Dec 21, 2012

Winner Announcement !!!

And the winner is........ 

Marianne !!!! 




Marianne has 3 DAYS or i will choose a new winner .
Happy holidays!!!


Nov 16, 2012

Pre-Christmas Giveaway ! [CLOSED]

Hello girls. Time for a giveaway! From now until christmas there will be many various giveaways! 

88 Colour Eyeshadow Palette 
by Blush Professional Cosmetics

No ridiculous rules! Just be a subscriber to Women Inside.

This giveaway will be open internationally until 10/12/2012.


UPDATE!
GIVEAWAY EXTENDED UNTIL 20/12/2012

Just comment below to enter the giveaway saying what's your wish for Santa this year.



Nov 6, 2012

Home Facial 101

Can't afford a special facial by a pro? Be the pro and pumper yourself because after a long day everyone deserves some time to relax.

Some would say, oh! I can't do the job a professional aesthetician does. Yes (you) we can. In fact, a thing your aesthetician won't tell is that you can get the same results at home. So ladies, grab a towel...


  • Keep in mind that a proper daily skincare routine is crucial. Facials can be done once or twice a week or a few times during a month. Make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin on a daily basis to keep the skin clean, clear and hydrated. 
  • When is the best time for a facial ? The ideal time is just after a hot shower or bath. In this case the pores will be wide open. Although, you can do it anytime you feel down or tired and want to pamper yourself. 
  • Even in skincare less is more. Actually you don't need all these special treatments, peelings and microdermabrasions (especially if your skin is sensitive). 
  • The most disappointing part of getting a facial from an aesthetician is the hype. You expect wonders. You expect to look like a model, radiant, glowing. That won't happen unfortunately. So why spend your precious money when you won't get immediate results ? 


  • Make sure your skin is squeaky clean. Remove makeup and apply the cleanser. Take some time to properly massage the clenaser in the skin and pay attention to the temples and where the cheekbone meets the ear. Feels nice, huh? You can use any cleanser you prefer either a lathering gel or a soap. Grab a soft cloth or soft towel, rinse it with warm water and remove the cleanser gently.
  • Apply the exfoliant of your choice. You can use anything. My personal favorite is this winter scrub. Again, take some time to really work the scrub into the skin and lips! Now rinse again with warm water the same cloth and press it on the skin. Let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe the scrub away.

Now it's time for the mask! 

  • You can use your favorite mask. It could be a hydrating, a cooling, an anti ageing  or a brightening mask (like the one I am currently loving). You can distribute it with a synthetic flat brush (I'm using number 10 form Kryolan) or with your fingers. Just make sure it's an even layer of product all over the face (excluding the eye and lip area). Let the mask on according to the product's directions. 



In the meantime, you can apply a treatment on the eyes. This could be a product, like a store mask specifically for the eye area or something more home made like the these two suggestions :

1. Tea bags ( you can make a tea and then use the bags or just put two bags in warm water and then place them over the eyes)

2. If you drink milk instead of tea, just take a cup, wet two cotton pads and place them on the eyes. (Actually, milk is ideal for depuffing swollen eyes! I bet you didn't know that)



Again, remove everything with a wet soft cloth. Now you can apply face moisturiser, eye cream and lip balm. 


Ta da! It wasn't that difficult, wasn't it? And again, if you miss the human touch, then you can beg someone else to do you a facial! A friend or your boyfriend, why not?
I hope you all have an amazing rest of the week, despite the strikes. 

Products in this post
Clinique 3 step - soap bar (for oily skin)
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask
Kryolan Professional Number 10 Synthetic Flat Brush
Clarins Eye Contour Balm

How often do you visit your aesthetician?
Would you reconsider about going that often?

Oct 22, 2012

Brand Overview Review : Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

Long time no posts. Things have been hectic with uni but now I'm back for good!
After experimenting with tons of products, I decided to talk about a brand which has caught my eye. 
You may have heard about Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser on youtube or on other beauty blogs.

