After my outfit and Instagram review, this is my third and last roundup of 2013 favourites. Even though I still love a good manicure I'm not into this creative nail art that much anymore. I mean playing around with fun creations for Christmas is okay and a glittery topcoat will always work for me but I haven't worked with sticky tape in a while and I love my manicures to be more and more simplistic. Therefor I should really consider if I will keep up the manicure posts in 2014. I mean do you still enjoy reading them at all? Or wouldn't you mind if the Manic(ure) Monday posts were more about colours and products than about nail art? Let me know what you think so we can make this little blog all the more interesting in 2014!
On the last Sunday in 2013 it's time to make a little Instagram review on 2013. Above you can see some of my favourite pics from this year, including lots of memories from my trip to Paris, endless food pics and some fashion and beauty inspirations to top it off.
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1 SEBAMED balm deodorant (150 ml)
Rebuy it? Yes! Why? When it comes to deodorants I try to be a bit careful and leave out aluminium salts. This deodorant comes without them and is also free from alcohol which makes it super gentle. The smell is okay as well so I will keep on using it.
After Christmas is before New Year's Eve which means it's time to make a little review on 2013. I want to start off with a recap of my 13 favourite outfits. The Holidays are always a time where I get many occasions to dress up and as I mostly spend the entire Holidays with my boyfriend I also have my personal photographer during that time. Thanks to these facts and my new camera lens I have been taking a few more outfit pics lately but also during the year I had quite a few outfit posts which I partly wanted to get back to.
1. From all the outfits I showed on the blog, this was my favourite. I have been in love with this white blazer since I got it and the bag is just perfect for summer. I got the sandals about 2 years ago for only 5€!
Christmas is almost over, which makes me kinda sad, but then again I had a few wonderful days with my family. On Christmas Eve we ate Raclette at my boyfriend's place, on Christmas we had dinner with his uncle and family, yesterday evening we went to my parent's house for the gift giving and today we had a yummy dinner with my parents and siblings. Yesterday evening was particularly fun because my brother got a new Monopoly game which we had been playing until 2am! The outfit you can see in the first pics was my Christmas dinner outfit and the christmasy pics were mostly taken at my parent's house. Right now I'm gonna leave you with this because we're about to start another round of Monopoly. I hope you had a few wonderful days with your beloved ones as well. Don´t hesitate to tell us what you got for Christmas!
Who said white pants are just for summer? Who said blue flowers can't be snowflakes? I was tired of wearing my black jeans all winter long so I combined these white pants with a wintery lurex jumper and even though some people were clearly irritated by my pants, I think that this outfit is a good look for winter as well. What do you think? Is there anything that you love to wear in winter while everybody else thinks it's a summer garment?
While I must admit that I have been collecting most of these recipe inspirations just for their look and that some of them are probably kinda hard to reproduce, there is still time to actually make them for Christmas. As I won't be eating at home tomorrow I didn't prepare a Christmasy dessert but there is still a candy cane recipe on my winter food list. Also I've wanted to make such reindeer cupcakes like forever! Is it too late if I only make them in January or so? Anyway what is your favourite Christmas treat and what dessert will you be serving tomorrow?
Last week I told you I was not sure what manicure I would put on for Christmas. There is this manicure stick which I only bought recently and which I absolutely wanted to try out for this occasion. After looking through the manicure inspiration pics I have been collecting for years I found that a snowflake would be the easiest and maybe also prettiest design so I gave it a try. I started off with a dark blue glitter base (which I introduced as one of my favourite winter nail polishes here).
