Monday, August 18, 2014

Bookshelf: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

So you know how everybody reads the book, then watches the movie, and them complaints "how the book was sooo much better"? Ok, ok, I'm not gonna go into that, it's a typical stereotype. The thing is, I normally read the books after I watched the movie, unless it's like a famous book I knew from before, like the Harry Potter series or Hunger Games... I really don't care about spoilers, maybe it's because I have such a terrible memory, by the time I read the book, I forgot about most of it already.

And that is basically what I did with "Orange is the New Black"! I had seen season 1, and I was dyeing to know what the real Piper had gone through. The thing is, book and series, two completely different things. Makes sense, one tells you about a prisons day to day life, no big excitement there, and the other one is a series that feeds off us watchers that can't get enough of that Prison Drama.

Don't think I mean this all in a negative way. Nothing like that, I actually enjoyed the book. Normally I avoid the Memoir part of book stores (physical and virtual ones) like the plague, but curiosity is after all my biggest weakness, and I read it.

It's different, it's a story which is not sad, nor happy.

Spoiler alert now: So basically Alex is not as hot as they make her out to be in the series and lesbianism is not really a thing in prison.

If you want to read it here is the amazon link: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (Affiliate Link)

Review: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Millénaire for Fine Hair

First impression: It's plastic…? I always thought, for that price, it's in a glass bottle. But nothing against plastic, at least this way I don't have to be overly careful.

So, I finally got my hands on Kérastase's Elixir Ultime, thanks to's discounts, ending up with 10€ off in the end!
Since I have fine hair, I decided to go for the purple one, the Rose Millénaire which is specially for fine hair…. And I love, love, love, love it! After almost using it for a year, I believe I can use the word "love".

I'm will be honest with you all, I wasn't expecting much, as you might now, products that tend to have some hype around them, always end up failing me. I mean, you always hope for the best, "will this be my HG?". I don't know if I will call it my HG, but it is really up for the position.

First of all, it is quite oily. I have quite long hair and I always use one pump and it's enough. The first time I made the mistake of using two pumps, and it was too much. Some days I even just need half a pump.
It doesn't weigh your hair down at all, and seems to be really absorbed into your hair. For me, someone with curls, it really helps them get defined and not frizz. And the smell, divine!

How I use it: Normally I just use it on the ends of my hair and while my hair is still wet. I massage it into the curls and that way, when the hair drys, the curls turn out beautifully. When I feel my hair needs some defining and has a bit of frizz, I use it also before leaving home. It is a oil, but if you use a small amount and really work it into the hair, it just leaves your hair shiny and beautiful, no weird grease parts.

Do I recommend it? Definitely. The price is what bothers me the most, but since I bought it with a discount and it's more than half full after one year of owning it, I think I can live with the price. I will for sure buy this again!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beauty Spring Trends 2014

Bright Orange Lipstick

It’s safe to say that orange was the lipstick shade of the season, being spotted all over the Runways in various hues in the color family. To get the look from DNKY, makeup artists mixed Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange and Neon Red. Mix on the back of your hand, apply, and then blot for a slightly matte finish.

Blue Eyeshadow

Blue eyes, as bold as you wish, are a big trend this season. They came back in 2013, and keep going strong. But this season there’s something for everyone: from subtle liner to blocks of shadow.
At Marc by Marc Jacobs, models wore a stunning rich electric blue eye shadow, solid blue from lash line to crease. While at Badgley Mischka, powdery blue shades were layered to create a disco-like look. My favorite product, to recreate this look, of course? Kiko Eyeshadows.

Glowing Skin & Eyes

At Philip Lim, Makeup Artists used a mix of Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Copacabana liquid Illuminator to give the skin some glowing. At J. Mendel, they applied Revlon Skinlights in Bronze to the cheeks, bridge of nose, and forehead with a wet sponge. Models at Dolce & Gabbana had halos of warm apricot blush and at Michael Kors, faces showcased healthy, wealthy tans with killer cheekbones. Now that’s a look I would like to wear everyday.
But not only skin glowed, also the eyes. You could find the white eye makeup trend all over the place. A wash of iridescent whites and pinks at Alice + Olivia, gave lids a dewy freshness. At Tibi, white eyeliner and shadow rimmed inner corners of eyes, and created a cool cat-eye across the lids on top.

Black Eyeliner

Whether it is Graphic eyeliner or the all-famous Cat-eye, get your black liquid liner ready. You could both see graphic liner with straight flicks and angular shapes, making the retro obsession instantly more modern, but still super-sexy (at Anya Hindmarch and Roksanda)
But also, once again, chic cat-eyes are big for spring. Makeup artist Mally Roncal (who created the look for Tracy Reese) said she used a thin cotton swab dipped in makeup to always get a clean line.
I use Kiko's Lasting Gel Eyeliner. Dries really fast, but doesn't smear, no matter the circumstances!