I've tried several products from the skincare line. Let's have a quick overview on the brand:




  • All products contain naturally active ingredients and most of them contain no preservatives. That's why after some months they smell funny, because they expire faster than other cosmetics.
  • SPF products contain only mineral sunscreens.
  • No animal testing. All products are suitable for vegetarians. Only natural resources.
  • It's advised to remove cleansers and masks not by splashing water on the face but by patting a wet and hot face cloth (provided by Liz Earle). This way the product removes both dirt and dead cells.



"This plant-based cleanser has a two-phase action, phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara. Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin."

This product indeed is worth the hype (and the pounds it costs). It's a cleanser for every skin, gentle enough but leaves the skin squeaky clean. Just a fab cleanser, especially used with the face cloth.




Fresh scented toner, doesn't dry the skin out. Love it. Just revitalises and moisturises the skin. Great alone or paired with the cleanser. 

As for the brightening eye lotion, I was hesitant about buying it. Ideal for two cases: a) if your eyes are really puffy, just wet a cotton pad and place on the eyes for 10 minutes, the eyes will be super revitalised and fresh b) if you'd like to remove some light eye makeup 



My favourite! This serum is the star of my skincare. I use it before the moisturiser every night. What's best thing every morning? Waking up with supple, baby like face. I can't describe how amazing this serum is. Contains argan, rosehip, hazelnut, lavender, neroli avocado and camomile oil blended with vitamin E. A nutritive treat for the skin. If I had to buy one and only thing from the entire range that would be the concentrated serum. 

What I love about this brand is that I've tried many products from them and I liked them all. Usually a brand makes one or two amazing products and the rest are of average quality or below. That's why I am so impressed. 

All opinions are my own. All Liz Earle products are purchased by me.

Have you tried any products from Liz Earle? What's your experience with the brand?

Sep 3, 2012

Makeup Tips For Eyeglasses: The Guide

Do you have eyeglasses? Wear them like celebrities do it. Yes! If Eva Longoria and Megan Fox can pull these frames off looking super sexy, so can we!
Eva Longoria
Here is what you have to keep in mind to keep rocking these glasses.

Conceal Conceal Conceal
Almost all glasses cast a shadow under the eyes, enhancing our dark circles and puffy eyes. So make sure you apply a good moisturising and light-reflecting concealer, but don't go overboard. Polished is nice. Cake-y is another painful chapter in a woman's life (haha)

Lose the mascara underneath
We are trying to achieve a bright eyed effect, meaning that mascara on the bottom lashes really makes the eye appear dark and shadowy. Instead, use lots of black mascara on the upper lashes. 

Curly Lashes
Megan Fox
The most annoying thing when wearing mascara and glasses is the mascara stain on the frame. Deal with it by curling your lashes at 3 points, starting from the roots, continuing to the middle and finishing on the tips of the lashes. Then apply as many coats of mascara as you feel comfortable wearing. 

Sliding Glasses
I hate it when my glasses slide off my nose due to oil. This is very important for those of us with an oily complexion. You can defeat oiliness there by:
i. Applying a matte finish foundation.
ii. Setting the foundation with a mattifying face powder.
iii. Spraying on, a makeup setting spray

B-B-Brows!
Scarlet Johansson
Keep your brows in place! Perfect your eyebrow shape and fill the gaps and sparse areas with a matching brow product. Keep in mind not to overdraw or fill too much your brows. The harshness of our brows depends on the harshness/boldness of the frames. Too intense frames require a stronger brow while rimless glasses need a subtle polished brow. 

The Eyeshadow
Take it easy on the eyeshadows. Glitters and frosts are definitely a no no. The shades depend on the type of glasses you're wearing. In general lenses for:
myopia and astigmatism make the eyes appear smaller
presbyopia and hyperopia make the eyes appear larger
So depending on what condition you have, you choose the tones of the eyeshadows.
To make your eyes look larger you need to stay away from dark eyeshadows on the lid (you can still use some crease colour)
To make your eyes appear smaller (if they look too bulgy) try deeper tones on the lid.

