Summer is officially here and you can tell just by looking at my nails. I went through the new nail polishes I acquired recently and chose five that I find the prettiest and will definitely be using both on my hands and feet this summer.

Poletje je zdaj tudi uradno tu in odraža se tudi na mojih nohtih. Pobrskala sem po mojih nedavnih pridobitvah in izbrala pet najlepših lakov za nohte, ki so že in bodo še naprej privlačili poglede na mojih nohtih, tako na rokah, kot tudi na nogah.

Essence Colour Boost in the shade Instant Party is a bright pink polish, perhaps a bit darker than it appears in the bottle. The whole Colour Boost line is incredibly pigmented, so I always only apply one coat for perfect coverage.

Essence Colour Boost v odtenku Instant Party je živo roza lak, morda le malenkost temnejši, kot na prvi pogled izgleda v steklenički. Gre za linijo lakov z izjemno pigmentirano formulo, tako da jih sama vedno nanesem le v enem odtenku in dosežem popolno prekrivnost.

Catrice Iconails (which I already talked about *here*) in the shade Mermayday Mayday is a beautiful polish in an emerald color. This is the current shade of my toenails and I believe that the polish will remain mainly intact for the entire vacation, including swimming and walking on beaches. This formula is one of the most long-wearing I’ve ever come accross.

Catrice Iconails (o katerih sem že pisala tudi *tu*) v odtenku Mermayday Mayday je čudovit lak v smaragdni barvi. V tem odtenku so trenutno obarvani moji nohti na nogah in verjamem, da bo lak brez težav preživel cel dopust, vključno s plavanjem in hojo po peščeni plaži. Formula je ena najbolj obstojnih, kar jih poznam. View Full Post

Even though the weather has been acting up, calendar says it’s spring so the time is ripe for me to show you the products I’ve been enjoying lately. Some have been in my collection for quite a while and some are relatively new. Naturally I’m constantly trying out new products so you can expect a lot of reviews in the following weeks, as well as an exciting giveaway.

Čeprav nam vreme malo nagaja, je pomlad koledarsko že nekaj časa tu in čas je, da ti pokažem izdelke, brez katerih to pomlad ne morem. Nekaj jih je v moji zbirki že kar nekaj časa, nekaj pa je novih pridobitev, v katerih res uživam. Seveda pa ves čas pridno testiram tudi nove izdelke, zato lahko v prihodnjih tednih pričakuješ kar nekaj objav o novostih na našem trgu, pa tudi eno lepo nagradno igro.

My skin has been enjoying L’Occitane concentrate with almond milk which I’m about to run out of. That’s not really an issue though because in the beginning of May, L’Occitane is launching a new almond concentrate with caffeine and almond proteines which promises a firmer skin – just in time for the summer. I think this is probably the fifth (or so) pot of concentrate I’ve used so far so I’ll definitely continue to repurchase it. For keeping my hair damage-free and protected from heat, I’ve been using the Charles Worthington Heat Defence Spray that is applied from the scalp to the roots of my hair before blow-dry. I wash my hair every other day and color it so it’s important to give them quality protection. After a month of use, I’ve really noticed a positive difference in the shine of my hair and less split ends and breaks.

Kožo po telesu trenutno negujem z L’Occitane koncentratom z mandljevim mlekom in lonček bo vsak čas prazen. Še dobro, kajti na police že po prvomajskih praznikih prihaja nov mandljev izboljševalni koncentrat s kofeinom in mandljevimi beljakovinami, ki obljublja bolj čvrsto in napeto kožo – ravno prav za poletje. Glede na to, da je lonček na fotografiji že kakšen peti, ki sem ga porabila v svojem življenju, bom vsekakor izdelku ostala zvesta tudi po prenovi. Za zaščito las pred toplotnimi učinki to pomlad skrbim s Charles Worthington Heat Defence sprejem, ki ga pred sušenjem las nanesem od lasišča do konic. Ker si lase umivam vsak drugi dan in imam od nedavnega ponovno barvane, mi je pomembno, da jim nudim kakovostno zaščito in po mesecu uporabe tega izdelka res opažam razliko v zmanjšanem lomljenju las in njihovem sijaju. View Full Post

 

L.O.V brand has been in the Slovenian market for a while now and I’m still getting around to testing more of their products. In the past year, I was quite happy with their brow pencil which I completely used up. This year, I received a PR package full of L.O.V products which I happily tested and can now report back on. All of these products are available in Muller stores around Slovenia and other European countries.

