Brazil Thoughts: The Girl From Ipanema



One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of Brazil is the melody of one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard – the now well known Brazilian bossa nova song : La garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema), first written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. I think the most popular version of the song and the most classic and iconic is that which was first performed by Astrud Gilberto and Joao Gilberto. The song has then gone on to be performed by Frank Sinatra and even Amy Winehouse. If you haven’t already, I suggest you listen to this lovely song!

Above is a picture of Hêlo Pinheiro, the young girl who had inspired the song to be written because of her beauty. The girl from Ipanema.

The Importance of A Grandmother



In response to The Daily Post on whether there should be another day in order of a special relative, my answer is yes, a day dedicated to grandparents, or in my case, my lovely grandmother. I call mine “annane” (Turkish for grandma). It literally means mother’s mother.

Now I can only speak from my own experience with my grandma. I understand that there aren’t many people who are that close to their grandparents, and truthfully I find that a little sad. I don’t know if it’s down to culture and different ideas on what family is. In my culture family is very important, especially family elders. Grandparents are seen as wise and special, and people you should always be respectful towards. I’ve always had a very close relationship with my “annane”, and so have my siblings. She practically brought us up – of course my mum did too, but my mum’s always been hard at work providing for the family as long as I can remember…and my dad…well not so much. In my opinion grandmothers are like second mothers, and my grandmother certainly is. No one’s love feels as warm and gentle as a grandma’s love. There’s just something special about them. Something kinda magical. My “annane” is the sweetest woman ever, but that isn’t to say she isn’t tough. I love that about her, and I love that combination of sweetness and “I don’t give a damn” confidence that comes with age. I’d love to be a grandmother one day. I’m not really scared of aging.

For me grandmothers deserve a day of their own, because they are such strong people. My grandmother came to London when she was in her early 20’s with FIVE kids! Yes five…two more soon to be on the way. She also had an abusive husband who she had never wanted to marry in the first place. At a young age she was basically kidnapped and made to marry him. She came from a remote village in Dersim, north-east Turkey. Eventually she left her husband. Today she’s almost always coming to visit us, and still as passionate and full of energy as ever, with a total of 7 kids, 12 grandchildren plus one on the way, and two great grandchildren at the ripe old age of 62. A phenomenal woman she is!

The Best Ever Face Wash: L’Oreal Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash



It take’s a very good product for me to label as my most favourite. And the L’Oreal Skin Perfection range’s gel-cream wash is definitely currently my favourite face wash. I say currently but I’ve actually been using this particular product for a few months now, and I am very happy with it. I’ve tried out quite a few face washes’ and scrubs, and I’ve found that the L’Oreal skin perfection face wash works best for me because I have rather sensitive skin.

My skin like many young women is at times a little prone to spots and blackheads. I’m guessing that most probably the reason for this is that I have quite oily skin. However at times it can have some dry patches on my face, particularly nose and around the mouth area. So I’d say I have combination skin. The L’Oreal skin perfection gel-wash claims to be for dry and sensitive skin. I use this face wash every morning and before I go to bed, unlike some other face washes, this product isn’t harsh on my sensitive skin. Instead it’s very gentle, and I always find that any spots or imperfections I have tend to vanish after using the L’Oreal skin perfection gel-wash. I’d say this takes around two washes. And this is great! I find that some face washes and particularly face scrubs, cause me to have a negative reaction. This often leads to more spots then I’d usually have, as well as even more sensitive skin.

I think that the L’Oreal Skin Perfection range is great for young women. Their product’s are also very diverse, in that there’s literally something for almost anyone. There are actually quite a vast amount of different product available in the Skin Perfection range. I myself haven’t tried and tested out all of them. I’m a little tempted to trying out the Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash for normal to combination skin, as well as the Radiance Revealing Exfoliator. I’m expecting that unlike other exfoliators I have tried, it won’t have the same harsh effect. However what I’ve currently discovered is that by adding around a tea spoon of bicarbonate soda to my face wash, it transforms into a great DIY exfoliator, which isn’t harsh on my skin. I would do this around 1- 2 times a week. And I have noticed great results (spot redness goes down or disappears significantly!).

I find that the L’Oreal skin perfection gel-wash is great value for money – another positive. I tend to purchase the product from Superdrug where they usually have a  two for £5 offer. Great for students, and those looking to save money, as beauty products seem to be getting even more expensive lately. You can also purchase the wash from many high street stores and supermarkets.

As a final note, this is my personal opinion on the product, and I hope it has helped.


Egyptian Magic Miracle All Purpose Cream – Review



• Uses all natural ingredients
• Give’s a nice glow
• Mentioned in Look magazine

• Quite expensive – not great value for money.
• Oily consistency – wouldn’t use daily.

I decided to purchase this natural ingredient all purpose skin cream when I had read about it in Look magazine a month ago. Egyptian Magic caught my attention for a few reasons. Firstly I’m always trying to find a good all purpose cream, preferably a natural one. Egyptian Miracle combines together olive oil, bee pollen, beeswax, honey, royal jelly and Propolis extract.

Another reason I wanted to give it a go was because Look magazine had mentioned the Egyptian Magic all purpose cream was used by celebrities such as Cara Delevigne. Now of course these claims are not always true, but nevertheless I liked the mentioned ingredients and the fact that the product was natural, so I thought I’d give this cream a go. I’ve never really liked the idea of using products containing lots of artificial ingredients, and as the Egyptian Magic all purpose cream is all natural, this is a plus point.

Now I’ve been using Egyptian Magic all purpose cream for around a month now, and one good point is that it hasn’t finished yet. I thought it might have by now because my mum’s also been using it occasionally. I’m happy about this because the cream was quite pricey – I paid £21 for the cream. I was a little hesitant about this. I did a quick google search to work out where I could purchase the product for a good price, and in the end I ended up ordering the cream from Beauty Bay . My other option was to order from the product manufacturers themselves- the Egyptian Magic website, but Beauty Bay didn’t have a shipping fee which was more ideal. I have since found out that Liberty of London also appears to sell the product, but for £29 (which I wouldn’t consider myself). The Egyptian Magic website does provide quite a good amount of information on their website, claiming that the product can be used for almost anything. For dry skin, body, face, intimate areas’ and even on the scalp.

I found that the consistency of the cream is very oily, and I expected this as it does appear to contain a great amount of olive oil. For this reason I recommend that a little goes a long way. I didn’t use the cream everyday. As it contains olive oil I was a little worried too much may have a negative effect on my sensitive skin, especially since I’m prone to spots & occasional eczema rashes. So instead I would use the cream after baths and showers, to restore moisture. I found that applying a small amount of the cream to my face before I went to bed, gave me a nice glow the morning after. I know that many people would agree that it’s good to let your face absorb it’s own oil properties at night in order to improve elasticity and give you that glow. I felt that the Egyptian Magic cream encouraged this. Overall I didn’t really come to the opinion that the cream is great for parts of the body prone to very dry skin, i.e. feet, knees, elbows. I think that it’s best used as a little face mask and for moisture of the overall body after having a bath. I didn’t really notice much difference using the product on my scalp and hair before washing. I would prefer using pure olive oil for this. Maybe combining with some lemon juice or egg whites.

Egyptian magic does have a lovely, natural smell, however I’m still unsure as to whether I’d purchase the product again- mainly due to the fact that I’m still unsure about whether it’s good value for money.