Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bobbi Brown | Haul



Dark circles under my eyes get me extremely frustrated. I can sleep as much as I want, they just never go away and no concealer really wants to work. The reason these dark circles always show is just that I have very fair skin and in the eye area my skin is almost "translucent" ;) so everything shines through. This might sound worse than it actually is, but I am sure you get the point. :)

I have watched sooo many tutorials on Youtube on how to cover up dark circles and I have used sooo many different concealers but I never got a result which was as good as I wanted it to be. Recently I watched some older Essiebutton videos and she was using the Bobbi Brown corrector. She was saying how great it was for her fair skin so I found a silver lining hoping that this would be the product to end my dark circle misery.


Today I finally went to the Bobbi Brown counter and got the corrector as well as the concealer kit which is good to use with it and in the end I also got a new foundation because I actually needed a new one.

 
I can't wait to see how this is going to work. A review will be up soon, but in the meantime I would like to hear what you guys have to say about these products. Have you tried them? What do you think of them?  I am looking forward to hearing from you guys.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub | Review

Last week I went to the city to specifically check out the Kiehl's counter in one of the department stores because I had heard great things about their products. The Kiehl's guy was really nice and told me all about the company, how it started and A LOT more than that, it was fun though.

I was a bit overwhelmed and didn't really know if I wanted to buy something/ what I wanted to buy, because if I am being honest with myself I have more than enough of almost everything. I then remembered though that I needed a new facial scrub because mine was almost empty. The guy showed me three different ones and I ended up buying the Pineapple Papaya one.

I know that Kiehl's products are perfume free, which is why this product smells nothing like Pineapple or Papaya, but for some reason I can't get this into my head. Every time I have applied this product during the past week I was always a bit "surprised" that this doesn't even have a hint of a fruity scent. It just smells like pharmacy in my opinion, but I mean in the end the smell is not important.

After this week I have to say though that I am really not a big fan of this product. It's alright but definitely not worth its' price. In my opinion it doesn't have enough scrub grains in it at all. The three little
orange dots you can see in the picture are the scrub grains, there are a few more white ones but really not a lot. When I apply this to my face most of my face does not have any scrub grains and thus I can't exfoliate my face as I would like to.

About twice a week I get the urge to "deep-clean" my face. That's when I use a scrub. This one really isn't of much help though. To me it's more like a face wash, that's how little it peels. I much rather use the Neutrogena Daily Face Scrub. It has much more scrub grains and it still is very gentle to the skin because the grains are very fine and soft.

This Kiehl's one does leave the skin feeling nice, but not peeled and fresh and clean like a different facial scrub would. I really regret buying this, but I'll just use it as face wash or something.

The man at the Kiehl's counter gave me a lot of samples which I really enjoy. Especially one of the moisturizers, a toner and the BB cream they have. So I should have saved my money and gotten one of the those, but like the Germans say:
Later you're always smarter. ;)

Have you tried this scrub? Am I just using it wrong or something? What are your favorite Kiehl products? I want to hear all about it.

-L 


First Glossybox | Unboxing

About 3 weeks ago I decided that I really wanted to have a beauty subscription box and looked at all the options that are available in Germany. I watched a bunch of Youtube videos to figure out what the best one would be and in the end went with Glossybox.  Right after I ordered I read all these stories of people saying how bad the Glossybox has been for the last several boxes, so I had mixed feelings this morning when it FINALLY arrived. :) It felt really heavy though so that was a good sign I thought.

I have to say I am very happy with this one. It was all original products sizes except one and even that was a decent sized sample. The value of the box was really good as well. But let me tell you what was actually in there:

Neutrogena- Bodybalm with Nordic Berry
This was the first thing that caught my eye, obviously because it was the biggest one. I have heard of Neutrogena's Nordic Berry line but then again I don't even know what Nordic Berries are supposed to be. Anyone? Nordic Berries? Well I goggled those mystery berries and they are amber-colored berries, similar to raspberries or blackberries. They are also called cloudberries and they actually do look like little orange clouds, you should check them out. ;)   Anyways they contain very high levels of Vitamin C, so I guess that's good for your skin?! Well that's what Neutrogena says and they even tell me that "the hydration level of my skin is going to experience a threefold increase". Well that just sounds to good to be true, but we'll see right? I'll let you know about my hydration levels. ;)


BIGSEXYHAIR- Big Volume Conditioner
This conditioner I am very excited to try. I have heard a lot of great things about the BIGSEXYHAIR products and since I seem to have volume-resistant hair maybe this will be my new miracle product. I sure hope so. I have really, really fine hair and I have tried a whole lot of things but nothing works. If you guys know any wonder-weapons for flat, fine hair please tell me!!!

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics- Lip Blush
First when I saw this I got excited, but then I thought that it probably won't be as good as my chubby sticks. I wanted to try it straight away and I was a bit shocked. This product glides on super easily and is so pigmented and opaque it's crazy. The one I got is bright red and I felt like a clown, but I guess that's just me because I never really use super bright lipsticks or anything. It's a stain as well, it's really hard to get off. I was very surprised about how this felt on my lips. It doesn't feel like anything is there at all and it doesn't seem to be drying either. So I guess this might be a really nice product but I am not sure I will like it that much, just because of the color. I'll try it again, but for 15€ it's quite expensive and I would probably never buy it.
 
Sans Soucis- Eye Shadow 240 Navy Blue
This seems to be a very nice eye shadow. I really like the color, it's a nice dark blue which is definitely useable. I don't wear blue too often but sometimes. The shadow is super soft and not chalky or anything so I'm excite to try this. 

Eucerin- Even Brighter Day Cream SPF30
It's always good to have SPF day cream I guess. I can definitely use one now that summer is supposed to come. Summer is taking it's time but at least I am prepared now. ;) We don't want to get all burned and wrinkly. Isn't that right?  


 





That was the May Glossybox.  I am not disappointed at all, I am actually quite happy with it. Plus there was this cute Glossybox Notebook in there for all "my glossy notes". So sassy. ;)

Have you tried any of the products that were in there? What do you think of them? If you would like to read more in depth reviews of any of the products let me know.

-L

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review | Lush Mask of Magnaminty

I just recently discovered Lush for myself. For me Lush has always been "that soap store". I knew they had a lot of soaps and bath bombs but was unaware of the miracle products hidden there. ;)

So about a week ago I went to Lush and bought some stuff. A body lotion, a foot mask and a face mask. I was super excited to try everything, especially the face mask. I got the Mask of Magnaminty, basically for one reason: I love mint! I thought it would be great to but a load of mint paste onto my face plus the mask smelled amazing. Well minty.

I put the mask on as soon as I got home and what can I say? It was (minty) haven. The mask was cooling when I put it on my face and gave the skin this fresh sensation which I can't really describe. It felt like the mask was really cleaning out every single pore, it was so nice that I left it on for way longer than I was supposed to. Then I washed it off and peeled my face a bit with the almond pieces which are in the mask. My skin was so soft and clean, I was amazed. I was always happy with the results of regular drugstore masks, but I have to say this feeling was a lot better.

My skin didn't feel dehydrated, like it did with regular masks. I always had the urge to put on moisturizer straight after I washed masks off. With this mask I felt like my skin had everything it needed and I couldn't stop touching my face because it felt so great.

Next I want to try one of the fresh masks they have. However I do highly recommend the Mask of Magnaminty.

What are your experiences with Lush masks? Which one is your favorite? Can't wait to hear your recommendations.

-L

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review | Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

As a Nivea Ambassador I was sent Nivea's newest product- the Nivea "In-Shower Body Lotion". The little brochure that came with the product got me really interested since it claimed that you apply this in the shower, wash it off, get out of the shower and dry yourself as usual with your towel and then you don't need to apply lotion anymore and can get dressed straight away. It basically is an alternative to regular body lotion.

I try to apply lotion once a day and most of the time manage to do so, but sometimes I get lazy -or I just don't want to feel greasy -or I just don't have time. So I was excited to see if it actually worked, because it would be a great alternative for when I am in a hurry or for the summer when it's hot and I don't feel like putting on lotion.

