Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Hello everybody!


Long time no see my dear friends, but you were always in my thoughts. There comes a time in your life when you need to step back and set up your priorities, so I took the liberty to take a break from blogging and think things through. I wasn't completely away from the beauty world, because I was reading my favorite blogs, buying and testing new products and I constantly informed myself about beauty and lifestyle related news, as I was planning to come back on the blog. As you may know, on January 23rd my blog had its 3 years anniversary and I decided to ”dress” it up a little with new clothes - so you may have noticed my new banner, a completely new design and layout. I really hope you like it, as I was striving for a clean, professional look, but yet friendly and cute, easy to read. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continuous support and patience! I AM BACK!!!

In today's post you will discover the Refresh VoxBox from Influenster - an exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. This was the first box received in 2015 and it was full of goodies. As you can see in the pictures down below there was a pretty good selection of products, from cosmetics, to food/ snacks and oral hygiene.


Influenster, VoxBox


Let's see together what I have received in my Refresh VoxBox!


Influenster, VoxBox


  • The Beanitos Chips - claim to be America's newest superfood”, full of fibers and proteins, free of preservatives, gluten-free and non-GMO. Let me say that the ”Nacho Cheese” flavor quickly became my favorite snack, it was so savory and crunchy and I devoured it in no time. Beanitos Chips cost $3.49/ bag.
  • The Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar - is the perfect snack for your purse and afternoon cravings. I've got the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate flavor and it was absolutely delicious. Can't think about a better combination than that! With 150 calories, 7g of proteins and 5g of fiber, it kept me going through the day. One bar is $1.49.
  • The Orgain Certified Organic Nutritional Shake - this product has an interesting concept, it was formulated to provide ”nourishment on-the-go” for active people. I received a $3.99 coupon for a free shake and I set my eyes on the Creamy Chocolate Fudge flavoring, but unfortunately I could not find it anywhere and I tried at a few local Wal-Marts, Targets and Walgreens. If you see them, please let me know! An Orgain Nutritional Shake is usually between $3-$4 each.


Influenster, VoxBox


  • The COVERGIRL UltraSmooth Foundation - I was very excited to discover this new foundation among this VoxBox's goodies. I have received the shade 820 Creamy Natural and I had the chance to play a little bit with this product. To give you an idea - the foundation comes with an unique applicator which I am not a big fan of, it's blendable and has a good coverage without looking cakey. A more in depth review about the COVERGIRL UltraSmooth Foundation will appear soon on the blog. This new foundation costs between $12.99-$16.99.
  • The L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream - I am so happy that L'Occitane came up with a light version of their well known and loved cream.This product is perfect for my sensitive combination skin - its light, non-greasy formula (which contains 5% shea butter) absorbs quickly into my skin, leaving it hydrated and comfortable all day long. If this face cream would have had a SPF at least 30 it would have been a dream come true for me. Depending on its weight the L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream costs $5 for 8ml or $28 for 50ml.
  • The Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque - now I know this brand quite well and I can say that I love their masques. Every time when I feel the need of a small pampering session I put a Montagne Jeunesse masque on. I tried the Black Seaweed Peel Off masque, and If I may looked like a sea monster, my face sure does love it, because I felt my skin clean and hydrated. Only $1.49 for this product, a real bargain.


Influenster, VoxBox


  • The DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks (for adults) - I am a flossing freak, so those were just coming in handy. They are gentle, yet effective and I am very happy to have tried them. They cost $1.39.
  • The DenTek Fun Flossers (for kids) - my inner child really enjoyed the wild fruit flavoring while using these little samples. Depending on how many you get in a pack they cost between $2.19 and $3.39.
  • The Listerine Pocketpaks - have the perfect size to carry in your bag when you need to refresh your breath on-the-go. They cost $1.40.


These were the goodies from my Refresh VoxBox. I was very happy to have been selected to test them, I really enjoyed doing it. I hope you loved reading this post as well. If you wanna know more about any of these presented products, please let me know in the comments section down below.


Yours,
Rally


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 24, 2014


Hello everybody!


It's Friday and I am sure you have planned something fun for this weekend. Myself, I have a few things planned, I am just hoping that the weather will be much nicer, right now in Miami is quite gloomy and rainy. 

As you all may know, on the beautiful 16th of October I've turned (yet again!) 21 years old (who cares about my real age, deep down I still feel like 21) and I was fortunate enough to receive some cosmetic goodies. I know you all love HAUL posts, personally these kind of posts are my favorites, so I was thinking to show you what I have received and I spoiled on.

By all means, I don't want to brag about these gifts, so if you don't like this type of articles, please do not read mine. 

