Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nina in the Spring x YMS Hair Salon

Last month I had the utmost pleasure of being treated at the YMS hair salon in Ljubljana. YMS or Young Mič Styling is a subsidiary of Mič Styling. It's signature is fun and quirky design and an array of handsome fellas who will do your hair and make you step out of their salon with a fab haircut and a Beyoncé attitude. 

My longtime hairdresser and buddy Matevž fixed up my blonde ombre by making it a bit more visible in the front. It was a long time since I've visited him and I hadn't even realised just how much my hair needed an upgrade. It was a gorgeous refreshment, not to mentious completely spontaneous. 

That's exactly what I like about Matevž and YMS - they're fresh and spontaneous, yet professional and chilled out. You can sit on a cosy sofa and read a magazine or two while you wait for your appointment, relax when they wash your hair (the best part!), listen to Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar beats while the boys do their magic. I love going there, not only because Matevž always treats me so well and makes me look like a million bucks, but also because of the affordable prices and relaxed atmosphere. 

If you're in the mood for a hair makeover, stop by the YMS salon at Igriška ulica 5 and thank me later! ;)

Have a fab week!
N. xx


Hair styling by: Matevž Treven
Photos by: Maša Pfeifer

 



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Ready With Labello Goodies

Lip Butter Coconut | Repair & Beauty Lip Balm | Fruit & Shine Cherry*

A while ago I was pleasantly surprised with a goodie package from Labello. I received the newest Lip Butter in Coconut, the Repair & Beauty lip balm and the Fruit & Shine lip balm in Cherry

As soon as the days get darker and the air gets colder I whip out my puffy winter parka, my scarves, hats, the whole shebang. One thing I can't go without are lipbalms. I hate the feeling of chapped lips, especially now, with Christmas around the corner, I'm gonna wanna glam mah face up a lil' bit with some red lipstick and such. And there's no worse feeling than wearing lipstick over chapped lips, am I right?

Out of this balm-iful bunch I liked Repair & Beauty the best. Not only it gives my lips the ultimate ever-so-needed moisture, it also gives a lovely pink sheen, as if I applied a lipgloss. Nothing too in-your-face, just your regular 'kissable' effect. I've been using it every day since I got it. Score!

I had my doubts about the Fruit & Shine line, since I'm not a huge fan of sparkle and fruit on my lips, but it turned out quite okay, it gives a subtle sheen, just a little bit of colour and it smells quite nice. I'd recommend it to every fruity lover out there!

Last, but not least, is the Coconut Lip Butter. I'm sure I'm not the only girl, who doesn't like to use lip balms in a pot on the go. I drive around on the city bus a lot and you know, public places and bacteria go hand in hand... So I don't like tapping my fingers in a pot of lip balm all that much. But no worries, I found the perfect purpose for it. It's now a key piece in my makeup artist collection, since I can just scoop it out with my spatula and put on my clients' lips before lipstick/lipgloss application. Brill! :)

What's your favourite lip balm? :)

Love,
N. xx

*Items kindly gifted to me for review purposes.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review & Giveaway: La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream


*La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream

Since starting my MA degree in English and Spanish and starting a course to become a professional makeup artist, my head has been in two places. You have never seen a girl so confused and forgetful as I am now. My life got a bit busier, although it was already busy before with the 8-hour work schedule, and I am finding less and less energy to get ready properly in the mornings. Since I accidentally smashed my L'Oréal True Match liquid foundation bottle in the bathroom (blame it on the 5 AM wake up call) it is even harder for me to get ready quickly. I was delighted when I came across LRP's new little helper, the Hydreane BB cream.

The Hydreane line is destined for sensitive skin and supplies it with the ever-so-needed moisture through LRP's thermal water. These products are enriched with selenium and hydrolipids, which provide moisture, decrease sensitivity of the skin and help it absorb and release water. The formula of this LRP line is minimalistic and safe, not overly complicated, so you don't have to worry about the never ending list of unknown ingredients and never before heard stuff that's supposed to help you, but you don't even know how to spell or pronounce it. 

The Hydreane BB cream is the first BB cream to contain LRP's thermal water. By applying it, we provide moisture to our skin, even out its tone, calm it down (this is where the thermal water kicks in) and with its SPF 20 provide UV protection as well. The product is dermatologically tested, does not contain any parabens and is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. It is available in two shades, Light and Medium.

I tested out the Light version, because I'm one of the paler girls and I have to say it has become my go to skin perfecting product in the early mornings. Sometimes I have to be out of my apartment in a manner of minutes and slapping on a bit of Hydreane BB cream and concealer has been saving my life. Okay, no one's ever died of a case of 'the dull face' but you know what I mean. It doesn't clog my pores, it fits my complexion perfectly, it's easy to work with (fingers, a foundation brush or a sponge) and it didn't cause any allergic reactions. The coverage is quite light to medium, so I usually add some concealer to cover up the pesky imperfections that won't hide under the BB cream.

Saving the best for last, the lovely people that do La Roche Posay Slovenia's PR have offered to supply me with not one but NINE individual tubes of the Hydreane BB cream in the shade Light for my lovely readers to try out. If you want to win your very own, follow the instructions of the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will be up until Sunday, the 30th of November (12 AM) and I will announce the winners shortly after. If the winner won't respond in 48 hours, I will pick someone else. This giveaway is open for my Slovenian readers only! Wishing you luck! :) xx

*Item kindly gifted to me for review purposes.



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: Vichy Pro Idéalia Deep Corrector


Vichy Pro Idéalia Deep Corrector

Lately my skin has been behaving quite well. There were no breakouts or anything, but a few weeks ago it literally had a mind of its own, which resulted in a whole lot of frowning in front of the mirror and frantic concealer and corrector applications. Due to my skin being so fussy, I decided to try out a skincare product that would hopefully help me get rid of those marks blemishes sometimes leave behind. I am quite happy with my current foundation routine (L'Óreal True Match liquid foundation + Catrice Camuflage concealer) but why not speed the process and work on getting rid of marks from within as well? 

I was first introduced to this type of product by my mom, who uses one of Skeyndor's skin correctors. The Vichy Pro Idéalia Deep Corrector is a treatment used to erase acne marks, dark spots, age spots and sun freckles. It contains several antioxidant and depigmentation ingredients that work on dark spots in the dermis and slowly but surely diminish them. It is something in between a serum and a fluid and is appropriate for every type of skin. Keep in mind that dry skin needs an extra application of a day/night cream before this product. I used it as an evening moisturizer/night cream and applied it after my cleansing routine. I used it solely to try and reduce the marks left from breakouts and I saw an improvement very quickly. Some marks diminish quite quickly as it is, but there's some that stay put and won't leave no matter how much you beg and plead. The latter have always been the ones that bugged me out of my mind. I was really impressed to see such an improvement and it has quickly become a staple item in my skincare routine. 

