5 year of AnotherSide Of Me { part I }

21 iulie 2014


You know the classic question for a job interview: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Well, if someone put us this question five years ago when we started blogging, definitely we haven't imagine that we will get where we are today. 
At first, Dorina started blogging because as a Journalism student, she loves to write and wanted to do something else than news, so she created a small (online) corner, where wrote her opinions and share with readers a different side of her. Hence the blog name: AnotherSide of Me. After some time writing about personal stories, editorials and tennis, she began timidly to write about beauty. She found a few blogs on this niche and have fascinated her so much that she wanted to enter it in this pink and beautiful world. Even if back then we barely used mascara and foundation, after a while we became passionate about makeup and skincare products. Cristina liked the "blogging thing" so much that after a series of guest posts on the blog she decided to become admin and there began our adventure together in this beautiful world.
We can't believe that five years have passed, it's like yesterday when we opened Blogger dashboard and and we asked our Dorm mates: "What theme and background to choose?" and we changed them very often because we couldn't decide which is more beautiful (almost all were pink with flowers and butterflies).
We didn't have a plan or a purpose when we started the blog, but we are so happy that we did this step, cause we had a lot of achievements. Some of the jobs we've had were found through our blog, we had the opportunity to review a lot of products, we went to some nice events, we had some very nice collaborations, but mostly, we met many wonderful people and the most important of them is definitely Julie, who has now become more than an acquaintance, is one of the best friends we have. Thanks a lot for what you did for us and our blog, sweetie! :*
 We definitely made a few sacrifices to get here: it wasn't easy when we were students and we have a full time job to find time to write posts. Even now is not easy, especially as we start posting more often, we don't even know how many sleepless nights and how many hours of our free time we spent blogging, but when you do something with passion, you don't realize these things. Also, you can't imagine the joy we feel when we receive so many nice comments from you. We never met in real life, but you always make our day beautiful when we leave a comment to tell us that you enjoyed our posts. You are one of our main motivations and thank you for taking time to write something here.
Although five years have passed, we feel that our adventure into the world of blogging is just beginning, we have a lot of dreams and plans for the future.
 *** Tomorrow comes the second anniversary post with the outfits that we wore to celebrate five years of blogging. Don't forget to visit the blog to see the post. Kisses! :*


Stiti clasica si banala intrebare de la interviul pentru job: "Unde te vezi peste 5 ani?" Ei bine, daca ne-ar fi pus cineva intrebarea asta acum cinci ani cand am inceput sa scriem pe blog, cu siguranta nu ne-am fi imaginat ca o sa ajungem unde suntem astazi.
La inceput, Dorina s-a apucat de blogging pentru ca, fiind studenta la Jurnalism, ii placea sa scrie si isi dorea sa faca si altceva in afara de stiri, asa ca a vrut sa isi creeze un mic colt (virtual) al ei, unde sa isi exprime opiniile si sa impartaseasca cu cititorii o alta fata a ei. De aici si numele blogului: AnotherSide of Me. Dupa ceva timp de scris despre intamplari personale, tenis si editoriale despre actualitate, a inceput timid sa scrie despre beauty. A descoperit cateva bloguri pe aceasta nisa (Cafeneaua Oanei si Coltul Cameliei sunt doua dintre ele) si au fascinat-o atat de tare incat si-a dorit sa patrunda si ea in aceasta lume frumoasa si roz.
Desi atunci abia foloseam mascara si fond de ten, usor-usor am devenit amandoua pasionate de machiaj si mai ales de produsele de ingrijire. Cristina a luat rapid microbul blogging-ului si dupa o serie de guest post-uri pe blog s-a hotarat sa devina si ea "admin cu acte in regula", si-a creat cont pe Google si de acolo a inceput aventura noastra impreuna in aceasta lume frumoasa. La inceput nimeni nu ne deosebea, credea ca pe blog scrie o singura persoana, insa, incet-incet, dupa cateva postari impreuna lumea a inceput sa realizeze ca suntem doua si acum chiar reusesc sa ne deosebeasca.

