Review: Avon Cherish Eau de Parfum

Hey Beauties!

It's been a long time since I had new full bottle of perfume. Lately I've been loving buying cheap knock offs (Slovenians - Refan and such), that I didn't buy any full version perfumes. Avon sent me this one, which if I'm totally honest, I wouldn't chose for myself. But it turned out to be a surprising refreshment in my perfume collection.

Perfume comes with a white paper box. It costs 19.90€ and you get 50 ml of it. That's one thing about Avon perfumes that I love. You can get some really huge amounts for a really low price.

The glass bottle is very interesting. I think it reminds me of flower or flower petals - especially the top part. It has gold details and writing. Definitely nice bottle to decorate the top of your drawer. I do find that this top is more decorative then functional. I can't see myself carrying this bottle around, since the top doesn't covers spray and you might end up with perfume sprayed all over your purse. Not practical rather more decorative.

Perfume is called Cherish and it's a musky floral scent. If you know me, I love strong and sweet scents. I love musk, it's one of my favorite scents. However I am more of a fruity, woody person, not so much floral. That being said, the musk in this fragrance is really strong and predominant. In my opinion the two notes that I smell the most are musk and orange blossom. The last one does give it a bit of floral scent to it, but the musk makes it very strong and creamy.

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Cherry Blossom.
Middle notes: Tiare Flower, Jasmine Sambac.
Base notes: White Musk, Sandalwood.

When I first spray it on, the most dominant scent is cherry blossom. Right after a while it smells pretty floral and later it becomes more creamy musky. It's an interesting combination. I would categorize it among classic floral and musky scents. It's not too strong, not too floral and definitely not too sweet. Combination of all these together in a very sophisticated elegant mixture.

As far as longevity goes, I've had better. It's not extremely long lasting, although it starts off as very strong perfume. So be prepared to spray it a few times during the day, if you want the fragrance to stay fresh and strong.

It's definitely not my usual fragrance and I don't think I would like it, if it wouldn't be for those woody musky base notes, which are my favorite perfume bases. If you like more classic floral scents and want that smoldering sexy power of musk and woody notes, than this is definitely for you. Cherries will give this fragrance a pinch of sweetness, but definitely very subtle sweetness. 

Into the Blue

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I'm starting to realize that I love my neutral and peachy gold shades too much. To the point where I neglect a lot of other shades in my eyeshadow palettes. So, I decided to make more colorful makeups with the eyeshadow shades that are not my usual choice. Don't get me wrong, I'll still use a lot of violet, gold and peach, just combined with different shades. Does that happen to you too? I seem to only use certain shades from my palettes. Today is about blue silver combination, which is not my usual choice of color, since I find those make me look very cool toned and somewhat dark :).

I started by applying blue matte shadow on the lid, leaving out the outer fourth. I added light warm matte brown in the crease and darkened the corners of the crease with dark chocolate brown matte shade.

Then I used shimmery dark silver shade and darkened outer corners. I used a silver blue shimmery shade and put it over the matte blue shade with my finger. I used bright blue as a base before to make this blue stand out more. Then I used the same matte blue at the center of the lower lid and I used the two matte brown shades in the outer third of lower lid.

I went over brown matte shades with shimmery dark silver shade. I also went over blue matte shade with the silver blue shimmery shade and brought it near the inner corner of the eye. In the inner corner of the eye I used matte white shade as a base and then I went over it with light champagne white shimmery shade. This time I skipped the eyeliner and instead used black matte eye shadow as an eyeliner. I did winged it out a little, since you know I really like that look.

Finished with lots of mascara. After that I cleaned up the edges with concealer to make it look more sharpened and winged out.

I did my usual foundation and concealer routine. I also used taupe shade to contour around my outer edges of the face and used champagne colored highlighter. I didn't wanted to put on too much blush, so I used a very light hand with shimmery peachy blush. As for the lips, I used pink based nude lipstick. Since the eyes are so bold, the rest of the face makeup is very neutral and simple.

Products used:

Revlon Colorstay foundation
MA Pro Longwear concealer
Elf High Definition Powder

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Essence Longlasting lipstick in 11 Nude Love

Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V1, shade Bolt
Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Eyeshadow Flawless palette, shade Almost There
Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Eyeshadow Flawless palette, shade Pure Chocolate
Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette Run Boy Run, shade Trying to Catch You
MUA Undressed palette, Shade 18
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V1, shade Pow!
Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Eyeshadow Flawless palette, shade Highlite
Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Eyeshadow Flawless palette, shade Night

February Haul

Hey Beauties!

I wanted to change up my posts and maybe do a haul to let you know what reviews you can expect in the future. I sometimes accumulate new things and forget to do those short and sweet hauls, just to let you know my first impressions. This time I remembered. Maybe I'll give you some ideas on what to purchase for yourself.

I decided to purchase some new stuff from Makeup Revolution. One of which is this Flawless eyeshadow palette. It has 32 eyeshadows. Some are matte, but most are shimmery. It's a pretty neutral palette with certain pops of colors, which are still very wearable. I've been trying a lot of the shades and I'll post a few makeup looks along with the full review of this palette. I guess I just wish it had a deep matte black and some more colorful variations. I think some colorful shades like blue and green are too dark. They would need complimentary lighter shade. The quality is pretty good.

