Sunday, 29 April 2018

April Favourites

I'm a bit shocked by the fact that it's already the end of another month. It feels like my birthday was just a few days ago when in reality it's already been more than four months!

Anyway! Being at the end of the month also means that it's time for yet another post about my monthly favourites! I love watching favourites videos on YouTube and reading blog posts about those, so I enjoy writing them myself even more!

Starting with the non-makeup/beauty favourite of mine: this absolutely gorgeous little backpack from Primark! It only cost me 14€ and it just fits everything I need perfectly fine!

Now on to the makeup and skincare bits, shall we?
In my most recent New In: Beauty post I mentioned the Nivea Body Mousse White Tea x Raspberry to you guys for the very first time but this has quickly become my favourite body product of this month? It smells beautiful and the mousse moisturises the body incredibly well!

The next favourite is also a skincare product and it's the Pixi Rose Flash Balm. I always use this in the morning after I've washed my face, just to prepare my skin with the first layer of moisturiser before going in with another one. Also, the smell is divine!!

After moisturising I use my next favourite, which is the Balea Teint Perfection Primer. It instantly blurrs any pores and imperfections on my face and makes my makeup stay put throughout the day - love it!

Because the weather gets warmer and warmer by day I like to use a more lightweight foundation and at the moment I love using the The Ordinary Serum Foundation. It is indeed super lightweight yet it has a very decent coverage and also blends very well into my skin!

Before talking about my favourite fragrance of April I want to mention this gorgeous L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in the shade 642 to you! I just freaking love this one - the shade is beautiful, it smells delicious and the finish is super shiny and glossy, which I personally really like!

Now on to my go-to fragrance of April - the Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme. It's a very woody-fruity scent with blackberries and pink pepper but I could imagine that it's not everyone's cup of tea. You should definitely give it a sniff though.

And that's it for my April favourites!


What's one of your favourites from April? x

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

New In: Beauty

Since the last New In: Beauty post back in February, I got quite a few new makeup and skincare bits to add to my collection. Thanks to some incredible PR packages I've received and thanks to my colleagues at work, I now have the chance to try these new bits and then tell you guys some more about them!

Nivea Body Mousse Raspberry x White Tea*
I very kindly received this body mousse a few weeks ago from Rossmann and ever since then, I've been using it every single day. After showering, before bed or just when I feel like my skin needs some extra TLC - this body foam or mousse just smells heavenly and absorbs incredibly quickly once applied to the skin. You just need to be careful not to take too much!

Biotherm Biosource 24h Hydrating Lotion & Aquasource Aura Concentrate
Yes, I got this lotion as a new addition to my collection but I already passed it on to my cousin, haha. Maybe she'll write a few paragraphs about it!
But the Aura Concentrate, I'm really excited to try! The area around my nose and the wings of my nose are so dry at the moment that I really hope this product will help!

Sisley Phyto-Eye Twist & Eau Efficace Gentle Makeup Remover
The Eye Twist really is a great one-sweep eyeshadow and I also love the colour, but somehow I'm not 100% satisfied. Maybe I'll have to try it a few more times to see what it really is like! As for the Makeup Remover, I haven't even opened that one yet! This mini bottle is just perfect for travelling and maybe I'll take this with me whenever I go visit my parents or so.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour*
You guys know I love a good matte lip, especially when it's a nude shade! The Revlon Ultra HD lip products are definitely my favourite for that kind of look! This shade, in particular, is just super pretty and the product itself smells heavenly!

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick Nr. 642
Lovely Victoria from Inthefrow always has the best recommendations but this time I actually went out and bought myself a lipstick she had recommended and it was this exact one. And I can tell you, I'm not disappointed in the slightest! It has an incredible smell, the packaging is gorgeous and the texture and finish are beautiful!

RevitaLash Advanced Lash Serum
One of my colleagues very kindly gave me this sample of the Lash Serum and I'm currently using it every single night before going to bed - I'm not really seeing anything different yet but I'll make sure to update you guys once it starts working on my lashes!

