Nothin' Fancy. Really.

A beauty & lifestyle blog.

Hello my lovelies!

It's been a long time since you've seen me post around here, but that's hopefully going to change in the coming weeks. I had to take a little work-related break, but I'm back with so many new beauty goodies and so many things I want to talk about. I can't wait to tell you what I've been up to.

Today I wanted to do a post on skincare that has been working for me lately, and might hopefully help you out a little too. I also wanted to add I've been slowly transitioning from a mostly drugstore regimen to something a bit more high end. I feel like I'm a bit older now and I can finally afford to spend a bit more on my beauty regimen, so why not?

I'm still struggling with problematic skin which is honestly so annoying. It should be over once you turn twenty-five, but it seems like it's worse than it has been in a while. But these products really help my skin, and when I use them religiously, my complexion looks so much better.

So let's just get started with the products I've been loving lately!

Origins GinZing Eye Cream

I remember years and years ago, when I used to be obsessed with Origins but there was just no way for me to get it. Fast forward to today and this cream is one of my favorite products. YAY! I finally got my hands on it. It's scented slightly like sunscreen and it feels so pleasant and cooling on my eyes. I've been struggling with itchy/dry undereyes and this has really been helping a lot. I got it from FeelUnique for around 22€.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

You know all the good stuff people say about this product? Well, it's all true. I ADORE it. It's just one of those moisturizers that makes a difference overnight, and I can always count on it to make my skin beautiful by the time I wake up. I seriously love it. Good Genes is a lactic acid treatment and it honestly rejuvenates and refreshes my skin in a matter of hours. Whether it be breakouts, dryness or itchiness, it takes care of it all. SO worth the price, although repurchasing it might make my wallet cry. I got it from NAP for around 100€.

Sunday Riley UFO Oil

This is a newer addition to my skincare routine and I've only been using a couple of times per week, but I feel like it moisturizes my skin like nothing else. I've discovered my skin is really dehydrated despite being so oily (or maybe because of it?) and this product makes it look plump and refreshed, which I just love. I haven't tried any of the other Sunday Riley oils, and I do have to say, the tint they put in them really puts me off. I seriously look like a Martian with this on... But it helps me break out less, and around that time of the month, it's a lifesaver. You can get it here for around 90€.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water

I love this brand and I love their Effaclar range, so this micellar water is another win for me. I love the big packaging, it's gentle but efficient, and inexpensive. I don't think I've used a LRP product I didn't love (except for Duo +, but I need to try that again). I would really recommend this. You can get it here or in your local pharmacy for around 12€.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clininal Clearing Gel

Okay, this might be a bit controversial. It's heavily alcoholic and you can smell it, but the thing is, it works so well. It dries out my breakouts without irritating my skin in a matter of hours, maybe one or two. It helps so much when I have a problematic area, and I can't imagine not using it. Similar to Grease Lightning by Lush but SO much faster. I love it. It's pricy as far as I can remember, around 40€, but I love it.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Blemish + Line Correcting Serum

I've really been enjoying this product as well. It's not as alcoholic and feels pleasant and hydrating on the skin but still like it's actually doing something. This was pricy as well (I feel like it cost about 55€, can't remember), and while I probably won't repurchase it, I've been really enjoying it.

These items have been helping my skin a lot, and I've really been loving adding them to my skincare routine!
What's your favorite skincare product at the moment?

  1. So you can stop and smell the roses
  2. For the scent of fresh coffee in the morning, and a to-do list that makes you feel excited you're alive
  3. To feel your fingers brush your pet's fur, and see them lean against your hand
  4. So you can focus on your career and achieve acomplishments you were too scared to even dream of
  5. Because you know you will break if you don't
  6. Knowing that the right people, the best people, will wait for you while you put yourself back together
  7. So you can come back with your senses renewed, full of enthusiasm and excitement for the projects that lay ahead
  8. Because a break will clear your mind, and renew all those ideas you've been too afraid to make a reality
  9. Your dreams will become projects, and your projects will become dreams
  10. And you will make everything you've worked for become a reality, you will be the best version of you you've ever been, and you will be ready for this new chapter of your life.

I hope you'll crack open a new spine, and enter this new story. I'll hold your hand.
Welcome back, Nothin' Fancy. Really.

You know I'm a huge fragrance addict... 

I purchased a few new scents and discovered some old favorites this winter season, and I wanted to do a little roundup of fragrances that have made my list of favorites lately. Let's see...

