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Friday, April 8, 2016

Avon Care Cocoa Butter Line

It rarely happens I fall in love with a whole line of products... But this one is a winner!

I've been loving quite a few Avon products recently, but this line is definitely a firm favorite. It consists of four products, all of which have really manage to impress me. I haven't been using them for too long, so this will be a shorter post, but let's see what my thoughts are...

Avon Cocoa Butter Rich Cream

Supposedly, you can use this on your face as well as your body, but I prefer it for just bodycare. It's indeed a rich cream but it has a light consistency and sinks in fast. Smells divine and feels like a lighter version of a body butter, but is just as nourishing and moisturizing! Love this stuff... You can buy it here for less than 4€!

Avon Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

I just love anything with cocoa butter and having a hand cream with that ingredient means it's extremely nourishing and great for cuticles as well. I love using this before bed as my hands are really soft when I wake up. A bit too much to put in my purse, but a love nonetheless! Available here for less than 2€.

Avon Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I can't seem to find this on the Avon website, but this is a great lip balm in a squeezy tube. I like to use it as a prevantative lip balm (when my lips are chapped already, I prefer Blistex). It's very nourishing - and it tastes great... Not sure I should be eating is as much as I do. :P I think the price is around 4€ if you can still find it anywhere!

Avon Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Another great product with a surprisingly light consistency, given that it contains Cocoa Butter. Pleasant, light and cooling, with a really nice scent just like the rest of the range. I really love this stuff. Available here for a little over 4€.

My only hope for this line is that they would add some more products - perhaps an in-shower lotion like Nivea has? That product is one of my favorites and I'd love to see more brands attempt to make something similar. A body scrub would also be lovely, as well as a lip scrub... Ah, I hope they bring out more product as I really am a huge fan of this line!

Blogger of the day is Laura from Buy Now, Blog Later. Some of you old school YT peeps may know Laura as lollipop26, and if you're anything like me, you were also addicted to her OG Youtube videos in the olden days (god, I'm old). Now, I absolutely ADORE Laura's blog and Instagram, and her fashion choices are a daily inspiration! Can't get enough of her content, and she's so stunning as well and seems like a total darling. I've followed her for years and don't see myself stopping any time soon!
What is your favorite product with cocoa butter?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush EDP

How cute is this perfume bottle? Doesn't it just scream spring?

This perfume was a real bargain, so I knew I had to pick it up. Plus, the bottle is adorable and looks so pretty on my dresser! I used to be a big fan of Vera Wang's Princess perfume, which I've unfortunately outgrown. This scent isn't as girly, but instead fresher and more appropriate for my age.

Lovestruck Floral Rush is a musky floral scent with top notes of champagne, pink pepper and apricot blossom. The middle notes include florals - marigold, passionfruit flower and freesia, and it settles with base notes of musk, cashmere wood and ambergris. To me, this is a very fresh and clean scent, unlike the usual fruity florals I usually go for. It smells quite soapy and very pretty, classy, innocent and perfect for daytime. Could be a great work perfume as well.

The best part - it's only about 36€ for 100 ml, you can purchase it here. I would totally recommend this scent, it's a great price and something everyone would like, in my opinion!

And let's not forget the blogger of the day! Today I picked Ajda from Ajda's, a blogger I've loved for years and I'm lucky to call a friend. Ajda has one of the best blogs in Slovenia, in my opinion, and I adore her new design as well. She's a total sweetheart and stunningly gorgeous, and I couldn't be more proud of all she's accomplished. Love you, boo!
What is your favorite scent of the moment?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Drugstore Mascara Reviews - Maybelline, L'Oreal, Max Factor & Avon

Who doesn't love finding a new amazing mascara?

I decided to do a round-up post today with some mascaras I've been using lately. I really believe you can get amazing mascaras on a budget and I don't bother paying a lot of money for them myself unless I really want to spoil myself. My favorite drugstore brands when it comes to mascara are Maybelline and Essence, and L'Oreal makes some good ones as well.

I have six new mascaras on the market which I've been reviewing for a while now, and I think I definitely have some solid opinions on them! Let's see which ones convinced me and which ones left me cold...

Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara

Unfortunately, this one was not a winner for me. I have to say I'm so very disappointed because it looked really promising - I love big brushes like this one has! However, the mascara isn't black enough and really doesn't do anything... I can apply 3 or even 4 coats and my lashes will still look natural. I think the fault is in the formula, not the brush. Really a shame as I thought it would be a new favorite. You can purchase it here, currently only 6€.

L'Oreal False Lash Superstar

I just love double sided mascaras, they're so 2006 :P I was excited when I got this in the mail to try and I wasn't let down. One side of the mascara primes with white fibers, while the other adds blackness, volume and length. I love this so much, but I only use it for special nights out because it's kind of a lot of work and I'm lazy. But it gives a great effect with really full, voluminous lashes. Love it! Purchase it here for 14,5€.

