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#16 Nail Design - A Sparkling New Year

Sparkles are not only for little girls! 

Only one day left.

Of course I had to try a nail design for New Year's Eve.
Black and dark blue background (gradient! Hope you see the blue) with golden stars and firecracker explosions in red and an actually shimmery neutral which looks kind of silver here.

Nail polishes used Essence gel like - 46 Black is back for black background
Astor Quick'N'GO! - 368 for blue background
Cuccio Colour - Russian Opulence for golden stars
Catherine for Glossybox for red explosions
Essie - buy me a cameo for "silver" explosions (it's actually a shimmery neutral)

Don't forget the Top Coat!

Can you see the blue background? Did you also do a special nail design for the new year (please show me)?

Maybe you noticed the stars I added to the photo *laugh* I was just playing around with the editor a bit.

FYI, I don't have any New Year's resolutions. I never do. If I think I should do something or change something I try to do it i…

#15 Guide - Care for your animals on New Year's Eve

Animals were, are and will always be very important for mankind. 

New Year's Eve is coming up!
I know partying is important and fun and you want it and all that... but please, if you have animals, don't forget them, when the new year begins.

DOGS Some dogs don't care at all, the golden retriever above (loveliest dog I ever knew) even loved being outside during all the BOOM! and BANG!.
Other dogs really get panic. Be sure to walk those dogs early. Outside they can break free and run away, panic, run into the next car and so on... So be sure to have them safe when you are outside.
Dogs have very good hearing, the explosions are way more louder for them than for us. So keep them inside, if possible in a room without windows.
Also, don't support their fear. As their leader they need you to stay calm. You have to show them there is nothing to fear, nothing that will harm them. Ignoring them can help, but stay near, don't let them be alone scared.
Important: This messag…

#14 Nail design - It's christmas time!

Christmas is kind of the busiest part of year. 

Normally I don't like gold that much, but it's just the perfect colour for christmas.
This should be a christmas tree on my thumb and christmas balls on the other nails... I still have a lot to learn *laugh* but good things take their time!

Nail polishes I used Cuccio - Russian Opulence: for base colour
benecos - Green Way: for christmas tree on thumbs and green christmas ball
essence gel like - 40 play with my mint: for detail on green christmas ball
essence gel like - 17 juicy love: for red christmas ball
Catherine for glossybox: for detail on red christmas ball and on christmas tree
Maxfactor max effect - 38 purple haze: for violett christmas ball
essie - play date: for detail on violett christmas ball
essence gel like - 31 electriiiiiic: for blue christmas ball
Astor Quick'N GO! - 368: for detail on blue christmas ball (sorry you can't really see that on the photo)

Also, if you read 'til down here, I had a little…

#13 Review - Glossybox Dec. '15

New beauty products always make me happy. 

After the last glossybox, which was a big disappointment for me, I am very happy the december box seems to be pretty good.

What did I get?

Teez Cosmetics - Oasis gem lipstick "Heat wave ruby"  (€20,50 / 2g)
Hot dark red lipstick with matte finish. Lasts very long and feels very good on the lips. If you have very dry lips you can see the cracks.

IsaDora Precision Mascara  (€15,95 / 7ml)
Don't use too much or you have a big black block as your lashes! This mascara is very flashy - similar to "They're real!" I think.

Eucerin Dermodensifyer  (€30,95 / 50ml)
Yes! Thank you! I love eucerin as it's one of the few brands that really can help my super sensitive skin. This creme has UVA, UVA, moisturizes and - as usual - some makes-you-more-beautiful ingredients. Didn't try it out yet but looking forward to.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics - Lash primer  (€21,30 / 4g)
Lash primer says it all - didn't try it out yet. But n…

#12 Nail design - A Splash On Pink

Pink, pink, pink is one happy colour.

Ein von Minn (@minnmenja) gepostetes Foto am 16. Dez 2015 um 6:02 Uhr
 My latest nail design.
It's pink base colour and splashes of other colours, which should be turquoise, red, dark blue and a dark blueish violett. But I see now it's not very clear to see the different colours on the photo *laugh*. Well, you get the meaning of it.

Next time I will do a very christmasy nail design, look forward to it!

Also next posts will include more of my drawings and maybe some thoughts on cats and/or animal protection - not sure about that yet. Time is limited of course! I'm sure all of you understand that as christmas is coming up and we all have a lot to do then - family and so on...

Have a happy sunday,

#11 Sewing / Refashioning - Oh la la that décolleté!

Sometimes I buy something only to realize later it's not as perfect as I thought it is in the store. 

Not sure if you can see it properly but the original neckline of this shirt was so low, actually half of my bra was seen. I really don't know for which type of non-existent boobs this shirt should be! I don't think anyone could wear this with the waistband below their boobs.
And this waistband makes it look kind of stupid when you just pull it up.

So I needed to alter it.

How to do it (it's really easy) Just take a piece of paper and put it into the shirt as it lies flat. Draw the outlines of the current neckline and then your desired new neckline onto the paper. For the curves you can use anything you can find to help yourself (such as big round baskets or bowls).

Cut it out on the paper, transfer it onto your fabric and cut that out - don't forget to add ~1cm for the seam allowance on every side!

Then first hem the new neckline (try out a twin needle as I did, i…

#10 Drawing - From realistic pencils to happy dancers

Long time no drawing.
Except for the little ones I need to make last semester at university. There we had to draw different plants in one course and some parts of animals/cells in another.

Now I have the plan to start drawing again as this is so much fun.
Just not sure which media I would like to use... well, I will see!

You should see the other one too:

But yeah, that's not sooo good. At least I don't really like it.
I don't think I should draw something like that *laugh*
It's just too happy for me!

And by the way, time says it's from 2010 - 2015 because I started it in 2010 and finished with the colours this year.

Have a not-too-cold thursday,

#9 Nail design - The red overdose

Is it a bow or is it a scissor? 

How do you like my current nail design?
It's getting more fun the more often I do it. Any design wishes on what I could try next?

I used two colours for this, Maybelline Colorama in 357 Burgundy Kiss and Essence gel like in 17 juicy love.
The one from Maybelline is quite old but I think you can still buy them. It's a very dark red, when you apply two coats it almost looks black (with a red shimmer in the sun) but with just one coat as I did here you see the red pretty good.
Essence gel like have been published last season and except for the fact that they stain your nails they are very good polishes, especially for that price!

The designs should be a plus like present wraps (not a cross - I don't like crosses *laugh*), some dots because I like dots on nails, a random zigzag-pattern, a small heart and a bow (which I think looks more like a crippled scissor on my right thumb).

Have a quiet wednesday,

#8 Review - Body Peeling to feel royal

I think sometimes it's good to feel a little special, a little royal. 

May I present you the royalness of body peelings. Now bow to its awesomeness!

Just kidding.

But I do really love this product. Read on to see why!

First, the company.
I guess you have never heard of Sisi AND JOE too. Turns out they are from Austria (pretty new) and they are also producing in Austria. All their products are 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals. Sounds nice to me!
But currently you can only get the products in Austria (since december). As far as I know they are only available at dm.

Then, the product.
And I have to say it again now, this is by far the best body peeling I've used.
When you apply it it feels more soft, you barely feel the grains. First I thought, this is not gonna peel a lot... But it does! Afterwards the skin is really soft and you can see no more flakes of skin (I often can see them on my sensitive skin).
The smell is very discreet, a little bit flowery.

The company…

#7 Nail design - Berries taste so good

There are two colours I do love the most: Black and violet. 

Currently I have a lot of fun trying out new nail designs. You will probably see more of them as I almost always have some paint on my nails.

For these I tried out different designs I found online.

Pretty easy designs. First one or two coats, depending on your base layer. I used two coats of OPIs Get Cherried Away, which I found at a drug stores sale a year ago. I love that colour!
When it's dry, add the second colour in the design you wish. I used Essence gel like in Black is back.
For application you can use anything that fits and is comfortable to draw. Small brushes, wooden skewers (as I did), just whatever you can find!
Let it dry again and don't forget the top layer to soften the edges and help it to last longer.

That thing on my ring finger should be a feather. But I touched on my left one before it was dry *laugh* I'm really good at that.
Didn't touch the right one, but it still doesn't look very…

#6 Nail design - Black and gold for a rock chic look

Gold and black sounds pretty fancy, right? 

This week most christmas fairs are already open and I of course need to visit some of them. Today I will even be helping out at one - my first time and I hope I can handle all those people.
If I can find the time, I will try to make some photographs of the beautiful handmade things they offer at these markets.
If you live in Austria I can only recommend the Salzburg christmas fairs. They are in different places spread over the whole city and I think they have some of the most beautiful decorations and markets.
I know they are awesome everywhere, but if you know a special one, please tell me about it.

Now let's get to the nail design you see above.

Yesterday I chipped of one of my nails - I had the left hand in Cuccios Russian Opulence and the right hand in Essences gel nail in Black is Back. As I am lazy and didn't want to change the nail colour on the third day (you can laugh at this point) I just filled the chipped part out with t…

#5 Review - Glossybox November '15

Beauty comes from within, but I think it's not wrong to feel pretty outside as well. 

 Hoorray, a new lipstick - I could say, but I'm absolutely not satisfied with it. Read below why!

But let's begin at the beginning. The next glossybox arrived last week. First I took a look at the magazine, which products could be in it, and I felt pretty happy as they seemed to be good for me.

I still was happy when I saw my products:

Then I tried them and I have to say, this is the worst box I ever got.

I already started with the


It should be the covering power of a lipstick combined with the shine of a gloss.
Well I can say, it is glossy... And €2,49 is pretty cheap...
But it's also sticky as hell. It accentuates every line in my dry lips. And the colour is gone within an hour (not eating!). Also, while the colour looks pretty pinkish on my arm it turns out very brown on my lips - and I don't like brown on my lips.
So, no thanks.


#4 Gardening, Life, Cooking - a few things to say

Yesterday I made bread and it looks like a mushroom.

You see, it does. And it tastes soooo good! I just love selfmade bread.

Also, when I went on our balcony today to wonder about the snowing, I saw this:

Flowers! I mean, hybrids from the store which shouldn't survive being frozen.  Please note, I got them in spring 2014. I cared about them so much, because I knew they would be so pretty. They were. In summer 2014.  Then winter came and I thought every plant on my balcony would have died, as I never watered them and none of them was winterproof.  Spring came but no flower began to sprout. I thought, yes of course, they died in winter. 
Then I became this depression thing and while in every other year I couldn't wait until the first warm days to make the balcony as green as possible, this year I didn't want to do anything. Although I have a raspberry and a little apple tree out there, I didn't care at all, never watered them.  The balcony has a roof of course.  For the …

#3 Make-up Eye

Do you sometimes want a simple eye make up that takes no time and yet looks special? 

I do! And an easy way to do this is just line the top and bottom lids. But not only in black, not only in one colour. Use two different colours, make it colourful! 
Black and violet are two of my favorite colours. This is a combination I love. I where this look often, because it is just so simple yet beautiful. 

How to do it?  Just draw a line at your top and one at your bottom lid. You can do black on top and violet on bottom as I did here. Or you can totally switch it up, use the colours you like! Maybe try a little cat eye on top lid (that looks great no matter which colour you use).  I like the center line bottom, it makes your eyes appear bigger, while the outside line makes it appear more like almond-shaped eyes. As my eyes are rather small this suits them very well.
Apply mascara when you're satisfied with your lines.

Which products to use:  Do it with liquid eyeliner, or kohl. Or use a wet …

DIY Friendship Bracelet - PAW Pattern

Do you love cats as much as I do? 
Yeah, I know, I love almost every animal. But for me there is something special about cats. They have such strong minds, they are fluffy killer machines and, as science will find out in 2017, they really love us. ;-)
Maybe you can already guess this. I have two cats, adorable sisters. They are chartreuxs, which is a kind of royal breed in my opinion. 
It has been a long time that I wanted to show my love and make a friendship-bracelett with the paw pattern. 

What you need: 
The pattern. As said I used the paw pattern, which you can find here.
By the way, I find it is a very easy to use pattern. There are knot instructions below to help if you don't know the different knots. 8 strings. 3 in one colour for the paws (I used grey here, obviously because my cats are grey) and 5 in another colour for the background (a royal blue was my choice here) 

Then just follow the pattern - finished! 
This was just the second time for me to make a knotted friendship-bra…

Welcome - The beginning of Minns Things

You have arrived! 

This is the first post that was published here. Big thanks to everyone who will ever read my stuff and I very much hope you'll find something you like here. 
Find something? Find what? Well, I just want to share the things i do and love with you. To name a few: animals, photographs, sewing, DIY, make up, fashion, health and many more...

Now take a closer look at the photo above. 
I shot this becautiful sunset in 2009, so this is pretty old. View of a garden in Austria where I used to live back then.
I love the colours and effects of the sun.

So, welcome all, have fun and, of course, feel free to comment!

Have a relaxed monday,