Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Wedding Inspiration

After one massive "I am sorry" for my recent absence, please take my sincere apology. Life took over and I got married, whilst losing track of blogging time.  There were a lot of new make-up and skincare goodies and I can't wait to show them all to you. For starters, before my official wedding photos, take a look at my inspiration board that helped me choose my dress, hair, make-up, flowers and cake. Since I spent a lot of time surfing the Internet for my perfect wedding attire, if you need further minimalistic autumn wedding recommendations, feel free to leave a comment with your question and I will be happy to help!

Nakon velikog "Oprostite na dugom izbivanju", nadam se da ćete uvažiti iskrenu ispriku. Kako to obično biva, dogodio se život te sam, ponajviše zbog vjenčanja, izgubila dojam o vremenu za blog. Tijekom posljednjih mjeseci pojavilo se puno novih make-up i kozmetičkih noviteta te ne mogu dočekati da vam sve pokažem. Za početak, prije službenih vjenčanih fotki koje čekam, pogledajte fotografije koje su me inspirirale pri izboru vjenčanog kompleta, frizure, make-upa i cvijeća. Kako sam previše vremena provela pretražujući Internet u potrazi za savršenom vjenčanom opremom, ako trebate dodatnu inspiraciju za jednostavno jesensko vjenčanje, ostavite komentar s pitanjem i rado ću pomoći!

Minimalistic wedding invite / Pinterest

Simple wedding invite / Pinterest

Delphine Manivet wedding separates

Catherine Deane Hayden top

Rime Arodaky wedding dress

Ender Legard bodysuit

Rime Arodaky wedding dress

Aquazzura heels

Badgley Mischka Navy D'Orsay Pumps

Side swept waves / Pinterest

Side swept hair / Blake Lively Pinterest

Wedding bouquet with orchids / Pinterest

Wedding bouquets navy & ivory / Pinterest

Dark chocolate & raspberry wedding cake / Pinterest

Dark chocolate wedding cake / Pinterest

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Late Summer New In: Castañer Chiara canvas wedge espadrilles

The Castañer family has been reinventing the espadrille since 1927. In the late ‘60s, the brand gained prominence after creating the first jute-soled wedge for Yves Saint Laurent – an iconic summer style. It is not a very usual thing for me to buy summer shoes late in the season, but I just couldn't stop looking at these from the very moment I saw them. These 8 cm wedge espadrilles have a 3 cm platform. They are made of canvas and natural jute with a V-shaped upper, as well as jute toe and heel of jute string and cotton. The wrap ankle ties with cords are beautiful and look very chic. Chiara espadrilles are, hands down, the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned, no matter the heel height and I will definitely be getting some more next summer. You can get them here or here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash

Ever felt bad that #instadetox masks can't be used every single day? Pure Clay Wash cleansing gels enable us to enjoy that #instadetox feeling every single day, as well as to incorporate them with Pure Clay mask regimen. Pure Clay masks introduced us to the powerful and successful combination of 3 clays: Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul, with added special natural ingredients. Therefore, L'Oreal Paris decided to spoil us with Pure Clay innovation - Gel Wash cleansing gels: Purify Wash (green for oily skin) combines 3 pure clays and eucalyptus extract for clearer, fresher skin without shine, Detox Wash (black for all skin types) combines 3 Pure Clays and Charcoal in a cleansing gel-wash, for clearer, fresher skin and Glow Scrub (red for all skin types) combines 3 Pure Clays and Red Algae extract in an exfoliating scrub, for brighter, smoother and fresher skin. Detox Wash is a black creamy gel that packs a strong perfumey scent, lathers extremely well into a light grey mousse and cleanses everything after a long day. I use it with my beloved Foreo as a second cleanse and although I was a bit sceptical that it would dry me out, my normal skin likes it, especially after a long day with a full make-up face or when I sense a pimple or two. Just don't use it on your eyes and take care if you are SLS sensitive and enjoy in a pure spa detox treatment. You can buy it here. As far as the Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask is concerned, I still enjoy the glow it gives and you can read a more thorough review of Pure Clay masks here.

