Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Favourites

It's the last day of September, which means its favourites time! I must say, for the three months (ish) I've been blogging, I always arrive fairly late at the conclusion that another month is over and that I should probably be thinking about what I really liked using the past weeks, but it seems like I always forget ... Anyways, I still have a post for you, because thankfully my short-time memory was able to remember a few loves items! Wohooo!

Let's start with the makeup items first ...

Monday, 29 September 2014

Soundtrack Love: Begin Again

I've been wanting to write about movies with awesome soundtracks for ages, so this will most likely become a series of some kind- we will see. I've watched Begin Again (2013) recently- for some reason, it has only found it's ways to Austrian cinemas two months ago or so- and I instantly fell in love with the soundtrack.

The film stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine- while I'm a huge fan of Ruffalo, I am usually not that thrilled with Keira Knightley and I remember myself wondering since when Adam Levine was in the acting business, but I digress. When there's a film out that in some way revolves around music, I'm pretty much inclined to be interested in it and probably end up liking it, so I thought I'd give Begin Again a chance.

The movie follows a young songwriter (Knightley) who went to New York with her boyfriend (Levine) who signed a contract with a label which puts a strain on their relationship pretty soon; she then one night meets a pretty much wasted and down on his luck record company executive (Ruffalo) who heard her sing at an open mic night, and he insists on producing an album with her. From there on out, we follow the two of them creating an album inspired by the city of New York itself.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Roundup: #12

Another week over- and with it, September has also passed! September seems to be one of these transitional months that always pass really quickly, at least it feels that way to me. The new semester starts next week, which doesn't really concern me anymore since all I have to do is finish my MA thesis, which I hope will be sooner rather than later ...

This week on the blog ... 

Monday: I started the week with one of my "The Face" posts where I just show you pictures of the makeup looks I particularly liked on my face- in this one, an autumnal smokey eye met a summery bright lip ... 
Tuesday: Since it's officially Autumn now, an Autumn playlist had to be created! See what I will be listening to a lot in the upcoming weeks here.
Wednesday: I bought new shoes for the upcoming season! They're chelsea boots and they're just lovely ...
Thursday: If you're looking for a new budget concealer, you might want to check out my review of the KIKO Natural Concealers in shade 01 and 02!
Friday: The last installment of my MAC lipstick collection series is finally here- this time featuring the plums, berries and violet shades!
Saturday: Yesterday I started a new series of posts called "Movie Music Moment" where I talk about beautiful scenes in movies that work with the incorporation of perfect songs to make them stick in your mind. The first one features the song "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" from the movie Only Lovers Left Alive.

I'm going to give myself an imaginary clap on the shoulder right now for being a good girl and posting every day last week! I know it's obviously not a requirement, but I just like to publish posts regularly and if I can manage to post every day, I'm quite happy with myself!

Since it's already quite late, I'm going to catch up on all the YouTube videos (and stuff myself on the delicious food my mum gave me before I went back to Vienna today) uploaded today- a lot of September Favourites to watch as it seems!

Hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! :) 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Movie Music Moment: Only Lovers Left Alive

Do you know these moments when you're watching a movie and suddenly, the most perfect song comes on to support a scene- and afterwards, you just can't get that song out of your head? To me at least, that happens more often than one would think.

Last year, Jim Jarmusch's most recent movie Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston was released- and if these two names aren't incentive enough for you to watch a movie about two chilled out vampires that sleep all day and don't even want to get up when it's night because they're so lazy I guess you can't be helped. 

I won't recite the actual plot of the movie right now- I just want to show you one of the most poignant, beautiful and perfect scenes from the movie that utilises music so brilliantly that it will forever be stuck in my head:

The song used in this scene is called "Trapped by a Thing Called Love", performed by Denise LaSalle and was released back in 1972- prepare for it to be stuck in your head for at least the remaining day! 

