2017/06/13

my top 5 red lipsticks


Attractive. Seductive. Elegant.

Most people would use terms as these to describe what they connote with the color red and moreso, with red lipstick.  While most women would go for a red lip in the evening, there are also some who have made the red lipstick their personal trade mark, such as singer Taylor Swift.

In my opinion, every girl / woman should possess at least one good red lipstick that she can rely on for every event. Not only can it be the 'star' of your whole look, but it also makes you feel special, feminine, sensual yet elegant at the same time ( or that's at least how I feel most of the time when I wear red lipstick ). 

Nevertheless, I find that it can be quite hard to find a good one considering the infinite choice that the makeup market is offering. So I thought that it might be a good idea to show you my personal 5 favorite red lipsticks!

Chanel Rouge Allure - 102 Palpitante

As you can probably tell by the brand, this Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick is the most expensive out of the 5. Nevertheless, I find that the quality does live up to the high price point. I would describe this one as a classic, bloody red shade, as it personally reminds me of the lipsticks women used to wear in the 60s. And don't even get me started about the beautiful, classic Chanel packaging! The lipstick is very creamy, so you do have to pay attention when applying it. Due to the consistency, it also isn't the most long-lasting out of the 5, but if you don't mind touching up once or twice an evening, this is the one for you. 

MAC - Prepare for Pleasure

I got this one a while ago while staying on vacation in Paris. It had a special limited edition packaging around the actual lipstick, but I'm pretty sure that the color is in the standart sortiment aswell. This little jem wasn't a bargain aswell, but totally worth its money. I am a huge fan of the Cremesheen finish by MAC, as those lipsticks glide on so beautifully and ( as the name suggests already ) only have a slight sheen to them while giving you the full color intensity. 
Compared to the previous lipstick, I'd say that it's more long-lasting. Also, it's a little brighter even that the Chanel one, and reminds me of the classic Parisian red lip ( which can also be the case because I bought it in Paris, who knows ).

L'Oréal Caresse - 401 Rebel Red

Next on my list is this L'Oréal one, which is more on the affortable side. The lipstick also isn't as intense as the rest of the lipsticks on this list, which makes it the perfect everyday shade for me. It has a very glossy finish while making your lips look like you've just eaten a basket full of strawberries. Considering the finish, I am also quite impressed with the longlivety of it on the lips. Compared to the others it doesn't stay on for such a long time of course, but still, I don't have to retouch it every hour. Even if the glossy sheen is gone, my lips have a slight tint to them which I personally quite like. So if you're searching for a good everyday red lipstick that you can use quickly on-the-go, this is the one for you!

( top 3 swatches, from left to right )
Chanel Rouge Allure in 102 Palpitante - L'Oréal Caresse in 401 Rebel Red - MAC in Prepare for Pleasure
( bottom 2 swatches )
Manhattan Colour Splash Liquid Lip Tint in 94R Red Tulip ( top one ) - Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in 25 Orange Shot

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid - 25 Orange Shot

As the name already suggests this one is more on the orange-y red side. I have done a whole review ( click here to see ) on this liquid lipstick, which I'd recommend you look at if you're interested in knowing more about it. In this post you can also see how this one looks on my lips right away! 

Manhattan Colour Splash Liquid Lip Tint - 94R Red Tulip

Last but not least, I wanted to show you this liquid lip tint. Even though it's not really quite a lipstick, it still has all the benefits of a lipstick like color intensity and longlivety. Actually, this one stays on for the longest time even though it's the cheapest one. I also really enjoy applying it, as it has a slight cooling effect to it. You still have to be really careful when applying it, because it's practically impossible to correct afterwards ( which, as you can see, has it's pro's and con's ). 
I would describe this one as a vivid red with a slight orange undertone - perfect for hot and lazy summer days!


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2017/05/14

photoshooting


Recently, I had the opportunity to to shoot with Dare2Dare Photography. Until then, the only times I have been the focus of a camera lense was when I took photographs for my outfits posts, so this was a quite new experience for me. 

