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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

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. :)


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. :)


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. :)

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€.

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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