Sunday, August 23, 2015

What's snapping?

Sunday is already over... okay then.
I've had a really busy week at work so it was time for a weekend filled with great food, a little bit of shopping and lots of doing nothing. It was quite sunny out so we made sure to enjoy the most we could as rain is back tomorrow. A rainy monday in August? I couldn't think of anything worst haha.
I can't believe summer is soon to be over, I don't feel like we have had the most amazing summer weather wise : too much rain, too much cold weather. I'm ready for fall, not ready for winter - and never will - but I'm still hoping for an indian fall. If we get lucky we might get high temperatures throughout september! I definitely need that, so let's pray haha.

My birthday is also coming up in september, which is part of why I think it's the best month of the year. I will be turning 27 : say whaaaaaaat? I would love to book a city trip to celebrate that so I'm on a hunt for the perfect 3 days city trip in Europe. I'm thinking : Lisbon, Amsterdam... Berlin? Let me know if you have any suggestions :) 

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All the same yet... so different

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Event ⎜Yves Rocher

This week I went to a fun blogger night to discover all about the Yves Rocher makeup range.
I was so glad to get a little night of fun with some cool other bloggers, drinking cocktails, talking about makeup and eating a good ol' Bbq. It was so much fun, it was great way to take of my mind from work and all the daily stress.

I have to be honest, I don't know much about Yves Rocher makeup range. It's not the first brand I think about when I think about getting a new lipstick either. I used to love this brand when I was younger, I remember going there with my friends after school and getting many perfumes. It was the cool brand on the block. Nowadays obviously with the diversity of brands, the many online website delivering brands from all over the world.... Yves Rocher went out the window.

I was quite impress with their range, the packaging is not the most amazing but for the price I wouldn't expect more.  Overall, everything looks very nice, I was happily surprised! You can definitely feel that the brand is trying to rejuvenate itself : rose gold packaging, on trend products, reformulated formulas, collections, etc.

I haven't tried all the products I got from the goodie bag but I'll keep you posted once I do :)

Are you familiar with Yves Rocher makeup range? Did you also used to rave about their perfumes when you were 13 years old? haha


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wishlist ⎟Craving staple

Fall wish list

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Mine has flown by so quickly, I can't even get how sunday is about to be over soon. The weather has been rather poorly so I couldn't take any proper blog picture. Today I went to the movies to see The Little Prince and oh boy, It was so good! I cried, laughed and was absorbed by the story throughout the two hours! I read the book when I was younger and the movie definitely do it justice. Such a strong, beautiful story.

Now, I'm just here watching TV with a glass of wine while online shopping. Currently, I'm craving staple items. I feel like my wardrobe lacks some good staples for fall. My first staple items craving are dresses. I lack some serious dress game. I just have ordered this white victoriana dress - after seeing it on Laura - I just knew I HAD to have it too. It's a bit on the gaudi side but if you tone it down with a little leather jacket, it is really gorgeous. The other dress I really have my eyes on, is this gorgeous midi black & lace piece. How stunning?

Boots wise, I'm craving more and more black booties. I already got one pair from Zara last month, and now I feel like these would fit right in in my wardrobe. Black, classic and with a little edge- the silver buckle or the croc print.

Other items I really need to stock up on are stripped and white t-shirts - because that's all I seem to wear these days -  a black pair of jeans - this one is perfect because it has the girlfriend cut which gives it a more laid-back feeling -and I absolutely need a khaki hat for this fall. Then, in the makeup department I think I'm all set : I just need some more nude lip colors which is what I wear every single day. I have tried the red lips look, but I always come back to my nudes!

Last on the list, is my dream bag. This is the staple of all staples : Chanel double flap bag, caviar leather, medium size with silver hardware - haha I know exactly the one I want. I have started to save money to buy it before my 30th birthday (I have some time ahead). It's my new life goal basically, haha!

1. Hat: Zara (here) // 2. Stripped t-shirt: Zara (here) // 3. Bag: Chanel (here) //4. Croc booties: Nelly (here)
5. Victoriana Dress: Topshop (here) // 6. Girlfriend jeans: Topshop (here) // 7. Black dress: Topshop (here)
8. Buckle boots: Zara (here) // 9. Lipstick: Nars - Shade Barbara (here

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New in ⎢ Birchbox

Back in June, I received a nice little Birchbox parcel with all of the new products available on their website. You know me, I love a good ol' goodie bag. Never makes me happier to try out new products haha! I'm not subscribed to Birchbox - or to any other boxes for that matter - just because I don't find that convenient for me. I think it's a nice thing to do for a birthday present - a 3 month subscription!  But for me, I'd rather buy the whole sized product right away after doing all my little online research previously of course. That's what I actually like about Birchbox, it's that you get to order full size products on their website and they have so many products to chose from - some brands quite hard to find or totally unknown in the european market. 

My favorites products from this little goodie bag was this gorgeous LOLA Barcelona nail polish in Rambla (here). Perfect coral summer shade and super easy to apply. I had never heard of this brand before, so I was glad to actually try it. I also am so in love with my SKINDINAVIA finishing setting spray (here) : I have been wanting to try this for ages and I didn't know where to buy it. It's as amazing as I thought it would be : it really helps my make up to last all day. You must try it! 

I also have really enjoyed the LIERAC Luminescence Serum (here), I use this in the morning before applying my makeup to give that extra base glow. This stuff is amazing, it has a pearly shade that gives that extra glow. I won't be using that as a night routine as I'm not sure it's as hydrating as an other serum would be. 

The BE FINE lip scrub (here)is the weirdest scrub I have ever used. It's so thick and creamy: when you apply you look like a creepy clown but the result is quite good. It leaves your lips smooth and moisturized. If you like a rough lip scrub...this one is not for you, it's extra gentle! 

The last product I have used is the BIONIKE Defence Tolerance (here).  The texture of this face cleanser is so unique, it's like a gel water. I have been enjoying this as a makeup remover but it's not enough on its own, I always have to clean wash my face after to make sure it's 100% clean. 

I haven't tried the HIP Shampoo (here) and the KONJAC sponge (here) yet... has anyone tried it before? 
I'm afraid it will be too harsh for my skin!


My favorite fuel breakfast

Oh hey there sunday! So good to see you again. I've had to best lazy weekend so far - those are definitely my faves! I can eat whatever I want, when I want it and where I want it. It's no big deal if I don't feel like eating until 1 PM as I just am busy cleaning, organizing or watching tv shows...but on weekdays It's a whole other story. I usually hate eating early breakfast, I'm more of a brunch kinda girl, but I have learned to change this bad habit of not eating in the morning then eating biscuits around 11AM at work because I'm feeling so down already. 

Now, I force myself to eat a good salty breakfast around 7AM everyday on work days. I have learned that fueling your body with a good breakfast is the most important thing. First thing first, I drink a lot of water right when I wake up then I go in the shower and then I'll go prepare my fuel breakfast. If I don't take a shower or eat breakfast, I just don't feel woken up EVER. I just don't get that "let's do this ish" energy. My favorite fuel breakfast has been smashed avocado on toasted bagels with loads of lemon juice, salt & pepper and sometimes I add smoked salmon or poached eggs!

It is so delicious, it fills you up until lunch time and really give you that work energy you need. I don't even understand how I was doing all these years going to uni not eating in the morning - ever! 

You can also eat some cheese if you feel like it - my favorite is cheddar! - but I always try to avoid peanut butter or nutella in the morning as it's just filled with so much sugars, I get very tired after two hours because the sugar rush is over.

Today I hate ate a bunch of M&Ms with my coffee for breakfast : just because #yolo it's sunday!

Let me know what is your favorite fuel breakfast? I would love to know!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

A few favorites

After a rough work week, I'm really glad to be in bed with a cup of coffee, reading my favorite blogs and catching on the latest YT videos. Ahhhh....more of that would be great. I need to destress and re-focus on what's important : online shopping for fall and the new episode of Real Housewives of New York City. Haha!

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites products I have been using non stop for the last month : it has been a little boring somehow because my skin is still quite tanned so I don't like applying too much. I have not been using any blush or concealer! 

Obviously, I had to incorporate a large bronzer is this picture : it is my must-have all year long. I love this one from Pupa but I also have been loving the large one from Essence - it's so incredible for the price! As a foundation I have been mixing my L'Oréal Infallible 24h with the Bourjois Nude Sensation just because I want a long lasting, covering and more matte finish than what I usually wear. My skin has been more oily than even - and I usually have the dry-est skin on earth so I need to adapt my foundation routine. 

On the lips of course : Honeylove and Yash by Mac. Two new favorites that I wear on a daily basis. 
If you love liquid highlighter, you must get the Rimmel Good to Glow in shade 003 (the other shades are just too sparkly in my opinion). It is so beautiful and gives that next level glow! 

On my eyes, I have been using bronzer as an eyeshadow  with my Real techniques brush - how boring have I become really -with the KIKO gel liner, Pupa VAMP mascara and my favorite Eylure 143 lashes pretty much every day!

If you love baby barbie pink on your nails, you need to get OPI - Mod About You. It's the most beautiful pink shade EVER.  And finally, my summer scent : Viktor & Rolf. It's just the most amazing perfume I ever tried on. I want to try Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche for next summer though! 

Ok, plans for the day: sleep, take blog pictures then catch up on all my favorite tv show in bed. Not leaving bed pretty much! 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

White see-through

I had such a fun little afternoon lunch break with my mom today. Eating outside, picking up some baby shower for my sister - oh yes...breaking news :  I'm going to be an auntie. I'm bursting with joy and excitement! I'm going to be that cool crazy bad ass aunt that buys you everything you want and tells you everything you need to know about life haha. I'm planning a little baby shower for my sister which is very exciting! After all the fun I asked my mom to snap some pictures of my outfit and I have to say I quite impressed with her skills : way to go Mom!

Onto the outfit now : You know how much I love a good midi skirt. It's the perfect attire for a summer day. I got this one after seeing it on a girl in London back in June. I was that desperate girl asking "excuse me but where is your skirt from? It's so perfect" haha. The thick material, the see lace through detail, the color...everything is right up my alley. 

I paired it with a long sleeved grey crop top just because I honestly couldn't anything in my wardrobe that would look good with the skirt, haha! Now I am more than ready for friday to arrive so I can binge watch Games of Thrones - although I'm not sure I fully understand what is going on, I have just started watching it, haha.

Skirt: Topshop (here) // Top: New look // Bag: Zara // Sunnies: Quay - On the prowl 



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rose de Vigne Eau Fraîche

Well, well, looks like summer weather is finally back, at least for the day. But that's ok I'll take it haha! 30° are announced so I'm in the mood for a white midi skirt, light makeup andt summer scents...I honestly was on the verge to wear some strong winter fragrance like Chanel Coco Noir at this point...crazy how rain can have an impact on your fashion/beauty regimen!

I got sent this Caudalie Rose de Vigne Eau Fraîche in early June and I was really surprised as I had no idea that Caudalie was in the fragrance biz. Rose de Vigne is the ultimate summer scent with strong zesty notes of bergamot and rose but also some musk - I am not scent expert but I always recognize musk in a perfume, go figure out how haha. 

I really like the fruity and floral mix of the scent but some for reasons this perfume just isn't for me. 
After spritzing it on myself many times, I just can't stand how it turns on me although I really like the original scent. I had the same issue with Chanel Eau Tendre : amazing perfume but it was definitely not rocking my boat. 

Anyways... it was a bad news for me but a really great news for my mom haha! She has been wearing it all summer long and absolutely loves it! I would definitely give this perfume a 'trial period' before buying it - just as every other perfumes- but it is definitely worth giving it a sniff if you're on the look for a new summer scent!

Have you ever tried it?


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Kylie Jenner lip syndrome

I have been faithful to my dear Mac - Myth lipstick for a solid 6 years now (well..that's a lot) but coming back from vacations, my tan skin just wasn't working with that really pale nude shade so I knew it was the perfect time to finally get that Kylie Jenner lip syndrome and try that 'dark nude' very 90's lip look. Although I'm far from having her prominent lips, it's crazy how a little lip liner can make your lips look a little fuller. No, I never used lip liner as a contouring lip thing. I just used it under a bright lipstick to define my lips and make the lipstick last longer. 

My first choice was the lip liner Subculture by Mac (as seen on The Persian Babe) then I quickly loved the result so much that I ended up going back to mac and picking Honeylove and Yash.

This weekend I went back to Mac with the purpose of finally getting those famous Kylie Jenner shades - Soar and Whirl - but it was out of stock worldwide due to that KJ syndrome.

I ended up getting Velvet Teddy, just because I couldn't cope with that emptiness feeling of leaving Mac empty handed.

Honeylove is the "palest" of them 'all. It's such a gorgeous shade, I can definitely see myself wearing it even this winter when I'll be less tan. It reminds me so much of Myth, just a tad darker!
Yash is much more brown-ish while Velvet Teddy has a little purple undertones - well, in my opinion...I am no expert, maybe it's actually not the case at all haha.

These 3 lipsticks are completely matte yet not too drying on the lips. I definitely remember now how much I love Mac lipsticks finishes - for the satin & matte range.

I am now on the hunt for Soar & Whirl,  although these shades are much, much more darker...I think I'm ready to go to that 'next level' of dark nude-ness.

That being said, I wish you all a very happy new week. Today is going to be hardcore work mode but then later I'll grabbing something to eat with my dad so I'm really excited, plans like these are making my day going by so much faster :)