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Christmas is Coming: Going Home to My Parents, Makeup Packing and Getting Ready

Hi everybody! Today I’m going home to my parents for a few days, to spend the Christmas with them. Each year I was home for Christmas so it became a tradition and one of the few moments I get to spend some time with them.

Before leaving, I took some time to prepare another blog post (Surprise, surprise ^_^ Stay tuned!) and of course, I got ready, packed some stuff, along with the gifts, checked the car and drove away.

For my makeup I used:

  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blush in Pink Rose
  • Rimmel London Brow This Way in 02
  • Naked Eyeshadow Palette
  • L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim in Black
  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
  • L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Feline Noir
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Dark Chocolate & Mint Lip Balm with SPF15

And this is what I packed with me:

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I’m ready for the holidays! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And many many wonderful moments with your loved ones!

XOXO,

Teodora C.

Review: Braun Silk-épil 9 (9-961e legs & body) Wet & Dry epilation & exfoliation system

Today I chose to write about a product that I purchased about half a year ago and I can say that the past 6 months were enough to give a detailed review of it. This is the latest version of the Braun hair removal systems and was released on the market this year. There are different versions of the packaging, depending on the number and the type of accessories it comes with. I have the version 9-961e for legs & body, that contains the hair removal device and 6 accessories.

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Before this one, I had a Braun Silk-epil Soft Perfection that I used for 9 years and a Philips Satinelle that I used for 4 years. Both of them were too painful to use over the knees of on the arms and they were rather breaking instead of plucking the thin hairs. With this one it’s different!

It takes about 1 hour to completely charge it completely and the battery lasts for about 45 minutes, which is enough time to remove the hairs from my legs, arms and underarms. It has a larger head than the previous versions with 40 tweezers, so in a single pass can remove about 90% of the hair. So, if you are not a perfectionist, this will be more that enough to give satisfying results. It’s more difficult to use it in the bikini area because of the large head. The pain overall is minimal and it hurts even less that waxing.

I used wet & dry and I found it gives the same great results under water as well. This is an advantage for those who prefer a bath instead of a shower.

A big plus is the light that focuses exactly on the area where you want to remove the hairs and you can see even the tiniest & thinnest ones.

The heads that come as accessories are really useful. I usually use the massage accessory to minimize the pain. The other accessory for hair removal is perfect for underarms. The shaving head and the trimmer are great options as well and work wonders.

Between the two exfoliating heads I couldn’t see a big difference. They are really nice and easy to use and exfoliate the skin. Are recommended to be used twice a week for best result and 1-2 days before the hair removal procedure. They help with ingrown hairs and keep skin at its best.

This product it’s on the pricier side, having a retail price around 180 euros. But almost all the time you can find it having a great discount and you can buy it for about 100 euros. I bought mine for 550 lei (120 euro). I found that the quality of this product is great and compared to the older versions and other brands, it gives the best results. So the price is very good for a state-of-the-art product.

Overall, the “SkinSpa” naming it’s well worth it. It’s so easy to use and gives the best and quickest results. Having multiple versions, each containing different accessories, you can pick the one it’s perfect for you and fits your needs. I definitely recommend Braun Silk-epil 9!

NOTW: December 21,2016

Getting ready for Christmas!

√ Christmas decorated home

√ Listening to Christmas songs and carols

√ Christmassy manicure

Nails done with:

  • Avon sparkly red nail polish in Ruby Slippers
  • OPI Euro Centrale Collection 2013 in Oy-Another Polish Joke and a Christmas tree sticker for the accent nail

Hair Care Routine, Favorite Hair Products & New Haircut

Good morning! I’m starting this day with a lot of enthusiasm and a new blog post. I got a new haircut and I’m very happy with the result. I will also tell you all about my hair care routine, how I keep my hair healthy and hydrated and what products I use. So let’s get into the details.

