Embroidered

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Hello and happy Friday, hope you are all well, I am kind of rushing to go to the gym now so I just wanted to make my last post this month, I do try to post more often, I just have to manage a bit better my time schedule, I have to make time for the gym, for cooking food (because I do cook at home 2-3 times/day) and also to catch my boyfriend to have some spare time to take the photos and there has to be also good weather:D, but it’s all good, I’m still learning:).
I don’t know if there is something in the air or what, but I have such a desire to go to the gym lately and I can’t be more happy because in January and February my gym motivation was a joke, I lost a lot of body muscle and I need to get back in shape.
If you lack gym motivation, I recommend that you start following on Intagram/Youtube people that are fitness oriented and have amazing results. Personally I love Linn Lowes, she posts a lot on Instagram and also on Youtube and lately she has been my fitness motivation, I love all her workouts and she has a very sweet personality. I hope in the future to film all my workouts at the gym for you, I really want to give back what I have learned in all these years.
This whole embroidery trend hasn’t really got to me because I don’t really see it as a long term one and I don’t feel like investing in clothes that I will find hard to mix&match, but when I tried on these jeans for fun, I just couldn’t leave the store without them:). I chose to wear them with all black, but now that I think more about it, I think they would look more cool with a red shirt or even red pumps…ohh well, next time:).
Thank you for being here and I’ll see you on Sunday on my next post. Kisses!
// Zara jeans, top and shoes, Michael Kors Selma Large bag

Salutare si o vineri fericita sa aveti, sper ca sunteti bine, eu ma cam grabesc sa plec la sala, dar am vrut sa mai postez o data pentru luna Martie, chiar ma straduiesc sa postez mai des, trebuie doar sa imi administrez timpul mai bine, sa imi fac timp si pentru a merge la sala, sa si gatesc (pentru ca gatesc acasa de 2-3 ori/zi), totodata sa il prind si pe iubitul meu cu timp sa imi faca poze si sa fie si vreme frumoasa afara:D, dar e totul ok, inca invat:).
Nu stiu daca e ceva in aer, dar in ultimul timp am o mare pofta de sala si ma bucur enorm pentru ca in Ianuarie si Februarie nu am avut deloc motivatie, am pierdut din masa musculata si trebuie sa imi revin in forma.
Daca nu aveti motivatie pentru sala va recomand sa incepeti sa urmariti pe Instagram/Youtube persoane care fac sala si care au rezultate. Personal imi place mult de Linn Lowes, posteaza atat pe Instagram cat si pe Youtube si in ultimul timp ea a fost motivatia mea, imi plac toate exercitiile ei de fitness si e foarte placuta ca persoana. Sper ca pe viitor sa incep sa filmez si eu antrenamentele mele la sala pentru voi, sa ofer inapoi toate informatiile si tot ce am invatat in toti acesti ani de fitness.
Nu m-a prins foarte tare trendul asta cu broderii aplicate pe haine pentru ca nu vad sa fie ceva de durata si nu vreau sa investesc aiurea in haine care se vor asorta greu, dar am probat in joaca blugii astia si nu am putut sa plec fara ei din magazin:). Am optat sa ii port cu negru, cu toate ca acum daca stau sa ma uit mai bine, ar fi aratat mai cool cu o camasa rosie sau chiar pantofi rosii….ehh, next time:D.
Va multumesc ca sunteti aici si ne vedem duminica la urmatoarea mea postare. Pupici!

Yellow

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Hello everyone, today was the most beautiful warm day this year so far and I love it, hope it stays like this   , I can’t believe it’s Easter soon, time sure flies fast when it’s spring/summer :D. This season I’m pretty happy to wear my yellow shoes because it seems to be the IT color and I definitely love it, I also wanted to show you another combination that I seem to wear a lot with these amazing pants from Zara, I never thought that such a print can be so versatile. ❤ 
In about 2 weeks I will take my braces off after 1 year and I can’t wait to see the final result, I will also do some work on 4 of my front teeth with veneers and also whiten them a bit with some whitestrips from Crest, as I am planning on making Youtube makeup tutorials soon, I need some improvement. I always had trust issues about my teeth, I never liked them and I always contained myself from laughing out loud, talking to strangers or speaking with my whole mouth, I even turned down some opportunities because of them, so you can imagine that I am SO happy and excited that I finally have normal teeth. (before the braces they were crooked and I had spaces in between some of them and no one seems to think that they were that bad, but I just knew how to hide them:).
So if you have problems like this, just go and put braces on, don’t even think about it because I am so mad at myself that I didn’t do it sooner, times flies and you must do the best with it.
Thank you for being here and see you on my next post, kisses.
PS: I would like to thank Courtney from UK for her help on my blog, I am deeply grateful and wish you the best in everything, also If you wish to help my blog grow with any kind of sponsorships or collaborations, please just email me at monicapalcau@gmail.com. Thank you.
// Zara top, sunglasses and pants, Mineli Boutique shoes, Michael Kors Selma bag in large

