Review: Kiko Smart Fusion Lip Pencil (513 Red Papaya, 524 Peony Violet)

Kiko is one of my favorite makeup brands. Their products are affordable and usually of great quality. I just wish we had it in our country. Whenever I got to Graz, I tend to stop by Kiko and pick some new products. This time Limited Editions didn't impress me, but I did saw colorful lip pencils and decided on two colorful shades.

Smart Fusion Lip Pencils come in matte black pencil form with a black plastic top. I really like the fact that the top is rectangular, which prevents the pencil from rolling down the desk. It sits better this way. It's also easier to take photos of. If you're a blogger, you know what I mean.

In each is 0.9 grams of product and the price is 2.50€ for each. It's not as affordable as for example Essence lip liners, but the price is still good.

I chose two very bright shades, because I usually just have a lot of red and nude lip liners. Sometimes you also need something colorful to use with lipsticks that have unique colors. It's also the cheapest way of trying out bold colors, because lip liners cost a lot less than a whole lipstick. 

Formula of these is actually really smooth. They glide on the lips with such ease. That being said they are not buttery feeling nor moisturizing. Finish is completely matte, but they are just so easy to apply. Usually matte lip colors tug on the lips or can look heavy. Not these.

The pigmentation is good. You will need to go over a few times to get it opaque as a lipsticks, if you want to wear them on their own. 

I usually wear them on their own, because they are enough pigmented and I love the shades as they are. I need to reapply it in the center after about 2 to 3 hours, which isn't really long lasting. But I prefer that, because it means that they don't dry out my lips and don't look heavy.

They feel just slightly sticky at first, but lightweight and they wear quite comfortably. These will emphasize dry patches like most matte lip products. 

513 Red Papaya

This is by far my favorite medium orange red shade that I own so far. It looks more muted on the photos, but in real life this almost looks a bit neon. It's a really vibrant shade. It lifts up the complexion immediately and makes for a perfect summer lip.

524 Peony Violet

It's one of those light pops of colors. Light cool toned bright fuchsia that has a bit of blue undertone. It's also a unique shade in my collection and it's the perfect pop of color for the spring. I love these kind of shades, even though I don't wear them as much. 

Here is also a comparison with some of the other shades. MAC in Lady Danger is a more red shade and also darker. CBI Colorbox in 06 Lip Stick (from Born Pretty Store) is very similar in shade. It's just slightly darker, less vibrant and has a shiny finish. 

Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte lipsticks in Ideal Lilac is a more pink toned fuchsia. It's as light as Kiko's lip pencil, but doesn't have that obvious blue violet undertone. 

I am head over hills over these shades. That's why I can forgive the fact that they are not ultra long lasting. The formula is so smooth to apply, pigmentation is good and it has lovely matte finish that isn't drying. If you're on a look out for bright lip shades, look no further. Kiko has a whooping selection of 36 shades. You'll also find nudes among the selection, as well as bright ones as these. 
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Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – 51 Light Vanilla (New Formula)

I've been using Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation for years now. It's my go to winter foundation as I tend to get drier in colder months and need something with a more dewy finish that doesn't catch on dry patches. But I've never actually wrote a review of it. So now that Bourjois changed up the formula, I decided it's time to write my thoughts on it. I also compared it to the old version to see if there is any difference between the old and new formula. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation comes in a transparent glass bottle. It has red transparent plastic top and pump

In it is 30 ml of foundation and I paid 15.49€ for it. Apparently Bourjois has been raising their prices constantly through the years. So the price might already be higher. Really shady of them. If they think we won't notice, they're obviously wrong. Don't underestimate your costumers. 

The pump works fine and you can sort of control the amount that you want by pushing the pump slowly and just getting as much as you'll need out of it.

Old bottle was rounded and looked like cylinder. It also had transparent top. The pump stayed the same. I like new design better, because it's easier to store and looks a bit cleaner with new typography. 

I had old version in the shade 51 Light Vanilla and I bought new formula in the same shade. It's actually the lightest shade that we have in our drugstores. Apparently there's also one shade lighter - 50, but I hear it's more pink toned. 

