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

 

 

 

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

 

Friday – I’m in Love

…ehhhr well not exactly. But I am in LUUURV with this Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-up Remover.

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So much so that I already stocked up on a few more bottles!

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I read about The Body Shop’s Camomile line a while back and about the benefits of using cleansing oil in your beauty routine, so when I went to pick up their Camomile Cleansing Oil (as promised here, review coming when emptied!), a bottle of this make-up remover “happened” to find its way to the till too… funny how that happens 😉

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I have tested quite a few waterproof removers, and all have had similar results: Most of my (liberally-applied, extreme-volume) mascara still stays put, and I tend to keep on dabbing at my eyes until they become all red and irritated. This may or may not be the reason I “forget” to remove my mascara at night when I want to look flawless the next day – with dry and crumbly day old “extra-oomph” eyelashes. #Iwokeuplikethis

And yes *gasp* I will form premature wrinkles by not removing my makeup. Don’t lecture me. I have already traumatized myself enough and check my skin obsessively. I barely ever wear mascara and the whole not-removing process is thankfully not too frequent….

But again, I digress. Why do I talk/type so much?!

Anyhoo I’m not going to lie and say this makeup remover is better than all others – it’s not. But I do feel that it is slightly more gentle. It is part of the camomile line after all.  Also, I learned a valuable trick all those years ago when I went to Clarins for my first products: It is a good idea to soak a cotton pad in remover before pressing it gently on to the eye for a few minutes. This ensures that most of your eye-makeup gets soaked up and you can avoid the “irritated red skin” that I know all too well. Patience is key my friends.. something I have yet to learn.. cue still frequent occurences of red, blotchy skin. #Iwillneverlearn

I paired this trick with The Body Shop’s Make-up Remover and used the cleansing oil for my face and any leftover eye make-up. I found the combo to work quite well and it is slowly becoming my new – post dance-party – routine 🙂 As mentioned earlier, I have already stocked up on more, so I think the Camomile Waterproof Make-up Remover will be sticking around for a little… it has stolen my heart, not just on Fridays 😉

Complete the removal process with a serum and some eye cream and you are good to go (to bed). Again, an update on my evening routine is in the making, so stay tuned!

Do you have a favourite eye make-up remover? 

TGIF guys 😀 I’m going home for the weekend and cannot wait to be back in my “hood”.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

It’s nearly Halloween!

I wish I could lie and tell you that the only reason I am wearing a shiny coat of yellowy-green, puke-colored shiny polish on my nails was in honour of Halloween on Thursday. I wish I could lie and tell you I am not enjoying the metallic colour shimmering when the light hits it. I also wish I could lie and tell you I was doing something cool and fun like testing out ghostly make-up for Thursday and not just wearing a face mask while typing up this post and procrastinating the terribly overdue lecture of Frankenstein..

Photo on 29-10-13 at 21.10But alas, with my infrequent use of actual make up to cover up any imperfections on my face, I have to take even more care of my skin – hence the oatmeal mask. With daily dance and frequent visits to the gym, I basically walk around in a sports bra, Uggs, sweatpants and a loose shirt every single day, living on the bare minimum of 6 hours a sleep a night (due to studies and not because I was up watching Sex and the City while munching on Gluten Free Cookies or doing laundry at 2 am..)

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At the Gym

I am still using all the non make-up products I mentioned here and here, but since I am nearly out of the Clarins ones, I’m hoping to find a good alternative to test out and keep my skin looking young and fresh. I’ll probably be trekking to my makeup and skin care mecca (otherwise known as Sephora) sometime soon to find something fun. Any recommendations?

Anyhow, let’s look at the manicure I technically applied on Monday but was too caught up in reading Keats (ha I wish!) that I didn’t manage to post about it..

20131029_203720It’s a OPI for SEPHORA brand and it’s called S-age is just a number! It is part of the Spice Market collection that was on sale for a while. It’s a miniature polish and dried very quickly. Also, because it is a SEPHORA brand and not purely OPI it is much more affordable (Especially on sale ;)).

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20131029_202954Please excuse the out of focus pictures. My phone charger spontaneously decides to not work on a now daily basis and I am left with no other option than to take pictures with my laptop’s PhotoBooth..

The polish really matches the whole Halloweeny/Fall/October-soon-November theme 🙂

20131029_203008With attitude and ghoul-y nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

Obsession Alert!

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Source: Pinterest

This is also me. But seriously, those people are CREATIVE and I would be proud to have thought of a super-awesome nail polish name 🙂

In other news…

I’m currently super crushing on this lip stick:

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IMG_0117I’ve never been a red anything kinda girl. I think there is a time and a place for red lips and nails and that has definitely not yet arrived for me just yet. I feel like pink is more age appropriate, I feel less grown up with sparkly Barbie colours…

This lipstick got me to change me mind. The outside is chapsticky and the inside is a lipstick. Purely the aesthetics of how it is designed drove me to purchasing this lipstick. It was love at first sight! Application is smooth and doesn’t feel dry like many lipsticks have in the past (I rarely use lipstick anyways..lip gloss olé!) and works as a balm, while being glossy as well. Clarins did a good job on this summer special! It’s definitely got me to rock the va-va-voom look and put down the pink 😉

..except for this pink:

IMG_0118It’s a sparkly almost nude/pink-hued balm that I use throughout the day. It’s great combined with a barely made-up face as it really underlines the whole “nude and natural” look. I carry Bebe’s chapstick with me wherever I go.

Moving on; I finally bought new earrings!

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Dangly earrings.

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IMG_0109I love dangly earrings in the summer and can’t wait to show them round town 🙂

I also bring to you a cuteness update from my dogs. They haven’t been mentioned on the blog for a while and have been missing the spotlight 😉

IMG_0108I am taking them on long walks through the forest now that I am on holiday. It is scorching and humid here so miss Bala never passed up a chance to jump into the river…

IMG_0105The three of us really love our walks in the fresh, summer air.. but they also enjoy their afternoon naps immediately after..

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IMG_0098With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xox