Friday, 29 May 2015

BEAUTY: Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Hydration



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Superfoods are more than just a trend right now, they have become a habit for many who aim to eat and live »right« and healthy. There’s no surprise beauty brands started adding all sorts of superfoods into their products; in principle, they are healthy for your body, why shouldn’t they benefit your skin as well? A while ago Avon launched the Nutra Effects skin care range with an Active Seeds Complex, combining chia seeds, Strelitzia extract and pomegranate seeds. There are four lines catered for specific skin concerns: Hydration (normal to dry skin), Balance (oily to mixed skin), Radiance (for dark spots and dull complexion) and Ageless (for fine lines and wrinkles). I’ve been sent two creams to review from the Hydration line, suitable for my dry-normal skin type with occasional dehydration.

Avon Nutra Effects Hydration Daily Cream with SPF 15 (7,90€, 50ml) is a light protective day cream promising smoother, softer and healthier looking skin. It has a very light texture, therefore it’s easy to apply/spread and it’s quickly absorbing. I read in a few of the reviews it leaves a glow behind, but not my case – I mean, it’s definitely not mattifying, however I wouldn’t call it glowy either. It’s a nice match for my skin, I can see it working well even for combination skin types (while it's probably not the best for oily ones). I love the fact that it has SPF protection (a rather low one, but still), it leaves my skin hydrated and it’s not irritating. Has a pleasant fresh scent and comes in a heavy glass pot (which is not the most hygienic, at least it looks pretty) and it works great as a base for any foundation. A bargain worth checking out, if you have dry or normal skin!

Avon Nutra Effect Hydration Gel Cream (7,90€, 50ml) on the other hand, hasn’t blown my mind. This light gel cream is supposedly perfect for normal and dry skin. It just wasn’t enough for my skin, few hours after application, my skin already demanded more. I passed it on to my sister (who has combination skin) and she finds it »lovely, pleasantly (fresh) smelling and hydrating«. It’s definitely a lighter version compared to the daily one, it hasn’t got any SPF and it leaves a matte finish to the skin. I believe it could work best on normal or combination skin types, especially coming handy in the upcoming warmer months, since it really lets the skin breathe.




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Avon je pred časom na trg postavil novo linijo za nego obraza z imenom Nutra Effects, kjer igrajo glavno vlogo chia semena z bogato vsebnostjo vitaminov in antioksidantov ter maščobnih kislin. Active Seed Complex, ki ga produkti vsebujejo, poskrbi za vlaženje ter nemasten finiš kože. Znotraj linije najdete 4 podlinije – Hydration (vlaženje za suho do normalno kožo), Balance (ravnotežje za mastno in mešano kožo), Radiance (sijaj za utrujeno kožo in neizenačeno polt) in Ageless (za kožo s prvimi znaki staranja 35+). Sama sem (glede na moj tip kože) testirala kremici iz linije Hydration.

Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Hydration dnevna krema z ZF15 (7,90€ za 50ml, trenutno v akciji za 5,90€) obljublja vidno bolj gladko, mehkejšo in bolj zdravo kožo. Prvi plus je zagotovo dejstvo, da vsebuje zaščitni faktor (ki sicer ni ne vem kako visok), ki je še kako priporočljiv. Je precej lahka krema, zaradi česar se enostavno nanaša in razporeja ter se precej hitro vpije. Mnoge blogerke pravijo, da po uporabi te kreme dobi njihovo koža sijoč videz, pri meni bi to sicer težko rekla (vsekakor ni mat, nima pa niti nekega sijaja). Kot dnevna krema mi popolnoma zadošča, čeprav občasno rada dodam še kakšen serum; glede na to, da ima zaščitni faktor, sem jo tudi izključno kot dnevno uporabljala. Nočni tretma sama rada naredim bolj bogat, da bi mi ustrezala bi torej vsekakor potrebovala kakšno dodatno kapljico ali dve olja in seruma. Čeprav je očitno parfumirana (ima svež vonj), moje kože ne draži in se na njej na splošno obnese precej dobro. Za tako nizko ceno bi rekla, da gre za precej dobro dnevno kremico, ki bo verjetno ustrezala večini tipov kože (razen mastnemu). Minus je vsekakor (sicer precej lepa) embalaža v obliki lončka, ki ni preveč higienična. Naj zaključim: nad kremo sem precej navdušena, saj moji koži nudi dobro vlaženje in je odlična podlaga za nanos tekoče podlage.

Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Hydration osvežilna gel krema (7,90€ za 50ml, trenutno v akciji za 5,90€) je za razliko od dnevne kreme (ki je bela, verjetno zaradi zaščitnih filtrov) bolj prozorna. Namenjena naj bi bila normalni in suhi koži, uporablja se jo lahko zjutraj ali zvečer. Iskreno povedano moji po tipu normalni do suhi koži ni bila dovolj, niti za dnevno rabo. Krema se namreč izjemno hitro vpije, njena tekstura je lahka in precej redka, za seboj pa pusti mat finiš (po dobri uri je moja koža že zahtevala »še«). Tako je krema dobila novo lastnico (mojo sestro z mešanim tipom kože, na določenih predelih mastnim), katera jo z veseljem uporablja. Pravi, da se ji zdi super za toplejše dni, saj je zelo lahka, ima svež vonj in koži pusti dihati. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

OUTFIT: Hey You!



»There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers and then there will be you, proving them wrong.«

wearing:
lace shirt from NEW YORKER
trousers from ZARA
necklace from PERLA.SI (kupi tukaj)
handbag from MANGO
sunglasses from ZEROUV
shoes from RELANCE VERY ME (TRGOVINA MASS)
lipstick LILYLOLO in LOVE AFFAIR (kupi tukaj)

photo: Domen Blenkuš

Thursday, 21 May 2015

BEAUTY: The Luxurious Four



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I admit; I have always had a thing for luxurious beauty products. There’s nothing like an impeccably wrapped package, luxurious formulas and the glamour of a high-end brand logo. Being in the beauty world for quite a few years now, I’ve learnt it’s worth checking out some budget-friend dupes for sure. However, every true beauty junkie knows – sometimes the best products are just priceless and therefore worth dropping a little extra cash (especially if you know you’re paying for quality). Even though I am not rolling in dough, I still believe it is smart to invest in a mix of high- and low-end pieces, in fashion, as well as in beauty. I’ve rounded up a quartet of my current favourite luxury finds totally worth the splurge.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in the limited edition bottle (100ml = 31,57€) is definitely one of the leading beauty oils. I’ve managed to get my hands on the last year’s limited edition and used it all. This year’s looks even more luxurious, the black bottle is just stunning. For those who are not familiar with this product – it’s a multi-usage dry oil made using six precious plant oils (macadamia, hazelnut, borage, sweet almond, camellia and St.John’s Wort). The fragrance is sweet and nutty, extremely captivating (makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to beauty heaven). You can use it on your face, body and hair all year round (I prefer it on my body, especially legs, and love to mix a pump with my night face moisturizer).

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (7ml = 22,50€) is another well-hyped beauty product directly inspired by Clarins’ expert face and body oil (which is hands down one of the best on the market). This lip care treatment is infused with rich hazelnut, organic jojoba and Mirabelle oil, that leaves a shiny and non-stick finish on the lips with a subtle sweet taste. It comes with a rather large sponge-tip applicator, which actually works nice and makes application simple. I love it because it truly works wonders for my lips – it nourishes, prevents dehydration and leaves them supple and smooth.

Guerlain Maxi So Volume Intense Volume Deep Black mascara (8,5ml = 35€) is my current high-end makeup love. This new Guerlain’s launch has won me over after the first sweep. The biggest plus is it’s formula, which is creamy and elastic. It is infused with a conditioning action to protect the lashes, enriched with adhesive oil to prevent smudging. It comes with fine elastomer brush weaves (which is my preference), that’s why catching and coating all the lashes is super easy (even the smallest ones). You can easily go deep to the lash roots. In terms of lengthening it does do it’s job remarkably well, while achieving a captivating volume isn’t its strongest suit (you can still achieve it, but you need quite a few layers of zigzaging). To sum up, your eyelashes will look intensely black and super long with this one!

Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Légère (50ml = 88,80€) might be my favourite perfume of all time. I wasn’t sure whether it was even possible for Cartier to take on further last year’s launch of the first La Panthère (which is still one of my absolute faves). Both versions are truly captivating! The Légère casts the original cypress-gardenia-musk accord in a new light. The composition is illuminated with an addition of tiare flower, which makes this EDP more radiant and a bit lighter than the original. This fragrance makes me feel strong, sexy and feminine, it’s suitable for everyday or special occasions. And have you seen a bottle? If you take a closer look, you will spot that within the flask, there’s a sculpture of the majestic panther head. Considering the exterior and interior, you can totally tell this is a work of art worth every penny/cent.