Also, how cool is Tilda Swinton in this role? I think the life advice her character Eve gives at the beginning of this scene is also pretty rad ...

"How can you have lived for so long and still not get it? This self-obsession, it's a waste of living. It could be spent on surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing, kindness, friendship ... and dancing!"

Friday, 26 September 2014

MAC Lipstick Collection: The Plums, Berries & Purples

Welcome to part three of my MAC lipstick collection post series! This time, it's all about the plums, the berries and the purples of my collection- if you're interested in the nudes and pinks or the oranges and reds, please click at the shade families you want to see!

I've saved this category for last, because A) I wanted to go from light to dark in terms of shades and B) this is definitely my shade family and also features my most worn MAC lipsticks!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: KIKO Natural Concealer in 01 and 02

So I think I've already established that I really like KIKO Make Up and I'm especially enthralled with most of the limited editions they put out, but there's actually also some products of their regular line which I really like- for example their Natural Concealer line.

At my last visit to the KIKO store I saw that the Natural Concealers were on offer- 3,90€ for one tube; normally they're 5,50€, which obviously is not a bad deal either.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I put some new shoes on ...

 I've been liking the look of chelsea boots for some time now, but they've never been as present in stores than in this Autumn season. No matter which store I go to, there seems to be an abundance of different models and colours of chelsea boots, but until last weekend I haven't seen a pair that actually really appealed to me. On Saturday however, I went shopping with my mum and I came across these ones ...

The zebra detailing immediately caught my eye when I saw these- I think that's such a fun little twist since the stretchy bit on these kind of shoes is usually black or another monochrome colour. The shoe itself is made out of leather and is super-soft and comfy- I'm normally not one to splurge on a pair of shoes, but my mum convinced me that sometimes it's better to invest in a decent pair every once in a while, and I'm glad I listened!

I love the look of wearing chelsea boots paired with skinny jeans or leggings- they're so effortless and I guess I don't have to mention the benefits of no shoelaces, zippers or similar stuff? You just slip them on and go- I just love everything that caters to my general laziness!

I'm pretty sure this is going to be my default shoe for the upcoming season when I'm looking for something without a heel that still gives the impression that I made an effort. 

So, chelsea boots- something you'd wear as well? :)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Autumn Playlist

Since it's offically Autumn now, I thought it was time to put together a new season appropriate playlist on my iPod! As always with these kinds of things, this playlist was put together through some abstract association of what feels like an autumnal tune to me, and I often times can't really explain why I choose songs for different seasons- it was the same with my Summer playlist.


After the Storm - Mumford and Sons / Always Be - Jimmy Eat World / Amy - Green Day / Angie - The Rolling Stones
Be Calm - Fun. / The Best of Me - The Sounds / Bird of Sorrow - Glen Hansard / Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen / Book of Love - Jimmy Eat World / The Boxer - Mumford and Sons / Breakthru - Queen / Brutal Love - Green Day
The Calendar - Panic! at the Disco / Chase This Light - Jimmy Eat World / Christie Road - Green Day / Cosmic Love - Florence+ the Machine / The Cradle of Humankind - Flogging Molly 
Deadlines and Commitments - The Killers / Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan / Dustbowl Dance - Mumford and Sons
For Reasons Unknown - The Killers / Forever Young - Bob Dylan
God & Satan - Biffy Clyro
Heart of a Girl - The Killers / Heart of Nowhere - Noah and the Whale / High Hope - Glen Hansard / Hunter of Invisible Game - Bruce Springsteen / Hurricane Drunk - Florence+ the Machine
Jealous Guy - Brian Ferry & Roxy Music
The Kilburn High Road - Flogging Molly 
Light a Roman Candle With Me - Fun. / Lighting Bolt - Jake Bugg / Losing Touch - The Killers / Lover of the Light - Mumford and Sons / Lover's Eyes - Mumford and Sons
Mansion on the Hill - Bruce Springsteen / Maybe Not Tonight - Glen Hansard 
Northern Downpour - Panic! at the Disco / Now Is Exactly the Time - Noah and the Whale 
The Rare Old Times - Flogging Molly / Redundant - Green Day / Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones 
She Had the World - Panic! at the Disco / Simple As This - Jake Bugg / Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen 
Too Much Love Will Kill You - Queen / Trade Mistakes - Panic! at the Disco 
Where Are We Now? - David Bowie / Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones / Wish You Were Here - The Sounds 
You Feel So Lonely You Could Die - David Bowie 

