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ILNP Birefringence

One of the reasons why I’m interested in indie makeup is unusual colours, special shimmer, shifting holo or shifting colours etc. ILNP Birefringence is a polish that fits the bill perfectly. ILNP is an American boutique nail polish brand that makes great multi chrome and holographic polishes. The first two ILNP polishes that I’ve bought are Happily Ever After, a silver lilac holographic polish with silver flakes, and My Private Rainbow (Linear + Scattered), a holographic top coat. In this post, however, I’ll review an absolute stunner called Birefringence.

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ILNP Birefringence

Birefringence is a chromatic nail polish that shifts through blue, teal, violet, pink, purple and gold. It belongs to the brand’s collection of “ultra chrome” polishes that all magically shift from one colour to another. They don’t need a base colour to fully “pop”, which is certainly great for us impatient souls who can’t apply 3+ layers of polish and do nothing for long. 😉

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The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Nairobi Camellia

If there’s a list of brands I have never thought would come to Slovenia, The Body Shop would be among the first few. And yet, The Body Shop is here, although with only an online store for the time being. They kind gave us, bloggers, a goodie bag at the BBMU conference (and later also a small Christmas present – thank you once again!) and here’s the first TBS review of the lot!

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Nairobi Camellia

This matte liquid lipstick was a pleasant surprise. Its light formula is a dream to wear because it’s so light you forget you have anything on your lips. I’m glad it doesn’t crumble or get sticky (like Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick in Shabby Chic). On me, it lasts for over 4 hours but it does start disappearing from the inner rims of my lips if I eat something fatty or drink a lot.

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The texture of this mattle lip liquid seems rather mousse-y and not too liquidy, so it doesn’t spill over your lip line. Moreover, the formula isn’t very drying, although my lips do get dry after a few hours (like they do with most matte lipsticks). It has full coverage, even if you apply it in one normal layer.

The colour is a rather bright, warm pink that’s easy to pull off if you’re neutral or warm-toned. It can be worn in a variety of situations so it’s a safe choice. As I said, it looks warm on me but I’ve seen it look cooler on other bloggers. Skin undertones, eh?

In these photos you can see what The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Nairobi Camellia looks like on me. Both pictures were taken indoors in indirect sunlight, with the second photo having white balance corrected in Lightroom. Otherwise, these photos are taken straight from the camera.

The Verdict

It’s definitely one of my favourite beauty discoveries of the year! I wasn’t aware that The Body Shop had a makeup line at all but now I’m eager to explore it.

You can buy your Matte Lip Liquid in Nairobi Camellia here for €8.90 or here for $10.00.

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What you see in the pictures are Frosted Berries Body Butter (a review is coming really soon!) and Shade-Adjusting Drops – Lightening. The latter is a great product for lightening foundations that are too dark for your skin tone. Let me know if you want to read a review of this product, too! 🙂

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Avon True Colour BB 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Perfect Pink

I’ve never really worn nude, pastel nail polishes because I could never apply them properly and they always ended up looking streaky. However, I’m always up for a challenge so when I found Avon True Colour BB 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Perfect Pink hiding in my BBMU goodie bag, I quickly decided to give it a go.

A BB nail polish is a new concept to me. Here’s what Avon claim about this nail enamel:

  • Colour and care
  • A built-in base coat
  • Covers nail imperfections
  • Increase nail length by up to 72%
  • UV filter to prevent yellowing
  • Smooths nail ridges
  • Protects nails

But are these claims true? If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know that my nails are full of ridges and they simply love to peel and break. This is why I was very sceptical of their claim that this polish smooths nail ridges. So how did it behave?

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Arcana Pirouette
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Arcana: Pirouette

If you follow me on other social media (namely the subreddit r/indiemakeupandmore), you have probably seen me gush about Arcana’s Two Finger Ballet. This is still one of my favourite perfumes of all time but in October, Arcana Wildcraft released a new autumn collection focused on marshmallows and “and the fights they get into”. A very special scent was also included in this collection – Pirouette. It’s described as “a graceful union of two of Arcana’s most beloved scents”, Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl. I’ve never tried Twirling the Pearl but I like Arcana’s lavender note and with TFB added to the mix, I knew I couldn’t pass on this scent.

The Description

Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl perform a pas de deux over a base of deep labdanum, satiny sandalwood, and an extra twirl of sugary French lavender absolute. Dedicated to Autumn of Opalimne Designs who came up with the genius idea and drew the beautiful label art.

You can buy Arcana Pirouette in various online stores: Arcana Wildcraft store on eBay (currently not available), Nui Cobalt Designs for $20 USD and Femme Fatale Cosmetics for $21.60 AUD.

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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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Nocturne Alchemy NAVA vanillas
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NAVA: Vanillas Round #1

When it comes to perfume reviews, Crazy Perfume Lady is someone I look up to. Why? Her knowledge is extensive and her vocabulary is simply much wider than mine, but I try and do my best to relay my own thoughts about perfume. Her comment on r/indiemakeupandmore about different NAVA vanillas sparked my interest and I knew that one day I’ll try at least some of those fabled fragrances. So, here’s my first post about Nocturne Alchemy Vanillas.

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