21 May 2016

What's In My Gym Bag: Workout Essentials

What's in my gym bag
With summer just around the corner I decided to schedule a few fitness related posts which I cannot wait to share with you. As much as it makes sense when everyone says you need to start getting "summer ready" in winter (or even better, the summer before - I wish, right?) I strongly believe it's never too late to be active. Even a few weeks of working out do pay off combined with healthy and portion-controlled diet. Being in the middle of the house move I am still making effort to hit the gym and walk a lot (who else tracks their step count?). A couple months ago I got this beautiful VS PINK campus backpack that started to serve right away as my gym bag. Just like I shared the contents of my purse in my What's In My Bag post, it's about time I wrote about what I take with me into the torture chamber, ahem, gym :) Edit: this is, obviously, a joke. I actually really enjoy gym and taking long walks.
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13 May 2016

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: Worth The Hype?

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review
Sometimes I catch myself thinking about absolutely random stuff (while blow drying my hair being half-asleep, for example): "Who started to say "on fleek" and why did it stick with everyone?" - how sad that "on fleek" is so 2015 - or "How come is *insert a product name here* made into a staple because of the hype around it?" To be fair, that's pretty much the only time of the day when my brain goes into this scatter mode aka the thought wander. But let's go back to the point I am making here - hype. If you have read my review on Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (here) you most likely remember me saying how sometimes an overhyped product can be quite disappointing. I am extremely cautious when there's 'much ado' being created around something. At the same time, certain products do wonders for one person and couldn't be worse for another. Keeping that in mind, I gave in to the hype around NARS Sheer Glow (only after a few years, right?) and decided to test it out. What intrigued me the most about it was very mixed reviews. Let's see how it panned out for me.
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6 May 2016

April Favourites | 2016

April Favourites
Before I even start writing anything monthly favourites related, let me just say that the weather has been so beautiful this week! It's unreal how warm it is outside, and that alone is a solid reason to smile and be thankful. Back to monthly favourites: as you have probably noticed, March Faves never happened. I had to put blogging on pause for half of month #04. All because April '16 wasn't the greatest one this year. I can definitely say it was one of the toughest months in my life. Have you ever hit that stage when everything is happening at once and crashing down on you? Yeah, that was my April. However, instead of "reminiscing" about the negative / confusing / sad / painful part of last month, let's look back on lovely bits and pieces I got to enjoy. Can't tell you how happy I am April is finito. Praying for guidance and clarity in May. We really really (really!) need it now. As tough as April was, I'm thankful for the lessons I have learnt.

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29 April 2016

The Sun Is Out: White Stuff, Firmoo & Michael Kors OOTD

Sunny Day OOTD - White Stuff scarf, Firmoo sunglasses, Michael Kors bag outfit
If you are in the UK at the moment, most likely you got to experience the disappointment that April has been weather-wise. I mean, it was snowing a little today, then it was pouring and then the sun came out as if to make you believe it's warm outside. Ok, grandma has to stop complaining about the weather. Let's go back to last week and soak in the sunshine from this little OOTD photoshoot. I am not wearing black for a change. When the sun is out, a lot of white is automatically happening in my choice of clothes. Very excited to grow my "fashion" part of the blog and would appreciate your thoughts on that. Girl's gotta work on improving her style so let's hope this helps.
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26 April 2016

Fab Finds: Perfect Moisturizer - Drops Of Youth Cream Review

Drops of Youth cream - The Body Shop Drops of Youth
It's no surprise that I absolutely love makeup. You know that hard-to-beat feeling when you find that perfect foundation or a mascara that does everything it promises on the packaging. Also, I have a number of new posts coming up featuring some amazing beauty goodies I have recently discovered and fell in love with. However, there is a beauty section which I seemed to have ignored in my teens and have only started to explore in my early 20s. Drumroll cue now. It's, of course, skincare. So if you ask me what beauty advice I could give to my 16 year old self if I could go back in time, I'd say: "Start moisturizing now!" I would definitely say a lot more than that but you get an idea. So, about that perfect moisturizer - does it even exist? It's been a while since I did a good ol' review of lovely skincare products I've been enjoying. Some do fabulously great and some fail. Let's just say, this one was very special in the making. 
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22 April 2016

Life Lately & Blogging Plans

Master Plan - Planning - Blogging
If you've been with me for a good while, you probably noticed that Miel and Mint has been in a "sleep mode" during last couple of weeks. If I am completely accurate and 100% honest, blogging has been quite a struggle for months now. It's good to be back though. Also, it's especially great to get a little fresh "re-start" with a new template from amazing pipdig (best customer service online. EVER!). This is a totally genuine shout-out. As I am still tweaking a few things, please bear with me. Overall, this comeback post (with a little update and a few goals for the blog) is definitely due. I've been working hard on a number of new posts and series and very excited to share them with you very soon. Time to get organised and shake things up - never a bad decision, right? 
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4 April 2016

Currently Craving: Beauty & Fashion Wishlist | April 2016

Currently Craving - April 2016 - Beauty and fashion
I've been thinking of putting together a wishlist a while ago. Call it the perfect timing but now that the weather is changing to better (meaning I am waking up from the winter hibernation and recognizing there are other colours but black), I have an awakened craving for new clothes. So after lots of browsing on my beloved ASOS I saved a number of gorgeous items I'd love to share with you and happily add to my wardrobe. If you love tulle skirts as much as I do, you'd appreciate this one ;) Apart from that, there is also a craving for make up and skin care goodies. It's a constant one, if I'm 100% honest (which I am). Besides, I don't know if I ever mentioned that but my makeup collection can barely be called a "collection". I am happy about it in a way because I don't like to waste money, buy 10 foundations and end up using 1 or 2 with other 8 stored away in a drawer. Same goes for creams, scrubs and all the range of skin-perfecting "potions". I love shopping, don't get me wrong. However, I do know how and when to stop reminding myself that I have to finish at least one item to replace it with another. Keeping that in mind, I'd love to add a few new bits and pieces to my "stash". Ok, there is one exception - lipsticks. Alright, maybe also nail polishes. If I spend more time writing this intro, I am sure I will be able to list other things I do have in many shades and variations :) So let's just dive into my April 2016 Beauty & Fashion Wishlist. NB: This is not a sponsored post.

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