Current Favorites: Beauty Edit

IMG_3675Fast forward to autumn, it’s been a while since my last post! I thought it would be easiest to fill you in piece by piece about what has been going on in these last months and so today I’m sharing my current beauty favorites all with a little story behind it.

IMG_3678The Chanel Lumière d’été is from this years spring collection and probably the most gorgeous piece of make-up that I own. I had never really noticed it in stores, but when I saw it at the aiport on my way to Italy I had to have it. Must’ve been fate that there was only one left! The signature camellia is embossed into the finely milled powder and so far seems pretty sturdy in terms of wear. It’s quite light and not really a highlighting powder as the name suggests, but more of a bronzer for fair skinned people.

IMG_3680The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is an Italian purchase, while I was in Florence. I’ve been wanting to find a nice light-weight alternative that gives decent coverage for the summer months when all my other foundations are a bit too light. Little did I know that this summer I’d stay the ghost I am throughout the winter months and the shade ‘Alaska’ is already too dark for me. Oh well, next year we’ll try again with that tanning thing, shall we?

I’ve been back in Amsterdam since the end of August to continue my studies and while perusing the streets with my friend we came across an offer at a store where they at 40% off all mascaras. Since I was in need of a new one anyway, this obviously didn’t leave me thinking. I’ve gone for the waterproof formula of the Le Volume mascara in brown. Couple of things to be noted: my lashes just don’t hold the curl – they’re not short, but seem because by the end of the day they just lie flat. This mascara does everything and more in keeping up the curl and staying in place all day. And big plus: since the weather situation in Amsterdam has been rather rainy, this mascara prevents streaks of dark under my eyes!

One pricey purchase from a while ago was the Parsley Anti Oxidant Serum by Aesop. They’ve quickly become my favorite brand and I’m thinking of doing a brand-focused post in the near future, would you like to read that? I find this to be perfect for the summer months, however will have to combine it with a bit moisturizer from now on, to keep my skin nourished and protected for the colder days.

Lastly, I’ve been all about the coppery-bronzey eyeshadow shades these days and the Maybelline Color Tattoo’s stay in place all day. The one I’ve been using the most is On and On Bronze and goes with everything. I love how it makes my blue eyes stand out even more!

Please let me know what your current favorites are, and what you’ve been up to this summer.

Lots of love, Maja

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?

Skincare Fall to Winter Edit

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When transitioning from season to season you normally switch up your wardrobe. Goodbye to those flimsy dresses, open shoes and leaving a jacket at home. But as your body needs more protection throughout the colder months to keep healthy, so does your skin. I am currently in the process of updating my skincare regimen to a more appropriate routine preparing for the big drop in temperature that is inevitably going to happen in foreseeable time. Of course I did not take all of my skincare products with me to Sweden so this makes it a bit easier for me to sort through my stash, deciding what to keep, what to leave for next year and what items I need to add.

Starting with my keepers, it is all about again protection and moisturizing. As I have mentioned before my hands tend to get really dry so I like to always carry my L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream with me wherever I go. It is rich, keeps my hand soft and sinks in quite quickly, so no oily marks all over your keyboard!

We all apply SPF before a good ol’ sunbathing session but most of us forget this step in their daily routine regardless of of season and whether the sun is shining or not. Fact is, there are UVA and UVB rays shining on us all day whether you see them or not. They make the skin age quicker, developing wrinkles and impurities at an earlier age. You won’t see the results of using this regularly this within a week, a month or even a year, but sooner or later the day will come.

I am currently in the midst of writing an ode to the Body Shop Body Butters but I just can’t help it. The perfect luxurious yet not incredibly expensive treat for your skin after a nice shower. It sinks in quite fast (can you tell this is a major criterion for me?) and smells nice and soft. Like anybody else’s my skin tends to get quite dry and as deep care treatment I put this on every night for a couple of days in a row and instantly see results. No more flakiness!

One more Body Shop product to finish off, this Serum-In-Oil is the last step in my skincare routine and supports regeneration over night. It is moisturizing yet doesn’t make me shine like a stick of butter and smells very nice. A few drops are enough to cover the entire face and so far I have not noticed any dry patches on my forehead which I had big struggles with last year.

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Now on to the products that I would like to add to my skincare.
I love a good face mask and this over-night version by Origins is raved about lots in the blogger community. Especially after using exfoliating and deep-cleansing masks I notice my skin gets a bit tight and to put the moisture back I would like to add this to my routine. I’ve also never used an over-night mask so I am anticipating this to be very rich yet not too heavy to stain my pillows. Any experiences with this Drink Up Intensive option?

As you can see from my keeper’s I currently don’t own a daily face cream. While using the SPF alone currently works fine as it is not that cold yet, I will definitely find an option to provide my skin with a little more care and moisture for the day. As I trust in the brand I am keen to try out the Make A Difference Plus + cream to see whether it really holds up to its great reviews. Can you tell I’ve made it my mission to avoid any dry patches at all this winter?

Apart from dry skin I also suffer from really dry eye-lids. Especially the inner area gets super dry and flakey, a rather gross sight – let me tell you! I’ve tried it with a ton of creams last year but none of them seemed to help. And while I still like my Origins GinZeng Eye Cream in the morning I want to add a bit more oomph at night to repair any damages. I have only heard great things about this Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado one by Kiehl’s and will definitely invest in one of those little pots.

Lastly, who doesn’t get chapped lips in the colder months? Ever tried applying lipstick on top of that? Yeah, not a good look. The wild Argan Oil range by the Body Shop is supposed to be super rich and caring and goes by the name of Solid Oil Lips. If that doesn’t moisturizing then I don’t know what! I’ve given this a quick try a couple of days ago in the shop and think I must head back soon!

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One product that will leave my bathroom shelve this season is the Origins GinZing day cream. I really liked this during the warmer months as the gel texture is very nice and light, sinks in quickly and is the perfect base for already relatively moisturized skin. But as you can tell from the description I have just given you, not exactly an ideal companion during those colder months to come.

 

I’m curious as to what you will be replacing and adding to your skincare routine, please share in the comments!

September Favorites

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I know I am super late to the party but life has been so busy recently and the lack of daylight after I get home from work made it rather impossible to shoot nice pictures. But enough of the excuses, today I present to you my favorite products from the month of September! September is usually my favorite month: gorgeous sunlight, leaves turning orange, perfect temperatures and of course, my birthday. You will have seen my birthday make-up here if you are interested! So apart from these products, of course, the whole month has been a favorite!

Rituals – Zensation Foaming Shower Gel 
This smells divine! The organic rice milk and cherry blossom combination is luxurious, foams up gently under the shower and an absolute treat. One of my best friends gave this to me for my birthday and I have been loving this as a my special sunday shower gel, making me feel relaxed to ensure a good night rest. It makes a great gift (duh) and is an absolute recommendation!

The Body Shop  – Body Butter
Another gift from previously mentioned friend. A detailed post on this is coming your way this week, but I wanted to introduce it on the blog here already as well. Those Body Butters are so rich and creamy in texture, making the skin feel lovely soft and moisturized even days after applying it. I don’t really like any other scents at the Body Shop apart from this as they’re mostly too sweet for my liking, but this Olive version makes me feel and smell clean, just what I want. I apply this at night and let it sink in over night but it also works if you apply a thin layer after your morning shower.

Zara Handsoap – Ginger Lily
Probably THE best attribute of my new room is the own bathroom that comes with it. Even before I had moved in I already rushed to Zara to buy myself a lovely soap which nobody but me would use. I know I’m quite strange when it comes to that department but these kinds of products and rituals just give me so much satisfaction that I like to embrace them. This smell is lovely and lingers around for quite a bit. It’s flowery and sweet, but not overly overpowering.

The Body Shop – Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
As the temperatures are dropping my skin is getting drier by the day. I have pretty normal skin but in the past years I have noticed to get really dry and flaky patches around my forehead and cheeks so I am currently preventing that from happening by applying this as my last step in my nighttime skincare routine. It is very moisturizing, smells lovely and doesn’t make my face feel too greasy. It is completely absorbed by the skin by the next morning and I am currently crossing my fingers that there won’t be any dry patches in the weeks to come!

L’Occitane – 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
This is hands down the best hand cream I have ever tried! The smell is super nice, again slightly powdery yet still fresh and subtle. It sinks in super fast and provides good moisture throughout the day. I get quite dry hands in the colder months, causing the skin on my fingers to crack (I know, not a pretty sight!) and this really does a good job at keeping those areas more or less soft. I will probably repurchase this hand cream over and over again and was so incredibly happy when my godaunt gifted me the full size version for my birthday.

Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation
If you’re looking for a full review on this product click here, but in short: I’ve been using this foundation most mornings during the month of September and loved it! The finish is gorgeous, a matte yet still radiant look and has great longevity. Sometimes I look into the mirror at 4 at work and am surprised as to how good this still holds up. No show of wear and nothing has come off. Definitely a new holy grail product in my make-up stash!

Bobbi Brown – Peony Blush
While throughout summer I enjoyed using my Sephora Blush in Orange Pop I noticed myself reaching for this pink shade more often throughout September. It’s a really pretty pink that is highly pigmented so you’re gonna wanna go in rather lightly handed! I think it really compliments blue eyes and blonde hair without creating that stereotypical Barbie reference. I am almost hitting pan and when I run out of this I will definitely be repurchasing it!

 

Now on to you, what have been your favorite products for the month of September? Please share your products or leave me links to your posts, I am always curious to try out new things!

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?