Yes, I know it is summer. Hot days, bronzed skin, effortless makeup. And yet, admist a flurry of posts singing praises for dewiness and light coverage, here I am. Ready to talk about a flat matte, full coverage foundation. In fact, about THE matte full coverage foundation – Estée Lauder Double Wear.
Why? I can hear you cry out! Why suffocate my feed with thoughts about heavy coverage? Why plant pictures of my base melting off my face into my mind?
Well, it is easy, dear reader. Because I can. And because it has been almost a year now that I started using the Estée Lauder Double Wear, I have gone full circle, experienced all the seasons. I am ready. And completely off trend, once again.
See, my skin is naturally oily, and while I get lots of compliments on its radiance and glow, I personally never liked it. Yes, I know there is a difference between oily and dewy, but for me, a matte base is the way to go.
So when asked, I´d say something like “I don´t really own any highlighters.”
Which, let me tell you, never was true. My first ever high end purchase were the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Beige, back in 2010. And I did buy a few others here and there, got rid of many again, but kept quite a selection.
Maybe it is the magpie in me, drawn to all things shiny. Or maybe it is the fact that highlighters these days are way different from the glitter explosion that I first picked up at the drugstore aged 14. But whatever the reason: I admit that I have a collection of highlighters. And today I will confess and show you all of them.
Did you know that less than a third of my readers are German? The majority comes from the UK and the US. That kind of puts me in a dilemma:
I have some brand new, sparkling things from pixi to share with you in todays video. But they are only new in Germany, the UK has had them for quite a while now.
So do I title this post: pixi new releases and risk people from the UK thinking it was a click bait? Or do I title it pixi new releases Germany, risking only a third of my readers will be remotely interested?
The difficulties of “having your target audience in mind”, always among the top three of those annoying “How to succeed in blogging” posts that never really seem to help. Wonder how I know? Because I click them every time. So much for “I only blog for the fun and don´t care about numbers” *cough*
Anyway, I decided to stick with New In from pixi as title. Should work well enough.
I am going to start this post with a really unpopular opinion: I don´t like unicorns. Or rainbows. Nah, let me rephrase that: I like rainbows in the sky, but I don´t need them on my mug, my brushes or anywhere in my living room.
And I don´t need glitter, hearts and kittens either.
Because despite not being minimalistic in my makeup hoarding, I prefer sleek, Scandinavian vibes in my surroundings. Which is probably why Too Faced as a brand never really appealed to me. Quite frankly, when I look at most of their packaging I am reminded of the Barbie makeup I so desperately wished for when I was ten. Never got it, got books instead. Thanks mum, see what this has done to me?
But I won a set of Too Faced products in a giveaway last year, and not opening makeup you own would be rude, don´t you agree? I wasn´t raised to be rude, so I decided to look past the packaging and…
My skin was very cooperative throughout the last weeks. Just a few days after I filmed my First Impressions video on the Dior Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation (what a name!) it decided to act up. It was turning from well-behaved to oil slick, from pretty clear to full of breakouts and then, within 24 hours, to dry, itchy and flaking.
That of course had nothing to do with the foundation, I blame it on the change in weather we experienced, but it gave me the opportunity to really see how the Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation would perform. On any skin type.
For all of you not willing or able to watch the video, the loss of course is all yours. But I will sum up my thoughts underneath the clip (remember to watch in HD and on You Tube) so you only miss out on my sparkling personality *cough* and still get all the hard facts.
Recently a blogger I have been following for a long time now (say Hi to Melissa here) did a Q&A. She went through all the questions at lightning speed, only briefly touching the one I am going to build my blogpost around: “How do you keep a long term relationship happy?”
A little background information here: Melissa married her first love and they are still crazy about each other. And as someone that believes that a happy relationship requires constant effort, her answer was quite a surprise for me. She said (rephrased): “I don´t believe you should have to work hard to keep a relationship happy. It should simply be that way.”
Now I am curious to hear what you think about that topic: Is a long lasting and happy relationship hard work or is it a sign that you are in the wrong relationship? I am pretty sure that at least for me work is required, but maybe I am just hard to get along with?
And yes, I can totally see Mr. Loca using that sentence against me in our next argument. Good thing he doesn´t read my blog!
But even if I believe in working for my relationship, there is one thing that I want to be just perfect, no effort required: My mascara. And sadly Benefit Roller Lash mascara was a little bit of a letdown in that department.
I recently had to battle a dragon in order to free my princess.
Now, not literally a dragon and not really a princess, but it sure felt similar. Or at least how I would imagine it to feel, as dragons are rare these days.
I had to face two middle aged men in order to free some Sephora goodies from customs. They were held captive because no invoice was attached, as I had won them in a giveaway.
The battle went back and forth, me trying to explain beauty blogs, Twitter and giveaways to people that barely grasped the concept of a lipstick, but in the end I was victorious.
Home with me came an adorable set of four Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks, each containing 1.5 g of product. They went by the name Honeycomb (described as a beige nude), Fig (a nude rose), Pepper (a dusty rose) and Nori (a deep brown red and my favorite of them all).
Do you remember the „Bag of Empties“ I showed you in a recent video? I have a similar one filled with new makeup goodies that I wanted to try on camera. It takes a lot of self-control not to just rip them open once I have them, but I really want to be more mindful about the things I own and use, so I made myself wait.
Until today: Time to dig into some fresh stuff. Live and on camera! KIKO is a brand I had on my mind quite some time already, and despite owning a few bits, I did not feel ready to form an opinion on the brand.
And we all know, having a proper opinion on a makeup brand is quite important.
pixi on the other hand is a brand that I have worked with before, and while I am excited by their skincare, the makeup I tried was nice, but not mind-blowing. And nice is never enough in this world of competitive makeup.
One of the important things you learn when you get older is: You can´t please everyone. And, more important, you should stop trying.
I admit it is not the easiest lesson learned, and sometimes the question: But why don´t they like me? still pops up in my head, but I have learned to be realistic about my expectations.
So if we learn to apply that to our personal life, why do we expect different from our skin care? Why do we buy a hyped product and expect to love it as much as everyone else does?
I mean, we do know that we all have different skins, different concerns and different needs, how on earth could one product be perfect for each and every one on this planet?
You see, I recommended pixi Glow Tonic to two fellow YouTubers, and while one was completely blown away, the other was a little disappointed. She found the product to be nice, but not mind-blowing, which she had expected.
I get both of them, and I will go into detail why I should have anticipated that later, but first let´s take a closer look at pixi Glow Tonic.