Himalayan charcoal face mask { review }

19 July 2017


A few month back, this face mask was all over the internet. It was out of stock everywhere. It was so hyped. I have to admit I did succomb to the crowd as soon as I got a taste of it. I repurchased it since. I use it twice a week. I leave it on for 10 minutes. So here is my review of the bodyshop's face mask.

― BRAND'S DESCRIPTION
Refine and revive your skin with our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. And it’s been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.
5 ✰
― MY OPINION
First of all, I love that this mask is 100% vegan and is formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. I like the consistency of the mask. I have sensitive combinaison skin and this works well on me. My skin feels soft and hydrated, and my pores look so much better. However, it has a strong 'tingling effect' but nothing too serious and it doesn't hurt. It does take a while to remove but it's sooo worth it.

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my MAC collection

17 July 2017

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It's no surprise that I'm a MAC lover. The first makeup I ever purchased was from MAC so I guess this is why I always have a nostalgic feeling whenever I get something from MAC.

I was about to take pictures for this blogpost when I realized that I've lost one of my mac lipsticks. It's so sad. I used to own Armorous. It's one of my favourite mac lipstick shades... I might have to re-purchase it next payday... I don't think I can live without it!

― MY MAC COLLECTION
Brave - Cosmo - Fastplay - Diva. (from left to right)

As you can see, I'm a bit of a nude lover. It's a stapple in any lipsticks collection. Something that goes with any makeup and can be used every season. My favourite nude shade has to be Brave. It was my very first mac lipstick. For a bolder look, I always reach for my Diva lisptick which is my latest addition.


♡ SWATCHES
So this is what the lipsticks look like on my lips. I'm still new at this swatches game so be gentle. I hope it still helps. Now, you know what's in my mac collection. What about you? Which mac lipsticks do you own?

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Are you too much or too little ?

11 July 2017


I think we have all been there. This 'too much' feeling that cuts you to the core. Why is the world like this? What does it has define everything? Why can't we simply live? Why can't we be enough? Why does everything and everyone always have to be too much or too little? Can't we find a balance?

I don't know about you but I've always been called too much and yet never enough. I'm always defined as ' a handful '. I always take too much space. I always open my mouth too much. I'm a walking paradoxe. If there is anything I've learnt over the years is to never appologize for who you are. - unless you're an asshole then get them a new phone. You are who you are. Life happens. Things change. We all make mistakes and learn from them. There is no such thing as being not good enough or too much when you did the best you could.

Society claims that I'm human therefore I am fragile. Don't we all learn at a young age that feelings don't matter and we should hide our hearts? I guess, I skipped that one.

If there is anything I'd like to say to people who are defined by society as too much,, it would be the following message:

YOU ARE TOO MUCH TO BE PUT INTO WORDS. YOUR GREATNESS IS GREATER THAN WHAT THEY CAN PROCESS. YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH. YOU ARE WHAT THE WORLD IS MADE OF. SOMEDAY, SOMEONE IS GOING TO SEE ALL THAT YOU ARE AND BE AS GREAT AS YOU. THEY WILL SEE YOU AS A CHALLENGE. A CHALLENGE THAT THEY CAN MEASURE UP TO AND ALL WILL BE ALRIGHT.

Cause after all, society only fears what they cannot understand.

What about you, what is your label? Have you ever been called: "not enought" or "too much"?

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Take the day off { review }

18 June 2017

Hello lovebirds,
I don't know what it's about summer but I always buy Clinique products as soon as the sun comes up. I went a bit overboard and puchased most of the Take the day off range. - Me? Reasonable? When have I ever been...

―Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
The first one I picked up is this one. I don't usually like oils but this one, girls, is nothing like anything I've encountred. It turns into this lovely foamy, liquidy thing. It's quite funny to use. I like to use it to remove my eye makeup. My skin always feels soft and clean after.

―Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
This is probably my favourite out of the brunch. I love that it goes from solid to liquid form in an instant. However, I feel like it doesn't remove make up as well. I often have to use it twice to remove all my makeup. Other than that, it's an absolute dream.


―Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips
Well, I haaaaate the formula of this one but it works wonderfully. It removes even the toughest lipsticks stains. It's the best eyes and lips remover I have ever tried. I just wished it had a different formula. This one feels sooo greasy... I hate it. Kinda a love/hate relationship... Do you feel me?

4 ✰

On overall, I absolutely love the idea of this new range. I'm loving using water to remove my makeup. There is something about a splash of cold water on your face in summer which always makes me happy!

What are your favourite makeup removers? Let us know in the comments.
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summer outfits *inspiration*

11 June 2017


Hello lovebirds. I hope all is well. I'm not the biggest fan of summer. I always find it hard to dress in summer. I always look for ideas on Pinterest or Instagram which is why I prepared 3 outfits for my little birds. I have done this before, you can find last year's inspiration here.
You don't have to go buy new things. I'm sure you can find similar items of clothing in your own wardrobe. It's probably not everyone's style and that's okay. Thankfully, we all have different tastes. Anyway, I hope this inspires you this summer. Don't hesitate to share your summer outfits with me - or even just say hi! - on @serenbird 's instagram or twitter!

― OUTFIT 1


tote bag / white trainers / off the shoulders dress


This outfit is for the lazy days walking around the city. I've fallen back in love with converse. I feel like they go with everything. Converse shoes are the most comfy shoes on earth. For those days where I cannot be bothered, I'll be wearing this outfit - or something very similar - with some big sunglasses.


― OUTFIT 2


ruffle black shorts / pink floral top / plateform black sandals


This outfit looks very cute and yet simple. It has the perfect floral top tucked into cute little tailored shorts. It could work on pretty much any occasion. How perfect does that sounds?


― OUTFIT 3


white top / floral skirt / White Cross Strap Cork Block Heels


I wear a lot of white. My wardrobe is pretty much composed of white and pink undertones - besides your average black touches, ofc. At the moment, there are about 100 cute white tops on the market. I'm fighting hard not to buy new ones. I probably don't need another white top, do I?! ahahah Topshop is killing it at the moment. They have so many cute skirts and shorts... Please send help!


What about you, is there anything you like to wear in Summer? Let me know in the comments.
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An address to the world

4 June 2017



The truth is I'm at a loss for words. I find it hard to blog about make up and lifestyle when everything around us is crashing down. I love blogging. I love make up and lifestyle. I shouldn't probably let the bad things win. It's letting them win to give up, isn't it? But how can I keep going ? How can I pretend that nothing changed ? How can I pretend that this world is not a gigantic mess ?

I'm not afraid. I'm... Overwhelmed. This world has become so sad and so scary. It keeps on bringing hate and despair.

Where do we stand? Can't we press pause for just one second, love?

Life goes on. Life doesn't go well these days. It's chaos. It's tears and unity. I'm loosing hope in humanity and mankind. We have been fighting for years. We have been killing each other for years. When will it be enough?

Let's decide it's enough. Focus on the good. Focus on how united we need to be. We can be one. One big united world. We are not so different these days. We are all afraid and lonely. This is a scary and sad time to be.

There is nothing we can do. Pray and love without you.

My heart is broken. Broken to see how little humanity is left in us all. Please do not let fear dictate your actions.

This is not the end. Things will get better.

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I don't really know what this was about. I guess it's only my address to the world. If there is anything you would like to add, please be free to do so. After all, Serenbird will always be a safe place - no matter what.
I'm lucky enough to have 500 amazing human beings following me and I wanted to let them know that they are not alone. I stand with you. Always and forever.


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Coconut Lane haul + review

22 May 2017


Good morning my lovebirds,

I don't know what has gotten into me this month - let's pretend it's a one time thing - I did a lot of shopping. One could say I have a - not so - serious affliction. I guess, there are worst things to be addicted to than online shopping... At least, this time around, I managed to only order two things.

