November 20, 2011

MeoMeo's Creation Giveaway!

*This is a scheduled post, since I'm currently staying in Vienna, Austria.*


Today I have for you something special! As you know I am a fan of unique and hand made jewelry, especially earrings. Lovely lady behind MeoMeo's Creation offered one pair of her earrings for my readers! So, this is your chance to win a pair of earrings of your choice made by MeoMeo's Creation!


I just love the jewelry she makes and here are couple of here pieces:





Photo credit: MeoMeo's Creation


You can pick any of these or any pair in her albums.


Rules:
1. Go to the MeoMeo's Creation Facebook page and click "Like".
2. When the page hits 150 likes, I will pick a winner, who will get a pair of earrings by her/his choice!
3. She will add an extra piece of her jewelry as a surprise!
3. It is open internationally!


To enter, please, fill out the form below.


November 15, 2011

Off To Vienna, Austria!

Hi! Just a quick notice to say that I'm headed to Vienna, Austria in couple hours. I'll be back around Christmas. I have a giveaway prepared for you while I'm gone and I might write a word or two when I'll be in Austria too.

See you soon! :*

November 12, 2011

Shiny Nail Polish And Other Pretty Little Things

Before I go, I just have to show my latest nail mail. Heather and I did a swap again recently and I was really excited when I opened the package she sent me.


Wanna see what was in it?


Take a look:


Oh, yes! These Orly nail polishes are from their Mineral FX Collection for Fall 2011!



I've got EOS lip balm now too! And Benefit Bella Bamba is just gorgeous!



More glittering fun!


Heather, thank you once again!


My only problem now is, when will I actually have enough time to try all the pretty polish...

On The Horizon

Hi there!


This morning I looked outside through my window and I saw this:



Balloons landing near our house.


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There are some changes on the horizon that includes Biba's Beauty Corner. I am leaving Slovenia in a couple of days for five weeks. I probably won't be able to blog during my absence, but if I'll manage, I'll prepare a post or two in advanced. There will be a giveaway too :) I hope you will bear with me during this time!



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Song of the day: A-ha - Forever not yours

November 8, 2011

5 Reasons Why Cosmetic Medicine Isn't Just For Chicks

I have another guest post for you today! It's about cosmetic medicine and why men go to a plastic surgeon. I thought it would be interesting reading, since we usually only read or hear which women had nose job or got botox injections etc.


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5 Reasons Why Cosmetic Medicine Isn't Just For Chicks

Men want to look good, too, and that’s a statement backed up by annual statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 1.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men last year in North America, and the number has consistently increased since 2000. Just because women make up over 90% of the patients who undergo cosmetic treatments, it doesn’t mean that we should disregard how men place importance on their appearance as well.


Here are 5 reasons why men turn to cosmetic medicine:

1. For a competitive edge in the workforce: Compared to their aged colleagues, younger men are perceived as being more energetic, fresher and full of new ideas. Older men turn to cosmetic medicine to erase the signs of aging so that they’ll look younger, and yet still have the advantage of being more experienced and wiser.

2. To attract a partner: The age of the Metrosexual has arrived! Men are getting more and more concerned with their appearance, and for some it’s to increase their success in attracting a partner.

3. To attract a partner after they’ve just gotten a divorce: These days, ‘til death do us part is nothing more than a flimsy saying. With divorce rates increasing, men have to look as good as possible in the hopes of playing the field.

4. To feel better about themselves: Improve your appearance, and it will undoubtedly improve the way you feel about yourself as well.

5. To reclaim their youth: Cosmetic medicine is the boon of men going through a mid-life crisis. Procedures help them reclaim their youth by erasing wrinkles, jowls and sagging skin, so even though they may still get tired faster than someone in their 20s, they won’t look out of place.


So what are some cosmetic medical procedures that are popular amongst men?

Well, it’s no surprise that BOTOX leads the way! This wrinkle-fighter keeps your skin smooth so that you don’t look as old and tired. Men make up a big chunk of patients, and the number continues to grow every year. According to the ASPS Statistics, there was a 9% increase from 2009 to 2010.

Famous males who’ve gotten BOTOX’ed: Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay.

Liposuction for Gynecomastia
You never know where you’ll carry the extra weight when you gain, or where it’s going to come off from when you lose. Unfortunately, some men find they carry fat in their chest, creating the unflattering appearance of what we affectionately call “man boobs”. Moobs can be quite distressing to men, and the only real way to eliminate them is with liposuction.

Think that unwanted hair is a female obsession? At our clinic, many patients are men who want to get rid of their hairy chest, back, and even face. Yes, men do care about unwanted hair, too!

Nose Surgery
Nose surgery is something that has remained popular with men for years.


This post was written by Cindy Clark. Cindy Clark is a medical writer for Skin Vitality, one of Canada’s largest aesthetic medical providers. She has personal and professional experience with a number of nonsurgical treatments, including BOTOX and Laser Skin Tightening.


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What's your opinion on cosmetic medical procedures?

Snapshots Of The Week

Jessika at Polish Insomniac was so super kind and she CP this Tarte LipSurgence set (that I wanted so badly) for me:



And we did a swap also - I got the WnW Color Icon Palettes and e/s I wanted too:



Thank you so much, Jess! :*



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Song of the day: The Cranberries - Dreams

November 6, 2011

About Chocolate. About Me.

