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 ÂŁ2 (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 ÂŁ5 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! 😊

Mango and young barley grass smoothie- delicious, healthy and super easy.

That’s the first smoothie I made in a long time. I must admit, I’m proud and very happy, so I decided to share it with you.  🙂

As many healthy recipes, this one was inspired by my Mum (who also provided blender and a pack of young barley grass). She’s been making smoothies (or “cocktails”, as we call them) of all colors and flavors for as long as I can remember. She uses blueberries, strawberries, bananas, avocados… Everything you could wish for!

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This smoothie is very easy to prepare, all it takes is one mango, two spoonfuls of young barley grass powder, two spoonfuls of honey and a cup of soya milk. I was planning to add avocado or bananas as well, but I was in hurry when I went out shopping and I couldn’t really find anything so I kinda decided to follow the instinct, grabbed two mangoes and soya milk… and voilĂ !

Young barley grass is one of the “green grasses” that are recently becoming more and more popular because of their health benefits. It is one of best sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It supports digestion and helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. High content of chlorophyll helps oxygenate the blood and purify the kidneys and liver. Such a great power in such a tiny powder!

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At this stage it may not look very appealing… but wait for it!

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Little cup looks cute on the pictures, but it’s better to mix the cocktail in something bigger if you want your smoothie to stay in the jug and not, let’s say, on the floor (yeah, that happened!).

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Ready to drink.

And it’s incredibly quick to prepare- it took me only 7 minutes! (And that includes cleaning the wall after I realized I may wanna take a bigger cup…)

Thank you for reading!

2016/2017 Tag- Q&A

The first week of 2017 is passing by so quickly! (I really am good with obvious statements, innit?) As I probably mentioned, I like to create lists. It helps me to organise myself. I’ve done several lists regarding my plans for this year (and I hope to stick with them). And also, I was tagged by the lovely Capili Jiron, the author of artistbybeauty blog (see her post here), to do this 2016/2017 tag, which I think is super funny. The author of tag is David (click to see his post). Thank you guys, I really enjoyed it!

So, here we go!

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words. Fun, challenging, happy

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016. Well, this one is kinda tricky. Do family and friends count?

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much. York and Budapest. They’re very different, but they both have an amazing vibe and are absolutely beautiful.

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016. The tomato soup and potato pancakes that my Mum made for dinner when I came back home after a long time of being in the UK. Unfortunately I don’t cook that much (to cook more is actually one of my 2017 resolutions), so I was craving home food like crazy. Thanks Mum ❤

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event). An opening of my aunt’s art exhibition, that brought all the family together and that was truly one of best days of 2016.

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo. Well, apart from my Christmas branch, that is like two metres long and absolutely amazing? Everyone was laughing at me, even random people on the street (like, really, why?), when I was buying it, but it turned out to be everything I needed. That’s a shame I won’t be able to keep it for next year. So, the branch it is!

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017. Be more organized, take good care of my health (cook, exercise etc), learn new things.

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Read more, cook more, do more!

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017. Well, I would love to travel the world (literally), but I have to be realistic, so let’s start with Scotland! And maybe Italy, as I haven’t been there for a while.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017. Now, when I started to think about Italy, I think that’d have to be a big plate of some really tasty Italian food. Mamma mia!

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Photo by David, creator of the tag

Here are the tag rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Here are the questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.


Beauty favorites of 2016: skin care and make up.

The year is passing by (master of obvious statements at her best) and, as every year really, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I do have resolutions for the next year and so many plans and dreams that I hope will come true in 2017, but on the other, I know that the world itself is not gonna change that much and it’s just a date and man, it is really hard to explain. But I like making lists and it’s all that matters. I do them every year. Favourite things, moments, books, movies etc. And today I’d like to share my two beauty favorites of this year.

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Skin care favourite: argan oil

(or how did I discover the obvious).

The benefits of argan oil for hair and skin are widely known and it may seem it’s working miracles. Just to name a few: it’s packed with antioxidants and has high content of vit E, so it works as an anti- ager. It hydrates and nourishes the skin, helps to mantain shiny and healthy hair. It can be used as a conditioner for nails and lashes… and yeah, still naming a few!

And yet, I could never quite understand what’s the big deal. I had the sort of love hate relationship with this product. Few years ago I was working in a shop, the flagship product of which was the argan oil. At this time it was too expensive for me to test, yet we had to recommend it strongly with every transaction. So I learnt the benefits of the product from the script provided and recited it to every person that entered the shop (that was my first job and I tried very hard). I eventually convinced myself to buy a bottle, but the first experience was rather unpleasant. It had a strange smell, was to greasy and I didn’t know that it works best when applied onto damp skin. So I was using it on dry skin and Iwondered where its popularity is coming from. I eventually stopped and haven’t tried it again for years, as I kind of forgot about the existence of this product.

