Song of the week #1

I’ve been meaning to start sharing music on my blog for a while and since I am so in love with this song I could not stop myself. Milena showed me Halsey a few days ago and I haven’t stopped listening to ‘Badlands’ ever since.  ‘Gasoline’ is my favourite by far. The lyrics are amazing!

You can’t wake up, this is not a dream
You’re part of a machine, you are not a human being
With your face all made up, living on a screen
Low on self esteem, so you run on gasoline
I think there’s a flaw in my code
These voices won’t leave me alone
Well my heart is gold and my hands are cold
…Dessie

My Christmas

Christmas-collageI might be a bit late with this post, but I couldn’t keep myself from writing it. These holidays I had the time to think a lot about my life. I considered the good and the bad. What I’d love to stay in it, and what I’d gladly let go of. Most of all, however, I realized, that among all the negativity, pain, suffering, hatred and torment surrounding us right now, I am truly blessed. That’s why I’d like to take the time to try and express my gratitude to the people around me.

I’d like to thank my family and friends for being always there for me, for giving me the right example and for letting me make mistakes and learn lessons on my own, for being proud with the little I’ve accomplished and for making me feel loved and appreciated.

I’d like to thank Georgi, for being my soulmate, for pushing me to be better, for making my dreams come true and daring me to dream even bigger and bolder, for showing me who I am and what I’m capable of, for just being there – in good or bad and for loving me, through all. I love you, sweetheart!

I’d like to thank Milena, for being my best friend all these years, for being my biggest fan and for supporting all my weird ideas and hobbies. I love you so much!

Last but not least I’d also like to take the time to thank all my readers for spending a few moments of their time on my little blog. This means the world to me. I hope these little glimpses into my everyday life have been inspiring and interesting!

I’m sharing a few moments of my Christmas with you, the way I shared them with my close ones. Also, because I love reading “What I’ve got for Christmas” posts, I’m sharing all the gifts that my friends and family spoiled me with this year.

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May the next year bring peace, love and happiness to you, your friends and family, and the entire world. Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dessie

Cargo Vintage Escape review & swatches

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I know that it’s a bit late for an autumn palette review, but it’s so cold and gloomy outside, and I thought that a little warmth, be it in the form of eyeshadow, will not go wasted.

The beauty pictured above is Cargo’s Vintage Escape eyeshadow palette. If I’m not mistaken, it was a limited edition and it was part of last years fall collection, but you can still find it on Amazon or eBay for a fraction of the full price. Normally I’d be wary of fakes when shopping on these two particular sites, but since Cargo is not one of the most expensive brands out there I don’t think there is danger in this particular case.

The palette contains 12 shades (5 matte and 7 shimmers) of eyeshadow and a dual-ended brush. Usually the brushes which come with palettes like this really suck (I’m looking at you The Balm cosmetics), but surprisingly enough, this one is pretty good and I find myself using it. The shader side is soft and picks up shadow well, and the liner side is, well, a gel-liner brush – not hard to mess up.

The colour selection is gorgeous – there is not a single shade I don’t like. Somehow it captures every pretty autumn colour – the soft and deeper browns, copper, blue-gray, muted green and even a deep matte black. I look at it and I see my favourite season.

Below are the shades swatched over the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. For every colour there is a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch (done with Zoeva 234 Smoky Shader brush) on the right.

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Harvest Moon is a matte white/yellow. It’s pretty sheer, but works great as a inner corner highlight or browbone colour.

Cuddle is a shimmery light pink. It looks coral in the pan, but it’s not.

Frolic is just beautiful. There’s no way to capture this colour on pictures and the swatch does not do it justice. It’s rich warm brown with green shimmer. There is something similar in Wet’n’Wild’s Comfort Zone palette, but Frolic is way prettier in my opinion.

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Crisp is pretty close to Harvest moon colour wise, but shimmery. It looks just a tad yellower to me.

Hot Cocoa is a warm matte light brown. Perfect transition shade.

Autumn is a matte muted orange. I really like this one, because it is so hard to find a wearable orange eyeshadow.

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Cinnamon is a deep bronze metallic shade.

Twigs is a shimmery blue-gray.

Black Crow is a deep matte black.

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Withered Leaves is a shimmery gold-green.

Rustic is a shimmery copper.

Chestnut is a deep matte warm brown. It looks really dark on the eyes.

All of the shades are pigmented, buildable, easy to blend and don’t have a lot of of fallout. The mattes are definitely on par with my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2.

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The packaging is brown leather on the outside, and black plastic on the inside. The palette closes with a magnet and comes with a big mirror. It doesn’t look cheap and it’s sturdy.

Pictured below is the list of ingredients. I did my research online and it turns out that Cargo is a cruelty free brand and does not test it’s products or ingredients on animals. Cargo products are also not sold in China. Sadly, the company is owned by TPR Holdings which does own other brands that conduct test on animals.

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Overall, I love Vintage Escape. I love the formula, I love the shade selection, I love the diversity and the fact that you can create a look using just this palette and nothing else. On me the shades wear well for 6-7 hours over a base. When it comes to Cargo eyeshadows I’ve heard that they are a bit of a hit or miss – sometimes the palette will be good and sometimes not so much, but this one is a true gem in my opinion. If you can get your hands on it, make sure to get it.

Dessie

OPI All Stars review & swatches

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I know, I know… I’m really late on the bandwagon for this one. :-) This holiday set came out two years ago, but I found it in an online cosmetics outlet recently and snatched it nevertheless. I figured a review would still be useful, even though it’s not available anymore, because all the polishes in the set are on OPI’s permanent shades list, thus you could still buy them individually.

The set contains ten mini nail-polishes (3.75ml). The shades, from what I understand, are OPI’s top ten best selling shades of all time:

  • Bubble bath – pale, translucent nude for french manicure
  • Tickle my France-y – opaque warm taupe
  • Alpine snow – white for french manicure, really opaque
  • Princesses rule – almost translucent ping glitter topper
  • Strawberry margharita – cold toned hot pink
  • That’s hula-rious – mint green
  • Do you have this colour in Stock-holm – bright turkish blue, leaning towards purple
  • Lincoln Park after dark – dark, almost black, purple
  • Big apple red – warm true red
  • Malaga wine – dark wine red, cold toned

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The polishes were packaged in two separate boxes of five, which would be great if you decided to gift the set to more than one person. All the colours have OPI’s well known formulation, which lasts on my nails 3-4 days without chipping. That duration however is strictly individual and depends heavily on the nail itself and the top and base coats used (I use Essie’s Millionails and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri).

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Overall, I’m pretty happy I got my hands on this set. I think it’s a great introduction to OPI nail polishes and the shade selection is great. I for one already plan on purchasing full sizes of my favourite shades in the set – ‘Malaga Wine’, ‘Lincoln Park after dark’ and ‘Do you have this colour in Stock-holm?’.

Dessie

 

 

My holiday & a short update

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Ooops, I did it again! (to be read with Children of Bodom cover version voice and not Britney’s overly sugared timbre) – I’ve been gone for a good few months. TL;DR: exams, vacation and more exams. As for anyone up for the longer version and a piece of the beauty that is my homeland, please read ahead.

I will not go into much detail about my university life, but I’ll say that I’m now officially a bachelor in Computer Sciences. I’ve applied for a few masters programs and I’m waiting for the results. Keep your fingers crossed! I plan a more lengthy update post soon. Also, stay tuned for my next blog post, as I have someone I want you to meet. :)

As for today I will share with you a few glimpses of my summer holiday here in the beautiful Bulgaria.

I was to spend one week with my mom and dad and one week with my friends and beloved Georgi. Me and my parents were staying in Chernomorets. The first day was lovely – warm sand, warm water, gorgeous blue sea. Until we went back to the hotel, I had kidney crisis, got admitted to the hospital and spend the rest of the week either there or running around getting tested. Yay! When we got home to Sofia I was on the fence about leaving with my boyfriend for another week (especially when it turned out I’ve been treated for the wrong thing in the hospital all along and was still not well), but the doctor (thank God I’ve found him) sent me a way with a bag full of antibiotics and pain killers. So the second half of my holiday was spend enjoying myself, hurting, drinking what seemed like an ocean of water and being cut off the necessities – coffee and green tea. You know what – it was one of the best holidays of my life!

We actually spent two more days in Ravda last month, because we attended Summer Chaos Festival and saw the Prodigy and Bullet for my Valentine live.

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Homemade lemonade on the beach // The wonderful “Gradina” beach (We spent most of our time on the beaches south of Bourgas – Smokinya, Kavaci and Gradina) // The beach bag essentials and me

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The goofs. :)

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A wonderful sea food restaurant we had dinner in. The place is called “Dalyana” and is just outside of Otmanli. The view is stunning!

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Veleka beach, Sinemorets.

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A cute little buddy which came to snuggle and delicious homemade elderflower lemonade.

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The place where Veleka river flows into the Black sea.

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My new favourite place on the earth.

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On the last day we went to Rezovo and the most south-eastern point of the European Union.

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If you ever happen to go there, make sure to pass through the village and stop for a pancake. They are amazing!

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We spent another extended weekend in Ravda for Summer Chaos Festival 2016 and stopped by Nesebar for lunch and a short walk.

