Dec 31, 2011

Beauty Favorites of 2011

   Hello! I am so excited for new year! 
I wanted to share with you some of my most loved beauty products (and a non beauty one) during 2011.
So let's get into it.

Skincare



1. Simple Vita Day moisturizer: This was my discovery during 2011. It replaced my overpriced and overrated Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Gel. My skin had many dry periods this year and this little guy saved me many times.


2. Apivita Natural Organic Jojoba Oil: I use this oil instead of a night moisturizer and every time i feel my skin dry and dehydrated. After exfoliating my skin with my favorite winter scrub i use a generous amount and massage it on my lifeless cheeks.

3.Darphin Wrinkle Corrector eye cream: This is one of my all time favorites. I've been using it for 1 1/2 years and has improved amazingly my dark circles from staying late every night studying. I use it every night.

4. Simple Revitalizing eye gel: A really affordable roll on eye gel which de-puffs my tired eyes every morning.

Body & Fragrance

   

My favorite body creams this year are by Korres. Especially the Vanilla Cinnamon body milk with almond oil and the Coconut milk with almond oil body Absolument Absinthe skin perfume:  Love it! It blends with your own skin scent making it irresistible . It is also called the forbidden perfume as it contains essence of cannabis, absinthe and 49 other fragrances.
Makeup and etc



1. 17 BB cream (light) : My favorite BB cream from all that i've tried. It has the most natural finish, controls oil, has spf25 while being soo moisturizing! 

2. Revlon Colorstay Foundation (150 Buff for winter & 180 Beige Sable for summer - Comb/Oily formula). What can i say about this great product? I use it with a flat foundation brush for lighter application. It doesn't break me out, it lasts all night. I love it even if i don't use it on a daily basis.

I have a review about it, it's a full coverage concealer


4. Elf 100 eyeshadow palette: My favorite palette, it's super convenient and has all the colors you could ever wanted! Really natural,neutral tones and crazy bright colors!

   

5. Eyeko Nude nail polish: Great chic and light peach shade ideal for all year around
6. Korres Grey brown nail polish: Super chic, dark but not that dark nail polish, great for winter.
7. Oriflame Lip Balm : The best lip balm i've ever used.





I hope 2012 will be a better year financially and generally. 2011 wasn't the best year for me, since i lost my dog and i was constantly stressed. Let's hope for the best!

I wish you a happy new year!

Kisses,
Anastasia

Dec 28, 2011

DIY: Mate Yerba

Hello and Merry Christmas to all of you! (who celebrate it at least)
After a quick talk in twitter with Maria, i decided to talk to you about my newest skin discovery!!


This is ... (drums...) Mate Yerba !


A few things about it :





Guayakí Yerba Mate has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate" all in one beverage. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutritionYerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil where it is consumed 6 to 1 over coffee.   In Argentina, over 90% of the people drink yerba mate with a gourd and bombilla.






Source: guayaki


Personally I am a huge fan of it. I drink it almost everyday instead of coffee with a teaspoon of organic honey. But also, this herb does wonders for the skin! Yes yes ... Not only as a toner but also as a mild exfoliant too!

Toner
So all you have to do is make your mate drink as you would normally make any other tea. 
For one cup of mate i use 
1.5 teaspoon of Mate Yerba and hot water  100°C





Just soak a cotton pad or ball in the mate .
Then use it as you would use any other toner.
(avoid the eye area)
This toner is great for all skin types as it removes dirt while moisturizing the skin. You'll see from the first minute that the skin will feel fresh, soft and supple.


                                                       
Exfoliant
So after drinking your mate beverage you don't have to throw it !! (In the middle of that crisis we throw nothing away!) You can take these wet chopped leaves of mate and rub them lightly on your face. Seriously! It works! Leave them on your skin for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Soft soft softneeeesss!




So where to get it? 
USA and UK buyers from your coffee shop/supermarket or amazon
Greek buyers from tsai.gr (i got it from here)

Oh did i mention that Mate Yerba has detoxing and slimming properties while reduces naturally the appetite?

I totally recommend it ! I prefer the Chai Mate though, which is a blend of Mate with cinnamon and other spices. But it's the same thing!

So have you tried Mate Yerba? 
Would you try it ?


Dec 17, 2011

Holiday Makeup Tutorial

  Hello everyone :)

I filmed a video for you! It's a purple/plum eye makeup. Many girls prefer focusing on the lipstick, let's say, wear a bold lipstick with neutral eyes. I prefer sultry eyes with some sparkle      





Products used:

1. Elf 100 Eyeshadow Palette (I am loving it)
2. Dior Eye Show 002 White Light Disco (cream eyeshadow)
3. Elf Concealer in Light (from Concealer/Highlight duo)
4. AVON Spetra lash

Brushes :

1. Elf Shader Brush
2. Elf Contour Brush
3. Sigma E35 blending brush
4. Elf Angled brush

You can check my elf brushes review here
Find my favorite Sigma Brushes here






Happy holidays :D

Dec 1, 2011

Favorites: November

Hello girls !
It's officially December!!! These are the products I've been loving during November!


1. SkinFood Aloe BB Cream(shade 1)
I've been loving this BB Cream for almost a year now. (Review here)

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (01 translucent)
One of my latest discoveries! Mini review: If you have combination or oily skin you have to try this! It makes my face shine-free without primer without making me look cakey!!!Sometime all I use is this over my moisturiser. The paradox about it? I can definitely see some shimmer in there. (yes I'm not crazy see for yourself!) ------------>

3. Elf Powder Brush (flat top) & Elf Contour Brush
Really similar to the famous Sigma F80 Flat top kabuki brush. Works great with liquids and powders. I got 2, one for powder and one for my BB cream. (like my funky brush tails? It's really easy to do! Let me know if you'd like a how-to tutorial)

4. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (light)
Ok I sincerely love this product. It's really great. I know in my review(link here) I wasn't that excited, but now I can definitely work with it. It's truly amazing. I used to find it too cakey and heavy, but now I found the key to make it work. I have to blend it with a fluffy brush NOT WITH FINGERS! So I use it with my Elf contour brush.

5. Bare Minerals Mini Flawless Face Brush (from a try-me kit)
I use it with blusher. Love it! It's soo softy softy!

6. Bourjois Blusher in Rose De Jaspe 95
This blush is a staple. It's ideal for winter! It has a very fine shimmer, perfect for everyday,just for a bit of colour!

7. Simple Face Creams (day&night)
My skin is seriously dry now. I use these two daily and I've seen my skin texture improving!!
They are also super cheap! (Especially now,with that economy, I feel much better after giving up my ridiculously expensive Clinique Dramatically Different moisturiser. (review coming up soon to the entire Simple line)

8. Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Body Milk : One word: Amazing! The scent? The moisture? It's by far one of the best body milks I've ever used! I got it on sale for 4 euro and has lasted for 2 1/2 months(everyday use).

9. (Non makeup related) Simple diamond stud earrings & Asos Stud Earrings with Animal Foil Inlay
These animal print studs look so flattering with total black outfits.










Do you have any favorites for this month??