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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Best Blemish Treatments



I've posted about blemish treatments so many times already, but here's another post in case you just cannot get enough. I've added up some of my favourite treatments and products for problematic skin. My skin is not looking that great, but if I didn't use these products, it would be a lot worse for wear (it might also help if I would stop falling asleep with all of my makeup still on every night, but that's a topic for another day). Let's see what my favourites are.

Let's start with Vichy Night Detox. I don't know why this is a night treatment. It actually mattifies my skin and gives it a very nice, smooth texture, so I've used it under my makeup as well - I know, it's not meant for that but it really multitasks well! It's a treatment that is supposed to help diminish pore size as well as blemishes. I've noticed it helps the texture of my skin a lot, so if you have bumpy skin, you might want to give this a try. It costs around 15€ for 40 ml, and it lasts quite a while, so I would recommend it to people with congested skin.

Next we have Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. This is a strange one. It's supposedly an acid, but actually feels quite oily. I really don't like how it feels on my skin, but the effects speak for themselves. This mostly helps with texture again, and I really love what it does for redness as well. Overtime, this really improved my skin, but you need to use it for a while. When I use it sporadically, I just don't see the same results. Again, I think the price is around 15-18€.

I also wanted to mention a Mama Nature product. I've already reviewed their mask, and this is Teenage Dream, which is meant for problematic skin. I love the scent of this, it has tea tree in it so it's very minty. It feels great on the skin, despite the fact that it is an oil. I like doing flash treatments with this where I just leave it on for a couple of hours. It really diminishes blemish size, so I like using it on under-the-skin blemishes (giving you a nice visual). It's quite expensive, around 32€, but it is a completely natural product, which I really appreciate.

Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, my favourite of them all! This one does it all and I'm almost completely out of my tube, and I'll definitely purchase this when it runs out. It dries up blemishes overnight and if you have an important event, apply this the night before and you'll be amazed. It really is a miracle worker. For the price of around 15€, you really don't need to think about it, just get it if you have problematic skin or even the odd breakout. It works wonders!

And finally we have another natural option, namely Lush Grease Lightning. Again, very pleasant herbal scent, nice, cooling texture ... Works great and in a similar way to Hyaluspot, though I would say it's a little bit less effective. It's still a great product and lasts longer than Hyaluspot, plus it's not that expensive, around 12€ I think. I really like using it in cases of emergency as well, so I can apply it under my makeup on problematic areas and it works throughout the day as well.

These are some of my favourite treatments and while I love them all, but I'm always looking for the next miracle product as well. So do tell me ...
How do you treat your blemishes?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Best Products For Dry Patches



A bit of a different post today which you may not have expected from me - I do have very oily and problematic skin, but I also sometimes get dry patches. In these years of dealing with my skin, I've found some great options for my dry patches and I would strongly recommend all three of these. Let's see what my top three choices for dealing with dry skin are.

First of all, we have Weleda Skin Food, which I've mentioned countless times. This natural moisturizer has a strong herbal scent and is incredibly potent. It's a little slow to sink into the skin, so I would recommend applying it overnight. In the morning, your skin will look supple and refreshed. You can use it all over your body, I especially like it for my knees, elbows and feet (though Weleda also makes a Foot Cream which is just lovely as well). Price is around 7€.

Next we have Bepanthen. If you can, get Bepanthen Plus, which is even better than this one. It's basically a moisturizer which you can get in pharmacies without a prescription, it costs around 6€ I think (for a smaller size, mine is ginormous). Do you remember the main character's dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That dude used Windex for everything, and I'm a bit like that with my Bepanthen. I put it on dry patches, cuts, blemish scars ... It's a bit greasy so again, apply it overnight and it will sink in slowly. Miracle worker, this one! If you cannt get Bepanthen, I would recommend a nappy cream for children, but make sure to patch test for allergies and to see if your skin gets a reaction.

In the summertime, it's really annoying to use a super potent cream, so I also like to reach for the Balea Aqua Serum. You might think this would do nothing, but when my skin feels tight, this does miracles to relieve the feeling. It's very light, moisturizing and cooling. I love applying it under makeup as well. Just a great product, and so inexpensive as well, it costs under 4€ in European drugstore drogerie markt.

There we go, my selection for dry pacthes. 
What is your favourite skincare product for dry skin?
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Summer Body Moisturizers



Let me tell you something a little bit disgusting. My skin gets incredibly dry in the summer and sometimes it peels ... Cue horrified stares and retching. But I've found the best way to combat the dryness is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! So here is a selection of my favourite moisturizers for the summertime. I've recently gotten a few new ones, but these have been favourites for a while ...

Starting off with something very light, we have Balea Body Mousse in Raspberry. This was limited edition, so I'm not sure if it is still available, but if you'd like to dry something similar, go for the Garnier lotion in light blue packaging. This Balea number smells absolutely divine and is so light and cooling on the skin! It's a real pleasure to use and I enjoy it so much in the hot months.

Next we have a thicker number, but with an amazing summery scent. If you suffer from very dry skin, you'll love the I love ... Coconut & Cream Lotion. This smells so creamy, almost milky, and quite heavy. The coconut is a nice addition. If you're not sensitive to fragrances, it's one for you, but it is a bit of a Marmite scent so give it a sniff before you buy.

I also wanted to mention the Balea Sunny Peach Body Cream, which is sooo delicious ... It smells of ripe peaches - I'm sold. It's also quite a light consistency but manages to provide a lot of moisture to my skin. I also enjoy Balea's hand washing gel with the peach & nectarine scent which I must have mentioned about a thousand times already! It comes in a huge pump package so you can easily use it in the shower as well (though they make a shower gel as well, I just prefer the scent of the handwash). Well, that was a huge ramble!

Finally, the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil. I really enjoy using oils in the summer, they make my legs look healthy and glowing. My favourite part about this oil is the amazing scent, which is kind of nutty and floral at the same time, just beautiful and luxurious - plus, it's quite inexpensive at around 7€.

I got a few new bits as I mentioned since we're leaving on holiday on the 1st, so I'll have a haul up ASAP - definitely before we leave! Hope you enjoyed today's post.

What is your favourite summer body moisturizer?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Minimizing My Skincare Drawer & Must-Haves



Our second themed week on the blog will have to do with skincare. Be prepared for 7 posts, one each day, featuring different skin and body care products! Let's kick it off with minimalizing our routines ...

Back in May, I posted about my beauty drawer. That thing was slightly horrifying with the amount of products in there, which is why I recently did a little revamp and decided to clean out my collection of skincare. I managed to get rid of some things which found new homes with my family and friends, and I'm left with some amazing products I know I love and really want to try out. I've also put together a little guide in case you'd like to do the same. Here are the products that are must-haves for me. Remember, my skin is combination to oily and problematic, so this may not suit your needs exactly ... Here we go!

Makeup Remover - I think if you use makeup, you absolutely need a makeup remover! My favourite is the Garnier Micellar Solution, but if you want something stronger or don't like micellar waters, try the Clarins Instant Makeup Remover (two toned, great for removing waterproof makeup).

Cleanser - I am a self proclaimed cleanser addict! There's nothing like cleansing my face and feeling clean and refreshed after a long day of wearing makeup. My favourites are listed in this blog post.

Light moisturizer - I absolutely love Balea's Aqua Serum, which is a newer discovery, but very popular locally. I love this light, nice-but-soft smelling moisturizer, which feels like nothing, is cooling and soaks into the skin incredibly fast. Another bonus is the price since it only costs around 3-4€ in European drugstore drogerie markt.

Mask - I have a few favourites here, but my favourites are the REN Pore Detox and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey masks. They serve different purposes - the REN one really cleanses pores and the gunk in them, while Antipodes gives my face a fresh, dewy glow, which is just lovely.

Blemish treatment - I have so many favourites it's hard to pin point one, I'll have a post on all of them soon, but if you can only get one ... Get Vichy Hyaluspot, it's amazing. Or, if you don't use Vichy and want a natural product, go for Lush Grease Lightning.

Something for dry patches - I get really dry skin in the colder months and sometimes need a stronger moisturizer. My absolute favourite for this is Weleda Skin Food - very herbal smelling, potent but not greasy moisturizer. Takes a while to sink in, so try applying it overnight. You will wake up and see amazing results.

There we go! I still have way more than the must-haves I mentioned, but these are definitely my top skincare products. Why not try minimizing your own skincare drawer? It did me a world of good to get rid of all the products that were not suited to my skin type.

What's one skincare product you cannot live without?
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Homemade Pizza


During the past week, Tilen decided he wanted pizza. So he made one! My dad used to make pizza dough from scratch, but for the past few years, we've been using the frozen dough. However, from now on, I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to eat that again - homemade dough is easy to make and so much more delicious! So Tilen made another run to the store (this is becoming a habit) and we started working on the pizzas ...


He made the dough ...


And I prepped the toppings!


Basically, the recipe we used is by Jamie Oliver, but we changed it up a little. Here is what we used and did.

Ingredients

1,2 kg white flour
2 packets yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil
650 ml warm water
toppings: tomato sauce, pepperoni, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, cheese ...

Instructions

In a bowl, mix salt and flour. Separately, mix water, yeast, sugar and olive oil and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Then mix the two and combine into a dough. Knead it until your dough is springy, but not sticky - add more flour if needed. Then, put the dough in a bowl, cover with a dish cloth and let it rise for 45 minutes. In the meantime, prepare your favourite toppings (my favourites are pepperoni, mushrooms & olives). Roll the dough after the time has passed. You can use any platter, we chose cake platters - just the bottom. Cover the bottom with dough and put on your toppings. For a simple tomato sauce, just use canned tomatoes and add some herbs like basil and oregano. This recipe makes about 4-6 pizzas depending on the size. Bake at 200° for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!


For the love of all that is holy ... I want one right now! Tilen did an amazing job and I am seriously roping him into making lunch everyday - everything I make just fails in comparision to his cooking.

& that's a wrap on our Cooking Week! I hope you enjoyed all of the recipes and don't forget to come back tomorrow, when we're starting Skincare Week on Nothin' Fancy. Really. :)

What is your favourite kind of pizza?
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

No-Bake Caramel Cheesecake




I first found this recipe ages ago, when I first started reading Nouvelle Daily. There is a recipe on the site for a salted caramel cheesecake and I knew I had to try it. I ended up making it this past New Year's Eve and it was pretty popular with our guests! So last week, I made it again for Tilen's mom's birthday. I ended up making two identical cakes and they turned out lovely, so I hope you enjoy the recipe. I've changed up the original a little bit and it's delicious ... Two things to remember - this cake needs to chill overnight! Also, it's not a proper cheesecake because I used cottage instead of cream cheese. I don't like cream cheese in desserts. Essentially it has a cookie crumb bottom, a cottage cheese filling and caramel topping. And you don't even have to bake it! Here we go!

Ingredients

1 packet of spekulati (ginger biscuits)
175 g butter
1 kg cottage cheese
120 g powder sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons agave
100 ml whipping cream
pinch of salt

Instructions

I started off by grinding the biscuits. I warmed up 75 g of butter and mixed it with the crumbs, then pressed the mixture to the bottom of a 26 cm diameter cake pan. I popped it in the fridge, then prepared the filling by mixing 100 g of the powder sugar with the cottage cheese. I pressed this in the pan and cooled it while preparing the caramel. I used 100 g of butter and melted it in a saucepan over low to medium heat, adding the remaining sugar. When the sugar melted, I added the cream and salt and stirred for two minutes. I put the caramel in a tall jar and cooled it. When it was not hot anymore I poured it over the cake and let it to cool overnight. Keep it in the fridge until you serve it.

The cake is really moist, sweet and super refreshing. It's a great hit in the summertime and I'm sure you'd love it!

What is your favourite cake?

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Nutella oatmeal with banana and walnuts



Today I'm here with a simple breakfast recipe which is ready in minutes and tastes divine! I've tested it out on Nina and Tilen and they both seemed to like it, so I'm deeming it a successful dish. Here is a great oatmeal option ...

Ingredients 

4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 tablespoon of Nutella
pinch of salt
1 banana
handful of walnuts

Instructions

Heat milk over medium heat and stir in oats. Give it the odd stir while it warms up and thickens. Then, stir in Nutella and wait until it reaches desired consistency. Add the salt. In the meantime, slice bananas. Place the oatmeal in a bowl and top with walnuts and bananas. Enjoy warm!

It's a really quick and delicious breakfast and I've made it several times now - you can also add other toppings if you're not a banana/walnut fan! I think apples would go nicely, or strawberries ... So many options to try.

What is your favourite oatmeal recipe?


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls




Oh, is it Thursday? What a coincidence, since we have Tilen posting today! So happy he's back. So, a week or so ago Tilen whipped up these absolutely delicious cinnamon rolls, and after the response on my Instagram he agreed to do a post on them. Let's see what he has to say ...

Hey guys! So today I'll be showing you how to make these awesome cinnamon rolls. I really liked them as a child and suddenly got a craving in the middle of the night, so I decided to make some. This was my first attempt, so I didn't really know if they were going to turn out good, but I think they came out great. Here is the recipe I used ...

Ingredients

200 g butter
500 ml milk
a packet of yeast
a pinch of salt
250 g sugar
1200 g regular white flour
cinnamon
1 egg

Instructions

Heat up 100 g of butter, add 150 g of sugar and milk. In a separate bowl, mix all of the flour with the yeast and salt and mix the two bowls. If it's too sticky, add more flour. Form a dough ball and let it rise for 45 minutes, until it's double the size. Heat your oven to 200°C. Then, roll out your dough in the shape of a rectangle, to about 0,5-1 cm thick. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can use a bottle, but remember to clean it well. Heat the rest of the butter and spread it on the dough, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Now comes the hard part - creating a roll. Just take one end of the dough and start rolling it towards the other end carefully. If it sticks to the surface, sprinkle with flour. If the filling starts pouring out, use a baker's brush to spread it evenly. Roll it into a Swiss roll. Then, take a knife and cut circular discs which are about 3 cm thick. Place them on a buttered tray with enough space in between - they will rise some more. Whisk a whole egg and brush it on the rolls. You can also add a sprinling of granulated sugar. Bake for about 10 minutes and keep an eye on them so they don't burn.

This makes about 20 cinnamon rolls. You can also make a topping, but that is up to you. I'm really with how they turned out, I thought it would be more difficult and that they might end up being dry, but they were fluffy and delicious.

I was surprised this got so much attention when we posted it on Instagram - I really hope some of you try this recipe. Let me know if you want me to try making something else. So, until next time!

What is your favourite pastry or way to use cinnamon? Let me know in the comments.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stuffed Pepper Soup



Presenting, my favourite soup recipe. And I love me some soup, so you know it's a good one. This gem was found on Skinnytaste, and I've made it so many times I can now do it without a recipe! This dish is incredibly flavourful, easy to make and, best of all, skinny! Here is the recipe ...

Ingredients

1 package lean ground beef
2 cups rice
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cans tomatoes
1 broth cube
pinch of marjoram
salt, pepper

Instructions

I start by chopping the peppers and onion. Over medium high heat, I brown the meat until it's done (about 10 minutes). I add the peppers, onions and garlic. If you don't have garlic, I love using garlic powder. It adds an amazing taste. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. In the meantime, put a large pot on medium heat and add about 6 cups of water, the cube and tomatoes. While that heats up, prepare the rice according to instructions. When the meat and vegetables are done, pour them into the soup. Heat this up for about 45 minutes, simmer on low heat. When it is done, place in cups and add rice on top. Do not mix together, because the rice will absorb all of the liquid!

There you go - an amazing soup recipe by Gina at Skinnytaste (definitely check out her blog, it's one of my favourites). I love this soup and it works in any season since the ingredients are always on hand! Let me know if you try it.

What is your favourite soup recipe?
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fruit Crumble Recipe


This is my favourite dessert in the summer and I just love making it. Why do I love it so much? Summer is the season of fresh fruit, and this dessert works with basically any fruit you want to use. I've done it with rhubarb, nectarines, apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries, raspberries ... I don't think I need to go on. A fruit crumble is super easy to make and tastes delicious. Let's see how to make one.


Let's start by setting the oven to about 180°C. Then, prepare the fruit. I used a mix of fresh and frozen here. We have about a cup of frozen strawberries, two fresh nectarines and an apple. You can also use canned fruit, but I think fresh works best! Get a ceramic dish (you can use any heatproof dish as long as its semi-deep) and wash and slice your fruit, then cover the bottom of the dish with it. Add some sugar, can be brown or white. The amount depends on how sweet you like your desserts. I like to add half a cup. Then, add the juice of one lemon and mix well. I also add plenty of cinnamon and about a tablespoon of cornstarch. Let this sit while you prepare the topping.


The most important thing about a crumble topping: you need cold butter. I would say this is the key ingredient along with the fruit. I've also made a crumble with sunflower oil, but it's really not the same! So, mix a cup of flour (you can use whole wheat, I used plain white) with half a cup of sugar. Add about a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. I also like adding some oats for flavour and crunchiness. I add about half a cup. Then, cut in about 75 g of butter. Don't warm it up! With your hands, knead the mixture until a crumbly texture forms.


Spread your topping evenly over the fruit. Gaze in wonder at it and refrain from eating the fruit. I know, it smells good. No, you mustn't dig in. It's raw flour, you goon! Pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes. It can take longer, but keep an eye on it ... When it gets browned on the top, it's done.


Not this brown, though. This is kinda slightly over baked. Didn't stop us from eating it though! Also, this totally demonstrates my cooking abilities, which are truly dysmal. 

Wait for the crumble to cool slightly. Or be like me, and don't. It's a messy dish, it won't come out perfect! Just place it on a plate, you can add ice cream if you'd like but I just eat it by itself. It. Is. Divine. I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe! It really is amazing. Bon appetit!

What is your favourite summer dessert?
Full recipe below the jump ...
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Berry Lemonade



Hello loves! If you have not been keeping up on Facebook, let me explain this quickly - the rest of July and August will be themed on Nothin' Fancy. Really. For a clearer explanation and updates, make sure to like my Facebook page. Anyway, this first week will have 7 posts on cooking, all tried and true recipes. We'll even have a special guest on Thursday, I'm sure you can guess who! 

Here we go, the first recipe. Last week, I saw a recipe that immediately caught my attention. It was a frozen lemonade, and it just sounded too good not to make! The original recipe can be found here, but today I have a different version.

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
3 glasses water
1 cup ice
1 cup berries
5 lemons

Instructions

Halve the lemons and juice them. If you are using frozen berries, you might have to thaw them. I do, because my blender is not strong enough. Put the juice of the lemons in your blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until you cannot hear the ice crunching anymore (around 20 seconds).

