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NEW YEAR'S EVE

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Images from Pinterest


We are so close to the new year and from here I want to wish a happy new year to all of you!! Hope you all have a fantastic night and an amazing 2014!

Lots of love, 
xx

Almu

BEAUTY EMPTIES #1

Friday, 27 December 2013

So before to end this year, I had to make a post about beauty empties and also because I had too many empty bottles in my bathroom ;)



Hair Products
  • Sunsilk Co-Creations Soft & Smooth Shampoo with Argan and almond oils. I've got this shampoo in summer and I have to say that I'm very impressed with it. It leaves hair very smooth and well hydrated and with a lovely scent. And it's so inexpensive. Repurchase? probably during summer again.
  • Pantene Aqualight Shampoo without silicones. Not impressed with this shampoo at all. Actually it felt a bit heavy on my hair, a not plesant sensation at all. Repurchase? No.
  • Redken Scal Relief Dandruff Control. Months ago I had this problem with my scalp, it was be very itchy and flaky. I started to use this shampoo but it didn't help me simple because it wasn't a dandruff problem what I had. Repurchase? No.
  • Renken Blonde Glam Color Enhancer. I featured this product in my favourites. I liked a lot, it moisture my blonde ends and enhance the colour beautifully. Repurchase? Yes


Skin Care
  • Biotherm Skin Ergetic Anti Fatigue Moisturiser. Fantastic product! It keeps the skin well moisturised with a fresh effect perfect to apply every morning. Also it has a lovely citrus smell. I have normal- combination skin but very sensitive and this one works perfectly, no break outs. Repurchase? Probably yes although I would like to try other products.
  • Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Scrub. Another fabulous product. It is a very gentle scrub and leaves the skin clean and fresh. Not dry effect. Repurchase? Yes.
  • Caudalie Eau de Raisin. This grape water is similar to thermal water, it is refreshing and it's moisturising. I love to use this during summer. Repurchase? Yes.
  • Nivea Q10 Roll-on eye cream. The cool effect of the roll-on is very pleasant. However I didn't feel it was moisturising my eyes enough. Repurchase? No

Body Care
  • Kaloderma Body Scrub with macadamia and lavender oil.  I didn't like this scrub at all. It is quite hard on the skin. And the smell is not for me. Repurchase? No.
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. I'm so sad I finished this bottle. Love so much this oil! Perfect texture and perfect scent that will last on the skin. Repurchase? Yes!
  • The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter. These body butters are lovely and the chocolate scent was very nice actually. Repurchase? I'm afraid this was limited edition.
  • Victoria's Secret Bombshell Body Mist. Lovely smell and it last quite long even when it is just a body mist. Repurchase? Yes although I would like to try other scents from the brand.
That's all!
xx

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
I hope you all have a happy and fabulous christmas holidays!
Lots of love




CHRISTMAS WISHLIST

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas day is so close and right now I'm dreaming to receive all this presents! This is my wishlist for that day:

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm
Nars Creamy Concealer
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner
Embyolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Caudalie Divine Oil
Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm
Neom candle
Molecule 01 Perfume by Escentric Molecules

What is your Christmas wishlist?
xx

TRAVEL BAG ESSENTIALS VOL. II

Thursday, 19 December 2013


Since I'm travelling in a few days (coming back home for Christmas :)) I thought I'd show you what I'm bringing with me. I did a similar post months ago, that's why I called this post vol. II, you can check the vol.I here ;)

When it comes to skincare and haircare travel sizes and mini-sizes are perfect, also those mini bottles are so cute!
For my hair I'm bringing this Macadamia Rejuvenating shampoo and the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. I also bring the Tangle Teezer with me, I can not live without this!!
Moisturisers are essential and in this case I'm taking with me the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Moisturiser, the Emu Oil Well Eye cream and this mini size of the Nuxe Reve de Miel moisturiser for dry skin, for when I need more hydration on my skin.
Last, I take some products to clean the skin such as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, this mini bottle of Chanel Eye makeup remover and some cleansing wipes, this ones are with micellar water.

I also bring this Elisabeth Arden 8h cream and the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm to use as a primer to stay perfect those long Christmas nights.

Choose the make up is the difficult part!
In the end I chose the Dior Forever foundation, because I need some good coverage at the moment, and this one has a perfect coverage without looking too much or cakey. The concealers are the Mac Studio Finish  NC 20 and the Benefit Erase Paste number one, love it for the under eye area.

For the eyes, I'm bringing the Mac eye shadows in Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe and Woodwinked and this single Catrice eyeshadow called Starlight Espresso . I'm taking the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in brown and some eye pencils like the Kiko Glamorous eye pencil number 403,which is an amazing bronze-burgundy colour and the Rimmel ScandalEyes in nude. Last for my eyebrows, of course the Kiko Eyebrow pencil and as mascara this L'oreal Telescopic in brown and this sample of the Chanel Le Volume mascara in black.

For the rest of my face, the Rimmel Stay matte powder, Burberry blush in Earthy that I use to contour my cheeks and as a blush the Mac Well Dressed. Also I'm taking the L'Oreal Lumi Magique highlighter.

Last but not least, for my everyday looks I chose the Dior Lip Glow and for when I want something more special this gorgeous lipstick, the Rimmel Kate Moss number 107.

The makeup bag is by Victoria's Secret.

So, I guess that's all

What are your travel essentials?

xx



FAVOURITE NAIL PRODUCTS OF THE MOMENT

Monday, 16 December 2013

Today I want to show you these three nail products I've been using a lot lately.

Velvet by Mavala is a nail polish that I've got months ago and I like it but I didn't use it a lot to be honestly. But lately I've rediscovered it and I really love how it looks. Also I have to say that it last for long time on my nails. I'm very pleased with it. It is a beige-nude color that I think is flattering on everyone.

