Summer Skincare Favourites 2016

A deep sigh… Summer is over…But but but! Things aren’t as sad if you discovered some new favourites, right? This summer was particularly successful for me as I found so many new products and brands… So many that I can’t even wait as I want to share them all with you!

My skin

First of all, before jumping into the actual skincare favourites, I thought that I should talk about my skin as this will help to explain why I choose certain products and why they became my summer favourites.

So, my skin in general has the following characteristics:

  • fair;
  • prone to getting sunburns;
  • has quite a lot of little moles;
  • sensitive;
  • has some discoloration;
  • normal to oily or combination.

A bunch of wonderful factors that I need to take into consideration when choosing my skincare products. One might say that these ‘characteristics’ are nothing compared to acne skin but I guess people in general think that their own problems are worse than everyone else’s. Yes, I am grateful that I do not need to deal with acne but being so prone to getting sunburns and being unable to imagine my life without SPF (which tends to clog your pores) isn’t ideal too.

I am happy that this summer I managed to find products that really work! And I am also happy for the fact that I kept my skincare routine to a minimum avoiding unnecessary layering of thousands of products!


Before and after sun

Being quite fair means that SPF plays an important part in my skincare routine. I am not too fussy about sun creams as long as they don’t clog my pores and they have a good level of protection. This summer I chose Garnier Ambre Solaire Resisto Kids SPF 50 sun cream. The SPF is high enough, smell is quite the usual one, packaging small meaning it’s perfect for travelling, so what else do you need?

For some after-sun care I usually use my moisturisers but this summer I suffered really badly from a sun allergy, therefore, I had to make a bit of an investment into ‘serious stuff’. While being in Spain and wiping off my tears due to having a really strong sun allergy, I went to Spanish pharmacy and begged for help! A lovely pharmacist introduced me to an after-sun spray by brand know as ISDIN.  This stuff literally changed my life and I used it religiously everyday from the day I bought it! Sunburns and allergy disappeared completely after two days of using it!

Face cleanser

I am such a simple woman! No no, my personality is quite difficult but in terms of make-up removal, I am dead simple! I only use one cleanser to wash off my make-up! And I don’t use anything else! No make-up wipes, no cleansing oils…

This summer (and the whole year, I guess) I’ve been loving The Body Shop Foaming Face Wash from the Nutriganics range. It gets rid of make-up very easily, doesn’t dry my skin out and 99 % of its ingredients are of natural origin! And I love natural stuff!


I don’t have two separate moisturisers in my life – one for daytime and one for night. But I do have another product from The Body Shop Nutriganics range and it is known as Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream.  This cream sinks into your skin quicker than you get your foundation from the drawer of your vanity table! It also provides very balanced moisture without making your skin greasy and heavy. The fact that this cream has a pump also adds some bonus points to this product as putting your fingers into a cream pot isn’t as hygienic. Overall, it’s a wonderful product which suits my skin perfectly.


Every now and then my hands reach out for some sort of mask which would get rid of impurities and dead skin. I can instantly admit that I haven’t yet found my perfect mask and I don’t think that the mask which I am going to present in a second is my all time favourite. It has been my summer favourite, though. So, this summer I’ve been loving Uriage HYSÉAC Exfoliating mask which can be used both as a mask and as a scrub. Yes, I loved the fact that it is a multi-functioning product but I can tell you that this product works wonders! At first I was a bit unsure about this mask/scrub as with all the masks I never see any difference after using them. I used this product as a mask every third day and as a scrub once a week. I started noticing considerable changes after a solid month of using this product. I used to have a lot of blackheads on my nose and this mask helped me to get rid of them almost completely. Overall, it’s a great and convenient product suitable for many skin types!

So, these are my summer 2016 skincare top products which I have been loving, using and recommending throughout this summer. Although summer has said Good bye, most of these products will stay with me until new discoveries will beat them!

Tell me whether you found any new products this summer and whether you agree that less is more especially when we talk about skincare routine/products we use daily?



