Hope you had smashing week! 🙂 Today, I would love to share with you my Valentine’s day inspired make-up!
Even though things are tougher this year and restrictions are in place all over the world, our goal here is to enjoy ourselves wherever we are. We’re women and the way we look is something that we all take great pride in, lockdown or no lockdown, we’re still us!
This make-up look is one of my favourites because it’s both soft and strong in the same time. To achieve it, I’ve used my favourite products on Notino that I’ve been using since a couple of years now.
Eyes – Make them pop
For my eyes, I’ve used The City Mini Palette by Maybelline in Rooftop Bronzes to achieve this soft glamour eye look. I’ve applied the lighter colours in the corner of my eyes and moved to the darker colours for my crease.
As you can see I haven’t applied eyeliner as I usually do and instead I’ve replied on my trusted mascara: the Nobea 3D Effect Mascara to make my eyes looking bigger.
Lips – Sensual Red
Oh my! Since Summer, I’ve been using the soft mate lip cream lipsticks by NYX and I didn’t get the chance to talk about them until now. I own them in so many colours and what I really love about them is that they’re not drying out on the lips.
To achieve this look, I’ve used the NYX lip cream in Madrid. They’ll make your lips looking extra sensual.
Glow glow glow
Oh this palette La Vie En Glow by L’oreal is one of my favourites. I’ve applied the pink highlighter for a subtle and rosy glow. And that’s it!
Whatever you’re up to this Valentine’s Day, this make-up look will get you feeling sexy and confidence.
Three ways to style your curls? I’ve came across this wonderful curling iron from Philips that enables me to create more curly hair looks at once! Let’s have a look at my favourite easy to do hairstyles with only one device.
More looks, just one hair curling iron – sounds good, right? I’ve been on a hunt for a big barrel hair wand, but haven’t really spent time to research a good one…until last week.
I was sitting at my desk looking for new inspiration. I was thinking to cut my hair. But that would only mean I’d have to wait for it to grow back again (to a medium size). So, I was wondering, ‘What could I do instead?’. Then, I remembered my old advice! Just try a new hairstyle! If you’re looking for new ways to style your hair too, you’re in the right place.
I’ve became obsessed with this Phillips Philips StyleCare BHB868/00 curling iron to the point that I’m using it almost everyday because it gives me that look of effortless curls. I’m showing you three ways to style your curls, so that you won’t get bored of your looks.
Turn on the curling iron by pressing the round button and set it to your desired temperature – I usually go with 200 Celsius degrees.
Next, to get voluminous curls, start curling your hair using the curling iron as a curling wand. Make sure to diversify the sizes of the pieces of hair you’re curling.
After you finish curling your whole hair, use your hands to give volume to your hair. Moreover, brush your curls and you can enjoy beautiful Hollywood curls.
Bobby Pinned Curls
This look makes me think of beautiful princesses of the 18th century. Such an innocent and feminine look. Perfect for Spring that’s about to come (thank God). To achieve this, you only need one bobby pin. Choose two pieces of hair from the front and secure them together at the back using the bobby pin.
The end result? Simple & elegant.
Khloe K vibes anyone? This must be my favourite look. I often use this hairstyle when I’m working out – it just puts me in the right mood. Furthermore, to get the look, you need to section the upper part of your hair and tie it with a hair band. That’s it!
Let’s do this! Show me your looks on Instagram – tag me @notagirlygal so I can see your beautiful creations.
Last Minute Gift Guide? Yes, please. If you’re looking for gifts last minute and want them to be perfect for Christmas, you’re in the right place. I have some wonderful gift ideas for the whole family. No more running around the city!
As a beauty and fashion blogger, my ideas are around cosmetics. With cosmetics, you can create a nice atmosphere for your loved ones (bath sets), offer them some new make-up (who doesn’t love a new make-up palette) or make the gift of a new fragrance. In our last minute gift guide, I’m sharing my top ideas for offering something special in relation to the ‘personality’ type.
Last Minute Gift Guide – For the Romantic Perfume Lover
The first gift idea is the enchanting ‘La Vie Est Belle’. This perfume is perfect for a lady. Its sweet notes will make the receiver fall in love with it.
Furthermore, just to give you an idea, its top notes are Black Currant and Pear; middle notes are iris, Jasmine and Orange Blossom; base notes are Praline, Vanilla, Patchouli and Tonka Bean.
