Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Interview With Hairstylist Nina Smrekar Ivanič

The first time I met this young and aspiring hairstylist Nina Smrekar Ivanič it was a few years ago. She impressed me with her precision and enthusiasm at work. Since then we have worked together on various projects like Hendrick's Gin event and also became good friends. She always has time to do my hair and with that she is just ''adding icing on the cake'' for my entire appearance. I wore her hairstyles for various events like Viktorji  (Slovenian award for media achievements and accomplishments in popular culture. They are following the example of Oscar), Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana, Fetique Boutique, for diferent photoshootings, dance shows, Playboy events...etc. I am really glad to work with such positive-minded people full of energy like her so I invited her to do an interview with me. She is unquestioned talent and her many clients can attest.
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Me and hairstylist Nina Smrekar Ivanič
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When Nina finished hairdressing school first thing she did was getting her a job as a hairdresser. After searching and applying for a few job positions finally she went to her first job interview. The job interview didn't go as planned. ''It was horrible!'', says Nina. This dream-breaking experience made her promised herself that from that day forward she will never be a hairdresser. ''But thanks to my friend Patricija, she was pushing me to call one of the salon I know. She was so stuborn that in the end I had to say: ''ok I will call them!'', I remember it like it was yesterday. She told me at least ten times to do it but i was afraid of being disappointed again. I didnt have experience with hair at all. Cuz after the first interview I wanted to do everything else but hair.'', says Nina. Nina called them and they gave her an opportunity. So after few months of practicing and giving all her best Nina was finally hired. ''I was so happy because somebody saw potential in me and gave me the chance to learn more and to do what I love. It was about time'', says Nina.
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Nina Smrekar Ivanič (Photo: Facebook)
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That is how her hairdressing road started. In her case bad thing have happened at the beginning but if you are positive thinker you will always see the light at end of a tunnel. No matter what. We are always learning through life and of course through life we encounter lot of paths that have lot of obstacles and dead ends. But in the end you just have to turn into the other way and go straight forward. ''There was a lot of tears, happiness, smiles .. everything! But I never gave up. And now I am where I am!'', proudly says Nina.
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Hairstyles by Nina Smrekar Ivanič (Photo: Facebook)
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SHABICH.com: What are the hottest trends for spring and summer 2016?
     NINA: Lately everybody wants to have more natural hair look. As you can see even blondes are trying to get more natural blonde hair color and not so much yellowish. Some of them still prefer more platinum but with a dash of silver. And we all know ombre. Am I right? So maybe you all noticed that ombre is slowly fading from the world of beauty. Balayage and flamboyage are replacing it. Everything is gonna to be circulating around balayage and flamboyage technique still. Technical and correctly highlights that looks like your hair was kissed from the sun. Just remember when we were little girls and our hair got highlights from the sun, that is how it should look like. It's all about warm colors like honey,vanilla,cocoa, warm shades of brown then we have pastel colors and the trend of gray hair.

SHABICH.com: How do you determine the best color choices for your clients?
NINA: I always pick the best hair color for my clients on the basis of their complexion, skin tone, skin pigment, facial structure, eye color and also their character. Some of the clients usually tell uss what they prefer best some of them are just lost in this beauty world. In both cases clients have us to consult to. As educated hairdressers we can provide them an excellent advice. But still sometimes the clients are so heart set on that our advice can't prevent choosing colors. 

... Nina's favorite hair colors are pink, violet, mint green ...

SHABICH.com: How safe is bleaching?
NINA: Well it depends. Bleaching is not bad if its made professionally and good!
As for me I am not a fan of 12% hydrogen and I never use it. Never! Despite of all the hair protectors we have (bondolux,olaplex... ) now days the bleaching is not bad as it was in the past. Of course after bleaching even today you need to take care of your hair. Use some repairing hair mask and hair oil.

SHABICH.com: Which brands do you like to use?
NINA: Before and still now I am working with ColorUs. But I have to admit that my favorite two brands are Revlon and Matrix. And ofcourse I could never say never to BedHead products! They are the best!

... every woman needs a good mask in her life for silky smooth hair ...

SHABICH.com: Have you personally worked with recognizable people?
NINA: Yes, I've worked with few. I will pointed to those who I really get along and they are awesome. Zlata Okugić, Sabina Remar, Amanda Šabič, Samanta Šabič, Pia Filipčič, Anja Jenko...etc.

SHABICH.com: What do you love most about being a hairstylist?
NINA: Making people happy! For me it's like a blessing to see my client walking out of salon with a big smile on their face! And when they are coming back to me - sometimes just for a coffee and chitchat - they just put a smile on my face and that is the best thing ever! In that moment you feel like you're winning. For somebody to trust you to do something with their hair, yes that's a blessing. Sometimes I feel that my work with people is some kind of a mission because I just love doing what I do and everybody that knows me can tell you how much I love my job! 

... nowdays we have a lot of copycats and I like it unique ...

