Monday, September 19, 2016

3 Days In Berlin

For my 21st birthday last year my awesome sister got me tickets to the Bieber concert in Berlin which finally happened last Wednesday (awesome show, great seats, but JB himself only singing about 5 sentences during the entire night? Yeah.). The concert was on our first night there and then we had two more days for exploring the city, so I thought I'd reminisce a bit and sum up my personal highlights of what do to do/see in this quick Berlin guide!


WHERE TO SHOP

We stayed away from the main shopping street which is Kurfürstendamm, since we wanted to be able to say "Oh, this top? It's from this cute little no-name boutique in Berlin" afterwards. So we headed for the Kastanienallee instead which indeed was packed with the cutest little stores. Some of my favorites were Broke + Schön, Hallo Herz and the Flagshipstore right off of Kastanienallee. That last store is where I basically emptied my entire wallet for this gorgeous dark green jacket thing-y, handmade from a Berlin-based fashion label called jeeij.


By far the coolest (and most hipster-esque) place we visited was Hallesches Haus. We totally didn't fit in there as we looked far too mainstream & tourist-y but oh well. It's a concept store consisting of both a general store as well as a café. I fell in love with quite a few of the home decor pieces, but with luggage allowance and all that, I ended up only getting this gorgeous edition of Fitzgerald's Tales Of The Jazz Age. As for the café part, I was still way too full from breakfast so I only stole a few bites from my sister's chocolate caprese cake, but just thinking about it makes me drool.


WHERE TO EAT

After our little shopping adventure we were both starving so we ordered some burgers and fries at this tiny place called Schiller Burger and let me tell you, it was beyond incredible! The next morning we had breakfast at mokkabar which was also delicious. The staff was some of the friendliest we encountered in the entire city and I really can't recommend the pancakes enough!


WHAT TO DO

As embarrassingly tourist-y and expensive as they are, I really do think that sightseeing buses are a great way to get a glance at all the main sights of a city, especially when you are only visiting for a couple of days and wouldn't get a chance to see them all otherwise, so we hopped onto one on our first afternoon. That being said, the tour seemed to last forever since we got stuck in rush-hour traffic and were moving extremely slowly, and I got really hangry towards the end, so I think we could've done without it this time around.
My absolute highlight of this entire trip was by far the visit to the Tempelhofer Feld. Tempelhof is a Berlin airport that was abandoned in 2008, and it has been open to the public for a few years now. It's basically a huge recreational area where people are biking, skating and street windsurfing on the apron. There was just something about walking down (and taking embarrassing photos on) a runway that felt so cool and surreal. Apparently there's also a really cute Urban Gardening area nearby, which we sadly didn't hear about until after our visit so we didn't get to see that.



THE VERDICT?

Berlin was cool. In fact, it was probably a bit too cool and hipsteresque for me, and it definitely wasn't a city where I could picture myself living one day. I believe I didn't see a single person wearing makeup during these three days, and walking down the street with a bottle of beer in one's hand doesn't really appeal that much to me either. However, it was a really great experience, and it was nice to see something very different compared to overly pretentious and chic Munich, but, you know, there's no place like home after all :)

If you want some more impressions from my Berlin trip, head over to my Instagram!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Perfect Summer Dress

Let's talk about my current favorite summer dress, shall we? I bought this months ago, back when na-kd.com first launched (great online store by the way!). But it wasn't until recently that I finally whipped this out of my closet. I'm not the biggest fan of going braless - which is absolutely necessary with this dress due to the back - but I have to say I still feel really comfortable and confident when wearing this. Also, I just freakin' love this color, even though it might not scream summer :)


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Summer in a bottle

Loving perfumes but also getting a headache from them, is a bit of a stupid combination. I would love to be that person that wears scents on a daily basis, however, most of them give me a severe headache within minutes and it usually lasts throughout the entire day. So generally I tend to stay away from perfumes, but I've been on a bit of mission to find some summer-y ones that I can wear without feeling like having to chop my head off instantly.
Luckily for me, Beach by Bobbi Brown seems to be one of those.


The Bobbi Brown website says it's "designed with a (...) blend of sand jasmine, sea spray and mandarin", however, Summer in a bottle describes this perfectly. I mostly smell sunscreen which I believe is a love or hate thing, and well, I happen to love it. One sniff of this takes you to summer days on a sandy beach by the ocean. It's not fruity or sweet or any of the typical perfume notes, thus unlike anything I've ever smelt and just so, so lovely. Most importantly for me: no headaches so far, so I know what I'll be wearing all summer long!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

MAC Beauty Powder + FOTD

My sister, being the (sometimes) awesome sister she is, got me a couple of MAC goodies that I wanted to talk about today.
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus (Link!) - Beauty Powder in Pearl Sunshine (Link!) - Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Spontaneous (Link!)

Now the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is nothing sensational, it has however become my go-to setting powder so a back-up for when I run out of my current one is always nice to have! It gets the job done perfectly, setting and mattifying while still keeping your face natural looking.

Far more exciting for me is their new Beauty Powder which I believe is from a current Limited Edition. It's definitely too dark and shimmery to be a powder, so "blush / highlight" would've been a better fit :) I like the fact that the shimmer is not too obnoxious and that the color doesn't turn too orange or muddy on the face. It gives you that perfect sun kissed - "I just got back from my California trip (when I really didn't)" - look and I LOVE it! Whilst I usually have to apply 3 products (bronzer, blush and highlighter), I just had to swipe this one product all over the place and that was that! I should probably add that I am vampire-like pale, so maybe this won't suffice as blush for everyone.


