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Monday, March 31, 2014

The best spring moisturizers



Spring is finally here! We even changed the clocks this weekend, from which I am still recovering. So I thought I would share some of my favorite spring moisturizers for this season. Let's get on with it!

Starting off with Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, I think this is the perfect body moisturizer to transition from winter, as your skin might still be dry and dehydrated, and this is very rich. It's quite potent and very thick, so you will need to massage it onto your skin. I really love the scent, though it is not the traditional Milk & Honey smell, it almost smells like oats to me, very strong, but lovely natural scent. It's a squeezy tube which makes it easy to use and you really do not need a lot. If you still have dry and peeling skin from the wintertime, this should sort it for you in a couple of days, and then you can move on to something less thick. Definitiely a savior and great for more intense treatments, or even everyday if your skin is very dry. I like using it about twice a week to keep my skin moist.

Available on Feel Unique.

Next up is a favorite of mine which I have mentioned plenty of times before, the Yves Rocher Oats Silky Lotion. I use this along with Tilen and we are both in love with it. You can buy a separate pump which makes it really easy to use. It smells just like oats, quite a strong scent, but very inoffensive. I love the texture, which is milky, almost runny, but not quite. It sinks in immediately. Great for any time of the year, but in the colder months I prefer something even thicker, while this is amazing for extra dry skin in the warmer months.

Za slovenske bralke na voljo v Yves Rocher.

And finally, the most summery of them all - I love ... Coconut & Cream. Holy moly, this is divine! The scent is absolute perfection, a gorgeous creamy coconut. As a lotion it is best suited for those who do not have special needs when it comes to moisturizing, but instead have normal skin. What I love the most about this product is the scent, which will stay on your skin literally until your next shower. I love putting it on before I fall asleep, as I am then enveloped in its coconutty goodness. Just, ah! Adore it!

Za slovenske bralke na voljo na Click2Chic.

To quickly talk about the benefits of moisturizing - I have honestly noticed the stretchmarks on my thighs fading. I have a few and they got a lot better since I started eating better and moisturizing everyday. I do not know which product made the real difference as I use them all, but I think it was each and every one. So thumbs up for moisturizing!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

L'Oréal Lumi Magique Foundation


This is my third post in Becka's Have you discovered ...? series.


When I mentioned I had gotten L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation in my haul, a lot of you were interested in a review, so I am doing that today, and it aligns perfectly with this blog post series which I am participating in. First of all, let me start with the obvious - I got the wrong shade of foundation, of course. It's a tradition. So this is in the shade Rose Beige.

You can see from the swatches that my skin is in pretty bad condition at the moment - I omitted the sight of my forehead, which would probably give you nightmares. I have some dark marks as well as huge pores. But this foundation has quite a lot of coverage, but the thing that sets it apart from most high coverage foundations is the fact that it is not matte at all. It is actually quite dewy and glowy. I really like the finish, as it covers everything up, but still looks quite natural and makes you look refreshed, as well as gives that lit-from-within look. The foundation also wears nicely and does not rub off at all, which I really love as I like my makeup to last all day. It's also hydrating and not drying in the slightest. I have oily to combination skin and this surprisingly works for me, even though I thought I would never be able to wear a product that is dewy. All in all, L'Oreal Lumi Magique gets a huge thumbs up from me and I would definitely recommend it (but spend a few minutes picking out the shade, unlike yours truly).

I got Lumi Magique in my local drugstore with a discount. It costs around 17€ in Slovenia and around 13€ online.

P.S. I just saw these photos on a larger screen and they look so Photoshopped - I really didn't do anything to them! I have no idea what happened.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce EDP


Let me tell you a little somethin' somethin'. Only a week ago, yours truly had about 45 perfumes on her shelf. 45! Do you even ... I can't! I have no excuses, nothing. But I did finally decide to have a clean up of my collection. I've accumulated so many perfumes I don't even like, and I finally 'minimized' my collection. I now have around 20 perfumes, 15 of which are almost empty anyway, so there. That's good/better, right?

You're probably sitting there rolling your eyes, because here I am with yet another perfume. In my defense, this is a scent I absolutely love and feel like it really belongs on my shelf. I actually partnered up with Fragrance Direct, which I am incredibly happy about. It is a site I have used myself countless times before and I am just thrilled about our collaboration. It's a discounted perfume website and I cannot recommend it enough - you are getting an amazing deal and the scents are from amazing brands, anything you can imagine. I have gotten Burberry Brit, Lolita Lempicka, SJP Lovely and so many more scents from them, all by myself, at the best prices. So I got to pick out one perfume and an extra, and I picked Dolce for myself, and something for my mom, which we will talk about soon - I got her to agree to do a review with me!

Now finally, Dolce. This is a new fragrance release from Dolce & Gabbana and it was love at first sniff. It came out in 2014 and is the most gorgeous perfume for spring. A mix of florals and musk, it smells intense and gentle at the same time, enveloping you in petals of water lillies, neroli, narcissus and papaya flower. What is interesting about this perfume is the fact that is is very gentle, but somehow manages to be prominent at the same time. It is a really well crafted scent that is a bit powdery, but mostly beautifully floral on my skin. I also like the gentle addition of musk, which I am not usually a fan of, except with white florals like gardenia and tuberose, but in this perfume, it just works. Everything wraps up nicely and is just perfect for these spring days.

I hope I haven't rambled on too much! Have you given Dolce a sniff yet or ordered from Fragrance Direct before?
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Friday, March 28, 2014

The video: March Favorites 2014


I've noticed a lot of people don't really know I have a Youtube channel as well, and while it's nothing to write home about, I thought I'd share my newest video anyway! Do you like blog posts with videos or would you rather I just skip them? Let me know!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Premagaj strah pred smejanjem + nagradna igra


Hi lovely! Today's post is the first in my series about Fashion Week Slovenia. Check back tomorrow for an English post & stay tuned for reports from the fashion front.

