ultimate orchid

because it is spring... and because i am always on the search for a lip color to pair with darker eye make-up....
my newest addition to my over-flowing make-up table is revlon, colorstay ultimate, liquid lipstick in ultimate orchid.
I love the look of it and how it is easy to handle and long-lasting.... but am not in loooooove with the way it makes my lips feel (somehow... rubbery......)

have fun


take your own advice

this morning i reeeeally had to remind myself of my own advice to get up early and go to the gym.... luckily i was wearing my gym clothes and taking them off before getting them sweaty would have been a major fail!
the sprortsbra i like to sleep in (because it is not so tight and constricting) is my new gapfit racerback bra.
sorry i only have this instagram pic to show you.... but you can find it here



new default

sometimes i need to do a fast make-up. like when i go for a pre-work run. (if you are asking yourself how anyone in their right mind can manage to hit the gym before work…. i have some tips for you)
usually i will grab my blending brush like mac's #224 and swirl on mac eyeshadow antiqued for example... and end up with some sort of natural-brownish-smoky-eye. (like here or here)
i feel like it is time for a new default….

i am soooooo happy with my new foundations! and i will be telling you about them again and again...... revlon, photoready bb cream, skin perfecter with spy 30 under bare essentials, bare minerals, original foundation broad spectrum.
for this natural-always-good quick make-up i used... all that glitters by mac as the base. grey eye shadow for the soft cat-eye line (from middle of the lid a litte past the outer corner).on the bottom lid and on the brow bone... vanilla sugar. and in the buff   on the bottom tear duct and centre of top lash line (both by bare escentuals). mascara (of course lash architect by l'oreal paris) only on the top lashes.

for my brows i have been using dark brown eye shadow with an angled brow brush. must have them threaded.....

for the this subtle summer-glow i use the frosted pink color from the benefit,10, bronzing and highlighting face powder duo on the apples of my cheeks and mac mineralize skinfinish, soft and gentle on along the cheekbones (and sometimes above the arch of my brow)
i have been doing this type of look aloooot lately. first i felt a bit naked... because it is a lot less color than what i usually do. but it is good to switch it up from time to time and i have been getting a lot of good feedback.
have you tried a new default look lately?


the early bird.... get's the bikini-bod

this morning was one of those magical days that i got up extra early to go for a run before work...
 i already told you about how i enjoy seeing the empty streets of downtown manhattan, early in the morning. but if you are thinking "yeah that's nice but i can't even make it that far....." i will share my little tricks with you to help you, to also turn into a pre-work-work-out-er.

when people (including my jogger-mom) used to tell me about how great it is and energizing and bla bla bla....iI kind of wanted to punch them. well not my mom! i never want to punch my mom. she's totally cool. but i am saying, if you are rolling your eyes at me, for this post..... i get it.

the very best tip i can give you, to get up (in my case) an hour earlier is... sleep in your gym clothes. even just the pants or your sports bra (if you don't find it toooo uncomfortable). so you won't lie in bed thinking "oh no.... i don't want to leave these warm sheets.... and pull on those tight clothes...... i don't know where my sports bra is anyway.... well... i have the pink one but i don't like that one..... and i wore the shirt that goes with it yesterday......." i have been in this situation. can u tell? and if you think about it, your gym clothes are not thaaaat different from your jammies. (correct me if I'm wrong) unless of course you sleep in the nude.... which is totally cool too. then you at least don't have to take your pajamas off....

anyway, it might seem weird to you, but just give it a try. and put your shoes and socks(!) (i always end up looking for my running socks...) next to the bed. theeeen you'll lie in bed thinking "just have to slip my shoes on and go!"
another help to actually get out of bed (which, i think we'll all agree on, is the biggest obstacle) is your alarm clock. the ringtone, to be more exact. if (like me) your playlist is an important part of your workout make one of the songs your alarm clock ringer. (i do it on my iphone. it's suuuper easy.) my current ultimate workout song is work bitch by britney. no matter how tired you are, if britney tells you to work... you work!

britney: "you want a hot body? you better work bitch"
you: "ok. britney, i m getting up."

this last tip is for everyone who (like me… unfortunately) has the habit of checking e-mails… instagram... facebook... and all that other super-social stuff before getting up….. put your phone on airplane mode before you go to sleep. this way it will also be easyer to roll out of bed and straight to the treadmill.... weights... morning yoga class... or whatever goodness you want to do for your body that morning. and you can't get cought up with liking… commenting…. or posting. you can let the social-media-world know all about your success after you wiped those sweat pearls from your forhead. 

all that's left is drinking a glass of water (i add a shot of apple cider vinegar) (let me know if you want to learn more about why.) head phones on and i am out the door.

if you head out suuuuuper early you might even have the treadmills to yourself…

i would love to hear if these tips help you at all. or if you have any other questions.
and of course, please share if you have your own little tricks to get your early work out on.


copper plum

then i started this make-up i didn't quite know what i wanted to do…. i just knew that i wanted to use a different color for the bottom lid....

eyes: i used bare essentials, bare minerals in passionate plum as the main color on my top lid. along the lashes and in the crease i also painted a matt grey. for the bottom lid i chose a shimmery-copper look. i achieved that with mac's coppering and then a dusting with bare minerals loose powder in the buff.

lips: revlon, kissable balm stain, rendezvous

are you ever stuck with your make-up or clothes and can't think of a new look?
i'm blaming it on this stupid long winter (here in new york), that seems to finally be over now. wohoooooo! so have fun!