Sunday, 25 August 2013

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter 9.89

My first stop in my local town was Müller, a massive department store that sells DVDs, CDs and it has a pretty good beauty section.  I went in with the intention to buy my cousin a birthday gift but ended up wandering into the 'Naturkosmetik' section (translation: eco friendly make up) where I saw that they sell Korres and I was over the moon.

I've wanted to try Korres for absolutely ages because it's exactly the kind of company I like.  The little cardboard box around the lip butter can be pulled apart and you can read all about the company and their ethos.  Korres is a Greek company with its roots in the first Homeopathic Pharmacy of Athens.  The four fundamental principles of Korres are: 1) naturally derived top quality active ingredients 2) clinically tested effectiveness with no inflated promises 3) pleasing to the senses and 4) reasonably priced to enable every-day use.  I really believe in using high quality products, a lot of companies will choose to keep prices down rather than keeping a close eye on their quality and in the long term it's not good for your skin.  I know nearly ten euros for a lip balm may seem a little excessive but I really can't praise this product enough, and as it's a really soft lip balm you need such a tiny amount of product this won't run out any time soon.

I have a similar product to this in the form of my pink Vaseline but I hate the texture of it.  This lip butter is leagues better.  It is super silky, it nearly melts onto your fingers but it transfers beautifully.  It gives you a very subtle rose pink tint and smells delicious.  I've had super chapped and horrible lips recently and nothing has been able to fix it except this.  I'm very pleased.

You can find Korres products on Amazon for cheaper but I'd encourage you to support your local shops and pharmacy.  Have you guys used anything from Korres before that you can recommend me?

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

You know this world is mean, Nothing's for free

T-shirt: Primark.  Trousers: GAP.  Shoes: Topshop.  Necklace: Primark.  Bag: TKMaxx

I'm so bored of summer clothes.  This is a pathetic excuse for a summer outfit simple because I can't be bothered anymore.  I've already expressed my dislike of summer fashion simply because I hate showing my wobbly bits.  Anyway I've finally broken these Topshop shoes in, if my feet recover is another thing.  Red and blue are some of my favourite colours to wear, they feel fresh and it's as much of an effort I make for summer.

Since coming to Germany I've packed on the pounds (the amount of cake and wine I have consumed this past week and a half is obscene).  I'm headed back to Cardiff on Sunday and from then on it's back to jogging (CRY) and I'm going to try a carb free diet (sigh).  In the mean time I have lots of photos to share with you that clearly show where the pounds have come from, I have had a good time but feel slugish and I miss my little life with my boyfriend in Cardiff.  Once you've left home it's really hard to live with your family, I'm reached my limit.  My poor family.  I just realised that this is a full on whinge post, but fear not I have exciting things to share with you when I'm back across the pond!

More soon!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Blog Reads 02

Lyzi's blog ones one of the first reasons I started blogging, her blog is everything I'd want mine to be.  On Being Little she shares gorgeous photos from her adventures and her beautiful illustrations.  I really admire Lyzi for her frankness and openness when she talks about her illness and anxiety, she really is very inspirational.

I love love love reading about Laura's life in Dubai, it gives me a little piece of the Middle East when I'm away from home.  Her style is spot on, I suffer from massive wardrobe envy with every new post.  For those interested in reading a Middle East based blog this is THE one.

Cee is a gorgeous Canadian lady based in Paris, on her blog she shares her Paris adventures and her flawless style.  It's enough to make me want to pack my suitcase and catch a flight to Charles de Gaulle.  The photos on her blog are gorgeous and she also writes her posts in French which is a great excuse for me to keep my French up.

Steffy lives in in Miami Beach with her fiancé and wiener dog and has amazing style top top it all off.  She finds the most amazing thrifted pieces and I want every single piece of her wardrobe.  Her posts on life in Miami Beach are out of this world for an America noob like me who gets starry eyed at anything Americana.

I stumbled upon Jenny's blog when I was looking for Welsh blogs to read and boy am I glad I found it! Her beautiful lifestyle blog is filled with gorgeous photography and wonderful adventures that I can stare at for hours.  Jenny is also considering starting a Blogger's Book Club which I wholeheartedly endorse, if you're interested head over here.

