Hello and happy Friday! Thank you everyone who follow me on Twitter (and other social media channels) as I just reached 5,000 followers mark! I love you so much!! It’s a very memorable moment for me as Twitter is one of my favorite platforms to interact with you. I love how Twitter allows me to instantly answer all of the questions that you guys have for me and share some of the random thoughts that come in mind throughout the day. As a token of appreciation for your support, I decided to organize a giveaway for you. There will be just one lucky winner that will receive all of the goodies that you see in these photos. Continue Reading
Curling your hair with tin foil might sound like a weird idea, but you’ll be surprised how effective it is once you tried it yourself. If you have thin, fine hair like mine, this trick is a total life changer. It takes much less time to finish your entire head than with a regular curling wand, not to mention that it’s much less traumatic for those who just start experimenting with hair styling tools (I mean, who didn’t burn their faces or hands with a curling iron?).Continue Reading
A lot of you guys asked me about my eyebrow routine. I did share one of my brow filling tips a while ago, but it’s just one of the tricks I’m using. Saying so, I decided that it’s time to share with you my complete eyebrow routine—from plucking my brows to makeup tricks that I use to make my brows look more groomed and full.
I guess I miss my parents and the Motherland (ha ha!) because the dresses I have recently selected more and more look typically Russian. Take a look, for instance, at this flower print bell dress by Red Valentino. I don’t know if you are familiar with typical Russian prints, but this is definitely one of them. Many of the Eastern European scarves and shawls are decorated with brightly colored floral prints and made out of glossy-looking fabric.
If you are into reading blogs, you probably noticed that everyone is writing those days about NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale which features some of the best deals for the upcoming fall season. I really appreciate that my colleagues bloggers keep their readers informed about all the latest sales. However, who wants to shop for the fall season when it’s still summer? I remember doing it last year, but when the fall season finally came I was not as excited about wearing pieces that I purchased as I would have been if I picked them the exact same season I was planning to wear them. What I decided to shop for instead this #NSale season are beauty products. Looking through the Early Access section of the website, I was amazed how many exclusive deals and value kits Nordstrom proposes this season. In my humble opinion, it’s absolutely the best time to stock up on cruelty-free beauty products.
One of the questions that I often receive as a fashion blogger is “How can you describe your style?” While I love providing a long, detailed answer mentioning some of my favorite brands and styles, I figured that all people want to hear from me should be somehow defined in a few words: preppy and colorful, eclectic boho chic, glam and fun, etc. There is no doubt that I have my own unique style (like any of us do!), but until this time I was not able come out with the “elevator speech” on how to define it…
Even though I prefer keeping my makeup as minimal as possible in the summer, every once in awhile I have an occasion when my newly acquired skill of applying winged eyeliner comes in handy. When such an occasion occurs I love experimenting with bright, nature-inspired colors that bring a new twist to my entire look. Let’s say it’s a formal occasion and I’m wearing a long white dress: I’ll most likely wear emerald green or deep purple eyeshadow. When I’m wearing dark colored clothes I also love creating contrast by adding a few unexpected eye shadow colors to the mix. Today I’m using products from Inglot Cosmetics newest line to create this topic sunset inspired look that I wore at one of the Hamptons’ charitable parties. Continue Reading
Do you know how it sometimes goes? You purchase your boyfriend a Birthday present and end up using it yourself? This floating swan is one of such examples. I’ve ordered it this year for Ben’s Birthday, but he never seemed to use it while Lilusik and I are hanging on it all the time. Believe it or not, but my brave Yorkie actually loves swimming on the swan! In fact, every time I’m about to have a glass of rose or read a book on it sometime in the afternoon when the sun is down, she literally barks at me asking to join. What can I say I have a unique puppy buddy! (Did I tell you that she also enjoys when I blow-dry her hair with a hair dryer? For real, it’s the most spoiled pet I’ve ever had!)
One of the biggest concerns city girls like me have in the summer is that liquid foundations and contouring powders seem to melt the moment I leave the house. And it’s not only about the finish or quality of makeup products I pick—the City is just way too hot to wear any makeup at all. Saying so, I’m definitely one of the girls who is not okay with not wearing a foundation at all. Yes, my skin might not be the worst and I do have a confidence being bare-faced, but I just feel that I look better when I’m wearing a nicely applied tone and a blush. I don’t necessarily need a powder (only on my nose) as my skin is very dry, but I do enjoy a matte but not heavy coverage on my face, especially if I’m going out with friends or attending an event.
I’ve heard a lot about airbrushing that supposedly provides exactly what I need for summer, but it was not until recently when I had a chance to give this system a try. Testing an at-home airbrushing system by Luminess Air (it was that was kindly provided to me by the brand for testing purposes), I learned a few important lessons about how to use airbrush tool for a full-face contouring. In this post, I explore all the pros and cons of airbrushing and provide a few tips that I learned while using this system myself.
Collaborating with famous bloggers is definitely something I’d love to do in future as guest posting and getting yourself out there on other people’s platforms is crucial for traffic growth and brand recognition. However, I didn’t have a chance to guest post frequently enough. I did a few collaborations with some of my closest blogging friends (such as Shireen and our $30 Makeup Challenge and Selma and our Project Re-Design), but I can really use some tips on how to bring my collaboration strategy to the next level.
Today, I invited a very good friend of mine and one of the best blogging gurus in the fashion world, Brittany from Not Another Blonde, to share her tips and tricks on how to collaborate with big time blogging celebs. In case you don’t know, Brittany is one of the girls who is writing for Zanita’s blog, amongst other blogger celebrity friends of hers. She also has one of the best Shapchat and Periscope accounts that I know of, where Brittany shares tons of helpful blogging tips and #GirlBoss motivation (she is also on Instagram and Facebook).
Saying so, let’s learn from the pro what is the right way to collaborate with influential bloggers! Continue Reading