It’s been waaay to long since my last haircut. I wanted to grow my hair and I always feel that it grows too slow. Usually, I have to cut the same length of hair that grew since my last haircut. This time I thought that I could leave more between haircuts, so it will grow out more, but it didn’t. It just got more damaged at the ends. So take advice from me and cut your hair periodically, because growing damaged hair won’t help at all.

I went to my favorite salon in Timisoara, Breathless. I love Laura Rad and I always get an appointment with her because she always knows the best for my hair. What I like most when Laura cuts my hair, besides the fact that she is a very nice and open person, is that the cuts are very versatile. My hair will look amazing straight, curled or left in its natural wavy form, without much effort.

Last haircut:

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My hair before:

My hair after:

Afterwards I left the salon with some goodies from Nashi, because that’s what she used on my hair and I just loved their smell and the fact that they have natural ingredients. I can’t wait to try them at home and come back with a review.

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Now, let’s talk about my hair care routine. I have a lot of hair. It’s long, very dense and naturally wavy/curly. The only disturbing problem with it is that my scalp is very sensitive and I often get dandruff or an itchy scalp if the products I use on my hair are not appropriate.

My hair care routine is pretty minimal, but I feel it is effective for me and my hair. I usually wash my hair two times a week, sometimes three times if I work out more often. I start by combing my hair before getting in the shower. I apply shampoo two times and rinse well in between and after. When I have a more sensitive scalp period, I use La Roche Posay Kerium DS Anti-dandruff Intensive Micro-Exfoliating Treatment-Shampoo for persistent dandruff and intense itchiness. I found this stuff really works for me. It’s a treatment, so you should use it twice a week for 6 weeks (its only a 125 ml bottle, so it’s the right amount for this period). When I finish this I switch to a frequent use shampoo. I tried many shampoos and my current go to is Head & Shoulders Anti Dandruff Shampoo Cool Menthol. I really like the way it cleans my hair, it smells really nice and leaves my hair smooth.

Afterwards, I use a good hair mask. I try to remove the excess water from my hair with a towel and then I apply the mask on the ends and I clip my hair up into a bun. I love the Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Hair Mask. You can really see the difference when you’re using it. I leave it for 2-3 minutes on the hair, then I let the hair down and start combing it with a wide tooth comb, to uniformly apply the mask all over the ends and detangle the hair. You need to be very careful with combing wet hair, because it is fragile and can break easily.

There are moments when I’m in a hurry and then I will switch the mask with a nourishing conditioner. My favorite one is Garnier Ultra Doux Rich Nourishing Conditioner with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. This makes my hair soft and detangles it very well and it only takes a minute to work.

I always end the rinsing process with colder water, to lock in the moisture. Then I put my hair in a normal or a microfiber towel. I leave it like this for as long as it takes to get ready with other stuff like makeup, cutting my nails etc. Then I take it off and apply a heat protection spray and a leave-in treatment/serum. I currently use Tigi Catwalk Straight Collection Haute Iron Spray Heat Protection Spray, CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex and Biosilk Silk Therapy. I used to love the old version of the Tigi heat protection and its smell, but the new one not so much. Also, between CHI Silk Infusion and Biosilk Silk Therapy, which are made by the same producer, Farouk, I would definitely choose Biosilk. I find it more lightweight on the hair, gives better results, leaves hair very smooth and shiny and smells really good.

I usually leave my hair to air dry if I have the time, otherwise I dry my hair, insisting on the roots, for about 5 minutes but no more. I try to use the hair dryer as little as possible because it breaks my natural curls into a big fluffy mess and I also get very bored by the process. For styling, I always use a flat iron, for both straightening or curling my hair. I got to love Remington for their hair dryers, flat irons and curling wands. I have a Sapphire Pro Dryer, a Pearl Flat Iron and a Pearl Wand from them. All are amazing quality and give great results.

This is all about my hair care. I will definitely try to get a haircut at least once every 3-4 months from now on and I can’t wait to thy the Nashi products. Do you have any favorite products? How do you take care of your hair?