As you might know I have this quirk... I always take pics of the clothes I try on in changing rooms. I just only noticed that quite a few changing room pics had been piling up on my mobile phone so I thought I'd share them with you:
jacket - Primark (not bought)
Taking outfit pics is so much fun! Well, at least if you live in LA. Or if your boyfriend is a photographer. I don't live in LA. My boyfriend isn't a photographer. Nor is anybody else I know. Instead I live in a small, windy, unsettled hicktown up in the north of Luxemburg. We don't have any pretty buildings over here, nor do we have fun colourful walls or any other cool background for pics. If I wanted to choose an interessting setting for my pics I would have to get into my car and drive for at least 15 minutes. Today I thought it we be about time to take some outfit pics again. I also had a cute outfit in mind which I would wear to a party this evening. But wait... this evening. That means at 7pm which means that it will already be dark outside. I mean really pitch dark! Okay what could I do? I decided to get ready at 1pm for a party which would only take place in 6 hours. Who cares if I'm sitting at home all afternoon looking completely overdressed? (Well at the moment I'm home alone so really nobody cares, haha!) I was totally convinced that today I would be able to take good pics. The sun was shining, I felt comfortable in my outfit and there is this new 50mm lens I just only got, remember? Okay so while at 1pm the sun was still shining it wasn't anymore at 2pm. Instead it had become windy, whirlwind-windy to be exact. Oh and let's not forget to mention that it was -5°C (whindchill factor). So I stood there in my sheer blouse and my summer skirt with a "fresh breeze" going through my hair and I tried to smile. Which I somehow managed to do (okay it's not a really cheerful smile though...) Besides from the fact that I could only use 2/10 of the pics I had been taking with the help of my sister (who did her best but isn't a born photographer), I'm quite satisfied with what I am posting above. Why I am doing this to myself? I have no idea, haha! Probably because I love fashion and because I want to show that I wear cool stuff from time to time as well. But honestly my entire respect goes to those girls who are in the same conditions as I am and still go through this every day! You are awesome! And now everybody knows why I hardly post outfit pics. Kind regards to the bloggers in LA.
If there are two beauty products most people can't live without (especially during winter) then they are hand cream and lip balm. Last month I was sponsored to review and compare three hand creams (read my hand cream battle here) and I thought it would be a fun idea to do the same with three lip balms. One of them is the Cosy Lips balm which is free for beauty bloggers to review (simply order your sample over here). The other two lip balms are from Lush and Yves Rocher and I already bought them some time ago. Let's see which lip balm convinced me most:
We all know that the holidays can be a really busy time. This year I'm totally tied up with finding last Christmas presents, meeting friends, preparing my stay at home with my family,... That's why I honestly admire those people who still manage to bake Christmas cookies, laboriously decorate their home and even come up with the coolest DIYs. If you still have a little spare time you should definitely dabble in one of these tutorials:
1. Festive socks by Make My Lemonade
When it's cold outside, the snow is falling and you're sitting inside with some candles and a cosy blanket, is there anything better than a yummy hot beverage? Last week I've been sharing a white hot chocolate recipe with coconut rasps. Today it's still all about milk but it isn't a hot chocolate as we won't need chocolate for this one. I made a hint about a spread I would use for this recipe and now I can finally reveal the secret: it's speculoos spread... tadaaa! Okay if you are wondering: "What the heck is speculoos spread?!" I should probably tell you a little about what it's made of and about where you can get it. The speculoos spread is made of speculoos cookies which in the US might better be known under the name of "Biscoff cookies". Both are produced by the brand Lotus. The same brand sells the speculoos spread which in the US is sold as "European Cookie Spread". Then I also found the "Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter" by Trader Joe's which should be about the same. And finally for my German readers: if you don't find the Lotus spread you can simply buy the "Spekulatius Glück" by Rewe.
A few weeks ago I shared my 5 favourite nail polishes for fall. Now the days are getting colder and the holiday season has begun so it's time to also share my 5 favourite shades for winter. I mainly chose colours I love to wear for Christmas or to use for wintery nail styles. As you can see I definitely discovered my love for metallics, which are just perfect for the holiday season.
1. Metallic Purple
Yesterday I've been sharing pics of my agenda for 2014 over here and on Instagram. Having a lovely and empty planner always makes me think of the amazing things that might happen during the next year. I also know that it can be quite hard to find the perfect agenda, and I'm having quite a few requirements when it comes to their look and the distribution of the sheets. If you have already found a great planner for 2014 you can also think of these as lovely gifts. I got my planner for 2013 for Christmas last year and I thought it was a really great present. The number 5 in this list is quite a special planner as it seems to be just for Christmas (rather the next 5 Christmases), so perfect for anybody who takes this holiday really serious.
I finally did it! I took the money I got for my birthday and bought the famous 50mm camera lens for my Nikon D3000. After seeing the first pics I knew I took the right decision and I'm so happy with my new baby! (I really keep on calling it like that...). Just now that I'm sharing these pics I can't stop thinking about how much better they would have turned out with the new lens. But the good quality will have to wait for the next haul, haha! Here's "my baby", the Primark stuff I talked about yesterday and some other new ins:
Who else loves Christmas markets like I do? I have been quite busy this winter but I managed to take a short walk over the Christmas market in my city and even take some pics. I will probably go there again tomorrow in order to have a snack and maybe also drink some hot wine punch. Last year I also bought some of my Christmas presents over there and as I still need some for this year I will keep my eyes open for nice stuff. Is there anything you like to do every year around Christmas? Have you been to a particularly gorgeous Christmas market this year?
When I got this macarons mat I told you that I would use it and make macarons again. And I even made them earlier than I would have thought, namely on Thursday. As baking macarons can be a little difficult I didn't even think about taking pics while making them. When the macarons were finished it was too dark to take pictures as well and the next day I only came home in the afternoon and my family had eaten those few macarons that looked okay... That's why you only get to see these cracked ones (I really don't know what went wrong with them...). However I hope that you enjoy the pics anyway and that you're interested in trying to make your own macarons. What I like about these chocolate ones is that they don't taste that sugary and I'm sure even people who normally don't like macarons will fall for them.
From this haul you might still know that I got myself this Face Form contouring and blush palette from Sleek. Since my first make-up workshop 2 years ago I wanted to try to contour and highlight my face but finding the right powders turned out to be a bit more complicated. Lots of brands either don't feature contouring palettes or only sell really dark contouring powder. As I have really fair skin and was worried about the whole thing looking way too unnatural I always stayed away from buying contouring products.
This summer me and some other bloggers made it our business to get in contact with all of the bloggers living in the wonderful German city Bonn. After founding a Facebook group for us girls, we already had our 4th blogger meet-up on Tuesday evening. We decided to meet at the newly opened restaurant GinYuu.
There is no doubt that there are so many good things about Christmas but for me one of the best things is the beautiful decoration. This year I really couldn't wait to arrange my Christmas tree but I think I will never manage to make my home look as good as you always see it in the magazines. And as I really like these interior pics I decided to make a little inspirational post with Christmas decoration for you. Happily a few days before writing this post I was contacted by House of Fraser and they offered me to use the pics from their lookbook which isn't available to the public. I took a look at the pics and really loved them, they were just what I was looking for. And the best part: the showed stuff is actually available for you. Just take a look at House of Fraser Home.
The Monthly Must Haves post of December is in fact a Primark special edition. One week from now there will be a new Primark store opening in Düsseldorf and I can't wait to check it out. I have never been to a German Primark, only to their stores in London and in Liège. As Primark doesn't have an online store I never thought about featuring Primark stuff in my wish list posts but now I signed up to their press page and I was able to take a look at the A/W 2013 designs. Here are my favourites:
Last week I have showed you the first nail polish from the p2 limited edition "A Night to Remember" and today it's time to talk about the second one and also show you the applied nail pearls. Just like the other p2 nail polish this one is really easy to dose and to apply and it also lasts for quite a while. When I removed the other nail polish a few days ago I also noticed that it was really easy to remove and the vivid colour was no problem for my nail polish remover. What I also like about this nail polish is the liquid gold look and as I already told you I had been looking for a similar shade for ages.