Taking out the trash XI – March 2017 Empties

Three months ago, I decided it was time for a fresh start. My empties started piling up, and the cute (and quite big) box I was storing them in was bound to overflow. As I am still trying to shop my stash a lot and finish what is already in there, I was heading straight to trash mountain.

A sight neither pretty nor inspiring.

 

March 2017 Empties – quite a lot, don’t you think?

 

Now fear not, I am not going to go all Marie Kondo on you. I will never ever be a minimalist, but sometimes you just have to let go.

So in January 2017 I dumped all my stuff into the trash and started again, quickly accumulating what is now my March 2017 Empties.

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New in for Spring – Fashion and beauty haul

One thing that is very important in a relationship is sharing a passion and goals. And keeping my marriage a happy one is among my top priorities.

My husband was thrilled when I announced that recently, but somehow his enthusiasm dwindled considerably when I made him sit down and watch lookbooks on You Tube.

 

 

All for the greater good, I might add. For the purpose of helping me film my latest haul, which, surprisingly, consists of fashion as well as beauty stuff.

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Inspired by Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 Collection

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!

And this months installment is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 collection, and it is all down to you guys!

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 (Source)

 

You may not have known what you were voting for, but you recently got to decide on Twitter whether I was going to do the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 or the MAC Work It Out look.

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LLL Vlogs – Friends and facials

February is usually a pretty exciting month for me. I mean, we all do expect a little bit of action around our birthday, don´t we?

 

LLL Vlogs – Friends and facials

 

Well, for the last few years my birthday was a pretty low key event. In fact the last big celebration with friends was when I turned 30. To explain that, let me quickly walk you through the years that followed.

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February Favorites 2017 – Where do we go from here?

You may have noticed there wasn´t a Favorites post last month. Quite frankly, after doing my Favorites for 2016 (see Makeup and Skincare here in case you missed them), I felt like there wasn´t much to report.

So I settled for February Favorites and a short break, mentally preparing to have a really big list of things to mention.

 

A few of my February Favorites 2017

 

Turns out, that isn´t the case. I do have quite a few makeup bits, but only one skincare item (shocking, I know) and I completely forgot about the lifestyle category. Bad Vlogger indeed.

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Inspired by Dior Colour Gradation Makeup Collection Spring 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!

Dior Colour Gradation Makeup Collection Spring 2017.

 

Dior Colour Gradation Spring 2017

 

That one was a challenge. I don’t own many blue eyeshadows, and even though I know that blue is going to be big this year, I don´t think I will invest in many more. Achieving a gradient look when your range of color is limited… Oh well, we learn and grow. And in this case, the look was the request of the lovely Carol from Carol in a page, my favorite Italian blogger, so giving up was not an option.

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We get the glow – Our final thoughts

Of course I had expectations when starting this challenge. Some were met, some weren´t and I was in for a few surprises. Caffeine withdrawal, for example.

 

We get the glow – final thoughts

 

And of course I had some expectations after finishing. Which I, technically, just did yesterday. But it was my birthday a week ago, and six weeks was all about incorporating the changes you made for the last weeks into your daily life, so we decided to see how a day with sugar would affect our general mood and well-being.

I had some cake in the morning. I had some sweets with my co-workers at the office to celebrate. I had more cake in the afternoon.

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First Impressions KIKO and pixi makeup

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.

 

First Impressions KIKO and pixi makeup

 

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.

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We get the glow – Looking back at week four

Something I realize now that the challenge is on the home stretch: I am an impatient person. The closer the end is, the more I want to be done with it.

Actually this realization isn´t that new, and may be contributing to the fact that I sometimes quit right before a task is 100% accomplished, simply because I can´t be bothered to spend any more time on it.

 

We get the glow

 

I was relieved to learn in one of my management courses that there is a name for this behavior and that it is, actually, a desirable feature.

How come, you ask? Please let me explain: When taking blog pictures, how often is the first one you take the only one? How often do you look at the screen and tell yourself: Yes, that one will do just fine?

The answer is probably: Not often.

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My everyday makeup routine – It is all lies

As much as I would love to tell you that my current everyday makeup routine was inspired by the crisp white snow against the red berries on the ilex in our garden, it would be a lie.

I started wearing this makeup in early December, when the holidays rekindled my love affair with red lipsticks. Which is technically the second lie, as my love affair with red lipsticks does never need rekindling.

 

My everyday makeup routine Winter 2017

 

Around the holidays there was no snow to be seen. Just grey clouds heavy with rain and brown, rotting leaves. Not the prettiest colors to use as makeup inspiration.

It still may be a seasonal thing though, because the colors I picked are less warm than what I usually go for, and as I learned on other blogs throughout the last weeks, many people tend to go for cooler shades in the cold (see Dagmaras beautiful winter look for example).

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