Sunday, July 29, 2012

Monthly faves: JULY!

End of the month can mean only one: it's time for monthly favourites! I usually always get a positive feedback on those short "reviews" of my favourite things, that's why I decided to start writing separate review posts, because some products are my all time favourites and will never make it into my monthly faves, because I use them all the time. Tell me your thoughts on that. :)

First product, I've been using a lot is Essence Marble mania blush in 01 swirlpool. It's a nice rosy shimmery blush, which gives my cheeks really pretty glow and I don't even have to use a highlighter with it, because it's already shimmery. :)

My favourite of the favourites has to be Seche Vite Dry fast top coat. It dries your polish in a minute, after ten minutes I can make myself a lunch :D. It makes my nail colouring so much easier, because I always manage to ruin my manicure somehow. I bought this magic bottle on E-bay, I think it was around 7 €.

Second nail polish I've been loving this month (I actually had it for a year now, but used it only once, because it dries so slowly, but thank you Dry fast top coat, you make my life so much easier :D) is Essence multi dimension XXXL shine in 68 Perfectly true. It's white with no glitter, shimmer, just plain white varnish :).

Another polish I've been loving lately is Essence colour & go in 38 Choose me! Year ago I wasn't really into shimmery polishes, but now I just love them. This one looks so cute on my toe nails!

I've been listening a lot of non-mainstream and non-commercial music, because working in a shop with clothes you hear that sh*t every day and some songs just make you nervous an you start hating them! :) On repeat this month: The Cunninglynguists - Darkness.

I am doing much more yoga and I started liking it. I still like my HIIT workouts though, but some days I feel like doing something much less impulsive or I combine both - high intensity interval training and yoga. I'm still a beginner at it :).

My favourite food of the month has to be salad. It's been so hot through all month that I'm not really in the mood to cook anything. I mix all kind of veggies, sometimes even fruit, mozzarella cheese, tuna, beans and other yummy healthy stuff :).

I know I'm kinda late, but finally I found time to watch all new episodes of True Blood season 5. Super excited for a new episode :). Do you watch True Blood? Which TV series do you like most?

That all for today's post. What are your faves of the month?

xoxo Deja

Friday, July 27, 2012

What I ate Friday + workout OTD

I realized I haven't posted any "what I ate" posts in a long long time. I decided to do that today :). This post is kinda related to getting in the best shape for my birthday, so you get an idea what I eat on an ordinary day.

Breakfast: half of Greek yogurt, handful of mixed nuts, one nectarine, one spoon of honey and of course a cup of green tea. Yum! (and of course I accidentally deleted picture of my breakfast. I wouldn't be Deja if I haven't done something wrong or forgotten something. Silly me :))

WOTD (workout of the day that is :)):
I kept it kinda old school and simple.
First part had three main exercises: jump lunges or switch lunges (however you'd like to call them), tricep dips and squat jumps (regular squat with a jump when you come back up). I did 16 repetitions for each exercise and in between I did 4 burpees (squat down, hand on the floor in front of you, jump your feet back, do a push up, jump your feet forward and jump up). I completed whole sequence three times in 9 minutes and 44 seconds.
Second part was 10 minutes of random ab, butt and leg exercises.
Third part was wall sit for 3 minutes and held plank for 45 seconds (and my record is 3 minutes. lol)

Post-workout shake: chocolate protein shake with half of banana.

Lunch: green salad, rucola, 6 olives, half of avocado, half of tomato, mozzarella cheese, salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mixed spices.

Afternoon snack: two corn waffles with little bit of Greek yogurt, honey, half of banana that was left from morning and shake of cinnamon. I would use peanut butter and honey, but I ran out of peanut butter, and my next "project" is to make homemade peanut butter :)

Dinner: omelette (one whole egg, two egg whites) with mixed veggies (zucchini, onion, carrot, rucola, green pepper and tomato) + evening tea :)

I usually have 4-6 meals per day, it really depends on when I wake up and what I do during the day.

Do you like this kind of posts?

xoxo Deja

Thursday, July 26, 2012

One day cleanse/detox day

I said in one of my previous posts that I'm getting in the best shape of my life as my birthday present to myself. I am exercising every day, eating healthy, drinking lots of water ... Wanted to update you about my progress, but I'm a lazy blogger lately. Ugh. You have all right to hate me for not updating you. :) Bad, Deja, bad! I failed.
I will have more time (and hopefully I will be in the mood) for blogging in August. Pinky swear :).

So back to my detox day ... My body felt like I need some cleansing to do. So I decided to eat nothing whole day and drink only water.
When I was dieting (90-days separation diet) I had so-called "water day" every 29th day. That means you drink only water (and teas and maybe lemonade ...) whole day. It's recommended to do that every once in a while to give your body a rest.

I came across with a recipe for a beverage which is good to drink on a cleanse day. You will need only three ingredients + water :).

You will need:
- one lemon (I used organic lemon)
- cayenne pepper
- maple syrup
- water (1,5 l)

Squeeze one lemon and pour it into an empty bottle. Add three spoons of maple syrup and two to three shakes of cayenne pepper. Mix all ingredients with 1,5 liters of water. Store the beverage in your fridge and drink during the day. Make sure you drink plenty of pure water as well.

