New In (Februar)

I actually planned for February to be a no-buy month. As you can see I wasn't very successful. At least now I have something to share with you on my blog now. :)

Let's start with Essence. At the beginning of the month our Müller got new Essence products. I have to say not many products draw my attention. On promo photos I always like more products than then in person in the store. I bought three polishes: Be Berry Now, I Don't Need Money, Honey and Lady Mermaid. I also got Ultra Strong nail hardener, which is my favourite. I wanted to get nail cuticle softener pen, but I forgot that they changed the packaging, so I actually got nail cuticle remover pen. I bought eyeliner brush to use it to do a fine line on my nails when painting them, but it doesn't go well with my remover. It felt apart after first usage (meh). 
The most interesting products I got from Essence are new longlasting lipliners. I'm going to review them separately, but for now I can tell you that I like them a lot. They are creamy, don't dry lips, easy to apply and they do last for quite some time. I got shades A Girl's Dream, Yummy Berry, Plum Cake and Lovely Frappucino
Mateja was raving about Essence Big Bright Eyes highlighting pen in Highlight it ... Nude for so long that I finally got it. I completely understand why she loves it so much. It's amazing. And it's definitely much better than Catrice highlighting pen. Catrice has released new eyeshadow base Prime and Fine and although I recently got NYX HD eyeshadow base I had to try this one too. There will be a comparison post on my blog after I test these bases a bit better.    

When you run out of your favourite products you buy back up bottles. I'm talking about my favourite tonic Afrodita Clean Phase Ultra Moisturizing tonic and my favourite nail polish remover Aveo Mandel

Born Pretty Store send me few products for reviews. I received two plates BP-16 (you can see my manicure with it here) and Q-girl 036. I also decided to test metal stickers with a dragon design. I already made a manicure with golden ones and I can't wait to show it to you, because I really love it and I'm proud on it. :)

Back in January I ordered 10 Born Pretty Store plates. I do love their plates, because they have good quality and very interesting designs. I'm still not sure if I'm going to present them all together in one post or I'm going to do a series of posts, presenting one palette in one post with a manicure or two. Tell me, what do you think.

Last week I received a package from Click2Chic with a Nanshy Marvel 4in1 makeup sponge and Models Own polishes Chrome Cerise and Chrome Silver. I tried all products already and I'm loving them all. I'm especially loving Cerise nail polish, which surprised me, because I'm not the biggest fan of pink nail polishes. Well, it's very lovely shade with a chrome finish which I surprisingly love a lot. Both Models Own polishes are also great for stamping. 

Farmona send me few bits last week as well. I decided to give away samples, because I already tried them, but I kept both hand creams since they are always handy. I'm not the most impressed by regenerating cream, but I do like coconut hand and nail cream. 

Since February the beauty box Dash Box is full size. I couldn't resist, I had to order it. I decided not to write a full review about this box anymore, but I will review Johnny Organic (Orgazmus is an old name, they renamed recently) Antioxidant Cacao Scrub and W7 Candy Blush Explosion. In the box there were also Farmona Chocolate body wash gel, which doesn't smell the nicest to me, a Greenland Fruit Emotions shower gel tester and W7 Superfine black eye pencil

What did you get in February? Thank you for reading!

NOTD: A Lonely Wolf

I was just thinking that themes like "a lonely wolf" I usually do for challenges, but when I received Born Pretty Store BP16 plate I knew I have to do something with the wolf design. Since there's a howling wolf on the plate, my idea for manicure was to do a night land with a wolf howling at the moon.   

I started with two coats of Essence The Boy Next Door. Then I sponged P2 Crazy Blue on the half of the nail. For starts I used Constance Caroll Aqua Sparkle. On all nails I stamped the same land that wolf is standing on from BP 16 plate, just without a wolf. For that I used Essence Black is Back. On my middle finger I used Essence Wild White Ways and Stargazer 232 for a moon and on ring finger I stamped the wolf. I personally really like how this manicure looks, although is far from perfect stamping.  
BP 16 has so many gorgeous designs, I already have few more ideas what to do with it. This plate has big designs, the bigger ones are 15 x 20 mm, which means that they will cover even wider/longer nails. It costs $2,54 (2,25 €) at Born Pretty Store. You can use my code DFL91 for 10 % discount. 

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

I Love... Shower Gels

I haven’t blogged much this week. I have only three words for you, why: stress at work. Usually my blog is my happy place, my place of relaxing and enjoying, but this week I wasn’t really inspired for writing. So for this weekend I decided to prepare few posts, not just for today, but also for next week. Yesterday when I was taking a shower I was thinking about the theme I should post on my blog today and then I remembered I haven’t write about I Love… Cosmetics shower gels yet.  I Love… shower gels were always so praised in beauty blogosphere that I was super happy when I finally found them in my local drugstore. I immediately bought three scents: Raspberry Vanilla, Choca Mocha Lala and Minty Choco Chip. I think I’ve never read a bad thing about them, but they have their flaws. I do like them but I can’t say I’m over the moon because of them.

The first thing I noticed when I took a shower with these is that their formula is very liquidy. At the beginning I had few problems with them, because when I wanted to put any of three shower gels on my skin, they just slipped through my fingers and ended in my bath. Later I learned how to deal with them and now I don’t have this problem anymore. The solution is that I apply smaller amount of product on my skin. They foam nicely, but I have a feeling that I use them up faster than other, thicker shower gels.

The best feature of these gels is the scent. They have strong scent, and strong scent usually bothers me, except if it’s the one I really like. Raspberry Vanilla smells very fruity, like raspberry (I can’t smell vanilla) and it’s very sweet scent. Choca Mocha Lala smells like milk chocolate and Minty Choco Chip smells like After Eight chocolate, which I adore. I can’t decide which scent is my favourite, because I adore all three of them. But I did notice by Minty Choco Chip that the scent becomes too annoying after a longer period of usage (probably because of its sweetness), so what I usually do is that I change a shower gel every few days. I got so use so the fact that I shower with different shower gel every few days that I have 6 or 7 different gels opened and used till the half of the bottle (before that I always used up one shower gel before I opened another). I didn’t notice that I Love… shower gels would dry my skin, but I also can’t say that they are very moisturizing. They make the skin soft and they leave a gentle scent on it. I was actually surprised that they don’t leave a stronger scent on the skin, since they have such a strong scent in the bottle.

I found these shower gels in Tuš drugstore, where I paid around 3,5 € for 250 ml. I do like them, especially because they have very pleasant scents, but in a matter of nourished skin I’d probably choose Dove or Afrodita shower gels rather than these. If you adore shower gels and you like to try new brands and different scents I’d say go for these, they won’t disappoint you.

Have you tried I Love… Cosmetics shower gels? What do you think about these? Which one is your favourite scent? Thank you for reading!

Swatches and Review: Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Blushes

Every year before Valentine’s Day Essence releases the trend edition collection inspired by this holiday. This year they released An Unforgettable Kiss TE. I already showed you swatches of a mint nail polish from this collection, but today I want to share with you my opinion about duo blushes Nothing but Lovestoned and Pink Me

I have to say they made a very good job with the packaging. Both blushes are in a shape of a heart and the packaging itself is from cardboard. To me it seems very sturdy and it’s so cute. One duo blush contains 5,1 g of products and you actually get a blush and a highlighter, which you can use each on their own or mixed together. Despite the cute packaging I have to admit that the pigmentation of both blushes didn’t impress me. Most of us are use to much more pigmented products (blushes, highlighters) from Essence limited edition collection, but here they made poor pigmentation. 

01 Nothing but Lovestoned is a peachy matte blush with also a light peachy highlighter. It swatch es really poorly. Luckily it is buildable. The other problem with both blushes is the shape. The packaging isn’t really big (I don’t know why I expected it’ll be bigger) and if you’re having a bigger blush brush, like me, it’s quite impossible to swirl it into the blush itself (meaning into the half of the heart), which is the way I like to do to get the blush on my brush. By these ones I have to dab it into the blush and then apply it, but then again the blush ends only on the half of the brush. I often just mix both parts together and then apply it. That’s why it takes a little longer to apply this blush, but I have to say I like how it looks on me when I apply the amount of blush I’m satisfied with. 
I also want to point out that I don’t like to use highlighters on their own, because they are matte, but I prefer shimmery highlighter to use on my cheeks, because those give me that special glow I like. 

02 Pink Me is a pink matte blush with a beige matte highlighter. The blush contains tiny shimmer that is visible on the swatch, but not really in the packaging or on face. The story with this one is the same as with Nothing but Lovestoned; with the exception that pink blush is better pigmented. Mentioning that, the highlighter here is so badly pigmented that I barely swatched it.
I usually take time and apply bigger amount of a blush on my face, because I like it that way. The longevity depends from the amount of blush I apply it on cheeks – less I apply it, sooner it fades away. Unlike some other powder brushes, for example Catrice or Sleek, they don’t last a whole working day, but they also don’t disappear from cheeks too quickly. I’m surprised that these blushes aren’t better pigmented, because they have such silky and not dusty at all formula.  

These blushes can be a hit or a miss; it depends from a way you’re looking on them. The packaging is cute, a lot, but they have poor color payoff. Then again they are buildable, although not as long lasting as some other blushes I own (Catrice, Sleek). I’d say people who are just starting using blushes or those who don’t like too much color on their cheeks are going to be satisfied with them. These are also a nice addition to a collection because of a cute packaging, although it’s not the most practical for people that use bigger blush brushes like me and I also wish that these would be more pigmented. After all I adore peachy and pink shades. They cost around 3,5 €. They are not pricey, but I’d say that if you’re a blush lover and you don’t care much about cute packaging, skip them because poor pigmentation will disappoint you. 

Did you try these blushes? What do you think about them? Thank you for reading!

Day 6 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Love and Kisses

Hello, my lovely readers! I still owe you one manicure for Valentine’s Day challenge and then I’m done. The last theme is “love and kisses” and I did what the theme says. On middle and ring finger I draw a heart (a half of heart on each nail) and wrote love in it. On other nails I stamped lips design from Essence plate (I can’t tell you which, because they all have the same name, but it’s one of older plates that’s not available anymore). Polishes I used for this manicure are Essie Fiji, Essence I Love My Blue Jeans, Essence Wild White Ways, Barry M Blood Orange and Stargazer 232.   

And here are all my six manicures I did for this challenge. Although Valentine's Day isn't a holiday I would really love it was nice to join the challenge and do manicures, inspired by love. Thanks to Theodora and Kaki for creating this challenge and inviting me to be a part of it.

What do you think of this manicure? How did you spend your Valentine's Day? Did you wear any interesting manicure? Thank you for reading!

Day 5 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Roses

What's a better gift to receive from a love of your life than roses? I had few ideas what to do for theme roses for Valentine's day challenge, and I decided to do something I haven't done in a while - gradient stamping. I used Kardashian Beauty Buff as a base for roses that are from MoYou Pro 04 plate. Polishes I used for stamping are Essence I Love My Blue Jeans, Catrice Plum Play With Me and Models Own Gumballs. On other nails I applied Catrice Plum Play With Me and Born Pretty Store neon pink studs. Does this manicure scream Valentine's Day? Probably not, but I like it a lot. 

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

Day 4 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Red Passion

I didn't have any idea what to do for red passion theme on Valentine's day challenge, when I received 10 stamping plates that I ordered from Born Pretty Store. The plate BP-51 had a lovely heart design, which seemed perfect for this manicure. On two accent nails I applied S-he 115, a white nail polish, and on others Barry M Blood Orange. This red polish is very well pigmented, so I also used it for stamping. It's a simple manicure, but I like it a lot. 

P. S.: Sorry I'm not very talkative today, but I don't feel the best. 

Tell me, what do you think about this manicure? Thank you for reading!

Day 3 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Glitter Hearts

I had an amazing idea for glitter hearts theme of Valentine's Day challenge, I really had, but it didn't turn out as I wanted. But that's always like that. It's not a typical manicure for the day of love, because it's blue. I made it blue on purpose, because I didn't want all my manicure in same colors (meaning red and pink). It also doesn't have much to do with glitter hearts, because not every heart of this manicure is glittery. I made a heart leopard print, because I like the idea of it and animal prints were always my favourite. One heart on every second nail I painted with glittery polish. 
As a base I used S-he 115. On the half of a nail I made leopard print with Flormar 423, Misslyn Royal Blue and Golden Rose Holiday 55. Then I painted a half of a nail with P2 Crazy Beauty. In the end I added Misslyn nail stickers on the cross point. It wasn't really what I imagine before I began, but the final result was pretty anyway. :)

Let me know what you think of my manicure. Thank you for reading!

Day 2 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Soft Pink

The second theme of Valentine's Day challenge is soft pink and I have to admit I wasn't really a fan of this theme, because as you know I don't wear pink much on my nails. Luckily I own Essie Fiji, which is a gorgeous pastel pink shade. But I have to admit I like it better in summer, because it looks much prettier when my skin is more tanned. I applied two coats of Fiji on each nail. For my accent nail I made my own nail polish sticker, for which I used polishes Essie In StitchesMaybelline 145 and Konad plate m78. I really like how it turned out. On other nails I applied Essence Sunshine and Red Roses that contains small round and big heart shaped red glitter. This manicure isn't really me, but it's appropriate for Valentine's day. 

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I hope you like this manicure! Thank you for reading!

Essence Always on my Mint (Like an Unforgettable Kiss TE) and Day 1 of Valentine's Day Challenge: Romantic Lace

Hi, ladies! Some time ago I decided to join Valentine's Day challenge that started one week ago, but  I didn't start posting it before because of guest posts that were posted last week on my blog. Today I want to share my first manicure with you, made on theme romantic lace, but before I want to show you a swatch of my new mint nail polish.

If you read my blog for a longer time then you know I adore mint nail polishes. When I saw how gorgeous Always on my Mint from Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss is I had to get it. It's a cream mint shade that has more green than blue hint in the color. It applies nicely and it's good pigmented. I usually apply two thicker coats, after which is fully opaque, but that also means bubbles. So, three thinner coats would probably be better for someone who doesn't upgrade it (meaning nail art or stamping) or doesn't wear a top coat. It dries quite fast even without a top coat and what surprised me is the longevity. After two days it didn't chip, it wore off a bit only on my index and middle finger on my right hand, which are my weakest nails. I definitely adore this polish. At the moment you can get Like an Unforgettable Kiss at DM stores. You will get 8 ml of gorgeous polish for less than 2 €.

I thought, since I'm already wearing this gorgeous mint shade, why not to upgrade it and do a manicure for first theme of Valentine's Day challenge, which is a romantic lace. Although Valentine's day is all about red and pink color I didn't want to do all manicures in these two colors, so I made first one in my favourite color, which is green. Beside Always on my Mint I used Models Own Copacabana for lace design.  

And here are all other themes for which you're going to see manicures this week.

What do you think about Essence Always on my Mind and my Valentine's day inspired manicure? Thank you for reading!

New In (January)

After a week of not blogging (you read 5 guest post on my blog this week) is a bit hard to get back in the saddle, but I have a feeling like I'm going to be late with my posts if I won't start posting them today, so first I want to share my purchases of January with you. 

I received few testers from a brand, called Farmona. I tried few of them already and my opinion is quite mixed, but it's true that after one tester I can't say how good or bad the product is. I wasn't planning to do a separate post about these testers, because I'm going to mention them in Empties post, but if you're interesting in my opinion and separate post, let me know.

I love when DM is having an offer where you buy one products and get another one for free. In January I took advantage of this offer and bought quite few products. First are Dove shower gels (Silk Glow, Purely Pampering), which are amazing and I can't recommend them enough. Next is my currently favourite deodorant Rexona Longlasting Protection. I bought different scents (Fresh and Shower Clean), because I don't want to get tired of one scent too quickly.

I adore Mixa 24h Moisturizing Anti-dryness face cream with 10 % glycerin. Since I got one for a half of price I decided to buy two. No matter how many face cream will I try and love I'll always return to Mixa. Next is Nivea Aqua Effect Soothing Cleansing Mousse. I bought two different foams, one for dry skin to use now during winter time, and one for normal skin to use during summer. So far I like it. And for the end my favourite two phased eye makeup remover from Ombia, because these kind of removers are always necessary for me when I do bolder looks for which I use a lot of makeup.

I spoiled myself with few lips products last month. First is Essence nude lipstick in shade Cool Nude, which I adore and I already reviewed here. Catrice Go Flamingo Go lip balm was discontinued and since this was my favourite shade of their balm (which I already used up) I decided to repurchase it. Moja drogerija had a huge action on many products last month and Sleek Matte Me lip creams were much cheaper and I wanted to try them for a long time, so I bought Party Pink and Fandago Purple. The same goes for Deborah Milano Red Laque lipstick. It was 30 % off at Müller, so I got shade 09, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Nail polishes are a special love of mine and during January I got few gorgeous shades:
Catrice Rock-o-co L’Ombre A Sanssouci (review)
Essence Always on my Mint (swatches soon)
Catrice (S)wimbledon
Essence I Nude It (review)
L'Oreal Blake (review)
golden leaf foil from Moja drogerija (wearing it here)

I'm loving peach Essence Lash Princess mascara, so I was very curious about green one, which promises even more volume. Well, I'm not that impressed. I don't find it any better than peachy one, I'm not a fan of the brush and also not the formula, which I find closer to Essence I Love Extreme Volume mascara. I'm going to test it for a longer period and then let you know if I like it better or not. I ran out of S-he glitter eyeliner, which I use a lot with bolder and festive look, so I repurchased it and I also decided to finally give a chance to NYX HD eyeshadow base, which is so praised by many bloggers. After few days of usage I can say I like it a lot, it's definitely much better than Essence one. 

Lately I became fond of Essence limited edition collections again, but it would probably be better if I wouldn't. From Hidden Stories I bought a highlighter Enter Wonderland, which didn't really impress me. You can read my review here (I also got a nail polish, which I forgot to include on photo).
From Unforgettable Kiss I got two duo blushes Nothing but Lovestoned and Pink Me. I expected that these are going to be amazing, since Essence releases great blushes in their LE collections. They aren't really pigmented, but luckily they are buildable, so I can achieve nice look with them. I'm going to write a review in next few days and show you how both look on me.

And for the end I have Makeup Revolution Big Love palette, which is so pretty. Lič were kind enough to send something for me and something for my readers (giveaway here), The palette is really pretty and what surprised me is that it doesn't creases crazy like other palettes I have from them. Slovenian ladies, if you're going to shop at Lič use code BLOG-POSTNINA for free postage on orders above 20 €.

What did you get in January? Are you specially interested in any of the products I mentioned today and you want me to review it? Let me know. Thank you for reading!