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A Skin Care Routine That Works for Me

With my recent extensive travels, I haven’t been able to take really good care of my problematic skin. Maybe it’s because water is different, but my face has been going from desert dry to crazy oily every week or so. Luckily, I’ve found a nice combination of products that keeps it all under control. Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisture Cream Even though this moisturizer is technically supposed to be used only at night, I really enjoy using it in the morning as well. It smooths all flaky patches on my face when the skin is on the dry side and is not super oily for when it’s not. It’s great for travel as well, since the container is so tiny! Pixi Glow Tonic This product is a huge ‘must’ and is very popular among beauty bloggers, so I decided to give it a try and purchased a $15 small bottle. It’s supposed to exfoliate the skin a bit and smooth the tone to get rid of any redness. Well, it does exactly what it promises: …

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Yves Rocher: Botanical Beauty Brand

Yves Rocher is a very popular makeup brand in Europe, but not as famous here in the US. Once a year when I go to Russia, I also get a chance to empty my wallet at the nearest Yves Rocher store. A simple google search brought me to their US website, and I’m trying my hardest to not buy everything listed. To give you a little bit of background on the brand, Yves Rocher was created in France and is “based on the treasures of the botanical world and its infinite potential”. In simple words, their products are based on plants and flowers, which to be honest sounds amazing to me. It’s all natural, smells wonderful and has a vast array of products. To add a cherry on top of the cake, with every order you get a free gift in form of a tote, a makeup bag or some travel-sized treasures. Although it may seem a bit pricy at first, I found that it’s possible to get really good deals if I wait for …


New Maybelline Products Coming June 2015

Maybelline Cosmetics is coming out with some new fabulous products which I am super excited to try out this coming June. You all know my obsession with foundation, and I’ve had a chance to try out the new Better Skin Foundation in Europe last year. I also love the Baby Lips line, and the new Lip Gloss sounds like a nice addition to it. Lastly, the new Lasting Drama Gel liner and Chaotic Mascara will be a nice treat for a dramatic look. Click on the photos to see what’s coming in June or visit Maybelline’s Instagram. [Show thumbnails]


Beachy Waves and Long Bob

New quarter, new look! Sunday afternoon I decided to go out for a spontaneous haircut, and couldn’t be happier with the results. After looking through what seems like thousands of photos on Pinterest, I decided to go for a shorter look, and later perhaps add a beachy wave perm to give my hair some more volume. I was looking for something along the lines of Lily Collins’ and January Jones’ looks, and think I’ll be able to get the best of both once my hair grows out. I also picked up a few hair styling products from Garnier, so I’ll be showing those off in the next post!   What do you think? What’s the hair style you’re going for this spring?

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Yet Another Spring Wish List

With a huge Euro trip coming up this summer, I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending (specifically makeup spending) to save up a little money. This doesn’t mean that my eyes aren’t wondering around, looking for something new and beautiful to try out. My list this time is more about contouring and highlighting than foundation, as I think I’m very happy with the Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation and Mineral Veil I’ve picked up from Ulta a few days ago. Just as a side note, though, my mind has been filled with thoughts of upcoming travel and how I want to use as little makeup as possible to avoid the hassle. Keeping that in mind, here’s my quick wish list for this spring/summer: