February 2016 Favorites

Hey Beauties!

This month has been all about good products for dry skin, because this winter is getting the best out of my skin. I wish it would just be spring. I also love everything Asian, which I'll speak more about in this post and I joined Snapchat.

Herbio Shower Gel Cotton Seed

This is a greenish blue gel, which cleans your body and smells subtle and calming. I'll talk more about it in a separate review. I've been loving this, because skin on my body has been dry and many other shower gels just further irritate it. But this is very natural, nicely moisturizing and it doesn't irritate the skin. 

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner

This is great for in the morning and in the evening. I like to use it in the evening. It's a chemical exfoliant which is also moisturizing. I like the smooth effect that it gives to my skin and the fact that it also provides a bit of moisture. Great stuff and the amount is huge. 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Dry Oil

I already have a review of this here. It's my skin savior in these winter months. I've been using this for a while almost every evening and it looks like I haven't even tested it properly. This amount lasts you for a really long time and it makes your skin very soft and smooth. It also nourishes it, so you always wake up with hydrated skin. 

Ebelin Konjak Sponge

So Ebelin made their own version of konjak sponge and it's so cheap. I've been testing it out a bit and I love this for one good reason. It's the best product for a nice facial massage and for spoiling yourself. It's super soft, but still gives some pressure to the skin and it feels like you're giving yourself a face massage. It also exfoliates the skin a little, so if you have dry skin, I wouldn't recommend you to use this every day. 

By Nanda BB Cushion Magic

My first cushion BB and I really like it, again because of the colder days. This is a very glowy and very dewy product and I need to powder it at the end or I look like a grease ball in the matter of an hour. But this is the best product for dry skin and for a quick makeup. I have a review of it here. I absolutely adore cushion system and want to try more of these. Do you have any recommendations?

Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005 Light Natural

Catrice added a new lighter shade to their range and I had to get it. I've been using it for every makeup this month. It's lighter and a bit more yellow toned. This is perfectly moisturizing with a medium coverage. You can also build it up and I love the fact that it doesn't go into small lines. I also love the lighter shade, which I almost use to highlight with a bit. I have a review of two other shades here

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

My holy grail highlighter. I have a review here. I've been abusing this all through the whole month. It's a champagne gold highlighter with fine shimmer and it gives you the best glow ever. A really noticeable glow, which I love. I won't go into details, because I'm sure you're sick of me talking about it.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

This is from now on my favorite eyeshadow palette. It has all the basic matte browns and a few neutral shimmers as well as some warm pops of color. The quality is amazing and the price will blow you away just as well. Definitely need to get some more palettes from Zoeva. I reviewed it here.

Diamond Beauty Eyeliner in 01 Forever Black

I've already wrote a review for this here and I can say that this is my favorite eyeliner so far. It's in a pen form, but has a brush tip and it's super precise. You can draw the thinnest lines possible or thicker. It dries fast and doesn't transfer. What more could I ask of eyeliner?!

Avon Dreams Eau de Parfum

The fragrance that I've been really enjoying using this month is the new one by Avon called Dreams. It's a very sophisticated romantic and subtly sweet fragrance. I'll do a whole review in a separate post. This is definitely for all you dreamy romantic souls. 


I've recently joined Snapchat. I didn't really get it at first, but then my good friend (who's name I shall not mention) said that this is the best way of stalking other people, haha. This has now become a rather interesting tool for posting spur of the day moments and even recording some of my makeup there. I can post a lot more non-beauty related photos there. So, if you'd like to see what I'm up to, you can follow me. My Snapchat name is adjustingbeauty

Asian Makeup on YouTube

I've been into Asian makeup this month. I got some Japanese brand makeup to test and I've been browsing through some Asian online stores. I've actually ordered one foundation which I still didn't get. Their makeup seems to be so innovative and effective and I am all over it. One YouTuber that sparked my interest in Korean makeup is PONY Makeup. I've watched all her videos. I also liked watching Meej Muse Korean-Australian YouTuber with some great product reviews of Korean makeup products. I love the subtle and sparkly eyes with eyeliner, perfect base and ombre lips. It's a totally different approach to makeup than our European-American makeup with heavy contouring and outlined lips. It's a lot more natural and softer looking. Pretty, I would say. The visual images have been stuck in my mind and I've even started doing ombre lips with lipsticks and lip glosses. Now I have a huge wish list of Asian makeup products, that I'm probably gonna be obsessing over the next few months. 

