Monthly Archives: September 2012

Models Own 50% Off Sale!

Since Models Own reached their goal of 100,000 likes on their Facebook page the 50% off sale has begun.  However, it ends October 2nd and some restrictions apply so click here for full details and then head over to Models Own to place your order as soon as possible.  By the way, they do ship internationally for an additional fee.

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Maybelline: Falsche Wimpern Feder-Look Volum’ Express Mascara

For those of you who were wondering that translates to “False Lash Feather Look Volume Express Mascara.”  This is a product available in Germany but it is the equivalent of the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara that is available in the US and Canada.  For the some reason Maybelline felt the need to change the name and packaging.  However, the actual mascara and the new flexible brush in both sound as though they are identical from the product descriptions.

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Maybelline New York Jade

Product Name:  Maybelline Jade Falsche Wimpern Feder-Look Volum’ Express Mascara

Type: Washable (also available in waterproof)

Color:  Glam Brown (other colors available)

Brush:  Good

Formula:  Good

Amount of Product:  9.6 mL

Price:  €12,95 Germany, $5.94 – $7.49 USD

Availability:  I purchased mine at my local DM Drogerie but I know that Müller also has this available.  Edeka and Real stores also carry Maybelline products here in Germany.  As I mentioned at the beginning of my post this is the same product as the Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara in the US and Canada.  It can be found in the US at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS.  In Canada I think you would be able to find this at Shoppers, Walmart, and Loblaws since they all carry Maybelline products.  Unfortunately this particular mascara doesn’t appear to be available in the UK (I checked the Maybelline UK site as well as the Boots site), but please correct me if I’m wrong.

What I liked:  The brush is nice and I quite prefer it to the rubber one that was in my old CG Lash Blast mascara that this replaced (you would all be horrified to know how old that sucker was before I tossed it and replaced it).  This brush allowed me to get more separation which resulted, in my opinion, a much more natural look.  Sorry but I am not a fan of tarantula lashes ladies.  I’m sure that if you like that kind of thing, that you could certainly build this up using multiple coats to achieve that look.  I also liked the fact that although this stayed on and didn’t smudge that it was still easy to remove.

What I didn’t like:  My one complaint is that I experienced a bit of clumping.  Perhaps that can just be chalked up to the fact that I rarely use mascara and I’m probably just rubbish at applying it.

My two cents:  So far I’m loving this mascara to be honest, even in spite of the little bit of clumping I experienced.  I had previously tried three other mascaras in the past and didn’t care for any of them with the exception of my ancient CG Lash Blast and this is infinitely better.  The bristles on this brush are just amazing, although I don’t know how I feel about the allegedly flexible wand.  I mean I get the idea behind it, but I’ve not noticed any benefit to it personally but then again I don’t think it’s really all the flexible.  Maybe I got a defective one?  One other thing that I feel is worth mentioning is the fact that after wearing this for most of the day, I did experience a little flaking.  Nothing that I would consider a major problem or that would cause me to discontinue use or not repurchase in all honesty though.

Tips:  Hmm…be careful and try not to poke yourself in the eye during application.

I apologize ahead of time, but I am feeling the need to gripe about the fact that Maybelline has yet again changed a product’s name and packaging for the European market.  I first noticed that they did this when the Color Tattoo Eyeshadows were released here.  Perhaps it seems like a silly little detail to some but I personally find it annoying and totally unnecessary.  After living in three different countries now and slowly traveling my way around Europe, I rather like a little continuity in the beauty department, at least where global brands like Maybelline are concerned.

So glad I got that out of my system!  Anyhow, I am sorry for my little nail polish hiatus recently.  I’ve not been painting my nails in order to give them a bit of a break, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of an order I placed for a few items from Feel Unique, among them Nails Inc. Sweets Way from their Special Effects Sprinkles collection.  If it doesn’t arrive today, I can assure you that Feel Unique will be receiving an e-mail from yours truly.

