today it is all about concealing! which concealer work for me and for which parts of the face and for what purpose. there are rather expensive products like M.A.C and rather affordable products like COVERGIRL and rather cheap products by CATRICE and ESSENCE – BUT let me tell you, they all work for me! I wanna focus on the most expensive and the cheaper concealers.
29 CHF / 5ml what is it about? this is one of the best concealers for dry skin as it doesnt leave a dry feeling due to its minerals and nutrient-rich plant extracts. the consistency is creamy and it has medium coverage with natural light reflections.
where do I use it? I use this concealer on my couperose cheeks and even though it doesnt have any green it cancels the redness. compared to other concealers I rarely use this one as a highlighter.
29 CHF / 3.5 g what is it about?
I love stick concealers and I think they are super easy to handle. the MATCH MASTER concealer is a very a color true concealer with an average opacity for a natural, silky finish – and that is what I love about it, it does its job and conceals perfectly BUT its not cakey or looking too concealed at all. the concealer contain the same shade intelligence technology as the Match Master foundation series and therefore they run from 1 to 1.5. to 2 and so on.. they claim to last up to 8 hours. and I dont know if that is really true – all I know is that I apply it in the morning and it looks perfectly and when I look in the mirror in the evening it looks a lot faded and really asks for a touch up – in any case it depends what you are doing thru out the day. where do I use it?concealing vs highlighting!
this concealer stick helps to cover dark circles and discoloration all over ones face and corrects them. I bought myself a rather light tone and I use it to highlight certain areas of my face (the bridge of my nose, my cubids bow, around my eyes) so in my opinion not all the concealers out there can do the job of a perfect highlighter like the ones from Estée Lauder or the famous one by YSL BUT this creamy stick concealer can!
NEW in my makeup collection are these two concealers:
essence MATCH 2 COVER
so I have only used this concealer twice and I love it already. so where to start, the price is awesome (around 3 CHF) the lighter shade suits my skin tone perfectlly but it is winter and my skin is rather fair. I have used it under my eyes and to conceal any redness around my nose and cheeks. the product is very creamy and rather matt than shiny and thats very good as I dont want to highlight my imperfections. I will keep on using this concealer and maybe I will get back to you about it. let me see.
another new concealer palette in my collection yay, and this time it has more than one and two shades, NO this time I have 5 different shades. lighter, medium and dark (perfect to conceal, contour or highlight) a rose and a green color and these are perfect to correct darker eyecircles and redness. green is awesome for redness and I mix the lightest and the green together and I use it on my cheeks to reduce the redness AND it works, yay! compared to the essence concealer this palette is a bit more expensive but you also get more options with it. (around 5 CHF) I have only used this product once so far and I have only used the lightes beige tone and the green. let me see if I will get back to you about this one too, so long!
hmm, a rather long blogpost about something so simple but I figured I wanna give you a better descriptions of the concealers I use. I hope you liked it and dont forget to visit my FB page and give it a LIKE!
yay – thank you so so much Carlita’s Collezione for sending me this lovely rosa leather jacket – it is perfect and totally made my day.
back in the days at the designbox (read more >> here) Carlita’s Collezione had her booth next to mine and thats how I found out about her gorgeous collections and awesome surf trips to Bali Indonesia. in case you wanna be super up to date follow her Instagram account!
“The love of surfing brought me again to Indonesia and then out of a dream came an idea and then the will to make this idea come true, became a reality. For a long time my biggest wish was to combine my creativity with sport activities and economics. Currently I live and work mostly in Indonesia. All leather goods as well as the bikinis are designed by me and carefully crafted in Bali. It is important to me that I am involved in most production steps, which means I actively participate in choosing the leather, the accessories and other materials on site. In addition, it is a matter of concern for me that my products are made under regular working conditions and in a pleasant work environment. These requirements meet both families with whom I work with. My products should relay the joy of life in Indonesia and conjure a smile in ones everyday life. For each item sold CHF 1.00 will go directly to SurfAid (www.surfaidinternational.org). SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organization that has set itself the goal of improving the health, well-being and self-confidence of people who one meets surfing in remote areas.”
