HAULy friday – 21 – random things

Hello everyone,

days like today really push me to the limit.
We planned to buy wallpaper, white paint and our whole new kitchen, including cutting the workspace wood and the “hole“ for the sink….
We also wanted to start renovating our new apartment.
I tell you things went wrooong.
The paper turned out pretty shitty, meaning it is too thin, because of that it is impossible to cut it with a cutter knife without ripping it. We ended up deciding we will only paint the walls and bring back the wallpaper and glue stuff to the shop.
Also we bought three huge work space woods /counters. All needed yo be shortened which worked, but one needed the hole for the sink even though we brought the sink to the guy at the shop, he cut it too big!!!! He did not apologize, he even blamed me because I put too much pressure on him saying I needed the counter cut today not tomorrow or monday. Bitch what?!
Anyway, I am super tired now and not really able to make a huge HAULy friday pist, so I just want to show you some products I bought a while back, but which I love.

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shampoo and conditioner from Balea. I do not like this. I don’t know why so many people wrote good reviews about it, but it just doesn’t work for me.

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shaving from from Balea. Very nice and good smelling. I just love it.

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honey mania body scrub from The body shop.
In general I love the scrubs from them. I recent also bought one from Rituals, which I love even more and one from Balea which I still have to try.

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My japanese BB cream. Great in every aspect. Best BB cream I have tried so far.

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a little exception, I got this as a present from my best friend and I loooove it so much. Cherry Blossom line from The Body Shop.

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That is it for today, if you find any typos, please excuse them since it is in the middle of the night and I writing this on my tablet while almost falling asleep.

Have an awesome weekend.

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

my 2nd obsession….lip care products

Hey everyone,

today I have a different kind of post for you again.

Event though I am addicted to nail polish, it is not my only obsession. Today I want to introduce you two my 2nd obsession – lip care products.

I have tried many lip care products, from normal Labello, Blistex to Baby Lips and several others in different price ranges.
Here are a few and what I personally think of them.

Regina Lip balm

I am not sure anymore where I bought this, maybe at Rossmann or the Pharmacy? I don’t remember, but what I do know is that I am not really happy with this. It is similar to Labello, which is only greasing but not moisturizing at all.

I would not buy this again.

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Labello Milk & Honey

The only Labello product I use. You won’t be able to get it at any drugstore, somehow I can only get it at my local Kaufland.
I just love the Milk & Honey flavor and smell. I am a sucker for anything honey. I bought some of these as stock for myself, just in case I run out of my favorite lip care product, which I will review later on.

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Balea Lip care with Urea

I bought this when my lips where chapped and dry during the winter but I must honestly say I would not buy this again.
I just don’t like how this is more a cream then a balm. Also you always have a white layer of products on your lips since this is difficult to apply the right amount of product.

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Here are 2 products I bought in Japan, one is peach, the other strawberry flavor. I only tried the peach flavored one so far but I can say I am not a big fan of it. The smell is too intense and gives me headache haha
I wouldn’t  buy this again, maybe that’s why I haven’t used the strawberry one yet.

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Bee Natural

I thought this would be a dupe to the Burt’s Bees lip care products, ohhhh was I wrong.
They are different as day and night. I tried this lip balm but I don’t really like it.

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The Body Shop – Honey Mania lip balm

I like this lip balm for at home and using before I go to bed, but not for outside when I am on the way to work or wherever.

The product itself is good, even though the smell of it can be annoying after a while. And the thing I dislike the most is the packaging. It is really annoying always having to stick your finger in it to apply the product. Not very hygienic.
Also with a price of over 5 euro it is quite expensive.

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My two most favorite lip care products:

 

Nivea Deep Moisture – Honey and Milk lip balm (Japan only)

oh god I love this product! It promises deep moisture and it really does offer deep moisture! The smell is just right which makes it perfect. The only sad thing, it is not available in Germany, so I always have to buy a few of them while in Japan.

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Burt’s Bees!

Yes, it is true! This is the best lip care product I have ever tried. I was checking on the net and all people said the same thing, this is IT if you want a great lip care product. And they were all right. I gave the Burt’s Bees lip balms a try and I must say I can’t go a day without anymore.

My favorite is the one with the orange/brown-ish cap, which is the Honey Lip Balm.

Here in Germany they are a bit more expensive (around 4 euro), which is why I bought a few of them when I was in New York in January. I simply love these. CVS pharmacy offered set’s of them for a smaller price. For example 4 of the Burt’s Bees – Beeswax which is supposed to be moisturizing and cooling, which is because it contains peppermint^^

While researching on the net I saw Target offers them as well, for only 9,99 dollar.

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My favorite is available at Douglas here in Germany for around 4 euro.

Seriously, if there is one product I would recommend to any person in the world, nonetheless if female or male, it is Burt’s Bees Lip Care. They have tastes and smells for every liking.

 

Which products do you use? Any recommendations on Burt’s Bees products? I heard that their cuticle cream is awesome as well.
That will probably the next product I will try out.

Have a great Saturday

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

Tips & Tricks – two– how do I care for my hands?

Hello everyone,

I know it has been a while since my last [tips & tricks] post, but today I wanted to tell you what I do (not always, but from time to time) to keep my hands nice and soft.

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Usually I do this on a Saturday or Sunday when my BF and I are having a movie night. I do this maybe once a month or so.

Starting off with washing my hands of course, rings and all other jewelry off and scrubbing my wet hands with one of my favorite p2 peelings. I really love the green one, but sadly they don’t sell it anymore so I had to get the new one as well.
After this is done I usually creme my nails with the nail wax from p2 and put the cuticle care on my cuticles as well as some nail food pomelo on my nails as well.

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After that I take my The Body Shop – Mango Body Creme to thickly creme my hands. Why use that? Simply because my best friend gave it to me for my birthday and since I don’t use Body Creme why let it go to waste? It is also a great moisturizing hand mask.

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I always put some plastic gloves on top (the ones you use to dye your hair) before I slide my hands into a pair of pink cotton gloves :P

 

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I leave it like that for 2 hours or sometimes even while I am sleeping.
After removing the “mask” you are left with super soft hands that are well moisturized.

If you would like you could also cut off any access cuticle skin. I use my Wilkinson cutter for that.

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and after that why not put on some more creme? :D

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I hope that helped. I know it is a lot, but sometimes you gotta pamper you hands too.

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