[Event Review] DM Marken Camp Beauty in Dusseldorf

Good evening everyone,

as promised yesterday, I wanted to tell you about the DM Marken Camp Beauty which was held in Dusseldorf on the 13th of September.

I can tell you that I was pretty excited about this. I applied and was picked and invited to the event. Even though I had to pay for the trip myself, it was totally worth it. For me it was the perfect opportunity for a small weekend trip to Dusseldorf, which I always wanted to visit. Thanks to my sister in law I had a place to stay for free, so the only thing I had to pay was the flight.

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flight to Dusseldorf

The event was on a Saturday, so I took Friday off from work and went to Dusseldorf in the morning. I met with my brother, sister in law and my niece and we spend some nice time in the city. In the evening I met a friend of mine which I haven’t seen in 2 years.

On Saturday I went to the event, which was simply overwhelming. There were so many Bloggers and YouTubers. I couldn’t believ it^^
Even though the event started around 10 am and ended at 7 pm, there was not enough time to talk to everyone, which I felt a bit sad about. I love those events for networking and getting to know new people.

 

I got to Meliá Hotel at around 10 am and was welcomed with a nice refreshment drink and breakfast buffet with fresh coffee. After a short time of being alone I met Jule (Julchens Traumewelt) and Inga (NostalgiaQueen). Inga even had a small present for me! She bought me a few Sally Hansen polishes while she was in London. She is so sweet and I still am very happy and thankful about that!

Look what she had for me

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  • Sally Hansen Magnetic – 908 graphite gravity
  • Sally Hansen Magnetic – 912 cosmic blue
  • Sally Hansen Sugar Coat – 400 sweetie
  • Catrice – LE arts collection – C03 bronze-deco
  • small grey polish from the styleranking fashionbloggercafe_shoe edition
  • Catrice – LE rocking royals C01 of royal blood (velvet nail powder)

The event itself started with a talk about the sessions which the girls who prepared, introduced to us.

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Everyone got a badge with their name and some information materials.

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The day was packed with sessions which were partially held by the other girls or employees from the DM Team.

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There was also a session held by two lawyers who taught us a lot of interesting and important things regarding blogging.

My first session was held by Malte and was about SEO. Something I didn’t know s*** about :D

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I also visited AnnKristin0’s session for nail art and one about taking good pictures. To be honest though, I didn’t really understood much of it haha

There were also different rooms for the DM brands. One was for their brand Alverde, another for Dontodent, p2 and the last for Ebelin and Balea.

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We got to see new products and try them out. Some things we were allowed to take home with us.

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The Dontodent room also had a Barkeeper who reminded me of my friend Dominic….so that’s how I called him all day haha
He mixed drink made of tea, tapioca’s and for example ginger foam. YUM!

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Ebelin / Balea

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In the Ebelin / Balea room we even had the chance to get our hair done and a professional Make-up.

get yo hair did gurl

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around 12 o’clock it was time for lunch!

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In the p2 room I was talking to Arndt about their nail polishes, telling him that I already have been to 5 different DM stores to get the new leather matte effect polishes, but the two colors I desperately wanted were sold out EVERYWHERE!

I offered him to give him the money so I could take them from the shelf, but he said it’s okay and gave them to me.
Thank you again Arndt, that was so lovely of you.

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left: 070 insider’s diary
right: 080 thrilling style

At the end of the day we had a small discussion again about the things we liked and didn’t like. To be honest, the only negative things that was mentioned was that there were not enough electricity plug for that many social media girls haha

For me it was not much of a big deal, because I always carry my emergency easyacc haha

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In the end, each of us got a goodie bag to take home to. Here are the things I got in the several rooms and my goodie bag.

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A few Balea Men products, which I took for my younger brother Keno. I hope he will enjoy trying these. :)

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A few Alverde products, from hair mist, over eye-shadow to conditioner and soap.

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pocket sized Ebelin nail files

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a pocket mirror and plug

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as well as a hair brush / teaser

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Dontodent toothbrush, mouthspray and gum

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Balea bath bombs in a strong chocolate scent and Balea Shower gel

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p2 nail wax, lip primer and lip color

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and last but not least Princes glitter soap for my niece

Sunday morning it was time for me to go home.

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I really had a good time in Dusseldorf and was really happy to meet at least some of you and get to talk a bit.

I am really looking forward to the next event :)

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

Mara’s little helpers

Hello everyone,

welcome to another one of my Tips & Tricks posts.

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Today I would like to fill you in on my littler nail related helpers.

I guess the ground essentials are the same for all of us. A nail file, some cotton pads/balls and nail polish remover.
But which ones are used? Which other tips and tricks do I have for you?

Well, keep on reading and you will find out :)

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First of all, there is a big difference between metal files, bendy nail files (the green one) and glass files.
I think they are all good, but I use them for different purposes.
The metal file for example is used to file my toe nails. These are usually much stronger than my finger nails. I also have problems with the nails going into my skin, so it is important for me to lift them up sometimes and file the corners so nothing hurts. The metal file is perfect for that. Besides that it is of course perfect to clean under your nail, doesn’t matter if toe nails or finger nails.
I also use it to clean up excess nail polish if I painted past the nails.
The green file is for soft/weak nails, so I use that one to file my finger nails. I mostly don’t use a base coat before paining my nails. I don’t know, when I use a base coat it is more difficult to apply the nail color evenly. So I end up not using a base coat UNLESS I have to, because I am using a polish I know will leave stains and discolor my nail.
IF that happens, because I am trying a color for the first time, the green file is great for gently file off the discolored top of my nails.
I also own a glass file from Ciaté, the first glass file I used so far.
I must say I really like it, but sometimes it files too much off. So my favorite file is still the green one my p2.

Having this said, there are some other tools I use to make nails arts more easy.

Tooth picks are also great to clean up if you applied polish past your nail.
A two-sided dotting tool, to create polka dot nails, color a larger design, add eyes or pupils to a character and so on and so forth
A tweezer, to pick up small nail art objects (characters, stickers, pearls, shiny stones) and place them on your nail art.
Cuticle gel/creme and an oil in cuticle skin pusher pen to take care of your cuticle.
A nail polish correcting pen. So much more easy to clean off any excess polish.
And also a nail art brush to apply glitter or what not AND last but not least, funnels to fill back in all the pearls and glitter.

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A skin clipper to cut off excess cuticle skin that you pushed back before.

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A hand peeling. Mine is by p2 and I really, really love this!!!
I am so mad at p2 for distributing this! Mine won’t last forever and I was really satisfied with this.
I hope I can find something similar to it.

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My favorite hand-creme.

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Pink cotton gloves to put on after applying loads of creme or a hand mask. Makes your hands so much smoother :)
Preferably used after a hand peeling.
Also toe seperaters for pedicure and make-up sponges for gradient nail art design (I did not try this though)

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Nail care. I recently bought these two bottles. Cuticle care gel and Nail food (hihi) for weak nails.
Be careful though with the cuticle gel, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES after putting this on!

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Nail polish remover (either the acetone free one from Ebeline or the one from Rossmann), cotton pads and aluminium foil.

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Express dry drops, helps drying you polish much faster. I must say though, for me it leaves bubbles in my polish, I don’t know why. But that’s why I don’t use this particular one often.
I prefer Ciaté’s speed coat pro (NT014), which is a fast dry top coat.

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A black nail art pen, you never know when you will need this puppy :)

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Don’t laugh, but circle stickers/markers and clear tape.
This helps to create and easy french nail or other nail art designs.

Besides that I have cut my own nail art brushes from normal thin art brushes.
Who needs expensive nail stripers if you can cut your own?

Let me know if this was helpful and if you have any other questions on what I use or if YOU have tips and tricks to share with me.

I am interested to hear your feedback!

Mara

☆『マラ』☆