17 October 2016

Autumn outfit inspiration | pinterest

Hey babes! I hope all is well. I'm very found of this season. Autumn is such a lovely transitional season. Winter is just around the corner. The weather is soft. We don't have to wear our big coats. I've been looking around pinterest to find some proper autumn's outfits inspiration. I found a few gems. I figured you might be interested to see a recollection of my favourite pintrest outfits for Autumn. My favourite autumnal shades are camel, burgundy, grey and black. I also wear a lot of white shirts/blouses.

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Let me know what you think. Which one is your favourite? What is your go-to outfit in Aumtun/Fall? I can't wait to read your thoughts. Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x


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14 October 2016

How to Achieve a Zen Life in the Tech Era *guest post*


Hi lovebirds! I hope all is well. This guest post was written by the lovely Roxana. She is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine. I hope you'll enjoy this blogpost and I'll talk to you soon ♥ x

In today’s high-tech world, there’s a whole army of gadgets that help us do whatever we want much quicker and more efficient. Through over 2 million existing apps, you can basically store your whole life on your smartphone. But does the fact that our lives are becoming easier also imply we’re becoming spiritually impoverished?
Technology dictates how you spend your free time, it impacts the quality of your sleep and influences real relationships you have. The world is virtually connected more than ever, but it often leads to lack of real life communication. There are many campaigns that fight for people being more present in face-to-face conversations and laying off the smartphone. But sometimes, it’s hard to balance everything out and find serenity in this fast-paced environment. Here’s how you can appreciate the advantages of technology, but don’t let it control your life.


~ Pick a day to disconnect
There is a pressure to be present on the social media, and many users are experiencing stress because of it. People tend to seek online gratification, creating their online lives that are unrealistic and fake. We’re on our phones constantly: when we ride the bus heading home, we’re scrolling down our Instagram; in the elevator, we check our Facebook instead of simply waiting for our floor. Our tendency to fill in the time with screen time has become obsessive. Pick one day in a week when you’ll consciously disconnect: it will significantly change your overall mood. Use your cell phone the old way (only for calls and messages via which you arrange meetings), and spend a day outside, with your friends.



~ Rearrange your workspace
We live in a consumer society, where we are constantly encouraged to buy new things. This often leads to purchasing stuff you don’t really need, either because you got seduced by advertisers, or because you’ve unconsciously formed a buying habit. Material things can clutter our workspaces, leaving us restless or unproductive. Very often, you don’t even know your messy desk is stopping you from doing your job well and you might blame other things for your pale days at work, such as the lack of sleep or moodiness. Rearrange your workspace in order to find peace in your mind. Throwing away stuff you don’t need is a good first step. Also, consider getting a Feng Shui consultation and don’t be afraid to ask the expert some questions. Feng Shui has a very interesting philosophy behind it and it can be effective in helping you organize your space meaningfully. With its 3000-year-old tradition, Feng Shui is something worth giving a shot.



~ Organize your time wisely
It seems as we’re all focused on our businesses more than ever. It may be because it’s a big competition out there, or due to the fact that capitalism is reaching its peak. You have to learn how to organize your time and prioritize. Many people spend their free time doing nothing but staring at their computers or TV screens. Leisure time is very important and you have to make it meaningful. Some say that the Western civilization, its rapid development and cultural hegemony - caused a certain division in a man, dividing him in two halves. The first half is his body, the second his mind. Popular psychology interprets this as a reason of many modern mental illnesses appearing. You have to devote time to physical activity and do things that give you a sense of identity. Ancient Greeks knew how crucial it is to take care of your body and mind equally: exercising was one of the holistic ways to do that.

Take these simple tips into consideration the next time you feel overwhelmed with the tech era. Remember that world is not good or bad by itself. It all depends on how you adapt to it.

- Roxana.

12 October 2016

5 Autumn lipsticks


Heeey lovebirds! I hope all is well. I'm a big lipstick lover so it's no surprise that I own way too much lipsticks. Can a girl really have too much lipsticks? I guess no one is perfect. I love Autumn. I love the weather & the colours. It's one of my favourite seasons. I thought about it and decided to share with you my favourite lipsticks for Autumn. What better way to honour Autumn ? Plus, it's a good way to give a shot out to my lipsticks lovers friends. By the way, this could be a good way to discover new great lipsticks. Let's be honest, I'm always on the hunt for (a) new lipstick(s)!

