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Duesseldorf, NRW, Germany
Iam a German 40s/50s/60s Pin up Girl, Retro Addict and Weirdo. I love make up, to craft, do photoshootings and collect vintage clothes/ lingerie. In my blog you can read all about it, mashed up with my thoughts about fashion/styling.

Samstag, 19. April 2014

I am no Banana Joe

Hello everyone,

a few weeks back i got to work again with Elisabeth Hackmann. We got to do a lot of photos together and here is Part 1 of the shooting. It was a lot of fun as always - we have been shooting on and off for, I think, 9-10 years now....

Donnerstag, 17. April 2014

Beauteque Sample haul

Hello everyone,

the only advantage of beeing sick and sleepless is that I finallly manage to catch up with my blog posts. Fortunately it´s all pre-photographed so me and my laptop don´t even need to leave the bed for this.

A few weeks ago I got aware of a new online shop for korean skin care products named Beauteque sitting in the US and for their big openening they had a special sample offer going on where you can choose samples and just pay the postage for it (you were limited to 10 samples as foreign customer, less when also chosing trial bottle sets, which seems fair) and if you added them on all your social media accounts you got more samples. So here is what I got!

Beauteque Sample bag I ordered:

Top: The Face Shop Chia Seed Cream, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 21, Lioele V-Line Waterdrop sleeping pack, Liole Mutli Seaweed Gel
Bottom: Lioele A.C. Control Toner & Lotion Bottle Set, Lioele C.A.D Oxygen Pore Skin Toner and Lotion Bottle Set

Social Media Sample Bag:
Top: Lioele Multi Seaweed Gel, TonyMola I´m Real Avocado Rich cream, TonyMoly Berrianne Cream
Bottom: The Face shop: Mango Seed, TonyMoly Berianne Essence, Lioele C.A.D. Oxygene Pore Cream, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 21

All samples came in the cute little bag displayed next to them, so not only was it a great treat, the way it was packed was damn cute as well.

I don´t know whether every Social Media sample bag is the same, but if it isn´t I feel that they put a lot of thought into what would match the samples I ordered anyway. I mean: It has the matching cream to the Liole Oxygene Toner and Lotion so I can do an entire routine with the matching products and it has another cream option from The Face Shop! It also has the Missha BB Cream again and the Seaweed Gel so I can test it more in-depths. If everyone got the same sample bags I sure got very lucky that it matches my desires so perfectly ;-)

Great News is: You can still get free sample bags on their website and while you´re at it: Look at their mask Buffet! I will have to drop an order there. I would LOVE to have this Limited Edition Mask Set by My Beauty Diary!!!! I haven´t gotten to test their sheet masks yet, but I hear they are very, very good...

Beauteque on FB

Over time I will test the samples thouroughly an will let you know what I think. I already popped those seaweed gel babes into my skin care bag for the easter holidays ;-)

And now wish me luck while I attempt to sleep some more.

Mittwoch, 16. April 2014

And now to something completely different...

Daemonium by Reflection Design for her Endtime Project :-)

My Makeup Revolution Haul

Hello everyone,

a new budget brand make up company has entered the scenery to start a revolution on inexpensive but phantastic make up projects and with a free shipping offer I just couldn´t resist.... The name of the company is... drum roll... Makeup Revolution.
the full order....
Palettes in "Iconic 3", "Romantic Smoked" and "Essential Mattes" from top to bottom
 The Iconic palettes are supposed to be dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes, so as I have supes for Naked 1-2 already I setttled for "Iconic 3" and love it so far. "Romantic Smoked" is a nice mixture of shimmering and matte eyeshadows in a mostly violet-ish rosewoodish colour range - something I don´t have much of so far, so I had to have it to play with it. "Essential Mattes" is an all matte palette ranigning from light highlighter colors to brown, rosewood and even an grey-colour thrown in. You sure can´t go wrong with that one for a nice daily make up look.