I also got their Ultra Cover and Conceal palette in Light. I wanted something with multiple shade choices, since I do sometimes do makeup on others and my skin tone also varies among winter and summer. I've tried only a few shades. I find that they are pretty light in coverage, more than I was expecting. I think those would be good as a contouring and highlighting product, because they are pretty sheer. Not great for under the eye or around any fine lines, because they emphasize them. I need to test this more.

Finally! I've wanted to buy this blush for such a long time. It's NYX Powder Blush in Taupe. Supposedly it's a really nice contour shade for light skin tones. I think the shade is interesting and definitely not too dark for fair skin. I was surprised as it looks a bit red toned on me. For some reason I thought it would be cooler. I haven't tried this enough to tell you if I like it or not. 

I also got single eyeshadow from Catrice in the shade 400 My First Copperware Party. I admit, I got it because I saw on Pinterest that this shade is supposedly dupe for MAC's Satin Taupe, which I know is a very popular shade. I actually really like the quality of Catrice eyeshadows, but my God, why don't they just make a freedom system palette or something? I would totally buy an empty palette and fill it with their eyeshadows. I guess that is my problem with single eyeshadows, they are just so not practical for carrying around. That's why I mostly go for palettes. Anyway, pretty brown shade, which again looks a bit red toned on me. It's a very wearable shade.

That hair mascara is the only new Essence product that caught my attention. I like it because it has such a small brush. It's very practical for brushing through the brows, if you don't have naturally huge brows. It gives me more control. It's called Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara and I got it in the shade 01 Blondy Brows. It's almost taupe, grey based light brown shade, which is perfect for me, since I do have slightly greyish natural brows. Haven't tried it that much, but it does coat the brows nicely and makes them more seen.

I was so happy, when I found this lip gloss on Ebay. It's one of my all time favorite lip glosses as far as the shade goes. It's Maybelline Watershine Gloss in 715 Crystal Dune. Probably nothing fascinating for anyone, but I just love that truly beige brown shade of lip gloss with tiny shimmer. Makes the lips look really glossy and shiny. 

Another product that has positively surprised me is mascara from La Roche-Posay. It's called Respectissime Extension Lenght and Curl Mascara. I got it as a gift from a relative. My usually kind of mascaras are volumizing ones. So I didn't expect much from this one, but I really like it so far. It really separates my lashes and makes them look slim and longer. The thing that impressed me the most, was that it holds my curl for almost all day. I still need to build it up to get more visible and darker lashes, because it's obviously not volumizing, but they are pretty long and stay curled. So..I think this one will be a winner. 

Click2Chic sent me this new makeup sponged called Nanshy Marvel 4 in 1 Makeup Blending Sponge. I only felt it and it's really soft. Plus it's a really pretty mint color. I also like the fact that is straight cut on one of the angles. I think this will be useful for going into the corners. I haven't tried it yet.

But I did get a discount code for my readers. You can get 15% off of this sponge, if you use the code PETRA15

They also sent me some new shades of Models Own nail polishes. One is Hyper Gel Gel Effect Polish in the shade Powder Blue. It's a really pretty pastel baby boy blue. The other it's Colour Chrome collection and it's in the shade Chrome Blue. I think this is a chrome or metallic blue silver shade. 

Another great product, which I've discovered is Kahne Rose Hip Seed Oil. It's pure rose hip seed oil and it has a natural smell. It's very oily and contains retionol (vitamin A) and is rich in vitamin C. It's a really versatile oil and promises a lot. What I like the most is that it makes my pimple spots disappear and makes my skin very soft and smooth. I really like this oil and I'm using it every single day before going to sleep. Who knew we had that kind of jewel hiding in out drugstore. I bought it in Tuš drogerija (for Slovenian readers).

Avon also sent me their new perfume called Cherish. I must admit, it's not my usual type of scent. I like strong and sweet fragrances. There's one ingredient that makes this one appealing to me and that is musk. It's one of my favorite perfume ingredients. This perfume contains Sandalwood, White Musk, Jasmin Sambac, Tiare Flower, Cherry Blossom and Pink Pepper. I actually smell cherry blossom and musk the most. It's a pretty fresh, yet very strong combination with the musk as a base. I would say musky floral fragrance. 

The last product, which I've been using a lot already is The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer. I always though that this highlighter looked somewhat pink on the photos, but is actually a very light champagne gold shade. Right up my alley! I really like it. It's the perfect shade for my skin tone and I like that it's more of an obvious highlighter. Have to admit, I thought the shimmer would be extremely subtle, but it's definitely very visible. 

Does something interest you in particular? 

Review: Avon Advance Techniques Supreme Oils (Shampoo, Conditioner, Duo Treatment Spray) + Giveaway

Hey Beauties!

Today is a review of a brand new hair line from Avon. It's called Advance Technique Supreme Oils. It contains 5 oils and in the range are shampoo, conditioner, mask and duo treatment spray oil. I have a giveaway waiting for you at the end of this post ;).

