Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza


For some reason, Lisbon has never been on my 'top places to visit' list, but when it was time to choose my first solo travel destination, it got recommended to me right, left and centre, and so the decision has been made - Sandra is going to Lisbon! Why I hadn't thought about paying it a visit sooner is beyond me, because it's honestly one of the best (and most affordable) European weekend getaways, combining old Mediterranean charm and what I describe as San Francisco vibes. Long story short, I loved it! You can expect lots of tips and guides coming your way in the following few months, but today let me introduce you to the hotel I stayed at on my last night in the city.

Lizbona nikoli ni bilo eno izmed mest, ki sem si jih pod nujno želela obiskati. Pravzaprav niti ne vem zakaj... Mogoče, ker se o Portugalski prestolnici ne govori toliko kot na primer o oblegani sosedi Barceloni, ki jo ima že vsak na svojem 'to-see' seznamu? No, kakorkoli. Vesela sem, da sem na koncu prav Lizbono izbrala za moje prvo uradno solo potovanje - navdušila me je z nizki cenami, pridihom starega Mediterana in podobnostjo s San Franciscom, ampak več o tem v prihajajočih objavah. Danes je na sporedu ocena hotela, v katerem sem prespala zadnjo noč. 
Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

Hotel Lisboa Plaza, a charming boutique hotel run by the same family since the 1950's, had me at hello with its location, before I even set foot inside. It's an ideal starting point to explore the city, right around the corner from the nearest metro station, just off the famous designer shopping avenue Avenida da Liberdade, and a stone throw away from all major sights. Having everything on the doorstep was such a nice change after my 20-minute uphill battles to get from the nearest metro station to the hotel I previously stayed at, haha! But it's not just the central location that impressed me. The double room in a traditional style with modern touches was incredibly spacious, had the comfiest bed, a proper sofa and a beautiful tiled study desk I fell head over heels with the moment I spotted it - I love unique little details like this!

Hotel Lisboa Plaza je malo večji družinski hotel, ki me je v prvi vrsti prepričal z lokacijo v samem centru mesta. Nahaja se ob znani nakupovalni aveniji Avenida da Liberdade, blizu vseh glavnih znamenitosti in metro postajo dobesedno za ovinkom - pravi balzam za noge po štirih dneh 20-minutnih nočnih maratonov navhrib od najbližje postaje mojega prejšnjega hotela. Navdušila me je tudi prostornost sob (v moji sem imela celo kavč), ter preplet tradicionalne in moderne notranje opreme. Pisalna miza s keramičnim pultom me je osvojila v prvi sekundi! 
Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

Another thing I need to mention are the communal areas. I'm not the one to rave about reception lobbies, but the lounge area at Hotel Lisboa Plaza is on another level. I wouldn't mind waiting there all day for my check-in. There's a TV, a library section, refreshments (tea and coffee), and even an internet point with computers and a printer for guests to use when they please. Not what you normally see in a four-star hotel! Speaking of the internet, you'll be happy to hear the wi-fi is free of charge, fast, and available throughout the hotel.

Recepciji oziroma skupnim prostorom hotela se res nikoli ne posvečam, ampak vse je enkrat prvič. Tale 'javna dnevna soba' si zasluži omembo. V njej se lahko zlekneš na kavč, gledaš televizijo, prebereš kakšno knjigo iz hotelske mini knjižnice, ter se vmes še osvežiš z brezplačno kavo ali čajem. Aja, pa tudi hotelska pisarna z računalnikom in tiskalnikom ti je na voljo 24/7, brez dodatnega plačila. Popolnoma nepričakovano v hotelu s štimiri zvezdicami, ampak zelo dobrodošlo, še posebej če se nimaš kam dati, medtem ko čakaš na check-in. Mimogrede, brezplačen wifi je na voljo po vsem hotelu, pa še hiter je! Zame vedno zelo pomembna informacija... 
Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

The roof terrace with loungers and a bar section is a nice addition as well! It was a bit too chilly for me back in March to take advantage of it, but in the summertime I bet it's an amazing spot to rest your feet and enjoy a drink after a long day of sightseeing. I did a quick tour of it here in my vlog, where you can also see how my room looked like in detail.