Even though I was working that day, I had so many wonderful moments that I will keep deep in my heart and cherish for ever. My colleagues surprised me with sweet treats and sang me ”Happy Birthday”, my fiancé expected me with dinner and gifts and I received so many beautiful and kind messages from all over the world, friends and family that I am so fortunate to have in my life. During the weekend I received more gifts and I couldn't be hapier.  I am so grateful for everything that is happening in my life!

Let's get down to the goodies, shall we? 


beauty HAUL, Sephora, Paula's Choice, Elf, Tarte, Revlon


I was so excited about this gift that my fiancé surprised me with - I absolutely love these sets from Sephora called ”Sephora Favorites”. I actually have last year's edition too of the ”Give Me More Lip” set and I am planning to review both sets for you soon on the blog. This set is the absolute perfect gift for any lipstick lover out there. On this occasion, I received the mini-treats set from Make Up For Ever and three samples.

The Revlon Lip Butter lipstick has quite a story. I have been wanting this shade ”Berry Smoothie” for a while, but somehow I couldn't find it. It happened that I was at my local Wal-Mart for a quick, last minute shopping trip a few days before my birthday and I saw the shade and wanted to buy it, but he scolded me that I already have so many lipsticks (and he is ABSOLUTELY right!), that I don't need it, so I felt guilty and didn't buy it. I didn't realize at that time that he was carefully planning something.

When he gave me the gift, I could not believe it - the Revlon Lip Butter was there. I was so happy, I was hopping like a kid (my absolute normal and natural reaction when I receive lipsticks). Be careful ladies, your partners are paying much more attention that we might think!


beauty HAUL, Sephora, Paula's Choice, Elf, Tarte, Revlon


If you want to see what's inside on the Sephora's Give me More Lip set, here's a sneak peek:


beauty HAUL, Sephora, Paula's Choice, Elf, Tarte, Revlon


My very good friend from New York, Mădălina, sent me a surprise package for my birthday full of European sweet goodies, among them my absolute favorite Milka chocolate which is so hard to find here in the US, makeup from Elf and Tarte and a gorgeous pair of earrings. The sweets are not to be seen in the picture down below, because all were quickly devoured. She quite spoiled me, I was not at all expecting so many things. Thank you so much my sweet friend!

Also in the picture down below you are going to see a purple satin pouch full with Tarte sample goodies. Funny story - I've met this pretty lady at work and she was wearing a gorgeous lipstick, so I had to ask her about it. She was so nice and she told me that the lipstick was from Tarte. We talked about cosmetics and beauty, I told her that I have a beauty blog, she told me that she's a Tarte representative and gave me these goodies to try. I was so happy, especially because I haven't tried so many Tarte products!


beauty HAUL, Sephora, Paula's Choice, Elf, Tarte, Revlon


Last, but not least I spoiled myself with some good skin care, so this was a gift from me with love to me. 
I have been reading about these products for the past two years now, I have even tried some samples and I have decided that it is time to purchase them. 

I have just finished my toner and, even though I still use micellar lotion, I really wanted to try this new product from the Resist range - the Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. From the Resist range I have also chosen the 2% BHA exfoliant - Daily Pore-Refining Treatment

My last skin care pick was a face cream, I wanted to try a new one that has SPF, something light, something suitable for my sensitive combination skin. This face cream has so many positive reviews that I have decided to buy it - it is the Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex (with SPF 30)

They had an offer where I received a sample of the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum for free and I also got to choose 5 free samples. Besides all these, I also received Paula's book ”20 Beauty Myths Busted!” that I can't wait to read and tell you about it.

If you are interested to try Paula's Choice products too, I have a $10 off coupon (click), good for your first order,
as a new Paula's Choice customer.


 


Let me know if you enjoyed this haul and if you want to find out more about the products that I have just showed you!


Yours,
Rally

Friday, October 3, 2014


Hello everybody! Bună tuturor!


As we enter in a new month - my favorite Autumn month - October - it is time for me to show you another ”beauty empties” post. As you can see from the picture down below, I have used up quite a few beauty items, a mix between European and American products, that I can't wait to share them with you.


Începem luna Octombrie cu o nouă postare din seria ”produselor consumate”. După cum veți putea observa din poza de mai jos, s-au strâns suficiente produse care așteaptă să vă capteze atenția. Așa cum v-am obișnuit, vă voi prezenta un mix de produse europene și americane pe care le-am folosit până la ultima picătură.


Used up cosmetic products


Let's begin with the ”Face and lip care” section and see my used up cosmetics!

Să începem cu ”Îngrijirea feței și a buzelor” și să vedem produsele consumate!


