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Summer hair tips are much needed – the heat wave this season will be real. Therefore, I promised myself that this time around, it won’t catch me off guard. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you might now that since this year I’m taking extra care of my hair, including chopping it frequently. Also, my mantra is ‘why have unhealthy hair, even though is long?’. Stay close to discover my three ways to achieve the healthiest hair this Summer.

Summer Hair Tips

Tip 1: Go for Keratin

Firstly, you need to choose your shampoo and conditioner according to their ingredients and the ‘problem’ you’d like to target. I have thin hair, without too much volume. Therefore, I prefer a keratin hair treatment that will bring my hair the nourishment and volume it needs. It’s so important to use keratin, especially during Summer time because your hair is in great need to become fortified internally and externally. Keratin does just that. It takes great care of your locks while making it stronger. This range is also anti-hair loss, perfect for Summer.

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This range basically has two benefits in one: keratin to give you strong hair and other ingredients that prevent hair loss. All at a very reasonable price. How can you resist it?

Tip 2: Start using leave-in treatments

Another summer hair tip from me would be to start using leave-in treatments. The one I’ve been using recently comes from the same brand, Brazil Keratin. It improves the quality of the structure of your hair, while it activates the roots as well. Moreover, it’s not thick at all on my hair. I apply it after I towel dry my hair and I leave it in to work its magic. Therefore, it’s totally worth it!

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Tip 3: Protect your hair against heat

At all times, protect your hair against heat. I’ve chosen a Protective Serum from Kallos which provides a glossy protective film around the hair. Also, it leaves my hair shiny and bouncy, without an oily touch. Although I prefer applying it on dry hair, just before I curl it, you can apply it on damp hair and it will work just as well. Remember to always use it even when you blow dry your hair. Using a protective spray for the past year really helped with not having split ends.

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In Summer, I also love to use cosmetic ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree or lavender. I love to have a skin peeling once every two weeks. Thus, I’ve chosen this Saloos Naturcosmetics peeling (enriched with Lavender and Tea Trea). I ensure that I exfoliate all my skin, including the beginning of my scalp. That’s my trick for removing build up 😉

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There you have it: my Summer hair tips and three ways to healthy hair. I hope you loved this article as much as I did writing in for you. If there’s one thing you need to take away from today’s post: invest in keratin rich products. Notino has some amazing options for any hair type, targeting a variety of issues.

Until next time,

Andrada

How to fake tan at home is one of those hot topics at the moment. Hope you’re doing well and that you’re all safe. Since we’re mainly spending time in our homes or outside in the garden, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to show you how to fake tan at home. It’s very simple process and dare I say even enjoyable if you’re in the right mood for it. Follow my tips below – you’ll have a nice experience and a wonderful summer tan in less than 2 hours. 

Choosing the right tanner 

First and foremost, you need to choose the right tanner for yourself. Depending on the intensity you want to go for and the ease of application, you will want to choose a mousse. Your best bet is the St Tropez Self Tan Express from Notino because it offers three levels of tanning according to the time you leave it to develop:

– 1 hour: light tan

– 2 hours: medium tan

– 3 hours: dark tan 

Furthermore, the ease of application really surprised me. But that is not everything, to be fair, I had no patches as a result of the fake tan. I will show you before and after images below. Let’s go into the tanning process! 

Prepare your skin 

Remember to exfoliate your skin one night prior to applying the tanning mouse. I’m using a skin colour balancing exfoliant, but I have used normal scrubs before and the tan process worked perfectly fine. If you don’t have a scrub at home, you could even prepare one with sugar or coffee. 

Remove your clothing 

You might want to remove your clothing and choose the bathroom as your place to tan. Just to avoid mess and stains on your bedsheets or carpet. Remove your clothes and leave them away from the bathroom.

