Friday, July 12, 2019

Book review: Daisy Jones & The Six

Hi beautiful!

I've kind of gotten out of the habit of posting about books, but I recently read this beautiful story and I just had to share it with you guys! If you love heartbreaking love stories you will absolutely adore this one. It's worth it - try and give it a go.

Daisy Jones & The Six is a story about the 70s - drugs, sex and rock'n'roll. All the characters in this book were seriously flawed which I really, really like. I've gotten a bit sick of too-perfect-to-be-real characters and I'm so excited more authors are exploring the darker side of their heroes. 

Here is the blurb for Daisy Jones & The Six:

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
For me, this was the standout novel of 2019 and I am so glad I finally picked it up. I'm currently reading the author's other novel, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, and also enjoying it a lot. My only criticism of this heartbreakingly beautiful book is that I wanted MORE! It ended up too abruptly for my liking and I just wanted more of the main characters. I'd love to know if you felt the same way in case you read this one.
What's your favorite book of this summer?
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Best Drugstore Lipglosses 2019

Hi beautiful!

I've rediscovered my love for lipgloss in the past few months. I haven't worn it in years, I've been all about that lipstick life, but I think I've severely neglected my lipgloss addiction! Just because liquid lippies were all the rage doesn't mean I shouldn't ever wear lipgloss again - it's pretty and I love how juicy it makes my lips look. I've prepared a roundup of my drugstore favorites below!

Rimmel Oh My Gloss!

Everyone needs a red gloss in their life. It just gives a sexy pop of color and I love this shade of red - it's very cool toned which looks good on my skin. This gloss is a little bit sticky but I find it really doesn't bother me. The shade pictured here is 500 Ooh La La. I received this product in PR but I am planning on purchasing a couple more colors. You can purchase this lipgloss here for less than 5€.

Catrice Dewy-ful Lips

This is such an amazing find! I picked it up by coincidence in my local drugstore and completely fell in love. It's light, not sticky at all, and actually feels like it's conditioning my lips, so a win all around. The shade I have is 060 Don't Dream It, DEW It! I believe they have a couple of other shades which I will definitely be picking up. The pigmentation isn't amazing but I love it for the lip-balm feel - it doesn't dry out my lips at all. More information here, and I believe the price was around 5€.

Catrice Prisma Lip Glaze

These are SO beautiful in the tube, I would honestly just buy them to take pictures... But luckily they're very pretty as well! They're similar to the Essence Shine Shine Shine glosses in that they're a bit sticky, but beautiful all around. They also work great as topcoats over a liquid lipstick. I have the shade 050 Holy Moly. More information on Catrice's website here.

NYX Butter Gloss

The shades I picked up are both quite neutral, and are called Tiramisu (the more brown one) and Vanilla Cream Pie (the pinker one). These glosses remind me a bit of the Dewy-ful lips as they're quite conditioning and very very pretty. They're an easy, throw on shade that you don't need to worry about, but need to reapply a bit more often. They're a little sticky, but nothing I can't handle. You can pick them up here for 6,5€.

Essence Shine Shine Shine

The shades pictured above are 15 Watch Me Do and 03 Friends of Glamour. This lipgloss is that quintessential 90s sticky glittery gloss, so you might be asking yourself what the hell it's doing in this roundup... But I have to admit I have a soft spot for products like this. It looks pretty, makes my lips appear bigger, and is the perfect product to just throw on when you're in a rush. I believe the price is under 4€ as well, so it's a total bargain!

That's it for this roundup! I would love to do another one in a couple of months for high-end lipglosses, but I honestly haven't picked any up yet because I just wanted to try out the drugstore offerings first. Now that I'm officially in love, it's time to try out more products!
What's your favorite lipgloss?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Best perfumes for summer 2019

Hi beautiful!

It's been a hot minute since I've last posted, but I think the blogging bug has hit me again because I recently spent a weekend taking photos for new posts and imagining all the things I want to do with this space. I can't promise I'm back officially, but I will try to post more often and show you more of the things I've been loving. I think back in 2017 blogging became a chore for me, and I'm trying very very hard to make it fun for me again.

I adore perfume and I've always loved posting about my yummy favorites, so I thought it would be the perfect way to come back and share some of my summer favorites! Without further ado, let's just get into the scents that have been making my summer amazing...

This is, hands down, the perfume I think everybody needs. If you just want to smell fresh, soapy, and like you came right out of the shower, you've found the perfect perfume. It always makes me feel so fresh and ready to start my day, and I love layering it with other scents as well (it works so well with floral perfumes). Plus, it's an absolute bargain. Trust me, you'll be glad you got this one! It's less than 30€ for the big bottle.

Take a stroll in Ljubljana during the summer and you're guaranteed to smell Light Blue at least three times. I always liked the sharp, citrusy scent of this perfume but I hate smelling like everybody else, which is why I decided to pick up this intense version of the scent. It's even better in my opinion! Just like Glow, it makes you feel fresh, with the added bonus of that sexy, expensive citrus. A staple in my summer fragrance wardrobe for sure. The price ranges from 45€ for a small bottle but it's so worth it.

