Get Ready With me: My makeup faves (flawless skin & bold lip)

Hi everyone!!

Here is my Get ready with me vlog style video 🙂

 

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xxx

Jo

 

Resolutions vs. To Do’s

Lots of people make New Year Resolutions, but I don’t and I will tell you why. I like setting goals and being productive, but I do not feel the need to make a list of goals for 2017 especially at the beginning of the year because I will probably disappoint myself in the end. You see….

Sure

I want to lose weight

Save money

Travel to exotic destinations

Learn new things/ start hobbies/ start a course

Be more social

Be productive and stop wasting time on stuff

But calling them resolutions?

Nope.

And what is a resolution anyway?

It is,

a promise to yourself to do or to not do something

Cambridge Online Dictionary

So a promise. For me a promise is too La La landish. It doesn’t make me get things done. I prefer action. Planning, making lists, writing things down and feeling guilty when I do not end up doing them.Ah yes…. the guilt trip, such an underrated productivity incentive.

Just because it is the first of January, doesn’t mean my life is going to change and I am going to turn into a sports freak or a money saving gal. So, instead, I make a plan and think of ways I will make this happen.  I write down what I want to do, why and how I am going to accomplish it, and then keep writing everything  down in my To Do list

That brings me to my next point. The To Do list.One for 2017, a monthly one, a weekly one, and a daily one.Period.Excessive? Kinda, but you are not a slave to the To Do list. You can switch from one to another. I think everyone should have To Do lists.

2017 To Do list

Write down stuff you want to achieve in 2017 for example, and then check them off the list. When you do something, tick it off the list. The satisfaction of ticking off something that is in the To Do list is amazing. Realising my To Do’s is more important to me than a bunch of resolutions.So, get your note book, start writing down your Big To Do’s and your little ones.

My experience

I write down my weekend To Dos, daily To Do’s, and sometimes Weekly to Dos. If something does not get done in a week, I move it to the next week.I do not stress about my To Do’s though.

What’s the difference between a resolution and a To Do?

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Well, as I said earlier, in my opinion, ummmm, resolutions are too flimsy…. wishy washy…. and there are a lot of “I will” in them. To Do lists on the other hand, are formed by using the imperative ( yup, the teacher geek in me is going all grammar cray cray on ya). I have loads of notebooks and planners and I make lists and tick things off.

My To Do List Notebook Suggestions and How to get Things Done

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My To Do List Journal

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So, that’s all for now. FYI: this weekend I made no To Do list and did not get much done unless you call watching YouTube videos getting something done. So, going back to my lists as of tomorrow. Have a lovely day/ evening.

Talk soon.

J.

Panthenol Extra Spray Body Lotion Review (Greek Skincare)

Hi everyone!

Today I am going to talk about Greek skin care cause the beauty industry in Greece especially as far as skin care is concerned, is full of gems.We have a lot of brands which specialise in skin care.One of these brands is Medisei. I was given the Panthenol extra Body Lotion Spray and have been using it for about 3 weeks now, so I thought…. time to review it (and yes, you will be able to get your hands on it, cause I will give you links to pharmacies which ship internationally).So, let’s talk about this spray.

According to the website, Panthenol Extra Body Lotion Spray

Is great for flaky and dry skin
Helps to give you radiant smooth skin

It has Panthenol, Aloe Vera and Calcium in it and is Paraben free. But what is Panthenol anyway? It is also known as pantothenic acid and it is a natural ingredient often found in plants and a form of Vitamin B5. Panthenol hydrates and moisturises skin and is often used in skin and hair care.

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What do you think Joanna?

I love the fact that it is a body lotion spray because I often skip the body body lotion skincare stage. I am lazy!! As this is a spray, you just spritz it all over, rub it in your skin, and you are done. It is not greasy or runny, so it does not take ages to blend into your skin. It gets absorbed immediately and that’s what I want! I would say it is a semi- fine mist which is not too water-y. Also, you do not need a ton of product to moisturise your skin.So, value for money.

Does it leave the skin feeling hydrated and smooth?

Hydrated? Yes! You also don’t have to wait for it to get absorbed (as I said earlier). So, you spray it, wait for a few seconds and then you can put on your clothes without worrying about getting your pjs wet (I usually spray this on me after my nighttime shower and before bed). Smooth? Yes? Like a baby? Hmm, probably not, but smoother than before, yes!

What about radiance?

Hmm… cannot say lovelies. Smooth skin? Yes. Radiant? Dunno.

The packaging?

Plastic round bottle (spray) 100 ml, so you can take it with you when travelling. Not heavy.Not flimsy.

Is there a scent?

Yes. It smells clean and it kind of reminds me of CK one. It does not smell girlie nor boyish (neutral scent and not overpowering).

Do you recommend this product?

Yes! I will buy a new one when this runs out.

How can I get this product?

I found a website/ pharmacy that ships internationally (you can find loads of Panthenol Extra and other Greek skin care on this site). The website also says that you get free samples. I have not used this website and do not know how long the process takes. You can check it out though by clicking here.On the website this product retails for about 9 euros. If you don’t want to order online, you can book a holiday to Greece and find the spray in any pharmacy in Greece 🙂

So, if you are in Greece and have tried this spray, let me know what you think.

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Joanna

11 Facts about me (YouTube Tag)

Hi everyone!!

Not going to talk about Valentine’s day or Galentine’s day. Nope. I am going to share a video I posted on my YouTube channel. It’s the 11 facts about me. I may have answered more than 11 questions, but hey, I am an English teacher, not a maths teacher :p

So, show me some love, maybe….? It would mean the world to me (not literally, but it would put a smile on my face)if you subscribed to my channel.

Oh… yeah… the top of my head is missing… but you can imagine what’s missing.

So, here goes!!!

 

January Favourites

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Hi everyone!!!

It’s time for January Favourites. In today’s post I will talk to you about the things I loved in January. I will talk about beauty, stationery, TV, Ted talks and lots of other neat stuff. I also made a video with my favourites, so do check out my video if you want more details about what I mention in my post (plus I am trying to grow my channel, so it would mean the world to me if you subscribed). OK! Enough with the babbling, let’s begin.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Beauty ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

I got the Toofaced bronzer in medium/ deep because I ran out of the medium shade which was in my Cocoa Contour Palette (another fave), so instead of buying the whole palette again, the sales assistant suggested I try this bronzer because it is cool toned and lots of people use it to contour (and it is similar to what is in the Cocoa Contour Palette). In the beginning, I was terrified cause it looks really dark in the pan, but I was brave and blended it in and now it is in my favourites!!!

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Clinique Powder brush

I needed a new powder brush and I am really happy with the Clinique Powder brush I got. It is pony hair and very soft. It does not scratch your face. It picks up just enough powder.

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Clinique Aromatics White

This is probably my most …. ‘sniffed’ perfume!!1 All my friends keep asking me,

what are you wearing Joanna?

and I say the Clinique Aromatics White. It is a strong perfume that smells like the baby of Chanel No5 and Talc baby powder. There are floral notes and amber notes and it smells amazing. It lasts all day. When you first spray it on you, you will be scared but I suggest you walk around the store and then make your decision. I LUV IT!

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Chanel Eye Stylo

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Chanel 197 eye stylo. It is a beautiful green/ brown/ silvery shade. It does not crease or budge. Chanel comes out with different shades every season and they are limited edition.It’s very expensive though. I got mine for 30 euros.

No7 Lipstick

I have received a lot of compliments about my No7 lipstick inn the colour flame. It is what I am wearing in the picture (and how cool is my white winter coat, huh?). Anyway. I love this lippie and No7 lipsticks are great!

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❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Stationery ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

You know me, I love me my stationery, so I love my Cath Kidston letter and envelope note pad. It is two in one. You write your letter and then fold it up and it becomes a letter. It has loads of different pages with different designs!! If you are a stationery junkie, like me, check it out.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Random ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Suits is back!! It’s probably one of my favourite TV shows and it is back!!! yaya. It is a legal drama, set in New York. I really enjoy watching it.

I also watched an amazing TED talk about a man who cannot see colours and has a device attached to his head in order to help him hear colours. You see for him colours are sounds. So purple is a different sound and white is something else. It is very interesting to watch It lasts 9 minutes and you can check it out here.

For more favourites, check out my video :). I also talk about some empties and whether I will or will not repurchase (Korres, Nivea)

 

I hope you like this post. If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+. /YouTube . Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ and you will neva, eva miss out on my super posts.

Shopping maybe???

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Thanks for stopping by!

xox

Joanna

All about lips (Clinique) product review

Hi everyone,

Today I am going to review the Clinique All about Lips lotion. I get very dry lips and this happens even though I am always using a lip balm or some kind of lip moisturiser. I thought I’d give this product a try because it claims to help the lips in so many ways.

Important information

Price: $23.50

Weight: 12 ml

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a cap. It has a pump.

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According to the Clinique website, All about Lips,

Delivers both immediate and long-term results to minimize evidence of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage, giving the lip area a smoother, firmer look and feel. De-flakes lips, helping lip colour glide on, resist feathering.

You can apply it before your lipstick as many times a day you want.

How do I use it?

I use it before my lipstick, but I do wait for it to dry a bit/ get absorbed (ten secs). I then put on my lipstick.

Does this lip lotion affect the way my lipstick looks?

Yes. It makes a matte lipstick look a bit more dewy, shiny.

How does it feel with a lippie on top?

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The lipstick kind of glides on the lip and your lips feel moisturised and soft. I do feel a bit scared when I apply because it seems to make my lipstick a bit slippery, but it does not make your lipstick bleed. I also applied lipstick for a bit longer when the lotion was on my lips. This is because it feels like your lippie glides on and as your skin feels a bit oilier, you do not really ‘feel’ how much you are applying. You see, the sensation is different. Also, when you wear this under your lipstick, your lips feel fuller. It creates a smooth surface.I was wearing a Max Factor 825 in Pink Brandy.

Below you see two pictures. One with the lotion and one without

Without All about lips under my lippie

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With all about lips

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How much product do you need?

One pump is enough.

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See a difference?

I do see the lotion on the sides of my lips, but that goes away with time.OK, now you can say, Well Jo, you didn’t really apply it well, but do keep in mind, this product is in a pump and you put it on your finger and then on your lips. Maybe I could use a brush in stead? I do think if it had a doe foot applicator though it would look less messy.

But

I will  continue to apply this throughout the day and before I go to bed. I am still not convinced my lipstick looks better with the lotion underneath.

Will you repurchase?

Yes, but more as a moisturising/ balm type of product and not as a lipstick base type of product.

Do you recommend it?

Yup. It does leave your lips softer and smoother. The feeling lasts longer than when wearing a lip balm.

I did a big skincare haul with different types of creams and lotions. If you are interested in face masks, hand creams and lip balms/ creams, do check my video out.

I hope you like this post. If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+. /YouTube . Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ and you will neva, eva miss out on my super posts.

Shopping maybe???

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*In the mood for shopping makeup? Check out Beauty Bar

FREE 1-2 Day Delivery on Orders $49+ For All Customers

Looking for a Perfume?

The Fragrance Shop are one of the UK’s leading specialist perfume retailers, with over 170 retail stores nationwide and website at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk. Our online fragrance store has a huge range of over 1,000 fragrances, including the latest perfumes.

Thanks for stopping by!

xox

Joanna

My white Birthday, lunching by the beach & chanel

Hi everyone!!

I thought I’d share this week’s vlog video, but I also thought I’d write a short post and share some pictures with you.

So, at the beginning of the year, I went to this area called Halepa (Chania, Crete) and had a lovely lunch by the beach. The restaurant is literally on the beach. II went with my friend and we ordered some lovely food. Meat pie,, we had soup and a yummy mushroom and pork risotto.

I bought a lovely white winter coat from Marc’s and Spencer and I really love it. It is being sold at M&S at the moment. I think a white coat is a staple and everyone should have one.

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Not bad eh?

My Birthday

My birthday was on the 8th of January and it snowed!! Yup. It hasn’t snowed in my town since 2004. That’s 13 years!! I was so happy. It was lovely. A white birthday.

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Saturday the 14th

I am a teacher and some of my students were taking a language proficiency test, so I had to spend my Saturday at the hotel trying to offer moral support. It was quite relaxing actually. I had a lovely coffee and read Instyle. I also got to wear my Chanel No.197 (green/ silver). I thought it lasted well even though my application was not that great(I missed a spot).

 

My Vlog

In my vlog you get to see all of this. I am trying to grow my channel, so any TLC would be appreciated (maybe subscribe or share? ❤ ❤ ).

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Talk soon.

xox