Nu ne vine sa credem ca au trecut cinci ani, parca ieri am deschis timid tabloul de bord din Blogger si  stresam colegele din camera de camin cu intrebarea " Care tema si care background vi se pare mai dragut?" si le tot schimbam foarte des pentru ca nu ne puteam hotari care sunt mai frumoase ( mai toate erau roz si cu floricele sau fluturi :P)

Nu ne-am apucat de blogging cu un scop anume, insa ne bucuram enorm ca am facut-o pentru ca in timpul asta am avut o multime de realizari datorita blogului. Unele dintre job-urile noastre le-am gasit datorita blogului, am avut posibilitatea sa testam o multime de produse in premiera, am mers la cateva evenimente foarte reusite, am avut cateva colaborari foarte frumoase, dar mai ales, am intalnit multe persoane minunate pe care altfel nu am fi avut posibilitatea sa le cunoastem, iar cea mai importanta dintre ele e cu siguranta Julie, care a devenit acum mai mult decat o simpla cunostinta, e una dintre cele mai bune prietene pe care le avem si careia ii multumim mult pentru tot ce a facut pentru noi si pentru blog.

Cu siguranta am facut si cateva mici sacrificii pentru a ajunge aici: nu a fost deloc usor atunci cand eram studente, aveam si job si trebuia sa ne ocupam si de "cele ale casei" sa gasim timp sa scriem postari. Nici acum nu e foarte usor, mai ales ca am inceput sa postam mult mai des, numai noi stim cate nopti nedormite si cate ore din timpul nostru liber am alocat blogging-ului, insa atunci cand faci ceva din pasiune, nu mai realizezi aceste lucruri. In plus, nici nu va imaginati ce bucurie simtim cand primim atatea comentarii frumoase de la voi. Pe majoritatea nu va cunoastem nici macar virtual si totusi ne faceti mereu zilele mai frumoase cand ne lasati comentarii in care ne spuneti ca v-au placut postarile noastre. Sunteti una din principalele noastre motivatii si va multumim enorm pentru ca va rupeti din timpul vostru sa scrieti ceva aici, in casuta noastra virtuala.

Chiar daca au trecut cinci ani, simtim ca aventura noastra in lumea blogging-ului abia incepe, avem o multime de visuri si planuri pentru viitor.
*** Maine urmeaza partea a doua a postarii noastre aniversare, cu tinutele pe care le-am purtat pentru a sarbatori cinci ani de blogging. Nu uitati sa vizitati blogul pentru a vedea postarea. V-am pupat! :*


Five raspberries for five years ^-^




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Benecos makeup products {review}

19 iulie 2014



Lately we've noticed that the number of women who use organic or natural makeup products increased and the market for these ranges is growing and they are improving all the time in terms of their formulations and color palette. But are these products good or just good ingredients? Well, from our experience we can tell you that in terms of efficiency, there aren't differences between organic makeup products and the usual ones. Sure, for a makeup artist is not the same to use an organic product and a high-end one, but for everyday makeup, we must say that they are quite good. Today we will show you some Benecos products, a brand which we were familiar with because we try other products in the past.

In ultima vreme am observat ca  din ce in ce mai multa lumea e  interesata de trendul bio: fie ca e vorba de alimente, produse de ingrijire si mai nou si produse de machiaj bio. Principalul motiv pentru care femeile se indreapta catre produsele de machiaj organice sunt ingredientele. Dar oare aceste produse sunt bune sau au doar ingrediente bune? Ei bine, din propria experienta va spunem ca din punct de vedere al eficientei, produsele organice nu se deosebesc mai deloc de cele obisnuite. Astazi o sa va prezentam cateva produse Benecos, brand cu care noi eram deja familiarizate pentru ca mai incercasem produse de la ei si in trecut (gasiti review aici).


Benecos Natural Blush Trio Fall in Love - it's our favorite from the products presented in this post. In the past we have tried Benecos baked blush and we absolutely loved it. This blush has three gorgeous natural powder blush shades to create a fresh, glowing complexion. You can either use each shade of the blush on its own or mix the trio powder. The three colors can be used separately as a blush, highlighter and bronzer, but mixed, looks much better and gives a nice glow. It's buildable, so if you want a discreet makeup you apply it one coat of product, and if you want a flushed look, you can choose two or three layers. The resistance is very good, doesn't disappear like other products. Contains macadamia oil, castor oil, vitamin E and sunflower oil and has a satin texture, it's not dusty. The pictures doesn't do it justice, in reality looks much better.

Blush-ul Benecos Natural Trio Fall in Love - incepem cu el pentru ca e preferatul nostru. Adoram blush-urile, sunt produsele noastre favorite de machiaj (cel putin in cazul Dorinei :P). In trecut am mai incercat blush-ul baked Benecos si cu greu ne-am despartit de el, l-am folosit chiar si dupa ce expirase, desi stim ca nu e bine, il adoram :) Noul blush ne place la nebunie, pentru ca ofera o nuanta perfecta (obtinuta din imbinarea celor trei culori), potrivita pentru mai multe tipuri de ten. Cele trei culori pot fi folosite si separat ca blush, highlighter si bronzer, insa ni se pare ca amestecate arata mult mai bine si ofera un glow frumos pometilor. Este buildable, asa ca daca doriti un machiaj discret puteti aplica un singur strat de produs, iar daca vreti sa fiti mai imbujorate, puteti opta pentru doua-trei straturi. Rezista foarte mult pe obraji, nu dispare precum alte produse. Contine ulei de Macadamia, ulei de ricin, vitamina E si ulei de floarea soarelui si are o textura satinata, nu e deloc prafos. In poze nu se observa foarte bine stralucirea pe care o ofera si culoarea superba, insa va spunem ca in realitate arata mult mai frumos.
Are 5.5 grame si costa aproximtiv 20 de lei.



Benecos eyeshadow base- initially we thought that had the skin tone, but it's gold, with glitter particles. However, when it is applied, is not so visible, so you don't look like a disco ball. Unfortunately, in our case the eye makeup didn't last more than usually without primer and the eyeshadow creased in 2-3 hours. We don't have oily eyelids, but we hardly found a primer that works for us and that is Radiant. For example, Elf primer wasn't good for us and many girls praised it, so it's possible that this base work for other people. This primer enhance the eyeshadow color, but not too much. We love the wand applicator, it's very hygienic and helps a lot to apply the product.

Baza Prime Fine pentru fard de pleoape- e prima baza colorata de pleoape pe care o incercam. Initial am crezut ca are nuanta pielii, insa e aurie si are si particule de sclipici prin ea. Totusi, atunci cand e aplicata, acest lucru nu se mai observa decat foarte putin. Nu va ganditi deci ca veti avea pleoapele aurii si sclipicioase ca si cum ati fi aplicat un fard in aceasta nuanta.
Din pacate, in cazul nostru nu si-a facut efectul si fardurile nu au rezistat mai mult decat rezista in mod obisnuit fara o baza, adica vreo doua-trei ore, dupa care s-au strans in pliul pleoapei. Nu avem pleoape uleioase, insa am gasit cu greu un primer care sa functioneze pentru noi, cel de la Radiant. Spre exemplu, primerul Elf, pe care multe fete il lauda, nu prea era bun pentru noi, asa ca e posibil ca aceasta baza sa functioneze pentru alte persoane. Intensifica culoarea fardurilor, dar nu foarte mult. Ne place mult aplicatorul, e foarte igienic si ajuta mult la aplicare, spre deosebire de primerele in borcanase cu care se lucreaza putin mai greu.
Pretul bazei e de 20 de lei.


Baked Natural DUO PARTY eyeshadow
- this
shadow is 100% natural, obtained by special technology Baked NATURAL COLORS,  that mean the eyeshadow is kept in an oven at high temperature for several hours to get a glowing intensity, without the addition of harmful chemical ingredients.
We love purple makeup, so it was impossible to not love this duo. It's perfect for a day makeup, but can be used for evening makeupif you add the darker shade in the outer corner. The eyeshadow are shimmery and have fine glitter particles. Without primer last about 2-3 hours, but with a good primer (in our case Radiant) it doesn’t crease at all even after a long 12 hour work day. In photos I applied one coat without primer, with fingers, but it looks more intense on eyelids.

