Saturday, 27 August 2016

How To Look After Thick, Long Hair (+video)

Caring for my hair takes up a lot of time in my life and since I get questions about it very, very often I thought I would finally film a short video where I explain how my hair routine looks like.


Check out the video here!


My shampoo is the Smooth and Sleek one by Pantene Pro-V and I'm pretty sure this is the one I've been already using half of my life! It is definitely the best for my hair, I never have any issues with it and you can get it literally everywhere too.
The conditioner I started using very recently is the new L'Oreal Elvital from the Clay range and after the first use I could already tell that it's amazing!

Once a week I like using the Goldwell Kerasilk mask because especially during summer our hair gets damaged quickly and needs some extra moisture and love. This mask is seriously my life saver and I will be devastated once I will run out of it. It leaves my hair so, so soft even though it is so difficult to achieve this result for me! It also looks beautiful and smells pretty too! The only problem is that you can't get it in drugstores and therefore it is also rather expensive. 
Before I blow dry my hair I leave my hair in a towel for around an hour so all the excess water can get out. Then I spritz my hair with the amazing TRESemme Keratin Smooth heat protectant that I got back in Scotland and I just love it! Such a shame we don't have TRESemme in Austria because I definitely need to stock up on it again!

Another gadget I use on my hair is the Compact Styler from TangleTeezer. I can't leave the house without it because my long hair just gets tangled within minutes, so I have to brush it around 3 times daily I guess. This brush is small, beautiful and so, so good! I know it's pricey, but I thought that since it's something I really needed and that I use on a daily basis, I could spend the money on it without feeling guilty.
A normal brush doesn't detangle my hair at all pretty much, so this is the only option I have!

I really like having long hair even though it's such a hassle sometimes. I want to get a haircut as soon as possible to be honest because my ends are already dry and I definitely don't want to have split ends.

(In case you wonder- my cute top is from Forever21 and my shorts are from TkMaxx)

Hope you enjoyed the video and this post!
Let me know in the comments! :)

-Olivia

~27.08.2016~

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

My OOTD: City Centre Walk

Another day off, another day exploring.

We woke up to some beautiful sunshine, let Maya out of the cage, had a slow morning and decided to head into the city centre to get to know new places.

Once we arrived in the 1st district of Vienna, we quickly made our way through the busy streets towards the small, unknown paths. There we felt so relaxed. These places are so quiet, nobody is stressed, everyone is in a good mood. It's perfect for a summer day walk.

We were wandering around for about three hours, then went to grab some Chinese noodles that we both absolutely love and finally headed home. I have to say that we are really exhausted after today's trip, but we surely enjoyed it a lot!








This is actually the best photo where you can see my whole outfit- I'm wearing;
white crop top - New Yorker
navy, red & white striped skirt - Forever21
cream sandals - Forever21
sunglasses - Love Moschino
red leather satchel - Vigneron


Hope you enjoyed the photos!
I'd love it if you checked out my latest vlog HERE as well! :)

Have a nice day! :)

-Olivia

~24.08.2016~

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My OOTD: Day At The Military Museum

Today I had a day off again and it's a beautiful, sunny, hot summer day that I really didn't want to spend at home. A few days ago I was looking for places to explore since Eryk is in Vienna finally again, and I found this Military Museum, and because Eryk is very much into such things I thought we would go and have some fun.
As I mentioned above, it was really hot and the way to this museum was so long and tiring that I thought we wouldn't even make it there. But we arrived eventually and started exploring all the exhibitions, which were very interesting. I felt like we looked through everything quickly, without making too long stops, but then again I'm not sure if me maybe missed something- but according to the plan we saw it all.

After the visit to the museum we were so hungry that we went for some Chinese noodles that were just so delicious! With full bellies we quickly went to H&M and then off home we went.

So, to finish off this quick post, here's what I wore- one of my go-to-outfits for days when I really don't know what to wear.
-floral off-the-shoulder top - H&M
-button-up A-line skirt - Forever21 ( I wear it to work constantly! It somehow goes with any top, any day, any occasion :D )

-red leather satchel - Vigneron
-sunglasses - Love Moschino

-cream sandals - Forever21 ( They look cool, are very simple so they go with most outfits and they are comfy too- what else do you need?)

