Face of Filming – My foundation and brow routine.

When I started making videos, I had no idea how different my makeup would look on camera as opposed to real life.

 

Face of filming - Foundation and brow routine

 

Of course I had heard people mention it, but as always you only ever really believe the things you experience yourself. So after a lot of trial and error, all documented on camera of course, I finally have settled for a routine I am content with.

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August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 will forever be remembered as the month of boxes. And living out of boxes. And falling over boxes. You get the drill. But there still was some stuff, mostly the already unboxed stuff (ha, how many time can I say boxes in one paragraph?), that I enjoyed using.

 

August 2016 Favorites
August 2016 Favorites

 

So here they are: My August 2016 Favorites. Barely any makeup, some skincare and a lot of random stuff. But sometimes life is just that. Random.

 

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Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning – Move aside, Rubens!

I sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong century. Maybe not my set of mind, I guess I fit perfectly into these days with my tendency to speak my mind and to long for adventures, but my appearance would have been much more appreciated around 1600: Blonde, chubby and incredibly pale? Rubens, meet your muse.

 

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

 

Don´t get me wrong, I really enjoy living today, when I don’t necessarily die while giving birth and have a few more options for personal expression than posing nude for a painter. But the looks? Toned, slender and bronzed, that requires a lot of effort from my side.

The toned and slender part is not the topic of this blog post though, but the healthy bronzed look on my face shall be. And the product that I use to achieve it: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

 

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Taking out the trash V – May Empties

Another month, another empties video. This time it is a little bit of everything: Makeup and skincare as well as hair and body care. Oh, and a perfume!

 

Taking out the trash V - May Empties
Taking out the trash V – May Empties

 

Not that I am going through all these products in one month, mind you, but I am making an effort to finish my stuff before using new one. And as I felt like I needed to stop rambling for ten minutes plus about my trash, I made different piles to film different videos in the time coming.

 

 

Yes, I sat there organizing my trash. And planning to use this trash in the upcoming months. This is either art or very disturbing. I will leave it to you to judge.

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Inspired by … Jill Stuart Summer 2016

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!

This month I really wanted to do something with a hat (silly idea, as it turned out), and something blue, so I chose the Jill Stuart Summer 2016 ad for it´s beachy and summery vibes.

Inspired by Jill Stuart Summer 2016 (Source)
Inspired by Jill Stuart Summer 2016 (Source)

 

Now I had forgotten that I lost my white hat last year, so I had to make do with a big straw hat. Plus the hand positioning turned out more challenging than I would have thought.

But see for yourself, upon common request I added some outtakes at the end that explain what I mean.

 

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My morning skin care routine – Winter 2016

If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you know I am infatuated with skin care.

Given that I wrote about my routine the last time in September 2014 (read here if you are still interested), I figured it was about time to show you what has changed since then.

So prepare for my bare face and click the video below to see what I have done to keep my skin on track this winter.

 

 

 

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Inspired by … Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015

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!

Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015 (Source)
Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015 (Source)

 

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to recreate the „Giorgio Armani Luxe is More“ makeup in December. It may not be the most exotic look I have ever seen, but everything about it seems very glamorous and very „me“.

Velvet skin, a soft smokey eye and a deep red lip… perfect for Christmas!

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Have we met before? – A dupe for Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

I am pretty good at remembering faces, but struggle with knowing where exactly I have met the people attached to them.

Same is true when it comes to makeup.
I know what something looks like, but the actual brand sometimes eludes me.

So when I saw Nastasja from Eyes Painted Black writing about the new Catrice  Beautifying Lip Smoothers, I knew I had seen something similar before.
But it took me a second before I realized what they reminded me of:
The hyped Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors by Clarins.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors above, Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers below

Can you spot a difference? Of course you can, but hey: Not twins maybe, but sisters for sure!

But even though it is makeup, it isn’t all about the looks.
Inner values count, too.
So lets look at:

The facts:
I have written a long (and quite disappointed) blog post on the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors here, if you fancy reading more about them, but I´ll include the key points again.

One tube of Clarins retails for 17,50 € while containing 12 ml of product.
One tube of Catrice, on the other hand, retails for 3,49 € while containing 9 ml of product.
Now let me quickly do the maths for you:
1ml Clarins equals 1,46€.
1ml Catrice equals 0,39€.

Clarins offers a variety of six different shades, while Catrice only does three: 010 Sweet Caramel, 020 Apricot Cream and 030 Cake Pop.
I got 020 Apricot Cream, to compare it to the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer.

The applicators. Again, Clarins on top, Catrice below.

While the Clarins ones smell incredible, like Cotton Candy, the Catrice ones don’t have a strong scent on their own, but taste just as sweet as the Clarins ones do.

Now let´s see how they look on my lips:

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer

Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother in 20 Apricot Cream

To be honest, I had to mark these picture really good, because I am not able to tell the difference once they are on my lips, at least look wise.

As far as longevity and moisturizing effects go, the Clarins ones definitely make the cut. They are noticeable on the lips for about an hour longer and seem to sooth severely cracked lips a little better, but again the difference isn’t a big one.

Would I rebuy?
Yes.
I have told you I don’t like spending so much money on a tinted lip balm, so I wouldn’t go out and get another Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, but I can totally justify spending the money on the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers.

Who do I recommend it to?
Everyone.
If you love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, these are your perfect, budget friendly dupes.
And if, like me, you were disappointed because you expected to get more for your money, these are just what you need. The same performance for a fraction of the price.

How about you:
Is it the name that counts?
Or are you just so in love with the Cotton Candy smell that this is worth paying triple the money?


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