The Blush
The most frequent mistake women tend to make is all about the blush. Not the shade but the location where they apply it. Overall, I am totally against the whole stereotype that you should put the blush on the "apples of the cheeks" while smiling (I'll talk about that on different post), but this time putting blush on the apples is a makeup crime. If you do so, you are going to look funny and weird, kind of like a clown. Why?
Eyeglasses draw the attention to the eyes and also on the nose. The majority of frames stop just above the cheek (when it's relaxed). By applying bright blush near the nose and just below the edge of the glasses you mess with the balance of the face. An excellent example of blush location when wearing frames is in the photo below. See how the blush is slightly on the side, above the hollow of the cheek (where you would normally put the contouring powder)


I hope this guide was helpful! 
Let me know what mistakes you used to do when you were wearing glasses.
Kisses,
Anastasia ;)

Aug 31, 2012

Clear Skin Magic: Zap Acne Away For Good!: A beauty book review

 I am not sure about you, but from the day I started getting into beauty and how to take care of my skin I was full of queries. What should I do with whiteheads ? What about pimples ? Oh! Are pimples and whiteheads different things ? And yes, it is true. It took me my entire adolescence to find out now that a pimple is not a whitehead! In fact I used to call everything unwanted on my face a "pimple".

There are so many things we are unaware of. All these skin conditions seem so scary. I have seen pictures of people with multiple skin conditions like rosacea and cystic acne. Conditions like these can really take down someone's self-esteem, especially during teen years.
The worse thing is the myths. Even if you try to find information on how to prevent or defeat acne, there are always ambiguous pieces of advice. "Don't" do that or you "must" do that.

 I recently came across Clear Skin Magic: Zap Acne away For Good!. Why this book is better than the hundreds of books talking about acne? Because this one is s-i-m-p-l-e. This one explains in plain english how a woman with severe skin problems found herself a way out of this hurricane called acne. I never thought that there were "do it yourself" beauty remedies for acne and I mean beauty recipes that actually work.

 In my opinion, this book really made my problematic skin see better days. Why? Because I gained the necessary knowledge to treat my skin and as I should be treating it and leave the expensive products full of salicylic acid I used to buy. Apart from the obvious acne concerning information this book is also full of dietary advice concerning hormones and acne.
A must-buy book for people with problematic acne prone skin.

You can get Clear Skin Magic: Zap Acne Away For Good! here


Aug 5, 2012

Guest post by Audrey Roberts: Dont's when dealing with acne


   How not to Deal with Acne and Pimples
by Audrey Roberts, author of ‘Clear Skin Magic


When dealing with skin breakouts like pimples and acne, you need to avoid committing the same mistakes that many people do. Here are the ultimate no-no’s when it comes to getting rid of pimples and acne.

  1. Squeezing, pinching, and pricking. Pricking should only be done by a professional. If you need to immediately shrink a pimple, then head on over to a dermatologist’s clinic so it can be treated properly. If you squeeze, pinch, and prick your pimple all by yourself, you risk spreading the infection and leaving an unsightly pimple scar. The urge to pinch and squeeze a skin breakout stems from impatience. Resist the urge, because the resulting pockmarks and scars may be permanent.

  1. Slathering on gobs of products that contain salicylic acid. If you’d rather treat your acne and pimples using drugstore products that contain salicylic acid, the most common active ingredient in acne and pimple topical gels and creams, then you may not want to treat those products as regular facial creams. Do not put large gobs of them on your face to make your zit heal “faster.” It won’t. The healing process is dependent on how your body naturally responds to the treatment. Put a small amount only on the infected area. You can damage the healthy areas of your skin with the drying and slightly burning salicylic acid. The same is true for the overuse and misuse of products that contain benzoyl peroxide, and tretinoin.

  1. Overcleansing and rubbing in order to clear the skin breakout. Washing your face more than twice a day in a last-ditch effort to “wash away” the pimple or acne exacerbates the problem. Washing strips away your skin’s natural protective layer. If your facial skin feels tight and taut after cleansing, then you are probably overdoing it.

Audrey Roberts is the author of Clear Skin Magic. To know more about keeping your skin healthy and free from acne and pimples, visit http://www.nowstopacne.com
To check out Audrey Robert’s book, head on over to http://www.clearskinmagic.com

  Audrey Roberts kindly accepted to share with us her tips on how to deal with common problems related to acne. 

Anastasia  

Have a pimple free weekend !