The glossiness of their Patentpolish Lip Pencils is something that will never cease to amaze me! I did a review on a couple of different colors a little while ago (Link!), and just like I mentioned there, I still think they're a good lip product, but nothing extraordinarily brilliant. They are really glossy and creamy and feel lovely, but they are quite sheer and won't last on your lips for too long. I was really looking forward to this plum color, but on my lips it just turned out as 'your lips but better'.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hello 2016!

2015 was a shitty year blogging-wise, no doubt about that. Especially towards the end of the year I just got too busy and distracted with.. well, life. So much was going on so I thought I'd give a quick update! 

First of all, meet COOKIE!
                                                               What a flattering photo of me :)

Cookie's our new 10 week old Havanese puppy and I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any cuter than her. These last two weeks with her have probably been the most exhausting ones of my life, trying to get her housebroken and to not chew the cables, and trying to figure out boring stuff like insurance. She is the fluffiest puppy ever though, so it's all good :)
I turned 21 a day after we got her, but we were all so occupied with her it actually turned out to be the most unspectacular birthday ever.

A couple of days after that I finally went ahead and got my very first tattoo! I've been wanting this specific tattoo on this specific spot for well over 2 years now but somehow this was like a dentist's appointment that you just keep putting off and off.. until now! It's a lily which is a symbol of Bosnia where I'm originally from. Cause, you know, I need a tattoo to remember my roots and all.. :)

I'm not a big fan of resolutions (mainly because I simply know that I won't be able to stick to them for longer than 3 days max) but I really do hope I can bring myself to sit down and update this little blog of mine more often :)
I hope everyone's had great holidays and is ready for this new year, I know I am! I have a feeling that 2016 is gonna be a good one with many exciting changes for me.

I did get a few makeup bits and a MAC gift card which means even more makeup so expect a haul and some reviews soon!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall OOTD

Long time no see & sadly I have ZERO excuses this time, so let's just move on.. :)
I wanted to post this fall OOTD before winter officially arrived, which - according to the snow flakes my weather app - will be tonight.



This black dress from Mango has been an absolute staple in my closet this fall - I love how you can simply pair it with different jackets, bags and shoes and create completely different outfits this way.
I just noticed that the leather jacket is also from Mango and this also has become a staple piece, especially for spring and fall.
Now on to the really exciting part - my purse. Handmade by my obviously extremely talented sister. She got obsessed with sewing several months ago and she's been making purses and makeup bags and dresses and all kinds of stuff - so awesome, I wish I had some kind of talent like that, ha.



Sunday, September 6, 2015

Makeup (& Brush!) Madness

A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to visiting my sister at the new MAC Pro Store that opened in Munich a little while ago. Initial plan was only saying hi and maybe joining her on her lunch break but she ended up talking me into buying not one, not two, but five new products. So let's have a look at what I got, yes?






 1. "Burgundy Times Nine" palette - This is actually my very first MAC palette and I freakin love it. It's got all the neutrals you would need on a daily basis and it's a good mixture between matte and shimmery shades. And it's such good value for money - I mean, 9 eyeshadows for 39€? Poppyseed (top middle) and Quarry (top right) have been my go-to sweep-all-over-the-lid choices whilst I've been sticking to the darker colors like Star Violet and Sketch (bottom middle and right) for blending in the crease and outer corner. In these pictures I'm also wearing Star Violet smudged along my lower lash line along with...


2. Fluidline Eye Pencil in Earth Sign - initially applied on my waterline and lower lash line this looked a bit dark and scary but blended out with Star Violet this is a perfect combo which really compliments green eyes especially.

3. Brow Set in Show Off - I'm on the fence about this as it's a gorgeous color but I find applying it difficult as hell. I'm used to using a clear brow gel where I don't have to be too careful as it's, you know, clear.. With this however I smudge it pretty much everywhere and afterwards I have to remove the smudges with a Q-tip and it's all a bit too much of a hassle for me personally so I'm not sure yet whether I really like this or not.

4. Lipglass in Spite - ohh this might be my favorite right after the palette. This is the perfect mauve shade and yes, it's a bit dark on a pale face like mine but that's what I absolutely love, especially now with fall right around the corner.

5. Cleanse Off Oil - again, not too sure about this product. Yes, it does a great job at removing makeup (even waterproof eyeliner and mascara is no problem!) - however, I'm not sure I actually like the fact that it's an oil. Using it and getting it out of the bottle is kind of messy and ugh, I don't know.. Good thing I got the travel sized version!

A bit off topic, but I've actually also started a process of slowly renewing my makeup brush collection. Whilst I do think that makeup brushes can get a bit expensive I also believe that it's a good investment as brushes are something that will last you for years and I definitely do think that you can tell a difference in the way makeup applies and looks on your face. Like I said, it's been a slow process, a new powder brush here, an eyeshadow brush there.. Getting to throw away the cheap not-so-great-quality shedding-like-hell brushes feels great though and this time, after leaving the MAC store, I went and bought these 2: the Zoeva #126 Luxe Cheek Finish that I use as a blush brush and #231 Luxe Petit Crease which has become my go-to brush for blending in the crease.
I find Zoeva brushes to be great value for money and whilst I went for the standard kind of brushes, they have the prettiest versions like these rose gold ones. *heart-eyed emoji*


So much makeup talk.. What have you gotten recently?
 
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