Thursday, 30 October 2014

Confessions Of A Beauty Lover

Hi beauties! "Why do you spend so much money on makeup?" - "Do you really need all of that?" - "Why does it always have to be the expensive stuff?"
If you are a makeup lover/enthusiast/collector/addict (or whatever you want to call it) like myself you probably heard at least one of these statements at a point in your life and even though this discussion has been going on for ever I feel like with the rising success of the online beauty community it has gotten a lot more attention recently. And like most of us beauty lovers I find these questions to be little annoying and I hate to justify myself every time I buy a new lipstick. So I thought why not write a post about it and hopefully some of you can relate. 
First of all I'd like to point out that this is my personal opinion and I don't mean to offend anyone.

"Why do you spend so much money on makeup?" 
Well, let me put it that way. Makeup to me is like shoes or handbags to other women or video games and trainers to men. Everyone has at least one thing they always go back to and just can't leave on the stand and for me this is makeup. I absolutely love wondering around the shops, chatting to the makeup artists and swatching everything I can get my hands on - as weird as it might sound this excites me greatly. I am not too crazy about shoes or a new handbag but a limited edition lipstick makes me squeak from time to time (no joke - my mum always makes fun of me because of that). 

"Do you really need all of that?" 
No, probably not - but that particular lipstick could make my collection that tiny bit more interesting. I mean why do guys feel the need to buy FIFA15 if FIFA14 works perfectly fine? According to my mates because the graphics get a little better each time, or there are new players available. Why do some women feel the need to buy tones of different handbags? Because this one might go perfectly with a new outfit. The same goes for makeup - maybe that lipstick has exactly the amount of blue undertones I was looking for. (And to all the people who think it's ridiculous to have more than one product of the same colour: there is no such thing as same colour. A red is not just red, if you look closely there are tones of different reds.)

"Why does it always have to be the expensive stuff?"
Now this is something that's quite hard to explain. Why would you pay 30 quid for a lipstick when you can get a similar one for 3 quid? Well let me give it a try. For me personally it is a way of treating myself. Having a lipstick in, for example, a gorgeous gold bullet (I do love me some YSL) makes me feel a lot more glamorous than a drugstore lipstick and on some days that's just what you need. Most people probably can't even tell the difference but you can, and that's what counts - I think.

And as a side note - please stop saying we buy all these products to impress guys. Of course there are days where you put a little more effort into your makeup because of someone special but there is a limit to this. We buy it because this is something we enjoy. This whole beauty community is a community from women for women (or people who like makeup in general) and it wasn't built up on the thought of tricking guys or giving them a 'wrong' impression. We just really love makeup, that's all.

I hope some of you can relate and if you have someone in your life who doesn't understand why you need this nail polish try to say it this way. Please feel free to share your opinion in the comments, I would love to read what you guys think. xo, Marie

Friday, 24 October 2014

Top 5 | How To Find The Perfect Foundation Shade

Hello lovelies! When you're getting into makeup the first thing you might ask yourself is how to find the perfect foundation shade. Even though this probably is quite easy when buying high end foundations (you could just get yourself matched right at the counter) it can be quite tricky and frustrating when trying to find a drugstore foundation. But don't stop trying just yet because I have compiled my top 5 tips for you on how to find the perfect foundation shade (or at least close to perfect). Before I start I just wanted to say that I'm not a professional makeup artist, these are just tips I compiled over these years I've been playing with makeup and have worked best on people I recommended them aka friends and family - so here we go:

 1. Determine Your Undertone
Have you ever wondered why two foundations that look pretty much identical in the tube can look totally different on you? Well that's due to your skins undertone. Something that's not really noticeable but can make a huge difference because knowing your right undertone can help you choose the makeup that will look best on you. The most common undertones are cool (a pinkish or bluish undertone) warm (a yellow or golden undertone) and neutral (a mix of both). There are a few ways to find out your undertone, one being the vein test. Although this test does not work on everyone it can be a quick and easy. If your veins look blue you probably have a cool undertone if they look greenish your undertone is warm and if you can't really tell you're probably neutral. The second one is the silver/gold test which is also pretty easy and works on a lot of people. If silver accessories look best on you you're most likely to be cool, if gold looks best on you you're probably warm and if both look good on you you're neutral. These are just two of many ways to find your undertone - this topic is probably worth a post of it's own. 

2. Always Test On Your Gawline
When you're on the hunt for the perfect foundation shade, something you want to avoid is testing the colour on the back of your hand. In your day to day life your hands are always out catching sun light (even in the colder months) which makes them the darkest compared to the rest of your body. The jawline on the other hand usually is the perfect place to test foundation (even when using fake tan). You gonna want to blend it down your neck anyways to prevent it from looking like a mask.

3. Test In Day Light
The next thing you want to keep in mind it the lighting. Drugstores usually tend to have bright and unflattering lighting so what I like to do is take the little tester apply a little bit to my jawline/neck, go outside and see how it looks in natural lighting.

