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

 

 

 

Swirled Raspberry Chia Almond Overnight Oats

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On Wednesdays Tuesdays we wear eat pink (oatmeal)…

IMG_1631For some reason I am always craving food as soon as the clock strikes 5 – especially when I am at my desk at work. I don’t really understand why my body decides that 5 pm is prime time for a nutritious meal, because we generally eat lunch here around 1 and I almost always need have some kind of snack (fruit) 2-3 hours after that… but the body wants what it wants… and it seems to want to eat dinner at 5 right now (I call it dinner as I don’t really eat much after the gym)

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Which is actually quite smart of my body, as I generally try to eat a nutrition-dense snack 1-2 hours before my workout (which is super strenuous most Tuesdays)

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After plenty of experimenting last year, I have learned that I do quite well with the oatmeal/nut butter/fruit combo before an intense cardio session, mainly because it isn’t as voluminous a snack as say bananas and nut butter (Yes, sometimes I need more than 1 banana as it doesn’t really satiate me at all anymore, even with a few hard-boiled eggs on the side).

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Another great thing about oatmeal as a snack is that it slowly releases energy, which really keeps me going during the 2 hours. Sports suppresses my hunger, so the idea of needing to eat during a workout makes me slightly queasy…. as do 2 bananas and nut butter before a workout but I will just have to deal with that today…(I kind of didn’t make oatmeal for today’s snack because I ran out of nut butter at the apartment and hadn’t brought more for my last week here)

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This was my first time experimenting with frozen berries – and it was purely because I had frozen berries to use up in the freezer as I will be moving back to Zürich this weekend! The resulting overnight oats were delicious, so I will definitely be incorporating frozen berries more often… or frozen banana, as I think I might still have some lurking in my freezer (I’ve gone off my protein smoothie habit in Munich as the vegan powders I used to love don’t fill me up enough anymore.. it’s a really weird development but I seem to be craving more whey powder and fish with all the extra sports I’ve been doing, thus haven’t been needing the frozen bananas much!)

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I kinda sorta love the fact that these oats are PINK…don’t you?

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Swirled Raspberry Chia Almond Overnight Oats

(serves 1)

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • enough almond milk to mix
  • as many frozen raspberries as will fit

Directions:

  1. Place all your ingredients into a container (I used an old nut butter jar – I’ve become a MEGA fan of re-purposing jars) and shake it like crazy. (I added my berries after shaking because they weren’t thawed)
  2. Place in jar overnight
  3. Stir to swirl the oats with the (now melting) raspberries on top
  4. Enjoy!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure (Monday) Sunday – I’m Back!

Helloooooooooooooo blog world. How have you been?? Sorry to have gone MIA these last 2 weeks without a proper goodbye (or maybe my rant was a sign of being burnt out?). I was on holiday (yaay) and my absolute favourite island seemed to have trouble with WIFI everywhere (not so yay) #truestory…

Honestly I was doing pretty well with no internet until my phone magically connected to the non-working WIFI in our house, received a few messages, but then proceeded to not load anymore, leaving me frustrated and longing for 3G. This pretty much happened throughout the island until our last night, where we were at a restaurant with working WIFI…. which meant I only put my phone away to eat my meal… talk about father-daughter bonding (he was on his phone too) “virtual dinner”?

But still, no internet does not forgive my absence from you wonderful people. And then I came back to a short workweek (I had Thursday and Friday off for a pretty spectacular reason 😉 ), and to Germany winning the World Cup (i.e. plenty of late nights) so had LOADS of work to catch up on before heading back home to ZH…I should’ve sent a smoke signal or something to let you know I hadn’t forgotten about you… but I’ll make it up to you by bringing some sunshine and showing you pictures from our stay on the island and of life lately.

But more about that later. Manicure Monday Sunday is long overdue, so my holiday recap can wait – for now

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Deborah Lippmann 

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I’ve only tested two of her nail polishes so far, and find them to be of great quality: Highly pigmented, long-lasting and shiny even without a top coat.

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Overall more than satisfactory. If only the brush were a bit more like that of Dior’s, then it would be a done deal. But that stands for most nail polishes that aren’t made by that house of couture 😉 (Cause we all know ESSIE could use a different brush too…)

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I also quite liked the colour “Break 4 Love”. I mean.. it matches my protein smoothie

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And I would totally break 4 love.. plus I LUUUURV my boyfriend/car

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So overall the nail polish suits me in many different ways possible. Win/Win 😉

Now to keep you guys reading (I have a waterfall of thoughts on life, photos and random quirkiness coming your way), here is a teaser on what is yet to come:

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IMG_2273Wishing you a great Sunday 🙂 I’m off to my favourite BodyPump class (another thing I will be posting about ASAP)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Marvelous in my Monday

This post is long overdue. It took me a while to reemerge from the rabbit hole

I mentioned here a while ago that I had met Johnny Depp…

I think it is time to clear the air and tell you about my marvelous weekend:

 

First things first: I sadly did not actually hang out with Johnny Depp. My dad may have some cool friends, but he hasn’t ventured into befriending members of the Hollywood territory (just yet).

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The Mad Hatter

So if this isn’t Johnny Depp, who is it?

Well, my dad and his fiancé hosted an Alice in Wonderland themed costume party a few Saturdays ago. Everyone put some effort into dressing up as either Alice, the Queen of Hearts or the Mad Hatter (Sadly didn’t see any caterpillars). This gentleman put in slightly more effort than others, with an outfit so lifelike he could’ve just walked right off the set of Tim Burton’s movie.

I was also very excited to spot a couple dressed as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumm 🙂

I went as the Cheshire Cat, and luckily for me, my idea remained unique.

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I found my outfit online and was slightly worried it would look a tad bit too “unappropriate”. Thankfully it was actually a cute dress with accents of the original Cheshire Cat colours (pink and purple). Wanting to also incorporate the newer version of the cat (blue), I decided to wear my favourite heels and blue cat contact lenses.

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My makeup was also matching: pink eyeshadow with purple eyeliner on one side, purple eyeshadow with purple eyeliner on the other and lots and lots of Givenchy Noir Couture purple velvet mascara – I was happy to finally have an occasion to purely use coloured mascara and see what it looks like (I normally do a mix of black and colour for an extra pop). I also wore purple-pink-ish lipstick.

 

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My dad went as the Mad Hatter

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Wonderland Selfie

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My best friend also made an appearance.. as Alice 🙂

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Jumping for joy.

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And boogying all night!

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Aint no party like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 😉

We all had a marvelous time!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday – Wonderland

A few days ago, my father sent an email out inviting friends and family to an Alice in Wonderland themed costume party. I immediately started weighing my options as to who I should go as… The Queen of Hearts? Well, I only found inappropriately skimpy pin-up costumes… The Cheshire Cat? Could be awesome, but only found a pyjama onesie.. The White Rabbit? Could also appear slightly too “tarty” if not done right … Alice? Nope, too plain..

I think I might just go as Tweedle Dee and hope my best friend will tag along as Tweedle Dum.. or I’ll go as the “Eat Me Cookie” or a playing card. Ideas, Ideas…

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Sarah Lawrence College, Alice in Wonderland themed party

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With the search for the perfect costume leaving me slightly frustrated, I turned to the makeup cupboard at work looking for inspiration. Lo and behold, guess what nail polish name caught my eye…

IMG_1497It’s becoming Spring’s theme..

IMG_1498I am in love with this nail polish, as mentioned here. The brush is thick and wide, which ensures a perfect and even application. The colour is bright and highly pigmented, and it shines and glistens even without a top coat..

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IMG_1503My nails have vanished down the rabbit hole and entered wonderland 😉

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IMG_1508Have a happy Monday, loves!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Obsession Alert!

IMG_0104This is me. I own nearly 5 shades of coral. (Source: Pinterest)

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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