Wednesday, December 07, 2016

BEAUTY-HOW TO WEAR// BENI DURRER LOOK PALETTE HELENA

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Hey guys,

It's been a while since I've done a beauty post and I want to change things up a little here. I've had plans all year, but life forced me to put them on hold. Now I'm ready to continue. From now on I will be filling my beauty section, but I've divided it into parts. I will have "How To Wear" posts in which I highlight new collections/limited editions, full seasonal drops by a brand in a make up look. "Get The Look" will feature random products from PR Samples/gifts I've gotten I've thrown together into a look, "My Beauty Problems" will cover tackling my beauty problems (post hyperpigmentation, pimple outbreaks, dry skin etc.) and in "Beauty5" I will show you my fav beauty products from a special category I'd like to highlight.
That being said, here is my first "How To Wear" post featuring summer 2016 product range by Beni Durrer! Hope you enjoy it.
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L-R: Organza, Engel, Haute Couture, Tausendschön
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Beni Durrer is a brand created by the swiss makeup artist Beni Durrer himself. He has a makeup school and his brand is popular amongst artist. However as a girl of black skin, due to its rich pigmentation and the fact that he carters to women of all color (YASSS for that!) I too have become a huge fan of the brand. Beni Durrer releases Look Palettes every now and then, that consist of 4 rich shades with a booklet and a step-by-step tutorial to recreate the look he has designed. His latest look is Disco Diva, but today I want to show you the Helena Palette. Actually mine isn't really the Helena Palette as Eric from Beni Durrer choose "Engel" and "Organza" instead of "Elfenbein" and "Bronze" as they suit my skin tone better.
You can combine the colors as you wish and this is the look I came up with. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and thanks to their versatility can be used as either eyeshadow, highlighter or blush as you please. I used "Organza" for the inner eye corner, "Tausendschön" on the lid, a little "Haute Couture" in the crease and "Engel" kind of as eyeliner on the bottom of my eye.
His look palettes usually cost about 60€. But don't forget you have a eyeshadow palette, highlighter palette, bronzer palette and/or blush palette depending on the shades you choose. You can also individually create your own palettes.

THE BASE / THE FACE
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FOUNDATION
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation (the name couldn't be any longer.. really?!) I got for 14,99€ instead of a whopping 49€ at the Karstadt counter closing (thank you Madame Tamtam for letting me know!). This product is highend and therefore comes with a price tag, but it's worth every penny and I would buy it full price without hesititation ones my stock is finished. For a person that doesn't wear makeup it the perfect foundation. It blends so well with my skin without being heavy and making me feel caked up. It gives me a smooth glow and finish and I really just use one finger tip for my entire face.
I am so happy I bought two, but one is missing. I should have gone all in and bought all 5 remaining ones. But I didn't know then I would be embracing foundation that much thanks to this wonder product.

CONCEALER
Iman Earth Stick in number 4 is what I used for concealing. All these years I thought it was a beauty product by Sleek that had been discontinued (the labeling on the stick itself had come off, plus it was a gift I got 2-3 years ago) and after some serious investigation I found it it was by the brand Iman and is still part of their product range. Now I've gotten to know a new beauty brand, who's product I've been loving so much lately. Iman is a brand dedicated to all skin tones and girls of all ethnicities. So happy I found them! The Earth Stick originally was meant as a foundation stick, but the shade Earth 4 is perfect for concealing my eyes. I'm not a huge fan of concealer. I rarely use it, and if so only when I'm trying to go all in or yet another insomniac night is written all over my face. The reason I'm not such a huge fan is because it feels very dolled up to me. The flawlessness that comes with concealer feels so unnatural to me, especially because my natural wrinkles under my eyes are evened out, it feels like a part of me goes missing.
But if I do, it's the Iman Earth Stick no 4 I go for.

CONTOUR
The NYX concealer palette (the darkest shade) and the contouring palette (the the last two shades on the bottom right) is what I used for my attempt to highlight and contour.

HIGHLIGHTER
Mari Lou Luminzer by theBalm. Fave new thing. Enough said! Because the glow is real!

THE EYELINER
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Grafik Liner - Again this is a product by Beni Durrer, the brand on which the look is centered around. This, my friends, is my holy grail eyeliner! The matte finish and the super fine line tip make it hard even for me to mess up my eyeliner wing. Next to Beni Durrer's eyeshadows in generell I think this has to be my favorite product by him. His lipsticks too are highly pigmented and smell so pleasantly like MAC lipsticks. This eyeliner though is life!