Terasa z ležalniki in mini barom v petem nadstropju hotela je prav tako prijeten dodatek. Za sončenje je bilo marca na žalost še malce premrzlo, si pa kar mislim kakšo luštno vzdušje mora biti tam poleti - za noge v luft in koktelj v roke po napornem dnevu pohajkovanja. Za lažjo predstavo, en hiter ogled terase (in svoje sobe) sem ovekovečila tudi tule v mojem zadnjem vlogu iz Lizbone
Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review


Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review


Last but not least, let's have a word about the hotel breakfast. I'm not too picky when it comes to it - a slice of bread with some cheese and tomatoes or a jam croissant normally does it for me - but I was seriously impressed with the extensive buffet selection. There was everything from pastries, jams, eggs and yoghurts to fruits, cheese, salami and even desserts for those with a morning sweet tooth - chocolate fountain included. Yes, really, there was an actual chocolate fountain. Good thing you also get access to the gym!

Jaz pa seveda ne bi bila jaz, če se za konec ne bi dotaknila še hrane - v mojo nočitev je bil namreč vključen tudi samopostrežni zajtrk. Sama sem po pravici povedano zadovoljna že s kosom kruha in sirom ali pa kakšnim rogljičkom in od hotelskega zajtrka že v štartu nikoli veliko ne pričakujem, ampak tokrat sem bila prijetno presenečena. Izbor hrane je res ogromen, za vsakega se nekaj najde. Od peciv, marmelad, jajc in jogurta do svežega sadja, narezkov in celo konkretnih sladic, takšnih za po kosilu. In ja, tudi čokoladna fontana se je znašla med njimi (na sliki spodaj). Še dobro, da v kompletu z nočitvijo pride tudi dostop do fitnesa! 
Where to Stay in Lisbon: Hotel Lisboa Plaza Review

Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better night's stay, and if I visit Lisbon again (or should I say when, because I'm definitely coming back for more sightseeing and octopus), Hotel Lisboa Plaza or another one of the charming Lisbon Heritage Hotels will be my number one choice for my home away from home.

Po vsem prebranem že lahko sklepate, da sem bila nad hotelom več kot očitno navdušena. Če se vrnem v Lizbono (oziroma ko se vrnem, saj sem si za naslednjič pustila še nekaj dnevnih izletov pa tudi hobotnica me vabi), se zagotovo vrnem na isto lokacijo ali pa preverim še kakšen drug Lisbon Heritage hotel - po prvotnem vtisu pričakujem le najboljše.

My stay at Hotel Lisboa Plaza was complimentary in exchange for my honest review. 
As always, all opinions are my own. 

The Best of It Cosmetics

The Best of It Cosmetics Review

2017 has been a year of old beauty favourites for me but a few months ago a bundle of It Cosmetics goodies entered my life and turned my makeup routine upside down. I don't remember the last time a new (to me) brand impressed me so much. Every single item from them I've tried so far has made it onto my all-time favourites list and gotten a permanent place in my makeup bag. 

Leto 2017 je bilo zame leto starih favoritov. V moji kozmetični torbici se ni znašlo prav veliko novih izdelkov, ki bi me posebno navdušili, vsaj dokler ni pred kratkim v moje življenje vstopila znamka It Cosmetics in obrnila mojo vsakodnevno rutino na glavo. Res ne vem, če se mi je že kdaj prej zgodilo, da me je očaral prav vsak produkt iz ponudbe ene same znamke. Seveda nisem preizkusila celotne kolekcije (ko bi jo le lahko), ampak kar mi je prišlo pod roke, je v trenutku pristalo na mojem seznamu najbolj priljubljenih ličil vseh časov in dobilo dosmrtno mesto v moji kozmetični torbici. 
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream and Superhero Mascara Review

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ captured my heart with seamless application, higher than expected coverage and non-drying formula. It's the only foundation I've tried so far that can apply with an actual brush without having it cling to dry patches - I normally have to use a wet makeup sponge to avoid the problem. My current favourite is this Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush, which allows me to blend it in streak-free and in a matter of seconds, which saves me A LOT of time. One layer gives me almost medium coverage, higher than my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum I've been using since forever, but looks flawlessly natural and feels non-existing on my skin. All boxes checked! I have the shade called Medium (there's seven in total, ranging from fair to deep), but I'm going with Light next time, as I do find Medium slightly too dark for my currently tan-less skin. 

Your Skin But Better CC+ krema z SPF 50+ me je osvojila z brezhibnim nanosom, visoko prekrivnostjo in neizsušujočo formulo. Običajno moram za nanos podlage uporabiti navlaženo gobico, da se izognem čezmernemu oprijemanju podlage na suhih predelih obraza, pri tej pa lahko brez problema uporabim čopič. Trenutno je moj najljubši Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection, prav tako od It Cosmetics, s katerim CC kremo nanesem hitro in enakomerno. En sloj mi da skoraj srednjo prekrivnost, višjo kot podlaga Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, ki jo uporabljam že leta, finiš je popolnoma naravnega izgleda, pa še na koži se skoraj ne čuti. Sama imam odtenek Medium, ki bi mi mogoče ustrezal po poletnih počitnicah, trenutno pa mi je malce pretemen, tako da se bom naslednjič odločila za odtenek Light. 
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Review Before and After
Left: No makeup; Right: CC+ cream, concealer & eyebrow pencil applied (levo: brez ličil; desno: nanos CC+ kreme, korektorja in svinčnika za obrvi)

The Best of It Cosmetics Review
The Superhero Mascara is pretty good at ticking all those boxes too. Lengthening? Check! Volumising? Check! Lifting? Check! My favourite thing about it is that it holds the curl all day long, as my lashes normally droop quite quickly after applying mascara, but not with this one. I also haven't noticed any smudging or clumping, so it's now sharing the number one spot with Jordana's Best Lash Extreme

Superhero maskara je prav tako super. Trepalnice precej podaljša, doda jim volumen in jih lepo tudi privzdigne. Najbolj mi je všeč, da drži trepalnice zavihane prav ves dan, saj moje ponavadi hitro padejo dol, pa tudi z razmazovanjem in lepljenjem nisem nikoli imela težav, tako da si zdaj deli prvo mesto z Jordana Best Lash Extreme, edino drugo maskaro, ki me je sto odstotno prepričala. 
It Cosmetics Review

I feel like I've been battling with my prominent under eye circles since the day I was born, and they've only been getting worse thanks to my lovely insomnia. Even though I've found a couple of pretty good concealers over the past few years, none have been 'strong' enough to be used on their own. I always have to combine them with a salmon-toned corrector, but the Bye Bye Under Eye provides such full coverage it manages to conceal the darkest of them all on its own. The texture is quite thick so you do have to blend it out properly, but once it's set with powder, it doesn't crease and lasts very long. I don't use it just under my eyes, though. It works for other imperfections too. I apply it in the corners of my nose to cover my broken capillaries and of course on the spots too. The shade I have is Medium and it's actually perfect for me. I wouldn't go for a lighter one. 

Podočnjaki so moji najhujši sovražniki. Z njimi se borim že odkar pomnim, zadnja leta pa se je zaradi moje nespečnosti situacija še poslabšala. Čeprav sem odkrila že kar nekaj dobrih tekočih korektorjev, noben izmed njih ni dovolj prekriven sam po sebi, tako da jih vedno uporabljam v kombinaciji s kremnim korektorjem v lososovi barvi, Bye Bye Under Eye korektor pa zadevo reši sam. Je namreč neverjetno prekriven in zakamuflira tudi najbolj modre podočnjake, je pa tekstura precej gosta, tako da ga je treba zabrisati z dobrim čopičem in zacementirati s transparentnim pudrom, da zdrži cel dan na mestu in se ne useda v gubice. Ni pa uporaben samo za podočnjake. Sama ga uporabljam tudi za prekrivanje mozoljev in razpokanih kapilar okrog nosu. Odtenek Medium mi je za mojo polt ravno pravšnji in za razliko od CC kreme, ne bi posegla po svetlejšem.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Review

The Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil stands out to me because it's just so easy to use. The retractable oval tip can be used from two different angles, giving you the option of thin or wide strokes, and apparently this particular taupe shade works for every single hair colour. I haven't tested that claim out myself, so I can't confirm it, but I do know it matches my brows perfectly. Plus I also love that there's a spooley brush on the other side so you can brush through your eyebrows in case you go in too heavy-handed.

