The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Deluxe Advent Calendar

Have you got any Advent Calendar for this Christmas? Or maybe I should ask if you already secretly open all the doors from the Advent Calendar you just bought for this Christmas?

My boyfriend never lets me open any of my Advent Calendars before 1 December and it must be only 1 door/window per day,  isn't that a true torture? 

This year THE BODY SHOP gifted me one of their most beautiful and magical Advent Calendars and I was insanely excited to open it the moment I received it. Last year their Advent Calendars sold out so fast (one every 30 seconds) and I never had the chance to buy one because in a matter of days they were all sold out.

For 2019 The Body Shop made 3 Advent Calendars, beautiful illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia. Each time you open a door of this beautiful and magical advent calendar you will discover not just a gift but also how 25 inspirational women used their dreams to change the world.

The Body shop was founded on feminism. Empowering women and girls is in their DNA and this year they teamed up with Global Children's Charity Plan International to help unlock girls's dreams.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Matte Liquid Lipstick - 818 True Red

This is a second-skin intense matte liquid lipstick. It has a very unique and fine texture, so pleasant you don't even feel it on your lips.  

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Matte Liquid Lipstick glides easy on lips and it has an amazing and the most super precise applicator, probably the best ever liquid lipstick applicator made. This liquid lipstick can be applied in several coats for a more intense and dramatic result without piling up or pealing of while talking or drinking/eating.

With an amazing ultra-fine, melt -away and glide on texture created by a waterproof formula, it rapidly sets on the lips and it drys beautiful without changing the color at all. 

Unfortunately lots of matte liquid lipstick formulas are drying up on lips much darker than they are, finally somebody made a liquid matte lipstick that doesn't change color when you wear it.

Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Skincare Collection and a lot of skin care talk

For the past month I have been using the new products from the Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Collection. I wanted to take time to enjoy these special skin care treats and see if they really work or not for my skin and if there are any visible improvements in my skin texture, elasticity and the hyperpigmentation I struggle with.

Vitamin C has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and it can significantly lighten hyperpigmentation without altering the pigment of normal skin. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin issue, often harmless. There are different factors that can cause hyperpigmantation, including UV sun exposure and heat, certain types of medication, irritation from chemical peals or microdermabrasion and even hormonal changes.

Pixi Beauty has a complete Vitamin C Skin Care Collection, from cleanser and tonic to a very special balm and serum.

Pixi Vitamin C- Juice Cleanser with orange flower water. This is a brightening, antioxidant cleansing water that doesn't need to be rinsed. It will not remove a full face of makeup, best to use it last in your cleansing ritual to prepare your skin for further vitamin C products. This gentle yet potent Vitamin C cleansing water has ferulic acid and probiotics to preserve and protect skin and it's rich in all kinds of citrus extracts and citrus oils. Perfect as a morning or second cleanse this is the right product to use if you want to introduce your skin to a Vitamin C regimen for the first time. I personally prefer to use this Vitamin C-Juice Cleanser in the morning  and follow up with the Pixi Vitamin C Tonic.

I was reading that a lot of people found this Vitamin C-Juice Cleanser useless as it doesn't remove makeup or dirt but I honestly think this is a well thought product, not meant to remove makeup but to prepare your skin for further Vitamin C products and to "accommodate" skin for a higher Vitamin C concentration.

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum -The Scent Of Sun

As a 30th anniversary tribute to Terracotta bronzing powder, Guerlain's in -house perfumer Thierry Wasser has interpreted the legendary powder as a sun soaked invitation fragrance. An iresistible and sensual composition, lush and rich that makes you dream of a  hot summer vacation in the South of France or on a beautiful exotic beach.

I absolutely love the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer and the Terracotta Jolie Teint Foundation and this was the beginning of my obsession with this summer fragrance, Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum.

Terracota Le Parfum was launched in 2014 and it's limited edition but you can still buy it, if you are lucky to find it on stock. I have been hunting for this for almost 2 summers and now it's finally mine! 

It's warm, sweet, slightly powdery and extremely sensual. The composition has solar floral notes (white flowers and yellow flowers). It opens up with fresh accords of bergamot, coconut and tiare flower. It's heart includes white flowers such as jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossom laid on a seductive base of musk and vanilla.

Korres Watermelon Revitalising Beauty Shot Mask

If you google skin care with watermelon you will find so many options, how amazing is that !

This glorious and delicious fruit is really good for your skin, watermelon skin care is more than just a moisturizer. This super-fruit is packed with so many vitamins and nutrients that can add life back to dull and tired skin. This fruit is intensely hydrating for dry skin and may be useful for preventing free radical damage from UV light. 

The watermelon tread in skincare appears to originate in Korea but Korres, an award-winning  Greek skin care brand also has an amazing watermelon mask.

Korres Watermelon Revitalizing Mask is a beauty shot facial mask infused with antioxidant-rich watermelon extract,  nourishing sweet almond oil and macadamia seed oil. It comes in a small and friendly travel size tube, 18 ml. This product is cruelty free, vegan and free from animal by-product. Suitable for all skin types and free from mineral oils, petrolatum, silicons, parabens, retinol and synthetic dyes.