Used up cosmetic products


  • The Aqua Treatment Balancing Toner from Capra Nera - oh, how much did I love this product. Capra Nera is a European brand made in Switzerland. This product wowed me completely and I have used it until its last drop, one of the best toners I have used so far. It was perfect for my sensitive combination skin. Believe it or not this product lasted me a whole year and I was using it daily.
  • The Sébium Global face cream from Bioderma - helped me to bring my sensitive combination skin to a certain”normality”. I loved using this product, as you can see I have already finished two tubes. I have saved in my blog's drafts the review for this face cream, so stay tuned this month for the review.
  • Another product from Bioderma that I love is the Mattifying Sun Fluid Photoderm AKN Mat with SPF 30 - my every day go-to face cream which I have mentioned it in the 5 SPF cosmetics to consider for fall and winter article here on the blog and I am planning to review it for you guys soon.
  • As you all know already, my guilty pleasure are the lip products, so, yes, I have a ton of lip balms too. One of my favorites is Nivea Hydro Care, this is such a smooth product, it feels so light on the lips and provides long lasting hydration. It is perfect as a lipstick base too. Be careful with the lip balms, you might get addicted! Here is an old article on my blog about lip balm addiction - read it - Are you addicted to lip balm?.
 
  • Loțiunea tonică din gama Aqua Treatment de la Capra Nera - a fost un produs iubit și folosit până la ultimul strop, un produs de care am fost foarte mulțumită, pot spune cea mai bună loțiune tonică folosită până acum. Acest produs spornic mi-a reîmprospătat și revitalizat tenul meu sensibil și mixt. Poate nu o să vă vină să credeți ceea ce vă voi spune, dar acest produs, deși folosit zilnic m-a ținut 1 an de zile (da, ați citit bine!). Dacă sunteți curioși să aflați mai multe despre produsele Capra Nera din gama Aqua Treatment, vă invit să citiți acest review.  
  • Crema de față Sébium Global de la Bioderma - m-a ajutat să-mi readuc tenul sensibil și mixt la normalitate. După cum vedeți am consumat deja 2 tuburi. Îmi propun de ceva vreme să vă vorbesc despre acest produs, am salvat pe blog review-ul care va apărea publicat în această lună.
  • Crema de față Photoderm AKN Mat cu SPF 30 de la Bioderma - este crema de care nu mă lipsesc nici măcar o zi. V-am mai povestit despre ea pe scurt în postarea intitulată 5 SPF cosmetics to consider for fall and winterși îmi propun să vi-o prezint mai în detaliu pe blog cât de curând.
  • Știți deja că plăcerea mea vinovată se referă la produsele pentru buze. Pentru mine îngrijirea acestora e sfântă așa că nu-mi lipsește balsamul de buze. Unul dintre preferatele mele este Nivea Hydro Care - un balsam care se simte atât de fin, delicat și ușor pe buze, dar care oferă o hidratare de durată. Este perfect și ca bază pentru aplicarea rujului. Aveți grijă însă cu balsamurile de buze, se poate ajunge foarte ușor la adicție. Vă las link-ul unui articol mai vechi, citiți-l să vedeți dacă și voi sunteți dependente de balsamul de buze  -Are you addicted to lip balm?.

Let's continue with the ”Hair care” section!
Continuăm cu produsele pentru ”Îngrijirea părului”consumate.



Used up cosmetic products

  • In my search for a good shampoo that can bring my curls back (long live humidity!) and get me rid off frizz and dandruff (long live hard water!), I have bought a lot of products, I have 5 opened shampoos, but none of those helped me as I expected. I managed to finish this Moisture Renewal shampoo from Pantente, a product that offered me hydration, but did not wowed me.
  • I have found my ally in the battle against dandruff in a Romanian product that I am so proud of - the Anti Dandruff sampoo with Ichtyol from Gerovital Plant - Farmec - I saw results from the first usage and it is now part of my hair care routine.

  • În această perioadă am început să folosesc mai multe șampoane (am vreo 5 șampoane încercate, nu exagerez!) în căutarea celui care mă va scăpa de mătreață și a-mi oferi buclele de odinioară. Am reușit să termin acest șampon de la Pantene - Moisture Renewal - un șampon ok, mi-a oferit hidratare părului, dar nu m-a dat pe spate.
  • Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant de la Farmec - nu mai are nevoie de nicio prezentare. I-am făcut un review detaliat pe blog, pe care vă invit să-l citiți.


The last used up products are the ”Body and nail care” ones. Let's see what I've got!

Ultimele produse pe care vi le voi prezenta sunt cele din categoria ”Îngrijirii corpului și a unghiilor”.


