Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hello beautiful people!

I started this week with some beauty news that I wanna share with you. Did you know that Derma E is getting new "clothing", I mean new packaging? OUT with the OLD, IN with the NEW!

The re-launch of their packaging design started a month ago, in September 2016 with the first lines, such as Hydrating, Anti Wrinkle, Firming and the best selling Microdermabrasion Scrub and Overnight Peel.
I am sure all those Derma E lovers spotted these new designs on the shelves already.

You need to know that this new design will roll out through March 2017 to be in all stores.
Now, if you are wondering if this new external change will bring alongside some internal changes as well, I am talking here about changes in the formula and ingredients that we love and use, you all need to know that, and here is what the brand has kindly provided me with some info:

"Our eco-ethical, non compromised formulas will not change in the repack. The same great formula, a fresh new look! To appeal 100% to our consumer, we are updating our look and feel in our brand too (notice on social sites, our website, in store and more). Based on our heritage, mission and values, that have not changed, our new brand look and feel is 100% Derma E."

So there's your piece of mind. Derma E promisses to stay true to its ethical beauty commitment:

"Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and environmental sustainability has grown strong. We have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety. Our 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMO's."

If you are wondering how the new Derma E products look like, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new packaging!

Derma E, skin care, packaging

Derma E, skin care, packaging

Derma E was kind enough to send me two of their products, the Hydrating Day Creme (in the old packaging) and the Hydrating Night Cream (in the new one), so I can show you the differences better.

On the left you see the old packaging, on the right the brand new one

Derma E, skin care, packaging

Derma E, skin care, packaging

Derma E, skin care, packaging

Personally, I like this new packaging better, it looks great - it's clean and simple, classy and elegant, it's informative (provides you with on point information about any particular product highlighting Derma's E ethical beauty commitment). To me it gives that touch of a high-end product.

You can find your favorite Derma E products at stores like Target, ULTA, Whole Foods, Walgreens, GNC, CVS, Sally Beauty, just to name a few and many other local natural stores across the US.

What do you think? Do you like the new Derma E packaging?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Derma E powered by BrandBacker that did not affect my truthful and honest opinion. For more info, please see my Disclaimer policy.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hello, hello beautiful people out there!

Long time no see, I mean "read" here on the blog. If you follow me via Instagram (and you totally should, it's fun and quite addictive, I must admit), you've noticed that I have been well, working hard, gone through a major hair color change (yes, I was for a while part of the "readheads" club) and some long/short hair situations, but never forgot you, my fellow beauty addicts around the world. I did miss writing here, I did miss talking to you guys, and we have a lot, I mean, A LOT to talk about.

Enought with this rambling, let's get down to the business, shall we?

One of my absolute favorite posts to read on a beauty blog is ... drum roll please ... A HAUL. And I was thinking, what better way to come back on the blog then with a HAUL post? No surprise there.

Beauty addicts out there gather around, this one is for you my darlings!

As a well respected beauty lover, can you think about one place that no matter how crazy your day has been, once you set a foot inside, it will cheer you up instantly? A place synonymous with "Wonderland"? A black and white strips kind of place? (wink-wink) Are you getting my clues? Yes, ladies and gentleman, I am talking about Sephora. Yes, you guessed it right, it's gonna be a Sephora haul.

On this particular occasion, I have decided to use up some of my points and get a pretty cool reward (an awesome one I might add). I am sure you know this, at Sephora for every dollar spent, you get a point that goes towards your "rewards account/bank". The more money you spend, the more points you have, the more rewards you can get. The more the merrier.

I have collected points for quite some time now and I was waiting and waiting to use them on something special, but the proper rewards never showed up until, a couple of weeks ago, when I got an e-mail about the "Rewards Bazaar" , I knew right on that instant I couldn't let this particular reward get away.

I am talking about the HOURGLASS FLAWLESS AMBIENCE SET which I scored and I must say, boy was I lucky, because there was such a battle to snatch this makeup set, that everything was gone, I mean SOLD OUT in about 4 minutes after being posted on the website. In the beginning, I thought I wasn't lucky enough to score it, as I was refreshing the page frantically and anxiously waiting for a confirmation e-mail.

