Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens

Last week my parents came to London to spend some time with me and my brother. It was my Mum’s dream to see Kew Gardens so we decided to go there last Saturday. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and I felt in love with it instantly.

Treetop Walkway. I have to admit, I was too afraid to look down!

Rhododendrons

Inside the Queen Charlotte’s Cottage

Azalea Garden

Herbal garden near Royal Kitchens

Japanese getaway

The Hive. Amazing installation.
It was such a lovely day. Beautiful place, nice weather and my Family is kinda all I need!

Korean Beauty Secrets

“The Little Book of Skin Care. Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin” by Charlotte Cho.


Over last few years korean beauty routine has been getting more and more recognition and it’s become quite popular. I knew- more or less- what it’s about (what means that I’ve read couple of articles explaining the famous ten step programme of skin care). But I wanted more. “The Little Book of Skin Care” has been around for quite a while (published in 2015) and I was plannimg to read it since I saw it for a first time. Just immagine: a recipe for healthy, glowing skin? Count me in! And the Charlotte Cho’s book seemed like a perfect opportunity to unveil some secrets.


And I wasn’t disappointed! First of all, it’s so beautifully published I just couldn’t resist it- size, design, pictures, it just looks so nice. And the further the better- I love the style in which it’s written. It’s accessible, entertaining and it explains a lot. It’s perfect for everyone (especially for the begginers in a skin care field), as it’s packed with useful tips. It focuses mostly on the meaning of a proper skin care routine and how important it is to dedicate some time and give the skin some love (by cleansing, toning, moisturising etc.) – and the best thing is, you don’t even have to dedicate that much time at all! Using her own example, Charlotte Cho describes common mistakes that many of us make sometimes and proposes the alternative. The core is the famous 10 step korean skin care routine, but it’s more about changing the way of thinking and showing that skin care regimen, but also nutrition and lifestyle, serve one purpose- to feel and look your best.


Reading this book was a real pleasure and it helped me to understand a lot- from the importance of toning the skin after cleansing to the difference between alcohol denat. and stearyl alcohol. If you look for a vivid (and funny) explanation of exactly why it is so bad to sleep with your make up on or if you wonder what kind of SPF would be perfect for you- this book has it all. Plus lots of anecdotes about life in Seul. I’ve really enjoyed reading it and it definitely improved my knowledge.

Thank you for reading! 🙂 (and thanks to my Mum for buying me this book!🤗)

Garnier Skin Naturals Tissue Mask: Moisture + Comfort

Or: give me more!

IMG_1692.JPGGarnier’s Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is an absolute hit. It stole my heart at glance- I wrote about it here. When I was in Poland last autumn it wasn’t in drugstores yet, but when I came back in February, it was available not only in one, but in three different versions!

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I bought the “pink” one- with chamomille extract, hyaluronic acid and hydrating serum. Three words: It. Is. Amazing.

It hydrates and soothes the skin, reducing its tighteness. Even if you are suppose to keep it on for 15 minutes, I left it for nearly 40… and I still didn’t have enough! It’s very kind to my skin, leaving it moisturised and nourished. I can litterally tell the difference! I also find the application easier- it “sticks” to my face better than the blue one, which I had to touch up several times (especially around my eyes and nose). I also like the smell, it’s not as strong and after few minutes I couldn’t feel it at all any longer.

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I love the Moisture Bomb mask, but I honestly think this one is even better. It suits my sensitive, dehydrated skin (it has to be be the chamomille!) and it really does soothe it. I also have the feeling that its effect lasts longer- 12 hours later (and I didn’t apply any other product in the meantime) I can still feel my skin is smooth, soft and supple. If I could, I’d use this mask every other day. That’s a shame I have none of it left. This mask is really amazing and I hope it will be widely available in the UK soon. Please, Garnier, please!

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Thank you for reading! 🙂 If by any chance you know where I could get it, please let me know!

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Aka the best mascara I’ve tried for a long time.

