Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Fear of Failure

Hello beauties! Growing up in today's society can either be a blessing or a curse. There is so much to do, yet so little time. When you are a child with dreams it's is very cute and uplifting, and the people around you tell you everything is possible but as soon as you get to a certain age all of that isn't accurate anymore. Suddenly you're supposed to be realistic and have it all figured out. But how can you - when there are so many amazing opportunities available? How are you supposed to decide? Especially at such a young age? 

Then, when you successfully fought against all the opinionated people - who think they have a say - and allow yourself to dream, you have to be brave enough to give it a try. But with trying also comes the fear of failure... You're afraid of doing something wrong, disappointing the people who actually believe in you or even worse, disappointing yourself. You are filled with self-doubt and questioning if  this is the right path for you. 

Well this is exactly how I am feeling since I got back from my Christmas break. I'm three weeks away from finishing my first semester which means I also have finals coming up. Five (three hour) exams in one-and-a-half weeks and the pressure is really getting to me. I am constantly doubting myself which I never did before. I always thought I can do this, it's going to work out, but not this time. I'm just so scared of letting myself and my family down. I know this might sound a bit strange to some of you because you should pursue you dreams for no other than yourself but when you tell everyone you can do this you kind of feel like you need to prove it them.

Being really ambitious, like me, has many pros and cons. One the one hand you aren't afraid of trying no matter how scary it might be but on the other hand you take everything way too seriously. Whilst worrying about the 'big picture' you completely forget to take life in little steps - one at a time - which makes you worry even more. When you are under a lot of pressure it's not like you are upset for a moment and forget then about it, no it sets of a whole chain reaction of worries. You ask yourself, how will it affect my future? Will this have an impact? How big will the impact be? And for someone who is finishing her first semester this is not okay. I mean failing an exam is not the end of the world but for some reason to me it is a big deal... I really hope that once I get used to all of this, these worries will go away and I will go back to my normal self.

I really hope you liked this post even though it is fairly different to what I usually talk about. Maybe some of you are going through the same and this made you feel like you are not alone - and if you have any tips on how to deal with the fear of failure, please let me know! We could start a little chat in the comments below! xo, Marie 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Best of 2014 Part 2: Music

Hello beauties! I hope you all had a great week, if not - hang on it's almost the weekend. Welcome to the second instalment of my 2014 favourites, the music edition. If you are new to my blog you probably won't know this about me but I am a music enthusiast who's currently studying music business. I can't start or end my day without listening to music and I absolutely love discovering new songs or artists. However last year I feel like I kinda stuck to what I already knew and liked. So in today's post I will talk about the albums that stood out to me as well as some of my favourite songs that were part of every party.

The album that took over 2014. When he released his second album (that we've been waiting for three years) it went to the top of the charts all over the place, especially after that  amazing Glastonbury performance. And rightfully so! Even though it completely deviates from his older more acoustic work, it is still just as brilliant. Different to his first album + you come across many songs which have more of a groovy/funky vibe to them like Don't, Bloodstream or Runaway. However you can also find songs like Photograph or Shirtsleeves which sound more like his older work. I absolutely love the variety of genres that influenced this album and bring a different kind of energy to the music. I've been listening to this album almost every day since its' release and I still can't get enough. His lyrics are so relatable which makes it really easy to dose off into your own world. If you haven't had a chance to listen to it yet definitely give it a go, you will not regret it - there is something for everybody on this album. 

When I was going through my stash of Cd's trying to pick the ones for this post, James Arthurs' debut album was a no-brainer for me, even though it technically wasn't a 2014 album. He released his first album, I believe, in November 2013 and I've been listening to it and loving it ever since. Despite songs like You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You or Lie Down which are more upbeat and groovy, I would say the album has a more relaxed and slow, sometimes even 'sad', vibe to it. Meaning that it is basically the perfect album for 'not so feel good' days (those days where we just want to stay in bed, listen to music and think about what's on our mind). On the one hand you have songs like Recovery or Supposed which are two beautiful slow tracks that will help you think things through and eventually make you feel better. On the other hand you come across songs like Get Down that are really motivational and help you to get back on track. If you haven't had a chance to listen to his album or any of his work, for that matter, give it a go. His voice is amazing and he is really talented. (I really hope this made sense)

Another feel good album by one of my favourites, Olly Murs. 'Never Been Better' hasn't been on the market for too long (released in November) but still stood out to me immensely. I am a fan of his music for quite a while now and if there is one thing that you can be sure of it's that his music never fails to make you feel good. Like his last three albums 'Never Been Better' is filled with a number of happy, feel good songs like Did You Miss Me, Can't Say No or Wrapped Up which will definitely make you want to dance. However you also have songs like Hope You Got What You Came For or History which are more stripped down and personal but equally as great. All in all this is a great album and one that you definitely should give a go. I love all the songs but if I had to choose a favourite it would have to be Wrapped Up, it makes me want to dance and definitely helps me to get up in the morning. 

