Thursday, 22 December 2016

My Christmas Make-Up

Since Christmas is always very fancy in our house, I also make sure my outfit and make-up look pretty. And since I wear the same make-up every day, it's quite hard for me to go for something else ( mainly cause I suck at everything else that is not mascara and eyeliner).

When I got my early Christmas gift from Eryk two years ago, which was the Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette, it made things a bit easier.

My Christmas make-up this year will look like this:


I think it is not overly different. It looks quite delicate, yet pretty enough to wear on a special day.

I'll quickly talk you through all the products I've used, so you can recreate this look if you want, or get some of the products in case you liked them.

Starting off with the base...
My make-up base is always the same, except for the powder that I sometimes have to switch because of a tan or fading tan etc.
First step is of course concealer. Back in the UK I always used the Collection concealer, which is the best, but here I had to find something else that would be good enough to cover my undereye circles. I read many good reviews on the Catrice Liquid Camouflage ones, so I now repurchase them all the time. They are pretty good, have a very light weight consistency and are not sold out all the time ( like the Collection one).
I always get shade 010 Porcelain for the eyes and 020 Light Beige for any spots.
Then I go over to some powder. I usually use my Bourjois Healthy Balance one, but recently I went for a slightly darker one from Astor, the Mattitude Powder in 005 Beige. It is quite alright, but nothing compared to my favourite Bourjois one.
Next step is bronzer of course. My face always stays pale, even in summer, so I have to use quite an amount of bronzer to look healthier. My favourite one by far is the Delice de Poudre by Bourjois in shade 52. I've had it for ages and I will definitely get a new one too.

Next up: blush und highlighter


I recently got the beautiful Artdeco Crystal Garden Blusher, which has some tiny Swarovski crystals on the lid and it just looks so pretty. It is a combination of 3 different pink colours that create that perfect blush and glow for any skin type I think. It is not too pink, which I thought at first, so I really like using it.
And when my base is nearly done, I use some highlighter from the brand Wibo. It's a Polish drugstore brand that somehow got quite good over the last years and everyone is hyping this highlighter. It comes in a pretty, delicate champagne colour. It gives you a beautiful shine and I just love using it on a daily basis.

Next step: eyes



First, I used the Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette, which has 5 gorgeous rose-gold, copper and brown shades that suit my complexion the most in my opinion. I don't use it too often like I said before, but I love it for special occasions. These shadows only come in this palette and the ones I used are called: Dive, Fix and Resist. ( The first 3 ones from the left)


Then I went for some sparkly purple eyeliner underneath my lower lashline, to add the whole look a little pop of colour.  The eyeliner is from Avon and it's the glimmerstick diamonds eyeliner in shade sugar plum ( I also have a black sparkly one, but this time I went for purple)
And of course the eye look wouldn't be finished with a delicate, black winged eyeliner. I think it just gives my eye so much definition and it kind of makes it more awake. I used the Clarins Instant liner in the shade 01 black, which is a liquid liner with a felt tip, that I normally never use, but this one just has such a great pigmentation and it's easier to use on top of eyeshadow than a gel liner.


And finally, my favourite drugstore mascara, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycraflex one, which makes my lashes really long and keeps them up throughout the whole day. From all the mascaras I've tried, this one works the best for me ( apart from Rollerlash and Perversion)


To finish this festive look off, I am going for a bold red lip. This Mac Viva Glam lipstick is such a beautiful dark red colour and it's perfect for autumn and winter, plus it stays on for absolute ages too!

Hope you liked this festive make-up look! :)

Today I am finally off to Poland and I want to upload one more post on Christmas Eve, so we'll see how that goes with the whole preparation stress! :)

Anyways, I wish you all a merry Christmas! <3

-Olivia

~23.12.2016~

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Winter Skincare (Ziaja, Kiehl's, Treacle Moon, Le Petit Marseillais)

Today I decided it was time again for a more beauty related post, so I thought talking about winter skincare might be interesting to some of you.
First, I have to say that I am a VERY lazy person when it comes to using skincare regularly, and what is also important is that due to my Psoriasis, my skin gets really dry over a few weeks every winter and summer. This gets really annoying because when I take off my jeans at the end of the day, they will be covered with white, dead skin cells on the inside. This is exactly what happens when you have Psoriasis, your skin regenerates much, much faster than it should and as a result your skin always seems dry and needs proper skincare to stay smooth and silky.
Of course, you should also keep your skin moistured even if you don't have any skin issues!


I picked a product for showering, moisturising my body, hands and face, so let's check out the products!



