Gifts From Uncommon Goods / Product Review

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hello everybody! About a month ago I recieved an email from Uncommon Goods asking me if I'd like to partner up with them and review a few things from their website. I didn't know much about them when I got the email but after a few emails back and forth I knew that it would be a great opportunity!

Uncommon Goods is a Brooklyn, New York based retailer of unique and handmade items which are people, animal and environment friendly. They make it their mission to support designers and artist which is why most of their items are handmade. Actually, not only they are handmade but also one-third of their collection consists of items that are made by recycled/upcycled materials. As a certified B Corp foundation they give their workers more than minimum wage, give back to their community and support many causes. Working with a company that has a mission to impact the world in a positive way is always something that I would say yes to. 

I was asked to choose items from their Gifts for Women collection which was super hard because there were so many items ranging from jewelery to home essentials that were super cute and very unique. One thing I didn't pay attention while choosing was if the item could be sent internationally because it turns out that some of the handmade items had shipping restrictions but if you set location then it all makes it easier. Delivery took a bit of time because the package got stuck in customs but with a little bit of teamwork we got that sorted as well. At the end they were able to send me four items which was super generous of them to do. I'm sharing two of them with you today but the next two will be featured here soon so keep an eye out for that!
One of the things that I knew I would love to have was this Bedside Smartphone Vase. Since I need an alarm to wake up in the morning I always have my phone by my bed but sometimes it even ends up by my pillow. In order to prevent this I thought choosing this would be the best thing I would do for myself. The stand is made of ceramic, comes in two colors, white and mint and it also serves as a vase for flowers but I definitely recommend using fake flowers because having real ones would mean that you would have to water them and that wouldn't be such a great idea. There is also an oppening on the bottom of the stand which enables you to charge your phone while it stands on it. It's a quite simple product but very high quality!
Another ceramic item that I chose from the collection was this adorable Whale Pitcher. We have a lot of large house plants that always needs watering and recently I realized that we don't really have a proper pitcher to water them with. So seeing this on the website was a golden moment for me. I immediatly showed my mom and she said she would definitely make use of it! Other than it being a necessity, we also loved its vintage look and the fact that it was whale shaped. I mean how cute and original is that!

If you like their items and would love to go gift shopping you can click here and here for more gift ideas for women.  Some of these pages might actually be helpful to the men in your life so if they need a little guidence with buying you a gift maybe you'd like to send over these links to them or you could just spoil yourself!

Elif x

A/W Season Makeup Look

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hello everybody! Since I haven't been around here a while I finally made it my mission to make time for my blog this weekend and show my face around here, literally. This post will be all about my Autumn makeup look. I have probably mentioned this before on my previous beauty posts but I will say it again, I don't do makeup often so I'm not super great at it but what I try to do is I try not to use lots of product so it would be as natural as possible. So hopefully you like this look and if you do like it, scroll down below to read more about it!
Before I apply anything to my face I moisturize it. Nothing will be smooth if your skin isn't smooth to begin with and my skin is usually dry but it gets a bit worse during the colder months so care is always needed. After moisturizing you can start with the makeup.

Face: I applied my new L'oreal True Match foundation which I'm still testing out but so far I've had wonderful results. It has great coverage and it's not pricey which is a great deal for a lot of people who don't like to spend too much on makeup. To apply the foundation I used a recently purchased Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is super amazing to help blend in the product. After the foundation I wanted to add a bit of color to my cheeks so I decided to use the Cabana Boy Blush from The Balm Cosmetics. I actually use this brush all year round. It's really pigmented and the color of it suits really well with my skin.

Eyeshadow: I used Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette and started off from the the inner corner with the sparkly light pinkish color and made my way to the middle with a sparkly gold color and finished it off with one of the darker brown colors and blended them all together.

Eyeliner: Used my all time favorite from Golden Rose, which is the one and only Precision Eyeliner in Intense Black. It's an amazing product that is long lasting and it dries really quickly so it won't get messy. It's also not very pricey at all so definitely worth a try if you haven't already.

Eyelashes: I tried out a new mascara from Rimmel London called Lash Accelerator. This mascara doesn't add much volume to lashes and it takes a while to dry but it does give that lenght and natural look that I want which is always a plus in my book!

Eyebrows: I filled in my eyebrows with one of the darker colors in the Iconic 3 palette. As with everything else I didn't apply a lot to my eyebrows because I know how tricky it is to get those eyebrows on fleek so I left no room for mistakes. Less is definitely more in most cases.  

Lips: I used to always use red lipstick all year round but this year during the summer I went for rose or brownish colors. So since it's the colder months now I decided to take out my favorite liptick which is the Kate Moss 107 from Rimmel London. I forgot how beautiful this color was because I haven't used it for a long time but it's definitely the A/W lipstick you are looking for.

Thanks for reading this post! Also I will be replying back to comments on my blog from now on.. as well as visiting blog links from commenters. Make sure to leave your link so I can stop by. See ya later!!

Elif x

Photo an Hour // Beautiful Istanbul 25.10.2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

12:30 / After having breakfast I decided to tidy my bed.
13:30 / I thought I would go explore the city so I wanted to do a bit of make up.
14:30 / Secretly taking a photo on the bus. I always hate it when people stare at me when I'm taking photos so I wanted to avoid the looks this time.
15:30 / Made it to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. I have been to this place so many times but never when it was this clear. The images I took on this day were super nice and sharp. I love it when it rains in Istanbul and all the pollution just dissappears.
16:30 / Something that I really enjoy doing when I'm in the heart of Istanbul is buying some roasted chestnuts. The greatest snack ever.
17:30 / After Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque I headed to Galata Tower. I waited about an half an hour in line to get in but the view was worth it.
18:30 / Walking past Yeni Cami (New Mosque) in Eminönü while going to the tramway so I can start heading back home.
After the last photo I realized that my battery was ending on my phone and I needed to save it for emergencies because going back home takes about two hours from Eminönü. It was also super crowded in the tramway and the metrobus so I wouldn't be able to snap anything anyways. Because I couldn't take photos in the following hours I decided to put a few more from the previous hours so I hope I can get way with it this time. Hopefully you like seeing these Istanbul photos from me :)

P.S. I actually had my dSLR with me but I forgot to charge the battery of it so I couldn't use it after taking a couple of photos around Hagia Sophia so the last 4 photos I took with my phone :)

Elif x