Sunday, January 29, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks.

I have been admiring the CT packaging for ages. I mean, who wouldn’t? The rose gold looks absolutely stunning and when you have the products in your hands they feel like the most luxurious makeup items ever. I had a rather big clear out recently and got rid of most of my lipsticks and most importantly: all my MAC lipsticks.. so I had to get some new ones. And that was the perfect excuse to browse Charlotte Tilbury.

As they are not the cheapest lipsticks I wanted to only buy my must have shades. A rich red, a dark red, a matte mid-toned nude and a very light nude. For the light nude shade, I already knew what I wanted. It had to be the Kim KW one, I mean for me she is kind of the inventor of the nude lip haha. I really adore the shade. It is the perfect classic nude and totally what you would expect. Unfortunately, the formula (KISSING formula, not the Matte Revolution) does not 100% agree with my lips and tends to get a little flaky after a few hours. I like to only use a bit of the lipstick and tap it in with my finger.. 

The second nude I got is Very Victoria. It is more of like a mid to dark toned nude and has a very matte finish. I love the formula much more than the Kim KW one and the colour is also gorgeous.. maybe a little too cool toned for me though but I can still get away with it. 

For the classic red, I went for Red Carpet Red and this is for sure my favourite of all of them. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and everything you look for in a classic Hollywood red. The formula feels amazing on my lips not too drying. It feels much better than my old favourite: Russian Red by MAC. And this one lasts equally as long.. I am in LOVE.

Last but not least is Glastonberry. I was looking for something like Diva by MAC. This one is more of a dark purple with a hint of red than a pure dark red but I like this even more. It looks amazing against my skin colour. Again the formula is a dream. I can't tell you much about the lasting power of this one as I haven't worn it too much yet.. We will see. 

These are all the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I own so far. But I have to tell you a little secret.. I just did another order.. oh dear! The reason is that I was browsing twitter and saw someone talking about the famous Lipliner shade Pillowtalk being made into a lipstick and I was like.. OMG! This can't be true... So I went onto their website and yes indeed, they released Pillowtalk as lipstick exclusively for Valentines day. I know I am on a spending ban but hello.. it is a limited edition so I just had to, right? RIGHT?.. 

Which are your favourite CT lipstick shades or products in general? Next on my list is the Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette.. so stunning!

xx Lisa


Sunday, January 22, 2017

NEW IN - Kapten & Son rosegold watch.

{This post contains products that have been sent to me as PR gifts, with no obligation to write this post}

If you have read about my New Year's Resolutions you will know that I'm trying to save some money this year. Not for a special cause or something, but I just don't want to worry when something big comes up (like the YSL college bag haha). I have been really good so far but there are a few things I really miss buying: handbags and watches. I just feel like they can change your look completely. So when I had an email in my inbox from Kapten & Son asking me if I would like one of their watches I was beyond excited!

But choosing one of their many beautiful designs was so hard. I really liked their leather strap watches as well, but I already have a few of that kind so I decided to get the rosegold mesh one. And I am so happy with my decision. It looks absolutely stunning and feels like such good quality. I really think this is the kind of watch I am going to wear for years and years. They have all of their watches in a smaller size (campina) and a slightly bigger size (campus). I like my watches to be a little bit more statement so I went for the second version. Next on my wishlist is the brown leather one.. god so beautiful! 

Check out their website and let me know about your favourite.. definitely a good investment.

xx Lisa

This post was kindly sponsored by Kapten&Son.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What's in my bag - the mini edit.

Happy Sunday everyone. Some of you might remember that I did a "What's in my bag" post a few months ago. That time I showed you the medium edition. In today's one, I want to show what I pack when I decide to go for a mini bag. 

Of course, there are a few staples that I would carry around everywhere.. in every kind of bag I choose. The number one has to be my phone. But also my keys and my wallet come everywhere with me. At the moment I always use my Whistles wallet, the perfect size and the perfect colour for me. For my phone case, you will see me with some kind of Richmond & Finch case. The cute pompom on my keys is from h&m. And do you see the cute carriage keyring? I got it a while ago after I did a tour inside the Buckingham Palace... absolutely stunning place. Oh god.. I miss London!

The Ted&Baker case is usually one for your phone. Since I updated mine to an iPhone 7 plus it doesn't fit anymore, but now I use it for my external battery as it is a gorgeous rose gold colour but scratches really easily.. so now it is perfectly protected. Another essential are my Sudio Sweden earphones. I love the Bluetooth version.

As far as makeup goes I don't like to carry around too much. I personally don't like to touch up concealer or powder throughout the day as I find that it increases the risk of looking cakey. But I always need to take my lipstick of the day and a mirror with me.

And that's it really.. haha I know it is not a lot but it is enough for when you only want a small bag with the real essentials. I personally don't like to take a big bag with me when I go shopping or sightseeing.

I might do a university edition soon.. would you be interested what I carry in my university bag?

Let me know about your key pieces that you always need in your bag!

xx Lisa


Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Instagram Tips & Tricks.

Today I have a highly requested post for you guys: My Instagram Tips and Tricks. In this one, I want to discuss some advice which helped me to reach 10K followers in about 5 months. I also want to give you a little insight in how I edit and schedule my pictures. I hope you enjoy it!

How do I get new followers?

Let's start with my tips to get more exposure which will eventually lead to more followers.

I know you are probably sick of hearing that but engaging is the number one key to attracting more followers. It is important to regularly comment and like the pictures of people you follow. This has different positive effects. The first one is that the person itself is more likely to follow back when they see your name pop up over and over again in their notifications. But it also attracts their followers to check out your profile and maybe follow you. For that, it is important that you like and comment on profiles that are similar or in a similar theme as yours is. People who follow a technology account would not necessarily want to follow a fashion account. I mean it is possible, but the chances are less. I think you should also go through other people's profiles, and not just the ones that you already follow . For that just look at their comments or their followers. Leave them a genuine comment and maybe they will check you out. 

Something I have done for the last two months is that I put on notifications for very popular accounts which are in the same field as mine (like @inthevrow, @lydiaemillen, or @songofstyle). Once I get a notification that they uploaded a picture I instantly click on it and comment something related. Don't just use random emojis.. make yourself look interesting! Their followers should be 50K plus. But super big accounts like Kylie Jenner's don't make much sense either, as their comments go so incredible fast that no one will see yours. 

Always, and I repeat, always tag the brand profiles in your pictures. From the clothes that you are wearing in your outfit post to the author of a book you have in your flatlay. Tag everything! That will show your picture in their tagged pictures and some brands even might repost and tag you on their own feed. Sometimes there are some big pages that post pictures related to a brand, but they are not the brand pages themselves . A good example here is @zara_daily. They have reposted me a few times already. Zara itself normally never reposts. MaxFactor on the other side repost a lot, the same goes for The Body Shop or Real Techniques. Just look around and do your research. 

Posting regularly is very important to keep your followers interested and to also attract new followers. I always find that I get a few new followers after every picture I post. When I am not active I rarely get new ones. On the other side, posting too many looks like spam and you might get a few unfollowers. I always post once a day and I did this since I started.  I think between 1-2 posts per day is the optimum. The timing of your post is very important for the likes you get. If your followers are not very active in the moment you post, you are likely to receive significantly less likes on the picture. There are a few analyzing tools which can tell you when your followers are the most active. I just use the statistics in my Instagram business profile. To switch your account from a personal to a business profile you just need a Facebook page (this can also be an empty anonymous page). I highly recommend it as it gives you great insight in your followers. 
Hashtags are a very individual topic. A lot of people hate them, but I think if you are a beginner you should definitely use them to get people's attention. I still do it. But there is a way to make it look less obvious. I have a note in my iOS Notes app where I have saved 25 hashtags ready to copy and paste. You are allowed to use a total of 30 hashtags per post. So I just add 5 individual ones which are related to the actual post. I would not recommend hashtags like f4f or l4l as it looks very unprofessional. I use ones like lifestyleblogger or ootd (outfitoftheday). Feel free to stalk my pictures and copy my hashtags haha. Also, I would recommend not putting them in the actual caption, just write and extra comment under your picture. That way it looks less spammy and cleaner.

Since Instagrams new algorithm a lot of people complain that they get fewer likes, which in my opinion is definitely true. Basically, Instagram doesn't necessarily show you the latest posts on top of your feed, they choose the ones which they think are the most relevant to you. So if you are very unlucky, only a small section of your followers actually get to see your post even though you posted it at the perfect time. Just to get an insight.. only 12% of my followers get to see my posts.. shocking, I know! To keep reminding people that you exist you should use Instastories. It is always on top of people's feeds and they won't forget about you. You can simply film little videos of your day, post pictures which are maybe less Instagram-worthy or even post screenshots of your feed to show that you just posted a new picture!

Once you've got the attention of the people and they actually click on your name, the most important part is that your profile should make them want to follow you. Of course, it has to be in their field of interest. Everything else is an individual decision. I personally like cohesive accounts with neutral tones. Not too dark, but also not too vibrant. I like a good mix of flatlays, outfits and sometimes selfies. Basically what I am doing haha. I also find that having a profile picture which fits the style of your pictures also makes such a difference.

How do I edit & schedule my pictures?

I personally think that editing is one of the most important steps to get a successful Instagram. As I already said, I like crisp pictures with neutral colors. The base has to be white, preferably marble. If I ever use color in my pictures it is normally a beige or blush color. 
After I have the actual picture I always use a total of three iOS apps. These are the steps I always follow:

Facetune: I don't use facetune for my actual face haha. I use it mainly to whiten flatlays and product pictures. For that, you just take the whitening tool and use your finger to whiten the areas which are a little too blue or yellow. That happens all the time, especially when you use natural light. Sometimes I also use the detail tool to make little details, like jewelry or glitter, really pop in my pictures. It also works like a brush with your finger. 

VSCO: Here comes the only filter I use. I always use the number HB2 at either 3 or 5, this totally depends on the picture. You should always use the same filter, but in different intensities, to have a cohesive look in your feed. If you use a lot of different filters it looks very unorganized and is just very uneasy for the eyes. 

Snapseed: This is the last step that I take for most of my pictures. Here I adjust saturation, brightness, shadows etc. This is a very individual step and totally depends on the picture. 

If I want to remove and object from my picture I will use Retouch. But I only ever used it once to get rid of a pipe which was in the background of one of my pictures. 
If I want text in my pictures I use the app WordSwag. I honestly tried so many free apps for this but I am so happy I paid a little bit for this one as this is the best one I have come across. 

If you are anything like me and you are a little bit of a control freak you like to plan out your next few posts. I personally plan the week ahead every Sunday. So I know that I have enough, and most importantly the right pictures, for the next week. For this I use Mosaico. I think it is around 5 euros, but it is only a one-time payment which is much better than Planoly in my opinion.UNUM is completely free but I've had a lot of problems with it in the past. You can upload pictures in the app and rearrange them until you are happy with how they look next to each other. Normally you would never want a selfie next to another selfie. I always have 3 product or scenery pictures between a picture of me. The picture of me could be full body, a selfie, or just an outfit detail. If you want you can also schedule the caption, but I like to do it freestyle once I post. 

This has to be one of the longest posts I have ever written and probably will ever write haha... but I totally loved it! I would love to do a second post like this in the future. Maybe you have some questions which I forgot to answer?

xx Lisa

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 New Year's Resolutions.

Happy New Year lovelies! I hope you had the best night with loads of fun and friends. I would really love to hear how you spend your new Years evenings. When I was little younger I would just NEED to go to some party with my friends but now I am so happy with a cozy night at home with my favorite people. So of course, I got to spend it with my sister, her boyfriend, and mine. It was seriously one of the best ones I had so far. 

As this is the first official day of 2017 I want to share with you my New Year's resolutions 2017. I think I have never been one to make proper resolutions but I realized that I have more and more become someone who sticks to their plans (more or less haha). So I thought why not give it a try this year and actually write it down.

1. Getting healthier. I on purpose don't say lose weight as I know I have some pounds to lose and I am convinced when you lead a more healthy lifestyle they will go by themselves. And yes you can definitely lose weight in a very unhealthy way and I have been there.. trust me: that is not what you want. So yes getting healthy and a little more fit this year is my number one priority. I think I have definitely improved in this aspect over the last year but I let it slip a little towards to end of the year.. so I hope to be back on track soon. 

2. Finding my path. This is quite a huge one and you will probably only really understand if you are or were in a similar situation. I am in this weird stage after my Bachelor degree where I have to decide between working and doing my Master. I made my mind up about this and I definitely want to do my Master but finding a course that I love in a University which will accept me proofs to be not as easy as I thought it would be. But I don't want to give up or give in and just start working because that would be the easy way out. On the other side, I feel the enormous pressure by some people, or society in general, to move fast. To know immediately what you want and go for the most sensible and practical thing rather than trying out and working for what you want. Adding up to this comes a million and other thoughts and events in my life right now which leave me a little clueless and confused. Maybe I will make a whole other post about my "quarter life crisis" if this would be something you are interested in. 

3. Reading more. I don't know why but I am such a visual person. I love watching and looking at things. I enjoy watching youtube, movies, and documentaries. But when it comes to reading it is really hard for me to focus. I think one big reason for that is that I HAVE to focus. I can't be looking at my phone at the same time. I can't start thinking about my to-do list and I can't check my emails simultaneously. So yes, I really want to make an effort and read more in 2017. 

4. Be more responsible with money. My Boyfriend will probably not trust his eyes when he reads this but yes, I really want to get more responsible with my expenditures. Of course, that doesn't mean to not buy anything in 2017. But I want to invest in more key pieces, in things that I will use or wear for a long time. And of course, really think about whether or not I will benefit from buying this item or if it is just something that I enjoy at this moment but will do nothing for me in long term. Haha yes, I know.. Even I can't believe that I am typing those words right now. 

5. Stop procrastinating and use my time more effectively. I think this one is pretty self-explaining and most of us are guilty of procrastinating from time to time. But it just makes me feel so frustrated in the end. Do you not just love the feeling of a very productive and well spent day? When you are ahead of your schedule and just feel on top of life? I want to have those more often. I am realistic here and I know I won't be like that every day, but I want the procrastination to be the exception, not the productive days. 

I can't wait to look back at this post at the end of the year and reflect on what I have achieved. 

Now I would really really love to hear about your New Year's resolutions if you have any!

xx Lisa