ABOUT


Hi,

Welcome to my beauty blog. I'm Mateja from a small country in Europe - Slovenia. I started this blog on 21. September 2010 because I've been taking pictures of swatches for years and I was posting them on several different forums. I wanted to gather them in one place and that's how the idea for the blog was born. With time it started to evolve from just posting swatches with short reviews into what it is now. Lipstick is my favourite make up item and therefore the majority of posts feature swatches of them. I also love fragrances and hair care. I'm a really private person and I rarely divulge any personal information, hence the lack of such posts. I just want to focus on giving honest opinions with high quality swatches. I shared more about my blog in this post - The Secrets of Blogging Tag.



Some basics about me

I've been described as an embodiment of Snow White by one of my friends - I'm very pale with dark hair. Queue my annual Snow White look for Pust a.k.a. Slovene Halloween: click me.

Skin tone 
Fair, neutral undertone with freckles. I rarely find a shade of foundation that is light enough, mostly because brands available in Slovenia don't carry the lightest shades or brands don't even bother to do such colours in the first place.

Shades that suit me when I'm at my palest (NC/W10-15)
(N = Neutral undertone, W = warm a.k.a. yellow undertone, C = cool a.k.a. pink undertone) 



ESSENCE Stay All Day 20 (C)  (old version)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly (N) (lightest concealer I ever found)

Darker Foundations (NC 15-20-25):
ESSENCE Match2Cover concealer (N/W)(in this review there is a comparison of most my concealers)  
REVLON Colorstay Concealer 2 Light (W)

My post on mixing foundations - how to get a neutral undertone.

Post on how to determine your undertone

Pale foundations and foundation lighteners:


Skin type
Normal/combination with only occasional spots. I currently follow Korean Skin Care routine and it's done wonders. Check under All-time favourites for what I'm using.

Hair colour 
Dark brown with a cool undertone, I don't dye my hair.

Hair type 
Very dry, coarse, frizzy, curly and thick. I always keep it long at about mid back length. 

Eyes 
Grey with a bit of green and blue, it depends on the light. Also they are hooded. My eyelashes are super stubborn and refuse to hold a curl - my post on how to curl stubborn and difficult-to-curl lashes.

My makeup preferences
These are the products I tend to use in my regular makeup routine: black eyeliner, neutral eyeshadows, toned down blushes and matte lipsticks.

Photography

I used to take pictures with my smartphones - Samsung Galaxy S2 until January 2015, Galaxy S5 until September 2016 and since Olympus PEN E-PL7. I use the Pancake lens M. Zuiko 14-42 mm and M. Zuiko 45 mm.

You can read more about photography here:
Beauty Blog Photography on a Budget - Part 1: Setting up an Improvised Studio

Beauty Blog Photography on a Budget - Part 2: Taking Pictures (with a Smartphone)

Blog Photography on a Budget - Part 3: Editing

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