I re-organized my vanity

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Hey guys,

long time no see🙂 Today I took some time to re-organize my vanity. I have the “Malm” vanity from ikea and it kind of has been a mess in the last few months. The bins I used to organize it just didn’t really fit all my makeup anymore. So I looked online for ideas on how to organize it and found this video on Youtube. It’s made by a German Youtuber called KindOfRosy. And she found the best way to organize the drawer of the Malm vanity I’ve ever seen! She uses three IKEA products which unite to the perfect way of organizing🙂 The bins on the left and the right of the drawer are called “Antonius” and cost 2,99 € each. The three bins in the middle – which can be arranged in two layers – come in a set called “Gormorgon”. The set of three costs 9,99 €. Thanks, KindOfRosy, for the great idea! I totally stole it from you🙂

The acrylic drawer set on the top of my vanity is from Muji, the acrylic lipstick-holder is from VitaDisplays. The mirror with the golden frame is from Tschibo, and I got the LED makeup mirror from Amazon. The lamp is from TKMaxx. So yeah, I hope you like my pictures, if you have questions about anything, feel free to ask🙂

Oh, by the way, my palettes were not on the vanity when I took the pictures. I’m still waiting for a white napkin holder, in which I’ll put all my palettes, to come in the mail.

My re-organized Malm vanity

My re-organized Malm vanity

My brushes and my Muji drawer set

My brushes and my Muji drawer set

Guys, don't judge, I tried really hard to keep my hands steady enough to get a panoramic picture of the drawer for you ;)

Guys, don’t judge, I tried really hard to keep my hands steady enough to get a panoramic picture of the drawer for you😉

Another view on the inside of the drawer

Another view on the inside of the drawer

Deutsches Spring- und Dressur Derby 2014 – Hamburg Klein Flottbek (2nd qualifying round, May 30th 2014)

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I’m aware that this is a controversial topic for some people – but I myself have always been a huge fan of horseback riding in general and show jumping in particular. So for me one of the highlights Hamburg has to offer is the annual “Deutsches Spring- und Dressur Derby” in Hamburg Klein Flottbek. The parcours is supposed to be (one of the, if not the) most challenging show jumping courses in the world. It was established in 1920 by Eduard Pulvermann has almost not been altered ever since. Here are some impressions of the 2nd qualifying round on May 30th 2014.

 

Longines obstacle

Longines obstacle

Baker Tilly Roelfs obstacle

Baker Tilly Roelfs obstacle

Water jump

Water jump

 

One of the biggest (and definitely most dangerous) challenges is The Wall. It is about 3 meters high and falls away sharply. Many horses refuse to go down – those who do have to find a way to somehow get themselves and their riders down safely. Most choose to kind of slide down and jump in the process…

Do I really do this?! (Cell phone picture)

Do I really do this?! (Cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall (cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall (cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall

Horse sliding down the wall

… but this horse chose to just go ahead and jump! The audience stopped breathing for a while – but luckily, those two must have had a professional guarding angel watching over them and they landed safely!

Jumping...

Jumping…

... and landing safely

… and landing safely

I’m excited for the finale tomorrow – crossing my fingers for all horses and riders to make it to the finish line safely! Good luck!

Thailand Series Pt. 1 – BANGKOK!

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One night in Bangkok – and the world’s your oyster … That’s what they say. And they’re right! Now imagine spending a whole week there!

 

But let’s start from the beginning. As some of you might have seen on Twitter or Instagram, I’ve been to Thailand for Christmas and New Years of 2013/2014. My boyfriend spent 3 months in Bangkok for work so I took the opportunity to visit him and the beautiful country of Thailand. This series is all about what we did, where we went, what we ate and what kind of Asian goodies I brought home – I hope you enjoy!

 

Bangkok is an amazing city. It has been my first time ever travelling to Asia and wow – that was quite an experience! The noise, the smells and the hectic of Bangkok is definitely something you have to get used to, but it’s so worth it!

