Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Top 5 Life | Job Interviews

Hello beauties! Last week I told you all about my top tips when it comes to writing applications and I promised you that there would be a part two, all about job interviews (click HERE for part one). Before I get into the tips, just know that the main thing you want to take away from this post is: be yourself! Job interviews can be quite intimidating but try to be yourself. There is no point in playing a role because sooner or later people will know. And besides knowing you got the job because you were yourself is a way better feeling thank knowing they liked the role you played. Anyways, here goes:

Bonus: Pre-Interview
Now when I started writing this post I knew I had lot's of tips to share with you but I didn't really know how to organise them, let alone sum them up into five points. So I thought why not give you guys a little bonus right at the beginning. Before you go into a job interview there are a few things you might want to consider. First, prepare yourself for the question 'why do you want to work at out company'. This is where all that research you did comes in-handy, show them you know much about the company and try to link it with some of your own interests, the more you know the better. Second, make sure you bring multiple copies of your resume. You might not need it but in case the person you are interviewing with asks for it, you can hand it over - better be safe than sorry. And don't be late! That goes without saying, I guess, but I always ask myself when I should leave in order to be on time. Always give yourself an extra 20 minutes for potential traffic. 

First Impression
People always say that the first impression is the one that stays and I think this is so true. So walk, talk, look interested, be confined (not cocky), be friendly, smile and maintain eye contact. Also think about the dress code. Dressing smart is a good choice but try to keep in mind what industry you are interviewing for. When you want to work in a bank, a shirt and trousers or a smart skirt is a safe bet but when you, let's say, interview at a record label a shirt/skirt combo might not be the right choice. Same goes for your makeup, try to see a job interview as a first date with someone you've never met before, you want to look your best without looking like you are trying too hard. And to all my bright lipstick lovers out there, you might want to leave your red lipstick in your purse and safe it for later.

One Minute Pitch
Prepare yourself for the question 'tell me about yourself' by planning out your focus and pointing out relevant skills that you have, early in the interview. The worst thing you want to do is say something like 'well I'm open, friendly, hard working and enthusiastic. I've done this and that before and yeah, well that's about it'. Try to convince them that you are the person you say you were in your application letter, but be real. Try to talk for about a minute, that's long enough for you to explain who you are but not too long that the interviews things you are bragging. 

Avoid Negative Statements
When you successfully get past this question, you know what's coming next. 'What would you say are your greater weaknesses'. This questions is not supposed to make you look bad you trap you in any way, the interviewer just wants to know if there is anything he or she should keep in mind. Now avoid answering it by saying: I work too hard. That's not really a weakness, is it? This way the interviewer will know that you are trying to avoid this answer and will probably get more suspicious. So instead you might want to try to answer the question without really answering it. You want to say something like 'I'm sure that I'm not perfect but according to the job description, I feel like my skills and experiences are a close match. I don't see any reason why I couldn't get up to speed quickly'. That way you definitely answered the should I worry part without saying anything negative.

Your Skills
When talking about your skills focus on the ones that will benefit them immediately. Employers want to hear that you can get up to speed in no time and contribute to their company immediately. Also try to support your claim of being the best candidate by providing examples of situations that show how you can use these skills. Perseverance, for instance. Always a good skill to talk about. When I talk about my ability to get things done I always like to talk about the way I landed an one-month internship at a five-star hotel in London who usually doesn't accept interns under six months. I did all the things I talked about in my last post. Called them, asked if I could speak to the manager, explain them my situation and asked for an interview. I then traveled to London spoke to the manager and made sure to follow up with a call. A month later I got an email accepting my request. For some reason, whenever I tell this story, I get an 'oh really you seem to be very determined'. Which is always a plus. 

Last but not least, the salary question. Now don't be shy when it comes to this question, it's perfectly okay to ask how much you will earn but wait until the end or at least until you are half way through the interview. Otherwise you can give the impression that you are only doing it for the money, which should not be the first thing that comes to your mind when applying and/or interviewing for a job.

There we go these are all my tips regarding job interviews. I hope this post was helpful, if you know more tips and want to share a funny interview story, comment below. I'd love to hear it. xo, Marie 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

Hi beauties! When I first got into makeup, bases were never something that interested me. I didn't know what to buy or where to look, so imagine my excitement when I found a foundation that seemed decent at the time (the famous Studio Fix Fluid, in my case). However, recently I've gotten a lot more into it and just bought loads. I've literally been on a hunt for the perfect foundation and after trying many different bases - brace yourselves - I think I found the perfect foundation for my skin. Wait, did she just say perfect? Yes I did. I know, big claims but hang on, I'll tell you why.

