Thursday, 30 October 2014

Outfit: Pale Neutrals







H&M jacket (old) & boots | Fashionsuzy t-shirt (old) | Zara jeans (old) | Urban Outfitters necklace (old)  | Primark bag | Forever21 bracelets (old)

The pictures above are reminiscent of the sunny autumn days that are long gone by now. Over are the days of not having to wear scarves and thick socks. It's time for lined parkas and beanies. Not that I'd complain, it makes it so much easier to choose a decent outfit for university as hardly anyone is going to get a glimpse of the layers below anyway. Yeah, I'm a convenient dresser when the outfit I'm wearing is not meant to be uploaded on here.
My wardrobe is has been going through a hefty chance in the last couple of months. I've been dropping most colours for a more wearable wardrobe. I'd call it a bad attempt at composing a capsule wardrobe, but still has a long way to go before I'd even remotely title it a minimalistic collection of garments. 
I hope you're enjoying the rest of October and have a nice Halloween! 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Review: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation NW13

Mac Pro Longwear Foundation NW13 SPF10


Aren't we all looking for that perfectly matching foundation? It's not an easy task to find it, yet it is so important. A good base makes or breaks a look, which is exactly why I got myself matched at MAC and subsequently splurged on the MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NW13. Granted, it took me some time to justify the purchase, but I have not regretted it since. Let me tell you why!

As a pale girl, it is such a chore to find a foundation with the perfect undertone that doesn't come off too dark or even orange on my skin. MAC's colour range finally convinced me and I found my match in the NW13, a light beige foundation with warm undertones.

Swatches
indoors - flash - natural light
Performance
indoors - with flash
Mac Pro Longwear NW 13 SPF 10 Foundation Worn

MAC's Pro Longwear foundation has a very lovely, matte finish with a natural glow and provides a buildable, medium coverage. It conceals rednesses, minor spots and it gives my dark circles a very light touch-up. For meaner spots and serious dark-circle coverage, a concealer is needed as you can see in the pictures above. The product's consistency is very runny. I prefer to apply it with a brush but a beauty blender will work really well, too, especially if you're going for a lighter and dewier look.
What I also like about this product is the added SPF. This might not make it your go-to foundation for photoshootings as the SPF can wash you out in combination with heavy flash usage, but the extra sun protection makes it even better for daily wear. If applied correctly, this foundation stays on my normal skin until I decide to remove it again. There is some minor fading throughout the day, which is completely normal and expected.
All in all, this is a lovely product and I'm certainly going to repurchase it again when I run out. Which may take a while as I only need one pump to cover my whole face!

5 / 5 

What do you prefer in a foundation: Heavy coverage or a more natural finish?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A/W Edit #2

autumn winter 2014 edit missblueeyes
Nothing beats a relaxed Sunday with a bit of online shopping and a big mug of (non-alcoholic) hot punch. If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I fiddled a lot with my wishlist. Once a month, I usually go through it asking myself "If I had the money to buy this right now, would I do it?" and delete everything I don't immediately answer "Yes" to. This month, a lot of items got dropped and just as many were added.
This gorgeous, grey Zara knit will find its way into my wardrobe as soon as humanly possible. I just need a decent turtleneck and this one is just so nice. Same goes for the Dr Martens Theresa boots, which I check on about every couple hours just to see whether my size is still available or if the sale is still on. A Daniel Wellington watch (this one is the Classic Cardiff Lady) has been up here since they sent press samples to almost every single famous blogger around the globe - it obviously worked, I seriously need one with silver hardware.
You probably haven't noticed yet but I'm a big fan of the 90's revival trend. I haven't gotten a lip colour to match my obsession yet but my current favourite is MAC's Styled in Sepia. Next is more of a dream than a wish, as I won't be able to afford this anytime soon: An All Saints leather jacket. This is one of those pieces worth investing in and I'm going to do so eventually. Just wait. Last but not least, Nyx's powder blush in taupe. Definitely the least pricy of the bunch and something that I'd love to try as I heard it's a great contour shade for us paler folks.

