L.O.V Summer 2017

L.O.V is a sister brand of Essence and Catrice and a brand right up my alley – luxurious, elegant and sophisticated. It’s true that not every product sits well with me, but that is true for most brands – I think it would be weird if I just liked everything, don’t you? This time, I had a lucky hand and got to test two really good products.

L.O.V, sestrska znamka Essence in Catrice, je čisto po mojem okusu – razkošna, elegantna in zapeljiva. Vsi izdelki mi niso vedno všeč, vendar je tako pri večini znamk, ki jih preizkušam – bi bilo kar malce čudno, če bi mi bilo vse všeč, se ti ne zdi? Tokrat pa sem imela pri izboru srečno roko, saj sem testirala dva res odlična izdelka.

LOVglow highlighting drops

L.O.V Summer 2017 glow highlighting drops

The first one immediately caught my eye and I knew that I had to test it right away. LOVglow highlighting drops (Muller, 10,99 € for 9ml) are available in two shades – pink-gold Moonlight dreams and gold Sunlight glow which I tested myself. The bottle looks stunning with the golden webbing, but I’m even more impressed by the dropper. It’s incredibly precise so you won’t waste any product when applying.

Prvi, ki mi je takoj padel v oči, so LOVglow kapljice za osvetlitev (Muller, 10,99 € za 9ml). Dostopne so v dveh odtenkih, srebrno-roza Moonlight dream in zlatem Sunlight glow, ki sem ga testirala sama. Embalaža z zlato prepredenim vzorcem je čudovita, še bolj pa mi je všeč, da se kapljice dozira s kapalko, kar je na naših policah še vedno relativna redkost. Kapalka je izredno natančna, zato mislim, da ne bi nobena od nas smela imeti težav s prekomernim nanosom produkta.

L.O.V Summer 2017 glow highligter drops

The drops can be applied as a regular highlighter to the cheekbones, mixed into liquid foundation or primer, but personally I liked them the most applied over the primer and before liquid foundation. As you can see from the swatch, the drops become almost invisible once blended, so they’re very appropriate to give the effect of a healthy and glowing skin all over the face. If you only want to highlight certain parts of the face, you should blend them out with your fingers rather than with a sponge – you’ll waste less product that way. I would highly recommend them as a good alternative to powder highlights.

Kapljice se lahko nanese kot navaden osvetljevalec na ličnice, lahko se vmeša v tekočo podlago ali primer, sama pa sem jih poskusila nanesti tudi na primer in pred tekočo podlago, kar se je izkazalo za najbolj uspešno. Kot lahko vidiš iz fotografije, so kapljice po blendanju skorajda nevidne, zato so nadvse primerne za ustvarjanje videza zdrave in sijoče polti po celotnem obrazu. Če bi želela z njimi poudarili le določene dele obraza, jih vsekakor zabriši s prsti, ne gobico, saj boš tako porabila manj izdelka. Toplo priporočam kot zanimivo alternativo osvetljevalcem v kamnu. View Full Post

Avon Mark

I am quite partial to Avon Mark line as you may well know if you’ve been following my posts for a while. I love the visual elements of the brand with the stunning black and white prints and combinations that look great both live and on the photos. Since I’ve tried quite a few of their products by now, I chose the top (and some flop) products to talk about today.

Linija Mark pri znamki Avon je ena tistih, do katerih sem nekoliko pristranska – tiste, ki me berete že dlje časa, veste zakaj. Pri znamki mi je izredno všeč tudi celostna podoba, saj so izdelki v črno-belih printih in kombinacijah res čudoviti (in čudovito izgledajo tudi na fotografijah). Ker sem preizkusila že kar nekaj njihovih izdelkov, sem za današnjo objavo izbrala tiste, ki so me navdušili, pa tudi tiste, ki mi niso najbolj pri srcu.

LIPS/USTNICE

Avon Mark Plump It Lipstick

Let’s start with the lipsticks since I already wrote about them *here*. Mark Plump-it lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous, soft and comfortable on the lips. They are also quite long wearing as I can usually get away with re-applying only once every four hours. My favorite shades are Divine Wine, Reddy to go and Rose Kisses.

Začniva kar s šminkami, o katerih sem že podrobneje pisala *tu*. Mark Plump-it šminke so naravnost čudovite, mehke in prijetne na ustnicah, za standardno šminko pa tudi kar dobro obstojne, saj na mojih ustnicah zdržijo tudi do štiri ure. Moji najljubši odtenki so Divine Wine, Reddy to Go in pa Rose Kisses.

Avon Mark Plump-it lip gloss

Unfortunately, I’m less impressed by Avon Mark Plump-it lip gloss which is supposed to give you a look of full and plumped-up lips. I wasn’t able to figure out the exact active ingredient (my money is on peppermint) but the tingling that comes with the use is absolutely something I don’t enjoy at all. The shade Mauve is gorgeous to wear independently or over a regular lipstick, but I don’t think we should sacrifice feeling comfortable just to look pretty – do you?