The packaging is very cute, it comes in a lovely lilac/pink 30 ml bottle with silver detailing and has a pump for a super easy application. I usually used just one pump and applied it on the areas that contained dark spots. 

Moje slovenske bralke lahko ta izdelek kupite v DM trgovinah, lekarnah, na spletnih straneh Lekarnar.com ali Salma.si.

Do you have problems with blemish marks? :)

Love,
N. xx
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New: H&M Bag


Guess who graduated University last week? *point at herself* This gurl! I was so happy to finish my undergraduate English and Spanish studies and with a very good grade, too! When I left the classroom after my oral part of the exam I just knew I had to treat myself someway and this beauty from H&M came to mind immediately. I spotted it on one of my shopping trips this month but I didn't want to spend too much money on everyhing. But now I had a very good excuse. :) Plus I've wanted a stylish, a bit larger bag for a while because my black Zara office city bag is simply too heavy for everyday use. And I also have to tap myself on the shoulder for investing in somehing other than black, blue and gray looks quite chic, right?

Hope you're having a wonderful day! :)
N. xx
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Revolution Eyeshadow Pigments



Revolution Make Up pigments in Dynamic, Affluent and Etiquette*
Photo by: Maša Pfeifer


I have to admit I have never used eyeshadow pigments before. I always stayed true to my regular eyeshadows, thinking pigments are way too messy to invest in. I recently had the chance, thanks to Ličila.si, to try out the new Revolution Make Up eyeshadow pigments. They sent me three shades: Etiquette, Dynamic and Affluent. Etiquette is my favourite, it is the kind of shade I lean most to when creating my make up looks. It is a lovely natural, taupe-ish brown colour with a lot of shimmer. Dynamic is a more auburn red/orange kind of shade, which should work nice with an autumn make up look. Last but not least, Affluent is a pure gold shimmery shade, destined to bring out your inner goddess. I sounded a bit cheesy there but because I don't wear that much gold in my make up, I see it as a 'special occasion' type of eye shadow. 

As I already mentioned, I like Etiquette the most, these shades have my name written all over it. Overall I found they are pretty well pigmented and stay on for a long time. The pigmentation of these is beautiful, I was a bit sceptic and expected a lot of fallout and messiness, but it actually stayed put while I was applying it. I didn't even need to cover up my under eye area. Nevertheless they are somewhat messy to work with, when I tried to peel off the little piece of tape that covered the pot openings, I accidentally pulled out the whole plastic cover, spilling some of the pigment in the process. Putting this aside, I think they are a real bargain at 1,95€ per piece. Revolution Make Up got famous for their affordable prices and I think their products can be a hit or a miss. I would definitely recommend their pigments, because they are just so cheap and work wonderfully.  I am already on the lookout for some new shades, so far I like Levity, Virtuous, Supreme and Flighty.

Have you tried out any Revolution Make Up products? :)

*Products kindly gifted to me for review purposes.

Love,
N. xx
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

5 Tips For Your Blog Sale


If you know about Depop, Tictail or (for Slovenes) MojButik.si, then you probably know what a blog sale is. It's a great way to find a new home for your unused clothes and accessories and earning some money while you're at it. I've had mine for quite a while now and I thought I'd share a few tips with you today.


1. Make an effort with your photos. 
I cannot stress this enough: if you have nice, clear photos of your products, you will attract a larger amount of buyers. No one wants to look at dark, incoherent pictures of unattractive products. Make sure you take your photos in a large, airy and bright place, take advantage of natural daylight, it can do wonders for your photos. You can even use some props to liven it up a bit. 
Don't use photos from the website/store, your potential buyers want to see the actual stuff. You can always include a link to the product in the description box, especially if it includes photos of it on a model. I completely understand sometimes you don't want to take photos of yourself wearing the item, especially if you're selling something that no longer fits you. In that case, just remember to stress which photos are your own and which ones aren't. 

2. Include a lot of information.
Write down everything you can about the product. The size, the measurements, where you bought it, when you bought it, how much did you wear it, how to wash it, etc. It will help the buyers make a decision and it's always nice to be helpful and thorough.

3. Be there for your buyers.
Your buyers will sometimes want some extra information and you should be available for them. There's nothing worse than stumbling upon a beautiful fashion item and not getting a response for two weeks. If you neglect your blog sale, your buyers will think you're irresponsible and will get the idea they would get the same treatment when buying from you - hence no sales.

4. Dont be too steep with the prices.
I know, we all want to make an extra buck or two with our blog sales, but nevertheless, we're selling (mainly) used items and the prices should be appropriate. If I'm selling something I've worn only once or twice, I'll set the price at around 85% of its original price, if I've worn it more, I'll set it around 50%. If you're selling something unused, unopened, then I guess a 5 or 10 percent discount is appropriate.

5. Be kind.
When people on my blog sale buy two or more items at once, I usually send them a little gift as well. Sometimes, I'll add a little something to every order, just to say thank you. I also always include a handwritten note, saying thanks for their order. I think it's adds a nice, personal touch, instead of just chucking the item in an envelope and sending it off.

What are your thoughts on blog sales? I'd love to hear your opinions!

Love,
N. xx
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Monday, July 21, 2014

A MAC Rebel Dupe


Remember the craze that surrounded the MAC Rebel lipstick? Yeah, it reached me as well. I didn't actually buy it, but I always admired it on a friend (holla at Živa!). I recently found a similar shade on Destination Pretty and, after checking out some swatches on YouTube, decided to buy it. The lipstick I'm talking about is the Wet'n'Wild Megalast Matte lipstick in the shade Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a gorgeous dark berry shade with a matte finish that lasts for a long time and doesn't feel drying on the lips. The best thing about it is the price, which is an absolute bargain at around 3€. The only downside is the packaging. The lipstick doesn't twist down all the way, which means that a part of it is still sticking out of the black packaging, and you have to be careful when you put the clear plastic cap over it. That's a bit of a bummer but if I can have my very own Rebel dupe for 3 euros, then I'm not complaining. Sandra has a lot of other shades of this lipstick range in her online store and I'll be sure to buy a few more in the future, they are well worth the money!

P.S.: Thanks to Živa for letting me borrow her Rebel lipstick. :) xx

Love,
N. xx


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer


Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer*

Say hello to the wonderfulness that is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal light moisturizer! This review is long overdue, but I really wanted to take my time, try this product out thoroughly and see if it suits my skin or if it breaks me out. I was absolutelly thrilled when I got this in the mail, because I'm a huge fan of Vichy and I've been using their products for quite some time. 

