sobota, 28. februar 2015

February Favourites


I just wrote about this shade in my latest review, where I also said that it has been on my lips pretty much the entire month, partly because I find it a great lip balm alternative, so it's no surprise it is among my favourites. On my lips it's a natural-pinky my-lip-but-better-shade with a nice glossy finish that makes the lips look more plump. The comfortable, creamy formula and the divine peachy scent just make these glosses a winner in my book.


I think this is one of the best eyeshadows for those days when you just can't be bothered with lots of blending or you're pressed for time. It is one of the best natural shades that isn't too smoky, but still has an impact, so it's great for so many occasions. It can be worn on its own, but I mostly like to use it as a base to give the eyeshadow on the top a warm, bronzy hue, more intensity and extra staying power. I really appreciate how easy and quick it is to apply and I always use fingers both for application and blending.

This is another one of those easy-to-wear-and-apply shades like On and on Bronze, but it's cool toned and in the same colour family as Satin Taupe. I love this range of eyeshadows, which have an unique texture that is hybrid between a cream eyeshadow and a pressed pigment, so they are very pigmented and have an almost metallic finish. I like to wear this shade over On and on Bronze for a quick and simple look. I'm wearing this combo here.  


This was on my wishlist for several years and now that I finally have it, it's no surprise it's the foundation I wore most this month. The shade is the main reason for this foundation being on my face so often, since Siberia matches my super pale skin very well at the moment, though admittedly it's very yellow, but what's more important is how light it is. I love how like Bourjois' foundations it doesn't settle into my pores and it blends so well, but it offers a far greater level of coverage and I'm relishing that. It's not an "invisible" skin-like foundation that I love and wear on most days, but it still looks really nice on the skin (it is a high end foundation, after all), like the skin is perfected and very even toned due to the coverage. The finish reminds me of Catrice's Nude Illusion in a sense that it gives that luminous matte finish. 

I so wish Maybelline had a another lighter shade of these Eraser concealers, but I still use it nonetheless as it blends in decently with my skin tone. I love this concealer, I have for so many years, and I know it's one of those formulas that a lot of people find unimpressive primarily because the coverage is about medium, but I find it covers well enough for me (I like my base looking natural and fresh). I adore the thin and light formula of this because it blends in so seamlessly, making it look as if you're not even wearing anything and I actually like the sponge application because it's so practical. 


Sometimes it's just time for a nice classic red and this Essie's shade is the best one I have. I always get compliments when I wear this, since for some reason people really like me with red nails, actually a lot more than with any other colour. The formula is brilliant, as is the brush and also the staying power. 


There is just something about the scent of this that just appeals to me so much. I've always been a fan of the classic Dove "clean" scent, but this a version of it that is for those who like things a bit more sweet, but in a more sophisticated way. It doesn't smell anything like described - coconut milk or jasmine petals, so it's hard to describe the scent in any other way than it's clean, but comfortingly and even a bit elegantly sweet. The formula is, of course, fantastic, there is a reason this line of shower gels is so beloved in my household and it's great for those with dry skin.


This was a month of Pink Sugar for me and there was scarcely a day that I hadn't sprayed this at least once. I think it's one of those love it or hate it fragrances because it's so intense and űber sugary. The initial candy floss/pure sugar burst is very strong, almost burning the nostrils with its potentness, but it's the soft vanilla that keeps it from being too overboard sweet to me. Some might see it as the ultimate girly fragrance (the type that conjures associations of unicorns and rainbows), but I think it's a bit more grown up than Fantasy as there is very little to none of fruitiness in it. I love it with each day more, even though just a year ago I found it impossibly boring - oh, how times change.


eBay Bargain Hair Accessories
If you read my birthday wishlist post, you may recall that I talked about several pieces of hair accessories I planned on ordering from various eBay sellers. Well they arrived and though it wasn't smooth sailing (as usual to be honest), I am very happy with all of the pieces. I didn't include cat ears headband with crystals in that post, but it's my favourite thing I got. It arrived broken, but I fixed and a few crystals fell out, which I again fixed (I'm really selling it here, eh?), however, it just looks so pretty and cool when worn. The other items I got were the gold leaves headband, gold leaves hair pins and the cutest bee hair pins (there were supposed to be two, but as I said there were complications with packages. Sadly my wallet phone case got lost, but I managed to get a refund). All were of far better quality than I expected for the price and so darn cute. 


