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L’occitane Creme Perfectrice

November 22, 2015

As promised, Lets talk about the Creme Perfectrice de L’occitane, I got a 7 day deluxe sample a couple of weeks ago after signing up for it online { I personally feel its a great way to test a product, not that I expect a miracle within days but just to see how superficially it would feel on the skin}, and I have to say this moisturizer is being so lovely on my combination skin. With my move to London and its weather, my skin is all over the place sometimes I have dry patches, which is a first for my normally oily skin, then I would go back to oily and I could feel like it need it to be hydrated, after using the moisturizer for a week morning and night, my skin feels plump and bright no more dry patches, It really gives it a glow and it has help to improve the texture of it, I’m really loving it.

The moisturizer promises to leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and velvety and to reduce your pores, fine lines and imperfections, although I do think is too soon for me to say something about helping with fine lines and pore reduction, I do think is does the work with making your skin feeling soft and velvety.  The Creme Perfectrice does have a scent, I really like it but I do love rose and peony scents so if that’s a problem for you this might not be the one for you to try. In the morning I just wash my skin and then I put the moisturizer before my SPF and makeup and at night I use it every other nigh combining it with my Artemis oil by Sunday Riley {Another fave! read my review about it if you haven’t}.
I would definitely give it a shoot if you are looking for a new moisturizer, it’s really a fantastic formula! Until next time…

Love,

Paola

 

 

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Sephora VIB SALE – Skin & Hair Picks

November 13, 2015

I’m back with more picks from the Sephora VIB Sale! Now lets talk about skincare and hair products, there are so many options is not even funny, I literally start making my list a month or so before because 20% off in some of this products is almost imposible otherwise, don’t forget the VIB Sale ends November 16th, 2015 and if you are not close to a store order online at www.sephora.com and use code VIB20… Oh and they even have great stocking stuffers like this and this from Deborah Lippmann , get your presents ready for your family, friends and of course yourself!

1.First Aid Beauty Skin rescue deep clean cleanser– I’ve been wanting to try this for a while!

2. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Good Genes + Luna– If you read my previous blog about Artemis you know I love this brand, and I’m sooo excited to try both of this!!!!

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir– One of the best facial mist, the one I keep buying every year, smells so good.

4. Almond Deluxe Duo from L’occitane – Love this shower oil and great present idea too!

5. Philosophy Amazing Grace Jumbo Gift Set– My mom’s favorite scent and I also love it.

6. Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream for Hair– One of the best hair treatments ever! I got a sample that last me for a while and it was amazing, I want more!

7. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo– I keep seeing the beauty vloggers say is fantastic so obvi I want it now haha

8.Glamglow Giftsexy Dazzling Hydration Set– Really love the mask so I think its a great deal to try more than one.

9. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream– One of my favorites eye creams, super light and it works!

10.Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze-Bronzer Brush No. 12– A very popular brush that cost $78 so if you want it, this is your moment to get it.

11.L’occitane Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream– as seen in my November picks, I’m loving this hand cream!

12. Bobbi Brown Beach Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Body Scrub– I Love this perfume, if you like the beach and that coconut, sunscreen scent this if for you.

13.Fresh Sugar Lychee Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Bath & Shower Gel– Another one of my faves, and I really like rollerballs because they are perfect to take with me everywhere!

There are so many more things to pick, but this are definitely things that I love, that I have try before or that I would love to try and keep hearing great things about! Until next time and happy shopping!

Love,

Paola

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November Must-Haves

November 7, 2015

The year is almost over, are you feeling the Christmas spirit already? I’m loving it! But my skin is lost with this cold weather, I got a deluxe sample of  L’occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting cream and it’s great, I’ll do a blog post about it next week so stay tuned, because it is worth it, my skin is loving it! I’m really enjoying the Rose hand cream also from L’occitane, I like the scent and texture on my hands. I keep looking for bags that can carry a lot but are perfect for walking around and this shopper bag from madewell looks perfect for it {use code FALLREVAMP for 25% until Monday Nov, 9th!}, there are a few different colors but I love the dark grey one, It’s a be very versatile color.

