Thursday, 26 June 2014

Everyday Make Up Routine - Summer Edition

Hello lovelies!

Today I bring you my first ever Make Up Routine post! I've recently changed up my everyday make up routine for summer and I actually fell in love with it - am I even allowed to say that?!

It's nothing extra fancy or special, just a simple everyday look:

I start off by using the simple kind to skin light moisturiser to prep my face before using the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream in 31 Ivory. I either applied this with just my hands or my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. For under eye circles and spots I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade Light 2.

I then powder my face with Rimmel Londons Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent and the RT Blush Brush. Afterwards I move on to my eyebrows for which I use a mixture of the two powder from the Along Came Betty Br-Wow! brow kit. I've been loving an eyeshadow from essence that I've had for probably ages now: it's "09 get ready" which is a lovely brown with a slight shimmering effect. I apply it with an eyeshadow bush from KIKO ("eye 202").

To coat my lashes I use either the L'Oréal miss manga mascara or the essence maximum length volume mascara. At last I take my Bourjois Délíce de Poudre to bronze and contour my face with the RT Contour Brush.

My lip product of choice on these photos was the Rimmel Apocalips in the shade "Galaxy" - which I adore. And that's pretty much it!

Also please excuse that my eyebrows don't look to tidy! I'm currently trying to grow them out, which is such a hard task- ugh!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Would you like to see more of these Face Of The Day posts? And what do you think of my look?

xx Ann-Kathrin

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream Review

Hello beauties!

Today I've got a review of the Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream (now that's a mouthful!) for you! It's been a long time coming but finally I've managed to put it into words haha

I've purchased this back at the beginning of April as I felt I needed something lighter to put on my face for the summer. I've read so many good reviews about this and I just had to see for myself. This also was my first time using a BB or CC cream. I have to say I really like it and have been using it almost every single day since purchasing it!

First thing I've noticed when applying it to my face was the nice smell! I've also had compliments on how nice my makeup smells after I hugged people Hello while wearing this - is that good or bad? I really don't know haha But don't worry the scent is really not too strong - I don't actually notice it once it's applied, just when squeezing it out of the tube. Talking about that: you have to be very careful when squeezing it out because the formular is very runny and thin coming out of the tube. But it's really easy to apply! I usually put this CC cream on with only my hands and achieve nice results. You can of course apply it with a brush - for those of you who don't want their hands to get dirty - and get great results.

This CC cream blends really well and looks very natural. It makes your skin look luminous and gives a nice, dewy finish. It's also really light-weight and doesn't look cakey on the face at all.

The product contains 3 pigments for colour correction: apricot pigments to go against signs of fatigue, green for anti-redness and white pigments to conceal dark spots. I'd say the coverage is light to medium, but it's very buildable so you can easily cover problematic spots or blemishes!

Unfortunately I think the colour range isn't the best! There's only four different shades available which is a bit poor. I chose the colour "31 Ivory". Anyways I would definitely pick it up if you can find the right shade for you because it's a really lovely base product, especially for the hotter months of the year! It also has SPF 15 and is supposed to give 24 hour hydration.

This product retails for £9.99 at Boots which I think is a reasonable price!

Have you tried this product yourself or are you planning on trying? What's your favourite CC cream?

Have a lovely day,

xx Ann-Kathrin

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Thursday, 19 June 2014


Hello beauties!

Two Hauls in one week - is that even allowed?! Anyways, last weekend I went into town and while I was there I popped into LUSH to have a look around! I actually didn't need anything, as per usual,  but what can I say - I just couldn't resist getting something!

I was really drawn to the Bubble Bars. I've read so many reviews about those in the last few months so I decided to give some a sniff! It's been a while since I've bought any LUSH products for myself, so I had a proper look around in the store.

The Bubble Bar I went for is called "Brightside". It's an oval about palm sized bubble bar with a bright orange colour and swirls of yellow and red through it. It has a citrusy scent, like fresh oranges and lemons, and just smells really refreshing. Brightside contains three different oil extracts, from mandarins, tangerines and bergamots, which also give it it's lovely scent.

I've payed £4,50 for it which I think is okay for it's size. It states that this product will be large enough for two baths, but I reckon I could get more uses out of it, by breaking it into smaller chunks. I've seen the lovely Jone blog about this product and ever since I wanted to try it! I literally can't wait to pop this into my bath and just relax with a good book in my hands!

