September Beauty Favourites


I finally got my voice back, which means that I managed to film a few videos! Today I have 'September Beauty Favourites' for you. I've discovered some really amazing products last month. :)

The Week When I Learned How to Make Cake Pops


Last week I was planning to film lots of videos so that you would have something to watch while I'm trying to figure out my new life in England, but the mysterious cold that's been chasing me since last month decided to pay me a visit again and I spent most of the week in bed. Yay! On Friday, though, I went to Ljubljana (our capital) and had a blast. I spent the day with my friend I haven't seen since we finished makeup school and then went to Click2Chic's Yummy event I was invited to. I loved the concept of it, because it wasn't just a regular presentation of beauty product. We were actually learning how to make cake pops! And then also ate them all, haha. They were delish! I can't wait to try to make some all by myself. Maybe for Halloween? I would love to make ghost or mummy cake pops. If I do, I'll definitely share the recipe on here as well. 

Then on Saturday, I had a few lovely ladies come over to have their makeup done for a party they were going to, and in the evening, I finally sat down to watch Boyhood. I was really excited to watch the movie because it had been filmed over the period of twelve years with the same cast. How crazy is that? I loved seeing everyone 'growing up' during the movie, which by the way, is a coming of age story. It was refreshing to see a movie with a totally different concept, having said that, I did find it a little long - it runs for 165 minutes. Short attention span alert! The soundtrack is great, though.

WEB FIND OF THE WEEK
I feel like last week was a girl power week thanks to Emma Watson brilliant UN speech, and due to something far from great that happened on youtube. But let's start with the speech. It's no secret that us women are still considered inferior to men, even in developed countries. It might not seem like it at first glance, but when it comes down to business, women are often considered to be too 'soft' to hold higher positions, earn less and are less likely to be promoted or even hired, just because they might get pregnant at some point in their lives. It's disgusting and just plain wrong. Discrimination and inequality (not just with regards to sexes) make my blood boil, and I can only hope things will start moving in the right direction with the help of HeForShe campaign. After Emma's speech I am proud to call myself a feminist, a word I have been avoiding to identify with for as long as I can remember, because it sadly comes with loads of negative connotations. So, just to make things clear once and for all, being a feminist doesn not mean you are a man hater, a lesbian, not feminine, or that you hate the idea of marriage and having children. It simply means that you support political, economic, cultural and social equality of the sexes.

Moving on to the youtube topic. If you are a part of the youtube community, you already know what I'm going to address, but if you have no clue what the hell I'm about to say right now, just hear me up. Long story short, this youtuber scumbag called Sam Pepper uploaded a 'prank' video in which he squeezed random women's butts on the streets of Los Angeles without their consent, which is obviously sexual harassment. The youtube community reacted very quickly and demanded the video to be taken down right away, which eventually it was. But that's not everything. A day later, Sam Pepper uploaded another video (now all of a sudden named part 2 of 3), in which a girl was squeezing men's butts. Understandingly, this caused an even bigger outlash in the community. But wait, there's more! He then uploaded the third video, in which he tried to save his ass, saying all of that was just a social experiment and tried to make himself be seen as the good guy, trying to raise awareness. Ridiculous! This was not the first time he published videos like that either. But the point of me telling you this is that I just wanted to say how proud I am of the youtube community stepping together, accusing sexual harassment, and acting upon the issue. People underestimate the power of social media sometimes, and this situation clearly proves how we can change things by joining our forces to raise awareness, educate and make a change in society. Thanks to all the support, many girls stepped forward and told their stories about being sexually harrased or even raped by Sam (or other youtubers), causing him being banned from youtube gatherings and dropped by his network. I hope this is only the beginning of his journey to hell, and I also hope that we can get rid of all the people who use their youtube fame to take advantage of their poor little fans. Ok, I'm done now. 

YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK
Today's post is very 'opinion based', so I thought I would stick to the topic and introduce you to a youtuber who regularly talks about controversial or taboo subjects such as religion, mental ilnesses, sexuality, youtube drama, etc. I have no idea how I stumbled upon his channel, but I'm glad I did, because he makes some really great, intelligent points. His channel is called MrRepzion, and I would highly recommend you to take a look at some of his content if you like watching ranty or opinion based videos.

SONG OF THE WEEK

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Stay Don't Stray' Eye Primer Review

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Stay Don't Stray' Eye Primer Review

Putting on eye primer on my eyelids before applying eyeshadow is a step I never skip in my makeup routine. It makes a huge difference in how your eyeshadows look and how long they last. My personal favourite is Urban Decay's Primer Potion, but today I'll be talking about Makeup Revolution's 'Stay Don't Stray'. Sounds familiar? Benefit's primer actually has the exact same name. Coincidence? I think not. Makeup Revolution is known for coming out with dupes after all. Now, I've never tried the Benefit version, so I can't make any comparisons, but I've tried quite a few other drugstore and high end primers so far, which helped me evaluate this one. 
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Stay Don't Stray' Eye Primer Review

Makeup Revolution's 'Stay Don't Stray' comes in a rather big sized squeezable plastic tube, but I have to warn you that the tube is not full of product. I've noticed there's a lot of air inside, so don't get fooled. As far as its performance goes, it's pretty decent. It's great at making eyeshadows look more pigmented and vibrant, but it isn't the best when it comes to helping your eyeshadows last longer, as I find my eye makeup looks fade throughout the day anyway whenever I'm using this product. 
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup 'Stay Don't Stray' Eye Primer Review

I'm pretty sure some of you who have to deal with oily eyelids will also be interested in whether or not it prevents creasing, but unfortunatelly, I can't comment on that, as eyeshadow never creases on me. Sorry! I don't think there's anything else that can be said about an eye primer, so I'll leave this review as it is and to finish things off, ask you what your favourite eye primer is? I would love to know!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm Review

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm Review

Nuxe's Reve de Miel Lip Balm is the product everyone raves about. It's been on my wishlist for years, and I was one very happy camper when I finally threw it in my shopping cart back in April. It comes in a luxurious looking glass pot, smells citrussy and contains amazing ingredients such as honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, which promise to nourish, repair, soothe and protect lips. I first noticed a rather interesting texture. I would describe it as thick and unpleasant. It was nothing like the moisturizing, buttery lip balms I was used to before. I wasn't impressed, but it was not a deal breaker for me. What did impress me, though, is that the formula somehow survives eating and drinking, so there is no need to reapply it every five minutes. 

My first impression of the product back in April was... I don't even know. I wasn't wowed by it, but I also wasn't disappointed. I was applying it every night and every morning before I went skiing whilst on vacation in the French Alps, and my lips never got chapped, so I thought it must do the job well and gave it a 'thumbs up'. Recently, however, I was dealing with a serious case of chapped lips, and decided to dug the balm out of the cupboard and take it for another ride. Unfortunatelly, it failed to deliver. I was putting it on at night before I went to bed and expected to see a miracle in the morning, but instead, it did nothing. It didn't do anything for my cracked lips, other than left a yucky looking film over them.

I haven't read a single bad review up to the point, so of course I was and still am very disappointed. I thought I was the only one with that kind of experience and already declared myself a freak, but then a few days ago, I came across another blogger saying the exact same thing happened to her. It turns out, it's not just me who doesn't like it and doesn't get the hype. I feel like the problem with this product is that it doesn't sink in. It just sits on your lips, creating a barrier, which might work to prevent your lips from getting dry, but it certainly doesn't do its job when your lips are already cracked and need saving. This product doesn't get my approval. I think it's overpriced and overhyped. I have plenty of other much cheaper lip balms that do the same or even better job... 

