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

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Oh My Glow | By Terry CC Serum.

Anyone who follows high-end beauty trends would have heard of the By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum by now. As long as the name is, the promise is simple: a radiance boosting, color-correcting and brightening skincare and primer hybrid. I first got interested in the product when Lydia Millen started raving about it a few years back. I was going back and forth about splurging on this and finally took the plunge a few months back. And let me tell you, I am not looking back! 

Before purchasing the serum it was actually quite hard for me to choose a shade. I knew the shade "sunny flash" would most likely be too deep for me, even though this seems to be the most popular one. I was going back and forth between "apricot glow" and "rose elixir".  In the end I went for the latter, as I have quite pink toned skin. I am still intrigued to try all of the other shades, but I still think mine is a great match. Anyway, when I want a more bronzed look, I already have my Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow Serum. To really compare the two I probably need the CC serum in the bronzing shade. But for me these are not competing products as I use both in totally different ways. 

My By Terry CC serum I love to use on makeup free days in when I want to look as natural as possible, but still want my skin to look fresh and youthful. Sometimes I also love to use it when I spend the whole day at home and still want to feel like I am making an effort. I heard people LOVE it as a primer, but I actually prefer it on its own, almost like a finishing skincare product. It glides on perfectly and really gives the most natural and beautiful glow, without being glittery. 

The Sun Glow serum I mainly use on holiday when I got a bit of a tan and don't want to wear makeup to match my face to my body. I avoid all direct sun on my face and literally lather myself in spf 50, especially on a summer holiday. So it happens often that my face looks much paler than the rest of my body, so this is a godsend for these times. But for a daily use, it's just a bit too dark for me. However, I have to say that it is really easy to layer. So wether you are more on the lighter side like me, or a bit more bronzed, it will probably suit you. But if you are fairer than me, then maybe go for the CC serum. 

Have you tried the By Terry CC serum yet?

x Lisa

Sunday, February 2, 2020

My Coat Wishlist.

Whether we like a classy trench, an oversized wool coat or a fitted business coat... we all seem to be looking for THE one perfect coat for this season. And every year we think we found it and this is it... we don't need to buy another one ever again.

Well, I feel you. I swore I bought enough last year and another purchase won't be happening for a few winter seasons.. well here we are. And I am longing for all the beautiful houndstooth print coats out there right now. And all the gorgeous neutral-toned oversized coats? YES PLEASE!

To keep my cravings in check, I thought I would share with you my current wishlist.. and maybe just maybe this will keep me from actually hitting the purchase button.

low to medium priced

medium to high priced

Have you gotten a new coat this season?
x Lisa

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Valentine's Day | Gift Guide.

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Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away. And as much as I think that you really don't need a set day to spoil your loved ones, I still believe a day like this can be a beautiful reminder to make time for each other... and if you want: get your partner a little something to make the day even more special. Or: Why not take make the day about you and treat yourself a bit? Whatever your plans are, today I made a little edit to give you some Valentine's Day gift ideas... for your partner or yourself! 

You really can't go wrong with beauty-gifts for any occasion, but Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to gift a new (or long-time favourite) scent. I personally don't like to buy myself a new perfume all that often. It just feels a bit unnecessary and most of the time I have other things on my mind that I need/ want to invest money in. But every time I get perfume as a gift, it's such a luxurious treat that I really enjoy. Another plus is that I tend to associate scents with events or people. So if you gift your partner a new scent, he or she might remember you every time they wear it.

If your loved one is not really into scents though, I think skincare or a candle can be a great alternative. As much as I love buying myself skincare, it again feels a bit unnecessary to buy a new product, especially if you still have some sitting on your shelves. However, luxurious products like the By Terry CC Serum or gadgets like the Foreo Luna 2 for Men are great gift ideas that you rarely want to splurge on yourself. 

And candles.. seriously can anyone ever have too many candles?
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Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day?
x Lisa


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Let's Talk About Coffee Table Books.

Whenever I don't know how to style a shelf, a dresser or any other random corner there is one thing that normally always does the job: the coffee table book. Yes, you heard right. Coffee table books are not only for your coffee table. I know, shocking. But what exactly makes a book a coffee table book? It is usually a big, normally hard-covered book which mainly consists of a lot of pictures and is intended to entertain you or guests. I and my boyfriend are both obsessed with collecting cute books, especially this category. So here are some of my current faves and some of my wishlist as well in my two fave categories: fashion and travel. 



Do you love coffee table books? What is your fave one?

x Lisa