15 years of Essence – Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘

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Hey Guys

Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m showing you the Essence Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘ as the brand celebrates 15 years of beautiful and affordable (!) cosmetics!

The limited edition is available from April to June 2017 so get your hands on it quickly! I was lucky and won an Instagram give-away so that I can now show you all the products they came up with…

Brushes & Bag

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The package features a super-pretty holographic make-up bag. It’s quite large and holds all my products when I’m on the way. I think I’m gonna use this one for all the products I need at university to refresh my make-up. Also they included 4 different brushes which ends are transparent with some ‚bubbles‘ inside. The tips of the brushes are black and rose, pink and mint. It’s a larger powder brush, a lip brush, and two eyeshadow brushes – one for blending and one for applying small amounts of products. I haven’t tested these yet but they feel quite soft and not too hard and synthetic, still need to check whether they blend well…

New Palettes

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Look at the cute new palettes essence came up with! The packaging has little bright and colorful pearls at the top that move around… They offer two kinds of palettes: one for 4 pods and one for 8. Why am I saying „pods“? Well, the palettes are not magnetic like Z palettes but you can insert the little eyeshadow or blush pods from essence. Meaning only these fit in and no other magnetic eyeshadows which I find a bit sad. Also, there is no mirror on the inside so checking your make-up on the go isn’t possible. But for transporting your favorite shadows these palettes are really good and look very individual!

Lip Products

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The set also has two very glittery lipsticks: a silver and pink one. I’m not too sure if I’m gonna like these as I fear the glitter makes the lipstick stiff and hard to apply. I can imagine they look good on top of a lipstick to achieve a metallic finish… I have to play around with these two to find out 🙂

Also, essence came up with lip powders and a lip base which fit into their new palettes. The left pod is more or less a base or balm which you apply first on your lips and then top it with a rosy or pinky lip powder… Quite innovative as I haven’t seen this before and definitely need to check this out!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Powders & Blushes

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These are my favorite new products essence came up with! First, on the left side we have a translucent setting powder for the undereye and any oily spots in your face. Second, a highlighting shade which is a golden, vanilla shade with shimmer. And my all time favorites are the two shimmery blushes – one in rose and another in pink. The colors look so pretty. Also the powders all feel quite soft and blendable but I need to test them on the face…

Eyeshadows

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10 birthday shades! I divided mine into two different categories: nude, rose and vanilla shades and blue, green and silvers. Honestly, I love the palette on the left side more as I will use these colors more frequently but why not try something new? The blue and green shades will be perfect for that. Overall, they feel creamy and not very dry when I swatched them and the color pay-off is good for the price you’re paying!

If you want a more detailed color description of the blushes and eyeshadows, please let me know in the comments down below!

So that was it! What do you think of the birthday collection? Did you get and try any of these products yet?

Stay sparkling!

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Hallo ihr Lieben

Willkommen zurück auf meinem Blog! Heute zeige ich euch die neue Essence Geburtstags-Kollektion ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘, da die Marke 15 Jahre voller schöner und erschwinglicher Produkte feiert.

Die limitierte Edition ist von April bis Juni 2017 verfügbar, deshalb solltet ihr schnell sein und zuschlagen! Ich hatte so viel Glück, dass ich bei Instagram bei einem Gewinnspiel gewonnen habe und euch deswegen alle Produkte zeigen kann, die zu der Kollektion gehören…

Die Pinsel & die Tasche

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In dem Paket fand ich unter anderem eine superschöne holographische Make-Up Tasche. Sie ist gerade groß genug, um Platz für alle meine Produkte, die ich unterwegs brauche, zu bieten. Ich denke, die Tasche wird perfekt sein, um alle meine Sachen aufzubewahren, die ich in der Uni brauche, um mein Make-Up aufzufrischen. Außerdem gehören vier verschiedene Pinsel mit dazu, deren Enden transparent sind und kleine Blubberblasen enthalten – sehr cool. Auch gut sind die bunten Farben der Pinselenden, wie pink, mint oder rosa. Es sind sowohl ein großer Puderpinsel, ein Lippenstiftpinsel und zwei Lidschattenpinsel – eine zum Blenden, die andere, um gezielt Farbe aufzutragen – im Set enthalten. Ich habe alle zwar noch nicht getestet, aber sie fühlen sich sehr weich und nicht wirklich hart und synthetisch an, trotzdem werde ich noch prüfen, ob sie auch zum verblenden geeignet sind…

