Friday, 15 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Favourite Christmas Films - BLOGMAS DAY 15 πŸŽ„

"Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind."
- Mary Ellen Chase

There's a Christmas go-to for everyone when it comes to films, isn't there? In today's post, I want to share my favourite ones with you and I do actually have a few!

Love Actually
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - my classic!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Holiday
Santa Claus
The Christmas Prince
The Nightmare Before Christmas
It's A Wonderful Life
Elf
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Home Alone

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Merry Kissmas

I just absolutely love all of these and I would love to hear some of your suggestions and recommendations!

What's your Christmas classic? x

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Winter In Berlin - BLOGMAS DAY 13 πŸŽ„

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
- Peg Bracken


Berlin is one of my favourite places to be but in winter, the city itself is even prettier in my opinion. 
I like everything better when it's almost Christmas to be fair, ha! Yasmin and I went out on a little shooting spree the other day, trying to get those typical winter shots for Instagram and the blog but we tried so hard and just failed miserably... Instead, I went for a little walk on my own a day later and got some nature shots to use in this post.

In Berlin, most people are quite rude, selfish and always seem so lonely and I absolutely hate that!! I could name some more negative adjectives to describe most people here in Berlin because this city just seems to be filled with cold-hearted and grumpy people, I tell you! However, in winter and especially before Christmas, those negative traits somehow seem to fade and everything and everyone becomes a bit nicer - not the "Oh I would love to get to know them all!" type of 'nice' but the type where they smile back when you smile at someone or they hold open doors for you, etc.

It's actually terrible to know that here in Berlin people are like that when you know how people are in, for example, London or Edinburgh! That's the main reason why I love both those cities so much! Really wish I could go to one of them before Christmas... That'd be a real dream come true!

So far, though, I have to deal with Berlin and what it's like here...

What's your hometown like in winter? x

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

πŸŽ„ My Personal Holiday & Christmas Traditions - BLOGMAS DAY 12 πŸŽ„

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
- Charles Dickens


Although I had been living with my parents for the past 19 years, I somehow came up with my very own personal Holiday and Christmas traditions! I don't know how and when that happened but I love having a little "routine" whenever it comes to the festive season of the year!

The first tradition I can think of is that I always try to put up my Christmas tree a few days after Halloween, just so I have enough time to properly enjoy all the decorations and the tree, of course!

I also love to have a cosy day every Sunday starting at the beginning of November; knit sweater, fuzzy socks, candles, hot chocolate, a film and preferably someone to cuddle, which I currently have to pass on.

At least once or twice I also like to visit a Christmas market, which was quite hard the past years because there weren't that many around but this year I can choose from a lot of Christmas markets here in Berlin!

Christmas jumpers. By now you'll probably have seen a million different styles, colours, patterns and whatnot but since I think, 2014, I've made it my "mission" to get a new christmassy or wintery jumper every year. It's by far my favourite thing to do before Christmas!

My last but by no means least tradition is to hang a mistletoe up over the door. Yes, I also did that when I still lived with my parents but this year I want to continue that tradition and hang one up at my door. Let's see who's going to be the first one... haha

Do you have any personal Holiday or Christmas traditions? x

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Monday, 11 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Traditional Christmas Cookies Recipe - BLOGMAS DAY 11 πŸŽ„

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree".
- Roy L. Smith

Recently, I've been trying out a few more recipes for baking cookies, cakes, etc. and I've finally found my mum's recipe for the most traditional Christmas cookies, or also called PlΓ€tzchen
We used to bake these every year around the beginning of November and I absolutely loved making a mess in the kitchen, throwing flour and dough basically everywhere. Even the dog would be covered in flour!
I do really miss having my family around every day, especially now that Christmas is fast approaching, so I thought I would share this recipe with you guys and maybe you will get the chance to bake some cookies with your family!

For the cookie dough, you will need...
- 3 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup margarine, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

When you've got all the ingredients ready you will have to...
1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt and set aside; cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then add the vanilla. Add the flour-baking powder mixture and put it in the fridge for 2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 200°C, then roll out the dough and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until edges are barely brown. Let cool before decorating.

Pretty easy, isn't it? But they taste so good! Let me know if you want to try these - I would love to know what you think about them! 

Do you have a "traditional" Christmas recipe? x

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Berlin Christmas Markets - BLOGMAS DAY 10 πŸŽ„

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
- Burton Hills

I've only ever been to one Christmas market in Berlin before when I was younger and it was great! Now that I live here again I want to give you a little overview of all the lovely markets that are happening in Berlin these days!

Alexanderplatz
Gendarmenmarkt
Schloss Charlottenburg
Alexanderplatz / JannowitzbrΓΌcke
am Roten Rathaus
Spandau
GedΓ€chtniskirche
St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale
Potsdamer Platz
Sony Center

If you happen to be in Berlin while these are still happening make sure to visit the one of other of them! 

Where's your favourite Christmas market? x

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Gift Guide For Him - BLOGMAS DAY 9 πŸŽ„

"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
- Norman Vincent Peale


In all honesty, I'm the worst when it comes to finding the right present for the males in my life, which are all family members at the moment.
I exactly know what I'm getting my brother, my dad, my uncles and my grandpa and that's a little miracle, ha! Most of the time, I'm clueless about what to get them for different occasions...

I really hope to give you guys some ideas on what to buy as a present or what not to buy.

Clothes & accessories
Many guys actually like being gifted clothes or accessories for Christmas, at least that's what I experienced. Maybe you can get a few ideas of what he would like to get beforehand so you just get that perfect present!

Games
I'm not talking about board games, of course! My brother for example would go crazy for new games for his xBox or his computer or at least a gift card for Steam so he can get a new game himself! So if you know someone who's just as 'crazy', get him a game!

Fragrance
Just like women, men also like to receive a lovely fragrance and there are actually some incredible scents out there! Working in a beauty shop has made me ralise how many amazing products there are, ha! 

Tickets
These can be for anything really - a concert, a sports game, a trip to the cinema, a ballet, etc. Maybe it gives you the chance of spending a day with that person only; you could go to a sports game with your dad or to the movies with your best friend.

You might have realised that I'm really not the best at writing gift guides but I tried my best here!

Do you have any more recommendations? x

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Friday, 8 December 2017

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Wishlist - BLOGMAS DAY 8 πŸŽ„

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others." 
- Bob Hope

Every year - blogging or not - I have had a Christmas wishlist and most of the time I don't get anything from it or I just buy it myself instead. Of course, I have one too this year which I want to share with you and hear your thoughts on - maybe you have tried the one or other product on here already?
Yes, it's all beauty and makeup... I know - it's insane. But let's just start now... haha

BH Cosmetics x Mrs Bella Eyeshadow Palette

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

LancΓ΄me Energie De Vie

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

theBalm Instain Rouge in 'Houndstooth'

Stila Magnificent Metals in 'Smouldering Satin' & 'Rose Gold Retro'

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Christina Aguilera Definition

What a list... What's on yours this year? x

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Christmas Quotes - BLOGMAS DAY 7 πŸŽ„

You may or may not have noticed that I've been putting a Christmas quote before every Blogmas post so far. I also did that last year and some of you told me that they really liked the idea, so I thought that this year I would do a whole Blogmas post dedicated to my favourite Christmas related quotes!

By now, I know most of them by heart because I just love them so much and I can actually relate to all of them, which actually isn't that easy when it comes to quotes on Christmas because a lot are religious, and I'm definitely not a religious person!

So down below I have created a little list (once again) with all of my favourite quotes and sayings on Christmas and the Holiday season!

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."

"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

"The magic of Christmas never ends and its greatest of gifts are family and friends."

"Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving and of families united."

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."

"Christmas is not so much about opening presents as opening our hearts."

