sreda, 30. december 2015

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

In the first half of this year I was drawn to using cleansing oils (here and here) to remove makeup in the evening, mainly because I had a bad skin reaction when I started using a cleansing balm in the past. After trying and falling in love with Emma Hardie's Cleansing Cloths I decided to also try her Moringa Cleansing Balm and as I mentioned in last month's favourites it's become my go-to product I reach for in the evening to remove my makeup.

torek, 29. december 2015

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

A skin care item that's probably missing in a lot of routines until the first lines and wrinkles become (more) apparent is certainly an eye cream. My under eye area isn't too dry or otherwise problematic but it certainly needed a moisture boost, so I decided to try the raved about Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I was looking forward to trying the rich and creamy texture that becomes water-light as you warm it up with your fingers and pat it gently into the skin.

ponedeljek, 28. december 2015

Melvita Apicosma Body Ultra-Nourishing Scrub

With winter, skin on my body (and especially my legs) usually becomes dry, which can be a problem. I try using richer body lotions and butters to help with the issue. One of the products that is a must year-round for me is a scrub and now that I think of it I've only been using oil-infused scrubs lately (Garnier Oil Beauty Oil-Infused Nourishing Scrub and Afrodita 100% SPA - Sugar Scrub) that help nourish the skin during and after exfoliation.

sobota, 26. december 2015

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in 34 - La Raffinée

For the past two weeks I've been obsessed with this lipstick and although it's been in my collection for a while already, I never felt like I really loved the shade - until I paired it with MAC Soar Lip Pencil recently and it became my favourite everyday combination to wear. Often in winter I don't wear anything else but lip balm on my lips, because they can get surprisingly dry, but the weather lately has been more autumnal than wintery so I've been getting away with wearing semi-matte/velvety lipstick finishes without flaky and dry lips.

ponedeljek, 21. december 2015

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

I'm finally sitting down to write a review for this amazing eyeshadow primer from Urban Decay. I've been using it since I got a small sample with my Naked eyeshadow palette and have since repurchased it. My lids can't decide if they want to be oily or dry so I need a reliable product that will keep the eyeshadow and eyeliner in place no matter what.

nedelja, 20. december 2015

H&M Beauty Eye Colour-To-Go in 'Fairytale'

A while ago I picked up a couple of products from the re-launched H&M Beauty line and immediately had to promise myself not to return until I properly test and see how I feel about everything I got. This creamy eyeshadow pencil in the shade Fairytale was the first item I decided to try out and I really like it.

četrtek, 17. december 2015

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

As soon as the temperatures drop and it starts to get cold I start having serious issues with the dryness of my lips. I try my best to always carry a lip balm or two with me and use a more nourishing treatment at night, but my lips can still get flakey and chapped, which is when a lip scrub enters the game. I've had this Lush Bubblegum one for a couple of months and like it a lot.

petek, 11. december 2015

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

I actually picked up the raved about highlighter Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm about a year ago and even though I liked it from the start I never actually sat down to write a review about it. One of the reasons is also that my skin quickly gets a sheen, so for the most part I don't even need a highlighter in the summer/warmer months.

sreda, 09. december 2015

L`Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris - Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Hand Cream and Miel Mandarine Lip Balm

Last month I was invited to a L'Occitane event put on by their Slovenian team and after the event we received a goody bag filled with items from their collaboration with Pierre Hermé Paris. I already wrote a post about it, featuring some gifting ideas from the brand and today I have two reviews ready for two items from their Holiday collection: Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Hand Cream* and Miel Mandarine Lip Balm*.

ponedeljek, 07. december 2015

November 2015 Favorites

I'm posting last month's favourites slightly later than usually, because I've been a bit busier this past week. Some of the items are making a repeat appearance, but that just means I really like them and I have a feeling they will also be featured in the yearly recap of my favourite items.

sobota, 05. december 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eye Shadow Palette

I've calmed down with buying eyeshadow palettes significantly, but as soon as I saw that Anastasia Beverly Hills was launching their Self-Made Palette I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. A mixture of warm neutrals with two pops of color made me fall in love with it and after I've been using it for over a month it's become one of my most loved palettes in my collection.