My next edits are probably going to be Christmas-themed! Is there anything you'd like to see?

Friday, 24 October 2014

Video: Harley Quinn Make Up Tutorial

I have to admit that I'm not super excited about Halloween (I'm more of a Christmas kind of girl) but I do love dressing up! My YouTube debut is nothing less than a Harley Quinn (Arkham Asylum inspired) makeup tutorial, which I cannot wait to finally share with you! I initially wanted to do this tutorial as a blogpost, but I soon realised that it was far too complex to show you without creating an ueber long post with a bazillion pictures.


All the information you could possibly need about the look can be found in the video above or in the actual description on YouTube. Feel free to ask any questions, were they to pop up, nevertheless! Also, if this post hadn't been so spontaneous, I certainly would have gotten some hair chalk.

Here are some more photographs of the finished look.
Please let me know what you think! 

P.S.: I will try to upload at least 2 videos a month from now on. Let's see how it goes!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Alcott - Vienna Store Opening Event

Alcott Vienna
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that there is a new face amongAustrian fashion market! Alcott, the youthful, Italian trend label recently opened their first store in Vienna's SCS. The brand gives off a very casual vibe and aims to combine Californian nonchalance with an Italian lifestyle - at the best possible price.
On the 15th of October, Alcott kindly invited a group of enthusiastic, Austrian fashion and lifestyle bloggers to celebrate their recent store opening with champagne, yummy snacks and cupcakes! I was super excited to go, especially as I hadn't been to any event like that before.

Alcott Vienna
The mini-wraps and the cupcakes were super good!
Alcott's goal is to provide teenagers who are on a budget with trendy, good quality clothing at the lowest possible price. They excel in the jeans department and currently carry two ranges, Alcott and Alcott Los Angeles, which is the women's collection, after starting out as a "men's wear only" brand.

Alcott Vienna
Featuring Heike from steirerblutundhimbeersaft.com
I personally really enjoy Alcott's effortless design and the college-vibe that their products have! Although I do have to admit that, at first glance, the store looks very much like a unisex label. I do blame that on the current popularity of the boyfriend jeans cut, though!
There are over 150 Alcott stores worldwide, most of which are in Italy. They do aim to expand to the rest of Europe - especially the UK - as soon as possible.

Alcott Vienna
The evening with Alcott was super enjoyable and I felt very honoured for the invitation.  I personally liked what I saw a lot - I even picked up one or two pieces that may pop up in future outfit posts. Price-wise, Alcott lies inbetween Primark and H&M, leaning towards the cheaper side. However, quality-wise I was truly surprised. The Italian label truly knows what they're doing, I'm wearing their lovely American flag scarf every single day since I got it because it's so cozy!

What do you think of Alcott? Do you like the sporty look? 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Outfit: The Oversized Knit

Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi

Cheap Monday knit |  Forever 21 skirt | H&M boots | ShopDixi necklace | eBay bag

If I had realised earlier how cheap this bag actually looks, I probably would not have included it in this outfit post. Let's just assume I'm wearing it ironically. Yeah, that's totally plausible. Anyway, I don't think I've told you about this awesome jumper already, have I? It's from Cheap Monday, a store I only recently discovered, and when I saw that it was on sale, I just had to get it. It's very slouchy and oversized (I'm wearing a size S) but it's so comfy and it goes so perfectly well with a bodycon skirt or some tight jeans.
The make-up I'm wearing was some kind of experiment - I did a metallic smokey eye and it worked really well. I doubt you'll be able to tell how it looks like exactly, but I just didn't get a proper detail picture of it. My facial expressions in these are just too weird to upload them! However, I'm thinking about doing a tutorial on the smokey eye I'm wearing. Please let me know whether you'd be interested in something like that!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review: MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick (Rocky Horror Picture Show Limited Edition)

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick
MAC's Rocky Horror Picture Show Limited Collection is out! And guess who picked up another red lipstick. That's right, me. I know, I know, I just picked up Russian Red a few weeks ago, but I just couldn't resist the new collection. Especially not after I was told exactly how limited it was and that they only had two of these gorgeous, dark red lipsticks called "Frank-n-Furter" left for sale, only a couple hours after the collection had been officially released. Of course, I couldn't bear the thought of missing out and gave in to the urge of getting it. 

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick
 MAC Frank-n-Furter
A gorgeous blue-toned red that lies somewhat inbetween Russian Red and Diva. It works really well with a darker lipliner, like for example MAC's Vino, also from the RHPS collection. MAC's official website describes the colour as a deep raspberry wine shade, which is absolutely dead on in my opinion. The lipstick has a matte finish and retails for a little more than the regular MAC lipsticks. (22€ as opposed to 19,95€)

Swatches
indoors - flash - natural light

Comparison to Russian Red
picture taken with flash
Performance
top: indoors, bottom: flash
MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick worn
So, I was a little worried if this buy would be worth it for someone who already owns Russian Red as the bullets do look very similar. Frank-n-Furter is slightly more blue-toned and thus looks more berry-toned than Russian Red, which makes it a great colour for autumn and also slightly more wearable. It's just as easy to wear and it will make your teeth look whiter as it has blue undertones.I think this is an absolutely gorgeous colour. If you like Russian Red but you think it's a tad too light, you will love Frank-n-Furter. 
Is it absolutely necessary to have it? I think that depends on various factors. If you enjoy wearing a red lip, it's definitely worth picking up. If you're into collecting MAC lipsticks, then get it. If Russian Red is your holy grail lipstick and you're not into trying out new things, you don't need this lipstick.

Now, if you like what you see and feel like you need to get your hands on this lipstick, I'd advise you to hurry. These sell out super quickly!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Austrian Fashionblogger Meetup in Vienna


Last Saturday, the lovely Tina from Citylover.at organized the first Austrian Fashionblogger meetupin Vienna. 20 fashion-enthusiastic girls from all over Austria ended up travelling to the capital for lunch. Doesn't sound too exciting in comparison to the blogger events from the UK with loads of brand involved? Well, let me tell you that: we had a lot of fun! (Although I do have to admit that I'd love to go to one of these huge UK blogger events one day.)

At 2pm we met at The Room, a gorgeous restaurant that serves the by far prettiest iced tea that I've ever seen. I was about half an hour early so I had plenty of time to study the menu before the girls arrived in smaller groups. I have to admit that I was very nervous to meet all these wonderful bloggers who I've been following for months but hadn't talked to yet besides via various comment forms. My doubts were unjustified, however, as everyone was absolutely lovely.

from left: Verena (WhoisMocca?), Lina (GlitteryPeonies) and Maxie (maxie-renée)

from left: Theresa (Theri's Wardrobe), Denise (c-overthetop), some lovely girls that I don't recognize thanks to the depth of focus and Valeria (valeriannala).
The Room has a lovely interior, but the atmosphere in the restaurant was a little lackluster that day. That did nothing to our cheerful conversations, though. Loads of topics were discussed: from blog design to degree courses, from designer bags to photography advice. Nothing was left out, questions were answered, tips were shared... It was wonderful! If I had to draw a comparison, I'd say it was very much like a Twitter chat but with much less drama and far more structure (I'm looking at you, PR & sponsorship discussions). 

One of the main attraction next to our engaging conversations was definitely the food. Everything looked so tasty and the presentation on the plates was so nice! Which is exactly why every single blogger girl had to snap multiple pictures of their and possible their neighbour's food before taking a bite. I was the only one to try the "The Room Burger" and I have to say that it was totally worth it. It was no doubt one of the best burgers I've ever eaten and don't get me started on the chips. So yummy! They were served with a cocktail sauce and a mockup newspaper page for decoration.
All in all, it was a very lovely afternoon. I had arrived at The Room not knowing a single blogger in person, but I left with some really lovely new friends.  We all agreed that we had to repeat this as soon as possible and I honestly can't wait!
Have you ever been to a blogger event?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Beauty: Hairburst* - My Hair Journey

