New makeup at L'Oreal and Maybelline

25 May 2016



L'Oreal Paris and Maybelline are blooming just when we thought they won't. A new extensive set of products stormed into our drugstores before we've (almost) quit. Maybelline made some drastic changes while L'Oreal released some pretty sweet pieces as well. L'Oreal Superstar line with the front star J.Lo is all about black, big and dramatic.


Remember past 2-phase mascaras with white side for dramatic, spidery lashes? Well, L'Oreal Paris re-started everything all over again. This time, improved L'Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara (15,65€, drugstores like DM, Muller) brings big and voluminous lashes without clumps. Natural is not the flirting word with this mascara. White base makes lashes thicker and pronounced while second layer gives ultra black finish. First white layer has a same-like consistency as regular mascara, no fibers or particles whatsoever. I was personally always a fan of these kind of mascaras and I still remember my first golden L'Oreal tube in high school. The brush shape is nothing extra. Keep in mind, that this mascara does clump lashes a bit but I personally love big, almost spidery lashes. Visible and huge lashes make me happy. Can't say it's my favourite but I like the finished result altogether. If you're still grieving the past version, I'm sure you'll love new one as well.



L'Oreal Super Liner Superstar (10,19€, drugstores) might be the best eyeliner that I've ever tried. Yes indeed, your ultimate eyeliner freak likes this thingie so much. Bendable brush tip is just perfect for adjusting to your eye shape. Ultra black formula is strong enough to be layered over powder eyeshadows. Ah, I just hate when an eyeliner stops working because of layering over powder products. Does that happen to you too? Well, not anymore. I've been using this product for over several months now and it's still running smoothly. On top of all, it doesn't crease on bare eyelids. It's almost as waterproof and doesn't crack with movement. Finish is not matte but rather satin smooth. 5 Stars from me!





Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette (11,90€, drugstores like DM and Muller) is a rather delightful discovery on our drugstore shelves. Pigmentation is way better and improved in comparison to original The Nudes palette (review here). If you love new Essence palettes with super buttery eyeshadows, this has almost the same formula. They are richly pigmented and quite soft as they tend to crumble with high pressure. Still, I had no problems wearing them all day - only the darker shades slightly faded in intensity. No creasing or transferring whatsoever. Also, shade combination is pretty unique but still in the rows of neutral and mauve. Swatches are made without a primer, on bare skin!







Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick (6,99€ a piece, drugstores) are my personal gems out of them all. I was so drawn to them, that I even managed to infect my co-workers. Finally, new matte lipsticks on our market. Well, not so much. They are actually in the same category as NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, moussey and airy in texture. Above all, I got some feedback that the brighter shades actually don't dry up totally matte with time. And yes, I totally understand that it is a pretty good argument to be upset about them. Still, I choose the nudest out of them all - Nude Thrill, a brownish peach, and Nude Flush, modern mauve rose. I need to emphasise that I personally love them. They're not totally matte but rather a satin finish. They apply as soft mousse lipglosses with a bit of shine. Shine tends to disappear (at least on these 2 nude shades) within an hour or two. You're left with a comfortable formula that lasts up to 5 hours. It's not the most long wearing product on the market, but the nice feel on the lips repays it all. As a note, be careful at choosing colours. Possessed Plum is apparently the patchiest out of them all. Oh, and I bought both of them on my own - not to be mistaken. 







Don't forget to blot Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks with a tissue, if you prefer more of a satin-matte finish. It makes all the difference, while formula is still comfortable and mousse-like. Color is slightly less intense and saturated but still wonderful.



My highlight is definitely the L'oreal Paris Superstar Eyeliner, which quickly became my ultimate necessity. Also, I'm religiously wearing my nude Vivid Matte Liquids everyday. Maybelline The Blushed Nudes and L'Oreal Superstar are favourites too, just not as intensely. Be careful before purchasing Vivid Matte Liquids - just to be clear, if you're on a hunt after super duper matte lipstick, Vivid Matte Liquid is not ''THE IT''. Maybelline and L'Oreal Paris are available worldwide in almost any nearby drugstore (DM, Tuš Drogerija, Muller for Slovenia).

Hottest New Skincare Right Now: Ren, Lancôme, Caudalie, Nuxe...

7 May 2016

Wanna know what's new on our beauty market? Well, I've gathered a pretty big bunch of newly released products for face, lips and body. Some being instantly purchased after the release and some being kindly sent out to try. If you want to be updated, then you should keep on reading.

