Beauty Awards 2014

I decided to do this a little bit like essiebutton did her 2014 best of: use the things that just popped into my head without digging around. If I don’t remember it, it can’t have been that good and now LET’S GO!

Skincare:

My year focussed a lot on skincare, for one I discovered Caroline Hirons and secondly I am just over having problem skin. What I learned the hard way this year is that it actually wasn’t the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo that sorted out my skin when it was at it’s best but the bebe young care line.  Ever since that realization I have come up with a skincare routine that works for me and even holds my hormonal break outs to a minimum.

Cleansers:
bebe young care cleansing lotion+toner (very emollient, almost turns into an oil on my skin, gets everything off and hydrates)
Neutrogena Anti Blackhead scrub (physical scrub, salycylic acid, one of my all time staples)

Toner:
bebe young care toner (quite harsh and heavy on both alcohol and acid, my skin loves it though and I love the burning sensation when it bites into active break outs)

Serum step:
Rival de Loop hydrating gel with hyaluronic acid
(I thought this broke me out, it didn’t. Now in the winter it is not moisturizing enough on its own and it does get a little tacky for a moment, but when I layer my moisturizers on it’s perfect)

Moisturizers:
Rival de Loop hydrating gel cream for eyes (better than the Chanel sample I used for a couple of months)
Garnier 24h moisturizer anti blemishes  (has a slightly powdery finish, is really light on the skin, contains salycylic acid and sits nicely under make up)
Diadermine  Lift intense + SPF 30 (especially in the summer and on sunny days)N
Diadermine Lift intense + Nutritive Night (best night cream I tried so far because it doesn’t leave any residue and sinks in quickly but hydrates and repairs virtually just as well as other nightcreams I tried so far)

Wipes:
bebe young care cleansing wipes for dry and sensitive skin (I use those in a pinch or when I don’t have make up on and need a quick refresh. It was these wipes though that made me realize that it was actually whatever component it is that is in the bebe young care line that cleans up my white bumps)

Lipcare:
After weeks of having a dry patch on my top lip that just wouldn’t go away and nothing helped I used the brand again that I was certain would not help but it did. My lips are back to normal now , though and I am back to not needing any lip balms all thanks to my ancient Labello Gold and Labello Hydro Care. Everything else may well go to the trash.

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You will notice that all of this is drugstore. I simply don’t have the budget to fork out on expensive brands, plus this routine works really well for me, at this point I see no need to change anything.

Decorative Cosmetics:

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Base:
The two bases that stood out to me this year were my MAC Face and Body in C1 (still can’t get over how awesome my skin looks in the pics that I took when I wore it) and Max Factor Facefinity in 40 Fresh Ivory. The Facefinity is a special favorite because it makes my skin look incredible and lasts forever. I even wear it to work and despite physical exertion it does not budge. Plus the color is a perfect match. If I could only wear two foundations for the rest of my life it would be those two.

Eyeshadowbase:
After the desaster of the essence I ❤ stage base I was glad I got the Urban Decay Primer Potion samples with my Naked 2 palette. So far I have only used Eden and at this point I would totally shell out the 20€ to get the full size once I have used up the samples. I have been using it since August and there is still a lot left. It is light enough for me and I love the coverage it gives in my eyelids plus it really makes my shadows last between 8 and 10 hrs.

Brows:
This year was a brow year and I am not done yet. My new finds were the Catrice brow wax and the tinted brow filler. If I really want my brows to be extremely polished I go for wax, then powder then filler. Normally I use either wax or filler with the Catrice brow powder. I also moved on to fill in the front of my brows with the lighter and the tail with the darker color of the powder duo. I found a shape I like, I trim rather than pluck and my brows are so much fuller and nicer since I started doing that. For 2015 I want to find a place in town to get my brows threaded or waxed because at this point I am struggeling with removing the fuzz over and under my brow and I want to try either the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade or the MAC Liquidline for brows (IF i can still find that anywhere)

Eyeshadows:
With the arrival of Jaclyn Hill and Casey Holmes in my life I completely revamped the way I do my eye make up. Generally I have been gravitating towards neutral eyes this year and my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette as well as the Sleek Au Naturel palette. The top row of the Sleek palette has incredible transition/crease shades and I don’t think I have to say anything about the Naked 2 anymore. All has been said. It’s perfect.
The single shadows that blew me out of the water this year are both from Catrice. There was Shade of Grey from the Lala Berlin collection, which looks like a metallic shadow in the pan on the lid however it has the most incredible matte but lit from within/softly shimmery finish. I have never seen anything like this before and it is perfect to me. The other one is Go Charlie Brown from the regular range, which is the perfect matte medium brown for the crease.