Used up cosmetic products


  • I was able to finish this humongous body lotion with Shea Butter from Jergens - and let me tell you that I was very impressed with it. I absolutely love this product - it deeply moisturizes and provides long lasting hydration, has a wonderful smell and, on top of this, it is also very affordable. On my next trip to my local Walmart this product will certainly be in my shopping cart.
  • The green tea lemon shower gel from Sephora is one of my favorites and I had to stock up a little. I have thrown away a few used up bottles before I was ready to post this article. This is the last one, I am recommending this product to you too, its fresh scent will revive your senses every time you'll use it.
  • When I want to relax myself after a long day at work, I always go to my Japanese Cherry Blossom bubble bath from Bath and Body Works - I have been lusting for this product for a while now and, as soon as I arrived in the US, I did buy it - it has exceeded all my expectations - this product smells divine, makes you thinking of the far away Japan, modern and futuristic, full of color and mystery, which I would love to visit one day.
  • I haven't use in quite some time the Lady Speed Stick deodorants, I am a big fan of the Degree deodorants, but this particular one with wild freesia made a nice impression on me - it lasted me forever (3 months and a half used daily), did not leave white marks on my clothes, my armits were always dry and protected against the sweat. 
  • I have also used the mini version (50 ml, 1.69 fl.oz.) of the Berganot Body Butter from Boots (UK brand, you can find these products at Target, Boots/ No.7). I used this product for my hands and heels, I did love it, smells so good, goes easily into your skin and offers a long lasting hydration.
  • My last used up product is a product dedicated for nail care - the 4 in 1 complete care from Flormar (a Turkish cosmetic brand). This product is a smoothning base coat, powerful strengthener, growth treatment and shiny top coat, which helped my nails a lot. I do love it, besides that, it is very affordable (aproximately $3, unfortunately you can't find these products in the US).
 
  • Am reușit să termin uriașa loțiune de corp cu Unt de Shea de la Jergens - un produs de care am rămas plăcut impresionată și am fost foarte mulțumită - hidratează în profunzime, oferă o hidratare de durată, are un miros minunat și, în plus este foarte accesibilă ca preț. Cu siguranță, acest produs se va mai regăsi în coșul meu de cumpărături.
  • Gelul de duș cu ceai verde și lămâie de la Sephora este preferatul meu de ceva vreme, așa că am avut un mic stoc de geluri de duș. Să tot fi aruncat câteva ambalaje până am ajuns să scriu această postare. Cert este că acesta e ultimul, vi-l recomand și vouă, e fresh și vă va revigora simțurile pe dată cu fiecare utilizare.
  • Momentul meu de răsfăț după o zi grea de muncă nu se poate concepe fără un spumant de baie cu arome jucăușe, iar acest produs cu floare de cireș japoneză de la Bath and Body Works s-a aflat pe lista mea de ceva vreme. Așteptarea a meritat, căci mi-a depășit expectanțele - miroase divin te poartă cu gândul la îndepărtata Japonie, modernă și futuristă, plină de culoare și mister, pe care mi-ar plăcea să o vizitez într-o bună zi.
  • Deodorantul stick Lady Speed Stick cu frezie sălbatică a fost o surpriză plăcută pentru mine. Nu mai folosisem acest brand de foarte multă vreme, eu sunt fan Rexona și am vrut să-l încerc. Pe lângă faptul că m-a ținut o veșnicie (3 luni jumătate cu utilizare zilnică!), nu a lăsat urme albe și am avut mereu subrațul uscat și protejat împotriva transpirației.
  • Varianta mini (50 ml) a untului de corp cu extract de bergamotă de la Boots am folosit-o pentru îngrijirea mâinilor și a călcâielor. Miroase extraordinar, pătrunde ușor în piele și oferă o hidratare de durată.
  • Ultimul produs este unul pentru îngrijirea unghiilor - tratamentul 4 în 1 de la Flormar (acționează ca și bază, întăritor pentru unghii, tratament pentru creșterea unghiilor și top coat) - un produs care mi-a plăcut și mi-a ajutat mult unghiile, costă doar 10 lei și atât vă spun, merită încercat.

These were my used up beauty products. I would love to know if you have used one of these products or what would you be curious to try from what I  presented here.

Acestea au fost produsele consumate de mine. Mi-ar plăcea să știu dacă și voi ați folosit vreunul dintre aceste produse sau care dintre ele v-ar tenta să le încercați.


Yours,                                                                                                       A voastră,
Rally                                                                                                         Rally

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Bună tuturor!


