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. 

March 20, 2017

DIY - How to make small Shorts bigger!

DIY How to make too small shorts bigger / fit / adjust / Minnsthings

I have two very old jeans, not wearable for years as they are ripped at the backside. And they also are too small for me now. One of them was perfect to turn into shorts and here's how I did that.

Ripped Jeans and how to fix it

I started with this long jeans, ripped at the backside. It is also a little bit too small for me now.

Shorten it, fix the hole, then make it wider.

Ideas on how to make it wider:
I thought about adding a stripe at the very back to both make it wider and get rid of the hole, but I'm pretty sure that would have looked awkward. And the pockets would have been brought outwards which would also look kind of weird.
The only possible solution was to add stripes at the sides as everywhere else are pockets.

Jeans shortened DIY make shorts

Step 1: Shortening

First step was to make it short. Gladly I could still put them on (just no button closing and looks horrible) and mark with tailor's chalk how short I want them. Other ways would be to take a short you already own as a pattern or just do it free-handed. If you are sure about the length, cut it - don't forget to add seam allowance if you want a clean hemline.
At this step I didn't sew the hemline. Still need to open that side seam and also I wanted to be sure about the length when I finished the hole.

DIY fixing hole in jeans pants backwards

Step 2: Fixing the hole

As I had the leftover pant legs I just cut out a piece and sewed it on. I thought I'd try kind of a pattern with the thread, but it didn't turn out as I wanted it to be. It's still okay though. I thought about covering it with another fabric or some kind of pattern but for now this works for me.

DIY making shorts bigger - opening seams

Step 3: Opening the side seam

Take the unstitcher and open that seam! Don't be shy and too careful, can't do anything wrong here.
When you reach the waistband, take a breath and just cut through.
You can do either one side after another or both at the same time. If you're not sure about sizing, probably better do both so you can try them on in between steps.

DIY making shorts bigger adding side seam
Right on right (before sewing)

Step 4: Preparing the strip and sewing it on

Take a good measure how long and wide your strips need to be. For this, measure your waist and the current width of the too small shorts. The difference is what you need to fill up with the two strips. Don't forget to divide it by 2 as there are two strips. Also don't forget seam allowance both in length and width.
If you want the shorts to slim fit on your legs, you'll need to measure your thighs too and adjust the strip (it may look more like a long V then)
Now take your strip and fold in one of the small sides and sew. This will be at your waist. Take your shorts as template to see how much you need to fold in.
Put the strip on the side right side on right side (as shown above), pin it if you like and sew it on.

DIY making shorts bigger sew on side strip
First seam finished

Put then right on right again and sew the other side on. If you do both sides at the same time you can pin them into place and try it on, see if it really fits.

DIY making shorts bigger both seams finished
Both seams finished

By now it should look like this on either one or both sides.
If you did only one side, repeat steps 3 and 4 at the other one now.

DIY Making shorts bigger finished both sides

Here both sides are finished. Be sure to try it on to see if it fits. Should be perfect now!
If it is still too small, you can take out the strips, add a wider one. If it is too big now, just try to sew another line further inside to make it smaller. Be sure to do little on both sides.

DIY Make small shorts bigger finish hemline

Step 5: Finish hemline

Fold it in and sew. Or make sure it is cut straight and leave it open. Or fold it several times. This part is just as you wish.

Minnsthings DIY How to make small shorts bigger

Step 6: Enjoy! 

Yep, it's finished. Now enjoy your new shorts!

Minnsthings DIY How to make small shorts bigger

Minnsthings DIY How to make small shorts bigger

Related DIY posts:

DIY leggings into legwarmers / knee socks

March 15, 2017

Outfit - Classic plaid shirt + black shirt, jeans and boots

Tried combination with a new shirt, which is open in the back. 
I'd call it a dark, grunge outfit yet classy enough for everyday wear, haha. 

Black shirt: from RE-BELLO (italian company producing fair, organic clothes), bought at Wearfair 2016 (in Austria). It is open in the back and has a very loose fit. 
Plaid shirt: classic, nothing special, I think from VERO MODA
Jeans: also nothing special, old, cheap ones from orsay
Shoes: cheap and quite some years old, they are from Deichmann
Necklace: honestly don't remember, some junk jewelry. 
Lips: 4LK Lipstick pure red
Hairstyle: nice and sleek haha - nooo that's not greasy ;-D

Outfit Fashion Grunge Goth Dark Black Plaid shirt jeans boots necklace red lipstick sleek hair

Outfit Fashion Grunge Goth Dark Black Plaid shirt jeans boots necklace red lipstick sleek hair

Outfit Fashion Grunge Goth Dark Black Plaid shirt jeans boots necklace red lipstick sleek hair

Outfit Fashion Grunge Goth Dark Black Plaid shirt jeans boots necklace red lipstick sleek hair

Related outfit posts:

The classic grunge

Casual is always a good choice

March 10, 2017

Update: How to deal with little holes in shirts

I decided I don't want to make a completely new post for every hole in a shirt I fix. I have two posts about this now, this one and part 2 and I will add future hole fixes here and there.

