Thursday, 4 February 2016

BEAUTY: 20 Tips & Tricks to learn from Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist

Bobbi Brown beauty blog


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A week ago I had the chance to meet the Head of Artistry and Teaching at Bobbi Brown, world renowned makeup artist Eduardo Ferreira. I was one of three Slovenian media/editors who had the chance to experience an hour long individual makeup class and chat with him. You can imagine my excitement, when I found out I was going to learn from the makeup genius himself. The main Bobbi Brown focus is to empower women’s natural beauty and Eduardo definitely follows this approach religiously. We focused on how to cover up my dark circles, he gave me so many useful advice and shared a lot of interesting tricks with me. He did my makeup (obviously) as well, which was natural, my skin was dewy, the focus was on the eyes with the black eyeliner line, lips were in my favourite nudish shade. I decided to share my experience via photos, as well as sharing top 20 tricks I picked up from my Bobbi Brown lesson. The makeup you see on the photos I wore throughout the whole day, even at the exclusive evening Bobbi Brown event at Ljubljana Castle, where Eduardo Ferreira again showed us some tricks.

Which 20 tricks/commandments may change your makeup routine for good?
1.The so called no-makeup glowy look is »in« this season. So, keep it natural.

2.Your foundations should be a bit more yellow toned for your face to look as natural as possible.

3.You have to have good light when choosing a foundation. Good lighting is a must when applying makeup as well. At Bobbi Brown they will swatch at least 3 shades of foundation that’s similar to your skin tone on the side of your face; they will double check the one that disappears and blends into your skin on you forehead as well.

4.Use powder only where you (oily) shine. The powder shouldn’t change the shade of your foundation.

5.You can apply liquid and cream products with your fingers. The moisture of your fingers will help the foundation blend nicely.

6.A good skincare is extremely important, especially if you’re trying to achieve that healthy, glowy skin. After the moisturizer follow up with the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm and before the foundation add some highlighter (like BB Shimmer Bricks).

7.The first step of covering up the dark under eye circles is to make sure you have no mascara or liner residue around your eyes.

8.When covering up your dark areas, a corrector and concealer (in the right shades) will be your best friends. For dark circles use a pink or peach toned corrector to counteract and neutralize discoloration. Add a layer of yellow toned concealer on top (this one should be one shade lighter than your skin tone). These two are Eduardo’s favourite Bobbi Brown products as well.

9.Use a dramatic mascara on the top lashes (like their Smokey Eyes mascara) and use a different one for the bottom lashes, to make them softer (like BB Intensifying Long-Wear mascara).

10.If you have a lot of redness on your cheeks, use a natural bronzer instead of a pink blush (bronzer can be your blush).

11.The most natural looking blushes are pink, quoting Eduardo: “no one blushes orange or coral”. So, use a pink blush in order to look natural. Apply it starting on the apples of the cheeks, then blend up towards the hairline and down the cheek to soften the transition.

12.To find the most flattering everyday blush shade, match it to the colour your cheeks turn after you’ve lightly pinch them.

13.Forget about heavy contouring, it’s not a trend anymore. Keep it natural.

14.Use a lip pencil whenever you wear darker, bolder colours – apply it after the lipstick, the shades should match nicely. Otherwise you don’t need one, especially if your lips are defined.

15.The most natural looking lipstick shades are the ones that are up to two shades brighter or darker than your lips.

16.When you line your lashline, start on the top of the line and cut it where your crease starts, then close the triangle. Follow up with the inner part of the eye, make small dots right next to each other. Apply it between your lashes as well, no skin should be visible there. Liner should be on the whole lashline, the half-eye eyeliner look is not in trend anymore.

17.Eyeliner line should be thick enough to be visible when your eyes are open. It shouldn’t be too thick either.

18.When you line your lower lashline, make sure this line is softer and thinner compared to the upper lashline. Top and bottom lines should meet at the outer corner of the eye.

19.Nicely (but naturally) defined brows will frame your face. Remember, they are not twins, they are sisters, so there’s no need for them to be identical or symmetrical.

20.For the most natural look, define your brows with shadow using a brush. Apply with feathery strokes, start at the inner corner and follow to the outer corner. If you have gaps, use a brow pencil. Apply some translucent powder with your eyeshadow brush over your brows to make them more defined and natural.

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Dober teden nazaj je Slovenijo obiskal mojster ličenja pri Bobbi Brown, Eduardo Ferreira. Moj blog je bil kot eden izmed treh (srečnih) medijev izbran za ekskluzivno druženje, klepet in ličenje z Eduardom, umetniškim direktorjem in vodjo izobraževanja. Takšni priložnosti se vsekakor ne reče »ne«. Ena polna ura, ki jo je namenil samo meni, je minila izjemno hitro. Naučila sem se kar nekaj novih trikov, izvedela veliko o samih produktih in konceptu znamke Bobbi Brown in zdelo se mi je prav, da jih nekaj delim tudi z vami. Filozofija znamke sledi naravnemu, svežemu makeup videzu, ličila pa so le orodje za poudarjanje naravne lepote. Njihovi produkti so resnično vrhunski in zagotovo opravičujejo svoj ugled in višjo ceno. Sama sem požirala prav vsako besedo, ki mi jo je namenil mojster, upošteval je moje želje (zanimivo je to, da sva se kaj hitro ujela v tem »kakšen makeup mi pristoji najbolje«) in mi podal ogromno znanja predvsem tam, kjer sem sama menila, da ga najbolj potrebujem (beri: prekrivanje temnih podočnjakov). Najina ura ličenja v Muellerju na Čopovi je dala kot rezultat naraven videz z nekoliko bolj izrazitim eyelinerjem in celoten look je na moji koži (brez popravljanja!) zdržal do večera, ko nas je slovenski uvoznik za znamko gostil še na ekskluzivnem dogodku na Ljubljanskem gradu (no, ustnice so potrebovale dodaten nanos šminke).

Katerih 20 zapovedi po priporočilu mojstra velja poznati?
1.Trenutno je moden naraven makeup, ki ga praktično ni videti. Ostanite naravne!

2. Tekoča podlaga bo izgledala lepše in bolj naravno, če bo imela nekoliko bolj rumen podton.

3.Pri izbiri/nakupovanju tekoče podlage je ključna dobra svetloba (najboljša je naravna). Prav tako je izjemno pomembna pri samemu ličenju. Pri Bobbi Brown vam bodo pravi odtenek določili tako, da bodo izbrali 3 najbližje odtenke in jih preizkusili na stranskem predelu čeljusti. Pravi odtenek pa nato preverili še na čelu.

4.Puder v kamnu ali prahu uporabljajte le tam, kjer se resnično (mastno) svetite. Odtenka vašega tekoče podlage ne sme spremeniti.

5.Tekoče in kremne produkte lahko nanašate s prsti. Mojster to celo toplo priporoča, saj bo vlaga v koži prstov poskrbela za lepše zabrisovanje. Začnite pri nosu in tam, kjer imate nekoliko več rdečice.

6.Za sijoč videz nanesite dobro vlažilno kremo (za waw efekt nanesite še Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm), pred nanosom tekoče podlage pa nanesite še nekaj osvetljevalca, na primer njihov Shimmer Brick (znova ga lahko nanesete tudi kasneje).

7.Pred zakrivanjem podočnjakom je ključno, da odstranite res vse ostanke ličil, predvsem maskare okoli oči.

8.Pri zakrivanju podočnjakov je ključna izbira pravega odtenka »corrector-ja« in »concealer-ja«. Prvi bo barvno nevtraliziral temne kolobarje (in bo roza ali breskovega odtenka), drugi izenačil ten kože (bo rumenkast). Ne pozabite ga tudi fiksirati s pudrom. Bobbi Brown ima resnično vrhunsko izbiro vseh odtenkov. Ko sem Eduarda povprašala, kateri Bobbir Brown izdelek bi izbral, če bi lahko le enega, je izstrelil: »kombinacijo correctorja in concealerja«.

9.Na vrhnjih trepalnicah uporabite dramatično maskaro (kot je njihova Smokey Eyes maskara), na spodnjih takšno z manjšo krtačko (kot je njihova Intensifying Long-Wear maskara).

10.V kolikor imate precej rdečice na licih, raje ne posegajte po preveliki količini roza rdečila. Vaše rdečilo je lahko celo (ne pretemen) bronzer.

11.Za naraven videz uporabite bronzer ali rožnato rdečilo. Eduardo pravi, da nihče ne zardeva v oranžnem ali koralnem odtenku. Nanesite ga na vrh ličnice in ga razmažite proti lasem in navzdol.

12.Najlažje boste našli pravi odtenek rdečila zase, če boste očistili ličil manjši predel na licih in se rahlo uščipnili. To vam bo pokazalo pravo, naravno barvo za vas.

13.Pozabite na nenaravno senčenje obraza, ki je bilo v preteklih letih velik trend.

14.Črtalo oziroma svinčnik za obrobo ustnic je nujen v primeru temnejših odtenkov šminke, sicer pa nepotreben, predvsem, če imate lepo definirane ustnice. Uporabite ga po tem, ko nanesete šminko.

15.Najbolj naravno bodo na vaših ustnicah izgledali odtenki, ki so do dva odtenka svetlejši ali temnejši od vašega odtenka ustnic.

16.Nanos eyelinerja začnite na najvišjem delu zunanjega roba veke (nekje na sredini), končajte ga tam, kjer se začne guba vaše veke (ne pojdite čez!). Nanesite ga tudi na notranji del očesa, tam namesto ravnega, gladkega nanosa, raje izberite nanos s »tapkanjem pikic eno ob drugi«.

17.Eyeliner naj bo debel toliko, da je viden takrat, ko imate odprte oči. Naj ne bo pretanek in ne predebel.

18.Ob obrobljanju spodnjega dela roba veke, naredit tanjšo črto, ki naj bo bolj zabrisana. Zgornja in spodnja črta naj se srečata na zunanjem delu očesa.

19.Obrvi sta okvir obraza in nista dvojčici, temveč sestri. Ni potrebno, da sta popolnoma simetrični in vsekakor ne smeta biti preveč očitno narisani.

20.Za naravno izpostavitev obrvi nanesite senčilo, ki ga nanesite v rahlih potegih čopiča. Začnite v notranjem predelu in nadaljujte proti zunanjemu delu. Za zapolnitev predelov, kjer obrvi nimate, uporabite svinčnik. Za dodatno definicijo vzemite čopič za senčila in nanesite transparentni puder čez obrvi. Razlika bo očitna.

photo: Domen Blenkuš

Monday, 1 February 2016

BEAUTY: 3 Makeup Bits, 3 Reasons To Use Each

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I’ve got 3 beauty bits from Artistry to show you today, all 3 have won my heart immediately and have been a part of my makeup regime for quite some time now. The thing I can say about all of them is that their formulas definitely live up to the price tag, they are and feel marvelous. Want to know why? I can count at least 3 reasons for each…

Artistry Exact Fit Beauty Balm Perfecting Primer
#1 reason – it’s a primer: It's lightweight formula smoothes, prepares and refines the skin, while delivering a flawless makeup application and prolonging the foundation. It works great blurring skin’s imperfections and the look of pores.
#2 reason – it’s also a perfecting base: it can also be worn by itself, without any need for an additional layer. A blend of Tahitian pearls and optical prisms in the formula adds a light coverage. The finish on the skin is luminous (has some small shimmer as well), healthy and natural, pores are less visible. It’s a perfect match for anyone looking for a sheer, light and wearable everyday base or BB cream. The single universal shade will match even the palest gals out there.
#3 reason – it works as a hydrating and protecting shield: in both previous uses, it will always work as a boost of instant hydration and nourishment, it leaves the skin looking soft and supple. It contains broad-spectrum SPF protection (35SPF UVA/UVB PA+++) and works as a shield from aging and harmful UV rays, as well as free radicals. That’s definitely the best selling point in my opinion, SPF in important (Everyday. Always.)

Artistry Exact Fit Perfecting Loose Powder
#1 reason – the finish is stunning: the blend of Tahitian peals and optical prisms gives a perfected, silky and luminous finish. It will look natural, even if you go over the top with it, it’s a true ground-breaker (I would still recommend you not exaggerate with the amount when applying, since it will last you way longer and there will be no need to thoroughly clean your bathroom each time you use it). It controls oils and shine (the more you use, the more matte look you’ll get), extends the foundations wear without drying out your skin. I find it perfect for my rather dry and dehydrated face.
#2 reason – you can use it as final setting powder or as a concealer setter: me personally, I rarely use it to finish off my entire makeup and set everything in place. When I do, I go for a fluffy powder brush and apply it as light as possible (I am not the biggest fan of applicator puffs, I must admit). However, my favourite way to use this one from Artistry is as a concealer setter. My main makeup concern is covering up my dark under-eye circles. Applying loose powder after the concealer is a must, if I want them to stay covered for at least a few hours. Most powders can add cakiness, especially in my already dry eye area. Well, this one doesn’t and therefore is one of my favourites.
#3 reason – using it to catch eyeshadow fall out: when doing a stronger eye makeup look – like black smokey eye, I add a thick layer of loose powder underneath the eyes and around the upper cheek area (I learned this trick years ago from a makeup artists I worked with as a model). This way the powder catches all the fall out and when I am done with my eye makeup, I simply sweep the excess powder off. This one works great, the biggest plus is the fact that it doesn’t cake up my face in the process.

Artistry Automatic Lipliner Pencil
#1 reason – it looks great on everyone: Artistry developed their lipliners to be as universal as possible. They are all natural and perfect for defining your lips. I picked up a Dusty Rose shade, which complements a variety of looks and matches quite a lot of my neutral-rosy-nude lipstick shades. It’s one of my top shades I own overall.
#2 reason – lining around lips or filling them in: you can use it to outline your lips and therefore prevent feathering and redefine your lipline. My favourite way to use this one is to cover my lips in it and apply a similar lipstick shade (lipliner will help your lipstick last longer) on top, only use a lipbalm or even wear it by itself. Although is matte, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on my lips, probably due to antioxidant vitamin E and a special blend of ingredients it contains.
#3 reason – the packaging is a winner: firstly, you choose a refill shade and snap it into the pencil holder. The holder itself contains a handy lip brush applicator on the other hand, which comes extremely helpful when trying to fill in or blend any missed area. The brush works with the liner itself, as well as being great to precisely apply a lipstick. The liner doesn’t need sharpening, you just swirl it up and start lining.


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Danes je na vrsti trojica makeup izdelkov znamke Artistry, ki me je precej navdušila v preteklih tednih. Postali so del moje makeup rutine in prav za vse lahko rečem, da njihova formula vsekakor opravičuje ime in nekoliko višjo ceno. Vas zanima podrobneje zakaj? Za vsakega lahko naštejem tri razloge…

Artistry Exact Fit Beauty Balm Perfecting Primer
#1 razlog – je odlična baza/primer: ima izjemno lahko formulo, ki zgladi in pripravi kožo na še enostavnejši nanos preostalih izdelkov. Podaljša obstojnost tekoči podlagi in naredi optično kožo bolj gladko, nepravilnosti in pore so manj vidne.
#2 razlog – izenači ten kože: produkt se lahko nosi tudi samostojno, brez dodajanja še ene plasti tekoče podlage oziroma pudra. Vsebuje mešanico tahitijskih biserov in optičnih delcev ter ima precej lahko prektivnost. Finiš na koži je sijoč (ima tudi nekaj bleščic, ki se sicer vidijo le pod določenim kotom in svetlobo), zdrav in naraven. Je super izbira za tiste, ki iščete zares lahkoten vsakodnevni produkt, ki bo nekoliko izenačil ten vaše kože. Na voljo je v enem samem odtenku, ki bo zagotovo ustrezal tudi najsvetlejši polti.
#3 razlog – kožo navlaži in zaščiti: v vsakem primeru vam bo nanos tega produkta pomagal do bolj navlažene in nahranjene kože. Po uporabi je moja koža zares mehka in voljna. Dodaten plus je dejstvo, da vsebuje SPF zaščito (35ZF UVA/UVB PA+++) in tako deluje kot zaščitna plast pred škodljivimi UV žarki, kot tudi pred prostimi radikali, ki pospešujejo staranje kože. Ta del mene osebno najbolj prepriča, saj sem mnenja, da je potrebno za zaščito kože skrbeti skozi vse leto.

Artistry Exact Fit Perfecting Loose Powder
#1 razlog – ima čudovit finiš: kombinacija tahitijski biserov in optičnih delcev poskrbi za svilen in še vedno sijoč videz. Koža izgleda naravno, tudi če zapretiravate s samo količino pudra, in prav zato mi je tako zelo všeč (vseeno priporočam, da uporabite manjšo količino, ker produkt ni ravno poceni – čeprav ga dobite v embalaži kar veliko; pa še kopalnica bo tako manj prašna po nanosu). Kljub naravnemu in ne popolnoma mat videzu, poskrbi da so s kože odstranjena vsa olja in masten sijaj (jasno, več kot ga uporabite, bolj mat boste). Podaljša obstojnost tekoče podlage in ne izsuši kože (kar je pomembno predvsem pri tistih, ki imamo suh tip kože).
#2 razlog – uporaba kot zaključni puder ali fiksiranje korektorja: sama na splošno redko uporabljam zaključne pudre. Ko pa jih, v roke vzamem velik mehek čopič in puder nanesem v zares majhnih količinah (zame je čopič edini sprejemljiv način nanosa, priloženih aplikatorjev kot po pravilu ne maram). Tako Artistry puder v prahu uporabljam večinoma kot fiksator korektorja, predvsem pod očmi. Moj glavni makeup cilj je prekritje temnih predelov okoli oči in uporaba fiksirnega pudra po nanosu korektorja je enostavno nujna, če želim, da se na mojem obrazu ne pojavijo nazaj v nekaj urah. Težava pri večini podobnih produkt je, da mi ekstremno izsušijo (že tako suh) predel okoli oči. Ta ga začuda ne in prav zato si zasluži plus točke.
#3 razlog – prepreči razmazana senčila na licih zaradi drobljenja: kadar se odločim za nekoliko temnejši zadimljen videz na očeh, mi pride prav trik, ki sem se ga naučila od makeup mojstrov. Pod očmi in na vrhu ličnic dodam debelejšo plast pudra v prahu, ki »zavaruje« kožo pred odpadanjem senčil direktno na kožo. Po koncu nato s čopičem odstranim odvečen prah. Ta se obnese pri tem delu odlično, predvsem ker mi medtem ne izsuši celotnega obraza.

Artistry Automatic Lipliner Pencil
#1 razlog – odtenek bo pristajal vsakomur: Artistry je ustvaril svoje svinčnike za ustnice v univerzalnih odtenkih, tako da bi jih lahko uporabljal praktično kdorkoli. Odtenek Dusty Rose je naraven in se čudovito ujema s kar lepim številom šmink v nevtralni-rožnato-nude barvni družini (ki je pri meni kar številčna).
#2 razlog – obroba ustnic ali celotno obarvanje: vsekakor lahko svinčnik uporabite tako, da le občrtate svoje ustnice, torej poudarite njihovo linijo. Lahko pa ga uporabite kar čez celotne ustnice. V kolikor boste nato sledili z nanosom šminke, bo črtalo poskrbelo za boljšo obstojnost. Lahko pa ga nosite kar samostojno ali pa čez nanesete brezbarven balzam ali glos. Čeprav je mat, na ustnicah ni neprijeten ali izsušujoč (verjetno zaradi vitamina E in mešanice sestavin, ki jih vsebuje).
#3 razlog – dovršena embalaža: po izbiri odtenka, ki vam je všeč in le-tega umestite v držalo, ki ima na drugi strani priročen čopič. Prav ta čopič mi je izjemno všeč – lahko ga uporabim za razporeditev svinčnika po ustnicah oziroma rahlo zabrisovanje; lahko pa za natančen nanos šminke. Svinčnik ima še eno prednost – ne potrebuje namreč šiljenja, saj deluje na rotirajoč princip. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Photo Gear



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I am by no means a professional photographer, however taking photos became a (more serious) hobby of mine soon after I started my blog. All of my beauty and travel related photos are shot by myself (with some help of my boyfriend occasionally) and since I get quite a few comments and questions about what equipment I use, I thought it might be a nice idea to share them with you in a blog post. A good photo is something that pleases me a lot, and being said that, it’s a lot easier to capture one with good equipment (you have more creative space as well as editing is much easier if a photo looks nice to begin with). Want to know which cameras I use?

Sony α55, my main camera
Sony α55 is my main camera, which is not a traditional DSLR. It’s described as a hybrid that, like a compact is from the ground built around live view (which is super handy), but on the other hand still capable of offering full-time DSLR capabilities. I use two Sony lenses to take my photos – 3.5-5.6/18-70 one, that works great as an all-rounder and a 1.4/50, which is superb for taking portrait photos as well as product photography (especially, if you want that soft, blurry background and a nice depth of the field; even in darker spaces). This combo is at the moment pretty much everything I need.

Sony HX90, my travel compact
Being a Sony fan (as my father-in-law), my smaller to-go camera choice (my rather new acquisition), is also a Sony - Sony HX90. It’s a travel compact that offers an amazing 30x zoom, while it’s small enough to be taken everywhere with me (you can even fit it in your pocket). It’s sleek and light, offering great manual control and has a flip screen, which is the greatest invention ever for taking selfies. I would highly suggest this mini to all who are looking for a handy compact camera with amazing specifications.

Huawei P8, my smart phone
I switched from iPhone to Huawei a few months back and I must say that I am not regretting this decision. I am highly pleased with my Huawei P8, one of the main reasons is definitely its great camera. With it’s 13-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front-facing one it’s probably the best you can get for this money, it does a great job enhancing colours and overall takes marvelous photos. Most of my Instagram photos are shoot by Huawei P8 – you can read the whole How I edit my Instagram photos post HERE, if you are interested in some in-depth IG editing tips.


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Vsekakor nisem nek velik foto strokovnjak, je pa fotografija postala moj hobi kmalu potem, ko sem začela pisati svoj blog. Vse lepotne in potovalne fotografije posnamem sama (občasno mi pomaga tudi fant Jan), za modne je večinoma zadolžen Domen Blenkuš. Ker sem kar nekaj vprašanj dobila na temo fotografije, sem se odločila, da začnem na začetku in predstavim svojo foto opremo. Dobro fotografijo je mnogo lažje posneti z dobro (ali vsaj solidno) opremo, saj je tako mnogo manj dela že med samim procesom fotografiranja, kot tudi pri obdelavi. Torej, vas zanima, katere kamere uporabljam?

Sony α55, moja glavna kamera
Sony α55 je moja »glavna« kamera, ki ni klasičen DSLR. Opisana je kot nekakšen hibrid, ki omogoča direktno vizualno spremljanje nastavitev (kar je izjemno priročno predvsem za nas amaterje), a vseeno omogoča vse kar nudi klasičen DSLR. Telo aparata je neuporabno brez objektiva, jaz uporabljam dva – 3.5-5.6/18-70, ki je nekakšen vsesplošen objektiv, ki pride prav predvsem na potovanjih; ter 1.4/50, ki je super predvsem za portrete in produktno fotografijo (omogoča mehko, zamegljeno ozadje, lepo globino in se dobro obnese tudi v temnejših pogojih). Ta kombinacija je trenutno vse kar potrebujem.

Sony HX90, moj potovalni fotoaparat
Sony navdušenje delim s fantovim očetom, prav zato je tudi moja druga, manjša kamera Sony. Sony HX90 je super uporaben potovalen fotoaparat, ki se lahko pohvali s 30x zoom-om in priročno majhnostjo, ki omogoča, da ga pospravim tudi v kakšen precej majhen žep. Mala elegantna naprava se super obnese tudi pri uporabi manualnih nastavitev, hkrati pa ima premični zaslonček, ki pride prav predvsem za dober selfie. Sony HX90 priporočam vsem, ki iščejo kompakten fotoaparat s super specifikacijami.

Huawei P8, moj pametni telefon
Pred meseci sem z iPhone-a presedlala na Huawei in danes lahko znova potrdim, da svoje odločitve prav nič ne obžalujem. Izjemno sem zadovoljna s svojim Huawei P8, eden glavnih razlogov je vsekakor tudi njegova kvaliteta fotografij. Glavna kamera ima 13-megapikslov, sprednja (selfie) kamera pa kar 8-megapikslov, za ta denar boste težko dobili kaj boljšega. Predvsem, če iščete pametni telefon, ki bo naredil lepe fotografije z živahnimi barvami. Večina mojih Instagram fotografij (če mi še ne sledite, me poiščite pod @ajdasitar) je narejenih prav z Huawei P8. Za vse IG foto navdušence pa bo morda zanimiva moja nedavno objavljena objava Kako urejam Instagram fotografije?, ki jo lahko najdete TUKAJ.

photo: Domen Blenkuš

Sunday, 24 January 2016

OUTFIT: How blogging has changed me?

How blogging has changed me



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I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now, and I must admit, it has been quite a journey. I’ve grown a lot as a person in the meantime, my style has changed, my abilities improved. I’ve been browsing through my old blog posts, I realized how blogging has changed both me and my life…

The gift of creativity and inspiration
I wouldn't call my (law) studies particularly artsy, there’s simply not a lot of room for creativity, especially the visual aspect of it. Blogging is here to help me evolve my creativity, through taking photos, writing as well as overall searching for new creative ways to put my content out there and inspire others. Hours spent on creating imagery, editing and writing are definitely paid off when you see your readers excited, coming back for more and audience growing. Thank you all for your support!

Meeting new people, making some friends
I’ve met some truly amazing people though my blogging days (like Deborah Mitchell herself!), I am lucky to be able to call some of them my true friends. They’re true and genuine, they inspire me, understand my dilemmas and problems, as well as helping solve some (while not judging me when I am taking 100 photos and rearranging their beverages in a cafe to get the perfect flatlay). I believe meeting new people has been one of the main stand-out things I get out from the blogging community.

It has opened up many doors for me
Many exciting projects have come in to my life in the past few years, many of them due to blogging. I got the chance to collaborate with the most amazing beauty and fashion brands, working with them on exciting campaigns, travel around the world, meet new people… I got the chance to write my own beauty column for Grazia magazine, now I am proud to be a beauty editor for one of the most recognized Slovenian online magazines, Etiketa Magazin. Blogging has also helped me understand the fashion and beauty world, marketing and all the things that come along.

It helped me be more confident
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself the least confident person, given being a part of the fashion and media industry for over 7 years now. But still. A few years back for example, I didn’t feel completely comfortable taking outdoor photography. People were (and still are) staring at me in the street, while I am posing for a photo. Now I just ignore it and smile back. I am not ashamed of doing what I do to create good, quality content and stand out of the crowd.


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Svoj blog ustvarjam že dobra tri leta in za mano je kar zanimivo obdobje. V preteklih letih sem se vsekakor spremenila, zrasla kot oseba, spremenila so se moja mišljenja in stil, sem in tja sem izboljšala kakšno svojo sposobnost. Ob brskanju po starem arhivu svojih objav sem ugotovila, da je za spremembe delno »kriv« tudi moj blog….

Blog je moj kreativni in inspiracijski outlet
Moj študij nekako ne velja za najbolj kreativen in artističen študij, prostora za kreativnost, predvsem na vizualnem področju ni prav veliko. Blog zame predstavlja moj mali kotiček na spletu, ki mojo kreativnost potencira, mi omogoča vrsto kreativnosti pri ustvarjanju novih objav, hkrati pa za bralce predstavlja vir inspiracije. Ure preživete ob fotografiranju, urejanju in pisanju so vsekakor poplačane, ko vidim, da se moji zvesti bralci vračajo po nove in nove objave, hkrati pa število obiskovalcev raste. Ob tej priliki, hvala vsem za podporo, mi resnično veliko pomeni!

Spoznavam vrsto zanimivih ljudi, sklepam nova prijateljstva
V preteklih letih sem zaradi samega blogerskega dela spoznala kar nekaj izjemno zanimivih ljudi, od direktorjev, kreativcev, marketing mojstrov (in zvezdniških lepotnih osebnosti kot je na primer gospa Deborah Mitchell), do blogerskih kolegic. Z marsikom sem v dobrih poslovnih odnosih, z nekaterimi pa sem spletla resnična, pristna prijateljstva. Blogerske kolegice me tako popolnoma razumejo, tudi takrat kot morajo čakati na svoj rogljiček in kavico, da najprej preuredim mizo in nato posnamem lepo fotografijo. Spoznavanje novih ljudi je vsekakor ena meni najljubših stvari, ki jih lahko dobiš z bloganjem.

Odprla so se mi nova vrata
Priložnost sem imela delati na precej zanimivih projektih, najljubši od vseh so vsekakor prišli prav zaradi bloga. Sodelujem z izjemnimi lepotnimi in modnimi znamkami, sem priča in del zanimivih kampanj, raziskujem svet, spoznavam nove ljudi… V preteklosti sem imela priložnost pisati svojo lastno lepotno kolumno pri reviji Grazia, danes pa sem lepotna urednica portala Etiketa Magazin, ki zagotovo velja za enega najboljših modno-lepotnih spletnikov v Sloveniji. Zaradi bloga razumem in bolje spoznavam lepotni in modni svet, marketing in vse kar sodi zraven.

Postala sem bolj samozavestna
Nikoli nisem bila preveč sramežljiv človek, to vsekakor drži. Konec koncev sem del modnega in tudi medijskega sveta že nekje 7 let, pa že kot mala nisem imela težav z javnim nastopanjem (na tak ali drugačen način). Pa vseeno, blog mi je pomagal postati še do več samozavesti. V začetku mojih blogerskih ustvarjanj mi je bilo nekoliko nerodno, ko so ljudje strmeli vame, ko sem pozirala (ali ponavljala en in isti gib) sredi ulice. Danes mi je vseeno, odmislim jih ali pa se jim le lepo nasmehnem. Ni me sram, da »delam kar delam«, ustvarjam dobre, kvalitetne vsebine in morda zato »štrlim iz množice«.

leather jacket from PENNY BLACK
sweater dress from PRIMARK
jewellery from PRIMARK
watch from LENCIA ZLATARNA CELJA
boots from TRGOVINA MASS

photo: Domen Blenkuš

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

BEAUTY: Zoeva Spectrum Collection and New Brushes

Zoeva Spectrum palette


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A week ago the German makeup brand Zoeva came out with a bunch of new products. Their newly released Zoeva Spectrum collection consists of 3 eyeshadow palettes and 3 blush palettes. To their already diverse makeup brush range they also added 10 new brushes, some looking rather unusual and/or spectacular. I was very fortunate to get all of the palettes as well as 5 of the brushes, weeks before the official release.

»Just like a raindrop breaks the light of the sun into a spectrum of infinite hues and with the manifestation of a rainbow brings to life one of the most beautiful, ethereal wonders of the universe, the ZOEVA Spectrum Collection worships color in all of Mother Nature’s splendor.«

Zoeva Spectrum eyeshadow palettes, a perfect mix of neutrals with a pop of colour
I always think Zoeva’s products are so well presented. Though the palette packaging is cardboard, it’s elegant and slim, while the absence of a mirror is compensated by a rather large base weight of the shadows. There are 15 shades in total in each of the eyeshadow palettes, all being extremely blendable, creamy (without any fallout) and highly pigmented. All of them have got some light neutrals, which work nicely as your base or/and highlight and some corresponding pops of colour, which are great to play around. Each of the colour spectrums with matte, pearl and satin finishe are perfect for creating versatile day or night makeup looks.

Starting with the most earthly toned of them, Zoeva Nude Spectrum eyeshadow palette was inspired by the beauty of the desert. Stunning earth tones, everything from bronze, coppery and subtle sandy ones represent the ultimate “must have “ palette that would suit anyone.

Zoeva Warm Spectrum eyeshadow palette on the other hand, is even more playful, combining shades you could find at the erupting volcano. You’ve got everything from light neutrals, ashy browns, rocky grey, lava-like and terra cotta reds, as well as some stunning purple-mauve hues. Those who know me well, would probably say the Nude one is my fav, but surprise, surprise, the Warm one is getting all the love (I mean, not all, but it’s definitely my favourite).

Last but not least, Zoeva Cool Spectrum eyeshadow palette reminds of the bright lights in the far north, the magnificent aurora borealis. A bit more frosty brownish-grey, metallic hues, deep greens, icy pink and pale lilac represent a cool, but easily wearable set of shades, that are unique enough to allow you to create a variety of looks.

Zoeva Spectrum blush palettes, everything you need for your cheeks (and more)
Zoeva is definitely the to go make up brand, when it comes to eyebrushes and eyeshadows. With their newest range of 3 blush palettes they’ve proven me, Zoeva is much more than that. They’ve done a fantastic job creating these quads. Owning all three, I believe, I could survive without using any other blusher for sure (though I’d still keep my darker bronzers and contour products. And my much loved highlighters.). Pink, nude, coral, matte, satin, easily blendable and buildable. Zoeva got them all.

Starting with the most neutral one, once again, Zoeva Nude Spectrum blush palette is a quad of sublime bronze shades, which are perfect for adding some warmth to cheeks and enhancing healthy, genuine, soft sun-kissed finish. For me, it represents summer in a makeup product, which is a reason strong enough to earn it’s place on my regular makeup menu.

For all the rosy cheek lovers, the Zoeva Pink Spectrum blush palette is the ultimate essential. You’ve got everything from two soft rosy shades, to popping pink and a bit more pinky-coral shimmer. The lesson I’ve learnt from this palette is not to be scared to add a noticeable touch of pink to the cheeks. It’s the easiest way to make yourself more fresh and alive, regardless your skin tone.

Although it’s all freezing cold here in Slovenia at the moment, Zoeva Coral Spectrum blush palette takes me to the lush, tropical island with surrounding reefs in a second. This might be the most Spring-appropriate one out of the bunch. Light peaches and bright coral pinks are still getting a lot of love from me even in winter months. To be completely honest, I could easily teleport myself to a sunny Mauritius beach right know and only take this one with me.

Zoeva brushes, it doesn’t get better than this
Sure, there might be some better makeup brushes on the market, but for sure, non of them beat Zoeva’s price and quality ratio. I am sure you won't find a better deal anywhere. Their products won't cost you a fortune, but I am 100% sure you'll be more than happy with their quality and performance. I cannot recommend them enough.

They’ve added 10 new eye and face brushes to their already large brush range (there are more than 60 already existing ones to choose from). They use the finest natural and synthetic hair, making their brushes extremely soft. I’ve tried 5 out of the newest 10 ones.

90 Luxe Grand Powder is the best acquisition ever, being ultra soft and large. It’s perfect for applying loose or pressed powder or bronzer to your face. It's pure pleasure using it.

132 Luxe Powder Finish is my new favourite for applying highlighter on the top of the cheeks, nose and forehead. It could also work nicely as a soft setting brush for the under eye area.

134 Luxe Powder Fusion is the brush I didn’t know I needed until I got it. It’s a rather huge and a bit pointy eyeshadow brush that will help you blend all the shades on your eyelid seamlessly together. Zoeva also recommends it for applying highlighter, powder or contouring products.

140 Luxe Petit Buffer, “what on Earth is this” I was wondering when I first got my hands on it. With it’s sleek profile and compact size it's actually the brush to ensure a smoothing effect in the areas, that are usually the most problematic (around the eyes or nose). I wouldn’t say it’s a complete must have, however a true makeup enthusiast will find it very usefull.

240 Luxe Petit Pencil is the smallest of the bunch, perfectly suited for all the precise applications around the eyes. It can help you create the perfect V on the outer part of the eyelid, it’s precise enough to add some sparkly eyeshadows in the inner corner, as well as outlining right next to the lash line.

The overall verdict: Zoeva did it again.
The Spectrum shades in the eyeshadow and blush palettes are here to suit all tastes, allowing unlimited makeup looks, while the Zoeva makeup brushes are the ultimate tool for a (more or less) professional result. The eyeshadow palettes start at 35€, blusher palettes at 18€, while you can pick up the individual brushes from 8,50€ to 29€. Considering the price, Zoeva still fits the high street price range, while the quality beats many luxurious brands.

Which of the newest Zoeva products is taking your fancy?


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Dober teden nazaj je ena mojih najljubših make up znamk, nemška Zoeva, dodala v svojo ponudbo kopico novih izdelkov. Imela sem to čast, da sem njihove novosti preizkušala že nekaj tednov prej. Moja zbirka je tako bogatejša za tri palete senčil in tri palete rdečil Zoeva Spectrum. V moj asortiman pripomočkov pa sem dodala še peterico čopičev za ličenje (izmed desetih novih).

Zoeva Spectrum palete senčil, popolna kombinacija nevtralnih odtenkov in barvne igrivosti
Produkti Zoeva vedno izgledajo čudovito. Prepričajo že s samim izgledom, uporabnost ter kvaliteta pa le potrdita, da je bil vsak odšteti evro zares vreden. Tudi pri novih paletah ni nič drugače. Čeprav se senčila nahajajo v trdi kartonasti embalaži, je le-ta elegantna in tanka. Odsotnost ogledala nadomesti večja gramaža senčil, za razliko od velike večine ostalih senčil tukaj torej ne dobite prav veliko neuporabne embalaže. Novim paletam je skupno število senčil (teh je 15), prav vsa se izjemno dobro zabrisujejo, so čudovito pigmentirana, kremasta, vendar skoraj popolnoma brez »fall-outa« (torej brez nezaželenega odpadanja in drobljenja). S kombinacijo mat, perlastih in satin zaključkov različnih odtenkov senčil so resnično zadeli terno. Ustvarjanje dnevnih in nočnih makeup videzov v nešteto kombinacijah je z njimi enostavno in zabavno.

Če začnem z najbolj »zemeljsko« izmed vseh, Zoeva Nude Spectrum paleta senčil predstavlja lepoto puščave. V njej boste našli zemeljske odtenke, vse od bolj bronastih, bakrenih, subtilno peščenih in rjavih. To je verjetno paleta, katere odtenki bodo pristajali vsakomur. Kupite jo lahko sebi, sestri, mami ali prijateljici, prav vsaki se bo lepo podala.

Zoeva Warm Spectrum je topla in nekoliko bolj igriva različica, ki jo je navdahnil vulkanski svet. Svetli nevtralni odtenki, sivkasto rjavi, magmatsko rdeči, vijolično-sivi in božanski terra cotta odtenki omogočajo vrsto različnih videzov. Tisti, ki me dobro poznate, bi mi verjetno najprej pripisali Nude paletko, vendar vam moram povedati, da je Warm verzija dejansko moja najljubša. Všeč mi je, ker doda nekaj drugačnosti, vendar ostaja nosljiva.

Trojček palet senčil zaključuje Zoeva Cool Spectrum. Zanjo so ustvarjalci dobili navdih v svetli in barviti igri svetlobe na daljnem severu, v polarnemu siju. Ta paleta je nekoliko bolj hladna, notri boste našli svetle, snežne roza in vijolične odtenke, globoko zeleno, rjavkasto sivo in mešanico metalik barv. Je verjetno najbolj unikatna od vseh treh.

Zoeva Spectrum palete rdečil, ob katerih se sprašujem, ali sploh potrebujem še kaj drugega
Zoeva obvlada proizvodnjo čopičev za ličenje, o tem ni dvoma. Prevzela so me tudi njihova senčila in pričakovala sem, da precej drugače s samimi paletami rdečil, ne bo. Občutek me ni varal. Trije četvorčki rdečil so verjetno vse, kar moje ličnice potrebujejo (če dodam še kakšen temnejši bronzer, contour izdelek in osvetljevalec seveda). Če bi v tem trenutku zgorela moja zbirka rdečil (bog-ne-daj!), bi zagotovo rešila le te tri paletke. Omg-Ajda-kakšna-bedna-pripomba (opomba sami sebi). Skratka: rožnata, koralna, mat, satin, enostaven nanos in možnost nadgrajevanja, vse kar rabiš.

Naj začnem znova z nevtralno, Zoeva Nude Spectrum paleta rdečil je sestavljena s četvorčka subtilnih bronze odtenkov, ki polti dodajo nekaj topline in poudarijo zdrav, pristen »s strani sonca poljubljen« videz. Zame predstavlja poletje sredi mrzle zime in prav to je razlog, zakaj si je zaslužila častno mesto v moji make up rutini.

Vem, da je med vami, lepotnimi navdušenkami kar nekaj ljubiteljic rožnate in Zoeva Pink Spectrum paleta rdečil je kot nalašč za vas. Četverico predstavlja izjemno drzna in močna roza, dva klasična rožnata odtenka in eden nekoliko bolj breskovo roza z nekaj sijaja. Paleta mi je dala eno pomembno make up lekcijo: nekaj rožnate na licih bo dodalo zdrav pridih, videz bo bolj svež in obraz bolj zbujen, prav na vsakem tenu kože.

Zoeva Coral Spectrum v mrzlih dneh spominja na sončen tropski otok obdan s koralnim grebenom. Je verjetno najbolj pomladno-poletna od vseh, svetlo breskovi in živahno koralni odtenki pa vseeno tudi v tem času izjemno lepo poživijo obraz. Brez težav bi se v tem trenutku transformirala na sončen Mauricius, s to paletko v kovčku.

Zoeva čopiči za ličenje, nemški glavni adut
Zagotovo (nekje) na trgu obstajajo boljši čopiči za ličenje, dam pa roko v ogenj, da prav nobeni ne presežejo vrhunskega razmerja med dostopno ceno in kvaliteto. Sorazmerno nizka cena pri Zoevi nikoli ne pomeni varčevanja na račun kvalitete in prav to je razlog, zakaj sem jih priporočila že tisočkrat (in jih zagotovo vsaj tolikokrat še bom).

V tem mesecu so svoji ponudbi dodali 10 novih čopičev za ličenje oči in obraza in tako svoj bogato izbiro, ki šteje več kot 60 čopičev, še dodatno obogatili. Pri izdelovanju uporabljajo najkvalitetnejše naravne in sintetične dlačice, tako da so čopiči izjemno mehki in uporabni. Izmed 10ih sem jih imela priložnost preizkusiti 5:

90 Luxe Grand Powder je verjetno moja najljubša pridobitev, saj je ultra mehak in velik. Uporaben je za nanos pudrastih izdelkov v prahu ali kamnu (pudra ali bronzerja). Uporaba je nadvse prijetna, mehke ščetine nežno božajo kožo obraza.

132 Luxe Powder Finish je moj novi favorit za nanos osvetljevalca na vrh ličnic, po nosu in čelu. Super se čopič obnese tudi kot nežen »setting« čopič za predel okoli oči.

134 Luxe Powder Finish je čopič, za katerega nisem vedela, da ga sploh potrebujem, vse dokler ga nisem prvič prijela v roke. Je precej velik in rahlo špičasto oblikovan, njegova naloga je zabrisovanje senčil na veki. To delo opravi resnično odlično, saj je nežen in poskrbi za subtilne prehode. Zoeva ga priporoča tudi za nanos osvetljevalca, pudra ali produkta za senčenje.

140 Luxe Petit Buffer je pri meni najprej sprožil začudenje »kaj hudiča je pa sploh to in za kaj se sploh uporablja?«. Je čopič, ki ima odrezan vrh in je nekoliko bolj kompakten. Uporablja se za zabrisovanje in glajenje problematičnih predelov, kot so tisti okoli oči ali nosa. Težko rečem, da je to čopič, ki ga rabi vsaka, zagotovo pa ga bodo cenili predvsem tisti pravi makeup entuziasti.

240 Luxe Petit Pencil je najmanjši izmed vseh, primeren za natančne nanose okoli oči. Uporabljam ga na ogromno načinov – odlično in precizno nanese senčilo v obliki črke V na zunanji del veke, hkrati pa je dovolj natančen, da omogoča nanos svetlega senčila v notranjosti ali pa občrtanje tik ob robu trepalnic.

Končna razsodba: Zoeva je znova potrdila svoj sloves.
Spectrum odtenki v paletah senčil in rdečil omogočajo na stotine različnih makeup videzov in prepričana sem, da bo prav vsak našel tisto pravo barvno kombinacijo zase. Zoeva čopiči so (kot vedno) ultimativen pripomoček pri nanosu, poskrbeli bodo, da bodo končni rezultati izgledali kar se da profesionalno. Ne znam vam povedati, kako velika je razlika in kako lažje je ustvarjati z dobrimi čopiči. Za palete senčil boste morali po kosu odšteti 35€, četvorček rdečil pride 18€, čopiči pa v individualni prodaji nekje od 8,50€ do 29€ (se pa običajno bolj splača kupovati sete, vendar omenjenih čopičev v njih ne boste našli). Upoštevajoč ceno, ki še vedno sodi med »high street« in dejstvo, da produkti po kvaliteti premagajo marsikateri pregrešno drag, luksuzen produkt, jih ne morem prehvaliti. Toplo priporočam!

Kateri produkt pa je na prvi pogled najbolj prepričal vas?