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Monday, June 30, 2014

How I remove my makeup - Double Cleanse Method

I wanted to talk about the way I remove makeup. To tell you the truth, I totally used to be a makeup wipe kind of girl - they're just so easy to use! But I realized they really didn't remove all of my makeup, and they really stung my skin as well and made it dry out. So I made the switch to micellar solutions, and I don't think I'm ever going back - they're just so easy to use. But I also like to use a cleanser after my micellar solution, just to thoroughly cleanse my face and make sure there are absolutely no traces of makeup left.

The micellar solution I am currently using is REN Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water. This has a lovely scent, and I was a bit worried about it because strong scents usually irritate my eyes, but this works well and doesn't sting at all. If you like floral, rose scents, this is the one for you! It was, however, an acquired taste - when I first got this, I actually really disliked it, but now that I've found the right way to use it, I'm hooked. You have to apply it to a cotton pad, then, instead of pushing it around your eye area, let it sit on your eye for a few seconds, then swipe off all the makeup. Price is around 18€, you can get it at John Lewis, or in Slovenia, in drugstores like Müller and the Oblak online store.

Since I want to make sure all traces of makeup are gone, I like to go in with a cleanser as well. Right now I'm using the Dr Scheller Pomegranate Washgel for sensitive skin, and it is really nice. Softly scented, clear, and very gentle, it's easy to wash off as well. I use it in the shower or just in the sink, and it really makes my skin soft and clean. The price for this is really great, around 6€. International readers can find it here, while those from Slovenia should head to Ecco Verde.

How do you remove your makeup?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beauty TAG - You can only pick one

I recently saw the lovely Rebecca from Autumn Leaves create a new tag. By the way, please check out her amazing blog, she is such an inspiration! Anyway, I saw this tag on her blog and loved it, so I thought I would, well, tag myself, and do it today. I barely do any tags, in fact I don't know if I've ever done one before! If you'd like me to do a few more, definitely let me know. Now this tag basically makes you choose one thing/brand only. Let's see what we have ...

Low End/Drugstore Brand - This was a really hard one, and I had a hard time picking between Rimmel, Revlon, Bourjois ... Finally, I chose L'Oréal. They have had some amazing releases recently and you'll spot more of their products in this post.
High End Brand - Easy - MAC. I don't have a lot of high end makeup, but my MAC bits are the most treasured. I love everything I've gotten from them, especially the lipsticks!
Primer - I have a few, but the one that stands out is L'Oréal Lumi Magique.
Foundation/Face Product - Again with L'Oréal ... I'd have to say Lumi Magique again!
Concealer - Hello cliche, it's Živa, you are needed! Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer if you haven't got it by now.
Bronzer - I don't have a bronzer. *cringe* This must be remedied! Let me know if you have any bronzer recommendations!
Blush - Sleek Pixie Pink. I have tons of blushes, but this wasn't hard to choose. I love this one, and have almost used it up.
Powder - A recently new addition which I absolutely love - Essence Stay Matt! It's so budget friendly and recently became available in the UK as well, definitely give it a try.
Setting Spray - Caudalie Divine Water. Amazing scent and really refreshes my makeup and stops it from being cakey.
Eyebrow Product - This is a natural product and my first proper brow product. It's the Inika Brow Pencil, which is just amazing - very waxy, applies easily and deposits a lot of color. Only downfall is you have to add a shadow otherwise it smudges.
Eyeshadow/Palette - I've been using Urban Decay Naked Basics for ages and I absolutely love it, the matte shades are great for my hooded eyes.
Eyeliner - I don't have a firm favourite, but right now I quite like my benecos eyeliner.
Mascara - L'Oréal Miss Manga is awesome!
Lip Product - I really like lip crayons. My favourites are from Clinique, but a recent favourite is the Revlon Lacquer Balm (lovely).
Nail Polish - All time favourite would probably be Essie Fiji. Perfect pastel pinky nude!
Beauty Tool - Real Technique brushes, namely the Expert Face Brush, which is just amazing.

