Monthly round-up 1 (What I’ve been doing)

I don’t often sit down and open up completely over here. On one hand it’s because I’m very bad at talking about myself when it comes to serious stuff and second, I never know if anybody would be interested in reading anything that personal. However, this month I realized that the Youtubers I watch are the very honest kind of people who do talk about products, but about what goes on in their lives as well.

So I thought this might be something I’d enjoy writing about as well, and you hopefully, you reading about. I plan on doing this as a monthly round up of everything major or just majorly funny that happened in my life. You just bring your coffee, possibly wine – although, if you’re more of a beer person, I don’t mind that either.

This month that is ending soon, November, was like a ballet class. It started slow and easy to control and then we got to the piruetes (turns) and jumps and partnering and it all started feeling like a storm of so many things happening at the same time. Needless to say that I was tempted to look at it cross-eyes to make some sense…oups that must be from too many piruetes.

 

Daniela talked me into Vlogging

Well, she tried.

Just before she flew for her next job, Daniela came and visited us for a week. We often know that these periods that she spends with us are slightly life changing. I did ask myself actually, what is going to happen now? Between glasses of wine and cheek-cramping laughter, we always talk about what we do and how we can improve it. We are all content creators so you can imagine what kind of debates we are having.

What she tries to talk me into though, is vlogging. The elephant in the room was addressed, and I don’t mean a cute, stuffed one, and we got to the point of asking ourselves if people do still read blogs. I do, she and Paul don’t…(beeep, not even mine!). I still said I’d give vlogging a go and only a few hours before going to the airport we went to the most Christmassy part of London: Piccaddilly and Regent Street. Daniela took pictures for her Shift in Perspective project, I attempted vlogging.

What I can say is that I did not feel as uncomfortable as when we did our Punta Cana vlog, but my spoken English is still not where I would want it to be. However, I am promising you now, it is coming…at some point.

 

Funniest trip we could have had at the Hospital

Sunday evening, before going to the airport with Daniela and before going to central London, we went to the Hospital. If you ever went to a walk-in Hospital or Emergency in the UK, you know you can expect gray hairs before you’ll actually be seen by a doctor.

It seems it was our lucky day, because it only took us an hour. What a weird place to be lucky at…The reason we went to the Hospital makes me cringe still, and it’s because Paul had blood in his urine. Now before you click “X” thinking that this is becoming to serious for your taste, do keep reading, I promise you something unexpected.

After he was seen by a nurse, and another nurse, he was seen by the GP. They got to the point of discussing the possibility of an STD or even prostate cancer which they counted out, and in the end, it turned out he ate beetroot! Very pigmented beetroot! You can’t imagine how we couldn’t stop laughing after all that tension…what a month!

 

Our first magazine appearance

Yesterday, a very dear project to us was published in Bridal Musings. It was our first time modelling together (Paul and I), but we had an amazing team of photograhers, videoraphers, HMUA, florists, special stationary, cake bakers, and needless to say, the most beautiful gown I ever wore (thank you, Shikoba Bride), and a nice suit for Paul (Zebel Bespoke). Needless to say, if we needed support, we had plenty! What left me without words, and even now looking at the pictures I’m still crushing on, is the venue: Patrick’s Barn, where the most whimsical decor was created. I dare you to look at these pictures and not dream of having your wedding in this barn.

A few months back when we had the shooting, we thought it will be a good idea to surprise my parents and send them pictures from behind the scenes without telling them what was actually going on. We only told them that we have something special coming up. So we sent them the pictures…and nothing. I had so many scenarios of how they’d react, but a lack of reaction, I did not expect.

So in the evening I call my parents to get their feedback on the pictures and it turns out, the surprise was ours. They totally bit the bate…only a bit too hard. They thought we got married without them being present. OOf, how silly of us all!

All in all, I don’t expect December to be a breather either so you’ll probably see a monthly round up for the next month also. Do let me know how you like these posts. Do you prefer more outfit posts and less personal ones? I love doing both and more than that, I know I haven’t posted about beauty in a very long time, but I have something special, with something affordable for the holidays.

Wine-stained kisses!

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

 

Where I get my inspiration from

Last year, I’ve written a similar post about my sources of inspiration. I will be honest and tell you that I have not yet peeked at what inspired me last year but I am curious to compare it against my list this year. How many Youtube channels, Instagram profiles, blogs are still on my list? I know on top of my head that I added a few new things that I discovered in the meantime, but I do have blogs and Youtube channels that I’ve been watching and reading for years.

Let me tell you, just thinking of what gets me inspired, gets me inspired. I watch the Youtube channels that I am going to mention while I eat, while I drink my morning coffee or even while I do my makeup and then when it comes to blogs and magazines, I spend 40 minutes on the tube twice a day so plenty of time there. I don’t watch TV, but I do watch this kind of entertainment. For me these are my sources of inspiration that keep me informed and yes of course, entertained.

