Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March Favourites

NARS Laguna, Garnier BB Cream matte, KIKO Kiss Balm, KIKO Precision Eyeliner, KIKO LE Blush

It's March Favourites time! And, as you can see, with a very small selection of products - which is mostly due to pesky allergies already bugging me, so there isn't much going on on the makeup front right now. Still, the monthly favourites post is something I want to hold on to regardless of how many new products or try or how much makeup I actually wear, so here we go ...

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: KIKO Kiss Balms

KIKO Kiss Balms, tinted lip balms with SPF 15

Normally, I'm all for the full-on lipstick look because no matter if pink, red or violet - I love playling with colourful lip colours. Sadly with Spring, allergy season also started here in Austria, and it takes a serious toll on my skin and also the condition of my lips. I won't be wearing heavy matte lipsticks for a while now I suppose - since I don't want to be completely "naked", I'm switching to tinted lip balms for the time being. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Allergy Beauty

Allergy Beauty Tips and Products

So let's talk about something that's absolutely not glamorous, yet is a problem for a lot of us and something we have to deal with every Spring: allergies. Right now, I'm absolutely torn: the sun is finally coming out and temperatures are rising, so all I want is go outside and frolick around and enjoy the weather. At the same time, I'm already noticing my allergies coming back (it's too freaking early, but what can I do ...), and that puts a huge damper on things.

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Problems with YouTube Culture

As somebody who has followed and is interested in the growth and development of (mostly) the beauty community not only in the blogosphere but also on YouTube, I've debated for a long time whether to write about this issue or not. If you've followed content creators on YouTube for a few years now, I guess you also can't really deny that it has changed a lot in terms of what it represented - these days, everything is extremely profit-oriented. And in most cases, it's not done in a subtle way.

Yesterday I watched a video by Cami, whose videos I watched years ago before she took a break from YouTube, in which she explains why she has quit making them in the first place:

I was honestly so surprised that there was finally somebody who had the guts to openly speak out against everything that is wrong with the current status quo of YouTube culture. Especially when it comes to the beauty community, she just hits the nail on the head when she says the following:

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Life Update

I'm free! Yay! 
As I've mentioned in a few posts before, I had my final oral exam/defensio of my MA thesis on Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who wished me good luck, it worked out brilliantly and I'm proud to tell you that I managed to get an A! Wohoo! 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Face: #13 - Exam Edition

professional makeup for exams

It's been ages since I did my last Face of the Day post, so I thought in preparation for my final (oral) exam in order to obtain my MA degree next week I'll do a post about the makeup look I'm intending to wear that day. Yes, I know. Somehow, I'm able to relate everything in my life to makeup these days ... but who doesn't want to look put together on such an important occassion? Exactly.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Beauty Blogging on a Budget

Since quitting my retail job towards the end of 2014 to focus on finishing my MA thesis and degree in general, I've been trying to save money wherever I can. Naturally, buying makeup and other beauty related junk was one of the first things that I stopped doing since then. So I'm slightly annoyed because when you read blogs as much as I do, there's that constant feeling at the back of your head that you probably need another lipstick. Then again, a girl has to prioritise and acknowledge the fact that when it comes to choosing between having a fridge full of groceries or the next neutral eyeshadow palette, food always wins. 

I think especially when it comes to beauty blogging, we quickly get the feeling that if we don't instantly buy all the latest releases (haha, as if I'd ever have enough money to do that) we won't be able to keep up. Frankly, that's bullshit. So how do I go about beauty blogging on a budget (or no budget for that matter), you ask? Here's a few tips!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Workout Playlist

Time for another music post! And since I'm pretty sure I covered all the seasons last year, how about a workout playlist? For now, I'm still feeling pretty motivated about going to the gym and what not, and every activity is way more fun when listening to your favourite music is involved - right?

I just compiled a mammoth playlist of stuff that's lingering in my iTunes library waiting to be put into a new playlist for my (okay, my brother's which I borrowed for the time being) iPod. I got a little carried away - it's 84 songs which equals 5+ hours of playing time!

I put it together quite impulsively while browsing through my music; I added a lot of upbeat pop-punk songs and a few timeless classics - you'll know what I mean when you go through the list. I rediscovered so much music I love and haven't listened to in ages in the process, I actually changed the whole setup of my iPod after I made this playlist!
So without further ado, here's a giant list of songs that will accompany me at my next trip to the gym ...

I think Spotify automatically orders everything alphabetically, but I just like to put this playlist on shuffle and see what comes up! Man, I totally forgot about the All-American Rejects - I actually really enjoy their stuff! Same goes for Good Charlotte, their songs just scream "Throwback Time" to me, but I still actually really enjoy their music when the mood strikes. To honour my brother and my friend Dani, I absolutely had to put in some Bon Jovi because come on, how could you not feel motivated while you listen to their anthems! A few other classics that always sneak their way into my playlists of course include the likes of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Queen and the Rolling Stones, no surprises there! I absolutely wanted to throw some awesome ladies into the mix, so I've included some songs by Florence + the Machine, P!nk and The Sounds as well! 

There's lot of other artists and songs in this playlist, but if you're interested I suggest you browse through it yourself! I love putting together playlists for different occasions, so this was really fun for me to do - as you can see I got a bit too excited and now it's a super-long one, but hey, at least it's very diverse now! 

Hope some of you have similar tastes in music and enjoy this! :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

10 Beauty Must Haves under 10€

For today's post, I'm summing up the best of budget beauty that's currently in my stash! It goes without saying that there's tons and tons of other products that are amazing and cheap of course - but the following are my current favourites! 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Gym Essentials

Yes, I'm going to be that obnoxious person that thinks she's got everything figured out just because she went to the gym a couple of times. I mean, I definitely haven't figured out how to not die/be able to walk after doing certain leg exercises, but at least I know what to do to feel good about myself while I'm in the gym! 

Monday, 2 March 2015

Self-Promotion vs. Spamming on Social Media

With more and more people creating content and sharing it on the Internet nowadays - be it pieces of art, writing, music or anything else for that matter - using social media platforms as channels for self-promotion has become the norm. Generally, that's a wonderful thing; never before have we been able to share our thoughts and work with a global audience faster than today. However, here's a thin line between keeping it classy while promoting oneself and becoming a straight-up annoying spammer ...

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