✧ NYX, soft matte lip cream - ROME. ~ It's very natural. It's more of an everyday shade. The kind of shade that would be perfect for work or school. - Kinda your lips but better. It would look good paired with smokey eyes.

✧ Rimmel, The only 1 lipstick - UNDER MY SPELL. ~ AKA my purple long lasting lipstick. I love it. It's a beautiful bold shade. It lasts quite a long time on my lips. It's not drying. It's my favourite lipstick for Autumn.

✧ Adopt, lip & kiss velvet - Beauty and the red. ~ The most recent lipstick in my collection. It's the only French lipstick here. I'm sure you could get it elsewhere but it has the perfect berry/dark red shade. It looks good with everything. It's bold but not too bold.

✧ STILA, Stay all day liquid lipstick - BACCA. ~ My favourite liquid lipstick for Autumn. I did a review on my Stila all day liquid lipstick. I love the shade. It lasts for a long time and I use it as sort of a statement lipstick.

✧ L'ORÉAL, Color Riche - 16 place vendôme. ~ I've fallen in and out of love with this one. I can only wear it paired with my MAC lipliner underneath. It's a dark red. It's not very matte. It has more of a lustrous finish. So it's not my usual lipstick choice... It's quite creamy as well. It's a lovely red to transition into Autumn.

from top to bottom: rimmel (under my spell) - NYX (rome) - ADOPT (beauty and the red) - Stila (BACCA) - L'OREAL (16 PLACE VENDOME).

Let me know what you think. Do you enjoy those lipsticks? What are your favourite lipsticks for Autumn? I can't wait to read your thoughts. Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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9 October 2016

new beauty bits + first impressions


Hi lovebirds. I hope all is well in your world. I hopped on the Bodyshop wagon. They've come up with some gorgeous things. I decided to only pick out two things. I don't really need that much skincare products. I'm pretty content with my actual skincare routine. In this blog, I'll share with you my first impressions on two products : one of their brand new face mask and their pore-cleansing exfoliator.

✧ The Bodyshop, Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask. ~
I've tried this mask before. I received a sample when it came out. It's a 100% vegan clay mask. It has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. It's supposed to 'Refine and revive your skin'. Unfortunately, I'ven't tried it for enough time to actually see its effect.

✧ The Bodyshop, Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator. ~
This product smells nice. It kind of smells like seaweed. It doesn't look too harsh. It has jojoba beads and seaweed in it so it should be pretty good. It claims to 'Refine your pores whilst deeply cleansing your skin' which is what I'm looking for in a exfoliator so we will see how it goes.

Have you tried anything from the Bodyshop ? What new beauty bits did you pick up? I would love to know your thoughts. Let me know in the comments below :) Thank you for reading and I'll catch up with you soon ♥ x

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7 October 2016

Guerlain, So Volume Mascara { review }

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Heeeeyyy lovelies! I hope you're doing amazingly well. It's Friyay! The weekend is upon us. I hope you've great plans for this weekend. It's the very first weekend of october. By the way, who's excited for Autumn? 'Cause I'm. Seriously, Summer should be behind us by now. It's Autumn's turn. Anyway, I recently picked up this mascara from Guerlain. I thought I would do a little review for you, my lovebirds!

Brand description :
A charming trump card, an irresistible weapon of seduction, Cils d’Enfer So Volume intensifies and enhances the eyes. Sophisticated variation of the mascara phenomenon, it delivers incredible instant volume, of a deep black. From the first sweep of the brush, the gentle, creamy and elastic formula creates significantly thicker lashes. Infused with a conditioning action to protect the lashes, it is enriched with adhesive oils to prevent running or smudging and ultra-glossy oils for an intense black. Its fine elastomer brush weaves in to easily catch and precisely coat lashes one by one – even the shortest and those at the very corners of the eye – to offer sensational curve. Lashes are coated and sculpted to perfection, with no risk of excess. Stunning captivating volume, magnetic black.