Moisturise your wrists, elbows and knees

This is a trick I’ve learnt from watching loads of videos on tanning last year. It works! Take a tick body cream and apply it on: joints, wrists, elbows, knees and your feed. This will help to prevent patches and will smooth out the mousse. There’s nothing more unpleasant than having a concentration of mousse in one spot. If you’re not moisturising in these spots before, you are very likely to get that. 

Cover your hands

I did not cover my hands while tanning here. You can see that my hands turned a bit darker. To avoid this, you can wear gloves and then apply a small amount of mousse all over them. 

Start the process

You will want to start the process from your feet to your cleavage. Apply mousse on your St Tropez mitt and with circular motions, distribute it evenly on your skin. 

Watch the IGTV video

Fancy watching the video on how to apply fake tan at home? Please watch the full IGTV video on my Instagram (@notagirlygal).

The process continues

After you’ve applied your tanning mousse evenly, it’s time for you to leave it on for it to develop. Depending for how dark you want it, you can leave it on for one, two or three hours. I stayed on my bed, on a sheet that I could easily wash (but it was unstained anyway) and I was watching podcasts and responding to emails.

The results?

I left the tan lotion develop for three hours and it turned out very nice, glowy and summery! I’m beyond happy with the results, there’s no better product for tanning out there.

Remember to wear SPF

Remember, to wear your sunscreen especially when you’re fake tanning to protect your skin. It’s very important! Wearing SPF on your face will help you with keeping a young looking skin.

Head over to Notino to get your summer tan ready – enjoy your time tanning and looking fabulous for the season ahead.

Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

This post is kindly sponsored by Notino, all opinions are my own.

Spring is just around the corner (or is it?) and I’m honestly the happiest. It’s by far my favourite season and not just because I’m a Spring baby. I’ve created a winged liner glam & red lip in celebration of this beautiful season in partnership with Notino

The winged eye has became my signature look, so I do like to adjust it from time to time. I’ve created a twist to my eye look & paired it with a bold red lip. Let’s have a look at how to re-create it. Ready, set, brush, go!

Spring Make-Up Look: Winged Liner Glam & Red Lip

The perfect brows

Let me start with the brows: OMG, I have found an affordable product which is doing wonders for my eyebrow makeup. I’m talking about the Brow Pencil by Makeup Revolution. Start by softly filling your first part of the brow, making harder lines at your point of arch.

Spring Make-Up Look: Winged Liner Glam & Red Lip

If you love your Benefit Goofproof, thank me later because this product is almost the same – at a fraction of the price. Browse the latest additions to the waterproof eyebrow pencil section.

Spring Make-Up Look: Winged Liner Glam & Red Lip

Spring Eyeshadows

In regards to my eyeshadow, Makeup Revolution came to rescue again. I’ve only used the shade ‘Cookie Dough’ from the ‘Extra Spice’ palette and applied it evenly on my eyelids. I think it became my favourite shade from this palette. You will want to keep it just on your eyelids and not take it beyond your top lid for a more natural Spring look.

Bold Lips

Oh hi, bold girls! You guys know me, I love a bold matt lip. I’m in love with MAC’s 707 Ruby Wood – I mean just look at how striking it is! I’ve used a lip smacker underneath, so that’s why it looks a bit glossy.

Spring Make-Up Look: Winged Liner Glam & Red Lip

Don’t you think it’s a perfect make-up look for Spring? I’m so happy with how the look turned out! These three products are my holy grail for the season for sure.

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Spring Make-Up Look: Winged Liner Glam & Red Lip

Makeup Revolution Brow Pencil in Medium Brown

Retro Matte MAC Lipstick in 707 Ruby Wood

Makeup Revolution Palette in Extra Spice

Happy Spring, everyone, get your make-up game to the next level with the wonderful products available at Notino.

Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Hi lovely girls,

Hope you’re having a great end of the week. Today, we’re looking at how to treat hair in winter because let’s be honest, it can be quite a challenge as your hair meets low temperatures, tends to have less volume and gets to fall so much quicker.

