11/08/2017

Beach Must Haves

The beach is just one of the best places on earth, and I´m so sad that my one week holiday is nearly over and I have to go back home again. During this week I honestly always took the same things with me, some things for entertaiment, some things for protection from the sun and some things just as accessorize cause we can´t look bad at the beach right? haha. I thought I would leave the standard things such as suncream away from this post and only show you the following essentials...

ENTERTAIMENT...

to keep me entertained all I need is my phone, my headphones and my camera.
I have to be honest and say I didn´t take a book with me, simply because I´m probably one of the laziest people when it comes to reading, I just don´t like it and so I would rather lay back and listen to some good music, play some games or just scroll through social media. Of course that´s not everything I´m gonna do, but I´m also gonna walk around the beach and try to take some nice shots, which I´ll be sharing with you all when I get back home next week, so be excited for them... :)

...& OTHER THINGS

well I practically everything else I need is a pretty pair of sandals, which I can quickly get out of, to jump into the water haha. The ones above were from Vero Moda, and are sooo comfortable! I´ve been on the hunt for a new pair of pretty sandals for a while now and these ones are just perfect and absolutely gorgeous (if I might say so about my own things, haha). 
Continuing being stylish, I also took my silver sunglasses with me. My mum bought them for me at a little shop in Crete and I love them, an absolute bargain for only 10€! 
It was absolutely hot the whole week, so to get as much colder air as possible I took this fan with me, which I got in my last holiday in Croatia.
When I get up to get some drinks or food I prefer to cover myself up, but instead of always putting my clothes back on, I have this white tunic from Primark with me. Quick to put on, covers me a bit from the sun and makes me feel a lot more comfortable. 
Speaking of covering from the sun, to cover my head and hair from the heat, I´ve got a black cap from Nike. It can look soo cool and just suits me better than a straw hat, haha.
A lot of people seem to forget about the fact that your lips can get sunburned aswell, and since I don´t want to be in such pain I´ve got this little sun lip balm from a german drugstore. It stays on for so long, is nearly invisible and keeps my lips very hydrated.

When you go to the beach, what things do you definitely need to take with you?

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09/08/2017

Sun Protection for Hair & Skin

Sun Protection for Hair & Skin
Sun Protection should be a very important topic when you go on holiday. Sun can damage your hair, as in drying it out, making it frizzy and all in one just really unhealthy looking. In case of skin, the sun can do even more damage, such as giving you skin cancer, making you look a lot older than you actually are, and getting you sunburned, which I´m sure no one of us want. To prevent all of that from happening I have put together a small collection of products for my hair and skin...

Sun Protection for Hair & Skin

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sun Oil SPF 20

I´ve already used this sun oil last year, and I´ve been absolutely loving it. It smells just amazing, very summery, a bit like coconut, shea butter and all in one just really good. Since this product sinks in really fast, it has quickly become one of my favourite oils on the market, even though I haven´t been a big fan of them before, because every one I have tried before stayed on top for way too long before sinking in and that simply felt uncomfortable and they wore off way quicker. My main aim is to achieve a gorgeous tan and so that´s why I chose to use a sun oil instead of sun cream for my whole holiday.

L´Oreal Elvital Sun Defense Spray

To protect my hair from the sun, dehydration and from getting even more frizzy than they already are, I chose this spray from L´Oreal after getting it recommended from my mum.
I can´t quite remember, whether I have used this oil last year aswell, and so I´m really excited to try it. From what my mum has said, it really protects hair from drying out and they feel really soft after using it. I hope it won´t make my hair look greasy and is easy to wash out.
Sun Protection for Hair & Skin

Rituals The Ritual of Karma Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 50

Now to protect my face from the sun, I certainly won´t be using an oil with only SPF 20, as I´m a lot more sensitive in that area and so I tend to get sunburned a lot faster. This sun cream has ingredients like white tea, Vitamin E and something called Ginkgo Bilboa, whatever it is, it is surely really good for preventing sunburn. It is waterproof, and supports you to get a sunny glow. I have noticed that this sun cream has improved the state of my skin so well and so I´m pretty confident in using it, without having to worry about damaging the skin on my face.

L´Oreal Ambre Solaire After Sun

Taking care of your skin is certainly not over after putting sun cream all over your body. If you want to keep that just achieved tan you definitely should use a After Sun Lotion, to keep your skin hydrated and soothe any sun burn you may have gotten. 
This Spray from L´Oreal includes cactus extract which does exactly these things. I actually prefer this over a lotion, as it sinks in really fast, you can easily apply in on your own, it´s really refreshing and smells soo lovely. 
Definitely a good option for someone as lazy as me, haha.

What do you use to protect your skin and hair from the sun?

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07/08/2017

Minimal 5-Step Holiday Makeup

Minimal 5-Step Holiday Makeup

When you´re reading this, I´m already on my way to sunny Greece.
I´m more than ready for a week relaxing on the beach, getting a tan, good food, even better drinks and especially to get my summer clothes out and light easy glowy makeup on. I prefer not too use too much makeup, as I´m most likely to sweat if off, so I´m only taking my main essentials with me, and here they are...

To protect my skin from the bit of makeup I´m going to put on top and to keep that in place the whole night I´m gonna go for, of course, my old beloved Benefit Porefessional Primer. The primer is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me, it gives me an even complexion, hides my pores without clogging them, keeps oil at bay and my makeup in place the whole day. Speaking of oil, to keep that really far away from my skin I apply a thin but good layer of another favourite, the MAC MSF Powder, I prefer to apply it with a little sponge, as I find it gives better coverage and prevents oil even more.
To give my (hopefully) soon tanned skin a gorgeous glow I took the BECCA Glow on the Go with me. It includes the liquid and powder version of the infamous Opal Highlighter. I have swatched it once, and oh my god it is stunning! They are highly pigmented and give me the most beautiful golden/champagne glow.

For the brows I took the Artdeco Brow Powder with me. I´m pretty sure my Smashbox Brow Pencil would be melting in this heat and so I opted for the stress free product. I also think my minimal makeup would look better with a soft brow instead of a perfectly defined pair of brows, haha. For mascara I decided I would take one of my newest additions, which is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I have really high hopes in my very first Too Faced Product, first off because of the name itself and second because nearly everyone was raving about it. I´ll definitely report back... :)

For lips I took one for every mood with me, haha. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague, is a bright pink shade that I imagine looks lovely with a simple white outfit. The NYX SMLC in Stockholm, a pinky/orange nude shade, is for when I don´t want anything too visible on my lips and when I don´t want to worry about reapplying. And last is the Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B, a lilac nude, I don´t own anything like it yet so I´m really excited to see how I get around with it. For now I find it gorgeous as it´s not a bright shade but also not your everyday shade.

What can be found in your holiday makeup bag? Do you like to wear minimal makeup or a full on look when you´re on holiday?

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06/08/2017

Favourites of the Month: July

Another month has passed and even though it has been quite a hot month, I still somehow managed to wear a bit of makeup and so I finally got around to put together a favourite´s post. They don´t happen very often, as I most of the time wear the same makeup products, but this month I used quite a nice collection and here it is...

L´Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

You all know how much I love glowy skin during the summer time, and this foundation give me exactly that desired look. I apply it with my Real Techniques Sponge and simply pat on a thin layer. That way, all blemishes are covered and hidden and I´ve got an even complexion without looking cakey. It stays on the whole day without getting oily, but still gives me a lovely natural glow. I think I´m gonna try the Glam Bronze Cushion Foundation when I get back from holidays and see if it´s good to use with a tan.

Artdeco Brow Powder

Even though I love my Smashbox Brow Pencil to the moon and back, it tends to melt and get too pigmented during the hot months, so when that happens I go over to the good old brow powders. This one from Artdeco has especially won me over, as it has just the right amount of pigmentation that you can build it up, from a soft brow to a defined strong brow. I prefer soft brows with this powder, as I still get that overall defined look without it looking too much...

KIKO Baked Blush in Lively Coral

Summer is the perfect season for blush! While (hopefully) most of us get a nice tan, highlighter and blush is the perfect addition to make your skin look full of live and fresh. I absolutely adore this blush from KIKO, even though it is from their holiday collection, it´s just perfect for summer. The shade is a really light pink/coral shade that has little silver glitter particles in it. I even wear this blush without highlighter as the glitter is already enough to give you enough shimmer. Because it is baked, it is really soft and easy to blend, with again just the right amount of pigmentation to either go full on or just a hint of colour...

Shiseido Ever Bloom

I´m all about flowery scents during the whole year, but this one from Shisheido adds a summery scent that just makes the deal for me, and to make it even better, it´s an absolute bargain with 30€ for this bottle shown above. It´s very intense so you really only need a tiny bit to go a long while. I got fairly a few compliments for this perfume so far so as you can think, that´s another reason why it has quickly become one of my favourite perfume...

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat

I do love a good bright lip, but sometimes all you need is a natural, yet still visible, comfortable lip product that you don´t have to re-apply after every ice cream cone you eat during the day, right? Well this lip pencil from CT is exactly that kind of product!
I always thought wearing a lip liner on it´s own would dry my lips out completely, but I was so wrong. This lip pencil (or lip cheat) is really soft on the lips, stays on even during a few drinks and ice creams and has one of the loveliest lip colours I own, a gorgeous dusty pink...

NYX WonderPencil

The newest addition to my makeup collection is one of the best ones so far. This product is a nude highly pigmented, creamy pencil that you can use for exactly 3 things. First to line your waterline, to make your eyes appear bigger. Second to clean the edges of your lips (or brows) and clean lipstick off that hasn´t made it´s way onto your lips. And also hide small blemishes that don´t necessarily need a thick concealer. Definitely a wonder product that I got loads of uses from...