Brow Power univerzalen svinčnik za obrvi me je prepričal predvsem s priročnostjo. Ni ga treba šiliti, konica je ovalna, z ostro in ploščato stranjo, tako da lahko vlečeš tanke ali širše črte, na drugem koncu pa je še krtačka, s katero lahko obrvi prečešeš, če slučajno naneseš preveč produkta. Svinčnik pride samo v enem, taupe odtenku, ki se baje prilagodi vsem barvam las. Tega sama nisem uspela preveriti, tako da izjave ne morem potrditi, vem pa to, da popolnoma ustreza moji lastni barvi obrvi.
It Cosmetics Review

It Cosmetics Swatch Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Review
L-R: CC+ Cream, Brow Pencil, Concealer (od leve proti desni: CC+ krema, svinčnik za obrvi, korektor)
I don't know about you, but I'm completely sold on It Cosmetics and itching to try more. I would love to hear your recommendations if you've tried any products yourself! I'm almost out of Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, so I'll need to do some shopping soon... 

Mislim, da je več kot očitno, da me je znamka It Cosmetics povsem očarala. Glede na to, da mi Your Skin But Better CC+ krema počasi že gre h koncu, bom morala kmalu spet v nabavo, zato bi bila vesela tvojih predlogov, če si se slučajno tudi sama že navdušila nad kakšnim It Cosmetics izdelkom.

24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

I don't often return to places I've already visited, no matter how much I love them and wish to go back. I want to see as much of our beautiful planet and experience as many cultures as possible, so revisiting the same spots over and over again is something I generally try to avoid. But every now and again, I stumble upon a place that sweeps me off my feet and a great love affair is unavoidable. Before I moved here, London used to be that place for me - Australia would be up there too if the distance wasn't such a hurdle - but now Amsterdam has taken the number one spot. My favourite thing about it is how small but diverse it is. There's far more to it than just the famous canals and the notorious Red Light District. One of the lesser-known areas worth checking out is definitely Amsterdam-Noord, a hip uptown district on the other side of the river. What used to be an industrial part of the city is now a super cool creative hub, so if you have a day to spare, hop on a free 5-minute ferry from the central station and get exploring!

Ponavadi se redko odločim za ponoven obisk mest, ki sem jih že obiskala, tudi če so mi neizmerno všeč. Veliko raje raziskujem meni še nepoznane kotičke sveta, vsake toliko časa pa vendarle naletim na kraj, ki me kar kliče, da ga spet obiščem. Preden sem se sem preselila, je bil to London (mimogrede, tudi Avstralija bi bila na seznamu, če ne bi bila tako daleč), pred kratkim pa se je na prvo mesto zavihtel Amsterdam. To razmeroma majhno ampak raznoliko mesto je popolnoma osvojilo moje srce. Letos sem se tja odpravila že dvakrat, nazadnje pred mesecem dni, in že načrtujem ponoven pobeg. Amsterdam namreč ponuja veliko več kot le slikovite ulice ob kanalih in pestro nočno življenje z razvpito rdečo četrtjo. Eden izmed manj poznanih predelov na drugi strani reke je Amsterdam-Noord, ki je bil v preteklosti prežet z industrijo, danes pa predstavlja super kul središče kreative in trajnostnih  projektov. Do tja se lahko zastonj zapelješ s pet minutnim trajektkom izpred centralne postaje in si ga s pomočjo mojih nasvetov spodaj do potankoma ogledaš v enem dnevu. 
adam tower

First head over to the A'DAM Tower for an amazing 360 view of the city. A ticket to the A'DAM Lookout will cost you €12,50 and give you access to the two-level observation deck - the bottom floor is an indoor restaurant and the upper a super cool open sky deck with bean bags you can chill out on as well as a 'death swing' that lets you swing over the edge of the building for extra €5. Oh, and the elevator ride to the top is quite an experience too. In a good way! Click here to see what I'm taking about.

Začni z obiskom A'DAM Tower, ene izmed višjih stavb, ki ponuja čudovit razgled nad mestom. Vstopnica za €12,50 ti ponuja vstop na panoramsko ploščad v dveh nivojih - v spodnjem zastekljenem nadstropju lahko tudi nekaj poješ in popiješ, v zgornjem odprtem delu pa lahko uživaš v razgledu medtem ko počivaš na vreči za sedenje, ali pa se za dodatnih €5 podaš na 'gugalnico smrti', ki te ponese čez rob stavbe. Mogoče ne najboljša izbira za akrofobike, ampak prisežem, da ni tako grozno, kot se sliši. Zanimiva (ampak čisto nič strašna) pa je tudi sama vožna z dvigalom do vrha. O čem govorim, si lahko ogledaš tule
adam lookout swing

