Showing gratitude

When I first planned today`s post, I was going to talk about my A/W makeup routine. But the weather was bad, the lighting was terrible and there was no way of taking a decent photo of my face. I got a bit pissed and went into drama-queen mode until I realised how childish I was. Was I going to let a minor thing like that ruin my day? Of course, if you are serious about blogging, bad lighting means bad pictures and that`s unprofessional. But us bloggers are creative people, able to reinvent! Rather than venting, why not come with another post?  So instead of focusing on the negative, why not talk about the positive things in your life? Thus a new post emerged!

I won`t lie, this was a shitty year for me! I had medical problems, stress at work, problems in the new house. However, despite that, I like to think that I am a lucky person. I have a loving husband and caring friends. I have a good job, even though it can get a bit stressful. I have a roof over my head, food and everything I need. Even my health problems seem minor compared to others. Truth be told, be live in a messed up world, plagued by wars, famine, poverty and disease. And I don`t want to make anyone feel bad, I just want you to realise how lucky we are to have the lives that we have.

Rather than focusing on the things that we don`t have, let`s take a minute to count our blessings. You might not have the latest iPhone, so what? As long as you can call, tweet and post selfies, your phone is just fine. What if you can`t afford a Chanel bag? There are so many cheap alternatives. I could go on and give you more examples, but you get my point. With hard work, you`ll probably get what you want, so appreciate what you have and what comes next.

Below I have made a list of everything I am grateful for. I tried to include the most important ones, otherwise, it would have taken forever. I hope this will inspire you all, so take a moment to breathe and realise how blessed you are. Live in the moment, but also be hopeful for tomorrow.

What I am grateful for:
  • My husband
He is the most important person in my life, he gives me strength and encourages me when I have doubts.
  • My Aunt
My aunt was the one that practically raised me, she has been by my side all the time and she`s my role model.
  • My niece
I try to spend most of my free time with her, she`s always there to give me unconditional love.
  • My Friends
There were times when I was down, but my friends made me see the good in my life.
  • Books
I just love those moments when you are so lost in a book, you`re being transported to another world.
  • Coffee
That moment in the morning when you have the first sip of your coffee and you`re ready to conquer the world!
  • Music
Music has a way of connecting people. It can remind you of a moment in time, of a feeling, of a sensation.
  • London
This has to be one of the greatest cities in the world and I couldn`t be happier that I am a part of it.

Sephora Makeup: Haul and First Impressions

A few days ago there was a rumour that Sephora might come back to the UK and everyone lost their shit, including myself. Someone posted a picture on Twitter I think, where the brand logo appeared in one of the windows of Westfield Stratford City. So far nobody knows anything, but we can only hope! If our wishes are granted, then we are in for a treat! I know most people tend to go for the high-end brands in Sephora, but from what I understood their own makeup line is pretty incredible. My best friend is a big fan and when she visited a few days ago, she brought me some bits to try out.

Obviously, first impressions can be misleading, but I liked what I saw. I was most impressed with the eyeshadows, mainly how pigmented they are. The texture is soft and buttery, very easy to apply and blend. Lazy Afternoon is a matte beige, perfect to use as a base or for a ``no makeup`` makeup look. It`s creamy and long-lasting, a shade that will make the ones on top stand out more. Moving on to shades that are more pigmented, we have Romantic Comedy, a shimmery pinky-beige that will brighten up your whole look. Perfect for those days when you want to look good, without making too much of an effort.
                               (L-R: Lazy Afternoon, Romantic Comedy, Sun Tan)

I also got a trio of mini eyeshadows, which came in a pretty packaging, but I threw it away. Oh well! Be on the A-list is a shimmery taupe, which can be worn on the whole eyelid or just in the crease. Again, it`s a shade that will compliment every eye colour and make the day to night transition.In the pan, Movie Popcorn looks like a pale, shimmery yellow, but once applied, it has a white, pearly finish. This is a shade that works best as a highlighter, perfect for the inner corner of your eyes and on the brow bone. And last, but not least, there`s It Bag, a gorgeous bronzey colour.

One product that I am obsessed with is this eye pencil, in shade 08, Sun Tan. First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous colour? As you can see from the photo, the pigmentation is insane! It`s incredibly creamy and smooth, it glides easily and lasts for ours. It`s also a waterproof formula, so I honestly can`t say anything bad about this product.

I have also received a duo blush, but I`m still on the fence with this one. I just think that the colours are a bit too bright for my liking. On one side you have a peachy,orange shade and on the other a baby, Barbie pink. The pigmentation is not that amazing, neither is the staying power. Because the colours don`t really suit me, I have not tested them properly, but I am willing to give them a second chance. 

There was a lipgloss set as well, but unfortunately, my little niece decided she needs some sparkles, so now it`s hers. Overall, I am quite happy with these products and thankful that my bestie knows me so well. Have you tried anything from Sephora`s own makeup collection? If so, what else do you recommend?

Review: Lush Oatfix Fresh Mask

Hello, everyone! If you read my previous post, then you might be aware that I am trying to have a healthier lifestyle. I have already implemented some small changes in my diet, but I want to do more. While it`s crucial to pay attention to what you eat, I think a healthy lifestyle goes beyond that. You should also be aware of the products that you use, know if the ingredients they use are harmful to you or not. Lush is one of my favourite brands and while their products are not 100% organic, they are hand-made and full of natural ingredients. I love their bath bombs and the face masks do wonders for my skin, without making me go bankrupt.

Normally I go for face masks that clear breakouts, like Cosmetic Warrior or Brazened Honey, but lately my skin was feeling dry and dehydrated, so I decided to give it a moisture boost. There were a couple to choose from, but after testing a few, I decided to get Oatfix! This face mask has a unique scent and it`s a blend of sweet ingredients, like bananas, almonds and oats. If you`re anything like me and love the smell of baked goods, then this is the product for you.

The texture of this face mask is thick and hard at first, almost like a scrub. Eventually, the heat of my fingers activated the oils and it was easier to apply, but I needed a very generous amount. You leave it for 5-10 minutes to make sure the oils do their job and then you rinse it with hot water. I would advise using a flannel as well, just to make sure you get rid of all the chunks. Moving on to the actual results, I was pleasantly surprised. You know that sensation when you`re really thirsty and you finally have a glass of water? It was exactly like that. My skin was feeling soft and even my dry patches were looking smoother.

While I like this mask, I am not sure I will repurchase it. I adore the scent, but the application is a bit annoying. Also, as far as the results go, I am pretty sure I could get them with a DIY mask. So probably NO, instead of buying this I would get my beloved Cosmetic Warrior or test something else. I would spend 10 minutes sniffing the tester, though. :))