Catching up

Following the previous post with a short story about the past two month here are photos I collected on my iPhone throughout this period of time.

random1. As my mom and I first arrived we often went to two shopping malls. In one of them I saw this Cinderella shoe inside a cinema. It’s so cute, isn’t it?
2. Great pastry from a great, but a little too expensive supermarket.
3. Our dining experience. I think my dad will love that meat mince in a pocket that looks like a steak.
4. Valentine’s Day spent with my love of my life, my mom. We got “Love is…” gums in a stationary boutique as complimentary gifts
samovarSamovar. Russian traditional boiler with hot water for tea. Took this pic at a dining place above (pic 3)
neighbourhoodMy local neighbourhood. It was snowing last week, so beautiful in the morning. For better views watch the two videos below:
Mountain Views
Snowfall
from homeI went home twice over this period of time. The first time at the end of February, and the second time I think two weeks later (somewhere around March 8)
1. Our dear Ficus tree, who’s name is Finik.
2. Second flight home.
3, 4. Before my flight back to Almaty my mom has arrived from Abu Dhabi. These are the litlle gifts from her and my sister. Love you!!!
streetlightsOn the way to the airport with my dad. I meant to take a pic of the city, but the focus thought otherwise, and here is a beautiful photo of melted snow on a car window.
crispy snowCrispy snow at home. I think I still can’t get enough of little winter wonders.
make upMy everyday make-up essentials. Everything I need for a natural looking make-up. Not much has changed since I posted my routine, I only added Giorgio Armani corrector.
dining1. Perfect healthy food: black rice, salmon and broccoli
2. Some vegetables and Russian-style sandwiches
3. Business lunch. In my homecountry it means a lunch comprising of a soup, salad, main dish and sometimes a dessert coming in an inexpensive price. I went to a place near my office, and really loved it. Although I must admit that this business lunch costs more than an average one.
4. My usual Saturday lunch now (?) Every weekend I go groceries shopping, so I get myself a cake or two as well.

Love,

Ainur

Gifts from overseas

As I said in the previous post my mom is home now, and she brought some amazing gifts from her and my sister for us all. Big-big thanks to both of them!

Apart from visiting Abu Dhabi they also traveled to Seoul for one day. No visas required for us now to travel there, and my loves say I will fall in love with the city just as much as they already did :)
SweetsSweets from Abu Dhabi and Seoul and the gingerbread from Paris
Paris mugTraditional Starbucks mugs and a magnet from Paris as well
Cosmetics1. Korean and Japanese under-eye patches, gloves and socks to moisturize and nourish the skin.

2. THE BODY SHOP Moisture White Shiso Foaming Facial Wash,
LANCOME Mousse Eclat Express Clarifying Self-Foaming Cleanser (I think it’s from Paris, too),
LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner for Dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Toner (from Seoul Duty Free),
TANGLE TEEZER Hairbrush (from Manchester),
THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 (from Seoul),
Dr. Organic Tea Tree Lip Balm SPF 15
and some Japanese cotton pads.

3. SHISEIDO Aqualabel Facial Wash (from Japan),
LANCOME Genifique Yeux Eye Cream (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado,
LANCOME Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream for dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
ARGANTUS Pure Argan Oil,
HAND CHEMISTRY Hyaluronic Concentrate for hands and body,
NIVEA Creme from Japan

4. UNIQLO warm innerwear for winter

Love,

Ainur

October must-have: preparing skin for winter months

for winter Suddenly it’s autumn! The weather here changes so quickly, which is normal, but I’m not used to it. For the last five years I did not experience a real autumn. First I lived in subtropics, where it’s probably still +30C. Then last year I was in Auckland at this time of the year. It was cold out there, but that is understandable because in September for New Zealand (and all the other countries in southern hemisphere) seasons transition from winter to spring in my understanding. So yes, it got cold in my hometown and getting even colder. We even had snow falling twice last week early in the mornings, but melting soon afterwards. It is even starting to smell like winter and sunlight seems cold, but bright, like in winter.

