Blogmas 2014: Day 10 of Christmas Challenge - New Year's Eve

Hello, my darling readers! Wow, it's New Year's Eve. I know you probably heard it thousand times, but gosh, this year passed by so fast. I hope you're going to spend a nice evening. I personally am going to spend it at home, probably do some blogging and cuddling with my boy, and that's it. It's so cold that I'm really not in a mood to go anywhere, not to mention I'm not having the best day. But I won't bore you with my problems, I wanted to share my last post of Blogmas and also this year with you and to wish you all the best in next year. Hopefully tomorrow will be upon my blog my annual preview of a current year, but today I want to share with you makeup and manicure I created for Christmas challenge 2014. 

Makeup

I don't know why, but I had a strong desire to create a silver and purple look for New Year's Eve. Purple is definitely not a traditional color for this day, but I personally am a huge fan of purple looks. A bit of purple in inner corner, crease and outer V and silver in the middle of the lid and combination of both on lower lash line and the look was done. Because New Year's Eve's look is special, I added false lashes. 


Products I used: 
*Face
- Catrice Nude Illusion Nude Ivory
- Catrice Velvet Light Velvet concealer
- Maybelline Instant Anti-Age concealer Fair
- Artistry Exact Fit Cream powder
- Sleek Face Form bronzer
- Catrice Mandy-rine
- Essence Gold Digger

*Eyes
- Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base
- Sleek Vintage Romance (Pretty in Paris)
- Sleek Ultra Matts V2
- Miyo 07 eyeshadow
- Toyoko longlasting eyeliner 508
- Essence Liquid Ink High Shine eyeliner
- Essence Lash Princess mascara
- Born Pretty Store fake lashes
- Essence How to Make Brows Wow palette

*Lips
- Aura 36 lip liner
- NYX butter gloss Vanilla Cream Pie


Nails

These are my currently nails. I didn't had much inspiration today, so I searched for some manicures on Instagram and found one amazing one by Nails Anna Gorelova, that was my inspiration for this manicure. I used Catrice Plum Play with Me, H&M Plum, Essence Wild White Ways, Stargazer 232, Models Own Copacabana, Catrice I'ts Showtime, H&M Purple Glitter and Born Pretty Store Christmas stamping plate. 


I hope you're having an amazing evening. Happy New Year! Thank you for reading!

365 Days Photo Challenge: Day 349 - Day 365

This is the last post for 365 days photo challenge. Uf, it was hectic. Hectic, but beautiful. There were days I had no inspiration and there were days I took many gorgeous photos. On one hand I'm glad it ended, but on the other I got so use to taking photos each day that I'll miss it. But I'm happy that I proved to myself that I can finish a challenge, even if it lasts a year. :)

Day 349: Kitties.

Day 350: A Christmas tree at work before being decorated. 

Day 351: Being a Secret Santa.

Day 352: Nature.

Day 353: My Secret Santa gift.

Day 354: Finally saw last Hobbit movie.

Day 355: Christmas crib in Banovci.

Day 356: A cute Christmas decoration I bought in Graz. 

Day 357: Working in the woods (eating actually).

Day 358: Celebrating holidays with co-workers.

Day 359: Our new Christmas tree.

Day 360: Do you wanna build a snowman?

Day 361: Watching comedy "Car romance" (Avtomobilska romanca).

Day 362: I guess winter is officially here, since it started to snow.

Day 363: A wall of snow that wind created.

Day 364: Going for a walk.

Day 365: Preparing my annual post for my blog.

Thank you for watching!

Empty #11

It's time for last empties post of 2014. I finished so many products and at first I wanted to post them all together, but this post was already getting long and it took me quite some time to write it, so I decided to divide it into two parts. First will be up today and second next week. 


Afrodita Clean Phase Micellar Solution
Telling the truth, there's no big difference between micellar waters from different brands. Maybe I'll write few words about micellar waters next month. I like this one from Afrodita. Luckily it doesn't have too strong and unpleasant scent, it's gentle and it removes face makeup very well. It also works well for removing eye makeup, although waterproof makeup can be a bit tricky (my Toyoko pencil can be removed only with two-phased removers). It contains 200 ml and the price is around 5 €.
Repurchase: Already did.