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Facand putina ordine in sertarul cu make-up, am gasit cateva produse pe care le-am cam neglijat in ultimul timp. Mi-ar parea rau sa ramana nefolosite, asa ca am decis sa le vand.

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Paleta Urban Decay Smoked – 10 nuante de farduri, foarte pigmentate – 50 lei

Paleta Sleek i-Divine Au Naturel – 29 lei

Benefit Benetint Rose-tinted Lip & Cheek Stain 12.5 ml  – 47 lei

Livrarea se face personal in Timisoara.

Shop My Closet

Recent m-am mutat într-un nou apartament și am decis să fac o selecție generală printre hainele și accesoriile mele, pentru a vedea ce mi se mai ptrivește și ce nu. Pe câteva dintre ele am decis să le pun la vânzare, fiind înca într-o stare foarte bună. Așadar, vă invit să aruncați o privire mai jos.

Rochii elastice din bumbac (neagră și albastră cu flori) din Terranova – purtate o dată fiecare – mărimea XS – 20 lei fiecare; 30 lei amândouă

Rochie neagră cu spatele din material transparent cu buline negre din Bershka – purtată o dată – mărimea XS – 40 lei

Rochie neagră din dantelă din Zara – purtată o dată – mărimea S – 60 lei

Sacou corai din New Yorker – FB Sister – mărimea XS – 45 lei

Bluziță roz prăfuit foarte subțire cu nasturi aurii la spate din Stradivarius – mărimea S – 20 lei

Bluza albastru regal din Mango – mărimea S (aș zice că e mai degrabă mărimea M) – 40 lei

Camașă albastru deschis din bumbac subțire din Terranova – mărimea XS – 15 lei

Cardigan roșu – mărimea S – 20 lei

Cardigan albastru scurt – mărimea S – 15 lei

Cardigan mov scurt – mărimea S – 15 lei

Pulover în dungi albe, albastru deschis și albastru petrol – mărimea S – 20 lei

Pulover decoltat mov – mărimea S – 20 lei

Camașă din denim din Fox Company – mărimea S – 30 lei

Fuste lejere de vară cu motive florale pe maro si bleumarin – mărimea S – 20 lei fiecare; 35 lei amândouă

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Fustă rotundă cu model crem din H&M – mărimea XS – 35 lei

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Fustă mini dreaptă negru cu alb din Mango – mărimea XS – 30 lei

Fustă mini din denim din Kenvelo – mărimea XS – 25 lei

Fustă mini din denim kaki din Terranova – mărimea XXS – 15 lei

Fustă mini neagră cu fundiță din Terranova – mărimea XXS – 10 lei

Fustă elastică subțire neagră din H&M – mărimea XS – 10 lei

Fustă elastică până la genunchi bleumarin din Bershka – mărimea S – 10 lei

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Fustă elastică crem – mărimea S – 10 lei

Geantă bowling mare bleumarin din Stradivarius – are: 1 buzunar exterior frontal; 2 buzunare interioare, dintre care unul cu fermoar; baretă de umăr detașabilă – 40 lei

Geantă mica de umăr neagră din Deichmann – are: 1 buzunar exterior frontal; 3 buzunare interioare, dintre care unul cu fermoar – 20 lei

Geantă de umăr mică maro-portocaliu – are: 2 buzunare interioare, dintre care unul cu fermoar; baretă de umăr detașabilă – 30 lei

Poșetă mică elegantă albă cu fundiță – are baretă de umăr detașabilă – 10 lei

Plic din saten bleumarin – are lanț de umăr detașabil – 30 lei

Curea elastică bleumarin cu fundiță – mărimea S – 10 lei

Curele – mărimea S – 5 lei fiecare; 10 lei pentru 3 curele

Pantofi nude cu platformă si toc înalt de la Kitten din Office Shoes – interiorul este din piele naturală – mărimea 37 – 50 lei

Botine negre din material asemănător cu pielea întoarsa din Bershka – mărimea 37 – 60 lei

Dacă aveți întrebări legate de produse, mărimi sau doriți mai multe informații, vă rog să-mi lăsați un mesaj.

Dacă sunteți interesate de poze în care port aceste lucruri, vă rog să îmi lăsați un mesaj și vă voi trimite mai multe poze, pentru a avea o perspectivă mai bună.

Livrarea se face prin predare personală în Timișoara.

Review: Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar

I was always in a search for a good top coat, but none of them were good enough… Some were just protecting the nail polish, but were not giving enough shine. Others took forever to dry. Others did nothing for the shine, neither for the resistance of the manicure… Then I found IT! This was the one for me, the PERFECT top coat: Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar.

I found this hidden gem while shopping at Sephora. There was a set from Nails Inc., The Classic Collection, which I just could not help to buy. It contained the perfect classic nail polish shades and bestsellers (Tate, a deep classic red, St James, pillarbox red, and Porchester Square, classic nude) and the mini Kensington Caviar base coat & top coat.

When I first used this top coat I didn’t even think of trying to check if the nail polish was dry after 45 seconds. After my experience with other similar products I was still trying not to move my hands for at least half an hour so I won’t destroy the new manicure.

I discovered it’s fast drying power one day, when, with my recently painted nails, I stumbled and fell and hit my nails on the stairs. :)) They were painted in a hurry, with base coat, 2 coats of nail polish and this amazing top coat, just a few minutes before. They were intact!!!

Since then, I started to constantly use this top coat. The benefits of using it are incredible:

  • It gives incredible shine to every nail polish.
  • When applying it, it glides so smooth on the whole nail, due to it’s thinner formula and the big rounded brush.
  • It dries super-fast, so that by the time you finish painting the nails on the second hand, the ones on the first are completely dry.
  • You don’t have to wait for the 2 coats of nail polish to be fully dry. You can start applying the top coat right when you finish with the nail polish application.
  • Even if it appears to be slightly pinkish, it applies totally transparent on the nails.
  • It can increase the resistance of the nail polishes up to a week, because the nail polish doesn’t crack on the nails.
  • If the nails are hit or touched just a few second after applying the top coat, it won’t smudge like other top coats. It will leave a dent, but if you rub it very lightly and carefully, it will seamlessly blur and and will completely disappear. You will be left with a perfect, very shiny manicure.
  • The price is very good for this quantity: 14 ml at 61 Lei (now, you can get it with 48% discount for it, at just 31,5 Lei here).
  • It saves you a lot of time and stress for not being afraid of ruining the new manicure.
  • It is perfect when you are in a hurry: you can definitely go to school, work, or even pack and go in a trip if you like. It is also hair-washing proof!

Downsides:

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I recommend it for everyone. You won’t go back after you try this. Guaranteed! 😀

Here you can see a manicure using this top coat. Maybe this will convince you to try it next time 😀

Empties #2

During the last year, my routine and the products I used changed drastically. This was partly because I was spending time at my boyfriend’s place a lot and I had different products in both places.

After we moved together I was faced with a ton of cosmetic stuff, gathered from both places, meaning I had a least two choices for the same type of product. That was the time when I decided to use up what I had and to minimize the quantity of stuff I had to a minimum. It was also the moment when I came up with this project for the nail polishes.

With reference to this project, I decided to throw away the Sephora Nail Polish in the shade Green Generation, which I used for a NOTW. After wearing it for about three days, it began to crack and could be easily scratched off the nails. I had it for a few years and the formula was not good anymore.

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One of my favorites, the Benefit They’re Real Mascara & Push-up Liner in the mini version, were used up to the very bottom. I love the mascara, it’s very black, separates very well the lashes, it’s easy to apply and lasts all day long. The liner is also amazing for it’s deep black color, creamy consistency and the staying power. I find it a little harder to apply sometimes, because it can get a little crumbly. One disadvantage for me is that they come off harder than other products. I also had the full size for both of them before and I would buy them again and again.

