Thursday, 30 October 2014

October Favourites

The end of October has rolled around, and we all know what that means ... it's Favourites time! These are one of my favourite posts to read/ videos to watch, but for some reason I always tend to forget what I loved using in the past month and need to brainstorm a bit before it comes back to me- I guess I should really start making lists during the month or something. Anyways, here's what I've been loving this past month:

# Essence 155 red ahead - OPI Monsooner or Later - KIKO 3 in 1 MAT Fortifying Fast Dry Base/Top Coat: 

So I've really been into wearing red nail polish this month, and for most of the time I wore Essence's red ahead, which is a ridiculously cheap dark crimson nail polish (I think they're not even 2€) that lasts for a week without chipping on my nails. Maybe it's the polish itself, or maybe it is the combination with the KIKO 3 in 1 Mat Base/Top Coat, but may nails really were chip-free for at least a week! Same goes for OPI Monsooner or Later, a lovely scarlet red shade that lasted equally as long paired with the KIKO Base/Top Coat.

# Sleek Contour Kit (Light)

The Sleek contour kit is such a nifty product to have in your collection; the dark shade is matte and perfect for contouring and carving out your non-existent cheekbones (at least in my case), and the highlighter I love both on top of my cheekbones and as a inner corner highlighter for my eyes! When I'm not wearing my NARS Laguna Bronzer, chances that I'm wearing this on my cheeks are very high. 

# MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick (LE)

This lipstick is part of a matte lipstick collection MAC has released for the Fall season, and it's my favourite for two reasons: firstly, because it's a gorgeous matte shade (a lovechild of MAC Rebel and MAC Diva, if you ask me), and secondly because it has garnered a lot of traffic for my little blog- you guys seem to dig this shade as much as I do! Here's the full review: click.

# Pimkie Coat

A few weeks ago, I bought this gorgeous jacket/coat from Pimkie, and since it's gotten a lot colder in the last week or two, I have finally started wearing it. I love the leather sleeves and the asymmetric cut, and last time I wore this in combination with my black fedora, I kind of felt like a medieval witch hunter, which was ... pretty awesome?!

# Lipstick Tray

I ordered a lipstick tray via amazon a few weeks ago, and while this might not be the most interesting of objects, it just makes me insanely happy to have my lipsticks organised on my dressing table, so it's definitely a favourite for me! For 6,99€, this was a total bargain and I'm seriously debating ordering a second one, because let's face it- it's already full ... #oops - Click here for a full dressing table tour

# The Wet Brush

I have already gushed about the magical properties of this hairbrush in a seperate post which you can view by clicking right here, but let me tell you washing my hair and brushing it out afterwards is a whole lot easier since this brush has entered my life. I still don't know how exactly it works, but it brushes through my hair like a knife cutting through butter, so I'm chuffed. You can order the Wet Brush on amazon from various retailers. 

# Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation 

This is my medium-full coverage foundation of choice right now; it comes in a pretty bottle including a pump and really leaves a very nice semi-matte finish on your skin. For those days were my skin isn't looking so great, this gets the job done! I have a full review of this foundation right here

# (Tiny) Yankee Candles 

If you follow my instagram (which I'd love!), you'll know I've been buying these tiny Yankee Candles lately. Let's face it, I can't and don't want to afford the big guys, but these tiny ones are actually really nice and are very potent anyways. My favourite so far is Wild Fig, but I recently bought Vanilla Chai which really leaves your room smelling like a spicy Chai Latte, so that's pretty awesome as well! 

Phew, well this was quite the list after all! What have you been loving this past month? :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Review: MAC All Fired Up & Flat Out Fabulous

So I think I've already established that I'm a fan of bright lip colours, so it really was just a question of time until I caved and added a few more to my collection. My most recent additions are two retromatte MAC formulas, Flat Out Fabulous and All Fired Up. Basically, I wanted to get them ever since they were released in last year's Fall Collection, but I opted for the shade Relentlessly Red then (also included in the swatch picture above). Anyways, one year later, they're finally mine!

