Smashbox X-Rated Mascara Review

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara Review

I've been using the same mascara for the past two years. Jordana Best Lash Extreme is my number one babe and I have zero intentions of replacing it, but if another one crosses my path, I can assure you, it's getting tried out. I got the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara a couple of months ago in a goodie bag, and while it doesn't tick all the boxes for me, I think I'll still use it when going for a 'no makeup' makeup look. 
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara Wand

I have to give it two thumbs up for separating and holding the curl, epsecially for holding the curl. My eyelashes are pretty straight and they always end up falling flat, but not with this mascara. They stay the same throughout the day, without flaking, and there's some lengthening going on as well. What disappointed me, though, was the volume promises. It really doesn't add anything to my lashes, so I'm very surprised it's marketed as a volumizing mascara. I think it's the wand that fails to deliver, as the bristles are quite far apart. Amazing for separation, but not ideal for volume, I guess. 
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara Look

For the price (19.50 GBP), I would expect much more and wouldn't purchase it myself to be honest. I wonder how other mascaras of theirs perform... Have you tried any?

P.S. Here's my first impression of the mascara along with the demo in case you haven't watched it yet.

Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali

Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

The Zala Villa Bali was my home for two weeks back in August 2014, when I was visiting Bali with my family and friends. It was the first luxury accomodation I stayed at, and what can I say, it set the bar very high.
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

Located away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, in the middle of rice fields in Canggu, it's the perfect place to relax without being too secluded. Echo beach - my favourite - is just a 10 minute drive away, while a trip to the 'tourist central' will take you about half an hour.
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

The owner Andrej, a fellow Slovenian, built the property up from scratch, and I don't think he could have done a better job. There are four villas in total, each offering complete privacy, having their own entrances and living areas. They're all decorated in a modern style with traditional Balinese touches and have a private pool, two bedrooms, two semi-outdoor bathrooms, and a spacious open living space with a lounge, a kitchen and a dining area.
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

The place was kept spotless throughout our stay, and we always had the most delicious fresh juices waiting for us in the fridge. I still can't get them out of my head! The meals were great too. We usually started our day with breakfast and then planned the rest of our meals around activities on the actual day, which was very handy.
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

Andrej and his wife Ida are definitely not your average hotel owners. They made sure we experienced the best of what Bali has on offer and made us feel like we were staying with old friends. Andrej was our personal driver (along with Andi) and a tour guide with the best tips and local secrets. He organized all activities for us, so that we didn't have to worry about a single thing, and tweaked the itinerary for us on the go, based on our preferences. 
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

I would recommend the place to families, couples and friends alike. I really don't have a single complaint. The only thing I was missing was a fully functioning wi-fi, but that's Bali and I've seen worse to be honest. Most of you probably don't depend on the internet as much as I do, so you're good. If you're a fellow YouTuber, though, make sure you have those videos scheduled and uploaded before you land on the island, haha.
Where to Stay in Bali: Zala Villa Bali Review

Bali was one of the best places I've ever visited and I would love to explore more of Indonesia in the future. After having such an amazing experience at The Zala Villa Bali in particular, one of the first places on my to-visit list is definitely Andrej's new venture, Coconut Garden Beach Resort in Flores. Who's coming with me?!

Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich

Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Review Chicken Shish

When you finish a meal and want to keep eating the same thing for the rest of the week, you know you've had a good one! That's what happened to me at Zeytin, a traditional Turkish restaurant in Greenwich. I'm glad I was introduced to this place by my housemate's friends, as I probably never would have visited it on my own...
Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Restaurant Review

The restaurant doesn't scream 'Turkish' at first glance, as the decor is quite standard, but the menu looked completely traditional, offering hot and cold starters, grills, casseroles, vegetarian dishes, salads and even sea food.
Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Restaurant Review Salad
Before we ordered our mains, we were served with complimentary starters, which included salads, dips, olives and yummy bread. Complimentary food is a very, very rare practice in London, so we were all pleasantly surprised with the generous offer in both senses of the word. I was all over the bread and the tzatziki-like sauce, so much so, I wasn't even feeling hungry anymore by the time our mains arrived.
Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Restaurant Review Bread


Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Restaurant Review Dips

Not being a fan of lamb and certain mediterranean spices, I went for the safe option and ordered Chicken Shish (12.45 GBP). I have to say the meat exceeded all my expectations. It was soft, buttery and tasted very similar to the meat my dad prepares when we're having barbecues. That's one of those things I miss the most about my life back home in Slovenia, and the fact that my family never fails to bombard me with photos of delicious food whenever they're having fun without me, doesn't help the situation one bit. If I had Zeytin right around the corner from where I live, I would probably be there picking up my takeaway every weekend. 
Traditional Turkish Grill at Zeytin Greenwich Restaurant Review Chicken

The chicken aside, all sides were delicious too. I got some grilled veggies, rice and bulgur wheat, which I topped off with that tzatziki-style sauce we kept on ordering. The combo tasted perfect! Bulgur wheat, by the way, is quite similar to rice in case you haven't tried it yet yourself. I had it for the first time at this restaurant, and after finding out it has twice the fiber, fewer calories and less fat than rice, I already made a replacement in my kitchen cupboard. 

What's in My Bag: Daily Vlogging Edition

What's in My Bag: Daily Vlogging Edition

Have you ever watched Mary Poppins? Do you remember the scene with her purse containing everything but the kitchen sink? That's how mine is most of the time, especially since I started vlogging. Some of my friends got so used to it they even stopped taking half of their stuff with them, because they know I'll always come to the rescue if we're out and about together. Oh, dear! To give you an idea of what I carry with me on a daily basis, check out my 'what's in my bag' video below or over here. Do you carry such a ridiculous amount of things with you as well?

