Sunday Round Up #12: Weirdo Empties, Hydra and Finals Season

I owe you  a Sunday Round Up even though it is technically already monday in Germany, oh well!
Today consisted of volunteer luncheon at my church, studying and sleeping.

Finals Season is underway and I am writing an exam tomorrow afternoon, I had a major presentation this week (which went well, yay) and you just can tell that everything is coming to an end. For some reason I am really calm this year, really focused. I kinda blame it on the new diet but it may just be me getting better and more whole and healthy every day. I love what I’m doing right now and I am so grateful my hard work pays off!

Another thing I am all over at the moment is organization. Organizing my room, my possessions, my life in general. This week I couldn’t do all that much but I made plans for after the Finals Season. One of my plans is to make little organization goals every week like ‘sort one board in the bookshelf’, ‘organize one drawer of the closet’, etc.  Also I want to start, I guess you could call it a diary, taking notes on movies/ TV series I watched, books I read, products I used, just generally things that stood out to me; and infected by the filofax-hype that is going on in the German blogger/YouTube world right now I want to play around with doodles washi tape and stickers (Lord save me!)

I picked up Within Temptations new album Hydra today and it is amazing!It includes collabs with Howard Jones, Tarja, Dave Pirner and Xzibit. Yes, Xzibit. And guess what the collab with Xzibit is brilliant. I never would have thought Within Temptation Indie/Metal would work with HipHop but dear God it does! Other then that they have moved into a more electronic direction which is okay for me and they are not as poppy as they were in the Unforgiving album.
They also put 4 of their pop song covers that they did for dutch radio channel a while ago on the album: Radioactive (originally Imagine Dragons), Summertime Sadness (Lana del Rey), Let Her Go (Passenger) and Dirty Dancer (Enrique Iglesias ft. Usher). Now, I’m neither a big fan of Enrique Iglesias, Usher or Lana del Rey but the WT-versions of their songs are fab and Let Her Go is downright stunning.
Within Temptation have definitely moved away from their metal roots but I am strangely okay with it. So, if metal was never your thing but you do like indie stuff give them a chance, I can highly recommend their music.

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I’ve been wearing the same look all week long in a slight variation: Kosmetik Kosmo eyeshadows in Utaupia (all over the lid) and Toffee (blended through the crease) with either MAC Feline smudged on lower and upper lash- and waterline or (surprise of the week) my 3- year- old yet still functioning Maybelline Gel Eyeliner as a kittenflick. Add tons of Manhattan Long and Curl mascara, some Catrice bronzer to warm up the face and MAC’s Creme d’Nude on the lips and you got it all together.

I promised you weirdo empties so here we go:

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I finished a Balea Cream-Oil Shower Marula Nut Oil and Milk Protein. I love the Cream-Oil Showers they are soft and creamy and really hydrating and this particular one smells super nice too. Might repurchase this once I used up all the other shower gels and creams I have stashed away somewhere.
Next up I finished a Balea Refreshing Face Toner for normal/combo skin. Smelled nice, did it’s job, but I prefer toners that pack more of a punch towards clearing up blemishes. This one is probably more for people whose skin is nice to begin with.
Sticking with the skin care theme I finally finished up my Nivea pure effect all in one daily deep cleanser. This one is clay-based and as a mask it was really nice, as a cleanser it made my skin dull and greasy after a while. It seems like my skin just needs salicylic acid to stay clear. Won’t buy this again. It’s not a bad product, mind you,  it just didn’t work for my skin.
I also finished my nth tube of Nivea Soft cream. I really love this cream. It smells really refreshing, it’s not as thick and pasty as the original Nivea cream but still very moisturizing. I will definitely buy this again, but only after I used up all of my other body creams.
I also finished a essence studio nails better than gel nails top sealer high gloss. This must be my 6th bottle or so and I am already using my 7th. Absolute staple for me, can’t be without it.
And I needed to include this because I love them so much and I love using them up, too: my .5mm ink longliner. I always have a back up pack of those around, they are my favorite pens to write with, they are so smooth and black ❤

And off we go into a hopefully productive successful new week!

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Blogmas Day #15: An Apology and a Round Up

First off, guys I have to apologize. I didn’t make it yesterday. I was on the road meeting one of my besties and I didn’t return until 10 at night. I was simply too frazzled to write a proper post.

And on we go with the apologies. This week was boring to say the least. All I did was run around, work and sort things for school and christmas so not much fascinating to report. I only have two or three things, I hope that’s okay! Tomorrow, however, I have another media update for you AND some Catrice previews, but let’s get it on with the round up:

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1. Empties
I finished a couple of products this week. I love finishing stuff, it has something very satisfying. I finished my old moisturizing shampoo from the Wella ProSeries line (I believe those were recently re-named Vidal Sassoon). I liked the shampoo but I can already tell that my EverPure shampoo is the better moisturizer. I’m bloody proud of myself that I finished a 500ml bottle. Only took me 8 months 😀
After years and years of using up mililiter after mililiter my ancient Elvital Re-Nutrition Night Elixir went. It was by no means a bad product but I really didn’t like the scent, and it lingered in my hair and it didn’t pack as much moisture as I had hoped. I’m glad to see it go. Also I used up another Balea Soft Oil Balm. This one is a definite re-purchase after I used up my alverde body butters. This must be my third bottle and it is simple the most moisturizing, glow inducing, healing product for my poor dry skin. On top of all this I am only 1 or two uses shy of finishing up my Bioderma. I am really sad to see it go but it also gives me the opportunity to play with the drugstore dupes that have recently popped up.

 

2.Cleaning out my Closet
Well, more like my vanity and beauty product shelves. I was hit by a bit of a cleaning spree today and I threw out a lot of products that I saved but knew I would never use. I found products that are almost empty and got pushed to the back in favor of newer, maybe slightly better products. This is really a habit I need to kick (new year’s resolution?). I made a decision to use them up before buying new stuff. I sorted through my Yankee Candle tart collection and almost had a stroke upon the realization that I have 19 different scents. Again. MUST.USE.UP.SOME.BEFORE.BUYING.NEW.ONES!!!! I still have to go through my clothes and make up (yes, make up. That’s the one thing I am effing scared of), but I might postpone this until after christmas, I simply don’t have the time right now. Seriously I am so on a buying ban in some aspects of my consumerism right now!

 

3.Speaking of Shopping
When I was out and about with Munderoon yesterday, I picked up two of the movies I had been waiting to pick up for a long time: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.
Aside from being a good film, Skyfall is always tied with the memory of going to this film with my dad and sister and how we all had a great happy afternoon together! I love going to the movies with my dad, but we don’t do it nearly enough.
Zero Dark Thirty was on my radar ever since I watched the Oscars and when I realized Kyle Chandler was in this movie it sealed the deal for me. I haven’t seen either yet, but I can’t wait!

 

I know it’s a little meagre this week but proper blogging will resume tomorrow. Let’s kiss this week good bye and start into a busy and productive new one!