9/21/14

URBAN DECAY - NAKED2 BASICS

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When I first heard about Urban Decay launching a new NAKED Basics palette I was over the moon! After receiving the first one for Christmas last year it has gotten the most use out of all of my eyeshadow palettes. Perfect for everyday use or as a base to accompany your favourite shimmery shadows, you just can't beat a great neutral palette!

You may be thinking "I already have the first one, do I really need the second one too?" and I thought the same thing. But you know what, the shades are completely different! Containing six shades (5 matte and 1 satin) this palette leans more cool toned than the last, though not overly so and still suitable for any skin tone.

Let's take a look at the shades:

Skimp - a "pale, nude satin" is a light peachy beige with satin finish.

Stark - a "nude-pink matte" is a muted peachy beige with warm undertones.

Frisk - a "warm grey matte" is light-medium taupe with subtle warm undertones.

Cover - a "muted red-brown matte" is a medium-dark warm toned taupe brown.

Primal - a "muted brown matte" is a muted medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones.

Undone - a "deep smokey brown matte" is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones.

Much like the matte shades in the previous NAKED Basics palette, the formula is a bit powdery, though it doesn't look that way when applied to the lid. Overall I really do love this palette and I think  the shades included with fit perfectly for pairing with my NAKED3 palette!

Do you have this palette yet or do you plan on purchasing it in the future?

xx -b.



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9/20/14

BEAUTY PANEL - GRAPHIC LINER

Graphic Liner

One of the best things about being a part of Fashion Magazine's Beauty Panel weekly challenges is just that...they can be a challenge! This week was a little out there for me, seeing as how we were supposed to show off our favourite ways to wear graphic liner...have you ever seen me wear anything more daring than a simple cat flick? No, the answer is no. But I am stubborn and I will not accept defeat! My goal was to create a look that wasn't too far out there, simple enough for your everyday beauty addict. No makeup artists needed. The result? A twist on my favourite winged liner that's just cool enough I think I'll actually wear it.

Want to see how I created the look? Hop on over to the Beauty Panel to find out!

xx -b.

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9/18/14

AERIN FRAGRANCE

Aerin

Hands up if you've heard of Aerin before? No? Well, up until last week I hadn't either! But, after stumbling into a friend at my local Sephora (who just happened to be promoting their fragrance line) I am happy to say I have been introduced to and fallen in love with Aerin fragrance.

If you're wondering what/who Aerin is, let me shed some light...

Aerin Lauder is the great granddaughter of Estee Lauder (who I know you know). She's made a name for herself as the creator of her own luxury lifestyle brand ranging from beauty to home decor. Her pieces are absolutely beautiful, classic but always with a modern point of view. If you take a look at the website you will notice a theme of ease and refinement, which I know is the type of Pinterest-esque life I dream to one day live!

To be honest, after testing the first couple of scents at Sephora I wasn't immediately sold. Sure the packaging is to die for, but it just didn't seem to scream "me"! And then I tried Amber Musk...I'm not lying when I say I've fallen head over heels for this scent! It suits me perfectly, so perfectly that I spent all of that evening with my nose attached to my wrist. And you know what else? My husband is crazy about it too which is definitely a win, win in my opinion! I had a small sample made up and I'm so glad I did since it's given me a chance to test it out. After all, the same fragrance is different and unique to every wearer and it develops throughout the day as well. It's hard to judge what a scent is really like from first smell. This is why I never buy a new perfume right away, but opt for a sample first so I can really get a feel for the fragrance first.

I can't wait to get my hands on a full sized bottle of this magic! How about you? Do you use Aerin fragrance? Amber Musk is definitely an overwhelming number one for me, with Evening Rose as a close second. Regardless of what I like, I do think there is something for everyone in this line. I'm looking forward to trying more from Aerin in the future and I do hope I've introduced a new favourite to some of you as well!

xx -b.


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9/16/14

FEATURED ADVERTISER - NINA IN THE SPRING

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I grabbed five minutes with this months featured advertiser...
Welcome Nina! Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog, "Nina In The Spring"?
Hello! My name is Nina, I'm 22 and I come from Slovenia, Europe. This week I graduated in English and Spanish and started a professional make up class to become a certified make up artist. I would love to combine and make a living for myself in both languages and beauty, possibly working as a translator and a make up artist on the side. We'll see where life takes me! Otherwise I run a small beauty blog called Nina In The Spring, where I post product reviews, everything related to beauty and lifestyle, a little bit of travel since I started attending international volunteer work-camps a year ago and basically anything that inspires me the most. 

Who inspires your own personal style?
I get the majority of my inspiration from Tumblr, Instagram and fashion blogs all around the world. I am a huge lover of Scandinavian minimalism, both in fashion as in decor and I try to bring as much of it as I can in my personal style. My current go-to outfit is a pair of comfy light jeans, white Converse and a sweater. Another outfit example I really like is a pair of black jeans, a gray oversized T-shirt, a check shirt and my new favourite black, strappy ASOS high heel sandals, which I sadly still haven't managed to wear, due to the horrible weather in Slovenia. 

What are 5 beauty products you can't live without?
One is definitely liquid foundation, which I switch up every now and then. I'm currently using the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions and I love it! I'll usually set it with my Rimmel Stay Matte setting powder, which I keep repurchasing again and again. My go-to make up remover is the La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, I've been using it since I started Uni. I also discovered my new favourite blush this summer, the NARS Douceur blush that is perfect for any skin tone, it gives a gorgeous dusky rose glow and chisels your cheeks to perfection. Last but not least, I have to mention the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot gel treatment I turn to every time I get a blemish I can't get rid of. It makes it disappear in a matter of one day. Score!

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Do you have a favourite beauty or fashion trend that you just can't get enough of?
My favourite beauty trend is definitely winged eyeliner. I got so used to it, it feels almost weird going out without it. I sometimes combine it with a statement lipstick, lately I've been loving pink and berry shades. When it comes to fashion I stick to my minimalism, wearing white, black, gray and nude, powdery tones. In autumn and winter I can't live without my cozy sweaters, soft scarves and burgundy colour. I can't go through autumn and winter without a dash of burgundy somewhere, be it fashion or make up.

Have you learned anything in particular from blogging that you would like to share with your fellow bloggers?
In the few years I've been writing my blog I met some really nice people and grew to love my blog as my personal space where I can nourish my creativity and inspiration. I can't even enumerate all the cozy, productive, inspiring mornings I spent with my Canon, a cup of coffee, and my computer, writing a blog post. My blog taught me how to cherish my creativity and to try and inspire other people as much as other people inspire me, to share my joy for beauty and everything that comes with it. Most importantly, it taught me that my dreams are something worth pursuing and even if Slovenia is not a place where a beauty blogger is something common or even considered a 'proper job', I am not afraid to say: "I run a beauty blog and I'm proud of it!"

A huge thanks to Nina for sharing her lovely blog with us! Be sure to follow her by way of social media, links below!

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