Essence Lights of Orient Swatches and Review

Essence Lights of Orients collection is inspired by  Arabian nights and oriental culture. The design is gorgeous and the products itself are pretty as well. Some time ago I found this collection in Müller, and although I was drawn to most of the products, I decided to purchase only a few of them. I chose bronzer Oriental Beauty, blush brush, body&cuticle tattoos and nail polish in shade Belly Dancing Queen.


Bronzer 02 Oriental Beauty
There were two shades of bronzers on the stand, but I went with the darker shade. Since I get tanned quickly on my face as the spring comes, I thought that this one will be a better choice for me. And I wasn’t wrong because I really like how it looks on me. Bronzer is packed in a classic Essence plastic packaging, although this time the packaging is square, not round. The shade itself is brown, but luckily it doesn’t have a strong orange undertone, as for example Essence bronzer from Shape Your Face palette. The design of the bronzer itself it’s just beautiful. It has oriental designs with the golden shimmery highlighter in the middle. The design in the middle actually reminds me of the sun. Bronzer is matte and is perfect for contouring my face. Mixed together with highlighter gives a golden brownish look to the skin, which, I assume, will look amazing in the summer. The shimmer is not overwhelming, but it still gives a nice shine to the cheeks. Also, the colour payoff of both parts of the bronzer is really good and it lasts a whole day on my cheeks. I have a feeling this will be my go to products for the summer. Bronzer contains 8 g and I paid 3,59 €.

From L to R: mixed bronzer and highlighter, bronzer, highlighter.

Blush Brush
Brush blush is angle shaped and its bristles are very soft. It has a golden holder with a black oriental design on it. I tried it as a brush for contouring, but its bristles are not dense enough for me to be satisfied with its working, so it’s more appropriate for blending the blush. It’s not a bad blush, but I’m also not especially impressed by it. Its price was 3,29 €.


Nail Polish Belly Dancing Queen
Belly Dancing Queen is a gorgeous raspberry red creamy shade. It has a bit thicker formula, but I didn’t have any problems with application. It dries nicely glossy, but I always like to add extra shine with a top coat. I used two coats for these swatches. It contains 11 ml and its price was 2,19 €.


If you're interested in my opinion about body&cuticle tattoos, check out my previous post here. You get three sheets of tattoos for 3,29 €

I personally I'm really satisfied with this collection, Essence really caught the theme well and the products have good quality. My favourite is, of course, bronzer, for which I assume will be my go to product in the summer. I also like nail polish a lot and body&cuticle tattoos will probably often end up on my skin in the summer since they really transfer nicely and they have some gorgeous designs. 

Did you get anything from Essence Lights of Orients TE? If you like this post, you're welcome to share it with your friends on social media. Thank you for reading!

FOTD and NOTD: Tribal

About two weeks ago I purchased some products from Essence Lights of Orient collection. Among them, I also bought body&cuticle tattoos, which were my inspiration for the makeup and nail art I'm showing you today. Most of the designs on sheets are tribal in golden and turquoise colours, which were also two main colours I used for makeup and manicure. 


For the eyes, I didn't complicate much. I made a very gentle smokey golden look, using eyeshadows from Sleek Storm palette. Under my eyes, I used matte turquoise eyeshadow from Sleek Curacao palette and in inner corner light champagne shimmery shade Martini from the same palette. For eyeliner, I used turquoise eyeshadow from Flash palette. I applied Sleek's glittery eyeliner under the flick and finished the look with mascara and false lashes. Later I added few turquoise dots under my brows to make the look a bit more artistic.


Again, I didn't complicate on my face. I contoured my face with Essence Oriental Beauty bronzer, which is really an amazing product (more about it in an upcoming review) and applied few turquoise dots on my cheeks. On my forehead, I applied two matching tattoos from Essence's Lights of Orient collection. On lips, I used golden and turquoise eyeshadow from Flash palette. 


Products I used:
*Face
- Bourjois Healthy Mix 51 Light Vanilla
- Bourjois Silk Edition 51 Porcelain
- Bourjois Radiance Reveal 01 Ivory
- Makeup Revolution The One shade one foundation
- Essence Oriental Beauty bronzer
- Imagic Professional Cosmetics 12 Flash Color Case
- Essence Lights of Orient body&cuticle tattoos

*Eyes
Catrice Prime and Fine colouring eyeshadow base
- NYX jumbo pencil Milk
- Sleek Curacao palette
- Sleek Storm palette
- Sleek glittery eyeliner
- Imagic Professional Cosmetics 12 Flash Color Case
- Catrice Glam&Doll False Lashes mascara
- Born Pretty false lashes

*Lips
- Imagic Professional Cosmetics 12 Flash Color Case


I also made matching nails for the look. The designs were inspired by Essence's tattoo designs. I started with two coats of Essence Wild White Ways. For designs, I used Essence Mojito Green and Manhattan 29Z. Then I applied few tattoos on my hand. 


If I say few short words about tattoos - they are very easy to apply. You just cut the design you want to apply, remove the transparent foil and place it where you want it. Then use a wet tissue or something similar and dab it gently on the white paper/tattoo for few seconds. The tattoos transfer easily and completely on the skin. I can't say how long they last because I wash my hands often and these went off in a day (plus I was doing a major cleaning on the day I made this manicure).


What do you think about my makeup and nail art? Do you like Essence's tattoos? If you like this post, you're welcome to share it on social media. Thank you for reading!

Razvajanje v tistih dnevih v mesecu z MeTime

Se ti je že kdaj zgodilo, da so prišli tisti dnevi v mesecu, ti pa doma nisi imela na zalogi niti enega vložka ali tampona? Meni neštetokrat. Še dobro, da mama ni tako pozabljiva kot jaz in jih je imela vedno na zalogi zame. Za take pozabljivke, kot sem jaz, pa je Youtuberka Tjaša Deu ustvarila prav posebno rešitev - škatlico za razvajanje ob dnevih menstruacije MeTime. Kako deluje vse skupaj? Preprosto. Na spletni strani www.metime.si izbereš paket, označiš, kdaj si nazadnje imela menstruacijo in nekaj dni, preden jo spet dobiš, ti poštar prinese paket na dom. Ker pa znajo biti tisti dnevi kar naporni in smo punce rade razvajane, te bodo v paketu pričakale tudi razne dobrote, ki ti bodo polepšale menstruacijo.

Na voljo so trije paketi:
  • nadomestni fant - gre za osnovni paket, v katerem dobiš samo higienski material (do 25 vložkov/tamponov), ob naročilu škatle za pol leta pa zanj plačaš 7,90 €.
  • premium paket - je najbolj priljubljen paket, v katerem dobiš do 25 vložkov/tamponov skupaj z najmanj 4 izdelki za razvajanje. Ob naročilu za pol leta je cena 13,90 €.
  • ultimate paket - tale je podoben paketu premium, s to razliko, da dobiš več (40) kosov higienskega materiala, ob naročilu za pol leta pa je cena 16,90 €.
Vse, kar je povezano s higienskim materialom, lahko izbiraš in kombiniraš sama po svojih željah. Na voljo imaš dve znamki vložkov (Always, Jasmin) in tamponov (Jasmin, O. B.) v različnih velikostih, tako da si lahko izbereš, kar ti bolj ustreza. Vsak mesec pa te bodo pri MeTime razvajali tudi z raznoraznimi dobrotami, od čokolade, do kozmetike, nakita ... Več o škatlici MeTime si lahko prebereš na www.metime.si.




Za moj blog je škatlico MeTime ocenjevala moja (bodoča) svakinja Saša. Kaj meni o njej?
"MeTime škatlica, škatlica za punce v tistih dneh v mesecu, ki niso ravno najbolj prijetni, je super zasnovana ideja. Prišla je k meni v pravem trenutku in me takoj spravila v dobro voljo. Ko odpreš mesečno škatlico in v njej zagledaš toliko stvari na enkrat je to nekaj nepopisnega. V kartonasti, lepo oblikovani škatlici se je skrivalo poleg izbranih higienskih vložkov (Jasmin) tudi zapestnica s srčkom, verižica z obeskom pustne maske, dišeče trdo milo, ki omamno diši po malini, vlažilni robčki Hello Kitty, ki so priročni in dišeči ter uporabni za vsak dan, Funky gumice katere so zelo popularne in ne lomijo las, Skittels bombončki, Tekanne čaji (Purify&Slim, Detox&Slim, Fit&slim), ki imajo blagodejne učinke in tvoje telo pomirjajo in čokolada z okusom mete, katera te v teh tečnih dneh pomiri in ti daje energijo – saj ti dnevi ne morejo miniti brez vsaj enega koščka čokolade. 
Če povzamem celotno škatlico, lahko samo povem, da sem nad njo navdušena in ji dajem en velik velik plus. Me je pozitivno presenetila in mi dala občutek, da tudi v dneh menstruacije lahko uživaš." 


MeTime pa so pripravili presenečenje tudi za vas, saj boste ob naročilu prejele 10 % popust, če boste vtipkale kodo "Taya" (koda je veljavna 3 mesece). 

Kakšna se vam zdi izdeja škatlice MeTime? Hvala za pozornost!
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Quiz Gel Like Nail Polishes + Easy Spring Manicure

This month I became an ambassador of a site, called Nail Fash. They offer polishes from a polish brand Quiz and I'm going to swatch some of the polishes for you. 

I received three Gel Like polishes. Polishes with a gel alike formula that don't need an UV lamp for drying are very popular for the past two years. Gel polishes are usually highly pigmented, creamy and glossy. I have to admit that the formula of these reminds me more on a formula of regular polishes than gel like polishes (for example, blue was quite sheer with first coat), but it's still easy to work with. Polishes come in a square bottles which are easy to store and one polish contains 8,5 ml. These have a wide flat rounded brush, which is my favourite because it's easy to work with and it enables me an easy application of a polish even if the formula is a bit more tricky. Well, with Quiz polishes I didn't have any problems by application because none of them is too thick or runny. I really can't say how long these actually last on nails, because on my weak nails most of the polishes chip fast and these lasted the same amount of time as all other polishes - for around two days. These don't have names, only numbers (too bad, names are fun), but I wish they would have the number written on a holder because it's printed on the bottle and it can erase very quickly from it. The Gel Like collection contains 24 colours, 6 of them are neon (yay!). The price of classic shades is 3,30 € and of neon shades 3,60 €

P. S. Lately I'm having some problems with bubbling when I use polishes. I haven't figured out the reason yet but it's probably in too thick coats, so I wanted to share one of my old posts with you How to: Prevent Bubbling, where I made a list of few reasons for bubbling and how to avoid them. Just so you'll know that maybe the problem isn't in polish but somewhere else. ;)


Because the weather was so nice and sunny lately and everything was blossoming, and you know I love spring, I decided to take the photos of swatches outside. I also prepared a tutorial for one of the easiest manicures that there is. I actually didn't want to complicate because I know most of you wear simple one colour manicures and this is just the idea how to spice up your nails for spring. 

706 is a gorgeous light orange shade. This one is surprisingly my favourite of the bunch. I thought I'm going to like the blue the best, but you can tell it's spring and bright colours are currently on the top of my list to wear. I used two coats for swatches. 


707 is a hot redish pink shade. I used two coats for the swatches. 


709 is a darker blue shade. With first coat it seemed like this one has a jelly formula, but it was fully opaque with second thicker coat. It's very gorgeous shade and although it's darker, it doesn't stain the nails. 


I prepared a tutorial for a very easy spring manicure. I love dots. Start with a base coat and then apply two coats of a white or nude base. Then use different sized dotting tools to do big and small coloured dots. That way the manicure will be more interesting. If you don't have dotting tools, you can use different round tools - a toothpick, the back of a brush, a pencil, a round pin, a bobby pin ... Finish with a top coat to seal your manicure and give it a glossy look.


As a base I used Essence Wild White Ways, because I really like white underneath when I'm doing coloured dots. I used all three Quiz polishes for dots, which I placed randomly on my nails. This manicure is so easy to do, but it looks so fun and colourful, just the way I like it.


 What do you think about these polishes? Have you already tried any shade? If you like this post, feel free to share it! Thank you for reading!
*PR products

Meet the Brand: Dvorec Trebnik

Dvorec Trebnik je znamka naravne kozmetike, ki je na slovenskem trgu prisotna že od leta 1999, zadnje čase pa razširjajo svojo ponudbo in nas razvajajo z vedno bolj zanimivimi izdelki. Zadnja novost je nova linija izdelkov za nego obraza, ki me mika prav v celoti. Njihovi izdelki ne vsebujejo parabenov, mineralnih olj, sintetičnih barvil in silikonov.

Danes imam za vas oceno kupa izdelkov, ki sem jih testirala zadnjih nekaj mesecev. Nekatere izdelke sem prejela v oceno (ti bodo označeni z eno zvezdico), nekatere na dogodkih (ti bodo označeni z dvema zvezdicama), nekatere pa sem kupila sama. V celoti lahko rečem, da sem z izdelki Dvorca Trebnik zelo zadovoljna, kljub temu da me nekateri niso najbolj navdušili.


Šampon za suhe lase rakitovec
Kljub temu da sem pričakovala, da mi linija rakitovec ne bo dišala, sem bila prijetno presenečena, saj gre za prečudovit vonj. Čeprav šampon vsebuje olje rakitovca, pšenični protein in vitamin B, ki naj bi lase vlažil, ga ljudem s suhimi lasmi (pa tudi normalnimi) nikakor ne priporočam. Šampon namreč ni hranilen, lase izsuši in jih brez uporabe balzama slamnate. Na začetku sem bila zato nad njim precej razočarana, sem pa pozneje ugotovila, da ga lahko uporabljam kot čistilni šampon, saj lase res zelo dobro očisti. Kombiniram ga z izdatno količino balzama za lase, da so moje konice mehke in sijoče. Uporabim ga enkrat na vsake nekaj pranj, ga pa zaradi občutka slamnatih las nikoli ne uporabim dvakrat zaporedoma. V kolikor iščete dober čistilni šampon, boste s tem zadovoljne, če pa si želite hranilnega šampona, ki bo navlažil lase, pa tega ne priporočam.
Cena: 5,29 € za 250 ml

Geli za tuširanje rakitovec, **rožmarin in *sočna pomaranča
Geli za tuširanje Dvorca Trebnik so izdelki, ki vas bodo razvajali predvsem s svojimi vonji, saj po tuširanju vonj ostane dolgo časa na koži (da ne omenjam, kako dolgo ostane vonj v zraku v kopalnici). Geli se lepo penijo in očistijo kožo, vendar pa niso hranilni. Kljub temu pa nisem imela občutka, da bi mi izsušili kožo. Sami vonji so odvisni od osebne preference. Sama sem bila najmanj navdušena nad vonjem rožmarina. V steklenici mi je bil vonj še kar prijeten, med tuširanjem pa mi je kar zasmrdel, zato sem ga dala mami, ki je nad njim navdušena. Gel za tuširanje z vonjem rakitovca mi je proti pričakovanjem zelo prijetno dišal, najbolj pa sem bila navdušena nad vonjem gela za tuširanje sočna pomaranča, saj se mi zdi, da diši dobesedno kot sveže olupljena pomaranča. Pomaranče pa naravnost obožujem. 
V kolikor ste ljubiteljice hranilnih in negovalnih gelov za tuširanje, vam ti morda ne bodo všeč, v kolikor pa se rade razvajate z odličnimi vonji, ki ostanejo na vaši koži še dolgo po tuširanju, pa boste nad geli Dvorca Trebnik zagotovo navdušene.
Cena: 5,79 € za 250 ml (rožmarin, rakitovec); 2,99 € za 200 ml (sočna pomaranča)


*Olje za masažo vanilija
Tole olje sem navdušeno hvalila v mojih marčevskih favoritih, saj sem čisto zaljubljena vanj. Olje z vonjem vanilije prekrasno odišavi kožo, hitro se vpije, ne pušča mastnega filma in kožo navlaži in nahrani. Obogateno je z mandljevim oljem, ki daje koži prožnost in mehkobo, vsebuje pa tudi olje mareličnih pečk, ki je bogato z vitaminoma A in E. Čeprav gre za olje za masažo, ga sama uporabljam za nego kože po tuširanju. Kovinsko pakiranje s pumpico je zelo priročno in preprosto za uporabo, saj omogoča lahko doziranje. Malce moteče je le dejstvo, da pakiranje ni prozorno in ne vidim, koliko izdelka je še noter. Meni osebno eden najljubših izdelkov Dvorca Trebnik. 
Cena: 10,79 € za 250 ml

*Sparkle Star svetlikajoče olje za lase in telo
Dvorec Trebnik pridno sledi trendom in izdaja suhega olja za lase in telo v liniji DT je bila seveda logična poteza. Zdi se mi, da so suha olja zadnje čase izjemno popularna. Kljub temu da ima malce drugačne karakteristike kot masažno olje, je njegovo delovanje zelo podobno, saj se izjemno hitro vpije v kožo, ne pušča mastnega filma in kožo nahrani ter neguje. Odlikuje ga mešanica mandljevega, oljčnega, jojobinega olja, olja gozdnih pešk in organskega arganovega olja. Čeprav je primerno tudi za lase, ga na njih ne uporabljam, saj ugotavljam, da so taka olja, ki niso namenjena izrecno lasem, prebogata za moje normalne lase. Olje najlepše izgleda na zagoreli koži, saj vsebuje bleščice, ki so lepo vidne in dajo koži zanimiv lesk. 
Cena 6,99 € za 150 ml

*Energy Tonic osvežilna meglica za obraz in telo
Osvežilna meglica je eden izmed izdelkov, katerega ideja je izjemno dobra, vendar sama izvedba malo manj. Aloe vera in virginijski nepozebnik naj bi kožo navlažila in jo pomirila, vendar pa ima zaradi vsebnosti alkohola na drugem mestu meglica na občutljivo kožo ravno obraten učinek. Na začetku sem jo uporabljala čez dan na obrazu in telesu za osvežitev kože, vendar mi je bilo čudno, da me je del na področju okrog nosu in na licih vedno pekel in da je čez čas moja koža postala bolj suha. Seveda sem ob ogledu sestavin ugotovila, da vsevuje alkohol in mi ta nikakor ne ustreza, čeprav po telesu me pa niti ni motil, saj mi tam kože ni iritiral in mi je dala meglica res prijeten občutek svežine. Uporabljala sem jo večinoma poleti, z bolj mrzlim vremenom in dolgimi rokavi pa je pristal ana polici med neuporabljanimi izdelki. Verjetno jo bom poleti porabila do konca, ponovno pa je kolekciji ne bom več dodala, saj mi alkohl in občutek na obrazu nista niti najmanj všeč.
Cena: 6,99 € za 150 ml


*Berry Pepper krema za utrujene noge in stopala
Krema za utrujene noge in stopala je še en izjemen izdelek v liniji DT. Olje grozdnih pečk, ekstrakt bršljana in virginjskega nepozebnika vlažijo, ščitijo in spodbujajo mikrocirkulacijo kože, eterično olje grenivke pa deluje antibakterijsko in osveži kožo. Izjemno lahka kremna formula se hitro vpije in pušča na koži mehak svilnat občutek. Med masažo daje krema koži prijeten hladilen občutek, ki pa izgine, ko se krema vpije v kožo. Po navadi jo uporabljam zvečer pred spanjem na stopalih, da so zjutraj mehka in nahranjena. Sam vonj je prijeten, ne preveč močan in moteč. 
Cena: 3,99 € za 50 ml