What have you loved throughout July?

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31/07/2017

A Casual Night Out Makeup + Full Look

A Casual Night Out Makeup
A Casual Night Out Makeup
I love a good night out! Sometimes I´m very motivated to get dressed, do my hair and a full face makeup, but sometmes I prefer to do a more casual look. Don´t get me wrong, it definitely contains more products than my everyday makeup, but I surely won´t attract attention to me, because of the way I put myself together that night.
I hope you get what I mean, haha, and enjoy this little makeup edit...

As always I used the Benefit The POREfessional Primer to prep my skin and give myself a smooth complexion to work with. Over that I used a sample of the Burberry Fresh Glow Liquid Base, just to give my skin a bit of natural glow before I applied one of the highest coverage foundations I own on top, and that is the MAC Studio Fix. It is the very first foundation that I´m close to using fully up, I basically only have foundation for 4-5 applications left, that´s how much I love it. It covers literally every blemish, without drying your skin completely out. I wouldn´t recommend it, if you have dry skin as you will see spot where skin is flaking off, but if you have oily/combination skin, this is yours to try! Since mostly every blemish is now covered, I only use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, an absolute favourite of mine. It is medium coverage and blends in absolutely lovely. To set the concealer and foundation I used the MAC MSF Powder, I literally use it every single day, as it´s pressed so finely that it keeps shine at bay, without being very visible. Now that I´m still pale, I use the NARS Laguna Bronzer, to not only bring a bit of life to my skin, but also give it a bit of a shape.
A Casual Night Out Eyemakeup
Moving to the eyes, the look above is the one I went to and to make it last the whole night I firstly prepeared my eyelids with the UD Original Eyeprimer Potion, to those who suffer with oily eyelids, and creasing eyeshadow, this one will change your eyemakeup game! Then I stayed loyal to Urban Decay for nearly the whole rest, all my eyeshadows were from the Naked 2 Palette. Tease in the crease, Snakebite also in the crease but applied with a smaller denser brush, and then Copper all over the lid. It was pretty much a smokey brown look, and I really liked it!. Then to open my small eyes again, I put the NYX WonderPencil on my lower lashline. It´s a creamy nude pencil, which is just perfect for applying that way, as when you have small eyes like I, this pencil helps to make the whole look softer and your eyes bigger. To finish up the eyes, I used the L´Oreal Telescopic Mascara, by far my favourite mascara, and the Smashbox BrowTech To-Go to achieve defined sharp brows. To make sure everything stays in place the whole night, I spray the NYX Matte Finish Fixing Spray on and I´m good to go... :)
I left lipstick away on purpose, cause to be honest there´s nothing worse than having to worry about the state of your lipstick, when you just want to enjoy a few drinks with your friends.

Here you can see the full look aswell:
A Casual Night Out Full Makeup

What do you use on a casual night out?

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24/07/2017

Fresher Me Mud Mask Review*

*Post contains PR sample
FresherMe Mud Mask
The skincare product I love to use the most are face masks.
There are endlessly different ones on the market, all with a different purpose, on a huge price range, several ingredients, smells and looks. I have tried myself to a few ones, and one kind of face mask has caught my attention in particular. Charcoal/Mud Masks.
I was recently informed by a, for me, unknown brand called Fresher Me and I was offered to review their Mud Mask.

I was very curious as this face mask wasn´t particular made for cleaning your skin, but to nourish and moisturizer it, and since I´ve been suffering with the driest skin at the moment, I had high hopes that this mud mask could help me.

FresherMe Mud Mask
This mud mask consists of, natural Dead Sea Mud, Vitamin Pro 5b, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Apricot Kernel and Aloe Vera. They all have the aim to fight blemishes, give your complexion enough hydration and revitalise it. Especially the Dead Sea Mud, the main ingredient, is supposed to actively pull toxins out of your skin while the Vitamin Pro 5b is there for pulling water out of the air to give you a look of instant refreshment.
I find it sounds really interesting, as I never heard of a mask that pulls something from your surrounding in advance for your skin!

When I opened the tub I was firstly suprised by the strong scent! To me it smelled like modelling clay and so I was scared that it´s not bearable to have it under my nose for 10 minutes straight. I was luckily wrong as the smell goes away completely once you´ve put it on your skin. Then I also thought the mask would be really heavy and creamy, like the Origins Charcoal Mask, but it´s nothing like that. The formular is really wet but not watery, like it´s a bit thicker than a moisturizer. When I applied it, it felt sooo comfortable and after a while I forgot that I even got it on. 
On the product itself it stays that the mask doesn´t dry and stays wet, but I do find tha after a while it gets stiffer, but not weird at all, like you´re still able to move your face underneath, but you can also feel that something has happened to your skin.

To get it off without any problems, I have used a warm wash cloth.
Then after it was off I was left with soft, moisturized skin. Absolutely amazing, as I have definitely felt a difference. This product also promises an instant effect after the first use, I find the effect isn´t huge, but little blemishes have surely faded and my skin
wasn´t dehydrated anymore.

I would say the Fresher Me Mud Mask is worth a try, if you have dry skin with a few little blemishes like mine and could need something to treat yourself to :)

Buy it here for 16,99£

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20/07/2017

My Go-To Neutral Essie Shade

My Go-To Neutral Essie Shade
Ever since I got a gel manicure done, I barely bother with my nails, I got them done in a natural nude/pink shade and I honestly couldn´t be happier about it, as when it´s coming to looking after my nails, I have a patience of a few days and than my nails look absolutely horrible again. So I never really enjoyed wearing nail polish during that time.
But there is one brand, and one specific shade that wakes the motivation in me. 

That one brand, that has really stolen my is Essie, we all know it and we all love it. They have a huge colour selection, two different formulas to choose from, amazing quality and totally worth the price of 8€ per bottle. If I´m in the mood to get a new nail polish, the Essie Counter is definitely the way I´ll head to.

Right now, my absolute favourite shade, and the one that´s just perfect for all year round
is Demure Vix
At first it seems like it´s a classic dusty rose shade, but you are totally wrong with that thought, as this nail polish has a metallic sheen to it. In the sun it reflects in a kinda blue metal shine, which is a lot more visible in the bottle, but still kinda there once you paint it on your nails.

My lazy self just loves this shade also because when it´s getting off, you can barely notice a difference from your actual nail to this nail polish, so don´t worry if it´s flaking off, no one´s gonna notice immediatly, haha.

I´ve just put it on again, and I´m soooo in love! I need two layers to get the full pigmentation and so far it has lasted on my nails for up to 5 days, just amazing!

What is your go-to nail polish? And which brand do you prefer?


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18/07/2017

Flatlay Props

Flatlay Props
My absolute favourite part of the whole blogging process is taking pictures.
I have found myself getting more and more creative, in my camera settings, in the things and in the way how I arrange the items I want to photograph, and also what I want to use as "space fillers" or "props" in my flatlay. If you ask me, I find there´s noting worse than a picture that just looks kinda empty. I like it when it´s filled, but not too much so it
doesn´t irritate you. At the end it just needs to be aesthetically pleasing, hahaha.
To achieve that kind of effect, I have collected a few things over the last time that you may have seen in my previous pictures, and here they are...

LAYERS

Layers as in scarfs, wooden boards, blankets, notebooks, etc. make such a difference in how the picture looks and simply fills up space that might look naked otherwise and also helps you to guide the attention to certain products you want to show off. I got this baby pink scarf from Reserved some time ago and since it´s too thin for me to actually wear I always use it in my pictures. I find it automatically adds a colour scheme to the picture and since I´m all about pink/rosé gold/copper for my pictures this scarf is just perfect.
I have some examples in these posts: scarf, wooden board, blanket

FLOWERS/PETALS

I´m an absolute sucker for using flowers or petals in pictures. I find it adds that certain girliness and lightness to the images. If you are lucky enough to have fresh flowers in your home most of the times then please do use them! You can definitely see if someone using fresh flowers or plastic ones, and I´m definitely jealous of those who use fresh ones, haha. I have to be honest though and say mine are fake ones, the white flowers are from Depot, and the petals are from the supermarket and were supposed to be used as dinner table decorations.

OTHER MAKEUP PRODUCTS/TOOLS

These are honestly my favourite flatlay props, as I literally have sooooo many of them and I´m able to use them in sooo many ways. I generally always stick to my rosé golden lash curler and kabuki brush, as they fit so well with the pink scarf. Together with them I simply look through my makeup collection and see what I can find. The most popular items are mascaras (especially the Maybelline LashSensational), lipsticks, nail polishes, eyeshadows and false lashes.

HOME DECOR

Right after makeup, home decor is my 2nd favourite thing to purchase. Spending a lot of time strolling through Pinterest has definitely taken it´s toll on me, and if I could I would need hundreds of rooms to really buy every decorations that I have swon over because of Pinterest pictures, haha. So if I want to use home decor in my flatlays I simply look through my flat what we have and collect everything that seems like it might look good.
The best brands to buy these things from are Primark (the rosé golden basked and eyelash curler are from there), H&M & Zara Home, Urban Outfitters, Depot, etc.

What do you like to use in your flatlays? And from where do you get your inspirations for your photography?

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17/07/2017

Liquid Glow Givers

Liquid Glow Givers
Liquid Glow Givers
Summer is the season for everything glowy, and if you have followed my blog for a while now, you may have noticed some posts dedicated to that specific makeup look.
Now, I want to concentrate on "glow givers" that are either not makeup related products, but also one that can be used so versatile, that it will definitely not leave my makeup bag for a while now...

