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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