A Little Update & My Current Favorite Face Mask

Hey there!

I know I’ve been blogging a bit inconsistently lately but I’ve been insanely busy with exams and I’ve just been lacking the motivation to be honest. I love blogging. I really do! But lately I feel like I’ve just been writing beauty review after beauty review and as much as I love testing out new products and reviewing them here on my little blog, I’d love to switch things up a bit. When I first started blogging my main theme was still beauty but I feel like my blog used to be a lot more diverse. I used to write way more lifestyle posts or throw in a recipe or something fashion related every once in a while. Especially writing lifestyle posts was something I really enjoyed writing but since I’ve been so busy with writing papers and studying for exams I just haven’t really come up with anything I actually want to write about.

I still have a ton of beauty items I really want to review but I hope that I can go back to having  some more diverse content soon. Now since I’ve been stressing out about exams there’s one face mask that helped me relax a little while also improving my skin and it’s the Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask. My favorite thing about this mask is that it warms up when you apply it to your skin and it feels absolutely amazing and so calming.

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Since I have quite the sensitive skin many face masks sometimes sting a little bit when I first apply them. This one, however, didn’t do that at all but actually felt really good on my skin from the first second on. I’ve used it several times now and I can honestly say I’ve seen a difference in my skin. It looks a lot more clear, healthy and glowing, which I’m so happy about. My skin is usually pretty clear but lately it’s been acting up for some reason, which has been annoying me. Ever since I started using this mask my skin has cleared up a lot. The consistency is very nice as well. It’s pretty thick and creamy but not too thick, if you know what I mean.

I can definitely recommend this face mask as it feels so so nice on my skin and I’ve actually seen improvement in my skin very fast. What more could I want from a mask?

I hope that once my exams are over inspiration hits me and I will be happy with my content again.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Sophie

A Dry Skin Saver

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It’s not even winter but the colder weather has been drying my skin out already. For me the worst thing about dry skin is, that it does’t only just feel not so great but it also makes my makeup look bad. There’s nothing I hate more than not having a flawless foundation and with dry skin that just isn’t possible because most foundations or powders just tent to cling to any dry patches. Yuck!

Despite using moisturiser every morning and every night  my skin just didn’t have that hydrating healthy look I really wanted. So about a month ago I bough the Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum because they were having a skin care sale and I thought why not give it a go. I’ve really liked most of the boy shop products I’ve tried so far and I got for half the price. That are enough reasons for me to try it.

Basically this is a serum in oil, which you apply all over your face as a last step in your night time skin care routine. Don’t apply it right before bed though as it is an oil like texture, that is slowly absorbed by your skin and you don’t want any stains on your bed sheets, do you? Accoriding to the body shop this is supposed to recharge your skin with moisture overnight. It’s supposed to be like an 8 hour beauty sleep in a bottle. Sounds pretty magical to me.

Now I’ve used this every single night for the past 3 weeks I think and it’s been a total life saver. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels healthy and hydrated. No more dry areas! It’s so soft and so much more radiant. I was hoping that this would work but I didn’t expect to love it this much.

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Plus I adore the cute packaging. It looks so fancy.

I know for a fact that I will definitely always use this in the colder months from now on. I’m so happy with how much it has really improved my dry skin.

Have you ever tried this? What is your favorite product against dry skin?

XX

Sophie

A Skin Care Staple

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It wasn’t until about a year ago that I really got into skin care. Yes, you heard that right. I’ve always made sure to take my make up off before I went to bed at night and I sometimes would use a cleanser and a moisturiser but it wasn’t until a year, that I started investing in more products and  building up my own skin care routine. Nowadays I can’t imagine my life without my skin care routine. At least not the night one. I do sometimes lack the energy to do the full routine when I have to get up early in the morning. I’m sure I’m not the only one though. We’re all humans and I belong to the kind, who really appreciate sleep. Just not really a morning person.

In today’s post I’m not going to talk about my entire routine but about one product I’ve been repurchasing every time after having run out of it, so I think it’s safe to say it’s become one of my skin care staples within the last few months.