The first product I wanted to quickly talk about is a shower gel from Le Petit Marseillais and I always get this brand from Poland from the German drugstore Rossmann, which means that probably you can also get it in Germany, though not in Austria. I don't think UK has them either.
Le Petit Marseillais has a few scent ranges and I already spoke about it a few times on my blog because I just really love their shower gels. I always get the regular ones that come in that boxy shaped bottle, but last time when I was in Poland I went for this slightly fancier shower gel that contains hazelnut oil and royal jelly. Now, you will probably know that royal jelly is really good for your skin, so I just had to try it out. It is also not really a shower gel, but more of a shower oil, though it does not have a greasy consistency or anything. However, you can tell it hydrates your skin better and a little goes a long way. I am not too keen on the smell, because when it comes to skincare I always have to see if I like the smell. I am not saying this shower oil smells bad, but to me it just has more of a standard creamy-like scent that is not overly special. Still, it is a great product that is really affordable.



After taking a shower I do force myself to moisturise as often as possible, but I really hate waiting for creams to soak in. Now, a few days ago I received this body lotion from Ziaja that comes in a spray and this is pretty much life changing. The application is so easy, the lotion is really light weight and it soaks into your skin within seconds, so that you can get dressed immediately after applying it. It has a delicate, refreshing cucumber and mint scent and is suitable for all skin types. 
Read more about this skincare range HERE!


Face moisturisers are always so annoying to me and I hardly ever use them, but now that my skin is literally flaking off I just have to moisture every morning and night. In the mornings I usually use this ultra fracial cream by Kiehl's, which has a very light weight consistency too, so you really need just a tiny amount of it to hydrate your whole face. After a few seconds you can start applying your make-up and your skin will just feel much more relaxed and it will also look much better. 
I really like the design of this product because it is very simple and it also looks really fancy, but I don't like the smell at all. I remember a lipbalm from Blistex that I bought years ago and it said it had no scent but in reality it had this exact smell and I think that it smells of chestnuts?! I don't even know if this is what chestnuts smell but for years I always had this impression and I really can't stand this smell. This is also why I only use this cream before putting on my make-up and never before bed time, because then I'd have to smell it until I fall asleep. It is very good though, just the smell doesn't impress me.



And also very important: hand cream. Again, I have never been the person that would use hand creams, but over the last few years, since I started working, I realised how dry my hands are and that they feel really rough. Very often the skin on my knuckles cracks open and then it hurts quite a lot. Also, due to the ice cold temperatures that we have now, my hands are a nightmare. For this reason I always keep this tiny hand cream from treaclemoon in my handbag and try to use it on my breaks and whenever I feel like I really have terribly dry hands already.
The hand cream smells of coconut but it also comes in three different scents and I just couldn't decide. And for some reason I now feel like the three other scents are much better than this one because they are fruity and fresh, whereas this one is quite a heavy one, that I don't always like. Still, it's not too bad and it has a cool monochrome look. I totally need to get a new one after using up this cream because they are just so practical! The cream comes in a 75ml container and it really fits into every handbag or beauty bag.

Those are my life savers at the moment, when the days are grey and ice cold. Do you have any good skincare products? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

-Olivia

~22.12.2016~

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

What I Like About Christmas

I seriously can't believe that Christmas Eve is already in three days! Due to work and uni, the time went by so quickly that I didn't even realise that the year is coming to an end, and therefore, Christmas is just around the corner too.

I am usually the person, who will always choose summer over winter, but then again, I really love Christmas. I love Christmas because of the way we celebrate it in Poland, I think it's quite special and magical.

Every year we go to Poland, to spend the Christmas holidays with my whole family, and also this year we're going, except that we only have three days off this time. Still, I'm sure we will enjoy it and have a great time.


There are so many things I like about Christmas....

I do hate the cold for sure, but running back home to get a hot cup of delicious Earl Grey tea with that zingy lemon taste in it is priceless to me. Like I said once: tea is life. In summer you can't drink too much hot tea, so the cold season is actually made for tea I guess.

Snow on Christmas Eve became a distant memory by now, because over the last few years we never had any snow in Poland during Christmas and we secretly always hope for it because it would make it even more special and beautiful. And yes, I usually also do hate snow ( because, like yesterday, when it was snowing here in Vienna, it was freezing cold, the snow was coming from every possible direction and it really was no fun to me), but on those few days when I can stay at home in the cosy, christmassy atmosphere, I really do find it acceptable and adequate I'd say. For some reason, the seasons have shifted a lot and now every time we spend Easter in Poland, it's snowing every year, but never on Christmas.

Shopping gifts and wrapping them all up is quite a difficult task when you have a rather big family, but it is somehow quite fun to me, if  I obviously plan everything in advance, and don't struggle with time, like I did this year. I still managed to get all gifts and I hope everyone will like them, and I am also really excited for my gifts already, because I always have an idea of what I might get, but I never know everything.
I like wrapping up gifts with a nice cup of tea and good music, a cosy outfit and just a whole, lazy day. I feel like then you really get to feel that Christmas is SO soon!


