Thursday, 23 February 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Book set in a Hotel


Hello everone :)
I was reading a lot lately...had a lot to catch up ^^
Today I have my choice for the category a Book set in a Hotel
and I chose:


The Shining
by Stephen King

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The Shining is a horror novel published in 1977. It is King's third published novel and first hardback bestseller: the success of the book firmly established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre. The setting and characters are influenced by the authors personal experiences, including both his visit to The Stanley Hotel in 1974 and his recovery from alcoholism.
The novel was followed by a sequel, Doctor Sleep, published in 2013.

And again I got a short review or summary from goodreads

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"Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control. 
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? 
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine."
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I´ll give it a 9 out of 10
I love the way this book is written. But I really want to read it in english asap.
I´ve read it in german and once again I have to say I really recommend reading everything in its original language - as often as possible!
I cant say to much about the writing style as long as I don´t know how the original is written...do you know what I mean?
I am pretty sure that most of you know the movie adaption by Stanley Kubrick. The movie made the book famous but after reading it and comparing the book to the movie I have to say that the novel is darker and more perceptive. King himself remains disappointed with the adaptation.
He criticised the handling of the book's themes and of Wendy's character.
But never the less it is regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made.
There are many amazing documentaries about the book and the movie - the differences and parallels.
So many different theories ^^
This novel is definitely one of the worst advertisements for the hotel and leisure industry.


For a little more inspiration and if you don´t like The Shining
here are some of many alternatives:

Evil Under the Sun (and others) by Agatha Christie
Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum
These Foolish Things (aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) by Deborah Moggach
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen
These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy


Which one is your choice?
Did you read The Shining yet? Or any other Stephen King book?
Do you like them?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

10 things I love and want Tuesday #4 - Floral edition


Hey ya :) How are you doing?
After spending most of the last weekend browsing through online stores I thought I´d share a few of my favourite finds with you ^^
 I have a little collection for you of things I just love and would love to buy
today from zara...again ;) I know - but Zara is sooo addictive and they always have such amazing pieces
 it was hard to narrow it down...I could buy the whole store as always ;)
Its more like a 11 things post not a 10 ^^
and to make it more easy is thought I´d make two posts
today - FLORALS
so an trend, so lovely, so perfect for Spring :)






1. Sequin Kimono
How amazing does this look <3 I am a huge fan of kimonos and this one is stunning
Kimonos in general make it so easy to make a simple and uni-coloured look more special.
You just throw it on and you have a complete different look, a pop of colour or a quick day to night change like this kimono would do with all those lovely embroidered and sequin floral patters.
I love the colours a lot - that dark velvet base colour and the colourful flowers - gorgeous
Also for all of those of us who would like to hide one or two kilos to much around the hips ;) perfect ^^

2. all those Blooms
I am a huge fan of embroidered Denim.
Whether it´s trousers or a jacket - just such amazing pieces - it makes a simple so special.
With this pair of pants you get some intensely decorated ones ^^
But to be honest it does not look too much. Focusing on the outside and using well combined an cool tones colours it just the perfect little step out of the comfort zone for all of us who prefer simple and preferably black trousers ^^
And its so easy to combine ;)

3. Floral Silk Dress
A white silk dress - perfekt for summer ;)
The floral embroidery is soo gorgeous - I love the colours and shapes a lot.
Although I have to be honest I am not too sure about the way the flowers are on it... I mean the direction...do you know what I mean...I don´t even know what I mean hahaha...
I love how the fabric is folded and layered and the wide fit of the dress - makes me dream about summer holidays ;)

4. Jumper
so close to being ott ;) Not yet ^^ I love this jumper even tho I am really not very brave when it comes to wearing colour... most of the time. The black base colour calms the floral pattern a lot and I think this piece could give you the perfect pop of colour in a all black look.

And here is an other pair of those amazing embroidered denim trousers. Honestly...I am in love with that trend ;) Is so wearable, there are so many different ways of how they are decorated and there are some for every bodyshape, age, occassion and fashion taste.
Thes particular ones are a little more bold...the huge bird on the side might be one step out of the comfort zone for some ;) but besides that this pair of pants is pretty casual.
I´d say these are more the fashionable, everyday kind of pair - no too suitable for a business look or for the office...depending on the office you are working in ;) I think they might be a little bit too ripped and cut off for that ;) 

I am such a lace loving girl - its so classy and elegant but so easily wearable on a everyday basis.
Is so sexy but so sophisticated at the same time ^^
This top has a super sexy sheer back but a not so see through front - perfect for a night out but also for a fancy dinner :)

Isn´t this the cutest little romper ;) 
I love all the flowers on top and that sheer, polkadotty overlay that makes it look like a dress.

