The Balm - Meet Matt(e) Trimony

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Oh how I love the Balm products! Their vintage packaging always looks amazing and keeps me entertained each time I use it. My first ever product was Mary Lou-manizer which is still my all time favorite highlighter. Recently I received a package from the Balm for reviewing purposes and among other products (Cindy Lou-manizer, Shimmering mineral eyeshadow, Meet Matte Hughes lipstick) was this gorgeous, stunning palette called Meet Matt(e) Trimony. It's a lot bigger than I imagined, containing nine eyeshadows, all of which are matte as the name suggests and perfect from day-to-night makeup looks.

Koliko samo volim the Balm proizvode! Vintage pakiranja uvijek izgledaju divno i razvesele me kod svakog šminkanja, a također se divim i inovativnosti naziva svih nijansi. Moj prvi proizvod bio je Mary Loumanizer highlighter koji mi je i dalje najdraži od svih ikad isprobanih. Nedavno sam dobila paket na recenziranje u kojem su bili Cindy Loumanizer, Shimmering Mineral sjenilo, Meet Matte Hughes tekući mat ruž i ova divna paleta naziva Meet Matt(e) Trimony. Puno je veća nego mi se činila na slikama i sjenila su pristojne veličine. Sva su mat kako im i naziv sugerira i idealna za dnevne lookove.


I've been using it daily for two weeks now and I have to say I love the results. This is my first time trying out the Balm eyeshadow palettes but I was surprised at how strongly pigmented they are and how long they last. This is a high-end quality palette, comparable to only Urban Decay from all the brands I've tried so far. Nine shades of this palette all have unique and funny names and they are: Matt Lin (pale beige), Matt Thomas (baby pink), Matt Rossi (cold taupe), Matt Lopez (bronzed brown), Matt Kumar (reddish brown), Matt Moskowitz (dark brown with red undertones), Matt Evans (dark beige), Matt Reed (dark brown), Matt Ahmed (black). My definite favorites are Matt Rossi, Matt Lin and Matt Evans because they're appropriate for daily looks. All of the shades here have velvety matte texture than doesn't require any primer. It will still last all day without smudging. The palette is pricey - 42$ as listed on the Balm's official website. 

Koristim ju svakodnevno zadnja dva tjedna i obožavam rezultate. Ovo je prvi put da sam isprobala neku the Balm paletu, ali moram reći da stvarno opravdava očekivanja. Sjenila su jako pigmentirana, kvalitetna, zadržavaju se na očima cijeli dan. Jedino sam se s takvom kvalitetom susrela kod Urban Decay paleta. Devet sjenila koliko sadrži sva imaju jako zabavne i dobro osmišljene nazive, svaka nijansa drugo je "ime", a prezime ukazuje na dio svijeta iz kojeg dotično sjenilo dolazi i za kojeg je ta boja reprezentativna (npr. Matt Lopez je brončano osunčana smeđa). Nijanse redom su: Matt Lin (svijetlo bež), Matt Thomas (baby roza), Matt Rossi (hladna smeđa - taupe nijansa), Matt Lopez (brončano smeđa), Matt Kumar (crvenkasto smeđa), Matt Moskowitz (tamna mahagonij), Matt Evans (tamna bež), Matt Reed (tamno smeđa) i Matt Ahmed (crna). Moje najdraže su Matt Rossi, Matt Lin (koja je uživo odlična podloga za sva druga sjenila) i Matt Evans jer su najviše nosive za dnevne lookove. Sve ove boje imaju mat, baršunasti finiš i ne trebaju primer. Trajat će cijeli dan bez problema. Cijena je zaista velika, ali ako tražite paletu koja će konačno opravdati očekivanja i pigmentaciju, preporučam. U Muelleru ih se može naći po 365 kuna.


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Drugstore foundations I'm using - short reviews!

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Never before have I used more than one foundation in my daily routine, but recently I realized that my skin is acting differently from day to day and I also started using spray tan sometimes so my skin tone is not always the same color. Before I proceed, my natural skin tone can be described as ghost-like pale :) and my skin is mostly dry in the winter time but tends to get oily during the day. Here are some of my favorites from this season:

Nikad prije nisam koristila više od jednog pudera istovremeno, ali nedavno sam shvatila da mi se ten jako mijenja iz dana u dan, a posebno otkako imam sprej za samotamnjenje kojeg ponekad koristim. Koža mi je nekad manje, nekad više suha, a ten je nekad vrlo blijed, dok nekad čak i izgledam kao živo biće. Uglavnom, zbog svih ovih razloga, u rotaciji trenutno imam ova četiri pudera, nemojte se iznenaditi razlikama u nijansama, uz samotamnjenje, ovaj najtamniji mi je skoro pa nedovoljno taman :)

