Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Skincare Ingredients I Swear By.

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Skincare Ingredients

The deeper you dive into the world of skincare, the more you realize which ingredients come up over and over again. Obviously, everyone's skin and requirements are different, so there is the perfect ingredient for everyone. Today I want to share with you which ingredients I swear by. To make it easier to relate to me: I am 27, so slowly looking into anti-ageing products and my skin is generally clear and dry.

Clinique Moisture Surge Facecream Moisturizer

Because my skin is always dry, hyaluronic acid is a must for me. It attracts and holds onto an incredible amount of moisture. It replenishes your skin and makes it more healthy, plump and youthful. My go-to products are Clinique Moisture Surge and the La Roche Posay Hyaluronic Acid Serum. 
Skincare products with Hyaluronic Acid
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Retinol is something I only discovered over the past few years. I always used to be quite intimidated by this ingredient. Retinol, or Vitamin A, is a real anti-ageing agent. It diminishes the appearance of fine lines, evens out your skin tone and just makes you glow. I adore retinol and can't live without it in my routine anymore. 

Skincare products with retinol
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When it comes to body care I swear by shea butter. The most luxurious and deeply hydrating moisturiser tend to have shea butter in them. I recently discovered that even my all-time fave moisturiser La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide contains shea butter and this might explain why I love it so much. 

Skincare products with shea butter
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What are your go-to skincare ingredients?

x Lisa


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sustainable Basics That Last | Everlane.

If you have seen one of my latest posts about sustainable fashion, you already know that I am consciously trying to shift to more environmentally friendly style choices. Everlane is a brand that I had on my radar for quite some time now and I finally took the plunge and added some of their pieces to my wardrobe. 

Not only is Everlane a brand that focuses on ethical production but they also focus on high-quality materials and craftsmanship. What does it do when you keep buying sustainable but low-quality products that you have to throw out after a few months? Exactly, nothing. That's why I love the timeless collection Everlane offers. Especially their basic pieces, like trench coats, ankle boots and dresses stole my heart. I can see myself wearing them for years and years. 

I decided to get their modern trench coat and their black boss boots (I mean with that name, I just had to get them, right?). Their trench is literally the perfect classic coat that I was missing in my collection. The beige is the perfect shade for me, not too light and not too dark. If you want a more fitted look I suggest you size down. And the boots.. oh the boots are a dream! The moment you see and touch them you know they really are some high-quality boots. However, if you have wide feet I suggest you size up half a size as they run quite tight. But if you have narrow feet just stick to your normal size and you should be fine. 

These two complete my outfit every time I am leaving the house right now and I am already sad that I won't be able to wear them when summer comes around. 

Have you shopped at Everlane before?

x Lisa

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Ultimate Self-Care Masks You Need Right Now.

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One thing that really cheers me up while staying at home 24/7 right now is my self-care routine. And after talking to a lot of my friends we all seem to feel the same. Taking care of ourselves, mentally and physically, really helps to calm our anxiety right now. So today I thought I would share with you the go-to face masks that I love to use for my self-care rituals. 

This is the latest addition to my mask collection and is slowly becoming my favourite. It's a very hydrating and soothing mask that makes your skin feel radiant, plump and youthful. It goes on beautifully and also washes off very easily. This gel mask works even better if you store it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme

This was the first mask I ever tried from PTR and really the reason why I am so obsessed with their brand. It's an exfoliating mask which makes my skin look clear and fresh. I try to use it every other week but this is definitely more of an autumn/ winter mask for me. Maybe because of the scent as it most definitely smells exactly like its name. 

I use the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm on a regular basis and I got this beautiful mask as an extra when I was looking for a mini version of the balm to take on my travels. This is for sure the richest mask I own. It feels very luxurious, soothing and clearing at the same time. It definitely is a mask I like to use when my skin is really acting up. 

This is what I normally call my "airplane mask". I always take this with my on long-haul flights as it really really gives me the moisture boost that my skin needs during hours on a plane. What I really like is that it is so moisturising without being too oily or heavy. If you apply a very thick layer it almost absorbs completely into your skin after an hour or so. I can't live without this anymore. 

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2%

This is probably one of the most potent masks I use. And I  LOVE it! It's actually a very liquid serum-like mask with a red tint to it (yup, it looks a lot like blood). This mask is extremely exfoliating. If you haven't used it before you might want to leave it on for a few minutes only. I sometimes go 20 or 30 minutes with it one, but you should just try it out for yourself. The packaging does recommend 10 minutes, so you maybe don't want to follow my example.. 

What are your favourite face masks?

x Lisa

Sunday, April 26, 2020

What's New In My Closet.

I recently realized that I stopped sharing most of my fashion purchases on my Instagram stories. At least I don't do it as much as I used to. And while most of it probably has to do with the weird and confusing german laws about declaring 'ads' I still want to show you what has found its way in my closet lately. And by lately I mean in the past six months. So today I will share with a little round-up and hope that most of it is still available... I hope you enjoy it!


Accessories & Shoes 

What have you been purchasing lately?

x Lisa

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Jean Paul Gaultier | Classique.

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It really is no secret that I am completely obsessed with perfumes. Even when I don't leave the house I still have to use one of my faves scents. It completes me getting ready for the day. I would even say it is more important to me than putting on makeup. So naturally, I am always looking for a new scent to add to my collection. A few weeks back, I discovered Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and I just needed to share it with you guys. 

I mean, the bottle is always such a statement piece in itself. Normally I like to store away my perfumes in a cupboard to protect them from the light and make them last longer. However, this one has been living on top of my dresser since I got it because it is simply so beautiful. Have you ever seen a more stunning flacon? I certainly haven't. 

But the gorgeous bottle is not the only thing that makes it my new go-to scent. I have the Eau de Toilette version and it still is very strong and long-lasting. But what does it smell like? Well, I always struggle to describe scents so I recommend you go and smell it for yourself. But of course, I can give you some of the main components. 

It has notes of vanilla (my fave), ginger and orange blossom. This makes the scent warm, rich and spicey at the same time. I don't love very fresh or overly floral scents. So this really is the perfect scent for me. 

If you are in the market for Classique I highly recommend getting a gift set. I got a set of the 100ml Edt, scented body lotion and this cute miniature version that is perfect for travelling. This way you get way more product for almost the same amount of money!

Have you tried Classique yet?
Also, please let me know what your fave perfumes are!

x Lisa

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Let's Talk | Sustainable Fashion with Allbirds.

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I have been researching sustainable and environmentally conscious fashion for quite some time now. And as much as I am still learning and far from perfect, I think it is much more effective if we all do our bit instead of just a very few trying to do everything right all the time. With that being said, I am quite intrigued by all of the wonderful sustainable brands out there. And today I want to talk about Allbirds

It was actually my boyfriend who introduced me to this brand while I was on the lookout for some new every day sneakers. He is much more up to date with the environmentally-conscious brands out there, so I always value his input. For full transparency, Allbirds was so kind to send me a pair to try myself (with no obligation not write this post by the way). But I absolutely had to share them with you guys. 

The Runners
I have had my Women's Wool Runners in Natural Grey for a few weeks now and they haven't left my feet since. Of course, I love the ethics behind Allbirds, but it doesn't stop there. They are extremely comfortable and beautiful to look at. Obviously, I had to go for a neutral grey and they really go with everything in my wardrobe. I am obsessed with their simple design that really doesn't age. 

The Comfort
What makes them so comfy is their material. The upper part is made out of merino wool which makes them as soft as a blanket. And because they are so comfy you can wear them with or without socks! Their material even makes sure that you stay cool in the summer and nice and warm in the winter. It really feels like magic! Now you must probably be thinking how the sole can be sustainable? Well, it is made from Brazilian sugarcane, which makes the material the world's first carbon-negative EVA.

The Maintenance
Another point that I love about my wool runners is that you can simply pop them in the washing machine to clean them. However, please don't put them in the tumble dryer. Just let them out to dry naturally. 

They recently got some extra browny points from me when they gave out free sneakers to healthcare workers who are working in the frontline of fighting COVID-19. I mean, can you love a brand any more than that?

x Lisa

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Rosy Spring Glow | Makeup Edit.

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First of all, I hope all of you guys are safe and being sensible and stay home if you can. As much as this time can be a downer on our mood, it is important to focus more than ever on the little things that make us happy and our days a bit lighter. For me, it's the first signs of spring. The sun has been coming out to say hello a lot in the last few days and I already can see some flowers blooming here and there. The second thing that makes me happy: beauty products! So today I thought I would combine the two and share with you my current fave products to get that rosy spring glow!

This is a product I have been raving about forever. I mainly use it on its own as a glow booster whenever I aim for a minimal makeup look or as a primer under my makeup. CC creams are something I love this time every year. The shade Rose Elixir is perfect for my teint in winter/springtime and I am already looking to get a deeper shade for the summer. 

These eyeshadow sticks are a godsend when you want an uncomplicated and quick wash of colour on your lids. They are extremely creamy but once you apply them they are set in place and really don't move at all. I can recommend all of the shades but my fave is Frozen Quartz. A beautiful shimmery rosy colour, perfect for spring. 

This is the most recent addition to my little By Terry collection. I have the shade Rosy Gleam. It's a light pink but very sheer powder that I use almost all over my face to give it a beautiful radiant look without looking glittery or oily. I am honestly obsessed and can't wait to try more shades. A must-have!

I have been using the PTR Pumpkin Mask for ages and wanted to get a glow and hydrating boosting version. This is a gel mask that feels so refreshing and cooling on the skin. It leaves my face glowy, radiant, plump and refreshed. I am obsessed! Pro Tipp: Pop it in the fridge for an extra refreshing effect... perfect for depuffing your face as well!

This is the lip balm of choice for me all year round and especially in the springtime. I personally don't tend to wear the matte and heavy lipsticks, that I gravitate to in the winter, during spring. I love very light products at this time of the year and mostly that means lip care product more than anything else. However, if I want some colour on my lips I would choose the YSL Rouge Pur Couture number 70. 

What are your go-to spring beauty products?

x Lisa

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Only Editing Apps You Need.

The number one question that always pops up in my Instagram DMs is how I edit my pictures and stories. I feel like I have tried them all through the years and there was a point where I would use up to 10 different apps for one picture but now I think I found one main app for each editing purpose. So today I thought I would share with you my top 5 editing apps.

1. Lightroom

If I could only have one app on my phone to edit this would be it. I have a couple of presets that I curated myself and this allows to very quickly edit my pictures. I just make minor adjustments and I am done. I use it for my Instagram Posts and also my Blog pictures as I like to have everything in the same look and feel. 

2. Unfold

This is the saviour for all of my Instagram Stories. I have to admit that the free templates are really limited but I purchased a few of their bundles and they really are inexpensive and beautiful. Definitely worth investing one or two euros. 

3. Over

This is the second app that I use for my stories and also the most recently downloaded app. I especially use it when I want to lay text over anything. Just as Unfold it has a few free options and then a more extended collection of templates and fonts that you need to pay for. But for my purposes, the free ones are more than enough.

4. Retouch

Whenever I take pictures outside there is at least one person or one object in the background that I really don't want in the frame. For this Retouch is perfect. It's very straight forward to use but really makes the biggest difference. I am hooked. 

5. Facetune 

Facetune is a godsend whenever the white tones in my photos are just a bit too yellow. The whitening tool is seriously underrated and if you like a crisp white picture, you need Facetune in your life... or at least on your phone. 

What are your go-to editing apps?

x Lisa

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Nude Lipstick Edit.

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Nude is a colour I am always automatically drawn to. Be it nude clothes, nail polish, home accessories or lipsticks. However, there are so many shades of nude and sometimes it can be quite tricky to find the right undertone for your complexion, especially when it comes to lipstick. So today I want to share with you a little guide to find the perfect nude lipstick for yourself and also introduce you to some of my personal faves.

If you are pale and cool-toned like me, you should probably go for a shade with a pink undertone. Girls with a more olive tone to their skin should definitely avoid lipsticks that are lighter than their skin, that will make you look washed out. Medium skin tones can pull off kind of everything but look best with a hint of peach. Girls with very dark skin tones will look the freshest with darker chocolatey nudes without a peachy or pinky undertone. If you go by those rules you won't look like you are staring in 'the walking dead'.

After you decided on the colour scheme, you should think about which finish you want. The easiest to pull off would be a glossy finish. It looks good in every shade and makes you look fresh. Another pro is that your lips don't have to be in the best state. For a matte nude lip, you definitely need to give your lips a good scrub before applying. Nude matte lipsticks tend to highlight the uneven bits of your lips even more. But I personally love the look of a matte nude lip, even when it's more work.

With those things in mind, you should be able to rock a nude lip without any effort. 

When it comes to a matte liquid lip I absolutely adore the Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Stains in 7, which is more of a true nude and 11, which is quite pink, and number 23, a beautiful deeper nude. My go-to liquid lipstick, however, is the bareMinerals liquid lipstick in 'swag'. Again a very cool-toned pinky nude. I also adore the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in 'Dolly Bird'. 

Tom Ford lipsticks have the best lipstick formula in my opinion. My go-to shades in the nude spectrum are 'Pink Dusk', 'All Mine', 'Spanish Pink', 'Bad Lieutenant', 'Spiced Honey' and 'Blush Nude'. If I want something lighter and more on the glossy side I love Armani Rouge d'Armani in 103, Chanel Rouge Coco in '402 Adrienne', Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color in '14 Pale Petal' and YSL Rouge Volupte Shine  in 47. For a lip care product with a hint of colour, I love to use the Clarins Natural Lip Perfector in 01.

What are your fave nude lipsticks?

x Lisa

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Travel Beauty Guide | What To Pack.

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This year I have quite a few trips planned. Next up will be a three-week adventure in India followed by a week-long trip to my favourite city ever, London. Even though these trips are generally pretty different, there are a few things I always keep in mind when packing my beauty bits for any kind of trip.

So in preparation for my holidays, I thought I would share with you my travel beauty guide. 

Firstly, I always love to keep it quite minimal. I never have a lot of problems deciding on the products I really need. However, when it comes to lipsticks I really struggle. I just have so many faves, that I want to take them all. But who really needs 5 different nude lipsticks? That's why I always stick to the rule, that I can take a total of 3 lip products. One nude lipstick of some sort, one bright red in case I want to dress up and one lip balm. And to be honest I never felt like I was missing anything since I started following this rule. 

The Makeup Bag 

When it comes to packing your beauty bits, the right makeup bag is really essential. I use one by Notino. It has two compartments, the lower one I use for my brushes and the upper one for makeup products. This way my brushes stay protected and in shape. For skin and body care I use a larger clear bag. If you are on the hunt for a new travel beauty bag I suggest taking a look at what you actually pack first. Maybe even take everything out and then figure out your requirements for the right bag. (And please don't just go for the prettiest one... I am definitely guilty of that!). 
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SPF products are something I not only use on holiday and I hope you do neither. But I obviously use more of it when I go away to a hot and sunny climate, like India. As I am quite fair and my skin burns easily I never use anything under factor 50. I personally like spray products, but please keep in mind that you still need to use enough product to actually achieve the full protecting potential. One large bottle per week seems to work quite well for me. 

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The Cream Products 

I always tell everyone to go for cream or liquid products as much as you can. So many of my lovely (and expensive) powder products have been completely destroyed in my suitcase. Especially in hot climates, I anyway think that a cream product looks so much more natural. But if there are powder products that you really can't live without please pack them in your hand luggage and not your check-in bags. 
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The Mini Sizes

In order to keep my beauty bag as minimal as possible, I not only try to limit the number of products I take with me, but also their size. That's why I love all of the travel-sized products out there. However, I always try and keep the little tubs and just refill them with my full-size product. That way you avoid wasting too much plastic. 
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What are your go-to products that you think I should have in my travel beauty bag?

x Lisa