Well, hello there! Yes, I am still alive!

I realize that I haven’t been the best blogger during the summer months. The biggest reason is the fact that I have the most job related work to do during the summer months, from May to October, and because I am constantly traveling it is impossible to carry lots of beauty products, let alone try new ones and review them as I do. Although I still have quite a few trips ahead of me, it is much easier for me to dedicate my spare time to blogging now.

Because I could only carry a limited number of products with me in my little suitcase, I decided to gather my June, July and August favorites into one single post and title them “Summer favorites”. Funnily enough, because some of these products are true summer products, I left them at my other apartment where I live during the summer months. What do you do when you cannot photograph the products you want to feature on your blog? You illustrate them! This is my first time doing something adventurous like that and boooy, did that take a while.


Let’s move on to the products. I managed to sneak away to the beach a couple of times and these two products were my absolute beach essentials. First of them is Kerastase’s Aqua-Seal. It’s a silicone and UV protector loaded product that saved my hair from the usual dryness it tends to suffer from at the end of summer. This is the second year that I’ve been using this product and I won’t be forgetting it next summer either.


The other beach essential is a product by Croatia’s own natural cosmetics company called Biobaza. Biobaza makes the best, natural sun tanning marmelades. Although they should be used cautiously because they won’t protect you against UVA and UVB rays, they deliver the most amazing tan in the shortest time. I wish I was this tan all year round. Last summer I used up the original marmelade that comes in the white, plastic container and this summer I decided to use up what was left of the Golden Sun edition of the marmelade. This one is loaded with gold glitter! I am not a huge fan of glittery skin, I don’t mind glitter on the beach. The biggest con of these marmelades is the fact that you just cannot wash them out of your bikinis, so make sure to wear one you won’t cry over. While I prefer the absence of glitter in the original marmelade version, I prefer the texture of the Golden Sun edition, because it applies nicely on both dry and wet skin, while the original leaves brown clumps of product when applied to wet skin and is generally more difficult to apply.

Mac_Face_And_Body_Foundation_Benefit_Theyre_Real_MascaraDuring the summer, I was able to fall in love with my favorite foundation – Mac’s Face & Body foundation – all over again. The girl who made me miss foundation in my make up routine is my lovely friend from lifestajler. When she came to visit me in Vienna during the summer, we crossed things off of her make up shopping list together and when two girls go shopping together, one way or the other too much money will be spent. I can safely assume that we spent at least 45 minutes browsing the MAC counter and we definitely didn’t leave empty handed. She got more goodies and much better ones, but I walked away happily with my new foundation and a matching concealer. Because my skin got darker, I needed to purchase a darker shade. The light texture of this foundation is absolutely perfect for summer. It applies beautifully, provides light to medium coverage and gives your skin an amazing, natural glow.

Another product that I got hooked on because of my friend is Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara. Usually, I am a very stingy when it comes to mascara, because most mascaras become useless within two months, and I was disappointed by high end brand mascaras on multiple occasions. Still, I took the plunge and bought They’re Real because it just worked. I love my lashes with this mascara. Years ago, I discovered I wasn’t the most skilled person at using plastic bristled mascaras and would poke myself which would result in painful eye styes. Basically, I am taking a risk day after day when using this mascara. :)

Finally, we arrive at my favorite nail polish shades for the summer of 2015. Obviously, a nail polish fanatic like me couldn’t immediately choose two or three shades to use during the summer months. Instead, I packed 8 shades. I ended up rotating these two and never even opening a third bottle. The first shade is a bright red with just a hint of orange called Fifth Avenue. I received a mini version of this shade for last Christmas from le boyfriend, but I replaced its empty bottle with the full size. This bright red-orange looks amazing on tan skin and so does the other favorite – Bikini So Teeny. According to Essie, Bikini So Teeny is their most popular shade. I found that somewhat hard to believe because I feel like everyone knows Essie because of Mint Candy Apple, but I was happy about Bikini So Teeny accompanying me during my summer vacation. This blue is a great summer shade and it contains tiny shimmer particles, which are only visible in direct sunlight.