I adore Flora and her beautiful blog, I think her photos have got to be some of my favourites.  Her posts are written beautifully and I always get excited when I see a new post from her pop up on my dashboard.  We have a lot in common and I'm sure if you put us in the same room we'd get on like a house on fire.

Sundays were made for a little laziness and reading blogs, if you have any special blogs you'd like to recommend me please leave the links and of course yours as well.  My sunday evenings are spent on the sofa with a cup of peppermint tea and blog links.  Wouldn't want it any other way.


Friday, 16 August 2013

I'll say what this means to me, I'll do what I can, Impossible Germany

Deutschland Deutschland! How beautiful you are and how good it is the be back.  As I mentioned in a previous post my Canadian Godmother is visiting us so we are taking her around the usual tourist sights which include several churches and the town's beautiful library.  Our town isn't very beautiful as it was very badly destroyed in a bombing that occurred three months before the end of the Second World War.  90% of the town was destroyed and architecturally it's never recovered.  I am always in awe of the parts of the town that have lovingly been restored.  The resilience of the German people after the war really is inspiring.  

We of course had to treat our guest to the real German experience, which meant being overwhelmed in one of Würzburg's oldest family run cafés (est. 1911) where the choice of cakes, sandwiches and strudel are enough to send even the most stoic person into a frenzy.  My mother used to go to this café when she skipped school as a little girl. A lot of the decor is from the 20's and you can sit down to enjoy the atmosphere with a generous slice of strudel and a wonderfully tacky gossip magazine that keeps you up to date with all the royal pregnancies in Europe.  What more could you want?  Those of you in the area, a visit is highly recommended: Caféhaus Michel, Marktplatz 11, 97070 Würzburg.

Being in Germany does give me a little fuzzy feeling, despite the fact that my German is very rusty and I often make mistakes (I speak German the way I would English which means my sentence structures are way off) but Germany is my home and my heritage.  I like out little town, how colourful and lively it is and how it does give me a sense of calm and pride.  I've already decided that if I ever get married to a non German I'm keeping my German surname. Being German is very important to me.  I really hope that my German posts over the next couple of days will make you consider taking a little trip to Germany sometime.  Leave your stereotyping and preconceptions at home, you will have an amazing time here!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Disappointing Products 01

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser | £6.75

I was never much of a Lush fan but the recent acquisition of a flat with a super deep bath meant I ended up in the Cardiff branch.  I only went in to get a bathbomb but the sales assistants are so good at sucking you in and you leave with more than you intended to buy.

I've become a little obsessed with skincare recently and having run out of my Bioderma cleanser sampler I thought it was time to invest in a new one.  The lovely Eve who was giving me loads of samples to try, recommended me the Ultrabland cleanser.  She tested it on my hand and it felt lovely.

But, and this is a massive but, once I got home it was a different story.  You're meant to take a generous blob of this and smooth it over your face so it takes off all your make up.  It does take my foundation off really well but it falls at the last hurdle: my eye make up.  The cotton pad I use tears apart leaving little bits of fluff in my eyes and it just doesn't take off my Benefit mascara properly.  I've already lost several eyelashes in the process which really pains me because now I have uneven eyelashes.  I wear a lot of eye make up so that was really important to me.  Alarm bells should have gone off when I read 'oily cleansing cream'.  It doesn't feel nice on my skin at all, super oily and I'm afraid that it will leave greasy stains on my pillows.  I have slightly oil skin anyway especially under my fringe so I feel this just aggravates my situation.  I don't like using a flannel as a means of taking make up off.  Something about a brown and black stained towel lying around the bathroom grosses me out.

So all in all I'm still using this but mainly to take my foundation and other 'face' products.  I managed to find Bioderma in my local pharmacy so I'm using that for my eyes (YAY!).  I just feel like £7 for a product is a lot of money to not use it at all, but I won't be repurchasing this any time soon.

Any other cleansers you guys can recommend me? I'm loving my Bioderma cleanser at the moment but I'm always open to new recommendations.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Mundane Monday 02

This one is a little bit of a lie.  Today was not really a Mundane Monday.  Today was the first Monday that I've spent in Germany in over a year so it's pretty special.  I'm back to sleeping in my childhood room which whilst it had a makeover last year, still feels like a younger part of my life.  I keep finding funny little things such as gig tickets from when I went through my slight emo phase.  Everyone has one of those right? I'm enjoying being in a homely environment and being around things that I'd forgotten about like the map of Cannes that I framed after I'd attended the film festival back in May last year.  It's comforting to find these things for some reason.