Ohh Couture

I am pretty sure that this blog was on the list last year also.(I will only peek after I finish writing the main part of this post). Although her style has changed so much in the past year. When it comes to Ohh Couture (Leonie Hanne on Instagram), I have read every single blog post that she has published, especially for the pictures. They were the dreamiest, pastel fantasy that I’ve ever seen and she was always smiling. Every time you looked at her pictures, she made you think that you can be friends, this is how honest  and warm her pictures were. On top of that, I used to love seeing so many beautiful places: Cingue Terre, Hong Kong, Cuba, Dubai, New York, Tulum…the list can go on.

Now the blog has evolved together with her style of photography into something slightly darker, but the interesting part is that if there is anything new in fashion, she is one of the first ones to find out. Especially if you go on her Instagram, that is a huge album of inspiration from all around the world, but especially from the major fashion capitals.

 

NotJessFashion

This is for sure a newer blog that I started reading. This woman posts 5 days a week…how does she even do it? And when I say 5 times a week, I don’t mean that her posts are full of pictures from Pinterest and with just a few lines of writing – no, 5 proper long posts with her own pictures mostly. This blog is an inspiration both on the fashion side because her style is eclectic which is how I would describe mine also, but from a business point of view also.

I love how saturated in color her pictures are and how intimate the photos that they take at home with the husband and the two beautiful girls. If you are a mother, you can find a good example in her about how to balance your personal and work life. The blog posts that I love the most are the business related ones where she gives advice to us who didn’t make it yet and the personal style ones. She also travels quite a lot so if you are just like me, into both fashion and traveling, you’ll love this one.

 

In the Frow

This is hands down the best written blog that I’ve ever read. Which is why I am so excited about her first book “The new rules of Fashion” that will be available starting the first of November which I pre-ordered and I am anxious to see it on my doorstep. Victoria from In the Frow gives excellent advice. Life / career related or even travelling, this is the blog to go to. Also, whereas the rest of the blogs that I read tend to stay away from the politics of fashion and influencers, this blog is quite vocal about most things that go on.

My favourite posts are either the travelling ones – India was gorgeous through their eyes or the business advice ones. Can you see a pattern with my inspiration preferences? I either like to be informed of what goes on in the business or I like to day dream with travel pictures that I wish I took myself.

 

VOGUE UK

I have subscribed almost a year ago and have read every single page of everything that was published since. Even Vogue’s style has changed a lot with the new Editor – Edward Enningful, but I find that there are more and more subjects that I am interested in. Also, when Christmas comes around, I love seeing all the editorials and the beauty related articles that they have. Other magazines that I read quite often even though I am not subscribed to them are Harper’s Bazaar, Porter, HelloFashionMonthly and again around Christmas time, Country and Town House.

 

Makeup on YOUTUBE

One of the oldest channels that I follow is KathleenLights. I am pretty sure I have written about her before – she has a mix of makeup looks, product reviews and fun “chatty get ready with me” type of videos. Another reason why I keep on watching her is her lovely personality. Any time I need a boost of cheerfulness, I know I can count on her Youtube Channel.

Now a channel that I watch for the most on point product reviews is Tati. She also posts 5 days a week so she does get to try a ton of products on camera. I am just curious like that. Even if I don’t get to try the product myself, I am curious to know about it and Tati is a good source for that. More of a guilty pleasure are her PR Unboxing videos.

For the most on point technique that I’ve ever seen in a youtuber mixed with a lovely personality, is Nikki tutorials. As the name suggests, she does a ton of fun tutorials and my favourites, even though I don’t celebrate Halloween, is the week just before Halloween where she posts 7 in depth tutorials of Halloween looks. So if you do dress up, you know where you can get your inspiration from.

 

VLOGS

Actually, except my fashion ladies that I follow regularly on Youtube: IntheFrow, Song of Style, LydiaEliseMillen, Amelia Liana, the only vlogs that I do watch, are The Perkins. Desi is one of the huge makeup gurus on Youtube and together with her husband, they vlog PR trips, the occasional Victoria’s Secret show, trips with friends to exotic or icy destinations and are the most fun bunch.

 

Pinterest

Last but not least because this is where I probably spend most of my time, is Pinterest – the biggest library of pictures. It is no secret that I am a very visual person, but I’ve had my Pinterest account ever since I was in high-school and I have pinned every single thing that I can draw inspiration from. Only last year I started actually uploading my own pictures on Pinterest, but I love the response that they have and how big the platform is.

 

I just had a look at an older post about Influencers that inspire me and I am surprised to see that more or less, I still get my inspiration from the same people but I have added a few in the meantime. Now I would be curious, who do you follow and if you have any suggestions toward who should I start following on Instagram or Youtube or whose blog you think I would enjoy, let me know in the comments below.