1. RIMMEL - LASTING FINISH 25 HOUR (Shade: 201 Classic Beige)


Rimmel's Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation is probably my favorite among all of those that I will be shortly reviewing today. I was looking for a foundation that will give me coverage throughout the working day and that will not turn oily after only a few hours. But I didn't want anything that was too matte or too heavy/powdery looking. Accidentally, I found this gem at our local drugstore and after only a few uses, I realized it's one of the best foundations I ever had. It's creamy in texture, not too watery, and the effect it leaves is half-matte: your face still has that natural glow going on, but it's also not dewy like some others. It doesn't last for 25 hours of course, but it really looks good even after my 8 hour shift at work. Gives me medium to full coverage. 5+

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour najdraži mi je od svih ovdje navedenih. Tražila sam puder koji će mi dati dobro i dugotrajno prekrivanje, a ovaj je upravo odličan za to. Također, nisam htjela nešto preteško ili previše mat, a opet naravno, cilj je i ne zasjajiti se tokom dana. Ne ističe suhe dijelove kože, dobro prekriva nepravilnosti, ujednačuje ten, a finiš mu je 'taman mat' - ne izgledam s njim kao da imam kreč na licu, a opet nije ni previše sjajan. Skroz slučajno kupila sam Lasting Finish i jako se pozitivno iznenadila, a vidim da su i recenzije kolegica blogerica jednako pozitivne. Mislim da je ovaj puder jedan od najboljih koje sam imala, sudeći po svim plusevima i minusima. Naravno, ne traje 25 sati, ali to ni ne tražim - sasvim mi je dovoljno da izgleda pristojno onih 8-10 sati koliko sam na poslu. Ovaj puder daje srednje do jako prekrivanje, ovisi o slojevitosti. Cijena: 60ak kuna 

2. RIMMEL - WAKE ME UP (Shade: 303 True Nude)


I already reviewed Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation and I loved the instant brightening effect it gives to your skin. It really gives your skin a nice natural glow, but it's definitely not oily. This was one of Zoella's all time favorite foundations and she was my first inspiration to purchase it. Shade 303 True Nude is a bit dark for me unless it's summertime or I'm using spray tan.

Već sam recenzirala Rimmel Wake Me Up puder pa neću ponavljati napisano, ali samo podsjećam da ga koristim kad izrazito potamnim i da je odličan za davanje prirodnog dewy izgleda, jako osvježi kožu i lice i razmišljam da nabavim jedan i u svjetlijoj nijansi. 303 True Nude dosta je tamna nijansa, ali bez žutih podtonova i super izgleda na preplanulom tenu. Ispričavam se na pogrešci na slikama - ispravan naziv nijanse je kao u naslovu. :) Cijena: oko 60 kuna

3. PUPA - LIKE A DOLL (Shade: 020 Light Beige)


This foundation caught my eye only because of the gorgeous packaging and because I wanted to try out PUPA foundations since I never had the opportunity to do that previously. Like a Doll is a really unusual foundation when it comes to texture - it's almost watery, but when you apply it on your skin, it turns into a velvety finish. Really comfortable to wear and gives light to medium coverage, so don't expect that it will suit you if you have problematic skin. It lasts decently, although I did notice it gets a bit cakey throughout the day and I don't appreciate that. But I will give it a thumbs up for lightness and gorgeous floral scent.

Ovaj puder mi je okupirao pažnju kad sam slučajno jednom navratila u Mueller i trenutni puder mi je bio pri kraju. Kako nikad nisam prije probala PUPA pudere, odlučila sam dati šansu Like a Doll. Jako je neobične teksture, skoro skroz tekući, vodenasti, a na licu se stapa u baršunastu teksturu koja se odlično povezuje s podlogom koju imate. Meni se svidio jer je dosta lagan, onako transparentan izgled daje, može ga se nadograditi do srednjeg prekrivanja, ali uvijek se nazire koža kroz njega. Nije za problematičnu kožu po meni, ali ako vam treba lagani svakodnevni puder super mirisa (cvjetnog), dajte mu šansu. Cijena: oko 150 kn

4. MAYBELLINE - AFFINITONE (Shade: 09 Opal Rose)


I've been wearing Affinitone almost every day now, only because the shade suits me best at this moment. Opal Rose is a nice, neutral, despite the name -not- rosy at all shade that gives medium coverage and a nice, semi-dewy finish. It's finish is similar to Rimmel's Lasting Finish, though Rimmel's is a bit more matte and the foundation gives more coverage than Affinitone which is extra light. It can get a bit cakey during the day which is the only downside to an overall very decent drugstore foundation.

