Friday, 23 June 2017

L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Today's finally the day of my Graduation Dance and I'm SO excited! I love my dress and everything else that I'm going to wear - got a tiara as well, of course! - and I can't wait to have the first dance with my boyfriend tonight! Very excited, yet very nervous as well... I'm a loser at dancing! 😭

However, today's post is not about my dance, it's about my new favourite mascara - the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara!

I mentioned this in my recent Highstreet Haul and I was so excited to give it a try as I had seen many good reviews about this mascara already!

Let's start with the packaging! I have always been loving the packaging of the L'Oreal mascaras but this one is my favourite so far! The pastel colours go so well together and I just love them!

The brush of the Miss Baby Roll Mascara might look a bit scary when you first open the bottle but it's amazing for applying the mascara evenly and from the roots to the tips of your lashes. This mascara has seriously stepped up my lash-game by 110%, I tell you! I've been getting so many compliments on my lashes lately - always wearing this mascara, of course - and they look incredible all day long!

It's the first time that the TV adverts actually show the "real" effect of a mascara and I didn't expect that at all! I might go as far as saying that the Miss Baby Roll has replaced my Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara and that's been my all time favourite mascara for years!

I truly and highly recommend this mascara! It's such an affordable and incredible product and I'm not exaggerating or anything - this mascara has truly changed the way my lashes look throughout the day!

Have you tried this one yet? If so, how do you like it? x

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

€30 Highstreet Challenge With Nessi Cannelle

My lovely friend Vanessa from Nessi Cannelle and I decided to do the "Highstreet Challenge" a little while ago - we decided to go for a €30 budget each and thirteen categories in total.

We had about a month and a half time to find the perfect product(s) for each other in each of the thirteen categories, not spending more than €30. It was SO much fun shopping all these bits and bobs and getting them ready for her "Challenge Box". I must admit that it was fairly easy as we've known each other for a couple of years now and we also have the same taste in almost everything, ha!

Our categories were - "Get something...":

1. weird - Spring Hair Remover

2. useful - Book 'Braided Hairstyles'

3. yummy - Cupper English Breakfast Tea

4. for skincare - Balea Konjac Sponge

5. pretty - Rose Fairy Lights

6. for €1 - Essence Glossy Kiss Lipbalm 'Strawberry Kiss'

7. from my childhood - Colourful Swirly Lolly

8. for Summer - Sun Dance Sun Lotion & Schwarzkopf Summer Repair

9. refreshing - Emoji Deodorant '#fruity lollipop'

10. sparkly - Pillow Case

11. decorative - Scented Tealights

12. my favourite product - Balea Cream 'With Love'

13. with a pretty packaging - Balea Shower Gel

She did really well with her selection of products, I must say! I love everything and I can't wait to give all of these a try and start using them! 💖

I think she wants to do a post on her box as well very soon - I will link to her post as soon as it's published here! 

Would you like to do this "Highstreet Challenge" as well? :)

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Monday, 19 June 2017

5 Beauty Benefits Of Exercise For Summer - Guest Post by Ida Jones

Regular exercise is extremely significant for shaping up our body. It is exercise through which our muscles are toned, the chest is chiselled and we can easily carry on routinely tasks that demand more energy. But, as Summers approach, we all feel lethargic while going out for a run or hitting the gym each day due to excessive heat.

Let's just not forget that there are a lot of beauty benefits that are paired up with exercising even in the Summer. So, apart from your body, let your skin radiate beauty, confidence and grace too!

Fast Anti-Ageing Process
It is pertinent to note that exercise and workouts are the best medicine against ageing. In Summer, you might hate the idea of sweating a lot but that is the time when your body wears off more than usual. Exercise and workouts keep the skin tight and get rid of any prospects of wrinkles to appear on your skin.
With daily exercises in Summer, your body rescinds the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol is the one that destroys the protein Collagen, which helps against ageing. Furthermore, it intensifies Serotonin and Dopamine production, which keep wrinkles at bay.

Bearing Glow On Your Skin
You can't even think of being radiant with glowing skin all day long in Summer. But let's remember that when you exercise your skin cells obtain nourishment due to enhanced blood flow.
So, when you work out in summer, despite all the sweat, you are letting your skin flush out the toxins. This means that you don't need to get oil controlling facials or a spa appointment, just keep wipes with you. Your skin will be healthy within no time.

Long And Healthy Hair
As mentioned above, exercise increases the blood circulation that promotes the growth of hair. How it happens is no science. Our hair follicles are stimulated, which in turn lets your mane flow with good length. Boost up your hair care by letting your hair down in inverted position for daily 4-5 minutes.

Natural Detoxifier
Yes, you don't need to run after particular diets or drinks, if you are exercising the right way in summer. The excessive sweat that excretes from your body cleans all the pores and harmful elements out of your system. So sweat is the natural detoxifier which keeps your skin healthy.
Other than sweat when you exercise during a hot and humid weather you are more inclined to drink an excessive quantity of water. Drinking more water is another way of keeping your internal organs healthy with a prolonged fight against potential threats.

Anti-Acne
Acne is one of those things that all the mature women are struggling to get rid of. If you weren't exercising because you thought that you are healthy enough, exercise for the sake of your skin now. Exercise helps your skin to clean the pores all dead cells and excretes out the sebum. It also unclogs the pores and minimizes the production of sebum by your hormones. And, if you are not ready to go out on a hot Summer day, you can always buy a weight bench or a treadmill etc to exercise at home.


