Rouge Bunny Rouge New In ♥

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I usually don’t order anything during Black Friday sales, but I did order Rouge Bunny Rouge this year and I have to say I won’t be repeating that again. My bitterness has nothing to do with Rouge Bunny Rouge, but rather with PostNord (Swedish post). Long story short: my package was shipped from Germany, and after 2 days it arrived to Malmö (south Sweden) where PostNord took over. Then it took them more than 15 days to deliver my package which I wouldn’t mind if I hadn’t received a daily message from them how my package was out for delivery – every single day?! I had a tracking number and according to their app (where they have daily updates), they kept driving my package around the city, their facility and so on. Not to mention I read so many bad reviews about PostNord that I seriously doubted I’ll get my package in one piece. Well, luckily, it did arrive in one piece and everything was okay, but it wasn’t worth the stress. So, no more Black Friday shopping for me, LOL :D

Anyway, I ordered some very nice products, and I’m looking forward using all of them! One of them isn’t actually ‘new’ since I repurchased it, and I already wrote my review, be sure to read it – Prelude In The Clouds Aqua Primer.

Other products:

I also got two foundation samples, I will be testing those to, but not sure how the shades will work for me, but we’ll see. And I haven’t taken any photos of the packaging, but their packaging is STUNNING! I think I might film a video because there is no way you can get the real idea how amazing it actually is! :)

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Anyway, what are you interested in most? I will be posting swatches in a separate post, wasn’t able to take good photos since there isn’t much daylight at the moment here in Stockholm, so it’s a real struggle when it comes to taking photos. :)

Vesna ♥

LH Cosmetics by Linda Hallberg | Photos & Swatches

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Linda Hallberg, a well known Swedish blogger and makeup artist, recently launched her own brand: LH Cosmetics. For now, LH Cosmetics offers only two products: Infinity palette and brushes. I’ve noticed her brand as soon as it was launched, and I was really interested in trying both the palette and brushes, but I wanted to see the products in person. I got the opportunity for that some two weeks ago, when LH Cosmetics hosted an event in collaboration with Bangerhead Studio. They simply announced the event on Facebook, inviting everyone! Of course, I had to see the products for myself, plus I got to meet Linda personally! On top of that, we spoke in SWEDISH! I was quite nervous, but I survived :D I have to admit she’s just as lovely as I’ve imagined her, and I can only wish her all the best in the future, I don’t doubt she’ll be even bigger in the makeup world.

Anyway, at first I wanted to buy only the Infinity palette, but since they offered a good discount, I got the brushes (the basic kit) as well.

Infinity palette

The Infinity palette is definitely an interesting product, but not as if I expected anything less from Linda. It comes in a sleek and thinner cardboard packaging, with a mirror on the inside and a plastic sheet protection. It contains eight different shades, four warm (top row) and four cool (bottom row). All shades can be used both dry and wet, on eyes, lips or face! I have to say I’m really surprised with how multi-functional it is, and I think this is probably one of the best palettes when it comes to price vs. what you get.

Each shade contains 3,5 grams of product = 28 grams in total. Nice amount of product, but it figures since you can use it all over the body. Out of eight shades, six of them are vegan (Andromeda and Pinwheel aren’t vegan, but they’re working on that so I expect this palette to be vegan soon).

All shades are more than well pigmented, and the shade that really got me is the last shade – Fornax – matte black shade. You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to find a proper black matte eyeshadow, but Fornax is just that – amazingly black! You can see all my swatches below!

Regular price: 399 SEK (~ 43$ / €40)

The Basic Kit

This kit contains five makeup brushes – blending brush, angled brush, finishing brush, precision brush, all over brush, and one powder puff. All brushes are made of synthetic hair and they have handmade wooden handles. I will be reviewing these brushes some time in the future.

Regular price: 499 SEK (~ 54$ / €52)

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Swatches

All swatches were applied dry, without primer. Pictures were taken in natural daylight (next to a window and indoors)

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l-r: Virgio, Andromeda, Maffei, Zwicky (top row) / Milky Way, Pinwheel, Cigar, Fornax (bottom row)

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l-r: Virgio, Andromeda, Maffei, Zwicky (top row) / Milky Way, Pinwheel, Cigar, Fornax (bottom row)

Where to buy? LH Cosmetics (worldwide) / Bangerhead.se (Sweden – at the moment they have a good deal: Infinity palette + The Basic Kit for 600 SEK!)
Suitable for vegans: brushes – yes, Infinity palette – no, but they are working on it

How do you like LH Cosmetics? :)

Vesna ♥

Lindex Lipstick Matt, shade PLUM (photos, swatches)

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I know there has been a hype surrounding matte liquid lipsticks, but I just can’t get on that wagon, I still prefer classic lipstick over liquid one. That’s why I purchased another matte lipstick today, but this time it’s my first lipstick (and product) from Lindex, well known Swedish brand. I wasn’t aware they had a make up range until I moved to Sweden, and the best thing is – their make up range is cruelty free with many vegan options, too!