Behind me you can see the beautiful museum in the 3rd district in Vienna. I actually have to say that I've never seen this place before and I was rather fascinated.

And of course, here's me and Eryk posing like tourists :D
His t-shirt is from Forever21, shorts are H&M and shoes are Nike, in case someone would like to know.

And also, my lipstick is Nr 12 from the Velvet Matte range by Golden Rose- my favourite one!


I've heard that the weather tomorrow is supposed to be worse than today so we'll see what we will be doing, but for now it's relax time!
Have a nice weekend everyone! :)

-Olivia

~20.08.2016~



Thursday, 18 August 2016

My OOTD: A Day At The Zoo With Eryk

Hi guys!
Today is such a beautiful day that Eryk and I decided to go to the zoo. He's never been to the one in Vienna before and I just thought it is a nice place to go to on a sunny day.
We are now totally exhausted after about 5 hours of walking and seeing all the animals there.
After that we also went for a drink and now it's time to relax.


Due to the high temperatures I went for my new shorts from TkMaxx that I also already showed in this post
My white plain cami top is from Zara and I really like the delicate ribbed structure it has. It's a very floaty top and goes with any bottoms really, which is what I find cool.
And to carry around all my things I chose my red leather satchel from Vigneron. I absolutely adore this beautiful bag and whenever I am out of the house when I'm not at uni or at work, I will try to take this bag out. 
My sandals are from Forever21 and I had to choose my shoes wisely today because I knew we'd be walking for hours- and I chose the right pair!
My sunglasses are by Love Moschino and they are my faves! 







Eryk was trying to hide from that tourist selfie, but it didn't quite work out. :D

Waiting for the lights to turn green- that's how tired we were after this exciting day out.


Hope you all had a nice day too! :)

-Olivia

~18.08,2016~ 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

New Closet Staple - Denim Shorts

Hello everybody!
After a rather long break of not posting at all, due to too many work days, I'm now back with a post I decided to do spontaneously.
On Tuesday, which was rainy and grey, like most of the week was, I made my way to TkMaxx, which unfortunately is pretty far from where I live. I still decided to use that day instead of just sit at home and watch some series on repeat.
And I'm so glad I went! I haven't bought a lot, but just a few things that I actually like a lot - just like these denim shorts.


You will know by now that I am very much the skirt/ dress- person and I don't really like wearing tight shorts that make your thighs want to explode the second you sit down. I love skirts for being so comfy, so recently I even threw out all my old denim shorts I had in my closet, because I thought it was useless keeping them if I don't even wear them more than once a year. I mean, some of them were just sitting on the shelf without being worn in like 3 years.


So, when I first saw these ragged, denim shorts with the cute white flowers around the legholes and the front pockets I thought: Ok, this might even be an option. I decided to try them on and I instantly fell in love with them!
They fit me perfectly, even though they could be a teeny bit more high waisted than they are, but I thought they would still look nice with a cute blouse or a plain crop top. So, off I went to the cashier and now I own denim shorts again- but this time I really like them!

They are pretty light, with this washed-out look, they have some cuts underneath the front pockets, and as I mentioned before, the cute flowers. The back of them is very plain, with two pockets too, which I'm happy about. What I only realised when I first wore them out is that they are shorter than I initially thought- they just cover my bum cheeks really when I walk.
Now, they are kind of cute and kind of sexy at the same time.

To finish off my outfit on this hot day today ( we didn't experience any heat in over a week in Vienna, and I already panicked that summer was over), I chose this baby blue sleeveless crop top that I recently got from Primark. ( I'm so sad this was the only colour I've seen because I love this top so much!)
I love how the blue looks on a tan and it just matches the shorts so well I think. It's a simple yet cool outfit.


I'm sure I will wear these shorts a lot until summer ends, and hopefully next year they will be just as nice as they are now! :)

What do you think about them?? Let me know! :)

PS: Now I'm gonna start editing my vlog because in the evening Eryk and Maya are arriving in Vienna and I just can't wait!!

-Olivia

~14.08.2016~

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

July Beauty Favourites

I was sitting on my sofa, sipping my tea and I realised that I didn't write about any "Favourites" in months, so I decided to quickly grab my camera and do that now because this month I have some new exciting things to show you that I absolutely loved using throughout the whole month.

I collected favourites from make-up, skin care, as well as hair care, so let's get straight into it.



Starting off with hair, I picked one special product that I finally wanted to review. In December I received a little parcel from Goldwell with a shampoo and a hair mask that suit my hair perfectly. I was using the shampoo straight away and I absolutely loved it. However, due to all the uni stress and the terrible lack of time for myself, I never got to try out the mask until May or June I would say. And since I went swimming and tanning a lot throughout July, I decided to use the mask once a week to keep my hair silky smooth and healthy. And OMG, I am so in love with it! The mask contains keratin and liquid silk, which pretty much already explains why the hair looks amazing after this treatment.
My hair has a rather rough structure, so it never is too smooth and it tends to be frizzy, but after using this mask, it is just so smooth and silky that I can't stop touching it. It's a professional salon product so I'm not sure whether you can buy it in any drugstore, but I know some shops that sell hair products, so I guess this is where you can get this from.

Next on: skin care!
These three products are real live savers in summer.
We all know that when it's so hot you just want to spend the days by the pool or seaside but unfortunately you also want to have nicely shaved legs at any time to do so. Well, the shaving gel from Balea is totally worth trying! I never used shaving gels before because I felt like using a bit of shower gel or conditioner was just as good, but oh boy was I wrong. I once saw the shaving gel in the DM drugstore and it's so small that I thought it would be nice to take away on holidays and I just grabbed it very spontaneously. And since that day I've been using it every time I am shaving. You just squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your skin, spread it around and then you are ready to shave, which now takes only a minute and after the whole procedure you are left with beautiful looking shaved skin, without any irritations or redness- amazing!

After tanning, showering and shaving I am using my Ziaja cocoa butter body lotion, which smells like heaven and the best thing about it is that it soaks in so quickly, your skin is so moisturised that you still feel like you've just put on the lotion the day after and because of its huge bottle it will last you so many months! I already shared my opinion about Ziaja's body lotions on my blog before and I suggest you go over to this post to read some more about them! :)

And a recent discovery, and also a new product on the market is the cooling mist from Ziaja that I got in Poland. There are two different ones available- one is I think one without any scent, and the one I bought smells of menthol and lemon pretty much. You can use these on your face, body as well as your hair, which makes it even better! I love having this in my bag on hot summer days to cool down and to add some fresh smell to your body. I absolutely love body mists in summer because they are so light weight and are a great alternative to perfume. Plus, they are obviously much, much cheaper ;)

 And now over to the last three things - Make-up!
I love Golden Rose lip products ( and nail polish). Everytime I stand by their counter I am so stressed because I can never decide on what to buy. By now I got three of their Velvet Matte lipsticks and I also have a few bottles of nail polish.
Two of my favourites of July are the lipstick and the matching lip liner in probably my favourite lip colour. The lipstick is Nr 14 ( I also have Nr 12, which is very similar but a bit lighter) and it is a dark dusty pink kind of shade. I love all the similar dust pink shades when it comes to clothing, homes etc. I also feel like this shade matches my complexion the best. It is pretty natural, similar to my natural lip colour, so I love wearing this on a daily basis without feeling that I'm wearing too much make-up. It's definitely my go-to- lipstick. Since it's a matte lipstick, it stays on for so many hours, even when I eat and drink- it is just amazing! Plus, again this is such an affordable piece that you can't go wrong with it!

Unfortunately, I get cold sores very often- sometimes once a month and it annoys me so, so much because they obviously leave behind scars, the pigmentation of the edges of my lips got very bad, so that I have "pink lip parts" missing and they are just white, so it is pretty hard to put on lipstick, without leaving out those white bits. For that reason I decided to get a lip liner that will match most of my lipsticks and to use it and I have to say that it actually helps so much! I never overdraw my lips, I don't want to make them look bigger, just more defined. And it works great! The lipliner from Golden Rose is shade 53 and it is apparently waterproof ( it really stays on for a long time).
It is retractable, which makes it all even better!


And the last product in my July Favourites is the Collossal Go Extreme! Volum' Express Leather Black mascara from Maybelline. ( I hate such long names of make-up products.) I also already wrote about it here when I first got it.
I've been using it all the time since buying it and it makes my lashes so long and it dosn't clump them together, but still gives them enough volume. I was actually impressed because it definitely gives the same effect an expensive mascara would give you, so how amazing is that evenn?


Anyways, I don't want to make this post too long! I hope you got some good reviews and hopefully I helped you with some decisions ;)

Have a nice day everyone!
Also, make sure to check out my latest vlog!

-Olivia

~03.08.2016~


Friday, 29 July 2016

Primark & Depot Interior Haul

Yesterday we spent our afternoon in Primark and since I haven't been in quite a while I was excited to get a few new pieces. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed when it comes to clothing because I didn't really get much apart from a couple of things, plus a cosy robe for chilly mornings and very cute pyjamas. I was happy though to find some cute home bits, so here they are:

I got these little copper wire fairy lights for my office. I hung them up between the two heavy, thick grey curtains that have some copper detailing, so the lights match them perfectly! On the other wall I also have a copper clock, so I liked to keep the office more elegant, with dark furniture and copper details. The lights add such a cosy light in the evenings, that you don't really want to switch them off at all.

For the kitchen I got two new mugs, which I fell in love with immediately! I know I already have so many mugs, but these ones are bigger than most of the ones I own right now, plus they are so cute with the sugar skull and the cat hiding behind that pink thingy. I love pretty mugs. And these two will make my morning teas taste even better!
I remember when back in Scotland I would start College at 2pm, so I would get up at 9, have a cosy morning in bed with a tasty cup of tea and some crumpets. I had enough time to get ready for the day without having to stress. For some reason, my mornings in Vienna feel completely different. Let's hope this will change thanks to the new mugs. :)

(Unfortunately) I found this candle at the checkouts and the smell of nectarine and lemon blossom was just too beautiful to leave without this little gem. The problem is its bright orange colour, which just doesn't go well with any of my rooms, so I decided to unscrew the lid a bit and place it in my closet, where it will leave my clothes smelling fresh and nicely. 

Before I reached Primark, I was passing Depot and they just have the most beautiful home accessories! It is nearly impossible to leave without spending any money there, so I usually avoid this shop ( It's a bit more on the pricey side, though not extremely- so feel free to treat yourself from time to time there).
Last time I left with this ombre flower pot thingy, for which I somehow can't find a plant that will fit in, so I just keep it on my TV stand and throw in random bits like hair bobbles or pens.
And yesterday I found the light pink wire basket that I placed next to the pot ( I also had no idea where it would look nicer, so this was the first spot that came to my mind) I thought it would look cute holding all the body lotions and creams that were laying around my bed side table.




The PJ's I found are the prettiest I ever had I think and you have to know that I'm really not a PJ person- I am fine with comfy panties and a cami, but when I saw this little set I knew it had to be mine. I love the delicate pink colour ( obviously. ) and blue as well, plus the little lace detail around the legs just makes the whole thing even more adorable. 

The top is a little cami, with some lace on the cleavage and a few more straps in the back, which I adore!
Plus, I even found matching long trousers, and I got them too for the chillier days! I went a little bit crazy.
( Don't ask why my left tan line is so fat. I have no idea how this happened, but it already happened when I was tanning in Poland and I am already trying to tan the bit that shouldn't be white. Let's hope this will look somewhat normal by the end of the summer)

Apart from these bits I also got new hangers for my closet because I somehow never have enough and the Primark velvet ones are just the best!

Hope you enjoyed this little haul, let me know what you think :)

Have a nice day! I'll be working til late and tomorrow all day long, so I'm gonna relax and cook something before I go.

If you have some time left I would be happy if you checked out my Youtube Channel and my Instagram account! :)

-Olivia

~29.07.2016~