Maybelline Lash Sensational

This is a favorite of mine which I've repurchased quite a few times. It has a plastic brush and it does an amazing job separating the lashes even when I'm wearing 3 or 4 coats. They never look clumpy. Gives great length and volume, can be natural or dramatic. Doesn't look fake though! I'm a big fan of Maybelline mascaras in general. The price is great as well, only 10,5€ here.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes

This has a plastic brush, and to be honest, I have a preference for normal brushes, but the plastic ones just work so much better on me. This is a great mascara with the perfect combination of length and volume, and one I've repurchased for the third time now. Just a staple in my collection and a really good, intense black as well. Available here for 9€.

Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect

Max Factor mascaras are often compared to Covergirl. I've never tried CG, but I love MF mascaras! I remember when they first came out with False Lash, I walked around with eyelashes so crazy long people would stop me on the street to ask which falsies I was wearing (SERIOUSLY, it happened once!) I was so excited to try this new offering from them and I'm happy to say it doesn't disappoint. It has a special plastic brush, and while I'm not a fan of the tip of it (too much product build-up), I love the rest! Great for length and volume and heavily recommended from me. 14€ in European drugstores.

Whew, this was quite a long post. But we still have to talk about my blogger of the day, and I've chosen Saša from What Sasha Wears today. I just shot an outfit post with her, and I'm always in awe of her style, she just has the best clothes and knows exactly how to pair them up! Plus, she's such a sweet girl... She won't be mad when I rob her wardrobe, right? *wink*
What is your favorite mascara of the moment?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Weleda Almond Sensitive Hand Cream

I'm super busy today so I just have a quick post on this lovely hand cream!

I've been a fan of Weleda products for quite a while now. If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you will remember me raving about their Skin Food, which I still love, and have even got half the family hooked on it!

I was excited to try this new Weleda hand cream, which you can purchase here for 7€. First of all, I adore the pretty packaging! And the scent is lovely as well, but the winner is definitely the hand cream itself. It contains sweet almond essential oil and is lightly scented. 

My main problem with hand creams is when they're extremely greasy. As I work on my computer, it's difficult to apply greasy hand creams because they always leave a mark. But this one absorbs to very fast - probably the fastest out of all the hand creams I've tried! Still, it feels nourishing and helps my skin retain moisture.

This hand cream would be just great as a gift as well. And I think it really is appropriate for sensitive/dry or itchy skin, as it doesn't irritate and sinks in fast. Definitely worth a try.

Today's blogger of the day is Beatrice from Strawberry Makeup Bag. She hasn't posted in a while but I just adore her photos and her Instagram! Definitely check her out, she has some lovely reviews up. And tell her to post more!
What's your favorite hand cream?

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Blush Lover Tag

Let's pretend I was actually tagged to do this!

I recently saw a post on this tag and I really wanted to do it, so I'm taking the liberty of tagging myself. :P I'd love to know what you think of tag posts, do you like them or wish they'd just disappear? I'm sometimes in the mood to do one, and I don't want to annoy you with my posts! Let's get right to the questions...

What colour blush suits you the most?

I would say natural, light pinks with a small amount of shimmer. MAC Well Dressed would be the perfect example. Sometimes, corals look okay as well but I'm really not a fan of them, I'm all about those pink blushers!

Pressed, cream or loose blush?

For sure pressed. I can't stand loose blushes (though I did love one I had from Lily Lolo). Cream is okay, but since my skin is oily I just prefer pressed blushers, and they're the easiest to apply as well.

Favorite shimmery blush?

Oh god, this will be so hard. I really adore the Max Factor baked mineral blushes, the purple and pink shades are both lovely. I also really like Physician's Formula Sexy Booster. I think that one takes the cake because it's chocolate scented and I just love using it.

Favorite matte blush?

I really have to dig through my collection for this one. I don't think I have a lot (if any) matte blushers, I just love shimmery ones so much! I guess Kiko Rebel Bouncy blush in 04 Passion Red Wine. It's quite pigmented, and a cream blush. I don't use it too often, but when I do, I love it!

Favorite cream blush?

I'm really not a fan of cream blushes but there is one I adore. It's from & Other Stories, it's called Haystack Peony Cheek & Lip Tint. I found it randomly in London and only paid 3 pounds for it. It's heavily pigmented, and while I don't like it for my lips, it really is a great blush shade!

Favorite drugstore blush?

I absolutely love Essence blushes. I'm not going to give names because I specifically adore the ones that come in limited editions! Recently I loved the Urbaniced one, and I had one from a Marbled collection ages ago. They're only about 4€ and always bring it on the quality. Totally recommend!

Favorite high-end blush?

Once again, this is really hard! I think the winner would be MAC blushers (I adore Dame and Well Dressed) along with Illamasqua. I've gone through two products of both brands. I love Morale and Katie by Illamasqua. Both brands have finely milled pressed blushes, which are my favorite, and they blend beautifully and last ages. I want to try MAC's mineralized blushes next.

Favorite bright blush?

I've actually run out of mine ages ago, but it is a firm favorite. It's by Sleek and it's called Pixie Pink. I think I even did a post on it ages ago when I started blogging! It's a gorgeous, hot HOT pink shade with minimal shimmer. So pretty, and such a bargain. It looks beautiful when applied and really gives a nice color. You can pack it on or go easy with the application. I really need to repurchase it.

Biggest blush disappointment/regret?

Oh, I'd have to say Milani Luminoso. I did a whole post on it here, and I just can't stand it. The shade is way too orange and makes me look sick, it has bad pigmentation and the shimmer is scratchy! Not for me, sorry.

Best blush packaging?

I really love the new H&M blushes, which would totally win IF they had a mirror on the lid! So my winner is Kiko with their Soft Touch blushes (not perfect as they get dirty fast, but I do like it). Closes and opens well, quality feels good and there's a mirror.

What's on your blush wishlist?

You mean that list that I keep adding something to every day? I guess my top 3 would be Hourglass blushers, the new Kiko collection and MAC Mineralize blushes!

Number 1 Holy Grail blush?

Drumroll please... It's Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 05 Lovely Pink. Maybe an unusual choice, but this blush is: buildable, pretty, shimmery, easy to apply, hard to eff up, inexpensive and a great shade. I just love it, you can pack it on or go easy, and it looks lovely and natural. The shade 20 Lavish Mauve is stunning as well!

This was so much fun! I'm going to tag one girl who is also my blogger of the day. Tina from Tina's Blog. She's a great friend and I've always, always loved her content. She has a stunning Instagram and I adore her haul posts and nail polish swatches. She's so very pretty and such a sweet girl, a really good friend and an awesome, dedicated blogger. You will love her! 

Tina, you have to do this tag now! :P And of course, anyone else who wants to as well. It really is so much fun!
What is your holy grail blusher?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Afrodita Bouquet of Flowers Body Milk & Shower Gel

What better way to jump into spring than a floral scent?

I've had this set in my possession for a while now, and with spring surely on the way, I've been using them more and more. I just adore floral scented products for this time of the year, when it's warm but there's a pleasant cool breeze.

The cream shower gel is undeniably girly, so my boyfriend has already let me know he won't be using it (more for me, hehe). It really is creamy and keeps my skin well-moisturized, as well as retaining the scent of the product, which is a huge plus for me. I also love using it with floral perfumes as it enhances the scent and helps it stay on longer.

The nourishing body milk is extremely light but very nourishing at the same time. Leaves my skin extremely smooth and doesn't irritate it, even after shaving. A great companion to fragrance just like the shower gel. I've been using these two in conjunction with my DKNY Pure A Drop Of Rose perfume and it makes it last way longer, which I love.

So, florals, for spring? Groundbreaking! (name that quote) I don't care, I love them either way and I'll be wearing them for years to come. You can purchase this lovely Afrodita set here for under 5€ which really is a great deal.

And my favorite blogger of the day is Sophie's Makeup, which I've talked about often - I just adore this girl's photography so much, I could stare at it for days. Her posts are well-thought out, creative and beautiful. I wish I had her blogging mojo!

What is your favorite floral scented product?


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Avon Planet Spa Bath Elixir

Who doesn't love a good bath?

Or maybe a better question, who loves a good bath but doesn't have a bath tub at home? Unfortunately, I'm one of the latter, and I have to wait for when I visit the in-laws to take a nice, long soak. These two products from Avon had me extremely excited to finally try out some new bath things, and they did not disappoint.

I re cived two bath soaks from Avon, one with the scent Sweet Sensuality and the other is called Indulgent Spa Ritual. Spa Sensuality has the intoxicating scent of jasmine, as it includes essential oil with the scent, while Indulgent Spa Ritual is a rich chocolate scent I've fallen completely in love with.

Both products are just lovely for when you want to pamper yourself, and both can be used in the shower as well, which was just great news for me! I love them both - Sweet Sensuality for relaxing and before bed, and the chocolate scent for true pampering and decadence. I'd recommend both of these. They cost around 10€, a bit pricy, but worth it! I'm also intrigued by their new scent in the line, Caribbean Escape.

And now for my favorite blogger of the day! I'm absolutely loving this girl's content and I know you will, too... It's Kiara from Lion in the Wild. She has both beauty and fashion posts and does Youtube as well, and I'm completely stunned by her photography skills, beauty and kindness. Such a lovely girl!

I might do a few more pampering posts if anyone would be interested. I think it's so important to spoil ourselves every once in a while.
What is your favorite bath product?