 

I arrived in Bangkok on Christmas Eve. The first thing I had to learn was: It takes some experience to ride a cab in Bangkok. Don’t let them tell you it’s not common to use the taxi meter! The drivers have to use it, it’s the law. And it will probably safe you some money and insure that you’re driving with a licensed driver. Just refuse the driver if he’s not willing to use his taxi meter. Second thing I learned about taxis: There’s a highway fee. If you’re taking a taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the city you will most likely take the highway – and there’s a few checkpoints where the driver will have to stop and pay a small fee. This basically translates to: The driver will hold his hand towards the back of the car and expects you to give him money to pay the fee. Definitely take some smaller bills with you for this – a credit card won’t do the job! If you have 2 or 3 50-baht-bills on you, they will be fine for the highway fees. The taxi fare from the airport to Bangkok can vary from 350 to 800 baht, depending on traffic and on where in Bangkok you’re going.

 

First thing we did after arriving in Bangkok was getting some food. You will find all about our daily feasts in one of the next parts of the series. Just let me tell you this one thing: The food is amazing. Period. I have nothing else to say. And it’s true what they say: You get the best food from all the little stalls on the streets! We basically only ate there and even though they look kinda sketchy and I have a little bit of a sensitive stomach – I never had any sorts of problems,

 

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On Christmas Day we already got on another plane to Koh Samui (read more about that here). We returned from our trip on New Years Eve. The apartment building my boyfriend stayed in had a really nice rooftop terrace – so we stayed there with some friends, ate, drank and watched the fireworks over the city at midnight. It was amazing! At about 2 a.m. we decided to go out and dance, so we went to a club called Maggie Choo’s. Let me tell you – that bar is crazy awesome! If you love watching people while enjoying your dring – Maggie Choo’s is the place to go. There are swings with the prettiest (and probably expensive… but that’s just a guess) girls hanging from the ceiling, the bartenders serve you from behind bars. The dresses are short and the music is loud. It’s definitely a place you should take a look at! The only thing that I really disliked about the club is that there were little people in uniforms dancing on a stage – they were obviously hired and didn’t look too happy to be there. It felt kind of degrading to me… But again, that’s just my impression.

 

The next day was kind of quiet (and a little hungover :)). We slept in and then decided to go on a little trip to Banglampoo, which is probably the most touristy part of town. We took the Chao Phraya Express Boat (20 baht, you can pay on the boat) and got off at Phra Athit. We took a little stroll around Samsen Road, Soi Rambutri and – of course – Kao San Road. Again, there’s lots of street vendors, clothing, food… sonsory overload! But worth it.

 

On January 2nd, we took a trip to Ayutthaya. Read all about that here. Our next day we spent in Bangkok again. We visited the German Embassy and took a stroll around Lumphini Park which is a paradise within the city! Its huge lake reminded me of the Alster at home in Hamburg. And we were not alone – the park is populated by humongous lizards!! Those guys won’t harm you in any way (at least I’m pretty sure the won’t…), just be aware that one of those scaly friends might cross your path from time to time. The longest one we’ve come across was about 1,50 m long.

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Lizard in Lumphini Park

At one point we were ready for a little break and rented one of the numerous little pedal boats on the lake. They look like swans and are so romantic🙂 Later that day we took a cooking class at Sompong Thai Cooking School, another activity that I highly, highly recommend!! Read more about the class here.

 

January 4th was all about the cultural experience. First thing in the morning, we visited the Grand Palace. Again, we took the Chao Phraya Express and got off at Tha Chang Pier. From there, it’s just a short walking distance to the Grand Palace. Have I talked about sensory overload before? Now – this is it!! Pageantry and magnificence whereever you look! It costs 500 baht to get in and is worth every single penny. Just be aware to dress appropriatly – the place is very important to the Thai population and you shoudn’t run around with hot pants, too much cleavage or dirty clothes. Bear in mind that different cultures might be offended by different ways to dress – my experice has shown that for example in Thailand – unlike many other countries – bare shoulders are not something that is much appreciated. Tourists will get away with it, but still. Try to adjust to different cultures while travelling. Just keep your eyes open for behaviour that might offend people, and you should be fine🙂

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Our next stop (again – walking distance) was Wat Pho with the Reclining Buddha. Again, dress appropriately – otherwise you will be given a robe to put on over your clothes. This place is a sancturay for Buddhists, keep that in mind. The Reclining Buddha is bigger than I have ever imagined! It symbolizes Buddha attaining Nirvana. The body is covered in gold, the feet impressively show buddhist symbols made from mother of pearl.

