Saturday, 28 February 2015

February Favourites

Guys, I've managed to remember that February is ending when it actually still was February! I have the weird urge to pat myself on the back, because normally I always realise that I should have put up a favourites post when the new month has already begun, and then I get really annoyed with myself for not noticing. But I digress, let's talk about my pretty small selection of favourites for the month of February!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Makeup Matches: Brushes and Products

Sometimes we just need to find the right combination of brush and makeup product to really see how great they work together. I love the KIKO Velvet Touch Cream Stick Blush in Geranium for example, but I wasn't really happy with my way of application until a few days ago; my go-to brow product, the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme is probably the favourite part of makeup routine - especially now that I found the right brush to use it with! 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The "I Wish It Was Spring" Palette

Maybe you've noticed, but I haven't really bought and reviewed a lot of new makeup and beauty items since December - mostly due to me not having the budget right now, but also because I want to embrace and use all the stuff I already have. Shopping my own stash became essential in the last two months, and with February almost over, I am craving Spring. Not only when it comes to the weather, but also in makeup. 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Review: Nivea Micellar Water

How did we remove our makeup before micellar waters were a thing? Yeah, I don't remember either. The trend towards using micellar waters for makeup removal was definitely started by Bioderma, but by now there are loads of different ones on the market. This is defnitely a good thing, since Bioderma isn't easily attainable for everybody and now that a lot of global brands jumped on the bandwagon, micellar waters are accessible everywhere - in a lot of different price ranges. 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Top 5 Live Performers I've Seen

This is a post I've wanted to write for a long time now. Even though I'm absolutely untalented when it comes to anything related to music - not that this stops me from singing along really loudly and awfully to my favourite songs - I'm a huge appreciator of those who make and perform music. If going to concerts was free, it would definitely be one of my favourite activities to participate in, that's for sure!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Ball Night

This was supposed to be a Sunday post, but somehow yesterday went by without me being very motivated to put together a post - blame it on the alcohol! I didn't exactly feel hungover after Saturday night, but I was still very tired and not very fussed about the online world. Unfortunately I don't have HQ pictures of hair and makeup as I initially planned, because by the time we were ready we only had five minutes until we had to leave for the ball, it was dark outside and the lighting was crappy so we're left with phone pictures - very sorry about that! 

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Weekend Makeup Bag: #01

Every two or three weeks, I spend the weekend at my parent's house which is about 1 1/2 hours away from Vienna in a smaller town on the countryside. Normally I don't do much there besides visiting my grandparents, eat a lot and maybe go out for a few drinks to the pub, but that's about it. This weekend however I'm going to a ball (yes, we still have those in Europe) organised by the Red Cross, and I'm really excited for that. I never really get the chance to dress up and really doll myself up for a special occassion, so I'm really looking forward to Saturday evening. 

I just packed my makeup for the trip home, and I thought I'd show you what I'm going to bring. My friend Pezi who is also coming asked me to do her makeup (or at least part of it) as well, so I thought I'd bring a little more than my usual picks just in case we need them. So here's what's in my weekend makeup bag:

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

If You're New To Makeup ...

Alternatively: "Drunk Thoughts"

Ideas for posts strike me at the weirdest of times. Friday night when I walked home from drinks with two friends, I suddenly thought about what advice I would give to a person who is completely new to makeup and wants to start exploring the whole beauty world some more ... so I thought why not turn it into a post? And here I am!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Brunch & A Walk Through Vienna

You might have noticed that I've given up on my Sunday roundup posts around the end of 2014. That's mostly because every Sunday, I would feel obligated to get that post done when actually, I would have preferred to spend it with family & friends and not think about it. I think if you have to pressure yourself to post on your own blog, it's never a good thing. So I thought instead of having an obligatory Sunday post each week, I'll only post when I actually do something that I feel like is worth posting about! 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal

I really love cooking and baking, and sometimes I spend hours watching cooking videos on YouTube. It's just so calming to me! Maybe that's weird, but it's actually really rewarding because I stumble over so many cool recipes I would have never thought to try out otherwise. One of my favourite YouTube channels when it comes to all things food is definitely The Domestic Geek - Sara Lynn's video are amazing and she deserves all the subscribers, go check her out! The following recipe is also inspired by her videos, so I'm definitely not taking credit for this cool recipe idea!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review: Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover

Today's post has a different topic than my usual ramblings about makeup (or music) ... it's hair! I don't write about hair-related stuff too often, for the simple reason that I'm pretty "boring" when it comes to my hair. I'm too lazy to straighten or curl it, and the only time I'm getting adventurous is when I forgot to wash my hair and need to conceal greasy roots by doing some braids. 

In November, I dyed my then dark brown hair (also dyed) a darkish red which I initially liked, but after my roots grew out my hair was three colours: light brown roots, a pretty red section from where my light roots gripped the dye better, and relatively dark lenghts. Not a good look, so I wanted a change. Anyone who dyed their hair dark will know that it's kinda hard to change it up again and lighten it, especially when you don't want to ruin relatively healthy hair by bleaching it. 

A few weeks ago, my friend Dani tried out Colour B4, a product that claims to strip your hair of dark hair dye pigments without the help of bleach or ammoniac. It worked out pretty well for her, as it turned her hair colour from a very dark brown to a lighter shade of brown - it didn't go patchy, and it didn't fuck up her hair in any other way. So with that in mind, I also wanted to try this product!