Author Bio:
Ida Jones is a mother of two little ones. She enjoys home-based workouts, cardio exercises and long runs. She loves spending her vacations outdoors with her kids around nature. She believes in clean and healthy eating. She regularly writes about fitness tops and much more at Fitness Grit.
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Queen Of The Day EdP

I hope you all have had a lovely Sunday so far!

Today I want to share this lovely Shopping Queen fragrance with you! Shopping Queen is a German TV programme that's been on for quite a few years and I love it! When I heard they want to bring out a fragrance I was stoked and I knew I had to try it!

I was lucky enough to be sent this fragrance by a PR company - you should have seen my face when I opened the parcel this was in!

I got the Shopping Queen "Queen Of The Day" Eau de Parfum, which retails for €12.95 at Rossmann. There's another one which is called "Midnight Queen" and I think I will purchase that one myself very soon as well!

Like I did in my review of my beloved YSL Black Opium I had to look for the notes of this fragrance on the internet because I'm rubbish at describing scents, ha! But I eventually found everything to list down all the notes of the "Queen Of The Day" EdP for you guys!

Top Notes
Bergamot
Cassis
Lemon

Middle Notes
Blueberry
Jasmine
Lily
Melon
Iris
Peach
Raspberry
Strawberry

Base Notes
Musk
Sandalwood
Vanilla

This fragrance has become my absolute favourite and is my go-to scent by now! Of course, I still use the Black Opium fragrance but only for special occasions! 

It also has a stunning packaging with that little flower detail and the gorgeous glass-like cap on top and it was so much fun taking photos of it - I thought the idea with the little tiara was quite cute so I just went for it! :)

Like I said before, I just absolutely love the scent of this perfume and I can't wait to try the other one as well!

What's your favourite fragrance at the moment? x

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

One Sweep Eyeshadows #2

Swatches (left to right): p2 020 'Champagne' and 010 'Rosé'; Catrice 030 'Copper and Paste' and 040 'Brown to Earth'
I can't believe I'm going to London in a week! It's insane how time flies! But I'm beyond excited and so grateful to be able to go on such a journey with my boyfriend! 💓

For today's post, I want to show you some eyeshadow sticks that only need one sweep and a bit of blending for your everyday makeup look! I have two from Catrice Cosmetics and two from my p2 Cosmopolitan Chic box, which I recently did a post about as well.

Let's start with the Pump Up The Glow Eye Blur Pens from p2. There are two gorgeous shades - 020 'Champagne' and 010 'Rosé'.
When I first used them, I had to warm them up quite a bit until they were creamy enough to actually put on the lid but once I was able to apply them, they had a really pretty and great colour payoff! Now they glide on very easily and are super easy to blend as well!
Both the shades also feel very creamy when you blend them with your finger and it gives these eyeshadow pens a more minimal yet very pretty finish. Due to their more minimal finish, I like to use them for most of my everyday makeup looks and they look amazing all day long and give just the right amount of colour to the eyes!

The other two one sweep eyeshadows I want to talk about are the Catrice Cosmetics Stylo Eyeshadow Pens in the shades 030 'Copper and Paste' and 040 'Brown to Earth'.
They glide on very easily and blend beautifully as well! Once they're applied to the eye you just have to blend them a bit and you're ready to go. Both of the shades also have a bit of shimmer in them which makes them even prettier as it's not too much to wear for an everyday makeup look!

They are a bit of a pain to take off, though. I always have to use a two-step routine for taking off my eye makeup whenever I use these - first I use a makeup remover wipe and afterwards, I use the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic on a cotton pad and put that all over my closed eyes and let that do its magic on removing these eyeshadow pens without me having to roughly rub them off!
There are also a few more shades in this range of eyeshadow pens from Catrice, but I only picked up these two in my recent highstreet haul!

Overall, I love all four of these and they're perfect for on the go as well! I especially love using them when I'm staying over at my boyfriend's house and I don't want to bring loads of makeup with me. 

What are you current go-to eyeshadows? x

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Friday, 16 June 2017

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

It's finally Friday! I'm getting the certificate for my A-levels today and it's quite an exciting event - hundreds of people watching me go on stage, all those lights and cameras... Terrifying!! But I'll manage, I hope! :P

You may or may not have noticed that I changed the time when my blog posts are being published which is now at noon. I just feel like it's a way better time to upload rather than 9 o'clock in the morning. Let me know your thoughts about this! :)

For the review today, I've chosen the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in the shade 01 'Porcelain'. I had mentioned this in my Ride or Die Makeup Tag as my go-to foundation and of course, I'm still using it almost daily!

This foundation feels very lightweight on the skin and makes it look incredibly dewy and glowy! The coverage is definitely buildable but I like to apply only one layer of this to even out any imperfections on my skin before applying any other products like concealer or bronzer.

The shade 01 is such a perfect match for me as well! The cushion foundation from Maybelline - from which I also had shade 01 - got a bit darker throughout the day and I just didn't like that. It was also way too yellow for my skintone so I eventually got rid of it. This L'Oreal foundation is the complete opposite for me! The shade is perfect and it stays the same all day long!

I really love this foundation as it has the formulation, texture and coverage I've been looking for for ages! BB creams have too little of a coverage for my liking and sometimes foundations are a bit too heavy for me or I just don't feel like wearing one. With this, however, it's the perfect combination of both a BB cream and a foundation!