Everything about this dress is cute! Those wide floaty sleeves, the floral pattern and the little parrots in between ;) soo adorable!
I love the high neck in combination with the long sleeves in combination with the dress being pretty short. Perfect for a summer party, or a cooler night in Italy whilst being on the best holiday of your life ;) oi...hahaha

9. Flower Field
Want to go all out with the floral trend? Isn´t this the perfect blouse ;)
I LOOOVE this blouse a lot, but I also have to say that I especially love it the way the model wears it in this picture and I am afraid that you should not wear it that way if you are pretty short...like I am ;)

10. Floral Embroidery
An other pair of embroidered denim trousers :) 
These are a lot more modest ;) that makes it perfect for those of you who would looove some of these kind of pants but are not brave enough to go out all the way ;) - Very cute 
I also love the used look to it and the length - perfect to pair them with some nice ankle boots

11. Floral Blouse
The details of this blouse are so nice!
The V-neck in the back, the buttons down the back and the details at the sleeves - check them out really.
The sleeves are a bit of a statement sleeve but not too much - very every occasion :)
The floral pattern on this top are a little more on the sophisticated side and very elegant, not too colourful and not to chaotic ;) definitely office material ^^
I think this is a piece which could be one of your new all round pieces. Its very easy to style it up and down ;) denim pants or a elegant black pencil skirt - everything would look good ;)



And this is not even all of it ;)
There are so many aaamazing pieces on or in Zara atm...no wait always just always ;)
I think I need to rob a bank or something ;) hahaha yeah juuust kidding ;)

I hop I could afford everything and that I could inspire you a little bit ;)

Let me know which one of the above is your fave and
I hope you have an amazing time ;)


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Chapter 1 of 12 - January Conclusion & February Resolution 2017



ABOUT CHAPTER 1

January

How have you been - let me think about that for a moment

January was good.
January was hard sometimes.
January was wonderful.
January was ...

January did not only bring a new year it also brought other new beginning.
January was not the only the first thing in this month.
January was happy and sad...more happy memories at this moment tho...but also a few doubts about the future.
Not that I always tend to have doubts about...well everything.
January brought understanding, talking about lots of not-talkt-about topics.
So as a conclusion about this month - twas not bad :)

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February

February is going to be not special at all
There are going to be a few little bits and pieces but not a lot actually :)

I did not have and resolutions for January so nothing to review there.
I was and still am pretty happy that I did not pressure myself into any special resolution but I also think that I am going to set myself a few for february ^^


FEBRUARY RESOLUTIONS

- stay excited about learning Swedish and keep on learning even after the exam
- make everyday a bit special even durning the holidays after this semester
- go out
- discover and find new placed
- get better and stay on track to get a better mental health

Its not too much and for many those resolutions might seem minor and easy but its actually a lot for me personally ... I could even add get out of bad every day...

So its very important for me to find something I can do everyday.
I will do that and blogging is an amazing thing to do that.



Yes, well there is nothing else to say today.
How are you all doing?
Do you set yourself monthly resolutions or do you have huge ones for the whole year?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Friday, 27 January 2017

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Palette | a Review + FOTD


Hello everybody :)
How are you on this beautiful friday ^^
It is beautiful only because its FRIYAY ;)

Its Friday and that meany I have a new Review for you ;)
Finally...I really missed Review Friday and I plan this particular Review...I think since 
September last year ;) oi...that took quite a while ^^

Today I wanted to talk a little about the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
I have this palette for quite a while now...might be almost a year and in that time I had phases in which I used it almost religiousely on a daily basis and others in which I barely even thought about it.
After all this time I thought...Now I cant give you a true in depth review about this products and if its worth its money.
I know I know....this palette is everything but new out there and there are probably millions of reviews and such online, but I´ll do it anyway...how many of theses reviews are written after one year of use ;)




I am a huge fan of the packaging.
Of cause there a pros and cons about it but you´ll see why I LOVE IT SO MUCH as soon as you see the pics of the inside.
A clear con is of cause the weight and bulkiness of the case - its really not the perfect palette to take when you´re traveling ;)
A huge pro!



