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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.

Metallic Cooper Eyes And Red Lips


Metallic cooper eye shadow and red lipstick, a beautiful combination that looks best on someone with blue eyes and blond hair but I had to try it too! If red is too much for you, this look can be done with a nude lip as well.


Pixi Eyes Reflexion Shadow Palette in Reflex Light was perfect to create this look. All shadows in this palette are incredible rich and pigmented, easy to use, wear and blend. I was reading that they have a special 3D effect to add depth and create dimension, catching and reflecting the light in a beautiful way. I think is really true, I noticed when I took pictures of the entire palette how beautiful the light falls on it.

Makeup Talk And All Drugstore Makeup Look

Last year I have done a makeup look with only drugstore products and it ended up more popular than I expected, so I thought why not do this again and more often. I am thinking to actually do a makeup look only with drugstore products at least once a month. I think that would be fun and it will bring you and me the opportunity to discover new makeup gems at the drugstore. I am kind of excited about this!

I tried to use affordable makeup products, most of these products are really good and I use them quite often, alone or in combination with high end products. 


For this look I used some new products like a Bourjois blush I just got a week ago and my new Alverde mascara from dm but also older products from my makeup stash like my 4 year old Catrice  eyebrow set. 

 FACE:  The Ordinary Coverage Foundation - don't ask me about the shade because I need to mix a bunch of them to make something that fits me, but that happens with any foundation, other than that I think this is such an amazing foundation for the price.

New Pixi Luxurious Oils For Face And Body

Have you tried the new PIXI oils for face and body?  Don't you love how pretty they look?

Recently released, these beautiful Pixi oils are my new obsession and I got to try all of them. I've been told that these oils are formulated to suit all skin types. Some of them are meant to cleanse and some are meant to moisturize and prep your complexion perfectly.


Pixi Gold Luminosity Enhancing Oil is a fortifying oil with luminous effect. This oil is infused with coloidal gold, smells citrus like- probably because it has sweet orange peel oil as one of the ingredients.
This is a nourishing oil that will help revive and give skin a glow boost. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this oil can leave a beaming glow on your skin and make your complexion look insanely radiant.
It can be used solo or mix 1-2 drops of oil into your moisturizer or foundation.
Top ingredients : soybean oil, meadowfoam seed oil, rice bran oil, macademia seed oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, rosehip oil, sweet orange peal oil, aloe vera leaf extract and vit. E.

Cleansers For Days, Because Clean Skin Is The New Sexy

Good healthy skin begins with clean skin, and probably this is why I am so obsessed with having so many cleansers. I realized that if I rotate my cleansers and use something else every 2 weeks, my skin looks so much better and I have less imperfections and problems with it.

 I can't believe that few years ago I used to remove my makeup with micellar water and a Nivea makeup remover and expected to have great skin. Little that I knew about how to properly clean my skin. In my defense I will say that I was young and careless.


Last year I tried a lot of products, including cleansers and I finally found some really good ones that made a change in the way my skin looks. Here are some of my favorites :

1. Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk for eyes and face with moisturizing sweet almond, jojoba oil and soothing cornflower.

The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Body Care Line - New And Trending

The Body Shop Cactus Blossom body care range is their newest limited edition to The Body Shop  skin care collection, and from 2 April the products are available to buy in stores across Benelux.


This new and super cute Cactus Blossom line is like an ode to the sunny days I so desperately want. This collection brings along lots summer vibes don't you think so? Everything in this line smells fresh, slightly floral and a bit fruity but not very sweet or overpowering, the scent is very light and delicate.

Pixi's SS19 Biggest Launch In Amsterdam - 80 New Beauty Products

Last week Pixi Beauty had a massive beauty launch at a temporary Pop -Up Store in Amsterdam, event hosted by Babassu Beauty

 
The temporary Pixi Pop-Up Store was located on De 9 Straatjes in Amsterdam and it looked all chic, feminine and very pretty, displaying a beautiful esthetic and the latest and most new Pixi beauty products.


The atmosphere was very inviting and the Babassu  personal was very friendly and helpful. You could look around, take photos, admire the place, spray your boyfriend in the eye with the Pixi Vitamin C Mist- like I did, cover yourself in oils, glitters, lotions and creams, get your makeup done and also eat cute Pixi cupcakes.

