Friday, 19 September 2014

BEAUTY: Material Girl

Alessandro Material Girl Fall 2014


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I more or less always wear natural or nude colors on my nails. I like them to be as natural as possible, however the main reason why I usually go for natural-just-better shades lies somewhere else – I'm just not one of those girls who love doing manicure and correcting the nailpolish every few days. I'm just too lazy for that and don't find it relaxing at all. Nevertheless, Fall is definetly that time of the year when I experiment more and deep shades are definitely the ones to go for this year.

Alessandro launched their new »Material Girl« collection, full with autumn rich reds, browns and nudes with iridescent accents and deep blue hues (plus a shimmering textured top coat). The shades are perfect for every girl who wants to pull out an elegant yet striking look. Starless Night is a mystic blue, one of the prettiest blue shades out there, Femme Fatale is a rich warm brown, a Fall »must-have« for sure and my last pick is the stunning coral shade named First Blush. Pretty pretty, right?

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Kljub temu, da so moja prva in najpogostejša izbira dokaj nevtralni, naravni in neopazni odtenki lakov za nohte (ker imam enostavno rada naraven videz in ker sem običajno prelena, da bi vsakih nekaj dni previdno in natančno nanašala temnejše odtenke), se jeseni v meni nekaj prebudi. Vedno pogosteje (in raje) posegam po tistih močnejših in bolj intenzivnih odtenkih.

Alessandro je za to jesen predstavil novo kolekcijo lakov za nohte »Material Girl«, čudovito kombinacijo globokih rdečih, modrih in rjavih odtenkov (plus nadlak z bleščicami). Prav vsi odtenki so popolna izbira za vse dame, ki si želijo elegantnega, a vseeno udarnega videza. Ime Starless Night je dobil čudovit temno moder odtenek, v katerega sem se zaljubila na prvi pogled. Femme Fatale je jesenski »must-have«, topla rjava, ki se bo odlično podala k vsem naravnim odtenkom oblačil. Še zadnji v moji zbirki je koralen odtenek First Blush, ki na nohtkih pričara malce več igrivosti. Čudoviti, kajne?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

BEAUTY: Divine Scents

best smelling beauty products


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There's nothing more alluring than gorgeous smelling hair. I've been loving Schwarzkopf BC Oil Miracle Rose Oil Hair & Scalp Shampoo and Treatment lately, oh boy it smells amazing! Can you imagine two aromatic oils from selected precious rose varieties, a rose hip and damascus rose together? Pure heaven! Rose Oil Hair & Scalp Shampoo is perfect for those with normal to greasy scalps, it cleanses and moisturises hair, makes my hair so soft and shiny. A truly indulging experience right at your home, there's nothing better. My perfect match is the Rose Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment that deeply nourishes and softens the hair while pampering the scalp. Can be used as a pre-wash treatment to nourish and relax the scalp from tension and dryness or leave in to nourish and increase shine and manageability. While you can see that the packaging looks amazing, I can guarantee you that the smell and effect are equally sophisticated.

Moving on to face products. I've been obsessed with Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution, my favorite micellar water of all times! It's ultra-gentle and refreshing, removes non-waterproof makeup amazingly, purifies skin and soothes irritation. It's gently scented, nothing mayor, however still so lovely and refreshing. The same goes for the REN Rose Centifolia Foaming Cleanser. A detergent free foaming cleanser infused with Rose Extracts removes grime and makeup in one stoke delivering purified, toned fresh and revived skin. Rose scent is definitely one of my go-to scents, I've been enjoying using this cleanser so much and will definitely restock even before I've used it up completely.

Since we are talking about products that smell amazing, the only appropriate thing is to sum up with two fragrances. The first is Oriflame Giordani Gold Eau de Parfum, seriously one of my favorite fragrances ever. Luminous sun-ripened mandarin blends with divine madonna lily and the sensuality of patchouli – a true spendour for the modern woman. Not to mention that it's so affordable and looks really chic. For your better half, check out the newest Bvlgari creation. I've fallen in love with the Bvlgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum, even borrowed it a few times from my boy. It's such a bold scent inspired by the myth of Vulcan, the god of fire, with an unexpected twist - an intense composition of amber, leather, spices and woods. It opens with accords of natural rum and luminous spices. Tuberose, iris absolut and leather form the core of the perfume, placed on the base of benzoin, tonka bean and guaiac wood. Perfection! One is never fully dressed without a parfume, however, you'll want to ripp off your boyfriend’s clothes everytime he wears it.