Inspired kisses!

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

All jewellery – TruFlair

Pyjama – Asos

 

Dior Forever foundation – would I repurchase?

I have been pretty much loyal to the same foundation for almost 10 years. Because I have very oily skin, I have difficulties finding a foundation that will cover my imperfections, but will be lasting through my sebum-prone skin. And when that sebum comes out, is the foundation flexible enough for me to blot and re-powder? As I was saying, for almost 10 years, any foundation I tried, I kept on going back for my trusty Clinique oil-free one. Is the Dior Forever Undercover going to replace it?

I can’t decide about replacing the Clinique foundation in my personal top, but this one is definitely the runner-up. I have never tried a Dior foundation before but one day I felt like pampering myself and I took the plunge, went to Boots, had myself colour matched and I bought it.

I had no idea which of the Dior foundation would be suitable for my skin type. I don’t mind full coverage, but even if it’s medium coverage, I can make it work. Also, I needed something oil free that will not look terribly dry on my skin. The last foundation that I tried and looked dry, in two hours was shiny like a disco ball so I try to stay away from this type. To be perfectly honest, I was so curious about the new Backstage foundation that I asked about it first. Problem was – that is not for oily skin from what the sales assistant was telling me.

In the end, one full of swatches hand, a few dirty tissues and a colour match later, I went for the Dior Forever Undercover foundation. This one claims to be everything-proof for 24 hours and has a natural matte finish while hiding those naughty pores that we all have.

I will start with the packaging. This is the most travel friendly out of all. It’s not a glass bottle so it’s not heavy at all, it’s 40 ml (1.3 FL.OZ) and has the thinnest “mouth” so I know for sure that no bacteria will be able to go into my foundation. The finishing, even after powdering is the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Clinique foundation looks beautiful on the skin also, but this one makes my skin look so flawless. First time I tried it, I had to wake Paul up to show him.

The finish really is a natural matte. Even after powder, a slight luminosity was peeking through which made the foundation even more beautiful. I personally need to set every foundation with powder, but apparently, this foundation will do wonders even without. I must tell you, not on a very oily skin – maybe on a slightly oily one.

When it comes to coverage, this one is apparently the most high-coverage of all Dior Foundations. It is definitely more high-coverage than the Clinique one. As they say, a little really goes a long way so no need to paint it on. It’s still full coverage even if you apply it with a sponge so that says a lot.

After three hours on my face, just like any single other foundation that I tried, my sebum starts peeking through which I honestly expected. For me however, this is the true test. If I can blot and powder without the foundation becoming cakey, I am one happy woman. And I am when I wear this foundation! I was able to blot a few times during the day and the foundation did not move at all on my forehead and chin, but it did move a little on the sides of my nose and chicks. Even so, it’s the best performing foundation I ever tried.

Did you try any of the Dior foundations? Would you buy a luxury brand’s foundation or do you think you can get the same quality at the drugstore? I was honestly surprised at how good the Dior foundation was performing and the only reason why the Clinique one is still my favourite is because it lasts an hour longer- so I can go 4 hours without a problem. However, the Dior one’s finish is much more natural and flawless…so I guess they are neck in neck. Oups 😀

Kisses!

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Foundation – Dior

 

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Paris for my birthday

I have told you before that I’ve got the travel bug so what better occasion to travel than on your birthday. I have not been to Paris before…surprising, right? But I am glad I waited until I went with the right person to understand the romantic quality of the city also. Actually, it was a double celebration because Paul and I are born on the same day, but 5 years apart so we were celebrating both our birthdays.

I have heard so many mixed opinions about Paris. It was probably because of this that I just listened to the before mentioned opinions but did not go with preconceptions. Of course, I have seen so many movies that happen in Paris, but we all know how different reality can be from the movies. Only that, in the main touristic places, the reality is not much different than what we do see in the movies.

Our favorite way to explore the city was by foot. Not the best because it’s huge so you can be walking for hours and  being distracted by all the beauties you see, you will not feel that your feet are hurting. As a former dancer and somebody who works in retail, I know a thing or two about feet hurting, but that was nothing like what Paris did. Haha, I am saying this as if Paris, the city is guilty for the pain, but honestly it was so worth it that I would do it again…with more comfortable shoes.

One of the purposes of the trip, except celebrating our birthday, was to take many pictures. Gladly, Paris is so photogenic from almost any angle so it was harder to choose how to take the picture than where to do it. We dedicated our first day there to scouting, people watching, a lot of walking and in the evening – sunset time, we did take a few pictures ourselves. The movies show a fantasy version of Paris, but it is truly the most romantic city I have been to. There were so many people enjoying a picnic or sparkly on the bank of the Seine, watching the Eiffel Tower bathing in sunset light. (something to do next time)

Our second day there, was our birthday and we woke up just as early as we do every day. We took the worst metro ride to the Eiffel Tower,but the view made in worth it. And the picture that we took without any people in it was worth it also. It is a cliche, but it’s so beautiful that we wanted to do it ourselves. At nine in the morning, we were on our way up the Eiffel Tower.