I expected the shade of new formula to be the same as with the old, but it's not. It's actually slightly darker. Barely noticeable, but still, it counts. Especially, if the shade is too dark for you as it is. You can see it being a shade or half darker and it looks more orange toned. It's a warm toned shade that has an obvious yellow undertone. It's actually the most yellow toned foundation in my collection. 

Here is comparison with other shades of foundations in my collection. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream 21 Light Beige is the most grey looking, but it blends into the skin differently and looks like a good match. Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 150 Buff is also warm toned and similar to old Bourjois version, but is less yellow based. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in 010 Light Beige is the darkest of these all and also warm toned. 

New formula is liquid and smooth. It applies nicely and feels very buttery. The coverage is light to medium. If you apply it lightly it's a light coverage, but you can build it up to a somewhat medium coverage by applying more coats. It evens out skin tone, but doesn't cover imperfections. 

The finish of it is dewy on my combination skin. It's definitely not for those with oily skin. It starts to look greasy on my T zone after three hours. I prefer to use it in the winter when my skin is drier in general. This would be great for those that have normal to dry skin or combination. 

It's not a long lasting foundation. As I said before, my T zone gets very oily and it disappears from those center parts quickly. I usually apply a heavier coat, which makes it slightly more long lasting. I also have to powder it and I use powder on top of every foundation that I use anyway. 

On the skin it looks lovely. It doesn't sit into pores or fine lines. I liked older version, because it never emphasized dry patches and this one seems the same. It's definitely one of the most natural looking foundations that I own. It doesn't have that powdery heavy finish and it actually looks like it's a part of the skin not just sitting on top of it.

It has a fruity sweet scent

Here you can also see how I look like with no foundation (left photo) and with a light layer of new Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation (right photo).

Comparison :  OLD VS. NEW FORMULA

I also decided to test old and new formula side by side. So I applied one formula on one side and the other on the other side of my face. I've noticed that new formula has a lot lighter coverage. With it I only evened out my skin tone, it didn't even cover small veins or any redness. The older version has better coverage more light to medium, while new has light coverage. Both versions are buildable and don't look cakey, if you apply more coats. 

They both have a very shiny finish, but the new one looks more dewy, while old one looks more like it has a sheen. 

Both look very natural on the skin and don't emphasize pores or fine lines. 

I already spoke about the difference in shades. New formula is slightly darker and has more of an orange tint to it, while older version looked more yellow toned and slightly lighter. 

They both wear the same with the only difference that my side with new formula became greasier quicker, which means it's also a bit less long lasting. 

The thing that bothers me is that old version had ingredients list on the bottle and the new one doesn't. Hm..I wonder why this change. In general, I prefer the old version. Even thought at first glance they both seem the same, you see the difference while you test them side by side. 

Old version had better coverage (which is one of the most important advantages in my opinion), it wasn't as dewy looking as the new one and it was slightly lighter. I usually mix it with other foundations, because it's too dark for me in colder months and now the new one is even darker. 

I can't say I'm a fan yet. I despise orange undertones like L'Oreal foundations usually have and I don't like dewy finish, because it means it's not as long lasting. It's great for winter when I need that extra moisture and shine, but for warmer months I usually just use it in combinations with other foundations to make them more yellow toned. It's the perfect foundation for those that want natural looking, lighter coverage and dewy finish foundation. So perfect for dry skin tones. That is if you find the right shade for you. 
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Review: Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipsticks – Rouged Perfection, Pink Passion, Rose Awakening

You know my love of Avon lipsticks. They have the best formulas for the best prices. I already have a review of whole True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipsticks collection. Recently, Avon added three new shades to the range. This is my favorite matte lipstick formula, so I am really excited for new shades to be added to this line.

New shades are more or less different pink tones. The range had a lot of bright pinks, but these are more muted pinks. I'd say you'll find a pink for really fair skin tone, for those that don't like true pink and for those that like brighter pink, but don't want it to be too vibrant. 

Design is the same as with others, so a matte black packaging with silver details. The only difference is that my old ones have transparent lid on the top where you can sort of see the shade inside and these don't. I don't mind that, because I store them upside down, with name stickers up, so I can find the right shade quicker. 

In each is 3.6 grams of product and the regular price is 8.50€. Usually, you can get them a lot cheaper. Currently they're on offer for 4.50€ (Slovenia).

