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Montag, 10. November 2014

How to heal from a breakup: confessions of a broken heart




Hello my beautiful readers,

today I´m here with a very personal and touchy subject: heartbreak.

A lot of us have been there. Recently I´ve had the glorious luck to feel it again. The past month has been a torture for me, not just because of this heartbreak-thingy, but also because I lost a very close, - sweetest on earth - creature of mine, my beloved cat who decided to just not come home one day. It was hard. It still is. But instead of dwelling over broken promisses, making my eyes look puffy from crying like a little girl for getting her heart broken once again I decided I would not let this get to me. I would learn from it and I would share my experience so I could help others who feel as lost as I felt when this happened to me.

First of all you need to know that everything is going to be okay. You might not believe me right now, I might be doubting myself right now too, but somewhere in my heart I know that everything will be okay. It is okay to feel shitty, it is okay to feel like you are not yourself right now, like you´re lost, like you don´t even really know what you want, or who you are. It´s okay.

Give yourself time to heal. Give yourself time to cry your eyes out. Adapting to your new life, your new you is hard. And you will need time for that. I know what you´re all thinking right now. „I want him back. I don´t care why it ended, I just need to feel okay again!“ No. You need to be happy again – on your own! I hate the fact that people say we need time to heal. Guess what: I want to be happy now. Not in a month, not in a year. Now. Although I can´t promise you my tips will make you instantly forget whoever, or whatever broke your heart, they helped me feel better again.
  1. Banish everything in your environment that reminds you of this person. Take down pictures of you two together, delete them from your phone. I´m not saying you should erase this person from your life like he never existed. You can keep the photos somewhere you don´t see them, because no matter how bad a relationship ended, this person was part of your life, part of you and denying you had a wonderful time once is not right.

  2. Out of sight, out of mind!
    Delete his (or her) number from your phone. You can write it on a piece of paper and put it somewhere in your room, but DON´T allow yourself to call him, communicate with him in any way. And if you decide to keep his number, still have him as a friend on facebook etc. just keep away from him. No contact!

  3. Make yourself a playlist with music that does NOT bring you down, or make you cry. Only good, empowering songs! You need to feel confident again. You need songs that you hear while walking down the street and you feel like everyone who would even THINK about letting you go is just out of their minds.
    Those were my favorites:
    * TLC – no scrubs
    * Beyoncé – irreplaceable
    * Train feat. Ashley Monroe – bruises
    * Katherine McPhee – over it (yes this still might bring some tears to your eyes, but be strong and have a little faith in the lyrics!)

  4. GO OUT! I know this will be a little bad for your wallet, but at that point, believe me I didn´t even care. Go out to parties, go out for drinks with friends, flirt, have fun! I know flirting might be hard right now, because on the one hand you feel like you need to see people that are interested in you to make you feel like you are worth having as a girlfriend and going out with, but on the other hand you feel very weird doing that. Just weeks ago you were with someone, you were his girlfriend and now all of a sudden you are flirting with a bunch of strangers? But if it helps you feel confident and sexy again go for it!

  5. Keep yourself busy! All of a sudden you have all this free time, use it wisely! Work is always great to keep your mind away from negative thoughts, at least for me it is. Work out. Start a new hobby! Do something new and exciting!

  6. Talk. To be able to get your ex out of your mind, you need to get him out of your system! Talk to someone close about your feelings. Tell them what you think, what you feel. But be careful because if you do this a lot and for a great amount of time, people will start being bored and annoyed by your nagging. If you still feel like talking, talk to yourself. Write a letter to your ex telling him how you feel about what happened – DON`T SEND IT!
    Keep a diary! I think this is very helpful, because you will be able to come back to this later on in your life and knowing that you actually survived a heartbreak in the past and you don´t even think about this person anymore will help you see, that you are indeed stronger than you think! It might even help you get over a future heartbreak (knock on wood! We don´t want that!)