Last but not least I created a little playlist with all my random favourite songs of 2014 for you, so if you're interested in what else I've been loving just have a little browse or click play and who knows maybe you can find some of your favourites in this list too.

There you have it guys, my 2014 music favourites. I hoped you enjoyed this slightly different post as much as I did writing it. Music is my passion and I love sharing these kind of things with you. If you fancy reading about the beauty bits I've been loving click HERE or come back on Sunday for my 2015 movie favourites. Hope you have a great weekend, xo Marie. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Best of 2014 Part 1: Beauty

L to R: NYX Deep Purple, MAC Salon Rouge, Rimmel Moisture Stain 005, MAC Patisserie, MAC Angel, MAC Soar

A few of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar shadows

Hello lovelies and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope  you all had an amazing time celebrating with your friends and are as excited for 2014 as I am. I can't believe it's 2015 already, it feel like the last year just flew by! Since it is the new year and I haven't done a December favourites it can only mean one thing - a best of 2014. I absolutely love reading these kind of posts because I'm excited to see what everyone else has been loving. So if you have done one of these posts, please leave me your links below! Because my blog isn't just about beauty and I want to make sure to mention everything I've been loving, I'm going to split this into three parts: Beauty, Music & Movies. Today will be all about beauty, brace yourselves it's going to be a long one. 

Best Primer: This one goes without a doubt the my beloved POREfessional by Benefit. I've been loving this ever since I started getting into makeup but this year I feel like it has really improved the way my makeup looks. I use this every day before applying my foundation to blur out my pores and smooth out my skin. It's really easy to use, although I do find doing a proper skin care routine improves the performance of the primer even more. 

Best Foundation: I've you have been following my blog since the beginning this will come as no surprise to you. I've tried many foundations this year but the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation has definitely been my favourite. I've done a detailed review about this a while back (click HERE) so my not going to talk about this for too long. I just love it! 

Best Concealer: Among all the concealers I've tried this year the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is this one that stood out to me the most. It's just amazing. It is really lightweight, has good coverage, doesn't crease, stays on for the whole day and doesn't look cakey at all. Everything you could look for in a concealer, isn't it? 

Best Blush: Since I change up my blush colours depending on the season, I had to choose two. One for spring/summer which has to be Orgasm by Nars and one for autumn/winter which is Peachtwist by MAC. Orgasm is a stunning peachy pink colour with a gold shimmer that leaved the most beautiful glow on the cheeks, whereas Peachtwist is a darker more bronzy peach also with gold shimmer. If you are a bit darker in complexion Peachtwist would be a great one for summer as well. 

Best Bronzer: I've discovered the Hoola bronzer by Benefit around spring 2014 and loved it ever since. It is the perfect matte bronzer/contour powder for my skin tone and I use it every day. I can't live without it. 

Best Powder: Without a doubt the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder. It mattefies my skin without looking cakey, it's translucent, lightweight and longwearing, definitely a winner in this category. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: I thought about splitting this category in half (best single eyeshadow & best palette) but to be honest I very rarely use single eyeshadows. Palettes are just so much more convenient and I cannot be bothered looking through my stash everyday trying to find eyeshadows that would look great together. With that being said the Too Face Chocolate Bar palette has definitely been my favourite. The shadows are so smooth and easy to blend. The pigmentation is amazing and you can create so many different looks with it - I love it. 

Best Eyeliner: When I first went through my stash looking for all the products I wanted to share I picked up my Essence Liquid Eyeliner but then I though, wait I have something better. I only got the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner a few weeks ago but sometimes you don't need to try a product for weeks to find out weather you love it or not. It's long wearing, really black and very easy to apply. It makes applying winged liner a lot quicker and looks great. 

Best Mascara: Without a doubt the Maxfactor Masterpiece Mascara in Black. It lengthens, volumises and is really longwearing. It hold the curl very well and doesn't smudge. I just love it! It also is very similar to the Benefit They're Real mascara but only half of the price. 

