15 August 2014

Happy Birthday, Glossybox!

In celebration of the Glossybox turning 3 years old, a few bloggers came together in the Martini Lounge at the Filmfestival in Vienna. The event began with a delicious glass of Martini - I am usually not a fan of champagne or fizzy alcohol, but this one was heavenly, I don't think, that the bottle that we received will last very long! With it's 3rd birthday, the Glossybox has also changed up its design - it used to have a shiny finish which is now matte. I adore the new look of it, it looks very elegant! After we had a look into the August edition, we celebrated with a massive Glossybox cake which was delicious, we even got our own mini versions of it to take home! 

In this months box you will find a Kryolan highlighter* in the shade cashmere that has been created especially for the anniversary. Highlighting is a step that I never want to leave out in my make up routine, it makes me face look glowy and I can accentuate areas like the top of my cheekbones or the inner corners of my eyes. You will also receive a blush from So Susan Cosmetics*, that is supposed to give your cheeks a rosey glow; in contrast to the highlighting part, I never use blush though, I just can't figure out how to apply it without it looking odd. The next product is the Honeymania shower gel form The Body Shop* which smells delicious! I never eat honey, because I am not a big fan of the taste and its consistency, but the smell is just so pleasant, I am in love :) The (in my opinion) most gorgeous looking product is the Diadermine Huile de Beauté*, it is supposed to tighten your skin and make it look more even. I have never used a product like that before, but I am very curious about trying this oil, as it sounds very promising and my skin can definitely need some tightening haha! The last original size product in this box is the Vichy Idéalia* day cream for normal skin that is supposed to make your skin look more even and to minimize the appearance of your pores. I am definitely going to be using this during the day, so I can save my Effacler Duo + for the night as I usually run out of that quite quickly! And the very last product is a sample size of the Paco Rabanne* Lady Million perfume. I usually never use samples of perfumes because I quite like sticking to my usual scent but it is definitely a pretty addition to my glass in which I hoard all of the sample size perfumes that I am given. 

I think that they did a really good job with this months Glossybox and I was very relieved that there was no hair product in there, because I have way too many of them already! I am most excited about the highlighter & the shower gel, but I am definitely going to give every product a try!

What do you think about this months products? Are you familiar with any of them? 

10 August 2014

uni shopping | stationery

The thing I have always been most excited about going back to school or this year starting uni, is stationery shopping. I simply cannot resist a set of fresh pens or pencil cases with cute designs, so whilst my collection of school supplies increases rapidly, my bank balance decreases in the blink of an eye. 

A few days ago I popped into a shop, because the 'Stationery sale' sign was too big too simply ignore and I left with a collection of neon markers, too many washi tapes (I literally went crazy with them omg) and other bits and bobs that I probably wouldn't even need. Besides the stationery I also picked up a few kitchen supplies as I'll be moving to Uni in 38 days, but I thought that that'd be a bit too boring to be honest, I did post a video on my YouTube channel though where I've included them. 

Do you enjoy buying stationery as much as I do? :) xx

6 August 2014

crochet kimono

I am not a big festival goer, but of course that didn't make me leave out the kimono trend, these pieces are just gorgeous & make every plain outfit look so much more interesting and put together! I spotted this lovely one in New Look when I was in Brighton and had to pick it up, not only because it was black and didn't have an annoying big print of flowers (I strongly dislike them haha) but also because of it's cute crochet part on the sleeves and the bottom of the kimono. 

To be honest, I did find it kind of tricky to style it though. Kimonos look great with crop tops/high waisted shorts but due to my body size I don't feel comfortable wearing either of those pieces, so I opted for a plain black t-shirt and some flowy khaki shorts which I actually bought on the same day that Ivana took the pictures. I think these shorts are super cute and very convenient and the heat, plus they were only 4€! 

The kimono was 24.99 Pounds which thinking about it now I think is a bit expensive, but it was too gorgeous not to buy :) If you want to check it out, I looked up the link for you lovelies, so just click here :) 

Have you bought a kimono this summer? How would you style it? :) xx

28 July 2014

turkey impressions

The last time I have been on a proper beach holiday was 2009, which is now 5 years ago, so obviously I was very excited about being able to get tanned, relax without having to feel guilty about it and of course capture some beautiful moments, some of which I know want to share with you. 

I don't consider myself good at photography, but I really enjoy experimenting with different angles and types of light, so as keen as I am I once got up at 4.30 am to stroll to the beach and wait for the sun to rise. At first I felt very uncomfortable taking pictures because there was a security guy watching me for some reason, but then I just went ahead and remembered that I won't get this chance again in a while. All the pictures apart from the cat were taking with my new little Sony underwater camera and I am honestly impressed with what the pictures look like! 

Sadly, all the pictures that I have taken underwater aren't worth putting up here; I find it really hard to open my eyes under water to I always just took random pictures and ended up having other peoples bodies on my photos haha. I hope you still like these ones :)

Gooooood night guys :) xx

26 July 2014

the perfect lace dress

 When I spotted this adorable lace dress with a subtle floral pattern at Camden Market, it was love at the first sight, but I was skeptical as to whether it would fit me because I am not the skinniest girl & wearing tight dresses is not happening for me right now. When I tried it on I realised that it was quite lose but also didn't look shapeless, it was perfect. And considering it wasn't very expensive, I took this gorgeous beaut home with me. 

In Turkey I finally got to wear it for the first time, because I wanted to wait until I caught a bit of a tan and had a location that would do my little dress justice. As I mentioned, the dress is from a little store on Camden Road, my hairband is from Greenwich market and my bag is from Brandy Melville

Have a good night <3 

14 July 2014

crochet, beads & flowers

Hey everyone :) If you follow me on twitter you might know that I am in Turkey right now with my dad and my brothers. We are staying in a Magic Life hotel which basically means free food & drinks all day (tbh that's what I was most excited for haha), but I also get to wear my summery clothes that I haven't really worn a lot, yet as Vienna decided to go skip summer and go straight into November this year. So before we went to eat dinner, I managed to get some outfit pictures taken. 

The top I am wearing is from New Look and I absolutely adore it! It has some little beads on it which make the top look very cute and more unusual than a plain white top. I am also deeply in love with these coral crochet tops that I got from Zara. I am not a person that wears a lot of colour, but before going on holiday I told myself that I need to switch up my usual boring style a little and add some colour to my wardrobe to make everything a little bit more summery. My bag is from Brandy Melville, my watch from Urban Outfitters, the flower crown from Greenwich market & my shoes are from Hilfiger

Are you going on holiday this summer? :) xx

10 July 2014

London beauty shopping

For a couple of months I have been writing numerous make up items to purchased down on my London wishlist; beauty shopping in England is always very exciting for me because there are plenty of brands that we don't get here in Austria. If you have been following me for a long time, you might remember that I posted a Make Up haul from England too and there were a lot of items, in fact it was kind of getting out of control so this year I knew that I wouldn't want to exaggerate my beauty shopping again. 

The first few items that I picked up were lip products which most of you have probably heard of; they're the Revlon lip crayons that come in different varieties like matte, lacquer or balm stain. I was mainly excited for the matte balms from which I purchased 205 elusive and 210 unapologetic, but I also picked up a balm stain in the colour 045 romantic. The matte balms have a great colour pay off, where as the balm stain applies rather sheer which I was kind of disappointed with; I'm just gonna have to put a lot of layers over each other haha!

Next, I picked up the Nars pure radiant tinted moisturiser in the shade terre neuve, because I love a lighter base in the summer rather than caking on lots of full coverage foundation. I also picked up the Bourjois Healthy mix serum in the shade Light vanilla, which was the lightest one available I believe. I'm really happy with both of them, the colours are probably more appropriate when I'm tanned than when I'm not & both of them don't look cakey at all, they have a really natural finish.

I was very excited when I went into Urban Outfitters and found the EOS lipbalms, so many american youtubers talk about them, but I have never been to a store that actually stocks them before, so although they were more expensive than on amazon, I picked one in the minty flavour up, and I love it! It moisturises my lips pretty well & I'm also in love with what it tastes like, I actually have to hold myself back from licking it off my lips! For ages I have wanted a beauty item from topshop, but I kind of find them a little bit expensive & I wasn't really impressed with anything so far, but this time I fell in love with a lipstick in the colour hazard. It's a dark red and although this isn't the most summery colour I have been really enjoying this product so far. And the very last lip product is the Rimmel apocalips lip lacquer in the colour Big Bang. On the packaging it looks like a normal red lip colour, yet applied on the lips it turns kind of pink/coralish which I didn't really like at first because I had this perfect red in my head, but I think I'll find a way to wear it, especially in summer.

Initially I want to buy a Nars concealer as they're supposed to be really good, but then i decided to go for a more budget friendly option and bought the Rimmel Wake me Up concealer in the lightest shade. I think it does a really good job at covering up the under eye area, but I haven't had any spots recently (yay!) so I don't know how well it covers blemishes. When you made a Rimmel purchase in Boots over £9 then you got a Rimmel bronzer as a gift, so I thought I'd include that in my Haul as well. 

And last but not least I picked up three nail polishes from Barry M in the shades Elderberry, Coconut and Foil effects. The first two are really neutral shades which probably look best when you're tanned, because they're very light shades. 

Have you made any beauty purchases recently? Is there something that I should pick up next time I'm in the UK? :)