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Friday, October 31, 2014

Project 10 Pan Update & Empties

Happy Halloween everyone! I was going to do some tutorials, but let's face it - my skills are not all that and I was so busy I could barely fit in blogging at all, hence my short break from this site (sorry about that). I hope you'll spend your day in a creepy haunted house, or whatever floats your boat. I'm going to be talking Project 10 Pan updates today. You may have noticed I've been doing some hauls (and another one's coming tomorrow), but I still haven't broken my ban! I got all of the items during blogger events and for my new job, which I'll speak about in more detail soon. So I actually haven't bought anything, which I'm very proud of, it's been what - a month? Crazy!

That being said, I also wanted to share some empties with you today. This past month, I've managed to go through 5 things and I'm here to give you my opinion on all of them. I mostly have hair care with one body item thrown in. Let's see ...

Starting off with Satinique Anti-Hairfall Shampoo and Conditioner, this is another duo I got at a blogger event. Now I've reviewed both of these already here, but let me quickly say a few things. I have to say I did not notice a difference with my hair falling out. But nonetheless, this duo was really amazing. I often use shampoos and they work well for the first few washes, but later just end up making my hair greasy and straw-like. Not this duo, though - I'm actually sorry I used them up instead of relieved! Would I recommend them? Not if you're dealing with hair loss, yes if you just want an amazing shampoo and conditioner.

Next we have the Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo. I got this ages ago and it took me this long to use it up - honestly, despite Essiebutton and plenty of other Youtubers and bloggers raving about it, it just did not convince me. It smells too strong (classic powdery scent), looks super white and is hard to comb out, plus it makes my hair really stringy. I just don't like it, and I would recommend or repurchase it.

Let's do a positive one now - TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey hair mask. This baby is perfect for the season as it smells exactly like Christmas. Cinnamon, oranges and honey, yummy. I don't particularly care about the scent of my hair masks, but I do in this case. Plus, it really helps my hair to be extremely soft and very manageable at the same time, which I just love. Worth the hype!

And finally, a Balea Summer Garden Shaving Gel. This is lovely, and so inexpensive. I'm pretty sure this particular one is a limited edition, but you can find others seasonally. I really strongly recommend it, for 1€ you'll be making shaving so much more enjoyable (I know it sounds not-doable, but trust me).

There we go, 5 down - 4 in hair care and 1 in body care. I'm finding it incredibly hard to use up makeup though, especially with all the new stuff I've been adding (not that I'm complaining).
What was the last beauty item you used up?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial EDP

Let's talk perfumes today. I received a coupon for Salma.si and decided to get two fragrances, both of which I will be reviewing soon. Today's post is dedicated to Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial Eau de parfum. This perfume was described to me as sexy beyond belief and something my man would not be able to resist. Did it live up to the claims?

Unfortunately, not for me or Tilen. This perfume is quite powdery, which I don't mind at all, but what bothers me is the patchouli. I am very, very sensitive to this particular note and whenever it is too strong, I find I just cannot enjoy the scent. This was a blind buy and I was really hoping patchouli would not be too strong, but it is and I cannot wear it at all. That being said, I can still appreciate a good fragrance regardless of my personal tastes and I can honestly tell you this is a beautifully crafted, luxurious fragrance. Patchouli blends with notes of vanilla and iris, sweet caramel and nutty tonka bean to make an interesting mix of sweetness and powder along with some aromatic woody notes. Interesting.

While this perfume is not for me, I'm sure many women would enjoy it. I also think it could be extremely sexy when worn by a confident woman ... Give it a try. Available on Salma.si from 37,90€.
Do you like patchouli?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Catrice Velvet Finish Full Coverage Foundation Routine

My skin is oily. And when I say oily, I mean it's so oily my fringe gets greasy from being in contact with it within an hour. So I've been looking for a really good foundation that would keep my face matte all day, which is also why I stocked up on them during the recent Essence/Catrice event in Ljubljana. I randomly decided to try out a full face of makeup with the Velvet Finish products, since I have all of them, and I just fell in love with the result!

