wtorek, 31 grudnia 2013

New In: &Other Stories Shoes

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Hey guys! Hope you are just getting ready for the night of your lives. Unfortunately for me, it seems that the day when I was born was marked as "the ones born today are not going to have plans for NYE, ever". Well, ok, to be fair - I did have plans. After all it is the first New Years Eve in the last three years when I don't have to work and one of my friends invited me and my boyfriend over for one of those kimchi dumplings induced, grown-up things where you just eat delicious food and drink some wine for the entire night and its perfect.
Then I woke up on Monday with a cold. No, not a cold, a full-on ILLNESS that made me faint on the tube (not as dramatic as it sounds, considering it wasn't the first time it happened to me, I was with my boyfriend and I was ready and prepared for this situation) and sound like a heavy-smoking 50-year-old version of myself. So it's a night in for me. We are going to cook something tasty, watch TV shows and maybe go out for a little while to watch fireworks, if my poor health lets me.

ANYWAY, why do I always, always keep just rambling on? Here you go, THE shoes. This year, I sadly don't work in retail anymore - I write articles for living, meaning I can't really afford sale-shopping. Hovewer, I decided to buy just one item that I am completely in love with from a store that I don't shop in on daily basis because I can't afford it. And here they are - I know they are not for everyone, but I just LOVE their deep red colour and how versatile they can be - you can wear them in Winter, Autumn, Spring, Summer, sunshine and rain (ok, they are real leather so maybe not when it's raining) and yes, it is really time for me to get some health-sleep so I am leaving you with some pictures and HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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piątek, 27 grudnia 2013

Days are getting longer

Yeah, so basically days ARE getting longer and I'm going back to London, there's only certain amount of days you can spend binge watching the Mindy Project and eating meat and dairy so I am kind of happy (because I've missed London like crazy) but also kind of melancholically sad because I am not going to see my family in the next few months.

wtorek, 24 grudnia 2013

Merry Christmas!

This year was good.
 I don't want to get personal or touchy-feely like I recently tend to, just couple words: my family is the best, my boyfriend is the loveliest, my friends are the coolest and the last time I checked my dog was still the cutest one on Earth - what more can I wish for? For now, let's just don't think how 2014 is the last year of me as a student, right now, I am concentrating on eating and laughing (in this order).

 Enough about me - let's talk about you! I still can't believe that there are people reading this blog who I don't know personally. Hope you let me not to be politically correct and instead of Happy Holidays wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS, you know, the best sort - with arguments over decorating the tree, relatives wanting to know everything about your love life, LOVE, LAUGH (EAT PRAY LOVE) AND PRESENTS!
Have a wonderful time and let's go together into 2014. Aged 12 I was terrified that the world is going to end in 2012. 2014 sounds so abstract.

sobota, 14 grudnia 2013

the other side

I don't really remember when was the last time I photographed someone instead of just staring blankly at the camera - getting a new camera was a perfect excuse to go back to my teenage years and join forces with my friend to pretend I am arty.  Hope you like the effects!

niedziela, 8 grudnia 2013

Pretty Things #5

In the next 24 hours I am going home for Christmas. Of course I am excited - although it is going to be heartbreaking to leave London for nearly three weeks. Oh, and here's the funny fact for you: I am terrified of flying.

If you know me personally you are probably shocked and I don't blame you, I have never been this person to see dangers, death and apocalypse everywhere (ok, at least when it comes to flying) so it was a big surprise to me as well. How did it happen?

Well, exactly a year ago I was going home for Christmas, straight after two morning shifts at work. My plane tried to land twice. No one told us what was going on and people sitting next me were PRAYING, that's how terrifying experience that was. I landed somewhere else which was not that big of a deal but the feeling of being trapped on a plane going God knows why was definitely something. Then, a month after that, my wallet got stolen on my way to the airport and I experienced my first ever panic attack. Oh, and we were setting off in a middle of a snowstorm and if you lived in Britain for more than a week you probably know how British transport works when even one snowflake falls on the ground.

