Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Five Blogs To Follow #2

This new post is the second part of my Five Blogs To Follow series here on Lilies Beauty! There are so many amazing bloggers out there and I just want to spread some love these days and share with you their blog and Instagram links!

Maybe you discover the one or other new blogger as well!

Pint Sized Beauty
Lily's blog is one of the first ones that I've discovered when I started blogging and she's definitely one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to improving my photography skills! Her photos are incredible and I love each and every post of hers!
Instagram: @pintsizedphoto

Gemma Louise
Gemma and Reuben are just the cutest! Gemma's blog is not only about her cutie of a son but also about beauty and makeup which makes it so diverse and interesting and that's what I love about her blog the most! Apart from the gorgeous photos of course!
Instagram: @gemellisx & @gem.and.ru

Jodie Melissa
Jodie is such a gorgeous and lovely woman and her blog is simply stunning! Again, she's one of the bloggers that I've been following from the start and I can't see myself getting tired of reading her posts!
Instagram: @jodiemelissaxo

Simply Abbi
Abbi's blog, along with her Instagram, has some beautiful photos and amazing posts! She's incredibly pretty and has such a sweet personality that I think everyone will just love reading what she's written!
Instagram: @simplyabbi

Laurzrah
Laura's blog is so cool and amazing, I just love reading it! Her Instagram feed is also incredible and you should definitely check out her profile! You won't regret it, I promise!
Instagram: @laurzrah

Who's your favourite blogger? x

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Monday, 28 August 2017

The Concealer Breakdown

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

Today I have a bit of a different post for you. When it comes to makeup products, concealers are up there with my essentials and I can't imagine my everyday makeup routine without having a concealer in it!

That's why I wanted to do a Concealer Breakdown for you guys here on the blog where I talk about the coverage, the longevity, the application and some more details of each and every concealer I currently own and use regularly.

Down below I have listed all the concealers with their full name, shade, brand and the price at which I bought them and the link to where to find them. Maybe your favourite is in here as well!

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in 'Fair Neutral' - 24€
The Tarte Shape Tape is by far my favourite at the moment! It has a high to very high coverage and lasts very long as well. It's perfect for covering red spots or any blemishes on the face and it covers dark circles as well! The product itself is very easy to blend, especially with a damp makeup sponge, but be careful with applying the right amount of product to your face as it can be easily overdone! This concealer doesn't move around throughout the day and doesn't crease either!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in 'NC15' - 23€
Together with the Tarte concealer, my MAC Pro Longwear concealer is one of the best concealers I've tried so far! It has a medium to high coverage, which can easily be build up with using your fingers to blend instead of a makeup sponge! It also lasts very long on the skin and only creases a little on the sides of my nose but I think that's because my nose is quite oily throughout the day.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Chantilly' - 27.60€
Some people love this, some people hate this and some people think it's alright. I'm one of those who think this concealer is okay. It has a light to medium coverage and it's easy to blend but something about it - and I can't quite make up what it is - is just not for me. I do like to use this occasionally but if I didn't have this in my collection I wouldn't be bothered either.

Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage in 005 'Light Natural' - 3.45€
My beloved highstreet concealer! It's definitely the best concealer when on a budget and it has a high to very high coverage, almost comparable to the Tarte concealer! I prefer applying this with my fingers as I think I get more coverage that way! It covers any blemishes and redness very well but it doesn't last as long as I would like it to. It does crease a little underneath the eyes and on the sides of my nose but it's nothing a little touch up can't fix!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in 'Fair Neutral' - 26.99€
With this concealer it's the same as with the NARS one, I believe. Again, I'm one of those who think that the concealer is alright but not a necessity in my makeup collection. It has a medium coverage, which lasts surprisingly long and looks almost perfect all day long when applied! The thing that bothers me with this is the coverage as I do need a high to very high coverage when it comes to concealers. You can build up the coverage, though, it does take a while as you need a few layers before it covers very prominent and noticeable blemishes or spots!

Catrice Cosmetics Camouflage Cream in 010 'Ivory' - 2.95€
This is the cream version of the Liquid Camouflage concealer from Catrice Cosmetics and it is definitely not as amazing as the liquid formula, in my opinion! However, it's amazing to cover very red noticeable spots or very dark blemishes and it also lasts very long! I wish, though, that there was an even lighter shade in the range because the shades oxidise throughout the day, which is very annoying!

Manhattan 3 in 1 Easy Match Concealer in 010 'Porcelain' - 5.45€
The last concealer I want to talk about is one from Manhattan, which has a light to medium coverage and also has a brush applicator underneath the cap. It's great for a very minimal makeup look when you just want to apply a bit of concealer and maybe a bit of mascara. For me, it's only useful for covering light spots and light blemishes as it doesn't really cover severe redness or very dark circles. This is the perfect light coverage concealer though!

What's your go-to concealer at the moment? x


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Sunday, 27 August 2017

August Favourites

And it's yet again time for another favourites post... I know I'm saying this every single time there's a new monthly favourites post here on my blog but I just can't believe how fast the time passes these days!

