Sweater Weather | Roundup + Wishlist

Post: Bonjour

Maybe you are one of those who think winter is just too short or those who think winter could ditch a month or two. Either way, we face frosty and cold weather and in most cases that requires thick jumpers, cardigans and coats. My collection vary and I have jumpers mostly from high-street clothing brands such as H&M, New Yorker and C&A. In this post I have rounded up my most worn jumpers recently and some that have made up on my wishlist. 
Strap Choker Oversized jumper - Boohoo // Pink ruffle jumper - Missguided // Oversized jumper - Shoptiques // Kina Faux Fur sweater - Storets // Cold Shoulder jumper - Boohoo 

Have a great week!
I will talk to you on Friday,  
xx Maja

10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for Him and Her Guide

I admit, I watched a few videos on Christmas gift ideas already. It is addicting and it is better to be prepared, right? Gift-giving is a part of the holidays. In my family we love to receive gifts but expensive gifts never made such importance. Small tokens are what counts more and we (myself included) better include a few but small/inexpensive items as a gift than an expensive, let's say tech product. Greater gifts are reserved for birthdays and other occasions (graduation, getting a driver's licence etc.). 

You can never go wrong with gift sets of body products, makeup, clothing or even books and food (chocolates and other sweet goodies). You only need to know a bit about the person you shop for. If she loves floral scents, then s.Oliver for Her (it is more gentle) or Avon Life for Her (much stronger) would be great for her. The same goes for a man you are shopping for- does he prefer very musky essence? If he loves spicy and elegant masculine scents but nothing too overpowering, this Eau de Toilette from s.Oliver for Him would be perfect. The prices differ from 21 € for Eau de Toilette (30 ml) to 31 € for EDT 50 ml. 
Newest find in a category of bath products is CD brand. Everything from their range is fruit based- their Orange blossom edition is absolutely breath-taking but my personal favourite is pomegranate. You can find various products such as shower gels, deodorants, body sprays, body cream, hand cream, body lotions and face products. You can also find other ranges and scents: waterlily and lemon. All their products are vegan and retail from 1,55 € to 2,95 € in dm and Müller drugstores.  
Also new on the market are the oval brushes. These from Makeup Revolution retail at around 30 € at licila.si (for Slovenian readers) and at Tambeauty.com (for international readers). Of course you can get an entire set for 63 € (they have a 26 % off at the moment) which is a good deal compared to some other makeup brands. I have tried the face brushes and I must say they have changed my makeup routine. It takes me only a minute or two to apply foundation which gives me more time in the morning to get ready and focus on other things. This is definitely my favourite of the year. 

Accessories are amongst favourite items for gifting at Christmas. Scarves, gloves and hats are all good choices. I am one of those who think men wearing (the right kind) bags can be very fashionable. Many still avert from wearing an everyday bag and if you think that kind of a bag wouldn't suit the person you're buying a gift for, then weekend bags are another choice. It is definitely needed, especially when love travelling. I have chosen these two, one from Fred Perry simply because their designs are amazing and this one is even in my brother's collection (I helped choose it of course 😉). The other is by John Lewis and is a classic and vintage-looking weekend bag. Neither is made of real leather. 
For a woman, this bag from Zara is very much alike the classic Chanel bag and apart from being much affordable and equally pretty, it isn't made of real leather unlike most of the designer bags. 

Every year there is a fine selection of slippers that are cozy and soft. I wouldn't mind getting a new pair every time to keep me warm. H&M has soft slippers in pink where the inside has a faux fur lining (extra warm! 👌). Felt slippers also from H&M are a version for men that also have a faux fur lining inside. They look super comfortable and great too! 

Next is a small but at certain times can be a very luxurious product, a candle. I would chose one that is scented in a way that can bring a peaceful and relaxing moment when required. Wintery scents are very calming and so is vanilla, an all-year-round popular scent. Much (much) milder essence of men perfumes can be found in candles. It can be anything from spicy or woody to herbal scented. A selection of such can be found at Diptyque Paris (a mini-sized version one can be found for 25 € and large ones for 46 €).
I hope you got an inspiration from this gift selection and if you have any other gift ideas, please share them in the comment section 😊

Have a lovely day, 
xx Maja

Christmas Makeup Look | Avon


Is it too soon to talk about Christmas looks? Because in the next few posts I have prepared a few ideas that go along the same theme. I mean, I have to write about it and test it soon enough for you to see and decide whether to use some of the suggestions given to you (or recommend me some ;)). For today I did a simple and classic makeup and nail look, using mostly Avon products. 