Maybelline Affinitone nosim sada svakodnevno jer mi najbolje odgovara njegova nijansa (uzela sam 09 Opal Rose koja začudo nema uopće rozih primjesa već je klasično svijetla bež). Daje srednje do srednje-jako prekrivanje, može ga se nadograditi i super je u kombinaciji s puderom u prahu istog brenda. Daje srednje-sjajni finiš, vrlo sličan Lasting Finishu od Rimmela, ali je malo manje mat i nešto laganije teksture. Jedini nedostatak je što tokom dana pomalo postane cakey, kao da se krene topiti oko područja nosa, brade, ali nije to ništa pregrozno i lako se popravi korektorom. Sklon je naglašavanju suhih područja pa je svakako ispod potrebna hidratatna krema/podloga. Skroz pristojan puder, vjerujem da ću probati i druge iz ove linije. Cijena: 50ak kuna, na sniženju sam ga kupila za 37. 


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5 Tips For Dealing With Anxiety

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I'm not sure if you knew this about me, but like so many others these days, I sometimes suffer from panic and anxiety attacks, and it's dating all the way back to my middle school. It's not as bad as it sounds but it's definitely not pleasant either, and it's especially hard to diagnose when you're not even sure what's happening to you at those moments. Mental ilnesses and problems are still stigmatized in our society and that's why many people refuse to speak openly about them. I have to admit, I don't like talking about my issues either, even though there's almost no one who hasn't faced some form of panic or stress attack. My triggers are usually stressful situations and fear of failure. I'm a huge perfectionst and if everything is not as perfect as I imagined it, I start panicking, feel like I'm losing control and basically the ground beneath my feet. When things are not going the way I imagined, the same old symptoms come to life: elevated heartbeat, trouble breathing, insomnia, nausea, overall fear of death and fear of something terrible coming. It's really hard to comfort myself at these moments and to calm myself down. I didn't even know it was anxiety at first, I started to believe I had some sort of ilness that combined all of these symptoms. Despite popular opinions, panic attacks are very real and they manifest through real physical discomfort as well - you literally feel as if you're about to die. So to help you all deal with this, I'm sharing some advice that helped me personally and that made me feel a lot better at the darkest times: 


Ne znam jeste li ovo znali o meni, no kao i mnogi danas, podložna sam napadima panike i anksioznosti koji me prate još od srednje škole. To i nije toliko grozno kako zvuči, ali definitivno nije ni ugodno u svakodnevnom životu, a posebno je teško uopće shvatiti o čemu se radi i 'dijagnosticirati' ovo stanje. U našoj okolini i dalje postoji velika stigmatizacija ovakvih i sličnih bolesti iako smo zapravo malo svjesni da skoro svatko od nas barem 1 u životu doživi nekakav napad anksioznosti ili panike u nepoznatim i novim situacijama. Moj trigger, odnosno uzrok, najčešće je stres i strah od neuspjeha. Veliki sam perfekcionist i volim da sve bude onako kako si zamislim, posebno u akademskom i poslovnom smislu, stoga kad se toga nakupi toliko da ne mogu sve kontrolirati i napraviti 'savršenim' često me uhvate poznati simptomi: lupanje srca, problemi s disanjem, nesanica, osjećaj da se sprema nešto loše, bolovi u mišićima, strah koji preplavljuje, probavni problemi i ostalo. Prije nisam niti znala da se radi o anksioznosti već sam bila uvjerena da i imam nekakvu bolest koja pokriva sve ove simptome, a danas ipak kad znam o čemu se radi, lakše se i smirim. S obzirom da sam shvatila da mnoge od nas muče ovakva i slična stanja u današnjem svijetu ispunjenom stresom, donosim savjete za lakše podnošenje ovih tegoba:

1. Realise what is happening to you

Realising that you're facing a panic attack and not a heart attack is a key factor to getting better eventually. It will probably never stop completely, but at least you can calm yourself down and realise you have complete control over your anxiety.

Shvatiti da se radi o napadu panike, a ne infarktu, ključno je u samom početku napada i kod početka razvoja bolesti. Kad vaš mozak shvati da se radi o nečem što ipak on sam može najbolje kontrolirati, simptomi se polako smiruju, a strah nestaje.

2. Recognize trigger situations & events


It's important to know what exactly triggers -your- panic attacks. What is your worst fear and how it manifests? For some people, it's going to job interviews, others are facing anxiety before going to the dentist. If you know what scares you, it's easier to prepare yourself mentally.

Važno je znati koje su to točno situacije koje u nama izazivaju paniku - nekom je to odlazak zubaru, drugima intervju za posao, ispit ili slično. Ako znamo što nas potiče na strah, lakše ćemo se pripremiti prilikom idućih događaja.

3. Prepare some calming rituals

Even before you face any anxiety, prepare some soothing rituals that will help you relax. Our brain is often weird and likes to remember something that's bugging us at 3 am in the morning, leaving us all sweaty and worried. What helped me are showers directly before going to bed, drinking mint and green tea, lavender scented candles and watching my favorite tv shows. Just find out what works for you.

