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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! :)

BEST OF CATRICE AND ESSENCE IN DECEMBER

img_8945img_8973img_8989img_8996img_9008img_9028Catrice and Essence surprised me with some of their limited editions in December. Unfortunately, they are probably not available anymore, but I’m sure there will be similar ones available in the future. All of these have quickly become my staples and I still love using them, although the holiday season finished weeks ago. My favorite product of all is the Catrice Cosmic Body Sparkle Fluid. It comes in the prettiest matt bottle and looks very minimalistic. The fluid itself looks like a dry oil and contains the most beautiful shimmer ever, I applied it on my hands, arms and décolletage for every single occasion in December and it looked amazing. I know it will look gorgeous in the summer when I’m slightly tanned, such an amazing item! Next is the Make Me Special prismatic lipstick topper with silver glitter. In my opinion, the glitter is too big to be worn on its own, but works pretty good when I apply it over a matt lipstick that needs some dimension. Another interesting product is the Counting Stars magic mirror effect nail pigment in shade 01. I’ve never used anything like this before, but I love how it worked out. You apply a small amount of the pigment over a slightly dried coat of nail polish and rub it until the surface is shiny, and then top it off with a top coat. I applied it over a red Catrice nail polish and it looks very pink with a blue undertone. However, I couldn’t take a nice picture of it, but there are plenty on the internet :) It’s done very quickly and looks very nice, so I’m looking forward to using it over other shades of nail polish as well. Last but not least, I also received the Be My Highlight eyeshadow palette with four pastel metallic shades. They look so pretty and gentle on my face, and you can also use them as a highlighter! All in all, I love their limited editions, but the only downside is that they the products are gone pretty quickly. I have some amazing goodies by L.O.V. Cosmetics, cannot wait to share them with you! :) Take care!

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Decembra so mi pri Catrice in Essence poslali nekaj izdelkov iz njihovih omejenih kolekcij. Žal so verjetno razprodani, vendar sem prepričana, da bodo podobni izdelki še kdaj na voljo. Vse, kar sem prejela, še vedno zelo rada uporabljam, čeprav se je sezona decembrskih zabav zaključila že pred nekaj tedni. Moj najljubši izdelek je fluid z majcenimi bleščicami Cosmic Body Sparkle Fluid. Je v obliki suhega olja in videti je zelo minimalistično, elegantno. Na koži se izjemno lepo svetlika in prepričana sem, da bo poleti še lepše videti na malo zagoreli koži. Naslednji je balzam za ustnice Make Me Special s srebrnimi bleščicami. Meni sam po sebi ni preveč všeč, rada pa ga nanesem čez kakšno mat šminko. Še en zelo zanimiv izdelek je pigment za nohte Counting Stars v odtenku 01. Pigmenta za nohte še nikoli nisem uporabljala in zelo mi je všeč, kakšen je rezultat. Nanese se ga res enostavno, prst pomočimo v pigment in ga nanesemo na rahlo osušen lak za nohte ter nanesemo še nadlak. Spodaj sem uporabila rdeč lak znamke Catrice in videti je precej rožnato z modrim odtenkom. Žal pa nisem uspela narediti nobene pametne slike, jih je pa veliko na internetu :) Komaj čakam, da ga uporabim še čez kakšno drugo barvo. Za konec pa sem prejela tudi paletko za oči Be My Highlight s štirimi pastelnimi senčili z bleščicami. Res so zelo nežne in všeč mi je, da se jih lahko uporabi tudi kot osvetljevalec! Njihove omejene izdaje so res odlične, žal pa izdelkov hitro zmanjka. Prejšnji teden pa sem prejela nekaj čudovitih izdelkov znamke L.O.V. Cosmetics, tako da komaj čakam, da jih delim z vami! :) Uživajte!

Healthy Skin Harmony & my holiday makeup

img_7760img_7788img_7777img_7801How to apply a foundationMakeup of the day Max FactorMakeup of the day Max Factor
Honestly, I have never met a pickier person when it comes to choosing a new foundation. Is it just me or are foundations that have a good coverage, hold for a decent period of time and don’t crease in wrinkles really hard to find? Countless times have I bought a foundation that looked great on my skin in the drugstore and turned out to be a huge disappointment. And believe me, I was really skeptical when I received the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony foundation (and a Creme Puff pressed foundation, but I’ve already had it before and I loved it!). Firstly, I’ve tested several of their liquid foundations before and none of them fitted my skin tone and secondly, because how on earth would they be able to choose the right shade for me?! And the question about the wear time was still open at that point.

The reason why I am talking about it now is because I really wanted to embrace my inner skeptic and be 200% sure what I am talking about. Initially I received a slightly light Healthy Skin Harmony in shade Beige 55, but unfortunately the pump was broken. Then they sent me a darker shade Sand 60. When I realized that the second shade was too dark, I mixed both of them up and got the perfect shade for my complexion!

Healthy Skin Harmony has:

high coverage  very moisturizing formula ♦ great wear time

So, I can finally tell you that I LOVE this foundation!! I hesitated so much about using it in public for the first time as I never know whether the foundation will oxidize on my skin … But I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the combination of the two shades matches my skin tone perfectly and doesn’t change over time. Its texture is quite thick, which means you use quite a lot of the product, but it also means it is highly buildable. Healthy Skin Harmony has a great wear time, especially when I fix it with the Creme Puff pressed foundation. I’ve already used the exact same powder before so I knew this would be a great addition to my makeup collection. All in all, this foundation has met my standards and I cannot recommend it enough to those who are looking for a high-coverage foundation that would last on your face from the morning till the evening.

This is also my favorite holiday makeup look, I love pairing the foundation with some bronzer, colorful eyes and a pop of highlight on my cheeks (and this Makeup Revolution Pro Amplified highlighting palette is AH-MAZING!!). On the photos you can also see everything that I wore that day–my current makeup staples, some of them are new and some are already among my favorites. Having said all that, Healthy Skin Harmony is Vesna en violet–approved and I will definitely buy it again when when I use it up!

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