četrtek, 03. december 2015

Revlon Lash Potion Volume & Length Mascara in 003 - Blackened Brown

A while ago I was searching for a brown mascara and this Revlon Lash Potion mascara was the closest to it from the selection available at the local drugstore. I rarely have trouble with mascaras flaking off or smudging so I went with the usual version (I don't even know if it comes in waterproof formula).

torek, 01. december 2015

Nuxe Prodigieux Huile de Douce Shower Oil with Golden Shimmer

About two years ago I discovered the magical product that is Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil. It's functionality in combating dryness of the skin or hair is impressive and I can't get enough of it's sweet and addictive scent. I've used a number of other Nuxe Body Care items besides it and it's hard not to fall in love with them. I especially like their Gel Douche Fondant Shower Gel with almond and orange flower petals, which I've lately been neglecting in favour of their recent release Prodigieux Huile de Douce Shower Oil with Golden Shimmer.

sreda, 25. november 2015

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

I love trying out new skin care items, hoping to discover that one magical product that will work well with my skin which is pretty sensitive and prone to breakouts. Last year I was using the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (in the blue tube) and loved it, but when I was finished with it I thought I would buy their Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay instead, because it seemed like it would be better suited for my skin.

ponedeljek, 23. november 2015

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in 15 - Fair

For the longest time I was struggling with finding the right shade and undertone of concealers in our drugstores. If they were the right shade they were usually way too yellow and looked very obvious despite my best attempts at blending it out.  When I first ordered the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I ended up picking up the wrong shade (20 - Light) which quickly ended up in my mom's hands, but then realized there was another lighter one available so I got that one instead.

sobota, 21. november 2015

L`Occitane en Provence & Pierre Hermé Paris - ideje za obdarovanje, ki ocarajo/Captivating LE Collaboration Between L`Occitane & Pierre Hermé

Skozi vse leto se po različna darila najraje odpravim v L'Occitane, saj najlažje najdem izdelke, ki bodo prejemnika (ali mene samo) zagotovo razveselili, najsi gre za kultno kremo za roke s karitejevim maslom ali izdelek iz katere od omejenih kolekcij, ki so na voljo v danem trenutku. V preteklem tednu sem se zato z veseljem udeležila predstavitve novih kolekcij in sodelovanja med Olivierjem Baussanom, ustanoviteljem L'Occitana, in pariškim slaščičarskim mojstrom Pierrom Herméjem, čigar slastni makroni so veliko pozornosti deležni tudi na Instagramu. Njuno sodelovanje je sad obrodilo ravno v predprazničnem času, zato je bila predstavitev novih izdelkov in prikaz ličnega zavijanja daril izbrana pravilno in časovno premišljeno. V tem sodelovanju so nastale tri kolekcije, ki jih povezujejo in sestavljajo nepričakovani prepleti sestavin in strokovnega znanja, končni rezultat pa je pravcati poklon prefinjenim skrivnostnim gurmanskim kombinacijam in lepotam Korzike ter naravnemu bogastvu, ki ga ponujajo sredozemske pokrajine.

This past week I was cordially invited to a lovely event organized at the local L'Occitane store in Ljubljana where our lovely hosts presented us with some facts about the recently-launched LE collaboration between L`Occitane & pastry chef Pierre Hermé. The collection is made up of several products in three scent families:  Pamplemousse Rhubarbe (grapefruit and rhubarb), Jasmin Immortelle Neroli (jasmine, immortelle and neroli) and Miel Mandarine (honey and mandarin), inspired by nature's gifts on the island Corsica and Mediterranean landscape as well as secret and unexpected gourmet ingredient combinations.
Pamplemousse Rhubarbe - prepletenost grenivke, rabarbare, nageljnovih žbic in muškatnega oreščka ustvari svežo citrusno dišavo, ki je primerna tako za moške kot ženske. Ob prvem nanosu prevladuje sveži vonj grenivke, ki po nekaj minutah postane sladkejši, vendar še vedno ohrani citrusno-sadno svežino ter bazni noti sivke in cedre. Poleg toaletne vodice kolekcijo sestavljajo še gel za prhanje, mleko za telo, krema za roke, parfumsko milo in balzam za ustnice.

Jasmin Immortelle Neroli - uravnotežena harmonija jasmina, suhocvetnice in nerolija ustvari elegantno lahkotno, vendar prefinjeno čutno dišavo, ki ima sprva precej sadno-limonin svež vonj, nato pa jo poleg cvetličnih not dopolnita še mošus in jantar. Pretežno cvetna, vendar še vedno sveža, me je med tremi dišavami novih izdelkov ta najbolj očarala in je odličen kontrast zimskim vonjem, kjer običajno prevladujejo tople, začimbne ali lesne mešanice. Poleg toaletne vodice kolekcijo sestavljajo še lesketajoči puder za telo, gel za prhanje, mleko za telo, krema za roke, parfumsko milo in balzam za ustnice.

