2017/10/11

Nathalie du Pasquier @ Camden Arts Centre, London







When I read in Harper´s Bazaar about the upcoming Nathalie du Pasquier exhibition Other Rooms, I decided to go and have a look at it, simply because I´ve never been to a Pop Art exhibition of any kind and I really wanted to see what it looks like.

The exhibition is still on until 14th January at the Camden Arts Centre in London. To my own astonishment, the entry was completely free as well, so there´s no excuse to not go and have a look at it.

Personally, I think that I liked the geometrical aspect of the whole exhibition most. The fact that you enter the gallery which is separated into different rooms again, reminded me of the Russian doll principle which made the whole construction of the exhibition even more interesting for me.

As a conclusion, I´d say if ever you are interested in Pop Art, architecture or simple want to see something different and new, this is definitely the exhibition for you!





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2017/10/08

The Happiest Award

Scrolling through my Twitter yesterday, I found that the lovely Tjasa had nominated for the Happiest Award, which was created by Sílvia first and has since then spread already a little love around. Since I´ve never been nominated for such an award beforehand and I found the idea really cute, I wanted to share my answers today as sort of a little motivational boost before the hard reality of Mondays hit us tomorrow and the new week starts.


Rules


  • Share the rules and the award logo
  • Answer all the questions
  • Thank the person who has nominated you and don´t forget to provide their Blog link
  • Name the person who created the award and provide her Blog link as well
  • Nominate 5 - 15 people
  • Let all your nominees know that you have nominated them
  • Share your favorite post from your own Blog

The questions


This award is about happiness so all the questions are related to it! Why not talk about the things that make us happy? Can you tell us your favorites ...

PLACE - If you would´ve asked me this question 2 month ago, I would´ve probably answered you : London. But now, I´m living in London - and don´t get me wrong, I still love London more than everything and am so grateful to be able to live and study here, but - I think I´ll have to go with home as my happy place, simply because I miss my family, friends and (most importantly) my dog so much.

FILM / TV SHOW - I can´t really decide on a favorite film, so I´ll go with the first film of The Hunger Games and the first Pirates of the Caribbean. Overall, I think I´m more into TV series right now, my favorites being Gossip Girl (obviously?), The 100 (I don´t even know what to say except that it´s genius) and Reign (Adelaide Kane fan over here - click here to see the post I wrote when I first finished the show). I plan on writing a favorite TV shows post in the near future though, so I prefer not to reveal too much already.

SONG - This one changes all the time, but right now I get super excited whenever hear Camila Cabello´s Havana or OMG, as well as New Rules by Dua Lipa.

ACTIVITY - I don´t even have to think about this one : dancing. I have danced for 15 years in Luxembourg, which is pretty much my whole life basically. So whenever I get to go to a dance class or even just meet the people I´ve grown up in my dance school with, I get super excited - especially since I´ve moved away and don´t see them on a daily basis anymore.

DRINK - Usually I´d go for Sprite or Coca Cola probably (which I really try to drink less ... not that it´s working out, but you know, we´re working on it), but right now I´m at my happiest when I get to chill with a cup of tea which is probably the British influence over here haha. So get me some Twinnings Earl Grey Tea and I´ll be forever grateful.

FOOD - That´s a tough one. So even though I feel like I´m being very exclusive and boring, I´ll go with Pizza and Sushi.

HOLIDAY - I can´t ... I´m sorry but I honestly can´t pick one. I´ve been very lucky to have grown up in a household where everybody loved traveling so I´ve been to quite a few places at a very young age already. I can´t pick only one holiday, but I can say that whenever I get to visit Paris or Odessa (which is theoretically not a holiday but more so a I-go-home-and-visit-my-family), I´m at my happiest.

BOOK - Oh God... I loved The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, so I´m always happy when I find the time to reread them or even just a little passage out of them. But since I read quite a lot, I can´t really pick one single book, so I´m sorry about that.

Name three things that make you happy

  1. Dogs - especially my own 
  2. Flicking through the pages of every newly purchased magazine
  3. Food - I´m the happiest when I can combine food and Netflix though, but food on its own is pretty good already aswell

My favorite post

This is quite hard to pick. I think I mostly loved the content I posted during my holiday in Vienna last summer - if I´d have to go with one post, I´d probably go with the White Dress in Belvedere. If it was for one of my most recent posts, I´d choose My Forever Love - London or even An Hour in Paris. Sorry for giving more than one post, but I really can´t pick a single one.

My nominees


Thank you, Sílvia, for creating such a positive and cute award. And a big thanks to Tjasa of course, for nominating me - I feel very honored. I really enjoyed participating and can´t wait to read the answers of my nominees. Hope you´ll have just as much fun with it as I had!

Have nice (rest) evening and a good start into the next week!
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2017/10/05

(a little train of thought) 5 things I hadn't thought of before moving to uni


It has been quite a while since my last post went online. The reason for that was partly the fact that basically my whole life changed over the last month or two, and that I didn't have Wifi until yesterday. So I apologize for that, but I promise that I will try to post on a more regular basis in the future.

Anyway, I thought that it would be quite funny if I´d share 5 things that I hadn't thought of before moving 567,6km away from home.

  1. Paying my bills - So obvious, I know. But honestly, having lived with my parents my whole life I have thought about so many changes that awaited me, but I´ve not thought for a single minute about the fact that I have to pay my bills like every other adult on this planet now. So imagine my face when I got my first bills for gas, water and electricity. It was probably just as funny as you imagine it to be.
  2. Getting Wifi - This was a big one. I didn't realize what difficult and long procedure getting Internet would become. So if you don´t want to renounce to Wifi for about a month and if you want to save your nerves, sort things out with your Internet provider of choice as quick as possible.
  3. Having enough food at home at any time - or basically : not starving. I have to admit that I´m probably the most incapable cook in the world right now, so when I realized that I´d move away from home, I knew that I needed to do some efforts. What I´ve forgotten though was the fact that there has to be food in your fridge in order to cook. So make a plan for your food shopping if you don´t want to end up eating only McDonald´s or having nothing but some ham and cheese with no bread for dinner.
  4. Finding shops that you like - I´m not talking about clothes though. I think that pretty much everybody is aware of the fact that London is an amazing place to shop clothes of any size and price. I´m talking about shops for home decor, food and other things that you probably will need to survive. Moving here, I really didn't think about the fact that there won´t be my usual grocery stores, and it took my quite some time to find stores that I personally like shopping at. But slowly we´re getting there, I guess.
  5. Being homesick - Of course I knew that I´d miss home, my family and my friends, but I wasn't aware of how homesick one could get. Especially the first 2 weeks were really tough since I still didn't know anything and / or anybody from around here, which made me feel even more alone. I´ve been here for a month now, which still isn´t a very long time, yet I begin to feel more at home around here instead of having the constant wish to buy a ticket straight back to Luxembourg.
I´m not going to lie : I still feel like a big baby that somehow ended up in an gigantic city and has no clue what it´s doing. But you know, eventually we´ll get there and everything will fall into place.

To be continued ... 
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2017/09/10

an hour in Paris



La ville de l'amour! Paris is not only one of the most loved cities in the world because of its Eiffel Tower, but also because of its beautiful architecture, history and the sort of charm that lies in the air. On our way to Quiberon ( there still will be a Post about it online in no time, I promise! ), we had the opportunity to make a little stop in the city of love which I used to shoot some pictures that I'd like to share with you guys in this post.





I think you can separate the photos into three categories : streets, balconies and house corners. Yepp, very exciting, I know. But I simply couldn't pass by all of the beautiful architecture without taking some snapshots to share, so please be tolerant.


What is your favorite spot / the place you always wanted to visit in Paris?
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2017/09/01

August Favorites



I think that I can objectively say that I have way more makeup than I could possibly use up in my entire life. Yet I am guilty of always using the same products over and over again, which is the main reason I don't want to bore you with monthly makeup favorites as you'd always see the same items each and every month. So I thought I'd show you only a few random bits and bobs that I loved during the month of August and that aren't necessarily only makeup items. Let's break it down!


These last couple of months, the Internet was hyping up everything skincare-related that had clay in it, so when I saw that L'Oréal has brought out a whole skincare line using natural clays, I obviously had to give it a go. And I wasn't disappointed! The Pure Clay Detox Wash really helped me with my breakouts this past month, which I am very grateful for. There will also come a whole Post online where I'll go into more details about my updated skincare routine, so I prefer not to ramble on for too long about this one already, but I still had to include it in my favorites. If you're having problematic skin right now ( breakouts, clogged pores, ... ), I personally can only recommend this one.


As I was travelling quite a lot this month and it was ( more or less ) good weather, I was searching a good deodorant that would help me especially throughout the hotter months of the year. I usually don't go for roller deodorant and I also have to admit that I never have used a Sanex deodorant before aswell, so this was more good luck than knowledge, but I decided to try it out and was really impressed. I use it once a day right after taking a shower and let it sink in before I put on cloths. Throughout the day I still prefer to go in with a spray deodorant, but I find this one to prevent me from having to use another deodorant as often as I used to. It doesn't have any particular fragrance to it as it's their classic Dermo Protector Deodorant which I personally prefer.


Next on our list is a longtime favorite of mine that I use and reuse especially during summer all the time. Of course I'm talking about the much-hyped Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray that is known for giving you that effortless, textured beachy waves that are so wanted during summertime. I am a very lazy person when it comes to my hair ( even though I have to say that I'm really trying to do more efforts ). Most of the time, I'll simply spray a little seasalt spray on after the shower and let my hair airdry ; that's about it. 


I mostly chose my Hugo Boss sunglasses this month for their effortless, simple design which allowed me to wear them with practically every single outfit.


I know that I'm quite late on this one, but I still am totally obsessed over brown-ish lipsticks. My favorite at the moment is the Maybelline ColorSensation Lipstick ( 630 Velvet Beige ). I find it to be the perfect darker nude shade and lipstick texture. Of course I have to reapply it during the day, as it isn't that longlasting ( due to its shiny formula ), but that doesn't bother me too much. It's really easy to apply quickly on the go and to throw on with any eye makeup look. My second lip favorite was the MAC Lipglass ( Lust ). Basically I love it for the same reasons as the lipsticks and it stays on even better than the lipstick. 


Last but not least, I've read Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré this month. And I know that I'm really late to that party but hey, better now than never. I like the humour of the book, the little anecdotes aswell as her advices. All in all, I would definitely say that it's a must-read for everybody who's interested in Fashion, Styling and Blogging.

What were your favorites this month?
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2017/08/29

peaches




I wanted to create a softer look that is more appropriate for the warmer months one last time before the automn knocks to our doors, so I came up with this warm, peachy look. Without further ado, let's break down how to achieve this look step by step. Enjoy!



1 - Buff in the foundation of your choice in with a Beauty Blender to get an even base. Don't forget to blend your foundation into your neck aswell.
what I used ... L'OREAL Infaillible 24h Foundation ( in 140 Beige Doré / Golden Beige )

2 -  Use a concealer to conceal all of your little imperfections. I recommend using a liquid concealer on all the high points of your face and under your eyes to highlight and brighten your overall complexion aswell.
what I used ... MANHATTAN 2in1 Concealer ( in 30 Warm Beige ) / MAYBELLINE Fit Me Concealer ( in 10 )

3 - Contour your face with a  liquid bronzer or a darker stick foundation ( as I mostly do ). To give your face even more dimension, you can go with a bronzer over the contoured parts of your face, which typically are for me my forehead, temples, cheekbones, jawline and nose.
what I used ... MAYBELLINE Fit Me Stick Foundation ( in 315 Soft Honey ) / BENEFIT Hoola Bronzer

4 - To set your base, you can either set your whole face with a translucent powder or you use some of it on the parts of your face that get most oily throughout the day. Personally, I like to use some powder under my eyes to set my undereye concealer, around my nose and my mouth, on my chin and finally on my forehead aswell.
what I used ... KATVOND Translucent Setting Powder

5 - This step is completely optional, but if you want to give your skin a slightly bronzed look, use another bronzer everywhere the sun would hit your face naturally.
what I used ... MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ( in Gold Deposit )



6 - Use a white eyepencil all over your lid and under your eyebrows as a base.
what I used ... NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ( in 604 Milk )

7 - Go for a highly pigmented peach tone in the inner part of your eyes, in your inner eye corner and on the outter third of your lid. Let the middle part of your lid free from eyeshadow for the moment. Use the same shadow in your inner corners aswell as on your bottom lash line, and try to get a more or less point-y end. 
what I used ... INGLOT Freedom System AMC Eyeshadow ( in Matte 361 )

8 - Next off, use a light pinky-rose shadow in the middle of your lid. If needed, you can intensify the look by using a pigment on top.
what I used ... INGLOT Freedom System AMC Eyeshadow ( in Shine 29 ) / MAC Pigment ( in Naked )

9 - After blending the shadows and curling your lashes, go in with some black mascara on your top lashes. If needed, you can use some mascara on your bottom lashes aswell, but personally I chose to let my bottom lashes naturally.
what I used ... MAYBELLINE the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara

10 - At this point, you can fix your eyebrows with a transparent mascara or eyebrow gel. 
what I used ... ALVERDE Transparentes Augenbrauen- und Wimperngel

11 - Use a nude eyeliner on your bottom waterline to make your eyes appear even bigger.
what I used ... BASIC Kajalstift ( in 10 )

12 - Last but not least : lips. Go for a pinky-peach colour for your lips to match the eye makeup.
what I used ... MAC Lipstick ( in Sunny Seoul ) / CLINIQUE Chubby Stick ( in 04 Mega Melon )

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2017/08/27

(OOTD) 1 day in London





I quickly wanted to show you an outfit that I wore in London two weeks ago. The weather wasn't too great back then ( as you probably can imagine ), yet it wasn't too cold. So I decided to go for one of my favorite T-Shirts from Zara ( see here ) which I paired with another staple in my wardrobe : my Mom Jeans from Topshop. To make the whole look a little more interesting, I went for my Spaziomoda blockheels, which are really comfortable by the way, and my little Topshop bag. Nothing too special I guess, but I quite liked it actually and am pretty sure that it's a look everybody can recreate and feel comfortable in.

Hope you like it and have a nice day!


T-Shirt - - -  ZARA
Mom Jeans - - - TOPSHOP
Blockheels - - - SPAZIOMODA
Bag - - - TOPSHOP

MerkenMerken
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2017/08/20

my forever love - london

As you probably have seen if you follow me on Instagram and / or Twitter, I have been in London two weeks ago to visit my new appartment. Meanwhile, I also used the time to do some sightseeing (there's always something that you still haven't seen in London) and take some pictures. So, without further ado, here's a break down in pictures of my short London trip. Enjoy!



   






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2017/08/09

(Top 5) Foundation on a budget

Today I wanted to show you the 5 best foundations from the highstreet that I have found so far, as I think that it can be quite hard to make the difference between a good one and the others due to a large offer on the market.


Lets begin withe the Essence Make-Up to Match foundation with I personally have bought in 20 Light Medium. You can get this liquid foundation for under 4€, which makes it the most affortable of the presented ones. It promises to adapt to all skin tones and to give a light coverage, yet make your skin look radiant and flawless, and to be long-lasting. Of course, I can't say if it really adapts to all skin tones, but I do can say that for me this shade was perfect in winter aswell as in summer, which no other foundation has yet achieved. I also find it to make my skin look fresh and radiant, just as it promises, making it for me a very nice everyday foundation (especially, considering the price point).


Secondly, I'd like to talk about the Catrice All Matt plus liquid foundation, available for 6,45€ (at dm). As you can tell by the packaging already, this one was well-loved, especially during the winter, as the shade 015 Vanilla Beige matched perfectly with my paler skin tone. Yet, I wouldn't recommend you this foundation if you're searching for a really matte foundation, as it gives you more of a satin finish than a real matte one (so the name is quite unfitting in my opinion). In my opinion, it has a medium coverage and lasts quite well. Nevertheless, you'll need some powder to fix it.


Thirdly is the Covergirl Nature Luxe liquid foundation which you can get for around 9€. It promises a 'flawless, luxurious coverage with a barely there feel', which I can only approve to. So if you're searching for a medium coverage foundation that doesn't make you look cake-y or feels heavy on your skin, you should definitely look into this one.


Lets jump to an all-time favorite of mine : the Maybelline Dream Wonder Nude Foundation. I got my first bottle in a gift box at the Germany's Next Topmodel Finale a year ago, but have bought (and finished) since then 2 more bottles of it. Not only do I really like the bottle it comes in, but I do actually find it to give me the perfect coverage on an everyday basis, yet without making me feel like I wear any make-up. Goals? Definitely, especially for under 10€!


Last, but definitely not least, is the L'Oréal Infaillible 24h Foundation which promises a fresh-looking, high-coverage and natural looking skin for a whole day. I'll have to admit that I haven't tried to wear it for 24h, but I have already worn it for a whole day and nightout, and it stayed on until I washed it off. I am also really impressed with the fact that it doesn't transfer at all, and look really really skin-like even though it's quite high-coverage. Big thumbs up for this little babe!
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