June Favourites

Now that it's been a while since I got this palette, I can say that it became my first choice when doing my makeup. It's such a wonderful palette for fans of neutral looks such as me. The colour range is more versatile than in any of my other palettes because it has a lot of medium "lid" shades and I use pretty much every shade in it apart from that purple and pink. The pigmentation of this palette is outstanding, they apply and blend so nicely, and every time you open the palette, you're greeted by the sweet cocoa/chocolate scent. I don't have many luxury makeup products, but I'm really enjoying this one.

If you read my review then you know I wasn't as impressed by this as I expected from an overwhelming amount of great reviews. My main issue with it is the flimsy tip, which was the reason for messy flicks from the start, however, the formula is amazing. I've been using it for several months now, it still works like new and I finally got the hang of the applicator, so my lines are a lot more precise. It's proving itself to be a great investment.

I just mentioned this in my favourite blushes post and it was my most used blush this month as well. I just love the glow it gives to the cheeks, it looks so healthy and pretty. The shade is more for pale skin tones if you want colour, unless you focus more on the central "shoe" part which has more colour, but the surrounding peachy part will act more as a highlighter on medium skin tones. The shimmer is just perfect, not at all chunky and the blush smells like vanilla, so it's like that Too Faced chocolate palette, which is also scented.

I've really grown to love this shade and I wear it probably just as much as Nude-ist. As concerned as I was this would look off on me, it's very much like I've seen it looking on medium skin tones, so a light rosy-mauve-beige slightly brown shade with a perfect matte finish. I don't find it drying, but I think that those with dry lips won't enjoy wearing this formula because it's very matte and it can feel tight. I really want to try some of the new shades they just released. Shabby Chic and Velvet Slipper are top of my list, but I won't hurry. 

I got the new Milani's foundation to try (review in Slovene, with before/after's) and of course 01 Vanilla is two-three shades too dark (and too orange) for me, which meant I had to dig out my self-tanner to properly test it without looking ridiculous. I finally had the chance to test Bare it All on a more medium-ish skin tone than my natural one and it looks so perfect (by the way picture of it on tanned skin is in Milani's review). Now I get why everyone loves it and its alleged dupe Velvet Teddy. People say the formula of these is dry, but it feels fine to me and I apply it without tugging or dragging (though Just Peachy just fell out of the tube).  

ESSIE Nail Lacquer
Eternal Optimist
I just got this last week and didn't talk about it yet, but it just shot up into my favourites shade ever. It is precisely what I've been looking for years - a muted powdery rosy pink. The formula is another fantastic one from Essie - it's so smooth, a simple two coater and very easy to apply with their brush.

I have this pack of products that are my beauty heroes and though I mention them quite a lot, I don't feature them in my favourites because then they'd be in every one. Orofluido je precisely such a product, a hair silicone-oil that I've been buying for years and I use it after I wash my hair. It's thick, so not for thin, oily hair, but it's perfect for mine and this month my hair has been feeling drier than usual (I've been using anti-dandruff shampoo for a while now, which tends to be stripping) and I've been testing this new Afrodita oil I got (dislike it), so in such situations I then slap on a lot of Orofludo and it just mends the situation. I find it one of the best on the market for dry hair, as it doesn't just behave like a regular smoothing serum, but it also adds a bit of extra nourishment that my hair desperately needs and I'm also still in love with the gorgeous oriental scent it has.

The call this the Pick-Me-Up cologne spray and it is just that. It smells like freshly laundered clothes hanging in the warm summer sun, so it does make you think of sunshine. I get questions whether it lasts a long time - it's not uncommon that I smell this at the end of the day, but mostly if it sprayed on clothes. It is an oily-feeling fragrance, though, so different than most.

I dig this out every summer because it's such a lovely, refreshing mist with a great tropical cocktail scent. It doesn't smell like either of the two things listed on the bottle, so cherry blossom and peach, instead it's more of a passion fruit/ fresh tropical scent. Staying power is very poor though, but at versions like Coconut Passion it's excellent. I'm so glad these came to Slovenia and when I use this one up, I'll probably get Mango Temptation next.