Miel Mandarine - preplet sveže mandarine in aromatične suhocvetnice in medu prav tako ne razočara. Vonj je precej nežen, zato sta krema za roke in balzam za ustnice iz te kolekcije primerna tudi za bolj občutljive, ki ne marajo premočno odišavljenih izdelkov.
Poleg nove kolekcije pa so odlična ideja za obdarovanje v prihajajočem prazničnem času tudi njihove uspešnice iz klasičnih kolekcij Karitejevega masla, Mandlja, Sivke ali Suhocvetnice (Immortelle) ter Divjega brina ali Cedrata za moške.

Po končani predstavitvi in sladkanju z makroni sem prejela še darilno vrečko z izdelki iz novih kolekcij, sama pa sem dodala še zgodnje darilo za svoj prihajajoči rojstni dan, Mandljevo koncentrirano mleko, ki sem ga imela že dolgo na listi želja. Ob tej priložnosti se želim zahvaliti ekipi L'Occitane Slovenija in Niki iz Beautifullblog za povabilo na gurmansko dišavno druženje.
Vse omenjene izdelke ter ostale ideje za darila lahko najdete v spletni trgovini L'Occitane na strani ter poiščete v njihovih trgovinah in drugih veleprodajnih mestih po Sloveniji. Navdih za darila lahko poiščete tudi v njihovem katalogu božičnih daril, kjer sem tudi sama že našla nekaj popolnih kompletov z izdelki za obdarovanje bližnjih.
A wide selection of products from the mentioned LE Collaboration between L'Occitane and Pierre Hermé is available online as well as at your local L'Occitane shop/stockist.

petek, 20. november 2015

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Cruella'

NARS has slowly been winning me over with every product I get from them and their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Cruella' is no exception. A combination of a lipstick and lip pencil makes for precise and easy application in a convenient jumbo pencil that is easy to sharpen with minimal-to-no waste.

sreda, 18. november 2015

Melvita Lavender Officinalis Purifying Floral Water

One of the most popular products from Melvita are probably their floral waters. They have a whole range designed for different skin concerns and because my skin likes playing tricks on me I decided to try their balancing and purifying Lavender floral water

ponedeljek, 16. november 2015

Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Unifying Powder in 52 - Vanilla

With oily skin, using setting and mattifying powders is almost a necessity. Drugstores usually offer more than enough decent options and I especially like reaching after translucent versions that don't add any colour to the skin. But since not every powder I want to try is available in a translucent shade the next slightly riskier & not always the best option for anyone with a fair skin tone is getting the lightest shade.

sobota, 14. november 2015

Green Line Hydro Mineral Day and Night-time Moisturizer for Normal Skin

When I was growing up, my mom used to use Green Line skin care almost exclusively, but I haven't tried much from the brand until recently. I was looking for a new moisturizer and I came across this one on offer, so I decided to try it out. I picked up the version for normal skin, despite the fact that my skin is pretty oily, because I mainly intended to use it as a night time moisturizer.

sreda, 11. november 2015

Burt's Bees Lip Shine/Gloss in 30 - Wink

In the past month my lips have been really dry which has mostly enabled me from wearing lipstick on a daily basis. As night treatment I've been using the raved about Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, but it has a pretty thick consistency so I wanted to use something lighter formula-wise during the day. I think everyone's stash consists of multiple lip balms and I sometimes feel like lips get used to the formula and lip balms kind of stop being moisturizing, so I often like to switch them up. The one that's found a permanent spot in my hand bag lately is a tinted Burt's Bees Lip Shine/Gloss/Balm.

ponedeljek, 09. november 2015

nedelja, 08. november 2015

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream is a classic I keep coming back to. I first bought it back in high school, when I considerend it a small luxury and I especially like to repurchase these when they come out with limited edition packaging and spin off travel versions in different scents and collections. There is a reason why this is probably one of the most known L'Occitane products around - the clean and calming scent, creamy, rich and nourishing formula, without making the texture greasy make for a winning recipe and lovely smooth skin on your hands.

sobota, 07. november 2015

Balea Aqua Feuchtigkeits Moisturizing Serum

Today I have a quite affordable skincare item to share with you. Roaming through DM more than necessary I came across this Serum a couple of months ago and it has quickly become of the staples in my daily skincare routine. I've used it through out summer and continue to use it in this colder months.

ponedeljek, 02. november 2015

October 2015 Favourites

Another month has swiftly gone by so it's time for favourites again. Besides these I've also tried some new skincare items, but I need to use them for more than 3-4 weeks to be sure how I like them, so I'll probably feature some next month.

sobota, 31. oktober 2015

Essence No Make-up Look Nail Polish in 01 Powdery Rose

The other day I saw swatches of this polish online and immediately fell in love with the shade. I don't exactly follow Essence's new releases too closely, but I'm pretty sure this is from one of their more recent ones.