  7. Learn to love yourself again, value yourself for who you are. Don´t let other people`s insecurities about themselves get to you, and make you feel like you did something wrong in that relationship. Noone is perfect, and of course there were things that you could have done differently. But even if someone broke up with you because they didn´t love you anymore, don´t stop loving yourself. You can´t force someone to love you, but you are a loveable person. If there are things that you want to work on, do it. But never feel unworthy of love just because this one person was not capable of loving every single inch of your existence. Love yourself with all your heart! You are all that you have. You are valuable. You are important!

  8. Now let´s get to the hardest part: FORGIVE! You need to let go of all the negativity you are dragging with you from your past relationship. You will need time for that. But you can do it. Don´t hate your ex-boyfriend for not staying with you and for hurting you. Don´t hate him for any reason! Let go of him. If you don´t want to do this for him, do it for you. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to have an open heart free of insecurities and scars people left before disappearing from your life. Forgive him. Forgive yourself for falling so hard and allow yourself to do it again. You deserve to be loved, to love and to be happy!

I hope this post is helpful for all you people out there with a broken heart. You will heal. You will be okay. You will be great and someday, in the future, you will fall in love again. And it won´t even matter anymore, that you were hurt so bad. If you need someone to talk to, feel free to send me a message on thecolumnistl@hotmail.com .

Have a wonderful day.



"I can´t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.“

Jimmy Dean

Samstag, 4. Oktober 2014

Style the tweed jacket


Hello my beautiful readers,
today I have an outfit to show you! I am a BIG fan of tweed jackets and I  love wearing them in the semi-cold months of the year. I am sure I will get to wear this guy under a very thick wintercoat in the winter but as long as I can wear my tweedjacket out without freezing my b(insert utt here) off I will sure do it. So this is it! A bit of pastel, a bright red  and neutrals make this outfit complete.

Dress - Primark 
Tweedjacket - H&M 
Bag - Michael Kors
Shoes - H&M 



Freitag, 19. September 2014

Getting back on track




Hello my beautiful readers!

As summer has come to an end, suitcases have been neatly put away as they will not be used in the near future and everyone or at least almost everyone has gone back to work, school or university it is time to get back on track and start being productive again.
I have to be honest this year was one of the hardest for me to "get back on track" and I´m still not a 100 percent there yet, but while I struggle getting "there" - you get me, you have to get me! Or am I talking in too many riddles again? - I thought I would tell you today how I plan to get ready for the upcoming semester.

1. Get a planner! Basic, but so important! Normally I get planners that start in January, but this year I stopped using the one I had and I started using a personal planner which I got from the company itself (personal planner) to review for my youtube channel. Even if it seems stupid, start writing everything down! If you have a great memory or just not a huge variety of different chores and things you have to do everyday this might not apply to you and you will get by just fine if you don´t write things down.
For me it is very important to write things down because I am a university student, have a sidejob and also a youtube channel to keep up with. It´s all about the deadlines! So if you´re like me, take a pen and your planner and start writing things down! And if this still isn´t enough for you, set alarm clocks on your phone! I set myself one today to remind me I had to send my term paper to my english professor.

2. Stress is your new best friend! There are people in this world that just do things months before they have to hand them in. (At least urban legends say they exist!) Unfortunately I am not one of those people. I need stress in my life to keep me going! So if you´re still in your holidays and don´t know how the hell to start with something like your english paper, studying for an upcoming test etc. think of something you actually wanted to get done sometime soon and give yourself little time to do it!

This might go totally wrong but this could actually be a total success!
I really wanted to get rid of my two old beds - as I was sharing my room with my sister who has moved out a while ago I didn´t need two small beds in my room.
I needed to get a new one and also find a solution for my exploding closet. So I searched the web for ideas on beautiful, budget-friendly beds and closet solutions. I found the store I wanted to get everything from, found people that would love my old beds much more than I did and gave myself (and my boyfriend) one day to accomplish all of this!
So we bought the new things, got rid of the old ones and installed the new ones, all in one day.
This got me stressed out, yes, but when the day was over and I was finally lying in my new BIG bed watching "Suits" with my boyfriend I felt tired, but not because I didn´t do anything all day, but because I ACTUALLY did something! This made me feel very proud on the one hand but on the other hand it gave me back the energy I had lost during my holidays. The energy to get things done you´re not very keen on doing, like work, study etc.!