IMG_1671When it comes to make up, a mascara is my absolute essential. Even if I wake up too late and I don’t have enough time to apply too much of make up, I always put on some powder and one of two coats of mascara. I have rather short and blonde eyelashes so I usually feel like I need it. Lately I was given a sample of Clinique High Impact mascara… and I absolutely fell in love with it. It has everything I could wish for. It lenghtens, thickens and defines my eyelashes with just one coat. The brush is amazing- it separates lashes like any other product. It applies very smoothly and the consistency is great- there is no clumps, no matter how many coates I apply. It stays all day without smudging and is very easy to remove.

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Lenght, volume and no clumps attached? It’s a win win for me. I love the look of my eyelashes when I’m wearing this mascara. I frankly can’t remember when was the last time I was so excited about a make up product. I can’t wait to buy a full-size one as I think it’s gonna be a long term relationship 🙂

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Thank you for reading! Have you tried this mascara? Do you have any particular one that you could recommend? Please let me know 🙂

Favourite things- beauty products.

Well, I originally planned to call it “February favourities”, but I reached the point it’d make more sense to describe it just as a bunch of stuff that I particularly liked recently and that I wanted to share with you. I hope you’ll enjoy it! 😄

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water.

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It’s not exactly a recent crush, but more of “love from the first sight” kind of thing. What I’m really doing here is using this post as an excuse to write about it. It is by far one of my favourite cleansing products ever and I recommend it to everyone, from my colleaques to my Mom. I love how it absorbs the dirt and make up rather than just smear it all over your face. My skin really feels cleaner and fresher after using it. And, what’s always a big pro, it’s extra gentle with the eyes (I’ve tried lots of products but always struggled to find a suitable make up remover). It’s an amazing base for further cleansing, but sometimes when I’m really tired I just use this one (and it feels good enough). If you haven’t tried it yet, I really encourage you to give it a go.

Soap&Glory Supercat Liquid Eyeliner

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It’s kind of a funny story (well, at least it makes me smile), because I havent’t really been using any eyeliner until quite recently. Some time ago I discovered Laura Lee’s youtube tutorials, what inspired me to improve my skills. Since then I’ve tested loads of eyeliners, but none if them satisfyed me completely and my eye make up depended on how much spare time do I have before leaving, because the wings were never even (or at least decent) and I have to swipe it off, try again, swipe off, apply again… it was always taking ages! Then I bought the S&G eyeliner and what can I say, it really saved me a lot of time! First of all, I find eyeliner pens most comfortable to use. And this one just glides so smoothly on the eyelid. The marker tip, as promised, really does create either a natural or bold line. The colour is intensive and lasts very long. And I can finally go out with a cat eye make up- as I’ve never had enough courage to wear it in public! If you’re still looking for a perfect eyeliner, I recommend this one with all my heart.

No7 Make Up Brush Cleaner

When it comes to bargains, I’m a lost case. I love Boots’ No7 vouchers and I feel an urge to spend them every time (luckily for my wallet, they’ve just expired). I bought once an eyelash curler, tried it, failed miserably and never took out of the box again (even though my boyfriend tried to demonstrate me how to use it properly). But this little gadget is quite useful. I tend to deep cleanse my brushes regularly (I can imagine dirt and bacterias pretty pictoresquely), but this cleaner comes handy in the meantime. You just squeeze a bit of product on a tissue or paper towel and sweep brush across it. Easy as that. I wouldn’t buy it if it wasn’t on offer, but for that price… why not?

OGX anti- breakage keratin oil shampoo & reviving oil

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I’m so happy that I decided to try them out. The effects are really visible after relatively short time. Both of products contain keratin proteins and argan oil that help to resist breakage. They keep my hair smooth and moisturised. It also seems stronger and definitely there’s less of it left on a hair brush after brushing. The smell is wonderful and I really like the packaging. I also like the fact that you can use the oil either on wet or dry hair (without making it greasy). I think I’ll try much more of OGX products in the future (they’ve recently introduced some new lines and I think I’ll like them as well).

Soap&Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash and The Daily Smooth Body Lotion

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I have to admit, I love almost every single S&G product, but it wasn’t until February when I bought this body lotion that instantly became my favourite. Leaves my skin perfectly smooth, hydrated and nourished, and the effect lasts long after application. I like to use both of products together- the wash also has a built-in moisturizing matrix (however the word “matrix” in reference to a body wash seemed a bit scary to me), but together they create a perfect combination for a little pampering session. And the scent is just incredible! (Mist You Madly is definitely my no1 option amongst them all).