Artdeco Super Long Lash Mascara & Bronzing Powder
You guys know how much I love my Artdeco Magnum Bronzing Powder so I was more than excited when we learned everything about their new bronzers - and also got one for free! Super excited to try out this new one!
Claudia Schiffer also created her second collection with Artdeco, from which we kindly got the mascara to try and I really hope it's a good one!

Dior Lip Sugar Scrub
Just like with the Body Mousse above, I've been using the Sugar Scrub for a couple of weeks already and I'm head over heels in love. I will definitely make sure to include this in my monthly favourites because I just have to tell you guys a bit more about this!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Never used a Clarins lip product before but one of my colleagues recommended me the Instant Light ones and gave me this one to try so let's hope she was right because the shade already looks stunning, doesn't it?!

Lottie London Blush Crush
Because I've somehow become a blusher kinda girl I've recently purchased a new blush from Rossmann and they now also sell Lottie London, which I was quite surprised about because I really didn't expect that but their blushes are beautiful! The shade I got is very subtle and looks very pretty on the cheeks! Also a favourite of mine this month!

Catrice Cosmetics Light In A Box Highlighter Palette*
I've never used a highlighter palette before but this looks one super pretty and the shades actually seem to be okay for my skintone! Most of the time, highlighters are just too dark or too shimmery for me so I'm even more excited to try this one!

So much new and amazing things to try! Make sure to let me know which products you would like me to review here on the blog or over on Instagram!


Have you purchased anything new recently? x

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Spring Makeup Menu

Now we can happily say: Spring has officially begun! I'm so glad about the change of weather - all the greyness, snow and cold temperatures really started to annoy me, to be honest!

Spring definitely is my most favourite time of the year, apart from autumn and Christmas of course. But with the seasons changing, my makeup routine changes as well. Or at least I try to adapt my products to the temperatures and the weather.
I'm not only doing that because I want to wear less makeup once it's warmer outside but because I want to use some more products from my collection and not always get back to using the same ones over and over.

For my base, I like to use something lightweight, like the The Ordinary Serum Foundation in combination with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. These two products are my go-tos at the moment and I like to blend them in with a damp makeup sponge to achieve that natural and flawless finish.

Bronzer, blusher and highlighter are some old favourites of mine: the Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and my favourite Dior Blush. All three of them are beautiful products and just go very well together - so a spring makeup look, these are just perfect!

For my lashes and eyebrows, I currently like to use the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and the L.O.V Cosmetics Browttitude Brow Gel Serum - because I have a fringe now, I don't have to fill in my brows so this gel serum just nourishes my brows and sets them in place.

And last but by no means least I apply the L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick in the shade 642- thanks to Inthefrow for this recommendation! The shade is perfect for using it every day and the lipstick just has a lovely finish!

As you can tell, I don't use many products in spring and I love not using loads of products on my face when it's getting warmer.

What's your favourite season? x

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Why I’m Afraid Of Starting A YouTube Channel

Ever since the moment I was introduced to YouTube, it has been a little dream of mine to start my very own channel.

There are some amazing YouTubers out there who inspire me every single day but that just doesn't seem to be enough to convince my mind to just start recording videos!

I wanted to do a whole post on this topic because I just feel the need to talk about this with you guys at least once, if that makes any sense.

On YouTube there are SO many people who create new content every day and seeing that, I sometimes think I wouldn't be able to keep up with that at all.
I've been planning all the content ideas, videos, etc. for years already, yet I still didn't get the chance to bring any of that to life.

The only thing keeping me from filming my first video: getting my bum in front of the camera and start talking without feeling weird. Feeling weird in terms of "what will my friends and family think abou this?"

But my friends, family and even my colleagues encourage me to just go for it! Now it's my turn to get encouraged and just start filming...

I'd love to know what you guys think about this idea. Would you watch the videos? Which kind of videos would you like to see? Let me know in the comments! x

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

3 To Try From Dior - Makeup

Two weeks ago, I already talked to you about three bits to try from the Dior skincare range and I absolutely loved writing it! That's why I decided to do another one of these, this time talking about three amazing makeup products.

