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

Friday, 5 December 2014

Blogmas Day 5: Packing for London

Hi lovelies! If you read this on Friday I'm already in London, my favourite city in the world, doing loads of Christmas shopping. One thing I always struggle with, when going on a weekend trip is packing my suitcase. I either pack way too much or forget half the things I need. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you the things that I'm goint to be taking to London, not only to control myself but also to give you a little guide on what you might need if you've never been to London/the UK before. 

Clothes: When it comes to clothes I never really know what to pack, which means I'm never fully prepared. Are we going out? Is it going to be cold? Will it rain? All questions I never know the answers to. This time, however, I tried to pack as little clothes as possible, so I decided to pack my denim trousers and pair it with a black shirt. For a more "smart" look I packed a pair of black trousers and a purple shirt. I also packed my big tartan scarf I got from Mango the other week. I absolutely love it, it's really big, cosy and will definitely keep me warm!

Accessories: I'm a huge lover of accessories because I think - when chosen the right ones - they can dress up any outfit and make it clubbing appropriate. So I packed this gorgeous necklace I got from Primark a few weeks ago. It still has the tag on it because I didn't get the chance to wear it yet. I also packed my gold Fossil watch which I love and wear every day, some bracelets and a ring. Gold accessories, red lips and nail polish make me feel super festive. Love it!

Makeup: Now this is where I always tend to go a bit overboard. For some reason I'm really indecisive about what I want to take. I always start with one palette but then I think what if I want to wear something this palette doesn't have? And in goes another one - but this time I tired to only take my essentials. I mean let's be honest, I'm going to London and I'm probably going to buy a lot of makeup so I really don't need three different palettes, haha! I went for the Too Faces Chocolate Bar palette, the NAKED Basics (because it has my eyebrow colour it it), the L'Oreal Ture Match foundation, Hoola bronzer and Rockateur blush by Benefit, a MAC powder and two lipsticks. Not too bad right?

I also packed my favourite Primark boots, the nail polish I'm currently wearing and the Christina Aguilera perfume. I got my first bottle during my first trip and internship in London a few years ago and since then I always take this with me when I go to London because it brings back so many great memories. It definitely is an essential. But of course the one thing you should really have in your handbag when going to London I forgot - an umbrella. Great, haha!

Even though I have been to London multiple times I'm always greatfull for any recommendations you guys can give me. Any shops, restaurants or places I absolutely need to visit? Please let me know! Have a great weekend! xo, Marie 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Tag

Hi beauties! If you know me and my blog you'll know that I absolutely love to do tags. It's a chance for you to get to know me a bit better and for me to find out more about my lovely readers. So I thought Blogmas wouldn't be Blogmas without a festive tag. I recently came across a few Christmas tags but because there are so many questions I wrote down all my favourites and answered them for you. Here we go:

1. What's your favourite Christmas movie?
Oh that's a hard one - there are so many. For now I think 'The Grinch' but I'm thinking about doing a whole post about my favourite Christmas movies.

2. What's your favourite Christmas colours?
Definitely red and gold. For me they just scream holidays.

3. Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas?
I love to dress up on Christmas eve but other than that I'm in my PJs. 

4. What's your favourite Christmas smell?
Definitely the smell of the Christmas tree. Nothing can beat that!

5. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
 Here in Germany we open the presents on Christmas eve - or at least my family does.

6. What's your all-time favourite Christmas treat?
I absolutely LOVE the Fererro Kinder chocolate!

7. What's your favourite Christmas song?
Impossible for me to answer! There are so many that I love. But I did a post about my Christmas soundtrack

8. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes I did! Thanfully Germany is one of those countries where you get all the seasons, so growing up I had loads of white Christmases. I'm hoping this Christmas will be a white one two! 

9. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Definitely New York! It's my dream to go ice skating in front of the Rockefeller centre with the big tree in the background. Fingers crossed I get to do that next year! 

10. Where do you usually spent your Christmas?
Either at my parents' or my great grandparents' house. We ususally take turns every year. This year it's going to be at my parents' house, can't wait! 

11. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Probably giving. I mean I really don't like the process of buying presents because I never know what to get my family but when I have everything wrapped and under the tree I can't wait for them to open them. 

12. Any Christmas wishes this year?
Loads, ha ha!

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I would say I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm not the best but I wouldn't call it failing either. 

14. Have you ever made a snowman?
(sings) 'Do you wanna build a snowman? Do you wanna come and play?' Who else thought of that song? lol Yes I did, many actually.

15. What makes the holidays special for you?
To be completely honest with you, I don't know. It wasn't up until last year that I got really excited for Christmas and I have no idea why. I guess I've really fallen in love with the holiday spirit in general. I just love how happy it makes me and of course I love that the whole family is coming together to celebrate.  

There you have it guys, the Christmas tag. I would love for you to answer the questions yourself, either in the comments below or if you have a blog post them on there and send me a link. xo, Marie

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Blogmas Day 3: First Impression - MAC Holiday 2014 Pigments

fltr: Whisper Pink, Tan, Rose, Reigning Riches (Glitter), Heritage Rouge

Hi lovelies! A few weeks ago I posted a picture of the Rose/Pink Pigment Set by MAC on my Instagram but I only had the chance to play with them once. So today I'm going to be doing a sort of first impressions/swatch post on these beauties.

