Donnerstag, 28. November 2013

Get to Know Me: The Girl behind the Blog

Hi everyone! Today I am doing something a little different from my usual beauty and style posts. Recently I have been loving reading 'behind the blog' posts about the bloggers themselves. Not to be voyeuristic, but I love seeing what people's lives are actually like when they aren't writing reviews or tutorials. It gives some insight, and, ok, satisfies my nosy side just a little bit. I said it! :)

My name is Kate and I am from Berlin (as I am sure you can tell by my Blog's incredibly descriptive title). I am 21 years old and am currently studying a scientific subject (animals and plants are my thing) at a university in Berlin. I live in my own little apartment, which I lovingly have named "the dungeon" because of its low ceilings and small size, but I love it. In a group I am usually the 'funny one', but only if people understand sarcasm! When I am not stressing over uni (99% of the time) I am doing freelance make up for photographers around Berlin or I'm outside taking walks or bike riding with my boyfriend.

(amusing myself while making antlers, too bad they're not on the picture!)

We have been together for 1,5 years and met at a bar we were both working at. He was a bartender, I was a waitress... how much more cliché can we get? He is an athlete and will be taking part in his first bodybuilding competition next year. Aside from that, he works full time and studies at night- we're both really busy!

What else is there to say? My parents are my best friends, we get along really well, which I am so thankful for. I know a lot of people say this, but, you know what? More power to them! (Trust me, the teenage years are never easy, were all happy when they're over!)

My dream is to (aside from having a family and a fulfilling job) write a book about the stories I picked up along the way when I was a waitress. I actually waitressed quite a while, but more to that some other time. Maybe I will begin writing the stories and post them here? What would you think of that idea? They slightly amusing... people 'forgetting' their friend at the bar, throwing candles at each other and dancing with a smurf are only the tip of the iceberg.

I hope you enjoyed this and I will be back with more beauty related posts next week!

Also, please link your 'behind the blog' posts down below! I would love to get to know you all more.

xoxo, Kate

Mittwoch, 27. November 2013

Why I Love a Good Bath | Beauty

Hi loves! Sorry I have been such a flake recently. Life has been getting in the way somehow and university is really hectic at the moment... Add 4 hours of spinning a week to that and I am exhausted by the time I get home. This is why I absolutely love a good bath. It gets cold and wet and gross in Berlin this time of year and slipping into hot water with your favorite music, book or tv show is an unparalleled pleasure!  I have seen so many posts on Lush bath bombs (I did one myself recently), so I decided to go with something a little different!

These are the bath oils and bubble baths I have recently been loving. I am afraid I have only seen the Tetesept bath oils in a few European countries ( ships internationally!), but let me know if you have seen them anywhere else!

Tetesept Rücken Wärme Bad: This is translated ‚back warming bath’ and oh my gosh, it may not exactly ‚warm your back’, but it smells so herbal and delicious. The bath  water does turn a weird brow/yellow shade, but it is forgiven because it smells heavenly. This is great for anyone who doesn’t like sweet scents in their bath.

No surprise, I love sweet!

Tetesept Egyptisches Kleopatra Bad: This is ‚egyptian cleopatra bath’, which smells like milk and honey. Enough said, right? But seriously, this smells really comforting, not too sweet and makes your bath water look and feel like milk. My skin feels hydrated and smooth after this. This is by far my favorite, except that there is a lack of bubbles. Not cool.

Kneipp Sinnliche Verführung: This means ‚sensual seduction’ (I’m sure NARS had something to do with this?).  It smells really, really, extremely sweet and floral and has some bubbles. It also gives a milky touch to the water, but not as intense as the cleopatra bath.

The Body Shop Honey Bubble Bath: This is not only my favorite, but also my friend who I gave this to for her birthday. It smells sweet, but not too sweet with just the right amount of floral. Even my boyfriend always asks me if he can use my "honey bath goo", which tells me it isn’t too sweet even for the opposite sex. And this is bubbles galore! Just be careful, some of it sinks to the bottom if not properly dissolved and I have slipped on more than one occasion!

What are some of your favorite bath oils? Do you prefer showers? Let me know!

As always, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. You guys are the best!

