Couleur Caramel nail polish - New York 81

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Nakon nešto duže pauze, vraćam se s predstavljanjem jednog relativno novog brenda u Hrvatskoj, a radi se o francuskoj kozmetičkoj kući Couleur Caramel. Ponosni su na to što im je kozmetika izrađena od 100% organskih sastojaka, a s obzirom da se radi o dekorativi, ovo su uvijek zanimljive vijesti – vjerujem da ste kao i ja navikli na razne prirodne verzije preparativne kozmetike, dok za šminkanje najčešće ne gledamo sastav (koliko bismo možda i trebali). Couleur Caramel kozmetika, važno je istaknuti, ne sadrži parabene, silikone, parafine i ostale nezgodne sastojke s kojima osjetljiva koža može imati problema. Meni osobno nije toliko važno da se ovi sastojci ne nalaze u proizvodima koje koristim, ali znam da mnogima jest, stoga – lijepo je reći. Također, proizvodi nisu testirani na životinjama, a osim toga zanimljivo je i samo pakiranje koje je načinjeno od razgradivog materijala i zapravo me dosta iznenadilo pri prvom susretu – neobično je i unikatno. Cijeli dizajn Couleur Caramel-a inspiriran je zemljanim tonovima i vjerujem da će ga mnogi „kozmetički hipiji“ obožavati.

Na recenziju mi je ustupljen lak za nokte u nijansi 81 – New York iz nove kolekcije jesen/zima pod nazivom „Double Je“. Radi se o bogatoj ljubičastoj nijansi koju bi najprije opisala kao boju patlidžana, vrlo tamna i na prvi pogled može izgledati crno. S obzirom na jesen koja još uvijek ukrašava našu svakodnevicu, lijepo je upotpuniti nokte ovakvim tonovima. Konzistencija laka je dosta gusta, ali se i lako razmazuje, tako da ga je zaista jednostavno nanijeti, a opet jedan sloj je dovoljan za prekrivanje. Sušenje je srednje brzo, treba pričekati da se lak u potpunosti „zacementira“, ali to popravljam nadlakovima, u ovom slučaju, koristim Maybelline All-In-One topcoat (preporučam!).




Iako još nisam isprobala ostale novitete Couleur Caramel kozmetike, mogu reći da sam s lakom zadovoljna i da nisam primijetila neku razliku u usporedbi s proizvodima koji ne nose epitet „organsko“ – pritom ovo govorim kao kompliment jer sam često znala imati negativnih iskustava s proizvođačima koji se reklamiraju kao prirodni i ostalo, a poradi toga pati kvaliteta proizvoda. Kvaliteta je ovdje na jednakoj razini kao i kod uobičajene kozmetike, a ako već možemo dobiti nešto bolji sastav, zašto ne?


Cijena laka je oko 20$, dakle stotinjak kuna. Proizvodi su dostupni u Muller drogerijama. 

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Guest article: 5 of the most famous dresses of all time!

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It is not very often that a dress transcends its position as simply beautiful, flattering or wearable to become truly iconic. There are undoubtedly a few conditions that need to be in place first: a truly enigmatic and charismatic woman wearing it, it might feature in a film or at a big public event, it needs to be widely circulated on social media or, before the advent of Internet image sharing, to be discussed and dissected by the biggest trendsetters and publishers. We’ve collated some of the most popular and famous dresses ever to be seen that have gone down in fashion history.

1) Marilyn Monroe’s white dress



Images of Marilyn wearing this dress have been printed, re-printed, recreated and circulated many, many times. The dress itself is not particularly exciting or adventurous: it is a basic halterneck dress in a clean white hue with a pleated skirt. This dress’ iconic status is thanks more to the woman wearing it and the part it plays in the film she was shooting. Marilyn Monroe is one of the best-loved actresses of all time, effortlessly glamourous, likeable thanks to her slick wit and humble origins and ridiculously charming and irreverent. She wore the dress in the film The Seven Year Itch allowing the light and floaty material to blow right up whilst standing over a subway grill in New York. Marilyn laughs all the way, making this an image and a dress that has endured for decades afterwards, especially because she died at such a young age.

2) Audrey Hepburn’s LBD 



Everyone knows the power of a good Little Black Dress in helping you to create a sophisticated and polished look. The look had been around for many years before Audrey Hepburn wore her Hubert de Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany’s but her dress took the style to iconic new lengths. The long hemline with a slim, figure-flattering cut, finished with jewels at the neckline is a classic and refined look that spawned a thousand replicas. Like Marilyn’s white number, the dress is made iconic partially thanks to its cinematic setting: the quiet and eerie New York canyon backdrop and Hepburn’s petite figure gazing into the Tiffany’s boutique, clutching a cup of coffee and a pastry. The dress is inspirational to girls who want to project them as chic and stylish, but may not have the budget (yet) for those much coveted diamonds.

3) Carrie’s tutu dress in Sex and the City



Another dress, another New York setting (what is it about New York and iconography?) This dress became iconic for featuring in the opening credits of all six seasons of hit-television show Sex and the City from 1998 to 2004. Sported by a sassy Sarah Jessica Parker, playing columnist and shoe-obsessive Carrie Bradshaw, this tutu dress was famously purchased from a bargain bin costing $5 by the show’s stylist Patricia Field. Although big designer labels feature in the show, with Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Prada amongst their ranks, it was this dress that become Carrie’s most widely recognisable look. It even reappeared in the film version of the show to the great delight of Sex and the City fans. Shop at Mary Jane Fashion for similar wholesale looks.

4) Lady Gaga’s meat dress 



From the moment she burst onto the music and pop culture scene, Lady Gaga was making waves with her inimitable, avant-garde style. From lobsters in her hair, teacup accessories and Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes, Lady Gaga went to new lengths with her dress made entirely from meat steaks and joints, including a matching pair of boots and headpiece. Whilst many decried this as another ploy to receive attention, her aims and motives were purely political: protesting against the discriminatory ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ laws within the American military, Gaga explained to Ellen DeGeneres that ‘if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones’. Whilst in recent years, Lady Gaga has muted down her weird and wacky ensembles, it is this dress that has become the epitome of her experimental forays into fashion.

5) Geri Halliwell Brit Awards 1997 



Most young girls who grew up in the nineties were officially obsessed with The Spice Girls. Rallying around the demand for ‘Girl Power’, Posh, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger were an electrifying five-piece who met fans and success wherever they went. The Brit Awards 1997 was the setting for Geri Halliwell’s most iconic dress, which she stormed down the stage in with red go-go boots. The dress originated as a tea towel that she ironed onto an LBD with the help of her sister, with a peace sign affixed onto the back. The dress summed up the celebration of Brit Pop that engulfed the decade and became a pop culture sensation.

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A very huge new in + makeup goodies for the Fall!

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October is one of my favorite months of the year – it's still warm enough to enjoy the early autumn and Halloween is just around the corner; so naturally I felt like I should start of this month with something new – and what's better than a new in post?! In the last month I received quite a few items from various events and although I've shown you most of them on my Instagram account, I decided it would be great to have them all here organized in one post. This is also a good opportunity to see makeup newbies and to prepare saving for some of them!

Listopad mi je jedan od najdražih mjeseci u godini – još je dosta toplo za uživanje u ranoj jeseni, a bliži se i Noć vještica koju volim od malih dana jer imam izliku gledati horror filmove koje i inače volim, tako da sam poželjela početi mjesec s nečim novim – a što je bolje od new in posta? Prošlog mjeseca sam dobila puno zanimljivih stvari na raznim eventima pa sam odlučila ovako ih predstaviti na okupu, a i smatram da je ovo dobra prilika za sve da vide makeup novitete na jednom mjestu i odluče se za ono što im (ne)treba u predstojećoj sezoni!


I'll start of with Giorgio Armani Beauty items which were the last ones to come. On the educative and gorgeous event we learned much about our lips and were presented with the new Ecstasy Lacquer lipgloss/lipstick which looks quite nice as you will witness in one of my next posts. We also received a matching lip-pencil and the new Si Intense perfume (in full size!) which surprised me the most as I've literally wanted to buy it for this autumn/winter time. So I'm extremely glad for G. Armani's generosity here :)

Započet ću s Giorgio Armani Beauty eventom i stvarčicama koje smo tamo dobile. Moram priznati da je sam event bio jako lijepo i profesionalno izveden, edukativan uz neformalno druženje kasnije što je uvijek lijepa kombinacija. Prezentiran nam je novi Ecstasy Lacquer tekući ruž visokog sjaja koji je doista nešto posebno u ovoj eri mat kozmetike za usne. Vidjet ćete ga uskoro u jednom od idućih postova! Dobile smo i olovku za usne iste boje te meni vrlo dragi Si Intense parfem kojeg već dugo vremena planiram nabaviti, tako da je odlično sjeo za ovu zimu/jesen. :)


A year ago, I wouldn't even dream of having the Balm here in Croatia and now they're already decided to cooperate with my blog – which is insane – but I'm super happy as it is one of the brands I truly enjoyed purchasing even before. The new items in my collection are the super famous Bahama Mama bronzer and The Balm Shelter – a very subtle tinted moisturizer which provides fresh and dewy effect with light coverage.