I just want to quickly thank you for your overwhelming response to my Snow White look. It's fast become one of the most read new posts, so thank you for you heart warming comments - they really meant a lot to me.


Have a great day!

četrtek, 26. februar 2015

L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick 101 Rose Melody


I won't go too much into details about this lip gloss, simply because this is my second shade from this range and I've already done a review about the formula and all the rest of the stuff in my post about the shade 201 Rose Symphony. All you need to know is that these are my favourite glosses despite the slightly eye-watering price for a drugstore product. The texture of these is amazing because it's so creamy, moisturising and not at all sticky, so I often end up wearing it as lip balm alternative. These also smell divine, at least to me, since they smell like peaches, which is my favourite scent. 


Rose Melody is a natural nude shade with pink tones in it (a more beige version of this shade is Nude Vibrato) and it's not as opaque as Rose Symphony. On me it's a my-lips-but-better shade and it makes the lips look a touch more nude, but it doesn't completely cover my natural colour and I quite like that. There is some tiny shimmer in it as well, but it's the type that doesn't end up all over the face like at some other glosses resulting in people asking you if you just ended your shift at the glitter factory.


It's such a lovely natural shade and it's pretty much the only thing I wore this whole month (well, at least until I purchased Bourjois' Nude-ist).


These cost about 14 € in our drugstores, while it's cheaper on Boots International at about 9 GBP (12 €), especially when they have one of those 3 for 2 offers.


 Have a great day!

ponedeljek, 23. februar 2015

Essence I Love Trends Nail Polish The Nudes in 02 I Nude it


I Nude it is one of the brand new colours by Essence that has already joined their permanent line. It's an opaque cream/light beige nude shade with what appears to be tiny duo chrome gold-green shimmer, but I can't really see it when it's on the nails, rather only in the bottle and when I'm removing the polish. It's lighter than my skin tone and I'm as pale as a wall, so this won't be a proper nude shade on anyone, but it is in the that family of colours. Let's call it an off-white colour. It doesn't look as pretty on my nails as on Taya's and that bothers me a bit. It's a lot more bland on me, I think and it lacks a bit of warmth.


There isn't much more to say about this nail polish. The formula is an average two coater and as it's expected for such a shade, more on the thick side, so a standard pastel nail polish formula that tends to be streaky. I can't say much about the brush either except that it works just fine. And that's it.
 

These new nail polishes cost 1.99 €.
Have a great day!

četrtek, 19. februar 2015

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm


I always told myself that this balm was certainly over-hyped to console myself at the look of the price tag. I mean it's just not normal that anyone would ask for such a price for any skincare item (an euro short of 50 €), but hey that's just my two cents. But damn it, the texture of this is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I got the small, but still generous 50 ml size in a nice set together with a 15 ml size of Amazing Face Age Support cream, a shockingly good cloth and handy travel zip bag for 25 € on Feel Unique (it's still available for 28 €). 


Texture: It's a solid oil and its melting temperature appears to be lower than that of Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm or Balm Balm Frankincense Cleansing balm as the top layer is mostly in a liquid state in my bathroom. As soon as this is rubbed into the skin it turns into oil, so it's very easy to massage the product into the skin. I don't need much of it, about a pea size or two is enough for me. By the way, I've been using it since December and I've used up about a third, a half at most of, the pot, so it should last a while.



Effect: This removes everything and I mean it. Even my Lancome Hypnose waterproof mascara, which is ridiculously hard to remove. However, it does leave my vision foggy, so cleansing has to happen right before going to bed. Just like other balm cleansers it needs to be wiped off with a cloth to avoid a greasy layer of product on the skin, since merely water obviously won't remove oil. The skin is left clean and comfortable, however, though there is this moisturising layer left behind, I have on occasions suffered from dried out cheeks, which did surprise me as this never happened with other balm cleaners. This just means that I need to use a good moisturiser after cleansing. In terms of long term effects, I'm not convinced it leaves my skin in such good condition as Balance Me's, particularly because of that occasional dryness of certain areas and also my skin hasn't been as clear as with Balance me's or Good Things Manuka Honey cleaners. I could get around both of these occasional problems because the texture of this is to die for, but honestly, for a full price of this product I expect a lot of things and since something cheaper does a better job, I'd seriously reconsider splurging for this again.