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Eyeliner:
I am a liquid liner gal and the Manhattan Eyemazing liner has been with me for most of the year. I just feel naked without my liner. The Eyemazing liner is really good for a pen and lasted really long without drying in or the tip going blunt. However, I am currently trying another one though, which seems to blow the Eyemazing liner out of the water. We’ll see.
I rarely ever use liner on my lower waterline anymore, especially not black. It just doesn’t work for me anymore unless I am doing a heavy duty smoky eye. At best it looks like trying too hard at worst it looks completely inappropriate.

Mascara:
My realization of the year is that I am a L’Oréal mascara girl. My favorite is the Miss Manga mascara and I can’t wait to try the Black Angel variety once I have used up my other mascaras. My second favorite this year was the original Volume Million Lashes. Aside from the Catrice Doll Eyes Waterproof I think I have sworn off other mascaras for good. L’Oréal or bust.

Setting Powder:
essence All about matt. Best one I have tried so far. I still have the loose version in my back up drawer (which is gonna last me forever). It’s translucent, finely milled and does what it says on the tin.

Blush:
Because of my freckles there is a lot going on on my skin as is, so overly shimmery blushes are per se not such a good idea for me. For most of the year I stuck with the utterly fantastic MAC Perfect Cheek blush which is indeed perfect: A neutral light pink almost a bit grey which turns into the lightest most natural flush on my fair skin. Towards the end of the year another favorite came in the Catrice Floral OrnARTment blush from the Viennart collection which is a matte light peach with deep reddish elements. The reddish elements I try to avoid for everyday blush because they can come out a little strong against my skin. A shimmery one that I loved was the Hello Autumn color changing blush by essence. The shimmer in this one is light and fine enough for me to get away with it.

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Bronzer:
My two bronzers of the year are my MAC Aphrodite’s Shell which is my perfect bronzer, considering how light and sheer it is. It gives me the perfect sunkissed color. The other one is the Catrice Metallure Bronzer. With a light hand I can avoid shimmery desasters and instead get a soft glowy flush.

Haircare:
The only thing that stood out to me this year was the Garnier Natural Beauty Cranberry and Argan Oil conditioner. It smells amazing and does the perfect job at keeping my hair healthy, shiny and soft. I think I’m on my second or third bottle right now.

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And that’s a wrap on the Beauty Awards 2014. No lip products? No lip products! While there were a couple of nice ones there were none that really stood out to me enough that I wore them more than a couple of times.
I am thinking about doing a Life Awards 2014 next. We’ll see how that goes.

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Sunday Round Up #29 With A Side of Up Close and Personal

This was about the hardest week I had to endure in a long time.
I hate it when things are out of my control and I have to have faith in other people. This week I had to trust people to get the documents for my Master application ready and of course there was a shitload of drama involved. I’m not going to go into detail because it’s pretty pointless, suffice it to say that I got everything I needed but I had to put up big fight. If someone tries to tell you Germany is organized and punctual and shit; No we are not, especially not the authorities. Absolute disgrace for a reasonably developed country, just saying.

Either way I survived. And a lot better than I thought I would. I managed to stay positive throughout the whole week. I did have a panic moment on thursday (because of course everything accumulated on friday), but I did something about it by writing an e-mail and making a plan how I would tackle friday. Staying organized always helps me. It was a brief moment and didn’t  paralyze me for long like it used to. I managed to find ways to treat myself right and take the edge off the pressure. Working out helped but I have to say when the stress hit me hardest I skipped two days because I just didn’t have the time or the energy to do it. I allowed myself yolo food, stressfree reading, a wee bit of shopping and some light weight tv-watching (more on that further down). The insomnia didn’t hit me all that hard. I fell asleep relatively easily throughout the week. It may have helped that I worked 4 out of five days. Long story short, I found a way to treat myself right without completely falling apart and over-compensating. I drew a lot of strength from little happy things like my colleague saving me a chips container to put away so I had something ‘easy’ to do after the mildly annoying drugstore container I had to put away, my boss complaining about the drugstore aisle but being stopped short when my other boss told him it couldn’t have been a recent mess up because little old me worked the drugstore aisle this week. You know, the little stuff. And looking forward to hanging out with my bestie on saturday really helped.

