Manic(ure) Monday: New Year's Eve and Review on 2012

Guys are you ready for the big party tonight? My dress is waiting for me and I already know which makeup I will make and now my nails are ready, too. The manicure didn't quite turn out the way I wanted but I think it's ok nevertheless. I tried to match it with my dress which you can see here. Then I also have a review of my favourite nail creations 2012...


My Year on Instagram

As promised his post will be another review on 2012, showing you some of my many Instagram pics:


Review on 2012: Outfits

3 days from here we will already be in 2013. Crazy isn't it? Time goes by so quickly when you're having fun and 2012 was definitely a great fun! I loved going to Portugal and Munich, spending the hot days outside with my friends from university, my Halloween party, my birthday, Christmas, partying with old friends in Luxembourg, all the events I attended, spending time with my boyfriend... everything was so nice! And as blogging was a big party of my life in 2012 as well I wanted to thank you for being a part of this and for supporting me on a daily base. Especially during the last days I loved reading your comments as I felt that Christmas didn't only bring the families closer but also the blogger community. Thank you so much for all of your sweet "merry Christmas" wishes, they meant a lot to me! As a little review on 2012 I prepared 3 posts and the first one will show you my favourite outfits I wore during the last 12 months:

1. Light Blue for Summer


Tried and Tested: Makeup Advent Calendar

As you may know I got a lovely beauty Advent calendar for my birthday. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw the content of the 24 doors but now I want to review the makeup I got. Maybe you already thought about getting a makeup Advent calendar for next year and if so this post might help you make up your mind. Let's start off with the content:

3 nail polishes
1 bronzer powder
1 mascara
1 Blush
1 lip balm
1 lip gloss
1 lipstick
4 eyeshadow palettes
1 lip pencil
2 eye liner
1 eye brow pencil
1 nail whitening pencil
1 nail file
1 hand mirror
1 applicator and 1 eye brow brush
1 pencil sharpener
1 pack cotton pads


OOTD: More glitter for Christmas

Wow, two outfit posts in a row?! I know this isn't characteristic of me but first it's Christmas time which means that there are a lot of occasion to dress up. Secondly I'm in Luxembourg which means that I have my boyfriend and my sister as my personal photographers and furthermore I felt I owe you a bit more fashion posts as the beauty posts began to take over.


OOTD: Christmas Eve

I hope you're all having a nice Christmas so far. I just wanted to quickly share yesterday's outfit. My boyfriend and I went to have dinner with his mum so it was a really cosy evening. How did you spend Christmas Eve and what are you doing today? Have you already got the one or the other nice present?


Manic(ure) Monday: Christmas Nail Patch

Today it's Christmas Eve and you're probably all having your outfits ready for tonight or tomorrow but do you also have your Christmas manicure ready? I sure do as I just applied these gorgeous nail patches I bought at Hema some time ago. It was the first time that I applied nail patches so I thought I'd just share this experience with you and show you the result:


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OOTD: Elephants are my Fashion Friends

Today I wanted to take nice outfit pictures outside but it was raining and so we had to take them inside. As I'm back in Luxembourg I didn't have my white wall to take them in front of so they look really amateurish but I hope to be able to take better pictures soon!


Photography for Beginners

Last week I shared some of my photographs with you and asked if you wanted to read a post about photographic techniques. A lot of you told me that they were interested in some tips so now I´m writing this post. All I will tell you is what I learned in the photography class I attended for 3 years and in the photography journalism workshop I visited some weeks ago. Some of you may already know all the things I'm gonna write down and if so I would be glad if you could share some other photography techniques you know.

If you want to take more professional pictures you should seriously think about getting a good camera. Now what is a good camera? "Good" doesn't mean that it needs to be expensive and it also doesn't mean that it needs to be a Nikon or a Canon. The first important thing is that your camera has an interchangeable objective lens and that it can be fitted with an external flashgun. Furthermore it would be a good thing if your camera could take pictures in the format NEF (RAW) because JPEG automatically reduces your pictures to an inferior quality. Even if you don't want to buy a new camera + several objective lenses + an external flashgun it's always good to have the possibility to add these things to your camera in a later step.


Festive Jewellery

As I'll be spending the holidays with my family in Luxembourg, I needed to decide which clothes, shoes, bags,... to take home in order to have nice outfits for all the upcoming feasts. Yesterday I took a look at my jewellery and checked which pieces were festive enough to take home. Here is what I chose:


Christmas Gift Guide: Presents for Men

1. Pac-Man magnets via Topshop
2. Rucksack via Topman
3. Nike Maxim football via Nike
4. Hat via H&M
5. Belt via Topman
6. Emporio Armani watch via Christ
7. Mug Stickers via Topshop
8. Dollar paper clips via Topman
9. Leather gloves via H&M


Manic(ure) Monday: Silver Moon

Today I have a rather elegant manicure for you. It's perfect for those who like simple nails with a certain twist. If you use red and gold instead of white and silver it will be the perfect manicure for Christmas.


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Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Products

I thought I'd make a little post for those of you who are still desperately searching for the right Christmas present. This one is about nice beauty products you could get for your mum, sister, best friend,... I decided to reduce it to beauty products as in my opinion they are the best choice, always welcome and useful for everybody. Furthermore I tried to find products that look so pretty that they don't even need to be wrapped up. If you are interested I could also make a more general post about gift ideas for boys and men next week.


Winter Wonderland

Last weekend I attended a workshop about photo journalism and it was really interesting and informative. I had a photography course in secondary school for 3 years but in this workshop I learned so many new things which I tried to apply immediately like for example how you can avoid using the flash or how to play with the field depth in your pictures. If you are interested I could make a post for photography beginners where I tell you what I learned so far. However the pictures I want to show you today have been taken right at the beginning of the course so they are nothing special when it comes to photographic technique but they simply show you how pretty the city I live in looked that day, all covered in snow:


Tried and Tested: Mary Kay

I first got in touch with Mary Kay products back in November at the Swap in the City party in Cologne. They were having a booth and offered to paint our faces or to advise us on their products. They were also hosting a giveaway which I happily won. When I got the box with their products on Monday I thought it was a great opportunity to get to know this brand a bit better. The reason why I hadn't heard much about Mary Kay is that they are a direct selling association which means that they don't sell their products in a shop but via counsellors advising their clients at their houses. Besides the 150€ worth products from the giveaway I will also review a Mary Kay lipstick I got in my goodie bag at the Swap in the City party as well.

1. Creme Lipstick Whisper


New In: MMMxH&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M plexi heels beige

As you may remember I was not a big fan of the MMMxH&M collection and the few things I really liked were way too expensive. Last week the H&M online sale started again and so I decided to quickly check what they were selling. I was quite surprised when I saw that there were still plexi wedge pumps from the MMM collection available and they were not only available but they also were 70% off! The hard decision was not whether to buy them or not but whether to buy them in black, beige or red. Finally I ordered them in beige and got them for the reasonable prize of 70€.


Manic(ure) Monday: Retro Snow

Mary Kay nail polish review teal

This morning I had just dressed to leave the house when I heard a rustling outside my apartment. I was pretty sure that somebody had laid down a packet in front of my door but the only thing I expected was my Oasap order. That's why I was quite surprised when outside I found a rather big parcel from Mary Kay. I had never been ordering at Mary Kay in my whole life so I was eager to find out why they would send me a box full of amazing products and I hurried up to read the enclosed letter which said that I won the Mary Kay giveaway I had joined back in November at the swapping party in Cologne. I had totally forgotten about that giveaway so getting this 150€ worth present made me feel like it was Christmas and my birthday at the same time. Now you might be wondering what this has got to do with today's post. Well the parcel also included a Mary Kay nail polish in this really particular colour.


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Winter Beauty Favourite

(from left to right: Gingerbread Chai Latte, Apple Cinnamon Punch, Caramel Hot Chocolate)

It is known that one should adapt one's skin care to the seasons, like for example using lighter face creams in summer or using more nourishing body creams in winter. Unfortunately I'm quite lazy when it comes to these things so again this winter I won't use any other beauty products than usual. With one exception: the hand cream. Last summer I bought a nice hand lotion that smelled like raspberries but I felt it was a bit unseasonable for winter and then I saw the new Essence "Winter Edition" hand balms of which I knew that I must have them in any case. And when I say "them" I mean all three of them (I will still be using these creams in winter 2015 but who cares...)


OOTD: Do It Like A Dude

As you complimented me a lot on my new H&M pants I thought I'd make an outfit post wearing them. I wasn't sure about which top to add and so I ended up wearing my good old H&M sweater I've already worn so much these days. The shoes are the ones I got at the swapping party back in November and even if they are horrible to walk in I thought they were perfect to add some femininity to this rather male outfit (my boyfriend lovingly called my pants "grandpa pants").


Facts about: Zara

Do you remember my "Facts about..." series in which I already talked about H&M, Gina Tricot and Topshop? Yesterday I thought that it was time to continue this series and there's a special reason why I chose to talk about Zara next. Maybe you already heard about Greenpeace fighting against polluting chemicals being used in the production of clothes? And especially Zara has made bad headlines on this issue...


New In: New Year's Eve Dress

Lately I got some new stuff I want to show you and among the new pieces there's also the dress I want to wear for New Year's Eve. So far I don't know what I'll be doing on the 31th yet but at least I already have the outfit!


Manic(ure) Monday: The Perfect Team II

Last Monday I already announced that a second Kiko-Essence manicure would follow today. This week's and last week's manicure have in common that they both combine a Kiko nail polish and an Essence glitter topper, the huge difference is the colours:


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OOTD: Casual

Today is the 1st Advent which means that I could finally open the first door of my makeup Advent calendar. The content was an eyeshadow in pretty glittery grey shades. I immediately tried the eyeshadow and I'm pretty satisfied with the shades. The quality of the product is not that good as I had to apply several layers before I was satisfied but that's ok. And as I was already taking pictures I thought I'd also show you my OOTD even if it's a rather casual one. I hope you are all having a great 1st Advent and don't forget to tell me what was behind your Advent calendar door!


Monthly Must Haves: December

I discovered this brow kit and I found it was really great as it contains all you need for the perfect brows and only costs about 15€.
For the moment my wishlist is still quite modest but I'm sure that during the Christmas holidays I will find much more lovely and sparkling things I'll want...


Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2012

On Saturday the best time of the year begins: the Advent! To really get into the mood for Christmas you'll need 3 things: your family, an Advent wreath and an Advent calendar. For the last one I have some great tips for those of you who don't want to stick to a simple chocolate Advent calendar anymore:

Lancôme Beauty Advent Calendar 

via Selfridges 


Event: Swap in the City

On Sunday I went to Cologne to attend the "Swap in the City" event. It is a famous German clothes swap party where you take up to 8 garments and get just as many second hand pieces in return. When we arrived there we first got coupons for a free cocktail, donut and goodie bag. After handing over our old clothes we could choose between several counters and bars where people were making our hair, makeup, nails and so on. One of my friends also got a hair colour advice and they took pictures of us. After some waiting time the "swap boutique" opened and we could pick among the clothes and accessories the other people had handed over to the team. It was kind of a little bloodbath as we all know how cruel women can be when it comes to free clothes! Even if not everybody would find some new clothes they liked, it was a huge fun nevertheless.


Manic(ure) Monday: The Perfect Team

In my opinion, Kiko nail polishes and Essence glitter top coats are the perfect manicure combination. It is thus really cool that I got 2 new Essence glitter toppers for my birthday which were still waiting for me to try them out. This Monday I started off with the really girlie, fairy dust like glitter which can be worn on any nail polish you want. Next week I'll make another Essence-Kiko combination which will contain an electric Kiko blue and big Essence sequin glitter. Here is this weeks result:


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Jewellery from Argento*

Some weeks ago I was contacted by Argento and they asked me if I would be interested in an affiliate programme. Argento is a UK based online jewellery retailer which sells brands like Pandora, Thomas Sabo and more. As I hadn't been shopping at Argento so far I didn't want to start and affiliate programme without knowing anything about the products and so I asked if I could try the one or the other item. Online Marketer Lynsey Redpath was kind enough to make me choose among some products from the brand Karma and yesterday my necklace and ring arrived:


OOTD: Like a Lady

I thought I'd show you the outfit I was wearing in my Tried and Tested video yesterday and so I took some pictures which also allowed me to see how good my new Nikon 1 is when it comes to taking indoor self-timer pictures. Just as with my Nikon D3000 the quality of the pictures isn't that good because of the bad lighnting conditions so I can't wait to take some outfit pictures outdoors again to see how they will turn out.


Tried and Tested: Beauty Products Video

It's been almost 2 weeks since a first talked to you about making a video for my blog. Today I can finally post the finished video and I'm really proud, not so much of the video itself but of me, because I really dared to speak in front of the camera and publish it on my blog. I really hope that you'll enjoy my little film and I would be so glad if you could honestly tell me what you think about it or what I could improve.


Manic(ure) Monday: Kiko Glitter

I got another amazing glitter nail polish. It's perfect for the coming holidays but I couldn´t wait and had to try it already this weekend:


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Get your own blog domain for free!*

Yesterday I already told you that I got my own domain and that it was for free. Today I want to tell you who made this possible and how you can get your own free domain.


Big Update!

Today's post is a bit different from my normal posts but I think that it's still quite interesting as it contains some major news and changes! The first change is that I finally got my personal domain. After one year of blogging it was time to efface the good old "blogspot" from my address and so this place will from now on be availabe under the link: www.clothesandcamera.com but you will also automatically be redirected to the blog if you still use the old link. Doesn't that sound great? Well at least it feels great and the best part about the whole story is that it's free! I will make a more detailed post about how I got my personal domain just in case you are interested in getting one as well.


OOTD: Birthday Outfit

As you may know it was my birthday on Sunday. I celebrated with my family and for dinner we had some lovely raclette. Yesterday I celebrated with my girls from university, we went to a Mexican restaurant and had some amazing cocktails. I spent two wonderful days with the people I love and I also got so many great presents that are completely after my fancy! I will show you the presents next week and for now I'll leave you with Sunday's outfit:


Manic(ure) Monday: Mini H&M nail polish

Last summer I had bought three H&M mini nail polishes which I hadn't been using much so far. But when I was looking for a nice brown shade to match my birthday outfit I rediscovered the set. The brown is a nice chocolate shade with little golden glitter particles. It dried really well and is completely covering after two layers.


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Happy Birthday Clothes and Camera!

Yay! Today is Clothes and Camera's first blogiversary! I can't believe I've already been blogging for a whole year and I would never have thought that my little space would have that many lovely followers from all over the world by now. Blogging is still a huge pleasure to me and I love to read all of your thoughts about my posts and pictures. During the last 12 months I gained over 650 followers on GFC, over 170 followers on Bloglovin, 160 followers on Facebook, almost 100 followers on Twitter and almost 45 followers on Instagram. My blog has been visited over 31 600 times and you left me over 3300 comments. Compared to other blogs, these statistics may be rather modest but to me these numbers are huge and I can only say Thank you a thousand times for helping me get where I am today by liking, following and commenting that much. Without you all this wouldn't have been possible and I would probably have lost my enthusiasm.


New In: Beauty and Vogue

In the time before Christmas I always tend to go shopping like an insane and I think that this time has started again. So this will probably be the first "New In" post of many more to follow in the next weeks and months. Strange to say but my shopping madness seems to be focused more on beauty products than on clothes this year. Normally a visit at H&M would make me really happy but at the moment I feel more like going to Lush or Benefit...


Maison Martin Margiela x H&M: Preview

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M is probably one of the most debated H&M collections so far. Some people (mostly fans of MMM) can't wait for the collection to launch and would love to own every single piece. Other people (like me) think that this collection is rather dispensable. Of course there are some pretty pieces in this collection, like the huge white coat, the plexi heels or the candy bag. But on the other hand if you had to choose between a MMM x H&M coat for 249€ you like, and a H&M coat for 49€ you might like even better, would you go for the MMM one just because it says "Masion Martin Margiela"? What are your thoughts about this collection? Will you be waiting in a queue in front of your local H&M on 15th November or will your purse be spared this November?


OOTD: Furry Vest

Last week my Oasap bangle finally arrived and so it was time for a new outfit post. I really am in love with this piece of jewellery as it fits my wrist perfectly and looks so elegant. It is eye-catching without looking pretentious. Furthermore I also had this amazingly fluffy vest waiting to be worn. Unfortunately this lovely piece wasn't as easy to combine as I would have thought as it looked quite cheap with 90% off my other clothes. Therefore I went for really casual basics like my all time favourite Zara pants and a laid-back plaid blouse I had bought in London years ago. However I can't wait to wear the vest with a skirt or a dress some day, as well!


Manic(ure) Monday: Tulle Dress Nails

Do you remember this post where I kind of rediscovered the fact that the things you do without expectations turn out to be the best you've ever done? Well this phenomenon happened to me again. I wasn't sure how to paint my nails and was just thinking about a simple coloured french manicure when the glitter nail polish caught my eye. The result is something I call "Tulle Dress Nails" simply because the combination of transparent nail polish and a bit of glitter makes you feel like your 5 year old self disguising itself as a pretty fairy with a cute sheer tutu or don't you think so?


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My hair routine & How to make a perfect bun

Today's post will be a little mingle-mangle of a lot of hair related matters. First of all it's a post about my hair routine and thus a post showing you what I do to my hair to keep it bouncing. But then it's also a "Tried and Tested" post, including reviews about the hair products I use and about my new hair straightener. Last but not least it is also an article on my two favourite hairdos and will thus include the requested tutorial on how to make a perfect bun. Let's start off with my hair routine:

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