Awesome Eyeshadow and eyebrow Palette in "Lock and Loaded", Lipstick in "100% Vamp" and Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer in "Keep Flying for you"
 I was sceptical about the eye brow portion of "Lock and Loaded" because one of the brow powders is rather yellow and I have rather dark brows, but surprisingly it works. The palette has a few matte colours, but the majoritiy are beautifull metallic brown and emerald colours. This is really a true glamour look palette and I hope to use it often. The lipstick in "100% Vamp" turned out a bit darker than I expected. I am presently not sure whether I can rock it as I have rather thin-ish lips but I hope to find a way. There is no complaint about the quality. It has a nice texture and barely any fragrance so I will buy more of the Makeup revolution lippies in the long run. The Velvet Laquer is a nice pinkish-nude colour and I hope to play with it soon. As I am presently sick I don´t want to use it and infect it with my cold-bacterias. eeek. Over all I am happy with my haul and will extend my make up collection with some more pretty pieces over time. Presently i have my eyes on the lipsticks, mono eye-shadows, blusher and foundation (yeah, so basically on EVERYTHING). I might post swatches and pictures of me actually wearing the products once i am feeling better. presently i rather concentrate on staying in bed and getting well before travelling home for easter with the family...

Sonntag, 13. April 2014

Colonian Film Noir part 2

Hello everyone,

here comes two from my Film Noir Series, this time photogaphed by NM photographie

The lovely leopard dress is by Collectif, in Germany you can buy it at Lucky Lola

Freitag, 11. April 2014

Memebox Lucky Box 1 -Restocked - unpacked

Hello everyone,

back when the Lucky Box was announced it was promoted with the statement that no two Lucky Boxes will be the same. And by the time the Lucky Box restock was released I got the news that Memebox won´t ship to Germany anymore and I still had some memepoints. So in I jumped into buying it as I didn´t know whether there would be any other boxes any time soon. Turned out there were, but i couldn´t cancel my order anymore. However SOME articles are different and you still totally get your moneys worth in my oppinion...

The repeats from Memebox Lucky Box #1: SEP Lifting Mask, Too cool for school gel mist, Nuganic pore control essence, TonyMoly Lip Tint and Dear by Enprani Cheese Bounce Cream
NEW in the restocked version: IOPE Bio Essence, Glory vegan nail polish and NoTS Remedy Acne Pore Deep Cleanser

Description for the new items
 While the Nuganice Pore Essence and the Cheese Cream didn´t work for me that great I am happy with the other repeats. I have still to try the SEP mask as I didn´t dare to do so yet because it is so expensive (14$ for one), I love the lip tint and I appreciate the gel mist because I can leave one at work and keep one at home for summer refreshment.

The nail polish is a beautiful dark red with geolden-greenish sparkles (I will swatch it for a photo at some point!) and I think if give the choice I would have chosen exactly this one! Plus I am curious about it beeing vegan. i don´t think I ever used a vegan nail polish before. IT is a full size item.

The NoTS 28 Remedy Acne Pore Deep Cleanser is 60 ml big. Great for travelling and to get a real idea whether it is really good. The description says it reduces the appearance of pores and refines the skin tone and texture. Who wouldn´t want that!

The IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning is something I hoped for as I just love trying essences.it is just 18 ml but I am sure I will get an idea about it´s qualtiy when I try it.

Altogehter I am happy i got the restock anyway because I really have use for most of the things and the two I am not too fond of from the first Lucky Box 1 I can just give to someone else who will appreciate them :-)

presently I wait for Memebox 8 who seems to be on German ground since April 1st, but hasn´t made it to my place yet.... Already complained towards DHL, let´s hope I get it next week.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2014

Memebox - The Lucky Box 1 put to the test!

Hello everyone,
I took some time to actually really test most of the Lucky Box 1 products that I got thoroughly and this is what I thought:

Nuganic Customize Pore Control Essence
Description: A lightweight gel that penetrates pores to control pimples and blackheads and helps rebalance your skin. Natural extracts and antioxidants repair damaged skin for a healthy youthful look.

What I think: The essence is rather liquid-y and quickly absorbs into the skin. One pump of the bottle was enough. It is indeed a really nice Essence and it made my skin feel really really nice and soft, however I felt that this feeling faded half way through the day. Over all it was ok, but I prefer a longer effect. I read that this essence is in the Lucky Box 1 Restock as well (which I have ordered, too. I will tell the story about that one once I get it) and I will probably give it to someone else as one bottle is really enough for me. I am sure I will use it up over time, but it just didn´t Wow me away, so I wouldn´t buy it on its own.