So that’s it- my recent beauty discoveries. Have you tried any of them? Do you like it? And, last but not least, I know that the pictures’ quality is not the best, but I still live without any laptop, so I write posts manually and rewrite them on my phone (or on my brother’s computer).

Thank you for reading! ❤

Changes.

Or “My new roommate. Advantages of living with my brother.” (as my brother himself suggested).

Today’s post is gonna be a little personal (and long), but there could be no better opportunity for that. It will also be about changes, inspirations and that you should not settle for something you are not quite comfortable with. I hope you’ll enjoy it. 😊

Last couple of weeks was pretty intense. Hard, but by all means in a good way. It all started when my brother decided to come to London after getting a degree. My boyfriend and I were living in a place I found in hurry over a year ago. The room was quite big and I liked it, but we shared the house with so many other people it quickly started to getting on my nerves. Because trust me, the amount of people was insane. My partner and I talked many times about finding some other place, preferably smaller and more private, but we never really did anything. I was explaining it to myslef in many ways. The room is nice. It’s not that bad. I’ll start proper research next month. I have too many things and moving out would be too stressing. I’m too tired to look for a place. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Blah blah blah.

But that’s how I felt. I’ve got used to living this way and I was telling myself that all the things I don’t like are just small inconveniences. Just the thought of a process of looking for a room terrified me. And even though I wasn’t happy, I settled.

In fact, some of those “inconveniences” were rather extreme. We kept all our dishes, cutlery and toiletries (toilet paper included) in the room, because there was no other place. Plates on the top shelf, pots, forks and spoons in the middle, cosmetics on the bottom. Books on the top, spices and “cooking stuff” just underneath it. We dried our towels in the wardrobe. We kept toothbrushes on the locker, next to Oysters. Our efforts to maintain the relative tidiness were really impressive. And, as you can probably imagine, with so many people squeezed in such a tiny space, it was never quiet (or clean). But I got used to that as well. Eventually we just stopped cooking. Ok, I may exaggerate here a bit, but whenever we had a choice like, let’s say, eat a chocolate or cook a dinner, we decided to stay in the room. I just couldn’t be bothered. We kept telling each other that we move out. Eventually.

And then, in the middle of all that, my brother. “Ok, so if we start to keep coffee and sugar over there, you can put your laptop here”… and it sounded NORMAL to me. I was at this point where the fact that I live without a single table spoon didn’t bother me at all. “For two years it didn’t cross your mind that there could be an easier way to eat the soup than with a sugar spoon?”, my brother asked me. He was right. It didn’t. I started to accept inconveniences so easily it was kinda sad. But, as I said, I settled.

Then something wonderful happened. I was on holidays at home then, when it turned out we can move in with my best friend. To a place that is an exact opposite of the previous one. Clean. Quiet. With a nice kitchen (where we can keep all of our “cooking stuff”). And, what is the most wonderful part, I get to live with my brother, my boyfriend and my best friend. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

I know it was rather random and if it wasn’t for them (my brother and my friend, I mean) we wouldn’t be living here. But it changed my point of view completely and it taught me not to be afraid of changes. It’s all about the little things that make a difference. I feel relaxed. I cook more. Just this week I cooked a dinner every single day. It’s a huge deal for me and I’m extremely proud of myself. Once again, that is also thanks to those two, as they’re cooking so much it inspires me. My brother knows so much about healthy food, ingredients, what is good for you and what to avoid, even how to storage chopped onions. It’s amazing. I learn something new every day. It was our first weekend here when he baked a pizza all by himself. Home made, healthy and delicious, and it costed me just £2 (because my brother knows about business as well 😂).

I feel so much better here, I even have energy for boring duties such as doing a laundry or waiting in the queue to buy food. It is amazing. I even (finally) organised all of my make up (and I think I may write a post about make up storage soom enough because, well, I’m pretty proud of that as well).