The view that you get from up there is impressive! Don’t do the same mistake that we did tough. When we bought out ticket online, we did not see options so we bought the only ticket that we saw. This one only took us to the second floor where the view is still gorgeous, but there is one more floor up that you can see. Well, next time I guess.

There are a few more things that I want to tell you about, but at least one of them I will keep for another blog post in which I will show you more of my Parisian outfits. Until then, I will tell you that on our last day in Paris, we were as lucky as one could get.

Again, we woke up as a Romanian would say, at the same time as the chickens. Which basically means the moment there is any light out so really early. It’s the weirdest thing putting on makeup when you still have pillow lines on your face and your eyes are swollen with sleep, but if you have a sense of humor, you can roll with it. This particular morning we wanted to shoot at the Louvre Museum so we got there at 7 because we knew how packed with people it can get.

Now comes the lucky part – the security guy opened the gates just in front of us, so we were the very first ones to enter the outside area of the Louvre where the pyramids are that day. We knew we wanted something different so we posed on pointe shoes, with no people in the background, just the beautiful Louvre. That was a bliss!

 

Tips

One of the most useful tips that we have got was how to get to the airport. The metro (tube) has a direct line to the airport which we would need in London so badly. The trick is to check which stations it stops at. When your train is the next one in line, there is a table with all the stations and you can check which light is on – showing you which stations it stops at. You will want to take the one that only stops at the Train Station and the two terminals in the airport. It is so fast and comfortable.

The second most useful tip was related to food. I am so glad for this advice because on our first day – we kind of got scammed. We look like tourists and we were charged like tourists. Compared to the price of food in the UK, in that particular place and I’ve heard there’re many like this, we paid double the price. The advice that we received was to have a look where the locals eat and go there. And we did exactly this for the rest of our meals and we were happy to pay a normal price for yummi French food.

If you want to see even more from our Paris trip, I have saved every single Insta Story that I did in Highlights. I look at the pictures now and I am wondering, why did we stay so little? I guess we needed a very good excuse to go back soon.

 

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Insights into blogging | Bilou review

I still consider myself a small blog even though I’ve been posting twice a week for almost the past year. Have you ever wondered how I decide what to write about? How do connections with brands happen? Let me tell you more about the behind the scenes of blogging. I will give you Bilou as an example both for their approach while reaching out to bloggers and for the fact that their Instagram account inspired us to do probably the most colourful content so far.

Before I start depicting the do’s and don’ts of blogging, I will need to write a disclaimer. I am in no way an authority in the field, even though I don’t mind uniforms…the nice ones, but I have offered the subject most brain space for the past year and I gained a bit of experience that I do want to share with you.

Check your e-mails

I can’t repeat this enough. Most of the relationships and the networking is happening in your e-mails, DM’s and Messenger. We, bloggers who only started recently,  are lucky that those before us already walked the miles to make blogging a proper job, but that does not mean that everybody sees it like this. What I am saying is that it doesn’t hurt to be professional in your correspondence and face to face. Answer that e-mail as quickly as possible and avoid postponing it to a week after. What for? The competition between bloggers is huge. If it’s not one of us who will get the job, it will be another. I have been wearing lazy pants before, if you know what I mean, but they don’t suit me anymore, I outgrew them.

Update your social media regularly

Did you already start thinking of your social media as your portfolio? Most of the times, that is what brands/clients will see first of you. That is their first impression. When you start your blog and Instagram account and Facebook page and Pinterest and Twitter maybe, think about what kind of content do you want to put out. I am not referring to your style because that will change and evolve, but to the tone of what you put out there. Are you motivational, are you one of the girls/boys who everybody feels like they know you through your socials or are you the one using your social media to complain?

Besides the tone, how often do you post? Instagram seems to be rewarding those who post a bigger quantity of content. Although, what if we start thinking about it out of context, at the end of the day, the more you post – the more opportunities for somebody to see your content and like it. That if the quality is not thrown away somewhere in a cage and forgotten about. I get it, lack of time, deadlines and so on, but quality should be the first invited to dinner.

How do you start working with brands?

In a few words: either they reach out or you do. When it’s the case of them reaching out, it will mostly be through e-mail. With all the social media different apps, this is still accepted as the most professional way to do it. The bigger the brand, the more universal/ less personal the message will seem but you should not confuse this with spam. Most of the time, the brand will hire an agency to reach out to bloggers and they might have a template for the e-mail sent. The message might have been sent to a bigger number of people, but it is just as serious as if a brand owner sent it to you.

This being said, small businesses will also approach you and the messages might seem more personal but regardless of the case, we should be respectful towards people’s time and give them an answer as quickly as possible.