Danahan Bon Yeon Jin Essence
Description: Oriental medicine-concentrated essence helps to tighten the face by supplying nutrition. The extract from medical herbs that are boiled with water and mother chrysanthemum which helps make skin smooth and healthy by developing the nature of the skin.

What I think: WOW, this absorbs quick! My skin really seems to suck it up like nothing. The consistency of this essence is more like a gel, but more string-y to the touch, if that makes sense. A little amount (smaller than a pea) goes a loooong way. It is easy to apply and my skin really feels moisturized and plump. I LOVE this essence! Highly recommended!

Mamonde First Energy Serum
Description: The first serum that makes skin clear and revitalizes skin. Contains flower ingredients that every part of flower is fermented naturally with over 60 days. Help to prevent flaking due to dryness. Total care for skin texture + radiance + illumination + whitening.

What I think: On day 1 or 2 after using this I got a dry patch in my face. I was so disappointed, but I kept on using it and the patch was probably just a coincidence. Phew! Now I the Mamonde First Energy Serum every morning and my skin sure feels nice and looks nice, too. I think the claims of total care for skin texture, radiance, illumination and maybe even whitening are true (no guaranty on the whitening though – I am white as a sheet as it is). The texture is on the liquid side and really one pump will release enough product for your whole face. Highly recommended!

Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream
Description: A facial cream that has a very unique bounce texture from high concentration of milk serum. Milk serum, also known as Whey, is a good source of natural protein that perfectly hydrates and firms your skin.

What I think: This cream is too rich for my skin during day time. I can use it overnight time and it really does a nice job of moisturizing and softening but I will definitely wake up with a greasy face. I have night time moisturizers that I prefer over the cheese cream. This is such a pitty as I really was prepared to LOVE it and I previously read people raving about how great it is. I might went into this with too high expectations. It is also included in the Lucky Box 1 restock, so I will use up the one that I presently have, but I will give my restock one to my Mom I guess. The texture of this is really interesting as it indeed is like a melted cheese, however the fragrance is flowery. I recommend this cream if you have either dry skin or are still searching for the night moisturizer of your dreams.

Tonymoly Delight Tony Tint Red
Product Description: One of the best selling lip tints in Korea. It instantly gives vivid red color on your lips with a single touch. It creates a gradient lip known as the "Korean lip".

What I think: This lip tint quickly went on my stable for (almost) daily use. It is such a beautiful and flattering red. Now, I don´t do Korean gradient lips, but I like to apply it all over my lips in the morning. It dries quickly and gets a bit sticky, but I put a lip balm on top and it takes the stickiness away. The tint lasts until around lunch time when I eat in our Cafeteria, but that´s fine and I can just touch up after food. It is a very liquid tint, but the applicator is really nice so you can work with it very well. The tint itself has a sweet taste so if you accidentally lick your lips you won´t be grossed out. And I feel it doesn´t dry out my lips. Highly recommended!

Samstag, 5. April 2014

Colonian Film Noir Part 1

Hello everyone,

Two weeks ago I went to shoot some Film Noir inspired Photos with NM Photographie and Patrick NDK Photographie on a Sunday night at the Colonian Harbour... Today I am posting part 1 by Patrick NDK Photographie. It was damn cold, but I think it was really worth it! Warning.... Picture heavy blog ahead! :-)

I am wearing a Jezebel dress by Vivien of Holloway

I love their dresses. I hope I can save up for one of their Sarong Dresses some time and take photos with it in my Tiki-corner <3 p="">

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

iherb haul including Ecotools brush set review

Hello everyone,

a few weeks back I bought a few new make up brushes for myself. As I always do my own make up I needed some new tools to use and after some thinking and research I decided to go for Ecotools brushes. I also took the chance to try iherb.com and took advantage of the 10$ off offer one can get as a first time customer (presently the code is: WOW123). There was also a offer for vanilla flavoured stevia for 1$ that I did (and found out that stevia might not be my thing) and a pack of FREE sheet masks that I haven´t tried yet. Make sure you check the trials and free offers when ordering at iherb to get the maximum value :-)

So what´s to be said about the brushes (according to Ecotools)