Znamka L.O.V je na našem trgu že kar nekaj časa in sama se z veseljem spoznavam z njo. V preteklem letu me je najbolj nadušil svinčnik za obrvi, s katerim sva se družila do njegova žalostnega konca, v letošnjem letu pa sem prejela nekaj novosti, ki so na police prišle to pomlad in jih lahko najdeš v vseh Muller trgovinah po Sloveniji in v drugih državah Evrope.

Let’s start with the PERFECTitude 3in1 Prime&Fix spray (10,99€ for 50ml). This spray is enriched with coconut water which is great for locking in moisture in your skin. I used it as a primer and as a fixing spray and it definitely worked as both, although I did prefer it to fix my make-up in place. Just using this spray as a primer didn’t do much, but it did replace my Melvita rose water in my *routine* and worked very well. L.O.V gets and extra point for the pretty and elegant bottle without propellant. If you’re looking for a product that would help with moisturizing your face and extend the wear time for your make-up, I would definitely suggest this spray.

Začniva s PERFECTitude 3v1 fiksirnim sprejem za obraz (10,99 € za 50ml). Ta pravzaprav ne bi smel nositi imena “fiksirni”, saj se poleg utrditve po zaključenem ličenju lahko uporablja tudi kot podlaga za ličila ali samostojno za osvežitev obraza tekom celotnega dne. Obogaten je s kokosovo vodo, ki je odlična za zadrževanje vlage na obrazu. Sama sem ga preizkusila kot podlago za ličila in kot zaključni sprej in prav v zadnji vlogi je deloval najbolje, saj je po mojem mnenju res podaljšal obstojnost ličil. Samo sprej mi kot osnova ni bil dovolj, lahko pa je v moji rutini (oglej si jo *tu*) nadomestil Melvitino rožno vodo, ki jo nanesem pred primerjem. Dodaten plus L.O.V dobi za stekleničko, ki je lepa, elegantna in brez potisnega plina. V kolikor torej iščeš nekaj, kar bi ti pomagalo pri vlaženju kože in pri podaljševanju obstojnosti ličil, je ta sprej dobra izbira.

Among all products I tested I was most excited about the single eyeshadow (shade 351 – Merlot Divine, spring collection also includes turqoise 360 – Lagoon Escape, both 5,99€). I depot most, if not all, my single eyeshadows as soon as I find the time and place them into one of my magnetic palettes. That’s the only way I can ensure that I actually think of them and use them. I can guarantee that won’t be the case with this L.O.V eyeshadow because there’s no way I could forget about it and the packaging is great – sturdy, with compact closing and a mirror. I don’t care much for the applicator which I never use and will probably lose sooner or later. The eyeshadow is extremely pigmented. It’s a metallic formula that looks a bit different under different angles – purple, pink or even green-ish. A really unique eyeshadow that every color lover should have in her collection.

Izmed vseh izdelkov, ki sem jih preizkusila, me je daleč najbolj navdušilo enojno senčilo (v odtenku 351 – Merlot Divine, v spomladanski kolekciji lahko najdeš tudi turkizno 360 – Lagoon Escape, obe 5,99€). Nad večino mojih enojnih senčil se kaj kmalu spravim z različnimi orodji, da jih spravim ven iz njihove embalaže in dam v eno od svojih magnetnih paletk – le tako se namreč spomnim, da jih uporabljam. Z gotovostjo lahko trdim, da se tej L.O.V senčki to ne bo zgodilo, saj ne vem, kako bi nanjo lahko pozabila, pa tudi embalaža je super – trdna, z močnim zapiranjem in ogledalom. Aplikator bi zaradi mene lahko izpustili, saj ga nikoli ne uporabljam in ga bom prej kot slej izgubila. Senčilo je izjemno pigmentirano, gre pa za kovinsko formulo, ki pod različnimi koti odseva različno – včasih bolj vijolično, včasih potegne bolj na roza, včasih na zeleno. Res unikatno senčilo, ki bi si ga morala privoščiti vsaka ljubiteljica barv.

I am less impressed by the L.O.V DUALeyes 2-1 contouring eye pencil (100 – Deep Dialogue, 7,99€). The thicker side has a great shape and is very pigmented but the formulation of the product is too soft and it broke quite a few times when I was trying to create a nice liner. Beside that, keeping a sharp point is almost impossible. The thinner side which would be absolutely perfect for tightline is unfortunately not nearly as pigmented – it comes off nearly gray, rather than black so it’s barely noticeable once applied.