I've been lusting after the YSL Youth Liberator Foundation for probably over one and a half years but the one thing that always put me off was the price tag. I'm usually not one to splurge on foundations (I prefer eyeshadows and lipsticks) so the €68,99 german price tag (altert: the foundation is way cheaper in the UK) was pretty shocking but last week I bit the bullet and went for it! And let my tell you I am so happy I did - I absolutely adore this foundation.

Before I get into the product itself can we just take a moment and talk about the packaging?! How gorgeous is this bottle? It comes in a pretty heavy and very luxurious feeling, dark grey/see through glass bottle. It also as a pump - yaay - and a secure lid, which makes it great for traveling. It's definitely one of those products you don't want to hide in your drawers.

But the product itself is just as beautiful. The YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is a medium to full-coverage base which, despite the coverage would suggest, feels very light-weight on the skin. According to the description it claims to have skin-firming benefits and hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours to give a smooth and nourished appearance. It also claims to be long-wearing and anti aging.

Now being 21 years young I can neither confirm nor deny the anti aging and skin firming claims but what I have noticed is that whenever I wear this foundation my skin seems airbrushed and poreless, plus the radiant finish reflects the light which makes your skin look more youthful. As for longevity, the longest I've worn this foundation was about 12 hours. It didn't set into my expression lines or creased and at the end of the day it still looked radiant and beautiful.

The foundation has a slight scent to it, which smells delicious and even though I'm usually quite sensitive to perfumes in foundations it doesn't irritate my skin at all. It also doesn't kling on to any dry patches and is very easy to blend (I use a round-top buffing brush, Zoeva and Sephora do a great one).

Like I said before the foundation is quite pricey and retails for $69 in the US and £38 in the UK. But if you are from the US or Germany and don't want to spend this amount of money you can also purchase it from FeelUnique.com - it's a lot cheeper that way. All in all I think that despite the price tag the foundation is definitely worth a try. I'm absolutely in love with this foundation and it's already part of my holy grails. Have you tried this foundation before? What are your thoughts on it? xo, Marie 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Top 5 Life | Internships

Hello lovelies! I hope you all are doing well! When it comes to finding your career path, internships are a great way to get an insight many companies and different industries. Yet the application process can be quite challenging if not frustrating. We've all been there - sometimes you send out hundreds of applications and receive tons of denials or no response at all. Over the years I had my fair share of application processes and even though I've gotten quite lucky sometimes, I am still just as nervous. But I feel like somehow I've found a way where I can comfortably take part in another applications process without panicking. So I resumed my experience and came up with a few tips on how to find the right internship and I thought this week I would cover everything pre-job interview and in the second part I'm going to give you my tips on how to survive job interviews. Here goes: 

Do Your Research
This one seems kind of obvious but it's definitely essential when you are trying to find a suitable internship. Many companies (mostly bigger ones) present a detailed 'about us' page in their website. Reading this can give you a brief insight and first impression of what you're dealing with but don't stop there, try to read as much as possible. Look for job reviews from former employees or interns, news articles, social media pages, etc. This does not only help you instantly when deciding or writing you application but also later on in the process. 

Be Different - Be Special
Again quite obvious, yet essential especially when it comes to your application letter. Telling them what you have done before and what you want to do in the future is important but whats' even more important is to show them you are different. Most companies receive hundreds of applications a day so it's your job to make yourself seem interesting and different. The more you write about yourself the better - BUT don't overdo it. Make them believe you are open, friendly, hard-working and willing to learn but don't throw yourself at them. When it comes to this topic - balance is key. You don't want to sound desperate but you want them to believe that ignoring you application would be their loss, that you would bring something to the company they don't already have. Doing that in a written form is challenging but doable. 

Be Prepared
This goes for school reports, references from former teachers and/or employers, letters of recommendation and reports from any additional education you might have. For example, I did all the Cambridge exams during middle school and an additional business english exam during my A-Levels and I always keep pdf copies of my certificates on my laptop. When you send out your application letter you want to make sure you are prepared. If they happen to ask for something you don't want to take ages to send it out. *Edit: make sure you use the international template when writing your CV. It's easy and companies in every country will understand what you are talking about. 

Enthusiasm Is Key
This goes hand in hand with your application letter and always looks good. If you can't find any other email address than info@... call them and ask if you could speak to someone from human resources. I know this sounds intimidating but that way you've already had contact with someone inside the company and they already know your name which means they are more likely to actually read your application. Another key phrase is something like 'I would very much welcome the opportunity to visit your company for a job interview'. You always want to ad that little sentence to the end of your application letter even if it's for an internship abroad. They most likely won't ask you to get in a plane and travel to their country for a thirty minute job interview but they like to know that they could. Also (if it's possible) you might want to think about printing your application and hand it in personally. 

Be Persistent
Again, balance is key when it comes to persistence but it can help you get the job in the long run. Many companies don't reply to application letters for weeks, sometimes they forget about it so it doesn't hurt to follow up once in a while. Now I don't mean spamming them with emails or stalking them but calling or writing a polite email to ask if they have any news regarding the application process is totally okay. For example, when I applied for my last internship I didn't hear anything for weeks so while I was visiting my best friend in Munich I went to their office and asked if I could talk to someone or leave a message for the person in charge. Two hours later I received an email asking for a job interview.

There we go these are all my tips regarding the application process. I hope you liked this post and it was helpful to some of you. And even if you are not looking for an internship, I'm sure these tips work just as good when looking for a job in general. I am now going to send out some more applications for an internship this fall, wish me luck! Have a great easter weekend! xo, Marie

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Nicki Minaj The PinkPrint Tour Review

Hello loves! If you've read my blog for some time you will know that I absolutely love going to concerts and you will also know that hip hop/rap is my favourite genre when it comes to music. So when I heard that the queen herself, Nicki Minaj, would make her way down to Germany for the European leg of her 'The PinkPrint Tour' I thought why not combine the two and stop by. My parents and grandparents (bless them) got me two tickets for christmas so I've been looking forward to this day for months!

Since I've been loving Nicki and following her career for years I expected a over the top show to make it look as big as possible, but five minutes into the concert I realized that wouldn't be the case (which is good). 

Starting the show fashionably late she played an introduction video with lots of clips from red carpets, meet and greets, her family and her shows, with her voice in the background saying why she loves her job and what she feels is most important. To be honest I'm usually not a big fan of videos like that but surprisingly I thought it was very well made and besides - experiencing the crowds' response (just seeing and hearing her on the screen was enough for them to go crazy) actually gave me goosebumps. 
The phrase 'this is my life - this is the pink print' ended the video and the whole venue went dark. Shortly after she appeared on stage wearing a black lace dress and a veil covering her eyes rapping All Things Go followed by I Lied, The Crying Game and Only

When Nicki started performing Moment 4 Life the crowed completely lost it - probably my favourite part of the show! Everyone (me included) started rapping along forming a choir louder than Nicki herself! The vibe was just INSANE! 


The second part of the show was all about showing the crowed how 'hood' she still is. Accompanied by four female and two male dancers she performed Lookin Ass, Did It On'em, Beez In The Trap, the Dance (A$$) remix and Anaconda - definitely the craziest performance of the evening. 

Up next was the vulnerable part. Now what I didn't know was that she could actually sing. So her singing songs like Marilyn Monroe, Save Me and Grand Piano took me completely by surprise. Man she has a beautiful singing voice! Marilyn Monroe is now my new favourite song! Check it out if you haven't already! 

Changing into a very glittery and revealing bodysuit (showing her entire backside) she performed a mixture of old and danceable songs such as Super Bass, Trini Dem Girls, Whip It and Turn Me On


For the encore she changed into a sheer bright pink bodysuit, put on her blond wig and some Viva Glam Nicki and performed a remix of Bang Bang and The Night Is Still Young. After saying how much she appreciated every single one of her fans she performed the crowd pleaser Starships causing the crowd to completely loose it once again. 

All in all this show was a dope experience and nothing like I expected. Overall you could see that with this show Nicki didn't care about crazy productions and endless equipment. All she wanted was for the crowd to have a good time. She changed her outfit a total of six times, her makeup was bronzy yet quite subtle (yes I am a beauty fanatic I pay attention to things like that) and she looked absolutely beautiful! The setlist was well thought out and having Trey Songz as a special guest made it even more enjoyable - if you know what I mean, haha! The only things I didn't like were the extremely hot/humid venue and the fact that it took her crew almost 90 minutes to change the stage set up from Treys' to Nickis' but then again that's not really her fault, is it. I was in the middle of the crowd so I didn't manage to take good, non shaky photos but if you want to see bits of her performances, check out my Instagram

The European leg of the tour is still going with only a limited number of tickets left but if you are from the US and love hip hop, make sure you buy a ticket (click HERE) and stop by! Trust me you won't regret it! xo, Marie 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Fascination Beauty!

Hello my loves! I hope you are well. It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since I published Fascination Beauties' post. This is now number 81. 