See ... yes that is why I love the packaging a lot.
Yes I dropped it...I did the worst thing you can to with an expensive eyeshadow palette ever...what 
am I talking with every eyeshadow palette... I dropped it on a hard stone floor...
BUT - see how amazing the packaging is - hardly any of the shadows are destroyed and none is
 completely broken ;) yay - I was sooooo relived as I dared to pick it up so see the damage ^^
Of cause the case is now brocken - I can´t close it anymore and I am using a hairband to keep the 
palette closed...thats a bit sad but also the smalles damage that could have happened.
The only shadows which are a little bit damaged are DUST and BUZZ and its not too bad...even if its still sad :( 
If you want to see the palette new and completely intact click here for the haul post of mine ^^



In the palette are 12 amazing colours all kind of pinky nude brown themed... rosegold would be the perfect word.
There are three matte ones, three kind of glitters and six shimmery satin shadows.
The palette also comes with a eye brush and with samples of each of UD´s primers.
The case has a rose gold metal finish and a wavy pattern. 

Overall, it’s a really lovely palette filled with eyeshadows that are highly pigmented, soft, easy to blend, and easy to use. 



Strange
a pale neutral whity pink with a satin-matte finish. It has pretty good colour payoff and a soft texture.
Dust
an absolute lovely glittery/metallic light pink shimmer with an adorable iridescent sparkle to it.
It has slightly warm untertones and the glitter is whity gold. Out of this palette the worst one to use...the huge amount of glitter makes it less smooth and that results in a lot of fall out whilst applying and wearing - might be better with a damp brush.
Burnout
a light rosy, peachy pink with a satin finish. Its a similar to dust just a little darker.
It has a lovely pearly finish and an amazing colour payoff. The texture is soft and smooth. 



Limit
a light dusty rose matte colour with a mauvy coolish undertones. The pigmentation is really nice and the texture is soft and smooth and just a little bit powdery. Very lovely to blend.
Buzz
is a metallic warm coppery rose shimmer with a frosted metallic silver sheen. Absolutely amazing colour payoff and a soft and buttery texture.
Trick
an absultely stunning medium bronze copper colour with brownish-pinky untertones and an amazing golden sparkles. It has a stunning pigmentation and a very good colour payoff.
Despite the sparkly finish it has a smooth and soft texture and is amazing to apply and blend.



Nooner
a medium pinky brown matte colour. I´d say its a medium - dark colour with a plumy warm undertone and a matte finish. On of the most amazing shadows in this palette. Its amazingly pigmented and a super soft and lovely blend-able texture. Such an amazing colour payoff!
Liar
a medium brown metallic mauvey shimmer. With lovely warm coppery undertones and a greyish look to it it has an amazing satin, nearly metallic finish and a lovely super soft texture. Its incredibly pigmented and one of my fave colours in the palette.
Factory
this is a pinky brown with warm and slightly red undertones. The finish is lovely, soft and pearly and the pigmentation is very nice



Mugshot
a metallic warm toned taupe shimmer with a golden frosted, metallic finish. This shadow has an amazing colour payoff, so pigmented, and a lovely soft texture.
Darkside
one of my favourite shadows as it´s a unusual colour with a lovely finish. Its a deep taupe-mauvy satin. Cooltoned and with purple undertones. Only downside is its pigmentation, but it has a soft texture and is easy to blend.
Blackheart
a gorgeous matt smoky black with a stunning pink sparkle to it. It has redish undertones which might be due to the redish pink sparkle. Good pigmentation and pretty easy to blend.



A FOTD using the NAKED 3



As a base: Strange
on the movable lid: Burnout
in the crease: Factory & Liar
in the outer corner: Mugshot mixed with Darkside
in the inner corner: a bit of Duse
as an eyeliner: Blackheart
on the lower lashline: Burnout, Buzz, Factory


Mascara: Maybelline
Foundation: Catrice Cosmetics
Powder: L´oréal
Contour, Blush, Brows: Tanya Burr Cosmetics
Lips: Topshop


Top: Primark
Denimdress: Asos


What do you think? ;)
Do you have the Naked 3 Palette or any other Naked palette and which one is your favourite?
Do you like the palette as much as I do and if not why ;)
Do you have any similar palettes which are better in your opinion?