Stylist’s Tip

Recently, I’ve visited my stylist at the Stage Door and she recommended that in winter, it’s essential that we apply nourishing masks to keep hair hydrated, but also to use coconut / Argan oil on both the scalp and hair length for maintaining it healthy.

I recently discovered the L’Oreal Professionel range and I couldn’t be happier with the effect it has on my hair. If you have hair that gets greasy easily, then the L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Pure Resource would be your saviour. As the shampoo purifies your hair, it can get a little bit dry after you rinse it with water. To avoid dry hair and as the expert suggested, I recommend using a nourishing mask at least twice a week.

My favourite mask this season? It has to be the Gold Quinoa + Protein by L’Oreal Professionel. I left it on for 5 minutes and my hair felt super soft even the next day – I don’t usually feel a certain softness to my hair after using masks, but this time, it’s definitely different. If you’re looking for your next IT product, I couldn’t recommend this one enough. Such a treat for your hair this winter – just look at the shine!

Extra help for thin hair?

I lost quite a lot of hair this season, so I’ve decided to step up my game and strengthen the quality of the thread. It was my first time that I actually used a leave in treatment for my scalp. I’ve started noticing changes since the second application and I couldn’t be happier! The roller improves blood circulation that makes hair grow faster as well, so it’s a win win situation for those who are patiently waiting for their hair to grow.

Let’s all have healthy hair this season and get our goodies at a wonderful price from Notino. Check out their L’oreal Paris range too – you won’t regret it.

What your favourite way to keep your hair healthy during colder months?

Lots of love,

Andrada

Hello there gorgeous ladies,

The beauty of being strong women stays in the fact that we can think strategically and strive to motivate ourselves, but also we’re preoccupied with our beauty rituals. I see a powerful woman as a force able to be herself and look her best at all times. How to choose the right perfume has been a topic that I’ve always wanted to share with you because I’m basically obsessed with smelling good and got to know quite a bit about these wonderful products over the years. I feel that February 2020 is the perfect time to invest in a new fragrance to last you over the colder months of the year, don’t you?

While summer is waving goodbye to us, the strong sun is still out there. I haven’t been completely aware of how damaging sun rays can be for both my skin and hair, until the beginning of the season, when I started reading even more about the subject. While protecting my skin from the bad guy literally means using an SPF moisturiser every morning, when it comes to my hair, I discovered this routine that leaves my hair super smooth and protected. In today’s post, I’m showing you exactly how I keep my hair shiny & smooth at the end of summer when my hair needs it the most.

Which products should you use?

One of the best things you can do for your hair is to use professional salon products. Sometimes, these can be a little bit more expensive than the average drugstore, but in the long run your hair will definitely look and feel healthier. Have you ever heard of the professional brand ‘milkshake’? Besides their incredible scent (I want a scented candle please), the products leave your hair softer than ever.

I’ve been using the Milk Shake Sun & More range since summer started and when I first washed my hair with the Milk Shake All Over Shampoo, I felt it to become incredibly smooth. I remember feeling quite intrigued, asking myself ‘Why haven’t I used this before?!’.

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How to engage in a healthy hair routine

Well, I’m washing my hair and conditioning with the Milk Shake Sun & More Beauty Mask, twice a week. The mask is nourishing and leaves my hair super smooth. I don’t believe in the idea of not using a hair mask often. I believe that the more you nourish your hair, the healthier it would be. It’s like watering a plant or eating your greens, right? This specific one has organic muru muru and no parabens. No wonder my hair is as healthy as it ever been. Try it for yourself and you won’t believe the changes. The mask is only £8.79 on Notino while the shampoo is £8.69. So, next time you’re running out of shampoo & conditioner, avoid your drugstore and go online. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Notino stocks my favourite hair brand at such an amazing price – way cheaper than what I used to spend on it buying from the beauty salon.