Summer Beach Essentials

Long time, no see! I was gone for a little while and it’s been ages since I posted anything on my blog. To be honest, I was a bit busy with the planning of my holidays, therefore, there were no posts in the past couple of months. Talking about holidays, I decided to write a quick post about my summer beach essentials. So, enough rambling, let’s begin!


Sun protection

You should not even try going to the beach without any protection especially if you are as pale as I am. I choose SPF 50 due to having quite fair skin… My go to skin care protection brand is Garnier. I like Garnier products due to their good quality and reasonable price. If you have an option, go for kids’ sun protection lotion as it is suitable for a very sensitive skin and ?probably? has less crap in terms of ingredients. In addition, I’ve noticed that people tend to ignore their lips but they are particularly important, so I never skip a lip balm with SPF.


Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo has become one of my essentials because, we can all agree, in the beach hair tend to look quite horrible. Dry shampoo can be a life saver! My favourite is a Batiste one.


Thermal water 

Haha, you are probably thinking ‘O-M-G, she again speaks about the thermal water.’ Well, guys, there is nothing I can do but just praise this water even more. When you’re super hot, grab your bottle of the thermal water and spray a little bit straight onto your face! You will instantly feel super refreshed! My favourite thermal water is from the brand known as Avène.


Wet wipes

I hate being all greasy due to sun cream, so wet tissues always come in handy. I use them for literally everything and they don’t cost fortune too.


Random bits and bobs

While some people can’t imagine their beach time without sunglasses (I wear them too), I can’t imagine my ideal day at the beach without a good book. This summer I choose to read ‘God always travels incognito’ by Laurent Gounelle.


Finally, if I want to simply relax, close my eyes and enjoy my time on the beach, I opt for my pink Ipod music player full of summer hits and relaxing tunes.


So, these are my summer beach essentials! I am curious to know what are yours? Share your beach essentials in the comments’ section below 🙂

Have a nice upcoming week!


The Body Shop Haul

Happy Thursday everyone!

O-M-G how much I am loving spring and sun! And warm weather! And green grass! And blue sky! I am just L-O-V-I-N-G it! You know what I do love also!? – The Body Shop SALES! My purse, though, does not like it at all but ohh well… Today I decided to write a quick post about my recent purchases from the Body Shop and share some thoughts about them. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the actual post.


Satsuma Shower Gel 250 ml

Ohh boy, this stuff smells like heaven. The smell is really fresh and wakes me up so well in the morning. It’s just a shower gel, therefore, I don’t have any specific criteria… But definitely try this one out if you like citrusy scents.


Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray 100 ml

When days are getting hotter and hotter and when I start exercising outside more frequently, I must always equip myself with a good spray for my foot. There are not that many foot sprays on the market ( I mean, good foot sprays), so most of the time I opt for TBS Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray. And, it’s indeed cooling! It’s my fourth bottle, so I definitely recommend it! It’s an amazing thing for the summer time.


Facial Massager

O.K., the story of this item originates in Youtube! I’ve seen so many youtubers talking about this facial massager, therefore, I decided to give it a go. The purpose of this tool is to give a massage to your face after you put your night moisturiser and/or serum on. It should help your skin to absorb your cream/serum better as well as improve skin’s flexibility. I’ve used it only once, so I don’t have a strong opinion about it but I found it a bit too hard for my liking. But I’ll continue using it and I’ll update you in the future!


Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash 150 ml

Right, let me begin by saying that I hate playing with make-up removal wipes, oils and whatnot. I always go for a good cleanser which would remove all my make-up. Recently I was particularly looking for foaming cleansers, and I am a huge fan of The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser… The Tea Tree cleanser is cheaper comparing to Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash but Nutriganics one has 98 % ingredients of natural origin, so, it’s definitely better for you skin. I had this cleanser before and I really loved it, so 40 % off was a reason why I got it again!

Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream 50 ml

I am running out of my beloved L’occitane face cream, so I thought, I should get something from Nutriganics range. I haven’t tried this cream as yet but the reviews were positive, so fingers crossed!!!

