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.
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.
You may have noticed that over the last few posts, I have changed my „ingredients“ setup quite a bit.
I tried typing things out in a continous text, focusing on the ingredients I thought important. Much more enjoyable to read, but too little information.
I tried listing every ingredient, sorted by “Favorable”, “Filler” and “Unfavorable”. Made the blog posts very long. Plus, I am still unsure what is supposed to be a filler ingredient?
And now, doing my very best venturing out into unknown html territory, trying to write out all the ingredients, but hiding them behind a click. That way the post looks less intimidating, but the information is still there for you if you want it.
So there you go: Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner (PR-Sample) – the third design attempt. And, funnily enough, my third daily glycolic acid to review on the blog (See number one here and number two here). If that isn´t coincidence!
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.
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.
Do you know what “bias” means? If you have worked in a scientific setting before, chances are you do.
But did you know that as bloggers we are bound to fall for it? I for one am guilty as charged.
Wait. Let me quickly rephrase that: “Guilty” is too harsh a word, and opposed to medical research a blog post is not likely to have a lasting impact on people’s health and well-being.
But despite all our “neutral and independent” claims, we might be falling for one bias or the other.
The “publication bias” is the one that I feel is the most common: You only publish what excites you or gives positive results. Because no one wants to read about a product that was straight boring and we want our blogs to be a happy place. Is that dangerous? Not really. But it prevents us from sharing helpful experiences that could someone else stop from buying.
And then the one that I did struggle with when reviewing the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: The social bias. You see, I have been reading Caroline Hirons blog for ages. And after watching her vlogs (that never fail to make me laugh), she grew on me as a person. I enjoyed spending virtual time with her. She became a (very unilateral) online friend. So when she released a cleanser, I knew I had to buy it. And I was prepared to love it.
What I was not prepared for, what I simply did not WANT to happen, was that the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse would just be okay for me.
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?
They say with little kids at home you are constantly sick. Now I am happy to report that this is absolutely not true for me, I rarely catch the kids bugs.
But in early March I came down with a cold, and it honestly was the worst cold I had in years. Coughing, sneezing and constantly blowing my nose. Pretty soon the skin around it was sore, red and full of dry patches.
I knew I had to exfoliate, but as someone who’s stash mainly consist of strong AHAs that sounded painful. The acid burn is real, people, especially if your skin is sore already.
Now thankfully I have everything and the kitchen sink in my beauty drawer, and a quick rummage brought the Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm to surface. Honestly the most gentle exfoliator I have used in years, getting rid of my dry patches in a heartbeat while soothing my sore skin!
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.
For someone that went through adolescence before googling personal traits became the norm, trying to find a name or label for what you are could be a challenge. You see, these days I open my browser, type a few keyword and can take a test to tell me if I am intro-, extro- or ambivert.
My 14 year old self had to figure that out all alone. Is being around people invigorating or draining? Would I prefer to stay in or go out? You had to find out on your own.
Which wasn´t a problem. You didn´t really need to have a label anyway, you simply did what felt right.
I kind of picked up on the whole topic again when I read the Instytutum Cleansing Milk (*PR-Sample) press release, as they are quite specific to who this product is designed for: “For those who cherish the tranquility of single footprints in the sand, who revel in the serenity of a glittering lake high in the mountains and who find peace amidst the energy of a bustling city.”
I admit, after a busy day at work and the afternoon spend with two lively (let´s keep things positive here) children that was exactly what I was craving.
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 „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?