With lots of love and have an amazing weekend
♥♥♥
Verena


P.S. If you want to know how I did my hair in the pictures ;)
There is a video on my youtube channel <3

Thursday, 26 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Book with a Title that´s a Characters Name



Good Evening bookworms :)

Todays book is for the category a Book with a Title that´s a Characters Name
a category which makes the choice easy on one side and haaaard on the other...
You have soo many possible books to choose from and soo many amazing ones!!!
As usual I had a little search through my book shelfs to see if I might have a book for this category at home - and I had ^^
an amazing one which I planned to read for years.


Daphne du Mauriers´
Rebecca


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Its an classic piece of literature first published in 1938 and I cant believe it took me so long to read it
Rebecca is a gothic romance novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. As a best-seller it
sold 2,829,313 copies between its publication in 1938 and 1965, and the book has never gone out of print!
Again I helped myself to a review from goodreads

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"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . ."
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.
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I´ll give it a 7 out of 10 - I don´t know exactly why but there is something about it I did not like.
Its nothing about how well it is written or how amazingly the plot is done...its something about the
 story...I wish I could put my finger on it ;) but its definitely something very personal!
Its also one of those books which need a lot of patients to read for the first 150 pages. There is a lot of story which seems to be
necessary to be explained...is that even a sentence ;) hahaha
and I always think that makes a book a bit harder to read...especially for someone with a more
´common´ taste in books...I don´t know a better word to describe it, sorry.
You know someone who likes to read simple, light books which a easy and relaxing to read ;) I hope you know;) Well
usually I am not that kind of book reader, of cause sometime I just like something more on the trivial
side, but most of the time I enjoy books which can be little more challenging ;) So I wondered about
myself when I started to write "This book took a long time till it got interesting" ;)
But never the less I liked it ;) Yes I did thats why I gave it a 7 out of 10.
Many amazing characters, the story is good and its amazingly written in so many details, a very compelling read.
But I have to say, to admit what huge mistake it would have been if I´d have ever stopped reading it
and I am sure that the only reason I every stopped reading...meaning every paused for a few hours or
days...is that the plot itself was something I had some weird problem with...again I wish I could say why...
I found this amazing (Pro-Rebecca) review over on the website of the guardian
and I loved so many things in there
For example - the amazingness of the title choice and the names
Rebecca - a character in the book which actually never present but still such a huuuge influence on the book
- btw it totally stunned me when the name came up the first time ;)
Plus we never ever learn the name of the main character in the the whole story.
She´s only ever called Mrs. de Winter...I never even questioned that till now ^^
This is a truly amazing review ;) read it if you want to know more


Now...for a little more inspiration and if you don´t like Rebecca
here are some of the many alternatives:


The Harry Potter Series
Do I really have to say anything about the amazing HP books?
I´m sure you all know the adventures of Harry and his friends fighting their way through school.
(p.s.I know probably the worst description ever^^)


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is a young orphan being raised by her cruel, wealthy aunt Mrs. Reed.
A servant named Bessie provides Jane with some of the few kindnesses she receives. One day, as punishment for fighting with her bullying cousin John, Jane’s aunt imprisons Jane in the red-room, the room in which Jane’s Uncle Reed died. While locked in, Jane, believing that she sees her uncle’s ghost, screams and faints. She wakes to find herself in the care of Bessie and the kindly apothecary Mr. Lloyd, who suggests to Mrs. Reed that Jane be sent away to school. To Jane’s delight, Mrs. Reed concurs.
But once she arrives at the Lowood School, Jane finds that her life is far from idyllic.


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist is born in a workhouse in 1830s England. His mother dies just after Oliver’s birth. The first nine years of his life, Oliver spends in a home for young orphans. After that he has to go to a workhouse for adults. The other boys there bully him into asking for more gruel at the end of a meal. Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, offers five pounds to anyone who will take the boy away from the workhouse. Oliver narrowly escapes being apprenticed to a brutish chimney sweep and is eventually apprenticed to a local undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry. When the undertaker’s other apprentice, Noah Claypole, makes disparaging comments about Oliver’s mother, Oliver attacks him and incurs the Sowerberrys’ wrath. Desperate, Oliver runs away at dawn and travels toward London. On his travels he meets many people, good and bad. He finds shelter and looses it and many adventures wait for him.


Carrie by Stephen King
I´m sur most of you already seen the movie adaption. Either the older version or the new one.
The story of Carrie White, a misfit high-school girl, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, is a twisted one. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother, who thinks that Carry is sent by the devil, and tormented in many cruel ways by her fellow students at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring. In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.