Best Lip Combination: The reason I called this category lip combinations is because I very rarely wear a  lipstick on it's own. At first I though this is going to be easy but when it came to choosing the products I couldn't decide, because god knows I LOVE my lipsticks! And even though they are all beautiful I chose two options I've been wearing non stop - 1. the Kylie Jenner inspired nude and 2. the perfect dark bold lip. I've actually talked about the Kylie Jenner-esk lip combination before so I will like this post (click HERE) for you to get a more detailed description. The second one however I've discovered in November and been wearing it on a daily basis ever since. Seriously it has gotten to the point where I feel weird without it. I use the NYX lipliner in Deep Purple to like my lips and fill them in, I then go ahead and apply this gorgeous MAC lipstick in Salon Rouge (this was part of the Heirloom Mix collection but I believe you can still buy it online). To top it off I apply the Rimmel Colourstay Moisture Stain liquid lipstick in 005. All of them are stunning on their own already but mixed together they are the perfect, most beautiful and unique berry colour I've ever seen. I just can't get enough. 

There you go guys, these are all my favourite makeup products of 2014 - applause to you if you've made it to the end and read it all. I hoped you liked this post and as I said before please leave me your links down below so I can check them out. xo, Marie 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My New Year's Resolutions

Hello beauties! Like I said in my last post 'My 2014 Highlights' today's post will be all about my New Year's resolutions. When it comes to making New Year's resolutions I am always a bit careful because, like most people I suppose, I can never stick to them. The first to months of the new year are usually going great but then it all goes back to how it was before and I seem to completely forget about them. This is why this year I've decided to actually write them down and publish them on my blog because that way, whenever I start slacking a little bit, I can go back to this post and remind myself. I don't know it this is going to help in any way but I guess we will see. 

1. Getting Fitter: If there was a countdown of the most popular New Year's resolutions this would probably be among the top three but, hey why not. Being fit and healthy is something every one wants but for some people it's not that easy. So why not use your new year's motivation to get started. I'm going to try to work out at least three times per week and eat healthier but I'm not going to cut out everything at once because, for me, this is not the way to go. 

2. Attending more Concerts: Like I mentioned in a few of my previous posts, going to concerts is something I absolutely love and I hope that next year will be filled with many. I'm already planning on going to a few including Olly Murs, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj (thank you Santa I'm beyond excited to see her live) and Trey Songz but I'm hoping there will be even more. 

3. Travelling with my friends: Definitely one of my favourite things to do. I absolutely love exploring new countries and going on little adventures such as hiking or road trips. Most of my favourite memories are from travelling and I can't wait to create more! For the next year I'm hoping to see more of the US and UK and maybe some European countries. I would love to go to Italy again. 

4. Being Happy: The one goal I set myself every year, for obvious reasons. I feel like every one should aspire to be happy even if you had a bad year, or maybe two in a row. Always remember everything happens for a reason. I know that this is such a cheesy saying and believing in it is easier said than done but sometimes you just got to have faith. There might be some great things in store for you in the future - you never know. Try to stay positive, I know I will! 

These are my four goals I hope to achieve in the new year and I'm obviously taking you guys along. Before I go and get ready for the night I just want to quickly say thank you to all of you who followed, commented and read my blog. I really enjoy talking to you guys. To every one whose celebrating tonight stay safe and have fun! Tell me about your new year's resolutions in the comments below - see you in the new year! xo, Marie 

Monday, 29 December 2014

My 2014 Highlights

Hello there you lovely lot - long time no see. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with love, great food and quality time with your loved ones! Even though the days leading up to Christmas were insanely busy for me, I still managed to stay in a festive mood and spent some time with all the people, I don't get to see as often as I would like since I moved out. Some of you probably noticed that I've been very quiet during the last weeks, even though I promised to do Blogmas. Well, when I was writing on my first seminar paper my laptop just broke on me and took almost everything I wrote with him - what a glorious moment! So not only did I have nothing to write my seminar paper with, I had to start all over again. I then pretty much spent all the following nights (sometimes until 4 a.m) at my University because they had one old Computer I could write with, thank god! Anyways I managed to hand the paper in one time (ten minutes before the deadline) and can now fully enjoy my Christmas break, which means I have plenty of time to share many new blog posts with you. Since this year is coming to an end I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on some of my personal highlights in 2014 before making my New Year's resolutions.

Summer Holiday in Spain
At the top of the list is the little ten-day holiday I spent with one of my closest friends in Spain. I just loved everything about it but spending time with my friend was what made it so special. Lena and I have been friends for about four years but since we graduated from school and kind of went separate ways it's been really hard to find time to catch up. So this holiday was just what we needed. We had the best time and are already thinking about where to go next. I uploaded an entire post about this holiday, so if you fancy reading about what we got up to click HERE.

Fifa World Cup
I'm usually not a big Football fan but when it comes to the World Cup even I will sit in front of the TV or go to a public viewing event. This isn't part of my highlights because our team won but because I absolutely love how this event brings everyone together. Everybody's going crazy and you meet so many old friends you haven't seen for ages. I haven't had so much fun watching a football match in years! Also it was the first World Cup we've won since I was born so this definitely was a summer to remember.