When you are the one reaching out, let’s say for example on Instagram, look for accounts that have a similar number of followers to yours or less. I am not saying don’t shoot for the stars,  but that they are the most likely to answer back. I once sent a DM on Instagram to a jewellery brand that inspired me so much that I wanted to take pictures for them. They were very respectful towards what I managed to do so far, but when they refused, they pointed out the discrepancy in followers. I had much, much less than they did. Lesson learned – start with your league.

What service do you offer?

I am the kind of blogger who feels weird asking for freebies. I am renting a flat in London and anybody who lives here can tell you that they were forced to develop very good space management skills – that’s how small flats are. So when I am reaching out to a brand, I much prefer offering something in return. I offer to create content for them or to model their product which is in essence part of why I love blogging.

Because my following is not huge (@miss__casual), I don’t rely on offering shout outs because they might not be very effective. Also, for the product to be on my Instagram, Blog or Facebook page, I need to try it out and like it – but more about this later.

It takes much more time than you expected it to

Blogging is such a time consuming job/hobby. It’s really not just about taking a cute picture and posting it on Instagram and than wait for the likes to flow in. Most of us are also the stylist, location scout, creative director, writer, editor and so on. All these things, regardless of how well organized you are, do take a lot of time. So if you are debating whether you shout start blogging or not – start doing it, but make sure that you like it because you’ll be doing it a lot.

Somebody asked me – how long will it take until I make a living out of it?

This is a question nobody can answer – for some it took years, for others it took months, some gave up along the way. For now, there is no recipe on “how to make it” in the blogging world. And then – what does making it mean to you? No raining on anyone’s parades but be prepared for your patience to be challenged.

Working with brands – saying yes/saying no

I am quite fussy when it comes to this and I don’t want my blog to be a shop full of everything. If there is something that I tried and honestly liked, I will write about it. However, when the exchange of emails happens with the brand, and they are offering a product to feature I have something that I always explain. For me the blog is an escape from all the hustle and bustle that happens in the world so I want to keep it a positivity only zone.

This means that I will not give a bad review. If my review turns out to be not in favour of the brand, I’d rather not do it. So when I do receive the email from the brand I always tell them that I am opened to trying new products, but I want the freedom to not write about it in case I turn out not liking it. If I tried it and I liked it, you can probably read about it on the blog.

About MyBilou

A recent brand that reached out to me is Bilou. You might already know how much I like supporting Youtubers, bloggers and so on which is one of the reasons I am telling you about this brand also. Bilou is a German brand developed by a Youtuber. Because she has been testing so many beauty products, she felt she could put the experience that she accumulated, into her own brand. And she made it vegan, dermatologically tested, gave it a fun and youthful concept and mouth-watering, but not edible fragrances. She has got me at Chocolate Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Orange Lemonade or Tasty Donut. What about you?

The reason the brand has got my attention at first though, is the way they approached the situation. When they reached out to me, they did not for a second imply that in exchange of me receiving a few of the products to test, I need to do a review. Not for a moment! Which makes me feel free to just try the products, see if I like them and share them with you – if I choose to. Hats down to the Bilou team!

Also, I went on their Instagram to check out their account and as I was mentioning in the beginning of the post, I was so inspired by their aesthetic that we did our most colourful shooting so far.

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

I have only tried three of the Bilou products so I feel like I can’t do a full review, but I do want to mention those that I did try. The Cotton Candy creamy shower foam is as the name says – creamy. The foam is slightly thicker than the others that I tried with similar concept which I personally love. You might be wondering about the fragrance. Sounds good, but does it smell as good? Most definitely! I was glad that it does not smell as sweet as it sounds and especially when you use it in the shower, it has a light scent, not an overpowering one.

bilou | miss casual

A product that is different from anything else that I tried is the Fizzy Berry gentle cream foam. This is in essence a moisturizer, but it comes out of the tube like a foam. It does not feel too creamy, but it moisturizes nicely and my legs were very thankful. After I moisturize, especially in the hot months, I hate how the left over cream on the hand will make my palms sweaty. Not with this one. Gladly!

bilou | miss casual

The third product is a Coco Cocktail “2 in 1” body spray. First of all the scent takes me back to Punta Cana – the most inexpensive plane ticket. Second, I had to read the instructions for this one. It is both a deodorant and a moisturizing body spray. I have not tried it as a deodorant however, it was way too hot to risk it. As a body spray, it is just so so yummi and it does have the slightest moisturizing effect.

bilou | miss casual

 

This was a post about blogging that was long coming. It spent so many days in my mind that it just had to make it’s way up on the blog. This is what I’ve learned so far about blogging and because I wished there was somebody to guide me for the past year, it’s just one more reason to write it. I really hope what I wrote is helpful to you and who knows, after I gain a bit more experience, I might write another one 🙂

Kisses!