Naj ti najprej zaželim dobrodošlico ob prvi objavi, povezani s Fashion Week Aquafresh na mojem blogu. Današnji naslov se ti mogoče zdi prav čuden – strah pred smejanjem? Resno, Živa?

Če verjameš ali ne, je smejanje stvar, ki se je marsikdo boji. Pa naj bo to zaradi sramežljivosti, rumenih zob ali krivega nasmeha – meni je čisto vseeno, smejati se je treba. Razloge za to bi lahko naštevala sto let, ampak se bom danes raje posvetila temi, kako premagati živčke, ko stopiš pred fotoaparat ali ko srečaš svojo simpatijo (če si mi vsaj malo podobna, verjetno zamrzneš in blekneš kakšno zanimivo besedo – moja najljubša je baje 'nung').

Spomnim se časov osnovne šole, ko mi je prijazna sošolka vsakič, ko sem se nasmehnila, povprašala kdaj točno dobim aparat za zobe. Take in podobne izjave so pogosto razlog, da se smejati sploh nočeš, pa naj bo to podzavestno ali ne. Sama sem se vedno smejala prikrito, z roko čez usta ali obrazom, obrnjenim navzdol. Lahko ti poročam še o enem zabavnem dogodku iz snemanja za Cosmo Novinarko, kjer sem bruhnila v jok od same živčnosti zaradi smejanja in slikanja nasploh. Od takrat se je marsikaj spremenilo.

Pravzaprav je bil odločilni trenutek prav neslaven, saj se je zgodil v moji spalnici. Za svoj blog sem hotela poslikati maskaro in ob ogledu slik ugotovila, da sem si na slikah pravzaprav kar všeč. Moj fant se je naglas smejal slikam, ki napredujejo po naslednjih točkah:

 Živine trepalnice z novo maskaro.
Živin obraz.
Živa se počasi nasmehne. 
Živa ugotovi, da na slikah ne izgleda tako slabo.
Živa se zeeeloooo na široko smeji.

Naredila sem majhen korak in nasmejano sliko objavila na Facebooku, pa še prav dobro sem se počutila. Zakaj pa ne? Je res kaj narobe z mojim nasmehom?

Naslednji trenutek, ki me je prepričal o pomembnosti nasmeha, pa ima povezavo prav z dogodkom Fashion Week Aquafresh, saj še zdaj ne morem verjeti, da so za uradno blogerko dogodka izbrali prav mene. Čakajte malo, ste se zmotili? Jaz, s povsem krivimi zobmi, ki so daleč od popolnih?

Zakaj pa ne? Čisto nič ni narobe, če tvoj nasmeh ni filmski. Pomembno je, da z njim izražaš srečo, veselje, navdušenje, vsa lepa čustva, ki jih tvoj nasmeh le še polepša.

Danes te zapuščam z malo nalogo (in skrito nagradno igro). Če bi rada zadela paketek Aquafresh zobne ščetke in nove zobne paste Aquafresh High Definition White na sliki, komentiraj to objavo in mi povej, kdaj si se nazadnje od srca nasmejala. Zmagovalko bom izbrala čez 3 dni, prosim samo, da mi slediš preko omrežja Bloglovin' in da v komentarju pustiš svoj e-mail, da te lahko kontaktiram v primeru zmage. :)
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Chocolate Pudding Oven Pancake & 2 Week Update


First and foremost. I reached 1000 followers on Bloglovin yesterday, ehmahgerd! I'm not going to get too soppy about this but guys, this totally made my year better, it was one of my goals for 2014 and I cannot believe it happened! You are all amazing - thank you.

So I had to thank you and also since I reached 1k I wanted to celebrate, so I made this thingy. And it was good. So good I gushed about it on Twitter, and a few of you asked for the recipe! So here it is. Basically this is a chocolate wholewheat pancake which tastes like pudding (or Čokolino if you're from Slovenia). It's made with one bowl only and then baked in the oven and it's absolutely delicious! I also threw in a quick sauce but you can totally skip it as well. Now let's take a look at the recipe. By the way, I calculated the calories with MyFitnessPal, but I am in no way a professional so don't take my word for it!

Skinny Chocolate Pudding Oven Pancake
Serves: 2 very hungry people (me & Tilen) or 4 normal people, Calories (whole, no sauce): 470, Calories (whole, with sauce): 580. Calories per serving (4 servings): 145

For the pancake:

- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup low fat milk
- 1/4 cup wholewheat flour
- 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- a little bit of coconut oil

For the sauce:

- 1/4 cup low fat milk
- 1/4 cup mixed berries
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup

Preheat your oven to about 175°C or 350 F. Mix all of the pancake ingredients except coconut oil with an electric mixer in a single bowl. Prepare a cake pan, line the bottom with baking paper and grease the edges with coconut oil. Pour into pan, place in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, blend milk and berries to create a thicker sauce. Serve pancake, put sauce on top and add some agave for sweetness.

Literally as easy as it gets, and guys, this is actually amazing - it's so dense and thick and pudding-y and just so good! And by the way, you cannot even taste that the flour is wholewheat. It's just perfect!

Just in case anyone is interested, I also included some stats for my 2 week Healthy-Go-Happy Girl update since it has been 14 days ...