The e-mail eventually came and I believe a happy dance was performed after.

Now let me show you what I have scored. Feast your eyes with these amazing goodies!

Everything came in this beautiful box

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

and as I opened it I have found the message down below

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

The goodies found inside are (from Left to Right):
  • 0.30 fl.oz./ 8.95 ml Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette 
  • 0.25 oz/ 7.5 ml Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil in "Icon" 
  • 0.15 oz/ 4.5 g Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

Let't take a better look at them!

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

Hourglass, Sephora, makeup, haul

These are my first Hourglass products and I am beyond excited to play with them. Let me know if you want me to review any of these products.
Please see my post from a humble perspective of an enthusiastic beauty lover, no bragging intended.

I hope you enjoyed my makeup HAUL!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Hello everybody!

Every now and then I like to step out of my comfort zone and try something new; either I am trying a new makeup look, an edgy outfit or a new hairstyle, I like to challenge my own self. Speaking of hair, you'll never know what I've tried. Can you guess? Let me give you a hint with a little story.

I have naturally curly hair and over the years I have played with its length, I have never had that short boysh hair, I really like my hair at least medium length. Due to the fact that I live in an area with a lot of humidity, my hair has now a life on its own, it's frizzy, very unruly, dry, I kinda lost the definition of my curls. Trust me, I did try a lot of products, everything looks amazing on me for about 2 hours, then the nightmare is back. So, at this point I don't even care anymore about the stack of hay on my head, but, boy was I dreaming about some big bouncy wavy curls, you know those that you see in commercials or magazines.

Incidentally, a few moths ago I was contacted by a lovely company called Irresistible Me, which invited me to test their products. The name sounded familiar and, after a few searches I remembered why, it was because of Nee (aka Bebexo), one of my favorite Youtubers, she used their products on her own hairstyle tutorials. 

The company Irresistible Me is ”a growing brand of 100% natural Remy clip-in hair extensions, hair accessories and hair tools. Irresistible Me specializes in high quality extensions at great prices.”

So, by this time, you have probably guessed - I have tried hair extensions, something completely new to me. As I was a total newbie at this, I just want to say ”A BIG thanks!” to the amazing PR girl who was unbelievable patient with me and so kind in guiding me through the process of ordering the right extensions. 

Here are some tips that I have received and like to pass them on to you as well:
- watch this video, not only you'll get familiar with the two types of extensions that the company offers - Silky Touch and Royal Remy, but also you'll see all the colors side by side (and they have quite a big color selection) so that you can compare and see the differences. In this way, you'll be able to choose the color that matches your hair easily.
- when it comes to the length of your extensions, remember a basic rule: The longer the hair, the bigger the weight should be selected.” The weight of the extensions (100g, 140g, 200g) refers to the total weight of the hair you will order without the clips attached, so keep in mind that the thickness of the hair is relative to both the weight and the length you choose: a 14" 200g  piece will look thicker than 24" 200g.

All this being said, I have ordered the Royal Remy Clip-in extensions in Ash Blonde - 24 inches, 200 g. At that time my hair was quite long (more than 24 inches) and not colored.

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

The extensions arrived surprisingly in only 3 days (considering that fact that they are shipped from China), but due to a glitch with FedEx I got them 2 days later. I really like the box in which they came, it's so cute and feminine.

Love this message, don't you?

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

I was so curious to check them out, I was so anxious to try them. As I opened the box, I have noticed the ”Open this side first” section, where there are a few useful tips to test if you made the correct choice ordering the right extensions, before opening the rest of the package. Then, I saw the extensions nicely packed and organized. As I was pulling them out, I said to myself: ”Wow, that is a LOT of hair!”
I have received 10 pieces: 1 pc of 3 clips (8''), 2 pcs of 3 clips (6"), 5 pcs of 2 clips (4") and 2 pcs of 1 clip (1.5"). My main fear was clipping the extensions to my own hair, but if a newbie like me did it, you can do it too (praise the awesome Youtube for that!).

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

So, to clip or not to clip? Here are a few thoughts!

As I was so curious to play with my extensions, the next day I tested them. The chosen color in ”Ash Blonde” matched my natural hair beautifully, the length of 24" was perfect. As I was testing the extensions, I have noticed that the hair has such a beautiful soft, silky texture that I could comb easily before applying it. One thing I did notice, the hair smells a bit differently. The application went smoothly, it was just like a kid's play, clip and you are done. I did attach all my 10 received pieces and you could tell how my confidence level was going up, I had such a full, rocking new hair, that it would make any hair model envious.

I felt comfortable wearing the extensions, I did not feel any heaviness on my head. Also, they came off easily. When I chose to style them, it was a bit of work for me - long, thick hair - imagine I wanted to curl it all, but I did it eventually. As I was curling my hair, I have noticed that a few strands of hair did remain on my barrel, so I lowered the temperature. My curls looked beautiful and lasted throughout the day without using any hair products. I did not wash my extensions yet, so I cannot give you information about that aspect, but the PR lady that I have been in contact with since the beginning was kind to offer me some useful intructions that I will keep in mind.

On my birthday month, I decided to try something completely different to my hair, so I did cut and colored it (for the first time!). What are you gonna see in the pictures down below is how these extensions work on my new hair now. In these pictures, I did not use all of the extensions, as my hair got shorter, I don't feel the need to do it anymore. Also, I curled them. I really like this color in Ash Blonde and I am seriously thinking to do it as my next coloring color. What do you think?

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

Irresistible Me, Hair Extensions, Reviews

In conclusion, this was such a fun experience playing for the first time with hair extensions and I am very happy that Irresistible Me gave the opportunity to do it. I really like my Royal Remy Clip-in extensions and if you are looking for high quality human hair extensions, you should check them out. I am planning to use them a lot from now on!

Have you ever used hair extensions? Do you like them?

If you are in the market for high quality human hair extensions, then you should definitely look into Irresistable Me! I am so impressed by the quality of their products and I can tell that I will be getting a lot of usage from my new extensions! Check them out at:                  - See more at: http://www.bowsandcurtseys.com/2015/08/irresistible-me-hair-extensions-review.html#sthash.fPgJp55M.dpuf

If you are in the market for high quality human hair extensions, then you should definitely look into Irresistable Me! I am so impressed by the quality of their products and I can tell that I will be getting a lot of usage from my new extensions! Check them out at:                  - See more at: http://www.bowsandcurtseys.com/2015/08/irresistible-me-hair-extensions-review.html#sthash.fPgJp55M.dpuf

Disclaimer: I received all these products complimentary from Irresistible Me for testing and review purposes, that did not affect my truthful and honest opinion.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hello everybody!

We meet again my dear readers in the sweet month of November and this time you'll find me talking about my favorite makeup product in the entire world - yes - THE ALMIGHTY LIPSTICK.
Inheriting this passion (now transformed into a real addiction) from my mom who can rock a lipstick anytime and who in her entire life has never used any other makeup product, my passion for lipsticks began when I was just a kid as I was watching her putting on lipstick and I was counting down the days when I would do the same. I was fascinated about that little stick who can just transform you from an ordinary person into a princess.

The lipstick for me  is not just a makeup product, an object, the lipstick is a part of me. When I have days when I might look like a zombie, or just a gloomy one, putting on lipstick makes me feel simply amazing. When I put my lipstick on, I feel like I rule the world. All my lipstick lovers out there, you know what I am talking about, others may consider me crazy or superficial. I don't care! Love me or hate me, this is ME!

In today's post I am beyond excited to show you and talk about my absolute favorite VoxBox received from Influenster so far - the Yves Saint Laurent VoxBox. If you don't know what Influenster is, let me tell you that Influenster is an exclusive online community of over 1.5 million social savvy shoppers that stay on top of the latest product news and expert tips, review products, share honest opinions with brands and the community and test products for free based on their social media influence. Sounds exciting, right?

Influenster Yves Saint Laurent VoxBox

Influenster Yves Saint Laurent VoxBox (2) 

If you follow me on Instagram, I was teasing you with a sneak peek of the content of this box a while back. Well, inside the black elegant box there were two Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks from the Rouge Pur Couture collection, one in number 9 ”Rose Stiletto” and one in number 19 - ”Fuchsia”.

Influenster Yves Saint Laurent VoxBox (3)

To say that I was mega happy and grateful for being chosen from so many great Influenster members out there to test these products is an understatement. Are you kidding me? Lipsticks? Better yet? YSL lipsticks?

As a lipstick addict and lover, I am proud to say that I do own a few YSL lipsticks and the quality of these products never failed my expectations. That is why when I want to splurge, YSL is one of my top three brands that I like to go for, definitely deserves every penny of those $36.

The two received lipsticks from the Rouge Pur Couture collection confirmed what I expected from the brand: high quality all the way through.

Better yet, let's see them in action!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in no. 9 Rose Stiletto - Rally's Beauty Highway

The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in  number 9 ”Rose Stiletto” is a rich berry rose - the perfect fall shade. Elegant and sumptuous, this lipstick matches my skin tone perfectly. It's a classic shade that you can never go wrong with, I can wear it both as a day time makeup as well as a night one. It feels so comfortable on my lips, it's like I was touched by a rose petal.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in no. 19 Fuchsia - Rally's Beauty Highway

When I first saw the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in number 19 - ”Fuchsia” - magenta purple - I said ”Wow, now you're talking!”. Having such a fair complexion, you know me, I would never say ”no” to a bold color, because I like rocking a bold lipstick and this one is exactly what I needed. I received so many compliments wearing this lipstick, that one day I was literally walking on sunshine. Need to make a statement? This lipstick is on point!

I would like to sum up now with some essential facts that I've noticed wearing these lipsticks:

  • luxurious packaging - hands down to YSL for this packaging, the lipstick itself is a masterpiece
  • great smell - all those YSL lovers out there will recognize the unmistakable smell of this lipstick
  • easy application - both lipsticks glided smoothly on my lips
  • great coverage without any effort - I can really achieve great coverage with only one stripe/ application, but you can build it up as you desire
  • rich pigmentation - both lipsticks are great when it comes to pigmentation
  • long wearing”Rose Stiletto” stayed on me for about good long 6 hours, meanwhile ”Fuchsia” resisted more than 8 hours
  • small transfer when I was eating and drinking 

Both lipsticks match my skin tone very wellfeel so comfortable on my lips, they are creamymoisturizing (do not dry my lips all day long), do not bleed and let me tell you a secret I did not wear any lip liner, not to mention that beautiful satin radiance finish that brought me so many compliments. As I told you before, the lipsticks confirmed the quality that I have expected from the brand.

A very, very subjective conclusion the Influenster Yves Saint Laurent VoxBox was my favorite VoxBox so far, the ”little” lipstick addict inside me sure enjoyed playing with these jewels. 

What do you think about Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks? Do you own any? Which ones are your favorites?


Disclaimer: I received all these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes, that did not affect my truthful and honest opinion.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hello everybody! Bună tuturor!

I know it may sound like a cliché, but take my word when I say that I didn't even realize when October was just around the corner. This month is by far my favorite for two simple reasons (very subjective indeed!): one - this is the most beautiful Fall month and two - it is my birthday month. As every birthday comes with wishes, surprises and presents/gifts, I was thinking to show you what I would like to receive for my birthday.

There are so many temptations out there, so many new launched collections, that my undecided Libra nature was strongly tested, it was so hard to decide (trust me, the struggle was real!).
Let's discover together!

Știu că sună rău a clișeu, dar credeți-mă pe cuvânt când vă spun că nici nu am realizat bine când m-am pomenit cu luna Octombrie la ușă. Această lună este fără dar și poate luna mea de suflet din două motive: (foarte subiective de altfel!): unul - e cea mai frumoasă lună a toamnei și al doilea - e luna în care îmi sărbătoresc ziua de naștere. Și, cum orice zi de naștere vine cu dorințe, surprize și cadouri, m-am gândit să vă arăt cam ce mi-aș dori eu să primesc de ziua mea.

Dintre atâtea colecții nou apărute și atâtea tentații mi-a fost tare greu să mă opresc doar la câteva, știți doar cât de nehotărâtă sunt, însă, până la urmă m-am decis.

Așadar, să descoperim împreună!

It has already become a tradition for me every year to get the Sephora Favorites ”Give Me More Lip” set and this year I couldn't be more excited for. Look at all those lipsticks! I can't wait to play with them!
A devenit deja o tradiție ca în fiecare an să primesc setul de rujuri Sephora Favorites ”Give Me More Lip”, iar ediția de anul acesta arată într-un mare fel. Uitați-vă și voi la acele frumuseți! De abia aștept să mă joc cu ele!

Brace yourselves, there are a few lipstick sets that are coming next!

Țineți-vă bine, am mai pus ochii pe câteva seturi cu rujuri!

Last year, I discovered the Kat Von D lipgloss in ”Outlaw” and I really liked it, the quality was great, so I would love to try more lip products from her brand. I think the Kat Von D ”Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss Lip” set is just right what I need.

Anul trecut am descoperit lipglossul în nuanța ”Outlaw” de la Kat Von D și mi-a plăcut tare mult, calitatea este extraordinară, așa că mi-a rămas gândul la produsele ei pentru buze. Mi-ar plăcea să încerc mai multe, iar acest set Kat Von D ”Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss Lip” este exact ce am nevoie.

When I saw this Marc Jacobs Beauty - ”The Sofia - Five Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection” - set, it was love at first sight. I've heard so many good things about Marc Jacobs lipsticks that I had to add this on my birthday list too.

Atunci când am văzut setul de la Marc Jacobs Beauty - ”The Sofia - Five Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection” a fost dragoste la prima vedere. Am auzit atâtea lucruri bune despre rujurile Marc Jacobs, încât musai a trebuit să adaug și acest set pe listă.

Lately, I have found another makeup related love - blushes - as I learned how to bring my cheeks to life. I do have a few in my collection, but I'm really dreaming about the luxurious limited edition Hourglass ”Ambient Lighting Edit” palette. The only thing that is really a setback for me is the price - $80, I don't know if I would like to pay that much for this product.

În ultima vreme am descoperit că am făcut o nouă pasiune pentru un alt produs de machiaj, și anume blushurile. Îmi place atât de mult când obrajii mei prind viață, așa că mi-am creat o mini-colecție. Mi-ar plăcea să adaug colecției mele o piesă luxoasă în ediție limitată de la Hourglass - paleta ”Ambient Lighting Edit”, însă prețul piperat mă cam ține pe loc $80 (aproximativ 320 lei).

The Benefit ”Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty” kit caught my eyes too. I love the quality of Benefit products and I really would love to add this kit to my collection.

Îmi plac mult produsele Benefit, calitatea lor este incontestabilă, asa că mi-a făcut cu ochiul acest kit de blushuri Benefit ”Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty”, pe care mi l-aș dori în colecția mea.

Moving on from the makeup/cosmetics related wish list, I think it is time for an upgrade - a new DSLR camera. I had this camera numerous times on my wish lists, but I was postponing because I wasn't sure what should I get. If you do have some suggestions for me regarding a good DSLR camera for beginners, please leave them in the comments section below. It would be greatly appreciated!

Îndepărtându-ne puțin de sfera produselor de machiaj și a cosmeticelor, cred că acum este momentul pentru o nouă cameră foto, și anume o cameră DSLR. Îmi doresc de multă vreme să-mi achiziționez una, dar am tot amânat din simplul motiv că nu am știut pur și simplu ce să aleg. Prieteni într-ale bloggingului și fotografiei, vă rog ajutați-mă! Voi ce aparate folosiți? Ce mi-ați recomanda? V-aș fi foarte recunoscătoare pentru sfaturi!

