Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ZOEVA COSMETICS

Since a while I've been seeing products from ZOEVA, in magazines, youtube and beauty blogs. Time for me to get to know their products.

ZOEVA is a German make up brand and was founded in 2008 by Zoe Boikou. ZOEVA is a combination of Zoe and Eva. Zoe in Greek means 'Life' and Eva was the first woman on earth. In 2013 ZOEVA became an international brand which makes it more interesting to show to you, because all of you can get a hold of it.

What I can show you today are some make up brushes, a blush and an eyeshadow palette. 

  • 'Love is a Story' Eyeshadow Palette with 10 colors, matte and shimmery €16,80
  • Luxe Color Blush in 'Last Love' contains 8 grams €7,50
  • 101 Luxe Face Definer €17,50
  • 226 Smudger €6,20
  • 322 Brow Line €5,80 

My first impressions are good! The make up brushes are so affordable and good quality. I used the Luxe Face Definer for my bronzer and blush, the Smudger for my lower lash line and the Brow Line for my brows and for an eyeliner brush. This one will be a staple in my routine, don't have anything like it.

The eyeshadows are super pigmented and soft. This palette even contains some MAC dupes.

The blush is also super pigmented and a great dupe for Nars Orgasm and the other sisters of it out on the market. I will definitely wear this blush a lot. I love peachy pinks with a gold shimmer. I didn't have to wear a highlighter with this blush. The shimmer is subtle, it doesn't look frosty

Do any of you own any ZOEVA products?



First Row (from left to right): 'Film Star', 'Affair', 'Past Romance', 'Man with a Plan', 'Ladylike'
Second Row  (from left to right): 'Over You', 'Little Kiss', 'Old Fashioned', 'Flirt' and 'Mystery Date'
 'Film Star', 'Affair', 'Past Romance', 'Man with a Plan' (darker MAC 'Sable' dupe), 'Ladylike'.
'Over You', 'Little Kiss' (MAC 'Amber Lights' dupe) , 'Old Fashioned', 'Flirt' and 'Mystery Date'.
Luxe Color Blush in 'Last Love'.
Left swatch, right blended.
'Last Love' on my cheeks.
I applied 'Film Star' on my brow bone, 'Affair' on the lid, 'Little Kiss' on the outer corner of my eye and blended the edges with 'Over Yo'. A little bit of 'Little Kiss' on my lower lash line. For liner I used 'Mystery Date' with a damp 322 Brow Line brush. The shadows I wore on top of my Kryolan eyeshadow primer.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hot Coconut Lemon Pudding Pie

Cooking is one of my passions beside the beauty blogging. Food posts are the most fun because I get to eat after. I love to follow other bloggers that combine the things that I love. Funnypilgrim and Julia Graf are both beauty blogger with a passion for food. You can find them in my link section.

Lately, Mira (Funnypilrigm) and I did a beauty/food swap. I love all things Asian and don't have an Asian Food Store nearby, so she offered to send me a package. Thanks again Mira!

Julia and I talked about a cook book from Donna Hay and before I got a chance to buy her book, I saw that my mother in law already had it. So now it is residing in my kitchen.

I browsed through it and started water mouthing right away. So many great recipes for people with little time. I will go food shopping really soon because I need to try out all of them. ;)

The hot lemon coconut pudding caught my eye (of course the desserts) and found out that I had all the ingredients in stock, so I made that right away!

What you need for two portions:
  • 110 g sugar ( I used 90g, will use less on the second go)
  • 2 table spoons of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 25 gram grated coconut 
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • 15 gram liquid butter
  • 80 ml milk
  • 1 egg

How to:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix sugar, flour, coconut and baking soda.
  3. In a second bowl add the lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, milk and egg.
  4. Mix both bowls together and pour in two little cups that have been buttered up.
  5. Let it sit in the oven for about 20/25 minutes and enjoy!
(After the first try I have to say that I will add less sugar and more coconut for the next time)

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paris et Pauline

In March I was in Paris for promo and also a photo shoot with Pauline Darley. The pictures from the first photo shoot that I did with her were really popular, so I knew I had to work with her again.

Not only did we create some amazing pictures, we also went to the Champs Elysees to check out the Sephora (didn't buy anything, can you believe that?) and the local H&M. After that I had to get back to Stuttgart.

The first two pictures have been published on Playboy. It is possible to be in Playboy and keep your clothes on. ;)

Super happy with these pictures. Pauline knows how to draw with light.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Face of Mother's Day

A quick Face of the (Mother's) Day for you guys! A nice spring look for all mothers and girls out there.

The products:
  • Foundation: Bourgois Healthy Mix 51
  • Concealer: Instant Age Rewind
  • Eyeshadow: Catrice Made to Stay Lord of the Blings 040
  • Blush: Maybelline Dream Touch Blush
  • Highlighter: Kryolan Illusion Velvet
  • Bronzer: Laura Mercier Dune
  • Eyeliner: Lorac Front of the Line
  • Mascara: Maybelline the Rocket
  • Lips: Astor Soft Sensation Liquid Care Lip Gloss 102 True Coral
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Shine in 01 Nectarine

Hope you like it!


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sao Paulo Cheeks

One of the german drugstore brands that has be most beautiful limited edition blushes is Essence. My favorite german drugstore blush is from the 'Twilight' limited edition and it is called 'Renesmee Red'. It is for me the perfect snow white red. The quality is amazing and the color super pigmented. This will last you a long time. Unfortunately it was limited edition and cannot be purchased.

During my latest visit to DM, Essence's new limited edition caught my eye. The colors of Brazil, fun and bright. There are two blushes in this LE, one is purple (not in my alley), the other looked familiar and ended up in my basket. At home I checked if it could be a dupe to Renesmee Red and it is a close one.

Price: €2,49 



Next to each other they don't look similar, but when swatched they do.
Left: Renesmee Red; Right: Destination Sao Paulo
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Beauty Bin #6

Time for another Beauty Bin. I've been hoarding the empty packages like a semi pro. Sometimes I have thrown stuff away. For example when I got on a trip, I often take mini samples and use them up during my trip. To take them back with me to feature in a BB would be a bit absurd. Face whips and tooth past won't be featured here as well. The same goes for toilet paper, if you get what I'm saying. :)

From bottom left to right:

Nivea Soft Milk
I love the scent, the feeling on my skin. 400 ml took quite some time to use up, but I love putting on body lotion after a bathing/shower session. Dry patches on my arms are gone!

Vaseline Spray and Go in Aloe Vera
First time when I saw this was at Beautygloss. I like the idea and finally found some at a Dutch super market. I also have the oatmeal scent of it, but like the aloe more. To say that it is super hydrating, I wouldn't say so. If DM would make a spray version of my beloved soft oil balsam, I would hoard it.
The idea is great, now it needs to be filled with a great moisturizer and it would be perfect.

Bioderma Sensibio
Yes, still loving this. At the moment I am testing a Nivea version of the water of goodness. So far so good. Will get some more Sensibio when I am in Paris. Forgot to get some last time around. I was too busy eating crepes.

Andrelon Oil and Care Shampoo
Argan oil, the new hair trend. Put it on a package and it will be sold to all the long haired people out here. It's good, but does make the hair greasy quite fast. Scent is nice, not too overpowering.

Alverde Mango Papaya Deo Roll On (no aluminum salt)
I was using this during my quest to find the perfect 'safe' deodorant. This has to be one of the best I've come around, but at the end of the day I do smell like a jungle. Haven't found the perfect one.
Best would be to apply this a couple of times a day. It does need a while to dry so hang those armpits under the fan in the bath room or you'll walk around with some darkened arm pits for all to see ;)
I don't use spray deodorants anymore. They kind of make me choke and irritate my throat.

Eubos Sensitive Handcreme
The. best. ever. Point again. Will by this over and over and over. Did I already say over?

Mac Brush Cleanser
A good product for some brush cleansing. Deep cleaning should be done with a different product.
This is good for the in between sessions. Make up brushes that are used for creme products should be washed with soap and water. I bought the Hema brush cleanser, really curious to see what it will do and if it can keep up with this.

Maybelline Waterproof make up remover
My bottle number 'I don't remember'. Good stuff. The Nivea make up remover that Lisa recommended burns my eyes and somehow it doesn't mix well when you shake it. 

Manhattan Endless Stay Make Up in Porcelain
Already have the second tube. This is a great foundation for women with a mixed skin and little time. I need waterproof mascara, the best concealer and a good long-lasting foundation. This does the job and won't kill your wallet.

Rituals Shower Foam Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom
This is like shaving your whole body without a razor. Seriously, the most luxurious shower sensation. Good for Rituals that they have come out with new scents. I will be checking those out. 

Burts Bees Rose tinted Lip balm
This is the perfect 'mylipsbutbetter' color. I wonder if they changed the formula or if my back up went bad. I hope for me it is not the latter. My back up I only used twice and just couldn't cope with the smell. 

Aloe Lips from Forever Living
Using this since years and am currently finishing up the last one of my stock. Time to move on. 

L'occitane almond hand creme
Yes, I love almonds! I love this range from L'occitane. Still, this isn't coming close to Eubos and the price makes me not want to buy it again. €7 for such a tiny, not so amazing, hand creme. I use way too much to spend that money on something that doesn't take care of my dry hands. It is a great travel companion, but won't heal my dry hands.

Dusch Das Golden Cashmere Deo Roll On
A staple in my collection of anti smelly products. The scent is warm and clean. A great recommendation from Mira. 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Menu

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there! I always admired mothers, now even more than before. It is a beautiful, but challenging task. A big hug for all the mama's!

On to a nice, simple recipe that dad's and kids can bake: Banana Pancakes.

Yesterday I came across a website called http://www.eetspiratie.nl. They had the easiest recipe for banana pancakes. I had to try it.

For three little pancakes you need only:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg

Mash the banana and mix in the egg. Heat up your pan and throw in some vegetable oil or coconut oil. I used this opportunity to use my coconut oil for the first time. Bake them for about 7 minutes until they are nice and brown and you're done! Piece of Pancake :)

I garnished it with a strawberry honey yoghurt topped of with some almonds and peppermint leaves and sprinkled some cinnamon on top of the pancakes. It was so good that I had to make a second batch. 

This is absolutely fool proof. Try it and let me know how it went.

Eet smakelijk!


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