New: Essence fragrance gift set

As you might know, Essence introduced a complete fragrance line a few weeks ago. But now, Essence is also introducing a unique fragrance gift set, especially for the holiday season.

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Guest post: Tria Beauty

Today I have something new on my blog. I would like to give an opportunity to Charlotte Rivington, to publish a post about Tria Beauty. As you all might know, I have worked and followed my internship at a beauty center, which specialized in permanent hair removal via laser. I have seen the amazing(!) results one gets by treating hirsutism with laser treatment. After a number of treatments, you will lose 90% of the hairs. Permanently! You can use this method on your legs, but also on your upper lip. Yes ladies, no shame 😀

My Movember to Remember
Last year my husband took part in a sponsored moustache growing event with friends from work. Everyone taking part had to refrain from shaving for the whole month of November and this month was then known as Movember instead. I thought the idea was quite novel at first, but after the first week his face was a mess and I told him to have a shave. I said that he only had to grow a moustache and that he could shave his neck, chin and jaw line.

Famous Last Words
I was shocked by his reply because I have never been insulted by my husband before. I may not get compliments very often, but he has never criticized me in any way. He answered my request to shave by saying that I should have found sponsorship with the moustache that I was sporting. I had always bleached my upper lip, but I had not been aware of my husband’s thoughts on the matter and I was quite shocked. I didn’t react very well and responded with a verbal lashing that he will take with him to the grave. In my tirade I told him that he would pay for me to have laser hair removal and to my surprise, he agreed.

Being Reasonable with After the Event
I did feel a little guilty for flying off the handle with my other half, so I decided not to make him pay too much. That was one reason I decided to shop around for the best possible product and one that would do the best possible job. The other reason I shopped around was because I wanted to treat myself at home rather than have to go to a clinic to receive treatment. I read some reviews of the Tria permanent hair removal device that I thought sounded good. All the Tria laser reviews I could find had spoken highly of the device and people said claimed very noticeable results in a short space of time.

Apprehension and Excitement
Despite reading through the manual and starting with the lowest of the five settings, I decided to test the system on an area that was not so prominent in case my skin reacted badly. On the lowest setting I could feel nothing at all and I didn’t believe anything was happening. I tried it on the second and the third level on my legs and I could feel only a slight tickle. By the time I tried level four I could feel that this was much more intense and I knew something was working. When I used the laser hair remover on my lip, I only took it to level 2 and this was quite comfortable.

I had shaved the areas before using the Tria laser hair remover because that is an instruction in the user manual. When the hairs on my legs grew back I could tell that they were thinner immediately and my lip hair was far less noticeable. The treatment made the hair fall out and although I needed many treatments, I have never looked back.

Move Over Movember
I’ve told my husband to forget about getting sponsorship to grow a moustache this November. I told him that they would get much more money if the men he worked with would sign up to have their hair removed permanently. The only disadvantage with this method is that sharing a laser system is not recommended because of hygiene issues and I wouldn’t hand over mine anyway. In reality, the Tria permanent hair removal system is a one stop solution to more confidence and I may have been upset with my husband to begin with, but I’m more than happy to let him keep his masculinity now.

Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.

I hope you enjoyed reading this guest post by Charlotte Rivington. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions, I’ll be glad to help!

How do you remove unwanted hair? Tell me about it in the comments.

❤ Natasja

My experience: Ordering at Zalando

Today I want to share you my experience with ordering from Zalando. They were so nice to offer me the opportunity to order something from their website.

For the Dutch people: you probably know this webshop through their TV commercial: screaming people holding big Zalando boxes. Now, I know this commercial isn’t everyone’s favorite, but let’s be honest: in a short period of time, everybody knew Zalando 😉 And that’s exactly the point of this whole commercial, if you ask me 😉

On their website, I found a little statement about them:
Zalando offers its customers more than just shoes! Zalando provides a comprehensive shopping experience. Our goal is to offer our customers and clients a wide range of cutting-edge shoes and fashion items with excellent customer service and the advantages of an easy and secure online shopping experience.

