Rose Gold party makeup + a video!

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I'm ending this year with a party makeup look that I recently created and decided to improve for New Years Eve celebrations! I usually don't like to mix pinks and reds but this has proven to be such a wonderful combination and I will certainly wear it tomorrow. When applied to a copper-ish base, pink shades can look wonderfully uplifting and especially if you top it off with some golden glitter or gold eye shadows - and voila, you instantly get a beautiful rose gold color on your eyelids. With nude lips, such as Rose Tweed (reviewed in my last post) it's a perfect combination for a girly, yet elegant and sophisticated look. I will list all of the makeup used down below! To all of you reading this - I wish you a blessed and prosperous New year, with lots of success and of course, good health & happiness :) may all of your wishes come true




Završavam ovogodišnje pisanje sa makeup izdanjem kojeg sam nedavno kreirala, a sada odlučila popraviti i poboljšati za novogodišnje proslave! Inače ne volim miješati crvene i ružičaste u šminkanju, mislim da je to i svojevrsni tabu, ali iznenadilo me kako lijepo mogu izgledati u nekim kombinacijama i sigurno ću i sutra nositi nešto slično. Kad se nanose na bakrenu ili berry bazu, roza sjenila dobiju određenu snagu i "podignu" cijeli makeup - posebno ako ih spojite sa zlatnim sjajnim sjenilima koja daju toplinu i svojevrsni kontrast, svjetlinu. U tren oka postignete izgled rozog zlata koje je sada vrlo popularno u nakitu, satovima i ostalome. Sa nude usnama, kao što je npr. Bourjois Rose Tweed recenziran u jučerašnjem postu, postiže se super kombinacija za elegantan, ženstven, a opet profinjen izgled. Dolje ću napisati svu šminku koju sam koristila za ovo, a vas ostavljam s videom za kojeg se nadam da će vam se svidjeti i da ćete ga podijeliti i sa prijateljima. Svima koji čitaju želim uspješnu i blagoslovljenu Novu godinu - sa mnogo zdravlja, sreće, uspjeha i ljubavi! Neka vam se ostvare svi planovi i želje - i ne zaboravite, kraj jedne godine samo je početak nečeg novog i možda, boljeg



MAKEUP USED:

~ Bourjois Happy Light primer
~ Wet n Wild Coverall foundation - 815 fair
~ Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 115
~ Bourjois Sourcil brow pen
~ Bourjois Blush in Brun Cuivre
~ the Balm Mary Loumanizer
~ Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
~ Sleek Arabian Nights palette
~ MNY color tattoo - pink gold & metallic pomegranate
~ Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Ultra Black mascara
~ Bourjois Clubbing eyeliner
~ Wet n Wild red glitter
~ Rimmel Scandal Eyes khol eyeliner
~ Revlon Lip Butter Raspberry Pie





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12 days of Bourjois - day 5: Rouge edition 04 Rose Tweed

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As I have said numerous times on both my blog and FB page, Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks are my favorite drugstore lip colors and I'm planning on getting as many as possible while they're still available. Their consistency is extra rich, creamy, soft, nourishing and even if you have dry lips like mine are at the moment - it won't show! Their durability is excellent, the shade range is truly gorgeous, there isn't one color that I wouldn't want for myself. Apart from all that - the packaging is firm and elegant, breakage is nearly impossible so all in all you get a wonderful, high-end level product for an upper drugstore price. Many will probably complain at 7,99 pounds for a lipstick but trust me, they should cost even more for that quality. Rouge Edition lipsticks come in 18 shades, divided in three categories - Preppy (nudes), Colour Block (vibrant colors) and Night Out (darker, vampy shades). I have four of them - 02 beige trench, 04 rose tweed, 09 orange pop up and 12 rose neon. I would love to get brun boheme, peche cosy, fraise remix, pretty prune & violene strass - all of them are wonderful and I just wish I could afford the entire collection :)

Kao što sam već nebrojeno puta spomenula na blogu i FB stranici, Bourjois Rouge Edition ruževi su mi najdraži drogerijski proizvodi tog tipa i planiram ih nabaviti što više dok su još u ponudi, zajedno sa njihovim novijim verzijama 12 hours. Kremaste su i meke konzistencije, hrane usne u hladnim zimskim danima i što je najvažnije, čak i kad su mi usnice ispucale kao što sad jesu - ovi ruževi to uspješno prikrivaju zbog izrazito bogate teksture. S njima sam uvijek sigurna te ih rado biram za sve prilike jer znam da se neće razlijevati, da su postojani dugo vremena, kada se i obrišu samo lagano blijede, ne ostavljaju nered i što je isto važno, pakiranje im je dosta čvrsto i kompaktno tako da nema straha od lomova. Sve u svemu - za cijenu od oko 80 kuna dobijete uistinu kvalitetan ruž high end kvalitete, možda i veće od toga, a za ipak puno manju cifru, ako uzmemo u obzir da slični ruževi ne koštaju ispod 200-250kn. Rouge Edition ruževi dolaze u čak 18 nijansi, ne znam da sam ih ikad vidjela sve kod nas, ali mogu se pogledati na Internetu. Tih 18 nijansi podijeljeno je u 3 kategorije - Preppy (nude nijanse), Colour Block (jarke, izražajne boje) i Night Out (tamnije, vamp). Trenutno posjedujem četiri ruža iz ove kolekcije - 02 beige trench, 04 rose tweed, 09 orange pop up i 12 rose neon. Htjela bih još nabaviti i brun boheme, violene strass, pretty prune i peche cosy, ali stvarno za ljubitelja ruževa ni cijela kolekcija nije dovoljna :)


