Empties April 2018

I really like the idea of sharing empties and all these basket/pan projects where you actually use the whole product to understand if it really works for you and is worth repurchasing or not, as in some cases, some products don’t give an instant result and you have to be patient. So here is my first time sharing my empties.

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. I got a sample for points at Sephora and plan to purchase the full size. As an option, there is also SK-II Pitera Welcome Set that has an Essence and a Toner for less.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm is the product I have been using for years and haven’t really found anything better so far! I also have devoted a detailed blog post about this product and its active ingredient.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 is a nice sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores or give a strange bitter taste in your mouth after applying it on your face (some sunscreens do that and I don’t know why yet). However, I couldn’t use the tube completely as the cream gone bad – it smells like a bad fish now. There is also a new Ultra Repair® Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that I plan to try this year. I believe the best shade for me is Light.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Travel Duo seemed like a nice idea as a face mist, since it’s only clean water in a bottle, but after finishing the first bottle ( it comes in a pack of 2), I can’t say I’m really excited about the purchase. I’m still longing to Caudalie Facial Mist as it smells like an expensive spa treatment.

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Living Proof Full Shampoo is my another staple! it actually replaced the Morrocanoil Extra Volume Shampoo that I’ve been using for a couple of years. Here is a separate post about the Living Proof Shampoo and why I really love it so much.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash is indeed a nice body wash for dry skin, but I prefer more natural ingredients (and aromatherapy!) so that I’m not sure if I repurchase it.

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment is a must-have hair care mask. I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews, and it is so good that I’ll keep repurchasing it.

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It Cosmetics Brush Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner is exclusively sold at Ulta. It’s a nice solution for cleaning between washing the brushes and has a natural ingredient list. For some reason, it works better with synthetic brushes. I’m exploring other products at the moment so that I don’t plan to repurchase it in the nearest future.

CURAPROX Black Is White Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste Set is another amazing product that is in my vanity for at least couple of years. So far, it’s the best whitening toothpaste I’ve tried so far! It has activated charcoal as the active ingredient. Plus, Curaprox toothpastes keep my teeth cavity free and my dentist appointments to check-ups – before, I had to pop into dentist’s office at least every 2 months.

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite perfume, it reminds me of sunny lazy days on a beach. It works for me throughout the year, it makes me feel so “sun-kissed” all the time. The Soleil Blanc collection now also has a 30ML version as well as new Eau De Soleil.

Honestly, these “empties” and “pan/basket” projects give such a satisfaction and enjoyment of using any of the particular product you like since you are actually using it instead of letting it sit on a shelf “for a special occasion”.

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Trending Sunglasses: Luxurious Picks and Their Affordable Matches

Every year, there is at least one trending eyewear shape that you can see all over the internet. This year, cat-eye is dominating the market in a variety of sizes, color and styles. This makes it so hard to pick just one trending pair and each of the shades is so expensive! Luckily, there are different brands that make similar trending eyewear for less. Here are our top 7 picks.

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SAINT LAURENT LouLou 55mm Heart Shaped Sunglasses ($490, Buy Now)

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This playful heart-shaped silhouette is a must-have pair for those, who want to make a statement this season. Luckily, you can find a similar one at Amazon.

Clout Goggle Heart Sunglasses Vintage Cat Eye Mod Style Retro Kurt Cobain Glasses ($9.99, Buy Now)

 

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SAINT LAURENT Lily 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

 ($350, Buy Now)

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A pair of red pointy cat-eye sunglasses is a MUST have accessory for this season.

ASOS Small Pointy Cat Eye Sunglasses

($23, Buy Now)

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TOM FORD Anoushka 57mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses ($445, Buy Now)

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 These classic oversized cat-eyes give us a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibes

ASOS Basic Cat Eye Sunglasses ($19, Buy Now)

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JIMMY CHOO ‘Vivy’ 51mm Sunglasses

 ($605, Buy Now)

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The rose-gold shade with crystal embellishment will add a romantic touch to your look

LEITH 52mm Crystal Embellished Round Sunglasses

 ($24, Buy Now)

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FENDI 53mm Sunglasses ($520, Buy Now)

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If you prefer a more minimalist style, this pick is for you!