Matilda by Roald Dahl
This book is about a precocious young girl called Matilda Wormwood. At a young age she is already able to do complicated math problems and read. While she is very intellectually curious, she is neglected by her family who show her no interest. As revenge, she plays tricks on her absent parents.   When she attends school, Matilda's intellect is discovered by her teacher Miss Honey who attempts to inform the school headmistress Miss Trunchbull and Matilda's parents but her attempts are met with deaf ears. Following a prank her best friend pulls on the Trunchbull, Matilda discovers that she has telekinetic powers.


Still in need of some suggestions?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Emma by Jane Austen
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
...
and so many many others


Which one is your choice?
Did you read Rebecca and what did you think?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena



Friday, 20 January 2017

Zoella Beauty - Sweet Inspirations I Haul & Review


Heeeeello everyone ^^
How are you all on this lovely Friday afternoon ;)
A new Friday means a new Review and today I have something I actually
plan to write since august last year ^^
Luckily you still can get all the products so here it is my review of the


Zoella Beauty
Sweet Inspiration Collection

"The whole theme around Sweet Inspirations is Macarons and Sweet Almond." - Zoe



There are many amazing products in this lovely collection
All of them look so pretty and are so nice I love them all ^^

Of cause I could not get all of them.
There are a few more lovely pieces which you can get over on feelunique
There are eight products in the range. Including nearly everything you can think of when in comes to bath and body.



LE FIZZ
Fragranced Bath Fizzers




First of all...with no particular reason ^^
The Bath Fizzers - indulgent macaron scented bath fizz.
Well where to start...oh yes...how amazing is it that you can actually decide yourself
how much of the product you want to use ;)
I think its so incredibly handy that you can snap this pretty fizzer in little pieces
and just use as much as you want ;)

"This irresistible macaron scented fizz bar will transform your bath into an indulgent experience.
Lie back, relax and enjoy. Ooh la la!
Drop 4 pieces into running water to start your fragrantly fizzy bath."

Of all the fizzers I have these have the prettiest packaging ;)
The christmas gingerbread fizzers are really close but this pink and gold one ;) GORGEOUS ^^



SUGAR DIP
Scented Bath Salt Granules




"Sweet macaron scented bath salts. Lie back, relax and indulge in these irresistibly scented bath salts.
 Malt your troubles away!
Sprinkle a small handful of bath salts under warm running water. The bath salts will slowly dissolve
 to leave your bath water and you smelling delicious."

How cute...now...take a few seconds and just enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of this packaging ;)
The salts come in a little pyramid like paper packaging and inside is a plastic bag in which you´ll find
 the granules. Only issue honestly - I´ll never be able to throw that little pyramid away ;) I really have
 to find a use for it, something to store inside or anything like that ;)
The plastic bag has the same pattern as the other products and pretty ;) also ;) in the little pyramid is a
 little sticker which says Reseal me so you´ll be able to close the bag without loosing all the granules
 ;)
To be honest I have not used these in a pretty long time so I hardly can remember any details. But I
 remember that I enjoyed the bath a lot and that means I love the granules ^^




SWEET INSPIRATIONS
Fragranced Body Mist


I have to say I don´t see Body Sprays very often when I´m out and about in the stores.
But I really think they are a little bit overlooked.
If you are like me and don´t tend to wear perfumes to often, whether because you don´t like them or
 you think they are too much for your everyday life or you just never think about them ;)
A body spray is the perfect way to get used to them or the perfect alternative to those of you who
 think perfumes are to much on a day to day basis ;)
This particular mist is aaaaaamazing.
Just first of all...how incredibly pretty is this art deco, 1920´s inspired packaging ;)
Its a glass bottle, which makes it feel like such high quality ^^, and it has a lovely golden lid which
 goes perfectly with the gorgeous pattern on the back and the decoration on the front.
The scent is, just like all the other products in the range, macaron and almondy.
It is pretty sweet, might be a liiiiiittle to much for my personal preference, but
Here come the huge BUT ^^
For me being someone who does not like sweet scents this scent is really lovely.
I like it even if I prefer fresher scents over sweet ones ^^
So for those of you out there not being too sure about whether to get it or not because you are just
 like me not liking sweet scents - I think you should try it, its lovely...just don´t use too much of it at a time ;) 
Its also stays on your skin for hours and hours...actually longer than some of my expensive perfumes.



