pixi Pat Away Concealer Base – To tattoo or not to tattoo

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I have to admit, I am a fickle person. And that is what has kept me from getting a tattoo so far.

See, I grew up in a time when having a tattoo was proof of time either served as marine or in jail, but things changed when I reached adolescence and suddenly they were everywhere.

Now most of my friends are tattooed, even Mr. Loca is, and I think it is a beautiful way of self-expression and an art.

Review: pixi Pat Away Concealer Base
pixi Pat Away Concealer Base

 

I decided long ago that I would get a tattoo as well. I was sure of the motif, the placement, everything. But I didn´t have the money and decided to save up for it. While in the process of saving, I changed my mind. First on the placement, then on the motif, then on the placement again.

 

And that got me thinking. Can I really truly commit to one thing permanently etched into my skin?

Jury is still out on that, but it might be the reason why I judge every concealers coverage on its ability to potentially cover a tattoo. Could the pixi Pat Away Concealing base * do that? Let´s find out.

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Winter Morning Skincare Routine 2017

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I would consider myself a morning person. Getting up early, the day at my hands and full of adventure feels amazing.

Of course „morning“ starts when it gets bright and light outside, and here, dear reader, I am facing a problem. Because now, the longest night of the year only a few sleeps away, it doesn’t get bright and light until around 8 am. And by that time I have been up at least two hours already.

 

My Morning Skincare Routine Winter 2017
My Winter Morning Skincare Routine 2017

 

So in order to make me crawl out of bed and function without hurting someone, I need something to look forward to. Something soothing, gently refreshing…

Something like my Winter Morning Skincare Routine.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara – Audience in mind

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Of course I have watched Sex and the City. I’ve watched all episodes, I’ve watched the first movie. I even went back and watched the second movie, even though the first one was pretty disappointing.

So I get what Lancôme is doing here, both with naming and with description. Monsieur Big. „You’ll know he’s the one at first stroke“. They obviously want us to think of Carrie Bradshaw and her somewhat questionable choice of men.

 

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

 

But I cannot help it, with the name, the appearance, heck, even the description I instinctively think of something else. Now I don’t know if any kids (probably mine?) will ever stumble upon this blog post, so I will not go into more detail here. Question is: Is your mind as filthy as mine?

To get back on safe territory, let’s concentrate on the fact if the Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara delivers.

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Instytutum skincare – Brand overview and giveaway!

Almost exactly a year ago, I received a surprise package from a brand I never had heard of: Instytutum skincare.

Now I am always game for new stuff, and over the last year you have seen it featured multiple times here and in the skincare routines I do on Instagram. A brand focused video was way overdue!

 

Instytutum Skincare
Instytutum Skincare

 

Instytutum offers skincare made in Switzerland, was founded by a pharmacist named Dr. Natalia Derkach and is free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial colorants and SLES/SLS.

Their water is filtered five times before used in the products and to emphasize the importance of clean water, they do support the „Waves for Water“ charity (website here) by donating all money made from their Alive Water Hydrating Soothing Face Mist.

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pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask – Ox and horn

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In Germany there is a saying that indicates the impossibility of getting a reaction from someone. Roughly translated it means: “Like pinching an ox in the horn.”

I often think about this saying when I try to get a reaction from my husband regarding new lipsticks, nail polish choices or truly anything makeup related. In fact I was sure that no matter what I´d do, he´d always look at me and say: “Whatever.”

 

pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask
pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask

 

Turns out I was wrong! The pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * did provoke an immediate reaction:

I applied it, left the bath room and ran into Mr. Loca. He, used to my beauty shenanigans, looked at me in disbelief, shook his head and said: “Now you have completely lost your mind.”

Not the effect I was going for, I admit, but at least an instant reaction from a man that usually grunts when asked his opinion.

But which other effects did the pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * provide?

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Taking out the trash 14 – November Empties

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I took last week off work. There were numerous reasons, and the leading one surely was that I had accumulated so many extra hours over summer that I needed to loose a few.

Another, really important reason though was that I wanted to get back on top of my blogging game again. After the summer holidays life was so busy, I never quite went back to my prepared and prescheduling self. And I was tired (in every sense of the way) to write up my blog post the night before publication.

 

November Empties
November Empties

 

You see, I had the best intentions. And, starting Tuesday, I had a sick kid that couldn’t attend day care and needed her mother.

So I sit here, Sunday night, clicking away on the keyboard to get my November Empties ready. I guess life is what happens when you are busy making other plans!

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pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter – Any excuse

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I don´t need more lipsticks. I DON´T need more lipsticks. I don´t need MORE lipsticks. I don´t need… Oh shut up.

Ladies and gentlemen (are there any here?) let me present you with the latest six (ha!) additions to my lipstick stash!

To be fair, I didn´t purchase them myself. They were sent to me, carefully wrapped, in the lovely pixi-green box that brightens my day whenever it appears on my doorstep. Is this an excuse?

No.

 

pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter
pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter

 

I could have given them away, untouched, to a loyal reader.

I could have donated them to a charitable organization.

But, as I said to myself, I have an obligation. An obligation to present you, fellow lipstick lovers, with first hand experience and swatches.

Can you see I am an expert at finding excuses?

So let´s see how the pixi MatteLustre lipsticks * and the pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms * perform!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – 100 years too late

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Out of all the more cultural parts of our life, the only one where I feel truly at home at is literature. Ever since I can remember I was reading, lots and lots, and even though it isn´t nearly as much as it used to be, I consider myself a well-read person.

The others, like music and art, are things I enjoy, but don´t really know much about. So when I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette in a giveaway, it got me thinking.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

 

The renaissance as epoch that celebrated the rediscovery of ancient wisdom, the artists Boticelli, Da Vinci and Dürer, that was what immediately came to my mind. But how did that translate to color scheme and naming of the shadows? Google needed to help.

I am still not one hundred percent sure, but one thing needs addressing: From all the artists and philosophers they could have picked to name the shades, Vermeer was the wrong one. He is, albeit famous, one of the leading painters of the epoch Barock, almost 100 years after the epoch of Renaissance…

Any other flaws I found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? Let´s see.

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Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash – Just my take

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I know I start most reviews with a little story, but things will be different this time. I just had too much to say about the product itself and didn´t want to waste your precious time.

So, the product. The Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash *.

I have to admit I had a hard time with this product.

 

Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash
Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

 

It starts with the mixing. The cleanser is a powder cleanser you need to freshly prepare by adding water. Or adding it to water. Your call.

 

After numerous attempts (and product wasted), I think I have found a way that works for me: I pour water into a small pot and then add powder. This seems to be the best way to actually control the viscosity and amount of cleanser I will get, as adding water to the powder inevitably lead to a “Just a drop more… one more… Ups!”-situation in my clumsy hands.

 

Now, with the mixing down, I could finally focus on the effects the Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash * had on my skin.

And this is where my second concern comes in: The main ingredient is baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Now I know that baking soda is praised high and low in natural and DIY exfoliants, but added to water it is alkaline. And our skin is acidic, for good reason, as this acid mantle protects against dehydration and bacteria. Now the product claims to have a pH of 5.5, which is acidic, but I can by no means see how that is supposed to be achieved with these ingredients?

But how did it fare? Let´s see.

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Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation – Time will tell

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Last time I visited my DM, I was gushing over the new display of LOV makeup they had put up. New eyeshadows, new blushes, new foundations.

The excitement was real! But as always in life, if something new comes in, something old has to go. And sadly, LOV had replaced Max Factor. My current favorite drugstore brand.

 

MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation
MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation

 

Only time will tell if LOV. can excite me as much as Max Factor did (which I can still get, just not in MY DM), but at least it brought to my attention that I had filmed a foundation review on the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation earlier this year, but never got around to upload it.

So if you hear me talk about hot summer days, don´t be fooled, I have not suddenly moved to another country. I just still wanted to share how the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation worked for me.

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