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Ni lepšega in bolj pomirjajočega kot sveži in dišeči lasje. Schwarzkopf BC Oil Miracle Rose Oil Hair & Scalp šampon and tretma me z olji divje in damaščanske vrtnice vsakič znova popeljeta v svet omamnih dišav. Šampon je namenjen predvsem tistim z normalnim do mastnim lasiščem. Lase dobro očisti, jih navlaži ter jih naredi nadvse mehke in sijoče. Skupaj z tretmajem zagotovi vrhunsko nego las doma. Negovalni tretma s svojo vsestransko lahko oljno formulacijo pomaga pomiriti in nahraniti lase in lasišče, ne da bi jih obtežil. Uporabi se ga lahko za masažo lasišča pred šamponiranjem, na mokrih laseh pred sušenjem ali kot zaključni tretma na suhih laseh. Izgled in vonj obeh produktov je luksuzen, pristno naraven in zares omamen.

Pri produktih za nego obraza se močnih dišav izogibam (parfumi pogosto povzročajo reakcije in dražijo kožo). Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution je moja najljubša micelarna raztopina in zagotovo eden boljših Vichy-jevih produktov z nežnim, a nadvse prijetnim vonjem. Odlična je za odstranjevanje ličil in nečistoč z obraza, je nežna, prav nič ne draži kože ali oči. Podobno velja tudi za REN Rose Centifolia Foaming Cleanser, nežno čistilo v peni za obraz brez detergentov, ki vsebuje izvlečke vrtnice, ter odstranjuje ličila in nečistoče. Primerno je za vse tipe kože in odlično dopolnjuje Vichy micelarno raztopino (dvojno čiščenje je moja stalnica!). Vichy produkta sem porabila že kar nekaj stekleničk, REN pa me je s svojim učinkovanjem prav tako prepričal v novo naslednjo (in morda še naslednjo) praktično embalažo s pumpico.

Glede na to, da je celotna objava v osnovi namenjena produktom, ki dišijo čudovito, je edino pravilno, da vanjo vključim tudi dva parfuma – enega za nas ženske, drugega za naše moške. Prvi je zagotovo moj najljubši iz bogatega asortimana znamke Oriflame, parfum, ki sem ga prvič srečala že kar nekaj let nazaj, letos pa si ga znova zaželela. Oriflame Giordani Gold Eau de Parfum je mešanica s soncem obsijane sočne mandarine, bele lilije in čutnega pačulija. Izgled je precej minimalističen, a luksuzen, cenovno pa je produkt zelo dostopen. S samo zunanjostjo zagotovo očara tudi steklenička Bvlgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum, novega parfuma za moške, ki ga boste z veseljem kdaj uporabile tudi ženske. Sama ga raje pustim samo mojemu, saj mi tako zelo omamno diši, da tega enostavno ne morem opisati (in mora ta vonj ostati prav njegov)! Ustvarjalci so navdih za to dišavo našli pri mističnemu rimskemu bogu ognja Vulkanu. Preseneča dejstvo, da vsebuje poleg zares moških sestavin tudi tiste, ki so do sedaj veljale za “ženske”, skupaj pa tvorijo neustavljivo privlačno celoto. V zgornjih notah najdemo rum in začimbe; srce dišave predstavljajo tuberoza, iris absolut in usnje; osnovo pa tvorijo benzoin, tonka fižol ter guaiac les. Ta neo-orientalska dišava je osvojila tako mojega dragega kakor tudi mene.

Friday, 12 September 2014

BEAUTY: Alchemy Beauty Potions

Alchemy Los Angeles kozmetika


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When I opened the package I got from the brand named Alchemy, I felt like I was accepted to Hogwards. There's no need to tell you why, right? There's something mystical, a bit magical about their packaging, goes well along with the concept and a brand name “Alchemy”, which as you might know is a term for an influential philosophical tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. While in 17th Century they wanted to create a philosopher's stone and an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity, today the brand Alchemy stands for luxurious natural cosmetics made with a holistic approach using precious organic oils, which can help our skin look younger and healthier. I am a huge fan of oils when it comes to facial care and these truly amazed me.

