10 April 2014

Day Date

Outtake: Accidental zombie pose
Dress - H&M
Tights - Primark
Bag - C&A
Boots - Schuh Center

This is the outfit I wore to go to Chocolate House with my boyfriend. The weather has been nicer recently so I decided to wear a dress, which I don't do too often (even though I was wearing a dress in my last outfit of the day!). It got quite windy and overcast by the time we got home, which is why I'm trying to fix my hair in the last photo and look a bit like an extra in a zombie movie. (Off topic, but who else is sad that we have such a long wait until the next season of The Walking Dead?)
I bought my bag when I went to Berlin for my birthday last month and I'm in love with it. I've been using it non-stop! It's such a good size and fits all of my essentials nicely, without being huge. The front gold-studded part is actually a detachable clutch bag that comes with a gold chain strap, which I hadn't realised when I bought it. So it's a two in one, which is quite handy.
I got the dress around the same time as the bag and I also bought it in a bright coral/pink colour, which is a bit out of my colour comfort zone (i.e. dark). I have been trying to wear more colour recently and it seemed like a good idea. Yet I still chose the dark navy over the bright pink, so I need to work on that a bit more.
I hope the weather is nice where you are too! (Although it's raining today. Sob.)

9 April 2014

MAC Lipstick Collection

Coral Bliss (Cremesheen), Costa Chic (Frost), Chatterbox (Amplified)
Impassioned (Amplified), Lustering (Lustre), Pink Plaid (Matte)
Hot Gossip (Cremesheen), Girl About Town (Amplified), Captive (Satin)

If you  had asked me few years ago whether I had heard of MAC Cosmetics, I would have said no because my make up knowledge ranged from Maybelline to Rimmel. Now, however, I own nine MAC lipsticks. NINE! A good portion of them were bought with birthday money or given to me as a birthday present but the rest were just moments of weakness. I can't even tell you exactly how much I paid for each of them because the prices seem to differ wherever I go (Metz, Köln, Berlin, Paris). I think I've have paid between 16€ and 19,50€ which is kind of ridiculous. I probably won't be getting anymore for a while!
The only lipstick I regret getting is Pink Plaid, a matte dusty rose shade, because I don't think it suits me very well. It was the first ever MAC lipstick I bought and I kind of panicked and just picked one at random. Now I tend to take my time while choosing a colour. My absolute favourites are Impassioned, Girl About Town and Hot Gossip. 
What are your favourite MAC lipsticks?

8 April 2014

Deauty Box: Experience and Mini Review

Hi everyone,
A friend of my boyfriend's told me about a beauty box subscription that she gets. I've always wanted to try beauty boxes, after seeing so much about Glossy Box and was quite excited to find out about a company that ships to Luxembourg. 
I visited the website (which you can find here) and signed up. You are then asked to fill out a little "beauty profile" quiz, which asks about your hair and skin type and then you get a choice of which kind of subscription you want. It costs 16,95€ a month post and packaging included, and the subscription offers you can choose from are: a monthly cost of 16,95€, three months for 50,85€ or twelve months for 185€. I chose to pay 16,95€ a month because you can end the subscription whenever you want. Since it was my first beauty box, I didn't want to pay more than that up front without knowing what kind of products I would get. 
You get 4-6 products each month and you can browse the brands they have here.
They ship the boxes between the 10th and the 25th of every month. I ordered and got mine in June last year, but put off blogging about it because I wanted to try and reupload some of my lost photos first. This also explains why I only have a few photos of the box and only of the products.
I ordered the box as a one off and then ended the subscription because I had to save money for my summer holiday.
All in all, I wasn't too blown away by the products. I got an Etat Pur cream for sore legs, a Savon d'Alep jasmine soap, a mini Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme Anti-Aging moisturiser, the Absolute Nude eyeshadow palette which contains six eyeshadows and a lipstick in the shade 260 It's a Matt World by Catrice and a Eucerin shaving cream for men as they added something for the man in your life.
On the one hand, there are only two miniature products, the shaving cream and the moisturiser. The rest of the products are all full size, which is good. However, the brand of the lipstick and palette, Catrice, is rather cheap. That being said, the colour pay off of the eyeshadows isn't terrible and the lipstick is rather pigmented. The lipstick's packaging is nice and doesn't feel cheap at all. It has a rather strong smell of sweets though, which some people may find pleasant but it's a bit too sickly for me.
I compared the palette to the original Naked palette, and the shades are somewhat similar, so it is a cheaper, smaller alternative. The palette retails for 4,99€ and I think the lipstick costs around the same. (The Catrice website doesn't seem to have any prices).
My boyfriend appreciated the shaving cream and used it when we went away on holiday, as it was the perfect size for travelling. I was a bit confused as to why they added a leg cream and a soap to a beauty box though. I ended up giving the palette to my sister but I kept the lipstick, as I don't own a lot of red shades. I never used the soap, because I'm more of a liquid soap person, or the moisturiser because I'm picky with what I put on my face and I don't want to end up loving it, because I get the feeling the full size is expensive. I used the leg cream once because my legs get really bad cramps at night time, but felt not difference.
I might subscribe again one day when I have a bit of extra money, because it is a fun experience, not knowing what you are getting. But for now I don't feel the need to get a box full of beauty surprises.
What are your experiences with beauty boxes? Which ones would you recommend?

7 April 2014

Chocolate House

Hi everyone,
I want to start a new series of blogposts about places I like and would recommend. I know not that many people come to Luxembourg but if this helps even one person, I'm happy. 
I'm starting the series off with one of my favourite little gems, Chocolate House. The names speaks for itself really. It's the place where my boyfriend and I went on our first date, so it has a special place in my heart all to itself. 
They are best known for their chocolate spoon drinks, which is exactly what it sounds like. You get a mug of hot milk and a wooden spoon with a block of chocolate attached, you just have to dunk it in and the chocolate melts, turning the milk into a deliciously rich hot chocolate. They have a whole wall of different flavoured chocolate. Literally. They also do standard coffees and teas, a large array of chocolates, as well as milkshakes and ice creams, which are perfect for spring. Best of all, they make lovely cakes. I personally wouldn't call standard Luxembourgish cakes as real cakes. They mostly do fruit tarts, but hardly ever real sponge cakes. Chocolate House, however, makes amazingly delicious cakes. Everytime you go, there is a large assortment of cakes, which can also be a bad thing if you have a delicious cake one day and they never make it again. But you are sure to find something you like. The prices can be a bit high for certain things, but to be fair the portions are huge (you can take it home if you can't finish it!). It's definitely a nice treat for a special occasion. 
It is located right opposite the palace in Luxembourg city. The address is 20 Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes and they are open every day until eight in the evening.
If you know of any more hidden gems like this in Luxembourg, let me know!

6 April 2014

Walk in the Park

Dress - Primark
Tights - Primark
Boots - Schuh Center
Bag - Primark
Sunglasses - Six