ASOS DESIGN Almond Multi Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses ($23, Buy Now)

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Adam Selman x Le Specs Luxe The Last Lolita Pink Sunglasses ($119, Buy Now)

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Colored cat-eye in the transparent frame is another Cult-Fav of this season. And the pink color is just for those who like to see “la vie en rose“.

55mm Transparent Pastel Cat Eye Sunglasses

GLANCE EYEWEAR ($14.00, Buy Now)

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Illesteva Marianne 48MM Cat Eye Sunglasses

($190, Buy Now)

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And finally, the small cat-eye sunglasses you probably came across all over the instagram. We are totally obsessed with the white-frames!

ASOS Small Cat Eye Fashion Glasses($23, Buy Now)

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This post gives an opportunity to stay in the trend without really breaking the bank and having more than one pairs for the season. I already got myself the heart-shaped and the pink translucent shades!

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7 Gift Ideas for Mom from Nordstrom

Our countdown shows it’s 7 days left until the Mother’s Day which falls on May 13th this year. This means you still have time to shop for a present! Here are our top picks from Nordstrom on Mother’s day.

1. GUCCI Petite Marmont Leather Card Case (Buy Now)

I’ll start with this beautiful Hibiscus Red card case from Gucci. It is lightweight, small and has several compartments for cards, cash and even coins. And the red wallet is always easier to find in her purse.

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2. Skinny Dip Dominica Cosmetics Case (Buy Now)

This beautiful cometic bag with palm leaves will add summer vibes and put a smile on her face.

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3. DAVID YURMAN ‘X Crossover’ Ring (Buy Now)

Such a beautiful stacked ring will look perfect on every hand! And the combination of sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold will match pretty much every jewelry._8762104

4. LONGCHAMP ‘Large Le Pliage’ Nylon Tote (Buy Now)

This is a very convenient travel bag every woman must have. It folds perfectly for storage and we especially like this Bilberry shade.

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5. SOLE SOCIETY Floral Print Silk Neck Scarf (Buy Now)

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6. PAPINELLE Cotton Waffle Knit Robe (Buy Now)

This soft waffle knit robe is perfect for both cold and hot days. 

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7. SK-II Pitera Welcome Set (Buy Now)

I tried to keep this post with non-beauty ideas, but I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this set. I have tried the essence and the cream on myself, and it is so good, as it replenishes hydration which is the key to keeping your skin youthful and glowing.

The best part – the set is on sale right now!

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What is your favorite pick from the list? Let us know in the comments down below!


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Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Hello, my beauties!

If you follow me on Instagram ( and if you don’t you are welcome to do so!) recently I’ve share stories about my Nordstrom & Sephora Beauty Hauls. Clinique Sparkle Skin body exfoliating cream was among the products that I shared on that day, and today, I’d like to talk about it in more details.

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I was looking for a good body scrub, but this one is so much better than a regular scrub. Why is it different?

First of all, it’s allergy tested. Although it is 100% Fragrance free, it has a natural fresh minty aroma. This was a little unexpected for me, as I don’t like minty exfoliators especially during the winter season. Nevertheless, the minty sensations are very light and the skin doesn’t feel stung after – even the cut on my hand wasn’t itchy at all.

Secondly, I’d like to highlight the way it feels on the skin. I tried a small amount on my hand and I was amazed how gentle this exfoliator is. Yes, first of all it is designed as a CREAM, and at the same time it works as a perfect exfoliator. My hands have become so smooth and the skin is so gentle after I washed it off. Although the grains are fine and feel like a face exfoliator, but they really do their job removing the rough surface and letting the skin glow from within.

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Last but not least, I like that it is oil-free and leaves no residue on your skin as it washes off the skin easily and won’t make the bath tub/floor slippery and dirty.

It is designed to be used on wet body and it is good for elbows, knees and heels while its cream formula allows it to be used 3-4 times per week.