So here we have a new hole fix.
Again, a very old shirt, which I love and refuse to throw it away because of one little hole. This time I made funny snails with the same pen I used below.

See for yourself:

DIY self repairing how to fix little holes in your t shirts with sewing and pen
The final shirt with fixed hole and all little snails painted on

DIY self repairing how to fix little holes in your t shirts with sewing and pen
The first snail where the little holes was (see the thread?)

DIY self repairing how to fix little holes in your t shirts with sewing and pen
Additional snail number one

DIY self repairing how to fix little holes in your t shirts with sewing and pen
Additional snail number two

That's it!

OLD POST (before Update)

I confess, I have a lot of old clothes.
And old clothes tend to get broken. Seams rip, holes develop.

So how to deal with those tiny holes?
If you just sew them together, it's very eye-catching. At least the way I can sew it. Maybe someone knows how to fix them without being seen a mile away?

This time I had two old shirts with a tiny burnt hole in them. Yes, burnt. One by a cigarette, the other by a campfire.

I sew the hole together as you can see in the pictures below. Then I thought I make it even more eye-catching by adding a funny face. Now you could say "Hey, funny face on your shirt there!" and not "Did you have a hole here?"

Black shirt: The hole is inside the eye, so to say it's the pupil.

Blue shirt: The hole is the nose.

I like both shirts, so I didn't want to throw them away just because of tiny holes.
For me this is a simple and fun way to keep them a little longer.

Related DIY posts:

Little holes in shirts II

March 5, 2017

Skincare Review: Empty: PC Ultra-Light Serum // New in: PC Earth Sourced Toner

In this post I compare the Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with the Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner. Why compare a serum with a toner? Well, let's see...

My skin:

Oily & sensitive
Acne prone (since puberty, acne never stopped)
Big Pores on chin, nose and forehead, mostly between eyebrows
Few whiteheads and blackheads in cheek area
Many whiteheads on forehead
Many pustules on jawline, lower cheeks, around mouth corners
Before using irritant-free skincare and especially BHA I had pustules literally everywhere (cheeks, temples, forehead, chin itself, sometimes even nose...)

Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

Skincare Review Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum for acne prone skin


Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/water-binding agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone (silicone polymer), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-repairing ingredient), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Quercetin (antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Ubiquinone (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Sea Whip Extract (anti-irritant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Beta Glucan (anti-irritant), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent).

No animal testing

My Opinion

Price: Now €39,- for 30 ml, which means €130,- / 100 ml. Seems pretty much, but hey, it's a serum with high concentrated ingredients. I couldn't find other serums (from other companies) with such concentrations and combinations cheaper yet. Plus that little tube lasts pretty long, depending of course on how much you apply (Serums are pretty fed up with good ingredients, so no need to use much of it).

Ingredients: Contains silicones, for those who are avoiding them. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are good humectants. You probably know resveratrol from red whine, it's why red whine is often recommended and should make you healthier, even "live longer". Resveratrol is said to rejuvenate cells. Niacinamide is very good for acne, it brightens spots and repairs the skin barrier, leading to less breakouts. Vitamin C and E, both excellent antioxidants, is a very good combination as the two strengthen each other. Ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10 is important for the cells energy process and often said to be anti-aging. And even more good stuff, in short: So much great ingredients found here!

Effect: It's one of the lightest serums PC has. Soakes into the skin very fast. In summer it's hydrating enough, so I didn't need a moisturizer after it. In winter for my oily skin it's not enough. Consider that the beautiful ingredients here (vitamins, niacinamid, ubiquinone...) all have long-term effects so they need to be integrated in your routine for quite some months (!) before you see the results. In short-term skin is well hydrated.

Verdict: Definitely didn't break me out. It's my favourite PC serum due to its ingredients and suitability for my skin. To say it once again, that cocktail is just delicious. I plan on buying it again but first have to try some other stuff.