I was visiting my home town in summer and one day I went to the small, lovely shop with natural products. I have a big sentiment for this place and I wanted to buy as many things as possible. Out of nothing, I decided to give the argan oil another shoot. I took it with me to the UK and it stayed in my cosmetic cabinet for a while.

In autumn I experienced a very annoying skin disease called pityriasis rosea. Red, itchy spots were everywhere on my body, including the face. I tried everything, but all the products seemed to dry my skin even more. At the end I was desperate and I decided to try the argan oil. I mean, after all, it was natural, so I figured it couldn’t possibly do any more harm. But this time I actually read the instructions. And I fell in love. I use it ever since.

I don’t know, maybe the one I have now has better quality than the previous one. Or maybe it’s all about that damp skin thing. But I can see the major difference between these two.

I use it as a night cream. I damp my skin with a few drops of mineral water (I just think it’s nicer than tap water), and I massage the oil into face. And the results? Amazing. First of all, it absorbs surprisingly quickly (for an oil) and it’s not clogging pores. What’s important, this one also smells nice. I feel it really hydrates and nourishes my skin, making it soft, smooth and supple. It may sound odd, but I also like how my face looks in the morning after using this- and that always was the best way for me to decide whether I like something. What’s more, I have really sensitive eyes and I can’t use most of creams made by popular brands, because every application ends up with my eyes stinging and watering. I think I has to be an allergy for some common ingredient, but whatever it is, it’s not in argan oil. It’s natural and I find it to be extra gentle. It’s suitable for any skin type: sensitive (it did help me when I was fighting pityriasis rosea, after all), dry and even oily, as it controls and balances the natural oil production. Win win.

Besides, in my opinion it does work miracles. Well, obviously, I don’t have many wrinkles (yet), but I used to have two or three mimic ones. I use the argan oil for few months (alternately with No 7 Early Defence night cream) and I can tell the difference already: wrinkles are much less visible. What’s not to love?

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Make up favourite: Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation

As many good things in life, I discovered this one by accident. When I was younger, I’ve never even worn a foundation that often, but recently I feel like I need this extra little bit of support. Luckily, my skin is not very blemished, but it has visible pink undertones of which I’m not very fond of. For many months my number one was No 7 Beautifully Matte Light foundation and I loved it. I’m still a big fan of it, but I’ve literally LOST IT. I lost it in the house, in my room, and I’m still not sure how did it happen. I’ve realized it’s gone minutes before I was about to get ready for a party and it’s nowhere to be found ever since. I wanted my make up to be perfect for that party so obviously I couldn’t skip the foundation. In a panic, I started to look into every corner in search of the tiniest bit of a tester or anything really, and I found a miniature of Wake Me Up product. It wasn’t really my color and I’ve never used it before because I didn’t trust liquid foundations, but in that moment, it was perfect. I liked it even more after I put in on my skin and I can proudly say, that was love from the first application.

It has a light coverage that can build up to medium, but I don’t like heavy foundations in general so that’s a big pro. It applies very easily (even with fingers!) and blends in nicely, without cracking on the face. It lasts long, I wear it all day and it really does stay for hours. It containes Vitamin Moisturising Complex that apparently is doing its job, because the foundation doesn’t dry my skin (and I tend to get dry patches very often if I’m not careful). If you look through the bottle you can see shimmer, but you have to look very closely to see it on your face as it’s barely visible. I consider it to be an advantage though, because it glows your skin and provides the promised „wake me up” effect without looking oily or too glittery. I really like everything in it, from the fact that it contains an SPF to the packaging (very handy!).

I strongly reccomend it if you are looking for a sheer coverage product. My shade is ivory, which at the first glance looks a bit yellowish, but it works when it comes to covering that pink skade of my face. I love the formula and the fact that it applies so easily. That’s literally the first liquid foundation that stayed with me for longer. And, last but not least, it is really affordable (I bought it for ÂŁ8,99 in Boots in 3 for 2 offer, alongside with a matching concealer and a Fix& Perfect primer).

Christmas abroad. How to survive when you are far away from home.