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If your feet still carry you (believe me, the areas of both the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are huge!), take the little ferry across the river to Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. It is totally worth it! You can actually climb onto the porcelain-covered tower and will be rewarded with a stunning view of the city. Just be warned – the stairs are steep as a ladder and if you’re scared of heights, this might not be for you. If your the one left behind downstairs, enjoy an iced coffee in the little coffee booth in front of Wat Arun. Let me tell you – it’s not that easy to get great coffee in Bangkok, but this place is rocking it!

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In the evening, we went to visit the Memorial Bridge Night Market. This place is heaven if you want to shop clothing, shoes, watches, jewelry and much more. I even dared to try my first grasshopper on that market – and nope, I’m not talking about the drink😉

On January 5th we continued exploring Bangkok’s markets – and visited Chutuchuck Weekend market. How do I even begin to explain the size and variety of this market?? I can’t!! Just go and explore. And bring some time. That’s all I have to say about this, Look out for my Thailand haul blogpost (coming soon) to see what I got.

In walking distance from Chutuchuck, all you foodies out there can explore Or Tor Kor market. They offer high quality food in a very clean (and cool) hall. If you’d like to try the real exotic stuff (like Durian, for example), you should not miss out on that market! Again, more about that is coming up on my food post.

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Last but not least, I went to discover Bangkok’s huge shopping malls on my last day in the city. I visited MBK and Siam Discovery, two examples of the variety Bangkok has to offer. MBK on the one hand is filled with little stalls and bigger shops, you can basically find everything and anything in there. It’s crowded, loud and exciting. Siam Discovery on the other hand is a very fancy, quiet and clean-looking place, filled with the more expensive brands. There’s a skyway connecting most of Bangkok’s shopping centers, it’s worth a tour!

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My time in Bangkok ended with an unforgettable night on the 64th floor of the Lebua State Tower. They have and amazing Skybar up there (which you might have seen in Hangover 2). The drinks are hella expensive but guys, they’re the best cocktails I’ve ever had! And the view is stunning!! Again, watch your clothes🙂 The place is quite fancy, men won’t be allowed with sneakers or shorts, girls should wear a pretty dress or something nice.

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That’s it for my time in Bangkok! If you want to read more about my time in Thailand, stay tuned for my other posts! Also, there’s gonna be more on Bangkok (best restaurants, cooking class etc) in those other posts, so don’t miss out on them🙂 Thanks for reading, guys! If you’re going to Bangkok any time soon: Be sure my pure envy is with you😉

See you in my next post!

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Might your deodorant be causing breast cancer?!

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Nowadays, aluminum salts are used in a ton of deodorants and antiperspirants. They’re supposed to shrink your sweat glands and therefore – well – make you sweat less throughout the day.  Is it just a myth or is it a scientifically accurate information that deodorants containing aluminum salts can increase your risk of getting breast cancer?  As far as I am informed, the connection between breast cancer and the use of those deodorants hasn’t fully been proved yet – still, there’s lots of warning signals. For example, in the last years breast cancer has been found conspicuously often in the upper outer quadrant of the breast – the area that’s closest to your armpit. Scientist also believe that aluminum can mess with your DNA as well as your hormones, especially oestrogen, in the longrun.

To sum it up: I’m neither a scientist nor some sort of alarmist, but why take a risk if you can avoid it? I did a quick research on deodorants sold in German drugstores (and probably elsewhere in Europe as well). I found lots of brands that do not use aluminum in their deodorants, CD, Sebamed, Lavera, Weleda, Dr. Hauschka, Speick, and Balea Med are just a few of them. If you don’t want to take a risk, just check the list of ingrendients on your deodorant. If it contains aluminum (or aluminium in British english), it will say so. I have decided to buy aluminum-free deodorants from now on. I’ve bought one by Sebamed and so far I’m quite pleased with it. If you’ve found the ultimate aluminum-free and yet effective deodorant – let all of us know in the comments🙂

Have a great week, everybody!

