Monday, February 20, 2012

Japanese heating pads

For the past few weeks I have been struggling with the sudden cold wave in Germany. As you may have already noticed, I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the heater. Instead, I like to grab a hot water bottle (or two...) and still have it cozy and warm. However, something is  missing when you're facing degrees below zero.(×ω×)

Here, I have to thank Amanda for leaving such a helpful advice in the comment section!! She mentioned something about Japanese heating pads, that's when I suddenly remembered that my uncle left me a plastic bag filled with those heating pads when he visited us last year in January (it was freezing back then)! (-∀-。)

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, basically heat pads are self-adhesive pads which can be put on any part of the body that you want to keep warm. Personally I find this website has a good introduction including instructions and how these work. (Please note that I'm not affiliated to any company when I provide links to other websites!!)

The thing is that you shouldn't be using these while sleeping to prevent skin burns, however, I wear tons of layers these days so..... ☆≡(*≧ε≦*)Please don't do the same foolish things like I do.... Of course, if it's super cold and freezing I do use the heater, though!!

I'm really impressed that the heat is so super long lasting!! ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ I must remind myself to restock on these when I have the chance to.

While I'm already at it, I still have a smaller pack which are suitable for warming your feet! But ever since I splurged on UGG boots I no longer do feel there's a need to put these into my shoes as well. Perhaps I'm saving them for my normal leather boots if I have to dress more classy.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I never paid attention to my odd habits until I went through some beauty products that I use frequently....

A jar of cream

MAC fluidline in Dipdown

Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in brown

Now honestly I don't know why I like to split the product into two sections and work my way from one side to the other. It's so much easier to start using a product from the top and proceeding downwards.... I believe that's what all most people would do.

If I remember correctly there's a 'what your lipstick says about your personality' chart I wonder if the 'what your cream jar says about your personality' chart exists as well.... (*ゝω・´*)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zoeva brushes

also known as.... Ärgernis der Woche!

Sorry, I can't think of an appropriate translation of this.(┬┬_┬┬)

I placed an order at Zoeva last week after having eyeing their brushes collection for a very long time. I picked a small angled contour brush and a flat top. Upon arrival of my order I was slightly irritated. I'm just so glad that I didn't order more items. lol Here I must clearly state that I'm in no way trying to bash this company! It's just my personal opinion and if something doesn't live up to my expectations why should keep silent about it? I paid (little money) for these after all.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Finding the right eyebrow tools

via Etude House
Other than paying my brow lady a visit once in a loooooong while I don't really do my brows. Okay, sometimes I'd also use a gel to fix my super stubborn eyebrows if I feell like doing so. During the holidays I was going through my make up bag and rediscovered this little fellow:

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil

OMG....  I don't remember when I bought this, I believe this eyebrow pencil must be super old. Yuck. And sadly this is the only brow pencil that I've ever used. Of course, I had other ones as well but the colors were never matching and looked weird on me.... I always went back to the Rimmel eyebrow pencil in 004 Black. What I like about this pencil that it also came with a small brush for blending so I don't need to bring an extra brush with me all the time.

I actually wanted to get myself a new one when my brow lady pointed out that black may look too harsh on me. I should get something that's more brownish because it looks more natural instead of choosing of a pencil that is jetblack. If possible I'd rather want to opt for something with natural ingredients but sadly all the brands that I've looked up didn't carry a shade that works for me. The darkest shade was usually too brown-ish for me, mostly on the red side, too. Doesn't look flattering on me at all! (ー△ー;)

Then a friend suggested that I should go for Asian brands since the colors will definitely match better. So I ended up with Etude House as they have a great variety of different colors to choose from. However, I must admit that the color selection was a bit overwhelming. I had absolutely no idea which shade matches me the best... Honestly, what would you do upon seeing this chart?

01 Blackish Brown
02 Grayish Brown
03 Brown
04 Dark Gray
05 Gray
06 Black

Normally, I'd go for dark brown since this is my natural hair color but my eyebrows look more grayish to me so omg.... In the end I bought shade #2.

Etude House Retractable Eyebrow Pencil

What I absolutely love about the Etude House brow pencil is that I don't need both an extra sharpener (since it's retractable) AND brush at all. The bad thing is that 1-2 cm of the actual product broke during my first application. Never mind that, it happened due to my lack of experience. lol ヾ(;☆ω☆)ノ

This is how it looks on me. Excuse the bad quality of my photos, it was late in the evening....

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Best deal of the month.


Something that I picked up the other day when strolling around the drugstore. In Germany you almost never get the good deals such as buy one get one for free so when I spotted this I couldn't leave without buying one pack!! ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

I think that a drugstore brand mascara shouldn't cost me more than 13 EUR. I usually don't like to splurge on mascara since I toss them out every 3 months. Of course, I admit that I absolutely love the Diorshow but the price tag of 30 bucks makes me shiver. o(*`ω´*)θ

Also, to be very honest with you, I highly doubt that high-end brands make a huge difference on my lashes at all!! Even the most expensive mascara can't perform wonders if there's nothing! Well, I'm not saying that it's necessarily the same case for you, I'm just talking about me. Sorry, that it sounds rather self-centered..... lol (*/////∇/////*)

But I'm kinda bothered by the washable waterproof formulation. I guess it won't be able to hold the curl. Well, let's see maybe I'm giving the Lash Extension Effect mascara (which I basically got for free) to my friend and only keep the False Lash Effect for myself.

Actually there was another pack available which came with the washable version of the False Lash Effect mascara paired up with an eyeshadow stick or so. Obviously I didn't care for it. (*´∀`*)

On a more random note.... today marks the third day of my confinement and I dearly hope that I'll be able to walk again very soon. It drives me nuts to stay either in bed or lying on the couch. I don't enjoy my days off. o(TヘT o) My doctor said I should come again in 14 days to get the suture removed. Does it mean that I cannot walk properly until then? Hopefully not.ヽ(≧Д≦)ノ (Actually I only took off a week from work....)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hibernation mode

I'm just so sick of this weather. It is freezing!! (。┰ω┰。)
If anyone is interested, we're having like -11°C or so... Even though I have a warm jacket and warm boots I still detest it being so cold outside. It's like I want to go in hibernation mode, seriously....

I took some days off to recover from my surgery so basically I'm just sitting at home doing nothing. My doctor told me that my right foot needs to rest. I'm glad that the fridge is not empty, I went groceries shopping on Saturday which was such a pain (and financial ruin) since it was extremely crowded everywhere. ugh. Lucky me. o(▼皿▼メ;)o

The only good thing is that I can finally enjoy my Tassimo again! (I had ran out of T-discs for over a month or so...)

Hot (Milka) chocolate with a piece of self-made marble cheesecake. I know it looks not nice but it tastes heavenly which I'm super proud of~~~ (●ゝ∀・●)

Okay and now the icing on the cake comes shortly after.... which is.... tadaaaaaaa~~ (ゝω・´★)

Milka chocolate with Oreo!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this on the rack, up until now I thought it was merely a rumor that Milka got paired up with Oreo!!(♡´∀`♡)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Matroschka meets Beauty

What? Another limited edition?

Yes, but an old one from last November/December or so. (〃ω〃) I know that some people would hate me for doing this but somehow I never came around to post pictures of my haul. Call me a retard. (▼ー▼キ) I mean Alverde is already having another LE right now but I don't feel like picking up anything from the current collection which looks like this, btw. >> click here to see the latest collection

via Alverde Facebook page

To be very honest with you the I wasn't very impressed with the Matroschka limited edition, even though I have to admit that I really liked the packaging. Deep down inside me I'm such a packaging junkie that it is almost ridiculous!! (ー△ー;)In the end I've picked up two items.

Omg what is this? Looks creepy!!

Removing the packing.... A kabuki brush!!

This is a kabuki brush with synthetic bristles which is extremely soft. Admittedly, it couldn't enter a contest with its ugly looks but oh well it still does its job pretty well and I wish I had bought two of these.... (〇Д◎ノ) Now let's proceed to the centerpiece of the entire collection! The shimmer powder.

Do you see the little cute figurines?

Close-up shot of the details.
Personally, I hate cardboard packaging because I hate the worn out looks so I have to be extra careful on how to store these particular items. Normally I like to toss everything into a drawer.  (-`Д´-ノ;)

Excuse the extreme dryness on my hands,  it looks very granny-like! Believe it or not I am using hand cream!!(*TωT)Actually, I'm not sure if the shimmer powder shows up in the swatches or not. But it is such an unique piece as it doesn't contain any chunky shimmering particles, in fact it's very subtle and creates more of a nice healthy sheen. Depending on the light conditions I'd even say it's a bit on the frosty side with some light pink glimmer creating a nice pearly effect. But only when you look at it carefully. I mean, sometimes it just look plain white to me, too!! (TεT)

I do not own a lot of highlighters so I think this is a nice addition to my collection. Of course, it's nothing extraordinary, though. What a pity that my skin is super dry at the moment that I cannot use any powdery products at all..... I'm waiting for Spring.... sigh.... ( ̄ヘ ̄)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I dream of Revlon lip butter

Today I have something funny to share with my readers. Actually it's quite embarrassing for me, too. Before I get into it, I've never had the chance to own anything from Revlon. Somehow their products never caught my attention until the news spread over the German beauty community that Revlon will vanish from our country!!! I assume the numbers weren't ideal so they decided to withdraw..... which means, no more Revlon in Germany. (;☆ω☆) I even missed my chance to grab a few products during clearance. In fact I totally missed everything until I saw a review on a lip gloss that I wanted to have but couldn't find anywhere... With that being said, you have no idea how jealous I got when Revlon launched their lip butters!! My dashboard was crammed with reviews on these.... Grrrrr!! Like everyone raves about how great they are and what not. (〇Д◎ノ)

The good thing is that I shouldn't burst out in distress as I can easily get the lip butters in Hongkong next month. hohoho~~ (●ゝω・)

Perhaps I read too many reviews on these, because a couple of days ago I actually dreamt of being at Walmart and couldn't decide which shade I should pick!! (=∇=)ノ It is so crazy because the dream felt so REAL and vivid. Everything was tangible! Seriously, this is the first time that I could remember a dream so clearly just on make up related stuff!! And it felt good! (///ω///)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Alverde Zauberwald LE Blush Magic Rose

Please let me introduce my current favorite for this month! No, actually it was among my January favorites, but never mind. lol (^◇^)

I know some may hate me for showing this since it's from a super old limited collection from 2010 but I really really love this blush. Seriously, it has been in my drawer for so long and I never paid attention to it until this year. Feel free to skip this entry if you can't bear the pain to see how great this product is. (=ω=。)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Alterra Lip Balm for sensitive skin and some update

I spotted this twin pack in the drugstore and decided that I cannot pass without buying at least one pack. Such great value for little money!! (* ̄ー ̄*) Besides, I tend to misplace my chapsticks all the time so it's an item I won't splurge on. lol

Compared to the original chapstick from Alterra this pack is only a limited edition which means it's not permanent. One tube contains 4,5 g whereas the regular one has 4,8 g inside. It's not a major difference, though. To be honest, I can't really tell much of a difference anyway as I think both versions work the same to me, only that the actual stick for sensitive skin is a bit lighter and not as yellow as the chamomile one. Both glide on easily leaving a glossy finish without being too waxy.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Catrice eyeshadows

I've never been particularly interested in Catrice. I really can't tell the exact reasons but I guess it plays a major role that this brand is not available in the drugstores that I frequently haunt go to. Anyway I heard a lot of great things about their products, like you get great buys for a good price. (*・∀・)

So I thought I might try out the one or other product. I stalked their website and instantly fell in love with a couple of eyeshadows. After a bit of internet research I found out that the shades that I want to buy are being discontinued very soon. I don't know why I'm always so lucky. Is it my taste or simply bad luck? Whenever I spot something that I'm extremely interested in it's either going to be discontinued or limited edition. I hate this so much! (▼□▼メ)

Plus I had a demanding schedule as I had been trying to balancing out everything with work and my countless appointments at my doctor's but at the same time I just so wanted to buy these eyeshadows!! (☆o◎) At the end I somehow managed to pick these up, after being stressed out and super rushed. That day I even decided that it's more important to buy eyeshadows than having something in the fridge. McDonalds was a good option.... Once in a while I'd say okay to fast food. Hey, sometimes you have to get your priorities right and I wanted to have the eyeshadows, so.... (=ω=。)

050 The Noble Knights is a shimmery gray shade.

060 I Love Champagne - A cream shade with chunky shimmering particles.

Now I must admit that both eyeshadows only look good in the pan.... I find that they aren't as pigmented as I wanted them to be. It was difficult to get a proper arm swatch done, but as the usual, sunlight  was nearly non-existent I couldn't do much against it.

While I think I could imagine to work with The Noble Knights I still wished that pigmentation was better. But overall a very nice color. However, if there's one word to describe I Love Champagne I'd say, bad. Extremely bad. It is sheer, pressed too loose and the shimmering particles are chunky!! On the finger it looked great and very pigmented but once swatched on the skin you could see how the color fades away leaving nothing but shimmering particles that are uneven.... I forgot to add how powdery the eyeshadow is. (*´-ω-`) I had to clean up the mess as I saw shimmery cream-ish powder almost everywhere on my dark pants.

In the end I wonder why I got so excited over these discontinued eyeshadows beforehand when I'm clearly disappointed with them afterwards.ヾ(_ _〃)ノ Here I'm not saying that all Catrice products are bad since I've only tested two eyeshadows from their huge make-up range. I hope there will be better finds in the future, because just from browsing their website I find that some new eyeshadow shades look very interesting. Don't you agree? (Nevertheless I'd love to see the testers first before I purchase any new eyeshadow...) It's not really about the money because these are super cheap it's just that I don't like my make-up products pile up only be put to the trash later on. It would be a waste of resources.... We all have to be conscious about the environment. (-∀-。)

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