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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright…
Are you familiar with West Side Story? It is, I have to admit, one of the few musicals I care about. This and Lion King. Everything else, think Starlight Express or Cats, are totally lost on me.
But back to the song. I heard it when I was 13 and never was able to get it out of my mind. Not because it is a masterpiece in tune and lyrics (I wouldn´t be able to judge that anyway), but because the feeling it describes is one that I wanted for myself.
I want to dance the streets, pitying every girl that isn´t me. I want to feel so confident in my own skin that I shout from the rooftops how perfect I am.
Not that I have yet achieved it, which may be a good thing given my singing skills, but 13 or 38, the quest continues. And anything that reminds me of that song is very welcome.
Like the #pixipretties collection that landed at my doorstep recently.
They say anticipation is sometimes better than the actual event.
I find that to be especially true regarding anything weather dependent. How many times have you looked forward to summer barbecues outside and ended up inside because of hail and storm? How many times have you dreamt about snow ball fights in a winter wonderland only to shuffle through muddy pools in constant rain?
I know I have been disappointed numerous times, so when Flanconi (an online beauty store) reached out to me and asked for an Indian summer look, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It may be wet and cold outside, but here on the blog we´ll have all the gold and orange we long for.
And what can I say, after I finished filming the sun decided to make an appearance and I was able to actually shoot outdoors! I am not going to jinx it, but if we get a prolonged period of beautiful weather here in Germany now, I will claim magical makeup skills.
If not, this Indian Summer look will see me through the disappointment.
Many of you may know it already, but almost a year ago I switched jobs. I used to work as a senior physician on an ICU, now I work in Public Health.
There were many reasons for this decision, family and being there for the kids the main one, but I am not going to lie: Being able to paint my nails whenever I felt like it was at least helping in making it easier.
When you work on ICU (or anywhere in the hospital), your nails have to be short and bare. Which means I could only paint my nails on a Friday night and had to take the polish off on Sunday. If I didn´t work the weekend, that is.
Now I am free to paint my nails whenever I like as the only thing stopping me is the need to use my hands. For the kids, for blog work, for eating crisps while watching Netflix.
Latest on my paws? The Faby Ego Collection for Autumn/Winter 2017 (*PR-Sample).
A long time before Kate Moss became the icon she is today, she was famous for a different look. And a different lifestyle, but that is a whole other story.
Her look was topic of heated discussion, it was called the “heroin chic”, basically because the models looked like they were drug addicts with dark, smudged eye makeup, pale faces and very (very!) thin, androgynous bodies. Artistic expression versus healthy body image, Kate Moss versus Claudia Schiffer, the discussion took over print media and school break chat, and I, starting to embrace makeup at the tender age of 15, was right in the middle.
Given my complexion and body type it soon became obvious that I would always be Team Claudia, willing or not, because I at least had a (very, very) small resemblance to her and would never ever qualify as androgynous.
But still these images made a huge impression, one that I can still see now, twenty years later, in my makeup preferences.
Case in point? I am drawn to everything labelled “smoky”. So it was about time I tried the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara.
Practice makes perfect, that is true for everything in life, makeup included. But some things are harder to practice than others.
Take liquid liner for example. It is an obvious black line on your face. So if the practice isn´t there already, but you still need to leave the house that day, you are in a difficult situation. You could of course hide for a few days and draw a line over and over again. But that would be kind of excessive don´t you think? It does work though. Let´s just say that I started wearing liquid liner in a time where I had no work commitments and obviously no social life to speak of.
Or you could turn to a product that makes applying liquid liner ridiculously easy. Because it is designed like a pen, one you grab and draw a line like you have done it a hundred times before. Just on paper, not on your eyes. Should work the same, no?
I grabbed the L´Oréal Super Liner Blackbuster recently and put it to the test.