Nekoliko manj sem navdušena nad L.O.V DUALeyes 2-1 konturing svinčnikom za oči (100 – Deep Dialogue, 7,99€). Debelejša stran, ki je sicer super prirezana za ustvarjanje lepega linerja in močno pigmentirana, je žal za moje pojme nekoliko premehka in se mi je kar nekajkrat med nanosom zlomila. Poleg tega je ohranjanje tenko zašiljene konice skorajda nemogoče. Tanjša stran, ki bi bila perfektna za t.i. tightline (nanos na zgornjo veko med trepalnicami, ki ustvari videz gostejših trepalnic), pa je žal precej manj pigmentirana in dejansko bolj siva kot črna, zato se jo ob nanosu komajda opazi.

I also have a mixed opinion on the L.O.V. PERFECTitude Color Correcting Stick (10,99€, 010 – Even Affair, also available in a pink-purple combination in 020 – Bright Secret). The pink side meant to cover the blue in my under-eye area worked very well. The formula is quite light so I had to repeat the application and pat in the product but I don’t mind that with color correcting products because being heavy handed can quickly turn into a disaster. On the other hand I couldn’t even tell if I applied the green side of the correcting stick to my areas of redness because the color doesn’t seem to agree with my skin tone. I would recommend this color corrector if you have smaller imperfections to cover up, but if you have larger problem areas I would advise you to invest in the Catrice color correcting palette which has a more creamy and thick texture.

Tudi o L.O.V barvnem korektorju v stiku (10,99€, 010 – Even Affair, na policah lahko najdeš tudi roza-vijolično varianto v odtenku 020 – Bright Secret) imam nekoliko mešano mnenje. Roza stran, ki je namenjena prekrivanju podočnjakov, je pri meni delovala zelo dobro. Formula je res lahka, zato je treba nanos ponoviti večkrat, vendar me pri barvnih korektorjih to ne moti preveč, saj pretežka roka pri nanosu hitro izgleda precej smešno. Po drugi strani pa se zelenega korektorja, ki naj bi nevtraliziral rdečico, na mojem tenu kože skorajda ne opazi in tudi ni prekril rdečice, ki mi nagaja okrog nosu. Ta barvni korektor bi priporočila, v kolikor imaš manjše nepravilnosti, ki jih želiš zakriti, v kolikor pa so tvoje nepravilnosti bolj izrazite, bi te napotila k Catrice stojalu, kjer boš našla celo paleto kremnih barvnih korektorjev, ki so bistveno bolj prekrivni.

In the last weeks, I have tried and failed to finally get to a Muller and see the new L.O.V stand in person, because I have quite a few products on my wishlist – the new nail polish (which promise high shine up to seven days and application with a single stroke), Color&Care lip pencils and the other eyeshadow, already mentioned Lagoon Escape. I feel that I had a bit of bad luck with the products I received in this P.R. package. L.O.V is a high-end sister brand of Essence and Catrice, brands I absolutely love and always have products that work great for me so I must admit I expected a bit more from L.O.V. Consequently, it only seems fair to test out a couple more products before I firm a final opinion on the brand.

Žal mi v zadnjih tednih še ni uspelo priti do Mullerja in prenovljenega L.O.V stojala, vsekakor pa so na mojem seznamu za nakupovanje še novi laki za nohte, za katere pri L.O.V obljubljajo visoko sijoč zaključek do sedem dni in nanos z eno samo potezo, Color&Care svinčniki za ustnice ter še drugo senčilo za oči, že omenjen odtenek Lagoon Escape. Zdi se mi namreč, da sem imela z izdelki, ki sem jih prejela v temu P.R. paketu, kar nekaj smole. L.O.V je namreč višje pozicionirana sestrska znamka Essence in Catrice, znamk, ki jih imam izredno rada in pri katerih vedno najdem kaj zase, glede na cene pa bi vsaj v tem trenutku od znamke L.O.V pričakovala nekoliko več. Zato se mi zdi pošteno, da testiram še kakšen dodaten izdelek, preden oblikujem dokončno mnenje o znamki.

If you want to read more about L.O.V products, check out the post by Ana at *Mad About red* blog – she tried the fixing spray, a lipstick and a nail polish. Until next time, stay beautiful!

V kolikor želiš preveriti še ocene drugih izdelkov, pa se lahko napotiš k Ani na *Mad About Red* blog – Ana je poleg fiksirnega spreja testirala tudi šminko in lak za nohte. Do naslednjič, ostani čudovita.