Jul 30, 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012/3 Makeup Trends


Burberry
What if we are in the middle of summer? New beauty/makeup collections are already on their way out so let's get a sneak peak of the next season's makeup trends.

Roberto Cavalli
Face : Summer's face was luminous, fresh and glow-y, and remains the same! Keep that shine on! (or if you are oily just minimize it). This fall the face stays flawless but fresh. Why not try BB cream  ?



Eyes : a) The key word for this fall/winter is Color! Bright eyeshadows is a must for this season. Gorgeous shimmery blues and purples for Chanel, peacock inspired makeup by Roberto Cavalli.

b) Rock that flick! Winged eyeliner is all over the place. Wear it as long as you are comfortable with.

c) White!  Yes white! Is your matte/metallic eyeshadow abandoned somewhere in your vanity ? Get it out now!


Brows: Natural and full brows still are first these years. The bushy natural brow stays strong and you dear, need to let that tweezers go! If your brows are sparse and skinny, lightly fill them in with the help of a brow pencil or powder (3 shades darker if you're blonde/3 shades lighter if you have dark hair)


Chanel
Chanel


Romantic makeup is at last a must for next season! Winged eyeliner, soft lips, pastel eyes, flushed cheeks and luminous complexion. I love this trend!




Lips go bold: Luscious red and vampy/dark cherry lips as seen on the catwalk. The classic bold red lip is always in. Next season, to make lips look fuller, line the edges of your lips with a burgundy or a deeper red shade lip liner. Then use the red lipstick of choice focusing in the middle part of both upper and lower lip. Carefully blend the dark color in the vibrant red. As seen on Gucci's runways again and again.

Diane Von Furstenberg
Gucci




What's your favorite trend for fall ?

Jul 24, 2012

Revlon Photoready Foundation: A review

Hello girls! I've been away for a long time, but now i'm back. I have a review for an extremely famous and hyped foundation by Revlon. 
The famous Photoready.

The brand says :   
"Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup - for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.

- Oil free
- Fragrance free
- SPF 20

 Works ?


This foundation is supposed to make you look luminous and glowing in pictures. It contains shimmer which reflects in pictures taken with flash. True ? Let's do the test. 

I borrowed my mother's foundation so it's 2 shades darker than me but lets assume that it's the right shade. She absolutely loves it. Am i going to love it too ?

I applied it with a standard flat foundation brush and blended it with a damp sponge. (ignore the dark circles- i have only the foundation on)

 The finish is lovely on the picture, the face looks radiant and not really oily or sweaty despite my oily/combination skin. The pores and facial lines are invisible. What a great foundation!!



So after testing how great is with flash photography, lets see closer... closer to the skin. 


 As you can clearly see, these magnificent reflective particles just make me look sooooooo gorgeous (yes i'm being sarcastic). The entire face is full of glitter making me look like a disco ball, literally. 

My pores appear to be huge as well. For the record, my skin during summer is oily.  After seeing this result I opted for something dangerous (don't do it at home) - yes i used a powder on top. Ohhhh mother of... It was soo soo... ok i looked like a chocolate cupcake with caster sugar on top.

Not the most attractive thing.
But despite aaall that it has good coverage. Lets examine though an important factor. Your skin. My mother for example loves this foundation. Her skin lacks glow, it is dry and mature. This foundation makes her face radiant and healthy looking. Applied in fine layers doesn't cling to the pores or the wrinkles.  


The consistency is liquidy to creamy. 
This is the shade 005 Natural Beige

Recommended? I wouldn't really. I think there are many great foundation out there (for example Bourjois Healthy Mix) which offer luminous skin without glitter. Also, its price wasn't as cool, since 25 euros for that product isn't the best deal. 

Have you tried this foundation ? Does it work for you?
Anastasia
 

Jun 12, 2012

Grab your cat's tail and put on blush with it

Hi girls, really long time no see ! I'm back and ready for more interesting posts! I wanted to write about makeup brushes for a long time and now i have the chance to do it. Honestly, do you even know what you buy ? Seriously, have you ever consider where the hair/bristles of your fancy makeup brushes come from ?