My order came very quickly. I live in France and it only took 5 days for my parcel to be sent and received. Consider me impress!


― Rose Gold Marble Macbook Case
I was amazed by the finish and the quality of this product. It's very well made. It fits perfectly my macbook pro. I have never owned a macbook case that nice. The only downside I could think of is its weight. The high quality of the material makes it a little heavy. Nonetheless, it's soft, matte and sturdy. It is everything I could have dreamt of!


― Marble Blush Iphone Case
Back when my old computer was alive, I purchased a macbook skin case in that exact same shade. I was so crushed when my computer died and I had to give it up... Well, until I realized I could purchase the matching Iphone case. Although, it looks a bit different, I like it. It's whiter than my macbook skin but it looks cute as hell. Besides, it goes well with my rose gold Iphone!

Don't forget to use the discount code serenbird20 to get 20% off your next order. :)

What about you, is there anything you like? Let me know in the comments.
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The reconciliation { review }

15 May 2017


Hello lovebirds! I hope you'll have an awesome week.

For the past few months I've not being wearing any eyeshadows. I couldn't be bothered. Any eyeshadow I tried would vanish poorly throughout the day. It didn't matter what brand it was or if I was using a primer or not. Each time, it will not stay put. This is the reason why I stopped wearing eyeshadows. I left behind all of my beautiful makeup palettes. I skipped this step of my makeup routine... I was ready to give up on wearing eyeshadows.

Well, it was until I came across the Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows. It is a dream. It lasts all day, doesn't budge and looks perfect without even any effort. It is just perfect until I remove it. It is also very easy to apply. I couldn't recommend it enough! Especially as the warmer days are upon us... I can sense that I'll get even more uses out of those eyeshadows!


I went for two pink eyeshadow. One has a gold tone and the other one is more neutral. Creme de rose is quite silmilar to my skintone. It allows me to have a flawless base whereas Pink Gold is a lovely pink which I have enjoyed wearing. It's less common. It's a good way to put some spring colours into any makeup routine!



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The skincare update { review }

10 May 2017


Hello dearies, I hope you're having a better spring season than we are. Spring was my favourite season. I love knowing that summer is just around the corner. I love sunny and not too warm days. I don't feel like Spring has kicked in yet. I think it got lost somewhere... But hey, Spring, if you can read me, come quick, we have been waiting for you!

As a matter of fact, every season, I like to switch things up in my skincare routine. Even if, I'll admit, there is something that I always keep in my skincare routine *winks at CT magic cream*

― Oskia,renaissance cleansing gel
I've already mentioned this product before... I have gotten used to the smell but I think I prefer Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser. I need to repurchase that one soon. On overall, I've still been enjoying using it. I find the formula of the product difficult to manage. I'm sorry to say that I don't get what all the fuss is about... It didn't radically change my life... It's a good product but it's not the best for me.

― Charlotte Tilbury, magic cream
I cannot stop raving about this face cream. I don't think my skin will ever get bored of this wonderful formula. It's my go-to day cream. I have now been using it for a whole year and my skin has improved considerably. I have found my perfect day cream. Let's hope it lasts.

― Origins, GinZing™ Refreshing Eye
This is my second time purchasing this item. I seem to always go back to this eye cream. Its formula isn't too rich. It's hydrating. It helps reducing the dark circles under my eyes. What else, could I ask for ? Glitters' tears ?

― Florame, moisturizing face cream
I have recently added this product onto my skincare regimen. At first, I used it with the serum from the same range and my skin had a bit of an allergic reaction. - well, keep in mind that my skin is hot-headed. However, it seems like when I used only this cream has a night cream, I wake up with a well-rested skin. So not too bad for a face cream made with 98% natural ingredients, right?

