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Pedicure at home can turn into a relaxing ritual. Especially after a Summer where I’ve mainly spent my days at the beach, I feel like I need this more than ever. Unwind while reading this article, together with a warm cup of tea and let’s get silky smooth skin again.

Hello, my soft feet

To begin my pedicure, I’m going to soak my feet in lukewarm water. For a hint of a gorgeous smell, I would add a few drops of essential oils in my water. I normally spend 5 to 10 minutes there, thinking about my day or trying to do a form of a quick meditation. In this way, I would feel like I’m actually winning more time to my day, than just impatiently wait for the water to do its job.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth file

My home pedicure ritual then continues with this velvet smooth file from Scholl infused with marine minerals. My feet had never looked so moisturised and ready for the day ahead. The process: I just take my file and with firm movements I focus on my heels and the sole of my foot. What I love about this product is that it doesn’t take long to see the results. I maximum spend 10 minutes for both of my feet. Furthermore, if you haven’t tried an electric foot file before, I’d say it’s about high time to give this one a go.

Shaping the nails

Shaping my nails comes next. Also, I’m blessed with a shape that I’m happy with, so after I cut my toe nails, I just go over them with a file to ensure they look even. I don’t tend to get cuticles here, but if I do I’m just pushing them back with a stick or my nail file.

Two coats of nail polish, please

As the care part of my ritual has finished, the next thing is to apply my nail polish. I always ensure that I apply two coats of it for a lasting effect. I’ve fell in love with this OPI nail polish. Also, a premium black will give you that expensive looking pedicure, so I love to wear it as often as I can.

Get me ready

As a last step (I promise) of my pedicure at home, I ensure that I’m wearing this Scholl anti-perspirant foot spray. I’ve been using this product for about 3 years now and I have to say that it keeps my feet fresh all day. As basic as it might sound, we have to always look after our skincare, including the one of our feet.

All in all, I’m very happy with how my pedicure turned out and if you’re currently going to the salon to get it done, I can 100% recommend that you try my tips for a faster and more relaxing experience. Get that time in for yourself and disconnect from the everyday stress. Do this for you.

Also, I’m very curious, have you ever tried to create a ritual alongside your pedicure or manicure?

Lots of love,

Andrada

Hello beautiful ladies,

Finding your end of Summer perfumes can be both exciting, intriguing and perhaps a little bit daunting as there are millions of options available. Furthermore, in case you want this scent to be special and become your season signature, you might have to dig a little deeper. However, worry not, I’m here with a new and exciting fragrance by Prada that got me hooked this season. Let’s discover it together ✨

Firstly, it’s important to highlight that your new scent needs to fit your personality type. Prada Candy Gloss is suitable for an independent woman who is both mysterious and ready to take on a new challenge. Its orange and sour cherry notes leave a sexy trace everywhere you go. Who wouldn’t like that? It’s such a must have. But don’t just take my word for it, we’ll go through all its notes in just a second.

Furthermore, the fragrance comes in a gorgeous pink bottle that looks like a little piece of jewellery. It will fit your beauty case so well and it will look stunning on your makeup table. Think about your next Instagram shot – you will 100% nail it while smelling delicious. Extra likes, guaranteed. Just take a peek at it: 

Before you decide to get it for yourself, let’s dig deeper into its notes, shall we?

Top Notes: Sour Cherry, Cassis

Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Rose, Peach

Base Notes: Almond, Vanilla, Heliotrope, Musk

Funnily enough, I consider myself not a girly girl, but this scent is somewhere at the border of fragility and toughness. I guess that’s why I love it so much and I feel so happy that I’ve discovered it sooner rather than later. It’s perfect for brunch and chill nights when I’m wearing a gorgeous outfit. My boyfriend loves it too, so there’s another reason why to wear it.

I gather all my perfumes from Notino because they’re pricing the products so well and found massive differences between the in store vs their online shop. You have to try them from now on – you’re not going to want to go back. 

Back to my perfume point, if you’re looking to get a scent that is not too feminine but girly enough to suit your personality, I can honestly recommend the Prada Candy Gloss. I feel that I’m going to repurchase it once is finished. I found that if I wear coconut oil on my skin, it smells even better. You all know me when I’m obsessed with something.

Will you try this mysterious scent?

Until next time,

Andrada

Summer Glowy Make-up looks are obsessing me at the moment. Right now, it’s the perfect time for catching a stunning tan and creating a glowy make-up look to complement it. If you’re hitting that sun bed in your backyard or escaping for a weekend at the beach, you will want to look the part. Have a look at how I created this look while also protecting my skin from UV rays.

Perfect your make-up base

After you moisturise and hydrate your face, you shall gently apply foundation with a beauty blender. I find it very important to perfect my make-up base by also applying a translucent powder in the T-zone after putting foundation on. To get the perfect summer glowy make-up look I’ve used this powder by NYX and it’s one of their best sellers. High Definition Finishing Powder in 01 is truly one of the products that I highly recommend. It has done major effects on setting my make-up from the first time I’ve used it.

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Creating copper eyes & a nude lip

In order to create copper eyes I am using a NYX pencil. I will apply it directly to my eyelid with gentle touch. However, it’s important to use a subtle technique in order to avoid harsh lines. As a final step I always apply 2 coats of mascara, creating a gorgeous effect of glamurous but still natural eyelashes.

Moving on to the lips section, I have applied the stunning Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘London’ by NYX. Its touch has the perfect glowy summer make-up look effect, making your lips fuller and also natural.

Remember to wear UV protection

The final touch in reaching the perfect glowy summer make-up look is to always remember to add UV protection. Protecting your skin from UV and pollution usually one of the Avène Skin Care products shall be the best to use. For this look I’ve used the Avène Sun Sensitive Spray SPF 30. Its rich and velvety texture shall smoothen, enlighten your skin and also help in protecting you from UV skin damages.

Moreover, whilst you sun bathe, always remember to hydrate your skin with thermal water. You can also use the Avène Eau Thermale and enjoy good hydration on your skin.

SUMMER GLOWY MAKE-UP & SKIN LOOK | NOTINO UK

You’re now all set for a stunning look whilst you’re out this Summer. If you’re wearing white or nude, this glowy make-up look will POP! If you need any advice on shades or anything like that for the products available on Notino, please contact me below or via DM on Instagram at @notagirlygal. I would love to hear from you 🙂

Until next time,


Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

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.

Summer Hair Tips | 3 Ways to Healthy Hair

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.

LAB Kallos Summer Hair Tips | 3 Ways to Healthy Hair

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 😉

Summer Hair Tips | 3 Ways to Healthy Hair

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