Kayla Itsines BBG Program RESULTS – it works!

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

A while back when I first started BBG I promised you guys to update you on my results. These 12 weeks past faster than I expected.

First of all I have to admit I didn’t finish the whole program. I finished my 11th week before I was going to see my family in Chicago. The time there was so active and whole days filled with activities I din’t even have a moment for myself to go through 12th week’s exercises. At least I walked a lot, right?

From all 11 weeks of bbg workouts I have learnt that I can achieve more than I thought. I had more time than I thought as well. I could somehow squeeze in every workout into my busy schedule. I started to really enjoy exercising even thought it was very hard to go through all resistance trainings from begging to the end. It didn’t get easier, I could just do more. It was kind of addictive.

Resistance trainings I performed at my home and for LISS and HIIT I was hitting (no pun intended) the gym.

I saw that my body is definitely stronger and looks leaner. I took photos before and after program and saw a very big difference (I’m still embarrassed of them, therefore not gonna share them with you, sorry)! I lost 2 kg through the whole process even though I didn’t change my diet at all. I didn’t want to drastically change everything about my lifestyle. Coming from somehow not so good diet and zero exercises to restrictions and working out like crazy didn’t sound good to me. I know I could have achieved so much more by eating well while doing the program, but I just couldn’t make myself do it.

When I came back from Chicago I din’t continue the guide through the last week. For 11 weeks I’ve not missed even one workout. It was a very hard work, but also very rewarding. I decided to take a break.

Now I’m trying to keep an eye on my diet and I’m getting ready to start BBG again soon! Maybe even next week! I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to learn how to value your body and feel better and stronger in your own skin!

xx, Olita


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BRONZE SUMMER MAKEUP ROUTINE

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Today I’d like to share with you my new summer makeup routine. All the sweat and heat outside can really mess up my face fast so I came up with this routine that will keep my skin feeling light but will also give me that bronze glow, so much needed in a summertime!

I started to use fake tan on my body and face from time to time, when I feel like being more bronze or bronze at all. I’m naturally super pale person and when sun hits me all I get later is red and irritated skin. 😦 But that’s what is fake tan for, right?

Why am I even talking about fake tan when I was supposed to present my makeup routine? The thing is when I use the fake tan I need to pick cosmetics in darker shade – foundation and concealer. The routine below is quite versatile and I only change these 2 products depending on if I’m tanned or not. I feel this routine is very universal so you can repeat it yourself easily with the products you already own and match your skintone.

P.S. I’m describing my routine in order in which I like to apply all my products.

So without more rumbling here it is, my bronze summertime makeup routine!

B A S E

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Recently I finished up my trusty Color Correcting Liquid Primer in Green from NYX. Even though I really liked this product I decided to look for something else that will combine smoothness of the base with color correction. I went to NYX store and got this Studio Perfect Primer in green. As a start to my makeup I apply small amount with my hands, gently spreading around my face. Before the base I like to use moisturiser on my face and let it sit for a while to sink in to my skin.

C O V E R A G E

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Then I move to foundation. When I’m pale I only use my MAC Face and Body foundation. When I’m tanner I like to mix it with 123 Perfect CC cream by Bourjois. Depending on my skintone I mix them both in different proportions or when I’m very tan I use only CC cream. To apply foundation I also use my fingers. I find this technique makes my foundation to blend with my skin better leaving very light and natural effect than when I’m using a brush or a beauty blender. Therefore for a heavier coverage I’d recommend using a brush.

C O N C E A L  &  S E T

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To complete my skin base I use NARS concealer under my eyes and then set all my face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder. When I’m tanner I prefer to use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer.

 

B R O W S  &  B R O N Z E

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As my skin is ready I start with shaping and adding color. First to my brows with ka-BROW Cream-Gel by Benefit and then with Hoola bronzer under my cheekbones, on the sides of my nose, at the top of my forehead and under my jawline. I like to make my face a little sculpted and bronzed. I always add little by little. It’s easier to add bronzer than take it off. It leaves my skin looking sun kissed and pretty.

B L U S H, E Y E S  &  S E T

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After bronzer I move to my favourite Nars Orgasm blush that leaves my cheeks with beautiful color and golden pink shimmer highlighting my cheekbones. Since it’s summertime and usually quite hot outside I set everything with NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. After setting spray is dry I put on Sephora Outrageous Curl mascara.

 

How about you? What are the products you use daily for that summertime look? Let me know!

xx, Olita


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SPRING in CHICAGO

Hello Loves and happy Tuesday!

Sorry for being absent for such a long time! I have a lot of things to care of these days and almost zero free time! Thank you for you patience and still hanging around. I’ll try to post as I used to, once a week (usually Monday or Tuesday). 

Today I’d like to share with you photos of my latest trip! Me and my boyfriend went to Chicago for a family reunion. Hope you’ll like the pictures I took of the city!

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Do you have any plans for your summer holidays? Let me know in the comments!

xx, Olita


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3k Followers Q&A + follow back

Hello Loves and happy Tuesday!

This week as promised I’m gonna answer all your questions and follow 5 of you who asked the most creative ones!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

I’m interested to know how your life has changed as your blog has gained momentum? A follow up question would be, is your reason/inspiration for blogging the same now as when you first started? – beauty0bellini

To be honest I feel like it didn’t change at all. Definitely the reason to keep blogging for me is the same. Just because it gives me joy! I’m so grateful so many of you are willing to share it with me and keep reading my posts. I’ve never thought about I could have 3000 people subscribed to my page! It’s insane! ❤

So as this milestone is goals for many fellow bloggers, I’d like to know: What are your tips in regard to expanding your blog following and engagement? Also, how do you get inspired to come up with new blog ideas? – FebruaryCircus

People ask me about the tips to grow a bigger audience all the time. Tbh I never had a plan. Just write about what you truly love. Pictures should be a good quality, that definitely catch an eye. And the last tip would be stay present and connected with the community. About inspiration I’d always write about what I’m into atm.

When did you start your blog and what is your blog’s purpose? How does your blog add value to the world and make it a better place? – Chrissy

I started my blog April 14th as a get away place just for myself. Somewhere I could write about anything I’m passionate about. Well, about making a world better place… I’m not sure it does haha! I just hope I could bring people together and share our interests and hopefully also somehow inspire them.

What motivates you to continue blogging and helps you through writers block? Congratulations!! That is an amazing achievement! – learningbeaut by Ruth Garcia

Thank you Ruth! Definitely what helps me with my writers block is knowing how many people awaits my posts, which is so nice! Also when I can’t write I just think about what I’m excited/passionate about at the moment and then the block disappears, because I find a purpose to make another post. I usually like to plan ahead what I’m gonna write about, so the block is not a very big struggle of mine.

 

All authors of questions above are followed by me! Thank you for your Qs! ❤

xx, Olita


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OVER 3000 FOLLOWERS! Ask Me Anything + Follow Back

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Thank you so so much! Thanks to all of you I just crossed another milestone! I couldn’t be happier! I’d never imagine to have 3 thousand followers!

As always, I’m making a Q&A to celebrate hitting another thousand of lovely people who decided to follow me! So ask me anything! Anything comes to your mind. It can be private or not, as you wish!

I’ll follow back 5 people who asked the most creative questions! 

Good luck!

xx, Olita


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APRIL FAVORITES: fashion & makeup

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Sorry for being inactive recently, I’ve just been very busy with many travels and doing my masters.

This week I’d like to share with you my favourite items of last month. I picked all of them by an impuls. Few of them I decided to get online hoping they will be comfortable and in the right size. Lucky for me everything happened to be perfect and I’m just obsessed with all of them atm (and surely I will be for a long time).

I was looking for a good bra for a quite some time, but I had problems with finding a one that will be as pretty as comfortable. I’m obsessed with Victoria’s Secret for a while and I already have quite a lot of panties from there so I hoped the bra will be really good quality as well. I wasn’t wrong. As soon as I tried this one on I fell in love! It’s definitely the most comfortable bra I ever had. Highly recommend! I know it’s quite pricey but definitely worth it!

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Also they have great promotions! The time I was purchasing this bra I could get for free a lip product of my choice!

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I chose this Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain in Adored and it happened to be the best shade of liquid lipstick I’ve ever had! I just love the consistency and it definitely doesn’t make your lips feel dry.

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I found them online on promotion for around ($12) and just fell in love in them instantly! Already wore them few days straight and they’re so comfortable! Also they match everything I wear!

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The last item is this cute, girly polka dot dress I ordered from oysho.com. I was looking for a dress this shape (envelope, but not from jersey material) for a long time! I’m glad they become more popular this summer.

Thank you for reading! Share in the comments what items are your monthly favorites!

 

xx, Olita


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How Do I Edit My Instagram Pictures

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Today I want to share with you how I usually edit pictures for my instagram. For a while I was looking for a best combination of different apps and their features to make all the photos look brighter and cohesive. I wanted to create my IG theme and little did I know, it just came to me with every pic I was editing.

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Even though as you can see on my profile photos where changing, all my photos are kept in neutral and warm tone with a splash of contrasting colour in a detail.

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I always prefer to take my pictures with the natural light. Usually they look too warm or sometimes even with an orange tone. What I like to do is to use Facetune and with the tool whiten, whiten all the yellow tones off the photo

After Facetune I use the VSCO app to adjust brightness and contrast to my liking. For the effect of an analog camera I like to add some grain to the picture. Usually I keep it between 3-4, but of course the intensity of this effect and other adjustments depend on an individual picture.

And that’s how the fully edited photo look like.

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MY INSTAGRAM

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Let me know in the comments how you edit your instagram pics and what apps you’re using! Do you have any cool tips?

xx, Olita


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