Latest beauty review – To bronze or not to bronze?

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

 

 

 

To bronze or not to bronze?

I am latey latey with the blog post. Have you noticed? The dog ate my homework…wait, not this. This summer the hot weather in London with being in air conditioning for 9 hours messed up my entire system. Every time these days that I tried to sit in front of the laptop screen- migraine! Getting back to the question about bronzing, damaging UV left behind, I would say, to bronze! I do realize that to be bronzed does not mean the same thing in every culture, but where I come from, looking slightly tanned is synonymous with looking healthy.

The older I get the more I hear how harming the sun rays are and thinking that I used to bath in them for hours when I was a child… The sun might make us feel healthy in the beginning but abusing it, it can actually age our skin. It’s useless saying how important SPF is any time of the year. This being said, I am looking for a new SPF. I am using the Anthelios from La Roche Posay but it irritates my skin if I use it three days in a row so I need a better solution.

I, personally, despite the fact that I am quite fair, I have the potential of getting a nice tan. This happens only after I attend the tomato competition because first I turn red (bright red) and only after then I start exploring shades of brown. Because of this and because of the lack of time, I started looking for makeup to give me that healthy bronzed look, but without the red, dry too tanned skin effect. I have three makeup products at hand that serve a a very similar purpose, and if you are into makeup, you’ll find an excuse to have all three, just like me.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-kissed

This is my all year round bronzer. The shade suits me both at my palest or at my wow! I have actually been in the sun enough to get a tan. For now I only use powder bronzers so if I want to look healthy, sun-kissed as the name suggests – this is my go to. It’s easily buildable which means that if you have a light hand with it, you will barely see it on the skin, but if you repeat the process a few times – you have the potential of looking like a bronzed goddess.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual
can you tell how much I like it?

Benefit – Hoola (the original)

This is a tricky one for me. I received a sample of this in one of the beauty boxes and if you have watched makeup gurus on Youtube, you might remember that this bronzer was receiving everyone’s praise. It’s much finer than the Urban Decay one but this also means that if you want to build up a bronzed look, your hand has to be lighter than a butterfly. Personally, I think the problem for me is the shade. Probably the newer version, Hoola light will suit my skin tone better. When I did manage to get nicely bronzed though, the undertone of this bronzer looked like nothing else.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual

Too Faced – Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer

You might ask yourself – radiant matte? What a big fat lie that is? That is a contradiction! But somehow, when you put the bronzer on the face, it makes sense. On my skin, this looks like a matte bronzer except if I do manage to bring it slightly higher, to my cheekbones, it reflects a very natural glow. All honesty, this is my lazy product, the one I use all the time.

Despite the cutest presentation (it really does look like a pie) and the fact that the smell is yummi without being overpowering, this will give you a soft bronzed but blushy look. If I can’t be bothered putting foundation on and it’s just a concealer kind of day, this is what you see on my face to make me look healthy and slightly blushed.

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bronzed | miss casual

What is your opinion on being bronzed? Do you think it’s necessary, does it make you feel any different and most importantly, what bronzer do you use. Liquid or powder?

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Until next time…kisses!

Liquid lipsticks for any occasion | Kat von D

I can now say that I’ve trialed a decent number of liquid lipsticks and know what I want from them. I have really dry lips so I need to stay away from the extremely drying formula, but then, my lips are uneven so I need a liquid lipstick to be creamy enough to redraw my lips shape. The one formula that I go back to every single time and I would not mind owning every single shade, is Kat von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I wouldn’t mind having even the turquoise in the collection, I would probably not wear it much but every single shade has such a unique undertone.

I first came across these liquid lipstick a year and a half ago when I moved to London. I knew about the brand from Youtube and I was before I got to the actual store. I even recommended somebody to buy a present for a friend of mind, one of the most popular shades – Lolita. When you get to the counter, you might be overwhelmed because there are 54 colours in the collection. Some are crazy bright and there’s little chance that you will find the same one in any other brand, and some are wearable, work appropriate.

 

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1. Work appropriate

I have two shades that I wear for work on repeat. I am now referring to a classic job where your makeup has to be natural, not overpowering your features or your set of skills. If you work for Kat von D, they’d probably encourage you to experiment with colour.

One of the shades, and the first one I bought is Lolita. This is not the original shade, even though I wouldn’t mind that one either, but the first remake, that is a brown nude. This colour makes me look serious, ready for business and slightly more mature, which in job dictionary is more reliable. This is the shade that I wore to my interviews.

The second shade that I wear to work because it brightens up my complexion, is Berlin. In the tube, it looks like a very bright summery pink, but once on the lips, it becomes quite a wearable pink.