 

Ps.: In order to prevent breat cancer, you should also keep in mind this smart girl’s advice🙂

 

Also check out breastcancerawareness.com

Quiche du jour! (Spinach and Goatcheese)

Hello my friends,

since you guys seem to like my recipes (thank you so much for so many likes on my Apple-Streusel-Cake recipe!) I decided to let you know another one that I really enjoy.

It’s a spinach and goatcheese quiche, which you can either make a vegetarian version of or add some ham cubes – whatever you prefer! Actually, last weekend was my first time ever making this specific quiche. I was invited to a good friend’s birthday party (with a potluck dinner) and brought this. By the end of the night it was completely gone – so I guess people liked it🙂  Here we go!

Quiche

What you need:

For the dough:

  • 160 g of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 100 g of (soft, not molten though) butter
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • a little bit of butter
  • 2 onions or shallots
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 250 g of leaf spinach
  • a small handful of dried tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g of sour cream
  • 100 g of soft goat cheese (try to find a mild one – I accidently bought one that was flavoured with a little bit of honey and it turned out to be really yummy!)
  • If you like: 100 g of ham cubes or chopped up bacon slices
  • A little bit of cheese to sprinkle on top
  • Salt, pepper, and freshly grated nutmeg

How to make it:

Step 1: Prepare the dough

Making the dough is pretty simple. Put the flour with the salt in a bowl, and place a little “hollow” in the middle. In there, you pour the water and place the butter (if it is still a little hard, it’s best to chop it into little pieces). Now it’s time to use your (clean) hands: knead the dough like it’s your job!🙂 The more loving, the better🙂 After everything is well kneaded together, form a big scoop, wrap it into some plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Make the filling!

Now we’re starting with the fun part. Chop up the onions, squeeze or chop the garlic and braise the two lightly in a pan with about a tablespoon of butter. If you like meat in your quiche, add the ham or bacon as well. Add the spinach, the (chopped up) dried tomatoes, toss everything well and then turn off the heat.

In another bowl, mix the eggs, sour cream and goat cheese and stir it to a smooth creamy consistency. Add some freshly ground pepper, salt and nutmeg. Add the mixture to your other ingredients which are sitting in the pan.

Step 3: Create your quiche

Roll out the dought on a floured workspace. Grease your quiche-pan (which are traditionally made of white porcelain and have a wavy rim) or – if you don’t have one – a round springform or any type of baking dish. Put the dough into your pan and press it on to the inner rim as well. Pour the mixture from the fryong pan into your baking dish and create a smooth surface (any spinach leaves peeking out too much might get burned in the oven). If you like, sprinkle some cheese on top (goat cheese, grana padano, fresh gouda… whatever you like!). This is not a must though.

Put your quiche into the preheated oven (180° C, 360 ° F), if your oven lets you chosse, use bottom heat only. My oven does not have that option though, so I used top and bottom heat and covered my quiche with some aluminum foil as soon as it started getting too browned at the top. Bake it for about 30 minutes, take it out and let it cool for a while.

In my opinion, quiche tastes best when it’s only lukewarm. Cut it up like a cake and serve with a glass of white wine!

I hope you like this🙂 Bon appetit!

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Homemade Gingerbread (“Lebkuchen”)-Latte

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This is so yummy!!

For the past few weeks I’ve been contemplating the Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks, but haven’t tried it yet. Now I thought, why not try to make one myself? So I went ahead and bought Gingerbread-Spices (it’s a mixture including cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and cardamom), whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

How to make it:

– Fix yourself you favourite latte (I use one shot of freshly brewed espresso and some hot, frothed milk)
– Add about half a teaspoon of spices and some chocolate sauce
– Put lots of cream on top (mine is chocolate-flavoured)
– Add chocolate sauce on top
– Enjoy!

Let me know if you liked it and tweet me pictures of your very own Gingerbread Latte🙂 Happy holiday season!

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My recent trip to Victoria, BC

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Collage made on www.photovisi.com

Collage made on http://www.photovisi.com

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend I went on a beautiful trip to Victoria, BC. The city is located on Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! Two years ago we travelled to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Hornby Island for the first time and we instantly fell in love with the area.

