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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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So, this is how the actual box looks like.

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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.

Results

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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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L’occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream. Review

Hello everybody!

Hope you’re all well and in a proper festive mood. Tell me how is your preparation for Christmas going? Have you decorated your home? Have you managed to buy any gifts? To me, personally, Christmas is the most beautiful holiday, and I thoroughly enjoy buying and wrapping gifts, making mulled wine at home, decorating my apartment, etc. It is a bit sad, though, that it is the 3rd Christmas in a row when I am away from my home country and my family, but, oh well, sometimes you have to make these decisions and sometimes you have to give up something. To counterbalance my nostalgic feelings about Christmas celebration at home, I should say, that we went a bit crazy this year in terms of decorating our beautiful flat in Liverpool. By saying ‘a bit crazy’ I mean, that we decorated our apartment with 32 meters of Christmas lights (see a picture below), and, yeah, it is mental. I mean, I’m 1.60 meters tall, and those lights are 20 times longer than I’m. Neighbours are saying that our apartment looks like a night club when it’s dark, hahaha 😀 But I like it so much. Do the Christmas lights make you excited too? Share your feelings/thoughts in the comments section below.

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Today’s post is going to be about a new face cream that I wanted to get so badly, especially after trying its sample like a month or so ago. Let me start by explaining how I got my hands on this cream and why I fell in love with it from the first sight. So, like a month or so ago I was browsing the Internet and I came across with L’occitane’s promotion of new face care products. I went onto the page where I was asked to fill a short questionnaire about my skin and its problems. After completing this questionnaire, the programme chose the best cream to tackle my skin issues. And it was the time when I met with my new favourite face cream for the first time. The cream is called Pivoine Sublime with Peony Extract (Perfecting Cream).

Once the programme ‘decided’ which cream is the most suitable for me, I was allowed to print off a voucher that entitled me to a free 7-days sample of that cream. Who doesn’t like free stuff? So, I went to the nearest L’occitane shop in Liverpool City Centre, presented a voucher to a shop assistant and collected my free sample.

I got home, washed my make-up off, as I was impatient, and applied that cream onto my face. And I completely fell in love with it. Fell in love with it so strongly that I straightaway realised that I need to get a full size product. Although it is a bit pricey (£ 32 for a 50 ml pot), I still wanted to get it, and, definitely, Christmas is the perfect time to treat yourself.

A little bit about the actual product

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The label claims that the peonies’ extract should perfect your skin, correct complexion and texture irregularities. The cream is supposed to suit all skin types and enhance skin’s beauty. Over time, skin should become more and more beautiful. The cream intensely hydrates, boosts, makes your skin looking fresh, luminous and rested. Finally, it should make your skin feel smooth and velvety or, more precisely, pores, fine lines and imperfections should look reduced.

My experience

From my personal experience, I have to admit that this cream does most of the things that are stated on the label. I would not, though, agree with its claim that it’s suitable for all skin types. I would not recommend buying it if you have an extremely dry skin because, in my opinion, there is not that much of hydration in this cream. I mean it’s good for a light hydration but nothing more. You might try layering but then, again, what’s the point of using a pricey cream if you need to layer it, and you will run out of it very quickly.

The actual cream seems thick, while still in the pot, but feels really nice and light on your skin. Once you apply it, it takes only a couple of minutes to sink into your skin which is such a plus to me as I am all the time rushing out of my house. Skin feels plumped in just a few seconds.

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What is more, I don’t know whether it’s my skin reacting to it this way or it’s the cream itself, but it feels that this cream forms a protective film on your face. That protective film ‘kind of’ locks hydration inside and works perfectly as a base for your foundation or a BB or a CC or a DD cream (depends what you use). I would not say that this cream evens out your skin tone, however, it does fill your pores and fine lines which, in turn, works like ‘a primer’ for your foundation/BB cream. During the winter months, my skin becomes a bit problematic due to changing weather and constant inside (warm) – outside (cold) changes. To tackle the problems of my skin, I tend to stick to one good product instead of layering 1000 products, therefore, this cream works wonders as I don’t need to layer up so many creams or serums in order to achieve the same result. This cream is indeed universal.

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Furthermore, I have a sensitive skin and I am very picky in terms of the products I put on my face. This moisturiser did not cause me any allergic reactions. The cream, though, has a strong smell of peonies which might not be acceptable for some people, but I don’t mind, to be honest.

When I looked into the ingredients list, I was ‘shocked for a second’ because it’s quite extensive. However, there are not that many ingredients to worry about. Maybe fumaric acid can possibly cause skin irritation, however, it’s relatively low on the ingredients list, so, it shouldn’t cause any problems. This cream doesn’t contain any known parabens or unnecessary oils which is a plus because we don’t want to put pure chemicals on our face. The cream is enriched with peonies’ extract and mineral-based optical correctors to help to create that ‘perfect-looking’ complexion. Peonies are widely used in Chinese medicine for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. They are valued due to their ability to boost micro circulation, and, therefore, improve skin’s condition.