The streets during Christmas time are always so busy here in Vienna because of all the amazing Christmas markets and tourists, but when we go to Poland, to the countrysite, it's just so quiet and peaceful. I love it when it's really quiet outside in the evening when we all "wait" for Santa and the kids get all excited and we go out in the freezing cold to "look" for Santa and the streets are so quiet, with nobody around- I think it is so relaxing and it adds some magic to Christmas too.

And of course- the food. I always plan on loosing one or two kilograms before Christmas so that by the time it's Christmas and we get all the delicious food, I can actually eat it all without gaining too much weight, but I am never that successful and then towards the end of the festive season I feel like I'm about to explode and my stomach will surely die. We always have loads to eat and everybody eats until they can't anymore and then all of us lay on my aunt's huge sofa and we just watch movies and talk and relax until we go back to eating again. Does that not sound great?


What do you like about Christmas???

-Olivia

~21.12.2016~




Christmas Baking

Every year around the second week of December, my mum and I start baking all the Christmas biscuits, and since we always bring them to Poland for Christmas, we actually have to prepare a lot of them.
I am pretty sure in Poland you usually only bake gingerbread biscuits and decorate them, whereas in Austria, you get a huge selection of delicious biscuits. There is a great choice for everyone!
My mum and I always bake the famous "Vanillekipferl" and "Linzeraugen", which are filled with apricot jam, or sometimes with a different kind too. These are actually my favourite ones, and I think that most of the younger people in my family prefer those, while the "older" ones like the Vanillekipferl best.
Of course you can buy ready baked and decorated Christmas biscuits in every shop at this time of the year, but to me baking them is also a very important part of the Christmas tradition.
I love it when you sit in the kitchen on a gloomy, snowy ( or rainy day like today) and all you do is bake biscuits all day long. The delicious smell of vanilla and cinnamon fills the house and that very moment really feels like Christmas is close.


I was looking back on what I did exactly two years ago, and at that time I was in Scotland, I didn't have my mum around, I had to do everything on my own, the shopping, the laundry, cooking, paper work, and when Christmas was close, I also had to bake all on my own. I remember the gingerbread men I was baking, with a nice candle on the counter top, some nice music and the smell of oranges and cloves filled the air. You can go and check it out here. It was a different kind of Christmas time for me because all I had was Eryk and Maya really, but on Christmas eve and the following festive days I was reunited with my family and I think being with your loved ones on Christmas is the most important thing. And of course, my mum baked the delicious biscuits again, which this time tasted even better to me.


Even though we were now baking for a few hours, and a few days ago too, shortly before Christmas we will also bake a few cakes, and then again I will enjoy the baking time with my mum. 

Are you baking Christmas biscuits too? If yes, let me know which ones you like best!

-Olivia

~20.12.2016~


Monday, 19 December 2016

My Christmas Wishlist 2016

The last week before Christmas just began and now it is really just around the corner.
And if I'm honest, I still don't quite now what I'd like to get this year. However, I came up with a few ideas that would make great gifts for me, so let's have a look!



1. Moschino - Chic Petals perfume
Before I first discovered this perfume, I was totally in love with Escada's Cherry in the air and when they discontinued it my heart pretty much broke. It took me some time to find another perfume that I'd like just as much, and it's the Chic petals perfume by Moschino.
It smells very glamourous, though still pretty sweet, which I really like. I have already been asked SO many times what perfume I'm using and I am still surprised every time I hear that question.
It is obviously not a regular drug store perfume, so it's a teeny tiny bit more pricey, however, it's very intense and lasts for ages! ( I got my last one in April and I will still have it probably throughout the whole month of January!)

2. Woodwick Candle
A few years ago I already got a Woodwick candle for Christmas and to me they are just the best candles ever! They come in so many scent varieties, sizes and shapes that it's really difficult to just pick one at a time. But the best thing about them is that they make a cracking noise when they are burning and they sound like a fireplace. So they are definitely not just any regular candles, they are pretty cool! I have to say though that not everybody likes them as much as me, for example Eryk is always freaking out a bit cause he has the feeling that something is on fire. :D

3. Casio Watch
I have never been a watch person and I only got myself a watch for the first time when I passed my finals. Before that I only got one watch gifted when I was around 10 or so I think. It was from the brand STAMPS and it looked really cool but it's just too bulky for my wrist. So when I was looking for the perfect watch two years ago I chose a Swatch with a long strap that you wrap around your wrist twice. I like it a lot but the battery died and for some reason I am too lazy to go and get it exchanged. Still, I do need a watch at work and uni too so I decided to get my hands on a retro Casio watch that somehow everyone seems to like at this moment.
The reason why I want exactly this model is because of the digital display. Normal watches take me quite a while to figure out what time it is, so this one would be just perfect.