Without further ado, let's just jump straight into the post, shall we?

The Diorskin Forever Foundation is the first product I want to talk about. It's an incredible foundation and by far the most used and most loved one in my collection! I always put one to two pumps on the back of my hand and apply the makeup with a brush before really blending it in with a makeup sponge - I've found that to be the best way to apply this foundation! Once applied to the face, it looks super natural and not cakey at all yet it covers blemishes and anything else very well. Usually, I opt for this foundation when I know I have a long and exhausting day at work - it stays in place all day long without smudging or anything.

At the moment, I'm also just loving the Diorshow Black Out Mascara - it's just as stunning as the Forever Foundation! I'm head over heels in love with this and you guys know that mascara is quite important to me. This one has a huge applicator brush and the product itself is quite wet and creamy but surprisingly, this combination makes the results even better! The way I apply mascara has changed quite a bit over the past few years and currently, I always use a defining mascara to lengthen my lashes before going in with a volumising one, in my case, it's the Black Out Mascara. It just is the best way for me to apply the products to my lashes without making them look like spider legs!

The last product I just have to mention is the Lip Sugar Scrub, which I had been dying to try for ages! It's a sweet exfoliating balm with a bit of a tint to it and it smells (and tastes) amazing! This one right here is my current go-to lip balm - I don't use it every single time I'm in need of a lip balm because of the exfoliating sugar but most of the time I grab this one because it makes my lips feel so incredibly smooth, it's unreal. I'm not exaggerating here guys, I'm just blown away, haha! It also has a plumping effect on the lips, which I'm quite glad about as well.

Also, let me just appreciate the sleek and elegant packaging on every Dior product. Doesn't that always look so exquisite? Absolutely love that!


Do you have a favourite from the Dior makeup range? x

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

Please hit me for mentioning this/talking about this again but this fragrance from Guerlain is just my absolute favourite and has been for the past few months. La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum is, in my opinion, the best scent from the while La Petite Robe Noire range. The others smell great as well of course but this just has that special scent the others don't have and that's what makes it so appealing to me!

This may sound strange to some of you because I just said which scent I like the most from the range, but I highly recommend you guys to go give all of the La Petite fragrances a little sniff - maybe you'll like them more or you'll like none of them, but definitely go smell them whenever you get the chance to!

Guerlain has that extraordinaire composition of scents and each and every perfume of theirs has the traditional Guerlinade in it, which consists of
- Bergamot
- Rose
- Jasmine
- Orris
- Tonka Bean
- Vanilla
- Orange Blossom and
- Sandalwood.

La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum does too but it also has some other, very sweet and warm ingredients mixed in with that.

Top notes:
Black Cherry
Bergamot
Red Berries
Almond

Middle notes:
Bulgarian and Turkish Rose
Liquorice
Smoked Black Tea

Base notes:
Aniseed
Tonka Bean
Vanilla
Iris
Patchouli

I think the combination of the Smoked Black Tea and the Liquorice makes this smell so special and that's why I love it so much!

What kind of scents do you like most? Fresh, sweet, oriental? Let me know down below! x

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Hand Balm Of Your Dreams – Ritual Of Sakura

Hand balms and creams can be a tricky thing to buy, especially when you constantly have dry hands or chapped nails, like myself. At the moment, my hands and nails actually look horrible due to the cold weather, the daily gift wrapping and all the water while cleaning the shelves at work. For my nails, like I mentioned in one of my recent favourites posts, I currently use the Nail Repair Green Micro Cell, which has helped my nails a lot!

But I've found this particular hand balm from the Ritual of Sakura range by Rituals to work a little magic on my hands and nails.
The Ritual of Sakura range has that very lovely cherry blossom scent, which is my absolute favourite! I was very kindly gifted this hand balm at work and have been in love ever since I got it.