Now can we talk about this faux-leather pants from Saint Laurent? So rockstar, so statement {here’s a more affordable option}. I love tartan/plaid print for the fall, and the Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf it’s super cool and a bit different from the traditional red color ones {here a super affordable option from Boohoo}. Two pieces from H&M, because they are fantastic, and a must have for me are Sweater/jumpers like this one, the slouchier the better, simple! Also this cape is stylish and functional so its a good buy.  I had to add this lovely candle called Liquid Amber from Diptyque, is a new scent specially for the holidays, and smells so good, a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and musk, perfect for the cold weather and to make your place feel cozy and yummy. I hope you have a beautiful month, Happy November! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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El año ya casi termina!! no lo puedo creer, y ya se siente el espíritu navideño! Me encanta! Lo malo es que mi piel esta como perdida con este clima frío de Londres, conseguí una muestra de L’occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting cream y me esta gustando mucho, voy a hacer un articulo en el blog porque merece la pena, a mi piel le esta gustando mucho! Tambien para este frío, estoy disfrutando mucho esta crema de manos con aroma a rosas de L’occitane, se siente super rica en mis manos. Esta cartera de Madewell llamada the Mini Transport esta perfecta para las que nos gusta cargar de todo y caminar por la cuidad,{usa el código FALLREVAMP para tener 25%  de descuento pero la promo termina el lunes Nov, 9th!} Tienen varios colores pero me gusta mucho este gris piedra, porque es super versátil.

Ahora podemos hablar de estos pantalones? son de cuero sintetico de Saint Laurent, total rockstar, y perfecto para esta temporada {estos estan tambien super cool y mas accesibles}. A mi me encanta el tartan o plaid como le llames para el invierno y esta bufanda de Marc by Marc Jacobs esta super nice porque es un poco diferente del color rojo tradicional {aquí una opción super accesible de Boohoo}. Dos piezas de H&M,  porque estan perfectas, como este suéter super flojo y entre mas flojo mejor! Esta capa negra es super cool y muy de moda ademas que te mantiene caliente con el frío so es buena compra. Tengo que agregar esta vela de Diptyque que se llama Liquid Amber,  y es un nuevo aroma para la temporada de navidad, y esta tan rica!! Es una mezcla de canela, azúcar y bosque, perfecta para el frío de estos meses. Espero que tengan un mes espectacular, Feliz Noviembre!! Hasta la próxima…

Love,

Paola

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Artemis by Sunday Riley

October 2, 2015

Hi there!! So you guys probably have an idea of how much I love beauty oils, and this one by Sunday Riley caught my eye a while ago. Before moving to London I went to my local Sephora and got a sample of it, because let’s be honest I do think it is pricey, but I really believe that if it does what it promises {Most of them don’t!} then its worth the investment and with all of the pain of my wallet, after a week of using the sample, I can say that it is amazing!!!! Totally worth it!!!I have combination skin, so using oils in my face always scares me, but the Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley works brilliantly, and its specially formulated for combination/oily skin.

All the traveling that I have done lately, was showing in my skin, I had some dry patches and was breaking out a lot, I only used it at nights after cleansing my skin and I personally didn’t use any other moisturizing just the oil, and after a week my skin clear a lot, and it felt so nice and plump, I felt in love, gave my skin a lot of luminosity, it says it helps against premature ageing {yesss please!!} and it has toxin-fighting enzymes to keep your skin blemish-free and beautiful. I purchased the full size bottle before leaving Miami {currency conversion issues lol}, and I’m using it every night and sometimes even in the morning when I don’t need to wear makeup, but the good thing is it will last you for a while, I’ve been using the one I purchased for over two weeks and looks like new. So my advise is if you are not ready to commit, get a sample in a store like Sephora or SpaceNK and test if it works for you, but since I’m sure you will love it, just get the idea that you will end up buying it… sorry wallet and you welcome face 😉 Until next time!

