Jane’s Doodles Release Blog Hop: Plants ♥

Welcome to another Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop stamp release! I am so excited about this stamp release since I LOVE plants, but that wasn’t the case until recently. Don’t know why it took me so long to open my heart and home to plants, but I’m glad I finally did that. Space is definitely prettier and friendlier when you have plants around. :) Not to mention how this set contains my favourite plant – Monstera! ♥ ♥ ♥

Plants

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BLOG HOP

Jane
Neha
Milka
me -> you are here!
Marion
Zrinka
Kaja
Vika
Jane’s Doodles blog

For this blog hop I made three quite simple cards. I feel a bit rusty since I haven’t been into card making for the past few months, but it was worth it since I nailed all my exams (at least, so far hehe). Now I’m back and I hope you’ll like my cards! I promise I’ll experiment more with colours and textures in the future ;)

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Giveaway!

As always, Jane is having a giveaway – you can win a stamp set of your choice! To get a chance for that please leave a comment HERE! Jane will choose a winner on Friday!

Additionally, Jane’s Doodles is having 25% off on all stamps! Happy shopping! :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping!

Vesna ♥

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Review | Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum

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Note: I’m 32 years old (time really flies!), with combination skin + dehydration issues during winter, some fine lines, but nothing too “serious” ;)

It’s been 7 months since I purchased my first Hylamide products, and I think it was about time I wrote my review. I’ll start with the SubQ Anti-Age Advance Serum, but before I get into details, let me just cover some basic information about this brand (though I’m sure you’ve probably heard it all by now). Deciem, the company behind Hylamide (and a few other brands), made a certain break through a while back since their approach and products are somewhat revolutionary (at least, that’s my view). If I had to use one word to describe them, I’d probably use the word simplicity. Additionally, I’d say that when it comes to Hylamide, I would describe it as “what you see is what you get”. By the time I’m writing this, I’m already on my second bottle of the SubQ Anti-Age serum, so I guess it’s fair to say that I took my time to test it properly ;)

The reason I purchased this product in the first place is because I have combination skin which can be dehydrated during the winter, especially here in Stockholm (it’s really windy and winter is quite harsh to put it mildly). Last winter I had a bit of an issue with dehydrated skin, so I figured I’ll do something about it for the next one. That’s how I came across Hylamide and I decided to give it a try. Long story short, it was a good decision. Of course, I haven’t used only this product, but I’m quite sure it did most of the work and my skin is really grateful now that the winter is almost over.

ABOUT THE PRODUCT

SubQ Anti-Age Advance Serum is “a highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration, while improving the look of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.

It comes in a blurred pipette dropper glass bottle. The formula of the serum is on the watery side so I have to be a bit careful when I apply it since occasionally it can drip here and there. I apply it after my toner, morning and night, directly onto my skin, a drop on the forehead, cheeks and my chin. It goes on smoothly and I don’t wait too long before I move on to my next step.

RESULTS

What have I noticed? For one, no dehydration, even if I skipped using it for a few days on certain occasions (like, when I was sick / didn’t feel like doing anything, let alone taking care of my skin. I know, not a great thing to do, but it happens from time to time). Additionally, my skin looks fresher and firm(er). My skin tends to look dull and tired because I do have issues with sleeping, so anything that can help with that is more than welcome. And, last but not least, I seriously see a difference when it comes to some fine lines and nasolabial folds (smile lines). I swear that lines between my eyebrows have improved and my right nasolabial fold is less obvious. You might think I must be exaggerating, but I do have quite visible smile lines. I have big mouth and I laugh/smile a lot! :D I wasn’t actually thinking about it before, but I do notice the difference now that I look at them. I purchased this product primarily to deal with dehydration issues, but I see that it does offer much more than that. I mean, they do say it offers more than just hydration, but that wasn’t mine concern. Well, if you are concern about fine lines and wrinkles, you might wanna consider buying this serum.