So here’s to a mini Sunday Round Up:

Make up-wise my skin was finally healthy enough again for me to go back to MAC Face&Body. I had major hormonal break outs and cystic acne induced by the Nivea Protect and Bronze face cream that I talked about earlier, not gonna wear that again then. Instead I went back to my trusted Diadermine Lift+SPF cream, in fact I had to buy a new pot this week. I just love that stuff. BTW my face still tans despite the SPF 30 but it doesn’t burn.
I also got my first Real Techniques brushes, as they were sold at my local TK Maxx. I got the travel essentials set with the essential foundation, domed shadow and multitask brush. I have used them all already and they are SO good. Even the essential foundation even though I am usually not a fan of flat foundation brushes. I think I won’t use it for foundation but for concealer and eye primer. The domed shadow brush is denser than any brush I own and I am still playing with it, but I really like it so far.

Media-wise I finished City of Lost Souls yesterday and yep, I still like it. The book got me safely through the week. It is not particularly deep or demanding and therefore a really nice companion for a stressed mind like mine. I am currently reading J.R.Ward’s Lover Mine part one (book 8 in the series). I accidentally started to read that before reading book 7 and I didn’t even notice. So much for the quality of that series. It is rather entertaining though and I’ve gotten that far so I might just continue reading.
I marathoned Mistresses and really liked it. It is a show with Alyssa Milano whom I really like, lovely Lost lady Yunjin Kim and a dear old friend, Brett Tucker aka Dave Brewer of McLeod’s Daughters fame. The cast is great in this show, the storylines are somewhat predictable but still entertaining. To be honest for me it is really the cast and characters that make the show not so much the storylines. Other than that I started Suits last night and it may grow on me.+
Music-wise I am really in love with my black album by Metallica. The older I get the more I fall for Metallica, especially the old stuff is great.

Anything else? I think that was it.

I hope your week was not as stressful as mine and let’s hope I can finally manage to get a new rhythm to my days and get stuff figured out. Everything is moving at the moment and I have a little trouble to get a routine down, and we all know, not having routines makes me antsy. On thursday I have another appointment with my professor about the thesis and they are usually really inspiring and motivating.
Let’s all go into this new week with a positive attitude, don’t let anything strike you down, we got this!

Read you soon!

(Oh, I will add a pic later so that it’s not such a dry read.)

Mini Rossmann Haul

It was time for me to pick up some necessities from Rossmann so I thought I would post you a quick haul.

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The first product I picked up is the Manhattan gel eyeliner in black. My Maybelline black gel liner died and apperantly Manhattan is the only drugstore brand that still does a gel liner that doesn’t cost almost 10€ -.- Either way I heard good things about this one, I am currentlyout of black liquid or gel liners that I like, so I went for this one. We’ll see how it works. (I may use it tomorrow because I want to do a black red and gold liner for tomorrow’s Germany game).

Next I bought the Rival de Loop Clean and Care Make Up Remover Balm. I am almost out of my Bebe young care Cleansing Lotion and wanted to try something else. This balm was a really hyped up product a couple of years ago here in Germany, and at 1.19€ it really doesn’t break the bank. It is clean of silicones, color, perfume and parabens and is supposed to be suitable for sensitive skin. The second ingredient on the list is glycerin so it should be really moisturizing as well. I can’t wait to try this.

