perjantai 28. kesäkuuta 2013

Challenge accepted

I was challenged by Maikki and Laura to do this challenge. Thanks girls! :) Sorry it took so long!

1. Tell 11 random facts of yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions your challenger came up with
3. Come up with 11 new questions
4. Challenge 11 bloggers who have under 200 readers

Alrighty then, let's get this party started! :)

11 Random facts about me:

1. I am extremely tired right now, but I just have to write a blog post.
2. I'd like to have a meetup with my readers/subbies some day <3
3. I have quite a few nicknames, but Pave is the one I prefer.
4. I need to post a video tomorrow, but I have work, arghttttttttt
5. I love thrift shops!
6. I am almost always quoting something from BBC Sherlock, Harry Potter, Les Miserables, the Hunger Games etc, but my friends have no idea (because they don't live in tumblr 24/7).
7. If I am hungry, I am actually hangry, since I am so angry if my blood sugar drops.
8. I love mist!
9. Agatha Christie's books = perfection.
10. I recently saw the Great Gatsby and ohmygod I loooved it!
11. I want to wear more vintage clothing, but that stuff is quite expensive (well, the pieces I happen to fall in love with).

Maikki's questions:
1. The utmost country you've visited? 
2. Canon or Nikon?
Absolutely Canon! :) I've never tried Nikon so I can't say anything against that brand, but I have never had any problems with Canon so why change?
3. What kind of camera do you have? 
I have Canon EOS 450D
4. When you started blogging?
In summer 2011
5. Why you started blogging?
Because I needed an escape from reality
6. Your favourite artist/band?
I really love so many artists... Just to name a few: Phildel, Loreen, Adele, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Nightwish, Owl City, Celeste Buckingham and Marina and the Diamonds.
7. Where would you like to travel?
Well, I would travel to Dubai in a heartbeat, but if I have to pick a place I've never been to, I'd choose London.
8. Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a bunny called Luna and our family has a Greek tortoise.
9. What language are you learning at school?
Well, I just finished my studies, so I'm not learning anything at the moment. Would like to study Greek or Italy next year!
10. Do you have any sisters/brothers?
Yes, I have a little sister and a little brother.
11. Your favourite color?
Lavender/purple :)

Laura's question's:
1. Your dream vacation?
Dubai, of course! :)
2. Your favourite subject at school?
Again, finished my studies, but history and art used to be my faves! I also liked chemistry.
3. Top 3 favourite blogs?
My sister Katariina, my friend Sini aaaaaaand I just don't want to name third blog... I love so many blogs, I can't possibly choose any others!
4. Which one is more important, character or attitude?
Character, I think character defines who you are as a person. Attitude can be changed.
5. Your most embarrassing childhood memory?
Well, I once locked myself in a McDonals' toilet in Greece. And I couldn't get out. 
6. Who are your family members?
Mom, dad, sister, brother, Luna, Otto, Tunna (my brother's lizard)
7. What expectations do you have of the future?
I want to get into Laurea university of applied science. If I didn't make it this year, the I'll try again next year. Meanwhile I'll be working and earning me some *insertHoneybooboovoicehere* moneeeyyy.
8. What's your fave board game?
Trivial Pursuit! Or any kind of memory game, I usually win memory games.
9. What hobbies do you have?
Blogging, vlogging and wondering.
10. How long do you spend on pampering yourself on a typical morning?
As much time as you give me! Anything from 10 minutes to three hours xD
11. Your dream job?
Full-time beauty blogger and having own cosmetic line would be kind of awesome!

I will only challenge my sister, SunkissedKatariina to do this tag. If you want to be challenged, comment down below! :)

My questions for the people I've tagged:
1. What is your favourite beauty product
2. What is your favourite Disney movie? 
3. What is the strangest food you've eaten?
4. Where would you spent your day if you had only one free day every month?
5. What's your fave bird?
6. Favourite brand of nail polish?
7. What is your favourite Harry Potter book?
8. Saphire or emerald?
9. Do you prefer gold, silver or rosegold?
10. Do you like Minna Parikka shoes?
11. What's the best ice cream flavour?

xoxo Pauliina

torstai 13. kesäkuuta 2013

A review of Kiehls Helsinki experience & samples

(This not a sponsored review, Kiehls/Stockmann has no idea I did this review)

Me and my friend Sini were browsing around in Helsinki's famous department store called Stockmann. Right next to the doors on the cosmetic isle, we noticed a new counter: Helena Rubinstein had moved to other side of the isle, and Kiehls has taken the hot spot.
Sini told me that she read from Stockmann's magazinge, that you could ask for a free skin consultasion and get free samples. Well, being a CIDESCO-, SKY -cosmetologist myself, I said that she could do it, but I wouldn't, since I felt kind of embarrassed. Then greed took over me, and we both sat in the chairs, ready to be "examined".

I think the Kiehl's counter looked very nice, and fits to their ideology
Sini! :D

Now lets just take a minute to notice: L'Oreal owns Kiehls. Knowing that, I was super sceptical about the products, I was quite sure they'd be full of bad ingredients. I also was sure, that I'd feel like I have to buy products, since I'd get this free consultation done.