Have a great day!

Slovene Bloggers Talk Sun Bathing: Pale is Ok. I Swear.

Slovenska verzija tukaj.

When it comes to the beach, I'm a shade girl. I come from a family where finding a good shade on the beach was a top priority and we never lay in the sun. I don't have anything against sun bathing, I just never do it and I won't lecture you about the importance of sun protection because it's your business what you do on the beach, though I'm certain most of you are well aware how dangerous sun bathing can be. As far as I'm concerned, you'll find me in the shade, solving a numerous amount of crosswords and mostly not going into water unless it's 25°C+ because I'm always cold. I've got the strangest skin - I can stand it the sun for hours and I won't tan, but neither burn, even if I forget sun protection I start turning red much later than you'd expect. I've never actually been severely burned by the sun, my skin has only been slightly red. That's why I don't sun bathe, I don't even recall ever sun bathing because it's pointless, since it's like my skin refuses to change colour. 

By now you might be wondering what's the point of this post. Well, I was invited to join a series of posts where Slovene bloggers who sport a fine, pale complexion warn you about the dangers of sun exposure and we hope that we will at least make you think more about the issue. Aside from me, you can read (mostly Slovene) posts from Anna (Mad about Red), Karina (Karinartistic), Nika (Beautyfullblog), Sandra (The Puzzle of Sandra's Life) and Tamara (from Cherry Colors). The thing is that last year there was this whole jam thing. If you're not from Slovenia (or maybe even from Croatia) then what you probably don't know is that there was this absolutely crazy hype for a fast tanning product called Marmelada (Jam) by Afrodita. The product doesn't contain sun protection, otherwise I can't see how it could work, but it caused hundreds of people to do something rather stupid - stay in the sun for hours with no sun protection in hopes of getting a deep tan. I didn't care for the hype. Why? Because I don't even remotely care about the shade of my skin. Yes, I'm pale. Always have been. Who cares? However, I was a bit taken aback to see what craziness this jam caused, as I was sure that the awareness of the dangers of sun bathing was high in Slovenia. I guess I underestimated how desired tan skin still is. Where I live, so in Dolenjska, though I absolutely cannot speak for everyone who lives here, sun protection is seen as something you wear on the beach or the pool and not every day, but whether people sun bathe, it depends on the person. Since I have a similar mentality about sunscreen, I absolutely cannot lecture you and I won't, but I can't say I spend a lot of time in the sun anyway, so I do have a sort of a pass. 

I know most of you might expect that I get a lot of comments about how pale I am, but I'd be lying if I said that I do. Perhaps I got a few comments from people I don't care about, but nowadays I'm apparently surrounded with only reasonable people and the last few comments I got were that I look like a proper Snow White or a doll. The only time that I can say that my skin tone was an issue was when I went to the doctor's. I've been tested for anaemia at least a half a dozen times because my doctor considered my natural skin colour, well, unnatural. And when I was younger I did care about being too milky and though I can't really tan naturally, I got self-tanning creams and also I bought my first blush precisely because I didn't want to look too pale. But a few years ago I just stopped caring. I'm pale and it's fine. I still keep a bottle or two of self-tanning products, but it's mostly because pale skins are almost completely overlooked by beauty brands when it comes to pale foundation shades (or our importers don't include them in the range available here, such as Rimmel recently). I also sometimes use them to hide the damage on my legs, but now it's very rare that I selftan, also a little bit out of spite. 

Look, I won't nag you about the importance of sun protection because I forget to use it too. They are still sticky or greasy and I find them too expensive to use every day if you use it the way the general guidelines say. But I know you're all smart individuals and you've heard the basic rules of sunscreen many times. That your sun screen should offer protection against UVA and UVB, that SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays, while SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 98 percent. That you should stay out of the sun when it's strongest, so from 11h-16h, that you should use two table spoons of product and so on. Whether you choose to follow these advice it's up to you - it's your life, your health. I feel that in our self-absorbed society warning people about skin cancer isn't effective enough. I think it's far more effective to tell people that sun is the reason for 80 % of skin ageing and a 2% increase in skin damage ages you 3 years. Then everyone starts slapping sun cream at least on their face in hopes of keeping their youthful appearance. 