Broadstairs Weekend Beach Break: Exploring Sandy Beaches Near London

Kingsgate Bay

A sandy beach is last thing that crosses my mind when I think of England. Sure, I've heard about the famous Cornwall beaches, but living a five-hour drive away from them, they're not exactly a day trip material. I thought Brighton and its pebbles is the only way to go for us Londoners, but boy was I wrong. 
Botany Bay
It turns out Kent, an area in South East England, has quite a few gems in its pocket! Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs are all reachable within two hours from the capital and are a home to dozens of beautiful sandy beaches. Last Sunday my housemate's friends were kind enough to take me along to Broadstairs for a chill day of sunbathing, picnicing and general life loving. It's been ages since I felt so relaxed. There's nothing better than sitting by the ocean, soaking up the sun and burying your toes in the sand. At least not in my books. 
Joss Bay

There was no swimming going on on my part - after all, this is still England and the ocean doesn't have more than 16°C - but I did enjoy experiencing the British way of 'beach life'. There were picnics, barbecues, tents and yes, even people swimming in the freezing ocean. Not what I'm used to from my previous beach breaks in Greece and Croatia, that's for sure. I spent the majority of the day at Joss Bay, which was the largest and the most 'convenient' of the three beaches I visited. There were public toilets, free parking by the road and even a bar. I assume it must be quite popular amongs the locals, as there were lots of families there, but even though it was busy, we still managed to find our own spot without having others walking over us. 
Kingsgate Bay

Kingsgate Bay was our second stop. The beach looked really impressive from the top of the nearby road, but once we took a closer look, we decided to give it a miss and move on to the next one. You might like it if you're looking for a quieter, less busy place or a beach that allows dogs, though. It is also known for its sea caves, which are supposed to be some of the best in the country, so if you're brave enough to jump in the freezing cold sea and explore the cliffs, it might be right up your alley. Just note there's no lifeguards on this beach, and the parking next to the nearby pub is not free (I think it's 10 GBP for a day). Speaking of the pub, it has great views of the beach and the castle above, so do stop there for an amazing photo opportunity. 
Botany Bay



Botany Bay was the last place we visited. I do think you can park near the area, but we just ended up walking from the before mentioned pub. There's a cute path with amazing views leading straight to the beach. I think it takes ten minutes tops to walk there, if you're not like me, stopping every few seconds to take yet another shot. And by shot, I mean a photo. I'm not an alcoholic. Lol. Anyway, the beach was super busy when we arrived, so we ended up finding a spot right above the bay instead, on the grass, to catch the last sun rays before heading back home. However, we did take a look around beforehands, as the beach sports some awesome cliffs and stacks. For those of you wondering, there's also a public toilet and a lifeguard. But no dogs allowed. Do you guys know of any other stunning beaches or seaside towns near London?

Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Mulia Cafe

Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review

I've been writing about food so much lately The Puzzle of Sandra's Life is unintentionally starting to resemble a food blog, haha. Today I don't have a recipe or a restaurant review per se for you guys, but I do have one amazing tip that you'll be glad I told you about when you visit Bali. It's called The Cafe.
Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review


Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review

You can find it inside The Mulia, a luxury five-star resort in Nusa Dua. Essentially, it's a buffet restaurant, but a very fancy and rather affordable one! I know, that's two words you don't see in the same sentence very often, which is a reason enough to give it a go if you fancy experiencing luxury on a budget.
Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review


Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review

You can go there for either breakfast, lunch or dinner, and enjoy top-notch meals from all around the globe for about €30 per person. Being a buffet, you can try whatever you want and go fill up your plate as many times as you like. I would recommend starving yourself beforehand, because everything looks and tastes so good there, you will want to eat all of the things. I went there for lunch, and indian, korean, italian and thai were only some of the cousines I tried. That's before I made it to the famous dessert bar. Insert blushing emoji.
Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review


Bali Luxury Gourmet Experience on a Budget: The Cafe at The Mulia Review

Even though I said the place is a buffet-style restaurant, it's not exactly your typical buffet. It looks luxurious, the food is prepared by some of the best chefs in the world, and everything is cooked fresh, sometimes even in front of your eyes. Ten out of ten! If I ever repeat my visit to Bali, we'll definitely meet again. Would you give it a go too?

Wintery June


June in London does not equal cloudless skies and warm temperatures, I have learned. We had the most terrible, almost winter-like weather up until a few days ago, so I made sure to take advantage of every single sunny day and enjoyed the green and not so green spaces the city has on offer. I've been a proper tourist recently, trying to squeeze in as many activities as possible, until I get shoved out of the country thanks to Brexit, teehee. I'm joking now, but this might turn out to be a real deal in a couple of years' time, so here's to living to the fullest while I still can! Life is a funny thing, and you never know when you'll find yourself cleaning toilets for a living back in your home country... Speaking of future jobs and careers, June was the month when my new website was launched! You may or may not know I decided to go freelance a couple of months ago (still not sure if that was the best or the worst decision I've ever made), and what does every freelancer need? A professional looking website, that's what! You can check mine out over here, and while you're at it, tell your friends about it too pretty please?! I don't want the toilet cleaning situation to become a reality for me. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I think we can all agree I'm not cut out for it. I'd rather to stick to content creating and social media.
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