BENEFIT SUN BEAM HIGHLIGHTER

Lately this highlighter has become one of my absolute favourite products in my whole collection. Simply because the shade is just perfect for summer, a light hint of champagne glow with a bit of glitter in it, is so versatile to use. You can either mix it with your foundation, use it as it´s original purpose, as a highlighter or you can just apply a bit of it to your eyelids to give yourself a glowy glittery eyemakeup. I haven´t tried it yet, but after I get a nice tan on my holidays, I´ll even use this highlighter on my collarbones, as I imagine it will look absolutely stunning and flattering when you´re wearing a off-shoulder top. You will definitely see me wearing this product very often from now on...

NUXE HUILE PRODIGIEUSE OR

Speaking of flattering glowy collarbones, I have something here that is completely new to me. It´s a dry oil that you can use literally everywhere, face, body and even in your hair.
I haven´t tried anything with this product yet, but after swatching it once, and seeing how pigmented yet still natural it is, and how interesting a dry oil is, I have done some research. Well all you do is massage this oil into the wanted body parts and when you move into the light, little golden glitter particles will make your skin all glowy.
I find this concept really cool and I feel like it will get used a lot during my summer holiday.

CLARINS HUILE LOTUS FACE TREATMENT OIL

Before we even start with putting tons of highlighters on our faces, we need to start preping and hydrating our skin so we already have a radiant base to work with.
I´m already on my second bottle of this Face Treatment Oil from Clarins, even though I don´t use it in my daily evening routine. This facial oil is really thick and you only need half of the pipette to get a good amount of product, I simply put this on at night when my skin is nearly spot free and only needs a minimum hydration and wake up to a lovely glowy base. An extra to this product is the smell, it smells of citrus fruits and lotus and so it´s just perfect for summer!

What do you use to get that natural glow?

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14/07/2017

A Spa Night At Home

A Spa Night At Home
It´s Friday and so tonight is finally the time to sit back and treat yourself to a littel "diy" Spa Experience at home, maybe enjoy a glass of wine with it, but the most important part is to do something good to your skin and hair. After styling my hair and putting makeup on every single day, they both definitely need a rest and need to be taken care of and so that´s what I like to do, using the following products...

HAIR

I have already done a complete post, where I show which hair care products are the best for thick damaged hair (here), but one product I haven´t included in there was the Moroccanoil Treatment, simply because I don´t use this product on a weekly basis, but rather when I want to treat myself, like tonight. I was always curious about this brand in general and so when I received this product in my advent calender I was overly excited to try it out myself. It´s a very thick oily, which puts a lot of hydration, boosts shine, speeds up drying time and detangles hair. It smells really lovely, and I definitely feel an effect of healthy hair after one use.
A Spa Night At Home
A Spa Night At Home

SKIN

Taking care of my skin is getting more and more fun for me as I finally found products that actually help me and make my skin a beautiful bump-free complexion.
On the weekends I unpack a few products that are stronger than the products I use during the week. Apart from my favourite cream cleanser at the moment, the L´Oreal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk. I use it to take my makeup off, not eyemakeup only products like foundation etc., and it leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and really clean.
It contains ingredients like Rose and Jasmine Flowers, which gives it it´s lovely smell.
Multi-masking is a hit that is for once very useful, as you concentrate on the different problems of your skin directly, instead of using one mask that maybe only helps with a few little blemishes. I have recently found this L´Oreal Multi-Masking Starter Set. It contains all three of their Pure-Clay Face Masks, Charcoal, Red Algea and Eucalyputs. On the back of this set there is a short description on where to put which masks in combination of different purposes, such as stressful week, night-out, etc. I think this idea is really cute, as I was clueless in multi-masking and this set has definitely helped me a lot and is just awesome!
After washing the masks off, I like to give my skin the last polish it needs in form of exfoliating. For that I use the Mini Version of the Foreo Luna Face Scrub Brush for Combination Skin & Night Cleanser. Again I got this in my Advent Calendar and use it every now and then when my skin needs a good exfoliating session. This brush vibrates and so gives your skin a deep cleanse and anti-aging effect. Together with the Night Cleanser it removes dead skin cells and those tiny bumps that sometimes form on your forehead.
After my skin and hair is now completely clean and taken care off I can drift off to a good night sleep.

How do you like to treat yourself? What belongs in your spa night?

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12/07/2017

Eyeshadow Palettes Round-Up

Eyeshadow Palettes Round-Up
If you ask me, eyeshadow palettes are one of the best inventions that have ever been made. You simply get a huge selection of different eyeshadow shades, finishes, textures, etc. put into one handy little package.
I´m pretty sure there is an eyeshadow palette for every single person, another reason why I love them, their enormous versatile! I don´t want to ramble too much now though but rather show you the eyeshadow palettes that I hoard in my collection...

Catrice Absolute Nude (5€)

I´ll just start off with the cheapest and smallest palette I own.
It´s a drugstore one that holds 6 nude/brown shades, all with a bit off glitter and just the right amount of pigmentation, when you´re just starting to experiment with makeup. It was actually my very first eyeshadow product and I still love it! The texture of them is pretty soft, but buildable. You can wear them really natural on a daily basis or go smokier for a night time look. 