4. Bourjois Bronzer
If any of you had one of those, you will know that they last for years! I've had mine for nearly 3 years now and only a few months back I hit the pan. It's now getting more and more difficult to use it, but it will still last me for probably half a year or longer. Still, I want a new one, just in case they decide to discontinue it for some reason ( like the Escada perfume, or Bourjois in general in Austria).
For many people the bronzer seems to be too orange but with my complexion it works great, especially in summer or with foundation. I have to be honest and say that I tend to use quite a lot of bronzer for my contour because without it I feel like a potato face.

5. Tangle Teezer
I bought my Tangle Teezer two years ago just after Christmas and I immediately realised what a difference it makes. My mum always spent ages on detangling my thick hair ( it used to be much thicker than it is now), and I wish we had a Tangle Teezer back then because it would save us a lot of time, energy and hair. I can't use any other hair brush anymore and I really recommend a Tangle Teezer for all the girls who have the same problem as me. I have to brush my hair so many times throughout the day so that it stays pretty, and thanks to the Tangle Teezer I am done within a few seconds.
The problem is that when I blow dry my hair, I always use the tanngle teezer to brush through my hair and due to the heat the bristles melted a bit and they are not so straight anymore. I also dropped it quite a few times and it's now falling apart in two pieces so often and that's really annoying. This definitely calls for a new one!

Let me know what you're wishing/ hoping for this year!
-Olivia

~19.12.2016~

Thursday, 15 December 2016

NEW Ziaja Cucumber Mint Range

Hello everyone!
Today I didn't really plan on blogging because initially I had no time for it but since I'm poorly at home and just received a surprise Christmas parcel from Ziaja Austria, I had to blog about it straight away!


The parcel contained a new range of skincare products for the face as well as the body, plus a pretty wax melt burner and a matching mint wax from Kringle. So cool!
The best thing about this cucumber mint range is that it's suitable for all skin types! So, if you're not 100% sure about your skin type or want to gift some skincare products to someone but you don't know their skin type either- this is a great range!
It is available right now online for Austria in the ziajashop !
In my parcel I received the cucumber mint body lotion, a micellar gel and a face cream.



The Cucumber mint body lotion comes in a 200ml bottle and it actually comes in the form of a lightweight spray, which I find very cool and handy. 
After spraying the lotion onto your skin, all you have to do is gently massage it in and it soaks into your skin straight away. I love lotions that only take seconds to apply and that don't need ages to dry - so this is definitely going to be a new favourite for me!
The spray lotion contains lactobiotic acid, reduces roughness and soothes irritations, apart from hydrating your skin very well. And only a few days ago I've been complaining about how terribly my skin got this winter again. I am literally flaking and I really hope this lotion will solve my problem within a few days.

The second product is a cucumber mint micellar gel, which again sounds very interesting and innovative to me. I have never heard of a micellar gel before so I am very curious about it and can't wait to give it a try.
It comes in a 200ml bottle with a pump, and pumps are always great because they make everything much easier- it doesn't get messy, you won't spill any product etc.
This micellar gel also contains the lactobiotic acid, it effectively cleanses any skin type and smooths the skin. 
When you apply it to your skin it creates a soft foam and then leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. Once you're done, just rinse the excess off with some lukewarm water and you're ready to go to bed, or start applying your make-up, or just ready to go without having to do anything after that.



And finally, we have a cucumber mint face cream, which is moisturising as well as soothing various irritations, of course again suitable for all skin types. 
It also smooths your skin and provides with enough elasticity.
Thanks to the fresh and delicate smell, this cream will wake you up every morning and keep your skin hydrated all day long.



I wanted to thank Ziaja Österreich once more for this cute Christmas gift- I definitely love it already!

Let me know if you're excited about this range or if you maybe already managed to try it out!

-Olivia

~15.12.2016~

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

All The Stress Before Christmas

It's such a shame that the time before Christmas always seems to be so, so stressful. And therefore the days go by so quickly that you still don't get to do everything you are supposed to do.
For example, I had loads of assingments to do that are due in two days and I'm working every day that I'm not spending at uni. I still have some uni work to do, I didn't get all the Christmas shopping done yet and due to all the busy days I didn't even have the chance yet to go to a Christmas market, I didn't decorate my flat at all and it doesn't feel very festive yet I think.
I will still be busy right up to Christmas, but I hope that I will ecentually get into that Christmas spirit too!

A few days ago I was thinking of blogging over the last five to six days before Christmas because seeing everyone do Vlogmas, I am kind of sad that I don't even manage to post twice a week anymore, yet alone vlog every day.
Hopefully my 5 days of "blogmas" will be chilled out and full of that festive feeling. :)


So stay tuned, because on Sunday we start! Also if you have an idea of what I could blog about, feel free to let me know in the comments! :) 

-Olivia

~13.11.2016~