Springtime Favourites

There are so many great beauty products that I have recently tried and ended up liking them and therefore it's time to brag about share some details about them. Attention: It's quite long :)

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  • Bodyism's Clean and Lean Ultimate Clean Shake - a food supplement according to Net-A-Porter "high in both soluble and insoluble fibre which helps boosts your immune system and flush out toxins." It's ingredients includes Slippery Elm which helps soothes inflammation, Rice Bran supports your digestive health and helps you achieve a flatter stomach and Soy Lecithin which aids your body to metabolise (french vanilla and raw cocoa flavoured). Every morning after eating my breakfast I'd like to add this to my pre workout smoothie or at the end of my workout with much heavier ingredients as a post workout smoothie. Vegan friendly.
  • ila Energy Spray For an Aura of Confidence - as the name says it's an energising body spray which will help you clear your thoughts by awakening and and strengthening your bio-energy field (sounds really cool). It reminds me of a Spa, it has that relaxing smell which I find really refreshing especially in the morning. I got it from a Madrid based Organic Products online shop Laconicum, I stumbled upon this site upon looking for local shops who sells organic beauty / health products. I am very happy with most of my purchase and shipping is fast and not too expensive. 
  • ILIA Lip Exfoliator Balmy Nights - Since I started venturing into the world of organic beauty products I knew that ILIA is a must try brand since I read many good reviews about their products especially about their Tinted Lip Conditioner (review coming soon ;) One of the few products I am trying from brand is their Lip Exfoliator after being labelled as a "cult beauty product". I have made my own lip scrubs in the past but of course most of them didn't really work on my flaky lips so hopefully this one would (fingers crossed) especially now that the weather's starting to get warmer.
  • RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sublime - I am obsessed with all of RMS's product and have been using them religiously but I am fan of their lip shine. I bought all shades except for the shade Royal since I am not a great fan of violets but anyway at first sight I was a bit hesitant to try this shade since it looks almost like violet than a fuchsia pink and quite barbie pink in the pot but it's really not. It's the sweetest light pink lip product I have tried which did not made me look like a human barbie, it's very buildable and is a very wearable type of pink that gives a little pop of colour (nothing too fancy). 

  • RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla - another cult product, I have using this balm on my lips as an organic version replacement for my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm (which work wonders on my lips and live up to it's name). It's very moisturising but I honestly should say like most of their lip products; it does not lasts very long (max. 2-4hours) but it still keeps my lips hydrated and smells of vanilla so I do not mind to reapply. 
  • Little Ondine Nail Polish in Fusion & Copper Spark - I have been wanting to try this brand for sometime but I couldn't find one locally but ended up ordering them from Eleven.se. My favourite go-to colours are nude, gold and red. They are made with natural ingredients (water, purified resin and colourants) free from harmful chemicals! They can be easily peeled off, odour free, quick drying and the colours are all very pretty.  Isn't that tempting enough?! I am definitely sold :) I want more, I definitely can't wait to try the shade Cuddle.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body - Charlotte calls it her "Gisele and summer in a jar" is a shimmering paraben-free body lotion with formula that firms and illuminates gives your legs a radiant glow à la Victoria's Secret kind of glowing legs. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds - A best seller; it's an eye colour enhancing shadow stick meant for blue eyes but I like to break the rules and I love a shimmery champagne eyeshadow to achieve a naturally radiant makeup look.  

  • Porter Magazine April Edition - OMG! How cute is this Jessica Chastain Porter Magazine Cover with a baby kangaroo?! So adorable, that I knew it had to be included in one of my current Springtime favourites! I just received it on the mail and can't wait to read it. That's it for  my current Springtime Favourites hope you like my post. Have you tried any of these products before? I'd like to hear from you, let me know in the comments below!
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Spring Just Got A Little Sweeter

The official long weekend holiday here in Spain starts tomorrow and wishing I could just chill out and read a book. I am currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern but like always it's taking me ages to finish a book, I think it has been at least a month since the night I put it down. It's a good book and I honestly couldn't put it down at night when I first started reading it but like always some things pop out and I forgot the book (even though it's sitting right on my bedside dresser).

Today I originally planned another beauty product shoot but ended up cancelling it due to misbehaving weather issues. Anyway to change the mood I got a sweet bouquet of Lisianthus and Iris for the next shoot.

The next book I will read is; about Yeonmi Park a brave North Korean girl and her story about escaping North Korea to her journey of getting her freedom back (to live a normal life). I was just actually curios about how Pyongyang looks like after watching a documentary about North Korea when I came across her article. 

That's all for now,
enjoy the holidays and I'll be back again with a beauty product review soon! 


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk & Pink Venus

A lip liner has never been a part of my makeup routine before since I didn't like anything that will make my pout more plumper than it already is (though I sometimes use Too Faced Lip Liner in Perfect Nude to line just my natural lip line to define my lips)  and it also tends to dry out my lips which can enhance the flakes on my dry lips so I like to keep it natural and just prime my lips with a normal balm. Lately I have been watching a lot of makeup tutorials and in some of the videos I kept hearing good things  about the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and how most of my favourite Youtube bloggers raved about it.. but I wasn't just about to jump and join the trend, yet.

After reading a bit more about the product and seeing tempting pretty swatches.. and thinking about it for weeks.. I am finally sold and yes, I did jumped and ordered the two bestselling shades Pillow Talk & Pink Venus. 