Just as nature prepares for colder times, I am preparing my skin for winter as well. When I went to my dermatocosmetologyst last week, we quickly agreed that we should start doing a light mesotherapy to fill my face with vitamins, just like in April. We’ll be doing it for about a month and a half, and I’ll be visiting her once a week or ten days instead of every two weeks. Last week I was applied vitamins A and C, and something else, but I don’t remember the name of the product.

Other than that, I am trying to use Clarisonic brush as often as possible, and nourishing my skin with my new favorite LANCOME Moisturizing Cream. Also, as the weather gets colder I am using hand cream more and more often. I used to apply it several times a day, but somehow I forgot about this habit of mine. Now I only remember to apply a cream only when I feel like my skin is breaking. One more thing to work on :)

Take care of your skin and only do what is suitable for you.

Knitwear WEEKEND Max Mara (my mom’s)

KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TRETMENT with Avocado

LANCOME HYDRA ZEN NEUROCALM Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

WELEDA BABY Calendula Oil

THE BODY SHOP NUTRIGANICS Drops of Youth serum

CHANEL LA NUIT DE CHANEL Evening Recharging Face Care

THE BODY SHOP Lip Balm with Vitamin E

Love,

Ainur

New in: skin care, beauty products and comfort in everything

I just came home from the trip a week ago, so I wanted to feature some of the new buys. My mom and I did some shopping while staying in Abu Dhabi, but as of lately we focus more on beauty products rather than on clothes. For us (three girls in the family) skin care is so important, that we are always happy to research and discover new little treasures. This time my mom and I traveled to Dubai as well, so we got the chance to get to know the city better and find some brands like KIEHL’S that are not presented in the capital state. Also, my sister traveled to Japan last month, so she has brought many presents one of which is featured here as well. Skin care DR ORGANIC Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Day Cream caught our attention because it has argan oil in it. In fact, it consists of a number of oils, and is quite good. The only thing that I don’t really like is the smell. I think it doesn’t have any fragrances, so the scent is not the one of roses on a dreamy date night. However, soon it disappears and you forget about it.

My sister made me try LANCOME HYDRA ZEN NEUROCALM Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream (for all skin or for dry skin) when she had a vacation a month ago. First I thought that it’s a usual cream, but once I arrived to Abu Dhabi and my skin turned extremely dehydrated and sensitive I began to highly appreciate its strong soothing, moisturizing and most importantly calming features of it. On my way back home I got myself one LANCOME HYDRA ZEN NEUROCALM Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream in a Duty-Free, and my mom bought three more jars for my sister and me when she was leaving Abu Dhabi as well (we had different flights). As you can see, we are absolutely in love with it!

I wasn’t sure of KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TRETMENT with Avocado when buying it because I actually wanted to buy KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE. I decided to try out its sample first, and get the basic eye cream, and have no regrets about that. I really like KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TRETMENT with Avocado. The texture of is not as silky as I am used to, but the cream moisturizes greatly. After trying out the samples, I hope to get KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE later as well.

I always have some lip balm on my lips, so I thought why not try something new. DR ORGANIC Organic Vitamin E Lip Balm is perfect to use when going out because it comes in a stick and has SPF15. My sister and I still prefer COOLA with SPF30 (in this post), but it is hard to find in stores. Also, I recently discovered EVE LOM KISS MIX lip balm and decided to try it out. I love the texture of it, and even the minty feeling on lips does not bother me at all. I use it only at home, because I don’t want to put my fingers in it somewhere in the middle of a street. These both new lip balms are good switches with THE BODY SHOP Lip Balm with Vitamin E and SPF15 (in this post), which I still use, both outside and at home.

Drapey blue pants by COTTON ON. My friend from Auckland told me so many times to go to this store. I finally did during my first trip to Abu Dhabi, and got myself these light comfy pants. :)
Guerlain Ecrin 6 couleurs eyeshadows Make-upCLARINS Eclat Minute Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose is an alternative to my beloved CHANEL Anti-Pollution SPF 50 which I mentioned so many times. It doesn’t have sun protection, so it’s perfect for an evening/night time of a day. I chose it because it illuminates, protects from pollution and corrects a little bit. I have it in Rose colour because I always choose pink over yellow :) Just like CHANEL Anti-Pollution SPF 50, it is very light and sterling by itself, so it doesn’t have to be worn only as a base.