When you apply this with a foundation brush, you will get a lot more coverage than when you apply this with a makeup sponge. I rarely use this with a brush, though. With my damp makeup sponge, it gives just the right amount of coverage that I want and need on my skin.

Overall, I absolutely love this foundation and I'm so glad I randomly purchased this a while back! It's such a great and lightweight everyday foundation and it makes your skin look amazing as well!

Have you tried this foundation yet? If so, how do you like it? x

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Summer Outfit feat. Zaful

Today I finally have a new fashion post for you! I've been so excited to show you guys this outfit and I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think!

On my latest Zaful wishlist I mentioned this floral romper that I instantly fell in love with and luckily the lovely June from their team asked me if I wanted to place an order based on what I would like to use for an outfit - so I got this hat, the rosegold watch and the floral romper!

For the rest of the outfit, I wore my H&M sunglasses, my brown leather sandals and my beloved grey handbag!

In the next order - either I'll place that one myself or maybe I'm lucky enough to continue working with Zaful - I really want to get one of their white collar dresses and their bikinis! They are SO pretty and they're perfect for the summer time as well!

I really hope you like this new outfit post and let me know what you think about it! x

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Monday, 12 June 2017

p2 Go With The Flow Matte Lip Creams

🌹 Happy Monday! 🌹

I thought I would do a post about these lovely lip products today, which are the p2 Go With The Flow Matte Lip Creams. I already mentioned them in my p2 Cosmopolitan Chic Limited Edition post a while back when I showed you the whole collection as I had won it in a Facebook giveaway!

There are three shades of these matte lip creams - 010 'London Chic', 020 'Milan Fashion' and 030 'Berlin Lifestyle'.

London Chic is a very light pink shade, which would look almost white on pale skin tones, I reckon. It's actually too light for my liking and that rarely happens with lip products! Milan Fashion, on the other hand, is a deep berry toned shade, which is gorgeous and looks stunning when applied! The last one, Berlin Lifestyle, is a medium brown shade with a hint of a mauvy undertone, if that makes sense, ha! But it looks gorgeous on the lips - I never thought I could pull off such a lip colour but it actually looks quite pretty.

Once they've dried, they are very matte but also very dry on the lips! I always need to apply a clear lip gloss on top, otherwise, my lips would look all cracked, dry and quite disgusting actually. With a gloss, they're absolutely fine, though!

Because these lip creams dry very matte, they stay on so much longer, in my opinion. Even with that gloss on top, they still last all day long but are a bit of a pain to take off in the evening...

I also wish they had a few more shades in that range, maybe a few darker nudes or something! Then I would have many more gorgeously packaged lip products on my makeup table as well! *heart eyes emoji*

How do you like the sound of these matte lip creams? x

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tarte Haul

I don't know what got me thinking I could just easily spend €130 on makeup from Tarte but I'm not regretting it at all!

A few weeks ago I placed my first order on Tarte and it finally arrived a couple of days ago - you should have seen my face when I saw the postman holding that package!
I can honestly say that this order was simply placed because I had seen these products on the internet everywhere and I wanted to get my hands on them as well! So I put four products in my basket and was a bit shocked at the amount of money these few products had raised, but I was even more shocked about myself when I actually clicked the 'Pay now' button! Like... What was I thinking?! €130?!

Well yeah... And like I said, I don't regret it. I got what I wanted and it made me cry a bit when I saw those red numbers reduce the amount of money on my bank account. But that's the life of a makeup loving beauty blogger, isn't it? *sigh*

So let's talk about the products I got now shall we?
The first thing that made its way into my basket was the Shape Tape Concealer in the shade 'Fair Neutral' and I'm beyond excited to try it for the very first time! I've seen SO many Bloggers and YouTubers rave about this product that I've got very high hopes and I would be devastated if this doesn't work for me...

The Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara was the second item that I got and can we just take a moment to appreciate all this pretty packaging? I'm very picky when it comes to mascaras so this better be a great one and work on my lashes too!

Of course, I had to get one of their eyeshadow palettes as well so I got the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette, which is absolutely stunning and I can't wait to try it! I'm also eyeing the In Bloom Clay Palette - I hope the Amazonian Clay one is great so I can pick up that one as well soon, ha!

Last but not least I got one of the Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks in the shade 'Siesta', which is a gorgeous brown nude shade - reminds me a bit of my MAC Velvet Teddy actually.

This is everything I got from Tarte and my bank account is still crying a bit... haha I will update you on all of these products very soon here on the blog of on my Instagram so stay tuned for that!

What's your favourite product from Tarte? Which product would you like to try from them? x

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

3 Brow Products Worth The Try

Before I start reviewing or explaining anything in this post I quickly have to mention that this post is not sponsored by Essence in any way! I just really love their brow products and I happen to have all of them because they're just so good!

So yeah, I just thought I'd let you know about that but now we can get on to the actual topic of the post, which, as seen by the title, is about the three brow products that I think are worth giving a try.

Essence is one of the least expensive highstreet brands out there but the quality is amazing. You get such great value for your money and that's also why I got really excited when I noticed all of my favourite brow products are from Essence!

The first product I want to talk to you about is the Eyebrow Gel in the shade 01 'Brown'. It's a really creamy eyebrow gel and you don't have to use much at all. I like to use this with my Essence Eyebrow Brush - I just lightly dip it in the pot a few times and then go ahead and fill in my brows. I normally use this eyebrow gel when I want to go for a bolder look, especially when I wear lots of eye makeup.