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner

Skincare Review Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner for acne prone skin


Aqua, Glycerin (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (natural soothing agent), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (natural antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (natural antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (natural antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (natural soothing agent), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract (natural antioxidant), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (natural antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum (Goij) Fruit Extract (natural antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (natural cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (pure Vitamin E/antioxidant), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (plant-based emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (plant-based emollient), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (natural antioxidant), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (natural antioxidant), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil (natural antioxidant), Arginine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Glycine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Alanine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Serine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Valine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Proline (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Threonine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Isoleucine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Histidine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Phenylalanine (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Aspartic Acid (natural amino acid/water-binding agent), Sodium PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Lactate (natural skin-conditioning agent), PCA (synthetic skin-repairing ingredient), Xanthan Gum (natural thickener), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (natural preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (synthetic preservative).

Vegan; No animal testing

My Opinion

Price: Currently €24,- for 148 ml, that would be €16,22 / 100 ml. I think that's cheap compared with serums, while there are cheaper toners. Still wondering why serum? Read on... 

Ingredients: Wow, that looks like a lot! And it is, especially considered PC sells this as a toner. I don't know where to start. There are so many plant extracts, so many amino acids. Consider always that plant extracts contain a lot of different ingredients themselves. E.g. grape seed extract does contain resveratrol, though only a little amount. They are known for containing a lot of different antioxidants (a group were many many substances belong to). As far as I currently know at least green tea, pomegranate and all the berries are said to be good at helping fight acne. Probably even more. Sweet almond oil could be comedogenic for some, but it's such a low concentration here (probably maximum 2% Vitamin E here, so less than 2% sweet almond oil) I wouldn't care. Amino acids are naturally found in your skin (body, nature, everywhere) and have all different very important roles. Usually toners contain some humectants (glycerin, maybe hyaluronic acid), maybe panthenol or other soothing stuff, nothing special. Not this one. That's why maybe PC shouldn't sell it as a toner. Or they should, as otherwise they surely would give it a higher price. 

Effect: It's very fluent, but not enough so you could spritz it on. It does hydrate and sooth, leaving soft calm skin after it soaked in very quickly. Now in winter definitely a moisturizer needed after it. After two weeks of use I think it's less hydrating than the serum. 

Verdict: Maybe it cannot replace a serum 100% if you really want it all. Mostly as key ingredients you may want are not in high concentration here. I definitely already miss niacinamide in my routine, but I guess I have to wait (I have a bottle of The Ordinary's Niacinamide, but need to keep a consistent, short routine currently). 

March 1, 2017

February Update


I did not buy very much this month.

But I did a big order at Sonnentor which you may know is my big love when it comes to tea and spices. Here's what I ordered:

  • Gincko concentration tea: not yet tested
  • Green tea and lemongrass: my favorites green tea, tastes not even a bit bitter
  • Wild strawberry fruit tea: with actual strawberries and some natural aroma, tastes as it should
  • Fruit dream tea: not yet tested
  • Auntie Trudls apfelstrudel tea: very good one, tastes like apples and cinnamon
  • also some spices to fill up empties

Balea MED ultra sensitive Reinigungsmilch, Piz Buin Montain lipstick, ebelin brushes pinsel

Also bought some stuff at DM:

  • Balea MED Ultra Sensitive Reinigungsmilch: already added that to my routine. Nice irritant-free soft cream cleanser. Can't take off make up or sunscreen so perfect for morning routine. 
  • Piz Buin Mountain Lipstick SPF 30: Will replace my current one as soon as it is empty. 
  • ebelin Powder Brush and Make-Up Brush: both with synthetic bristles, needed new ones as I realised I didn't have good brushes, haha


Donated blood: for the second time of my life; my blood group is 0+, which means it can be given to 84% of austrias population; if you don't do it, start now; donated blood is only usable for about a month, so frequent donations are needed; also women can go only 5 times a year, you'll need only about an hour until you can drive back home, that is not much time to invest in something so easy and good.

Meeting former classmates: honestly I'm feeling kind of lonely since I don't have my best friend anymore; yeah that troubles me sometimes; meeting my old classmates kind of reminded me that school really wasn't nice.

House stuff: we had our Baseboards finished, water checked as it still smells pretty bad (sadly no solution found yet) and the basement kitchen is almost finished. As we have a possible buyer for our flat we need to tidy that up within the next weeks.

I also started singing in a choir as I love singing.

Besides that I didn't get to do much this month. I was feeling very lazy, sometimes depressed and just couldn't get myself up to do stuff. But I could watch a lot on Netflix, haha.

Watched (quite a lot this month) 

Assassination Classroom (Season 1)

When I read the describtion (classroom needs to kill their teacher, who is an alien destroying the earth after a year) I didn't know what to think. It's really funny, I loved it and hopefully season 2 will be on Netflix soon. 

Kuromukuro (Season 1 and 2)

Also a very good one, it's finished with season 2. Characters in love with each other, some drama, a lot of fun, a good story told.

Children of Men

Dytopian Sci-fi thriller movie;
Pregnant women are usually not what I am interested into. I still gave it a try and was not disappointed. Very dramatic, very much people dying, story is well thought through and plausible.

The House of Small Cubes

Animated short film;
Only 12 minutes long, this is a really touchingly short film about an old man remembering important scenes of his life.

Narcos (Season 1 and 2)

Crime thriller (biographical);
I never heard of Pablo Escobar in my life. This series totally shocked me as it tells a real story (with some parts more or less changed).

Los Tiempos de Pablo Escobar

Documentation about Pablo Escobar (2 parts);
After the TV series we decided to watch a documentation. A lot of people talk here, some also appear in the series. Pretty interesting.

The Seven Deadly Sins (Season 1 and "2")

This is my very favourite anime as I saw it first about a year ago. The story is just WOW, all of the characters are so well designed, it is the best anime I know. Netflix just uploaded the 4 parts special, sadly not the real season 2 as I thought, but it's still very good.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton musical;
I think everybody knows this one. I have to admit I never saw it until this month. But I get now why people love it.

Band of Robbers

Crime comedy;
Only watched that because of Matthew Gray Gubler. Wasn't as bad as expected, actually really funny!


Comedy drama series;
I didn't like the main character (Claire) for about half of it as she seemed to be just so dumb. The end is really nice and the whole story is kind of standard but also unusual. Hard to describe.

Crazyhead (Season 1)

Comedy horror;
In my childhood I watched Buffy and Charmed so how can I resist a new demon hunter series? It's not the very best, but yeah funny and worth a try.

Santa Clarita Diet (Season 1)

Horror comedy;
Gotta watch this if you like zombies and want to see them funny and "living" instead of rotten dead walkers. I like the different approach on zombies like here.

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season 2)

Animated series;
Very good one. I love comics and anime and animated stuff. This one has a really good story, so after I loved season 1 of course I needed to watch season 2 as well. They do good stuff here.

Der Tatortreiniger (Season 5)

German comedy;
As usual very funny. Looking forward to season 6!


During February my Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum got empty so I changed that to the Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner. The next Post will be about the comparison of them!

I also switched BHA to my morning routine last week and azelaic acid to my evening routine. This is to make routines easy for when I start to add retinol again... probably next week, so you'll see in the next update I guess.

New rules:
Not applying more than 3 layers. My skin is sensitive and I feel like too much layering is not good for it. So I limit it. Big exception is sunscreen, but when it gets warmer soon moisturizer in the morning routine will probably be too much anyways.
Also 1 active per routine. 2 months ago I had BHA, azelaic acid every morning and BHA, AHA, azelaic acid and retinol every evening. You can imagine this is too much. To resist any temptation I limit those actives to 1 per routine. Which means currently I have BHA every morning and azelaic acid every evening.

My current routines are:


1. Cleansing with Balea Med Ultra Sensitive Reinigungsmilch: very soft cleanser I just started to use; cannot take make up or sunscreen off!
2. Acne treatment with Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Peeling Gel 2% BHA
3. Serum: Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner mixed with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-imperfections corrector: for antioxidants and humectants
4. Moisturizer: Schaebens Totes Meer Salbe mixed with Ombia Cosmetics Hyaluron-Gel: additional hydration and just a little bit occlusive to lock in the good stuff applied before
5. Sunscreen: Uncover Skincare Suncare SPF 30 (the one for the face) on days I go outside


1. Cleansing with Balea Reinigungsöl: best cleansing oil, does not clogg pores! It's perfect to take off make up and/or sunscreen. On days I don't wear make up nor sunscreen I use the soft cleanser from my morning routine.
2. Acne treatment with Skinoren 15% Azelaic acid gel
3. Serum: Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner mixed with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-imperfections corrector: for antioxidants and humectants
4. Moisturizer: Schaebens Totes Meer Salbe mixed with Ombia Cosmetics Hyaluron-Gel: additional hydration and just a little bit occlusive to lock in the good stuff applied before

Skin is slightly getting better, meaning instead of three new yellowheads every day I got when overexfoliating, this month it was two, one or even on some days no new yellowhead. But I still have a lot (like really really a lot) tiny little bumps on cheeks, chin and forehead, which seem to be clogged pores ready to form new pimples. And of course all the leftover marks, but they don't concern me now. Try to stop acne first, then fight the marks!

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