Lets take things from start. There are 2 types of makeup brushes:

1.  Natural Bristle Brushes


The code "natural" means that the bristles are real hair taken from animals (hopefully not humans yet!). The high end companies use mostly squirrel, badger and goat hair for making their brushes.
Brands like MAC and the majority of others sell natural hair brushes. The sad thing about it is not that it's unethical to use real hair for cosmetic use, but it's the fact that most of the time animals get killed for their hair. So it's not just a haircut. "Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild and strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive on fur farms. Horse hair is commonly obtained from horses who are slaughtered for their flesh. Squirrels are hunted or trapped, and goats are shorn like sheep. Workers are often paid by volume, so they shear the goats quickly, which can result in serious injuries.Many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are few or no animal welfare regulations." (According to PETA)
Companies though, like MAC claim that no animal suffers in order to produce their makeup brushes.

2. Synthetic Bristle Brushes (or Vegan Brushes)

This category of brushes now gains more and more attention after famous brands like Sigma launch vegan/synthetic makeup brushes. These are made mostly of taklon. At first glance, somebody would say "oh these are low quality brushes, not soft, stiff and not effective". On the contrary, taklon fibres make these brushes very soft yet sturdy. They don't absorb the product, they are anti-bacterial yet more hygenic and last longer because the bristles don't get damaged from regular washing. Also, these are great for people with allergies to animals. Imagine being allergic to horses and have brushes made of their hair!




More tips on online makeup brush hunting

When ordering brushes online, especially non-branded ones, choose synthetic brushes to be safe. You never know what animal is killed for this brush.

Never buy MAC brushes from ebay or other high end brushes. Even if the seller has possitive feedback it doesn't mean the brushes are genuine.

Overall, i would strongly recommend to stop using or stop buying new natural bristle makeup brushes. They are overrated, get damaged fast and many times are the reason for slaughtering innocent animals.


You can get synthetic cruelty free brushes from brands like Sigma, Real Techniques, Aveda, Urban Decay, Crown Brushes, Origins, Afterglow, Branded J, Eco Tools, Elf (studio/mineral line).


Stop Animal Cruelty
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Hope you have a great week :)





Apr 12, 2012

Trend Alert: Revlon Lip Butters

Hi girls!
I am really excited about this review! I know a product is not supposed to be a "trend" but these fulfill the term "trend"!

This review is going to be positive, even though I find some cons.


The shades i'll be reviewing is Creme Brulee,Cherry Tart, Candy Apple and Strawberry Shortcake.

General?
These are labeled as "Lip Butters", it's true but it depends on how you see things. It's an amazing sheer (depending on the shade), moisturizing lipstick, but as "lip balm/butter/conditioner" is not the best out there. All of them have a sheen, no one is matte, but the shimmer is not really noticeable on the lips (except the cherry tart). They just look glossy. I think of them as sheer lipsticks for everyday.

Shades?
There is a big variety of shades from nudes (creme brulee,creamsicle) pinks (cupcake,strawberry shortcake), berries and reds (cherry tart,candy apple, red velvet) with different tones and hues.

 Lasting Power?
Their lasting power is not that great either. You have to apply several times throughout the day, but i don't mind since almost nothing lasts on my lips.

Moisture & Finish?
These work like a bb lip product (my term :P). They provide color and softness all in one.I wouldn't say they work as lip balms/conditioners that well (still loving my oriflame pure lipbalm), but you just don't need to apply balm before using them. That is good.
Due to the moisture they provide, the finish which is not matte, but shimmery(and frosty in some of them like creme brulee) doesn't sit on the cracks/wrinkles of the lips but looks like you are wearing a lip polish (like sleek's lip polish).

Texture?
The texture is great, really creamy and soft. The only thing you should be careful is when you twist it out too much, when you twist it back it might melt slightly. That's how creamy it is.Another thing is that they are by NO MEANS sticky.

So lets see the shades.The two first pictures are taken in natural light while the third is with indoor light
(L-R) Creme Brulee/Cherry Tart/Candy Apple/Strawberry Shortcake





Creme brulee: Beige/peach toned nude with a frosty finish.
Strawberry Shortcake: Blue based light-bubblegum pink with shimmer.