THE TRUTH FACE SERUM (15ml = 27,90€)
A product to go for if you'd like to achieve perfect smooth complexion and pore reduction. It contains one of the most powerful antioxidants, vitamin A, C, D, E, K and omega 3 acids, all providing hydration, protecting against aging and cell renewal. A mix of dry essential oils (macadamia, green tea, jojoba, geranium, petitgrain, frankincense, bergamot) reduces sebum secretion. My skin is velvety smooth and soft without a greasy finish. The ingredients list looks ideal, the price is reasonable, considering the ingredients and comparing to similar products from other brands. It gets a 10/10 from me!

THE DIVINE EYE SERUM (25ml = 29,90€)
The second product I had the chance to test out is the luxurious anti-ageing and dark circle reducing elixir. I've always had problems covering up my dark areas around my eyes, and this Divine Eye Serum works wonders by making my everyday makeup task easier! The last two weeks have been quite stressful for me, however this product still managed to make an improvement. It contains all sorts of precious oils rich in antioxidants, inter alia Coffea Arabica Seed Oil, which stimulates collagen and elastene synthesis, helps repair skin, contribute to a healthy barrier function and stimulate pathways in skin that lead to greater moisture retention (also gives characteristic smell). It gets a 10/10 as well!

INSTANT PERFECTION PURE HYALURONIC ACID GEL (50 ml = 37,90€)
The last one is a pure hyaluronic acid gel containing 0,7% hyaluronic acid. The ingredients list is short and simple: water, sodium hyaluronate, propylene gycol, polyacrylate and imidazolidinyl urea. The main ingredient »sodium hyaluronate« is a salt form of skin-identical ingredients hyaluronic acid, it boost's skin moisture, reduces inflammation, prevents moisture loss and has cell-communicating abilities. An ingredient you should look for whether you have dry, dehydrated skin or even mixed or oily. This Alchemy product is a perfect complementary product to any oil, serum or moisturizer and giving it less than a 10/10 would be a crime.

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Ko sem prejela paket Alchemy naravne kozmetike, sem bila prepričana, da sem vstopila v čarovniški svet Harry Potter-ja in da se nekje v škatli skriva še sprejemno pismo na Bradavičarko. Prepričana sem, da vidite zakaj. Sama zunanja embalaža produktov je nekako mistično čarovniška, kakor tudi samo ime Alchemy (slovensko: alkimija, srednjeveško eksperimentiranje z kemijo in tehnologijo v iskanju najvišje modrosti in nesmrtnosti). Sicer pa je Alchemy naravna kozmetika, ki je nastala s holističnim pristopom k lepoti in ni testirana na živalih. Njihovi produkti so po večini sestavljeni iz vrhunskih organskih olj. Olja pa so nekaj kar v kozmetiki obožujem! Enostavno, ko jih enkrat preizkusiš, najdeš tiste “prave” zase, so popoln dodatek k obrazni negi. Olja lahko dosežejo globinsko hidracijo in zares oplemenitijo kožo. Trije produkti, prav vsi z vrhunskimi sestavinami, čakajo na vas, da jih odkrijete…

THE TRUTH FACE SERUM (15ml = 27,90€)
Gre za izdelek, ki vam bo pomagal do popolne polti, gladke teksture in zmanjšanja por. Vsebuje najmočnejše antioksidante, vitamine A, C, D, E, K, ki ščitijo pred staranjem, omega maščobne kisline, pa poskrbijo za hidratacijo kožnih celic. Kombinacija suhih eteričnih olj makadamije, zelenega čaja, jojobe, timijana, cveta sladke pomaranče, bergamotke zmanjšuje izločanje sebuma. Moja koža je po nanosu izjemno gladka, zares žametno mehka brez mastnega finiša. Sama mešanica sestavin je milo rečeno »popolna«, da bi našli kaj podobnega na trgu bi se morali zelo zelo potruditi. Kljub temu, da naj bi bila Alchemy kozmetika precej luksuzna, je cena 27,90€ za moje pojme precej sporazmerno nizka – predvsem glede na to kaj ponuja in koliko časa traja (beri: zelo dolgo). Moja ocena: 10/10

