Beauty Empties February 2019

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A few days ago I had a conversation with Lindsey (who blogs at Sustainably Savvy about green beauty and her zero waste journey) about the “right amount” of products to include into a Beauty Empties video.

I mean, you basically need to get people interested in you talking about trash, that is hard work!


Empties February 2019
Empties February 2019 – What would I repurchase?


On top of that you don´t want to show too many products – I mean, I love watching empties, but if I see the video is an hour long, I will never click on it –  but you don´t want to show too little product either. If all you have is an empty bag of cotton pads and a shower gel, you don´t really need to get started.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara – Audience in mind

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Of course I have watched Sex and the City. I’ve watched all episodes, I’ve watched the first movie. I even went back and watched the second movie, even though the first one was pretty disappointing.

So I get what Lancôme is doing here, both with naming and with description. Monsieur Big. “You’ll know he’s the one at first stroke”. They obviously want us to think of Carrie Bradshaw and her somewhat questionable choice of men.


Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara


But I cannot help it, with the name, the appearance, heck, even the description I instinctively think of something else. Now I don’t know if any kids (probably mine?) will ever stumble upon this blog post, so I will not go into more detail here. Question is: Is your mind as filthy as mine?

To get back on safe territory, let’s concentrate on the fact if the Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara delivers.

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Inspired by Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection

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!

I guess we all have a picture of ourselves in our head that not necessarily matches reality. For me, that is the Boho chick I want to be every summer. The one that wears maxi skirts, turquoise bracelets and tousled waves with random braids.


Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection
Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection


For many summers I was determined to make it happen, to match my outer appearance to my inner portrait, and every summer I was left disappointed. I just can´t be effortlessly chic, carelessly beautiful and look like I woke up this way. It is just not who I am. I either look like I really woke up this way, which is a look no one wants to see, or like I tried very hard.

Thankfully Lancome came to my rescue and the Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection gave me the perfect template to recreate a Boho look that I am actually very happy with.

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Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara – Language of the fan

Random fact about my life: I love Fantasy and historic stuff. Not only books, but fashion and lifestyle as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly happy to live in 2016 and wouldn’t want to give up female rights and health care for staying in a cold castle and most likely die by the age of 40, but there were some fascinating things around back then.

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara


Did you know that there was a “language of the fan”? A series of ways you could hold, flap, open or close your fan and thus transport a message to another person without having to say a word? Like invite someone to a secret meeting outdoors, telling him he has greatly annoyed you or that it is time to shut up?

Fascinating, and complicated to master!

Even without a fan I can sense you asking: Why on earth is she telling us that?

Well, these days we let our eyes do the talking (or the smartphone, but let´s ignore that for romantic reasons), and Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara promises a “wide-angle fan effect” for your lashes. The perfect opportunity to start practicing wordless communication, don’t you think?

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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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Soft smokey eye tutorial – Favorite Face of December 2015

If you have been around for a while now, you may have gotten used to my “Favorite Face of…” series. Of course I cant tell whether you are bored out of your mind or looking forward to my monthly makeup ramble, but I have been meaning to keep it up.

Soft brown smokey eye with a hint of purple
Soft brown smokey eye with a hint of purple


Now I have started this month with a yearly favorites, so the “Favorite Face of…” is a little late and probably does no longer count as “December Favorites”, which is why I named it “Tutorial” for the upload on You Tube.

Not very surprising it features a soft smokey eye, using browns and a hint of violet (I feel I have been wearing barely anything else this winter), paired with either a nude or a bolder lip.

You all know the disclaimers, I am no professional, just an enthusiastic amateur, both when it comes to makeup and to videos, but I hope you enjoy nonetheless.

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Inspired by … Lancome French Innocence Collection Spring 2015

If you are not familiar with the “Inspired by…”-series, click here. Short story even shorter, I try to recreate the makeup worn by a model in the ad for a seasonal campaign with the makeup I already own.

This time I chose Lancome´s French Innocence Collection.
Paris and France really have a moment this spring. Not that I am complaining, I love France and going to Paris in spring (and eating my body weight in macarons) is something I would totally do.

Lancome French Innocence Spring 2015

What drew me to this campaign (despite the thought of macarons) was the eye makeup. The combination of green and orange, paired with a pigmented pink lip aren’t what I expect to see in spring.

And they aren’t something I would ever think of wearing, either. Greens with green eyes? Orange in the crease? I figured I would look like a parrot, but decided to give it a go anyway.
Makeup is all about leaving your comfort zone sometimes!

Actually very happy with the look!

After priming my lid and lower lash line with MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly”, I used  MAC “Shimmer Moss” on an angled brush around my upper lash line and the outer half of the lower lash line, layering the shadow for color intensity.
Then I took MAC “Saffron” into my crease, sheering it out with a blending brush.
To add some drama, I tightlined the outer corner of my upper and lower waterline and applied Artdeco Ultra Effect Mascara.
Here a close up of the eyes:

Close up of the eye makeup
Products used on eyes and lips.

The only lip product from my collection that came close (but still wasn’t vibrant enough) was MAC´s Lipglass in Rose Hue.

On my face I used Garniers BB Cream (Review here) and a little bit of The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 02. To get a dewy spring skin (and because Agata kept telling me to use my highlighters) I dusted some MAC Shell Pearl Beautypowder across my cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

Products used on my face

Products used:
– Alverde Eyebrow Set in “Blonde”
– MAC Painpot in “Painterly”
– MAC e/s “Shimmer Moss”
– MAC e/s “Saffron”
– Maybelline Khol Liner in “Black”
– Artdeco Ultra Effect Mascara in “Black” (review on the blog)
– Garniers Miracle Skin Perfector All-in-One BB-Cream (review here)
– The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in “02”
– MAC Beautypowder in Shell Pearl
– MAC Lipgloss in Rose Hue

Now it is your turn:
Can you imagine rocking this color combination?
Are you into greens or oranges this spring?





Reactivating the youth of my skin? Lancomes Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

As I am quite into serums (if you couldn’t tell already from my previous raves here and here), I was delighted when I got a generous sample size of Lancomes Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate with a recent purchase.

I mean, “Youth Activating”, I didn’t have to read any further to start daydreaming about my 35 year old self, asked for the ID while buying booze.
Not that I buy alcohol almost ever, but maybe I would if I got asked my age more frequently.
It is the little things sometimes.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

But pointless dreams aside, the 5 ml included in the sample lasted me four weeks, which is the minimal amount of time I need to review skincare. Usually I stick to six weeks, to make sure my skin went through all its hormonal ups and downs as well as my common attempts (and fails) to cut out sugar and rely on the superfoods only.

What does Lancome claim?
“Inspired by groundbreaking discoveries in genetic research, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate acts on ten signs defining a youthful appearance. After just seven days, your skin will look and feel youthful and supple, fine lines will be diminished and the skin tone will be evened out.”

There are two sizes, 30 and 50 ml. 30ml retail for 79,50 € here.
5ml lasted me for about a month, so I am sure you can do the maths yourself.
I used one drop and applied it with my fingertips every morning after toning and before my moisturizer.
There was no smell and no sticky residue.

One drop of fluid

Active Ingredients:
– Bifida ferment Lysate: a yeast. I will go into more detail below.
– Glycerin: hydrating
– Ascorbyl Glucoside: Vitamin C; brightening, antioxidant
– Sodium Hyaluronate: hydrating
– Yeast Extract: a yeast. I will go into more detail below
– Xanthin Gum: smoothes

The yeast are the ingredients that are referred to in the “groundbreaking discoveries in genetic research”-part.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to get further information which groundbreaking discoveries exactly Lancome means, as there have been quite a few, but I found some research done on a yeast ferment extract (not Bifida, but a different yeast) working as an antioxidant.
The only research on Bifida I was able to dig up was made regarding stomach issues and digestion after drinking it.

As downside, there is a quite large amount of alcohol (third place on the ingredient list) included.
The other (in my opinion) unfavorable substance is Castor Oil.
I don’t know if you followed the debate whether or not mineral oil should be included in skincare, so let me just summarize the key points for you:
Some people claim that Mineral Oil breaks them out by “clogging the pores”. That may be true for some, I never had an issue with it.
The more important drawback is how Mineral Oil works: It creates a layer on the surface, leaving the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if this layer wasn’t that dense that thing you put on top will be able to penetrate the skin.

Does it live up to its claims?
I didn’t notice any difference at all in my skins appearance, neither after seven days as claimed nor after the full four weeks. In fact, my face felt a little bit tight after applying it, maybe due to the alcohol. There were, however, no adverse effects, breakouts or worsening.

Will I (re)buy?
I personally wouldn’t put anything containing Mineral Oil on my skin as part of my skincare regime. I believe it prevents the good stuff I apply afterwards from working. But this is still controversial.

Who would I recommend it to?
If you don’t mind the Mineral Oil and the alcohol, you may give it a go. But to be completely honest, this is quite expensive, and there are cheaper alternatives out there which are just as good or way better.

Have you tried this before?
And how do you think about Mineral Oil?
Are you as tempted as I am if you read “Scientific Research”?