Ed Sheeran 'Multiply' Concert
I am a huge lover of going to concerts and this year, as well as last year, I've been to many but Ed Sheerans' Multiply concert in Munich is the one that stood out to me the most. I mean his music on its' own is amazing but seeing him perform all of it live was incredible.  It definitely was the best concert I've ever been to. If you want to know more about the concert you can read the little review I uploaded HERE.

Going to University
As some of you might know, earlier this year, I started studying Music Business at a University here in Germany. This is something I wanted to do for quite some time and I am beyond happy that it finally happened and I'm one step closer to my dream which is working as an artist manager. At the beginning I thought I might regret not choosing an international course or even a University in the UK but I actually don't. I feel like this is the right course for me and who knows if everything goes well (fingers crossed) I might even spend some time in the USA next year - can't wait! *does excited dance*

Creating Fascination Beauty
Last but certainly not least is creating my blog. I've been thinking about doing something like this for almost two years until I finally went ahead and created this little place on the internet in March. At first I was really worried about what my friends would say and if I could keep up with it but now I'm beyond happy that I did it. I love sharing all my favourite things and random rambles with you. During that short amount of time I met many lovely people and I'm thankful for every single one of my readers. Just thinking that there are some people out there who take the time to read my blog feels very surreal to me but makes me very happy. 

There you go, these are some of the 2014 highlights I want to remember. I can't believe this year is coming to an end, it literally feels like it just flew by. But with so many exciting things happening, I guess, it's easy to forget the time. I would love to read about your personal highlights too, so leave me a comment below if you like. xo, Marie 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Blogmas Day 9: #100HappyDays - We Made It!!

Hello beauties! Now I know it's technically not blogmas day nine anymore but I didn't want to not post anything today, even though this seminar paper is driving me insane and I've been having a bad migraine today, but since the pain killers kicked I thought I would quickly type up the last of my #100HappyDays challenge post. I can't believe the challenge over already, it feels like the days just flew by!

Day 92: Hello December, my favourite month of the year! 

Day 93: I'm obsessed with twinkly lights at the moment. I don't have a Christmas tree in my flat so that's about as Christmassy as I can get. Sad I know, but I'm going to go back home next week so I figured some twinkly lights would be enough, lol. 

Day 94: My mum made some Christmas cookies! Sadly not for me because I'm about a three hour drive away from her but were definitely going to make some more as soon as I get home! Christmas wouldn't be complete without a proper Christmas cookie bake-off.

Day 95: Drawing Minions during a lecture probably isn't the best idea but I couldn't help myself, I just love them! Seriously, why can't they be real? I would get a whole army just for myself, haha!

Day 96: 'Mind the gap between the train and the platform!' - Oh London, how much I've missed you!

Day 97: Christmas shopping on Oxford Street, extremely busy but definitely worth it! If you'd like to see some more pictures click HERE and have a look at yesterdays post.

Day 98: Saw the most beautiful sunset from the plane back to Frankfurt! It was absolutely stunning! 

Day 99: Aren't these the most adorable Christmassy socks you've ever seen? I'm not gonna lie, they were a bit expensive (I normally would never pay £4 for one pair of socks) but I couldn't leave them behind. 

Day 100: Final day of the #100HappyDay challenge. I'm pretty sad it's over to be honest, but I choose to be happy and so should everyone else!

This is what I've been up to lately. It's so strange that the challenge is now over, I quite enjoyed giving you guys an inside to what my weeks look like. I might even continue these kind of posts maybe not right away and under a different name but I'm definitely going to find a way. As  always don't forget to check out HazelTessCarolinMishaLauraAisha and Ottilie to see their #100HappyDays posts. What have you been up to lately? xo, Marie

Monday, 8 December 2014

Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Shopping in London

Hello lovelies! As some of you might know I spent this past weekend in London. And even though we did loads of touristy things (my cousins and aunt have actually never been there before) we still managed to do some - sorry I mean a lot of Christmas shopping. With London being one of my favourite cities in the world I do love to be there no matter what date or season it is but if you've never been before and want your trip to be extra special, the holiday season is without a doubt the best time to visit. It is no secret that London is one of those cities that go all out on their Christmas decorations and definitely something every one should see at least once. So I thought why not share with you the photos I took whilst Christmas shopping on Oxford Street. 

I'm not gonna lie it was very busy this weekend but that didn't stop me from enjoying myself and chatting to every makeup artist, sales person I could. I don't know why but every time I am in London or the UK in general I always feel so happy. I smile a lot more and I'm definitely not as shy. I just love it and the older I get the more I think about finishing university, leaving everything behind and move to the UK. I could really use a fresh start. xo, Marie
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