I’m talking about the The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. If you’ve ever done any kind of google search on skin care you might have come across tea tree oil and how it’s supposed to be amazing for acne prone skin. I don’t really have, never really had, acne prone skin but for whatever reason I started getting more breakouts when I started university a year ago. Weirdly enough I’ve always had perfectly clear skin until I moved to the Netherlands to start university. I didn’t know whether it was caused by stress or hormones but I did know I wanted to do something against it. Hence I did some google research and came across this little gem. It’s not a magical product, that just makes your skin picture perfect but it has helped my skin to improve immensely in the course of a few months.

Now what I do is, I apply a bit of this oil on all the parts of my face, where I think I need it. Basically I cover any blemishes with this. It took some time but my skin has been improving a lot since then and I just love the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin. It just feels so clean. Although I’m not really a fan of the smell of this product, as it is quite strong, I love this little oil and I’m so glad I discovered it. If you’re struggling with some blemishes or spots I think this is a great product to get rid of those. It leaves a really refreshing feeling on your skin and most importantly it doesn’t dry it out.

It’s definitely a product I will continue to use because it’s amazing and really affordable!

What are some of your skin care staples? Have you ever tried this?

XX

Sophie

July Favorites

Can you believe? Another month has already gone by. It feels like 2014 is flying by. Okay, 2014! You need to slow down a bit. It’s Christmas in 5 months, people! 5 freaking months! Wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday?

Well, July has come to an end meaning it’s time for a July favourites posts, so here’s what I’ve been loving this month.

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Let’s start with skin care because I’ve been making a few minor changes in my skin care routine this month. I used to mainly use products from the Body Shop Tea Tree range because my skin hasn’t been looking it’s best throughout the month of June but because it improved a lot towards the end of it I decided to switch to the Aloe range by the Body Shop because it’s especially made for sensitive skin and since my skin is pretty sensitive I wanted to give it a go. I’ve actually already tried out the face mask I’m featuring in this post before and I have  written a review about it but I’ve been using it so much this month it was only fitting to include it in here. Because I enjoyed using this face mask so much I decided to try their gentle face wash and I can tell you it did not let me down. Definitely one of my favorites this month! I’ve used it every day.

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15

This might be my new favorite concealer. I bought this in the very end of June and have pretty much used it every day since. Need I say more?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 2N1 Desert Beige

I’ve included this lovely foundation in a haul post in the very beginning of July. Probably somewhere around the 3rd or 4th. I’ve heard a lot of bloggers rave about this foundation, which made me very curious to try it, so when it was 30% off at a local make up store near my parent’s house I used the opportunity to finally give it a go. I’ve used it a lot this month because it gives amazing coverage but still feels nice on the skin. It’s so long-lasting and makes my skin look incredible. I can definitely say I’m glad I gave in and got it.

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Rimmel London 930 Bronze Goddess

I know I’ve only just written a review about this yesterday and now it’s being featured again in my monthly favorites but I’ve used this a lot in July, so it gets a well deserved place in this post. If you want a full review of this gorgeous lipstick check out my last post.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

I’m a lipstick lover but even the most stunning lipstick looks bad on dry lips, which is why lip care is so important. This is my absolute favorite lip scrub because it’s mint flavored. I’m a huge fan of all things mint. I love the smell of mint, I love the flavor, the taste of it and I love love love the color mint green. See why I love this so much? It’s smells amazing and makes my lips so incredibly soft.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01

Yes, I know. I’ve included this post in my April or May favorites already, I believe, but it’s the only bronzer I like. I’ve tried others but they tend to be too dark for me and make me look all muddy and just not good. With this bronzer I’ve finally found one that does exactly what it’s supposed to.

Mac Minerlaize Skinfinish Soft &Gentle

This might be one of my favorite products of all time. It’s so freaking beautiful! I got this a while ago and I seriously can’t believe I haven’t used it more. It’s just so pretty. It’s definitely my new favorite highlighter whether I want to add some shimmer to my cheekbones or my brow bones it looks amazing on both. It’s a little pricey, but so worth the money. Plus it’s gonna go a long way.

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds 220 Sage All The Rage

I have to admit this isn’t the most fitting color for summer but somehow I really liked it and decided to paint my toe nails this color in mid July and kept it on there for the rest of July. It’s kind of a muddy green but I think it looks great with a white dress or black and gold sandals. I don’t even know why.

