Thursday, 29 March 2018

March Favourites

It's favourites time again, aye! I'm saying this every single month, I know, but how is it already the end of March? Like, we're already at the end of the third month of 2018, can you actually believe it? This month, however, I've been loving a lot of products and it wasn't even hard to bring all the products together in this one post. They're either old favourites of mine that I already mentioned here once before or they're products I just instantly fell in love with!

Starting off with skincare, as usual, I have two favourites from Pixi this month - the Rose Flash Balm and the Rose-Caviar Essence. I got both of them in one of their recent PR packages and I was over the moon with both of them when I tried these for the very first time! Especially the Rose Flash Balm is amazing for a little pamper routine as you can use it as a cream or as a face mask!

For my foundation/makeup I've rediscovered the incredible Your Skin But Better CC Cream from It Cosmetics. I somehow forgot how amazing it is but throughout March I really got back into using it and going for that dewy and healthy finish on my skin!
I also got back into using a face powder to set my concealer and I've been absolutely loving the Nick Assfalg Cosmetics Transparent Face Powder. It just makes the concealer stay in place all day long and also adds that blurring and velvet-looking effect to your skin, which I personally really love!

At work, we recently had a special guest, a makeup artist, and he gave the customers some tips and showed them some tricks on how to apply makeup, etc. Whenever he had some spare time, he also gave advice to me and my colleagues and since then, I actually use blush in my daily makeup routine. It just makes me look so much more awake and fresh, I actually never thought I could pull that off, you know? Using blush had always been a dread to me so I never did. So talking about blush, I've been loving the Manhattan Contouring Kit, because it has everything you need - a highlighter, a contour/bronzing shade and a gorgeous blusher!

Single eyeshadows have also become a thing in my daily makeup routine. They're just so easy to use and my favourites at the moment are the Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows from Chanel. Easy to blend, easy to apply and super comfortable on the lids. Basically everything I'm asking for in an eyeshadow!

Lip product-wise I have been loving the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick and the Dior Lip Glow Balms. Both of them have become an "I'm wearing this to work"-staple and I absolutely love them!

And last but by no means least, my favourite fragrance: the La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum from Guerlain. Guys, I can't even tell you how much I actually love this scent! It's super sweet and floral and lasts incredibly long as well. I'd literally take a bath in this if it was possible, that's how much I love it, haha! There will be a full post about this fragrance on the blog very soon, so stay tuned for that!

That's it for my March favourites! Got quite a few products that I think will make another appearance in next month's favourites post as well... But we'll see!


What have you been loving this month? x

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Dior Capture Youth Serums

As well as fragrances, skincare has quickly become my favourite thing to write and talk about since being surrounded by it every single day for the past four months. Dior has always been a brand that fascinated me, especially their skincare and makeup products!

Dior recently launched a new skincare range - the Capture Youth Age-Delaying series. Cara Delevigne is the face of this campaign, which made it even more appealing to me when I first saw the serums and the face cream.
There are five different serums which you can either use on their own or mixed in with the cream to achieve the best results. The serums basically cover every skin concern you can probably have at the age of around 20 to 30, which is the best age to start with your first anti ageing creams and serums.

The Redness Soother
As the name says this serum helps to reduce visible redness and calm the skin on your face with a blend of cotton peptides and iris extract.

The Glow Booster
Everyone wants their skin to look glowy and healthy - this serum is your go-to product when you travel a lot and want an overall brighter complexion as it helps your skin resist aggressions like stress or jet lag.

The Lift Sculptor
This serum contains a blend of green, white and rooibos tea to fight against the lack of elasticity and make it look younger and more lifted.

The Matte Maximizer
To help you reduce shine, absorb excess oils, refine the texture of your skin and visibly minimize the appearance of pores, this serum contains lactic acid from sugar cane in combination with pink clay and zinc gluconate as well as iris extract.