Salutare tuturor, astazi a fost cea mai frumoasa si calda zi de pana acum, sper sa ramana asa de acum inainte ❤ , e greu de crezut ca mai este putin si vine Pastele, timpul cu siguranta zboara mult mai repede cand e cald afara:D. In aceasta perioada sunt foarte incantata ca imi port pantofii galbeni pentru ca aparent e culoarea sezonului, de asemenea am vrut sa va mai arat o combinatie cu acesti pantaloni minunati, combinatie pe care o aleg din ce in ce mai des, nu mi-as fi putut imagina ca un print atat de diferit poate fi atat de versatil.
In aproximativ 2 saptamani am programare sa imi scot aparatul dentar si abia astept sa vad rezultatul final, voi opta si pentru cateva fatete pentru partea superioara a danturii si de asemenea voi utiliza benzi de albire de la Crest in partea de jos, cum imi doresc sa postez tutoriale de makeup pe Youtube, aceste mici imbunatariri chiar sunt necesare. De cand ma stiu am avut complexe referitoare la dantura mea, niciodata nu mi-a placut si intotdeauna m-am abtinut sa rad prea larg sau sa vorbesc cu toata gura cum se zice…ba chiar am si refuzat cateva oferte din cauza dintilor, pentru ca nu ma simteam 100% increzatoare, deci va puteti imagina cat sunt de fericita si incantata acum ca am in sfarsit o dantura normala. (inainte de aparatul dentar am avut 2 dinti strambi si am avut cateva spatii intre ei si nimeni din jurul meu nu considera ca era asa de grav, dar asta e datorita faptului ca am stiut mereu cum sa ii ascund:).
Deci daca aveti cumva probleme de genul asta nu va ganditi de 2 ori, mergeti sa va puneti aparat dentar pentru ca timpul zboara si eu imi reprosez mereu ca nu m-am dus mai devreme.
Va multumesc ca sunteti aici si ne vedem la urmatorul post, pupici.
PS: Vreau sa ii multumesc lui Courtney din UK pentru ajutorul acordat blogului meu, iti sunt foarte recunoscatoare si iti doresc tot binele din lume, de asemenea, daca doriti sa ajutati in cresterea blogului meu prin sponsorizari sau colaborari, va rog sa ma contactati pe monicapalcau@gmail.com. Va multumesc.

High waist

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Hey guys:* here I present to you my new favorite pair of pants, I don’t normally follow all the latest fashion trends and I don’t even want to fall into that, because it’s hard to always keep up with everything and I just can’t be bothered to have that stress on my mind. As you can probably tell already I am pretty minimalist and the most important thing to me is to wear something that makes me feel good and confident. I just love everything high-waist and it’s kind of difficult to find pieces that hug my body, so these pants are a winner for me (and so versatile also).
Lately I’ve noticed a lot of hate online (not towards me), people criticizing a persons haircut or outfit, food or even the way they pose in a picture…I don’t really get it…how can you judge someones choices? So please just do what ever you want, however you want it and never listed to others critics, we all are so different, we are how we are because of what is going on in our day to day situations, because of the different people who are in our lives and inspire and influence us… Therefore I wish you the best weekend ever and be happy how you are because it represents YOU.
Kisses:*
Zara pants (I’m in size xs), Zara croped top  size S , Zara sunglasses and River Island Shoes

Salutare tuturor:* va prezint noua mea pereche preferata de pantaloni, de obicei nu urmaresc sa adopt cele mai recente tendinte in moda si nici macar nu vreau sa am constant stresul asta pe cap pentru ca e greu sa tii pasul mereu. Dupa cum bine poate ca ati observat deja, sunt destul de minimalista si defapt pentru mine conteaza mai mult sa port ceva care ma face sa ma simt bine si increzatoare. Ador tot ce inseamna talie inalta si e destul de dificil sa imi gasesc piese care sa stea bine, asa ca pantalonii astia sunt perfecti pentu mine (si atat de versatili).
In ultimul timp am observat foarte multe comentarii rautacioase online (nu catre mine), oameni care critica alegerile altei persoane, fie tunsoarea, mancarea, hainele sau pozitia intr-o poza…nu prea inteleg…cum poti judeca alegerile cuiva? Asa ca va rog sa faceti intotdeauna ce vreti si sa nu ascultati criticile altora. Cu totii suntem diferiti si suntem asa cum suntem pentru ca nu traim situatii similare, avem in viata noastra persoane diferite care ne inspira si ne influenteaza… Prin urmare va urez un weekend superb si fiti fericiti asa cum sunteti pentru ca asta va reprezinta pe VOI.
Pupici:*