Shea Butter - Where It Comes From, How Is Made And How To Use In Skin Care

Considered a sacred tree, the Shea-Karite tree grows naturally in the wild of the dry Savannah belt of West Africa and this trees can live up to 300 years.  

The shea butter comes from the nuts found on the tree by removing the outer shell. The nuts are crushed by hand so they can be slowly roasted into shea butter. Once this has been done, the butter is kneaded by hand in a large basin of water to separate the oils also known as the fatty acids. These fatty acids are what provides the restorative properties making it one of the best options for skin care and more. To get the final product, the shea butter is removed off the top and cooled until it hardens.


25 years ago The Body Shop started to work with the Tungteiya Women's Association in Ghana and the shea butter was their first Community Trade ingredient.

The Body Shop choose to do amazing things like always and support female entrepreneurs through this Community Trade partnership and together we can empower these amazing women from Ghana that produce the shea butter and helps us #CareWithShea to be able to support their children's education. Don't you love when shea butter does more than just giving you very soft skin?

The Body Shop shea butter is 100% natural and vegan and this moisturizing multi-purpose butter can be used on the body, hair, face and lips. It has an amazing creamy and melting texture and if you wander how many nuts do you need to make 150 ml of shea butter the answer is 192 shea nuts.

My Favorite Vitamin C Skin Boosters And How To Use Vitamin C In Your Skin Care Routine

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation.

Vitamin C will boost your skin's collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles out.

When added to your daily skin  care routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your complexion, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly  helping and improving the hydration and leaving your skin looking younger, longer.


When looking for a suitable vitamin C product, finding the right concentration is really important. Also the way that the vitamin C is produced is a key factor in how efficient will work for your skin. 

Vitamin C can break down in UV light and lessens its potency, this is why is best to keep your vitamin C skin care in a dark environment.


Here are my vitamin C skin boosters :

Hylamide C25 is a concentrated Vitamin C serum for smoother, brighter skin. The formula is light, effective and easily absorbed. It can be used twice a day and it targets dullness, uneven tone, uneven texture and fine lines.Vegan, cruelty free, silicon free, oil-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free.

The Body Shop Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask

Did you know that coffee is amazing when used in skincare?

The scent of fresh coffee is very calming, uplifting and anti-depressant. The caffeic acids in coffee beans have anti-inflammatory properties and they help to reduce puffiness, boost collagen and promote healthy skin. Coffee is also a rich source of vit, B3 (niacin) and because it will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, it will help smooth wrinkles and fight those fine lines.


Have you ever used coffee in your skincare routine? If you didn't yet you should because The Body Shop made this absolutely amazing face mask with Nicaraguan coffee, shea and cocoa butter, 100% vegan. Just looks at this beautiful texture!

Antipodes Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Do you know that sometimes you need to get dirty to get clean ?

The skincare junkie in me wanted a new face mask and I just got my very first product from Antipodes. I've heard so many good things about this skincare brand from New Zealand and I was simply dyeing to try their products. 

I thought it would be a great idea to start with this Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask enriched with Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, Avocado oil, extract of peony flower and of course volcanic and regenerative mud from New Zealand.


Antipodes has pure, safe and natural formulations created from unpolluted New Zealand nature.

Whatever you add to your skin is ingested, and for the power of beautiful skin and a healthy body, Antipodes is using only the most premium ingredients.

This Antipodes mud mask delivers a high performance detox for a luminous complexion. The volcanic mud is rich in sulfur, calcium, silicon and sodium and it binds to the skin's oils and absorbs them without living behind a dry and dehydrated skin like a clay mask usually does.
Mud is similar to clay as they both come from earth, but they are very different because the mud is water based and its also a great skin healing agent while clay is more harsh and drying. Mud is mineral rich, has regenerative properties and it has been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries.