Left to right Pink Venus is a warm nude shade (though it appears to be more salmon pink on my lips)  Pillow Talk is a muted pinky nude (which gives my lips that "my lips but much better shade").

Both shades are very pretty and looks very natural on my lips (oops no lip swatches yet! sorry). I can see why there's a huge hype going on about these beauties, they glide so creamy and beautifully that they ended up becoming my current favourite "no shine, natural lip" liner / lipstick filling my whole lips with it. I was a bit worried that it might emphasise the dry flakes on my lips but fortunately it did not and I did not find it drying at all, it even survived even after eating.

I ordered mine online through Net-A-Porter since they are not available locally, each costs 22€ (plus  shipping fees) quite expensive for a lipliner if i must say but for the price I paid it did lived up to my expectations. It's long-wearing, did not stain my braces, doesn't emphasise my dry flakes (not drying at all) and the shades are both beautiful and looks very natural which would probably suit most skin tones.

My verdict? I am in love! I am already thinking about stocking up As expected from Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line the shades are very pretty and universal, I have a couple of products from her line that I truly do adore (see it here). I would definitely repurchase and would recommend it for those of your who loves natural looking lip liners that won't dry your lips, it also comes in few more shades so there's plenty to choose from for everyone.

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line? Do you have any favourites that you would like to recommend? I'd love to hear them in the comments below! Thanks

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Instant Glow Spring 2016 Makeup Collection by Clarins

Spring is all about cheery pastels and loads of pretty light colours (and mostly tons of shades of pink!). It's so refreshing to welcome Spring after the long months of cold and chilly weather. Naturally radiant makeup look is currently on trend and sometimes we (I personally do!) just want that refreshing look like "your skin but a better" so right now I'm opting for products that either in emollient / cream form or organic products where I do not need to use moisturisers etc. Today I will be showing you some things that I picked up from Clarin's Spring 2016 Makeup Collection.

I'm gonna start with the Multi-Blush in the colour 05 Rose; a rosy toned cream-to-powder blush which gives a rosy / natural looking-flush and can be applied and blended easily with your fingers.

From left to right Multi-blush 05 Rose, Natural Lip Perfector 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer and Natural Lip Perfector 08 Plum Shimmer

This year Clarins added two more shades to their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector which is a creamy lip balm / gloss. I am wearing the shade 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer is a pinky-brown with a subtle hint of shimmer and gives me that "my lips but better" kind of looking lips. It looks very natural and I would say it's a Spring appropriate shade, it's creamy like a lipbalm and glossy like a lipgloss but not sticky / tacky but has a light vanilla scent.

Plum? I am not sure I am a fan of red lips or bold lip colour, my lips are very pigmented and darker shades just appears even more darker and I don't like how it looks on me. The next shade I am wearing is 08 Plum Shimmer which I would consider more of an Autumn / Winter shade but with a just a little bit of it can add a light "berry" hint on your lips which reminds me of naturally flushed lips. It can be easily worn in the daytime and just re-apply a little bit more to intensify the colour and achieve a bolder and fuller lips.

My verdict? I love them all! I never tried cream blushes before but learning and seeing how natural it looks on my skin, I would say I am quite impressed. The lip perfectors also earned my 5 stars since they something I would wear when on the go and something that I will moisturise my lips without that the stickiness/tackiness of a lipgloss and it's vainilla scent is too sweet to say no to it. I am curious and would love to try their Natural Glow 5-Colour Eye Shadow Palette  I am quite tempted to try it and hopefully I would be able to review it too. What about you, have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

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Off Duty Weekend: Mountain Retreat

Last weekend was all about relaxing and detoxing. We drove up to Tolox (Malaga) away from the noisy city and took advantage of the fresh air and serene surrounding.

 It was warm sunny in the day and wintry cold at night, we stayed at the Hotel Cerro de Hijar which is a beautiful and relaxing place to switch off, sit in front of the fireplace and watch a great film.

Speaking of films.. we watched a Norwegian film called "The Wave" (Bølgen) which is about Geirangerfjord where the small town is threatened to be ruined by a huge tsunami. It was a very realistic film considering the natural phenomenas that are happening right now and somewhat terrifies me that even though it's not happening where I live, things just could just happen like the earthquake that hit southern Spain several weeks ago. I woke up and the bed and whole building was literally shaking left and right just like when a huge train is passing by and then quickly run out to the terrace to see what was happening. It was frighteningly quiet but I could see the tree in front of our building shaking as if something down under is passing by, luckily in our city there weren't any casualty. It really freaked me out and left us scared to sleep at night for a couple of days, I watched and read a lot of news about natural disaster and it's always in the tv's but sometimes you just don't know it could and would happen in a blink of an eye.

Anyway it's all about relaxing & detoxing right? So here I am, barefaced and sipping a mint tea :)

... after my kind of "detoxing" with brownies and vanilla ice cream (yum!). It was one of those great places where the hotel food really stands out and after a mouth watering lunch here comes my favourite part of it.

Funny enough after lunch we were meant to go for an afternoon walk but it was too windy and starting to get quite chilly and ended up sleeping in (oops! there goes my kind of "relaxing")

...and then woke up to this lovely sunset, I can't wait to go back in summer. It's only about 45 minutes drive from Marbella but between all the curves going up to the hotel and my complaining about my altitude phobia it was more than that day haha. Anyway, have a great weekend and hopefully I could finish writing my reviews as soon as possible. Hugs