Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Favorite Christmas Movies and Songs!

It's the Holidays and so it is only appropriate for me to share with you what are my favorite movies and songs for Christmas.Christmas is my favorite time of the year and one of my favorite things to do this time of year is to watch Christmas movies and listen to holiday songs!So here are the favorites:

Home Alone and Home Alone 2.My absolute favorite Christmas movies!
Elf.Watched this for the very first time last Christmas(weird,I know) and I absolutely loved it!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas.A classic!
The Holiday.Another classic!Love stories taking place in during the holidays.
The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol.Both animated,both really great for the whole family to watch!
Call Me Claus and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.I think these haven't gained much attention but I love them both and you should definitely check them out!

I love every song that is on the list above but my absolute favorite one right now,out of all,is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the incredible Sam Smith.
All of the songs on the list just really get me in the mood for Christmas!

And those are my favorite Christmas movies and songs!Let me know what are your favorite movies and/or songs for Christmas or just generally the Holidays!
Hope you're having an amazing time this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

xoxo Maria

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Current Wishlist!

Helloo everyone and happy Monday!There are 10 days left for Christmas and I couldn't be more excited!Christmas is my favorite time of the year and one of the things I enjoy most is exchanging gifts.Giving gifts to my family and friends brings me great joy and pleasure.
Of course,I enjoy getting gifts as well.I mean,who doesn't?So I decided to show you guys what's on my wishlist at the current time.These are the things that I would love to get,not necessarily as a gift by someone but buy them myself as well.

IKEA Alex 5 Drawer: I have been wanting this for over a year now and I'm finally getting this year so it is going to be erased from the wishlist.I'm getting it with some help from my parents so this will be my present from them this year.I want this to store all of my makeup,hair and just general beauty products.Can't wait to get my hands on it and finally have a proper storage for all my beauty things.

Beauty Products: Surprisingly,I don't have a lot of beauty products on my wishlist this year.The only makeup product that I really want to try is the Brow Drama by Maybelline.It is very affordable ( a little less than 6 euros) and I'm always very tempted to try any new brow products.
The other beauty product is a perfume and it is the VIP Rose by Carolina Herrera.I recently got a sample of it and it smells soo good.Definitely one of the best perfumes I've tried and I absolutely want the full size.

Fashion: Sweaters are definitely on my wishlist this year,just like every year.The ones that are on my wishlist are both from H&M and they're very basic.I have the top one in the pink color and I love the design so I definitely want a couple more colors of it and the grey one looks really nice.I also really want a black one because I don't have one and it is a very basic piece that can go really well with a lot of things in my closet.
Lately I've been obsessing over slip on sneakers and these two pairs are definitely on my wishlist.They're both from Bershka and I'm in love with them.They will be perfect for everyday because they're very simple and casual but they also give an extra something to the outfit.Especially the leopard print pair!
The last fashion items are dresses.The top is a maxi dress from Zara that I saw in the store about a month ago and I still can't get out of my head.It is a knitted dress so it is perfect for winter and it can definitely be dressed up or down.The other dress is from H&M and I've had my eye on these jersey dresses for a while now.I think they're really easy to style and they will fit my body really well.

Random: Last but definitely not least I have two random items on my wishlist.The first is this pencil case from H&M with pugs on it.This is the cutest pencil case I've ever seen and I definitely want to get this for college.
Then I really want to get Looking For Alaska by John Green.This summer I read The Fault In Our Stars and I absolutely loved it.I think that John Green is a great writer so I definitely want to read more of his work.

And that concludes my current wishlist.On the top of my wishlist is the set of drawers and I'm super excited to get them.I'll probably do a makeup collection/storage as soon as I get them and I organize all of my makeup in them.
Let me know what is in your wishlist for the holidays or just in general for this year.
Thank you for reading my post!

xoxo Maria

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Favorite Blushes | MAC and H&M

Helloo everyone!I know it's been a while since my last post and I apologize for that,but my schedule has been a little weird and I haven't had much time to spend on my blog.But here I am today,coming back to you with a new post!
So today we are going to talk about blushes!Blush is one of my favorite makeup things,if not my very favorite.Blush is such an easy way to give some color to your face and make you look alive and fresh.My makeup is not complete without blush.
So these are my favorite blushes,EVER!As you can see in the pictures above,all of the blushes are pink.That's because I think that orange and peach blushes don't really suit my skintone.I do have a few in my collection but I will rarely wear them.Maybe in videos but that's about it.So the blushes in the pictures above are:

MAC's Fleur Power ( Satin Finish ): A soft bright pinkish-coral as described by MAC,this blush is my absolute favorite.I had this in my MAC favorites video and post that I did and I have talked about it many times on my channel before.It is the first MAC blush I ever bought and I love it.Very long lasting and great pigmentation.It might seem a little too bright but it is actually very easy to tone down and so it can be easily worn all year round.