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Moja obsesija z luksuznimi lepotnimi produkti se vleče že leta, verjetno vse od takrat, ko sem kot mala punčka občudovala lepotni predal moje none, kjer so se skrivali produkti precej prestižnih znamk, ko so Dior, Chanel, Estee Lauder in drugi. Še danes pravim, da ga ni čez čudovito in izredno dovršeno embalažo z nadvse prepoznavnim logotipom, luksuzno formulacijo in pridih glamurja, ki enostavno »pride le zraven« najprestižnejših znamk. Je že res, da se pogosto na policah drogerij najdejo tudi izjemno dobri cenovno dostopnejši produkti, a vsaka prava lepotna obsedenka se bo zagotovo strinjala z mano, da je včasih vredno odšteti tudi kakšen evro (ali raje deset) več za zares dober produkt. Čeprav sem sama na študentskem budgetu, verjamem v kombinacijo cenejših in dražjih produktov. Tokrat sem za vas pripravila četvorček produktov, za katere bo potrebno odšteti malo več denarja, a vseeno nakupa zagotovo ne boste obžalovali.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse v omejeni izdaji (100ml = 31,57€) je zagotovo eno vodilnih suhih olj na svetovnem tržišču. Verjetno se bo z mano strinjala marsikatera lepotna blogerka in novinarka (ali zvesta uporabnica)  – tole olje je enostavno vrhunsko! Že lani sem imela priložnost pograbiti stekleničko v omejeni izdaji, letošnja pa me je s svojo črnino še toliko bolj navdušila. Za vse tiste, ki se s produktom še niste srečali – gre za nadvse uporabno olje, ki bo nahranilo, obnovilo in omehčalo vašo kožo obraza in telesa, hkrati pa poskrbelo za vaše lase. Meni najbolj ustreza za nahranitev moje precej suhe kože na nogah, en »pips« pa privoščim tudi koži na obrazu v kombinaciji s kremo oziroma serumom (predvsem zvečer). Ne bo vas navdušila le njegova učinkovitost, temveč tudi omamna dišava (note cvetov pomarančevca, bergamotke in mandarine, katerim sledi cvetlično srce dišave z notami vrtnice, gardenije in magnolije; osnovo dišave tvorijo note vanilje in kokosovega mleka).

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (7ml = 22,50€) je še en produkt, ki je prejel nemalo pohval po celotnem svetu. Pri Clarinsu so navdih poiskali pri njihovih vrhunskih in izredno dobro prodajanih oljih za obraz in telo ter ustvarili inovativen produkt za nego ustnic. Vsebuje bogata negovalna olja lešnika, jojobe in Mirabelle olja, ki pustijo sijoč videz na ustnicah in jih negujejo. Čeprav se na prvi pogled zdi neverjetno, občutek na ustnicah ni lepljiv, ima pa sladek vonj (in okus). Aplikator je morda malce velik, a vseeno priročen za nanos. Obožujem ga, ker moje ustnice zares globinsko omehča in navlaži.

Guerlain Maxi So Volume Intense Volume Deep Black maskara (8,5ml = 35€) je še ena izmed mojih luksuznih ljubljenk. Gre za najnovejšo Guerlainovo maskaro, ki me je osvojila že ob prvi uporabi. Največji plus je kremasta in »elastična« formula, ki vsebuje negovalne sestavine, ki zaščitijo trepalnice – začuda pa vseeno precej dobro drži trepalnice uvihane (ob predhodnemu vihanju z Shu Uemura škarjicami). Ima plastično krtačko (in ja, takšne so moje najljubše), ki je precej tanka in precizna – omogoča natančen nanos tik ob koreninah trepalnic (nanos »globoko notri« trepalnice optično še bolj podaljša). Obljublja sicer močan volumen, sama pa bi jo prej uvrstila med maskare, ki trepalnice zares lepo podaljšajo in ločijo. Vseeno pa je intenzivnejši volumen mogoče doseči z več nanosi in vztrajnim zigzaganjem. Na meni se ne drobi ali razliva, naredi zares črn izgled trepalnic. Skratka, super maskara, ki mi zares dobro služi.

Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Légère (50ml = 88,80€) je zadnji in najdražji produkt tokratne štirice. Parfumi so nekaj, za kar je zares vredno odšteti kakšen evro več, predvsem če najdete takšnega, ki vam zares ustreza – in le-ta je zagotovo eden izmed mojih »it« parfumov. Lani me je Cartier popolnoma obsedel s svojo prvo klasično La Panthère verzijo, letos pa bi lahko rekla, da še bolj (če je to sploh mogoče; oba parfuma sta namreč božanska!). The Légère verzija je vsekakor bolj nosljiva, primerna za vse priložnosti. Ni pa to parfum za vsakogar, saj je precej močan in ženstven. V njem se boste našle vse, ki obožujete gardenijo in mošusne note (dodana je še tahitijska gardenija, ki doda unikatnost). Sama embalaža je prava umetnina, ki predstavlja panterjevo glavo in je res precizno izklesana. Vsekakor vam toplo priporočam, da se ustavite in povonjate ta vonj, saj je unikaten in zares vrhunski. Morda bom rekla prehitro, a to dejansko zna biti moj najljubši parfum vseh časov…

