joi, 31 decembrie 2015

Happy New Year

 Thank you for reading my blog every day, 
for your kind and loving words and your encouragement.

My sweet readers I wish you from the bottom of my heart
 a great new year filled with beauty, love and peace. 
May all your wishes and dreams come true! 
Be happy, do good and always be loved!
Love, M

miercuri, 30 decembrie 2015

Most loved in 2015

I haven't posted a monthly favourite type post (very popular right now) before because I don't change my favourites every month. I test a product for a longer period of time and if I really like one and use it all the time it enters in my favourite category. Therefore I will post my favourites every season or more. I decided to start the favourites category on the blog with a bang, with the Most loved in 2015 ! Let's see them !

marți, 29 decembrie 2015

Protesud deodorant antiperspirant cream - review

This review is long overdue. I had had this Protesud deodorant antiperspirant cream for a long time but since I had many deodorants already in use I had to wait to finish them all. And I did and I am currently using this deodorant cream for more than a week so it's time I share my thoughts about it with you.

luni, 28 decembrie 2015

Sterling Nights collection by Bobbi Brown and my Look of the day make-up

Last week, when I received my gift from my Santa BFF, the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40, yes I am a lucky girl, I decided to try a new service that Bobbi Brown Romania provides : free make-up lessons (Party Makeup Lessons) from 10 to 20 minutes, a wonderful chance to test the products and discover what works for you. So I booked a session for today, the Look of the season make-up using the products in the Sterling Nights collection. The collection is still available in the stores but since it is a limited edition, hurry up if you fancy something, if they're out of stock they're gone ! Let's discover the collection :

duminică, 27 decembrie 2015

MAC New Shop in Plaza Romania and Magic of the night make-up collection

My lovely readers I am very happy today! Finally M.A.C. has heard my prayers and opened a store close to my home in Plaza Romania mall. The store is very freshly opened and is very near to the main entrance in Bd. Timisoara. It is good news, on the one hand, for me and you - I can keep you up to date with the latest releases from MAC photos, swatches and all. On the other hand it is bad news for my wallet, now my MAC wishlist will only increase in size ..
credits : Plaza Romania

sâmbătă, 26 decembrie 2015

Nars matte multiple in Siam - review

Happy Holidays my sweet readers! I hope Santa has brought you all you wanted and needed and that you enjoyed this Christmas time with all your loved ones! This post stars a product I've wanted to try for a long time : the Nars matte multiple stick. I have found a good offer on one day and bought it in the spot. My Nars matte multiple stick is in the shade Siam.

vineri, 25 decembrie 2015

Merry Christmas everyone !

My lovely readers , 
may your hearts be full of light, 
and your holidays be bright, 
may Santa bring you love, 
and blessings from up above. 
Have a Merry Christmas filled with joy 
with all your loved ones! 
Lots of love, M

joi, 24 decembrie 2015

Monica's empties #4 part 2

I'm back, as promised, with the second part of this large empties post. If you like to see the first part check it out monicas-empties-4-part-1. Let's begin!

I am famous make-up collection by Melkior

It is the day before Christmas and everyone is making preparations for the holiday to come. And we make traditional food, we clean the house, we put up the Christmas tree and sing carols to get in the holiday mood. And caught up in all these preparations, many of us forget about our own needs. Yes ladies we need to pamper ourselves with a beautiful make-up, a gorgeous nail polish and a great hair do for the Christmas day. Well, I have great news : Melkior has just launched its festive make-up collection  named I am Famous.

