Farfalla Silhouette Challenge

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Farfalla Essentials AG & KuK Kommunikation. All thoughts and opinions are however my own.

When I was approached to join the Farfalla Silhouette Challenge, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 21.39.28Hoping to shed the excess water retention in my thighs and get rid of any cellulite or stretch marks, I looked forward to testing the 4 vegan products sent to me within a few days of accepting to join the challenge. I have a few stretch marks on my inner thighs, and decided to use those as my benchmark. The boyfriend decided to join in on the challenge to help keep me accountable.

Along with the toning gel, body lotion, body scrub and shower gel, I also received a detailed description of what the 4 weeks should look like, including exact application suggestions of the products, a recommended (low-carb, high protein, highish fat Paleo) diet and exercise regimen to accelerate the expected results and a feedback form to jot down thoughts throughout the 4 weeks. You can find the challenge and a few tips in German here.

Having a rather “healthy” diet to begin with, I decided to really try to up my fat and lower my general sugar intake to see if that would help me attain visible results.

The first product we tested was the gel.

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Its refreshing scent and cool sensation when it touches the skin really woke me up. To apply the gel you simply spread some onto the desired area before reattaching the top of the tube that also acts as a massager and massage the gel into your skin.

The boyfriend found the massager a tad bit too ticklish. In addition to the gel, we also tested the body lotion.

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Smelling similar to the gel, and leaving the skin equally smooth after application (also with the massager head of the gel) I can imagine using the lotion more in the evening due to its more creamy feel which I prefer before turning in for the night. I have to admit, I ended up using the lotion more than the gel, as I am also an evening showerer and would apply it before slipping into my PJs. The boyfriend however got through the ticklishness and continued to use the gel more after his morning showers.

Speaking of showers, the challenge includes two shower products: a scrub and a gel.

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Farfalla recommends using the scrub twice a week. Otherwise they recommend alternating between cold and hot water to really rev up the metabolism towards the end of the shower. I am not a fan of cold showers, so I mostly skipped this step…

But I did really enjoy the exfoliating scrub as it was rather gentle and didn’t irritate my skin at all and the scent of both the gel and the scrub.

Not being as disciplined as I used to be when it comes to regimens, I didn’t manage to do this daily. I also did have a few “cheat meals” and one night out partying (pizza and alcohol) but other than that, I really did try to give the challenge a shot. I gave all my other lotions, creams and gels a break and focused on these products only. That alone to me is a big plus: You needn’t think of anything as the challenge includes everything you need. I did get slightly tired of the scent after a while, so I switched out the lotion for one of my others once or twice, but still tried to apply it with the massage head.

Other than those (minor) glitches I rather enjoyed having structure in both my diet and shower regimen.

Verdict after completing the challenge?

My legs are visibly smoother and feel softer. I have received quite a few comments from friends and family that they think I have lost weight (which I already had before the challenge, but my legs were definitely not as firm as now – I seriously think I spotted a slight thigh gap earlier!), and since I didn’t really switch up or change my diet much, continued with my usual exercise plan (dance, yoga and body pump) and generally have had trouble losing weight, I do think the firmer thighs have a bit to do with the gels – especially the massaging which I otherwise never did. As for whether my stretch marks (the original benchmark before the challenge) appear lighter; I really can’t tell as the marks are a combination of scars and stretched skin.

Nonetheless, I will continue using the products until they are empty (the bottles are only half way through and two people were using them) and will definitely follow up if the appearance of my stretch marks change in any way!

You can find the individual products, the whole silhouette miracle challenge and instructions to the program here.  The products were sent to me to test as a part of the challenge. All expressed opinions are my own. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Current Craze: Kylie Jenner Lips

As much as I am convinced I am meant to be a princess, I am equally sure that I was meant to be a Kardashian. Only drawback: I would need to change my name to one starting with a K. Hmmm – anyone know any pretty Persian girl names with K? yeah no.. probably not going to happen then after all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be the queen of my own reality TV show, right? Goals, people.. we all need goals.

Now back to the Kardashians.

