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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chocolate Sugar Cookies


Merry Christmas my lovelies! <3 At this point in time I would like you all to imagine me singing Friday by Rebecca Black substituting Friday with Christmas. It's Chriii-stmas, Chriii-stmas, gotta bake cookies on Chriii-stmas! Gotta have my butter, gotta have some eggs ... (I hope you can imagine me with a better voice than I have in reality because Tilen is half-deaf by now).

So today I wanted to share a cookie recipe with you. I got the recipe from Sweetapolita here: http://sweetapolita.com/2012/11/the-perfect-dark-chocolate-sugar-cookies/ I wanted to try these cookies because they're supposed to keep their shape and not expand. So let's get on with it!



Above is the cast of characters: brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, butter, vanilla sugar, salt, flour and eggs (for exact measurements check Sweetapolita's blog!) The hardest part of this recipe was, as always, combining the butter with the sugars. Remember to not use chilled butter - but don't melt it either, the mixture won't be right. Slice the butter at room temperature, add sugar and mix with an electric mixer until fluffy. Then add the eggs and keep mixing. Stir in flour, cocoa, salt & vanilla. Preheat oven to 325 F or 165°C.

Okay now, it would be a good idea to chill the dough before you roll it, though I didn't have time for that. If you chill it, wrap it in foil and leave it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. If not chilling, make sure to flour your surface and the rolling pin, then roll to desired thickness.


Cut out the shapes and place on baking tray. Sweetapolita chills them again, and this is a step I wouldn't skip. My momma has taken over the fridge and freezer, so I just put the tray on our balcony for 15 minutes. After that time, the cookies were nice an' cold. I popped them in the oven for 15 minutes and they were perfect!

Tip #1: If using proper bitter cocoa, your cookies will be a LOT darker. I used Nesquick because there'll be kids eating them and I don't think they'd appreciate the less sweet flavour. Also that's all I had at home. Don't judge.

Tip #2: The cookies come out differently depending on the thickness of the dough. If you want hard & crunchy, make it thicker, if you want chewy, less thick.

Tip #3: This recipe makes A LOT OF COOKIES, y'all. I got about 4 platters of them out of this. You can lower the doses of ingredients for less cookies.

Let me know if you end up making them, they're a huge hit at my house!
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Paint the town red!


The big day is fast approaching and I don't know about you, but I'm EXCITED (hiding it well, aren't I?) So I'm already thinking what to wear to our annual lunch with the family on Wednesday and for dinner on Christmas Eve. I think a red lip is pretty much a given in these festive times and today I've prepared my favorite reddies for the holiday season.

Let's start with YSL Rouge Volupte Sheer Candy in Succulent Pommegranate. Go for this one if you're shy when it comes to reds and don't want to go to all the fuss of applying a proper red. It's a very glossy rosy red color which feels very moisturizing on the lips, almost like a lip balm. Really nice if you plan on eating a lot - I know I am!

My next pick would be the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunset. This is another gorgeous glossy red, but this one will stay on for absolute ages! I even went swimming with it on once and it didn't budge. Doesn't feel as moisturizing on the lips, more so glossy, but it will stay in place longer than the YSL lippie.

Next up is my current favorite - Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang. This comes in a gloss form complete with doe foot applicator, though it behaves like a lipstick on the lips. I especially love that it dries super fast and doesn't transfer on my lips (because I have had too many embarassing moments when a friend has to remind me my teeth are red). And on top of that it keeps the gloss even when it dries down. The price is great, too! Definitely my favorite pick.

I also really like Revlon's Cherries in the Snow, which I wore all of last December (accompanied by my grandma's complaining about it not suiting me, but then she says that about pretty much everything I wear, I should probably wear a potato sack to please her, heheh). It's more of a blue toned red, almost a hot pink, which will make your teeth look a lot whiter. The fact that I wore it so much atests to the fact that it is one of the best reds out there! Revlon has a few nice shades, like Revlon Red and Black Cherry if you're into the vampy look.

This last lippie is a Catrice one which I'm not sure you can get anymore, but there are plenty of dupes out there. It's a deep red shade with plummy undertones, and I only included it as a matte option. I know my friend Nina likes her lipsticks matte and with absolutely no shimmer, and I think she would love this one. It's really pretty!

