24 July 2014

The Beauty Battle: Baby Oil vs. Shaving Gel

As the first Beauty Battle post was quite popular and also fun to write I decided to make a few more. The second edition arose more from a need than from a particular interest though. I had run out of shaving gel and was so busy these days that I didn't managed to repurchase some immediately. So I remembered having read that some people use oil instead of shaving gel. After a little research in various internet forums I found out that baby oil is really welcome for that matter. I immediately gave it a try and here is my report:


The shaving gel I'm currently using is from Balea and says to be suited for sensible skin. It has an amazing coconut smell and definitely reminds me of my favourite cocktail: Piña Colada. It comes out of the bottle as a gel but transforms into a foam as soon as you apply it to your skin. I feel that it protects my skin quite well and also moisturises it as I didn't feel the need to use a body lotion after shaving my legs. Normally I'm using the Gilette Satin Care shaving gel which has the advantage that you need less gel to cover your skin in foam but that was about the only difference I noticed between both shaving gels.
So as I said I had run out of shaving gel last week and thus tried to shave with the help of baby oil. It was quite fun applying it in the shower as the oil and water don't mix and you end up with big oily pearls on your skin. However the whole thing didn't end up in a huge mess like I had expected. The oil was quite good to let the razor glide over my skin but I felt like it didn't protect my skin well enough because the shaving felt quite irritating. In the end the result wasn't quite as neat as with the shaving gel but still satisfying. After shaving my legs I used my normal shower gel to wash my body but if I would have proceeded the other way round I would probably have left the shower with perfectly moisturised skin.
All in all the baby oil was a nice solution for once but I will definitely keep on using my shaving gel in the shower and the baby oil after the shower (nothing better to moisturise your still wet skin!).

score: shaving gel 1 - baby oil 0
final score: drugstore beauty 1 - household remedies 1

As you can see we're having a tie at our drugstore beauty vs. household remedy battles right now. Which products should play against each other next? (In case you missed it you can read the coconut oil vs. eye makeup remover battle here.) Who of you has tried to use oil instead of shaving gel? Do you know any other oil that could be good for that purpose?


23 July 2014

My Hair Growth Journey

April 2011

July 2011


December 2011

May 2012

September 2012

 January 2013

August 2013

July 2014

If you've been a follower of my blog since I started in 2011 you've probably seen me in almost all hair lengths I ever had. After having long or medium long hair all my childhood and youth, I went for a bob in 2009 and from then on my hair cuts became shorter and shorter until I reached this super cute pixie cut in 2011. Unfortunately that was about the time when ombré dyed hair became more and more popular and I didn't wanna miss out on that trend! So I decided to grow my hair and it took me about 2 years to reach a good length to go ombré. Now it has been one year since I dyed my hair and it has grown another 10 cm since then. So most people would have said: "Yeah, that's it! I've reached my goal and I'm finally happy with my hairdo." Not me. Because in fact I still loved the ombré (which looked better now than in the beginning) but I started to get annoyed by my long hair. I thought the length wasn't really modern and some of my friends kept telling me that I looked better with shorter hair (which I am convinced of myself, too!). So without hesitating or shedding tears I got my hair cut last week. I really don't miss my long hair at all and I think this is the perfect length for me. It's cute, modern and I can still make a pigtail which is ideal for summer. What do you guys think? Do you like my new hairdo or do you think it's a pity I cut it? What do you think about the pixie I had in 2011?

Right now

Is anybody of you trying to grow their hair out? How long did it take for you to go from short to long?


22 July 2014

New In: Sales and More

jelly sandals Nazari - Gioseppo via Zalando - 19,95€ 17,95€

 beach bag - Mark Adam via Galeria Kaufhof - 19,95€
(it was on sale, too but I can't remember the original price)

balconette bra - H&M - 14,95€ 5€
bra - Sloggi via Galeria Kaufhof - 29,95€ 5€

 shorts - Made For Loving via Zalando - 59,95€ 32,95€

blouse - Miss Captain
(present from my thoughtful boyfriend)
shirt - Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam
(souvenir from my boyfriend's lovely mum
You can still win an awesome Rihanna x Hard Rock Cafe shirt here!)

canning jar - Hema - 2,75€ 2,35€
bowls Lissabon - Hema - 4€ 3,40€ each
plates Lissabon - Hema - 9€ 7,65€ together
(if you're a frequent reader of my cooking posts you know I bought this stuff ages ago)

baby oil - Penaten - 2,45€
shaving gel - Balea - 1,25€
Eau Roma Water toner - Lush - 12,95€
Body Tonic body lotion - Garnier - 4,45€
Lemony Flutter hand cream - Lush (free sample)

Normally I'm not a sales person. Either I miss out on the bargains or I leave the shop with just the expensive "new collection" stuff. It seems like this year I finally figured out how to get the most out of the reduced prices. I waited till the end of the sales where everything was reduced to the limit. Furthermore whenever I entered a shop I just had a look at the reduced stuff and didn't even near the new collections! From my latest buys I'm especially happy with the jelly sandals and the shorts. Both are just so cute and perfect for summer, don't you think? Have you guys been able to make the one or the other bargain? What is you sales shopping strategy?


21 July 2014

Manic(ure) Monday: Greek Goddess

Greece is one of my all time favorite summer holiday destinations and each year when I can't go there I miss the clear blue water and the lovely white houses. This year I will be going to Italy, which I'm really looking forward to, but I still wanted some Greek feeling so I decided to paint it on my nails:






What I used: p2 - A night to remember 010 golden celebrity, Kiko - 336, Douglas Absolute - Summer Affair 37, p2 - 8in1 Nail Wonder, Essence - Nail Art Duo Stylist

Sorry for posting so many dotted manicures lately but they're just so easy and allow you to get a great effect with little effort! What I furthermore like about this manicure is that for once you don't have a colored base and a glittery top coat but the other way round, which I almost like better! What do you prefer?


20 July 2014

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