This will be a short post. Rant post. About me. And chocolate.


You know, I love chocolate! I could eat it every single day. Well, actually I do eat chocolate every day. Hmmm. Anyway, what I'm trying to say here, that some of my favourite chocolates and pralines (like Giotto) are no longer on the list of my favourite ones. Why?

Some of you may know, that I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for over a decade now. But this Summer, I've been thinking a lot about taking my vegetarianism to the next level, if I could say so. And I did - I've become a lacto-vegetarian and this means I don't eat anything that contains eggs anymore. That includes my previously beloved Giotto pralines (they contain egg white). So, now I'm reading ingredient lists even more carefully. No one ever said this is going to be easy... But there are lots of chocolates that don't contain any egg ingredients.




Sigh.


Thanks for reading!

NOTD: OPI Unripened

I have already worn this polish recently, but somehow forgot to take photos of it. I wanted to wear it again today and this time I have a couple of pictures for you.

OPI Unripened was part of their Go Goth Mini Set (Halloween 2010) release. This one looks super pretty in the bottle - like a blue/purple duochrome, but sadly that doesn't actually show up on the nail. It's really just a blackened base with blue/teal/green larger shimmer.


Let's take a look at the photos:





I like this shade. The only thing I don't like are OPI's mini bottles. I really can't handle them well. There are couple of similar shades out there, like Sinful Colors What's Your Name and China Glaze Blk-bila-bong, if you're looking for a shade like this.


What do you think?



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Song of the day: Iggy Pop feat. Sum 41 - Little know it all

November 5, 2011

Thursday Morning

What happened on Thursday Morning, you ask?


I had a cup of coffee with two fellow bloggers - Dolores and Mateja. Beside having much fun chatting, we did some nail polish swapping too.


Here is what I grabbed:



Thank you very much, ladies!



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Song of the day: Dire Straits - Far away

November 2, 2011

Early Christmas Present?

You could say so...




* I have won these at You've Got Nail.



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Song of the day: Papa Roach - Between angels and insects

November 1, 2011

Empty! #5

I've managed to finish another 5 cosmetic products. Let's take a look which ones!



1. Madara Anti-Cellulite Cream; Regular price around 25€, I've bought it for 12,75€ (50% off).
I didn't use this cream the way I "supposed to" (2x a day in combintaion with other products from this line), so I can't exactly say that I have noticed any changes and that my cellulite is reduced or gone. But I quite liked this cream - it has nice and soft texture, lovely and subtle smell, it applies smoothly and absorbs quickly too. My skin looked nourished and a bit firmer after using it. But there are a lot of cheaper products to use it daily after shower to keep my skin nourished, since I don't believe in anti-cellulite products anyway. Madara products have Eco-Cert certificate for natural and organic cosmetics.
Repurchase: Probably no. Well, maybe I would, if I got it for the same discount price.

2. Trevarno Propolis Ointment; I think the full price was around 15 or 16€, but I've bought it with 70% discount, so I have payed around 5€.
"The salve is great for sore, cracked & split skin including chapped lips, cracked heels & any rough skin, especially the elbows.
Propolis has anti-fungal properties which means it is excellent for treating athlete’s foot as well as nail infections."
I just loved the smell of this ointment! I have used this only for my feet and I must say they were very happy. This product has a very rich texture - basically oils in a solid form. So, yes my feet were very oily after using it, but it really helped me a lot with dry skin on my heels.
Repurchase: The same as above ^ - Probably no, since is a bit expensive for me. Well, maybe I would, if I got it for the same discount price.

3. Essence Oil Control Paper (Return to Paradise TE); I can't remember the exact price anymore, but I think it was around 2€.
Since I have oily T-zone, oil control papers are always in my bag. These papers were actually from Return to Paradise Trend Edition, but I think Essence has these in their standard line too. I use 1 or 2 papers to remove excess oil off my face and these work out just fine for me.
Repurchase: Yes.

4. Sophyto Dual Action Exfoliating Treatment; 32,90€.
The best exfoliator ever! Since I have perioral dermatitis and my skin can react very quickly, I usually avoid exfoliators, but this one is awesome. It has really interesting texture compared to the other exfoliating products - it's almost like water. It has really light watery texture and it's sort of yellow/brown coloured. 1 or 2 pumps are enough for entire face. I used it regulary every other day in the evening and the bottle lasted me for six month. My skin looked just glowy and not irritated at all after using it.
This is still the old packaging that contains 50 ml/1.7 us fl. oz. While the new one contains 30 ml of product and it costs 22,90€.
Repurchase: Yes! Actually I have already repurchased it just recently - click.

5. Essential Care Lemon & Tea Tree Facial Wash; 19,90€.
I've been using this facial for about two years now. It's a part of my morning skin care routine. It's a pearly white gel with a hint of green. When I mixed it with water I get some foam, it's easy to apply and to wash off. Skin looks cleaned, refreshed and it doesn't dry out my skin. I love the smell - it's really like smelling lemon and tea tree - very refreshing and invigorating. Essential Care products are certified organic by Soil Association Organic Standard.
Repurchase: Yes, definitely!

I have noticed that I'm quite cheap when it comes to my body skin care, but when it comes to my face, I spend quite some money. But that's only because there aren't many products that would suit the crazy skin on my face.


Do you use any of these products or have any question about them?



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Song of the day: Papa Roach - Getting away with mur­der