Žalili ste što Pure Clay #instadetox maske ne možete koristiti svaki dan? U Pure Clay Wash gelovima u #instadetox doživljaju možemo uživati svaki dan, ali i upotpuniti tretman s već dobro poznatim maskama. Pure Clay maske već su nas uvjerile u moćni spoj 3 gline: Kaolin, Montmorilonit i Rasul s dodatkom specijalnih prirodnih sastojaka. Stoga je L'Oréal Paris odlučio razmaziti vašu kožu Pure Clay inovacijom – Gel Wash. Odsada svojem #instadetox tretmanu možete pridružiti i Pure Clay Wash gelove: Purify gel pročišćava i matira kožu, Glow gel čisti lice i daje efekt blistavijeg tena, a Exfo gel vrši piling i ujednačava ten. Pure Clay Exfoliating (crveni) s ekstraktom crvene alge i glinom čisti lice s efektom pilinga, Pure Clay Purifying (zeleni) s ekstraktom eukaliptusa i glinom pročišćava i matira kožu, a Pure Clay Illuminating (crni) s biljnim ugljenom i glinom pročišćava i osvježava ten. Detox Wash crni je kremasti gel snažnog parfemskog mirisa koji u dodiru s vodom postane svijetlo-siva pjena. Odličan je čistač te ga koristim za drugo čišćenje uz moj voljeni Foreo. Iako sam se bojala da će sušiti moju normalnu kožu, to se nije dogodilo. Nakon dugog dana, dugotrajnog nošenja veće količine šminke ili kad osjetim da se stvara poneki prištić, Detox Wash moj je omiljeni čistač. Nemojte ga koristiti na očnom području i pripazite ako ste alergični na SLS te uživajte u svom detox spa tretmanu. Okvirna cijena je oko 45 HRK, a možete ga nabaviti u svim drogerijama. Što se pak Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment maske tiče, još uvijek uživam u sjaju koji daje mojoj koži, a temeljitiju recenziju možete pročitati ovdje.

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Coco-betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Laurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Kaolin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Moroccan Lava Clay, Charcoal Powder, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid, Montmorillonite, Polyglycerin-10, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Acrylates/steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Linalool, Limonene, Parfum / Fragrance

*PR product

Thursday, June 1, 2017

the Balm Highlite 'N Con Tour

Not a queen of contouring, I must admit. I love a good highlighter, blush and a natural matte bronzer for subtle face contouring, but I'm certainly not a fan of Instagram contouring. This does not mean that I am not attracted by multi-functional palettes that help us achieve a more sculpted look. As the Balm is responsible for my favorite Mary-Louminizer highlighter and The Manizer Sisters highlighting palette, I could not wait to try out the new Highlite 'N Con Tour palette, that features 2 shimmer and 2 matte highlighters, 2 contouring powders, a bronzer and a blush. Did I resist? Code word: butter! :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Spring Perfume Wardrobe

You are probably very much aware that perfumes are my passion and weakness, as I have already introduced you with some of my favorites. Perfume market is constantly blooming with new perfume creations and it is not easy to keep up with innovations. Also, collecting perfumes is a rather expensive hobby. Usually, I prefer spicy, oriental perfumes, but I do not discriminate and most likely any long-lasting perfume with an unusual note can win me over, even if just for a little while. This spring I shuffled my perfume routine a bit, so if you are even a bit curious which perfumes stole my heart recently, please read on.

Chanel Coco and Ramon Monegal Umbra

Coco remains my favorite classic, that delights me with a new note every time I wear it. A mixture of aromatic spices and aldehydes masterfully lingers almost all day. This is also my other's half favorite perfume on me. Umbra is a silent favorite with its specific combination of Haitian vetiver, Serbian oakmoss, white musk, geranium, Canadian pine, black pepper, and tonka bean. Following one of my previous posts, readers were curious why Serbian oakmoss and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Mr. Monegal about it. He explained to me that Serbian oakmoss is extremely fragrant and of great quality. I will surely wear these two perfumes for years to come. A more detailed description of these two classics that I adore can be found in Croatian here.

Atelier des Ors Aube Rubis

Gold particles that float in perfume? Although I am usually not a fan of bright and flashy things, this patented idea looks very attractive and appealing even in the bottle. Dispersed flakes of gold in the perfume are characteristic of a niche brand Atelier des Ors. Inspired by dawn and the circle of life, Aube Rubis celebrates light and life. A sparkling prelude of grapefruit and blackcurrant speaks of the early morning coolness, before it radiates light and warmth when the sun stands high in the sky. The fragrance closes on a rich and warm accord with the sensual elegance of sage and earthy patchouli. It is very special and although the price is high, 100 ml will last you a very long time, on the skin as well as on a shelf.

Montale Oudmazing

I do not remember when was the last time that people stopped me in the street to ask what perfume I was wearing. Oudmazing leaves a trail of scent, that is for sure. I received multiple compliments for this perfume of extremely long duration created by another niche nose, named Mr. Pierre Montale. Top notes of Sicilian orange and bergamot, oud, a pear and fig are mixed with middle notes of Egyptian jasmine, patchouli and iris leaf, that lead us to base notes of Madagascan vanilla, leather, white musk and grapes. A very seductive and intoxicating juicy scent lasts up to 24 hours on the skin. It also comes in a cute 100 ml bottle and you can find it here.

Armani Code Cashmere

There are a lot of women who love Armani perfumes and they certainly won't be disappointed with the new Armani Code Cashmere. A new addition to the Armani perfume line is an oriental floral fragrance that starts with notes of orange flower and Arabian jasmine, heliotrope turns into almond milk and iris, finally revealing base notes of suede leather, incense, leather and patchouli. Carlos Benaim and Dominique Ropion have once again created a fragrance that will appeal to most oriental perfume fans, who love a powdery oriental suitable for everyday wear. If you love discreet, warm and comforting perfumes that remind you of the softest cashmere, with a touch of sweetness (which is by no means excessive), you will love this one. It can be purchased in all better perfume stores, recommended price for a 50 ml bottle is app. 75 EUR and for a 75 ml bottle app. 90 EUR.

YSL Mon Paris

Last, but certainly not least, new YSL perfume literally intoxicates the senses. "For this perfume I chose your name simply because there is no one more beautiful. Because I love you. My Paris." YSL Mon Paris came out in 2016, but its Croatian premiere was just last month at the Westin Hotel. Panorama of the Paris rooftops causes vertigo effect and throws us into the hands of magnetic attraction, in a moment where we let ourselves go despite life that rushes past us. Freedom and craving leads us towards a new direction, which creates this subversive, new, white, modern floral-fruity chypre, the work of Olivier Crespo, Dore Baghriche and Harry Fremont. It is formed by two chords: enchanting accord of date flowers, that take on a distinct sexual note as evening arrives, while the base is adorned with clear whiteness that leaves a long-lasting and intriguing scent, thanks to two different kinds of patchouli. It starts quite energetic with Calabrian bergamot and fresh accords of raspberries and strawberries, combined with notes of pears that give it freshness. The heart of Mon Paris are ethereal chords of peony, rich absolutes of Arabic and Chinese jasmine, calmed by the earthy warmth of patchouli. The last chord starts with musk that floats throughout all the notes, through three sensual white musks in a complex game blended with white flowers, enveloping this intoxicating chypre with airy, white light. Floral heart of Mon Paris reveals a crystal clear touch of freshness, while brilliantly clear patchouli brings a strange feeling of cleanliness. The entire composition is rounded by a sensual and warm mineral ambrox that delivers a sense of luxury. Just like the smiling embrace of a lover, it balances the shimmering nature of Mon Paris and embraces it with luxurious elegance and unique style, far from the dark and moody notes of moss. A very seductive scent that will be equally delightful for lovers of intoxicating notes, as well as those that adore fruity, flowery notes. It comes in a beautiful crystal bottle tied with a recognizable black YSL bow (30, 50 and 90 ml).

Yours truly at the YSL Mon Paris event with blogger colleagues Classified Beauty WannaBe and Beauty corner by Iveee.

If I take a better look, patchouli and iris are the connection between most of my favorite perfumes. For this coincidence I blame the seventies - years when I was born. Back then, patchouli was the "thing" and it marked those careless years. Since I do not divide perfumes by gender or by season, it is quite possible that I will wear most of these perfume candies throughout the year. What are your favorite perfumes and do you change your perfume wardrobe according to the season?

You can find this article in Croatian here.

* Armani Code Cashmere and YSL Mon Paris are PR products, all other perfumes bought by the author herself. Links are not affiliated.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

I hadn't even celebrated my 10th birthday when a school colleague at the time told me how she wished she had my eye bags, as they resembled Madonna's in then popular music video. Of course, what did a kid like me know about eye bags and circles? It was many years after that when I realized that I had hereditary dark, hollowed yet puffy under-eye area, with exceptionally thin, dry and sensitive skin under my eyes. There is no cure for this kind of problem, all you can do is sleep more, eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water, moisturize under-eye area well and buy a good concealer. Massage also helps, whether done with fingers or Foreo Iris. However, it is not always possible to sleep 8 and more hours, nor avoid looking at your PC monitor all day. Adding to all the above, our eyes are "hard workers" - we blink 28000 days in just one day. We stress and stretch the skin around eyes by smiling, blinking and when we apply or take off our make-up. As the skin is app. 0,5 mm (0,02 inch) thin, it is the most sensitive and tender skin area on the entire body.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Monegal, Delacourte & YSL Perfume Events

Last 10 days were full of perfume events and you must already know how much I love perfume!

Martimex Niche Perfumes

Monday, March 27, 2017

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Review & Swatches

As a high-end foundation lover, 2017 has indeed been a true revelation for me when it comes to drugstore foundation brands. Also, I blame the Internet, as we are all surrounded by articles in which famous make-up artists testify about some of the new drugstore liquid foundations being equal, if not better, than many high-end foundations available at the moment. Since I can't wait to reveal it to you, Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is definitely one of those foundations. 

Kao ljubitelju luksuznih pudera, 2017. godina donijela mi je prava otkrića, kada se radi o drogerijskim puderima. Također, krivim i Internet, koji me zasuo člancima o poznatim make-up umjetnicima koji hvale drogerijske pudere te ih stavljaju uz bok luksuznijim varijantama. Kako mi strpljivost nije vrlina, otkrit ću vam da Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless tekući puder svakako spada u jedan od tih pudera.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

L'Oreal Elseve Extraordinary Clay

If you are under stress, live in a big city, or maybe lead a very active life, there is a huge tendency that your scalp will produce more oil than it should be. Additionally, most of us fall under the category of those with colored or chemically processed hair. Taking into consideration all of the above problems, maybe unexpectedly, L'Oreal launched a line of hair products based on clay - L'Oreal Elseve Extraordinary Clay. It might not be as unexpectedly, as L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks were a huge hit, but I somehow never associated clay with hair products. Pretty clueless from me, as I learned that Moroccan clay hair mask is still quite popular around the world. 

Ako ste pod utjecajem stresa, ili ako živite u velikome gradu ili pak imate vrlo aktivni lifestyle, postoji velika mogućnost da vaš skalp proizvodi više masnoće nego što bi trebao. Dodatno, velika većina nas spada u grupu onih obojene ili kemijski procesirane kose. L'Oreal je uzeo u obzir sve te probleme i, možda neočekivano, lansirao liniju proizvoda za njegu kose baziranih na glini - L'Oreal Elseve Extraordinary Clay. Doduše, možda i ne tako neočekivano, pogotovo nakon uspjeha L'Oreal Pure Clay maski no nikada do sada nisam povezivala njegu kose s glinom. Pokazalo se da nisam u tijeku, jer je marokanska maska za kosu od gline dosta popularna diljem svijeta.

