Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Vichy Civil War

All of our lives, we are always looking for that perfect thing. It could be the perfect guy, apartment, wedding dress...But in a life of a seventeen-year-old girl(almost), the perfection is searched in smaller things. Something like the most perfect, natural-looking and still with a good coverage, foundation.
Let's face it, I don't have a big makeup artist budget to spend on higher brand cosmetics, so I tried really hard to find something that ticks all the boxes. Last year I came across the Vichy Normaderm Teint, made for slightly oily, blemish prone skin(in the shade Opal,which is slightly too light for me). Later, after lot of YouTube recommendations( Thank you Lisa Eldrige!), I bought myself yet another Vichy product but this time it was the Dermablend Fond de Teint Correcteur( in a shade darker, Nude). After using them both for quite awhile now, I decided to share my opinions and reviews about them.
The Vichy Normaderm is a very thin and light to medium coverage foundation. It is buildable but if put on too much, it can look a bit cakey. I think it is best used on very oily skin that doesn't need a lot of covering up, because it will grip on to dryer spots(at least it did on me). Whereas the Dermablend one is just a little bit thicker in consistency, absolutely not that drying and with a very high coverage. Later on in the day, they both get a little shiny( Normaderm less than Dermablend because it's more drying) but nothing that a touch of powder cannot fix.
So which one do I like better? Having combination type of skin(oily in the T-zone), I definitely prefer the Dermablend. The only thing I would recommend is to apply it in very thin layers and prevent the shiny-looking skin in few hours time. Also, as it is a high coverage foundation I normally apply it just on the areas that need coverage, lightly dabbing it on with my ring finger so I still have a natural finish. 
Mixing the two also works and that's what I will be doing this winter because the mix of both shades matches my skin colour perfectly right now.
At the end, the very important and dare I say crucial question is the price. Both of them aren't cheap but also not too expensive. I believe the price is around 16 euros, depending on where you live. I would definitely save up again and buy the Dermablend corrective foundation because, for me, it has it all! At least until better one comes along.       

Sunday, 20 October 2013

"From that thrift shop down the road"

Even though buying already used clothes is now starting to get accepted and even preferable for some people, it's quite an icky subject to talk about with the others. Yes, I know:"Why would I want to wear somebody Else's shirt,...or jumper,...or even worse, pants....!!?"
 Let me tell you why, and don't judge me just yet. Believe it or not, I was an unbeliever once as well. My mom liked going to thrift stores from time to time and every time I discovered it, I would grunge my face. And then, one day I decided to see what is it all about and I went in, all on my own. The moment i started going through the racks and seeing that, apart from some old-fashioned looking clothes( not ugly, clothes are never ugly), there were some gems and they were cheap!
 As the great Coco Chanel once said:" Fashion is transitory. Style, never." Fashion does come and go, but now, on the runways we see the same outfits as ones that people before us wore in 20's, 50's, 90's... and it shows us that it does come back! So why not explore a bit outside of the same boutiques, malls and outlet stores and maybe find the most unique treasure ever. It is definitely a challenge and I am up for it!
 Even after that, I still can't help myself and not go to regular stores to steam my eyes with beautiful, so well-served, already put together little outfits that make my heart thrill a bit, but that is exactly why I come back shopping in second-hand stores. They give me excitement and make me develop my fashion taste and skills instead of influencing me to buy pieces just because they look good with all of the other things in the shop.
Develop your style, step out of the box, and if it doesn't feel good, you can always go back. Explore it!
And it wouldn't exactly be a complete statement if I hadn't had some proofs to show you :)! So here are some of my favourite thrift finds:




                                           
                         everlasting black blazer









 off the shoulder black shirt and a kimono inspired blush, silky blouse for those romantic nights,a grey bat wing and black and cream striped loose tops  for casual school days and my  favourite bottoms:black   high-waisted jeggins and emerald green jeans 





                                  flared, high-waisted sirkle skirt with striped floral print


                                                              

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Blondes have more fun!?

So, for quite a while I've been thinking about adapting to the autumn winds and change my hair somehow. I wore my ombre for around six months now and wasn't quite prepared for the loss of my blonde strands. I did the platinum, golden, ash blonde... you name it. I was even redhead for a short time! 
 So apart from going black( which is something unthinkable for me), I decided to go back to my roots. Quite literally! I bought the Garnier hair color and had dyed my hair ashy light brown(or dark blonde, if you'd like). 
 Going back to brunette was easier than I thought. But I couldn't just pass the blonde without revealing my all-time  favourite products for the girls that have more fun.

The oh so good, Lush Daddy-O purple shampoo that gets those orange tones away from your blonde locks and the Balea blonde leave-in conditioner that gives you that kick of golden shimmer while nourishing your hair( it's a German brand avaliable in stores such as DM). 
And why not change that bit of something for the cooler seasons and rock a different look, even just for a little while!



Sunday, 13 October 2013

To Be trendy, Or Not To Be?

   After recklessly reaching for a pair of my old, loose fitted jeans from the bottom of my closet, which have been lying under a pile of neatly folded, only jeans I would ever feel comfortable in( also referred as the skinnies), and wearing them with a cropped top and last year`s boots for a casual Friday night-out, I was stunned at the ease of the choice that I had made. Only last winter, I could put my money on the fact that I would never, ever want to leave the house without feeling safe and snug in my tightly fitted bottoms, practically sewn on to my legs and hips. So I wondered, am I changing and growing up, or am I just like everyone else, a slave of trends?
   Everyday, we get influenced and effected by a lot of commercials, adds and people with more "fashion skills" than us, to buy or try out a new style or product, and we indulge, witch is not bad. After all the world is evolving in every way, so we might as well accept the new things that come to us. But do we know the line and can we differentiate an evolved version of us from just another world's clone, and is it media's fault to put it in our face, or is it ours to have accepted it? 
   In some people's minds following trends is a sign of being fashionable, where in others , it's just an indicator of a weak personality. Me? I am somewhere in the middle. I think we should know the difference between trend and everlasting style. Taste is what you are born with and develop throughout your life, style is an ability to make every outfit look like it's pure fashion and trend is just a spice that comes and goes to make everything look a bit more interesting. I make myself tryout new things, but don't wear them if I don't feel like to. I try to keep MY taste and style at the first place and then add a few bits of all-time basics and (as much as it is difficult for me to admit) this seasons trends. And that is what I think the definition of clothing well is. That, and felling, dressing your body depending of the mood your in. I am always led by my emotions and at the end of the day just have fun with it!