This month I have quite a few makeup bits and I just love all of them so much! But let's start at the top of the photo, shall we?

The first product I want to mention is the Essence Get Picture Ready! Pore Refining Mattifying Primer. This is SO good and I want to say this is just as good, if not better than the Benefit Porefessional Primer. It smoothes the skin and creates the perfect base to apply makeup!

Next up I have two brow products, the Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara, which is just a clear brow gel to keep my brows in place all day long, and the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil, which is currently the easiest way to fill in my brows with as I'm trying to grow them out.

The last two makeup items I want to mention for this month's favourites are the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in the shade 655 'HD Kisses', which has almost become my go to lipshade this month and I love it!
The other product is something from Essence again and it's the I ♥ Stage Eyeshadow Base. This is yet again something that the internet made me buy because so many YouTubers out there have been raving about this eyeshadow base and I really wanted to try it myself. Turns out, I absolutely love it! It's so easy to apply and makes the eyeshadows last so much longer!

Now on to some skincare products that I have been loving this month: the CMD Sandorini Clarifying Face Tonic*, which smells divine and really hydrates the skin, and the Être Belle Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel*. This again is a lovely product that doesn't irritate my eyes at all and it's really refreshing too!

The very last item for my August favourites are the Demi Wispy Red Cherry Eyelashes*! They are so easy to put on and they look beautiful as well!

And that's it for this month's favourites! I really hope you enjoyed reading this and have a lovely day!
What have you been loving this month? x

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

One Week Update: Berlin

Well, this first week in Berlin was quite exciting already! And guess what? Yesterday I got a phone call from the lovely lady that lets some flats here in Berlin and she actually told me that I've finally got a flat!

On the 22nd of September this year, I will officially move into my very first own flat! That's SO exciting and I still can't believe it!
I can't wait to buy some furniture and decorate everything and finally live on my own! Ahhhhh

I also got to know my colleagues in the bank I'm going to start working in next week and they're such lovely people! That's going to be such a fun and interesting apprenticeship there and I'm so happy I got one of the places!

Also today my cousin, Yasmin from Angels Beauty Corner, and I are attending the Dr Rimpler and Isabelle Lancray Beauty Event in Hanover but I will publish a post on that very soon!

The last thing I want to mention in my one week update is the fact that I actually enjoy going to the gym every other day. I mean, I'm not the one to enjoy exercising but this is a lot of fun and I can't wait to go back on Monday!

Did anything exciting happen to you this week? x 

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Remove Every Poison From The Body With A Detox Plan - Guest Post by Sally Mitchell

If you feel tired for no reason, with a lack of energy, you have dark parts around your both eyes and your skin is pale and dry, then it is the perfect time for you to have a detox treatment. The body with full of toxins is more susceptible to the flu, infections and viruses.

You can be sure that your body is overflowing with harmful toxins if you realize that the immune system of you is weakened and more often you are getting cases of flu, viruses, colds and infections.

Now, what are toxins? Each and every day, we come in contact with the most dangerous compounds, which are called toxins. The bodies of us, while being remarkable machines, need some extra help to remove those toxins and to be refreshed.

How does the body remove toxins?
There are different types of toxins where some of them are easier to remove than others. There are four basic means of removing those toxins.

Respiration: Are you confused about whether simple breathing could remove those dangerous toxins or not? If yes, then don't worry, the answer is yes, it actually has great benefit on removing toxins. Proper breathing improves the circulation of your body.

Bowel Movement: For unneeded of unwanted waste or the dangerous toxins removal, bowel movements are very important. When those dangerous compounds stay in your body, adding to the colon inflammation that is called constipation. In order to remove those unhealthy toxins naturally, you have to eat a healthy diet that includes lots of detox foods.

Perspiration: Sweating helps us to be cool and it also removes those unhealthy toxins. Many people around us do live in the environments which are climate controlled. In order to get enough sweat, regular exercises are crucial. You can do any kind of exercises that make your body sweat.

Urination: If you look at the good reasons of drinking plenty of water regularly, then you will see the urination is the first one. For example, suppose a toilet with no water or full of water and it will give you a clear idea about the removal of toxins via urination. Water also increases circulation of the body and keeps all the things of the body moving, so you should drink plenty of water each and every day in order to get out of toxins.

Basics of Detox
In order to remove all the impurities from your blood and intestines, a good program of detox is crucial. You can allow the organs of your body to rest at the time of fasting by following a good program and that can stimulate your liver to remove those harmful toxins.

As the organs of your body start resting, there's an opportunity to direct energy to the kidneys and intestines are created. This process also helps your body to remove the dangerous waste products.

When the waste products and toxins are being removed, the blood circulation of your body starts increasing. The increasing of blood circulation helps your body to be refueled through the consumption of essential, healthy and natural nutrients.

In order to keep dangerous toxins or wastes to a minimum, you have to drink and eat lots of natural foods. If you perform this on a regular basis, then it would act as a mini detox program too.