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As far back as I can remember Christmas Eve was my favourite holiday of the year. I’ve been blessed with an amazing family and our festive get-togethers was just a cherry on the top. Every year we used to organize this really wonderful, movie-alike Christmas Eve dinner (well, more of a supper. As a family we have a lot of good features, I believe, but punctuality just isn’t one of them). There always was loads of laughter, jokes, candle light, amazing food, carol singing, and a tree beautifully decorated by the undersigned. Some serious quality family time. But before all that, there was always a lot to prepare and that was no less exciting. Like making a paper chain with my brother, long enough to be put across the whole dining room, just to tease our Dad who is, well, let’s say he’s not very fond of silly decorations in his well-organized and meticulously tidied up room. Or me and my sister making an annual Christmas piggy fudding, which is basically a figgy pudding, only better. Or a Christmas tree at my Grandpa’s place, that is looking pretty much the same every year. It eventually got us thinking that they never unmake it, they just put a cover on it and hide the whole thing until the next year (my Grandma denies it). Although its constancy is rather comforting. I love it. I miss it.

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And here we come to the core. I miss Christmas. I miss my home and my family. And I miss my home and my family especially during Christmas time. (I just realized I sound a bit like the Donkey babbling about baby kittens. Never mind.) But, on the other hand, I try to think positive. I mean, I CHOSE to live abroad. Yes, I do think it”s unfair I can’t go home for holidays, but hey, that was the risk and I have to take it. It is what it is and I’m doing my best to not let the sadness kill my (festive) spirit.

These year I started early and I already got chills on the last day of November.

  1. Sing. I know, Christmas songs are everywhere and it may be annoying, especially if you have to listen the same thing all over again in every shop you have to visit. That’s right. But on the other hand, there is not to many occasions when I can sing Fairytale Of New York out loud. And I always feel better after doing so. (“When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve, you promised me Broadway was waiting for me… YOU WERE HANDSOME!” Lifts me up every time). I also like to perform every song from We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year album and I think I get better every year.

  2. Think happy thoughts. Spread positivity and kindness. You never can get enough of those, and what time is better to do so than Christmas?

  3. Do more of what makes you happy. Go ice skating. Go running. Go and bake that cake you thought about. Do something really nice for yourself.

  4. Feel holiday spirit by doing something festive, like putting a fairy lights a little bit earlier. Or eating chocolate. Or watching movies wrapped in the blanket. Or doing all of above, like me today (and every time I had a day off this month).

  5. Cherish the memories. Instead of being sad because I am apart from my family, I like to remind myself the good times I had with them.

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  6. And don’t forget that after all, Christmas is about spending the time with your loved ones. But even if you can’t be with your family, it doesn’t mean that you should be alone. Spend this day with your friends, with our partner, with someone who you want to be with. Enjoy. It’s Christmas!

How do I even start?

I’ve always loved writing. As a little girl I used to write long poems about life. I had the whole notebook filled with deep phrases like “Autumn has come. It’s already September” (and yes, it actually does rhyme in my language. Doesn’t sound any better though). Through the years I produced a crazy amount of diaries, and every time I come back home I use to spend at least one evening reading them all. It just never gets boring.

I even wrote a book once. What’s funny, I remember writing it, but I just can’t remember what was it about. I think the main character was a beautiful and smart girl with long dark hair and some wicked magic skills, because, well, that’s kinda who I wanted to be every now and then. I think she had a lots of siblings. There were also extraordinary creatures like fairies, and even a dragon. I can’t tell what was the story, but I remember the feeling. I got so lost in writing, one page after another, and in my head dozens of concepts, plot twists, characters. I literally didn’t leave my room until I finished. I even had an idea of the next parts (well, I had ideas of catchy titles, mostly). And oh, the main character’s name was Sigikid (and that I can’t explain and I won’t even try).

But the feeling, wow. That really was something. Pure, simple joy of writing. I never managed to repeat my achievement, because I got all busy with stuff like school and boys and I didn’t have time nor creativity for stories of wizards and dragons, but I can tell you, the thrill was real. I love the memory of that day.

And here I am, fifteen years later. Trying to find this joy again, I guess. I stopped writing a diary a while ago and I think this could be a really good idea. A blog, I mean. It’s exciting, educative (just for the purposes of this post I learned how to spell “siblings” correctly), and I think it could be interesting, once I’ll get over this little, awkward, how-do-I-even-start- alike note and start blogging for real. And what do I want it to be about? Well, I live in London (technically) so I hope to share some ideas and experiences and lovely places and stuff. In fact, I think it could be quite a good motivation to actually go out and start exploring this city a tiny bit more (I live on CR4 and after initial excitement I slowly became more of a couch-and-tv series kind of person. Which I’m not quite happy about). So, city of London it is. Because of my job I happen to learn a lot about things like skincare and make up etc., so I hope to write about it sometimes as well. And, because I want this place to be my little motivation, maybe a bit about kitchen because oh my, on that field I’m gonna need every help I can get. So, motivation, educational and inspirational. Mostly for myself, obviously. But if some of you find it worth reading, I could not be happier about it.