BATH LATTE
Bath & Shower Milk


With the probably most beautiful packaging this is one of my favourite products of the range.
This is a Bath and Shower milk enriched with sweet almond, cacao and honey.
"Indulge in this deliciously scented, creamy bath and shower milk. Enriched with nourishing sweet almond, cacao and honey  
it will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft, silky and smelling totally irresistible. Your body will love you a latte!
Pour a small amount of this creamy latte under warm running water or apply straight to damp skin. Rinse well."
Well...I´ve never tried this product in the shower, but in the bath... dear god ^^
Those bubbles, that super soft foamy bathing experience ;) 
Totally worth it, totally and 100% recommended!
And it looks totally like milk so you can feel like Cleopatra bathing in donkeys milk ;)



DOUBLE CRÉME
Body Cream


This is the sweetly nourishing macaron scented body cream.
Again in a gorgeous packaging ^^ I mean how cute are the white and pastel pink stripes ;)
The packaging says: "Treat yourself to a dollop of indulgence with this macaron scented body cream.
 Enriched with nourishing sweet almond oil, cacao and honey, it will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft, silky and smelling totally irresistible.
Gently massage into clean skin until fully absorbed for a soft fragrant finish."
This is a pretty thick cream, a little bit goes a loooong way ;)
Little down side...it actually takes a while to completely sink in without being a little bit sticky.
Its not too bad just something I noticed ;) but its alright its not like needing an hour to sink in ;)
Smells really nice - like the bodymist just a bit fresher ^^




BODY FONDANT
Shimmer Balm


A macaron scented body shimmer in the cutes, most adorable packaging.

"Get your glow on with this deliciously scented shimmer balm. The irresistibly smooth balm instantly
 illuminates skin to give you a gorgeous, healthy glow. You´ll be good enough to eat!
Apply balm to arms, legs and décolletage with the puff for a smooth and even finish."

Well scented just as all the other products this fondant leaves your skin looking amazing.
I have to say that you actually have to get used to using this product. I remember having some trouble
 the first time...to see in my video about it ;)
I started applying it with my fingers which actually made it a bit easier and yes its absolutely worth
 taking the time and getting used to this because my skin never looked more lovely and healthy ^^



A lot of time ago I also made a little video of my first impression about these


of cause you can also watch the original video Zoe made about her new products
or check out her blogpost



What do you think about those products?
Love them? Which one is your favourite?

With lots of love and have an amazing weekend
♥♥♥
Verena

Thursday, 19 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Book with an unreliable Narrator




Hello you lovely Bookworms ^^
and..here it is...finally ;)
A new book review and a book which took way longer to read than expected... ;)

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

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Again a review from goodreads

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"On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. 
Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and 
beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy 
daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl
 perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police 
and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. 
With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife?"
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I´ll give it well...what to give it....
I think I never change the feeling about rating a book as often as I did with this one...
first I thought about something like a 5 or six....changed that to a a 6 or a 7 out of 10 and in the end
well...I really don´t know...
 I know there are many many fans of this, including my sister, but honestly I just did not enjoy it all
the time at all...I actually thought about stopping around page 200 but I made it through...I always do
 ;) I think I never stopped reading a book...just because I could miss an amazing twist ;)
And that is what happened with this book...around page 220 I really just thought oh come on...just
 stop reading but I am glad that I kept on ;) I think it was hard for me to keep on reading because of
 personal experiences in my life in the last years and just because of many things which happend to
 me regarding relationships, but don´t worry no spoilers here ;)
I managed to confront myself with it and made my way through and read the rest and I am very glad...
I can not really say that I´m glad that I read it to the end because I liked it so much but I have to say
...whether it is in a good or a bad way...this book will blow your mind.
I´ve never read a story about such a toxic relationship with so many thrilling and horrifying and
unexpected ups and downs and twists and turns. Even if I have to say that I, without knowing
 anything about the whole story, I kind of knew about the biggest twist in this whole ride.
This book, never the less a brilliant and genius psychological thriller, by an hugely talented author.
A instruction to a perfect relationship? How toxic are many relationships which seem normal to us "outsiders".