Never jugde a book by its cover!

The lady who was our salesperson was so sweet! It was an absolute pleasure to be her customer. Sadly, I didn't remember to ask her name though.

The examination itself was super simple: our salesperson took small blotting papers and measured how much seborrhea our skin produced in forehead and cheeck area. So, my testresult was correct: I have combination skin.

Then, the salesperson asked us about our skincare routine. At this point, I just had to admit that I'm a cosmetologist myself. That was a great move actually, because after that she talked to me like a  professional to a professional. Sini also understood everything since she knows pretty much all there is to be known about cosmetics and their ingredients.
So, it was awesome to get to see the ingredients of the products and talk about them with our salesperson.

We both got five samples each, a "Return your empties" -card, and a pamflet that told us about Kiehls' history and principles, which our salesperson had also mentioned.

Yay for being eco-friendly and being rewarded!

Overall my experience with Kiehls was positive! I didn't feel like I had to buy their products at the end of the consultation, rather I felt that I actually can try out their products and if I like them, I'll come back to buy them. This consulation took about fifteen minutes, since we blabbed so much. I would highly recommend you to check out the Kiehls counter in Stockmann and ask for a free consulation.

My samples:

Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Arctium Lappa Extract / Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract / Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis / Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Allantoin, Hedera Helix Extract - Ivy Leaf/Stem Extract, Althaea Officinalis / Althaea Officinalis Root Extract. 

Nahh, this was nothing special. The sample lasted me two uses, and it was ok. I just want a toner that smells nice, this toner didn't have any scent. Thumbs up for this toner not containing alcohol.

Activated Sun Protector (ultra light sunscreen for body)
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isohexadecane, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, Nylon-12, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Alcohol Denat., Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Peg-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Synthetic Wax, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Triticum Monococcum Seed Extract.

Hmm, just another body sunscreen, honestly this is nothing special. It has SPF 50, which is something I actually don't like. I have read quite a bit about the debate wether higher SPFs reflect back the sun's UV-radiation, and I prefer using SPF 20 to 30, just to play it safe.

Ultra Light Daily UV Defense (for face)
Ingredients: Water, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, dimethicone, isododecane, styrene/acrylates coplymer, propanediol, silica, isononyl osononanoate, inulin lauryl carbamate, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, sucrose tristearate, lycium barbarum fruit extract, tocopherol, hydrolyzed triticum monococcum seed extract, phenoxyethanol, stearyl alcohol, PEG-8 laurate, triethanolamine, polymethyl methacrylate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/steareth-25 methacrylate crosspolymer, dimethiconol, xantham gum, disodium EDTA, glycerin

Did't really fall in love with this sample... It didn't make me break  out, but if I rubbed my face, the sunscreen just rolled off. I won't purchase the full size.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate (elixir)

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil / Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil / Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract / Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp / Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract / Jasmine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil.

This little guy lasted for four days! It was such a lovely elixir, but take a look at the ingredients - it's mostly coconut oil! I feel like it'd be so much cheaper just to use coconut oil itself, so I don't feel like purchasing the full size, not at the moment at least. It's kind of pricy, and now that it's summer I try to stay away from oils. This elixir/oil however was very light and I know it has such a huge fanbase in beauty community. The biggest reason I won't purchase the full size is the fact that it doesn't have any scent to it. That might be a plus if you have sensitive skin, but if I'll pay over 40€ for an oil, I'd like it to smell luxorious.

Midnight Recovery Eye (Cream)

Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Squalane, Alcohol Denat., Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oenothera Biennis Oil / Evening Primrose Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Ruscus Aculeatus Extract / Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Adenosine, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citronellol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Geraniol, Linalool, Cucumis Sativus Extract / Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp / Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract / Jasmine Extract.

I absolutely fell in love with this product! It has no parabens or mineral oils in it, and the ingredients are an awesome concoction of moisturizing agents. My under-eye area is very dry and finally I've found eye cream that is thick enough for it! :) I'm so happy and will definately buy a full size one. 
This small packet sample lasted for three uses! 

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo Pauliina

lauantai 8. kesäkuuta 2013

What I've been up to?

Sorry again for the major lack of posts! I've been so busy so I haven't had time to film videos or write blog posts. I've been working hard, and studying for my entrance examination for Laurea university of applied sciencences. The examination was held on 5.6 -6.6, so now I'm free! Well, I still have couple of days of work here and there, but now I don't have to stress about the entrance examination anymore. Fingers crossed I'll get in to my dream school!

Me working in SM-liigagaala, posing with Poika and Mikko Leppilampi.
Me &  Sini reading chemistry for our entrance examination

What else have I done recently?

I've went to a Fashion Stock sale...
...Or maybe two Fashion sample sales...

Spotted a fashionable bug, which clearly was either born really lucky, or rolled in Chanel's Peridot
Eaten a really cute cupcake
Drank some yummy Arizona teas...
& Some soda
Adored my bunny <3
Bought new shoes
Listened to great music...
...such as Phildel's Storm Song
Baked macarons with my mother... Looks pathetic?
Attended my little sister's graduation party
And finally, I have painted my nails quite a few times.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog! Next post will be a review :) 

xoxo Pauliina