The texture is quite thick but still feels very light on the skin and also absorbs super quickly - the most important fact in a hand cream/balm for me! I basically have this with me wherever I go and it has seriously saved my hands!
They still don't look incredible but a lot better than a few months ago; still horrible but not as bad though. Now you can imagine what my hands must've looked and felt like back in December!

So if you're currently on the hunt for a new hand cream, definitely give this one a try! Like the name says, it's super soothing and smells beautiful! There's also a hand balm in the Ritual of Ayurveda range if you prefer that scent more.

What's your favourite range from Rituals? x

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

3 To Try From Dior - Skincare

It seems I've been talking about Dior products non-stop lately, but that's because I freaking love them so much!

There are three/four skincare products in particular that I currently use and that quickly became my favourites in their category! I know there actually are four products but I thought I'd put the two serums into one category, so theoretically there are only three products.

I know I've used this sentence way too many times the past few months, too. "Since I've started working in a beauty shop..." - guys, since then my view of makeup, skincare and fragrances has completely changed! And also, I very very kindly get the one or other product to try and test and home as well. This makes it so much more interesting for me because I can review so many more products for you!
I constantly have the urge to explain myself for all the products and highend items, so here's the explanation, haha.

Hydra Life Lotion to Foam - Fresh Cleanser
The first step of everyone's nightly face routine: removing the makeup and cleansing the face. For ages, shame on me, I only used face wipes to clean my face. Many cleansing foams also dried out my skin and made it feel super tight and uncomfortable, only very few foams have passed the test for me so far and this definitely is one of them!
It also has a super handy pump on top and the light green colour is just super pleasant to look at, don't you think?

Hydra Life Fresh Hydration - Sorbet Créme
Everyone's skin has felt tight, dry and overall just uncomfortable at least once or twice this past winter, if not even more times! Mine surely felt that way but this Sorbet has definitely saved it from going totally nuts! Even the smell promises a fresh, calming feeling and it even excites me a bit whenever I apply this, knowing my skin just needs that kick of hydration. It's super refreshing to apply in the evening as well, just to calm down and rewind for a second!

Capture Youth Glow Booster & Redness Soother
I already did a post on these two (and the three other ones there are) but I thought I'd mention them once more in this post. For me, the Glow Booster and the Redness Soother are the most convenient and useful ones. Because I still have that redness on my nose, I like to use the Soother after the cleanser and before the moisturiser just on my nose. I've seen a huge difference in the texture of the skin on my nose and I'm still blown away! It not only calms the skin and partly reduces the redness, it also smoothes the skin and makes it softer. I don't know if that's a wanted effect of this serum but it surely doesn't bother me!
The Booster is only for mornings where I feel like my skin needs that extra portion of energy - which happens quite frequently, to be fair! Here, I mix two to three drops in with my moisturiser and apply it to my face before putting on my primer or makeup. You guys, this has made such a difference in the way my makeup looks throughout the day! Because my skin looks so much more glowy and radiant, my makeup instantly looks better as well! Such an amazing product!

Overall, Dior has quickly become my favourite brand when it comes to skincare products! They have products for everyone and every skin type and I know they are indeed highend and quite pricey but it really is all worth it!

Do you have a favourite skincare brand? x

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Brand Focus: YSL Beauty

As well as increasingly talking about Guerlain, Chanel or Dior here on the blog, YSL Beauty is also one of the brands that I have a strong love for. Not only is it my brand to keep an eye on at work, it also is one of my favourite makeup and perfume brands! I mean, Black Opium is just the fragrance for me and the new All In One Glow Foundation is simply stunning!

A few weeks ago, I wasn't even aware of the fact that there are a face cleanser and an eye makeup remover in their range as well! The face cleanser, however, is amazing! I already mentioned that in my first monthly favourites in January and I'm currently using it almost non-stop - together with my cleansing foam from Dior.

Their fragrances are my favourite though. The Black Opium range is just my favourite to sell at work when someone asks for a special, heavy and sweet scent; especially Floral Shock has won my heart!

