Sunday, 26 June 2016

Disappointing Products

In the last few months, I’ve come across my fair share of crappy products – here are the highlights…

I will start with my unpopular opinion about two cult NARS products. You might remember that I managed to get my hands on the NARS special edition Birchbox a while ago – full post here. This gave me the great opportunity to try a bunch of popular products by the brand. Let me start by saying I love NARS’s aesthetics, their packaging and general image; however, some of their products didn’t live up to the high expectations. 

NARS Orgasm blush is great and would suit a lot of people for sure but it’s so, so shimmery! And we’re talking big, fat glitter particles here, not some finely milled glow. The thing is, this awesome, universal blush colour is not news, many brands do very similar shades without giving you that glitter ball effect – starting from MAC to Bourjois. You can save your money with this one. 

Still on the NARS train, the Audacious mascara is another piece a lot of people have raved about. WHY? With a mascara, it’s all about the wand and this one is useless. I have always known I prefer fibre bristles but this plastic nastiness doesn’t do anything for me. My lashes look clumpy and just … sad. It’s a no from me.

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Glowing Complexion Kit

I need to rebel against myself. I need to do what I most fear.
- Chuck Palahniuk

Recently, I have been obsessed with naturally glowing skin, subtly enhanced by a good highlighter. I would say - add some glow to tanned skin and you’ve got yourself complexion to die for #quoteoftheday. I have been carefully putting together my personal glow kit and given that I’m very happy with the results, it’s time I shared it with you.

I’ll start with Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser (shade #02). I saw this on a friend’s face and was amazed by how flawless and dewy her skin looked. Mind you, this is the lady with the most sensitive skin in the history of human kind (love you!) so seeing that she was using it and being more than happy with the great results made me want to desperately try it. So I did. I have to admit that before I went on holiday, this was a tad too orange for me. I tend to have a more yellow/ grey-ish sunless skintone and the moisturiser sat a bit strange on my skin. After some tan though, we became a definite match. Even though it’s a tinted moisturiser, it still has good light to medium coverage, ideal for my taste. The important thing here is the finish – it gives a lovely natural, glowy complexion.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Life Lately List

Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.
— Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You
 A berry mojito at Sky Garden.

Hello, hello.
I sat down to do one of the "Life Lately" posts only because I think it's fair to have a catch-up after I've been incognito for a while. Sorry if it's not the type of thing you'd read (I have prepared something a tad more exciting for you, that will be up on Tuesday).


Glowy, dewy skin. I have been all over that look recently. I admit it's a very fine line between sweaty face and Jennifer Lopez face BUT I believe I have mastered it more or less and will share what I've achieved in the upcoming post.

I have also started boxing! It's something that I've always wanted to do, long before Gigi Hadid and Co. made it mainstream. It's pretty cool and has gradually become more exhausting. Good gains. I recommend. 


I went to Italy for my birthday and it was lovely (well, most of it at least). I even got to go to the beach and got sunburnt! That's not the bit that I hated... it's actually the fact that I am back in London and the next time I see a beach will probably be in a couple of months.. So yeah, I am considering moving, any suggestions? Around the Equator preferably. 


I have been a granola eater for quite a while now and I have tried many brands and flavours but the best one yet is definitely Rude Health Coconut & Chia. At one point I had four boxes of this, just in case. They sell it in Waitrose too for about £4 and sometimes it's discounted to 3 quid (that's when the stash is filled!) It's brilliant with yogurt and fruit of choice and that's all I've been eating (once I had it for dinner too...sorry, definitely not sorry)

Listening to

Can I say Lemonade without being a complete cliche? I love Hold up and Don't hurt yourself
Mr. Zayn Malik also has some tunes - check out Borderz and She. Gosh, my taste in music seems very mainstream but there you go... next time I'll improve, promise.


Still Bulgarian Literature on loop. Currently reading some stories about immigration/ travelling/ being a citizen of the world/ belonging to one particular place. It definitely hits home (pun intended) and has been helping me figure out some things about myself and what I want in life. If you're lucky enough to speak the language check it out here. 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The new cleanser in my life: Ole Henriksen

"You know, I'm Hannah forever. No matter whether I start a new nuclear missile crisis with my emotions or just sit back and chill and give someone a fruit basket. I can only control the mayhem that I create around me."
- Girls

Hello, hello.
I will start by saying I have a weird thing about cleansers and generally taking my make up off. I can never ever go to bed without removing the dirt and grime off my face. Even if I am drunk or it's 5am and (hypothetically speaking) a shark bit my leg off - face has to be cleansed immediately.

I believe this strange obsession of mine is because of my sister, who more or less was the first person to start teaching me the basics of womanhood. Anyway, now I am meticulous when it comes to having a fresh face before bed. This why I pick my cleansers very carefully and it was a big step when I decided to try out Ole Henriksen's Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. This was a big and very well-calculated step for me. I had heard enough raving about it and people praising it's qualities. Time to share my experience...

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Life Lately - Spring Edition

"Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back."
— John Green

Spring has sprung, people.. new life, new beginnings, florals and all the other cliches of a season hardly present in London. Thought it was a good time for a life update...


From emotional perspective, it has to be the fact I've been inspired and encouraged to do the things I love (understand writing here and generally sorting out my life). Can't really say how it happens, maybe try and spend some time with yourself without thinking or worrying about anybody else. Too selfish for you? Okay, I've also been loving my new personalised Stan Smiths. Prepare to see them everywhere. I am not even sorry.


I feel like this bit is all about moaning and I really don't want to bore you with that... Will only say I've been ill recently and poor health is both physically and emotionally draining. Count your blessings.


I have had a weird obsession with pink recently. Maybe it's the season and the general trend going on at the moment, but I am all about pink these days (mind you, I wear predominantly black so this is huge for me). I even bought a pink coat! Yes, for real and yes, you will be seeing it very soon. 

Listening to

Definitely check out Halsey - Castle and anything by Banks, suggesting Goddess as a start. I would do anything to listen to Banks live and I assure you, I will know every song by heart.


Currently reading a lot of Bulgarian literature and I recommend Georgi Gospodinov's Physics of Sorrow (Физика на тъгата). This is the *bold claim alert* best book I have ever read. And I will continue to reread it as I am alive, it will always give me something new, it will always "love me" back (refer to quote on top). He is a brilliant author and his books are translated in many languages, so no excuse here. If you have read it and you don't like it.. well, I don't like you and we can't ever be friends. 

Check out the book on the bottom left photo and if you understand what the title says, pick it up next time you're in a bookstore... 

Thanks for reading guys and stay tuned! 

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

My musings on two Kat von D must-haves

“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

We're talking about the Kat von D Shade & Light Eye Palette and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (in Lolita, of course). When I saw that Sephora had a Kat von D beauty counter in Madrid, my heart skipped a beat and I knew I was buying at least those two beauties.

I will start with the easier of the two - the everlasting lipstick. I am sure you have read and heard a lot about this - a long-wear liquid matte formula with a great range of colours to choose from. Let me tell you.. all the praise for those lipsticks is well deserved. I have tried my fair share of matte lippies and this one is perfect - no fuss, stays on the lips for ages and fades out like a fairy tale. You can reapply as many times as you need and it looks awesome. I have experienced a lot of patchiness with matte lipsticks but not this one. The hefty price of 20 was justified. As for Lolita - it's probably one of the most wearable of all but still has Kat's feeling - it's not pink at all and gives a gorgeous muted tone to the lips.  

Now... about the Shade & Light eye palette. I was torn between this and the Monarch palettes but decided to get this one as it had been on my list for too long. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Madrid Diaries

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Hello, hello.

I went to Madrid last weekend and thought I'd write a quick recap of things to do and places to visit.
Let me start by saying that Madrid is a beautiful city with plenty of sights to see...


 We stayed at NH Madrid Nacional which is located near the Atocha Central Station and 5 minutes walk to Prado museum and the Botanical Garden. I recommend the hotel - excellent location and great rooms. 