Nails
Two of the nail varnishes couldn't have been more suited for the holidays. Red and sparkly silver screams Christmas! I couldn't decide if I wanted to use one or the other seperately and in the end I applied the silver only on my ring finger to give the look a pop. Silver shade is called Starry Sky while on the rest of my nails I used Red Bombshell from Perfect Reds collection. What is amazing and has been my ultimate favourite ever since I got it, is also a product from Avon- Quick dry nail spray. After I paint my nails, I use one spray of the product on each nail. Then I wait a few seconds and voila! My nails are dry! It has been a 'life saver' in the time-department. I don't need to wait excruciatingly long minutes anymore which is satisfying. 

Makeup
When it comes to the entire look, I kept it simple. I applied a full-face foundation and I used a black liner close to my lash line that I then smudged to achieve a soft look. I used two extra natural (one grey, other brown) eyeshadows on my crease and eyelids from Beauty Bay eyeshadow palette. The highlight here is a classic red lipstick, called Berry Berry Nice and this one too is from the Perfect Reds edition. I first applied Essence lip liner to help lipstick stay in place. Its duration is acceptable but I'd recommend to keep the lipstick somewhere close for a reapplication. It has a bit of a shimmer but it is visible only from up close. It dries up after some time and appears more matte but otherwise gives more of a glossier look. It has a pink undertone and if you prefer only all-pink shades, you can opt for 'Extreme Mauve' Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick (same brand). Its shade can be seen in one of the photos. 
Write to you soon, 
xx Maja

A Christmas Day Look

Instead of going directly for bright and obvious Christmas colours, I wanted to include them in details while I kept my style the same. First things first, a cozy white jumper is cropped which is suited for my petite figure. I didn't want anything too long so my legs won't get lost.😁 

Trousers were an elegant mix of neutral tones, including something beige-like to match the coat. Nothing is better at elegance than a fine sewn, wool coat. Mine is from Primark and I haven't worn it as much as I expected it to but I am hoping to do so this winter. I put a checked scarf around me and it looked better to wear it loosely- more as a 'I am here only as an accessory rather than having a function to keep someone warm' hehe. It will get colder in a month and in that case I would most certainly wear it around me.😏 

To finish this look off, I put the hightlight of the outfit in an actual full-red coloured item- a shoulder bag. I love the size of it- it holds all the necessities I usually need. 
I will talk to you on Friday. Until then, 
xx Maja

Hand Care in Winter

It may be too soon to say but my hands have been soft so far! I know every time we launch ourselves into the winter I face red, irritated and scratchy skin (mostly around my knuckles). I have a habit of not wearing gloves and that leaves a tool on my hands. This season I have prepared by keeping a stack of hand creams close by to provide me moisture until the end of May if necessary. 

Soaps
How can that be relevant, you may wonder. For me, who loves to wash her hands too many often, is crucial. Besides avoiding hot water, soaps have had an important part in giving my hands as little damage as possible. There is a type of soap bar that while in use, I risk tightness of my skin and sometimes even peel off dead skin cells (that aren't even there). I avoid soap bars for that reason (although not every one turned out the same) and I have been using liquid soaps for a while now. It has gravely improved the condition of my skin (and kept it that way too). Cotton and Silk cream liquid hand wash from Afrodita is one of many I have found in line with my hands. Besides its divine scent and creamy consistency, it has proven great. 

Moisturizers
Remember me talking about Lip Care during winter and how I have a certain number of lip balms so I can keep one in each (most used) bag? The same story goes with hand creams. I am used to apply cream after each hand washing and when going to bed- those are the times I need it the most or I want to use it as a mask for deep conditioning. Caudalie hand and nail cream has a fine and almost thick texture that provides my hands everything they need. While I prefer scent-free products, this one has a soft citrusy essence that I don't mind at all. Cotton and Silk is the same range as the soap and smells just as well. I keep bigger version in my bag and frankly, it is almost gone. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are familiar with L'Occitane Arlesienne Velvet hand cream. I will leave a link to its previous mention so I can move on to the last moisturizer: Le Couvent des Minimes- Gardener's Hand Healer (this name though!). I am currently using it at home but unfortunately not because I am gardening.😉 This one reminds me very much of Caudalie I mentioned earlier. They both have similar, semi-light consistency, citrus scent and they both do an amazing job. 
What are your go-to hand creams? 
xx Maja

8 Fall/Winter Lipsticks To Wear

In one of my recent posts, I told you I like wearing darks in colder seasons whether it is in my outfit or makeup. And since I keep showing you outfit looks, I decided to dig into makeup and scrap out prettiest and best lipsticks for Autumn/Winter season. 