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

What's your favourite Christmas quote? x

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Christmas Playlist - BLOGMAS DAY 6 πŸŽ„

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
- Will Ferrell, "Elf"

Of course there has to be a Christmas playlist in my annual Blogmas series! I come to love to many different Christmas songs each year that I just have to share my updated playlist with you guys!

So without further ado, let's get singing!

Last Christmas
All I Want For Christmas
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Winter Wonderland
I'll Be Home 
Driving Home For Christmas
Blue Christmas
Feliz Navidad
O Holy Night
Auld Lang Syne
Silent Night
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Frosty The Snowman
O Come, All Ye Faithful
The Little Drummer Boy
Mistletoe

What's your #1 Christmas song? x

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Things I Love About Christmas - BLOGMAS DAY 5 πŸŽ„

"At Christmas, all roads lead home."
- Marjorie Holmes

Christmas is by far my most favourite time of the year and there are lots of things I love about it! And because there are so many things I really wanted to write a blog post about it! It should fit in my Blogmas series very well and you should tell me about your favourite things about Christmas as well!

First things first, I love spending time with my family. Not only when Christmas is right around the corner, of course, but this year I really want to cherish every single minute of the time we have together. 

The presents are an incredible part of Christmas and I do love that about this time as well, ha! You know you're lying when you tell someone you don't like presents. 

Everyone's always happy and the Christmas music gets you in such a good mood as well, I love that so much! Every time I listen to a Christmas song before leaving for the day, I instantly feel better.

Another thing I absolutely love is decorating the house and the tree together with my family. We have so many traditions together and I'm always looking forward to those every single year!

Basically, I love every single thing about Christmas - apart from it being over within just three days but we have to enjoy it while it lasts, right? 

What's your favourite thing about Christmas? x

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Monday, 4 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Holiday Bucket List - BLOGMAS DAY 4 πŸŽ„

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together"
- Alexander Smith

Yes, I'm one to actually write bucket lists and I also try to tick off every single thing on them. Recently, I stumbled upon a list on Pinterest and it's basically everything I want to "achieve" during this year's Holiday season!

When the Holidays are over I want to come back to this post and tick off the things I actually did just to see how much I experienced!

Decorate the tree
Make cinnamon rolls
Light a scented Christmas candle
Decorate a ginger bread house
Sip on hot chocolate
Do a random act of kindness
Watch a Christmas film curled up under a blanket
Bake and decorate cookies
Go for a winter walk
Kiss under the mistletoe
Build a snowman
Go sledding
Wrap Gifts
Cut paper snowflakes
Visit several Christmas markets
Listen to Christmas music all day long and stay in my PJs

I really hope to be able to tick off all of these this year and I'm seriously so freaking excited for the Holiday season!

What does you Holiday bucket list look like? x
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Winter Makeup Menu - BLOGMAS DAY 3 πŸŽ„

"Christmas, my child, is love in action."
- Dale Evans
In October, I already posted my Autumn Makeup Menu and it was so much fun to write that I also wanted to do a winter one! I think it actually fits very well into my Blogmas series so far.

Compared to my makeup in autumn, I don't use as many different products, but I do try to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated as well anyway.

Base
For my base products I like to use the The Ordinary Serun Foundation and blend that with my Real Techniques Makeup Sponge all over my face. After that I use my trusty MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NC15 to cover up the dark circles and the redness on my face.

Contour & Highlight
This month, I have rediscovered the Benefit Hola Lite, which I use to contour and bronze up my face a bit so I don't look as pale. As for my highlight I, of course, use my beloved Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm - it's SO good!!

Fixing
The Pro Beauty Prep + Fix Spray from p2 is my favourite fixing spray at the moment. It not only keeps your makeup in place all day long, it also hydrates the skin very well.

Eyes
The combination of the Benefit Roller Lash and the L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara is seriously incredible! I use the Roller Lash first to separate and lengthen the lashes before going in with the Paradise one to add that extra bit of volume! I've been getting tons of compliments of how amazing my lashes look with this combo!