This made the amount you see on the photo - a pitcher and another glass. I'd say it's enough for 3 big glasses and 4-5 small ones. It's a really refreshing and delicious drink and I know I'll be making it a lot. Let me know if you try it!

What is your favourite summer drink?


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Top 3 Fragrances for Summer 2014



To tell you the truth, I'm a perfectionist - I almost never like the photos I take for my blog. But even I have to admit these came out really pretty and I absolutely love them! I am a little bit proud actually. Bit of a tangent, but I had to share, since I often complain on Twitter how much I dislike my photos. To get back on track, I thought I'd share my favourite summer fragrances of 2014. I have three picks here, two of them are additions from this year, while the third is an old favourite. All of these are absolutely perfect summer picks and I love them all to bits.

Starting off with my oldest favourite, we have Jennifer Lopez Deseo EDP. I've noticed I'm quite partial to a celebrity fragrance (or 27), some of them are real gems, and I do love a nice fruity floral mix. However, many can be a bit generic - though that is definitely not the case with Deseo. I actually blind ordered this because it was so inexpensive, and I had no idea what to expect ... As soon as I opened it, I fell in love. Deseo is quite different from the sweet, floral and fruity fragrances I like in general, it's woodier and has more citruses. Sandalwood is a very prominent note here as well as citrus and bamboo. I also smell orange blossoms or neroli, not sure. The overall effect is quite strong, but so lovely and soft. It's probably one of my all time favourite fragrances, and my favourite celebrity fragrance of all time. I really can't tell you enough good things about it, because it's just gorgeous! I always take it with me on holiday. Also, the bottle which resembles an uncut diamond is just beautiful. And the best part is the price, because the 50 ml bottle only costs around 15€ on Fragrance Direct, where I bought it a couple of years ago. You can also find it on Salma.

Then we have Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Eau Fraiche, which I won't go into too much detail about, since I just reviewed it here. I have been wearing it almost every day since I got it, and it's a beautiful summery fragrance with notes of mandarin orange, vanilla, amber and jasmine. Just perfect for summer and a beach holiday, though I still want the original Bronze Goddess. This one may be a bit hard to find, but I got it in Müller on sale (100 ml for 50€) only a few weeks ago.

Finally we have my last pick, Britney Spears Island Fantasy EDT. I wrote a full review of it here. If you know Britney's Fantasy line, you're aware that all of the fragrances are very, very sweet. However, I feel like she steered clear of that with this one and went more in the direction of Believe, one of her other perfumes. If you like Armani's Acqua di Gioia (one of my all-time favourites, but I unfortunately used it all up), you would definitely like this. They both smell like watermelon to me, but Island Fantasy has some other notes, like citruses, sugar, berries and jasmine, which make it stand out. It's a very fresh and cooling scent to me. I'd love to wear it on the beach and on hot summer days (of which we haven't had many, since it's been raining almost non stop). This is another very inexpensive fragrance, it costs around 25€ for 100 ml! Find it on Fragrance Direct or Salma.

In the summer I generally really like citruses, juicy fruit (berries, watermelon) and not too overwhelming florals. I'm a big fan of white florals like gardenia and tuberose, but they're just too heavy when it's blistering hot. I prefer jasmine, neroli or orange blossom in the heat. I think I've rounded up a good selection - all of this scents are perfect for summer, but very different. If none of these tickle your fancy, I'd recommend checking out Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh (very gentle, floral fruity, inoffensive, likeable), DKNY Pure (check out Tamara's review) or the peachy goodness that is Gianfranco Ferre In The Mood For Love Pure - this one is so overlooked, but gorgeous.

What is your favourite summer scent?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows



If you know me, you're aware I almost never wear eyeshadow. I've been trying to change it up a bit lately, so now I have two cream shadows in my possession. While I don't think I'll change into a full-on-daytime-smokey-eye girl overnight, I still thought a review was in order since I've been using these two for a while. I'll be talking about the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows today.

Let's start off with the product in general. It's a cream shadow which comes in a pot - you just have to unscrew the lid. The product itself is creamy. I have had one shadow since April and the other since last year. The latter has started drying a bit, but it's nothin critical, which is good - I know cream shadows can dry up very fast, but I think both are still perfectly usable. Regarding the lasting power, I'll have to respectfully disagree. They definitely don't last all day on me, and they tend to crease as well. If I apply a primer they perform better, or topped off with a powder eyeshadow, they last longer, but still crease. They pretty much disappear after about 8 hours! However, I still think they're a good product if you use them correctly. I do have very oily eyelids, so that might be why these crease on me. I have to mention the price as well. They only cost about 5€, which I think is amazing.

The first shade I have is 35 On and On Bronze. I feel like everyone and their mom has this one! It's a very pretty bronze colour, quite metallic. I wore this a lot last year, but have been neglecting it a bit in 2014. The other shade I have is 65 Pink Gold and this is definitely my favourite. The most gorgeous rose gold colour which looks amazing by itself or paired with shades from other palettes and brands. I really love it and it looks gorgeous with my green eyes.

To sum it up, I do think these are worth a try since they're so inexpensive, and you can get some gorgeous colours. I have my eye on this metallic red (something Pomegranate), a black and a really pretty turquoise. They do crease on me, so if you have oily eyelids like I do, I'd definitely recommend using a primer. I think I'll be getting a few other colours, and I do recommend them be it for beginners or well-versed cream shadow lovers!

You can find Maybelline Color Tattoos on Salma as well as Feelunique.

Have you tried these? What's your favourite shade?
Click 'read more' for Slovenian version.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Hair Styling Routine - Beachy Hair




I recently had my hair trimmed a little. It was almost down to the waist and horribly damaged - you can still see in the above photo that I have some damage left. But I'm very attached to my hair and I just couldn't bear to have it all chopped off! I did get about 15 cm trimmed, though - my hair is so much more manageable. I wear it in a ponytail a lot, but I've also found now that I can actually style it, as opposed to before, when it was so long it was just too heavy to do anything with it. I don't like using heat tools, because my hair is prone to breaking and I don't want to damage it too much. So I've discovered two products which help me achieve the beachy, mermaid-like hair we all seem to crave come summer.

I start off by washing my hair with Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner. I find that it is literally the only combination that does not wreck havoc on my hair recently. I posted about some John Frieda products a while ago, but I really have to say they stopped working for me. Garnier seems perfect for my locks! I dry my hair about 75% with a blow dryer, or if I'm not in a hurry, I just let it air dry. My hair is naturally completely stick straight, so I'm on a neverending quest for waves and texture.

When my hair is dry, I like to apply the Schwarzkopf got2b Big Volume Push Up Volume Refreshing Styling Powder (why the long name? Ain't nobody got time to remember that). This is a texturising spray which adds tons of volume and I really love how big my hair is when I use it. It comes out slightly white/gray, but I can easily comb it out. You could also use a dry shampoo or something from Oribe, but that brand is ridiculously expensive. This only costs around 6€, and is really awesome.

Then I use my second product. It's the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm. Please don't throw random hair products at me in rage, because I did initially include this in my Disappointing Hair Products Post. I have to swallow my words because I've actually found a way to make it work. I feel horrible! So this one got a second chance. I apply it to dry hair, the smallest amount does a lot. It adds beachy waves to my hair. This costs around 25€ on ASOS.

If you want to, you can leave your hair like that. You'll be left with piece-y, mermaid waves. But I really like my hair soft and combed through, because if I don't brush it, I'm left with horrific tangles by the end of the day. So in the photo, you see what it looks like after brushing it out. The hair has loads of volume and pretty waves as well (well, they're waves to me, since otherwise my hair looks like it's been flat ironed). I hope you enjoyed this!

How do you wear your hair in the summer?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush VS Buffing Brush




 I've been meaning to write a comparision post on these two Real Techniques brushes for ages, but somehow never got around to doing it. Today, I found these photos which I took weeks ago, and am finally getting around to talking about the Expert Face Brush and the Buffing Brush from the brand. I thought I'd do a comparision for all those interested, because I wasn't sure whether I needed both and how they compare. I hope this post is helpful!

Let's start with the Buffing Brush (Slovenia, International), which I had first. I got this last year for my birthday in the Core Collection and so I've been using it for almost a year. My thoughts? It was absolutely my favourite brush from the collection, I love it. Ever since I first applied my foundation with this brush, there was no going back for me - I used it every day. It's incredibly soft and applies makeup beautifully (I use a mixture of buffing and stippling). You can use it for pretty much any face product - for me, it works with liquid foundation, pressed powder, bronzer and blusher. Haven't tried it with a mineral foundation, because I don't think it's dense enough. The only problem I have is the fact that the hairs tend to get very tangled up - like a knot. It may be because I don't wash them as much as I should, or because I use the brush every day. I might have to get a replacement soon. I also just realized you can only get this brush in the Core Collection, which is a real shame as I don't like the rest of the brushes from the set nearly as much. The kit costs around 25€.

Next, the Expert Face Brush (Slovenia, International). This is a relatively new addition, but it has taken me by storm. A much more dense brush, shorter as well and more appropriate for buffing. Again, it can be used for any face product, I find it works the best with liquid foundation, but also really great for pressed powder, blusher, bronzer ... Might even work with mineral makeup if you don't own a kabuki. No tangles in this one yet, but it does get dirty very fast, which is logical albeit slightly annoying for someone as lazy as I am. Price is around 10€.

How do the two compare? Since I have both, I use the EFB for liquid foundation, and apply pressed poder with BB. I find it gives me a really nice finish. Both are brushes I love, and I would love to have more than one of them, because they're basically all I need, face-wise. I would say you can make use of both if you use a few face products, they are very versatile. But if you insist on only getting one, I would say to pick the Expert Face Brush, because it's better value as you can buy it by itself, and it's better at applying liquid foundation, which I think most of us use!

What is your favourite makeup brush?
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Colleen Hoover - Maybe Someday




Book posts have been rare and far in between on this blog lately, which doesn't mean I haven't been reading! I guess I just hadn't picked up a book I wanted to share badly - until now. It was only a few days ago that I started reading Colleen Hoover's Maybe Someday, but I finished it today, which is quite strange, since I'm a moderately slow reader. I picked this book up because of reviews on Goodreads and Youtube (mainly Kassidy Voinche's videos), otherwise I wouldn't have gotten it. I'm not the biggest fan of the cover, but I am so glad I gave it a chance - don't judge a book by its cover coming into play for sure.

This book is from the New Adult genre, which I feel like is a relatively new addition to the book world. I for one definitely appreciate it, as I'm 22 (almost 23) myself and sometimes don't feel like reading about 16 year olds! Other books from the genre include hits like Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, which is another novel I really want to pick up. But enough of my rambles, let's see what I think of the book ...

Maybe Someday is about Sydney, who, on her birthday, discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. Problem? She lives with said friend. So she finds herself homeless, leaving the apartment with all of her luggage. She doesn't have many friends in the area, but an acquaintance jumps to her aid - her neighbour Ridge, whom she had been watching play his guitar on his balcony for a while. Sydney moves into Ridge's apartment temporarily and they strike up a friendship, but pretty soon, feelings start to appear between them - feelings that really shouldn't be there ...

It may sound completely cheesy, but I intentionally left out some details because I went into this book not knowing anything, and I believe that's how everyone should read it. Let me just say it's hands down my favourite read of 2014. Beautiful, sad, heart wrenching, pulse quickening and butterfly inducing. I'm coining a new term - bookterflies, and I had a major episode of 'em while reading this amazing novel.

I am fangirling at this point, but please, consider picking this one up. It's just so beautiful, and I don't know of a single person who didn't enjoy it (the Goodreads rating is really high as well). I'm also waiting (in)patiently for the 20th when I get my paycheck and I can order every other book this author has written. I'm considering scouring Ebay to see if there are like, napkins she has written something on in restaurants, available for sale. She is a genius. Available on The Book Depository for 10€ with free shipping.

What is your favourite book?

P.S. This happened earlier today ... If I go quiet for a few days, I'm possibly passed out from happiness and someone should tell Tilen.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The New Nude - Essie Blanc



Essie Blanc is a nail polish I've had in my stash for a while now, but my nails aren't looking the best lately so I've been putting off showing it swatched. I finally plucked up the courage today, and I do apologize if it doesn't look perfect - my nails are currently driving me insane! I picked up my favourite top coat (LCN Nail Power and really hope it helps return them to a good state).

I'm calling this post the new nude because I think white really can be worn as a nude! It goes with everything, it's modern, plus it makes your skin look more tanned. I absolutely love this creamy white shade. It's opaque in 2-3 coats (I applied 3, but if you're careful, you'll get away with 2). It's a nice consistency and not too difficult to apply, though I presume I'll have to use a thinner for the polish sooner or later - cream shades have a tendency to get thick and gloopy.

Essie nail polishes can be found locally in drogerie markt, and all around the world. I paid around 10€ and I love this one - looks great in any season and any skintone, a must-have really.

Do you like the white nail polish trend?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets





I seem to be the last person in the world to jump on the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets bandwagon. However, I am very glad I finally did, because these deserve all the praise they have had. I have two shades to review today, 05 Olé Flamingo! and 06 Pink Pong. Let's see what I think of them.

Starting off with the formula, the Velvets are basically liquid lipsticks which dry matte on the lips. They really are velvety to the touch and behave almost like a stain on the lips. The thing I dislike the most with other liquid lipsticks is the fact that they are very sticky on the lips, but you won't get that with these. The product is applied with a doefoot applicator without any issues, very easy to put on. I feel like people neglect to mention how amazing these are to apply and the feel on the lips as well - they really glide on and almost feel like nothing on my lips. They're not even drying, which is a complete miracle. I just love them.

Regarding the colors, Olé Flamingo! is a raspberry red shade, but very intense. It's more of a reddish pink. I am wearing it on the last photo. The two shades aren't that different on the lips, but I still love both of them. Pink Pong is pinker and darker. It's more toned down as well. I'm wearing it in the second to last photo.

The best part about these is of course the price - they cost around 10€, which is just a complete bargain. You can get them in most drugstores, in the UK try Boots, and in Slovenia, head to Müller or Drogerie Markt.

Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets? What do you think of them?
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Eau Fraiche



Bronze Goddess is a scent I've been obsessing over for a few years now. I've been told we wouldn't be receiving the newest 2014 version in stores in Slovenia, and after unsuccessfully trying to scout it online, I pretty much gave up. Fortunately, I was browsing one of the local drugstores and spotted last year's edition - on sale! I got the Bronze Goddess Capri Eau Fraiche in the big bottle with 100 ml for around 50€ (it's still loads to spend on a perfume, but y'know sorry not sorry). As soon as I sprayed it, I remembered how much I loved this particular scent when I smelled it in store last year. I loved it even more than the 2013 version of Bronze Goddess!

I know you're all sick of hearing this, but it really is summer in a bottle. The opening is heavy, but full of the freshness of citrus fruits. Then, some white florals unfold, but not the usual gardenia and tuberose, but instead lilly of the valley, peonies and jasmine. And finally, we have the ending, a beautiful, heavy, but soft mix of vanilla, musk and amber. To say it simply, it smells like the beach - sand, sun tan lotion, the sea and eating fresh fruit, then washing your hands in the water. It's just divine. I also love the heaviness which somehow isn't overwhelming, but very soft and heady. I love it. Eau Fraiche is the perfect description.

Unfortunately, I cannot compare this fragrance to this year's Bronze Goddess, because I haven't smelled it yet. According to the interwebs, the main difference is that the new BG has notes of coconut milk, sandalwood and tiare flower. So if you know me ... you know that's basically what my dreams are made of. So my quest for Bronze Goddess might still be ongoing, but until then, I'm more than happy to spritz this beauty. I got this one in Müller for the price mentioned above (hurry while stocks last & it's still on sale).

What is your favourite summer scent?
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Skincare Pamper for Problematic Skin



About a year ago, I learned of the magic that are the Twitter chats. Basically, you tweet back and forth with other bloggers using different hashtags. My favourite are the #bbloggers chats for beauty bloggers, which are held every Wednesday and Sunday at 9 p.m. (Slovenian time). Recently, I was participating in a chat, and I noticed a girl mentioned that she used these chats to talk to others, but also to pamper herself with a face mask. And I thought that was just the best idea since sliced bread, so here I am, waiting for the evening, my stash all ready to get my pamper on.

As you know, I have problematic skin, so I put together a few products that are suitable for my skin and that I like using on pampering session (of which I definitely don't have enough). I'm going to share a few of my favourite bits today.

First of all, if I have a bit of extra time, I really like using a cleansing oil. The one pictured above is from the Superfacialist range by Una Brennan, which you can get in Boots in the UK. By the way, Boots recently started shipping internationally and included Slovenia on their shipping destinations (yay)! This is called the Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. First thing I noticed was the scent - pure roses! It's very strongly scented, so I would steer clear if you're sensitive to fragrance. Otherwise, it's really lovely, and I love massaging my face with this stuff. It costs around 20€ on Boots.com.

Another great relaxing beauty thingy is a mask. I really like the REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask. This is a clay mask and I've talked about it a few times already. It dries on your face, and then I like to wash it off with warm water (the instructions say to rub it off, but that's terribly messy). This is great for clogged pores and oily to combination skin, but I wouldn't use it too often, because it does dry my skin out a bit. Definitely reach for a good moisturizer after you've washed it off. Slovenian customers can buy it on Oblak, while international readers can head to the REN website. Price is around 25€.

I've talked about the brand Mama Nature before, but I mentioned a different product. Today I'd like to talk about Teenage Dream, which is a natural acne treatment - a mix of essential oils and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. This is quite oily, so I apply it with a cotton pad on problematic areas. Has a very strong tea tree scent, and is astringent, so it may sting a little. But I have noticed it really dries up my blemishes. Haven't been using it for too long, but I really like having a pamper with it because the scent relaxes me a lot. Price is around 30€ on the Mama Nature website, and you'll have this for ages.

Finally, a product to finish your night with. It's the Vichy Night Detox treatment - I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here before, but I've been using it for a few months. I love Vichy's products for problematic skin (another great one is the Normaderm Hyaluspot), and this one is no different. It feels very strange on the skin, almost like one of those silicone primers. But it really dries up oily areas and reduces blemishes in size, which is a total god send. The price is around 17€ I think, you can get it in pharmacies.

There we go - a choice of pampering products for you to try if you have problematic skin like me! Definitely join the Twitter chat as well, it's good fun.

How do you like to pamper yourself?
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