Fardul natural baked DUO PARTY - are aceeasi textura ca blush-ul baked despre care am scris mai sus si pe care l-am adorat. Fardul de pleoape e 100% natural, obtinut prin tehnologia speciala NATURAL BAKED COLORS, prin care fardurile sunt tinute intr-un cuptor la temperaturi inalte timp de cateva zeci de ore, pentru a obtine o intensitate stralucitoare, fara adaos de ingrediente chimice nocive.
Adoram fardurile mov, asa ca era imposibil sa nu ne placa acest duo. E perfect atat pentru un machiaj de zi, dar poate fi folosit si pentru un machiaj de seara, adaugand in coltul extern mai multe straturi din nuanta inchisa. Nuantele sunt sidefate si au si particule fine de sclipici. Fara primer rezista cam 2-3 ore, insa cu un primer bun (in cazul nostru Radiant) se mentin intacte si dupa 11 ore (atat le-am purtat cel mai mult). In fotografii am aplicat un singur strat, fara primer, cu degetul, insa pe pleoape se vad mai pigmentate.
Duo-ul costa 24 de lei si e disponibil si in alte combinatii de culori.


Benecos nail polish (Sparkles) - a beautiful royal blue, perfect for summer. We love the easy application, despite the fact that the brush is not too wide. The coverage is very good, one layer is enough to have a nice result, so if you don’t have much time, you just have to let that one layer dry. To have an even better finish, we have put on a second layer after the first dried. Another plus of this nail polish is that it doesn't smell so bad because it doesn't contain formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and phthalates. Lasts about 4 days (with basecoat and without topcoat), but we do a lot of household chores :)

Lacul de unghii Benecos- nuanta Sparkles - un albastru royal foarte frumos, perfect pentru vara. Ne place foarte ca se aplica usor, in ciuda faptului ca pensula nu este prea lata. E suficient un singur strat, maxim doua si se usuca rapid.
Un alt plus al acestei oje ar fi ca nu miroase urat precum altele dupa care trebuie sa aerisesti neaparat camera cand iti faci manichiura. Nu contine: formaldehide, toluen, camfor si ftalati.
Rezista pe unghii cam 4 zile (doar cu basecoat, fara topcoat) si asta in conditiile in care am facut mereu diverse activitati casnice :) Fotografiile sunt din postarea viitoare, de aceea nu am dezvaluit prea mult, veti putea admira nuanta lacului mai bine in curand :)
Produsul are 9 ml si costa 20 de lei.



In concluzie, ne-au placut mult produsele Benecos, au o calitate buna si un pret accesibil avand in vedere ingredientele naturale folosite la realizarea lor.

Produsele Benecos, dar si multe alte produse bio le gasiti in rafturile virtuale ale magazinului BIO-Cosmetics.

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Jacquard dress

14 iulie 2014



If you read our blog you know that I hate sheer and see through dresses and skirts. I just can't stand them and not once happened to me to order online and when I got the item to see that it's transparent.

So imagine how happy I was when I noticed the jacquard trend is in and a lot of online stores has jacquard summer dresses.
Jacquard is a thick fabric that sits "stiff" as I like to say, being used to create elegant items with conservative and classic cuts.
I love the simple jacquard dresses cause are extremely feminine. Although most have a classic shape that may seem boring, I find it fit very well any type of figure as camouflage flaws.
My jacquard dress from Cichic is special because has a colorful print. The fabric and shape gives elegance, but the print makes it casual, wearable daytime. I don't know if you noticed in photos, but even the white top is embossed (relief print). This dress can be worn to day, but also night events, with the right accessories.
Do you like jacquard dresses?

 

Daca ne cititi blogul de mai multa vreme stiti ca urasc rochiile si fustele transparente. Pur si simplu nu pot sa le suport si nu doar o data mi s-a intamplat sa comand online si cand am primit piesa respectiva sa observ ca e transparenta.