Brows
For my brows, I currently love to use the L'Oreal Brow Pomade from the same range as the mascara! It has a little brush in the top to apply the product with, which I actually use, and my brows look so good with this!

Have you switched up your makeup routine recently? x

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

πŸŽ„ Gift Guide For Her - BLOGMAS DAY 2 πŸŽ„

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."
- Benjamin Franklin


I just wrapped the last present for my mum and I really hope that she likes it! This year, it wasn't as easy as last year with getting a present for all the females in my life, ha. And I suppose I'm not the only one who struggled or even still struggles with finding the right present for your best friend, your girlfriend, your mum, your grandma...

So today I have a little gift guide with a few ideas of what to get them this year!

Fragrances
Everyone likes a nice and lovely scent and it's a wonderful present for Christmas as well! If you know the scent preferences of the person you need a present for, you will definitely find the perfect one!

Something rosegold
Sounds a bit weird I know but if you've got a rosegold lover in your family and among your friends, something in their favourite colour will for sure be an incredible present for Christmas!

Makeup
Well, of course, I had to include the makeup part in here as well... Whether it's a nice lipstick, an eyeshadow palette, their favourite highend mascara; there are so many options to choose from when it comes to makeup - just make sure they don't already own it and they would actually like to get the product!

Skincare
It's the same with skincare I think. There are so many amazing products out there but it can be quite difficult to choose the right thing so make sure you have enough information about the skin type, skin concerns, etc. to find just the right product!

Gift sets
If you're reading this very last minute, gift sets are always a good option. Many drugstores have these en masse and right before Christmas, they might even give you some good discount codes as well!

Accessories
No matter if it's a beautiful necklace, a bracelet, a pair of sunglasses or a new brush set, paired with a cleaning mat -  accessories always work! They work especially well as stocking fillers in my opinion, as long as they fit in the stocking, of course, duh!

Well that's everything already that I would put in my Gift Guide For Her this year and I really hope this is useful for some of you!

Have you got all of your Christmas presents yet? x

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Friday, 1 December 2017

πŸŽ„ My Advent Calendars - BLOGMAS DAY 1 πŸŽ„

"Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand." 
- Dr. Seuss

Happy 1st of December lovelies! It's finally the first day of Blogmas too and I can't wait for you guys to read my posts this year! This is just so exciting!

The post for the first day of Blogmas this year is going to be the same as last year - my advent calendars. Last year, I had one with different flavours of tea in it and I absolutely loved that one! This year, though, I desperately wanted at least one beauty advent calendar because there are so many incredible ones out there that I just had to get one!
I have five calendars in total this year - three with makeup and beauty products, one with tea again and one from Yankee Candle. There will also be a little video in my Instastory every day from today on where I will be opening the doors on the advent calendars - I hope some of you will actually watch my videos, ha!

Let's start with the tea advent calendar! My mum actually got me this because she just knows how much I love having a cup of tea first thing in the morning. There are 24 different flavours of tea in here and I really can't wait to try all the ones that are in here!

The next one I want to mention is the calendar from Essence, which I really wanted to get last year already but it sold out so incredibly quick that I didn't even get a chance to pick it up! So this year I purchased it the day it was available online! I have actually watched a few unboxing videos before deciding which calendars I would go for this year but I already forgot most of the products that are inside so I'm still really excited!
Then I also got one from Misslyn, which I'm SO excited about and I can't wait to try the products because I've only ever tried one or two products from this brand and they were amazing! Next up, there's Trend It Up, which is a brand I've always wanted to try more of so I thought that an advent calendar from the would be the perfect chance to try their products!

The last one I got is from Yankee Candle and it has 24 different tealights in it, which already smell incredible and I can't wait to light the first one!

I'm so happy that I got so many advent calendars this year and I can't wait to share the contents with you! I hope you're going to enjoy my annual Blogmas series and let me know how you like the posts!

Do you have an advent calendar this year? If so, which one do you have? x

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