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. 

April 15, 2017

Nail Art: Dots in rainbow colours

I love my clothes black, but my nails coloured. Not true. I love black nails, but sometimes a little colour is needed. Or much colour.

Polishes used:

Gold: Cuccio Colour Russian Opulence
Orange-ish pink: Essie cute as a button
Dark purple: benecos deep plum
Green: benecos Green Way
Dark blue: ASTOR Quick'n Go! 368

I did not use basecoat or topcoat, just one layer of polish and then added dots. Figure out the pattern!

Most long lasting of these is Essie cute as a button, which showed tipwear on the third day. All others had parts split of after the second day. Please note, I did not use a topcoat and polishes don't last long on my nails anyways.

Nail Art Design Rainbow Colours Cuccio Russian Opulence Essie cute as a button benecos deep plum green way astor quick'n go! 368
Left hand - 1 coat polish

Nail Art Design Rainbow Colours Cuccio Russian Opulence Essie cute as a button benecos deep plum green way astor quick'n go! 368
Right hand - 1 coat polish

Nail Art Design Rainbow Colours Cuccio Russian Opulence Essie cute as a button benecos deep plum green way astor quick'n go! 368
Left hand - With dots

Nail Art Design Rainbow Colours Cuccio Russian Opulence Essie cute as a button benecos deep plum green way astor quick'n go! 368
Right hand - With dots (sorry picture is blurry)

Related Nails posts:

Black and gold for a rock chic look

Berries taste so good

The red overdose

Wonders of matte

April 10, 2017

Outfit: All black inspired by anime yet ready for school

This is the outfit I wore at the first round of the SPH bandcontest 2017 (I showed you some photos in the march update post).

High heels: by monster, bought in 2011 for approx. €80 (my first christmas money from work hehe)
Knee high socks: from H&M, bought last year
Skirt: from Orsay, bought many years ago (I guess 2007 or 2008)
Shirt: sadly I don't remember
Choker: not quite sure, was it from Claire's?
Blue hair dye: Elumen BB

Fashion Outift all black gothic grunge school girl anime monster high heels knee high socks skirt shirt choker

Fashion Outift all black gothic grunge school girl anime monster high heels knee high socks skirt shirt choker

Fashion Outift all black gothic grunge school girl anime monster high heels knee high socks skirt shirt choker

Fashion Outift all black gothic grunge school girl anime monster high heels knee high socks skirt shirt choker

Related outfit posts:

Cute spikey grunge

April 5, 2017

Moving - Our new house! Part 2 (ground floor)

In this post I'll show you the ground floor of our new house.
In case you've missed it, the first part was all about the upper floor.

Let's start with... 

New house interior kitchen inspiration ideas

The kitchen

We really did an amazing part on the lighting. The fridge is just enormous. I love that it has so much space. It's split in four sections, the two top ones are cooling, the bottom left is freezing. The bottom right one can be adjusted as you want to freeze or cool and with the exact temperature you want. It also has an ice cube machine and water cooler/dispenser included.
In our flat the counter was wooden, which is truly horrible. I'd recommend nothing but stone to anyone who asks. You can cut on it, it's clean and easy to clean. Also important that the stove is built-in even, as this makes cleaning just so much easier, there is no gap where dirt aggravates.
And in my opinion a kitchen can never have enough space. Here are many drawers where a lot of kitchen supplies and (left to the fridge) food can be stored.
Right next to the fridge is our secret door to the larder. So well integrated!
I am also very proud of the small table. It's perfect for a little breakfast or snack, when you don't want to set up the dining room.

House interior dining room ideas inspiration table bench

Dining room space

First, that's Kleopatra (Kleo). That's not a grimace, she was just yawning. 
As common our dining and living room are combined. Excuse the cat transport box and the files in the back, I don't care about making those perfect pictures you usually find (who lives that way??). 
One chair missing. The table is suited for 8 people and all 8 of them have enough space. It's made out of european walnut as I just love the precious look of it. We thought long about the fabric. In our flat couch and chairs were covered with leather. With two cats, leather doesn't stay pretty very long. With fabric the problem is more pulling strings or rip it, as well as - guess what - the hair thing. Microfibre is easy to clean (hair will not stick to it) and depending on which type exactly the strings cannot be pulled. With this fabric here the problem is, cats can scratch it. We already have two little holes in it *sigh*. Before anyone feels the need to say something, they don't scratch it on purpose, this just happens while they play. 

