Big Fat Curls Recipe ®


Heat up the curling iron.
Section your hair into 2-4 zones, depending on how much hair you have.
Choose one zone to start with & pin in the rest of the hair to one side, out of the way.
Start curling a section with the tip of the curler facing down (this way it would be easier for you to grasp the curl afterwards).
Curl each section for 10-15 sec then slowly release the hair off the iron by tugging on the end of your section.
Roll the curls up and pin into place with small hair clips.
When you’re done you should look somewhat like this


Hairspray all this big fat mess and let the curls cool down for ~10 mins
Release the curls and style to your own taste.


Beauty Wars Series: Giorgio Armani vs. L’Oréal


In this edition I am going to compare high end vs. drugstore foundation:

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup L’Oréal NUDE Magique EAU DE TINT.

In my case I came across G.A. first and instantly fell in love with it, well almost!

The story goes: I was on a business trip to Munich with a friend and as you do – we went on a shopping spree eventually stopping at a big Douglas store where I was nonchalantly browsing beauty products, walking around until I bumped into my friend being zombied by a lovely lady from the Giorgio Armani counter and eventually succeeding in making her buy this new ‘unbelievably fantastic foundation’. My initial reaction was: ha ha poor girl have been fooled into buying ~50 Euro foundation (as I haven`t heard about it previously having vast experience in trying out an endless list of high end foundations).

Coming back to a hotel next morning when my friend was playing around with her new pricey foundation, I decided to give it a go as well.

After that it all went black.

I could not believe it. The texture, the feeling. I decided to wear it out and see how it was going to last but the only outcome was that by the start of the next day I was buzzing to go and pick up a bottle for myself. Ironic eh?!

Coming back to the UK I picked up a beauty mag where I saw an ad for this L’Oréal and just could not resist picking it up. The next morning when I tried it I was truly amazed that it feels just like my Giorgio Armani one (mind you I had no idea that L’Oreal Group owns Giorgio Armani cosmetics so it is not so surprising after all).

After trying both out for long periods of time I have noticed only tiniest difference in consistency. At the end of the day they are pretty much the same. They feel like silk on your fingers and like nothing at all on your face. You need a tiny amount which does possess a reasonable amount of coverage.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup retails for 38 GBP


L’Oréal NUDE Magique EAU DE TINT retails for 9.99 GBP



King and Queen of Lip Care.

Her Majesty VASELINE


I have had such a hard time with this product in Russia, friends took the piss every time I pulled it out of my bag.


Nevertheless it works wonders and chapped lips miraculously turn into lips from a high end beauty mag cover *A must-have as a prepping step for a bold lip make-up.

So who gives a crap that some might find the name overly amusing. I certainly don`t.

Vaseline tin lasts ages and is ridiculously affordable coming in several different flavours with ever so slight tints.

*PAINT THE TOWN Red Lip Tint shown on the photo is from limited edition series

Retail Price ~ 2 GBP/100 RUB


His Majesty CARMEX



Carmex, however, never provoked any reaction at all.

I would go as far as saying that this is almost a medicine for your lips in need.

Beware of the tingling sensation on your lips caused by mint in the actual product which I personally j`adore.

Comes in all different shapes, flavours and tints.

Retail Price ~ 2.69 GBP/140 RUB


Both options do a similar job so a choice might only be triggered by budget or actual packaging.


Veg Series: Crispy Asparagus ®


If you know me, you`ll know that I have an unhealthy fixation on asparagus.

People tend to think that asparagus is like marmite: you either love it or hate it. I happen to have a different opinion on this. Once you nail the easy method of cooking it, you and Mr. Asparagus will have frequent rendezvous.

Here is my way of nailing it:

✓Wash the spears and instead of slicing off the tough root ends just break them with your fingers *that way the spears supposedly break in the very spot where the nutritious delish bit starts

✓Heat a large frying pan with a tbsp of olive oil and a tbps of butter seasoning with a tad of salt

✓Add asparagus and fry for 2-3 mins on high heat

✓Turn them around and cook for additional 3 mins

Optional bit:

✓To make spears softer pour in 50ml of water and cook for 2 mins with a lid

Serve with Hollandaise Sauce.




Soup Edition: Pumpkin ©


4 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped

1kg pumpkins or peeled, deseeded & chopped

700ml vegetable/chicken stock

142ml double cream

4 slices wholemeal seeded bread

handful pumpkin seed

✓ Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan

✓Add 2 onions (finely chopped) and gently cook for 5 mins until soft but not coloured

✓Toss in 1 kg of pumpkins (peeled, deseeded, chopped) and cook for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until soft and golden

✓Pour in 700ml stock, season with salt and pepper

✓ Bring to boil and simmer for 10 mins until pumkin is soft

✓Stir in 142ml of double cream, bring back to boil and purée with a hand blender *for extra velvety texture push the soup though a fine sieve


✓Slice 4 pieces of wholemeal seed bread into small croutons

✓Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and fry the bread until a tad crisp

✓Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins


Beauty, Fashion

Monochrome Vibes by AR & Co.


Monochrome Vibes by AR & Co.