Now it's time to tag a few lovely ladies! I've chosen three whose blogs I just adore, so Tamara, Nina and Mateja, you're all tagged! If anyone else would like to do this tag, please feel free to do it & link back to Rebecca's post.

What is your all-time favourite beauty product?
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Yankee Candle Sun & Sand

Another candle review for you today! I know it's summer, and it may seem a bit strange to burn candles, but I'm finding these fresh scents such a lovely treat even in the hotter months. Today I wanted to talk about the Yankee Candle tea lights in the scent Sun & Sand.

When I was browsing the selection of tea light candles on The Scented Candle Shop, I came across this scent by Yankee. I really liked the description, so that's the one that ended in my shopping basket. As soon as the package arrived, I could smell the distinctive scent of the candle - right when I opened it. I would say the strongest note here is definitely musk, followed by the unexpected note of lavender. They make a very strong first note, which definitely leaves an impression. These two are followed by citruses, mainly lemons and oranges. I really enjoy the fact that these two additions make the scent really refreshing.

I personally really like the scent, though I was expecting something more beachy - something a la Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, perhaps? However, it is still absolutely wonderful and lasts ages. I also love these little tea lights, since I get tired of candles quickly, and these are perfect to see if you like the scent as well. Lovely! You can find the Yankee Candle Sun & Sand tea lights on The Scented Candle Shop.

What is your favourite candle of the moment?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two must-haves from L'Oreal

If you've been reading my blog for a while, it will come as no surprise to see these two products mentioned as my favourites. I wanted to do a quick overview, despite the fact that I have reviewed both of the products already - I think that, after a few months of using them, I have even more to tell you!

L'Oreal is a brand I mostly like for their makeup. I have tried some skincare as well as haircare and have to say I was disappointed in both, but their makeup really is a shining star. I love their mascaras, but today I wanted to talk about two face products I really love.

They are both from the Lumi Magique line, which I think is an awesome find, especially for the price and the fact that they are drugstore products. First, let's talk about the Lumi Magique Primer. I really love the packaging, which is a sleek tube with a pump. It's easy to use and not messy at all. You press the pump down and you get a shimmering white liquid, which, at first sight, does seem a bit frightening. However, it blends really beautifully into the skin, becoming a natural color and not white at all. Now you can either use this as a primer as is intended, or even as a highlighter. It is very shimmery and will give you more than just a dewy glow, but I don't think it's over the top. I like applying it with my fingers, it's very liquidy so it's the best way to do it. After that, I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with two pumps of the Lumi Magique Foundation. Now unfortunately I can't tell you what shade I have because apparently it has rubbed off, but it is a little bit too dark to me (my abilities of choosing the right shade of foundation are truly astounding). I find the RT brush to be the best for applying this, it's very dense and gives great coverage. The foundation itself is medium coverage, blends nicely and feels great on the skin - you barely feel it on. I really like the finish of this, which is just beautiful and dewy. But I also wanted to add that I've been adding powder over the top as well sometimes, and that mattifies it, as well as gives me a gorgeous lit from within look. I love it! I'd also like to touch on the packaging quickly, it's absolutely beautiful and looks so luxurious! I love the rose gold accents. The prices for both products are around 15€, they are less expensive online than in drugstores if you live in Slovenia. Try looking on Salma.si.

Do you have any L'Oreal must-haves?
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Where to buy inexpensive sunglasses

I've never been one for expensive glasses. I haven't owned a designer pair in - well, ever! I would love to have one in the future (love the Karen Walker tortoiseshell sunnies), but right now I just don't think it would be a good idea to drop so much money on a pair of sunglasses, since I am on a budget and would rather get a few inexpensive pairs. For those of you in the same boat, I thought I'd put together a little guide to shops where you can get awesome inexpensive sunglasses. Let's get started.

