Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas & Festive Chocolate Recipe.

Today I don't have a super long post for you as most of you, myself included, are probably way too busy spending time with loved ones and eating all the good food. 

One of my traditions is that I try to make something tasty and self-made to go with the actual presents every year. I made the same thing last year and as everyone loved it so much I decided to do it again for this year and share it with you guys. It is really simple and can be done in so many variations. 

I begin with melting my chocolate of choice. I always use milk chocolate because I just prefer it (and I will for sure also have some haha). You will need quite a lot so one bar won't really cut it unless you do it for only one person. I always take one bar for each person I am planning to gift it to. 

Then I will put some baking sheets on trays and pour the chocolate on them. The chocolate should be just as thick as a normal bar would be. Then it is time to get creative. I like to make my chocolate very festive so I add dried cranberries, crumbled spiced almond cookies (Spekulatius for my german readers) and some almonds. In the end, I drizzle some white chocolate on top to make it look more interesting. When everything is hard I break it up into uneven pieces to get the perfect self-made look. As I said you can do your own variation of it with the chocolate and the toppings you or your friend and family like. As you see, it is not rocket science.. just a cute idea. 

I also just wanted to quickly wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you are having the best day so far. I spend last night with my mom, my sister, and her boyfriend. Like every year.. haha. My boyfriend is away for work unfortunately but I will get to see him in a few days and seriously can't wait! Today I will visit my dad and his little family for dinner. Tomorrow I will just relax and will watch loads of Christmas movies. 

I would love to know how your Christmas looks like every year.. or is it different each year?

xx Lisa

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Urban Decay - Black Friday Haul.

I know Black Friday feels like ages ago and considering it is almost Christmas, it kinda is ages ago. But I thought it would still be nice to show you a part of what I got that day. I went a little bit makeup crazy and got loads of new goodies. I did my main shopping at Urban Decay (online via Douglas). I know it sometimes is a scary thing to buy makeup things online when you've never seen them in person but thanks to the magic of youtube I absolutely knew what I want. Plus, I just always get the lightest foundation and concealer shade ever and it will always fit.. haha life of a pale girl. Let's discuss the pieces I got with the 20% off discount. 

1. Naked Skin One & Done Foundation in "01 Light". I am a huge fan of BB Creams and I stay away from heavy coverage ones. I have a pretty dry skin with not a lot of blemishes so if I use a really heavy foundation it mostly just clings to those dry areas (especially my nose.. such a nightmare!). So this foundation did sound so perfect for me and it definitely did not disappoint. I adore the texture and the finish. Of course, it won't perfect my skin 100% but as I said that is not what I am looking for in a foundation. It looks exactly like my own skin just a little bit more even. My new go-to foundation for sure. 

2. Eyeshadow Primer Potion in "Eden". I don't want to discuss this too much as everyone has their own opinion on this topic but a very big reason for this haul is that I try to switch to cruelty-free makeup. I am definitely not perfect regarding this but I try my very best. One of my favorite items I had to get rid of was my beloved MAC Paintpot. I used it as a primer but also on its own when I don't want to wear eyeshadow but I want to cover those veins and imperfections on my lid. So I had to look for an alternative. I came across the Primer Potion and noticed that they also have a "concealer like" shade. I ordered it and I really do like it. The shade is a little lighter and a little more yellowish than my old one but I think it is a good alternative. 

3. Vice Lipstick in "Ex-Girlfriend". I did a huge lipstick order on Charlotte Tilbury but they were mainly matte ones and I needed a comfortable nude pink color for every day. The color shows off a little redder in real life. I mean it definitely looks good on me and my boyfriend also complimented me for my lipstick (which he normally never does haha) but that's still not really what I wanted. I might just have to keep looking for an alternative to my MAC patisserie.. do you have some suggestions?

4. Brow Tamer in "Neutral Brown". I also had to find an alternative to the Brow Drama by Maybelline. I have tried a few drugstore ones but they are all way too "much". Too much product, too much color and it just ends up looking super fake. To be honest I just bought this one because I was already doing this order and I never really heard anything about this brow gel. But I really wonder why! This is by far the best brow gel I have ever tried. It is the perfect color, the perfect brush, and just the perfect formula to give definition without looking fake. I will stick to this forever. 

5. All Nighter Setting Spray. I have to admit I never have used a setting spray before and I always used to think this is so unnecessary and you can basically just spritz some water in your face haha. God have I been wrong! This makes such a difference to the finish of my makeup as well as the lasting power. My face looks less powdery and more natural after I used it and I also noticed that my concealer lasts much longer. That was something I was really struggling with before. Never without this step now. Thank god I got the big bottle!

6. Last but for sure not least: Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. If you haven't seen this on every beauty blog and in every second Instagram picture.. where have you been? This has to be the absolute IT palette at the moment and I can see why. The color are beautiful and the formula is so buttery and pigmented.. a dream! The colors come out more warm in reality, more like the second than the first picture. I am not one for a lot of eyeshadow as I like to stick to my dramatic flick and that's it. But sometimes I like a bit of definition and special in my crease and then I love a good matte shade. So this is seriously made for me. I mean look at it... insanely beautiful!

xx Lisa


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Review - Braun Satin Hair 7 Straightener.

Today I want to talk to you about my hair straighteners of choice: the Braun Satin Hair 7. I've got these in the beginning of the year, so I had these quiet a while. I always wanted one of the ultimate ghd straighteners. I mean they must be the most hyped ones on the market. After some research, though, I realized that they might be a little overhyped and decided to go for these ones. I got them for around 100 euros but at the moment you can get them for almost half the price online (amazon).

Let's start with some technical facts so we can move on to the more fun part haha. One of the biggest features which have sold it to me is the heat adjusting sensors in the panels. It basically measures the moisture in your hair and regulates the heat on its own. When you have very dry and damaged hair it will automatically lower the heat. For it to work best you can set up your own personal profile. For that, you are asked to enter your hair length (short, medium or long) and provide more information like whether or not it has been colored or bleached. This way it ensures to give you the most suitable temperature for your needs.

But do not worry, in case you want to change the temperature manually, you can! For that, you just skip the profile part and go straight to the manual heat control. The best part is, you can set up more than one profile so you can share your straightener with your sister or friend. 

Overall I find this feature extremely helpful as I don't have to think about the temperature at all. It just knows what my hair needs. Besides this, there are a couple more aspects to why I love this one so much. 
It has rounded edges so I can easily do a pretty wavy hairstyle. I use them for proper curls, waves or just to straighten my hair. Everything works fine. Something I am always looking for in straighteners is that the wire has to move comfortable on the main body of the straightener as I twist and turn it so much while doing my hair. And this one definitely does. I also don't find me accidently pressing any buttons while doing my hair, which happens a lot with other ones I tried so far. 

I just wish it would be a little smaller and travel-friendly.. then it would be the ultimate one for me. 

What straighteners do you use? I would love to read some opinions of people who own a ghd.

xx Lisa

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Blush&Black Obsession.

If you follow my Instagram (if you don't, you can find me here), you probably know how much I adore the combination of pretty blush tones with the classic black. I don't only love it in my pictures, but also in the clothes I wear.