miercuri, 23 decembrie 2015

Monica's empties #4 part 1

I can't believe it, I didn't update this post since August!! Shame on me. Well, I have accumulated many products, old and new and now this box is quite full so it's time I post this late empties post and let them go.. Here they are :
Make-up removers :
Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water - is one of the best cleansers I have ever used. Although I have combination skin I still prefer to use the Sensibio H2O (it is not sticky; it is eye-friendly; it leaves the skin cleansed and refreshed; I didn't feel the need to rinse it off - I adore it!). Although it is not the cheapest of them all, I believe that its great quality makes up for the money spent.
L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Waterproof - a gentle, efficient make-up remover for long-lasting, stubborn eye make-up. It does leave a slight greasy film onto the skin and has a valability of 6 months so beware! If you don't shake well the bottle to mix both liquids they will separate almost immediately. Therefore I give this eye make-up remover the -A grade.
Bioderma Sébium H2O - is a good cleanser but it is not the right one for me : it didn't reduce my excess sebum, I cannot use it onto my eyes, it has perfume and it is slightly drying ; also the price is not very cheap (therefore I give it the C grade).
Ivatherm Aquafil Light Mild Cleansing Milk for face and eyes - has created in me two mixed reactions : I love it for the face, I hate it for the eyes! Unfortunately it is designed for face and eyes; for normal or mixed sensitive skin. It should have a gentle cleansing effect and anti-inflamatory properties. It didn't work that well on my eyes therefore I give it the C grade (for the strong irritation it caused my eyes every time I used it).
Nivea 3in1 micellar cleansing water - a decent make-up remover for the face for me, it didn't cause me any irritations or reddening of the skin. It is a too gentle remover for the eyes for me, I use long-lasting eye make-up since I have oily eyelids, so I need a stronger make-up remover. I give it the B grade due to its too gentle formula (it doesn't remove all the make-up for face and eyes as easily as it promises). 
Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover - removes very effectively the eye make-up (and I do it all the way: base, eye shadows, eye liner, mascara). I don't mind the slight greasy feeling it leaves the skin as long as it gently cleans the eye area. It is a very good quality eye make-up remover so I give it the A grade.
L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Water for normal and combination skin - is a good cleanser but it is not suitable for me : it didn't reduce my excess sebum, I cannot use it onto my eyes and it is slightly drying ; therefore I give it the B grade.
Cora maxi make-up remover pads - still my favourites at the moment; 100% cotton, 40 pieces per pack; soft and large - easy to use and covering a larger face area I use a smaller number overall. They don't shred and efficiently remove make-up at a decent price of aprox. 5 ron. I gave them the A grade!   
Hair care :
NIVEA MEN Pure Impact Shampoo - is a decent daily shampoo that gently cleans the skin. It can be easily found in stores at a good price. It receives the C grade.
Le Petit Marseillais Shampoo Apple & Olive tree leafs - is a decent daily shampoo for normal hair. It has an affordable price and it is easy to find. And it smells lovely of fresh, green apples. Therefore I give it the C grade.
Batiste dry shampoo Original - is great for refreshing the oily hair. It doesn't add volume and body to a fine, flat hair like mine. Although I love, love, love it for my oily hair, I still prefer to buy the XXL Volume for the extra oomph of volume and body it gives my hair! Batiste dry shampoo is a wonderful product so I wholeheartedly give it the A grade no matter what type it is!!
Batiste dry shampoo XXL - Batiste dry shampoo is a miracle! I can save the look of my hair whenever I need to, without having to worry about it looking greasy and flat! I just love the XXL Volume especially for the oomph it gives to my hair! I'm so very happy that I found it! I will definitely buy it and keep it ready to save the day...the bad hair day. It is a wonderful product so I wholeheartedly give it the A grade!!
 Nail care :
Oriflame Apple & Cinnamon hand cream - is a decent hand cream for the warmer seasons; it does not work for me in the colder seasons. I like the sweet smell in the winter time but it isn't nourishing enough. It has an affordable price and can be easily found. Therefore I give it the C grade. 
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - is a great product : it dries very easily the nail polishes in a matter of minutes, it gives the nail polishes a lovely glossy, shiny finish and, the most important, it improves the life of the nail polishes from 4 to 7 days without chipping. Therefore I give it the -A grade (high price, hard to find on online stores, it dries needing a thinner). But I would still buy it! I adore it! There is no top coat I have used to have the same results. 
BYPHASSE Essential Nail Polish Remover for dark&resistant nail polishes - is a decent product for normal nail polishes. It is not appropiate for glitter nail polishes. It needs a lot of soaking and rubbing to get it off. You can find it easily in stores and it has a decent price. Therefore I give it the C grade.
 Face care :
Gerovital H3 Classic Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream - (second one) is a good nourishing, night cream for mature, very dry or dehydrated skin. It has a greasy texture that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It doesn't visibly reduce the signs of skin aging. It is easy to find and has an affordable price. Therefore it receives the -B grade (the scent is not very pleasing but the texture is right for very dry skin; it doesn't visibly reduce the signs of skin aging).
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate eye cream - is a good eye concentrate that is very fast absorbed into the skin. It moisturized and refreshed my eyes after the massage with the roller ball applicator. I noticed, in time, slight reduction of my dark circles and my eye looked less tired and puffy, but it was not dramatic enough to make the higher price worth it for me. Taking everything into consideration, I give the B grade to The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate.