I at least make sure that if I'll be outside, I use a foundation with SPF. And I know so many claim it's not good enough, but I never get more freckles or sun burned on my face when with an SPF foundation, besides I'm not the one to spend hours in the sun, so I think it's completely enough for most days. My favourite makeup face products are:

A lovely primer that leaves a nice smooth finish, feels super lightweight, makes the application of foundation easier and it actually does what it promises - prolongs the wear of foundation and makeup. 

You can count on a Korean BB to have great sun protection and this one sports a decent SPF 25 PA+++. It's light, though it stays tacky for a long time and that's why I would use a powder over it. They also have a great, very pale shade called #13.

A more high coverage foundation, though not heavy (my version is for normal-dry skin) with a great satin-matte finish. It also comes in very pale shades.

One of my favourite bases because it looks like skin, but it's a bit dark for me so I mix with the lighter shade of Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude (SPF 20)

In summer, I will make more of an effort if I know I'll be spending a lot of time outdoors. As my sunscreens I buy the cheap stuff because considering how much the guidelines say you should use, there is no way I'm paying more than 5 € for a bottle. So I stick to Balea and currently I have:

Regular readers might recognise my orange tube which is kind of my staple (I adored the tinted version, but only mattifying is sold this year). It's cheap, it's light enough, though I still have to use powder and it's not terribly thick or too white (though the tinted version was way better). For the price it's good. 

SUN DANCE Transparent Sunscreen SPF 50
As I said before I hate greasy, thick sunscreen and they put me off using them, so I got the transparent version. It's still a bit oily, though not terribly so and it smells like classic sunscreen. It works just fine. 

If you read the whole thing and you're still thinking that I'm full of it and you still want at least to fake a tan, I do have a few options in my cupboard:

If you don't understand the name, basically it's a self-tanning toner, so it sinks in fast and leaves no greasy or sticky residue behind. That's why it should suit so many skin types, even oily ones. Its effect is gradual, which means it's easier to get an even tan and it took three-four days for me to get a nice colour going. It smells nice when it's new, but just as all self-tanners, it gets that weird smell the older the bottle is.

This is an instant tan and makeup for legs in a can. The colour is just right for my pale skin (shade Light Glow), as it's about the same colour I achieve with my self-tanner and it's not at all orange, but rather incredibly believable. It's not the easiest thing to apply, partly due to the spray not distributing the product well and it needs to be blended fast because it dries super quick and after that is doesn't budge at all. For me it's greatest downside is the lack of actual coverage which it promises, but it's the best such product I've tried so far.  

This and St. Tropez one are without a doubt the best self-tanners I've tried. Believe me when I say that it's a huge difference between this one and the drugstore ones. The colour is more natural due to an olive hue it has, it's much darker with one application than its competition and it lasts about a week on me. It has a marzipan scent that tries to cover the self-tan scent, but the older the bottle is, the more the scent develops, however, it is not as bad as at cheap versions such as Sun Dance's spray.

Not only does it have this gorgeous gold shimmer in it, which also looks good on the hair not just the skin, it also has a tiny bit of colour. It actually shows up on my milky skin and gives me a very subtle tan effect. The oil is a proper dry oil, it is in fact drier than the original, so it sinks in fast.

ESTEE LAUDER Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
This is the only bronzer I've found that works with my pale, neutral skin tone because it has a reddish undertone instead of the orange/yellow one. It actually creates a very believable tan colour and love that it's matte. It was quite an investment, but it was worth every cent and it's the only bronzer I've used for years.  

