Living Green, YOU 2.0

SAVE THE PLANET: RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES!

PLASTIC BOTTLES

It is preferable not to use them at all, but if you really don’t have a choice, you can at least make sure that you recycle plastic bottles after use.

Why? Because if you don’t, one of two things will happen:

  1. That piece of plastic that you just threw away may get into the ocean and be swallowed by a poor marine animal, who thus will suffer a painful and unnecessary death.
  2. You may unwillingly swallow pieces of it, possibly coming from the same source mentioned above.

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Beauty

LASH BOTOX AT MARY’S TRICKS

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Lash Botox

Din întâmplare am auzit despre Lash Botox. Nu am fost niciodată o împătimită a procedurilor de beauty. Manichiura cu gel, extensiile de gene, părul vopsit – toate acestea nu m-au atras niciodată, în ciuda numeroaselor rezultate frumoase pe care le-am observat la alte fete de-a lungul timpului.

I have never been a huge fan of beauty procedures. Lash extensions, hair coloring, gel nails – all of these never sparked my interest, regardless of how many beautiful results I have seen at other girls throughout the years.

Cu toate acestea, am fost destul de entuziasmată în momentul în care Mariana, a.k.a Mary, m-a contactat. Ea m-a invitat la salonul ei, Mary’s Tricks, pentru procedurile de Henna Brows și Lash Botox. Am spus, de ce nu? Este oportunitatea perfectă pentru a vedea despre ce este vorba! Voi putea descoperi dacă mi-ar plăcea cu adevărat sau nu.

But I have to admit that I was really excited when Mariana, a.k.a Mary from Mary’s Tricks contacted me. She invited me to her beauty salon for the Lash Botox and Henna Brows procedures. I said, why not? It is the perfect oportunity to see what it is all about! I would find out if I really like it or not.

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Motivation, Tips & Tricks

GAIN MORE FOLLOWERS?

Who do you want to be

Lately I have been thinking about my journey and where I am headed in life. Unsurprisingly, I was not able to find a clear answer to this question. But that is not what this post is about. To continue, I have been thinking about this field that I have adventured into, this whole social media / influencer marketing domain. I have tried to put myself into the shoes of the regular 100K+ followers influencer. Because that is the goal of this job, right? Gain as many followers as possible. Make money out of collaborations and become more and more famous. This is where it gets you.

Who are they?

I do – or at least I did – follow a lot of such girls. We all know the story: perfect selfies, expensive clothes, exotic vacations, and so on. These are the people who have the perfect lives, everybody wants to be like them. I also once wanted to be like them. Continue reading

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Fashion

ROYAL BLUE FALL FASHION MOOD BOARD

Hey guys! First of all, I would like to thank you for all the love that you showed towards my latest fashion article! I am extremely grateful for all your comments and messages!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I mostly wear black or neutral tones ( white, nude, denim ) sometimes paired with one element which brings a pop of color to the outfit. Your comments made me think about the fact that I really do not own so many colorful clothes, which is why I have challenged myself to bring more color to my wardrobe.

Since so many of you guys have complimented the dress that I was wearing in last week’s Fashion post, I have decided to make an inspirational board in case you also want to integrate brighter colors in your outfits. We shall begin, of course, with royal blue, because I personally find it pretty difficult to create an outfit around this color. Below you can find the mood board that I have created for you, I hope it will inspire you to wear more colorful clothes, at least from time to time. 😛 Continue reading

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Tech

APP OF THE MONTH: DUOLINGO

Hey there, guys! How are you doing? I hope you are having an amazing Sunday wherever you are. No holiday for me today, cuz’ I have decided to start a new series called “App of the month”. I will review and share with you the app that I have used and loved the most in the past few weeks.

As I have mentioned in my first ever motivational post, people usually waste a lot of time on their phones. Which kind of makes sense from a certain point of view. There are many moments of inactivity during a person’s day. Whether you are waiting on a line, or you are on your commute, or you just want to take a break from work. Your phone is always on hand, ready to keep you busy.