The seconds product I got is the "BB Seasweed" Fresh Face Mask. I've been having a but of trouble with spots as of lately and I'm not sure if it's just hormonal or has something to do with the products I use. Anyways I thought it would be nice to have something natural for cleansing for my face. It may not be the prettiest mask of all but I tried it on my hand in the store and could really feel how cleansing and exfoliating it is. It contains little chunks of seaweed, kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose absolute. To me it smells like roses and seasalt. This was a bit pricier at 
£6,25 for 75gram but I'm looking forward to trying it and if it makes a difference!

The lady in LUSH actually let me try another mask which contained garlic and even though it didn't smell strongly of it, I went for the seaweed mask. There is just something that put me off the garlic mask - just me haha?

And that's all I got from LUSH! I hope you enjoyed this little Haul. I'd love to know what your favourite LUSH products are so please leave me a comment!

xx Ann-Kathrin

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Two 3 for 2 Hauls

Hello everybody!

Oooh what can I say I bloody love 3 for 2 offers! I think it's a great way to buy products that I probably wouldn't treat myself to if they were the usual price. I might be tricking myself there but oh well. I thought I would combine my two recent 3 for 2 purchases and bring you one big Haul.

I bought these products back in the middle of April when Boots had a big 3 for 2 offer on all the make up ranges.

The Bourjois 123 Color Correcting Cream was something I really wanted to try after seeing it float around in the blogosphere. And since it's spring/summer time I thought I'd ditch the foundation on a day-to-day basis and replace it this lightweight CC cream. I've featured this in my May Favourites because I really love it and use it constantly!

I also found myself in front of the essie counter and since I've always wanted to try their nail varnish I treated myself to two shades: "A Splash of Grenadine" and "Lapiz of Luxury". I have to say it saw soo hard do decide on just two because their colour range is soo beautiful!

"A Splash of Grenadine" is a pretty magenta pink and the perfect summer shade and has made it into my May Favourites as well!

"Lapiz of Luxury" is a lovely ocean blue, with what I see as a grey undertone. I think it looks really sophisticated.

In the middle of May I was drawn in by Superdrug and their 3 for 2 offer on make up! And of course I had to buy something, it would be rude not to - right?

The Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Laquers caught my eye and I had to get the shade "Galaxy". It's just such a pretty colour and I was really interessed in the formular of the lip laquers since I haven't had one before. And it's since become my go-to lip product! I love the creaminess, colour payoff and just everything about it.

Also on this trip I found myself drawn to the essie counter. This time I purchased the gorgeous peachy coral pink hue "Peach Daiquri" because I fell in love with it in the shop! Also one of my May Favourites and a go-to product ever since buying it.

The other essie polish I bought is the well-known and loved "Lilacism". I actually haven't worn this on my tips yet but I'm excited to put it on! It's such a cute light lilac hue, as the name suggests.

And that's everything I've purchased during the last 3 for 2 offers. I'm already looking forward to some new and great offers in the future ;)

What's one of your recent purchases? Is there something I need to get with the next offer?

xx Ann-Kathrin

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

"Before I Leave" Wish List

"Before I Leave" Wishlist

"Before I Leave" Wish List von annxkathrin
Hello lovelies!

Okay I'm just realizing how misleading this title might seem - but don't worry! This post is a wish list of beauty products that I want to purchase before I leave England in a month to go home to Austria! All these products are either things I can't get in Austria at all, products that are way cheaper here or just easier to get!

I've also used Polyvore for the first time to create this wish list - such a great little site!

The first thing on my wish list is the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay which has been on my list for what seems like ages! I've been drooling over this for soo long and I think I really need to treat myself to this one before I leave! Update: After writing down this list I actually purchased this - whooo!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer has had such rave reviews and after reading some of them I knew I had to have it! This would be my very first highlighter ever and I think I won't be disappointed with it as it looks just so gorgeous.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry is a new addition to this wish list, I've seen some swatches and fell in love. I really need to pick this up on my next trip to Boots!

Another lip product I'm craving is MAC's Plumful lipstick. Unfortunately I couldn't find it on Polyvore that's why it's not the right colour on here. But I've seen Estée from essiebutton talk about this in one of her videos and since then I've had my eye on this!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder just looks so perfect and I have to have it! End of story!

And the last thing on this wish list is the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I already own some RT brushes and they are such nice quality, that's why I want to add this brush to my collection. Update: Bought this one as well!

That's my wish list for now! But I'm sure I can add some more products on it soon, as I'm always wanting products that I see on other blogs - thanks to all the great bloggers out there my bank account will burst ugh!

Also I can't believe there's only one month left of my time in England! Seriously where has the time gone?!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I'd love to know what is one product on your current wish list - leave me a comment below!

xx Ann-Kathrin

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

May Favourites

Hello lovelies!