Rouged Perfection - warm peachy pink. It's one of those pinks that will appeal to all of those that prefer warm peach and brown shades. It's still pink, but has an obvious peach undertone. This shade might look really different on different skin tones. On some it might look more pink and on some more brown. It's my favorite from these three. On me it leans more towards warm pink shade with peach base. 
Pink Passion - cool light pastel pink. It's a more white based chalky pink and it would look amazing on really fair cool skin tones. From all the three shades, this one looks the most chalky on my lips, like it's not as even and smooth. 
Rose Awakening - warm medium redish pink. This is a darker shade than the other two and it's also the most vibrant one. This pink seems like it has red base to it. I really like this shade on me. It's not one of those really vibrant pop of shades that you'd save for special occasion. It's more of a vibrant wearable shade. 

Formula is still the same. The most smooth silicon like and well pigmented. The least pigmented seems to be Pink Passion, which can look a bit sheer, but it's so light, that it's not even that noticeable. I love how lightweight it feels on the lips and the fact that it never dries out my lips. Formula is really comfortable to wear. It transfers and is not as long lasting as proper liquid matte lipsticks. Since I have dry lips in general, these wear on my lips for a really long time. Up to 4 hours without touch ups. 

They have fruity summer scent that I love.

I also prepared some comparisons for you with other Avon lipsticks. I actually don't have any other brands of lipsticks that would be similar to any of this shade. Rouged Perfection is a a unique mix. Pure Pink (Perfectly Matte) is as light as Rouged Perfection, but a lot cooler and more proper pink without that peach undertone. I actually thought that it would be similar to Peach Flatters, but it's nothing alike. Peach Flatters (Perfectly Matte) is a lot darker and more redish. Revitalising Raspberry (Supreme Noursihing) is a sheerer formula, but it has more brownish redish base. Although it also looks kind of peachy pink at first glance. 

Pink Passion is another unique pastel pink. There isn't any shade that would be similar to it. I just swatched it next to Posh Petal, to show you that Posh Petal (Perfectly Matte) is lighter, really cool and definitely a more lavender shade. 

Rose Awakening is another unique shade in my collection, since it's vibrant, but not too dark. Peach Flatters (Perfectly Matte) is actually kind of similar in shade, but it's more peach toned, just slightly darker and a bit more vibrant. Rose Kisses (Mark Plump It) is a more mauve pink tone and it's a bit more muted shade, not as vibrant. 

Now onto the fun part. Me trying the shades on and giving you an idea on how it looks like against my NC15 skin tone. 

Rouged Perfection

Pink Passion

Rose Awakening

The formula is the best smooth formula of matte lipsticks for those that don't like drying lipsticks. They wear comfortably and are long lasting. You can choose among wide range of shades. Now there's also a perfect wearable pink for different skin tones. I adore Rouged Perfection. It's quickly became one of my favorite nude pinks. This is a shade I can rock on a daily. I also adore Rose Awakening as it's vibrant, but not too in your face and it also goes with everything. Pink Passion is more of classic cool pink and it's not something that I would wear a lot, but it looks great with a soft pink makeup look. Or something a bit cooler in general.

*Products were sent to me. 

Poznate mojo ljubezen do Avonovih šmink. Imajo najboljše formule za najugodnejšo ceno. Ocenila sem že celotno linijo True Colour Perfectly Matte šmink. Pred kratkim pa je Avon v zbirko dodal tri nove odtenke. To je moja najljubša formula mat šmink, zato sem zelo vesela, da se je Avon odločil tej liniji dodati nove odtenke.

Novi odtenki so bolj kot ne različni odtenki roza barve. Mat linija je imela precej živahnih roza odtenkov. Novi so veliko bolj umirjeni. Lahko bi rekla, da ponujajo nosljiv roza odtenek za vsakogar. Nekaj za tiste z zelo svetlo poltjo, roza za tiste, ki dejansko ne marajo pravih roza odtenkov in živahnejši roza odtenek, ki pa še vidno ni premočan za dnevno nošenje. 

Dizajn je enak prvotni liniji. Šminke se nahajajo v mat črni embalaži s srebrnimi detajli. Edina razlika je v tem, da so stare šminke imele na vrhu prozorno okence skozi katero si lahko opazil odtenek šminke. Nove tega nimajo. Mene to ne moti, ker jih shranjujem obrnjene na glavo. Tako lahko odtenek prej najdem po nalepki z napisom odtenka. 