It hurts me so much to think about how many people play Candy Crush or other pointless & time wasting games in their free time. Because they do not realize that they are just giving away their time, for nothing.

After I have posted the previously mentioned article on the blog, one of my readers asked me what language learning app I would recommend to her. The app that I have been using in the past two years is, as you might have guessed, Duolingo. Continue reading

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Beauty, Tips & Tricks, Travel

TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG MUST HAVES

As promised in last week’s Surprise Article, I have prepared a TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG LIST for all my ladies who are packing for the 1st of May holidays. <3

Before jumping straight into the makeup essentials, I would like to ask you what do you think about the first part of this series ( HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS )? Did you find it useful? Was it a bit too much? Do you also pack the whole house like I do? Leave your answers in the comments section below, or let me know on Instagram or Facebook, I would love to read your feedback!

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Fashion

ROYAL BLUE – CIVION THE NAIL

I am super excited to finally share with you this post about my collaboration with Civion!

Civion is a jewelry online store based in New York. They have a looot of beautiful jewelry pieces on their website, so I was really happy when they reached out to me and asked me to promote some of their products.

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Tips & Tricks, Travel

1st OF MAY HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS LIST

For my Romanian readers: If possible, please read the English version of this holiday essentials article, it is more detailed.

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Since so many of you guys are traveling somewhere for the 1st of May, I have decided to share with you my HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS LIST. ♥

All of the items in this list are absolute must-haves that I always take with me no matter where I go for the holidays. If you already have a very detailed travel essentials list, make sure to compare it with this one. Who knows what you might discover? Also, if you have noticed some really important thing that is on your list and not on mine, please let me know in the comments section below! I am really curious to find out if I have missed anything.

LATER EDIT: Ok… I know I said that I would stick to the essentials, but I just couldn’t. Therefore, you will find below all the possible and impossible things that you could take with you on a one week holiday. I hope they will inspire you and help you with the packing process. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s move on to the actual list:

HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

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Beauty

GLITTER MAKEUP AT BEAUTY DISTRICT VICTORIA

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I have always wanted to write about a makeup look in my Beauty section. And I am extremely excited to finally be able to do it! Even though I promote and support natural beauty, makeup is a beautiful form of art. And it is also a lot of fun! Moreover, makeup should be used in order to enhance the natural beauty of a person, not hide it.

De mult timp îmi doream să scriu despre un look de makeup în secțiunea de Beauty. Și sunt foarte fericită pentru că în sfârșit am această oportunitate! Deși susțin frumusețea naturală, sunt de părere că machiajul este o formă frumoasă de artă. Acesta trebuie folosit din pasiune, și nu pentru a ascunde chipul unei persoane.

Cristina Toma, makeup artist

I have met Cristina Toma at GLAMOUR Street Fashion Show 2017. She is the makeup artist who did my makeup for the event. Last week, she has invited me to be her model, which was an offer I could not refuse.

Am cunoscut-o pe Cristina Toma, makeup artist, la GLAMOUR Street Fashion Show 2017. De atunci am ținut legătura pe Instagram. Săptămâna trecută m-a invitat să îi fiu model la machiaj, și desigur că nu am putut să o refuz. Continue reading

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Fashion

WELCOME SPRING! OUTFIT FOR COLD WEATHER

Back from the holidays

Hey there, so good to be back! How are you guys doing? How did you spend your Easter holidays? I hope you are all well and ready to get back in business. 🙂

Today I want to share with you the last outfit for cold weather, since the weather is so gloomy here in Bucharest. Who knows when cloudy days may return? This is why I have prepared this “cold-spring” outfit for you.

I must say that in this #outfit post I am wearing two of my favorite clothing items in my wardrobe: my burgundy faux-fur jacket and my most beloved ZARA jeans.