Since then Fascination Beauty had over 17.000 views. Those views have come from all around the world such as the US, UK, Germany, Russia, France and even the Philippines.  We all have one thing in common - we have a passion for music, fashion, lifestyle and all things beauty. When I started this blog I thought about sharing the things I love or the things I purchased but as of today Fascination Beauty means so much more to me. I've had the courage to talk about more sensitive topics and express my thoughts, which I absolutely love.

I don't know if this is a cheesy thing to do, but because today is my first 'blogiversary' I have compiled a few of my favourite and most popular posts. Funnily enough most of them are not about beauty. If you haven't had a chance to check these out I would love for you to click the links and stop by, it would mean the world. Some of them were very easy to share but some took me a few days if not weeks until I was brave enough to press that 'publish' button. 

6. Quote Of The Month: July 2024

To ALL of you who subscribed, stopped by to read, shared this blog with friends, retweeted or shared my posts, gave me support or laughed along with me: THANK YOU! Thinking about the fact that you are taking the time to read my thoughts feels quite surreal but makes me very happy. The past year has been a journey and I'm glad I created this little space to share. It's only been a year but I've already met and talked to so many great people - readers and fellow bloggers. I absolutely love being part of this community and I have many things planned for this space in the future. You will not only find beauty tips or lot's of music recommendations but also more sensitive topics and nosy lifestyle posts. I wish you all love, happiness and endless creativity. xo, Marie 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Memories In A Bottle

Hi loves! I hope you all are doing well. When I was sitting at my vanity today thinking about possible blog post topics, I started looking at my very small but precious perfume collection and suddenly had one throwback after another. Then it came to my why do a random perfume collection post when most of the time perfumes are more than just a scent you like to wear. They can bring back so many amazing memories and set you back to the times when you were the most happy. An amazing summer holiday or an exciting event for example. I like to go back and forth between the perfumes I own and I don't know about you but whenever I put on a scent in the morning I instantly think about the adventures I link to it and it brings a smile to my face. Which is why I like to call these little beauties - memories in a bottle.

So on today's post I would not only like to share my top three scents I have in my collection with you and try to explain their scent (which could go horribly wrong) but also like to let you in on some of the memories I link to these perfumes.

The original Christina Aguilera perfume and I go way back. I'm actually not sure what the real name of the beauty is, I just know it's the first one the brought out so I'm just going to call it the original. According to the box the scent is made of mandarin, peach and blueberry in the top notes and jasmine, peony, ripe plum and vanilla in the base. I would describe the scent as a very feminine and sexy. I first bought this back in 2012 when I went to London for my first internship abroad and wore it throughout the whole trip which is why this has been my absolute favourite ever since. I don't know  why but whenever I put this on I feel and instant boost of happiness. I have to admit before I went to London I wasn't the biggest fan of the UK but spending so much time there on my own only meeting people I've never seen or talked to before, completely changed my mind. Thinking about it makes me realize that during this time I was at my happiest. It wasn't necessarily because of adventures or anything it was more the adventure itself combined with the little things such a people smiling at you,  helping you to find your way around a new city, the nice staff in the shops, the people I met and the friendships I built. Now when I go back and visit London I always make sure I buy a small bottle beforehand so I can wear it during the visit.

Such a great perfume. The description says it contains fresh pink grapefruit and passion fruit and tiger orchid in the top notes and patchouli and gourmand raspberry in the base and I would totally agree. Overall it is a very fruity, sexy and pretty strong scent just like the name suggests. But believe me very little goes a long way, you don't want to overdo it. It may be more on the expensive side but I think it's totally worth it. I bought for my 20th birthday when I was living with my best friend in Munich doing an internship at Sony Music Germany. So this scent not only brings back the memories of an amazing internship but also all the adventures I shared with my best friend one more hilarious than the other. Putting it on makes me smile and kind of shake my head at the rubbish we talked sometimes when the spend . But this is why I love her so much. Even though we don't see each other nearly as often as we would like we've been friends for a long time now and I'm sure she will be there forever.

The scent that seems to be an oldie but a goodie and everyones favourite. I don't know what it is about this perfume but whenever I wear it most of the people I know go 'oh is think Lancome, god I love this one'. And I do too. My dad bought it for my while he was on holiday last year and it truly is a great scent. It's created with orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart and tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla. When you first put it on it smells fruity and sweet but when it goes to the base it smells vanilla-ish and quite floral. It's not like my usual scent but for some reason I love it. I've worn it on multiple occasions such as my summer holiday in Spain, the first day at university and on New Year's Eve. And besides that it's my best friends' favourite scent and she wears it all the time, so it also reminds me of her. To me this scent stands for friendships, holidays and fun. It is also a little more expensive but totally worth it.