In other news, the Captain and I will be heading down to Munich again this weekend, but this time for Oktoberfest.  We’re quite looking forward to Oktoberfest and so long as the weather cooperates, a little bicycle action as well.  So keep an eye for that next week.  In the meantime be sure to check out my Catrice Cosmetics giveaway.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Kiko Haul

Back in February I embarked on a trip to Verona Italy and while I was there I discovered first hand the joy of Kiko Milano cosmetics.  Kiko Milano is an affordable Italian cosmetics company with stores all over Europe. Their stores are super sleek and modern looking and not only do they have ton of products on display, but there is also a tester for each and every product included in the display as well for your swatching enjoyment.  I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not a myth.  I really wish I could have just snuck a picture of two to share with you.  Anyhow, I had no clue that there was a Kiko store in Nürnberg until one of my lovely friends informed me that one did exist.  For those of you who don’t know, I live in a tiny little village in Germany and although it is right outside of a larger city, well that city isn’t so big and does not exactly offer a whole lot in terms of shopping.  So naturally being the nearest larger city, Nürnberg is my go to shopping destination.  Since the Captain and I were going to be passing by on our way to München on Friday I figured it wouldn’t be too much trouble to stop by the Kiko store there.  München also has a few Kiko stores but they were a bit out of the way for us since none of them are close to the city center for some reason.

Once we arrived at the mall where the Kiko store was located no time was wasted and we just asked where the store was (there were only thirty minutes on the parking meter for one, and secondly I like a challenge).  As soon as I got in the store I got down to business and started checking out the new products and swatching like a mad woman, my hands seriously looked like an artsy pre-schooler had been let loose on them.  Next I made a mad dash for a shopping basket and whipped out my phone to retrieve Mayti’s wish list.  Well doesn’t it figure I couldn’t access it because it was too far back in the history of our Facebook Messenger conversation from the night before.  It wasn’t just me either, because my Tech Support was with me (i.e. Captain Canada) and he couldn’t even get it to go back further in the archive.  Initially I wasn’t too flustered though because I knew the color names of the products she wanted.  As soon as I began checking the packaging for the color names I was began to panic because they were nowhere to be found as they only had the color numbers on the packaging.  Which, for the record is absolutely ridiculous especially considering the fact that both the color names and numbers are listed on their website.  Thanks for nothing on that front Kiko!  Once I had collected myself and my emotions, I got back to work since amazingly I had some recollection of some of the color numbers astonishingly, and the sales girl was kind enough to offer her help as well.  Once I had Mayti’s things stowed away in my basket then I made my final decisions at the urging of the Time Police Officer that had accompanied me, and high tailed it over to the check out and back to the car just in the nick of time.

For those inquiring minds who are wondering how good my memory was, well it turns out I got two out of the four things Mayti requested right.  Not too shabby if I do say so myself.  No matter though because I’ll be heading back down south in another week and a half so I can pick up the correct lipstick shade and eyeliner she wanted then.  Overall, I am pretty happy with I picked up for myself. For one they do make a good product and secondly you really can’t beat the price as far as I’m concerned.  Thirdly, I feel this is worth mentioning, Kiko stores offer their customers a great shopping experience as well, which I think is priceless.  If you’re interested in checking out the range click Kiko Makeup Milano and then select your country of origin, otherwise, you may have to take a shot in the dark or use Google Translate.  Also, I was unable to find out if they will ship to countries outside of Europe or the UK, sorry ladies.  If you could let me know if you’ve tried out Kiko products and what you think of them or if you have any recommendations by commenting down below, that would be greatly appreciated.

Mayti’s Goodies:

  • Nail Lacquer – 358 Peach Rose
  • Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 – 819 Pearly Lavender (She wanted 816 Pearly Hot Pink)
  • Colour Kajal – 101 White & 112 Green Grass (although she wanted 111 Apple Green)

My Goodies:

  • Eyeshadow – 167 White
  • Ultra Glossy Sylo SPF 15 – 820 Heavenly
  • Colour Kajal – 101 White

