H&M STUDIO AW19

Hey loves! How are you? I have some very exciting news today! I have attended the H&M Studio event for autumn/winter of 2019 and boy the clothes are gorgeous!

The new collection will be launching today so this post comes just in time!

Winter is not my favorite season (I live and breathe for summer and warm weather) but this year I am very excited about the trends and from what I saw H&M is not going to dissapoint me in any way this season too!

The inspiration behind the collection is the everyday,elegant woman. With pieces designed to be classic and timeless H&M emphasizes in quality and tailoring to provide long-lasting key elements for the wardrobe of every woman.

Sparkles everywhere! classic doesn’t mean boring!

Beauty of course is a very important factor too so an updated beauty and skincare routine is now available!

PS:These amazing trays are from HM Home and right after the event I purchased 2 in gold/beige!

What I’ve learned from bleaching my hair 3 times in a month

Hey guys,what’s up! 

I’m going through some major hair changes here and as the title self explains I have bleached my hair 3 times in order to do so. Let me explain: my natural hair color is black. Over the years,and with all the coloring that has happened, it has turned a bit more of a dark brown but still pretty dark. 

I have a thing with hair changes. I love colors and get bored really easily so whenever I have the chance I like trying out new things. The past few months I had an itch to get blonder than I have ever tried. This is not easy obviously for a dark brunette!! I went to a salon and the reply was “let’s start with some highlights first”. I said ok and we did that but it wasn’t enough for me. So I decided to take things into my own hands!!

I have dyed my hair many times in the past so deciding to do it myself wasn’t very difficult. little did I know that the task of bleaching is very hard!

After much study (aka countless Youtube videos and Pinterest searches) I thought I was up to the task!

First bleach obviously didn’t turn my hair blonde. It actually made them purple. This is pretty normal when you have dark hair. I had already decided I would do the proccess within a weekend and not just all at once and thank God! So after the first bleach I put some really nourishing hair mask, left it for as long as I could and then applied nourishing oil and left it over night. This helped my hair a lot I’ve got to say, and I think this might have been the thing that saved them from severe damage!

The next day I went with the second bleach.Then dyed the hair with a Silver/blonde color by Igora (I used a combination of two different silver shades from the Royal Highlifts series). My hair were finally blonde but not entirely! Color was Just amazing in most parts BUT my roots and few parts (mostly in the back of my head) were a bit darker,Like a dark blonde. Obviously when you do the entire thing youself you miss few spots so that was the thing! Still, the results were pretty impressive.

here’s a closeup of the first attempt (bleached twice and colored but still with few “darker”spots)

I decided to leave my hair alone for 2 weeks but in order to minimize the color difference I bought an anti-brass shampoo. This made a huge difference with only two applies so I definitely recommend getting one if you blonde hair turn orange.If you want to remove yellow then go with the classic silver/purple shampoo!

So Monday was the time (after two full weeks) for the third and last bleach. Of course there was no need to apply it to all my hair. I just did the roots and only the parts that were still darker than what I wanted. Hair color has been impoved very much now and it’s almost as if I had done it professionally.

final result

Obviously doing it at a hair salon would have saved me a lot of time and probably a lot of damage but I really wanted to try doing it myself at least one! Plus now it is only going to be easier as I would only have to do my roots every 5-6 weeks (which knowing me means I will only do it once again before I change again entirely my hair color!).

Considering the amount of bleach that has been on my hair the past month or so hair don’t look that bad. Next week I’m also getting a hair cut to remove some inches of damaged hair just to revive it a bit!

Korean cruelty-free skincare

Hey guys!!! As you might have read in my previous post I have turned my entire skincare routine cruelty free. It has been hard to do so as I’m a beauty junky and I had to give up some of my most favorite brands ( I have been wearing Chanel perfume for more than 15 years so giving that up was the hardest thing!).

A big love of mine the past year has been the Korean beauty skincare routine. I have noticed a great improvement on my skin since following the 11 steps (even if I have to skip few steps when I’m too tired) so I obviously had to check what is going on in Korea regarding animal testing.

To my surpise, despite the status in China, most Asian countries have banned animal testing the past few years. Korea passed a bill in 2016 stating that animal testing should be completely banned from beauty companies by 2018, so at this point if you buy a beauty product dirrectly from Korea (or the US if they own stores there too) you can be sure that it’s going to be a cruelty free product.Just to be on the safe side I always double check the company’s website and several blogs before a purchase.

Benton

Benton is a favorite brand of mine for the past two years. Their aloe propolis soothing gel and cleansing foam are my all time classics, especially during winter (for summer I tend to avoid aloe vera in my daytime skincare routine and opt for someting with some sun protection).

Neogen

If you have oily skin like me this is your brand! Their Bio Peel Gauze Peeling pads and Glacial magic pore gel are epic!

COSRX

I love how budget friendly this brand is and how many great options you have. Again this is ideal for oily skin. Their acne pimple patches are great for these breakouts and the BHA blackhead power liquid toner can do wonders.

