Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My New Year's Resolutions

I am still very shocked that 2015 has come to an end so fast!
I got to do so many things this year and even though many plans of mine didn't work out, I still have some amazing memories.
I finished both my courses at Edinburgh College and graduated with an A in both French and Spanish, which I am very proud of.
I got into the University of Vienna and am now studying something that I am pretty interested in, and even though I still have to resit one exam in early February, I am happy that I already did pass one straight away.
Eryk and I went to Poland for our Summer Holidays and we had some amazing weeks there that I won't forget.
Unfortunately I had to leave behind my love, Eryk, in Scotland and make my way back to Vienna in order to study, which was a very hard decision and I am still very sad about the fact that we are separated again, but for this reason I am hoping for a better year. I hope that this year we will figure out a way to spend as much time together as possible.
Also, my little brother started school, which made a proud big sister.
A thing that I actually hated about the last months of this year was that I didn't have time to blog. It was because of my exams and I just didn't get to buy things/ wear things/ show things. But still, I gained a few new subscribers on my Youtube Channel  and I've also seen a little increase in my blog views, which made me happy.


For 2016 I want to achieve those things:
- I want to pass all the exams I need to.
- I want to move house and create a litte kingdom for myself.
- I want to plan my blog posts and schedule them, make sure I upload regularly and as often as possible.
- I want to make sure Eryk and I will meet often and make great memories over this year. <3
- I also want to eat a bit more healthy and try to exercise in my free time.
- I want to go on holidays somewhere nice with my Love. <3

Apart from that there is not much I could change as far as I'm concerned just now.

I hope your 2015 was a good one, and that 2016 will be even better!
Do you have any resolutions, plans already??

-Olivia

~30.12.2015~

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

New Hair Cut + OOTD

Hello everybody!
Finally I have some time to blog again after all those busy Christmas days. There was definitely way too much food and I was either eating or laying with a full belly on the sofa over the last days.

But now that Christmas is over, it is time again to come back to normal life.
For this reason, I went to the hairdresser yesterday morning and decided it was time for a pretty big change. Then I met up with my cousin Kinga and we also had a stroll around town and some delicious pizza and then I had another toe nail "surgery" in the evening.


So, you all know how long my hair was and I am incredibly proud of it but since it's growing so fast and I have to wash and blow dry it so often too, it does get damaged, which you can't really see that much in photos. But I could see all those dry, split ends and the ends also felt very rough and it was just not the thick hair I used to have.
The hairdresser said she'd only cut off the ends and I said she could also chop off some more because I felt like more was needed but once I got to see the freshly cut hair, I have to admit that I was pretty shocked about how short it was. I didn't have such hair in 4 years I think!
But I am so happy now because I have my thick, healthy hair back and I also got it cut straight, without any layers or anything, which I also didn't have for about 8 years I think.
jacket - Marc O'Polo
striped top - Primark
loop scarf - Primark
jeggings - Pull&Bear
boots - Pepe Jeans




I still didn't really get used to the new length but every time I touch my hair I am so in love with the healthy ends!


I hope you all like it as well!
And I also hope you all had nice and calm Christmas days.


-Olivia

~29.12.2015~

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Empty Products - Winter Months

Hello everyone!
I guess this is my last post before Christmas, even though I really wanted to do one about Christmas outfit ideas, like I did last year, but since I've already packed for Poland, I can't show you now what I want to wear this year. But I have to say that I packed all of those dresses, which means that most likely I'll wear exactly the same things that I did last year!

But back to the topic of today's post: It's empties time again!
I really waited until our last full day in Vienna before going to Poland to write this post ( finally!). I've collected way too many products this time, but this is due to the fact that I'm not doing empties posts regularly ( which is a big mistake).

So let's start with make-up removers. I don't know how I managed to use up so many of them!
My tiny Bioderma Sebium micellar water was emptied some time ago before I decided to finish off my Hydrabio one, because it was still half full. I really like both of them and if you speak German you can check out here what I have to say about the Bioderma micellar water. ( you can also find this video on Bioderma Austria's fanpage on Facebook!)
I'm a huge Bioderma fan ( obviously) and since they do not only cleanse my face but also remove all of my make-up, they are very handy and easy to use. 

