Strawberry fields of Essie Nail polish forever

I am having a summer moment here. Today starts the official countdown to my birthday, and today I promise to take advantage of all those summer perks like fresh veggies and fruits that I usually tend to neglect. It’s summer time, people! So right now, with my lips red and my t-shirt stained from strawberries, I am having difficulties to decide between three forever loved Essie nail polish summer colors to match my verry berry mood. They are equally good, and you should put these names on your Essie nail color list just in case you’re in doubt what shade from over 336 (I honestly lost count!) colors available your soul is asking for!

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Three different shades to get mani-pedi summer ready and catch the lightest change in my berry mood:

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“She’s Pampered” – my number one girly choice. It’s red with a hint of a pinkish vibe. Enhances summer tan, goes perfect with the sparkling color of the water in the pool and just sets my mood and self confidence super high. Very polished look guaranteed.

“Meet Me At The Sunset” – deep, classy orange color. Meet me at the sunset in Joshua Tree, my little friend, you’ll go so nicely with the desert scenery!

“Snap Happy” – cheerful strawberry shade! Red but not too red, orange but not orange enough. That one color that would be every summer party appropriate, every summer pic matching, every late night cocktail complementing.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ESSIE NAIL POLISH SHADE? DO YOU CHOOSE NAIL POLISH BY THE NAME, OR BY THE COLOR?

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ANYTHING YOU GOT TO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE AND NOT ONLY!

P.S.: here’re some other nail polish brands (3- and 5-FREE) you may be interested to learn about from my beauty stories, every link leads to a blog post : Pixi Beauty part 1 and part 2, Kester Black and Aila Cosmetics.

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Let’s get colorful : Pixi Beauty summer makeup picks

Hello birdies, the new week is here and I am truly excited to meet all the new moments it is going to bring us! However, I am still not 100% back to my blogging routine after the moving, but I am doing my best to get on it as quickly as I can. And somebody told me it’s summer already?! I mean, somebody besides the new AC in our apartment.. Well, let’s get colorful then!

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I’ve got a few Pixi Beauty summer makeup picks here to share with you. Some of them are colorful, some of them are truly essential but they all worth a few minutes of your close attention and a ticket to your cleaner and greener makeup bag. I am going to introduce you to all of these step by step.

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One thing that everybody without exception craves during the summer season – bronzed glowing skin! Am I wrong? I don’t think so. And you don’t need to live by the ocean to gain that healthy, tempting glow on your cheeks when you’ve got Pixi Beauty Quick Fix Bronzer ($20) in your pocket. It is actually that small, you can fit it in the tiniest bag of yours. I love how easily it sweeps on the cheeks (and forehead, and chin) and leaves a very light, naturally-looking velvety bronze veil. The best thing for me, it’s pretty matte (nothing close to those burlesque appropriate bronzers with tons of golden shimmer). It’s also travel-ready, soft buff and little mirror are built-in and make more room in your (makeup) bag.

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Summer usually makes me want to minimize my makeup routine down to BB cream and waterproof mascara (like these two from my minimalist makeup kit). I might just found a solution to keep on experimenting with makeup goodies and to save them on my face for longer than the first heat wave. Please meet Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist ($15), it is a true summer makeup saver for me! Not only super refreshing and hydrating, it is a great before-makeup pore tightening toner that is formulated with Rose Water and Green Tea. With a quick spritz before makeup application, it extends the makeup wear for the day ; after – it will help to set the makeup. It is also just perfect to use anytime to balance the skin and bring some freshness to your face. Just shake-shake it like a polaroid pikcha.

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I’ve already introduced you to this little gem in this post, but I just can’t get enough of it! I am not a big eyeliner fan in my own daily makeup routine, but sometimes I want to bring some drama to my eyes too. Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir ($12) is just brilliant for that purpose – soft, intense, easily sliding down the eye lid and stays with you till you drop. Super silky and gentle to the eyes.

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Remember me talking about the summer-ready “Sweet Strawberry” shade of Pixi Nail Colour in this post? So my collection just expanded with “Blackberry”, “Mink Pink” and “Coral Cantaloupe” (from top to bottom). I am currently wearing “Mink Pink” (here’s my botanical nail art upgrade), going to change for “Blackberry” to celebrate those late summer nights and saving this coral cheerfulness for our weekend getaway to Palm Springs. Sounds like a plan to me. Go check other colors of Pixi Nailpolish ($8), it’s wide color palette is truly wonderful!

*THIS POST  CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY PIXI BEAUTY.

HAVE YOU EVERY TRIED ANY PIXI BEAUTY PRODUCTS? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

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I’ve also got a new Pinterest board for Cosmetics and Makeup only (in addition to my Green Beauty Board where I gather all of my natural skincare stories and tips), make sure to follow along :
Follow TLV Birdie’s board x Cosmetics x on Pinterest.

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Tzipora Loves : Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection

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Oh, finally!! All the boxes are unpacked and my studio is set in our new little nest! I hope you already saw my hats wall, it’s a beauty! My watercolor palette has also found her privileged place on my desk, and .. well, it’s time for a new Tzipora number! You may or may have not know my love to everything Japanese (it is my nostalgy to Japan studies talking), but seriously, from Uniqlo to Issey Miyake, my heart and soul are completely sold. Speaking of which, here’s my favorite look from the Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection. Tzipora got to try it on, and I will just stay here, dreaming of this textured oversized pullover and geometrical mustard pants.

|| If you are not following Tzipora’s style adventure from the very beginning, you can read her story here, but I’ll just remind you that Tzipora means “bird” in Hebrew and she’s my alter-ego style blogger. ||

Any other fans of Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection out there?

BOTH ME AND TZIPORA WOULD LOVE TO KNOW, SHARE WITH US IN THE COMMENTS!