Then, once you're full of adrenaline rush, it's time to relax. A boat tour of the canals with Pure Boats, a sustainable boutique tour company, is the perfect way to unwind - I couldn't recommend them enough. Joining James and Geertje for a tailored 90-minute ride to get to know Amsterdam from another perspective was by far my favourite part of my day in Amsterdam Noord. It was so different from the usual tourist offerings where they sit you on a big boat and tell you historical facts you can read in every guidebook over the speaker. It was more like having your local friends show you around while having a good old chat, and we all know that's the best way to explore a new place. Not to mention the boat is super nice and you can even try out some beverages and snacks from local suppliers on board too! I may or may not have had gin at 10 o'clock in the morning... To rent a whole boat (captain included), which sits 12 people, it will cost you €250, but you can obviously go with friends or pair up with other explorers, in which case it works out €20 for each. Not bad, not bad at all!

Po adrenalinski izkušnji pa prija malo sprostitve... Na primer ogled mesta in njegovih kanalov z ladjico! Namesto tipično turističnega ogleda, kjer se ti iz zvočnikov predvaja vnaprej posneta kaseta (no, verjetno kakšna mp3 datoteka v današnjih časih) z zgodovinskimi dejstvi, ki si jih lahko prebereš v vsakem potovalnem vodiču, preveri ponudbo Pure Boats, butičnega podjetja s trajnostno vizijo in persionaliziranim pristopom za katerim stojita simpatična James in Geertje. Sama sem bila z njima na njuni 90 minutni vožnji in uživala na polno. Počutila sem se, kot da se družim z lokalnima prijateljema in s prve roke izvedela veliko zanimivosti o življenju v Amsterdamu, kar je meni osebno najboljši način spoznavanja kultur in odkrivanja novih mest. Električni čoln, ki sta ga zasnovala sama, je izredno lep in udoben, da se počutiš še bolj dobrodošlo pa poskrbita s ponudbo lokalnih prigrizkov in pijače. Kako zelo sem se sprostila ti lahko pove informacija, da sem prvič (in verjetno tudi zadnjič) v življenju pila gin - ob desetih zjutraj, haha. Najem celotne ladjice s kapitanom vred stane €250 oziroma €20 na glavo, če se ti priduži še 11 sopotnikov (ladjica sprejme 12 ljudi).
pure boats amsterdam

v2c dutch dry gin

amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour

Next you can stretch your legs and hop on a bike to continue exploring Amsterdam like a proper local! You can rent one at TIP Noord - I of course picked up a mint one - and have a ride around the area, admiring the cute little houses, checking out De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill, and stopping at De Ceuvel Cafe for a delicious, organic vegan lunch. De Ceuvel is actually more than just a place to stop for lunch. It's an urban development built on a former shipyard with spaces for creative entrepreneurs to work at, organise workshops and help build a more sustainable community, which is a movement I definitely stand behind.

Da si po vožnji z ladjico pretegneš noge, si lahko pri TIP Noord sposodiš kolo - jaz sem si ga izbrala v mint barvi, kaj pa drugega - in se odpraviš na 'kopenski' ogled mesta v stilu lokalcev. Ogledaš si lahko soseske s prisrčno nizozemsko arhitekturo, zapelješ do mlina De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal in se ustaviš na kosilu v De Ceuvel Cafe s pestro in zelo okusno izbiro organskih veganskih prigrizkov. De Ceuvel drugače ni samo restavracija, ampak urbani prostor na območju bivše ladjedelnice, kjer kreativni podjetniki organizirajo različne dogodke za spodbujanje trajnostnega razvoja skupnosti. Super zadeva!
De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill amsterdam


de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan

de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan
While in Amsterdam Noord, you also have to swing by a former ship wharf called NDSM, which is now a hipster, creative hub with Berlin kind of vibes. There's empty warehouses, amazing street art every way you look, a crane that was transformed an exclusive hotel and another sustainable cafe to check out - Pllek. It's a really cool spot I already visited on my first trip to Amsterdam, with its own beach on the waterfront and amazing views of the city.