3. Get inspired! When I feel like just doing nothing, am too lazy to keep up with my workout-routine and everything else I have to do I turn to those people that get me excited about working out, studying, working and creating entertaining content for my blog and channel. Those people don´t have to be people you actually know! Mine are for example random people online! Just search the hashtag #getfit, #stayorganized or if you are a youtuber or blogger (or just like to watch videos and read blogposts!)  like me look at the great content others are creating and I promise you, you will want to be organized, fit, creative and productive yourself!

So that´s it for today! A lot of people have already gone back to school or uni already but I start in October and just got back from vacation two weeks ago, so I needed a push to the right direction myself, hence the blogpost! I hope this was helpful for you :)
Have nice, productive days!

And live life to the maximum :) always!
xoxo Lola

Sonntag, 30. März 2014

Spring Must-Have: Colored Sweaters



Hello my beautiful readers,

although I´d love to put away any kind of sweater near me and trade it with sunshine and flowy dresses, the weather here does simply not agree with me. So I thought to myself – and I guess that´s what tons of designers thought too – I would brighten up my day all by myself. With a little help from my clothes of course.
This trend has been around for years now, but I still consider colored sweaters a must-have item for my spring wardrobe.
Colored sweaters instantly brighten up my mood and make me feel happier, dressier! While I mostly own pink, bright orange and babypink sweaters – or white or beige – my mother actually has a ton of them! In almost every color of the rainbow. And more! Once I get my hands on them I will tell you more about them in a future blogpost, but pshhh!

Also styling colored sweaters is quite easy in my opinion! Put some jeans on, a statement necklace some pumps or ballet flats and voilá! There you have the finished outfit. Fast and easy! And this is exactly what I did for this look.


Sweater: H&M (old)
Bandeau-Top underneath: H&M (currently available)
Jeans: H&M (currently available)
Necklace: Primark (currently available)

Eyeshadow: Kiko Infinity Eyeshadow in 265
Lips: P2 Secret Gloss Lipstick in Secret Letter
Nails: Kiko in 276 


For everyone else who wants to hop on the band wagon I picked out some of my favorite colored sweaters I found online!


So what do you think? Do you like them? Will you be wearing them too?

Have a beautiful day!

xoxo Lola

DISCLAIMER: The post "Spring Must-Have: Colored Sweaters" first appeared on thecolumnistl.blogspot.de . All pictures are mine except for the pictures in the collage, which I directly took from the website of the onlineshops. 

Mittwoch, 19. März 2014

Goodbye Winter: Beloved Burgundy Coat




Hello my beautiful readers,

as tomorrow is the official beginning of spring, I wanted to show you my most worn, favorite winter coat. I got this coat on my trip to Berlin last fall from Pull&Bear and I instantly fell in love with the color! The shape of it is very plain, a simple A-line. For me as a girly girl that likes her ruffles and tapered clothes this was very difficult to get used to, but I did and I enjoyed wearing it. I know you haven´t seen much of my girly style, but believe me in the springtime I literally bloom!

This is an outfit I would wear if I was going out for a drink, to the cinema or as I did this time: just because I wanted to! As the coat is very plain and does not really emphasize my body I love wearing very tight dresses underneath to make the look more balanced. And pairing my tights to my coat made me feel very "Blair-Waldorf".



I hope you liked the look and can relate to it as many blogger post outfits that an everyday girl doesn´t really wear, since she´s not really going to any fancy events that often :).
Have a lovely day!

xoxo Lola

Coat: Pull&Bear
Dress: Local store
Tights: Primark
Boots: Deichmann

Photo credit: my lovely boyfriend who was quite annoyed since we did not really agree on him being my photographer when we got together. Oops. Must change the relationship agreement reaaal soon!