Also, to make your gift complete, you can make it really French and add more delicate things such as macaroons and champagne.
Moreover, for the strong scent lover, you can go for the YSL Black Opium Flower Shock! The top notes are Pear, Freesia, Lemon and Bergamot; middle notes are Gardenia, White Flowers, Solar notes and Orange Blossom; base notes are Coffee, White Musk and Amberwood. Also, this is one of my favourite scents from my collection.
You can browse the Best Perfumes for Women on Notino to find the best deals. What’s extra? You can choose a beautiful RED box wrap at checkout.
For the Relaxation Lover
Ah, give me a bath set and I’m the happiest. Also, I’m that type of person who is always down for a pampering session. We all have that friend, don’t we?
I had my eye on Bohemia gifts for a while and found this beautiful rose set. It looks so precious.
You can pair this gift with a WoodWick candle that will relax that person even more.
You can’t go wrong with this one!
For the Ones who Love Skincare
When it comes to skincare, you have so many gift sets to choose from. This limited edition Fizz & Duck set is simply perfect! It smells divine as Gin & Tonic and it comes in a Christmassy package already. It’s perfect for everyone with sensitive skin and a love for special treats.
For your Make-up Enthusiasts
This Make-up Revolution Palette Extra Spice by Soph has been my go to since last year. I’ve also been able to create some wonderful TikTok looks using it. If you know a make-up lover, trust me when I say that she will fall in love with this one. Just look at these gorgeous shades!
To make the gift complete, you can add a nice brow pencil that everyone needs.
Make sure to order yours from Notino and enjoy offers and beautiful wrap boxes in red, white or even black.
From antique times, wearing make-up has been an important part of women’s lives. It had its certain evolution, but to this day, make-up still represents a way to show who we are to the world, express ourselves and accessorise our everyday outfits (including our work from home outfits too). Stay until the end to discover my exclusive make-up giveaway – I’m sure you’ll absolutely love it.
Do it for yourself
First of all, we all use make-up for ourselves, to make us feel good on the inside. We even use it when we work from home or when we’re running errands just because of that. Sometimes, it can be just another way to receive that extra appreciation and validation from some people around us. Nevertheless, it gives us the extra boost that we need sometimes, especially on days when we feel down.
When it comes to me, make up gets me ready to action the day and it makes me more confident at times. I use it as an accessory for my daily outfits because it DOES complement any outfit. Have you noticed how a bright red lip gives a black dress a total new meaning? That’s what I love about it.
Also, I believe that every woman is beautiful in her own special way and make-up is there to bring out her best traits. After all, it’s a game of creativity, self-discovery and showing off your personality. Make-up can wake up the rock star, fairy or celebrity inside of you. So, just have fun with it and use it in your unique own way ⚡️
Keep your skin safe
Also, did you know that make-up keeps your skin safe to a certain extent? It is actually saving your skin from being exposed to pollution, smog and many other skin threats. Your foundation and other products create a slight barrier around your skin that prevent all those nasties from entering your skin. Looking pretty while being extra healthy? YES PLEASE!
Allow yourself some time
Moreover, another benefit that I find in it, is that make-up gives you exclusive time with yourself. You can even use it for reflection because you probably deserve more time to focus on YOU, not on others. So, why not make the most out of it?
Stay at home make-up? Get that natural look
It’s not only about drastic and daring looks, make-up enhances your natural appearance. When you work from home for example, you can go for a lighter and more natural look. It’s that feeling that you’re more confident and ready to action the day, like we discussed earlier.
Last but not least, during your make-up journey you will learn how to appreciate yourself. You can wear it anywhere and make such a wonderful appearance and still make-up will never feel like enough to bring self-love. Therefore, use make-up as your weapon and win your battle of self-loving. You deserve the world and I’m sure of it, you just have to realise it by yourself.
All things considered, this form of art is so appreciated and important to women and men all over the world. Besides its common everyday use, it plays a big role in theatre performances, musicals, films, music videos and many other creative industries. To us, it will always mean expressing ourselves and enhancing our natural looks, so let’s just enjoy it and experiment with it.
Exclusive Make-up Giveaway
As part of my, ‘Jet Set Lifestyle’ Giveaway 👉🏻 I’ve decided to surprise you with a Make-up Kit Giveaway to complete your travel look OR to enhance your stay at home make-up during this challenging time.