Check what my fellow bloggers wrote:
Anna (Šoštanj) from Mad About Red: "»Vsaka porjavitev kože je bolezen kože«; mi še sedaj odmevajo profesoričine besede, ko nam je v srednji šoli dobro namerno želela preprečiti obisk solarija. Tisti čas je bila zagorela polt in solariji pravi hit." Preberi več...
Karina (Kranj) from Karinartistic:"I've always been referred to as being as white as the walls or the colour of sour cream, just because my skin lacks in melanin. I have a very light complexion with a hint of an olive undertone and I've never felt like that is something I needed to change. And yes, every time I went swimming by the pool or in the sea, everyone stared at me like I was an alien, because my skin was so bright against everyone else's." Read more...
Nika (Ljubljana) from Beautyfullblog: "Each year scientists discover important facts about skin ageing and sunscreens. But often these findings are so complicated and specific, that I struggle to understand. Therefore, I swear to common sense. And my aristocratic, fashionable and above all, healthy view on sunbathing." Preberi več...
Sandra (London) from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life: "I don't remember the last time I got a proper tan and it's not something I even wish for anymore." Read more...
Tamara (Koper) from Cherry Colors: "Dandanes je malo ljudi, ki bi se vtaknilo vame in v mojo "večno" bledo polt. In to mi je pravzaprav všeč. Če me kdo vpraša, "furam" Sneguljčico ali Nicole Kidman in imam potem mir. ;)" Preberi več...

Slovenske blogerke o sončenju: Bela koža je ok. Prisežem.

English version here.

Na plaži me boste našli v senci. Sem iz družine kjer smo prečesali celo plažo za spodobno senco in nismo nikdar ležali na soncu. Sicer nimam nič proti sončenju, zaradi mene lahko delate kar se vam zljubi, itak sem prepričana, da dobro poznate vsaj osnovna opozorila o nevarnostih sončenja, ker nam jih trobijo na vsakem koraku in če jih odločite ignorirati za nekaj tednov porjavelosti, je to vaša stvar. Jaz bom ležala v senci s kupom križank in šla v vodo samo če ima nad 25°C ker me vedno zebe. Imam neko čudno kožo, saj čeprav sem bleda lahko stojim na soncu kar nekaj časa pa ne bo spremenila barve ne v rdečo in ne v rjavo, sicer bo prej rdeča, rjava pa skoraj nikoli, zato sem nisem nikoli zapodila parit na sonce.

Če se sprašujete kaj je sploh smisel te objave razen mojega tečnarjenja, no našle smo se nekaj bledoličnih blogerk, ki smo se odločile, da znova malo odpremo temo o nevarnosti sončenja, torej boste lahko prebrali podobne objave tudi pri Anni (Mad about Red)Karini (Karinartistic)Niki (Beautyfullblog), Sandri (The Puzzle of Sandra's Life) in Tamari (from Cherry Colors). Vse nas je zelo presenetil lanski naval na Marmelado, meni nesmiseln izdelek, ki le spodbuja neumno obnašanje, da se grejo ljudje brez zaščite sončiti. Sploh me ni ganila. Prve tedne mi sploh ni bilo jasno za kaj se gre, ker ponavadi takih objav tudi ne kliknem in ne sledim ljudem, ki so začeli s tem trendom, ampak me tudi sicer izdelkih za hitrejšo porjavitev ne zanimajo, ker mi čisto nič ne manjka. Pač sem že od malega bela, in?  Ne vem zakaj bi se sekirala zaradi take male stvari.