Nutriganics Refreshing Toner 200 ml

It’s been ages since the last time I purchased/used any kind of toner. Never tried this one but again, I found a lot of positive opinions about it, so hopefully it won’t disappoint me.


So, these are all the items I got. Tell me whether you like these kind of posts. I am planning to do a skin-care routine post, so tell me whether you would be interested in that?

Have a nice day!


A little catch up and a new favourite

Hello, wonderful people!

I won’t start this post apologizing why I have been gone for around 1.5 month (as I start all my posts like that)… I better ask you all how have you been doing lately?  Anything exciting happening in your life?  Have you already planned your summer holidays? If yes, tell me the destination and your holiday plans in the comments’ section below.

Speaking about holidays, I can finally say that my dream holidays have been planned! I am super excited about them and I am literally counting my days until we set off. This year we decided to go for a road trip around Spain. I have booked 9 hotels, bought ferry tickets and planned some activities. Hopefully, everything will turn out all right… I am planning to do some posts about the planning of a road trip sharing my tips and tricks, so if you are interested, stay tuned for the future posts.

In addition, I am also planning to make a short movie of our adventures in Spain… I’ve never done something like this before but this trip might be the first time and hopefully not the last time I’ll be trying to make a video. I am still not sure how I’m going to do it… but I can ensure that I’ll share that video with you, guys 🙂

What is more…


I’ve been recently visited by one of my best friends here, in Liverpool. And she kindly brought me some presents all the way from Lithuania. One of her presents was a facial scrub with a crazy name “Go Nuts” from a Lithuanian brand know as Uoga Uoga (You can read about them here. ). At first I was a bit unsure how this gonna work as it came as a dry mixture rather than the usual form of a facial scrub… In order to make it wet, you have to mix it with either warm water or milk. What surprised me the most was the fact that you can also use it as a face mask. In order to use it this way, you just add a tiny bit of water/milk and you’re good to go.

It’s a natural facial scrub with almonds and white clay suitable for all skin types. The bits of almond are quite gentle on your skin, so it is definitely suitable for those who have sensitive skin. The smell is gorgeous, and I literally want to eat it! 😀 Uoga Uoga ships to the United Kingdom and other countries, so if you’re interested, definitely check their website out :). They have many more products which I’m looking forward to trying them out!

So this is it for this time. I’m hoping to be a bit more organised in terms of my posting in the future.

Thank you for stopping by,


What I got from Lithuania?

Hello, people!

How are you? How are you getting through February? England is still rainy and gloomy, therefore, my mood isn’t the best recently…  But I have received some lovely presents from my family that really surprised me and made me happy.

I love giving presents but I do also love receiving them especially if they are thoughtful and practical. So, this time I was massively spoiled by my mum and relatives, and I got really nice presents that I decided to share with you 🙂

 If you are curious to see what I got, please keep on reading.

Disclaimer: This post is not about me boasting! 


Books books books… I am just starting now reading books for my own pleasure. And it is so satisfying to know that I don’t need to read any textbooks for university!


This time I got three books in Lithuanian language, however, not all of them are just for reading them.

One of the books is “Slaptomane”  by Modesta Zukauskaite which is a workbook that helps you track your eating and fitness. It is basically a book for 6 months where you log your daily meals, water intake and fitness. It is supposed to help you loose weight and control your eating habits. Since this year I am all about loosing weight and becoming a healthier person, this book should become my best friend. I am already using it, so stay tuned for future updates about this book 🙂

Another book that goes hand-in-hand with the above mentioned “Slaptomane” workbook is “The rule of a small sin” by Agne Jagelaviciute. Agne is Lithuanian stylist known for her sharp comments on social media channels. I love her straightforwardness so much. Recently she came up with a book that contains around 100 recipes and her personal tips for people who struggle with their weight. She was overweight herself but somehow managed to lose a lot of weight and maintain it by still eating everything she wants. So, in this book she shares the recipes and tips that should help for everyone who struggles with their weight. I have already glanced over the book, and it contains a lot of dishes that can be made on daily basis. I am looking forward to trying something from this book.