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Let'S Try It Out: Result Using Eveline Argan + Keratin Hair Products

Yesterday I wrote about shampoo and conditioner I bought to try it out. Why did I bought Eveline Cosmetics products? Because of two things #argan and #keratin. I was curious what the outcome will be. I can say I'm very pleased with the first hair washing using Eveline Argan + Keratin products. 
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My hair is softer and it's moving nicely. After hair washing the hair is not greasy and after hair drying the hair isn't brittle and rough to the touch. Pictures are taken immediately after every step such as the final result without ironing the hair or applying some additional hair products.
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picture taken after first washing
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Process: 1. washing my hair twice with Eveline Argan + Keratin hair shampoo
2. applying Eveline Argan + Keratin conditioner for 3-5 minutes
3. after washing the conditioner I gently brushed my hair
4.  for a few minutes I covered my hair with a towel 5. hair drying
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I am pleased with the the final result and with Eveline Argan + Keratin hair products. This certainly does not go in the trash can.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Let's Try It Out: Eveline Hair Product part I.

Yesterday I posted my story talking about cutting my long hair. For me that experience is also an excellent move to renew my hair. When there is a subject about hair I am always hearing two words which are popping in the air. Those two words are #argan and #keratin and I am sure you already heard of it. 
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Argan oil, often called ‘liquid gold’, is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Argan oil is good for skin and also for hair.
Just like contouring, strobing, and ombre highlights, keratin treatments are yet another topic that stays trending in the beauty world. Keratin treatments fill in the porosity of your hair, as overly-porous hair causes tangles, frizz, and breakage. Your hair is made up of keratin, so the treatment is putting the protein back into the hair, which is often lost due to age and chemical services.
Let's get to the point. Last week I was walking through the mall just had some shopping to do, buying some beauty products... I remember I have to buy a hair shampoo and conditioner. For a few years I am using L'oreal Color Radiance hair products and I just love it. But when I was looking for the products on the shelves I noticed Eveline Argan + Keratin hair products. 
So I bought a shampoo and conditioner and decided to try it today. Can't wait to see wait the result will be. Coming soon.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

My Experience: Cutting My Long Hair

About a year ago I cut my hair approximately 40cm/15in. Yes I know, it's a lot. But still cutting off my super-long hair changed me - I was reborn. You have to have the courage to be you. Confidence tops the list of reasons to cut your hair short. The great thing about hair is that it grows and so will you. If you are thinking about cutting your hair for a while be bold and just do it. Maybe you will regret it maybe not. You will not know until you try. Nothing is permanent. Everything we encounter and experience is temporary. 
My new appearance made people around me constantly asking questions like, “What happened to your beautiful long hair?”,”How did you find the courage to do that?...  Honesty, I do sometimes miss my long hair and for a moment I become sad. Why? It's just I miss doing variety of hairstyles and playing with my hair. With shorter hair I don't have that much options. But don't think shorter hair are taking less time to maintain. It depends on the form of hair-cuts. But talking to many of people and listening about their experience I can say that short hair is harder to maintain. Congratulations short hair-cuts, you won this battle!
Cutting hair is also inspiring. I admire people who are cutting their long beautiful hair and donating to an organization that made wigs for people with cancer. Your hair will grow back in the previous length but you will always have a special memory of your own good deed because you will know that there is a person who now has a beautiful wig to get through a difficult time in life.
And another thing. There is a saying that women cut their hair short after a major life change and to mark a fresh start in life. I must say in may case that is true!
Long hair or Short hair - that is the question ?
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Golden Globes 2016: Best Red Carpet Looks

Here is my pick list of best dressed at the Golden Globes 2016 event. Some of them dressed in the color theme of the event shiny and gold, others have chosen a strong and clear colors and some of them picked endless black. There is also a voice inside our 'girly' head telling us don't you dare come without glitter and lace at such events.
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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Balmain Army's Newest Recruits

Just couple of months ago me and my best friend were chatting about the supermodels of the 80s and 90's. I just love them, their body shape, generally their appearance. For me famous names like Linda Evangelista, Iman, Milla Jovovich, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz... are the names that will stick in fashion forever. Where are they now? For now I just can say that I am so excited that three big fashion names Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer are the Balmain's army's newest recruits. Thank you goes to Olivier Rousteing who brought in the legendary supermodels pros for Balmain's just-released spring 2016 campaign, photographed by Steven Klein. What do you think? I'm like Omg!! Yes, yes and yes! 
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Photo source: Balmain.com
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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Beauty Products You Need to Try in 2016

This are the main or I can say my favorite 6 beauty products I need for the year ahead. A new year always brings the chance so we can get our hands on new products. The six products which I chose and are wallet-friendly and it's a must! I would like to know yours pretty make-up picks so share it in the comment below. It looks like 2016 is going to be a beautiful year!
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L'OCCITANE 
Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
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VERSACE
Crystal Noir Perfume
Buy here
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beautyblender® 
Buy here
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REVLON
ColorStay Ultimate Suede™ Lipstick 
Buy here
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BAREMINERALS
Palette The Enchanted Garden
Buy here
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CATRICE
Nail Polish Ultimate
Buy here
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