Love,

Paola

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Hola!! Bueno como ustedes ya se habran dado cuenta a mi me encantan los aceites de belleza, y desde hace ratitos que vengo escuchando este aceite Artemis para la cara de Sunday Riley. Antes de venirme a Londres fui a Sephora y pedi una muestra, para probar si de verdad era tan bueno como decían, y por que siendo honesta no esta tan barato, pero igual lo quería probar porque yo soy de las que cree que si el producto hace lo que promete {porque la mayoría no es así!} entonces  vale la pena la inversion y con todo el dolor de mi cartera, después de usar la muestra toda la semana, lo prometido es cierto, este aceite es fabuloso!!! Totalmente vale la pena! Yo tengo piel mixta, por lo que a veces usar aceites en la cara me da miedo, pero este Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley trabaja perfecto, y es especialmente formulado para pieles mixtas or grasas.

Todos los viajes que he hecho últimamente se estaban notando en mi piel, tenia unos parchesitos de piel seca en la cara y me estaban saliendo muchas espinillas (pimples), yo solo use el aceite en las noches después de limpiarme la cara y no use mas crema hidratante encima, y después de una semana mi piel se limpio bastante, y la sentía super suave y con elasticidad, y con estos resultados me enamore de este producto, y ademas dice que ayuda con los primeros signos de envejecimiento {si porfavor!!} y tiene enzimas que ayudan a mantener tu piel libre de espinillas y linda. Yo compre el producto en su paquete completo antes de irme de Miami {por eso de la conversion de la moneda lol }, y lo estoy usando todas las noches y a veces en la mañana cuando no me voy a poner maquillaje, pero lo bueno es que te va a durar, yo he usado el que compre por dos semanas y parece como nuevo. Mi consejo es que si no están listas para comprometerse a usar la botella completa, vayan a una tienda como Sephora, SpaceNK y pidan una muestra pero como yo se que les va a encantar, vayan haciéndose la idea que lo van a terminar comprando… sorry cartera y de nada piel 😉 Hasta la próxima!

Love,

Paola

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My French Pharmacy Must Have

September 13, 2015

Happy Weekend to all of you! Time management when you don’t have WIFI {a blogger nightmare} or an actual flat/apartment is a struggle, hotel living is not my thing! But lets talk about beauty, shall we? French beauty products are some of the best in the world, and living in Monaco gave me opportunity to try tons of things from the pharmacy which is a must if you ask me, there are so many options that its actually very dangerous for your wallet! Here are my must haves, the ones that now I can’t live without, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is an all around amazing oil {read my blog post here about it}, also from Nuxe is the Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm that doesn’t have any shine so is the perfect base for any lippie, especially those super trendy dry matte ones, leaves your lips so hydrated, is perfect!

French ladies swear by their water sprays and I love the Avene one because is specially good for sensitive skin like mine and the super popular Serozinc by La Roche Posay, this one honestly is great when you have acne prone skin! What can I say about Bioderma Micellier water that has not being said? Its just the best micellier water in the market for most people, and make up artists around the world, I haven’t tried many but I love it and I get the one for oily skin. Last but not least, an all around must have product, Homeoplasmine, has a funny name very medicine like but its the perfect ointment for dry patches, dry lips, even as a moisturizer if you have really dry skin. These are my favorite French pharmacy products, what are yours?? Let me know because I always want to try more!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Feliz fin de semana!! Debo admitir que manejar mi tiempo estas semanas que llevo en Londres sin WIFI y sin apartamento han sido super difícil, esto de vivir en un Hotel no es lo mío! Pero bueno mejor hablemos de belleza, no? Los productos de belleza hechos en Francia son de los mejores del mundo, y cuando estuve viviendo en Monaco tube la oportunidad de probar muchas cosas y es que hay tantas opciones que es hasta peligroso para tu cartera! Pero lo bueno que probar todos estos productos me dio la oportunidad de tener mis favoritos, mis “must haves”, y uno es el Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, que es un aceite seco espectacular { lee mi review aquí }, y también de la marca Nuxe es el Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm que es mate en los labios, y te los hidrata muchísimo, perfecto para usarlo bajo lapis de labios secos.

