Summer Fridays all Year long

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Recently a friend asked me what face cream I use and complimented my skin that morning. That is such a rare question for me, you have no idea! I am the worst at keeping up a daily beauty routine. Seriously, I wish I was one of those that religiously practices their beauty routines everyday: wake up, clean face, add a million creams, add makeup, wash off in the evening, add another million creams, oils, etc. I do actually spend the money on new products once in a while and test them out for a bit. I’ve recently become a fan of hand creams, but that is for another story for another day/post.

The one product that I do use every single morning since about a year or so is the Jet lag Mask from Summer Fridays. I have been following Marianna Hewitts blog Life With Me for a while and instantly loved the product when I read about it: It’s paraben free, cruelty free, sulfate free, uses not synthetic dyes or fragrances and, is vegan! This face mask is perfect for giving your face an instant glow and a refreshing moisturising look – which I guess was developed just for that. I read that some people add a thick layer on their faces and leave it in for a while (which I just noticed it also says on the website! haha), though I for myself recommend creaming the whole face with it every morning.

Especially in the summer I do not wear make-up and thus having a nice naturally glowing skin is super important. And likewise in winter: I want my skin moisturised before adding the make-up so that I don’t look like I clustered several layers on my face due to dry skin :)

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

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There is nothing more I love than good hygiene. Be it for the man or woman, hygiene is super important to me. Especially when it comes to women though, I believe there is a whole lot of things one can do to optimize the overall beauty. That is not to say one needs to have botox, wear make-up, do your nails or anything else that would look or is fake. No, I mean one should look to always look their best. That means making sure the nails are all the same length and clean – whether one wants to have them long or short, colored or natural; is fully up to the individual.

The sexiest thing a woman (and man, while we’re at it) can have, is confidence. Being confident in itself is the non-plus ultra. It is what turns a girl into a woman – in my opinion. Personally, I love to get ready and make myself pretty. By no means does that mean I take hours in the bathroom. No, I myself am a huge fan of going for a quickie – so to speak – when it comes to getting ready. I usually take around 15-20 minutes (though of course can take up to an hour if I start the music and dance around in between getting dressed).

Another indicator of perfected hygiene, for me, is the hair. All my friends, family and those closest to me know that I could never the leave the house with somewhat greasy hair. Who does that you think? Well, all too many people. And never would I judge (kind of) regarding what others do, but surely it is something I can by no means do. I like my hair looking freshly washed, shiny and healthy. Due to me doing sports quite a few times a week though, I usually wash my hair almost daily. I never understood how some people only wash it once or twice a week. Sometimes I wish I could – it would save me quite a bit of time. Yet, I can’t go longer than 1-2 days and I need to wash it. Not just for it to look its best again, but also because I seem to feel more comfortable and cleaner once I washed it.

One blogger I have always looked up to when it comes to hair, is Negin Mirsalehi. Seriously, how can one have SUCH perfect hair? I am beyond jealous every time I see her hair. Certainly, I am not the only one that has noticed her hair and smart as she is, she marketed the product her mother initially founded. The Gisou honey infused hair oil comes in the most beautiful packaging – you know; those ones that you just can’t throw away because they are so pretty. Once you open the book-looking box, a small delicate book is the first thing that flashes your eyes. In it, Negin opens up about her childhood, about what bee-keeping means to her father and herself, and how her mother is the only one that is allowed to touch her hair. The whole package really shows how much love Negin has for this product (and the other ones she has) – and my deepest hope, right now, is that once I have used this for a while I will have the same (or semi-same) hair as her. Crossing all fingers! And of course, I will let you guys know how and if it worked the wonders I am hoping for. Does anyone else have experience with it, yet? xo

Kylie’s Lip Kit

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Saturday already! I really wanted to post earlier this week, but – surprise, surprise – was caught up with business and studying once again. At the end of last week I finally received the lip kits from Kyle Cosmetics. I have always been wondering how these products are – if it’s really good quality as always talked about or rather a hype because, well, it’s Kylie after all. It all started rather dramatically, however, when I went to the post office in full agony to receive the package. I knew it had to be the Kylie packet – after all, it was the only thing I had ordered from the States that time around and was the only one I understood why I had extra customs costs (thank you, Switzerland – not!). Best part of the story, though, is that they lost the package. They couldn’t find it and left me standing without anything to take home that night, though promising me that they would search and call me later that day. Already purchasing these products was harder than ever imagined. All products seem to be sold-out constantly. Kyle oftentimes announces a re-stock, but I usually only see it the next day (due to the time differences). So annoying! Until, one night late after studying, I saw that she had just made a new annoucement – and, I was lucky! I was able to purchase all three matte liquid lipstick & lip liner kits I so desperately wanted to try myself: Dolce K, Candy K, and Koko K.

Those of you that know me personally and those that follow my snapchat, know that I love both Candy K and Koko K! Both are ridiciously good at covering up, are a perfect matte, stay on for hours, do not dry out your lips and are perfect nudes to combine with almost every outfit. I still haven’t had a chance to wear the Dolce K in public, as it is quite a bit darker and rather for the evening (in my opinion). Speaking of evening, I might get the chance to wear it tonight, when I am hopefully going out for dinner (and if not, I will order something, for sure!).