The Make Up For Ever Ink Liner Matte Liquid Eyeliner is an amazing product. It’s so easy to apply, the brush is very precise, the consistency of the product creates a very dark, straight line with minimal effort. Best for cat eyes and you can use it to draw a fine line or a ticker one, depending on the preferences and the occasion. I also love that it’s matte and lasts all day. It is also very easy to remove.

Another product I’ve used, or, to be fair, tried to use, was La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra-Workable Fluid Corrective Foundation in Shade 11, which didn’t work for me. I would consider it appropriate for oily skin. It was drying my skin a little and the coverage is medium to high, which is more than I need and like to use. It was pretty easy to blend, but the shade was also a little too dark for my skin tone. The only real disappointment was that during the day it dried my skin and the drier areas on my face were flaky and very visible. I will give it to my friend, Mada, to try it out.

I almost used up two face creams, Gerovital Plant Anti Imperfections Care Cream and Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche Rich Hydrating Cream. Both of them are very good for the colder seasons, when my skin tends to be drier. The first one is great for blemishes, scars, spots and pimples, at the same time being very hydrating and a great makeup base. The second one is a very good moisturizer and also a great makeup base. I had just a little product left at the beginning of summer and I since I don’t use them when it’s warm outside I decided to throw them away. I will definitely buy them again when the colder days come.

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For body I used the Yves Rocher Organic Raspberry Silky Lotion. This one smells sooo goood! It is a very nice product to use during the summer, when you don’t need a very heavy moisturizer. I find it to be less hydrating than others though. The texture is creamy/jelly and is very quickly absorbed into the skin.

For hair I used up a shampoo, Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Advanced Action Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair and a conditioner, Garnier Ultra Doux Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Conditioner for Very Dry/Damaged Hair. The shampoo had great results at first, I had no more dandruff and no itchy scalp. After a few months I started to feel my hair a little dull, drier and heavier. I felt like the shampoo was not cleaning it enough. I don’t know if I would repurchase it another time. On the other hand, this conditioner is my absolute favorite among the drug store ones. It’s extremely cheap (about 7-8 lei) and it detangles the hair so well and nourishes it. I always buy this. I use one every two months and it’s the fifth year of using it, so you do the math :)) I wash my hair twice or three times a week and, at least one time a week, I use a very good hair mask (I’m currently using Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Curl Intense), but the other times I will use the conditioner and I’m good to go. It leaves my hair very nourished but it does not weight the hair down in any way. Love it!!!

My one and only makeup remover is another empty product. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin is the only thing I use every morning and night to remove my makeup. At night, I use one or two normal size cotton pads or a big size one to remove all my makeup and I wash my face afterwards with water. I use a few times a week a cream cleanser afterwards, but I don’t feel the need for using one daily. In the morning I just dab a little on a normal size cotton pad to clean the face before applying a cream and makeup. It does it’s job wonderfully and it is very good for sensitive skin or eye area. It’s fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic. I had problems with other similar products, but this one is amazing.

Farmec Eye Contour Cream is not a finished product, but I wanted to include it since the cap which lets the cream out broke and all the cream started leaking everywhere, so I had to throw it away. It was an okay product, but besides hydration, I did nothing more than a regular hydrating face cream. Probably won’t buy it again.

I also went through numerous bottles of this two Dove Beauty Cream Wash and Dove Deeply Nourishing Nourishing Shower Gel with Nutrium Moisture. I am in love with this products, their power to hydrate the skin and their smell. Since I have a dry skin and wash my hands a million times a day, this hand wash is one of the few I can use, especially during the winter, without having my hands all dry and sore. The body wash is also very hydrating and keeps my body skin in a good condition. Although I’m daily applying a body moisturizer, I could use only this shower gel and my skin would still be soft and hydrated afterwards. I will continue to buy them again and again and again.

I have a few other products that are almost empty, so I am sure Empty #3 post will soon follow.

OOTD: August 29, 2016

Officially, the summer is ending, but the sun is still shining bright. For this hot day I chose one of my favorite dresses, which is very flowy and summery and some accessories.

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