The MAC retromatte formula is really as matte as it gets- I've never tried anything similar. Yes, they are very dry in application, but as long as your lips are exfoliated and moisturised, they don't tug in my experience and also feel quite comfortable on the lips. The staying power of these is pretty much insane- they last for hours and also survive drinking and eating without needing much of a touch-up. Naturally, they are a bit harder to remove as your average lipstick as well- but that's a price I'm willing to pay for a fuss-free, long-lasting lipstick!

Flat Out Fabulous is described as a bright plum matte, which I think is a lot more wearable than a bright pink matte (think Candy Yum Yum) while still staying in the same shade family. While swatching it today, I thought it would probably look really cool layered with the MAC Heroine lipliner (LE), so that's definitely a look I want to try out soon.

All Fired Up comes described as being a bright fuchsia matte, and when they were released one year ago, I thought it looked a lot like Relentlessly Red. In direct comparison however you can see that Relentlessly Red is a lot warmer, while All Fired Up has a more neutral undertone. Basically, it is a super bright twist to the regular red lipstick that due to the neutral undertones pretty much suits everyone- three of my friends own this lipstick as well, and they're all entirely different types, but it still looks awesome on all of them! 

Currently, MAC carries four of the retromatte lipsticks in their lineup: All Fired Up, Flat Out Fabulous, Relentlessly Red and the classic Ruby Woo - so if you're a fan of a super-matte, long-wearing lip colour and don't mind a little dryness, these are definitely worth checking out! 

Monday, 27 October 2014

What I Love About Blogging

A new hobby. I started blogging a few months ago in my last ever summer break as a university student for two main reasons: firstly because the summer months are long and I needed a reason to procrastinate and not concentrate on my MA thesis (lala...) and secondly because my amazing friends and family gave me an awesome camera for my birthday and told me to start a blog already! So here we are. 

A creative outlet. When I was a kid, I loved drawing. Sometimes I feel like even though I don't really do that anymore (which is really a pity), doing my own makeup still kind of counts as having a similar creative outlet- it's all about playing with shapes and colours, right? And when I'm happy with the result, I can choose to share it with the world, and I think that's awesome. 

My own space. Having a blog that you work on by yourself is your own little space on the internet where you alone are responsible for the content you create. Even though this blog is dedicated to beauty and makeup related content, I love to blog about music here and there as well; it's another passion I have and if I feel like sharing, I can- because it's my space and I decide what's going to be published. 

Sharing ideas. I talk about makeup a lot- and my dear friends have to listen to me ramble about it whether they like it or not. Sometimes however, they'll ask me about products to try out and stuff like that, and I'm always really happy when I can recommend something I know they'd like. Now that I blog about the products I like, I can reach more people and maybe even help some of you out- I can ramble on about the things I like, and who knows, some of you might even benefit from it! 

Reflecting and growing. I've never been good at writing down my schedule in calendars, let alone writing a diary, but for the past few months, I've been quite consistent with blogging. Ideally, I'll keep up posting regularly and be able to look back at posts that are a few months old, reflect on what I did and thought then and improve on that. 

Learning new skills. Blogging for me is not only about improving the skills I have (e.g. writing content in a foreign language), but also tackling things I'm not that savvy with- for example technical bits (my knowledge of HTML is very rudimenary still) or photography (I've still got a long way to go here); it might just be happy, but at least it's a productive one. 

What do you love about blogging?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday Roundup: #16

Another week over, time for another Sunday roundup! 
This week I really didn't post as much as I wanted to and I'm sorry for that, but since I had the chance to spend a lot of lovely quality time with my friends these past few days, socialising was my priority! :)

This week on the blog: 

Monday: It was all about makeup brushes at the beginning of the week! If you're looking for a buffing brush that fulfills your liquid foundation application needs, click here to read my comparison of the Real Techniques buffing brush and the XCSOURCE buffing brush ... 

Tuesday: Should you be wondering what music to listen to in these dreary Autumn days, how about Glen Hansard's "Rhythm and Repose"

Thursday: Most days, I'm feeling a bright lip- Thursday, I combined MAC Russian Red with a silvery grey smokey eye, and I daresay it looked rather nice

Saturday: If you have the same problem as me, namely owning lipsticks you don't really wear because you can't pull of the shade, maybe try this easy trick and play around with lipliner ... 

