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 ♥

New In | Nabla Cosmetics (photos & swatches)

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After my first Nabla order back in August, I decided to place another order in October, and I’m still impressed with the fact that I received my order only two (2!) days after placing it (I placed my order on the 30th of Oct and it arrived on the 2nd of Nov)! Again, I ordered only eye shadows and to my surprise, I received two gifts with my order: one eye shadow and a small empty palette. Can’t complain about that! :D

 PRODUCTS:

  • Entropy (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – described as “mid-tone mauve with sand-tone base”
  • Interference – gift with purchase
  • Ground State (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – described as “hazelnut duochrome with mauve-lavender glare”; I don’t really see anything duochrome personally, I’d describe it as a nice lavender shade
  • Moonrise (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – described as “gunmetal with a hint of violet”
  • Zoe (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – lovely pale aqua green, I intend to use this shade as a highlighter
  • Circle (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – matte muted mauve shade; I’m pretty sure I have something similar from Rouge Bunny Rouge, but a bit lighter
  • Fahrenheit (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – not really my cup of tea usually, but I find this shade interesting for some reason so I gave it a go
  • Camelot (€6,50 / 2.5 g) – I can’t get enough of matte brown shades with cool undertones

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Here are my swatches!

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l-r: Entropy, Interference, Ground State, Moonrise

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l-r: Zoe, Circle, Fahrenheit, Camelot

 Vesna ♥

Nail Polish Of The Day: IsaDora Wonder Nail 540 Purple Paisley

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A while back IsaDora launched their new Fall collection and with it they launched three new nail polish shades. One of them was shade 540 Purple Paisley which caught my eye as soon as I saw a preview of the colours. Once I noticed the collection in stores – this nail polish was mine!

I know there are so many similar shades on the market already and it’s really hard to come up with a new colour, but I simply love IsaDora’s nail polishes and I always get at least one shade from each new collection. :)

Long story short…

  • flawless and easy application
  • wide brush (all their nail polishes have a wide brush – took me a bit to get used to it, but now I love it!)
  • fairly fast drying
  • looking smooth without any top coat
  • 2 coats for even and opaque colour
  • 5 ml / 79 SEK / €8.25

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What’s on your nails right now? :)

Vesna ♥

Mulberry On My Lips ♥

Here’s a funny thing: when I was a kid, my grandparents had this huge, old mulberry tree near their house and I loved to climb on it and pick mulberries (well, and eat them, obviously!). That’s actually my favourite fruit so when I saw that IsaDora launched a new collection which includes 10 lipsticks with matching lip liners (7 shades are totally new) and that one of them was called ‘mulberry’, I just knew it would be a great shade and that I had no choice but to purchase it! Fast forward a few days – here are my (lip)swatches and first impressions!

  • IsaDora Sculpting Lipliner Waterproof 66 Mulberry (0.3 g / 89 SEK / €9.30) is a matte red wine-ish shade with a slight brown undertone. It goes on easily but it is definitely drying and I would recommend exfoliation before applying it since it does emphasize any imperfection. Another thing is that it can’t be worn alone – way too dry for that (and I like drier lipsticks and lip liners, LOL).
  • IsaDora Lip Desire Sculpting Lipstick 66 Mulberry (3.3 g / 139 SEK / €14.50) is a darker creamy wine colour with purple undertone. Goes on easily and looks great with matching lip liner (though not really matching since these shades are slightly different, but that’s not really an issue once the products are applied). Once it’s applied on top of the lip liner, I definitely have no issues with dryness.

Here are my photos and swatches!

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natural daylight (shade)

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natural daylight (it looks a bit brownish, but it definitely has a more purple undertone on my lips; it is a bit hard to capture it)

Do you like mulberry (fruit / lip products)? :)

Vesna ♥

Nabla Cosmetics | Photos + Swatches

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10 days ago I placed an order with Nabla Cosmetics and my order arrived yesterday morning! They actually had a sale going on (even though I forgot to use the code, LOL) and almost free shipping so I figured it was about time to try their products and, here they are!

I picked only a few products – four eye shadows, one bronzing powder and an empty palette where I’ll keep these beauties. I had no issues while ordering. Well, the only issue I had was my dilemma about picking just a few shades and not a whole bunch, LOL! Otherwise, my experience with their website and shipping is perfect. It took a week longer for the order to arrive, but that’s because they were closed for a while and that was noted on their website. Since they use DHL to ship their packages, mine arrived the next morning! My order was packed more than properly and everything was well protected. Love how they add all these print outs about their products. It really makes you wanna place another order :D

In case you didn’t know, Nabla is a relatively young brand coming from Italy. They offer quite a stunning eye shadow collection, as well as other products. They are affordable and cruelty free (many products are vegan, too)!  All products I got are actually refill products which are not only cheaper, but you get rid of the extra packaging as well.

PRODUCTS:

  • Madreperla (eyeshadow / €6,50 / 2.5 g) – described as “duochrome Mother of Pearl”. They couldn’t describe it any better! It has a satin formula and its duochrome shine is amazing!
  • Daphne N°2 (eyeshadow / €6,50 / 2.5 g) – lovely burgundy shade
  • Baltic (eyeshadow / €6,50 / 2.5 g) – bright navy blue shade with indigo highlights
  • Selfish (eyeshadow / €9,90 / 2.5 g) – kaleidoscopic duochrome shade
  • Gotham (bronzing powder / €10,50 / 3.5 g) – light taupe bronzing powder, should be perfect for those with cool undertones
  • empty palette (€10,00)

Before I post some detailed reviews, please take a look at more photos!

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Madreperla

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l-r: Madreperla, Daphne N°2, Baltic, Selfish, Gotham

Hope you like my photos and swatches! :)

Vesna ♥