The last book I got is “God always travels incognito” by Laurent Gounelle. The only thing I know about this book is the fact that it is an extremely popular book in Lithuania at the moment. From what I’ve heard, it’s a book that tells you a story that pushes you to think about the meaning of the life and your place in it.  Again, looking forward to reading it at the earliest time.



I’ve received a few bits and bobs that come under cosmetics category.


 As you can see from the picture. I have received a Clinique mini mascara. I have never tried anything from this brand, so I am curious to learn how this mascara performs.

I also got a travel size perfume atomiser which can be used to transfuse your perfume. It’s really handy for people who tend to travel only with a cabin luggage.

Finally, I also got a natural hand cream from a Lithuanian brand “Ziede”. I suffer from eczema, so a good hand cream is an essential for me. I’ve used this cream a couple of times and so far I love it. It lives on my job’s desk so that I could apply it anytime.



To be perfectly honest with you, I am not the biggest fan of accessories, and probably my family knows that. Although I don’t particularly like wearing jewellery, I do sometimes like having something small and not really noticeable. So, along with my other presents, I got a beautiful leather bracelet with a gold detail on it and a golden ring. I have to admit that I absolutely love both items, and they are right up my street!




Finally, I got some food as it is probably the standard present/thing I get from my home country. I have to admit that I miss Lithuanian cuisine so much because not all the things can be found in the UK. This time I got many packs of cheese “Dziugas” which is my favourite cheese in the world. I also got some sweet treats that are usually known as hematogen. Some people have never heard about it but it is a nutrition bar (sometimes even considered to be a medical product) that is made of sugar, milk, vanillin and other ingredients. The reason why it is sometimes considered to be a medical product is the fact that this bar can possibly treat low blood levels of iron and B12. As you may know, vegetarians can have a deficiency of B12, therefore, it is recommended to take additional vitamin B12. I am seriously hooked on hematogen, so these bars won’t stay in my cupboard for long. The last but not the least is coffee that I love so much! I can’t imagine my day without it, so coffee really makes a perfect gift for me.

So, these are all the presents I got from my family and relatives. I feel really blessed having people around me who are so thoughtful and kind to me. Of course, we should always appreciate not the material side of receiving presents but the attention and thoughts of our beloved ones

Now tell me do you like giving or receiving presents? And what would make a perfect present for you?


See you all soon!


The original 5:2 diet. Fasting. My preparation


Hello, wonderful people!

How are you doing? How are you coping with this winter? I am actually counting days until the spring season as winters in the UK are gloomy and rainy… And winter weather in general puts me off doing something interesting or productive. The situation, however, will change quite soon as spring season is just around the corner. Only a short February left, and, at least, in the calendar we will be soon seeing March.

Time flies, guys, and in 4 months we will have summer which means it’s a bikini season. And, to be perfectly honest with you, a ‘bikini season’ is a fearsome phrase to me because my body is not ready for it at all.

As always, I struggle achieving my New Year’s resolutions, and I almost always fail at adopting a healthier lifestyle. But this year, I said to myself, will be better with regard to my nutrition and fitness.

So, today I’ll introduce you to the lifestyle/diet/eating plan (whatever you call it) that I decided to pursue this year hoping to loose some weight and become a healthier person.

If you follow my blog, you’ll probably recognise the main picture of this post. Yes, yes, this book was featured in my 2015 favourites. 

Indeed, this book became my 2015 favourite with a reason. The philosophy behind this book really fascinates me and inspires me to try it myself.

I am planning to do one post per month covering this 5:2 diet as well as my personal experience with it. Today’s post will briefly introduce the principles of this diet as well as my preparation for this new challenge. If you are already interested, I invite you to subscribe to my blog as this would prevent you from missing any posts in the future.

Subscribed? Great! Thank you! We can now begin! 🙂

5 key claims of the 5:2 diet


First of all, let me tell you, guys, that all these principles are paraphrased and taken from the original book (The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer), so, all the credits go to authors of this book.