NYX Love in Paris in "Merci Beaucoup" (8€)

This is honestly the ultimate autumn eyeshadow palette! Like look at those shades, a beautiful compilation of earth toned shades. I haven´t used this palette in ages, but I definitely need to do again, by the look of it now... The pigmentation is again quite fair, but totally alright, if you look at the fact that it´s a drugstore product. You get 9 gorgeous shades and so I definitely need to start experimenting with it again.
Eyeshadow Palettes Round-Up

Urban Decay Naked 2 (50€)

If this palette isn´t the absolute dream for every nude lover, I don´t know what is.
This one is the palette I always seem to go back to, as it´s so versatile. I like to use it in the winter as a more bronzed darker eyelook or even in the summer with just a bit of shimmer on my eyelid. I absolutely love that this palette offers a bit of everything, matte, shimmer, nude, rosé, dark, and even a green eyeshadow shade, all highly pigmented and ultra soft, it´s just amazing!
It´s also the one palette I always seem to take with me on holidays as you can close it securely, you have a huge mirror in it, a really good brush and it´s so handy that you can just squeeze it to the side of your suitcase.
If you don´t own any of the Naked Palettes, you are totally missing out!

Illamasqua Eyeshadow Quad

I don´t know the actual name of this palette, as it was a special edition one that I got from my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, but I was definitely really excited to finally be able to try something form Illamasqua.
This palette already looks really luxurious from the packaging, a simple handy black case, with a small mirror inside and a quad of small eyeshadows.
I find the shades remind me again of autumn/winter, as they are really dark earth toned, and kinda resemble a forest, with the bit of green and red.
The shades are not really my alley, apart from the white/beige shade as beige or that gorgeous brown shade. I definitely have to try around to work with the green, but we´ll see how far I can go with the red shade, haha.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance (40€)

The best for the last. This palette is loved by literally everyone I know.
The perfection starts at the packaging, a velvety lilac thin top and a plastic very light, bottom makes the palette really handy. But then we get to the inside of the most gorgeous palette that exists! The shades are a mixture of nude shade and bright pink, orange shades. I was always scared to use colourful eyeshadows but this palette makes experimenting so much fun, even though the shadows are highly pigmented, so you definitely need to be careful, but once you get the hang of it, it´s so much fun!
I love to use the matte shades in the crease and the glitter shades on my lid, I´m really impressed by how much glitter actually gets transfered onto your lid.

How many eyeshadow palettes do you own? What are your favourites? And which ones do you want to get next?

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11/07/2017

Bronzed Glowy Summer Goddess

Bronzed Glowy Summer Goddess
Bronzed Glowy Summer Goddess
Summer is generally a time, where I´m most likely to wear barely any makeup. One look though, would always make me to put on the extra effort to look presentabel, the bronzy glowy look. I absolutely love this look. You look like you´ve just come back from a tropical holiday, completely relaxed, perfectly tanned and a natural glow to top it off.
I couldn´t imagine a better look for the summer time, honestly.
I´ve searched together the products that help me to achieve exactly that look without a lot of time effort...Summer is generally a time, where I´m most likely to wear barely any makeup. One look though, would always make me to put on the extra effort to look presentabel, the bronzy glowy look. I absolutely love this look. You look like you´ve just come back from a tropical holiday, completely relaxed, perfectly tanned and a natural glow to top it off.
I couldn´t imagine a better look for the summer time, honestly.
I´ve searched together the products that help me to achieve exactly that look without a lot of time effort...

So to start, I want a primer that already gives me a healthy glow and also hydrates my skin so it doesn´t dry out under the makeup, I put on afterwards, the MonuSkin Illumination Primer gives me exactly what I aim for. It´s quite thick, almost like a proper moisturizer, but sinks in fairly fast and leaves a slight stickiness on my face, which is perfect to keep the foundation in place.
Speaking of foundation, I have two that are full on glow.
The first one is the The Body Shop All In One BB Cream, it´s a very watery white liquid that transforms into it´s actually colour once you´ve blended it in. It gives a really strong healthy glow because of it´s watery texture, but still gives you that coverage that you might need. The next foundation is the L´Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, I can´t even describe how much I love this foundation. It is really light and feels feather light on the skin. Once you´ve blended it in with a makeup sponge, you´ll notice that
you´re skin already looks a lot more even, without looking like you´ve actually put makeup on. I also love this foundation, because even at the end of the day, your skin doesn´t look oily, but still really naturally glowy. Once you tried this foundation, I guarantee you, you don´t want to use anything else ever again!
Bronzed Glowy Summer Goddess
Now that we´ve got the glowy base done, we can continue onto the bronzy part.
My absolute favourite bronzer at the moment, which I use literally every single day since getting it, is the NARS Laguna Bronzer. It is pure perfection.
The shade of it, is kinda warmed toned, I would even say a slight caramel shade with tiny glitter particles in it, which aren´t visible once you apply it, though. I apply this bronzer to my cheekbones, temples and forehead and my head already looks more in shape and my skin more alive, haha.
Bronzed Glowy Summer Goddess Swatches
You can never ever have too much glow, so to make it even stronger, we will add some more highlighter!
If you´re more a fan of liquid highlighters, than the Benefit Sun Beam is just perfect for you during the summer! It´s a golden, bronzey, highly pigmented liquid that contains a few golden glitter particels and once you have blended it in, preferably with a sponge, it leaves the most natural sun-tanned glow on your skin! It even looks gorgeous when you´re pale, so don´t let that hold you back from purchasing it!
If you prefer creams and powder highlighter, you should rather go for the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighter Palette. This palette contains four stunning highlighters, starting from a really vibrant white one and going to a really brown one. You could even use this palette on your eyes to add even more glow to your look.