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Solid Perfume

I’ve seen these little guys every time I went into a Body Shop store (which is quite often) and every single time I thought about getting one. I’ve never tried solid perfume before but it sounded really interesting and I adore the heart shaped packaging. One day in early July I picked one up and I’ve almost used it every single day since. This smells incredible and because it’s so tiny it fits in every purse, so you can carry it with you wherever go. Pretty darn amazing, right?

Essence Get Big! Lashes Mascara

Another product I’ve just very recently written a review about. Although this isn’t one of my top mascaras I think it’s perfect for every day use as it is so affordable and gives you long well defined lashes without being too dramatic.

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Alright! These are all the products I’ve been loving this month. Actually not all of them. There have been a lot more but these are definitely the ones I’ve used the most.

Which products have you been loving most this month?

Sophie

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream

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When I heard about the new BB Cream from the Body Shop I kind of had to have it. I still love my Garnier BB cream but I really wanted to try this one, so I went to the next store and got it.

What’s really interesting about this is that the cream comes out in a white shade that is supposed to turn into your skin color when you blend it all over your face. At first that made me a bit hesitant because I’ve tried out a BB cream like this from Loreal and I absolutely hated it because it turned me orange. I read through some of the online review and some people said it turned really orange on light skin, which immediately reminded me of my horrible experience with the Loreal BB cream. Still I was really curious and bought it anyway. I got it in the lightest shade possible and I do have quite fair skin but it honestly didn’t turn orange on me at all.

This is how it looks right out of the tube:

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And this is how it looks blended on my skin. Can’t detect any orange. Can you?

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So do I like it? Yes, I really do. The Body Shop claims that this All In One BB cream will adapt perfectly to your skin tone and give your skin an even finish. That is exactly what it does. It really matched up with my skin tone pretty perfectly and it is really easy to blend. Just as a heads up you really don’t need to apply much of it so use it in small amounts. It gives a light to medium coverage, so it does cover up any minor blemishes. Should you however have really bad break outs or if you are suffering from acne keep in mind that this is meant for light coverage. Hence it will not work miracles and give you perfect skin. I often hear people, who use BB cream, say that they don’t cover all of their break outs. They are not meant to. BB creams are supposed to cover minor blemishes and give you an even skin tone. If you want high coverage you need to go for a high coverage foundation.

I know I will be using this BB cream a lot this summer because it is so much lighter than a foundation and it won’t clog up my pores.

What is your experience with BB creams? Do you have a fave?

– xx Sophie

 

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish

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For my 19th birthday my brother got me a bunch of products from the  Body Shop inlcuding this strawberry scented body polish. It’s pretty safe to say that this is my favorite out of the products he got me. It was included in this gift set box which included a bunch of other strawberry scented products and then my brother also got this body polish outisde of the gift set because the packaging looks a bit different and let’s face it my brother is a guy so he probably didn’t read the label. But the good thing is that even though I’ve already finished my first bottle half-way I still have another full bottle now.

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The body polish itself looks and smells just like strawberry jam. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I know.
Instead of body scrub, which you should only use once a week you can actually use this daily. This body polish is supposed to gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin, which is exactly what it does. I just love love love the this product. It makes your skin so incredibly soft and it smells so incredibly good. The best part is that the smell really does linger on your skin for a while, especially if you use other produtcs from strawberry range along with the body polish.
The scrubbing particles it contains aren’t harsh on the skin at all and remove all dead skin. My skin is pretty sensitive, so I’m always a little worried before trying polishes or scrubs but this product didn’t irritate my skin at all, so it’s definitely suitable for sensitive.

I can only recommend this because it cleanses your skin so well and makes it so soft. And I seriously can’t get enough of its smell!

Have a great Thursday
– Sophie

Sunday Spa Day: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

As we all should know skin care is one very important thing. If you think about it we put our skin through a lot on a daily basis, so we should take better care of it. At least I know I put my skin through a lot by applying my make up daily and sometimes skipping parts of my skin care routine whenever I’m in a rush. Therefore I try to pick one day of the week where I give my hair and skin a break and pay some special attention to them. This day tends to be Sunday as it is the day of the week where I don’t really make plans and just try to relax a little and give myself a break.

