August 30, 2012

Photo Of The Day: Mountain High

Here's how and where I spent quite some time this Summer:

I love mountains!

Song of the day: Bruce Springsteen - Cover me

August 29, 2012

Empty! #8

Part 8 in my "Empty!" series! I've had these empty tubes in my box with items for review for at least two months though... So, let's get started!

1. Sophyto Balancing Daily Moisturizer; 21,90€.
I've been using this daily moisturizer probably for a year now and it replaced my previous favourite Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturizer. It's a light and moisturizing daily cream that absorbs quickly and it works great under my mineral foundation. I use it as under eye cream as well.
Repurchase: Yes.

2. Sophyto Multivitamin Facial Serum; 33,90€.
This is a great moisturizing serum enriched with vitamins and other ingredients that work against harmful enviromental stress. My skin looks and feels hydrated, silky soft and glowing after using this serum. It absorbs quickly, since it doesn't contain any oils.
I really like this serum, but I do prefer Sophyto Anti-Aging Antioxidant Serum over this one, since it's "lighter" and it works better for my skin type.
Repurchase: Yes, when my skin will need some extra vitamin boost.

3. Sanctum Men's Deodorant; 7,95€.
Even though this is called a men's deodorant, women are loving it as well. It doesn't have that typical men's scent, but it's a blend of essential oils and herbs. It's aluminum and zinc free deodorant and cetified organic. So, it smells nice, doesn't leave any white marks behind, works great (much better than any other organic deodorant I've tried so far) and I can use it right after shaving too.
Repurchase: Yes.

4. Skin Blossom Care and Protect Hand Cream (Rose Geranium); around 7€.
My hands are constantly dry, so I've been using hand creams daily and I always like try new ones. In my last Skin Blossom order, I've bought this one to try it out. This hand cream is multiple time award winner, but I must say I wasn't convinced. It's a nice moisturizing hand cream that absorbs quickly and it doesn't leave greasy feeling behind, but it just wasn't enough for my dry hands. My skin did feel soft and moisturized, but only for a short period of time.
Repurchase: No.

5. Skin Blossom Moisturizing Body Lotion (Orange Flower); around 8€.
I like to try new body lotions, so I've bought a couple of Skin Blossom products, inlcuding this moisturizing body lotion (with plant oils and aloe vera). I have a normal skin on my body and this light and non-greasy lotion applied and absorbed nicely, but I wasn't very impressed with it - my skin didn't look or feel much more moisturized and soft after using it or the next day either. It's certified organic and suitable for vegans.
Repurchase: No.

Song of the day: Of Monsters and Men - Little talks

August 27, 2012

Photo Of The Day: My Favourite Summer Refreshments

Alverde shower gels - I love them!

Beside ice cream, my favourite Summer refreshments.

Song of the day: Awolnation - Not your fault

August 26, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Clarisonic has just released a new Acne Cleansing Set. For more information, and a chance to win your own, head over to Blushing Basics.

NARS re-launched their Eyeliner Stylo line with new colors and formula. The Stepford Witch reviews and swatches these for you!

Retrodiva's Beauty checks out Neutrogena's new Shine Control primer, foundation, and powder. See if it really does keep the shine at bay.

Cosmetically Challenged has chosen her favorites from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection. Did any of your faves' make the cut?

Alison of the Advice Sisters wants to tell you why she's in love with Dimitri James (not actually the MAN, whom she's never met, but definitely his SKINN Cosmetics). The Perfect Palette is your perfect travel companion.

Destany at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom thought she was losing her mind recently when she forgot the Deborah Lippmann True Blood nail polish she was wearing was scented...

Emily Hudspeth is Bringing the Beauty to You! Getting great deals and having great hair are 2 things that most girls love. See these great L'Oreal products that Emily scored and how she liked them.

Do you wear makeup to the gym? BeautyTidbits shares her opinion on troweling on cosmetics before a workout session.

Connie from Mimi's Mani's shares the anti-aging benefits and her love for Dalton Cosmetics.

Making Up the Midwest found the perfect yellow nail polish just in time for the transition to fall!

Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful swatches the 4 new shades from the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo line for fall...which are must-haves?

Discover an arsenal of beauty goodies that will keep your look bullet proof and that travel well! Mama Fashionista shares her tools for Beauty On The Go!

Who doesn't love a good beauty bargain? Christina from Curls N Pearls shares her latest makeup counter savings discovery.

Grab the men in your house! LuminousLacquer's fiance shares his thoughts on August's BirchBox Man!