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 2016 Favorites

I haven't done a favorites post in ages... And I have some exciting news!

I'm going to be talking about some really awesome products today, but first I wanted to share some good news. I've decided to post every day in April (hopefully it'll go better than Blogmas *cringe*), and I'll also be sharing some of my favorite bloggers in every single post. :) If you'd like to nominate your blog, make sure to leave a link below this post! Now on to the favorites...

I've been reaching for some new items as well as some tried and true favorites. I have everything from hair stuff to skincare and makeup, so I'm sure you'll find something you might want to try. Let's see!

Catrice Prime & Frine Primer

I just recently received this primer for review and I'm already in love! Catrice really is one of the best drugstore brands you can get here in Slovenia. This primer doesn't feel silicone-y, it's smooth and pleasant and gives a lovely soft focus finish to the skin. I love using it under my foundation. On the thicker side of primers, but doesn't make me get oily throughout the day! I think it costs from 4-6€.

Sephora Mineral Powder

I bought this on a whim in Paris, but I really adore it. A finely milled mineral powder that gives a lovely, natural finish to the skin. You can even use it by itself, it gives a lot of coverage. I believe I paid around 14€ for it.

Garnier Micellar Solution

An old favorite. Such a bargain, because you can get 400 ml for just 5€. I love it, it doesn't irritate my eyes and doesn't have a scent. Really pleasant to use and takes all my makeup off. I've repurchased it three times already. A firm favorite, and way better than Bioderma in my honest opinion!

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray

I've almost run out of this amazing product, and when I actually do, I will cry for days. Gives amazing volume and beautiful texture to hair, but spray it from a distance (at first I sprayed it from close up and it doesn't work well that way, it just glues my hair together). I think it costs around 6 pounds in Boots, and if you (unlike me) can get your hands on it easily, don't hesitate!

the Balm Nude 'Tude

Recently bought this palette on Destination Pretty and I just adore it. It has three of the prettiest eyeshadows for a natural, neutral, barely-there look. I've been using it every day. You can find it here for 40€. Shadows are well pigmented, small amount of fallout, great shades. The brush it comes with is useless, though. :P

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

I don't know what's happening to me, but I'm apparently getting paler and paler. This foundation, which used to be way too light for me, is now too dark! But I still adore it - it's so pleasant on the skin, feels like a moisturizer, gives a nice natural-yet-porcelain-like finish, and doesn't cause me to break out. Available here for 14,5€.

Fake RT brushes

Yep, totally fake. Get them on Ebay for $8. I need another set for pictures, haha! I love the blush brush the most, along with the strange triangular gold brush, which I find is PERFECT for highlighting! Seriously, these are amazing quality for that price (I'd pay more). You need them!

Essence The Velvets Eyeshadow

As you know, I don't really wear eyeshadow, but this one really is good! I love the texture, and I'm planning on buying more shades. But it isn't a favorite just because of that - I just adore this peachy pink shade, it looks surprisingly good on my eyes. I think it's only about 2-3€.

Essence Lip Gloss 

I honestly don't know the name/shade of this, because the sticker rubbed off, but they're available for about 2-3€ now. I don't like lip gloss, and this is really sticky, but... it just works! Such a pretty nude pink shade, makes my lips glossy and plump. I've been wearing it a lot even though I don't love the formula, so it deserved a place in my favorites.

China Glaze What A Pansy

For me, this is the shade of the season! A gorgeous cornflower blue that I've been wearing like crazy. Gorgeous shade, opaque with one coat, the finish is really shiny and it doesn't chip that easily. I'm in love... I paid around 4€, but it depends where you get it from!

Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

Essence liquid liners will forever be my favorites! They're incredibly inexpensive (3-4€), great color payoff, very black, don't budge and barely fade (though the waterproof weirdly fades more than the regular version). The tip is great as well and really precise. Always a winner in my book!

ASTOR Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter Matte 027 Elegant Nude

OMG. This is probably my favorite lip product of all time! So pleasant to wear yet completely matte, a stunning brown/pink nude shade, no shimmer, inexpensive... I will be buying more from this line. It's a crayon and super easy to apply, and you need it. No excuses. I really can't remember the price, I think it was about 10€!

Whew, you can tell it's been a while since I did my favorites, I had a LOT to talk about! But let's not forget my favorite blogger for the day - today that is Monika from Sugarlove Blog. I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely girl and chatting to her at an event, and I remembered her blog being absolutely stunning. After coming home, I probably spent an hour browsing her posts and being head over heels in love over her photos. But not only is her blog stunning, Monika is one of the nicest people I've met in the blogging world. Such a genuine sweetheart, and a real blogging talent! Love her :)

I hope this post was helpful and I'll see you tomorrow with a new post lovelies! <3
What was your favorite product of March?
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