The Week When I Watched Eurovision

Last week was all about Eurovision. I'm watching it every single year, hopelessly keeping my fingers crossed for my country to make it at least through to the finals, but this year, something strange happened. I was super excited. I don't know if that was because nothing is going on in my life right now and the Eurovision was the highlight of my month - yes, that's how bad it is - or if the media helped to build up my excitement by reporting Slovenia would do really well this year. Who knows. The point is, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and it made my week a whole lot more fun, even if the final resuls were a bit of a disappointment - Slovenia landed in the 14th place. But hey, al least we were able to compete in the grand final this year. You can listen to my 'top 5' Eurovision 2015 song choices below, under my weekly vlog video. I would love to know who you had your fingers crossed for too! 

Etude House Dear My Milky Gloss Review

It's safe to say that Etude House Dear My Milky Gloss in MPK002 gets my award for the most worn spring lip gloss of 2015. I just can't get enough of it. I swear I've been searching for a shade like this for years. I kept seeing it on people's lips, but could never find quite the exact match myself. The majority of natural-looking lip glosses are either full on pink, peach or nude, while this one is the perfect combination of the first two. 
etude house dear my milky gloss review

The consistency reminds me of NYX Butter Glosses (review here). It's thick and creamy, but the effect is more 'juicy'. It doesn't contain any glitters, making the finish milky and jelly-like. I love how natural it looks on my lips and the fact that I can build it up. One layer makes my lips look plump without much of an added colour, while an extra layer provides a full coverage. 
etude house dear my milky gloss MPK002 swatch

The formula applies evenly, feels very smooth and comfortable on my lips, and has a staying power of a few hours unless you're having a meal. Overall, an amazing addition to my makeup collection that also smells lovely and doesn't have a yucky taste. Definitely a keeper!
etude house dear my milky gloss MPK002 lip swatchYou can purchase one for yourself here on Destination Pretty. There's a promo code going on exclusively for my readers right now, so make sure you enter 'PUZZLE' at the checkout to get 10% off of your whole purchase when you spend over 25€. The code will be working until Wednesday midnight. Have you tried any Etude House products yet? 

Q&A: Homesickness, Slovenian Food & Life in London

Your questions answered! Today I'm discussing my homesickness, which food my family have to bring me from back home when they come to visit me, and even my accent. 

The Week When My Hair Was a Disaster

If you follow me on Facebook, you might already be up to date with my hair drama that happened last week. Basically, my roots reached a point when they no longer looked acceptable, and since I'm not going home anytime soon, I needed to schedule an appointment with a hair stylist here in London. I've had my fair share of hair disasters, from colouring my hair purple and being unable to get the colour out for a year, to my hair getting accidentally burned by my fellow make-up artists (you can read the story here), but I've never been more distressed or angry about it. I went to Hair Republic Southfields, where I paid 85 pounds for the hair stylist - I don't even want to call him that because he doesn't deserve the title - to do a shockingly awful job. He dyed my roots in a way all of my roots are still showing and didn't even finish blow drying my hair. I walked out of the hair salon with my hair wet. Any by wet, I mean wet. I had water dripping off of it. What a disaster! You can see the 'fabulous' result in my new weekly vlog below. 

Save or Splurge: MAC 217 & Its Dupes

If there's one thing I can do when it comes to makeup, it's blending. I think it's one of the most essential makeup skills and I just love it. My make-up school instructors could confirm it, haha. I can spend hours on blending out the eyeshadow, which is where a blending brush comes in. I don't know what I was doing before owning one. Seriously, if you do your makeup and don't own a blending brush, I don't know how you do it. Go get one!  
mac 217 makeup brush ebay sigma dupesMAC's 217 is probably one of the most talked about make-up brushes and rightly so. It is flippin' amazing. I've had one for two years now and I can without a doubt say it's my all time favourite. I'm actually considering picking up a few extra ones, because you can never have too many blending brushes. Am I right or am I right, ladies?

Now, as you can imagine, MAC brushes are not the cheapest of them all. The 217 will set you back for about $24. Being a make-up artist, I can justify such purchase, as I know the brushes will serve me well and be the gift that keeps on giving, but if you don't want to spend so much money on a single brush, I have a few other options for you.

By the way, these are not the only blending brushes I own. I think I have about five more and no, I'm still not done with buying. I always seem to be running out of clean ones, whether I'm doing my own make-up or someone else's. I told you I have a problem... 