Če pričakujete žalostno zgodbico o tem kako me dražijo zaradi svetle kože, je tukaj ne boste brali. Sploh se ne spomnim kakšnih opazk, mogoče je kdaj kakšna priletela, ampak sem jih verjetno takoj ignorirala. Pravzaprav je bilo zadnjih par komentarjev, ki sem jih dobila, da izgledam kot Sneguljčica in porcelanasta punčka, nikakor pa ne v negativnem smislu. Edinkrat, da je moja polt bila problem, je bilo ko me je zdravnica dala testirati za slabokrvnost kar nekajkrat, ker sem si ji zdela nezdravo bela. Seveda sem bila popolnoma zdrava in očitno gospa ne ve, kakšne polti vse obstajajo. Seveda sem se tudi jaz podala v svet samoporjavitvenih krem, čeprav nisem nikoli pretiravala s količino in se jo uporabila le toliko, da sem dobila nekaj barve, pa tudi prvo rdečilo za lica sem kupila z namenom, da mi da nekaj barve v obraz, ampak se že dolgo ne sekiram kaj dosti glede teh stvari. Pač pride en trenutek v življenju, ko ugotoviš kako so take malenkosti brezvezne. Že dolgo nisem uporabila samoporjavitvene kreme za telo, edino kar občasno uporabim je tonik za samoporjavitev obraza, ker je večina pudrov zame pretemnih oz. naša podjetja/uvozniki namerno ne uvažajo najsvetlejših odtenkov, ker kot veste v Sloveniji ni bledoličnih žensk, a ne. 

Ne bom težila o tem kako pomembno je nanašati sončne kreme in izdelke z zaščitnim faktorjem, saj jih tudi jaz pozabim. Večina je še vedno lepljivih in mastnih, poleg tega pa so predrage, da bi jih uporabljala vsak dan tako kot svetujejo. Zagotovo že veste najpomembnejše stvari o sončnih kremah. Da mora krema zavarovati pred UVA in UVB, da ZF 15 filtrira 93 % UVB žarkov, ZF 30 97 % in ZF 50 98 %, da se je pametno izogibati soncu med 11. in 16. uro, da naj bi porabili dve žlice kreme naenkrat (30 ml) in še tono ostalih napotkov, ampak če se odločite jih ignorirati - ok. Gre se za vaše zdravje. Imam kar nekako občutek, da svarila proti kožnemu raku niso dovolj učinkovita, ker je le manjša možnost, da ga dobiš. Ampak če človeku poveš, da je sonce razlog za 80 % staranja kože in da te 2% škode postarata za 3 leta, bo vsak malo bolj pazljiv v upanju, da čim dlje ostane mlad.

Če vem, da bom zunaj, se vsaj toliko potrudim, da uporabim puder, ki vsebuje zaščitni faktor. Sem že slišala, da to menda ni dovolj, ampak vsega kar je na internetu ne moreš verjeti (vključno z mojo objavo), sicer pa nisem opazila nobenih novih peg, niti opeklin. Na soncu vsak dan nisem dolgo, tako da je za povprečen dan to čisto dovolj. Moja najljubša ličila z zaščito so:
Lahek primer oz. silikonska baza, ki pusti gladek občutek na koži in pomaga, da se puder lažje nanaša in dalj obstane na koži.

Lahko se zanesete na to, da imajo Korejske BB kreme odlično zaščito in tudi tale vsebuje ZF 25 PA+++. Je lahka, s srednjo prekrivnostjo, ampak se dolgo ne posuši na obrazu, zato je treba čez nanesti puder v prahu, če se nočeš prekomerno svetiti. Odtenek 13 je odličen za Sneguljčice, ker je res bled.
 Puder z visoko prekrivnostjo, ki pa ni težek (moja verzija je za normalno-suho kožo) in ima krasen satenasto mat videz.
Ena izmed mojih najljubših podlag, ker izgleda zelo naravno na koži, ampak je najsvetlejši odtenek temen, zato ga mešam s svetlejšim Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude (ZF 20). 

Poleti se že malo bolj potrudim, če vem, da bom veliko na soncu. Kupujem poceni sončne kreme, sploh ker naj bi jo porabil veliko, če upoštevaš nasvete strokovnjakov in nisem pripravljena dati več kot 5 €. Večinoma kupujem Baleo. 

Rednim bralcem bo tale tubica kar znana, saj je edina sončna krema, ki mi je bila do zdaj všeč za obraz (predlani ali lani so imeli obarvano verzijo, ki je bila boljša). Je poceni, dovolj lahka, čeprav moram uporabiti puder v prahu in ni pretirano bela. Za ceno čisto spodobna sončna krema.