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2. Summer joy

I was about to write “summertime” when my mind wandered away from the post to how Janis Joplin sings the Summertime song. I know, it’s way before my generation but my parents introduced me to such great music that it stayed with me till today:D

Back to the post, I was about to write that summertime is when we go for brighter colours.  The rays of sun, the heat and our new tan gives us the perfect excuse to take out those neon bright liquid lipstick shades. One of my recent purchases and my favourite among the brighter colours is A-Go-Go. This is a see from the plane slightly neon orange-red. Did I confuse you now? Even if I only got a few hours sleep, this colour brightens up everything that can be brightened…except coffee, that is still a must.

Now for summer’s pink, I chose Beloved. This is a colour I think I can’t pull off if I am not tanned. It’s more of a pastel pink which, if I am not wearing the right makeup, might make me look washed out. So summer it is then!

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3. The odd one

This is one of the first colour that I bought also and I actually wore it a lot that winter. i am talking about the Damned shade. It’s such a dark burgundy brown…makes me think of all the Vampire series I watched in the past few years. This colour would be perfect if you like something dark on the lips but don’t want to go for black.

The only drawback is that if you eat while wearing Damned, it is a bit harder to reapply. What I mean by this is that when we eat oily food, it’s most likely that only the liquid lipstick from the center of our lips rubs off, the rest stays intact. So when we reapply, it is quite hard to reapply only to the center but if you put an extra coat of this shade, it looks thick. This does not happen though, with any of the other shades mentioned.

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Have I made you curious yet? Keep in mind that I have terribly dry lips. This liquid lipstick still dries out my lips but not too badly. The thing is, I don’t need to reapply this lipstick throughout the day only if I eat, and even then, I might still be able to pull it off. Which of the colours is your favourite?

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Kisses!

Eyeshadow palettes I am not using anymore

My eyeshadow palette collection is not a huge one. I would say that it’s bigger than I’d need it to be, but It’s not even close to what we see on Youtube nowadays. Even so, I have eyeshadow palettes that I am not using.

Most often, the reason for this is packaging. If the eyeshadow palette is bulky and can’t fit in with the rest of the palettes, it’s bound to be exiled somewhere else and be forgotten. Other times, the colour combination could be the one that is holding me back from using the palette. It can be that it’s not inspiring me or that I have similar colours to those in an eyeshadow palette that I already use.

Also, please keep in mind that what you are about to see are not necessarily bad palettes, these are palettes that I am just not grabbing every single week for some reason or another. The pictures will not be the clean, perfect ones we are so used to seeing on Instagram. Some of these palettes are dusty which you’ll be able to see on the mirrors which did not seem to want to be cleaned…just  thought I’d give you a heads up.

 

1. Kat von D – Metal Matte

When this eyeshadow palette came out I was so excited! It was interesting how depending on how you held the packaging, it said either metal or matte. Also, the eyeshadows inside seemed so exciting and for the longest time, they were. I used this palette a lot.

The metallic eyeshadows are very pigmented and soft and are a pleasure to wear, except the purple one which for some reason, the moment I apply it, it changes colour slightly. Same goes for some of the matte eyeshadows. I know it’s a strange thing to complain about, but if I need a particular shade and when I apply it it becomes ashier that I want it to be, there is not win there, right?

The main problem however, is how big this eyeshadow palette is. It does not fit with any of the rest of my palettes and most often, even though it’s a very good quality palette, I forget I have it or I can’t be bothered taking it out from where I found a place for it.

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2. Too Faced – Sweet Peach

This eyeshadow palette was used like a hero before it was almost retired. Do you know how we always see in police movies that after they retire, some officers just can’t mind they own very quiet new life and keep in doing what their job was for years? This is how this palette is. I have used up completely the white in the palette and I have two more metallic eyeshadows that I use quite often and the matte coral shade. Other than that, the rest of the eyeshadows lay untouched.

This is something that I heard happens quite a lot with Too Faced eyeshadow palettes. There are a few very good quality eyeshadows, some that are good but won’t knock you off your feet and others that you won’t even waste your time with. That is exactly what is happening with this eyeshadow palette.

This does not mean that all Too Faced eyeshadow palettes are like this. I am still loving my Chocolate Gold one and it’s hard not to use it every day. Other than that, The Sweet Peach palette has a very slim packaging which is why I keep it with the rest of my palettes and after more than two years of use, it still smells like peaches, but not in an overpowering way.

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3. Urban Decay – Full Spectrum

This is another palette that got me so excited at first because of all the bright colours. Of course, I don’t wear bright colours every day so I knew that I won’t be using this eyeshadow palette a lot but I am still not using it as I should be.

There are two problems with this palette: the packaging and the quality. The packaging is not that bad, but if you’ve ever been in an apartment in London, you know that space is gold. Which this palette is taking up a bit more space than the rest and it’s not giving the same satisfaction as the rest are.

The biggest issue though, is quality. I tried a wet brush, dens brush, finger, still, some of the eyeshadows are not as pigmented as I wanted them to be. Especially when you have bright colours, if you need to build them up too much, be sure that the excess that did not want to stick to your lid, is now under your eyes. Again, there are so many great Urban Dceay eyeshadow palettes, but this is not one of the best.

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4. Huda Beauty – Rose Gold

How I loved this palette! I still do, but not as I used to. When I first saw the colours I was in for the ride. I did not mind at all that the metallics are a different formula than anything on the market and that they looked more like a chunky pigment on your lids, I loved that! I still use most of the textured eyeshadows in the palette.

It is almost unfair that this eyeshadow palette is in this blog post, but truth is, even though I love it, I seem to favor other palettes when I do my makeup. The matte eyeshadows are slightly drier than the ones in the Desert Dusk palette but they are still good eyeshadows: they are pigmented and blend well. However, I just seem to prefer the tones in my other palettes.

I have not tried the Remastered edition of this palette, but if Huda kept on improving her eyeshadows, they must be good because the rest of her palettes are amazing!

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These are the 4 palettes in my collection that I don’t use that often, from various reasons. The most serious one is the quality one, which means that it’s only a matter of time until I declutter them. I do have single eyeshadows that I don’t use that often either but that is my fault: I did not organize them in ages so that I will need to reach for one palette of singles and not three half empty ones.

Do you have eyeshadow palettes that you don’t use very often? How do you “convince” yourself to using them more?

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What we do in our spare time? | Saint Aymes

This time, I wanted to make the blog post a bit more personal. On Instagram, in the small caption that is available, I never feel like there is enough space to do so and then, I always had the impression that the platform is a bit more visual than “text-y”. Still, what I do to share personal experiences, is Instagram stories and that is how you kind of get a glimpse of what we do in our spare time.

I still work full time, but like many of us, on the side I am working on something that I want to become my full time. Lately, every day when I am free from work, I try to do very detailed Insta stories. I enjoy doing these the most because even though it’s still just a glimpse into our spare time, put together, they make up a story. I wish I did them more often, but when I’m doing the usual trip by the tube and then work I feel like it would be all the same every day.

Last Sunday, I woke up at 5.30 am, even earlier than when I am going to work because the previous night I was too lazy to do wash my hair. So annoying early alarm it was! After this I would get a start on my makeup and Paul would make breakfast – ideally. Did I mention that he is a much better cook than I am? In the mornings, I also sort out any details when it comes to outfits. Everything that we are about to shoot is on a clothing rack in the living room, but sometimes I wait until the morning to find the accessories for each one…lazy again.

Depending on what location we have in mind, we might leave really early if it’s a touristic one that’s packed with people by 9 am, or we leave more relaxed, around 8 am if it’s any other location but touristic. This time we decided to introduce some family time into our spare time and we invited two of Paul’s sisters out for photos and a cup of coffee in a cute place.

The cute place that I am talking about is Saint Aymes in Central London and most likely, you have already seen at  least a picture from there before. But of course, we wanted our own cute pictures. The Cafe only opens at 10 but we were there 45 minutes before to do some scouting in the area also. When we got there at 9.15, the place was empty, but by the time we got back at 9.45…packed! You’ll see one of my pictures that I’ve put on my Instagram stories and that Saint Aymes shared – hihi! It’s needless to say that it’s a very successful cafe, with very strong coffee- beware for those who are used to lattes.

Because we had the girls with us, I felt much more relaxed and not at all intimidated to have someone watching us shoot. They were so helpful also! There is always a wardrobe malfunction – this time, I was wearing a very fitted lacy short dress and I was meant to put heels on. It’s just…the moment I bent down to put my heels on, I could feel my dress holding me straight. When I am writing this I am blushing a little, but they actually put my heels on for me. Of course, on top of that they are beautiful and photogenic so we had to take a few pictures together…which you will see if you scroll down.

This was the most exciting part of the day really – shooting, which is something that we do almost every single day when I am not working. And if we are not shooting, we are scouting for locations which luckily, London has plenty of them. The rest of our spare time consisted of a few emails, writing Sunday’s blog post on Sunday at 2pm…lazy! But, in our defense, we did go to the gym.

Can you believe that last week was my first ever time going to the gym? I have been to pilates and yoga classes, but never to an actual boring gym and it turns out, it’s not so boring after all. I most enjoy the end of our session (yes we are one of those annoying couples who go to the gym together) when we do stretching. It’s so funny seeing Paul doing the dancer kind of stretching 😀

This would be a not so detailed description of our spare time. Some variables might change, but we always start with shooting early in the morning. I can’t count how many times I was wearing a full face of makeup by 8 in the morning 😀

Hope you like the more personal posts about our spare time and if you do, let me know so that I know to do more of them.

Kisses!

 

 

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The queue

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Who’s having the most colourful things on the menu?

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Had to check how comfy the sofas inside were

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