31/12/2012

Last post of 2012

2012 was an amazing year when I once again learnt to appreciate friends and family even more. 
The best and most important highlight has to be getting married to my best friend and soulmate.
It was exactly what we wanted and we couldn't be more happier.



In terms of blogging, I've met some amazing blogging ladies and I cannot wait what 2013 will bring us!
I have some new ideas on how to revamp and improve my blog and cannot wait to bring these to action. 
Blogging is such big part of my life now and I enjoy every single minute of it. I just want to grow and get better.

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29/12/2012

WHAT I WORE TODAY: wet leggings and spiky necklace


jumper - Primark, leggings - Topshop, shoes - ASOS,
necklace* - PopCouture, rings - River Island


When I was cleaning my wardrobe a couple of weeks ago I've found these amazing Topshop wet look leggings I completely forgot about! I think I wore them only once to a club and then abandoned them in the deepest corner of my closet. I love being reunited with some amazing clothes I forget about! It was warm enough to take photos without any jacket - I'm so happy that I can show my Primark jumper which keeps me warm and looks so nice. I've bought the three rings from River Island, just before Christmas, when the sale has already started. They were reduced from £8 to £2 and I'll try to do a close-up photo of them soon (right now, you can check them on my Instagram here).

I didn't seem to find anything good in the sales. I've ordered some stuff on ASOS using my Yourvine vouchers and that was it for me. Today I'm going to the couple of shops, so maybe I'll find some bargains. I don't want to spend too much money after I saw S/S new collections on press days.


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27/12/2012

My Christmas presents


I love sharing my Christmas presents and I love even more to look what other people got underneath their Christmas trees. So if you blogged about it, please be sure to send me a link! As you can see, I am stocked up on Soap & Glory for the next couple of years. I wanted lots of beauty products, so I am very happy about these. I was completely surprised by the jewellery and I know now that these will be my statement pieces for next couple of months. My Tiffany necklace was packed and wrapped in at least 5 different layers and boxes, so imagine how astonished my face was when I finally saw the blue box. I am so grateful. I haven't started to Wreck My Journal yet, but I made some attempts to Finish This Book. It is so much fun!

I had amazing Christmas with my husband and can't believe it's over now. 
I hope you also had a nice time with your family and friends.

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25/12/2012

NAILS: Christmas edition


christmas tree nails nail polish notd modelsown
christmas tree nails nail polish notd modelsownchristmas tree nails nail polish notd modelsown
 
ModelsOWN - Snowflakes 
ModelsOWN - Utopia
ModelsOWN - Lime Green
Bourjois 1 Seconde - Paillettes Disco T18


For Christmas I wanted my nails to look festive, but not over the top. I already have a deep red glitter nail polish on my toes, so on my fingers I wanted something more neutral. I think the combination of ModelsOWN Utopia and Snowflakes is beautiful. I've added a little Christmas trees and put a star from some nail kit bought ages ago. 


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24/12/2012

Merry Christmas!



I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of my readers, followers and all blogging friends.

Have an amazing time with your family and friends.

May all your dreams come true.

Joanna
XOXO



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23/12/2012

Valentino: Master of Couture Exhibition at Somerset House


I waited a really long time to go and see the
The mere poster of the exhibition with the models dresses in screaming red dresses was enough to steal my heart. 



This major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino showcases over 130 exquisite haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow in an exciting installation created specially for Somerset House.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:


1). Private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. Here you can see personal thank you notes handwritten by Anna Wintour (who has a childlike handwriting), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Meryl Streep and Manolo Blahnik. I think it is a nice behind-the-scenes touch for the ordinary fashionistas. The last of the three tables has a small magazines retrospective of Valentino designs with Linda Evangelista on one of the covers.

2). The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show where roles are reversed with visitors walking the catwalk to view a staggering one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs. Valentino: Master of Couture is a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture. You are walking on a long corridor and on both sides you have truly wonderful dresses. Some of them can be easily called masterpieces. There is dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy when she got married to Aristotle Onassis, few items worn by Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. The whole corridor acts as a catwalk, on which you're strutting, the mannequins are observing and the front row's seats are marked with the Valentino's ambassadors's names like Charlize Theron, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli. You can observe most of the clothes very closely, which is a huge plus.

Source: Google.com
Source: Google.com
Source: Google.com

3). The next section unpicks the painstaking processes of crafting couture exemplified by the stunning wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, demonstrating the beauty of the work of les petites mains who sew each stitch by hand. It is an original dress, on loan from the personal collection of the Princess.