Revin azi cu un nou review pe blog, de data aceasta al unui produs românesc - poate v-ați întrebat dacă nu cumva am uitat limba română după atâtea articole scrise în limba engleză.

În cele ce urmează veți putea citi despre Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant,  Farmec. Dacă vă aduceți aminte postarea cu cădița, ediția cu numărul 3, v-am povestit că, odată cu schimbarea climatului de la unul temperat continental la unul tropical umed, părul meu a trebuit să facă față unor noi provocări (pentru cei care nu știu, locuiesc de 1 an și ceva în Miami, Florida). Una dintre cele mai neplăcute provocări a fost apariția mătreții la câteva luni bune după sosirea mea în State, când, am observat că apa dură din zona în care locuiesc m-a cadorisit cu niscaiva ”fulgi de nea” (niscaiva, puțin spus, fie vorba între noi). Șamponul pe care îl foloseam la acea dată nu mi-a fost de prea mult ajutor, așa că am luat la rând magazinele în căutarea aliatului perfect în lupta cu mătreața, fără prea mult succes însă.



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Aliatul meu aveam să-l găsesc câteva luni mai târziu - o surpriză foarte plăcută - un produs românesc Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant de la Farmec pe care mama mi l-a trimis spre testare. Nu sunt o persoană care să aibă probleme cu mătreața, dar, din cauza apei dure, mereu m-am confruntat cu această problemă, fie că mă aflam în România, sau călătoream în Europa. Acum i-a venit rândul apei americane să-și facă de cap cu părul meu. La recomandările mamei, care, la rândul ei folosise acest șampon și fusese extrem de mulțumită de produs, am început să-l folosesc și eu.

Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol, Gerovital Plant de la Farmec se găsește disponibil sub forma unui flacon din plastic de 125 ml sau 150 ml, având un termen de valabilitate de 12 luni



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Ingrediente:
Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide MEA, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Piroctone Olamine, Ichthammol, Quarternium-22, Panthenol, Lauryl Pyrrolidone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Parfum (Perfume), Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Descrierea oficială a acestui produs:

”Datorită combinaţiei inovative de principii active acţionează delicat, dar eficient asupra pielii capului, reglează nivelul seboreic, calmează iritaţiile, inflamaţiile şi elimină mătreaţa. Șamponul combină în mod original principii active atent selecționate pentru combaterea mătreții:- Octopiroxul prezintă o deosebită acțiune antifungică având un rol esențial în combaterea mătreții;- Ichtiolul are proprietăți inflamatoarea și antiseptice, fiind deosebit de util în infecții ale pielii sau alte inflamații ale foliculului pilos. Această combinație de principii recomandă șamponul chiar și pentru ameliorarea manifestărilor neplăcute ce apar în dermatita seboreică sau psoriasis.”(Farmec)

Ambalajul acestui șampon mi se pare practic și ușor de folosit, chiar și de luat în călătorii.  
Varianta de 125 de ml dispune de un capac care se defiletează cu ușurință, iar pe gâtul sticlei se găsește un alt capac prevăzut cu un mic orificiu ce permite o dozare optimă a cantității de produs dorită, în timp ce varianta de 150 de ml dispune de un capac care se deschide cu ușurință, prevăzut, la fel, cu un mic orificiu pentru dozarea optimă a produsului.


review, sampon, Farmec


Mi-am făcut ceva griji în privința mirosului acestui produs. Mirosul este unul suportabil, nu vă mint, veți simți un miros de petrol, doar ichtiolul este, conform DEX-ului ”Ihtiosulfonat de amoniu, care se obține prin distilarea uscată a șisturilor bituminoase sau a rocilor ce conțin fosile de pești marini. Este utilizat în dermatologie pentru acțiunea sa antiseptică, antiinflamatorie și cheratoplastică”, dar vă veți obișnui pe parcurs. Dacă eu, care sunt o persoană foarte pretențioasă la mirosuri am ajuns să mă obișnuiesc cu el, cu siguranță și voi o veți face.

Textura șamponului este una fluidă, de culoare cafeniu perlată (nu se distinge foarte bine în poze, deoarece am turnat în palmă o cantitate mică de produs).


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Cum a funcționat în cazul meu Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant de la Farmec?


