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Korean Skin Care 101

Posted on: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Over the last year, I got really into obsessed with Korean Skin Care. I have no idea if this is an equally big thing in Europe but here in the US, it seems to be in every magazine, blog and also physical stores/chains started to advertise and carry Korean brands/products. In the beginning, I was just curious about this whole 10 step regimen since it sounded equal parts insane and luxurious to me. I started to notice all the Korean women with the most beautiful, porcelain skin (did I ever mention that I spend way too much time eating Korean BBQ, Korean Chicken etc. in NYCs K’town? Different story for another time) and began researching the secrets behind Korean skincare.

In a nutshell, Korean women take a different approach to makeup than we do on the Western side of the world. Skincare is a big part of their culture, and while the European/American approach to skincare is more reactive, Korean women start being proactive from a very young age and tend to view caring for their skin and complexion as the ultimate investment – worthy of not only their money but even more so their time. Many perform an intricate 10-step(!) cleansing and moisturizing routine—every single night. Koreans (especially women, but men as well) view the care of skin as something to savor and enjoy.  Read More >

First Beauty Buys in the US

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

First Beauty Buys

The last time we lived in the US was 2008 and after that I haven’t been here so I was curios to see what beauty products are new and which ones do I still love.
Of course, a lot of beauty products are cheaper than in Europe so during the first weeks I was able to try some new stuff and below you’ll see the ones I love.
Now I’m curious, what are your must-buys when you shop in the states? Do you have any useful links about the best products/brands from the beauty blogosphere?

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Winter Favs

Posted on: Monday, December 17, 2012

Cold, grey winter nights probably call for more cozy nights on your sofa than the summer months, so for me this always results in way better manicures during winter ;)
I especially love deep, dark reds & browns and my all time favorite winter color is “Wicked” by Essie. Nevertheless, no matter which season you’ll need a classic red and something sparkling when you’re in the mood for festive nails…
Here they are – my top 6 winter colors for your nails, from left to right:

Essie ‘A list’
Essie ‘Leading lady’
Essie ‘Skirting the issue’
Essie ‘Wicked’ ***all time favorite
Chanel ‘Particulière’
Catrice ‘Captain sparrow’s boat’

Fashion Camp Vienna – Makeup Workshop

Posted on: Friday, September 14, 2012


On the second day of the Fashion Camp Vienna I got the chance to attend a Makeup Workshop by Anna Posch – sponsored by Bobbi Brown.
My Makeup “routine” (not even worth to call it like this) usually consists of a light moisturizer, some mineral powder, blush and mascara – very quick and easy. So I was eager to learn more about some of the basic techniques like choosing the right foundation for your skin tone, applying concealer, bronzer, blush etc.

The workshop took the whole morning and I didn’t get disappointed :) Anna explained everything from the importance of using the right(!) skin care products and eye-cream (I don’t even own one), to applying blush in the right way (you want to get rosy cheeks not temples people ;) ).
It was a great way to try ALL the Bobbi Brown products in combination without having a salesperson on your back, ask a lot of questions and be able to create a whole look step by step in a group of nice bloggers!

I decided for myself to highlight the following products because there’s a real chance that they’ll make it on my wishlist!

  1. Bobbi Brown Oil Control Lotion – if a product uses the words “oil” and “control”, they got me. I really liked the rich yet matte feel of the lotion!
  2. Bobby Brown Blush, Color Nectar – During the workshop we talked about which Makeup product we would like to take with us on a deserted island and for me this would be a blush so no wonder that I especially liked the Bobbi Brown blushes
  3. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Lilac(!) – I would have never tried or bought a lilac lipstick in a store but while playing around with all the different colors I discovered to especially love this shade

Thank you Anna for the lovely Workshop and thank you Madeleine for all these awesome photos ♥



Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It’s been almost half a year since I had my hair cut and right now it’s more of a funny two-lengths-outgrown-long-bob than a real haircut.
It’s nice to be finally able to make a ponytail again but I’m also thinking that it would be “clean” if everything would have the same length.
At least the hair feels totally healthy and doesn’t show any split ends despite my usual dying – I give a lot of credit for that to my recent change in hair care products! Major problems, I know!

Enough with the hair blah! We’re facing a comeback of the destroyed boyfriend jeans! Lately spotted a lot of these throughout the blogsphere, maybe because they’re in stores at Zara right now…
My pair is from Mango and actually two years old. Ha! Never let be said that we girls don’t wear our clothes in alternate years ;)

Jeans Mango // Silk Shirt Vintage // Belt Aigner Vintage // Shoes Buffalo // Necklace ? (Gift) // Nails Essie Braziliant

Old Friends & New Favorites

Posted on: Saturday, April 28, 2012

What’s new around here? There you go from top to bottom:

1.    I’ve been using Douglas’ nail butter for years now and I always keep restocking it. “Enriching” really says it all in this case! There’s also my new favorite lip balm from Lasinoh in the picture. It’s actually a balm for nursing women but since it’s made of 100% lanolin it’s simply perfect for your lips. A well kept beauty secret ;)

2.    I’m constantly searching for high pigmented, matte and strong colors when it comes to blushes. I simply prefer being very cautious while applying & blending afterwards instead of “soft” colors. “Frankly Scarlet” is a classic red. 

3.    I’m using mineral foundation for a long time now but today there are just so many different brands, colors and opacitys that I’m trying new samples from time to time. This is a brand new order of samples from Everyday Minerals

4.    Again mineral foundation but this time from Meow Cosmetics The packaging was really nice, shipping very fast and so far the products are great! I know their website is very confusing at first but it’s worth it.  (I you want to hear more about mineral foundation in general let me know)

5.    My very first Sleek Blush – again a vibrant color, this one is “Flamingo” Which other colors can you recommend?

6.    Thanks to Coverbee our Ipad is now properly dressed with a fancy leopard sleeve!

Welcome to the club!

Posted on: Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter everyone! No easter bunny but a cute little easter chinchilly for you today!

I know every girl has got her favorite nail polish brand and I have no idea why that is but some brands seem to work good for some of us but for others they don’t last at all.
For me Essie has always been by far(!) the longest lasting nail polish and the combination with their Essie base + top coat (I think you always get the best results if you stay within the same brand-family) perfectly stays on my nails for up to one week! The last Essie color I bought has been “Wicked”, a really dark red and I still love it but it’s more for the cold autumn/winter days…

As the best Easter present I received this package with 8 beautiful spring shades of nail polish because of Essie’s launch in all Bipa shops and selected DM shops here in Austria ♥ I have shown you my three favorite colors in the collage above and I already painted my nails and toes twice since I got the package because I honestly love all the colors!
Essie recently changed the width and thickness of the brush and I think with the new brush it became a lot easier and quicker to paint your nails free of streaks. Try them!
P.S. Right now BIPA gives a 25% discount on Essie products so the time to order could not be better ;)

Kérastase & Helena Rubinstein

Posted on: Sunday, April 1, 2012

After spending almost one week tied to bed with a pretty annoying flu, this event couldn’t have come at at better moment!
L’oreal invited some press and fellow bloggers to experience a gorgeous relaxing spa-day here in Vienna and I have been lucky enough to enjoy hours together with Vicky, while the lovely girls from Helena Rubinstein pampered us with a professional facial and make-up right before Kérastase took over and had our hair done with the brand new cristalliste products.
We had so much fun at the event and I have to say that even today, days after the treatment, my skin and hair look and feel better than they have in a very long time and I’m already looking forward to tell you what I think about the cristalliste series after a couple of weeks of testing :)

My beauty routine – Before and after

Posted on: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

As long as I can remember I’ve been in search for the perfect beauty products for my super(!) oily yet sensitive skin.
Surprisingly I almost never had problems like spots or redness even though my skin is that oily but nonetheless it’s totally annoying if every blush looks stained after an hour or If every foundation is quickly running down your face.
So over the last 10 years I’ve tried a whole bunch of “anti-shine”, “matte”, “oil-free” products and in the end I came to think that “my” product still needs to be invented or that there is simply nobody else who has got such a strange combination of skin-types…
Since 2010 I’ve been therefore simply using dm’s Balea UREA series because value for money seemed good and my skin felt nice besides the usual oiliness.

One month ago I started a new trial run with La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar series which sounded really promising with its description for oily AND sensitive skin. All the products are soap-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free and paraben free and after four weeks of using three different products, I can say that my skin is considerably(!) less oily and that I’m truly happy about the whole new look and feel of my skin :)
Never thought that such an improvement would be possible so I’m definitely sticking to the Effaclar products for now!

Do you have experiences with oily skin or the Effaclar series?
Do you know any bloggers who wrote about a similar skin-“problem”?
Always seems to me as if most people rather have problems with too dry skin so I would be curious to hear if you also know any blog-posts about the opposite…

The Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily and Sensitive Skin purifies the skin thanks to cleansing agents selected to respect sensitive skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum while leaving the skin clean and fresh.

The Effaclar K daily renewal fluid for oily skin transforms and smoothes the skin texture and prevents repeated pore-clogging.
You can apply it morning and/or night to the face and it’s an excellent make-up base!

Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer addresses shiny, oily-prone skin. Your Skin is immediately hydrated with a matte finish and pores are progressively normalized and tightened to help prevent shine.

Unpugging the Glossybox

Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2012

Obviously I am not an early adopter when it comes to beauty-shopping novelties and you all probably already know about the awesome concept of the Glossybox, but for me it was the first time that I got the chance to test one of the boxes.
The Glossybox contains five surprise beauty products each month and I have to say that this month edition turned out to suite my taste perfectly!

  • Issey Miyake L’eau d’issey florale (I’ve already used a little free sample of this perfume over the last couple of weeks so getting yet another probe of the fragrance in the box turned out to be my personal jackpot)
  • Cosline Mascara #92 in dark brown (I would usually never buy a mascara in brown so this one is nice for a change)
  • Jessica Cosmetics Nailpolish #160 “Berry Burst” (a very versatile light pink that I imagine to be a great toenail-color in summer)
  • L’oreal Professionnel tecni.art air fix (who wouldn’t love a professionnel hairspray that fits in your purse?)
  • Swiss Haircare volume mask (I’m usually never doing any hair masks so I’m curious to try this one out)

All in all I can say that fake-puggie and I are very happy about all the products and since I’m working full time for my internship right now, you can probably imagine what a nice surprise it is to come home to a nicely wrapped gift box full of beauty products when there’s basically no time to do a little shopping during the week anyway.
I really love the concept and I’m looking forward to be excited for the pretty gift I make myself again every month :)

Scrub your nose in it

Posted on: Saturday, May 21, 2011

I’m obviously not a beauty expert although I should have been endowed with it from birth, since my Mum always was and still is a little beautyjunkie!
Therefore her very well-considered product recommendations are always highly appreciated by me and if it turns out that I’m just as pleased as she is, you’ll get my beauty advice whether you like it or not ;)

So here we go, my Mum is right, these are the best scrubs I’ve ever used!
Skin smoothing body polish with Shea Butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar, presented in such a great vintage inspired packaging.
You don’t even have to put on some body lotion after using it cause your skin already feels soooo damn soft, amazing!
I’m pretty sure I want to try out some more soap & glory products in the near future but which ones?
Do you guys have tried any one of these?

At the moment the scrub is sold out at douglas.de but you can still get the products via asos.

Ready for Summer

Posted on: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I used the home leave in Germany to overhaule my beauty and accessories ‘department’ and as you can see,
more pastel and less colour blocking for me.
Do I need to mention that I’m currently obsessed with such ‘choker-necklaces’ ;) (is there a better word for it?)

At this point, remind me to pay a visit to bijou brigitte more frequently – they have such amazing stuff sometimes!
All jewellery is from bb except for the ‘KreuzWeise’ Bracelet.
Shorts and Bikini are both H&M.

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