Standout Beauty Products of 2014.

Gosh, it took more than a month for me to make this post – I have no idea why. Well, maybe it seemed a bit boring to me as I've been using these products for a year (some even longer) and I thought that it wouldn't be an interesting read. However, it would come handy for when I look back at the end of 2015. and compare what has changed, what has remained the same – it's a nice way to keep in check what goes in and what goes out the door, you know? Let us start with the make-upy scale of things. I've decided just to pick out best of the best, most used and loved bits of last year. It would be overwhelming if I had gone through each make-up or skincare category – that's why I've chosen to settle with five make-up and five skincare products. I will cheat a bit, though (har-har). Urban Decay Naked (Basics) eye shadow palettes were the discovery of the year in my eyes – now I finally get why people around the globe go nuts for them – they're amazing! Best eye shadows I've ever tried and owned, hands down. Sure, five years from now I'll probably discover their equals or even something better but they'll always be special to me and my first, real contact with eye shadow perfection. I have reviewed every single one of the ‘naked’ family (Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Basics, Naked Basics 2) at the blog. My favorites must be the original Naked palette (although Naked 2 held the No.1 place for long) and the Naked Basics 2 palette. I also fell in love with YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blushes – I own Rouge Effrontee, Rose Libre and Prune Impertinente – and love them all with same passion. They're perfect, compact blushers and matte lipsticks in a gorgeous packaging. Formula is perfect, wear is perfect and colors are stunning! I probably would expand my collection even further in the future. The foundation which has kicked out even my previous HG one (YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat) was the fabulous Dior Diorskin Star Foundation. I'm still loving it and wearing it daily – and haven't gotten tired of it in the process! Beautiful, natural finish paired with a solid medium coverage and a perfect color match make this the best foundation yet! theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer must be the best highlighter/illuminator out there – a bold statement I admit, but I stand behind it. I am willing to test some new highlighters but I honestly doubt that any will come even close to this leading lady. The 2014. year was the year when I (finally) embraced eyeliners and cat-eyed looks. My favorite one is the L'Oreal So Couture Super Liner which gives me astonishing control. I also love the Bourjois Mega Liner due to its punchy blackness and retro vibe.



Mislim da mi je trebalo mjesec dana da napisem ovaj post – iskreno, ne znam zaista zasto. Mozda sam mislila kako ne bi bio interesantno stivo posto sam vecinu proizvoda koje bih spomenula koristila konstantno barem godinu dana (neke cak i duze). Ipak, pomisao da bi jedan ovakav post bio cak koristan u odredjenom kontekstu me nagnala da mu se ipak posvetim. Mislim da ce biti interesantno podsjetiti se na proslogodisnje favorite na kraju 2015. te usporediti situaciju, da li se nesto promijenilo, oduzelo, dodalo? Zapocnimo sa omiljenim stivom za sminkoljupce. Odlucila sam da odaberem samo najbolje od najboljih, proizvode koje sam najvise voljela i najcesce koristila tokom protekle godine. Bilo bi isuvise naporno, kako sastavljati, tako i citati pojedinacne favorite za sve i jednu kozmeticku kategoriju – zato cemo imati ukupno deset proizvoda koji su se posebno istakli i po kojima cu uostalom pamtiti 2014. Naravno da cu malo varati, znate vec da je to uobicajena praksa za beauty blogerice – tako je tesko suziti odabir! Urban Decay Naked (Basics) palete sjena za oci su definitivno bile u fokusu – sada napokon razumijem zasto ih ljudi diljem svijeta toliko vole – fantasticne su! U ovim paletama se kriju najbolje, najkvalitetnije sjene za oci koje sam ikada isprobala. Naravno, za nekih cca pet godina cu zasigurno otkriti barem nesto njima ravno, mozda cak i bolje ali ove paletice ce uvijek imati posebno mjesto u mom srcu. Putem njih su mi se ‘otvorile oci’ po pitanju nekih stvari. Recenzirala sam svih pet komada ‘naked’ porodice (Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Basics, Naked Basics 2). Moji favoriti bi bili originalna, prva Naked paleta (iako je Naked 2 dugo bila na pijedestalu) te Naked Basics 2 mini paletica. Prosle godine sam se takodjer zaljubila u YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ljepotane – posjedujem tri nijanse (Rouge Effrontee, Rose Libre i Prune Impertinente) – i jednako ih sve volim. Idealna su, kompaktna rumenila i mat ruzevi u jednom dekadentnom pakovanju. Formulacija je izvrsna, trajnost je izvrsna a boje su fantazija. Vjerovatno cu u buducnosti dodatno prosiriti licnu kolekciju jos kojom nijansom. Tecna podloga koja je izgurala moju prethodnu HG tecnu podlogu (YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat) je iznenadjujuca Dior Diorskin Star podloga. Za mene neocekivan odabir no osvojila me te je jos uvijek koristim svaki dan (a da mi jos nije dosadila!). Prekrasan, prirodan efekat koze uz solidno srednje prekrivanje i idealan odabir nijanse cine u mojim ocima ovu podlogu najboljom do sada! theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer mora biti najkompletniji hajlajter/iluminator ikada napravljen – hrabra izjava, znam, ali stojim iza nje. Spremna sam isprobati neke slicne proizvode no istinski sumnjam da ce bilo koji od njih moci parirati ovoj dami. Godina 2014. je bila godina kada sam (napokon) prigrlila tus za oci i cat-eye look. Omiljeni mi je L'Oreal So Couture Super Liner koji mi je postao toliko dobar, odgovarajuci da ga osjecam kao produzetak vlastite ruke. Takodjer jako volim i Bourjois Mega Liner zbog intenzivne crne boje i retro stiha.

As for skincare, many things have remained the same – e.g.the LRP Effaclar range is still the best in my eyes (I always have a few tubes of Effaclar Duo+, Effaclar foaming cleanser and Effaclar astringent tones in my stash). I have also discovered some new and truly beautiful products. Status of the best face cleanser of all time could easily go into hands of Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm – which is actually a gel/balm hybrid. It's ideal to be used during cooler months especially as it nourishes the skin yet keeps it extremely clean and pure. Face cream of the year 2014. is something I'd never think of before as my oily/combo skin shies away from anything remotely nurturing. The Dr.Hauschka Revitalizing Face Cream, however, has become a staple and I couldn't be left without it anymore! Perhaps I will turn to light gel textures come summer but remaining three seasons will be catered by Dr.Hauschka. Best eye cream of 2014.? Easy – it's the Kozmetika Afrodita Hydra Thermal Eye Cream! Such an ideal balance of quality and affordable price + it really ticks all the boxes for me. It may not be a wondrous eye cream but it's one of the best basic ones I've tried so far. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse is by far my favorite facial exfoliator – it combines that pleasant feeling of beads rolling off dead skin and my fave ingredient – glycolic acid. Baby smooth skin in an instant! Highly recommend this exfoliator and the brand in general. Hair care was a flop so I have nothing special to report – I have discovered a decent hair mask (Tocco Magico Kur hair mask with cotton), a decent  shampoo (Alkmene Beer Shampoo) and a decent heat-protectant (Osmo Thermal Defense). But that's not a bunch of products that blew me away, they simply seemed not to have disappointed me. Body-wise, I have used many fantastic body lotions and potions, especially from L'Occitane (remember my Almond Milk Concentrate obsession?). However, a certain body scrub stood out to me. The L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing (sugar) body scrub is perfection as I don't get along well with salt scrubs. The entire Aromachologie range is fab but this scrub – it's out of this world! Amazing exfoliation, no irritation, amazingly smooth skin after use and a zingy scent. Well, that's it my friends – ten standout beauty products of 2014. Care to share your faves?


Sto se tice njege koze, mnogo toga se nije uopste promijenilo. Npr. LRP Effaclar linija proizvoda mi je i dalje broj jedan (uvijek imam u rezervama par pakovanja Effaclar Duo+ kreme/tretmana, Effaclar gela za umivanje i Effaclar astringentnog tonika). Ipak je godina iznjedrila i par neocekivanih favorita koji su ostavili dubok trag na moje poimanje njege koze. Status uopsteno najkvalitetnije, najkorisnije, najefektnije umivalice ide u ruke Oskia Renaissance balzama za ciscenje – koji je ustvari hibrid gela i balzama. Idealno ga je koristiti posebno tokom hladnijih mjeseci posto hrani kozu dok je istovremeno istinski dubinski cisti (uspio je spojiti nespojivo). Krema za lice 2014. godine je takodjer iznenadjenje jer ranije mom mjesovitom do masnom tenu nikada ne bi u obzir dosle hranljive formulacije. Dr.Hauschka Revitalizirajuca krema za lice,  ipak je uspjela da se izbori za status nezamjenljive i od njenog otkrica se ne odvajamo! Vjerovatno cu tokom ljeta koristiti lagane gelaste teksture no za sva tri preostala godisnja doba, ova krema mi pruza najkompletniju njegu. Najbolja okoloocna kremica? To je barem lagano – rijec je o Kozmetika Afrodita Hydra Thermal okoloocnoj kremici! Odavno se nisam susrela sa prozvodom koji predstavlja tako povoljan balans kvalitete i cijene za svoje kupce. Uistinu me odusevila i iako mozda nije obogacena nekim cudotvornim sastojcima, od jednostavnijih okoloocnih kremica za hidrataciju je jedna od najimpresivnijih. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse je ubjedljivo osvojio titulu najboljeg eksfolijansa za lice – ne samo ove godine vec uopsteno! Kombinira osjecaj ugode kada sitne sfere pilinguju kozu ali i meni najdrazi sastojak od svih – mocnu glikolnu kiselinu. Rezultat je glatka i meka koza poput bebine – svaki put! Njegom kose sam protekle godine prilicno razocarana i niti jedan me proizvod nije narocito dojmio. Jedino sto sam uspjela jeste pronalazak tri pristojna proizvoda – Tocco Magico maska za kosu sa pamukom, Alkmene sampon sa pivom i Osmo Thermal Defense sprej. Ipak, niti jedan od njih nije revolucionaran. Njega koze tijela je bila bogata zahvaljujuci krasnim kremama, sufleima i losionima za tijelo a vecina njih je dolazila od L'Occitane brenda (sjecate se moje opsesije sa Badem mlijecnim koncentratom?). Ipak, u gomili proizvoda mi se narocito istakao jedan piling za tijelo. L'Occitane Aromakologija Revitalizirajuci (secerni) piling za tijelo je savrsenstvo i napokon sam uspjela pronaci odgovarajuci piling (pilinzi na bazi soli mi ne odgovaraju). Uopsteno mi je linija Aromakologija izvrsna ali ovaj piling je ipak nesto posebno. Odlicno radi svoj posao, nema iritacija, koza je nestvarno mekana i nahranjena nakon upotrebe i jos k tome miris je uistinu luksuzan i razbudjujuci. I tako, drage moje dame, dolazimo do kraja ovog posta. Recite mi da li su ovi favoriti bili predvidivi? Da li ste ih mogle i same pogoditi? Slobodno sa mnom podijelite neke vlastite favorite koji su u vasim ocima obiljezile proteklu godinu.

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