliner, although I still think it's quite good, the cracking was pretty severe. Third thing is smudging. Don't you just love when you see your reflection in the mirror in the middle of the day and see eyeliner smudged in the outer corner of your eyes (or inner, it depends on your tear ducts)? πŸ˜‚ Of course not, because you are not crazy and are probably too busy to wipe those smudges all day long.

Double ruffles

November 04, 2017


Just when I got into my drafts to find a post I wanted to publish today, I realized this post went unpublished. I guess I thought finished it as soon as I took the photos, which was obviously a false memory. πŸ˜‚ So I had the photos ready and didn't want to waste them, it's a pretty outfit (and a blouse after all). Now, I see how it doesn't really go with my autumn posts, it's more a end of the summer kind of outfit, still I feel like it's not to summery. I got this blouse on one of my favourite annual sales, the Shopbop sale. They always have pretty items you won't normally find on other websites. Also, the brand of the blouse is Moon River and I like this brand a lot, their fabrics are amazing. I think they are named after the song from Breakfast at Tiffany's (yes, the one that Audrey aka Holy sings on the fire escape), but who knows these days.

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