Sunday, February 25, 2018

My Skincare Secret | TBS - Oils Of Life.

About 2 years ago, in the beginning of 2016 my skin started to really act up. I never had problematic skin, it was never really dry and never really oily. But for some reason, my skin got super sensitive and dry that winter. My normal moisturiser didn't really work anymore so I did some research online. I wanted something quite simple, very moisturising and not too expensive. After some time I found  The Body Shop's latest release: The Oils Of Life range. I never ever tried oils on my face before, because I didn't want to end up with oily skin.. I know it sounds so stupid to me now, haha. 

Having read amazing reviews I went to the closest shop and got myself the Facial Oil and the Intensely Revitalising Cream. I have used them for more than a year now and I am still so in love. My skin improved so much after only a couple of days so I haven't been using anything else since then. I have added a serum recently (the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum) but I am still sticking to this oil and cream. They also have brought out a night cream since then and I will maybe get it in the future aswell.  

I use the cream in the morning and evening, but the oil only at night. I also have to say that I sometimes skipped the oil in the summer months but when it gets colder it is a must for me!

Do you have any products which have been using for ages and still love?
xx Lisa

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What's In My Bag | Everyday Edit.

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I have done a few of these "What's in my bag" posts already but I recently got a new bag and wanted to show you what it fits and what I carry around on a daily basis. 

Let's start with the bag itself. This is the "Liverpool Street" bag by Radley. I have admired their brand for ages and was so happy when they offered to send me one of their bags. The bag has one main compartment which is secured by a zip and two other compartments which can't be closed. I use the outer ones for non-valuable things like tissues, gum or my phone charger. The main compartment is great for your more valuable belongings like your wallet, phone or keys. And did you see the rose gold hardware? I LOVE IT! 

I guess this is enough information about the bag so let's start with why you all really clicked on this post.. What is in my bag? 

Well, as most people I always have my wallet*, my keys and my phone* with me. This is a standard in every bag. For a very small bag that's it. But this is more of a medium sized bag so I can pack way more than that.. and trust me if I can bring more things, I will! 

I am someone who wears sunglasses all the time. Even in winter. Okay, I won't get them out when it's dark outside or raining. But if there is only a little bit of sunshine you can be assured I will be wearing my sunnies. I just feel like they give me so much comfort and security.. Having a no makeup day? Sunnies! Don't want to talk to anyone? Sunnies! Wearing a boring outfit? Sunnies!
My current favourite that I bring everywhere are these D&G beauts*. I am obsessed!

Earphones are another must for me. Whenever I am on public transport I need to listen to music or an audiobook.. I don't know how people survive the tube or train without it.

Makeup-wise I totally sized down in recent years. I used to carry around anything I might possibly need. But now I try to focus on things that I actually use throughout the day. And these are my mirror (Chanel)*, my lipstick (currently Tom Ford "Pink Dusk"*) and my all-time fave, the Pillowtalk lipliner by Charlotte Tilbury*. I never ever touch up concealer or powder, I just feel like it makes me look worse. But I do love to refresh my perfume so I adore this little travel-sized refillable perfume spray*. My current scent is Si Intense by Armani*. 

And because the bag has so much space I also bring my very lightweight power bank by iDeal of Sweden*. So practical. 

And this is all I carry around with me on day to day basis. Sometimes I also pop an umbrella and my diary in there. The bag is seriously so roomy. 

What are your handbag essentials? 

xx Lisa


Sunday, February 11, 2018

About Self-Love & Why It Changes Everything.

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I had so much fun writing my post about positive thinking, so I decided to talk about another topic that is pretty important to me and should be to you aswell. Self-love. Sounds pretty selfish, right? I always feel like practicing self-love has this negative stigma. A lot of people see it as egoistic, self-centered or narcissistic. Like a lot of people may see taking a pretty selfie as such too. But we all know it's simply about having fun and capturing happy moments, right? The same goes for self-love. Ironically, it is the complete opposite of being selfish. You need to take care of yourself in order to be a good colleague, girlfriend, mother or whatever role you are currently fulfilling.