The shade reviewed today is called 04 Rose Tweed and I was stupid enough to believe I already had it in my collection - accidentally mixed it up with Beige Trench. While looking for the perfect nude, meaty rose color, my colleagues suggested this shade. Luckily I figured out in time that I didn't have it and decided to buy it while the 55% discounts were active in drugstores here. I have to say that it was one of the best decisions I made, since Rose Tweed soon became my favorite lip color of all. I would describe Rose Tweed as "my lips but better" - a more darker, natural looking nude, that looks decent and subtle but won't wash out your skin tone and make you look dead and zombie-like. The color reminds me of autumn sunsets and dark pink roses, I could imagine it would look wonderful on all skin tones and hair colors. It's such a pleasure to wear this color with my beloved Naked 3 palette because the shade range is truly complimentary to one another. I would recommend this shade to everyone searching for a lovely pink, meaty nude that looks natural and sophisticated and gives lips a decent shine with much needed hydration. The longevity is decent as with all Rouge Edition lipsticks - with eating and drinking it will wash out a bit but will leave a lovely natural stain, so I'm sure you'll be ok all day with this lipstick.

Nijansa koju danas spominjem nosi ime 04 Rose Tweed i nažalost bila sam dosta glupa da mislim kako ju već imam u kolekciji jer sam ju pomiješala sa dosta svjetlijom Beige Trench. Dok sam tražila savršenu nude rozu nijansu, kolegice blogerice su mi predložile baš ovaj ruž i srećom uspjela sam doći do njega na sniženju od 55% u Kozmu tako da me koštao samo oko 40kn, što je za njega sitnica i vjerojatno mi je najdraža kupnja cijele godine. Rose Tweed je ubrzao postao moj najdraži ruž ne samo u nude kategoriji nego u cijeloj kolekciji i bojim se da neću naći sličan kada ga potrošim. Opisala bi nijansu kao "my lips but better" - tamnija, zagasitija, rozasta nude koja je dovoljno suptilna za dnevne obaveze i nude lookove, a opet dosta vidljiva da se primijeti da imate usne i da ne izgledate kao isprani zombi (što meni obično čine jako blijede roze nijanse). Radi se o lijepoj boji mesa koja podsjeća na tamne ruže i jesenske zalaske sunca - mislim da bi super pristajala svim tonovima kože kao i svim bojama kose. Obožavam Rose Tweed u kombinaciji s bojama iz Naked 3 palete jer se savršeno nadopunjavaju i kao da su stvoreni jedno za drugo. Preporučujem ovaj ruž svima koji vole nude boje, koji traže ruž za svakodnevne prilike koji će dugo trajati, izgledati lijepo i elegantno, a opet dati malo boje licu. Trajnost je odlična kao i sa svim Rouge Edition ruževima - pošto se radi o svjetlijoj nijansi, malo se ispere nakon jela i pića, ali na skroz prirodan način i ostavlja divan "stain" na usnama tako da mislim da možete cijeli dan biti mirni s njim.


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12 days of Bourjois - day 4: Makeup Removers

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We're continuing our 12 days of Bourjois products marathon with two of their popular makeup removers! Unfortunately, I haven't reviewed many makeup removers or skin cleansers in the past and that is mostly because those are the products that I buy in absolute need and immediately place in my bathroom for using. Most of them get spent before I even think of writing a review and they definitely don't look as attractive as decorative makeup. However, I'm happy to talk about these two as they have been a part of my makeup removing routine for quite some time now and I think people would like to know more about Bourjois non-makeup products!
 
Nastavljamo s 12 dana Bourjois proizvoda sa recenzijom njihovih odstranjivača šminke - micelarnom otopinom i mlijekom za čišćenje. Nažalost, nisam do sada recenzirala puno proizvoda za skidanje šminke najčešće zato što su to proizvodi koje kupujem u žurbi, iz potrebe, bez puno razmišljanja i najčešće ih pola potrošim prije nego se sjetim slikati ih za blog. Nisu baš ni previše reprezentativni u kupaonici jer se nekad i zaprljaju i slično pa mi se nekako niti ne da zezati s tim. No mislim da je krajnje vrijeme da recenziram ova dva proizvoda jer ih često (svakodnevno) koristim i nije fer da se o njima ne govori, a i mislim da bi ljudi voljeli znati više o Bourjois preparativnim proizvodima!
 

Bourjois Fresh Cleansing Milk is your typical, average everyday makeup remover. I'm not overly satisfied with the effect, especially when I'm wearing heavy makeup but for normal occasions it serves its purpose. The milk smells fresh and flowery like all Bourjois products and tends to leave a smooth/silk skin afterwards. I think it is definitely not enough to use on its own so I would suggest using a cleansing gel before or after because it surely won't remove all of the product itself. Since I have very sensitive eyes, I've noticed that it's a bit too aggressive for that area and especially if I have to rub harder to remove eyeliner or glitter, my eye area ends up being red and irritated. However, this has happened with all milk cleansers before so I'm not judging the product, it's just that it's better to use separate makeup removers for your eyes or at least something more effective like micellar solutions (which won't require heavy rubbing). However, since it has milky and creamy consistency it leaves skin hydrated and soft, so even if you forget to moisturize, no great harm is done. Price: 250 ml - 3-4 pounds.
 
Bourjois Fresh Cleansing mlijeko je tipično, svakodnevno sredstvo za uklanjanje šminke. Nisam nešto prezadovoljna s efektom, no ni inače baš ne uspijem skinuti svu šminku s jednim proizvodom (osim micelarnom), a ovaj se pokazao dobrim jedino za nekakve nude svakodnevne lookove, kod teže šminke i ne pomaže puno, samo otvori "put čišćenja" za druge pomagače. Bourjois mlijeko miriše svježe, čisto i cvjetno, kao i većina njihovih proizvoda. S obzirom da nije dostatno samo po sebi, mislim da bi se dobro uklopilo uz gel za umivanje kojeg možete koristiti prije ili nakon mlijeka (preporučam nakon). Budući da imam dosta osjetljivu kožu i posebno područje oko očiju, ovaj proizvod me znao iziritirati jer je dosta parfumiran i kod jakog trljanja ulazi u oči i doslovno peče, izaziva crvenilo i nije ugodan. Zato ga većinom koristim za skidanje slabije šminke, na dane kad nisam nešto posebno sređena i kad nemam nagomilanih proizvoda na licu. Ovakve iritacije mi se događaju sa svim skidačima šminke u obliku mlijeka te ih zato sve više izbjegavam i imam u kupaonici tek toliko, za svaki slučaj ili kao što je spomenuto, za one dane kad sam kod kuće i kad trebam samo lagano skinuti šminku s jednom ili dvije vatice. Kako god, prednost ovog mlijeka je ta da je dosta hidratantno, te nakon skidanja ostavlja fini svilenasti film na licu i čak i ako preskočite daljnju njegu u obliku kreme, koža vam neće puno zamjeriti.  Cijena 250 ml - oko 36kn.
 
 
Bourjois Micellar Cleansing Water is in my opinion better than the other ones I've tried (read: Garnier) and I would probably buy it more often if it was a bit cheaper. I like to use it after the Fresh Cleansing Milk to remove all of the makeup that's left or sometimes, when I'm in a hurry or super-tired, on its own. It does its job perfectly, I usually need three or four cotton pads to remove everything but after that my face is squeaky clean. Since I always use a gel wash afterwards, there is no fear of any residual makeup. This is my holy grail makeup removing product and I will continue buying it at discounts like I did so far. Before using micellar solutions I had no idea how much makeup my poor face had to hold during the day so I'm really glad they introduced them to the beauty market. Bourjois Micellar Cleansing Water has no distinct smell, no color and is perfect for everyone who wants to remove their makeup with one product in a short amount of time (although - washing your face with gels/foams is always recommended). Price: 250 ml - 3-4 pounds.

Bourjois Micelarna otopina je moje otkriće godine i puno je bolja od voljene Garnierove koja mi je znala isušivati kožu. Kako god, iz ekonomskih razloga i dalje nekad uzmem Garnierovu jer dobijem duplo više proizvoda za istu cijenu, ali sama efektivnost je puno jača kod Bourjois micelarne. Imam osjećaj da doista skine svu šminku u jako malo poteza, bez trljanja, bez iritacija. Nježna je i efektivna, a to je sve što tražim od ovakvih proizvoda. Najčešće upotrijebim tri ili četiri pamučne vatice jer želim maknuti sve ostatke s lica, no onda je zaista "squeaky clean", a još više nakon upotrebe gela za umivanje koji je obavezan u mojoj rutini. Sa Bourjois micelarnom nema straha od ostataka makeupa, koža nije isušena i ni na koji način iziritirana, čak mi je jako ugodna i za područje oko očiju. Bez problema skida teži makeup i vodootporne tuševe i maskare. Ovo je moj "holy grail" proizvod za skidanje šminke i kupovat ću ga i dalje na sniženjima kao i do sada. Srećom, dosta potraje pa nije da se ne isplati kupiti, a posebno ako želite kvalitetan proizvod za skidanje šminke, što nam svima naravno treba i ne znam tko može zamisliti beauty rutinu bez njih. Preporučam svima koji traže nježan i koristan proizvod koji brzopotezno i temeljito skida šminku u kratkom vremenskom roku (naravno uvijek preporučam i pranje gelovima/pjenama kasnije, čisto da budete sigurni). Cijena: 250 ml - oko 36 kn.



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Essence Come to Town lipsticks

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Recently, Essence Croatia pleasantly surprised me with a small and cute package of the products from their latest holiday themed collection - Come to town. I received two lipsticks and one eyeshadow palette. The lipsticks caught my attention ever since other bloggers reviewed them and I was happy to try them out for myself because as you all might have noticed, I'm a bit of a lip product junkie myself! They come in two gorgeous shades - 01 is that you santa? - a very bright, coral red and 02 wrapped in pink - which is a nice plum, burgundy shade so the name "pink" puzzles me beyond words :) however, the lipsticks come in unusual colors, a bit different from the regular reds and berry shades, so I'm happy to have them in my collection. Even though you will probably think that 01 is that you santa? looks better on me because of my skintone & everything, I prefer the other, plumful shade :)

Nedavno, Essence Hrvatska me ugodno iznenadio paketom sa ruževima i quatro sjenilom iz nove blagdanske kolekcije Come to Town. Ruževi su mi zapeli za oko još od dobivanja PR novosti i od prvih recenzija kolegica blogerica - svidjelo mi se pakiranje i posebne nijanse. Kao što znate, ruževi su moja strast i najčešće ih recenziram jer ih najradije i kupujem - tako da sam bila presretna kad sam baš njih dobila na recenziranje. Ruževi iz Come to Town kolekcije dolaze u dve nijanse - 01 is that you santa? - vrlo svijetla, koraljna crvena i 02 wrapped in pink - duboka, berry boja šljive koja zapravo uopće ne liči na ružičastu stoga me naziv kao i većinu zbunjuje. Ja bi ju radije nazvala wrapped in berry ili purple ili tako nešto :D Iako vjerujem da će po slikama djelovati da mi crvena nijansa 01 is that you santa? bolje pristaje, jer me tamne boje dosta isperu, meni je ipak draža ova druga, wrapped in pink boja čisto zato jer je posebnija i jer nemam sličnu u kolekciji :)



The consistency of the Come to Town lipsticks is creamy, soft and they have a subtle shine that is visible on the swatches. Their durability is average, on normal occasions they will last for a couple of hours but with eating and drinking - a lot less. The shade 01 is less pigmented than 02 and resembles a colored lip balm in its pigmentation. Their packaging is cute and festive and will probably attract lots of customers for its looks alone! Since they're quite creamy, their hydration is on point so I guess people with dry lips will appreciate it in these cold days. I would definitely recommend the shade 02 wrapped in pink because it's a special shade of dark burgundy, different than the other ones available, closest dupe would probably be the famous Sugar Plum Fairy by Wet n Wild, but its still a lot more pink and a lot brighter than that one. The shade 01 is that you santa? did not impress me much, although it's a lovely color, I think it's more suited for the summer time and because of its distinct warm undertones it tends to make your teeth yellowish which no one will enjoy. The price for these beauties is wonderful as with all Essence stuff - less than 2 pounds for one lipstick! In conclusion - I would say - try them out for yourself, the price is a true bargain and you will end up with gorgeous, unique colors in your collection and perfect lipsticks to wear on your everyday basis.

Konzistencija Come to Town ruževa naginje kremastoj, mekoj te posjeduju suptilan sjaj koji će se svidjeti svima koji vole malo masnije ruževe bez shimmera. Trajnost im je prosječna, meni su izdržali na kavi, ali već za vrijeme ručka padaju na testu no nekako su mi se zbog lagane teksture odmah i učinili takvima - ništa za zamjeriti, za svakodnevne izlaske, dnevne obaveze, razgledavanja i shoppinge - više nego dobro služe svrsi. Nijansa 01 je nešto slabije pigmentirana od nijanse 02 no čisto zato jer se radi o svjetlijoj nijansi - nalikuje obojanom balzamu više nego ružu za usne. Pakiranje im je preslatko, blagdansko i veselo i vjerujem da će samo po sebi već privući velik broj kupaca, a radi njega ovi ruževi čine savršen poklon za ispod bora ili u nekoj drugoj prilici. S obzirom na kremastu teksturu, dosta su hidratantni, a meni to super paše u hladnim danima, kao i svima vjerujem. Definitivno bi radije preporučila drugu nijansu - wrapped in pink jer je doista posebna boja šljive kakvu ne nailazim često, najsličniji dupe je možda Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy s tim da je on tamniji od Essence ruža. Nijansa 01 is that you santa? nije ispunila moja očekivanja, radi se o dosta svijetloj, skoro pa ljetnoj koraljnoj nijansi i iako je lijepa na svoj način, nekako me ne privlače takve boje sada u zimskim mjesecima. Čuvat ću ju za proljeće i ljeto kad ću opet padati na te boje :) nažalost zbog toplih podtonova čini zube žutima (osim ako niste dr. Oz ili Cesar Milan) i to je još jedan od razloga zašto bi radije preporučila 02 wrapped in pink nijansu. Cijena ovih ljepotica je predivna - samo 19,90 kn po ružu što ih stvarno čini lako dostupnima većini. Za zaključak mislim da ih trebate isprobati sami za sebe jer se radi o dobrim ruževima neobičnih nijansi koji će vam sigurno ugrijati ove hladne dane pred nama!




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12 days of Bourjois - day 3: Volume 1 seconde ultra black mascara

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Ever since high school, Bourjois mascaras have been one of my favorites to wear. I usually don't like to change the things that I'm satisfied with so after I tried out their regular Volume Glamour mascara (black & gold packaging), I kept buying it for some time afterwards. It wasn't until last year that I tried out the other two from the same range - Ultra Care and Ultra Black and I was happy with both of them; Ultra Black is still in my purse all the time and I will write a separate review of it soon enough. Volume 1 Seconde mascaras promised even larger volume and a more dramatic, 360 degrees effect. Since there was a huge discount at drugstores here, I decided to give it a try and I can definitely see the difference between Volume 1 Seconde and Volume Glamour range.

Još od srednje škole, Bourjois maskare su mi jedne od dražih u makeup rutinama. Obično ne volim puno mijenjati stvari kojima sam jako zadovoljna tako da sam nakon probe njihove Volume Glamour maskare (crna sa zlatnim) istu kupovala dosta puta zaredom, a tek sam se prošle godine odvažila probati i njene sestre iz iste kolekcije - Ultra Care i Ultra Black - s obje sam bila jako zadovoljna, Ultra Care je dušu dala svima koji koriste leće i imaju osjetljive oči, a Ultra Black je savršena svakodnevna maskara koja ima odličnu trajnost i suptilan, a ugodan efekt na očima. Volume 1 Seconde maskare obećavale su još veći volumen (zbog zahvaćanja trepavica sa posebnim kuglicama - 360 stupnjeva) i privukle su me svojim neobičnim pakiranjem, ali i pozitivnim recenzijama kod kolegica na blogovima (vidi - Meteobeauty). S obzirom na već ranije spomenuti veliki popust u drogerijama kod nas, odlučila sam ju isprobati i ovo su moji dojmovi.



The Bourjois 1 Seconde mascara is much more "glamourous" - with fuller and bigger brush and shiny elegant, thick packaging. I've noticed that the effect it gives me is quite strong, making my lashes as big as when I used Lancome's Hypnose Drama Eyes mascara. I'm pleased with the "ultra black" part because I usually like mascaras that are dark and that I could wear even without eyeliner, as an individual eye makeup. Volume 1 Seconde mascara gives the much promised volume without making my lashes heavy or unnatural and is very easy to remove which I adore. Because of the larger brush and unique spherical bristles it is a bit more difficult to use for beginners as it requires you to be extra careful but it also helps separate each and every lash and makes your eyes incredibly open and wide - the 360 degrees effect. It can be bought in most drugstores for 8-9 pounds. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to achieve a nice, out of the magazine volume without looking cheap or unnatural. Bourjois mascaras are one of the top ones you can find in drugstores and I wholeheartedly guarantee their quality. :)

Bourjois 1 Seconde maskara je nekako glamuroznija od prethodnika - u elegantnom sjajnom pakiranju sa debljom i punijom četkicom. Primijetila sam već od prvog korištenja kako je njen efekt dosta jači od svakodnevnih maskara koje koristim i usporedila bih ga sa Lancome Hypnose Drama maskarom koju sam u početku smatrala čak i prejakom, a kasnije zavoljela. Jako mi se sviđa "ultra black" efekt jer volim maskare koje su dosta crne i s kojima ne trebam tuš za oči da bi izgledala sređeno, uistinu ovu maskaru možete nositi samostalno i nitko neće primijetiti nedostatak šminke. Volume 1 Seconde maskara daje obećani volumen bez da otežava trepavice, osjećam da se proizvod po njima ravnomjerno nanosi, ne trusi se tokom dana i trajnost joj je izvanredna. Ono što je još važnije, lako se skida s njihovom micelarnom, a vjerujem i drugim otopinama za skidanje šminke. Očekivala sam nekakvu borbu jer obično su te jače maskare teške za maknuti, ali zaista s ovom to nije slučaj. Zato bi ju preporučila kako za dnevne tako i za večernje izlaske, a meni sigurno neće izaći iz torbice tako skoro. Zbog velike četkice i specifičnih dlačica u obliku kuglica malo je neobična za rukovanje i sigurno će početnici imati problema s njom, no mirna ruka ovdje kao i uvijek daje dobre rezultate i bez problema ćete za tren postići efekt kao iz časopisa - široke i otvorene oči. Može se kupiti  u svim boljim drogerijama za oko 80-90kn te ju preporučam svima koji traže posebnu, jaku maskaru koja se lako skida i dugo traje te uistinu i ispunjava ono što obećava. Bourjois maskare su jedne od najboljih u drogerijama i koju god da odaberete (izuzev one ružičaste - korisnici iste znaju zašto) ne možete pogriješiti! :)


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The Christmas Tag

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I have pondered for quite some time on whether I should do this tag or not but since it's Christmas day tomorrow it seemed like a proper time to do it and I have to say this is one of the prettiest tags I've seen in quite awhile! My answers will be short and concise followed by some festive pictures of our own Christmas decorations at my home and I hope you enjoy this so let's start!
 

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Without any doubt - I have two of my favorites and both of them are rather sad but also very meaningful and I believe those are the kinds of films that bring out the best Christmas spirit in all of us. The first one is "Little Match Seller" by Hans Christian Andersen and I know it's a children's tale but I just can't explain enough how much this story means to me. I cry every time when I even start watching it and I think everyone should see it for at least once in their lifetime. The second film/tale is "A Christmas Carrol" by Charles Dickens and I'm very fond of the storytelling in that one, it's again a wonderful story full of emotions and rich in life-teaching lessons. 
 

2. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

It used to be morning while me and my brother were kids; but nowadays it's usually on the Christmas Eve when the whole family gathers and we share the presents among us. I won't lie, ever since I was a kid this was and still is, one of my favorite traditions and I love the looks on everyone's faces when they open the presents, especially when my little nieces do it :)

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

I do, actually, and it is a strange one indeed - when my parents bought me a Barbie house which I really wanted and I remember that it was rather expensive so I had no idea if I was gonna get it or not - but then when I found it under the tree I was so happy! Well, the memory is not about that, but about what comes afterwards! When we arranged the house, my cat, Phepher, went inside and took a nap in it and made a complete mess out of all the things I put inside the house, but he didn't care. Anyways it was really sweet to see him sleep like a baby in my pink house and I just continued to play with him by my side under the Christmas tree. I was quite happy then and I sometimes wish I could be a kid again for those moments alone.
 

4. Favourite festive food?

I couldn't pick one because there's so many good things I like to eat at this time but perhaps on Christmas day when my mom makes turkey with lots of side dishes, bean and french salad, that's the best and tastiest part of all food :)
 
5. Favorite Christmas gift?
 
One of my favorites was a Barbie - limited edition Swan Lake princess. I remember that I didn't even take it out of the box for some time and that's strange for me because I used to take them all out as soon as I got them. Also, a Furby toy, which I afterwards named my dog after. I think you all know what Furbys are, if you don't google them! Mine was silver-grey with pink belly and black dots :)

6. Favorite Christmas scent?

Apart from the scents of mom's cookies and cakes, I really love the smell of the "Welcome Home" Kringle candle wax. It smells like apples and cinnamon - like Christmas, like home :)

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

I don't have any apart from decorating the tree the day before Christmas and opening presents with my family in the evening. We then like to sit down and watch Christmas movies together and wait for Christmas to arrive. My favorite part is the tree and house decorating that I usually do with my mom and it's a weird combination of happy/nervous for me because like all moms, mine likes to panic a lot so we get into 10 fights before lunch, but it's all in good faith :D



8. What tops your tree?

A Christmas tree star, a gold, handmade one and I personally love it :)

9. As a kid, what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
 
I couldn't think of any. My parents spoiled me with gifts while I was a kid and there wasn't one thing that I truly wanted but never received. I'm lucky to say that I had everything I wanted and needed at the time :)

10. The best part about Christmas for you?

The best part is spending time with my family, the times when we're not arguing, but when we're happy and calm and enjoy the Christmas spirit and atmosphere together. Our festive dinners, lunches, buying and giving presents for and to each other, watching movies, baking cookies, decorating, talking, laughing - those are all the moments that hold a special place in my heart and that I will dearly remember even in old age. Times spent in good health and good will - those are the most important and happiest times of all!
 
 



Everyone is tagged and merry Christmas to all who are reading this!


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12 days of Bourjois - day 2: 123 Perfect CC cream

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Day two of my Christmas Bourjois special will be dedicated to one of my all time favorite foundations - the 123 Perfect CC cream. As soon as I found out that Bourjois was releasing their CC cream I already felt that it was gonna be good or at least better than the other ones I've tried out. Before Bourjois, I've used Garnier's and L'occitane's BB creams and although I was satisfied with the effect they gave me I felt like that wasn't 100% of what I expected. When my friend Ivana (Makeup and OTHER) first mentioned this product to me I was instantly interested and decided to try it out for myself. 
 
Drugi dan mog Božićnog Bourjois specijala odnosi se na jednu od mojih najdražih podloga svih vremena - 123 Perfect CC kremu. Čim sam saznala da Bourjois pušta u prodaju svoju verziju CC kreme već sam osjećala da će biti dobra ili barem mrvicu bolja od ostalih koje sam probala. Prije Bourjois, koristila sam Garnierovu i L'occitaneovu BB kremu i iako su bile dosta dobre, nisam bila 100% zadovoljna njihovim  efektom, a nakon nekog vremena zaželila sam se i promjene. Kada mi je prijateljica Ivana (Makeup and OTHER) preporučila ovaj proizvod, odmah me zainteresirao i odlučila sam ga isprobati i sama.
 
 
The shade I got is called Ivory (31) and is perfectly pale enough for everyone who has porcelain complexion (for comparison, I use Lancome's Teint Miracle in 010 beige porcelain, Catrice Nude Illusion 010 nude ivory, Bourjois HM in 51 light vanilla and so on - usually the lightest shades available. The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream promises to make your skin better by using three pigments: apricot for anti fatigue, green for anti redness and white for anti dark spots effect. The only effect out of these three that I noticed and liked was the anti redness, which was great for my skin that is usually sensitive and prone to allergies. The coverage is medium I'd say, enough for everyday practices, but those with serious problems or acne should consider applying a powder on top. As far as the luminous effect goes - I have noticed a distinct brightness in my skin tone, but apart from that, this is one of the most mattifying bb/cc creams (much less oily than Garnier and L'occitane) that I have tried so far. I would recommend it to all skin types - it works wonderful on my dry/combination skin and as my friend has already stated - it works great for oily skin as well. 5+ for this product! The price is in the upper drugstore range - 7-8 pounds.
 
Nijansa koju sam odabrala je Ivory (31) i savršeno je blijeda za sve ljude porculanskog tena, za usporedbu - koristim inače Lancome Teint Miracle u 010 beige porcelain, Catrice Nude Illusion u 010 nude ivory, Bourjois HM u 51 light vanilla i Wet n Wild Coverall u 815 fair - obično najsvjetlije dostupne nijanse. Bourjois 123 Perfect CC krema obećava popraviti ten korištenjem tri vrste pigmenata: breskvasti protiv umora, zeleni protiv crvenila i bijeli protiv tamnih područja. Jedini od ova tri efekta za kojeg sam primijetila da je učinkovit je ovaj zeleni za crvenilo - s obzirom da mi je koža osjetljiva i sklona alergijama često imam crvenila po licu i ova krema to lijepo neutralizira. Prekrivanje je osrednje, meni sasvim dovoljno za prirodan svakodnevni izgled no za one s jačim aknama i prištićima preporučila bih još i puder preko ove kreme. Što se tiče "luminoznog efekta" mogu reći da krema ne daje masni sjaj ni u kojem slučaju, primijetila sam da mi dosta posvijetli lice i da je nekako svježije, no u isto vrijeme je ovo i dosta mat podloga s obzirom na druge bb/cc kreme koje sam probala. Dosta je manje masna od Garnierove i L'occitanove kreme stoga ju preporučam svim tipovima kože - za moju suhu/mješovitu je dosta lagana i njegujuća, a za masnu je isto odlična, kao što prijateljica Ivana na blogu potvrđuje. 5+ za ovaj proizvod, stalno se nalazi u mojoj kozmetičkoj torbici, a cijena mu spada u one više drogerijskog ranga - oko 70-80 kn.

 

Daylight/no filter/no PS swatches:



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12 days of Bourjois - day 1: Velvet Matte Personne ne rouge

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As promised, I decided to make a short holiday special dedicated to my all time favorite drugstore brand - Bourjois. As you might have noticed in my previous posts, I often used them as a comparison of quality and more than once recommended their products to you. It occurred to me that I haven't been writing about Bourjois products as much as I wanted (and they were often the most used ones in my makeup routines) so this Christmas special seemed like a nice idea. It was inspired by 12 days of Lushmas - a similar, Lush oriented brand focus made by the lovely Luzanne from Pink Peonies (check out her great blog!). This will be a series of short reviews with some pictures to follow and I'm planning to review different products each day - one product a day - for twelve days to follow. 
 