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This & that #2

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The few weeks after my previous post in that topic have been pretty eventful. So much happened (good and bad), that I’m having a hard time remembering it all. Also, believe it or not – it’s June already. Half of 2016 is gone. I feel like I have so much to do! Here’s what has been on my mind lately:

  • I started the “100 days of productivity” challenge. I’m working on a series of posts explaining it and tracking my progress here on the blog, but you can also see how I’m doing daily on my Snapchat or my tumblr.
  • I’ve invested in a softbox, reflectors and tri-pod for my camera. I’m not sure how much of a difference you can see in my pictures (my last post was made using them), but let me tell you – it is SO MUCH easier to take pictures now!  I don’t know why I waited so long to get a tri-pod. I’m never parting with it!
  • I’ve been reading the “Chicken soup for the soul” series a lot lately. Although it is not recommended to read a whole book of the series at once (on the contrary – you should go back to it when you need it) I somehow managed to finish almost two of them pretty fast(and cry a lot in the process). I highly recommend these books. They are inspiring, motivational and bring a lot of hope into your life.
  • I’ve been meaning to try yoga for a while. I knew that there are classes at my workplace, but I never found the courage to visit one of them (I’m too shy). Thankfully, last month there was a free demonstration for newbies like me and finally I gave it a try. It was wonderful! I’ve been going to morning practices, twice a week, ever since.
  • I went of a 10 day holiday in Italy! It was amazing – I have so much to share and tell! I’ll probably do 2 or 3 posts about it. All I can say now is: I definitely plan to go back.
  • I’ve wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes for a while (the original & Semi-Sweet), but the price has always stopped me. That is until I saw Sweet Peach. I went straight to Sephora, but it wasn’t available yet so I got the Semi Sweet instead and decided to wait until it comes out. Then I went to Italy, saw it in Florence and could not stop myself. However at this point I already wanted the original and the Chocolate Bon Bons too (because I’ve already swatched and seen them a couple of times), so I got them when I came back. Now I have four gorgeous, lovely smelling, pigmented eyeshadow palettes and a boyfriend who is still debating my sanity. #worthit

What about you? What’s on your mind lately?

Wet’n’Wild Coloricon Vinyl Collection Review & Swatches

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Today I’m gonna share with you a short review of the Wet’n’Wild  Coloricon eyeshadow palette in the shade “Vinyl Collection”.

The palette was part of a limited edition collection released last summer, but you can still find it online (eBay & Amazon).  The collection included five different eyeshadow palettes of which I ordered three, but ended up giving away the other two and keeping just the one pictured here (big surprise – I’m a sucker for neutral shades). I got them from the brands bulgarian Facebook page.

The palette contains six different eyeshadow shades, a brush and a sponge applicator. The packaging is typical for Wet & Wild, but is white instead of the brands traditional black. I actually like it better like that. Sadly, quality wise, nothing has changed. The packaging is still prone to breaking and opening inside your makeup bag.

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Wet’n’Wild is Peta-certified, cruelty-free brand, which, as they state on their web-site, has never tested and will never test on animals. Not all Wet’n’Wild products are vegan, though. Here  you can find a list of products made by the brand, which are vegan. This palette is not one of them.

The palette contains two matte and four shimmery shades. They are swatched below, without base, going top to bottom row.

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  • The left shade on the first row is a matte beige, which is not very pigmented. It may work well as a blending color over a good base, but is certainly the most disappointing color of the palette.
  • The right shade on the second row is a champagne pink with chunky glitter pieces. The pigmentation is nice. I like the color and would wear it as all-over the lid shade, but the glitter puts me off a little bit.
  • The left shade of the second row is a gorgeous, buttery, pigmented bronze. It’s beautiful!
  • The right shade of the second row is a nice, shimmery, taupe color. This looks amazing all-over the lid and is pigmented and blendable.
  • The left shade on the third row is olive green mixed with gold. It’s beautiful and pigmented. This one I find the most unique of the palette.
  • Finally the right shade on the third row is a rusty brown matte with big pieces of gold glitter. The pigmentation on this one is way better than the other matte, but is still lacking a bit.

Overall I think the quality of the shadows is good. The shimmery shades are as good as the shadows in the popular Coloricon palettes of the brand like Comfort zone for example. The mattes are not as good. Same goes for longevity. I would not skip base on these shadows. I like the color selection a lot. The shades look great next to each other, but you cannot create an eye look only with this palette (or at least I would not). That being said – I don’t reach for Vinyl Collection a lot, because as pretty as the colors are, they just do not work with my skin tone (believe me, I tried). I might use the taupe and the green, but the rest are just not for me, so I might pass this away to a friend.

My rating: 3/5 – not bad, but I would not spend time hunting it down on eBay.