Handmade & organic: meet Nelipot!

img_7517img_7550img_7573img_7558img_7536While my makeup choices are not that conscious most of the time, I am pretty strict when it comes to deodorants. I declared war against aluminium salts years ago, and although some deodorants are quite disappointing, I have some favorites that will get me through (almost) any stressful situation that comes my way. However, the selection of approved-by-Vesnaenviolet products has expanded not for just one product, but I dare say for a whole brand! I am happy to announce that Nelipot deodorants have made it thorough my careful and rigorous selection process.

This post has been in the making for months and I have already used both deodorants up. Although I received three products at the Beauty Conference last November, my focus is almost entirely on the two metal pots–I will get back to the Shverkaj powder later on. Just to describe the brand very briefly: Nelipot is a Slovenian brand established by two amazing human beings. Tina and Simon started their story by making their own deodorant cream that actually worked in their kitchen! I love the design and creative names of the products. Even the name of the brand is so original as it means the one who wanders barefoot. I love how perfectly they blend tradition with a modern approach to cosmetics. Needless to say, all of their products are cruelty-free and actually beneficial for our bodies and skin, what a treat!

As already mentioned, I received two deodorant creams, i.e. SHAC and IROF. At first, I was really skeptical because good organic deodorant creams are really hard to find. Especially because I had a very bad experience with a cream deodorant by Lush (that happened around 10 years ago, but the memory of that disaster is still very much alive!!). After a few weeks of looking at the pots on my desk I decided to give them a go and oh my, I am so glad that I did. SHAC is is made of coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, a number of other nourishing oils along with the scents of tea tree and lemongrass. IROF, on the other hand, is even stronger and is actually meant for men. It is filled with the scent of frangipane and bergamot and is nevertheless a great option even for women!

As already mentioned, the third item is the Shverkaj powder. This is a charcoal-based teeth cleanser in powder form with some Asian herbs that give it a fresh kick. I gave it to my sister because I am very picky when it comes to toothpastes, so she tried it out for me. She said that ginger and eucalyptus make it very refreshing, but you have to get used to it. Powder products for teeth are not that common after all :)

To recap, I loved both cream deodorants and luckily didn’t see any difference between the two with regard to their effectiveness. Both were amazing and I am looking forward to ordering other scents from their online store!

Favorite makeup items of 2017

img_9532img_9622img_9609img_9573img_9638img_9642I know I’m really late to the party, but I truly wanted to talk you through my favorite makeup items of 2017. Last year was pretty eventful makeup-wise, I started loving colorful eyes and maybe a little less eye-catching lips. But fear not, we will discuss every single item that really deserves your attention.

The Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 palette is my absolute favorite when it comes to catchy eyesThis is a very versatile eyeshadow palette, the shades ranging from matte and shimmery neutrals through colorful orange, pink and red shades all the way to deep nudes and black. I mean, is there any other shade you need in your daily life? And their wear-time is amazing, they blend beautifully and have a great pigmentation. And all that for just a little under € 13!

Another eye product that I surprisingly haven’t mentioned so far is the L’Oréal Paradise Extatic mascara. I love how thick my eyelashes look after just one coat, but can be slightly clumpy – I actually prefer a slightly edgy look, but not everyone enjoys it. This is my second tube in 7 months and there could be various reasons for that. 1) I like it so much that I go through very quickly, or 2) which is probably the real reason that I discussed on Instagram with Ana, a lovely blogger behind the Mad about red blog. She did a small investigation and actually discovered that there is a very small amount of mascara in the tube compared to other brands or even other L’Oréal mascaras (9.1 ml)! However, I’ve done a research of my own and it’s not that bad as there are other mascaras that have around 8 ml of the product for the same price. Nevertheless, the mascara costs around € 15, which is not a negligible amount of money, but you can occasionally get it on sales in Slovenia.

As I said, I was not that keen on buying or wearing that many lipsticks last year. I simply have so many that I only cycle between a few that I really enjoy (such as Ruby Woo by Mac or Matt Confident by Milani). However, there are two items that really surprised me. The first is the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, a very thick lip gloss that is so satisfying on the lips! It comes with a big doe foot applicator that covers the whole lip with just one stroke. It has a very glossy finish and I love that it doesn’t wear off quickly. The red undertone is just slightly visible, so it is perfect to intensify the natural color of your lips. The second one, however, is the L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime lip balm. They have several shades available, and though I still have a fair amount left, I think I will also go for the orange one in the spring. Again, a perfect lip balm that adds some color to your lips, but feels amazing and moisturizing.

Last but not least, I have two makeup items for the cheeks that really marked my 2017. The first is the Sun Stripping Bronzer by Catrice, my favorite bronzer since the moment it came into my life. I’ve been using it religiously since August and you can see the lines have not faded at all! I haven’t reached for any other bronzer for months and I’m super sad that it was only part of their summer limited edition. The second palette that took my heart is the Makeup Revolution Pro Amplified Strobe and Highlightning Palette. This is the most perfect set of four pressed and four creamy highlighters. They have the prettiest sheen ever and look amazing on the face. I love the creamy ones, I apply them with a sponge and they just melt together with the foundation.

Well, these are my top six makeup products of 2017. I know we’re almost in March, but I really wanted to recap my beauty favorites that I still use on a daily basis! :)

What’s new at L.O.V. Cosmetics

At the beginning of every new season, L.O.V. Cosmetics releases some amazing makeup items that are perfect if you like to be on the trendy side regarding makeup. I rarely have time to go to the store and properly take a look at everything they have to offer, so I feel very lucky to have been able to test these lovely products. The holographic trend is very hot right now and to be completely honest, I love that there are some edgy makeup products we can incorporate into our makeup routine without anyone judging!

I was most intrigued by their Aura Glow Primer. It comes in a sleek pink bottle which is already a treat to look at, but I’m even more impressed with how well it performs on my skin! Its peachy undertone and tiny shimmer create a perfect glow, not too excessive, but just enough to make your face slightly brighter. I won’t say my makeup lasts any longer, because I’ve already tested several primers and I don’t see any difference in the wear-time. But this one preps my skin very nicely, I love it! Next I received the Brow Lights pomade that has two separate compartments. The first one contains a pomade while the second actually consists of an oil-based highlighter. I apply the pomade with a small brow brush, which gives a very nice, natural finish. Then I add a tiny bit of highlighter under my brows for some glow.

As for the cheeks, they sent me two exciting products. As already mentioned above, holographic effect is insanely popular at the moment and although you can quickly add too much, you cannot go wrong with this palette. I’m talking about the LOVillusion holographic highlighter palette for eyes, face and body combining three different shades, i.e. with pink, purple and green undertone. I mostly use it as a highlighter on my cheeks, on the inner corners of my eyes and under my brow bone. The pink one is also very similar to the Cindy-Lou Manizer by the Balm (my sister has one and instantly asked me if I bought that, too!). Well, don’t be scared, you can mix all three shades for that unforgettable iridescent look! The next cheeky product is the BLUSH Liaison, a dewy gel blush stick. Mine is in shade Alluring Peach and though I like the lovely flush of color on my cheeks, I don’t think the brush you get on the other side does any good. It completely messed up my foundation the first time so I’m applying it with the beautyblender ever since (and it works like a charm!).

Last but not least, I got to test out one of their new lippies as well. I received a neutral LIPaffaire Color & Care lipstick in shade Angelina’s belief. This is the first really nudy-brown shade I have in my collection and it goes surprisingly well with my style. The texture is very moisturizing and nourishing, but nevertheless stays on my lips for a pretty decent period of time.

All in all, I’m really impressed with their new products and I really think this brand has become a real competition to the other drugstore brands. I have yet to try their foundations, if you already have some experience with them, please let me know! :)


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