This time, our trip had a very special reason: Two awesome friends of ours got married! The ceremony was held at Cordova Bay, which is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful place to start your lives as a married couple. What made this wedding extra special is that is was an international one – the bride is Spanish and the groom is Canadian, so both nationalities came together and held a colorful, happy and diverse party. There was lots of seafoods, wine and dancing – what else can you ask for?🙂

Photo taken by FJ

Photo taken by FJ

The city of Victoria itself is built around the Inner Harbor. So everywhere you go – you will soon hear the sound of metal clinking against the masts of the many sailing boats in the water. I remembered loving Fisherman’s Wharf, so right after we arrived in Victoria, we boarded one of the tiny little water taxis and went to the stunning marine neighborhood with all its floating houses and restaurants! The first (of many) Canadian foods I absolute craved for was poutine, so I had a yummy bucket full of that with seagulls circling us, hoping for some french fries to fall on the ground.

One of my very lasting impressions of Vancouver and Vancouver Island is, that the people love good food. Almost everywhere you go, you get organic, local, homemade food which always tastes fantastic. My favourite places in Victoria so far are the Blue Fox Café (breakfast to die for), the Relish (awesome coffee!! Also, you should try their sour dough bread, it’s delicious), the Spinnakers (best view from their patio!), Pizzeria Primastrada (real Italian Pizza!! Also their panna cotta is the bomb!), John’s Place (awesome food at any time of the day) and Bard and Banker (amazing interior, the building used to host a bank). If you’re of age, you really should check out all the different kinds of locally made beer from the countless micro-breweries in the area. They are so many different varieties, it would take years to taste them all. My personal favourite is cider though… yum!

Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown! Whether you want to eat tasteful Asian food, want to listen to the music of the great entrance gate at night or just want to wander around the small alleys, you should not miss out on a trip to Chinatown. Tea and Scandal has recently posted a great article about Victoria’s Chinatown, check it out right here!

If you’re travelling with kids, I would have definitely recommend visiting the Pacific Undersea Gardens in the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, I just found out that this beautiful old aquarium has been permanently closed just a few weeks after we’ve visited it. It was home to many beautiful and impressive creatures and its closure will definitely be a loss for Victoria in my opinion.

For those of you who plan to explore the island as a whole – definitely check out Tofino up in the north! This little marine town has a lot to offer, especially for those of you who have always wanted to learn surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Here’s your chance! We’ve been to Tofino Surf School two years ago and had great three hours of training with two coaches. Each of us managed to ride at least a few bigger waves towards the end of the lesson😉

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On your way up along the island’s shore, you will traverse the enormous rain forest of the Pacific Rim National Parc. It is so worthwhile to take your time and get out of the car every so often – there are lots of tracks leading you into the impressive forest. I have never seen such a pristine place of earth in my entire life. The massive old trees make you stand still in awe for a while and really make you rethink your position as a human being on this earth.

My favourite adventure of this year’s trip was probably our fishing trip in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Hearing the hundreds of seals on Race Rocks was something I will definitely never forget.

Another great place to be if you’re seeking quiet and peace is Hornby Island. Time seems to have come to a standstill on this little island and you can totally relax and forget about your job or other worries back at home.

I hope I was able to give you a little insight of why I think that Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you have any questions or need any more tips – don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email🙂

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My favourite apple-streusel cake – perfect for fall!

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Apple-Streusel cake

Apple-Streusel cake

Good afternoon, friends!

As the weather is getting much cooler and it really starts to feel like fall outside, for me this means baking-season starts🙂

Here’s the recipe for my favourite apple-streusel cake – so yummy! Have fun!

Step 1: The Streusel

Mix 300g of flour, 150g of sugar, 200g of butter, 1 package (= 8g) of vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt. Knead with your hands. It’s supposed to be kind of crumbly! Then divide the batter, put one third of it aside and press the rest of it on the bottom of a greased 26 or 28 cm (10 to 11 inches) springform baking pan. Make sure to press it a little bit up the rim as well, about as high as a finger or two.