MAC's Dainty ( Mineralize): A light yellow pink as described by MAC,which to be honest I don't really know what it means.I just think this blush is a beautiful light pink color that is perfect for everyday.Just like Fleur Power it is very pigmented and also lasts for a very good amount of time throughout the day,even if you have oily skin.Because it is a mineralize blush it has a little bit of shimmer but nothing too much,which is good because I'm not a big fan of shimmery blushes.

H&M's Sweet Rose: Last but definitely not least,this gorgeous pink blush by H&M.A few months ago,I wanted to make a video talking about the H&M beauty products but I didn't have many.Therefore I decided to buy a couple more products to try out and this blush was one of the ones I bought.It was very affordable (only 3.99 euros) and I was very impressed by it.Just like the other two,it is very long lasting which is a huge plus.Barely any shimmer in it and it's just a really nice soft color for everyday.

And those three are my favorite blushes!I have nothing negative to say about them and I use all of them so much.The MAC ones are definitely more expensive than the H&M one but they are definitely worth it.I have them for so long and there's still so much product left in them.I would absolutely recommend you to try them out,you will not regret it.
So that is today's post.I'm thinking of putting a new post up every Monday and just have that day as my blog day where I will only focus on my blog.
Let me know what you thought of this post and what are your favorite blushes of all time.
Thank you for reading,

xoxo Maria

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Favorite MAC Products!

Back in January,I made a video on my channel where I showed you what are my favorite Essence products!Essence and MAC are my favorite makeup brands and since I did a video for Essence,I thought it was time to do one for MAC.I decided to show them a little better in the pictures above but you can also watch my video about them down below.
The favorites are:

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ( or MSF Natural for short) in Medium: My all time favorite powder!Makes the skin look really good,without being heavy.It is an expensive powder but it is going to last you for months!

Prolongwear Concealer in NW25: The best concealer I've tried so far,especially for your dark circles.I've bought it twice and I love it!Very longlasting and it doesn't crease or look cakey after a few hours.

Satin Blush in Fleur Power: Another all time favorite.Beautiful pinkish-coral blush that can be easily worn all year round.It may not look very pigmented (bad swatch :P) but it is.You only need a little bit and it gives a really nice color to your cheeks.Also very longlasting.

Paint Pot in Groundwork: In love with the paint pots.The most longlasting base for my very oily eyelids.This is a dark brown that can be worn day and night.Definitely need more of the paint pots.

Eyeshadow in Handwritten: A rich chocolate brown that I love to use either on my crease or on my eyebrows.I love the fact that it is matte and as you can see it is a very well used product.

Lipsticks in Hue and Creme Cup: MAC lipsticks are some of the best lipsticks on the market.These two are perfect for everyday if you're looking for a lighter pink color.They apply really well on the lips and I love the vanilla scent.Creme Cup is a beautiful light blue pink and Hue a gorgeous soft pale pink.As far as their finishes are concerned,Creme Cup is a cremesheen (my favorite finish) and Hue is a glaze.

And those are the favorites.Check out the video down below!

xoxo Maria

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Secret Diary Of A Youtuber

Hello!A few days ago I put up The Secret Diary Of A Youtuber Tag on my channel.It's a tag that has been going around a lot since summer and the questions were really nice so I couldn't not do it.The questions revolve around Youtuber crushes,my time on Youtube,the good and the bad things and much more.The questions I answered where:

How long have you been on Youtube?
At what point do you think you will stop?
The best thing?
The worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
How many thumbnail options do you usually take?
Youtuber crush?!
Who's on your collab wish list?
What are you wearing on your bottom half?
How long until you actually click 'record'?
How do you feel about the Youtube community/culture?
What's your secret to a successful youtube channel?
Who do you tag?

If you want to know my answer to each question,click to watch the video below!
Hope you enjoy!

xoxo Maria

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Current Mascara Routine

Mascara is one of my must use makeup products for everyday.It can really change your whole look within seconds and I love that.Ever since I've started using makeup,I've tried so many different mascaras.Some of them I liked a lot,some of them not so much.Lately,I have been following the same mascara routine and I have been loving it so I thought I would share it with you.

Lash Primer Plus Eyelash Primer from Estee Lauder is the second step after I curl my lashes.The lash primer has been a crucial step for me because it makes a huge difference.It makes a great base for the mascara to apply nicely and smoothly and it also makes the mascara last a lot longer.

Magna Scopic Maximum Volume Mascara,also from Estee Lauder,is the next step after the primer.Along with the primer,it was included in an Estee Lauder gift set that my cousin got me for my birthday so I don't know how much each product costs.When I first tried this mascara I wasn't a big fan but after a few more uses,I loved it.It makes the lashes look a lot longer and gives a nice volume from the very first coat.

They're Real Mascara by Benefit is a recent addition to my collection.I bought it a little less than a month ago,after seeing it was sold at Sephora for 10 euros.As you can see this is only the small size but I still thought it was a great opportunity for me to finally try this mascara.Just like the Magna Scopic mascara,I wasn't very impressed by it at the beginning but later I loved it as well.It definitely gives that extra something to your lashes and in combination with the Magna Scopic mascara,it makes them look amazing!At least in my eyes!

