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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tunesday: Ben Howard

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It's Tunesday again! :) Today I'm tipping my hat off to the wonderful Brit, Ben Howard. I heard about him through a friend's recommendation a few years ago and have been listening to him for quite a while. He has a wonderful voice and his songwriting gets to me every time. If you're into indie folk than you'll probably like this. I got so fond of his music, basically everytime I listen to his songs I mentally transport myself to Ireland (especially when listening to Old Pine, the video for which was filmed at the Ireland coast), which is my favourite place in the world and has a very special meaning to me. I have no idea why, it just does. :) His music kind of sits with my rustic Ireland idea. You have to give Every Kingdom a listen, it is just a dream.

Are you a fan? :)
N. xx

 
     


 
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Review: Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream



Origins GinZing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

So here's a review I've been promising for the longest time. I have mentioned this product in probably almost every post I have written since December, so I'll tone it down now. Today I'll be praising the Origins GinZing eye cream. I got this last December for my birthday from my best friend Eda and her boyfriend and I have been loving it ever since. I got my eye on it, pun intended, after seeing it hyped up in numerous YouTube videos. I actually never thought I'd be using an eye cream before my 40th birthday, I always thought eye creams are only for older ladies with eye wrinkles. Which I totally will be someday, but right now I like to think I still have the ageing situation under control. I do, however, get dry and stiff skin on my under eye area. This particular part of your lovely face is very sensitive and you have to take proper care of it. When I was a teenager I used to rub cotton pads over my eyes like nobody's business. Lesson learned, now I only use soft tapping motions. 

This eye cream is part of their GinZing range and contains caffeine, ginseng, magnolia extracts and natural optic brighteners. If you look closely in the pot (I couldn't capture it in the photos) there's tiny specks of illuminating particles, which get noticed a lot when you apply it on your under eye area. The cream has a very nice consistency, not too thick, not too liquidy. It applies like a dream, simply glides on. I usually apply it on my eyelids as well, because I tend to get puffiness there in the mornings. I use it twice every day, in the mornings and before sleep. It is particularly nice in the mornings, because it has that zing to it, probably from the caffeine extract. You apply it and your eyes go WOOP! Awake instantly. :)

As far as puffines after crying goes I can say it does diminish it to some extent, but not instantly. I used it a few times when I woke up with puffy eyes either because I cried while watching a movie or a TV show at night (which happens a lot, huge cry baby over here!) or for some other reason. And concerning under eye bags, I didn't have a lot of problems with them these past months, so I can't say if it really gets rid of them. What I can say is that the illuminating particles are so brightening that any tiredness will certainly be less noticeable.

You can get it shipped to Slovenia from strawberry.net.

Do you use any eye creams or Origins products? :)
N. xx


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