New In | May ♥

Hello! Even though I wasn’t planning on buying much in April/May, I still ended up with some products and I wanted to share them with you. Some of them I’ve already tried and I’ll write a sentance or two, but I will be posting my first impressions as well. :) So, let’s get started!

Maria Nila

Based in Stockholm, Maria Nila offers a variety of hair care products. I’ve been reading about them a lot and I was so tempted to order something. Since my hair has grown quite a lot, I really wanted to trz some hair styles, but I needed some products first (I don’t remember the last time I purchased a hare product which wasn’t shampoo or conditioner). I picked three products which I thought might be the best ones to start with: styling spray, dry shampoo and cream heat spray.  I just received them 2 days ago so I still haven’t tried them, but I will be testing two of them today. As you can see, they are all vegan (I love how they clearly state on their packaging which products are vegan + most of their range is vegan).

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Marc Jacobs Beauty

I’m so happy that another high-end brand decided to be cruelty-free! I picked up two products last week: Lush & Libido blush and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang lipstick. Lush & Libido was on my wish list for quite some time and I finally purchased it! It is such a wonderful colour which really suits my complexion. It might looks too pink in the packaging, but it looks quite mildly and flatters my skin. The other product is the lipstick in shade Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which I didn’t plan to buy, but I tried it while I was in Sephora and was just mesmerized by how it looked on me. In addition to that, a friend said it really brings out the colour of my eyes, so that was and easy decision. :D Will be posting my first impressions this weekend!

(Just a reminder that this is a separate brand and has nothing to do with Marc Jacobs Perfumes or the fashion brand. And not sure these products are vegan, I did check the ingredients and it looks like they are vegan, but I have to confirm that first)

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Lush & Libido blush

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang lipstick

ACO, estelle & thild, EX1 Cosmetics (all vegan)

I’ve been searching for a new sunscreen for a while now because I wanted to buy mineral-based sunscreen again, but didn’t manage to find what I was looking for. Instead I ended up buying ACO Sun Face Fluid SPF 50 and, to be honest, I’m so glad I did! It’s thicker, but it absorbs fairly quickly and leaves this velvet-y feeling on my skin.

Another product I picked up is estelle & thild Eye Make Up Remover (dual-phase) because my eyes are really sensitive lately and I need something really gentle to remove my eye make up. Since I was satisifed with their products so far, I decided to get their make up remover and that was a good choice. It really is gentle and it’s fragrance-free. Wished it contained more than 150 ml, but I’ll live. :D

For the past few weeks I was searching for a foundation that has pink undertone, but which is for those who are light-medium with olive skin tones (like I am). There aren’t many foundations that have this option, and EX1 Cosmetics is actually one of the few. Their shade F100 is the only shade with pink undertones, which is a shame since it’s a bit dark for me (I’m light-medium and this is obviously a medium shade). :( It will be a good shade for summer, but I wished they had something slightly lighter since it really is a good foundation. I was testing it over the weekend and I was so, so impressed! I’ll try mixing it with something to get a lighter shade, but I’m not sure how good that will be since such products usually change the texture and not just the shade. We’ll see.

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IsaDora Sculpting Lipstick & Lipliner, shade Rosewood (vegan)

I already own one shade from this range, but I decided to get another one – Rosewood. It’s actually quite darker on my lips, much darker than I thought it would be, but it looks really good! The lipliner is waterproof and super dry, but the lipstick is creamy so together they tend to have a good balance and are comfortable on my lips. I took some photos of me wearing it, but the lighting was bad so I’ll have to take the photos again, hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend for that :)

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Four Reasons Take Away Color 3.0 Coffee Bean (vegan)

I really miss my dark brown hair so I picked up this shade from Four Reasons. This isn’t a permanent colour so it doesn’t last so long, but I like it anyway. The last time I picked a shade lighter, but since I didn’t see a significant change, I got a darker shade this time. Will post before/after pictures, will be applying it tomorrow :)

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So, these are my new products! I’m already using some of them and will be posting my first impressions in the next few days!

Vesna ♥

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 ♥

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 ♥

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 ♥