House interior cat scratching tree ideas inspiration

The new cat tree

I have to say, we thought about the cats at every step at planning, I mean every step planning the whole house! As they love being in high places, we got this big shelf and to give them easy access the big cat tree. The tree is almost 1,80m high and I can't tell you how much they love it.
Look closely and you'll see Eleonore (Elli).

House interior TV television space ideas inspiration

The living room TV

Maybe you too have a partner who wants the biggest and/or best TV available. Well, I have. This one is a very new OLED with best reviews (the black is pure black) and no, that doesn't just look like it, it's big. I don't remember exactly, I think something about 70 inches.
I don't want to say anything more on this part.

House interior ideas inspiration office room gaming space

My PC space

This is pretty important to me. Back in our flat I had only very little space for my PC and anyone who loves to play video games will know how horrible too little space is.
As you can guess this is more than enough space.
I told you we planned everything thinking of the cats. Because of that the PCs are hidden under the desk, exposed enough to keep ventilation up. No cables except on the desk are shown - Elli loves to bite into them.
By the way, we made our watercooled PCs by ourselfes, they are best suited for gaming.

One more thing, if anyone has cable-eating cats too and knows of other ways to protect the cables that cannot be hidden, please share!

Related Update posts:

Our new house! Part 1 (upper floor)

April 1, 2017

March Update


Paula's Choice Radiance Renewal Mask Brightening Essence Calm Redness Relief Serum Multi Correction Treatment

Paula's Choice Skincare Products:
Brightening Essence and Radiance Renewal Mask will hopefully help evening out my skin tone.
Skin Transforming Multi-Correction Treatment contains azelaic acid, I will use it when Skinoren is empty.
Calm Redness Relief Serum: Contains so much anti-irritants and soothing ingredients, this is just perfect for use after peelings.

Fabric! I bought Fleece and Molton fabrics for my next project - fleece bedding for my guinea pigs instead of the ususal wood shavings. When it's finished, I'll make some nice photos and share.

Also some new towels from Grüne Erde, a very nice company from Austria, which produces fair, biological stuff.


My boyfriends band played at a local bandcontest! Check out the photos I made:

The Sepp Juniors live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
The Sepp Juniors
The Sepp Juniors live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
The Sepp Juniors

The Sepp Juniors are friends of ours. They make really nice rock and their perfomance at this gig was fantastic. The jury voted them first.

Kendra live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
Kendra live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr

Kendra is also a band, whose members we know. All the girls in the room were fascinated, as vocalist Sophie started to growl.

Ashes To Dust live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
Ashes To Dust
Ashes To Dust live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
Ashes To Dust
Ashes To Dust live at Bandcontest Röda Steyr
Ashes To Dust

And of course Ashes To Dust.

What else did I do?
I sowed my first vegetables for the garden. Also, I got two new guinea pigs, Nelly and Nancy, from a private animal shelter. I'll show you in my post about my guinea pigs - coming soon!
And with help from a friend, we finally cut the fruit trees. I hope next year they will finally have some fruits for me.


Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
A very good anime, Netflix Original. I loved it!

A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Maybe you know the movie. This series is by and with Neil Patrick Harris, who I'm sure you do know. I liked the movie very much and this series is not bad, but somehow I missed the tension. Something could have been better.

Wow I really did love this! I love criminal series and this one has very special characters and the story was just amazing.

Deirdra & Laney Rob A Train
After watching the trailer I gave it a go. This movie is maybe not the best in the world, but I liked the story and how the girls evolve.

My Sister's Keeper
You've probably read the book or already seen this. I've read the book years ago and though I knew the movie isn't that good I wanted to watch it.

My Skincare Routine

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 These are all the products I currently use.
Here's how:

1) Cleanse: Always with Balea Med Reinigungsmilch. This is a very gentle cleansing milk.
2) Treatment: Every second morning I use the PC 2% BHA Gel to exfoliate my pores.
3) Serum: I choose what my skin needs. First a sprizz of some watery toner for better application. Then either the PC Earth sourced toner alone or mixed with the PC Calm Serum or The Ordinary's Ascorbyl Glucoside 12%.
4) Hydrate or Sunscreen: When I'm only inside a day, I usually only use moisturizer (Schaebens). When I go outside, I use the Uncover Skincare Suncare SPF 30 for face.

1) Cleanse: If I have heavy make up on I first remove it with micellar water, then clean with Balea Reinigungsöl. If light make up or only sunscreen on, I only clean with the oil. If I stayed inside I only use the cleansing milk.
2) Treatment: Every second night is retinol night, I mix the Serum and Boost from PC and apply. Every other night I use Skinoren acelaic acid.
3) Serum: Mostly the PC Calm Serum, sometimes mixed with a little bit of the Earth Sourced Toner.
4) Moisturize: I mix the PC Radiance Renewal Mask with some drops of the Brightening Essence. This is such a wonderful combination!

My skin got better. But then on one morning I tried BPO and got many huge painful pimples. Those still need to heal and I really regret using BPO again. It is such a bad reaction I don't think this should be normal and will not use it again.

Other related posts:

February Update

January Update

December Update

November Update

March 25, 2017

Skincare Review: AldoVANDINI Charming Balance Hand & Nagelbalm

I need to use up many products I got from my Glossybox subscription. This is one of them. If you avoid fragrances/bad ingredients, stop reading here and come back in a week to see my next post ;-) but if you do love smelly stuff on your body, read on! 

Skincare Body Review Aldo Vandini Charming Balance Hand & Nagelbalm Frangipani & Wilder Flieder

The brand

The brand aldoVANDINI belongs to the german company MANN & SCHRÖDER. They say they export their products to more than 80 countries, in Germany and Austria for example they are available at dm.
All their products and ingredients are animal cruelty free. They say the ingredients they use are all safe to use without testing on animals and I think this is absolutely correct. Most of the stuff used in cosmetics has been tested well enough. Also there is evidence that animal testing doesn't say anything if it is safe for humans too. This is due to the differences in body functions. We have a big group of doctors and scientists here in Austria, who explain that very well and are strictly against animal testing because of that reason and some more.
AldoVANDINI products are made in Germany. That's very nice for me as less traffic is needed to get the product to me.
They try to avoid animal products wherever possible, but not all products are vegan.
Also they make some efforts for the environment too. No microbeads, most of electricity comes from photovoltaic, reusing their water.

This is the information I got from their website and it sounds not bad at all!

Skincare Body Review Aldo Vandini Charming Balance Hand & Nagelbalm Frangipani & Wilder Flieder

The product

Price: dm Austria sells it for €3,95 / 100 ml.
Company claims: intensive moisturizing, should make rough and stressed hands soft. The smell is light and elegant.
This product is vegan.
My thoughts: My hands are always very dry and rough. Using this one or two times a day didn't change that much. So for very dry hands I don't think this is enough or you would have to put it on every hour or so ;-) I used some of it on my legs, where it did a good job.
It says balm, but is pretty liquid. I first thought it would be very light, but it takes a long time until fully absorbed. Also the smell is not light at all, it is very intense.

Skincare Body Review Aldo Vandini Charming Balance Hand & Nagelbalm Frangipani & Wilder Flieder

The ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Alcohol, Syringa Vulgaris Flower Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil, Parfum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citric Acid

With that much preservatives (alcohol, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol) I expect this product to be stable forever. But they can irritate sensitive skin. And alcohol in that high concentration sure will dry out skin, reversing part of the moisturizing effect it has. 
Cetearyl alcohol is the reason it takes so long to absorb and leaves a film, but it does moisturize pretty good. 
I like when panthenol is added as it is always good and calming. 
But - big but here - all those scents! Much parfum and probably all scents, that are known to cause allergic reactions. Big nono for me, even on my body. 
If you are sensitive or have allergic reactions, this product can actually make your skin worse.