De îndată ce am primit acest șampon, l-am și încadrat în rutina mea de îngrijire a părului. Astfel, îmi turnam în căușul palmei cantitatea dorită de șampon, după care șamponam și masam pielea capului. Mama îmi spusese că acest șampon nu prea face multă spumă, să nu mă sperii însă de acest aspect și să masez ușor pielea capului pentru ca acesta să-și facă efectul (știți acea senzație de a masa ”în gol” un produs care nu face spumă pe pielea capului). Nu pot să-i dau mamei dreptate în totalitate, căci șamponul amestecat cu apă a făcut o spumă ok. Am masat pielea capului după care am clătit cu apă. Nu am folosit acest produs pe lungimea părului (decât o singură dată, din greșeală).  După clătirea cu apă a produsului, am continuat cu rutina mea obișnuită, am folosit șamponul și balsamul pe care le utilizam la momentul respectiv (Elseve Arginine Resist X3 de la  L'Oréal Paris, toate cele 3 produse au făcut casă bună împreună), după care uscam sau coafam părul.

Ce mi-a plăcut la acest șampon este că am văzut rezultate încă de la prima utilizare, ceea ce nu pot spune despre alte produse folosite. Acest lucru m-a determinat să am încredere în acest produs și să-l folosesc în continuare. Încet, încet mătreața s-a diminuat și sunt foarte mulțumită să spun că la ora actuală nu mai am probleme. Desigur, sunt un organism viu și câteva firicele de mătreață mai apar foarte rar ici și colo, dar nimic notabil. Eu am început cu o sticluță de 125 ml care m-a ținut 4 luni și ceva, cu 1-2 folosiri pe săptămână. 

Am întrebat-o pe mama cât costă acest produs, ea mi-a spus că pentru sticluța de 125 ml a plătit 14 lei, iar pentru cea de 150 ml a plătit 17.50 lei. Ea a găsit acest șampon tratament în farmacii. Eu am văzut acest produs disponibil și în magazinul on-line al brandului. 
 
Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant de la Farmec a ajuns să fie de nelipsit din rutina mea de îngrijire a părului, de la 2 sticluțe, am ajuns acum să am 6.


Câteva mici sfaturi de folosire a acestui produs:
- folosiți acest șampon cu precădere pe pielea capului, fără a șampona și pe lungimea părului - am șamponat o dată, din greșeală pe lungimea părului și nu mi-a plăcut efectul, părul mi-a rămas încărcat și uscat;
- folosiți produsul în combinație cu șamponul vostru preferat, astfel veți elimina acel miros de petrol, care poate fi deranjant;
- luați în considerare faptul că acest produs este un șampon-tratament, iar un tratament înseamnă, cel puțin pentru mine, utilizare de durată, pentru a obține efectul scontat. Chiar dacă veți vedea rezultate încă de la prima utilizare, dacă trăiți într-un mediu cu apă dură, mătreața va reveni, sau dacă aveți probleme de natură dermatologică, folosiți-l cu regularitate.

Nu am uitat nici de PUNCTELE FORTE și PUNCTELE SLABE ale produsului:

PUNCTE FORTE:
  • ambalaj practic și ușor de folosit 
  • produs spornic și eficient
  • raport excelent calitate-preț
  • face ceea ce promite

PUNCTE SLABE:
  • mirosul

Șamponul antimătreață cu ichtiol din gama Gerovital Plant de la Farmec este un produs pe care vi-l recomand cu căldură, dacă și voi întâmpinați astfel de probleme. Eu l-aș recumpăra cu siguranță (e și mai bine să-l primești). 


Sunt curioasă dacă și voi ați folosit acest șampon. Oare împărtășim aceleași opinii?



A voastră,
Rally

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Hello everybody!


Even though in some parts of the world the fall season has arrived and you definitely enjoy seeing those rusty leaves, wearing comfy sweaters or cool boots, there is one thing that you should not forget about - SPF. I know what you are thinking right now: ”Why should I wear a SPF product when the sun is barely there?” My recommendation would be to NEVER stop using SPF, no matter that it's spring, summer, autumn or winter. If you want to have a nice, healthy skin, use SPF, because the sun damages your skin every single day from the moment you were born and this is the skin you were given with for the rest of your life, so take good care of it. It is useless to buy expensive makeup products and put them on your face, if your base was built wrong. It is like you want to put windows to your new house, but the walls are so thin, that cannot support all that heavy hardware and eventually everything will fall apart.

Did you know that ”skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime? Melanoma accounts for six percent of cancer cases in 15-19 years old teens. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old. Also, one person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).”



SPF, face and body care

I must confess, I wasn't a person who used SPF daily and I regret the fact that I did not inform myself properly regarding this importat aspect. As I discovered the beauty blogs a while back, I start researching about the ingredients found in cosmetics, I learned about the importance of the daily usage of SPF, I started giving much more attention to my skin care routine. I am so grateful for all these learned things, because they truly can make a difference in your life.