The other nail laquer colour is by Kiko Cosmetics, the shade number 373 and it's called Burnt Sienna. I've never noticed on this colour before but actually it a very nice shade, a brown-bronze with subtle golden shimmer, lovely for this time of the year.

Lastly I want to tell you about this top coat by Kiko. It is called 3 in 1 Shine and it's supposed to work as a base coat as well and as fortifying and fast dry. So far I've only used it as top coat and I have to say I like it a lot, it gives a nice glossy effect, the polish dry quite fast and the manicure last for long, in my experience.


Do you own some of these? What do you think about them?

Happy week everyone! 
xx

BAG ESSENTIALS - WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Today I thought I could show you all my handbag essentials with this popular tag about what's in my bag. So let's get started!

First of all, I show you the bag I'm using lately which is this gorgeous burgundy bag from Zara, called the Mini City Bag. The size, shape and the style are perfection. My wallet is from Guess and the Sunglasses are the classic RayBan Wayfarer in black.

I'm always carry the iPod and the headphones with me, because I'm always listening music while I'm walking down the street. The pink case is from Mango.
I always keep this compact powder from Chanel in my bag for touch ups and keep mattified the shiny areas during the day. It is called Mat Lumière Luminous Matte Powder SPF10. I also started to carry this mini size of this mascara from Chanel called Le Volume, amazing mascara by the way.

It is essential to carry something to moisture the lips during the day. In this case I have this Nivea lip butter in vanilla and macadamia, it has such a lovely smell. I also carry this lip butter from Korres (Korres in Wild Rose) with a touch of colour for when I need a little bit more that hydrate the lips.

Hand cream is another essential and this mini-size from Nuxe it is just perfect. It is from their range Reve de Miel. It absorbs quickly and leaves the hands well moisturised and with a lovely scent.

I tend to have a small bottle of perfume as this one from Zara. Love this scent! It is called Black Amber.

Lastly, I always bring other basics like the hand-sanitizer, tissues, a pen and the keys.


What are you essentials?
xx

FACE HIGHLIGHTER PEN, WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE?

Monday, 9 December 2013

I normally include a highlighter pen in my daily make up. They are used to bring light and radiance to the skin, erase signs of fatigue and brightens the complexion. They are supposed to work as concealer as well, but they have quite sheer coverage for dark circles in my opinion. But I love to use it after the concealer to bright up the area around the eyes and as complexion brightener.

Today I want to show you my experience with these three highlighter pens. I have fair skin tone so I always choose the lightest colour of the range,  but as you can see on the picture below the colours are all different witch it can be quite confusing. Let's take a look to this comparison:


YSL Touche Éclat 1 Luminous Radiance, 35 . This product is loved by make-up artists and celebrities! It is a good product but is so pricey. It leaves a prettty effect on the skin. Although it doesn't last for long on the skin. I think this shade might not be the right for me, I picked the number one which has a clearly pink-salmon undertone and it looks quite strange sometimes in my skin. 

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch 01, 9 . This one has been such a disappointment. This is the lightest colour of the range and as you can see it is so dark for my skin tone! Also I find the formula quite matte in comparison with other highlighters which is very weird. It didn't work for me at all.


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light 01, 13 . This has been my latest acquisition and I have to say that I'm very pleased with it. It has an ivory colour which will work perfectly for pale-fair skin. It has a nice formula which give a subtle highlighting. Works perfectly as an instant under eye brightener.




My winner in this comparison is the L'Oreal Lumi Maquique Touch of Light. The color in this case is perfect for highlighting in a fair skin. Also the formula is very good and the price is affordable.

Have you ever tried one of these three?
xx

10 BEST THINGS ABOUT DECEMBER

Friday, 6 December 2013
 
                                                                             Pictures are from Pinterest and my own.

1. All this cosy and warm scarves-blankets.
2. Love Actually! I absolutely adore this movie specially during Christmas time.
3. Christmas candles and scents like Christmas Cookies by Yankee Candle.
4. Chocolate Santa Claus! 
5. Walking in the street with all this Christmas lights and fairy lights.
6. Christmas home décor.
7. Listening Christmas songs sung by Michael Buble.
8. Hot chocolates! 
9. Christmas manicure.
10. Gifts shopping and the most beautiful packaging and gift wrapping.


What do you like the most about this time of the year?

xx

DUPE ALERT: CHANEL VS. RIMMEL

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


A nude eyeliner is so important as a black one, but not all are the same and it is important to find the perfect one. Today I'm going to show this interesting dupe I've found in my make up collection.  A few months ago I got this Chanel eye pencil after reading a few reviews, but I must say that is not as good as the Rimmel Nude Eyepencil. Both have this peachy nude colour, perfect for the waterline and to get this instant brightness on the face.

The Chanel Le Crayon Khol  #69 Clair is not a really soft khol, as I mentioned in my review post early this year. Actually it may be quite hard and since I use this for my waterline, this sensation of a hard eye pencil is not very pleasant at all. However the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Khol in Nude is more soft, more creamy, more pigmented and it last for long time.


The difference of price is very high, the Chanel eyeliner is about 20 euros and the Rimmel Khol costs just 5 euros!  This is a fantastic product and could be easily featured in my best budget product section.Go and get it, you need this in your make up collection! ;)




xx

CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION

Monday, 2 December 2013


All pictures from Pinterest

We are in December already! and this means the most wonderful time of the year is coming. I feel very festive today as I was trying to find some inspiration to decor the house and other ideas for Christmas time. I thought I could share with you some nice quotes and beautiful pictures, hopefully you will also get this Christmassy mood!

Have a wonderful week!

xx