The fact that I am writing about my summer favorites means that summer is over and that makes me very, very sad, but I’ll keep enjoying these last few days or even weeks of warm weather. Have a lovely, warm weekend!



You don’t go through the summer without a bright, hot pink lipstick. I was first introduced to Wet’N’Wild back in 2007 when it wasn’t yet available in Croatia, so I ordered some of their products through eBay. I was always a big fan of their matte Megalast lipsticks, though I would say that they have a slightly less matte texture compared to Mac’s matte finish. They are described as semi-matte on their official website.


I have read some complaints about the dryness of the lipstick, making them too hard to apply, but I haven’t experienced the pulling reviewers described, at least not with the shades I own. Smokin’ Hot Pink is a very flattering hot pink, not too cold for yellow undertones and not overly neon. I find that it looks particularly lovely on tanned skin. I believe most of us know the struggle of finding a good matte lipstick in the drugstore make up range, but these lipsticks don’t disappoint. They are incredibly pigmented and long lasting for the price. They don’t come as cheap as they do in the United states – about €2,90 at DM (Croatia) compared to about €1,35 when on sale at Walgreens (USA) – but the price tag seems ridiculously low compared to Mac’s or Chanel’s price tags of € 20+. In all honesty, you will NOT be disappointed with this range. Unless you get one of the shades that are tricky to apply.


Besides extraordinarily high quality, some of these lipstick shades are good dupes for more expensive lipsticks. Some say that Stoplight Red is a less drying dupe for Mac’s Ruby Woo, but I am far too in love with my Ruby Woo sample, I just don’t see myself reaching for an alternative. Feel free to turn to Google for swatches of those two shades next to each other. If you’re struggling with Ruby Woo’s retro matte madness, take a look at Stoplight Red. Also, W’n’W’s Sugar Plum Fairy seems to be a good dupe for Mac’s Rebel lipstick. I cannot pull off Rebel, but if you’re madly in love with Rebel and on a budget, Sugar Plum Fairy may be the solution for you.

The whole Megalast lipstick range offers wonderful, bright colors, most of which are fantastic shades for this hot summer.



The very late May favorites have decided to make an appearance on my blog. I do realize that I have been away for far too long, but I won’t go into extreme detail about what has been happening in my life. I can round it all up and tell you that it has been a super busy, but amazing beginning of summer. All the hard work that I was doing paid off.  Hopefully, it will become easier for me now to update this blog on a more frequent basis.


Because May and June have been very busy months for me, I didn’t get to try that many new beauty products, but I did make a few discoveries at the beginning of the month. Those discoveries ultimately became my favorites. One of those discoveries is Look by Bipa’s Allrounder 6-in-1 nail file. I was finally able to wear my nails bare without them looking like yellow nails of a smoker. This file comes with 6 differently rough sides that do wonders for my nails. After filing my nails down with my regular glass file, I use sides 2 through 6 to polish my nails. My favorite sides are 2 and 3, because these two help you get rid of yellow nails. I have noticed that the yellow tint that we all dread when wearing nail polish is just a thin buildup on your nails and can be filed down with a semi-rough surface like surface number 2 of this file. I then use sides 3 and 4 to give my nails a very smooth surface and I’m ready to paint my nails. If though, I feel like wearing my nails bare but want them to shine abnormally, I use sides 5 and 6 to achieve a brilliant shine. It is absolutely insane how much your nails will shine without a drop of nail polish. For the price of €2,49, I can only recommend this product.

Another manicure related favorite is Essence’s Nail Polish Corrector Pen. I have mentioned this product’s “sister” in my April favorites – the Nail Care Pen. The corrector pen has quickly become a favorite of mine as it allows me to clean up any mess caused by imprecise nail polish application. I feel like this is a more practical solution compared to a brush I have used until now as you get multiple tips that you can exchange, and the polish remover doesn’t take a toll on the tips as it does on a regular brush.