It’s now time to preheat your oven to about 180 degrees celsius (360 fahrenheit) with circulating air.

Step 2: The filling

Mix 250ml of cream, 500g of low fat quark (curd cheese), 100g of sugar, 2 eggs, 40g of starch, 1 package (= 8g) of vanilla sugar, and one tablespoon (or a little less) of fresh lemon juice. Stir well, then pour the filling into the springform which you’ve already prepared with two thirds of the batter.

Step 3: The apples

Slice up about 800g of apples. Hard and kind of sour ones are best for baking (the best ones you can buy in Germany are Jonagold, Cox Orange, or Boskop). Spread the appleslices on the cake. Then add the rest of the streusels – which you’ve set aside earlier – evenly on top of the cake, et voila, you’re done!

Bake for about 60 to 80 minutes until the cake is well baked – in case the apples on top start getting to burned just cover the cake with aluminum foil for the remaining time in the oven. If you’d like, to can add a little cinnamon on top before serving. Offer your guests a yummy bowl of heavy whipped cream with it – mmmmhhhh🙂

Let me know if you like the cake! Happy fall everyone!

Every girl’s paradise – a haul

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ImageYesterday I went on a trip to girly heaven – a store called kosmetik4less. It’s actually an online shop, but they also have a store in Rosengarten near Hamburg. As soon as I found out about that, I asked two friends who love cosmetics just as much as I do and went on a train to Rosengarten.

Here’s what I got!

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First thing I got is a brush set from Real Techniques called the duo-fiber collection. It includes three limited edition brushes:

  • duo-fiber face brush: for lightweight application
  • duo-fiber contour brush: for controlled contouring and sculpting
  • duo-fiber eye brush: for finishing touches to the eye

The synthetic bristles are cruelty free and work with any types of products – creamy, powdery or liquid. They feel so soft! These are my first real techniques brushes and I’m really excited to try them out🙂

ImageNext thing I got is this creamy duo eyeshadow by Sleek. It’s called Molten Metal and I got it in the color 714 (on the left: Pewter, on the right: Gold Leaf). The pigmentation is AMAZING!! They almost look like gold foil on your eyelids – I’m in love🙂 Here’s a swatch (which is not complete true to color unfortunalety, sorry about that): Image

Speaking of Sleek: I bought another eyeshadow palette🙂 It’s the i-Diving palette “ultra mattes V2 – darks”. ImageImage

Then I got the “Knot Free Flare Short Black” lashed by lenilash and the DUO Individual Lash Adhesice to attach them to my eyelids. Image

Here’s what they look like when I put them on on my upper lash line:Image

Next thing I bought are two pencils by BarryM. ImageOne of them is the Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon in the color 1. It makes a great base for eyeshadows! It comes off in a very light kind of creamy-golden color – it looks gorgeous. Even though this crayon can be used on your lips as well, I don’t think this color would be very suitable for that🙂 The other one is a white kohl pencil. I’m very picky when it comes to the consistency of kolh pencils when I plan to apply them on my waterline… But this one is so easy to apply! It’s very creamy and so easy to put on, I’m very pleased🙂

The next and last thing I got are two nail polishes.Image The red one by BarryM has a matt finish to it. I’ve already tried it, it’s very easy to apply, you only need one layer because it covers really really well and it dries amazingly fast! I got it in the color 2 – Crush.

The other nail polish is the color “All a flutter” from the line “On the horizon” by China Glaze. It is basically a clear nail polish with little light-blue, yellow and white sprinkles in it. It is kind of cute when you put it on – but to be honest, I don’t really know when or where to wear this. It kind of reminds me of cupcakes though – so I might invite some friends over to bake cookies and cupcakes and cookies and I’ll probably wear it for that😉 It was a very spontaneous purchase – just because I was curious🙂

Well guys – that’s it! Wow, that was a lot of stuff. To give you a impression of what my friends and I bought alltogether, we unpacked all our purchases in the restaurant we went to afterwards – people around us were kind of amused and the waitress asked if she might come with us the next time😉 So to sum it up: we had a fun and very girly day🙂

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My first time

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Hey guys,

I’ve recently been loving the “My first time” tag on YouTube which I believe was started by Louise a.k.a. Sprinkleofglitter, so I decided to do a blog post on this myself. And nope, this is not about anything too personal – if you know what I mean – so if you’re hoping for that… sorry friend😉

Okay, let’s get started!

