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Highlights of 2016

Outfit posts (some of my favourites)
1. I remember purchasing this varsity jacket from Terranova at the beginning of this year and I still love to wear it! (see full post
2. Ordering this bomber jacket from boohoo wasn't as I expected it to be (I wanted a puffy one) but I ended up styling it in many different ways. (see Deep Red Velvet & Bomber jacket post here) 
3. In the same boohoo order came the sleeveless coat I've showed you a few times (and probably will show it a few more times as it's a classy piece). (White sleeveless coat)
4. I wanted to style this blanket scarf ever since autumn came. (Two Sided Wrap Scarf)
Food
1. I managed to keep uploading a couple of recipes on my blog this year too. Gingersnap cookies have been tried out for the first time in May but certainly not for the last time. (see the recipe)
2. Some people don't like fruits in cakes (my sister for example) but I love the juicy fruity bits! In blueberry cake you can taste the perfect baked deliciousness of berries without any skin coming of the fruit. 
3. Easy recipes are my expertise (not really though) and coconut slice cake is a sugar explosion. I recommend to try it out. (Easy Coconut Slice
Events
1. At the end of August I wrote to LJFW, wanting to attend fashion shows but I never really expected to get an invitation! You can imagine my excitement when I read the email. (Ljubljana Fashion Week)
2. Right after the fashion week I was lucky to attend another blogger event, organized by Avon. (Avon Life Perfume Launch)
3. With so many amazing events happening in that time, Beautiful Bloggers event was the one my sister and I got signed up for ourselves. It was definitely the most anticipated one. (Beautiful Bloggers Meetup 2016)
Travels/Other
1. Parriisss!!! Can't we just leave it at that? My sister, mum and me went to a five day trip to Paris at the end of September and I have to say we all enjoyed ourselves. We all agree that five days is not nearly enough to see everything but you still get to see A LOT. It's beautiful and it was great to come back after eight years since my last trip. (see posts here: one, two, three)
2. Getting a new phone. My old one was too slow to work properly anymore so I went and bought a new one and I have to say, I haven't been more satisfied with a phone. All the functions, speed, screen... it's been a great companion so far. (Samsung Galaxy J5 2016)
3. Wedding in August. Last year my cousin got married in August as well and this year it's been her brother's turn. I only have an outfit post to show you- Wedding Guest Summer Edition

There has been so many great things happening and I'd be lying if I said 2016 wasn't good. It was great! I had ups and downs and I might write more about it soon. But today, I want to thank you all for sticking with me this year and I hope I will manage to bring you better and versatile posts next year. 

I wish you a good ending of the old year and a successful beginning of the new year 😄💖
Happy 2017! 
xx Maja

Universal DD Cream SPF 25 | DermEden

DermEden DD Cream has been praised a lot which at first got me thinking: "Isn't every product supposed to be the best of the best?" Especially today with many blogs and vlogs raving about almost every product they/we get which is how products are presented today at the market. They change from shelf to shelf quickly, they come and go and they have to keep the standards up. The competition is quite insane and being adverse is almost impossible. 

Being told that DermEden Daily Defense Cream was a universal product, containing high SPF (mine has SPF 25 but you can find fifty as well) and was a great barier against daily pollution. Even better was the information that the same product was made for every women out there. It means that DD Cream doesn't come in various colours, nor in various packaging for different skin type but that there is only one product which can be used and shared by your group of friends if needed. (However, there are also options for normal/mixed or dry skin only). 

Another sceptical question arose here. I tried out a few products before that claimed to be for all skin type but that usually excludes sensitive skin, no matter what it says. So, with all my questions in mind I reluctlantly but hopefully tested it out. I got a small amount of product out first on the back of my hand and found its consistency to be thick but very light weight (almost fluffy). It is beige-white and has tiny pearls inside, with different colours that supposed to adjust to your skin tone. When I spreaded it out, you could see the product was nicely blended and adapted to my tone. 

It reacted well on my hand but when I applied it on my face, the story remained successful but slightly different. The colour pigments managed to adapt there properly as well but the coverage was poor to medium. I could still see most of the redness around my nose. This doesn't bother me now though because I think the beauty product is meant to be worn as a primer before your full foundation routine (unless you wish to wear it by itself). It does an amazing work of moisturizing throughout a longer period of time which is very welcomed for me. 
Have you come across this DD Cream before? 

Thank you for stopping by, 
xx Maja

Combat Winter Boots

What a turn of style... I avoid wearing anything military inspired because it is simply a style I don't see myself in it. There would be a certain amount of style I'd gladly dig into and that is much older inspired fashion (for example uniforms from eighteenth until late nineteenth century). Dark khaki or olive green jumper (or any other clothing) also aren't considered in the same category because this is just another colour that has been around since centuries. But camouflage print or combat boots evolved in the early twentieth century is something that seems too drab. 

