The Best Lip Products for Fall 2016

The Best Lip Products for Fall 2016

For some reason, I'm crazy excided for fall this year. Usually I would be sitting in the corner and mourning the best season of them all - summer, duh - but not this time around! I'm actually looking forward to foggy crisp mornings, hot sugary drinks, cozy nights in, and amazing fall shades. Not only the ones you can spot in nature! 

I've always had a soft spot for bold burgundy and violet lip numbers, and fall is just the perfect season to rock them, don't you agree? But that's not to say the nudes get to take a time out. They're still very much in front of my makeup drawer, especially if they're matte!

To find out which exactly I'll be carrying in my bag this upcoming season, watch the video below! There's some nude and some bold options, and I made sure to include hand and lip swatches as well this time so that you can see them in all their glory. And remember, don't skidaddle before telling me what you'll be wearing on your lips this fall! 

August YouTube Parties & YOLO Moments

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August started out as a fairly normal month, but ended up being a month full of awesome YouTube parties and a few YOLO moments. One of them being a spontaneous trip to Stockholm! My friend Ioana messaged me out of the blue one day, asked me if I wanted to come along, and a couple of weeks later, I found myself exploring the streets of the wonderful Swedish capital. I'll tell you all about it in another blog post, but in the meantime, you can check out this bundle of five daily vlogs I filmed while I was there. 

Dusty Girls Earth Cream Natural Tinted Cream Review

Dusty Girls Earth Cream Natural Tinted Cream Review

Once again, it's been over a year since I tried out a new foundation. I feel like it's very hard for me to find a suitable one for my combination skin, so when I do, I stick to it. Nars Sheer Glow has been my number one bae for filming and going out, while the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, an old favourite, is the one I usually grab when going for natural-looking day-to-day looks.

Having said that, the latter just got a very strong competitor - Earth Cream by Dusty Girls. Dusty Girls is an all-natural vegan-friendly Australian brand I haven't even heard of up until a month ago, but one thing's for sure, they definitely have my attention now. 
Dusty Girls Earth Cream Natural Tinted Cream Review

Their Earth Cream is one of the best everyday foundations I've tried. Don't let the 'tinted cream' description fool you. The coverage is way better compared to other tinted creams on the market. I would say between light and medium, and what I also like about it is how easy it is to blend out. It has a thicker, cream-like consistency, so I would say avoid the brushes and just use your good old hands. Quick and streak-free! Also, one pump - yay for the pump - is more than enough to cover your whole face.

Somehow this product works well on my dry as well as oily areas. It's super moisturizing, which helps it to not stick to the dry patches I have on my cheeks, and stays on throughout the whole day, even on my oily T-zone. I haven't noticed any separation either, which is a big deal to me, because my foundations always end up separating on my chin.
Dusty Girls Earth Cream Natural Tinted Cream Review Swatch Light

The only thing I'm not exactly over the moon with is the scent. It's just a bit... funky? I really don't know how to describe it. Maybe it's what most all-natural products smell like and I'm just not used to it. Luckily, it ends up going away once it settles, so it's far from being a deal breaker, but I just thought I would mention it.

P.S. I wanted to include some before and after photos as well, but for some reason, I always end up forgetting to take them, so I decided to go ahead with the post and hope the video demo below will be just as helpful. 

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My London Shoe Collection

My London Shoe Collection

I finally took the time to show you my shoe collection. This video literally took me at least three hours to film and six to edit, and I don't even have a lot of shoes! At least not in London. I have a few more back home in Slovenia, but these are the ones that 'made the cut' when I moved to the UK, along with the ones I later bought over here. Without further ado, here's the video! 

JimJams Cake in a Mug

JimJams Nutella Cake in a Mug

I've been trying to make healthier choices recently and one of them involved me to stop buying chocolate and biscuits for my 'midnight drawer'. Yes, I used to have one. Don't judge. However, I'm still a girl, and that time of the month has to involve sweet treats, otherwise I turn into a monster. So, with no chocolate and biscuits in sight, I had to get a little creative. Thankfully, Pinterest saved me again with its Nutella cake in a mug recipe, but to switch things up I replaced Nutella with JimJams, an equally delicious hazelnut chocolate spread that contains a lot less sugar, is gluten free and even diabetic friendly. I'm a total convert and will definitely be trying out their low sugar jams as well. 
JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

For the cake in a mug, you need four ingredients only and three minutes of your time tops. All you need to do is take a mug and mix in 3 tbsp of JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, 3 tbsp of white flour, 6 tbsp of milk and 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Once your mixture is thoroughly stirred, it can be put in a microwave on full power for a minute a half and that's literally it. Perfect for the days when you need your sugar RIGHT. NOW. Do you have any delicious 'cake in a mug' recipes to share with me? 