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

How to treat blemishes


You may have noticed my complaining about my skin lately (seriously, the hashtag #complainypants is just about me, am I rite) and I've had a terrible breakout lately. I feel really bad telling you all this, because I got it from a product I was really hoping to love, and I even attended an event for it. Sadly, it was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +. I know, so strange as everyone seems to love it, but my skin broke out so terribly after it. It has been a month or so and it still has not recovered - my forehead is still bumpy and I now have loads of scars all over my face. Lovely. I am in no way trying to trash LRP, because I love this brand and I buy it myself as well, but this product just did not work for me. So I gave it to the ever so lovely Nina at http://ninainthespring.blogspot.com/ & hopefully she will share her results with us as well.

Since I was left with broken out skin, I rummaged through my beauty cupboard to find something that would help me. I came across three products and have been using them and switching them up, and lo and behold, my skin is actually so much better! Let's see what helped me with my broken out skin.

I'm going to start with Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid. I've had this product for absolute ages, but was kind of silly and had no idea how to use it. I will write a proper review for this as well, but let me just say it improved the texture of my skin dramatically. It deals with congested pores, of which I have a bajillion, as well as bumpy skin, from which I also suffer. It really reduces the bumps and helps improve texture, so I am totally loving it. By the way, Paula's Choice Slovenija just opened a new online store at http://www.paulaschoice.si/slo/ and they have some great deals going on.

Next up is Lush Grease Lightning. I got this product on a whim a few months ago, just put it on my desk and promptly forgot about it. Tilen used it from time to time and reported it was actually really good, but I just shrugged and went on with my day. I don't usually break out as much, so I didn't really need it. However, I applied it yesterday and literally woke up with my bumpy skin reduced by about 50% - my forehead looks so much better, I actually wore my hair up for the first time since this breakout. This is a miracle worker and I love it even more because it is natural!

And finally, Vichy Hyaluspot. I got this as part of Vichy's 100 Women 100 Days challenge and Nina immediately told me how amazing it was as she has it as well. I applied it straight away after I received it, as my skin sure needed a spot treatment. The only bad thing with this I felt right away - it burns! But then again, as Nina says, at least you know it's working, haha. So I apply this overnight and it is quite similar to Grease Lightning - it just dries everything up overnight. Totally amazing and works in a matter of hours to reduce bumpiness and size of blemishes.

So, these three products are totally worth it in my opinion - I love them all. With their help, my skin has improved a lot, and I will keep using them to hopefully clear it all up.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer & GIVEAWAY!


This is my second post in Becka's Have you discovered ...? series and once again, I am too early, but I have another post planned for tomorrow, so please excuse me!


The second topic of the Have you discovered ...? series is primer. I do not really use primers, but as luck would have it, I actually just purchased one a few weeks ago! It's the L'Oreal Lumi Magique base. What do I think of it?

Well obviously I would not be posting about this if I did not love it! The primer is white and has a lot of shimmer in it. I really do not think it can be used as an all-over base if you have oily skin like me - if you do not, it might work great! Personally, I use it all over my cheeks. It blends in really well and gives my skin a beautiful dewy finish. Definitely not for people who like a matte finish and not for those who like to steer clear of shimmery things. I however absolutely love it! And I am someone who used to shriek at the mere thought of a dewy finish. I use it along with the Lumi Magique foundation and I just love, love the look. If this look is too much for you, I would recommend using it as a highlighter, which is another great option. As you can (hopefully) see in the photo, it gives my cheeks a gorgeous luminous finish - in. Love!

The primer cost me around 12€ with a coupon - it's quite expensive here in Slovenia. I will also publish a review of the foundation from the same line soon.

Click through for the giveaway!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Weekend plans


Thought I would do a quick lifestyle post today since I'm super busy and really don't have much time for writing posts and taking photos! I've had quite the busy week, but me being me, everything piled up and now I have an insanely busy day ahead of me - I can only hope I'll get everything done in time!

So today is Friday and I have loads of work to do & stuff to write. My deadline for a project is today, so I will have to work possibly all day - it's fun, but I'm tired just thinking about it.

Tomorrow is Saturday and I think I'm going to the movies. I've developed a bit of a fear of cinemas, so this will be quite the project, but I'm incredibly excited about the movie we're seeing! It's the French La Belle et la Bete - Beauty and the Beast. I've wanted to see it for about half a year and now it's finally playing in my local cinema, so I cannot wait. For the rest of the day, I'm planning on taking some blog photos and in the evening, have a bit of a pamper and watch a movie with Tilen.

And finally, on Sunday, I will have a bit of me-time. I'm hoping to read loads because I've been so busy this month yesterday was the first time I picked up a book! I have so many amazing reads on my shelves and I really want to start reading all of them. Also in the morning, I would love to go to our local fleamarket - my dad used to take me and I loved all of the vintage pieces. I'm hoping to turn it into a family outing and maybe walk to the city & get some ice cream at my favorite place as well (don't worry - it's healthy! I'm still sticking to my healthy eating regimen, teehee). I also cannot wait to use some skincare and treat my skin a little - summer is coming! And I will be burning my new favorite candle from Muji, which will be featured soon.

What are your plans for the weekend, lovelies?
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Make your own fruity ice tea!


It has been getting warmer and warmer in Slovenia, and I've ben craving some ice tea. You probably know I'm starting a more healthy lifestyle, so well-known brands were out of the question. I finally decided I would make my own iced tea and when I was talking to the lovely Annie over at Løv Organic, I immediately knew what kind of tea I wanted from their lovely company. I requested something fruity which could be used to create homemade iced tea, and Anna hit the nail on the head with this amazing Wild Berry Fruit Organic Tea. I really love their gorgeous tin packaging, how retro is that? And it's honestly one of the best fruit teas I've tried. My mother in law actually makes her own blend of herbal tea, and that is amazing as well - we will definitely collaborate on a post in the spring when we're picking herbs for the mix.

