Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beauty: Garnier Honey Treasures

Introducing the two hair products that I have used most this year - Garnier Honey Treasures shampoo and hair mask. I have decided that it is about time to write a review or let’s say a little dedication to them. Surprisingly, it is not some fancy super expensive macadamia or argan oil. It is a brand and products that are very budget-friendly and you can find them even at the supermarket. Easy as that!

I always have a few shampoos on my bathroom shelf to choose from depending on my mood, but one of them is always a Garnier Ultra Doux. Back in February I was happy to attend a Garnier beauty event introducing the new hair care line Honey Treasures. And what a treasure it has become for me!
The series include a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask
First thing that made me fall in love with the products was the very sweet scent. It is a mix of vanilla, honey and something oriental and exotic. The best thing? It stays with you the whole day. I was sold!
The products are specifically created to protect, strengthen and nourish fragile or damaged hair with dry ends. Propolis and honey are famous for their rich properties that are beneficial for your health and now for your hair as well providing softness, protection and flexibility. The royal jelly brings protein and vitamin B to complete the full package. They are paraben free and using natural extracts.
The shampoo is great for every day use leaving my hair soft and clean. The hair mask is my miracle especially after traveling when my hair is dry and tangled and needs an instant boost and revival.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Summer's Favourite: Bistro Pesto

I still cannot get used to the fact that it is already autumn and the summer is long gone. Or is it winter since we already had the first snow? Nevermind, I wanted to share my favourite place of the summer which luckily is still open (hopefully will stay open in the winter as well). It is called Bistro Pesto and is a super sweet and cozy Italian bistro with the best paninis in the city.  I do bring my foreign friends there so this should be a proof for how much I like it. It is strategically situated at 'Angel Kanchev' street which just makes the street one of my top locations when it comes to food (followed by Shishman str. and Oborishte str.).

But back to the little Italian gem. They pride themselves with more than 25 different types of panini sandwiches prepared with typical Italian products and home made bread from the Pain de Paris bakeries. My favourite one so far is the one you can see me eating on the photos below. It is called Pizzaiola and consists of tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto and dried tomatoes. Delicious! The sandwiches come in small and large size so just decide how hungry you are. All of the paninis I have tried are amazing so no matter which one you will choose you will be nicely surprised.
They also offer an interesting combination of salads. The food of course is accompanied not only with a selection of wines, but an amazing lemonade and a super tasty white sangria (I do hope they are still making it). I've heard the coffee is also very good, if you are a coffee person.

If you are looking for not only delicious and freshly made authentic Italian food, but also beautifully presented, served in a cozy atmosphere with a lot of attention to the detail - this is the place to go.

Все още не мога да свикна с идеята, че вече е есен и лятото отдавна си е отишло. Или май вече е зима, предвид, че имахме първи сняг? Без значение от сезона, реших да ви споделя любимото си място за хапване за това лято, което за щастие все още е отворено (и да се надяваме ще остане отворено и през зимата). Казва се Бистро Песто и е страшно сладко и уютно италианско бистро с най-добрите панини в града. И да, признавам си, че водя приятелите си, които са чужденци там, което е доказателство за това, колко ми харесва мястото. Намира се стратегически на Ангел Кънчев, което окончателно направи улицата една от топ локациите за мен, що се отнася до храна (зедно със Шишман и Оборище). 

Но да се върнем към италианското съкровище. Гордеят се с повече от 25 различни видове панини (сандвичи), приготвени с традиционни италиански продукти и пресен, домашно приготвен хляб от пекарни Pain de Paris. Моят фаворит досега можете да видите на снимките по-долу. Казва се Пицайола и е направена с доматен сос, моцарела, прошуто кото и сушени домати. Възхитително! Можете да избирате между малки и големи сандвичи, в зависимост от това, колко сте гладни. Всички, които съм пробвала, са чудесни, така че няма да сбъркате, който и да изберете, а със сигурност ще бъдете приятно изненадани.
Предлагат и интересни комбинации от салати. Храната, разбира се, е придружена не само от селекция вина, но и страхотна лимонада и супер вкусна бяла сангрия (надявам се все още да я правят). Чух добри отзиви и за кафето, което приготвят, но тъй като не си падам по кафе, не мога да дам лично мнение.