I bought the version that's made especially for stripping the hair of very dark hair dye, but I think they do two other ones depending on the customer's needs. Applicaton is rather simple: 

1) Apply the mixture to dry, freshly washed hair; if you have long/thick hair, the instructions say you can wrap your hair with cling film in order to keep the heat "inside", it helps to activate whatever chemicals Colour B4 consists of. 

2) Wait for 60 minutes, and then rinse for 10 minutes with warm water. After that, apply the protective treatment, wait for another minute and then rinse for another 5 minutes. After that is done, apply the protective treatment again and wash it out like you would with shampoo. 

I didn't expect this product to work miracles, and I was kind of scared that it would go completely patchy or that I would turn ginger - but as you can see on the pictures above, that didn't happen! 

Did it strip my hair of all the hair dye it has accumulated over the years and restore my natural hair colour? Obviously not, but I didn't expect it to either. As you can see, my roots are a lot lighter than the rest of my hair, which is probably due to the fact that there weren't as many layers of hair dye that could have been removed compared to the lenghts of my hair. 

Did it damage my hair in any way? Not at all. I have very thick, healthy hair as it is; it would take a lot of bleach to visibly damage it, I think. Colour B4 stripped my hair of some dark pigment, but it left my hair undamaged otherwise. It also says in the instructions that because of the protective treatment, it would be absolutely okay to dye your hair immediately after using Colour B4. 

Would I recommend Colour B4? Really depends on what you're looking for. If you recently died your hair a dark shade and don't really like it and want to lighten it a few nuances, try it. Now that my hair is a bit lighter, I might dye it a lighter colour to get away from the very dark brown for a while, which is something I couldn't have done with my previous colour. 

Additional thoughts? Be aware that Colour B4 does not smell particularly nice. I've seen reviews where people have compared the scent to rotten eggs, which I think is a bit of an exaggeration, but then again I am not that sensitive when it comes to smells. Either way, it doesn't smell pleasant, but for me the smell was gone after rinsing. Other than that, I'm pretty impressed that it removed the red as well as it did; yes, my hair still has a very warm undertone, but I think that's mostly due to the fact that my natural colour does have a warm undertone/some red pigment in it. 

I hope this was helpful to everyone who has heard about Colour B4 and wasn't sure about trying it out, or is thinking about lightening their hair without having to bleach it! :)

Monday, 2 February 2015

Top 6 KIKO Products

Since I did a post on my favourite Catrice products not too long ago, I figured I could do the same for KIKO as it's another brand I love and always go back to! I know that not every country has KIKO stores, but their online shop actually delivers to a lot of countries - so no matter where you're from, take a look, and you might be lucky even if there's no stores around you! 
So without further ado, here's my top six...

# Eyeshadows: I've swatched a lot of KIKO eyeshadows in the past, and no matter if limited edition or in the regular line, they're great quality for the price. I tend to mostly buy LE eyeshadow palettes from KIKO though, because their LE packaging often lures me in and they never shy away from putting matte shades into their palettes, which not a lot of cheaper brands to unfortunately. I've swatched an LE palette from last summer on the picture above and as you can see, the shadows have a really nice colour pay-off and a great texture! 

# 3 in 1 Mat Base Coat/ Top Coat: This is my base coat of choice when it comes to nail polish. It dries super-quickly and leaves your nails with a really nice matte foundation. If I'm feeling the look, I also use it as a top coat over a coloured polish for a matte finish as opposed to the typical glossy one. Definitely one of my most used products from the brand! (For a full guide to KIKO nail polishes, please click here!)

# Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush: I am not the biggest fan of cream blushes, mostly because I feel those that come in a pan always tend to get messy really fast. That's definitely not a problem you get with stick blushes though! The shade I have is a really pretty apricot shade that blends easily and leaves a pretty, fresh glow on the cheeks. Bonus points for the sleek packagin! (For a full review of this particular blush, please click here!)

# Natural Concealer: I bought this concealer in two shades, 01 being the lighter one of the two which I like for brightening undereye circles and 02 being the slightly darker one I like for discolourations and blemishes. These concealers are really small and dinky, which unfortunately obviously means less product. The formula is amazing however, it's pretty opaque yet blendable - what's not to like? (For a full review of these concealers, please click here!)

# Precision Eyeliner: I feel like every beauty addict needs a good black liquid liner in their arsenal, and this eyeliner fits the bill for me. As you can see above, the formula is a nice deep black; it comes with a very thin felt-tip applicator that gives you good control over how thin or thick you want to draw your eyeliner on. (For a full review of this eyeliner, please click here!)

# Ultra Tech Curve Mascara: I originally picked this mascara up on a whim because I knew my current one was getting empty and I wanted to try something new. As the name suggests, this mascara comes with a curved wand that works really well for lengthening and thickening the lashes. The formula is not too wet/tacky and not too dry - I feel like it's always hard describing mascara, but that's the only way I can put it! 

That's it for my top six! One honourable mention would be the KIKO Brush Cleanser, such a nifty product! 

Do you have KIKO in your country? Have you tried their products? Any favourites? :)
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