So yeah, I am basically freezing when thinking of waking up at 4AM tomorrow, getting a taxi, getting a coach and going through security. If you have any tips for that that do not involve being drunk or half-conscious, please help me.

Enough with being silly. Here they are - some of my favourite things this month.

Ok, maybe that's not a "thing" but here's the view from my window today. I already miss my street and my building full of old people :(.

I was trying to find my boyfriend a perfect Christmas jumper when I saw this beauty - it's real leather, was 50% off and that was the day I found out that I pretty much nailed my Final Major Project proposal. Oh, well.

This is THE rose lemonade. Not, it's not your usual pink lemonade sugary tasteless stuff. It does have a lot of sugar in it but tastes like ROSES and is made of fermented ginger which I guess is pretty fancy. I've ordered it in Flat Iron once and fell in love with it completely, although because of its price tag and sugar content, it's for special occasions only.

If you don't mind Fulham's yummy mummies then Moosh is a perfect place to have a breakfast in. They have the yummiest smoothies, raw juices, bagels, waffles, pancakes, EVERYTHING and recently they opened their second cafe on Carnaby Street so that's pretty exciting. 

This is my crack. Spiced winter red tea by Teapig tastes like Christmas in a mug. Think mulled wine and oranges.
My favourite cafe included in The 2013 London Coffee Guide! 

If you want to know more about my fascinating life of a 40-year-old trapped in a body of a 20-year-old, follow me on Facebook (I've actually started posting something there), Twitter or Instagram. 

niedziela, 1 grudnia 2013

What's on my face + an update

Apologies for being such a terrible, ahem, BLOGGER last couple of months. There are some reasons:

a) My camera is 7(?)-years-old and we've had the time of our lives together but after the seven years of constant scratching, falling down and being all over in sand it's just not as good as it used to be. I add posts only when I have an access to my school's cameras and that gets more and more difficult closer to hand-ins.

b) I am a mental 40-year-old. I dream of Vitamixes and Kitchen Aids so, you know, showing you my outfits does not excite me anymore.

c) My final major project. The last three months have been really difficult, emotional and inspirational but finally, here is the taste of what's to come:

Having all of that in mind, I've come to the terms with the fact that I need a change. Like a PROPER change (and by me I mean my INTERNET CRAZY LIFE, not the real one, duuh) so starting late December be ready for something with more content to it. More quality image to it. More everything.

But for now, as someone asked me to show them my make-up collection and it gives me an opportunity to feel like a beauty guru, here you go.


Here's the thing about me : I love watching beauty vlogs but still feel stupid when facing spending more than five pounds on a lipstick. As a result, my make-up collection is pretty small and really, really basic - it's ok with me though as I am not a heavy make-up wearer. In majority of my pictures you can't even see I am wearing any make-up because:
a) For make-up to be visible in pictures it needs to be full-on and professional
b) I am photoshopping my face. Here, I said that, so sorry, but I tend to get MASSIVE dark circles under my eyes and my skin does not react well with every water/diet change so I am basically doing that for YOU, my dear readers. 
However, I do like a good glowy finish. I do like a bright lip and recently I am a sucker for semi-smokey, cranberry eyes so I have couple of products  I want to show you. Here we go.


If you want to really up your game, you really need some brushes - I am using the Real Techniques Core Collection that is pretty reasonably priced (I paid about 15 quid for these four on Amazon) and a really good starting kit for everyone getting into the beauty world. In the collection, there is a pointed foundation brush, really good for applying your foundation (oh, you don't say) AND applying your concealer, a small concealer brush that I use for doing my eyebrows (because I am a rebel), a buffing brush for powder and more natural look when using foundation and a ummm... contour brush? I have no idea how it's called but it's perfect for your bronzer. 

Now, the downside: Recently, my skin has gone completely crazy - stress, travelling, water and air in London, hormones, working out a lot, everything has just combined and as a result I get one breakout after another meaning I need to be extremely careful when using brushes. I disinfect them on daily basis plus wash them in a shampoo + conditioner mix every couple days. Just something you need to have in mind when being a teenager (or 21-year-old with a really bad skin) and considering buying your first brush set.