Being an active user of social media and a complete sucker for trends and what’s “in”, I soon became obsessed with Keeping up with the Ks. I mean, just take one look at the current makeup crazes: contouring, big lips and butts are all the rage, and yup, you guessed it, the Kardashians are the ones we can worship thank for that (whether you like it or not).

I wrote an article about their first trend (contouring) when I worked at MADAME. This was brought to life by Kim, the second oldest sister. I didn’t actually start contouring my own face until I got my hands on Benefit’s “HOOLA”. I’ll be posting my tips as soon as I’ve received the pictures my friend took for me 🙂

Today, we talk about big lips – a trend the youngest of the clan (Kylie Jenner) brought to life. Although there is still plenty of dispute over whether or not she actually had lip surgery done, we can’t deny the magic of overdrawing lips with lipliner before filling them in with lipstick.

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With a bit of contouring

With a bit of contouring

Still trying to perfect the look myself, I don’t think I have enough tips and tricks to share with you just yet. Every single time I attempt an overdrawn lip, I end up redoing it over and over again thanks to feeling like I looked like a clown. So bear with me while I continue to practice, and I’ll be sure to post an actual tutorial ASAP 🙂 Until then, here are some of the times I actually was quite pleased with the look #lipspiration

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For those of you who are feeling adventurous, here are the steps I’ve followed:

  1. Conceal on and around your lips and top with some powder -> this is to blur the outline of your actual lip
  2. Apply lip liner first above the cupid’s bow. Depending on how extreme a look you are going for, you can either apply your lip liner right around your actual outline or leave a bit of a gap. Make sure to return the liner to your actual outline before the transition to your lower lip (I aim to trace my actual lip for at least 1-2 cm)
  3. Same procedure goes for your lower lip; start in the middle and return back to your actual lip line.
  4. Fill in the gaps and your lips with the lip liner
  5. Trace over lip liner with lip stick in matching colour
  6. To complete the look, you might need to retrace your overdrawn lips with more lipliner, and then surround your lips with some more concealer and powder to set.

Enjoy your big lips 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Lipsticks: Mac, Chanel, Nars

Lipliners: Smashbox, Esteé Lauder, Makeup Forever

 

 

 

Recent Empties

FINALLY – finally I managed to set time aside to write a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while… and that’s not even considering the 20 + unfinished drafts of posts just waiting for me to give them the final touches… it’s sad really.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Wednesdays will be a “I will study if I can but not kill myself over not revising” kind of day because over the past 5 weeks (it has seriously only been 5 weeks and I am STRESSED out, you cannot even imagine) I have realised that on Wednesdays I am least productive… for whatever reason.. and thus I beat myself up over trying to concentrate but not being able to… and then along comes Thursday (and then Friday, duh) and I put major pressure on myself to get the work – that I had yet to do – done, in addition to what I had originally planned to do on that actual day itself.. and I do not bide well with that kind of pressure – let me tell you.

My brain becomes mush.. I feel like I am forever living in this weird haze… I try to read but get distracted by anything and everything and have to cancel all my weekend plans while Im crawled up in bed with trash TV because I simply cannot read another sentence.. yup..I spent lots of time watching proposal videos on YouTube. Have you seen this one?

So to overcome this issue and the actual annoyance of basically not getting ANYTHING done for 3 days because it is human to need breaks (and I guess dance or BodyPump don’t really count enough as breaks because I deal with meltdowns despite regularly working out – whoop) I will make an attempt to be cooler on Wednesdays.. and hope to thus be more productive on Thursdays.. I also vowed to wake up earlier.. one step at a time

Ok so back to today’s post.

I’ve finished a few products lately.

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By a few I actually mean quite a few…

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Before going back to University, I took on the long overdue task of cleaning up my life – starting with my bathroom.

You see, I am hoarder.. a hoarder of EVERYTHING. Especially food.. while I was living with other people I would keep things hidden in my room if I could.. I was just slightly weird and obsessive when it came to sharing my special favourite foods with people I thought didn’t really appreciate it.. and it put mega stress on me somehow, because now that I am back at home, I don’t worry about hoarding anything, because my mom eats the same way I do anyways, so we will always have the same things on hand.. you get where I am coming from? Do you hoard food too or am I just weird?

Well anyhow, so at home I don’t seem to have developed a food-hoarding habit, but I do have plenty other issues.. and hoarding habits. Like my closet: I can’t give away clothes. I always thing I could wear an old tshirt as a pyjama or workout shirt or that something might come back into style… and then we come to my bathroom…

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A few of these things are over 10 years old. Seriously. Just let that sink in…

And when I decided to clean up my bathroom, I said it was time to officially part ways with that lip balm I hadn’t used in years..

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So this was the very first Labello I ever chose myself. I remember the day too..

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My mom used to buy me the green ones, I think they contained aloe vera, because I had a terrible chapped lip problem in primary school. I seriously looked like a clown for quite a few weeks because the skin around my lips would get extremely dry and go bright red. This then reoccured a few times over the year, especially either in the peak of the winter or summer months. The day I bought this chapstick I was developing said “clown mouth” yet again.. and I was at Legoland with my father and grandparents in Germany.

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Naturally, the “responsible child” inside me knew I had to treat it immediately.. but I didn’t want what I was used to (and what had previously always proven effective). No, the rebel inside me wanted to purchase the cherry flavoured Labello because “I am daddy’s little girl and mommy won’t know that he bought me the red, cherry chapstick”. Smart move little girl.. because yes, while it smelled (and tasted) delicious I tend to generally use too much chap stick on (and sort of around) my lips.. still do. So while it probably helped my chapped lips a little, this particular ruby red Labello managed to make me look even more like a clown… good times. Sad to see it go, but I have long replaced Labello with Bebe. (I recently just finished another one FYI)

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Now this is probably a good 4 years old.. I bought this Maybelline eye shadow to keep in my bag to apply after dance class. Yeah, as if. The whole thing was still full… probably because the colour was practically white.

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I am always sad to see a Clarins product go. I have yet to replace this one as I am now testing a few other creams (that I will be mentioning in a – as promised but still not finished – new morning routine post.) I also just recently finished up my Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster Tonic. That one I hope to replace ASAP as, while it may be the placebo effect, I do feel it makes a difference in the AM.

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I bought this scrub in the States around my 16th birthday because it looked like a fun thing to try. It was a great, soft face scrub. I bought it because it had carrots in it… Carrots were my thing. I used to eat them every day for lunch in a shredded carrot salad with sweet corn and fruit and nut bread.

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So uhm.. this was my first ever eye shadow..

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My mom treated me to a makeup session for my 14th birthday. And because it was the first time my face would be exposed to makeup, my mom wanted it to be all natural and organic. Enter: Couleur Caramel. I loved this eyeshadow and have since always tried to match the colour. It’s a hard brand to find, so I might need to stock up online. Fun Fact: my love for Colour Caramel got me in touch with the PR agency Kuk-Kommunication – and they decided to add me to their mailing list! So honoured 🙂 I’ve already been invited to one press event at Tibits NZZ Bistro, and I cannot wait for the next one!

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I don’t really remember when I bought this compact powder by Clinique… I also don’t remember when I stopped using it… but I am glad I rediscovered it among my many half-used powders because the colour really matches my skin tone. Once I finish the (many) other opened powders, I will probably stick to this powder for a while.

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I’ve also finished a few L’Oréal products

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I really liked the liquid eyeliners, but prefer the ones by Makeup Forever. I’ll probably buy one or two of these again as backups for my favourite ones for I can only buy my beloved Aqua Liner in Paris or at Sephora.

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I had the Super Liners in dark purple, black and brown.

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I bought this BB cream on a whim. It was one of my first. I found the fact that it came out white really fun, but it didn’t really “wow” me otherwise. I very soon replaced it with the one by Kiehl’s.

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Colour Caramel is not the only natural face product that I love – I am also a long-term fan of Dr. Haushka. The lady who did my makeup for my 14th birthday was actually also the one who recommended using Haushka as my “first” skin care product. I kept using it for years before replacing it with Clarins.

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In keeping with natural makeup and skin care, I went through a phase where I strictly wanted to use all natural, vegan products. Naturally I went to Lush… I still really love the hair care and face scrub that I purchased, but this makeup remover was dreadful: it made my eyes sting and really dried up my skin. Maybe I was using it wrong? Nevertheless, I have in the meantime learned that coconut oil is also a great natural makeup remover, which is what I will be using the next time I go though a hippy, all natural vegan phase (which feels like it could be soon as I have nearly finished other makeup removers and need to think of the next replacement ;))

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I first came across the brand Kiko when I went to Florence with my class in 2011. We fell in love with the various colours and products, and went mad testing eeeeeeeverything on our hands. I left with a few kajal eyeliners for my favourite winged eye makeup and these two liquid liners.

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They brand reminds me a lot of Mac. The store was set up like a Sephora. The products are sold at a great price and I was always really pleased with the quality. I used this liquid liner to add a pop of colour to my makeup and it held really really well!

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Speaking of Sephora, I bought this makeup remover in 2012 when I ran out on a short trip there. This is a nice, cream-based remover but I found it had a weird smell… I didn’t finish it..

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I am also getting rid of a few Catrice products. I am a mega fan of Catrice’s quality, as you might have noticed in my Manicure Monday posts. The compact powder had a slight shimmer – a thing I used to really be in to before I started using highlighters and blush. The liquid liner was good, not great, and the kajals had a nice pigmentation. Definitely a good backup.

I’ve also decided to get rid quite a few Body Shop products.

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I finished two hand creams: one with SPF (which I didn’t really like), one without, one body butter (I really liked this one) and a liquid eyeliner. I also decided to dispose of products that I barely use anymore: the Aloe Protective Restoring Masks (this was one of my first masks but I have so many other masks now that I just don’t use this one anymore..), green eyeshadow (that fell on the floor and broke), a neon green eyeliner (barely used it) and a nail cuticle cream (it got old.)

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I also finished a cocoa lip balm (and another Labello) – this was the very first Body Shop product I ever received. I was 13.  A friend got it for me during a time where I was trying to break my daily habit of eating chocolate. This was her way of helping me incorporate my beloved dessert without eating it.

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And a cocoa hand cream

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I also finished one of my favourite shimmer vanilla body lotions.

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I have a few backups of this one 😉

Oh and remember when I mentioned my favourite Kiehl’s mask? That is finally empty!

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I also finished a Garnier BB Roll on concealer.

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So there you have it… the mega clean-out of my bathroom cabinet! Yes, I realise most products shouldn’t even ever be kept that long, but mind you, most of them aren’t natural and are chock full of preservatives… keeping them a bit over (or a lot over) their sell-by date won’t hurt as long as they aren’t obviously off. And in those cases I made sure to discard of them immediately.

Phew. That was a lengthy post.

Have a great Tuesday and talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Manicure Monday – It’s my Year & Teenage Dream

Happy Monday dearest beauties!

I’m keeping it short and simple today, as I still need to finish an assignment! But I am thrilled to finally be sharing a manicure with you guys! But first, let me show you the nail polishes I commented on for Madame Magazine

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Some of those were written by MOI 🙂 I am especially in love with the Louboutin polish.. sigh

So on with my manicure:

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Do you remember slightly less than a year ago I mentioned getting my nails done with friends. I also mentioned I would be purchasing that very polish by OPI immediately that evening. Well folks, let me present to you a proud acquirement to my polish-possession: It’s my Year, by OPI.

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I also varnished my second finger on the left with “Teenage Dream”, which is part of the Katy Perry collection, also by OPI, and reversed the manicure for my right hand. I guess my strain of thought during the process of doing my nails was: It took me 4 weeks to finally do this, might as well go to town and use 2 colours.

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I am in awe of both colours. They are both so sparkly. Sparkly is good, sparkly makes me happy…

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Gold, purple, pink and silver… match made in heaven

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Without a top coat, the colour has held relatively well over the course of the week, especially “It’s my year” (the purple-hued one)

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definitely a favourite – definitely a purchase I will never regret and one that is filled with memories of walks through the leaves to the beauty parlour and long talks at Slave to the Grind with a steaming mug full of pumpkin spiced coffee…. Bronxville really is a cute place to live, and I need to make sure to visit my friends at SLC sometime soon…

Memories… memories..