Anyway, I don’t know if Lipstick Matt range is something new, but the samples I came across today were brand new so I suppose it might be (?). This range has only a few shades, I think it’s 7 of them, and I picked the darkest shade – PLUM.  I tried it on quickly today and I like it in general – highly pigmented, not patchy, applies easily and smoothly, gorgeous deep shade and it is matte but not super matte which means it won’t be drying (probably, but I’ll see about that in a few days). The only thing I definitely don’t like is the strong scent it has. I dislike scents in general, unless they are really gentle, but this one is that typical old lipstick scent, if you know what I mean. I guess it’s safe to say that this is a classic lipstick after all. :D

Anyway, here’s a quick swatch on my skin and lips.

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Ingredients: C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, (+/- Mica, Tin Oxide, CI 15850, CI 15985, CI 19140, CI45410, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77891)
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Where to buy? Lindex stores & online
Price? 75 SEK / ~8$

Vesna ♥

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (mini-review)

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It’s been two weeks since I started using Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil so I felt like it was time for a mini-review / first impressions post. First of all, let me start by saying that I discovered oils quite late, and by that I mean – last year. Not that I wasn’t aware of their existence, I just didn’t use them as a part of my skincare routine. Why? Well, I didn’t really think I needed them (wrong) , but after my first winter in Sweden I quickly realised how I definitely need at least one face oil to be part of my skin care routine. After some research, I purchased rosehip oil from trilogy, but since I wasn’t feeling it really, I decided to search a bit further and try the same oil but from another brand. That’s how I came across Pai.

It’s described as “The most concentrated Rosehip Oil on the market today, to improve skin firmness, elasticity and suppleness, and reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage and fine lines. “
I wouldn’t know about stretch marks or sun damage since those aren’t my skin issues, but I can definitely say it does help when it comes to skin firmness, elasticity and scars. I had two scars recently and they really healed much quicker than they would otherwise. It usually takes a month for my scars to completely disappear / heal, but now they’re almost gone after only 2 weeks! That’s super fast if you ask me!

Additionally, I see a difference in improved skin firmness, elasticity and suppleness. Since it’s really cold right now and the air is super dry here, this oil makes a big difference for my skin. Without it, even though I have a good skincare regime, I could feel like my skin was still missing something. The very first time I applied it, I knew this was what was missing. It moisturises, nourishes and protects my skin more than great and I can’t imagine not applying it every day. Winter is definitely easier with this product by my side. ;)

This is one of those products which quickly becomes a holy grail product, and not for nothing. Since it’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones, I’d urge you try it.  It has a light texture (considering it is an oil) which absorbs quickly, especially if you apply it onto lightly damp skin (that’s how I do). 3-4 drops are enough to cover your entire face. Also, as you can see on the photos, it is orange, but fear not, it won’t stain your skin or anything. Once it absorbs, any trace of it disappears.
The packaging is another thing I love about it – it comes in a frosted-glass bottle with a pipette – so simple, yet so nice. Important thing to remember: it needs to be stored in a cold and dark place.

Anyway, once I test it properly, I’ll come back with an update (late January or early February).

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Ingredients: Rosa Canina Seed Extract [CO2]*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract [CO2]*, mixed Tocopherols.
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Where to buy? Here (free shipping)
Price? £22.00 / 30 ml

Vesna ♥

New In | Black Friday / Cyber Monday

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It’s that time of the year a.k.a. Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales and since it’s really hard to resist all the amazing deals, I tried to control myself at least. Let’s just pretend I was successful at that. :D

Here’s a few things I grabbed:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in shade Ash Brown – this is one of those products I kept going back to, but couldn’t decide whether I should purchase it or not. Well, until now that it. I was worried about two things to be honest – that it would  look too harsh and / or it could be too warm for my brows. I decided to finally give it a go so we’ll see how will it work for me. I hope it will up to the hype surrounding it. ;)
  • The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter - this is my favourite product when it comes to taking care of my skin during winter – thicker in texture but not greasy, goes on smoothly, smells nice and, the most important thing, it nourishes my skin. I do have a few other lotions and body creams, but I find his body butter to be the best choice for my dry skin.
  • Sleek MakeUP Mini Matte Me Holiday Set – I haven’t tried Matte Me liquid lipsticks yet so this is a good way to try a few shades for the price of one (well, almost the price of one). This set contains four different shades – Rioja Red, Velvet Slipper, Birthday Suit and Old Hollywood. The only shade that isn’t my cup of the is Rioja Red and you can go to my Instagram account @frozenspringblog if you’d like to win it since I’m giving it away!

Beside these products, I placed an order with Rouge Bunny Rouge and I’m currently waiting on it to be shipped. I’m really excited about the products I ordered, but I’ll post about them once I receive them.

Did you get anything during this crazy weekend? :)

Vesna ♥