It’s been a minute since I got a chance to post on the blog! I guess I can never say it enough times, I wish I had more hours in a day, honestly, the days start and then before I manage to do half of what I planned it’s 4pm and I have to pick up Shirel from daycare! Once I pick her up, that’s it I’m on mom mode and I don’t work and try to be as less as possible on my phone/laptop, so i can dedicate my time to her, and enjoy it until I put her to sleep. Once she is asleep I get to do more work, but lately I have been falling asleep with her:) I guess what Im saying is that I just like all mothers am on permanent exhausted mode where sometimes Id rather sleep than stare at a laptop, does that sound familiar? But I have been wanting to share with you guys how amazing my Jo Malone experience was at their City Center DC boutique. I absolutely fell in love with everything Jo Malone, I entered their world with no way out. The interior design, the packaging, the details, the fragrances, the candles, and of course the hand treatment I received was just magical. I couldn’t get enough of the different frangrances, and the beautiful philosophy of the brand, how loyal it is to it’s London roots, to elegance and grace, because you feel it in every detail. I lived in London for 4 years, and walking into that store I just felt transported back to the city! Jo Malone is truly a brand that lives up to it’s word, quality and it’s fame. Stay tuned for my next post where I will share my favorite products of Jo Malone, which I seriously cannot live without on a daily basis! I will also visit their Barcelona store, so stay tuned for that! For now I hope you enjoy the snaps I took of the store, and if you want to surprise a loved one, or treat them simply because they derserve I recommend Jo Malone’s hand treatment! They let you pick your favorite scents, and use the lotions, essential oils, and their amazing body scrubs, it is an absolute treat, for yourself as well!
I am so delighted to work with Dove Hair on their #LoveYourHair campaign, not only because I have used their products ever since I am a little girl, starting with their skincare products, and probably every deodorant they have in the market (I swear by their deodorant, and will not travel anywhere without packing at least 2 of them), but because I love the empowering messages they always send to us women and the next generations of women to come. Which is why I (as you can imagine) I was so excited when I received the email, inviting me to be part of this beautiful and inspiring campaign. When it comes to my hair I have always considered myself lucky, I have inherited my dad’s Georgian thick and wavy hair, it is not fully straight nor completely wavy, and it took me a while to understand that it is a combination of beauty, but I have always loved it. Wherever I went as a little girl I remember my hair being the center of attention and people would always comment on it and honestly not much has changed it is still a conversation that pops up whenever I am with girlfriends or in other social circles, we always somehow end up discussing our hair.
As a little girl I had long hair and my mother would braid it in all different types of styles, she would never cut it, and it was dark blonde until I was probably 10, and suddenly it changed into a dark brown. As my teenage years approached I decided to go back to my early childhood blonde days, and ever since I have been hooked, there were times where I thought I should go back to my natural color because I should be proud of it, and not hide it with a “fake” color as that is a message I kept hearing from people, but with the years I have come to love it and feel it is more natural to me than any other color I have tried (including my natural dark brown). I love the light it brings to my skin, and how it makes my green eyes stand out more, so why should I care if some people call it fake? We are constantly told what the norm of beautiful hair is or should be and at times it might be challenging to silence those messages, but I believe we all have our own norm of beautiful hair, nobody should tell us women what is or isn’t beautiful to us. The way we choose to wear our hair is a personal statement, and a powerful one to each one of us, which is why I think we should treat it with kindness and love, just as we do to our body and skin. I never realized how much my hair meant to me, until after my pregnancy when I started losing a lot of my hair, it was dry and dull no matter what products I used, and it took forever to grow back to what it was. In a way I felt like I wasn’t myself because my hair had completely changed, I suddenly felt like I was robbed of something so natural to me, which might seem dramatic to some or not as important as other issues, but that is how it felt to me in that moment.