If you don´t want to get completely confused and mixed up with everything you ever thought about people, relationships and the whole mankind ;)
Here are a few more suggestions for this category - many are just as confusion to be honest ^^

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. He recounts the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, he leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way. J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This novel follows Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around the one desire to be reunited with his love Daisy Buchanan. His quest leads him from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved and to many exciting adventures. The Great Gatsby, published in 1925,  is a classic piece of American fiction. It´s a novel of triumph and tragedy, capturing a cross-section of American society.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
A novel filled with realism and gothic symbolism combined to form a romance novel that's full of social relevance. A self-destructive journey of Heathcliff as he seeks revenge for losing his soul mate, Catherine, to Edgar Linton. In this classic novel published in 1847 you´ll find classic themes such as good versus evil, chaos and order, selfishness, betrayal, and obsession. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a symbolic and psychological study of the nature of love.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
An other psychological thriller by british author Paula Hawkins.
Hawkins’ novel is about the story of Rachel Watson who stumbled through life in a booze-filled depression ever since her husband left her for another woman. Now she wiles away her days riding the commuter train to and from London even if she´s been fired from her job months ago. Everyday the train stops by her old neighborhood and there she sees a couple appearing to be living a perfect life. Then all of a sudden everything takes an very unexpected turn.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Its about a beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. About a brilliant, damaged girl and a passionate, political boy and a group of four friends whose friendship turns destructive. Its about lies upon lies, the love and the truth itself.

And get even more inspiration ^^

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Atonement by Ian McEwan
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson



Have you read this yet and are you one of the excited fans?
Lets talk about that ending - do you like it? And what do you think about both Amy and Nick?
What was your choice for this category?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A mood board #1



Hello People :)

I love mood boards a lot :)
So I thought why not make one my own ^^

Here are just a few pictures which make me think and dream of winter.
I mixed it up from some mode defining things in my life.
From Fashion, beauty and hair to nature, animals and food ^^




All the pictures are from pinterest, some are older and I found them on my laptop...sorry I dont know the exact sources - if you know please let me know and I´ll add the link!!!

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What makes you think of winter and what do you love most about this wonderful time of the year?

With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Friday, 13 January 2017

Tanya Burr Cosmetics - Birthday Suit Eye Palette - FOTD


Hello everyone :)
How are you all on this first Review Friday of 2017?
Besides a little review I also have a little FOTD for you ^^ yay

I have to admit...I have the Birthday Suit Palette...ya well...since many weeks now and I really cant explain why it took me so long to write this post ;) I just don´t know ^^


You can still get it and many other amazing TBC products on feelunique

love this palette a lot - many week it I used it on a daily basis and I still love to take it with me when I am away for a weekend or something like that ;)
You can create so many different look with it even if there are only four colours ;)

From the first time I used this till now its one of my favourite eye shadow palettes
The quality is just as amazing especially for the prize ;) 
I love the formula of the Tanya Burr eye shadows and I actually think that they get better and better with every new range ;)
With the first ones I had a few problems with some fall out but especially with the products of last years Christmas range I had absolutely nothing to complain about ^^
They are so soft and buttery, so easy to work with and so lovely to blend. Perfectly composed colour combinations and a good balance between matte and glittery shadows.
The packaging stayed the same...only the colour changed. But its still a lovely square and sturdy little rose gold and silver box with an adorable little heart shaped mirror inside.

If you are interested - read all about the other eye palettes I have here and  here ;) 





FACE:
- Catrice cosmetics Even Skin Tone beautifying foundation in 010 even vanilla
- Rimmel Wake me up concealer in ivory
- L´oréal INDEFECTIBLE 24H makeup powder in 160 sand beige
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics peachy glow cheek palette (bronzer, highlighter and blusher)


EYES
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics Birthday Suit Eye Palette
marzipan all over the lid and in the lower inner corner
toast as an transition colour in the crease
soft truffle and cocoa sugar in the crease and unter the eyes
- Matte black eyeshadow as an eyeliner
- Maybelline Lash Sensational 

Brows
TBC perfect brows palette - hot cocoa
Maybelline BROWdrama in transparent


LIPS
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipgloss in Berry Picking


Brushes used:
Zoeva: 102, 106, 127, 322, 317, 226, 234, 231



I hope you like it ^^ Yes at some point in every "photoshooting" I always start to be really silly ;) haha
Which one is your favourite TBC product and have you tried all the new ones yet?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Thursday, 12 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Novel set during War Time



Hello you lovely bookworms :)
Guess what here is the first book review of the 2017 Reading Challenge =D yay
...to be honst I feel a little bit pathetic after failing the reading challenge twice...but I will try it one more time

I am so excited for this new challenge and I am so motivated to finish this years challenge I cant even tell you how much I want to kick its ass ^^ hahaha
I don´t know tho if this category is perfect to start...well kicking ass and war books ;) hahaha
Don´t get me wrong I just wanted to read this book so much and it coincidentally fit this category.