An outfit for cold weather

I only buy my jeans from Zara, because it is the brand that I trust the most in terms of high quality denim. I have been looking for a good pair of ripped jeans for months, until I have found the ones that I am styling in this Fashion post. They are one of my most beloved pieces. They are super versatile and comfy and you can wear them with almost anything, from an elegant blouse and high heels, to a casual T-shirt and sneakers. A perfect outfit for cold weather! Continue reading

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Events, Motivation

HAPPY EASTER! WISHING YOU THE BEST!

HAPPY EASTER!

Happy Easter, everybody!

May this holy day find you in good health, happy and surrounded by friends and family.

Easter is all about being kind, forgiving others and helping those in need. Of course, being kind only on the Easter day is meaningless. But we may take this opportunity to start focusing on the good in us and the good in the world around us, so let’s begin right now!

Today I choose to forgive, today I choose to become less judgemental and more kind, and I invite all of you to join, and fill your life and the lives of those around you with smiles, warmth and joy. Let go of the past, stop worrying about the future and fully enjoy the present moment. Be happy for who you are, how far you have gotten, and how many opportunities are out there waiting for you. Stop craving for what other people have and be grateful for everything that you have, because there are too many people who unfortunately can only dream about what you have right now.

So take advantage of this happy day and stop worrying, start living! Stop seeing only the bad, start focusing on the good! Because there is plenty of good out there, you just have to be willing to see it and receive it!

I wish all of you guys Happy Holidays and don’t forget to always follow your heart, spread lots of love and never give up on your dreams!

Alex

 

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Beauty

SĂ VORBIM DESPRE SĂPUNURILE 100% NATURALE

RO:

În ceea ce privește îngrijirea tenului, în ultimele șase luni nu am mai folosit niciun produs din comerț. Doar produse 100% naturale, de la firma mea preferată de cosmetice, Luthelo.

Am descoperit brandul Luthelo în urmă cu mai bine de un an, iar de atunci am folosit exclusiv săpunurile lor naturale. După care am început să explorez și celelalte produse, precum uleiurile de corp și apele florale. Puteți citi aici povestea fondatoarei brandului, Loredana Kaschovits.

Săpunurile Luthelo conțin ingrediente 100% naturale, nu sunt testate pe animale, sunt handmade și vin în ambalaje reciclabile. Ce altceva îți mai poți dori? În plus, acționează la fel de eficient, poate chiar mai eficient decât cele din comerț. Sunt mult mai sănătoase și miros senzațional pentru niște produse fără parfumuri și ingrediente artificiale adăugate. Continue reading

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Fashion

STYLE MUSE: KRISTINA BAZAN

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I have decided to start a new Fashion series, called “Style Muses“. In this series, I am going to choose one fashion influencer that I really admire, and share with you my favorite outfits ideas and trends, inspired by the selected influencer.

Today’s Style Muse is Kristina Bazan from Kayture.com.

I have been following Kristina since she began fashion blogging, 7 years ago. In fact, she is the first person to ever inspire me in the fashion domain, and the reason why I started fashion blogging a few years ago. I have always admired her classy yet playful style and, even though she has changed a lot over the years, I can say that I would still wear any of her outfits. Ever.

At the beginning of her blogging career, Kristina’s fashion tastes were focused mainly on very chic and colorful clothing items. Lately she has started to adopt a darker, more rock-ish style, which I equally like.

If you want to find out more about Kristina, make sure to check her blog and Instagram, I have linked them both at the end of the post.

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Tech, Tips & Tricks

RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY – TAB FOR A CAUSE

EN:

I have discovered Tab for a Cause a few months ago, and as soon as I’ve heard what it does, I immediately downloaded it. In short, you can raise money and donate it to a charity of your choice (without actually paying a penny) just by using this browser extension when opening a new tab. Continue reading

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Health

HEALTH: WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

EN:

I have decided to take you with me on my fitness journey and show you what I eat in a day!

If you have read this article and if you have been following my Instagram stories, then you know that I have started working out again. Also, what I eat in a day has changed a lot.

