November 29, 2015

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


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 the colour on the other hand and "splashed" it towards my cuticle to get that messy tips.
This is really not very hard to make, so just try and see! Nobody cares if it's uneven or if you have more on one nail and less on another, that's the big advantage on such messy styles.

If you start with a clean nail, just do one coat of your first colour (paint the whole nail) as usual and when it's dry paint the other colour upwards (the brush facing towards your finger tips). If your first colour needs two coats of course you can do that as well just keep in mind that the more coats you apply the longer it needs to dry.

Don't forget to add a top coat afterwards so you don't see the prechipped parts and the line between the two colours that much.

Show me if you try this design.

Have a wonderful sunday,
Minn

November 28, 2015

#5 Review - Glossybox November '15


 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 LIQUID LIPSTICK 03 ALMOST REAL by ESSENCE.


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.


GLISS KUR DREAM-HAIR SCHWERELOSES ÖL:


€6,99 / 150 ml seems to be an average price for hair oil.
Smell is ok - just like the average hair product.
It should be non-greasy with eight weightless microoils and you should use it on dry hair as finish.
Doesn't seem to work on my fine, fast greasing hair as it started to look greasy immediately after application. I will try it again using my hands to apply, but I have little hope it will get better.


ÊTRE BELLE COSMETICS GOLDEN SKIN ROLL-ON CAVIAR EYE GEL:


I thought I would love this one. It looks like high-quality with the golden design and the metal ball, which should be extra cooling, and it's also pretty expensive (€41,90).
The gold-caviar-complex combined with "highly effective, skin tightening ingredient Pullulan" should soothe and give the area around your eyes a treat. It should be cooling, refreshing, moisturizing while relieving swollen lids and so on...
May be working for many of you, but I have very sensitive skin around my eyes (and you can say everywhere else) and after application it started to burn.
If you have sensitive skin too, better don't try this...


GLOSSYBOX EYESHADOW GLOSSY MAUVE:


Should be a creemy shadow, easy to apply, comfy to wear (€9,90).
Well, the colour is ok, but I used it yesterday in the morning and then I headed to university (takes me about 1,5 hours) and when I arrived there I couldn't find a trace from it! Need to try again too - I really hope it doesn't disappear within two hours.


And CUCCIO COLOUR NAIL POLISH - RUSSIAN OPULENCE:


The last product I got, costs €7,95.
I'm not the greatest fan of gold but I'm sure I can use it sometimes. As it is metallic, you need to be careful while application to prevent lines. Tipwear as usual after two days. One layer can do it, but it sure looks better with two.
So this one is pretty ok.

Instead of the nail polish there could have been one of four other products in my box:
Rituals... Happy Buddha foaming shower gel sensation: Please no more shower products, thank you :)
Novaroyal BB+ Multi Action Anti-Aging Day Creme: Would have been ok, though I don't use anti-aging products and most of them are too dark for my skin colour.
Novaroyal Prophylaxe Anti-Aging Creme Day & Night: No thanks.
Novaroyal Prophylaxe Skin Clear Serum: Oooh this one... Why did they not send me this one? I would have loved it.


Well, as I said, the worst box I ever got. I hope, the next one is perfect!

Do you have other opinions on those products?

Have a relaxed Saturday,
Minn

November 26, 2015

#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 last weeks it was below 0° C at nights, sometimes even days, as I said, today it was even snowing (just a little bit, you can see it in the background) and now, those plants are blooming. 

It's like they can survive anything - even having no water in the hottest summer ever. 
I find this very surprising and amazing. 

And I think, in all of us is something amazing like that. 

Have a good night on your thursday, 
Minn

November 25, 2015

#3 Make-up Eye

Today: The everyday eye make-up with a pop of colour (which I wear pretty often because it's so simple and beautiful). 


As you can see, it is just a black kohl line on the top lid and a violett one on the bottom lid and of course mascara on both top and bottom lashes.
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.

Here are the products I used for it.


The black eyeliner is very old, I think I bought it in like 2008 or something. It's a Maybelline Expression kajal eyeliner in black. They still sell them, although it sure is a newer product line. This one is not very smudge-proof but if you take care it stays on for the whole day. It's also not the blackest black, but I don't like wasting products so I use it until it's empty.

The violett eyeliner, which may seem blue on screens with different colour settings, is from Alverde, which is a certified organic make up brand (can be found at least in Austria and Germany at DM). They sell it in Austria for €1,95 though the colour violett is not in their range anymore. It's pretty hard to apply so you better heat it up a second with a lighter to make it more soft, this also makes the colour pop out more and I think it even lasts longer because it gets a little sticky. I don't think I would buy this one again, because of the application problems.

Benefits roller lash is currently one of my most favourite mascaras. This is the small version I got from a glossybox.
The normal size costs €24,95 at Douglas, which I think is pretty expensive but it's definitely worth a try. The lashes won't stick together, it lasts the whole day without smudging or wearing off. I don't know yet if I will buy another one because I still have a lot mascaras left and as I said, I don't like wasting products.

Tell me what you think about this (pretty basic) look.


And have a sunny (at least in our heart) wednesday, 
Minn

November 24, 2015

#2 DIY Friendship-bracelet - PAW Pattern


My latest DIY.

Since I did not feel as depressed for the last week as usual I found the motivation to finish this.
It has been a long time that I wanted to make a friendship-bracelett with the paw pattern.

The background: I have two cats, sisters, they are chartreuxs, which is a kind of royal breed in my opinion. I will show them another time. To show my love for animals I wanted to use the paw pattern. The background is royal blue and the paws are grey (because my cats are grey).

The pattern: You can find it here.
It is very easy and you need only 8 strings - 3 in one colour (e.g. grey) and 5 in another (e.g. blue).

The making: This was just the second time for me to make a knotted friendship-bracelet. My first one was very simple and used only simple knots to the left and the right. Unfortunately I started without looking at the knot instructions below so my first try didn't went well. But as you can see, it worked out then (after reading the instructions) and though it may not be perfect I love it and am happy to wear it to honor my cats. 


Here you can see the clasp of the bracelet (a button): 



And here it is with the other bracelets I'm currently wearing: 




If you use this pattern and make one too, please link your photo or blogpost in a comment below! I'd like to see other pieces made by you.

This time I used very long strings, which is why I had very long strings left when I finished. So I decided to make another small bracelet out of them. Just right-right-knots and also the button: 







Last note: I know they look a bit "hairy". That is because my cats played with the strings and so their fur got all over it ;-)


Have a good sleep on your tuesday, 
Minn

November 23, 2015

#1 Welcome - The beginning


So this is it.
The start. The first post.

First, 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.

Second, what is this all about?
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...

So have fun and, most important, feel free to comment!

Have a relaxed monday,
Minn