Yummylicious Skin Serum Baby Rose For Skin Prone To Eczema And Psoriasis

Lovely lady and skin expert, Kristina Soley from Yummylicious Serums, released a new skin serum, Baby Rose-an amazing and organic skin serum designed for sensitive skin, prone to eczema and psoriasis. 
Few weeks ago she sent me this delightful Baby Rose skin serum to try it and I have been using it several times a week, not only on my face but on my neck and everywhere else on my body where I tend to get eczema. 

I have used before the Yummylicious serums made by Kristina, she sent me last winter a very special serum made for dry and sensitive skin, also organic and made with premium and pure ingredients.
I absolutely love her serums, they are all oil based and infused with botanical extracts, collagen and vitamins to feed your skin and make it look radiant and healthy. If you want to know more about the Yummylicious serum for dry and sensitive skin you can read a detailed review here.

Yummylicious Serum Baby Rose, smells divine! This serum is a beautiful blend of Argan oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Rose extract, Lemon extract, Chamomile extract, Geranium extract, Rosehip oils - all in the most pure form.

Skincare for tired, puffy eyes and dark circles

When it comes to tired eyes and racoon dark circles, sleep is actually the cure but also eating healthy and not smoking! Puffy eyes and dark circles can be also inherited or caused by stress, allergies, edema or an actually eye fatigue, sinus problems and too much salt in your diet. Most of these factors can not be addressed or improved fully by topical skincare treatments, and you might have to consult a doctor.

I personally don't like to cover my under-eye area with a thick layer of concealer and I prefer to treat this skin issue, to ease the appearance of darkness around my eyes and also to keep the skin under my eyes well moisturized.

Tarte Blush In Dazzled

I haven't bought anything from tarte for a long time, actually my first but also my last tarte product was this beautiful tartelette eye shadow palette I haven't even used much. 

Because I barely touched this eye shadow palette I wasn't really interested in getting anything else from them..... but than a visit to Sephora happened and I fell in love, on the spot with the tarte blushes. They look really pretty and it was very difficult to pick only one because I really wanted all of them. Dazzled was the one!

Tarte blush in shade Dazzled is more than pretty, is absolutely beautiful!
I get a new blush almost every month, some months even more than one and I never been so excited for a new blush like I was with Dazzled. 

Dazzled is described as a warm coral with a satin finish and is also a permanent shade. 

Pixi Skintreats New Glow Collection

Pixi introduced a new glow collection, a skin care collection based on the famous and probably most popular acid used in skincare, Glycolic acid. 

Glycolic acid is the holy grail for exfoliation, this acid is derived from sugar cane and belongs to the AHA family, along with malic acid and lactic acid. It has the smallest molecule from the AHA family and because of that it can penetrate skin very fast, breaking apart that glue that holds dead skin cells together. This acid also has the ability to get down into the hair follicles and loosen up any build up sebum and proteins that could lead to the formation of blackheads and acne. It helps with exfoliation but it also helps to stimulate new collagen, it makes skin look more youthful and smooth and gives a better absorption for other acne medication like Retinol or for anti-aging antioxidants like Vit. C.

Since I introduced Pixi Glow Tonic in my skin care ritual (2 years ago) I am completely free of cystic acne and if you are still struggling with this terrible skin problem you should definitely introduce Glycolic acid in your skincare, in a small concentration- below 10%.

Glycolic acid can also increase sun sensitivity, risk of sunburn, cause redness and skin irritation, and even unwanted skin discoloration. The use of glycolic acid in high concentrations can cause skin scarring. Remember to always put sunscreen on while using any of the AHA acids and avoid prologue sun exposure.

Pixi Glow Collection has a cleanser, the iconic glow tonic, a glow serum, a hydrating gel and a fancy and very cool moisturizer with Vit. D2.

Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel - this hydrating gel removes impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture. It has a unique blend of ingredients- glycolic acid, horse chestnut extract, aloe and ginseng, apple fruit extract, kiwi fruit extract, grape fruit extract, orange fruit extract, grapefruit extract, witch hazel, pineapple fruit extract, allantoin, panthenol. This cleanser is not only hydrating but also purifying and it can be used AM and PM daily. 

Pixi Eye Reflection Shadow Palette Natural Beauty- Smokey Eye Look

 Have you tried any of the Pixi Eye Reflexion Shadow Palettes?

From all the Pixi Eye Reflexion Shadow Palettes, Natural Beauty is definitely my favorite and I already used it so much that I hit the pan on one of the shadows in less than a month.

It's really difficult to find a taupe that compliments my skin/eye color and that doesn't look muddy and dirty when I try to blend it. Pixi Eye Reflexion Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty has a beautiful selection of neutral, taupe shades not just shimmery and metallic but also matte.

When in doubt I like to wear a dark smokey eye with a nude lip and this shadow palette is perfect to create smokey eye looks more or less dramatic.
Natural Beauty has some very pretty and creamy glow shades but also 3D metallic and matte shades  perfect to use for transition. I think from all the Pixi Eye Reflexion Shadow palettes (there are 3) Natural Beauty is a must have if you love natural, earthy and taupe hues.