hairburst
When I got the chance to try out a 1 month supply of Hairburst*, I instantly jumped at the chance. The supplement previously known as Hairvits that is supposed to burst your growth and make your hair more healthy from the inside has been big over on Instagram for the last couple of months. It stirred a lot of controversity, many users marked it down as a fake and showed a lot of doubt if it actually worked, which is why I wanted to test it and share my experience even more. 
The supplement adds a variety of vitamins and other beneficial substances to your diet, which aim to increase your hair's health and quality. The product promises to boost thickness, shine, manageability and much more. It only contains natural ingredients, most of which are water-soluble, which makes it a clean and natural supplement. You can take a look at the full ingredients list and more information as to how it works on the official website
My Results
First off, it is important to know how Hairburst works in order to understand what to expect from it. If you're already leading a super healthy lifestyle and supply your body with all the important vitamins, it may not do as much as you expect it to, as your body will dispose excess vitamins naturally. However, your hair would surely profit from the rest of the ingredients.

Left: 63cm - Right: 66cm
Hairburst Results
The faint line shows how much my hair has grown in one month of taking the supplement. You can see that it has definitely gotten longer, which makes it look a lot fuller thanks to my layers. 
Hair grows an average of 1cm (0.5inch) a month. While taking Hairburst, I noticed a rapid increase of growth of 2cm above average, which is quite impressive if I may say so. The overall health increase was a little lackluster, but I have to admit that this might be because my hair has been chemically processed multiple times and I consider it at a point of no return. I did not notice any difference in shedding. 

The Supplement
For it to work, you have to take two capsules a day, preferably before breakfast. The capsules are quite large, as shown by the picture below, and not the most pleasant to take. 
Hairburst Size
One capsule is a little longer than 2cm, which makes it quite hard to swallow. You will have to drink a lot of fluid with it. I have to admit that I couldn't really get used to it and it was always more of a chore than a pleasure to take it. Additionally, the product has a really distinctive smell, which is not very pleasant either. I would not recommend this supplement if you're having trouble swallowing pills or controlling your gag reflex. It's not unusual for vitamins to smell gross, but I just wanted to bring out that Hairburst is not an exception.

Final Thoughts
While the supplement definitely worked for me, I'm definitely sure that I won't repurchase it now that I've finished my one month supply. The reason for that is that it is just way too hard to get down due to the capsule size and the smell. However, it definitely inspired me to improve my diet and to live a healthier and more focused lifestyle so I can supply my body with the vitamis that my hair needs to grow healthy and strong. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Outfit: Cherry Blossoms in Autumn


Black Milk Clothing dress | eBay cardigan, scarf | Primark bag | H&M boots

Let me just take a moment to express how beautiful this background is and how long it took me to realize that I could actually take pictures in this place. My boyfriend and I were headed to a completely different shooting location that day, which you might remember from a previous outfit post, when he asked me if I had ever thought of taking pictures right at the Town Hall Square. I got to admit that the thought had went through my mind previously, but I never thought I'd be brave enough to execute the idea until now. The afternoon lighting was perfect and I just love how these pictures turned out, even though my expression is far from natural in most shots, to say the least. It was a really exciting experience and the passersby did not even pay as much attention to me as I thought they would. 
I'm currently enjoying deep red lips a lot! It's not exactly the typical autumn-trend, as most bloggers prefer to go for a berry-toned lip instead, but my love for MAC's Russian Red is just too big not to pop it on single time I get the chance to!

What are your favourite autumn lip shades? Are you enjoying big, chunky knits just as much as I am?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tutorial: Winged Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes



When I started getting more into beauty and eye make up in particular, it didn't take me long to notice that all these fancy eyeshadow and liner tutorials just weren't working on me. At first, I thought I was doing something wrong, but after a while, I realized that my eye shape was simply different than that of the people who did the tutorials. Sounds familiar? Well, chances are you have hooded eyelids as well.

If you have hooded eyelids that means that you have a fold of skin that covers your lid partly, making your eyes appear less open and smaller than they are. A hooded eye is an eye that is set in such a way that the natural crease in the eyelid is not readily seen. That means, that, in order to apply different make-up tutorials to your eyelids, you might have to modify them to make them work. Which is why I'm going to show you how I'm doing my winged eyeliner. This is for all of you, who struggle with their lids eating their eye-make up.