8th of March

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Hello:*, I want to wish to all the women a very sincere “Happy Birthday”, I really hope that this day finds you happy and fulfilled, I hope you forget about all your worries and that you feel strong and confident. I can’t say that today will be a easy one for me because before all, I see this day as Mothers Day and I still feel a great emptiness in my heart, even if my mother passed away more that 4 years ago. But I don’t want to make you sad, I just want to urge you to live every day in full and to forget about all prejudices and barriers and to feel GOOD, stop thinking things to much, stop comparing yourself to other women, all women are beautiful and special, we need to support each other more, life is to short for stupid problems.
If there is something I really hate, is bullying between women, the need to put a woman down because she is different or because she is too shy.
As easy as it is to hate, it’s as well as easy to love, you have to love yourself first, to find your own happiness and under any circumstances do not accept bullying from women or men. You are strong and confident, you need find and exteriorize that feeling.
(In middle school I can say that I was bullied by my classmates, not all the time and not by everyone, but sufficient enough to interiorize myself and loose my confidence, I was “too shy”, I wasn’t at “their level”, I didn’t have as much money or clothes as them and I wasn’t as interested in boys and makeup as them (ohh the joy of being in a high-end school). But I am glad that thing happened like they did because they made me so strong and I was so sick of others opinions, that I entered high school very nonchalant and I did things how I wanted them to be. I participated at a beauty pageant at school even though I didn’t saw myself as beautiful, but in some weird way I knew I was going to win….and I won. That moment changed my entire life. There is nothing that you can’t do, you just have to focus on YOU.)
So today, from all my heart, I wish you peace, to love yourself and I want you to know that nothing can stand in your way, nobody deserves to take the smile off your face:*.
Here you have some photos of me and Roxana from her wedding last year, it was a wonderful experience, she has such a beautiful soul, I am very grateful that she and her husband are in my life and that they gave me the honor of being their godmother. As she once said to me: “The godparents are the family that you choose to have”, she melted my heart.
Happy Birthday to Roxana and to all you beautiful women out there:) 
I love you!

Hello:*, vreau sa urez tuturor femeilor un sincer “La multi ani”, sper din suflet ca ziua asta sa va gaseasca fericite si implinite, sa uitati de griji si sa va simtiti puternice si in increzatoare. Ziua de azi nu pot sa zic ca va fi una usoara pentru mine pentru ca inainte de toate vad ziua de 8 Martie ca fiind a mamelor si eu inca simt un gol imens, chiar daca au trecut 4 ani de cand mama mea nu mai este printre noi. Dar nu vreau sa va intristez, vreau defapt sa va indemn sa traiti fiecare zi din plin, sa uitati de prejudecati si de bariere si sa va simtiti BINE, nu va mai ganditi prea mult la ce si cum faceti ca sa fie dupa “standarde”, nu va comparati niciodata cu alte femei, toate sunt frumoase si speciale, trebuie sa ne sustinem una pe alta mai mult, viata e prea scurta pentru probleme stupide.
Daca e sa urasc ceva foarte tare, este hartuirea intre femei, nevoia de a pune o femeie la pamant pentru ca e diferita sau pentru ca e timida.
Pe cat de usor este sa urasti pe cineva, este la tot la fel de usor sa iubesti, este necesar sa te iubesti pe tine in primul rand, sa iti gasesti fericirea, sa nu cumva sa accepti rautati nici din partea femeilor si nici din partea barbatilor. Esti puternica si increzatoare si trebuie sa gasesti in tine sentimentul si sa il exteriorizezi.
(In scoala, in clasele 5-8, pot sa spun ca am fost hartuita verbal/psihic de colegi, nu de toti si nu mereu, dar suficient cat sa ma interiorizez si sa imi pierd increderea in mine, eram “prea” timida, nu eram la “acelasi nivel”, nu aveam “tot atatia bani” ca ei sau nu eram atat de interesata de baieti si machiaj in clasa a 6-a ca restul fetelor (placerea de a fi intr-o scoala de fitze). Dar sincer ma bucur ca s-a intamplat asa pentru ca experientele alea m-au facut atat de puternica, eram atat de satula de criticile tuturor incat am intrat in liceu foarte nonsalanta, nu mi-a mai pasat de nimeni si nimic si am facut lucrurile asa cum am vrut eu sa le fac. Am participat la Miss Boboc in clasa a 9-a chiar daca nici pe departe nu ma vedeam frumoasa, dar intr-un fel am stiut ca voi castiga… si am castigat (si au urmat multe titluri si realizari dupa asta). Acel moment mi-a schimbat toata viata. Nu e nimic ce nu poti realiza daca te concentrezi doar la tine.)
Asa ca astazi va doresc din suflet sa aveti pace in suflet, sa va iubiti si sa stiti ca nimic nu va sta in cale, nimeni nu merita sa va fure zambetul de pe fata:*
Am pus niste poze de la nunta Roxanei de anul trecut, a fost o experienta superba, este un suflet minunat si sunt extrem de fericita ca ea si sotul ei sunt in viata mea si ca mi-au acordat onoarea de a le fi nasa. Dupa cum mi-a spus odata, “Nasii sunt familia pe care ti-o alegi”, foarte adevarat.
La multi ani Roxanei si tuturor femeilor frumoase de peste tot:)
Va iubesc!
 

My Skincare routine

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Din punctul meu de vedere un ten cat mai luminos si cat mai neted este determinat de 3 factori importanti. (Desigur as putea sa spun ca sunt vreo 10 factori….printre care si sportul si controlarea nivelului de stres, dar ma rezum la lucruri pe care fiecare dintre noi le putem face fara un efort  foarte mare care sa perturbe viata noatra de zi cu zi si asa agitata si ocupata).
  • Igiena;
  • Alimentatia;
  • Produse potrivite nevoilor tale.