I am planning to change my approach a bit, as far as my articles are concerned. I have noticed that up until now I would only give you certain pieces of advice, I would serve you directly the lesson, completely omitting the whole story behind them. Thus I have decided to become a lot more transparent with you guys, and share with you my whole journey, with both its ups and downs.

Therefore, I am super pleased to announce a new Category on the blog: HEALTH. Continue reading

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Fashion

HOW TO WEAR GREEN THIS SPRING

EN:

As far as I am concerned, green has never been my favorite color in terms of clothing items. Even though everybody was telling me that this color emphasizes my green eyes and white skin. This wasn’t enough to convince me to purchase green pieces of clothing. In fact, the only clothes that I have in this color are a midi dress, a shirt and a khaki puffer jacket. Now, after seeing all the beautiful pictures that I have presented in the “How to wear green this spring” mood board below, I have added two must-have green items to my wish list: a Balmain – inspired blazer and a Tiara Concept Store bag.

I have created a collection of the most beautiful outfits that I found on Pinterest. I also have a mood board on Polyvore, where I’ve hand picked my favorite green items. They are suited for every taste and personality. You can find all the pictures below, after the Romanian version of the post. Continue reading

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Events, Motivation

FIRST DAY AT THE GYM – LIFE CHANGING

Yesterday was my first day at the gym ( from 2018 ).

I have posted an article two weeks ago about how exercising more is one of my 2018 resolutions. In the article I have tried to motivate all of you to workout and treat your body right. Because our body is one of your most precious belongings. Now, you might say “Well, Alexandra, it’s easy to tell us to go to the gym, when you don’t even do it.” And that is partially correct. Continue reading

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Beauty

MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY MATTE INK REVIEW

EN:

I have received a super positive feedback on my Maybelline review series! Therefore I have decided to make a Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review!

If you haven’t seen any of the previous Maybelline reviews, you can find the links below:

1: Master Strobing Liquid

2: Instant Age Rewinder Eraser Eye

3: Colossal Big Shot

Superstay Matte Ink

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Book Reviews

COCO CHANEL BOOK REVIEW

EN:

It’s been so long since I have seen the Coco Chanel book for the first time! It happened so many years ago, and it’s been on my wish list since then. “Well, since you consider yourself such a fashion enthusiast, this book is a must read, right?” We’ll see about that in a few minutes.

HOW I BOUGHT IT

I have bought this book in December 2017, when I finally discovered its most affordable price: 5 $ ( 20 RON ), HERE. I’ve never seen a price below 13 $ ( 50 RON ). So when I saw this one on the website, I immediately ordered it.

COCO CHANEL book by Edmonde Charles-Roux

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Tips & Tricks

CUM SĂ FACI BANI ÎN TIMP CE FACI SHOPPING ONLINE

HOW TO MAKE MONEY WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE. English version of the article at the bottom of this page. 

RO:

Este vorba despre shopping online, și DA, este posibil.

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Maybelline Colossal Big Shot
Beauty

MAYBELLINE COLOSSAL BIG SHOT

EN:

MAYBELLINE Colossal Big Shot

This is the third part of this makeup review series, presenting you the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot! If you have not seen the first part, click HERE! For the second part, click HERE

In terms of mascara, I have always trusted Maybelline. They have high quality products at really affordable prices, therefore I can say that it is my favorite makeup brand from this point of view.

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Fashion

3 OUTFITS FOR COLD WEATHER – PART 3

Part 1 of the series HERE.

Part 2 of the series HERE.

EN:

Today’s post features a super chic and comfy outfit, perfect for school, going to the mall or for a day out with your friends. The items that I am wearing are all basic pieces, which you can combine with everything already existent in your wardrobe.

A faux-fur coat can always, always level up the appearance of an outfit. It is such a delicate, feminine and glamour piece, that stands out on its own, which is why I have paired it with an all black look.