Avon Mark plump it lip gloss

Na žalost sem manj navdušena nad Avon Mark Plump-it lip glossi, ki naj bi ob uporabi dali videz bolj polnih, napetih in sočnih ustnic. Čeprav mi ne uspe izbrskati, kaj naj bi bila glavna učinkovina, glede na skelenje ob uporabi sklepam, da gre morda za poprovo meto. V vsakem primeru meni občutek ni prijeten – barva Mauve je sicer čudovita samostojno ali ob nanosu preko šminke, vendar pa sama menim, da za lepoto ni potrebno žrtvovati udobja. Kakšno pa je tvoje mnenje o tem? View Full Post

 

After a year of wearing and testing nothing else than liquid lipsticks, I was very excited to find regular bullet lipsticks in an Avon package a few weeks back. I was sent three new shades from their True Colors Perfectly Matte line. I’m hearing that the 80’s are making a comeback on the eyes with bright and bold colors, but it seems that we’re sticking with neutrals and matte finish for lips. The whole True Color Perfectly Matte line includes 18 different shades – from completely light neutral shades to deeper reds and burgundy colors.

Po poplavi tekočih mat šmink v svojem življenju sem bila prav vesela, ko sem odprla Avonov paketek in v njem našla tri “navadne” mat šminke iz njihove True Colors Perfectly Matte linije. Čeprav se v modo vračajo 80. leta in divje barve na očeh, bomo pri ustnicah očitno še nekaj časa ostali pri bolj nevtralnih barvah in mat zaključkih, kar nakazujejo tudi ti trije novi odtenki v liniji. Celotna linija sedaj obsega kar 18 odtenkov – od popolnoma svetlih in nevtralnih, do globokih rdečih in vijoličnih odtenkov.

I’ve come to expect nothing but great packaging from Avon and I wasn’t disappointed. The black plastick bullet is matte, giving it almost a suede feeling. At the bottom of each lipstick, you can find a sticker with the color and the name which is great – I store my lipsticks upside down and can quickly find the shade I’m looking for. Normally, these lippies sell for 8,60 € but are currently on sale for 4,50 €.

Embalaže so, kot je to zadnje čase že skoraj norma za Avon, tudi v tej liniji čudovite. Črna plastika je matirana, zaradi česar ima mehak občutek – skorajda, kot bi božal žamet. Na dnu so na nalepkah jasno označene tudi barve, kar je super – sama jih shranjujem obrnjene na glavo in lahko tako hitro najdem odtenek, ki ga iščem. V redni prodaji šminke stanejo 8,60 €, vendar pa jih lahko trenutno v katalogu najdeš po promocijski ceni 4,50 €.

All lipsticks have a fruity scent and taste to them which personally reminds me of Kiki candy (I’ve already discussed that with the Avon Mark lipsticks).

Vse tri šminke imajo sadni vonj in okus, ki mene osebno spominja na Kiki bombone (o tem vonju in okusu sem že govorila tudi pri Avon Mark šminkah).

The formula of Perfectly Matte lipsticks is soft and quite gentle but can apply a bit unevenly to the lips and accentuate the lines of dry lips. This means that you need to really prepare your lips beforehand – give them a nice peeling and apply some nourishing balm. You can also apply a lipgloss over it, but then, you’ll naturally lose the matte finish. Compare to liquid matte lipsticks, the feeling on the lips is much more pleasant – they don’t tug on the lips or dry them out too much. That being said, I must also mention that the wear time of these is shorter as with some liquid lipsticks, but these Perfectly Matte lippies managed to survived a coffee and a salad which I consider a success.

Formula Perfectly Matte šmink je sicer mehka in prijetna, vendar pa se na ustnice nanese nekoliko neenakomerno in izrazito poudari gubice, v kolikor so tvoje ustnice suhe. Za njihovo udobno nošenje je torej potrebna primerna predpriprava s pilingom in hranilnim balzamom, lahko pa čez šminko naneseš tudi lip gloss in s tem narediš drugačen zaključek. V primerjavi s tekočimi mat šminkami je občutek na ustnicah vsekakor bolj prijeten – ustnic ne vleče in jih ne izsuši pretirano. Seveda je tudi obstojnost v primerjavi s tekočimi mat šminkami slabša, vendar ne bi rekla, da je katastrofalna – pri meni so prav korektno preživele test solate in kave, kar je za navadno šminko po mojih merilih že uspeh.

Pink passion is my least favorite shade out of the bunch because it’s a cold pink color. I don’t think it suits my complexion. At the same time, I also had the most trouble with the application and felt like this formula is a bit more drying than the others. It also emphasized my dry lips the most out of all three.

Pink Passion je meni najmanj ljub odtenek od vseh treh, ker gre za hladno roza barvo. Zdi se mi, da ne pristaja moji polti. Hkrati je to tudi odtenek, ki mi je največ težav povzročal pri nanosu, saj je formula malenkost bolj suha, pa tudi na suhih ustnicah je zaključek vse manj kot privlačen.

Rose Awakening is a darker pink shade with some red undertones and my favorite out of three. I can only apply this one in one coat because it’s incredibly pigmented.

Rose Awakening je temnejši roza odtenek z nekaj rdečega podtona in je moj najljubši od vseh novih barv. Nanesem ga lahko samo v enem sloju, saj je izjemno pigmentiran.

Rouged Perfection is a dark red with a peachy undertone – in my mind, this is the most neutral shade of all three. I think that everyone would look in this color, but it would be spectacular on lighter complexion.

Rouged Perfection je temno roza z breskovim pridihom in za moje pojme najbolj nevtralen odtenek od vseh treh. Ta odtenek bi odlično pristajal vsem ženskam, verjetno pa bo najbolj izstopal, v kolikor je tvoja polt nekoliko svetlejša.

Which one out of three is your favorite? Until next time, stay beautiful!

Kateri pa je tvoj najljubši odtenek izmed teh? Do naslednjič, ostani čudovita!