TheFabZilla discovers an eye makeup remover that's natural, paraben-free and cruelty- free from an organic food store. Find out if it's a yay or nay.

The Beauty Professor took the recently-released Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation on all about her pleasant surprise!

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is giving away two Eclos Anti-aging skincare sets!

BeautyJudy swatches and reviews the summer collection of a new, fashion-based nail polish brand, LVX.

Rie from Nails and Noms would like to introduce you to Takko Lacquer, a new indie polish brand that has a gorgeous range of shimmer, jelly, and duochrome polishes!

Lipgloss Break and Alberto VO5 are giving away a huge hair care prize package. Enter to win!

Make Up For Ever hits the spot with their lasting lip colors, Aqua Rouge. Beauty Info Zone has two of the these beauties to share with you.

Blushing Noir swatches the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge to prove that a hot red lip CAN last all day!

Scottish Beauty Blog caught up with amazing Ana Cruzalegui and her team backstage at this year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and what a makeup extravaganza it was!

Fall calls for dark, rich hues! See how Phyrra used Manic Panic Voodoo Blue & Purple Haze to change her hair for Fall.

Ro's Raving about Fevour Cosmetics, a new mineral cruelty free cosmetics line.

Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has found THE Holy Grail face oil- Sponge Ladi Avokanto is heavenly, Cruelty-Free, and a healthy must-have miracle worker in a bottle!

Oh So Lacquered tries her first Sephora by OPI polish and is completely obsessed with this turquoise glitterfest!

Sheila from Painted Ladies takes you on a tour of the mascaras featured on the blog recently. Which mascara is the best?

Is your hair dry and unruly? Then the new Smooth Lock line from Redken might just be for you. Pammy Blogs Beauty tames her long, dry, highlighted locks with this great new line!

Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog swoons over the holo sparkles in an Island Girl nail polish.

Starting blogging but don't know what you should do? Cosmetics Aficionado shows you 5 blogging changes you can make today.

Ashley from Peek & Ponder shares a frosty purple eye makeup look and shows each step it took to create it.

Have you tried Pomegranate nail lacquer yet? Nidia at Lit from Within does her interpretation of the 'claw' nail art with Blue Screen of Death and Cyberspace.

Miss L from Beauty by Miss L reviewed Institut Arnaud Youthful Radiance Day Cream SPF5 that is for women in the age of 25-35 who wish to fight against the first signs of ageing.

Polarbelle finds a vacation in a palette with the NYX Be Free Palette; nearly everything you need in one box.

August 19, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Making Up the Midwest reviews Maybelline's The Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara - her new favorite!

Add trendy colors you covet, to your lashes.Until the end of August only, Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara is being offered in FOUR Limited Edition shades - Go Go Green, Blink of Blue, Totally Teal and Pop of Purple. The Advice Sisters check them out, and report!

Enter BeautyTidbits giveaway to win a cool ULINX Magnetic Charm Bracelet.

Retrodiva doesn't allow any heat to touch her hair for 30 days. Find out what she used to tame all that frizz at Retrodiva's Beauty.

The Stepford Witch reviews The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Foundation - read on to find out what she loves and doesn't love about this product.

Emily, from Emily Hudspeth hair design and makeup artist has seen great results from Viviscal Hair Repair. Emily has been using this supplement for about 6 weeks and is seeing incredible results. Its almost time for another haircut and she just cut off about 8 inches!

Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom tries Cover Band Sticks 'n Stones over a few different bases.

There are affordable and fabulous new beauty products at CVS. Here are two of my favorites!

Laura at My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog tries out products that hold the secrets to Geisha-like skin!

Hand-made and based in Scotland, Scottish Beauty Blog catches up with makeup artist Ana Cruzalegui, the lady behind amazing false eyelash brand WE ARE FAUX.

Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has Determined that My Weightless Eye Cream is one of the Best Beauty Secrets that Everyone Needs to Know about!

Phyrra loves the gorgeous Fall 2012 Beauty Trends this year. Which ones are your favorite?

So you cried a river last night and you have to go to work (or school) today. TheFabZilla shares tricks on how to hide signs of over-crying, a.k.a Makeup after a Breakup.

Miss L from Beauty by Miss L reviewed eco-friendly Derma E makeup remover this week, which is now one of her new favorite makeup remover.

BeautyJudy stopped by the Orly booth at Cosmoprof North America last month and saw lots of nail BLING!

The Lacquered Lady shows off OPI Danke-Shiny Red from the new Germany collection and goes on a dupe search. Will there be a perfect polish match?

Everyone needs eyeshadow primer! Sheila from Painted Ladies shows you why in the latest Breaking Down Beauty.

Midnight Manicures is giving away Sea Lore Nail Polishes from the Triton's Daughters Collection. Tell us which one is your favorite and enter to win!

The NARS Joie de Vivre palette is all kinds of awesome. Cosmetics Aficionado has drool worthy photos and a full review.

Butter London's Autumn/Winter 2012 nail polish collection is out! Check out a preview from Christina at Curls N Pearls - what's your favorite shade?

Addicted to "monthly" members-only beauty sample subscriptions? Pammy Blogs Beauty sure is! Just for a change, she tries out JustFab: a monthly boutique shopping site for cute and trendy shoes, handbags, and accessories. Cute stuff for a great price!

Mama Fashionista loves Julep so much she wants to give you a code so you can try it out for A PENNY! Plus she's giving away an introductory box!

Beauty Info Zone has another great giveaway. This time you can win 4 fab goodies from Miracle Skin Transformer.

Hello Dollface tests some great new shampoos and ends up with bigger, blonder, softer hair. Check out the best new haircare here!

Always a fan of neutral wash of color, the Beauty Professor is thrilled to have discovered Beauty Is Life's matte eye shadow in Camel!

While still enjoying summer till it winds down and fall fast approaching, Mimi's Mani's shares some Zoya love with Kimber from this summer's Surf collection.

Polarbelle shows you what blogging was like before blogs...doing it Caveman Style!

Still lemming Unicorn Pee? Nidia at Lit From Within shows you a few dupes from some Indie polish makers that might just do the trick.

Stephanie Louise-All Things Beautiful FINALLY duped her beloved MAC shadow in Humid...with a low cost option! Click for swatches & comparison!

Clarisonic has just released a new Acne Cleansing Set. For more information, and a chance to win your own, head over to Blushing Basics.

August 10, 2012

See You Next Week!

I'm off to vacation! I'll be back next Saturday.

See you! Have fun :)

August 9, 2012

Guest Post: How to Achieve the Olympic Swimmers Look

Since London 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing, I have a guest post that is related with Olympic Games (and beauty as well, of course) for you today. I'm pretty sure, that we ladies rest our eyes on the perfect bodies of Olympic swimmers ;)

How to Achieve the Olympic Swimmers Look

With their athletic physique and sleek appearance, Olympic swimmers have a graceful and fit appearance that many people wish they could mimic. The truth is, with a bit of hard work and by paying attention to all of the little details, you too can have the look of an Olympic swimmer. Although you may not be able to beat them when it comes to swimming laps in the pool, you can emulate the look and style of an Olympic swimmer by following these tips.

Get In Shape

Olympic swimmers train hard both in and out of the water in order to maintain their fit appearance and their speed and stamina. Swimming is a wonderful source of exercise that helps you to burn calories and tone up your muscles without putting a lot of stress on your joints, so consider heading to a local pool for some laps in order to get in shape.

Eating healthy foods and having a good routine of cardio, such as running, jumping rope, bicycling and more, can help you to achieve the same fit and toned physique as an Olympic swimmer.

Get Rid Of That Hair!

Olympic swimmers know that excess body hair can slow them down in the water, but even those who don't swim competitively know that body hair is less than attractive. For a sleek look, try laser hair removal. Laser hair removal will effectively get rid of the hair on your legs and the rest of your body, and you will not have to worry about shaving and waxing on a regular basis.

Go Low-Maintenance and Stylish

Olympic swimmers do not have a lot of time to mess with makeup, fashion and hair, so capture their look by going low-maintenance and stylish. Pick out an athletic swimsuit that allows you to move freely in the water but that flatters your figure. Toss on a pair of sunglasses and a cute pair of flip flops when you leave the pool, and wear your hair in a cute messy bun or other easy, low-maintenance hairstyle. Also, look for cute athletic wear and a nice duffle bag for trips to the gym.

Take Care of Your Hair

Spending a lot of time in the pool can cause damage to your hair, so make sure to always wash the chlorine out of your hair after swimming, and use a deep, leave-in conditioner on a regular basis to keep your hair sleek, shiny and healthy no matter how much time you spend in the pool.

Authors Biography: This article was written by Monica Dwyer on behalf of Urbana. Monica is an experienced beauty therapist with over 5 years experience in hair removal and waxing.

August 7, 2012

NOTD: Essie Scarlett O'Hara

Hi there!

You probably can't believe your eyes, huh? But here it is - NOTD post at Biba's Beauty Corner!

I'm wearing Essie Scarlett O'Hara today. It's a shimmery ruby red colour with pink undertone - not very unique or anything, but still nice. Application was great and I used two coats. 

I hope you're enjoying your Summer so far!

Song of the day: Awolnation - Kill your heroes

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

KillerLipGloss shares her love for Inglot Gel Eye Liners.

Ready for some stunning nail polish? The Lacquered Lady showcases her pick from the limited edition China Glaze New Bohemian collection.

Retrodiva shares her favorite look from Miami Swim Week featuring pops of neon on both face and hair from Make Up For Ever over at Retrodiva's Beauty.

Have you seen Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush new look? TheFabZilla shares her impressions on the newly-repackaged eyeshadow and glossy tint lip sheen.

Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has discovered that Le Métier de Beauté's Color Core Moisture Stain Lipstick in Palm Springs gives the perfect pink pout for the lazy days of summer!

After a tumultuous past with mineral makeup, The Beauty Professor tries Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation...will her hopes be dashed?

Beauty Info Zone is going for the gold this week and hopes to win with this Dior nail polish.

Spontaneous chick has been a fan of Suki skincare for a while now. Check out the reviews to find out why.

Polarbelle reveals things to come from China Glaze that she spied in their booth at the Cosmoprof NA show.

Do you crave new beauty products but your budget leaves little for luxury? Alison of The Advice Sisters has a huge review of beauty booty that you can find easily, and that won't cost a fortune, but will make you look and feel great!

Cosmetically Challenged thinks she needs to see other Lip Pencils. NYX Slim Lip Pencils that is!

NARS Storm Bird Nail Polish is a must-have for Fall. Check out The Stepford Witch's review & swatches!

Phyrra is pretty as a bird with her 'Sugarpill Eclectus Parrot tutorial'.

Sarah Tolan from Scottish Beauty Blog road-tests the latest Dark Self Tan range from St Tropez, perfect for bringing the summer sun to you the safe way, by faking it.

All You Magazine has released their "Best Beauty Buys" Winners! Pammy Blogs Beauty is reviewing some items and giving away an assortment of winning products! Come check it out!

Making Up the Midwest sees just how naked she can get with a review, swatches, and tutorial using the NYX Butt 'naked' Eyes Palette.

Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist has some great hair styling tutorials on the blog and the YouTube channel. Emily will show you what this Sock Bun rage is all about and how to DIY. As a bonus, Emily includes links to videos on how to style your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers.

Sheila from Painted Ladies finds out that good things come in little packages - like Jordana's Color Tint Blush Sticks.

Geniabeme accepts the Cult Nails Challenge! Take a look at her mani and FOTD inspired by some beautiful colors from Cult Nails!

Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us the new Anastasia Beverly Hills She Wears It Well palette!

Do you want a bright and flirty look for summer that is fit for a forest fairy? Nancy will show you how to use Sugarpill and Unbound Eden Cosmetics to get a pink, purple, and yellow eye with soft purple lips!

This week, Christina from Curls N Pearls test drove the New Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment. Check out her review to see if ExquisiteOil lives up to this hairdresser's expectations.

I love L'Oreal Paris and so does Giuliana Rancic. Hello Dollface is giving away some products so you can love L'Oreal Paris too!

NYC's Island Escape palette has colors reminiscent of the tropics, but does it deliver? Find out at Cosmetics Aficionado.

Happy Birthday Julep Maven Program! Check out what Jeanie received in her August Maven Box and details on how you can become a Julep Maven.

Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful reviews & hosts a giveaway for a new type of subscription box (similar to Birchbox & Glossybox) that revolves around gourmet foods! Plus, enter to win!

Miss L from Beauty by Miss L shows this week her cool mani inspired by laserlights.

Mina Slater of Fabulous Awesomeness shares her review & swatches from the August 2012 Julep Maven It Girl box full of chrome and metallic nail polish!

Nidia paints three different flower mani on Lit From Within. Find out why they're one of her favorites to create - and why you should try them, too!

Media Maven absolutely loves the Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette. Check out her chic review and 3 complimentary "get-the-look" tutorials.

In the quest for perfect skin, Mama Fashionista is testing AHA Brazilian Peel Clear. Find out the details of this revolutionary skin clearing system!

BeautyJudy got the Cosmoprof North America scoop on what's coming this fall (Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness) and Holiday from OPI!

Need a good new polish for conservative everyday...with a little extra oomph!

Check out MixedMama's three color water marble with a link to her step by step tutorial.