ACNE and thoughts about fairtrade

Don’t think that I have the money to buy high prized clothing only. I’m a student! But sometimes, especially after Christmas or my birthday, I have some money left, and this scarf is definitely worth paying 130 € for. Some years ago I  owned tons of scarves I didn’t actually wear and I ended up sorting my clothes out, owning some basics, adding some cool stuff and investing in some high quality pieces – like these scarves. I bought the first one in January and have loved it ever since then. I also wore it in summer as a cape over a tee when it got a little chilly in the evenings. I knew from the beginning that I wanted another one of these beauties! So the grey one it is and it’s as perfect as it can be. The dark wine coloured scarf is a bit tricky to combine in an all-pastel and light coloured outfit, but the grey one is just perfect for that! Not to mention how perfectly it matches the current colour of the sky…

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What do you think of them? :)

To be honest, I haven’t found the time and motivation to do research about fairtrade clothing. I’m even more glad about DariaDaria where you can find a great list (click) of shops that sell 100 % fair clothing. Due to my current budget and craving for clothes, I won’t say that I’ll shop these brands exclusively from now on, but when it comes to special items that are worth investing some money, these will be on my radar in the first place! I’m speaking of accessoires like bags and scarves mostly but also about the ONE perfect cashmere sweater (I do not own one) or THE perfect pair of high quality jeans.  I’m building up a well ordered wardrobe at the moment, which includes items like the ones mentioned, but it also includes some items that I do not own for now (a classic white blouse, one more pair of all black skinnies, some comfy loafers for spring/summer, just to mention a few). My budget doesn’t allow buying all those stuff fairtrade, so I will still go for Zara and H&M but I’m planning to change this once I’m in the state of having a fixed job and salary.
I’ve already written a post about animal-testing-free cosmetics, in case you’re interested! :)

Make Up Essentials

About two years ago I started reading fashion and beauty blogs. My all time favourite is The Daily Dose, but this isn’t where I’ve learnt most of my make up skills. The truth is YouTube. I was watching the videos of Daaruum over and over, not copying any kind of style but getting inspired by the products she used. I bought my first M.A.C product which was a Paint Pot (bare study to be more precise) and stocked up with more high end make up essentials over time. As you might know from one of my posts (see here) I’m not buying M.A.C products any more but I still love Urban Decay. I started using KIKO products in summer and it turned into one of my favourite cosmetic brands ever! The products are cheap compared to high end and they are definitely of high quality. There are some essentials, however, which I decided not to buy in high end quality. Concealer and loose powder are the two products I apply more than one time a day, every day, so it would be quite expensive on the one hand and on the other I like the Alverde Loose Powder and Catrice Camouflage Cream very much! I admit that I haven’t tried lots of different loose powders, but I’ve tried a bunch of Camouflages and Concealers and decided that the Catrice version works best for me. Check out the pictures for my favourite everyday essentials :)

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The pictures are also showing the way I store my beauty essentials. These are the products I use everday or at least regularly. I have one box under the dressing table where I store products that I use from time to time but not regularly. Some might say that this is boring, but I actually use nearly the same products every day because I tend to style a quite natural look for everday life (which doesn’t mean that it takes me less than 15 minutes in the morning! ;)) When it comes to nighttime and going out, I let the eye liner be a little bolder, the bronzer a little darker and the conture in the crease more defined. For daytime I apply a light reflecting concealer under the eyes (Kiko Soft Focus Concealer) and a little more covering version for spots (Catrice Camouflage Cream). Liquid foundation is a little to heavy for my skin so I use no foundation at all or a BB/CC cream or compact powder (Kiko Compact Powder) to give my skin a touch of colour, especially in winter. Because I feel like Bronzer is too dark for conturing my cheek bones, I replaced the Bronzer by a darker shade of loose powder and apply M.A.C Sculpting Cream to highlight the area above the cheekbones and over the eyebrow. A soft pink blush is just perfect to intensify the colour of my cheeks. Can anyone recommend an alternative for the M.A.C Paint Pots? They’re not even close to empty but I use them every day as an eye shadow base and alternate between bare study and soft ochre. A layer of light eye shadow (Urban Decay Foxy or W.O.S) comes before the conturing of the crease. I choose brown or grey shades most of the time and I love M.A.C ‚Club‘ for the night. My best friend is the small Urban Decay Naked Basics palette which is so useful and easy to carry. I use all the shades with regularity and I love them all. I even found one shade for my brows in that lovely eye shadow palette.  The black eye shadow (Crave) is used as a replacement for liquid/gel eye liner ‚cause I think that those are too heavy for daytime. Mascara, next to concealer, is my must have and also among the ‚I buy more than two a year‘ products. I truly tried plenty, but my favourite and animal-testing free Mascara is… can anyone guess? Yes, from Kiko!

How are you storing your make up and which essentials do you need for every day?

Shopping lately

Today I’m still coping with the fact of living about 500 km away from my boyfriend… we meet every weekend but it feels like that’s not enough. But if I’m lucky, I will have finished all the stuff at university by next fall and be able to move back to Stuttgart or even spend one semester abroad (the two of us together of course :)). Keep fingers crossed that it’ll work out! To keep my good mood on, shopping is a great help :) here are some items that have been on my list for a long time.