After watching the commercial a few times, I got curious and went on my laptop and looked up their webshop. I was amazed at what I found: thousands of products! I mean, I knew they sell shoes (dohh, the commercial is all about nude people and shoes ;-)), but what I (and I think a lot of people) didn’t know, is that they also sell a lot of clothes, pretty accessories and most importantly… a lot of beauty stuff! Awesome right?! 😀

As you can imagine, I was totally excited and couldn’t choose what to order at first.. I knew I wanted to order something for my hands/nails, but what? First I wanted to order a Butter London nail polish, but then I realized it might be more fun to order a set of products, so that I can review the items on my blog as well! And that’s exactly what I did, I ordered the Burt’s Bees Head To Toe Starter Kit! 😀

Doesn’t this look cute? I love it! Stay tuned for the review on this cute set.

Ordering with Zalando was very easy and quick. Their webshop is very well laid out and paying is very easy, you can also pay by PayPal!

The delivery was very quick, I got my package the next day. It was very neatly packed and I was very happy to receive my goodies this quick!

Have you ever ordered from Zalando? Tell me in the comments.

Your beauty addict,
Natasja

Review – Lush Lemony Flutter

This is my holy grail cuticle oil/butter, I love this.

What does the product promise:
Softens hard skin all over the body, especially the cuticles. We made Lemony Flutter to soften your cuticles; it’s our thickest cream out there. It’s so good at softening your cuticles and nourishing your nails that Lush customers have been using it to soften and nourish lots of other body parts like their feet, elbows and knees. Fortunately, it’s a very reasonably priced cream, so you can afford to use it as widely as you wish. Take more care of your extremities and invest a small sum in a Lemony pot.
Source: http://www.lush.co.uk

What does the packaging contain:
50 grams of lovely smelling cuticle cream for €9.50. It has a very light yellow consistency and is fairly thick. You only need a very small amount, so this tub will last you over a year!

Application:
I use this every morning and night. I apply a very small amount to my nails/cuticles and let it sink in. It’s very easy to use! When I have dry hands, I sometimes use it on my hands as a hand cream, before going to sleep.

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Overall thoughts:

This makes your cuticles look and feel nourished! I love the smell (it is a little strong though), and the fact that a tub will last you forever is a plus! Go and try it, you won’t regret it!

Your beauty addict,
Natasja

Review – Rosebud Salve

I’ve tried a lot of lip balms.. I’ve tried a lot of creams for very dry skin.. Most of them work the same, they protect your skin due to the petrolatum ingredient. Well, let me show you my miracle worker!


Smith’s Rosebud Salve original! This is, hands down, the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. This salve is invented in 1892, so it exists for 115 years already! Many celebrities swear by this product, and guess what? It’s one of my absolute favorite beauty products too!

First things first: I bought this on eBay, since it’s €10,- here in Holland. I paid only $6 including shipping, which is approximately €4,50. The tin has a great look: very vintage, I like that! The tin contains 24 grams (0.8 oz.) of product, which is a lot! Believe me, one tin will last you for a long time!

The salve contains the following ingredients: cotton seed oil, aromol and essential oils blended in a special (secret) petrolatum base. The combination of the cotton seed oil, essential oils and petrolatum will take care of dry skin. The smell is great: it smells like roses, but also a little sweet. Nothing too heavy, for my taste. It leaves a subtle shine on your lips, which is very pretty.

You can use this salve for your lips, but it’s also great for your dry hands, elbows, knees, feet and every other part of your body that needs some moisture and softness!

Do you want a secret beauty tip from me? Put this on your cuticles before you go to sleep and wake up with soft and beautiful cuticles!

Smith’s also released some other ‘flavors’: Minted Rose, Mocha Rose, Brambleberry Rose, Strawberry and Menthol & Eucalyptus. You can check these out, but the Original remains my favorite!

You don’t like lip balms in a tin? Don’t worry! I have a scoop for you guys: their wonderful Rosebud Original is now available in a TUBE! 😀

Now tell me what’s your favorite lip balm?

Your beauty addict,
Natasja