A Lightweight Base for Spring

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I’m introducing spring up here on the blog as you might have noticed from my fashion edit, an introduction to my favorite color at the moment and now I’m showing you my current base. I like to keep everything looking super natural, fresh and dewy.

As you might recall from my foundation fails post, I really did not get along with the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation at all, but gave it a second shot about a few weeks ago and have been LOVING it since then. I really don’t know what changed but all of a sudden I really enjoy the light to medium coverage, dewy finish and longevity of this foundation. I like the scent, I like how it doesn’t make my forehead super oily after a long day and I like how it photographs. Ok that’s it – end of rave.

I’ve also really been liking the Instant Age Rewind Concealer by Maybelline lately, the spongey application blends the product super well, and even though it might not be the most hygienic, it really gets the job done. I usually like to apply a little dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte powder just down my T-zone to avoid shininess and then carve out my cheekbones with the Sleek Contour Kit. The Bobbi Brown blusher in Peony you will have seen on this blog about a thousand times but I really like the hint of pink it adds to my cheeks, somehow I feel like that makes my blue eyes pop a bit more?

New to my collection is the Bobbi Brown eyebrow gel that comes with a little wand applicator. I use this in the shade mahogany and let me tell you – this keeps your brows where they’re supposed to be! This is great for setting your brows and coat the single hairs in product, however, if you do have slight irregularities and gaps in your brows you’re gonna wanna use a pencil underneath. After I sadly ran out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz I turned back to my MAC Eyebrow pencil in Fling.

To finish off this natural look, I give my eyelashes about two thin coats of the Maybelline Colossal mascara in dark brown.

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What’s your favorite foundation for a light and dewy base? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

An Ode to Kiehl’s

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It’s been quite a while since I first got my hands on a Kiehl’s product. It all started with the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense sun protector, that I got last summer and really liked. It’s the perfect sun blocker with high protection, yet it never left a white film on my face and sinks in super quickly. It’s on its last legs now but I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

On the topic of repurchasing things, my beloved Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado is about to run out and I’m crying crocodile tears, let me tell you! This stuff is incredible, super hydrating and rich, but not greasy at all and makes applying concealer and eyeshadow a dream. These past winters I’ve suffered from super dry and flakey eyelids – super attractive, I know. But not this winter, thanks to this little fella. Over the last season this has become my holy grail of face products and I will head to town and stock up on this as soon as I run out.

I got the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on a whim at the Stockholm Airport when I flew back home to Germany from Christmas and have been using it every single day since then. It’s not my favorite of all three products, but nevertheless it does a good job at keeping my skin moisturized and provides a good base for any make-up I’m applying on top.

What are your favorite products from Kiehl’s – anything I should try next?

Something With Orange and the New Black…

As the air gets warmer and the sun shines brighter I’ve noticed I’ve been gravitating towards lighter colors both in my wardrobe, as well as in my make-up stash.

Here’s three of my current faves all in a suspiciously similar shade of pale tangerine. You’ve seen the Sephora blush in Orange Pop, as well as the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 02 about a million times on here, so no surprises there. What’s new though is Essie’s Resort Fling that a cute little easter bunny (hi mami) snuck into my egg basket.

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What’s your favourite color of the moment, and any more spring-y nail polish shades I should add to my collection?

Spring Pink

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I’ve you’ve been an avid reader of this blog for a while you must’ve noticed I usually take it pretty simple regarding make-up and am not the first in line to experiment with bold colors. However, this past weekend I suddenly felt inspired by the blossoming little greens and flowers everywhere and thought why not use blush as eye shadow (I know, revolutionary thought!) – also: have you read my spring fashion edit already?

I kept my base natural and pretty easy (updated foundation routine coming your way soon!) and got funky on the lids. First of, I applied Nectar from my Lorac Pro 2 palette all over the lids, then went in with my Sephora blush in 17 Orange Pop generously in the crease and blended everything out with my favourite blush Peony by Bobbi Brown. A few coats of my brown Maybelline Colossal mascara and there we have it.

On the lips I tried a Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop, a very hydrating and pigmented little lip balm – this one is wandering into my handbag right away.

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It’s definitely out there, but I kind of like the finished look much to my surprise. What do you think? Any shades you’ve recently been discovering?

About Finding Yourself

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Over the past months I’ve inserted one or the other personal post, and today shall be no different. Get your snorkels on cause we’re going deep!

As a little bit of a background history, you might have read that I was a student at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute for 2.5 years before I decided to put my studies on hold for a semester and pursue another internship – flash forward to now – I’m currently working at a marketing agency in the heart of Munich, Germany. I’ve you want to read more about my decision-making process on why the straight road is not always the best option, click here.

Now that we got the background frame out of the way we can actually get in what I wanted to write about today – learning to accept and appreciate yourself. Especially when you are in the creative industry, constantly publishing and comparing your own work it is really tough to keep cool and not let all inevitable criticism get to you. I have made the experience that I started to doubt my own work, aesthetic and style to a degree to which I really limited my own creativity and graphic personality. Especially in an educative environment, where identity’s are shaped and you learn about the kind of professional you’re soon to become, it can be really hard to pursue what you really enjoy doing instead of trying to fit a frame that’s just not made for your form.

I recently read a quote that I wanted to share

You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.

… and it’s so true. You’re just not designed to please everybody. So try to accept yourself, know your worth and pursue what you find beautiful, funny, pleasing or right and you’ll start to become known for exactly that. It takes seconds to break down self esteem, but years to build it up again.

I am really glad to be able to currently work in a professional environment in which encouragement and kindness are the two pillars all work is build upon. For the first time in months, maybe even years, it demonstrated me clearly that there is a place for everybody in the working world. Just because your teacher, your friend or a colleague doesn’t like your work, doesn’t mean that somewhere there isn’t a client that would pay you big bills for you to deliver exactly that. Kind words and understanding are hard to find in the professional world but rest assured that somewhere there is a place waiting for you that is going to bring out the best creative version of yourself.

I don’t know if this helped anyone of you, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at key moments from over the past months and evaluate the lessons you can really draw.

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