My two favorite nail polish shades for the month of May were Essie’s Hubby for Desert, a nail polish shade from the 2015 Bridal Collection and Sugar Daddy, a regular shade of the Essie line-up. Hubby for Desert was like a wave everywhere on Instagram, and because I was a huge fan of Essie’s Go Ginza, I really wanted to go for its sheer, less pink sister shade. Sugar Daddy is another sheer shade that I adore. Your nails will look simple and clean. Because I am finishing this text at the very end of July, I can already tell you that both my June and July favorites will be filled with sheer shades. I’ve been loving the clean nail look lately, even though summer has started and shelves are, as expected, filled with neon colors.


Finally, a perfume favorite for the month of May. This perfume is one of two or three perfume bottles that I actually bought myself for myself. I’ve been super lucky when it comes to perfume. It seems like people somehow knew which ones I liked as I received most of my favorite perfumes as gifts – scents like Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, Chloe by Chloe, Chanel’s Chance Eau Tendre. I remember that I purchased Dolce & Gabbana’s L’Imperatrice one winter years ago because of a strange note that I immediately fell in love with. There is something so delicate and fresh about L’Imperatrice, but I used to wear it very rarely as I felt the scent was too special to be an everyday scent. During the month of May though, it turned into my signature scent. Usually, I keep this bottle on my table and reapply it throughout the day. Is there a scent you feel a special connection to? :)




Hello there! Remember me? :)

Life’s been incredibly busy the past few months, with all the travelling and exams I barely have any time to photograph beauty products and write about them. I actually still owe you my May favorites! Though it’s already mid-June, I guess late is better than never.

I thought I could write about the new summer collection by Essence called Nauti Girl. I was in Müller buying some markers and decided to spend some time behind the beauty counters because the lines at the register were super long. As soon as I saw this collection, I was ecstatic. Nothing had been taken from the shelf which made me conclude that it was just put up there moments ago. I have never witnessed a full limited edition shelf, whether it’s a collection by MAC, Essence, Essie or any other brand. Without even thinking about it, I grabbed three out of four nail polish colors and I think I might have to go back to pick up the blush. I also got the super cute make up bag. Who can say no to anything nautical? An anchor combined with stripes is a winning combination.

What I really like about the blue cail polish “Oh Captain, My Captain” is that it contains just the right hint of purple, so it’s not your usual royal blue nail polish, it feels rather toned down. The nail polish has very good consistency, and even though it comes with a much thinner brush than Essence’s gel nail polish line, it’s easy to achieve good coverage with just two layers of color. One of the things I love most about this nail polish next to its lovely color is the fact that it doesn’t live an ugly blue tint on your nails or fingers when you’re taking it off.

Keep your eyes open and check out this collection when you spot it! Hopefully, there will be enough products left for you to pick up!


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Though I had expected that June would keep me way more busy than May, there was an incredible amount of work to do for university. Next to that, I had also been travelling for work, so I fell behind in blogging. Today, I thought I’d write up a review of the Mary Lou Manizer, a fantastic highlighter that I’ve been using on a daily basis for the past two months. Originally, it was a blind buy based on a sea of positive reviews, but I discovered how great this lumanizer was when I fell sick with tonsillitis and had to leave the house looking somewhat decent.


I purchased the Mary Lou Manizer on Feelunique for €18.40 using a 20% discount code. Watching out for discount codes can be a great way to save money on sites like Feelunique, HQHair and Lookfantastic. The price of the product now seems to be close to €25, so it’s quite a luxury buy. The company The Balm makes two highlighters, one being the golden version called Mary-Lou Manizer and the other being its pinkish sister Cindy-Lou Manizer. Both receive raving reviews in the beauty world, but Mary-Lou Manizer seems to be the more popular version due to its golden sheen.


The luminizer can be used as a highlighter, shimmer and eyeshadow. It comes in super trendy, vintage-style packaging. Inside the round plastic container equipped with a mirror, you receive 8.5 grams of product. This could last you forever! The luminizer is super duper shiny and a little goes a looong way. What I love most about this luminizer is the fact that it only contains the finest shimmer and there is no chunky glitter to make you glow like a disco ball. It’s highly blendable and it’s very easy to build up the shine by adding more product, so you’re able to go from a light sheen to a strong glow without a problem. I love using it on my browbone to add a nice highlight to my eyes. I definitely don’t regret this blind buy because it’s a product I adore so much, and I feel like it’ll last me forever!