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 :)
Sweets from Abu Dhabi and Seoul and the gingerbread from Paris
Traditional Starbucks mugs and a magnet from Paris as well
1. 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
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.
Being here in Abu Dhabi, where the temperature varies from 35 degree up to 45 degree (so far during my stay), I am happy I have a couple of hats with me. Sometimes I notice that sunglasses are not as helpful in an uncompromising heat as hats are. They protect heads from sunstroke as well as from an undesirable tan (for me personally).
My favorite hat is a dark blue one. It is not a glamorous one, nor it is expensive at all. My sister and I got the same ones last year from our favorite Uniqlo. The hat has a protection of UV50 (!), made of cotton, meaning breathable, easy to wash and fold, and is very simple.
The other one is new from ZARA. I ran across it on the ZARA website while I was still back home, and then found it in their Abu Dhabi boutique. It’s quite big and sits comfortably on my head. I’m not sure it has UV protection, but in this case any hat is better than none at all. What I love about it, is that it’s in a light colour, yet suitable for cold weather thanks to a warmed inner shell. In addition, this hat is hand made, so no unnecessary thread lines are presented at all.
Hope someone will find it helpful and will be inspired by this post.
Two days ago was my birthday. I planned to name this post “Birthday in the air”, but some plans just tend to change. It was THE BEST BIRTHDAY I had, that I remember at least. Not expecting much on days like this, I usually take them as regular ones, only with gifts, and don’t make a big deal out of them ;) But this time I had some amazing moments that I would love to share.
My day basically begun at 6 a.m. with packing and organizing my room. Then I decided to quickly go to a dentist and encountered not only snow that I saw from our apartment, but also a sunny spring day with a cold and fast wind. Fortunately, my dad offered to drive me. Then at noon we were invited by my grandmom to celebrate my birthday with family on my dad’s side. She always celebrates everyone’s birthdays and cooks our traditional meal and dumplings.
After some time we went straight to the airport to take our flight to Abu Dhabi. Because of the wind, it was pretty cold in the terminal… Took my sister’s bag for the trip and filled it with food (including a piece of cake and meat pancake that my mom and my dad bought me at the airport, and pirozhki from my grandmom). Economy class was not full and the cabin crew was very nice, so we enjoyed our flight. Also, I was touched when I got this sweet treat and Happy Birthday song from the two flight attendants. Tip: if it’s your birthday, just tell the crew ;) All afternoon I was wandering why my mom was telling me there are more surprises coming along… I told her I didn’t need any more surprises and that I am grateful for everything I had that day. And I thought the surprise would be a celebration dinner because my sister told me she would order something for herself :)
After landing in Abu Dhabi my sister checked our parents in a hotel and then we all headed to her room. She prepared a box full of different delicious cakes for me to try. See?.. I was right! Kind of… :) As I was happily taking photos of the box, my sister pulled out this beauty and made me speechless (and cry for a little while). I honestly did not expect any more gifts that day, and then comes this signature bag… Love my family so dearly!.. ♡♡♡♡♡ P.S. Sister’s reunited. Missed my little sweety! Love,
When my mom and I went to have some more chocolate sundae this Monday, little did we know that the next day we will get more news from home and change our tickets. Everything was hectic the next few days, but that day we just discussed some news, enjoyed each others company and made plans of traveling to Waiheke Island and Coromandel (esp. Cathedral Cove that appears in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), visiting Planetarium and shopping. On the day of our travel we had to pack, end my tenancy and buy as much as possible from what we have planned. After the documents were sorted out, we went to have lunch at Theobroma.
Chocolate Caramel Mocha and Milk Chocolate Mocha recommended by Celeste. Sooo good… Belgian Waffle was so fresh and chocolate in Chocolate Fruit Fondue was just a perfection Lingerie shopping. Quote poster in an interesting fitting room Back home with more things to pack We received a couple of gifts while shopping. These are two of Swarovski crystal bracelets gifted by Bendon Lingerie with every 50$ spent in the store. When we were buying two Essie nail polishes, we got to choose a product from a range of Essie nail care as a gift as well. We got the Essie No Chips Ahead top coat The next day in HK, tired after the long flight, I don’t know how we managed to buy everything ordered by my sister, and more. We also got her some beautiful Birthday gifts =) Staying in my favorite hotel in the city, Novotel Citygate (mentioned in this post), we received HKD250 voucher for the night we stayed there. We looked for a place to spent it for quite some time. I missed the chance in couple of boutiques the shopping mall attached to the hotel, but to the end of the day we finally used it in Tommy Hilfiger shop.
View on hills from our room 812. I like the number =)
The next day flying back to the home country. On the new big B767 there were just 30 passengers, so we had plenty of space to sleep ;) And soon at home. Snowfall Love,
My first flight was in the night, so I had a whole day ahead of me to rest, finish packing and get ready for 11 hours on a plane.
Some of my travel essentials: Scales to weigh baggage (to count overweight), Travel adapter Diane von Furstenberg (has four plugs for use in different countries), Boyfriend jeans 7 For All Mankind (comfortable and do not limit body movement), Ugg boots (warm and comfy), Cabin luggage American Tourister (compact and easy to carry)
Cute candy stockings in airport store Dinner at airport: hot chocolate and vegetable frittata. Banana was for the flight Waiting for my hotel room to be ready at Starbucks after landing. Was so hungry, so I ordered steam milk, roasted vegetable salad, beef and pepper pie, and cinnamon danish. =) Christmas decorations at the hotel View from the room Arriving home after another two flights. My whole family was waiting for me in the airport…
My family surprises Love,