― Caudalie, micellar water
This is my favourite micellar water. I've tried numerous micellar waters over the year and I always find my way back to this one. It removes my makeup so well. It leaves my face feeling clean and fresh. It's all I need.

What skincare products are you currently using? Let us know in the comments.
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Spring makeup & skincare wishlist

7 May 2017


Hello lovebirds,
I hope all is well and you're enjoying your weekend thus far. I had so much work to do and I was sooo tired... It went by way too fast. Can we please start over? I was not ready...
Anyhow, I want to include new things into my makeup stash. Here are a few things I've been lusting after...







What's on your wishlist? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.
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TV shows to binge watch this weekend

3 May 2017


Good morning my birds,

With yet another long weekend coming up, I thought I would come up with a few tv shows suggestions. One could enjoy spending a few hours in front of a good tv show. What are weekends for if not procrastinating?

GIRLBOSS
We all know I'm a big fan of Sophia Amoruso. I have read her book, watch many interviews and couldn't wait for this Netflix show to come out. I wasn't sure of Britt Robertson's interpretation of her character but god, it was pretty darn good.

THE CATCH
I'm not sure why this show isn't more famous. It has strong and badass female lead characters. It's funny and playful. The ladies are always well dressed. They all kickass for a living.

IMAGINARY MARY
I recently discovered this tv show. We watched 3 episodes in one go. It's so quirky and funny. I didn't think I would like it but I really do. Well done, Adam F. Goldberg!

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE
I looove this family. It's such a good representation of all those American clichés and society in general. You got to keep up with the Joneses, right? It's funny and sarcastic. It embodies everything a tv show should be.

What about you, what have you been watching lately? Do you have any plans for this weekend?
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5 Good things

1 May 2017


Hello my loves,

I hope you're all doing well. I'll share 5 good things with you. Is there a better way to start off this new month? I don't see it then ahaha - Nothing better than starting anything on a positive note.

1. Kind souls. I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by lovely people. I'm getting so much love and support, it feels so unreal. I guess, it's only when you're in deep shit that you get to find out who/what's real and who/what's not. My tiny lovely circle is all I need.

2. My Instagram feed. I know, it's silly but I love every moment and photos out there. It's like my best memories are saved up in one special place...

3. My wall. It's coming along. I'm still decorating my flat. One month at a time. I'm currently trying to make my white walls better. I decided to start putting up polaroids of my favourite people and special moments of my life.

4. My new leather Jacket. I've waited two years. Two fucking long years and I got it. I got my perfect leather jacket. The mother of all leather jackets. The god send leather jacket is mine. Yes, if I could marry this jacket I would.

5. Knitting. I'm terrible at knitting. I'm not going to lie, it has been a rocky road but I feel like by not giving up, I'm doing myself a favour. Whenever I have a minute I try to knit. Most of the time I mess up but I keep going... 'Cause in life and in knitting, you gotta keep going, haven't you?
The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
What about you, what's good with you? What did I miss?
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The Ultimate Activated Charcoal Beauty Guide *guest post*

28 April 2017


Heyyy my lovelies! I'm here today with something special. This post is brought to you by Zara. You can find her on highstylelife :) Without further due, I'll let you read her insightful article! I will see you soon and I hope you'll like this guest post and reading her overview on charcoal ♥


Although charcoal has been around for longer than we can all remember, the craze for it in the beauty world has only recently reached its peak. In search of the Holy Grail beauty products, especially those natural ones, we often forget to stop and do the research before jumping on the popular bandwagon of the day. This is why it is important to do some digging and see whether every trend, charcoal included, is worth pursuing and if the supposed benefits live up to the hype.

