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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fragrance Direct Christmas Nail Polish Haul

I am so excited to be working with Fragrance Direct again! I just have a very quick post for you today to show you my pick of the top 10 nail polishes for the Christmas season from their website, and I'll be showing you swatches and manicures in the month leading up to Christmas. In fact, I'm already wearing a gorgeous nude & gold manicure which I can't wait to show you ...

I picked out 10 nail polishes from Fragrance Direct by some of my favourite nail polish brands. The best thing about these lacquers is the fact that they're really discounted, so you won't spend too much! The shades I picked, in no particular order, are as follows ...

  1. Orly In the Navy 
  2. Orly Red Flare
  3. Orly Luxe
  4. OPI You don't know Jacques
  5. OPI Don't Pretzel my Buttons
  6. OPI Serious Sparkle
  7. OPI San Tan-Tonio
  8. Ciaté Maybe Baby
  9. Essie The Lace is On
  10. Essie Mind your Mittens
My favourite would have to be Orly Luxe, I already have Rage from this collection and it is exquisite, plus easy to remove which is a miracle as it's so shimmery!
What is your favourite nail polish right now?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Skincare I'm Excited To Try

I have tons of skincare, and lately, I've been trying to stick to one thing so I don't irritate my skin too much. Nonetheless, there are quite a few items awaiting to be tried out in my drawer, and today I decided to share them with you! What am I excited to start using? Let's see ...

The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is a really cool and innovative product that is supposed to help your skin protect itself from pollution, aging and daily stress. This is really someting you need to use daily, which is why I can't really report on any effects, as I've only used it a couple of times. It's a very light and pleasantly scented formula, though. At first I thought it was a gimmick, but the more I think about it, the more intrigued I am! This is a high end product, it costs from 95-125€.

Next up, one of my favourite skincare brands ever, and I product I've been coveting for years ... Vichy Idéalia Serum. This has the most gorgeous packaging and is supposed to help the texture of your skin and protect it from effects of smoking, stress, the sun and the wrong diet (hello). You can get this serum on Salma.si for around 30€.

The Balea Teint Perfection Primer has been in my collection for at least half a year, as embarrassed as I am to admit it. I just completely forgot about it! This is a silicone based primer which is supposed to erase pores and be used under makeup. I'll give it a go this week and report back. It costs around 8€, if I am not mistaken, and you can buy it in drogerie markt.

And finally, another product I've wanted to try for ages! The REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. Oblak Commerce were kind enough to send me a little sample, and, as a matter of fact, I'm going to try it as soon as I finish typing up this post! It's supposedly a miracle worker, so I'm very excited. The fullsize with 75 ml of product is available here for 53€.

My neverending quest to find some great skincare continues ... I really love trying out new things, but have been sticking to some Vichy favourites lately as they really do help!
What skincare product has got you excited?


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two hair masks, two reviews

Ever since I got highlights (post on that coming soon), my hair has been quite dry and brittle. It keeps tangling and breaking, and I really needed a good hair mask to fix that situation. The saviours came in two round jars, filled with hair mask goodness! I have two amazing hair masks here today, and I cannot wait to tell you about them.

Let's start with the drugstore option, which is the Cece of Sweden Argain Hair Mask, which costs around 6€. This is a lovely option for dry and damaged hair, mostly it helps my hair now that it has had highlights added to it, which damaged it quite a bit. The mask is pleasantly scented and somehow managed to help my hair get to the condition it was before I color treated it, which I am really happy about. I really want to try the other products from the line as well.

And the other product I wanted to mention - Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Treatment Mask. This one costs around 20€ on FeelUnique. This is the perfect solution for hair that is dry and brittle! The description is perfectly right - it actually injects your hair with so much moisture, you will notice a difference after a single use - amazing. It also makes my hair smell really nice, and helps frizziness.

This duo is perfect for combating dry (Tigi) and damaged (Cece of Sweden) hair! I think my hair looks pretty good, considering I've added highlights recently.
What is your go-to hair mask?


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two new blemish fighters for acne prone skin

As you know, my skin is very problematic. I'll be the first to admit I don't take good care of it. Lately I'm so tired it happens a lot that I just fall asleep with all my makeup on, and the consequences are obvious! I received two products for review though and have been using them as often as I can, and my skin actually looks a lot better than it did two weeks ago! So here are two mini reviews ...

Let's start with Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfections Care, a pharmacy favourite. I use this as a moisturizer, both in the daytime as well as the night, and it seems to be working well for me. It's pleasantly scented, just be careful not to apply to much as it will not sink into the skin. Using this, I saw similar effects as with Hyaluspot, which is also from the range by Vichy. My blemishes were quicker to heal and go down in swelling, and my dark spots were lightened a lot, which I'm very happy about! You can get it on Salma for 12€.

Now for the Artistry Intensive Skincare, the luxury option. This is not targeted specifically at acne, more so at problematic skin. This one did an amazing job of refining the texture of my skin. I've been using it for about a month and I can honestly tell when I've used it as opposed to when I fall asleep, full face of makeup still on. It really helps my pores, and while they are still enlarged I definitely think the size has diminished. My skin also seems less prone to blemishes and even Tilen says it's really soft. Score! You can get it on the Amway website for around 70€.

I'd also like to stress that sleeping with your makeup is a big no-no. I honestly hate that I do it so often, but I'm usually so tired and stressed I just forget. I want to make it my mission to stop doing this - who's with me?
What is your favourite product for fighting blemishes?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Picture perfect & pathetic

I don't know how familiar you are with the world of Twitter chats. Basically, they're a fun way of interacting with other bloggers while answering questions & just chatting in general. Unfortunately, lately I feel like the chats have turned into an all-around feast for advertising blogs and no one really paid attention to the conversation anymore.

Enter #crazybloggers.

The mastermind behind The Persephone Complex, a blog I've loved almost obsessively for a few months now, set up this open minded chat, completely different from the usual 'What's your favourite beauty product for fall?' to 'Do you think posting risqué content would diminish your readership?' I am completely in love with this idea, in love with Holly, in love with being open about ourselves. Why shouldn't we post about things that are considered taboo - by doing so, we are only admitting that they are exactly that, and they shouldn't be.

I write content for my blog daily, yet there is a lot of stuff I don't talk about.

I don't tell you I take four pills every day.
I don't discuss the fact they made me gain over 30 pounds.
I don't tell you about my high school experience, which was truly abysmal.
I've never told you how awkward I was, how I thought no one would ever love me.
I didn't even discuss my depression and history of self harming, even though I promised I would.

You know, bloggers sometimes put up a front - at least I know I do. I pretend everything is so picture perfect, when in reality, sometimes I can barely hold it together. I write daily content for Nothin' Fancy. Really., I work full time, I'm trying to start so many new projects, I'm in a serious relationship. But I also have Borderline Personality Disorder with severe anxiety and panic attacks, I can't really look at myself when I'm not wearing clothes, I still have the urge to scratch my arms like I used to years ago. But on this blog and social media, I pretend like I'm such a fun, carefree person. Like I don't have a care in the world.

I'm not saying I'm unhappy. Actually, this is the happiest I've been in, well, ever. But I'm not perfect nor will I ever be. I want to open people's eyes and make them see that this is perfectly normal. No, it's not okay that you're unhappy, but other people feel this way, too. What you need to know is that you can get help! If you ever need to talk to someone, you can always write me an anonymous e-mail at nothinfancyreally@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you.

This post doesn't have much of a point, does it? I guess I wanted to ask you whether you'd like me to talk about more serious topics sometimes. I'd love to discuss anything and everything, but sometimes I feel so limited and afraid. I'm being small-minded - I know. I want us to strive to a more open community, to help each other and better ourselves. And sometimes, it won't do any good to hide in that dark corner of your room you've deemed to be your safe place. Sometimes you need to open up and discover yourself - because it is only then that you will realize how beautiful you are.
What kind of topic would you like to discuss? Anything goes!

Tilen Time Thursday - Fall Essentials

Finally, another Tilen Time Thursday! For those of you that are new, Tilen is my boyfriend and sometimes, he likes to light up this little blog of mine with his posts. Here we go ...

Hey everyone, I know it’s been some time I wrote a post but I had to sort out some things with work and my faculty before I could get back to it. I usually don’t post about a lot of things but this time I decided to post some of my autumn attire.

The leaves are slowly but surely falling and we’re nearing the season to be jolly but we’re not quite there yet. It’s gotten really cold here but not so much so I’d have to start wearing a coat so that is why I’m sticking to knitwear such is the grey cardigan you can see in the picture. I also have one in dark blue and a darker shade of grey (yes, I have a thing for grey). I’ve bought all of them in H&M and they are lasting me quite for some time now. I was also lucky to get them on discount.

Next up we have some T-Shirts from H&M and Zara but don’t ask me which one is from where. I can only say for sure that the burgundy and black V-Necks are from H&M. I really wear these a lot since they are a bit longer and therefore a bit slimming.

The jeans are from Zara which was surprising for me since I usually don’t find a good pair of trousers or jeans in Zara since their sizes for men seem don’t seem to include tall and not-all-that-skinny people. If I find a good pair of jeans I’ll probably wear just them until I somehow wear them up and these are such a case. Most of the time I pair them up with the boots that I also featured here. I’ve taken up rolling the bottom part of them so I don’t step on them and I think it really looks good. 

Now I don’t know how other guys go about shoes but if I buy a new pair of shoes (actually, Živa bought me these) I want to be able to wear them at least for two seasons so that’s why I like to spend a little more on them. These weren’t that expensive and I’m sure they still have some if you check Deichman.

Then we have the wallet and the belt, both bought in Primark during our trip to Amsterdam. I have another belt like this with the same buckle only in black. The only thing I really went overboard during that trip was the beanies which I also got in Primark. They were sooo cheap so I said why not stock up.

The satchel (yes, it’s not a bag) was from C&A and comes with a strap. It really comes in handy when I have to go to work and don’t want to carry my backpack and it has really nice compartments.
Last but not least we have the Bvlgari Man in Black which is currently my favourite perfume, courtesy of Živa. It really smells so good and if I put it on it will last me through the entire day. I’m not good with describing scents so if you’d want a more thorough description you can read Živa’s post about it.

Well, that’s all for now. I know I always say that I’ll post more frequently but I really am trying. Hope you liked the post.

See you soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

L'Erbolario Papavero Soave

Oh boy, do I have a good one for you today ... As you may have seen in one of my recent hauls, I received a bottle of L'Erbolario Papavero Soave EDP for review at work. I smelled this fragrance on my boss and it was amazing, so I knew immediately I would request it. I got it a few weeks ago and have not stopped wearing it since - even on days when I wear a different perfume, I end up spraying this on myself when it fades!

Papavero Soave is based off the scent of sweet poppies, coming from the Italian brand L'Erbolario (which is just lovely). It's a floral, sweet & spicy perfume with notes of poppies, jasmine, prunella and artemisia. To put it in layman's terms, it smells incredibly sweet and sexy, stays close to the skin but lasts ages. It's truly a gorgeous fragrance and so so perfect for the colder months! I am in love with this one!

You want to know the best part? Papavero Soave only costs around 20€ for a 50 ml bottle. Total bargain and really worth it in my opinion!
What is your favourite fall/winter perfume?

Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Magazines I Love

Suffice it to say I'm a big reader - always have been & probably always will be. However, sometimes I need a visual break from all the books I read, and that's when I reach for a magazine. Today I really wanted to share three of my favourites, including a special new discovery which I've been really loving. Let's see what we have ...

First of all, Allure. This is the American version - I'm not sure if international ones exist, this is just the one I usually get. Allure is a beauty magazine filled to the brim with beauty products, reviews, new launches, tips and tricks. I really love it and decided to share it because it's quite inexpensive to subscribe to it online! For example, for a year you will only pay around $40! In the past, I subscribed to Seventeen magazine (cringe) and I loved getting an issue each month, and it's so inexpensive.

Next find is Glamour UK. Now unfortunately, you can't sign up for this one for so cheap, but it's available more readily. I used to love Glamour and bought it religiously. It's a good one for mixing things up, as it touches on lifestyle topics as well as beauty and fashion. I mainly read the beauty and fashion bits of course, as they are much more accessible than American magazines.

And finally, the star of the show. People StyleWatch. You might be thinking - what the hell is this random thing doing in Živa's post? Indeed, I picked it up completely by random because the cover looked cute. But this magazine is amazing - not for shopping the pieces, but for all the outfit ideas! It's completely full of amazing products, suggestions and much, much more. I'm going to subscribe to this one for sure, because it's seriously amazing, and everyone I've showed it to (ie. my mom and boss) loved it too! I've linked a random site I haven't used for subscriptions yet, but I'll report back when I do.
What is your favourite magazine?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

6 Fall/Winter Berry Lip Picks

I'm jumping on the bandwagon and doing a berry lips post - it was high time, since I'm really in love with this particular shade. While checking my makeup collection, I found so many products to include, plus the perfect Shakespeare quote to include & I just love these photos. Let's see which products I chose ...

For the shy girl ...
Pick Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. It's light, feels like nothing on the lips and moisturizes as well. The color looks really intense but is actually perfectly subtle and you can easily wear it during the day, or as an evening colour in case it's a statement for you. Price is around 10€, you can get it on FeelUnique.

For the lipgloss lover ...
If you have a hard time getting on with lipsticks, look no further than the new Revlon Moisture Stains. I love this one in the shade 005 Parisian Passion, available on Click2Chic.si for around 11€. The colour is not as opaque, but instead a beautiful dark berry that feels moisturizing on the lips.

For the goth girl ...
Look no further than Models Own Blackcurrant. This is a lipstick even I am hesitant to wear, but if you want a straight up purple-black, it's the one for you. It's incredibly opaque and creamy, plus it lasts ages. Not sure where you can get it - Models Own stores, probably?

For the fashionista ...
Try Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous plummy berry colour that feels moisturizing and looks semi-matte. This is from the first collection of these stains, not the Lacquer/Mattes and I love the finish. Available on Click2Chic.si for around 11€.

For the daring girl ...
How about Models Own Lipstix in Purple Pleasure? This is definitely one for the brave girls, as it's a pure pumped up purple, no hints of pink or red. It's gorgeous, but takes some courage to wear! Available on Click2Chic.si for a bargainous 6€.

For the classic lover ...
Two words - MAC Rebel. It's an all around winner, popular around the globe and one you cannot miss the mark with. Gorgeous, long lasting, a little bit drying, but so, so worth it. Available at your local MAC counter, prices may vary (I paid around 18€).

There you have it my lovely girls - one for everyone! I hope you love this post as much as I loved writing & preparing it.
What is your favourite berry lip stick?


Saturday, November 15, 2014

La Roche Posay Hydraene BB Cream

Today I have a very, very belated review and giveaway for you. I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past few weeks, I came down with something stomach related and it was absolutely horrible! So I'm using my weekends to prepare lots and lots of posts for all of you. Today I have a very exciting review which will end in a giveaway (this time for my Slovenian readers only, sorry).

I've been asked to try out the La Roche Posay Hydraene BB Cream. Since I'm a big fan of the brand, I didn't hesitate much when they wanted to collaborate, but unfortunately the shade I received was way too dark for me. A week or so ago, I got the correct shade for my skin, which is Light, and it's a much better match. This product comes in two shades as you might have guessed, and my giveaway will be for the Medium shade - more for those that have a darker complexion.

Why do I like La Roche Posay products? They're incredibly hydrating and feel soothing on the skin, and they are nicely scented, but don't irritate the skin at all. I love how the brand has transitioned into BB Creams as I feel like the product feels more like skincare than actual makeup.

As you know, my skin is very problematic, but it has miraculously been a bit better the past week or so, so this BB Cream is a lovely solution. It provides low to medium coverage depending on if you build it up or only apply one layer. I like it the most for weekends, because I don't wear much makeup if I'm just at home or going grocery shopping, but this is great.

The product would be lovely for sensitive skin, and if you dislike heavy coverage foundations, look no further. This is incredibly light and pleasant to wear - a nice change from my usual heavy duty foundations. I would definitely recommend it, though be careful with shades. Light is okay for me, but I find it's best to mix Light and Medium together.

Now for the giveaway - I'll be giving away 9 La Roche Posay Hydraene BB Creams in the shade Medium. Please only enter if you know this shade would suit you or want to gift it to someone that could wear it!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Beauty Haul (for work)

As I've mentioned a few posts back, I have another beauty haul for you today, and this one is work related. I haven't spoken much about my new job, but if you'd like, I might do a Questions & Answers post where I'll tell you all about it. I work for an online cosmetics store and I received some items from it to post about them. Here is a group photo of everything I got, and I'll tell you a little bit about the products I'm most excited about ...

Starting off with Revlon, I got a bunch of things from the line, including the Moisture Stains, and some Balms (I love them all!), I also got a gorgeous nail polish which you'll see in action soon enough. An eyeliner which is a staple was also a welcome addition to my ever growing makeup collection.

I haven't tried many things from Sleek but I love their blusher. I got two eyeliners from the brand which are absolutely gorgeous, one is navy and the other is gold. I really want to show them to you soon because they're incredibly long lasting and I also love that packaging ...

Kardashian Beauty also made an appearance and I have to say I absolutely love their nail polishes as well as the lipstick which I got. I was really underestimating this brand as it is actually quite lovely!

And now for some random things, my favourite of everything I got is surely the L'Erbolario Papavero Soave perfume, which I'll review soon. This scent is so unique and beautiful, very sweet but not obviously so. I am completely in love with it! I also really like the BH Cosmetics mascara, which comes in the prettiest packaging, and the Cece of Sweden mask, which unfortunately didn't make it onto the photo but is an amazing product nonetheless.

Needless to say, I'm incredibly grateful I'm able to receive things like this from my job, and it really makes me happy. I also want to do a giveaway with my favourite items from the store, so definitely let me know if you'd be interested in that!
What is your newest beauty buy?


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Madonna Truth or Dare Naked EDP

Another perfume review today (they're personally my favourite posts to write and I really hope you all like them as well). This is another bottle I got from Salma.si and a highly coveted perfume for me, as it was heavily recommended by a forum I'm a part of ... What did I think?

First, let's just touch on the price. On Salma, I paid around 14€ for 50 ml, which is a complete bargain for this scent. I actually think it smells way more expensive than it looks, and I also love the gorgeous bottle, which is very thin. The liquid itself looks like liquid bronze - so luxurious and pretty. But what about the juice?

The original Truth or Dare reminds me of Fracas by Robert Piguet with heavy notes of tuberose and gardenia. Truth or Dare Naked is not as floral, instead replacing the heavy florals with spiciness and sweetness. With notes of benzoin and cocoa, sandalwood and lovely additions of vanilla orchid and peach blossoms, it's a very special fragrance. It does not suit my personal taste, though - it really reminds me of grapes, you know the Izabela kind that is very popular in the Mediterranean? I don't mind it, but it doesn't smell amazing on me. I found it a great home though with my boss, who suits this perfume perfectly in my opinion.

If you're looking for a different sweet and spicy fragrance, Madonna Truth or Dare Naked is definitely something to try, and it's so inexpensive! Nicely crafted and complex, and very appropriate for fall. Get it here.
What kind of fragrances do you like most? Spicy, sweet, floral ...?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Everyday Makeup Look With Catrice

I never really like doing a full face makeup for taking photos, which is why you don't see many FOTDs from me. First of all, my eyes are so hooded they make it impossible to see any shadow on them and second, I end up not liking any of the photos, and more often then not, these photoshoots end in tears. But today I managed to scrape up a post for you where I actually show my face (shock! horror!) I used all things Catrice and I really hope you enjoy the final result.

I started with my current full coverage foundation routine, which includes the Catrice Velvet Finish Collection (concealer, foundation and powder, I use them all in shade 010). Then, I added some blush on the cheeks using Catrice Illuminating Blush in shade 020 Coral Me Maybe. Then for my brows ... I started with this really cool product, which is called Catrice Long Lasting Brow Definer - it's basically a marker pen for your brows, and it really does last, but I also fixed my brows in place with the Catrice Fixing Brow Wax. I worked on my eyelids next, using the Catrice Absolute Matt Palette and adding a swipe of their Liquid Liner, plus some Lash Extension Volume Mascara. And finally, the lips ... I decided to go for a bright pink shade, and I used Catrice Meet Pinky lipstick from one of their older limited edition collections. Here is the final look ...

I really enjoy Catrice and I've been using their products since they came to Slovenia. They're such an affordable brand that actually makes really high quality items and I've loved everything I've tried from them so far! Recommend it for sure.
What is your everyday makeup look?
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