Viseart Petit Pro 2 Eye Shadow Palette -review and photos

I could not contain myself when I saw Viseart released this super cute and pretty eye shadow palette and so I bought it without any other second thoughts. I am really sorry that I used quite a lot from it before I actually had a chance to take some really nice photos and I hope you guys dont really mind.
Viseart Petit Pro 2 looks a bit floral to me because of the beautiful purples and of course that gorgeous coral shade but also because the name of the eye shadows  are quite botanical.

The Body Shop Matte Clay Concealer in Shade Peruvian Lily 010

The Body Shop is introducing a new makeup must have for blemish-prone skin! An amazing matte -clay concealer that is 100% vegan, #crueltyfree, sweat and humidity resistant. This concealer offers a natural, full coverage with a matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours.

My shade is Peruvian Lily 010, it fits perfectly my skin tone at the moment and it helps me be flawless all the time. This shade is very light-pale. It will correct redness and according to the info on the official site from The Body Shop this concealer is perfect to cover not just blemishes but also dark circles around eyes.

I never had perfect skin, I get small spots and blemishes sometimes and this Matte Clay Concealer is my little hero because it doesn't only conceal but it also helps to heal faster those nasty blemishes; enriched with Community Trade Tea Tree oil, Maroccan Lava Clay and my favorite plant ever : Aloe Vera. 

#PIXIPRETTIES - New Makeup Collections from Pixi Beauty

Few days ago I got this really beautiful PR package from Pixi Beauty and everything inside is OMG SO PRETTY !!!!

I have been insanely happy and excited to try the new Pixi makeup collection that has been done in collaboration with 3 gorgeous ladies, you probably know I am talking about Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy and Weylie Hoang. The new products are just beautiful and feminine, that very Pixi style: glamorous, chic and fuss free.

Chloe Morello has this splendid, super pretty and multitasking makeup palette named Palette Chloette Romantic Radiance with 3 blush shades, 6 shimmery eyeshadows  and 3 liner/brow shades. I am crazy about the blush shades, they are lovely, shimmery and subtle. 
 Blush shades: Promise, Bouquet, Romance

Chloe has had a love affair with makeup and beauty since childhood, growing up by the beaches of Australia. She definitely loves a glowing look, and who doesn't ?

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Kit -Youth Bouncy Eye Mask and Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

It was 10 years ago when I went into one of The Body Shop stores. Back then I was living in Romania and in the center of Bucharest we had this amazing and fabulous The Body Shop store. I was so fascinated by everything they had, makeup and skincare. It was like a piece of heaven to me. I  bought a very soft makeup brush, a lipstick and a body mist that was smelling divine, Moroccan Rose if I remember correctly.

 Today, The Body Shop is more than just a cosmetic brand that sells makeup and skincare.
 Their dedication for being so involved with preserving and helping to rewild the world, enriching the environments of many endangered animals (like the Malaysian tiger ), helping wild animals to thrive in their natural habitat. The Body Shop is now a part of a new global cosmetics group Natura & Co working together with other cosmetic brands to make beauty a force for good and for change. All of their products are cruelty free and they are constantly fighting to end animal testing in cosmetics globally forever.

 I simply love the fact that they are so involved in creating a better world for us, working fairly with farmers and suppliers and helping communities thrive through a Community Trade program, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing and cruelty.

I am really grateful to be able to discover and incorporate some of The Body Shop products in my skin care routine.

Himalayan Salt Body Scrub Infused with Amethyst and Essential Oils

Himalayan crystal salt has matured over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure in an environment that’s free of toxins and impurities.
Some salt crystals from the Himalayas have an off-white to transparent color, while impurities in some veins of salt give it a pink, reddish, or beet-red color, so not all the Himalayan salt is pink.

This salt  it’s popular in Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and other traditions. I believe that Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Spiritually speaking, salt is considered the great neutralizer. It can help cleanse, heal and balance energy, while repelling negative vibrations; a salt spray or even better a salt scrub is perfect to cleanse your aura from all kind of bad juju.

I regularly cleanse my aura and my personal energy with a home made Himalayan salt body scrub  blended and infused with best organic and botanical ingredients (coconut oil, sweet almond oil, flower petals, essential oils and Amethyst)- DETOX,CALM, RENEW.
This rich and nourishing salt scrub is a great remedy for my body and my mind and its actually really easy and fun to make.

My Favorite Winter Perfumes

I recently updated my perfume collection and thought to share with you my Winter favorites. for the cold season I love a heavy, spicy and warm scent, something dense and decadent.

Boucheron Pour Femme Eau de Parfum is a brilliant, sensual, floral and Oriental fragrance that opens with sparkling fruit notes while its soft signature is filled with a voluptuous bouquet of white flowers. This perfume is a classic, very rich and old school, mostly for special occasions, but that never stopped me to wear it whenever I wanted. I would not describe it spicy, warm, powdery and animalic in a sensual way. It has an amazing silage (very heavy ) and on me and it lasts the entire day, sometimes even after shower if I used too much. 
 Notes: Top: orange blossom, mandarin. Middle: jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose. Base: amber, vanilla.
This perfume is not for everyone, is daring and very dramatic, comes from a different era and you need to smell it with your brain to understand its complexity, its so much more behind those few notes mentioned. 