Exposure to the household chemicals should be minimized in order to get out of toxins. Again, some beauty products which are not natural like toothpastes and deodorants should be minimized too. If you could limit or avoid stress, that would also work as resistance to the toxin buildup.

A Short 2 Days Detox Weekend Plan
Start your day with drinking about 250 ml - 300 ml warm water. Make sure you haven't drunk or eaten anything before this. Now follow the plan given below:

Meals of Saturday
Breakfast:
- warm water
- 1 spoon of linseed
- 200 ml almond milk
- 1 cup oats
- 250 ml green tea or yoghurt
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Lunch:
- 250 ml water
- 2 cups green salad, tomatoes and arugula
- banana
- olive oil and Swiss chard with one piece of potato
- a slice of medium sized melon
- 250 g grilled hake

Snack: 
- 1 piece of medium-sized apple
- water
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Dinner:
- water
- 150 g grilled tuna
- 1/2 cup steamed veggies
- 2 cups salad
- integral pastry

Meals of Sunday
Breakfast:
- 250 ml diet yoghurt
- 250 ml green tea
- 250 ml almond milk
- 1 cup oats
- 1 spoonful linseed
- 1 piece of pear

Lunch:
- water
- 150 g pickles
- 220 g grilled chicken
- veggie soup

Snack:
- grapefruit

Dinner:
- beet and carrots with lemon juice
- nettle tea
- integral pastry

The combination of all the things given above will give you very good cleanses. You will start feeling better and looking better within a short time.

Author Bio:
Sally Mitchell began her career as a makeup artist and after receiving a diploma in Clinical Dermatology decided to combine her passions for makeup artistry and skincare becoming a licensed beauty professional. Now she shares useful skincare tips with readers of the Lumeskin blog.
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Highstreet vs. Highend: Is It Worth The Splurge?

Happy Wednesday guys!

Today I have a post for you which I've been planning to publish on my blog ever since I started blogging. In the beginning, though, I didn't have any highend products to compare to my highstreet ones, but now I'm lucky enough to have purchased a few more expensive products to do so!

I hope I will be able to pick up some more highend products in the near future because everything I got as of yet is amazing and I'm so glad I picked them up! However, there are great highstreet products out there as well!

Especially Essence and Catrice have stepped up their game recently and many YouTubers say that Essence products can easily be compared to some highend ones out there, which I think is incredible for a drugstore budget brand!

Like I already said I don't have yet come across any products that were a bit pricier and didn't live up to my expectations so I'd definitely say that most highend products are worth the splurge. But there are cheaper makeup and beauty bits that are incredible as well so don't just go out and buy something highend thinking it's better because it's more expensive.

Make sure to read or watch some reviews before and then decide yourself whether to get it or not. Maybe you have the chance to try the foundation, lipstick or eyeshadow palette in the store before making a decision.

There are indeed some highend products, like the Dior Lip Tattoos, that I desperately want to get my hands on very soon but I've been debating on that one for a few weeks now, testing them in the stores, reading some blog posts, etc. I always do that now before spending heaps of money on a makeup product and you should too!

What's your opinion on highend makeup? x

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Brand Focus: Catrice Cosmetics

Yesterday I already talked about this lovely brand and their most recent ICONails Challenge so I thought today would be the perfect day to publish a new brand focus post on exactly that brand: Catrice Cosmetics.

I've been talking about this amazing brand ever since I started blogging because their Liquid Camouflage Concealer is just my absolute favourite from the drugstore! There are also two of their Stylo Eyeshadow Pens in my makeup collection which I already blogged a few weeks ago and two eyeshadow palettes as well!

Catrice has been one of my absolute favourite highstreet brands ever since I first used a product from them! Not only do their products have an amazing quality, they're also very inexpensive! They've really stepped up their game lately and I can't wait to see what they're up to in the future!

I'm not quite sure where you can get Catrice though; I know Ulta sells their products but I don't know which other countries sell their products, to be fair. Because of that, I hope you don't mind me using and talking about the products in a few future posts!

Apart from Maybelline, L'Oreal and Essence, Catrice is definitely up there with my top favourite brands!

Have you tried something from Catrice Cosmetics before? x

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

ICONails Challenge with Catrice

One of my favourite highstreet brands currently has an amazing challenge for some influencers in the beauty niche! Catrice Cosmetics recently sent out a few packages with five of their new ICONails Gel Lacquers. I was lucky enough to receive one of them and immediately tried the lacquers.

The five colours I received are 05 'It's All About That Red', 16 'Cloud Nine', 33 'Pink Outside The Box', 11 'Go For Gold!' and 21 'Want To Be My Brightsmaid?'

My favourite colour out of these five is, who would have guessed it, number 11; it's a gorgeous rose gold metallic colour.
I've been wearing that colour on my nails for about five days today and it only starting cracking up yesterday, which I was really surprised about! Normally I don't wear nail polishes because they don't last as long as I would like them to but these seem to last very well, even without a top coat!

Once they've started cracking and chipping though, you can easily touch them up with the perfectly sized brush applicator. One sweep with the brush and the colour looks great again!

