Favorite YouTubers: Fashion Edit

Last week I introduced you to my favorite beauty gurus on the YouTube landscape and already promised to extend it to fashion. So this is obviously today’s topic then: here are five of my most watched fashion girls, all equally awesome and great for some outfit inspiration. Whether it’s their seasonal look books or regular hauls – I immediately want everything! Some mornings when I feel really uninspired I will watch a couple videos and then pull an outfit from my wardrobe that resembles the shown looks to get out or my boring rut. Hope these speak to you as much as to me, and like last time: any recommendations are very welcome!

Jen – ClothesEncounters

Jen is really cool. That just made me sound very uncool, didn’t it? It’s true though, she’s a proper bad-ass but in the sweetest, prettiest form they come. Her style is full of juxtapositions and contrasts, she mixes patterns, styles and thrift store items but always looks like a Urban Outfitters model. Her editing and music is also really on point and I look forward to watching her videos which are uploaded roughly every 3 to 4 days.

Lily – Lily Melrose

 Lily’s style is best described as a potpourri of british design. She shops at the high street and yet manages to own all of her looks. She isn’t afraid of trying things out of her comfort zone and so you will both find her in pastel colored doll style coats, as well as biker boots and torn flannels. I think out of the bunch she is the quirkiest and most relatable to me.

Wendy – Wendy’s Lookbook

If you only watch one video out of all here mentioned, let it be this one! Just look at that editing and creativity! Wendy and her ‘Mystery Man’ produce really nice pairing episodes and style advice, always with a chic and elegant appearance. She gives great tips on buying second hand designer items online and explains everything very well and easy to understand. Her voice has a really calming effect on me and she seems like a lovely person.

Mel & Steph – The Fashion Citizen

How I wish I could tag along on one of their shopping trips to Goodwill! I don’t know how they do it but they always find a-ma-zing pieces for under 5$ that they style with other items and suddenly they look like they’re wearing thousand of dollars worth of clothing. Mel has a more romantic, refined style whereas Steph is great to look for if you’re more on the grungy, edgy side of style. Go, Arizona!

Tara – Tar Mar

How gorgeous is this young lady? She’s recently been undergoing a bit of a change in style and I’m absolutely digging it. It’s a bit more daring yet still super wearable, think pastel pink latex skirts and cream fluffy jumpers. Sounds horrid, but she’s the one to pull it off! She’s a fashion student as well, so I can relate to her busy schedule and admire her for still making such an effort when dressing for uni.

 

Do you know any of these, and let me know: who’s your absolute style inspiration?

Luxe Look

IMG_8781When I woke up this morning I felt a little blahhh so I wanted a little pick-me-up in terms of make-up. I’ve had a couple of products from my London haul that I had never touched before and so I thought today would be the perfect occasion. Even though I had nowhere special to go except for work, I whipped out my most luxurious products and went all out.
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For my base I obviously chose the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation in number 4. I cannot believe I finally own this, as it’s nowhere to be found in my hometown, but I came across it in Stockholm and just had to go for it right away. It’s quite price-y but I had been saving up for this and knew I would love it so I think it’s justifiable. One pump gives me a light coverage, but today I went for two pumps to create a wonderfully even complexion. And may I just say: I LOVE the finish! It’s not too matte but definitely also not on the shiny side, it stays on for hours and isn’t as heavily scented as my Dior BB cream. Absolute winner, but I’ll dedicate this babe a full review coming soon!
Any pesky spots were – as usual – covered up with the NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and then everything was set with my MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder.

For brows I went with my MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling and a good contour was done with the Sleek Contour Kit in Light. As you can tell I went a little heavy-handed into my Bobbi Brown Peony blusher, but I didn’t mind it too much. I did a bit of an eyeliner with the Maybelline Master Precise liner and gave my lashes two good coats of MAC’s In Extreme Dimension mascara.

To finish off I applied NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for the first time in the shade Red Square and am really impressed with it! It’s easy to apply, doesn’t dry out my lips and stays on very well. I will also post a review on this if you’re interested?

IMG_8783Do you ever wear bold lips to work? And what’s your go-to beauty item to give you a little boost of confidence on days where you just don’t feel like yourself?

 

Weekly round-up #2

Here’s another little round-up of my past week following my Scandinavian adventures as a fashion intern. Catch up on last weeks round-up right here471319c3f906cd41e969e90ebd46e6d4

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The week kicked off with a fun shooting we had with the lead singer of the band Savages, Jehnny Beth. She’s super pretty and everything went really well, but obviously I was most excited to take a little peek into the make-up artist’s beauty bag. Foundation wise she used a mix of MAC’s Face and Body and the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk bases, which worked great due to the fact that neither contain an SPF.

A quick outfit shot featuring my H&M velour leather slip-ons, an old blouse from Dutch department store De Bijenkorf, plain black trousers by H&M and a knee-length cardigan by Cubus. I’ve loved this combination for the current weather where it’s quite chilly in the mornings but warms up nicely during lunch hours.

I just really cannot get over how gorgeous this city is!The architecture, the details, how everything looks stunning against the blue skies we’ve had for the past weeks. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the beauty Stockholm comprises.

Here you have a little sneak peek at Wednesday’s post: I played a little bit with make-up and this is what I ended up with on my face. If you’re interested in the products I used, stay tuned!

Another city shot, they just are too pretty not to be featured. This one was taken on my way to the Museum of Modern Arts on the island Skeppsholmen. I walked over the bridge connecting it to the heart of Stockholm and just when I was halfway through the perfect image composed: A crown on the bridge, afternoon lighting, the beautiful houses in the back and a little tourist boat. It almost looks like its painted, don’t you think?

Mentioned museum was really nice! I initially only went there to buy one of the famous Warhol prints as they are exclusive to sale in the museum shop, but then thought it was a bit disgraceful not to visit the museum itself as well. The main exhibition was on Nils Dardel, a swedish expressionist from the 19th century.

On sunday a couple of friends and I took advantage of the amazing weather and went to a flea market located right at one of the beaches of Stockholm. I didn’t buy anything but it was a nice atmosphere and lots of young and hip people.

Actually when I said I didn’t buy anything I lied. This wrap from a food truck was DELICIOUS! Especially the coriander dip that neutralized the spiciness of the Chicken Tikka – wish I could get this in the shops. Yum yum yummmm!

Since moving here I have made it a Sunday ritual to apply a face mask and then catch up on my favorite YouTubers with a nice cuppa.

 

What is your sunday ritual and what are you looking forward to do this week?

Used Up and Repurchased

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Because I have been using up quite a few products lately I thought I would share the ones that have made their way back into my cupboards.
First up we have the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser. This is probably the most gentle cleanser I own and I always go back to whenever my skin is acting up a bit. It’s a liquid-y cream that you massage into your skin to take off your make-up. It doesn’t contain perfume which is perfect for sensitive skin as it stops the skin from drying out. It isn’t the greatest cleanser ever invented but a trusty option to keep on your shelve!

At night I like to exfoliate my skin with a chemical peeling instead of a physical one. I’ve noticed my face doesn’t feel all tight and tense after using this as opposed to other peelings I’ve tried so I decided to repurchase the Avène Cleanance K Gel-Cream. It smells fresh and slightly zingy and makes my skin feel ultra smooth after applying this. I started incorporating this a while ago and have definitely seen an improvement on my skin!

A product I’ve been using for probably almost ten years now are the Balea Eye Make-Up Remover Pads. I prefer the oil-free version as they don’t leave my eye-area all greasy but in return they do a rubbish job at removing waterproof mascara. I believe I have used them every single day for the past years as they are fuss-free, take off everything that sits on my eyes and is an absolute bargain at 1,25€ for I think 50 pads.

My holy grail of handcare is without a doubt the L’Occitane Hand Cream with 20% Shea Butter. This stuff smells amazing and really works magic on my hands. It is very moisturizing but also sinks into the skin quite fast making it perfect for an on-the-go girl like me. I like having soft hands but still want to be able to pick things up without them slipping through my fingers – enter this gem. I always have a miniature version of this in my hand bag and will definitely invest in the full size version for the home.

On to make-up, this Lacura Eyebrow pencil in Blonde is probably the cheapest eye-brow pencil I own. But let me tell you, this stuff is gooood! I got mine at Aldi, a really cheap discounter supermarket which I normally wouldn’t purchase make-up from. After hearing many great reviews on YouTube and other German blogs I had to have it and it is really great. Perfect color match, not too hard or too soft and a steal at 2,49€!

 

What are some of the products you keep on repurchasing?

Favorite YouTubers: Beauty Edit

Among my friends and family it is no big secret that I spend a lot of time in front of my laptop watching YouTube videos. Whether that is in the morning to get ready, while having lunch, or to fall asleep to, I just really enjoy watching other people show their latest hauls, new make-up techniques, recipes or DIY’s. As I watch quite a lot of different YouTubers I thought I’d split it up into three posts, one beauty, one fashion and one lifestyle. These will go up every Friday for the next two weeks so make sure to check back next week for your daily dose of fashion videos.

Vivianna Does Makeup:

This lovely girl just won the Bloglovin award for Best Beauty Blog and if you watch her videos you know why. The editing is always really great and she’s such a natural beauty that just knows her stuff. Watching her for quite some time now I feel like I know her as a friend, she just comes off that natural and funny. So whether you’re looking for a laugh or a the latest review, it’ll be worth the visit!

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Obviously, when mentioning Anna’s channel, Lily’s is closely linked. The two are best buddies and Lily also produces fantastic quality videos. Her editing is even more innovative than Anna’s and she’s the queen of organization. If I had an older sister I would imagine her a bit like Lilly: funny and well-informed but also quite serious and she definitely knows what she wants and likes.