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As I mentioned above I will be stopping back in Kiko on my next trip down to München to get Mayti’s correct items and to pick up a few more things for myself as well.  I’m thinking maybe another lip product as well as some more of their shadows.  They had some that looked like they could have been dupes for MAC’s Mineralize Eye Shadows and the Water Eye Shadows also looked super pigmented and beautiful as well.  Once I put everything to the test I will post reviews and swatches of everything but I will say this, I am loving the Heavenly Ultra Glossy Stylo so far.  I almost forgot to mention the new bag I picked up the same day from the Puma Headquarters Outlet, which I am totally loving.  Not only is it roomy, it’s the right size to fit all of my stuff as well as the Captains, but it’s my favorite color…GREEN.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

 

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Munich By Bike & Starnberger See Sunbathing

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This past weekend the Captain and I headed down to Munich to spend the weekend catching up with a good friend of ours.  Since the weather was going to be beautiful we decided  to bring our bikes along.  For one, getting around by bicycle is much more effective, not to mention easier on me and my finicky feet than walking.  Secondly, it’s a whole lot more pleasant than taking the underground, buses and trams.

After the long drive there on Friday, which was inevitably made longer due to my little stop at the Kiko Milano store in Nuremberg, and much deliberation on what to do for dinner, we decided to hop on our bikes and head to one of the beer gardens located in the English Garden.  For those of you unfamiliar with Munich, the English Garden is essentially the cities equivalent to Central Park.  The English Garden is a 417 hectare beautiful expanse of landscape garden which contains woodlands, meadows, and ponds, criss crossed by streams as well as pedestrian and bicycle friendly pathways located along side the River Isar.  Not only is the English Garden larger than Central Park and Hyde Park in London, but it holds the title of being the first public garden on the continent.

We decided to grab some dinner at the Seehaus Biergarten which is located on the Kleinhesseloher See which is the parks largest pond, there are also three other additional restaurants in the park.  By the time we left on our bikes the sun was quickly setting and it had cooled off quite a bit.  After our dinner of roasted chicken, leberkäse, pretzels, potato salad and of course beer for the gentlemen, the beer garden was closing so it was time to head back to the apartment.  It was pretty dark and doesn’t it figure that we had forgotten to pack my bike lights.  Did I ever mention that my night vision is horrible by the way?  So that made for an interesting ride back along the pathways and roads in the English Garden that were strewn with numerous phferd apfel (horse apples), which I’m sure you can guess is just a nice way of saying horse poop.

After a good nights sleep we planned our days bike ride over a hearty breakfast of buns, croissants, cheese, sliced meats, and of course Stefan and my favorite, Nutella.  Once we gathered all of our things and slathered on sunscreen we hopped on our bikes and made our way wast through Schwabing toward the English Garden.  Once inside the English Garden we were shaded by abundant trees as we rode along the pathways.  It is said that Munich is perhaps the most bicycle friendly city and I can certainly attest to that fact.  We made a short stop at the Chinese Tower Beer Garden since I had never seen it before in spite of traveling to Munich numerous times.  This particular beer garden is among the largest in Bavaria and seats up to 7,000.  It also boasts the beer gardens namesake, a rather impressive beautiful 25 meter Chinese Tower with five levels which typically houses a large brass band.  The next stop explained why we frequently saw people around the city, some wet suit clad, carting around surf boards on foot or on their bicycles during the warmer months.  The “wave,” is a manmade wave in one of the English Gardens waterways where locals come to surf and tourists gather to watch what might just be the most unconventional activities that Munich has to offer.

Upon leaving the English Garden we headed south along the west bank of the Isar River.  All along the banks of the river where it was more shallow, there were masses of sunbathers and people wading around in the cool water.  Many of whom were sans clothing.  Never in my life have I seen so much orange leathery unclothed skin.  After a few more kilometers we crossed over to the east bank of the Isar to stop for a short break and to dip our feet in the river.  Then it was back on the bikes, this time heading north along the east bank to the Flaucherbiergarten for a well needed lunch break of meat salad, potato salad, pretzels and radlers for the boys.  Once bathroom breaks were had it was time to start heading back to the Schwabing.  It turns out that the path along the east bank isn’t quite as wide and or bicycle friendly.  Not to mention the fact that at least during the time we were riding on it, it was also frequented by some rather unintelligent rude people.  So naturally this resulted in a slightly less enjoyable and much more stressful ride home.

To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to the sites after lunch as I was quite exhausted and a bit sore.  I was simply focused on getting myself back to the apartment before my foot gave out on me.  Somewhere back in the English Garden we made an emergency stop for my sake as I was beginning to run out of steam and was uncertain if I could in fact make it back under my own power.  However, after a rest and some motivational coaxing from the guys I got back on my bike with as much determination as I could muster and arrived back at the apartment a short time after a particularly stupid pedestrian altercation.

I can definitely say I was beat, but happy with myself for finishing the nearly fourteen mile ride and blowing away my previous record.  I along with Captain Canada felt particularly happy and proud because it was just over a month ago that I was still having difficulty walking and was pretty much restricted to the house.  So all in all, I don’t think that’s too bad considering that I also had only ridden my bike three times previously this summer very short distances.  Yay me!

After crashing on the couch with my new heating pad (I ended up putting two of them out of their misery last week) we all got ready to head to dinner at one our favorite places to eat, Takumi, which is a Japanese ramen restaurant.  I had the miso ramen this time and it was delicious, as were the Gyoza which are one of my all time favorite things to eat.  After gorging on ramen it was time to head to a birthday party.  The party is a bit of a blur if I’m honest, not because I had been drinking (I rarely if ever have a drink) but because I was so completely exhausted.  In fact I could hardly keep my eyes open the whole time we were there.  So needless to say, I was quite relieved when we said our goodbyes and headed back to the apartment were I promptly brushed, flossed, washed my face and passed out.

The next morning, actually it was probably closer to lunch time, I made a big breakfast of eggs and bacon with buns and croissants from the local bakery for the three of us.  During breakfast and for a good hour after there was the usual debate over what to do.  For some reason the three of us have a difficult time deciding what to do when we’re together without fail.  Finally it was decided to head to the Starnberger See just outside of the city, for some sun and swimming.  Well the guys got to go swimming, I only got to enjoy the sun since someone forgot to pack my bathing suit along with theirs.  Once again I was treated to, more like tortured by, the site of locals in various states of undress.  I guess I just don’t understand why Germans don’t just wear their swimsuits if they know they are going to the beach rather than change right there in front of EVERYONE.  I was eternally grateful to those who were at least kind enough to practice the “towel change” method.  After the Captain and Stefan had a good swim and sunned themselves dry it was time to hunt something down for dinner before heading back to the city to pack up and head home.

We had a great weekend catching up with our dear friend.  It was really nice that we were able to bring our bikes along which in turn allowed us to see some sights we wouldn’t have come across otherwise.  All in all it was quite possibly the best time I’ve had all summer and I couldn’t be more thankful for each and every minute of it.  Thanks again to Stefan for having us!

In case you were wondering what was up next for the Captain and I, we will be returning to Munich in about two more weeks for Oktoberfest.  Don’t worry, our lederhosen are all in order, Captain Canada’s had to have a few buttons sewn on after last years festivities, and plans are in the works to meet up with some friends while we’re there since our usual partner in crime can’t make it this year unfortunately.  So you can count on something ridiculous and no doubt annoying or embarrassing happening to me as it always does (last year I was manhandled by a drunk Irish man).  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Heading To My Favorite City…

Captain Canada and I are heading down to Munich to spend the weekend with a good friend of ours in the morning and I can’t wait.  Not only do we get to catch up with Stefan, ride our bikes in the English Garden, eat lots of yummy food, including some of my favorites (Gyoza, Ramen & Udon), but I will get a chance to visit my beloved M.A.C. store as well as Kiko.  If you’ve not heard of Kiko they are an Italian cosmetics company that I discovered while on a trip to Verona, Italy back in February.  Their stores are really cool and they have great affordable cosmetics.

Anyhoo, I might try to do a little blogging on the fly and post some pics maybe.  If not I will definitely be posting about the trip once we’re home.  So keep an eye out for that.  Also, since no post is complete without a little picture action I thought it would only be right to include some cuddly bullie cuteness for your viewing pleasure.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.