And that's the end of part 1! Tomorrow I'll post part 2 for this empties batch, I don't want the post to be too long and boring. Until next time,
This post is part of the #chicprofilechallenge by Tavia from A challenge for all of us Romanian beauty bloggers to better ourselves, publish more on the blog (I am trying to post twice a day for three days a week in December, let's see how it goes), make more videos both on Periscope and Youtube, post more on social media and improve ourselves day by day. Challenge taken! 

IDC Institute Jasmine & Magnolia Body butter - review

This body butter was finished and since my empties box was threatening to burst, I decided to publish my review and finally get ready the last empties post for this year. It was high time! I had posponed this post for too long.. Back to the subject of this post : it is IDC Institute Jasmine & Magnolia Body butter (IDC Institute is a Spanish brand with headquarters in Barcelona).

marți, 22 decembrie 2015

Share the love this Christmas with Optimashop

For me Christmas is all about giving, sharing the love and precious moments with your family and loved ones, giving the best of you to the others around you, giving presents more than receiving them.
I love this Christmas period because it fells like no other, it has its special sort of magic. In this period everyone is a better person than it usually is around the year, we strive to help more the ones in need, to smile more, to share a kind gesture or a word of comfort with the others and more.

And yes, we can show with words and gestures the love we have for our special ones, but we also can show them we care by giving them magic presents. And the shopping madness has already begun in the stores. Personally, I really appreciate when a brand comes to the resque and makes the gift-shopping a litle easier by creating special gift packages. Here are the gift sets Optimashop has prepared for us this season :

luni, 21 decembrie 2015

Gerovital H3 Natural Antiperspirant Deodorant - review

I have finished another deodorant I have used in tandem with my B.U. My Secret deodorant. I  always prefer the spray deodorants, I don't really like roll-on deodorants due to their liquid, sticky texture. Since I have finished it and it will go to the empties box (a large one filled with products, I can't bear myself to photo it..) I thought I would tell you my thoughts on it. It is Gerovital H3 Natural Antiperspirant Deodorant.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water - review

Today's post stars one of the most loved, cult products from Bioderma : its Sensibio H2O micellar water. I have finished it earlier and couldn't find the time to review it. Of course, as a star product, it caused a lot of controversy : it is worth the not so cheap price, how does a simple water remove long-lasting make-up and more. Well it's time to see if Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water really deserves its praises.

duminică, 20 decembrie 2015

New location for the Inglot store

My lovely readers I have great news for you : Inglot has moved from its last location in Baneasa Shopping City to a brand new location in Unirii Boulevard no.33 (a small walking distance from Unirea Shopping Center). The store is significantly larger in size, more elegant and stylish.

The second great news I have for you (especially for the ladies where there are no Inglot stores) is that next year Inglot will launch the online store to bring its wonderful products closer to each and every one of you. 

sâmbătă, 19 decembrie 2015

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate eye cream - review

I have bought The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate a while ago out of curiosity and wanting to try an eye concentrate that promises to refresh the eyes, to diminish the fine lines and the fatigue signs. Many promises..let's see if they are delivered.

vineri, 18 decembrie 2015

Wycon Automatic lip liner in 105 Petal - review

I have been looking for a dusky rose lip pencil shade for a long time. All I could find were either too bold or too faded. And in one of my trips to Wycon I found it, I saw it, tested it and loved it! And of course I bought it on the spot. I have used it for a while so I thought I would show it to you. It is Wycon Automatic lip liner in 105 Petal.

joi, 17 decembrie 2015

Think Pink! make-up look

I have thought about showing you some of my daily make-up looks and the products I use for a long time and it has proved difficult for me so far since I often don't have time to photo the products and the make-up look. But I'll try my best ; I want to show you the products in the make-up look, on the face not only in swatches, writing about them. So I'm back again with a make-up look, this time it's the Think Pink! make-up look (I think you guessed by now I like my pinks!).

SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure and Mild - review

I have received this micellar water for testing at an Optimashop event and since my current micellar water was on the verge of ending, this was the next best thing. I have the SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure and Mild in use for several days now so I can tell you my thoughts on it.

marți, 15 decembrie 2015

Henara Bronzeshine Shampoo with natural Henna and Walnut - review

I was looking for a shampoo that could bring the shine and life back into my hair, without making it  oilier than it was. And since I was in the close vicinity of the now famous Hello Free Z One Discount store (Soseaua Pantelimon 255), I stopped and checked it out. And of course I left with several products, the most important being this shampoo : Henara Bronzeshine Shampoo. It is in use for some time now so it's time to share with you my thoughts on it.

luni, 14 decembrie 2015

ACADEMIE Huile De Soin Hydratante, Hydrating Treatment Oil - review

We live in a pretty cynical world. We stopped believing in stories and fairytales. But there is a time when we have to believe again. You are wondering what this has to do with today's post ? Well, I am a pretty cynical person and I don't believe in the beautifully packaged stories about make-up or cosmetics until I have some hard evidence. 