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I could listen to Estée for hours on repeat and never get bored. She’s such a sweet and down to earth girl that I have watched for probably 5 years already I think and am always impressed with how much she grew. I am 100 percent sure that I will like anything she holds up on her camera and I can especially recommend the little trilogies she creates for each season featuring make-up, fashion and lifestyle ideas.

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Alex has a really calming influence on me. Whatever she says I trust her instantly because her voice is just so reassuring and gentle. Her tutorials are always super easy to recreate and she always makes sure to give everything a fun and colorful twist. Even though she is already married and leads a proper grown up life, she also still goes to school and posts a lot of relevant content for a younger audience.

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Over on her channel you’ll find the complete opposite to Alex. Nikkie is very loud and eccentric, loves to play around with bold and unexpected make-up looks and just is generally a really daring personality. As a professional make up artist she has lots of great tips up her sleeve and I trust her recommendations blindly! Make sure to check her out if you’re in for a fun look and your daily dose of sass.

 

Who do you like to watch? Also, if you have a YouTube channel I would love for you to leave me a link so I can check out some more channels.

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Book review: The Beginning of Everything

IMG_8635Over the summer I have started to get back into reading. It relaxes me and takes my mind off things for a couple of hours. I especially enjoy reading before bed instead of scrolling Instagram or Twitter for the 23948635 time. I think it is also scientifically proven that your sleep is less effective when your mind is still racing from all that media input just seconds before falling asleep.

The last book I finished was Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything. I initially heard about this book from Ingrid, you all probably know her as Miss Glamorazzi on YouTube and it seemed like an easy read yet something that is quite moving. Having read The Fault in Our Stars in the beginning of the summer I discovered a rather morbid appreciation for books featuring tragedies that remind you of the blissful life you can have if only you make the best out of every situation.

Schneider’s book revolves around the main character Ezra, once the most popular boy at school who gets hit by a car and loses his ability to move freely and lighthearted through life. He disconnects with his other popular friends and finds himself sitting at the ‘nerd’ table at lunch. With the help of Cassidy, a girl he falls in love with he discovers his true self, detached from all social expectations and fake aspirations. However, the tragedy of his accident does not remain the only misfortune in his life.

What I took away from this book was that really all of your power and capabilities lie within yourself and while sometimes it takes other people to notice them before you even get aware of them, in the end it is you who it all comes down to. You can be as small or great as you want to be if only you believe in yourself and not in the illusion others have created for and of you over the course of time. You don’t owe anybody but yourself!

 

A book I would really like to read next as I have heard a lot of people talking about this book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Have any of you read it? Any other books I should give a go?

Weekly round-up #1

I’ve been living in Sweden for just over a week now and cannot even put into words how much I enjoy it here already. If it were up to me I’d pack my bags in an instant and live here happily ever after. As a little diary I want to incorporate a weekly round-up of the things that brought a smile to my face from monday to sunday and in that way remind myself of all the beautiful things I get to do/see/experience here in case homesickness kicks in. Trust me, this happens a lot when you know there’s a little puppy at home growing up without you witnessing it (*tears up while writing this*).

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The first image was taken on Odengatan in Stockholm. Most houses here are painted in hues of yellow and red and against the blue sky that day I love how the colors pop! Also: how gorgeous is their 18th century architecture? Wish I could move into one of these houses.

It seems to become a tradition for me to bring a few cans of my favorite german beer to whatever city I’m moving to – I have a pretty similar shot from two years ago in Amsterdam!

A bit of a splurge that I have been saving up for a really long time and just never could get my hands on as Giorgio Armani foundation isn’t stocked in Cologne. The Luminous Silk foundation – I’m sure there’s a review coming! Alice you’re to blame for this purchase hehe.

So I’ve spoken about how I’m turning 22 in a few weeks and there is me in my elephant slippers. Seriously no shame. Waffling around the house like it’s nobody’s busy and loving it to the max! They keep my feet warm and just brighten up my day when I look at them.

Okay this one is a bit older, at the end of August I went to see the Scandinavian fashion exhibition from 2000-2015 at the Sven Harrys Konstmuseum and I really liked it. The location and building itself are really nice and from what I’ve gathered the exhibitions there are always very inspiring.

A little saturday morning selfie. After my first week of work it felt amazing to not be woken up by my alarm at 6:50 but to sleep in – which was 8:30 actually, but I made myself a cuppa, turned on Project Runway and cozied up in bed again until 10.

On Saturday night my colleagues, some other friends and I went to this outdoor party at this really cool club. The music was on point, the people fun and the location perfect! Located under a bridge there was plenty of room for photo booths, table tennis and even boule!

The first home wear piece I’ve bought is this really cool retro clock in rose gold. It’s from TIGER and was only 5 euros but I think it looks so much more expensive than it was. I love the bold lettering and round edges and as it was the last one in stock I thought it was meant to be.

Lastly: how cool is the flooring in our office? This is actually a print the company I work for uses for their designs but they also floored the entrance with it. Love it!

 

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