**Funky Coconut kremni gel za roke
Funky Coconut je negovalni kremni del s kokosovim oljem, ki neguje kožo in jo naredi gladko, ter oljem pšeničnih kalčkov, ki vsebuje vitamin E. Lahka bela tekstura, ki je nekaj med kremo in gelom, se hitro vpije v kožo, jo nalvaži in naredi mehko. Sam vonj po kokosu je precej umeten, že kar malce alkoholen. Ko se mažem s tole kremo, vsi okoli mene vohajo kokos, meni pa se zdi, da ga voham zgolj v pakiranju, saj na rokah kmalu po nanosu ostane nek nevtralen vonj, ki ne spominja na kokos (ali pa jaz slabo voham). Sam kremni gel mi je glede delovanja super, vendar pa bi bil moja prva izbira vedno njihov kremni gel Jumpy Coconut, ki sem ga ocenila tukaj, saj lepše diši po kokosu, pa še pakiranje s pumpico mi je ljubše.
Cena: 4,79 € za 50 ml

**Bogata karitejeva krema
Bogata karitejeva krema, namenjena vsem tipom kože in primerna za uporabo na obrazu in telesu, je zapakirana v 50 ml lonček. Obogatena je s karitejevim maslom, alojo in vitaminom E. Ker je v lončku manjša količina, jo uporabljam večinoma za nego rok in občasno za nego komolcev. Njen učinek je podoben učinku kokosovega kremnega gela za roke - kožo lepo nahrani in jo naredi mehko in gladko. Ker ni mastna, se dokaj hitro vpije v kožo. Ima zelo prijeten, sladkast vonj, ki se na koži obdrži kar nekaj časa. 
Cena: 3,99 € za 50 ml


Moja prva izkušnja z izdelki Dvorca Trebnik nekaj let nazaj ni bila najbolj pozivna, so pa zagotovo precej napredovali in večina izdelkov me je navdušila. Čeprav geli za tuširanje niso negovalni, lepo očistijo kožo in izbira naravnih vonjev zagotovo prinaša nekaj za vsakega. Nad masažnim oljem z vonjem vanilije, kremo za utrujene noge in stopala in svetlikajočim oljem za telo in lase sem čisto navdušena. Kremni gel za roke z vonjem kokosa mi je v redu, vendar bom drugič raje izbrala drug vonj, ker me tule vonj po kokosu ni najbolj navdušil. Šampona za suhe lase pa puncam, ki se borijo s suhimi lasmi, nikakor ne priporočam in zaradi vsebnosti alhokola bo verjetno bolje, da preskočite tudi osvežilno meglico. 

Izdelki Dvorca Trebnik so na voljo na spletni strani www.trebnik.com in v Mercatorjevih trgovinah. Na njihovi spletni strani si lahko pogledate tudi seznam sestavin posameznega izdelka. 

Ste že preizkusile kakšen izdelek Dvorca Trebnik? Kako ste zadovoljne z njimi? Hvala za pozornost! 

*Izdelke sem prejela v oceno
*Izdelke sem prejela na BBMU Lj in dogodku pomurskih blogeric

NOTD: Tulips Nail Art

Because we didn't have a proper winter this year, everything is blossoming and flowering so quickly. Tulips are flowers that start to flower in the beginning of May, but this year they already started to flower at the beginning of April in our garden. So I had to take a chance and made a manicure, inspired by this beautiful flower. At the beginning, we had red and yellow tulips, but with time they got mixed (probably because of the bees) and now they look orangey-reddish-yellow. 

I started my manicure with two coats of Essence Blue Bubble Di Blue, which is a gorgeous pastel blue shade, perfect for spring. This time, I decided to use tempera paintings for nail art, just because it's easier to do details with them. First, I used white painting for clouds and then I draw tulips flower with red colour. Then I added a stalk to each flower and leaves with green painting, and finished the manicure with glossy top coat. But because I wanted this manicure matte, I applied Miyo Matt Finish No 23 over it. I didn't take any photo in my lightbox, where I usually photograph my nails because taking photos outside with flowers in the background is much more fun and it looks prettier to me. I was really happy with this manicure and also photos I took, but I didn't want to make this post too photo heavy. ;)


 What do you think about my manicure, inspired by tulips? Feel free to share this post on social media. Thank you for reading!