В заключение, ако търсите не само вкусна и прясно приготвена, автентична италианска храна, но и красиво поднесена, сервирана в приятна атмосфера и с много внимание към детайла – вече знаете накъде да се насочите.

Бистро Песто е на 'Ангел Кънчев' 18 (до 100 Грама Сладки) и във фейсбук.
Bistro Pesto is at 'Angel Kanchev' str. 18.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Outfit: Summertime Sadness: Thessaloniki

Throwback to happy summer days! I was really excited to go back to Thessaloniki for a second time this summer to meet with some friends. The unexpected decision to rent bikes and ride along the port turned out to be a great idea and a perfect timing to enjoy the sunset over the sea. Not a perfect outfit for the occasion though but who said you cannot ride a bike in a skirt. We surely turned some heads along the way.

Skirt: H&M
Bag: H&M
Top: thrifted

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Beauty: Rimmel

A while ago I promised a review for some of the Rimmel products I use on a daily basis, so here it is. I just got the new Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer and will show it very soon as well.

Fix and Perfect Primer
As you can see on the bottle the product claims to have smoothing, resurfacing, brightening, mattifying and protecting effect. It has a creamy formula, blends nicely on the skin and sinks in quickly, so you can proceed with your daily make-up routine straight away. I apply this primer mainly on my dry zones because it has a nice hydrating effect and smooths my skins before applying a foundation so that I don’t have dry patches. Also, it makes applying foundation or concealer a lot easier. When applied I don’t see a drastic change on my face – it doesn’t mattify or brighten my combination skin. But the primer works well as a base under powder or foundation and helps them last longer. Overall, this is a nice base to use before your daily make-up and leaves your skins soft and moisturised, but don’t expect too much of it.


 Stay MATTE Foundation
I bought this foundation after reading a lot of positive reviews. It was my first ever Rimmel product and at first I liked it very much. But after using it for a while it started getting too dry for my skin. Now I use it only as a concealer and rarely on my whole face. The foundation has a thick mousse texture. I apply it with my fingers or the Beauty Blender dupe. It provides medium coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. It blends nicely if I have applied a primer. If not it gets too dry and harder to blend. I think it would work better for oily skin as it has a nice matte effect and when set with powder it can last very long. 

Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint

Stay Blushed is a liquid cheek tint or in other words the liquid blush that will become your favourite one for sure. Before I buy it I have tried regular powder blush, but never really used one. The Rimmel blush is easy to apply even for an amateur like me. The plastic tube is small and compact and holds 14ml product. You only need a small amount, so it will last for a long time. Also, the tube makes it easy to control the amount of product when squeezing. I use my fingers to apply and blend with the Beauty Blender dupe if needed, but I guess you can use a make-up sponge as well. It has a mousse formula and is highly pigmented, but once applied it looks very natural. If you are careful and use a small amount there is no chance to look like a clown. Believe me I had my doubts and insecurities about this! It lasts 8+ hours on my combination skin (with or without setting it with powder).
When I bought it there were only two colors available, but I can see now that there is a variety of 5 shades. Mine is 004 Sunkissed Cherry which is a very nice warm color. You can buy it from most drogeries and Beauty shops as well as online.
Overall, I love this blush so much, because it gives a natural glowing effect and is so easy to use. I would definitely recommend you to give it a try.

60 Seconds Nail Polish
(left to right) 'aye, aye sailor', 'man over board','round and round the garden'
I am very impatient person sometimes especially when it comes to applying nail polish. I somehow always end up ruining it before it dries well enough. So every fast drying nail polish is more than welcome in my collection. Since I like Rimmel Cosmetics a lot I have decided to try their nail polishes as well. They have a variety of colors from brights to pastels to dark tones. The brush is wide and makes the whole application process easy. The nail polish dries very fast as promised and can be used before you go out without ruining your clothes or manicure. One coat is enough, though I prefer to apply two for better coverage. ‘Aye Aye Sailor’ and ’Man over board’ have a bit thicker formula than the green one. The only negative thing I see is that they don’t last too long. On the second day they start peeling off, but I use only base coat and no top coat. And almost no nail polish can stay longer on my nails because of work and university crafts.

*This post is not sponsored.