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August 4, 2014

Favorite Hair Oils

Garnier Miraculous Oil and Brushing Express Oil
Garnier Miraculous Oil and Miraculous Oil Brushing Express
Today I thought I would talk to you about my current 2 favorite hair oils that I've been using for the past 3, if not more, months. The 2 oils are both from Garnier and they are the original Miraculous Oil and the Miraculous Oil Brushing Express. My love for those 2 was gradually built because at first I was really skeptical about hair oils in general because I thought they would only make my hair feel and look greasy and nothing more. 

Garnier Miraculous Oil contains Argan Oil and it suits all hair types. It's main purpose is to condition your hair and make it soft, shiny and easy to brush. The very first thing that made me like it was the smell, it's divine! I can't really describe it but it's amazing,slightly sweet smell which will stay in your hair for couple hours.

Garnier Miraculous Oil Brushing Express contains Argan oil as well but it's main purpose is to protect you hair from heat and also speed up the time you need to blow dry your hair. While I can't say exactly whether it protects from heat, I can say that it actually does speed up the time you need. On the bottle says that you might get up to 2 times faster drying. Of course I was curious to see if that was true so what I did is to set timer when I was blow drying my hair and see how long it would take me. So while normally it would take me about 8 minutes to blow dry my hair with the hair oil it took me only around 5 minutes. It's not half of the original time but still it indeed lowered the time I needed.  There was only 1 thing that I didn't like with this oil and that was it's smell. On the internet some say that the smell reminds them of bubble gum and it kinda does but for it's not so pleasant to me. Thankfully over time the smell becomes less strong so now I don't mind it at all now.

Let me tell you now I use them. Both oils can be used on wet and dry hair but I mainly use them on wet unless I use some heat tool like straightener in which case I will use the Brushing Express oil on dry hair. For my hair length (my hair ends right on my boobs) I use 2 pumps of each oil. Before I blow dry ( lately though I haven't been using blow dryer but I still use the oil) I add 2 pumps of the Miraculous Oil Brushing Express on my hair and I'm applying from the bottom working my way up. I mainly focus on my ends and with whatever left I go though the rest of my hair. Then I will blow dry my hair until it's almost dry and then use 2 pumps of the Miraculous Oil and apply it the same way as I did before and after that I finish blow drying my hair. If you apply them the same way as I did and won't use too much of it ,your hair won't look greasy but obviously since we are talking about oils if you over do it or put too much near your roots you will end up with slightly greasy hair.

So those past 3 or so months, since I started using the oils, I stopped using hair conditioner. Not only my hair doesn't feel dry or look dry but I also haven't noticed any split ends or whatsoever enough though I been using blow dryer pretty much every single time I was washing my hair until the mid of June. To be honest I even happened to try a sample of the Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioner and my hair didn't feel softer than when I was using the oils. ( it only smelled nicer haha) As I said I've been using these 2 religiously for the past months and I'm only half way though them. So they will last me a long time and they are pretty cheap, around 7,5 euros here in Greece. With that being said I will continue using them and most like will repurchase once I run out. Have you tried any of these 2? Do you use hair oils? Let me know in the comments below.

July 20, 2014

Easy Nail Design and I'm Back!

Easy Dotted Nail Design
Hello everyone. Guess who is finally back? Me! After being absent for quite a long time I decided that it's about time to return to blogging and vlogging. I guess you are probably wondering why I haven't posted in such long time so let me explain. The very first reason is that May( the last time I posted was in May) was a pretty busy month for me and like that wasn't enough my old computer died so I had to wait till my new one was ready. Though that was a good and bad thing at the same time  because I really needed an upgrade so now I have a pretty powerful computer and not only I can play many games but the whole blogging and vlogging part of my life will improve because all of the programs that I need work much, much better now. Speaking of games, any other beauty blogger out there who are also gamers? I need game suggestions but I'm currently obsessed with Assassin's Creed, I finished the 4th and now I'm playing 2nd. 

Let's get back to the topic. To be honest the main reason why I was MIA is that I've reached to a point where I felt that I HAD to blog and wasn't doing it because I really wanted it. I didn't like the pressure that I was feeling so I decided to take a long time off to kind recharge my batteries and remove that pressure from myself. Although I wasn't blogging I was still answering to any comments that were left on my posts and videos. On side note, on July 5th was my birthday and I'm now officially 22 years old and I have one more academic year till I graduate from University, waaat? The time flew by so fast.