NDSM, bivše pristanišče, je še en predel, ki ga je vredno obiskati. Mene z ulično umetnostjo na vsakem vogalu zelo spominja na Berlin, tam pa najdeš tudi ogromna prazna skladišča; žerjav, ki so ga preuredili v ekskluziven hotel; ter še eno super restavracijo - Pllek, ki sem jo obiskala že med svojim prvim obiskom Amsterdama. Prav tako je trajnostno usmerjena z odlično ponudbo vegetarijasnkih jedi, poleg tega pa ima še čisto pravo peščeno plažo s pogledom na mesto. 
amsterdam noord street art graffiti
amsterdam noord ndsm


amsterdam noord ndsm crane hotel

To finish off the day, you can dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs, but since I'm a bit of a granny myself and tend to avoid them, I made another trip to the A'DAM Tower for the amazing night views (just look at that moon) and then spent the rest of the night at Clink NOORD, the best place to stay on this side of the river. They have their own bar with music as well as fun activities planned every night of the week, so you won't be missing out on any fun! To find out more about the hostel, check out my full review over here.

Zaključek dneva si lahko popestriš z obiskom enega izmed nočnih lokalov, ker pa sem sama bolj nežurerske sorte, sem se namesto žuranja odločila za ponoven obisk A'DAM Tower in naredila še nekaj nočnih posnetkov, preden sem se odpravila nazaj v Clink NOORD, najboljši hostel v Amsterdamu, kjer mi ni bilo prav nič dolgčas. Imajo namreč svoj bar z (živo) glasbo, poleg tega pa vsak večer organizirajo tudi zabavne aktivnosti, od karaok in filmskih večerov do kvizev in beer ponga. Več o samem hostlu na tej povezavi, kjer te čaka moja celostna ocena.
amsterdam night view adam lookout
amsterdam night view adam lookout

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Review

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Review

I have to admit I've been a bit out of the loop when it comes to new beauty releases in the past few years, but the last time I walked down the makeup aisle, there weren't many affordable liquid lipstick options out there apart from these beauties. And now here comes Rimmel with their Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours that caught my attention with the wide range of shades and the slighty unusual colours in the collection - the blue, the grey and the black, which I've been searching for right, left and centre since forever.   

Moram priznati, da zadnjih nekaj let nisem bila prav na tekočem z novicami o novih kozmetičnih proizvodih. Ko je plačevanje zajetne londonske najemnine in računov postalo moja prioriteta, se je bilo pač treba odpovedati brezglavemu šopingiranju vsake nove šminke na polici. Ja, kar nekaj časa je že minilo od mojih tedenskih pohodov po drogerijah, tako da ne vem kakšno je trenutno stanje zalog, ampak nazadnje prav veliko cenovno dostopnih tekočih šmink razen telih ni bilo mogoče najti. Pred kratkim pa so z večjim obsegom odtenkov in parimi nenavadnimi barvami mojo pozornost pritegnile Stay Matte tekoče šminke znamke Rimmel. Takoj so mi v oči padli sivi, modri in črni odtenek, ki sem ga mimogrede iskala celo večnost!
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Applicator

They come with a flattened, sharp-edged doe-foot applicator, which does an amazing job at applying the product quickly but precisely, and the formula is not bad for a drugstore product either. It's mousse-like, but sets very fast into a non-sticky velvety matte finish, and the pigmentation is very good as well, although I do like to apply two coats. What impressed me the most, though, is how long long lasting they are - they don't transfer, they survive meals and are hard to get off without a waterproof makeup remover.

Njihov aplikator je sploščen z ošiljeno konico, ki omogoča hiter in natančen nanos, razočarala pa me ni niti formula, ki po teksturi spominja na mousse, vendar se hitro posuši v nelepljiv, žametno mat finiš. Pigmentacija je zelo dobra, čeprav sama raje nanesem dva sloja, obstojnost pa je tista, ki me je najbolj prepričala. Šminka se namreč ne prenese na dotik, preživi obrok in zahteva vodoodporen odstranjevalec za ličila. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Range
From left to right (od leve proti desni): Latte to Go, Moca, Be My Baby, Blush, Pink Blink, Pink Bliss, Rose & Shine, Coral Sass, Heartbeat, Fire Starter, Plum This Show, Midnight, Blue Iris, Shadow, Pitch Black

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Swatches
The only thing that bugs me is the fact they're slightly drying and therefore not the most comfortable to wear all day long, and the five darker shades I was excited for the most are unfortunately mega streaky, so avoid, avoid, avoid. If I were you, I would stick to the lighter from the range. My favourite is 'Be My Baby'.

Na žalost pa ni vse rožnato, saj sta me pri šminkah zmotili dve stvari. Niso dovolj vlažilne, tako da mi zelo hitro osušijo ustnice, poleg tega pa je nanos temnejših petih šmink iz kolekcije, ki sem se jih najbolj veselila, prava nočna mora, saj je zelo neenakomeren. Pri svetlejših odtenkih tega problema na srečo ni, tako da bi vam priporočila slednje. Moj najljubši je 'Be My Baby'. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

I have a confession to make. Even though I'm an avid traveller, staying in a hostel is something I'd never even considered. I'm far from being a princess, but the thought of spending my nights in an environment where hygiene is questionable and sleeping in a room with complete strangers never tickled my fancy. As you can tell by now, my perception of hostels wasn't the best, but all that changed a few weeks ago, when I spent the weekend at ClinkNOORD. When they invited me to come over to explore Amsterdam with a group of fellow bloggers, I quickly said yes without giving it a second thought. I've been dying to go back to Amsterdam since April when I first fell in love with it, and the last few years of my life have been all about stepping out of my comfort zone anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally give hostel life a go.
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
And I'm glad I did - ClinkNOORD was nothing what I expected a hostel to be. It was spotless, comfortable and stylish, with modern interiors and super cool 1920's features like these beautiful stained glass windows of the original building, which used to be a laboratory! Perfect combo for the hip area the hostel is located in - in Amsterdam Noord, just north of the city centre, but not far at all. It took me only 40 minutes all together to get from the airport to the hostel! The easiest way is to catch a train to the Amsterdam Centraal Station, then jump on a super quick fairy from the outside of the station to Veer Buiksloterweg, and once you come off, the hostel is right around the corner. By the way, the ferry is free and runs 24/7, just like ClinkNOORD's reception - super convenient if you're arriving late at night or leaving early in the morning like I did. 
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
ClinkNOORD is quite a large hostel and there's plenty of different accommodations to choose from. You can book a private en-suite room (single, twin, double or quad) or get a bed in a 4-6 bedded en-suite dorm or a larger 8-16 bed one. The latter comes with en-suite as well as shared facilities options. If you're a female traveling on her own, you'll also be happy to hear they even have en-suite dorms for girls only! I stayed in a 4-bed en-suite dorm with three other cool blogging chicks, and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. We had two sets of bunk beds with our own reading lights, overhead shelves and USB slots; four lockers to store our belongings in; a bathroom with a shower and a sink, as well as a separate toilet with another sink, which made the getting ready process a whole lot quicker. Plus we had a big mirror on the wall in the main room too, so we could spread out and do our makeup all at the same time! A very important piece of information, right ladies, haha?! I actually filmed a quick tour of the room we were staying at, so click over here to give it a watch. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the bed linen is provided, so no need to bring it along, but do bring your own towel (unless you want to hire it for a fee) and a padlock for the locker. 
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
What I liked most about the hostel are all the social spaces they have on offer to relax in and hang out with other travellers. There's a library/work/general chill area, a spacious atrium, a cafe and even a bar! But that's not all. To keep the guests entertained, the events team also organises plenty of fun activities on a daily basis - quiz nights, karaoke, live music, beer pong contests, movie nights, yoga, cocktail workshops... you name it! I've never experienced such an amazing atmosphere in any of the places I've stayed at before. It felt strangely homey, and if this is how most hostels are like, please sign me up for more! One last thing I also need to mention is the food. There's a self-catering kitchen open from 12:30pm to 12am, but you can also get pastries and sandwiches from their CatalystCAFE or order pizzas, burgers, etc. from ZincBAR. In the morning, they also serve breakfast for EUR 6,90 which I'd say is great value for money, because they have everything from cheese, salami and jams to muesli, sausages and eggs. Oh, the eggs! The scrambled eggs are not to be missed. I don't know what their secret is, but they were the best I've ever had, so definitely give them a try, and if you're coming over for Christmas, I can tell you you're in for a treat too! We were lucky enough to be the test bunnies for their all-vegan Christmas dinner menu, and oh my gosh, every single dish was de-li-cious!
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

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