51 songs, 3 1/2 hours ... I think I'm set for the season! :) 

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Face: #08 - Summer meets Autumn

Just when I thought that Summer was officially over in Austria, it celebrated a little comeback the past few days. Thinking about it, September weather was a lot nicer than the rainy August of this year- this week, the temperature was over the 20 degree mark, which is pretty good for September in continental Europe I think. 

Anyways, for yesterday's Sunday makeup I still wanted to have two components: the autumnal purple smokey eyes, but mixed with a summery bright lip ... and because I'm just that adventurous, I threw in a heavy contour just for fun! 

Base/Complexion: Catrice Nude Illusion Makeup - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Catrice Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder - Sleek Contour Kit (Light) - Catrice Illuminating Blush 
Eyes/Brows: KIKO Street Fashion Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) - KIKO Ultra Tech Curve Mascara - Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 060 (not pictured) - MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (Deep Dark Brunette) 
Lips: MAC Relentlessly Red (retro matte finish) 

Thinking about it it kind of "feels" like a lot of stuff going on on my face: dark eyeshadow, bright lipstick, strong eyebrows, a heavy contour- but somehow it works. Either way, I don't really care- makeup is such a fun creative outlet, I think its fine getting a bit carried away painting my face sometimes! 

What's going on on your faces these days? ;) 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Roundup: #11

This week was a very Catrice Cosmetics heavy week on my blog- mostly because of the fact that for the first time ever, I won a giveaway! So here's a breakdown of this week's posts first:

Monday: A post about a neglected product of mine- my Inglot Freedom System eyeshadow palette. It's actually really beautiful!
Tuesday: I posted twice on Tuesday- which is a first for this blog! One post was about the Reds and Oranges of my MAC lipstick collection; the second one was a very excited post about the Catrice giveaway I've won!
Wednesday: Looking for two very affordable drugstore concealers? Then check out Wednesday's post!
Thursday: Here's a review of all the products I received from the Catrice giveaway- there's some really cool products that already have found their way into my everyday routine!
Friday: I took a little break from posting on Friday due to the fact that I met my friends for the World Press Photo 2014 Exhibiton in Vienna and my parents came to visit in the evening ...
Saturday: To complete my series of Catrice posts this week, here's another review of the Absolute Matt Eyeshadow palette- which actually performed better than I expected!

Today, I actually did something cool- I went to a LP and CD market thing where a lot of different sellers offer a lot of awesome music for litte money (or a lot of money, depends on what you're after and how much you buy ;)). Obviously, I couldn't pass a few David Bowie items, being the obsessed fan that I am at this point ...

3 CDs: Tonight- David Bowie; Earthling - David Bowie; Heathen - David Bowie 
2 Singles: Sound and Vision- David Bowie; Absolute Beginners- David Bowie
... all of it for 22€ if I'm not mistaken, so I'm pretty chuffed! :)

Today is also my friend Dani's birthday (who also bought some awesome LPs today because I found a few nice things for her, haha), so in one hour we're all going to meet up with a few friends and celebrate- very much looking forward to nice company and delicious food! :) 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! :) 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Review: Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette

With Urban Decay releasing Naked Basics 1 and 2, matte neutral eyeshadow palettes keep sparking up the interest in the hearts of makeup addicts everywhere. Finding such offerings in the drugstore is not as easy, however. A few days ago I was standing in front of the Catrice shelves and noticed that finally, they had the Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette in stock. (And yes, for some reason it's spelled "Matt" and not "Matte", which kind of irks me because "Matt" is the German word/spelling, even though it should be "Matte" for the sake of language consistency?! But I digress...)