Another thing I really enjoy is the simple yet very pretty packaging of these lacquers! The bottles aren't as huge as some of the other nail polishes I've had so far, which makes them way better to store as well!

Like I already said so far I really like them, especially that rosegold colour! The longevity is alright as well and I can't wait to try them with a top coat! I'm pretty sure they will last even longer that way!

The ICONails Challenge was so much fun to do, especially because I got to try some new nail polishes and find my new favourite nail polish colour! It also made me want to try some more Catrice nail polishes as they really have some gorgeous colours!

What's your favourite nail polish brand and colour at the moment? x

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cosnature Lemon-Melissa Cleansing Foam

Last week, I already blogged about the Cosnature Detox Day & Night Cream but I didn't actually mention that there's also a cleansing foam in this range.

So that's why today, I want to tell you a bit more about the 'matching' Cosnature Lemon-Melissa Cleansing Foam*, which I also received in that same Blogger Club Box as both the creams.

Cleansing foams are still something quite new for me but I already know that I like them a lot more than regular cleansers. I also have one from Isabelle Lancray and I absolutely love it!

When I first tried the Cosnature foam I was immediately satisfied! It smells very nice to begin with and it makes my skin really soft and smooth. The best thing about it though, is that you don't even have to use much product on your face; one to two pumps are enough to cover your whole face!

I also feel like this foam doesn't dry out my skin as much as some other cleansing products. Most of the time my skin feels very tight and dry but with this foam it's totally different, which is why I wanted to do a full review on this here on the blog!

This cleansing foam also really helps with the redness on my nose as it's not as red and sensitive as it used to be before using this. I've been really enjoying cleansing foams, especially this one, and I'm so glad I discovered them in the first place!

Do you like cleansing foams? x

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Skincare + Makeup Routine For Dewy Skin

Tomorrow is the day.
Tomorrow is the day where I'm finally moving back to Berlin after 7 years of waiting! A part of me still can't realise that this is actually happening and the other part of me is just beyond excited. Of course, I'm also really sad that I won't be able to see my boyfriend and family as often as I would like to but I'm positive that we'll get through this together. I mean, I'm not that far away from them so it should definitely work out!

Anyway! As for today's post I wanted to try something a bit different to the blog posts on makeup and skincare I usually write. Throughout Summer I really pulled myself together and set up a skincare and makeup routine for dewy skin. I've always loved the look of glowy, dewy skin, especially during the warm season of the year, so I wanted my skin to look that good too!

To be fair, it all started with me receiving my Beautylish order including the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream... It always makes my skin look amazing and super glowy that I thought 'You know what, let's try a complete skincare routine for dewy skin!' So that's what I tried. And it actually works out for my skin at the moment!

Sometimes my skin is really sensitive when it comes to new combinations of different products so I was a bit careful when I set up this new routine. You can imagine how happy I was when I realised that my skin actually likes this routine, ha!

This could be titled as more of a 'morning skincare + makeup routine' but I will do one for the evening as well very soon!

So the first step of this routine is the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic. I use a few drops of it on a cotton pad and get rid of all the excess oil on my face. In the morning, my face tends to be a lot more oily than in the evening or throughout the day and with this tonic it's super easy to get rid of all that!

The next product I like to use is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I have the 30 ml bottle but I think I will have to get my hands on the full-size product soon! I really like this because it adds the first 'layer' of dewiness to my skin and it also smells divine!

Next up, I use two products from Skin Chemists, which is the Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil* and the Rose Quartz Hydrating & Illuminating Day Moisturiser*. I've absolutely been loving this combination and both of these products smell incredible as well! Especially the moisturiser adds a lot more glow and dewiness to my skin.

The second to last step in my little routine is the application of the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I use the shade 'Fair' and it's a perfect match for me! I never thought I would like a CC cream this much but I was so wrong! This looks so natural when applied yet it gives just the right amount of coverage I need at the moment!

And last but definitely not least I like to apply the MAC Fix+ to finish off the entire skincare and makeup routine.

These six products have made my daily skincare and makeup routine so much more fun and interesting. I've also been getting a few compliments on my skin and questions on how I make my skin look so glowy and healthy, which always makes me happy!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and stay tuned for my next one tomorrow!

Which products do you use to make your skin look fresh and dewy? x



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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My 3 Product Face

Especially now that I'm in middle of moving out my daily makeup routine only consists of three makeup products: concealer, mascara and something to fill in my brows.

Most of my makeup is already packed up and ready to be moved to Berlin once I find an affordable flat. That also means that I had to reduce my everyday makeup routine to the minimum. Once I'm at my grandma's next week I will be able to unpack a few bits and bobs but for now, my face has to deal with the same three products every day.

For my concealer, I like to use the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in the shade 'Fair Neutral'. This concealer has the perfect high coverage that I'm currently looking for and I definitely don't regret picking this as my everyday concealer! Although I love alternating between the products I have, especially when it comes to my concealers, I really enjoy using this on a daily basis.