Scent: I expected a heavy herbal-natural scent, which I normally dislike, but this pleasantly surprised me with a gentle tangerine-ish natural fragrance.

Packaging: is so badly made considering the price. I'm a weakling, but even I managed to crack the lid while screwing it back. But otherwise it's a standard pot just like those for face creams.


The Cloth: this is it brilliant. A million times better than regular wash cloth or simple muslin cloths (the one you get with the Balance me cleanser is ridiculously rubbish compared to this). It's dual sided with a "harsher" exfoliating muslin side and a gentle microfibre one. I used to have a similar just microfibre cloth from Müller, which was quite expensive at 5 €, so it was particularly painful when someone in my household mistook it for a dusting cloth, but it's one of those that takes the makeup off by itself due to a dense structure. I need more of these cloths because they are amazing.

Amazing Face Age Support Cream: This is a very rich and thick moisturiser. It reminds me of universal creams such as Nivea in terms of texture and of how well it moisturises, but it doesn't leave that heavy, greasy layer on the skin. I haven't used this much because my skin doesn't require such a rich moisturiser, but it does come handy when my skin feels dry. It has a strong floral, but pleasant scent.


I am torn about this cleanser. I adore it for so many reasons such as the texture, its makeup removing capabilities and scent, but I was taken aback when I noticed dry cheeks after a couple of months of use (though I fixed it fast) and I wasn't too thrilled about occasional spots either, though my skin is still clear on most days and forehead completely smooth at the moment. If it were lets say 20 € for 100 ml, I'd rave about it, but at such high price I want more and I still think Balance Me's balm is better. I'd say give this a try if you find a good deal on it because it is worth trying out (this set is particularly nice) - I am really glad I gave this a go. I would highly recommend the cloths though. They sell them in a pack of three on Feel Unique.  

Have a great day!

ponedeljek, 16. februar 2015

An Easy Snow White Look


If you live in our part of Europe, then you probably know it's Pust season or week. It's a time when people dress in costumes to scare away the dreaded winter, at least that's what we tell the children. It started on Saturday and tomorrow is the most important day, when particularly children wear masks and go door to door, while the rest of us eat a ton of doughnuts (#noragrets). Basically it's our version of Halloween. I'm very boring when it comes to costumes and my ideas are always last minute, so I often do the easiest thing for me - Snow White. I have dark hair, pale skin, so the only thing I need is a red lipstick, a red bow, blue t-shirt and yellow skirt, which I just have in my closet (well, I found the skirt in mum's old stuff as I'm not fond of yellow).


I made the red bow myself and it's a super simple process. If you don't know how to do a bow, I found a tutorial that shows a similar method to the one I used. I pinned the bow onto a red headband that I also made myself a long time ago (tutorial here, but you can buy one), however you can just pin the bow straight on the hair, though if you have long hair like me, you'll see further on why it's better to have an elastic headband.


Makeup is simple and very close to what I normally wear. A pale foundation is a must, I used Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia with their Chantilly concealer. Flushed cheeks are a necessity as well and I used a bright, warm pink by Catrice called Think Pink (no need to be frugal with it). I kept the eyes very neutral with white on the lids, taupe and deep brown in the crease for definition and a black eyeliner close to the lashes (no flick, so I got a more rounded shape of the eye). I have a make up breakdown at the end of the post.


I prepared three different drugstore lipstick choices. I'm wearing L'Oreal's Reds Exclusive in Blake, which is blue toned and the most expensive at 13 € per tube. Catrice has a classic red called MATTtador for 4.29 € and if you're afraid to go full on red, Essence has a sheerer choice All you need is Red for 2.49€ (another is called Adorable Matt, but more pigmented. A nice sheer lipstick choice is also Bourjois 21 Rouge Making of). You can just use a lip liner, which is cheaper especially if you don't have any reds in your collection. Essence's Femme Fatale is so creamy that it feels like a lipstick and costs 1.19 €, while Catrice has a deeper red called …040 and a Cherry on the Top for 2.29 € and Bourjois has a Ruby-Woo-kind-of shade called Rouge Soyeux for about 6 €. You can find more red lipsticks, glosses and lip liners here.