  • Earth-Friendly Beauty
  • Soft, Cruelty-Free Bristles
  • Natural & Recycled Materials
  • Convenient Cosmetic Bag
This Earth-Friendly Set Shows Respect for the Planet:
  • Handles made from bamboo, a highly sustainable plant.
  • 100% cruelty-free, soft taklon bristles.
  • Recycled Aluminum Ferrules
  • Natural Cotton and Hemp Cosmetic Bag
  • Reusable Storage Pouch

And here is what I got:

I got

 Essential Eye Set for 7,99 $ which features:
  • Large Eye Brush
  • Angled Crease Brush
  • Petite Eye Shading Brush
  • Highlighting Brush
  • Smudge Brush
  • On-The-Go Travel Bag
And GOSH ARE THEY AMAZING! All wonderfull and soft. Blending like a dream. The large eye brush is really LARGE though. If you have small eyes you may not gonna like it. I have no problem with it though. The brush handles are a bit shorter than your usual brush handles, but I got used to that quickly. I barely wanna use other brushes anymore.

Six piece brush set for 12,99 $:

  • Blush Brush
  • Eye Shading Brush
  • Eyeliner Brush
  • Lash and Brow Groomer
  • Concealer Brush
  • Cosmetic Bag
I like those a lot as well. It is really a perfect kit for travelling.

Fresh and Flawless Complexion brush set for 14,99 $:

  • Flat Concealer Brush
  • Buffing Concealer Brush
  • Precisiion Foundation Brush
  • Complexion Blending Brush
  • Full Powder Brush
I haven´t done much with it yet.  I played a bit with the powder brush (which is fab) and the buffing concealer brush does a great work covering blemishes. I look forward to exploring the entire set though.
The ones I have tried are great and I think I will add more brushes to my kit over time! I really like the pouches that go with it as well!

Montag, 31. März 2014

An Afternoon with Reflection Design

Hello everyone,

I am wayyyyy back with my posts because technically I have a lot of things to post about, but shooting every weekend and working all week makes it nearly impossible to catch up. However April will be less busy in my calendar so my blog will be busier ;-) Anyway I wanted to share those little gems that I did with Reflection Design a few weeks back! I hope you enjoy them :-)

Samstag, 29. März 2014

Nexcare - for Blemish emergencies...

Hello everyone,

by accident I read a review about Nexcare acne patches by 3M and figured I try them. I bought a pack on ebay and got it when it was really a blemish emergency - one week before filming and I had some break outs because I was a bit stressed out. Those patches work wonders!!!! You apply the on a pimple and it sucks them out of your skin. I bought some more and when a pimple starts to show I put the patch on over night. Depending on how evil the pimple is it takes 1 - 3 nights to kill those suckers! Usually it takes me much longer till they disappear so I am a fan (and bought two more packs already)

this is my bathroom sink and a pack of 40 patches

Inside the pack you may find a little pink plastic applicator and the patches sticking between two plastic sheets.

Use the plastic applicator to peel of the patches as needed. 
Things worthwhile knowing: Use the patches after cleansing and put the on your dry skin. Be carefull not to put any moisturizer near the patches. It would attempt to suck up the moisturizer. Peel of the patches in the morning before you wash your face. Take a fresh patch every night until the pimple has gone.

The patches are available on ebay. I saw different versions of them, but so far I can only comment about the ones displayed on the picture. But believe me - they work miracles!

Donnerstag, 27. März 2014

Thüringer Radler Post scriptum

Hello everyone,

a few of you might remember my Radler Beer ads from last year... Well, I now got more photos of that and figured I share them. Actually what I share is quite insane, so let´s start from low to high insanity level....

Bicycle maps for a Radler beer are a fun idea and usefull for the cyclists....

Look how funny, I am a beer coaster, too!

So far, so good, but than I got this photo of an billboard. This is so out of this world that I actually can´t believe it is real! The crazy thing is: It IS real. (That´s what the ad agency told me anyway ;-)

What is even crazier is the following.... Delivery trucks with my picture on it. I actually just gonna believe it when I see it with my own eyes. The thought that trucks with my picture are driving around is strange to me.

A few weeks ago I had another shooting for Schwarzbacher Schlossbrauerei and those beer ettiquettes and the campaigns are going to be released in May. I wonder what fun things they gonna do with those pictures :-)