And that's how my current everyday mascara routine goes.Those are the products that have been my go to ones for my lashes lately.My mascara routine will probably change in a about a month but for now,this is what I do.
I hope you liked this post,thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Review

A little less than a month ago I went to Sephora to buy the so famous Aqua Brow.I had heard about it on Youtube from so many people who raved about it.I rarely splurge on makeup products and in these past few months,I have bought maybe 2-3 more expensive products.However,when you hear all the hype about a certain product,you get soo tempted to try it.

Personally,I have a slightly big issue with my eyebrows.They have a really weird shape and that is due to over plucking in the past couple of years.They are definitely better looking now but I still have to fill them in and shape them properly.I used to use eyebrow pencil but the last few months I switched to using eyeshadow.I found that eyeshadow worked a lot better and it looked a lot more natural than the pencil.However,it wasn't as long lasting as I wanted it to be.Most days I keep my makeup on for many hours so I wanted something that I knew was going to last for a good amount of time.And this product did just that!

The Aqua Brow retails for 21.50 euros (if I remember correctly) here in Greece.When I went to Sephora they had some kind of sale going on and instead of the full price,I paid 18 euros(a little better).It is a more expensive product,especially if you don't really have a lot of money to give for makeup,but it is worth it.Plus,you don't need much of it for both eyebrows,so even though it is a small tube of product (7 ml),it is going to last you for a few months.

According to Make Up For Ever,Aqua Brow is a waterproof eyebrow corrector that fills,defines and lengthens brows.I do think it fills and defines the eyebrows really well and because it is waterproof,it is very,very stable.It is a gel formula and it is easy to apply but you do need to work fast because it dries quickly.It looks really nice and natural and it keeps the brow hair in place.

There's a variety of shades to choose from going from #10 Light Blonde to #40 Brown Black.I have #15 Blonde which doesn't match me very well,it is a lot lighter that I would want to be,but I can make it work with some black eyeshadow.

Overall,I think it is an amazing product and I have been absolutely loving it.Would I recommend it?Yes!Do you absolutely need it?Definitely not,but if you're looking for a good eyebrow product,I think you should definitely give it a try.Just make sure you pick the right shade for you!
Hope this post was helpful to you,thank you for reading!


My Everyday Fall Makeup Routine

I uploaded my everyday makeup routine for fall on my channel yesterday!This has been my go to makeup routine for the past few weeks and I absolutely love it!It is very wearable and I think it is perfect for fall!
If you want to find out how I did it and what makeup products I used,watch the video below!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks

Hey everyone,hope you're doing well!I was sitting at home thinking of what my first official post should be and the first thing that jumped to my mind was...makeup!I'm a huge makeup lover so it was only natural for me to put up a makeup related post today.
Lipstick is one of the few things that I have plenty of in my makeup collection.These lipsticks specifically are my favorite drugstore ones!They are by Essence which is my favorite drugstore brand and they are absolutely incredible.They retail for a little over 3 euros here in Greece and they work really well!They are very creamy and have a soft shine to them but nothing too extreme.They're not the most long lasting lipsticks on the market,that's for sure,but they do last for a nice amount of time.Also they are quite pigmented and the colors are super pretty!I have bought 4 so far and I'm in love with every single one of them.

On The Catwalk (04): A darker red shade that is perfect for those of you that love red lips.I think it matches all skin tones really well and can be worn in the night time as well as the day time,especially now in the fall.

Barely There (06): My current obsession!A brownish nude that is perfect if you're looking for a more fall appropriate nude lipstick.The 90s darker lip look has been really in trend the past few months and this lipstick,combined with a dark nude lip liner,can be the perfect everyday go-to lip color.

Natural Beauty (07): The perfect neutral lipstick for all seasons.This is a beautiful rosy pink color that I think everyone should have in their makeup bags.

Wear Berries (09): And last,but definitely not least,the brightest color of them all.A gorgeous pink lipstick with purple tones that is just perfect for spring and summer.Of course it can be worn all year round but personally,I wear it mostly during those two seasons.

And that's it!Those are the long lasting lipsticks that I own from Essence.There are a bunch of really pretty shades to choose from and I think they're definitely worth checking out!
Thank you very much for reading this post,I hope you enjoyed it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fresh Start

 Hellooo!Well this sure feels refreshing,starting a new blog.Some of you might know me from my previous blog Makeupkiss14 or from my Youtube channel.Some of you might not know me at all so,welcome.This is my new blog called The Girl Of The Rings.This blog is not about rings,let me tell you that.The name is inspired by my favorite trilogy The Lord Of The Rings,which has a very special place in my heart.This blog will be about a little bit of everything.Makeup,fashion,hair,movies,music or whatever else I'm in the mood to talk about!
New posts will be coming soon,stay tuned!