Believe it or not, I only received this tea (along with some lovely samples and info) today, and I'm already raving about it! I was craving something fruity badly, so I set out to make some iced tea with this wild berry blend. First, I boiled some water, then poured it over a the filter in my teapot and let it brew for 5 minutes. After that time passed, I poured the tea into a glass pitcher and thought - I'd like some berries with that, please! I had some unsweetened frozen berries and I just plopped them into the hot tea - they immediately thawed when they came into contact with hot water. Then, I added some ice cubes, a teensy tiny bit of agave syrup and plenty of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Guys. It was so good!

I am totally in love with this tea and will drink it possibly every day from now on. You can even skip the sweetener, I like acidic drinks anyway and this tastes amazing by itself. Do try to make your own iced tea, but do not drink it instead of water - just a glass a day is enough to cool down and relax.

Get this mix of tea here for 12€.
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New loves & old flames


I was feeling a little bit uninspired with today's post, so in the end I just decided to share some things I have been loving with you. This post is inspired by spring pastels, which happened completely unintentionally as I realized everything I put together was so light and airy.

I've been loving my dear old Stradivarius fluffy jumper. I got this as a Christmas present from my mother-in-law and have been wearing it non stop ... It actually holds up pretty well in the wash, but it did get pretty terrible stained when I wore red lingerie under it - silly Živa. So I am currently looking to replace this - if you have any suggestions on where to get a similar cropped white fluffy sweater, do let me know!

Two nail polishes I've been in love with are Essie Fiji and Blanc. The first is a gorgeous light pastel baby pink, and the second a true opaque milky white. I love them both and they apply beautifully, are opaque in 2-3 coats and look gorgeous on my skin - I cannot wait until I am a little more tanned as they will look even better.

For my face, I've been religiously using L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation as well as the Primer, which have both totally amazed me. I will have a review up soon on these products, but as you can see already, I love using them and they really look lovely on.

I'm also back to using Nuxe Reve de Miel, the lip balm to have. I've had this for almost a year now and kind of pushed it to the side because I had other balms, but I've started reaching for it again as it really is that good!

And finally, my beautiful, coveted, gorgeous pastel pink midi pleated skirt from H&M. I've wanted a skirt like this for ages, then spotted it in H&M, and it was sold out. I went on a proper hunt for it, finally tracked it down, and now it's all mine! I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous piece which is just perfect for spring.

Those are some items I'm loving at the moment. What are yours?
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy-Go-Healthy Girl: Week 1 Update


Day 7
Total weight loss: 1.7 kg/3.75 pounds
Thoughts on body: I started off feeling disgusted by myself, I didn't even want to look in the mirror. It's a little bit better, but I still don't like the way I look. I've noticed some change on my tummy, but that's about it.
Description of the week: Whew, so it's been one long week! I was super busy most of the time and had so much to do, but I still managed to cook most of the meals we had and I think I did a pretty good job for a beginner! We did go out to eat yesterday (Sunday), but I think I chose wisely and ate accordingly for the rest of the day. I didn't lose any weight since yesterday, though. Regarding working out, I failed completely - went for a long walk and had a small panic attack so I had to walk to my local grocery store huffing and puffing like a crazy person. Otherwise, it's actually been pretty fun! I've loved cooking and I have to say, pretty much everything I made was just so, so good! My favourite would have to be ... oh God, do I really have to pick?! Everything was so good!

I thought I would share some changes I made with my food lately just for inspiration. To clarify, I am not doing anything like a gluten-free or paleo diet, I just don't have enough knowledge about that kind of stuff, so I'm trying to make small changes and hoping for the best. Mostly I've been really trying to avoid processed foods and cook most of my stuff myself – I work from home, so there's pletny of time. Here are some things I've been trying lately.

Coffee
If you are like me, you cannot stay awake without having some coffee. I like my coffee semi sweet and with a splash of milk (though I sometimes go for black as well). I really couldn't skip my coffee, so I am using skim milk (which I used before) and Stevia instead of sugar. I get my Stevia in our local drugstore (drogerie Markt), it's pretty inexpensive and I use about one quarter of a teaspoon, because it's so sweet!

Sandwiches & bread


Sometimes you gotta fix up something quickly, and I do love sandwiches. I love using whole wheat bread and ciabattas, and I really want to learn how to make my own bread as well. Another great option is pita bread. I would say just steer clear of white bread and even black, as apparently they use coloring in it! I will keep you updated on making my own bread. Regarding sandwiches, my favourite toppings are lettuce, tomatoes, baked sliced chicken breast and avocado. Another great combination is prosciutto and rocket. Instead of using mayo or cream cheese, I love drizzling a bit of balsamic vinegar over my sandwiches.

Drinking
 I am a big fan of fizzy carbonated drinks and any juice. But I was basically drinking my calories, so I cut out all carbonated drinks as well as sweetened juices (it's hard). I love unsweetened lemonade, or if you really can't stand the acid, try adding a bit of agave or maple syrup. I also love freshly squeezed orange juice. If you do buy it (and make sure it's pure juice), limit yourself to a glass a day. You really shouldn't drink just juice. I like using a water bottle to make sure I drink enough water, green tea is also a great option, and I will start making my own iced tea as it gets warmer as well. But to tell you the truth, I've really been slacking on drinking and have probably only had a couple of glasses of liquid per day ... Something I need to work on! Regarding alcoholic drinks – to be completely honest, I detest the taste of alcohol! I do like some bubbly or a flavoured beer, but if I drink those, I have one every few weeks, so I don't think it's a problem.

Pasta & rice


Guys, I love pasta. Like, love. I could eat it every day! So instead of eating regular, I decided to switch over to whole wheat. It's actually pretty good and has a lot of taste to it! Regarding sauces, I  just use tomato sauce and some vegetables thrown in. Add some seasoning (I like oregano and basil) and you're set. You can even add a sprinkle of Parmesan, because hello, cheese. Another great sauce is tomato and mushrooms – super simple and really delicious. These are pretty basic, so I will try to come up with some new recipes as well. Pasta is really high in calories, so make smaller portions and eat slowly – it's actually pretty filling! I've also switched over to brown rice which I realized I prefer, it's really good.

Sweets


I don't have a major sweet tooth, but I do get cravings from time to time. One of my favourite recipes are these Raw Cocoa Nut & Date Bites, which I adapted from one of my favourite blogs, Skinnytaste. I used to make a lot of raw desserts, but they have lots of nuts, which are high in calories – these are healthy fats, but when I make a cake, I eat it too. So 6 slices of a cake made with about half a kilogram of nuts? Not the best choice if you're limiting your calories. If you have more self control than yours truly, go for it.

Meat & fish


I'm not a big meat eater, even though I actually love eating it, it's quite expensive to eat meat everyday. I mostly make chicken and turkey – stir fry is great, and I also love baked chicken in coconut milk. Another great option is rolling chicken meat in flour (whole wheat, possibly), then in egg whites, and baking on a teaspoon of  olive oil. We had this the other day and it was so good! Regarding fish, I really don't eat a lot, because they kinda sorta repulse me. I'm okay with fillets and very okay with sushi, but having a whole fish on my plate is really not appetizing to me. I like rosefish, though it has a lot of bones. I also love tuna steak, which is super expensive, so I almost never have it. For sushi, I love anything basically!

Snacks


I am totally guilty of snacking like cray cray, and I used to have two bowls of (buttered) popcorn every time I watched a movie – I kid you not. I prefer fresh fruit, you can make guacamole, or healthy cookies. I also absolutely adore smoothies! Be careful with your ingredients if you're keeping track of calories – use skim milk instead of yogurt, or if you want a bit of flavour I love soy milk with vanilla (Hofer has a great inexpensive one). I just add frozen fruit – I sometimes freeze it myself, but if you buy it, make sure it's unsweetened. I also love Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and agave – yum. You can also top it with fresh fruit, or frozen – just heat it up in a saucepan.

So those are some really simple changes you can make to your diet, even if you do not want to use serious weight, you can eat a bit healthier! :) Again, I am no expert, but this is just what has been working for me. Let me know what kind of recipes you would like to see - would you also be interested in 1200 calories meal plans? I know this scares a lot of you, but I actually have 5 meals per day almost every day (except if I'm not hungry) and it's really not bad at all. 


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Garnier Micellar Solution + GIVEAWAY!

This post is a part of 'Have you discovered ...' series started by Becka at http://www.beckasbeautyblog.com/.

For the first installment of the Have you discovered? series, we will be talking about skincare. My post is going up a little early, because I will be busy tomorrow and not sure if I can put it up (and I'm just plain too excited as well). So, the topic is skincare, and I thought long and hard (heh) what I should mention. There are so so many products I want to share with you, but I finally decided on the Garnier Micellar Solution. I know this is quite a hyped up product, but I thought I'd share my opinions anyway.

I chose this product because let's face it, most of us are makeup addicts and love wearing different looks, but at the end of the day it is time to take it all off. I've tried my fair share of micellar solutions - about 7 different ones, and my favourites have been the L'Oreal one and the La Roche Posay Micellar Solution. However, this Garnier beaut beats them both! Why, you ask? LRP's solution is very expensive at 15€, and Garnier only costs around 6€. L'Oreal is pretty inexpensive as well, but it has a huge hole opening which wastes a lot of product. Garnier does not have this, comes in a huge packaging which will last you ages, and has a teeny tiny opening, plus you need to squeeze the bottle for the liquid to come out, so no waste! It is really one of the better solutions out there, at least in my opinion - does not dry out skin or irritate eyes, has no scent whatsoever and is very gentle. I personally love it.

I thought a lot of you probably already have this, but I love it so much I really want to give it away as well! We had $10 in our fund from a guest post here on the blog & I spent it on this product for you - I hope you like it! If you want to win, enter the Rafflecopter. This giveaway is international and the only thing you must do is follow my blog with Bloglovin, the rest are optional entries. I just bought your very own solution today and it's waiting on my shelf to be shipped off. Good luck loves!

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The Happy-Go-Healthy Girl


Today's post is going to be a bit more personal, so if you are not in the mood for that, feel free to check back tomorrow for a giveaway! :)

I wanted to talk about losing weight. Touchy subject and I might get some backlash with this, but I don't feel like I should hide anything from you, so I decided to tell you a little bit about my background. I also think the more people know, the more I'll be encouraged to actually get off my butt and do something! So do leave positive comments – I really appreciate them.

Okay, lemme give you a little backstory. I was always the skinny girl. I used to be mocked for it in school. I never had to worry about food, or eating right, so I just ate whatever I wanted! I started worrying about my weight when I was in high school. At that time, I was 178 cm tall (5'9'') and I weighed 55 kg or 120 pounds. I was so depressed, I thought I was fat, disgusting, ugly. I literally have photos my friends and parents took where I'm staring at my tiny legs with such disgust it scares me. Girl, if you knew what you were going to look like in a few years, you'd probably strangle your future self – that's what I would tell me back then.

I never had an eating disorder, let me clarify that. I had an unhealthy relationship with my weight, there were days where I ate an apple, and then there were days when I binged like crazy. Still, I managed to stay at a normal weight and people often complimented me on my figure. When that happened, I laughed in their face and completely denied everything they had said or even made fun of it, I was so sure I was this disgusting, overweight creature.