4. Rather Go Lighter Than Darker
If you can't find a perfect match for you (which happens to me all the time) I would suggest picking up the colour that's actually a little too light for you because you could always build up the colour with a slightly darker powder or a bronzer and besides most foundations tend to oxidise a little bit throughout the day which also makes them a little darker.

5. Don't Forget Your Neck (And Ears)
Another thing you could do if you can't find the perfect shade (in fact something you always want to do) is to blend the foundation down your neck and on to your ears. This will give the effect that your foundation fades into your natural skin colour which makes it look much more natural and also prevents that mask-like line on your jawline.

Like I said these are just five of many ways to find you perfect foundation shade. The point of this is to find what works best for yourself and I hope this gives you an idea of what you can do. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them below and I will be sure to get back to you. xo, Marie

Sunday, 19 October 2014

#100HappyDays: Week 7

Happy Sunday lovelies! Today's #100HappyDays post will be a bit different. We are one day away from hitting half-time but this week hasn't been particularly great. At first I thought I'll just take daily pictures for the sake of this challenge but it just didn't feel right. It wouldn't be fair to you and to myself. I mean the whole point of this challenge is to help me appreciate the little things in life and be happy - but on some days it's just not possible. 
I've been feeling very overwhelmed and exhausted over the past week and I think it's partly due to the big change of going to university and partly because of some personal things. I'm just not used to spending all day in a class room anymore I guess and I'm one week away from the first exam which kind of freaks me out a little bit. Anyways I did manage to take a few pictures. 

Day 43: I just love these cute pictures with inspirational quotes on them. I saw this one in a window of a cute little shop. I will definitely going back there to ask them where I can buy these. 

Day 45: I've fallen back in love with berry lips! By the way this is the Rimmel lipstick in 480 I talked about in my favourites post. I'm obsessed with it! 

Day 46: Throwback Thursday to winter 2012. My mum sent me this picture for a photo collage I've been trying to put together. It is one of my favourite pictures and I absolutely can't wait until it's cold enough to snuggle up in a big coat, a big scarf and a fluffy beanie! 

Day 47: Another quote picture (it's actually part of the lyrics of 'you are my sunshine' took me quite some time to realise that). So cute!

Day 48: I also found the cutest video of a little boy in a minion costume! I know it's not a picture but I wanted to share it anyways because it made me laugh a LOT! Click HERE to watch it and thank me later! That boy is adorable! 

I'm sorry if this week has been quite boring but I'm trying to get back on track as soon as possible. Like always don't forget to head over to HazelTessCarolinMishaLauraAisha and Ottilie to see what they have been up to and head over to my Instagram for daily updates! What have you been up to this week? xo, Marie 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Holy Grail Beauty Products #2: Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

Hello lovelies! Next up in my holy grail beauty products series is a hydrating mask that I am head over heels in love with. When I first got into makeup and beauty I was convinced I had really oily skin. Hence the super matte foundations and all the 'for oily skin' skin care products. But over the past three or four months I feel like my skin did a complete 180. I started noticing a lot more redness around my nose and forehead and my makeup started to cling onto dry patches so I thought the Origins Drink Up Intensive Night Mask would be perfect for treating that.

The mask is a clear cream with a gel-like consistency that you apply as the last step of you skin care routine. It basically is an intense moisture replacement mask that quenches the skin's thirst and is filled with a number of great and natural ingredients such as water, coconut oil, aloe vera and avocado oil (just to name a few). Besides hydrating the skin and prepping it for the day it is supposed to make you skin look jucier and glowier. 

I use about a hazelnut sized amount - three times a week - before going to bed and in the morning my skin feels super soft and hydrated. I couldn't be more impressed. My skin definitely looks jucier and much healthier. It treats dry patches immediately and - when used on a regular basis - helps to prevent them. My skin looks glowier and is prepped for the day. In fact I would say the mask makes my makeup go on a lot smoother and I feel like I don't need as much foundation as I used to. Not only gives the mask great results but it smells amazing too, so fruity and fresh - I love it! 

Another thing I love about it is that you can get 100ml for only €27,99 (£23.00; $25.00) which is an amazing price for such a high-quality mask which also will last you a while. I've been using the 50ml tube for almost three months now and I still have half of it left. 

I am now going to take off all my makeup and cover my face in this amazing mask - what a great thing to do on a Friday evening! I'm such a rebel.,, Have any of you tried this mask before? What are your thoughts on it? xo, Marie

Monday, 13 October 2014

#100HappyDays - Week 6

Hello beauties! I know Mondays are not every ones favourite yet I still hope you had a great one! Almost halftime at the #100HappyDay challenge, crazy. I really enjoy sharing my little happy moments with you and I'm already thinking about what fun project I could to next. If you know one, please share! Here is how week six went: 

Day 36: There are a lot of things I love about the colder months but beauty wise it would have to be all the pretty colours. I don't care if it's just to go to the supermarket around the corner or the club on a Friday night I am rocking reds, burgundies and purples every day!

Day 37: At first I thought the #100HappyDay challenge would be a walk in the park and on most days it is but spending all day at university sometimes makes it hard to find a good post which is why you see the odd quote here and there.

Day 38: On Wednesday I turned 21 yaaay! I had a lovely day and I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes I received! The made me so happy! 

