Wednesday, 26 August 2015

BEAUTY: After Summer Hair Care



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I would say at least 80% of questions I get in my mailbox are hair care and colour related. Therefore I decided to share with you some of my hair tips & tricks once again, this time focusing on after summer treatments. I’ve written about hair before, you can read the posts here and here, if you are interested.

CUT & COLOUR
My hair is probably in the worst condition right in the summer months due to sun exposure and my laziness aka seldom brushing aka bedraggled wavy hair look. In the summer, I get my roots done less regularly and go for a complete treatment in the end of August every year at my favourite hair salon Lasek. They always use Redken professional haircolours on my hair, this time they cut my split ends (I always allow them to cut at least 3cm off), did my roots and added some darker beigey highlights. My natural hair colour isn’t severely different from the one I am coloured with, only a hint darker (a mousy blonde would be the best description). Danica (the owner of the Lasek salon) is a true master of creating amazing blonde shades, especially gradient effects (discover more at their Facebook page here) and I am more than happy with their service.

OLAPLEX
At my latest hair dresser’s appointment, I also tried the famous Olaplex treatment for the first time. For all those, who are wondering what on Earth this is, let me explain: Olaplex is a revolutionary new product designed for professional use during colouring treatments or as a stand alone treatment. It can be added to lighteners or hair colour or after colouring on rinsed hair (in my case). It aims to dramatically reduce breakage and protects hair from damage during the colouring process with its active ingredients. I am telling you one thing: it works and it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re going lighter/blonder.

HAIR CARE AT HOME
You might come home from the salon with a pitch-perfect hair but after a few washes you won’t get anywhere near the »salon look«. Every »good hairdresser« will tell you the importance of the right, high quality hair care at home. I’ve decided to treat my hair with Alterna products once again. After trying the Caviar Moisture shampoo and conditioner a few years back, I in fact haven’t found a cheaper alternative that provides the same result. This time, I went for the Caviar Color Care Blonde line; the shampoo and a conditioner are a splurge for sure (you’ll pay over 40€ each). It’s a lot, I’m not going to deny it, however you will get a few months of use out of them (conditioner lasted me 6 months, shampoo 4-5 months) and most of all – you will get amazing results. The shampoo is sulfate free; they are both paraben free and they refresh blonde tones, eliminate brassiness and protect the colour. Golden Micro-Prisms improve the appearance of natural or colour treated blonde hair. The final result is heavenly soft, shiny and nourished hair. You pay for the luxury and a magnificent result, but at least with Alterna you know what you are paying for. A supreme quality! Shopping advice: find the nearest salon that sells Alterna products or buy them online (here).


SLO
Ker je še vedno lepotno vprašanje številka 1, ki ga dobivam v svoj nabiralnik, povezano z barvanjem in nego mojih las, sem se odločila, da z vami zopet delim nekaj nasvetov in izkušenj. Tokrat se bom osredotočila na »po-poletno« nego. Prejšnji objavi o negi las lahko prebereš tukaj in tukaj.

BARVANJE IN STRIŽENJE
Moji lasje so iskreno povedano v najslabšem stanju prav poleti. V veliki meri je za to krivo sonce, ki jih dodobra »abšlesa«, nekaj krivde je tudi na meni, ker si jih redkeje češem in »furam rahlo skodran in razmršen poletni videz«. Poleti lahko zdržim brez barvanje dlje, moj lasje pa že tako niso zelo temni (so nekoliko bolj mišjega odtenka in so le malo temnejši od barve, ki jo imam običajno). V drugi polovici avgusta vsako leto mojim lasem privoščim popoln tretma v frizerskemu salonu Lasek v Domžalah. Ta zajema striženje (vsaj 3cm) in barvanje z barvami Redken – ne le barvanje riževega narastka, temveč tudi dodajanje temnejših bež pramenov. Danica (lastnica salona) je prava mojstrica barvanja »na blond« in ustvarjanja čudovitih prelivajočih odtenkov (več si lahko ogledaš na njihovi Facebook strani tukaj).

OLAPLEX
Tokrat sem prvič preizkusila tudi slavni Olaplex tretma. Za vse tiste, ki prvič slišite za ta čudežni preparat – gre za produkt, ki pomaga izboljšati izgled poškodovanih las in omogoča barvanje in beljenje las, ne da bi se s tem poškodovali. Ker so moji lasje vseeno v precej dobrem stanju (za kar se lahko zahvalim genom, vrhunski frizerki in dobim domačim produktom) in ker mojih las pri barvanju ni potrebno beliti, mi v Lasku Olaplexa niso dodali v barvo, temveč z njim naredili nego po barvanju (pred umivanjem las). Sestavine se menda vežejo direktno na keratin v lasu in pomagajo ponovno združiti polomljene oziroma poškodovane vezi v njem. Slišalo se je super in sedaj lahko potrdim, da zadeva zares deluje. Moji lasje so zares zares čudoviti. Po obisku frizerja sem na nekaj opravkih v mestu dobila kar dve vprašanji: »kam se hodiš frizirat?«, kar je jasno ogromna potrditev, da Lasek nekaj že dela »prav«.

NEGA DOMA
Dober frizer vam bo čudovito postrigel lase in jo obarval v vašo sanjsko barvo. Vse lepo in prav, vendar se zgodba o lepih laseh lahko tam tudi konča – po nekaj dneh/tednih po obisku. Vsak »pravi frizer« vas bo opozoril, kako zelo pomembna je dobra, kvalitetna nega doma. To jesen sem svojim lasem privoščila »ultra treatment« tudi doma. Zopet sem dala priložnost znamki Alterna. Po izjemni izkušnji s šamponom in balzamom Caviar Moisture pred leti, sem se tokrat odločila izbrati linijo Caviar Color Care Blonde. Cena šampona in balzama je 43,92€, kar ni malo in se zagotovo sliši veliko. Lahko povem, da mi je prejšnji balzam zadostoval kar za pol leta, šampon za cca.4-5 mesecev, kar mesečno niti ne znese dosti več kot sicer (naj poudarim, da že nekaj let svoje lase negujem večinoma s »frizerskimi« šamponi, ki so večinoma dražji). Se pa splača poiskati kakšno akcijo (včasih dobiš oba produkta v setu, ki je malo cenejši). Nazaj k izdelkoma – šampon je brez sulfatov (kar je ogrooomen plus, predvsem, če imate bolj občutljivo lasišče), gre za produkta, ki delujeta proti staranju las in sta namenjena prav negi svetlih las. Nevtralizirata neželene bronaste tone, ne delujeta pa tako intenzivno kot siceršnji »vijolični/srebrni« šamponi in balzami. Cena tukaj popolnoma odraža kvaliteto, saj v svoji »lasni zgodovini« še nisem našla produkta, ki bi se Alterni približal, moji lasje so po uporabi mehki in sijoči, prav nič obteženi, a vseeno »nahranjeni«. Pri Alterni veš, kaj kupuješ… Plačaš luksuz in vrhunski rezultat, o tem ni dvoma. Nasvet za šoping: produkte lahko najdeš v določenih frizerskih salonih (na primer v Lasku), ali pa na spletni strani Alterna (tukaj).

foto: Domen Blenkuš & me

Sunday, 23 August 2015

OUTFIT: Pearls & Distressed Blue Jeans & Leopard Sunglasses



wearing:
boyfriend jeans from GAP
shirt from LIDL
shoes from RELANCE, TRGOVINA MASS
necklace from PERLA (kupi TUKAJ)
sunglasses from ZEROUV (buy HERE / kupi TUKAJ)
handbag from VIVA'S PROJECT (buy HERE / kupi TUKAJ)
lipgloss from BOURJOIS (06 Carton Rouge)

photo: Domen Blenkuš

Friday, 21 August 2015

BEAUTY: If I had to pick two... foundations



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When it comes to foundations, I try a lot of them and I mean a lot. In the past few year I've found some that I really love, two of them being Vichy Teint Ideal in cream version (ideal in winter) and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation (a budget choice). And then something unusual happened. I found another two in a short period of time that blew me away.

Matis Response Teint Quicklift (44,50€ BUY HERE) was love at first buff. The thing that really stands out about this one is the fact that it looks stunning all day long, the lasting power is amazing. A lot of foundations look gorgeous and glowy when applied but you can hardly see the effect 6 (or more) hours later. Well, this one you can – it gives my rather dry skin a dewy and healthy look with medium coverage that can be built up. It’s supposed to work for all skin types, I’d say it’s a winner for normal, mixed or dry skin, if you love the glowy finish (I wouldn't recommend picking it up if you have oily skin). It’s actually a dual product, acting as a serum and foundation, it treats, smoothes and plumps the skin while imparting a luminous glow (without any shimmering parts!) and providing hydration (it contains hyaluronic acid filling spheres). There are only three shades available, the lightest one (Light Beige) fits my skin tone perfectly – it’s not a super pale shade, however pale enough for me (it has a wonderful neutral undertone). There’s not a single downside to this product, it’s more on the pricey side, however totally worth every cent!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is my second favourite at the moment. We haven’t had a Bobbi Brown selling point in Slovenia until a few weeks back, it’s now in Mueller in the centre of Ljubljana, good news for beauty lovers, bad for their credit cards. Enough said, this foundation is amazing. Not only that I found multiple shades that actually fit my skin tone (a lovely Bobbi Brown coach helped me with matching), I’ve madly fallen in love with the formulation. It’s my go-to pick when I need a full coverage base (however you can achieve light coverage as easy as the heavier one) and I must stay that I totally understand the hype. The finish is extremely natural, the texture is creamy, weightless and blends seamlessly. At that point I could go for 4 different shades, which all work for me. I was contemplating between the shade 1 (Warm Ivory) and 2 (Sand), I decided to opt for the lightest one, since I can always bronze it up a bit (and I just came from the seaside with a bit of a tan, which is a rare thing with me). To sum up, the foundation is photo friendly (perfect for photoshoots, parties and weddings), would suit any skin type (and tone, since the shade range is large) and I highly recommend it. It’s a splurge with amazing packaging and velvety feel on the skin. And I shouldn't forget to mention – it works nice as a touch-up concealer as well.


SLO
Pri tekočih/kremih podlagah (ali pudrih, če imate raje) sem sama izjemno izbirčna. Preizkusila sem jih že na stotine, redko katera me je prepričala v ponovni nakup. Sicer sta med mojimi favoriti Vichy Teint Ideal (predvsem kot zimska podlaga) in Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (cenovno ugodna izbira). To poletje pa se je pripetilo nekaj, česar zares nisem pričakovala. Našla sem dve popolni izbiri…

Matis Response Teint Quicklift (44,50€ KUPI TUKAJ) je verjetno moja najljubša podlaga vseh časov, vse od prvega nanosa. Ne samo, da izgleda izjemno prav celoten dan (obstojnost je vrhunska), moji suhi koži nudi zdrav »glow« in vlaženje. Pravijo, da je primerna za vse tipe kože – jaz jo nadvse priporočam tistim s suhim tipom, dobro se bo obnesla tudi na normalni ali mešani koži (na mastni verjetno ne), predvsem če si želite nekaj zdravega sijaja. Produkt ni le podlaga, temveč je tudi nekakšen lepotni serum, ki naj bi celo pomagal pri preprečevanju staranja kože - verjetno zato koža izgleda tako čudovito. Vsebuje hialuronsko kislino in elastin ter (po opisu) odbojne biserne delce (ki se jih sicer popolnoma nič ne vidi, »hvalabogu!«). Ne morem vam opisati navdušenja nad tem produktom, lahko bi ga celo poimenovala »lepotna najdba leta«, saj moja koža tudi po 10ih urah nošenja izgleda navlažena, gladka, ten je izenačen. Gre za produkt brez slabe plati, tudi cena (ki ni nizka) je za moje pojme povsem opravičena – ko najdeš enkrat nekaj tako vrhunskega, se ti vsak cent za kakšno »budget« tekočo podlago zdi odveč.

Druga čudovita podlaga, ki sem jo našla po poletje, je Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (ceno sem pozabila, vsekakor pa ni nizka). Tisti, ki morda še niste »na tekočem«, Bobbi Brown je končno prišel v Slovenijo, na voljo je v Muellerju na Čopovi v Ljubljani. Ponudba je precej dobra, takšna je bila tudi izbira odtenkov omenjenega produkta. Izjemno prijetna in profesionalna Bobbi Brown mednarodna trenerka (ki je učila tudi eno našo) mi je pomagala pri izbiri, ustrezali so mi pravzaprav štirje odtenki (menda imam to srečo, da je moj podton na obrazu kombinacija roza in rumenega, tako da se lahko odločim za toplo, hladno ali nevtralno opcijo). Na koncu sem kolebala med odtenkoma 1 (Warm Ivory) in 2 (Sand), oba imata nevtralen podton. Takrat sem ravno prišla s kratkega oddiha na morju, kjer sem pridobila nekaj barve, zato sem se raje določila za svetlejši odtenek, za katerega sem vedela, da mi bo ustrezal dlje časa (še vedno pa je izgledal na obrazu čudovito z malo bronzerja). Sam finiš te kremne podlage v stiku je zelo naraven, mogoča je tako lahka, srednja, kot tudi (presenetljivo naravna) močna/polna prekrivnost. Dodaten plus dobi podlaga, ker se dobro obnese tudi na fotografiranjih s flešom (je super izbira tudi za zabave in poroke), izbira odtenkov je bogata, hkrati pa jo je mogoče uporabljati na poti kot korektor. 

Monday, 17 August 2015

OUTFIT: Early Morning Light



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You may (or may not) notice, this time I am wearing the same skirt as I did in my last blog post. We’re renovating our bathroom in our flat, and we’re currently not living there (I’ll reveal more when it’s finished), which is the main reason why my wardrobe choice is rather restricted. On the other hand, you can now see how to style this midi skirt in two completely different ways. This time I’m featuring a jeans shirt wrapped around my waist, aviator sunnies, my favourite lip combo at the moment and another gadget I am testing. Huawei P8 is doing a great job competing with my iPhone, especially the superb camera quality. You never know, I might switch to Android…


SLO
Morda ste (ali pa tudi ne) opazili, da sem v prejšnji stajling objavi nosila isto krilo. Razlog se skriva v moji trenutno okrnjeni garderobi, saj sva se z dragim morala začasno izseliti zaradi malo večje renovacije (bom vsekakor razkrila vse ob pravem času; verjetno na instagramu). Po drugi strani je nastala situacija morda celo zanimiva, saj lahko tako vidite dva popolnoma različna načina, kako kombinirati takšno sivo midi krilo. Tokrat v kombinaciji z jeans srajco zavezano okoli pasu, aviatorkami, mojo trenutno najljubšo kombinacijo produktov za ustnice in še eno napravo, ki jo trenutno testiram. Huawei P8 me je zares prijetno presenetil, predvsem z izjemno kakovostjo kamere. Kdo ve, morda spet zamenjam svoj iPhone za Huawei Androida.

wearing:
skirt from H&M
shirt from NEW YORKER
sunglasses from ZEROUV
lipliner from ESSENCE (06 Satin Mauve)
lipgloss from BOURJOIS (Sweet Kiss, 04 Incogni-rose)
phone HUAWEI P8

photo: Domen Blenkuš 

Friday, 14 August 2015

BEAUTY: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette



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Zoeva brushes are definitely one of my favourite brushes of all times (they are of amazing quality and competitively priced as well) and right after my Zoeva-brush-love, there comes the Zoeva-eyeshadow-love. After Smoky and Rose Golden, the Cocoa Blend Palette (17,50€ BUY HERE) made its way to my makeup stash. It is, my dear friends, a true stunner!

The packaging is cardboard, nice and slim; it may not look like, but you actually get a decent whack of shadow weight in there (10x1.5g). 10 totally stunning warm-toned bronzey shades have won my heart in their first try-out. As usually with Zoeva, the formula is creamy, easy to blend, they are amazingly pigmented and have good longevity. There’s actually not a single shade I wouldn’t fancy (well, maybe the Infusion is not my cup of tea, however it’s still lovely). A smoky eye makeup look is super easy to achieve with the chocolately matte and metallic hues, while the shimmery highlights come handy especially in the evenings. The shades are not natural nor anything »wild«, but still unique. Talking favourites: Bitter Start is a lovely light semi-matte beigey base (and even a browbone) shade; Sweeter End a stunning everyday shimmery gold with a hint of pink; Warm Notes is a rich, cranberry metallic red similar to MAC Cranberry; Freshly Toasted is a muted reddish brown with a matte finish; while the Beans are White is a matte blackened brown that works great along the lashline. The year 2015 in my eyes is definitely The Year of eyeshadows, Zoeva did a remarkable job once again.


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Oh ja, ko je govora o čopičih za ličenje, sama ne moremo mimo znamke Zoeva. Enostavno so najboljši, predvsem ker so izvrsten kompromis med cenovno ugodnostjo in vrhunsko kakovostjo. Čeprav so čopiči morda njihov najprepoznavnejši »it« kos, so njihovi drugi produkti prav tako čudoviti. Dvema paletkama senčil (Smoky in Rose Golden), ki jih že imam v svoji (sicer ne tako skromni) zbirki, se je pridružila še tretja. Cocoa Blend (17,50€ KUPI TUKAJ) me je očarala že ob prvi uporabi.

S svojo tanko, chic kartonasto embalažo so Zoeva paletke zagotovo ene izmed najelegantnejših. Čeprav sama zunanjost morda ne da vedeti, pravzaprav drži kar nekaj gramaže – dobite 10x po 1.5g, kar je skupno 15g senčil za 17,50€. 10 božanskih odtenkov, ki se vijejo vse preko kremno bele, bakrene in čokoladne, je prava izbira za vsakodnevne makeup videze, kot tudi ličenje ob posebnih priložnostih (omogoča res raznolike smoky-eye videze). Ne gre za klasično nevtralno paleto, kot tudi ne strašno divjo, je pa vsekakor posebna in zares zanimiva. Kar se tiče same kakovosti senčil, kot se za Zoevo spodobi, ni dileme – pigmentacija je vrhunska, senčila se čudovito nanašajo in zabrisujejo, obstojnost je (tudi brez primer-ja) izjemno dobra. Ni odtenka, ki me ne bi navdušil (no, morda Infusion ni ravno na prvo žogo »moj odtenek«, vendar se vseeno obnese na vekah dobro). Če bi morala izpostaviti zmagovalce med odtenki, bi bili to naslednji: Bitter Start (kremno bela s semi-mat finišem, ki je odlična kot baza ali na predelu pod obrvjo), Sweeter End (svetleče zlato-roza), Warm Notes (bogata brusnično rdeča, podobna odtenku MAC Cranberry), Freshly Toasted (ubita rdeče rjava z mat finišem), Beans are White (mat rjavo-črna, ki se super obnese kot obroba oči). Lahko rečem, da je leto 2015 zagotovo leto senčil in Zoeva se je pri meni zopet dokazala kot znamka, v katero je vredno investirati.