And last but not least (MINI haul. Told ya.) I repurchased a face cream. Hell must be freezing over somewhere. But yeah, it happened. I repurchased my Diadermine Lift +SPF. This stuff has done wonders for my skin. It is so much cleaner and healthier ever since I started using this about 6 months ago. I don’t know about the anti ageing and lifting effects as I mainly buy it for the SPF of 30 that it has. It claimes to protect from UVA, UVB and infrared rays. The box says it is meant for oily, dry and normal skin for people of 25+ years. I have combination oily skin that falls into the extremes (dry cheeks, super oily nose) and it works for me. It has a buttery slightly thick consistency but it melts into the skin and sinks in quickly and hydrates deeply without overloading the skin with oils etc. Also worth a note is that I don’t sweat under this moisturizer. The cream has an ECARF seal (European Center for Allergy Research Foundation) and therefore is supposed to be usable for people with highly allergic skin or generally sensitive skin, too. I had to learn the hard way that my skin is sensitive (again and again and again. [cystic acne on my forhead after using that Nivea Protect and Bronze face spf -.-]) but this one here doesn’t irritate or aggravate my skin at all. It helps it to be the best it has ever been. Obviously, I can’t speak for highly allergic skin and I think generally we should be careful with what we are putting on our skin, no skin reacts the same.
Another big plus: At about 5€ it is a little gem in a pauper’s costume. I will never understand why people waste hundreds of Euros on high end skin care when there perfectly good stuff to be found on the high street.

Like I said, mini haul, but I am genuinely excited for all the products I bought. Did you buy anything fun and/or exciting recently? Any skincare tips for combination oily skin? Just pop them in the comments below!

Read y’all sunday!

Sunday Round Up #14: Routine Updates and more Organizational Stuff

Hey ho, guys!

This week was relatively event-free for the most part, so I thought I’d update you on some changes I made in my rountines

Hair-wise, I am currently trying Elvital’s Fibralogy shampoo. It claims to thicken the hair by washing something into it. Wild guess: silicones. Either way, I’ve been trying it for about 3 weeks and so far I am surprised. It does build volume and body in my hair (to be fair my hair is a lot shorter than it was and thus holds volume better) without drying my locks out. On top of it all it doesn’t make my hair greasier either which is always a win. I will have to update you on my hair soon anyway, because chopping so much off has changed not necessarily products but the way I use them. More on that soon.

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My skin is finally getting better, some of that may be attributed to my new daily moisturizer. I’ve been using it for about 6 weeks to be sure it actually works for me, doesn’t break me out, etc.
I am currently using the Diadermine Lift Intense+SPF. I did not choose this cream for its anti ageing properties but for the spf 30 it has in there. I am extremely fair and I was on the look out for a moisturizer that would give me at least spf 30 but wouldn’t feel sticky or greasy on my skin and make my foundation slide off. At first I was a little nervous to try it after I had seen the product’s buttery consistency. However, a little goes a long way and it melts upon touching it so you won’t have to scoop out all that much. It is just moisturizing enough for my dry/oily combo skin. On its own it gives my skin a healthy glow but I don’t produce any more extra oil than usually anyway. The cream has a certificate that says it is as hypoallergenic as humanly possible, it doesn’t break ME out but we all know that doesn’t mean anything.
I can highly recommend it, though. It protects me from the sun, at least for a while and it doesn’t disturb my skin and at roughly 6€ it doesn’t break the bank.

Other than that I am still playing with my nailpolish and make up organization, I also re-organized my DVDs with the result, that I’m still not happy. With either. Oh well, next week maybe.

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I finished watching Veronica Mars season 2 last week. I’ve been a major Veronica Mars fan ever since the show started in Germany and along with fans all over the world I was upset over the cancellation, and like all these others I couldn’t give it a rest. After almost 10 years since the first Veronica Mars ep aired we succeeded, we funded the movie via Kickstarter and in 2 weeks the movie will start on the big screen and it will be available for download all over the world via iTunes etc. The perfect moment to re-watch the show for the nth time. I still LoVe it. I understand some popculture references better, but it has lost nothing of its charm, snark and still uplifting tendencies. I still want to be V in real life *sigh I am currently watching season 3, which is not as painful as it used to be now that we have the movie coming. I guess what I am saying is, if you like, and don’t know her yet, go check out Veronica Mars on YouTube, fall in LoVe with the show and go see the movie if you can. You will not regret it!

That was that for my somewhat short Sunday Round Up. I hope you are all well and had a good week. Now, let’s get ready for a new productive, happy one.