Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Outfit: The Bargain

Zara cardigan | Forever 21 leggings, rings | H&M top, bag, shoes, skull ring | eBay scarf

Oh boy, this cardigan. The moment I saw a picture of this olive beauty on Zara's facebook page I knew I had to have it. After minutes of frantically searching every single section of the webpage (yes, even the menswear), I realized that it had sold out already, one day after its release. I was devastated. I even considered paying horrendous sums on eBay for this piece, until I had the brainwave of calling the closest Zara store and ask whether they had it. You see, I absolutely despise phoning people and for a brief moment, spending 20€ more on a 16€ cardigan seemed nicer than just calling the shop. I am one of those people. Luckily, they still had heaps of this cardigan in stock and even laid one aside for me! I was so happy when I held it in my hands! Long story short, I'm really glad that I managed to pick up such a comfortable bargain that'll surely become one of my most-worn pieces this season!
Side note: It also reminds me of something a LotR character would wear. But that totally didn't make me want it 10 times more, I swear.

I usually don't wear my glasses when taking pictures of an outfit, but I think that they really compliment the look this time. What do you think? The scarf I'm wearing was a total bargain, I got it last winter from eBay for a couple of dollars and it has been a life-saver. It's not the only colour I have and I'm considering to get even more! The leggings were 3€ from Forever 21 and I am so glad that I picked them up despite the low price tag because I've been living in them ever since I got them. They're so comfortable and don't feel cheap at all!

What is your favourite piece to wear this autumn?

P.S:The lighting in the full-body shots is a little bright this time, sorry about that! I must have messed up the camera settings without noticing it and tried to save it as best as I could.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

One Year Blogging Anniversary

This Nutella cupcake was just as delicious as it looks.
Time flies if you do something you thoroughly enjoy, doesn't it? It was only a couple of weeks back that I thought about checking when I actually posted my first blogpost and realized that my first blogging anniversary (or blogiversary, whichever you prefer) was drawing close. When I uploaded a review of the Korean fashion onlinestore Fashionsuzy on the 27th of September 2013, I would have never thought that I'd still be blogging one year later. Especially not when I think about how short-lived my hobbies usually are.
Since then, a lot has changed. I've gone through quite a handfull of blogging slumps and considered just dropping it all not only once along the way. I've grown in confidence, not only in myself but also in my own personal style and the way I do things. I learnt that copying others might be good at the start, but it is not a proper path to take if you want to grow yourself.

The last couple of day have been extremely hectic and I'm beyond grateful to have some calm hours to myself to enjoy a nice cup of tea before everything takes off again. I reached my goal of 150 followers. I got a job. I'm starting university in a week. My blog has accompanied me through my last year at school, it has helped me stay true to myself and to back my own opinions.

I am ever so grateful for all the support you have shown for me and my content throughout the year, even though my content and I have gone through such a big change since the start. At this point, I want to say Thank You to all of you who read my blog! I wouldn't be here without you. This was only one year of blogging and I've grown so much already! (Not literally.) Yet, I'm certain that there is still so much left to learn and to discover!

I can't wait to find out where my online journey will lead me in the next years.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: Syoss Supreme Selection Restore Haircare Line

Syoss Supreme Selection Restore Haircare Line

Before I jump straight into the review, I'd like to ask you all for a favor! The voting for the Style up your... contest is now live and it'd mean a lot if you could vote for me here: link. You only have to enter you e-mail adress! 

When I saw the (almost) complete Syoss Supreme Selection Restore Haircare Line wrapped up in a sleek gift wrapping and a ridiculously low price tag, I almost jumped of joy! The whole set currently retails for only 9,99€ at BIPA if you have a loyalty card, which is a complete bargain as the leave-in spray costs that much on its own already. I might need to go back and stock up on this offer as long as it's still available!

Before I jump into each individual product, let me just tell you what this whole haircare line is all about. Syoss' Restore line claims to "repair" split ends and porous hair. (read: patch it up with loads of sillicones) The products are aimed at extremely damaged hair.

Syoss Supreme Selection Restore Shampoo - 250ml for 5,99€
This is described by syoss as a very mild shampoo, but I'd hardly agree to that claim as it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a rather harsh Sulfate. However, my scalp does not have any problems with SLS so it works just fine. It also contains water soluble silicones (Dimethicone).
The first thing you notice when using this shampoo is its very strong scent that reminds me a lot of alcohol and pears. However, that scent doesn't stick around for very long, it's usually gone by the time my hair has dried. It looks very glossy and golden and doesn't foam quite as well as I'd like it to. After a couple of usages, my hair felt distinctly softer.