The Aqualia Thermal line promises the so called dynamic moisture. Basically, our skin sometimes loses moisture only in certain parts of our face, and stays put in the others. The Vichy Aqualia Thermal range promises to deliver moisture to the entirety of your beautiful face. Besides (the obvious) thermal water, it contains three other moisturizing ingredients, one of them being hyaluronic acid, which contains water inside your skin and provides a longer feeling of moisturized skin. There's a light version for normal to combination skin and a rich version for dry or very dry skin.

I was lucky enough to receive the light version, since I don't really need rich, thick moisturizers once the winter is over and I was on the lookout for a very light, air-like day cream. I have to say I was really happy with this one, the texture of it is super airy and fluffy, kind of like a gel whipped cream, if that makes any sense at all. Something light was all my skin needed for that extra care during the day without a greasy feeling. I was very happy to see that it didn't break me out, which some moisturizers tend to do. I don't know, it's like my skin can't take the nourishing, it's just WATER, YO!? The scent is so gorgeous, I could spend all day sniffing the pot, seriously. I go crazy for gentle, powdery scents and this is just the loveliest scent ever. It reminds me of those expensive, luxurious creams I used to steal from my mum when I was a teenager (thank God my mom doesn't read my blog) and thus I feel like a rich girl as well. A rich girl with no money in the bank, lol. Thankfully you can get this feeling for just 20€ for a 50ml pot.

Oh, I almost forgot! I was really impressed by the packaging as well, the pot has a lid with a mirror on top! :) It's really convenient. I recently moved some of my skincare items from my bathroom to my nightstand, because it's sometimes easier to apply all my creams and stuff right before bed (yeah, I'm that lazy) and I can look at myself in the mirror on the lid while applying the cream, perfect!

There's also a lip balm and a eye roll-on in this range, which I'd love to try out as well. Have you tried the Aqualia Thermal range yet? :)

*Item kindly gifted to me for review purposes.

Lots of love,
N. xx
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: NARS Blush in Douceur


NARS Blush in Douceur

A while ago I only had one blush - my good old coral Essence blush. I can imagine Živa a.k.a. The Crazy Blusher Lady is probably gasping for air right now, but that's the truth. I'm nothing if not efficient and I was happy with one shade for a long time. But a few months ago I ventured into the magical world that is There's-other-blusher-shades-than-coral and treated myself to a NARS blush in the shade Douceur. Douceur is a blush with a tongue-twisting French name and a lovely natural bronzy taupe colour. I love it for the sheer fact that it suits my fair skin tone really well. I will never need a bronzer or a contour with this blush as it has all that packed in already. It is quite pigmented and stays on the cheeks for a good amount of time. I expected nothing less, to be honest. I first saw it on Jen's and Rebecca's channels and being the efficient and stingy person that I am (there was the possibility I might shed almost 30€ for a blush I'd end up hating, thus bawling my eyes out) I studied their reviews and swatches for ages until finally taking a leap of faith and splurging. This is my first NARS product and I got it at Look Fantastic. I already loved that website before, but now that I know they ship NARS to Slovenia? Lush! A week or two ago I also invested in a (more affordable) Sleek blush, which I will review soon. Let's keep the shade a secret for now. :)

What is your favourite blush shade?

Love,
N. xx



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The First Date Tag



Today I watched Barbara's 'The First Date' tag she invented and I found the questions really cool. Is there anything us girls love to talk about more than fashion, make up and boys? Here's a tag that has all these things wrapped together. :)

1. How long does it take you to get ready for a date?
I'm one of those people who like to take their time. A first date is an exciting thing and I want to make sure I feel confident and bring my A game. I usually get ready fairly quickly before going out with friends, but before a date I'd probably add an hour or two just to be safe.

2. What's your idea of a perfect first date? (Dinner, drinks, cinema, adventurous dates)
I am a huge cinefile and I love going to the cinema. I also really like guys who are into movies and TV shows, which is why I think going to the cinema would be the perfect first date for me. I'd go for drinks after as well, after all, first dates are there to get to know each other and what better way to do that than to spend the night talking. Especially after a mojito or two, when you get more comfortable and you shake off the first date shivers! :)

3. What would you gravitate more towards to wear on a date? (Jeans, trousers, skirt, dress)
The number one thing to have in mind when going on a first date is comfort. What's the point in wearing sexy heels and a sexy dress if you're constantly worried that you'll trip or that your dress is too short and showing all your good stuff? I like to make an effort and look good, show my personal style, but also feel comfortable, otherwise I can't relax and enjoy the company if I have trivial things such as a wardrobe malfunction on my mind. My advice: Wear an outfit you feel comfortable and confident in. And no heels! Unless you're one of those awesome ladies that put on a pair of heels and take the world by storm. In which case, lucky you. -.-

4. On the date of your choice what makeup would you wear? (Girl next door, smokey and sexy, bold lip, brights)
I think that would depend on the type of date, for an evening occasion I'd probably go for a smokey eye, I might even consider wearing bold lipstick, since I usually don't expect any smooching on a first date. Friendly advice -  if you plan on making out, DO NOT wear lipstick. My favourite make up look is a simple, laid-back smokey eye in natural colours, a winged eyeliner and a nice blush.

5. Your date says you have half an hour to be ready, what do you do?

I panic. Aren't I nervous enough as it is and now I have a meagre half an hour to get ready?! I had to get ready in a short amount of time for dates before and let me tell you - it wasn't pretty. I don't so well under pressure and having to hurry to get ready to meet a guy would just make me a billion times more nervous, which is not a good look for a first date.

6. Your date asks for the bill, do you ... (Offer to pay - with actual meaning to pay, make a fake fuss - with no intention of paying, expect him to pay straight away)? Do you go out with him again?
As far as first dates go, I do expect the guy to pay as it is kind of customary and I think guys (at least the good ones) always want to come off as gentlemen and treat you. In my experience, the guy has always paid the check on our first date, not even one would budge when I nagged to do it instead and I don't like making scenes and arguing about money in public so I usually give in. I wouldn't, however, rely on it indefinitely, I hate being the girl that never pays and if it's me who asks the guy on a date I will always insist to be the one to pay. I also think once you go through a couple of dates, you can interchange - once you pay, the next time your date pays, etc. So that it's fair and you don't feel like you're using him.


I can't think of a situation where I would be so put off regarding the check that I wouldn't want to go out with him again, there's usually other reasons like not feeling a real spark, etc.

7. It's time to say goodbye. You really like your date, do you ...
(Wave, hug, kiss on the cheek, peck, full on smooch)?

That depends, if I really like a guy and I can sense that he likes me too, then I would probably expect something, but I am always too nervous and shy for a real kiss even if the date went splendid. I'd probably go for a simple peck on the cheek, just to let him know that I really do fancy him. I think the best part of a relationship is the initial part - the butterflies in your stomach, getting to know each other, finding things you have in common, going on adventures, being spontaneous and there's nothing more beautiful than going slow and enjoying your time with one another. And don't even get me started on that tension building up before your first kiss...