So I have tested this product over the past week and I have to say I am surprised. I was quite skeptical, but I really like the In- Shower Body Lotion. My skin does feel hydrated and soft when I get out of the shower and it does feel like lotion was applied. There are two different kinds of this lotion, one for normal skin, one for dry skin. The one I got was for dry skin, which was good because I usually have dry skin. It's not overly hydrating though, it definitely wouldn't be enough for the winter but for the summer this will be great.

Overall I really like the product and would recommend it -I am not saying that because Nivea gave it to me for free. However there is one point that could be improved, the packaging. The bottle gets really slippery during the process of applying the lotion in the shower and has slipped out of my hands several times. A pump bottle would be much better.

Have you guys tried this product already? What do you think? I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
-L

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Worth the hype: Clinique Chubby Sticks

I might be a bit late with this. I think about every blog I read has mentioned the Clinique Chubby Sticks and how great they are.

It took me a while to get convinced to go out and get one. I am not the biggest fan of wearing lipstick. I don't like the fact that it needs to be reapplied on a regular basis and I also find it hard to find colors that really suit my fair skin. I usually forget to refresh my lipstick and most lipsticks dry out my lips. When it comes to color I like lipsticks which are basically like my natural lip color but a bit more extreme.

With that being said, it has always been hard for me to find lipsticks I really like and usually I use them for a couple of days and then I abandon them in a drawer.

That's why I was intrigued by the idea of colored lip balms. I have heard a lot about the Revlon Balm Stains and would have liked to try those first, but unfortunately they don't have Revlon in Germany. (WHYYYY???) So I went directly for the Chubby Sticks and was just hoping that I would like them, since they are quite expensive.

I got them in the colors Mega Melon (04) and Curvy Candy (14). Really pretty colors. I love the feeling of the balms on my lips, they are moisturizing, and last forever. Another big plus is that you don't need a mirror to put them on.

Some people think that the chubby sticks are not pigmented enough, but that is one of the main things I really like. The color is sheer but still very noticeable, at least on my lips.

Mega Melon is kind of a brownish red, but definitely more red than brown and it has a bit of golden glitter in it. Curvy Candy is a very nice natural pink. I really like both of them, but Curvy Candy is my favorite.

I am glad I invested the money. The Clinique Chubby Sticks are absolutely great and I am probably going to buy more.

What do you think about the chubby sticks and what are your favorite colors? Has anyone tried the "intense moisturizing" chubby sticks? Can't wait to hear form you guys.

-L

Cheesecake Lemon Bars... yummy,yummy


Today I... was in the mood for baking. I didn't bake anything in quite a while even tough I love it. I always have a problem when it comes to the point where I need to decide what I want to bake. I have a couple of classics, however I also have a lot of stuff on Pinterest I want to try.

What was it going to be? What was it going to be? I decided to go the safe way. Cheesecake Lemon Bars. I got this recipe from Pinterest but have made it a couple of times already. I absolutely adore these Lemon Bars, they are super lemony, moist and they have a CHEESECAKE layer. How much better can it get? ;)

Anyways, I don't even want to say much more, absolutely amazing recipe. You should try it and I am sure you will like it. I mean, who doesn't like lemon bars and cheesecake? Trust me the combination is even better. Here is what you need.

For the crust: 
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
For the lemon layer:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
For the cheesecake layer:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs


Alright first of all preheat your oven preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and then grease and flour a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.


Next whisk together 1.5 cups flour and the confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl. Now put in the butter chunks, mix it up a bit until you get a crumbly texture and then knead it to combine everything.

In the next step you press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared baking dish to form the crust. Bake the whole thing in the preheated oven until it's golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove it from the oven, and set aside, but leave the oven on. You'll need it again (same temperature).

Now for the lemon layer you whisk together 4 eggs, 1.5 cups of sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, the lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl and pour that mixture into the prepared crust. It doesn't matter if the lemon mixture goes over the edge of your crust, so don't worry, just pour it all on there.

Last step is the cheesecake layer. Mix the cream cheese and 1 cup sugar in a bowl, whisk in 2 eggs and then spread over the lemon mixture. You don't have to be very careful, it doesn't matter if the two layers get mixed up, they will separate during baking. Now put that in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

That's it! :) It's so easy to make these, and they are sooo good. If you make them, let me know what you think. How do you like the Lemon Bar/ Cheesecake combo?

Lemon bars, anyone? ;)


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