That is why Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is so close to my heart, I love the mission and message behind it which is to make every woman feel good about her hair and love it no matter what color, texture or style they choose for themselves. To show the love I have for my strands, I have partnered with Dove Hair on their Pinterest campaign so I can share with you all my favorite hairstyles to wear all year round, you can see my braided top knot, long wavy bun, and Brigitte Bardot inspired hair! All of this is on their Mermaid Hair Goals board, so make sure you check it out! Dove’s #LoveYourHair message is loud and clear, if you love your natural hair without blowouts or extensions in your natural color, own it and show it, and if you have curly hair and love to straighten it, or if you are Asian and wanna go blonde, go for it! Nobody should tell us what is right or wrong about how we wear our hair, it is all about how we feel wearing it the way we love it. Check out Dove Hair’s short film, where women share the societal pressures they face for choosing a certain color or style, with Dove Hair’s message that it is time to celebrate all types of hair and broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all the types of hair. I hope each one of you will celebrate their beautiful hair no matter how you choose to wear it!
Let’s be honest we all daydream of the moment we can get away and get a facial, or a massage, or just get our nails done! But we are all caught up in the day to day routines, work, kids (for those of us who are moms), family, friends, workout, cook, and so many other factors that take up our time. That is why when I received the invitation from Treatwell.es to get pampered I could not say no, I gladly awaited the minute I dropped off Shirel at her aunt and uncle’s place, and me I got to go to Skin Inc with the Treatwell team and Luisa from Una Tal Luisa. The evening started out with fresh vegan treats shipped in from Palma de Mallorca (amazing), with delicious fresh juices, then we each received our personal skin diagnosis by one of the specialists, followed by a session of product recommendations depending on our individual skin needs and issues.
I loved every minute, it was so informative, and eye opening, I learned that I don’t just blush in a cute way, I actually have mild rosacea and a tendency to get blemishes from the sun (it all started during pregnancy, I literally had a dark line above my lip, some would call it a moustache). So I was advised to not drink that much coffee and if I do to make it decaf, because caffeine triggers rosacea even more, of course to protect my skin from the sun always wearing sunblock and not exposing my skin to the sun in high peak hours, to stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible, and of course treat my skin with the right care and products. Skin Inc’s products feature highly concentrated, pure and active serums and innovative skincare from Japan.
But what I love most about their products is that they contain 0% added scents and parabens, and right away I could feel that on my skin, my skin tenis to get irritante easily if the product is not gentle. So after learning all about their products, like their Pure Revival Peel or Pure UV Protect (my favorite ones), I was treated to their super star treatment which is the Oxy Miracle Peel, to help my skin breathe again, and NO JOKE that was the best thing I have ever done for my skin and I made a pact with myself to go back on a monthly basis and pamper my skin with this heavenly treatment.
Time flies with a new baby at home, when I am not preparing bottles, changing diapers or putting her to nap, I have just enough time to do what I used to take for granted before, such as take a shower, go grocery shopping, and everything else that seems as a given pre baby:) But this new life that is still taking a bit of time to grasp and accept as my new normal, has become so much more amazing because of my little baby girl! Despite limited time as I have mentioned, I am slowly trying to get my rythm back, and go to a few beauty events, such as the amazing Clarins Spring Beauty event I was invited to! We had the chance to learn about their new beauty spring collection, as well as their amazing skincare, so get ready to learn about all these amazing products they so kindly gifted me to try out and I am delightfully enjoying! My favourite lip potion is definitely their Eclat Minute lip balm perfector, as it is deliciously glides on my lips (seriously tastes amazing), it moisturizes your lips, and gives you a beautiful natural shine. I have been using all three colors, and I apply them alone, or over a lipstick (I love mixing colors, and textures when it comes to my lips). This lip balm is definitely going into my handbag this spring, it is that perfect beauty product that adds a little shine, and a pop of subtle colour to my every day look! I totally recommend Eclat Minute by Clarins as your must Spring beauty item.
I am not an avid user of different shades/foundation, I stick to what I know and where my comfort zone is, which is my Armani silk foundation. But when Almay sent me their new Smart Shade to try, I could not resist! Because who wouldn’t want to try a foundation, that adjusts to your skintone? It is not your typical foundation, it almost seems like you are applying a moisturizer that adapts to your skintone, and leaves your complexion looking flawless and natural! This foundation comes only in three shades and no more, all you need to know is where yours skin fits within those, light, light-medium (that’s my shade), medium. I love that this skintone matching makeup, leaves my skin looking natural all day, and doesn’t feel or look like I am wearing a layer of makeup. This is definitely a beauty product I would recommend all year round, which is why I have it in my bag, ready to fly to Barcelona with me;) Because that is where I am headed to today, will keep you all posted on Barcelona my travels and my baby bump;)!