THE DIVINE EYE SERUM (25ml = 29,90€)
Je razkošen anti-age eliksir proti podočnjakom, torej po opisu popoln produkt zame! Trenutno ga uporabljam šele dobra dva tedna in moram priznati, da je to dejansko edini produkt za katerega lahko trdim, da vidno pripomore k izboljšanju situacije glede temnih predelov okoli mojih oči (in vzemite v zakup, da je bilo zadnjih 14 dni pri meni precej napornih). Vsebuje mešanico samih vrhunskih olj, antioksidantov, med drugim tudi Coffea Arabica Seed Oil (torej olje kavnega zrna), ki dokazano spodbuja tvorbo kolagena in elastina, pomaga koži pri celjenju in zdravemu videzu. Prav to olje da produktu značilen vonj. Moja ocena: 10/10

INSTANT PERFECTION-HIALURONSKI GEL ZA OBRAZ (50 ml = 37,90€) 
Tretji in zadnji produkt znamke Alchemy, ki sem ga preizkusila je serum z 0,7% hialuronsko kislino. Pravzaprav vse kar vsebuje ta produkt je voda, sodium hyaluronate (identičen naravno prisotni hialuronski kislini), propylene gycol, polyacrylate in imidazolidinyl urea. Hialuronska kislina je sestavina, za katero ste zagotovo že slišali, saj mnoge znamke na veliko oglašujejo, da jo njihovi produkti vsebujejo. Le redki pa jo dejansko vsebujejo v večji količini, kot jo na primer ta. Kožo dobro navlaži, napne, pomaga pri celjenju ran, brazgotin, celo mozoljev. Prav zato je primerna tako za tiste s suho, kakor za tiste z bolj mastno kožo. Ena izmed tistih vrhunskih sestavin, ki bo koristila prav vsakomur. Svetujem vam uporabo v kombinaciji s kakšnim oljem, serumom ali kremo; produkt je perfekten predvsem kot dopolnilo. Moja ocena: 10/10

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P.S. Special thanks to Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really. for editing my photos!



Thursday, 11 September 2014

BEAUTY: Raspberry Red Lips

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12H - 35 Entry VIP


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After Rouge Edition, Rouge Edition Shine and Rouge Edition Velvet, Bourjois launched another line of lipsticks - Bourjois Rouge Edition 12H (12,19€). These are actually quite similar to the original Rouge Edition, while being even more longlasting (Bourjois promises 12 hour). Coverage is perfect, shades (all 8 of them) beyond stunning, semi-mat finish is a great choice for day or night, and wait for the most thrilling part - the formula is enriched with Shea butter, so they don't dry out your lips, leaving them soft. A proper lipliner is a must when picking up bolder shades and Bourjois nailed it there as well. Bourjois has the answer to your problems and it's called Bourjois Levres Contour Edition (6,31€). When it comes to lipliners, you can either go for the one that matches your natural colour of your lips, or the one that matches the lipstick colour. Bourjois Rouge Edition 12H - 35 Entry VIP and Bourjois Levres Contour Edition - 04 Chaud Comme la Fraise are a perfect raspberry red match!

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Bourjois me je navdušil s svojimi šminkami – obožujem prav vse od klasičnih Rouge Edition, Rouge Edition Shine (najljubše za vsakodnevno uporabo) pa do hibridov med šminko in lipglosom, Rouge Edition Velvet. Novost je Bourjois Rouge Edition 12H (12,19€), dolgoobstojna šminka s pol mat finišem, za katero obljubljajo 12 urno obstojnost. Iskreno povedano 12urne obstojnosti nisem niti pričakovala, vseeno pa moram reči, da je formula zares dolgoobstojna. Prav pri dolgoobstojnih šminkah običajno naletim na težavo, da mi kot po pravilu vse izsušijo ustnice. Velik plus te šminke je dejstvo, da vsebuje shea maslo in ustnice celo neguje. V kolikor rade posegate po močnejših odtenkih šmink, potem veste, da je dobro črtalo obvezno. Lahko najdete odtenek, ki bi se kar se da približal naravnemu odtenku vaših ustnic ali pa še bolje – izberete odtenek čim bolj podoben odtenku šminke. Bourjois je mislil tudi na to in ustvaril Bourjois Levres Contour Edition (6,31€). Bourjois Rouge Edition 12H - 35 Entry VIP in Bourjois Levres Contour Edition - 04 Chaud Comme la Fraise sta popolna »malinina« kombinacija!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