My first pet – was a little blue budgie called Peepsee. Why that name? Well, I got him for my first day at school when I was 6 years old and me being a little smartass I thought “Mhhh… Can’t budgies learn to talk? Well, as he’s a bird he’ll probably be capable of saying “peep” so all he has to learn in order to say his own name will be “see””!… Yaaaaah… That didn’t work out so well😉 But Peepsee – although he never said a word – became quite old, he had to be put asleep by the time I entered high school.

My first teddybear – was (at least in my opinion) a dog. That’s why I named him Kuschelhund – duuuh – he was a dog you could cuddle with! When I moved together with my boyfriend this year in May, Kuschelhund got to travel in one of 6 white IKEA cardboaImagerdboxes that usually stand on top of my wardrobe. I had a lot of friends helping me move all my stuff, so we had a rental truck and about 3 or 4 cars. Now, later that night, when everyone was gone, we put up my wardrobe so that was out of the way and I gathered my 6 boxes to go on top of it. Wait, 6 I said? Why were there only 5 of them? The box with Kuschelhund in it had vanished. Gone. Disappeared. I called every one of my helpers, no one had a white box in their car. Next day I called the truck rental – they hadn’t seen a box either. I looked on the streets in front of my old house and the new one… No white box. But that time I had been crying a lot of tears – seriously, I couln’t stand the thought of my Kuschelhund being out in the rain in that little cardbox box, soaking wet, maybe run over by a car… (Yah, I’m almost crying again now I’m writing about this…) Anyway, I decided to move on with unpacking, maybe the box would be found somewhere. So I went to my room, opened my wardrobe to put some clothes in – and there it was😀 The box and Kuschelhund had been in there all the time🙂 Lucky me🙂

 

My first friend – my actual first friend was a girl from the appartment building my parents lived in when I was born. Her name was Elena and she was 6 weeks older that me. But since I haven’t seen her in like… 20-something years now, I will tell you about the time I met my REAL first friend. Let’s call her N. N and I met in the summer of 1990 when we were both 3-and- a-half years old. Our Kindergarten had an orientation day – that’s where we met and it was love at first sight🙂 We went to Kindergarten and elementary school together, but when we got into 5th grade our educational ways split up. But we would still meet all the time (Tuesdays we went to my house and on Wednesdays we’d be at hers – it has always been that way :)), spend parts of our summer vacations at my Grandma’s and just had a great time together. Can you even imagine how happy I was when after she finished university she got a job offer here in Hamburg? We’re reunited now and still are great friends, which I’m very thankful for🙂

My first CD – “Alles nur geklaut” by the German band “Die Prinzen”. Still love them😉 I got the CD when I was about 10 years old from my godfather🙂

My first word – Shoe😉 How girly, right?

My first concert – The Kelly Family😀 In like… 1998 I guess?😉

My first time on an airplane – wasn’t until I was 14! Because my Mom is afraid of flying, I’ve never gone anywhere on a plane with my parents. My first flight then took me to Paris for a student exchange. I had an awesome time there!! 

My first job – besides babysitting and tutoring: Working at a supermarkt checkout. Yap, exciting😉 But what I’ve learned there is that actually money does stink. Eeeww. Also: When you put bottles on that conveyor belt (is that what you call it?) at the checkout, don’t (!) put them on there standing up and also not lying down with their long side facing the moving direction… They will roll all the time and that noise might get annoying for the poor girl siitng at the checkout all day. Oh, and if you buy a bottle of Federweißer (all you Germans know what I’m talking about…), please don’t put it on the belt at all. Just hold on to it. Thank you so much!😉

My first car – a used, dark blue 1998 Ford Fiesta🙂 I loved it sooo much! 

My first cellphone – A black Motorola CD 930😉 How many pictures of old cellphones did I have to look at on google to find out what it was called? Don’t ask😉

Well, I hope you liked my little TAG post, I would love to hear from any of your first times in the comments🙂

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