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Spring 2016 Beauty Picks

Spring is almost over, but I still haven't shown you my beauty picks this season!

I've been loving floral scents and pastels this season and I can't wait to share some of my favorites with you today. I've been liking a really prominent highlight as well. I'm sure you'll fall in love with some of these products too! Let's begin with lipstick...

Essence Nude & Matte Lipsticks

I've been slowly collecting these over the past few months. They are seriously some of the best lipsticks on the market, and they're incredibly inexpensive as well (2,5-4€ per pop). I love the color Cool Nude especially, and I think the best ones are the nude colors. Strongly recommend these if you can get your hands on them! The nude line is really moisturizing as well, which I love.

The Balm Mary Loumanizer

Guys, I get the hype. This highlighter is STUNNING. I've been using it pretty much everyday, but beware - this is highlight. On. Fleek! Very prominent color, very intense and beautiful, but if you like a subtle highlight, it's not for you. I just adore it though! It costs around 22€ in Müller and I really recommend it if you're addicted to highlighters - it's a must have!

Bourjois City Radiance Concealer

I love this product. It's very creamy but at the same time moisturizing and almost gel-like when you apply it. Really great consistency and it gives good coverage, doesn't cake, plus, it feels really pleasant on my skin. I believe the price is around 10€ in drugstores.

Armani Si EDT

I've talked about this quite a few times now, but I still love it! A more floral, lighter version of the original Si fragrance. Soft, sweet and just perfect with impressive sillage for an EDT. I'd recommend it for spring especially. I got three in a set for 100€ from Sephora.

Oriflame Bright Bouquet Shower Cream

I've been loving this luxurious shower product from Oriflame. A brand that is too often overlooked in my opinion, as they have some awesome products! I love this floral scented shower cream which lathers up nicely and smells just like spring - perfect for this time of the year. I believe the price is around 8€.

Afrodita Bouquet of Flowers Body Milk

The perfect product to follow up with after your shower. Delicately scented with a floral perfume mixed with a milky scent, really pampering and again, perfect for spring. Soft and gentle but still very nourishing. I love it, and it's a bargain at around 3-4€ in drugstores.

Catrice Prime & Fine Beautyfying Primer

I've been absolutely loving this primer. It does it all - gives you a perfect base for foundation, and a really beautiful soft focus finish on your skin. It gives every foundation you apply afterwards a stunning finish. And it's a bargain at around 5€ in drugstores! I think I'll even repurchase this one for summer, it's that great.

China Glaze in a Lily Bit

Any pastel pink polish is perfect for this time of the year. If you can't get this CG gem, I'd recommend Essie's Fiji though I hope they changed the formulation since I last had it (very thick and streaky). This is a favorite because it applies incredibly well for a pastel color. Beautiful shade and opaque in 2-3 coats, which is surprisingly not the nightmare it usually is. I paid around 3€ on Destination Pretty.

Catrice The Sky so Fly

A stunning blue, periwinkle color. I just love pastel blues in summer. This says you need to use a base coat on the bottle (I assume a white one?), but it applies perfectly without one. Perfect blue shade and again, easy to apply. And a bargain at around 2,5€.

There you have it, some of my favorites for this season. Have you tried any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts on your favorites.
What is your favorite spring beauty product?

Jimmy Choo Blossom EDP

Let's start with a long overdue where have I been...

I took a trip to Amsterdam in April, and on the second-to-last day, I fell down some stairs at the metro station. It was the stupidest accident really, but it left me with a broken right hand as well as a shattered wrist. I'm currently wearing a cast up to my shoulder (yep, writing this one-handed!) and will need to keep it on for at least two more weeks. I might also need surgery.

Personal tragedies aside, I really missed this little blog of mine, so I decided to do a shorter post today to take my mind off this stupid situation! So why not talk about perfume, one of my favorite things in the world? ;)

When the first Jimmy Choo fragrance came out, I really wanted it, only to discover it had too much patchouli for my taste. But this new edition appropriately named Blossom, seemed right up my alley.

Blossom is a sweet floral with notes of berries, rose, citrus and musk. Not a groundbreakingly different scent, but lovely nonetheless. It's sweet in a fresh and citrusy way, not cloying and decadent like some deeper sweet scents. The staying power leaves something to be desired, but the sillage is great. Overall an adorable scent perfect for spring and summer, aimed at 20-somethings and younger. Cute!

You can purchase the fragrance at All Beauty from 44€. I'd recommend it to fans of Prada Candy Eau Florale, it's like Prada's fun, flirty sister!
What perfume are you wearing today?

Avon Care Cocoa Butter Line

It rarely happens I fall in love with a whole line of products... But this one is a winner!

I've been loving quite a few Avon products recently, but this line is definitely a firm favorite. It consists of four products, all of which have really manage to impress me. I haven't been using them for too long, so this will be a shorter post, but let's see what my thoughts are...

Avon Cocoa Butter Rich Cream

Supposedly, you can use this on your face as well as your body, but I prefer it for just bodycare. It's indeed a rich cream but it has a light consistency and sinks in fast. Smells divine and feels like a lighter version of a body butter, but is just as nourishing and moisturizing! Love this stuff... You can buy it here for less than 4€!

Avon Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

I just love anything with cocoa butter and having a hand cream with that ingredient means it's extremely nourishing and great for cuticles as well. I love using this before bed as my hands are really soft when I wake up. A bit too much to put in my purse, but a love nonetheless! Available here for less than 2€.

Avon Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I can't seem to find this on the Avon website, but this is a great lip balm in a squeezy tube. I like to use it as a prevantative lip balm (when my lips are chapped already, I prefer Blistex). It's very nourishing - and it tastes great... Not sure I should be eating is as much as I do. :P I think the price is around 4€ if you can still find it anywhere!

Avon Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Another great product with a surprisingly light consistency, given that it contains Cocoa Butter. Pleasant, light and cooling, with a really nice scent just like the rest of the range. I really love this stuff. Available here for a little over 4€.

My only hope for this line is that they would add some more products - perhaps an in-shower lotion like Nivea has? That product is one of my favorites and I'd love to see more brands attempt to make something similar. A body scrub would also be lovely, as well as a lip scrub... Ah, I hope they bring out more product as I really am a huge fan of this line!

Blogger of the day is Laura from Buy Now, Blog Later. Some of you old school YT peeps may know Laura as lollipop26, and if you're anything like me, you were also addicted to her OG Youtube videos in the olden days (god, I'm old). Now, I absolutely ADORE Laura's blog and Instagram, and her fashion choices are a daily inspiration! Can't get enough of her content, and she's so stunning as well and seems like a total darling. I've followed her for years and don't see myself stopping any time soon!
What is your favorite product with cocoa butter?

Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush EDP

How cute is this perfume bottle? Doesn't it just scream spring?

This perfume was a real bargain, so I knew I had to pick it up. Plus, the bottle is adorable and looks so pretty on my dresser! I used to be a big fan of Vera Wang's Princess perfume, which I've unfortunately outgrown. This scent isn't as girly, but instead fresher and more appropriate for my age.

Lovestruck Floral Rush is a musky floral scent with top notes of champagne, pink pepper and apricot blossom. The middle notes include florals - marigold, passionfruit flower and freesia, and it settles with base notes of musk, cashmere wood and ambergris. To me, this is a very fresh and clean scent, unlike the usual fruity florals I usually go for. It smells quite soapy and very pretty, classy, innocent and perfect for daytime. Could be a great work perfume as well.

The best part - it's only about 36€ for 100 ml, you can purchase it here. I would totally recommend this scent, it's a great price and something everyone would like, in my opinion!

And let's not forget the blogger of the day! Today I picked Ajda from Ajda's, a blogger I've loved for years and I'm lucky to call a friend. Ajda has one of the best blogs in Slovenia, in my opinion, and I adore her new design as well. She's a total sweetheart and stunningly gorgeous, and I couldn't be more proud of all she's accomplished. Love you, boo!
What is your favorite scent of the moment?

Drugstore Mascara Reviews - Maybelline, L'Oreal, Max Factor & Avon

Who doesn't love finding a new amazing mascara?

I decided to do a round-up post today with some mascaras I've been using lately. I really believe you can get amazing mascaras on a budget and I don't bother paying a lot of money for them myself unless I really want to spoil myself. My favorite drugstore brands when it comes to mascara are Maybelline and Essence, and L'Oreal makes some good ones as well.

I have six new mascaras on the market which I've been reviewing for a while now, and I think I definitely have some solid opinions on them! Let's see which ones convinced me and which ones left me cold...

Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara

Unfortunately, this one was not a winner for me. I have to say I'm so very disappointed because it looked really promising - I love big brushes like this one has! However, the mascara isn't black enough and really doesn't do anything... I can apply 3 or even 4 coats and my lashes will still look natural. I think the fault is in the formula, not the brush. Really a shame as I thought it would be a new favorite. You can purchase it here, currently only 6€.

L'Oreal False Lash Superstar

I just love double sided mascaras, they're so 2006 :P I was excited when I got this in the mail to try and I wasn't let down. One side of the mascara primes with white fibers, while the other adds blackness, volume and length. I love this so much, but I only use it for special nights out because it's kind of a lot of work and I'm lazy. But it gives a great effect with really full, voluminous lashes. Love it! Purchase it here for 14,5€.

Maybelline Lash Sensational

This is a favorite of mine which I've repurchased quite a few times. It has a plastic brush and it does an amazing job separating the lashes even when I'm wearing 3 or 4 coats. They never look clumpy. Gives great length and volume, can be natural or dramatic. Doesn't look fake though! I'm a big fan of Maybelline mascaras in general. The price is great as well, only 10,5€ here.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes

This has a plastic brush, and to be honest, I have a preference for normal brushes, but the plastic ones just work so much better on me. This is a great mascara with the perfect combination of length and volume, and one I've repurchased for the third time now. Just a staple in my collection and a really good, intense black as well. Available here for 9€.

Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect

Max Factor mascaras are often compared to Covergirl. I've never tried CG, but I love MF mascaras! I remember when they first came out with False Lash, I walked around with eyelashes so crazy long people would stop me on the street to ask which falsies I was wearing (SERIOUSLY, it happened once!) I was so excited to try this new offering from them and I'm happy to say it doesn't disappoint. It has a special plastic brush, and while I'm not a fan of the tip of it (too much product build-up), I love the rest! Great for length and volume and heavily recommended from me. 14€ in European drugstores.

Whew, this was quite a long post. But we still have to talk about my blogger of the day, and I've chosen Saša from What Sasha Wears today. I just shot an outfit post with her, and I'm always in awe of her style, she just has the best clothes and knows exactly how to pair them up! Plus, she's such a sweet girl... She won't be mad when I rob her wardrobe, right? *wink*
What is your favorite mascara of the moment?