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Spring is here, my favorite season. And what a spring it has been so far. 18 degrees and sunshine, flowers and birds galore, then storm and rain just a few days later, with temperatures that made me layer up in my wool cardigans.
Good thing I haven’t put them away quite yet, in my attempt to create a Spring capsule wardrobe. I was tempted, I admit, as it was so warm the weekend I sifted through my closet, but spring in Germany always is a bit temperamental, so they stayed.
Creating a capsule wardrobe had been on my mind for a long time, so the time when Mr. Loca decided to go to Algier to medically supervise the Touareg Rallye (cars, quads and motorbikes as well as a lot of desert) and I stayed at home with the kids, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to tackle that task. Because you can never be too busy I guess. But enough of that now (there will be a dedicated blog post coming your way on April 8th), lets look back on the stuff I wrote about last month.
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February – full of celebrations, at least on my side of the screen. It is my birthday month (which means that the low-buy didn´t really happen, but I´ll post an update on that later on).
It is also my daughters birthday month, so of course we had to throw her a party.
And while it wasn´t the first one at our home, it was for sure the most memorable to date. I mean, I have watched „Mean Girls“, but I did not expect to get a live version so soon.
She turned five, so the girls invited were either five or six years old. In my mind they were wearing bows in their hair, loved hot chocolate with marshmallows and would be happy to play catch and stuff like that outdoors.
I understand it might seem different, but I have never watched an episode of Mari Kondo on Netflix in my whole life. I haven´t even read her book, although I have considered gifting it to certain people I share a roof with several times.
The impulse to declutter my surroundings hasn´t been triggered externally, I have always had it. Not that I am a minimalist, but I prefer organized places and space around me.
My mother might now think back at me growing up and strongly disagree, so I will rephrase to: Ever since I moved out, I had the desire to have a clutter free surrounding.
With two kids though clutter just seems to manifest out of thin air, and that is not limited to kids stuff. No, quite the opposite! I feel like I spend so much time decluttering kids toys and picking up after them that my own stuff grows rapidly.
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My love for food is well documented on this blog, but did you know that this gets triggered by food related makeup? No joking, if something is called Gelato Swirl, Honey Bronze or just Baked Whatever, I start salivating.
And yes, I am well aware that I am so not selling the Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation to you here, linking it to mental images of saliva and me stuffing my face.
Maybe I can make it better if I tell you that it contains White Tea Extract for added antioxidant benefits? And that tea goes perfectly with any baked goods? No?
Okay, let´s leave the food and focus on the review instead.
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Bigger is better – I am old enough to remember those slogans.
Back when I was young (CENTURIES ago, people!), minimalism wasn´t really a thing. You had to always have more. The newest, the latest, the biggest.
It didn´t matter if you did need it. Or even use it, for that matter. You just needed to HAVE it. And while minimalism (and low-buys) seem to be everywhere these days, I feel like some of that more is more mentality is still around.
Take skincare ingredients for example – some seem to think that the higher the percentage of “active ingredient”, the better the product, not taking into account that your skin can actually only absorb a certain amount, and once that amount is reached, the rest goes to waste.
The effect is called bioavailability, and for Vitamin C it seems to be somewhere around 20 – 25%.
Which means that a formula containing 30% Vitamin C, like THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum, essentially contains more than you can use.
Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But the higher the percentage, the higher the risk for irritation – so let´s take a closer look at THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum.
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So, that low buy thing… How has it been going so far?
Well, thank you for asking! Pretty good, actually.
I admit I feel a little envious about all of you that finished a No Buy January and now are back in the game, credit card in hand, but if I am completely honest, I don´t really need anything. (Read about my Low Buy 2019 rules here)
Which is actually not entirely true: I DO need a new concealer. I only have one left, the Sephora High Coverage Concealer Natural Finish in Porcelain Rosé, and the reason I still have it is because it doesn´t really work for me. It is NOT high coverage, despite the name, and only lasts three to four hours when used to conceal spots.
The first month of 2019 has passed already, and as always it was a particularly grey and gloomy one here in Germany.
We did have snow, but it only lasted briefly, despite a week of bitter cold. Chilly winds, biting frost, you get the idea. Now, it is still Southern Germany, so I may exaggerate a little, but stay with me, it will help set the mood.
And in this cold and chill (and tiny bits of snow) I took off my coat and posed for some pictures in the forest. You may have seen some of them on my Instagram already (@lindalibraloca), but I figured they’d provide viewing pleasure while I sum up the blog posts I wrote for January 2019.
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You know what the hardest part of a low-buy is? You actually can’t just go out and just buy all the things that tickle you’re fancy.
Okay, I should have known that before I declared my Low-Buy 2019 on the blog, and obviously I DID know that, but I didn’t know just how hard it would be! I developed a habit of keeping up with new releases over the last year, a great thing for a beauty blogger, but not exactly great for a low-buy beauty blogger.
So I had to find a creative way to deal with shopping restrictions, preferably while creating new content, because that is the ultimate goal, isn’t it?
Here you go – I present you a new series: “New Skincare Releases – What is worth buying?”.
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Once the New Year Excitement has worn off, all we are left with is the cold, dark and grey reality of winter in Germany. No snow covered slopes to brighten the outdoors here, at least not on a regular!
When going outside seems to be no fun at all, and you need not only protective layers of clothing, but also protective layers for your soul.
Now don´t tell me you don´t know what I am talking about, chocolate is an excellent protective layer for the soul for example.
As are oils. Posh, golden droplets pressed into your skin – pure bliss