Brand Spotlight Doctor Duve Medical Skincare

Even though I think I have picked up quite a bit of blogging lingo over the years, some things will forever be alien to me. Like the term “branding”. Sure, I know what it means, but the first thing that comes to my mind is a cow getting marked with a red hot iron. Which maybe isn´t that far from reality, now that I think about it.

Or “Instagram theme”. Luckily that is already so 2016, with lot´s of big names telling us how liberating it is to no longer have one. Good thing I never figured out what mine would be, or I would have dozens of rainbow picture probs going to waste now.

 

Brand Spotlight - Doctor Duve Medical Skincare
Brand Spotlight – Doctor Duve Medical Skincare

 

If I look at my feed though I can´t help but notice that there is some repetition going on in my pictures. Not in terms of probs (I don´t use any) or background (most of the time it is my bathroom wall), but in terms of the things I take pictures of.

Because, believe it or not, the majority of my pictures is skincare routines. The real ones, the ones that I actually did put on my face, and as I am a huge fan of thoroughly testing a product, you will see the same pots and pumps over and over again. Boring? Maybe.

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Inspired by YSL Solar Pop Collection Summer 2017

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

The look that made the cut this time is effortless, summery, and (quite an exception this season) not featuring blue eyeshadow and orange lips. Not that I have any issues with that combo, I quite surprisingly really like it, but I have shown it here already and was up for some diversity.

 

YSL Solar Pop Collection
YSL Solar Pop Collection

 

According to Yves Saint Laurent, the YSL Solar Pop Collection is inspired by the vibrant colors and exotic adventure of a jungle safari, which took me by surprise. I did attribute solar pop to space adventures and Sci-Fi settings, but maybe that is just me? The promo picture though, a model casually leaning against a giant stone, palm leaves in the frame, does fit into the safari picture.

At least the kind of safari that you do in elegant clothes, wearing a full face of makeup. Probably the Glamping version of a safari, without the sweating and the dust and other things that inevitably would ruin your white silken blouse.

But enough with profane reality, let´s dive into the world of makeup, where anything is possible and wearable.

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New in from pixi – The SEO dilemma

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?

 

New In from pixi
New In from pixi

 

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.

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May 2017 Favorites and Recap

It seems to become a tradition that I start my Favorites posts mentioning one thing that would have made it into my monthly recap for sure, had I known it already when filming.

Same thing happened with my May 2017 Favorites and Recap : I had a day off work on the 23rd, managed to sit down to film AND edit this video, and the next day, casually browsing beauty blogs as you do, I learned that Sephora is coming to Germany.

 

May 2017 Favorites and Recap
May 2017 Favorites and Recap

 

Really, it is, with a set date and all, and the best thing?

Out of the few locations they picked for the launch, Heidelberg, my home town, will be one! To my understanding Sephora will open its doors as part of a warehouse chain called Galeria Kaufhof (already sporting quite a selection of beauty things) in late July, and will most likely not carry the same brands people in the US can buy there.

But as someone deeply in love with many of Sephoras own products (read about them here and here for example) I am over the moon anyway and will make sure to stop by for a shop as soon as possible.

But enough of telling you what did NOT make it into my May 2017 Favorites and Recap, on to the things I actually talk about.

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Philips Lumea Prestige IPL At Home Laser Hair Removal Treatment

They say that Social Media only shows the perfect aspects of someones life. The polished, madeup and carefully curated pictures you plan to share with your following. A life full of parties, healthy eating and perfect winged liner.

True, I´d say. But not entirely true.

See, for the review of the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL at home laser hair removal treatment (and breathe) I decided to grow out my arm pit hair. For two weeks. And to take a picture and put it online.

 

 

This is a sight not even my husband had seen before, and we have been through two pregnancies (shaving is acrobatics) and two newborn phases (staying awake to shave being the challenge here).

But there it is. On the internet. For everyone to see. Along with my makeupfree face in tutorials or close-ups of my acne scars for review purpose. Honestly, you guys have seen things usually reserved to very close family members.

If you are still with me after an introduction going against any SEO and blogging tips, thank you. The review of the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL at home laser hair removal treatment shall be your reward.

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Taking out the trash XII – May 2017 Empties

There is a little devil inside me that wants everything to go as planned. Or, even more, to plan everything.

Of course I can hear all mums out there laughing at me, and I KNOW, you can´t plan anything when you have small children, as they will inevitably throw up/ a fit / the keys behind the cupboard when you are pressed for time. But I thought in my own little online bubble, things could be planned. Scheduled out nicely, prepared in advance, uploaded when it was meant to be uploaded.

 

May 2017 Empties

 

Like Empties posts, once every three months. One in March (see here) and the next one in June. Quarterly. But wait, is it June already? No. It isn´t.

The video that was supposed to go up instead wasn´t ready. Because my camera decided to throw up/ a fit/ the keys behind the cupboard. Isn´t it funny how electronics sometimes act like little children?

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How to manage Blog, Kids and a full time job – my first ever Q + A

When this video goes live, it will be at the end of my holiday. One glorious week spend with Mr. Loca and the kids in Southern Germany, in Obersdorf to be precise. A proper family holiday with zero, and I repeat: ZERO blog work done.

 

My first ever Q+A – Grab some tea!

 

Ah, the irony! Because in the video, my first ever Q and A, I answer a few questions. No surprise here, this is the purpose of that kind of video after all. The main topic everyone seems to be interested in however is: How do you fit everything into 24 hours?

Spoiler alert: There is no secret. I simply invest every spare minute. Sounds hard? It is, but I found a quote that sums up my feelings in an obviously exaggerated way:

„Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.“

Now I am not exactly sure if I will feel the same way after I get back from my break, but given that I am very disciplined (food being the main exception), chances are this will not be my last video.

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My everyday makeup routine – Spring 2017

In my very early makeup days, colorful eyeliner dragged out to an exaggerated wing was the only look I would ever leave the house with. The colors were bright blue, turquoise or green, all colors I had seen my mother wear. To be fair, she never tried to pull off an Egyptian inspired wing in turquoise and repeatedly tried to talk me out of doing it on my eyes.

 

Everyday Makeup Spring 2017

 

Of course I knew better and didn´t listen, and I am forever grateful that no one in my family was into taking pictures, so there is no evidence I need to destroy.

 

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April 2017 – Favorites and Recap

Blogging has given me quite a few surprises since I started. And I am not going to tune in to the great community chorus here, or talk about the many things it taught me. Or the late nights and weird face paintings.

No, I am going to share with you something that I never thought would ever happen.

 

 

I got an eMail. And it was written by a cat.

Not just any cat, but a fabulous and tech savvy cat that lives pretty close to me. And that happens to have an eye for design and the corresponding web shop (here)

Short story short, that cat designs and sells printed tees, something that is all the rage in fashion right now. Says Likoli (the cat), and who am I to disagree?

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Inspired by… Dior Diorshow Pump´n´Volume

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

 

Dior Diorshow Pump ´n´ Volume (Image Source)

 

The „Inspired by“ series has been featured on this blog for almost two years now, and there have been a few changes to the format. Some noticeable (like doing a video instead of a written tutorial) and some probably unnoticed, but very important nonetheless. One of the latter has been the fact that about six months ago Mr. Loca kindly agreed to take my pictures (only the Inspired by ones, he still refuses to carefully arrange lipsticks). And so it was only natural that he had more of a saying in which looks we would shoot.

Out of curiosity I asked him what made him pick certain ads. Was it lighting, pose, artistic expression?

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