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Friday, January 25, 2013

Who can resist a deal?

ASOS recently sent me a code for 25% discount (I would have loved to share it with you, but it was only available to the recipients of the e-mail) so of course, being me, I had to order some lovely new things.

I don't know if it's just me, but I'm already busily planning my spring wardrobe. I really love winter, but this year I can't seem to wait for the cold to pass. Bring on the spring flowers and the warm sun!

Because of that, most of my purchases are for the upcoming season. I have to admit I've been completely pigging out lately and I've gained some weight, which is depressing me to no end. I hope to shed it by the time summer comes around, but until then this shift dress will be perfect for hiding my tummy! Also completely fell in love with the ASOS lace skater dress, the difference with this that I love is the fact that the skirt is quite structured, as opposed to the usual skater skirts which tend to be a bit flimsy. And last for clothing, I opted for a denim jacket. I do actually have another one from ASOS, but since my weight gain it just doesn't feel right and I've always wanted a lighter, more oversized fit. So I think this will be perfect. I also couldn't resist this little watch necklace when I saw it paired with the shift dress - darling! And it's actually from the men's section on ASOS. Last are these super cute ballet flats that actually remind me of ballerinas, they're just precious!

I am now super excited to get all this in the mail and have been stalking the postman for the past couple of days. Also got an order of books in the mail, and I love one of them so much (the cover, that is), that I just want to frame it. I'm a sucker for beautiful book covers, that I'll admit. :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Essence Hand Creams 2012

Today I just wanted to share with you the Essence hand balms that came out in the end of 2012. That was the second time (as far as I know) that they came out with a limited edition collection of three lovely hand creams that smell absolutely amazing. They come in three scents: Gingerbread Chai Latte, Apple Cinnamon Punch and Caramel Hot Chocolate. The first is definitely my favourite, though all of them smell amazing. I would definitely recommend getting at least one of these if you can still find them. I originally wanted to get only one, but Santa surprised me with all three, yay! :)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yves Rocher Sebo Specific (for oily skin) skincare review

Today I wanted to introduce you to one of my favourite finds from Yves Rocher, the Sebo Specific line. I really wanted something that would combat my oily skin as well as better my blemishes and the red marks left behind by them. And I found exactly what I was looking for in this line, so I would strongly recommend it to anyone with combination to oily skin! And now let's get on with the reviews... :)

Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream - Let's begin with the foaming cream, which is also a scrub as it has tiny particles in it which exfoliate your skin. I was quite surprised to see those, as this isn't advertised as an exfoliator, but they're definitely there! A really nice product, but I would only recommend using this 2-3 times per week, as it is quite harsh on the skin.

Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - This cleanser, on the other hand, would be perfect for daily use as it's quite a bit more gentle than the foaming cream. It's also not as thick, it's actually quite runny. You just put a little bit on a cotton pad and exfoliate your face, then rinse it with water.

2 in 1 Cleanser + Anti - Imperfections Lotion - The labels on these products are actually a bit misleading, as this is actually a toner! I learned this the hard way - seeing the label with lotion written on it, I turned the bottle upside down to get some product out, and of course, the toner splashed everywhere... :D Other than that, it's a very nice toner, though I would prefer for it to be a bit more runny (it is watery, but has almost a gel consistency... I can't explain it very well!)

Anti - Imperfections Moisturizer - Now this is my absolute favourite product out of the bunch, I absolutely love this moisturizer! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to combat their blemishes and the marks left behind by them, not only to people with oily skin. It has a lovely scent, similar to the rest of the products in this line, and the consistency is really nice as well, something between a gel and a cream formula. The color is green. It feels amazing on the skin and is absorbed very quickly. And I find that it really does combat the marks left by my blemishes! Also, one of my co-workers here at Yves Rocher says that this is the only moisturizer than doesn't aggravate her skin and she also loves it. So definitely get this if you're planning to try out something from this line. I use this at night, by the way, but it can be used any time of the day.

Ultra Matte Moisturizer - The second moisturizer from the Sebo Specific line, which is supposed to be used in the morning, as it has anti-shine effects. It's more of a creamy consistency and it doesn't sink into your skin as fast as the Anti - Imperfections Moisturizer. It's not one of my favourites, but I have noticed that my skin gets oily slower than usual, which is a definite bonus for me... But I would recommend this more for combination skin (that gets oily in some places), as it will dry out the oily areas without damaging your dry skin, but instead, moisturizing it really thourughly. I just find that it's sometimes a bit too rich for me!

2 in 1 Lotion Purifying - Mattifying - Again, a bit of a misleading label, as this is actually a toner. I really, really like this product, it's my second favourite in this line. I really like to use it in the morning in combination with the moisturizer, as it really keeps my oilyness at bay. Would definitely recommend to those of you who have problems with your skin being oily/shiny!

As most of you know, I actually work at Yves Rocher, which is why I wanted to say a few other things. I bought all of the products from them that I show you with my own money, and I tell you about them because I genuinely really like them. I hope you know that my honesty is always present in these posts, and I would never mislead you. That being said, I really believe these are some amazing products and definitely the best for oily skin that I've tried so far. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book haul #3

Finally another book post! I've been neglecting that side of my blog for ages, but I'm happy to tell you that I'll have a post about my favourite books of 2012 up soon. :)

These are just a few books I bought and received as presents in the past month or two, and all the ones that I've read have been absolutely amazing! I've had such good luck with books lately - everything I pick up is just really good.

What have you been reading lately? :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Munich haul

Hello, and happy New Year to all of you! Best of luck in the new year. :)

With the necessary well-wishing over, I have for you my haul from Munich, which I visited two weeks ago. I went a little crazy in The Body Shop and also got some lovely Soap and Glory pieces, which I totally wasn't expecting and am very excited about. Reviews will be coming up soon.

I have sooo many posts prepared for you guys, I'm going to be posting a lot this month. :) Hope you're looking forward to it.
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