Other than that, me and my girls (except one of them who is unfortunately not in the country and somehow acts like she can't abandon whatever she's doing in Switzerland for a couple of hours to join us ;)) finally managed to have a Sunday brunch together at my place! There was sooo much food involved, it didn't even fit on the table- obviously, my table is too small! (There's also so much food still left, so after I typed up this post I will go and stuff myself with lots of leftovers ... nom!)

Also, my friend Dani (who is an evil person that gets off on other people's pain) brought over her Doctor Who DVD box and practically forces me to watch the whole series now ... currently on episode four and I guess I won't stop watching anytime soon ... so that's my plan for the rest of the day. Food in abundance and Doctor Who. 

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! :) 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Making Lipsticks Work

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I mostly wear bold, colourful lipsticks. I'm bad with finding nudes that I like on myself, so I normally opt for bright shades. A while back, I posted about my MAC lipstick collection- the pink shades including one of the Viva Glam ones, Viva Glam Nicki

Now if you've read that post you'll know that Viva Glam Nicki is not my favourite shade and that I've always been struggling to wear it because of it's bright baby pink-ness (for lack of a better expression). Since I refuse to owning a lipstick that I can't really wear, I've tried out a pretty simple way of making it work out today- it's very straightforward, but I still haven't really thought about it before, for whatever reason. 

As you can see, the key is playing around with lipliner in order to arrive at the desired shade that's actually wearable. I paired Viva Glam Nicki, which is a very bright pink with yellow undertones with a mauve coloured lipliner by Essence (very cheap, bargain buy) to mute down the colour and tada- wearable dusty pink shade that looks like a pretty everyday lip colour!

I'll definitely try this trick on a few more lip colours that I don't wear that regularly because of similar issues- I think it's just a pity to own lipsticks you've spent a decent amount of money on and then not wearing them!

Are you thinking about lipsticks you could possibly pimp with the right lipliner underneath now? ;)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Face: #10 - Grey Smokey Eyes & Red Lips

As of yesterday, the Autumn/October weather has hit Austria and it's rainy and overcast all day while the temperature dropped at least ten degrees in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. Now I love my dark vampy lipsticks in Autumn, but sometimes when it's really grey outside I want to wear something really bright to counteract the dreary weather. So yesterday, it was just one of these days where I wanted to wear a bright red lip- and of course, I automatically gravitated to MAC Russian Red for that ...

Since I had a lot of time to get ready yesterday, I whipped out quite a lot of products to put on my face to pass the time ... 

Base/Complexion: Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation - Essence Match 2 Cover Concealer (to clean up my lip line) - KIKO Natural Concealer 01 - Catrice Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder - Essence Metal Glam Highlighter (LE) - KIKO Loud Night Bronzer 01 Supple Satin Honey (LE; swirled together as a bronzer/blush mixture)
Eyes/Eyebrows: Sleek Bad Girl palette (shades marked with an X) - Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 palette (shade marked with an X + the white in the top right corner as a brow highlight) - KIKO Skinny Fit Kohl Kajal 01 Intonation Shell - Catrice Liquid Liner 01 Don't Leave Me - KIKO Ultra Tech Curve Mascara - MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme Deep Dark Brunette 
Lips: Essence Lip Liner 10 Femme Fatale - MAC Russian Red 

I really was in a mood for bright lips yesterday, so I did a little shopping (let's call it retail therapy) and ended up buying two other very bright MAC shades as well: All Fired Up and Flat Out Fabulous. They both come in a retromatte formula and they are- as the name of the latter suggests- fabulous! Reviews and swatches coming up very soon!

So what about you? Do you like bright lip colours to counteract the grey skies? :)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Flawless Albums: #02 - "Rhythm and Repose" by Glen Hansard

A few weeks ago, I posted my Autumn playlist on this blog- I was listening to it a few minutes ago while catching up on reading all the blogs I follow (I've been slacking a bit the last two days) and a song by Glen Hansard ("Bird of Sorrow") came on. All of a sudden I was in a mood to listen to the whole album because it's simply perfect. 

Glen Hansard is an Irish singer/songwriter/actor (you might know him from the film "Once") who I've actually come across when I saw him play live at a festival a few years ago. The album "Rhythm and Repose" is as far as I know his only solo album to date and was released in 2012. 

