Friday, May 31, 2013

New From Essence: Me & My Ice Cream Trend Edition

''I scream: ice cream! There’s nothing more refreshing than a fruity or creamy ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Essence invites you to make a quick stop at an ice cream cart in july 2013 with the trend edition “Me & My Ice Cream”. Soft sorbet shades like beige, vanilla, apricot, pink, lavender and mint as well as awesome products in a cool retro look will melt your heart. Look forward to eyeshadows in soft nuances with a marbled texture, three lip balms with a color twirl, a creamy blush, shimmer pearls with perfectly aligned shades and nail polishes in gorgeous pastel tones.'' (Essence)
Essence Me & My Ice Cream Trend Edition

Yeah, I get it. Summer ... it's hot... I want to eat ice cream... Blah. Yet another washed out trend edition from Essence. It would be more suitable for spring time and I wouldn't look at it twice back then either. Nail polish maybe. And shimmer pearls. I feel like I have cotton candy goggles on. 

How do you feel about the Me & My Ice Cream trend edition?

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Review: LUSH Products

When I think of LUSH, I think of that LUSH store smell... It's a special one and you can't walk pass the store without noticing it. Oh, the smell... *takes a deep breath* I've been testing 4 LUSH products in the last couple of weeks: 

* Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar
* Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
* Sultana of Soap
* Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder

Ko pomislim na LUSH, se najprej spomnim na vonj v njihovih trgovinah. Zagotovo ga poznate vse ljubiteljice LUSH kozmetike, pa tudi tiste, ki se sprehodite le mimo trgovine. Vonj je vsekakor omamen. V zadnjih nekaj tednih sem imela priložnost preizkusiti 4 LUSH izdelke: Jumping Juniper trdi šampon, Lemony Flutter maslo za mehčanje kože, Sultana of Soap trdo milo in Vanilla Puff puder za telo.
LUSH Products

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JUMPING JUNIPER Shampoo Bar
''Get greasy hair jumping. Jumping Juniper is made from our solid shampoo base with added ingredients to help oily hair have shine and bounce. How to use: Rub the bar between your hands with water, work the lather gently and thoroughly into wet hair, then rinse away. One light lather is enough.'' (Lush)
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lavender Decoction, Rosemary Decoction, Juniperberry Oil, Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 60725. *occurs naturally in essential oils
''Za mastne lase. Kadar morate v red spraviti mastne lase, sezite po tem razstrupljajočem, očiščevalnem, zeliščnem šamponu. Olje brinovih jagod bo nahranilo vaše lasišče z vitamini, sivka bo uravnala izločanje maščobe, limona in rožmarin pa bosta mastnim štrenam podarila zdrav lesk in volumen. Vaši lasje bodo poskakovali od radosti.'' (Lush)
LUSH Jumping Juniper

Jumping Juniper isn't my first Lush shampoo bar. I've owned Karma Komba and Godiva in the past and really liked the idea of solid shampoo. I don't use it the way Lush suggests though - I rub the shampoo directly on my scalp rather than rubbing it between my hands. I always need a lot of foam, that's just me. I have to say this shampoo works very well. It gives me squeaky clean hair and my scalp feel good afterwards - no itching. I expected stronger scent, but I guess it's not a bad thing to have a subtle scented shampoo (your bathroom won't overflow with the smell of this shampoo - like it may happen with Karma Komba or Godiva). Jumping Juniper is a very nice shampoo for oily hair/scalp, but it didn't do anything special for my hair (shine and bounce part). Oh, I think it's also important to add this shampoo bar didn't dry out my scalp.

Do sedaj sem preizkusila že tri različne Lush šampone v trdem stanju: Karma Komba, Godiva in nazadnje še Jumping Juniper. Ideja trdih šamponov mi je postala všeč že ob prvi uporabi. Uporabljam ga tako, da si najprej zmočim lase, nato pa s trdim šamponom nekajkrat podrgnem po lasišču. Šampon zelo dobro očisti lase in lasišče, vendar pa jih pri tem ne izsuši. Vonj ni tako močan, kot sem pričakovala - voha se ga med šamponiranjem, po izpiranju pa ne več. Čeprav je Jumping Juniper zelo dober šampon (kar se tiče čiščenja in odmaščevanja), pa ni za moje lase naredil ničesar posebnega - vsaj ne kar se tiče 'poskakovanja od radosti'. =) 

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LEMONY FLUTTER Cuticle Butter
''Head and shoulders, knees and toes. Knees and toes. And don’t forget the cuticles. A super-thick cream choc full of rich ingredients to help you get to grips with dry bits. Knees, elbows, heels, nails and cuticles – all will benefit from some Lemony Flutter attention.'' (Lush)
Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Flaxseed Oil, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. *occurs naturally in essential oils
''Osvežilno čudežno maslo. Avokado, limone in mango! Naše gosto, stepeno maslo je užitek tako za vaš nos kot za suho, razpokano in ranjeno obnohtno kožico. Razmažite ga povsod, kjer potrebujete malce več pozornosti in ljubezni – po petah, prstkih na nogah, komolcih! Vam je zima zamašila nos? Namažite se pod nosnicami in spet boste laže zadihali!'' (Lush)
LUSH Lemony Flutter

Ah, the famous Lemony Flutter. I've read about it being the perfect cuticle saviour and now I finally got to try it for myself. It's true: this stuff is amazing. Not only does it smell like lemon, it's also very nourishing and moisturizing at the same time. The butter is on the thick side, but when it sits on the skin for a while, it starts melting and that's when the magic happens. Every single cuticle in the world should get a bit of this butter. Hint: You can use it on other body parts as well. The jar is huge (it contains 50g) and it will last a looooong time. Try it, get it!

Lemony Flutter je pravi zvezdnik med Lush izdelki. Ničkolikokrat sem brala o njegovih izjemnih vlažilnih, mehčalnih in hranilnih lastnostih, sedaj pa sem ga končno tudi sama preizkusila. Res je: Lemony Flutter je odlična zadeva za obnohtno kožico, uporablja pa se lahko tudi na drugih delih telesa. Maslo je samo po sebi precej goste strukture, ob stiku s kožo pa se prične topiti, kar olajša nanašanje. Vonj je limonast, osvežilen in zelo všečen. Lonček z maslom vsebuje 50 g izdelka, kar pomeni, da ga zlepa ne bo zmanjkalo. Priporočam!

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SULTANA OF SOAP
''Our soap version of posh Italian nougat. Soft suds, bursting with dried fruit and a creamy scent. If your skin's feeling like a cracked desert landscape, the olibanum oil in this soap helps your skin find its oasis.'' (Lush)
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Dried Apricots, Dried Currants, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Dried Cranberries, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium Etidronate. *occurs naturally in essential oils
''Nežno, vlažilno milo s suhim sadjem. Suho sadje ni dobro le za organizem, pač pa tudi za kožo, zato smo Sultani dodali brusnice, lešnike in borovnice. Naše luksuzno mlečno milo bo navlažilo tudi najbolj suho kožo.'' (Lush)
LUSH Sultana of Soap

Sultana of Soap is my first Lush solid soap and I think I picked the right one: the scent is to die for. I can't describe it, I can just say it smells creamy and delicious. There are some dried fruits on the top of the soap (maybe for exfoliation, who knows) which make the soap look more interesting, but don't do much. They don't bother me though. I'm used to showering with gel type of cleanser which tend to use a (protective) film on your skin. Sultana leaves my skin squeaky clean and soft, but it doesn't dry it out. And did I mention it smells heavenly?

Sultana of Soap je moje prvo Lush milo v trdi obliki. Mislim, da sem izbrala pravega, saj je vonj naravnost odličen. Ne vem natanko po čem diši, vem le, da je vonj kremast in fantastičen. Na vrhu mila se nahaja posušeno sadje, ki pa nima nekega posebnega učinka. Uporaba Sultane je enaka kot pri ostalih trdih milih. Kožo odlično očisti, pri tem pa je ne izsuši. Vonj po tuširanju pa bo omrežil vsakogar... Njam. 

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VANILLA PUFF Dusting Powder
''Naughty but nice. Our Vanillary fragrance blended into a silky dusting powder base. A blend of light powders to slide over the skin leaving it silky to the touch – combined with a rich vanilla fragrance that lasts for hours. We even put a vanilla pod in each bottle, so that it keeps on infusing the powder long after it leaves the Lush Kitchens. Finish yourself with a dusting of Vanilla Puff and you’ll be good enough to eat.'' (Lush)
Quantitative Ingredients: Cornstarch, Magnesium Carbonate, Talc, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Pod, *Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal. *occurs naturally in essential oils
''Vaniljev puding na vašem telesu. Pretresite puder za telo Vanilla Puff in zaslišali boste ropotanje pravega vanilijevega stroka, ki se premetava v dekadentnem, z jasminom in vanilijo odišavljenem pudru. Za svilnato mehko kožo in zelo uglajeno različico. Po pudranju pa se odišavite še s parfumom Vanillary. Enostavno omamno...'' (Lush)
LUSH Vanilla Puff

When I saw Vanilla Puff dusting powder, I knew I had to have it. I adore vanilla scent, but in most cases cosmetics with vanilla scent smells just wrong. This isn't one of those products: the scent is a true vanilla - soft and sweet. The powder comes in a plastic bottle (like shower gel) which makes it easy to dose the amount of product. I have to admit I'm a bit confused when it comes to Vanilla Puff. I know it's a powder, but don't know how to include it into my beauty routine. In theory it would be best to use it over lotion  to prevent the skin from looking greasy, but then I feel like I have all this gunk on my skin and get the need to take a shower. The scent is nice, but it doesn't last hours - maybe it would if I used it with their Vanillary solid perfume like suggested. A nice powder, but not my favorite product. 

Vanilla Puff je takoj pritegnil mojo pozornost, saj obožujem vonj prave vanilije. Večina kozmetičnih izdelkov, ki naj bi dišali po vaniliji, ponavadi diši po nekakšni čudni sintetični mešanici vonjev - pri Vanilla Puff pudru je vonj pravi: nežen in sladek. Puder se nahaja v plastični steklenički, ki omogoča natančno doziranje vsebine. O Vanilla Puff pudru ne morem reči nič slabega, vendar moram priznati, da sem imela kar nekaj težav pri vključevanju izdelka v svojo rutino. V teoriji naj bi puder uporabili preko losijona za telo, a mi ta ideja ni preveč všeč. Kot sem že omenila, je vonj odličen a nikakor ne traja več ur. Mogoče bi bilo bolje, če bi izdelek uporabila preko Vanillary trdega parfuma, kot predlaga Lush. 

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Do you have your favorite LUSH product? Which one is it? 

Že imaš svoj najljubši LUSH izdelek? Če da, katerega? 

*The products were send to me for reviewing purposes.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Random China Glaze Swatches

Good news for my Slovenian readers - China Glaze polishes are now available on Ličila.si website. No shades from the newest collections, but I bet you could find something for your taste. Here are swatches of some random China Glaze nail polish shades for you. 

An Affair to Remember, 2 coats
China Glaze - An Affair to Remember

Avalanche, 2 coats
China Glaze - Avalanche

Awaken, 2 coats
China Glaze - Awaken

Awakening, 2 coats
China Glaze - Awakening

Eyes Like Sapphires, 2 coats
China Glaze - Eyes Like Sapphires

Jitterbug, 3 coats
China Glaze - Jitterbug

Lap of Luxury, 2 coats
China Glaze - Lap of Luxury

Nude, 3 coats
China Glaze - Nude

Platinum Pearl, 2 coats
China Glaze - Platinum Pearl

Platinum Silver, 2 coats
China Glaze - Platinum Silver

Tempest, 3 coats
China Glaze - Tempest

Wagon Trail, 2 coats
China Glaze - Wagon Trail

White Ice, 2 coats
China Glaze - White Ice

Sweet Cream, 2 coats
China Glaze - Sweet Cream

Temptation Carnation, 2 coats
China Glaze - Temptation Carnation

Tree Hugger, 3 coats
China Glaze - Tree Hugger

*Polishes were sent to me for swatching purposes.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Born Pretty Store - CH Nail Lacquer #8

I'm back with a jelly nail polish goodness I got from Born Pretty Store. This is a CH Nail Lacquer in number 8
Born Pretty Store - CH Nail Lacquer #8

CH Nail Lacquer, #8, 3 coats
Born Pretty Store - CH Nail Lacquer #8

  This nail polish is described as an UV/LED light fluorescent polish, which means it glows under UV light. I don't go to clubs, so there's no real value in it for me, but I know some of you might like it. EDIT: I tried it under UV light and it doesn't really glow. It does look lighter (like lilac) under the light, but it doesn't have that fluo glow.

 The thing I really like is the brush - flat and neatly cut. The application is OK: althought the brush is wonderful, I had some troubles with the jelly formula. I'm not a big fan of jelly polishes and maybe that's why I can't seem to apply them properly. There are always some bald spots that make me go crazy... I'm not saying it's formula's fault though. I used three coats of polish on my photos (because they're photos and bald spots are more visible on pictures), but two would be enough as well: a thin first coat and a slightly thicker second one. Although I love this color, the brush and the formula isn't bad either - I just hate the drying time. I feel it takes forever to dry and when I think it's dry, I get a finger print or a smudge on my nails. Fast drying top coat didn't help much in my case. Is this drying time thing a curse of jelly polishes? I really haven't tried enough of them to tell for sure. 
Born Pretty Store - CH Nail Lacquer #8

P. S.: This polish looks matte on Born Pretty Store website. Mine didn't dry into a matte finish. Well, maybe it was because it didn't dry at all. Who knows.
Born Pretty Store - CH Nail Lacquer #8

If you're planning on buying from Born Pretty Store, here's a 10% off code for you - SSG10. I also put it in a sidebar, so it's easier for you to find it.
*Product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. 

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Essence - Electric Blue (Show Your Feet)

This one was quite unexpected. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it on a small 'foot dedicated' shelf in a drugstore. Where have you been, pretty one? I'm a huge electric blue fan and this Essence polish has the perfect name to fit it's color. Electric Blue
Essence - Electric Blue (Show Your Feet)

Essence, Electric Blue, 3 coats
Essence - Electric Blue (Show Your Feet)

Electric Blue is one of the new Show Your Feet shades. It is what the name says: a true electric blue. It's darker and deeper in real life and is quite similiar to P2 Gigantic and Essence Grumpy from the Snow White trend edition. I used 3 coats for my photos, because the polish looks somewhat jelly-ish and I didn't want the nail line to be visible. You could get away with 2 slightly thicker coats though. The formula isn't the best, but with a color like this, who cares. I love the flat brush and drying time is OK too. Don't expect too much from it, just enjoy the color. Blueeeeeeee....
Essence - Electric Blue (Show Your Feet)

Essence - Electric Blue (Show Your Feet)

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekly Sum-Up #53

Summing up the last tree weeks (or something like that). Let's start with news from the nail polish world. OK, they're not exactly news, cause it took me forever to post this, but still: Here's a FNUG collection for Summer 2013. Look a Like and Go-To are awesome. I'd totally wear those two. 
FNUG Summer 2013

I almost fell off my chair when I saw this Aussie add on german Drogerie Markt site. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the products will be available in my country as well, because I'm dying to try their 3 Minute Miracle thingy. I almost bought it online a couple of years ago, but changed my mind due to insane price tags. 
Aussie Products in DM

I didn't wear a lot of different shades on my nails in the last few weeks (if we count out the NYX swatching fest). I wore Frankenpolish by Andrea (on photo below), Essence Black to the Roots, Sinful Allure, Dance Legend SpacecraftCatrice I Wear My Sunglasses At Night and Essence Kiss of the Mermaid.
Frankenpolish by Andrea

Aishila at last. Bombi and Lisa are stealing the spotlight lately, but I have to tell you Aishila is doing quite well. She still has some troubles breathing and her left eye is watering, but she's alive and well - playful and just a little angel she can be. Nose-kisses!
Aishila

This used to be Jimi: a black long-haired cat, but now I call her my ombre cat. She's getting brown for cake's sake! WTF?! She's still a tomboy/lady alpha female, but her hair is getting ridiculous. Like mine. 
Ombre Cat

Speaking of cats. I couldn't resist this cute New Yorker T-shirt... Simple and straight forward. Meow. That's all you need to say. =D 
Meow T-Shirt

Ombre cat with her ombre owner. At least her fur isn't as messy as mine. Hee hee. Say what you want - it's clear we belong together. 
Ombre Cat

My (wannabe) suspender tights - one of my this years Ebay buys. I love the way they look and I think I need more. =) And yes, I know this angle isn't very flattering, but who cares. 
Suspender Tights

Last but certainly not least - Rammstein concert was A-f*cking-MAZING! I got to see blonde Till Lindeman in pink furry jacket and a whole lot of fire action on the stage. I was a bit disappointed with the sound, but I had so much fun it doesn't even matter anymore. It wasn't just a concert, it was a show. And I'm glad I can say I was there.
Rammstein Concert Ljubljana 2013

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Posts of the week(s):

Fashion Polish posted swatches of two Takko Lacquers in Kiss the Sky and Opium. Who dares to say they aren't some of the prettiest shades you've ever seen? I'm mesmerized by Kiss the Sky, I admit. While you're there, check out her China Glaze Hologlam Collection Review and China Glaze Texture Review

Wanna see a sh*tload of neon nail polish? Mirma Natalia swatched the Dance Legend Neonic Collection 2013. Perfect for summer!