Btw do you have any Asian makeup YouTubers that you would recommend me to watch?

Review: Diamond Beauty Eyeliner (01 Forever Black)

Hey Beauties!

This past month has been all about Asian makeup for me. I'll talk more about that in my February Favorites. But basically, I've been watching a lot of Asian makeup on YouTube as well as browsing Asian online makeup stores. So today, I have for you a review of eyeliner from Japanese brand Diamond Beauty. It's safe to say that I am very impressed with it.

You can always count on cute packaging with Japanese products and this one is no different. It comes in a plastic pink box with a cute design.

Eyeliner comes in a pen form with pink plastic design and black top. I love their brand logo, because it features a fairy. Super cute.

It costs around 6.40€ and in it is 0.55 ml (which seems like a small amount, but I've been using it for one month and it still works perfectly). I got it from Japan Skin store and they also have free shipping, which is amazing. 

The pen is not like most of eyeliner pens in Europe, which are actually more of a foam shaped into a felt tip. This is like a brush with fine hair that form a pen like tip shape. I adore this. You get more movement and different thickness of lines depending on how much pressure you apply.

The very tip of it is so thin that you can draw on very thin lines or even small dots. If you apply more pressure to the pen and flat it down onto the skin, you get a thicker line. As you can see on my photo, you can really create all kinds of different lines and designs with it.

Some may say that the shade is not like a full on blackest black and I would agree. It's not like a pure black, if you draw thin line. However, I tend to go over my line a few times to straighten it out and building the color up gets to a very nice black color. The proof is in the photos below. 

The formula of it is liquid, but almost a bit thicker, so it doesn't run into fine lines on your skin, like a lot of liquid liners tend to do (it's not like those marker ones). I love the fact that you can go over the line multiple times and the design does not budge. You can go over the line as many times as you want to correct it. 

It dries in about 20 seconds, so obviously there is no smudging with this eyeliner. The finish is a bit shiny and definitely not matte at all. It's shinier when applied wet, but then it dries a bit, although it still leaves behind that sheen. That doesn't bother me at all and I almost doesn't notice it on my eyes. But if you want something super matte, this is not it.

It is definitely waterproof. It doesn't transfer or loose intensity, it stays perfect all day long. I tried to translate what it says on the packaging and if I got it right, it says that you can remove it with warm water. Yes, you can, but you have to rub it a lot. As you can see on the photo bellow, it's hard to remove. I tried to remove it under cool water and I just smudged it all over my skin. If you remove it with warm water, it works, but you have to rub it. I however remove it with makeup removers, which works perfectly. 

In the pen is a little ball which jumps up and down when you shake it. This probably breaks the product inside, so that the tip is saturated at all times. This is the only problem that I have with this eyeliner. Sometimes I need to shake it really well to get it perfectly saturated. This has been happening for like a past week, but I think this might be my fault. I was applying it over cream eye shadow and the tip got a bit dirty, so I might have blocked the color to come out. Either way, it's not that big of a deal, you just shake it and it's like new again. I've been using it for one month and apart from the fact that I sometimes need to shake it well, it works just as it did when it was new. 

This time I included a longer tutorial for my winged eyeliner look, so that you can see how thin lines you can create with it. The precision with this eyeliner is out of this world. 

I've used it in almost every makeup post this month, so you can see how it looks like there. I also created my Graphic Liner And Bold Lips post with this one. 

I will say that this has become my favorite eyeliner ever. Our European eyeliners have nothing on Asian and especially Japanese eyeliner formulas. It's kind of obvious, isn't it. You get the most precise tip, user friendly pen form, good black color and it's a lot cheaper than most drugstore eyeliners. I will probably never buy eyeliner in our drugstores anymore. I'd rather order it online and have perfectly precise pen, because you know me, I love my winged eyeliner. Highly recommend it to everyone who wants something very precise and easy to work with.

*Product was sent to me for review purposes.

Graphic Liner And Bold Lips

Hey Beauties!

Today's look is rather spontaneous one. Yesterday, I was doing my makeup as per usual, well actually doing my signature winged liner, but then decided to play it up a bit. It's one of the rare makeup blog posts that I don't have a tutorial for it. But my eyeshadow was so easy, that I feel like I can just explain it with words.

I used matte beige all over my lid. Then I added matte light brown in the crease and blended it a bit up. I darkened outer corner of the crease with matte reddish brown. On the rest of my lid I applied light gold shimmery shade. I did the same on my lower lash line. Then I did my usual winged liner and I decided to change it a bit. So I added three small dots at the end of the wing. I also put a piece of tape under my lower lash line and aligned it with my winged liner. Then I filled it in. At the outer edge I went really thin and towards the half of my eye, I went a bit thicker. I removed the tape and corrected my line. I also added dark matte brown eye shadow on the lower part of this line to make it a bit more diffused and less harsh. I added long and thick pair of false eyelashes. 

On the rest of my face I used foundation, concealer and pressed powder. I applied a very light dust of bronzer all over outer edges of my face and sculpt a bit of my cheeks. For highlighter I went with shimmery champagne gold, but very lightly. On my cheeks I used coral shimmery blush with gold sheen, also very lightly.

For the lips I went bold. I know my graphic liner should be statement enough with the false eyelashes, but since my eye makeup color is so neutral, I felt like it needed a bolder lip color. So I used orange red lipsticks.

If you don't use the fake eye lashes, I think this is still a very wearable look. I would definitely wear it out. It's a twist on usual winged eyeliner. You can also just add dots without the double wing. What do you think about it?

Products used
Revlon Colorstay Foundation 150 Buff
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005 Light Natural
Makeup Revolution Pressed Powder
Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit C01 Ultra Fair - bronzer
theBalm Hot Mama blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Avon Ideal Flawless Eye Shadow Primer
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Bitter Start
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Substitute for Love
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Freshly Toasted
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Sweeter End
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Beans Are White
Diamond Beauty Eyeliner Black
Avon Supershock Mascara Black
Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara
Born Pretty Store False Eyelashes
Artdeco Adhesive fro Lashes and Sparkles

Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipsticks - Coral Fever

Review: Kiko Nail Lacquer 507 Blush

Hey Beauties!

Kiko Nail Lacquers are one of my favorite nail polishes. I still can't get why we don't have Kiko in Slovenia? Hello Italy, we're neighbors, hook us up. On rare occasion and the fact that I know some of the nicest beauty bloggers in Slovenia - yes, I mean Kvina from Kvinatopia - I get my hands on Kiko products. I've wanted this shade 507 Blush, when I googled for the swatches back in December. It's also the perfect color for spring, which is in my mind just around the corner.

All of Kiko Nail Lacquers come in a classic glass bottle with black top. In each nail polish is 11 ml of product and I don't even know what the regular price for these is. They're almost always on sale. Currently you can get them for 2.50€.

The brush is classic, no rounded edges and just wide enough. I really like how opaque these nail polishes are. With lighter shades you will need two coats to get the perfect even finish, but I always apply two coats anyway. One thin layer and the second thicker layer to even it all out. The formula is on the thicker side, which I really like.

507 Blush is the most perfect nude with peach undertone I've ever seen. I don't really like most of nude nail polishes, because they're either so nude that I don't even see them on my nails or have weird pink tones to it. Peachy shades can also look weird on my skin tone, especially those darker ones. But this is the perfect mash of light powdery peach and a nude base. You can see, I'm obsessed with it.

Natural light
Artificial light
I also used it as a base in my post about French Revival Nails as one of the spring 2016 nail trends.

If you haven't tried Kiko Nail Lacquers and you like thicker opaque formulas, you'll love these. They have one of the biggest shade selection and for the price you get way more quality than with a lot of higher end products. Here are some other shades that I own: 322 Caffe Latte, 526 Mint and 330 Lilac.