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Although, its minty smell is a little unexpected for me, I’m quite satisfied with this purchase and can recommend it especially during a warmer season.

I got this particular one from Nordstrom for $26.50.

Have you ever tried this exfoliating cream? Let me know in the comments down below!


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Healthy Skin during the Winter Season

Winter has come to Texas in a form of  the Winter Storm warning with frozen rain and temperatures below freezing. On this Frozen day I’d like to share with you my remedies for healthy glowing skin. Be prepared for a long post!

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

The key ingredient for healthy and glowing skin is hydration. The heaters that we start to use as the temperature drops are drying the air that we breath causing dehydration to our body. While drinking more liquids (water preferably) is a no brainer, I’d recommend to use humidifiers when you turn the heater on.

Recently, I’ve purchased Essential Oil Diffuser/Humidifier from Amazon which perfectly fits the interior and can be used with essential oils to fill the room with natural scents.

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Face

Since I’ve moved to Houston, my skin has become surprisingly dry, so my vanity cabinet is full of various moisturizers that I use depending on how dry the skin is.

With heaters and overall dryer air during the winter, I would recommend using thicker creams to maintain hydration.

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All products are in mini size except for the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and La Mer Eye Concentrate

My favorite moisturizing cream is Creme de la Mer from La Mer. It is the thickest face cream I have and I usually apply it as a night cream. I don’t use it every night, only when my face feels extremely dry. The moisture level remains till the next day and the skin feels very soft on the following day.

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I also like the High-Potency Night-A-Mins cream from Origins. It has a silky formula and amazing citrusy smell. It also leaves the skin very conditioned and soft on a less drier nights. For oily skin, Origins has the same cream in oil-free version.

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If you like masks, consider the Moisturizing Mask from Caudalie. I usually use it once a week as a part of my night skin care routine and leave it overnight replacing the night cream.  I’d recommend using such cream masks over the sheet masks in winter because it is so easy to get cold as the wet sheet mask chills on your face for 20-30 minutes.

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When I’m applying make up, I use Josie Maran  100% Pure Organ Oil to nourish my skin, followed by the Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter and finishing with Surreal Skin Organ Finishing Balm that also works as a primer.

By the way, this Pure Argan Oil is super versatile, so you can also use it also for hair and nails.

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If you have oily skin, you would like the Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl’s. I think it works for every skin type and is also good for sensitive skin – tested on myself. I use it on less drier days under the makeup.

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When applying products to your face, do not forget about your décolleté area.

As for the eyes, my one and only is The Eye Concentrate from La Mer. I use it twice a day to erase my dark circles and hydrate the most delicate skin under my eyes.

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Lips

Flaky dry lips is a nightmare to me. Using balms sometimes is not enough, so it’s good to exfoliate your lips before applying a balm or lip makeup.

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I like the Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant lip scrub from Tarte, it comes in a very convenient small  size. It is very gently and moisturizing as it is enriched with maracuja and shea butter. You can also use it to remove the liquid lipstick gently from your lips.

I’ve already dedicated a separate post about my favorite lip balm from Lanolips, you can read about it and its active ingredient here in more details.

Body

Your body also needs hydrations to combat the dry air.

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I’m using  Deep Comfort Body Butter from Clinique which is really a good one as it absorbs quickly into the skin. If you want something even more nourishing, go for L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream enriched with Shea Butter.

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Hands are another important part of the body that need to be nourished as they age really fast. My all-time favorite is Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane. It sinks into the skin quickly, bringing long-lasting comfort while not being too oily.

Do not forget to nourish your cuticles: I’m using a Cuticle Conditioner from Onsen. Its formula is also very gentle and it absorbs fast making your manicure last longer.

I’d also recommend to use the Extra-Gentle Soap from L’Occitane. This soap bar is the best one I’ve ever tried in my life, and without it I’m having extremely dry patches of skin on my hands.

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For your foot I’d recommend using another product from L’Occitane – Dry Skin Foot Cream. It is also from the same Shea Butter line that as you see I’m obsessed with. Put some cream under your socks before you go to sleep to wake up with soft baby heels.