Re:p

If you have more sensitive skin this brand is great for you. I love their Bio Fresh mask with nutrition herb and the Cell moisture all in one essence. It is great for your night routine!

Klairs

A great necessity for me is the face mist. Klairs Fundamental Ampule Mist is great for long lasting hydration and I prefer using it instead of toner for my night routine.


Turning my entire skincare routine cruelty free..

Hey guys! How are you? What have you been up to? 

It’s finally July so I’m pretty sure you’ve planned your vacays by now! Any destinations I should be jealous about?? This year I won’t have any vacation days during summer so only few long weekends at the summer house for me!! (Big plans for Fall though).

Time for a life update: the past month and a half I have turned my entire skincare and makeup routine cruelty free.It has been a very serious decision for me,one I’ve been thinking about for months. Although I knew that several brands are still testing on animals I hadn’t realized that even the brands that are produced in EU (and therefore banned from animal testing here) could still be testing on animals when selling in China.

For me that was a huge revelation. From the moment I looked a bit deeper on the matter and found out about all my (former) favorite brands and their shady policy outside EU something changed inside.

I went to my bathroom cabinets and literally threw out all of the products that were testing animals, even if not in EU. I cannot describe how emotional yet liberating this was for me.

For me this was a life changing decision: The idea of buying from brands that would hurt animals was so repulsive that without any hesitation I changed overnight everything.

In reality, throwing away your staff is an easy task. Finding other brands and products to replace them.. well, that’s a totally different story! Thank God nowadays there are plenty of options for all tastes and budgets!

Makeup Revolution

That brand saved my life! I have used it before but since it is cruelty free and with several vegan options too it became my favorite! I have their makeup and concealer, several eye shadow palettes and mists and their hair dyes!

Treacle moon

Oh the joy this brand brings me.. Shower gels and creams in the most amazing scents! I adore their coconut island body scrub and their raspberry hand cream so much I always buy them on bulk!

Korres

Korres has been the love (brand) of my life for years. I was pretty concerned when they opened stores in China but to my relief they have closed them recently so still a great cruelty free brand! Their day creams, body lotions and nail polishes are just few of the products I love using!

I will be uploading several posts in the next few weeks with more brands and more products (high end brands, budget friendly, Amazon buys etc) that are cruelty free so stay tuned guys!!!! Also, If you have any suggestions let me know!!!!

Prigipo : Jewelry for the princess next door..

Greek language is very complicated. We have words that can describe the simplest thing and the most complicated emotions. And when we don’t have a word we can sure invent it!! 

This is exactly what happened with “Prigipo”…

The verb itself does not exist. The noun “Prigipissa” means princess in Greek so the ladies came up with their own verb.The story would have stopped right there but Prigipo turned out to be more than just a brand..

Their jewelry have a classic finesse that is hard to find in most modern jewelry lines. Elegant,simple,classy with a splash of color and playfulness. This brand managed to be loved very quickly and for all the right reasons.

Since 2004 Prigipo has moved a long way, expanding the brand and building a very strong connection with their clients.

You can immediately feel the vibe the moment you enter their showroom in Athens. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and after few minutes there it’s like chatting with a friend rather than a person you just met. Everyone was so helpful and even though we messed up with their displays trying to take photos we didn’t get in trouble! We even got a chance to see their bridal collection, but that’s a story for another post..

Τheir latest collection is called  “Resonance” and it’s a celebration of color and joy. It is consisted of earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all handmade and very unique. Each piece, carefully handcrafted, is telling a story: The story of a woman strong but elegant, that loves to travel but stays grounded.

Of course you can find most of their classic pieces from previous collections, such as their signature Crown rings, in gold,silver and rose gold.

(Special thanks to my amazing model Marina St.)

4 Trends I won’t be trying this season

Every season we get bombarded by magazines and influencers with dosen of trends . Some of these trends are easily incorporated in the every day life of a “regular” girl. Some others are a little bit outhere but still wearable in some occasions. There are,however, some trends that regardless of how easy they can be included in my wardrobe, I wouldn’t try..

Tie -Dye

We used to wear tie-dyed t-shirts in my teens so seeing this trend doesn’t make me very happy. I got over it pretty quickly the same time anyway so this time it is one of the trends that I don’t think it flatters ladies above 30 so not going to try that again!

Neon

Again another trend from the 80’s that we’re now too old to try! I don’t mind a slightly brighter color that the usuals I’m wearing but neon colors I think make an outfit look cheap. The only neon shirts I’m going to wear this year are the ones for my bike rides!

Vinyl Shoes

Now this is a bit tricky for me: I’m not against the trend and I have actually found several shoes that I would wear (again,many options are too cheesy for my age) but I have very sensitive feet so it is impossible to find vinyl shoes that won’t hurt as hell!

Braided Bags

It has been the third year since this trend emerged that I can proudly say I’m raffia bag free! I’m probably the only one but I can explain! My mom loves these bags and has owned several raffia bags over the years so I have always correlate them with much older women. Even though some designs are cutter than other I still find it hard to convince myself getting one!