Saturday, 22 November 2014

BEAUTY: My Double Cleansing Routine

My Double Cleansing Routine



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One of the Japanese beauty secrets, I swear to is the Double Cleansing method. It traditionally means washing your face with an oil-based cleanser first, before using a regular water-based cleanser. It literally means washing your face twice, which might sound a little too much, but I can promise you it’s worth spending the additional two minutes of your time. As they say “better safe than sorry” – you don’t want to go to bed with a face full of makeup and other impurities, since it has always been one of the worst things you could do to your complexion. I’ve been cleansing my face twice a day (no exceptions) – with one cleanser in the morning and a more thorough double cleanse method in the evening.

For the first step you can either go for a cleanser in oil form or choose a micellar water. Micellar water works on the same principle as cleansing oil; it might be more suitable for those with sensitive skin, while  oil is way better for those who wear heavier makeup. I’ve been loving the Nivea 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water with the caring formula with Dexpanthenol & Grape Seed Oil. It removes eyemakeup, without leaving the skin dry, tight or irritated. It's free of parabens, colors and perfume. I usually pour some of it on two cotton pads and gently press them on my eyelids (wait for 5-10 seconds). I then swipe them all around my eyes and use an additional pad to remove my face makeup (or lip if I’m wearing some bold color). I also use a cotton bud or two to remove the left-over eye makeup, if necessary. 

When I melt away the dirt and makeup from my face, I rinse and apply the second cleanser. Its job is to purify the skin and the Sensai Silky Purifying Milky Soap does it amazingly. It’s an emulsion-type facial wash with a soft, smooth foam that leaves a supple finish and it’s perfect for my dry skin. I use one pump and massage onto my skin in circular motion, which also stimulates circulation and relaxes tense facial muscles. After rinsing it with cool water, I gently pat dry with a clean facial towel. When my skin is thoroughly cleansed, I follow with a toner, serums and a cream.


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Skrivnost božansko lepe kože Azijk, je Double Cleasing metoda. Gre za metodo, pri kateri si obraz umijete dvakrat. S tem ni mišljeno umivanje obraza dvakrat na dan (to bi moralo biti tako ali tako samoumevno), temveč čiščenje obraza z dvema produktoma. Prvi produkt, ki naj bi ga pri tej metodi uporabili, bi moral biti na oljni osnovi, drugi na vodni. Vem, da se sliši postopek nadvse dolg, vendar vam obljubljam, da bosta 2 dodatni minuti na dan prinesli čudovite rezultate. Če boste odšle spat z neumitim obrazom polnim makeupa in ostalih nečistoč, ki se čez dan naberejo na koži, lahko na lepo polt kar pozabite. Tudi slabše oziroma netemljito umivanje ne prinaša vrhunskih rezultatov, zato vam svetujem, da se poslužite »dvojne metode umivanja obraza« vsaj zvečer (zjutraj sama običajno uporabim le en produkt).

Prvi korak je izbira odstranjevalca na oljnati osnovi ali izbira micelarne vodice. Micelarna vodica namreč deluje na podoben način kot oljnati čistilci in je morda boljša izbira za tiste, ki imate zelo občutljivo kožo. Oljni odstranjevalec bo boljša izbira takrat, ko je vaš makeup močnejši (ali vodoodporen). Prvi korak moje rutine umivanja obraza trenutno predstavlja Nivea 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water – micelarna čistilna vodica z negovalno formulo z dekspantenolom in oljem groznih pešk. Najprej jo nanesem na dve blazinici vate, ju nežno pritisnem ob veki in počakam 5-10 sekund (odvisno koliko časa imam). Z njima še nežno potrgnem po vekah, da odstranim vsa ličila. Nato vzamem še eno blazinico vate napojeno z micelarno vodico in odstranim preostali obrazni makeup (ali dodatno za odstranitev močnejšega odtenka šminke z ustnic). Če ostane še kaj očesnega makeupa, uporabim napojeno ušesno palčko.

Po prvem koraku je moja koža na prvi pogled čista, vendar vseeno nadaljujem s korakom številka 2. Predstavlja ga Sensai Silky Purifying Milky Soap. Ta luksuzni čistilec za obraz ima čudovito kremno-mlečno teksturo, kožo očisti in jo pusti voljno. Je popolna izbira za vse s suho ali zelo suho kožo, mojo je zagotovo prepričal. Meni je dovolj en potisk na pumpico produkta, ki ga nato krožno vmasiram v kožo obraza – to vzpodbudi cirkulacijo in sprosti napete mišice. Peno, ki je nastala, sperem z obraza s hladno vodo in obraz nežno obrišem s čisto manjšo brisačo. Tako je moja koža popolnoma čista in pripravljena na nanos tonika, seruma in kreme.