If anyone asks me how would I describe this diet in one sentence, the answer is simple – Five days per week you can eat whatever you want whereas 2 nonconsecutive days per week you fast and consume around 500 calories. It might sound harsh and really restrictive but don’t be under a wrong impression… It is the other way round. Don’t really get how? Let’s look at the principles of this diet.

The success of this diet lies in psychology

More precisely, the principle of 5:2 is about the restrictions for 2 days and normal/usual eating for another 5 days. Sticking to this simple principle for a longer term unconsciously leads you to healthier choices of food on days when you are not restricted (5 days per week). As authors put “<…> fasting teaches you better ways of eating. If you follow our recipes and satisfy your hunger on fasting days by eating vegetables and good protein, then over time you’ll discover that when you get hungry (on your normal days), you are more likely to crave the healthy stuff.” It’s up to you to decide how scientifically strong this argument is but let’s be honest it sounds about right, doesn’t it?

This diet/lifestyle can be maintained for much longer periods in comparison to other popular diets

 I mean, tell me if you have never tried any popular diet in your life? Probably we all tried, and we all were disappointed with the results. I’ve tried every single diet in the world, and none of them were sustainable. You can quickly loose some kilograms but they come back onto your hips at the same speed you lost them. The 5:2 diet looks somehow more sustainable, and I personally think that I can quite easily convince myself to ‘survive those two days and enjoy my cheese cake on a normal day’. Hahaha. Although for maximum results with this 5:2 diet, you should still be cautions about the cheese cakes… This diet doesn’t restrict you on your normal eating days, so, in theory, cheese cake isn’t left outside the boat.

Fasting principle is not something completely new

Our distant ancestors neither had shops such as Tesco or Asda nor they had a McDonald’s  just around the corner, so they were hunting and gathering food. And, yes, there were times when they were forced to fast for long periods or until someone brought some sort of prey of hunting. Our ancestors had to fast/starve involuntarily but they somehow survived as we are evidence of their survival and their prolongation of humanity. In short, our body is coded to fast.

In addition, authors note that fasting is not new due to the fact that  “<…> fasting remains an article of faith for many. The fasts of Lent, Yom Kippur and Ramadan are just some of the better-known examples.” Fasting had been practiced through different religious for millennium but only now it started attracting so much attention.

The 5:2 diet can lead to positive health improvements

I don’t want to spill the beans about all the things and scientific evidence described in this book but this diet can significantly improve your health (proved not only by the authors’ own experience but also by the scientific research) cutting your risk of a range of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Weight loss+improved health= a double bonus!

Those, who want to see even better results, can easily combine this diet with high intensity training (HIT) workouts

Are you that kind of person who wants to see quick results? Wait for meee, I am the one. The 5:2 diet on its own (without exercise) does result in weight loss which could be described as particularly sustainable but not super quick. But if you are like me and you want to see results instantly, a combination of the 5:2 and HIT can work wonders. Authors put some real examples when HIT combined with fasting can bring amazing results to your body and health. Unlike the conventional diets with massive restrictions of certain food groups, this diet can be easily combined with short HIT workouts as you’re not restricted in calories to a point when you don’t even have strength to perform any kind of physical activity.

So, as you can see from my summary of 5 key characteristics of this 5:2 diet, it sounds pretty amazing. But you must all the time consult with your doctor before opting to  follow any diet 🙂

My preparation

I finished reading the book, digested all the information and started preparing for this diet because someone once told me “If you prepare, you never fail”. I had to buy some bits and bobs such as scales to weight my food and some supplements to make sure I always get the right amount of all the nutrients I need. Being vegetarian and going on fasting can be stressful in my case, so I wanted to be on a safe side.

In the picture below, you can see all the things that I’ve got.


Some time ago I also got a food and fitness journal (on the left top corner) which I could not utilise before due to eating unhealthy and not counting calories. But soon this journal will come into effect as I will be aiming to track my calories for at least 3 months.