Da mi je netko prije godinu dana rekao da će the Balm doći u RH i surađivati s mojim blogom, mislila bih da je u najmanju ruku pretjerano optimističan – no evo upravo to se dogodilo u zadnjih nekoliko tjedana i neizmjerno mi je drago jer the Balm proizvode i inače rado kupujem i koristim tako da je stvarno velika čast imati ih ovdje. Nove stvari u kolekciji su Bahama Mama bronzer koji mi se odmah svidio i odlična tonirana krema The Balm Shelter – vrlo suptilnog prekrivanja i nježne pigmentacije.



Catrice is one of the brands I'll always have a soft spot on – they're cheap, good quality and manage to replicate the trends presented by the more expensive brands without losing on the individuality and innovativeness. As you can see on the picture they sent me quite a few items to review so I'm not going to name them all here but some of my favorites include Shine Appeal liquid lipsticks and the Multi Colored blush which is something I never had.

Catrice je jedan od brendova na koje uvijek padnem – vrlo su jeftini, dobre kvalitete i prate sve svjetske trendove u kozmetici, a opet zadržavaju individualan pristup. Kao što možete vidjeti na slikama, poslali su pregršt stvari za recenziranje, ali najdraži su mi zasad Shine Appeal tekući ruževi i Multi Colored rumenilo.


Essence never seizes to surprise me when it comes to their new makeup collections and this time my favorite item was the gorgeous pinky palette All About Roses. I'm also quite liking the new liquid lipsticks which seem to be the popular trend in the makeup world nowadays.

Essence nas uvijek lijepo iznenadi novim i zanimljivim kolekcijama pa je i ovaj put došlo mnoštvo noviteta za jesen. Najdraža mi je ova pinky paleta All About Roses i drago mi je da su baš nju poslali :) Također mi se sviđaju i tekući ruževi koji su neizmjerno popularni ove godine.



At the Bahlen Beauty event I was introduced to many interesting and different items – makeup brands that I've never tried before. The favorite of them all was the Eve Lom facial cleanser which is something truly special and I can't wait to review it in detail. Young Blood mineral foundation is also quite interesting and the Tromborg lipstick pencil is perfect for the Fall.

Na Bahlen Beauty eventu predstavljene su nam brojne zanimljive stvari od sve redom manje poznatih/dostupnih proizvođača na hrvatskom tržištu. Najdraži mi se pokazao Eve Lom cleanser za temeljito čišćenje lica koji zaista uklanja i najteži makeup uz pomoć ulja i posebne krpice. Jedva čekam recenzirati ga detaljnije. Young Blood mineralna podloga zanimljiv je dodatak u mojoj kolekciji, a Tromborg olovka/ruž za usne savršeno je pogođena za jesensko razdoblje.

 

Bocassy held a gorgeous presentation of their new face serum with anti-aging effects which you will be hearing about after I've tested it properly. One of the new items in their collection is also the micellar solution and a cleansing face toner with green tea (loving it!).

Bocassy je održao divnu prezentaciju novog anti age seruma za lice (već znate koliko mi se svidio njihov uobičajeni serum), a o njemu ćete čuti čim ga istestiram pravilno. Od noviteta tu su i micelarna otopina koja odlično uklanja makeup te tonik za lice s ekstraktima zelenog čaja kojeg obožavam!


Lancôme is, as you all know, at the top of my brand list and on their latest event we managed to get a taste of the brand new La Vie est Belle (Intense) perfume. It smells quite similar to the original version but even better, stronger and I personally prefer it. It's a perfect autumnal scent – warm, sweet and seductive. Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting Cream is their newest skincare item which I immediately liked even after the first few uses. The combination of gel & oily texture is something truly special and pleasant for the skin.

Lancôme je kao što svi već znate, na vrhu moje liste brendova i na jednom od zadnjih događaja imali smo čast isprobati novi La Vie est Belle parfem u Intense verziji. Sličan originalu, ali meni čak i bolji i prikladniji za ovo hladnije vrijeme pred nama. Osobno ga smatram idealnim jesenskim parfemom jer je sladak, topao i zavodljiv istovremeno. Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting krema novost je u njezi kože i moram priznati da mi se jako dopala već od prvih par korištenja. Kombinacija gel i uljne teksture nešto je posebno i vrijedno isprobavanja.


Kiehl's will soon be opening their stores in Croatia and I believe these news will please fans from all over the region because we had to order them online before. A handwritten note with their two signature products was a lovely gesture and I can't wait to cooperate with them in the future.

Kiehl's uskoro otvara trgovine u Hrvatskoj i vjerujem da će ova vijest oduševiti brojne fanove koji su do sad naručivali njihove proizvode izvana. Rukom pisana poruka i dva signature proizvoda bili su lijepo iznenađenje te se radujem svim budućim suradnjama s ovim kvalitetnim (i vrlo dugovječnim) brendom.



And last but not least, I finally decided to purchase something from MAC and my choice was this gorgeous autumnal palette - A Harvest of Greens. It's probably to expensive, but I had that "treat yo self" moment and I can't say I regretted it afterwards, it's pigmented and the shades are quite unique. Also I purchased two Essie polishes for the price of one! Which is a great deal if you ask me. The shades are Flowerista and you guessed it - Bahama Mama.

I na kraju, odlučila sam konačno uzeti nešto iz našeg novog MAC dućana, a izbor je pao na ovu jesensku paletu - A Harvest of Greens. Vjerojatno je preskupa, ali iskreno imala sam onaj "treat yo self" dan i nisam požalila jer je zaista pigmentirana i nijanse su unikatne te ju nosim svakodnevno. Također sam kupila i dva Essie laka za cijenu jednog! Odlična ponuda ako mene pitati, a nijanse su Flowerista i pogodili ste - Bahama Mama.

Which of these should I review first?
What have you been buying recently?

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L'Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Shampoo & Pro-Keratin Refill masque

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A combination from heavens! That's what my hair felt after using these two products for the last couple of weeks. My first encounter with the L'Oréal Professionnel Volumetry shampoo has been at my hairdressing salon where they used it on my fine, thin hair to give it some extra volume. I enjoyed the smell throughout the washing and my hair felt bouncy afterwards so I decided to order it for home use and give it a try (Feelunique had great discount on hair products). Pro-Keratin Refill masque was included in one of the Lookfantastic beauty boxes I ordered and I immediately liked it. Even though it was a small sample size, it lasted for quite some time for me. So while ordering on Feelunique, I opted for this combination and I think I found my miracle duo!

Kombinacija iz raja! Tako sam se osjećala nakon što sam koristila ove proizvode na svojoj kosi zadnjih par tjedana. Prvi susret sa L'Oréal Professionnel Volumetry šamponom bio je u mom frizerskom salonu gdje su ga posebno izabrali za moju tanku kosu kako bi joj dali više volumena. Svidio mi se miris kod samog pranja, a kosa mi je izgledala lepršavo i mirisala svježe tako da sam ga odlučila naručiti i za kućnu uporabu i isprobati samostalno (Feelunique je imao super popust na proizvode za kosu). Pro-Keratin Refill masku dobila sam u jednoj Lookfantastic beauty kutiji i odmah mi se svidjela. Iako smo dobili samo malu, tester verziju, potrajala je dosta dugo, a efekt na kosi bio je odličan. Tako sam prilikom narudžbe na Feeluniqueu, u košaricu stavila ova dva proizvoda i mislim da sam (konačno) pronašla svoj čarobni duo!

L'Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Shampoo


What I love about this shampoo is that it's quite thick and you will only need a small amount to make your hair clean. It's best when used with two rinses, and  after that my hair feels squeaky clean, lightweight but soft. The scent is incredibly fresh and reminds me of lemon grass or mint – it's not superficial or heavy in any way. This shampoo uses the salicylic acid and HydraLight technology to make the hair less greasy and more uplift, especially in the roots. I usually wash my hair every two days or so and with this shampoo it could even last longer. As far as the volume goes, I have noticed significant changes when compared to other shampoos. My hair feels extra light, perky and clean in a good, non dehydrating way. It's finally lifted off the roots!

I would recommend it to everyone who suffers from „combination hair“ – thin hair that gets greasy on the roots but has dry ends – or anyone with thin and colored hair that needs more body, but wants to keep all the hydration in.

Price: 250 ml – 10 pounds (it lasts twice as other drugstore shampoos because of the thick consistency)


Ono što mi se posebno svidjelo kod ovog šampona je činjenica da je potrebna stvarno mala količina prilikom pranja kose. Najbolje rezultate dobijem kod dva ispiranja nakon čega kosa zaista bude škripavo čista, lagana, ali mekana i nikako ne isušena. Miris mu je divan – svjež – podsjeća me na limunsku travu ili mentu, a inače volim ovakve mirise kod proizvoda za kosu. Posebno je ugodan kod jutarnjih tuširanja, odmah me razbudi :) Šampon koristi salicilnu kiselinu i HydraLight tehnologiju kako bi kosu odignuo od tjemena i temeljito očistio od masnoća te ju učinio lepršavijom, lakšom. Obično kosu perem svaka dva dana, ali uz ovaj šampon može i duže biti čista. Sviđa mi se što iako je namijenjen masnoj i tankoj kosi, ne isušuje, nego naprotiv daje svilenkastu mekoću koja je skroz prirodna i lagana. Što se volumena tiče, primijetila sam da mi pomaže odignuti kosu od tjemena i daje mi najbolji volumen od svih šampona do sada isprobanih. Kosa mi je konačno istovremeno i čista i nahranjena, a to je efekt kojem sam se dugo vremena nadala.

Preporučila bih ga svima koji pate od „mješovite kose“ – one koja se masti na tjemenu, a suha je pri vrhovima. Posebno je dobar za tanku kosu, za kosu koja se brzo masti, no vjerujem da bi bio ok i na obojanoj kosi kakva je moja jer ne isušuje već vraća prirodnu hidrataciju uz suptilan volumen.

Cijena: 250 ml – 94 kune (duplo duže trajanje od klasičnih šampona radi gustoće proizvoda)

L'Oréal Professionnel Pro-Keratin Refill Masque


I have tried many hair masks in the past and the only one that left permanent impression on me was L'Oréal's Ever Rich mask. However, when I tried this one, I felt as if they're quite similar but with Pro-Keratin Refill I managed to get even better results. Since these professional hair products are so thick and long-lasting, I completely stopped purchasing drugstore hair masks. They're usually not that nourishing and I spend them way faster so the money saving isn't that effective. This product can last for months as you only need a walnut size amount for thicker hair. Pro-Keratin Refill Masque smells like typical hair salon products, a bit like almonds and vanilla but all in all quite pleasant. My hair feels soft, easy to comb through afterwards and it has that silk-shine that we all long for. No other hair mask has given me such shiny hair! I'm especially thankful that it doesn't weigh down my hair or make it greasy and it definitely helps my split ends and broken parts look and feel better, smoother.

I would recommend it to all hair types – even if you suffer from greasy hair. It's such a light, nourishing product that I doubt anyone would dislike it. However, it's probably best for damaged, longer and color-treated hair.

Price: 200 ml – 14 pounds


Isprobala sam puno maski za kosu u prošlosti i jedino je L'Oréal Ever Rich maska ostavila na mene trajniji utisak te sam ju dugo koristila. No, kad sam isprobala ovu, osjetila sam odmah sličnosti, ali i znatno poboljšanje kod Pro-Keratin Refill maske s kojom sam dobila još bolje rezultate. S obzirom da su ovi profesionalni proizvodi gusti i dugotrajni, skoro sam u potpunosti prestala kupovati drogerijske maske za kosu. Šampon još i znam potrošiti (volim Schaumu npr.), ali maske su mi najčešće prerijetke i ne njeguju kosu kako mi odgovara nego ju ostave punu silikona pri čemu lako popuca još više. Kad uzmemo u obzir da radi gustoće profesionalni proizvodi ponekad i duplo duže potraju, ne radi se o velikoj uštedi cijene kod kupovine drogerijskih, tako da mi je drago da sam uložila u ovu masku. Potrebna je količina veličine oraha za gušću i dužu kosu, a meni i manje od toga. Pro-Keratin Refill maska miriše na salonske, frizerske proizvode, pomalo orašasto s daškom vanilije, u svakom slučaju ugodno i lijepo. Kosa mi je nakon uporabe mekana, glatka, lako se raščešljava te ima onaj lijepi sjaj kojem svi težimo. Zapravo ni od jednog proizvoda mi nije kosa bila toliko sjajna prije. Uz to što mi pruža odličnu njegu, lagana je i ne masti kosu kao drugi keratinski proizvodi koji mi ju znaju otežati.

Preporučila bih ovu masku svim tipovima kose – čak i ako imate masnu, tanju kosu pomoći će u oporavku oštećenih dijelova, a neće ju dodatno otežati. Kosi pruža visoki, salonski sjaj i stvarno je odlična za posebne prilike, ali i za svakodnevnu uporabu.

Cijena: 200 ml – 120-130 kuna
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