NOTW: Birthday manicure

Hello lovelies! Today I'd like to show you my birthday manicure. My nails were in need of some fresh 'paint' so the evening before my birthday I decided to create this manicure. Hubby chose the base color - I offered him my new Essie nail polishes to choose from and he went for Turquoise & Caicos. It's a stunning shade, but I decided to give it a bit of 'bling' as well, so I went for Essence's Glorious Aquarius glitter top coat.

I love this Essie shade - in the bottle it kind of looks mint but on the nails it's a wonderful turquoise color. Unfortunately, turquoise and my camera don't seem to like each other - every time I take pictures of a product/item/nail polish that's this kind of color, it comes out a bit... patchy? It just doesn't look clean and clear as it should. I think the last picture, taken in direct sunlight demonstrates the color most accurately. :)

Nailtiques Formula 2 (base coat)
Essie Turquoise & Caicos (2 coats)
Essence Glorious Aquarius (glitter)
Seche Vite Dry fast (top coat)

(in direct sunlight)

So, what do you think of this combo? Would you wear something like this on your nails? Which is your favorite Essie nail polish? :)

*Vichy Idealia Eyes

Hello my lovelies! How is your day going? I was awaken by an earthquake today... and my dog barking because of it. :S But on the bright side, I seem to be on my road to recovery from this nasty cold I've picked up somewhere. So... today I thought I'd review another awesome product from Vichy - Idealia Eyes eye cream (take a look at last week's review of Teint Ideal foundation, if you haven't seen it yet).

This is a new product in the Idealia line (you can also find a serum, face cream, BB cream and other products within this line). It's suppose to contour the eye area - illuminate it, reduce the look of dark circles, smooth out fine lines and just give your eyes a bright, well rested look. I have to say I agree with Vichy - I absolutely love this eye cream!

First of all, can we talk about the packaging? It's gorgeous (as the whole Idealia line seems to be - I mean, did you see the packaging of the serum?!). :) I love the gentle pink color in combination with silver, it just makes it look so nice. The only part of the packaging I don't really like is the applicator - I can see how it can be useful and how it's supposed to be used, but I just prefer to put a little cream on my ring finger and gentle massage it into my eye area. I don't like the feeling of 'running' the applicator around my eye (even though it's very gentle, almost feels like silicone). And I've discovered that the applicator becomes dirty quite fast and unwanted 'things' tend to stick to it (like tiny hair, dust...). So, what I do is just apply the cream on my finger and then 'distribute' it where I want to. :)

The cream itself is really nice - it's a bright pinky-beige color with tiny shimmer running through it (which I hope you can see in the pictures above). It has no noticeable scent which is great for an eye cream (you don't want to be applying a bunch of perfume around your eyes). It blends out beautifully and absorbs quite fast. It's not heavy at all yet does a great job at moisturizing the eye area. I found that it works great as a base for my eyeshadow primers and afterwards eyeshadows as well - it doesn't seem to affect my makeup at all and does not make it last any less/more time. I've been using it for quite a while now and it does not irritate my eyes whatsoever and hasn't caused me any problems (like milia forming or any dry, red patches, for example).

                            left: bare skin                                       right: Vichy Idealia eyes applied and blended out

As you can hopefully see from the pictures above, the cream does a great job at illuminating the eye area, making it look brighter and more awake. It also does some under eye circle covering, but nothing major, so if you have really bad under eye circles, you'll still have to use a concealer.

I think this is a lovely eye cream and if you're looking for a new one (and especially if you're looking for an illuminating one), than you should really check this one out. You can get it in your local pharmacy and it retails for around 24 €, which I think is not that much, considering how little you need to use and how much you're getting (15 ml) - it will last you quite a while.

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 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?