Atout de charme, arme irrésistible de séduction, Cils d’Enfer So Volume habille, intensifie et sublime le regard. Variation sophistiquée du mascara phénomène, il assure un volume inouï instantané, d’un noir profond. Dès le premier passage, la formule crémeuse et élastique étoffe considérablement les cils. Dotée d’une action soin pour protéger les cils, elle est enrichie d’huiles adhésives qui évitent bavures et transferts et d’huiles ultra brillantes pour un noir intense. Sa fine brosse en élastomère se faufile pour attraper et enrober avec précision les cils uns à uns, même les plus courts et ceux aux extrémités des paupières, pour une courbe sensationnelle. Les cils sont gainés et sculptés à la perfection, sans risque de surcharge. Volume intense captivant, noir magnétique.
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My opinion :
This mascara is called Maxi Lash So Volume - Intense Volume, Deep black mascara. You can buy it at John Lewis or House of Fraser. It retails at £25.00. The packaging is in a gorgeous gold. I'm not a big lover of gold but damn that mascara is hot! The first thing I noticed, while using it, was how dark it made my lashes. No other mascara managed to get them to be that dark. It doesn't hurt my sensitive eyes. And boy, I've tried many irritating mascaras! There are absolutely no clogging as the brush treats lashes individually. It's comfortable to wear and lasts well. Besides, it's easy to remove. I don't know how, in few months, I'm going to be able to say goodbye to that mascara...

Ce n'est pas le meilleur mascara du monde mais il est plutôt cool. Ce mascara de chez Guerlain se nomme le Mascara Cils d'Enfer So Volume : Mascara Volume intense, couleur Noir profond. Il coûte 34,50 €. Le packaging est so glamourous. La première chose que j'ai remarqué est combien il fonçait mes cils. Soudain, ils étaient très noirs. Il les recourbe un petit peu. J'ai déjà les cils plutôt longs donc je ne peux pas vraiment vous dire si cela les allonge véritablement. Néanmoins, il ne fait pas de paquets. Il sépare bien et étoffe bien les cils. Sur mes cils, la différence n'est pas non plus exceptionnelle mais j'apprécie justement ce côté naturel. Mais le point fort de ce mascara reste le fait qu'il n’irrite pas du tout mes yeux contrairement à bien des mascaras que j'ai pu testé avant lui!

Do I recommend this product?
Yes absolutely, it's definitely one of my favourite mascaras! I'll be using this beauty everyday.

Oui, absolument, ce mascara est définitivement un de mes préférés. En plus, il est très naturel!

Have you tried this Mascara? What is your current mascara? I can't wait to read your comments down below. Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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5 October 2016

September faves

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Hello my lovebirds! I hope all is well. October is here. It doesn't really feel like Autumn but well autumn is here. The beginning of October seemed like a good moment to share my monthly favourites. I haven't done it in a while but a little monthly round up of my faves products seemed quite overdue.

- SKINCARE ~
EVE LOM mask. You probably remember my review. If not, you can find it here. I've been using this mask every week. Definitely one of my favourite skincare item!
Luna Play, FOREO. I did a review of this baby pink beauty earlier this month. I've been using it once a week ever since! It's definitely more than just a pretty face.

- MAKEUP ~
Precision Eyeliner, KIKO. I haven't made a review of this eyeliner but it reconciled with eyeliner. I go through phases of wearing eyeliner and not wearing any at all. I've been wearing it almost everyday since I bought it! It's easy to apply and lasts all day. What more can a girl ask for?
ADOPT, Lip & Kiss Velvet Lipstick. My wonderful and amazing friend - this one is for you, M.! - got me this jumbo lipstick for my birthday. It's from a French brand called Adopt. It lasts quite a long time on my lips and the color is absolutely gorgeous. I was seriously impressed by this lipstick! Way to go girl!

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- HAIR ~
My GHD vintage pink, straighteners. My straighteners were broken. My mom was kind enough to buy me new straighteners for my birthday. In fact, she didn't pick any straighteners. She picked my holy grail of straighteners : GHD. I've been drooling over this beauty and dreaming of owning this for about a year or so now. I'm sooo amazed by how fast it's warm and how it doesn't damage my hair. Besides, £10 from the sale of every ghd V electric pink styler will go to support breast cancer research which is a big bonus... Talk about life changing magic!

