May 1, 2017

April Update

April is gone and it is time for a new update.
But I don't have much time currently. New semester at university started for me and is filled with a lot of work and time needed. Also april is the month with most activity at the music society I'm in, so no weekends either. And the little spare time I have I use for my bachelor thesis, which I just started in april.

If you are curious about my skincare routines, they basically stayed the same. I only changed the sunscreen to a physical one, as my skin seemed to suddenly get irritations from the Uncover Skincare Suncare. This is also except for a backup cleanser the only item I bought this month:
It's the Sunumbra Sunkids SPF 40. Zinc oxide is a very good UVA and UVB filter. This sunscreen is not perfect, but the best physical I had so far.
You can check out the routines I posted in my March Update here.

My current "time problem" sadly also means I find almost no time for DIYs. Though I already pulled out two old shirts from my stash for nice refashionings, I do not know when I can change them.

This also means I do not know how regular I can post for the next weeks. All the posts I saved are used up now ;-)

In a month I have a few free weeks coming up, so don't forget me!

Love, Minn

April 25, 2017

Refashioning: Knit dress goes asymmetrical

Before Refashioning

So I had this knit dress. As most of my refashioning items this too is very old, I guess I bought it about 5 or 6 years ago. Loved wearing it to work with tights and nice boots or heels, but since I started studying I never wore it again. I realized I hate the collar. It feels like a turtleneck and I didn't like the look of it. 

Detailled view of the collar

It was on my refashioning stash for quite some time and I looked at it very often but never saw what I wanted to change. Last week I tried again and finally got some thoughts of what it should become.

First I removed the small belt loops it had at the sides waist high. I didn't need them anymore.

The belt loops I removed 

This was the easy part, haha. 
I quickly decided I just want a normal round collar. So I only had to tuck the fabric into the hole for the head and pin it, followed then by the hard part: the sewing. 

This is what the new collar should look like

Have you sewn a knit fabric? I haven't, all my experience in sewing was with woven fabrics. Until this delightful project came up. Now I have a normal sewing machine, I have needles with rounded tips, I even have a twin needle. I don't have a serger and no walking foot. Those would be helpful when sewing knits but no, I did not want to order them now and have to wait for the delivery. 
To be honest, at first I thought "Oh why should there be a problem with knits?" and just started sewing with my jersey needle and a zigzag-stitch. Imagine the outcome? The whole collar was totally stretched out, it looked horrible. This fabric obviously didn't like it. 

So I cut off a small piece of the big collar to try out different stitches. With jersey needle I tried straight, stretch and zigzag-stitch. None of them worked. Then I switched to twin needle. Zigzag didn't work, stretch stitch did stretch it out a little, way less then the other stitches, but still noticeable. The straight stitch with the twin needle miraculously worked! No stretch at all! 

The result of the new collar

Then I tried it on, loved the new collar and started to think about the rest. Let it stay as a dress? No. Make a normal sweater? Looked too boring. Hmm... I decided to browse a bit through Pinterest and my collected refashioning ideas there. An idea was found: it's going to be asymmetrical!

Put the dress on, draw a line with chalk, cut and sew - yes it really was that easy. As it was going to be asymmetrical, there is no need to care if it is straight or whatever.

The new asymmetrical hemline

At this point, not enough was done for me, so a pocket needed to be created. Very simple, almost no effort, just draw it with chalk, cut it from the leftover bottom and sew it on.

The pocket

Now it was finished! If you noticed, I used two different blues on my twin needle. I think it took me about 3 or 4 hours for everything, including the streched hems I had to remove and all the thinking and looking for ideas.
By the way, to all those who have a problem with it: Sorry for all the lint and cat hair.


And this is what it looks like paired with normal jeans:

Related posts:

Oh la la that décolleté! 

Refashioning a boring shirt

Neckline, the second, but different

April 20, 2017

Review: Anthyllis Anti-Aging Cream

Review Anthyllis Anti-Aging Cream with Retinyl AcetateReview Anthyllis Anti-Aging Cream with Retinyl Acetat

Ingredients (INCI): 

Aqua (Water), Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Oil*, Coco-Caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Wheat Bran*, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Bisabolol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Panthenol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Resveratrol, Cetyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Casein, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Extract*, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance), Lactic Acid.
* certified organic

Price: €9,99 / 50 ml at ECCO Verde

Claims: Antioxidant protection, Hydrates, Reduces wrinkles, Tonic & firming

Claims achievable? Contains many antioxidants (Grape Extract, Vit C and E,...) which would make it good for use at morning. Hydration is also a clear yes. Not so the last two points. Hydration can reduce wrinkles for short time, if those wrinkles are caused by dryness. Wrinkles from aging could be reduced by retinoids, which retinyl acetate belongs to. But the company doesn't tell how much of it is in there. Also retinyl acetate is one of the weakest retinoids and probably has very little or no effect. 

My opinion: 
For me it smells strange, not in a good way. I don't know why they had to add fragrance and then it doesn't even smell good. 
It's a thin cream, feels more like a thick serum, but it leaves a film on my oily skin, kind of sticky. Yes it hydrates, but because of squalane and the oils it is way too heavy for me. Probably too light for very dry skin, I guess ok for normal skin. 
Anyone with congestion prone skin should be careful, it contains many ingredients that could cause congestions (such as coconut oil). After I found out about this, I used it up on my body. 
But in general, it is always very nice to see organic cosmetics (almost) irritant-free and this one is not the most expensive too.