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4). In addition, a specially commissioned group of films allows behind-the scenes access to the Valentino atelier, where the craft of couture is demonstrated in a series of fascinating samples. You can observe and learn how to create for example a beautiful trademark Valentino roses, also on a display.
 

All in all, I was very impressed with the whole exhibition. If you love Italian fashion, you have to see it! As always, avoid busy days, because it can get very crowded in the corridor (it is very narrow). I would also include a little more detail in the free exhibition handbook given at the entrance. There was no discount for ArtPass holders, which seemed a little strange for me.


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21/12/2012

LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub

Lush Popcorn lip scrub review beauty bloggers bbloggers
Lush Popcorn lip scrub review beauty bloggers bbloggers
Lush Popcorn lip scrub review beauty bloggers bbloggers

Lush Popcorn lip scrub £5.25/25g


I know that Lush lip scrubs are nothing new and majority of beauty bloggers already did posts about them. But I am a lip scrub newbie and I just needed to share how amazing this product is! You need it in the winter or summer, in rain or in the sun. Using all these lipsticks combined with harsh weather can be dangerous to the lips. So Lush introduced its lip scrubs in various tastes. There is Bubblegum (bubblegum flavour), Mint Julips (mint chocolate flavour) and Sweet Lips (chocolate flavour). Every year there is also a limited edition pot and this time it's Popcorn

The Popcorn lip scrub contains coconut oil, sugar and a buttery, caramel taste. It really does taste and smell like popcorn. When using it I am immediately teleported to the cinema watching a great movie on a big screen. But the very best thing is that you can eat it! Because it's mostly sugar, it is completely save to scrub and buff your lips to softness and then to lick off the excess. I honestly want to eat the whole pot!


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18/12/2012

WHAT I WORE TODAY: NERD t-shirt


coat* - F&F, t-shirt* - Primark, skirt - Primark, tights - Topshop, shoes - Primark,
necklace - New Look, earrings* - Wonsuponatime

I'm wearing great F&F coat which is keeping me warm and cosy. My trusted Primark skirt, which has been worn already too many times, but I love how versatile it is. And the new NERD t-shirt I got at Primark Spring 2013 Press Day. I saw it in stores for £4, so it's cheaper than this month's Vogue.


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17/12/2012

GlossyBox: December 2012

glossybox december 2012 glossy box sleek eye shadow palette au naturel milk_shake conditioner
glossybox december 2012 glossy box sleek eye shadow palette au naturel milk_shake conditioner

So the December GlossyBox has finally arrived. 
With the promise of dazzle and bejewelling it gives an early excitement to the upcoming holidays. 


Sleek i-Divine Au Naturel Palette - Sleek eye shadow palettes are one of the most famous among bloggers. Versatile and purse friendly, they can act instead of Urban Decay Naked Pallettes, especially for the beginners, who don't want to splurge on a first-time product. I like Sleek palettes, they have a good choice of eye shadows and almost every palette includes a non-glittery one. However, I have bought this exact eye shadow paltte myself last week. I have left Oh So Special palette at home in Poland and after long deliberation I've decided to buy Au Naturel, so I won't end up with two of the same palettes. I guess fate had different idea for me. I was initially very annoyed and disappointed to find this product in the GlossyBox, but I guess I'll exchange this one with Oh So Special. Besides, I saw that plenty of bloggers received a Sleek lipstick in Amped (which I also own) and that would have been even bigger disappointment.

Anatomicals I Never Fake Strawberry Milkshake Fruity Lip Gloss Tube - after testing Anatomicals lip balm from my Selfridges Lucky Bag, I am sold to the brand. I must say, this lip gloss tube appeals to me even more, with a wonderful over-the-top-sweet fruity smell. Gives a nice and quick shimmery gloss on the lips.

Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream - this is a conditioner which you apply to clean and towel dried hair. It is for all hair types and promises to protect and strengthen your hair. I have used it before and from my experience I have to say that you need to watch out not to over-apply it or you risk your hair being super greasy. Also, beware of the smell - it really does smell like a whipped cream - I like it at first, but after a while it can become too overwhelming. Remember not to put it in the fridge!

Kryolan for GlossyBox Blusher Glossy Rosewood - a very nice shade of a blusher. No shimmer, no glitter, just pure colour. Very muted and subtle. I'm surprised how much I like it!

Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk - this is an "ultra rich, whipped body cream" (I wonder why so many beauty products are whipped nowadays?). Product promises to nourish and strengthen the skin, when massaged into entire body from neck to toe, while stimulating your senses. It has a really nice smell, but it is so concentrated I cannot stand it! I used it on my arms and couldn't get rid of the smell with the 3 or 4 layers of clothing. You need to be very careful with this one. Also, I really do not like how dirty my package is. It is because of the 'protective paper lines something' (I don't know what's it called) GlossyBox puts into the boxes. 

Seche Nail Lacquer in Elegant - there is nothing elegant for me in this nail polish. Standard nail polish bottle, normal brush and application. The colour is completely hideous and I will not wear it at all. My least favourite product and I cannot believe that this bottle normally sells for £9.95!!!

What did you get in your GlossyBox?


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16/12/2012

NAILS: ModelsOWN Limited Edition Clothes Show

modelsown models own limited edition nail polish clothes show live show stopper
modelsown models own limited edition nail polish clothes show live show stopper

Barry M - Instant Nail Effects Foil (319)
ModelsOWN - Show Stopper (CSL001)

For the Clothes Show Live, ModelsOWN has released a special nail polishes full of glitter and sparkle. I couldn't walk past it during my visit and had to buy it. I must say it is one of the better glitter nail polishes I have - it is easy to put on and has a lot of glitter. I'm dreading the removal (as always), but for now, it's nice to have little extra sparkle on my nails.

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15/12/2012

FRONT COVER True Colours Kit

front cover true colours kit light and contrast
front cover true colours kit light and contrast

Front Cover kits always have the latest beauty trends in one package, so you can have all the essentials at hand and be ready to go out for a night of fun in mere minutes. This Front Cover kit is called True Colours and it's main theme is Light and Contrast. It is my first kit and I am very happy that this is the one I can try out, because the colours are very neutral and I can easily wear them throughout the year. The kit has some ideas and tips on how to apply the make up and follow the trends straight from the catwalk. The package also closes nicely and can be put on a shelf as a beauty book. 

FRONT COVER True Colours* contains:

11 eyeshadows
5 lips glosses
2 nail polishes
1 double ended mascara
2 eye brushes 
1 eye pencil
1 retractable lip brush

front cover true colours kit light and contrast
front cover true colours kit light and contrast

My favourites have to be eyeshadows which have great pigmentation and blend beautifully on the eyes and the Fantasia nail polish that reminds me of Illamasqua products.

front cover true colours kit light and contrast


You can get the kit for £25 at Front Cover Website and QVC.


Last hours of CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! 
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14/12/2012

PRIMARK Spring 2013 Press Day

I am a fan of Primark clothes and I won't deny it. Especially if there is a current and very fast trend which I know will go out of style next year, I head over there to buy something resembling the catwalk style. The best statement shoulder-pad jacket I have is from Primark. You can really find some gems there, if you're prepared to look for them. With the Primark Tottenham Court Road store opening and exclusive Limited Edition section on ground floor, I can see that the brand is trying to change it's image from the super cheap to a little bit stylish

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere


I was very excited to attend the Spring 2013 Press Day yesterday. On the display was the womenswear and menswear collection. I've happily focused on the first one, but there are some amazing gems in menswear too and after hearing that one of the PR girls is shopping there religiously, I think I may venture there more often.

There are few themes in womenswear including monochrome, china print, pastels and festival style. 

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere


The festival  theme was actually inspired solely by the festival fashion and what people are wearing, which is very impressing. I loved that rail and could easily wear everything on it! 

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
Limited Edition Stud Collar Wester Shirt £16 (available in January)
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere


The china print also stole my heart with the beautiful dress, perfect for a long summer days and a date night. 

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
China Print Dress £20 (available in March)

I loved the accessories like jewellery, shoes and bags. I've found out that there will be a limited edition of jewellery designs at Tottenham Court Road store. 

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere


Also, how amazing is this bag? It arrived the evening the before, so it's super fresh. I'll be first one in the queue for this one - both perspex and holographic trends in one!!!

primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere


The shoes remind me of ZARA style and the little gems add this extra sparkle.


primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
primark spring 2013 summer press day fashion atmosphere
Pastel wedge trainers (also in mint) £15 (available in February)



Don't forget about my CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! 

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