Friday, 26 June 2015

June Favourites 2015

Hey loves,

believe it or not but we are already nearing the end of June so it's time for My Favourites post.

I would like to start with one of my recent discoveries which I never knew existed until I watched GiGi Gorgeous YouTube favourites video few months back. I love how GiGi's lashes look, so I figured this would be a fab thing to try. This is how I discovered the YSL Babydoll mascara - basically, it's false lashes in a tube! You can build lots of volume, add length, and staying power is awesome. No panda eyes or clumps. I bought mine at Debenhams for £25. The packaging is super cute and expensive looking. My only negative comment would be that it dries up super fast. I had it for about 7 weeks, and it's already dried up (or is it just me using it every day!?), so I had to pick up another one.
Anna Zelanika & Gigi Gorgeous
Me and GiGi Gorgeous in Beverly Hills

YSL Babydoll Mascara
YSL Babydoll Mascara

My next favourite is my perfume of the month - I yet again re-discovered Benefit's So Hooked on Carmella (£29 for 30ml). It's so sweet yet citrussy, I always get compliments when I wear it. I was debating if I should include this perfume in my favourites because sadly, Benefit has discontinued this perfume which is loved by so many. But since I love it so much I thought that Carmella definitely deserves a spot on my June Favourite's list. I'm definitely hooked!
So Hooked on Carmella perfume by Benefit
So Hooked on Carmella perfume by Benefit

Candles are well-loved in our household, and this month my favourite is by Bath and Body Works (BBW), and the fragrance is Guava Cobana. Since BBW doesn't ship to the UK, I've picked mine up on eBay (link to the seller) at the price of £18.48 for a large 3-wick candle. It's very fragrant, melts evenly, and doesn't need to be burning for hours to fill in a large room. It reminds me of summer, holidays and Santa Monica Beach (Ahhh I so want to go back to California!)
Guava Colada 3-wick candle by Bath & Body Works
Guava Colada 3-wick candle by Bath & Body Works
My fourth favourite this month is actually a movie which truly touched my heart. Blackfish is a 2013 documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite which focuses on Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida and the controversy over captive killer whales. I've visited that park in 2014 and saw Tilikum for myself. The show at the Shamu stadium was amazing, but I was not aware of the circumstances the orcas are kept in, and how incredibly intelligent these animals are. Tilikum's story is a sad one. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who cares about animal welfare and wants to know the truth that often is hidden from the general public.

Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando, Florida 2014

My last favourite this month is a body cream by Laura Mercier. This nourishing body cream makes my skin super soft and supple. The aroma is that of vanilla, tangerine and brown sugar - definitely good enough to eat. I also have a fragrance from this range, but I'm not loving it as much as this body cream. It's on the pricey side at £45 for 300g, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it! You can buy it from various department stores in the UK.
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Soufflé Body Crème
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Soufflé Body Crème
Until next time,
Anna x

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Bride's beauty guide for a perfect wedding day

Image (c) Anna Zelanika

Hey loves,

preparing for your wedding can be a very exciting but very stressful time for every bride-to-be. So many things to consider: what hairstyle to choose? What colour lipstick to pick? Tan? Or embrace your natural complexion? The main thing to remember is to go with whatever YOU feel the most comfortable with. Quite often I see bridesmaids or the bride's close relatives taking complete charge of the bride's appearance, and that way reliving their own dreams.

So here are my top points for brides-to-be to consider:

1. Plan ahead and book in advance.
Choose your favourite hairdresser and makeup artist carefully, and book them well in advance. Do your research, check their website, photos of their work and budget up front. A professional-looking website and positive client testimonials are a good starting point. An experienced and in-demand hairstylist and makeup artist will also have photos of previous bridal work which may give you some great ideas for your own wedding hairstyle or makeup look. Remember, the best hairdressers and makeup artists are always in big demand, so book well ahead!

2. Book a trial.
Some brides may think this is unnecessary, but regardless of how fantastic your bridal stylist is, it's you that has to make the final decision whether you would prefer an updo, curls, pleats or something totally different.  It's very unlikely that your stylist will have enough time on your wedding day to change your style multiple times. Just because you love that funky style you found on Pinterest this doesn't mean that it would work with your hair length, or that you would even like it! Makeup trials are essential too, as your makeup artist will advise you on the lipstick shade you should pick up for touch-ups, as well us making sure you're comfortable with the bridal look created for you. What many brides don't realise is that wedding day makeup is a little heavier than every day makeup. This is an important thing to consider as you have to look stunning on all your photos and videos, as well as in person. Your makeup also has to stay perfect all day long, and not wash away with tears (yours or others).

Trials also ensure that your stylist knows exactly how long it will take to create your bespoke hairstyle and makeup look. Like the wedding day itself, a rehearsal makes sure everything is perfect on the day!

3. Don't change your beauty routine at the last minute.
Whether it's trying a brand new eye cream, or going for a fancy "Vampire Facelift", make sure it's not just before your wedding as you may end up with an allergic reaction, pimples or any other nasties that could spoil your day.