Review: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette and 6 Makeup Looks

Hey Beauties!

Zoeva seriously impressed me with their eye shadow palette. It offers a really good quality (the best I own so far) for a very affordable price. If you're searching for good eye shadows that won't make you wallet cry, look no further.

The palette is in a cardboard packaging, which really surprised me. Brands love to flaunt their super shiny black sleek packaging, but not Zoeva. I'm not sure if this is intentional, or if it's a way of cutting down the costs. I've seen that the palette can break with travel, so be sure to carry it around in the second sleeve, which is open from the sides and allows you to put the palette in and make it a tad more secure for travel.

Design reminds me of The Great Gatsby movie for some reason. It has a nice color combination with taupe base and gold design. It closes with the magnet and you get it with a transparent foil as a protection over the eye shadows. 

In it is 10 different eye shadows, each has 1.5 grams and the palette costs 17.50€ (here). I actually got it for only 15€ and something (discounts on Douglas, thank you Kvina). 

The feel of this palette is neutral warm shades with a few pops of colors. 4 shades are matte and 6 shades are shimmery. The names are also cute and cocoa inspired.

Matte eye shadows are a bit dusty and need to be build up more. The texture is powdery and dry. That doesn't mean the quality is bad, because all eye shadows are amazingly pigmented, it's just the difference between mattes and shimmery ones. Shimmery shades are extremely pigmented and have almost creamy formula. If you use your fingers and swirl it in the palette, it feels like a cream.

Bitter Start - warm matte beige.
Sweeter End - duo-chrome warm shimmery light pink with gold sheen.
Warm Notes - warm shimmery cranberry pink red.
Subtle Blend - warm shimmery bronze brown.
Beans Are White - matte cool very dark brown.
Pure Ganache - warm shimmery yellow toned copper.
Substitute For Love - warm yellow toned light brown.
Freshly Toasted - warm matte red toned medium brown.
Infusion - cool very dark brown with big gold shimmer.
Delicate Acidity - cool shimmery brown toned purple. 

Natural Coppery

All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute For Love
Crease: Freshly Toasted
Lid: Pure Ganache
Outer corner: Subtle Blend
Inner corner: Sweeter End

Natural Brown

All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute for Love
Crease: Freshly Toaster
Outer corner: Beans Are White
Lid and inner corner: Sweeter End

All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute For Love
Crease: Freshly Toasted
Lid: Subtle Blend
Outer corner: Beans Are White
Inner corner: Sweeter End

All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute For Love
Lid: Sweeter End
Lid: Delicate Acidity
Inner Corner: Sweeter End


All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute For Love
Crease: Freshly Toasted
Outer corner: Beans Are White
Lid: Warm Notes
Lid: Subtle Blend
Inner corner: Sweeter End

Smoky Eye

All over the lid: Bitter Start
Crease: Substitute For Love
Crease: Freshly Toasted
Outer corner: Beans Are White
Lid: Infusion
Lid and inner corner: Sweeter End

Quality of these eye shadows is superb. Mattes are a bit more dusty and need to be build up because they do loose a bit of intensity with blending. Shimmery shades are insanely pigmented and if you apply them on with fingers or slightly wet brush, the shades are super intense. They are all easy to blend and buildable. On me they last the whole day and the intensity is pretty much the same, maybe slightly less vibrant. They might go a bit into the crease at the end of the day, depending on if I worked out that day or how sweaty I got. I always use Avon Ideal Flawless primer underneath my eye shadows. I also love the fact that there is very little to no fallout with these - mattes have a bit of fallout. because of the texture. 

In general I am very impressed with this eyeshadow palette, The shades are warmer and very much of my taste. The quality is amazing, as well as the price. It's the best eye shadow palette that I own (I don't have any higher end palettes yet). I highly recommend it. Now I want some more. I just wish they had more colorful palettes. I have so many neutrals and really want some good quality pops of colors. The next on my wish list are Mixed Metals and Love Is a Story.