Next up there's the Eyebrow Designer in the shade 05 'Soft Blonde'. All the shades of these three products almost look the same - on the packaging and when applied - but they all have different names, which is a bit confusing when you want to pick up an eyebrow pencil and your matching shade is 'Blonde' when you're a brunette, ha!
Nevermind, let's get back to the Eyebrow Designer now! It's an eyebrow pencil, which looks lovely when it's applied and the shade is also great for me when I don't want to go too overboard with my eyebrows. But when I first got this I really had to warm it up to make it softer before there was any colour payoff. Since then it works very well and it's very soft too!

The last eyebrow product I think is worth trying is my absolute favourite out of these three. It's the Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in the shade 03 'Soft Browny Brows'. I don't know how many times I've already mentioned this on my blog but I just freaking love this product! It has a really small applicator brush that reminds me a lot - together with the rest of the packaging as well - of the older version of the Benefit Gimme Brow!
This I use on a daily basis and it's just so easy to apply and looks really natural as well! I only need to brush this through my brows two to three times and, most of the time, they look extremely good - when I'm not having a 'bad brow' day...

So there they are - the three (Essence) brow products I think are definitely worth giving a try! I really want to try some brow products from other brands, like the NYX Micro Brow Pencil or the Archery Brow Pencil from Soap & Glory! I would love to hear your recommendations as well!

What are your go-to brow products at the moment? x 

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Month

It's finally Friday - yay! And I've been listening to Harry Styles' album all week long! I just can't believe how genuine and talented he is! Really loving his new music! 💗

As you may have already seen by the title of today's post I want to talk to you about this month's theme over at Skin Chemists, which is 'Rose Quartz'. Last month it was the 'Advanced Snail', which sounds a bit weird to me having the word 'snail' on your skincare products but I'm sure they were great products!

Not only does the packaging of the Rose Quartz range look absolutely stunning but the products inside are also great! 🌹

The first product I have here for you is the Lip Plump*, which retails for €69.90 on their website and is said to be a 'needle-free lip plump' that "... hydrates the lips, whilst actively boosting them for a fuller pout, leaving them soft and slightly glossy." - I can only agree with that description.
You just need to apply it like a gloss and you immediately see a difference - the lips look soft and glossy and they feel a bit tingly due to the contained peppermint oil!
I was a bit sceptical when I saw this Lip Plump and thought this would never work on my lips, but it actually does work and it looks amazing! Really love this product!

Next up I have the Age Defence Youth Facial Oil*, which I already talked about here on my blog a few months ago in this post. I don't necessarily want to go into that much detail about this product as I have a whole post about it but all I got to say about this is that it makes your skin look amazing!

The last Rose Quartz product I have here is the Radiance Enhancing Eye Serum*, which retails for €79.90 - quite an amount of money for an eye serum isn't it?! But after having tried this for a couple of weeks now I must admit that it would have been worth every penny if I had purchased it myself! The serum itself is actually pink and very liquidy so you've got to be careful with the application. But once you've applied this to your eye area, you will instantly look more awake and glowy!

And that's about it for my part of talking about this month's theme at Skin Chemists - 'Rose Quartz'! I really hope you've enjoyed today's post and might actually place a cheeky little order over on their website...

I also have a discount code for you, which gives you 10% off your products from Skin Chemists with the code MELANIE1 😊

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How To Deal With Stress On The Go

I really hope you're all doing well today! This post is going to be a chatty one, so make sure to sit down and relax while reading it.

After a good five months of constant worry, stress and anxiety all of my A-level exams are officially over and I just got my results last week. I did it. I actually passed the exams and finished school. That's the most rewarding thing out of it all - I'm done now and I did alright. My overall grade is a 2,6 which is okay but of course, I wanted to do better.

I still remember the last couple of days before my first exam back in March. I was more than scared, to say the least, but my therapist had given me some good advice on how to cope with that kind of anxiety before an exam. And everything eventually paid off in the end, with me taking every exam like a pro and with only occasional panic attacks.

However, I started to feel down and depressed a lot more often towards the end of April and I couldn't make out why. I simply couldn't and that irritated me to a point where the panic attacks and the daily anxiety came back.

For a good five years, I've been taking various medications. One pill every morning to get that flow of Serotonin up and going, to 'balance the mood' you could say.
However, thanks to my mum, who's always looking for another way to help me with my anxiety and panic attacks, I found out about the Bach Rescue Sprays and Pastilles. I have been taking the sprays with me everywhere and I do use them daily. The Pastilles are useful as well but for me, they just taste good and somehow don't have the effect I need when taking them.

I have been using the Rescue Night Spray every night before going to bed ever since I got the first bottle about two years ago. It basically knocks me out half an hour after taking it and makes it possible for me to sleep well throughout the night. It could be my mind telling me this stuff works wonders but to me, this spray is exactly what I need!

The Original Rescue Spray, the 'normal' one, is always with me in my handbag when I'm out and about. It has a way lighter effect than the night version but it's still very calming and somewhat comforting to me. I feel a lot better and also safer when I have the spray with me because you never know what kind of circumstances you're going to be in when you go out shopping or go to the cinema with your friends, you know?