Igiena

Nici nu stiu cum sa incep sa spun cat este de importanta curatarea tenului seara si dimineata (asta chiar daca nu te machiezi). Poluarea in orase a ajuns din punctul meu de vedere la un nivel alarmant si ne afecteaza din mai multe puncte de vedere, dar acum ma refer strict la ten. Pielea este bariera organismului nostru, ne protejeaza de tot felul de factori poluanti, fie ca vorbim de praf, solventii din produsele de curatenie sau de reziduurile de ardere de la masini, toate in timp isi pun amprenta pe aspectul pielii de aceea este extrem de important sa ne curatam tenul in profunzime si nu doar la suprafata. Tot praful/machiajul cu care avem de a face de-a lungul zilei nu numai ca sta la suprafata tenului, dar intra si in pori.
Acum sa va spun cum imi curat eu tenul in profunzime. Chiar daca folosesc destul de mult machiaj pe timpul zilei (din pura placere si pasiune), nu am probleme cu pori incarcati, cu cosuri sau cu un aspect imbatranit al pielii. Toata viata simt ca am cautat creme minune, dar am ajuns la concluzia ca mai mult sau mai putin, toate fac acelasi lucru, diferenta consta in nume. (exceptie fac produsele naturale care au un avantaj al ingredientelor).
In fiecare dimineata si seara, fara absolut nici o exceptie, imi curat tenul in profunzime cu Foreo si Bioderma Gel. Mi-am cumparat aparatul intr-o perioada in care aveam multe de eruptii pe ten, niciodata nu am avut tenul atat de denivelat si plin de cosuri, am incercat constant sa gasesc motive pentru care era asa, dadeam vina fie pe vreun produs cosmetic, fie pe stres, fie pe hormoni, dar adevarul este ca nu imi curatam tenul corect si porii mei plini de prea multe au inceput sa explodeze.
M-am informat mult pana sa ma conving sa cumpar un aparat de peste 100 euro, oscilam intre Foreo si Clarisonic, dar ce m-a convins ca Foreo este mai potrivit pentru mine este ca il pot folosi zilnic, spre deosebire de Clarisonic care poate fi utilizat 1-2 pe saptamana, dar si faptul ca nu necesita investitii ulterioare, capul Clarisonic trebuie schimbat o data la 3 luni pentru ca aduna bacterii. Foreo este facut dintr-un material antibacterian care este de 35 de ori mai igienic. Datorita pulsatiilor sonice, aparatul elimina 99,5% din impuritatile de pe fata ca praful, uleiul in exces, machiaj sau celule moarte si nu irita absolut deloc tenul, este extrem de gentil.
Cum fac: mai intai imi demachiez tenul cu Bioderma Sensibio H2O si dischete demachiante (aveti grija ca dischetele sa fie din 100% bumbac, sa nu contina microfibre din poliester) apoi imi umezesc tenul, pun aparatul sub un jet de apa dupa care ii pun o pompita de Bioderma pe el si incep sa masez fata. Aparatul are un program de cateva minute si se opreste singur, dupa asta imi aplic crema, masca sau serumul.
Vreau sa spun ca acum la 30 de ani am tenul cu un aspect mult mai tanar si curat decat la 20 de ani si asta in mare parte se datoreaza igienei corespunzatoare, dar si alimentatiei. Daca va vine sa credeti sau nu, aveam 2-3 riduri de expresie pe frunte si in jurul gurii, care acum nu mai exista datorita lui Foreo pentru ca are si efect antiage, elimina celulele moarte si activeaza productia de colagen natural al pielii. Nici nu stiu cum sa il recomand mai mult, mi-a schimbat nu numai tenul dar si increderea in mine, un ten curat te face cu siguranta sa fi mai sigura pe tine.
Mentionez ca este la fel de importanta si curatarea pensulelor de machiaj pentru ca se aduna foarte multe bacterii in ele. Eu le spal cu un sapun solid antibacterian, pensula de fond de ten si pudra cel putin o data la 2 zile, iar restul pensulelor de ochi o data pe saptamana. Beauty Blenderul il spal in fiecare dimineata ca sa il pot folosi umed cand ma machiez.

From my point of view, for a luminous, young and smooth skin, there are 3 main factors that I want to talk about, all equally as important. (I could mention more that 10 factors…among which is sport and controlling the stress level in your life, but I will resume to things that all of us can do without any extra effort in our already hectic and busy lives).
  • Hygiene;
  • Food habits;
  • Products that suit your skin.