I have to mention though that the coat is not the most reliable in terms of keeping you warm, but the thick turtleneck sweater underneath might save you from the cold weather. Continue reading

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Motivation

2018 RESOLUTIONS, PART 1 – READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO START EXERCISING MORE

EN:

You might say that I am a bit late with this post, but since I had to postpone the whole relaunch of my blog, I have decided not to share this article with you until now.

I want to begin by saying that there is no such thing as “new year’s resolution”. Only because January is way behind us, you have no excuse not to set new goals and try to accomplish them.

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Beauty

REVIEW – 3 MAYBELLINE PRODUCTS (PART 2)

EN:

This is the second part of this makeup review series, if you have not seen the first part, click HERE!

The product that I am going to review today is the Instant Age Rewinder Eraser Eye concealer. I have received this product as a prize at Glamour Street Fashion Show 2017, and I must admit that I was pretty excited about it.

I naturally have dark circles below my eyes. But their aspect has improved dramatically in the past year, due to a change in my diet and beauty routine ( if you want me to write a separate article about these subjects, please let me know in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram).

Instant Age Rewinder Eraser Eye

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Fashion

3 OUTFITS FOR COLD WEATHER – PART 2

If you have missed the first part of the series, click HERE!

EN:

Since the weather here in Romania has been so “friendly” later, I have decided to share with you a very weather-appropriate outfit.

This one is more on the casual side, but as simple as it may seem, I believe that the details and the color combo make it stand out.

Even though this may not be your usual “fashion blogger inspired” outfit, it is a cool and casual look that anybody can wear anywhere. It is super comfortable and it is perfect for going to classes or meeting with friends.

I believe that fashion bloggers nowadays set very unrealistic expectations in terms of clothing. I mean, who in the world wears a skirt at -10° Celsius? And who can actually walk in heels on slippery ice? If you’re into that kind of thing, good for you, everybody is free to wear whatever they like.

For the rest of us who have to actually face the cold winter weather, here is a totally foolproof outfit:

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Motivation, Tips & Tricks

TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO USE YOUTUBE EFFICIENTLY

For my Romanian readers: I recommend reading the English version of the article. The Romanian version is more brief.

EN:

You might be thinking that there is no right way of watching YouTube. Allow me to prove you wrong.

YouTube is the perfect place for entertainment of all kinds. How do you use YouTube? Tutorials, vlogs, funny videos, listening to music? Perhaps all of them.

This article is for those of you who want to optimize their time spent on YouTube and make the most of it.

Here are my top 5 tips on how to use YouTube in the smart way:

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Beauty

REVIEW – 3 MAYBELLINE PRODUCTS (PART 1)

RO:

Maybelline New York este unul dintre primele branduri de cosmetice pe care le-am utilizat încă din adolescență. Având o mare varietate de produse la prețuri accesibile, pot spune că, pentru mine, Maybelline este unul dintre brandurile go-to, în special în ceea ce privește fondul de ten și mascara.

Produsul despre care voi vorbi astăzi este iluminatorul Master Strobing Liquid. Continue reading

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Fashion

3 OUTFITS FOR COLD WEATHER – PART 1

EN:

I have always wanted a long, grey coat, it is a very versatile piece for the fall-winter season. So when I found this one in H&M, I immediately bought it, since the price was also pretty accessible compared to other similar ones that I have seen in other shops.

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Motivation, Tips & Tricks

IS INSTAGRAM BAD FOR YOU? TOP 3 TIPS ON HOW TO USE IT EFFICIENTLY

RO:

 

În ziua de astăzi, Instagram este una dintre cele mai utilizate platforme de social media, având mai mult de 800 de milioane de utilizatori activi lunar, conform site-ului statista.com. Spre deosebire de Facebook, care promovează predominant interacțiunea dintre utilizatori și distribuirea de informații, Instagram țintește mai mult către simțul nostru vizual. Și, având în vedere faptul că percepem majoritatea informației din jur prin intermediul ochilor, putem spune că suntem programați biologic să fim avizi de hrană vizuală. Continue reading

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