Overall, despite the minor drawbacks that are common to all products we use, it is an amazing moisturiser if you have ‘not too dry skin’. It is versatile as you do not need to use any primers afterwards. The skin feels soft, smooth and plumped just in a few minutes time. It a wonderful cream for people, who are all the time rushing and who cannot allow 15 minutes for the cream to sink in (My time is too precious to be wasted while waiting for the cream to sink in :D). Love this cream so much!

So, this was my review of this beautiful perfecting cream by the L’occitane. Tell me if you ever had a chance to use this cream? Did you like it or there was something what caused a negative opinion about this cream?

Have a nice day/evening!

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Thermal spring water. Avène and Evian

Good Morning! Yes, it is Monday and yes, it is another post on my blog. Recently I felt that my blog was a little bit neglected… So I decided to make a new entry this Monday :).

The today’s topic is about something what is not praised enough in a wide bloggers’ community. Today I am going to talk about thermal water, its benefits and my love which is as pure as the product itself.

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To start off, I would like to briefly explain what is that magical thermal water. So, thermal water is probably one of the purest forms of water that is located deep underground and has amazing healing properties. Thermal water is known for containing various cations, anions, and salts. It has pH 7 which, in turn, suggests that this water is neutral. Neutral water=balanced water=balanced skin (this is the formula, I just made :D).

Basically, this water is just GOODNESS for your skin, and it has various functions. To name a few this water calms irritated skin, reduces redness, helps to reduce sunburn, hydrates skin, etc.

I personally think this water is an extremely versatile product since it can be used for various things and on all skin types. It is particularly suitable for allergic and sensitive skin (mine is sensitive/combination), however, people, who have normal/combination/dry/oily skin types can also find this product useful.

I use this product everywhere. In fact, I can’t imagine my daily skin care routine without this product…

I usually use it before I apply my moisturiser, however, I also love using it as a make-up setting spray.  In addition, I like spritzing it when I feel that I need to refresh my face during day time or at night.

Currently, I am using two brands of thermal water. The bigger bottle (see picture above) is by Avène and the smaller one is by Evian. I love both, however, the big bottle isn’t convenient to carry around, and since I cannot imagine my day without it, I had to buy a smaller version.

Overall, I cannot recommend this product enough. It is super good, versatile, suitable for all skin types and seasons. Although it is quite pricey (around 9 pounds for 150 ml), it is absolutely worth its price!

Have you tried thermal water before? What is your opinion about it?

That is it for today. I hope you found this post interesting 🙂

Lots of love!

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My opinion about EarlyBird Tastebox


Hello Hello Hello! You can throw stones at me because it’s been a while since I posted something on my blog. The reason for this is my job… It’s been extremely busy lately and I was struggling to get enough of proper sleep, so there was not much time for my blog. But this post is not about me moaning about my work 😀

Today I decided to share my opinion on EarlyBird Tastebox. This box is definitely a new-born competitor for Graze which probably sounds more familiar to you (if you live in the UK). So, if you are interested, please keep on reading.

First of all, I have to admit that I am a complete snacks-lover, so knowing that I can get the first snack box for only £1 was simply awesome.

However, let me tell you, the box wasn’t that awesome… But let’s start from the beginning.

[Concept]

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If you never came across to any snack box, I can simply explain that it is a box full of various snacks, and this box is posted through your letter box at certain times in a week or a month. The concept, in my opinion, is great for those who do not like shopping and who like their food to be delivered to them. You might think that the concept of these boxes prevents you from choosing your most favourite snacks and/or ingredients, however, this is not 100 per cent true as you have some control over the snacks that will be delivered to your address. The ‘control mechanism’ works in a very simple way – you can rate all the snacks online and get only those you liked the most. This usually holds for most of the food subscription boxes.

Talking about this box in particular, I have to say that I liked the whole idea behind it. The creators aimed to create a box that combines art, food and music. The lid of every box is covered with a different piece of artwork, which, for me, it something appealing and interesting.

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[Snacks. Quality and Quantity]

In this particular box you get 5 packs of snacks and two tea bags and/or dips depending on the snacks included in your box. My box came with two teas, and I can instantly say that I really loved them. One was traditional Early Grey and the other one was fruity tea, which I don’t normally like, but this one was different.

As I mentioned, there are 5 packs of snacks in a box, and this amount is chosen for a reason. The creators of this box aimed to send a box with the snacks for 5 working days meaning that you should eat one pack of a certain snack per day. The idea is great, isn’t it?

So far so good, but let me tell you about the quality and taste of these snacks… I didn’t like it at all. Although I was rating the snacks online prior my box coming, it seems I got the ones which I don’t particularly like. A taste test that I performed on all snacks with my boyfriend proved that the creators did not pay that much attention to the actual snacks and they created a fancy-looking box with low quality food.