Anyway, today I decided to concetrate only on those two dupes in my collection that are most similar to MAC's 217. One of them is a $1 ebay brush from China, and the other Sigma's E25, which you can get for $14 (I have the travel version with a shorter handle). These are all 'old' brushes. I really wanted to wait for at least a year before giving you any reviews, as I wanted to see how they would hold up. For the reference, I got the Sigma one first, over five years ago now, I bought the MAC one two years ago and the ebay one a year and a half ago.
mac 217 makeup brush ebay sigma dupes
Top to bottom: MAC 217, Sigma, Ebay
Long story short, they all do their job, but there are slight differences between them. Compared to the MAC one, the brush from ebay is a bit longer and wider, which makes it a little less comfortable to hold and a bit harder to work with. It is bulkier, heavier, and the hair area is wider/larger as well. Because of that, it is definitely less precise. I've also noticed that the bristles got a bit scratchy after a while, the brush started losing its shape and the occasional hair falls out every now and then. Having said that, this is not a horrible brush, especially considering its price tag. I still get use out of it, but only when all my other brushes are dirty, since they are of better quality and I obviously gravitate towards those first. I mostly use the ebay dupe for blending out cream eyeshadows, because I find that the cream products require a 'heavier hand' and I rather use a cheap brush over an expensive, more delicate one to distribute and blend out the product. 

Moving on to the Sigma dupe. This is one of the oldest make-up brushes in my collection and the one that still looks and feels as good as it did when I first got it. In that regard, it's even better than the MAC brush, with which I started noticing the occasional scratch two years down the line. When it comes to the handle, the brushes are pretty much identical, the only difference being that the handle of my Sigma one is a lot shorter, because I have the travel version, as mentioned before. The normal version is obviously longer. I don't know how they would compare in terms of weight, though. My Sigma handle seems more hollow, if that makes sense, so I assume even the regular version is a bit lighter. Now on to the bristles. The size to me is completely the same, but there is a difference in how the hair feels like. The Sigma brush is softer and fluffier, while I find the MAC one more dense. I tend to use MAC's 217 for the initial crease bledning and Sigma's E25 for the outer edge finishing touches.

I really hope these comparisons will help you out with deciding which one to pick up in case you're planning to get a blending brush. I tried to be as detailed as possible, but if I missed something, feel free to drop me a question and I'll make sure to answer it. Also, let me know if you know of any other potential 217 dupes. I've heard that Zoeva's 227 is supposed to be pretty good as well. Maybe I'll pick up that one next...

Creamy Shrimp Sauce Pasta Recipe

Today I'll not only tell you how to make one of my all time favourite dishes - pasta with a delicious creamy shrimp sauce - but also show you! I finally managed to put together my first cooking video and I really hope you'll like it. I have a written version of the recipe down below as well in case you prefer it. 

Ingredients (serves 2 people):
2 cups of pasta
a half of an onion
3 cloves of garlic
a handful of parsley
200 g of cooked & peeled shrimps (not frozen)
150 ml of single/double cream

First, bring a pot of water to boil, slightly salt it and cook the pasta. While the pasta is being cooked, which usually takes about ten minutes, chop the onion, garlic and parsley. Once you have everything ready, pour some oil into a pan, heat it up and throw in the onion. Let the onion cook for a few minutes until it gets yellow-ish and don't forget to do some stirring on the meantime. Next, add the shrimps, garlic and parsley. Once again, leave the whole thing to cook for a few minutes before adding the cream and leaving the sauce to cook for additional five to ten minutes. Oh, and don't forget to add a little bit of salt for a better taste! When the sauce is all done, drain the pasta, put it on a plate and pour the sauce over. A few minutes later, you will be in heaven. I promise. 

And there you have it, another delicious, quick-and-easy-to-make meal. Don't forget to watch the video below to see the recipe in action and let me know if you would like to see more cooking videos in the future. Also, if you decide to try out the recipe yourself, please send me photos, as I would love to see your creations! 

The Week When I Showed You My Flat

This week was all about settling in and waiting for our wireless router to arrive. Let me tell you, life without the internet can be pretty hard in this day and age, especially if everything you do is based online. One good thing about not having access to the interweb, though, was that I finally had time to just chill and watch movies. All. Day. Long. While I do try to keep up with all the TV shows I watch, movies are often the ones having to take a backseat, so it's been great to finally check some off of my very long to-watch list. I'll let you know which are worth seeing in my next favourites video. 

Speaking of videos, I have a new weekly vlog for you! Since so many of you expressed in interest in seeing how my new place looks like, I decided to include a quick flat tour. Let me know what you think! 
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