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Želite slediti novostim na našem kozmetičnem trgu, pa je prevelika poplava izdelkov? Brez skrbi, jaz vam bom stvar olajšala s to objavo, kjer sem nabrala le najbolj zanimive in večinoma naravne izdelke, ki ponudijo le najboljše za nego obraza, telesa in ustnic. Jaz sem nad nekaterimi enostavno presenečena in bilo bi škoda, da se kateri od njih po pomoti spregleda. Če ste pripravljeni na negovalno raziskovanje, pa le nadaljujte z branjem.


Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser (around 30-35€ for 30ml, Lancôme counters) is a freshly released skincare for busy women, who need to add glow to their skincare regime. Lancôme refers the effect as a post-gym glow, that natural inner radiance, visible directly on your skin. Liquid Moisturiser is a Korean kind-of-thing as it's meant to be a liquidy, lightweight moisturiser that sinks into the skin in seconds. No more heavy-duty formulas for summer, bye! It's filled with antioxidants like goji berries and lemon balm oil, while you can easily layer other day creams or SPF protection without heavy filling. As of now, I can only report it's pretty lightweight liquid, that instantly sinks into the skin. I will report more after I thoroughly test out this energy gem.

Lancôme Énergie de Vie Tekoči Vlažilec (okoli 30-35€ za 30ml, Lancôme prodajna mesta v Muller, Nama, Maxi in Kompas Shop) je čisto sveže lansirana novost, najverjetneje o Lancôme Énergie de Vie tudi prvič berete. Linija je namenjena vsem mladim ženskam, ki imajo popolnoma zapolnjene urnike in živijo stresno življenje. Sam fokus linije je na antioksidantih kot so goji jagode in limonski izvleček, saj preprečijo staranje kože. Obenem pa Énergie de Vie podari koži naraven sijaj, kot bi ravno končali s svojo najljubšo telovadbo. Tekstura tega Tekočega Vlažilca se zgleduje po trendni teksturi iz Koreje, saj se v kožo takoj vpije, hkrati pa zagotavlja dovolj vlage kot naravna krema za obraz. Super inovacija za poletje, saj lahko odvržemo težke teksture in potenje. Kljub temu, se lahko čez izdelek zlahka slojijo še dodatni izdelki, če imate potrebo po bolj hranljivi negi. Čudovita inovacija izpod rok Lancôma. Več vtisov sledi kmalu.


Who doesn't want to be fresh like a lemon in summer? Nuxe outdid themselves again, as their organic Bio Beaute line got freshly squeezed products. Nuxe Toning & Nourishing Satin-touch Oil (17,50€ for 100ml, pharmacies worldwide) applies like a dream, as it's satiny dry on the touch and smells like a lemon-vanilla sorbet. Yum! Definitely my kind of scent, sweet but slightly sour like lemons. It should hydrate, nourish and tone your body with verbena extract from Corsica. Bio sesame oil gives satin touch and it's also good for your body and soul in Ayurveda (yes, I'm slightly broading my horizons). This dry oil doesn't leave greasy film and it's filled with vitamin E. It already won a prize from Vorte Beauty magazine, which is always a good sign. Nuxe 24hr Refreshing Deodorant (8,50€ for 50ml, pharmacies worldwide) has the same lemony-vanilla scent with a touch of herbs (I see sage, rosemary and verbena high on ingredient's list). It's in a roll-on form, which is not my favourite as I have to wait with my clothing. I could easily detect the scent of the deodorant all day, which is another good sign in natural deodorant department. It's not the best at protecting but it does minimise odor through the day. Which is understandable, as it's paraben, aluminium salt and alcohol free. Only thumbs up for now.

Kdo si ne želi biti svež kot limona na vroč poletni dan? Nuxe je zopet prekosil samega sebe, saj je Bio Beaute liniji dodal novo iztisnjene poletne izdelke, ki vsebujejo citronko s Korzike. Nuxe Satenasto Olje (15,75€ za 100ml, na Sophia ali v lekarnah) se nanaša božansko, saj je resnično lahkotno kot suho olje in hkrati zelo žametno na dotik. Sam vonj je neverjeten, saj spominja na limonin kolač z vanilijo. Kljub sladkemu vonju, je koža še vedno osvežena. Večji del bio sezamovega olja pa poskrbi za čutila, telo in duha - vsaj po ajurvedskih načelih. Obenem nahrani, navlaži, gladi in tonira kožo. Satenasto Olje je komaj dodobra prišel na kozmetični trg in je že pobral nagrado francoske revije Votre Beaute, kar je vedno dober znak. Novost je tudi Nuxe 24hr Osvežujoči Dezodorant (7,65€ za 50ml, na Sophia ali v lekarnah), ki ima enak vanilijev-limonin vonj s primesjo vodic žajblja, rožmarina in citronke. Deodorant je v tekoči obliki s roll-on kroglico, ki meni ni sicer najljubša oblika. Kljub temu, deodorant lepo zakrije neprijeten vonj čez dan, na žalost pa ne prepreči potenja. Kar je vsesplošna slabost naravnih deodorantov, saj ne vsebujejo aluminijevih soli, parabenov in alkohola. Zaenkrat pohvale za oba produkta.