I thought that I am the only one who has a different taste to things, but my boyfriend tried, my friend tried and nobody actually said ‘Ohh! This snack is really nice!’

I am pretty sure that my box was a bit of a disaster, and honestly it just pushed me to go straight onto their website and cancel my subscription.

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  • Cinnamon Sprinkle
  • Essential Nutty Mix
  • Koh Tao
  • Minted
  • Fudge Snacker Shot
    These are all five snacks that were included in my box. You can obtain more information about each snack here.

    [Nutritional Value]

    What I really care about is sugar. And yes, these snacks have relatively low sugar content (except Cinnamon Sprinkle). Some of them have relatively high amount of protein which is always a plus for me since I do not eat meat. It seems that the creators of this box paid attention to calories and undoubtedly it was a smart decision in a society/world which is obsessed with lowering daily calories and getting as many good things with their food as possible. I took a picture of the leaflet with all the nutritional information. Have a look and say what you think in comments section down below.unnamed [Price]

    It completely depends on your income and how much you are willing to spend on it. The first box is £1 and the subsequent ones will incur you a cost of £ 4.5/box. Whether it is expensive or not, I do not know and I cannot really answer. But my first box is for sure worth that 1 pound at least for its beautiful packaging. I doubt I would be willing to pay almost 5 pounds… But again we have different preferences and different perception on what is expensive and what is cheap.

    [Overall Verdict]

    I would rate this box 5/10. I really liked the idea, the packaging and the tea but I was really disappointed about the content, flavour and actual food.

    This is it. I hope you found this post informative and if you ever tried any food subscription box, let me know whether you liked it or not. The comments section is for you, guys, so please do not hesitate to express your opinion.

    See you all very soon!

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Superdrug masks. Detoxifying vs de-stressing. Review

Hello!

A couple of weeks ago I visited Superdrug and found two masks that drew my attention. I thought why not to give a try to them since I was already looking for a face mask that would clean my skin and would help to remove dead cells. I couldn’t decide which one I want, so I bought both (Superdrug detoxifying face mask and Superdrug de-stressing face mask).

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As labels speak both masks are made of dead sea mud. The green one (de-stressing) is enriched with Aloe Vera whereas the pink one (detoxifying) doesn’t have any particular ingredient, however, it has a very strong scent – annoying scent which actually reduces my desire to use this mask on my face. I have to admit I didn’t like the pink one not only because of its strong smell but also because it irritated my skin and it became really red. One might say that this is the sign that the mask works but I don’t like the feeling when my face sores.

The green one with Aloe Vera is much more pleasant and effective. I could really feel that my face was clean and purified after using this mask. Although the mask might be irritating at the beginning, it doesn’t make my face sore that much.

All in all, I would say that the green (de-stressing) mask is great for its price (around £ 3) and is definitely better than the detoxifying mask.

By the way, none of them actually de-stresses or detoxifies. It’s just fancy labels on them. However, if you are looking for a cheap mask that would make your face clear, purified and deeply cleansed, give a try to de-stressing mask with Aloe Vera. You might not like it, but the price is ridiculously low, so you can easily throw it away.

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Best of the bests – Grape seed Glossing Serum by The Body Shop

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Hello hello, my beautiful people!

It’s not a secret I’m completely obsessed with hair products. Although I don’t use a lot of them I tend to use those products which have A REAL impact on my hair. I usually skip a crappy Head and … (you know what I mean) because I believe it’s the worst product you can actually use. Of course, if you are really on budget it’s better to have your hair washed even with that Head and … shampoo. But if you have extra money, treat your hair well !

Today I’ll review my beloved TBS Grape seed Glossing Serum which, in short, is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! At least for me… If you wan’t to find out more about it, please keep on reading.

To be honest, my hair doesn’t like any kind of serums or oils… I don’t know why but some of them just make my hair very dry in the long run even though they are ‘designed’ to moisturise your hair…
I bought the first bottle of this serum around two years ago, and, honestly, nothing can really replace this boy! So, prior buying this serum my hair was tired, dull, dry and unmanageable. I was trying different products, best products, expensive products… But they gave me just short-run results. When I found this serum, my life just changed completely.
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This serum can be used on damp hair as well as on dry hair. It does what it says on the label. It provides moisture, smoothness and shine without making your hair greasy. If your hair is tangled, this serum will help you to brush your hair through. On the top of all these amazing things, the smell is divine. Not too strong, settled and pleasant. Furthermore, this serum is made of grape seed oil which is extremely useful for your hair. Grape seed oil is an effective hair moisturiser and conditioner. More precisely, grape seed oil surpasses its counterparts (olive oil and coconut oil) in its ability to address problems such as weakened hair, hair loss, and dandruff. Regular use of grape seed oil as a supplement to your regular hair-care products will make your hair stronger, healthier and more attractive.
If you are looking for a good oil/serum give it a try. You might like it as much as I do!
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