I love clothing, but this year all I want are some ... PJ's, something cute and girly, something comfy that I can spend my lazy days in and will make my sleep even more enjoyable.

În plac mult și hainele, însă anul acesta îmi doresc doar niște ... pijamale drăguțe și feminine, comode, ceva în ce aș putea să lenevesc toată ziua și în care aș putea să dorm mai bine.

In the end, I just want to wish to all my beautiful Libras out there a happy and blessed birthday! May your day be full of sunshine, joy and love! 

Pe final aș vrea să transmit tuturor Balanțelor mele frumoase de oriunde v-ați afla, un sincer ”La Mulți Ani!”. Să aveți parte de o zi minunată, să fiți înconjurate de numai persoane frumoase, multă bucurie, dragoste și cât mai multe dorințe îndeplinite!

Yours,                                                                                                          A voastră,
Rally                                                                                                            Rally

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bună tuturor!

Am decis în postarea de astăzi să-mi deschid din nou sufletul în fața voastră, să vă vorbesc deschis despre viața mea din ultima vreme, despre blog și alte gânduri ce îmi trec prin minte. Da, am scris postarea în limba română, pentru că așa a început totul și, deși am un public internațional, am preferat să mă adresez astăzi celor care mă citesc în limba mea de origine. Vă invit să vă așezați comod și să mă citiți în cele ce urmează.

Stau adeseori și mă gândesc la cei 3 ani de când am început să scriu pe acest blog, timp în care am descoperit atâtea lucruri minunate, oameni cu suflete frumoase, am învățat să acord o mai mare atenție tenului și corpului meu, m-am perfecționat în arta machiajului și nu pot să nu observ că, deși mai am încă foarte multe de spus și de arătat pe blog, locului acesta îi cam lipsesc postările în ultima vreme.

După cum bine știți, am preferat sa las blogul puțin în umbră atunci când am decis să-mi concentrez majoritatea timpului pe partea profesională și nu regret că am luat această decizie. Sunt foarte recunoscătoare pentru că am posibilitatea de a mă exprima pe acest blog, de a scrie și a vă informa despre diverse produse de frumusețe, și nu numai. Eu am început acest blog din pasiune și pentru că am simțit nevoia că am o părere pertinentă de afirmat, însă de puține ori pasiunile îți dau și de mâncare, pentru că vrând-nevrând cam totul se reduce în ziua de azi la acea ”mică roată care învârte lumea toată”. Sunt puține cazuri ce-i drept, și acele persoane au parte de tot respectul meu, unde pasiunile s-au transformat în afaceri de real succes. Și, cum nu m-am născut cu lingură de aur la gură, să stau toată ziua în vârful patului, să-mi învârt cosițele aurii pe degete, sau să dau din gene să-mi mai vâre tăticul niște bănuți în cont, sau să stau toată ziua pe Instagram să mă pozez din locuri exotice, și nici într-o țară unde să ți se acorde oportunități reale, am luat-o de la zero într-altă parte și sunt mândră de asta. Aș mai face-o de ”n” ori dacă aș ști că rezultatul este acela pe care mi-l doresc.

M-am concentrat așadar pe partea profesională și am scris pe blog atunci când am simțit nevoia, de aceea și postările rare din ultima vreme. Nu am să dau vina pe timp (deși aș putea), căci am observat că atunci când vrei cu adevărat, se găsește și timp. Vreau să vă mulțumesc mult de tot tuturor celor care mi-ați scris și m-ați întrebat ce mai fac, aceste gânduri sunt și pentru voi. Poate voi nu știați asta, dar eu sunt un om care pune o mare presiune pe sine. Pregătesc postări și cu câteva săptămâni înainte și dacă nu ies perfect, așa cum îmi doresc, nu le mai public. Am destule astfel de exemple care zac în secțiunea de ”Mesaje nefinalizate” a blogului sau le-am șters pur și simplu, refac pozele și de zece ori până captez ceea ce consider a fi esențial, testez, testez și iar testez cu lunile un produs înainte de publica un review, citesc, citesc și iar citesc, mă informez înainte de a scrie despre un produs, eveniment, colecție nouă lansată. Poate că acest perfecționism exagerat al meu mi-a fost mai mult dăunător, decât benefic, și cred că ar fi timpul să nu mai pun atâta presiune pe mine și să o las mai moale.