I prije nego vas uhvati ikakav napad panike, nemojte dati stresu da se nagomila. Organizam pamti, a mozak čuva neugodne situacije i često vas zaskoči u 3 ujutro kad ste već i sami zaboravili što vas je mučilo. Meni pomažu svijeće od lavande, tuširanje prije odlaska u krevet, topli biljni čajevi - najbolje od mente i gledanje najdražih serija/filmova. Također, pomaže mi razmišljati pozitivno, osvijestiti sve na čemu sam zahvalna svaki dan.

Calming lavender tea with flowers from Shutterstock


4. Work out regularily

As soon as I stopped exercising, my condition grew from bad to worse. Regular exercise helps us get rid of accumulated stress, we tire ourselves out, making it a lot easier to fall asleep at night and to get rid of all of that negativity and stress hormones that build up during the day.

Čim sam se prestala puno kretati i odlaziti na treninge, stanje mi se pogoršalo. Na treninzima izbacujemo velik dio stresa iz sebe i pomažemo 'umoriti' organizam koji onda, za nagradu, proizvodi hormon dobrog osjećaja - dopamin, a izbacuje kortizol. Čak i ako ste vrlo lijeni, kratke šetnje pomažu, bitno da se organizam pokrene.

5. Get rid of negativity in your life

This sounds easier than it is but it really does help. Whether it's a piece of clothing you don't like and that's making you nervous or a 'friend' who is really not helping you in any way, you need to get as far away as possible from everything that's making you more stressed and unhappy. There are things we can't change that easily, such as our work colleagues, but there are plenty of those things you can easily get rid of. Anxiety feeds on fear and unhappiness so make sure to stay away from them. :)

Ovo zvuči lakše nego jest, ali zaista pomaže. Bilo da se radilo o komadu odjeće koji vas živcira, o cimerici koja vas izluđuje ili prijateljima koji to zapravo i nisu, bitno je prepoznati ono što nas čini nesretnim i udaljiti se od toga te okružiti onim ljudima koji nas podržavaju i vole. Anksioznost se hrani strahom, ona je zapravo strah od straha, a emocija suprotna njemu je, što drugo nego - ljubav. :)

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Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick 200 Salute

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Rimmel is slowly climbing up the ladder and becoming one of my favorite beauty brands. Their prices are affordable, the quality is great and everything I've tried so far justified my expectations fully. The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks are the newest addition to their lip color collection and I received two shades for reviewing purposes: 200 Salute and 500 Take the Stage. I will show you Salute today because I left the other shade in my other apartment and honestly it was a bit too bright for me, so I didn't wear it as much. 

Rimmel mi se polagano penje po ljestvici najdražih brendova jer su im proizvodi zaista povoljni i kvalitetni, a sve što sam do sada probala nije me razočaralo, već naprotiv, postalo jedan od makeup favorita (puderi posebno). The Only 1 Matte ruževi najnoviji su dodatak njihovoj kolekciji ruževa, a na recenziju su mi poslane dvije nijanse: 200 Salute i 500 Take the Stage. Danas ću vam pokazati Salute jer sam drugu nijansu ostavila u drugom stanu, a i iskreno nisam ju puno nosila jer mi je bila za moj ukus preintenzivno crvena.


The consistency of this lipstick is creamy and the finish is matte. I love how easy it is to apply it on your lips, you can just glide it on like a balm, but as soon as you're done, you get that nice non-shiny matte finish. As far as longevity goes - it lasts decently, up to 3 hours, but not more than that. However it will leave you with a gorgeous stain, so you don't need to worry. The shade 200 Salute is a pink nude with warmer, almost peachy undertones, a real gem of the collection and one of the most unique nudes I've ever had. It will look best on cooler skin tones in my opinion. I would definitely recommend these, and I will certainly get a few more of them at my own expense, the shade 700 is a gorgeous nude and I also loved 110 Leader of the Pink.

Tekstura ovih ruževa je kremasta, a imaju mat finiš. Super mi je kako se lagano razmazuju po usnicama, gotovo kao balzam, ali se brzo suše u vrlo ugodan za nošenje mat završetak. Ne isušuju usne, traju otprilike oko 3 sata, nakon toga ostaje samo trag boje koji isto ok izgleda pa ih nije potrebno prečesto popravljati. Nijansa 200 Salute prava je ružičasta nude, s primjesama breskvaste, dragulj kolekcije i jedna od najposebnijih nude nijansi koje sam imala. Izgledat će najbolje na hladnijim tonovima kože po mom mišljenju. Uz ovu, sigurno ću nabaviti i još koju nijansu o svom trošku, privlače me nijanse 700 i 110.

Have you tried these out? What is your favorite Rimmel product?


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