I am going through a pretty tiring and stressful period that makes my skin very dehydrated. And even if I try to add intensive moisturizing products, they still can't cope. What to do ? Enter ACADEMIE Huile De Soin Hydratante, Hydrating Treatment Oil.

duminică, 13 decembrie 2015

M by Mariah Carey moisturizing body lotion - review

I have had this body lotion for around a year, bought from abroad. It is the body lotion that accompanies the M fragrance by Mariah Carey (the first perfume she released, if you want to smell it, you can find it in DM). I also own the fragrance and I like it, sweet, powerful, elegant, feminine and most importantly lasts on me all day long ! So I also bought the body lotion to go with it.

sâmbătă, 12 decembrie 2015

Sephora Nourishing hand cream in Hand Candy - review

You know by now my deep love for hand creams. I have almost finished another one so I thought I could share with you my thoughts on it. It is Sephora Nourishing hand cream in Hand Candy. I simply cannot remember if I bought it or received it as a gift since I have had it for quite a while in my stash patiently waiting its turn to be used.

vineri, 11 decembrie 2015

NIVEA BB Cream 5 in 1 Beautifying Moisturiser - for blemish prone skin - review

I have loved the original Nivea BB cream version (review) so imagine my excitement when I found out Nivea will release a new version for oily/blemish prone skin. Yes, I was happy and excited to try it. I have used it for several weeks so here it is NIVEA BB Cream 5 in 1 Beautifying  Moisturiser - for blemish prone skin.

joi, 10 decembrie 2015

B.U. My secret deodorant - review

I have an old love for B.U., since I discovered the magic yellow version of B.U.. This was and still is, the best for me, from all the versions present or future. I simply love it! When I am wearing it, it always brings beautiful and cherished memories for me. I will always buy my yellow B.U. for the sentimental value and the lovely scent I love. But I'm rambling..I had the oportunity to test a new scent they released : B.U. My Secret.

miercuri, 9 decembrie 2015

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm - review

In the colder season my lips get very dry, dehydrated and they crack and even bleed. And I try to keep them covered in lip balms all the time but it's no use. The ones I have previously tried simply didn't cope with the cold. I was in trouble. Until I met the best lip balm yet :  Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm from Elizabeth Arden.

marți, 8 decembrie 2015

Show you care this Christmas with Nivea

Christmas time is all about giving love and sharing magical moments with the ones you care about. Showing them you care, spending quality time together and enjoying the holidays. With Nivea is very easy to show you care. You know by now, from my many posts, I love Nivea. Nivea, for me, represents many childhool memories, it's granny's face creme and granny is wisdom, patience, warmth, protection and infinite love.
my granny's Nivea

luni, 7 decembrie 2015

Too Faced Happily Everlasting lip & cheek duo - review

I have shown this cute make-up set in my New In video on Periscope (you can still see it on Katch - I promise I will photo all the products, plus a few more I aquired since, into a post. I haven't felt very good lately, this is why I didn't post in the last few days. Let's go back to this lovely set. It is perfect for a gift to a make-up lover! Any pink girl will adore it!

joi, 3 decembrie 2015

A new beauty and fashion destination : Debenhams Plaza Romania

My lovely readers I have great news for you today : another Debenhams store has opened its doors in Plaza Romania mall. Oh how happy I am! As I have told you before I am a fan of British brands and stores since my visits to London in 2008 and 2009. And I have long wished for many brands to come to Romania, some did, some didn't. I am still waiting.. I have previously told you about the opening of its first store in Vitan Mall. And now I'm back to show you the store in Plaza Romania Mall.

miercuri, 2 decembrie 2015

Plaza Romania mall presents : the Winter 2015 fashion collections

On this lovely winter day Plaza Romania mall has chosen to preview its Winter 2015 fashion collections with a show full of fun and festivity. Ilinca Vandici was the gracious host of the evening, presenting an act most awaited by the public. Corina has started the show with a live concert full of energy and fun, setting the right atmosphere for the fashion show to come.