Xoxo, Kate

Sonntag, 24. November 2013

Favorite French Pharmacy Masks | Skin Care

Happy sunday ladies! I have had a crazy weekend full of car issues, early thanksgiving and being the makeup artist at a fotoshoot today with an incredibly sweet model.  I would love to her how YOUR weekend was!

These are my 3 favorite face masks which are great for a variety of skin issues. I know the Shiseido mask isn't from the 'pharmacie', but the other two are. I like to keep a variety of masks on hand, so I can use the one most appealing to my current skin issues. Let's get rolling!

Nuxe Aroma Perfection Masque Thermique: This is a great little pick me up when you don't have much time. This is targeted towards oily problematic skin and large pores. You evenly distribute it on your face (I take off my make up with Bioderma before) and then gently use it as a facial scrub once the 2 minutes have passed. It warms up on your face over time, it never gets too hot though! I don't see huge effects, but it is great as a pick me up when you're busy and the warming sensation is perfect for the winter time. A little bit of luxury during my busy week!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Mask: Now this is an absolute winner. It isn't cheap at 25€ a pop, but results are instant and big. This mask works perfectly on those days when your skin looks a little dull. It takes 10 minutes instead of 2, but the results are more noticeable  You can actually feel the mask eating away at dead skin cells, which feels odd the first few times, it also isn't painful though. 
I usually use this when I have bad breakouts and then apply whatever skin treatment I am using at the moment, so it can work on my newer skin instead of just being absorbed by old skin cells.

Shiseido Pureness Clay Mask: This isn't as intense as the enzymatic mask, but is perfect for very oily skin. It really improves the appearance of pores and soaks in any extra sebum in the pores. This got me through all my years of acne and oily skin as a teenager and I still use it in the summer months when my skin produces more oils.

What are your favorite skin masks? Thanks for stopping by! 

xoxo, Kate

Mittwoch, 20. November 2013

Holiday Gift for the Beauty Girl: NARS Blush Palettes

Hi everyone! Instead of doing one big holiday gift guide, I have decided to post a few smaller ones with one or two present ideas. This makes it less to take in at once and also gives me time to let you know about any great ideas I have had or any deals I have found. Today I have chosen the NARS holiday palettes.

I know everybody and their mom on YT is talking about these, but I actually picked one up for myself (Killing Me Softly Blush Palette) and oh my! This is really great value as one single blush clocks in at $30 (!) and you can try 4 products for $42. This is an amazing gift for anyone just starting out with make up or already has what may seem like everything. They can pick and choose different blushes and experiment with different looks. These have a lot of NARS's signature shades mixed in with shades which aren't so common

For someone who travels a lot or carries their make up around with them this is ideal because, not only do you have different blushes to choose from, it also comes with a highlighter. A big win in my book! If you are unsure what color would suit someone, these are pretty universal with 'Orgasm' (included in the 'Killing Me Softly' palette) being the quintessential universal blush. Also, if one shade doesn't work for them, chances are high the others might!

This is definitely one of my top picks for this season and at such great value (and who doesn't look beautiful sleek packaging) you really can't go wrong.  These palettes are a really nice gift for all the women in your life, no matter what age or coloring!

Montag, 18. November 2013

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil | Review

Hey everyone! As promised in my lip balm battle, the french 'pharmacie' skin care reviews are rolling in!  Brussels was amazing and I stayed with a wonderful friend of mine who is quite the beauty expert with a collection of products and skin to die for (I think she should start a blog herself). My mother had been requesting the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 
 and after hearing my friend's good review on this (Hi Aneke!), I picked up a bottle for myself.

The concept: Dry oils are supposed to give you a 'dry' finish, which means you won't have a horrible greasy film on your skin which you may have with many other oils. The ingredients in this are mostly natural oils and it is perfumed, but my extremely sensitive skin has had no problems. (Also, Amazon is the cheapest I have seen it so far.)

About a year and a half ago, I got really bad eczema and nothing worked. I always had it a little, but I got horrible rashes on my arms which hurt really badly. This year I have decided to combat it from the start of the dry cold weather. All I have to say to this product is: PERFECT. The smell, the texture, the results, the bottle.. I might be a little obsessed. So let's get down and... oily? Awkward.

The most 'problematic' aspect of this is the smell. I personally like it, but it does have a hint of old lady perfume to it. The smell doesn't linger unless you straight up put your nose to your skin, but I still don't recommend ordering this online without smelling it if you are like me and are particular about smells.

More importantly, the results are amazing. I apply this to slightly damp skin and it soaks in surprisingly quickly and really does live up to its name by giving me a 'dry', non-sticky finish, which is much more comfortable. It completely hydrates my skin and it is such a luxurious product to use. Even just the bottle makes it an experience. What more could you want from a little bottle of oil?

I don't use this on my face since I have a very oily t-zone and don't want to give it any more reasons to misbehave, but it is great in my hair. It isn't particularly dehydrated at the moment, so it just adds a little bit of extra shine. The smell does linger though! It is also a really easy way to add a bit of shine after styling by applying it on dry hair.

Do I recommend this? Absolutely, for anyone! For any skin type and any age this is a little bit of luxury we can all incorporate into our shower or (for yours truly) bath routines. Also, an excellent present idea!

Have you tried this? Do you want to see more french pharmacie products? I would love to hear your feedback!


Freitag, 15. November 2013

Clarins Lotus Oil for Oily and Combination Skin | Review

Happy friday, everyone! Let me start with an apology: I have been so busy lately, that I haven't had time to post or read others' blogs. Next week is looking a little better, so I will definitely do my best to post and comment more regularly.

Now to the actual review: First off, let me tell you what an enabler Tanya from TarteTanya is. She mentioned this oil for dry skin in a post and recommended I try the oil aimed at oily/combination skin- I am so glad she did!

I know what you're thinking: 'An oil for oily skin? What?' This was precisely my first reaction to this absolutely genius product right here. It is more than just great- it is a staple, can't-live-without, miracle oil. If any of you have oily or other problem skin I can only recommend this! 

The directions on the product packaging tell you to use only about 3-4 drops on skin dampened by toner. I can usually get away with 3 drops and usually only use this at night because it would be too oily under my daytime tinted moisturizer. I massage them into my skin and down my neck if I have too much on my fingers. It is recommended to especially use this on your t-zone or other problematic oily areas.

If you have bangs it is good to sleep with a headband on (this is generally a good plan since your hair also contains oils, products, etc. which you don't want on your skin) because your hair won't get any oil on it.

I wish I knew the technology/science behind this, but this is a little out of my field (more like really out of my field). It reduces the oil my t-zone produces during the day and hydrates my cheeks and neck. My skin is more in balance than it has ever been: my redness is reduced and in many cases almost gone, this takes care of break outs like a champ and I barely need to blot anymore. Whatever Clarins did- it is working and I don't ever want to stop using it.

I have been really into oils lately- any recommendations from your side?

Dienstag, 12. November 2013

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Review

Good morning everyone! I am almost out of my Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Cream which was getting too dark for my skin in winter (hello, vampire!). Most BB Creams and tinted moisturizers are way too dark for me in winter, so I decided to give this a go as I read many reviews saying it was light enough for even the palest of us... represent? 

This product is really a winner for anyone with either really light skin or dark skin as it comes in a large variety of hues. Medium skin tones usually don't have the problem really pale or really dark skin have while finding a good color match.
Since it is oil free it is perfect for those of us with oily or combination skin. This will not mattify in any way, shape or form but it does not make your skin slick with oil the way a product containing a lot of oil might. It sinks in quite beautifully and gives you a sheer coverage finish. I still go in with a little concealer and powder. For anyone with oily skin or an oily t-zone, definitely set this with a mattifying powder and a little primer. 

Something to get used to for me after using the Estee Lauder BB Cream is the smell. It is unscented and after the delicious cucumber scent of my BB Cream it smells not so great. The smell doesn't linger though, so it is no problem at all!
I tend to break out from using products (especially of the moisturizer variety) and this has not given me a single blemish, which is new territory for me

The blendability on this is not the best because it is quite thick. I recommend dabbing a bit on your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks and blending it out with your fingers from there. In my opinion it looks best with a little oil reducing primer (MAC prep+prime skin refined zone is my favorite, as usual) on my t-zone.

Every time I wear this people tell me how beautiful my skin is, which means I am not just imagining my luminous, glowing skin! Also, SPF is still very important in winter even though the sun isn't shining (bla bla), but, really, it's true and we should all be using it.

Do you wear foundations or tinted moisturizers/BB Creams in winter?
Talk soon!

Samstag, 9. November 2013

Battle of the Lip Balms: Nuxe Rêve de Miel vs. Avéne Cold Cream | Review

Hi ladies! So last weekend I took a mini trip to Brussels and bought a little more (ok, a lot more) french pharmacie skincare products than I can justify (expect so see many Nuxe and Bioderma reviews!). Among these was the Rêve de Miel lip balm. Excitement. A while back I had purchased the Avéne cold cream lip balm, which in my opinion outrageously expensive for a lip balm. So here goes the battle between the two ;-)

Consistency: The Nuxe lip balm is much thicker, more of a paste. It blends into the lips and doesn't feel sticky at all, it coats them in the best way possible. The paste consistency improves its longevity in my opinion. It is a win-win all around.

Its Avéne counterpart has more of a vaseline consistency, the way a standard lip balm feels. It doesn't last as impressively long as the Nuxe- its pretty average.

Hydration: Reve de Miel lives up the hype and wins this one 100%. My lips are extremely chapped and  eczema prone and this really does the trick. My Neutrogena lipbalm was better than the Avéne at only a fraction of the cost- it did absolutely nothing! I am sure some of you can sympathize with that my-lips-are-so-dry-they-might-fall-off-feeling and this takes care of that in only a few hours. I keep this on my bedside table to use before bed and wake up with soft, plump, hydrated lips.

Price: Nuxe comes in at €12,20 and Avéne at €7,90 (both the cheapest I could find). Not a huge difference, but the extra €4 are so worth it.

Nuxe on right, Avéne left

Smell/taste: This is very personal, so I will refrain from my opinion (Nuxe wins!). Nuxe smells very neutral. It has that smell natural products have, but with a hint of orange (I might be imagining this, but there is some citrusy note in there... anyone?).

Avéne smells like vaseline (starting to think I bought overpriced vaseline), just what you would expect from a drugstore lip balm. Not luxurious, at all.

Finish: The Nuxe balm is matte, perfect for carrying lipstick without it 'slipping' off my lips. Avéne is more glossy, so you could wear it as a 'gloss' on its own!

Winner: NUXE, NUXE, NUXE (can you say that three times quickly?)! It gets the job done and you only need a small amount for this to work its small wonders. If you are looking to invest in a little bit of luxury, definitely go with this!

What are your favorite lip balms?

Thanks for reading! 
xo, Kate

Freitag, 1. November 2013

Review: Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder | Review

Bonjour everyone from Brussels! After a few negative reviews about high-end products, today is positive, cheap and cheerful! :) I used to be completely against loose powders because I had some weird notion that they would be glittery and make my skin appear greasy- until now! 

Some loose powders make you look 'luminous' or give you a 'glow', which anyone who has oily or combination skin usually shrieks and runs the other way from, thinking, 'adding more shine to my face... juuuust what I need'. 

This Rimmel loose powder does nothing of the sort. It keeps me matte, but doesn't look cakey no matter how much I apply. It blends like butter! There is no weird white residue at all and I have never stayed matte as long as I have with this powder. Rimmel really has gotten this 100% right. Can we also just take a minute to appreciate how reasonably priced this is? Finally, something at the drugstore!
Application: I usually use my Real Technique's face brush (the really fluffy one). Another great attribute of this product is that it does not come with the holes in the plastic covering the powder already open, you can do them yourself (I used an earring)! I only opened about half and this way I don't end up with a crazy powdery mess. 
When I fly to Brussels this weekend I will only be bringing my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish because even though I don't have a mess when the powder has been sitting on my shelf, I don't imagine this will be the best to travel with. 

For some reason this adds a softness to my make up which no powder has ever given me.  My pores are less pronounced and any other issues are instantly softened. This is perfect over your foundation, bb cream or even on its own. 
 The only smell problem I have with this product is the smell. It smells like Rimmel tried to give it a bit of a fruity smell, but failed miserably as it smells chemical. The smell does not linger on the skin though!
This powder is perfect for any skin type, it isn't mask-like and adds soft freshness to any make up underneath
it. As I have mentioned before my skin is extremely sensitive, this has not broken me out or caused any irritation.  This is a win-win product in my book!

PS. If you are living in Germany, you know that Rimmel isn't sold anymore- I got mine through ASOS!

Have you tried this or any other Rimmel products?

Hope you are having a great day!
xo, Kate