Mixa 24h Light Moisturizing Balancing Cream with 6% Glycerine
I bought this one in summer, because I thought it'll  be enough for my skin, since in the summer my skin doesn't needs so much moisture as in winter. O boy, I was wrong. I have no idea, why two creams from the same brand can be so different, but they are. Except if I got a bad product. This one had a funny scent, while the one with 10 glycerine doesn't have a scent. Also, I had a feeling that this one didn't really work for me.
Repurchase: Not this one, but I will repurchase the one with 10 % glycerine.

Balea Mildes Waschgel
This is my go to cleanser for few years now. I have a normal skin type and it works very well for it. It foams nicely, it has a pleasant scent and what's the most important, it cleans my skin very good. Some people said to me that this cleanser dried their skin. I didn't notice the same problem, but I also can't say that it's moisturizing.
Repurchase: Yes.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal gel cleanser
While I was at Yves Rocher store I decided to give a try to their Hydra Vegetal gel cleanser. It's designed for the same skin type as Balea one - for people with normal and mixed skin type. At the beginning I really loved this cleanser, it felt very fresh and nourishing, but longer I used it more I got the feeling that it started to dry my skin. The texture is very gelish and it cleans the skin very good, it also leaves it soft, but I didn't like the feeling that it started to leave on my skin by the end. Maybe my skin got too use to it or I was doing something else wrong, because at the beginning I really liked it a lot. It contains 200 ml and it costs around 6 €.
Repurchase: Maybe.



Yves Rocher Exfoliating shower gel Yellow Peach
This is probably the creamiest body peeling I tried. The particles it contained weren't too rough and it left nice feeling on the skin, but I didn't like it much, mainly because of the scent. It smelled like peach, but the scent was too artificial and strong. Otherwise it contains 200 ml and the price is around 4 €.
Repurchase: No.

Balea Mango Mambo shower gel
My love for Balea shower gels is well known by now. Their summer limited edition shower gels have the best scents and this one is not an exception. I love mango scented shower gels.
Repurchase: Yes, if it would be still available.

Afrodita Jojoba Oil with Shea Butter shower gel
Afrodita is really doing a great job lately; most of their products I tried made a good impression on me. The same is with this shower gel. Beside the amazing scent it also works great, my skin is very soft and nuorished after usage. I think the price is around 2 or 3 € for 250 ml.
Repurchase: Already did.

Afrodita 100% SPA Sugar Scrub
This product has been praised before on my blog. I know a lot of people don't like it, but I love it. It's very rough peeling, but that also means that it removes dead skin perfectly. After showering it leaves a film on the skin that most people hate, but I don't mind it. I just wipe my body with a towel after showering and my skin is soft, moisturized and nourished. Beside that it also smells very nice. Maybe the only downside is the price, because 200 ml costs around 5 € and you finish it after four or five usages (depends on how much product you use at once). So for me this is more a product that I use when I want to spoil my skin rather than on regular basis. 
Repurchase: Of course.


Essence Studio Nails Ultra Strong nail hardener
Another discovery of the year. I started using it when Essie discontinued Nourish Me and for the price of 2 € and few cents this is a miracle in a bottle (for me). I use it as a base coat, which probably isn't the smartest idea since it contains formaldehyde, but if I use these nail hardeners as producers recommend them they don't work for me. I have very soft and weak nails that break a lot and this hardener helps them to become stronger. I definitely recommend it.
Repurchase: Yes.

Essie Blanc
Amazing white polish with great formula that goes on nails smootlhy and evenly. It's really a nice polish, but I use white polish a lot in nail art, which means that I finish two or three bottles of it in a year and Essie is just too expensive to purchase it regular. I would recommend it to those who wear white polish occasionally, but if you're like me then 10 € will be too much to spend on a bottle of white polish. But I purchased it on a sale (got it for a half of price).
Repurchase: Probably not.

Essence Nail Cuticle softener pencil
This is an oily pencil for cuticle, which I mostly use when swatching nail polishes or taking photos of my manicures for blog. It softens and moisturizes the cuticle and it also leaves it moisturized for quite some time.
Repurchase: Yes.


Catrice Go Flamingo Go
I have no idea why Catrice is discontinuing these lip balms, because they are really great. Go Flamingo Go is definitely the winning shade, it's a peachy shade that would suit anyone, it's moisturizing and it gives a nice shine to the lips. I'm definitely buying few more backups before it'll be gone.
Repurchase: Yes.

Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms
Three Maybelline lip balms I finished recently are Hydrate, Peach Kiss and Intense Care. These are so hyped, maybe a bit overhyped, because they are good, but nothing extra amazing. They are moisturizing and that is what I expect from any lip balm. They also have cute packaging. Peach Kiss is the only one that gave a bit of color to the lips, other two were colorless.    
Repurchase: Yes, Hydrate and Peach Kiss.

Labello Fruit Shine Cherry lip balm
This is a lip balm I'm not really a fan of. Although it gives a bit of color to the lips, I don't find it enough moisturizing, it's actually more drying on the lips than anything else, but I was using it when I had it near me and I finished it.
Repurchase: Definitely no.


Have you tried any of these products? Thank you for reading!

Blogmas 2014: NOTD: Winter is Here

I wanted to write the famous quote from GOT "The winter is coming", but it wouldn't be really appropriate, because winter is already here. The nature outside is completely covered with snow, which doesn't please me at all, but guess what? It at least inspires me to do my nails. So today I prepared a winter inspired nail art for you. I went through my blog, because I'm preparing an overview of year 2014 on my blog and I noticed I haven't post much nail art manicures this year. I was creative, a lot actually, but I guess I moved to Instagram, where I post almost every manicure I do. Well, my resolution for year 2015 is to post more nail art manicures (and also tutorials) on my blog. 


For today's manicure I used one of my favourite blue polishes Misslyn Royal Blue, which I applied on pinkie, ring finger and thumb and also used as a stamping polish. White polish is Essence Wild White Ways and for stamping I used design from Born Pretty Store Christmas stamping plate, which I ordered in the middle of November and received one day before Christmas, so I couldn't do much Christmas manicures with it. But it has a lovely snowflake design, so it can be used for winter inspired manicures, too. 

What do you think about this manicure? Thank you for reading!

Blogmas 2014: Tripple A of Hair Care

Today I'm going to talk about three hair products that I currently love a lot. In the past I was using more hair products on my hair, but for the last month and a half or two I’ve been using only these three products I’m going to talk about today. I won’t say I have the healthiest hair ever, because I often wash them after 10 p.m. when I come from work and then I go to bed with wet hair, which probably isn’t the smartest idea, but I really love the feeling that a combination of these three products leaves on my hair.



Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo
This shampoo is designed for dry hair and it should give them moisture. It’s a lovely scented shampoo, it smells like a bubblegum. It has thicker formula and it foams very well. I’d say it cleans the hair nicely, but it’s not the most moisturizing shampoo out there. I love it in combination with Aussie conditioner, they both together make my hair soft, shiny and amazingly scented. Shampoo contains 300 ml and it costs around 7 € (Müller). It’s quite pricey shampoo, so I think I’ll buy it more to spoil myself my hair rather than to use it as my regular shampoo. 


Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
This conditioner is designed for same hair type as Moist shampoo, just that it works much much better. It has the same bubblegum scent as shampoo. I’m usually not a huge fan of strong sweet scents, but here I actually adore it, especially because I can still smell it when my hair gets dry. I use conditioner only on my ends, which are dry, because my scalp tends to get greasy fast (which is nothing surprisingly, because it’s winter and I wear cap on a daily basis). Although they recommend that you leave it in your hair for 3 minutes, I usually leave it longer, around 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile I remove my makeup and wash my face. This conditioner is very good, it moisturizes and nourishes my ends, makes them soft and shiny and my hair definitely looks healthier since I started to use it. It contains 250 ml and it costs around 7 € (Müller). Again, it’s not the cheapest product, but I think it’s totally worth the money, because it really works great.


Avon Advance Technique Moroccan Argain Oil
As you can see I almost finished the bottle of this product. I think it’s my third or even fourth already. I use it as treatment on wet hair, two pumps are enough for my ends. It’s thicker oil, but it doesn’t feel heavy on my hair, it gives them shine and it makes them soft. The smell is also very pleasant, not too strong, and it stays on hair after they dry. It also can be used on dry hair, but you have to be careful with amount, because too much product can make your hair look greasy. Avon treatment contains 30 ml and it costs around 6 €. It’s often on sale in Avon’s catalogue for 4 €. This product is definitely worth the money, because the amount will last you for a very long time, since you use very small amount for one usage. 


Have you try any of these products? What do you think about them? Thank you for reading!

Blogmas 2014: Review of Catrice Illuminating Blush Coral Me Maybe

Catrice Iluminating blushes are new blushes in their assortment, launched in summer/fall assortment change. There are three shades available: I’m Nuts about You, Coral Me Maybe and Kiss Me Ken. On the Cosnova event we received shade Coral Me Maybe and this one soon became one of my favourite blushes. This is actually a blush I’d pick first if I would purchase it myself, because I have a week spot on that kind of shades of blushes. 


If we take a look at packaging, we’ll see that it’s nothing special, just a plastic round packaging with a transparent lid (something usual for Catrice), but the design of the blush itself is gorgeous (at least to me). It has a 3D design in rhomb shape and in peachy and coral shade. When they are mixed together they gave such a nice coral shade, for which I think it looks very beautiful on my face. It also contains tiny shimmer that gives such nice shine to the face. Because the shimmer creates a radiant look on cheeks, it can be worn alone, without highlighter. 


The pigmentation of this blush is not the strongest, but I guess that’s a good thing for those who don’t like too much blush on the face or are just beginning with makeup, because you can’t achieve a clowny look with it. The blush is very silky and easy to blend on the cheeks. It can be also build up, so you can achieve more intensive look with it, if you prefer it (I know I do). The duration time is quite amazing, it lasted a whole day on my face with minimal fading away. But have in mind that I like to apply the blush a bit stronger, if you’ll apply it very sheer it’ll probably fade away faster.


The price is 4,69€ for 4 g. I do love this blush a lot. Although by my opinion Define blushes are better, Illuminating blushes are good as well, because they are different – they contain shimmer which gives nice glow to your face and Coral Me Maybe looks very natural on cheeks. I haven’t tried other two blushes from this collection, but they are very well reviewed by fellow bloggers, even better than Coral Me Maybe. I thinking Coral Me Maybe is perfect for those who like coral shades that contain shimmer and are beginners in makeup, because this blush is not too pigmented and you’ll be able to achieve a nice look with it.

Have you try Catrice Illuminating blushes? Thank you for reading!

Blogmas 2014: Golden Goddess (Review of Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low + Comparison)

There is no such thing as too many golden polishes in someone's stash. Lately my stash of golden polishes grew for one more shade - Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low. It's a polish from Essie's 2014 winter collection. 


I love this polish because it reminds me on my favourite metallic golden polish S-he 230. It has a metallic finish and an amazing formula that goes on nails smoothly. Of course, Essie polishes have nice wide flat, round on the top brush that enables even easier application. Drying time is quite fast, you could get away with a nice manicure even without a top coat. It needs two coats for an even and opaque look. The shade Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low isn't completely golden shade. It reminds me on Models Own Copacabana a bit, it looks more like silver-golden shade (of course both polishes have completely different finish). The removal is okay. It's not the easiest polish to remove, like cream ones are, but again not very difficult as for example glittery polishes. Once again, I'm not the right person to be asked how long nail polish lasts on my nails, because two days, as most of them lasts, is enough for me. For me this is an amazing shade, that will also be very handy when it comes to my nail art creativity. I bought it on 1+1 sale at DM, but otherwise Essie polishes cost 9,95 €. 


I actually planned a separated post showing you all my golden nail polishes, but then I thought why not to include it in this one and make everything more interesting. I didn't include all my golden polishes, only those that can be worn on their own. Which means toppers are excluded, but you can see the ones I have from Essence in this post


This is a foil golden polish, that has very yellow undertone. Its formula is thick and it's opaque already after one coat, but it requires more careful application, because brush strokes are very visible. I'm not a huge fan of this one because it has too strong yellow undertone.

This one has very similar formula to Stargazer. It's a foil silver-golden shade. Its formula is also thicker, but I always wear it applied in two coats. This one also leaves brush strokes.

Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low 
photo you can see that is very similar to Copacabana, just that this one has a metallic finish. 

A golden glittery shade with sand finish. Definitely the most pretty of them all. It applies like a dream and it's opaque in two coats. If you want to achieve more of a glossy look, just apply a top coat over it, but I prefer its rough look.

Essence Don't Feed the Tiger 
This polish was a part of Circus Circus trend edition. It's a metallic golden shade, opaque in two coats and easy to apply. 

S-he 230
I mentioned it before. It's the most pretty golden metallic shade I own. Unfortunately it was discontinued when S-he changed the packaging which is a bit sad, because it's really an amazing shade. It's applies like a dream and it's opaque in two coats. 

Manhattan Liquid Metals 29Z
Another foil shade that has very similar formula to Models Own and Stargazer. 

This is actually more of a brown than golden shade. It's a shimmery polish that also contains bigger golden glitter. It's opaque in two coats. It was a part of trend edition collection.   


If you're going to click on the name of each shade you're going to see them swathed on nails. Not all polishes are still available. Both Essence shades, Manhattan and S-he polishes are discontinued, Essie is available at the moment at DM, you get get Stargazer in Tuš drugstore and on Bodizenska.si, while P2 polishes are sold at Moja drogerija and Models Own at Click2Chic. I personally would recommend you P2 Precious and Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Lo, if you're searching for a good golden nail polishes, because I know there's a lot of girl that don't like brush strokes that foil polishes, like Stargazer and Models Own, leave. 

What do you think about Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low polish? Did you get anything from Essie's winter collection? Thank you for reading!

Blogmas 2014: Day 9 of Christmas Challenge - Merry Christmas

First of all, Merry Christmas. I hope you spend an amazing day with your loved ones. I won't ramble much today, I just wanted to share with you my manicure and makeup that I wore today and that are also made for Christmas challenge. Telling the truth, I didn't want to complicate, so both are simple and makeup was probably already seen before on my blog, it's a very gentle look. 


For manicure I went with something the most simple I could. On ring finger I did dots, which are not very Christmassy, but are in Christmas colors. Polishes I used are H&M Je T'aime, Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low, Essence Steel-ing the Scene and Essence Wild White Ways


Makeup is very simple. Today I wasn't really inspired to do something special, so my eyes are in natural, but shimmery shades. The palette I used for eye look is Sleek's Vintage Romance. Then I had a bad eyeliner day. I wanted to do a nice thin line, which I did on right eye, but then I did it bad on left eye and in the end the thick line came out on both of my eyes. Oh, well ... To make this look a bit more "special" I added a golden eyeliner on the wing. 


Products I used: 
*Face
- Catrice Nude Illusion Nude Ivory
- Catrice Velvet Light Velvet concealer
- Essence Stay All Day long lasting concealer Natural Beige
- Artistry Exact Fit Cream powder
- Sleek Face Form bronzer
- Sleek Pomegranate
- Essence Gold Digger

*Eyes
- Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base
- Sleek Vintage Romance (Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Propose in Prague, Bliss in Barcelona, Love in London)
- Toyoko longlasting eyeliner 508
- Essence Circus Circus It's Magic eyeliner
- Essence Liquid Ink High Shine eyeliner
- Essence Lash Princess mascara
- Essence How to Make Brows Wow (Love Brunettes, Love Blondes, Lift Me Up)

*Lips
- Look by Bipa Orchid
- Bourjois Frambourjoise


What did you wear on your face and nails on a Christmas day? Thank you for reading!