Supreme Oils line contains 5 oils. Those are macadamia oil, camellia seeds oil, almond oil, grape seed oil and marula oil. The line promises to make your hair smoother, softer, stronger and shinier.


Shampoo comes in a black matte plastic bottle. It costs 2.90€ (full price 4.50€) and you get 250 ml of product. 

Here is the ingredients list.

Shampoo has a muted yellow transparent color. It's fairly thin and creamy. Pretty normal consistency. It leathers really nicely and I find that small amount goes a long way. It makes my hair feel pretty soft, but I do need to use conditioner afterwards. It doesn't strip down the hair, like some drugstore shampoos do, so I think that's good for dry hair.


Conditioner also comes in a black plastic matte packaging. It also costs 2.90€ (full price 4.50€) and you get 250 ml of it. 

Here is the ingredients list.

Conditioner has pretty lightweight consistency. It is not thin, neither thick. Somewhere in between. I actually just realized after editing photos that it has gold shimmer in it. What?!You know, I think it was L'Oreal, who also had glitter conditioner. It came with some hair color, that I was using in the past. I was so fascinated by the shimmer in it, that I didn't want to use it up and have been saving it for a long time. So, now you know. Glitter shimmer, if you like that kind of stuff ;). It doesn't stay on the hair, just to be clear.

The conditioner feels very smooth and silk like. It actually feels like a silicon conditioner. It's a really nice conditioner for the price. I think the oils in it are the ones that make the hair feel moisturized and soft.

Duo Treatment Spray

Duo Treatment Spray comes in a transparent plastic bottle. It costs 3.90€ (full price 7.50€) and you get 100 ml of it.

It's called a duo treatment, because it has two liquids which are separated. Bottom layer seems to be oil and top layer is some sort of a light liquid.

You need to shake the bottle before using it, so you combine two liquids. 

Here is the ingredients list.

Spray creates a very fine mist and you can control the amount by how hard you press on it.

Spray feels like a diluted oil. It's very liquid but also greasy. I would think that you can overdo this product on your hair. I actually sprayed a lot of it on my hair - too much, and the hair looked greasy. However...the next day the hair looked absolutely normal. That tells you how dry my hair is. It actually soaked up the oil through the night, even though it looked like I overdid it before. So just be aware, a little goes a long way. If you use it moderately it works great. Makes the hair feel nourished. Don't expect smoothness which silicons would give you. I also don't think this is for those who want to treat damaged hair. It's more for moisturizing dry or normal hair. 

All the products from this line have a pretty similar smell. To me the smell is somewhat oriental and nutty. I guess it goes with the theme of hair oils. It's a specific smell, to put it that way. I mostly have fruity smelly hair products, so these are exception. 

I have to say, when you use all these products combined, they really work nicely. My hair is left moisturized and soft. It won't tamed the frizz, but it will nourish my hair. Avon says that this line is for all hair types. I kind of agree. I have greasy roots and am always afraid of using oil shampoos. This one makes my hair moisturized, yet not greasy at all. I think the line is great for dry and normal hair. Maybe even oily hair can get along with it. My roots don't seem to mind it. It's not for treating damaged hair, except if you include moisturizing them. 

For a really affordable price, those products have pleasantly surprised me. If you read my blog, you know I'm a firm believer in high end products for my hair. This line just proved me that you can get pretty good products for a lot lower price. Don't be expecting Joico or Kerastase level, but a really good level, if not one of the best, from a drugstore kind of range.

As a little proof, here are photos of my hair right after I used all of these products and blow dried my hair. 

I ordered this duo treatment oil and after that Avon sent me shampoo, conditioner and another duo treatment spray. Thank you Avon ;). Since I know I'll be using this oil for a while, I decided to give one away. I'm sorry, the giveaway is only for Slovenian readers, because of the postage costs. All you need to do is fill in Rafflecopter fields. 

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Gift wrapping my nails

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I haven't done any nail design in a really long time. Partially, because most of them don't really succeed. Yesterday, I had the urge to  do something and this idea came to me, with the help of Catrice on YouTube - where I saw this video.  I hope you like my interpretation. 

I used Maybelline Colorama nail polish in 303, which is a very light neutral beige color. I applied two coats.

Then I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish in 171 Beach Babe. A white nail polish, with which I created dots. I tried to space them as neatly as I could, but let's be real, I can't do a straight line. 

I used my Essence doting tool - the smaller dot. 

Then I took striping brush and Maybelline Colorshow nail polish in 677 - black, to create these little bows. 

I started by making something that looks like a mustache. I then rounded each side to create sort of a 8 shape. Then I wanted to thicken up the upper line, if I didn't do it so before. I then added two little stripes to finish the bow. I like to call them "organic" bows, because let's be honest, they're not particularly precise.

To finish the design, I used top coat and of course it wouldn't be my manicure, if I didn't smudge at least one nail (argh!). I still like how it came out. Even if it is really girly and cutesy, which is not really my style. How about you? Do you like that kind of designs?