Cartier Goutte de Rose EDT

A beautiful sweet rose fragrance I've falled head over heels in love with. I've been wearing this all the time for a year now, so much so it's almost becoming my signature scent. It has good lasting power, moderate sillage and suits me perfectly. It's not the old lady rose I'm used to, it's fresher and sweeter. Beautiful, and I'd highly recommed sampling this beauty - I know it wouldn't be my first pick from the Cartier counter, but I'm so glad I gave it a go! It has rose, woodsy notes, vanilla and amber mixed in the juice.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Mist

Bit of a random find, but if you like layering your fragrances, adding a peach note from this body spray will work so well! I adore this, it's weak but has good sillage so you have to reapply it often. But the scent... It's the freshest, juiciest peach ever, a note I've been struggling to find in my perfumes and can only get from this particular body mist. I just love it! And a bonus - I picked it up for 3.50 pounds in TBS' annual sale.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP

A recent purchase I've grown to love. Initially I wasn't a fan of this scent, but I feel like it suits me well now that I'm in my (gasp) mid-twenties. It's a very pretty white floral with a lot of citrus, vanilla and rose. I wish it didn't have the patchouli note, but I've learned to live with it. Average sillage and lasting power. Perfect for a more ladylike scent, if you've grown out your sweet and fruity perfumes, this is one to try.

Terry De Gunzburg Rêve Opulent

I've been wanting a Terry fragrance for ages now, and I managed to sample them all when I was in London. Rêve Opulent is the definite winner for me. Citrus, vanilla and white florals - sweet, fresh and a little bit sexy. I just adore it, though I do wish it had better lasting power, my skin seems to just drink it up. Otherwise it would be a firm favorite because that scent is just stunning. Would work perfectly in the warmer months.

I'd love to know if you have any of these scents or if any of them catch your fancy. My favorite scent right now is definitely the Terry one, it's just so perfect for me.
What fragrance are you wearing today?

Happy 2017!

What better way to kick off the year than with a Yankee Candle haul? We all know I'm a little bit obsessed with their candles, and I love talking about the scents I'm trying every month. Having 3 pets, we always have candles burning since they cats are indoor pets and I hate the smell of cat litter. Let's see which scents I purchased this month.

YC Angel's Wings

I never really noticed this scent in stores, but I picked it up at random and gave it a sniff, and it's a beautiful, sweet scent. The notes are spun sugar, flower petals and vanilla, and they make for a perfect soft, sweet and calming scent that I love for my bedroom. If you'd like something sweet but similar to Soft Cotton, give this a go. Available here, but currently sold out, and here for Slovenian customers. The prices range from 20-27€.

YC All Is Bright

I believe this is part of the NY collection, though it doesn't smell at all wintery to me. It's musky and citrusy. With notes of redcurrant, grapefruit and musk, it's almost early spring-ish, more so than wintery, at least to my nose. I really like it though, it's refreshing but calming at the same time. Available here and here.

YC Red Apple Wreath

I love apple notes in my candles. There's something about that tart sweetness that I just adore. This one is almost like a pie with cloves, apples, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and vanilla. So yummy and so lovely. I'd really recommend it, it's one of my favorite apple scents. Available here and here.

YC Cinnamon Stick

I believe I've had this one before, if not, I had Home Sweet Home which is a very similar scent. Aside from cinnamon it also has bay leaf, clove and cedarwood, and it's a very homey, sweet and spicy scent. This one also lasts a long time, which I love. You can purchase it here or here.

There we go, my latest YC haul. I'd love to try out some new candles this year. I've been eyeing some Woodwick scents in a local store which I really should try out soon. 
What's your favorite candle brand?

Because apparently, I don't shop enough...

I spent a bit too much money on Cult Beauty the other day and I wanted to share my picks with you. I got the package yesterday and I haven't tried most of it yet, but at least I can share my first impressions.

Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter

Did you have any doubts about me picking this up? Of course I had to get this gorgeous golden, shimmery highlighter. I'm excited to use it - upon first swatch it's incredibly pigmented. Available here for £32.

Becca Luminous Blush in Foxglove

I haven't heard too much hype about these blushes, but I absolutely adore a luminous finish on my cheeks and this shade was calling my name. A beautiful deep pink that I'm really excited to start using. Available here  for £27.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl

I mean, no makeup junkie's collection is complete without a CT lipstick, right? I love the shade Bond Girl, it's a brown with reddish undertones that I think will work well on my skintone. The packaging is luxurious and lovely as well. Available here for £23.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Chocolate

A repurchase after several months of trying different stuff and finally deciding nothing can compare to my dear Brow Wiz. The shade is perfect, my only qualm with this product is, I go through it really fast. Available here for £15.50.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

I had this stroke of genius and decided I absolutely MUST replace all my skincare with Sunday Riley products. Upon placing them all in my shopping bag I quickly deduced I'm not a billionaire yet, so I can't afford to revamp my whole skincare in one go... But I did pick up Good Genes and have been loving it so far. It's quite thick and I don't love the scent, but you can feel it working. Available here for an extortionate £85. Why does no one mention the stunning packaging on this? It's perfect.

I know I've been posting tons of hauls lately and I promise I'll do some reviews soon as well... I've just been shopping a lot!
What's your last beauty buy?
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