What you will need: A good primer, your eyeliner of choice. (I'm using a felt-tip eyeliner)

1) Prime your eyelids so your eyeliner won't transfer to your crease later on.
2) Draw a thin line along your upper lashline.
3) Draw your wing. I like to orient myself by the end of my eyebrows. I also do this with my eyes open so I can see where the wing will be pointing. 
4) Open your eyes and connect the wing of your eyeliner with the thin base you created. 
5) Fill it in completely and thicken the line on demand. 

Tip: Keep opening and closing your eyes so you can see what you're doing and what will / won't show up on your lids.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have further questions, please let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Beauty: Essie Smokin Hot

essie smokin hot

By now, you all will probably have guessed that I'm not big on nail varnish. One of the reasons are my ridiculously small nail beds, which makes painting them one of the most annoying chores ever. Most brushes are just too wide to use common nail-painting techniques, which means I'm stuck with improvising. However, every once in a while, I enjoy some colour on my nails as well. 

During autumn, I usually opt for dark greys, greens or burgundys. Essie's 75 Smokin Hot is a gorgeous, slightly purplish grey. The colour is super versatile and goes with almost anything you could possibly wear as it won't clash with other colours, which makes it a really safe pick. 

essie smokin hot swatch

The formula is watery but rich in colour and only requires two coats. Essie's brushes are smaller than the average nail varnish brush, which makes it easier for me to apply the varnish.

I'm not one to review nail varnishes as I'm not well-versed in that area, but I wanted to share this gorgeous autumn shade with you nevertheless.

What is your favourite nail varnish for autumn? Or do you prefer to go bare-nailed?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

September Favourites

September favourites 2014
Hello, October! Is it just me or has September flown by like a breeze? I still haven't had a Pumpkin Spice Latte and the autumnal feeling just hasn't fully set in yet. At the end of each month, countless favourites videos generally pop up on YouTube. I usually love watching them because I find them really interesting and personal, so I thought that I could do the same in form of a blog post and tell you what I've been enjoying over the past 30 days. I'm not restricting myself to beauty-favourites only so you'll find an occasional book or TV show in here, too.

1) My Black and White Tartan Cape from H&M
I've had this cape for about 2 years now but I never wore it because I just couldn't make it work. I've been on the brink of throwing it out many times over the course of the years but I always felt like I should keep it. Mind you, I'm so glad I did! I've been wearing it loads now that capes are coming back into fashion again and it's perfect for those autumnal days that go from winter to summer in a couple of hours.

2) Syoss Supreme Selection Restore 10in1 Leave in Spray 
I've raved about this in one of my last posts already, but can I say how much I enjoy it once more? To me and my hair, this is heaven in a spray can.

3) Maybelline Baby Lips
This lip balm was eye-opening to me. It makes my lips feel so much softer than when I use a different one! I'm definitely keeping this in my bag from now on, especially during the colder days when my lips tend to chap.

4) MAC Russian Red & Manhattan X-Treme Last  Lipliner 44N
This duo goes together because I hardly ever use them seperately anymore. I wasn't really into lining my lips before, but since I started wearing Russian Red a little more often, I learned how important it was to use a lipliner to acheive a neater application. I've had the Manhattan lipliner in my collection for ages, but I only now realized how perfectly well it goes with Russian Red.

5) Troye Sivan - My Happy Little Pill 
Check this song out if you haven't already. You won't regret it. It's absolutely beautiful!

6) The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I don't know if it counts to add the books to my favourites when I'm not yet done with the first one, but I've been enjoying this dystopian series a lot so far! I'd ask you not to discuss the series in the comments, I don't want to come across any spoilers.

7) Noragami
An Anime show that I greatly enjoyed watching during September. I'm usually very critical when it comes to Anime, but this one won me over after the first episode. It's partly serious, partly funny and if you enjoy anime but haven't seen it yet, you should definitely give it a go.

Have you recently shared your favourites on your blog or on YouTube? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to check out your videos or blogposts! 

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