There you have it, my picks for red lips, yo (because that almost rhymed. Come on, let me have my rapper moment). What will you be wearing on Christmas? Do you dress up or stay in sweats? :)
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder



Today's review is of a bit of a cult product, namely the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I finally got my hands on this very coveted item in Budapest and decided to go for the shade Translucent (thankfully, since I also got the Wake me up foundation and the lightest shade they had was waaaay too dark for me - I guess I'll keep it for summertime).

In the last photo, you can see what the powder looks like on my skin applied over the Wake me up foundation, also by Rimmel. It really does an amazing job mattifying the skin and it gives it almost an airbrushed finish - my skin looks a lot silkier when I use this powder. I've grown out of pressed powders lately, but I wanted to give this a try nonetheless as everyone loves it so much. I have to say I was quite impressed as it really does the job perfectly! My skin does start to shine in about 4 hours, but it's nothing a quick blot cannot fix.

The only problem I have with this is the packaging. It is really really cheaply made - my compact was broken when I bought it! Personally, I would pay an euro or two more if they added a mirror and made the whole thing a bit sturdier. Nonetheless, at the price of 5€, this is the best pressed powder I've tried in ages, I daresay I love it more than MAC's MSF Natural (gasp!).
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo


Y'know, I was never one of those people who watched Youtube videos and then ran out and got everything the person mentioned. Emphasis on the WAS. Of course, then Essiebutton came along.

Recently, Essie mentioned this Dove Dry Shampoo in a favorites video and it was in the back of my mind when I went to Budapest. I was really excited when I spotted this product in their drugstore and I knew I had to have it right away. Now please whatever you do, don't ask me about the price of this, because Hungary has a different currency and I honestly don't have the foggiest. It wasn't expensive, that's all I remember. And since I just ran out of my Schauma Cotton Fresh dry shampoo, it was the perfect opportunity/excuse to get this one.

I quite like the change I made in my routine - to be honest, as much as I love Schauma's dry shampoo, I had grown a bit tired of it. This has a different scent, which is a nice change, and I also love the way it works. You don't need a lot of it, honestly, and it soaks up the oils rigt away. But let's talk about the one thing I love most about it. Volume, my peeps. Major, huge, unmistakeable VOLUME!! This makes my hair absolutely huge and I love using it on second day hair and then curling it for masses of curls. Hello, big hair! Sayonara limp locks! Other generic statements with an exclamation mark at the end!

Definitely one to try! (Živa, take it down on a notch on the exclamations, fo' real though.) I am trying to cut down on washing my hair using this - God knows what I'll do when I run out - but my hair is so so bad lately, even straight after I wash it, it still looks greasy ... I'm thinking I need a good clarifying shampoo. Do you have any suggestions? I'm just sick of my hair being so blah.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Guest post: You CAN have your cake & eat it too!



Hi lovelies! I just came back from my trip to Budapest, where I unfortunately didn't have internet, so I'm a bit late with posting the lovely Neja's guest post. She prepared a recipe for macarons, which will surely be made in my house soon! I love her beautiful blog and she is such a lovely girl, so I'm so thankful she decided to cooperate with me. Thank you, gorgeous! <3 Don't forget to visit You CAN Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!



Živa brightened my day when she invited me, to write a post for her blog. I regularly read her posts, because I like her energy, funny way of writing and accessibility. Sweet girl all the way!

I was thinking what to cook for her blog. It seemed to me that most suitable recipe would be something sweet, small. Something that most girls love. Macarons are so romantic, photogenic, French. Girls like to indulge in something sweet when we meet for coffee with a friend. At home, we love to prepare ourselves a cup of tea, pick a favorite book or TV series, put on something comfy, and of course, something sweet must be in the mix. Now you can try to make these little fellas yourself.
With love, Neja










Ingredients

  • 100 grams blanched, ground almonds (make sure to grind more than 100 grams)
  • 100-110 grams egg whites aged 1 day at room temperature
  • 15 grams cocoa powder or food coloring
  • 185 grams powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

The process

1. Grind the almonds in a mixer or a food processor. Push the almond flour through a sieve to get rid of any large pieces or lumps.
2. Mix the powdered sugar and cocoa powder or food coloring  together with the ground almonds in a food processor.
3. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with a hand- or stand mixer. As the egg whites start foaming, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time and continue whipping until the mixture is glossy and stiff. You should be able to hold the bowl upside down without the meringue sliding out.
4. Fold the dry mix carefully and slowly into the meringue, use a spatula. Don't overmix!
5.. Fill your piping bag and pipe the macarons onto a baking sheet. Don't pipe too much of the mixter, because it spreads. Let them set for 60 minutes to form a dry skin.
6. Preheat the oven to 150° C. Bake for about 14 minutes. Let cool completely, then spread caramel on them and sandwich them together.

For the ganache filling:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), at room temperature and cut into cubes


The process

Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
Warm the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to boil. Stir it into the chocolate without creating bubbles. Let sit for 1 minute. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until thickened but still spreadable, about 30 minutes.

To assemble:

Pair macarons of similar size. Remove the ganache from the refrigerator. If you choose to pipe the ganache, transfer it to a resealable plastic bag and snip about a 1/2 inch off a bottom corner. Squeeze or scoop the ganache to about the size of a cherry (about 1 teaspoon) onto the center of a macaron half.




Oooh, I'm so excited to have this beautiful post on my blog. The photos are just as lovely as Neja herself *sugar overload*. Well, I for one cannot wait to make these, and make sure to let us know if you will, too. By the way, check back tomorrow for my video of my Budapest haul. xx
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Friday, November 29, 2013

November Favorites



Haven't posted a favorites post in ages, so I thought I would do one today and accompany it with a video! So here they both are. I'm just going to give you a quick run-down of the products I loved this month, starting with the TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Range, which I already blogged about here: http://nothinfancyreally.blogspot.com/2013/11/tigi-catwalk-oatmeal-honey.html. Then, I follow up with REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, which I've also reviewed in more detail: http://nothinfancyreally.blogspot.com/2013/11/ren-rosa-centifolia-cleansing-gel.html. I love using my Catrice All Matt Plus foundation (http://nothinfancyreally.blogspot.com/2013/11/catrice-all-matt-plus-shine-control.html), which I use together with REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid (I wrote a little bit about it here: http://nothinfancyreally.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-dynamic-duo.html). I apply the foundation with Real Techniques Buffing brush, which I adore. I also love their Contour brush, which I use for blusher - this month, I loved using Barry M in shade 3. And my final favorite is the Balm's Cheater mascara, which is just amazing!

Stay tuned for next month when I'll feature my 2013 favorites! x
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DIY Christmas Card


Ho ho ho! I'm ready for Christmas, are you? Personally I don't know why people complain when stores are all decked out in the middle of November - I love it! And it makes me so happy. So today I'm bringing you a little DIY for a Christmas card. The rest of the text will be in Slovenian, my international readers can find the supplies in your local craft stores and I think the photos will serve as instructions! Hope you enjoy lovelies.

Takole, božič se približuje, pa sem se odločila spisati še eno objavo v slovenščini, ko sem že ravno praznično razpoložena. :) Pred kratkim sem v okviru svoje službe dobila priložnost izdelati nekaj DIY božičnih zadev (o tem bom več povedala v kakšnem prihodnjem postu), tale na žalost ni šla v objavo, zato pa sem se jo odločila deliti z vami. Predstavljam vam eno super enostavno božično čestitko, ki jo lahko izdela prav vsak. Uporabila sem izdelke, ki sem jih imela pri roki in pustila, da so me navdihnili kar sami. Pri vsej čudoviti izbiri, ki sem jo imela, to res ni bilo prav težko.









Vsi izdelki so iz umetniške trgovine Rayher (http://www.rayher.si/) in na njihovo stran lahko odklikate s pritiskom na ime izdelka. Se mi je zdelo edino prav, glede na to, da so prijazno podprli naš projekt in sem čestitko izdelala z njihovimi izdelki! Še posebej sem navdušena nad temile gumbki, ki sem jih našla v njihovi trgovini, in so me prav navdali z željo, da se eno nedeljo podam na ljubljanski boljši sejem in poiščem še kakšne unikatne gumbe za nadaljnje projekte. Imajo pa v Rayherju res ogromno izbiro in sama se moram prav držati nazaj (ali pa kar precej fizično počne to kar Tilen, ki me mora dobesedno vleči stran od izdelkov), da ne pokupim vsega. Tako da zdaj je čas, da se pozabavate z oblikovanjem, božič je ravno pravi čas za ustvarjanje! Želim vam veliko veselja in lep božični december (kar bom v tem mesecu verjetno rekla še ene 100x, ampak dobro). 


P.S. Pa ne biti tako smotani kot jaz, počakajte, da se vam lepilo posuši, preden se lotite fotkanja. :)

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Miss Copycat: My Room

 I shared my room tour with you a few days ago and you all seemed to enjoy it, so I decided to do a little Miss Copycat post today in case you liked any of the things you saw in that post! All of my furniture is from Ikea and I got the little pieces from shops around town and Ebay. If you search Ebay for any of these things, I'm sure you'll find loads of products, but Ikea remains my favorite and it's a worldwide store. Hope you enjoy this little collage I put together, lately I've been having so much fun making them. :)


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Room tour! (picture heavy)













Finally, here is my room tour post! I'm going to keep the text short and simple as I feel the pictures tell the story this time. All of my furniture is from Ikea, by the way. If you have any questions, drop me a note in the comments. :)
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream


I got another Antipodes gem from Ecco Verde a little while ago and I'm loving this one, too. Granted, I've only tried two products from the brand, but I feel like they can't do anything wrong! This brand is a natural one from New Zealand and I've already reviewed their Aura Manuka Honey Mask here.

Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream is made with pure avocado oil, it also has calendula, which in my experience is great with wrinkles, and Manuka honey, which has earned its amazing reputation already with the mask from this brand. This one is definitely intended for night as the cream is very very rich and takes a while to absorb, but trust me, it's definitely worth it. The cream leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft, a sensation I've already experienced with the mask. It also kind of makes it glow, which is really weird, because I have never had a product do that, except maybe the mask, come to think of it. Just apply it straight before going to bed and it will soak in overnight. You won't wake up with oily skin at all. I have combination skin and I was really worried this cream might be too much for me, but I really enjoy using it and I definitely noticed a difference when using it. My only problem is the fact that I often forget to apply it or am just too lazy - don't be like me! By the way, to just touch on the packaging - the glass bottle is nice and heavy and absolutely beautiful. The box also states that this cream helps the production of collagen in your body, which helps with your skin's elasticity. The scent is very pleasant as well and not too strong.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nourishing cream for the colder months. The results will leave you will soft and glowing skin.

You can get the cream on Ecco Verde for around 40€: http://www.ecco-verde.si/antipodes/avocado-pear-nourishing-night-cream

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The best micellar solutions


For the past year or so, I have been trying out different micellar solutions and trying to find the best one. Now that I have tried five different ones, I thought it was time to tell you about the results and share my favorite products with you all. :)

I have tried out five micellar solutions from different price ranges and below, you will find them in order from least favorite to the best one. I didn't include all of them in the photo, because I unfortunately already threw the packaging away, but I did include the reviews. You may be surprised by my list and opinions, but keep in mind - this is just what I honestly thought and your opinion may differ. So let's get started.

5. Bioderma H2O Micellar Solution
Yep, you're seeing this right. I absolutely hated Bioderma. It was the second micellar solution I got and I detested it, now even more because I know there are so many better products out there. My main problem with it was the fact that it really irritated my eyes. They stung so badly I could hardly use it. I am a contact lens user, but this happened whether I was wearing contacts or not. At this point I'm not even sure if I got an expired product, because everyone just raves about Bioderma and I hated it so much! On the plus side, it doesn't have a scent, which is welcome. It's also pretty expensive, around 15€.

4. Yves Rocher Micellar Solution
My first micellar was from the place where I worked at the time and at first, I thought it was amazing. Now, I don't think it's bad, but the one thing that bothered me was the excessive perfume used in it, it also irritated my eyes. Nothing like Bioderma, but it was still an unpleasant sensation. Again, great for removing face makeup, like foundation & blusher, but I found it too harsh to use on my eyes (though at the time I did, because I thought that's how it was supposed to feel). I even wrote it a glowing review at the time, comparing it to Bioderma (see it here.) Yup, pretty comparable - if you want your eyes to sting. Other than that, it removes makeup very well and costs around 7€.

3. Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 en 1 Micellar Solution
My newest buy is the Vichy Micellar Solution which I've heard works wonders. I am quite pleased with it, I have to say. There is still a tiiiiny bit of irritation when I wear my contacts, but if I remove them, it's okay. I do want to warn you though that this one is very perfumed as well, though at least the smell is not unpleasant, not to me. It smells like roses! Very nice touch, but unnecessary in my opinion. Otherwise removes makeup very well and the cost is 12€.

2. L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
This drugstore buy is an absolute bargain and has reached the top of my favorites, and I absolutely love it. At the current cost of 4,20€ in Drogerie Markt, it is the cheapest of them all and does the job perfectly. Absolutely no irritation and no scent whatsoever. Strongly recommend it and you can see my full review here.

1. La Roche Posay Micellar Solution
Tam-tara-raaam! My absolute favorite and one I will continue to repurchase is definitely the La Roche Posay micellar solution, though L'Oreal is a close second. LRP is very gentle and unscented, feels amazing on the skin and removes all makeup from the eyes and face. It is not irritating in the slightest and feels just like water on my skin. Even if I forget to wash it off, there is no unpleasant sensation on my face, it's just like water! Absolutely in love with this product, though it is one of the most expensive ones - 13€. But it's worth it!

There you have it, my breakdown of micellar solutions. If you're on a budget, I would say get the L'Oreal one. If you want something a bit more expensive, you won't go wrong with La Roche Posay. But both are amazing! Hope this helped.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioner Spray


Today I'm reviewing a hair product that I've really been loving these past few months. It has possibly the longest name ever which I actually shortened in the title! So let's hear it for (get ready, set, go!) Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioner Spray! Ooof! Now that that's over with, let's get on with the review.

I remember reading an interview with Lauren Conrad absolute ages ago. In it, she said that she loved Dove hairspray, because it didn't make her hair crunchy. Now let's just take a moment to image teenage Živa as she read this statement. I was probably sporting a flannel and panda eyes, with my hair *literally* pasted to my forehead with sh*tloads of hairspray. I probably went through one bottle per week. No joke. Okay, so here is Lauren Conrad (whom I loved even in my panda-imitating & bands-that-don't-even-play-music-but-just-scream loving period) saying that Dove makes this miracle hair product. It kind of stuck in my head for years after that, and when bloggers started hyping up this leave-in conditioner, I knew I really wanted to try it. When I spotted it in Müller I got it immediately and I remember being really pleasantly surprised with the price which was very low.

You have to shake up this product before you use it, so the oil mixes with the other ingredients. It has a spray pump, so you just spray it onto your hair. Let me just say that in the past, I have used tons of this and it still didn't make my hair greasy, so if that's your concern, don't worry. Besides making my hair visibly softer and shinier, it can also be used as a detangler. I get these terrible knots in my hair, and this really helps when I'm trying to comb them out. I have found that no other product does this for me, not even the Gliss Kur sprays which I used to love - this one is better. And another plus is definitely the way my hair feels when I use it. Whenever I use this product, my hair actually feels soft and not brittle like usually, and my ends look way better. Because I have ombre on my ends, they are very very dry - when I come out of the shower they're actually already dry, which is terrible. This really improves the way they look and my hair appears a lot healthier. However I don't know if it has a long-term effect on my hair - I only notice a difference when I use it and not after using it for a while (my hair isn't improved permanently). But even as a temporary fix I really like it, and in the meantime, I'm searching for a nice hair mask that will really do something more for my hair - recommendations welcome. :) So all in all, a winner for me.

This product is available in drugstores worldwide for around 3-4€.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Labello Lip Butters


Labello's lip butters arrived on the market a while ago and were so hyped up I just had to get them. They come in round tin packaging in two different scents. Beside Raspberry Rosé and Vanilla & Macadamia, there are two other scents (Caramel something and the original), which unfortunately aren't available here in Slovenia.

While I am a fan of Labello products I have to say I let the hype get the best of me this time. These products are petroleum based and that really doesn't do much for my damaged lips. When I'm using lip products, I go for two kinds: either a color for when I'm going out of the house, or something really nourishing when I'm at home. Unfortunately, these are neither of those things. Even though the Raspberry Rosé lip butter is pink, it does not deposit any color on my lips. And as far as nourishing goes, they really don't do much (they might for you if you don't have too demanding lips, but since I bite mine, I really need something stronger). They do, however, give your lips some nice shine and aren't sticky in the slightest. But I'm not a huge fan of my natural lip color so I would prefer something tinted.

Now I have to say the main reason I fell for these was the scent and it is really amazing. Vanilla & Macadamia smells silky smooth, like vanilla and also kind of nutty, which is a nice contrast. Raspberry Rosé does smell like raspberries, but I don't detect any wine in it, the scent is still lovely though. You'll want to lick these straight off of your lips, trust me. On the scent front they really do deliver, so if you're looking for a nice shiny lip balm with a good enough to eat smell, look no further!

Labello Lip Butters are available in drugstores worldwide for around 3-4€.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Schauma Cotton Fresh Dry Shampoo


I cannot believe I have not mentioned this product before, as I have probably repurchased it twice already and absolutely love it. I am talking about this dry shampoo from Schauma, namely from their Cotton Fresh line. I do want to try some other dry shampoos, but this is great because it's readily available here in Slovenia and I can just grab it when I'm in the drugstore.

Now, normally I do not like using dry shampoos. They make my scalp itch and I really do not like the feeling of them on my hair. However, sometimes you're just in such a hurry you don't have much of a choice and you need something to help your oily hair since you don't have time to jump in the shower. It's also a great product if you want to stop washing your hair everyday - just use it on the day in between washes and give your hair a break.

This dry shampoo is not expensive at all, I think it costs around 4€. I really like the scent, makes me think of laundry day, as it smells exactly like linens drying after a wash. It is white, so it will be more noticeable on dark hair, but you can easily comb it out. It really does a good job helping with oiliness and I also like the volume it gives my hair. As I mentioned, I think it's perfect for second day hair, as you can do curls (they will hold better than on freshly washed hair) or different updos. For me, this is especially useful, because I have a fringe/bangs which get very oily quite fast, so if I need a quick fix I just use this. It won't last you ages, but given the price, I don't think that's problematic. I've tried Batiste before and I have to say I prefer this one (not saying that Batiste is bad, I had the Blush scent and I just prefer the scent of this one). Definitely not a product I would use on a daily basis, but I find it great for quick fixes and when I'm in a hurry.

You can get this dry shampoo from drugstores (D&M, Müller) for around 4€.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution


Today I'll be reviewing this L'oreal Micellar Solution. Let me start off with a bit of history when it comes to micellar solutions ... I have tried quite a few (and will publish a comparision post soon), and I really did not like Bioderma - it was really rough on my eyes and they itched and stung like crazy. While this L'Oreal fellow isn't as praised, I was actually very pleased with it! Seems like I'm always the one with the opinion that is contrary to popular belief, eh? :)

So, this guy (I don't know why I keep thinking it's a male, I mean it *is* pink. Then again, why am I talking about a makeup remover as if it has a gender? I'll just shut up). So it looks like regular water, just like any other micellar and I really don't think it has a scent which I appreciate. Sometimes it's nice using a product that is really inoffensive on your face. As far as makeup removing goes, I actually think it does a pretty good job - I use two cotton pads, one for my eyes and one for my face, and that's enough. It really removes a lot, even though I like to follow up with a face wash to make my skin as clean as possible. Another thing - it really doesn't irritate my eyes, which are apparently very sensitive - I didn't even know I had sensitive eyes until I tried some of these micellars and they burned really badly. Actually, what more could you want from a micellar solution? Inoffensive, non-irritating, gentle and great at removing makeup. It's also really inexpensive, half the price of others!

You can get this at most drugstores for the price of around 6€.

P.S. Felt like I needed to write about a L'Oreal product after I gave a bad review to one of their shampoos yesterday as I genuinely love the brand.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise EverRiche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner


Sometimes you just come accross a product that you want to love SO badly, but it just ain't happening. This happened to me when I bought this shampoo & conditioner duo by L'Oreal. I usually love their shampoos, and I decided to try their more expensive range after hearing essiebutton gush about them in a video on her Youtube channel. I paid around 16€ for these two together, got them in Müller, and as far as I know, that's the only store that carries them here in Slovenia. But you can also get them on FeelUnique for a bit cheaper here. 

These two products did absolutely nothing for me - they claim they're nourishing & taming and neither of those proved to be true. I have super dry hair on my ends, while my scalp is very oily, and I hoped this would counteract at least one of these two conditions. Nope, no such luck. My hair was extremely dry after using this with frizz all over (and my hair is naturally stick straight, so frizz is usually not a problem). Also, it got greasy the same freakin' day. And to top it all off, as you can see in the above photo, my bottle broke almost immediately upon purchasing it, which means I now have a leak all over my bag since I traveled with this bad boy. Lovely. :) Definitely would NOT recommend this duo, L'Oreal has way better shampoos and they're cheaper as well. I have heard that the shampoo works amazingly for other people though, and I truly don't know why it didn't do anything for me. I am actually at a point where I want to throw it away, and I *always* use up products, but this just has a terrible effect on my hair.

I hate being so negative, but I wanted to be honest because this isn't inexpensive and I know a lot of you were interested in a review. It might work just fine on your hair though - if you really want to try it, I say go for it! My hair is just pretty bad at the moment, and that might be the reason this didn't work.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The 'Stuff I ACTUALLY need' Wishlist

Now, I am definitely one for making wishlists, but then it always seems to happen that I don't buy anything I mention in them. So today I decided to make one for things I truly, really need and will quite possibly buy in the near future. I desperately need a new foundation as I've run out of my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, so I'm eyein the Rimmel Wake Me Up, which I know a lot of bloggers love. Also cannot resist the call of the beautiful YSL Youth Liberator - just look at the perfection that is the bottle. It's crazy expensive, so it might end up on my Christmas wishlist. To set the foundation, I would really love to try the oh-so-famous Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, which seems lovely and can be found at a great price. Lastly, I will also be needing a new shampoo quite soon, and I'm eyeing these two products as mentioned by Essie in one of her videos - the L'Oreal Ever Riche shampoo & conditioner. Must. Have. Now.

P.S. Sincere apologies for not having a new video/blog post up in ages, they will be coming soon! I've just been away from home and didn't really have a chance to film. Expect a new one tomorrow or on Monday. :)
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lush Lemony Flutter


As I told you in my first video, I actually interviewed at Lush a while ago. Unfortunately, I didn't end up getting the job, but the interview reminded me of how much I loved their products and that I really needed to start using them up. I've had this Lemony Flutter for a few months now, and just recently started giving it the love it deserves.

Lemony Flutter is a product for dry skin, mainly targeted at cuticles. I've noticed that this is a favourite of many beauty and nail polish bloggers and I totally understand why! The main thing it does is make your skin super soft, so besides using it on my cuticles, I also quite like applying it to other dry areas, like my elbows. As far as treating wounds goes (hangnails etc.), I haven't noticed a difference while using this, but then again, it's not intended for that. But it is very successful in softening the skin around my nails, so it would also be perfect if you want to remove your cuticles, as it will be a lot easier to do so. Personally I just leave mine alone (apart from biting them on occasion, oopsa-daisy), and find that this still serves a purpose. I also use it just like a regular hand cream and it makes my hands super soft and really moisturized. For a more intensive treatment, you could also apply it overnight with a pair of gloves over, and I'm sure your skin will be nice and supple. And of course, I'm not going to end this review without telling you what this smells like! It's a true lemon scent, so it will be perfect for you if you like fresh citrusy fragrances, and this one is definitely strongly scented.

Lush Lemony Flutter costs around 10€ and can be bought in Lush stores worldwide.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Rebels & Plums



I wanted to talk about the two lipsticks I mentioned in my Fall Must-Haves in more detail. They are both by MAC and are in the shades Rebel and Plumful.

Let's start with Rebel. It is a Satin finish, first of all. The color is something between a pink and a red and quite blue toned. It looks pretty scary in the tube, but it's actually not a vampy color at all, it's a nice and vibrant reddish pink. It is a statement color nonetheless and I think it would look good on pretty much anyone. The only problem I have with this one is the fact that it ALWAYS ends up on my teeth (not painting a pretty picture here, am I?), it has gotten to the point where I don't even want to wear it, even though it's one of my favourite colors. So while I love this one for what it is, I'm still on the hunt for a darker burgundy/purple version.

Next up is Plumful, a Lustre finish. I love this one for everyday in the fall, it's my go-to color. The toned down dusky pink with plum notes is absolutely gorgeous, and I also love the fact that it doesn't have any shimmer in it. It's super creamy and a really nice formula. Unfortunately it doesn't really flatter my skintone in my opinion, but I still love it and intend on wearing it a lot. It's a really easy-to-wear shade as it doesn't require a lip liner and you can just slap it on and be ready to go!

MAC lipstick prices vary around the globe, and you can get them online (if they deliver to your country) or in stores worldwide.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm


Today I'm featuring another cult product. This Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is super popular both on Youtube and in the blogging community. Besides, it's been recommended to me countless times, and I finally decided to get it as a treat for my brithday, as it is quite expensive for a lip balm (around 10€).

I have to say my expectations were high, but the product exceeded them! It truly is a miracle worker. I am a lip biter, which is a terrible habit I've been trying to get rid of for years with no luck. My lips are always dry, chapped and peeling and it really doesn't look too attractive. Enter the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. With its scent of fresh lemons and sweet honey, it's a treat for your nose as well! It really works wonders on lips and applied overnight, heals them in hours. I used to be a huge fan of Blistex, but this is my new favourite. My lips were cracked open in the middle and bleeding (sorry for the disgusting visual) and this fixed them in a couple of days, when usually, it would take weeks. I also really enjoy the scent, which makes the experience of using this product even more pleasant. The only downside to this is that I don't really like it as a primer for lipstick - it's too thick and the lipstick doesn't stay on the lips if I apply this beforehand. Another minus would be the pot form. The product actually does come in a stick as well, but the nice lady at the pharmacy explained to me that it wasn't as potent and that I should really get this one rather than the stick version. But other than that, definitely a stellar product perfect for those who suffer with dry lips!

Check out the Nuxe website here.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Home is Where the Heart is: Gifts & Pieces Wishlist


I am a long-time follower of Abby's blog here, and let me just say, she is one talented lady. Beside offering blog design, she also owns a store of interior decorations and homeware, which I have fallen in love with completely. Above is my wishlist from her beautiful store, full of things that I think would look beautiful in my room and would love to own someday! In fact, if I hadn't spent all my money like there was no tomorrow, I would probably be placing a cheeky order at this very moments. As it is, I'll have to wait a couple of weeks before I buy anything, but it's safe to say these items will sooner or later end up in my bedroom!


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Burt's Bees Deep Pore Scrub


As I mentioned yesterday, I got to try two products from Ecco Verde. One of them I reviewed yesterday, and the second one will be the center of today's post. It is Burt's Bees Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, another natural product!

Burt's Bees is another brand I've had my eye on for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect product for me as I love scrubbing my pores, teehee. The first thing I noticed with this product, as with most things I use, was, of course, the smell! It's definitely very strong and I can definitely smell the peach in there. I like the scent quite a lot, it's a bit unusual, but pleasant. Now on to the product. I would strongly recommend to use this if your skin isn't sensitive. If you have sensitive skin, you can find loads of other, gentler scrubs on Ecco Verde's site. This one is really more suited to people with oily/combination skin like myself, who suffer from enlarged pores. After using it for about two weeks, I can say that it definitely does help get rid of all the gunk in my pores. While they are still enlarged (not much I can do about that), they are definitely cleaner. I have to say that since I've been using this product and the Antipodes mask, my skin has truly been looking good and I am super pleased with it! Just don't expect your pores to disappear when you're using products like this one, because miracles won't happen - but your pores will be way cleaner and you'll get rid of all the buildup caused by makeup and other products.

Slovenian readers can buy it here, and international ones click here.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask


I have wanted to try Antipodes for I don't know how long, and I finally got the chance thanks to Ecco Verde! Thank you so much for this opportunity, I am thoroughly enjoying using this product.

The Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a bit of a cult product, though I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it. I opened it to reveal an absolutely intoxicating honey scent with a hint of vanilla. This product comes out like a thick cream, and the directions say to apply it quite thickly. I did exactly that, left it on for 20 minutes, and then rinsed with warm water. While it was on my face, most of it actually got absorbed in my skin and confirmed my expectations, as it really seems like a thicker moisturizer. When I rinsed it off, my skin was softer than it has probably been since I started having problems with it, and absolutely radiant. I love it! No face mask has had such an effect on my skin in EVER, and even Tilen said my skin felt softer (possibly because I forced him to feel it numerous times, but that is beside the point). So if you're in need of a pamper, definitely & strongly recommend this amazing mask, which is, on top of everything, natural! A bit about the ingredients - Antipodes is a New Zealand brand, and apparently, Manuka honey is a traditional Maori remedy. It says that it is also a great antioxidant!

If you're interest in this mask, Slovenian readers can get it here, while international readers should visit this site.
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