Friday, July 29, 2011

Shellac & Shampoo

Just some new things I have been experimenting with lately -
the first one is shellac, a manicure that has been getting a ton of hype over the past year or so. I finally decided to give it a go because I was craving a simple natural yet durable nail.
My nails are quite thin and brittle, and I do not get professional manicures often (I get them once year, I'd say) so a bit of pampering was long overdue.

I got a nice neutral soft pink shade of CND Shellac, here is the result:

I love the fact that my nails feel quite strong and also love the fact that I didn't have to wait for them to dry (since they're cured by UV light).
So far so good! Will definitely keep you posted as I get more wear out of them.

Another thing is a short and mediocre review of some new shampoo and conditioner that I have been using from the Schwartzkopf "Seah" line - the japanese cherry set that is geared towards colour-treated hair.

Their website is filled with fluff about how this line is the only line that makes your hair feel like you've had a luxurious spa treatment *raises eyebrow*... I'm not sure what that means, but I can tell you what I thought about them after using the products over the past 5 weeks in which I have been away:

Pros: smells nice, pretty bottles, leaves hair soft
Cons: expensive (the travel sized shampoo and conditioner cost $11 EACH at the beauty supply shop where I found them), contains sulfates and parabens, does absolutely nothing that a cheaper brand of shampoo and conditioner doesn't do (i.e. L'Oreal EverPure line for volume, which is sulfate free!)

Anyways, that's about all the new stuff I can think of for now... I'm still in the process of unpacking but expect some new videos from me very soon :)

Snapshots pt. 2: Munich & Bodensee

The second leg of my trip was spent in Munich, a city I love visiting and a place where I've made many friends.
We also took a little day trip out to Bodensee, a beautiful lake with an even more beautiful island.
Picture time!!!

Unfortunately Germany was quite cold so this was pretty much my uniform throughout the trip... this Miss Sixty sweater from their fall 2011 collection saved me!

beautiful flowers near Bodensee

some shopping in Munich...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Snapshots from Sibiu

This is a mostly pictures-only post, with some short descriptions and some outfit details, we are a fashion/beauty blog now aren't we ;)

Sibiu, Romania is my hometown. I was born and raised there until I was 12... it is small, relaxed and beautiful. Filled with history and memories.

I spent the bulk of my time seeing old friends and some family, and relaxing at the hundreds of little patios, coffee shops and lounges spread around the city's historical centre.

...goofing around in the cellar of a beautiful traditional Romanian restaurant.
top - urban behaviour, jeans by GAP, watch by Michael Kors and bracelet is a necklace from Schustermann

top is T by Alexander Wang, skirt from Zara, Aldo cuff bracelet, Lanvin flats, Louis Vuitton bag

main street of the historical centre of the city

I'm home now and the next post will also feature some pictures, other than that... back to the usual in the next few days! Hope you are having a lovely week.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Travel Makeup Case - face products

This is incredibly belated since I have had limited internet access, however, better late than never, right?
I posted a video about a week ago showing the eye/lip products I packed on this 5 week holiday.
To be honest I didn't use a lot of those...

However, I packed my face products more effectively *pats self on back*
Here's what I brought:

Foundations: I brought a sheer everyday option that also doubled as my moisturizer - Dior HydraLife tinted moisturizer.
Also packed Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for nights out and because I want to use it up.
Concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in Light Peach, which is what I use under my eyes every day. Also brought along the Creamy Concealer because it's on its last leg and I want to use it up... but I ended up using the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer the most just because it's so convenient with the two shades I can mix to create the perfect shade and it lasted longer on my super oily skin.

Powder: I brought Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder to set my foundation, MAC StudioFix Powder for any touch-ups or for a heavier coverage (but to be honest I barely used this), and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural which I hate to use as a setting powder because it has zero oil control, but when used by itself just with a bit of concealer on a bare face, it is quite lovely and perfect for a low key minimal makeup day.

Bronzer: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, and Benefit Hoola (a powder and a cream to cover all my bases... the Chanel was lovely even by itself when I couldn't be arsed to put makeup on but wanted just a hint of colour and dimension to the face).

Blush: NARS Madly and MAC Well Dressed

Misc.: Dior Amber Diamond for any highlighting, MAC Fix+ for a quick refresh

Ta Da!

That's what I brought along.
I am now back in Munich, Germany at my friend's beautiful apartment trying to get settled and cope with the cold... I left Romania at 35 degrees Celsius and landed here to 12. FML.

Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Off to the countryside - Outfit & Face of the day

My dad and I went to visit a family friend's cabin that he built on the outskirts of my hometown of Sibiu, in a tiny village... the countryside, if you will.

It was an absolutely beautiful day, quiet and serene... it's amazing how the environment changes just 10 kilometres away from the city on an unpaved road.

Anyways, I opted for a simple, "sporty" (as sporty as I get, anyway) sort of outfit. Very casual and comfortable for walking and hanging around the property. The makeup was light, but my skin has been on oily overload -- sidenote, Vichy Pro-Matte does absolutely nothing from an oil control point of view but maybe if I persist it will eventually work? More on that later.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Madly Blush
Chanel Vert Khaki eyeshadow smudged along top and bottom lashlines as eyeliner
MAC Feline eyeliner on waterline
Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine "Boy" lipstick

My hair got tucked away in a messy side-braid... the style I opt for when it's not co-operating or when I lack imagination.

On to the casual outfit and the beautiful green scenery :)

A loose white tank over a cropped black bandeau (to avoid indecent exposure ha), rather masculine shorts by Burberry, a dainty silver 36" Lisa Taubes necklace for a more feminine touch, and black ballet flats by Lanvin. On my nails was Essie's Mint Candy Apple.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2 Things

Aside from the questionable weather (13 degrees Celsius, sometimes 21 if I'm lucky), I'm having a lovely time visiting my hometown and I've been to some lovely silver jewelry boutiques.

So far I've picked up a few pieces that caught my eye, they remind me a little of Robert Lee Morris and his style of jewelry.

I got a bold rectangular piece, a simple X shaped one, and a curved doubled ring.

I've really been drawn to silver rings lately, which is a change since the past year I was more into golds... might be due to my new nail polish obsession, OPI Cajun Shrimp, which looks so lovely against silver :)

It's similar to my beloved Essie Lollipop, but in natural light it definitely looks more orange and is a more "zesty" shade, which is perfect for this season!

Hope your weekend was wonderful, and happy 4th of July to my American readers!


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