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

Saturday, 4 October 2014

#100HappyDays: Week 4

Hello lovelies! I'M BACK...FINALLY! I am so sorry that I've been missing in action for almost two weeks. If you don't follow me on Twitter you probably wondered why I abandoned my blog. Well, last week I moved out of my parents' house (yaay!) and because of all the excitement I kind of forgot to get a wifi connection, I know what was I thinking? Also, sorry that I've not been updating my Instagram regularly - the mobile connection is rubbish.

Anyways, I'm happy I got it all sorted out now and I can go back to blogging. I have a lot of posts planned so don't go anywhere and to get back into the swing of things I thought I would catch up with the latest #100HappyDays post - so here is how last week went. 

Day 22: If you've read my #autumnappretiation tag you'll know how much I love chestnuts. They bring back so many good memories - being in kindergarten with all my friends, building chestnut figures and not worrying about anything. I picked up a bunch! 

Day 23: Another week another TV series! And what a great one this is. I heard about Prison Break a while ago but never thought it was for me but boy was I wrong. I'm not gonna lie I watched the first two seasons in three days. Yes, I thought it was THAT good! God, I'm such a junkie - but what can I do? 

Day 24: Chinese food, red wine, and great company - the perfect way to spend a Wednesday evening!

Day 25: I didn't have time to take a picture that day so I thought I would post a little throwback Thursday. I don't think I have mentioned this before but last year I did a six months internship at Sony Music and it was amazing. I feel so blessed that I had the chance to work with such a great at big company before I even started university. I will never forget how much fun I had and how excited I was every morning to go to work. 

Day 26: 81 sleeps (crazy, right?) until Christmas, well not in IKEA! Seeing all these festive decorations made me so happy! Christmas is my favourite holiday and I can't wait to buy a tree, decorate it and sing 'all I want for Christmas is you'. Bring on the festivities

Day 27: Who doesn't love cupcakes? I mean just look at them - don't you want to throw your healthy diet out the window and eat them? I know I do. 

Day 28: Happy Potter, my childhood hero! Since I didn't have any internet, or TV I figured it would be the perfect time to do a movie marathon and watch all Harry Potter movies in a row. If you haven't seen them yet (yes there are still people out there who haven't seen them), well first of all where have you been? And second of all go an watch them I personally think they are a must for anyone born in the 90's. No wait, forget that, they are a must no matter how old you are!

More and more bloggers are joining the challenge. Head over to Hazel, Tess, Carolin, Misha, Laura, Aisha, Ottilie and Rebecca to see what they have been up to and don't forget you can join along anytime - we're all really enjoiying it.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

How To Detox Your Mind

Hi lovelies! Last week I uploaded a post telling you all about the changes I'm going to be making not just on my blog but also in my life. And, for me, the first step in changing something in your life is to detox your mind. 

My life is pretty crazy at the moment. I'm about to move out of my parents' house (tomorrow!), I'm starting uni on Monday and I'm going to be meeting loads of new people which is something that always stresses me out. All things that block my mind. I can't think straight and I'm struggeling to fall asleep at night which is why I think it is definitely time to change something. So today I'm going to be sharing my tips on how to detox you mind.

1. Me Time
For most of us life is a mixture of stressing about the things we have to get done and making sure everyone around you is happy. We spend so much time in Go! mode that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. But 'our body is our temple' - it's as simple as that! Listen to music, read a book, catch up on some sleep, take a hot bath, it doesn't matter what you do as long as you take some time to take care of yourself. Relaxing is key.

2. Write down your thoughts and feelings 
I'm sure all of us know how it feels like to lie in bed ready to sleep but our brain just wont shut off! Well, that's because your mind didn't have the chance to properly deal with your thoughts and emotions yet. Some people, including me, find it really hard to deal with emotions but life can get pretty overwhelming at times and if we don't allow our emotions to work their way out of our body we end up in situations like this, or even worse. So make sure to take some time to properly deal with your thoughts and feelings because once it written down it's out of your mind. 

3. Have a clear out 
So simple, yet so affective. Getting rid of the things you don't need is a great way to free your mind. When you have trouble thinking straight the last thing you need are piles of clothes lying around in your room. Just think about it, it all comes down to making room for something new. New beginnings, new friendships or even new clothes.

4. Let go of toxic people
Why would you want to spend your precious time with people who always take from you, who judge you or who constantly bring you down? This is your life, your own happiness is what should matter the most to you. And in order to be happy you need to surround yourself with people who support you no matter what. Having a small group of real friends, who love you for who you are, is so much more valuable than a large group of friends who grab every opportunity to bring you down. Saying goodbye to someone is always hard but don't forget detoxing your life is about you and it will be worth it.

5. Set yourself new goals or adjust your old ones 
After all that detoxing you'll feel very optimistic, positiv and ready to get back into the swing of things. All you've been worrying about is gone and you have a clear mind on whats to come. That sounds to my like the perfect moment to set yourself new goals, doesn't it? It doesn't have to big maybe it's just a habit you want to get rid of (worrying too much - for example) or something small you want to achieve, just tell yourself 'it's possible'. You'll feel much better about youself, trust me.

This is how I like to detox my mind. What do you think? Pretty simple, isn't it? xo, Marie 
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