TIGI Catwalk Mystique blow out balm

Hello lovelies and happy birthday to me! :) I'm celebrating my 24th birthday today with a cold but eating a delicious piece of cake, so everything is good in this world (that tells you a lot about me, right - just give me cake and I'm a happy camper). :) Anyhew... there's no slacking off for us beauty bloggers so I thought I'd tell you a bit about Tigi's Catwalk Mystique blow out balm today.

If you've been reading my blog for a while than you probably already know what my hair's like - fine, very soft and gets oily really fast. I don't do much with it at all, as far as styling goes (I might straighten or curl it a couple of times a year) but I do always blow dry it because I need to dry it 'into shape' - if I just leave it to air dry then it usually ends up laying very flat and not looking all that good. So, since I always use a blow dryer after I've washed my hair, I decided to try out this fella and see how it'll work for me (thank you Mateja for introducing it to me).

The balm comes in a gorgeous packaging that's also very user friendly - with a pump that makes dispensing the product onto your hands much easier. The balm itself is clear but has lovely tiny shimmer/glitter in it (that's supposed to make your hair look shiny - mine is always shiny so I can't say I notice if the balm does anything in that 'department'). It also smells very nice, artificial and hair-salon like, but very nice. :) When I used it the first time I was very worried how it would affect my hair, because it's quite thick and it could (potentially) weigh my fine hair down or even make it look greasy. Fortunately it doesn't do any of those things - it makes my hair feel great, very slick and soft, yet not weighed down at all. I could also say it becomes a bit more manageable (not that I have a huge problem with that).

I really love using this balm and I haven't skipped it yet since I got it (I've actually stopped using my Orofluido hair oil for a while because I feel like this balm kind of makes my hair look healthy and nourished, even though it doesn't claim to do that). :)

I bought this balm at Allbeauty.com for 9 € but I see it's currently out of stock (I'm sure it's going to be available soon). Have you tried this balm or any other Tigi Catwalk products - I really want to try some other things from this line. What kind of styling products do you use on your hair?

*Lily Lolo pressed mineral eyeshadow duo

Hello my darlings! Today I have an exciting review for you, sponsored by Specia.si. They were so kind to send me this pressed mineral eye shadow duo from Lily Lolo in exchange for my thoughts. :) I'm a huge Lily Lolo fan (I absolutely love their mineral foundation in Blondie and their kabuki brush), so I was really excited to try out more products from their range.

When I received this duo in my mail I have to admit I didn't really know what to expect. Being an eyeshadow junkie and having very high standards (due to Urban Decay, Inglot and other awesome brands) I wasn't too sure I was going to like this duo - in my experience many makeup companies just can't seem to do eyeshadows right. Well, fortunately Lily Lolo surprised me and showed me that some can! :)

The packaging of the duo isn't the greatest (I found some difficulties with opening the lid and ended up scratching up the darker shade because the lid would suddenly open) but it's also not bad and it doesn't feel cheap. The whole Lily Lolo line has been or is being revamped so I hope they're going to change and improve the packaging on these duos as well. 

Both shades that come in this duo are very creamy to the touch and their pigmentation is great. I wasn't expecting that at all. I also really like the colors of both these shades - one is a lovely pinky-beige satin and the other a gorgeous deep plum/purple with a tiny hint of shimmer in it (thought it's also more of a satin than a shimmer shade). There is a wide range of makeup looks you can create with this duo - you can use only the lighter shade all over the lid (it's that kind of a color that looks great and multi-dimensional on it's own), you can pair the two together (that's what I did) or you can use the darker shade for a stronger, smokier look.

(picture taken under artificial light)

(picture taken in natural light)

As much as I was impressed with the pigmentation of these two shades whilst using my finger to apply them on my skin, I found that they don't turn out quite as pigmented on the eyes when you're applying them with makeup brushes. Now the reason for this is not that they're not pigmented or don't work well with brushes - they're actually really, really nice and because they have such a creamy, silky texture, they blend extremely well, almost too well - so if you want the colors to stand out, you need to build them up, layer them. A sticky, colored base would be a great option with this duo (I tried using my Milk pencil from NYX and the shades did turn out much better - I used only a clear eyeshadow base for the look bellow).

This duo would be excellent for someone who prefers to wear gentle eye looks or someone who just doesn't like to work with eyeshadows that are strongly pigmented - great for beginners or for people that just don't wear eyeshadow that often. Even though this duo is very natural and gentle and I tend to go quite bold on the eyes, I found myself using it quite a lot recently so that's got to tell you something. :)

I would definitely recommend this duo to any eyeshadow junkie (like myself) or a newbie. And if you don't like the shades in this particular set, you can always found one that would suit you - there are 7 more duos available to choose from and they are currently on sale for only 7.63 €.

So, what are your thoughts on this duo, would you like to wear something like this on your eyes? :) Have you tried Lily Lolo products before (if not than what are you waiting for?!)?

Birthday giveaway! :)

Hello darlings! My birthday is in a couple of days (on the 19th to be exact) and I'm turning 24! Wow... I'm getting old. :) So, in celebration of my birthday I decided to 'throw' a nice little giveaway for you. One of my lucky readers will be getting a full Mini Mani Month box from Ciate. But there's a twist - the box is 'custom made' by me so you won't know exactly which polishes you'll be getting until you get your box and open all the windows. :)

If you'd like to enter this giveaway, please fill in the Rafflecopter bellow and don't forget to leave a comment. The giveaway is open to my European readers/followers only, due to shipping restrictions for nail polish. Don't forget to check out my Ciate Mini Mani Month boxes (box no.1, box no.2 and box no.3) so you can see which nail polishes you could be winning and so you can leave a comment bellow telling me which one(s) you'd like to own/win the most. :) Good luck!

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