MASCARA
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I've been on and on about this on my blog over and over again: my fav mascaras are Benefit They're Real and YSL baby doll. But I own a bunch of mascaras that have been gifted to me from PRs or goodie bags and events, so I have quite the collection. Since I hardly ever use mascara I've never really been through my collection to be fully honest. So to my surprise I was really happy with the Lash Architect 4D mascara by L'Oreal Paris! It was a random pick really. But I really appreciate the brush on this and it's waterproof too! (not that I like waterproof mascaras. Mascaras in general are the death of my natural lashes, because I suck at make up removal! haha)

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For the lips I used Beni Durrer lip liner in Rosenholz. I also used it to fill them out before applying a coat of Kiko smart lipstick in 924 Almond. It's a little light for a nude tone on my dark skin, but I do like it though.

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Products used:


Products marked with an * were gifted to me at some point or purposely sent to me to support my beauty adventure and stories.

Hope you enjoyed this post and like where I'm going with this direction. Can't wait to see it enfold and my skills grow!

Love Lois xxx

Friday, December 02, 2016

KENZO H&M PRE-LAUNCH PARTY

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My last event before I left for Ghana was the long awaited pre-launch party of the H&M x Kenzo collaboration. These H&M parties are what people live for and everyone wants to get on the list, because not only do you get to shop the collection in a much secludedter crowd and certain amount of comfort (i.e. you won't get trampled over, you do not have to wait in line 6 a.m. in the morning when the store opens 9 a.m. plus you don't have to fight with shopaholic xyz over that same dress, because it's the last in your size!) a night earlier, but the party itself is super fun too.
The collection itself wasn't really a stunner and I think people weren't really buying into the hype as they did for H&M Balmain or Alexander Wang or Versace..

Friday, November 25, 2016

THE BEST CYBERWEEK DEALS 2016 - BEAUTY, FASHION, FITNESS, JEWELRY - pt 3

It's Cyber Week and a lot of shops are having MAJOR deals. Welcome to part 3. I've listed some of the best deals out there along with all codes and extra specials you need to know. Of course I'll be showing you my fav pieces from each shop as well. I will be updating this post all weekend so be sure to check back. As a matter of fact, why don't you go ahead and book mark it and check back before you do your online shopping. I've divided the guide into 3 parts - FashionBeauty and Designer, Jewelry + Fitness in three different posts.
You can thank me later :*

DESIGNER




As you know, FORZIERI is one of my go to places for designer deals. And I like to make use of big discounts on bags or shoes (only thing designer I get) that have been on my list for a long time or I have saved up on for. Again Forzieri is having major deals with extra 20%-40%!! If you've been eyeing that one designer bag, you'll keep forever - now is the time to treat yourself.

Enter codes:
2YHCJD on all orders over 450€ for 30% off
NXZ7GF on all orders over 300€ for 25% off
LHZJJN on all orders over 400€ for 20% off incl. SALE!
Free Shipping: on orders of 195€
Special: 40% - 50% on Editors Special (pink dot: 50% - yellow dot: 40%)
Ends: Sunday, 26.11.2016




THE OUTNET is my second address and they're having major clearance sales on the US site with up to 90% off. The Europe site has up to 80% off selected designers and pieces.

Enter code: no need
Free Shipping: 10€ Germany, free shipping in the US
Ends: Monday, 27.11.2016

JEWELRY



I just recently stumbled across FINERY LONDON and since have been so hooked to this store. They are very minimalist meets architectural design and on the pricier range. But with their 30% off today it's a steal. How gorgeous are these earrings?

Enter code: FRIDAY30
Free Shipping: on orders from 125€
Special: Free gift (super cute bracelets!) when you invite 5 friends.
Ends: Friday, 25.11.2016

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Madeleine Issing on the other hand is much for affordable. I've worn her designs frequently on the blog and I'm very happy to see how the brand has evolved in terms of design. She really offers cute minimalist jewelry as well as some more eye-catching pieces. Check her out! For Black Friday you can have your necklaces engraved for free!

Enter code: no code needed
Free Shipping: on orders from 60€
Special: Free engraving, 5€ off your first order
Ends: Friday, 25.11.2016

FITNESS



All that turkey eating, you gotta loose some. LOL. Just kidding, but
Btw 30% off . So if you are in need of new Air Max, now is the time.

Enter code: XMAS16
Free Shipping: on all orders
Ends: Monday, 27.11.2016

Love Lois xxx

THE BEST CYBERWEEK DEALS 2016 - BEAUTY, FASHION, FITNESS - pt 2

It's Cyber Week and a lot of shops are having MAJOR deals. Welcome to part 2! I've listed some of the best deals out there along with all codes and extra specials you need to know. Of course I'll be showing you my fav pieces from each shop as well. I will be updating this post all weekend so be sure to check back. As a matter of fact, why don't you go ahead and book mark it and check back before you do your online shopping. I've divided the guide into 3 parts - FashionBeauty and Designer, Jewelry + Fitness in three different posts.
You can thank me later :*

BEAUTY



20% off ON EVERYTHING on DOUGLAS, Beauty Lovers! EVERYTHING. You heard correctly.

Enter code: no need, automatically calculated at checkout
Free Shipping: on orders of 25€
Specials: free beauty gift - enter CODE: KUGEL
Ends: Monday, 28.11.2016 at 23.59 GMT






FEELUNIQUE is having daily specials for Cyber Week, which you can find here, as well as brand sales for Maybelline New York (up to 33% off), Decleor (3 for 2), Ghd (25€ off), Bioderma (25% off), L'Oreal Paris (up to 37% off) to name a few. I recommend looking out for YSL (up to 20 off), Lancôme (20% off), Tangle Teezer (20% off), Antipodes (33% off), La Roche-Posay (up to 33% off) and Elizabeth Arden (up 25% off).
Find all brand sales here.
Extra 10% off on all items listed here only on today, on Friday.
Update: EXTRA 15% off ENTIRE SITE with code "BLACKFREITAG". Bareminerals has just been added with 25% off.

Enter code: no need. Use CODE "BLACKFREITAG" for 15% off everything!
Free Shipping: on orders of 40€
Specials: Free special gift on orders over 38€, free gift from Elizabeth Arden and Sigma.
Ends: Monday, 27.11.2016



THE BODY SHOP is having 40% off on EVERY DAMN THING!!

Enter code: BLACK40
Free Shipping: on orders of 40€
Ends: Monday, 27.11.2016

LOOKFANTASTIC


Lookfantastic has different deals going on for Cyber Week, such as 3 for 2, 20% off selected items (CODE "CYBERLF"), 30% off, 40% off or 18% off sitewide (use CODE "RUSH").

Enter code: CYBERLF / RUSH
Free Shipping: on orders of 20€
Special: free gifts with certain purchases
Ends: Monday, 27.11.2016


Love Lois xxx

THE BEST CYBERWEEK DEALS 2016 - BEAUTY, FASHION, FITNESS - pt 1

It's Cyber Week and a lot of shops are having MAJOR deals. I've listed some of the best deals out there along with all codes and extra specials you need to know. Of course I'll be showing you my fav pieces from each shop as well. I will be updating this post all weekend so be sure to check back. As a matter of fact, why don't you go ahead and book mark it and check back before you do your online shopping. I've divided the guide into 3 parts - Fashion, Beauty and Designer, Jewelry + Fitness in three different posts.
You can thank me later :*

FASHION




ASOS is having 20% off on EVERY DAMN THING!! EVERYTHING people! Don't forget to check out some cute giftsbeauty or their christmas section!

Enter code: GOGOGO (USA use THANKFUL30 for 30% off!!!!!!!)
Free Shipping: on orders of 29,99€
Ends: Tuesday, 29.11.2016 at 9 o'clock MEZ



You'll find daily specials on &OTHERSTORIES listed in their Black Friday boutique with deals up to 50% off. Check it out here. New items will be added until Sunday.

Enter code: no need, calculated at checkout.
Free Shipping: 5€
Special: 10% off your order if you sign up for the newsletter
Ends: Sunday, 27.11.2016



Everyone's fav Snapchat Haul brand, NA-KDis giving 25% off everything!

Enter code: BLACKWEEKEND
Free Shipping: ?
Ends: Monday, 28.11.2016

RIVER ISLAND


Oh gosh I'm lusting over every single piece I've chosen to show you! Their Limited Edition collection is sooooo dreamy! Get 20% off selected pieces which you can find here.

Enter code: BFRIDAY16
Free Shipping: 6€
Ends: Friday, 25.11.2016 at 9 o'clock

ZALANDO

Enter code: BLACKFRIDAY16A
Free Shipping: ?
Ends: Monday, 28.11.2016




 PULL AND BEAR is having 20% off on everything as well. Found some really cute pieces and shipping is free as well!

Enter code: no need, calculated at checkout.
Free Shipping: 3,95€ or free instore collection
Special: Free Shipping on all orders!
Ends: Monday, 28.11.2016



Up tp 70% off on site. US shoppers get 50% off excluding sale.

Enter code: no need, calculated at checkout. (USA use CODE "FRIYAY50")
Free Shipping: 3,95€ or free instore collection
Special: Free Shipping on all orders with CODE "DEU30"
Ends: Friday, 28.11.2016 at 23:59



Our fav instagram shoe brand PUBLIC DESIRE back at it again with the 30% off sitewide sale!

Enter code: CYBER30
Free Shipping: 2,99 pounds to UK, 3,99 to Germany, 5,99 to US.
Ends: Monday, 28.11.2016

TOPSHOP

Love Lois xxx