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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2017/04/06

13 Reasons Why

After finishing this series, the idea came to me that I'd like to start a new series on my blog, presenting you my favorite series and films. I sometimes find it quite hard to find a new series or film to watch, because people mostly talk about the same series/films over and over again. I thought that maybe this would help a few of you to discover something new, and so I will present you the new series 13 Reasons Why today.

THE BOOK

13 Reasons Why is a book by Jay Asher which was first published in 2007. The book tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school girl that commits suicide. Before taking her own life, she records 13 cassette tapes on which she gives all the reasons for her actions. The story is told from the high schooler Clay Jensen's perspective, who was not only a friend of Hannah's but also is desperately trying to understand what exactly happened that apparently left her with no other choice than to commit suicide, by listening to the tapes.

THE SERIES

On 31st March of this year the long-awaited, eponymous series came out. The executive producers were singer and actress Selena Gomez and her mother, who both described the production of this specific series as an affair of the heart.
The first season has 13 episodes, each about 50 - 55 minutes long. Each episode is dealing with one of Hannah's tapes who form the center of the plot.
Until now, there is no official announcement on whether Netflix is counting on producing a second season or not, but as the first season is only out for about a week, we can assume that they eventually will speak out about this matter some time in the ( hopefully near ) future.

MY PERSONAL OPINION

Even though I'm a huge fan of books and am reading quite a lot, I'll have to admit that I didn't know about this book before I heard Selena Gomez speak up about the series project. After watching the trailer, it was quite clear to me that I really had to watch the series as soon as it would come out. And so I watched the 13 episodes in about 5 days, and am now really hoping for a second season.

What I really loved about it was the fact that there was finally somebody who speaks up about the struggles and issues that many teenagers have to face on a daily basis. I don't want to spoiler, so I won't speak about the kind of issues that the series is thematizing. The cast of the production often pointed out how important it was to them to say the 'unromantizised truth' about teenage suicide and the issues that can lead to such a drastic reaction. In my opinion, they really did a good job at portraying the reality which isn't a very easy task.

Even though this is a more subjective opinion, I personally also quite liked that there was no really famous actor (or actress) playing a caracter, as this made the story even more authentical and somehow relatable in my opinion. It's quite hard for me to say that the actors 'played the caracters' because in my opinion, they were the caracters for the length of the series which is rare to find in such an extent.

The 2 main caracters were impersonated by Christian Minnette ( as Clay Jenson ), whom I haven't seen in any productions before this one ( even though he has been around for quite some time as it seems ), and Katherine Langford ( as Hannah Baker ), for whom this series was actually an acting premiere ( believe it or not ). They both did a great job and I look forward to see even more productions with them, and hopefully in a second season of 13 Reasons Why.

CONCLUSION

As you may have guessed after my long raving about the series, I would highly recommend you look into the series ( or the book ). Not only is it a really well-executed production, but it also thematizes very important issues that our society is dealing with. Issues which people have to take more serious and speak up about. Hopefully, this series will mark the beginning of a bigger concern for these problems, make people pay more attention to their surrounding and eventually, finding a solution or helping others who struggle with this kind of things.

THE TRAILER / FEATURETTE


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2017/03/27

march favourites

One of the posting series that I try to do regularly are my monthly favourites post to show all of my new, most loved makeup ( and other skincare, haircare, ... ) of the month. So it won't be a surprise for you that I also wanted to upgrade my favourites for March ( click here for my February favourites ).

In advance, I wanted to say that this month wasn't really a very experimental or crazy makeup month for me, as I have more rediscovered old products and used lighter ones on my face on an everyday basis. So hopefully, you still can get a little inspiration out of this!


I discovered this handcream through a classmate who recommended it to me. Until now, I always swore on my Neutrogena Handcreams, but this Handsan Hand & Nail Cream totally changed the game. Not only does it smell amazingly and makes your hands the softest thing in the whole world, but also it only costs under 1,50€. So if that's not perfection in one tube, then I don't know what is.


I have this Studio Fix Powder ( in NW25 ) by MAC for quite some time, and even though I really liked it in the beginning, I somehow forgot about it and only rediscovered it again this month. I really like the matte finish and the colour currently is a perfect match for my skin tone. The only problem that I have with it is the thick consistency on the skin, which I nevertheless can prevent using a good moisturizer and a fixing spray.


May I present you the old and well-known the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara by Mayebelline? I don't really think that I will have to elaborate further on it, but if you still don't know it ... what were you doing until now with your life? I love it on its own for an everyday look, and paired with other mascara(s) for a more dramatic eye makeup. The volume and length it gives your lashes is really worth the + - 10€, believe me!


I still can't get over the fact that this Catrice Candy Shock Multicolour Highlighter ( in C01 Vanilla Love ) was only part of a limited edition collection. I love the marble effect and 'barely-there-but-still-dewy-cute' effect ( nice description, huh? ) on the high points of my face. The highlighter also was really really affortable, like all the Catrice stuff, and sooo worth the money! I really hope that they come out with a similar highlighter some day ( if they still haven't ).


The p2 Perfect Eyes refresher has not only a really cooling effect under your eyes, but it can also serve as a decent highlighter, which I use it mostly for. If you know the brand p2, you know how affortable everything from them is, and this little treasure is no exception to that. So if you're searching a good liquid highlighter or a cooling product for under your eyes, you totally should look into this one.