Asa ca va imaginati ce bucuroasa am fost cand am observat ca trendul jacquard a inceput sa ia amploare si au aparut si articole vestimentare de vara din acest material. Jacquard-ul (nu stiu daca exista un termen in romana) e un material gros, care sta "teapan" cum imi place mie sa spun, fiind folosit pentru a crea piese mai deosebite, dar si mai conservatoare si cu taieturi clasice. Imi plac mult rochiile jacquard din simplul fapt ca sunt extrem de feminine. Desi majoritatea au o forma clasica ce poate parea plicitisitoare, mi se pare ca se potrivesc foarte bine oricarui tip de silueta, deoarece camufleaza defectele.

Rochia mea jacquard din aceasta postare se remarca prin printul vesel, care o scoate din anonimat. Materialul si forma ii ofera eleganta, insa printul o face cumva mai casual, mai purtabila pe timp de zi. Nu stiu daca se observa in poze, insa chiar si partea alba de sus e embosata (are print in relief).  
Cu siguranta tinuta ar putea fi purtata la un eveniment ziua, dar si seara daca o accesorizati corect.

Cum vi se par rochiile din acest tip de material?



 






Dress/Rochie: here
Sandals: AmiClubWear
Clutch: gift from Deea
Sunglasses/Ochelari de soare: Polaroid
Bracelets: Jewerlybox.ro
Ring: MOA
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Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Fluid Foundation {review}

13 iulie 2014



Today we'll talk about a new foundation from Yves Rocher: Youthful Glow Fluid Foundation. The packaging is classic: an elegant glass container with pump. It seemed strange that the bottle doesn't have a cap, but I search on the Internet and I saw that you lock the pump by twisting it. Interesting system, but it's hard to get used to it.

The foundation has a fluid texture, it takes a small amount for the entire face. It spreads easily and it seems perfect for dry skin because it doesn't highlight those dry patches. Can be applied with fingers, but I noticed the best results with a Real Tehniques Buffing Brush. The effect is very natural, you can barely see that you wear foundation. It doesn't gives you a glow, don't know why it's called like that, is rather a powdered than a dewy finish.
It has a small to medium coverageneutralizes well without covering the natural skin, that's why I see it as a foundation suitable for summer.

The shade that I have Beige 100 has a pronounced yellow undertone. For me it's a little yellow makes me look weird, but after applying powder and blush look better.
What I dont' like about this foundation is that disappears in a few hours after application. My skin is dry/normal and it seemed strange that this happens. I read several reviews and I saw several girls complaining about this problem, but they had combination skin / combination and I think this is the reason, but it seems that it happens to the girls with dry skin, too.
Another minus would be that it has fragrance among the ingredients; has a floral scent, not too strong, but I feel it.
Have you used any foundation from Yves Rocher?

♥ 

Astazi o sa vorbim despre un fond de ten de la Yves Rocher: Youthful Glow Fluid Foundation.
E ambalat in deja clasicul recipient elegant de sticla cu pompita; mie mi se pare ca toate fondurile de ten de la Yves Rocher seamana intre ele, dar asta e un lucru bun pentru ca asa le asociezi imediat cu brandul. Mi s-a parut ciudat ca sticluta nu are capac si initial credeam ca doar a mea nu are, iar Cristina ma acuza ca l-am pierdut eu, ca stie ca sunt mai ametita (:P), insa am cautat pe net si am vazut ca trebuie rasucita pompita pentru a-l bloca. Interesant sistemul, dar e mai greu pana te obisnuiesti. 

Fondul de ten are o textura fluida, e nevoie de o cantitate mica pentru toata fata. Se intinde usor si mi se pare perfect pentru tenurile uscate pentru ca nu evidentiaza acele zone mai putin hidratate ale fetei. Poate fi aplicat si cu degetele, dar cel mai bine parca merge cu o pensula cum e Real Tehniques Buffing Brush. Efectul e foarte natural, abia se vede ca esti data cu fond de ten. Nu ofera un aspect glow, nu stiu de ce numeste asa, are mai degraba un finish pudrat decat unul dewy.
Are o acoperire mica spre medie, e foarte usor, nu incarca tenul de aceea eu il vad ca pe un fond de ten potrivit pentru vara.
Nuanta pe care o am eu Beige 100, are un subton galben pronuntat. Pentru mine e putin cam galbena, ma face sa arat ciudat, insa dupa ce aplic pudra si blush arata mai bine.