 
Kao što sam i najavila, odlučila sam napraviti kratki blagdanski specijal posvećen mom najdražem drogerijskom brendu dekorativne kozmetike - Bourjois. Kao što ste sigurno primjećivali u prošlim postovima, često sam ih koristila kao usporedbu i primjer kvalitete, a i više nego jednom sam preporučivala njihove proizvode na blogu i fb stranici. Shvatila sam nedavno da nisam baš puno pisala o Bourjois proizvodima, a dosta ih koristim i odlučila to popraviti u ovom serijalu od 12 postova u 12 dana. Inspirirala me divna Luzanne sa Pink Peonies bloga (kojeg preporučam da posjetite) sa svojim 12 days of Lushmas koje je posvetila Lush proizvodima. Ovo će biti vrlo kratke recenzije, gdje ću reći samo najbitnije i popratiti ih sa nekoliko fotografija tako da eto uživajte - idućih 12 dana ćete puno saznati o Bourjois proizvodima :)
 
 
The first one I chose was their famous Velvet Matte Rouge Edition lipstick in the shade 01 Personne ne Rouge. It is a lovely bright red with no distinct undertones so I wouldn't dare to call it "cherry" or anything of the sort - it's a textbook true red color, the one that I was looking for very dearly, and being unable to get my hands on Lime Crime's Velvetine in the shade Red Velvet, Bourjois came in like a perfect choice which I haven't regretted ever since. The durability/longevity of these lipcolors is truly their greatest asset - if you're looking for shades that will last all day without getting toned down - these are the products to look for. Also, they can be a bit drying on the lips but it is usual with all matte lipcolors - nothing to be feared. I believe this would be a gorgeous color to wear at Christmas and New years eve events because of its gorgeous tone and because of its intense longevity which will endure even the longest meals. The price for this beauty is around 8-9 pounds and it's worth every penny!
 
Prvi proizvod kojeg sam izabrala je njihov poznati Velvet Matte Rouge Edition ruž u nijansi 01 Personne en Rouge. Radi se o divnoj jarkoj crvenoj bez izražajnih podtonova stoga ju ne bi nazvala bojom trešnje ili nešto slično - ovo je prava crvena, kao iz udžbenika nijansi i dugo sam tražila sličnu boju. Drugi izbor je bio Lime Crime Velvetine u nijansi Red Velvet no nikako nisu bili dostupni, a čini se da odsada tek neće biti pa sam odlučila da će Bourjois biti zamjena i nisam nikako požalila tu odluku. Trajnost ovih boja je vrhunska, stvarno traju kroz piće, jelo i sve ostalo tako da su idealne za osobe koje nemaju vremena popravljati ruž tijekom svojih dnevnih zadataka. Jako mi se sviđa i što ostanu dosta pigmentirani čak i nakon cijelog dana, boja se ne ispire, tako da mislim da bi se svidjeli svima. Naravno da kao i svi mat ruževi pomalo ostavljaju suh osjećaj na ustima, ali nikako ne isušuju do nekakve nezgodne mjere, čim ih skinete sve je po starom. Nakon skidanja ostavljaju svojevrsan "stain" i nije ih baš lako ukloniti, no meni je važnije da traju tijekom dana, a na kraju dana ih već nekako uspijem maknuti s usana :) cijena ovih ljepotana je oko 89 kn, nije malo, ali radi se o jednim od top drogerijskih proizvoda pa preporučam da uzmete nekog dok su sniženja aktualna!


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Winterlicious new in: clothes, makeup & accesoires!

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I haven't planned a new in post but since it recently occurred to me that I have been getting and/or buying lots of items lately, showing you guys some of them seemed like a proper choice. For some reason, new in posts are often the most visited ones at my blog so I'm really hoping you will like this one as well because I'm personally quite fond of all the items I received or bought and this time I feel like I only purchased things that I absolutely like or have on my wishlist for some time now. So let's start shall we?!
The first items on the list are these gorgeous pastel sweaters which are all very comfortable and cozy! I decided to skip my crazy Christmas purchases this year and avoid reindeers and snowmans on my shirts because I usually don't have anything to pair them with + I wanted a pair of "serious", normal looking sweaters that I could wear everyday, everywhere. They were ~18$ each (100kn) - the bottom two are H&M and the fluffy pink one is from Terranova.
 

Nisam planirala pisanje new in posta, ali s obzirom da sam dosta kupovala u zadnje vrijeme, a i zalomilo se lijepih poklona i suradnji, odlučila sam ipak napraviti post dok još stignem i dok ne zaboravim na cijene, a i znam da su vam new in postovi najdraži za čitanje, barem sudeći po posjećenosti na blogu
Prve stvari koje sam kupila i koje vjerujem da ću puno nositi su ove majice tj. puloveri koje sam našla snižene od 30-50% u H&M-u i Terranovi. Sviđa mi se što su pastelnih boja i jednostavnog kroja te ih mogu nositi u svakoj prilici. Inače u Božićno vrijeme poludim i kupim hrpu majica sa sobovima i drvcima i snjegovićima, no sad sam odlučila stati na loptu i uzeti ono što ću nositi i nakon 1.1. Svi su koštali po 100kn, prva dva su iz H&M-a, a ovaj čupavi ružičasti je iz Terranove i njega mi je kupila mama. Na Instagram slikama možete vidjeti kako izgledaju na meni. Inače ovaj bijeli je S veličine, ali je takav "oversized" kroj i nije mi prevelik nego je baš takav model i sviđa mi se jako radi toga :)
 
 
Top - H&M, bottom Terranova sweater - Instagram pictures

After that I decided to get some items from Accesorize because they had a crazy discount - 50% off everything! I immediately ran there to get my long wanted beige pink classic bag and also grabbed some nice jewelry because it was really cheap (5-6$ a piece). The bag was actually "sponsored" by my dad so I made a deal with him that it would be my Christmas present and that he won't buy anything else for me this year. The bag was ~25$ on a discount (160kn) while it was really expensive before and I never would have bought it probably. Also, pay attention to the star necklace - Big Bang Theory anyone? ;)

Nakon toga sam se zaputila u Accesorize jer su imali ludi popust od 50% na cijeli asortiman i rekla sam si da ako sad ne kupim ovu ružičastu torbu neću nikad (vjerujem da znate taj osjećaj). Srećom tata je uskočio i ponudio se da mi je on kupi umjesto Božićnog poklona pa smo se dogovorili da tako bude i eto ja sam stvarno zadovoljna, torba je jako praktična i prelijepo izgleda uživo. Uzela sam i par komada nakita, na sve ove cijene je još išao popust tako da me svaki komad izašao oko 20-30kn, što je za njih super cijena. Znam da neki smatraju da se isti ovaj nakit može naći i jeftinije na Ebayu (što je istina) no nikako se ne radi o istoj kvaliteti, naime ja sam alergična na nikal i zato mi jedino pašu ovi modeli koje prodaju u Accesorizeu :/
Ogrlica sa zvjezdicom me odmah asocirala na onu kakvu je Bernadette dobila od Howarda u Big Bang Theoryu, sigurna sam da će fanovi znati o čemu pričam - još samo da moju netko povede u svemir :)


A new in would be boring without some makeup so I definitely have to mention some of the items I got in the last few weeks! There was again a crazy discount at Kozmo stores (Croatian drugstores) - all decorative cosmetics was discounted at 55% so I chose some real beauties - the new Bourjois Volume 1 Second Ultra Black mascara, Liner Clubbing eyeliner and two of their lipsticks - Rouge Edition in 04 Rose Tweed (perfect nude) and Velvet Matte in Frambourjoise! I also purchased one more Maybelline's Baby Lips and this time it was Pink Punch. My dear friend Tanja recently came back from the USA and brought me Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade from Sephora (it's much cheaper there - only cost me 18$) and also a precious gift - Body Shop body butter (Mountain Rose) which I'm in love with from day one. Thank you Tanja ♥ 
 
New in bi bio dosadan za sve šminkoljupce da nema barem malo kozmetike u njemu pa naravno nisam zapustila ni taj dio (nije kao da imam previše toga već). Opet sam naletjela na ludi popust u Kozmo drogerijama (sveukupno do 55% sa kuponom s Interneta) - hvala Mell ♥ i tako kupila par stvari koje sam dugo željela - Bourjois štand je prvi nastradao jer su mi oni najdraži drogerijski brend i tako sam uzela Rouge Edition ruž u nijansi 04 Rose Tweed (savršena nude) te Velvet Matte u nijansi Frambourjoise. Osim toga, počastila sam se i Volume 1 Second Ultra Black maskarom na preporuku drage Meteobeauty, a odlučila sam probati i njihov Liner Clubbing tuš - četkica mi se odmah svidjela.
Draga prijateljica Tanja se vratila iz Amerike nedavno i donijela mi iz Sephore dugo željeni Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade u nijansi Medium brown kojeg sam platila "samo" 18$ dok je na netu puno skuplji; a kao poklon mi je donijela i nešto sasvim posebno - Body Shop maslac za tijelo s mirisom ruže kojeg volim od prvog trenutka. Hvala ti Tanja


Wet n Wild Croatia seriously surprised me with the amount of goodies they decided to send me and I received a whole box full of makeup - but the items I picked here are my favorites: Megalast nail polish (I red a good book), Megaslicks Balm Stain (you should try these - the closest dupes to Revlon's Lip Butters I found so far), Sugarplum Fairy and Cherry Frost lipsticks and some gorgeous festive holiday glitter!
 
Wet n Wild Croatia su me stvarno iznenadili količinom stvari koje su poslali za darivanje i recenziju, a najviše mi se dopalo ovo na slici - Megalast lak za nokte u nijansi I red a good book, Megaslicks Balm Stain koji je odličan, kremast i pigmentiran i preporučam svima koji vole Revlon Lip Buttere te ruževe Sugarplum Fairy i Cherry Frost koji su im valjda najljepši iz cijele zimske kolekcije. Također sam dobila i vrlo zgodan blagdanski šljokasti glitter kojeg ću puno koristiti u narednim danima!

 
 
And for the end I left some of the crazier items on this list - but I just had to have them as soon as I saw them and especially when I noticed that the prices were reasonable - Unicorn earphones which are real nice in quality and not just in cuteness and an Iphone mask shaped like a reindeer (Rudolph) which I love and it instantly reminds me of Christmas when I look at it. I know it may seem silly to some of you but I'm a real sucker for holidays and the festive spirit is strong in me every year! The earphones were discounted 50% in Accesorize (they cost me 10$) and the mask I purchased in H&M for 6-7$.
 
Za kraj sam ostavila pomalo blesave stvari koje sam uzela iz čiste želje za nečim slatkim i zato što padam na ovakve gluposti, posebno kad su ok cijene - slušalice jednoroge sam kupila u Accesorizeu na popustu za 50kn i priznajem da su puno bolje kvalitete nego sam očekivala pa ih preporučam svima kojima trebaju, a Rudolph - sob masku za mobitel sam uzela u H&M-u za 30-39kn ne sjećam se točno cijene. Jako je zgodna i podsjeća me na blagdane i Božić i sve to skupa, a ja sam stvarno jako uhvaćena u cijelu tu atmosferu pa me uvijek privuku ovakve blesavoće.




That would be all from me for today!
 
What have you been purchasing recently?
 
What is on your Christmas wishlist this year? 
 
 

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