For the 'worst cases' I do have another medication that my doctor prescribed me a few years ago. Sedaselect is a lot stronger than the Bach Rescue Sprays, I tell you! Whenever the anxiety or the panic attack I'm having gets too bad I take ten drops of it on a sugar cube and let it dissolve on my tongue. It never takes longer than five minutes until I feel the drops kicking in and calming me down.

At the moment I need the Sedaselect drops a lot more often but I hope that changes again soon...! And in case I don't always have them or one of the sprays with me I do one or two things of these:

  • Take deep and slow breaths (eyes closed)
  • Drink water or tea
  • Meditate (if possible)
  • Write down how I feel
  • Take a short walk (fresh air)
  • "It will get better very soon"

I found this to be the best way to calm down a little when I don't have any medications around. 

Oh dear, this has become such a long post, ha! I'm sorry for rambling so much but I just felt like putting lots of detail into this post. I hope you like it anyway! :)

Let me know about your best ways to deal with stress and anxiety! x


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Monday, 5 June 2017

Isabelle Lancray Vitamina Cleansing Foam

The past two days have been so stressful in terms of keeping all of my blogging stuff updated, I tell you! I was on a short weekend getaway with my boyfriend and I knew I wouldn't have any WIFI there so I planned and scheduled ahead and wrote down two blog posts for the weekend and scheduled everything on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
However, Blogger somehow didn't save any of my changes and none of the two posts I scheduled went live, which sucks because I put so much effort into them! But yeah, that's the reason why there weren't any new posts on my blog the past two days...

Today I have a new one for you and I really hope it will be published this time!
I have been trying and testing the Isabelle Lancray Vitamina Cleansing Foam* for quite some time now and I thought it's about time I give you a little review on this!

I already talked about two lovely products from Isabelle Lancray in my Skincare Favourites #2 post a few months ago and I still absolutely love them! When I found out they also have a cleansing foam in their collection, I had to try it!

I use three to four pumps of this foam every evening after taking my makeup off with a makeup remover wipe and before using a toner. Before using this, I always wet my face and my hands to make sure it foams really well and takes off all the leftover makeup from my face.

After putting the foam on my face, I rinse it with lukewarm water and carefully pat it dry with a towel. My skin is smooth afterwards but it also feels very tight which I had to get used to before actually enjoying this product!

I already noticed a difference in my complexion after having used this only a few times which makes this product even better! In combination with the Vitamina Vitamined Cocktail Cream, my skin not only feels but also looks so very soft and smooth and also healthy!

This product is one of the few skincare products I have been using almost non-stop for the past few months and which is still going strong! Absolutely adore this!

Have you tried anything from Isabelle Lancray before? x

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Friday, 2 June 2017

How to Become the Ultimate Beauty Game Player - Guest Post by Sophia Smith

Beauty has always had rules, and it will always have them, but one question inevitably arises – is it absolutely essential to obey those rules no matter what? Well, the truth is that beauty is a game where everything is allowed, so stay with us if you want to know how to become the ultimate beauty game player.

Just keep reading and learn about five ultimate beauty secrets you simply need to know about, especially if you’re in your late 20s or early 30s!

Hydrate inside and out
If your skin often feels dry and itchy, it’s highly likely that you actually aren’t drinking enough water. The best way to hydrate regularly is to always keep a water bottle next to you so that you can drink it up anytime you see it. 
Hydrating on the outside is also very important, so make sure to use proper creams and lotions from head to toe. These products will help your skin stay plump, dewy, and healthy, which is exactly what you need!

Make a 'new decade' resolution
Diane von Furstenberg, one of the most famous fashion icons, shares her secret to becoming the ultimate beauty game player. This lady claims that New Year’s resolutions are no longer a thing and that you should make a ‘new decade’ ones for the upcoming ten years. 
This is exactly what you should do if you’re up for long-term success. If you carry your bad habits after you turn 30, it’ll be much harder to quit them, so make a decision to cut them down and pick up the good ones instead!

Slather on sunscreen no matter what
Sunscreen is an absolute must, so make sure to use it throughout the whole year, and not only during summer. That’s of the utmost importance simply because the sun’s rays can cause irreversible damage to your skin, speeding up the process of aging and causing depigmentation and sun spots. 
Be sure that your sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation – that’s the only way to stay safe in the sun!

Highlight your favourite features
The key to effortless yet really effective look lies in highlighting your favorite features, even when you don’t feel like putting makeup on. Just a few coats of black mascara can make a difference, as well as a touch of peachy blush and a coat of lip gloss. 
If you’re all about contouring your cheekbones, feel free to do that. Everything’s fine as long as it makes you happy. Besides that, skipping some unnecessary steps in your makeup routine will save you some time, too!

Get monthly facial treatments
When it comes to skin care, it’s essential that you start as soon as possible – your early 20s are probably the best time. Many people simply can’t realize that it’s always better to prevent aging, instead of waiting to correct particular issues. That’s why you should get professional facial treatments on a monthly basis – doing something great for your skin is always a good idea, so be sure you do it right.
On the other hand, if you don’t have time for that, you can still offer your skin the most amazing care ever. You can be your own beautician thanks to products such as skin elixir serum enriched with Hoya lacunosa – an exotic crystalline wax plant extract that reflects light and conditions the skin. It’s also vegan, paraben-free and oil-free, which makes it even more beneficial for your skin. Apart from this magical product, there are all kinds of different masks that can help you target premature aging, so give them a try ASAP! 