Let's start with the foundation, shall we? Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation with Hyaluron is a strange one. It has SPF 30 and claims to be longlasting. First of all, this is probably the best finish I've ever had with a foundation, I just love it! It really makes my skin look soft but very matte at the same time, which I love, and it stays that way literally all day which is just amazing. Unfortunately, it's a bit uncomfortable to wear. You can definitely feel it on the face and it's a little drying ... But honestly, I can get past that because it's the only foundation that actually mattifies my skin. On another note, this oxidises a lot, I should've taken a photo a few minutes after swatching because the foundation turned orange! However, I don't notice that on the face - maybe at first, but it goes away pretty fast. For a price of around 6€, I think it's a great foundation.

Next we have the Catrice Velvet Finish Concealer with Hyaluron, which is lovely. Again, a little drying, and best for blemishes and imperfections (I don't like it too much for my undereye circles as it does dry out the skin, but works well despite that). I really like the creaminess and the finish, which is the same as the foundation. The applicator is a doe foot, which is good as well. Price is around 3-4€ I think.

And finally, we have the Catrice Velvet Finish Powder with Hyaluron. I'm sure this is a great product, but honestly, you don't even need it. The foundation and concealer look great by themselves, but this is very similar - lovely finish! It's very finely milled and feels light. I might try using it by itself. I'm guessing the price is around 3€.

These products together will give you a matte base that will not budge the entire day - perfect for those long days at work. I've been wearing them every day and I love all three!
What is your favourite foundation?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner

I've been a part of the E-tail PR blogger network for a while now, but I never took advantage of it as they mainly send out clothes to bloggers, and as we all know, I'm not much of a fashion blogger as it is. But when I noticed they had a campaign for Hairtrade, I applied immediately and requested a shampoo, since I've recently been loving the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment. I was incredibly happy to receive not only the shampoo, but the conditioner as well, both available on their website. Let's discuss the products.

The Redken All Soft range is meant for dry, brittle hair, which mine definitely is, however my fringe tends to get very greasy because I have oily skin and the two are constantly in contact. The shampoo promises to moisturize and has both argan oil and keratin in it. What do I think?

I find it very, very hard to find a good shampoo. Conditioner is not as big of a problem, but shampoos I really struggle with ... The Redken shampoo works well, though it is not my favourite of all time. It makes my hair feel very soft and definitely not squeaky clean, but instead very nourished. I only worry that, with too much use, it might prove to be too heavy for me. The conditioner, on the other hand, is really lovely! The name All Soft has not been given to this shampoo without reason and it truly makes my hair incredibly soft, not silky, but touchable and beautiful. See for yourself!

I think these two work nicely for me, though they are quite expensive products (though currently on sale for around 10 pounds each, shampoo here, conditioner here). My hair looks very shiny as well when I'm done, and today I actually sat in front of the mirror admiring it, because these two products made it so shiny and look like it has golden threads woven through it! I love this effect.

I would recommend both of these, not to girls with oily hair though. I think someone with curly or wavy hair would enjoy them a lot as well, because they make hair really manageable and soft. That being said, my overgrown ombré locks are in need of a change and I have a hair appointment in a few days, so I'd love any tips on haircuts and coloring!
What kind of haircut should I get next?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Catrice Color Brightening Base Coat & Maybelline Colorama Mani

I thought I'd share my thoughts on a Catrice nail polish today. I received the Color Brightening Base Coat with Keratin during the Essence/Catrice event and I was really intrigued by it. It promises to brighten your nail polish colour - sounds cool, right? It's in the colour 01 On Top Of The Alps and when you apply it, it's a striking white color, opaque with two coats. Okay-ish formula, but with two coats it looks just like Essie Blanc for a fraction of the price. I almost didn't want to apply a topcoat.

However, I decided to test a random Colorama nail polish from Maybelline over it. Now I don't know exactly what shade this is, because I lost the sticker, but if I had to guess I'd say it's maybe from the Washed Neons line? Not sure, but it's a pretty coral pink which needs three coats for full opacity otherwise. I applied one coat and it was really streaky over the white. The second coat, however, gave me gorgeous glossy nails with beautiful shine and bright colour.

Now it's not worth it to everyone to use 4 coats of nail polish ... If you want a brighter colour though, I would recommend the Catrice base coat. Especially when using neons, they really look amazing with white under them. That aside, the Catrice polish is really beautiful by itself and a great dupe for Essie Blanc! I'm not sure about the exact price, but it's probably around 3€.
What is your favourite base coat?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette

Today we'll be chatting about one of the beauty releases I was most excited about this fall, the Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette. This small beauty comes with 6 completely matte shades of eyeshadow which are bang on trend this season, as we've noticed with several other beauty brands, namely Urban Decay, who have added a second eyeshadow palette to their Naked Basics mattes. This will be more like  first impressions post, as I have only had the product for about a week.

My first thoughts about this palette - it's incredibly inexpensive. Only around 5€ and you get six shades? I'm sold. Second thought - it's great that you can easily see all of the shades in the palette, but a real shame that you don't get a mirror, it also makes the plastic packaging look a bit cheap. I opened the palette up and immediately liked the brush. One side is the standard applicator, while the other is a blending brush. I did my makeup with it today and I actually liked it, of course it's not the best for application, but it's better than most brushes you get with palettes.

Let's talk shades. They're definitely all matte and feel nice to the touch, very soft. They aren't that well pigmented when you swatch them and I was initially very disappointed. But applying them on my lids, they proved to have just the right amount of colour and looked lovely with my hooded eyes (if you have hooded lids too, I would strongly recommend using matte shadows, they look much better than glitters). The first shade looks white, but isn't that pigmented. Mixed with the second beige shade, it would make a nice browbone highlight. Third and fourth shadows are neutral taupes, pretty but quite similar. Then we have two darker brown shades, which are also the most pigmented. They also work well for my eyebrows.

I quite enjoy this palette. Of course it's not comparable to high end brands like Urban Decay, but it's amazing for that price. I love all of the colours and will definitely be using this a lot, the shadows blend well and compliment my eyes nicely. For 5,5€, you really cannot go wrong. I'd recommend it!
What is your favourite eyeshadow palette?


Monday, October 20, 2014

Yankee Candle Cinnamon Appleberry

Today's post is another candle review, and again I'm featuring a gorgeous Yankee Candle, this time in the scent Cinnamon Appleberry. I was offered the opportunity to try one of the Fall Collection candles and I didn't hesitate at all, immediately choosing this candle in particular. Did it live up to my expectations? Obviously, since you can see I couldn't even wait to take photos of it, instead I have been burning it for days already.

The most prominent note of this candle are definitely the apples, they're so tart and juicy! I love this scent. It also has a mix of berries and cinnamon, but I really don't smell them all that much. For me, this is pure apple - you know when you go apple picking in your back yard and you get those fruits that are so ripe they're almost bursting? That's exactly what it smells like, and the scent is really fall appropriate in my opinion. This candle is scented, obviously, but not as heavily as some of YC's other scents, like Summer Scoop and Strawberry Buttercream - it's definitely not headache inducing, instead it's soft, but still very noticeable when you step into the room. I kind of want to eat this candle, it smells so good!

You can find it on yankeecandle.co.uk, the large jar costs £19.99.
What is your current favourite candle?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glitter & Nude Manicure

Today I wanted to share a mani with you after what seems the longest time ever ... I really wanted to wear nude nails but after applying the lacquer they seemed a little bit boring, so I quickly (and clumsily) sponged a little bit of pink glitter on top of the manicure.

I used Bourjois So Laque Glossy 11 Indispen-sable nail polish first, which is my favourite nude at the moment. I really like Orly's Pure Porcelain and OPI's Barefoot in Barcelona, and this is the perfect mix of the two - very milky, great to apply and light, but doesn't give me mannequin hands, so it's just perfect. Then, I used a regular kitchen sponge, cut it up and sponged some glitter on the top half of my nails. I used Catrice Luxury Lacquers Liquid Metal 03 My Satin Ballet Shoes. This nail polish really looks like glitter but is quite runny and not at all coarse, great to apply and easy to remove.

I love this look, it's very pretty and understated, but still just a little bit special! Gradients with glitter or shimmery nail polishes work great and I'll definitely be doing them more often. Just thought I'd share this quick work appropriate mani with you - hope you like it.

What are you wearing on your nails today?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Huge Beauty Haul

Before you all start judging me - I did not break my buying ban! Okay, I did order a skincare regimen, but I also used up about 4 products (more on that soon), and I didn't buy any of these items, so that is great. I've been managing to kick my spending in the butt lately and it's really making me feel better. However, I still have a ton of new beauty products ... a few days ago, I attended the Essence/Catrice event on the Ljubljana castle. Let's get past the whole I-had-a-panic-attack-during-it thing and skip right to the products, which you can see here in all their glory.

I'm a huge fan of Catrice, more so than Essence. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of Essence products and I really love them, but for me, Catrice takes the cake. They have amazing quality makeup for such a low price it's almost hard to believe. So I wanted to show you a few quick snaps of the things I'm most excited about from the event. I'll be sharing my reviews and opinions soon, but if you'd like me to review a specific product, do let me know and I'll push it to the top of my list. I have to say I'm most excited about the Catrice foundations, they look amazing and I've already tried two of them out and love both!

What is your last beauty purchase?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Davidoff Cool Water Coral Reef - Indian Summer GIVEAWAY

A week or so ago, I received the lovely opportunity of giving away a fragrance to my readers. I was incredibly excited to get a bottle of perfume for you! Here we have the Davidoff Cool Water Coral Reef Limited Edition collection, featuring a man's and women's fragrance. Tilen has already claimed the men's version, but the women's is still up for grabs! Keep reading for the giveaway and reviews ...

The weather in Slovenia is crazy. We had the most rainy and cold summer, only to find autumn sunny and warm. It's like opposites day, I swear! So I thought this would be perfect for an Indian Summer post. If you'd like to enjoy the last rays of sunshine or remember summer, why not do it with a bottle of Davidoff Cool Water Coral Reef? Let's start with the reviews ...

Men first, for a change. We all know I love pretty bottles and it has happened one too many a time that I bought a perfume solely for the bottle! I'm happy to say this smells just as good as it looks. The men's fragrance comes in a beautiful 125 ml blue bottle with a coral print. It's a green, citrusy fragrance filled with notes of bursting mandarine oranges and calming, creamy sandalwood. It's very fresh, modern, light, but with good sillage. I love this so much I want to wear it myself. Gorgeous fragrance, which somehow manages to be different despite appealing to many people. Strongly recommend this one.

Now for all my ladies ... I actually had a fragrance from this line, which was Cool Water Sea Rose. It was beautiful, light and citrusy, and this one is even better (I hope you don't mind, I opened the fragrance just to smell it so I could write a review - sorry). It has lily-of-the-valley, which isn't overpowering at all, instead the citruses take over and deliver a lovely fresh summer scent. It also has melon which is one of my all-time favourite notes in perfumes, it's so juicy! I love this scent and it's one of those that will easily appeal to many women. I hope you like it too. Here's the giveaway - please enter according to the Rafflecopter instructions. You are going to win a 100 ml full bottle of the original fragrance!

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The winner will be notified by e-mail and this is open internationally! Good luck!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Products I'm putting away until next summer

I'm a strong believer in wearing anything you want any time or at any age, but there are a few products in my beauty drawer I'll be safely tucking away until spring/summer 2015! I just can't see myself wearing beachy coconut scents in the wintertime, or sporting a neon coral nail. Some things are best when it's scorching hot! So what am I putting away for the next few months?

Let's start with nails. Last year, I went crazy over the Models Own Polish for Tans collection, which consisted of some gorgeous neon nail polish shades. I loved them all and ended up getting three. Now these polishes are seriously neon! I definitely won't be wearing these in the wintertime or the fall, they're too bright. I prefer muted shades. Even when it comes to going out, I'd rather wear a nice vampy berry shade than a neon orange, to be honest.

Perfumes next! We have three here - Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess being the logical one. It's the beachiest perfume I've ever smelled and I really love it, but when the leaves are falling down and it's -4 degrees outside, I am not about to wear a concoction of vanilla and coconut. Same goes for Britney Spears Island Fantasy and Jennifer Lopez Deseo, which are very tropical, fruity and scream summer to me. I might make an exception for Deseo, since it's a little powdery, but not sure.