I can highly recommend to check out her shop and I am sure you will fall in love with at least something and dont blame it on me when you end up spending all your money – hahahahahahahaha! xx
this could be a nice present for you or friends who love floral scents as the name implies its about cherries but not only – have a look at the different ingredients in the different notes of the fragrance.
nuances of lemon tingle together with black currant and watermelon. heart notes
easy and carefree, the cherry blossoms combined with the notes of violet and rose. base notes
the fragrance has a subtle musk wood touch.
its available at all the L’OCCITANE shops in february so it will be perfect for the people that celebrate valentines day <3
one of my favorite books regarding fashion and style is the one above in the photo. and it shows many nice key pieces for the perfect style. this very morning I was browsing thru this book and it made me think about these pieces: my beloved VALENTINO sandals – the lovely rose lipstick by ESTÉE LAUDER – the sweet scent LOVESTORY by CHLOÉ and golden hoops.
now I wanna answer some fashion questions: #1 what are key pieces?
these are clothes that can be worn in many different ways and always remain timeless. a good navy or black blazer – a nice white blouse – a skinny jeans – black or brown chelsea boots – a beige trench coat – white sneakers – black flats etc.
#2 are there any no-go in fashion?
hmm, thats a tough question as for me almost everything goes and hardly anything is impossible. personally I dont like to mix black and brown and navy and black – but thats just me 🙂 but on the other hand I love to mix and match with colors and patterns. back in the days it was also not so cool to mix red and pink but thats also something that works perfectly for me. another thing I wanna share is that when I am wearing a short skirt I am always wearing a rather simple top with it and when I wear a nice cleavage shirt I try not to wear it with shorts but with a nice pants instead.
#3 whats my go-to look for a business day?
atm this would be a pencil skirt with a cashmere sweater, ankle boots and an oversized coat. in case you need inspiration check my outfits from 201120122013 and 2014 or check my polyvore page.
there is something nice on the market very very soon: the SISLEY Paris phyto 4 ombres 2 mystery. I was one of the lucky bloggers that got one of these to play around and have fun with it. thank you SISLEY!
I indeed played with it and found some really nice looks with the gorgeous four colors. rather simple ones or more dramatic darker looks. As I love to compare things I wanted to compare it with the rather new CLINIQUE nutcracker palette.
PHYTO 4 OMBRES – 2 mystery
is a quartet of eye shadow that allows perfect control of color thanks to micronized pigments and ideal concentration. I love the texture of the eye shadows, its a mix between a powder and gel. the application is super easy and the eye shadows are very long-wearing. they do not leak into the wrinkles, nor in the folds of eyelids. the four colors make a variety of types of make-up looks – from rather natural to more intense to super dramatic also thanks to the various effects: matte bright, metallic and satin. MORE INFO >> here
THE NUTCRACKER ACT I – snowflake suite / plié pink
inspired by the timeless ballet classic the four shades of All About shadows, plus plié pink blush make an awesome and timeless palette. launched right before christmas it was perfect to celebrate the holidays with sparkly eyes and soft, sweet cheeks. but even now I find these gorgeous four eye shadows are so great for an everyday look. but also in that very case the colors can be mixed and transformed into different looks – from very decent to super dark. the colors are called: Sugar Cane – Crystal Pink – Mushroom and Boron. MORE INFO >> here
so as you may have figured out from my descriptions of the products I love them both! they are very different and can be combined for the perfect eye look. stay tuned for the photos with the looks on my FB page. xx
a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to a lovely brand from ZH called LOLA fred and was already showing you a casual way to wear a rather sporty jumpsuit. in case you have missed it have a look >> here
today I wanna show you some really cool YOGA pants that can be easily worn for a casual everyday outfit. Luxury Maxim pants by LOLA fred are available in two colors and three different sizes.
pants LOLA fred
top THE WAREHOUSE via zalando.ch
earrings I AM
I went shopping at LUSH and here is what I came home with! I am a HUGE lush fan and always end up buying too many nice things! the solid shampoos are such an amazing product and perfect for travelling. another huge favorite of mine are rose scented products like the awesome limited edition shower gel (I really hope they will continue this line!) and the body conditioner – together they are a dream team and a wise person once said: “NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM.”