SUN DANCE Transparent Sunscreen SPF 50
Kot sem že rekla me zelo odbijajo težke, mastne sončne kreme in jih potem sploh nočem uporabit, zato sem kupila prozorno različico. Ta je še vedno malo mastna, čeprav ni tako hudo kot tista v pločevinki in ima klasičen vonj po sončni kremi. 

Če ste prebrali vse do te točke in se vam zdi, da je to zagovarjanje bele kože trapasto in je zagorela koža lepša, vam naštejem še nekaj izdelkov za ustvarjanje umetne zagorelosti brez nastavljanja soncu: 

Zagotovo najlažji samoporjavitveni izdelek za obraz, saj je kot najbolj običajen, lahek tonik, ki ni niti malo masten ali lepljiv, zato bo ustrezal večini tipov kože. Deluje postopoma, kar je odlično, saj si sploh na obrazu lahko kaj hitro lisast, če želiš hitre rezultate. V treh dneh dobiš že neko spodobno, naravno zagorelost brez oranžnih tonov. Lepo diši ko je nov, ampak kot vsi samoporjavitveni izdelki dobi tipičen samoporjavitveni vonj starejši kot je.

Instantni videz porjavitve v spreju. Barva (imam najsvetlejši odtenek Light Glow) je prava za mojo kožo, saj je zelo podoben odtenek temu, ki ga dobim s pravimi samoporjavitvenimi kremami. Ni lahka stvar za uporabo, ker je sprej precej hecen, saj nima dovolj razpršene meglice izdelka in se tudi zelo hitro suši, tako da je treba delati hitro, ampak se potem nikamor ne premakne. Nima kakšne večje prekrivnost, ko obljublja (naj bi bil kot najlonke v spreju), ampak boljšega še nisem našla.

Ta in St. Tropez sta najboljši samoporjavitveni kremi kar sem jih preizkusila. Verjemite mi, da je ogromna razlika med temi in tistimi iz drogerij. Barva je bolj naravna, ker ima olivni podton, je precej temnejša z enim nanosom in zdrži okrog enega tedna. Diši po marcipanu in od začetka nima tipičnega samoporjavitvenega vonja, ampak bolj kot je stara, bolj se razvije ta vonj (ni pa nikoli tak kot pri poceni kremah).

Ne samo, da ima polno zlatih bleščic, ki izgledajo super tudi na laseh, ima tudi malenkost barve, ki se pokaže na moji svetli koži in ustvari zelo rahel učinek zagorelosti. Je pravi suho olje in se hitro vpije, tako da nisi masten. Mislim, da sem videla duplikat tega olja v Tušu, ime znamke pa je bilo Olival ali nekaj podobnega.

ESTEE LAUDER Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Ko sem leta nazaj raziskovala in preizkušala bronzerje sem našla le enega, ki res ustreza moji bledi koži in to je ta. Ima rdečkast podton namesto oranžno-rumenega, zato ustvari bolj naravno zagorelost na svetli koži, poleg tega pa je še mat. Edini minus je cena, ampak stvar traja leta.

Poglej kaj so napisale moje soblogerke:
Anna (Šoštanj) iz Mad About Red: "»Vsaka porjavitev kože je bolezen kože«; mi še sedaj odmevajo profesoričine besede, ko nam je v srednji šoli dobro namerno želela preprečiti obisk solarija. Tisti čas je bila zagorela polt in solariji pravi hit." Preberi več...
Karina (Kranj) iz Karinartistic"I've always been referred to as being as white as the walls or the colour of sour cream, just because my skin lacks in melanin. I have a very light complexion with a hint of an olive undertone and I've never felt like that is something I needed to change. And yes, every time I went swimming by the pool or in the sea, everyone stared at me like I was an alien, because my skin was so bright against everyone else's." Read more...
Nika (Ljubljana) iz Beautyfullblog: "Priznam, ob zagoreli polti se mi pocedijo sline kot ob tablici čokolade. Bolj kot je temna, bolj je mamljiva ... in tudi bolj zdrava. A le čokolada!!! S poltjo namreč ni tako, če ni kakavova že po naravi. Zaradi drobnih gub ob koncu poletja, hiperpigmentacije in temnih lis, sem se naučila, da je zdrava koža takšnega tena, kot mi ga je dala mati narava." Preberi več...
Sandra (London) iz The Puzzle of Sandra's Life: "I don't remember the last time I got a proper tan and it's not something I even wish for anymore." Read more...
Tamara (Koper) iz Cherry Colors: "Dandanes je malo ljudi, ki bi se vtaknilo vame in v mojo "večno" bledo polt. In to mi je pravzaprav všeč. Če me kdo vpraša, "furam" Sneguljčico ali Nicole Kidman in imam potem mir. ;)" Preberi več...

My Favourite Blushes

This one gets the top spot on my list. Not only is it pretty to look at, I'm also completely besotted with the shade. It's very similar to my other favourite, I'm Nuts About you by Catrice, it's just a touch warmer, but it's the same type of natural brownish-muted warm pink that I love wearing. The pigmentation and staying power are impressive as well, so this one literally wins every category for me. Thanks to my cousin who just flat out gave it to me from her stash after she saw what goo goo eyes I get around it.

Before Milani's Romantic Rose, there was this one. Well, technically it still is, since I adore both equally, but Catrice made some changes to the design, so I'm can't claim for certain that the new version is the same as this one. It's the same shade as Romantic Rose, as I said only a touch cooler, but on the cheeks there is no difference and it's the same muted brownish-rosy shade and despite the claims that this one is illuminating, it's more on the matte side. Again staying power and pigmentation is good as well. Both Milani's and this one are my perfect goes-with-everything blushes. 

Rose Royce was the shade that made me realize that these types of shades are my life-blush colour. Just like the two above, it's a natural nude-pink shade, except this is already a bit brighter, but it's still the type of shade that just goes with everything. The quality of these blushes is amazing for the price - they are more on the creamy side, nicely pigmented and really last on the cheeks. This shade is matte on the cheeks.

Admittedly, this wasn't love at first try, but it became one of my most worn shades and I've really grown to love it. It's again a type of shade that's muted and merely compliments the makeup, giving cheeks definition and doesn't make the cheeks the centre of attention. It's a gentle pink-mauve shade and the reason I wasn't too keen on it from the start is that is has finely milled violet shimmer, which makes it cooler, but to be fair it's hardly noticeable and though it doesn't give the best glowy finish, it's not a big deal.

 L'Oreal's Color Riche in Laetitia on the lips as a stain.

When I first opened this blush I was genuinely scared of it because it just looked like an orange blush with an obscene amount of gold shimmer. But on the cheeks it's amazing. It's basically like mixing a peachy-pink/coral blush with Mary-Lou Manizer, so it's very glowy in the best possible way. It's definitely a blush for those with a warm undertone because it's very golden, though I have a neutral undertones and it just lifts up the complexion. Staying power is outstanding and it outperforms every blush on this list and the pigmentation is impressive as well. Another theBalm shade I own, Frat Boy, is another peachy-pink shade, but it's matte and it's another fantastic quality blush. 
By the way, if you're looking for a cheaper dupe of Hot Mama, Milani's Blossomtime Rose looks very, very similar.

Another blush that gives a proper glow to the cheeks, but this one's shimmer is more neutral and more appropriate for all skin tones. It's a mix of two shades, a peachy-pink and the hot pink in the middle, and it's a bit difficult to use them individually, but I always focus on the peachy pink more. The blush on the sheer side, but pigmented enough for my pale skin (the peachy-pink part could be too light for medium skin tones and better as a highlighter), the size of shimmer is just perfect and it even smells like vanilla. The packaging is beautiful and there is a mirror plus a brush in the back. For some reason this blusher isn't that popular on forums, but I really love it. 

BENEFIT Coralista
Oh, my old love. I got this ages ago and it was the only blush I wore for years. It's a unique coral in my eyes, definitely on a peachy scale of the classic peachy-pink/coral. People usually liken it to shades like Nars' Orgasm and Deep Throat, but those are very different as both are a lot pinker. Coralista really stands on its one. It's again one with fine shimmer, so with a highlighter effect and it's a blush that always manages to perk up the skin and make you look fresh. Staying power is impressive, but this is an expensive blush, so I expect nothing less and it also has this lovely tropical scent in the pan that lasts a really long time.

What are your favourites? Have a great day!

Essence The Gel Nail Polish 63 itsy bitsy blue bikini

Itsy bitsy blue bikini, whose name is suspiciously similar to Bikini so Tiny by Essie, is surprise surprise is another blue shade. It a shade that was added to the line in the recent update, though we can't say it's the most original new colour, but I have a thing for pastel blue. I bought a few of The Gel Nail Polish formula, some were fab, some not quite as good, but this one doesn't resemble gel nail formulas at all.

It the most classic pastel blue nail polish. There's no hit of green, nor is it muted, so it's a pretty basic shade.The only other such shade that I own is L'Oreal's Les Blancs 858 Ocean Porcelaine (now sadly discontinued), but Essence's is brighter and more of a true blue.

The formula is outstandingly annoying. Gel formulas tend to be thick, but smooth and they kind of just even themselves out on the nails. Well, this one isn't like it. It's thick all right, but it behaves like any other irritating pastel nail polish that has a regular formula. It's difficult to get an even application and it requires three layers to get it right. If I buy a gel formula, I expect a gel formula, so this was a disappointment. The brush is the typical Essence's wide one with a nicely shaped tip.

I bought it in Müller for 1.69 €.

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Top 5 Essence Products

It's not the first time I've said this is my favourite budget mascara and it won't be the last. As an owner of lashes that refuse to hold a curl, this mascara is everything I need to get those big, voluminous and curled lashes that stay like that all day. It's just brilliant and I hope Essence never discontinues it.

After Kiko's these are my favourite cream eyeshadows ever. Well, actually these might actually be my favourite, especially 05 She's Got the Mauve because it's such a stunning and quite a unique taupe-mauve shade. The formula is nicely creamy, but firmer than most cream eyeshadows, so it stick  on the lids really well and because these shades don't have chunky shimmer, they look very even on the eyelids. They last all day on my normal lids with no creasing, so I use them as a base for powder eyeshadows because they intensify them and make them last a lot longer. Fantastic product by Essence.

I'm not a fan of Essence cheek products, they all fail me in one way or another, but these are amazing. They are so smooth, it's almost like they are not even powder blushes because there is none of that obvious powdery finish on the cheeks  so it looks like your cheeks are naturally such colour and staying power is impressive as well. They only made two shades, which is a bummer, since neither of these shades are what I usually wear, but they are the classic peach and pink shades that should suit so many people. I think they now have a different geometric/oriental pattern, but I didn't check in the drugstores.

While wasn't a fan of Essence regular lip liners (until they changed the formula), these are brilliant. They are creamy, so you can use them all over the lips, but they aren't too soft, so they still define well. Unlike Catrice version they aren't annoyingly thick and sticky, they also don't dry out and break like crazy, they just perform like they should. I have several shades, but my favourite are 05 Lovely Frappuccino and 06 A Girl's Dream.

You might think I put this here because it's innovative due to the colour changing formula. Well, it's not, because that doesn't work on me, but I love the shade of this. It's a medium, slightly taupe grey that just works so well with my skin tone. I call it a pretty, "weird neutral", not a classic nail polish colour, but one that somehow just works and looks great on the nails. The reason I didn't include their The Gel Nail Polish is because they vary so much in terms of quality, for example 13 Forgive Me performs so well, but 63 itsy bitsy blue bikini is the worst formula I've tried in a while.

What are your favourites from Essence? 
Have a great day!