The product I use daily to fill in my brows is the Essence Eyebrow Designer in the shade 05 'Soft Blonde'. I have talked about this in my 3 Brow Products Worth The Try post a few months ago and I still love using it! It's very easy to fill in your brows with and the shade is perfect for my hair colour.

As for the final step in my 3 product routine, I love to apply my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. Together with the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara, it is my all time favourite mascara!

I really hope I can unpack all of my other makeup very soon because I got used to just pick different products every day and using only three of them now really makes a difference!

If you had to choose three products to use every day, which products would be on your list? x


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Monday, 14 August 2017

Five Blogs To Follow #1

Today's post is the start of a short new series here on my blog, which I do want to call 'Five Blogs To Follow'! I think there are so many amazing bloggers out there that just aren't appreciated enough and therefore I will mention their blog, their name and what I like about them in these posts!

I really hope you like them and maybe you can tell me a bit more about your favourite bloggers in the comments!

Get Ready With Laura 
I only very recently discovered Laura's blog because she sent me a DM on Twitter, which made me so happy! I actually couldn't believe there are so many more German bloggers out there who also publish their blog posts in English! Her blog is simply amazing; I love her images, her style of writing and she's such a sweet and lovely person as well!
Instagram: @getreadywithlaura

Elena Isabelle
It's the same with Elena's blog; she was born in Berlin - just like me - but her blog is written in English. She also has some amazing photography and writing skills and I really hope to meet her in Berlin someday!
Instagram: @elenaisabelle_

Just Snyx
Valentine's Instagram and her blog always give me massive photography envy... All of these blogs have incredible images and I love all of them but Valentine's photos are up there with my favourites!
Instagram: @its_not_snyx

Friday Faye
Faye seems like such a sweet person and I wish I could meet her someday! Her Instagram feed is all pretty in pink and I absolutely love that! Her blog is just as stunning and I really enjoy reading her posts!
Instagram: @fridayfaye

Kasie Beauty
Kasie's blog is the one that I've been following the longest, I believe. I love reading her posts and catching up with her through her pictures on Instagram, which, again, are amazing!
Instagram: @kasiebeauty

Have a lovely Monday! x

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Brand Focus: L'Oreal

Although I don't own very many products from L'Oreal, it has been one of my favourite highstreet brands ever since I started to experiment with makeup a bit more.

However, with my very first few products from them, it was a bit of love-hate relationship and I can't exactly tell you why that was but it must have been my lack of knowledge in terms of makeup application, product pigmentation, etc.
Nowadays, L'Oreal is the first brand I'm reaching for when I need a new, amazing mascara or a great foundation.

I must also admit that apart from not currently owning very many of their products, I also haven't tried many. Maybe that is a bit of a wrong statement to throw out there in a Brand Focus post but to me, L'Oreal, in general, is just the brand for mascaras and foundations and I do like to only buy those two categories from them, to be fair.

Another reason for the little L'Oreal section in my makeup collection probably is their price tag. I know it's a highstreet brand and they are a lot more affordable than most highend brands, hence why they're highstreet, but some of their products, e.g. their Nude Magique Cushion Foundation (14.95€), are just too expensive for my very small budget. Sometimes I do feel a bit more spendy when I'm at Rossman, Mueller or DM but then there are days where I just don't want to spend anything on L'Oreal products.
That's a very weak argument for a girl that sometimes spends more than 100€ on Feelunique or wherever, isn't it? But I hope you know what I'm trying to say... L'Oreal is just one of the higher priced highstreet brands that I occasionally like to pick some products up from and try out.

Apart from the prices, the products you get are amazing. So far, so good - apart from my kind of miserable start with the brand I haven't tried a bad product from them and I hope that doesn't change in the future.

Overall, L'Oreal is a brand that I like to have a look at when I'm out shopping and I like to spend a bit more money on the highstreet. Essence or Catrice, however, are on the same level of favourite brands for me.

What's your favourite product from L'Oreal? x

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Cosnature Detox Day & Night Cream

All those boxes, bags and suitcases are piling up in my room, my family - especially my mum - is going crazy over the fact that I'm moving out next week and I'm in between all that. I know I've mentioned that I'm going to move back to Berlin many times on the blog now but I just need to write that down sometimes to actually realise that it's really going to happen soon.

Everything is so exciting yet so surreal to me at the moment that sometimes I don't even know how to properly react in certain situations because of that and it's making me so frustrated! There are moments where I think I should reconsider my choice of moving back to Berlin if I'm completely honest with you guys...

Anyway! I'm sorry for talking on and on about all that life-y stuff so let's just continue with the products of today's blog post!

You guys may or may not have noticed that I blog regularly about products that I get from a monthly Blogger Club Box and today I want to share an amazing face cream duo with you that I got the chance to try thanks to this box!

It's the Cosnature Detox Day & Night Cream* duo enriched with vitamin E, green tea and lemon. It says it's best for stressed and tired looking skin, which was the crucial point within the description that made me choose this duo.

The Night Cream also contains shea butter, which I do not only like in body lotions but now also in moisturisers for my face as it is a very rich and nourishing ingredient that my skin seems to like a lot.