Haircare and body care, we have an obvious sunscreen by Hawaiian Tropic (best brand for sun/tanning products for me), which will probably go bad by 2015, but I'm saving it in case somebody (ahem, Tilen, ahem), whisks me off on an exotic vacation in the next half year - a girl can dream, right? And then the Balea Sun Spray, which is supposed to protect your hair from sun damage ... I'm not even sure if I'll be keeping this, it did absolutely nothing for my hair! I might just throw it out.

I'm definitely not putting away my neon lipsticks (though I might switch them up for berry shades) as well as perfumes like Dolce by D&G, which is very spring-like and floral. I can't stay away. But these will be put in a box until May at the latest!
Are you changing your beauty bits this fall?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Morning & Evening Cleansers

I've been a little bit better with my beauty routine as of late, so I thought that warranted a post on cleansers, which I really love. They're a bit of a (boring) obsession, but I have two very special products I'd like to talk to you about today. I use a different cleanser in the daytime than at night and I thought I'd recommend these two if you're curious. Just a fair warning though, both of these products are high end, but I will be giving recommendations for less expensive products along with them.

Let's start in the A.M. I like to have a shower in the morning and nothing wakes me up like an exfoliator. I use one on my body and one for my face, and the latter is the REN Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. These products are really nicely scented, I definitely smell the rose! You might be freaked out by the fact that I use an exfoliating cleanser every day, but my skin is very clogged, oily and just all-around-annoying, plus this one is extremely gentle. The exfoliating beads in it feel very soft and it's definitely not like those harsh sugar scrubs, it's more like something jojoba based - very gentle. It takes off all the gunk from the night and makes my face soft and ready for makeup application. A less expensive alternative would be the Yves Rocher Chammomile Cleanser.

For nighttime, I've been going all out ... Recently I attended an event for Sensai, and we were introduced to their new 2 step collection, which is inspired by the Japanese tradition of saho. I loved it! We also got to take away a product - mine was the Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Cream which I promptly stared at for a few weeks before finally taking the plunge and using it. Let me just tell you, this is pure luxury right here! Softly but beautifully scented, this product is gentle, but effective. I actually remove all my makeup with it in the shower, just gently cleansing my face with it. It is truly amazing, and great for facial massages as well. Granted, this is a very expensive product, but if you can afford it ... I really recommend it. If you'd like something similar, still in the higher end, but just as lovely is the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, and I also like the Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser.

Cleansers are one of those products that will always be a staple in my routine, I just love the feeling of using them and cannot imagine going without them (unless I fall asleep with a full face of makeup, tsk tsk!), so I'll definitely have some more recommendations for you soon.
What is your favourite cleanser?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7 Bad Beauty Habits

We all talk about what you should do and shouldn't do, but not many of us want to admit to all of the things we do wrong ... I thought I'd change it up a little today and tell you 7 little secrets about me regarding makeup and body care. Psssst, don't tell anyone! And feel free to do a similar post and link it in the comments below, I love beauty confessions.  Whenever possible, I've also added a solution that should help me get rid of the problem. So here are a few makeup/skincare sins I'm very much guilty of ...

1. Not washing my makeup brushes.
I am the laziest person when it comes to washing makeup brushes! Either that, or I completely forget to do it, so my brushes are looking very worse for wear at the moment. Plus, it has a really negative effect on the skin as unwashed brushes just collect bacteria and nasty stuff that clogs your pores. Hopefully, this post by Describe the Sky will make brush washing less of a chore ...

2. Falling asleep with my makeup on.
Horrors! I often do this - I'm sometimes so tired I just doze off, contacts in my eyes, full face of makeup on. This is a horrible, horrible habit, and I'm trying to break it by having a mini pamper session in the evenings - taking my makeup off early and putting on a face mask usually helps, and then I remember to do my night time skincare routine as well.

3. Biting my lips.
This is a hard one because I've been a lip biter for as long as I can remember! Even when I was in kindergarten, every time I got nervous, I would bite and peel my lips. Truly a lovely visual, is it not? It usually accompanies my panic attacks or happens when I'm stressed, so mostly I walk around with chapped lips and use super dark lipstick to cover up the fact that they're all torn. Solution? Applying copious amounts of lip balm.