Finishing thoughts

During this January, I was experimenting with myself and doing some random fasting days while observing how I feel. Some days were hard but I felt that it is hard mentally rather than physically, and that feeling of hunger can be something in your head rather than in your stomach.

That’s probably it for today. I hope you found this post interesting, and if you did, please follow me on social media channels for more updates on my journey.

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My hair update. Bleach London White Toner. Review

Hello, beautiful people!

How have you been lately? Sorry, again?, for not keeping up with my new year’s resolutions (writing at least 1 blog post per week), but I’ve been super busy lately… and some really exciting things have happened. I know I know… I all the time find some excuses but I promise to be better with my blog in the future 🙂

Today’s post is about my hair kind of… As some of you may know (from my Instagram account), a couple of months ago I started lightly highlighting my dark brown hair as I was really bored of the same hair colour for years. At first, I wanted something more drastic such as blond hair, then I changed my mind and decided to go for some sort of ombre, and then finally I found out about belayage technique. So, basically, the belayage technique is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a technique where a colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting technique. Belayage kind of gives an effect of sun-kissed hair.

So, I decided to go for a light belayage. Obviously, it’s not something you can do at home, so I had to find a reliable salon. I literally read like 100 reviews online, and decided to book an appointment with White Haus Hair and Beauty in Liverpool.

I went to a salon twice and I was indeed really happy with the results. I got that subtle belayage, and people were saying that they like my new hair. However, there was one thing that I did not like… And it was the way my actual hair colour lifts after applying bleach on  it.  Apparently, my dark brown hair had quite much of a red undertone, therefore, it was hard to get that ashy blond colour. Despite my hairdresser’s attempts to tone down that brassy blond, it still wasn’t as ashy as I wanted.

Since I am a person who likes experiments, I decided to give a go to Bleach London White Toner hoping it will lighten up my hair a little bit. I was already in love with Bleach London products, and their silver conditioner was on my post of 2015 favourites. 

So, I bought that toner for £ 7 pounds at Boots, and then my experiment has started.

My hair before


I asked my boyfriend to take a picture of my hair just before the experiment. Please excuse his photo-taking skills and the fact  in this picture my hair wasn’t washed for ~ 3 days.

As you can see, my hair is quite brassy and has that copper colour to it. Some people like it though, and I do sometimes like my hair like that… But still wanted to go for a bit more ashy colour.

Bleach London Toner Kit


So, this is how the actual box looks like.


And these are the contents of the box. As you can see from the picture above, the box contains a developing lotion, a colourant, a pair of gloves, a reincarnation mask, and instructions.

The toning process

So, I followed the instructions and mixed up the products. Before the application of the toner, I had to wash and towel dry my hair, and of course, put some protective clothing on, because who wants to ruin their clothes?

After washing my hair, I mixed up all the products. More precisely, I added the tube of colourant to the developer bottle, screwed the lid and shook it well to combine all the products.

Once all the products were combined, I started applying the toner onto my hair using the nozzle of developing lotion bottle. I started from roots, although, I did not focus too much on them since my hair wasn’t lightened up that much in that area, and then I worked the mixture down the length of my hair. The key here is to make sure that your hair is covered evenly, and that the blondest bits of my hair are well saturated.

Once I used up all the mixture, I covered my hair with a plastic bag, put a towel on my head and left for 20 minutes for the product to develop.

After 20 minutes, I washed the product out and applied an amazing Reincarnation mask ( I will be making a separate blog post about it) for another 20 minutes.

Finally, I washed out my hair and blow dried them.



First of all, sorry for the picture. My boyfriend wasn’t around, and it was already quite dark, so I had to take an after picture myself.

So, if being perfectly honest with you, I can say that that this toner did not work on me. And I kind of think that my hair is just stubborn… This toner did make my hair a bit more yellow but it was in no way ash blond… I don’t want to say bad things about this toner as it might be an effective product to tone down that brassy blond but for me it did not work.

The only plus of this kit is the Reincarnation mask which is seriously amazing. It makes your hair extremely soft and smells divine.

So, this is it for today. Hope you found this post interesting.

See you all soon!

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