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October was the month that autumn well and truly arrived in Germany. Up until October 19th it was warm enough to leave the house without a jacket, even in the evenings, something that I only realized when on that day, October 19th, I actually felt a chill walking back to the car with Mr. Loca at 10 pm. Now Germany is not a cold country, but that was unusual.
As it was to be expected, the period of sunny, but chilly weather that makes you take contemplative walks and kick up the colorful leaves didn´t last long either. By the time I write this it is grey and miserable outside, rain drizzling down on what is no longer colorful, but mostly rotten foliage.
Perfect to stay in and have a good old blog read, am I right? Here is what I wrote about last month.
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I actually wanted to try Huda Beauty a while ago, when they released their Faux Filter Foundation (that still sits on my list of things to try). But when I went to get color matched, the Sephora sales person in Berlin was that rude and unhelpful I decided not to spend any money there and just leave the store.
That put me off the brand a little, but when I received the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette as a GWP, I figured it was a sign to let go of that grudge and get testing.
To keep things short and sweet I filmed a review and tutorial for one look, but added pictures of two other makeup looks at the end, along with where I used which shade – Do let me know if you prefer it this way or want step by step tutorials on all looks next time.
Another Monthly Recap post so soon? Well, the last one (read here) was two weeks late and I don´t like not sticking to my self-inflicted schedule
Yes, I know I could just have adapted the schedule, but that is not how I do things.
Anyway, September saw me back to work and, I am not going to lie, struggling. The problem with being on holiday is that you are away.
Which is totally the point, I get it, but leaves so much stuff waiting for you once you return, it can be overwhelming.
On top of that being away always gives me time to think, and thinking very often leads to ideas. Ideas are great, but must be followed by actions if you don´t want utter frustration, and that means – more work.
So if you add work-work to blog-work and then stir in some extra-idea-work, 24 hours are actually pretty short.
But enough complaints, let´s get into my blog post topics of the month of September!
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While I was trying to write this introduction, I got sucked in to the black hole that is „The Ordinary Drama“ time lines. As much as I claim I don´t care for drama online (and believe me, I don´t) it seems like once you start reading, you simply can´t stop.
So much has happened since I shared my initial thoughts here, and it leaves me incredibly confused.
So how do I proceed? I guess I will continue with what I do best and focus on the product at hand, the The Ordinary Coverage foundation and no longer think about the time wasted following link after link in an attempt to make sense to what ultimately may not have one.
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I know many a blogger out there started their blog to justify a spending habit that is borderline hoarding. And I am no exception! „I want to write about it!“ is a common excuse when yet another red lipstick makes its way into my basket. (But then again, who blogs about a single lipstick anymore? I´ll buy the whole line!)
Mr. Loca has long learned not to question the sheer amount of parcels appearing on our doorstep.
And while I am very good at actually finishing stuff (proof are my empties videos) and my shopping is much more mindful, I am not immune to buying stuff I actually did know in the first place I wouldn´t really use.
Latest one? The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I prefer my base to be matte, long lasting and at least medium coverage, none of which it claims to be.
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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.
My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?
She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.
Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.
It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.
This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.
Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs.
And I say „we“ and „all“ for writing, I don’t need anyone to point out that people start blogs for different reasons.
I know that. But would you read sentences like: „…to forget why approximately 57% of us started to blog, based on stats from the year 2016.“?
Yeah, me neither.
So, again: Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs. Between collaborations, dreaming of going full time and algorithm changes we loose sight of what is always there: The opportunity to share our passion with likeminded people. And passing recommendations.
The foundation reviewed today was 100% enabled by Carol in a Page (who sadly barely has time to blog herself these days), and I will forward the favor and share my thoughts of the L´Oréal Infallible 24 hr Matte foundation.
Or the L´Oréal Indéfectible 24 hr Matte foundation. Depending where you live.
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Back in school I learned that when writing an essay, you should always „sandwich“ your arguments.
Meaning: If you are pro something, you list some points for the cause, then some against it and end with your strongest pro reason.
That way you appear to be neutral, but subtly influence people to support something just by the order you list your points.
I have always wondered if the same is true for collection reviews. I mean, there are usually products you´ll love and others that didn´t work for you, so can you influence peoples perception by the order you list them?
Let´s see how you´ll end up feeling about the new pixi Lash & Line Love * bits I want to talk about today.