Dare2Dare Photography is the Instagram page of one of the most talented and fun people I know, so I was really thankful for the opportunity. We did shoot 3 different outfits and subjects in one day, and I wanted to share some of my favorite photos with you. I am really happy about the result, especially considering that it was the first time to shoot for me and that we disposed over a very basic equipment. So the picture above is probably my favorite out of them all, also because I love the play of light and shadow in it ( which we tried to experiment with and use as much as possible ).









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2017/04/18

clinique - eye cream battle



I figured out that it would be quite fun to talk all about eyes, or more specifically about eye creams. I only recently understood the importance of eye creams, as I always thought that they were only used for anti-aging purposes which I'm not really into at my age. But after consulting a doctor because I had really bad dry patches all around my eyes, I started using an eye cream each and every morning and evening to prevent dryness and it really helped me. So I thought it could be helpful to talk you throught these 2 eye creams that are both from Clinique and compare them for you. Therefor I have divided the comparison into 3 different categories that I'm focusing on for this review : price and packaging, promised effect, and final thoughts.

Price and Packaging


The Pep-Start Eye Cream is normally sold in a 15ml tube for around 25€. The All About Eyes Eye Cream however is around 10€ more expensive for the same amount of product.

Packaging-wise, the Pep-Start one is available in a tube with a small massage ball that is supposed to make the product glide on easier and increase blood circulation. The All About Eyes cream is in a classic pod where you have to dip your finger in to then apply the eye cream. 

- For me personally, the Pep-Start Eye Cream wins this category, because I'm more a fan of a quick application, and it's cheaper. Nevertheless, I think that this one is a very personal one, so everybody should think about what they personally like better. -

Promised effect


The Pep-Start Eye Cream promises to reduce dark circles and little fatigue and stress wrinkles, aswell as to make your makeup glide on more simple and even. It also is supposed to make you look more awake and fresh obviously, and to be the perfect companion for an on-the-go touch-up.

The All About Eyes Eye Cream on the other hand, promises to reduce puffiness, dark circles and little wrinkles, aswell as to make the eye-makeup stay on for a longer period of time.

- I don't struggle with really bad dark circles ; nevertheless, I don't get very much sleep these last couple of weeks so I really could see the effects over a longer period of time.In my opinion, the All About Eyes Cream did a better job at this one as I could actually see a difference before and after using it. - 

Final thoughts


I actually have to consent to all the good things that beauty and skincare lovers all around the planet say about the All About Eyes Cream, which for me is the winner. Don't get me wrong, I really like both of these and I'll continue using them both, but I do like the nourrishing effect and the fact that it visibly reduces dark circles and puffiness better on the All About Eyes Cream. 

What is your eye cream of choice?

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2017/04/14

castle on the hill




In addition to my previous post about a little roadtrip that we did last Sunday, I wanted to quickly share a few more pictures aswell as my Outfit details. 

As I knew that we'd go for a casual afternoon, searching for a good spot to watch the sunset, I went for a very laid-back look with my favorite Topshop Mom Jeans, a vintage blouse by Anne Weyburn and my well-loved Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers that you have seen way too often already. To top the look up, I wore a little necklace from Topshop and my Roberto Cavalli flower print bag. It was a very sunny day so I went for a pair of dark brown Hugo Boss sunglasses aswell. In the evening, when it got a little more chilly outside, I threw a simple grey knight cardigan that I got from Topshop a few years ago. Even though it's not the most special outfit I've every posted, I quite liked it. Comfortable and cute, that's the motto!





Blouse - - -  Anne Weyburn
Mom Jeans - - - Topshop
Cardigan - - - Topshop

Sneakers - - - Adidas Stan Smith
Bag - - - Roberto Cavalli

Necklace - - - Topshop
Sunglasses - - - Hugo Boss

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2017/04/10

on sundays, we're adventurous


Have you ever just sat in your car and drove around without a fix destination in mind? Stopped in the middle of nowhere and just appreciated for a moment the little things around you? Watched the sunset and enjoyed good music and deep talks with your friends?

If you haven't, you should try it and you'll be impressed at how amazing it feels to take a little break from everything, even if it's only on a little one-day-roadtrip. I had quite a nice afternoon yesterday (which you perhaps can see on the pictures) and I hope you enjoyed your Sunday, too, and had a great start into the new week!








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