This all made me realise that I shall never be afraid of changes. Even if they appear as difficult or time consuming. It showed me clearly that I shouldn’t accept something just because it’s “good enough” or, what’s worse, to keep telling myself it’s all right to the point when I actually start to believe it’s true. If I’m not happy with something, I should put some effort and try to change it instead of dreaming to do so. Step out of the comfort zone (it wasn’t so much of a comfort when it comes to the old house, but it was something I knew and got used to). After all, I’m an adult and it’s about time to start acting like one.

This note was posted also thanks to the courtesy of my brother who let me use his laptop. All of ours laptops (mine, my brother’s and my boyfriend’s) broke IN THE SAME TIME! But my brother managed to fix his (which was pretty impressive). Did I tell you I learn something new almost every day? Well, if you ever need help with disassembling a Dell Latitude d630, you know who to ask 😄. My brother also stayed up till 5 am trying to fix my computer, but there was nothing we could do (well, during eight years it had a rough time with me and it served well). Right now I write the old school way, in a diary.

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And it looks like that.

I feel so positive about the recent changes that I wanted to share my joy. I’m so excited. Friendly environment helps me to organise my life better. I’m full of ideas and I hope to write much more often in the nearest future!

Thank you for reading! ☺️ Wow, that was one long post! 😂

Face masks faves.

I haven’t been very active lately, but I finally got a transfer I’ve been waiting for since autumn! I’m so glad, the job is more challenging yet it doesn’t make me mentally tired, so at the end of the day it is a very positive change. But still, unfortunately, when I come back home I’m physically exhausted and on the usual basis, it makes me happy when I still have the energy to cook some dinner. Not to mention following all steps of my ideal night time skin care routine. Let me add to that the fact that I am an extremely lazy person and, honestly speaking, sometimes I skip most of the steps, just brush the teeth, wash the face and go to bed. Which neither I nor my skin are happy about the following morning. Or mornings (guilty). What is helping me then in a desperate attempt to rescue my face? Face mask.

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No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask.

I absolutely love it. Every bit of it, starting with how nice it looks in the package (it swirls!). The effect unfortunately disappears after you start using the product, but still, I have to admit I’m impressed. I guess I just like nice things! The mask is dedicated to dry or very dry skin. It hydrates and nourishes the skin leaving it smooth, soft and bright. I don’t know whether it’s my imagination or not, but I feel the difference instantly after application as my skin seems to drink it rather then just absorbing. It is recommended to leave it for three minutes (then tissue off and rinse away) or, eventually, for a more intensive treat, to leave up to 10 minutes. Well, I like to wait even longer, and any excess I simply massage in until it sinks in completely. I just don’t wanna waste the tiniest bit of it! The masks has a creamy consistency and smells lovely. It’s hypo- allergenic and suitable even for sensitive skin. Well, I have to be extremely careful with any new product, as I tend to get irritations quite often. Sometimes I have an allergic reaction after trying out the mildest, simplest moisturizer. But I’m glad to say that for me this mask is safe to use and the effects are amazing. So I strongly recommend it to anyone with dry skin. The only flaw might be a price, but luckily for my wallet Boots has those £5 off for No7 vouchers quite often.

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Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask.

Well, I love the concept of tissue masks, as they are so easy to use. All it takes is to open the box, apply the mask and then just relax and wait while your skin absorbs the beneficial ingredients. This one is infused with a hydrating serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Pomegranate Extract to help rehydrate, revitalise and smoothen your skin, all in 15 minutes. I have to admit I haven’t tried the whole Moisture Bomb range (yet), but this little helper is an absolute gem! It’s very easy to apply and to remove (the only thing I don’t get are those two extra holes in the middle of my cheeks… are they suppose to be for the ears?). Plus I still find the whole process funny, I think I look hilarious, I make stupid faces and I take a lots of pictures… every time. And the effects? Well, it’s definitely working for me. My face is visibly softer and smoother. It also looks and feels moisturised. Dry patches and tightness on face seem to disappear. It is very kind to skin, I don’t experience any stinging or irritation. I use it every week as a part of my little Sunday ritual or whenever I feel like my skin is needing that extra bit of help. It really is one of my favourite products. And I have to mention that it is extremely affordable. What’s not to love? 🙂

Thank you for reading! 😊