And their makeup, of course, is top-notch as well. My favourite products are definitely their liquid lipsticks and their mascaras - they're super well priced and you just get an amazing quality!

I do love YSL Beauty a lot and I'm looking forward to trying many more products from them in the future!

Have you tried something from YSL Beauty before? x 

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

3 To Try From Chanel

Writing an opening paragraph for a blog post is definitely the most difficult part for me in the whole process of creating and publishing my written piece. Somehow I never know what to write, which is extremely frustrating!
But as for today's post, I thought I'd talk a bit about the brand, which, in this case, is Chanel! There are not many products that I own from them but the three ones I gladly have in my collection are amazing!

I already mentioned all of these briefly in a few recent posts but I wanted to get a few more details out to you guys and tell you how and especially why I like these products so much!

Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow - 822 Silver Screen/Satiné
These single eyeshadows are also my favourite at the moment. I have a couple of them at home and I do reach for them all the time because they're so super easy to use! You just have to dip your finger or your brush in once or twice and swipe it all over the lid. It's really that easy! And because they're also very easy to blend, you can create an everyday eye look with just one or two of these single eyeshadows!

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara - 10 Noir
By far one of the best mascaras I currently own! I use it almost daily to separate and lengthen my lashes before going in with another mascara to add the volume. I really don't mind using two different mascaras to get the effect I want and this one is just perfect for separation and adding length!
Throughout the day, it can smudge a little underneath the eyes, especially when applied to the lower lashes, but it's nothing a cotton bud can't fix.

Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer - 10 Beige
Yes, I have indeed talked about this incredible concealer numerous times here on the blog already but now I can finally write down all of the benefits and other details!
The texture is creamy and super blendable, which makes it almost melt into your skin to create that second skin effect - and this is just a concealer! Whenever I use this underneath my eyes and on my nose, it doesn't even look like I have anything applied because it blends so very well and the shade also matches my skintone so perfectly!
No creasing, no flaking, no smudging. It stays put all day long, especially with a powder on top.

Do you have a favourite beauty product from Chanel? x

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Products That Didn't Work For Me

Happy Easter lovelies! 🐰🎕💗

In today's post, we're going to have a little look at three products that I really wanted to work for me but they just didn't. Recently, I already wrote a full review on the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara and why it didn't work for me here, but today I want to talk about two products from Catrice and Yves Saint Laurent.

The Catrice Cosmetics Light Correcting Serum Primer sounded incredibly promising when I first bought it and I'd seen many positive reviews about it on the internet as well. The packaging alone looks super pretty and with the pipette on top, it was very easy to get the right amount onto your fingers or face.
As it is said to be a primer, I almost always applied underneath my foundation, but when I realised that didn't work for me, I mixed it in with my foundation - that made it even worse!
Applied on its own it looked beautiful for the first few seconds. As soon as it dried down it looked horrible on my skin and I'm still not sure why! I'm actually really sad that this is such a fail product for me because I really wanted to like this.

The next product is also one I had extremely high hopes in - the Touche Éclat Face Highlighter Pen from YSL Beauty. I've been hearing so many positive things about this ever since I first heard of it and actually, I expected it to blow me away. But it surely did not do that in the slightest! It is said to highlight the chosen parts of the face and to fight a dull and sleep looking complexion with a medium to buildable coverage. I loved the sound of this working like a "magic wand" on your face and was super excited to finally be able to give this a try myself...
In all honesty, I'm more than disappointed. It does crease a lot underneath my eyes and around my lips whenever I wanted to "perfect" or correct those areas. Also, I noticed this to come off during the day quite quickly, especially when I was at work or out and about doing something.

I will definitely try the Touch Éclat a couple more times, but with the Serum Primer I've already parted ways and sold it on Kleiderkreisel... Maybe I need to use a different makeup underneath the highlighter pen, I'm not sure yet, but I will update you guys on that!

Have you tried any of these products before? If so, how do you like them? x

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