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Extreme beauty measures

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In today’s beauty post I want to talk about more than just skincare or make up but something rather more radical. How far would you go for beauty?

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my videos talking about an operation I had done whilst on holiday in Czech Republic. I had a closed rhinoplasty or so called nose job without any scars and I also had two moles removed from my lip and forehead.

Above is a picture with before, during and 12 days after the operation, below is a photo from 16 days after the operation. I really wanted to show you everything with no make up and very real so you can really get sense of what it looks like. My nose was bothering me quite some time and for about year and a half to two years I was seriously thinking about getting it done. Why I hadn’t done it earlier I don’t know but it’s the best decision ever.

My main concern was the width of my bridge. I kind of liked the point of my nose and I asked the doctor not to touch that part but mostly wanted it to narrow down. Apart from awkward shape I really struggled with sunglasses – they never fitted properly at the bridge (and yes I’ve been trying loads since my operation and can’t wait to buy some new ones).

My operation took about 1,5 hrs under full anaesthetic and I had to stay in the hospital overnight. I was in no pain whatsoever except for a headache straight after the operation. I had to wear a cast for 9 days and my eyes were bruised and swollen. But I couldn’t believe how quickly all the swelling went down! I was back to work just before the two week mark and even though you could tell I was still a bit swollen it was fine a and I had lots of compliments from people about the result so far.

I’ve been very open about the whole thing and want to share it with people because it can be a scary decision but it’s so worth it. I was mainly excited but on the day I got very very scared and nearly didn’t go into the hospital (what forced me was the amount of people that knew about it) but I’m so glad I did it. I already feel so much better even though I still have at least five more weeks before my nose will  start taking the shape it’s meant to be.

I wanted to look like me but better and I think that’s what we achieved. I think it opened my eyes as well and my face overall looks brighter and that’s what lot of people have been saying so I’m very pleased.

Like I said I’ve been in no pain and I would totally do it again. My only concern since the operation has been my skin. To keep the cast on they put a glue on your skin and when they take it off they used something quite strong to remove the glue. As my skin is quite sensitive already it’s been coming up with spots and my nose has been peeling and it’s overall not great. But I feel like it’s a little price to pay and I’m sure it will get better again. I’ve been giving it extra love and hopefully it’ll get back to normal soon.

If you’re thinking about a nose job and have any questions feel free to ask. I’d be happy to answer any and if it helps with anyone’s decision than I’m happy.

We were not all born perfect and I totally understand that some people can have something they’re not happy about and want to change and I say do it. Some people go to extremes and have done too much and than they don’t look like themselves any more but little bits are ok in my opinion. Now I just need to get my individual eyelashes again (that’s my biggest indulgence and I love them and miss them) but other than that I’m happy.

I’m also having my hair done soon as I haven’t had it done for ages. I’m going for both baliage and a fresh cut. I’m excited for my new look.

Have you had any plastic surgery? Are you against it? What would you have done?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Get the glow – highlighters and blushers

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After lipsticks, highlighters and blushers are my favourite make up product and something I buy quite a lot too. They can make such a big difference to your face and if I could use only one make up product it would be probably a blusher.

That’s not to say I like a very sculpted overly done face contouring. I’m talking about subtle glow that makes a big difference. A bit of highlighter high on your cheekbones and a touch a blusher brightens your face and makes you look healthier and more awake. One thing I’ve learned about these things: it’s all about blending. Blend, blend, blend.

I love all of these products shown here and I have been playing around with combining them , mixing and matching and achieving different looks. I’ve started sharing on Instastories more of my daily make up and want to do more of that so if you’re not already following me on Instagram, make sure you do.

In these products you have a combination of different textures which give different effect and to decide which I’m going to use depends on my mood, what I’m wearing and what look I want to achieve.