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned it much but for my current skin routine I’m using a lot of products from the Body Shop Tea Tree range. They don’t smell that great but they work really well on my skin. I’d say I have pretty normal skin. It’s not oily and only sometimes gets a bit dry in the winter. Anyway on Sundays I do my regular morning routine and after doing my night time routine I love to use the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. Although my skin is not too problematic it is really sensitive and I can feel it being stressed after a long day. When I went shopping for my regular skin products a while back I looked through the different shelves and somehow got stuck with the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. It is especially made for sensitive skin, so it ended up being one of my purchases.

 

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I definitely have not regretted it though. You are supposed to use it once a week for ideal results. Every Sunday night after my regular routine I apply a bit of this on my skin and leave it for up to twenty minutes before wiping it off. The mask itself looks and feels like a very thick cream moisturiser.

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I love the way it feels on my skin. I can immediately feel my skin being repaired when using it. No kidding! I just let it sink into my skin and let it do its magic. After about 20 minutes I just rinse my skin with warm water. After that my skin feels so relaxed and soft it’s pretty incredible. This face mask is slowly becoming one of my essential skin care products and if you have really dry skin I can only recommend this for you. It should work amazing! My skin seriously has never felt more moisturised or healthy then after using this face mask!

Happy Sunday!

– Sophie

April Favorites

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April really flew by like it never even happened and it’s already May! Can you guys believe it? I still can’t quite wrap my head around this. It’s like 2014 is flying by so qickly. Anyway this is my first monthly favorites post ever! A lot of bloggers do this and I think these kinds of posts are not only fun to read but also very informative because if someone likes to use a product all the time through an entire month it has to be kind of good,right? So without further a do let’s get to my favorite things I’ve loved all throughout the month of April.

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These pair of biker boots have been worn by me so much this month.  In fact I’ve come to love them so much I don’t know why I didn’t give them a go earlier as I’ve owned these for over a year now. I guess that’s because I used to not be much of a fan of biker boots or leather boots in general. Apart from my cowboy boots, which I got into when living in Louisiana, I’ve never been much of a boots person. I’m the kind of girl, who loves to wear pretty shoes.Unfortunately most pretty shoes aren’t very practical. Especially not when you’re cycling a lot. So ever since I moved to the Netherlands, I’ve been basically living on my bike as I’ve told you guys multiple times now. My bike just takes me everywhere I need to go. From university to the grocery store or God knows where. These shoes are absolutely perfect for my life right now. They are so comfortable and go with a lot of different outfits. It doesn’t matter too much if they get dirty or worn out a bit. To be honest, I actually think biker boots are the type of shoes, that only look better when you can see that they are being worn a lot.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
I only got this bronzer towards the end of April but I’ve pretty much worn it every day since then. I really love this because it’s so easy to apply evenly and I’ve finally found a color, that doesn’t make my face look all muddy or orange. I’m more on the pale side when it comes to skin color, so I’ve always had trouble finding a good bronzer for me but it looks like this one might be the one. I got it in the lightest shade by the way.

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick
This was given to me as a gift and it’s probably one of the best make up gifts I’ve gotten so far. I am just so in love with this. The packaging is so luxurious and beautiful and the 4 colors it contains are just drop dead gorgeous. You can use this as a blush to glam up a natural look or if you want to achieve that sun kissed look, this is just perfect.  Of course you can also use these colors as eye shadows. They will make your eyes shine for sure.

Mac Girl About Town Lipstick
This baby is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks. I really love bright pink shades and this is the bright pink shade of my dreams. I’ve written a full review of this, so if you’d like to read that just click right here.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
Skin care is incredibly important and so is finding the right products for you.  I’ve tried out a mini version of this toner and I liked it so much I went and got the full version after using up the mini one. Though I’m not too keen on the smell of this it really helped my skin and what I love about this as well is that you don’t need too much of this product so even if you use it twice a day it will last you for a long time.

The Body Shop Indiane Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist
This is one of my favorites scents for every day use especially in spring and summer because it smells like flowers and sunshine and summer to me. I’ve tried to review it before but please be aware I’m not good at describing perfumes. I’ve tried it anyway, so you can read that here. I wear this a lot in general but this month I’ve been wearing it more than ever.

L’Oréal Paris Elnette de Luxe
The L’Oréal hairspray has been my go to hairspray for months now but  I used to use the one in the gold and pink packaging. I’ve always loved it except for the quite strong scent of it. This month I discovered that they also offer one that has no scent at all, so I switched to the one in the gold and light blue packaging. They don’t really have different names. They just show the different kinds with different colors, so I don’t know how else to describe it. This works just as good as the pink one but it doesn’t have a smell, so I guess I’ll be using this from now on.

