My Skincare Range & Routine

skincare range and routine

I can finally say that I am happy with my skin, it’s not perfect, and I do have breakouts from times to times but, overall, I’m really happy with it. It took me some time to figure the right routine and the right products for me. They’re almost all from the same brand, but from different lines, which makes the right balance for me.

  1. Bourjois Crème Moussante Démaquillante – I only use this when I wear makeup, which isn’t everyday, but it’s the best makeup remover I’ve ever used. Literally everything comes off.
  2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Scrub – I use this 1 or 2 times a week. It works best if I don’t wet my face before using it. And if I feel like I need some extra exfoliation, I use it with the brush (#8), but not everytime. My skin gets so smooth and clear.
  3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser – This is my everyday (twice a day) cleaning product. Even though this is a product for oily skin types, (mine is combination), it cleans and removes the impurities without being too aggressive.
  4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer – This is my least favorite product, and sometimes I forget applying it. Probably because my pores aren’t that large. I will probably use it until it’s finished but I don’t think I will buy again.
  5. The Body Shop Seaweed Matifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 – It’s my daily moisturizer, and often sold out in my local TBS. It’s a non greasy formula, lightweight and has SPF, works great both in Summer and Winter.
  6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream – I’m only using this recently, because I needed something that would complement the night serum (#7), and it has been making wonders. I always wake up with my skin feeling super soft and luminous, no matter if I sleep for 12h or only 4h.
  7. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum Oil –  this is my all time favorite skin product ever. I swear by it, literally everyone should use it. It really makes a difference. I always apply it before the Night Cream, but it can also be mixed with it.
  8. The Body Shop Exfoliation Brush – I use it with the Tea Tree Scrub, but not very often, only when my skin needs some extra exfoliation.
  9. Avène Eau Thèrmale – I always carry this on my bag, it’s great for makeup retouches during the day, makes my skin refreshed and soothing. And it’s also great after using the scrub, when the skin is feeling a bit more sensitive.

Of course I am not sponsored by The Body Shop, or by any other brand for that matter. I genuinely like TBS products, and it took me a while to figure out what works best for me, and many trial-error attempts.

Hope you find this post somehow useful, and feel free to share some tips in the comments below ;)

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Wanting & wishing

My Christmas Wishlist

Let’s face it: 2014 slipped through my fingers, and soon will be Christmas again. Wow so many things have changed throughout this year, but it’s not the right time to get nostalgic about this year, not yet. So yeah, for the first time in my life I’m making a wishlist that doesn’t include clothes. What is happening to me? Working from home has this effect on me, I don’t dress up fancy everyday anymore, and I’ve been investing in good quality pieces lately, and… who am I kidding… I have more than enough clothes in my wardrobe anyway.

But still, there are shoes, of course. More like sneakers, the Adidas Superstar II and I remember about 10 years ago I used to hate these. What changed? Well, those little details that make all the difference: they made a suede version, with a black cap and white soles. And I pretty much fell in love with them. They became trendy among the bloggers, I know that, but at least I’m going for the black version instead of the white.

And the sneakers are pretty much the only “fashion” related item in my list. Lets see…

  1. Even though I have recently invested in a new eyeshadow palette , as soon as I saw this one from Bare Minerals I instantly loved the colors, greens, browns and purples are great for brown eyes (at least that’s what the beauty gurus say), and the fact that this is a convertible palette just makes it even more special. But hold on… just wait until I talk about the #6 Narsissist…
  2. The sneakers, as you already know.
  3. This has to be the best coincidence ever: Nars launched their new Audacious Lipstick line and… what are the odds that 2 of the new shades are my name: one is called Marisa (hot pink), and another one is called Raquel (pinky nude)! I’m not a fan of the Marisa shade, but when I saw Kathleen Lights on Youtube showing the Raquel, I just knew I had to have it. The color is just gorgeous and it has my name on it. Could it get any better?
  4. There’s not much to say about this one. I love it, I had it, I want it again. It’s so “me” and I miss this smell so much!
  5. This is one of those products that I know I won’t get my paws on it, especially because it’s limited edition. The NARSissist Cheek Kit! I saw Bunny from Grav3yardgirl swatching it and got damn envious. But hey, let me dream. In just one product the Nars icons: Orgasm blusher and the Laguna bronzer, plus the Devotee highlighter.
  6. Last but definitely not least, the one and only: the NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette. 15 gorgeous shades, I’d wear them all. This is by far the most beautiful eyeshadow palette I’ve ever seen. Naked Palettes from Urban Decay get all the hype, and sure they’re pretty, but this one is beyond beautiful. I first saw it on a Lily Pebbles video, and I always love her looks, especially because we have sort of the same complexion and hair color. For some reason I keep thinking that if it looks great on her, it will look good on me somehow, lol.

And that’s it, I obviously don’t expect people to buy me any of this, as usual in my wishlists I end up buying myself, but I just love making the lists and sharing with you, lovely ladies, what I’m loving at the moment. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to make-up, shame on me, but I’ve learned some tricks already and I definitely would like to invest in some quality products as well, especially because it’s Christmas soon, time to splurge a little bit, don’t you think?

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The dress obsession

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Another look straight from, I am obsessed with this dress. What could be more perfect than a black and white midi high-waisted, long-sleeved dress, with pockets, paired with a red lipstick? I’m not a fan of those shoes in the picture BUT, I’d definitely take my red pumps out of the closet for this one.

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New in: Autumn Picks

My autumn picks

It has been a while, as usual, but life just keeps getting in the middle and I totally neglect my blog. But I like to post things that are relevant to me, and I prefer to write when I’m in the mood, instead of an obligation, so there you have it.

I’ve been “behaving good” lately when it comes to shopping, I mean… I just bought a car, so my shopping addiction had to be tamed. But Autumn is here, as well as the cold and rain, so I finally gave in and bought four things:

  1. Too Faced Palette – this was totally a splurge, because I had never spent so much money on a makeup item before. But I wanted to buy a neutral palette for some time now, one that I would use all the colors in it, either in day look or night. And this was my pick, I loved all the colors and decided to splurge. I bought it online, I’ll review and swatch it here once I have it.
  2. If you follow my blog or know me in real life, you’ll know how much I love to show some leg, summer and winter, no shame here. These are neutral grey/black, with pockets, they fit perfectly and go well with pretty much everything.
  3. It was love at first sight, the camel cardigan. I love this color, and I wanted a camel coat, pretty much like Kim K uses, but since I live in a semi-tropical weather island, it would be a waste of money because we rarely wear coats around here, and I already have enough of them in my closet anyway. So, the alternative was this cardigan, and it looks even better in real life. Can’t wait to wear it with black skinny jeans and a white tee.
  4. It looks like a dress, but it’s actually a playsuit. It’s black, deep V-neck, medium sleeves… what can go wrong with this staple piece? This is one of those pieces that you can style it with fancy high heels and a statement accessory, or with a denim jacket and sneakers. Don’t you love comfortable and versatile neutral pieces like this?

I promise that I will try to post more, and share more (looks, photos, reviews…). Sometimes it’s just hard to find inspiration to write, or to take a decent photo of my look, or life happens. But November is here, and I’ll definitely try to be consistent and write more (this time I really mean it).

Muah *

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