Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Back to School: How to Start Strong

Am I the only one who sees back to school time as that scene in Jaws where the lady is in the water and the shark slowly creeps up on her? 

Ok I may be exaggerating, but I know the pain is real for a lot of us. It can be a bit hard to flip the switch between summer-fun to study-time, am I right? With this in mind, I came up with 5 easy-to-follow tips that will hopefully help you start strong this fall (and stay strong of course). So if you need a little push to get into that crunch-time mood - give this video a go. :) It's under 7 minutes!! xox Bonne nuit!!


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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

CAUDALIE: Gentle Cleansing Milk


I admit it - I'm a noob when it comes to the brand Caudalie. For no particular reason, their products never seemed to interest me. But ever since my dear friend Ana spoiled me a few months ago with an out of the blue sample basket, I have been trying my fair share of Caudalie goodies - including this one. This Gentle Cleansing Milk is the first creamy-like make-up remover I've used. I usually gravitate towards more liquid products like oils and toners. I was very excited to give this a go! Who knows - maybe I may switch. :O

At first, I was a bit put off by the texture of the cream: it was light and smooth but I still felt like I was cleaning my face with day-cream. It was a weird feeling. The formula was not sticky nor oily; but after I used the product I instantly felt the need to rinse it off with some water. In the instructions it states that you can, indeed wash your face afterwards or just leave it on. I'll give you a minute to guess what method I am using. I mean it's not heavy or anything but I feel as if I just removed my make-up with a creamy foundation that is sitting on my face. Sorry for all the comparisons but I am just trying to find the correct terms that best describe the feeling. :-P

That tiny detail aside, the product is honestly unbelievable in terms of removing make-up! And I'm talking about waterproof mascara, jet-black eyeliner, concealer, bronzer - you name it. I am seriously in complete love with this product and I find it to be very gentle on your eyes. (I often poke myself in the eyeball with the cotton pad - so yes, a product that won't make my eyes red as a tomato is a win for me.) Overall, I am hooked. This thing has officially become one of my will-repurchase-forever skincare products. So far so good CAUDALIE... So far so good ^_^ 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Teenage Goth in Me is Still Alive

It's been a while since I've posted some modeling pictures on my blog. Mostly because I don't shoot as much as I used to due to work and school (soon :O too soon). However, it just so happens that a photographer and very dear friend of mine lives in the same region as I do - and whenever we have a few hours to ourselves on weekends - we embark on these photoshoot extravaganza sessions and always end up with amazing results. In my opinion anyway, you can be your own judge. 

So as per usual, Yves Musashi books the studio and gets all his toys ready, my boyfriend is getting his hands dirty and helps with the set-up, the lovely Sana prepares all her make-up and so...let's shoot. 

However, this time around something was different...Because Yves is honestly one of the sweetest human beings alive - he let me be creative director for the photoshoot!! That's right, he gave me green card on everything from the styling to the headpiece, make-up and the entire feel of the shoot. IT.WAS.EPIC. And so much fun. I was sending him tons of pictures, and practiced some intense head ornament placements in the mirror for weeks (my bf's parents made fun of me like there's no tomorrow :-P no mercy was given that day) and finally...The photoshoot happened. The team was amazing, and Yves added his own touch to the pictures ( I mean look at the background...it's so out of this world!!!) which in turn made them even more awesome! 

Overall, I loved playing creative director for the day. It is a much harder job than you can imagine - but in the end you feel so proud I can't even describe it. And when you have such talented and open-minded people around you - the end result are guaranteed to rock. So thank you Yves, for letting the teenage goth in me come out and scare your followers a little bit. HA! I hope you'll let me do it again someday...soon actually I have many ideas. :-P And hey, they may be dark and crazy but they sure pop don't they? ^_^ I hope you like the pictures guys! Let me know which one is your favorite!! I love them all.