The post "Goodbye Winter: Beloved Burgundy Coat" first appeared on thecolumnistl.blogspot.de .


Samstag, 15. März 2014

My favourite products for smooth kissable lips!



Hello my beautiful readers,
the weather here in Germany is getting quite sunny and enjoyable and with that, many of us might have a "spring fling" waiting for us around the corner. Or you have a boyfriend that you like kissing. Or a cat. You get my point!
Of course nobody likes chapped, dry lips. So here are my favourite products that either take care of your lips, or disguise the catastrophe underneath!

A good start:

Peeling your lips, and getting rid of dead skincells is very important for creating a great lipbase. I have used the Lush Popcorn Lipscrub but don´t find that it is particularly good. It is too expensive and can easily be diyed (making up words is my favourite hobby), which I did a while ago - just click here!
But if you have an electric toothbrush at home, don´t bother buying a lippeeling! Just carefully (!)  run your electric toothbrush over your lips after brushing your teeth and the dry layer will disappear!

Smooth me up baby:

A while ago I purchased a lipbalm, that looks very medicinal but smells quite nice, from a German drugstore brand called "Balea". This is a true livesaver for me, because it doesn´t just take care of your lips when it´s on your lips, but after using it for a while you will notive that it prevents your lips from chapping. Because this product is only available in Germany and some other countries in Europe, I have a similar alternative for you: the Neutrogena Intense Repair Lipbalm. It is also clear and looks like some kind of hand concentrate. The only thing I don´t like about this product is that it feels kind of sticky on the lips, so I prefer my Balea one. If you don´t have any of those in your country I am a hundred percent sure your local pharmacy will carry something similar. And trust me, those balms work wonders!

Salve(ing) the problem:

Salves are also a great way of calming down your chapped lips. I turn to those when my lips are superchapped and even hurt from being so dry. They create a nice, thick layer that prevent further damage. My alltime favourite is one a friend of mine bought me from the USA. It is the Savex (on the right) - I guess it is very similar to Carmex - cherry lipsalve. It smells heavenly and feels very refreshing and calming on the lips. I suppose there is some kind of peppermint in it, because it feels exactly like those peppermint lipglosses!
For my German readers I have something that you can buy in bulks here: Kaufmann´s Haut- und Kindercreme (on the left). I use it every night before going to bed - although I hate the feeling on the lips when I wake up, because they feel like there´s a layer of something on them.
Another great salve, is the Burt´s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (in the middle). It has a thicker consistency, but also gives you the refreshing, soothing feeling the Savex balm gives.

Do not chap! (sticks):

I know that most of you will probably be using chapsticks. I must admit I don´t really like normal chapsticks from Nivea or other brands, don´t ask me why. The only ones I might use are the Burt´s Bees Lipbalms in the tinted and non tinted version because I feel like they are the only one´s that really work. Also I like the Yves Rocher Lipbalms ( a French beautystore that only uses natural ingredients, not shown here) because they have great scents to choose from and a great consistency.


Disguising the moster:

When your lips are chapped, the best thing to do would be to not use lipstick. But sometimes you just NEED to wear it - for example if you are like me and look like a dead person without coloured lips. The only lipstick I CAN wear when my lips are chapped, that does not sit into the cracks of my skin are my P2 Sheer Glam Lipsticks (in the colours French Kiss, Love Actually, Pretty Woman and Love Happens).
Because of their buttery, light consistency they moisturize your lips and make them look plump! Unfortunately P2 is another brand that is only available in some European countries.
But of course I have an alternative for you! The Revlon Lip Butters work exactly the same in my opinion! The colour in the picture is Candy Apple.


That´s it for todays post!
Have fun kissing your "fling", boyfriend, cat, dog, unicorn...You know, just have fun kissing!

xoxo Lola

Samstag, 8. März 2014

My Favourite Brushes


Hello my beautiful readers,
I hope you´re all doing well and if you´re a student like me I hope you´re already done with all your exams and can lean back and enjoy life a little :).

