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Hi! I'm a 21-year-old blogger living in Ljubljana. Student of Art History and English. Stylist and video maker, currently running anablush.com


2016/03/25

Spring Outfit of the Day / feat. Zara Knitted Trousers

One of my favourite trends at the moment are knitted trousers. They were seen on different FW runways (especially Victoria Beckham) and were a really big street style trend in autumn and winter. But I'm sure that they'll definitely continue into the springtime. My newest pair is from Zara, in this gorgeous burgundy red colour. I paired them with a black, bell sleeve shirt from Topshop and Zara Suede Waistcoat. For accessories I decided to wear a pair of new Adidas Superstar trainers and another trend I absolutely love at the moment - neck scarfs. Mine is quite old already and it's from Street One. Of course I also opted for my trusted Daniel Wellington watch, which I absolutely adore wearing because it goes along so well with everything, and a House Doctor bag. It's actually supposed to be a makeup bag, but I love using it as a clutch because it's so pretty, big enough to pack everything you need and just so versatile in general. 

Zara Knitted Trousers 

Topshop Black Shirt 

Zara Suede Waistcoat 

Street One Neck Scarf 

Adidas Superstar Trainers 

Daniel Wellington Watch 

House Doctor Bag 

 

 



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2016/03/21

Trends to Follow this Spring and Summer

We had such a lovely, sunny weather over the past few days, definitely preparing us all for the upcoming spring and summertime. That's why I decided to share with you a few of the upcoming spring&summer trends to incorporate into our everyday style.

Even though bomber jackets have been around for a while now, they will still be a big if not even the biggest trend of the upcoming seasons. Both high-street and designer shops now offer you a wide range of options to choose from - navy, black or khaki. But if you want to be fully on trend opt for a print (graphic) bomber jacket.
Pastel pink will also make a comeback, especially on bomber jackets or long skirts with paper bag waist - another trend which was seen everywhere on the FW runways. 
The trend of the 70s will continue into the warmer seasons especially with culottes or flared jeans in general. This is quite a tricky trend to wear depending on your body type. For me personally, it looks best when you wear flared jeans with high-heels or square heel boots to elongate your legs and make you appear much taller. But if you are quite tall already, then you can definitely get away with pairing the jeans with simple sneakers (especially Adidas) or this season's newest trend - silver shoes
Now for the accessories: mirrored sunglasses (with a variety of colours to choose from) will still continue into the spring/summertime. They are an easy way to give your outfit another focus point and also a pop of colour. Another great option are neck scarves, if you would like a chic addition to your outfit. Graphic bags (especially those involving fringe) were seen everywhere on the FW Street Style, because they are a nice, elevated version of the popular 70s inspired bags that have dominated previous seasons. 
But the biggest trend out of them all that everyone has been obsessing over, is Patchwork - from jeans, skirts, jackets, bags, etc. Everything will be very graphic and full of prints.

What is your favourite Spring/Summer trend? Let me know in the comments below.
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2016/03/14

25 facts about me

Just like everyone else I can be quite a noisy person, that's why I really like reading new facts about people that I either follow on social media or know in everyday life. I've posted "facts about me" blog post only once before, back in 2015, so I thought that it was finally time for another, updated version. Here are my new 25 facts about me:

1. I don't like talking on the phone - so better text me!
2. The sun instantly makes me happy and rain instantly gets me down.
3. But I love listening to the rain.
4. When I'm hungry, I can get really grumpy.
5. I love road trips. Travelling and discovering new places really excites me.
6. I love Art History! That why I also study it at Uni (besides English).
7. I'm obsessed with Chloe handbags at the moment - they are literally everywhere.
8. I can be really competitive, which I personally consider as an advantage.
9. I don't like to go on hikes, even though I live in Slovenia, which is pretty much covered with hills and mountains.
10. I suffer from RBF. People seriously think that I'm upset and angry all the time :)
11. My favourite shoes are my Adidas Stan Smith trainers.
12. I hate talking when I've just woken up. I love to eat my breakfast and drink coffee in peace and quiet.
13. I actually don't own that many clothes.
14. I don't like brushing my teeth before eating food, because it completely ruins the taste.
15. My all time favourite lipstick is Patisserie by Mac.
16. I hate washing makeup brushes. But I think every makeup lover can relate.
17. I'm completely self-taught when it comes to makeup. I learned everything by testing different products, routines and watching online tutorials.
18. I'm obsessed with Instagram.
19. I own way too many cheek products.
20. I always find my style inspiration clicking through New York Street Style's photos or Instagram.
21. I'm a big movie fan, so I have to admit that I was literally crying when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. And during Gaga's performance. But I mean, who didn't :)
22. My dream place to visit is New York.
23. Music ALWAYS cheers me up. So I keep my "feel-good music" playlist constantly updated. 
24. My favourite colour is black, or maybe grey. My wardrobe is pretty much monochromatic. 
25. My dream job is to work as a creative director. It combines both the knowledge of visual communications as well as creativity. I definitely would never be bored at work.

Photo by: Zan Zelic 

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2016/03/11

My Favourite Face Masks

Face masks are my favorite part of the whole skincare routine. I love to use them as part of my evening pamper-routine or when I need to prepare my skin for important events. I've been mainly using Caudalie masks because of their amazing quality and great range of skincare products in general. Recently I've also added a new Origins mask to the mix, which I really enjoyed trying out. I've heard a lot of great things about the Origins skincare line and I surely wasn't disappointed. 
Because I have oily to combination skin, with some occasional blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores, I look for and choose masks that target these specific areas. Here are my three favoruite masks that I like to use as part of my skincare routine - I like to switch them up, depending on the condition my skin is in.

Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask to clear pores
This is my newest face mask I've tried out and it has really changed my skin. As I've mentioned in my How to minimise enlarged pores? post, charcoal is a very effective ingredient for pores and blackheads or oily skin in general. I've noticed such a difference with my pores, because it really helped to minimise them. It's definitely a more heavy-duty mask in comparison to Caudalie's, so I usually use it when my skin needs a more thorough treatment. It's an excellent product, a really great mask to put on top of congested skin (blemishes and pores) and helps with the blackhead removal as well. The mask is very thick in consistency and when you put it on you get that tingling sensation (because it heats up), which I find rather refreshing. I usually leave the mask on for around 15 to 20 minutes to dry completely and then remove it with warm water or cloth. You have to be careful and gentle when removing it, because it clings to the skin so you have to rinse it well. The mask itself is quite drying so I would reccomend it for more oily skin types. But if you do have sensitive or dry skin and would still like to use it, try to apply only a thin layer all over the face. It's suggested to use it once a week or 2 weeks if you have sensitive skin, but you can definitely use it more often if you have oily to combination skin type like me. You have to adjust the usage to your skin-needs. The price is around 25 eur for 100ml (I bought it in Douglas), which is not the cheapest mask out there, but I honestly love to splurge a bit more on skincare products I know will work best for me.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask deeply cleanses and minimizes pores 
First thing to point out is of course the gorgeous packaging Caudalie offers in their skincare range. This mask is designed to unclog pores and remove all impurities, that's why I like to use it once or twice a week, especially when I have congested pores or when I feel my skin needs an extra radiance boost. It's a pink clay mask that draws out impurities, oils and tightens pores. The results are instant and amazing: my skin feels moisturised, cleaned, firm, radiant and overall clear. It's also very easy to apply and wash off - I leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Again, this one is especially great for all of us with oily to combination skin type, but if you have more dry skin then I would recommend you to use it for a shorter period of time.

Caudalie Purifying Mask clarifies and targets blemishes 
This is the gentlest purifying mask I've ever tried out, so it's suitable for both oily and dry skin. It comes in a white paste and is supposed to be a gentler version of the Instant Detox Mask. I love to use it when my skin feels a bit dry, dehydrated and unbalanced. Sometimes even as a spot treatment. I apply it in the same way as all the aforementioned masks and rinse it off with warm water. My skin feels calmed, nourished, clearer and illuminated afterwards. I have already written an in-depth review about Caudalie Purifying Mask so click here for more details!



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2016/03/07

My Favourite Drugstore Concealers

Concealer can definitely be a hit or miss product, because we all have different preferences when it comes to face products. Especially in the drugstore! Recently I've been on a hunt for some good and affordable drugstore concealers, which was quite a challenge if I'm completely honest. As we all know drugstore shade selection can be pretty bad, especially if you are pale like me - I need to always use my St Tropez Gradual Tan beforehand so that I can use the lightest shade available. Even though all the shades are quite dark to begin with, I love the fact that they mostly have warm undertones for us NC gals. 
So in today's post I decided to feature my 4 favourite drugstore concealers that I've tried out and don't break me out! (excluding the Maybelline The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer because I couldn't get a hold of it + I still need to try out Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer). 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
This is my newest drugstore discovery and has quickly become one of my favourite concealers. It gives a great, very natural skin-like coverage with a long-lasting wear time. It covers my dark under eye circles perfectly, makes me look well rested and brightens the under eye area. It has a very creamy consistency and dries down nicely and not cakey. The consistency reminds me a lot of Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. I like to use it both on top of my foundation or on its own. It's very bleandable and most importantly doesn't break me out! 
A thing to warn you: it can be quite drying, so you definitely have to moisturise beforehand - it will crease a bit unless you really prep the under eye area. The only thing that bothers me are the weird shade numbers: the lightest shade 10 is way too dark for a pale complexion, shade 15 is the lightest in the whole range but it's very cool toned. So I went for shade 20, which is still lighter than 10 and is warm-toned. So be careful when choosing the right shade for you!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance & Anti-fatigue concealer
Bourjois’ Healthy Mix correcting concealer is great for both covering dark circles and correcting any imperfections. It has a nice fruity scent to it - apricot, raspberry and melon (if you have tried out any of the Bourjois face products before, you'll know what I'm talking about) and lovely, very useful packaging. Even though it has quite thick consistency is still very easy to blend. It provides medium, but buildable to almost full coverage and lasts a long time. It goes on creamy and then it turns powdery - again be careful to moisturise. So if I had to criticise I would point out that it is a little dry, but a decent setting spray will fix that quickly. I use the lightest shade 51, very yellow/warm-toned which suits me best.

L'Oreal True Match Concealer 
I absolutely love L'Oreal as a brand in general, so these two concealers had to be a part of my favourites - both available at a very affordable price! This one feels the most lightweight on the skin out of them all. True Match concealer gives a lovely light to medium coverage, blends seamlessly with your skin and makes your skin looking flawless and not cakey. It has a lightweight formula with a creamy texture. It's a great option to reapply throughout the day, because it won't cake up. I use the shade 2 Vanilla, which is the perfect match for me, so I can use it both on top of the foundation or on its own.

L'Oreal La Touche Magique Illuminating Concealer 
I absolutely adored and raved about this concealer for a very long time, but they have recently changed the packaging and the formula. It's great that the colour selection is still the same and that you still have two different options - cool and warm toned (mine is in the shade Ivory Beige). The new formula is not as good at covering dark circles and blemishes as it was before, but it's still long wearing, quite matte and brightening. It provides good coverage and is very easy to blend. I also love the twist up packaging. That's why many people describe it as a budget-friendly version of the YSL Touche Eclat with a slightly more matte texture. 


Let me know in the comments below your favourite drugstore concealers that I need to try out!

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