Retinol. A skincare ingredient most of you will have heard of, yet one many are unsure about. Rightly so?
No. If you ask me, and you kind of do by visiting this blog, anyone should use a Vitamin A product. The question is not if, the question should be which one!
And to help you answer that I sat down and recorded a video, answering all the question I had received throughout the last months. Of course the title “Everything you need to know” is hybris and should not stop you from asking away in the comments. But it is catchy, don´t you think?
If you remember my last Favorites post (read here if you missed it), you know I promised change. And change there is, but if it was for better or worse, only time and you, dear readers, can tell. Or should it be “Dear Watchers”, given it is a You Tube video? Are you the watchers on the Wall, sworn to defend humankind from boring and repetitive content? And can you tell I am really looking forward to the last season of Game of Thrones airing soon?
But wait, I am not really sure if I am looking forward to that. Game of Thrones, I mean. You see, I do look forward to watching it, but I am not looking forward to it being the last season. Does that make any sense?
Alas, the blog post seems to go the same way as the video did in terms of lacking structure. Editing made me realize I was all over the place, mixing favorites with disappointing products and personal stuff with seasonal things. It will improve with time. At least that is what I tell myself.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).