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- LIFESTYLE ~
Reading : Blogs I've loved reading include : From Roses ; Emily Trinh, The Glam Surge & Along Came Kathy. Sharing is caring and those girls are amazing! I love reading their blogs!
Watching : Chelsea's Talkshow. I've been watching her talkshow since it started. I love Chelsea's persona. We are so much alike in someways. If you haven't watched her series : Chelsea does, I would advise you to do so. Her talkshow is very funny as well!

- FASHION ~
✧ My new grey cardigan, ASOS. Yes, I'm weak. I caved and got myself that cardigan from my wishlist. I dare to think it's not just me. I think we've all been hit by this consumer society. I wish I could say I regret buying it but I've been wearing it a lot so sorry not sorry, dear bank account!
✧ My new boots, MAJE. Unfortunately, I couldn't find them online but I got those beautiful boots for my birthday. I think I took the last pair. They were waiting for me. It was my last birthday gift. (#spoiled) It was a last chance, last items from the Summer sales kind of thing. I did an unboxing of this parcel on my snapchat. By the way, my snapchat username is serenbird23 - in case you were wondering.

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I can't wait to know what are your monthly favourites. What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below :) Thank you for reading and I'll catch up with you soon ♥ x

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2 October 2016

SEPHORA MASKS { review }


Hiiii there, lovebirds! I hope all is well for you. I picked up those sheet masks on Tuesday. I wanted to do a review for you. I'm so intrigued by those. They are everywhere at the moment. Sheet masks are trending. Beauty trends come and go so I decided to find out what the fuss was about. I'm not that into sheet masks. I don't like the idea of having a sheet of paper stuck to my face... Yep, I'm THAT WEIRD. I mean, don't you find it a bit weird that you have to put a piece of paper on your face ?

Brand description :

1. EYE MASK. Reduces signs of fatigue, awakens, and tones the eye for a rested, energetic look.
2. FOOT MASK. Comforts and nourishes dry feet and softens rough areas with almond extract.

How to use them :
1. Suggested Usage:
-Remove the protective film from both white fiber patches.
-Position the patches under each eye area, as shown in the diagram on the package.
-Leave them on for 15 minutes, then remove and gently massage any excess product into the skin.
-No need to rinse.

2. Suggested Usage:
-Put the socks on clean, dry feet.
-Peel the paper film off the tab, and then fold around the ankle and press to close well.
-Leave socks on for 20 minutes.
-Gently massage any excess product into the skin.
-No need to rinse.


My opinion :
1. I used it exactly as advised above and didn't notice any change. I have very severe dark circles and this eye mask did nothing at all. Maybe this product would be more useful to those who don't have that much dark circles. It had a lovely smell and it was funny to use. I'm so disappointed that it didn't work on me... It wasn't something for me. I would be curious to know if anyone tried this and had a good result?! Let me know if you did!

2. Well, let me tell you, 20 minutes with something on your feet, feels like forever. I didn't want to walk with the socks/foot mask so I stayed put. Oh boy, it wasn't easy! - yes, it's as funny as it sounds ahahah. I love the smell of this Almond foot mask. I kind of fancy almond in general so I might be biased. Unfortunately, I didn't notice any change. At first, my feet seemed softer but after a few moments they were back to their normal state. It didn't lasted for more than 20 minutes. I feel like my Heel Genius from Soap & Glory does a better job!

Do I recommend this product?
1. Not really unless you get occasional dark circles. Then, maybe this eye mask could work on you.
2. I won't be buying this foot mask ever again. I'm so disappointed! Even if it smells great in the end, it doesn't really work so what's the point?

Sadly, I won't be buying those Sephora Sheet masks any time soon. Luckily, it wasn't terribly expensive but still it's quite disappointing. I would be curious to know if anyone tried those masks and had different results. It might simply be that those masks weren't a good fit for me.
Share your thoughts on those sheet masks in the comments below. Have you tried anything from that Sephora sheet Mask range? What is your favourite sheet mask? Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon ♥

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