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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

SPEAK UP! How to Overcome Shyness

Even though I haven't been been very visibly active - trust me, my brain be burnin' with all the work I've been doing behind the scenes. We all know school is fast approaching, and I am honestly overwhelmed with all the positive feedback and all the requests I'm receiving form you guys in regards to my school related videos on YouTube. So I'm trying to film and edit a BUNCH - just for you! ^_^

The one I did this week is dedicated to one of my subscribers : Cellogirl1002 and it is about overcoming your shyness. So for all of you out there that are having some troubles speaking up and approaching people - this one is for you and I truly hope that I was able to help - even in a tiny tiny way. Let me know what you think!!! 


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Thursday, 7 August 2014

I'm Blue for You

I am well aware that I might be contradicting myself when saying this, but I am officially on the chunky/statement/bold necklace bandwagon. I still consider myself a dainty jewelry fanatic, however I am starting to enjoy the occasional in your face accessories here and there. I blame my mom to be honest. She is the one that converted me to this trend by buying me this ah-mazing blue floral necklace from Le Chateau a few weeks ago. I have been wearing this non-stop at every occasion. And boy, I can't even keep count anymore at how many people complimented me on this beauty. It is just out of this world gorgeous and yet, as big as it is, I still see it as soft and feminine. Maybe it's just me. Let me know what you think! 

What I like most about it (other than the obvious flowers that are simply stunning) is the face that you tie this necklace with the help of 4 satin lace strings. Why this is awesome? Well because you can adjust the length of the necklace to your liking. My personal preference is as tight as I can - me being a addict to chokers. :-P  I believe that this accessory can dress up any simple white t-shirt - and brings the attention to your face. I will most definitely film a video wearing this soon. So you can see what I mean. ^_^ Seeing is believing right? 
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

CAUDALIE: Mineral Tinted Moisturizer

Today I would like to begin my post with a huge THANK YOU to my beautiful friend Ana (yes I kid you not - we have the same name) that just started working at a beauty store and was sweet enough to bring me some samples of a few products. Multumesc mult de tot Ana! Esti o dulce. (I hope you are reading this :P). 

This being said, I was more than excited to try out the goodies I just received and to tell you the truth, I was hoping that I would love each and every one of them. And so far so good! The first product she gave me is this CAUDALIE Mineral Tinted Moisturizer for light to medium toned skin. 

The first time I tested this product on my hand I thought it was a bit on the orange side, but when I rubbed it in the cream blended very nice into the skin so I thought hey - this could work. Well.....not really. What I did was apply this product with a tiny disposable sponge all over my face. And while early in the morning in a dimly lit room, I thought it looked fine. However, at work, it did not look fine. Bottom line: I looked like an orange. :-P I swear I don't know what happened! I blended the bumbum off of this and it still made my face fake-baked and shimmery. Basically this product looks more like a liquid bronzer with some VISIBLE gold shimmer. Also, the cream felt very cakey and heavy on my skin - something you don't want (especially in summer). SO yes, I was disappointed and very upset actually because I did not want to write a negative review on a product that my dear friend gifted me. So I did not give up...I tried plan B. 

Since this moisturizer reminded me of a bronzer or a peachy/golden blush, I used it as such. I applied it with my fingers on my cheekbones and blended it gently up the sides of my face. And let me tell you - people - this looks AWESOME!!! I mean it just gives you fierce, sultry cheekbones without looking overdone. It added such a nice, glowy, tan touch of magic to my face and I instantly fell in love with it. So yes, I do love the product - but not in the way it was meant to be used. :-P Maybe girls with a darker complexion than mine would enjoy this as a full-face moisturizer, but for me, I am happy to call it my new favorite liquid bronzer. 
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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Going Back to University: SCHOOL HAUL

It's official : Guess who's going back to uni in September? Yours truly that is. I am very excited and extremely nervous at the same time since I am changing programs. But I feel ready. Are you? 

Since I love you gorgeous bunch so so much, I decided to treat you to not one but 2 videos this week. And the second video is quite unique...It's a back to school haul! This is the first time I am doing this type of show and tell vid so I would REALLY appreciate it if you guys gave me some feedback, because I am a bit anxious as to what you might think. -_-

With that being said, I hope you enjoy the video! And as per usual, I included some pictures of the items shown in case you wanted some close-ups. :) 


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