Product of the day: Nivea Aqua Effect Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 15

Nivea Aqua Effect Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 15 is for normal to mixed skin. It is perfect to use for fall and spring. During summer, it felt a bit heavy on the skin and I think that during winter, it’s better to use nourishing cream instead of moisturizing. Right now it feels great on the skin. The cream doesn’t have a strong smell, which is good.

Enriched with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ, it provides the skin intensive moisture and leaves it feeling fresh.

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My routine is as follows: First I clean the skin and apply the cream gently padding with the fingers. It is quite quickly absorbed by the skin, but I still prefer to wait one hour before applying foundation. Before applying foundation or BB cream, I use a napkin to get rid of excess cream or oils.

Apply on cleansed and toned face by gently massaging in small circular motions.

The cream does a good job of moisturizing as I don’t feel any dryness in my skin during the day. There’s also a night moisturizing cream from the same line, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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Product of the day: L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizing Eye Cream

When you find a drug store product that works miracles that’s a double win because let’s face it: no one likes to spend a fortune on a product that you can’t show off (jk) and that will be gone in a few months time.

With eye cream I found my magic product – L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizing Eye Cream. The cream has very light, gel-like texture, it is quickly absorbed by the skin and it smoothes out tiny wrinkles.

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Product of the day: Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray by Rene Furterer

When it comes to hair products, I always look for something that will give me results without weighing hair down or making it greasy. I already told you about my favorite serum, and now it’s time to tell about my second favorite product – Volumizing Conditioning Spray by french brand Rene Furterer from their line Volumea.

The shampoo and conditioner from the very same line has been on InStyle’s top beauty products, so you can imagine the whole line must be good. I haven’t tried all products from the line yet, but this one deserves a mention. It is lightweight, has a very nice smell (which evaporates shortly, so it won’t interfere with your perfume) and it does exactly what it promises – gives volume boost without weighing down. I have naturally wavy hair, and what I especially love about this product is that it doesn’t straighten or weigh down my locks. My curls are bouncy and after air drying hair they have that perfect ‘sexy beach waves’ kind of look.

Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray - One Happy BlogHere’s a little bit more info about the product:

  • DESCRIPTION

    This leave-in volumizing conditioning spray detangles, tames fly-aways and weightlessly pumps hair with natural looking volume from roots to ends.

  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS+
    • Natural Carob extract: Creates long-lasting volume
    • Cationic complex: Detangles hair
  • AROMA+

    Lemon, Thyme, Rose

  •  FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS

    WATER (AQUA), SD ALCOHOL 39-C (ALCOHOL DENAT), VP/VA COPOLYMER, DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM (DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM), DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), HYDROLYZED CERATONIA SILIQUA GUM EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE

  • DIRECTIONS

    After shampooing, spray all over toweldried hair. Do not rinse. Proceed to styling.

I love having my hair curly most of the time. Luckily, it is naturally quite wavy, but from time to time when I want more textured and defined curls, I use curling iron or hair rollers. Considering the humid and windy weather where I live, I need really strong hair products to help my curls stay and not fall apart as soon as I leave the house.

_vyrn_1015Wellaflex_Haarspray_Shiny_HoldI’ve been using hair products by Wella for a long time and was always satisfied with the results. Hairspray Wellaflex by Wella wasn’t exception. My curls stayed almost the same hours later. The one I’ve tried is Shiny Hold with strongest fixation – 5.

This is me right after I removed the rollers and sprayed my hair.

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And this is me hours later 🙂

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Beauty product of the day: Llongueras Instant Beauty Serum Todo en 1

When it comes to hair, the task of finding the right beauty product isn’t an easy one. I was looking for a product that will bring out the color and shine, make them soft and at the same time won’t increase their weight and make them sticky or loose the volume.

I was beyond happy when I came across Instant Beauty Serum by Llongueras. It is very light, makes my hair silky and soft and in few seconds my hair looks like I just went out from hair salon.

Give it a try and I’m sure you will enjoy the results!

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Love Taylor Swift in this really cute Louis Vuitton dress.

Every fall I want to cut my bangs similar to hers. I have really long hair and want to try a different look without losing the length. I hope to finally try this haircut after summer.

I’m working now on an illustration inspired by this cover. Hope to post it on the blog next week! Stay tuned and have a great weekend!

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Video of the day: Mimi’s of LuxyHair Braided Chignon Hair Style

I’ve followed Mimi on Instagram and YouTube for a while now and I’m absolutely in love with her hair tutorials, her beautiful hair and smile and sweet personality. Oh, and the fact that she’s from Azerbaijan makes me really proud! 🙂

This hair tutorial is inspired by Dolce & Gabbana SS 2014 runway show and I love everything Dolce & Gabbana! This hairstyle looks very feminine and chic and I can’t wait to recreate it!

Now, here’s the video:

 

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Olive oil

I heard before that the secret of beauty of gorgeous Italian women is Italian men (haha) and olive oil. In Italy olive oil is used almost in every meal and in most of the beauty products. Below are some beauty tips on use of olive oil taken from here – http://fashiony.ru/page.php?id_n=83615

  • Best type of olive oil is considered Extra Virgin. It should be stored in a tinted glass bottle as it doesn’t let pass the rays of sun and preserves the oil in good quality.  Personally, I prefer Borges Extra Virgin Olive Oil as per the picture below.borges_extra_virgin_olive_oil_500ml
  • Olive oil as an eye make-up remover – Moisten the cotton pad and pour couple of drops of olive oil – Voila! Cheap, effective and 100% organic liquid!
  • Add few drops of olive oil in your night cream – and after you get your beauty sleep your skin will be soft and luminous
  • Mix few drops of olive oil with your hand and foot cream – and you will get the same great results
  • Once a week prepare a scrub – Mix the sea salt with olive oil for beautiful baby-like skin
  • Spread the olive oil all over your skin after the shower and you don’t need any lotion or body butter or cream
  • Make a hair mask – just heat the olive oil a bit and apply it all over the hair. Fix the hair on the top of the head with a clip and go on doing the house work or whatever. After few hours, rinse it off with the shampoo. Best done over the weekend.

 

Brush for skin exfoliation

Another beauty secret my  Miranda Kerr was to exfoliate the skin with dry brush with natural bristle.  A note to myself is to always get enough info before using something. I tried the brush yesterday, but in the shower. I had no idea that you’re actually supposed to use it before the shower or a bath. The results were still great, though! My skin felt like baby’s skin. Next time I will use it properly though.

Here’s my dry brush by WellFit (Made in Germany):

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And here’s a great post by Sachi from Versachi 🙂 about dry brushing how to:

http://versachi17.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/body-brushing/

 

Rosehip oil

Another beauty tip by Miranda Kerr is to use rose-hip oil. Miranda applies it after the shower all over her body for the whole night. And when she wakes up the next day her skin is glowing.  She also uses it as an eye make-up remover and adds the oil to her night cream.

I applied the oil after the shower last night and I have to admit Miranda is right. My skin feels very soft and silky and it even seems to have light bronzing effect. Perfect!

Time to try it as an eye make-up remover and and add it to the night cream too!

This is how the rose-hip oil I bought in one of the drugstores looks like. I wish the bottle was bigger though! After I applied it last night almost half of the bottle is gone…

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