Reds
I think reds are classic colour for any season. But to tell you honestly, I reach out for red more often in fall and winter than in any other time of the year. I have picked up two shades, one is my recent aquirement from Trend It Up (the new makeup range in dm drugstores, very affordable, good quality and most important- cruelty-free). It is called 080 and is in fact a liquid matte lipstick. It takes some time to dry up and even after that it never completely dries up. Personally, I like it so as my lips feel extra dehydrated in this time. Second one is from Rimmel Kate Moss in 01 (numbers again) and has been in the collection for some time now. It is also matte and longlasting. It won't dry your lips much but it won't moisturize them either. Both are great products and often in use. 

Purples
This is probably the most popular colour scheme in the collection when it comes to dark lips. Plum Shock from Avon is a shine gloss stick which you can see in photos. It is indeed very glossy but is not longlasting. I have a habit of pressing my lips together all the time and that way I loose the lipstick quickly. But when I manage to keep myself away from this, I feel moisturizing effect set in. I do need to reapply it after a while and that is why I have to have it in my bag when wearing it. Freedom Professional London is a new brand to me but I have to say I am impressed by it. I have included two lipsticks from Freedom makeup brand in this post. Dusk Till Dawn is a purple shade, lighter than the others but very pretty to wear. Pigmentation is in order and I admit I didn't expect it so when trying it out. Quelle Surprise from MAC is also an oldie. It isn't matte and can endure long time wear (perfect combination, right?). It is certainly one of the best out there for the season (or any other, if you feel like it). To wrap this section off, NYX soft matte lip cream in Transylvania has been raved about on this blog a few times already. To achieve a deep purple look, I always apply two layers and apart from that, I have no objections on this product. It is my favourite. 

Browns
I admit, I didn't know where to place Misslyn lipstick in 119- under purples or browns- but decided to leave it here. Its texture is slightly heavier than the rest and it isn't matte either. It is very pigmented however and rarely needs a reapplication. Definitely worth trying out. Last pick in this article is another one from Freedom, called Now 120 True Power (if that is a reference to anything, let me know because I have no idea what is that supposed to mean). This one is the same as its sister, same texture, same qualities. If you don't like wearing bold lipsticks, this one is perfect as it is more natural looking. 
But before you start applying lipstick, click to see my lip care in winter ;)

What are your favourite lipsticks for the season? I'd like to know.

Until next time, 
xx Maja

Bird in the Pink Sky

It is as if I am gathering all jumpers to show them in ootds as quickly as I can. If you remember the penguin jumper I posted in my Penguin at the spa post, you may see some of the resemblance to the one sweater today. Both have the same material and sequin animal model in the middle. As you are at it, you can compare them and see which one is cuter :) 

School girl uniform is the type of look I wanted to style here and I believe it is not amiss. Lately I have kept styling tops too simply. My looks mostly consist of trousers, a top, shoes and a bag. Add only one extra piece and you will have an out-of-the-box look. I had an idea in my mind but the problem was, I had no single shirt in my closet. Not the one I was looking for anyway. Instead of ditching the idea (I really, really wanted it to work out somehow) I first searched through my mum's wardrobe. She had a potential one but it was not long enough. Apart from the collar, the jumper completely covered it up. It had to peek at the bottom, at the collar and if possible, at the sleeves too. That is when I took a turn to my brother's closet. He has a fine selection of shirts but only one stood out. To tell you a secret: it wasn't a random, inexpensive piece and no matter how hard I tried, I managed to stain it. But it is already out of the laundry machine and luckily, stain-free :) 

To return on track, I then needn't nothing else but to put a jumper over the shirt and style everything else which was pretty basic and dark (again). If you were to wear a shirt, how would you dress it up/down? 
Thank you for reading, 
xx Maja

Lip Care in Fall/Winter

There isn't such as 'too many times' when it comes to reminding ourselves on taking care of our skin during autumn and winter. I suffer from dry and irritated lips and hands every winter if I am not too careful. I easily forget or I am too lazy to search for a lip balm in my other bag because I am running late and in this new bag I have nothing for my lips. Story of my life. What is the solution? Get numerous lip balms and throw one in each bag. I am not joking. This is what I have to do if I want to take care of my lips. I have six balms so far and two have a permanent residence in two of my most used bags. 

I never forget to apply some lip cream when I am home though. Right now I am using two balms, one from Labello and the other from Le Couvent de Minimes. The latter isn't very moisturizing and I apply it during the day. When I go to bed, I apply a thick layer of Labello to keep my lips hydrated for a longer period. 

Of course, I cannot emphasize enough that drinking water is important during winter too. It is almost too easy to forget or to not feel the need to drink so much. In the beginning of colder season I have to sternly remind myself of that. If I sometimes don't feel like drinking only water, I switch to natural juices for a while, or my favourite- lemon water (I just slice up a lemon and put it in a glass, filled with water). 

Next thing you can take care of if you need to are home-made lip masks. My still most used trick is a simple jar of honey. I apply a thin layer of honey and leave it on for a few minutes. Your lips will feel smooth and hydrated in an instant. Second thing I like to do is to brush my lips with a (wet) toothbrush. You can do that any time you brush you teeth- that way you get rid of two birds with one stone. You will provide your lips with a scrub that gets rid of dead skin cells which simply loves to pile up, right? That way, you keep your lips regularly smooth which will stop you from biting your lips (I admit, I do that sometimes- it's a bad habit I need to free myself from). 
I hope these tricks were somewhat helpful to you. Please share some of your tips as I'd very much like to read it. 

Have a nice day, 
xx Maja

Bonjour

I would have enjoyed autumn a bit more if there was a chance but it is obvious we're almost in deep winter. The first snow has been forecasted in the next few days here in Ljubljana and I barely got used to autumn. One thing is clear- light material clothes are best to leave somewhere untouched until the next year. I bring forward thermal pants, tights, tops, jumpers, padded boots, coats and quilted jackets. In this look I wore my faux leather jacket over red sweater with Bonjour word on it. My sister got it for me from H&M (I wore it in my Chateau de Versailles in September post too) but as far as I have checked, I believe they don't stock it anymore. I have checked other websites too when looking for something similar and you would be surprised to see how popular sweaters with 'bonjour' are. 

Mine is slightly cropped but nothing severely so I can easily wear it with jeans that are not high-waisted. Even though it is knitted, it is woven loosely and I needed to wear a tank top underneath but then again, I always wear extra top(s) when the temperature drops. I will admit that in colder seasons I like to wear more darks. It can be either my makeup or my clothes and in this case I had both. Old Primark boots are still my favourite piece to wear not only because of its looks but also because they are surprisingly comfortable (for heels) to wear. As for my makeup I kept everything neutral but added a dark lipstick which is a NYX one- soft matte lip cream in a shade Transylvania. 

Dark colour choice made this look easy to style and you can equally easily recreate it yourself. If you seek something more challenging, I would switch the jacket for either denim one or keep the (faux) leather one but with stickers/patches on (ones that are so popular right now). However, you can also use jacket that have embroidery on, even better. Trousers can be replaced with a long or midi skirt but I would leave ankle length boots, except maybe use ones with a pattern, like these from H&M in baroque style. That is the first outfit that popped into my mind. Do you have any other ideas on how to style an outfit around a jumper? 
I will talk to you on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend! As always, thank you for reading. 
xx Maja

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

It took me so long to write this post but I am finally bringing you a review of this eyeshadow palette and at the same time my first high-end purchase. I had an option to visit Sephora for the first time in Paris this September (see my posts With Love From Paris, Addicted to Paris and Chateau de Versailles). Before arrival, I've been choosing between products online and came across this Natural Matte palette. Its good reviews convinced me. 

The palette includes nine eyeshadows, all in matte, natural and earthy tones. It is no secret why this palette drew me in- I love such shades! The shades are divided into Day, Classic and Fashion which are the looks described in a small guideline to help beginners create a few looks or give professional artists inspiration. Beside the tiny booklet you can also find a hidden mirror inside, behind the How-To Glamour Guide. 

When I first swatched and tested the palette, I found the texture of shades very silky and they didn't produce a lot of fallout. However, when I applied them on my primed eyelids, the shades didn't come out very pigmented. Nor were they easy to blend. I know matte eyeshadows in general are harder to blend than shimmery ones but I found these in particular difficult to blend. 

It must be the good reviews that gave me high expectations. Don't get me wrong- the palette is good. For instance, the shades can be build up to achieve certain intensity. And you need to be patient when blending the shades out. It is just that I thought all of that will be made easier when purchasing the palette. A few days ago I watched someone's video and she said she had high hopes for this palette too but it was mainly because her expectations were based on company's excellent Chocolate bar palette. I suppose next time I need to purchase that one to see the real goodness :) 
What would you recommend from Too Faced? 

Have a nice day, 
xx Maja

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