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

You bet I would! To anyone who has first signs of aging – some lines and mild wrinkles / you have issues with keeping your skin hydrated / you just want to add an effective and yet affordable serum to your skin care regime. Especially if you’re 30+. ;)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin, hydrolyzed yeast extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, pentylene glycol, ethoxydiglycol, tamarindus indica seed gum, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, copper lysinate/prolinate, methylglucoside phosphate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, ahnfeltia concinna extract, saccharide isomerate, polyglucuronic acid, lactobacillus/ eriodictyon californicum ferment extract, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, phospholipids, lecithin, salicylic acid, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, hexylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, sodium citrate, citric acid, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin

Suitable for vegans / cruelty free? Yes
Where to buy? here if you are in Sweden (out of stock at the moment) or here
Price? €36 / 340 SEK

Vesna ♥

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New In | Anastasia Beverly Hills, Idun Minerals, Kat Von D ♥

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I had some really stressful weeks and I just got to a point where I needed to treat myself because, well, I deserved it! Not to mention I passed a few exams as well (in Swedish, woohoo!). So, yesterday I finally had a walk in the city, some good coffee and a lunch, and on top of that I checked what is new in the make up world. Ever since my lectures at the university started I feel like I don’t have much time for anything on the side, so yesterday was like a breath of fresh air.

My first stop was KICKS where I noticed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. This product has been on my mind for months and I’ve been resisting it ever since it was launched. But a few nights ago I had a dream about how I was buying it online, and well, that was it, I just took that as a sign. The rest is history. :D I wasn’t really aware it was available in the store so I was surprised when I saw it, but I’m glad I got to test it before purchasing it. It really is a great palette with excellent pigmentation and interesting shades.
Price: 545 SEK (€55)

Another product I purchased while I was at KICKS was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer in shade 0.75. It wasn’t a planned purchased but I’ve been looking at concealers for a while now and couldn’t decide what to get so I grabbed this one after reading mostly positive reviews. Shade 0.75 is a cool shade with pink undertones, the product is quite thick in texture but it does blend nicely. More on this concealer soon! And since I purchased two ABH products, I got Beauty Genius Clear Waterproof Gel as a gift with purchase and some DipBrow Pomade samples. Beauty Genius is a clear gel which can be used with any products so I’m looking forward to trying it!
Price (concealer): 249 SEK (€29)

Next, I got new nail polish shades from Idun Minerals! There was a 3 for 2 offer on all Idun Minerals products in a pharmacy that carries their products and I got Marmor, Granit and Ametrin. Ever since I switches to cruelty free products, I tried to find certain shades that would replace my non-cruelty free nail polishes, and a lot of those shades I managed to find among IsaDora’s and Idun Minerals’ shades. These are easy to apply, they are 5-free and long lasting (5 days on my nails without any special tricks). I’m already wearing shade Ametrin which is a shade from their spring collection – a lovely creamy pastel  lilac. One of my all time favourite shades when it comes to nail polish! ♥
Price: 95 SEK (€10)

And, the last product I got is the Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in shade Bauhau5! I wasn’t going to buy another liquid lipstick, but this shade is so, so, so special that I just had to! Not to mention that my husband loves it as well and he helped me to decided which shade to get :D More photos/swatches soon!
Price: 215 SEK (€22)

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New In | Herman Black Tara ♥

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Herman Design is probably one of my favourite brands when it comes to bags. In case you haven’t heard of the brand, let me tell you a bit more about it. Herman Design is a small, privately owned business located in Zagreb, Croatia.  Kornelija Herman, designer behind the brand, describes their products as “… a desirable mix of grunge, punk and rock combining an eclectic synthesis of the modern and retro.” All products are handmade and they can be made in genuine or faux leather. Since the products are handmade, you will have to wait a bit before you receive your bag, but trust me, it is worth the wait. ♥

Now, back to Black Tara. The reason I ordered it is because I actually wanted a new backpack, but as it turns out, this is actually a 2 in 1 product – it can be both a bag and a backpack! You basically get two products for the price of one. How cool is that? Of course, the fact that it is black had nothing to do with my choice ;) Once I placed my ordered and paid for it, I just had to wait. It took several weeks, but I really don’t mind since I know this is a handmade item and that it takes some time (they do tell you how long it will take for them to process your order). It took max. 10 days for it to get into my hands once it was shipped (I had a tracking number). And well, once I opened my package I have to say all my expectations were, once again, exceeded. I say once again because this isn’t my first order from Herman Design.

What can I say about the bag itself? Well, if there is perfection then this is it. It is beautifully made, every piece fits perfectly and one of the things I really liked – it comes in its own box! Anyway, take a look at my photos and hopefully I will show you soon how it looks in action!

♥ ♥ ♥

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Size: 32 x 30 x 10 cm
Price: €160 / $170 / 1550 SEK (this is the price for faux leather + shipping costs: €18 / $20 / 180 SEK to Sweden)
Where to buy: online

Vesna ♥

Review | Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush – Gracilis

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One of my favourite products lately is my first blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge in shade Gracilis, lovely medium rose shade with a hint of mauve. According to Rouge Bunny Rouge, this shade is best suited for pale, cool complexions. I’m not pale, more like light to medium, but I do have cool undertones and this shade is definitely suitable for my complexion.

This is how they describes their blushes:

“Original Skin Blush blends with a sheer, melting touch for a naturally luminous silky glow. (…) Innovative powders entwine with your skin to preserve perfection all day long. Result is ‘your skin but better’ effect; you’ll wonder how you blushed before.”

As all other Rouge Bunny Rouge products I’ve tried so far, even this product has this nice and soft formula that blends on its own. Additionally, ‘your skin but better’ description is completely appropriate since this blush really is just that.  My skin tends to look quite dull and tired, especially lately, but a bit of CC cream in combination with this blush does wonders for me. And not only is this blush looking lovely, it is long lasting, too! Rouge Bunny Rouge claims this blush lasts all day long, and, well, it does! I usually apply it early in the morning and by the time I get home – 12 hours later – it is still there! This blush comes in a simple black packaging with a mirror on the inside. It contains 5.5 grams of product and it costs €31. Another thing that impressed me, along with the quality, is the lovely pattern on the blush itself. I almost felt bad for “destroying” it, but it would be a shame not to use such a lovely shade. ♥

Rouge Bunny Rouge blush comes in five shades and that might seem a bit odd, especially today when brands offer so many shades and different types of products (blush in a stick, cream blushes, and so on). On one hand, I wished there were a few more shades, but then again, I’m glad that Rouge Bunny Rouge isn’t one of those brands that comes out with many collections/products/shades each year and who basically push you into buying more and more products (especially if it’s limited edition and you feel like you might miss something if you don’t buy it right away). Not sure if that was their intention from the beginning, but I really like how they are sustainable and how they take their time to launch new shades/products. :)

Here is my swatch, but I’ll be taking a photo of the blush on my cheeks this weekend; I finally have a bit of time for that.

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Have you tried any of their blush shades? :)

Ingredients: TALC, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINTE, MICA, MYRYSTYL TRISILOXANE, C26-54 ALKYL TETRADECYL DIMETHICONE, LAURYL LACTATE, DIMETHICINE, GLYCINE SOJA OIL, ZINC STERATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STERATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE TRIISOSTEARATE, CHLORPHENESIN, OCTYLDODECANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA EKTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, AQUA, LAURYL METHACRYLATE/GLYCOL DIMETHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DICAPRYLIETHER, SODIUM GLUCONATE, ALGAE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, WALTHERIA INDICA, FERULIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE; (+/-): CI 7789l, C 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77510, CI 75470, CI 15850, CI 73360, CI 19149, CI 42090

Suitable for vegans: No.
Where to buy? online
Price: €31

Vesna ♥