As you know makeup is a very important issue on my blog and to have a beautiful looking makeup there are some things you need to apply it with! So today I´m going to share my favourite brushes with you.

Starting with face brushes!


A great base: I never really applied my makeup with a brush before until I "met" (thank you dear Amazon and Pixiwoo sisters for that) the Real Techniques Buffing  Brush. This brush is great to use with creamy (not too watery!) foundations. It has a great density and distibutes the makeup really nicely buffing it lightly into the skin. No streaky look, no makeup lines. And the price is also quite attractive! (get it here).

Since I loved my Real Techniques brush so much, but wasn´t really good at always keeping it clean, I wanted to buy another one. But there was one I had laid eyes on, one I really wanted to try. This is when the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish came into my life. I might even say I like this one better! It is dense and soft at the same time, a little thicker and more on-point than the Real Techniques brush. (get it here) 


You make me blush (or bronze):
For blush I have a tone of different alternatives to choose from. But lately I tend to gravitate towards my Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek (get it here) . To be honest I only bought this brush because it has white bristles and looks so fluffy ( I´m gonna die, you know what movie I´m refering to right?). Bus this brush doesn´t only have the looks, it´s also a great way to apply your blush with! It´s very soft (and fluffy, I know, I told you that already)and what I also love about it is, that it works great with superpigmented blush. Don´t get me wrong I like good quality blushers but sometimes when I´m in a hurry they just don´t work for me. This brush doesn´t pick up too much colour and distributes it nicely.

Sometimes, and mostly in the summertime I like to use bronzer instead of blush to contour my face a little and give it a nice summery glow. My favourite "friend" for that is my Body & Soul (supercheap) powder brush. This brush is meant to be used for face powder, but since it is quite flat, I like using it for bronzer. (bought mine at Müller (german drugstore), get similar here)


For your eyes only:
Zoeva 232 Classic Shader: very precise and picks up a lot of colour. An overall great brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid and also thin enough to get around the inner corner of the eyelid! You don´t own it yet? What are you waiting for!? (get it here) 

Another great shader brush is the Shader from the “Very Croc Set“. A great brush for lazy girls – like me! This brush is great for applying shadow and also for blending it out because it´s so thick and fluffy. (get it here) 

Since we´re talking about fluffiness: Let me introduce you to my fluffy friend the 227 Soft Definer. I don´t know if I love this brush so much because the bristles are white – I looove white bristled brushes! – or   because it really is that good. But it blends the shadow quite nicely and I always gravitate towards this one, instead of using one of my other blending brushes. (get it here )

And last but not least: my partner in crime, the eyeliner brush. Again a Zoeva brush (326 Classic Liner). I hate, hate, hate applying eyeliner! And although I´m getting quite good at applying the Essence Liquid Eyeliner I have a bunch of gel liners waiting for me to use them.  This brush is great for gel liners  and since it´s so pointed, getting a nice wing is an easy game with this guy. (get it here) 

So that´s it for today´s post! Most of my brushes are from Zoeva, because I think their brushes are very good, quality wise and also reasonably priced!
I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Have a nice day.
xoxo Lola

Sonntag, 23. Februar 2014

Spring Wardrobe Update #1



Hello my beautiful readers,
today I have a "springy" post for you! The weather here has been more than nice for February. Normally this time around we would still be surrounded by snow but instead, we can enjoy warm sunrays while looking for colorful spring clothing.
As I have been shopping a lot online, preparing my wardrobe for spring – not that my closet really needs any more clothes, but you know, a girl can never have enough clothes! – I did come across some beautiful pieces I would like to share with you!

The It-piece: the pink coat
Everyone on bloggerland has been talking about a pink Topshop coat. I have found a great alternative for those who don´t have Topshop near them or don´t want to buy it online! Here´s the alternative from H&M.