That’s it already. These have been all of the products I’ve loved and used the most this month.
Happy May!
– Sophie

The Body Shop Hair Chalk (Review & Hair Styles)

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Lately I keep seeing more and more people dying their hair all crazy kinds of colors and sometimes it really does look so cool.  I have to admit I’ve been picturing myself with maybe pastel pink hair in my head but I know I couldn’t go through with it. I have never ever ever ever dyed my hair in my entire life. No coloring, no highlighting. Nothing. My hair color is 100% natural and has been for the past 19 years of my life.

Still I’ve loved some of the looks I’ve seen on the internet, so when I got an email from the Body Shop (I got a customer card) that they are now offering blue and pink hair chalk (my fave colors apart from green. yaay)  a while back I pretty much went there right away and bought it. Due to exams and loads and loads of uni work I haven’t had time to properly try out my hair chalk but over the last week I finally had the chance to, so here’s my review and some of the looks I created.

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So this is what the hair chalk looks like. It pretty much looks like pressed powder in bright colors that comes in little round boxes. They were quite cheap and surprisingly easy to apply. But before you start coloring your hair make sure to place a towel around your neck, so the chalk doesn’t get all over your clothes. Now what you need is some kind of tissue or cotton pad. You just take a streak of your hair that you want color on and place the little hair chalk against that streak. Place the cotton pad on the other side and then just run through your hair with it. Apply it to any part of your hair that you want to apply it to and then add hairspray to set everything. Voila, you’re done. It really is that easy.

Does it last? If you set it with hairspray it does last the entire day though it starts fading eventually and once you wash your hair it’s all gone. I really like it, that it washes out so fast and easily.

Here are some looks I’ve created with it.

1. For the first look I just applied blue and pink to a few streaks of my hair and then put it all up in a bun over night. The next morning I had curly colorful hair.

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2. If you don’t want it to be too extreme just put your hair up in a messy ponytail. I actually really love this because it brightens up a simple ponytail and I think this is such a cute style for summer.

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3. Do a regular braid. How cute does this look with the mixed colors?

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4. For this look I’ve just colored the lower half of my hair. Kinda like a dip- dye. Oh and this is my adorable dog Idgie btw.

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5. I’ve already included this look in my Captain America OOTD. So for this look all I did was add some blue hair chalk to random streaks of my hair and then I put my hair into a fishtail braid. On the other picture you can see how my hair looked after I undid my fishtail braid. Excuse the quality it was dark already and I took it with my iPod and I’m pretty much not wearing any make up, so please only pay attention to the hair. :D

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So these are just a few looks I’ve created with my hair chalk over the last couple of day. In general I think hair chalk is a great option if you want to color up your hair for a day in a non permanent way. I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it a lot more this summer because I think especially the pink looks really good with my blonde hair.

Have you ever tried hair chalk? What do you think of my different looks?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

– XX Sophie

 

 

 

Favorite Every Day Scent for Spring/Summer

It’s no secret, that people like people other people who smell really good. Nobody want to be around someone, who stinks, right? Now I love my perfumes and I do own quite the collection of multiple fragrances but for spring and summer I prefer to use a light scent for every day. I hate using up my beloved Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors etc.  fragrances because they are quite expensive, which is why I tend to use them only on special occasions or when I go out with friends or the family. On days where I do nothing but spending my time in a lecture hall, the library or with studying or grocery shopping I don’t see the point in wasting them. Yet I still want to smell good.

That’s why I totally love the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist by the Body Shop.

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I know this isn’t exactly a new fragrance but it is my personal one for spring and summer. It is rather light because it’s only a body mist after all but I think it’s just enough for an ordinary day. Apart from that I prefer light scents in spring in summer anyway.

I’m not good with describing a scent but I’m just going to give it a try. It’s got a very oriental and floral type of smell and it is very feminine. You can definitely smell the Jasmines. I don’t really have a favorite flower but if I had to name one Jasmine would definitely be  on my list. It’s such a pretty little flower and it smells really nice.

What’s your favorite spring/summer fragrance?

-XX