My mom also got herself a make-up base GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles High-Diffusing Perfecting Primer. It has the same features as the one by CLARINS, but seems to be even lighter and more moisturizing.

I went to purchase one GIORGIO ARMANI concealer, but it was way too light in coverage, so I ended up buying GIORGIO ARMANI High Precision Retouch Corrector in colour number 1 (again more of a pink tone, not yellow). This is my first concealer, and so far I am satisfied with it (even though I worn it once only).

My mom got me GUERLAIN Ecrin 6 couleurs eyeshadows in 93 Rue De Passy in a Duty-Free because she knew I wanted to have a palette of eyeshadows, and because she loved the design of the packaging :) I am in love with it too, even though we haven’t tried to wear any of the colours. It just seem to be so precious. These eyeshadows are very expensive, but we don’t wear make-up much (at all), so my mom and I hope we’ll  be using this palette for a long time.

BHS bikini top, H&M bikini bottoms and PAPAYA WEEKEND shorts are all from sales. I bought them because, for some reason (which I don’t remember), I didn’t bring any swimwear with me. The colours of the top and the bottom don’t exactly match, but it doesn’t really matter. I have matching blue bikini top for the bottom anyway :)

ACCESSORIZE hair bando from my previous trip in April-May.
Argan oil and Evian sprayAnd last, but not least are ARGANTUS pure argan oil and EVIAN facial spray. Argan oil is everything in skincare. It’s great for skin (both face and body) and hair. This one seems to be a little bit heavy for hair, but still feels lighter than other ones. The best ones for hair that my mom and I tried we bought back in Auckland. Those are not pure argan oils, but a mix of oils. Nevertheless, all of them are really good. I bought EVIAN facial spray right before my flight back home to refresh my face (and everything around it along the way) on the plane. I don’t think it’s highly necessary to have a face spray, but I enjoy the process of spraying itself :)

H&M sweatshirt is also from the sales. My sister has the same in black. I think it would be great as everyday comfort wear when it gets colder.

UNIQLO RELACO (RELAX&COMFORT) SHORTS are from Japan, brought to me by my lovely sister. She brings us something every time she gets to UNIQLO store :)

Love,

Ainur

June must-have: sun protection

Sun protection It is essential to protect our skin throughout the year, but especially during the summer. It is June, so my obvious choice of a must-have for this month is sun protection cosmetics. I think I don’t need to remind you of a bad impact sun has on health nowadays. While many dream about getting tanned skin, my mom, my sister and I don’t anymore (but I used to have the most tanned skin in high school after a few trips to Hainan). Thanks to women in China, for a couple of years now we consider it a damaging trend. Healthy skin is flawless, with an even natural color and no blemishes. That’s what we are striving for.

The girls in our family use beauty products with a high sun protection level throughout the year since we are not bounded to one city and travel a lot to warmer places. They help to prevent photoaging and pigmentation. CHANEL UV ESSENTIEL Anti-Pollution SPF50/PA+++ is our favorite one for face and neck, and I already mentioned it in New Cosmetic Products and Morning Cosmetic Routine posts. It has a light texture, does not clog pores and nicely mattes the skin. CHANEL UV ESSENTIEL is pricey, but one bottle lasts for more or less two month. (Tip: the best prices on Chanel are in Hong Kong ;)) The main factors we choose this product are high sun protection level, anti-pollution feature and no allergic reaction on my skin.

LANCASTER Sun For Kids UV50 is new for us, but we like it already. It doesn’t melt on skin under the sun and heat like many others do and has a nice texture as well. We usually choose body UV protection products for kids because they are more gentle and a little bit cheaper than the ones for adults.

Other than special sun protection cosmetics it is recommended to buy any of the beauty products with SPF/UV protection.