ponedeljek, 26. oktober 2015

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 260 - Alezane

One of the items from this year's Chanel Fall collection that sparked my interest the most was this lovely Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 260 - Alezane. I had high hopes for my first Chanel blush and I'm happy to report that I love everything about it. 

sobota, 24. oktober 2015

6 Bronzed Eyeshadow Picks for Fall

Bronze and golden eyeshadows are a staple on my makeup menu around the year, but they are my very favourite thing to wear in the fall. I love warm colours on my eyes and today I have 6 picks from my collection to share. They’re all beautiful shimmers that enhance the eye and add that something to the lids, whether you wear them as light washes of color or incorporated into a full on dramatic smokey eye.

sreda, 21. oktober 2015

Essence Big Bright Eyes Jumbo Pencil in 01 Highlight it...Nude

Essence products are often a hit or miss, but when they come up with something good it's usually back-up worthy. This eyeliner is in my opinion definitely one of the latter.

ponedeljek, 19. oktober 2015

H&M Beauty Haul

A couple of days ago I finally had a chance to check out the newly released Beauty Collection by H&M. I was quite short on time and the selection was overwhelming so I only picked up a couple of items. My first impressions from swatching in store and seeing the packaging and presentation are that it reminds me of Kiko - offering mostly great quality make up at an accessible price point. I've yet to try and test most of the items I picked up, so don't hold me to that if you got a different impression.

nedelja, 18. oktober 2015

Chanel Le Vernis - 679 Vert Obscur Nail Polish (Collection Les Automnales/Fall 2015)

Last week this year's Fall Collection from Chanel finally landed in our shops. I had a wish-list ready since I saw the first promo images about two months ago and was anxiously awaiting it's launch over here. In some places around the world the Holiday collection is already available, but we'll have to wait until mid-/end November before it launches here. The first review from my picks I'll be sharing today is one of the three nail polishes - the 679 Vert Obscur.

petek, 16. oktober 2015

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (Salicylic Acid)

Being in my mid-twenties my skin sometimes still behaves like I'm in my teens. I hate it when people get a blemish or two and get all dramatic, saying things like 'I need to use a full coverage foundation today to even show my face' and posting ridiculous posts like '5 items that will get rid of blemishes for sure' when I've tried it all and there's certainly not a one-product solution for this issue. There are a lot of causes, mainly stress, unbalanced diets and wrong skin care items people decide to use - I'm guilty of all three, but throughout the years or trial and error I have discovered some products that actually have an effect on fighting and reducing acne and blackheads. One of those almost *miracle* products for me is Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid.

sreda, 14. oktober 2015

ponedeljek, 12. oktober 2015

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Opulent Nudes

I love a good neutral eyeshadow palette. A couple of weeks ago I received the Luxe Lilacs Smokey Eye Drama Kit and really liked the quality of the quad, but since lilac and violet shades aren't really a regular feature on my eyelids I decided to buy another 'more wearable' color variety from the launch.

sobota, 10. oktober 2015

Essence Matt Touch Blush in 20 - Berry Me Up

For fall Essence released two Matte Blushes. I haven’t tried too many of their blushes so I can’t compare with other formulas, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. While the packaging is very simple see through plastic and underwhelming, you can’t really blame them for the price you’re paying.

sreda, 07. oktober 2015

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Himalia'

I've been contemplating getting one of these NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows since they first came out and I've finally splurged on one - the beautiful shade Himalia. I'm really intrigued by the majority of NARS products but most of the time their price point is still a solid enough reason that I don't go adding every product of theirs to my shopping basket.

ponedeljek, 05. oktober 2015

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in Light

I already mentioned this Stila Brow Color in my September monthly favourites and since I've been using it daily for over a month it's only fair it gets a proper review. I've been a massive fan of Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and was looking forward to try more of their products. I noticed that this one was mentioned by the make-up artist/goddess Lisa Eldridge so I thought it was worth giving a try. They've since changed the packaging and it looks a lot more luxurious now.

četrtek, 01. oktober 2015

August & September 2015 Favourites

I skipped August's Favourites post, because I just kept using most of the items from the two previous months, along with a couple new additions. There are many items I keep using month after month, but for the sake of keeping these posts slightly more interesting I tend not to repeat too many items.

sreda, 30. september 2015

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

I never thought a simple cleanser could make such a difference in the overall appearance of the skin. In a way this is true, because you wash it off so quickly it barely has anytime to affect it, but this Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser has proved me wrong while I've been using it in the past couple of months. I first used a small sample and before I was even done with it, I quickly decided to get a bigger size, I was so impressed by it.