L’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar

If you ask me, no year can pass without an Advent calendar. Even if you are no longer a kid, there is a little something to look forward every morning (because every little has to be opened in the morning, right?!). Beauty related calendars has been on the market for a while now and they are fabulous! You just have to choose the one you like the most. The range is very wide: from Estée Lauder, to Dm through Lush, Douglas, MAC, Jo Malone, Yves Rocher, Clinique, L’oréal and L’Occitane… they all have beauty calendars for their brand’s fans.

I’m very picky when it comes to make up. Maybe because I only use nail polish, mascara and lip gloss or rouge so a calendar full of make up that does not match my skin tone will not make me happy. That is why I chose L’Occitane. It mostly contains products that I’ll definitely use. Hand creams, soaps and shower gels. And they all come in small size so I won’t have to buy travelling sized products for a very long time. Not to mention I can also try stuff that I haven’t used before.
The calendar has two versions. The Classic Calendar costs 55 Euros and the Luxury Premium version costs 100 Euros. I bought the Classic one for 2018.

Now let’s take a look at what’s inside this treasure box:

• 35 ml Shea Shower Oil
• 35 ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
• 10 ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
• 50 g Almond Delicious Soap
• 25 g Shea Milk Extra-Gentle Soap
• 35 ml Repairing Shampoo
• 30 ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion
• 25 g Verbena Leaf Soap
• 30 ml Ultra Rich Shower Cream
• 10 ml Almond Delicious Hands
• 20 ml Almond Milk Concentrate
• 35 ml Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
• 10 ml Verbena Cooling Hand Gel
• 35 ml Almond Shower Oil
• 10 ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
• 5 ml Precious Cream
• 35 ml Repairing Conditioner
• 30 ml Verbena Body Lotion
• 33 g Revitalising Sugar Bath Cube
• 30 ml Verbena Shower Gel
• 4 ml Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm
• 10 ml Verbena Eau de Toilette
• 5 ml Shea Light Comforting Cream
• 10 ml Cherry Blossom Hand Cream.

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Style icons IV.: Victoria Beckham

‘I love fashion, and I love changing my style, my hair, my makeup, and everything I’ve done in the past has made me what I am now. Not everyone is going to like what I do, but I look back at everything, and it makes me smile.’ /Victoria Beckham/

Victoria Beckham certainly has an interesting past that is full of adventures. Of course everyone knows about the Spice Girls days, but she has been also working as a model and in 2007 she released her first collection called dvb Denim. Since that she launched sunglasses, handbags, clothes and fragrances too. Her designs have won awards and this year she wore her own creation to Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
She has always been famous for her collection of sunglasses and knowing exactly what to wear at any event.

Victoria knows how to style a black blaser to look chic and trendy at the same time.

A three coloured look anyone can try to recreate.

This kind of self-promotion is compeltely acceptable if you ask me.

High waisted trousers make you look elegant every time.

Every woman needs something red in her wardrobe.

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Just hanging out in Paris 🇫🇷 kisses x

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Victoria is flawless and elegant even on hot summer days. Look at those lilac shoes!!

The queen of monochrome outfits knows hot to style such a classic as the black dress.

It’s important to choose the best accessories to make clothes into a stylish outfit.

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#vogue #forcesoffashion X kisses VB @voguemagazine

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Monochrome seems boring? Not if you combine them with a pair of fabulous and unique pair of shoes.

Just like Karl Lagerfeld, Victoria often wears the classic black and white combo that can never go wrong.

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Lush II.

After my very first visit to a Lush store in Budapest I grew to like the brand very much and started experimenting with several types of their products. Click here if you are interested in my first impression. Here are the products I tried:

Seanik
This is actually a solid shampoo bar that was made from sea salt, algaes with lemon scent. I asked the shop assistant what she recommended for my hair that gets greasy quickly. The bar lasted for 40 washes alltogether. It may seem like a wierd way to wash your hair but this product foams very quckly, takes up a small place in your bathroom and has no packaging.

Mask of Magnaminty
This face and body mask contains peppermint oil that gives a very refreshing feeling with honey and milk, that are both great for hydration. I use this product once a week for 15-20 minutes and it has a great cleaning and softening effect. One of my favourite products!

Over and over
Of course I had to try new bathbombs! Over and over has a citrus smell from lemon and fennel. It gives chearful yellow and orange colours to your bath. I recommend it in summer when it can be more refreshing.

Charity Pot
If you buy this hand- and bodycream, Lush expend all the incomes to orgranisations that fight for the environment. The cream has a very nice texture and it hydratesthe skin  well. It contains olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter.

Buck’s Fizz (the orange one on the picture)
This is a packaging free body conditioner you can use during shower. Use the product as a soap on your skin and only wash it off a couple of minutes later. At first I considered it wierd but my skin became very soft at the end. It works like a lotion but it is better than using a shower gel because that dries the skin. The product contains grapefruit and orange blossom oil.

Intergalactic
I have to say this is the best bath bomb ever! After releasing yellow, blue and purple colours to the bath, the remaining water will look just like the night sky: dark blue with glitter that looks like millions of stars. Absolutely magnificent! The bomb has an amazing smell from grapefruit and peppermint oil.

What do I think now about Lush products?
After the third (or fourth?) round of shopping at Lush, I generally think that products may be more expensive but have better quality than others. I will regularly use the solid shampoo bar and the face mask, they are absolutely fantastic!

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Bohemian Rhapsody

‘Tell you what it is, Mr. Reid. Now we’re four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.’ /Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody/

What is the movie about?
The movie captures the years of the iconic band, Queen, focusing mostly on the lead singer’s Freddie Mercury’s life. The band members, who are Freddie (played by Rami Malek), Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (played by Ben Hardy) and John Deacon Joseph Mazzello) decide to follow their own ways in music and never let others tell them what to do. Of course the band has its own ups and downs but no matter what, they find the way back to each other, because they are a family.  The movie ends with the most famous Live Aid Concert. I didn’t write spoiler alert to this section because the story of Queen already happened, there are no surprises in the story.

Queen songs appearing the movie are:
“Somebody To Love” (A Day at the Races)
“Keep Yourself Alive” (Queen)
“Seven Seas of Rhye” (Queen II)
“Killer Queen” (Sheer Heart Attack
“Fat Bottomed Girls” (Jazz)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night at the Opera)
“Now I’m Here” (Sheer Heart Attack)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (The Game)
“Love Of My Life” (A Night at the Opera)
“We Will Rock You” (News of the World)
“Another One Bites The Dust” (The Game)
“I Want To Break Free” (The Works)
“Under Pressure” (Hot Space)
“Who Wants To Live Forever” (A Kind of Magic)
“Radio Ga-Ga” (The Works)
“Ay-Oh” (Live)
“Hammer To Fall” (The Works)
“We Are The Champions” (News of the World)
“Don’t Stop Me Now” (Jazz)
“The Show Must Go On” (Innuendo)

What did I like about the movie?
The movie is basically an ode to the band I love the most so I was super excited after watching the trailer for the first time. Critics said the film raises a lot of important but doesn’t answers any of them. My opinion about this is that this kind of movie shouldn’t express an opinion about things, it just have to salute artists.
Rami Malek is simply amazing! He imitates the moves, walk and mimics of Freddie. The makers of the movie took time to find similar looking people for the other characters as well.
And of course, the songs… the last, Live Aid scene feel like being right there is thwe crowd.

To whom would I recommend it for?
To anyone who likes Queen or music history in general.
And to those who like to see for what Rami Malek get an Oscar for.

Fun facts 
The movie was produced by the band’s former manager, Jim Beach who has his own character in the movie.
The role of Freddie Mercury was first cast to Borat actor, Sacha Baron Cohen.
The final lead actor, Rami Malek had to wear prosthetic teeth to make sure he looked exactly like Freddie Mercury.

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Marie Claire Fashion Days 2018

On 3rd and 4th November I attended my second fashion-related event in Budapest. Marie Claire Fashion Days were organised the 10th time this year. A 2-day ticket for the event cost 3280 HUF and it allowed unlimited attendance at the shows. Besides getting the last copy of Marie Claire magazine, guests could drink Hungária champagne, L’Or Coffee and Vöslauer mineral water. Rossmann and DM and had stands that offered free make-up and hairdos. People could smell the new Yves Saint Laurent perfumes and try their lipsticks as well. And of course some of the designer products were on display as well.