Ce nu imi place la acest fond de ten e faptul ca dispare de pe fata in cateva ore de la aplicare, nu e rezistent. Tenul meu e unul uscat/normal si deci nu am probleme cu excesul de sebum si mi s-a parut ciudat ca se intampla acest lucru. Am citit mai multe review-uri si am vazut ca mai multe fete se plangeau de aceasta problema, insa ele aveau tenul mixt/combinat si credeam ca acesta este motivul, insa se pare ca se intampla si in cazul tenurilor uscate.
Un alt minus ar fi faptul ca are parfum printre ingrediente si are un miros floral, nu foarte puternic, dar se simte.
Costa 53 de lei si are 30 ml.

Ati folosit vreun fond de ten de la Yves Rocher? Cum vi s-a parut?



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Fashion is our passion

11 iulie 2014



We always liked message T-shirts: either funny, inspirational or representative quotes. They say something about the person who wear them and offers a touch of individuality.
We like so much custom tees that a few years ago we wanted to create a collection with fashion inspired messages. So you can imagine our joy when hicustom.net invited us to create our own shirts.
It's very simple- you choose a simple tee and then you add your own touch: you choose the pattern, color, text font, message, its position, and if you can upload your logo or a photo, you have a lot of possibilities. We chose something simple (to express our passion for fashion), because we wanted to see how the T-shirts looks, but next time we will put our imagination to work :)
HiCustom T-shirts are very affordable, and the price vary as you add various design elements. Ours did about $ 28 (both) and in that period shipping was free (now is free on orders over $ 35).
Our tip would be to chooses a smaller size than normal. Ours are M and are pretty large. We are very satisfied with their quality, are made of cotton and would have been perfect if they were smaller.

Dintotdeauna ne-au placut tricourile cu mesaje: fie ele haioase, inspirationale sau citate reprezentative. Ni se par super pentru ca spun ceva despre persoana respectiva si chiar daca nu sunt unicat si sunt cumparate de la un brand mass-martket parca ofera oricum o nota de individualitate.

Atat de mult ne plac incat acum cativa ani ne doream mult sa cream o colectie de tricouri cu mesaje inspirate din moda.
Asadar va puteti imagina bucuria noastra cand cei de la hicustom.net ne-au invitat sa realizam propriile tricouri. De la zero. Adica iti alegi modelul de tricou, culoarea, fontul textului, mesajul, pozitionarea lui, daca vrei iti pui si logo sau desene, ai o multime de posibilitati. Ei doar il printeaza, nu se ocupa de grafica.
Pentru inceput noi am ales ceva simplu (dar care ne reprezinta), pentru ca vroiam sa vedem cum arata in realitate, insa data viitoare o sa ne punem imaginatia la treaba :)

Tricourile au preturi foarte accesibile, iar acestea cresc pe masura ce adaugati diverse elemente de design, mai ales daca sunt colorate, pentru ca imprimarea lor costa mai mult. Ale noastre au facut in jur de 28 de dolari (ambele) si in acea perioada am beneficiat si de shipping gratuit (nu e mereu gratuit, au diverse promotii, acum e gratuit la comenzile de peste 35 de dolari).
Un alt sfat ar fi sa va luati tricourile cu o marime mai mica decat purtati in mod normal. Ale noastre sunt M si ne vin destul de mari.
Noi suntem foarte multumite de calitatea lor, sunt din bumbac si ar fi fost perfecte daca erau o idee mai mici.

Photo credit: Julie {Pink Wish}


Cristina having fun with the baloons from my birthday:


Cool shot!

Cristina:
hicustom T-shirt; skirt/fusta: Romwe; sandals: Deichmann; bracelets: handmade by Julie
Dorina: hicustom T-shirt; jeggings: Zara; sandals: sammydress.com; bracelets: handmade by Julie
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