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Need to Try > Smoky Poppy Body Care and Makeup

Contrary to many of my friends I cannot, in good faith, say that I am a loyal fan of The Body Shop. Fair enough I used to love it when I was younger, but growing up I somehow gravitated away from it. I still, however, find some of their products (like, for example, the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream) to be absolutely amazing – and am often intrigued by their launches (as was the case with their earlier Shimmer Waves and their recent Red Musk range). This month their Smoky Poppy body care range has literally got me on my toes, with its sleek and sensual black & red packaging and its promise of a fragrance based on “a captivating blend of sultry spices, elegant florals and earthy woody notes” (which just happens to be right up my alley). The corresponding Smoky Poppy makeup also looks like something I can’t really frown upon – with some gorgeous nail colors and the company’s first ever chubby lip (& cheek) pencils thrown in for good measure. I …

Look Fantastic/ Bare Minerals Haul

I’m back with yet another beauty haul which took shape, very innocently, when I tried to re-stock my Caudalie Hand Cream via LookFantastic. I had been hearing reading loads about the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipsticks and glosses and since we can’t really get them in store where I come from, I thought I’d briefly check out swatches online and order one of each, just to see what the fuss was about. Fast forward to a couple of days ago, when I received my LookFantastic package containing: – One 30 ml Caudalie Hand Cream – One Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss (in Maverick) – Three (!) Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks (in Get Ready, Raise the Bar & Live Large) In my defense, I was getting one thing delivered anyway (plus Bare Minerals is so budget friendly), so it all kinda made perfect sense. Now, I haven’t actually used the hand cream yet – since I am still only half way through the 3 tubes of L’Occitane I bought myself just before Christmas (!) …

Pai ~ A Rampant Love Affair

It all started with me ordering the Pai Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum (which I am afraid to say I was so eager to try that I forgot to photograph properly – but I do believe I’ve got a snapshot of on my Instagram account) based on all the rave reviews by well established beauty bloggers, like Estee of ‘Essie Button’ and Ruth Crilly of ‘A model Recommends’. Now, I have to admit I was not a fan of its (very unique) fragrance and slightly “tacky” texture at first, but I did stick with it and boy have I been compensated by the results (not even a single major spot has reared its ugly head since I started using it, not even the persistent hormonal cysts I used to get around those days of the month). Impressed by the brand (& happy to have found an all natural, organic and animal friendly company whose products actually deliver on their promises) I proceeded to buy the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and the …

A 15 Item Nordstrom Wishlist

Going through my draft posts yesterday, I realised that this one had somehow fallen through the cracks and never been completed/ published as intended 8 (!) months ago. Despite the amount of time that has passed, I still find it 100% relevant, especially since (*shock, horror*) I have not yet got around to purchasing any of the items mentioned. So, without further ado, here’s my (much neglected)  ’15 Item Nordstrom Wishlist’: LORAC ‘PRO’ Palette (38.91€) Jouer Anti Blemish Matte Primer (35.20€) Sara Happ ‘The Lip Scrub™ – Crème Brûlée’ Lip Exfoliator (22.23€) Jane Iredale ‘Magic Mitt’ Makeup Remover (13.90€) Mario Badescu Drying Cream (15.75€) BeautyBlender ‘Blendercleanser Solid’ Makeup Sponge Cleanser (14.78€) TheBalm® ‘Nude’tude Naughty’ Eyeshadow Palette (33.35€) Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’ Elixir (42.62€/ 64.85€) Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Light Foundation Primer (33.35€) Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (15.75€) Deborah Lippmann ‘The Stripper to Go’ Nail Lacquer Remover Finger Mitts (11.12€) Clarisonic ‘Mia 2 – Pink’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System (138.04€) Smashbox ‘Full Exposure’ Eye Palette with Mascara (48.17€) Lipstick Queen ‘Velvet Rope’ Lipstick, in Black Tie (46.32€) …

Uber Delayed Secret Santa

About a month before Christmas the lovely girls over at Beauty is Perfection decided to organize a worldwide (beauty) Secret Santa. Having never participated in any sort of bloggers’ exchange before, I loved the idea and promptly registered my interest. According to the “rules” we were all meant to choose a budget and offer some info re: our beauty likes and dislikes, allergies etc. in order to be matched to someone (I got matched to LiAnn from Sparklecrack Central), then had a couple of weeks to shop/ festively wrap and send out our purchases. Now, in theory we were all meant to have received our packages during the holiday season – in order to post about them before the new year. Unfortunately however, Hellenic Post being even worst than usual during the holidays, my package didn’t arrive until the 12th of January. I immediately let everyone involved know that the metaphorical eagle had landed & took pictures of everything with the honest intention of writing up a post asap. Then life (& being back at …