I’m starting with the Tom Ford palette which I absolutely adore! All the colours are so pretty (I don’t use eyeshadows a lot but when I do these are definitely great) but I use this palette a lot and always take it with me when I’m travelling. You have the blusher on the left and highlighter on the right. It’s hard to say which highlighter I use the most but this one is probably it. I just love the shade and can I tell you Tom Ford make up has an amazing staying power! Put this on in the morning and it’ll still be there when you get home in the evening. It’s very highly pigmented and it’s just so good. The only bad thing I can say about it  is that it’s a limited edition palette from last year! Unfortunately you can’t get the exact one but I need to find out if they do these shades individually because they really are good. I also love the blusher – it’s not too pink and it’s perfect for everyday. It’s powder so a bit more matte compared to some of the other ones I use definitely a good shade to have in your make up bag.

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I love the Nars multiple sticks (again they’re great for travelling), I use them a lot especially in the summer. They have a great texture, they’re quite creamy and glide on really well. I did a proper review here.

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This Nars Orgasm liquid blusher I only bought recently but I’m already obsessed. It’s their best selling shade and I can tell why. It’s such a great colour. It’s kind of pinky with a golden shimmer and it literally suits everyone. I love the liquid texture it gives such a nice glow. You only need tiniest of amount but you can build it up for a more intense look. It’s seriously good.

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I wore this Chanel blush colour a lot in the Spring, in the summer I go for more natural and more of a glow rather than this (it’s quite a bright pink) but I really love it. It gives a really nice colour in my face especially when I’m feeling very pale. When my face needs brightening up this is the one I go for. It’s called Pink explosion for a reason and if you’re new to blushers it may be a bit too much but there’s never too much pink for me (unless I’m wearing all pink outfit then I wouldn’t use it). It’s baked powder meaning even if you drop it it won’t break but it also means it doesn’t always give a lot of colour. You have to scrape it a bit but it’s a great product and lasts well.

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Tom Ford Sheer highlighting duo. Again a new product for me but I’ve been wearing it every day this week. You can use the  colours separately or mix them both together which works really well. I can imagine the gold will be amazing around Christmas time too. Now I add a bit more of the rose gold but it gives an amazing glow. I’ve been trying it with all of the blushers above and I’m loving the effects. It’s very highly pigmented, has an amazing staying power and you can use it as eyeshadows too. It’s a bit pricey but definitely worth the pennies. I think this will be my favourite for summer.

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Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite blushers/highlighters?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Morning and evening skincare routine

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I’ve changed my skincare routine completely this year after feeling whatever I was using wasn’t working anymore and my skin is the best it’s been. For me skincare is more important than make up and I am doing all I can to achieve a glowing skin and then let it shine and only enhance it rather than painting a face on.

I believe the products I was using before were good, but you need to change your lotions and potions regularly otherwise your skin gets used to the products and same ingredients. I’ve discovered Kiehl’s which I’m really loving at the moment and definitely want to try more products but overall I decided to try things from different brands rather than getting everything from one.

Other than doing the routine that I’m going to tell you about, I exfoliate once or twice a week (I use St. Ives Apricot scrub which is great and not expensive) and about twice a week (when I remember) I put on a hydrating masque overnight instead of anything else. I’ve been testing these from Peter Thomas Roth and so far I’ve been quite impressed.

I use a Thermal cleansing balm from Omorovicza which is oil based and very good for dry skin.

In the morning after I’ve cleaned my face, I use serum from Kiehl’s (review here) and then depending on what I’m doing that day and what my face needs I either use the Kiehl’s  Glow Formula skin hydrator  (which gives a really nice glow) or if I’m going to be spending a lot of time outside I use the Avene SPF 50. I always always wear SPF 25 minimum. After that I use eye cream and then apply make up. The Avene cream makes your skin quite white so leave some time to soak it in, but I really like it and the protection it gives me, especially during this heatwave.

In the evening after cleansing my face I alternate between the Dior serum and Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate (review of  both here). I seriously love both. With the Midnight recovery you only need a tiny bit. I got this sample ages ago and have been using it regularly and still haven’t had to buy the big size but I definitely will. I use a moisturiser after the Dior serum or before the Midnight recovery. I usually do one evening one thing and alternate the next evening. Once every few days I use a hydrating masque instead. At the moment I’m using the This Works night cream which seem really nice on the skin but I think the serums are the most important .