Neue Paletten

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Schaut euch nur diese soooo süßen, neuen Paletten an! Die Verpackung ist mit kleinen, leuchtenden und farbenfrohen Perlen versehen, die bei Bewegung hin- und herfliegen… Essence bietet zwei verschiedene Arten von Paletten: eine für 4 Pöttchen und eine für 8. Warum nenne ich sie „Pöttchen“? Die Paletten sind nicht magnetisch (wie die Z Paletten), man kann nur die verschiedenen Lidschatten oder Gesichtsprodukte von Essence hineinpacken. Das heißt, dass nur diese leider reinpassen und keine anderen, was ich echt sehr schade finde. Leider ist auch kein Spiegel in der Palette drin, also könnt ihr euer Make-Up damit zwischendurch nicht checken. Zum transportieren oder reisen finde ich die Palette trotzdem toll, da ihr somit eure schönsten Lidschatten, Puder oder Blushs mitnehmen könnt und generell sieht die Palette sehr individuell aus!

Lippenprodukte

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Außerdem gibt’s in dem Set zwei sehr stark glitzernde Lippenstifte: einen silbernen und einen linken. Ich bin echt nicht sicher, ob mir die beiden gefallen werden, der Glitzer in den beiden fühlt sich sehr ‚hart‘ an und ich denke es wird schwer aufzutragen zu sein. Ich denke als Highlight auf den Lippen, über einem matten Lippenstift wird es bestimmt cool aussehen und ein metallisches Finish hinterlassen… Ich muss noch ein wenig damit herumspielen, um es herauszufinden.

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Außerdem hat Essence Lippenpuder und -basis entworfen, die ebenfalls in die Palette passen. Der linke Pott ist eher eine Lippenbase oder ein Balm, den ihr zuerst auf den Lippen aufträgt, um ihn dann mit einem der Lippenpuder zu toppen… Sehr innovativ, habe es so vorher noch nicht gesehen!

Puder & Blushes

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Diese sind definitiv meine liebsten Sachen zwischen den ganzen neuen Produkten! Zuerst habt ihr auf der linken Seite ein durchsichtiges, weißes Puder, welches das Make-Up fixiert und ölige Stellen vorbeugt. Als zweites gibt es einen Highlighter in gold-vanille mit Schimmer. Meine allerliebsten Favoriten sind die beiden schimmernden Blushes – einer in rosa, der andere pink. Die Farben sehen so schön aus. Außerdem fühlen sich alle Puder sehr weich und blendbar an, aber ich muss sie noch etwas weiter testen…

Lidschatten

10 Geburtstags-Farben! Ich habe meine in zwei verschiedene Kategorien eingeteilt: nude, rosa und Vanille farbene Töne und blau, grün und silber farbene Töne. Um ehrlich zu sein, gefällt mir die linke Palette ja etwas mehr, da ich diese Art von Farben ständig benutzt, aber man kann ja auch mal etwas neues ausprobieren, richtig? Gerade die blauen und grünen Farben sind perfekt dafür. Insgesamt fühlen sie sich sehr cremig an und nicht sehr trocken, als ich sie geswatcht habe. Die Farbintensität ist auch großartig, wenn man nur an den Preis dabei denkt!

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Falls ihr eine detailliertere Beschreibung der Blushes und Lidschatten haben wollt, sagt mir in den Kommentaren Bescheid.

Soooo, das war’s! Was denkt ihr über die Geburtstags-Kollektion? Habt ihr euch was davon gekauft und schon getestet?

Stay sparkling!

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Throwback to Italy – Traveling through Ravenna and San Marino

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland. Better late then never they say, today I finally finished preparing my travel diary of our two last stops in Italy – Ravenna and San Marino.

I hope you enjoy this little flashback and let’s jump right into it!

Ravenna

One day we realized we kind of suffered from a sunburn so we decided to spend the whole day in Ravenna, also doing a little sightseeing tour. We bought our tickets, got a map and then walked through whole Ravenna to see all the old churches and monuments. Most of these are officially part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

We started at the entrance to Basilica di San Vitale and visited the old church with its beautiful ceiling, all the paintings and mosaics still from the Roman era make this basilica famous. I have to admit, it was really impressive. Next up we walked through the old town and came across the grave of Dante, a well-known philosopher and poet in the Middle Age. 

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After seeing almost every cathedral and basilica in Ravenna we came to our last stop – the dome of Ravenna. The Cattedrale della Risurrezione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo is the main church in Ravenna and also the seat of the bishop of this area. The present church’s architecture is of the 18th century – Baroque.

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San Marino

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As well in our two weeks of holiday, we visited the Republic of San Marino which is surrounded completely by Italy and since 2008, the historic center is a world heritage. Actually, we just strolled around the historic center and visited the old fortress and experience an amazing view but see yourself!

I really liked their old center and all the little boutiques and restaurants in every corner. Still, be aware when you’re shopping – I found out that some fragrance shops sell fake perfume…

So I hope you liked this little travel review and I’m looking forward to hear about your recent travel destinations.