Since I'm a very reasonable person (haha) I figured that I really didn't need another eyeshadow palette, but I still bought it for my friend Paty who has been looking for a matte eyeshadow palette like this for ages- when I told her that Catrice would be releasing this palette a few months ago I said that this palette might be what she is looking for. However, before I gave it to her, she kindly agreed to me using it for the purposes of a review first before handing it over to her.

I find that with Catrice eyeshadow palettes, the quality can be hit and miss- while their mono eyeshadows are normally nicely pigmented, the quality of the palettes (Absolute Nude or Absolute Bright for example) can vary.

With the Absolute Matt palette, I have to say I was positively surprised! Yes, the two light shades didn't show up that well in the swatch and had to be layered a bit- but that's mostly due to the fight that light matte shades always don't show up that nicely on the skin because A) it's just harder to get the texture right and B) they often kind of match the skin tone on which they're swatched on.
As you can see, the four darker colours are all very nicely pigmented and also show a definitive difference in shade- which was a problem with the Absolute Nude palette by Catrice, because in my opinion the darker shades all look very similar to each other.

Generally, all the shades have a smooth and blendable texture and are nice to work with on the eyes. The lightest shade is a beautiful inner corner/browbone highlighter; the second lightest colour is beautiful as a bone-coloured wash over the eyelids or as a highlighting shade as well; the middle two shades are perfect lid or crease colours, and the two darkest ones would also work fine as either crease colours or even eyeliner shades.

This palette retails for just under 5€ (4,95€ in Austria) and is definitely a bargain in terms of pricing and because of the fact that all the shades are very wearable. For people who don't want to splurge on the Naked Basics 1 or 2 just yet but are looking for a few solid, matte eyeshadows, this palette might be worth looking into!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Review: New Catrice Products!

Two days ago I told you about the Catrice giveaway I won (still in shock that I've actually won something, I swear this never happened before), so now I'd like to review the stuff I've been sent in more detail for you!

Swatches of all the products: 

Be prepared for a plethora of mini reviews of everything that's been sent to me, minus one mascara which I didn't have a chance to try out yet.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Two Drugstore Concealers: Essence Match 2 Cover & Catrice Camouflage Cream

Concealer is just a wonderful invention- it conceals dark circles and hides blemishes. What's not to like? For today's post, I have to super budget-friendly drugstore concealers for you that I have rediscovered while shopping my own stash ...

Left: Essence Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer 10 Natural Beige; Right: Catrice Camouflage Cream 020 Light Beige

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Catrice Cosmetics Giveaway: I actually won something?!

I know I already posted today, but then something exciting happened ... I WON something!
I think it's so nice when companies do giveaways like this where everybody has a chance to win, but even though I quite regularly enter my name here and there I never actually won something in all my life. So you can probably imagine my excitement when I collected a little package from the post office with the Cosnova Beauty stamp on it- the company that produces both Catrice Cosmetics and Essence, two awesome budget beauty brands that I've loved and been using products of regularly for years!

MAC Lipstick Collection: The Oranges and Reds

Part 2 of my MAC lipstick collection posts is here! This time I'm going to show you the oranges and reds of my collection, so let's get started ... (Read Part 1 here.)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Neglected Product: Inglot Freedom System Palette

I'm sure everybody has these products in their stash that they totally neglect even though they're actually really nice. Today's post highlights one of these products of my own stash: my Inglot Freedom System Palette. 

The concept of these palettes is great- it's a build-your-own type of deal where you get to choose from different sizes of palettes and fill them up with eyeshadows from the absolutely huge range of Inglot eyeshadows. The palettes, the eyeshadow pans and the lid are all magnetic, and it's a very very strong magnet. With these palettes, there's definitely no problem with the lid accidentally opening in your makeup bag ... which is great, but there's just one problem: I have never quite figured out how to get the shadows out of the palette again, even though it's meant to be pretty easy to get them out of the pan with the magnetic lid of the palette- personally, I never managed. So unfortunately, I can't tell you the names of the shadows in my palette.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Roundup: #10

Woho, tiny little anniversary right here- I've reached my 10th Sunday roundup! Who would have thought that ten weeks pass by so quickly ...

So without further ado, let's see what happened on the blog this week- apart from the little series about my MAC lipstick collection that I started in the past few days.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

4 Hairstyles for Hat Season

A few weeks ago, I have posted an Autumn wishlist that included a black H&M fedora. Well, I bought it since then, and I'm trying to get lots of wear out of it- I really like hats, and I feel like they instantly add an interesting twist to a plain outfit.

Sure, hats conceal bad hair days and oily roots- but I like to think that if you wear the right hairstyle underneath, it makes  everything look that much nicer. So for this post, I want to show you four fairly easy ways to wear your hair underneath your hat of choice!

#1: Voluminous, textured hair:

The keyword to the most basic hairstyle is volume. I have rather thick, full hair, but after washing it, it dries rather straight and sleek, so it doesn't have a lot of texture. So to add some texture and body, I like to add loose waves with either a hair straightener or a curling wand- whatever is your preferred method really- in these pictures, I used my straighteners. If you're working with second day hair, keep your dry shampoo and hair spray ready, they always help for added volume and texture.

Friday, 12 September 2014

MAC Lipstick Collection: The Pinks & Nudes

I've counted my MAC lipsticks. Seems like over the years, I've accumulated 17 of them! So I thought a MAC lipstick collection post might be in order ... and since 17 is quite the number and I don't want to stick them all in one post, I will divide them into colour families, starting with the pink and nude hues today- which are probably the ones I wear the least out of all of them ...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The "Emokid" Playlist

Just to clear this up right at the beginning, when I say "emokid", I say it with the utmost affection towards my 14-year-old self. It really just refers to the type of music that I listened to in the early 2000s, and since I really like the odd playlist post (I've already done a summer playlist)- here is another one!


Self Esteem - The Offspring
Shut Up! & Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me) - Simple Plan
Devil's Dance Floor & Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly
Jesus of Suburbia & Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
The Anthem & The Young and the Hopeless - Good Charlotte
In Too Deep - Sum 41  
Helena & I'm Not Okay - My Chemical Romance
The Middle & Always Be - Jimmy Eat World 
Mr. Brightside & Somebody Told Me - The Killers
I Write Sins Not Tragedies & Camisado - Panic! at the Disco

I'd have so many more I could put in here, but I tried to keep it as early 2000-ish as possible. I know, Self Esteem is ten years older than most of the others, but somehow it snuck its way into my emokid playlist, what can I say. (I totally wanted to add more 90's Green Day stuff as well, but I digress...)

I just noticed again how hilarious all of Panic! at the Disco's song titles are, especially from their first album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Ah, good times. 

Also, I feel like I should mention My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade album, but that might just get its own post in the future since I am a sucker for concept albums ... and this one was kind of the epitomy of the theatrical emo phase of the early 2000s! ;) 

Did you ever listen to that kind of music? If yes, do you still like to go back to it from time to time? 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Makeup for Glasses Wearers

Most of the time when I'm wearing makeup, I also wear contacts. Sometimes I can't be bothered to put them in however and wear glasses instead, and somehow I feel I do my makeup slightly differently on these days.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Roundup: #09

Everytime I sit down to write these Sunday posts, I'm absolutely baffled that another week is over. Tomorrow I'll wake up and it will be Christmas already, I swear ...

