Monday, September 15, 2014

Yankee Candle Halloween Collection - Ghostly Treats



When I was approached and asked if I'd like to try the new Halloween Collection from Yankee Candle, I practically squealed with joy. With three scents in it, I had the hardest time choosing only one, but finally settled on Ghostly Treats, which is described as the scent of gooey toasted marshmallows. Oh my!

As I opened the package, a huge smile spread over my face. I only skimmed the images in the e-mail as I was so excited, and I had no idea the packaging of the candle would look like this! It's an opaque white colour with the cutest black and purple print on it featuring a cemetery in a very Halloween-appropriate scene. I just love it!

The scent itself is indeed very marshmallow-y, but not the fake scent you might imagine. It's incredibly sweet, vanillary, sugary, soft but strong and just so comforting! This is possibly my favourite scent from Yankee Candle (sorry Summer Scoop). It's just so lovely!

The other candles in this collection include Witches Brew (patchouli) and Candy Corn (sweet scent). I would love to own them all. The candles cost £16.99 and you can already get them on yankeecandle.co.uk!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Birthday Tea Party

A few weeks ago, Kim and I celebrated our birthdays with a little tea party! Our birthdays are only a week apart so we decided to host it together at my place.

Kim brought some amazing food with her - muffins with apple and cinnamon and the most amazing raw cake which we promptly gobbled up. I made Nutella banana bread with berries and some peanut butter cookies. 
We also miserably failed at making Mimosas (which were disgusting) and discovered our love for the Hofer ice tea, which is absolutely delicious and so inexpensive as well.
But the real star were surely these cute decorations from Ginger Lily Paper! How amazing are they?





Tjaša, who is the owner of Ginger Lily Paper contacted me and was the whole reason we decided to have this little tea party. I mean, the decorations were just too cute to pass on! Tjaša actually personalizes each and every one and then you print them out yourself, so they are really unique and so, so pretty. I loved the slogans we chose for them and they turned out really cute. Kim and I chose the Paris set, which is absolutely adorable and perfectly up our alley with pink and black as well as dots, bows and stripes. Gorgeous.
But most of all, I was so happy to meet Tjaša. She is the sweetest girl and I love, love, love her store. It's safe to say I will be ordering from there in the near future, she has some incredibly cute things in stock. I would really recommend taking a look.
Here are some of the photos I took myself (the ones above are by Tjaša) ...






More thanks need to be given - we even had a sponsor for our tea party - Oblak Commerce. They supplied us with REN products to give to the party guests - how amazing is that?! And my most recent giveaway with little perfumes was also sponsored by them. Amazing!
All in all, I was completely overwhelmed with how nice everyone was to help us put this together. But I do have to say, I was more than a little disappointed that only a few people showed up. I've never had many friends, but I've always strived to make more and be friendly. I guess I'm oversharing right now, but sometimes I really do feel a bit alone.
Sending you all a virtual piece of the amazing cake Kim made!

ELF HD Blush in Diva



I have another ELF post for you today. I will be reviewing their HD Blush in the shade Diva, and don't forget to check the end of this post for your coupon code for ELF Cosmetics!
When I first opened the package, I loved the intensity of this colour. The HD blush is incredibly pigmented - and I mean seriously, you need the tiniest, tiniest amount. I love the packaging of this product, which comes in a container with a pump. A small amount comes out when you press it, but I find even that to be too much sometimes! You can see how crazy pigmented it is on the swatch above.
The shining quality of this product, for me, is definitely the lasting power. I tend to over apply blush, because it always fades throughout the day. However, with this product, it stays on. And on. And on. You literally need to use a waterproof makeup remover to get it off! It's amazing, and if you have issues with your blush fading, I would strongly recommend HD Blush from ELF.
The shade Diva is a gorgeous blue toned hot pink, which looks amazing blended out. I just love it. Here it is on me ...



My only qualm with this product is that you really need to be careful with application, because you can quickly apply too much ... Blending with your fingers is best with HD Blush, and really remember that less is more (take your own advice, Živa).
And of course, I also have a coupon code for you - yay! Using this, you can get 50% off the ELF HD blush on their website here. Amazing! The code is ...

ZIVAHDBLUSH
Code valid from 00:01 BST 13/09/2014 until 23:59 BST 19/09/2014. You must add a HD blush to your basket and enter the code to receive 50% off the product. 50% off applies to HD Blush ONLY. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Order details cannot be changed once the order has been submitted, this includes order contents, delivery address details and promotionalcodes. Please ensure that any promotional codes have applied correctly before submitting your order. e.l.f. Cosmetics reserve the right to remove this promotion at any time. 

The code is again, valid for two weeks. Hope you get something amazing with it! 

Bvlgari Man In Black



A few weeks ago, I attended another beautiful event for the release of Sensai's revamped line with the Japanese Saho tradition. We were also introduced to a new fragrance by Bvlgari and I just couldn't let this one go unnoticed! You need to know about this perfume, be it for a loved one or for yourself - it is absolutely divine.
As soon as I smelled this fragrance, I was surprised. It was all explained soon - the creators of the perfume decided to mix feminine notes with strong, masculine ones, to create a unique blend. It's really noticeable, the perfume starts off with notes of spices and tuberose, but then adds leather and rum to the mix. The overall effect is a beautiful, beautiful mixture of a scent that is somehow subdued and incredibly sexy at the same time. 
The scent is long lasting but doesn't have an incredible sillage, which I actually like. It means only someone who gets closer will be able to smell this beauty, and isn't that somehow very seductive? It's like a whisper of a promise, so strong when you embrace him, but only teasing you when you're a few feet away.
I also love that the perfume was inspired by mythology, which is a topic that has interested me since I was a child. It was mainly influenced by the story of Vulcano, a god who was exiled to a volcanic island and found himself in love with his surroundings.
I am going to come right out and say it - I will steal this perfume from my boyfriend often. It is just such a gorgeous, intoxicating scent and I think it works well on me! However, Tilen absolutely adores it as well and has gotten so many compliments already it really makes me jealous.
In Slovenia, you can buy either the 30 or 60 ml bottle with prices from around 52 to 72€. I would really strongly recommend this one - I don't generally post about men's products but I just couldn't resist ...

Beauty Blog Photography - My E-Book!


 I have a little surprise for you ...
I've been getting so, so many questions about my photography, and I also did a post on it a few weeks ago. However, I felt like I still had so much more to say ... Thanks to a talk with lovely Tjaša, I decided to pursue this and wrote an e-book of my own.
In it, you will find ...
- 50 pages of pretty photos & my tips and tricks
- advice for buying a camera
- settings breakdown
- editing ideas
- what every beauty blogger needs
- your photography examples, made over by me AND
- 3 BONUS mini chapters on social media photography for Pinterest & Instagram as well as a page on Smartphone photography



I really, really hope you will love it as much as I do. I will be updating this page, but for now my book is available on Etsy.

BUY THE E-BOOK


If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments or e-mail me. I would love it if you could share this as long as you like the e-book. I've set the price at 5€/6.65 USD/4 pounds for now - I hope that is okay!
With love,

ELF Mineral Blush in Pink




We have a very special post today! I was incredibly thrilled to be contacted by ELF, a company I've been interested in for ages. I was sent three blushers and I will be reviewing them for the next two Saturdays as well as today.
To kick things off, we have their Mineral Blush in Pink. I've only tried one mineral blush before and while I liked the colour, it didn't stay on for the entire day. The ELF Mineral Blush comes in a  pretty container and has a sifter when you open it. You can easily shake it and the product comes out - not the case with the Lily Lolo blush I have which you basically have to bang against the table to get the product out! 
Here is the blush on me ...


The thing I love the most about mineral blushes is their gorgeous luminosity. You don't even need to use a highlighter with them! Pink is a gorgeous baby pink colour with the most beautiful sheen. It looks beautiful in the light and when you turn, your cheeks catch the light and glow in a gorgeous way. The blush is very finely milled, you need the smallest amount, but it is not hard to work with at all. Plus, it last for ages! Mostly, blushers just rub off on me - hence my tendency to wear tons as it fades throughout the day - but every ELF blush I've tried has amazing staying power.
It's my favourite out of all the blushers I've received, and at only 6 pounds, it's such a  bargain!
And I have a special surprise for you as well. Ceryn over at ELF (doesn't she have the most gorgeous name!) was kind enough to offer a discount code for all of my readers! You can get 50% off of shade of Mineral Blush on the ELF website here. Amazing, right?!
Here is the code for all my readers & followers - 

ZIVAMINERALBLUSH

Code valid from 00:01 BST 6/09/2014 until 23:59 BST 12/09/2014. You must add a Mineral Blush to your basket to receive 50% off the product. 50% off applies to Mineral Blush ONLY. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Order details cannot be changed once the order has been submitted, this includes order contents, delivery address details and promotional codes. Please ensure that any promotional codes have applied correctly before submitting your order e.l.f. Cosmetics reserve the right to remove this promotion at any time. 
This code is valid for two weeks, until September 12th, so make sure to use it by then! I hope you buy something good :) And don't forget to drop by next week for another little surprise ...
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