Taking out the trash 16 – Empties February 2018

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When I was filming this video, I was pretty content with myself. Not only did I like the way my hair looked – call me vain, but these things can make or break a day -, but I was satisfied with having yet another batch of products finished to show you.

After starting to make a conscious effort to actually finish products and not let the last bit go to waste while saving it for a special day, I felt like I made really good progress.

 

February 2018 Empties
Taking out the trash 16 – My February 2018 Empties

 

Great progress!

Once I finished editing, I turned to reading my favorite blogs. And stumbled upon this blogpost („10 tips – How I finished 300 beauty products in one year„), written by the lovely Sal.

Yes, you read that right. 300 beauty products. THREEHUNDERT. Suddenly my empties list looked really sad in comparison.

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New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi skincare and makeup

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I know I go on and on about how I am not into hearts and glitter and unicorns. I don´t even really like the color pink.

But sometimes something comes along that you technically shouldn´t enjoy based on experience, but still you do.

 

New In Beauty January 2018 - pixi makeup and skincare
New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi makeup and skincare

 

That happened to me when this gorgeous pixi box arrived at my door step. And no, I didn´t just enjoy it because I got send it for free! Not going to lie, that surely helps, but despite the pink and the pastel and the roses… It is so pretty!

Maybe it is the tiny (fully functional!) lock with the even tinier key, maybe it is the words written inside about skincare and inner beauty, I don´t know.

But I just can´t seem to throw it out. Enough about the box though, you are certainly here to hear about what was inside?

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pixi Glow Mist – Filling the gap

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You are not going to like this, my fellow blogger Siobhán from Beautylymin said.

And as she knows me and my preferences very well, I was inclined to believe her. I did however decide to still test the pixi Glow Mist. Being a blogger does come with certain responsibilities after all!

Imagine how happy I was when I learned that the pixi Glow Mist, famous for giving you a glowy complexion after doing your makeup, was actually supposed to be used in skincare.

 

pixi Glow Mist
pixi Glow Mist

 

Because, let´s face it, I apply a ton of powder every morning to avoid any kind of glow, so putting on some in form of a face mist after carefully blotting down every inch of skin would have annoyed me.

But once my day is done and I am ready to relax, I don´t care if I resemble a grease ball. I´ll oil up and shine in front of my computer screen all night.

I did share my initial thoughts on the pixi Glow Mist in my Winter Evening Skincare Routine here already, but this time I´ll give you the full details.

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Best of Beauty 2017 – My makeup and skincare favorites

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I am not one to dwell in the past.

Yes, the things that happen to us do shape and affect us, no denying that. But I do believe that it is my choice what defines me.

On some occasions though, I immerse myself in times (long) gone, relive sensual experiences in my mind, remember scents, textures, pleasure…

 

Best of beauty 2017 - makeup and skincare
Best of beauty 2017 – makeup and skincare

 

Wait, that sounds like I am referring to a kinky paperback with a castle and someone in a ripped dress on the front. I am not!

I am actually talking about the Best of Beauty 2017! I am here to share with you what I loved the most, be it makeup or skincare in the past year.

Questionable reading choices might be discussed elsewhere…

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Taking out the trash 15 – My December 2017 Empties

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Did you know that on public holidays as well as on every Sunday, stores are closed in Germany? No quickly popping into town to get some food, no aimlessly wandering around looking for cute things to buy.

A public holiday (or every Sunday) is a holiday for everyone. Even the people working in retail.That may change, no matter how you personally feel about it, but at the moment it is my reality.

 

December 2017 Empties
December 2017 Empties

 

And every year I watch clips of the Boxing Day madness going on in other parts of the world from the comfort of my own home. I pat my belly, shift my weight from one side to the other (yes, the Christmas indulgence does bring back memories of the late stages of pregnancy) and wonder: Is there still anything we need to buy?

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pixi Pat Away Concealer Base – To tattoo or not to tattoo

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I have to admit, I am a fickle person. And that is what has kept me from getting a tattoo so far.

See, I grew up in a time when having a tattoo was proof of time either served as marine or in jail, but things changed when I reached adolescence and suddenly they were everywhere.

Now most of my friends are tattooed, even Mr. Loca is, and I think it is a beautiful way of self-expression and an art.

Review: pixi Pat Away Concealer Base
pixi Pat Away Concealer Base

 

I decided long ago that I would get a tattoo as well. I was sure of the motif, the placement, everything. But I didn´t have the money and decided to save up for it. While in the process of saving, I changed my mind. First on the placement, then on the motif, then on the placement again.

 

And that got me thinking. Can I really truly commit to one thing permanently etched into my skin?

Jury is still out on that, but it might be the reason why I judge every concealers coverage on its ability to potentially cover a tattoo. Could the pixi Pat Away Concealing base * do that? Let´s find out.

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pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask – Ox and horn

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In Germany there is a saying that indicates the impossibility of getting a reaction from someone. Roughly translated it means: “Like pinching an ox in the horn.”

I often think about this saying when I try to get a reaction from my husband regarding new lipsticks, nail polish choices or truly anything makeup related. In fact I was sure that no matter what I´d do, he´d always look at me and say: “Whatever.”

 

pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask
pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask

 

Turns out I was wrong! The pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * did provoke an immediate reaction:

I applied it, left the bath room and ran into Mr. Loca. He, used to my beauty shenanigans, looked at me in disbelief, shook his head and said: “Now you have completely lost your mind.”

Not the effect I was going for, I admit, but at least an instant reaction from a man that usually grunts when asked his opinion.

But which other effects did the pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * provide?

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pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter – Any excuse

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I don´t need more lipsticks. I DON´T need more lipsticks. I don´t need MORE lipsticks. I don´t need… Oh shut up.

Ladies and gentlemen (are there any here?) let me present you with the latest six (ha!) additions to my lipstick stash!

To be fair, I didn´t purchase them myself. They were sent to me, carefully wrapped, in the lovely pixi-green box that brightens my day whenever it appears on my doorstep. Is this an excuse?

No.

 

pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter
pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter

 

I could have given them away, untouched, to a loyal reader.

I could have donated them to a charitable organization.

But, as I said to myself, I have an obligation. An obligation to present you, fellow lipstick lovers, with first hand experience and swatches.

Can you see I am an expert at finding excuses?

So let´s see how the pixi MatteLustre lipsticks * and the pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms * perform!

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Fall Favorites 2017 – Being unique

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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.

 

Fall Favorites 2017
Fall Favorites 2017

 

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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#pixipretties – Review, tutorial and swatches

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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.

 

#pixipretties
#pixipretties Review, Tutorial and Swatches

 

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.

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