A Path to Pure and Glowing Skin
It seems as though a large number of cosmetics companies have taken note of the positive effects of using activated charcoal in skincare. However, if you have been paying closer attention to Youtube, you have seen how painful it is to actually peel the mask of your face, and people are left wondering whether they have any skin left. Still, as many skin experts agree that charcoal really does wonders to absorb excess oil and purify skin this beauty tool should not be dismissed yet. So, instead of turning to the now infamous peel-off, you can make your own mask with the addition of only water and make a mud mask that purifies and your skin safely. Another great solution is to leave your face in the hands of professionals and book a charcoal-based facial with someone who knows what they are doing. With all said, when it comes to your precious face, the verdict is: yes, this ingredient can do wonders, but make sure you use it properly.

The Picture-Perfect Smile
By now, you are probably all too well familiar with the alternative method of teeth whitening using activated charcoal. However, more often than not this alternative method is not just ineffective, but according to Dr. Peter Auster it can even be potentially harmful. While absorbing some of the stains, it might also strip your teeth off the good bacteria, causing more long-term harm than good. Australians are known for their love of natural and alternative methods, but they are also one of the top nations when it comes to dental health. They still largely rely on safe and effective conventional methods, such as the internal bleaching procedure. This is a well-known method of whitening the teeth, done by professionals in a controlled environment. If you are considering this procedure, the first step would be to turn to experts, such as Australian Dental Specialists, for advice. You shouldn't turn to using activated charcoal on your own, at least not without careful professional supervision from your dentist.

Scrub That Bod
If it can do wonders in purifying your face, why not indulge in a full and deep whole-body cleanse using charcoal as one of the ingredients. Since the texture of charcoal is slightly grainy, you can safely mix it with honey, essential oils, or a body wash of your choice and exfoliate that bod. And since there are no suggestions or evidence to the negative side effect, the verdict is yes, charcoal makes for a mean body scrub, so happy and safe scrubbing gals!

The Care for Healthy Hair
If you have the type of hair that gets greasy quickly at the root, but at the same time you are combating dry ends, using an activated charcoal hair mask could be a good solution for your problems, as it is powerful in absorbing oil. It is also beneficial for those fighting dandruff, and flat, lifeless hair. There is however, a catch. If you have a sensitive scalp, this routine might do more harm than good as it may strip your hair of good oils that naturally moisturize and nourish your hair. The best advice here is to give it a test run by adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your shampoo and use it as you normally would and compare the pre and post results. If you only see positive effects, then you are safe to commit to a charcoal based shampoo or mask.

Beauty From Within
The final craze under examination in this guide is the usage of activated charcoal for health purposes – putting your tummy at ease and collecting and absorbing any toxins related to food or alcohol poisoning. First off, when it comes to a poisoning of any kind, charcoal should be prescribed and administered by a medical professional. Doctors know exactly what dosage is required and allowed, and how often it should be taken, so leave it to them. As for regular detoxes and reduction of bloating, the only risk is that of an overdose, which can result in severe cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, so before you buy this supplement consult your physician on the dosage and frequency of usage for the sake of benefits, but also safety.

Final Words
With everything said, it is safe to conclude that one element is not always the solution to all your problems. Charcoal can be highly beneficial as long as you are well-informed on how and in which forms to use it.

- Blogpost written by Zara Lewis.
( www.highstylife.com )


Friendly reunion 2.0 ♣

26 April 2017 Lille, France


Hello my lovely birds! I hope you're having a good week thus far. I spent Easter weekend in the cute city of Lille. I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with one of my bestfriends. She showed me around. We did a bit of strolling down the beautiful streets of Lille. We had a good catching up session. Oh boy, how much we had to catch up on! We ate a lot of good - not so healthy- food . We talked for hours, we laughed, walked around, ate a lot, went to cute coffee shops and did some shopping. The weather was great. It was absolutely lovely! I got to spend the weekend with one of my bestfriends and discover Lille. For what more can a girl ask for?

As for the city itself, I was so surprised. I didn't picture Lille to be this way at all. It's a mix between England & Netherlands. The people there are so friendly and polite. I could see myself living there. Maybe, if my life allows me I'll go back there for a week. I definitely want to see more of you, Lille! So until next time, Lille!

Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below! Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x










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