Source: http://www.droidforums.net/data/photos/l/3/3645-1269759218-b17d684f25fe00e7ad5d14ab6fbd9ce5.jpg

Disney's Snow White has a lot shorter hair than me, so I started by curling the hair with a 2.5 cm (1 inch) curler and left the curls tight. I proceeded by tucking the ends behind the hair band to get the Snow White length. It's way better when you do this with curled hair, so you have some additional volume and it looks more real. A few pins or hair clips here and there will come handy as well. If you're one of the girls that sports a "lob" then just curl the hair with a straightener or curler, but comb out the curls.


And there you have it -  a quick and easy Snow White. I could also add red stripes to the sleeves of my T-Shirt, but I didn't want to ruin it. 
  
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EYES: 

LIPS

I hope you enjoyed this post and to my fellow Slovenes I wish many doughnuts tomorrow. Have a great day!

The Winner of the Kérastase Giveaway is...



Congratulations Maja Z.! I contacted the winner through the e-mail she's registered at Rafflecopter and once I get a reply I will send her the prize. If by any chance she doesn't reply in two days, a new winner will be chosen.Thanks to all who participated - if only I could give you all the prize.

Have a great day!

petek, 13. februar 2015

L'Oreal Super Liner So Couture


If you've seen one of my New in posts, where this liner first appeared on my blog, you might have been clued in that this won't a terribly positive review. This is without a doubt the worst liner I've ever tried and it makes me madder than it should, mostly because I paid 10 € for a liner with which I could never do anything more than a grey, smudged out line. Such felt tip liners, though they aren't rare in our drugstores, the ones we have here mostly have very oddly shaped nibs that don't look precise enough, so I quickly dismiss them, however, this one seemed very promising. I have a couple of my favourite felt tip liners, Kardashian Beauty's Deeply Felt and L'Oreal's Super Liner Perfect Slim, which I can only get online as for some reason L'Oreal only sells the So Couture version in our drugstores. 


The very first use should have been a clue already, but I just assumed that some ill-mannered person had placed a used liner at the back of the line and forgot to close it well. I always take the product that is either at the back or somewhere in the middle, since some people have a hard time grasping what testers are for, though I do understand them in a way, as testers can be quite disgusting sometimes, but in this case there was no tester to begin with. When I came home to use it, it was completely dry. I tried shaking it and stored it downwards for a couple of hours, but it didn't help much. There was steam coming from my ears, I was that mad. I went back to replace it and they replaced it with no problems, but placed the one I returned back on the stand (*awkward cricket sound*). This one seemed to work on the back of my hand, though admittedly the formula wasn't nearly as black or pigmented as Super Slim's. But when I went to do my liner, it ran dry before I even had a chance to finish it. I tried shaking it and it helped at bit, but it was soon dry again. I must shake it constantly to get the nib saturated with product and sometimes it's so dry I can't do anything. It's just a nightmare to work with. Seriously, all my old liners are blacker and more fluid that this as you'll see in the picture. I got Kardashian's liner last year in September, L'Oreal's in August, Manhattan's in July and only Essence's is new. There is no picture of L'Oreal's on the eyes as I couldn't even do a decent line.


The nib is the smallest out of the liners I've tried, which I expected to really like, but it's not as easy to draw an even line as with for example Perfect Slim. But it is handy if you want to create very small, intricate designs, at least it would be if it were pigmented enough. I still like Kardashian's Beauty's nib best.


Is it possible I had bad luck twice with this liner and got both that were already almost dry? Perhaps. But I'm not willing to give it any other chance. Based on my experience with the Perfect Slim, I expected the same pigmented, excellent formula, but what I got was a whole lot of bother. At 9.99 € per liner, even if I did buy it with a discount, this was a major disappointment. If only I knew I would be wasting 10 € on something so useless, I would just taken a much cheaper Essence liner or order online instead. I recently bought one from Essence and it performs a million times better for one third of the price. But I'll be sticking to Perfect Slim or Deeply Felt in the future.

Have a great day!