When I got surprised one day with mum coming from her shopping trip and saying she found very exciting boots that I'm going to love (sometimes she guesses but sometimes I am surprised by her choices). When she pulled these out of her bag, I immediately said I'll never wear them (not in a snobbish way- if my sister wouldn't like them either, I'd personally go and return them myself). But when sister admired them and giving them great remarks (maybe to change my heart), it caught my attention and I started to wonder if/how I could style them. And with that, I am here- with another post wearing new shoes from New Yorker. 
How do you like them? 
Thanks for reading, 
xx Maja

Thank you Leja for the photos. You can see her new post on Leja's Moment.

Christmas Feels So Far

First week of December has gone by and so far I have brought up a few routines I do every year. 

1. Light up candles. I limit myself to buying a couple of candles and then lighting them up almost every day or evening until they run out. Right now I have one that is vanilla scented and the other one is slightly floral. 

2. Eating typical goodies for this time of the year- gingerbread cookies, chocolates from advent calendars and also consuming hot drinks such as tea (lots!), hot cocoa or chocolate. 

3. Baking! My love for baking grows in this month. I like to stick to simple but new recipes. 

4. I will try to avoid buying gifts at peak of the month. I don't always succeed as I like to avoid the capital in this time of the year (it's filled with tourists. And shoppers). 

5. Natural makeup prevails anytime but at around Christmas time I only wear reds and glitters on my nails. Classic red, deep red, golden glitters... all are at (on) hand(s). 😉

I have other customs too but I will aquire them soon enough. It's only sixth of December and there are a few weeks to go before the New Year's Eve. 
What are your traditions you like to relieve at Christmas time? 

Talk to you soon, 
xx Maja

Makeup Revolution Precision Contour vs. Real Techniques Miracle Sponge

If you remember these brushes from my Christmas Gift Guide, you'll know I recommend oval brushes to anyone who seeks easier and faster application. My set consists of three face brushes: foundation, blush and contour/bronzer. From another 'set' I have tested out Real Techniques foundation and concealer sponges and here is the comparison between the two. 

Makeup Revolution London Precision Contour Set
The biggest brush is meant for foundation and it is my most used one. Its bristles are extremely soft and it feels like a feather swiping on my face. It takes little time to put on makeup- I apply a few drops of my Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation on the back of my hand and swipe the brush over it to collect the product. Then I dot the brush on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and blend it all out. To my greatest surprise, it is that simple (easy blending is also for creamy contouring or powder bronzer and blush). It fits perfectly into my hands and you're supposed to hold it like a toothbrush- I have to be careful not to hold it too tight because the handle near the bristles is thin and therefore fragile. The handles are made of plastic but the rose-gold gives it a high end look. 

You can buy them separately (link) or in a set of three (face or eye brushes) or an entire set (link). Slovenian readers can get them here. I think you get a lot for the price and I am sure they will change your makeup routine. 
Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting and Mini Eraser Sponges
Just as it is important to pick a suitable foundation for you skin, it is important to pick the proper tool to apply it too. Makeup sponge is with its soft made material appropriate for any foundation (oil or water based). My most used oil based foundation from Alverde tends to leave a greasy residue on my face and even if it keeps my skin hydrated, it feels too heavy on my skin. It is harder to get rid of it with my brushes but makeup sponge soaks up the access and leaves the right amount of foundation on (with enough hydration throughout the day). I can comparing the Real Techniques with ebelin sponges and say the texture of the first is much softer and gentler to the skin. They are also bigger and shaped differently- round and sharp edged for certain areas of your face and for certain use (applying or fixing your makeup). 

You can purchase them here (international) while Slovenian readers can dive into this link
Conclusion
I gave both good reviews based on trying them all out and being honestly open. I have always used a flat brush or my fingers to apply foundation but flat brush always left brush marks and I had to go back with my fingers to blend it out. Neither oval brush nor sponge leave any marks so I am glad I needn't fix anything. I do have one poor remark for both. I was cleaning all my brushes a couple of days ago and it took me a while to clean the oval brushes and sponges. The bristles are dense and the cleanser can hardly reach through the 'brush bush'. I needed a few time to really scrub and press the bristles down. Sponge has a similar situation- it has to be squeezed a good few times to get all the dirt out but I can say it looks like a new one once you succeed. 

Do you have a favourite tool for applying makeup? What are your thoughts and experiences with makeup sponge or oval brush? 

Thank you for reading, 
xx Maja