How To Deal With Your Family Around Christmas

Red Christmas Baubles in Christmas Tree
I'm very lucky to have a small family so that I've never experienced the horrors of distant aunts and uncles putting me down at every big family celebration. But I can surely imagine how off-putting and annoying it must be. Personally, I'm not good in any social context so I know I´d probably be too baffled or too nice to say something to my relatives. However, days later I´d come up with the perfect answer - polite but yet shutting them down - to that stupid question. Here I am thinking ahead for anyone who has to deal with their relatives around Christmas and coming up a few easy things you could say to the most annoying questions your relatives might ask.

How To Find Personalised Gifts For Christmas

Christmas is a beautiful time but also a stressful one. There's such a rush to find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone. For me, the perfect gifts are always personalised. I feel like people really appreciate personalised gifts and I think their smiles are even wider when they get a really personalised Christmas gift. Recently, in a few twitter chats people asked me how I come up with ideas for these personalised gifts. Instead of just telling just those people I'm sharing 7 tips to help you find the perfect personalised gift this Christmas.

My Dream Christmas Reading Space

Binge Tyler Oakley, John Green Let It Snow; Baubles; Geode Fairy Lights, Christmas Mug
Reading has been a very important part of my life ever since I could grasp the concept of words. Especially in winter reading just seems like the cosiest activity and brings me that feeling of home. Since I recently moved to a new flat I've been doing a lot of Christmas decorating lately and I can´t stop imagining my future grown-up home all decked out for the holidays - because decorating just one room gets kind of repetitive. With my love for reading a dedicated little reading space would absolutely be essential in my future home. Of course my dream reading space would have to have a full Christmas theme as well - maybe even for the whole year around!

Makeup & Comfort Zones

Following Lisa; Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Nahz Fur Too; NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker
"But you look better without makeup" is probably the worst thing anyone could say to me. Firstly, because that's a rubbish way to compliment me. Secondly, because makeup might enhance my appearance but that's often not the only reason I wear it. Finally, because it´s my face and not yours, so deal with it. Seriously though, makeup for me is much more than just something I need to put on my face so I look "better". I love experimenting with makeup and it has a great impact on my life, my decisions and how I deal with comfort zones.

10 Films I Endlessly Rewatch

Primark Decorative Metallic Lamp; Katjes Winegums; Maisons Du Monde Pineapple Trinket Dish
Sometimes I worry that buying DVDs is completely outdated. But I just can´t help myself: I love films so much and I love the feeling of having a physical representation of the feeling and atmosphere of a film - that's just something Netflix won't give me. As such a film lover it´s probably no surprise that I can´t name a favourite movie - how dare you make me choose between my children?! But there are a lot of films that I rewatch more than others. You know, those films that you sometimes just crave to watch. Here are 10 films I endlessly rewatch.

My Autumn Haircare Secrets

Girl in front of mirror, blonde hair
I never thought about haircare when I was younger. But when I finally moved out and went to uni I actually informed myself and found out what my hair needs. I also noticed a big change in my hair since then and it´s finally lost that straw-like texture! Recently, a hairdresser even complimented me on how healthy my hair was. So when Emily from eSalon got in touch and asked me to share my haircare tricks, she gave me just the inspiration I needed to finally let you in on my little haircare secrets.

7 Blogging Sins I'm Guilty Of

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette; Kiko Lipstick; Happy Planners Pen;  Primark Necklace; Primark Rosegold Eyelash Curler; Fresh lilies
We're all humans. We all make mistakes. I sometimes feel like I'm making more of them than other people - especially when it comes to blogging. More often than not I´d say I'm a bad blogger and that's why I'm still so "small" in the blogging world. That's not saying that I dislike being a smaller blogger, it definitely comes with its perks too! I recently went down a rabbit hole of researching the most common blogging sins and/or blogging pet peeves - who doesn't like a little bit of salt in their wound? I've compiled a list of the 7 blogging sins I'm guilty of right here - maybe as a little reminder to myself.

What About The Bechdel Test?

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Awaken; Primark Rosegold Eyelash Curler; Primark Geometric Table Lamp; Hema Pastel Notebook; Maisons Du Monde Pineapple Trinket Dish
As a woman and a film lover I always look for that woman in any film or tv show that is relatable to me. However, due to the often sexist film industry female characters are often displayed flat, dependent on men and not relatable at all. I'm sure you've heard of the Bechdel Test and the many amazing films that oh-so-shockingly fail it. But recently I've found myself asking what we should do with films that fail it. Should they be banned? Should we boycott them? My mind has been screaming "What about the Bechdel Test?!" and here's my answer.

Sniffle Safe Makeup Tips

Fresh Lilies; Tempo; Kiko Less Is Better Cream Blush
We're in the middle of sniffle season right now and I absolutely hate having a cold! It just makes me feel so unproductive and weak. The only thing worse is having to go outside with a cold and having to put makeup on. You already know I´ll have to blow my nose so much that I´ll look like Rudolph  - yes, the reindeer with the glowing nose - after a few minutes. The rest of my makeup won't look any better either. However, there are a few tips that make wearing makeup a little bit easier during sniffle season.

My First Ever Sephora Haul

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette; Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara; Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Nahz Fur Too; Sephora Lip Mask
One of the most exciting news I've gotten this year was that Sephora coming to Germany. Then I found out that they had already opened their shop in my new city. Just imagine all the squealing I was doing! Unfortunately, Sephora was not the first store I went to after my move - because I knew I needed some time for that. Almost two weeks ago I did finally go though and today I'm sharing what I bought and my first impression of these products!

Banishing Winter Sleepiness

Zoeva 129 Luxe Fan Rose Golden; Primark Rose Gold Eyelash Curler; Primark Panda Sleep Mask
You know that feeling of unproductivity that sets in as soon as it starts getting dark outside? With the return to standard time last weekend the start of this feeling was brought forward to 5pm for me. I can actually feel myself getting tired and exhausted around that time of day now and that's really unacceptable because I'm wasting so much time every day. Instead of spending all my time bingeing Netflix I've now decided to banish this winter sleepiness with the following tips and tricks.

How To Keep Your Lips Smooth

Balea Intensive Lip Balm; Panthenol-ratiopharm Wundbalsam
Tis the season for matte lips, cold air, and thus dry lips. I absolutely hate having dry lips - it honestly drives me insane. If you see me scrambling in my bag in public I'm probably looking for my lip balm - or my phone. Over the years I've figured out how to combat those dry lips pretty well - especially in the past year I've tried a lot of different tips I've found online. With autumn being truly here I thought it'd be the perfect time to spread my wisdom amongst other. So I'm sharing the best ways to keep your lips smooth.

Life Lessons I've Learned At Uni

Washi Tape; Primark Rose Gold Clips; Zoella Stationary Book
University teaches you a lot of things - and only a few of them are related to your field of study. Its a big step into your independence and into becoming a full adult. I've had this post on my list for a long while now but never felt comfortable and experienced enough to actually write it. Until I officially got the last grade of my bachelors degree last week - I now have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology how crazy is that?! Anyway, there are so many life lessons hidden in your uni experience so I decided to tell you about the 11 most important life lessons I've learned at uni.

31 Ways To Pamper Yourself

Apple Headphones; H&M Accessories; Fresh Lilies
Autumn is truly here and that means it´s time to get out our warm PJs, cosy blankets, and hot drinks. I love having some Me Time during the cold seasons and pampering myself. I absolutely love reading other people's pamper routines or pamper favourites as they always inspire me - mostly to buy new pamper products but that counts, doesn't it? But pampering yourself can consist of much more than using a few beauty products or taking a bath. I've compiled a list of 31 little ways in which you can pamper yourself to inspire you (& me too).

Why Everyone Needs a Phoebe

Hollister Jacket; Depot Butterflies; Primark fairy lights; Ikea glass
I've recently talked about Phoebe and what I've learned from her (& other tv characters). As I'm still avidly listening to the Best of Friends Podcast I'm thinking about her a lot too and I've realised two things thing: 1. Phoebe might be my favourite Friend; 2. We all need a Phoebe in our lives. She might be a crazy character but she's also incredibly sweet and loving and having her as a friend would definitely be an honour. Here are 7 more (detailed) reasons why everyone needs a Phoebe!

Changes & Anxiety

Do you ever just want to throw away everything you own, grab the people you love and move to a whole new country? Because I get that feeling all the time. However, when change actually comes around the corner I shy away from it. Turns out, no matter how much I crave a big change I´m much more terrified of it - and my anxiety might play a big part in that. But change is inevitable and something we should embrace. I´ve compiled a list of 7 tips that help me embrace change with my anxiety.

Autumn Makeup I´m Excited For

Morphe 350S Palette; Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics; Catrice IcoNails Gel Lacquer Crab Attention; Essence My Must Haves Matt Blush Cosy Rosy; New Look Super Matte Liquid Lipstick Dark Rose; NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Monte Carlo
Ever since the weather got dull - which let´s be honest was in August - I´ve been super excited to get my autumn makeup out. However, due to my summer holiday in September I refrained myself from going full-on autumnal. Now that I´m back from holiday and autumn is officially around the corner I´m sharing some makeup products I´m really excited to get back out for autumn!

4 TV Shows I´ve Been Obsessed With Lately

Oreo; Pimkie Scarf; Macbook Air; Fresh Flowers
It´s that time of the year for pumpkin picking, hot chocolate sipping and Netflix bingeing. The fact that not leaving my house for days while I watch one episode after the other is finally socially acceptable again makes me super happy. To get you started into your bingeing season I´m sharing 4 tv shows that I´ve been obsessed with in the past few months (you know, while it wasn´t socially acceptable yet).

#StayHappy2017 Update

Girl On Rocks Looking Over Sea
At the start of the year I said I didn´t want to set myself resolutions as it was more than likely that I´d fail them all - as has been true for almost all previous years. However, in collaboration with NRS Healthcare I set myself a few to challenges to #StayHappy2017. Now that the year is almost over it´s time to take a first look and see how well I did on these challenges.

7 Things I Do On A Lazy Day

Fresh Pink Roses
When I finished my main bulk of work for this semester last month (aka finished the first draft of my bachelor thesis) I had no idea what to do every day. Suddenly my life went from 24 hours not being enough in a day to 24 hours being just so much time. I kept asking myself "What do normal people do on a lazy day?" and honestly, I still have absolutely no clue. So instead I thought I´d give you a list of the things I do on lazy days to feel productive.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics - Review

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipstick Pink Cocoa; Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Lip Gloss Martha Moo;Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powder Peonies Please
I really can´t help it but I´m just such a sucker for packaging. So when I spottet the gorgeous new packaging of Tanya Burr´s makeup range I absolutely fell in love. For the longest time I couldn´t get my hands on the shades I so badly wanted though - insert super sad emoji. However, last month they finally were in stock! I went ahead and picked up three products that I hadn´t tried before. Here are my thoughts on the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipstick, Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Lip Gloss and Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powder.

Croatia First Impressions

I´m currently sat at a long dining table in a gorgeous mansion looking at a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea and listening to the constant stream of raindrops agains the window. Yeah, I didn´t think this sentence would end that way either. I´m currently on my summer holiday in Croatia but sadly, the weather isn´t really playing along. Still I thought I´d make a little post for you and give you my first impression of Croatia - mainly because I had this dream of blogging on holiday and I´m not giving up on that.

Things I Learned From My Favourite TV Show Characters

iPhone 6S, NYX Lingerie, Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist; Primark Choker Necklace ; Notebook
Let me tell you a secret: I´m a total fangirl. Okay, you might have already guessed that from my Twitter account. The secret might rather be that you don´t have any idea how much of a fangirl I really am. But even if this might seem weird to people it´s actually a really great thing; there´s always an amazing internet community to talk to, you get to spend your time watching shoes that make you incredibly happy and most of all you get to learn a lot of different things from a lot of different characters. Here are just 7 things I learnt from some of my favourite tv show characters.

Can Makeup Revolution´s Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit Hold Up To Kylie Cosmetics?

Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit Echelon; Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Candy K; Primark Eyelash Curler; Fresh Pink Roses
By a show of hands:  Who als has way too many lipsticks and still buys more? *holds up both hands* I´m such a sucker for lipsticks in general and very specifically liquid lipsticks. One of the most featured lipsticks on this blog might be the Kylie Cosmetics´ Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy K. I feel like I just keep repeating how much I love it. However, they´re hard to get in Germany and they´re quite expensive so when Makeup Revolution released their lip kits I was over the moon. The Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Echelon was in my basket faster than I could even think and when it arrived I found it strikingly similar to Candy K. So I put both to the direct test (aka wearing them each on half of my lip) to see if Echelon would hold up as a good dupe to Candy K.

Staying Cool In Stressful Phases

Fresh Pink Roses; Zoella Stationery Book; Primark Necklace
I just finished my B.Sc. in Psychology - rather I am just about to finish. Writing a bachelor thesis is kind of stressful in itself. Now add that onto the workload of a normal semester. You can imagine probably what I´ve been doing for the past five months. One of the most important things during stressful phases like that is to stay calm, focused and on top of yourself. So here I´ve compiled a list of 10 tricks that have helped me stay cool in the last stressful phase!

Is Belle Suffering From Stockholm Syndrome?

Red Roses; Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Awaken; Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basic Palette; Primark Eyelash Curler Rosegold
What did you think of Beauty & The Beast the first time you saw it? I distinctly remember being terrified but also absolutely loving it at the same time. As I got older more and more people were telling me that it was just a story sugarcoating the effects of Stockholm Syndrome. Little, uneducated me immediately believed it. But with the live action film coming out this year and my background in Psychology now I started to question whether Belle is actually suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Show Yourself Some Love

Fresh Roses; Blurry Background Heart of Tic Tacs
The longest relationship you´ll ever have is with yourself. It took me a while to realize how true this statement is. When I first heard it I was a bit skeptical but now I´m a firm believer in taking care of and loving yourself. We´re just kind of stuck with the body and the mind that we get, so let´s make the best of it! When it comes to self-love we all know the tricks with making lists of our positive features,  taking time for yourself, and reminding ourselves that confidence is super attractive. Those techniques are awesome but they can take quite a bit of time and planning to be effective. Here I´ve compiled 5 little ways in which you can show yourself some love right now - no props needed and they´ll only take a few minutes each. They´re also great if you just need a little pick me up during the day!

Morning Skincare Saviors

Foreo Luna Play Black; Lush 9 To 5 Cleanser; Fresh Roses
For all the years that I´ve finally understood what a skincare routine is (& why I need one) I have never found a routine that really seemed to help my skin. I have combination skin that is quite acne-prone and most of the products seem to working fine for it. However, I´ve never had a product that made it noticeably better. Well, until now at least. Because I think I´ve found the perfect morning skincare routine for my skin! These two products have honestly saved my skin!

P.S. Also welcome back here! I´ve finally finished my exams and my bachelor thesis and can now get back into blogging. Thanks for all your kind words and well wishes on my Currently Absent post!

Currently Absent

Flowers in front of a House in Biberach, Germany
Hello lovelies,

I´m so sorry but this is just a little post to notify you that I´ll be taking a little break from my blog right now. I´ve talked before about how blogging is currently not really my priority in life. Right now my to-do list is just getting bigger and bigger and uni deadlines are approaching fast. I could definitely continue putting out content but I don´t really see the use if my heart is not in it. I don´t like the feeling of rushing my blog work just so I can continue working on the more important projects. I´ve been very absent from social media in the past few weeks already and since that´s one of my favourite things about blogging, I don´t see the point of purely putting out content and not being part of the community! I really hope you understand my reasons and again, I´m very sorry!

Hopefully I´ll be back around the 9th of August when most my deadlines have past & I´ve written my last ever exam for my bachelor´s degree!

Love,
Lisa



How To Enjoy Makeup In The Summer Heat

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, trend it up Pure Serenity Soft Lipcream, H&M Blouse
I absolutely hate wearing a full face of makeup in summer. I mean, heat, sweat, and heavy makeup are just not a great combination and make me regret putting anything only face. Yet there are some days/events where I don´t feel very comfortable not wearing any makeup - like last year when I had to work 5 days a week. The last summer definitely taught me a lot of tricks when it comes to making makeup more fun in the summer heat and today I´m sharing those with you!

P.S. Many of these tips are just great for keeping your makeup in place as that is always my main issue.

Quick & Easy Vegan Dips

Tomato & Garlic Dip; Guacamole; Vegan Sour Cream; Vegan Chocolate Dip; Bread
Since switching to a dairy-free diet there´s not much that I really miss when it comes to food. Of course, it´s difficult seeing my friends eat pizza with lots of cheese but in general, I´m good living without dairy - besides the fact that it means not fighting my stomach as much. Theres one thing though that always bothers me: There are so little options when it comes to dips without dairy! So for the past few months I´ve been experimenting with different recipes and have found 4 super delicious yet super easy vegan dips that will serve you for any occasion.

Signature Scent: Zara Jasmine Eau de Perfume

Zara Jasmine Eau de Perfume; Primark Eyelash Curler; Fresh Peonies
There´s something about wearing a perfume that makes me feel so special. I love purposefully choosing the scent of my day; I feel like it gives a direction to my day as well as a little more of a sway to my hips. For years I´ve been on the hunt for an affordable signature scent. You know, a perfume that´s the exact right mixture of sweetness and darkness that it can be worn all year around with any outfit and for any occasion. A scent that I can identify myself with - however weird that might sound. I think I have finally found that scent in the Zara Jasmine Eau de Perfume.

Am I Still A Beauty Blogger?

Lahaye Oval Brushes; Primark picture frame; Primark Quote; essence The Metals Eye Shadow Rose Razzle-dazzle; essence The Metals Eyeshadow Ballerina Glam; Nars Velvet Matte Lip Crayon Bettina; Kiko Eyeshadow, essence My Must Haves Palette, Trend It Up Comfortable Matte Liquid Lipstick
If you´ve been with me on this blogging journey for a while you might have seen a few changes in my posts lately. Following Lisa started out as a blog centered around beauty and makeup - partly, because that was all I knew in the blogging world and partly, because makeup is something I absolutely love. While I still try to include beauty topics every month I´m sharing more and more personal or general lifestyle posts now. This has recently led me to question whether I can even still call myself a beauty blogger.

Metallic Makeup Picks

p2 Techno Chrome Nail Polish 050 Bronze Cut, NYX Cosmic Metals Liquid Lipstick Speed of Light, Primark Necklace, Ikea Decoration
As with almost every trend the metallic trend almost completely washed over me. The only thing I really fell for was rose gold and copper everything... and I mean EVERYTHING. However, when I looked through my makeup drawers lately to find props for a flatlay I was very surprised to find a decent selection of metallic makeup products. I must´ve picked them up one by one without realizing that I was slowly adopting the trend. So here are a non-metallic lover´s metallic makeup picks aka metallic products that you can incorporate into your everyday makeup.

5 Reasons Why Podcasts Are Awesome & My Favourite Ones

Apple EarPods; Kiko Less Is Better Cream Blush; notebook
I really never pictured myself as a podcast gal. "I have a hard time listening to audiobooks so why would I enjoy podcasts?!" were my exact thoughts one day. But oh boy, was I wrong. When my anxiety got worse music just wasn´t enough anymore to calm me down. I needed something more and that´s where podcasts came first into play. Nowadays, I´m listening to podcasts everyday and even prefer them over my otherwise beloved music. If you still haven´t stumbled into the world of podcasts yet, here are 5 reasons why podcast are awesome. I´m also sharing a few of my favourite ones that I think everyone should listen to!

4 Lipsticks, 1 Shade

Catrice Metal Eyeshadow, P2 Technochorme nail polish, Urban Decay Comfort Matte Lipstick Backtalk, PS Velvet Matte Lip Crayon Uncovered, NYX Matte Lipsitick Whipped Caviar, Catrice Blush
It´s just one of those stereotypes: Women hoard things. I´d so like to prove everyone wrong that says that but funnily enough, I haven´t met one woman that doesn´t hoard something. Whether it´s something typical like shoes or bags or something a little different like cute kitchen utensils or books. For me, that thing is makeup or to specify it a little more: lipsticks. Lip products alone make up about 1/3 of my entire makeup collection - I wish I was kidding! Yet I keep buying more and more. Something I´ve realized recently is that I just keep on buying more lipsticks of the same mauve nude shade because I constantly fall head over heels in love with it. So here are 4 of my favourite lipsticks that are actually almost the same shade - but we´re going to pretend they aren´t!

When Blogging Is Taking A Backseat

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f you´re a blogger you´ll probably have experienced the stress of juggling blogging and uh, well... the rest of your life. Blogging is not just a hobby where you need to take away an hour or two each week to attend a class; blogging is a full-time commitment! And I absolutely love that about it because it keeps me busy and gives me something to do everyday that I absolutely love doing. It´s just that sometimes my life needs more of my attention which always makes me feel like a failure. I absolutely hate when blogging ist taking a backseat in my life.

Why We Need Mental Health Representation In Mainstream Media

Recently, I´ve been talking an awful lot about 13 Reasons Why and Dear Evan Hansen here on my blog and over on my social media. Both are very good examples of how mental health is finally being accepted into mainstream media and both are discussed a lot online. But whereas Dear Evan Hansen seems to live on a super hype right now - have you been on Tumblr lately?! - 13 Reasons Why has split the internet. Many people love it but some think it´s a bad representation of the issues it discusses. But here´s the thing: Whether you like it or not this well-produced representation of mental health issues in mainstream media is badly needed!

Cruelty-Free Skincare Haul

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask; Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer; Burt´s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream
I´ve been loving my skincare recently - or rather loving experimenting with it. Since I´ve gotten over that "I have acne so my skin must be super sensitive" phase I´ve been trying at lot more different products. Obviously when I had some vouchers and money from my birthday left I treated myself with a little cruelty-free skincare order. I spent a few hours on the internet as you do and found some great cruelty-free products that I want to add to my skincare routine.

Who Should I Tell About My Mental Illness?

I think it´s very well established that struggling with mental health will impact your life in a major way. Most likely, it´ll be hard to hide that struggle from everyone in your life. Well, unless you completely isolate yourself which should neither be an option nor a goal if you´re already struggling! That then begs the question who should an who do I need to tell about my mental illness/struggles? I remember not finding an answer to this question when I first realized that I had some sort of anxiety issue. So here I´ve compiled a list of people who you should and shouldn´t tell about your mental illness from my own experience and my knowledge as a Psychology student.

5 Style Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

Primark Top, Only Embroidered Top, New Look Super Matte Liquid Lipstick, Primark Eyelash Curler, Topshop Highlighter Glow
Style is something that comes very natural to some people and to others ... it just doesn´t. I definitely belong to the ladder group. When I just grab something out of my closet to throw on I look like a little girl dressed me. But in the past year I´ve really been making an effort to try more things, be braver and bolder and just generally find my own style (and stick to it). And it´s been quite successful - if I may say so myself. However, my teen years (and even my early adult years) were filled with a lot of style mistakes that I regret now and today I´m sharing them with you. Maybe they´ll make you laugh too!

The Psychology Behind Faking It

"Fake it till you make it" is just one of those sayings that everyone has heard about a million times. Or at least I know it was thrown at me from everyone when I was struggling with my confidence. Naive, young teenage me shrugged it all off - how is pretending gonna help me at all?!?! - and just continued her life as usual. Now after almost 3 years of studying Psychology I´ve realized that maybe shrugging it off was wrong. I could´ve build my confidence way easier because faking it actually works and here´s how!

Essence My Must Haves Face & Lips Review

Essence My Must Haves Palette, Essence My Must Haves Highlighting Powder 01; Essence My Must Haves Soft Shimmer Blush 01; Essence My Must Haves Soft Satin Blush 01
With their new releases at the start of the year essence also launched a new range called My Must Haves. The must haves consists of blushes, highlights, lip powders and each shadows in individual pans so that you can create your own 4- or 8-pan palette. I did take notice of this launch but never bought anything from the range until I saw their birthday edition in April. Basically, essence is celebrating their 15 year anniversary and therefore have released limited edition palettes and products for their My Must Have range. The limited live.laugh.celebrate edition is available from April to June this year. With the fun, party look of the palettes I just couldn´t resist and bought the 4-pan version and three blushes, a highlighter, the lip base and a lip powder to fill it with.

I Could Have Been Hannah Baker

If you haven´t succumbed to the hype that is 13 Reasons Why yet I take my hat off for you! I´d also suggest for you to give into the hype as quickly as possible because the show, story and characters are truly amazing! I´ve listed 13 reasons why I loved 13 Reasons Why before on here and I could honestly come up with a hundred more. This show and story are really not coming off my mind and there were lots of parts that really touched me deeply. But one thought has been stuck so deep within me that I just had to share it: I could´ve been Hannah Baker.

Natural Makeup Favourites

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Eye Palete, Primark Bombshell Perfume, Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle, Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish
I´m not really often in the mood to do a full and extravagant makeup look. They´re super fun to create but as I mentioned many times on this blog I´m just to lazy to do this every morning (also sleep is everything!). While I do love feeling a bit more extravagant from time to time I also really enjoy being my down-to-earth self. That´s why you´ll find me mostly wearing a very natural look - which one of my friends recently complimented me on (thanks again *blushes*). Over the years and especially recently I´ve acquired a few favourite makeup items that I´m likely to grab when I go for my natural look.

5 Reasons Why You Should Listen To Dear Evan Hansen

Apple Headphones, Kiko Milano Cream Blush
Firstly, I have to apologize to my neighbours for having to listen to my horrible, horrible singing voice for the past week. I have discovered the magical unicorn of a Broadway musical called Dear Evan Hansen and oh my god, is the music mindblowingly amazing or what?! So for the past week I´ve been singing along to the songs pretty much non-stop #sorrynotsorry. I knew immediately that I wanted to share this new love of mine with you but Broadway is a little bit far away for me to go see and review the musical. Instead I´ll tell you about five reasons why you should listen to the album and why I relate to it so much.

10 Best Blogger Tips I´ve Gotten

iPhone 6S, Asos Watch, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Ebelin Blending Brush, Kylie Lip Kit Candy K, Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish, Kiko Lipstick
You know why I love blogging so much? Well partly because I love rambling on and on about whatever is going on my mind but mostly because this community is so amazing! I talk to bloggers daily on Twitter and I couldn´t wish for better friends. In my almost four years of blogging I´ve gotten a lot of different tips from other bloggers. After keeping them to myself for a long while now I thought it would be only fair to share the 10 best blogger tips I´ve gotten with all of you!

My Everyday Beauty Tools

Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Silicone Sponge
I´d lie if I said that I´m wearing makeup everyday of the week. It has actually gotten really rare that I wear a full face of makeup. I blame this on my semester break & general uni schedule! Very recently I shared my honest everyday makeup routine which is what my makeup looks like on those rare days. Alongside with that makeup goes an array of beauty tools. I thought I´d be lovely to see the combination of both together (plus, I´d love to discuss the beauty tools you use).

Let´s start at the beginning of my routine. My foundation is usually applied using the PS Pro Oval Brush. It´s very obviously a dupe to the Artis brushes and the first one of it´s kind that I got. I love how easy it is to use and how effortlessly it blends any foundation on my face. The size is exactly perfect for my whole face; big enough for my forehead and cheeks but small enough for my eyes and nose. What more could I want? Recently I´ve been using my Silocone Sponge for concealer. You can see a full review of it and a comparison of the Beauty Blender on my blog. The reason I´ve been choosing it over my Beauty Blender is that I love the flawless finish that can easily hide all the spots on my face right now. I´ve also found that using it just for concealer doesn´t make my face look as spotty as using it for foundation does.

Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Silicone Sponge, Ebelin Blending Brush, Kyle Lipkit Candy Ki, NYX Soft Matte Lipcream

My favourite trio of brushes that I own are the Real Techniques Powder, Expert Face and Blush Brush. There are just so fluffy and soft and even though I bought the first one back in 2014 it still looks as good as new. I use the Powder Brush for applying my powder to set my whole face. It´s easily the best big fluffy brush I have ever tried and it has been a staple in my makeup routine for years now. The Blush Brush is the perfect size and fluffiness for applying my blush. In all honesty my blush has never looked more natural on my face! Now the Expert Face Brush is the one that I don´t use for it´s intended purpose. I´ve found it to be a great size and softness for applying and blending my highlighter. It also makes it look very natural.

Moving on to the last step, my eyes. I have a trio that I mostly use for this too. I bought these two Lahaye Oval Brushes in my local drugstore on a whim and they turned out to be really amazing. Obviously they´re dupes for the Artis brushes as well but this time in a smaller form. These two are amazing for applying eyeshadow very precisely all over my eyes. They also have the perfect mixture of stability and softness so that they take up enough product which is amazing. Plus, they´re super gorgeous to look at! The last brush on the list is the Ebelin Blending Brush and I think it´s my favourite brush ever. It´s soft and fluffy but also has stability and is large enough to blend really effortlessly. Sadly, it´s been discontinued and the one they have now is just a tiny bit too fluffy and just a bit too small (I´m picky when it comes to blending brushes)! I´ve been using this one for years and it´s beginning to look a bit grubby but I know this is probably the one brush I´ll use until it´s on its last fibre (don´t judge me!).

Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Ebelin Blending Brush

I´m really into soft and fluffy brushes - as you can tell - as they feel so amazing on my face and I think that´s why I have such a love for Real Techniques brushes. None of theirs have disappointed me yet! I don´t know if it´s weird that I don´t use any other beauty tools during my makeup routine but this has proven to be the easiest and quickest way to get my makeup done. I also don´t use a lash curler anymore because my lashes are so straight that it only works for a second so it´s not worth the effort for me. Plus, I´m kind of lazy. I´m definitely open for suggestions of amazing brushes and other tools (preferably cruelty-free) if you´re tried any! My brush collection can always be growing.

What is your favourite brush/beauty tool? Do you curl your lashes?