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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 there,

Spring is here, I’ve just moved houses and between packing and checking my emails, I could only use the essentials and soon I realised I don’t really need all the products or apps that I have in my phone. Curious to have a little nosey in my current monthly favourites? Let’s discover my ‘swear by’ products this month.

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Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Blush

There’s nothing more flattering than a glowing but subtle contour – this beautiful bronzer is my go to now. It looks so expensive on; it’s one of the ‘what are you wearing on your cheeks?’ kind of vibe and I’m hooked! The bristle is so soft, it feels like a gentle stroke. Expect lots of selfies of me wearing it (not guilty) this Spring. And ah, I almost forgot about its amazing smell! Try the Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Blush yourself and tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal. I love your updates!

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Enty App

The newest stylish app that Instagram bloggers are going mad for. Having stylists to comment on your outfit on the-go (Hello! How cool is that?), the app it’s basically a troll free community where everyone can post pictures to receive constructive advice. I find this idea amazing, because the internet nowadays is really spammy. Imaging a dreamy community of happy friends who are there to guide your fashion choices or help out with shopping. I’ve been using the app throughout April at random times of the day, and by that I mean checking it constantly for updates (guilty!) – I love seeing real outfits and the real photos of women who are happy to be guided and interact with one another. As I support women empowerment and stand for women feeling confident with their own style, I have became a brand ambassador for Enty and I’m now a stylist on the app.

Get the Enty App now because you could get my opinion on outfits, styles, fashion trends and everything in between directly from me, but also meet a super friendly community.

Lancôme x Proenza Schouler

Just add colour! This palette is absolutely stunning – a combination between orange / red and blue shades coming in different textures from creamy to extra matt. I’ve been loving the Lancôme x Proenza Schouler Chroma palette since March and been wearing it almost every day. I added a make-up base on my lids (breaking the rules here) every time and the colour lasted all day – and how often does that happen? I have combination to oily skin, so for me, finding a great make-up palette is not such an easy job. Imagine all the Springy looks you can create with one single palette and having it last all day – It’s definitely a winner for me. I’m surprised not so many people know about it and it’s not available everywhere online, but you can find it on Notino.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear

The foundation of foundations. If you heard magic stories about this foundation and its coverage, I can tell you, they are true. Not only does it cover all spots & blemishes, but it also lasts all day long. I initially thought that a foundation with such high coverage must be cakey, right? No way! I might have a a bit of glow around my nose after a full day, but it’s normal for oily skin. I’ve been wearing it since November I think and realised I can’t wear something else now. It might be on the pricy side, but it’s worth it, it’s your face & your health! If you haven’t already, order your Estée Lauder Double Wear now & get ready to meet professional make-up at home 🙂

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Dolce &Gabbana The One

Hands down, the perfume of the month! Image a seductive scent of lily, jasmine, roses, amber & musk that will accompany you through out the day and night. It’s perfect for Spring & Summer because it gives me more positive energy. My can do attitude? Definitely inspired by the uplifting D&G The One (it’s 40% off on Notino now).

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There we go my lovelies, these are my April 2019 favourites! Have a happy Easter Weekend and hope you’ll treat yourself or your loved ones to some of the goodies I love at the moment, this Easter. Now, I’m curious – what’s one beauty product & app you can’t live without? Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello my beauty lovers,

How important is it for you to look out for more natural products? I am a supporter of sustainability and its positive impacts, therefore I’m always on the look for natural products and sometimes invest a bit more in sustainable ones for my own health, but also for the Planet’s landfill. Sometimes, huge brands launch products that are indeed more natural, but they claim to be bio or sustainable with no certification on the packaging. I had my eye on the newly launched Garnier BIO range as it’s Cosmos certified, but is it really natural? Let’s find out together!

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The ingredient list? It looks really promising! Each of the products in the BIO range have one main ingredient (often a specific plant such as Lavander, Thyme, Argan) in the formula. The main ingredients come from particular counties in the world according to where the plant has great conditions to grow. Isn’t that reassuring? Designed for every skin type, the products smell so natural that you’ll take your bathroom for a spa! I find that so therapeutic as smell can trigger certain emotions and feelings.

Your Cleaning BIO Routine

Garnier have launched two organic products for your cleaning routine.The Garnier BIO Purifying Gel Wash is enriched with organic lemongrass, grown in Sri Lanka. It’s mainly targeted to normal and combination skin because the lemongrass will action any imperfections and unclog your pores. It’s super refreshing to apply, it’s just that kick (before coffee) that I need in the morning. If you’re on the hunt for a fresh & natural cleanser, than definitely this is for you. It’s so important to value your skin and ensure you’re on the right track when it comes to ingredients.

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Once you’ve washed your face, don’t forget about your toner. A smart beauty brand knows and understand our needs, so Garnier has also included a Thyme infused toner to balance out our sebum levels. This Garnier BIO Perfecting Toner brings together everything that I need in one: a toner that purifies and doesn’t leave out dry skin. Trust me when I say that even my combination skin gets dry from unsuitable toners, so this product is a total game changer for me. It’s definitely one to look out for when replacing your toner.

Glowing Facial Oil

Hello, Lavander, goodbye unnourished skin! This Glowing BIO Facial Oil is amazing and probably my favourite product from the range, it just leaves my face so smooth. I use it to take off my make-up as a fist step of my beauty routine or just as a moisturising mask. It’s so similar to other big brands out there and ultimately does the exact same thing. Win, win!