There you go these are my top three favourite scents and some of the memories they bring back. I hope you liked this post as much as I loved creating it. If you would like to hear about my other perfumes and there memories or wanna know more about the memories I shared today, just let my know. Hope you all are having a great weekend! xo, Marie 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The London Tag

Hello lovelies! One of my favourite things to do in life, besides playing around with new makeup, is traveling. Ever since I was little I couldn't wait to go on holiday with my family to explore foreign countries with all their hidden secrets. And even though you try to always explore new cities you can't help but fall in love with certain places and revisit over and over again. For me this place happens to be London. I don't know why but ever since I first visited I fell in love with this city. Besides the lovely people, the beautiful sights and awesome shopping experiences there is so much this city has to offer. So I thought why not do a Tag about London and answer some questions that might help when you're visiting for the first time or just want to see what I love to to whenever I'm in London. 

1. Favourite place for breakfast?
Well to be quite honest with you I've never had a proper breakfast in London before. Whenever I visit I'll either eat breakfast at my hotel, or just grab a hot chocolate and a panini at Costa. But the drinks and snacks in Costa are absolutely amazing (I actually like it a lot better than Starbucks). 

2. Favourite Boots or Superdrug?
Easy. For Superdrug the one on Oxford Street near the Marble Arch Tube station - it's huge, they stock everything and the staff is so lovely. For Boots probably the on in Westfield. I think it's the one in White City but I'm not completely sure, I just know it's right next to Shepherd's Bush. It's very big, they have everything you could ask for and the staff is really helpful. I just love browsing around in these two and I can easily spend an hour or more in there. 

3. Favourite beauty hall?
Selfridges, duh. They have every high end brand you could ask for and the display is absolutely beautiful. It's what I like to call beauty heaven, as soon as you get through the door, it sucks you right in and you want to look (and buy) everything. I can spend hours in there, seriously, if you don't want to stand around waiting don't let me loose or I will disappear, haha. 

4. Your favourite area for everything?
Hm... It depends on the season I guess. In summer I'd probably say Covent Garden or Camden, just because it's nice to walk around. In autumn/winter I'd probably say Westfield. Now, I know this is a shopping centre but it has everything you need. Tons of shops (high end and affordable), lovely Restaurants, Cocktail Bars and it's always so cosy and warm, which is always a plus. 

5. Favourite park for walks?
I usually don't go on walks when I'm in London but I've been to Primrose Hill before which was very nice. 

6. Tip for the tube?
Oh the tube, always an experience. If you've never been to London before, you should definitely look up a tube map online and try to find you way before hand because when you look at it for the first time it's very confusing and there is nothing worse than standing in a very busy tube station not knowing where you have to go. But just in general I'd say take a hand sanitiser with you and always have your Oyster Card (or ticked) ready, believe me you don't want to get to the exit still looking for your ticket, tube stations are always very busy and confusing as it is and you don't want a line building up behind you. 

7. What would your perfect day out in London include?
Depends on the season but let's say it's a lovely spring day - so my day would start with a breakfast to go from Costa (hot chocolate and a panini). Then I would probably go to oxford street for some morning shopping. Next I would grab a quick snack for lunch (not a big lunch lover) and head to Westfield for some more shopping. I would probably go back to Piccadilly around five or six for an early dinner. For the evening, depending on my mood, I would either go to a club, a cocktail bar or see a west end play. 

8. Your London secret? 
Walk! I know this sounds weird but trust me if you know your way around, or even if you don't try to walk everywhere. One thing people don't realise is that the sights and shopping areas in central London are actually quite close together and you see so much more of this beautiful city by walking. If you are scared to get lost, don't be. There are lots of city maps standing at the side of the roads showing you where you are and what's around you and if that doesn't help just ask. 

9. Favourite gallery/museum?
I really like the British Museum near Russell Square. 

10. Favourite bar/club?
I don't go to clubs very often but I have been to one on Leicester Square (I think it's called the Penthouse) a few years ago and I remember really liking it but then again I'm not really picky with clubs, as long as they have a good R&B/Hip Hop floor or area, I'm good. For bars definitely the MayFair Hotel Bar on Stratton Street - Green Park Station. I know it is expensive and posh but I did do an internship there so I always like to go back and have a drink or two. Their drinks are amazing! 

These are some of the things I love doing in London. There is obviously so much more to do and even though I have been countless of times I still haven't done everything so if you know a place I should visit please let me know. And if you know any other city in the UK I should visit please let me know too, I really want to see more of the UK. xo, Marie
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