I think this one has had a makeover, but I still have last year's bottle (the new one looks so sophisticated!) I always say this perfume is my secret weapon - and my signature scent. It's just such a yummy, sexy watermelon scent that just makes your mouth water and it's the perfect pick for summer! I also love the flankers that came out last year, but when I was trying them out, I always came back to this one - it's just soooo perfect!! Prices range from 39€+.

This is another one of those secret weapons I love, and I love wearing it for date night. It's sweet, sexy and beachy and I just adore it - plus the sillage is great and it lasts for ages. This one's definitely a compliment getter because people will smell it on you, and love it. I also love it for vacations, so if you're jetting off someplace nice: 1. I'm jealous 2. give this one a go at the Duty Free. I paid around 40€ for the biggest bottle on Notino which is just perfect as well.

I hope you enjoyed my foray into the best summer scents for this year! I'm sure I'll have another post like this coming soon - you know me, I'm just a perfume addict... and I could help it, but I don't want to!
What is your favorite perfume for the hot summer months?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Current Skincare Favorites

Hello my lovelies!

It's been a long time since you've seen me post around here, but that's hopefully going to change in the coming weeks. I had to take a little work-related break, but I'm back with so many new beauty goodies and so many things I want to talk about. I can't wait to tell you what I've been up to.

Today I wanted to do a post on skincare that has been working for me lately, and might hopefully help you out a little too. I also wanted to add I've been slowly transitioning from a mostly drugstore regimen to something a bit more high end. I feel like I'm a bit older now and I can finally afford to spend a bit more on my beauty regimen, so why not?

I'm still struggling with problematic skin which is honestly so annoying. It should be over once you turn twenty-five, but it seems like it's worse than it has been in a while. But these products really help my skin, and when I use them religiously, my complexion looks so much better.

So let's just get started with the products I've been loving lately!

Origins GinZing Eye Cream

I remember years and years ago, when I used to be obsessed with Origins but there was just no way for me to get it. Fast forward to today and this cream is one of my favorite products. YAY! I finally got my hands on it. It's scented slightly like sunscreen and it feels so pleasant and cooling on my eyes. I've been struggling with itchy/dry undereyes and this has really been helping a lot. I got it from FeelUnique for around 22€.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

You know all the good stuff people say about this product? Well, it's all true. I ADORE it. It's just one of those moisturizers that makes a difference overnight, and I can always count on it to make my skin beautiful by the time I wake up. I seriously love it. Good Genes is a lactic acid treatment and it honestly rejuvenates and refreshes my skin in a matter of hours. Whether it be breakouts, dryness or itchiness, it takes care of it all. SO worth the price, although repurchasing it might make my wallet cry. I got it from NAP for around 100€.

Sunday Riley UFO Oil

This is a newer addition to my skincare routine and I've only been using a couple of times per week, but I feel like it moisturizes my skin like nothing else. I've discovered my skin is really dehydrated despite being so oily (or maybe because of it?) and this product makes it look plump and refreshed, which I just love. I haven't tried any of the other Sunday Riley oils, and I do have to say, the tint they put in them really puts me off. I seriously look like a Martian with this on... But it helps me break out less, and around that time of the month, it's a lifesaver. You can get it here for around 90€.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water

I love this brand and I love their Effaclar range, so this micellar water is another win for me. I love the big packaging, it's gentle but efficient, and inexpensive. I don't think I've used a LRP product I didn't love (except for Duo +, but I need to try that again). I would really recommend this. You can get it here or in your local pharmacy for around 12€.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clininal Clearing Gel

Okay, this might be a bit controversial. It's heavily alcoholic and you can smell it, but the thing is, it works so well. It dries out my breakouts without irritating my skin in a matter of hours, maybe one or two. It helps so much when I have a problematic area, and I can't imagine not using it. Similar to Grease Lightning by Lush but SO much faster. I love it. It's pricy as far as I can remember, around 40€, but I love it.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Blemish + Line Correcting Serum

I've really been enjoying this product as well. It's not as alcoholic and feels pleasant and hydrating on the skin but still like it's actually doing something. This was pricy as well (I feel like it cost about 55€, can't remember), and while I probably won't repurchase it, I've been really enjoying it.

These items have been helping my skin a lot, and I've really been loving adding them to my skincare routine!
What's your favorite skincare product at the moment?
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why it's okay to take a break sometimes

  1. So you can stop and smell the roses
  2. For the scent of fresh coffee in the morning, and a to-do list that makes you feel excited you're alive
  3. To feel your fingers brush your pet's fur, and see them lean against your hand
  4. So you can focus on your career and achieve acomplishments you were too scared to even dream of
  5. Because you know you will break if you don't
  6. Knowing that the right people, the best people, will wait for you while you put yourself back together
  7. So you can come back with your senses renewed, full of enthusiasm and excitement for the projects that lay ahead
  8. Because a break will clear your mind, and renew all those ideas you've been too afraid to make a reality
  9. Your dreams will become projects, and your projects will become dreams
  10. And you will make everything you've worked for become a reality, you will be the best version of you you've ever been, and you will be ready for this new chapter of your life.

I hope you'll crack open a new spine, and enter this new story. I'll hold your hand.
Welcome back, Nothin' Fancy. Really.