Places to go:

Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia, Santa Ana square, Royal Palace of Madrid, Plaza del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel (photo below), Plaza de Espana, the Botanical Garden (right by Prado), Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor etc. All main sights are absolutely worth it. We also went to the zoo but that was not as exciting as we expected. If you want to see the two most awesome creatures there (the penguins and the pandas, obviously) see below.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

5 Things I've learned from going to the gym

"Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else."
— David Foster Wallace

Hello, hello. The gym talk is here. It's time.

I've been going to the gym regularly for about a year now. If I am correct, I bought my old Adidas trainers exactly one year ago and I didn't even own a decent pair before that. It was kind of pathetic. 
As a side note I can say that physical activity was never really new to me - I used to dance ballet for ages and at one point I'd go to two rehearsals per day; however, that was long, long ago...


Motivation is everything and the truth is, it has to come from your own strong will. I used to look at myself in the mirror and sure - I was quite slim and had that svelte figure, which ballet gifted to me in exchange of sweat and blood (not exaggerating). Also, genes. Yes, genes matter as well but they're not definitive. So the realisation that I didn't like myself that much and knowing what my body was once capable of, pushed me to go for it and sign up. 

And let me tell you, seeing results is an incredible motivation. Beating an extremely low mood in the end of a shitty day is also quite something. After a good session I feel better about myself - knowing that you have done something good for your body does the trick for your mind too. I learned that exercise can keep me sane and make me feel good about myself.


What you eat, obviously, does matter but I'd say everything in moderation. I have cut all processed food as much as I can and to be honest, I don't miss it. Actually, it makes me cringe every time I get close to a frozen pizza or a fast food joint... and I used to love me some KFC. But why would you treat your body as a waste bin and put all sorts of trash in it?

 Don't get me wrong, I love me a juicy burger and fries (holla to all my potato lovers out there!) but the ones which are not made on a conveyer belt. I'd say - be a bit more conscious about where your food comes from and what you put in your body. It does make a difference.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Life Lately List

"But then it passes, as all things do."
- Khaled Hosseini


Yes, I know the year passed and I didn't really get back to regular writing but ... when it's not there, you can't force it... Whatever that means. 

So here is a quick update of life lately. I was home for Christmas (best feeling ever), went to Milan and it was freezing lovely, I got quite ill twice and got better eventually. Now I am back on track, busy at work but eager to do the things I love (somewhat cheesy, apologies).


Amy Poehler. I don't know why I end up promoting comedians every time I sit down to write this, but she is a genius. What a brilliant, funny and honest woman. I love Parks and Recreation (her mocumentary-style show, which you need to see!) so I decided to read her memoir - Yes, please. I devoured this book in what felt like seconds. It is funny, yes, but also so much more than that. Every chapter I was reading seemed to resonate with me and my life, it was as if a funny lady from my future was giving me life advice. Yes, it won't become a contemporary classic, but it's a great book for sure.

P.S. I also loved Star Wars The Force Awakens - it's awesome!


The commute in London. And don't get me wrong, my commute is pretty average for the place, but it's exhausting and it drains my power every morning before I even get to work. The pros and cons of living in a metropolitan city... I do hate it though.


Mainly sleep these days. Not that I don't get enough of it, there's just room for improvement. I am convinced I could have slept through the last couple of Sundays without a problem. Is this normal? Maybe not...

Listening to

Rihanna's new album ANTI. It went out a few days ago, exclusive to Tidal and Samsung mobile, but who can stay away from the good old Apple people, who generously released it shortly after. I have been hooked - and it's not just your good old gangsta songs, there are a couple of jazz - sounding ones, which are great. Go for it, it's a good album. Plus, I am seeing her and The Weeknd live in June (not bragging at all!).


At the moment I am reading David Foster Wallace's "enthralling narrative adventures" - Consider the lobster. He uses way too many footnotes and can be a bit pretentious in his writing (he makes up his own words!) but boy, do I have the biggest intellectual crush on this man. He is smart beyond possible and it's so obvious. At one point I started imagining having dinner with him and talking about literature and profound existential dilemmas, and then I realised that I would feel positively stupid next to him and probably wouldn't even open my mouth. Let me just say this... I read a 30-page dictionary review and I really enjoyed it. That tells a lot. He probably wouldn't approve of me listening to Rihanna though...

Thanks for reading and stay tuned (no, really, stay tuned)!

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