P.S. See other alternatives for different types of budget from a trustful resource and my favorite magazine, Allure Russia.

Love,

Ainur

A part of our shopping haul

My parents and I spent in Abu Dhabi almost a month, so it’s quite natural that we came back home with our suitcases stuffed with new things. Some of them I am going to show in this post. Also, here are some of the many presents my sister brought from her travels to Chengdu (oh Uniqlo!) and Paris.

Our little collection of Starbucks mugs have grown, now also featuring Chengdu mug set and a notebook :) Starbucks mugs and notebookConfiture from Paris. I took this pic a week ago, before we finished the apricot one ;D Confiture Some cosmetics that we needed in order to refill our stock: 1. THE BODY SHOP Moisture White Shiso Foaming Facial Wash instead of The Body Shop Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash (in this post) because they don’t have it stores; THE BODY SHOP Shea Butter & Sesame Oil Body Balm for hands (because one jar will be gone in a day if I use it for body); Argan Oil (we randomly chose these ones, but haven’t tried them yet); LANCASTER Sun For Kids UV50 and CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initial. CosmeticsNew cases: blue ones are from Women’s Secret and the hot pink one is from H&M. The dark blue one with stripes is great for keeping underwear and accessories when traveling. Light blue beauty case is so adorable and with stars, so I had to have it! In addition, it’s not expensive at all, and it was sold with a discount. The other one is a small everyday beauty case for having it with me in a bag. Travel casesMy new DELSEY suitcase in medium size from their Flaneur line. My previous one (which was only eight month old at that time) is damaged so I needed a new one. I think it got damaged in the city where we’ve been transiting a lot in the past year because before that we had no problems with our luggage at all. My mom’s suitcase is also damaged, so it’s not a one time instance. The good thing is that my all-time favorite airline compensated me almost the whole cost of the suitcase! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Choosing a new one we had a look at Samsonite (we like it, but prices are too high and we got two suitcases damaged, so No, thank you!), American Tourister (as much as we adore our cabin size ones, big ones seem to be a little weak), and finally chose DELSEY. We know the brand very well since we have two soft suitcases from 2010. At that time we did a little research and found it trustworthy. Not to mention that they offer discounts for their products ;D

And finally, inside of the suitcase are folded IKEA boxes, HEYS clothes packing bag, shoe cases from DAISO Japan, Accessories coin purse and FOREVER 21 Travel Size Lint Roller. Suitcase

Love,

Ainur

April must-have: vitamins

It’s not a secret that after the winter period people from most of the parts of the world are in desperate need of vitamins. Whether we realize it or not, studies show that we are. My advice is to think if you provide enough vitamins to yourself. Food Throughout the winter some countries lack fresh, juicy fruits and vegetables. My hometown in particular does not produce any, we are more known for our grain and meat, so we rely on import from other places. However, in April stores start to fill up with beautiful, colourful variety of products (just use search engines to find out more about nutritional value of each one). They are out there, so all is left is to take advantage of this opportunity and let your body thank you later. Note, that one cucumber, or one apple a day do not count as a daily norm. Do not lie to your body, be respectful.

Other than that, we should not underestimate the power of cosmetology. I’m not talking about implants here and there (for now at least ;)). Modern cosmetology provides a variety of vitamins taking care of your face and body. My choice of the month is a light mesotherapy to make my skin glowing and healthy. It’s light because it’s not being injected inside your skin, just applied on the surface. My dermatocosmetologyst mixes a couple of vitamins together and then applies it with a needle onto my face. Sometimes she tells me what vitamins she mixed, sometimes not, but I don’t really care as long as it’s a trustworthy clinic and specialist.

P.S. Make sure you have enough vitamins no matter of the time of the year. It’s hardly possible to have too much, but it’s likely not to.