 I´ve been looking for a colorful bag everywhere, because I know that it´s the perfect way to spice up a boring outfit. Mango has a great bag-range to choose from. This is the one I liked the most. 
 Who doesn´t love ballet flats? I already own a ton of them but still let some new ones join my collection for the warmer months. I have learned that if you spend a little more on your flats they will last you much longer! So I only buy cheap ones for my side job - as a cashier I don´t really need cute, fancy shoes, just comfy ones! These ones I found at Zara.
Spring = Blazertime! I might actually do a separate post on that subject because I love blazers a lot! Here I found this blue, patterned one from H&M.
Scarves are also a must have for spring. Not the thick, heavy ones of course! Silky, smooth scarves!
Here´s one from Mango for you pastel lovers (like me) outthere!
You might not know it but I also love dresses! When I was little I begged my mother to let me wear dresses everyday no matter how cold it was! I guess I was a 100% girly girl from day one! And of course I have already ordered 20 new ones from the new H&M spring collection! Here´s one I didn´t order yet, but I find awfully pretty!

So this was it! Wait for more updates to come, because I will be shopping for sure! Hope I gave you some shopping ideas from my favorite stores! 

See you soon!
xoxo the Columnist L 

NOTE: Picture one was taken by me. Picture two, five and seven were taken from the H&M online store. Picture three and six were taken from the Mango online store. Picture four was taken from the Zara online store. 
The post "Spring Wardrobe Update #1" first appeared on thecolumnistl.blogspot.de .

Donnerstag, 13. Februar 2014

Valentine´s Day for your ears.


Hello my beautiful readers!

You might not know, but I am a passionate music lover (and singer, but I don´t really do this that much anymore although I love it a lot!).
So today I´d love to show you my favourite songs for a romantic day in, or just for the lonely romantic hearts out there, who would love to sit in their bath tub with a glass of wine singing "be my baby" to their cats :) Have fun and happy Valentine´s Day!

All time favourite, oldie but goldie!
Nat King Cole L.O.V.E.


Be my baby? Oh yes! A cover by this very talented lady Marie Digby and Zee Avi, originally sung by The Ronettes.

Now to my sister´s (who wil be blogging on here with me in the future) suggestion. A song I guess everybody loves, by a woman everybody loves: Beyonce Knowles - dangerously in love.

A rather sad lovesong. My heart melts even thinking of this song: James Blunt - beautiful

My alltime favourite. Can I just say I love John Mayer? I love this man! His songs are so incredibly sweet and so damn sexy I can´t even find words to discribe how much I like them.
John Mayer - Your body is a wonderland:)

To mix it up a little my sister suggested Nelly and Kelly - Dilemma. Listening to this I remember little Lola crushing on this cute boy in the bus ( true story xD ).

Do I need to tell you Enrique Iglesias is lo más caliente chico en este mundo? (hey there spanish lessons, I remember you).
So if you don´t have a "hero" yet, here you go: Enrique wants to be your hero!

Taylor Swifties, are you there? Hope so! Although she spents more time writing about broken hearts and "mean" boys, she does have some songs that get you into this romantic, happy mood.
Taylor Swift - mine (how amazing is the video?) and starlight!

Again something old, but spiced up by Michael Bublé (ééé!). I know so cliché! But no romantic playlist is completed without this song. Michael Bublé - the way you look tonight (originally sung by Fred Astaire).

Another favourite of mine  is "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake. But because I love the cover by Rachel Talbott and Keith Varon I thought I´d share this one with you too.

I had to force myself not to include this song because the post is already super long , but as you see it didn´t work! Jason Mraz (aka sexiest man alive - I just can´t choose one now can I? ) "butterfly". Listen to the lyrics you might just realise what kind of "butterfly" he talks about *wink*.

I hope you liked this post! Happy Valentine´s Day. And for you lonely hearts out there, think of this: Right now, there´s someone outthere, a person that will be your other half in the future. Isn´t it exciting knowing there´s someone outthere you don´t know yet but will get to know very well? He (or she) is definitely there! This made my waiting a little nicer back then, when I thought there was just noone left for me. Kristinia DeBarge - future love.

xoxo the ColumnistL
Lola

This post first appeared on thecolumnistl.blogspot.de . All pictures are mine.

Montag, 20. Januar 2014

(P)laid back: everyday plaid shirt and riding boots outfit for college / uni / school



Hello my beautiful readers!

Today I have a - drumroll please - fashion post for you, yaay!
I love fashion and styling clothes, trying out new things etc. but I´m by all means no  fashion blogger. I guess that´s because I don´t take fashion that serious!

I enjoy it, I spent almost half on my income on clothes - the other one goes straight to my local drugstore or beauty department - but as I don´t have that many formal events to attend, my everyday wardrobe could be described as a very simple one.

Of course my friends would argue that wearing dresses and skirts to uni is not your typical "simple" wardrobe but I guess this outfit is a "simple" one.





This is one of the looks I  wear to uni if I forget to put together an outfit for the next day, so you could call it my go-to look!

Simple button up plaid shirt (H&M, similar here), you can´t actually see but I´m wearing a high waisted, skinny jeans (H&M as well, get them here)  and my Bullboxer (find them here, similar here) leather boots which I love to death. My outfit is being topped off with a DKNY watch (here) and completed with a smile (best trend ever, I´m telling you, you should try it!).
My nailpolish is from Sally Hansen and for my red lips I used my Revlon Lipbutter in 035 Candy Apple!

So it´s really nothing special but I think the colors make it very wintery and fancy looking.



Huge thanks to my BB (which stands for beautiful boyfriend of course xD) for taking me to this beautiful place on a Saturday morning and taking the nicest pictures ever.
What do you think about this outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely day
xoxo Lola

This post first appeared on thecolumnistl.blogspot.de . All pictures are my own.

Dienstag, 14. Januar 2014

My current skincare routine!


Hello my beautiful readers,

today I wanted to post a more beauty-related blogpost and since I love to talk about skincare I thought I would show you what I´ve been using for the last couple of weeks.

My skin is more on the oily side and the only thing I´ve been struggling with are blackheads. Which is connected to my oily skin. I like to use kind of harsh products on my skin because a lot of times when I use "gentle" products I have the feeling that they don´t really work for me.

I´ve never been that kind of girl that takes off her makeup with makeup remover wipes. I love using face cleansers that get rid of all the extra oil that´s on my skin - I always used an eye makeup remover though!! - , but as I did the Cotton-Pad-Test I realized that a face cleanser and water is not enough to take off your makeup.
So a couple of months ago I started using the Bebe Young Care makeup remover wipes for normal skin that everyone raves about on the internet - at least all the German youtubers do! - and I love them. For makeup remover wipes they´re quite thick which I love about them and they´re also very good at removing eye makeup. It does burn a little bit when you try to remove your eye makeup, but as I use very longlasting-pain-in-the-butt mascaras this is a pre-removing-phase for me ( I know I´ve been supercreative today, making up my own words xD).

After taking off my face makeup I take a cotton pad and put some of the Nivea Soft face cream (!!) on it, press it on my close eyelid until everything is gone. This tip I got from a friend of mine so I tried it and I like it a lot. I´ve tried almost every single eye makeup remover there is and I´m not happy with any of them so I thought I´d give this a shot. And it works! It does not hurt my eyes but I have to be careful that the cream does not really touch my eyes. Sometimes I add a little bit of Bioderma and this makes the eye makeup go away even faster.

Then I wash my face with the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash from The Body Shop. For superoily skin I´d always recommend face washes that feel soapy and light or foamy ones because they mattify your skin more than gel or creamy cleansers. But my skin isn´t as oily as it used to be - thanks to my Olaz Regenerist - so this creamy cleanser is great for my skin right now! The tea tree oil in it is very refreshing and this creamy consistency gives my skin the right amount of moisture I need.
On and off I use a face mask from the same skincare line which is very refreshing too and also cleans my skin deeply - and smells great if you like the scent of tea tree oil!

After that I put on my face cream for oily skin from Garnier Skin Naturals. My whole family uses this cream and we love it! It is in a gel form which is great for oily skin and it is also very light and sinks into the skin very quickly which makes it a great base for your makeup.

Under my eyes I use the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye which I got for my birthday a while ago. This is only in a sample size but I´ve been using it for months and I still have a lot of it left. It is a nice eye cream, I love that it is light but still very moisturizing. But I will probably not repurchase it when it´s empty because it is very expensive and I really want to find a cheaper alternative!

Last but not least I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Anti-Blackhead toner. You´ll probably be thinking: why the heck do you need a toner after using all this stuff?. I don´t need it and I don´t use it after my beauty routine. What I use this for is to clean my face before I put on my makeup. In the morning I only wash my face with water and put on my makeup on the washed face but when I don´t put on my makeup in the morning after washing my face, I clean my face with the toner right before putting on my makeup. This is good for sanitizing and mattifying your face because the toner contains alcohol - which is not good for dry skin because it dries it out even more!

This was  A LOT! You see I´m not a One-Word-And-A-Picture-Blogger so if you like that subscribe to my blog! And if not that´s okay too :)

Hope to talk to you next time!
Have a great day!

xoxo Lola

Sonntag, 5. Januar 2014

How to keep up with your new year´s resolutions!



Hello my lovely readers,

I know it´s been a long time since I actually posted something on here. But this year I wanted to give my blog a second chance and try to motivate myself to write a little bit more.

So today I´m here to give you tips on how to keep up with your new year´s resolutions!
When it comes to new year´s resolutions everybody gets very excited creating humongous lists of goals they would like to acheive by the end of the new year.
This feeling that you get when creating this list, feeling powerful, motivated like you could create anything is amazing, I must admit. But as the list I created this year was not my first one, I know how easily this feeling fades! Then it is being replaced by laziness followed by disappointment. So how can you change that? How can you actually tick off every resolution on your list?

First off you have to start right. Think about what you would like to do differently this year and what you would like to continue doing like you did in the past. There were quite a few times I wrote goals on my list I wasn´t a hundred percent sure I wanted to acheive. So before writing everything down make sure this is what you really WANT to do.

Don´t be too general! When writing down your goals for the new year be specific about how you want to acheive them! For example if you want to get in shape write down exactly how many times you want to work out per week.

Be realistic! Being specific with your goals helps with that a lot because if you can´t really figure out how to acheive a goal than maybe it is not acheivable for you and it should be rephrased! Set goals you can actually acheive in the following year and don´t be too hard on yourself. Ticking off something small on your list will feel much better than the disappointing feeling you will get if your goal was set way too high for you and you couldn´t acheive it.

Don´t forget your new year´s resolutions! Put your list somewhere you can see it every day. A great place to put it would be on the door of your closet or even your toillet (ha ha, but seriously, if you live alone why not? ).

Motivate yourself! Of course it´s difficult to stay motivated throughout the whole year, but when it comes to very common resolutions like staying fit, the internet is a great way to get motivation from! Watch motivational videos ( I´m posting motivational-monday videos every now and then on my youtube channel so if you speak german feel free to hop by! CLICK ). You could also subscribe to inspiring blogs or instagram accounts for that little push you need to keep you going!

Write down if you been following your goals and if not, write down why! This could help motivate you or show you how to rephrase your resolution into a manageable goal!

And last but not least - drumroll please this is my favourite part - reward yourself! Think about something you would like to do or have and make sure to allow yourself to do it when you acheived everything ( or for example 60%) on your list.

So this was it! My first and hopefully not last post in 2014! I hope you all have a wonderful, successful year.

Now get your asses up and start going after your goals! :)

xoxo the Columnist L

Note: this picture was taken by me.