So why is this album so perfect, you ask? 
As always with music, it's hard to explain; to me, it's perfect for the season. It just sounds autumnal, in a way. Let's just say if you're into folky, singer/songwriter acoustic type of music, Glen Hansard is your guy. The lyrics are like poetry to me; Glen Hansard writes these kinds of lyrics that are so relatable, quotable and introspective that I always have the urge to look them all up and post them somewhere...

So without further ado, my top tracks from Rhythm and Repose:

Maybe Not Tonight
"Echoes from another time
Playing lightly on my mind 
There's many rivers still to cross
To temper the bitterness in love"

Bird of Sorrow
"Tethered to a bird of sorrow 
A voice that's buried in the hollow
You've given over to self-deceiving
You prostrate bow but not believing
You've squandered more than you could borrow
You bet your joy on all tomorrows for the hope of some returning
While everything around you is burning" 

"And if I can have the glory
I'd give it up gladly
Oh how we sucked in the lime light
and left best friends behind 
Will you come walk beside me 
To the end of this story
And I'll let you go gently
Among your own kind" 

Side note: I used to listen to this album when I was commuting to Vienna by bus veeeeery early in the morning, looking out of the window and watching the sun rise. It's the perfect piece of music for moments like these because it's just so calm and beautiful to listen to; it's also one of my favourites for falling asleep.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Comparison: Real Techniques Buffing Brush vs. XCSOURCE Buffing Brush

Last week I posted about my newly acquired XCSOURCE brushes, and since the buffing brush is so similar to the Real Techniques buffing brush, I thought why not write up a little comparison post to showcase just how similar they really are. 

If you want to read about the set of brushes I got from XCSCOURCE, please click here to be linked to my post of last week! On to the comparison ... 

As you can from the pictures above, from a bird's eye perspective, these two brushes look very similar, with the handles being equally long, the only real difference is that the XCSOURCE brush is a bit more dense than the Real Techniqes buffer. I already mentioned it in my previous post about these brushes, but I also think that the XCSOURCE brush is a bit softer, which probably is due to the fact that the bristles are more densely packed. 

In an overall comparison, I'd say that the Real Techniques buffing brush feels and probably is sturdier than it's cheaper equivalent- sometimes while using the XCSOURCE brush, the bit where the black and silver part of the handle are glued together can feel a little bit flimsy. It doesn't take away from the performance of the brush when it comes to application, but I still think it is something that should be mentioned. 

When it comes to the actual application process, I don't find there to be big differences; both of the brushes work great for buffing in liquid foundation which helps you get the work done pretty fast- which is the main reason why I love this type of brush for foundation and why the Real Techniques buffing brush is such a hyped product. 

If you own neither of these brushes and wonder what to get, the question is really what else you're looking for- both brushes come in sets of four brushes; in terms of quality, I think they're both really good especially if you consider that both of them are pretty much budget buys if it were possible to purchase them seperately. 

The Real Techniques buffing brush is part of the Core Collection (~ 27€ on amazon) and comes together with a contour brush (which I love for highlighting), a flat foundation brush (which I have little to no use for) and a detailer brush (for pinpoint concealing or even as a lip brush). 
The XCSOURCE buffing brush can be ordered in a set of of four brushes as well which are all kabuki style brushes (~ 12€ on amazon), but the brand offers different sets so you could also opt for one that combines face and eye brushes, for example.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Roundup: #15

Aaand I'm back with another Sunday roundup! Hello to my new followers, thanks for stopping by and subscribing, it's highly appreciated! I literally get so excited when I get a notification of someone new following me, you have no idea! :D

This week on the blog:

Tuesday: I reviewed a few new brushes I ordered on amazon two weeks ago- four different kabuki style brushes that can be compared to the Real Techniques offerings; I will have another post on the XCSOURCE buffing brush in comparison to the Real Techniques buffing brush coming up in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that! 

Wednesday: Another product review, and this time it's about the absolutely magical Wet Brush. If you have thick, tangly hair get this brush, thank me later. 

Thursday: Let's talk about a brush cleanser that isn't from MAC and does the job as well while being cheaper: the KIKO brush cleanser

Friday: If you're into cake and other delicious stuff, do yourself a favour and try out this super simple brownie recipe! They turned out wonderful at my first try and still taste awesome three days later, so ... get baking! 

Saturday: Finally, here's a little dressing table tour featuring the classic IKEA Hemnes dressing table- easily my favourite part in my flat. 

I've been trying to get back into the habit of reading these past few weeks, and I think I'm actually making progress, wohoo! As I'm working in a bookstore (not for long anymore, though) I got two new books last week- I've been downloading a lot of free ebooks lately, but it just doesn't compare to the feeling of holding a physical copy of a book in your hands. Since one of my friends is a total Fitzgerald fangirl, I bought Tales of the Jazz Age and The Beautiful and Damned; I'm almost finished with Tales of the Jazz Age, yay me!

So I might try to finish this later on because it would give me a weird feeling of accomplishment- finishing a book by the end of the week. But we'll see how that goes, knowing me I'll probably get stuck in front of my laptop watching YouTube videos and chatting with my friends on Skype ...

Whatever you're up to, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I wish you a good start into the next week! :)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

My Dressing Table

When I first moved to a bigger flat, one of my dreams was having a dressing table in my bedroom. A few months later, a trip to IKEA made that dream reality and now I'm the proud owner of the popular Hemnes dressing table. 

A few months ago, I also added the even more popular IKEA Alex that fit perfectly into the corner next to my dressing table- I don't really store makeup or beauty related things in there, it became more of a set of drawers for miscellaneous things that were just rolling arond in my bedroom before. 

I tend to rearrange the setup of my dressing table all the time; either by rearranging the stuff that I keep on the surface or cleaning out the drawers- there's always something I feel like changing. Right now, I actually really like my setup, so I thought I'd share. 

IKEA Hemnes dressing table 149€
IKEA Alex chest of drawers 99€
IKEA Jansj√∂ clip lights 7,99€
IKEA Godmorgon drawer dividers 9,99€
TRIXES lipstick tray via amazon, 6,99€

Friday, 17 October 2014

Simple Brownie Recipe

Another first on my blog: a recipe
I have never posted a recipe before, but the brownies I baked yesterday were just too delicious not to share! It's pretty straightforward and simple as well- I've tried to make them for the first time and they turned out perfectly chewy and delicious, not to mention super-chocolatey! 

250g sugar
200g dark (baking) chocolate
200g butter
150g flour
175g chopped walnuts/hazelnuts 
3 eggs
1 sachet vanilla sugar
a pinch of salt 

1. Whisk together the eggs, the sugar and vanilla sugar until well combined. 
2. Melt together the chocolate and butter in a double boiler until it's smooth, then let it cool down before whisking it into the sugar and egg mixture. 
3. Add your flour, chopped walnuts or hazelnuts and a pinch of salt into your brownie batter. 
4. Pour your batter into a baking tray and have your oven preheating to 175 °C.
5. Bake for about 25 minutes and your brownies should come out perfectly chewy and delicious! 

Try to let them cool a bit after they're done baking- I know, it's hard. They were still a little warm when I cut them into squares and I just couldn't resist munching down one of them instantly. And help myself to another one 10 minutes later. Oops.

As already mentioned, this is pretty easy and straightforward, you don't have to be a domestic goddess (or god, for that matter) to make them; but it's still so satisfying when you dig into something you made yourself, especially if it's a decadent little sweet treat! :)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Budget Buy: KIKO Brush Cleanser

Brush cleanser is one of these products that makes every beauty addicts life a lot easier- especially when you're a bit lazy like me. Still, I feel it's also one of these products that aren't really talked about lots in the community, which I also understand: looking at pretty pictures of eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks is much more fun! 

Nevertheless, I think if you're playing with makeup a lot and therefore use lots of brushes, it's necessesary to have a good brush cleanser in your stash. Who wants to deep-clean their makeup brushes all the time? Exactly, nobody. 