I do want to mention that I don't use this combination every single day; sometimes I just use the Day Cream, sometimes I only use the Night Cream and sometimes I use completely different moisturisers. However, this duo has become my go-to for when I feel like my skin needs a bit of a relaxation and de-stress.

There are mornings - and these seem to occur a lot more frequently over the past few weeks - where I look at myself in the mirror and instantly see that my skin looks dull and tired, but since discovering this I know that whenever my skin looks that way I have a moisturiser that will help it look more alive and fresh without any harsh ingredients.

I really recommend this duo to anyone, basically. Your skin will thank you for a little de-stress in the morning and/or evening and, I almost forgot about that, these creams also have a very nice, not too strong scent, which adds a little something to the relaxation part in my opinion.

Tell me about your favourite morning-evening moisturisers in the comments! x 

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Miabox July 2017

Last month, I got another chance to review the Miabox*, which I already did in April this year. The theme for this box was "Belle Amie" and the products look amazing again this time!

I didn't really get much use out of the products from the last box I received though so I passed them on to my friends and family.

In this box I got:

  • Beni Durrer Lip Colour 'Rushhour' (18.50€)
  • CMD Sandorini Facial Tonic (11.85€)
  • WOB Phyto Silk Mask EGF & Aloe (3.30€)
  • Cougar Fibre Lash Extender Kit (22.90€)
  • Beni Durrer Lip Contour Set (26.00€)
  • bdr Re-flect Moisturizing Sun Protecting Fluid (an extra goodie in this month's box!)

I'm really happy with the products I got in this box and I can't wait to try all of them! I've already tried the CMD Facial Tonic and I absolutely love it! It smells divine and it makes my skin so soft!

I also already tried the Cougar Fibre Lash Extender Kit but I don't want to go into too much detail here because I have a full post on this coming up very soon!

What do you think about last month's box? x

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

p2 Cosmopolitan Chic Manicure On-The-Go Polish Pens

A few months a go I already did a post about the lovely p2 Limited Edition Box I won in a Facebook giveaway together with Nessi Cannelle. Up until now, I tried a few bits myself but I also gave away some of them.

The first items I want to mention on the blog are the Manicure On-The-Go Polish Pens in five different colours: 050 'metropolis grey', 040 'metropolis fuchsia', 030 'metropolis red', 020 'metropolis green' and 010 'metropolis nude'.

I only tried two of the shades, which were 050 and 040 but that was already enough to be able to state an opinion on them... I had some high hopes in these pens as I'm not the best at applying nail polish in general and most of the time I also don't really have the time to apply nail polish. So when I saw these I thought my little love-hate relationship with my nails would be over... But I was SO wrong!

First of all, they smell disgusting, like an Edding and that's just not the type of smell I want to have around when painting my nails.

Next, the tip of these pens is rock-hard and you have to press it so many times before the actual product comes out. Once the nail polish has dried, which doesn't take too long, the colours look alright but they only lasted, like, an hour for me before starting to crack. I was more than disappointed and also kind of sad because I thought the struggle would finally be over.

There's something positive about these, though, which is the way of application. Although the tip is very hard, it makes applying nail polish so much easier, even for a clumsy person like me!

Overall, I have to say that these were such a fail for me and I hope the ones from Catrice are better! They recently came up with the same idea and I really want to try those!

Have you tried any nail polish pens before? x

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Monday, 7 August 2017

7 Natural Ways to Get Beautiful Today - Guest Post by Sara

Who wouldn't mind looking pleasant and catching everyone's eye due to their natural beauty? But, it isn't as difficult as you think it is. There are simple tricks through which you can get even more naturally appealing than you are today.

So, what are you waiting for? Follow these 7 ways now, and simply flaunt being beautiful:

Sauna
One of the most effective natural ways to look fresh and naturally alluring is a sauna. Sweating helps excrete toxins and dry sauna is the best source. The dead cells are removed, leaving the inner, newborn skin to be exposed to the world. You can also buy the best massage chair to relax and cool down after having some time in the sauna.

Natural Juice
Natural juice, which is quite commonly called as Green Juice, is loaded with multi vitamins. Greens are the best alkalizing agents, aiding in the detoxification of the body. Similarly, cucumber is also hydrating and a glass of its juice per day will help your skin a lot. You can make your own detox water with cucumber and lemon to flush out toxins and stay healthy.

Exercise
No matter how much we emphasize on exercise, its importance will never dim. Exercise results in the excretion of endorphins, which bring color to your skin and make you happy. If you are into yoga or pilates that is even better. You can look beautiful outside and build a great posture and muscle strength from the inside. Losing weight is an added bonus too.

Proper Diet
A proper, balanced diet is necessary for your health. If you want to look and feel beautiful, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Get rid of processed oils including corn, soy, sunflower and canola etc and prefer coconut and olive oil. Eat good fats to stay hydrated and maintain your skin.

Natural Skin Products
If you want to become naturally attractive, use products that are natural. Ditch perfumes, additives, leather and parabens etc. In order to keep your skin refreshing, use pure oils like shea butter, argan oil and jojoba etc. Believe me, these raw oils are better than the most expensive products in the world.

