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First Impressions: Lotique, Sephora and Benefit

Hello, everyone! Today I would like to share with you my first first-impression post! I’ve recently received some of these products for free at the BBMU conference, and others were bought at Sephora. I’ve only tried them a couple of times so these reviews are by no means exhaustive but I hope they give you a general idea of how these products behave. For reference; I have combination skin (normal cheeks and oily T-zone), my skin tone falls into the NW15 range (I think), my lips tend to be dry while my eyelids tend to be oily. My eyelashes are proper divas that refuse to stay curled, they’re long and relatively thick.

Čisto na dnu te objave je razglašena tudi zmagovalka nagradne ige za Melvitino Izjemno zlato olje. 🙂

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Kaj me je najbolj navdušilo na BBMU?

V petek, 10. novembra, je v ljubljanskem Hotelu Lev potekala že tretja blogerska konferenca Beautiful Bloggers Meet-Up, ki jo je organizirala Nika Veger, avtorica bloga Beautyfull Blog. Udeležile s(m)o se ga lahko tiste lepotne blogerke, ki ustvarjamo že vsaj leto dni. Na konferenci se je zvrstilo šest predavanj in ena okrogla miza, prisotni pa so bili tudi številni predstavniki blagovnih znamk, ki smo jih lahko tudi pobliže spoznale.

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Kaj pa me je najbolj navdušilo na BBMU?

Energija

Na kupu se je zbralo približno 65 blogerk, ki si delijo isti hobi: lepoto in kozmetiko. Neverjetno je, kako različne smo si med sabo, pa vendar imamo podobne, srčne želje: izražati svojo ustvarjalnost, deliti mnenje z drugimi, pomagati, osrečevati. Vse to se je čutilo na tem sproščenem dogodku in verjamem, da smo vse dobile krepko dozo zagona za nadaljnje ustvarjanje.

Predavanja

Tematike, ki segajo dlje od lepote in nam razkrivajo delček sebe in ideala, ki ga lahko dosežemo. Predavateljice so nas opogumile in vzpodbudile k ustvarjanju, vendar pa so nas tudi opozorile na moč in odgovornost, ki jo kot blogerke imamo do svojih bralcev ali gledalcev. Kaj je dejansko pomembno pri bloganju? Iskrenost in zvestoba – sebi pa tudi sledilcem.

Nova poznanstva

Lepo je spoznati osebe, avtorice bloga, ki jih tako rada berem. Z veseljem sem poklepetala s soudeleženkami konference, poglobila »stara« poznanstva in spletla nova. Upam, da se še kdaj srečamo – morda prej kot naslednje leto na 4. BBMU.

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Rada bi se še enkrat zahvalila Niki za dobro organizacijo tako obsežnega projekta – koordinacija številnih vpletenih vsekakor ni mačji kašelj, skrb za gladek potek celotnega dogajanja pa je še težja. Nika, kapo dol!

Hvala tudi vsem sodelujočim podjetjem, ki so tako lepo poskrbeli za nas:
Aikon, Adria Media, Alterna Haircare, Ars Florae Gardenia, Afrodita, Avon, Catrice, Essence, Fidimed, Honor, Ličila.si, Le Couvent des Minimes, L’Occitane, Lotique, Makeup Revolution, Medex, Med in mleko, Melvita, Nelipot, Olaplex, Philips, Rauch Fresh, S.Oliver, Smile Concept Store, Sisinger21, The Body Shop, Vivaderm, Vichy in Yankee Candle.

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Crow & Pebble: Eyeshadow Swatches, Review & Looks

Of all the indie brands currently on the scene, Crow & Pebble is probably the youngest one, being launched in May 2017. Hailing from Scotland, Crow & Pebble’s eyeshadow products are inspired by literature and contain vegan and cruelty-free ingredients (non-vegan ingredients are labelled as such). Moreover, the micas come from places where child labour is not exploited.

crow and pebble eyeshadow

I chose a variety of colours in order to test the waters: a warm brown/aqua duochrome (Petrochemical Sheen), a pinky red (Atreides), a neutral beige (Harkonnen) and a Mystery Case with an assortment of five different samples. All the eyeshadows I ordered were in sample size with the exception of Petrochemical Sheen. I knew I would love it so I ordered a half-jar of it straight away.

Mystery Case (5 samples): £4 [here]

Petrochemical Sheen (half-jar): £3 [here]

Harkonnen: £1 [here]

Atreides: £1 [here]

Standard shipping: £3

DISCOUNT ALERT! Get 20% off your entire order with the code PHOTOFUN. Valid until 29 September 2017. Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with the brand in any way.

I’ve placed my order on 18 July and the package was shipped on 31 July. It might seem a lot but you have to keep in mind Crow & Pebble is a small business where everything is made by hand. I was satisfied with the package; everything was securely wrapped to minimise any potential damages.

The Eyeshadow Swatches

These Crow & Pebble swatches were done over an Etude House primer with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy applied on the left half of the forearm. The eyeshadows were applied with a flat shader brush and the photos were taken indoors in indirect sunlight.

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Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel front view
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Review: Nuxe Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel

I discovered this makeup removing gel by Nuxe shortly after using up my beloved Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I needed a new product to remove my makeup and sunblock after a long day spent out and about. My requirements were not too complicated – a gentle, non-dehydrating, oil-based formula – but I still couldn’t find anything perfect in pharmacies/drugstores. The only thing that came close was Nuxe Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel front view

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Favourite Makeup Discoveries of 2016

This post is way overdue. I’ve been having it on my mind for the longest time but sadly couldn’t post it any time sooner. In early 2016, I started using more makeup and relatives quickly found some of my favourite makeup items that I love using this year, too. Some are part of the daily rotation while others are meant for special occasions only. Any way you look at them – they’re my favourites!

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Hello Waffle Lavender Cream Liquid Highlighter

This is such a versatile highlighter that I can’t help but love it. It can be very, very subtle but it can also be packed on for a very noticeable, shimmery effect. It’s cool-toned so folks with warm undertones might not appreciate it that much. However, it should work fine if used sparingly. Check my review and swatches here.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This foundation stole my heart back in February 2016 but I only started using it in November. It truly is a weightless foundation because it feels like second skin and you don’t need to apply a lot of it to achieve medium-to-full coverage. I apply three drops, tops. While it’s called luminous, I find it to be more matte but then it’s not chalky or heavy, especially if you apply it to well-moisturised skin.

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Hello Waffle: Kitty Kingdom Eyeshadows

Every time I tell myself that I really don’t need any more eyeshadows or pretty much any other make-up item, I come across something that sparkles my interest and turns it into a bonfire. Continue reading “Hello Waffle: Kitty Kingdom Eyeshadows”