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Keeping your moisture locked in the ends of your hair

Even though my hair is moisturised after washing, it’s quite normal for it to lose some of it after a couple of days. Why? Simply because the sun or atmosphere dries it out. I have such a great policy on keeping my hair moisturised. I apply the Milk Shake Sun& More twice a day regularly, before bed and every morning. At night, I keep my hair in a low ponytail or plat to prevent it from breaking. My next step would be buying silk bedsheets as it will help my hair not break during the night.

You should definitely try to switch to the Milk Shake range as it will definitely improve how your hair will look and feel. I’m really happy with the range and would never go back to drugstore, just for the benefits I’ve seen in my hair’s appearance.

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Thank you so much for reading. Make a great change for your hair today ✨

Pssst! Notino has chosen the best products of 2019 at amazing prices for you to enjoy. I found my favourites in there. Browse your favourites in fragrances, skincare, haircare and makeup. Enjoy!

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello beautiful girls,

Whether you’re going on holiday or not, today I’m going to show you how to transform in a golden Goddess. We’re going to bring the tropical island vibes right to our golden look. Aloha

Creating a golden look can only turn out the way you want it to if you have the right pigmented products. I feel it’s similar to an orange eye look where you’re basically depending on the right shade of orange. Before we go into creating the look, let’s discuss about the products I’ve used and absolutely loved because it’s super important to get this step right since the first time.

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Eyes

For my eyes I have used this beautiful The City Mini Palette in Rooftop Bronzes by Maybelline.  The shades in this are stunning and so pigmented. I applied the base shade all over my lid (orange gold shade below) with a brush (on top of an eye pencil) and used my finger to apply the whiter shade on the corner of my lid.

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Next, I did a smokey eye using the brown colour at the bottom and made sure I blend it very well with the other colours but also with my skin. As expected, the colour is more striking when applied with your fingers, so I totally recommend doing that for the highlights / white shades. You can watch my tutorial on IGTV after you have a look at the products discussed on here.

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I’m a massive fan of cat eyes, so I try to sneak a wing in whenever the look allows for it. The only time that I won’t have it on is when I go for a black smokey eye. In this tutorial, I’m using my favourite liquid eyeliner by Guerlain. It’s totally worth the money because if you’re like me and have oily skin, you want your eyeliner to be high quality and not smudge. I’ve tried loads of liners before and this one is my go to now. It never ever goes wrong and the brush is just perfect for creating lines of different sizes. So at the end, when the eyeshadow is set, just draw your line as shown here to complete the look.

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As always I’m wearing my trusted Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation because I find it to be the best for my oily skin type. Not to mention how beautiful the blush applies on top of it. When it comes to contouring, I have used this Max Factor Creme Bronzer and it gave my makeup that beautiful golden tone. It is here where you’re going to start seeing the look finally coming together. You can check out my IGTV video later to see how I actually applied these products.

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For my blush and highlighter, I went for this gorgeous Makeup Revolution Mini Chocolate palette. It gave my look a beautiful rose gold twist which I really like.

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Oh hi there. I’m not really wearing lipsticks, but I picked a really beautiful and creamy one for this specific makeup look. This Clinique Pop Lipstick in Nude Pop from Notino will also prime your lips and give you a really nice pink colour. It really feels like it’s moisturising the lips, so it’s an amazing win for me (not a fan of drying matt lipsticks in general).

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Want to see it step by step? Have a look at the video tutorial over on my IGTV and let me know where are you planning to wear this Golden Goddess look.

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Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

This post is kindly sponsored by Notino. As always, words and opinions are my own.

Watching the rain dripping on the cafe’s window in June, makes me feel a little bit nostalgic (not that it’s hard for me to get into that mood anyway). Sometimes, I really need to find inspiration in things that surround me in order for me to feel positive, driven, even motivated. Scent does it for me very well. Besides the empowerment ‘power’ perfume gives me, it sets me in a different mood or scenario. Sensual, delicate and (dare to say) feminine, this perfume reveals two sides of me.