Okay I might have drifted off here, so I'll leave it at that and tag some lovely ladies. :) xx

I tag:

Gita from Odds & Ends
Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really
Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life
Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness
Petra from Adjusting Beauty
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Light Reflecting Concealer: Catrice VS Make Up Factory


I recently ran out of my Catrice Re-Touch Light Reflecting Concealer and treated myself to something new, namely the Make Up Factory Light Reflecting Concealer. They are pretty similar, both have sleek silver packaging (the Catrice one being a twist-up pen, while the MUF one has a 'click' mechanism), both have the same name and promise to conceal under-eye bags while reflecting light and thus making your eyes look more awake. After finishing the Catrice one and trying out the MUF one I noticed the first one has more shimmer or light reflecting particles, if you will. I sometimes feel as if these can only emphasize my under-eye bags instead of bringing a healthy glow to the center of my face. There is no shimmer in the MUF one and I have to say I feel it is much more effective at concealing the tired green tones under my eyes. I have the shade 2 - Luminous Cream - (and I bought the Catrice one in shade 020) and I am very happy with it. The Catrice one did the job and was actually great at reflecting light and capturing brightness, but I always felt as if I should apply something with a bit more coverage underneath, as it didn't conceal the greenness as I hoped it would. I'd recommend the MUF one for coverage and the Catrice one for brightness. The main difference between these two concealers is the price. The first one retails for about 4€ and the second one for about 20. 

If you have any concealer recommendations, feel free to share them below! ;)

Have a great day,
N. xx
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Favourite You Tube Beauty Gurus


There's literally no better way to spend a relaxed, easy morning than with a cup of coffee, watching You Tube beauty gurus on my computer. Okay, there might be better ways to spend your mornings, but you know where I'm going with this. :) I have a lot of subscriptions (although still not as much as some of my friends - Živa, *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*) and I thought I'd share the ones I've been loving most recently. This is in no particular order, the majority are British, one Irish, some from down under and I have two Slovenian faves as well. 

First up is the absolute babe that is Barbara from The Persian Babe. This girl is not only gorgeous and smart, she also has a great fashion sense. Her channel is mainly filled with hauls, 'cuz this gurl be shoppin'! Anyone who watches her will know what I mean. :) Next is Shirley B. Eniang, a lovely girl with Nigerian roots. She is friends with Barbara and, like her, she's one smart cookie. A mathematician with class. Alix from I Covet Thee is an old favourite, I've been watching her videos since as long as I can remember. She is so beautiful and so lovely, she knows a lot about skincare, which is what I come back for again and again. Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup is a real peach! She has that relaxed attitude and always seems super sweet. I could watch her videos all day. 

Next are some gems from other corners of the world, first up is the New Zealander Shannon from Shaaanxo. She does make-up tutorials and man, she knows her stuff! She always looks flawless and isn't afraid to experiment with her looks. It's really fun seeing what she comes up with. Some of her looks aren't my cup of tea but I do admire her for her creativity. Then there's Lauren from Australia, a gorgeous girl with impeccable videos. I think I like her videos the most out of all, the setting is so pretty and chic, her make-up looks are really pretty and she has a funny attitude. Another Australian beaut is Karima from Shameless Fripperies. Oooh my god, this girl is so cute! Not to mention she has such a lovely attitude and seems really down to earth and kind. And her make-up looks are just gorgeous! Then there's an Irish girl called Tara from Tar Mar. She is my recent discovery and I adore her fashion style. She is part Irish, part Malaysian, and as a whole - so. darn. pretty. I could listen to that accent all day! 

Two more British babes! First up is Grace from Ugly Face of Beauty. She is my homegirl, y'all. This girl cracks me up. She has it all, natural beauty, great style, plus she gives great advice for people who are struggling with their image and self-esteem. This girl has been through some shit and it's nice to see her standing tall and proud. And how could I forget the adorable Suzie from Hello October? She is a lovely girl with a penchant for luxurious skincare and all things cool. I also really like her voice, it is so soothing in comparison to some American girls. 

Last, but not least, I wanted to mention two Slovenian youtubers, both English students, both beauty bloggers and both awesome ladies - Sandra from SBeauty101 and Živa from Nothin' Fancy Really. Sandra is also a make-up artist and an online shop owner (expect some reviews of my order on Destination Pretty soon) and Živa is an aspiring writer and Cosmopolitan journalist. Note to Živa: make more videos!

So, here are some of my YT faves. Feel free to share your most adored youtubers down below! :)

Hope you're doing good,
N. xx

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

New: H&M Floral Swimsuit


I was looking for a new swimsuit the past week, because I'm going to Egypt next week with my family. The two bikinis I got from ASOS a year ago unfortunately don't suit me all that well anymore and I prefer having one or two swimsuits extra. I am always appalled at the complete mess of the swimwear wall in H&M and this time was no different, but my friend Gita helped me find the pair I was looking for and after trying them on, I decided to buy them. It was a little treat for a successful exam (which I thought would be mostly unsuccessful) plus I really needed a new swimsuit. If anyone else is looking for new swimwear, I suggest you check out ASOS, they're having their summer sale right now and you can get really cool pieces at really cool prices! :)

Lots of love,
N. xx


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Forever Repurchased


Hello! It's been a while since I've written anything - blame it on work, exams and general pains of life. I finished my last exam yesterday and I have a billion new ideas for this blog and I'm super excited to start posting again! :) Today I thought I'd share some bodycare, skincare, etc products I've repurchased again and again. These are some products that I love and truly work for me. 

First up is the l'Angelica Anti-dandruff Hair Shampoo that I reviewed here. A while ago I had problems with dandruff that frustrated the life out of me and after trying out numerous hyped up or pharmaceutical anti-dandruff shampoos I ended up liking this one the most. It is a bargain at 3 euros and is super foamy and smells just lovely. Oh and most importantly: it does the job. I haven't had one tiny little flake of dandruff since using this. Heeeeeeello my new all time favourite hair shampoo, you are staying in my life forever!

Next is the Borotalco Moisturizing Shower Gel, which is an absolute staple for me and my mum as well. I'm one of those people that hates fruity and sugary sweet shower gels and is all about DA SOAP. What I love most is a simple, gentle soapy scent. I'm all about the basics. This shower gel found its way into our shower countless of times and it's the most perfect comforting, relaxing and moisturizing gel I've ever tried. The fresh scent lingers on my skin for a while and it is very cheap at around 2€!

I didn't have the most pleaseant of experiences with the Effaclar Duo +, but the old Effaclar Duo did wonders for me. It is a really cool product to calm down the odd breakout and I recommend it to everyone. It is my go to skincare item with every breakout.

Another thing I've been losing my nerves over is my deviated septum. I've had problems with breathing for a few years now and the only thing that helps is a nasal spray with sea water. It gets the worst at night when I sleep. I don't snore, but my breathing is made very heavy. If anyone has any recommendations how to take care of this problem or any info about deviated septum operation, I'd love to hear it!

Last, but not least is the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot Gel Treatment, which I reviewed here. I won't go into too much detail, because I have written about it extensively, but I will say it is a magical thing that wipes away any blemish in a single day. Maybe two days if the bugger is really persistant, but it has made my life immensely easier and I couldn't recommend it enough!

These are some of my most loved products, feel free to share what you're repurchased countless times in the comments below. :) 

Hope you're all well,
N. xx
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Anatomicals Headache Relief Balm


Anatomicals Headache Relief Balm

A while back I had my eye on Badger's Sleep Balm. I am one of those restless sleepers and I'm always up for a cool little sleep helper. I still haven't managed to get my hands on one of those, but I did impulsively buy a Headache Relief Balm by Anatomicals. Anatomicals is one of those cool brands with funny marketing, pretty graphic design and smart princess products you always nod to but never buy for some reason.One of these products is this little pot of headache relief balm. I don't have headaches often, but when I do, I quickly turn into one of those complainy-pants. So the other day I ordered this, just for fun, just to see whether it will actually help. 

This 20g pot contains extra virgin olive oil, golden yellow beeswax, peppermint oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, mandarin oil, sandalwood oil, rosehip extract and calendula extract. So, all the good stuff! Peppermint and eucalyptus are the most noticeable scents of the bunch. My mom found it too harsh, but I love a good fresh scent. All you have to do is dab some of it on your temples and after a while you'll feel a warm/cooling effect. Yes, it's weird, it feels both warm and cool at the same time. It feels kind of like an invisible force is gently pushing on your temples, as weird as it sounds. I have no idea how it works, but the essential oils help you relax a bit and forget about the throbbing pain in your head for a while. I usually took a headache pill with it, but I saw improvement even when I didn't take any pills for my headache. You can rub it on your other pulse points as well, but I tend to stick to my temples. I use it even when I don't have a headache, when I just want to relax a little bit.

It quickly turned into one my most loved products and I keep it on my night stand. It cost me approximately 5€ on ASOS and they have a bunch of other cool stuff. Seriously, I tip my hat to the marketing people at this brand, whoever comes up with all of these puns is a genius!

Check out their stuff here.

Love,
N. xx
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Monday, May 26, 2014

New: Warehouse Clubmaster-Style Sunglasses


I made a sneaky little ASOS order the other day and while I wept over two items not fitting (very Murphy's Law-esque particularly the ones I liked most) I am happy to say I got a lovely new pair of Clubmaster-inspired sunglasses. They are by Warehouse, which does a bunch of other really cool sunglasses styles and I really recommend them if you're on a budget and don't feel like squeezing out for a pair of Ray Ban's Clubmasters. They cost approximately 20€ and I got them here.

In other news, I got two days off from work and I'll be spending them sighing with desperation behind my notebooks and Uni study books. Wish me luck!

Love,
N. xx
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

10 Sitcoms to Cheer You Up


If you're feeling down, if you've had the worst day ever or if you just want to cheer yourself up, try watching a sitcom or two. There's really no need to mention I watch A LOT of TV shows and I've watched my fair share of sitcoms. There are some that I turned to when I had the blues or just enjoy watching whenever I need a laugh. It was a tough job, but I narrowed it down to 10 of my all time favourites (in no particular order). 

Okay I said 'in no particular order', but The Office is my absolute nr. 1. The mockumentary of all mockumentaries, it follows a group of Dunder Mifflin employees in a Scranton, Pennsylvania office. When you first watch it, it seems like a really weird TV show, especially if you're not used to mockumentaries. But you get to see over time that it has everything. The loveliest love story you've ever seen, a really inappropriate, but so genuinely heartfelt boss, etc, etc. I will always have a special place in my heart for The Office as it showed me everything works out one way or another. 

The other two mockumentaries I wanted to mention are Parks and Recreation and Modern Family. Parks & Rec follows Leslie, who runs a local Parks and Recreation department and her employees.  I spent hours laughing at Tom's silly need to be swag 24/7, Leslie's weird obsessions such as waffles and Madeleine Albright and Ron's stoicism. Modern Family on the other hand follows three families: Jay, his young Colombian wife Gloria and her son Manny, then Jay's daughter Claire, her husband Phil and their children, Luke, Haley and Alex and finally Jay's son Mitch, his boyfriend Cam and their adopted daughter Lily. What I love most are Gloria's accent, Cam's theatricality and Manny being weirdly and hillariously grown up for such a young child. If you give mockumentaries a chance, do not let these three out!

Then we have New Girl and The Big Bang Theory. You probably all know TBBT already, Sheldon has basically turned into an internet phenomenon and let's face it, this character deserves it. The other TBBT fella I love most is Harold, the needy Jewish guy with an impeccable talent for an Al Pacino impression and always underestimated for not having a PhD. A dream (I imagine) TV show for every nerd out there, you have to give this a watch. I stumbled upon New Girl last year, I think. Even if I wasn't a huge fan of Zooey Dechanel (relax, I changed sides by now), New Girl immediately jumped to the top of my list. One word - Schmidt. I could watch this guy ALL DAY, ERRDAY. I have a thing for white guys wannabe homeboys, okay. The struggle is real. 

I also watch a lot of comedy sketch shows, talk shows and the like and when I heard SNL's Andy Samberg has his own TV show, I jumped on the bandwagon right away. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a cop show, but it's a comedy cop show. Featuring the goofball of all goofballs - Samberg. What more do you really need? P.S.: I was dying while watching his SNL season finale, he was the perfect host and don't even get me started on all the celebrity and ex-SNL cast cameos.

The latest discovery is Happy Endings, which is like a mixture of New Girl and How I Met Your Mother (the reason for HIMYM not making the cut - it sorta lost it's flare in the last few season for me, no offense) but so much funnier. There's a group of  six friends, each connected to the other in a certain way and they have a bunch of hillarious problems. We have Coach from New Girl (I love that guy, okay) and an array of other awesome actors who play hillarious characters. I'm not 100% sure about Elisha Cuthbert, but I'll let that one slide. Verdict? If you're like me, you'll end up binge watching it from the moment you watch the pilot.

Now here's a sitcom everyone knows and everyone loves. Can you really say no to Friends? It is the ultimate sitcom and I am still obsessing over the boxed DVD set I still haven't managed to get my hands on. If there's one TV show you need to collect, it's this one. It is the perfect rainy day chillout watch or the perfect hideaway from all your problems and worries. Chandler is there to cheer you up. Could he BE any funnier?

Last, but not least, I wanted to mention some classics. Blackadder and Allo! Allo! are a must if you're into history. The first one follows Blackadder, portrayed by Rowan Atkinson, situated in four different chapters of history: the Middle Ages, the Tudor England, 19th Century Regency and World War 1. There are also Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, need I mention anything else? Allo! Allo! is probably the TV show your dad used to watch (I still remember my dad once casually pulling his woolen hat off his eyes, saying: "It is I, Leclerc!") and you're probably gonna love it too. The phrases "Good moaning!" and "I shall say zis only vance!" are forever set in stone. 

What is your favourite sitcom? :)

Love,
N. xx


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Biotherm Skin Energetic Eye Cream



Biotherm Skin Energetic Eye Cream

When it comes to looking awake and refreshed, there are things that coffee just won't do. In the past few months I've been getting more and more into eye creams and energizing moisturizers, things I can include in my morning skincare routine. A new discovery is the brand Biotherm. I've tried their Biosource micellar water before and it was one of the best cleansing products I've ever tried. It took away all my make-up in a jiffy, it's not too expensive at approximately 20€ for a 200ml bottle and it has a lovely fresh scent.

Lately I've been having problems with dryness around my eyes. Particularly the right eye, for some reason. I noticed dry patches around my right eye that my beloved Origins GinZing eye cream just wouldn't fix. I was guessing it has a too light texture and I turned to the Biotherm Skin Energetic eye cream for remedy. It is an anti-fatigue eye cream that promises to reduce dark circles, bags and sagging eyelids. Now I don't have any problems with sagging eyelids (yet), but I do get the occasional under-eye bags. I turned to this eye cream particularly because of its thick consistency. I needed something extra rich to smoothe over the little lines and dryness around my eyes. In that aspect, this baby totally delivered. When I compared my eyes with or without the cream, the difference was noticeable - the fine lines around my eyes were less visible. I was also pretty happy with how it dealt with my main problem - the dry patches. It offered an instant soothing relief to the stiff tightness around my eyes. It also leaves a subtle sheen on the skin, not as strong and glitzy as the Origins eye cream, which contains tiny shimmer particles, but still visible enough to give the appearance of freshness and energy (and don't we all want that?). All in all, my eyes felt more relaxed and I can confidently say that I looked more awake after using it.

As far as diminishing dark circles under my eyes goes I rely solely on my concealers and correctors, because I've never found an eye cream that would actually help in that aspect. To be honest, I have little experience with eye creams, but all those I've tried promised to reduce the appearance of dark circles and didn't really deliver. The same thing goes for the Biotherm eye cream, I just didn't get the impression that my dark circles were less visible. I might have to use it more consistently to see if it reduces them in the long term, but I certainly haven't notice any instant result.

It comes in a practical, very sturdy 15ml tube, which is also very handy to carry around (and looks quite expensive if I might add). This cream is suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, which I, as an avid contact lens wearer, just love! Not particularly kind to the bank balance at around 33€, but oh-so-worth-it.

What is your favourite eye-cream? :)

Love,
N. xx
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Krasna Tea Tree & Lavender Toner

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Krasna Tea Tree & Lavender Toner
  
Krasna is a Slovenian brand, specializing in lavender. They gather their ingredients in the Karst area in Slovenia and produce various skincare and bodycare items. They use natural ingredients such as lavender, clay, pumpkin, tea tree, various nourishing oils and several essential oils (orange, lemon,...). I already have one of their lavender soaps and a lavender lip balm and when I was in need of a new toner the other day I stumbled upon this beauty at the drugstore. Once again, I fell head over heals for the graphic design. I mean, just look at it! I don't mind having such a lovely piece in my collection at all. 

The main ingredients of this toner are lavender flower water and tea tree extract. The tea tree extract is often used to treat problematic, acne-prone skin due to its antiseptic properties. I usually use it after cleansing my skin with micellar water and a cleansing foam, just to make sure all my make up is gone. I realized toners are a great way not only to refresh and cleanse your skin, but to soothe it after cleansing and to make sure your face is free of all remains of the day. I used to find them redundant, but now I can't picture my morning and evening skincare without them. The tea tree fragrance is quite strong and might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I've grown to like it, precisely because its fresh scent makes me feel as if it's really thorough and good for my skin.

I'm not praising this product solely because of its lovely packaging, I am truly happy with it. I liked the LRP Soothing Physiological Toner I was using before this, because it soothed my skin, and I like this Krasna toner in majority for its effective cleansing characteristics.

Moji slovenski bralci lahko Krasno najdete v trgovinah DM, Tuš Drogerija, Kompas Shop in v Iliriji ali pa izdelke naročite preko njihove spletne strani.

Do you use a toner?
N. xx

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel + GIVEAWAY!



Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel

You are looking at a brand new Korres convert. I heard about this brand first on Hello October YT channel, where Suzie talked about their lip butters. I stumbled upon the brand on ASOS a few weeks ago and when I saw their awesome 1+1 offer on their shower gels, I just had to try them out for myself. I opted for the Japanese Rose version as I have a thing for rose-scented skincare and bodycare items lately and it comes as no surprise I fell in sweet, sweet love with this as soon as I opened the package.

Korres is a natural Greek brand, offering various make up, skincare, suncare, haircare and bodycare items. They use almost all natural ingredients. They steer clear from alcohols, parabens, silicone, mineral oil, etc. and they don't test on animals. Their packaging is not only super cool looking, but also 100% recyclable. 

What intrigued me most about the brand are the gorgeous graphic design, the selection of ingredients and their whole philosophy. I can picture myself chilling on a Greek island, taking a cold shower after a long, hot day, and refreshing myself with the lovely scents of japanese rose and the likes. I've said this once and I'll say it again: the fragrance of this shower gel is B-E-A-utiful! It's probably just my flower-craze talking, but when I stepped out of the shower, I felt like a Japanese princess in a temple underneath mount Fiji. Okay, I heard myself, I'mma kick it down a notch. In a nutshell, it left my skin feeling very nourished and soft and the scent lingered around for quite some time.

The main ingredients in this shower gel that nourish your body are wheat and aloe vera. The wheat proteins form a film on your skin that protects it and keeps the moisture from getting out, while the aloe vera takes care of it as only aloe vera can. According to the Korres website: "It has significant antioxidant, skin softening and soothing properties." It comes in a sturdy plastic 250 ml bottle with an easy to use plastic cap.

ASOS for some reason doesn't stock the Japanese Rose shower gels anymore, and I want to share my excitement, so I'm giving away the second bottle I got to one of my lovely readers! It is open internationally and it will be open until the 20th of May. I announce the winner on my Facebook page, so make sure to follow! The first 4 entries are obligatory and the last 2 will give you extra chances to win. I'll also send an e-mail to the winner and I'll wait 48 hours for them to write back, otherwise I'll choose another winner. Wow, so much technical jibber-jabber! If you want to try out the awesomeness that is Korres, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Love,
N. xx



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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

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 Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

Since I moved back home for a year, my mom and I realized two women in one bathroom make one hell of a crowd. So we decided to share some of our most used products. One of which would be micellar solution/make-up remover. I buy one, then she buys one, etc. I was recently chosen as one of the winners in a photo competition held by La Roche Posay Slovenia on their FB site and as a reward I was promised a 400 ml bottle of their célèbre micellar solution (one of my all time favourites, by the way). I am still waiting for that to arrive, so I decided to do a review of the one we just used up.

This 3 in 1 micellar solution is part of Vichy's Normaderm line, which is destined for people with sensitive, acne-prone skin and promises to cleanse & soothe the skin and remove your make-up. It doesn't contain any parabens and is alcohol free. What it does contain (and lots, according to their website) is zinc. Zinc is an ingredient you'll find in many skincare products as it is very effective in battling acne, removing excess sebum and repairing the damaged skin around the acne. I have even read that in certain cases, acne can develop due to lack of zinc in your diet. 

I usually applied this solution on two cotton pads, then gently swiped them all over my face, turned them around and used them to remove my eye make-up. I learned not to rub them over my eyelids like there was no tomorrow, instead I just gently tapped the cotton pads on my eyelids and waited for the make-up to dissolve on its own. I was quite happy with it as it didn't sting my eyes and the packaging is much friendlier than the last micellar solution I used - the L'Oréal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. That little bugger spilled all over my bathroom.

If you have acne prone skin, there's another profuct from Vichy's Normaderm line I'd recommend and it's the Hyaluspot Gel Acne Treatment, which I reviewed here.

Have you tried anything from the Normaderm line? :)

I hope you've had a lovely weekend!
N. xx
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Monday, April 28, 2014

April Favourites


What a lovely weekend I had! First a Saturday of sheer chillout and then a Sunday of family lunches and gatherings. It's always nice to have some time off. I also made a cheeky ASOS order last night, I ordered some beauty bits that have been rolling around my wishlist for the past six months, only to be slapped in the face with a 30% discount this morning. This is what I hate the most, finally ordering stuff I've wanted for the longest time and then finding out I was a day too early. Ugh, ASOS I love you, but I also hate your guts. 

Anyways, I thought I'd do my monthly favourites today. They ended up being colour co-ordinated, completely unintentionally. :) First off, we have the Elie Saab signature fragrance. I got this last Christmas as a gift and it was such a lovely surprise, because the lady that gave it to me didn't even know I've had it on my wishlist. It is quite a strong scent. If you're wondering about the notes, there's orange blossom, ylang-ylang, honey, rose, patchouli and amber. I love the bottle, the whole design of it and of course the scent. It gives you that 'I'm-A-Strong-Woman' feeling when you're wearing it.

Next is the Bdellium 785 Tapered Blending brush I already reviewed here. I've been using it everytime I did an eyeshadow look and it works absolutely lovely. It is fluffy enough to blend eyeshadow to perfection.

Then there's two Essie nail polishes. I kinda fell in love with Essie, I have to say. I have a quite nice collection of spring colours right now and I can't see myself buying any other brand for now. Essie just delivers in every aspect. The shades I've been using most this month are Fiji and Bachelorette Bash

My favourite moisturizer of the month has to be the Lavera Wildrose Hydrating Day Cream. It is very thick, which is why it's my go-to moisturizer when my skin is feeling very dry and tight. It smells divine and it leaves my skin super soft and nurished. Full review here.

Last but not least is my new Samsung phone cover I got at Ebay. I've wanted a flip case for as long as I can remember, because I'm still hurting over how I broke my phone screen the first week I got it. I opted for the classy white colour and I'm very happy with it. It came with a clear sticker for the screen, a little piece of fabric to wipe it and a little pencil thing to use on your screen. Don't know how they're called. :)

My random favourites of this month:

TV Show: Lost
Movie: The Hobbit - The Desolation Of Smaug
YouTube Channel: Karima McKimmie

I hope you've had a lovely April! :)
Love, 
N. xx
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Beauty Haul

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 Long time no see! I took a little break from blogging, because I had too much other stuff going on. I'm back now and I have a lot of posts and reviews prepared. :) I did some beauty shopping this month, nothing too wild, since I started saving up and I allowed myself just one more expensive splurge at the end of the month - I'll show it soon. :) 

I took advantage of the Essie 2 for 1 deal and took Bahama Mama and Bachelorette Bash with me home. Unfortunately they were out of Blanc, but I'm really happy with my purchase nonetheless. I ran out of my LRP toner and had to look for something new. I noticed this Krasna Lavender & Tea Tree toner at the drugstore and once again fell head over heels with the graphic design of this brand. I've used their products before and I'm quite happy with this toner so far. It comes in a practical bottle, the liquid doesn't spill out too much, it has a very zingy, fresh scent and work lovely at removing the remains of my make up. I also needed some new deodorant (fancy, huh?) and I wanted to try out the new Garnier Neo Invisible Dry-Cream. It's basically a cream that you squeeze out of the bottle through the three little openings. They have various scents, I chose the Shower Clean one and it does smell super soapy and clean. Love it so far! Last but not least, I decided to do something about my dry patches on my body (winter has been treating me so well, can you spot the sarcasm?) and I bought a Mixa Rough Areas Repairing Surgras. It has a very thick balmy, almost waxy consistency. I apply it only on my dry patches, not all over my body. It is kinda hard squeezing it out of the tube as it is.

Those are my beauty addition of this month, do you want a review on any of these products?

Hope you're well,
N. xx
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Essie Lilacism


I have oficially started spring with a lovely lilac Essie shade called Lilacism. It is right up my alley, cool and soft, suitable for my light skin tone and it goes with lots of my outfits. It is fully opaque in two coats and lasts for a very long time. It didn't start chipping for almost a whole week, whereas Licorice, for example, started as soon as I put it on. I can already see this being my spring/summer staple. I am picking up two more Essie shades tomorrow, one will definitely be Blanc, but I'm not sure about the second one, any suggestions? :)

What is your favourite spring nail shade? :)
N. xx
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Bdellium Pink Bambu Brushes



Bdellium Pink Bambu 957 Precision Kabuki Brush* 
Bdellium Pink Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush*

Bdellium Tools is a Californian brand of professional make up brushes. They are vegan, cruelty free and hand made. The Pink Bambu collection features several make up brushes with eco friendly bambu handles, synthetic bristles and anodized aluminium ferrule. The latter caught my attention since I heard some brands use nickel for their brushes' handles, which can be a problem for some people with nickel allergy like my mom. For the past two weeks I've been trying out the Precision Kabuki and the Tapered Blending brushes from their Pink Bambu line. 