A no brainer is definitely H&M, where you can get various shapes of glasses that are really inexpensive. I'd say the prices fluctuate between 6€ to 12€ at the most. I'd really advise checking their mens section as well, you can really find some hidden treasures in there! I've had a few pairs of sunglasses from that department and actually found them to be better quality than the ones in the womens floor ...

Zara sunglasses are really beautiful, but a bit overpriced I think. They usually cost between 20-25€, which I think is a bit steep, since the quality is basically the same as H&M. I would really advise waiting until the sales roll around, then scouring a store that maybe isn't in the center of the city (I really like the Zara store in Celje here in Slovenia), as they will often have more stock and the sunglasses you want might be discounted!

A similar store is Mango, and I have had a few of their sunglasses. They were really nice quality, definitely better than H&M, and quite inexpensive as well. You can always check in store, but they also have two websites, their regular shop as well as an outlet. I'm not sure the outlet stocks sunglasses, as there are none on there right now, but definitely keep checking!

You lucky ladies in the UK might also want to check Primark. I know their sunnies are ridiculously priced, only around 1-2 pounds for each, and they are quite trendy. Perfect if you want a more fashionable pair, but don't want to splurge on a designer item.

I also wanted to mention a few European gems. We have a store here called Six, which is basically an accessories shop that is like a less expensive version of Accessorize. If you're from Europe or find yourself in front of the store during the summer, definitely check their sunglasses out. I have a great pair of mirrored wayfarers from them and I quite like them. I also like the selection in New Yorker, which has some great finds sometimes (I have a really cute winter leopard print coat from them). And finally, I would strongly recommend checking out C&A. This is either a German or Austrian brand, I'm not sure, but their sunglasses cost around 5€ and they are awesome, they also have some UV protection, which is great. They also have cases on sale, and I got a gorgeous straw one (in the photos above) for around 6€, it's really sturdy and should hold up for a while!

If you're shopping online, I do love ASOS for a good pair of sunglasses. Their own brand is great, though I did find mine only lasted one season, after that they got really stiff and I could barely open them. Though to be honest, I did wear them in the water, so they got some salt and chlorine on them! Also peruse the outlet section on ASOS, you can get some awesome deals.

Some last suggestions - check out Tally Weijl, Boohoo, Missguided, New Look, Warehouse, Oasis, Topshop and maybe even COS and & Other Stories (a bit more expensive) for some great sunglasses.

I hope this post was at least a little bit helpful. Let me know where you got your favourite inexpensive sunglasses!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What's in my shower - June 2014

I thought I'd do a quick post today in some bits I've been using in my shower. You've probably seen all of these in my most recent drugstore haul, so if you were interested in how they performed, you've come to the right place.

First we have the Balea Apple Blossom Shower Gel with Oil Pearls. It's basically your run of the mill shower gel with added scrub bits, which are very gentle as they are made with oil. It smells okay, though it is nothing revolutionary. I actually thought this was a shower oil (that's how good my German is), so it was a bit of a mistake buying it, as it is definitely not that. I prefer other Balea shower products, but this will do for now. It does the job, but I don't like floral scents so much - I'm more of a fruity or gourmand girl when it comes to bath products. It is really cheap though, around 1,5€.

Next up, I've started using this Nivea In-Shower Body Milk with the Cocoa & Milk scent. Now this was all the rage in the blogosphere a couple of months (or even a year or so) ago, and I'm finally jumping on the bandwagon. I've wanted to try this product for quite a while, and randomly noticed this scent in my local drugstore, which I hadn't seen before. Gave it a sniff and put it straight in the basket - it really is a keeper. The cocoa milk scent is amazing, very gourmand, very strong. I love it. I do have a problem with this product though, as I thought it just functioned as a shower gel. Nope, you have to use one beforehand, and then use this. It's a bit of a hassle, but I love the scent so much, and I do have to say my skin feels quite nice after using it, so I'm not sorry I got it. Will I repurchase? I don't think so. I'm not sure about the price, but it was a bit more than the shower gels I usually buy. Find it on Salma.

Finally, my hair! John Frieda was on offer, so I got their Brilliant Brunette range, the Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner. I absolutely love the way these products smell. It's the perfect coconut smell - oh, how I wish coconut perfumes actually smelled like this! I absolutely adore it, and it does a great job with my hair as well. Both the shampoo and conditioner make my hair soft and quite shiny, which I really like. I don't like the packaging too much though, because the product puts pressure on the bottle and as soon as you open it, it starts pouring out like crazy. Price was around 6€ for each.

What have you been using in the shower - any favourites?
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

5 Favourite Cooking Blogs

I've been cooking a lot lately, and have come to find out, I actually really enjoy it! Gone are the days when I used to dread lunch time, as now I'm looking forward to every time I'm hungry so I can make something myself. I've also been trying to eat healthy, and I've been using recipes on the internet a lot. I thought I would share some of my favourite cooking blogs of the moment, as I've tested out so many recipes and have a few firm favourites. Let's get started.

All-time Favouritehttp://www.skinnytaste.com/

Gina from Skinnytaste was my first (and favourite) discovery. I love her beautiful, crisp photography, also that all her recipes include nutrition information, including calories and Weight Watchers points. But my favourite part of the blog are recipes themselves. I've probably made 20-25 recipes from her blog, and every single one was amazing. I am completely in awe, as there's almost always a dud, but I am not kidding, I was in love with every meal from her site and made some of them several times. These recipes are mostly budget friendly, really low in calories and absolutely delicious. You really must try some of them. 
Favourite recipes: 
- Banana Nut Bread, a firm favourite, made it around 5 times and everyone loves it
- PB&J Cookies, only 4 ingredients and really delicious
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup, made without cream, really filling and just 80 calories per serving
- Cauliflower Tots, so filling and really delicious, great way to sneak in vegetables
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup, great for colder months, filling, yummy
- Stuffed Pepper Soup, Tilen's favourite, filling, incredible taste
- Skinny Salisbury Steak, so easy to make and the taste is out of this world
- Potato & Green Bean Salad, love the complementing tastes

Great for low calorie meals - http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/

Kelly includes nutrition information in her recipes and makes really unique combinations of flavours, accompanied by gorgeous photography. I also love the design of her blog which makes it such a beautiful read. Kelly's recipes are also great as a starting off point, as I've remade them with different ingredients several times. Her Pinterest account is also something to browse for inspiration and pretty photos. I love her recipes for snacks and desserts.
Favourite recipes:
- Lemon Curd with Mixed Berries, a refreshing summer dessert with intense citrus flavour
- Blueberry Lemon Bread, great starting point recipe which you can customize
- Mini Zucchini Pizzas, cool snack with food you have at home
- Baked Zucchini Sticks, ah-mazing! Want to eat them every day.

Beth's blog is a relatively new discovery and I haven't tried any of her recipes yet, but she deserves an honorable mention nonetheless. Beth calculates the cost of every recipe and makes sure they're budget friendly and good for you, as well as good to eat. I have pinned a bajillion of her recipes and cannot wait to make some of them. Head to Budget Bytes for a myriad of dishes, diverse pasta meals, Asian inspired cuisine, and yummy breakfast ideas. There's also a cookbook out for anyone interested.

Yummy & healthy desserts - http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

I haven't tried many of Katie's recipes, but I am in love, love, love with her blog. This gorgeous lady posts mostly desserts, and I really want to try all of her dips and sauces, as well as cookies, brownies ... Heck, I want to try everything! Katie's recipes are accompanied by gorgeous cheery photos which instantly make me feel happy. Katie is a real inspiration photography and blog-wise, and I love how she makes traditional recipes healthier.
Favourite recipe:
- Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos, delicious, great snack, made really fast

Treat your body and mind - http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/

My poetic title aside, I named this blog as a treat because the recipes are delicious, but I also love just staring at the beautiful blog. The beautiful photography inspires me so much, and I also love the design of the blog, the recipes ... Everything! This is another site where you can really customize the recipes, I've done it several times and they came out great. Maria & Josh are such an awesome couple!
Favourite recipes:
- Greek Tortellini Salad, refreshing, great summer lunch
- Chocolate Dutch Baby, my version here

There you go, my favourite cooking blogs! I think next time I'll make a Slovenian edition as we have so many amazing food bloggers. I also wanted to mention that you can keep track of what I cook on Pinterest - I have a special board where I pin all of the recipes I've tried along with my comments and a rating. Find it here. Hope you enjoyed this!

Monday, June 16, 2014

May & June 2014 Empties

I don't think I've done an Empties post in months! Embarrasingly, I haven't used up any products, which is just shameful. Today I accumulated some bottles I've had lying around and decided to write some mini reviews to tell you what I thought about the products. We have haircare, shower gels aplenty, and some mascaras as well. Let's see what I thought of them. 

Starting off with a random assortment of empties, I have a hair mask, a makeup remover, and a handwash gel. First off is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Mask. I love the packaging of this one, which is just a squeezy tube, but it miraculously doesn't leak at all (gasp! shock!), which I really appreciate as I trek it around a lot. I wrote a review of this mask back in January, but I have to say my opinion has changed a bit ... while it's a good mask, I wouldn't give it 5/5, more like a 3.5. I thought it claimed to do too much and while it softened my hair, that's really all it did. Possibly this is because my hair was very damaged (I recently had it cut), but I really don't love it as much as I used to. Around 10€.
Repurchase? No, there are better drugstore hair masks out there.

We also have a favourite of mine here, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This blows every other micellar out of the water and has climbed to my list of favourites. Costing only around 6€ in my drugstore, it's a makeup remover I'll definitely repurchase. I really appreciate that it has no scent and that it doesn't irritate my eyes at all - I wear contacts and Bioderma, for example, wrecked havoc on my poor eyes. You can find it on Salma.
Repurchase? For sure.

Final product is the Stop the water while using me! Lemon & Honey Handwash. I love the name of this natural brand, and I really liked the product. The scent was fresh and sweet at the same time, though I was hoping for something more vanillary. The product is, however, too expensive for my liking at around 12€. That, for a handwash, is just too much.
Repurchase? No, too expensive.

Macara time! First we have the Makeup Revolution Amazing Volume. Amazing? Not really. Strongly disliked this mascara so I am getting rid of it - I don't even want to give to anyone, it's that bad. It might be inexpensive, but it's just not a good product - it did absolutely nothing for my lashes, not even give them color. Really disappointing, and I've heard the Amazing Length one is not much better. Price is around 3€.
Repurchase? No way.

Next, Couleur Caramel Volumising Organic Black Mascara. While I love that this is natural, it was so wet, it was impossible to use. I kept hoping it would dry out a bit, at least on my eyes if not the tube, but it failed to do that. It smudged like crazy, when applied and even after a couple of hours, so I deemed it impossible to use.
Repurchase? No, formula is too wet (but I like the brush).

I had a similar problem with the Balm Cheater mascara! I am really sad I didn't like this, because I love the look of this brand, their packaging is really cute and everybody seems to love the products. Sadly, this mascara was also incredibly wet and smudged everywhere. I literally had mascara on my cheeks, eyelids, forehead, everywhere. Impossible to use! I loved the brush, but what's the point when the formula is so wet? It's expensive as well at around 20€.
Repurchase? No. Formula is so wet it's impossible to use it.

Balea things! This is a brand that never disappoints, and these are some amazing products. Let's start with the Balea Shower Gel Coconut & Nectarine. Oh my sweet lord! This smells amazing, so refreshing, light, yummy & sunny. I want to use this for the rest of my life, but I get tired of scents easily. Price is amazing at around 1,5€.
Repurchase? Probably, but after a while because I grow tired of scents pretty fast.

Balea Shower Sorbet in Sunny Peach is another peachy scent, and I really like it! The hadnwash with the same name is amazing as well. I don't like this packaging too much though, as it's hard to get product out when you're nearing the end.
Repurchase? Probably not, but it was great.

Balea Creamy Oil Shower Exfoliator in Cinnamon & Apple is a wonderful product as well. Perhaps a bit wintery, though I used it in June and it was still great. I love the scent, which is a true sugary, cinnamony apple. The exfoliator is not gentle though, so don't be tempted to use it on your face! Works well on my body.
Repurchase? Probably not, I want the Garnier Oil Beauty one.

What's the last product you used up?
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

REN Skincare Clarimatte Range

Hello there! One bad blogger reporting for duty. I haven't posted at all for a couple of weeks and I feel a bit bad about it, but sometimes you just need a little time to recharge your batteries and then the posts (hopefully) get even better! I shall try to post regularly, but do excuse me if I don't make an appearance for a day or two.

Today I'm here to talk about the REN Skincare Clarimatte range. I have 3 out of 4 products in the range, including a cleanser, a mask and a moisturizer. The item I don't have is a Clarifying Toner, which I'm also quite interested in. Let's get started with the reviews.

The first product is the Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel. Like most REN cleansers, this also comes in a huge 150 ml packaging, which lasts ages. This product was recommended to me as it is meant to be used on combination skin with a problematic T-Zone. I have to say I'm quite pleased with it. It feels very refreshing on my skin and it really seems to remove all the build up I accumulate over the day or through the night. I use it morning and night, in the evening after I remove my makeup with a micellar solution. It almost has an astringent quality without being stingy at all. It dries my oily areas really nicely - I have extremely oily skin in some areas, especially my forehead, and this helps to combat it. Overall, a great cleanser that I wouldn't personally use as a makeup remover (though I have to mention it doesn't sting my eyes at all) as it is meant more as a cleanser after removing makeup. Price is around 20€ for 150 ml.

Next we have the Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream. This product has been reformulated, so you might know it as the T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid. I wouldn't call this a gel cream, because it is actually quite thick and you need the smallest amount, whereas a gel implies you'll need a bit more product. It's surprisingly rich for a mattifying cream, but sinks in well - just don't use too much as a little goes a really long way. The product really reduces shine and keeps oiliness at bay for several hours, whether you apply makeup over it or not. I like using it in the morning, before applying my makeup. I've also noticed it seems to dry my problematic area a lot, which in turn helps to reduce size of blemishes. All in all I really enjoy it, though I wouldn't say it's as light as the name might imply. It does surprisingly provide some moisture despite being mattifying. Costs around 25€ for 50 ml.

Finally, I'd like to talk about the Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask. Some of you might remember I used to have this mask ages ago, and was not too impressed by it. I have it for the second time around now and I feel a bit ashamed that I didn't speak too highly of it, as it is actually a great product. I think I was expecting miracles ... I wanted it to erase my pores completely. Enlarged pores are hereditary (thanks, Dad), but the build up in them is not. The Pore Detox mask does a great job of unclogging pores and diminishing impurities. It is a clay mask, so it feels lovely on the skin, then it hardens, and you scrub it off like using an eraser (it's good fun). I did notice my pores felt cleaner - they are prone to clogging so using this mask once to twice per week really makes a difference. Don't expect your pores to disappear like I did - it's not a miracle worker, but over time it can reduce pore size as well. Price is around 22€ per 50 ml.

My overall thoughts about the range - I love REN as a brand, and this range does not disappoint. The cleansing gel does a great job of removing all impurities and the cream really does what it says - mattifies my skin for several hours, even after applying makeup (makes a good base as well). The mask clears pores nicely, but don't expect them to disappear completely. Overall, a great range for combination skin with a problematic T-Zone, which will mattify, dry out and cleanse impurities.

P.S. I based the prices off of the UK website, so do excuse me if they are not 100% correct!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Britney Spears Island Fantasy EDT

I bought a Britney Spears perfume. As far as I'm concerned, Britney's awesome and I love her fragrances! Nothing like the newest edition of Fantasy if you're in for a sweet one. So I had a coupon to Salma.si and I ended up getting this fragrance, as I was really curious about it. This is my third fragrance by Miss Spears - my first perfume was Curious, and I loved it. I also had Believe which I really disliked so I gave it to my mom, though I feel like it might change my mind now ... But the star of this post is Island Fantasy, a new edition of the Fantasy range which came out in 2013. Let's get on with the review ...

Island Fantasy is, as the name would suggest, perfect for summer. Faithful to the sweet Fantasy line, it combines more summery notes with the traditional sweetness present in these fragrances. It's incredibly fresh, light, airy, but still has good sillage and longevity. It's also a really unique scent, which is a lovely change from the bunch of generic fragrances we've been bombarded with in the past decade ... Sometimes I'm incredibly surprised by these celeb scents - they can be amazing and so much more unique than bigger brands. Island Fantasy mixes fruity notes of watermelon, and citruses (I smell lemon & oranges) with crispy sweet red berries (I noticed currants mainly), sugar and musk, then throws you a curveball with floral notes of violet, freesia and jasmine. I kind of want to drink it out of the bottle, I'll admit!

The best part about this fragrance is the amazing price, it's really budget friendly and if you want to freshen up for summer I would really recommend sniffing this one. It's like a tropical paradise in a bottle.

My international readers should head to Fragrance Direct to buy this beauty, while Slovenian readers can find it on Salma. Prices range from 25€ - 30€ for a bottle of 100 ml - amazing!

Again, a quick thank you to the lovely Ajda Sitar, who once again helped me take these photos. For more gorgeous photography, head on over to http://ajdas.com/.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May 2014 Favourites

Where's the year going, month went by so fast, yadda yadda ... To skip all the usual horror over time passing swiftly (I'm getting old), I'll spare you and move right on to my May favourites. Altough I've somehow managed to write four lines of text and am now on to the fifth one by god I'll just shut up now. Here are my May favourites!

You may have recently seen this post, where I talked about my candle obsession with Yankee Candle Strawberry Buttercream. My humongous jar of it has been well loved this month and I have been burning it like crazy, but still barely made a dent in the wax! It's going to last ages, and I'm glad about that, because the scent of sweet strawberries with whipped topping is just divine (though it has made me crave strawberries 'n cream like crazy). You can find it on the Scented Candle Shop.

Let's move on to a lil' bit of haircare. I'm thinking about doing a monthly hair routine since I tend to change up my products quite often, and it might be interesting to see what I am using in regards to the weather as well. Well, my recent favourites have been the Garnier Fructis Repair & Shine 3 Shampoo & Conditioner for dry and damaged hair. I really have a thing for Fructis I've noticed! Any hair product I get from them is very well loved, they smell lovely and also work amazingly well for my hair. I've had these two in the past and even put them in a favourites video I think, and they really earned a spot again. More about them in my haircare routine. You can find both in drugstores, for around 3€ each.

I've also been loving two skincare products. First we have Vichy Night Detox, which I've already talked about. This is an overnight treatment which dries up blemishes, reduces pore size & generally improves the texture of my skin. I really love that it isn't oily in the slightest, but you actually wake up with a mattifiyed complexion. You can be sure this will be included in plenty of posts to come, as it has really become a staple in my routine! You can find it on FeelUnique for 20€.