V vsaki šminki je 3.6 gramov izdelka. Redna cena je 8.50€. Po navadi jih lahko dobite veliko ceneje. Trenutno je cena 4.50€ tukaj

Rouged Perfection - topla breskvasto roza. To je roza odtenek, ki bo všeč vsem tistim, ki imajo raje tople breskvaste in rjave odtenke. Je še vedno roza, ampak ima precej očiten breskvast podton. Ta odtenek bo izgledal drugače na različnih polteh. Na nekaterih bo bolj roza, na drugih pa bolj rjav. Je moja najljubši odtenek izmed vseh treh. Na meni izgleda volj toplo roza z breskvastim podtonom.
Pink Passion - hladno svetlo pastelno roza. Je odtenek, ki ima precej bele podlage in bo izgledal fantastično na svetli hladni polti. Izmed vseh treh odtenkov, je ta najbolj neenakomeren na ustnicah. Izgleda bolj pudrasto. 
Rose Awakening - topla srednje rdečkasto roza. To je najtemnejši odtenek izmed vseh treh in tudi najbolj živahen odtenek. Ta roza daje občutek, da je podlaga bolj rdečkasta. Odtenek mi je izredno všeč na meni. Je en izmed živahnih odtenkov, ki pa ni tako živahen, da bi ga morale nositi samo za posebne priložnosti. Gre bolj za živahen odtenek, ki je še vedno izredno nosljiv. 

Formula je še vedno ista. Izredno gladka, podobna silikonom in dobro pigmentirana. Najmanj pigmentiran odtenek je Pink Passion, ki lahko izgleda rahlo prosojno. Glede na to, da je odtenek tako svetel, se to niti ne opazi tako zelo. Všeč mi je kako lahkotne so na ustnicah in da nikoli ne izsušijo mojih ustnic. Formula je res zelo udobna za nošenje. Šminka se prenaša na hrano in kozarce, zato ni tako zelo obstojna kot prave tekoče mat šminke. Glede na to, da imam sama zelo suhe ustnice, so te na meni zelo obstojne. Lahko jih nosim tudi do 3 ure brez popravkov. 

Šminke imajo poletno sadni vonj, ki mi je zelo všeč. 

Odtenke sem primerjala z drugimi Avonovimi šminkami. Nisem našla nobenega odtenka drugih znamk, ki bi bili podobni tem, zato sem primerjala kar z Avonovimi. Rouged Perfection je unikatna mešanica. Pure Pink je enako svetla kot Rouged Perfection, ampak hladnejša in bolj prava roza, brez breskvastega podtona. Mislila sem, da bo odtenek bolj podoben Peach Flatters, ampak se je izkazalo, da si nista niti podobna. Peach Flatters je veliko temnejši in bolj rdečkast. Revitalising Raspberry je bolj prosojne formule in ima bolj rjavkasto rdeč podton. Čeprav deluje tudi rahlo breskvasto roza na prvih pogled. 

Pink Passion je še ena unikatna roza. V zbirki nimam nobenega podobnega odtenka. Primerjala sem ga z Posh Petal, da bi pokazala, da je Posh Petal svetlejši, hladnejši in definitivno bolj sivkast odtenek.

Rose Awakening je še en unikaten odtenek iz moje kolekcije. Je sicer živahen, ampak ni temen. Peach Flatters je precej podoben odtenek, ampak je malo bolj breskvast, temnejši in bolj živahen. Rose Kisses je vijolična roza, ki je bolj umazana in niti približno tako živahna. 

Formula je najboljša formula mat šmink za vse, ki ne marajo šmink, ki izsušujejo ustnice. Nosijo se udobno in so dobro obstojne. Izbirate lahko izmed širokim naborom odtenkov. Zdaj lahko najdete perfekten roza odtenek za različne polti. Sama obožujem Rouged Perfection. Zelo hitro je postal moj najljubši nevtralno roza odtenek. To je odtenek, ki ga lahko nosim čez dan z vsakim makeupom. Obožujem tudi Rose Awakening, ker je tako živahen, a vseeno ne preveč. Prav tako paše k vsakemu makeupu. Pink Passion je bolj klasično hladno roza in ni odtenek po katerem bi veliko posegala. Je pa čudovit v kombinaciji z nežnim roza makeupom. Prav tako s kakšnim koli drugim bolj hladnim makeupom. 