The Body Shop Down to Earth Eye Palette Review

The Body Shop Down to Earth Eye Palette Review

Body butters and skincare in general are what always crosses my mind when I think of The Body Shop. I'd never tried their makeup before, but they've been stepping up their game recently and I'm more and more intrigued by it. About a month ago, they came out with their new Down to Earth range, which includes one bigger eyeshadow palette with eight different shades (22 GBP) and five quads (15 GBP), one of them being 'Smoky Grey', which I've been trying out during the past few weeks.
The Body Shop Down to Earth Eye Palette Review Smoky Grey

Firstly, I have to give them 10 out of 10 for the packaging. It's sleek, sturdy, easy to clean, and the palette come with a handy and rather big built-in mirror as well. You get 2.2 g of product in each pan, and guess what? Every pan is removable with a very fuss-free click-out-click-in system, so you can easily switch the shades between the palettes if you wish so. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the launch of compatible individual shades! 
The Body Shop Down to Earth Eye Palette Review Smoky Grey Swatches

Perfect for day-to-night looks, the Smoky Grey palette has two lighter and two darker shades. India Rose Quartz is a nice metallic champagne colour, Atlas Rhassoul a dark matte grey, Cerro Rico Silver a light glittery grey and Siberia Anthracite a dark metallic grey. I almost don't want to call the grey shades grey, though, because they look quite unique, with a brown/slightly olive undertone. 

The texture could be described as a mix between silky and powdery. Unfortunately, I did experience fallout with some of the shades and I can't say that the eyeshadows are insanely pigmented, but they are builadable and they blend out beautifully, which is what impressed me the most. Wearabilty is also quite nice. They don't crease and are longlasting, however, they do begin to fade after a while.

P.S. I also filmed a 'first impressions' review + demo for my YouTube channel, so feel free to give it a watch if you wish to see how the eyeshadows look like once applied and wear throughout the day. 

Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe

Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe

Right before my trip to Stockholm, I was invited to come along for the Branston BBQ workshop at the London Barbecue school. Branston is a brand I was introduced to ages ago, even before moving to England, where it's a household name. They're famous for their jarred pickled chutney called Pickle, and that's the exact product my mom became obsessed with while living in the UK herself. It was always the first thing on her to-buy list when visiting London, and I remember us always having it in the fridge. When I was younger, it didn't look too appetizing to me, so I actually hadn't tried it up until a few years ago, but once I did, we bonded very quickly.
Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe

Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe

I now love having it on toast, topped off with a slice of Cheddar cheese, just like the Brits, but it had never crossed my mind to use it in marinades up until the workshop. What an awesome idea! We had quite a few different recipes over there waiting for us to try out. It was very hard to choose 'the one', but I eventually decided to go for the Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos, and they turned out delicious! 
Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe


Branston BBQ Workshop Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos Recipe

To prepare them for four people, you'll first need four chicken breasts sliced in half. Then for the marinade, you mix 1 tbsp of small chunk Branston pickle, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of lime juice and grated rind of 1 lime. Once you have that ready, you can add the chicken and put the whole thing in the fridge for at least half an hour. 

In the meantime, you can prepare the salad by mixing together 1 large choppped tomato, 3 chopped spring onions, 5 tbsp of kidney beans, 1 peeled and chopped avocado, lime juice from 1/2 of a lime, 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and a hanful of fresh chopped coriander if you're a fan. 

Now, after you grill the chicken, all you have to do is chop it into strips, grab some taco shells and fill them with both chicken and salad. Quick and simple! And to make it even more delicious, you can sprinkle some grated cheese on top as well! 

As I have said, there were more than plenty of recipes to choose from, so I have some homework to do and try them all, now that I have a cupboard full of amazing Branston products. I think this mushroom & grilled cheese burger muffin with their caramelised red onion relish will be next. 
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