4. Walking around with chipped nails.
Probably the hardest one to admit to, because I used to be such a perfectionist when it came to nails ... Lately, I often find myself so tired I just cannot do a manicure, and more often that not my nails are chipped or bare. Most if not all polishes chip on me during the first day and I really don't have time to do them every single night! What could a solution be, I wonder? I think finding a good quick drying topcoat and taking an extra 20 minutes to freshen up my mani every few days should do the trick.

5. Inability to apply false lashes
Seriously, falsies are the bane of my existence. They actually prompted me to write this post, because I tried to put some on and nearly gauged an eye out (and I'm writing this squinting on one eye since I managed to pour most of the glue in the other). How do people do this? It can't be that hard! I'm committed, so I plan on watching a couple of Youtube videos about putting on false lashes and mastering the art.

6. General contact-lenses-related laziness
I don't take them out. I wear them too much. I fall asleep with them. I don't change them often enough. You name it, I've done it. To remedy this, I try to take the contacts out as soon as possible, so if I know I'm not doing anything for the rest of the day, out go the contacts, and on go the glasses. Another solution would be to own a pair of glasses I could actually wear in public as opposed to the pair I have had since my freshman year of high school!

7. Lack of moisturization
I made up a word just now, possibly, but I am so lazy when it comes to lotions. This is especially annoying because I own about a hundred of them and will never use them up at this rate, which is applying body lotion every few weeks. My solution is taken care of - I've neatly placed a jar of body butter in my bathroom where I can't pretend I don't see it when I come out of the shower. So far, so good!

This post was quite funny to write and I hope it gave you a good laugh. But seriously - bad beauty habits are something you need to admit to, first of all, then eradicate! I could go on and on about mine, but let me focus on these first and report back on possible improvements.
What is your worst beauty habit?


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment

I've had the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment for a while now, but I've never done a review. Why? Because when I'd been using it, I just did not see big enough of a difference to post about it. However, there's been a few times when I didn't apply this to my hair, and the difference was noticeable, so I finally decided to take some photos and post a review of this hair saviour.

This product is very liquid, milky white and not sticky at all ... It's so liquid-y you can easily apply too much, half a pump is just enough for me and I have long, fine hair. I love that it has a pump, because it makes application a lot easier. I apply it throughout wet hair, towel dried but not blow dried yet, focusing on the ends. This product promises to protect your hair from heat, give it shine and lock your ends in place to prevent splitting. What do I think?

It does all that, and more. Upon application, it makes my hair feel softer and that becomes even more noticeable when I dry it. It's incredibly soft and silky, has less frizz and is easily manageable (though almost a bit slippery, it's so silky). It's weightless, too. It works best when you use a blow dryer, perhaps it is activated by heat? It comes in an absolutely huge bottle of 250 ml which I have had for about half a year now and am not even halfway done. This product costs around 17€ on Feel Unique here, but I'd recommend keeping an eye out for sales and such, I got it for a few euros cheaper during their Redken sale in the summertime.

I would strongly recommend this product to girls with fine long hair that is prone to being frizzy, brittle and snapping easily. It really helps me personally and I think lots of girls would benefit from using it ... It's also really light, so if you've tried oils and they're too heavy for you, this might be perfect.
What is your favourite product for keeping your hair healthy?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chocolate Scented Body Care

This is a post that has been a long time coming - I've been meaning to write it for ages, but just never got around to doing it. Finally, I felt like I had accumulated enough chocolate scented products to warrant a post on them, and here they are today. I'm focusing on body care today, and I really hope you enjoy this - I'd love to do more posts based on scents if you'd like that.

Let's start with The Body Shop Chocomania range. I'm embarrassed to admit I've had this for two years (it hasn't gone bad yet *knocks on wood*). I just have so much stuff, as I explained in my Project 10 Pan post, that I haven't gotten around to using it up yet. Ever since I opened these two products though, I've fallen back in love with the amazing scent. Chocomania is very strongly scented, but it's not a milky, creamy chocolate like one might expect - it's rich, pure and dense, the smell of those 80% cocoa chocolate bars. I personally love the slight bitterness mixed with the sweetness, it's right up my alley. I have the body butter and body scrub from this line. The body butter is typically TBS - rich, thick and very moisturizing, albeit a little hard to sink into the skin, but I still love it. The body scrub is divine, richly scented and quite harsh, but the experience of using it is so enjoyable! I also had the shower gel from this line which I used up in a heartbeat and it was wonderful. These products have different packaging now and you can check them out on the TBS website.

I love that many companies bring out chocolate-y scents during Christmastime. Such was the case with Yves Rocher last year, and they had a really amazing collection of which I now only have the hand cream with Cocoa and Orange - amazing! I really wish these were permanent, but if you can find a limited edition like this one, I'd really recommend trying it ... Essence will surely have a chocolate hand cream this year (I haven't checked out the previews as of yet). I love the combination of orange and cocoa, it's so rich! Though the hand cream by itself is really nothing special. Keep an eye out on the Yves Rocher website for this year's limited edition.

Finally, we have Yummy, a German brand which you can get on Click2Chic. They have a whole collection scented with chocolate, as well as forest fruits, coconut, vanilla and strawberry. These scents are very straight-up - the chocolate is a pure milk bar of choc, with a creamy centre. I love it! I also really like the hand cream, I'm really stupid and bite/tear my cuticles, and this really helps heal them up. I'll be doing a whole post on Yummy, but in the meantime, you can get this hand cream here and it only costs 4€.

I would love your recommendations for some chocolate scented products below! Anything from body care to perfumes would be greatly appreciated (I love the dark chocolate in Princess by Vera Wang and the white chocolate in Fantasy by Britney Spears especially).
What is your favourite chocolate scented product?


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Burgundy Lips for Night & Day

First of all - a little update. Yesterday I got a very, very special gift. My Dad's friend gave me an almost unused Nikon D90, which is a DSLR camera - I'm completely shocked, but he insisted and wouldn't let us pay for it. I am now the proud owner of a camera which is seriously amazing (though I'm struggling to learn everything about it as soon as possible, but I'll get there). I am so grateful and really cannot believe that such kind people actually still exist ... Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And to my dear readers, I hope you will forgive me if the photos are not perfect in the beginning, as this is my first DSLR and I'll need to learn along the way.

That aside, today's post is about burgundy, oxblood or whatchamacallit, dark red in general. I've been a fan of this colour for ages, be it on my nails or on my lips. Today's post revolved around lips, as I recently noticed two of the products in my stash are quite similar, but one would be perfect for daytime, while the other one would shine at night.

My daytime product is the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. I've been coveting their lip butters for years, but never ordered one online. A few weeks ago I was in my local drugstore and found out they now stock Korres! I was beyond excited and promptly started sampling anything and everything. Their perfumes, by the way? Divine, all of them. But the lip butters are amazing as well. I was primarily looking for something that gives my lips moisture while still providing some colour, and this is perfect, plus, a great colour for fall. It's really buttery and soft to the touch, very moisturizing and just pigmented enough. The colour is a light burgundy, which is very glossy and not drying at all. These cost around 10€, which is quite high, but I love them!

Next, nighttime. MAC Rebel has been a staple in my fall/winter beauty routine for years now, and I doubt that will change in the near future. This colour is just beautiful, a not very dark burgundy with tones of plum and pink. It stays on for ages and it just truly beautiful, it doesn't dry out my lips and doesn't budge, either. I've gone on an on about this one in previous posts, so I won't bore you too much.

Finally, I've been loving using a brush to apply these two babies. I just use a Real Techniques brush which weirdly came in their Starter Eye Kit, but I have no use for it, so I just use it for my lips these days. It really makes application easier and more precise, though it is a bit annoying to carry around.

Burgundy is such a staple colour for the fall ... I love it personally, though I'm also partial to a deep berry shade or violet/purple - I need to find some products in that area (though I am on a buying ban, sigh).
What is your favourite fall lipstick?


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Project 10 Pan

I have a problem. In the past few years, I have accumulated so much makeup, skincare and bodycare, that is has now come down to one simple thing - I have nowhere to put it. I have so much stuff it's just impossible to store it, and I've grown sick and tired of my constant wanting of things, products and the newest beauty releases. It has all just become too much, and I'm at a point where I just don't want to buy anything else, which is where Project 10 Pan comes in.

I guess my wakeup call was trying to sort out my drawers, which are now overflowing. I've begun storing my things on top of my wardrobe, on my bookshelves, anywhere there's space left in my room. It's just sad honestly! My main problem is shower gels and makeup, I have so many lipsticks, nail polishes, body scrubs, face masks ... I just need to use them up.

I'm aiming to use 10 products in each category before I purchase new things - skincare, body care and makeup (possibly even nail polish). Of course I'm going to buy a new shampoo when I run out, but that will set me back a product - for example, if I've used up 4 products in skincare but buy a new face cream, I'll need to use up another product to make up for it.

I think this is a really necessary step for me, because frankly, the idea of buying and buying and then buying some more is just too consuming. All I do in my free time is browse websites for my next beauty buy - it's problematic. Hopefully this Project will help me see things more realistically, and most of all, make me use up more things.

I'll be posting my updates along the way, and I do apologize if not many hauls will go up in the meantime. I'll try to make it up with thorough reviews and empties posts. Wish me luck!
Have you ever done a Project 10 Pan? How'd it go?

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Beauty Picks for Fall

Instead of doing a favourites post (the photos didn't come out well, I might still do it) I wanted to share some fall picks with you today. I just love this time of the year - the leaves changing colours, lying on my bed with a good book and a cup of tea, and of course, all the berry shades of makeup ... Ah, it's my favourite time of the year!

As the weather cools down, I like to bring my makeup down a notch as well. Instead of wearing bright lips and nails, I like to tone the colours down a bit and switch my bright pinks to muted rosy and plum shades. For my lips, I've been faithful to two lipsticks for years now, and they're both by MAC. First up, we have Plumful, the most wonderful everyday lip colour for fall. It's a gorgeous dusky pink with hints of plum thrown in, no shimmer, no glitter. It's also very creamy and moisturizing, which I love. Rebel, on the other hand, is a little bit drying, but nothing I can't handle. It's the most stunning dark red/plum colour - again, no shimmer, no glitter. It's quite opaque but lighter than in the tube. Perfect!

For my nails in the fall time, I mostly reach for dark reds and pinks. One of my new favourites is KIKO 378, which is a gorgeous mauve colour, opaque in 1-2 coats and very, very shiny. It does chip fairly quickly, but that doesn't bother me too much. I love KIKO nail polishes so much, and they only cost around 4€ - bargain.

You know me - I'm the crazy blusher lady, though I've been toning it down a lot lately. I've been using the KIKO Soft Touch Blush in 112, which is another pretty mauve colour. It looks very fall appropriate and is matte. I love it, it makes my skin glow but matte at the same time, how is that possible? KIKO is really a brand to watch in my opinion, they have some seriously amazing products.

And finally, I like to add lashings of lashes to any makeup look I wear. Lately, I've been using the Essence Lash Princess Mascara, which I admittedly just got because of the packaging. Is it friggin' cute or what? It has a weird brush, which I kind of like, and makes my lashes really long. It also doesn't smudge. Essence mascaras are a firm favourite of mine, I love most of them.

I hope to put together a few more picks for you, it is my favourite season and I have so much to share. Until next time, feel free to leave me some fall appropriate recommendations below.
What is you fall beauty must-have?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

Ah, the iconic Daisy perfume from Marc Jacobs ... Let me tell you a little secret. I'm really not a fan of the original scent. To me it's just bland and even a little bit unpleasant. But my opinion completely differs when it comes to Daisy Eau so Fresh, a fragrance that came out in 2011 and immediately stole my heart. I remember smelling it in my local drugstore and falling head over heels in love. Now, three years later, it's finally mine!

Daisy Eau so Fresh smells like a mix of Chloe EDP and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre - at least to me. It's a delightful mix of citrus, green notes, florals and sweet fruits. The overall effect is a little powdery, very calm, beautiful and wrapped in a gentle touch of apple blossom and jasmine. The notes that I'd say are the most prominent include pear and litchi, but I also smell a lot of musk and roses. The fragrance is more sophisticated than the usual scents aimed at a younger crowd. It's not as sweet and overpowering, but instead beautifully gentle and caressing.

I have loved this baby for years and I cannot believe I finally own it. Marc Jacobs has been really on point with his fragrances lately and I absolutely adore both Honey and Dot, as well as Lola and Oh! Lola. If I could, I would own all of his perfumes for the bottles alone - they are undeniably a work of art and truly beautiful!
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