As you can see, I was a very troubled person. I started taking medication – anti depressants, anti psychotics, contraception for my skin. Another touchy subject, eh? I don't know (or really care) what people think about medication, it helped me immensely and I don't think I would have a life like I do now if I had not taken it. By the way, I've cut down on my meds a lot and only take the necessary things now (yay).

Well, you know what's going to happen next, don't you? I'm going to tell you I ganed all the weight from the pills. That, and eating carelessly – the pills gave me a crazy appetite. Guys, in two years, I ganed 20 kg.

While the medication may have helped me, I was stuck with a body I didn't know, or even want. Somehow though, I didn't worry that much. Right now I'm too heavy but I love myself more than I ever did. Sure, there are days when I can't even look at the mirror, but compared to the self-loathing I felt as a teenager, this is nothing.

I am still at a healthy weight, but I do not feel comfortable or happy like this. I am in the worst shape – I can't climb a flight of stairs, I can't go for a walk. I can however, eat my weight in Ben and Jerry's ice cream, which is quite the accomplishment, huh?

So I've decided that I've had just about enough of my big butt, my unhealthy meals and my whining, which annoys everyone. I'm going to do whatever it takes to look the way I want. I'm really lucky to have my close ones' support with this, as they've known me for a while and have seen my weight plummet. But instead of not eating for a day, and then binging on cookies, I've decided to set myself with a plan to eat healthier, and to be more active.

I checked out a few plans online, like Weight Watchers, which basically charge you for joining. Why the heck would I pay for that? Instead I decided to join a free website for counting calories, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/. I love the community on there – you can share recipes, motivate each other, it's just so much fun! You can easily find me on there with my username, which is not hard to guess & we can share our efforts! By the way this post is totally non-sponsored, I genuinely like that site a lot.

So I'm starting off on a diet of 1200 calories and trying to be more active. I cannot just sign up for a gym, as I would die of embarrasment – so I just decided to start with some yoga at home. I'm a complete newbie, but I found some cool workouts for free online, and I really can't wait to start with them.

I've started cooking loads and it is so much fun for me. I love making meals out of scratch. I would love to share some recipes with you, if you are interested, do let me know. Any tips, recommendations, any opinions are really welcome. I would love to hear from you. I have to point out I am far from a professional, I am just a girl trying to get healthy on her own.

Let me know if you'd like to see more posts about losing weight & updates. Oooh, and if you want some inspiration, you can follow my Tumblr (or fitblr & fitspo, as it is apparently called *giggle* still cracks me up) here: http://happygohealthygirl.tumblr.com/

Wish me luck!

-Živa


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Friday, March 14, 2014

A bunch of very exciting news!




Okay, so be prepared for a huge post today. I have so much to tell you and as I am writing this I have absolutely no idea if anyone is even going to read it!

So, let's start with advertising. I have started offering advertising on this blog, you can find it under a tab on top of the page. Rates are from 5-25$, but I am totally open to exchanging blog buttons & guest posts as well, so do let me know if you'd like to do that.

Besides advertising, I've also gotten a few other opportunities with this blog. Sometimes I earn a bit of money – this is really not a huge amount, it's usually less than 40$ per month. This happens with guest posts, sponsored reviews, etc. I know this is a touchy subject, but I will be very open about it. So, I could easily spend those 40$ every month on skincare, makeup, clothes and other stuff. But as I look around myself, I just have so much STUFF. It's enough to last a lifetime! So basically I have decided to allocate 40$ (or equivalent to 30€) from the money I make blogging each  month for ... GIVEAWAYS!

There will not be one huge giveaway, because I have bad experience with that. Instead, there will be a giveaway every week, where I will be giving away one of my favorite products – primer, blusher, lipstick ... I will also contact some sponsors to see if they are interested in joining, because there will surely be some months where I do not get any money for blogging, and I want to have a giveaway for you every week.

The giveaways will start on March 16th and go on until the end of July. As I explained – if I have enough funds or sponsors, there will definitely be a giveaway every week. If not, I will skip a week or so and post another giveaway when I earn a bit of money.

I also wanted to mention that these giveaways will be both international and Slovenian, depending on the type of product – for example, I cannot send a nail polish overseas, so that will only have to be local. But loads of other products will be up for grabs!

Okay, what exactly will you be winning? A fellow blogger, Becka (http://www.beckasbeautyblog.com/) has this really cool project called 'Have you discovered ...' It involves one post per week where you talk about your favorite products, like concealer, foundation, eye shadow ... I will be joining in on this project & the giveaways will be of my favorite items! For example (spoilers!) we will have a Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow, an Essie nail polish, MAC highlighter ... So lots of things you might like. Here is the schedule of the posts & giveaways.

9th March - Introduction
16th March - Skincare
23rd March - Primer
30th March - Foundation
6th April - Concealer
13th April - Powder/Blotting Methods
20th April - Bronzer
27th April - Blush
4th May - Highlighter
11th May - Brow tool
18th May - Eye Shadow/Palettes
25th May - Eyeliner
1st June - Mascara
8th June - Lip Product
15th June - Haircare
22nd June - Nail Care
29th June - Bath/Pamper Products
6th July - Beauty Tools
13th July - Storage Ideas
20th July - Fashion Brands
27th July - Round up & Giveaway!

Whew, so that's a lot of stuff! Enter as many or as little as you want, and you can win some of my favorite products.

Just one more thing – this whole project depends on the funds I receive for blogging. Advertising is included, so when you purchase an advertising package, you're basically supplying the money for the giveaway! How nice is that? And I would also like to ask you to refrain from negative comments on sponsored posts (I rarely get them, which I'm incredibly grateful for), because all of this comes back to you, my readers.


Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you. You've made my life amazing and so much better, and I love you all. Let the games begin!
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Davines Hair Refresher



I've been posting about dry shampoos quite a bit, but none of them have been natural. Today will be different as I will be once again talking about Davines, a gorgeous natural haircare brand. I've already reviewed their Hair Milk here.

The Hair Refresher comes in a spray form and is also a white powder, like most dry shampoos. With this product, a little really goes a long way as you need the tiniest amount! Just a spritz on your bangs and at the crown of your head is enough. The product is easy to comb out and doesn't leave residue after taking a hairbrush to your locks. I definitely love the volume it gives my hair as well as the fact that it just soaks up the oils! This dry shampoo is made with rice starch, which is like a powder and gets rid of the oiliness. I also read on the Davines website that you can add more volume after combing out the dry shampoo by quickly blow drying your hair on a cool setting and I definitely want to try that. I also want to say that some dry shampoos make my hair incredibly frizzy and static, and this does not.

The price is a bit high at 17€, but if you want to treat yourself to a natural dry shampoo, I would definitely recommend it!


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The Brush Washing Routine



First of all, I really want to apologize for the bad quality of these photos ... I kind of feel terrible about posting them, but my camera has been acting up lately and I cannot seem to be able to get clearer ones. I can't really get a DSLR at this point, so I hope you'll bear with me?

Anyway, I thought I would do a long overdue post on my brush washing routine, or rather, lack of it. I have had my Real Tecniques brushes for about half a year now and I used them everyday. Guys. I've washed them twice.

I feel completely embarassed telling you this, because it's pretty much disgusting! So I've decided I need some itnernet scolding to help me get on track with washing my brushes. :) I want to do it every week with some spot cleaning in between to keep them in good condition. I was thinking about allocating a special brush washing day (it's gotta be Sunday, because I hate brush washing & I definitely don't want to start my week by doing it).

Why is this so hard for me, I wonder? I am just so grumpy when I have to wash them and get on everybody's nerves - and come on, it's really not that difficult. When I wash my brushes, I notice the change immediately - my makeup applies better, my skin breaks out less and they are way softer. So it really is high time for me to get better at it.

Just wanted to mention what I use for brush washing. It's this Johsnons Baby Shampoo which I got from my aunt - works like a charm! It really removes all the dirt from them - and by dirt I mean makeup, I don't go digging in the garden with my brushes, haha!

Do me a favor and leave me a comment telling me to just wash my brushes. And I would also love to know how often you clean yours and what you clean them with!


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Drugstore Haul & First Impressions!


I have wanted to post this drugstore haul for ages now, but I thought I would be able to film a video. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to do so, so today I just wanted to share my haul as well as some first impressions on these lovely things in blog post form. Let's get started with some short 'n sweet opinions.

Essie Blanc

First impressions: Surprisingly easy to apply, opaque with two coats. Not even that streaky and quite easy to work with. I really like this color on me! It works with any outfit, especially minimalist and monochromatic ones. I cannot wait to wear it when I'm a bit more tan as well.

Essie Cute as a Button

Gorgeous hot coral shade that looks so pretty on the nails. Opaque with two coats, very shiny and pretty. When I add a topcoat it looks so beautiful!

Essie Grow Stronger

Have only used this two times so far and it wouldn't really be fair to post any definite opinions. Have not noticed any changes yet, my nails are still very brittle.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow in 65 Pink Gold

Absolutely gorgeous shade which I've worn every single day since I've gotten it. Would warmly recommend this to anyone, especially as it is so inexpensive!

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

I've seen so many mixed reviews on this, I was very sceptical about it. But I absolutely love it! What an awesome mascara. Elongates my lashes like crazy, gives them volume and does not clump in the slightest. I do get panda eyes with it if I use it on my bottom lashes, though, but this has been happening with every mascara lately - any advice?

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer

I've never used a primer before and I wasn't really sure what to expect. This is supposed to give you a luminous dewy finish and I think it does the job well. It's basically white and kind of shimmery, really a bit scary when you pump it out, but it blends nicely. Can also be worn by itself for a pretty healthy glow.

Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect Foundation

I have to say I'm not in love with this, it's a perfectly nice foundation but for some reason it just does not work on my skin. A bit upset!

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation

Absolutely in love with this beaut. Medium coverage, beautiful dewy finish. Full review to come.

Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara

Really interesting curved wand. Love it for volume and it does actually hold a curl.

If you'd like to see reviews on any of these products, please let me know. :)
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Guest Posts! & Easy DIY Window Seat Ideas

Hi there dear readers! Today I wanted to introduce a new opportunity here on Nothin' Fancy Really. I have started accepting guest posts! So if you are a company, a blogger, or just a person sharing some knowledge, I would love to have you post with me. You can contact me via e-mail at nothinfancyreally@gmail.com for more information.

And now, introducing the first guest post of the bunch ... An article entitled Easy DIY Window Seat Ideas!


What dreams are made of. [Photo courtesy of Pinterest]


Creating a window seat is a popular way to add seating space to a room in your home. It can look attractive and provide a cosy nook for reading, chilling out or resting, making the most of the natural light from the window. They are also great for homes that don't have much space; storage can be utilised under the seat, and by being tucked away against the window they don't swallow up too much room. Here are some easy DIY window seat ideas if you like the idea of one in your home.