Las chicas Francesas juran con sus aguas en spray para la cara, creo que cada marca tiene una diferente, me encanto la de Avene que es para piel sensible y mi favorita es Serozinc de La Roche Posay, que es perfecta para cuando tienes la piel propensa a tener acne. Que puedo decir del agua limpiadora de Bioderma que no se haiga dicho? no mucho, porque es la mejor del mercado de acuerdo con muchos, yo no he probado muchas diferentes pero si me encanta, y compro la especial para piel grasa. Por ultimo, un producto full versátil, Homeoplasmine es un oitment que sirve para los labios secos, para esos parches secos que se nos hacen y hasta como hidratante para la piel super seca. Estos son mis productos favoritos de las farmacias francesas, cuales son los tuyos? cuéntame que siempre quiero mas!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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The Charlotte Tilbury Makeup collection

June 15, 2015

Hello!! Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend! This is the makeup line I have been waiting to try for a while, the Charlotte Tilbury makeup collection! Ahhh my excitement is real!! My husband was in London this week for a couple of days so I knew this was my chance to get me a few things. It is a premium brand so I decided to try a few products before going crazy on it. I got the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree in the color Bitch Perfect {can we talk about the name? hahaha too funny} and the color is AH-mazing!! Its a beautiful peachy pink nude, to me the perfect color for day or night, the formula is so smooth and smells like vanilla, yummy! The other thing I wanted was the Lip pencil or as Charlotte named it, the ‘Lip Cheat’ re-size & re-shape lip liner in Iconic Nude but wasn’t available {I also wanted this and I forgot to ask him for it, but I read this is good dupe for it}. The star of my mini makeup haul, and probably the most popular product of her line is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight, its the most perfect and smooth contour/highlight combo. I’m a medium-tan and it looks fantastic, its more on the subtle side, since I’m already tan but it shows enough to make a stand out, and if you want the color to be stronger I would use it on top of a deeper contour color.

They gave my husband some samples of the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, I haven’t try it but if I love it, I will keep you posted on my Instagram. I really want to try more of the Charlotte Tilbury products now, like some of the blushes and the Goddess skin clay mask, so they are in my “next to buy list”. If you can, definitely give this brand a try, the products are very well made, and the contour duo gives your skin beautiful glow look, also the packaging its lovely! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Hola! Feliz Lunes! espero que haigan tenido un lindo fin de semana! He querido pobrar esta linea de maquillaje de Charlotte Tilbury makeup collection por un buen rato, y estoy super emocionada de por fin poder usar algunos de sus productos. My esposo estuvo en Londres por unos días la semana pasada, y yo sabia que este era my oportunidad para comprar unas cositas. La linea es considerada de nivel premiun, por lo que no quise comprar muchas cosas y gastar demasiado si no me gustaba. Compre  el Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree en el color Bitch Perfect {que tal el nombre? hahah} y el color es lindo!! Es un color rosado-beige-con un poquito de naranja {peachy pink nude}, para mi el color perfecto, la formula es super suave y tiene un olor a vainilla super rico!! Quería comprar el delineador de labios ‘Lip Cheat’ re-size & re-shape lip liner en Iconic Nude pero no había disponible. {tambien quería esto y se me olvido pero lei que este es un buen reemplazo} El producto estrella para mi es el Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight, es un duo de bronceador con iluminador con un acabado perfecto. Yo soy color mediano bronceado y el color se ve fantástico, no es tan fuerte en mi porque yo ya estoy bronceada pero igual se ve bello, pero si quieres que se vea mas pronunciado usa un bronceador mas profundo abajo de este y se va a ver lindo!

Le dieron a mi esposo algunas muestras del Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, no lo he probado, pero si me gusta les cuento en mi Instagram. Quiero pobrar otros productos de la marca, como unos blushes y el Goddess skin clay mask, ya los puse en mi lista de próximas compras. De verdad si puedes prueba esta linea de maquillaje, los productos están muy bien hechos y este duo de bronceador con iluminador te deja la piel luciendo super saludable, y ademas el empaque esta diseñado super lindo. Hasta la próxima.

Love,

Paola

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Happy Father’s Day!!

June 13, 2015

Happy Father’s Day in advance to all the daddy’s around the world! Especially to mine back home, I love you Daddy! To my hubby, because a doggy daddy also counts! Sometimes is kinda difficult to buy things for men, but there are items that are basic, trouble free that you can get for that special person in your life. I love a good Panama hat in men and women, and this one is perfect for this summer and for any age. Sunglasses are a cool present, I know it can be seem complicated because of the different face shapes, but this Oliver Peoples wafer style are great, they can be dressy or casual and ageless.