Last but definitely not least, I really rediscovered my two Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers ( in 020 Apricot Cream (the lighter one) and 040 Coffee To Go (the darker one) ). Both of them only give you a slight sheen with a little hint of colour. Also, I quite enjoyed how these could be used as nourrishing lipbalms aswell, so thumbs up for that! 


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2017/03/20

moschino pumps and bell sleeves





Scrolling through Instagram, I have seen many Bloggers, Youtubers and Fashion Influencers wearing bell sleeves these last couple of weeks and I really liked the style of them. So when I found this black Zara Pullover with bell sleeves for under 20€, it was obvious to me that I had to have it. The material is like the softest thing in the world and the quality seems to be quite good for that price point.



Even though I'm living in this pullover on an everyday basis ever since I've got it, I really wanted to see if I could also combine it with a more 'chic' look that would still be wearable. I then paired it with a simple pair of ANNARITA N skinny cropped trousers that feel almost like leggings. You even can detect a soft, blue-ish metallic touch, depending on the light, which I personally find very interesting. To make the outfit a little more special, I wore my beloved Moschino Boutique Pumps. I have to admit that they aren't the most comfortable shoe that I own, but certainly one of the most beautiful pairs in my collection. As I didn't have much to carry around, I went for my black Elisabetta Franchi Clutch. I also didn't want to take away any attention from the shoes, so I kept it light on the jewellry side with these Raindrop Earrings by Konplott in light beige.



Pullover - - - Zara
Trousers - - - ANNARITTA N
Shoes - - - Moschino Boutique

Bag - - - Elisabetta Franchi
Earrings - - - Konplott
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2017/03/14

First Impressions // p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadow + Quick Everyday Makeup Look


As I have already announced on Twitter, I have bought one of the p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadows a few days ago in Germany and so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it with you. 


I don't know why, but I'm really all about bronzy eye shadows right now as I love how they look with my eye colour. Nevertheless, I'm still searching for the perfect bronzy everyday shade, which is one of the main reasons why I bought this one. I liked almost every shade they had in this collection, but I then decided to go for the one in 090 Sandstone Dimension, a pretty golden shadow with minimal glitter particles.

For those who don't know the brand p2 : it's a German brand that is targeted for example at DM (which is basically the German edition of Boots). Their products have normally a quite good quality for a low price point. As I bought this eye shadow for 2,95€, I can't really argue that it was an exception in that way.

Nevertheless, I wasn't that satisfied when I first applied the shadow. 
   First problem : the colour transfer isn't as good as I had expected it to be. Even when I tried to apply it with a wet brush, it wouldn't give me the same intense colour that I had witnessed in the packaging and while swatching it on the back of my hand.
   My second problem was the glitter that landed all over my face, even though I only wanted a little shimmer on my lid. 

I can't say that the shadow is bad (especially for this price), but I definitely would stick with others over this one. I don't know if I have to test it out furthermore to find a more effective way to use it, but my first impression was more like 'yahhh, it's ... okay', and that's it (even though I loved the way it made the colour of my eyes stand out). So I guess the search for the perfect golden eye shadow continues, and I'll keep you updated if I should find a better way to use this one.


For this look, I have used the Kiko Skin Tone Corrector / Primer in the green tone to get my skin ready for the makeup. 

Next, I went in with two different foundations to make my skin more even and glowing. 
   The first one was L'Oréal's Infallible 24h Foundation (in 140 Golden Beige) which I applied on the forehead, the temples, the jawline aswell as the cheekbones and the chin. 
   The second one was Catrice's All Matt plus Foundation (in 015 Vanilla Beige) with which I 'filled in' the rest of my forehead, my nose and my cheeks, before blending everything out with my Beauty Blender.
   I like to use Zoeva's Buffer Brush from their Bambus Collection to apply the makeup before blending it out, but don't ask me why, I have no idea. (Oh and sorry that my Beauty Blender looks that gross on the picture, I just finished doing my makeup before taking photos of everything...)


For my concealer, I used (as always) the Fit me! Concealer (in 10), but I'm currently seaching for a new one, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know. 
I also like to contour my face both with a cream stick ( Fit me! anti-shine stick in 220 Natural Beige ) and a powder ( Benefit's Hoola Bronzer ).


To set everything in place, I went for my Essence fix&matt translucent loose powder which, by the way, won't really make your makeup more matte, but elsewise it does its job, so I wanted to use that one up before getting a new loose powder.

As a little 'extra something', I applied a little bit of Catrice's Defining Blush (in 090 Mandy-rine) to my cheeks, and dusted some of the Catrice MultiColour Highlighter (in C01 Vanilla Love), which unfortunately was limited edition, onto my cheek bones.


As you probably have recognized by now, I don't really do anything to my brows except for some gel to keep them in place. For this day, I went for the essence lash&brow gel mascara that I can only recommend.


To highlight my brow bone even more, I used some of p2's Perfect Eyes illuminator, and then directly went over to the eye shadow. I only used the p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadow on my whole lid and defined my crease with the same Hoola Bronzer that I had used earlier on. To finish off the eyes, I put on the Full Exposure Mascara by Smashbox and the little Clinique High Impact Mascara that you have seen earlier last week in my Clinique Haul.

For lips, I went for MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (in Back in Vogue), which I actually don't like that much but I guess I was in the mood, sooo here we go. To finish the whole makeup look, I sprayed on some Mist&Fix Setting Spray by Barry M. that I'm currently trying out, and that's it!


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