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Daily Moisturisers

The Garnier Moisturisers in the range are individually designed for each skin type – the Garnier Rich Argan BIO Nourishing Moisturiser for dry skin and the Garnier Lemongrass BIO Moisturiser for oily skin. They get absorbed into your skin so fast – it’s really helpful if you apply make-up on top of it. I just don’t like it when I have tick cream on my face. They can can work beautifully alongside your current routine for that extra glow! They’re both Cosmos Organic certified and really easy to carry around on holiday or even on your commute.

Anti Wrinkle Cream

What I love about it? The smell of Lavender and feeling of this Garnier BIO Anti Wrinkle Day Cream! This product has quickly became part of my beauty routine. It’s ticker than the daily moisturiser, so I mainly apply it on my forehead and any smile lines around my moth. It’s perfect for night time because Lavender can really relax you and put you to sleep. Get ready to wake up energised!

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Overall, I would say that this range is definitely one to incorporate in your routine because it’s highly focused on one particular ingredient and gives you that natural feeling of taking high care of your skin. Oily, normal or dry skin this range has something for everyone! Make sure you shop it on Notino because they have amazing deals for different products, including skincare, makeup and lifestyle products. Check them out, I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do 🙂

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What’s your favourite skincare product at the moment?

This post is sponsored by Notino, as always opinions are my own. The post does NOT contain affiliate links.

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal 

Hello there,

I have a super cool surprise for you today!

I might not be super girly in my fashion choices, but when it comes to beauty, hands down, I’m the girliest. I love a good pampering routine, and it’s the perfect time to share mine with you. I teamed with Notino and Korika and we have a super cool giveaway for you – 5 Korean Masks one being a 24k Gold infused one! Just fill in your details and you’re entered!

Korika Face Mask Giveaway ENTER NOW

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Enter now to win 5 Face Masks by the Korean Brand Korika.

Each of the two lucky winners will receive:

  •                   1 Real Gold 24k Star Beauty - Brightening Face Sheet Mask
  • 1 NaturBeauty Calming Face Sheet Mask
  • 1 SciBeauty Regenerating Mask for Hands and Nails
  • 1 SciBeauty Hyrdrogel Lip Mask
  • 1 NaturBeauty Mositurising Face Sheet Mask

This contest is no longer accepting entries.

I call my pamper routine my ritual. I’m able to relax and take 20 minutes of my day for myself and my body. Here are the few things I do to enter my relaxing space.

 Light up my candle

Before anything, l’ll light up a candle that smells fresh or oriental. I love the Fresh Linen one by Yankee Candle for this.

 Cleanse my face

I start off by using a scrub on my face – I make my own scrub with polenta or sugar and the cleansing gel by Ivampur.

Mask time

I’m loving these Korean masks right now by The Korean brand KORIKA. The brand brings together cutting edge Asian technology with effective active ingredients, making them a specialist in this area of cosmetics. My favourite are the SciBeauty and StarBeauty collections. The masks have three a thick sheet and I absolutely love them because my skins feels super hydrated after use. They feel special on my face and the time for beauty routine becomes even more important, as these are not the usual masks we get in drugstores. That’s why, I partnered with Notino to offer you 5 masks from my favourite collections.

More about the Korika Collections

StarBeauty is a premium collection that will be appreciated especially by women who wish to sample rare ingredients, revitalize, and brighten their skin.

NaturBeauty line includes various types of masks whose key benefits are natural extracts and iceberg water.

SciBeauty masks reflect the most recent trends in Asian cosmetics and offer masks not only for the face, but also the hands, legs, and lips to provide complex care.

The winner will be announced on the 29th August 2018 on email. Thank you very much for taking part in this!

The masks were kindly sent to me by Notino. Check out their website as they do amazing deals! And follow them on Instagram too – @notino_co_uk – their feed is perfect!

Best of luck everybody 🙂

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Hello my favourite readers,

How’s down for some beach summer essentials? I sure am! These items are surely super familiar to you, but sometimes it just happens that we forget some when packing – just like I did this time around (that hat is not mine by the way). I’ll share with you the items I swear by when hitting the beach.

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This is ALL I take with me on the beach (plus a towel). Only five items to fully enjoy the day!

Most needed: Hat and Evian Facial Spray

If I were to pick the most used ones: clearly, the hat and the facial spray. It gets really warm on the beach and a nice fresh water spray will do wonders. I really like this one by Evian, although I’ve been using the La Roche Posay one and it’s a bit more refreshing.

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Necessary: Garnier Sunscreen!

Up next: sunscreen! I feel that a 30 SPF one, will protect you from the sun rays, but you’ll still get a nice tan. I never burn my skin, but I’ve tested it on my friends too. Plus, Garnier’s Sunscreen range never disappoints.

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Keeping a beautiful face: Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses 

Obviously, I need my sunglasses on – to avoid ugly wrinkles and ah yeah, see a bit better in full light.

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Optional: JBL 

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You might have noticed that JBL there – A speaker on the beach can cause a bit of controversy. If it’s a quiet beach, just be mindful of others and play it on low or not at all. I didn’t really play music on mine as everyone was chilling and it was a different kind of vibe.

Now, your turn – are you using a facial spray on the beach? Let me know! I’m addicted to them 🙂

Lots of Love,

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