Meet My Advertiser: Dresswe.co.uk


A new school year is now well underway and I'm sure some of you who are graduating high school this year already have a certain thing on your mind - finding your perfect prom dress. Am I right? I actually didn't go to my prom, but that doesn't mean I don't understand the stress that comes with finding a nice dress for a special occasion. I'm a girl after all. Luckily, nowadays options are endless and if you aren't lucky enough to find your dress in a nearby store, you can always search through the internet. Today I'll be introducing you to my lovely advertiser, dresswe.co.uk, who offer on-trend dresses at affordable prices. Their collection ranges from wedding and bridesmaids gowns to prom and even plus size dresses. Being a plus size girl, I know how hard can it be to find an evening dress that works for the curves. It still surprises me when I see the so called 'plus size' dresses which are obviously made with total disregard to plus size figures. Cap sleeves, open backs, and shapeless fits that make you look even bigger all seem to be quite popular amongst the offers, yet, they're some of the most unflattering things for a plus sized body. At least in my opinion. On dresswe.co.uk, though, you can find some very flattering pieces, I myself wouldn't mind wearing at all. Most of the garments have an empire waist, which I think is the most universally flattering shapes out there. How gorgeous is this dress?!

The Week When My Blog Turned 4


It's been four years since I wrote the first post on this little blog of mine. Four years! Can you believe it? I certainly can't. I won't be getting all mushy mushy again, since there's been more than enough of those kind of posts on here recently, but I can't not think about where my life would be heading right now if I'd never started blogging. Would I still be in school? Would I be moving to London anyway? Would becoming a makeup artist or setting up my own online store even cross my mind? Would I dare to put up a video of me talking into a camera for the world to see? Probably not. Most definitely not. I was a very different person four years ago. Sure I was interested in beauty, traveling and dozens of other things I'm still interested in now, but I had never imagined my life taking such a strong turn. All I can say is, thank god I was bored out of my mind and had no friends on September 20th 2010, when I decided to set up The Puzzle of Sandra's Life. And thank god all of you decided to come along for the ride. Thank you!

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Not only did my blog celebrated its fourth birthday this week, but my youtube channel also reached a lovely milestone - 2000 subscribers. That's one small step for man the youtube community, one giant leap for mankind Sandra. :)

WEB FIND OF THE WEEK
iPhone 6 is definitely one of the hottest topics right now. I'm totally jumping on the bandwagon this time around and getting Apple's new release myself. I'm sick and tired of my barely functional Samsung, which has been driving me insane for the past year, so I'm finally making the switch from Android to iOS. Gasp, shock, horror! I know, the Android lovers probably think I'm insane, but I honestly don't know what the 'Android is so much better' hype is all about. It's crap and I can prove it to you. Anyway, I've been an Apple fan for as long as I can remember, but never had the opportunity to get my hands on an iPhone. The mobile network I have a contract with released them only about a year ago in my country, when my hopes for my current phone were still somewhat high. I'm more than ready to welcome a new member of the Apple family into my life now, though. While I'm impatiently waiting for the suckers to release it in my country, I'm watching and reading everything and anything about it. The most interesting video I've stumbled upon is Casey Neistat's 'Black Market Takes Over the iPhone 6 Lines'. Remember the days when excited tech geeks and hipsters were standing in lines for days just to get their hands on the latest iPhone release? Apparently, this is not the case anymore. They were replaced by totally different crowds of people. See what I'm talking about here.

BLOGGER/YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK
I think it's time to start sharing some love over here on my blog! Recently, I started noticing that the blogger/youtube community became quite cliquey and not a lot of people support each other anymore, unfortunatelly. The same huge bloggers and youtubers are being mentioned all the time, but there's so many more fantastic people who create wonderful content out there! One of them is Alex, a person behind Beautyosaurus Lex. I've been really enjoying watching her videos lately. I love the quality of her videosas well as her personality, so if you haven't heard about her yet, go check out her channel.

SONG OF THE WEEK

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.
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