Stay Sparkling!

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Flashback to Summer – Venice Look

Hey Guys!

It’s been a while that I’ve published my travel diary about Venice, if you haven’t read it yet, here it is!

Today, as it’s turning colder and colder outside, I wanna share with you the outfit I wore in Venice. So let’s go!

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Off-Shoulder Top – Pull&Bear

Shorts – Zara

Shoes – Les Tropeziennes

Sunglasses – Dior

To be honest, this was one of my favorite outfits during my vacation in Italy, it was just too comfy and still looks great…

If you’re interested, here are the looks I wore in Florence, Ravenna, Nice and Saint Tropez!

How do you like my look, guys?

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Stay sparkling!

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„Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.“ – Christopher Moore

Welcome back everyone!

Today I prepared a travel post about my trip to Venice and San Marino during holidays. I hope you enjoy the pictures and travel diary…

Let’s start with Venice & Murano!

It’s such a beautiful island, we decided to start to walk to the Piazza San Marco and went along the quarter Canareggio. We kind of found out that we walked longer than we could have but anyway, we wanted to go round the island as well…

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What I liked were the little Italian houses mixed with different architectural styles such as the Gothic or Romantic architecture where famous architects such as Mauro Codussi left their marks. If you leave the normal ‚tourist route‘ it turns out to by less crowded but still very beautiful. Also I love all the little canals and small bridges in Venice – it actually consists of 118 different, little island!

We decided to go to the Ponte di Rialto first – unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it, they were refurbishing it –  and then along the canal finally into the direction of the Piazza San Marco. And it was so impressive! The architecture is amazing! However it was really crowded so we just strolled along the little shops around the place where I found a really nice leather bag from a Florentine leather manufacturer…

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Our next stop was the Ponte dei Sospiri – a short historical insight, it used to be the place where the prisoners had the last chance to look into the lagune and feel some kind of freedom before they were imprisoned. I found it to be very small and little but still hundreds of people gathered in front of it…

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From there we took the public transport to Murano – an island close to Venice known for its glass creation. I loved the ride with the boat although it was quite expensive (15€ for one person) but the surrounding looked so pretty and it was nice to get some fresh air and have a shady place to sit – it was really warm that day!

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Arrived at Murano, we visited one of the many glass manufacturers and in a very touristic show they showed how they manufacture Murano glass with its special patterns. We then decided to discover the island a little and strolled around the streets, visited some churches and ate the best ice cream ever – mine was coconut and tasted amazing!

After a little while – and some shopping in the many Murano glass shops – we went back to Venice and made our way to the place we parked our car. I really enjoyed our day in Venice and Murano and I’m looking forward to visiting these islands and later also Burano again.

Hope you liked my little travel diary!

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Mac „Dubonnet“ Amplified Finish – Review & Swatch

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I finished my internship this week and prepare everything for my trip to France, Italy and Austria in 6 (!!!) days, yay!

This time I’d like to show you one of my favorite lipsticks at the moment, the Mac „Dubonnet“ with an amplified finish. I found this one by accident at a Mac counter, I was actually looking for the shade „Diva“ but for summer I found it too purple and dark. Thus, I decided to go with a bordeaux red shade: Dubonnet!

„Dubonnet“ – Amplified Finish (3g for 20.50€ via Mac)

5.jpgFirst of, the texture. Amplified is

  • highly pigmented
  • creamy when applying
  • opaque
  • long-lasting
  • almost matte with a slight shine

Overall, I really like this texture and the easy application.

The color is described as a ‚deepened claret‘ (wine red)according to Mac and well, it suits the shade. It’s a warm and deep wine or bordeaux red that is perfect for going out or for a classic red lipstick look. However it has a bit of brown in it and works well on nearly every skin tone. Additionally, the lipstick also provides for a sheen shimmer.

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The application is as simple as it could be! One swipe and you’re ready to go. It gives opaque coverage with just one layer and feels so smooth and soft when applying. Also afterwards, the lipstick more or less feels like a glossy cream or balm and for me it’s not at all drying after some time. The color looks great for more than 4 hours and after it dried you can eat or drink without wearing any irregularities. Still, when applying too much, the color can fizzle a bit. But either with just one layer or a lip liner everything works out well.

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The pigmentation and the shade are just amazing for an everyday look or a dangerous and vampy look in the evening or for a night-out.

So I have to say, I love this shade. As I always love darker reds, this one is a perfect contriution to my collection and it lasts the whole day which is very good being on-the-go all the time!

Here’s a swatch to see yourself…

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What do you think of it? DId you try the lipstick or would you? Share your thoughts… And don’t forget to check out my Instagram profile

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