Un lucru e sigur, am să vă ofer în continuare păreri sincere și pertinente despre tot ceea ce va apărea pe blog, ca și până acum. Poate voi scrie mai des, poate voi scrie mai rar, dar mereu o voi face din inimă, căci eu scriu atunci când mă simt inspirată pe deplin, când simt că am cu adevărat ceva de spus. Nu am scris și nu voi scrie la comandă, doar să mai umplu spațiu, doar ca să mă aflu în treabă. Timpul este unul de neprețuit și ar fi bine ca fiecare dintre noi să învețe să și-l dozeze mai bine.

Vă mulțumesc încă o dată că vă rupeți din timpul vostru să mă urmăriți și citiți!

A voastră,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello everybody!

As we are welcoming a new summer month, August, I was thinking that it is time to show you my summer essentials. It was extremely hard for me to choose from a bunch of products that I use on a daily basis (hey, I am an undecisive Libra, cut me some slack here!), but I named this post ”summer essentials” not for nothing and I am planning to stick to those ”essentials”.

Summer essentials, cosmetics

  • Zico Premium Coconut Water - it is my favorite drink this summer. I love the fact that it is such a refreshing and healthy drink (650 mg potassium and only 90 calories per bottle). My favorite flavors are Pineapple and Watermelon Raspberry. Don't forget to always stay hydrated!
  • Now remember, I like to stay hydrated inside my body, but what about outside? This Evian facial spray quickly became my favorite, it helps me keep my face hydrated, fresh and purified, not to mention that it is great for fixing my make-up, or help me calm my iritated skin after shaving my legs. The Evian natural mineral water benefits from a balanced mineral content, it's pH neutral and works great on my sensitive combination skin. As a matter of fact I am using it as we speak.
  • Maybe you remember the Paula's Choice Hydraligh Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex (with SPF 30) face cream from my birthday haul, when, after reading so many good reviews about this product, I've decided to purchase it. I am congratulating myself for this decision, because I absolutely love this face cream. Its light texture absorbs easily into my skin, keeping it hydrated, shine-free and protected against the sun every day. It does not apply with stripes and does not makes my skin even whiter, like a ghost, as it happened to me before using other creams that had built in SPF, my skin is smooth and radiant, long story short, it is just perfect for my sensitive combination skin.
  • For my body, I like to use the Bioderma ”Invisible mist” Photoderm Bronz with SPF 50. I have tried many products in order to protect my body against the sun damage as I have a very fair skin complexion that burns easily, many moles, freckles, so to me SPF 50 and higher is a must. No product worked as great as this one! It does apply so easy and convenient, it has a discreet smell, does not contain alcohol as many sun-protecting products do (hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic) and has a light, non greasy, non sticky formula that absorbs easily into my skin. Not only my skin is hydrated, but it does offer me that piece of mind knowing my skin is safe and protected against the sun. I am using it all year long, as you may read my post about protecting your skin in the fall and winter too.
  • Last, but not least - my favorite lip product this summer is the Tarte Lip Surgence lip gloss in the shade ”Flush”, that I have received it in my FabFitFun box. It was hard to choose from so many great products, you know my addiction  passion for lip products, but this lip gloss is just perfect for summer. It does have the perfect pink shade that matches perfectly my skin tone, it gives me a pop of color with a subtle shine, the formula  is a bit tacky, but feels very comfortable on my lips and lasts on me for more than three hours, which is great for a lip gloss. I also love the fact that my lips stay hydrated and soft when I am wearing this product. I just love my ”Flush” lip gloss!

Now that you've seen my summer essentials, tell me about yours! Which are those products you've been using the most this summer?


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