Sunday Round Up #26: Summer Edition

It is hot in GER at the moment, not warm but HOT (everything over 30°C is hot in my book).  So this week was mainly spent adjusting to the weather conditions.

Something I learned the hard way this week was that it is that time of the year again where I can’t go out without sunscreen on: I forgot my daily moisturizer (which has SPF30 ), sat out in the sun for about 90 minutes and went home with a slightly burned face and chest. -.-

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My favorite brand of sunscreen is Nivea’s protect and bronze. I use SPF 30 on my body and SPF 50 on my face (after reading on A Model Recommends though that SPF 50 only neutralizes about 1% more of harmful rays than SPF30, I will happily go back to my SPF 30 all over). I love the protect and bronze, because for one it really moisturizes my skin and it does help me bronze, if ever so slightly. I don’t know exactly how that works because it says it has no self-tanner in but I visibly get some color when I wear it.

Summer read

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Probably due to my reading a lot of theoretical stuff for school, I needed a lighter read for my down time and as you saw last week I picked up Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire and started reading CoLS this week. I know I was a bit underwhelmed with City of Fallen Angels but I thoroughly enjoy City of Lost Souls so far. I haven’t read anything from Cassandra Clare  in over a year and picking up CoLS felt a bit like snuggling up with something very cozy and familiar. I really like meeting all of these characters again even though the story itself is pretty farfetched but not too tired and overdone, at least in my eyes but I generally don’t read those kinds of YA books anymore so I probably have nothing to compare it to.

Favorite Summer Look

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I think I found my summer make up for 2014. Man, that Catrice It’s A Mat World lipstick was a great investment! This nice slightly orange red is definitely the center piece here. The look itself is inspired by a Lisa Eldridge/Charlotte Tilbury video that I watched a while ago, Charlotte did it on Kate Moss for a cover shoot.
For my variation I wore MAC Face&Body in C1 (I will not harp on about this anymore, you know this is my favorite foundation for summer and in general at the moment. I primed my eyes with essence I ❤ stage eye shadow base, filled in my brows with the Catrice Brow Set and lined my upper lashline with the Max Factor Masterpiece liquid liner in brown (there is a reason to them discontinuing it, it is actually not a great product at all: super streaky and wears off quickly, must go back to my brown gel liner). Then I powdered and put on my trusted L’Oréal Miss Manga mascara (gah, I love this stuff. I smell holy grail). After that I contoured and bronzed with the Catrice Hip Trip Hydrating Bronzer and blended the contour with MAC Aphrodite’s Shell which I also used  as a blush, I just loved the bronzey glowy result. To add some color other than bronze to my face I put on Catrice It’s a Mat World, blotted and reapplied. The lipstick lasted almost 9 hours this way without touching up through eating and drinking, it is non-drying but matte (as the name indicates). Best 1.75€ ever spend.  It is not available anymore though, sorry about that.

Other Media Shizz

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I arrived at my favorite Sons of Anarchy season which is number three. The Sons go to Ireland. All hell breaks loose. Nuff said. I don’t know if production was really moved to Ireland, if not they did one hell of a job faking Ireland, it looks very authentic.The theme song got a celtic make over and all of the episode titles of the eps that take place in Ireland are in Gaelic.
Music-wise I’ve been loving the EP that was released accompanying season 3 called The King is Gone. It has a song performed by Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma on the show and has an incredibly beautiful voice, the Celtic version of the theme song and other tracks from the show which trigger a lot of memories for me. I just love this show and everything about it.

Anything else?
I’m about to finish my first week of the regular work out calandar and I am way more sore than with the beginner one, but it feels good! When you start seeing results it becomes an addiction. I read that on Instagram and it is true.

I finally made some progress with the thesis and I am about to hand in my abstract. Yay.


That was about it I think. Now, let’s make a big tick under this week and focus on the new one. Let it be productive and focused or whatever else it is that you want from the new week.

Read you all soon!


Sunday Round Up #6: Blogmas Day #1 and a Face of the Day

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Blogmas Day #1

You may have guessed it from the title, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes blog-wise this week and I am very happy to share some of the things that have been going on with you.

You guys are amazing! In November I reached almost 300 klicks and it is only my third month of blogging. Thank you so very much for coming back here spending some of your precious time on my blog, you are my motivation to keep going and get a little better every day!

I have been accepted into the Cosnova Blogger Network. Cosnova is the mother company of essence and Catrice. For now that means that I will receive the press releases for the upcoming limited editions and the lists of the new products that will be added to the range in spring and fall. Needless to say I will share those releases with you as soon as the online embargo is off. Today is one of those days and I will show you two upcoming essence limited edition in a post right after this one (give me an hour or two to put it together I still need to get the hang of things…).

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Some time in the near future there will a blog collab between the lovely Bookbeauty and I. It will be a book collab and we decided to play a little with Archangels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. It is my first proper contact with Nalini Singh’s work, I am over 2/3 done and I can tell you it is a really nice read!

BLOGMAS! Yes, today is the first day of Blogmas on this blog. I will blog every single day until Christmas. I have everything planned out and I hope I can manage to get everything done the way I want. I know it will be a lot of work but I am really excited to get going. The content will be my usual mix of beauty and I don’t know, shall we call them lifestyle topics? You know like books, TV, movies, but also recipes and such. I will also revive the Up Close and Personal category, I’ve been working on a post that I just needed a moment with but I am positive it will go up next saturday. I hope you will enjoy reading Blogmas as much as I enjoy writing for it.

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance II

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance II

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance I

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance I


I believe I owe you a Face of the Day with my new essence Dark Romance quad and here it is. I tried to use every single color in the quad but the blue was a bit strong at first  but when I re-applied the gold and red it almost disappeared, oh well. There is still a slight shadow of it in the crease.
This time around I used NYX Jumbe Eye Pencil in Milk as a base because it is so sticky, then I pressed on the shadows with a firm flat synthetic brush. I used the white as a highlight in the inner corner and under the brow, then I placed the dark gold shadow on the center of the lid and blended the red over the outer corner, in the crease and under the eye. I wear my essence multi action mascara on the lashes, the blush from the green Catrice Art Collection Palette on my cheeks and the essence Dark Romance lipstick in 02 Red Romance on my lips. It is very comfortable to wear, slightly hydrating on my lips as it sets to a semi-shiny finish. The wear time is not as long as any of my dark matte lipsticks like my Kate Moss  107 or my MAC ones  but for the price it’s really fine. Generally it is a really nice lipstick for the 2€ price point.

I hope you all had a great week now on to happy productive new one!