How I Shape, Groom & Fill in My Eyebrows

My eyebrows are very high on my makeup checklist, preceded only by under eye concealer. I feel naked when I don't fill them in. Does anyone else feel like that? From time to time, I get people asking me how I get them the way they are, so I think it was about time for me to film 'My Eyebrow Routine' video. I'll tell you everything you need to know to get your eyebrows from crap to fab. To hear my tips on shaping, grooming and filing in, simply watch the video below.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Review

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Review

I purchased Elizabeth Arden's award winning Eight Hour Cream back in January for my makeup artist kit, but I haven't used it up until now. For the past few weeks, my lips have been extremely chapped. I tried every single lip product under the sun I have in my house and not one helped me. Not even the famous Reve de Miel Balm. But more on that later. Eight Hour Cream was my last resort, and it is the product I have to thank for saving my lips. 
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Review

The cream comes in a tube and is very thick compared to other creams, so I can't imagine putting it all over my face. I actually wouldn't describe it as a cream, because nothing about this product screams cream to me. The colour is not white but peach, it is a bit sticky, greasy, and smells very unique. I've been thinking about how to desribe it for hours, but I honestly have no idea what it could be compared to. You'll just have to go smell it yourself. Keep in mind, there are two different formulas out there - the original one and the fragrance free one. I have the fragrance free one, so I have no idea how the original smells like. Having said that, mine still has a scent even though it's fragrance free. I hope this makes sense.

As I have said, I use the product for my chapped lips, but apparently, it works for a whole list of other problems as well. To name a few, you can use it on your dry patches, cuticles, feet, sunburns, brows or just to add gloss to a model's lips/eyelids/cheekbones at a photoshoot. That's what I call a multi-purpose product! Also, did you know that this little miracle was created more that 80 years ago?! Amazing! Do you use it yourself?

Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Illuminoil Review

Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Illuminoil Review
I've tried many different hair oils in the past few years. Some were good, others not so much (I'm looking at you Moroccanoil). But none of them were as great as the one I'll be talking about today. Jo Hansford's Expert Colour Care Illuminoil is top notch and totally deserves its name, liquid gold. The oil was created by Jo Hansford, one of the world's leading hair colourists popular especially amongst celebrities. Oh, how I wish I had enough money for her to do magic on my hair! But at least her products are accessible for us normal human beings.

Illuminoil comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump, and is suitable for all hair types. One thing that initially surprised me besides the clear colour (oils usually look yellow) was the scent. All hair oils I've tried so far had a more or less similar, rich nutty scent, this one, however, smells very citrusy. My first response was: this doesn't smell right, this ain't gonna work. But it does. It works amazing.
Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Illuminoil Review
The product contains the blend of Pomegranate, Argan, Karanja and Jojoba oils. It feels very lightweight and gives my hair the most beautiful shine. The reality is, my hair is burnt - you can read about the incident here - and consequently looks and feels very lifeless. However, when I put this oil on, it turns into a soft, glossy, frizz free goodness.

I use the oil as a finishing product. I put it on almost every day, on my dry hair, but you can also use it on your wet hair before blowdrying, as an overnight scalp treatment or as an intensive 10-minute treatment after shampooing/before conditioning. 50 ml of this product, which you can buy here, will cost you 36,85€, but trust me, it is well worth the money. I'm definitely getting a new bottle when I run out of it. 

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Too Cool for School' Wow Gloss Review

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Too Cool for School' Wow Gloss Review

Being a self-proclaimed lip gloss hater, I never thought I would grow to love them, but things change and so do I. Lip glosses have become less sticky and free of chunky glitter since my elementary school years, which has definitely helped me embrace them. Clarins Lip Perfectors and NYX Butter Glosses even got their permanent spot in my handbag, but now, I have another one to add to the collection - Makeup Revolution's I Heart Makeup Wow Gloss in 'Too Cool for School'.
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Too Cool for School' Wow Gloss ReviewIt comes in the cutest packaging with a flat doe foot applicator. I love how unique the shape of the tube is (wide + slim). It looks pretty bulky at first, but it's actually very sleek.
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Too Cool for School' Wow Gloss Review swatch

The light pale pink shade is right up my alley. The pigmentation is just perfect and I love the milky effect. The lip gloss is comfortable to wear, doesn't have a particular scent and isn't sticky. Yay for that! I think it's perfect for everyday activities such as school or work. I actually used the lip gloss in my 'Back to School Makeup Tutorial' video in case you haven't watched it yet. 
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Too Cool for School' Wow Gloss Review lip swatch

I have to say, Makeup Revolution has pleasantly surprised me once again. I'm already adding new items to my wishlist. Which products should I definitely check out?

My Favourite Essence Products

It's no secret that Essence is one of my all time favourite drugstore brands. I've been using their products for ages and have tried plenty of them, so I hought I would share the selection of my top 5 with you today. I'm really glad that the brand was launched in the UK as well recently, as I can't imagine my life on the island without some of their gems. Find out which in the video below! 

The Week When I Graduated

I did it! On Tuesday, I walked into a classroom where the oral part of my bachelor's exam was held as a student, and walked out as a graduate, with a bachelor's degree in English Language & Literature. I expected to feel a special kind of emotion everyone's talking about when they finish university, but no. To me, it was just another thing on the list that I needed to check off before I could go on with my life. For the past two years, I've been dealing with a lot of confusion. I entered university very excited, thinking I was on my way to fulfill my dream of becoming a translator, but soon ended up being disappointed. My schedule was exhausting, the work overload was driving me crazy and the exam stress has turned me into an emotional wreck. It's not that I wasn't able to handle it, because overall, I was a good student with good grades, but I guess I'd just imagined things differently. Most of the courses we had seemed very pointless and useless to me, and I soon started losing my initial drive. Then, in the midst of all, something else happened. My interests started changing direction. I was sitting in classes, trying to listen to lectures on morphology, phonology and literature, but all I could think about was how great would it be to go home and work on my blog. As you know, I decided to take a 'gap year' before graduating to figure out whether I want to do what everyone else does and continue my studies, or be a little rebellious and try to pursue my true passion. During the gap year, I followed my dreams and finally enrolled into makeup artist school. I succesfully completed the programme, became a makeup artist and even ended up launching my own online store. The most stupid person in this world could figure out where my heart truly lies, but only a few months ago, I was still as confused about my future as I was a year before. Luckily, the opportunity for me to move to London came up right in time, and put things into perspective. I'm firmly convinced destiny had something to do with it. By now, you already know where this is going. Yes, I decided to not continue with my studies. I'm grateful for the education I got, as I'm sure it will serve me well, especially now that I'm moving to the UK, but I'm excited to be able to close this chapter and start a new one. Unfortunatelly, I still don't know how exactly my future will unfold, but I do know that I want my future to be in the beauty/social media marketing industry, and I'm ready to work my badonkadonk off to make this dream happen.

Recipe: My Dad's Shrimps

Now that I'm about to move to London, I'm frantically trying to learn how to cook all the dishes I regularly devour, but never actually prepare myself. The first on the list were my dad's shrimps, which are to die for! Finger-lickable is the expression that best describes them. Everyone who tries them becomes obsessed with them. For some reason, I thought they were very complicated to prepare, so I always avoided the kitchen when my dad was making them, but boy, was I wrong. This is literally the easiest dish ever. It requires the sandwich-making level skills, yet tastes like something you would eat in a 5-star restaurant by the ocean.

The ingredients you need to prepare the dish for four to five people are: 
 1 kg of cooked shrimps 
 2 bulbs of garlic
 a handful of parsley
 1 table spoon of mixed provencal herbs (savory, thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, fennel)
♥ 1 table spoon of Začinka spice mix (to find a similar product in your country, see how it looks like & what it contains here)
 olive oil
 2 dl of dry white wine
 a half of lime
 ground pepper

First, you'll have to chop up the garlic and the parsley into tiny pieces. Once you're done, you put them together into a bowl, add the mix of provencal herbs, the začinka spice mix, a few spoons of olive oil, and mix everything together. The mix shouldn't be dry, but it also isn't supposed to be overflowing with oil. 

Then you put the mix aside and pour olive oil into a large skillet, so that the bottom is covered. If you'll be preparing shrimps for one or two people, a large skillet will do, but you'll either need an electric pizza pan or do several rounds to prepare the meal for a larger amount of people. We prepare the dish in a large eletric pizza pan. 

After you cover the bottom with the oil, you throw in the shrimps. Make sure they aren't frozen, but cooked and previously stored in a fridge. You leave the shrimps to roast for about five minutes until they are done on both sides. Of course, you'll have to do some stirring in between. 

Next, you add 2 dl of dry white wine, cover the skillet/pizza pan with a lid and leave the shrimps to stew for about five minutes before you take the lid off and leave the wine to evaporate. 

Lastly, you throw the mix that you have previously prepared on the shrimps, squeeze on a half of lime, season the whole thing with ground pepper, stir and that's pretty much it. Just leave the shrimps in the pan for two more minutes, so that they soak up all the ingredients. Easy, right? Will any of you be trying out my dad's recipe? Please send me photos if you do and don't forget to tell me how you liked it.

P.S. Before you shove the shrimps into your mouth, make sure to remove the head, the tail and the shell around the body. Oh, and prepare lots of napkins, because your hands WILL get dirty. :D
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