Day 39: I found a cupcake bakery close to where I live and my god those cupcakes are the balm! I'm not gonna lie, I treated myself a lot this week and I used my birthday as an excuse.

Day 40: Having a Starbucks close to your home makes everything so much easier. Ha! Not really - sadly. But it is quite convenient to get your white mocca or hot chocolate on your way to uni.

Day 41: Minion-Cupcakes for my 21st birthday - I'm such a child! Something you probably didn't know about me, 'Despicable Me' 1 and 2 are two of my favourite movies and I'm obsessed with minions, the cute Agnes and the fluffy unicorn.

Day 42: Oh my - more cupcakes! I really need to get back to eating healthy as soon as possible!

Don't forget to head over to HazelTessCarolinMishaLauraAisha and Ottilie to see more lovely #100HappyDays posts! Also check out my Instagram for daily updates! What have you been up to lately? I would love to know! xo, Marie (Sorry this post went up a day late) 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Monthly Favourites: September 2014

Hello beauties! Can you believe that I haven't done a beauty post in six weeks?! Jeez that's a long time - BUT it's favourites time and after months of sharing random favourites I finally have some beauty bits to talk about! Yaay! 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: I bought this foundation a few months ago and I know I'm embarrassingly late to the party but I LOVE THIS! It seriously is the best foundation I've ever tried. It goes on really smoothly, stays on for ages and the finish is absolutely beautiful. It gives you the most gorgeous glow without looking too shiny. It makes you look super healthy and even though the coverage is a little heavier than my usual foundations it still looks very natural. There is just nothing wrong about it. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I've heard a tone of beauty gurus say great things about this guy so I obviously had to try it myself and even though I it is not my favourite for concealing my under eye area (every time I use it I notice a lot of creasing) I absolutely love it for highlighting my face. It gives the most natural highlight and really helps to pull everything together. I've been using it almost every day for the past weeks and I feel like it became a firm staple in my everyday foundation routine. 

MAC Blush in 'Peachtwist': A sort of rusty medium peach with golden shimmer - the perfect Autumn colour! After I bought this I thought this would be way too dark for my light complexion but with a light hand this colour is beautiful! Paring it with a dark red/burgundy lip and a winged eyeliner creates the perfect autumn look. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 480: Speaking of a burgundy lip - this is the one to go for! Rimmel lipsticks have always been at the top of my list when it comes to the drugstore and this is one no exception! The formula is amazing: moisturising, pigmented and long lasting. Everything I'm looking for in a good lipstick. Oh and have I mentioned the colour? I am obsessed with it. It's stunning! 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: It wouldn't be a proper favourites post without mentioning an eyeshadow palette. I might have mentioned this palette before but definitely not in a favourites post. Isn't is beautiful? There isn't one shade in it I don't love. The formula of them it great, even the glittery ones - they pretty much have no fall out. They are nicely pigmented, easy to blend and they don't crease even without a primer. The only downside to this palette is that it makes me want to eat chocolate every time I use it. It smells SO GOOD! 

God it feels good to get back to the beauty section of my blog! Have you tried any of these products? Would you have mentioned them alongside your favourites? Let me know! xo, Marie 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

#100HappyDays: Week 5

Happy Sunday lovelies - I hope you had a great weekend! Can you believe I've been doing the #100HappyDays challenge for more than a month now? Crazy but I've been really enjoying it so far, so here we go.

Day 29: First day of university. New school, new people, new city and me right in the middle of it. Oh boy was I nervous! I'm not really a fan of situations like this but luckily everything went great. I'm excited to see what the future brings. 

Day 30: Ed Sheerans' Multiply. I think it's safe to say this will be my favourite album of the year. I've been listening to this since the day it was released and I just can't get enough of it. It's perfect. The talent he has is beyond incredible. I can't wait to see him on stage next month!

Day 31: On Tuesday night me and some of my lovely blogger friends fantasised about cakes and cookies so I decided it was about time to properly inaugurate my new kitchen and bake some cookies. I tried the #BakingWithTanyaBurr triple chocolate ones and they were amazing. I have to say I'm not so bad a baking after all. 

Day 32: Thursday was quite a busy day. I was at university until 5 p.m and then I had one hour to get ready for dinner and drinks with the training staff and all my fellow students. Imagine about 40 people in a room, all sharing the same passion - it was great! 

Day 33: Friday was a holiday here in Germany and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a pamper day. I put on my favourite mask for dry skin (review coming soon), did my nails and watched some O.C California one of my all time favourite TV series

Day 34: Gotta love those days you spend in bed with your head feeling like it's gonna explode - especially when you have plans for the evening, ugh. 

Day 35: If you haven't noticed already Sundays are my lazy days. I usually stay in bed, catch up on some YouTube videos and relax. This morning I made a delicious breakfast smoothie with loads of berries and a banana - yum! 

Don't forget to head over to Hazel, Tess, Carolin, Misha, Laura, Aisha and Ottilie to see a little more of the #100HappyDays challenge. Feeling inspired? Feel free to join anytime! xo, Marie
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