*Izdelki so mi bili poslani. 
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Review: Essence The Cushion Eyeliner – 01 Black

I've seen cushion blushes, foundations and lipsticks, but never before have I seen cushion eyeliner. Essence jumped on the cushion trend and decided to make their version of eyeliner in a cushion system. Catrice also has similar cushion eyeliner. I went for the Essence once, because it was cheaper and I thought that both were pretty much the same, since they're made by the same company.

It comes in a small glass pot with black plastic top. I make sure to screw the top on well to prevent it from drying. Inside is a textured cushion that holds the product which is basically black liquid.

In it is 3 ml of product and it costs 3.29€.

The cushion is like a soft sponge that has drank up the liquid. This way you have a liquid trapped inside a cushion so it doesn't spill and it stays fresh

Color 01 Black is a black color. It's not ultra black, but black enough for my liking. As soon as you dip the brush into cushion eyeliner, you get pigmented swatch with one swipe. 

At first it's liquid, but it dries down very fast. Which means you have to be quite quick with application, because you don't have a lot of play time. That wouldn't be a problem, if it didn't mean that it dries on the brush as well which makes the brush stiff and not bendable anymore. That's why I usually use multiple brushes with one application. I'm a perfectionist and can't pull of winged liner in one swipe.

You can choose among thin pen like liner brushes or use the ones that are wider and have diagonally cut bristles. I personally prefer thin pen like ones, because I get more precision with them. If you're brush is frayed, the application will be difficult. Gel liners usually coat the brush and prevent the bristles from looking frayed, but this cushion liner acts like a pen formula, so it just soaks into the bristles, but doesn't really stick them together. It also means you'll have to clean the brush after every use.

It's definitely not for beginners. You have to be skilled with application in order to get the perfect winged liner. 

I compared it to my other liners. Catrice Liquid Liner in 010 Dating Joe Black is the only one that's a proper matte shade. It's the blackest and more blue toned black. Clio Kill Black Brush Liner in Black is the most similar in the shade. It's black, but not ultra black. Clio Kill Black Pen Liner in Black is slightly darker. 

Essence Cushion Eyeliner looks like a mix of Clio Pen and Brush Liner. It has good pigmentation and just slightly gets into the cracks of the skin, but not as much as usually pen liners do.  

As much as I love liquid formula that is pigmented and glides on like a dream, I hate that it makes the brush stiff and dries so fast. Fast drying time is good for those with hooded eyes as it won't transfer. It's also very long lasting. I even sweated my ass off in the gym and it didn't move at all. The finish is slightly sheeny, not matte, but also not as shiny as some other eyeliners. 

The scent is artificial and kind of chemical.

Here you can also see how it looks like on my eyes.

I love the liquid formula that gives you an amazing precision with the right brush. It's well pigmented and has nice black color. It's also very long lasting and smudge proof. I hate that it dries ultra fast and makes the brush stiff. It's also quite hard to find the thinnest brush possible in order to get the precision that you usually get with brush liners or pen liners. The product itself is great, but I just find it too much of a hassle to put it on. Regular pen and brush liners do the same in a much more convenient form. 
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Review: Avon Little Sequin Dress Eau de Parfum

I already have a few of Avon Little Dress fragrances and I have a review here. This is a range that features simple square bottles with variety of scents. There's something sophisticated, classic, fresher, ultra sweet and now something spring sweet. With the addition of Avon Little Sequin Dress you'll get something for those of you that like sweet fruits on sweet woody base with a hint of florals. 

The bottle is a transparent square glass with transparent plastic top. Details are gold. In the back of the bottle is a design of sequins to represent its name. Spray pump works well. It comes in a paper box with a light pink design and silver sequins.

It's eau de parfum and in it is 50 ml of product. Regular price is 26€. Currently it's on offer for 20.50€ (Slovenia).