Oil produced from the scalp can build up causing the roots to become visibly greasy, weighing down the hair. Over-washing to combat this problem can strip the fiber leaving it dry. This results in a vicious cycle of washing. For the first time, L’Oréal Paris Laboratories have combined 3 refined clays (Kaolin, Argilane & Montmorillonite) to create its first re-balancing range revealing perfectly balanced hair. A delicate Clay texture is intended for hair purity, hydration and beauty.

• Scalp feels deeply purified for 72 hours with freshness and light, lifted roots.

• Dry hair feels hydrated right to the ends for fluid, free-flowing lengths.

• Revitalises the hair with softness, shine and bounce.

Pastel green Shampoo and Conditioner smell like fresh eucalyptus mixed with characteristic fruity Elseve scent. They are both of medium thickness, look and feel creamy and give your hair a fresh, clean look and feel. Since my hair is normal, color processed and needs an occasional spray of a dry shampoo, I would say that they definitely prolonged my blowout for a day and a half. However, the real star of the line is the pre-shampoo Masque that contains 30% clay. Not only that I love the scent of clay mixed with eucalyptus and its creaminess, but I also love the idea of a pre-shampoo treatment where you massage this sumptuous texture delicately onto dry roots using your fingertips. Then, you massage the clay into the scalp, section by section until you’ve covered the entire scalp, leave up to 5 minutes and rinse while massaging the scalp. I definitely recommend getting the mask together with the shampoo and I will be waiting for that Clay Dry Shampoo to appear in our market, L'Oreal you hear me, right? :) Have you tried the Extraordinary Clay line and what are your first impressions?


Skalp proizvodi masnoće koje se mogu taložiti na korijenu kose, koja tada postaje vidno masna i otežala. Kako bi se riješili tog problema, kosu prečesto peremo, te time isušujemo vlas kose. Prvi puta, L'Oreal Paris laboratoriji spojili su 3 plemenite gline (Kaolin, Argilane & Montmorillonite), kako bi kreirali prvu liniju za ujednačavanje kose, otkrivajući savršeno uravnoteženu i njegovanu kosu. Nježna tekstura gline za čistu, hidratiziranu i prekrasnu kosu.

• Osjećaj duboko pročišćenog vlasišta tijekom 72 sata uz svježinu i lakoću, te podignuti korijen kose.

• Kosa je hidratizirana do vrhova koji slobodno lepršaju.

• Revitalizira kosu i čini je mekom, sjajnom i lepršavom.

Pastelno zeleni šampon i regenerator mirišu poput svježeg eukaliptusa pomiješanog s karakterističnim, voćnim Elseve mirisom. Srednje su gustoće, kremastog izgleda i osjeta, te kosi daruju svjež i čist izgled i osjećaj. Moja je kosa normalna, bojana i potreban joj je povremeni dodir suhog šampona. Extraordinary Clay šampon i regenerator produljili su moju fen frizuru za dodatnih dan i pol. Moram naglasiti da je zvijezda linije definitivno maska prije šamponiranja za temeljito čišćenje tjemena, koju umasirate u suhi skalp prije pranja kose, a koja sadrži čak 30% gline. Ne samo da obožavam taj miris gline pomiješane s eukaliptusom, već mi je vrlo privlačna i sama ideja tretmana prije pranja kose, gdje ovu raskošnu teksturu nježno umasiravam u suho tjeme, dio po dio sve do prekrivanja cijelog vlasišta, odnosno do dva prsta od samoga tjemena. Nakon 5 minuta, isprati uz laganu masažu. Maska je za svaku preporuku, pogotovo ako već imate šampon. Sada tek iščekujem da se na našemu tržištu pojavi Cay suhi šampon, nadam se da L'Oreal sluša. :) Jeste li već isprobali Extraordinary Clay liniju i kakvi su vaši dojmovi?

*PR products

Friday, March 10, 2017

New In February & March

It seems that every spring my desire for make-up hauls grows just a tiny bit, so I brought some new stuff into my make-up routine.Since I got tired with my old-school brushes, I invested into Real Techniques Your Base Core Collection Gift Set, as well as into some new powders and new YSL mascara. Take a look into my new make-up additions and short reviews based on their short-term performance.