Imagine yourself after a week, with loads of work and zero time for yourself. Can you pay full attention to your partner or your boss? I don't think so. Now imagine yourself after an evening you spend pampering yourself. You are way more content, relaxed and happy, right? Can others fell that? OH YES! 

So why do we still feel guilty when we take the night off and choose NOT to go out with friends in order to put on a facemask and meditate. Or why do we feel guilty when we say no to working another late night even though we already worked a lot of over hours that week? Well, I think we are conditioned to always please others, always make them think the best of us, so we can think we are useful and worth it. But guess what, you are equally as worth it when you take much needed time for yourself! Your worthiness doesn't change with the hours you have worked, with the amount of nights-out you share with your friends or how "productive" others think you are being. 

Self-love doesn't even have to take out a huge chunk of your day, but if you want to take a whole day for yourself.. do it! However, you can also start with very small things. The key: See yourself as your best friend! And by "yourself" I mean your physical & mental health. 

Self-love is...
... working out because you have sat on the desk the whole day
... going on holidays, even if you feel like you can't take time off work
... choosing the good food that you know will nourish your body instead of the fast option
... switching off the phone in the evening to read a book instead
... going on walks when you feel overwhelmed
... meditating first thing in the morning for 10 minutes to clear your mind
... cleaning out your apartment (and your mind simultaneously)
... watching Netflix the whole day without even feeling guilty about it
... or simply taking some time off "the real" world and play around with your phone, taking selfies and shots of your food for Instagram.. because: Why not? 

And recently I have found a way to make taking selfies even more fun! I bet you all know the LuMee cases because of the Kardashians, right? Well, I definitely did. BUT they now also have the Duo version, which not only illuminates your face with LEDs on the front of your phone but also puts the pictures you take with the back camera in the right light. And because practising self-love is also treating yourself to a few new things from time to time.. why not treat yourself to a new phone case that is actually useful AND pretty? 

To conclude.. Self-Love is saying NO to things and saying YES to other things. If you listen closely and treat yourself as you would your best friend you will know what you need. Sophie Rosie has another great post about it and Lydia talks about all the small luxuries that can make all the difference. 
And the most important thing that we all like to forget? Talk kindly to yourself.. Listen to how you communicate with yourself. Would you tell your bestie that she is too fat, too lazy, too stupid, or simply not good enough? NO! So why would you tell these things to yourself over and over again? Encourage yourself, be kind and if there is something you need to change... criticize constructively. 

xx Lisa


Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Only Highlighter You Will Ever Need.

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Highlighters are some of my favourite products to buy and try out. I mean who doesn't love a glowy makeup look? I certainly do. I sometimes even overdo it a bit, so I try to shift towards more natural ones, to keep me from putting on too much. So today I will show you my absolute favourite highlighter. There is one for everyone.

This one is my oldest highlighter and still one of my favourites. It's very, very out there. You only need a little bit and you will get an amazing glow. 

I normally prefer powder highlighter but I just love to have a creamy one on hand when I want to make my highlighter stand out and last even longer. I just use a bit of this one with a powder highlighter on top and it just intensifies the glow. Love it!

This is my most worn highlighter. It has a lot of glow, without being glittery. For some reason, it glows just as much as Champagne Pop does, but looks way more natural. It's a must have that will never leave my makeup collection. 

This is the most natural highlighter I own. You can really pack this one on without looking like a light bulb. I just love it for casual days at University or errands running. You look healthy and glowy without it being "too much". (But is there ever "too much" highlighter really?)

After the Dior one, this is my go-to. Its a beautiful neutral toned shimmery highlighter without big chunks of glitter. I can totally imagine this one on any skin colour. It's such a staple!

(left to right: Revlon Highlighting Stick, Becca Champagne Pop, Dior Nude Air Luminizer, Rodial Illuminator, Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow)

What is you favourite highlighter? I would love to know!

xx Lisa