My Monday was even more special because I got accepted on to my masters course at Cardiff University!  I'm a glutton for punishment so I'm going back to university in September for one more year.  Another year of hiding away from the real world and using a student card.  I'm excited because it's a course that's totally new and out of my comfort zone.  I'm ready for a challenge.

After the exciting news of my acceptance my dad and I drove to the airport to pick up my Godmother.  She's the reason I have ventured back to the Vaterland.  I haven't seen her in three years (she lives in Montreal, Canada) and she's visiting us in Germany for ten days so I couldn't feasibly stay in Cardiff watching Kitchen Nightmares on Netflix (I have this thing for Gordon Ramsey I can't even help myself).  Frankfurt Airport is one of the more bearable ones that I frequent and the blow of the low ceilings is somewhat lessened by the decent coffee they have in the arrivals area.  Coffee tastes better on mainland Europe.  Fact.  I had tears in my eyes when I saw my Godmother.  She's the most amazing lady and has the kindest heart, we've had a great evening chatting over my homemade tomato risotto (my job is to cook when I'm home) and drank too much wine.  I'm ready to call it a night at 10:45 (Germany is an hour ahead) and crawl into bed listening to the rain with my trusty Regency trash novel (they never let me down).

On another note: my fourteen year old girl cousin has added me on Instagram.  She looks older and prettier than me even though I have a whole eight years on her and actually remember when crop tops and scrunchies were high fashion.  I can't even.

This post has taken me an extortionately long time to write because I finally bit the bullet and went to a nail bar to get acrylics so I could get over my nail biting habit.  How do women deal with long nails? Getting dressed takes me forever.

Can't wait to share some exciting Germany adventures with you!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” - Oscar Wilde

Summer is here and for the moment I'm an unemployed graduate.  I'm trying desperately not to get sucked into watching too much American Netflix (I say this as Desperate Housewives is one in the background...).  I trawled the charity shops down my road and found a few goodies that should keep my occupied for a while.  I do have a kindle which I love and take everywhere with me but I love having a good book collection filled with loved books with my favourite quotes highlighted.  It feels special.

The God of Small things by Arundhati Roy | £1.50 | 368 pages

I picked this up in the RSPCA charity shop, it won the Booker Prize in 1990 so I have quite high expectations of this book.  For some reason I keep thinking that this is going to be a Life of Pi kind of book but I think I'm going to be proven wrong.  I love reading books that are based in India.  I might tie this book together with Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha.

Jane Austen's Guide to Romance: The Regency Rules by Lauren Henderon | £1.50 | 320 pages

I'm such a sucker for anything Jane Austen themed you should know this by now.  This little book caught my eye again in the RSPCA shop.  It seems a little bit of 'fluff' reading but after a brief skim read it might actually be quite funny.  Each chapter is dedicated to a 'lesson' for example chapter one 'If you like someone  make it clear you do' with references to all the different couples of the Jane Austen world such as Mr Tilney and Catherine from Northanger Abbey.  This just ties in nicely with my Jane Austen collection, I'm a bit of a geek like that.

Agatha Raison and the Vicious Vet by M. C. Beaton | £3 | 256 pages

 This I picked up from The Hours, a gorgeous bookshop in Brecon, when I was there last week with my parents.  This was in the secondhand section but it's pretty much brand new.   I've heard about this series before, it was published a long time ago (early 90's) but for some reason they've become very popular recently.  I do love a good Agatha Christie novel and some inspiration has clear come from those.  These aren't meant to be particularly 'edgy' or a heavy hitting thrilling but I enjoy crime fiction like this.  If I read too many Val McDermid books I get really edgy in a bad way.

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy | £1.99 | 1296 pages

This is one I might regret.  My mother had her copy of War & Peace on her bookshelf until she was pregnant with my brother, and she only started on this novel because she'd read all the crime books that the library had to offer.  Mum did say that once you get over the initial few chapters you actually really get into it.  Challenge accepted.  If not you'll find me watching the Audrey Hepburn film version.

This is my last post in Wales for two weeks.  Tomorrow I finally get to go to Germany for some family time.  I'm pretty excited and can't wait to share my German adventures with you!

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