Black Friday

Black Friday is an American concept and is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It is said that the term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kick off of  the Cristmas shopping season. The shopping spree phenomenon has been adopted by many countries in Europe and  other parts of the world.

At H&M the above selected items have a discount of 50%. There are more items  with 50% off and other items with 30% and 40% off.

At Mango everything at 30%  off – 28 – 30 November – In-Stores and Online 

At Zara 20% off on the entire store – in stores and online 

At Bershka 20% off – Discount applied to all items (except gift card) – Valid only on November 28th

At Stradivarius 20% off in the whole collection – only today

At Pull & Bear 20% off – only today – online exclusive

At Kiko 30% off on all products  (excluding KIKO Gift Cards) until December 1st.


ONLINE: at checkout insert the code: BRIGHTPROMO.

IN STORE: show the voucher on your Smartphone or print it out and take it into the nearest KIKO store.



Beauty Express

Especially when we go on vacation or just spend a weekend somewhere, we want beauty products that save time and space in the suitcase. So, this post features products for that purpose.

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturizer
It’s a quick and convenient spray lotion that deeply moisturizes and absorbs fast. So, you can put your clothes straight on. Available in three variants: Oats, Aloe and Cocoa.
In-Shower Body Lotion Cocoa & Milk – Nivea
This innovative product allows skin to be conditioned whilst in the shower, taking the hassle out of moisturizing. So you can get dressed immediately.
Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray – The Bodyshop
When the heat is on, this cooling spray refreshes hot, tired feet and combats odor.
Klorane Dry Shampoo
For those days when we wake up late and don’t have time to wash the hair, this shampoo is a beauty time-saver. Just with a few sprinkles, it revives the hair in minutes in a natural way.
Native Spa Jabuticaba and Brazil Nut Nourishing Hair Protection Leave-in Cream – O Boticário
It’s a great product to apply after the shampoo, since it contains ingredients such as Shea butter that leaves the hair hydrated and soft and easy to comb and style. It’s saves time and water.
Marvellous Glow Oil – Garnier
This oil contains argan and camellia oils which nourishes and protects the hair.  It can be applied before brushing: nourishes, protects and softens the hair, making it easy to comb; in daily care: nourishes, softens and leaving the hair super shiny and supple.
Micellar Cleasing Water – Nivea
Once a cult product amongst make-up artists, it’s  now available to everyone. It cleans deeply. Removes make-up from face and eyes and moisturizes in one step, leaving the skin refreshed.
Cleasing Wipes – The Bodyshop
These cleasing wipes are convenient and easy to use since they remove make-up and impurities, leaving the skin refreshed, soft and smooth.
Glow Touch Lips & Cheeks – Kiko
It’s a versatile product, with a soft consistency and a delicate texture. It can be applied on the lips and cheeks, giving a glossy effect. It’s easy to spread and blend and it’s not sticky.  Available in 6 colors.  


Must-haves for a Seaside Getaway

If you are planning a seaside getaway here are the things you need to pack:

1.  beach bag  where you can put all the stuff
2. beach towel to lay down comfortably
3. cap/hat to protect your hair from the sun’s UV rays
4. sunglasses to protect your eyes that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays
5. bikini to make a splash
6.  top give preference to a top or tee made of cotton since it allows a better air circulation
7. shorts because they are both practical and stylish
8.  flip-flops are easy to slip back on and off and they are water proof
9.  sunscreen to protect you from the damaging of UV radiation
10. lipbalm with SPF to soothe and protect the lips from the drying effects of the sun
11.  sun protection spray for the hair to protect the hair against UV-rays, salt and chlorine
12.  beach umbrella to deflect direct sunlight and  to keep food and liquids in the shade

In Search of a Miracle Shampoo

My hair is definitely problematic because I have dandruff, greasy roots, dry ends, has coloration and highlights.
I already tried innumerous shampoos to eliminate the dandruff, brands sold in supermarkets, brands from stores specialized in beauty and hair care products and brands sold in pharmacies. And so far any solved the problem permanently. From my experience anti-dandruff shampoos are very aggressive and tend to leave the scalp greasy.
First, I wash my hair by mixing two shampoos: Head & Shoulders and Cami Kool   by Rituals. Then I use Herbal Essences with icy pineapple and cotton extracts which I have been using for a couple of years. I love the smell and it leaves the hair fresh and clean.
Since my roots are greasy I only use no rinse conditioners. For quite sometime now I have been using Curlesque Leave-In Conditioner by Tigi. I really like it because it saves time, hydrates the hair and makes the combing really easy.
I always dry my hair with the hair dryer although it has the inconvenient of drying the hair, it lasts more time clean.
So, if anyone knows an anti-dandruff shampoo that is really efficient and doesn’t have the tendency of leaving the hair oily, with continuous use, please let me know.

Last Minute Survival Kit for Coachella

If you are going to Coachella this weekend and still haven’t thought what to pack for the festival, here are some tips to help you.

1. clothes made of cotton  since the weather in the Californian desert is usually hot although the temperature drops at night. Cotton allows movement of air from the skin through the fabric.
2.  good quality sunglasses are mandatory since you will be most of the time exposed to sunlight they will protect you from UV radiation.
3. sunscreen is recommended, preference in spray because it is easy and quick  to apply.
4. band-aids are also essential since you will be almost all day standing and walking, it’s likely to get foot blisters. They provide great protection over blisters and bandages with gel pads are the best because they relieve the pain and protect the blisters.
5.  water bottle  is practical and cheaper since you can refill the bottle at the water refill stations for free.
6. thermal spring water  is particular beneficial especially when the weather is very hot it gives skin the sensation of freshness.
7. dry shampoo is very helpful because due to the heat you will sweat. And if your hair gets messy, with only a few sprinkles of powder and some brushes it will give the hair the appearance of being clean.
8.  bikini/swim trunks are a must if you are going to attend pool side parties.
And last but not least lots of enthusiasm and have fun.

Lip Balm Delicious by Bodyshop

Lip balm is a product that I always carry in my bag. For a long time I have been using lip balms by Bodyshop. At the moment I am using a lip balm with a raspberry flavor. It smells incredibly, it’s very yummy and leaves the lips with a shine finish.  There are other flavors like watermelon, strawberry and passionberry.
Another favorite of mine is the sweet lemon lip butter because it has a buttery texture that melts instantly leaving the lips soft and smooth.  It contains real lemon seed oil and it is very pleasant to the taste. Other flavors include coconut, pink grapefruit and guarana.
Bodyshop has launched the dragon fruit  lip butter which is great since it is a super-moisturising balm and all the profits go to charity.

Three Hair Removal Methods: waxing; shaving and pulsed light

It’s incredible but I use three hair removal methods. For a long time I have been doing waxing in the legs and in the bikini line. It’s is definitely a good method since it weakens the hair and it lasts longer than the shaving.  Last year I was made aware of a roll-on waxing sold in stores of hair care and beauty products and so I decided I could save money. I bought the roll-on applicator, the epilating stripes and the two axe refills were a gift because it was part of the promotion. It is really great since it delivers salon-quality results at home.
In the armpits I shave with the Gillette Venus razor and I use the Satin Care gel by the same brand. It only lasts a week but I really love the razor and the blades. And the best thing is that never cuts.  After the shaving I always use Johnson’s Baby Oil and it works wonders for keeping the skin moisturized.
This year I decide to take advantage of winter promotions and I started doing pulsed light in the bikini line. My hair in that area is very strong and the waxing only lasts for two weeks. So far I did three sessions and the results are amazing. After the second session I didn’t have hair in the bikini line for a month.