Love,

Ainur

New little, but so enjoyable things

I am currently trying to figure out what to do with my career. One of the options in the aviation industry made me buy these amazing items. I never thought I will ever be wearing a red lipstick and watches like this (I used to have watches like these  back when I was a child and I really loved them), but, it turned out both suit me perfectly =) I guess my struggle with my career at least brings some new/old discoveries to me. Lipstick Chanel Rouge Allure (102 Palpitante),  watches Calvin Klein (both bought in HK) Loafers ZARA loafers for everyday at school (bought on sale while in Ast) Online shopping MiH Jeans cotton-jersey top (in love with the stars) and FALKE striggings knee socks (from my online shopping at net-a-porter).

I can’t find my path, yet. I really enjoy my hobby of writing about the beauties I encounter, but that’s as far as I can get now. We’ll see what the future will bring <3

Love,

Ainur

The Body Shop Christmas Party

As a customer of The Body Shop I was invited to their Christmas party in any of the local stores. I needed to buy my favorite cosmetics anyway, so I went to see what they had for today. This is how it looked:

Loved the brownies, but it’s the only snack I tried The Body Shop Christmas Party My favorite section of Nutriganics The Body Shop Christmas Party Pre-made gifts and seasonal products. If you buy something for NZ$99 and one of these, you get a gift =) The Body Shop Christmas Party So, first I won 10 bonus points in a chocolate coin. Then I bought Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash, Smoothing Day Cream and a Night Cream. In addition to those, I chose pre-made gift of Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel and Body Lotion.  I just like the smell of it. And finally, The Body Shop gifted me Christmas stocking with Shower Gel, Hand Cream, Body Butter, Bath Lily and two free make-up applications. The Body Shop Christmas Party Thank you The Body Shop for taking care in such a nice way!

Love,

Ainur

Morning cosmetic routine

Here is how and what I use in the morning before I leave to school.
After washing my face with the THE BODY SHOP foam (sometimes with Clarisonic) that I mentioned before, I comb my hair with TANGLE TEEZER my sister ordered for me while we lived in SZ. I will talk about it more at the end of the post.
Then I wipe my face with BIODERMA Micelle Solution and with CHANEL Anti-Pollution Alcohol Free Lotion (which constantly changes/improves).
After that I apply WELEDA Eye Cream around my eyes and nasolabial folds. I like this cream and find it really moisturizing.
The final step for the first phase of face care is THE BODY SHOP Nutriganics Soothing Day Cream. Cosmetics I don’t use much make-up, but I always apply my favorite CHANEL Anti-Pollution SPF 50. My family buys it a lot in case we will not have a chance to find it.
Then I add some colour to my eyebrows using BOBBY BROWN Eye Shadow with BOBBY BROWN Eyebrow Brush.  My mom taught me this trick with eyeshadow, and my sister chose almost every single cosmetic product I use.
If I need to, I use LAURA MERCIER Eyebrow Gel. I’m not sure if it works, my eyebrows are hard to fix.
My sister and I chose this CHANEL Vitalumiere Foundation in Beige Rose shade not long ago. It’s not really a foundation, so we just call it powder. It is light and natural. It comes with a sponge for a better concealing effect and there is also a brush for natural effect in the case pocket. I also have a BOBBY BROWN Powder Brush which is more comfortable to use, but I haven’t opened mine yet.
Our long time favorite mascara is LANCOME Virtuose. Tried many others, but always returned to this one.
Another long time favorite product is LANCOME Bocage Deodarant Cream.
I didn’t find Coola lip balm here, so I bought THE BODY SHOP Lip Balm with Vitamin E.
And finally, FENDI Eau de toilette that my sister chose for herself, and bought another one for me.

My mom and my sister are the best! =)Cosmetics As I promised, about the TANGLE TEEZERs we have. Before we left SZ my sister ordered three or four more combs through TaoBao in case we couldn’t find them in Ast. A girl that sent them to us surprised us with complimentary gifts and a card. This was really sweet of her. She wrapped everything with a bubble bag, nice paper and ribbon. Also, we’ve got pink cases for combs, a compact mirror, funny Paul Frank magnets and id holders, and a business card holder. This was without doubt a very kind gesture and a great example of good customer service. Cosmetics Love,

Ainur