Hygiene

I can’t even start to begin to say how important cleaning your skin is every morning and every evening (even if you don’t wear makeup). The pollution in the cities has reached a alarming level and it affects us in many ways, but now I am talking strictly about skin. Our skin is our body’s barrier against all kinds of pollution factors, either it’s dust, cleaning products or fuel gas, in time they all affect our skin’s appearance and that’s why we have to deep clean it and not just on the surface. All the dust/makeup that we have to deal with during the day not only stays on our skin, but also under it in our pores.
Now let me tell you how I deep clean my skin. Even if I use a lot of makeup during the day (just out of pure pleasure and passion), I don’t really have any issues with clogged pores, breakouts or a dull looking skin. I feel like all my life I have been searching for miracle face creams, but I have reached the conclusion that all of them are pretty much the same, the single difference being in the name. (except the natural ones that have the advantage of ingredients).
Every morning and every evening, without any kind of exception, I deep clean my skin with Foreo and the Bioderma gel. I bought this device in a period in which is was desperate, I had a lot of small and large breakouts, I never had such bumpy and uneven skin and I constantly tried to find out why, blaming either a cosmetic product, stress or hormones, but the truth is that I didn’t clean my face properly and my clogged pores just exploded.
I did a lot of research before I convinced myself to buy a over 100 euros device, I was torn between Foreo and Clarisonic, but what convinced me that Foreo is more suited for me is that I can use it daily, unlike the Clarisonic that you can use 1-2 times/week, but also because it doesn’t require future expense like the Clarisonic, where you have to buy a new head brush every 3 months because it builds up bacteria. Foreo is made out of a ultra-hygienic silicone material that resists bacteria buildup and it’s 35 more hygienic. Because of the sonic pulsations, the device removes 99.5% of dirt and oil, as well as makeup residue and dead skin cells, and exfoliats without irritating the skin.
How I do it: Firstly I remove all my makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H2O and cotton pads (make sure that you cotton pads are 100% made out of cotton and not polyester microfibers), then I wet my skin and the Foreo, I put a pump of Bioderma Gel on it and I start to massage my face. The device has a program of a few minutes, then it stops automatically, after that I apply my moisturizer, mask or serum.
I want to mention that now in my 30s my skin looks more healthy and clean than in my 20s and this is mostly because of the proper care, but also because of my eating habits. Believe it or not, I use to have 2-3 expression wrinkles on my forehead and smile area, but they are gone now and it’s all because of the Fore’s anti-age properties, it eliminates the dead skin and it activates the skin’s natural production of collagen. I don’t even know how to recommend it more, because it has not only changed my skin, but also my self confidence and that’s a big deal for me.
I do want to point out that cleaning your makeup brushes/tools is also very important because they build a lot of bacteria. I clean them with a antibacterial bar of soap, my foundation and powder brush at least once every 2 uses, and the rest of my shadow brushes once a week. I clean my Beauty Blender every single morning so that I can also use it damp.

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Alimentatia

Un alt factor la fel de important este stilul de viata si aici ma refer la obiceiurile noastre de zi cu zi. Daca e sa ma gandesc la o alta schimbare majora a tenului meu, este atunci cand m-am lasat de fumat si de mancat des la fast food. Am inceput sa fumez cu anturajul destul de putin prin liceu, dar o data ce am plecat la facultate fumam chiar mult si asta datorita faptului ca nu mai aveam parintii prin preajma (ei fiind nefumatori convinsi ma certau grav daca ma simteau ca miros a fum de tigara). Sincer nici nu stiu ce imi afecta tenul mai mult, faptul ca fumam mult sau faptul ca mancam extraordinar de prost, numai junk food, cola, KFC, de toate, nu ma abtineam de la nimic (au urmat vreo 10 kg in plus desigur) si bineinteles ca se vede pe ten pentru ca corpul incearca in mod disperat sa ne detoxifice. (v-am pus cu greu si o poza cu mine la 21 de ani, se vede clar ca aveam un stil de viata dezordonat, de la burtica pana la ochi, o imagine care defapt nu ma reprezinta deloc si dupa parerea mea arat mult mai in varsta).
In perioada in care mama s-a imbolnavit si m-am intors in Bacau, am inceput sa ma documentez despre alimentatie, am invatat sa gatesc, am citit cateva carti foarte bune printre care si Studiu China si usor usor mi-am schimbat stilul de viata. Tot cand m-am intors acasa am realizat ca aveam cu mult peste greutatea mea ideala, era un cosmar pentru mine sa port vara blugi scurti sau tocuri…si asa am inceput sa merg la sala si sa renunt la obiceiurile proaste ca fumatul si fast food-ul. Intr-o vara am slabit aproximativ 10 kg. (voi aborda subiectul asta in alt post pentru ca este destul de lung:). Acum nu va imaginati ca nu mai mananc deloc cate un burger sau o pizza, mai ales daca plec intr-o vacanta sau o excursie scurta, dar o fac foarte rar si nu beau decat apa chiar daca mananc la fast food sau la restaurant, nu imi comand niciodata suc. (un pahar cu suc are 10 lingurite de zahar!)
Consider ca zaharul este inamicul nr.1 al tenului si al sanatatii.
“In ziua de azi un occidental (in special cei care au o dieta tipic occidentala) consuma in medie 22 de lingurite de zahar pe zi – echivalentul a doua bauturi racoritoare, insumand pana la aprox 39 kg de zahar pe an. Este cu siguranta ingrijorator, avand in vedere ca in anii 1700 media de zahar consumata era de doar 2 kg de zahar pe an si acestea mai mult din surse naturale si sanatoase, cum sunt fructele, nu din alimentele procesate pe care le gasim azi in magazine.” Este un fragment dintr-un articol foarte interesant aici.
Zaharul in exces nu numai ca ne imbolnaveste, dar ne si imbatraneste mai rapid. Eu spre exemplu consum deja limita normala de zahar/zi numai in cafeaua de dimineata, dar pe parcursul zilei optez pentru fructe care ma si ajuta precum kiwi pentru vitamina C, afine si rodie pentru antioxidanti, goji si chia pentru nenumaratele proprietati antiage.
Atrag atentia ca si consumul de apa este foarte important, eu beau cam 4-5 litri de apa pe zi si chiar simt ca ajuta si metabolismul sa functioneze mai bine si imi mentine si pielea luminoasa.
Concluzia este ca daca esti sanatos si curat in interior, asta se vede si la exterior. Sunt foarte multe articole pe internet pe tema asta, important este sa le cauti si sa le aplici.
De exemplu zilele trecute am avut musafiri si am vrut sa ii rasfat cu tot felul de dulciuri de casa, am mancat panna cotta, briose, cornuri cu vanilie, lava cake…si s-a vazut asta imediat pe fata mea.