The past days, as I’ve mentioned, have been rather busy. Next week isn’t any quieter. I will be traveling to Geneva on Monday through to Wednesday for business, and will be flying to Germany (Düsseldorf) on Thursday. There I will be with the family until Sunday night. Friday my sis has her high school graduation and we are planning on a lovely dinner high up in the sky! Can you guess where? I’ll try to take pictures, even if it is dark, though surely you can follow all happenings on snapchat. Until then, however, and very important as well: the EM has started! Although I am not the greatest soccer fan on a daily, and I do not watch every match and every league, I am beyond excited to (hopefully) see Germany play and succeed in the following weeks. Tomorrow’s first game is against Ukraine. Cross fingers! Though, of course, I will be fair and agree that the better shall win!

With that, I wish you lovely continuing Saturday! Stay tuned on snapchat to receive daily updates. xo

Product Review – Löwengrip

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Hey loves! Already Sunday and another week has gone by. The best part? I can sleep in once more tomorrow! Yep, it’s like a public holiday in Zurich tomorrow called ‘Sächsilüüte’ in Swiss German. Remember when I told you about the blogger event when Isabella Löwengrip came to Zurich to talk about her blog and products on the recent post? Well I couldn’t restrain myself from buying some of her products and trying these out the past couple of weeks. I’ve been wanting to tell you earlier but I figured it is best to wait a while and actually be able to write a product review after having tested the products a bit.

My favorite product so far, without a doubt, is the ‘Count On Me‘ deodorant. This is probably one of the products least talked about, and I do understand it: no one wants to talk about being sweaty and actually needing deodorant. For a matter of fact, though, I would assume almost everyone uses it. I’m actually more of a ‘sweaty’ person – sounds nasty, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a subject matter no one really talks about, yet over and over again I hear it from so many people. Finding the right deodorant is essential. I’ve tried them all in the hope to actually finding a deodorant that really works. Those that claim they work for 48h – really? Has anyone not been sweaty for a full 48h? I haven’t. Let alone that most people do shower in between those hours. Either way, Isabella had been talking about the same problem and the fact that she never really found a product she really liked. Not only did she, where one might assume she markets the products, talk about it, but one of the owners of the hairdresser (a man!) even said it’s the best one he’s used so far. That made it so much more believable for me and thus I had to try it. To cut a long story short, it actually works. I’ve been super happy with the product – not only does it smell amazing, but I actually don’t sweat (or at least a whole lot less)!

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Another set of products I really like is the ‘Blond Perfection’ silver shampoo and conditioner. I love being a blonde – I love the warm color of blondes in general, yet, I don’t like it yellow. Some people do, and that is absolutely fine, though I always look to have that slight icy, silver shining blond instead. The silver shampoo does exactly that – I’ve only used it a couple of times, 1-2x a week at max, but it gives you a healthy glow and takes out any yellows. Watching out for my blonde hair has become especially important since I go swimming a couple of times a week now. All the chlorine in the pool is not only drying out the hair (and skin), but if you don’t wash it out properly you can easily get a yellow (almost green) look to your hair. Yuck!

I also tried the set ‘Back To Balance’ (shampoo and conditioner) as I am very picky with my hair products. I can use any conditioner I want, really, and it makes no difference. Give me the wrong shampoo though, and my scalp gets itchy within hours or a day. I had to get used to this shampoo as well – scalps seem to take time to adjust – but after a week I’ve had no more problems.

Last but not least I can only recommend the ‘Hydration Heaven’ hair oil. I can’t compare it much with any other products because honestly I’ve never really been into hair oils – wishing though I had started earlier! My hair in general is quite healthy (according to my hairdresser), is nice and thick (even though I color it) and grows at quite the good pace. Nevertheless, there are days when my hair seems a little dull, the shine is gone and I don’t really want to wash my hair immediately again – let alone it’s not the healthiest thing to wash your hair daily. Over and over again I’ve read that you should only wash your hair 1-2 a week. How? I don’t know. I don’t wash it daily (anymore), but I do wash it every other day. Let alone on the pool days, I want to wash my hair out well. On those days I do not, however, and I need that extra boost of shine the oil has really helped a lot. With only 1-2 sprays the hair looks glossy and healthy and – thankfully – not oily.

So that’s it for my beauty product review today – what do you think, have any of you tried them out yet? I actually just found out that the deodorant has been nominated for the Swedish Beauty & Cosmetics Award in 2015 – not bad (!), though I guess nominated does not mean win. Either way, I will snuggle up on the couch a little more now, drink my tea and might even continue on my studies today. Oh joy! With that, I wish you all a lovely end to the weekend! xo

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Isabella “blondinbella” Löwengrip in Zurich

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Hey guys! On a short notice, I just wanted to give you all a heads-up and small hint on a bloggers-event that will be held at Scandinavia Hair tomorrow here in Zurich. Isabella Löwengrip is one of the biggest bloggers in Scandinavia, has a huge fanbase, and approximately 1.5 million (yep, read that right!) readers weekly. The event will concentrate on blog talks and the product line LLC.

It is definetely on my agenda tomorrow evening and I would love to see some of you join in! xo