So were the black Nike Frees 5.0. And I’ve got a little secret to tell about these. I got them from Zalando and ordered kids size. This works pretty well with all kinds of sneakers as my feet are really small. The best thing about this is that kids size is often half the prize! These were 55 € less than the normal ones and I can’t see any difference, so if you have small feet, go for it! ;) I know that they are made for running but when it comes to that, I prefer the running shoes that are perfectly made for my feet and running manner, so these shoes are for everyday life and they are the most comfortable shoes ever.

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Apart from these, I proudly announce my first boots with a bit of a heel in years! Thinking back to 2010, I never wore shoes with heels less than 5 cm due to my height, but after some time I realized that walking around in high heels all the time is damaging not only my feet but also my spine and even my social behaviour. I often resisted to go for walks without my high heels, which wasn’t beneficial for the people surrounding me. The following years I merely bought flat shoes in all forms, because I realized that they can be really pretty as well. What I missed was a classy pair of black boots that work for everyday but also for a nice restaurant, mixed with a black pair of skinny jeans or a pretty little dress. They’re Tamaris and of course very comfortable and quite cheap regarding that they’re made of high quality leather. I also love the golden details that go along very well with my Michael Kors bag, don’t they? :)

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The following items are by Zara (scarf), LTB (jeans) and H&M (sweater). All of them are perfect for the coming season! The scarf is the biggest I’ve ever bought, it’s even bigger than my ACNE scarf and I love it. I’ve never been really keen in animal prints but I liked this one as it is not too colorful but still leo :) I’ve been craving for a pair of torn jeans for a year but never found some that fitted perfectly. I love boyfriend jeans but unfortunately they’re not made for me. Everytime I try them on I decide to stick to the classy form of skinny jeans and I never regretted it. What I like about that exact pair is that it’s torn but you can’t see my skin anyway thanks to small parts of fabric fixed directly underneath the torn parts of the jeans. What do you think about the sweater? I love it, because actually it’s my first black one and it’s reeaaally chunky! I’d say I’m prepared for winter, are you too?

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Recently bought… Winter Accessoires

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Okay, erstens, es ist nicht alles gekauft und zweitens, wie definiere ich „recently“?
Nicht gekauft ist die Mütze, die hat meine Oma für mich gehäkelt und ich liebe sie :) den Bommel hab ich bei Dawanda bestellt, und zwar bei Seja-Design, er ist wirklich sehr schön und hochwertig.

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Die Lederhandschuhe von Röckl habe ich schon im Dezember bei Peek & Cloppenburg gekauft… gekostet haben sie etwa 50 Euro. Ich bin wirklich zufrieden damit, sie sind innen schön warm gefüttert und halten die Wärme sehr gut. Durch das Glattleder sehen sie zu dem auch noch edel aus. Vorne zeigen sie leider schon ein paar Gebrauchsspuren, aber mein Gott, es sind Handschuhe! Nur weil sie Abnutzungsspuren zeigen, heißt es ja nicht, dass sie schon im nächsten Winter kaputt sein werden.

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Und nun zu meinem neuen Liebling: der weinrote Acne Schal (den hab ich mir jetzt mal gegönnt, ein bisschen Luxus braucht der Mensch :)) er kam erst letzte Woche an und ich habe mich sofort verliebt. Kennt ihr das, wenn man ein Designer-Teil trägt? Man fühlt sich einfach gut, auch wenn man gar nicht auf den ersten Blick erkennt, dass es sich um ein Designer-Stück handelt. Aber je nach dem wie der Schal sich dreht, ist das Acne Logo nicht zu übersehen:

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Nächste Woche fliegen noch zwei neue Dinge bei mir ein, die diesmal aber nichts mit Mode zu tun haben. Wait for it :)

Michael Kors Is All Around

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Ich habe sie gefunden. Die Tasche, die in Perfektion Design mit Funktionalität kombiniert. Und möglich gemacht hat es das wunderbare Design Label Michael Kors. Ich liebe das robuste schwarze Saffiano-Leder, die goldenen Details und die Geräumigkeit der Tasche. Aber seht selbst (haha, seht, im Plural, vielleicht liest das eines Tages tatsächlich mehr als ein Leser):
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Zuerst dachte ich, dass ich sie in erster Linie fürs Studium verwenden werde, da ich ohne Probleme meinen Laptop, zwei Mappen, eine Flasche Wasser und die üblichen Dinge, die ich mit mir herumtrage, unterbringen kann. Herausgestellt hat sich, dass ich, seit ich die Tasche besitze, keine andere mehr benutzt habe, weil sie einfach jedes Outfit aufwertet. Ich bin mir jetzt schon sicher, dass das nicht meine einzige Michael Kors Tasche bleiben wird. Es ist übrigens das erste Mal, dass ich so viel Geld für eine Tasche ausgegeben habe und ich muss sagen, es hat sich mehr als gelohnt!

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Das Modell heißt übrigens Jet Set Travel Tote MacBook. Das Fach mit dem Reißverschluss ist ein gepolstertes Notebookfach für ein Notebook bis 15 Zoll. Nein, ich besitze kein MacBook! Bestellt habe ich trotzdem im Apple Store ;)

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Ich wäre daran interessiert, zu wissen, wie andere zu Designer Taschen stehen? Louis Vuitton oder Prada fällt bis jetzt gar nicht in mein Beuteschema und für Saint Laurent habe ich schlichtweg kein Geld. Daher bin ich sehr froh, genau diese Tasche von Michael Kors gefunden zu haben :)