So now that I'm finished with University exams I feel that I'm ready to come back and for first post I thought I would show you a really easy manicure idea. The cool thing about it is that you can use any color combination you want and it will look good on short and long nails. You also don't need many tool just 2 different in size dotting tools or something that can make tiny and medium dots.
Dotted Nail Design

Easy Dotted Nail Design Tutorial
So as you can see it's a 4 step manicure and I think that the pic tutorial is pretty much self explanatory. If you have shorter nails you can either make the dots smaller so they can fit or make fewer. For example my nails are now shorter and I stopped with the big dots placing at the point like in picture #3. Please let me know what you think of this manicure and also if you have any blog post requests let them in the comments below.

May 4, 2014

April Beauty Favorites

I can't believe that May is already here. This means that only 1 month left till the Summer officially begins and that in proximately 2 months I'm going to be 22 years old (I'm getting old, lol just kidding). This also means that it's time for my April beauty favorites, I have some new and some old products to show you.
Skincare wise I only want to mention one product, the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Serum. As you might be able to tell from the first picture, I'm more than half way through it. I really like using it as my day moisturizer or before I apply my makeup because it provides the right amount of moisture to my combination skin. It also has some very,very fine particles which give a slight dewiness to my face without looking too dewy or oily.

For almost the past two months I've been using the Garnier Miraculous Oil Brushing Express which is a new hair oil that Garnier recently launched.  It supposes to protect your hair from heat and also help you to decrease the time you need to blow dry your hair. Ever since I got it I've been using every single time I blow dry my hair and I noticed that I do actually need less time to do so. A more detailed review will be up on my blog this week.

Dove Go Fresh deodorant is an old favorite of mine. Before this scent, which is lemon and lemongrass, I had the pomegranate which I like more than the lemon one but still the scent is pleasant and fresh. The main reason why I like this so much it's because it neutralize any odor and it lasts for many,many hours. It says that it provides 48 hour protection, which could be true but if you sweat a lot you just have to shower every day, at least in my opinion. This deodorant is labeled as antiperspirant but I haven't seen a big difference when I use it. That's something that I actually like because using deodorants that prevent you from sweating in that area is not good for your health, from what I've read at least.

A new favorite of mine is the Maybelline the Colossal Go Extreme Volume mascara. It's a new release and addition to the Colossal family from Maybelline. It does everything I want from mascara; it adds volume, length and it actually manages to hold the curl decently. More detailed review here.

Another old favorite is the Maybelline Fit me concealer in #15, which is the lightest color in this line. I've been in love with it from the first try and this is my second tube. It has medium coverage and it gives nice dewy finish which is particularly flattering for under eye area. It has a good longevity but you have to set it with a tiny amount of powder because otherwise is has the tendency to set in the fine lines. Even if you don't set it, it's super easy to correct and smooth out the concealer just with your finger but in case you set it you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day.

Surprisingly enough I have 3 lip products in my favorites; it's surprise because I'm not a lipstick girl but lately I think I'm becoming one hehe. First, let me talk about a moisturizing product. Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate became my favorite and go to lip balm in the past month or so. Although at the beginning I like the Intense Care more, this won me over really quickly and it provides enough moisture to my lips.

The two lipsticks I have here are completely different color wise, one is neutral and one super bright. I'll start with the more wearable one, Essence lipstick in Barely There. It's from their Long Lasting line and I've reviewed it here. It's a lovely brownish nude color which some people might not like but I love it. It goes with every makeup I do and it definitely a great daytime color for me. Also it has good longevity for only 3,5 euros that it costs and it's doesn't dry out my lips.

On the opposite color side I have the Maybelline Super Stay 14 hour lipstick in Infinitely Fuchsia. As the name suggests it's a bright fuchsia color which I could never imagine myself wearing. Just to give you an idea of much I've fallen in love with this lipstick let me tell you that I wore it several times during not only night time but also day time. Now, the 14 hours is definitely an overstatement but it will easily stay on for approximately 7 hours unless you are eating something all the time. The finish is semi matte and it doesn't dry out my lips.

Phew that's it. My favorites posts always end up being so long, I hope that's ok. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these product and your opinions about them. Till the next time, xoxo