How do you achieve the bronzy glowy summer look?

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10/07/2017

Bright Pink Lips

Bright Pink Lips
As much as I love a nude lip, I try to reach for bold lipsticks more often in the summer time. I like to bring a switch into my seasonal looks and a bright pink lip together with tanned skin is my favourite look in the summer, even though the tanned skin part does take me a whole lot longer, haha.
Nevertheless I´ve searched 5 pink lipsticks together, in which some are more natural and some are really bright!

MAC`s Angel

This lipstick is more on the natural pink side. It´s from the Satin Finish Collection and has a beautiful slightly glittery, sheer finish. The colour is a beautiful deep pink shade, that fits to literally every makeup look. It feels very comfortable on the lips and stays put for a long time! I love to wear this lipstick during the week to work when I don´t wear that much makeup and just want a hint of colour...

MAC`s Créme Cup

Another natural lipstick is this one from MAC. Compared to the shade Angel, Créme Cup is a whole lot lighter and reminds me of a more barbie pink shade. It also contains a lot more glitter. I find it´s one of those lipsticks that fits a lot better with pale skin, as with tanned skin I think it would make your lips stand out a lot and that would probably look unnatural, so embrace this lipstick as long as you´re still pale, haha.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Pencil

By far my favourite pink lip option at the moment is this lip pencil!
I absolutely love the dark dusty rose of it, and even though it´s a natural shade it´s still very pigmented and I would definitely call it a bright summer option. Apart from the shade, it is also lovely to apply, as the texture of the pencil is really soft and velvet-y. It stays on my lip for such a long time without wearing off, not even a bit. Because of that it has also quickly become my go-to product for a night out as I don´t have to worry about re-applying it any time soon.
Bright Pink Lips Swatches

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo

If this shade doesn´t straight off remind you of Barbie, I don´t know what will, haha!
It´s as you can see, a bright light pink shade, with a comfortable matte finish.
I have raved about the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams so often already that I´ll keep it short now. They are pretty much really comfortable to wear, are really pigmented and stay in place for a few hours. They do need a touch up quite often but one swipe is enough to get the full pigmentation back.

NYX SMLC in San Paulo

This one has been the very first lip product I have purchased from NYX.
It is the perfect summer shade for me, as it´s bright and with a mixture of coral/red/pink shades it´s the ultimate holidays lipstick for tanned skin. I simply love these NYX Liquid Lip products as they glide on so easily, are really handy to take everywhere with you and feel so comfortable on your lips even though they dry to a matte finish.

NYX SMLC in Prague

My latest addition is this one in the shade Prague. It is probably the brightest lipstick shade I own, and it does take a bit of confidence to wear it, but be honest, in the summer you are a lot braver than in the winter time so go on and pull a bright lip off!
This shade is a purple/magenta shade that is pretty much vibrant and would absolutely amazing with an full white outfit!

What is your favourite bright pink lip product? Do you prefer a nude or bright lip in the summer time?


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07/07/2017

How You Can Easily Support your Favourite Bloggers

Blogging Community
The Blogger Community is steadily growing, means it´s getting harder to stand out of the huge mass of other amazing bloggers. The only way to grow is to being supported by your readers, so if you are one of them, I wrote together some really quick and easy tips on how you can support your favourite bloggers...

Love on Bloglovin

This one is definitely the easiest and fastes option to support a blogger you like.
I try to do it as often as possible, actually always after I read a post I press the heart button. It´s such a small gesture, but actually helps so much, as the post will pop up in other feeds and so spreads the post to many more readers.
I can only speak from my persepctive, but I feel so appreciated when someone "loves" my post :)

Retweet on Twitter

Again a really simple thing to do.
We all promote our posts on social media, especially Twitter as it reaches the most people on there, so if you see that your favourite blogger has shared their post, hit retweet and share with your followers what you´re loving to read.
It doesn´t matter how many followers you have, so please don´t feel like it doesn´t matter if you don´t retweet. A few more readers on a blog is always lovely!

Comment on Instagram

If you haven´t noticed yet, Instagram has changed it´s algorithm a long time ago and so doesn´t show pictures in their chronical order but just randomly. Doesn´t sound too bad yet, but the problem is that some posts just get lost and that is just horrible for every blogger. I, personally, don´t always have a problem but I see bigger bloggers who get barely any likes which is sad cause that way we will get tired of Instagram and use it less and less. Well the point is though, comment on your favourites posts! We barely get any engagement so even a short, lovely picture, is already really appreciated and makes Instagram atleast a bit fun, haha.

Use affiliate Links

This tip is mostly important for those bloggers who earn their money out of their blog.
But first what are affiliate links? Well if you scroll up a bit you will see my wishlist slider, and if you press on a product in there, you´ll be directed to an online shop and I´ll get a small amount of money from that, if you purchase something through the link, I´ll get more money and so on. So if you see either a wishlist, or a little advert on a blog, a simple click on it is enough to already help a lot!

How do you support your favourite bloggers?

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06/07/2017

Sephora Munich Wishlist

Sephora Deutschland München
Last Thursday Sephora has opened its first shop in Germany, and I couldn´t be happier that they decided to do so in Munich!
It´s weird to think than not a very long time ago we barely had any bigger american brands available, and now we got the full selection of amazing brands such as Too Faced, Kat von D, MUFE, etc. So far I didn´t have a chance to pop in the store but next Saturday it´s time for me to explore the beauty of Sephora. Of course I´ve put together a "small" wishlist that I´ll slowly work through without doing much damage to my bank balance (hopefully).

I absolutely love foundations, primers, concealer, powder, etc. basically everything base products. If your base is not made perfect, you won´t really be happy with how the rest of your makeup looks and so I like to experiment around with different finishes, textures, and effects.
For primers I have chosen the Becca Backlight Primer after getting it recommended from Lily (pintsizedbeauty), it´s supposed to give you a really lovely glow and I absolutely love that! Then also the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Primer, it smells like coconut and smoothes & hydrates your skin, perfect! And for last I also want the Too Faced Hangover Primer, simply because I only heard good things about it, haha.

For Foundation and Concealer I chose the Kat von D Lock-It Foundation and Concealer, they´re both full coverage and as much as I love light bases, sometimes a full coverage base is all I want and from what I have seen so far, those two products are unbelievable pigmented! I want to have the MUFE HD Foundation, purely out of curiousity if it´s really so finely produced that you look airbrushed even on pictures.

For setting I´ve been on the hunt for a good loose powder and so I think the Kat von D Lock-It Setting Powder, sounds with its Micro-Blurring Technology really lovely. I absolutey love my NYX Setting Spray, but since the Too Faced Hangover Primer is already so loved, I think the Hangover Setting Spray is definitely worth a try aswell!
     

Who doesn´t love a good highlighter? I don´t think I have to say a lot about these picks in my wishlist as they all have the same purposes, giving my skin a lovely natural glow!
The Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette, has been all over Instagram since it´s release and I loooove how it looks! You get four completely different highlighters to decide from.
I´m not too sure about the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick, but I´ll definitely swatch it in store and decide from there, what makes it curious for me is it shape as I think it´s really quick to apply it. I´ve been wanting to get the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach Highligher Palette, since I was in London but it wasn´t available so now no one can stop me, haha!
Almost everyone owns one of the BECCA Shimmering Highlighters, they are straight off perfect and I want one, haha.

Of course I couldn´t miss out on the lip section, the four I have choosen have again been on my Instagram feed for ages now and I love how they all look, highly pigmented, long staying power and a huge colour selection. I´m not too sure which colours I´ll get but there´s enough space on the back of my end to swatch quite a few, haha.
The Too Faced Melted Lipstick, Kat von D Everlasting Lipstick & Huda Beauty Matte Lipsticks are all matte liquid lipsticks and that kind of lip product are my favourites so I definitely need them! The Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil Lipgloss is definitely a nice addition to my collection for the summer time, as I don´t own a lot of (peach smelling) lipgloss.

Now, of course I can´t miss out on new beauty tools aswell. I´ve been on the hunt for blotting paper for a long time now and I hope this one, from the Sephora Collection is good! Then what really caught my attention was the Makeup Eraser, it´s a towel that is supposed to take your makeup off only with water! Like I really want to see if it works cause I imagine it would be really good for your skin in terms of dehydration from certain makeup removers. Also I´m in need of a brush for Highlighter and the Too Faced Mr. Right Brush, seems just perfect for that. It looks really cute and also has the right shape for highlighter application. For the last product on my wishlist I chose this pair of false lashes from Huda Beauty, their Mink Lashes to be exact I know I said in my Monday´s post I would ditch false lashes, but this pair looks to die for! The preview on their packaging looks absolutely gorgeous and I can only image how stunning they would look when used on a full makeup look!

What products are on your Sephora Wishlist?

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