Clara and John Molloy founded MEMO in 2007 after they met eachother on a chairlift in 2005. they have traveled together and experienced many nice things and that was the start of their collection – they discovered eleven scents and created these gorgeous fragrances for their collection. they both see a fragrance or scent as a magical journey and the flacon as the aim of that very trip.
LALIBELA – a mystical rose
the scent of yoyous fervor.
MANOA – city of gold and opoponax
manoa is the house of the sun, a living fruit that offers its opoponax nectar only to the most adventurous.
SHAMS OUD – an oud in the house of sun
The only guide in the house of the sun is the haunting music of oud, its main chords of Tonka bean, its dreams of wood and its promises of glorious love.
LUXOR OUD – oud from the pharaons
the marriage of wood and rose under pharaoh’s whip and sceptre.
QUARTIER LATIN – parisian papers
heart of paris that flutters in a latin fire.
IRISH LEATHER – wind of leather the leather gathers in the wind, the grass warms with the wood – Irish leather gallops off into the horizon.
ITALIAN LEATHER – dolce leather
it teams the simplicity of green tomato leaf with the sophisticated beauty of leather, myrrh and vanilla absolute – a lucid dream.
FRENCH LEATHER – a rose affair
being right, knowing the right moment to undress – musk – kissing.
I got the MEMO discovery voyage – FOUR – that contains 8 x 2ml samples and my favorite one is: FRENCH LEATHER! every sample comes with the list of ingredients and the description of the fragrant journey. read more about MEMO << here
thank you very much for inviting me to the event at parfumerie hyazinth and also for the lovely talk I had with Clara and John. <3
all of the eleven fragrances can be bought >> here
I wanna share with you my awesome hair dresser Stefanie Winter from Winter Coiffure in Basel. she mainly uses products of the company Rolland from Italy, they are super skin- and hair- friendly and use natural ingredients that are rich in active ingredients and free of chemical components. the formulas are rich in natural and biodynamic ingredients and all products are as far as possible free from irritants and potentially dangerous components. the product packaging is only made of sustainable recyclable materials, most packages are bottles and containers of highly biodegradable plastic or glass. that is something I highly appreciate. another thing that I like is that Stefanie pays attention to what is out on the market and like this you can always find something nice in her salon. for instance months before the invisibobble was sold in H&M and Claires (and where else..) she had them – the same with the brush tangle teezer. in the last photo you can see Stefanie Winter in action and this is also a tiny sneak peek as this photo was taken during the photoshooting preparations.
I change my natural brown hair to a redish copper brown and ever since I did that I get so many compliments and people ask me whether this is my natural hair color 🙂
in November last year I had the honor to be part of a photoshooting with Claudia Link photography and I can not wait to share our results with you. stay tuned.
as I was shopping a little at the SALE I have put together some outfits with the new pieces. the black coat, the sequin skirt, the gem-stone print skirt and the rosa wool cardigan. with help of polyvore I made these collages. there are so many ways to wear these items and I am sure I will show you many more. I am such a big fan of skirts and those two skirts are so special and can be worn with all different kind of tops.
today I wanna share some nice fragrances that I am very tempted to buy. they are not the newest – so I am sure many of you already knwo these perfumes. as I cant afford to buy all of them I am trying to find out which one I like best and I still dont know – as they all smell amazing. maybe you can help!
#1 BULGARI Omnia Indian Garnet #2 NARCISO by NARCISO RODRIGUEZ #3 BALENCIAGA Florabotanica #4 PRADA Infusion d’Iris #5 CLARINS Eau des Jardins
the Omnia Indian Garnet is a rather spicy warm fragrance and I could see myself wearing this for a casual day. the Narciso is a powdery sweet scent for a special night out. the Florabotanica is floral and herbal at the same time and this makes it a great everyday fragrance. the Infusion d’Iris is a perfume for everyday a super simple but herbal scent that I absolutely love. and last but not least the Eau des Jardins a body splash that I could carry in my bag and fresh up during a long day. any suggestions? which one would you recommend?
aaw, I finally took the photos of my new leather jacket that I have found on SALE at the EDWIN outlet in Weil am Rhein, Germany. 90 Euro instead of 450 Euro – another bargain! EDWIN is a japanese brand from tokyo and the jacket is from the MEN section – hahahahaha, yeah, I know, this happens a lot to me – I often end up in the MEN department and I always find something nice – I would be for a neutral department – women – men and both <3 today I am also wearing a shirt and turtle neck from the men department. the shop next door to EDWIN is the CARHARTT outlet and there I have found another super bargain – a nice beige wool scarf for 10 Euros.
band collar shirt COS (men)
jacket EDWIN (men)
turtle neck PKZ (men)
bag MIU MIU
sunglasses RAY BAN
Lubex anti – age hydration oil – developed by leading swiss dermatologists and tested and produced in therwil, switzerland in fact just a couple of kilometers away from my home. so why am I showing you this? first of all because it is something for sensitive skin – something I am dealing with and secondly because I wanted to test this product.
the anti-age hydration oil consists mainly of three oils: KAHAI oil (tightens the skin and reduces wrinkles) – BRAZIL NUT oil (nourishes, hydrates, and smoothes the skin) and BLACK ORCHID extract (contains flavonoids, antioxidant protection against free radicals, soothes and regenerates the skin effectively).
I started to use this product eleven days ago. how to apply you ask? well, its super easy, the product has a lovely dropping glass and I use about 3 drops for my face, neck and décolleté. so lets get started, I wash my face and keep my skin damp then I warm the drops in my palms and apply the warm oil with very light pressure. it depends on how dry your skin is as this product can be worn alone or under your daily/nightly skin care. I used the oil only at night and for me the oil was enough and I didnt had the urge to apply any other cream. I can directly compare the oil with my beloved Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate that I love so so much and I gotta tell you that I am also very very happy with the Lubex anti-age hydration oil. they both smell very nice and bring me into a SPA mood, seriously, I can really relax by smelling certain things. anyway, the Lubex anti-age hydration oil has a very subtle floral scent and the oil is being absorbed very fast by the skin. thats why it can also be used for day and night, as it wont leave a greasy mess on our faces – yay! my skin loves oils as not only my face but my whole body deals with sensitive dry skin. I will continue to use it all up and will tell you more in my future empties but be prepared that this might take a while as I expect this product to last – three drops for the face, neck and décolleté! you can find more information here »
its saturday morning and I just did my makeup – a very easy one with focus on the eyes. check my nine steps:
step one SUPERDEFENSE by CLINIQUE
step two ALL ABOUT EYES primer by CLINIQUE
step three PERFECTIONIST by ESTÉE LAUDER
step four WONDER PENCIL by NYX
step five EYELASH CURLER by THE BODY SHOP
step six GABON eyeshadow by NARS
step seven SILLAGE eyeshadow by CHANEL
step eight ANSE SOLEIL lipliner by NARS
step nine ANITA lipstick by NARS
to start I use a good moisturizer with SPF 20 and apply it allover my face including my neck. then I use one of my favorite eye shadow primer and let it set so it wont crease with the eyeshadow. I like my skin to look a bit dewy and thats why I love the PERFECTIONIST foundation so much, it blends in very well and makes me look super healthy and fresh. then I conceal some spots around my nose and use the same pen to line my waterline (of course I wipe the pencil before doing so) after that it is time to curl my eyelashes and I will be ready to apply eyeshadow – first I apply the wonderful dark and sparkly eyeshadow and use the ligher color to blend as a transition color. done with the eyes – ready for the lips! I line my lips and use the very subtle almost nudish brown lipstick to fill in my lips. READY for the WEEKEND! photos of the look will be soon on my FB page – stay tuned. xx
another outfit on the blog, this time I am layering my green fluffy funny COMME DES GARCONS jacket by JUNYA WATANABE with the super warm down jacket by C&A (fair down production – read more here >>) this look is a very casual one with a big mix of high and low end clothes. something I love to do is mixing styles and different brands – how boring would it look to wear a head to toe GUCCI outfit – no thanks!
jacket COMME DES GARCONS / JUNYA WATANABE
shoes ROBERTO SANTI
earrings I AM
bag BOTTEGA VENETA