Now I know that MAC do a very popular brush cleanser, but with products like these, I will probably never feel like spending the extra money on it just because it's manufactured by a certain brand when I can get it for much cheaper somewhere else. In my case, "somewhere else" is the KIKO store:

The KIKO Brush Cleanser comes in a nifty spray bottle that contains 50ml/1.68 Fl.oz. for the amazing price of 5,90€! This comes in very handy for spot cleaning foundation brushes (we don't wanna press the dirt and germs from previous days onto our face, do we) and eyeshadow brushes- because there's nothing more annoying than not having a clean blending brush when you're doing your eye-makeup. 

It usually takes me a few months to finish one of these bottles, so I think for the price you really cannot go wrong. I usually stock up on these when I visit the KIKO store- you know, just in case I unexpectedly run out of the bottle I'm using at the moment. So if you want a brush cleanser that doesn't break the bank and you have access to KIKO (they have an online store and deliver to a lot of countries), check this one out! 

The Wet Brush: Magic?!

Almost a year ago, I watched a YouTube video by Rachel Whitehurst where she basically gushes about this brush for six and a half minutes. Now, I've been following Rachel for a few years now and I know she's as honest as people get on YouTube, so I knew this thing called "the Wet Brush" must really be something magical.

I don't know when I consciously decided to grow out my hair, and a year ago it wasn't that much of an issue, but now that it has grown moderately long, it gets so very tangly. My hair in general is very thick and full, so naturally the longer it got, the harder it was to brush. First, brushing was only an issue when my hair was wet, but in the past few months I noticed that even in its dry state, my hair sometimes resembled a haystack and was really hard to brush- especially in the morning. I basically only used a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair, but it got tedious very fast. So I thought to myself, "Hey, if Rachel said the wet brush is magic, maybe this is the right time to order it!".

A few days later, my very own wet brush arrived- together with my XCSOURCE brushes and a lipstick tray (post will follow):

After using it for a week, I have come to the conclusion that this brush is indeed magical and probably made out of fairy dust. I don't know what it is, and how exactly it works- because this thing looks like a total basic bitch brush- but somehow, this detangles and brushes wet hair like a boss.

I first tried it out on dry hair, and even then I thought that it was really nice and brushed through my hair much more smoothly than any comb or brush before. But it did really surprise me when I first tried it on towel-dry hair after a wash- it just glides through wet hair and leaves it straight and smooth without tugging and tearing. This really is the fascinating bit: it doesn't only make brushing your hair a breeze, but it also yanks out little to no hair at all in the process! MAGIC. 

As you can see, I am very, very pleased with my order and would absolutely recommend the Wet Brush to everyone with long, tangly hair! At around 9-11€ depending on the retailer, this also doesn't break the bank either- I got mine on Amazon.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: XCSOURCE Makeup Brushes

Last week I ordered a few things from amazon- and since I needed to add another few Euros to my order to get free shipping, I thought "why not try out new makeup brushes?". Now, I like to think that I have more than enough makeup brushes, but some are just way nicer than others- the Real Techniques offerings being my favourites of those that I own.

While browsing amazon, I stumbled over brushes by the brand/retailer XCSOURCE who offers brushes that optically look very similar to some of the Real Techniques brushes, especially those that come with the pink and golden handles. In the end, I opted for a set of four synthetic face brushes with black/silver handles for roughly 12€:

XCSOURCE flat top kabuki, angled top kabuki, round top kabuki and domed kabuki 
They arrived in a matter of a few days, and my first impression was immediately positive: these are the softest brushes I ever touched! Yes, the Real Techniques brushes are super soft, but these are even softer, so that's definitely a plus. Added to that, they're light-weight but don't feel too flimsy and due to the fact that they're synthetic, they're brilliant for liquid products because they don't soak up all the foundation, concealer etc.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday Roundup: #14

It's Sunday again, woho! How exactly is it mid-October though? When did that happen? Pretty sure last time I checked it was still August? Although, the weather this week has been better than the weather we had in August, which is saying something considering I live in Austria. However, enough of the weather talk- here's what's been happening on the blog this past week:

Monday: At the beginning of the week, I posted about another Movie Music Moment, this time featuring the song "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croche which was utilised beautifully in the newest X-men installment.
Wednesday: If you're looking for some (mostly budget) nail polish picks for Autumnclick this link!
Thursday: My first ever perfume post concerns itself with the question of what scent I'll be wearing for the colder season ...
Saturday: Since my initial review of MAC Fashion Revival got sooo many views, I thought I'd throw in a post of me properly wearing it so you can see what it looks like on with full-face make-up!