Yummylicious Serum - Lush And Organic French Skincare, Made in Paris


For almost two weeks I am using in my skin care routine, morning and evening, every single day a new serum, and not just any serum but a hand made, organic and extremely luxurious serum made by Kristina Soley, the founder of Yummylicious Serums 

Kristina has a huge passion for beauty and she also has a massive experience in skin care, beauty and wellness. I met her via Instragram, she is very friendly, humble, kind and professional and she loves to help people achieve beautiful healthy skin. She gifted me a bottle of her serum and she told me she hopes I like it because she made it with love and good intentions.



From her passion for beauty Kristina founded Yummylicious Serums and they are based in Paris, but available  international.

She told me she calls the serum Yummylicious because it feels delicious and soft on the skin. Now, after I tried her serum I can definitely say that she was right, her serum is amazing, it has such a beautiful texture that melts on your skin, leaving it hydrated and so very soft.

The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask 100%Vegan and fully Biodegradable

Sheet  face masks originated from South Korea where people are known for their dedication on cosmetics and skincare.

Only last year the sale of sheet masks increased about 60 %, overwhelming the sale of other skin care products. Unfortunately when we use sheet masks we have a left over waste and that's not very good for the environment, unless you are using eco-friendly options and fully biodegradable sheets face masks, like The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask, which is a really new addition to the Drops of Youth skincare line.



The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask is made of a cellulose fiber derived from renewable sourced wood pulp and is fully biodegradable.You can trow it in your compost bin and it will take around 42 days to disintegrate. Good for your skin but also good for the planet ! How cool is that ? This makes it instantly my favorite sheet mask!

Pixi Beauty Rose Infused Skincare

Did you know that it takes around 30.000 rose petals to produce a single ounce of rose essential oil ?

Recently there has been a Rose Renaissance in skincare and I personally love it because rose infused skincare is able to transform the skin, to promote healing and to reduce the effects of chronic stress on skin (fact based on a study conducted in Japan in 2011). When used in skincare, Rose is said to be soothing and calming, protecting and it can help you to get rid of dull tired skin giving a healthy glow.


Pixi  has some of the most beautiful and lush Rose infused skincare and they gifted me this gorgeous travel set full of skintreats to add it to my beauty arsenal.

I am already using for quite some time some of these Pixi skintreats but I am really happy and excited to indulge in the entire rose line. I was absolutely dying to use the Rose Oil blend !

This travel set that they sent me has everything you ever want and need to have a complete skincare routine, from cleanser and tonic to oil and makeup fixing mists. 

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast - protective and repairing skincare for dry and sensitive skin

How do you protect your skin from cold and dryness when is winter ?

La Roche Posay Cicaplast is a skincare line designed for people who suffer from dry skin, irritations and sensitivities, is an expert in skin recovery. Like all the products from La Roche Posay, Cicaplast line is also made with their famous thermal water.


La Roche Posay Cicaplast skincare was and is always a must have for me, specially during cold season when my skin tends to become even more dry and sensitive. 

Before I continue with more details I must say that this is not a sponsored post, I am sharing this review hoping that it might help someone who struggles with dry and sensitive skin.

Favorite Makeup Products in 2018

Just with my previous post about Favorite Skincare in 2018, it was really difficult to make a choice and narrow down my favorite makeup products to just a few. 

In 2018, makeup, for me was more about lips and glow and less about eyeshadow and this is the reason why you will get to see more luminous blushes and bronzers than eyeshadows and of course a more lipstick. I have been a lipstick lover in 2018 !


My most favorite and my most loved makeup products and definitely most used are listed below : 

 MAC Face & Body  Foundation because it looks really natural on skin and if you want more coverage you can build it up.

Favorite Skincare in 2018



I discovered such amazing and revolutionary skincare in 2018! Oils, creams, cleansers and serums with fabulous formulas that truly changed my life and helped me achieve flawless skin without making a massive hole in my bank account.

Favorite skincare in 2018 :

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cleansing Oil- in- Gel - super gentle and perfect for dry skin, vegan and cruelty free formula.

Korres Olympus Tea 3-in-1 Cleansing Emultion - I love the fluid and gentle formula, it smells absolutely delicious like all the Korres products, also vegan.

Red Earth Radiance Boosting Toner with Australian Honey and Organic Pomegranate, this is more like an essence as texture, smells very natural and fresh, offers amazing relief for dry and sensitive skin.