Get Rid of Sugar
Every sane person knows that sugar can add multiple problems to already a pile of diseases. If you want to keep naturally fit, eliminating sugar of your diet is a must. It can lead to inflammation, causing acne, wrinkles and fast aging. Sugar is also toxic; so it is better to stick to natural sources of sweetness and that can only be fruits and sweet vegetables.

Proper Sleep
If you are one of those people who spend a lot on expensive eye masks and treatments, read this carefully. Getting a good night's sleep can help you in more way than you can ever imagine. Stay fit from the outside and inside both, just by having a proper eight hours slumber every day. Your hair and skin will be fresh and dark bags under your eyes will vanish. You must never ever compromise on your sleep.

Author Bio:
Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com/
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

I'm quite happy with my blog photography recently and this one is definitely one of my favourite photos! How do you like my current photography/editing? 😊

Today I want to share my current everyday makeup routine with you guys! I'm actually making an effort to look somewhat presentable with not that many makeup products on my face, you know? And I think the routine I currently have is definitely the best I've had so far!

After having applied my moisturiser and my serum and everything I start with the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in the shade 'Fair' and apply that all over my face with a damp makeup sponge. Then I go in with my favourite concealer at the moment, which is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NC15 and apply that all over my nose and under my eyes, also blending that with a small makeup sponge.

I then continue with using the Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer to give my face a bit more depth and dimension and the theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer afterwards to get the right glow on!

For the eyes, I love to use the NARS Eyeshadow Duo in the shade 'All About Eve' just to add a bit of colour to the eyelids. Then for my brows, I, of course, use my beloved Benefit Ka Brow! in the shade 3 and the Essence Make Me Brow in the shade 03 'Soft Browny Brows' to set them in place.

Before applying mascara, I use the MAC Fix+ to set the face and all the powdery products I've used before. I just don't like the feeling of having mascara on and setting my face afterwards. It just feels so weird on the lashes!

The last step in my makeup routine is to apply the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara first and let that dry for a couple of minutes before going back in with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara to achieve the lash look I want to go for.

Also, may I just add how cute this little makeup bag from Caudalie is? I got this in a collaboration package last year and I love it!

What does your current everyday makeup routine look like? x




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Saturday, 5 August 2017

First Impressions: Revlon

Last month I kindly received a package from Rossmann with a few new Revlon goodies! Revlon only just made its way into the German drugstores and Rossmann sent out a few boxes with some products to get to know the brand. You should have seen my reaction when I opened my package... haha 😂

In the box, there were five of their mascaras, two foundations and two liquid lipsticks. I've been dying to try something from Revlon for so long and I actually couldn't believe I got the chance to try a few of their products!

The products I have here are the...

  • Colorstay Makeup Normal/Dry in 200 'Nude'*
  • Colorstay Makeup Combination/Oily in 220 'Natural Beige'*
  • Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in 'HD Kisses' and 'Addiction'*
  • Super Length Mascara*
  • Dramatic Definition Mascara*
  • Volume + Length Magnified Mascara*
  • Ultra Volume Mascara*
  • Ultimate All-In-One-Mascara*

Foundations
The Revlon foundations have been on my makeup wishlist ever since I started using makeup. Sadly, both the shades are too dark and orange for my skintone so I passed them on to my cousin. I only swatched them on the back of my hand and both of them felt quite nice. I can't say more about these but I think Yasmin will for sure review them on her blog soon!

Lip Colors
These are incredible! I absolutely love the smell of them, both the shades I have are gorgeous and they feel so silky and comfortable on the lips! Especially with a clear lip gloss on top, they make my lips look fuller and just amazing, if I may so myself!

Mascaras
With these, I have to mention that I only tried two of the five mascaras I have from Revlon so far. I don't want them to get dry and disgusting so I only opened and used the Dramatic Definition Mascara, which I already owned before and really like, and the Super Length Mascara. So far it's an okay mascara, not my favourite but it's alright. I'm really looking forward to trying the other three of these, though!

I think Revlon is a great brand that's definitely worth trying a few products from! I really want to get one of their foundations in my shade and post another review on that very soon!

Also, I want to say that creating these Collective widgets is SO much fun! 😍 I had a look and linked you all the Revlon products down below!

Have you tried anything from Revlon before? What's your favourite product? x




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Friday, 4 August 2017

5 at Home Beauty Treatments to Prepare Your Skin for the Beach - Guest Post by Karolina Miseviciute

It's this time of the year when we get ourselves out there and go to the beach. It's the time we both love and hate. Who doesn't like the ocean or the warm sand that makes you feel so alive? However, going to the beach also means that you'll need to expose more skin than ever. We certainly need to prepare for that! Here are some of the beauty treatments you shouldn't forget before going for a treat!