The Plump Filler
This fifth and last serum from the range helps to restore the skin's plumpness and rehydrate the skin on the surface with the help of natural-origin fermented wheat, iris extract and a fresh and nourishing texture.

If you guys want to know about the face cream as well, just let me know in the comments! I'm head over heels in love with this range from Dior, and with everything else from them basically, so I'd be super happy to tell you more about a few products!


What do you think about the Dior Capture Youth range? x

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Coco Mademoiselle

Fragrances have quickly become one of my favourite things to blog about, and so today I have another little fragrance review for you guys. Usually, Chanel perfumes and scents are not my favourite and I don't really like any of them but the Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum is beautiful! It had already been launched in 2001 and I've only discovered it a few weeks ago, can you believe it?!

The scent can be described as citric, floral and sweet, which is my favourite combination!

Top notes:
Orange
Mandarin Orange
Orange Blossom 
Bergamot

Middle notes:
Mimosa
Jasmine
Turkish Rose
Ylang-Ylang

Base notes:
Tonka Bean
Patchouli
Vanilla
Opoponax
Vetiver
White Musk

Especially all the orange notes spike my interest and I absolutely love the scent of it! Normally, I don't really recommend to give the Chanel fragrances a sniff but with this one it's different. You should definitely give this one a try whenever you can.

The last things I want to mention are both the longevity and the strength of this scent. It lasts incredibly long and you can still smell it even hours after applying it, which is a huge plus from me!

Have you smelled this one before? If so, how do you like it? x

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Makeup Bag Re-Shuffle

Guys, going back to having a normal blogging schedule it's so much harder than I thought. I feel so bad for not posting regularly in the past few weeks, I really do, but I still hope that somehow I'm now able to get things working the way I want them to!

Anyway!
There has been quite a change in my everyday makeup bag and I really wanted to show you guys what has been inside and what I have been using for the past few weeks.

My go-to foundation is the Diorskin Forever - it's such an amazing makeup and it makes your skin look flawless! I like to apply this with a brush and really blend it out with a makeup sponge afterwards! The concealer I love using is still the Chanel Le Correcteur and I don't think that will change in the future, ha! It's a great concealer as it literally has the same tone as my skin and it makes all the blemishes, the redness and anything else invisible!

Bronzer and highlighter - wise I've fallen back in love with the Makeup Revolution Glow Palette. It's just so beautiful and I've been using this almost every single day for the past like two months or so! And, you probably won't believe it, but I've actually started using blush?! There's one from Dior that I absolutely love but at the moment, I prefer using this new one from Lottie London; it's not too vibrant but it gives you that natural and healthy glow!

For the brows, I have found a new Holy Grail product, which is the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Brow. It not only fills in the brows perfectly, it also holds them in place almost all day long. And that's basically everything I want a brow gel to do!

As for the eye makeup, I have come to love the Clarins Ombre Iridescente Single Eyeshadows. They're super easy to apply and to blend and they look great as an everyday makeup look as well! In combination with these, I like to use my NARS Eyeshadow Duo - they're again the perfect everyday shades and you know I love my light pink and nude shades, ha! The mascara I've been using is the Diorshow Blackout Mascara. This actually does everything - volume, length, separation and it doesn't smudge throughout the day either.

And last but by no means least, I actually have a favourite lip product at the moment, which is the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Colour Lipstick. The shade is absolutely stunning and it feels amazing on the lips as well! Not to mention that it really stays on the lips for such a long time, even after drinking and eating something!

That's it for my little makeup bag re-shuffle already! Lots of new and amazing products and I just love all of them so much, haha!


Which products have made their way into your makeup bag recently? x

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Things That Keep Me Motivated

The other day, I had a little photoshoot with my little one - she didn't like it too much but in the end, we got one (!) fairly decent photo, ha!
And because I love her so much and couldn't think of any other photo idea for this post, I decided to use our portrait for today's post!

