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Are we ever as unique as we like to think? Most of us, especially those that have any kind of creative outlet online, like to think that their content is fresh and special and easily distinguable from others.
We put “our own twist” on things, have a theme in our pictures and invent fancy names for even fancier blog post series.
And then, one day, we take a step back and realize we are doing what everyone around us does as well. Slightly different, maybe, but not as extraordinary as we would have liked to believe.
Last time that happened to me was with my Favorite posts. You may remember I started to get bored (struggled to find enough new things) to keep up a monthly series.
I decided to turn it into a “New In and short reviews” kind of video.
Which didn´t satisfy me either.
Finally, what a revelation, I decided to only do them occasionally.
Turns out, quite a few of my favorite blogs went there already, posting whenever they felt like doing it. I am so yesterday…
But you know what? I don´t care. Sometimes you don´t have to be unique, you can take inspiration to find whatever works best for you and happily stick with it, knowing that quite a few people seem to feel the same way.
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I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright…
Are you familiar with West Side Story? It is, I have to admit, one of the few musicals I care about. This and Lion King. Everything else, think Starlight Express or Cats, are totally lost on me.
But back to the song. I heard it when I was 13 and never was able to get it out of my mind. Not because it is a masterpiece in tune and lyrics (I wouldn´t be able to judge that anyway), but because the feeling it describes is one that I wanted for myself.
I want to dance the streets, pitying every girl that isn´t me. I want to feel so confident in my own skin that I shout from the rooftops how perfect I am.
Not that I have yet achieved it, which may be a good thing given my singing skills, but 13 or 38, the quest continues. And anything that reminds me of that song is very welcome.
Like the #pixipretties collection that landed at my doorstep recently.
They say anticipation is sometimes better than the actual event.
I find that to be especially true regarding anything weather dependent. How many times have you looked forward to summer barbecues outside and ended up inside because of hail and storm? How many times have you dreamt about snow ball fights in a winter wonderland only to shuffle through muddy pools in constant rain?
I know I have been disappointed numerous times, so when Flanconi (an online beauty store) reached out to me and asked for an Indian summer look, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It may be wet and cold outside, but here on the blog we´ll have all the gold and orange we long for.
And what can I say, after I finished filming the sun decided to make an appearance and I was able to actually shoot outdoors! I am not going to jinx it, but if we get a prolonged period of beautiful weather here in Germany now, I will claim magical makeup skills.
If not, this Indian Summer look will see me through the disappointment.
Many of you may know it already, but almost a year ago I switched jobs. I used to work as a senior physician on an ICU, now I work in Public Health.
There were many reasons for this decision, family and being there for the kids the main one, but I am not going to lie: Being able to paint my nails whenever I felt like it was at least helping in making it easier.
When you work on ICU (or anywhere in the hospital), your nails have to be short and bare. Which means I could only paint my nails on a Friday night and had to take the polish off on Sunday. If I didn´t work the weekend, that is.
Now I am free to paint my nails whenever I like as the only thing stopping me is the need to use my hands. For the kids, for blog work, for eating crisps while watching Netflix.
Latest on my paws? The Faby Ego Collection for Autumn/Winter 2017 (*PR-Sample).
A long time before Kate Moss became the icon she is today, she was famous for a different look. And a different lifestyle, but that is a whole other story.
Her look was topic of heated discussion, it was called the “heroin chic”, basically because the models looked like they were drug addicts with dark, smudged eye makeup, pale faces and very (very!) thin, androgynous bodies. Artistic expression versus healthy body image, Kate Moss versus Claudia Schiffer, the discussion took over print media and school break chat, and I, starting to embrace makeup at the tender age of 15, was right in the middle.
Given my complexion and body type it soon became obvious that I would always be Team Claudia, willing or not, because I at least had a (very, very) small resemblance to her and would never ever qualify as androgynous.
But still these images made a huge impression, one that I can still see now, twenty years later, in my makeup preferences.
Case in point? I am drawn to everything labelled “smoky”. So it was about time I tried the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara.
I never publicly declared I was on a spending ban. Oh wait, that isn´t entirely true.
I did in the first year of blogging, when I had gone on maternity leave and that, albeit paid for, was way less than the income I had beforehand. See, before that we lived the life of Double-Income-No-Kids and the amount of money I was able to spend on makeup and skincare was immense.
After approximately a year of not buying much stuff, I realized that my stash was still overflowing. And that I had skincare in my drawers that I had purchased more than a year ago and not even thought about opening. I decided to keep up my “spending ban” a little longer, despite being back to work and having more disposable money.
Fast forward two years and another kid, I still have unopened skincare. And I now have an Excel spreadsheet helping me to keep track of all my supplies. I do divide my skincare in different steps, as you have seen in my routines (morning and evening), and now I know exactly how many I have waiting in line for each and every need. (Not enough serums and way too many AHA products and face oils, if you are curious).
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!
This installment, my recreation of the Givenchy L´Autre Noir Fall 2017 makeup, looks amazing on the model. But what really drew me in was the name „L`autre noir“. The other black.
Now I am a huge fan of black, but variations of black, like deep purple, blackened red or even the deepest, darkest green feel so mysterious. Perfect for the upcoming season, when the darkness slowly creeps in and the fog is covering the mountains in front of my window.
I am a very opinionated woman. And I have no trouble making a decision and sticking to it. In fact, I think that this is my forte.
Mr. Loca would probably disagree with the last sentence, but I think it is helpful to be able to make up your mind quickly and not lose sleep over decisions you made. In fact, I rarely ever lose sleep over anything, I am a sound sleeper. If my kids let me, that is.
But every once in a while I come across something that leaves me completely clueless. This time it was the Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15.
I don´t know about you, but I always have big plans for my upcoming summer holiday. Read at least three new books, exercise a lot, sleep ten hours a day and take time to experiment with makeup.
Because, let´s face it: The creativity I do develop at 6 am right before work is only directed towards developing the skill to brush my teeth half asleep without falling over. Adventurous and exotic makeup looks do take the back seat.
But, truth be told, despite packing half a suitcase full of products I don´t really spend much time on my makeup anyway. I prefer to invest my free time into people watching from a café while eating a croissant. Or two.
And in an attempt to pack streamlined (I will have a video up on what I bring so you can have a good laugh. Streamlined, ha!) I sat down and decided beforehand which look I wanted to give a go this time.
Beachy, glowy, bronzed. Out of my matte base comfort zone. But hey, it is a beach holiday after all!
Somehow it seems like everyone is on holiday right now. Is it that time of year already? The time were people are gathering at the beaches, cocktail in one hand, book in the other and care about nothing else than tan lines and evening plans?
It certainly feels like that when I am clicking away on my keyboard in an eerily quiet office or when I look at my suddenly quiet bloglovin feed. I have to admit my mind has been occupied as well. Not holiday, not yet, but personal and family stuff. These things have a tendency to creep up on you and completely take over within seconds.
But no more about that, let´s focus on things that sparked joy in the month of July. And on the ones that didn´t, because such is life.