Another micellar water I really got to like is the Bourjois one for waterproof make-up ( but I use this one for removing make-up only). It has a reasonable price and I always stock up in Poland. But what I don't like about it too much is that it spills quite a lot, meaning that you always have way too much of the water on your cotton pad and it gets empty very quickly.

Then I also got those Quickies eye make-up removing pads in my Pink Parcel that I subscribed back in the UK. I loved it during summer and had it with me everywhere because the packet is just so tiny and I was using it for removing my no make-up make-up but also for sticky hands after having ice cream or waffles with cream or whatever you eat outside during summer.
However, when I wanted to use them just a month ago I believe, the remaining pads have completely dried out and I had to throw them away.

Next: hair products! I've been using the shampoos that were at home so one used up bottle is the Head&Shoulders citrus fresh shampoo which is pretty okay in my opinion and then the Pantene Pro-V anti dandruff, which I liked more, but I still prefer the smooth & silky version.
Unfortunately I emptied the Batiste can of the limited edition scent 'eden'. What I liked a lot about it was the beautiful smell and also the fact that I could go with another extra day without washing my loong hair. I know that for me it doesn't make my greasy hair look incredible, but better than it would look like without using it, which is a good thing.
I also got a parcel with some Tigi Bed Head samples of their brunette range. I've used their Fashionista brunette shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. I loved the cocoa/coconut smell but the shampoo was brown and didn't look too refreshing actually. But still, my hair felt and looked nice after using the hair mask and I was quite satisfied with the products.
Another hair mask I've recently used ith the L'biotica biovax with natural oils that I discovered last summer and loved it straight away! Again, this makes my hair look and feel beautiful, which means that I need to try and get more of it!


I've used up my two L'Occitane en Provence shower products; the Almond shower oil and the jasmin and bergamote shower gels. I've absolutely enjoyed using both. Their quality is simply amazing and the smell is impressive too! Also, thr desing of those little bottles was something that I liked a lot!
You can read more about them here!

One of my favourite deodorants is the gofresh by Dove, with the pomegranate scent, and this is just a gigantic can that Eryk once got me back in Scotland. The smell is fresh and fruity/floral which is great and not too heavy.

What else is already used up is my Bi-Oil. I received it in the mail and started using it the same day. After just a month it was all gone and I was sad because I believe this is a great product. I was using  it every day on my stretchmarks and I discovered some new ones, that were invisible within 4 days! 
I definitely recommend this for fresh stretchmarks, because it really does help at that stage! ( Plus it leaves your skin moisturised, soft and beautiful smelling!)

My favourite perfume, Cherry in the air by Escada is already all gone too since this was a limited edition perfume it is SO hard to get it anywhere now. It is very fruity and sweet, but also fresh, what I really love about a perfume. I've had it for a couple of years now and if I'll find it somewhere I'll be happy to buy it once again.

 
The last two products are some face products again: mascara and face mask.
I got the Avon Super Extend Extreme mascara two or three years ago for Christmas and I was so excited to use it since I've had an Avon mascara before this one and I absolutely loved the other one.
However, this one turned out to be very watery and it only gave my lashes a bit of length, but they were not lifted/curled nor thickened so this mascara didn't really do much. I did use it for my bottom lashes though for a long time as it worked well there. With time I've been using it less often until it dried out some time ago. This mascara has a silicon wand which I always actually liked, so I'll clean it and use it for something else.

And last but not least the Superdrug Superfruits Exfoliating mask. It is super cheap, the smell is beautiful, it works so well that I bought a few of the sachets at once and I've been using it throughout my time in Scotland and also in Vienna I still had two or three left. Now I've run out of all of them and that's not too great because it did give my face an incredible cleanse, leaving it super soft without any blackheads or dry patches of skin. It is amazing!

That was all of my empties! As soon as I get about 5 empties or so I'll do an empties post because if I collect too many over time, it is just much more difficult to summarise them all!


I wish you all a Merry Christmas! We're heading to Poland tomorrow and I am pretty excited but also very sad due to the fact that Eryk won't be there. :(

-Olivia

~22.12.2015~



Sunday, 20 December 2015

Pre-Christmas Vlog

I can't believe that Christmas is already in 4 days!
Time flies by way too quickly and I'm shocked I've already had my first uni exams.
The previous weeks have been so stressful for me with all the revision I had to do but now it's over- at least for some time.
I passed one out of two exams, which means that I need to resit the second one in February, but I hope that by then it will all be good.


Now I'll finally have one or two weeks off before I start revising again, so I can finally relax and have some time for myself, and my family.

Here's the vlog, where you can see and hear everything that was going on last week!

And also don't forget to check the link in the description box, to see what I was doing exactly one year ago! :)

Hope you're all having a good and calm pre-Christmas time! :)

-Olivia

~20.12.2015~

Monday, 14 December 2015

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo & Hair Mask

After a long break I am back and am very excited to share some beautiful products with you!
A few weeks back I got a Goldwell Kerasilk Control shampoo and hair mask and first of all I was amazed by the design of those products. They look so luxurious with thei gold packaging, very classic without any patterns or anything. And they have the most beautiful smell ever! I would say theu smell like premium fragrance- just so luxurious unique.


The shampoo and mask are actually high-quality salon products and I have to say that I am in love with them!
This range is created to smoothen your hair and it has brilliant colour protection too.
During the process of washing my hair earlier on I could already feel the difference between this shampoo and my usual one. The hair is immediately smooth and so silky like never before!
I haven't used the mask yet because I was in a hurry, but I will pamper myself after this stressful week is over.
The mask comes with a lid that you screw off and then there is another lid to lift off plus a spatula, which is so great because you don't have to stick your whole hands into the tub opening to get the mask out.

If you have long hair that is a bit difficult to handle and that needs a bit of help- those two products will be a great solution for you!
And also, since Christmas is just around the corner- this range of products would make a great gift to an important girl/ woman in your life!


Did you already get all Christmas gifts for your dearest ones? I actually haven't yet and I am starting to be nervous because of it if I'm honest!

-Olivia

~14.12.2015~

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A Bit Of Retail Therapy

Uni is a bit too much for me at the moment because I study all the time but I still have more to revise than I already did by now and this is just a nightmare! (since I have 9 days left!)
And on top of that I had a dentist appointment this morning, and the dentist is pretty much my biggest fear in life. I absolutely can't stand even knowing that one day I'll need to go back for an appointment.
And today I didn't have the most relaxing appointment cause I had to get two fillings and got so much anestethics because the pain was unbelievable. I was mentally tired after that, so my mum and I went to do some Christmas shopping and I got myself two early Christmas gifts too. ( And I think I deserve a little treat after all the stress I've been through over the last weeks. I mean the stress will go on until I've passed my exams, but still)


I got this super cute make-up bag and a beautifully scented candle.
The make-up bag was too pretty and too handy not to buy!

It is made of two pouches that are connected at the bottom and you can close the two halves with a clasp on the top. Both pouches have zippers in order to keep everything inside safely and on the inside ( i.e. when you open the clasp and pull apart the pouches) there are see through sides, which is so practical because you see all of your make-up immediately withouth having to shuffle around everything twice until you finally find the piece you're looking for.
It is also pretty big compared to my previous make-up bags but now my brushes and all of the make-up and skincare I use wil fit in and I'll have everything at one spot.

And then I saw this candle box and opened it to smell the candle and I fell in love! Since I am a huge scented candle smell, I always have to check out all the candles in the shops and I've never had a candle from this brand before, but this candle I picked today is just a dream! It's such a beautiful, calm, relaxing smell and I can't wait to finally burn it. Although I'll probably find it too sad using it up. But it looks so pretty! ( and it also smells the same obviously!)


I hope you'll forgive me my absence but as I mentioned in the beginning I have ABSOLUTELY no time for blogging, and I also don't want to scribble down some quick, crappy posts either.
So I was thinking of posting a bit less now until the exams are over- because they are my priority now.

Just now I'm waiting for my friend Julia, who can be seen here in our latest video that we made together, and we are gonna try and study a bit for those exams.

Have a nice afternoon everyone! :)

-Olivia

~08.12.2015~



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Bioderma Micellar Water Video

Some time ago I was talking about a project I'm working on and now that it's already filmed and up on my Youtube channel I can finally say what it was. Obviously, I was quite excited and now that it's live I think I'm even more excited and proud!
I am so happy that I got such an amazing opportunity!
So, my friend Julia and I were filming a video for Bioderma Austria about the famous Micellar water, because now Bioderma products are also available in some Viennese pharmacies, which is great and I've been waiting for this for so long!


Since my friend and I both have different skin types we could test two different versions of the Micellar Water and we filmed our impressions etc.
I'd appreciate it if you'd go and check out the video, even though it is in German, but maybe there is someone here who's never heard of Bioderma, so they can go and see what it looks like!


We had an amazing time filming this and I have to say that it was Julia's first "blogging" experience and I think she did so well!
It was so hard to talk in German about beauty- I totally got used to English over time and I was pretty surprised that I was also making mistakes and saying passages over and over again until I got them right!

I'd be happy if you gave it a thumbs up anyways and if you subscribed, if you haven't yet.
Of course, I will continue uploading the usual English videos! Don't worry! :)

-Olivia

~02.12.2015~

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Anatomicals Product Review


Today I'm back on the blog with a couple of goodies from Anatomicals. 
So I got a lip balm, a joint & muscle rub and three face masks to present to you.

The first thing I have to say about those products is: How cool is that design?! It's so simple but then again the product descriptions are so on point and you really get what you need.

The lip balm seriously got my favourite lip product and this is the only thing I'm wearing on my lips lately! It's a lip balm that smells so, so good of cherries and it's called " Never lose your cherry"! It's such a fruity, summery smell that I sometimes open the tube just to smell it. Seriously. 
It is a clear gloss, with absolutely no colour actually, so you could also wear it on top of a lipstick to achieve a glossy look. 
The size of the lipgloss also seems so generous to me. You get 15 ml in this squeezy tube and I feel like those kind of glosses are usually way smaller.
I carry this lipgloss with me everywhere because I absolutely love it! If you have the chance to get it- get it!

The sachet with the zombie woman turning into a pretty woman is filled with three different face masks called "Now you're ready to face the world" and I've used one of them so far. Below you can see what masks you find inside:
-Farewell the scarlet pimperhell - a deep cleansing mud mask
-grease isn't the word. ( tell me more, tell me more) - a mattifying face mask
and - look, you've got chocolate all over your face - an anti-stress face mask

I used the mud mask because I wanted to cleanse my face properly because I do struggle with blackheads and dry bits of skin around spots. I picked this mask because it just sounded like the perfect solution for my problems. I left it on for 10-15 minutes and then washed it off and ta-dah: I have a smooth and clean face! Success!

And the last product seemed to me like such a random, joke item. It's called " Ta-ta ooh ouch aah" and it's a rub for your sore joints and muscles and that's what I have most of the time unfortunately. So it kind of made me laugh but then on the other hand I was again thinking: That's actually something that I could really need!
And very quickly one of those evenings came around that left me laying in bed with terribly sore knees and then I decided that it was time to test this product. What I have to say about it is that it stinks. I have no idea which of the ingredients it is but it definitely is not a product you want to have near your face/ nose. But it gave me a cool, relaxing feeling on the knees and I guess this is what it should do. Obviously, I get really bad pains, which means that this won't let the pain disappear completely, but it's definitely a good product to try when you are in light pain.

To conclude I'd like to say that those products are seriously great and also so affordable, so I'd go totally crazy if I saw them in a shop ( but I haven't so far in Vienna).
Let me know if you've tried Anatomicals products already! :)


Have a great day everyone!

-Olivia

~30.11.2015~