Personal things first: I hope that by the end of this day, I will have hit page 40 of my MA thesis- that would mean that I finished half of it, and I love that thought.
As I'm writing this post, I'm rewatching X-Men: Days of the Future Past, which might be one of my favourite movies of this year. Thinking about it, I guess I prefer it over Guardians of the Galaxy, even though I loved that one as well!

Anyways, here's a roundup of what happened on the blog this week:

On Monday, I posted about my August favourites, which includes stuff from Catrice, KIKO, Lush and Dr. Bronner's.
Tuesday, it was lipstick time! Read my post on my Autumn lipstick picks here where I show you some pretty plum/violet shades for the upcoming season.
Wednesday's post marks the beginning of a new series called "style snippets", where I take snaps of my makeup and outfit and compile it all into a picture-heavy post, which I really like the idea of. Read the first Style Snippets post here.
On Friday, I posted about a great palette for Autumn, which is completely matte- the Sleek Ultra Mattes V2. Definitely consider that one if you're into darkish matte eyeshadows!
Finally, yesterday brought you the second installment of the empty products post, where you'll find reviews of both makeup (MaxFactor, Catrice) and skincare (Dr. Scheller, Balea, Garnier).

Also, you might have noticed that I changed my banner into a very simplistic little icon/logo. I quite like it, it gives my blog a cleaner look in my opinion.

As always, have a lovely Sunday and enjoy the rest of your weekend! :) 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Empty Products #2

It's time for the second empty products post! Read the first one here.
I feel like these posts are the ultimate product review posts- if you've gone through a whole product, you're bound to know if they're good and worth repurchasing or not; personally, I find posts like these really helpful!

From left to right: MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation - Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless - Catrice Cosmetics Eyebrow Filler - Dr. Scheller organic apothecary Organic Jasmine 24h Moisture Care - Balea Aqua Moisture Serum - Garnier Miracle Skin Cream

Friday, 5 September 2014

Budget Palette for Autumn: Sleek Ultra Mattes V2

Personally, I'm pretty much done with Summer, so my mind is thinking about Autumn related posts non-stop! So after my lipstick picks, here's another one, and this time let's talk eyeshadow.

In my opinion, matte eyeshadows with a decent formula are hard to come by, especially in the budget buy section. But I do have one palette that is completely matte and harbours both neutrals and a lot of darker, autumnal shades- the Sleek Ultra Mattes V2. The "V2" means version 2- there is a V1, which is also completely matte, but with much brighter (and more unwearable) shades.

Why is there hair on the palette? I swear it wasn't there when I took the picture! >.<

As you can see, there's traces of some wear and tear on this one-and there is really not one shade that I haven't used before or that seems absolutely unwearable to me, so that's also a plus.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Style Snippets #1

I didn't have a post scheduled for today - shock horror! - but as I am taking a break from thesis writing at the moment I thought I'd put up a little post anyways. (Yes, I'm taking a break from writing by writing something else, I'm really smart. Not.)

Today I met my old friend from school for lunch (cue for me stuffing myself with too much Asian food), so I actually had to put on clothes that weren't leggings and a shirt (which I wore yesterday since I didn't really leave the house, oops). I'm not really good at fashion-y posts so don't expect whole outfit posts in the near future since I'm rubbish at taking full body shots of myself, but I can still give you snippets of today's outfit and makeup.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Plum & Violet Lipstick Picks for Autumn

Since we've officially reached September, I'm sure I'm not the first one to post about Autumn-related beauty products. So for today, let's talk about my favourite makeup product category of all time- lipstick!
To me, autumn is the time for plums and violets (the turn of the reds and burgundys comes later in the year) and for this post, I'd like to suggest three gorgeous shades for the upcoming season.

From left to right, we have these three beauties: MAC Craving (Amplified) - Estée Lauder Insolent Plum - MAC Heroine (Matte) 

Monday, 1 September 2014

August Favourites

Let's start into September by remembering August, shall we? Here's my favourite beauty related products from the past month:

As you can see, it's a mix of makeup and skincare bits- here's some details: 
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