Recent Tzipora fashion illustrations / style adventures that didn’t make it to the blog, but you can find them on my Instagram :

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I am also inviting you to browse through #TZIPORATHESTYLEBLOGGER insta tag, I am updating it with new illustrations quite often!

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How to survive a moving : skincare and makeup essentials.

The last week was filled with boxes, packing, unpacking, cleaning, moving, cleaning again, putting together new furniture and organizing all of our belongings. We’ve moved into a new apartment and I can’t even start to tell you how calm, energized and peaceful I feel! This is a great new chapter for the two of us and I feel truly madly deeply happy! I will be showing you guys pieces of our new place somewhen down the blogging road, but today I want to share a true story of my survival while moving : skincare and makeup essentials that helped to fight all that dust, heat, sweat and stress. Even if you can’t relate to the moving subject, I believe these observations and tips are right in time for the summer season (it’s getting unbelievably hot in LA already!) and for those moments when you need to bring your stressed / sensitive / problematic skin under control.

– Natural skincare essentials –

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The key to skin survival for me was to keep down the amount of products to an essential (yet truly effective) minimum that consists of previously tested items:

– My skin needs good energies just like me, so I start every day with two caffeine portions – one hot & black in a mug for me, another one for my skin – One Love Organics Morning Glory caffeinated serum* ($59) (link to my review). Wakeup call is easier with this boost of skin energy!

– After a shot of caffeine, I follow with nutritious skin food – Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil* ($72), my absolutely favorite facial oil for a very long period of time! I’ve shared my full review on this oil along with other Herbivore Botanicals skin care items in this post a while ago, but I am only getting more and more in love with it. My love is basically based on it’s ability to calm and balance the oil production in a very light, comforting and well moisturizing way.

– Puffy eyes don’t count as an essential part of my look at all, to deal with them I cooperate with Skin Owl Eye +* ($46), stimulating and cooling gel that is honestly brilliant (read my review on it here)!

– My best friend and loyal partner in combating dirt, dust and excess oil is White & Elm Sunflower Deep Pore Cleansing Oil* ($18). The oil cleansing ritual doesn’t frighten me anymore (it literally take me 2 mins to get this crucial cleansing part of my skincare routine done), and the results are truly fascinating! Cleaner, calmer skin, minimized pores and literally restructured skin. Full review here.

– My current favorite toner is Board and Batten Calming lift* ($30) that does extremely good job on toning and actually calming my skin (bye-bye redness, hello healthy and hydrated skin!). Read my review on this toner and other Board & Batten products.

– One little skincare trick that can prevent a bunch of problems  –

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– multi-tasking little helper – Murad Clarifying Wipes* ($18) to remove dirt, reduce shine, kill all the possible bacteria and tighten the pores when it’s needed. This came in handy so SO many times! I’ve previously shared my thoughts on other Murad skincare products in this post.

– Minimalist makeup kit –

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Keeping it simple (and actually keeping it on my quite challenged face till the end of the day) with:

– basic, nicely moisturizing coverage with La Mav Organic BB Creme* ($39,95). Simply can’t get enough of this one and wishing for a life time stock of this BB creme! Read my review here.

– eye brows defining Maybelline Brow Drama Gel ($6,99 at Target), that gives just right amount of natural color (I am using the “Soft Brown” shade) and holds the shape together (yet not too sticky!).

– curling, volumizing and super waterproof Eyeko Sport Mascara* ($24) that stays on my lashes even after I take a quick shower in the middle of unpacking the boxes. Isn’t that impressive?!

-Skincare specials : to calm and repair –

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It’s hard to avoid cracked, dry and damaged skin under the pressure of moving, tearing cardboard boxes and cleaning the apartment. But it is real to minimize the harm and to repair the skin quickly with these special skincare items:

– protective and highly hydrating Murad Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream* ($25) to bring back the silky soft hands.

– for the tired feet – Fig and Yarrow Foot Butter* ($18), totally wipes all the stress away with it’s herbal aroma and melting texture. Full review here.

– for any minor cuts, dry patched, lips and cuticles, simply everything that is in need of healing – Badger Balm For Sensitive Dry Skin* ($7,99). Read my review here.

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES AND PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW.

It feels so good to be home! 

Planning to move anytime soon and feeling concerned about how to make your skin through this rough period? Bookmark this post!:)

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TLV Birdie Portraits | Roberta

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Hello, new week! And hello to the new lady on TLV Birdie blog – Roberta! She is the second creation of TLV Birdie Portraits, and I have a few things to tell you about her. Roberta’s name is a first association my husband came up with when I asked him how he would name her. I had to take it, and I must say I can see something Roberta-like in her. What we have in common with Roberta is the messy half top knot hairstyle and minimalistic makeup approach, when just a tiny bit of color is needed.

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So this is what we do:

  • we take our new Pixi Beauty eyeliner favorite – Endless Silky Eye Pen in “Black Noir”* ($12) that slides extremely smooth and emphasizes the eyes in a just sec! It’s very black, that black that you don’t need to go the same direction twice to make a firm, bold line. Pixi eye pen is also hypoallergenic, paraben-free and contains no mineral oil. Great addition to some other Pixi makeup goodies I’ve reviewed previously in this post, getting very quickly addicted to this brand!
  • then, we bring on a bit of Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter* ($56 / $32 in refill) (read my full review here) that is just a brilliant makeup product to bring attention and some delicate shimmer to any zone you need. I love to use it on my cheekbones and a small amount of it as an eyeshadow.
*THIS POST  CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW.

ME AND ROBERTA ARE WISHING YOU A GORGEOUS NEW WEEK! 

P.S. : my Instagram tag for these series is #TLVBIRDIEPORTRAITS, make sure to check it once in a while!

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