Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spoil me Sunday

It's Sunday. Great. I am not a big fan of Sundays because it means that the weekend is over and the next day is Monday, which is even worse than Sunday. To make this day a little bit more enjoyable I try to always make time for a little pampering session. Everything that I don't really find time for during the week I do on Sundays to get all niiiice and fresh for the week ;)

Today I... am going to show you what I do on my "Spoil me Sundays", I think everyone should have a spoil me Sunday every once in a while. We all deserve some pampering after a long week, right?

Where do I start? Oh.. nice, long shower. I like showering, a lot. It makes me feel like a new person, especially on Sundays. I do the usual stuff that I do in the shower but additionally I use a hair mask and a scrub. The scrub I have at the moment is heavenly. It was a bit pricy but definitely worth it. It's by Sabon and I got the "Tropic" kind. They have several different kinds of this scrub and they all smell so nice. I actually had difficulties deciding which one I was going to get, but I ended up getting this one cause it smells so summery.

All of the Sabon scrubs are made with natural oils and Dead Sea Salt and leave the skin so, so soft. I can't even describe it. The oils in the scrubs really moisturize the skin and the Dead Sea Salt removes all the dead skin cells. For me there is a major difference in how my skin feels after I used this scrub. Must be the best I have ever had.

During the winter time I have been using the Body Shop Shea Body Butter when I got out of the shower. I have extremely dry skin in the winter months so the combination of the oils of the scrub and this body butter was great to moisturize my skin. Now that it's finally getting a bit warmer I feel like the oils from the scrub will be enough. Still I want to tell you about the Shea Body Butter. It smells absolutely fantastic, kind of like warm nut cookies or something like that. It's hard to describe the smell, but next to this amazing smell it has a very nice texture and is just extremely rich and leaves the skin feeling so good. There is not much more I can say here, but I really recommend this to anyone who has kinda dry skin. This will solve the problems, at least it does for me.

Today I also used a face mask. I recently bought this Montagne Jeunesse  Tropical Peel Off mask. It's a nice peel of mask, left my skin nice and soft, and it smells like you are rubbing a fruit smoothy on your face. Very nice. I like that it actually comes in a container so you can take just the amount you want.

Another product that I have recently been using about once a week is the Clarins Huile Santal Face Treatment Oil. I got a sample of this at Sephore a month ago or so and I will definitely buy this once I am done with the sample. A few drops of this go a long way, which is why my sample is still quite full. This oil is supposed to sooth and comfort dry skin and prevents moisture loss. I have a bit of combination skin, which is why I mainly just use this on the dry parts of the face, but I like it a lot.

 I also did my nails today. I got some new nail polishes last week, but since I was busy with exams I didn't actually try them yet. So I was quite excited. I am not very good at nail art and I don't like it when it's too fancy anyways but I love accent nails. I am a big fan of Leigh Ann from Leigh Ann Says and she made a whole video about how to do tri-accents. It's unbelievably easy and looks great and I have been doing this ever since I watched the video and they always turn out quite nice. I am also a big fan of the new mint-green nail polish that I got ;)

I am a bit obsessed with oral hygiene and white teeth. I whiten my teeth a lot, not only on Sundays, but I thought I'd throw this in here. At the moment I use the 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel by Plus White. I got a little package were it came with the Whitening Gel, a Pre Whitening Rinse and a little whitening tray and I am very happy with this. I saw a lot of reviews about this product on Youtube, so I had to try it and I recommend it to anyone. It's super easy, quick and quite inexpensive, most importantly it actually works very well.

Well that was it for today. I hope you enjoyed this post. :) What products do you guys use on your "Spoil me Sundays"? Any products I need to try?

If you have any comments or questions just comment down below. I will definitely answer. I am looking forward to hearing from you guys.

XO Linda

Friday, April 19, 2013

Addicted: Carmex

Hi everyone :) I have been really busy with exams the last couple of days, BUT I am actually done now. No more exams. I really wanted to do another post and now I have the time for it.

Today I... want to talk to you about one of my all time favorites, Carmex Lip Balm. I have tried so many different brands of lip balms and some were alright, some were really bad, but I was never actually satisfied with any of them. A couple of winters ago my lips were super dry and I decided that I had to get a new lip balm. I went to a drugstore in Germany, saw Carmex and bought it because it was one of the only ones I hadn't tried yet.

What can I say (this going to sound dramatic) it was one of the best decisions ever. I love Carmex. Even when my lips are completely screwed up, I put some Carmex on, booom ;) they are all good. I love the feeling of it on my lip and I can't really describe it but it's somewhat cooling and soothing at the same time. It leaves the lips so soft and it gets even better when you use it after you use a lip scrub like the Lush Mint Julip which I talked about in my last post.

I would never go back to another lip balm, unless something proves to be even better. ;)  If you haven't found a lip balm yet that you really like, I highly suggest to try Carmex. Maybe it works for you too.

I saw the other day that Carmex also has body lotions. Unfortunately I haven't figured out yet where I can get those, because they don't have them neither in Germany nor in the Netherlands. Maybe I can order them online somewhere. If the lotion is nearly as good as the lip balm, I need it. ;)

Have you guys ever tried the Carmex body lotions? What is your favorite lip balm?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

XO Linda

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My current top 5

Today I... am going to talk about my current top 5 favorite products. I was going to do a post about my all time 5 favorite products, but while I was trying to come up with those I realized that that was a mission impossible. There are too many products I like and and they keep changing, thus "current top 5". ;) So let's get started.

Fine ONE ONE- Benefit Cosmetics
While there are many Benefit products that I like a lot, I have to say that this one must be my favorite of all the ones I have tried so far.

Benefit describes Fine One One as a "sheer brightening color for cheeks and lips". I personally have never used it on my lips before but I love it on my cheeks as a blush.

The way you apply it is as easy as pie, you take the stick with the highlighter color facing up and run it over your cheeks, blend it a bit with your finger and your good to go.

Next to the adorable packaging of the product I just like how easy it is and what a great result it gives me. I used to sometimes struggle a bit with where exactly on my face I need to put the blush. Now I don't need to think about that anymore because the highlighter color in contrast with the nice red and the coral color accentuates my cheek bones and gives more shape to my face. I really like this product and I highly recommend it.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub- Lush
I bought this Lush Lip Scrub about two months ago and it was my first ever Lush product. I often times find the scents of Lush products overwhelming, however this scrub I fell in love with in an instant.

You have to know that when it comes to mint I am a bit of a freak. I love, love, love the smell and taste of mint and if I see something that has to do with mint I usually buy it.

Now this scrub said it is a peppermint/chocolate scrub so I wasn't too sure if I would like it since I don't normally like beauty products that smell like chocolate. However the chocolate scent is so subtle that I really didn't mind and the smell just made me wanna buy the product. I tried it straight away when I came home from shopping and loved it. It leaves your lips so, so soft and it actually tastes fantastic. If you like After Eight you will love this ;)

I had never heard of Steamcream before, but when I was doing some shopping at Urban Outfitters after Christmas they had it on sale and I really liked the packaging so I ended up buying it.

When the order finally arrived at my house I read the little brochure that came with the cream and found out that Steamcream is an all natural, vegan cream which is handmade in the UK. You can use it for your face, body and hands and supposedly it is very moisturizing.

I can definitely confirm that. The cream is very rich but still absorbs very quickly and makes your skin feel super soft and moisturized. In the winter I also used the cream on my face, but I do feel like it might be a bit much now that it's getting warmer. Still I very much enjoy this cream and what I really like is that the tins come in sooo many different designs. The designs are all limited editions and keep on changing and sometimes they even work with famous designers to design new tins. You should check out their website.

essie- Status Symbol
There really isn't much to say about this nail polish. It was the first essie nail polish I bought and I can easily say it was worth it.

I have used around half the bottle until now and every time I am impressed by how long it lasts on my nails.

I know that essie has a whole lot of nice colors but the reason I like this one so much is that it is quite hard for me to find a pink nail polish which looks nice with my skin color. I have quite fair skin so a lot of pinks are too bright or so dark that you wouldn't really consider them pink anymore. This one goes great with my skin color and still is a pretty bright pink.

La vie est belle- Lancome
I have been in love with this perfume by Lancome. It am not going to try to describe this scent to you, my description wouldn't even be able to give you an idea of what it smells like. Just go out and smell for yourself.

I really like sweet perfumes, so if you are someone who does not like sweet perfumes you won't like it. If however you do like sweet perfumes I am sure you will love it.

Since I have this one I haven't touched the other perfumes I have and I think it will stay that way for a while. ;)

Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed this post about my current top 5 products. Have you tried any of them? What do you think?

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I am excited to hear what you guys have to say.

Talk to you soon,

Lindaaaa :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dreaded first post... ;)

While I have actually made the blog a couple weeks ago I am only writing my first post now. I have been procrastinating it for a long time but now I finally got around to it. Lets hope I am not going to delete everything half way through again (that has definitely happened several times before, I just didn't know how to write this). ;)

Anyway, I am extremely excited to start and I am sure that I will have a lot of fun. So let's do this.

Today I... Just wanted to let you guys know who I am and why I decided to start this blog. Exciting, right? ;) My name is Linda, I am 22 years old and I am from Germany. I currently live in the Netherlands because I am going to university here. Next to Germany I have also lived in Ireland and in the US. I lived close to Seattle, WA for a while when I was younger and I really wanna go back there soon.

I have "a bit" of a beauty/ make up obsession and while I have tried several times to stop spending so much money on beauty products, I have given up this internal fight. I just love trying new products too much. So what better way is there to get in contact with other "beauty freaks", like myself, to share all of those "top-secret" beauty tips and products with. ;)

We will see what will actually happen, but the plan for now is to share what I like.

For now I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend.

Talk to you soon,

P.S.: Yeayy, I actually finished my first post. ;)

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