Friday, October 24, 2014

Marula Oil - The Natural One

First avoided, now loved, facial oils have become an essential part in my skincare routine and this one promises to offer hydration with 99% pure natural ingredients and an amazing background story...

I remember last Winter, my skin was all irritated and red, no foundation could hide how horribly de-hydrated it was. Though, the thing is: I didn't even know the problem was de-hydration until a skincare expert at Selfridges pointed that out to me. Now I try to give my skin as much nourishment and moisture as possible, mostly in the evenings since I don't like the greasy feeling in the mornings: Rich cremes, serums with hydraluronic acid and facial oils! I actually have quite a few now that I'm on the facial oil bandwagon as well, though, this time I want to introduce you to the latest facial oil hype: The Leakey Collection Pure Marula Oil*.
Of course, there's a lot of products promising the same benefits, such as Argan Oil or Grapeseed Oil, though, what's special about Marula Oil has a much higher antioxidant level than those products. 50% more is claimed! This means it absorbs much faster than other facial oils and deeply penetrates the skin providing long-lasting hydration. And indeed: You will be amazed how quickly it gets absorbed! Plus, thanks to the fatty acids it contains it also acts as a great anti-age product. Yet, despite these great skincare benefits, what struck me the most was the story behind the Marula Oil extraction: Rather than mass produced marula fruits, they sustainably harvest from wild marula trees and also provide women in Africa with opportunities they wouldn't have otherwise. From their earnings as harvesters and additional subsidies, they are able to provide for their families and also get day care centres and schools. It's all about the empowerment of these women. So it's no surprise that a 30ml bottle costs £37.50 (though, you only use one drop each time) and you do get 99% pure marula oil as well. But another downside: 99% pureness means it smells pretty natural, which means quite strong and I personally don't like the scent. So I personally will probably stick to other facial oils. But you should definitely check out your closest Holland and Barrett and try it out

+ Luxurious packaging
+ Long-lasting
+ Not greasy
+ Fast absorbing
- Strong Scent
- Pricey

Ich kann mich noch ganz genau an den letzten Winter erinnern: Meine Haut war so rot und gereizt, da  konnte keine Foundation meine trockene Haut abdecken. Das Problem war nur, dass ich nicht einmal wusste, dass es an Dehydrierung lag, bis jemand aus der Beauty-Abteilung von Selfridges es mir gesagt hat. Aus diesem Grund versuche ich jetzt meiner Haut so viel Feuchtigkeit wie möglich zu geben, vor allem nachts, da ich es tagsüber nicht mag, wenn meine Haut sich dadurch etwas fettig anfühlt. Ich benutze jetzt sogar Gesichtsöle und heute möchte ich euch eins vorstellen, was ganz neu auf dem Mark ist: Das Marula Oil der Leakey Collection.

Natürlich gibt es ne Menge Produkte, die die gleichen Vorteile aufzählen können wie zum Beispiel Arganoel. Aber Marula Oil zieht viel schneller ein und hat durch seine Bestandteile eine viel längere Haltbarkeit und da kann ich wirklich mit zustimmen. Deswegen kann man es nämlich auch als Anti Age Produkt benutzen. Doch was mich besonders an diesem Produkt begeistert hat, war die Tatsache dass Frauen in Afrika dadurch die Möglichkeit haben selbstständig zu werden. Wobei ich sagen muss, dass 30ml für £37.50 (auch wenn man jedes Mal nur einen Tropfen verwendet), ausserdem enthält es auch 99% Marula Oil, was heisst es riecht auch ziemlich natürlich und der natürliche Geruch ist wirklich nicht angenehm, also werde ich wahrscheinlich bei meinen anderen Produkten bleiben.

*Thanks to Holland & Barret and The Leakey Collection for this Marula Oil sample.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Standing in the Rain

Oversized Knit Dress Wonderound* | Handbag Warehouse* | Checked Scarf Monki
Boots Bronx via Bankfashion* | Fedora Floralpunk

First one drop, then another, before the sky slowly darkens and you wish you wore those jeans instead of this knit dress...

Creating lookbooks and thinking of new concepts is probably the most exciting thing about my Youtube Channel right now. Which is quite unexpected, because being a fake fashionista like me - struggling with putting piece A and B together, while pretending I do it with ease - I thought I would struggle to come up with "interesting" outfits (and Mike reminds me every time that I don't look stylish enough). Though, now that I'm actually forcing myself to come up with different outfits at once, the whole process becomes much more natural and especially personal: Instead of trying to impress and pretend to be a trendsetter, I'm only putting together outfits I feel comfortable in. Outfits that I would wear on a daily basis. Of course, it's not like I wouldn't wear the outfits from my outfit posts. I mean, I definitely did on that particular day. However, I would be lying if I said that the fact  I'm thinking "Today I will capture my outfit for the blog." doesn't affect my decisions at all. And then I end up with outfits that feel more forced than natural. So yes, this outfit consists only of a knit dress and a hat (because scarf and shoes are kind of necessary to not freeze to death), but it's probably one of my favourites. Borrowed this dress to shoot my Lookbook for Sunday. I just thought it was so gorgeous that I didn't want to cover it up with anything. Oh, how I wish I could have kept this little gem. At least Mike was able to get some nice shots! I hope you will enjoy them, too, so don't forget to stop by my Youtube Channel on Sunday!

photo taken by Quyen Mike (

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Morning Rituals

Late nights and early mornings. Count yourself lucky, if you wake up like a goddess, I certainly don't...

The alarm is ringing, I get out of bed and make myself a hot cup of tea. Looking like the love child between a sleepwalker and a zombie, my eyes slowly open while I'm taking a shower. It's not that I have a problem with early mornings, that's certainly not the case. Though, I have a problem with falling asleep early, getting inspired in the darkest hours of the night, so going to bed at 2-3am is definitely not helping my morning routine. Oh well, even if I don't wake up looking like the Asian version of Beyonce, we girls got our little tricks to make ourselves look bright and awake.
A little bit of foundation for all problem areas (you don't want to cover all your face in thick makeup for your everyday look). My favourite right now is definitely the Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal/Dry skin as it's long-lasting and blends in well. Then I get rid of all the ugly acne scars with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (2nd repurchase!) and dark circles are gone after using Maybelline New York's Anti-Age The Eraser Eye. I know a lot of people have been raving about this, but I've never gotten around to try it myself. Though, now that I've finally bought one, I wish I had gotten it earlier. How incredibly moisturising it is! After making my skin look like it has no problems whatsoever, I draw my eyebrows in with the Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow pencil. Combined with benefit's Gimme brow, it's a necessary step to make myself look more like a human, because Mum and Dad forgot to give me visible eyebrows... (while Dad himself got some badass dragon eyebrows). To finish off the eyes, I get my Tony Moly gel eyeliner out (using my 2nd one already!). Then I get rid of my moon face look with my Sleek face contour kit to make it appear as if I had cheekbones. I like how you can slowly build up the colour and how it doesn't look like you have mud in your face. Lastly, it's time for a little colour: What a difference a little bit of blush and lipstick does to your complexion: easy transformation from zombie to human being! I like using a light cream blush like the Manhattan Liquid Blush in 02 Cheeky Charming, though my go to blush is Sleek's Suede. Rather than a bright pink blush, it looks really natural and gives off the impression of a no-make-up face. And for my lips I go for better-than-your-own-lips colours. I absolutely love the formula of Maybelline's Colorsensational lipsticks, though, unfortunately, they don't have my favourite colour anymore. Need to find an alternative!
Now you might think that my Fake-"I-Woke-Up-Like-This" make up sounds like such a hassle. So many different products and steps. But honestly? You can do this in less than 10mins. A brush stroke here, a brush stroke there and you are done. How does your morning routine look like?

Der Wecker klingelt, ich steige aus dem Bette und mache mir eine heisse Tasse Tee. Sehe aus wie ein Zombie und wache langsam auf, während ich Dusche. Es ist nicht so, als hätte ich Probleme damit früh aufzustehen. Ich habe eher Probleme damit früh ins Bett zu gehen! Und wenn man zwischen 2 und 3 ins Bett geht, da ist es natürlich schwierig dann um 7 aufzustehen. Naja, auch wenn ich morgens vielleicht nicht so aussehe, als sei ich die asiatische Version von Beyonce, es gibt da schon einige Tricks, wie man sofort wach und ausgeschlafen aussehen kann.

Ein wenig Foundation für die Problemzonen (da man ja sein Gesicht nicht jeden Tag zukleistern will). Favorit zurzeit ist ganz klar die Revlon ColorStay Foundation für normale und trockene HautHält lang und verblendet super! Dann noch Aknenarben mit dem Collection Lasting Perfection concealer überdenken und die Augenringe mit dem Maybelline "Der Löscher" wortörtlich löschen. Kaum zu glauben, dass ich ihn erst vor Kurzem für mich entdeckt habe. Wie feuchtigkeitsspendend er doch ist! Dann gehts weiter mit den Augenbrauen: Da Mutti und Vita mir leider keine vererbt haben, heisst es Shu Uemura Brauenpinsel und benefits Gimme brow rausholen. Mit dem Tony Moly gel eyeliner werden dann noch die Augen akzentuiert. Danach fake ich Wannenknochen mit dem Sleek Face Contour Kit. Was ich daran mag: Mega leicht die Farbe langsam aufzubauen und vor allem sieht es nicht aus, als hätte man Dreck im Gesicht. Zum Schluss kommt noch etwas Farbe auf Wangen und Lippen. Es ist erstaunlich, was für einen Unterschied diese beiden Schritte machen. Für die Wangen benutze ich am liebsten den Liquid Blush in Cheeky Charming von Manhattan oder den Sleek Blush in Suede, einfach weil beide super natürlich aussehen. Auf den Lippen mag ich am liebsten die Formel der Maybelinne Colorsensationals, doch leider haben sie meine Lieblingsfarbe nicht mehr. Muss mich nach einer Alternative umgucken.
Ansonsten war es das dann mit dem Make Up. Auch wenn ihr jetzt denkt: "Hey, das hört sich nach einer Menge Arbeit und Produkten an" Glaubt mir, all dies dauert höchstens 10 Minuten. Wie sieht eure Morgenroutine aus?