Πέμπτη, 29 Μαΐου 2014

Avon Perfectly Flesh Nailwear Pro Review




There is something in the quest for finding the perfect nude that deems it completely never ending! Whether it is a lipstick or a nailpolish, we will always be on the look for the perfect nude shade that compliments each skin tone.

This one by Avon, together with this from a previous post, are my favourites! It's called Perfectly Flesh and in my case it's completely justified! It matches my skin tone perfectly and gives an effortless but also polished look to my nails. Perfectly Flesh is a perfectly good (puns everywhere) choice for when you want the attention drawn to something else and definitely not your nails!

As far as the quality goes, I'm very pleased by Avon. The nail polishes have great lasting power even without a topcoat and they go completely opaque with two coats - or three if you have humungus nails like me! The brush is wide enough to make the application easier and the formula dries really quick - which is always a plus!!

Τρίτη, 27 Μαΐου 2014

Second Hand Shopping - Yesterday's Bread


If you are one to twitch in disgust only in the thought of second hand shopping, then look away now!! If you continue.. consider yourself warned!!

Two years ago if you'd tell me that I'd be shopping in second hand stores, I'd say na-ha, no way! What is the need for second hand stuff anyway when you can go on and buy something brand new?! Well now I can tell you for sure that there is something to it! Something in the idea of a piece of clothing with a story behind it.

Yesterday's Bread is a second hand / vintage shop with anything from clothes and shoes to heavy coats and accessories! I won't lie to you, it is a tiny little shop, crowded with clothes and piles of shoes but after a little digging, there are treasures to be discovered - in very low prices too!!

I went there last week with a friend, and each left with a shopping bag and a smile!





As you can see there's something there for everyone!! Either you're a vintage lover, a bargain hunter or a plain old shopaholic, I guarantee you'll find something right up your alley!!

Κυριακή, 25 Μαΐου 2014

We Scream for Ice-Cream




It must have been about a week ago, when while walking around Monastiraki I stumbled upon a display full of fruity goodness, vibrant colours and yumminess!! With one quick glance I realised I was in front of Davinci - or as I will refer to it from now on, The Ice-Cream Paradise!!!

When it comes to ice cream I am always drawn towards more fruity flavours and upon seeing flavours like lime, green apple, blood orange, melon and mango, I was completely sure this place was made for me! There are of course other more creamy flavours, like toffee, dark chocolate and cheesecake, so there will be something for everyone!!

The place itself is very well designed and it is apparent that there is great attention to detail in all aspects of this shop. The staff is very helpful and will even suggest new flavours for you to try or combine, in order to create the best ice-cream tasting experience.

I really didn't know which flavour to choose but at last went for pineapple and melon and I wasn't at all disappointed - more like totally in love!! I also got a taste from my friends strawberry cheesecake and it was heavenly and very true to the original flavour of the dessert!! So three down, many more to go, before I finish my mission - tasting all the ice-cream flavours Davinci has to offer!!



Πέμπτη, 22 Μαΐου 2014

Urban Wanderer





photography : Bill Bar

SHOP THE LOOK
top : H&M
shoes : H&M
sunglasses : Ray-Ban Wayfarer

Every city, no matter how big or small, has its hidden places. If you are in the mood for some serious walking then you're in for wonder and surprise!!

Athens has so many little alleys surrounding Monastiraki and Plaka, that remind you of islands and not so much of the centre of a capital city. Stone roads, gardens in full bloom and many many trail steps!! It also has its fair share of abandoned buildings, which if you are like me, have a charm of their own!!

On the topic of the outfit, I purchased the top and the shoes last week and couldn't wait to wear them. Although I should say.. the shoes.. not so great for slippery stone roads and hours of walking - ouch!!
The trousers are some older buy from H&M and I thought they went great with my new crop top, which I showed you in last Sunday's post. Finishing off with a statement necklace of course, this one -being a gold choker- is a story by itself and my all time classic Wayfarers and I'm good to go!!

Τρίτη, 20 Μαΐου 2014

VO5 Plump It Up Dry Backcombing Spray Review




VO5 is a brand that I wanted to try for a long time, so when the opportunity presented itself, I asked a friend to bring me this product from his trip to the UK - as we don't have VO5 here in Greece. And I wasn't disappointed..

Being a person with oh so soft and completely straight and heavy hair, I wanted a product that would give them a bit of an oomph!! and a more lived-in feeling. This product pretty much does the job as it lifts the roots and also accommodates the occasional backcombing. In other words, if you want to volumize your hair, this will be your friend!