4. Tan or no tan.
If you decide to opt in for a spray tan, make sure you have a trial a few weeks before to ensure you are very happy with the result. You will look stunning without a tan too, but if the tan goes wrong, it may just be too late to fix that terracotta shade. Normally, if the wedding is on Saturday, I suggest that the bride has her tan applied on the Thursday.

5. Appoint a designated "makeup friend".
It is most likely that you won't be carrying a handbag with you on your big day, so make sure you know which one of your bridesmaids or friends will be carrying your lippy, tissues and powder compact, so you can call on her (or him) at any time during the celebrations.

6. Don't forget your hands.
Make sure you book your manicure/pedicure appointment in advance too. Something like Gelish will work great, as it provides strength to the natural nail as well as adds shine and provides a perfect no-chip finish for up to 3 weeks.

7. On the big day..
Make sure to wash your hair the night before, avoid using any products (unless advised otherwise by your stylist, I recommend putting a little styling mousse through the hair) and don't straighten your hair as this will make curling the hair very difficult.
There's no need to apply any of your own makeup on the day, and just use a light moisturiser rather than any fancy serums or oils, as they may not work under the makeup your makeup artist will apply.

Anna x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Top 5 Makeup Regrets

Hey loves,

Most of us have some makeup items that we either regularly forget about, simply don't love any more, or they didn't live up to their hype.

Here's my top 5 makeup regrets:

1. Smashbox Full Exposure Palette.

When it first came out I was desperate to pick it up, as I loved the idea of having an even mixture of matte and shimmery shadows in neutral shades. Unfortunately for me, this palette didn't deliver, the shadows are very chalky, and both matte and shimmery shades are not very pigmented. I tried various primers on my lids, but was disappointed all the same. Months later, it still sits at the back of my eyeshadow drawer, and I can't see it making an appearance anytime soon! Sadly, it's a NO from me..

2. Benefit Majorette Cream blush

I'm a sucker for a pretty packaging, and this one attracted me straight away. It's so pretty, but I don't love it. It dries far too quickly, making it hard to blend. Also, the bulky packaging is not travel-friendly.

3. Too many Mascaras

No, this doesn't mean that I don't use mascaras - I love them so much that I keep buying new ones... My mascara stash is so big that I keep forgetting what I have, and I seem to gravitate more towards the newest one. At the moment, I'm loving the YSL Babydoll mascara.

4. Coloured Eye pencils

A complete waste for me. They are so colourful and pretty, and I do have a lot of them. But due to being very lazy, I tend to use my eyeshadows for a pop of colour! Black Kohl liners are a MUST though!

5. Mac Full coverage foundation

Creamy full coverage foundation sounds good for the days when your skin looks dreadful, but in reality this product is far too heavy! It clings to my dry patches, and slides off my oily T-zone. Medium coverage foundations are much better. I use a colour corrector and concealer for those nasty pimples.

What are your makeup regrets?

Anna x

Friday, 5 June 2015

Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Juliette Armand Skincare

A few weeks back I received a sample of Hyaluronic Acid Serum from

This serum is one of the best sellers in the Juliette Armand Skincare range, and after trying it for myself I can see why.

"This is a moisturizing and firming serum containing soluble elastin and collagen fibres, ever-valuable ingredients, exclusively of marine origin. Collagen and elastin are the major skin proteins. They are responsible for skin firmness and elasticity, while they contribute to skin cell regeneration and restoration. The biosynthesis and functionality of collagen and elastin fibres is reduced in the course of time, resulting in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and looseness of the skin. Collagen Elastin serum replenishes the collagen and elastin reserves, retains moisture in the skin and increases skin moisture."

While using this serum I felt my skin was very hydrated, but not overly greasy. I'm a big fan of the facial serums and oils, especially now that I'm in my 30's. I loved using this serum at night-time after cleansing and exfoliating my skin. 

However, I had to stop using this product under my makeup, as it significantly reduced the longevity of my makeup and the actual makeup application process was more difficult than usual. I've tried a number of foundations over the serum, such as Estée Lauder Double Wear, Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation and Mac Studio Fix foundation, which typically last a long time and provide medium to full coverage. This was not the case when I had the Hyaluronic Serum under it. My makeup would very easily transfer on everything that touched my face and become very patchy in less than an hour after application. So the best option would be to use this serum at night or on your makeup-free days.

Since I've started using this serum I didn't notice any particular improvement in the appearance of my fine lines. This could be because I've not used the serum long enough. 

I have a combination skin with very oily T-zone and sensitive/dry cheeks. This serum helped reduce my dry patches and even after cleansing and exfoliating my skin doesn't feel particularly dry or tight.

You are looking to pay £20 for a 20ml  bottle, which has a dropper making dispensation a breeze. 

I think the Hyaluronic Acid Serum could easily compete with some of the best selling serums by Kiehl's, Estée Lauder and other brands, but it won't set you back quite as much as more well-known brands.

Even if you think that wrinkles and fine lines are still a lifetime away for you, you should still consider this serum for your gorgeous face, as prevention is definitely better than cure. Besides, this serum is very light, weightless and non-sticky, which is a bonus given how hydrating it is.

Until next time,
Anna x