marți, 1 decembrie 2015

Yves Rocher Apple Delight Candle

One of my very favourite ways of relaxing is either reading a good book or listening to music, both in the company of a scented candle. I love the warmth of the candlelight and I embrace the soothing scent it gives. As with shower gels or perfumes, I like to switch the scents according to the season : in the warmer/hotter season I like fresh scents, in the colder seasons I like sweet, cinnamony, heavier scents. And there are the holiday scents, as I like to call them. Those scents that instantly put me in the holiday mood : I want to sing carols, to arrange the Christmas tree and to write my letter to Santa. Those are always vanilla or cinnamon related. The Yves Rocher Apple Delight Candle  is one of them.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil (refill) - review

Another product I have finished and I'm heartbroken to let go. It is by far one of the best shower oils I have ever tried. One of the cult products of the L'Occitane brand, well loved and very expensive. You guessed : it is L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil (refill). I bought it a while ago at an offer : if I bought the normal full size of one shower gel and the refill in any other showel gels, the amount paid was cheaper than in the full size. Of course I bought my beloved Verbena Shower Gel in full size (I adore it, it's perfect for the hot summer days - review soon) and I bought the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil in refill to try. I was curious to see what was the hype about and if indeed it was worth the money. 

luni, 30 noiembrie 2015

Yves Rocher Red Berries Smoothie Shower Cream - review

The subject of this post is a product I really love. And I used it and almost finished it and I am sad to let it go. It is a smoothie shower cream from Yves Rocher with red berries. I love forest fruits both in tea, cakes or cosmetics and shades for lipsticks or eyeshadows. I adore them so when I saw the Yves Rocher Red Berries Smoothie Shower Cream in the store I knew I had to have it.

Clinique Pop Lipstick in Raspberry Pop - review

I have bought this Clinique lipstick from Sephora, after receiving a promotional mail to come to the store and get a gift with purchase. I got some deluxe Clinique sample sizes to try, since I am not very familiar with the products of the brand, especially the face care. I am really excited to try the new goodies from Clinique. Let's find out more about the Clinique Pop Lipstick.
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer. Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly to give a modern-velvet finish. Colour stays true and keeps lips comfortably moisturized for 8 hours. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.

duminică, 29 noiembrie 2015

Jumbo store haul

Today was a long and pleasant day for me : I was for most part of the day in great company with my work colleagues at an IELTS seminar (I am an English teacher first). I learnt a lot of useful information on how to best prepare my students for the all important IELTS exam and I exchanged ideas and experiences with my lovely colleagues. Since I was in close proximity of a Jumbo store (the one on Bulevardul Theodor Pallady 51G) I decided to check it out. And of course I didn't leave empty handed.

sâmbătă, 28 noiembrie 2015

Letter to Santa for mom

This year Marionnaud is Santa's right hand brand helping the little ones plan surprises for their beloved moms. "Letter to Santa for mom" is their simple way of expressing their love, writing for Santa what they want him to bring their mothers for Christmas.

vineri, 27 noiembrie 2015

Black Friday 2015 offers

The real Black Friday has come so I thought I would compile the offers that look interesting and appealing to you. The offers last today only, or the entire weekend. So if you want something hurry up, the offers are limited!

joi, 26 noiembrie 2015

SVR Sebiaclear Cicapeel & Noreva Actipur Anti-imperfections intensive treatment - first impressions

I received these products for testing a while ago but I just couldn't review them. I have combination to oily skin with excess sebum. I rarely have skin breakouts either due to hormonal changes or to perspiration in the summer time. I always extra cleanse the skin, be careful not to touch the face with my dirty hands and so on. So I very rarely have skin breakouts. Both skin treatments were waiting patiently.. Until some small zits appeared due to hormones. It was time to attack them with the SVR Sebiaclear Cicapeel & Noreva Actipur Anti-imperfections intensive treatment. Firstly let's find out more about them.

miercuri, 25 noiembrie 2015

Celebrate Christmas with Yves Rocher every year

Christmas has come earlier this year for me. I have had the pleasure of seeing today the Christmas limited collections from Yves Rocher. What can I say ? I want them all! They smell wonderful and look great! You know there is always a scent that immediately puts you in a good mood and makes you feel festive. This year it's all about Yves Rocher. You can easily gift your loved ones or even pamper yourself a little early with Yves Rocher.
the Yves Rocher Xmas tree