BEAUTY: Dr. Bronner's Magic



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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is synonymous with Old World quality and time-honored simplicity. Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap is the product I was dying to try out for ages and it finally came into our drugstores as well (you're probably wondering where on Earth I live). I decided to go for the rose scent; however the unscented baby-mild is the one to go if you suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin. For those who are not familiar with Dr.Bronner’s Magic Soaps, these are known as “all-in-one” products and can be used for just about any cleaning task; they are simple, ecologically formulated, gentle enough for washing body, face or hair, but also powerful enough for tasks like dishwashing, mopping, laundry and even pest control. In the »beauty world« they are known as one of the best makeup brush cleansers, and I must admit that my rose castile liquid soap made a huge impact on me as well. Not only that I find it as one of the best body washes, cleaning my makeup brushes is super-duper easy (baby edition would probably be even better) and you really need just the tiniest amount. The packaging is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, sturdy and a label bearing quotations from Jesus, Einstein, Rabbi Hillel, Abraham Lincoln, Chairman Mao, to Dr. Emmanuel Bronner himself. I find it quite interesting and fun – it's never boring while laying in the bath, you always have some reading material right next to you. Since you might have heard about this amazing product before, Dr. Bronner's Organic Body Balms haven’t gotten so much attention in the media, however they are equally amazing as their soaps. I picked up the Patchouli Lime scent and I got sick-and-tired of it quite soon. Which is really sad, since the formulation is amazing! It is made with pure organic oils and beeswax without any synthetic ingredients. Organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils soothe dry skin anywhere: hands, feet, elbows, etc. Also (supposedly) excellent for protecting and brightening new and old tattoos! An unscented Baby-Mild version would be my choice if I could pick again. All Dr. Bronner’s products are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.

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Dr.Bronner’s je znamka, ki je po svetu precej poznana, k nam pa je prišla šele pred kratkim (Mueller). Njihov ikonični in zagotovo najbolj prepoznaven produkt so Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap naravna tekoča mila, ki se lahko uporabljajo “praktično za karkoli”. Gre za “all-in-one” produkt, primeren za uporabo kot tekoče milo, detergent za posodo ali perilo, čiščenje čopičev, menda celo zatiranje zajedavcev in kot brivska pena. Samo že priča v tem, da lahko tekoče mio uporabite na 18 različnih načinov, sama jasno nisem preizkusila vseh, lahko pa vam povem, da se kot tekoče milo obnese odlično (kože prav nič ne izsuši ali draži), še boljše pa kot čistilo za makeup čopiče. V kolikor spremljate tuje lepotne bloge ste ga “v tej vlogi” zagotovo že srečali. Sama sem izbrala tekoče milo z vonjem damaščanske vrtnice in za umivanje čopičev bi morda bil boljša izbira tisti brez vonja (baby). Kakorkoli, vonj vrtnice je nežen, precej nevsiljiv, pomirjajoč in jasno cveten. Dr. Bronner’s mila sicer vsebujejo kombinacijo ekoloških ekstra deviških olj kokosa, oliv, jojobe in konoplje ter so brez sintetičnih sestavin, gostil, konzervansov, zaradi česar so nadvse primerna tudi za najbolj občutljivo kožo. Sama embalaža je precej trda, sicer pa narejena iz plastike, ki jo je mogoče 100% reciklirati. Sam dizajn je malce nenavaden, popisan z besedami Jezusa, Einsteina, Rabbi Hillel-a, Abraham Lincoln-a, Chairman Mao in očeta znamke Dr. Emmanuel Bronner-ja. Pod tušem vam vsekakor ne bo dolgčas. Drug produkt iste znamke, ki sem ga prav tako preizkusila je Dr. Bronner's Organic Body Balm, balzam za telo. Izbrala sem vonj pačulija in limete, kar se ni izkazalo za najboljšo izbiro. Vonj je precej močan, tako da sem se ga kaj hitro naveličala – kar je zares velika škoda, ker je samo učinkovanje fantastično! Organska olja in čebelji vosek so izvrstna za boj proti suhi in razpokani koži rok, nog, komolcev. Menda so dobra izbira tudi za nego tetovirane kože. Če bi lahko izbirala še enkrat, bi se verjetno odločila za neodišavljeno verzijo in bi ga tako nosila s seboj prav povsod. Oba produkta sta zares vredna vse pohvale, sestavinsko sta odlična, dodaten plus pa je zagotovo tudi dejstvo, da imajo vse Dr. Bronner’s produkti organski certifikat (USDA National Organic Program).