As you all know, I am a big fan of Vichy Hyaluspot blemish treatment, but it's almost run out, so I've been switching it up with Lush Grease Lightning, which is also a staple on this 'ere blog. This is quite similar to Hyaluspot in that it is a spot treatment, but it's made with natural ingredients, including tea tree. I do find it's a little bit less effective, but great for everyday use, I've even put it on problem areas and applied makeup over it, and it has helped my skin a lot. My boyfriend actually says my skin has been looking a lot better recently (I had a terrible breakout after switching meds) and I do have to agree. You can find the products I use for my problem areas in this post. Grease Lightning can be purchased in Lush stores or here, though I think I paid less in store!

I also have a makeup favourite, the Bourjois CC Cream. I was a bit reluctant about this product because I'm not a fan of the leaky packaging, but I love, love, love the CC Cream. I am going to write a comparision post on this, so I won't get too into it, but it has buildable medium to full coverage, doesn't sink into pores, is slightly moisturizing and not drying at all, and doesn't fade throughout the day. A really amazing product and it's incredibly inexpensive at around 13€ on HQHair.

I've changed up my application routine as well! Goodbye Buffing Brush, hello Expert Face Brush. It's a new addition from Real Techniques and I love it! I'll do a comparision post on the two brushes, but they are quite different and apply makeup differently. It's such a versatile product, you can apply foundation, powder, blusher or bronzer with it - I'm pretty sure I need about 27 of them. Real Techniques brushes are so inexpensive as well - I love 'em! International readers can get it on FeelUnique, while my Slovenian readers should head to Licila.si.  Prices range from 13-15€.

And finally, I have a lipstick! This is an addition from the beginning of the month when I visited Amsterdam. On a whim I got two lipstick, and MAC Lovelorn (Lustre) has been on my lips constantly. This is an incredibly glossy light pink, a color I never thought would look good one me. It's a mix of Angel, Snob and Creme Cup, which all look horrific on yours truly, but this baby is just perfect. You can find more raves on it in this blog post and you can buy the lippie (YEAH I SAID LIPPIE) over here for around 18€.

What is your favourite product of the month?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Favourite face masks

I thought I'd post a little round up of face masks I like today. I've always loved a good pamper and I've tried quite a few cult products as well as lesser known brands. Let's see what my favourite masks are ...

First one I'd like to mention is the well-known Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I did a whole review of this mask which you can see here. This mask is really moisturizing, and I especially love it when my skin is in need of a boost. It feels almost like a moisturizer, but after it dries on your skin, it can tighten it a little bit. It also makes my skin very radiant and dewy, which is quite a nice change for my sallow complexion. This masks costs around 25€ and is on the more expensive side, but Antipodes is also a natural brand, so it's great if you're a green beauty lover.

A recent find is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Face Wash and Mask. I saw this on Mateja's blog and saw that it was completely different to the Antipodes mask. It's a clay mask, so it really dries my oily and combination parts, as well as helps my enlarged pores. It's really awesome because you can wash your face with it or leave it on for about 20 minutes for an even more thorough cleanse. It's also really affordable at around 6€ in most drugstores.

I have had REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask once before and I was left unimpressed. I tried it a second time around, because it's so praised, and I have changed my opinion quite a bit. This is also a clay mask, and this time, I actually noticed how much it cleared my pores when I used it. I think I was expecting miracles, because it doesn't shrink pores, but it really cleanses them and reduces impurities, which is great. It's quite an expensive mask - about in the same prince range as Antipodes. I'd really love to try other REN masks as well - like the Glycolactic Acid one, which supposedly smells like orange jam (that's totally the main reason why I want to try it).

And finally, we have a firm favourite, the Mama Nature Queen B. I've done a full review of this mask which you can find here. Mama Nature is a completely natural brand, and I recently received another one of their products, which I also love - really worth a try. Queen B reminds me of coconut oil - it's solid in the tub, but turns to an oil when you apply it. The mask really softens my skin and helps clean as well as minimize (!) pores. None of the masks I have tried have actually reduced pore size, so this is amazing (there's a before/after photo in the review post). Price is around 40€, but you're paying for amazing quality here.

What is your favourite face mask?
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