Anyhoo back to work! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and my favourite nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

Manicure Mondays

2 posts in one day after weeks and weeks of abandoning you beauties seems to have become a thing. Do not get accustomed to it though, because as mentioned earlier today, in two more weeks my life will start to be more organised again, which also means my blog-posting should attain more regularity. At least until school starts….

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So it’s Monday and I did my nails. I actually always do my nails, but often forget to take a picture of my manicure before it starts to chip – which is like immediately! …and being me I then get annoyed at a basically “wasted” manicure, so put off doing my nails again until the next week, where the whole cycle starts anew…

On some especially rare, productive Mondays where I have the office to myself, I use a few minutes of my lunch break to freshen up my nails and photograph them. I get all smug and feel accomplished thinking I will FINALLY get to post on time, only to notice I am in Germany which means I can’t upload the pictures until I am back at home, where more often than not, I just want to curl into bed with my laptop and post-workout protein smoothie…

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Tonight was not any different per se, but I did manage to gather all the motivational energy in me to apply another face mask. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately, read: I have wasted countless hours sitting in front of the mirror agitating my otherwise always perfect skin because I have issues and cannot stand clogged pores or zits… so I need to squeeze them all out, which generally makes skin looks worse. Multiple face masks to the rescue! I hope…

I was waiting for my mask  to dry, so I pulled up this is post and started typing away…

So let’s move on to the colour that will cause you Chills & Thrills

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I really like the deep blue of this polish. It’s very MOD, and not at all shiny, yet it isn’t matte either. Fascinating stuff going on with this varnish, my friends..

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I will never, ever, in a million years get over my love affair with Essie. Sure, Catrice might make me side-step every now and then, but after proving its amazingness time and time again, it’s going to be hard to leave it… boy am I going to miss the convenience of working at a magazine and being able to test the newest collections for free…

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It’s going to be the end of an era…

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Never doubt the power of a beautiful colour, a fun name or ergonomic brush. Nail polish can always cheer you up, is always a great present and is something I look forward to using every single “Monday”. Nothing rounds off an outfit better than manicured nails… and heels.. and a nice bag.. oh and lip gloss, don’t ever forget the lip gloss… or the winged eyeliner. EVER.

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And if you can match them all, then you really have your life together..which is also a great argument speaking for beautiful manicures 😉 Although I wonder what one could match with this striking blue…

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Which brings me to another importance of polish: Individuality, whether in colour preference, style or design. A colour can really help you express yourself, without needing to use words. Your mere manicured presence has the ability to boost your confidence (because you never have to think about how your nails look, a manicure lasts a lot longer than makeup and can help you feel put together in the morning) and is fluent in languages you aren’t even familiar with. Most people match their nails to their outfit, but why not use your polish as inspiration for makeup, jeans or lipstick? Give a girl the right shoes, and she can rule the world. Give a girl a nail polish for beautiful nails, and she will never need to give up her throne.. I hope that catches on, because I definitely believe in its truth 😉

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There are no written rules in the realm of beauty… express yourself, be true to you, and the rest will fall in to place. Do not chase an ideal you can not uphold, for that will no longer represent you. If you enjoy a colour your mom (cough cough, hint hint) despises, so what, if you like it, why not wear it, if it expresses YOU?

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all”, Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday – Tart Deco

Hello hello, did you miss me?

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I was quite busy this weekend and slept all the way from Zürich to Munich because my phone had barely any battery and I had forgotten my charger at home, so I couldn’t start drafting a post from my phone 😦 .. problems of last-minute hectic packing…But at least I got to catch up on some Z’s!

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I luckily made it onto the train with minutes to spare, and had time to pick up some food for the journey – because you all know I cannot travel without food, especially my recent favourite: cherries! Yumm

Anyhoo, I have loads to tell you about my weekend, but I’m still editing the pictures so will hopefully have that post up later today. Until then, here’s Manicure Monday (finally) 🙂

IMG_1427An ode to Essie. Their names are getting more and more creative and unique with each new collection. I could barely contain my excitement when I read this polish’s name…

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Isn’t it fun?

