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Make-Up Look | Tarte Be Your Own Tarteist Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Those of you who saw my USA beauty haul video from the other day know that I’m very excited to finally have a Tarte product in my make-up collection, so I of course had to go ahead and create a look with it. Check it out!

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I decided to go for a subtle smokey eye look in pale gold and dark eggplant purple with Out Of This Pearl on the eyelid, Dreams Plum True in the outer eye corner, Thistle Be The Day in the crease and Paint The Brown against my lower lash line.

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✿ left row top to bottom: Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True ✿
✿ middle: Talented ✿
✿ right row top to bottom: Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day, Paint The Brown ✿

I completed the eye look with an extra touch of purple in the form of the Wet ‘n Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner in Electric Purple, a purple liquid liner that was also part of the haul.

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✿ Wet ‘n Wild Electric Purple ✿

And on my cheeks is of course Talented, the blush from the Tarte Be Your Own Tarteist Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette.

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✿ MAC Be Fabulous ✿

And finally on my lips I’m wearing the MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Be Fabulous.

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What do you think of the look? Do you own any Tarte make-up?

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Best Of | Winter Skincare Favorites

Winter always starts a little early here in Switzerland, which is why today I’m sharing some of my biggest winter skincare favorites with you. Take a look!

Face: Eucerin Hyal-Urea Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream

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I only started using the Eucerin Hyal-Urea Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream a few weeks ago, so the fact that it has already secured a spot on my best of list is quite impressive. I just love how moisturizing and soothing the formula is without feeling too heavy or greasy. Icy winter winds and sub-zero temperatures ain’t got nothing on this moisturizer!

Availability: 19.60 EUR at Apotheek Online.

Body: La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+

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My husband and I are both huge fans of the La Roche Posay Lipikar formula and with winter around the corner we decided to switch from the Lait to the Baume AP+. The smooth balm texture of the Baume is richer and thicker than that of the milk and does an even better job moisturizing and keeping dry, itchy skin feeling soothed and comfortable.

Availability: 19.98 EUR at Apotheek Online.

Hands: Estée Lauder New Dimension Smooth + Tone Creme-Glove

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In my initial review on the Estée Lauder New Dimension Smooth + Tone Creme-Glove I said that a 52 CHF hand cream was too expensive to qualify as rebuy material, but then I ended up repurchasing it anyway. What can I say, I just fell in love with the magic of the formula. My hands are very dry, especially in winter, so if a 52 CHF hand cream is what it takes to keep ‘em soft and comfortable then I guess I’m okay with that.

Availability: 52 CHF at all Estée Lauder counters and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Lips: Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm

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I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but the balm from the Clinique Sweet Pots duo is simply THE best lip balm I’ve ever tried. No other formula keeps my lips as well hydrated and comfortable as the Clinique Sweet Pots Lip Balm does, it’s just that good.

Availability: 29 CHF at all Clinique counters and in the Clinique online store.

Feet: O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream

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I first tried the O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream last summer and let’s just say it totally blew me off my feet (pun intended). My heels and toes are very prone to calluses, but when I put the O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream on my paws before bed I wake up the next day with insanely soft feet. I used to have to remove calluses from my feet almost weekly, but now that I use the O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream every night before bed I barely have to do it anymore, win!

Availability: 6.49 USD at iHerb.

Does your skin get dry/drier in winter? What are some of your winter skincare favorites?

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Video | USA Beauty Haul (And Some Other Fun Stuff!)

One of the awesomestestest people on the planet recently helped me get my paws on some great beauty goodies from the grand US of A again (along with some other wonderful surprises) so that means it’s time for a haul video! Warning: lots of excitement coming your way!

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD

Skincare: 00:57″
Make-up: 02:04″
Yankee Candle: 07:55″
Alex + Ani: 08:36″
Lovers Are Lunatics: 09:13″

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✿ God bless America! (and its awesome beauty brands) ✿

See anything you like? Have you tried any of the products/items that I got?

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New in | Gold & Rose Gold Michael Kors Watch

When you love arm candy, have a soft spot for gold and rose gold accessories and feel naked without a watch you just know that all resistance is futile when you spot a beauty like this:

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How on earth is a girl supposed to ignore a watch like this? Let me answer that for you: she isn’t. She just gets that baby on her wrist asap, simple as that. I ordered the Michael Kors Runway Slim II MK3493 watch (199 EUR) back in October and I basically haven’t taken it off since I got my hands on it my arm in it.

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And can you blame me? I mean, what a stunner, right? Because I have thin wrists I usually wear more delicate watches, but when I spotted this watch I just thought what the heck, let’s go a bit bigger and bolder. And I’m glad I did, because I think that despite the 42 mm diameter of the dial the watch still looks elegant and not at all clunky. And it doesn’t feel too heavy either. Sure, compared to a small thin watch with a leather wrist band the Michael Kors Runway Slim II watch feels noticeably heavier, but despite the extra weight it sits well on my wrist and is very comfortable to wear. And thanks to the custom-made wrist band there’s no annoying shifting or flopping around.

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And of course I absolutely love love LOVE the combination of the gold case, the rose gold dial and the gold and pink wrist band. Makes my rose gold-loving heart skip a beat!

Are you a fan of rose gold? What do you think of my new Michael Kors watch?

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Christmas Countdown with Rituals, Clinique and Estée Lauder

Advent calendar articles on beauty blogs are like The Walking Dead/Game Of Thrones articles on The Daily Mail for me: they’re full of annoying spoilers and I always scroll right past them. What can I say, I love surprises and nothing ruins a good surprise like an unwanted spoiler. I just don’t see the point in already knowing in advance what is hidden behind each door, you know? For me the best part of having an advent calendar is the anticipation of opening a new door every day and the excitement of getting 24 tiny surprises. And that is why, just like last year, I’ll be revealing the contents of my advent calendars one by one every day for 24 days, starting tomorrow on December 1.

Rituals ‘The Ritual of Advent’ Calendar 2016

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’24 days of Clinique’ Advent Calendar 2016

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Estée Lauder Advent Calendar 2016

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Every day I will open a new door of my Rituals (69 CHF), Clinique (89 CHF) and Estée Lauder (280 CHF) advent calendars and post the contents on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so make sure to follow me there if you want to find out what beauty treats the three brands have hidden away this year. All three calendars contain hundreds of Swiss francs worth of products, so I’m sure it’s going to be one hell of a countdown and I cannot wait to begin!

Did you get an advent calendar this year? Do you check the contents of advent calendars in advance or do prefer to be surprised?

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