Becoming the ultimate beauty game player doesn’t have to be as tricky as you probably thought – all you should do is to learn about your skin and body by realizing what works and what doesn’t work for you. This process may take time, but trust us – it’s completely worth it. Once it’s done, you’ll be able to slow down the process of aging and take proper care of your skin, which should be one of your top priorities!

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Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion and beauty blogger. She is very passionate about makeup, fashion design and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including High Style Life, Viva Glam Magazine, LA Fashion, How to Simplify, Oh My Heartsie Girl and Carousel.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow Palette & Lipsticks

In today's post, I'm finally going to talk about the Renaissance Glow Palette and the Renaissance Lipsticks from Makeup Revolution, which I have been dying to review for you guys! These products have been all over Instagram lately and when I saw them for the first time I was like 'Wait, isn't that Charlotte Tilbury?' but then I was told that they're actually Makeup Revolution so it was obvious that I had to get my hands on these!

But without further ado I'd say we should just jump right into the post, shall we?

Let's start with the Glow Palette, which does not only look very sleek and pretty in that packaging with a big mirror on the inside, but the shades are also perfect for fairer skin tones!
The Sculpt shade on the left side is great for my skin tone at the moment as it is not too warm but not too ashy either. The right side of the palette is a gorgeous soft golden highlighting shade, which is not shimmery at all, just glowy!
As for the texture and the application of this sculpting and highlighting duo I have to say I was surprisingly impressed when I tried it for the first time! Both the highlighting and the sculpting shade are very soft and glide on very smoothly!

For the application, I use the Jessup Accuracy Flat Angeled 088 Brush and the Jessup Tapered Highlighter 137 Brush - I find the product to work best with those two brushes and they just blend very nicely and easily as well. However, you have to be really careful with the sculpting shade not to blend it too much otherwise it's just gone and no one will ever know you've actually made an effort contouring your face!

Both shades are quite durable but they don't last all day long, though, they make your skin look very glowy and healthy - definitely makes me look past the non-24h lasting!

Now on to the lipsticks we go!
There are lots of gorgeous shades in the Renaissance Collection but I decided to go for two which are Greatest (a pink berry-toned nude) and Lifelong (a mauve-toned nude).
I also must say that I've never used such creamy lipsticks in my entire life! They are SO creamy and the colour payoff is incredible as well! They have a satin finish and moisturise your lips very well at the same time, not to mention that they also last very well throughout the day with only occasional touch ups!
Also, can we just take a moment and talk about this stunningly gorgeous rose gold packaging?! *heart eyes emoji*

I got the palette and the lipsticks on a German website called Kosmetik4Less for €9.99 and €4.99/lipstick which I think are very reasonable prices for such good products!

Have you tried anything from the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Collection yet? x

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Weleda Refining Toner

💮 Happy Monday lovelies! 💮
Yet another week has begun and I'm feeling very motivated and energised to actually get something done this week, yay! On Thursday, I'm finally getting my results for my A-level exams and I'm beyond nervous but also excited - let's wait and see how everything turned out!

Anyway! Today, I want to talk to you about the Weleda Refining Toner*, which has recently made its way into my daily skincare routine - morning and evening.
First up I want to mention the most obvious thing about this product, which is the packaging, duh. It's a 100 ml blue glass bottle and I absolutely love the colour! It's a very sleek yet very pretty packaging and it also looks gorgeous standing there on my dressing table!

The application of this toner is also very easy as you just have to use a few drops of it on a cotton pad before gently pressing it onto your face. I use this mainly on my t-zone and on the area underneath my eyes as I find it to be most refreshing that way.

The scent is adding to that refreshed feeling as well. It's a mixture of something very spa-like and fresh, which I assume is the organic lemon juice. I've never described a scent like that before but this toner just smells wonderful! I can't find any better adjective to describe this! Wonderful! It also makes me somewhat happy whenever I smell and use it, which is another reason why I just love using this, especially in the morning! It's a great way to start your day happy and refreshed!

The effect this has on my skin is lovely as well. It's not only very refreshing in the morning and soothing in the evening but it also leaves me with soft and smooth skin afterwards!

This toner has really satisfied me ever since I tried it for the first time and I will definitely repurchase it once I have finished this bottle - which will hopefully last me for a few more months!

Have you tried anything new from Weleda recently? x

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

May Favourites

Happy Sunday lovelies! And it's already time for my monthly favourites again! I can't believe how quickly time flies, it's insane!

Throughout the month of May, I liked quite a lot of products but only a few of them have made their way into my favourites post!

Starting off with the three skincare products I want to mention in this months' favourites post - the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion, the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. All three of them have become a daily part of my skincare routine in the morning as they make a great combination for a dewy and healthy looking skin!

Another non-makeup item in this months' favourites is the Merci Handy Chérie Cherry Hand Cleansing Gel. It has a great size to fit in your handbag and smells incredible! It also leaves your hands feeling very fresh and clean and absorbs very quickly, which is just another plus and a reason for me to like this even more!

But now on to the makeup bits! First up, I want to mention the Manhattan Contouring Kit in 001 'St Tropez Glow', which I absolutely adore! It's very similar to my Rimmel Kate one, which is one of my favourites so I was almost 100% sure I would love this one as well!

Next up, there are three eye makeup items, which are both of the p2 Pump Up The Glow Eye Blur Pens and - again - the PUPA Milano Vamp! 4-Eyeshadow Palette in 003, which I still absolutely love and just have to mention again this month! It's just too gorgeous, isn't it?!