I used the Precision Kabuki for my liquid foundation. It has a flat top shape and very soft and plush bristles, which are at the same time dense enough at the base, so you don't feel as if you're sweeping your face with a broom. Weird comparison, but you probably know what I mean. I prefer my base brushes to be short and dense like my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. The Bdellium Precision Kabuki  has longer bristles and does a very nice job at blending my foundation because of its flat top shape. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the fact that the bristles are half pink and half white and the foundation staining is very visible. I mean, obvi, it's what I'm using it for, but I'm used to RT's darker bristles, because it is the only brush brand I've used so far. Nothing as crucial as to keep me from using it, though. :) It has a longer handle than my RT brushes, approximately 18.5 centimeters. I am very excited for summer when I'll be switching to mineral foundation, as I'm pretty sure this brush and a Lily Lolo mineral powder will be a match made in heaven.

The Tapered Blending brush is already one of my favourites. It is a fluffy brush destined for your crease eyeshadow blending. I was very happy with my RT Essential Crease brush, which I got in my Sam's Picks set, but this one knocked it out of the park. It is much larger and super fluffy, it has a longer handle (approximately 17,5 centimeters) and is very easy to use. I used it the other day to blend my eyeshadow makeup and it blended it to perfection. I now understand the practicality of large fluffy eyeshadow brushes. Love!

All in all, I am very happy with these brushes, they seemed to be well loved in the makeup circles, I really like the longer handles and soft bristles, they're a nice addition to my collection and I'm already looking into acquiring some more. :)

*Items kindly gifted to me for review purposes.

Have you tried Bdellium tools already?
N. xx

P.S.: Slovenske bralke lahko Bdellium Pink Bambu kolekcijo kupite na spletni strani glossy.si, kjer  lahko najdete devet različnih čopičev, med drugim tudi oba zgoraj omenjena. Poleg Bdellium Tools ponujajo še Hard Candy, Playboy Beauty, W7 in Benjabelle, zelo praktična stojala za sušenje čopičev. Ena izmed prednosti te strani je prijazna poštnina, ki znaša 1,90€, ob nakupu nad 15€ pa dobite tudi darilce. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Printable: Love Yourself First

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There's no way of getting around this, it's Monday. I'll just skip the whole I hate Mondays, Mondays are the worst blurb and go to something I did yesterday in hopes of making our Monday better. It's my first printable and I really hope it brightens your day and remembers you how important it is to have a good relationship with yourself, to nourish and cherish yourself and keep in mind that you have to love yourself first, before you can love anyone else. It might sound a bit weird, but I now know what message it brings across. I hope you start your Monday on a positive note! You can download a pdf file here.

Have a great day!
N. xx
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

New: H&M necklace

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I bought this lovely thing here yesterday, when I went on a little shopping spree with my brother. I still can't believe how I even managed to get out of bed, since I've been so tired from working all the time and I got an eye infection again. Yeah, that nasty right eye bugger got red on Friday and I looked absolutely horrible. I've had this repeating for a month now and I have no idea what's going on. My right eye gets all red and teary, I put loads of eye drops in and it's gone the next morning. Well it kinda persisted until today, but it wasn't as bad as to keep me from taking some well deserved me time and treating myself after work. I bought some pieces in H&M, but I'll have to return two (a blouse and a sweater), I'll probably exchange them for a pair of jeans, which I'm in dire need of. 

Aaaaand I bought a wafflemaker! :) I made my first waffles this morning and they were amazing! I also treated myself to a lovely lilac flower vase and a bouquet of white tulips, which I've never bought in my life, can you believe it? :) Today was cleaning day as my parents are coming home from a weekend away and I have some stuff to do, some emails to write, some blogposts to prepare. Hopefully, this week I'll be rid of my eye problems and I'll be able to do a makeup look or two for the blog. :)

I hope you're having a lovely weekend!
N. xx


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Friday, April 4, 2014

The LRP Bunch

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LRP Physiological Soothing Toner
LRP Effaclar Duo
LRP Effaclar Mat
LRP Rosealiac UV Legere

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, La Roche Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands, so here is a little round up off my LRP collection. I am missing the LRP Micellar Solution here, but I've unfortunately ran out of it. I will most definitely repurchase it since it is one of the best micellar solutions I've ever tried. I also just recently got the Effaclar Duo+, which I reviewed here and the Effaclar Foaming Cleansing Gel, which I haven't used that much and I'd rather wait a bit until I can give a proper review on it. :)

I've been using the LRP Physiological Soothing Toner since last summer, every time I removed my make up. I wanted to make sure all of my make up was properly off and that's why I turned to a toner. As you can see on the photo, it is on its last legs, or better said was on its last legs, because it disappeared from the bathroom the other day. Conclusion: my mumsie threw it away as soon as she saw it was empty (hence why I'll never be able to do empties posts). It was a really nice addition to my evening skincare routine, even if I have never before used a cleansing toner and wasn't sure what I should expect of it. I was really happy with it, not only just as a finishing touch to my cleansing routine, but also as a mid-of-the-day quick cleansing swipe - I like to tone my skin in the hotter months to get rid of the shiny face situation.

Next is an old saviour of mine, the LRP Effaclar Duo. I went back to it after having a rather bad experience with the new Effaclar Duo+ and I still have no idea why it didn't work for me. Y U no love me, Effaclar Duo+? *sad face* Anyways, the old formula has worked wonders for me in the past. I bought it first to clear up a horrible breakout I got from an expired night cream and it helped tremendously. I have, however, heard from my best friend that it might get too drying on the cheeks, so I use it on my T-zone only. So, if you buy one thing from La Roche Posay, it has to be this baby right here!

The LRP Effaclar Mat I've been using on days when my skin got oily, which wasn't too often in the past few months, but I believe I'll get a lot of use out of it in the summer. My skin type is very bipolar, in the winter I have dry skin and in the summer it gets oily. After a few uses I notices it got rid of my shiny face sitch and kept it very nourished, smooth and moisturized. Even my mom loves it (we now have to share). So I'm set for the warmer moths with my mattifying moisturizer. :)

Last but not least I have to mention the LRP Rosaliac UV Legere Anti-Redness Moisturizer. It is intended for normal to combination skin, but you can get the Riche version for dry skin as well. I bought this a while ago to battle my flushed cheeks, which are in no way Karima McKimmie cute, but make me look more like a distressed farm girl. Lately I've been using it with my L'Oréal Lumi Magique foundation and it does a lovely job at concealing my redness. I'll do a more detailed review in the future. :)

So those are my LRP goodies, do you have any you're particularly fond of? :)


Love,
N. xx
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