Today I am going to show you 5 SPF cosmetics that are good for the next seasons too, not just for summer. I repeat it again: no matter that you live in a tropical climate or a cold or temperate climate, USE SPF DAILY. Wheather you are going to pick up your favorite pizza, do groceries, plan a vacation on a tropical island, or skiing on a mountain, use SPF!


SPF, face and body care


To justify my choices shown above, I must tell you that my skin is very fair, sensitive, I have freckles and moles and I live in a tropical climate with sun exposure pretty much year round, so a higher SPF product helps protecting my skin better.
I have chosen two spray type body care with SPF products, two cream type body care with SPF products and a product for face.

From L-R: 
  • The ”Invisible mist” Photoderm Bronz with SPF 50 from Bioderma - is my absolute favorite. It's very easy and convenient to apply. Its light, non greasy, non sticky, high protection formula makes it perfect for my outoors activities, besides this is a hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, water resistant product.
  • The ”Transparent Sun Spray” with SPF 50 from Eucerin - this spray type body care product has a very nice texture that is easily absorbed into the skin. It is water resistant and has a non sticky formula. This product does contain alcohol, but my body skin tolerated it well. I like to use it in my  outdoors activities. 
  • The ”Sun Creme-Gel” Allergy Protection with 25 SPF from Eucerin - it is perfect for my daily activities, when I am not exposing my skin in the sun too much. Its creme-gel texture is easily to apply and very well absorbed into the skin. This is a specially designed product for people who suffer from sun allergies. I absolutely love it.  
  • The ”Baby Sunscreen Lotion” with 50 SPF Broad Spectrum from Equate - I know it is a product for babies, but works well on my skin too. This very affordable lotion is water resistant and hypoallergenic. I like using this product when I know I will be outside for a longer time, I do like it, but tends to be sticky from time to time.
  • The ”Mattyfying fluid” Photoderm AKN Mat with 30 SPF from Bioderma - is my go-to face cream with SPF. This cream hydrates, mattyfies, protects my sensitive combination skin. It is water resistant and parabens free. I am planning to review this face cream soon on my blog.

    These were my choices. Of course, you can lower or increase your SPF index, according to your skin needs and choose the brands that you love.

Remember to:
- pick up those products that offer you a broad spectrum protection against the sun
- buy products with ingrediensts that do not harm your skin
- apply the products in a generous amount (the size of a quarter) at least 20 minutes before sun exposure (going outside) 
- reapply after 2-3 hours if you are doing outdoor activities, you are swimming or you sweat.


Do you use SPF on a daily basis? Which SPF products are your favorites?


Yours,
Rally

Friday, August 29, 2014


Hello everybody!


I was nominated by my sassy lady Dawn aka Simply Sassy's Style to do this cool tag. Thank you so much Dawn for thinking of me! You definitely inspire me and I am so glad I discovered your blog.



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Here are the RULES of this award:
  • Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. Optional: Proudly display the award's blog on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
     
 Do you want to know me better? Ok, here we go:
  • I am a pure Libra - undecided, sociable and very patient. 
  • I love people, socializing with them, listening to their stories, helping them.  
  • I have an unhealthy love for lipsticks, I have a TON of lipsticks and lip products. Yes, I must confess, at this point it has transformed into an obsession.  
  • I am dreaming to be a brand ambassador one day. 
  •  I love, love, love my blog and my readers. Their continuing support means so much to me, they are my inspiration and strength to keep creating beautiful content. 
  • My favorite quote is: ”Life may lead you where you don't expect, but have faith that you are exactly where you should be”. 
  • I was always passionate about photography and I would love to step up to the next level and take a professional course.

I am nominating in a random order: 

Jessica --- beautydelicacy.com
Antonia --- macnetize.com
Ana-Maria --- www.beautybarometer.com


Yours,
Rally

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Hello everybody!


Today you'll find a new review in my ”Review and Swatches” section here on the blog. I am reviewing for you the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation.

For me, finding a good foundation is quite a challenge, considering my fair complexion. In the same time, I have to be very careful, because I don't want to look like a ghost, nor like a ”Tiki mask”, not to mention that my new sensitive combination skin requires much more attention than before, when I had a normal with dry tendencies skin. Clarifying that, I have to mention that in terms of foundations, I had a few pleasant surprises both from drugstores and dermatocosmetics brands. I will review those particular foundations in the future.

I ended up buying the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation because I was drawn by the element of innovation and surprise that this product brought on the market. I bought it from my local Wal-Mart and I paid $8.94 (+ tax).