The Book of Lost Things 
by John Connolly


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Like last year I will get my reviews and small summaries from goodreads 
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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
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I´ll give it a 8 out of 10 - I enjoyed reading it a lot and I can only recommend it to everyone :)
I especially loved the take on the traditional fairytales ;) Besides them...or the originals by Brothers Grimm...being pretty cruel they always leave questions on how the story could continue ;) Well, if you ever wondered...this book gives you a pretty good and pessimistic idea ;)
Here is another lovely yet critical review just if you think about reading this and want to know more about it ^^
And an excerpt of the review I thought would be great in my little post here:

"Who is this book for? Generic boy hero, schematic adventure plot, heavy-handed explicatory narrative tone: all would try the patience of any reader no longer juvenile. Yet the material is as grim as Connolly's customary horrific fare. The torture chambers, martial dismemberments and surgical miscegenations, the continual nervous drift towards themes of sexual corruption: all firmly indicate adults only." - Colin Greenland



What do you think?
Have you read The Book of Lost Things yet? Did you like it?
Lets talk about it :)


If you need a little more inspiration for which book to choose for this challenge here are a few pics
I thought would be great to read and would make an amazing choice for this category:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack 
- This is one of my favorite books ever!
For all the categories they yould ever think of ^^.
I laughed, I cringed, I bawled my eyes out. This book...I will probably read it over and over and over agin.  


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 
The Spanish Civil War mesmerized a whole generation of artists, writers and activists, all of them recognised that what was being played out in Andalucía and on the streets of Barcelona, was a sign for what was coming all over the world. 
Ernest Hemingway was one of those writers - he reported upon the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. For Whom The Bell Tolls tells the story of Robert Jordan being an American solider in the International Brigades. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a fascinating report of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
- This is one of the greatest books ever, a classic and perfect for this category. Its about war and conflict and their impact upon all involved. Set during the invasion of Russia by Napoleon’s forces in 1812 it demonstrates a radical historical approach to writing and is acclaimed as incredibly authentic, which is not surprising at all given the fact that Tolstoy served in the Crimean War. 
Just...don’t expect to read it all in one or even seven sittings: 
when first published it ran to 1,225 pages ^^

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 
- Written by Remarque, a veteran of the First World War, it recounts a real life experience of war...in many horrific and intriguing details. The book’s main character, called Paul Bäumer, is enthusiastic about his forthcoming adventure as a soldier. The reality is different though, as Remarque describes a generation ‘destroyed by war’. The definitive anti-war book.

Henry VI trilogy by William Shakespeare 
- The Three plays that make up the Henry VI trilogy are Harry the Sixth, The Houses of York and Lancaster and The True Tragedy of the Duke of York. Together they cover the period known as the War of the Roses. I personally would´ve never thought of Shakespeare in this category ;)

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 
- Sebastian Faulks’s 1993 novel – a moving and brutal depictions of life in the trenches – often compared to the writing of Erich Maria Remarque and Ernest Hemingway. 
The book tells the story of Stephen Wraysford before, during and after World War I.

The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer 
- Instead of focusing on the bloody battles that overall define a life in the trenches this story focuses on the friendships formed in such heightened circumstances.
The iconic The Naked and the Dead, published just three years after the end of World War II, tells a story of a platoon of young Americans fighting the Japanese. 

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy 
- A metaphorical battle in which the combatants never met directly- the Cold War. Instead conflicts of propaganda and taking sides in other wars like Vietnam. 
This is the backdrop to Tom Clancy’s huge successful and the introduction to his enduring All-American Jack Ryan character. 


And so many others like
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell;  Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak; Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard; Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky; When The Wind Blows - Raymond Briggs (Graphic Novel)From Here to Eternity by James Jones; Night by Elie Wiesel; Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Odyssey by Homer

Get even more inspiration herehere, here and here
There are so many books to choose from you could literally fill all year only with them ^^



Have you read any of these yet?
What was your choice for this category?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena