Friday, 22 May 2015

Holy Grail Lip Product: 3 Concept Eyes Lip Laquer (#Showtime)

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Only three more shifts at my shitty part-time job are left, yay! Today I had to work without any break. Again. Because there were not enough co-workers present. I wouldn't mind if there weren't a bazillion other things going wrong at that place... it's just cringe-worthy. A lot of small (and bigger) things adding up to each other and making it just not worth it. I can't wait to return to my old workplace next month! :) Also, I've been trying to make more time for friends but my thesis has me in a stealthy grip. I really need to finish that beast so I can return into my social circles and just have a good time without worrying about X, Y and Z of my thesis. It's slowly driving me insane.

A product that has saved my sanity a multiple times and is an absolute staple and holy grail in my make-up bag by now are the lip laquers from 3 Concept Eyes! They have received quite some love in the blogging world recently, so it was without question that I had to snatch something while I was living in Seoul - and I am so glad I did! (and regret I didn't buy more :<)

Now, I am a difficult person when it comes to lip products and there aren't that many that left me satisfied enough. My lips are very dry to begin with and to make it even worse, I am a bad picker at the dry parts of my lips (doesn't help) and I tend to lick my lips when I doesn't have a hydrating product around - makes the whole situation just worse! On top of that, I am a huge fan of vibrant colors but for the reasons mentioned above, most don't even make it 2 hours in without being smudged/swept away or drying out my lips like crazy. To find a lip product that survives this and still looks flawless is quite a challenge but I probably don't spoiler too much when I say the lip laquers perform amazing in all aspects.

With the founding of 3 Concept Eyes in 2009 by the Korean clothing platform Stylenanda a hype was born - the brand is the secret MAC of Korea with a cooler edge.  (in my opinion) They got especially popular for their lip products such as the lip laquer with is a (semi-)matte, super pigmented long-lasting liquid lipstick. 

I have always been interested in trying Kat von D or Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks but shipping from the US is just atrocious (20$ for one lipstick.. err.. no.) which is why I stormed the 3CE store in Myeongdong and had to test out those little promising tubes. Oh, was I not disappointed.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

6 Months of Skin Progress + 7 Changes That I've Made

October 2014 - April 2015

Being a bit sentimenal today; that quote is my absolute favorite quote for many many years and I write it in my calendar every time I get a new one. Facing problems rather than running away is just who I am and the base for this post. You have probably seen it already on my social media feed; but I totally forgot to post it on my blog! So in case social media isn't up your alley - here's what you missed :3 I did upload a skin progress picture a few days ago to show the progress I have made with my skin in the past half year. Honestly - I didn't think my skin had improved that much! If you look in the mirror daily, it is hard to keep track of improvements. That's why I always take pictures a few weeks apart, to be able to actually compare and see if what I'm doing is working or not. I was randomly browing old posts of  mine and was shocked to see just how bad my skin really was. I mean, I know it was really bad but since my skin has improved a lot, it was quite a shock to see myself like that. I certainly don't miss those painful times! I am hoping this post inspires anyone who is suffering from similar skin conditions and to remain always optimistic - you can do it! It might take a while and it might not be visible to you yet, but it can be done. :)

Now, I am slightly optimistic here as I still don't know what exactly caused that bad acne in me. It was very likely a combination of being stressed out, living far away from home all by myself, a new environment, water that my skin hated, air pollution and wrong skincare. Looking at the list, I can't even be mad with my skin. I am in no ways acne-free yet and I still get pimples but it is a thousand times better than when I started out about half a year ago. I remember how desperate I was to get rid of that terrible skin of mine and how it shattered a good chunk of my self-worth as I didn't exactly feel pretty. Keep on reading if you want to see my skin at its lowest point and what kind of changes I made that helped along the way. [Caution: Nasty images of cystic acne beyond this point.]

Thursday, 14 May 2015

OOTD: Feathers x Spring Pastels

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Today is a public holiday in Germany (Ascension Day) so I have the whole day off and so does my boyfriend, yeah! We didn't really get much time to relax though because his youngest cousin had confirmation so our day started quite early at the church. I'm not even baptized, so going to church is a really strange thing for me - both my parents are as non-religious as it gets and if I had to chose a religion, it wouldn't be Christianity. They had a rock band at church though which was pretty cool! I thought I'd share today's outfit with you because I really liked it. I haven't done many outfit posts in forever because I have no one to shoot pictures - I plan on getting a tripod and remote for my Canon though, so maybe in the future?

Dress - Darling Clothes, Blazer with lace - some random store in Japan, 
Bag - Samantha Thavasa, Belt - Tally Weijl, Shoes - Deichmann

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

For Tea L♥vers: A'True Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion Review

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I am currently in the midst of quitting my shitty part-time job and I can't wait for it to end!! It's just an incredibly horrible experience and I will probably make a whole video rant about it once I'm out of there. I am also slowly seeing a light at the end of my deep thesis tunnel and it's  somehow all falling in place - I can't wait to give it in and be done with it! But I'm not here to rant about how busy I am, but instead am wondering:  ..are you bored of cushions yet? I certainly am still utterly in love with those small foundation wonders so I proudly present you the newest addition to my ever growing collection, the A'True Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion

As a huge tea lover who cannot go a single day without her favorite drink, this cushion was especially appealing to me. Actually, I've been interested in A'True items for quite some time now (I mean, Himalaya Black Tea Watery Gel Cream? Paradise Black Tea Aqua Blossom Essence? Whoever is responsible for the wording, they are doing a brilliant job.) but ah, the prices have prevented me from trying them so far. But since A'True has a special offer at the moment on Jolse where you get a refill for free I didn't have many counter arguments anymore :)

Compagnie Coloniale Black Tea Fermentation (32%)

A·TRUE Black Tea fermentation is accomplished through our diligent work and a series of carefully crafted methods. The carefully selected tea leaves are fermented twice, enabling their natural ingredients to be delivered to the skin revitalizing it with the tea’s essential nutrients, keeping it healthy.

[Radiant + Firming + Hydrating + Tone + Brightening + Boosting] 
This revolutionary formula benefits from a foundation which holds six multi-functions that help revitalize and illuminate the skin tone maintaining overall skin brightness and transparency. Micro particles of mineral powder completely fill the uneven skin tone. Its color controlling effects help find the individual natural beauty to show a clear and gorgeous look.

A·TRUE tries to minimize harsh chemical ingredients
Formulated without Paraben, Ethanol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzophenone, Triethanolamine, Talc, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum and SLS

*Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment(3,840mg), Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Octocrylene, Zinc Oxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid,1,2-Hexanediol,Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iron Oxides (CI 77499),Saccharide Isomerate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
* Compagnie Coloniale Black Tea Fermentation
...props to easily searchable full ingredients lists! Many companies should do this, I didn't even had to search for the product in Korean, a simple English search was all it took :3