A good field jacket is a must in any closet, and this Burberry one is a good investment piece, since jackets like this are so classic, perfect for spring and summer and a great transition piece for any season {this one is cool too!}. Skincare, I know men can be difficult when thinking about skincare, but they need it as much as we do, Kiehl’s is one of my favorite brand and the Body Fuel is great, I got it for my hubby and he really liked it, and the moisturizer its the perfect add on! Lastly the tech present because its a must one, and a really cool option, this laptop bag can carry everything in a super organized way, I really think is a creative present and super useful { I also love this idea and this one}. I wish you all the best Father’s Day ever! Enjoy it and if they are not close to us because they live in other countries {like mine :/} still send them all your love {and money to your mom to buy the present for you, like I am!!} Until next time…

Love,

Paola.

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Feliz dia del Padre a todos los Papás alrededor del mundo!! especialmente al mío, te amo Papi! y a mi esposo también, porque los Papás de perritos también cuentan! A veces es un poco difícil comprar regalos para hombre, pero estas ideas son perfectas para este día de los Padres y para cualquier edad también.  Me encantan los sombreros estilo Panamá  en hombres y mujeres, y este sombrero esta perfecto para este verano y para cualquier edad. Lentes de sol son un regalo super cool, y talvez lo puedas sentir complicado porque hay varias formas de cara, pero si compras un estilo básico como estos de Oliver Peoples no tienes mayor problema, porque el estilo puede ser formal e informal y para cualquier edad.

Una buena chaqueta sport tipo esta de Burberry es una buena inversion, porque son clásicas y son la pieza perfecta para primavera, verano y para la época de transición de la mayoría de las temporadas {y otra opción super cool también!}. El cuidado de la piel es super importante y aveces a los hombres se les olvida, y lo necesitan tanto como nosotras las mujeres, y una de mis marcas favoritas Kiehl’s, tienen un producto llamado Body Fuel que es buenísimo y creado para hombres, yo se lo compre a mi esposo y le gusto mucho, y con la crema hidratante para la cara haces un buen combo para regalar. Y por supuesto hay que pensar en un regalo para la tecnología la mayoría de los hombres ama, y esta bolsa para laptop es perfecta, permite tener todo super organizado, es un regalo super creativo y usable { también me gusto mucho esta idea y esta otra }. Les deseo a todos el mejor día del padre, disfruten mucho y la(o)s que no tienen a sus papis cerca como yo {porque viven en otro país}, mándenle todo su amor { y dinero a su mamá para que les compren un regalo en su nombre como yo!!}. Hasta la próxima…

Love,

Paola

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Nuxe Oil: The Prodigious One

June 8, 2015

One of the first things I did when I confirmed my move to Monaco/France for school was research about the French beauty products, I will dedicate a whole post about that later this month, but in the meanwhile I want to talk about the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®… and yes the hype is real! I really love this dry oil, it’s such a multitasker, I use it on my hair after I wash it, on my nails after a mani, on my skin instead of lotion when I just took a shower or when my skin is dry for a dewy effect, which looks beautiful on your skin on a day out, and even though I haven’t done it, you can use it on your face as a moisturizer. There is a version of the same dry oil with gold particles that would be fantastic to wear on your skin for a day/night out but I prefer the basic one.

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Birchbox France May 2015

May 30, 2015

Hi Guys!! I’m totally a beauty junkie, I accept it, but there are so many options in the market that it’s hard not to want to try it all, or it’s just me!?? So with that in mind I decided to get the Birchbox while I’m in school here in Monaco, since I’m a college student and I live on a budget 100% of the time. I already did Ipsy back in the USA and really liked it, also I thought it would be a great way to try new products and ideally I wanted to try French products…and mission accomplished!! I kinda really love my Birchbox boxes, and talking about boxes they are perfect for storage!! and the designs are super cute!! This is my fourth one and every month has been surprisingly really great! every month you get five products based on your first questionnaire, you fill this out when you sign up for the subscription, and I have to say so far so good, you even get a little flyer with information about each product you get.

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