It also makes them a little more "second day", but don't imagine anything like a salt spray product. It gives them a more matte effect and a little bit of separation, while it takes away all the softness of freshly washed hair without making them feel gritty!

There isn't any serious con to it, but if you're looking for some kind of a lion's mane in a can, then you'll be in for a disappointment!! The smell of it is the typical aerosol one, with an extra plus being that it doesn't linger at all!!

Not a bad product at all, it has made its way in my daily routine and for all I can say.. it's here to stay!!

Κυριακή, 18 Μαΐου 2014

Eat - Shop - Repeat


In this week's Eat - Shop - Repeat, it's all about crop tops and baking failures - hence the "stolen" picture of the lemon squares!

EAT : It must be psychological in some way, because every year around this season I find myself craving lemony desserts. Either it is cupcakes, cookies or plain old ice-cream, if it is lemon flavoured, I'm into it!! So I tried myself to make Lemon Squares (link) - for the second time! And I failed - for the second time! This recipe just doesn't want to be made right and though it tasted so lemony and buttery and perfect, it looked like it had been in a car accident - and smelled kind of funny too! I don't know what's going on, but I'll confine myself to cupcakes from now on!

SHOP : I'll also put the blame on the warm weather for this shopping splurge that happened last week. Whenever I was in a shop and there were crop tops on sight, I just saw red lights and something was beeping in my head, saying "Target Locked"!! So I gave in, with good measure, and got only two! The one on the left (link) caught my eye during a casual walk, when I randomly found myself in H&M. The right (link) one is from Pink Woman, a shop in The Mall Athens, that I always passed by but never went in.. seems like I'll be visiting it again!!

Πέμπτη, 15 Μαΐου 2014

The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream



So as I said in the previous post, the gift my friend gave me contained two lovely coconuty products from The Body Shop. This is the Coconut Shower Cream and it's the one I was most excited to try out from the two.

This product has a thick creamy consistency, much like a body lotion, and it reminds me greatly of coconut milk, mostly because it smells exactly like it!! The scent lingers on the skin for a little while and for someone obsessed with scents with coconuty notes, like me, this is a must have product! I really like it layered under my body lotion and perfume - which of course have coconut in them!!

One thing that is a little bit tricky about it, is that it doesn't foam up easily. Because of how thick it is, this needs a lot of water to create a decent foam. Something to be expected, as it is a shower cream! And that's the only con about it.

Putting this little downside aside, this product provides another thumbs up for The Body Shop. It has a luxurious feel to it and with the virgin coconut oil that it has, it is actually good for your skin!

Τρίτη, 13 Μαΐου 2014

The Body Shop Lip Butter in Coconut



If you'd ask me a week ago about The Body Shop Lip Butter, I would definately and directly respond with a "naaaah". But that was a week ago and now I'm a changed person!!

Last time I tried these Lip Butters - a long long time ago, they were sticky and shiny and after all not really moisturising.. But thanks to a good friend, this improved (?) version fell into my hands as a birthday gift and I am totally in love with it!!

The formula is very smooth and glides on the lips easily, leaving a satin finish with little shine. It has no colour to it which I really like for a lip butter and it's not at all sticky. I find it really good for my lips as it moisturises them perfectly and it even leaves my finger with which I applied it, feeling very smooth and not greasy!!

Now leaving all the standard criteria aside, let's talk about the scent!! It's coconut of course and I'm telling you.. I could smell this all day!! It smells like coconut water mixed with a tiny bit of vanilla - or something sweet and warm anyway - and it's really addictive!

There's nothing more to be said about it.. The Body Shop and this product in particular gets a wholeheartedly thumbs up from me, plus a wink because it's coconut and it makes me think of summer!!

p.s. The gift my friend gave me included another coconuty product, which I'll tell you all about in the next post!!

Κυριακή, 11 Μαΐου 2014

Eat - Eat - Repeat


As you can tell by the title.. this post is all about food!! I pondered for a minute to add a little bit of "Shop" in here but who am I kidding?! This place and the food there is so perfect that anything else would be a diversion!

I'm talking about New York Sandwiches (link), a little place at Ampelokipoi, hidden near Mesogion street. It's one of these places that you pass by but never notice, which is a pity really because I can tell you, I had the best burger of my life in there.

I wanted to go for a long time, as I had read about it in many articles - all saying about the great sandwiches and burgers this place has to provide - and the time at last came.. Here I am standing outside with great anticipation and awe!!

I had a BBQ burger, which at first look didn't seem much, but it proved itself from the first bite. The fries coming with the burger were oh so great and I tried to eat all of them even though I was so. (Attention, picture of the burger coming up)


All in all this place is a must-go, great food, great prices and a very nice set up with a New York essence lingering all over the place. I will definitely be going back for more, maybe one of the hyped sandwiches this time!! One thing you should have in mind though, this place is small.. like.. really small!! So let's hope for a remodelling of this place, or I am surely prepared to fight for a seat!!

Πέμπτη, 8 Μαΐου 2014

Sephora Hot & Spicy Nail Polish




Sephora has always been a favourite as far as nail polishes are concerned. They're affordable, long lasting, with a wide brush and a great selection of colours.

Hot & Spicy (link) is an almost neon orange, although it looks a little soft in the bottle. It's great for the warmer months, as it gives an instant summery vibe and it looks even greater if you have a tan on!!

As I said the brush is short and wide, which makes the application really easy and fast!! It dries pretty quickly and as you can see it's really shiny even without a topcoat. The consistency is not too runny and you can get an even opaque colour with just one (!!) coat.

For further reviews, check the customer ratings on the sephora site and you won't be disappointed!!

Τρίτη, 6 Μαΐου 2014

4 Hairstyles for SS14



One of the main tools in the search for new ideas about hairstyles and my weapon of choice is Pinterest.
I am a real Pinterest addict and I can spend hours and hours just scrolling through its pages and finding new ideas in any topic needed, from DIY's to outfits and more!!

In the last few days I've been searching for new hairstyle ideas for Spring and Summer and I have found many interesting choices!!



Oldworld Braids




Ponytails

   



Flower Crowns




Halo Braids





Κυριακή, 4 Μαΐου 2014

Eat - Shop - Repeat


Back to the classics (?!) with another Eat - Shop - Repeat and this, is a good one!! The pictures speak for themselves and make you drool with just one glance - or it's just me..
The past week was one of my favourites, it was my birthday, me my friends went for a picnic and... I bought a new camera!! So without further ado, let's get to it..

EAT : So as I said, we went for a picnic in the park and we decided for each of us to contribute with either a sweet or a savory treat, with mine being : Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Swirls (link)!! Ok it is a mouthful, but that's a good thing for a brownie, right?? Just bare with me.. It's a brownie and a cheesecake and it's red velvet on top of that.. What's not to love?? I swear it's the best brownie I've ever had and it isn't quite so difficult to make.. for the recipe click on the link above and you won't be disappointed, at all!!

SHOP : I'm trying so hard not to leap from joy as I'm about to say that now I have my very own camera!!
I've wanted one for so long and I was always postponing it but now I set my mind to it and I got it.. and let me tell you she's beautiful - not quite a trait for a camera but what can I say..? I got the Samsung NX2000 (link), a mirrorless camera, which is actually if a compact camera and a DSLR had a baby!! I've had it only for a couple of days and I'm trying to explore it's full potential which I'll never get to do because I don't know a thing about photography, but I'm at least trying and it's something!!

Πέμπτη, 1 Μαΐου 2014

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review


Ok here it goes.. If you are an avid blog reader or you have subscribed in one or two beauty youtube channels, then you are no stranger to Batiste Dry Shampoo (link).
It's the most hyped dry shampoo in the market and after acquiring it myself, I have to say, it is so with good reason!!

Pros : It smells amazing!!! Coconut and tropical fruits and other delicious summery stuff!! This product doesn't have the same old aerozol smell other dry shampoos have and it actually refreshes your hair and your senses without making you smell like pest control! And on top of that, it actually does a very good job!! Having oily hair, I have tried every product the market has to offer and most of them while absorbing all the unnecessary oils, they always leave a white cast on my hair. I have read some comments that this one does too, but I haven't noticed anything like that until now.

Cons : NONE! I have really tried to be objective and think of something negative about this product and other than we don't have it in Greece - come on, it's not the product's fault - there's nothing there!!

I definitely and wholeheartedly recommend this one - if not pushing you towards it!! If you live in Greece like me, you'll have to order it online from somewhere like Boots - now they ship to Greece, hip hip hurray - with some extra cost unfortunately, or have someone who goes abroad buy it for you, like I did!!