can’t go wrong

with this look you just can’t go wrong...... a subtle gold shimmering eye and classic red lipstick.

eyes: into the buff by bare escentuals  is my go-to natural-gold shimmer. i used it as the first layer on my eye lids. true gold on the other hand, is veeery gold and veeerry sparkly. it is perfect for adding that extra sparkle and sculpting of the eyelids, by placing it on the centre of the movable lid and the tear duct. for a more intense look i rimmed my eyes along the lashes with a mat dark-brown eyeshadow, and between the lashes and the waterlines i drew black eye liner before finishing up with mascara. 

lips: the lipstick i used was ara red #999 by dior cosmetics, after carefully lining my lips with a red lipliner.

blush: i used my bright red mac blush, frankly scarlet.

have fun


graphic sky

even though you rarely see the sun (through the haze and smog) here in shanghai... (something i knew i was going to miss. (but i am spoiled after living in colorado which has theeeee mossssst beautiful sky / sunsets)) a look towards the sky is still worth it.

august 2014, shanghai, china, all photos by me



the day of this make-up i was rockin' #mycalvins (not quiiiiite pulling it off as good as marky.....) anyway, to counter balance the sports bra, i did a more feminine cat-eye-thaaang.

eyes: for the base i used one of my faves, that i haven’t used in a while because it was a special edition eyeshadow by mac, named performing art. it is just the perfect soft shimmery light grey. because (on my eyes) i don’t like doing a stronger eyeliner without sculpting the eyelid (at least a bit) i places light pink on the centre of the movable lid and on the brow bone. i also used this color to subtly highlight the bottom lid. the cat-eye line i created by pulling plumage (also mac) along the upper lashes with a short bristled brush (like this one). then i defined the outer swoosh with a short line of black liquid eyeliner, starting only from the very outer edge of my upper lid and ending in a sharp point. 

for the rest of my face (foundation, blush, brows and lips) i did this. because if you find something that works... work it!

by the way... this look is totally under the influence of my new muse that i have yet to tell you all about.


i'm baaaaack!

i’m back! sorry for the long break... but along with just discovering this new home of mine and diving into everything the chines culture / medicine has to offer..... fire-cup-sucktion-thing and all (hence the bruising on my back), it also included challenges like 4 hour sessions at various banks… finding a new yoga mat and generally being lost-in-translation...... i have also had trouble with the whole blogging-in-china thing. but, ain’t nothing i can’t handle... just took me a little while. 

anyway, i am glad to back! with soooo much material!

my friend took this picture of me during our long weekend in suzhou. (which basically made me fall in love with china. of course i took a million pictures that i can't wait to share with you!


hello there... shanghai

here are the pics from my first days in shanghai. but i can already tell that there will be maaany more...... (you can also check out my instagram... for the little snap-shots)

have fun... whatever side of the world you are on.


new version.....

my summer make-up has still been very more or less simple and usually with focus on the lips. i have been doing versions of this

even though i just changed two small thing it gave me a completely different look. 
this time i used a frosted pink eyeshadow color on the crease over mac, paints in stilife and lipstick in media (with my vino lip pencil).

have fun


bye bye comfort-zone

yesterday i moved to shanghai.... china. (that's the reason for the lack of posts lately.... sooooorry. but moving your life to the other side of the world is raaaather time intensive,)

i wrote the following text one beautiful morning, a couple of weeks ago......

this morning i had that moment… that moment when you realize you found something and you have to let it go. and you have to find something new all over again(don't worry i am not getting all lovy-dovy on you….) i am talking about myself. i feel like i found myself… my new-york-self. i always knew i belonged here. (i hate saying that because it sounds so cliché but that's how it is….. shoot me.) of course, it took me my new-york-self some time to get born. to be comfortable in the city... with my friends..... and myself. i realized a couple of weeks ago that i am… comfortable. comfort is a luxury (sorry for being all poetic and shit… just writing down hat is poping up in my head. (a rare moment... that i can even hold to my thoughts long enough... to  realize them and let them out. and i veeery rarely share them.) anyway, now i am leaving my comfort zone (i am know to push people outside of theeeeir comfort zone) i believe in it and now it is my turn.... to leave my new york and find myself some where else. i am looking forward to who i will become.

what ever time or comfort zone you are in..... have fun!