What are the benefits of a detox day?
Detox is meant to help get rid of built-up toxins and wastes in your body. You give your liver and stomach a break, especially if you eat poor diet (low in nutrition). Your digestive organs have to work harder to filter wastes and toxins from the body if you eat poorly.
A water day can also help you rehydrate your skin, clears your skin and increases your energy level.
Detox day is also good for you to take a rest, take a day off ... I recommend going for a long walk, do yoga, meditate, read an inspirational/motivational book ... whatever makes you calm and happy :).

And this is how it a detox day looks like (+green tea, I drank 2 cups). Make sure you have a toilet always near you :P

If you are feeling crazy and really need some serious cleansing to do, you can actually do this detox for three days (or maybe even more, make some research before doing your body any harm).
It seems impossible to drink only water (and this beverage and maybe tea) whole day, but your body will thank you!

Namaste (I'm really into yoga lately :D),

xoxo Deja

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sephora Kat von D "Sinner" inspired makeup look

I have a list of topics for my blog I need to write and I have like one million other ideas what to post, but sometimes you just don't feel like blogging. I go to work and it's so hot I can't even think and don't forget to mention - I'm world's biggest procrastinator. You probably know how it feels if you are blogger :).

I was playing with makeup couple of days ago, was inspired by Kat von D's "sinner" look for her Sephora line. (I would like to have every single product from her line... and I have birthday soon :P)

You probably know that I love her, I mentioned her in one of my previous blog posts and even tweeted about her. She is one of my idols and she does the most awesome makeup looks. (Well, she is awesome with everything she does :)).

So here is the final look:


I have a crappy camera. Glitter was actually much more visible in person. Ah, well, have to work with what I have.

Here are the products I used:

  • face:

- Avon Ideal shade in Creamy natural
- Bourjois BIO detox Fond de teint in Vanilla (mixed those two together)
- Bourjois Healthy mix concealer in 52 medium radiance
- E.l.f. Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Fair to set my whole face
- E.l.f Contouring Blush & Contouring Powder

  • eyes:
- Essence I <3 stage eyeshadow base
- NYX The Runaway Collection in Jazz Night (I bought it, beacuse it really reminds me of Kat von D's Metal Orchestra palette)

- Essence Cristalliced glitter froster in 02 Diamond dust mixed with Kiko Mixing solution
- Catrice Liquid liner in 010 Dating Joe Black
- Catrice Kohl Kajal in black
- Artdeco All in One Mascara in Black (my all time favourite mascara <3)

  • eyebrows:
- Catrice Eye brow stylist in 030 Brown-n-eye Peas
- and a little tiny bit of Alverde black mascara (because she has quite dark eyebrows)

  • lips:
- Bourjois Sweet kiss in 49 Rose allure

- Revlon lipbutter in 015 Tutti Frutti

Do you like this look? Would you wear it?

Good night,

xoxo Deja

P.S.: I know it's kinda late, but I have two new looks planned for the Hunger Games. I'm so excited (...and I just can't hide it :P).

Monday, July 9, 2012

20 dollar makeup challenge (16 € makeup challenge)

20 $ equals 16,2860 €, so I decided to give it an European name: 16 € makeup challenge :). I found out that cosmetics in Slovenia is much more expensive as in America and we don't have a lot of choice when it comes to cheap cosmetics - Essence, some stuff from Catrice (which in fact is cheap, but not enough for this challenge) and maybe S-he and Alverde. Every purchased product was from Muller, just E.l.f. lipstick was bought online (even E.l.f. products from the UK site are more expensive than from the US site. So unfair!).

I originally bought Souffle Touch Blush from Essence and wanted to use it on my cheeks and on my lips, but I didn't like the product so much, and the total price was 18 €. I ended up using E.l.f. lipstick for 1,70 € on my lips and as a blusher instead. You have to work with what you have ;).
And I haven't used any of this products before this challenge, just the lipstick.

Here are the products I used with prices:
- Essence Clear & Matt make-up oil-free liquid foundation 01 Porcelain 3,49 €
- Essence I <3 stage eyeshadow base 2,69 €
- Essence Get it Big! Lashes mascara 2,49€
- Catrice Smokey eyes brush (double sided) 2,89 €
- Essence Eyebrow designer 04 Blonde 1,69 €
- Essence eyeshadow 09 Get ready! 1,89 €
- E.l.f. lipstick (pink shade) 1,70 €

Total: 16,84 €

Firstly, I applied Essence liquid foundation all over my face. It's applies smoothly, it gives light coverage.  Because I didn't buy concealer for this challenge, I decided to use an eyeshadow base as a concealer, because it's matt and I can say it worked pretty well as a concealer, although I think it is little bit to dark for my skin. I applied it on my under eye bags, on imperfections on my face and on my eyelids as a base for shadow.

With smokey eye brush I applied brownish eyeshadow all over my eyelid, crease and on my lower lash line as well. The other side of the brush is angled, so I used that side and mascara as an eyeliner and slightly winged it out. I just put some mascara on the brush and lined just my upper lash line and little bit on my lower as well. Applied mascara and filled in my eyebrows with eyebrow pencil. I used E.l.f. lipstick on my lips and stained my cheeks a little bit with it.

And my 16 € look is complete! :)
Here is the finished look:

My thoughts:
I think the final look came out quite good, although I really missed setting my foundation with powder, my face felt kinda sticky from all those creamy products. And an eyeshadow could be blended a little bit more above the crease. The two sided smokey eye brush worked really well, however I'm not the biggest fan of double sided brushes because I cannot store them in my brush holder and usually forget about them (but they become handy when you travel). Speaking of traveling, you could take just a mascara and an angled brush and you can achieve winged liner without using eyeliners! I don't know if it works well with every mascara though. 

The best product from this whole look I think I would have to chose an eye primer, it's like a magnet for your shadow. Even an eyeshadow is not bad quality! (I will probably depot it and put it in my Z palette, because I don't find single shadows really handy). Mascara gives you a really nice volume, although I had to apply several coats. And eyebrow pencil gives a little waxy feel to my brows, which is not a bad thing, because it keeps them in place longer.

What do you think about this look?? Do you like it? Have you ever used your eye primer as a concealer, lipstick as blush and mascara as a liner? I sometimes use lipstick as blush, it was the first time for the other two products :)

Now I would like you to do this tag!! :)
Sara from Passing Fancy
Christine from Makeup, Beauty & Fashion
V. from Gone2RehabBRB
and all other beautiful lovely ladies who would love to do this tag ;)

Have a lovely day,
xoxo Deja

Friday, July 6, 2012

Quick tip: how to make you lipstick lighter or darker

I like creating new lip shades, so no one knows what kind of lip sticks I wear (mysterious lip colour :P). I wanted to share a quick tip with you: how a make your lipstick lighter or darker.

This is what I used:

- two lipsticks: NYX Jumbo Lip pencil  709 Deep Red and Bourjois Sweet Kiss 49 Rose allure
- NYX Concealer in a Jar
- Avon Super shock gel eyeliner-liner gel in black
- lip gloss wand or brush (or just use your fingers)

You don't have to use exact same products. You can use whatever colour of lipstick you like. I just recommend using creamy concealers and eye pencils. Creamy products mix better with lipstick.

Make it lighter:
I apply lipstick on the back of my hand and with brush or lip gloss wand I get a little bit of concealer and apply it directly to where I put lipstick. Mix well. You can go back and forth with lipstick and concealer to achieve desired colour. Apply it on your lips.

Make it darker:
I do it the same way as with concealer, I just apply black liner directly to the lipstick on my hand and then mix with brush, wand or finger. Apply it to your lips.

NYX Jumbo Pencil, from left to right: lipstick mixed with concealer, normal shade, with black eyeliner.

Bourjois lipstick: from lighter to darker.

Of course you can apply it lipstick and then concealer/liner directly to your lips, but I prefer putting it to the back of my hand, so products can melt together from the warmth of my skin.

Here is comparison with NYX Jumbo Pencil. First picture: normal shade, second picture: darker shade

Pretty easy, ha?
Hope this helps to some of you :). Do you have any other tricks and tips how to make your own lip colour? Share it in the comment section!

Lots of love,

xoxo Deja

P.S.: Sorry for really bad pictures! I can't find my digital camera, I moved to a new apartment last weekend and my room is still chaotic :D. Sorry!

Monday, July 2, 2012

June favourites!

Sorry I've been MIA lately. I've been really busy busy and it's so freakin' hot, I don't even feel like blogging, although you don't really have to move much while blogging :D ...
It July already, I can't believe it! It's time for the monthly favourites:

My favourite fragnance of the month is Essence Like a trip to NY. I found it randomly in Muller and all their fragnances smell so spring/summer-y and so lovely! I wanted to buy all of them (haha. They are not that expensive though). Have you tried them? Which one is your favourite?

Best pimple killer is Purifiying oil Pure nature Organic tea tree and rosemary from Oriflame. I use it before going to bed.

I started using new night cream. I bought it on BB natura and it's from Derma E Ester C Creme with E. My skin in the morning is so soft and hydrated. My previous cream was also Derma E. Derma E never disappoints me :)

I love E.l.f. and of course I had to order some new goodies from their site. E.l.f. lipsticks are really creamy and pigmented. I bought two of them and the only thing I don't like is that they don't have a name on them. That's why I can't tell you the names. Both of them are in the pink family :)

Currently my best nail polish remover is Aveo mandel mit Aceton. It removes glitter like a boss! :)) Bought  it at Muller.

The best movie I saw in June was definitelly 21 jump street. This was the most hilarious comedy I have seen in a really long time. I was  laughing even the next day after seeing a movie. Highly recommend it! :)

I wasn't really reading any book this month, because I had to study for my exams (never ending story). And no particular song was on repeat this month ... (although I still like Payphone :))).

What are yours monthly favourites?

Have a lovely Monday!!

xoxo Deja