As you can see, Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation comes in a hard glass bottle and has 20 ml or 0.67 FL. OZ.. According to the code on the back of the bottle - the product has been manufactured in May 2014 and has a general shelf life of 36 months
(Based on the information provided by Cosmetic Calculator)


review, foundation, Maybelline


Ingredients:
Active ingredient: Octinoxate 3% - Purpose - Sunscreen
Inactive ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alchool Denat, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acrylates/ Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, PEG -10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Water, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminium Hydroxide; may contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

An official description of the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation:
”Breakthrough texture fuses with skin. A finish so imppecable, yet undetectable. Our fluid-touch formula with Skin Fusion Pigments is 12x thinner. So thin, it becomes one with the skin, yet so concentrated, it covers flawlessly”. (Maybelline)

The innovative element comes with the packaging of this foundation - the hard glasss bottle has an ergonomic design which allows you to store and carry it easily, but what makes unique this foundation is its exclusive dropper - the tear drop-shapped applicator.


review, foundation, Maybelline


The texture is a fluid one. Normally I do not necessarly mention this is a review of a foundation, but the smell I did not like it at all. I was not expecting a roses and flowers scent, but this product has quite a noticeable alcohool smell.



Now, let me share with you my in-depth thoughts on the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation:


This new Maybelline foundations comes in 12 shades, which is a good thing to see that they tried to cover as much as possible from all the ranges of skin complexions. I purchased the shade ”10 Porcelain Ivory” which is the fairest of them all (like me). I was debating weather to buy this shade or ”15 Ivory”, but I was affraid that the Ivory will look a little darker on me, and with my skin tone every darker drop is visibly right away, so I ended up purchasing the first one. Most probably, my perfect shade will be a mix between these two. Anyhow, this chosen shade seems to be working ok for me.

When I was using this fondation, I had to shake it well, due to its fluid consistency and separation of formula, unscrew the cap, allow the foundation to drop onto fingertip and apply it to my face. I must say that I am not a huge fan of the ”tear drop” applicator/ dropper. I prefer better the pump applicator, which allows you to apply the exact amount of product you need. This particular applicator, most of the times, did not drop the foundation, I had to rub it to my fingertip; also as the foundation's wand goes deep into the foundation's formula, when you take it out to apply the foundation onto your fingertips, it comes out with a certain amount of foundation. When you put the wand back into the bottle, that tricked amount of foundation builds up on the bottle's ”neck”, being messy. 


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The foundation gave me a small to medium coverage for my combination skin. It glides smoothly when applied on the skin, blends well either using fingers or a brush and gives me a nice, subtle ”no makeup makeup look. You can build it up without looking cakey or have that wierd ”mask” feeling. It worked ok set up with a mattifying powder, without it my oily zones (T- Zone, chin), started to shine in about 2-3 hours after application. Although on me this foundation looks ok, I consider it more suitable for a normal skin, because it does not offer the complete coverage that I need to feel confident in it. Moreover, this is not a transfer resistant foundation, it will stain the objects that your face will come in contact with like the cell phone, regular phone or your shirt's collar.


review, foundation, Maybelline
review, foundation, Maybelline


Also, I want to mention I was glad to see that this foundation has SPF 20, which is such a great thing to complete your already applied SPF face cream in the fight against sun damage. This is a big plus.
REMEMBER: Even though this foundation has SPF 20, DO NOT FORGET to apply your daily SPF moisturizer, because applied alone, this product does not protect you completely from the sun, but applied in combination with a SPF moisturizer makes quite the team.

The presence of the Alchool Denat in this product's composition did affect me a little. Having a sensitive combination skin is not easy. As I am using and testing more and more cosmetic products, I discover that my skin tends to react differently when it comes to products that contain Alchool Denat. For exemple, I used  face creams that had this ingredient and my skin tolerated the product, there were other cases when I felt my skin dry or I broke out, or I felt a sensation of itchiness. Talking about Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation I felt my skin a tad bit dry, but no other reactions. 

If you have combination skin or acne prone skin, I woulnd't recomment purchasing this product. Personally, I had a love-hate relationship with it, there were aspects that I did like, but there were certainly aspects that I did not like at all. I incline to say that this foundation will not be repurchased.

Let's conclude with the STRONG POINTS and WEAKNESSES of the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation:


STRONG POINTS:  
  • ergonomic, easy to use packaging
  • exclusive applicator/ dropper
  • good shade variety
  • smoothly application into the skin
  • easy to blend, buildable, no ”mask” look
  • SPF 20


WEAKNESSES: 
  • contains Alcohool Denat - dried my skin
  • unpleasant smell
  • messy applicator/ dropper
  • performs better on a normal than sensitive combination skin


I hope these information were useful to you!

Did you try the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation?



Yours,
Rally

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