Food habbits

Another very important factor in our skins appearance is our day to day habits and lifestyle. Thinking about another great improvement that my skin experienced is when I stopped smoking and eating frequently at fast foods. I started smoking now and then with my entourage when I was in high school, but once I left for college I started smoking a lot, mainly because my parents were not around anymore (they were non smokers and would punish me if they had the slightest idea that I has smoking). To be honest I don’t even know what affected my skin more, the fact that I was smoking or the fact that I ate so bad, only junk food, coke, KFC, you name it, I didn’t abstain from nothing (about 10kg came after) and of course you could see the lifestyle on your skin because your body tries to detoxify. (I inserted a photo of me then I was 21, it’s obvious that I had a messy lifestyle, from my eyes to my belly, a image of me that does not represent who I am and in my opinion I look much older than today).
In the period in which my mother got sick and I returned in my hometown, I started to learn about food and how it affects our body’s, I learned how to cook, I read a few good books like The China Study and slowly I changed my lifestyle. Also when I returned home I noticed that my weight was way over my ideal one, it was a nightmare for me to wear shorts in the summer or heels…so I began to go to the gym and to let go of my bad habits like smoking and fast food. In one summer I lost about 10 kg. (I will talk more in another post about food and fitness, because it’s a getting pretty long:). Don’t think that now I’m like a monk and don’t eat anything tasty, I eat burgers and pizza and KFC, more so if I go on a holiday or a short trip, but I do it very rarely and I only drink water even if I eat at a fast food or restaurant, I never order a soda. (a glass of soda has about 10 tbs of sugar!)
I do think that sugar is our healths and skins greatest enemy. Today a average person consumes about 22 tbs of sugar/day, in just 2 soda drinks, the equivalent of 39 kg of sugar/year. It’s really concerning, taking in consideration that in the past the average sugar consumption was of 2 kg/year and this was mainly from natural and healthy sources, not from processed foods that we find in stores today.
The consumption of sugar in excess not only does make us more sick faster, but it also makes us age faster. I consume the limit of 2 tbs of sugar per day just in my coffee, but during the day I opt for sugars from fruits that also help my body like kiwi for vitamin C, blueberries and pomegranate for antioxidants, goji berries and chia seeds for the numerous anti-age properties.
I also want to mention the great importance of water consumption, I drink almost 4-5 liters of water/ day and I do feel like it helps me with my metabolism, keeps my skin luminous and overall keeps me healthy.
What I want to say is that if you are healthy and clean on the inside, it shows on the outside. There are many useful articles on this topic on the internet, you just have to gain interest and search for them and also apply them.
For instance, the last couple of days I had some guests and I wanted to spoil them with all kind of home sweets like panna cotta, muffins, lava cake….and it immediately showed on my face.

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I know haha…

Produsele mele

(mentionez ca am un ten normal spre mixt, cu zona T foarte uleioasa, dar obrajii si ochii uscati, cate putin din toate:)
Crema de zi: Folosesc crema de la DermOrganic, sunt deja la al 3-lea tub si nu simt nevoia sa o schimb cu altceva. Are ingrediente bune, e antiage si sta foarte bine sub machiaj. Am folosit foarte multe creme de-a lungul timpului, unele chiar foarte scumpe, dar niciodata nu am simtit ca “fac ceva” special, dupa cum am spus, de cand folosesc Foreo tenul meu se comporta impecabil si nu mai simt nevoia sa gasesc creme minune, tot ce conteaza pentru mine este sa aiba ingrediente naturale si sa fie si antiage. Este la fel de important ca cel putin un produs de fata sa aiba factor de protectie solara, la mine fondul de ten Estee Lauder are, dar vara cand stiu ca stau in soare, imi aplic o crema cu cu cel putin factor de protectie 30 pe fata si gat.