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The colour is pretty swell too, dontcha think? Awesome name and colour? Yup, I was sold… almost immediately.

Essie definitely has the whole summer nail polish thing down to a “t”. I love all of their pastels, corals and bright colours. They match any summer outfit, event or even mood and are perfectly long-lasting – even without a proper top coat!

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Tart Deco. Maybe I should try to do something slightly wilder with this polish, like a pattern or something, so that the manicure can live up to the polish’s name 🙂

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I am, as always, very pleased. Also, with our weather being slightly more on the rainy side, a little pop of summery coral on my nails keeps me in a good mood  when the sun fails to shine 🙂 When all else fails, nail polish (and a really nice mascara, and ohhh also a pweeeetty eyeliner) always manages to brighten my day. It’s the little things…

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Have a beautiful, hopefully non-rainy day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Powder, Perfume and Face Wash – oh my!

I finished 4 products in the last 2 weeks. Amazing I know. So not me.

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*pats self on back*

I also haven’t received any replacements from the office! Can you believe it? I actually have enough products at home to survive without acquiring more. No surprise there though, huh? I am pretty sure you could all imagine that I gather and hoard too many products at home – but I must have shocked all of you by actually, finally getting round to using them 😉

What will become of me?!

On to some very dear to me products I will definitely be missing in my quest to be more economical:

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Farewell, old trusted friend. My morning routine will not be the same without you…

I have yet to find an appropriate successor/replacement that really meets Clarins’ Energizing Cleansing Gel’s standards. Sure, it might just be the placebo effect, but I do find it has “wake-up” qualities… all of the other products I own are just plain old cleansers. siiiigh. I guess I will have to make do with just their Energizing Lotion, but I cannot guarantee not caving and buying enough to last me a lifetime when that one runs out. Oh the things I do to keep me sane 😉

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Now this I am never worried about running out of. I always have at least 4 bottles of the Body Shop’s Brazil Nut Body Mist (it is my (inexpensive) signature scent after all). I keep one at the office, one in my room in Munich, one in my purse and one in Zürich. Oh actually I have (after finishing this bottle “had”) 6: I have backups stored away at home too.

Moving on..

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I have finally finished a compact powder! Those things never seem to end. And if I am brutally honest I doubt I would’ve ever finished it if I hadn’t been super clumsy (as always) and dropped the whole entire thing on to marble floors… leaving a crumbly, powdery mess and a few salvaged pieces of the (partially used) pressed powder. Maybe it’s time to invest in loose powder? Maybe then an (unavoidable) drop would mean fewer “casualties”?

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I actually bought this powder to use underneath my eyes to help seal concealer, but when I moved to Munich, I started using it over my BB Cream on my face as well for a little extra coverage, you know, multi-purposing and all that jazz, so that I could travel “light” and avoid bringing a foundation (which I ended up doing anyways) and my precious Météorites Powder (got one from the office…). I guess that was the advantage of them not having a small size available… you see I originally started using powder over concealer when I bought Bobbi Brown‘s Creamy Conealer Kit. Being the conceal-a-holic that I am, I frequently mixed and matched the various concealers from my collection in an act to try to use them up, but always finished off the look with a pat of powder from this kit. I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Zürich to buy a replacement powder, but that small size only existed as part of the kit, ergo I bought the larger size…

The colour really matched my skin perfectly, but I will wait to buy another one. I still have a few unopened compact powders to use up and have also started to drift away from the use of powder for a more natural, less cakey look anyways… let’s see what make-up path this one finished product will lead me on .

And finally:

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Another oldie but goodie… Clarins Gel Contour des Yeux. This is my second or third bottle that I have finished since my best friend took me to get my skin evaluated at the Clarins counter 3 years ago and if I didn’t already have a few other eye creams to use up at home, I would go ahead and buy another!

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Do you have favourite products you can’t live without and thus stock up on them? Or do you switch up the products frequently?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo