Beauty

Venturing into high-end natural skincare

img_6496img_6455img_6440To me, Annemarie Börlind has always been a synonym for high quality cosmetics. I can still remember my mom having one of their face creams in my childhood and I was sure this brand is intended for grown-up women who have everything figured out. Funnily enough, I’ve been an adult for quite some time now but only managed to get my hands on two products from the Annemarie Börlind Combination Skin line this August. In recent year I’ve become much more aware about what type of products I use, particularly when it comes to skincare. For this reason I went for the Cleansing Gel and Light Day Essence as these are the products I use twice a day and really want them to do my skin good on the long term.

I can say without hesitation that these two items are the best skincare purchases I made so far. Their Cleansing Gel is a very gentle yet one of the most effective cleansing products in my skincare stash. It removes all impurities so nicely and leaves a gentle feeling without drying the skin out. I also used it on my summer holidays as a makeup remover and you wouldn’t believe how effectively it removed my waterproof mascara and foundation, even better than my micellar waters! I would never expect such a gentle product to be so effective, especially considering it is based on natural products, such as witch hazel and chamomile. There is no foaming involved, you just apply the gel on a damp face and rinse it off. And it has a divine fresh, natural scent, can I get a fragrance version, please?!

And don’t get me wrong, the Light Day Essence is not behind! This fluid really surprised me as it comes in a creamy form, not something I’m used with fluids. Nevertheless, the skin absorbs it quickly and it doesn’t leave any greasy residue, which makes it perfect as a makeup base. Some of its ingredients are sea algae extract, green tea and vitamin E as well as jojoba oil, all of which moisturize and protect the skin. I only need a small amount for my whole face and can already see both products will go a long way.

Although these products are on the pricier side, I do think they are worth the money as they give a completely different, more natural feeling on the skin. All in all, an amazing purchase and I will definitely check out other products from their Combination Skin line!

Happy anniversary, Ličila.si!

img_6197img_6226img_6189img_6213In August Ličila.si celebrated their 7th anniversary and surprised Slovenian bloggers with amazing packages on the occasion! If you don’t already know, Ličila.si is one of the most successful Slovenian online stores, and with a good reason. They are retailing nothing but cruelty-free cosmetics and beauty products that are available both to those who do not wish to spend tons of money on cosmetics as well as those who like to treat themselves with good quality vegan makeup. I’ve ordered products on their website on several occasions in the past 7 years and it truly is a delight to see a website with such an amazing work ethic grow so quickly!

The most exciting item is certainly the Makeup Revolution London PRO HD LUXE eyeshadow palette. There are 35 different shades to choose from ranging from beigy mattes to dark and earth-toned shimmers. Those light shimmery shades on top can be used as a highlighter, too, which makes this palette highly versatile. You can create a neutral daily look or go for hot smokey eyes for a night out, all just in one product! As always, all shades are very pigmented and easy to blend. I already have several Makeup Revolution palettes in my makeup stash and they have never ever disappointed me, so this will be a great addition to my collection.  The second little gem is the Iconic Matte Nude Revolution Lipstick in shade Wishful. Although I’m not a huge fan of neutral lips (at least on me), I’m slowly getting into it season by season. This slightly rosy nude is very creamy and has a matte finish, surely I can make good use out of it in the next few months! And the last item is the I Heart Makeup Unicorns Heart A Rainbow Highlighter (made by unicorns), how intriguing is that name?! This is basically an insanely intensive highlighter with a rainbow of colors, literally. In my opinion, this would work out if there were only several shades. The blue and the green are just too intense when I apply it on my cheekbones. However, the yellow and orange tones are great so I usually just swirl the brush on that side of the heart and it works just fine.

Thank you Ličila.si for the gift and I wish you many successful years in the future! You can also benefit from a free-shipping code MURFSH in Slovenia, a great opportunity worth taking!

New releases by L.O.V., Catrice & Essence

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In July I received four products that were part of new releases by L.O.V., Catrice and Essence. I’ve never tried L.O.V. products prior to this and my mind was blown when I tried their nude FATALmuse liquid matt lipstick in shade Secret Obsession. Its texture has such a luxurious feeling on the lips, very creamy with a matt effect. What I also love is that after a few hours the lipstick gradually wears off, but doesn’t leave any weird stains. This a great characteristic as other matt lipsticks dry up and crumble off your lips every time even after a tiny a sip of water. I also got a green EYEtracction magnetic loose eye shadow in shade Magnetize Me, such a funny product to use! The bottom of the jar must have some sort of magnet attached that attracts the loose eye shadow and when you use it, all the particles jump straight back to their place to form these lines. I applied it with a wet brush, but I wasn’t too amazed at how it turned out. I have hooded eyes and it’s hard to apply a bright eye shadow in such a way that would actually look great, haha! And it’s not as visible on the photos as I wanted it to be – I probably should’ve blended it a bit more, such a shame!

I also got the CUBANITA baking & banana powder by Essence that is great for baking those parts of the skin that you wish would stay put longer. I applied it under my eyes and on my T-zone area over my foundation and concealer. Let me tell you, I am impressed with the result! It literally melts with other products to create a porcelain-like finish and covers my pores perfectly. The under-eye area looks fabulous even after a whole day! However, I have to be careful with applying it around the nose as it looks slightly cakey, everyone wants to avoid that! The undertone is quite yellow which suits me perfectly, but be careful if your skin tone is on the fair side.

And finally, I got my hands at a bronzer that suits me perfectly! The Sun Stripping Bronzer is part of the Soleil d’Été collection by Catrice and has everything that I want in a bronzer: opacity, a completely matt finish and a deep bronzy shade. It perfectly matches my complexion and it seems perfect to use in the winter, too.

So, have you tried any of these or other products from the collections? Soleil d’Été is an extraordinary line, all makeup enthusiasts are impressed with these items, especially with the highlighter – too bad I have so many to use up already! Take care 

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