28 February 2013

Review: The Balm 'Tall Dark and Handsome'

The Balm


I just bought the most amusing beauty product I've ever laid my eyes on. The Balm's 'Tall, Dark and Handsome' mascara was purchased simply for fun since the packaging is just pure success. We were just trying the samples and when I noticed the impeccable checklist on the side of its box, I just had to buy it. But I was surprised when it actually turned out to be quite an excellent mascara.

The Balm

My make up process includes very few products (concealer, mascara and lipstick) on a regular day, so those are my key elements and I take my mascara seriously. I was using Maybelline's Falsies before this one and even though it's effect was good, it wasn't working very perfectly for me. (I have weird skin around my eyes, even the most waterproof product is useless, which is the reason why I can not use even the best eye pencil and I'm stuck with eyeliners for eternity. Even the mascara and shadow start to pile up under my eyes after a while and not even the most quality primer can fix this. Oh well.)

The Balm

BUT, Tall Dark and Handsome has a nice, light formula which doesn't weigh my eyelashes down and make me feel like I've pinned cannonballs to my eyelids. It doesn't clump at all and gives the lashes a feathery effect. I actually used this on my lower lashes too and despite my problem with having panda bear eyes in two hours after putting on make up, the mascara actually stood in place. It does last a long time and unlike the evil waterproof mascaras I hate to use, it comes off quite easily with a random eye make up remover. Plus, the packaging is divine but I mentioned that already. (The Balm has another mascara called 'The Bodybuilder' but I am more drawn to the tall, dark and handsome ones than the tanned beach boys. Obviously.)

The Balm

I am legitimately considering to hoard all The Balm products because they all have hilarious packaging with vintage designs and that just cannot be missed. It is sold at Gratis stores here in Turkey, but I have no idea where you can find them abroad. Probably most drug stores have them, if we actually can find the brand here.

The Balm
The Balm
The Balm
The Balm

Anyone else used this mascara before?

PS: Sorry for not posting a photo of my eyelashes before/after I put on the mascara, but a close up on my face freaks me out and it actually looks a bit creepy to just see a huge eyeball on a screen. And I am not sure this was a good review but I needed this mascara on my blog, just because. 

24 February 2013

Quiet London

After promising myself to be on track with my blogging and adapting to a more organized schedule, my computer decided to take a break from functioning (long story which annoys me to my core, so I'll skip). That's why I've been away for the past two weeks but now my baby is back in my hands good as new; and we are ready to rock. 

This little book is a great discovery for me. My everlasting love for London should be well knows by now, so my search for secret/not-so-secret places of my most favourite city is also a life long process. Siobhan Wall made a great guide for people like me who happen to enjoy the quiet corners of beautiful cities more than the tourist invested crowded parts. It has quite a few  pages that are marked to visit the next time in London and I really recommend it to anyone who longs for new sights.

Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London
Quiet London

Hope you've had a great weekend. 

12 February 2013

Comfort Food

comfort food

Instant soup doesn't have to be unattractive, apparently. Lazy croutons (made from Etimek, a Zwieback brand here), a dallop of yoghurt (since I had no sour cream) and a sprinkle of dried basil did the job.

Almost fancy.

comfort food

10 February 2013

Details and Plans

It's ironic how often I wear gold if you consider that I used to avoid it religiously back in the days.

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I've been lacking the willpower to blog regularly lately, you should know by now. My daily life isn't at it's fanciest and I guess this is applies to all parts of my life. I'm known for my love of organised spaces and organised people in general. Yet lately, my whole life is no different than the dish of a hyperactive puppy and I am not amused. My desk gets messy, my closet is inexplicable, my to-do list is a joke, my routine errands are yet to be taken care of and I am just killing time, considering getting 'useless slacker' as a tattoo on my forehead. 

After reading Rachel's Weekly Love post and discovering Gala Darling's blogging posts as well as the IFB's 5 Days 5 Ways of improvement guide, I decided to get back on the track. Very few things bother me as much as quitting and quitters, so I'm hoping this is the boost I needed lately. Also, Harriet's post about how she blogs was a delight to read. I love her blog and follow it intensely; she's been a favourite of mine since the very early days of my blogger world discoveries and I admire how organised she is. Her way of getting things done is similar to how I like to get things done as well, so I'm definitely following the mind map advice. Written words is the best.

This week will be an experiment of organised blogging for me, as well as getting my other parts of life back to their places. I hope you're having a great Sunday and still denying the Monday monster.

xxx