Pamper Your Feet
We often forget our feet since they're somewhere hidden in those shoes. Nobody seems them. However, it's very different once you come out to the beach. All the sudden, everyone can see everything! Your calluses and your toenails! It only means one thing, it's time to pamper your feet! First, you probably want to get rid of those calluses. You can either do that with a callus remover or a pumice stone. Pumice stones tend to be more effective though since they're a bit rougher. I also love using one, because they're super cheap. You don't need to spend more than $4 to get a good one in a supermarket.

What I usually do to remove my calluses.
- I soak my feet in either chamomile tea or lukewarm water with Epsom salt. They tend to soften the skin much better than water alone.
- I use the lovely pumice stone to get rid of all that dead skin.
For the final touch, I love to apply either olive oil or coconut oil to my feet, put socks on and go to sleep. Giving your feet time to soak in all the moisture helps to keep that baby skin alive!


Cleanse Your Skin
Keeping your skin shiny and light is super important in the summer. We spend a lot of time outside and the skin can easily get problematic. I'm a big fan of natural cleansing remedies. Here is a short recipe for a facial cleanser that I usually use.

Honey and Lemon Cleanser
Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of lemon juice. They both have antiseptic properties and honey moisturises the skin too. Overall, a good combination to soothe your skin. Rub the mixture into your skin in circular motions. Afterwards, wash it off with lukewarm water.

The Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is quite a good cleanser that you could buy too. It doesn't dry out my skin as much as other products do. Certainly recommend this one.


Have a Brazilian
For an extra fresh feeling, you may want to get a Brazilian waxing. Removing hair from down there can be both painful and confusing. I personally don't like shaving since it ends up being very itchy and simply uncomfortable. Epilation is great but it's very painful. That's why most of the times I just end up waxing and I absolutely love it. It's less painful and the results last for quite long - up to a month even! Here are some of the waxing products that I recommend to remove hair: My Favourite Waxing Products.

Some of my tips on how to wax the bikini area:
- Exfoliate beforehand. You can either use a loofah while you're showering or the Asutra Organic Exfoliating Scrub that works quite well on my bikini area.
- Cut your strips into small pieces. It's much easier to remove all the hairs, and it greatly reduces the pain while waxing. It's always better to rip out fewer hairs at once.
- Afterwards, apply an oil and moisturising cream. It's a good idea to wear loose clothes or even sleep naked once you're done with the procedure to avoid irritation.

Get Some of That Tan Going
It's a good idea to get some tan before going to the beach otherwise your skin may burn. There are salons where you could go bathing. Spending more time outside might help too. If you're extra pale and you always keep burning, it might be a good idea to start taking supplements that increase melanin levels in your skin. In that way, you're more likely to catch some tan and protect yourself from scary burns.


Give Some Love to Your Hair
The sun makes us happy, however, our hair doesn't feel that way at all. Salty water and the sun can seriously damage and dry out our hair. Before every beach season, I pamper them with coconut oil. What I usually do is apply some of the oil to the ends of my hair, make a bun and keep it that way for a day or so. Especially if I know that I am going the gym that day, and I'll need to wash my hair anyway. I also love using the Garnier Fructis Colour Resist Mask. I have never found a mask that would nurture and refresh my hair more than this one. Whenever you're using it, make sure to apply it to your hair ends only and keep it on for around 30 seconds. Otherwise, it makes your hair too oily.

Author Bio:
My name is Karolina and I love writing about hair removal and skin care at Epilator Home. I share my experiences as well as tips that help to make hair removal processes more pleasant and effective!
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

It's been a while since I properly sat down and actually took some more time out of my day to write a blog post! It feels so good to be back at it again and I can't wait to finally start my YouTube channel at the end of this year as well! Yep, I'm planning to start my YouTube 'career' this year and I'm beyond excited for all the planning and recording and everything! 😍 If you want to stay up to date and get a notification for my first ever video, subscribe here!

But now back to today's post, ha!
I know many people say that you can't write a review about a product that you've only been testing out for a couple of weeks but today I already want to talk to you about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream.
I've been using this every single day since my Beautylish order arrived and I think I'm 'ready' to review this. 💪

I have already mentioned this product a couple of times on my blog; in my Collective Haul and my The Internet Made Me Buy It post.
The incentive to actually buy this CC cream and not only read reviews about it and dwell on how amazing it would be if I had this myself came from Victoria from Inthefrow.

I got this in the lightest shade 'Fair' and it's a perfect match for me! I like to apply this with a damp makeup sponge - as always - and I absolutely love the glowy and dewy finish this gives to my skin! I was simply impressed right from the start; the finish looks amazing, the texture is very lightweight yet quite full coverage and still buildable and it makes my skin look almost flawless throughout most of the day!
The extra SPF 50+ is just another thing that makes me want to talk about this CC cream all the time, as well as the fact that this doesn't break me out or makes my skin go red at all! Sometimes makeup products increase the redness on my nose after I've taken them off. But this seems to be perfect for my skin even after taking it off - if that makes any sense!

I'm already a bit 'scared' of running out of this, to be honest! haha 😂 It cost me about €40 and that's quite an amount of money to spend on a CC cream...

With this product, It Cosmetics has definitely caught my attention and I'm already eyeing the CC+ Eye CC Concealer! 🤔

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



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