The Powerful Me

I’m one of those coffee lovers who love drinking coffee for hours (the same one until it goes cold to the point that it’s undrinkable), so I really need something to distract me from not spending my time wisely. Some days, applying make-up makes me feel more ‘put together’ & ready for action, but other days perfume helps me focus and find my inner strength to get on with it. I’m known for loving strong scents such as oud, bergamot, amber and many interesting others.

Somehow, Aura grew on me over the years. I first smelled it when it launched in an airport; I don’t usually like new scents because most brands want to play it safe lately: same sweet usual scent. With Aura, it was the opposite: love from the first smell. When I first get a perfume, I like to try it out with different outfits, some are made for elegant outfits, some are made for casual ones and some are for both. I believe it’s how you ultimately wear them that makes the real difference. This look says power, ready to be the queen of my own kingdom. The feminine scent really gives me that inner power to come up with a to do list and ace the V marks by the end of the day.

The Elegant Me

Worn in a different circumstance, Aura makes me feel elegant and sexy. I believe you know by now that my name ‘notagirlygal’ does stand for femininity and seductive power, but from the perspective of a powerful woman, not from a ‘sweet angel’ perspective. I need a strong perfume to express myself and feel that the scent can keep up with me. Worn with this beautiful dress, the perfume is the only element that complements the outfit. Dare to wear it!

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Feeling inspired yet?

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The Mugler Aura was launched in 2017, by the Mugler House and it’s currently favourite by various women around the world. Get yours now on Notino and start your journey to more inspiration, motivation and passion for living.

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello girls,

Welcome back to my Beauty Series! Today we’re doing something a little bit more different – I’m testing out the raved about Foreo Luna Play Plus brush, does it really work or is it just a too well marketed product? Since all influencers had their hands on it, I couldn’t help, but see for myself if the reviews are being honest or not.

The first thing I’ve noticed about the brush is that its main bristles are really unexpectedly soft. I’m so happy they’re made this way because harsh bristles can leave red marks on my face (as I noticed). So far, so good! If I’m looking to clean my nose area for example with harsher bristles, I’ll use the top part of the brush. It’s an amazing balance.

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Using the brush

It’s super easy to use the brush! You basically apply your cleanser on the wet brush and start cleaning your face throughly at morning & night. The Foreo Luna Play Plus comes with a Foreo cleansing gel, however I still use my own Dermalogica one as I’m under a skincare treatment at the moment. The Foreo gel is actually really good because it’s not drying my skin out and works wonders with the brush. The brush comes in different colours and they’re not coded according to skin type, unlike the other Foreo brushes, so I could get mine in Fuchsia and you can get yours in any fun colour you like (they have a Mint one which is quite unique too).

Does it actually work? 

I’ve been using it for the last three weeks and besides feeling that the brush is really getting deep into my pores and cleanse my skin, I noticed that my skin’s appearance is becoming brighter. Another skincare issue I’m confronting with is unexpected pimples that have no intention to disappear off my face. Somehow (don’t ask me how because it left me a little bit speechless), this brush is drying off my pimples and heals them from outside. Are these sonic cleanser brushes going to help acne prone skin? Thank Universe, YES! For me, the brush works wonders and I’m seriously considering purchasing the bigger version soon.

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Should you buy it?

Depending on what you want to achieve with your cleansing regime; if you’re after deep cleanse and treat spots, then this brush is for you. Fore states that this brush is the affordable, almost the ‘try out version’ of their brushes. The Foreo Luna Play Plus is only £45 on Notino – basically the price of a one time facial, so you can consider this an investment in your skincare routine. If you love it as much as I do, you can always take the splurge on the bigger version! As far as I’m concerned, I actually travelled to France with it because my skincare routine is dependent on it – try it for yourself and you’ll never go back to traditional washing your face.

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ll join the Foreo Club soon.

How do you currently wash your face? Would you consider using a device to clear out your pores? 🙂

Lots of Love,

NotAGirlyGal