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

OUTFIT: All White Once Again



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I’ve actually never been a huge fan of all white outfits, I find them a bit unpractical (I mean, they are definitely not for any weather). Time changes, people change, I change. Lately I’ve been loving a proper dosage of white in my outfits, white adds such a sophisticated and minimalistic touch in my opinion. I was convinced that all-white looks are meant for those skinny long-legged tanned model looking girls, however I’ve learnt that almost anyone can actually pull it off (within reason of course). And Spring is “the” time of the year, when replacing black pieces with white is really a good idea…


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Popolnoma beli (ali skoraj popolnoma beli) stajlingi so zagotovo eni mojih najljubših – predvsem na zagorelih dolgonogih manekenkah. Sama sem se jih nekako izogibala, saj niso primeri za vse vremenske razmere, hkrati pa sem bila prepričana, da nekako »niso zame«. Ker predstavlja moda zame tudi možnost eksperimentiranja in stopanje izven moje cone komforta, sem se odločila, da svojo garderobo obogatim za nekaj belih kosov, kar se je izkazalo za precej dobro odločitev. Bela je večna, je klasična in minimalistična. Tako sem bele hlače in pulover z luknjami skombinirala skupaj z svetlo bež torbico znamke Gigi New York in obula slip-on superge znamke Asylum, ki s kristalčki dodajo nekaj dimenzije in »drugačnosti« sicer bolj monotonemu stajlingu. Kako se vam zdi tale kombinacija?

wearing:
jeans from NEW YORKER
sweater from NEW YORKER
handbag from GIGI NEW YORK
shoes from ASYLUM (TRGOVINA MASS)
lipstick BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION AQUA LAQUE (01)

photo: Domen Blenkuš


Sunday, 17 May 2015

BEAUTY: Spring at Isadora



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Isadora is a brand that doesn't get enough attention in the blogging world in my opinion, I am not sure why, since their products are truly amazing – high quality, luxurious, but still affordable. The brand itself was launched in 1983 by a family owned company in Sweden. All of their products are perfume free, clinically tested (not on animals, hooray!), suitable for those with sensitive skin and eyes. They offer the most amazing bronzers and they totally won my heart with this year’s spring collection.

Let’s first talk about Isadora Twist-up Matt Lips (14,77€). Love! These handy, retractable twist-up pens are my current favourite lip product for sure! They have a velvet matte finish, are creamy and comfortable to wear, don’t dry out my lips, have pretty decent staying power. The application s super easy thanks to the special shaped tip and you don’t need a sharpener to keep it going. There are 6 shades available, I’ve got two of them – a light peachy-orange 52 Posh Peach (featured in this outfit post) and a true natural-beige named 50 Naked (featured in this outfit post). I freaking love them both, however I do have a complaint over the finish of 50 Naked. It is most definitely not matte, I can spot little shimmering parts on direct sunlight (not noticeable on lips). I am not sure what’s the deal with that, but overall both shades are stunning and I would highly recommend you check them out.

The second new launch this spring is the Isadora Wonder Nail (9,52€) in four new pastel shades - 503 Fresh Linen, 500 Posh Peach, 501 Candy Store and 502 Spring Bud. They have an extra wide brush that covers the nail in one stroke (which is my preference), due to their amazing brush shape there are no streaks visible after application and the staying power is amazing (I'd say about 5 days at least, using your hands a lot!). All four shades are ideal for spring, they look amazing on tanned skin, while they should suit pale skin as well.

Last but not least,  the Isadora Eye Color Bar (22,28€) is another product I got my hands on. You may call it »just another natural eyeshadow palette«, but it's so much more! The 60 Nude Essentials consists of 6 warmer brown shades; 3 matte and 3 shimmery (a perfect combo, at least for me). It’s a perfect choice for every girl’s daily makeup, however it’s suitable for night time use as well. The eyeshadows are easy to blend, they have soft and silky texture with a velvety feel (without any fallout, which is a huge plus), the pigmentation is decent. There’s a small mirror included in the compact, which might come in handy if you’re on the go. It’s practically all you need to create a classy eye makeup and it’s a great dupe for UD Naked Basics.


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Znamka Isadora po mojem mnenju premalokrat dobi dovolj pozornosti, ne v tiskanih in ne spletnih medijih, pa bi si jo zares zaslužila. Gre za švedsko znamko, ki jo odlikuje vrhunska kakovost, skrbno izbrane sestavine, embalaža in odtenki ter cenovna dostopnost (ni med najcenejšimi drogerijskimi, vseeno pa še nekako spada v ta razred). Prav vsi produkti so brez parfumov (brez draženja torej) in so klinično testirani (ne na živalih!), torej primerni tudi za tiste z občutljivo kožo in očmi. Za moje pojme imajo ene najboljših bronzerjev, zares pa me je prepričala tudi njihova nova spomladanska kolekcija.

Najprej o mojem novem najljubšem njihovem produktu – Isadora Twist-up Matt Lips (14,77€). Gre za šminko v obliki debelejšega svinčnika/voščenke z žametno mat finišem, kremno teksturo, ki ne izsušuje ustnic, vseeno pa se kar dolgo obdrži na ustnicah. Nanaša se enostavno, saj je primerne oblike, deluje na princip »rolanja« in zato šilček ni potreben. Imam odtenka 52 Posh Peach (oglej si ga v tej objavi) in 50 Naked (oglej si ga v tej objavi) in prav oba obožujem. Vseeno pa mi nekako ni jasno, kaj je narobe z odtenkom 50 Naked, saj ni popolnoma mat (sam finiš že mogoče; ampak izgleda pa takšnega ne daje), vendar vsebuje manjše odbijajoče svetleče delčke/bleščice (ki se vidijo samo na soncu na sami šminki, na ustih jih jaz ne opazim); medtem ko je 52 Posh Peach brez dvoma mat. Smešno, ni kej. Vsekakor pa so nove šminke nekaj, kar zares priporočam (verjetno še najbolj, glede na preostale produkte).

Drugi sladkorček te pomladi so Isadora Wonder Nail laki za nohte (9,52€). Navdušili smo me vsi štirje odtenki, po imenu 503 Fresh Linen, 500 Posh Peach, 501 Candy Store in 502 Spring Bud. Če sem pravilno preverila, je svetlo pastelno zeleni 502 Spring Bud edini izmed limited edition lakcev, ostali trije ostajajo v redni ponudbi. So zares vrhunski, pri vseh sta popolnoma dovolj dva nanosa za polno prekrivnost. Sušijo se precej hitro, držijo na nohtih zelo dolgo (tudi 5 dni na »rabljenih« rokah), nanašajo se enostavno zahvaljujoč debelemu čopiču (ki pa ni prav nič neroden, ampak res dobro oblikovan – kar je potrdila tudi nail art mojstrica Tara iz bloga http://thebeautyofnailpolish.blogspot.com/, ko mi je nedolgo nazaj na kavici dala nekaj nasvetov, kako skrbeti za nohtke). Skratka, so vse kar sama iščem pri lakcu za nohte in prav vsi novi odtenki so idealni za pomlad in poletje (najlepše pa se podajo malo bolj zagoreli polti, ki pa je sama trenutno nimam).

Še zadnja stvar, ki sem jo dobila v roke, je Isadora Eye Color Bar paletka senčil (22,28€). Gre še za eno izmed čudovitih nevtralnih palet, ki so »must have« vsake ženske. Imam jo v odtenku 60 Nude Essentials, ki vsebuje šesterico toplejših rjavih odtenkov; 3 mat in 3 šimraste (kar je totalna zmaga, vsaj zame, saj običajno manjka predvsem mat odtenkov). Paletka je popolna izbira za vsakodnevni makeup, na vekah senčila zdržijo precej dolgo (ne le na mojih suhih vekah, ampak tudi na bolj mastnih), se enostavno nanašajo, nadgrajujejo in zabrisujejo. Odlikuje jih precej dobra pigmentacija, tekstura je žametno kompaktno pudrasta (ne tako mehka kot Naked; je pa praktično brez fall outa). V notranjosti izjemno kompaktne paletke se nahaja še manjše ogledalce, priloženega aplikatorja/čopiča ni (kar me sploh ne moti, ker priloženih tako ali tako nikoli ne uporabljam). Da bi bila popolna, bi sama zadnjo najtemnejšo rjavo zamenjala še za temnejši (skoraj črn) odtenek, čeprav je tudi ta čudovit. Torej, gre za super paletko, ki vam bo služila dolgo, meni se obnese super in se odlično kosa ter dopolnjuje z mojo UD Naked2 Basics, ki je nekoliko bolj hladna (pa vendar, je ne premaga).