Avon describes this fragrance as a blend of mandarin, mango (top notes), gardenia, tropical flowers (middle notes), sensual musk and essence of the gold amber (Base notes). Fragrantica also listed sandalwood as one of the base notes. 

The first splash of this fragrance gives you a very sweet fruity punch. I definitely smell mandarin and a lot of mango sweetness. Second after the first splash you get that floral note, which quickly turns into a more tropical scent like a mix of tropical fruit and flowers. After a while the fragrance turns into a sweeter woody one that really brings out all the classic base notes that I usually love so much in other fragrances. 

If I had to describe it, I'd say that this it's a sweet tropical fruity floral fragrance. The base is quite sweet, but most of the time you get that strong scent of mango and hints of florals. 

This scent starts off really strong, to the point where it's almost a bit too strong for my liking. It quickly fades away to a more subtle scent, but it's definitely not as long lasting on me as some other Avon fragrances. 

If you like tropical scents of really sweet tropic fruits mixed with hints of florals, you'll definitely love this one. To me this is perfect fragrance to wear as the weather transitions from spring to summer. There's that floral note that's so commonly used for spring fragrances mixed with sweet tropical fruits that remind you of summer holidays. Combination of both gives you a quite strong scent which fades through the day fairly quick. It's a fairly basic sweet tropical fruity floral scent that sweet lovers will appreciate. 

*Product was sent to me. 

Že imam nekaj dišav iz Avonove linije Little Dress in ocene teh si lahko preberete tukaj. Gre za linijo dišav s preprostim kvadratnim dizjanom in večjim naborov vonjev. V liniji se najde nekaj bolj sofisticiranega, klasičnega, svežega, zelo sladkega in zdaj še nekaj bolj spomladansko sladkega. Z dodatkom nove Avon Little Sequin Dress je Avon dodal nekaj za vse, ki iščete sladko sadno dišavo z lesno sladko podlago in dodatkom ščepca cvetlic.

Steklenička je prozorna in ima obliko kvadrata. Pokrov je prozoren in plastičen. Detalji so v zlatih odtenkih. Na zadnji strani stekleničke je poslikava bleščic, ki predstavljajo ime dišave. Pumpica deluje v redu. Parfum dobite v škatlici, ki ima svetel roza dizajn s srebrnimi bleščicami.

Je parfumska voda in v steklenički se nahaja 50 ml izdelka. Redna cena parfuma je 26€. Trenutno jo lahko dobite za 20.50€ tukaj.

Avon opiše dišavo kot mešanico mandarine, manga (zgornje note), gardenije, tropskih rož (srednje note), senzualnega mošusa in esence zlatega jantarja (spodnje note). Fragrantica navaja še eno izmed spodnjih not in sicer sandalovino. 

Prvi val dišave takoj po nanosu je močan sadni vonj. Vsekakor se dobro čuti mandarina in veliko sladkobe manga. Nekaj sekund po prvem nanosu opazim rožnate note, ki dišavo spremenijo v mešanico tropskega sadja in tropskega cvetja. Čez čas dišava postane bolj lesno sladka s klasičnimi spodnjimi notami, ki so mi tako zelo všeč v drugih dišavah. 

Če bi morala opisati dišavo, bi rekla da je sladko tropsko sadno cvetlična dišava. Podlaga je precej sladka. Večino časa voham predvsem veliko manga s cvetličnim dodatkom. 

Takoj pa nanosu dišave je ta izredno močna, skoraj malo preveč za moj okus. Sicer dokaj hitro postane bolj nežna verzija. Na meni dišava ni dolgo obstojna, vsaj ne tako kot več drugih Avonovih dišav. 

Če imate radi tropske vonje z zelo sladkim tropskim sadjem zmešanim s cvetličnimi notami, potem vam bo ta dišava zagotovo všeč. Zame je to odlična dišava za prehod iz spomladanskega obdobja v poletno. Cvetlične note so pogosto uporabljene v spomladanskih dišavah. S sladko mešanico tropskega sadja me spomnijo na poletne počitnice. Kombinacija obojega se kaže v precej močni dišavi, ki pa čez dan dokaj hitro zbledi. Je klasičen sladko tropsko sadno cvetlični vonj, ki ga bodo občudovali vsi oboževalci sladkih dišav.

*Izdelek mi je bil poslan.
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