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Thanks for reading till the end, hope you enjoyed this post and my picks will help you live through the winter.

 

What is your skin remedy from the cold weather? Let me know in the comments down below.


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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Inspired Make Up For Everyday Look

Hello, my beauties!

Since Pantone, the Global Color Authority, announced Ultra Violet as a Color of 2018, this color is gaining more popularity in fashion and beauty.

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Violet is one of my favorite colors and I’m really excited that this is the color of 2018!

If you go through pretty much every beauty brand today, you can find lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and etc all in this shade. However, you may feel uncomfortable wearing such a bold experimental color to work or to school, but still want to catch up to the trend. If so, then this post is definitely for you.

Here are some tips of how to add twists of violet to you everyday look, and yet, keep up with your personal style.

Although there might be a little deviation from exact Ulta Violet color, all shades of purple and violet are still considered trending.

P.S. You can scroll down to the video where I do my makeup and then get back to the text to  read all the steps in details!

Eyes

For me, eyes are the most comfortable area to experiment with color. Violet is a shade that goes well together with all eye colors.

If you don’t feel comfortable covering your full eyelid with this bold color, consider pairing it with the trending mauve shades. Create a transition of shades from a light mauve color adding a tiny amount of violet to the edges and to your crease.

I like violet shades from Too Faced Chocolates and Peaches pallets, they blend in very naturally to the skin. I use Livin Lavish shade from Gold Chocolate pallet.

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Add violet color to your lower lash line. My favorite shade for this is Osiris from Prism Pallet  by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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Here are single eyeshadows for more matching color:

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As an option,  you can also apply an eye pencil to the lower lash line and blend it.

My top favorite is from Sephora in shade 32 Tango Night.

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Similar pencils:

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If you are a big fan of cat eyes and can’t live without lined eyes, consider using violet liner instead of black.

Interesting fact: Butter London has partnered with Pantone this year and released a collection in Ultra Violet once the color has been announced.

Today, the only place where you can find the complete collection is only butterlondon.com. Interestingly, Ulta.com also has their products displayed on their website, but almost all of them remain “sold out”. But don’t despare: Ulta as well as Nordstrom has same shades of same product in stock. They just don’t have a Pantone sticker on the packaging.

Butter London features the Glazen Lustrous eyeliner in Ultra Violet.

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If this color is too bright for you, consider its sister Magnetic. It’s a deeper shade and still looks more violet than blue on the skin.

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To complete your eye makeup and open up the look, add Gumdrop from Anastasia Sugar Glow kit to outer corners of your eyes. It’s a dual chrome pink/lilac shade. For a bolder look, you can use Spectra Shade from Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit.

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I suggest to finish with black mascara to keep the look more wearable for everyday.

Nails

Nails are another place where you can safely use violet color to be in trend.

Here are the nail polish shades from Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Collection by Butter London.

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Misty Lilac  – Purple Rain – Marvelous – Ice Lavander – Hydrangea – Ultaviolet

You can keep it simple and substitute your signature nude/white color with Hydrangea.

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As you can see, mauve shades also count.

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For a bolder look, use a deeper shades with some sparkles like the Purple Rain.

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How it all looks together? Watch my first makeup video on my instagram account!

 

My first make up video is inspired by @pantone color of the Year 2018! 💜 How to add a violet twist to everyday look (and not over do it !) details in my new post! Link in bio✨ Wearing today: @hudabeauty Mauve Obsession eye shadow pallet @toofaced Chocolate Gold @toofaced Better Than Sex mascara @sephora Contour Eye pencil in 32 Tango Night @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism Eye Shadow Pallet @anastasiabeverlyhills Sugar Glow Kit @maccosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Pallet in Medium @maccosmetics Studio Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20 @chanelofficial Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ébène @chanelofficial Powder Blush in 99 Rose Pétale @butterlondon Glazen Lustrous Liner in Magnetic @shophudabeauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic 💜💜💜 #beautyblogger #pantone #pantone2018 #makeup #makeupvideos #trending #ultraviolet @ultabeauty #tfchocolate #ultabeauty #sephora

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