Other than that, I've been rewatching Jersey Boys this week and I'm obsessed with the soundtrack/ the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in general. If you're into musical films, definitely check the movie out- if not for the music, then for the lovely late 1950s/60s/70s makeup and fashion!

The soundtrack actually combines music recorded by the actors of the movie, recordings of the Broadway cast (whose lead is also the lead in the movie) and music recorded by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons themselves, which I think is really awesome.

For the upcoming week, I have already planned out a few posts- I've been getting a few things I ordered on amazon in the mail this week, all of them beauty related, so watch out for that!

If you're blessed with beautiful autumnal weather same as I am, enjoy the last rays of sunshine and soak up all the vitamin D; but obviously, I wish everyone who is reading this- no matter which weather you're in- a wonderful Sunday! :) 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Face: #09 - feat. MAC Fashion Revival

Something quite funny happened after I posted my initial review of MAC's Fashion Revival lipstick- the views on my blog at least quadrupled (hah, I never thought I'd be able to use that word in a blog post anytime soon) because it seems like a lot of people are quite interested in that gem of a lipstick. And with good reason, it's a beauty! So I thought why not show it properly in action ...


Base/Complexion: Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Catrice Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder - Sleek Contour Kit (both shades) - Catrice Illuminating Blush 010

Eyes/Brows: Sleek Oh So Special! Eyeshadow Palette - Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner - Kiko Ultra Tech Curve Mascara - Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal (Nude) - MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (Deep Dark Brunette) 

Lips: MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn Fragrance: Burberry Brit

I haven't posted about perfume before, but I guess there's a first for everything. Since most posts lately have been Autumn related, I though why not include a fragrance into the mix ... and here we are!

First of all, I'm not that much into perfume- mostly because they're so freaking expensive and I hardly buy them for myself and obviously rather like to receive them as gifts; but they're never really on top of my list when somebody asks me what I would like for a birthday/christmas/whatever, so my collection is very small.

The one perfume I've liked for some years now is Madame by Jean Paul Gaultier, but in my opinion, it does smell really fresh and Spring/Summer like. Earlier this year however, my mum gifted me a small bottle of Brit by Burberry- which I got really excited about! Since the scent is a lot heavier than Madame for example, I think it's perfect for the Autumn/Winter season, and well ... the Burberry bottles just look so classic and chic, so I like to have it on display on my vanity.

Notes: Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond, White Peony, Sugared Almonds, Amber, Mahogany, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.

This is is definitely a scent I would repurchase when I run out of it (my mum actually has another bottle she might give to me if I asked her about it ... lala), since it's sweet but not sickly and fresh at the same time. One other scent I would just love to own is Si by Armani- mostly because my friend Eva (shoutout to you!) has it and always smells wonderful when she wears it ... but oh, that one is also so expensive. Sigh. 

What's your favourite Autumn scent? 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Autumn Nail Polish Picks

Autumn seems to be a lot of blogger's favourite season, and October their favourite month. For years I wondered why and didn't really get the appeal- surely Summer is much nicer? - but I'm slowly starting to get it. When you live in a big city, summer really isn't that great, because all you really do is sweat. Autumn however offer sweater weather and leather jackets without sweating or freezing, so it's actually pretty nice. An added bonus definitely is the fact that you can wear dark lipsticks without getting too many weird looks- in Summer, a dark red/berry lip more often than not looks a bit out of place. 

That being said, my nail polish choices also change when it gets colder outside. While I like wearing brighter shades in Summer, I like switching to more muted polishes in Autumn. I'm not the biggest nail person, so most of my nail polishes are budget options- and here's five shades from my collection I'll be wearing in the coming weeks:

#1 essence colour& go "155 red ahead": The essence colour& go polishes are ridiculously inexpensive and have a pretty big shade range. On my nails, they actually last fine and I like the formula, so when I'm looking for a specific shade, I normally check this line first. The shade 155 red ahead is a very dark red shade that can look almost black when it's applied in 2-3 layers, gorgeous for Autumn!