Have you tried any of these? How do you find them?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

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Latest beauty buys

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Today I want to share with you few of my latest beauty discoveries. By now you probably know that I am beauty obsessed in the sense that I love buying and trying new beauty products and I recently started series on my instastories every Sunday, where I share my finds and products I love. And this is an extension of that and more in depth reviews.

I don’t often share hair products and I guess that’s because I haven’t really found my holy grail yet. I must say I usually love all Kerastase products but overall I’m still looking for the one and keep trying new things. The one thing I love though is L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. It’s used a lot by professionals and I can see why. It really is good and such a good price too.

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So first up today is the Dry Shampoo Foam by Ouai. I’ve tried this after watching it on someone’s Instastories and I loved what it did for them. After trying this I was not disappointed.  I love the fact that it’s a mousse so it makes your hair quite wet when you put it in your roots and it feels like it actually gives it a wash rather than just masking it with a powder. It’s such a genius idea! I love it. It doesn’t have a strong smell and I prefer it because some dry shampoos have an overpowering scent and you can tell when someone used them and it can be off putting. You only need very little and I will definitely buy this again.

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Another one by Ouai. These are the only two products I’ve tried by the brand so far but I’m quite impressed with both so will probably try more. I’m not big on oil especially for hair because I’m worried they will make my hair greasy. But this Rose Hair and body Oil is quite a dry oil and when I’ve used it on my ends it gives them a bit of shine without being too much. And it smells amazing! I must say the fragrance sold it to me.. I’ve been using it on my body too and don’t judge me on my heels and it really softened them! I don’t know how about you but my feet get so dry in summer and I get hard skin and this is indulgent but my feet deserve it!

 

I’m sure you know how obsessed I am with lipsticks and glosses. A month doesn’t go by without me buying a few. You may have also noticed I’ve been really into Dior beauty recently and I couldn’t resist buying this Dior Addict lip Tattoo . It’s a lip tint rather than a full on lipstick and perfect for every day. You can layer it as much as you want and it lasts quite well. It gives a nice colour but it’s quite discreet. You can just tell you lips were stung by a bee!

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After lipsticks, blushers and highlighters are my favourite make up products. I think they make such a big difference to your face. I’m not really into strong contouring but a sweep of highlighter and a bit of blusher makes me feel so much nicer. I have a few I use regularly but I was excited to try this liquid blush by Nars in one of their best selling shade Orgasm. It’s like a peachy pink and I believe it suits everyone. The colour is just gorgeous.  A little goes a long way so be very careful when you’re using it. First time I used way too much. The application is really easy, it gives you a nice glow and it lasts all day. I’m impressed.

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Last but not least another lipstick, this time by Tom Ford. I love their lipsticks as they are very moisturising and last very well. Surprisingly this is the first one I bought in ages (possibly because they discontinued my favourite shade Lilac Nymp but also possibly because I’ve been so obsessed with Dior). The colour 87 Playgirl is quite a strong pink but it’s so pretty for summer. I will be wearing it a lot. I have few make up bits from Tom Ford and I love the quality I’ve reviewed some here. It’s a bit pricey but they really are good. Everything lasts really well, they are well pigmented and the packaging is nice too. If you want to buy yourself a little treat TF lipstick is definitely worth it.

Have you used any of these products? What are your latest beauty discoveries?

Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Top 5 serums for dry skin

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I have mentioned many times that I have dry sensitive skin. The one product that has made a huge difference is a serum! I don’t know how I lived before them..

Over the last say 5 years I’ve tried quite a few some better, some not so good. Today I want to share with you 5 that really made a difference and I would definitely buy them again and again and 100% recommend them.

1.) Clarins double serum was my first one ever and I loved it so much I used about 4 or 5 of them. The only reason I stopped using it was because I believe you should change your skincare routine every so often, otherwise your skin gets used to the ingredients and they become less effective. It has two separate parts that come out together and you can feel it working instantly. It smells amazing and really works. I recommended it to few friends and they all loved it too. I haven’t got any picture as I haven’t used it for a while but now that I’m writing about it I’m thinking about purchasing it again soon.

Correction: I’ve just noticed the serum has changed since I last used it and doesn’t have two separate parts any more but I hope and believe it works just as well.

2.) Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro serum. Again I’ve used 3 or 4 bottles and loved it. They call it Intense replenishing hydration for a reason. It’s got tiny microbeads that hold massive amount of moisture and it really does make a difference. I really like the Chanel Hydra range and used few of the products and definitely recommend them. They smell amazing too. I wrote more about them and all of the products below here.

I also use the Chanel Le lift serum occasionally. It’s more for an older skin, it’s quite heavy but prevents wrinkles and I use it as a precautionary measure once in a while.

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3.) Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose . I started using this in March when my skin was in desperate need of some TLC. After the tough winter it was so dry I was desperate to try anything. By lucky coincidence I was invited by Dior for a facial and try to Prestige range and was hooked straight away. It’s quite pricey so I’m keeping it just for my evening routine. Overnight all your skincare is the most effective because when you’re sleeping your skin is repairing and renewing. This product definitely helps with all of that. You will feel it working straight away. Read more about my Dior facial and review of this serum here.

4.) Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing ConcentrateI’ve only discovered in recently after being given a sample. I was impressed after first try and purchased it immediately. Having very dry skin, many products don’t feel right and my skin often feels tight. After this the skin felt great immediately. I love the fact that it’s got Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C – two ingredients that are great for skin. They have brightening properties and help to keep moisture in. I  can honestly tell you my skin is at the best condition it’s been in ages and it’s big part to this. I’ve changed my routine completely this year and will do a post soon about all the products I use in the morning and evening but I can tell you know this has definitely made a difference. Hooked

5.) Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate. Again this is a recent discovery but I am hooked. I guess it’s more of an oil than a serum but put it on before going to bed, it gives you instant glow and you wake up with radiant skin. It feels amazing on skin and really does work wonders. Can be used with our without moisturiser and it’s a great size for travelling. You only need very little – I’m still using the sample I got few weeks ago but I am definitely buying the full size. This is going to be my new must have for years to come.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Top 5 lipsticks for Summer plus new skincare products discoveries

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Last Sunday on my Instagram instastories beauty series I talked about lipsticks (my favourite beauty subject) and wanted to recap the whole thing in case you missed it (you can also catch up on my highlights on the whole series).

Not surprisingly all these lipsticks are pink. Yes it is my favourite colour but also I feel I’m too pale for corals and I only love wearing red around Christmas time. But I really enjoy trying different shades of pink and different textures. Not a month goes by without me buying at least one lipstick and these are my current favourite all perfect for Spring and summer.

I am going from lightest to brightest. All these lipsticks are shiny. I don’t really wear matte lipsticks much. I prefer something hydrating.

1.) Dior Lacquer stick in Lazy. This actually happens to be my favourite. I’ve come to discovering it by complete coincidence. My good friend actually bought it but realised she didn’t like the colour that much and gave it to me. I, on the other hand, love it! I’ve just repurchased because I’ve been using it so much it ran out. I love the texture, it’s very moisturising, feels very nice on the lips and the colour is kind of dusky pink and it’s perfect for every day.

2.) Dior Lacquer stick in Bubble. I’ve only purchased it recently because I really love the Lacquer sticks and actually want to buy more shades. They are seriously addicting! The colour Bubble is named aptly as it’s a bubble gum shade. It’s fun and playful and I’m loving it. Perfect for adding colour to your outfit especially in summer. I’ll be wearing this loads!

3.)  Chanel Rouge Coco in Ina. Again I’ve been wearing this one a lot. It’s for those days when I want bold colour but still not too much. I’d say it’s a happy medium. Very moisturising and stays on well. It’s a really lovely shade.

4.) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 50. The brightest of them all but still appropriate for day wear. I don’t wear this as much as the other 3 but I keep it for those days when I need a pick me up colour. You can layer it and have it really strong or go lighter but it still adds more colour to your lips. When my outfit is really pale this is the one I reach for.

5.) Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in 677 Disco Dior. The boldest and brightest and definitely not for every day (at least not for me). Has an amazing staying power. High shine, glitters and perfect for evening. I wore it to the ballet this week (see my look here). Love it for those special occasions.

I also quickly wanted to mention two recent beauty discoveries. The Kiehl’s serum I was given a sample of recently when I was buying something at the airport and the minute I tried it on I knew I had to have it. It’s amazing! When I was buying it I was given another sample, this time of the Midnight recovery concentrate and again loving it and will be definitely buying it soon. Great two products for dry skin and I will do a proper review soon.

Have you tried any of these products? What would you like me to review next?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

 

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Top 5 beauty must haves for travelling

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Following my recent trip to Tuscany, I wanted to share my must have beauty products when travelling. When I’m on holiday I usually wear very minimal make up (I don’t wear too much anyway) and I like to pack light when it comes to beauty so choose multitasking products.

1.) My number 1 product whether I’m on the road or not is SPF. That is something I actually wear all year round. Ask any dermatologist or skin expert and they will tell you to use SPF daily to protect skin and prevent ageing. Because my skin is pale and sensitive it’s even more important but no matter what your skin make sure you not skipping SPF. I love the Avene SPF 50 for travelling but I also wear it on very hot days in London (when we get them). It’s got a nice texture, super high SPF so I don’t have to worry all day and it feels good on the skin. A little goes a long way and you face may be quite white after putting it on so I use colour correcting drops on top.

2.) Then I put on a lightweight foundation or CC cream. I recently switched to Dior Nude Air foundation with SPF 25 for my daily protection (remember SPF don’t add up that’s why I use 50 underneath). I wear the lightest colour Ivory 010. I love the velvety texture! It’s very very light (in texture and coverage) but if like me your concern is to even out skin tone on a dry skin but not blemishes this is your friend. I don’t have problematic skin so always go for light coverage and if I break out I use concealer on top. I prefer my skin to breath and natural make up. It’s the first time I’ve bought this foundation but really love it and will definitely buy again. It looks very natural but gives you a nice glow. I might go for a shade darker in the summer when I have a bit of a tan but it’s definitely my new favourite. I’ve been using Chanel foundations for years which I like, but it’s good to switch once in a while and I’m glad I’ve discovered this.

3.) You may have noticed on my Instagram and my last beauty post that I am developing slight obsession with Dior beauty. I’ve bought quite a few products recently and really like the quality. My other recent purchase is their brow pencil. That’s something I always take on holidays because defined brows really make a difference. I was using Charlotte Tillbury before which I reviewed here, but wanted to try something different. This one is very thin so you can be very precise but highly pigmented so go lightly. You just twist it to get it out (I prefer it to pencils that you have to sharpen) and on the other side has a little brush which is something I always look out for. Again little goes a long way and I will definitely repurchase. I wear Universal brown.

4.) Like I said at the beginning I like products that are multitasking and this is it! I love Nars Multiple sticks. The one in Copacabana I wear on most days as a highlighter – it has a nice shimmer and sheen – so good. And the pink one  in Riviera I wear as a blusher when I want something light and natural. I love the creamy texture and you can use them on your lids as eyeshadows too and also on your lips. That’s why they’re called multiple and they’re so great. I’ve been using these for years and they always go with me abroad.

5.) You may know I love lipsticks and always have a few on me (I need options) but rather than taking lots of different ones I like to take a lipstick palette. I love this one by YSL as it has a great selection of colours. Yes you can see which two are my favourite and I also like mixing them together. They come with a brush and a mirror so it’s really a no brainer. Perfect for any handbags for touch ups too.

Obviously I take more things but these are a constant. I started  a weekly series every Sunday on my Instastories talking about beauty (you can catch it on highlights too) and I’m planning to post more regular beauty posts on here too. What review would you like to see next?

Do you use any of these products? What are your must have travel beauty products?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela