....off to New York City! [+ Travel Essentials]
Hi There!

No, I'm not dead yet. In fact, I am quite alive and almost on my way to New York City when you'll read this post! I wish I could say that I prepared many posts beforehand for you to read while I'm away, but the truth is: I didn't. Not a single one. I am still dealing with a lot of emotional things right now and I currently don't have the head for doing..anything really.

So, I'm going away and try to leave everything behind, at least for a while. Getting out of the city and visiting another continent is exactly what I'm needing right now. It will be my first time ever visiting New York City (or the US, for that matter) so I am beyond excited!

But worry not, this blog won't stay silent forever! I miss blogging deeply and I can't wait to get in the right mindset again to enjoy blogging as much as I did before. Man, I tell ya, life sucks sometimes. I will probably be instagramming a lot about my stay in New York, so if you want to stay updated feel free to follow my instagram anytime :)

I couldn't leave this post empty as it is already, so I prepared a teeny list of the essential things that I got prior to my NYC trip: Some things that are pretty much essential on any of my intercontinental travel adventures.

Tamaris Mint/Glam Boots: It's finally(?) winter in Germany and we had our first snow just yesterday! Needless to say, my toes almost froze to death on my way to work. The most important thing for me to travel in the winter time is a great shoe to support all the shopping walking distances and keep my feet warm while exploring the city. Tamaris has great shoes and isn't the color of these ones to die for..?

The Girl On The Train: No intercontinental flight without a book. Never! Yes, there is a whole entertainment system on board and I have my phone, music and half of my game station with me, but still. A book doesn't only set the mind for the travel, it's also incredibly calming and a great help when you have trouble falling asleep. (Also, well hidden secret of me: I'm not big on watching movies. Like, ever. There you have it.)

Pusheen Unicorn Pants: Comfortable pants are a must, especially when you have to sit for more than 6+ hours in a row, but they still have to give you some warmth. I basically squealed when I found these unicorn pusheen (!) pants at my local H&M just yesterday - I feel like they express the inner part of my soul just right.

New York City Guide: Even though it may seem outdated to some tech-savvy people, I would never travel anywhere without a travel guide, I'm just that old-fashioned. Most of the times, I don't even use it as much, but the pleasure lies completely in reading everything at home and dreaming about the trip before it even began.

Iron Fist Love Potion Satchel: If you plan on doing some serious shopping, you'll need a roomy bag that isn't too heavy to begin with. I usually carry half of my life around with me (you never know what happens! Better be prepared, right?) so I try to find the lightest material possible - I love all my bags from Iron Fist as they are spacey, light, yet still look extravagant enough to match my personal style (plus, it matches my purple hair!)

Moleskine Travel Journey: Speaking of old-fashioned.... yes, I have all the information I need on my phone and printed out but you know what? I still keep everything I need to know in a handy travel journal, nostalgic as I am. It's the greatest pleasure to look through everything after the trip and dwell in happy memories from abroad - I usually use the journal as my personal diary, loaded with pictures, stickers, useful information and of course my shopping wishlist for myself and my dear ones.

AKG Q460 Headphones: Travelling is only as good as its background soundtrack. Since my headphones were a bit on the unreliable side lately, a good friend of mine was so kind to lend me her -amazing!- AKG headphones. They are pretty small and don't look too bulky on my head yet give off a great sound to accompany my travels.

While writing this all down, I still haven't figured out which coat to take. Weather seems to be good but my friends all said they experienced NYC ice cold, so I am very sceptical still. Will definitely report back on all the experiences I made on the other side of the world! Thank you all for being supportive and I hope you enjoyed this little travel essential post despite the lack of new content lately :) I'll be coming back on December 1st, so see you next month!

Lots of love,


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Finally Found The One: Pure Heal's Propolis 90 Ampoule Review
Hi There!

I wrote this post over a week ago and forgot to publish it. I'm a moron.

Autumn has a solid grip on Germany now, and while the days are growing darker I experience my skin to become more thirsty for hydration and antioxidants. My current routine is changing accordingly and my most recent addition is very worth to talk about, which is why I'll be reviewing the Pure Heal's Propolis 90 Ampoule today.

If you've been a longtime reader of this blog, you most likely know that propolis is one of my most beloved ingredients when it comes to battling my acneic skin. My skin just seems to love this ingredient so much that a high amount of it benefits my skin greatly in preventing any new acne to pop up, so I'm always on the hunt for the most efficient product and I might just have found the one. I singled this one out because a) I needed to do a haul from ibuybeauti anyways, as I ran out of my two favorite base make-up products from Luna and b) the high content of propolis (90%) just sounded too good to give this an early pass.

Ingredients: Propolis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Honey Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caramel, Adenosine, Rose Flower Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.

I was surprised to see that there are so many oils present in this ampoule, because the product doesn't feel oily AT ALL. I honestly didn't expect many or even any oil inside there but have been surprised by the contrary. That being said, this ampoule consists of 90% propolis extract, aloe, niacinamide and a heap load of different oils but not many fillers or irritants. I like. A lot.


The ampoule comes in a 30ml glass dropper bottle for 13$ as well as a 100ml one for 38$ - I wish every brand would make big bottles of their ampoules and essences! Repurchasing a product that comes in a tiny bottle is always a pain due to waste of packaging as well as shipping costs, so I was super excited to see they have a bigger version of this too. I went with the small one to try it out, but -without wanting to give you any spoilers- I am already having the bigger one on my way. I wouldn't mind this to be in a plastic bottle (like the essences from Goodal for example) as I always have a hard time travelling with glass bottles, but the packaging is without doubt quite pretty to look at on the bathroom counter.


The ampoule is kind of a liquid oil - not as runny as water, but not as thick as many oils. In fact, I don't find this oily at all and was surprised to see that there were no silicones as all in the formula as I highly suspected - my skin feels insanely smooth after using this. Due to the formula, it is not prone to spilling or wasting much product upon application. I use roughly the amount in the picture, probably even a bit less than half a dropper.

It has a faint honey scent but nothing overly too sweet or floral, which I really like. It does smell quite natural and doesn't bother my nose at all. I usually use this after my COSRX A-Sol and my Goodal Watery First Essence. It's not sticky at all and basically melts into the skin upon application which is always a big PLUS for me - I'm often working at 4AM in the morning, so I really don't have time for waiting times in between my skincare steps.

Since I've been using this (~2 weeks as of today) my skin has been incredibly calm and not acted up at all. Of course, this is probably the work of my AHAs and BHAs (more on that soon on a "found my holy grail routine" post!) but I can firmly say that this doesn't break me out at all and rather soothes my skin very well. It doesn't feel overly moisturizing, which is why I'm following this with my Tosowoong Aloe Essence and the Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid. 

I am super content with this ampoule and must say it's my favorite propolis product of all the ones I tried (a lot better than the one from Tosowoong, COSRX, Skinfood and CPN Laboratories - more details soon in my upcoming propolis battle post :) ) I am HIGHLY recommending this to anyone who has troubled skin and/or is as obsessed with propolis as I am. Will definitely repurchase this in the big bottle and keep this as part of my routine for a long time. I bought this from Ibuybeauti for 13,21$ (big 100ml version is 38,20$). Since I always buy my Luna stuff from there as well, I make sure to spend 50$ so I can get free shipping on my order. You can also get the ampoule from Ebay for 17,21€ with free shipping! I haven't been able to find the big version from any other seller though :/

Have any propolis products that are worth checking out? Let me know in the comments! Also, feel free to drop me any questions in case I forgot to mention anything crucial.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Shopping by those links means that colorcrrush receives a small commission, which helps to support this blog - see my full disclosure and review policy here.

Have a great start into the week!
Lots of love,


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Tosowoong Collective Brand Review: Propolis + Aloe Essence, Aloe Face Mist and Super Aqua Cooling Gel!
Hi There,

Ever since I posted about my haul from Tosowoong I got constant questions about how the products worked for me. Since I doubt that I'll ever come around to write up a detailed review for everything, I decided to do a collective review on all the four items that I got.

It was my very first time trying anything from Tosowoong, and after pledging my eternal love for COSRX, it almost felt forbidden to delve into different skincare depths. *dramatic voice* I purchased everything from Roseroseshop and everything arrived in good condition in just under 10 days to Germany!

All the pretties in one single picture.

I've received: Aloe Natural Pure Essence, Aloe Natural Pure Mist, Propolis Natural Pure Essence and the Super Aqua Cooling Gel. Spoiler: There is one product I really love, two that I like and one that didn't do anything for me at all. Wanna take a guess....?

My first ever aloe essence! I honestly wanted to try the one from COSRX -as I like their snail essence so much- but since I was going to order from RRS anyways, it just went into the cart as the price sounded way too good to pass.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Water, Human Oligopeptide-1, Galactomyces ferment filtrate, Bifida Ferment lysate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betaine, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer. Arginine, Adenosine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract.

*Potential acne trigger/irritant

This 60ml essence has no real acne trigger or irritants (apart from Butylene Glycol which is really in every single beauty product) which makes it great for sensitive or acne-prone skin. It has a light, almost watery gel-like texture that sinks in fast into the skin (1-2 mins until any stickiness goes away) and feels refreshing upon application. I do like this essence, but I am not sure if I'll repurchase it (probably not). While I didn't have any negative responses from it, I also didn't experience any noticeable positive changes, truth be told. It's a solid, yet a bit boring essence. I highly recommend it for anyone who has a lot of trouble finding essences with little to no irritants (although this doesn't necessarily mean it can't break you out) and who are in dire need of some soothing action in their skincare regime.

This propolis essence was actually the item that I was the most excited about initially and one of the main reasons that I placed an order. I have tried quite a few different propolis products before (comparison review coming up shortly!) and since it seems to be one of the best ingredients against my acne, I had to give this a try.

Ingredients: Propolis Extract (75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Water, Oligopeptide-1, Galactomyces ferment filtrate, Bifida Ferment lysate, Gotu Kola, Betaine, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Arginine, Adenosine, Honey, Royal Jelly Extract, Olive Leaf, Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Bilberry, Cranberry, Juniper, Soapberry, Blueberry, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Aronia berry extract.

*Potential acne trigger/irritant

I was very thrilled to see that this essence actually contains 75% of propolis extract, more than any other product I've tried so far! That was about it, though. The texture feels and looks identical to that of the aloe essence and is only really distinguishable by the scent. I don't know what I expected, but I am not sure if this did anything for my skin. Like the aloe essence, no negative changes occured but there also hasn't really been any improvement although I've used it for 2-3 months until I ran out of it. Now that it's gone, I'm not particularly missing it. I have already discovered a way better propolis product and am so excited to share with you soon in my propolis battle comparison review! Bottom line: Very underwhelming, not bad, just very boring. Will not repurchase. A solid propolis product though with good ingredients, just didn't work for me as I had hoped.

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Second Canadian Snacks + Swap Of The Year With Filosophie!
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Sorry for the lack of updates recently, but I am actually having some private issues that are making it really hard for me to focus and blog content. I'm not really sure of where I'm at the moment, so I'll just leave it like that for now.

On a more positive note, I finally recorded my second swap with Filo from Filosophie who has been a dear blogger friend of mine! We did a swap back in January, and since it was a great success, we decided to do it again! We are both madly obsessed with foreign snacks and beauty items so it's like a match made in heaven.

I am so happy with all the stuff she got me, especially the Kat von D lipstick that exceeded my expectations! I love giving and receiving gifts and these surprise swaps are always the perfect opportunity. If you want to see what I got her (and how she tried to eat a German hair mask as she thought it was an exotic snack) see her video here! (She's so much more hilarious than I am.)

Have you done any swaps yet? If not, you really should consider doing one, it is so much fun! I love scouring the stores to find good deals so I can get her as much stuff as I can fit in a box. Thank you Filo and to many more snacks (I meant swaps) to come in the future! <3

Lots of love,


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