For some reason MACs' holiday collections never used to be something I got excited about. I know this sounds weird for someone who spends a lot of money on makeup but I just found them to be pretty overpriced. But this year - let me tell you - this year they had me staring at the screen. Before we get into the products can we just take a moment and talk about the packaging?! It's absolutely beautiful. The box itself feels really steady and luxury and the lid is covered in black/silver glitter - amazing! 

Now onto the pigments. The set comes with four pigments (each containing 2.5 grams) and one glitter (containing 3.9 grams) and retails for €38 in Germany (£26 in the UK and $35 in the US). The colours range from a light pink to a deep pink and plum. First we got 'Whisper Pink' which is a light pinky beige with a soft shimmer. It swatches really nicely and was easy to apply as an even layer. It's very longwearing and reminds me a lot of the colour Sin from Urban Decay which is one of my all time favourite colours. Next is 'Tan', a beautiful pinky bronze with gold shimmer. Even though it's a little darker I still think it's day time appropriate and looks beautiful with a warm brown blended through the crease. 'Rose' is a darker pink with shimmer and although the texture is a bit chunkier than the others it still blends nicely and evenly. 'Reigning Riches' - the glitter - is a true copper with a mixture of small and larger glitter particles. It says on the box that it's not safe to use around the eyes and lips, if you have sensitive eyes you might want to keep that in mind. Last but definitely not least is 'Heritage Rouge' which is a brownish plum with a satin finish. It swatches beautifully and would be perfect for a smokey eye or blended through the crease. 

Last time I checked there are still a few available in the US and UK. In Germany this particular set it sold out on the website but the lovely girl at my local MAC counter said you could still buy them in a pro store (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt). 

All in all I think the sets are definitely worth the money and I can't wait to use mine during the holidays. The Rose/Pink Set is only one out of four sets which are just as beautiful. xo, Marie

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Blogmas Day 2: #winterloving tag

Hello beauties! A few months ago I did a little tag for my favourite season of the year called the #autumnappreciation tag created by the lovely Carolin from Olive Apple and I thought, since it's now winter why not show my second favourite season of the year some appreciation too, and share with you all the reasons why I love it so much. So here we go: 

Cold Weather/Being Outside: I absolutely love that it's finally getting cold (autumn has been surprisingly warm this year)! Now to those of you who really love summer this might be a bit weird but I absolutely love snuggling up in all my favourite winter outfits. But what I love even more is just being outside. For some reason having a cold nose and a pinkish blushed face when going for walk brings a smile to my face.

Twinkle Lights: Who doesn't love twinkly lights? They just make everything look so pretty and make me feel super cosy. Because I'm not going to put up a Christmas tree in my flat because I won't be here during the holiday so I'm gonna go all out on the twinkly lights!

Hot Chocolate: I'm really looking forward to making a hot chocolate every morning before I head out the door and go to university. If you want to start your day right a hot chocolate is the way to go! 

(Hopefully) Snow: The one thing that would make this winter absolutely perfect! Last winter I lived in Munich - where you have loads of snow - so my expectations are quite high but to be honest even a little would be enough, preferably on Christmas eve. 

Getting Ready For The New Year: I don't know about you but for me December is just all about reflecting. I spend a lot of time thinking about the year that's about to end and about what I achieved and what I want the next year to be like. I actually have two posts about this topic planned and I can't wait to share them with you. 

Can you tell I'm excited about winter? Why don't you tell me your top favourite things about this season? I would love to know! xo, Marie

Monday, 1 December 2014

Blogmas Day 1: Christmas Soundtrack

Helloooo lovelies and ho, Ho, HO! Today is the 1st of December which to me only means one thing - the Christmas countdown has officially begun! If you've read some of my recent posts you'll know how excited I am. I can't wait to decorate my flat, sing some Christmas classics and fully get into the holiday spirit! And because there is so much to talk about around this time of year I thought I would share the love by doing my own version of Blogmas.
If you don't know what Blogmas is, it's just like Vlogmas (the YouTube version) only for bloggers. You basically upload a new post every day up until Christmas eve, but because I'm in the middle of writing my first seminar paper I thought why not change it up a bit and post every week day. Not all of them are going to be Christmas related, don't worry. If you're not a huge fan of the holiday craziness don't leave just yet, there will be something for everyone - promise!

To kick of the festivities I thought I would share my Christmas playlist with you all. There are a lot of things that come together to make Christmas so special but my favourite would have to be the music. I don't know about you but I just think it brings it all together. It doesn't matter if you love the old classics or discover something new every year - Christmas music just makes you feel so cosy and happy.

I'm probably going to listen to this playlist on a daily basis and I'm going to make sure that all of my neighbours hear them as well! I hope you liked the first of (hopefully) 18 blogmas posts. My posts will go live around 5 p.m CET and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin or twitter to be the first ones to get all the updates. What are your favourite Christmas carols? I would love to know! xo, Marie
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