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Crema de noapte: Folosesc crema de noapte Caudalie Resveratrol Lift, are acid hialuronic, peptide si resveratrol. Imi place extrem de mult crema asta, este foarte hranitoare si imi simt tenul foarte ferm dimineata. Nu cred ca este vreun produs Caudalie care sa nu imi placa, le-am folosit aproape toate produsele, sunt foarte bune si nu mi-au iritat pielea. De asemenea folosesc noaptea din cand in cand si un spray de fata de la Mario Badescu, contine apa de trandafir, aloe si ierburi, miroase divin si il folosesc ziua si ca spray de fixare peste machiaj pentru ca ii ofera un aspect mai hidratat si mai natural.

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Crema de ochi: Aici cred ca am cea mai lunga lista cu produse pe care le-am folosit, de la Clinique la Ole Henriksen, Rexaline, Caudalie, Estee Lauder, Weleda, Kiehl’s…etc. Eu am ochii destul de uscati cu linii fine de expresie, inevitabil cu trecerea timpului, si am nevoie de o crema hranitoare care sa imi mentina zona ochilor hidratata toata ziua/noaptea. Din toate cate am incercat, cea mai hranitoare este crema universala din ierburi de la Weleda, culmea ca e si cea mai ieftina. Are o consistenta destul de groasa si lipicioasa, dar este exact de ce am nevoie si se comporta foarte bine sub machiaj.

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Masca: Imi aplic o masca de cel putin 2 ori pe saptamana, fie ca e una detoxifianta din argila, fie ca e una hidratanta. Am 2 masti pe care le folosesc des, una de la Caudalie si una de la Apivita, dar masti se pot face si acasa, sunt multe retete pe internet.

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Toate produsele pe care le-am mentionat sunt potrivite pentru mine, poate ca pe viitor voi mai gasi produse pe placul meu, dar va tin la curent. Eu nu am fost niciodata la salon pentru tratamente sau alte proceduri, sincer nu imi place asa mult sa merg la salon, nu consider ca e necesar si cred ca ce fac acasa e mai mult decat suficient (cel putin pentru moment). Stiu ca fiecare dintre noi e diferit si unele lucruri nu functioneaza la fel pentru toti, asa ca sfaturile mele in mod general pentru un ten cat mai frumos si un corp curat sunt:
  • fa tot posibilul sa ai un stil de viata cat mai sanatos, cu un consum de cat mai putin zahar si cat mai putine tigari (sau deloc);
  • ai grija sa dormi suficient de mult (cel putin 9 ore) si nu uita ca cel mai odihnitor somn este acela intre orele 22:00 pm si 1:00 am;
  • consuma cel putin 4 litrii de apa pe zi (adica apa nu tot felul de lichide:P:);
  • obisnuieste-te sa folosesti produse de ingrijire a tenului mai naturale care chiar sa fie benefice;
  • ai grija ca zi de zi sa consumi cat mai multi antioxidanti, din afine, goji, chia, etc;
  • curata tenul in profunzime si mentine ustensilele de makeup curate.
Stiu ca poate v-ati asteptat la un altfel de skincare post si eu am dat-o pe stil de viata, dar nu vad rostul sa va arunc in fata tot felul de produse pentru ca din experienta mea nu are nici un sens sa folosesti fie o crema de 5$ de la Weleda sau o crema LaMer de 200$ daca se bat cap in cap cu obiceiuri proaste. Dar la sfarsitul zilei, viata ta iti apartine si nimeni nu poate sa iti zica ce sa faci sau cum sa o faci, asta vei descoperi singur, tot ce conteaza este sa fi fericit.
Kisses!

Products I use

(I’m mentioning that I have a normal to mixed complexion, with a very oily T zone, but my cheeks and eyes are very dry)
My daily moisturizer. I use the moisturizer from DermOrganic, I’m already on the 3rd tube and I don’t feel the need to change it with anything else. It has good and natural ingredients, it has anti-age properties and it sits very well under makeup. Over time I used many creams, some very expensive, but I never felt like they did something special for my skin, like I said, ever since I use Foreo, my skin behaves to good and I don’t feel the need for “miracle creams”, all that matters to me is that it’s natural and anti-age. It’s also very important that at least one face product  has sun protection, for me my Estee Lauder foundation has sun protection, but in the summer when I know I’m going to stay in the sun, I apply at least a SPF 30 cream on my face and neck.
My over night cream: I use the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift, it has hyaluronic acid, peptides  and resveratrol. I like it very much, it’s very nourishing and I feel my skin very good and firm in the morning. I don’t think there is a Caudalie product that I didn’t like, I used most of them and they are very good, non of them irritated my skin. I also use from time to time at night a face spray from Mario Badescu, it contains rosewater, aloe and herbs, it smells divine and I use it also as a makeup setting spray, it leaves my makeup more natural looking.
My eye cream: The list of eye products and treatments that I used is very long, from Clinique to Ole Henriksen, Rexaline, Caudalie, Estee Lauder, Weleda, Kiehl’s…..and so on. My eyes are pretty dry with some fine lines, inevitable with time, and I need a very nourishing eye cream that can maintain my eye area hydrated all day and all night long. Of all off them that I used, the most nourishing is the Weleda Skin food, it has a pretty thick consistency and it’s kind of sticky, but it’s just what I need and it behaves so good under makeup also.
My Masks: I apply a mask twice a week, usually a nourishing one and a clay one. At the moment I have 2 brands from which I buy my masks, Caudalie and Apivita, but I’m sure most of the natural ingredients masks are good.
All the products that I mentioned work for me, I may find in the future more products that I love, but I will keep you updated. I have never been to a salon to do facials or other treatments, to be honest I don’t enjoy going to a salon and I consider that what I do at home is more than enough (for now at least). I know that all of us are very different and not all products work the same for us, so my general advices for a great skin are:
  • do the best that you can do to have a healthy lifestyle, with a very low consumption of sugar and the less you smoke the better;
  • make sure to sleep for at least 9 hours and don’t forget that the best rest that your body has is between 22:00 pm and 1:00 am;
  • drink at least 4 liters of water/ day (and I mean just water, not liquids:P);
  • get used to use more natural skincare products that actually help your skin;
  • make sure that you consume antioxidants, from blueberries, goji, chia…;
  • deep clean your skin and keep your makeup brushes clean.
I know you maybe expected a different kind of skincare post and I started rambling about lifestyle, but I don’t see the point of throwing in your face all kind of products, because in my experience it has no sense if you use a 5$ natural cream or a 200$ LaMer cream if they fight head to head with bad habits. But at the end of the day, your life is your own and no one can tell you what to do, all that matters is that you are happy!
Kisses

Denim dress/jacket

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Hello everyone, these days were so beautiful, so sunny and warm, just in time to wear this super cool jacket from Missguided that I ordered from Asos.com, I wish I had a thin denim belt instead of the corset, ehh..next time:). Many of you ask me if it’s safe to order from Asos and with great confidence I say that it is. I made my first order on their website in 2012 and I have been shopping there ever since. I find cool stuff there like Missguided, Boohoo, River Island, Nyx beauty products and also Nike, Adidas, a lot of brands that I don’t have in my town/country. What I love about them is that they have free shipping worldwide, the package arrives with a fast courier and if you don’t like what you bought you can always return it for free, you just have to download a paper with the free return from their website and stick it on the package, then you just take it to the nearest post office:). After 1 week, your money is returned to your bank account. A very simple way to shop in my opinion, I rarely have the mood to go at the mall to shop for clothes and when I go, I already know what I want from the online pictures. If you have any more questions about online shopping, you can always ask me and I will be more that happy to answer.
Today I will go on a walk, it’s so beautiful outside and don’t think I forgot about the skincare post, I have to work a little bit more on it and I also have to receive a package with my eye cream, because the one that I have now is almost finished and the tube doesn’t look pretty:P
Have a very lovely Sunday and see you very soon on my next post, hugs & kisses.
// Missguided denim jacket/dress, Nike Thea trainers, Michael Kors Large Sloan Bag, H&M tights, Zara corset

Salutare tuturor, zilele astea au fost superbe, atat de senin si cald afara, chiar la timp ca sa pot purta jacketa asta cool de la Missguided pe care am comandat-o de pe Asos.com, era bine daca o purtam cu o curea mai subtire din denim in loc de corset, dar eh…data viitoare:). Multe dintre voi m-ati intrebat daca comenzile pe Asos sunt sigure si va pot spune cu toata increderea ca da. Cred ca am facut prima mea comanda la ei in 2012 si de atunci fac comenzi destul de des. Gasesc la ei foarte multe lucruri faine pe care nu le gasesc in orasul meu sau chiar in Romania, precum Missguided, Boohoo, River Island, produse Nyx, Nike si Adidas…etc. Ce imi place mult la sistemul lor este ca au shipping gratuit in toata lumea, coletul ajunge cu un curier rapid (Urgent Cargus) si daca nu iti place sau nu iti vine produsul poti sa il returnezi tot gratuit, tot ce trebuie sa faci este sa descarci un document de la ei de pe site, sa il lipesti pe pachetul pe care urmeaza sa il returnezi si sa il lasi la oficiul postal de care apartii. Dupa aproximativ 1 saptamana, banii pe produs iti sunt returnati pe cardul cu care ai facut plata. Dupa parerea mea e o metoda foarte simpla de cumpara ceva pentru ca foarte rar am chef si dispozitie sa merg in mall din magazin in magazin sa caut si sa probez lucruri si de obicei cand merg stiu deja ce caut de pe paginile online. Daca aveti orice fel de intrebari referitoare la cumparaturile online puteti sa ma intrebati fara retineri si va raspund cu drag.
Astazi ies la o plimbare, e atat de frumos afara…si sa nu credeti ca am uitat de postul de skincare, doar ca trebuie sa mai lucrez la el si trebuie sa primesc si o comanda cu crema mea de ochi pentru ca asta pe care o am acum e aproape terminata si nu arata asa bine tubul:P
Va doresc o duminica placuta si ne vedem la urmatorul post, va pup si va imbratisez cu drag.