I like my foundation to have a proper SPF but at the same time not to be caky and just too heavy. That's what I like in Revlon's Nearly Naked and in my opinion it's just a perfect foundation for a young skin - it makes it look glowy, healthy and really natural. The best thing for me is the fact that it just adapts to your skin colour (at least in my case) so you don't have a problem with looking orange or too pale: having an orange skin tone (seriously, people ask me if I use tanning bed on daily basis. When I don't wear make-up. Well, guess I just have to thank my dad for this one) and trying to make my hair unnaturally bright (well, I've been a fake dark blonde recently), that is always a plus. For a slightly cheaper option, Rimmel's Wake Me Up works miracles as well! For the concealer, I use the Collection 2000 one (forgot the name and its packaging is in such state now I can't read it) hat all British beauty vloggers go crazy about - it costs four pounds and is ridiculously good and for the setting powder, I tend to go with Rimmel's Stay Matte, it does its job pretty well. 


Yes, I use eye shadow to make my eyebrows look brownish instead of just black. Kill me now. 
For my everyday make-up I usually use my Sleek Au Naturel palette and mix it up with this old and disgusting looking Rimmel's quadruple while also using Maybelline's Colour Tattoo pink gold as a primer from time to time. As my eyes are green I don't tend to put these Body Shop eye shadows on regularly because they simply look weird on me (hey, they are fashion week freebies, I had to include them in here) but they are good if I want to up my smokey eye game.  For mascara, I usually use something random, I have no idea how's the one I am using right now called, but I like it. 


My body used to change a lot but my face has always been just ROUND. Even now, being in the small division, I still don't have any cheekbones and look like a hamster. That is why I need some serious contouring and thank's to this Bourjois duo, I sometimes resemble a normal human being. The Delice de Poudre bronzer is reasonably priced and does it job amazingly. I love putting it all over my face in summertime and using it for a light contouring in Autumn/Winter, it suits every skin tone and just gives you a really healthy look. The Bourjois blush is a proper old school make-up item - I love its smell and I love a tiny brush it comes with. I tend to put it just on the apples of my cheeks. Right now, I am also using the cheapest cream blush ever - it's from Make up Academy and costed like a pound or two, it's not in the picture but does its job and is in a perfect, wintery, deep pink colour.


Oooh lips, lips, lips - I feel naked without a lipstick and use a lot more lip products than the one included in the picture but they look so disgusting I was ashamed to show them in public. From the left: 
-My favourite lipstick of all time, Chanel's Coromandel that I got as a gift and probably won't be able to afford myself in the next 20 years. It's just this perfect orangey-red colour that suits everyone and makes your teeth wither. I love the finish of it - matt but not drying your lips.
-Rimmel's Moisture Renew Rose Shimmer lipstick which is basically... a Rose Shimmer lipstick. Not going to lie, I BOUGHT IT IN A POUND STORE. I love its rich formulation that really moisturises your lips and it's perfect to just put on your lips if you don't have time for something brighter. The only downside of it is its smell - reminds me of an old lady perfume.
-Barry M's Lip Paint Black Cherry - a perfect, matte, wintery colour. However, the formula is simply shit - it takes me 15 minutes to apply it evenly on my lips, hence I AM ON A HUNT FOR A NEW DARK FESTIVE LIPSTICK. Anyone?
-Topshop's Brighton Rock - extremely matte and pigmented but also pretty drying, this is my favourite for the summer. Also, it lasts AGES. I know it's pretty disgusting but I bought it like two years ago and even though I use it regularly, there is still some left.
-Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse (?) - I am not a fan of lip glosses. this one is pretty good though. Really pigmented with a beautiful, lacquer-like finish, it is perfect for when I went a little bit crazy with my eyes. 

So yeah, here it is: my make-up collection. Sorry to disappoint everyone, I know you probably imagined something either a way more luxurious or a way more interesting. I am getting better at it though and if you have any advice/favourite products, share them with me. Or beauty vloggers although I sadly know them all.