This perfume demands a certain attitude and a certain glamour, you can't just spray it on and wear it with jeans and a simple white t-shirt. Too dramatic to wear it every day but quite amazing !

theCream Skincare and Colostrum- Nature's Superfood for Skin

Only recently I discovered  theCream Skincare by thePinkCowBrand or better say they discovered me on Instagram and because they heard I never tried Colostrum in skincare before they offered me the opportunity of trying out 2 products of my choice. I decided to go for the Age Defying Eye Serum and the Comforting Facial Cleanser.

When it comes to skincare or even makeup, I am really selective and careful with what I put on my skin for the simple fact that I don't want or need any toxins in my blood via my skincare regimen.

theCream Skincare is the only biologically alive skincare in the world and is based on nourishing and energizing skin cells with nature's most powerful life-giving New Zealand Colostrum.

      What exactly is Colostrum ?

Well, colostrum is a form of milk produced by mammals (yes, including humans ) to help provide all the essential ingredients needed in the first 72 hours of life, in other words : the starter of life.
Colostrum could be considered the oldest and the most researched super food in all human history. Its health, beauty and healing effects were recorded in the Ancient Egypt, at the Ayuverdics in India and even by the old cattle tribes in Africa. I really had no idea but with blogging comes knowledge, the main reason why I love blogging!
In modern times, there is an abundance of publish research showing colostrum's health and healing properties, including the topical application for skin, beauty and healing. Colostrum can be found in everything from supplements to high end expensive beauty cream.

The Rose Essential Collection from PIXI Beauty -Skin and Lip Treats

As some of you already saw on my Instagram, last week I have received from PIXI a super beautiful pink box that opens like a book and it even has this cute shiny lock on, that can be open only with the little key attached to it. This is one of the most adorable gift boxes I ever received since I review beauty products.

I am really excited to share with you the contents of this precious box, but because a lot of people told me that they never heard about PIXI, I first need to say that this brand is created by Petra Strand who has more than 20 years experience as a makeup artist & product developer.Passionate about skincare Petra created innovative formulations that are infused with botanical ingredients.

Barnängen - Gentle skincare, balanced beauty and living "lagom"

Barnängen was founded in Stockholm in 1868 by the Swedish wholesaler Johan Wilhelm Holmström and ever since Barnängen has been characterized by genuine and gentle products with a natural and pure feeling. Entire generations of Swedes have used and loved them, making Barnängen one of the most iconic brands in Sweden.

Recently, Barnängen launched also in The Netherlands and products can be found exclusiv in da and dio stores. This article has been sponsored by Barnängen NL 

Barnängen is using a fusion of Nordic-inspired ingredients and the Swedish aesthetic to create products that truly reflect lagom, but what is lagom and how do I live lagom?

NOT TOO LITTLE, NOT TOO MUCH .JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT. This is LAGOM, a sense of  feel good balance.

Five years ago I decided to slow down and live life slow, but not too slow. I started to enjoy little things as well as important ones; to be grateful for everything I have in my life even if I dont have a perfect life. I decided to spend less, to collect moments and not only objects, to find time for meditation, self care and relaxing moments after work. I decided to balance everything in my life, to become more aware and conscious and finding a balance was the key to my happiness. 

Lagom is an concept to live a life in balance and harmony, appropriate but not perfect, a way to live a simpler, fairer, less complicated and more content way of life. You can implement lagom in everything you want, at work, to your wardrobe, to your garden, or your home or even to your beauty rituals. I really believe that lagom needs to be a trend, because it feels so good to be balanced!

I believe in natural beauty but in the same time I believe in aesthetics, self care, relaxing, nourishing, moisturizing and pampering ! I am really happy to be a part of the #barnangenbeauty concept in The Netherlands.

Barnängen believes that beauty comes from when you feel “just right”—confident, authentic, and balanced. Their mission is to provide balanced care for a beautifully balanced skin.

Sukin - Naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan skincare

 A while ago when I was browsing the internet, looking to change my skincare to a more natural, non toxic and vegan type, I discovered Sukin. At first I thought it was something Japanese or Korean but when I looked into it I found out that Sukin is made in Australia.

Before I buy skincare or makeup I like to find out a little bit about the brand and their vision and values, if they test on animals or if they use recyclable packaging. I dont know if most people look up these things before they decide to buy cosmetics, but for me brand philosophy is quite important. More important than what is trending on Instagram or in online beauty editorials. Looking into a brand philosophy should be just as important as checking the ingredient list before you buy something. 

I LOVE THE SIMPLE PHILOSOPHY behind Sukin: all their formulations are 100% Carbon Neutral, biodegradable and grey water safe. All of the products produced by Sukin are Australian made with ingredients that are naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan. 

You might think this article is sponsored but it's not; I think it's about time that we promote for free the love of natural and healthy companies that really show respect for the environment and and for us as clients. I wish I was able to find their products at my Holland & Barrett and if that would ever happen I will probably get everything they sell. So far I was able to shop for some of their products online at various retailers but it's been difficult to find the products I wanted, especially the ones from the new super green range.