To enter, all you have to do is follow me and tag 2 friends on this post.
Enter this contest and win some enchanting products. Enlarge your collection and get that glam look.
How to wear Winter perfume? It might be just a little different than how you would wear a Summer or Spring fragrance. A stronger scent requires you to wear a certain outfit. Plus, it definitely calls for a change in the way that you spray it. Stay until the end to find out how to enter my EXCLUSIVEGIVEAWAY. Get the chance to win a Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette. Share it with someone you love or keep it for yourself this Christmas.
Winter perfumes tend to be stronger and have a better longevity than floral fragrances for instance. Also, you might want to consider your outfit choices when you’re wearing them. The scent of fabrics such as wool combine in a very interesting way with the various elements of your perfume.
Choosing fragrances in Winter
As the weather gets colder, your skin will not reach a high temperature. Therefore, considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet. Furthermore, these notes are a few of my favourites as well; gorgeous choices that include them would be: Tom Ford, Kenzo, Givenchy, Chanel or Amouage.
Considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet.
Also, a very interesting observation is that different fabrics have a smell of their own. Have you noticed how wool smells like? Now, pick a wool jumper and spray perfume on your wrist. Do you notice any difference in how the perfume wears?
Where to apply your winter perfume?
First of all, since the scent would be stronger, you’d have to limit yourself to just a few spots on your body when applying your winter perfume. With this in mind, I’ve noticed that my fragrance lasts longer when I spray it on my neck (where my pulse it), wrists and behind my neck. Under no circumstance you should spray perfume on your clothes. Chances are that your garments would get stained (usually a yellow stain) and look greasy. Also, that’s not a great look and you won’t want to throw clothes away.
Winter Perfume – Do’s and Don’ts
1. Invest in quality fragrances.
2. Consider your attitude when wearing stronger scents.
3. Wear your perfume in perfect harmony with your look.
1. Don’t spray perfume on your clothes.
2. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fragrances in winter.
3. Don’t let the perfume wear you.
About the Calvin Klein Everyone GIVEAWAY
As part of my ‘Jet Set Lifestyle’ Giveaway I’m giving away one Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette to one lucky winner. It might be YOU 👀
All you have to do is enter on my Instagram post here.
About the fragrance.
Citric, pure and clear , the Eau de Toilette Spray CK Everyone by Calvin Klein is a multifaceted ode to pure joie de vivre. The fragrance was explicitly designed as a unisex version and is therefore equally suitable for men and women. The top note of organic orange oil and spicy ginger paves the way for the fascinating heart note. Unique chords of blue tea are combined with fresh aquatic notes. Finally, the base of patchouli, ambergris and cedar wood sets new accents and perfectly rounds off the wonderfully fresh fragrance experience.
How to get bouncy & voluminous hair this Autumn with all the harsh wind that is going on? It all starts with using the right products to ensure your hair is getting the right moisture. Today, I’m sharing my updated Notino hair routine, so grab a coffee and let’s get into it.
What shampoo should you use to get volume?
Depending on your hair type, you would want to use a shampoo that is both moisturising and gets your hair some good volume. I personally have fine hair that is mostly flat, so I need a shampoo that will make my hair bouncy and more full starting from its roots.
If your hair is flat, try the Hydration shampoo; equally if you have damaged hair, the Repair range might be the perfect one for you.
Therefore, I’ve been using the Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo to get nourishment and more volume. Just browse through the products and find your suitable one according to your own hair type. You’ll love the results and the gorgeous scent of their products.
Should you choose a mask or conditioner?
I prefer to apply masks rather than conditioners because they seem to work better for me. So, I’ve found this amazing one from Redken which made it to my top three.
It might be a longer process because I’m leaving my mask on for about 10-15 minutes, but it’s so worth it at the end.
Within its cosmetic ingredients, you can find Ceramide which makes your hair stronger. Also, I find that the smoother my hair is, the more bouncy it becomes. Moreover, it becomes even easier to curl – which is always a plus for us always on the go ladies.
Get your hair ready for the colder weather outside and make it look bouncier than ever with these top Notino products. Having bouncy & voluminous hair has never been easier.
Which products have you tried from these brands and why are they working for you? Let me know in the comments as I’m always on the hunt for good finds 👇🏻
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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 😉
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.