This Duochrome Black & Green eye make up look is the most awesome thing I've seen in a while. Blanka from Anatomy of Beauty surely knows her way around colors. 

All the electric blue nail polish lovers, here's one for you: Electric-blue Love by Elsa from Like a Candy Shop. Thank goodness I own two of them otherwise I'd be going mad right now. Elsa also posted her French Manicure with a Twist and I must say I dig it. A lot. And her Pink Degradé post. I swear I did the exact same thing for a tutorial couple of months ago. With pink and all. Weird! =) 

Remember Hunger Games? Remember China Glaze's collection inspired by the same book? Let me remind you with a little help from China Glaze Stone Cold and Das Experiment

If you got it, you got it. And Sarah from Chalkboard Nails certainly does. Have it. This is her Citrus Water Marble Nail Art. Look and weep. 

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Video of the week(s): No music this time. Let's face it, it would be another Rammstein video anyway. =) Watch this excited dog instead. It's awesome. 


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

New Essence trend edition under the Show Your Feet line is called High Heel Mania and offers five new  SYF toe nail polish shades. They all have names connected to shoes: The Stiletto, The Pump, The Peeptoe, The Wedge and The Gladiator. The only one I got is The Stiletto

Essence Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition

The Stiletto is a warm purple shade with blue micro shimmer which is quite visible in the bottle, but not as much on the nails. My indoor 'crappy' photos aren't really color accurate... The Stiletto is a lot warmer in real life and it reminds me of P2 Chic in low light. They're obviously not dupes, but they do look alike from a distance. 
Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

Essence, The Stiletto, 3 coats
Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

The Stiletto is a nice polish which looks better on these photos then it does in real life. I wish it was more like  this - cooler, with visible shimmer, but I ended up with another purple that looks creme in most lighting circumstances. I don't want to complain too much about the color - it's a very nice one. The thing that bothers me the most is the opacity. It could be a two coater, but it doesn't have enough depth for me when I only use two layers of it. The brush and formula were nice and so was the application. I'm not totally feeling it and it's the opacity that bothers me.
Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

Essence - The Stiletto (Show Your Feet ''High Heel Mania'' Trend Edition)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Essence - I'm The Moss (Guerilla Gardening Trend Edition)

One of the latest Essence trend editions - Guerilla Gardening has hit our stores. I had the fortune to pick from all the products this TE offers but I only bought two of them. Eyeshadow in My Piece of Land and nail polish in I'm the Moss
Essence - I'm The Moss (Guerilla Gardening Trend Edition)

Essence, I'm the Moss, 2 coats
Essence - I'm The Moss (Guerilla Gardening Trend Edition)

The first thing I noticed with the TE nail polishes is the brush. They kept the old flat brush with bristles that are all the same length. I'm so very thankful they didn't include one of their so called 'improved' brushes. I think I'll only be buying polishes from their trend editions and Show Your Feet line from now on.
The brush was great, but the formula could be better. Well, it's not exactly the formula's fault, it's the opacity that bothers me a little. The first layer went on pretty sheer, but I applied a thicker second layer and got away with it. I'd still prefer a slightly more opaque version. This polish is very interesting color wise. I don't think I have anything like it in my collection and it's certainly a rare shade of green in the nail polish world. That's why I bought it in the first place. Although the color is pretty much awesome, it's impossible to photograph it accurately. It's not as green in real life and not as bright either. I'd say asparagus green would be the best description. 
Essence - I'm The Moss (Guerilla Gardening Trend Edition)

A slightly better photo (shot outdoors), but still not color accurate. The polish is more muted in real life. Like a warm army green. If that makes any sense. 
Essence - I'm The Moss (Guerilla Gardening Trend Edition)

Did you/will you get anything from Guerilla Gardenind trend edition?

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