I know these two look very similar, but they have a huge difference. The left (Candy Apple) is warm toned and more of an orange red shade, while the right one (Cherry Tart) is pink/blue based.
The candy apple one is much more pigmented while the cherry tart has a more obvious shimmer.
I love them both and to my surprise, the candy apple shade looked great on me, even if i have really pink undertones. I would say it's a neutral/balanced warm red color (if that makes sense!)

Where to find?
They are still not widely available in Europe. They have launched in UK but i'm not sure about other european countries. I got mine from ebay at a reasonable price.

Bottom line: I would repurchase more of these. I recommend them if you want a lip product sheer and fresh looking with moisturizing properties and a pop of colour.

Have you tried them? 

Apr 7, 2012

The disgusting hair mask : An Easter Experiment

Hello girls! It's almost Easter (for some this sunday for others next sunday), not my favorite holiday but it's ok as long as i don't have to go to school. Today i realized how dull and dry my hair looks. It's damaged and frizzy. So i was thinking... what haven't i done to my hair?

Warning: If you are pregnant or hate eggs you still have time to run. This is the most disgusting hair mask ever tried by humans.


What you 'll need:

2 eggs (the fresher the nastier!)
1 tsp of mayonnaise (don't go light girl!)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp of jojoba oil or olive oil (for extra greasiness i used both)

Step 1 

Beat the eggs and add the oil(s).


Step 2
Add the mayonnaise and keep beating.

Step 3 (optional)
Put in the microwave for the tiniest amount of time (or the eggs with cook and become an omelette!)
This way it will be easier to melt the honey.

Step 4
Add the honey and whisk.

Ta da!

     



As you can see i kinda left the eggs more time in the microwave hence the tiny bulbs of cooked egg
inside my bowl. No problem! I took them out with a fork! Also, i applied it with a hair dye applicator brush for a more even application. You can just pour it on your hair directly. I left it on my hair for about 25 minutes (i put it in a high bun) till the egg looked crunchy. 

IMPORTANT! Rinse out with lukewarm to cool water. Do not use warm/hot water or you'll end up with a mayonnaise-omelete on your head!

This is extremely disgusting but really really really nourishing hair mask. Just make sure you don't smell it... i did it... and i recommend you not to do it!!


Would you try that???

Mar 24, 2012

NYX Cream Blush: Hype sucks

Hello girls,
Usually i don't do negative reviews, but this time i felt the need to talk about a VERY VERY VERY OVERHYPED product. This is the NYX cream blush.


Just a disclaimer: I love other NYX products and i have no interest by doing this review. I just feel really disappointed.

I bought these just because there are so many bloggers saying that it's so close to MAC's cream blushes! The majority says these are really lightweight and super blendable. Seriously? These look awesome if you like clown cheeks ;)

Why i don't like them:

1st thing: They are too bright. Ok let's say they have an amazing pigmentation (and that's a good thing in a blush). This means it lasts longer and you just have to use the tiniest amount! But they don't! I barely touched them and the amount on my pinky finger was too much for both cheeks! Let's also say that this is not the worst thing and it's me the one with the pale face who can't wear it.

2nd thing: They don't blend! The consistency reminds me of ... a honey mixture. They feel smooth on your fingers but once applied on the skin they just stick. The don't blend in the skin. It's just a blotch of pink on the face.

3rd thing: They look greasy and oily. Cream blushers are supposed to give you a glow, a fresh non powdery effect on your cheek, not make you oily or even worse like a disco ball. Especially the Boho Chic shade has sooo much glitter, chunks of glitter.

4th thing: Contains BHA(among others). I always check certain ingredients in my skincare/makeup products. BHA is banned from use in cosmetics in the European Union yet U.S. health authorities permit the use of this carcinogenic compound anywhere from lipsticks to baby lotions and diaper balms. BHA acts as a liver toxicant and a general toxicant. 

See bellow on the cheek how my camera picked up the glitter in the Boho Chic shade. When i swatched the Plum Foolery blush from MAC,which is very shimmery, my camera didn't pick up the shimmer. Can you see all this glitter?





So not the best buy... Have you tried this cream blush?