#2 OPI Nail Lacquer "Number One Nemesis": The only pricier polish in the bunch is Number One Nemesis by OPI, a shimmery metallic grey shade with greenish shimmer- it's a shade that you don't come across that often. I like this one for the colder months since it's still pretty muted although it's metallic and lasts pretty well on the nails; I normally apply two coats for opacity. 

#3 KIKO nail laquer "317 Dark Antique Pink": KIKO's nail lacquer line is also one I really love because of the huge shade range and because it's so cheap. The shade 317 Dark Antique Pink is one of my absolute favourites right now, it's a dusty rosy shade which looks very feminine and polished. Great shade for every day, basically. 

#4 Catrice Nail Lacquer "72 Auber-Genious": Catrice's nail polish formula is usually not one of my favourites, but the shade 72 Auber-Genious works just fine for me; as the name suggests, it's kind of a dirty aubergine/purple colour with a little shimmer in it- and I love my berries and purples for Autumn, no matter if it's on the lips or the nails!

#5 essence colour& go "162 dare it nude": This nail polish comes to closest to a nude shade in this selection- as you can see, it's more greige than nude, which I actually really like. I don't like to wear peachy nudes on the nails because something about it just doesn't look right on me, but 162 dare it nude is the perfect shade for everyone who wants to wear polish that looks quite classy and isn't too flashy. 

What's your favourite nail polishes for Autumn? 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Movie Music Moment: X-Men Days of Future Past

So I've already done one of these posts featuring the song "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" which is used in a beautiful scene from Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), so I thought I would follow it up with a scene from another pretty recent movie: X-Men Days of Future Past.

I love me some comic book/superhero movie adaptions, and in my opinion, Days of Future Past, together with Captain America: Winter Soldier, was the best release of the genre in 2014.
The scene in question features the character Quicksilver, who was portrayed as such an incredibly charming young master of chaos that it really makes me wonder how the Avengers version of Quicksilver that is going to be in the next big Marvel movie (Age of Ultron) will compare to the X-Men version ... but I'm getting ahead of myself.

In the scene below, Quicksilver helps to break out Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto out of prison (or, uhm, the Pentagon) and uses his mutant power (which is basically super speed) to get them out of a - let's call it 'difficult' - situation and wreak some havoc while he's at it:

The brilliant use of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" makes this scene very memorable: the juxtaposition of Quicksilver's super speed as opposed to the slow pace and melancholic feel of the song work perfectly together.

After watching the movie in the cinema, I immediately looked up the song when I got home- I think that's always a good indicator for music that's used perfectly in film! And it's also one of those tunes that stay in your mind for the rest of the day ...

"But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you wanna do 
Once you find them ..."

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sunday Roundup: #13

I'm going to be honest, I felt a little uninspired to post this week. I had quite a few things on my mind, plus I had more hours at work, so I didn't post quite as much as I would have liked. I hope I can come up with a few more post ideas for next week, but first here's the links to this week's posts:

Monday: I started the week with a music post and talked a little about the soundtrack of Begin Again (2013), a movie starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and Mark Rufallo.
Tuesday: On the 30th- the last day of September- it was September favourites time!
Friday: Thursday before work, I bought a new lipstick which I reviewed for you the next day- MAC Fashion Revival! Definitely a favourite for the current season!
Saturday: Yesterday, I reviewed a new(ish) foundation for you, the Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation! I quite like it, so if you're on the market for a new budget-friendly foundation, click here to read the post.

Today I actually got up before 12am (woho) and visited the Vienna Comix in order to embrace my inner nerd and browse through the stands and look at all the cool stuff I could buy if only I had the money ... I didn't expect to, but I bought a book about David Bowie (thanks to Dani for being a particularly good finder! ;)) because obviously I cannot pass an opportunity to buy Bowie memorabilia.

I'm typing this now after I took a freakishly long nap in the afternoon (oops), trying to enjoy the last few hours of having the flat to myself before my brother comes back from our hometown- so it's probably going to be watching a movie and hopefully planning a few posts for the next week! :)

Have a lovely evening and enjoy the last few hours of your weekend! :) 
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