It's that time of the month again where everybody, included myself, talks about what they have been loving for the past weeks! I missed out on an April Favourites post simply because nothing really stood out to me that much. But because of that I've got lots of things to talk about in this post! So let's get on with it!

Firstly I have to express my love for the Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream! Now I know that almost every blogger in the blogosphere has already raved about this but that's because it's actually that good! I've never tried any BB or CC creams before so I can't compare it but this has become a firm essential in my make up bag for the last one and a half months! I might do a full review on this in the near future - so keep your eyes peeled!

On a splurge in Boots I also bought my first ever essie nail laquers! One of them has been on my tips throughout April and most of May and that's why it has to be included in this: "A Splash Of Grenadine"It's a gorgeous magenta pink which is a perfect summer shade for me!

Near the end of the May (on another splurge) I also discoverd essies "Peach Daiquri" which is a perfect peachy coral hue with a lovely name!

Another nail varnish has made it into this favourites list and it's another "first time ever" product: Sally Hansen "Pedal To The Metal". I picked this up for half the price at ASDA and even though it's not a summer hue, I've worn it multiple times.

My lip product of the month has to be the "Natural Lip Roll-On" by The Body Shop. It's moisturizing, doesn't leave the lips greasy and has a lovely mint taste. It also feels cooling applied to the lips and helps my (apparently always) chapped lips!

My non-beauty favourite and new obsession is the series "Breaking Bad"! I've finished season 1 to 3 and I need to get my hands on the DVD set of series 4 and 5! I really don't know why I haven't started watching this earlier, especially since nearly everybody was praising it so much! But I finally started and it's sooo good. If you follow me on twitter (@annxkathrin) you might have seen a tweet or two about this. And just to let you know how severe my obsession is: yep I watched the whole first series in one day. Nothing more to add to this I guess haha

Music-wise I've also had some new discoveries! I love finding "new" music and expanding my horizon. This month I've loved the album "xx" by "The XX". I know this came out a long time ago but can I just tell you how great this is? It's so relaxing and beautiful.

Another album I've been listening to a lot is "If You Wait" from "London Grammar". I have to say I didn't like it too much the first time I've listened to it, but after several times I really got into it. Like The XX this is really relaxing and calming.

And that's pretty much everything I have for you today! I hope you enjoyed reading. Please let me know what your favourites this month were!

xx Ann-Kathrin

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Spring Tag

Hello beauties!

The lovely Abby tagged me to do The Spring Tag and I'm so excited about it because spring is finally here and we are taking big steps towards summer!

1.  What's your favourite nail colours for Spring?
I just paint my nails whatever colour I just feel like, I never really swap it up because of changing seasons! But right now I'm loving essies "Peach Daiquiri" and "Splash of Grenadine".

2.  Best drink for Spring?
Elderflower cordial is my faaaavourite! Reminds me of the times my mum and I used to make our own when I was younger.

3.  What goes on your lips in Spring?
At the moment I'm loving my coral-coloured lipstick from Astor Cosmetics (review here!) and my recently purchased Apocalips in "Galaxy".

4.  What's your favourite thing about Spring?
I love the change in the weather, being able to put my winter coat away and change it for a light jacket, I love that all the flowers start blooming, that you are able to sit outside in the sun to relax and also that the days get longer and you can sit out in the evening! Basically everything!

5.  Best perfume for Spring?
As with nail polish I don't tend to swap my perfumes depending on the season! I just spritz whatever I'm loving: right now that's Bruno Banani "Magic Woman".

6.  What TV series are you watching the most at the moment?
At the moment I'm obsessed with Breaking Bad and I need to get the season 4 and 5 DVD set! If you've watched it I beg you please no spoilers!

7.  Do you wear a different colour eye shadow in Spring?
I'm stepping out of my comfort zone of brown eyeshadows and black cat flicks right now and use a palette from YSL which contains really cute spring colours like mint green and pink. I might review this soon so watch out!

8.  Do you change your hair for the changing season?
Right now I'm trying to grow out my roots and get back to my natural hair colour so I won't be dyeing them this year! But I'll get a trim just in time for summer.

9.  What kind of music do you listen do in Spring?
My music taste doesn't change with the seasons so I'm still listening to my usual favourites. But I have to admit I'm waiting for some new summer tunes that promise a good time!

10.  What kind of fashion items/accessories do you opt for in Spring?
I'm all about shorts, dresses, skirts and light jackets! I'm loving my leather jacket at the moment as it still can be quite chilly here in the UK. Accessories wise I don't really change it up.

And that's all the questions done! Thanks again to Abby and please check out her post here!

The people I'm tagging are:


I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

And I'd love to know what's your favourite thing about spring?

xx Ann-Kathrin