It's more of a lifestyle post today, about all the things that keep me motivated in general. First I thought about focusing on the things that keep me motivated to continue blogging, etc. but then I realised that I haven't done a life-related post in a while, which led me to write this one instead.

Being motivated and also happy at the same time has been a brand new feeling for me. Ever since leaving the bank and starting my traineeship at the perfumery, I just overall feel better and more relaxed as well. And because I love my job so much now, I'm motivated and happy almost every single day!
Sometimes, however, there are days where I just don't feel that positive vibe so I have to sit back and remind myself of everything good in my life to get back on track. This may sound like those "down days" are like the end of the world, which they aren't of course, but I think it's important to always keep the good things in your life on your mind; it's so much easier to, like I said, get back on track that way, in my opinion.

Things that keep me motivated...

Family
They've been my biggest supporters in every past decision I've made and I seriously couldn't ask for anything better. They're the most important part of my life and living so far away from them does make me sad at times but seeing them after weeks and weeks apart really is the best thing!

Malissa
I know, I know - "Is she seriously talking about her cat in this post?" Yes, she is, haha. This little creature just makes my life so much better and happier, I actually can't put it into words. Once I come back from work in the evening, she never leaves my side and I'm so incredibly thankful that I got the chance to bring her into my life.

Work
Sounds weird but having a job that you love actually makes life so much better and easier. I always thought that going to work every day is something you can't avoid if you want to have a good life. But when it's so much fun and your colleagues are just amazing, going to work doesn't feel like going to work, you know what I mean? It's like leaving the house to see your friends and family and surround yourself with the things you love, which, in my case, are makeup, skincare and fragrances...

These are only three things but they've become such huge parts of my life that I can't imagine my life without even one of them anymore. And at the moment, life is pretty awesome.

Is there anything special that keeps you motivated? x

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Brand Focus: Cocoa Locks

Definitely not my most fascinating photo for a blog post but in today's post, I wanted to focus more on this amazing product and tell you guys all about it!

About a month ago, the lovely team from Cocoa Locks asked me to become a brand ambassador for them and, of course, I said yes. I had a good look through their website and their products before doing so because I wanted to make sure that the product I'll be testing for you guys is actually something that interests me - as always! So I had a look, saw that it was all about hot chocolate and hair growth and I was up for it!

The shipping process is just incredibly fast as well. It took about three to four days I believe for the product to be shipped from the UK to Germany, which is amazing! When it arrived at my door, I began the program the next day and it did last about a month.

The hot chocolate is vegetarian, gluten-free and only has about 32 kcal per mug of which you only need to drink one per day. Most of the time, I drank mine for breakfast, instead of my usual cup of tea, I just mixed the hot water with two teaspoons of the hot chocolate.

To make your hair stronger, thicker, longer and whatnot, the hot chocolate has ridiculously many great ingredients to ensure the best results at the end of the program! I have made a list of all the ingredients down below so you can see what's inside:

Biotin
Zinc
Selenium
Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E

As you can tell, there's a lot of good stuff in there, it still tastes amazing and there are actual results after only two weeks of drinking a mug every day! After about two weeks, my colleagues and my family asked if my hair had grown and that it looked so strong and healthy - they didn't know I had been drinking this hot chocolate for the past couple weeks! It really surprised me because I myself didn't see a lot, barely anything really, but when they told me that my hair looked so good, I did notice that it became a lot thicker and stronger. 

I will definitely try more hot chocolate programs and maybe even the Hairshake they also offer! This is the first ever product of this kind that has really satisfied and surprised me - I'm just in love! And because the results are actually visible, four of my colleagues ordered a pack for themselves the other day as well! Kind of proud to be a successful ambassador already! haha

Have you heard of this brand before? x

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

New Fragrances Spring 2018

Working in retail actually has many benefits, especially when working in a perfumery. I know I've said this about a billion times now but I just can't wrap my head around the fact that I'm so lucky to be a trainee in the perfumery I'm currently working for!

One benefit is that you get to have a little look at the new and upcoming fragrances a little earlier than everyone else, which is super exciting! The moment they enter the shelves in the store is amazing - then you can sell your new favourite fragrance to potential customers and buyers!

Last month, we were invited by Coty to the Adlon Kempinski Hotel in Berlin for a New Release Event for Spring 2018. Not all of the fragrances mentioned in this post today are distributed by Coty but the ones you can see in the image above. Let's start with those three first, shall we?

Chloé - Nomade
I'm starting right off with my new favourite at the moment! This scent is just beautiful! It's quite fruity and floral but also woody and powdery at the same time. This Chloé scent is just so different to all the other signature Chloé fragrances you might have smelled before!

Top notes:
Mirabelle
Bergamot
Lemon
Orange

Heart notes:
Freesia
Jasmine
Peach
Rose

Base notes:
Oakmoss
Amberwood
Patchouli
Sandalwood
White Musk

Jil Sander - Sunlight
With Susan Sarandon being the new face of this lovely fragrance, she represents the "charismatic and self-confident woman of timeless beauty and wisdom". This scent and the campaign behind it is just beautiful! I don't wear it myself very often so I gave it to my mum, just because I thought she'd like it a lot more and she actually does like it a lot!

Top notes:
Pink Pepper
Grapefruit

Heart notes:
Peony
Jasmine
Orange Blossom
Solar Notes

Base notes:
Ambroxan
White Cedar Extract
Musk

Boss - The Scent For Her E.d.T
Many customers, especially men looking for a present, always get back to Boss fragrances because they know they can't be wrong with one of those. The Scent For Her range started in 2016 with the E.d.P, now expanding with the E.d.T - this was announced as a "luminous, lighter and fresher version" of the original E.d.P.

Top notes:
Honey
Peach
Pink Pepper
Green Mandarin

Heart notes:
Freesia
Osmanthus
Orange Blossom

Base notes:
Cacao

Some other fragrances that sadly didn't make their way into my picture but I still want to mention are the new Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme - this just smells incredible, definitely give this one a little sniff whenever you can! - the Kenzo World E.d.T, the brand new Sí Passione from Armani - beautiful scent!! - and last but by no means least the new Lancôme La Nuit Trésor à la Folie.

Make sure to give all of them a sniff next time you get the chance to - I promise you won't regret it!
What's your favourite fragrance at the moment? Let me know in the comments! x

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara - Worth The Hype?

Happy Sunday my loves! Well, it's been a while again, hasn't it? But I'm currently working on several different blog posts for the upcoming weeks so it'll hopefully work out just fine now!

In today's post, I'll be reviewing the new Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara, which I had already mentioned in my last New In: Beauty post a while ago. Let's start with some general details on this one, shall we?

The packaging.
In my opinion, it's very pretty and the chubby matte-pink tube looks beautiful on any dressing table and in any makeup collection. It has a very simple yet effective design as well and I think, although it's so simple, it's such an eyecatcher!

The brush.
It's super thick and fluffy and personally, I love these types of mascara brushes! It grabs the lashes perfectly and makes the application super easy.

The formula. 
Now, this is the only part of this mascara that makes me hate it. I find it very dry and crumbly and it basically does nothing to my lashes. The black colour is super rich and dark but my lashes don't look voluminous, full or anything else; they just look flat and straight.

Honestly, I had very high hopes for this mascara and I was super excited when I finally got my hands on it because it was sold out everywhere, but now that I've tried it for a couple of weeks I'm quite disappointed... The first time I tried this mascara and went to work afterwards, I looked like a panda a few hours later because it smudged really bad.

You can tell I'm not super keen on this one, sadly. However, my cousin tried this as well and absolutely loves it! Also, her lashes look great whenever she's wearing it! Maybe it's just my lashes that don't like these types of mascara.

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

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