So these are all of my favourites from this month! I hope you liked reading this post as much as I liked writing it for you guys! :)

What have you been loving throughout May? x

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Celebrity Inspired Makeup - Selena Gomez

A while back, I came up with the idea of creating celebrity inspired makeup looks and posting them here on the blog just to see how everything would turn out and if you guys will like those posts!
Today is the day I want to you show my very first inspired look, which was created after a gorgeous photo of Selena Gomez (here)!

As these looks are just inspired by the famous example and are not meant to look exactly the same, I'm quite happy with how my version of her makeup look turned out! In reality, it looked a lot better than in the images - I never felt so pretty before! *blushes*
I really hope you like this makeup look as well and now I will just tell you which products I used and how I applied them to my face to create this!

Before applying any makeup, I used the Cosnature Detox Day Cream* and the HighDroxy Porify Solution* - this combination has been my absolute favourite ever since receiving these products in my latest Blogger Club Box! A review on each of the products will be up on the blog soon!

After having prepped my skin for the makeup, I applied the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in the shade 100, which is a perfect match for my skin tone at the moment! I just applied that with a damp makeup sponge to receive the most natural look.
For this makeup look, I used two concealers, the Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage in 005 'Light Natural' on my nose and other spots I had and the Manhattan 3 in 1 Easy Match Concealer in 30 'Porcelain' underneath my eyes to cover those dark circles!

For my contour, bronzer and highlight I used the Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting Trio in 002 'Coral Glow', the Manhattan Natural Bronzing Powder* and my beloved Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm in that exact order!

The eye makeup I created with the Maybelline The Nudes Palette, which had the perfect shades for this natural look! After I applied the p2 Pump Up The Glow Eye Pen in 020 'Champagne' all over my lid, I used the second to last shade from the first row of the palette and starting blending out any harsh lines from the Eye Pen to create a softer look.
After blending those two, I used the second shade in the second row of the palette and put that in the crease to darken the outer part of my eye. With that shade and a flat eyeshadow brush I also created some sort of  'wing' shape on the outer part of my eye.
Lastly, I put the fourth shade from the second row of the palette in the center of my lid and right below the lower lashline.

After all these eyeshadows, I applied a coat of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and added a few of the Kiss Haute Couture Single Lashes on the outer part of my lashes.

To finish the look, I then used the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in 03 'Soft Browny Brows' to make my brows look a bit neater. On the lips I used the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'London' and the Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss in 01 'Behind The Scenes'.

Et voilà, we're done! Like I said before, I really liked creating this makeup look and I'm happy with how it turned out - I hope you do, too! :)

Let me know what you think about this! x

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Creating a Beautiful Scandinavian Interior - Guest Post by Tracey Clayton

Scandinavian design is undoubtedly one of the most popular interior decoration trends. Its minimalism and the use of natural materials makes it suitable for both residential and public spaces. Designers all over the world are trying to recreate ingenious design solutions coming from the far north of Europe. Still, one question remains – what is the essence of Scandinavian-style interiors? Let’s try and answer it.

A Reign of Metal
Scandinavians love their metal. The region is home to the greatest number of metal bands per capita. The fearsome Vikings once spread horror along the northern shores using, well – metal. And today, metallic accents and ornaments are the trademark of Scandinavian design. Ball-shaped copper lights, for example, are trending in Scandinavia this year, used both as chandeliers and table lamps. What is more, they can be combined with copper and brass door handles, as well as similarly-coloured picture frames.

Less is more
Proverbial minimalism is a trait of the Nordic people. Their cultural pragmatism leaves little understanding for things that have no practical use. Minimalism is one of the tenets of Scandinavian style and it derives from their way of life. Smaller homes have always been easier to warm. In turn, by using cold colours and a lot of free space, you could make your living space appear much larger than it is. In order for this trick to work, all accessories in the room need to be simple both in shape and texture

Wall colours
When it comes to interior decoration, Scandinavian patriotism never falls short. This people has always loved to include the colours of their peninsula’s craggy shores, glacier-topped mountains and virgin snows in their design. In the words of a decorator, they translate as soft greys, light blues and milky whites. If painting the whole house is above your re-decorating budget, you can resort to accent painting, an increasingly popular trend in the last few years. For example, you paint only one wall into flint grey and leave the remaining walls snow white.

Mythic furniture
Every piece of Scandinavian furniture is a work of art that you can pass onto your grand kids, as it will probably last forever. Scandinavian manufacturers pay great attention to detail and the smooth curves and lines transform simplistic into elegant. The simplicity of the furniture is not only intended to unburden the eyes, but also to increase its functionality. It allows for an immaculate arrangement of individual pieces without taking up too much space. Although Nordic decor is recognized by its modernist pieces, it’s a common misconception that it leaves no room for antiques. On the contrary, antique items that have simple and regular shapes are more than welcome. 

A flooring smorgasbord
While no one can challenge the practicality of the wall-to-wall carpet, hardwood or tiled floors are the hallmark of Scandinavian design. These two flooring options have the advantage of being as beautiful as they are easy to maintain. Hardwood floors provide for an abundance of styles, while tiles allow for more customization. A popular option is to arrange the tiles in a geometric shape that can give the room a completely new look. Since both hardwood and tiles are cold for bare feet, throw in a flat weave runner rug for a final touch.