Photos were shoot by Domen Blenkuš in Hotel Cubo Ljubljana


Friday, 21 November 2014

BEAUTY: Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher

Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher


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For those who don’t know, let me explain you – Artistry is a skincare and makeup brand you can get exclusively at Amway since 1950. As a prestige brand, its products are not the most affordable, however you can find some amazing ones that are really worth the splurge. I got the chance to test out their newest product Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher. Keep on reading, if you want to know more.

What they say at Artistry?
Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher is an intensive “Smart Pore Eraser” for instantly softer, more even-textured skin and a progressively more refined look and feel. It was formulated to reshape the appearance of pores and reinforce the skin’s natural renewal process, leaving it – both instantly and over time – velvety smooth and refined. The benefits are comparable to a professional fractional laser treatment, only in the comfort of your own home. It is allergy and dermatologist tested; suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is advised to use in the morning after your skin cleansing and toning (apply 2 pumps to the skin, avoiding the eyes area).

What do I say?
Firstly, I would like to point out its packaging – it’s sleek, elegant and practical, and I love it. I’ve been using it as a primer before applying my moisturizer and foundation and it has proved to smooth and improve pore appearance (not that I have many or big ones, but I can totally spot the difference when I'm using it). My skin feels and looks smoother and quite velvety. It doesn’t have an oily finish, it's rather shine-free, so it makes it perfect for those with combination or oily skin (or just those who like more of a velvety matte finish). Of course you can make your skin look a bit more luminous with the right foundation, moisturizer or any other product. I noticed that my foundation lasts longer when I use this product, I might be wrong, but I truly think it contributes. I read somewhere that the bottle should last approximately 6 weeks (assuming you use 2 pumps a day), however I am not able to tell where this holds or not, since you can't really see how much product is left. I haven’t been using it every single day, and some days only one pump seems enough and after 4 weeks there’s still some product left in there (based on the weight). To sum up – it’s a nice product for those who are looking for a miracle product to minimize the appearance of pores and it works lovely as a pre-foundation base.


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Za tiste, ki se ob pogledu na ime znamke Artistry debelo pogledali, naj vam obrazložim, da gre za znamko, ki spada pod okrilje Amway-a. Gre za prestižnejšo znamko kozmetičnih izdelkov, ki zagotovo ne sodijo v nižji cenovni razred. Kljub temu, da so cene nekaterih produktov precej visoke, se najdejo produkti, ki so vredni tega denarja. Njihov najnovejši produkt je Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher, ki ga bom danes tudi podrobneje predstavila.

Kaj pravijo pri Artistry?
Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher je intenzivno sredstvo za poživitev koža, napredna in ciljno usmerjena nega, ki s takojšnjim učinkom  bistveno zmanjšuje vidne nepravilnosti na koži, razširjene pore in druge znake staranja kože. Kombinacija klinično preizkušenih sestavin poskrbi za mehak in gladek videz ter boljše počutje kože. Produkt se lahko uporablja kot del vsakodnevne nege kože; optimalne rezultate dosežete z uporabo dvakrat dnevno, kot del nege, po čiščenju in toniranju kože. Artistry Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher je primeren za vse tipe kože, tudi občutljivo.

Kaj pravim jaz?
Embalaža na pumpico izgleda (in tudi je) luksuzna, elegantna in praktična. Produkt sama uporabljam kot podlago pred nanosom vlažilne kreme in tekočega pudra (katerega pravilnejši prevod bi bil tekoče podlage, pa naj tokrat kar ostane tekoči puder, da ne boste mešali kaj z besedo podlaga mislim). Izvrstno se obnese na moji koži in razlika je precej očitna – zares lepo zapolni pore, tako da so praktične nevidne (naj opomnim, da v osnovi moje pore niso zelo vidne in tudi niso velike, vendar ob uporabi produkta vseeno opazim razliko). Finiš na moji koži je žameten, mehak, zagotovo ne oljnat. Prav zato bo zagotovo všeč tistim, ki imajo mešano do mastno kožo in tistim, ki si semi-mat videza želijo. Sama pogosto dodam kakšen oljnat produkt, osvetljevalec ali tekoči puder z bolj sijočim finišem, če si tega seveda želim. Lahko bi rekla, da po uporabi tega produkta makeup na moji koži zdrži dlje (lahko pa se tudi motim in je krivec za to kjer drugje, vseeno pa mislim, da je kanček zaslužen tudi za Artistry produkt). Nekje sem prebrala, da naj bi produkt zdržal 6 tednov (po dva potiska na pumpico na dan), sama o tem ne morem soditi – skozi embalažo se ne vidi. Uporabljam ga približno 4 tedne skoraj vsak dan (dovolj mi je le en potisk) in zagotovo se notri skriva še kar nekaj produkta (glede na težo). Naj zaključim: gre za čudovit produkt, ki pomaga do zmanjšanega videza por in je odlična podlaga za tekoči puder.

Price / Cena: 65,85€
Photo: Domen Blenkuš

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

OUTFIT: When in doubt, go with the classics…



»…such as the LBD and the place in town known for making their guests feel good.«
 
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A wardrobe essential introduced by Coco Chanel in the 1920s, the little black dress can go a long way. It was made popular by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and since then it has been an absolute »must have« in every woman’s closet. I love the fact that it can move you seamlessly from the office to a party with just the addition or removal of the right accessories. My newest addition is the bit oversized Esprit dress with zippered pockets, which has been a real »life savior« for many close dilemmas.
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Odgovor na mnoga »kaj naj danes oblečem« vprašanja se skriva v preprostemu črnemu kosu oblačila. En kos, primeren za praktično vse priložnosti, nešteto možnosti kombiniranja. Malo črno oblekico je tako rekoč izumila Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn pa je v filmu Breakfast at Tiffany’s poskrbela, da je postala tako ikonična, da jo lahko imenujemo tudi »must have« kos v vsaki omari. Ker so časi danes malo drugačni, se male črne pojavljajo v nešteto oblikah. Moja nova pridobitev je Esprit klasika, »oversized« model z dvema zadrgama. Za mojo »vrnitev« k znamki Esprit je zaslužna spletna trgovina Fashiondays, njihovo ponudbo pa si lahko ogledate tukaj.

wearing:
Esprit dress (kupi TUKAJ)
Simmy pumps (trgovina MASS)
Perla necklace (kupi TUKAJ)
Gucci glasses (optika SENTINA)

photos were shot in the Junior Suite at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana by Domen Blenkuš

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

BEAUTY: What is the Shelf Life of Makeup?




I must admit, I am a hoarder. Sometimes it's just too hard for me to let go of the things (even those which I rarely use). When it comes to makeup, it’s the same story. A few days ago I read an article and I immediately ran into my bathroom and decided to clean up my makeup storage. I knew that makeup has an expiration date, but I didn’t know some of the products had such a short shelf life. I threw away some of the products I hadn’t been using for a long time or they were opened up too long ago. I also decided to give some of them away to friends and family (which were still ok, but rarely used). I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I’ve learned:

  • Every makeup product has an expiration date and even your favorite lipstick eventually becomes breeding grounds for bacteria. Period.
  •  All (most) of the products have an expiration date printed on the packaging.
  •  To get maximum longevity from your make up, buy only cosmetics that haven’t been opened. At home, you should store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. 
  •  Light, humidity and moisture, air, and heat will age a product faster.
  •  When you notice weird smell, color change or uneven consistency (when it solidify or separates), toss the product immediately. 
  •  Don’t be sad to say goodbye to your favorite lipgloss or bronzer. When you toss something out, there’s a new room for some more products.
  •  The last part is the recommended shelf life for each makeup product after it has been opened for the first time. Here are the numbers that might shock you. Guidelines for when to discard your makeup are the following:

mascara after 3-6 months
foundation 1 year
everything in cream forms (cream blushes, concealers, cream eyeshadows, bronzers) 12-18 months
powders (face powder, blush, bronzer, eyeshadows) 2 years
eyeliner 3-6 months (eye pencil 2 years)
lipstick and lipgloss 18 months
nailpolishes 2 years (EU guidelines)

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Friday, 14 November 2014

BEAUTY: Oriflame True Perfection



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I got a chance to try out the newest skincare line from Oriflame, named True Perfection. It’s four products all contain Persian Silk Tree extract. This powerfull ingredient rich in amino acids and minerals neutralises cellular impurities caused by lifestyle factors to help make skin look noticeably radiant, more even and silky smooth. By far my favourite out of these 4 is the Oriflame True Perfection Renewing Night Cream that helps renew skin overnight, perfecting it while you sleep. It is enriched with Glycolic Acid to help smoothen first expression lines and improve skin texture, revealing smoother, softer skin. I find it super rich, not greasy, really easy to apply and spread all over the face and neck (probably due to the silicones it contains). The daily version is the Oriflame True Perfection Perfecting Day Moisturizer, a lightweight textured cream, which works nicely as a base for a foundation. The additional two skincare products are Oriflame True Perfection Refreshing Eye Illuminator (nice boost for tired eyes with a cooling massager) and the Oriflame True Perfection Miracle Perfecting Serum (that evens out skin tone, enhances, radiance and reduces the visible signs of fatique).

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Najnovejša linija znamke Oriflame po imenu True Perfection je namenjena ženskam, ki si želijo zaščiti kožo pred posledicami, ki jih prinaša hektičen življenjski slog. V današnjem času bi prav rada srečala damo, ki živi življenje brez stresa in vseh ostalih faktorjev, ki vplivajo na pospešeno staranje ter poškodbe kože. Torej, ta linija je načeloma primerna prav za vsako izmed nas (ki se v tem »stresnem« opisu najdemo) in obljublja olajšanje poti do popolne kože, do česa pomagajo izvleček perzijskega svilovca, aminokisline in minerali. Produkti imajo precej specifičen, svež, močnejši vonj, ki bo marsikoga navdušil, vsekakor pa se bo našel tudi kdo, ki mu le-ta ne bo všeč. No, gremo k produktom…

Tokrat bom začela s produktom, ki me je najmanj prepričal. Čeprav sem se ga najbolj veselila in od njega veliko pričakovala, se je Oriflame True Perfection Miracle Perfecting Serum izkazal za nič posebnega. Daleč od tega, da bi bil slab, na moji koži se je dobro obnesel in jo navlažil, kaj več pa bi težko rekla. Obljublja poživitev kože, zmanjšanje vidnih znakov utrujenosti in polepšanje sijaja kože. Moram priznati, da se odlično obnese kot podlaga za nanos tekočega pudra (poenostavi nanos in razporejanje), ima precej praktično in higienično embalažo, kar je še en plus. Za precej dostopno ceno dobite 30ml produkta, ki se bo po moji oceni najbolje obnesel predvsem pri tistih z normalno do mešano kožo, saj ga bodo lahko uporabljali kar individualno (brez dodatne kreme).

Ker sem začela s tistim, ki me je navdušil najmanj, naj nadaljujem z Oriflame True Perfection Renewing Night Cream – obnovitveno nočno nego, ki si zasluži vse pohvale. Bogata tekstura obogatena z glikolno kislino ponoči kožo zares lepo zmehča in navlaži. Pogled na sestavinsko listo vam bo razkril precej dobre sestavine, med drugim tudi kar nekaj silikonov, ki skrbijo za »drsenje« pri nanosu in preprečujejo izsuševanje kože. Prepričana sem, da bi se krema dobro obnesla tudi kot dnevna, predvsem takrat, ko je moja koža še posebej izsušena (beri: zaradi kurjave). 

Tudi Oriflame True Perfection Perfecting Day Moisturizer – dnevna krema vsebuje aminokisline, izvlečke svilenega drevesa in silikone. Prav zaradi tega je odlična podlaga za tekoči puder, saj poskrbi za svilnat in nemasten občutek, enostavnost nanašanja produktov, ki ji sledijo. Všeč mi je konkretna in elegantna steklena embalaža v lončku (sama imam sicer raje tiste na pumpico, saj menim, da so bolj higienične). Ne bom rekla, da je najboljša krema kar sem jih poskusila, zagotovo pa je dobra krema, ki je vredna svojega denarja.

Zadnji produkt iz linije je Oriflame True Perfection Refreshing Eye Illuminator – osvežilni osvetljevalec za oči. Je precej podoben Vichy-jevemu Aqualia Thermal roll-onu proti podočnjakom in vrečicami pod očmi (Oriflame-ov je morda malce bogatejši, zato bolj primeren za tiste z normalo ali suho kožo). Kroglica (sklepam, da je iz jekla) predel ob nanosu prijetno ohladi, kar je super, kadar imam bolj zabuhle oči; hkrati pa predel osveži in navlaži. Rada ga uporabim zjutraj in ga imam čez dan v torbici. Produkt za razliko od preostalih treh nima močnega vonja.

Naj se na kratko dotaknem še problematike samih silikonov. To, da so silikoni slabi za kožo, je mit – in prav nič drugega. Obstajajo razne polemike glede uporabe silikonov v negovani kozmetiki. Večina resnih študij je ovrgla prav vse. Dokazali so, da ne le učinkovito zgladijo površino kože (celo manjše brazgotine naredijo manj vidne), temveč celo niso komedogeni (ne mašijo por; čeprav se najdejo ljudje, ki so nanje malo bolj občutljivi) in ne penetrirajo v notranjost kože (ostanejo na povrhnjici in preprečujejo uhajanje vode iz kože).


photo: Domen Blenkuš