An existing window seat

If your home already has a window seat, but it's either looking tired or never gets used because it's not very enticing, then now is the time to get working to inject a little bit of love back into it. There are heaps of ways you can give your old window seat a facelift or a revamp, to either brighten it up or create a new style.
Firstly, consider if it needs a lick of paint. You may even decide to paint it a new colour in keeping with any updates you've had done with the rest of the room. If you want to brighten up a room, then you don't necessarily need to opt for the boldest shades to paint your window seat. To add a pop of colour you can do so with cushions or other accessories instead. This means you can also easily change things up if you redecorate or change you mind. Choosing a neutral shade is often a good idea, as it's likely to fit in well with the rest of the room. But, don't be afraid to experiment; stripes, patterns, stencils and cheery colours can all look great on a window seat in a child's room or a playroom, for instance.
Changing the cushions or seat padding can also give your window seat a new look. You may even decide to make these yourself, if you're feeling particularly creative. Whatever you choose, make it comfortable and inviting.

One of the most functional ways to update your window seat is to incorporate storage into it, underneath. This may involve some basic DIY skills, such as chopping wood or making shelves, depending on the style of your window seat, but once you've done it, you'll find the extra space really handy. Fill it with books, magazines, boxes of toys, etc. If you've got a pet, you may even want to make some space underneath for a snoozing place for it.

A new window seat

However, if you haven't already got a window seat and you like the idea of getting one, then there are lots of ways you can easily incorporate one into your home, without too much expense or effort.
As a simple idea, you could take an old chest or Ottoman and push it against the window, so that it forms a basic window seat. You could then paint it and revamp it with cushions etc, to create an easy sitting area.
Alternatively, you could take a long, slim shelving unit or bookcase and upturn it, so that the length is placed vertically under the window. The interior shelving could be used for storage space. You could paint the unit and add seated padded and cushions to the top of it.
If you have drawers that are low down and lengthy, these could also be incorporated into a window seat, in a similar manner. The likelihood is that the unit you use won’t fit exactly to the shape or size of the wall so you might want to create a frame to go over/around it so that there are no gaps.

This article was written by Amy, a writer with an interest in home design and DIY. Amy spends a lot of time working on creative projects around the home and loves creating unique items. She works for Creatively Different Blinds, retailers of unique and designer blinds in the UK.

Thank you so much Amy! I've always wanted a cozy reading nook and when I move out, it will be one of the first things I do in my new apartment. I hope you all enjoyed this post. <3

P.S. I was wondering, would any of you like to see a post on blogging networks? At some point in your blogging career you reach a stage where you'd like to start earning a bit, and I thought it would be fun to tell you about my experience. Let me know if you'd be interested in that. :)
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Prom hairstyle tutorial & dress picks!




Fun fact: I actually did not go to my high school prom. I had possibly the worst high school experience and I absolutely hated my last year, so I just didn't bother. No one in my class liked me anyway and the feeling was mutual. I am, however, very envious of those who had an amazing high school experience. And if you're going to prom this year, I've prepared a really simple and foolproof hair tutorial for you - you can do it all by yourself with a little practice & it will look great. Below are the instructions.

Start off with your natural hair. Gather it into a ponytail and tighten with an elastic, but the last time you're tightening it, only pull out half of the ponytail. Then, make a small hole at the top of the ponytail-bun-thingy. Stuff in the ends of your hair and slowly follow with the ponytail bun until everything is inside. You might have some trouble at the beginning - the key is to go slowly and carefully so it doesn't fall apart. But once this baby is done, it will not come undone, even after dancing for ages!

Check out my dress picks after the jump!


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

My favourite body scrubs


I'm the kind of person who neglects body scrubs. Just recently I noticed the difference they actually make to my skin and decided to start using them a bit more, since I've got quite a few now. I'm actually really liking my super soft skin and they really help take off all the gunk!

My favourite is for sure the Balea Apple & Cinnamon Body Scrub. In case you cannot imagine the scent, let me just tell you it's amazing! Smells like apple pie fresh out of the oven. I especially like this because it's super gentle, you barely feel it working, but it definitely makes a difference. I cannot get past the price either - it's around 3€ which I think is amazing, plus your skin smells really good even after the shower. If anyone knows whether Balea makes other products with this scent, let me know, for the love of God! I need more!

I also really love the Mama Mio O-Mega Body Buff. This is also quite gentle and I cannot really smell anything, so it's appropriate for sensitive skin which gets irritated by fragrances. You need the tiniest bit as well, so you won't use it up that quickly, which is great, since it's not that inexpensive.

And my final favourite is from the Chocomania at Body Shop. Okay, please don't judge me, I know this line came out ages ago, but I still have the scrub ... It doesn't smell or look funky so I just use it despite having it for what, about a year and a half? This is quite harsh - I don't know if all scrubs from TBS are like this, but I would recommend using it once a week, not more often. And my favourite thing about this scrub is the smell (d'oh). Oh the bittery-but-still-sweet chocolate! Oh! It's not your typical sweet chocolate, it's definitely more bitter, but I'm in love with this. Since it's been a while I forgot the price of this exact scrub, but a quick browse told me that TBS scrubs usually retail at around 15€ - totally worth it, in my opinion. Also, is Chocomania permanent now? I see they still have it on the site. *jumps with joy*

What are your favourite body scrubs, lovelies?
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spring Outfit & Hairstyle Tutorial

Spring is coming!

I decided to do a little hairstlye which is the easiest one I've done up to date. I did start off with curled hair, but you can just use your natural hair - no need to add heat.


First off, brush your hair through and then backcomb the crown to add some volume and height. Then, gather the hair at the top of your head into a ponytail and pull it out a bit to add more volume. Then you can add some decorations, I just used a fabric bow from H&M, but a ribbon would also look really pretty. And you're done!

Check out my outfit after the jump!

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