Shine Lover by Lancôme - 323 Effortless Pink

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For any of you who have been reading this blog for quite some time now, you're all familiar with my love for Lancôme products. I don't know why I always liked this particular brand, but it somehow met my preferences perfectly. Their rose-engraved packaging is always sleek, elegant but hides glorious feminine products inside. Whatever I got from the brand, I felt like that item was ageless and timeless - something both young girls could wear and something that would please even the older ladies. Their motto follows the French beauty standards - natural, effortless beauty that only emphasizes that which already exists. That's why the name of the shade of their newest lipstick in collection really makes sense and embodies the spirit of the company in its very essence.

Za sve od vas koji već duže vremena čitate moj blog, poznata je činjenica da volim Lancôme proizvode. Ne znam zašto sam uvijek naginjala baš ovom brendu, ali nekako mi se uvijek uklapao u osobni ukus. Njihovo jednostavno, elegantno pakiranje ukrašeno ružicama uvijek u sebi krije ženstvene, gotovo nezamjenjive proizvode. Za svaki Lancôme proizvod uvijek sam osjećala kako je bezvremenski i primjeren svim dobnim skupinama - mladim djevojkama radi svoje nježnosti, a i starijim damama radi svoje klasične ljepote. Njihov moto prati francuske standarde ljepote - prirodna, nehajna ljepota koja samo naglašava ono što već postoji - bez puno truda. U ove epitete se lijepo uklopio i naziv ruža iz nove Shine Lover kolekcije koji zaista utjelovljuje duh kompanije u sebi.




Shine Lover lipsticks are something between a lip balm and a regular lipstick. After Clinique, Revlon, Maybelline and L'Oreal, Lancôme stepped up the game and made the most perfect version yet. It contains Rose de Muscat Oil which only makes it more delicious and interesting. After seeing so many similar products I had no idea I would be so impressed with this particular lipstick, but  same as always, Lancôme managed to take the lipbalm/stick trend to another level. The packaging is perfect, slick, thin, easy to use with a small signature rose engraved on top. Like all Lancôme lipsticks, it's double-packed inside a cartoon box so you can guarantee the protection. It smells divine; fresh, sweet and completely natural. Shine Lover is a real pleasure for application, it's incredibly easy to use and leaves a shy, but visible trail of color on your lips.

Shine Lover ruževi kombinacija su balzama i ruža za usne. Nakon Cliniquea, Revlona, Maybellinea, L'Oreala i mnogih drugih srodnih brendova, Lancôme je odlučio zaigrati istu igru i napraviti top verziju ove vrste proizvoda. Ruževi su sebi sadrže ulje muškat ruže što ih čini još privlačnijima, a i njegujućima za naše usne. Nakon što sam već isprobala cijeli niz sličnih proizvoda, nisam imala očekivanja od ovog ruža, ali kao i uvijek Lancôme je cijelu priču podigao na ekstra nivo i napravio, do sad, barem za mene, najbolje pakiranje od svih srodnika - tanko, čvrsto, elegantno, s malom ružicom na vrhu i duplo zaštićeno kartonskom kutijicom. Već po detaljima vidimo trud koji često izostaje kod drogerijskih proizvoda. Sama tekstura Shine Lovera je nježna, klizi po usnama, nevjerojatno je lagana za aplikaciju, a ostavlja više nego vidljiv sjajni trag na usnama.


The color that I got on the French Beauty School event (click here for the event post!) is called 323 Effortless Pink. It's funny that I got this particular shade, because when we tried samples, that's the one that I've been most into. I guess fate exists, even when it comes to makeup! Effortless Pink is a nice, soft rosey shade that is still a bit more vibrant than my other pink lipsticks. It's a toned down "barbie" color that reminds me of peonies and similar flowers. I like to pair it up with green eyeliner and some soft pink blush on the cheeks. The longevity of the Shine Lover lipsticks is average - but satisfying - after the initial shine fades out during eating/drinking, the trail of color can follow your lips all day long. I'm actually more than pleased with this collection and am seriously debating getting at least one more shade. In conclusion, yes, it is worth the price because it, once again, holds the standard a bit higher than common drugstore products of the sort.

Nijansa koja mi je dodijeljena na French Beauty School eventu (klik ovdje za post o njemu!) nosi naziv 323 - Effortless Pink. Bilo mi je strašno zanimljivo kad sam došla kući i vidjela da sam dobila baš ovu nijansu, jer dok smo isprobavali testere, ova mi se najviše i sviđala. Izgleda da sudbina postoji pa čak i kad se o ruževima radi! Effortless Pink je jako nježna, rozasta nijansa koja je ipak nešto jača i vidljivija od mojih drugih rozih ruževa. Izgleda kao zagasita barbie roza nijansa, podsjeća me na predivne božure i svo to slično cvijeće koje na prvu izgleda nježno, a zapravo skriva pravu eksploziju boje u sebi. Volim ga nositi uz zeleni tuš ili olovku i malo ružičastog rumenila na obrazima. Trajnost je, možemo reći, prosječna zbog ekstra lagane teksture, ali moram priznati da nakon što sjaj ispari prilikom konzumiranja hrane i pića, trag boje ostaje gotovo cijelog dana. Meni je ovo sasvim dovoljno, više sam nego zadovoljna i biram ga skoro svaki dan; a vjerojatno bih i češće da imam još koju nijansu. Zato ozbiljno razmišljam o kupnji još nekog Shine Lovera za kolekciju. Da zaključim, da, vrijedan je cijene, zato što kao i uvijek, Lancôme standard drži na nivou koji se ne može pronaći u drogerijama te samim tim čini proizvod vrijednim i isplativim.





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GUEST POST BY HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE: Osvježavajući kolač s jagodama

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Ja sam Emina i autorica sam bloga Happiness is Homemade na kojem se sve vrti oko sreće, pozitiva je uvijek u prvom planu a tu su naravno i raznorazni recepti, savjeti, tutorijali za dekoracije i tekstovi o domaćim delicijama svih vrsta te o malim stvarima koje život čine lijepim. Kuhinja je moje omiljeno mjesto u stanu jer se u njoj mogu igrati, dekorirati, ostvariti sve svoje ideje i pustiti mašti na volju. U kuhinji nema granica, i ono što mislite da nije moguće je moguće, tako da samo treba zaboraviti sve brige i probleme i prepustiti se kreativnom stvaranju, miksanju, degustiranju, premazivanju... Uz svu tu kreativu još i napunim trbuščiće svojih najdražih pa na taj način spajam ugodno s korisnim i svi smo zadovoljni. Blog postoji već više od godinu dana i danas je već mnogo više od samog hobija. Od početka sam se trudila da ima dušu, da se razlikuje od ostalih i da ga krasi dizajn specifičan za svijet slastica koji je sve samo ne dosadan – zato su tu boje, cupcake ikone, logo koji krasi torta unutar staklenog zvona i mnogi drugi sitni detalji koji su mojih ruku djelo. Uskoro vas na blogu čekaju i nova iznenađenja, nove lijepe priče kojima ćemo nastaviti širiti radost a u pripremi je i projekt putem kojeg ću spojiti struku i hobi te vam predstaviti svoje ilustracije kojim ćete moći uljepšati svoje domove ili možda samo neki mali kutak. Tako da, u mom malom vedrom online mjestašcu ste uvijek dobro došli, svi, bez iznimka! A danas se družimo kod drage Ivane koja me pozvala u goste i ja sam se rado odazvala te s vama dijelim svoje najdraži recept s jagodama koji je idealan za ovo vrijeme – fini, lagani, izrazito sočni i okusima neodoljivi. U slast!


Osim što je kolač jako lagan i ukusan, izrazito je sočan, što možete vidjeti i na fotografijama. Biskvit je i sam po sebi nježan, prozračan a u kombinaciji s jagodama bude još mekaniji i sočniji. Kako kolač stoji i sok jagoda prodire u biskvit, on bude sve mekši, topi se u ustima. Ne mogu riječima opisati o kakvom se to doživljaju za nepce radi, jednostavno ćete mi morati vjerovati na riječ i probati, još danas!

Sastojci:
  • 4 jaja
  • 25 dkg šećera
  • 1.5 dcl vode
  • 1.5 dcl ulja
  • 25 dkg brašna
  • 1 prašak za pecivo
  • jagode (prema potrebi)
  • 1 preljev za torte  

Priprema:

    Navedeni sastojci dovoljni su vam za pripremu kolača u velikom pravokutnom kalupu koji dobijete uz pećnicu. Radite li kolač u manjem kalupu ili u obliku torte, smanjite količine pojedinih sastojaka i slijedite postupak u nastavku.

    Izrada biskvita započinje razdvajanjem bjelanjaka i žutanjaka, nakon čega se žutanjcima dodaje šećer.
    Izradite čvrsti snijeg od bjelanjaka i nakon snijega dobro izmiksajte žutanjke i šećer. Snijeg dodajte smjesi žutanjaka i šećera te sve zajedno promiješajte. Dodajte ulje i vodu i opet promiješajte.
    Na samom kraju dodajte brašno i prašak za pecivo - nakon što dodamo brašno više ne miksamo, nego samo lagano promiješamo sa žlicom.

    Pripremite kalup - premažite ga maslacem ili stavite papir za pečenje pa ulijte smjesu za biskvit, ravnomjerno ju rasporedite i stavite u pećnicu. Pecite biskvit 10-tak minuta na 180°C - obavezno provjerite čačkalicom da li je gotov (znat ćete da je gotov kad čačkalica izađe čista iz biskvita). I pripazite da se biskvit ne peče predugo jer će inače biti suh a kolač treba biti mekan i sočan.


    Dok se biskvit hladi, očistite i operite jagode te ih narežite na polovice ili manje komade.

    Pripremljene jagode gusto poslažite na hladan biskvit.
    Pripremite preljev za torte prema uputi s vrećice.

    Kad je preljev pripremljen, pričekajte nekoliko minuta da se počne hladiti i lagano zgušnjavati pa ga onda prelijte po jagodama na kojima će se brzo stvrdnuti i međusobno iz povezati.

    To je to, kolač stavite na hlađenje i potom možete uživati. 


    U nastavku vas čeka još fotografija ovog divnog kolača a nakon što se nauživate preko ekrana, zasučite rukave, stavite pregaču i bacite se na posao. Gotovi ste za taj čas!




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    Guest post by Taya Sunaz: 8 EASY ways to rock your EYELINER GAME this Summer!

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    Ladies...it's a known fact that many of us still struggle the hell out of our eyeliner routine daily, but nothing a little practice and A LOT of patience can't fix :) I am here today to share with you along with moral support, 8 super EASY (trust me) eyeliner styles you can rock this Summer!..and they're all WEARABLE! So you don't need to worry about going out looking like a futuristic model from a haute couture fashion magazine. All you need is your trusty normal choice of GEL LINER(I recommend this over liquid, pencil or any type since it is easiest to apply and control!) and a few minutes of your time to go through this tutorial with me :)


    The gel eyeliner I will be using for these looks is my trusty TARTE "Tarteist Clay Liner" but you can choose any other brands you want. Another great and wallet friendly brand of gel liner I've also been loving is the MAYBELLINE Gel liner. Brilliant stuff and does the same trick as TARTE but just make sure you store it upside down in a cool dry place so that it doesn't dry out and lose its creamy consistency! As for the brush, I prefer pointy end brushes like this SEPHORA "Pointed Liner- Eyeliner precision 92" as it helps to create that perfect sharp wing that I like in my eyeliner looks.


    "NATURAL"

     


    So let's start off with the easiest then gradually move onto the technically 'harder' ones shall we? The first look I'll be sharing with you is the "NATURAL" look, and yes this look is perfect for those lazy days or days when you just want to look beautiful in the most natural way possible! All you need to do is apply the liner as close to lash line as possible, draw thinner lines around the corners of your eye to your main lids, then gradually drag the line slightly downwards (without the 'flick') towards the tail of your eye...this will create fuller looking set of lashes and make your eyes look more prominent ^^


    "PUPPY EYES"

     


    Next is the "PUPPY EYES"..that cute endearing look that makes anyone swoon as soon as they see you! lol...This is actually one of my favourite looks and I personally do this look frequently. It just gives you that cute and innocent vibe to your makeup without being too much...very kawaiii! Great for everyday casual wear :)

    Continuing from the "NATURAL" look, what you want to do is pull the liner down a little further (the droopier, the 'cuter' and 'sweeter' you'll look) just make sure you don't go past lower lash line level and you'll be fine :P. Next, fill in that little outer triangular shape on the tail of your eye with some black eye shadow and pull the shadow 1/3 of the way into your lower lash line & Voila! you have your cute and innocent puppy dog eyes for your everyday look :)


    "ANIME"

     


    This is actually avery watered down version of the proper anime makeup, i.e. it is more wearable! Anime is actually a more intensified look of "PUPPY EYES", the lines are thicker, the wings are a little longer and of course there is that signature white waterline to make your eyes appear that little bit bigger :) Use your gel liner to go over the outer V corners of the look and bring the line 1/2 in along your lower lash line. Apply a pair of your favourite lashes and you are ready to rock your cute WEARABLE anime look :)



    "ARABIAN"

     


    This look really brings out your sexy side! You have probably seen this look numerous times and many people tend to have a hard time grasping the technique of how to create this liner look. It is actually a lot simpler than you think if you break it down. First start off with a simple wing liner look or a cat eye. Drag the wing 45 degrees upwards for that feline effect, thicken out the line then bring it inwards towards the inner corners of your tear duct area. Slowly build on the intensity as you go this way you won't run the risk of making them too thick or uneven. Use the sharp point of your brush to gently create that piercing inner corner line, you do not need to line the inner corners of the lower part :)




    "CAT EYE & SMOKEY CAT EYE"

     


    This is probably the most common of all eyeliner looks and a staple one at that! I know I am always rocking my cat eye on a daily basis :P But if you want to funk it up just a little you can also try smoking out the liner to give it that nice softer look with the same level of intensity and glam :D I always find it easier to flick out the wing first (for gel liners) then gradually bring the line back down at a 45 degree angle 1/3 of the way on your main lids, before working the rest of the line onto the inner corner eye area. Again slowly build up on the thickness to your liking as you go to avoid any mistakes ^^



    "GRADIENT CUT CREASE"

     


    This is as 'futuristic' as it gets out of this pack :P...and still super easy to to do! Just start off with a clean cut crease outline then slowly fill in the outer V shape with your gel liner. Take a black eye shadow and use a small eye blending brush and carefully blend out the gradient effect towards the main lids.. This look gives a nice edgy twist to your makeup and can totally spice up any wardrobe look you may have on for the day!


    "POP OF COLOUR"

     


    And..finally we have our last look ^^ This is a super cute and simple look that is fun and summer appropriate! Start off with a normal cat eye wing look then add a pop of any colour you like along your lower lash line! I personally prefer to go with pastel colours since they give you a nice soft look to your makeup, but of course you can go with brighter colours if that is more your style! Here I am using my favourite CLIO "Gelpresso" Pastel Liner in this beautiful milky turquoise and just popping it right there under my lash line for that summery and girly vibe ^_^




     Thank you ladies for tuning in & I hope I have given you guys a few simple ideas to do your eyeliners for Summer this year! Have a wonderful week & I'll see you all in the next post!

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    Guest post by Meteobeauty: My Favorite Tinted Lip Balms

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    If you were to reach for your current bag, how many lip products do you think you'd find inside? I have just checked and counted the contents of my bag and all the lip products I found come to an impressive total of six. Whether you're a lipstick or lip gloss kinda girl, big chances are that you constantly have several of these products nearby. In a very far past, lip gloss was my go-to lip product but times have changed and I have grown to love lipsticks. However, if you're a busy girl or woman, I think you'd appreciate a lip product which isn't time-consuming, is nourishing whilst being easy to use and, preferably, pigmented. You know, one of those you can slap on in a hurry without a mirror knowing you still look good. I have found my perfect match in a good tinted lip balm and whether you're a busy mom, wife, student, your working schedule is hectic or if for any other reason you are chronically lacking time - these picks of mine might come handy.

    Ukoliko bi sada pregledale sadržaj svoje torbe, šta mislite koliko bi proizvoda za usne pronašle? Ja sam upravo pretresla svoju torbu i iznenadila sam se da je čak šest različitih proizvoda za usne bilo u njoj. Bez obzira da li više volite ruževe ili sjajila za usne, velika je šansa da uvijek imate par sličnih komada u svojoj blizini. U prilično dalekoj prošlosti, spadala sam u djevojke koje preferiraju sjajila za usne no vremenom se moj ukus promijenio i sada spadam u kategoriju žena koje češće koriste ruževe. Ipak, ako ste dosta zauzeta osoba, mislim da ćete cijeniti praktičnost kakvu nudi mazalica za usne koju je moguće koristiti u tren oka, koja pruža njegu usnama ali i pristojnu pigmentaciju (što jeste poželjno). Znate na šta mislim, na one mazalice koje možete koristiti bez pomoći ogledala, zatvorenih očiju dok jurcate od obaveze do obaveze jednostavno znajući da se možete na njih osloniti i znajući da izgledate dobro. Pronašla sam takvo nešto u dobrim balzamima za usne u boji i bilo da ste vrijedna mama, supruga, studentica, radne obaveze vas pritišću ili iz bilo kojeg drugog razloga vam hronično nedostaje vremena - možda bi vam moje preporuke mogle biti korisne.



    I've generally discovered that Korres lip butters are a perfect conjuction of great hydration and a dash of color (depending on shade, even solid pigmentation). The everyday, pale pink shade which gives just a light sheen, smells of caramel and looks great on anyone is the now legendary Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. I am on my second tub and it is my most used tinted lip balm of all. The light coral shade which is not too pigmented but it rather gives just a tiny nudge to your natural lip color is the Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate. Great for days when you want to perk up your complexion. Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose is the ideal everyday color of Autumn. This one has a more prominent wine/deep berry pigmentation and is the most effortless way of wearing color I found so far. All of these lip butters have a beautiful, almost bouncy texture which melts into the lips and keeps them hydrated and plush for a few hours.

    Uopšteno sam otkrila da su Korres butteri za usne savršena kombinacija efektne hidratacije i daška boje (ovisno o nijansi, nekada i solidne pigmentacije). Onaj koji je pogodan za svakodnevno korištenje i pruža dašak blijedo ružičaste boje te nježan sjaj je (sada već legendarni) Korres Lip Butter u nijansi Jasmine. Trošim drugo pakovanje i ovo je ubjedljivo balzam za usne koji najčešće koristim. Nježno koralna nijansa kojoj adut nije pigmentacija već suptilno izražava prirodnu boju usana je Korres Lip Butter u nijansi Pomegranate. Idealna je za dane kada želite da osvježite lice pošto ima određenu toplinu. Korres Lip Butter u nijansi Wild Rose je idealna boja vina/bobičastog voća koju možete koristiti na svakodnevnoj bazi. Ovaj balzam je poseban po tome što naprosto odiše koloritom, karakterističnim za jesen. Pigmentacija je nešto izraženija kod ove nijanse. Sve buttere koje sam spomenula krasi specifična, gotovo pjenasta tekstura koja se topi preko usana i održava im mekoću na par sati.

    
    
    An old favorite of mine is the Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony. Chubby sticks are well known for and if you have had chance to try them, you are bound to fall in love. The original lip balm crayon, it gives a gorgeous hint of color which is buildable and a balm-like quality to keep lips soft. Of course, there is also the ease of applying it in crayon format. Pudgy Peony is the kind of pink everyone loves and looks good on with - very easy to wear, perky and fresh. My latest love is the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose. Compared to the regular version, intense sticks are much more pigmented and they resemble lipsticks more than lip balms. You still have that soft formula that feels comfortable to wear but pigmentation is superior. Roomiest Rose is a heavenly shade that would suit all medium skin tones perfectly and I'm quite addicted to it.

    
    
    Moj stari favorit je Clinique Chubby Stick u nijansi Pudgy Peony. Ovi balzami za usne u boji su stekli kultni status tokom godina te, ako ste imale priliku da ih isprobate, vjerujem da niste ostale ravnodušne na njih. Originalni balzam za usne u obliku bucmaste olovke je dostupan u paleti jako lijepih boja čiji intenzitet možete nadograditi slojevitim nanošenjem a, poput svakog kvalitetnog balzama, čine usne mekim i podatnim. Pudgy Peony je ružičasta boja koja je univerzalno dopadljiva i nosiva te je na poseban način svježa i vesela. Moja najnovija ljubav je Clinique Chubby Stick Intense u nijansi Roomiest Rose.U poređenju sa standardnom verzijom, ovdje je pigmentacija znatno bolja te čak više sliče ruževima nego balzamima za usne. Još uvijek je njega koju pružaju odlična no pigmentacija je superiorna u odnosu na prethodnicu. Roomiest Rose je prekrasna nijansa koja ce zasigurno pristajati svakome sa srednje tamnim tenom i lično sam prilično ovisna o ovoj simpatičnoj debeljuci. 



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