The fashion shows included in the programme were:
Anna Daubner, Celeni, Cukovy, Elysian, Nora Sarman, Nubu, Tomcsanyi, Daalarna, Szonja Dudik, Illuxtrat, Pelso, Galla, Lozar, Monik & Kriszta Fejes, Noen Design, Anita Pásztor, Viktoria Varga, Fashion Concept, Émé, LBL, Enihorn, Eva Prokai – Amnesia, Printa, Lazlo, Wyhoys, Alma Vetlényi, Futureal, Musette, C&A, Romani, Van Graaf, Virag Kerenyi, Cako, INQ concept, Michael Alexander, Ecco, DM, Rossmann, Asus, Perwoll, Toyota Hybrid, Zewa by Bráz Noémi, Cango&R

Take a look at the C&A collection:

Futureal:

ASUS:

Marie Claire Fashion Days is perfect to get to know more talented Hungarian designers. If you want to attend the programme’s most VIP event, you have to buy the ticket for the so called ‘Professional Night’. This event itself cost 4990 HUF but famous performers, celebrities and models are usually attending only this event of the weekend.

Best 10 Instagram accounts to follow for fashion inspiration

Whenever I have that ‘I have nothing to wear’ feeling or prepare for an occasion, I like having inspiration from women I look up to.
Here are a list of the ‘chic’-est women on Instagram I follow:

1. French model, designer and IT girl, Jeanne Damas

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Monday 🌞 @thevolon #thevolonbag #thevolon

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2. French model, music producer and one of the writers of How to be Parisian, Caroline de Maigret

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Paris 🇫🇷

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3. French style icon, Inés de la Fressange

4. French-American actress and model, Camille Rowe

5. French illustrator, blogger and the author of Love. Style. Life., Garance Doré

6. Chinese supermodel, Liu Wen

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#CHANELHolidays

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7. Iranian-American writer, Tahereh Mafi

8. Swedish Youtuber, Jenny Mustard

9. American fashion blogger, Jenny Cipoletti

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Gone with the wind 💨

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10. Hungarian fashion blogger and Youtuber, Vivien Nagy

Giorgio Armani: Acqua di Gioia

‘The difference between style and fashion is quality.’ /Giorgio Armani/

About the brand
Giorgio Armani is a worldwide known haute couture designer from Italy. He was born in 1934 and first he studied medicine and wanted to become a doctor.  After his military years he started working as a window dresser and he founded his own brand, Armani in 1975.
He designed the costumes for more than 200 movies during his career.
He was the first designer to ban models whose weight was under 18 BMI.
Armani is good friends with actress Cate Blanchett. Two of the most expensive dresses of all time were designed by Armani, worn by Blanchett and were encrusted with Swarovski crystals. She wore the first one in 2007 and the second one in 2014 to the Oscars. The actress is currently the face of the Sí perfume.
The Armani Beauty brand consists mainly of perfumes, makeup and skincare products.

About the scent
Acqua di Gioia was released in 2010 and it is still available for customers.
It is classified as a floral aquatic scent.
Heart notes: Jasmine, aquatic note
Top notes: Crushed mint leaves, Limone Primo Fiore Feminello
Base notes: Cedarwood heart, brown sugar, labdanum

The perfume was first advertised with Victoria’s Secret model, Emily DiDonato.

In 2016 Hungarian supermodel, Barbara Palvin became an Armani Beauty Ambassador and she started to become the face of the Gioia collection.

My opinion
I’ve been spending my first Glamour Days in the capital with two of my best friends and our shopping trip lead us to Marionnaud. After tiring our noses with basically all the scents in the store, I found the one I was looking for.
Acqua di Gioia is fresh and earthy but still has something very luxurious about it. It is the perfect choice from spring to autumn.
Funny thing that it also came with a red beauty bag. Red is one of my favourite colours and it is so elegant! It has the label tag with golden in the front and it came in a black carrier. I know what you think… who needs a bag for a bag? Well, you don’t know you need it until you have it!
So altogether, Glamour Days 2018, you’ve made my heart melt but by wallet cry.

Where can it be found? 
Douglas
Sephora
Marionnaud
Walmart
Macy’s

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