Weleda Evening Primrose joined Weleda family for a reason. Primrose is known for it's healing and protecting abilities, making it great for your skincare. It nourishes, protects and gives natural glow to the skin, that's why I became really interest in their Night Cream (23,95 for 30ml, Feelunique) and Cream for Eyes & Lips (22,95€ for 10ml, Feelunique). It's actually meant for more mature skin, but that didn't stop me from achieving perfectly radiant skin. Both have a strong floral scent that's typical for Weleda but they're superb in texture department. It should also re-activate your skin cell metabolism to increase natural glow and toned skin. A lovely natural, organic alternative to combat first lines and achieving radiant skin.

Kaj je novega pri Weledi? Poleg nove slovenske spletne strani, se je njihovi organski liniji pridružil tudi svetlin, ki je že dolgo časa poznan po sposobnosti globinskega vlaženja, obnavljanja kože in povečanja naravnega sijaja kože. Linija za nego obraza je sicer namenjena starejšim ženskam po 40.letu, katere potrebujejo dodatno spodbudo pri delovanju kožnih celic. Kljub temu, me je izjemno pritegnila zmožnost povečanja sijaja, kar je vedno dobrodošlo na moji dokaj suhi koži. Nočna Krema s svetlinovim oljem (23,95€ za 30ml, Tamaschi ali Muller & DM) je obogatena tudi z incha inchi oljem in oljem pšeničnih kalčkov, ki kožo krepijo in bogato nahranijo. Linija ima značilno močan cvetlični vonj in vedno lepo mazljive teksture. Prav tako je zanimiva Krema za okrog oči in ustnice (22,95€ za 10ml, Tamaschi ali Muller & DM), ki učvrsti in minimalizira videz drobnih gubic.


Belweder are plant-based lipbalms (4,75-6,60€, pharmacies) made in France. Belweder is fun, youthful, energising and trendy. I adore their packaging and I'm stunned looking at the ingredients. They have a perfect balance of pleasant texture, lovely scents, cute packaging and amazing ingredients, no kidding. Each sort has a different scent, that is pretty much subtle but really yummy. For example, Antioxidant Lip balm is a perfect example of orange creamsicle. Lip Glow smells like vanilla strawberry and gives a tint (similar to Dior Lip Glow), while push-up lipbalms are just as good as EOS-looking sphere balms. I'm in love so be prepared for an indepth review in the near future. If I'm not mistaken, they are widely available in Nederlands, Germany, Poland and France.

Belweder so rastlinski balzami za ustnice (4,75€-6,60€, na spletu in kmalu po lekarnah v Sloveniji), ki so ravnokar vstopili v Slovenijo. Francoska znamka, ki se lahko kosa z opevanimi EOS balzami. Še bolje, teksture so lepše mazljive, vonji prečudoviti, sestavine naravne in embalaža izjemno ljubka. Vsaka barva ima svoj namen in svoj vonj: Oranžna kroglica balzama je polna antioksidantov in diši kot jugoslovanska pomarančna lučka. Medtem ko roza sferica Lip Glow doda malce naravne roza tinte (podobno Dior Lip Glow). Vsi balzami na potisk imajo podobne vonje in okuse, razen to, da so v veliko bolj priročni embalaži kot standardni balzami. Vsi dišijo božansko, kljub temu, da so vonji dokaj naravni, prijetni in nevsiljivi. Več o teh ljubkih balzamih si lahko preberete v prihodnjih objavah. Trenutno so na voljo v ljubljanskih lekarnah, se pa počasi širijo po ostalih lekarnah po Sloveniji.


Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial (40€ for 40ml, online or Ren counters) or overnight miracle worker easily deserves to be on my top skincare list. Easily as that, Ren never disappoints and I can 100% guarantee you'll be surprised with all of their products. They're simply the best, still (I've been raving about Clay Cleanser here). Their prices are not so pocket-friendly but they'll deliver with amazing results on your skin. Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial gives instant results in the morning as it exfoliates with AHAs, lactic and glycolic acid. Skin is resurfaced and acids help to get rid of melanin and skin blemishes. Omega oils and sodium lactate rehydrate and heal. Skin looks plump, radiant, refined and smoother than before. I treat myself to this night cream every 1-2 times a week, treating this wonder like a pure diamond. Note, that the acids sting a little when the night facial is applied. On top of all, REN doesn't test on animals, it's 100% plant-based and has fantastic ingredients.

Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial (40€ za 40ml, na spletu in Muller) bi lahko oklicala kar nočni čudež. Z največjo hitrostjo se je povzpel na lestvico mojih najljubših negovalnih izdelkov, kar ne preseneča, saj je Ren ena izmed najbolj zanesljivih znamk na tržišču. Britanci še kako dobro vedo, kaj delajo, saj vsak Ren produkt preseneti z rezultati v minimalnem času. Zato tudi 100% jamčim za njih, ker me še nikoli niso razočarali (o Ren sem že pisala tukaj). Čeprav so cene primerne sami kakovosti, vedno rade volje kupim kakšen njihov izdelek za sijaj kože. Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial dokaže učinkovitost čez noč, saj kožo obnavlja in izboljša s AHA kislinami ter mlečno in glikolno kislino. Obenem jo intenzivno navlaži, izboljša in nahrani. Kremo uporabljam kot redek diamant - enkrat ali dvakrat na teden je popolnoma dovolj, da se znebim nepravilnosti in mozoljčkov, obenem pa spet pridobim zdrav sijaj kože. Čisto normalno je, da izdelek malce zapeče ob stiku s kožo. Kot češnja na smetani je Ren prav tako 100% rastlinska znamka, ne testira na živalih in vsebuje neverjetne sestavine.


If you're already annoyed with bugs and other creepy insects that suck your blood, L'Occitane might have the au-naturel solution. L'Occitane Verveine Outdoor Body Spray (12,70€ for 100ml, online & L'Occitane stores) is a newly added thingy to protect you when you're discovering outdoors. Not only it smells refreshingly citrusy and sour, it also has essential oils of geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, verbena, lemongrass and mint. Not everyone's cup of tea but it's a pretty neat solution to avoid unpleasant bugs. Scent kind of reminds me of dog collar repellents, while still being much more fresh, juicy, sour and bitter like verveine itself.

Če se že jezite nad motečimi žuželkami, ki se rade poslužijo vaše krvi, potem ima L'Occitane au-naturel rešitev za vas. L'Occitane Citronkina Meglica za Telo (12,70€ za 100ml, na spletu ali L'Occitane trgovine) je nova pridobitev že skoraj tradicionalne Citronke. Je čudovita meglica za uporabo v naravi, saj ima dodana eterična olja sivke, geranije, mete in evkaliptusa. Mešanica deluje kot odganjalec mrčesa, še vedno pa boste dišali po osvežujoči citronki. Priznam, da me mešanica na hitro malce spominja na pasje ovratnice za odvračanje klopov, vendar je vonj še vseeno subtilen, sočen, osvežujoč in prijeten na koži. Poleg tega sem opazila, da težko prenašam toaletne vodice drugih znamk, odkar sem se privadila na bolj naravne dišave L'Occitane. Zanimivo.


Caudalie Vinosource got brand new quadruplets for moisturising young skin. Pink is never a wrong answer and the entire line looks like an ombre of pinks. Ombre goes from ultra light textures and mattifying properties for combination/sensitive skin up to ultra rich formulas for very dry, dry and normal skin. I got the second darkest tube, which is Moisture Recovery Cream (28,35€ for 40ml, online) for dry skin. For now, it's pretty moisturising and nourishing. Oils from boraga and grapes are replenishing, while polyphenols from grape seeds and hyluaronic acid gives that extra kick of moisture and protects from free radicals. As always, texture is utterly pleasant and easy to use in the morning and evening.

Caudalie Vinosource liniji se je rodil nov četvorček nege obraza za mlado kožo. Roza barva ni nikoli napačen odgovor, zato so celotno linijo preoblekli v pravo pink ombre simfonijo. Formule se razlikujejo glede na barvo in potekajo od svetlo roza za mešano/mastno kožo pa vse do fuksije in vijolično roza za suhe, normalne in zelo suhe tipe kože. Jaz sem dobila 2.najtemnejši odtenek, Vinosource Obnavljajoča Krema (28,35€ za 40ml, Vivaderm ali Muller), kar pomeni, da je primerna za suh tip kože. Zaenkrat je krema prijetno vlažilna in hkrati malce gostejša. Olje borage in grozdja še izdatno nahrani kožo in zadrži vlago, medtem ko polifenoli grozdnih pešk poskrbijo za zaščito pred prostimi radikali. Hialuronska kislina prav tako lepo veže vlago za mladosten sijaj. Krema je primerna za dnevno in nočno nego.


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