New In Beauty February 2018

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February is a weird month for me. On one hand it is filled with birthday celebrations (read here), on the other hand it is a transitional month at it´s worst.

Lots of people complained about January dragging on, but at least January is proper winter! I get comfort from hot chocolate, warm blankets and dark lips, all the things that make winter worthwile. Once February arrives though, I get spring fever.


New In Beauty February 2018
New In Beauty February 2018


I want warm sun on my face, I want to loose the layers and I want light and airy makeup. But outside there is freezing cold, and, judging by the last few weeks, grey clouds and snow drizzle.

So no new makeup purchases, at least no spring makeup purchases, but new skincare. From shopping my stash mostly, but that is shopping after all!

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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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July 2016 Favorites

As July is almost over, it is time for another favorites post.

With the upcoming move (it is actually moving day today!) and the incredible heatwave we had, makeup had to be quick and minimal. Not that I am complaining about the heat, not in the slightest. I feel a lot more energetic and happy when the sun is out, even though our current flat with the big window fronts was probably not the best place to be throughout the day.


July 2016 Favorites
July 2016 Favorites


As far as skincare is concerned, I didn´t really try much new things. Most of it was packed away in boxes anyway, and I wanted to finish as many products as possible, to not move half empty containers.

So prepare for minimal makeup, old favorites and a short episode of #grannygonewild at the end. And blooper, of course.

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Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup – My love for labels

I love it when things are organized. Like in exactly labelled, filed and sorted away.

When I started working at my ICU, still doing night shifts, I would spend them going through the documents, organizing them and making sure they were sorted by type and date when everything else was done.


Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup
Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup


It drove my coworker (male, spontaneous, chaotic – you get the drift) absolutely crazy, especially because I kept asking if he had done the same with his records already, pointing out the many benefits that would come from this system.

We even got into a fight about it. He called me crazy and compulsive, I called him careless and chaotic.

Today? We are happily married. Needless to say I am responsible for the paperwork.

But where am I going with this? Well, the thing is, the Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup is a lovely foundation. But it isn’t labelled correctly. And that is driving me nuts.


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New In March 2016 – I have been shopping

I know, I know.

I have told you many times that my collection is overflowing, that I really need to cut back on buying new stuff and that I own more skincare than any sane person probably should.

A sneak peak of the products...
A sneak peak of the products…


But in my defense: I really needed to restock on some things, and I DO have another Empties video just around the corner, so…

Oh well, I just did a little haul-ing. Please click below if you want to see what I got.


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Favorite Face of February 2016

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.


Brown eyes and a bright fuchsia lip. And an awkward face, because... why not?
Brown eyes and a bright fuchsia lip. And an awkward face, because… why not?


Even though I don’t celebrate Valentines Day, I feel like February is the month were you really can´t escape the pinks. And even though pink usually looks either washed out on me or like I am trying to to Barbie-Cosplay (I wish I had that waist…), I managed to find a pink lip color I fell in love with to see me through this month.

And once again, I filmed everything for You Tube. Enjoy!



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Inspired by … Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 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!

Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 (Source)
Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 (Source)


This months installment is the Dior Glowing Gardens Collection, which stood out to me due to the fact that the model was wearing yellow eyeshadow, paired with purple.

To be honest, I didn’t own a yellow eyeshadow and don’t think it is a color I´d get much use out of, but with „Fasching“ (carnival) in Germany in full swing when I filmed it, there were a lot of drugstore options available. And with an affordable yellow at hand, it was time to get filming!

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Favorite Face of… January 2016

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.


Just like last month I decided to not only list all the products I reached for, but film a quick tutorial to show you the look my half-asleep self managed to create with them.

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Favorite Face of … August

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.

I have stated numerous times before that I am not ready for fall yet. In fact, I still have a beach vacation coming up in ten days (yay!), so I refuse to turn to fall colors and collections and still cling to my coral lips and shimmery bronzes.

Orange eyeshadow and a natural lip.

At least that is what I thought.
But when I shot my most worn makeup, I realized that I somehow, unconsciously, must have gravitated toward the colors of pumpkin, spice and turning leaves.
Oh well, I seem to have a seasonal makeup heart after all.

Here is how I achieved this look:

A little close up of the eyes:

Orange and brown, definitely fall shades.

1. Makeup used on my face:
To combat the signs of exhaustion under my eyes I literally scraped out the remnants of „Light Peach“ from my MAC Correct and Conceal Palette (Review here). There is barely anything left…
For a base I have been testing Cliniques Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 in 02 for a few weeks. It is labelled anti-aging, being a little richer than I usually would go for, but leaves a pretty dewy finish while providing medium coverage (Review here).
To leave my skin a little dewy, something I enjoy a lot more than I ever thought possible, I didn’t powder but only dusted The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in „02“ on my face where the sun would naturally hit.

MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Pallete, Clinique BB Cream, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer

2. Makeup used on my eyes:
Brown as my eyeshadow base seems still to go strong, and the „lid“ shade from Revlons „Impressionist“ palette makes for a great overall wash of color. (Review here)
This month I went for the color combination brown/orange quite a lot, using Catrice´s „Carrots of the Caribbean“ on the center of my lid.
Orange really makes the blue part of my eye color stand out, but can be difficult to pull off without looking like you suffer from an eye infection. I usually use a black liner to avoid this effect, but went for a dark grey with golden flecks this month (MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in „Black Line“). It almost looks green in the pictures.
Loads of mascara (Revlon 3D Photoready Mascara in „Blackest Black“, review here) and the eyes were finished.
That eyeshadow color is very difficult to match, so I opted for a sheerer lip color like the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers (Review here).

Revlon Eyeshadowpalette in 505 „Impressionist“, Catrice „Carrots of the Caribbean“, MAC Pearlglide Intense Liner in „Black Line“ and Revlon 3dD Photoready Mascara

So this was my favorite makeup for August. How about you?
What have you been loving last month?
And are you already gravitating towards fall colors?



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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?
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?
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?