Syoss Supreme Selection Restore Conditioner - 250ml for 5,99€
You might remember this product from my last hair essentials post in which I said that I absolutely loved this conditioner. Well, nothing has really changed. My hair has only been getting better since I've started using it and I'm super glad that I now have a refill for when I run out.
The conditioner aims at making your hair manageable and at increasing its combability. To acheive this effect, it contains water-soluble and non-water-soluble silicones. The conditioner smells much better than the shampoo and has a slightly off-white coloration. I notice the difference between this conditioner when rinsing it out. The hair gets so much softer and it would even be possible to brush it while it's wet, although I don't recommend doing so.

Syoss Supreme Selection 10 in 1 Essential Wonder Leave In Spray - 100ml for 9,99€
The leave-in spray is definitely the highlight from this haircare line. It has 10 claims (repairs, sleekness, shine, combability, no split ends-effect, power, no frizz- effect, heat protection*, vitality, moisture-balance) and lives up to 8 of them. It does not mend your split ends and it does not repair your hair. That's impossible. However, it does live up to its other claims, which is quite impressive, to be honest! My expectations of this product were rather low, but it convinced me thoroughly after the first use. It's a protein treatment that you apply to your towel-dry hair. The smell is somewhat sweet but really good! The clear bottle shows you exactly how much you have left, which I think is really handy.
*for hairdryers only. There is another product from this line that provides complete heat protection for all your heat-styling needs.

Verdict: I really enjoy the products in this haircare line! The shampoo definitely works better if used in conjunction with the other products, but I do think that the leave-in and the conditioner would also shine on their own.

5 / 5

Note: The product claims to restore hair cells and mend split ends. That is not possible. The verdict was drawn from personal experience and while keeping in mind that hair can not be repaired in any way. Please keep that in mind!

Again, it would mean so much for me if you could vote for me here! Thank you so much in advance!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

5 Things I learnt from Blogging

Things I learned from Blogging
As my 1-year blogging anniversary is approaching with quick steps, I've been thinking back to how it all started. You know, when you start blogging, you hardly think about what you could probably doing wrong and, you know what, it's beautiful! You write about whatever comes to your mind and you value every single pageview you get. You don't worry about what your niche is or whether your image titles are SEO optimized. But as the time passes, everything becomes more serious and in some way elitist. Mind you, this is not one of those countless "Blogging Tips - The Guide to Success" posts. I thought I'd simply share some things about creating content that are not often talked about.

1) There is no "Guide to Success".
No matter how often you read through blogging tips and tricks to improve your pageviews or your Google Pagerank, there is no easy way to get famous over night. If there were one, no one would share it. Blogging is a fun hobby, but it's also hard work will take up hours of your spare time. Everyone starts out small, and if you see someone with a couple thousands of followers, they've been building their readership for years.

2) Shooting in RAW improves your pictures quality tremendously.
If you have the opportunity to do so, shooting pictures in RAW format is the way to go. You can correct faults in lighting or lens distortion easily that way, without any drawbacks in picture quality. If you don't have a camera that can shoot in RAW format, that's fine, too! Just take your time and make sure your pictures look the best possible.

3) Tape makes composing flatlays so much easier.
Have you ever tried lining up a couple of MAC lipsticks on a flat surface and taking a picture of them? Yeah, that's not gonna happen. Unless, of course, you use a small loop of clear tape to make them stay exactly where you want them to.

4) It's okay to be different.
We're all individuals. It's completely fine not to follow the mainstream. Just be yourself. That way, you won't run into the problem of not seeming genuine to your readers. Be confident in who you are.

5) There is no need to buy into all the newest trends.
Of course, it might seem tempting to be the first one to review the newest beauty release, but chances are you won't, even if you buy a product right after its release. Stick to what you are passionate about and don't try to follow trends that you are not comfortable with just for the sake of it. It's also a good idea to "shop your stash" and look for products that have been working for you on the long term.

I personally think that the best way to find out what works for you or not is to try out different approaches and see what works for you. Don't take other people's advices as written rules. That's as much advice as you're going to get from me, which is why I wanted to focus more on the practical approach of blogging, which might be helpful for more people out there than for the sheer statistics-focused elitary blog-optimisation way.

Is there something absolutely essential or a life-hack that you've learnt from blogging? Let me know in the comments! 

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