Monochrome accessories
You can have lots of accessories or only a handful of them, but the same rule applies – keep the colours to a minimum. And that’s just how it is. The true acolytes of Scandinavian style, however, would choose a small number of carefully selected accessories and place them somewhere they can achieve a ‘less is best’ effect. One piece of art is more than enough for one wall, accompanied by a modest cloud grey lamp or vase that brings a bit of warmth into the room. 
Mastering Nordic design isn’t that difficult. Once you grasp the basics of minimalism and start thinking as a Scandinavian, the whole decoration process becomes a rewarding arbejdsglæde.

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Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion, home decor and healthy living.  Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” 
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Highstreet Haul

Oops, I did it again... I went shopping recently and I spent a bit of money on some new makeup and beauty bits. Some of them I got when I went shopping with my mum and some of them I just got myself but I still spent way more than I was planning to!

The main reason I went to Müller, which is a German drugstore, was the new L'Oreal Miss Baby Doll Mascara. I had seen so many great reviews about it that I really wanted to try it myself - but the 'I'll only buy the mascara'-thought quickly vanished when I remembered all the other products I had wanted to try for a while, so I just bought most of them as well.

Down below, I have created a little list with all the products and their prices. I hope to post the one or other review about them here on the blog as well soon!

  • Kiss Haute Couture Natural Premium Lashes - €5.95
  • Labello Lip Balm - €0.99
  • Essence Eyebrow Gel Colour & Shape 01 'Brown' - €2.95
  • Essence Eyebrow Brush - €1.45
  • Essence Eyebrow Tweezer - €1.95
  • Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss 01 'Behind the Scenes' - €1.95
  • L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara - €9.95
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - €3.45
  • Catrice Cosmetics Stylo Eyeshadow Pen 030 'Copper And Paste', 040 'Brown To Earth' - €3.95 each
  • Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage Concealer 005 'Light Natural' - €3.45
  • Manhattan Khol Kajal Eyeliner 'Nude Couture' 51D - €1.75
  • Manhattan Wake Up Concealer 001 'Naturelle' - €2.95
  • Manhattan 3 in 1 Easy Match Concealer 10 'Porcelain' - €5.45

So this is everything I got recently and I can't wait to try all of the products and tell you more about them!

What's your favourite product in this haul? x

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Ride or Die Makeup Tag

Last year, Jaclyn Hill came up with the popular 'Ride or Die Makeup Tag'. In her video she talks about the makeup products that she would bring on a desert island with her.
Lots of other YouTubers and Bloggers did this tag and I really wanted to jump on the bandwagon as well - I wasn't tagged to do this, though.... Breaking the rules for once, I'm just going to talk about my Ride or Die Makeup in today's post, if that's all right?! :P

I'd say we should just get into this post without any further ado, shouldn't we?

Primer
I can't think of one for this post!

Foundation
L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in 01

Concealer
Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage Concealer in 005 'Light Natural'

Face Powder
I don't really like using a face powder

Blush/Bronzer
Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Palette in 002 'Coral Glow'

Highlighter
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Mascara
Maybelline Lash Sensational

Brows
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in 03 'Soft Browny Brows'

Lipstick
MAC 'Velvet Teddy'

Liquid Lip
I prefer lipsticks

Eyeshadow Palette
Zoeva 'Rose Golden'

Perfume
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

I left out some of the original categories and included the category 'Brows' instead. It was actually a lot of fun setting up this post and writing it as well! However, it was quite hard to narrow down only one product for each makeup category but I somehow managed to do that! Yay!

Feel free to post a Ride or Die Makeup Tag yourself and let me know when you published it! I would love to read some other posts! :) x

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Orange Blue Cosmetics Facial Creams


It's yet another lovely Sunday and I don't know why but I feel very happy and content lately. Of course, it's not a bad thing to say that you're happy but it's just not normal for me, you know? 

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the Orange Blue Cosmetics Body Lotions which are incredible so of course, I wanted to review the facial creams for you guys as well!

I have been trying the Orange Blue Cosmetics Goodbye Makeup Reloaded CC Cream* in 'Light' for a while but so far I don't like it. It smells very nice, though, it doesn't look right on my skin. This is a product I had very high hopes in - and still have as I want to try it even more - because I'm desperately looking for a cc cream for my everyday makeup. I really want to like it and I will make sure to try it a few more times before going back to this post and adding a bit of information for this cream! I'm quite sure that it would look good on any other skin types, though, my skin and especially my skin tone is just really sensitive when it comes to new tinted facial creams! 

The other product I want to talk about is the Orange Blue Cosmetics Q10 Regeneration Facial Cream*. This cream I had tried for a couple more times than the cc cream before I passed it on to my mum after a few days. It's just too rich and moisturising for my 'young' skin, I'd say. My mum, however, loves this facial cream a lot! She says it's great for her mature skin and she also likes the scent and the consistency! I also have to say that I also noticed a difference in her complexion since she started using the cream. Her skin looks a lot healthier and also a bit 'younger'.

It's funny and kind of cute that she always gives me a little review of products I get sent to try and then pass on to her because she knows I want to blog about them!

Overall my mum and I are very satisfied with the Q10 Regeneration Facial Cream, but personally, I really have to try and test the CC Cream a bit more before forming an opinion on it. Like I said it's quite hard for me, my skin and my skin tone to actually get something that looks decent on me!


Have you tried anything from Orange Blue Cosmetics before? If so, what have you tried and how do you like it? x

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